Paediatric orthopaedics - Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery

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Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics and
Plastic Surgery

Paediatric orthopaedics

Children are not small adults. They are still growing, are affected by diseases unique to their age group, express pain differently than adults, and need to be cared for in a child-friendly environment. It is for this reason that paediatric orthopaedics is an independent department at the University Medical Centre Göttingen. Our highly specialised team treats babies, toddlers and adolescents with congenital or acquired musculoskeletal issues.

Together with the medical specialities of paediatric neurosurgery (Prof. H. Ludwig and team) and paediatric surgery and urology (Dr. F. Kahl and team), we founded the Children’s Surgical Centre (OPKiZ). The centre works together closely with all paediatric disciplines and is linked to the paediatric clinic, the neuropaediatric department, the paediatric cardiology department and the Centre for Social Paediatrics; this helps to ensure that our little patients receive the best possible care.

We offer a large number of special consultation hours – also in collaboration with other centres and clinics. We would be happy to provide you with detailed advice. If you would like to read more about our consultation hours and our team, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please click here!

Scroll down to read more about our operation procedures and the options offered on our children’s surgical ward.

Our ward

Our children’s surgical ward 2023 (Block 2, Level 2) has been designed to be child-friendly. There is a playroom in which our child care specialist Barbara Juretzko plays and does arts and crafts with the children during the day. If your child needs to stay at our clinic for a longer period of time, it will be able to attend lessons at our clinic school. Our specially trained paediatric nurses are keen to ensure you and your children are as comfortable as possible during your stay.

One parent is allowed to sleep over in the patient room, but may be required to bear the costs for this stay themselves. An overnight stay for a parent is only covered by statutory health insurance if your child is under the age of ten and/or has severe disabilities. There is a total of seven two-bed rooms; some of these rooms are fitted with special equipment such as a changing table, an insulation device and monitoring equipment. Older children often have more fun in our four-bed rooms.

If an inpatient stay is required, please make sure to bring all necessary medication and documents along with you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our ward’s nursing team:
Tel.: +49 551 39-22787


Our operating team has a lot of experience with children and has a great understanding of the fears and concerns parents may have. We will give you a brief description of the process here so that you know what to expect.

You can accompany your child all the way up to the sterile gowning area before the operation. There, our paediatric anaesthesia team will be waiting to receive your child. Please let the doctor or nurse know if there is anything in particular they should be aware of when dealing with your child.

During the operation, your child will be monitored at all times. We will contact you immediately after the procedure is complete so that you can see your child as soon as possible.