Orthopedic Surgeon in Berlin Prof. Petersen

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

Martin-Luther Hospital Clinic for Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery - Logo

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 entire field of orthopedics and trauma surgery

  • Therapy of 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.

About Prof. Dr Wolf Petersen

Orthopedic surgeon Prof. Dr Wolf Petersen has been Chief Physician of Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedics as well as representative medical director at the Martin-Luther Hospital Berlin since 2008. He concentrates on orthopaedics and trauma surgery, special trauma surgery, sports medicine, and physical therapy. His personal specialty includes knee surgery. In this area, his reputation as an expert is well known far beyond the borders of Germany. With his medical team he treats all relevant orthopaedic and trauma surgery symptoms.

Dedicated, well-qualified employees, state-of-the-art medical nurture, interdisciplinary care across departments, patient-oriented work, and individualized nursing lead to an overall picture that makes the clinic attractive to patients. In addition, a compassionate pastoral accompaniment for patients and relatives is always available.

Established since 1974, the trauma surgery is the first of its kind in Germany. These days, all modern surgical methods for the treatment of injuries and damage to muscle and skeletal apparatus are implemented. The speciality of orthopaedics and trauma surgery deals with 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 nowadays' operative interventions, most minimal invasive methods are applied. They show lower complications rates (wound healing disorders, etc.), patients have less pain and surgical patients are fit more quickly. 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.

Prof. Petersen and his colleagues often deal with diseases like osteoarthritis (joint wear), bone fractures, sports injuries and the consequences of accidents. Arthrosis (joint attrition) is a major focus in orthopaedics and trauma surgery. This most common joint disease is caused by wear and tear of the articular cartilage during the course of life.

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

Prof. Petersen’s specialty is the treatment of knee disorders. The knee is the largest joint of the human body. It operates through a complex interplay of multiple structures. Due to the complexity of the knee joint, it is especially vulnerable to injuries and attrition (arthrosis, most frequently on the affected joint). If possible, knee procedures are conducted arthroscopically (through arthroscopy) these days.

Possible medical conditions and procedures of the knee are cartilage damage, correction of the leg axis (re-orientation osteotomy), interventions to the menisci (cartilage structure in the knee joint) such as partial meniscectomy removal, meniscal repair, meniscus transplantation), procedures of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligament (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 as luxation, dislocation, or attrition). Knee surgeries are distinctly more complex than hip surgeries. Particularly successful are knee prostheses which are custom-made for each patient. The material being used is titanium. It does not trigger allergies and is the only active ingredient upon which bones can grow. After partial or almost complete removal of the meniscus, the risk of developing an early arthrosis in the knee is very high. After a partial meniscus resection, a so-called meniscus replacement can be contemplated. In this kind of meniscus surgery, orthopedic surgeons transplant either a donor meniscus or implant 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 this method which is co-developed by chief physician Prof. Dr. med. Wolf Petersen, the knee has a better grip and 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 400 beds at the time. Being an emergency center, it provides care for national and international patients in many disciplines. 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 as painless clinic. Thus, the hospital places increased attention to as much as possible pain free treatment before, during, and after surgery. This increases patients' well-being and leads to faster recovery.

More information is available at the website of Prof. Petersen.

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


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  • 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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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 2647 9669
F: +49 30 8955 3036


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