Elbow and Shoulder Specialists Munich – German Center of Shoulder Surgery

German Center of Shoulder Surgery
at the ATOS Hospital Munich
Specialists in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Munich, Germany

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Treatment Focus

  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgery
  • Open and minimally invasive shoulder procedures
  • Arthroscopic elbow surgery
  • Open elbow surgery
  • Conservative therapy of injuries and diseases of the shoulder and elbow

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Ultrasound/ Sonography
  • X-ray
  • Digital volume tomography - DVT
  • Magnetic resonance imaging - MRT


Range of Therapeutic Services

Conservative Treatment

  • Orthotic treatment
  • Individual physiotherapeutic conservative treatment
  • Injection therapy with autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) and hyaluronic acid
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
  • Cryotherapy for pain reduction and swelling elimination


Surgical Treatment

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

  • Treatment of rotator cuff ruptures
  • Treatment of subacromial impingement (constriction syndrome)
  • Removal of calcification in calcific tendinitis
  • Treatment of instability and tears of the long biceps tendon (tenotomy, tenodesis)
  • Stabilization in case of shoulder instability/dislocation
  • Therapy of cartilage damage (debridement, microfracture, MACT)
  • Arthrolysis for frozen shoulder
  • Stabilization for instabilities of the acromioclavicular joint (ACG)
  • Nerve constriction syndromes and cyst formation


Open and Minimally Invasive Shoulder Interventions

  • Prosthetic treatment of primary or secondary arthrosis of the acromioclavicular joint - shoulder prostheses, partial prostheses
  • Stabilization for instabilities of the sternoclavicular joint (SCG)
  • Muscle transfer surgeries for irreparable rotator cuff lesions
  • Shoulder stiffening/arthrodesis
  • Stabilization of fractures (humeral head, clavicle, scapula)
  • Open stabilization procedures for recurrent dislocations with bone loss - iliac crest splinting / Latarjet operation


Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery

  • Removal of articular calculus
  • Plica resection for plica syndrome
  • Arthrolysis for joint stiffness
  • Cartilage therapeutic measures


Open Elbow Interventions

  • Stabilization of acute or chronic medial or lateral ligament instabilities
  • Stabilization of fractures of the elbow
  • Refixation of the distal biceps tendon
  • Neurolysis of the ulnar nerve
  • Surgery, according to Nirschl, with refixation for chronic attachment tendinopathies such as tennis elbow and golfer's elbow

About the German Center of Shoulder Surgery – Shoulder and Elbow Specialists Munich

The German Center of Shoulder Surgery at the ATOS Hospital in Munich, under the direction of Prof. Dr Univ. Mark Tauber and Prof. Dr Frank Martetschläger is specialized in treating injuries and diseases of the shoulder and elbow.

Due to the high level of specialization resulting from many years of clinical experience and consistent scientific work by experienced specialists, the German Center of Shoulder Surgery stands for highly developed joint surgery using state-of-the-art surgical techniques involving short inpatient treatment times and high patient satisfaction and success rates.

Shoulder and Elbow Treatment at the Highest Level in Munich

In particular, athletes whose professional careers depend on the rapid restoration of resilient joint function trust the well-coordinated team led by Professors Mark Tauber and Frank Martetschläger.

Specialists for Shoulder Surgery

The shoulder is considered one of the most complex joints in the human body due to its extensive range of motion. This flexibility of the arms comes at the expense of the shoulder joint's stability since the humeral head's bony guidance in a small socket is reduced. This anatomical deficiency is counteracted by a cuff of musculature and stabilizing ligaments. If dislocation of the shoulder joint occurs due to injury, these soft tissue structures are usually affected, making further dislocation incidents likely.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

To prevent long-term damage and restore functionality, arthroscopic procedures using keyhole surgery can gently treat the rotator cuff ruptures (tears) and reconstruct the resilient ligaments.

Painful impingement/constraint syndrome, in which the tendons of the rotator muscles are pinched under the acromion when the arms are raised, for example, due to an inflamed bursa, can also be treated by arthroscopic intervention. This access can also be used to remove embedded calcific deposits from the shoulder joint's tendons and treat the long bicep's tendon ruptures.

In addition to these established procedures, the arthroscopic approach also paves the way for innovative methods. Thanks to tireless research, the team led by Prof. Dr Univ. Mark Tauber and Prof. Dr Frank Martetschläger also performs arthroscopic procedures to treat cartilage damage, for example, in the course of load-induced early arthrosis.

