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Department of trauma surgerу

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Biberthaler
general surgery, orthopedic surgery and traumatology

About the department

The department of trauma surgerу at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich has 40 beds available, two separate wards, two trauma surgery and one hand surgery operating theatre. In addition to the clinic director, nine other proven experts in trauma surgery work as senior consultants. The latest diagnostic and therapeutic devices are used following the guidelines of the German Society for Trauma Surgery. Every year, more than 2,300 inpatients and over 23,000 outpatients entrust their health to the highest university-level professionals. The research groups of the department are also developing newly growing bones that can be used in cases with extensive bone defects. The department shares competence in several international surgical courses, e.g. for the elbow and the shoulder, in which highly successful, innovative surgical techniques are passed on to German and international surgeons. 

The spectrum of qualifications of the department ranges from the most severe injuries to reconstruction surgery. Specialists work with polytrauma, hand surgery, and complicated fractures and non-unions of the arms and legs.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Surgical diagnostic tools:

  • Routine testing (blood testing, urinalysis, biochemical blood testing, etc)
  • Intraoperative sonography (ultrasound during the operation), 
  • Radiological imaging (X-ray, CT scanning)
  • MRI scan (soft tissue visualization)
  • Monitoring of the vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, breathing)

Conditions treated at the department:

  • Complex treatment of severely injured (polytrauma)
  • Accidents at work
  • Pelvic fractures, lower leg fractures, collarbone fractures
  • Spine and hip injuries
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Joint fractures of the shoulder and elbow joint
  • Knee joint fractures
  • Hand fractures 
  • Incorrectly or not at all healed bone fractures, joint axis misalignments, non-unions

Treatment options:

  • Lengthening operations
  • 3D axis corrections
  • Minimally invasive, arthroscopically supported surgical techniques
  • Reconstructive Surgery 
  • Traumatological hand surgery
  • Exploratory laparotomy (abdominal surgery)
  • Emergency thoracotomy (chest surgery)
  • Resuscitation
  • Chest wall stabilization
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Doctor profile


  • Medical studies, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, in the US and Brazil
  • Internship in the Department of Surgery at the Innenstadt Campus of the University of Munich (under the direction of Schweiberer)
  • 2003 Medical Specialist in Surgery 
  • 2007 Medical Specialist in Orthopedics and Traumatology 


  • 2011 Professor and Head of the Department of adult and pediatric trauma surgerу at University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2002 Innovation Award, German Society of Traumatology
  • 2004 Otto Goetze Prize, Association of Surgeons of Bavaria
  • 2005 Educational Award of the American Shock Society
  • 2006 Herbert Lauterbach Prize of the Association of Trade Union Clinics in Germany
  • Author of more than 380 publications
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