Prof. Dr Wolf Petersen
Chief Physician
Specialist in Knee surgery
Berlin, Germany

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Information about Prof. Dr Wolf Petersen

Treatment focus

  • Cartilage damage (Cartilage damage transplantation)
  • Correction pf the leg axis (Re-orientation osteotomy)
  • Meniscus injury (partial meniscus resection) Meniscus repair, Meniscus transplantation)
  • Cruciate ligament injuries
  • Patella luxation
  • Endoprosthetic partial replacement or complete replacement

Medical range

Diagnostic Services

  • Special consultation: Professional Association consultation hours / Accident consultation hours.  Endoprosthesis consulting hours, Foot consultation hours, Shoulder consulting hours, Spinal column consulting hours, private medical consultation hours
  • Comprehensive joint examination: i.e. bodily examination of the relevant joints
  • Arthroscopy (arthroscopic) at shoulder, elbow, hip-joint, knee joint, ankle
  • Foot surgery: i.e. diagnostic arthroscopic (inspection) of the above ankle joint
  • Radiological (radiotherapy) examinations (X-rays, Computer tomography, magnetic resonance tomography) all relevant skeletal parts (joints, bones, musculature)
  • Old age trauma, for e.g. bone density measurement (osteoporosis reduced bone density with age)
  • Application of all relevant clinical joint tests: i.e. Lachman-Test, anterior drawer sign test, Drehmann-Signs
  • Ultrasound examination (sonography) of the joint: i.e. for diagnosis of arthrosis (attrition)


Therapeutic Services

Coverage of the complete orthopaedic and trauma surgery speciality

Therapy as to the causes and resulting deuteropathy of ankle joint disease

Conservative (i.e. medicated, physiotherapy) and operative (joint preservation and joint replacement therapy possibilities)

Endoprosthetic care

  • Shoulder joint prosthesis
  • Elbow joint prosthesis
  • Hip joint prosthesis
  • Knee joint prosthesis
  • Condylar prosthesis
  • Partial joint replacement, upper surface replacement of joints or complete joint replacement


Knee surgery

  • Surgery consultation hours
  • Joint preservation (e.g. cartilage smoothening, micro fractures (small holes in ankle bones, agitates the body’s own repair mechanism), Chondrocyte implantation (implantation of cartilage cells), refixation (attachment of the cartilage), cartilage-bone transplantation, Re-orientation osteotomy (correction of the leg axis)
  • Joint replacement (Part or total prosthesis)
  • Intervention at the meniscus, at the anterior or posterior cruciate ligament, at the patella 


Shoulder surgery

  • Shoulder consultation hours
  • Shoulder joint arthrosis (attrition)
  • Luxation of the shoulder
  • Tendon rupture
  • Rotator cuff rupture (Tear of the muscle group in the shoulder area)
  • Impingement-Syndrome (bottle neck at the shoulder)
  • Long bicep tendon


Foot surgery

  • Rupture of the Achilles tendon (with after treatment)
  • Bony spur
  • Therapeutic arthroscopy of the upper ankle joint, i.e. with pain, movement restriction)
  • Hallux rigidus (stiffening of the great toe base joint)
  • Joint preservation intervention at the upper ankle (i.e. cartilage smoothing, cartilage cell transplantation)


Old Age Traumatology

  • Fracture of the femoral neck
  • Radius fracture (fracture of the radius and ulna)
  • Osteoporotic vertebral body fracture


Treatment of sport injuries

  • B. at the knee joint, ankle joint (torn ligament), shoulder joint (tendon injuries, luxation), Achilles tendon (rupture)


Treatment of work injuries

Spine column surgery

  • Particularly minimally invasive treatment
  • B. Care of spinal fractures, spinal column expansions, operative treatment after a herniated disc occurrence, tumour surgery, (intervention with cancer on the spinal column)


Septic and reconstructive surgery

  • B. With acute and chronic inflammation of the bones, soft tissue or joints
  • Arthrodesis (joint stiffening)
  • Treatment of patient with multi-resistant agents.


Prof. Dr. med. Wolf Petersen has been since 2008 the Chief Physician for Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedics and the representative medical director of the Martin-Luther Hospital Berlin. He is the specialist for orthopaedics and trauma surgery, specialized trauma surgery, sports medicine and physical therapy. His personal speciality includes knee surgery. Here his reputation as expert is well known, far beyond the borders of Germany. With his medical team he covers the treatment of all relevant orthopaedics and trauma surgery symptoms.

Engaged, well qualified employees, medical care as to the most modern standard, interdisciplinary care above and beyond the specialties, patient orientated work and the individual care leads to an overall picture, that makes the clinic very attractive for patients. In addition, a sensitive pastoral care accompaniment is available for patients and relatives.

The trauma surgery is established since 1974 and was the first of its kind in Germany. These days all modern operative methods for the care of injuries and damage to muscle and skeletal apparatus are implemented. The speciality of orthopaedics and trauma surgery deals with the disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles, etc.). In this speciality there is the possibility of conservative (e.g. medicinal, physical therapy) or surgical treatment approaches. With the operative interventions these days, the most minimal invasive methods are used. These show a lower complications rate (wound healing disorders, etc.), the patients have less pain and surgical patients are fit quicker. Arthroscopic surgery (minimally invasive procedure on the joint through arthroscopy) finds application in, for example by movement restrictions of loose bodies (“joint mouse”) or also osteochondritis dissecans (bone death in a circumscribed joint surface area, usually traumatic) Arthroscopic examination and intervention are inter alia quite possible at the knee joint, shoulder joint and ankle.

Diseases with which Prof. Petersen and his colleagues often deal are osteoarthritis (joint wear), bone fractures, sports injuries and the consequences of accidents. Arthrosis (joint attrition) is a major focus in orthopaedics and trauma surgery.

