Patient care includes General Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Oncology, Traumatology, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Revision Surgery of Hip and Knee Replacements, Reconstructive Hip Surgery, Rheuma Surgery and Shoulder and Knee Surgery.
Yearly 16000 patients visit the Out Patient Clinic. About 3500 patient are treated at the Emergency Unit and more than 1500 operations are performed at the Orthopaedic Surgical Unit, of which 60 % are high care operations.
Training of Orthopaedic Residents is one of the major tasks of the Department. A total of 12 registrars is working in the Department, of whom 10 are in training to become Orthopaedic Surgeons. Prior to the specific orthopaedic training the registrars have finished a two year training in General Surgery.
The specific Orthopaedic Program lasts for another four years. This program includes a period at the "Rijnstate" Hospital in Arnhem and "The Maartenskliniek" in Nijmegen to train General Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery which are more prominent in the mentioned hospitals. Close cooperation with the staf of both hospitals of course exists.
Teaching of the medical students in Orthopaedics is a major subject in the Department from the days it was started in 1969. Theoretical and practical teaching in the various field of interest of the Department is a daily task. The Department participates as such in the teaching program of the Medical Faculty. The Staff participates in the general course and the specific orthopaedic courses that are run on a yearly basis. Permanently two medical students are at the Department for practical training. In addition the staff participates in training of students in Biomedical health Science.
The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory did concern itself over the years with Biomechanical and Biological aspects of bone diseases and joint replacements.
Biomechanical and Biological processes concerning fixation, loosening and development and testing of new implants were the major subjects. This will continue in the future. Oncological research has over the past five years become a new and challenging subject and is more and more time consuming. Also attention is paid to clinical and traumotological subjects. Orthopaedic Research Lab