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The disciplines of orthopaedics and trauma surgery include the diagnosis and treatment of injuries, degenerative illnesses, congenital malformations and tumour diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Sports medicine is dedicated to the advice and treatment of amateur and professional sports people including, for example, performance diagnostics, sports physiotherapy and nutritional and training advice.
At Klinik Im Park, there are several orthopaedic centres which offer the entire range of orthopaedic, trauma surgery and sports medicine services. A specialist centre for hand surgery is responsible for the treatment of problems involving the hand. The Institute for Physiotherapy and the impark training centre provide training following surgery and injuries and also outpatient rehabilitation.
T +41 44 209 24 11/20
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T +41 44 209 26 40
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Dr. med. Doris E. Strasser
T +41 44 201 34 35
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A specialist who has already trained in general or paediatric surgery or plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery is able to further specialise in hand surgery. As part of his special training he learns all about the potential problems and injuries that can befall the hands, including congenital disorders.
The hand surgeon's particular speciality is carrying out surgical interventions on the hand. Operations are used to treat problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and for the osteosynthesis of breaks in the bones of the hand or the therapy of cuts to the hand's blood vessels, tendons and ligaments. The outcome of surgical interventions to the hand's multitude of very fine blood vessels, tendons and nerves is dependent upon a high degree of precision and dexterity on the part of the hand surgeon.
After the operation the doctor prescribes the patient with specific exercises that will help restore the function and mobility of the fingers. In so doing, the hand surgeon often works closely with a physiotherapist.
Orthopaedic surgery focuses on the musculoskeletal system that is responsible for a human being's movements, i.e. the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Changes to these parts of the body may be congenital or can occur as a result of a disorder. Traumatology deals specifically with accident-related injuries to the musculoskeletal system.
In replacing, say, a hip, shoulder or knee joint with an implant, present-day orthopaedic surgeons use highly developed surgical techniques such as computer-assisted navigation systems and even miniature robots. These methods guarantee the absolute precision required for interventions on joints.
As well as using the latest technology, the orthopaedic surgeon also makes use of traditional methods, such as special bandages made of plaster or other materials. He also specialises in a variety of technical aids, e.g. prosthetics, walking aids or insoles.
Plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery is used mainly to correct defects of the skin or of the structures directly underneath the skin, the aim being to restore the body’s structure and its functions.
Reconstructive surgery is particularly important after severe burns, accidents or operations, such as the removal of a breast tumour. Plastic surgery also helps to correct congenital deformities.
A plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon also specialises in cosmetic surgery. He is the expert who, for instance, smoothes out the lines on the forehead with Botox injections, operates on loose upper eyelids, enlarges, reduces or tautens breasts, and performs liposuction.
Spine surgery addresses the entire spectrum of diseases and injuries of the vertebral column. Thus it represents an overlap between two specialties, orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery. Surgical management of the spine demands profound knowledge of the diverse surgical techniques as well as the function and position of the vertebral bodies, intervertebral discs, tendons and muscles, but also of the spinal cord and the local nerves.
Spine surgery focuses on the surgical management of slipped discs, vertebral fractures, injuries, instability, degenerative and rheumatic charges or congenital deformities of the spine as well as scoliosis, kyphosis and humpback.
The surgical treatment of abscesses and tumours of the whole spine also falls within this special discipline.
Radiology uses non-invasive methods to obtain images of our bodies' organs. The best-known example of this would be photographs created by means of X-rays.
The radiologist is not only an expert in X-ray imaging, but in newer forms of examination techniques as well, including ultrasound, computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The appropriate forms of examination are frequently used to determine the exact location and size of an injury, tumour, or source of bleeding. Disorders of the brain, spinal cord or inner organs are often examined using these techniques. The radiologist is then responsible for interpreting the results of the tests.
Some of these methods can be combined with the use of certain 'radiopaque' drugs that display the organs more clearly. The radiologist is able to determine which cases would benefit most from these substances, how they will work and what problems might arise through their use.
Anaesthetics is the study of pain relief, use of anaesthesia and resuscitation. The anaesthetist is especially important when it comes to surgery.
Before a surgical intervention he goes over all the important points with the patient, e.g. what medicines he regularly takes, or how the patient reacted to any earlier anaesthesia. He then chooses the right medicines for the upcoming operation and administers them to the patient. During the operation he monitors the patient's heart / lung activity and circulation using a variety of equipment. After the intervention he continues to monitor the patient's health and intervenes if any problems arise.
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