Open Shoulder Surgery

If the rotator cuff is irreparably damaged, parts of the large back muscle (latissismus dorsi muscle) or the large chest muscle (pectoralis major muscle) can be transplanted to stabilize the shoulder joint, a so-called muscle transfer surgery.

Endoprosthetic care for advanced osteoarthritis of the articular cartilage can only be implanted in an open surgical approach since large amounts of bone material must be removed to place the prosthesis. On the other hand, upper arm fractures can often be treated minimally invasively with osteosynthesis screws through small skin incisions. In complicated fractures, implanting a shoulder prosthesis may be necessary to preserve joint function.

Experts in Elbow Surgery

The elbow is composed of the three articulated joints between the humerus and the ulna and radius of the forearm. As a proven elbow specialist, Prof. Dr Frank Martetschläger operates in arthroscopic and open procedures, depending on the findings.

Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery

In all three joint compartments of the elbow, entrapments of mucosal folds, inflammations, or bone outgrowths can lead to complaints that can be treated arthroscopically via several minor accesses to the various joint cavities. In addition, the joint cavity can be inspected with optics, and suspicious findings treated via a working passage in one setting.

A particular case is osteochondrosis dissecans, necrosis of bone and cartilage substance on the joint surface, usually caused by sports overload, injuries, or hypothyroidism. Arthroscopy of the elbow joints can determine the extent of the damage and induce self-healing through the body's repair mechanisms by drilling into the site of osteochondrosis.

Open Surgery on the Elbow

An open surgical procedure becomes necessary if the cartilage is transplanted over a large area to treat osteochondrosis dissecans.

Open approaches are also essential to treat acute or chronic dislocation or instability of the elbow joint. In the case of acute dislocation of the joint, the supporting ligaments can be reconstructed using sutures anchored in the bone. In the case of chronic instability of the joint, tendons of the upper/forearm must be transplanted to the elbow joint to reconstruct the ligaments.

For further information, please visit the German Center of Shoulder Surgery website.


Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr univ. Mark Tauber

2001 Doctorate at the Medical University Innsbruck
2002 Practical Year at the University in Bologna with a Degree in the Italian State Examination
until 2004 General Surgery and Orthopedic Training in South Tyrol
2004 University Hospital for Trauma Surgery and Sports Traumatology under the Direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr Herbert Resch
2008 Recognition as a Specialist
2008 Habilitation at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg with the Topic "The Use of the Pectoralis Major Muscle in Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder."
2009 Trainee Physician under Head Physician Dr Frank Hoffmann at Rosenheim Hospital in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Orthopedics
2010 Recognition of the Specialist Title for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery by the Bavarian State Medical Association
Until October 2010 Senior Physician and Scientific Director at the University Hospital for Trauma Surgery and Sports Traumatology in Salzburg
Since October 2010 German Center for Shoulder Surgery at the ATOS Hospital Munich

Prof. Dr Frank Martetschläger

1999 - 2005 Study of Human Medicine at the Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg
2006 - 2007 Assistant Physician at the Center for Orthopedic - Trauma Surgery, Mannheim University Hospital
2007 - 2008 Assistant Physician at the ATOS - Hospital Heidelberg - Department of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (Prof. Habermeyer, Dr Lichtenberg)
2008 "Incidence of Os Acromiale in Patients with Rotator Cuff Tear and in a Normal Population without Shoulder Diseases" (Prof. Gohlke, Würzburg).
2008 - 2011 Assistant Physician at the Department of Trauma Surgery, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, TU Munich (Prof. Biberthaler, until 4/2012 Prof. Stöckle)
2011 - 2012 "International Shoulder Fellow" at the Steadman Clinic (Steadman Philippon Research Institute), Vail, Colorado, USA (Dr Millett).
2012 - 2014 Assistant Physician, Department of Sports Orthopedics, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, TU Munich (Prof. Imhoff)
2013 Specialist Title "Specialist in Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery" awarded by the Bavarian State Medical Association
2014 Habilitation in Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery. Title of Habilitation Thesis: "New Aspects in the Therapy of Common Instabilities of the Shoulder Girdle."

Medical Team

  • Prof. Dr univ. Mark Tauber Prof. Dr univ. Mark Tauber
    Specialist Physician in Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Sports Medicine
  • Prof. Dr Frank Martetschläger Prof. Dr Frank Martetschläger
    Specialist Physician in Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery


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German Center of Shoulder Surgery
at the ATOS Hospital Munich

Prof. Dr univ. Mark Tauber and Prof. Dr Frank Martetschläger
Effnerstrasse 38, D-81925 Munich

T: +49 89 8967 4220
F: +49 89 20 4000 189


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