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Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Annual Report 2022

Schulter- und Ellbogenchirurgie Schulthess Klinik
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Our range of services in shoulder and elbow surgery is comprehensive. From diseases caused by wear such as osteoarthritis to fractures, ligament or tendon injuries, our specialists cover the entire treatment range. We offer both conservative and surgical treatment, including joint replacement and complex revision surgery. This involves our specialists working closely with our research department.

An almost insatiable thirst for knowledge and the motivation to pass on acquired knowledge were already the credo of Prof. Norbert Gschwend, pioneer and former director of Schulthess Klinik. This is also the driving force behind our specialists in shoulder and elbow surgery, all with the aim of ensuring that treatments are constantly improving. So, in addition to their main task of helping patients regain pain-free movement, our specialists also carry out numerous research projects, which means scientific research can be incorporated directly into everyday clinical practice and, in turn, practical experience can influence research results.

We also share our knowledge with colleagues in Switzerland and abroad through our publications, in-clinic teaching activities and conferences. Fittingly, the year 2022 was characterised by teaching and research.

Awards for studies on shoulder instability and acromioclavicular joint injury

At the annual congress of the D-A-CH Vereinigung für Schulter- und Ellenbogenchirurgie e. V. (DVSE), members of our shoulder and elbow surgery team gave a number of lectures and had the pleasure of receiving two awards. The Jochen Löhr Award was presented in recognition of a study concerning the assessment of acromioclavicular joint injuries.

The Best Paper Prize was awarded to a multicentre study on the treatment of posterior shoulder instability. In this study, the research team showed that a novel form of therapy based on movement-activated electrostimulation leads to significantly better results than conventional therapy. It was developed by Prof. Moroder, Senior Consultant for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at Schulthess Klinik. The study was also awarded the Best Paper Prize at the Congress of the European Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Association (SECEC/ESSSE) in Dublin.

Best Paper Preis mit Prof. Moroder und Laurent Audigé
Winners of the Best Paper Prize (from left): Prof. Dr. Thilo Patzer (Düsseldorf), Prof. Dr. med. univ. Philipp Moroder and Prof. Dr. Laurent Audigé at the annual DVSE congress

First joint shoulder conference held by HSS, Charité Berlin and Schulthess Klinik

The first “HSS-Charité-Schulthess Shoulder Conference” took place in May. The conference saw specialists from the HSS Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Schulthess Klinik jointly share their knowledge with shoulder surgeons from all over the world in an online training session. The focus was on inverse shoulder prostheses. Prof. Dr. med. Markus Scheibel, Dr. med. Fabrizio Moro, Prof. Dr. med. univ. Philipp Moroder, Dr. med. Florian Freislederer and David Endell of Schulthess Klinik spoke at the conference.

Schulthess Clinic Academy: Update on shoulder surgery

The Schulthess Clinic Academy on shoulder surgery was held in November with around 270 participants. The first day was a “basic day” aimed mainly at referring professionals and focused on basic diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for use in daily practice. On the second day, the “expert day”, we looked at shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder endoprosthetics and traumatology of the shoulder girdle together with shoulder and elbow surgeons from all over Switzerland. With a mixture of lectures, live and replayed live demonstrations, we not only shared theoretical knowledge with the participants, but at the same time demonstrated the applied practice.

Markus Scheibel stellt Referenten an Schulthess Clinic Academy vor
The team of speakers consisted of specialists from Schulthess Klinik and shoulder and elbow surgeons from all over Switzerland.

Involvement in congresses abroad

The Paris International Shoulder Course (PISC 2022) took place in July. The event was chaired by our Head of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Prof. Dr. med. Markus Scheibel, together with Dr. med. Philippe Valenti from Institut de la main in Paris. PISC is the world’s largest specialist conference on shoulder replacement and is aimed at both qualified shoulder experts and junior surgeons. In addition to Prof. Dr. med. Markus Scheibel, Dr. med. Fabrizio Moro and Prof. Dr. med. univ. Philipp Moroder were also among the speakers.

Prof. Scheibel Gast Columbia Universität New York
Prof. Dr. med. Markus Scheibel as a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York

In December, Prof. Dr. med. Markus Scheibel was invited to Columbia University in New York as a visiting professor by Prof. William Levine. While there, he spoke about arthroscopic bone block surgery for anterior shoulder instability, a surgical technique developed by Prof. Scheibel 15 years ago.

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