Interview Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Lehmann - Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery

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Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics and
Plastic Surgery

Interview Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Lehmann

Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang LehmannProf. Dr. med.
Wolfgang Lehmann

What makes your clinic stand out?

By uniting the Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics, and Plastic Surgery, we are one of the largest university clinics for musculoskeletal surgery. One of our main tasks is the care and treatment of severely injured persons. As a transregional trauma centre, we rank among the clinics with the highest number of severely injured persons treated in Germany. The clinic is divided into several focus areas, in which our specialists for trauma surgery and orthopaedics attend to our patients together.

At the same time, we are one of the few clinics in Southern Lower Saxony that is SAV-approved (“Schwerstverletzungsartenverfahren”, or Severe Injury Type Procedure in English) by the employer’s liability insurance associations. This means that we are certified to treat even the most severe work-related accidents. In addition to the accident insurance consultant’s outpatient clinic, we also have a special employer’s liability insurance association consultation hour and a rehabilitation consultation hour.

Which patients do you treat?

We treat patients of all ages with all acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Apart from treating acute injuries, the treatment of all degenerative diseases, especially those concerning the spine and the large joints, is our particular task. Furthermore, we collaborate with the other disciplines at the UMG to offer expertise on all musculoskeletal tumours.

What is most important to you when it comes to your patients?

Many patients worry about being treated in such a large clinic, as they believe it is too anonymous. The UMG is divided into numerous individual clinics and I can guarantee that in the Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics, and Plastic Surgery, we treat every single patient individually according to his/her needs with the necessary degree of attention, even in as large a clinic as the UMG.

At the same time, one also has to consider the advantages of such a large clinic. Very high-quality care in departments treating many cases, where certain surgeries are performed often. Due to our high case numbers and the specialisation of the individual departments, we possess a very high competence for most musculoskeletal interventions and surgeries.

How important is research to you?

Research is the key to continually improving our medicine. Doctors that constantly educate themselves further, are national and international opinion leaders themselves, and actively research alongside their clinical work, always have a wide overview of the newest and best treatment methods. Our patients also benefit from this.