A good surgeon is irreplaceable.
But it is possible to replace a bad joint.
Our team at ORTHOmedic is made up of qualified experts in endoprosthetics, i.e. artificial joint replacements. Unfortunately, joint replacements are sometimes unavoidable in cases of advanced arthrosis, necrosis or complex fractures. Everyone has probably already heard of the term ‘artificial hip’. But nowadays, it’s possible to replace many more joints using new materials and much less invasive methods of surgery.
Our top priority is to retain as much of the bone as possible if surgical intervention is necessary. We use prostheses made from titanium, ceramic and special forms of plastic, which are are tailor-made with millimetre precision and last for decades. Most varieties can be inserted without cement, which means they are accepted especially well by the body. On this page you can find an overview of the most commonly used endoprostheses.
Endoprostheses for the shoulder
If muscles and tendons are damaged, the socket and head of the shoulder joint change places to stabilise the shoulder.
Replaces the joint surface on both the head of the humerus and the joint socket. The prosthesis is fixed to the humerus, usually without cement.
Replaces only the cartilage surface of the humerus. Suitable for patients with functional joint sockets.
Endoprostheses for the hip
Short stem hip prosthesis
Primarily used in younger patients to retain as much bone substance as possible for subsequent replacement.
Hip resurfacing endoprosthesis
Recent register data has indicated that some surface hip prostheses with a metal on metal tribological pairing are likely to become loose earlier in certain patients and therefore cause problems. For this reason, ORTHOmedic does not deal with surface hip prostheses.
Tailor made for each individual patient, carefully inserted and often cement-free.
Endoprostheses for the knee
A very small partial prosthesis that only replaces the damaged cartilage. Can be inserted by means of a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
Unicompartmental knee endoprosthesis
Partial artificial joint replacement, that acts as a crown for the damaged area. Used in cases of arthrosis, usually in the inner area of the knee.
Used for cases of isolated wear between the knee cap and the femur. All ligaments and joint segments therefore remain intact.
If only the inner segment and the segment below the kneecap are affected by arthrosis, a 2/3 prosthesis may be an option to consider. With this procedure, the outer segment of the joint and the ligaments remain intact.
Total knee endoprosthesis (surface replacement)
Used in cases where either two or all three parts of the joint have been affected by arthrosis. Modern knee prostheses in use today replace only the destroyed cartilage in each part of the joint and leave the natural ligaments in the knee joint wherever possible.
Coupled knee prosthesis
Hinged prosthesis, used as a replacement prosthesis or in cases of severe ligament instability. Enables good levels of mobility after surgery.
Endoprostheses for the elbow joint
Radial head prosthesis
Replaces the most delicate part of the joint, for example following a comminuted fracture or severe arthrosis.
Available in coupled or uncoupled varieties. Coupled prostheses can sometimes take over the function of tendons and ligaments.
Endoprostheses for the ankle joint
Even the ankle can be replaced with an artificial joint. The procedure restores mobility and resilience, even during sport.