At the centre of this specialty is the movement apparatus of the human body: all the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Changes in these body parts may be congenital or could be the result of disease. Traumatology concerns itself especially with injuries caused by accidents to the movement apparatus.
The spinal column is the central most important part of the skeleton, and accordingly diseases and deformations of the spine can impair posture, limit freedom of movement, cause back pain extending into the legs, and sometimes even lead to paralysis.
Spinal specialists in the clinics in Switzerland carry out the following therapies:
- Treatment of the entire spectrum of degenerative diseases of the spinal column (cervical and lumbar herniated discs, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra)
- Correction and stabilisation of spinal curvatures (scoliosis, kyphosis, malformations),
- Decompression and reconstruction for tumours and infections of the spine,
- Fracture stabilisation and operations to straighten the spine for spinal injuries,
- Vertebroplasties for osteoporosis fractures of the spinal column
- Application of innovative (e.g. artificial disc replacement), minimally invasive, microsurgical, and partially image-supported technologies for the entire spinal column
Shoulders & elbows
pelvis, hips, & knees
Ultramodern navigation systems are used in orthopaedic surgery. These assist the surgeon from the planning stages to the operation procedures with precise three-dimensional bone models, e.g. during the implantation of hip and knee total endoprotheses. These navigation systems open up new opportunities for the surgeon to elevate their quality of standards; the precision of the implantation is increased as a result, and the operation outcome improves accordingly.