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Technical Orthopedics Heidelberg

Adjustment of a positioning device in technical orthopedics | Photo: Heidelberg University Hospital

Since its inception in 1919, the Department of Technical Orthopedics at the Center for Orthopedics, Traumatology, and Spinal Cord Injuries has offered holistic and comprehensive care in the production of technical orthopedic devices, such as arm and leg prosthetics. More than 5000 patients from all over the world are supplied with orthopedic devices here annually. This makes the Department of Technical Orthopedics Heidelberg the largest technical orthopedic department at a University Hospital in Germany.

What do we offer?

We offer prosthetics, orthotics, and positioning systems for all levels of care. This also includes corsets for a variety of conditions for both children and adults. We also adapt devices for scar and burn therapy, as well as compression stockings, ready-made bandages, and mobility aids to your needs. We address the various concerns of adults as well as the special requirements of our "small" patients.

Our practitioners are exceptionally trained and specialized in the following treatment areas:

  • Artificial arms and devices for missing upper limbs
  • Artificial legs for general, wet, and sporting use
  • Individual orthotics and positioning systems
  • Compression therapy
  • Fitted dressings and orthotics
  • Corset treatments including scoliosis therapy
  • Ortho-prosthetics for dysmelia Individual silicon technologies for prosthetics
  • Orthotics Special constructions and other general assistive devices
  • Special pediatric orthopedics (ICP, AMC, MMC, ...)
  • and many more

"This shows that we produce not only orthopedic assistive devices like prosthetics, orthotics, or corsets, but also interdisciplinary projects. In this way, we can find an individual solution for each patient,"

Dipl.-Ing. Merkur Alimusaj, Head of Technical Orthopedics

We are characterized by:

  • Sustainability and individuality in focus:
    Sustainable and equally individualized assistive device concepts are developed in consultation with patients in a needs-based fashion according to scientific criteria.
  • Holistic and comprehensive care in a University environment:
    The department works closely with various disciplines such as physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and nurses. This ensures a high level of comprehensive care, accounting for patients' individual needs.
  • Individualized prosthetic creation on site:
    Orthopedic devices - from simple positioning splints to high-end carbon prosthetics - are produced individually for each patient in our own workshops.
  • Connection to research and teaching:
    In addition to clinical work, we are actively involved in teaching and national as well as international research and development projects as part of the University environment. The resulting findings flow purposefully into care.

High-Quality Treatment According to Scientific Criteria

Over 80 highly specialized practitioners work in six specialty areas for a high-quality orthopedic device care. Our tasks include prosthetic care after amputation as well as orthotics in children and adults with paralysis or so-called ortho-prosthetics for dysmelia. Orthopedic devices are often indispensable for trauma care and after operative treatment of the body movement and support apparatus.

Further Infromationen:

Department of Orthopedics