H. E. Gollwitzer

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BACKGROUND Autoclaving, heat, irradiation or chemical detergents are used to disinfect autografts, allografts and biomaterials for tissue reconstruction. These methods are often associated with deterioration of mechanical, physical, and biological properties of the bone grafts and synthetic implants. High hydrostatic pressure has been proposed as a novel(More)
BACKGROUND Radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an effective treatment for chronic plantar fasciitis that can be administered to outpatients without anesthesia but has not yet been evaluated in controlled trials. HYPOTHESIS There is no difference in effectiveness between radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy and placebo in the treatment of(More)
We performed a combined approach to identify suspected allergy to knee arthroplasty (TKR): patch test (PT), lymphocyte transformation test (LTT), histopathology (overall grading; T- and B-lymphocytes, macrophages, and neutrophils), and semiquantitative Real-time-PCR-based periprosthetic inflammatory mediator analysis (IFNγ, TNFα, IL1-β, IL-2, IL-6, IL-8,(More)
Implant infections remain feared and severe complications after total joint arthroplasty. The incidence of multi-resistant pathogens, causing such infections, is rising continuously, and orthopaedic surgeons are confronted with an ever-changing resistance pattern. Anti-infectious surface coatings aim for a high local effective concentration and a low(More)
Reliable confirmation of periprosthetic infection after total knee arthroplasty is a diagnostic challenge. The present work reviews published data evaluating the available diagnostic tools. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein serum levels are relatively sensitive methods with rather low specificity towards periprosthetic infection and are(More)
Published data describing the efficacy of extracorporeal shock wave therapy for the treatment of plantar heel pain provide conflicting results, and optimal treatment guidelines are yet to be determined. To assess the efficacy and safety of extracorporeal shockwave therapy compared with placebo in the treatment of chronic painful heel syndrome with a new(More)
BACKGROUND Some nickel (Ni) allergic patients develop complications following Ni-containing arthroplasty. In the peri-implant tissue of such patients, we had observed lymphocyte dominated inflammation together with IFN-gamma and IL-17 expression. OBJECTIVES To determine whether Ni stimulation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of such patients(More)
Postoperative implant-associated infection is still an unresolved and serious complication in modern surgery. Antibacterial and biocompatible surfaces could both reduce infection rates and promote tissue integration. In this respect, a comparative study of the antibacterial as well as the biocompatible potential of different metal ions in vitro is(More)
The aim of this study was to analyse the gait pattern, muscle force and functional outcome of patients who had undergone replacement of the proximal tibia for tumour and alloplastic reconstruction of the extensor mechanism using the patellar-loop technique. Between February 1998 and December 2009, we carried out wide local excision of a primary sarcoma of(More)
In orthopedic surgery, sterilization of bone used for reconstruction of osteoarticular defects caused by malignant tumors is carried out in various ways. At present, to devitalize tumor-bearing osteochondral segments, extracorporeal irradiation or autoclaving is mainly used, although both methods have substantial disadvantages, leading to a significant loss(More)