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Department of traumatology and orthopaedic surgery

Prof. Dr. Joaquim Casanas Sintes
orthopaedic surgery, hand microsurgery

About the department

The traumatology and orthopaedic surgery department at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona specializes in diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating patients with musculoskeletal system diseases and traumas. A highly specialized team of traumatologists and orthopaedic surgeons have extensive experience in surgical interventions and treatments in specific areas. Doctors use minimally invasive techniques and microsurgery, which reduce the risks of intervention, shorten the stay in the hospital and allow the user to recover faster. The department is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring greater accuracy and optimal clinical results. The department has the prestigious accreditation from the International Joint Commission of North America, which confirms that the centre meets high quality, safety, and patient care standards.

Exceptional attention in the department is given to hand and wrist surgery and brachial plexus injuries. Preference is given to arthroscopic methods of treatment, which allow doctors to restore the damage through two small incisions. The department has one of the few teams of traumatologists and orthopedists in Spain that perform arthroscopic operations on the hand and wrist using arthroscopic techniques. Specialists make every effort to ensure that patients restore their lifestyle before the injury and return to their daily activities, restoring mobility and strength in the injured area.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Synovial cyst
  • Osteoarthritis of the wrist and thumb
  • Wrist ligament injuries
  • Fractures and consequences of fractures
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • Inflammatory diseases of the musculoskeletal system 
  • Dupuytren's disease 
  • Finger dislocations
  • Brachial plexus injury 
  • Ganglion cysts 

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis (history of the disease) 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Joint puncture (needle is inserted into the joint cavity)
  • Electromyography (measures muscle response in response to a nerve's stimulation)

Treatment:

  • Drug therapy 
  • Pain relief therapy 
  • Arthroscopic joint surgery
  • Prosthetic knee, hip and shoulder joints
  • Brachial plexus surgery
  • Peripheral nerve transplant
  • Spine surgery
  • Hand and wrist surgery
  • Brachial plexus surgery
  • Microsurgery of peripheral nerves
  • Sports medicine
  • Physical therapy
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1993 Specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
  • 2001 European Diploma in Hand Surgery
  • 2002 PhD in Medicine and Surgery, Universitat de Barcelona

Experience

  • 1997 Fellowship in hand surgery and brachial plexus in the Avicenne and Bichat hospitals, Paris
  • 2005 Fellowship at Mayo Clinic

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Guest speaker at 15 instructional courses for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • The organiser of more than 50 meetings on Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus
  • Co-director of the National Wrist Arthroscopy Programme by the Spanish Association of Microsurgery (AEM)
  • Lecturer on the Master’s on Surgery of the Hand, Universitat de Barcelona
  • Lecturer at the of Universitata International de Catalunya
  • Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Universitat Gimbernat
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • European Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Mexican Society of Surgery of the Hand
  • Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand
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