Orthopedics, Foot & Ankle Surgery Basel - Prof. Valderrabano

Prof Dr Dr Victor Valderrabano, MD PhD
Departmental Head
Specialist in Orthopedics
Basel, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Arthritis surgery
  • Joint-preserving surgery (cartilage reconstruction, osteotomy)
  • Prosthetics (joint replacement)
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Sports orthopaedics / traumatology
  • Reconstruction of post-traumatic conditions

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Functional investigation of all joints
  • X-ray imaging, MRT, CT, SPECT-CT
  • Minimally invasive arthroscopy


Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Surgery for arthritis:
    joint-preserving surgery: osteotomy (mechanical axis correction), cartilage reconstruction, cartilage transplantation
    joint replacement using full prostheses, partial prostheses
  • Foot and ankle surgery:
    arthritis treatment: osteotomy, upper ankle joint prosthesis, cartilage damage, ligament reconstruction, bone fracture fixation, malalignment correction (talipes valgus, fallen arches, hallux valgus, hallux varus), calcaneal spur, diabetic foot, complex post-traumatic conditions
  • Knee surgery:
    cruciate ligament and meniscus injuries, arthritis, cartilage reconstruction, prosthetics (primary and revision), patellar surgery
  • Hip surgery:
    arthritis surgery, hip prosthetics, femoral neck, femoral or acetabular fractures, luxation of the hip joint, discomfort due to incarceration (impingement), ruptured tendons, arthritis
  • Spinal damage:
    disc prolapse, arthritis, scoliosis, kyphosis (curvatures of the spine)
  • Treatments in the shoulder / hand area:
    tennis and golfer’s elbow (epicondylitis), avulsion of the biceps tendon rupture, osteochondrosis dissecans, osteoarthritis (arthritis), bony fracture, luxation (shoulder luxation), nerve compression syndromes (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Orthopaedics of the entire musculoskeletal system (conservative / surgical)
  • Traumatology of the entire musculoskeletal system (conservative / surgical)
  • Sports orthopaedics / traumatology:
    treatment of sportsmen for complaints and accident-related damage to the musculoskeletal system
  • Reconstruction of post-traumatic conditions

About Prof Dr Dr Victor Valderrabano, MD PhD

Prof. Victor Valderrabano is a specialist in orthopaedics and traumatology and in foot and ankle, arthritis and sports surgery.  Since January 2015, the nationally and internationally renowned medical practitioner and scientist has led the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the Pain Clinic, Basel, a clinic of the Genolier Swiss Medical Network (GSMN) private clinic chain. Here, Prof. Valderrabano provides the complete range of orthopaedic and traumatology treatment, including conservative and surgical treatments to university standards.

Together with high-end medical care, the particular model is personal, open and confident dealings with patients. Prof. Valderrabano is one of the outstanding medical practitioners in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology. Since 1996, he has been involved in a large amount of research work in the field of biomechanics, arthritis, cartilage and ligament injuries, as well as muscular rehabilitation. Together with numerous awards for outstanding scientific achievements, he is also actively involved in the training and continuous education of young doctors and colleagues. In 2009, then, he was named Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the University Hospital, Basel.

Particular areas of interest of Prof. Valderrabano are human biomechanics and sports injuries. Hence, in 2003, he was also trained in sports medicine and was awarded his second doctorate (Dr. phil.) in the field of biomechanics at the University of Calgary (Canada). Since 2012, he has been the President of the Society for Orthopaedic Traumatologic Sports Medicine, the second largest coalition of leading sports physicians in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology worldwide.

Together with orthopaedics and traumatology of the entire musculoskeletal system, Prof. Valderrabano’s special field of interest is surgery for arthritis. Here, two techniques are available: joint-preserving treatment and joint replacement. Thanks to his long-standing medical experience and consistent further training, Prof. Valderrabano is able to perform both variants skilfully and safely. WIth joint-preserving surgery, Prof. Valderrabano can reconstruct or transplant your damaged cartilage minimally invasively using the most up to date technique. In addition, the mechanical axis and hence the load on the cartilage surfaces can also be corrected by an osteotomy. If the cartilage is extensively badly worn, the joint must generally be replaced by a prosthesis (artificial joint replacement). Here, too, Prof. Valderrabano can help your immobility in the affected joint, with a complete or a partial prosthesis, and hence, restore your quality of life.

Another special area of Prof. Valderrabano is foot and ankle surgery. Here, the treatment range extends from ligament reconstruction, bony fracture stabilisation, surgical correction of malalignments, surgery for arthritis of the ankle (osteotomy, prosthetics) up to the treatment of forefoot deformities (hallux) and diabetic foot.

Sportsmen, in particular, place high demands on their musculoskeletal system. Over the course of his career, Prof. Valderrabano has successfully treated many prestigious sportsmen for sports injuries. In particular, this includes the treatment of injuries to the foot / ankle, such as ruptured ligaments, cartilage lesions and knee injuries such as ruptured cruciate ligaments, meniscus lesions and ruptured ligaments. As well, inflammations, joint luxations and fractures can also occur in sporting accidents. Here, as for each of his treatments, Prof. Valderrabano places particular value on the optimum restoration of your bones, ligaments and joints and on your well-being.

Conservative treatment is just as important to Prof. Valderrabano as good surgical treatment. Here, this concerns the restoration of the natural and pain-free sequence of movements of the joints by physiotherapy, medications, splints (ortheses) or orthotics.

Should you require, as an international patient, assistance with accommodation, your arrival, medical interpreters, etc., our International Service will be happy to look after you.

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Curriculum Vitae

1993-1999 Studies in Human Medicine, University of Zurich
1996-1997 “Doctor of Medicine”, Zurich Medical Faculty, University of Zurich
1999-2005 Further studies as a Specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology of the musculoskeletal system, FMH, University Hospital, Basel, Davos Hospital, Orthopaedic Department University of Calgary
2002-2003 Additional further training in sports medicine
2003-2005 “Philosophy Doctor / Ph.D.” in Biomechanics, Human Performance Laboratory, Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Canada
2006 Post-doctoral studies / Venia Docendi (Assistant Lecturer) in Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Medical Faculty, University of Basel
2009 Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Medical Faculty, University of Basel
2009-2014 Orthopaedics Consultant, University Clinic, Basel, University Hospital, Basel
2012-2014 President of the Society for Orthopaedic Traumatologic Sports Medicine (GOTS)
Since 2015 Chief Physician SWISS ORTHO CENTER Basel,
Head of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Pain Clinic, Basel, Genolier Swiss Medical Network GSMN
Since 2016 Board Member of Directors of International Bone Research Society IBRA, Board Member of European Foot & Ankle Society
Since 2018 President of SWISS FOOT and ANKLE SOCIETY SFAS


  • International Service: Management for international patients
  • Languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian


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Prof Dr Dr Victor Valderrabano, MD PhD
Departmental Head

Pain Clinic Basel
Hirschgaesslein 11 – 15, CH-4010 Basel

T: +41 61 295 88 80
F: +41 61 295 89 74
E: valderrabano@primomedico.com


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