Services and Specialities

Prof. Dr. Eingartner is a board certified specialist for surgery, orthopaedics and trauma surgery with additional certifications in specialized trauma care, emergency medicine and physical therapy.

 

25 years of clinical practice and scientific experience in the field of

  • total hip replacement (joint replacement, total hip arthroplasty, THR, THA) for osteoarthritis, inflammation or trauma of the hip joint
  • total hip replacement with minimal invasive surgery including the use of short hip stems
  • total knee replacement (total joint replacement) in cases of osteoarthritis, inflammation or trauma of the knee joint
  • partial knee replacement (unilateral joint replacement) in cases of limited (unilateral) osteoarthritis of the knee joint
  • revision surgery in cases of loose or otherwise failed total hip or total knee replacements (hip and knee revision surgery, revision arthroplasty)
  • revision surgery in cases of infected total hip or total knee replacement
  • operative and conservative treatment of fractures and ligament injuries (orthopaedic trauma care)
  • spine surgery in cases of trauma and degenerative spine disease, including kyphoplasty, posterior and anterior fusion (spondylodesis) and vertrebral body replacement

Total Joint Replacement

The replacement of joints which are destroyed by wear, trauma or infection is the most common operation world-wide. Excellent mid- and long-term results can be achieved, if the procedure is well-indicated and carried out with care.

Prof. Eingartner and his team offer hip and knee replacement with modern implants with proven records and well documented long-term results.

In the hip joint uncemented and cemented hip joints are being used. Bone qualitiy, age and other patient-related factors are taken into account when deciding upon the best implant fixation in every individual case. Revision arhtoplasty in cases of loosening and bone defects is sometimes challenging; it is a speciality of Prof. Eingartner. For young and active patients short hip stems provide a bone-sparing option for total hip replacement.

In knee replacement, implantation of the implant is assisted by a computer based navigation (CAS, computer assisted surgery); thus, perfect component alignment can be ensured, providing better short-term and long-term results. We use both conventional total knee replacement by bicondylar resurfacing and unicondylar replacement, which means that only the affected part of the knee joint is replaced. Partial knee replacement is possible for medial or lateral osteoarthritis of the knee joint.

Total shoulder replacement can be necessary in multifragmentary fractures of the shoulder joint, but it can also be used in painful osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint.

Prof. Eingartner is a well-trained joint replacement expert with clinical and scientific experience over 20 years. Quite a number of publications and presentations on national and international conferences reflect the scientific and educational activity of Prof. Eingartner (see publications).

FAQ Osteoarthritis and Joint Replacement.

International reference center for joint replacement
The expertise and experience of Professor Eingartner and the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in terms of arthroplasty of the hip joint and the knee joint and revision arthroplasty have  qualified the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Caritas hospital as an international reference center by Aesculap (www.aesculap de) . Colleagues from all over the world come to Bad Mergentheim to participate in hip and knee replacement surgery and get advice, tips and tricks by experienced surgeons . “The transmission of knowledge and specific training in courses and in the operating theatre is now at least as important as the availability of good and proven implants,” says Prof. Eingartner. “Only through the acquisition of skills, it is possible to achieve good results.” Here Prof. Eingartner and his staff are happy to make their contribution by offering first-hand insight into the operating theatre, but also contribute to theoretical training in lectures and discussions with guests from around the world .

Trauma Surgery – the treatment of injuries

The comprehensive treatment of acute injuries of all severities by modern methods and latest scientific knowledge is a core competence of Prof. Eingartner. Depending on the pattern of injuries experienced specialists orthopaedic trauma care and different medical fields are available at any time, “for the comprehensive care of critically and seriously injured patients is an interdisciplinary challenge,” said Prof. Eingartner.

With modern surgical techniques stable internal fixation of a fracture is possible in most cases, so that the injured is able get up again and to begin soon with the exercise treatment in the immedeate postoperative period. Thanks to sophisticated surgical procedures numerous surgical procedures can be performed in a minimally invasive technique. By reducing the operative trauma, early functional treatment achieves a better and faster rehabilitation process.

Traumatology of the Elderly, ie the treatment of (mostly osteoporotic) fractures in the elderly, has gained increasing importence. Here, too,  advanced implants and gentle surgical procedures facilitate  rapid recovery and return to everyday life.

Every chain is as strong as its weakest link. This truism applies also and especially in the treatment of injuries: Primary care is only one of many factors of optimal care. Careful monitoring of the clinical course, the correct indication and timing of secondary interventions, and not least the consistent physiotherapy treatment and monitoring are important parts of this treatment chain. The goal of all those efforts is the personal, social and vocational rehabilitation and reintegration.

Treatment of Multiple Blunt Trauma

In the treatment of multiple injuries a well-established interdisciplinary collaboration is crucial and includes, but is not limited to anaesthesiology and intensive care, visceral surgery and neurosurgery.
The hospital of Prof. Eingartner is certified as a Regional Trauma Center in the TraumaNetwork DGU®  of the German Society for Trauma Surgery.
More information can be found here.
The helipad allows for rapid delivery of casualties directly from the accident site and, if necessary, the rapid deployment into the supraregional trauma center Würzburg or other specialty hospitals.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery

Here Prof. Eingartner deals with congenital and acquired diseases of the musculoskeletal system as well as with post-traumatic sequelae such as deformities, unhealed fractures, infections of bone and soft tissues as well as the post-traumatic arthritis.

Septic Surgery

Modern methods are used in the treatment of infections after trauma of the musculoskeletal system. Due to the vast experience of Professor Eingartner and his team successful treatment can be done in cases of infected hardware, infected joint replacement devices and chronic infection of the bone. Reconstructive surgery includes hardware removal and debridement, followed by reconstruction of both the bone and the soft tissue.

Spine Surgery

In the treatment of vertebral fractures in the past two decades huge advances have been made, making it possible to achieve good clinical and functional results even after severe fractures of the lumbar or thoracic spine.

State-of-the-art surgical procedures and implants are used to restore the shape and load-bearing capacity of the spinal column in the so-called unstable injury forms. Minimal-invasive fixation is possible in many cases, thus minimizing the surgical trauma and getting patients back to everyday life early.

Procedures used by Professor Eingartner include the posterior and (thoracoscopic) anterior stabilization of thoracic / lumbar and cervical spine, and the minmal invasive stabilization of fractures of the odontoideum. Osteoporotic vertebral fractures can be treated by minimal invasive reduction and stabilization by the application of bone cement (kyphoplasty).