Surgical operation techniques have undergone enormous development, particularly in the field of orthopedics. Surgeons - and also specialists in research and development, as well as representatives from industry and business - are confronted with an immensely confusing domain of surgical technologies that includes areas such as material science, biomechanics, bio and nano technology, cell and genetic research and special computer technology.
Much research has been conducted in the area of joint replacement, with metallurgical, tribological and biocompatibility issues playing a major role, as well as in the area of arthroscopic surgical techniques involving special instruments and sophisticated bracing and anchoring techniques with absorbable materials. Surgical operation methods on hands and feet and the possibility of correcting orthopedic deformities in children have been developed further in recent years.
Spinal surgery in particular has also established itself with increasingly functional solutions such as spinal disk prosthesis. Many operation methods are performed with the aid of computer-controlled navigation or surgical robots.
Biotechnology is increasingly taking up cell therapies and genetic therapies to make practical application of research findings possible on patients. Thus, cell transplants and biological treatment strategies have also gained relevance for the musculoskeletal system, especially through cartilage cell transplants.
While some lectures are in English, the main course language is German.
The university course targets physicians, primarily specialists in orthopaedics and trauma surgery, specialists in surgical medical technology and surgical biotechnology. The course is internationally oriented.