27 May 2010 - First German reference centre for cartilage regeneration named in Bochum
Geistlich Surgery named the Orthopaedic Department of the Catholic University Hospital Bochum (Katholisches Klinikum Bochum) as the first university reference centre for cartilage regeneration in Germany on 26 May. In future the university hospital and Geistlich Surgery will work together more intensively than ever in the area of teaching and research.
The Orthopaedic Department of the Catholic University Hospital Bochum is the first German university reference centre for cartilage regeneration. On 26 May in Bochum Dr. Katja Martin, Head of Geistlich Surgery, presented the certificate to Dr. Tobias Vogel, Medical Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Cartilage Surgery of the Orthopaedic University Department, which was also opened on 26 May.
The aim of even closer future cooperation is to ensure high-quality treatment and care of patients and thereby restore their quality of life. This includes:
-offering and advancing a holistic approach to the treatment of cartilage damage
– from diagnosis through to completion of rehabilitation measures.
-providing training and CPD for surgeons, doctors in office practice and physiotherapists in this field.
-developing innovative products and treatment methods.
Holistic approach for therapeutic success
Geistlich Surgery and the Bochum team of doctors advocate a holistic approach in order to guarantee therapeutic success. “We are strengthening our cooperation in order to improve combined therapies for cartilage regeneration in different joints and to achieve better outcomes for patients,” explained Dr. Katja Martin. “We are looking forward to continuing our close and valuable collaboration with Dr. Tobias Vogel and his team.”
Treatment of cartilage defects with Chondro-Gide® and AMIC®
Since 2009 one focus of the Bochum medical team has been the AMIC® technique with the collagen matrix Chondro-Gide®. Geistlich Surgery developed the matrix and the innovative and cost-effective technique jointly with clinicians, for which it was awarded an innovation prize in 2006.
Geistlich Surgery is one of three business units of Geistlich Pharma AG and leader in cartilage regeneration. The business unit produces and markets natural matrix structures for long-term bone reconstruction and for the treatment of cartilage defects. Geistlich Pharma AG specialises in regenerative medicine and produces medical devices based on raw materials of natural origin, which support the body’s self-healing capacity.