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Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics and
Plastic Surgery

Therapeutic Research

The surgical care our patients receive is state-of-the-art, from the treatment of "simple" everyday injuries through highly optimised and standardised procedures, right through to the custom adaptation of myoelectric prostheses, which a patient can control effectively using their mind. Things that were still consigned to the realms of science fiction just a few years ago are, to some extent, already a reality today, and we are already working on the next evolutionary stage.

Task Groups


Group leader: Prof. Dr. med. F. T. Beil

Members: Prof. Braatz, Dr. Hawellek, Dr. Hubert, Dr. Spering, Dr. Weiser, Ms Boxriker

This task group concerns itself with interdisciplinary, translational, patient- and disease-related research on topics from the fields of endoprosthetics, exoprosthetics and arthrosis. The task group’s focus areas include the analysis of periprosthetic fractures and articular cartilage calcifications. As part of the group’s exoprosthetics research and mobility solutions, they maintain a technical partnership with the industry, allowing them the use of their gait analysis units. The task group’s aim is to analyse clinical issues with the help of basic scientific approaches to enable a transfer back to patient care.


Group leader: Prof. F. Braatz

Members: Prof. Braatz, Dr. Hawellek, Dr. Hubert, Dr. Spering, Dr. Weiser, Ms Boxriker

Orthobionics comprises technical orthopaedics and neuro-orthopaedics. Content that falls under the field of orthobionics includes orthopaedic aids such as orthoses and prostheses, which are necessary to ensure that patients with amputations or paralyses have the best possible degree of mobility.

Bachelor's and master's courses in orthobionics have been offered at the Private University of Applied Sciences (PFH) since 2011, with the Centre for Healthcare Technology (ZHT) being founded in the building of the University Medical Centre Göttingen (UMG) for this very purpose. These degree courses cover content from the fields of medicine, orthopaedic technology and biomechanics. They qualify graduates to use sophisticated and complex technology independently, responsibly and on patients directly.

In most cases, the provision of an orthopaedic aid enables a patient to go about their everyday life independently and in a way that would not be possible without the aid.

At the ZHT’s biomechanics lab, assessments are carried out on prosthetic care concepts, prostheses, various components and different design variations. Likewise, orthoses can be examined with regard to their structure and design in order to gauge their effectiveness in a wide range of medical conditions. To help with these assessments, a gait analysis system, pressure measuring plates and a measurement system for static alignment (L.A.S.A.R. Posture) are on hand in the lab.



These instruments enable researchers to assess the influence of various care and aid systems on the musculoskeletal system.

The task group also collaborates with the Institute of Neurorehabilitation Systems that was founded by Professor Farina, the research department at Otto Bock, and many other institutions in the context of Bachelor’s and Master’s theses. The research unit is involved in a number of multi-centre MDA studies. Regular meetings with other task groups from the field of technical orthopaedics take place in the research network TO (technical orthopaedics), also called research cluster, initiated here.