Tue, 09/13/2016

TRAUMA SURGERY: being able to participate in all areas of life again

The consequences of an accident can be significant and affect all aspects of life. In such cases the main objective of the trauma department at Waldkrankenhaus Hospital Spandau, which is part of the hospital network of PGD International in Berlin, is to restore the original quality of life. Modern therapies such as minimally invasive implantation techniques allow a speedy recovery. After an accident especially for younger patients, it is often most important to return to their jobs and sports activities as quickly as possible while for the elderly, it is important to restore mobility, to be able to act without help again and return to the home environment.

In addition to the specific aspects of an injury Dr. med. Paul Simon and his team introduce those goals in individual therapy. "However, we should not forget that healing also takes time," says Dr. Simon, Specialist for Special Trauma Surgery, Special Accident Consultant and Medical Director of the Trauma Surgery Department at Waldkrankenhaus Hospital since October 2015.

Modern therapy methods - from sports accidents to heavy injuries

Those who come to Waldkrankenhaus Hospital for treatment after an accident will find here the full spectrum of trauma surgery. It covers acute fractures and injuries of muscles and tendons as well as unhealed fractures, called pseudarthrosis. Misalignments of the musculoskeletal system are corrected and modern treatments performed in cartilage damage. It is also possible to perform bone growth stimulation or to transplant bone.

The modern therapeutic methods used by Dr. Simon and his team support a speedy recovery. To treat broken bones modern, angular stable plate systems are used or in long bone intramedullary nails.

Minimally invasive implantation techniques ensure a particularly gentle care. These methods will support osteosynthesis, which is internal fixation of a bone fracture with implantable devices, even when the patient is exercising. That enables an early rehabilitation.

For all surgeries a new, with all modern appliances completely equipped surgical unit with four rooms is available at Waldkrankenhaus Hospital.

Post treatment is possible on site at the sports and rehabilitation centre

The trauma department treats more than 18,000 outpatients annually. All modern diagnostic procedures (CT, MRI, scintigraphy) and intensive care facilities (emergency room, ITS, IMC, guard station) are available for adequate treatment. Post treatment is offered by the sports and rehabilitation centre Berlin and the practice for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery at the Medical Care Centre. Both centres are located on the premises of the Waldkrankenhaus Hospital. This proximity ensures the holistic treatment during the whole process of treatment and convalescence because colleagues can talk directly about their patients and therefore can find the best therapy.

The range of the Traumatology Unit includes:

  • the entire spectrum of acute fractures to multiple injuries after traffic accidents
  • sports injuries and injuries of muscles and tendons
  • unhealed fractures (pseudarthrosis, nonunion)
  • cartilage damage
  • misalignments of the musculoskeletal apparatus
  • bone growth stimulation, bone grafts
  • modern therapies
  • minimally invasive implantation techniques
  • modern diagnostic procedures (CT, MRI, scintigraphy)
  • intensive care facilities (emergency room, ITS, IMC, guard station)


The trauma surgery department is headed by Dr. med. Paul Simon, specialist for trauma surgery, senior physician (pictured)