It is the most common joint disease and is caused by wear of the articular cartilage in the course of life.

In principle, from this disease each joint can be affected, especially frequent are knee joints (gonarthoris), hip joints (coxarthrosis) and finger joints (Fingerpolyarthrose).

Prof. Petersen’s specialty is the treatment of knee disorders. The knee is the largest joint in the human body. It operates through a complex interplay of multiple structures. Through the complexity of the knee joint is especially vulnerable to injuries and attrition (arthrosis, most frequently on the affected joint). If possible knee procedures, these days, are conducted arthroscopically (through arthroscopy). Possible medical conditions and procedures of the knee are for example cartilage damage, correction of the leg axis (re-orientation osteotomy), interventions to the menisci (cartilage structure in the knee joint), for example, partial meniscectomy removal, meniscal repair, meniscus transplantation), procedures of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligament (for example, relates to a cruciate ligament rupture in the knee, halting the movement of the lower leg forward and back against the thigh ) or injury to the kneecap (patella such for example luxation (dislocation), attrition). Knee surgeries are distinctly more complex than for example hip surgeries. Particularly successful are tailored, knee prostheses, which are custom-made for each patient. As material titanium is also used. It does not trigger allergies and is the only active ingredient upon which bones can grow. As after partial or almost complete removal of the meniscus, the risk of developing an early arthrosis in the knee is very large, after a partial meniscus resection, a so-called meniscus replacement can be contemplated. By this form of meniscus surgery, the patient is transplanted with either a donor meniscus or is implanted with an artificially produced meniscus replacement tissue. The goal of this meniscus surgery is to restore the meniscus function and prevent or delay the emergence of a knee arthrosis. Another highlight at the Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery is the double bundle method in cruciate ligament reconstruction: With this surgical technique both bundles of the anterior cruciate ligament can be reconstructed separately. With assistance of the method, co-developed by chief physician Prof. Dr. med. Wolf Petersen, the knee has a better grip and a greater rotational stability. For affected patients’ quality of life thus increases distinctly.

The Martin-Luther Hospital in Berlin exists since 1931. It became operative as the first evangelical major hospital in Berlin, with at the time 400 beds. It provides, as acute and accident hospital, care for national and international patients in many specialities. In addition to the clinic for trauma surgery and orthopaedics, gynaecologists (women's doctor), general, vascular and visceral surgeons (abdominal surgeons), anaesthesiologists, internists (internal medicine), plastic surgeons, radiation therapy doctors and many other specialists are represented in the clinic. The Martin-Luther Hospital Berlin was distinguished for its exceptional patient satisfaction and has been certified since 2011 as a painless clinic. Thus, the hospital places increased value that the patient, before, during and after surgery and treatments is as pain free as possible. This increases the well-being and leads to a faster recovery.

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Curriculum vitae


1989-1995 Human Medicine Study (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel)
1997 Approbation
1997 Postdoctoral on "Structure and vascularity of knee joint meniscus" at Christian - Albrechts University in Kiel with Professor B. Tillmann
2001 Specialist for Orthopaedics
2001 Additional qualification in sports medicine
2002 Venia legendi for orthopaedics
2005 Extension of the right to teach on the subject of trauma surgery.
2006 Specialist in Orthopaedics and trauma surgery
2006 Additional qualification specialist trauma surgery



1997 Assistant Physician at the Lubinus Clinic Kiel
2000 Scientific employee of the Orthopaedic Clinic at the University of Kiel
2000 Functional Senior Physician for Arthroscopy and Sports Traumatology at the Orthopaedic Clinic of the University of Kiel
2001 Senior physician at the Orthopaedic clinic at the University of Kiel
2003 Senior Physician at the Clinic for Accidents, Hand and Restoration surgery at the University Clinic of Münster
2006 Managing Senior Physician for the clinic for Accidents, Hand and Restoration surgery at the University Clinic of Münster
2007 Professor Emeritus at the Medical faculty for the University of Münster
Since 2008 Chief Physician at the Clinic for Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery of the Martin-Luther Hospital, Berlin
Since 2009 Representative Medical Director of the Martin-Luther Berlin

Medical team

  • Dr. med. Karl Schmoranzer

    Managing Senior Physician

  • Dr. med. Uwe Simon

    Senior Physician

  • Dr. med. Cara Winter

    Senior Physician

  • Lars Kirstein

    Senior Physician

  • Dr. med. Burkhard Finke

    Senior Physician
  • Dorothee Buten
  • Dr. med. Lutz Süße
  • Dr. med. Ute Petersen
  • Catalin Möller


  • Large outdoor facility
  • Restaurant PAULS Deli with seasonal, fresh and daily changing dishes
  • Free Wi-Fi, free telephone calls to German landlines.
  • Versatile range of services (hairdressing, manicure, pedicure, mobile library)
  • Regular church services for those interested
  • Pastoral Care
  • Convenient location as the top of Kurfürstendamm
  • Good accessibility by public transport (bus stops in the vicinity: Bismarckplatz, Grieser Platz, S-Bahnhof Halensee)
  • Employees speak in addition to German also English, Turkish, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian
  • Free use of TV
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Knee surgery
Caspar-Theyß-Straße 27-31, D-14193 Berlin

Monday 10:00- 15:00 o’clock
Wednesday 10:00 -15:00 o’clock


Berlin Main train station 8.5 km
Airport Berlin-Tegel 9 km

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Prof. Dr Wolf Petersen
Chief Physician

Martin-Luther Hospital
Clinic for Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Caspar-Theyß-Straße 27-31, D-14193 Berlin

T: +49 30 8955 3025
F: +49 30 8955 3036


Monday 10:00- 15:00 o’clock
Wednesday 10:00 -15:00 o’clock



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