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Professor Dr. med. Henning Windhagen, Director of the Department of Orthopedic

Since 2006, Professor Henning Windhagen has been a full professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the Orthopedic Clinic and the Laboratory for Biomechanics and Biomaterials at the Hannover Medical School. Professor Windhagen and his clinic work as a musculoskeletal center responsible for the entire range of modern orthopedic medicine and surgery. In order to provide the best possible patient care, the clinic is organized in teams with various surgical spelizations..

Professor Windhagen is vice president of the section for basic research of the German Society for Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery and deputy head of the Regional Cooperative Rheuma Center Hannover. In addition to his work as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, he also serves as editor of the journal "Opinion" and co-editor of the "Zeitschrift für Orthopädie und Traumatologie", and is a member of the editorial board of "Der Orthopäde", so that his activities extend well beyond the city of Hannover.

Professor Windhagen is a specialist for large-joint endoprosthetics and orthopedic deformations, including those in young patients. Endoprosthetic implants are made applying minimally invasive techniques and optical navigation to achieve maximal preservation of bone material.
Professor Windhagen and his team regularly organize international advanced training courses for endoprosthetic surgeons specializing in the knee and cartilage.

Clinical Profile

The Orthopedic Clinic of the Hannover Medical School provides a broad range of orthopedic specializations; all are clearly structured under the direction of a highly specialized team of physicians. The leadership of these sections is composed of specialists who are active in international scientific societies.

The goal of the Clinic is to provide patients a well considered, technically highly specialized surgical treatment based on thorough consideration of all options. Internationally recognized modern surgical techniques are employed routinely here. As part of its role in the care provided by the Annastift, the Clinic thus gives patients and their consulting physicians access to medically responsible treatment options.

Cooperative agreements and scientific partnerships are essential to our work. These are positively reflected in many projects resulting from local, national and international contacts maintained by our physicians and scientists.

Key areas of specialization of the Orthopedic Clinic:


  • Surgical preservation of joints
  • Endoprothestic joint replacement
  • Minimally invasive surgery (MIS; small
    incisions to minimize muscle trauma)
  • Precision and navigation
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Tumor surgery
  • Neurosurgery and treatment of the
    spinal column
  • Foot deformaties
  • Sports injuries and damage
  • Arthroscopic techniques
  • Rheumatic orthopedics
  • Arm and shoulder surgery
  • Early functional mobilization and pain

Our teams are comprised of recognized specialists in these areas in order to meet the individual needs of our patients in the best way possible. Treatment options are available from a large catalog of implants corresponding to the latest demands on implant materials and technology.

Scientific Profile

The Laboratory for Biomechanics and Biomaterials was founded by Professor Carl Joachim Wirth in 1988. Today it is a clearing house for national and international scientists who employ methods developed in Hannover‘s university medical institutions, so that these methods have become established internationally. Groundbreaking work has been carried out at the Laboratory in kinematic evaluation of knee endoprosthetics, resorbable implant materials, and in the development of biological implants.

An important milestone in orthopedic surgery was reached with the establishment of the DFG Collaborative Research Center Biomedical Implants in 2003, which continues its successful work today under the leadership of Professor Windhagen with his team.