Musculoskeletal Trauma

The department of Musculoskeletal Trauma offers treatment for patients with multiple trauma injuries. The all-inclusive orthopaedic trauma program including hand, spine and musculoskeletal specialties provides comprehensive care in every multi-trauma patient following the most modern and up-to-date management protocols.

Major Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Unit

Hip, knee, shoulder and other joint replacement surgeries (both primary and revision) are the major focus in this unit. Commitment to a postoperative rehabilitation plan designed by the treating physician, and to physical therapy, is important to getting the most benefit from surgery and to returning to normal activities. Patients enjoy very good to excellent results from their total joint replacement surgeries.

Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity

Due to lack of specialized Hand Surgery units in most prefectures of the central and northern Greece, the Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery subspecialty unit serves an area of 1,600,000 inhabitants and 6 regional hospitals for referrals of complex hand trauma and microvascular cases. Amputative injuries from Central and Northern Greece are also regularly referred to this unit.

The University Hospital is on full-duty calls every 3rd day but the Unit of Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, for replant calls.


The Microsurgery Unit functions along with the Hand and Upper Extremity Unit and provides care for Upper and Lower Extremity amputative injuries and traumatic defects, and also for skeletal disorders such as congenital malformations, osteonecrosis, musculoskeletal tumour reconstruction, peripheral nerve injuries, traumatic plexus, complex reconstruction after sepsis, etc. Regular weekly outpatient clinicals are also in operation since 2001 for units (1), (2), (3) and (4).  

Arthroscopy / Sports Injuries

The Sports Injuries Unit has received local and national recognition for its contributions to the field of sports medicine orthopaedics. It includes athlete’s patient care using the most advanced orthopaedic and surgical therapy routines, research, education, and community service.

Infections of the Musculoskeletal System

Although enormous clinical and research effort has focused on infections of the musculoskeletal diseases over the last 25 years, and despite the introduction of modern prevention protocols, infections still remain a source of morbidity, pain and potential long-term disability having personal and socioeconomic consequences. In this unit, the infections of the musculoskeletal system as multifaceted diseases that require a multidisciplinary approach for diagnosis and imaging are taken care of. Pivotal to this practice is the tight collaboration among Surgeons, Imaging specialists, Biopathologists, and others working within the field of Musculoskeletal Infections. The unit accepts referrals from all over the country, Cyprus and the Balkans, and also a small number of cases from Northern Africa.

Tumour Surgery of the Musculoskeletal System

In collaboration with the Departments of Oncology, Pathology, and Radiotherapy, comprehensive management is provided in all tumour cases. The specific responsibility in this unit includes reconstruction of skeletal and soft tissues defects with implants, grafting and microsurgical free tissue transfer.

A multidisciplinary sarcoma team (orthopaedics, oncology, hematology, pathology ,radiotherapy, anesthesiology, radiology, intervention radiology) provides specialized treatment options for children and adult sarcoma patients. Surgical treatment includes tumor excision and reconstruction of skeletal and soft tissue defects with implants and allografts or biologic reconstruction with microsurgical tissue transfer.

Reconstructive Surgery of the Spine

Trauma-related and degenerative spine disorders are treated in this unit by using operative techniques including microsurgery procedures and the latest techniques for stabilization in spine surgery.

Paediatric Orthopedics 

In specially prepared wards and in an outpatient paediatric clinic, this unit takes care of hundreds of paediatric orthopaedic surgery cases every year, including congenital deformities of the extremities, trauma, and paralytic disorders. Weekly paediatric outpatient clinics are also in operation from the very beginning of the department.

Metabolic Bone Diseases

A big number of patients with metabolic bone diseases (such as osteoporosis and the Paget’s disease) are followed regularly on an outpatients base. Modern therapeutic modalities are applied and several investigational treatment protocols have been completed.


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