There is no doubt that our intervertebral disc is among the “losers” in our modern lifestyle, so that pain from disc problems is very widespread. This makes knowing where to find quick and effective help for disc problems all the more important.
Intervertebral disc disorders have been at the focus of our medical practice for several decades. Our patients benefit from our wealth of experience and our consistent quality strategy based on regular continuing education for our physicians among other things.
In the majority of cases, bulging discs (protrusion) and “slipped discs” (prolapse) can be treated by conservative means i.e. without a need for surgery. Cases involving signs of paralysis are an exception. In these cases, surgery should be performed as quickly as possible to prevent permanent damage.
If conservative treatment does not produce the desired healing effect, we discuss surgery as a possible remedy with the patient. Modern disc surgery benefits significantly from the use of minimally invasive procedures, also known as keyhole surgery.
The menu bar on the left will take you to more in-depth descriptions and images of intervertebral disc disorders and how they can be treated. This information will make it easier for you to understand the processes in the spine involved when intervertebral disc symptoms occur. Please note, though, that a personal examination and consultation in our practice is essential.
The introduction and continuous further development of joint prostheses are associated with one of the most important success stories in modern medicine. In the 1950s, advanced wear of a joint was often associated with a permanent state of reduced health marked by long-term chronic pain and a loss of mobility of the damaged joint.
Responsible planning by the physician performing treatment is decisive in successful joint replacement. If the joint is replaced at too early of a stage, the prosthesis is burdened by a “time handicap” that could have been avoided. Although modern prostheses can be used for a very long time, they are not made to last forever. If the joint is replaced too late, the individual condition of the joint and its surroundings may have already deteriorated to a point where it is no longer possible to achieve an optimum result.
When joint replacement is being planned, our patients benefit from our medical team’s extensive personal experience along with regular continuing education to keep specialists up-to-date on the state of the art in prostheses and surgical procedures. Our consistent quality strategy includes all of the persons involved in the process and is based on our certified quality management system.
The bar on the left will take you to more in-depth descriptions of joint replacement with prostheses. You can go ahead and research, but do not hesitate to make an appointment during our prosthesis consultation hours. No matter how much information you obtain, it cannot substitute for a personal consultation with an experienced orthopaedist or trauma surgeon.
The Spine Centre in the Zähringen Practice & Clinic of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery offering a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services is one of the most important centres for patients with back trouble in the entire region. We treat disorders of the spine without surgery, or with surgery if recommended. Particularly gentle procedures are always the preferred form of treatment.
Patients with symptoms ranging from headache due to spinal problems to complaints of spinal origin in the legs obtain treatment corresponding to the scientific and medical state of the art. In over 95% of cases, we are able to achieve successful results with conservative therapy i.e. without performing surgery. In cases where we are convinced that surgical treatment offers better prospects for healing, we discuss the options available with the patient.
When selecting the surgical procedure, we favour a minimally invasive solution whenever possible. We carry out numerous so-called keyhole procedures, and some of the procedures we perform do not even require a skin incision.
Detailed advice and information from the patient’s attending physician and the surgeon form the basis of a relationship of cooperation and trust between the patient and our medical team. Performance of the planned surgery – state of the art – competent care in our partner clinics and high-quality rehabilitation ensure optimum results of treatment in the long term. The reason: we can only be successful as a team.
In the Zähringen Practice & Clinic of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, we offer our patients a broad range of treatments for their orthopaedic disorders. These include both conservative, meaning non-surgical, treatments and surgery. When performing operations, we use minimally invasive, microsurgical and open procedures.
An orthopaedist or trauma surgeon thoroughly examines the patient before we answer the question of whether surgical intervention is an option for further treatment. The examination includes the findings from image diagnostics (ultrasonics, X-ray, CT scan, MRI scan) as well as the course of prior non-surgical treatments. If, after assessing all of these findings, we conclude that surgery offers better prospects of successful treatment than a continuation of conservative therapy, we recommend the surgery that is best suited for the individual patient. In addition to the planned surgery, we also discuss the non-surgical options or other surgical alternatives along with the associated risks, potential complications, the procedure and the chances of success with the patient.
We recommend spinal surgery to less than 5% of our patients. This shows how conservative we are when it comes to recommending surgery to our patients. Of course, this recommendation is only restricted to cases where we are convinced that the results of treatment will be more successful with surgery than if non-surgical treatment is continued.
Our patients benefit from comprehensive care from a single source. We carry out surgery in the facilities of the specialists we partner with. We perform day surgery at the Centre for Outpatient Diagnostics & Surgery (ZADC) in Stühlingerstr. 22–24, 79106 Freiburg, Germany. We personally perform operations with inpatient care in the Bruder-Klaus-Krankenhaus hospital of Waldkirch (regional association of parochial hospitals, RKK), Heitereweg 10, 79183 Waldkirch, Germany or in the Kreiskrankenhaus (district hospital) of Emmendingen, Gartenstr. 44, 79312 Emmendingen, Germany.
We consider the medical advice and detailed information provided by the physician performing treatment or the surgeon on the basis of the patient’s individual situation to be of key importance. We achieve a therapeutic result that meets the patient’s and the physician’s expectations by maintaining a doctor-patient relationship marked by trust. We counteract pain and other symptoms in the long term by ensuring surgical work of excellent quality, competent specialist follow-up care in the cooperation clinics and consistent rehabilitation.
Orthopaedics, Pain Therapy and Physical Therapy from a Single Source
The departments of orthopaedics and trauma surgery, pain therapy and the Aktiv Reha centre for physiotherapy, which work together under one roof in the Zähringen Practice & Clinic, view optimum treatment of pain and other symptoms as their common goal.
This setup enables us to address our patients’ situation in a very individual manner, regardless of whether treatment of the causes of pain and other symptoms is in the foreground or the pain therapy itself. Interdisciplinary involvement of the related specialist fields sometimes takes place in the Zähringen Practice & Clinic in the form of parallel treatment by one of our colleagues in the pain therapy department, in other cases in the form of consultations by colleagues specialising in pain therapy.
Physiotherapeutic treatment that is optimally adapted to the patient’s condition is made possible in the Zähringen Practice & Clinic by close collaboration between physicians and physical therapists. The direct channels encourage an intensive exchange of the latest findings in medical treatment and physical therapy.
We give presentations to patients as an important contribution to education on health issues.