Orthopedic Surgeon in Zurich, Switzerland Prof. Steinwachs

Prof. h.c. PD Dr Matthias Steinwachs

Specialist in Knee Surgery
Zurich, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Arthroscopy
  • Meniscus damage (meniscal lesions, meniscus replacement, meniscus transplantation)
  • Cartilage therapy
  • Cruciate ligament injuries, collateral ligament injuries
  • Kneecap dislocation, patellar tendinitis, patellar tendon tear

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • X-rays and ultrasound

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Cartilage therapy: autologous chrondocyte transplantation (ACT), osteochondral transplantation, microfracturing
  • Meniscus regeneration: meniscal suturing, partial resections, meniscus stimulation, meniscus transplantation
  • Cruciate ligament injuries: ligamentoplasties of the anterior cruciate ligament, joint fixation using self-dissolving interference screws, surgical treatment of loosened and partially torn cruciate ligaments
  • Kneecap: kneecap dislocation, patellar tendinitis, patellar tendon tear

About Prof. h.c. PD Dr Matthias Steinwachs

Orthopedic surgeon Prof. h.c. PD Dr Matthias Steinwachs is an internationally recognised knee specialist at the Hirslanden Clinic's SportClinic Zürich.

With his many years of experience in minimally invasive surgery and arthroscopy, Prof. Steinwachs treats injuries and damage due to wear and tear of the locomotor system, especially the knee joint. In doing so, Prof. Steinwachs focusses primarily on regenerative procedures to prevent, or at least delay, the development of knee arthrosis and implantation of a knee prosthesis.

Leading International Specialist for Regenerative Procedures in Case of Cartilage Damage

Thanks to his years of research and clinical experience, Prof. Steinwachs is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cartilage regeneration. Regenerative procedures can repair cartilage damage and thus prevent or delay the development of knee arthrosis. Prof Steinwachs uses all modern methods of cartilage regeneration. It is important here that the cartilage or meniscus damage is treated as early as possible. Once the cartilage has been extensively destroyed, it can no longer be regenerated.

Expert in Meniscus Regeneration

The menisci in the knee joint plays an important role in protecting the articular cartilage. That is why Prof. Steinwachs attaches great importance to preserving a damaged meniscus. Meniscus damage can be repaired in an arthroscopic knee surgery through partial resection or meniscal suturing. A severely damaged meniscus can also be replaced by a transplant. Which method orthopedic Prof. Steinwachs applies is decided upon the patient’s individual needs and the severity of the damage.

Knee Specialist for Cruciate Ligament and Collateral Ligament Injuries in Zürich

Cruciate and collateral ligaments stabilise the knee joint. If the cruciate ligaments are injured, instability must be avoided in order to prevent premature wear and tear of the articular cartilage. A cruciate ligament tear does not always have to be treated surgically. Targeted build-up of muscle can also stabilise the knee joint. Prof. Steinwachs decides individually which patient is suitable for cruciate ligament surgery depending on the person’s special situation. If a cruciate ligament operation is to be performed, in most cases, this involves cruciate ligament replacement surgery using autologous tendons and ligaments, or a donor graft. Rehabilitation after cruciate ligament surgery is a lengthy process and requires intensive patient cooperation.

SportClinic Zürich: Clinic With Passion for Sports Medicine

It is not only patients with chronic or everyday illnesses that are treated with great care at the SportClinic Zürich; comprehensive care for competitive and recreational athletes is offered as well. This enables the orthopedic team to pay great attention to knee traumas such as cruciate ligament injuries incurred during sport activities.

Possible non-operational measures such as muscle build-up training are combined with latest surgical treatments. For these procedures, each patient's individual circumstances such as age, activity level, concomitant diseases, and instability patterns are taken into account and an optimal therapy is planned accordingly.

For more information you may access Prof. Steinwachs' website.

Curriculum Vitae


Medical studies at the Universities of Heidelberg and Göttingen (Germany)

1987–1989 Research & doctorate at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Göttingen
1990 3rd state examination in human medicine and licence to practise as a physician, University of Göttingen


06/1990–12/1990 Junior Doctor & research at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Göttingen
01/1991–03/1992 Junior doctor training activity & assistant physician activity at the Department of Traumatology of the Surgical Clinic of St. Bernward Hospital Hildesheim, Teaching Hospital of the University of Göttingen
04/1992–11/1992 Research at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Göttingen
1992 Dissertation MD/PhD, University of Göttingen
12/1992–1997 Specialist training in orthopaedics at the Clinic for Orthopaedics, University Hospital Freiburg (Germany)
1993–2004 Experimental research in the field of cell cultivation and tissue engineering, University Hospital Freiburg
1995 Training with Prof. L. Peterson, GMC Gothenburg, Sweden
1997 Certification as an orthopaedic specialist, South Baden Medical Association, Freiburg
1997–2001 Project Manager of the research project "Cartilage Engineering", Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science
1997–2003 Senior Physician at the Department of Orthopaedics, University Hospital Freiburg, with further training in the field of arthroscopic knee surgery & cartilage regeneration
1998–2007 Member of the founding committee of the Valley Tissue Engineering Center, University Hospital Freiburg
1998–present Head of the "Cartilage Research Group" at the Valley Tissue Engineering Center, University Hospital Freiburg
003–2007 Appointment as Medical Head of the Section for Cartilage Transplantation at the University Hospital Freiburg
2004 Habilitation in orthopaedics (Prof. Reichelt), University of Freiburg
2005 Appointment as Private Lecturer with conferral of "venia legendi" for orthopaedics at the Medical Faculty of the University of Freiburg
2006 Certification in sports medicine, South Baden Medical Association, Freiburg
2006 Appointment as Honorary Professor, Institute of Sports Medicine, Beijing University
2008 Certification as a specialist in orthopaedics & trauma surgery, South Baden Medical Association, Freiburg
04/2007–2014 Chief Physician for orthobiology & cartilage regeneration, Schulthess Clinic, Zürich
01.01.2020–present Medical Director of the SportClinic Zurich

Medical Team

  • Dr Ute Guhlke-Steinwachs
    Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine
    SportClinic Zürich Sihlcity
    Giesshübelstrasse 15
    8045 Zürich
  • PD Dr Marcus Mumme
    Senior Physician in Orthobiology


Interview with Professor Steinwachs

Video, Length 47:26

In this interview, Professor Steinwachs provides insights into knee surgery.


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Prof. h.c. PD Dr Matthias Steinwachs

SportClinic Zürich
Hirslanden Clinic
Witellikerstrasse 40, CH-8032 Zürich

T: +41 44 512 07 68
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