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Department of Orthopaedics

Address 1082 Budapest, Üllői u. 78/b.
Email: titkarsag.ortopedia@med.semmelweis-univ.hu

Director Professor Miklós Szendrői, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.

Background The Department was founded in 1951, with Professor Nándor Zinner as its first director. Establishing the first orthopaedic department and the discipline itself had great influence on the development of orthopaedics in Hungary. Orthopaedics has become a surgical profession with evermore challenges during the last decade.

Profile The clinical work of the Department covers the full spectrum of modern orthopaedic surgery.

Education Orthopaedics is taught to fourth-year medical students in Hungarian, English and German. Specialisation and postgraduate courses are organised on a yearly basis. Every year, several colleagues are received for postgraduate training from a variety of Hungarian and foreign centres, and many of the trainees go abroad on 1-2 year fellowships. Teachers also organise common scientific meetings with other foreign orthopaedic centres. The clinical, educational and scientific work is performed with broad international cooperation and collaboration.

Health Care The Paediatric Unit is responsible for paediatric orthopaedics countrywide, treating developmental abnormalities on the upper and lower extremities, leg-lengthening, treating congenital hip dislocation, cerebral palsy patients and musculoskeletal tumours in childhood.

The Histology Unit takes part in tumour diagnostics both locally and internationally. There has been a bone tumour registry in place since 1980 where the clinical data, radiographs and histological reports of more than 3500 bone tumours and tumour-like lesions are recorded.

The main profiles of the different adult units are: treatment of musculoskeletal tumours, endoprosthetics of the major joints (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow), arthroscopic surgery (knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle), treatment of degenerative conditions, developmental anomalies, post-trauma deformities of the upper and lower limbs. Units for rehabilitation and physiotherapy and a regional centre for osteoporosis also operate at the Department. Approximately 4,000 operations are performed at the Department each year.

Research The research activity of the Department covers different fields of orthopaedic surgery (mainly the problems of musculoskeletal tumours and problems of implant surgery) as indicated by the number of publications.

The Department has an accredited Ph.D. programme entitled, Physiology and Pathology of the Musculoskeletal System, which offers more than 40 subprogrammes for orthopaedic and trauma surgeons, and rheumatologists.