Orthopaedics and Traumatology


Clinical activity

The Orthopaedics and Traumatology Unit treats the degenerative and traumatic pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, with particular regard to surgery of the limbs and vertebral column.

Area of excellence is the treatment of the traumatic and tumoral pathology of the cervical spine with the treatment of spondylotic myelopathy and herniated vertebral disc.

The surgical activity, carried out in ordinary hospitalisation and day-surgery, is particularly dedicated to:

  • Spinal surgery in collaboration with the Units of Medical OncologyDiagnostics 
  •  ImagingRadiation Oncology and Haematology (scoliosis of the young and the elderly, spondylolisthesis, vertebral stenoses, herniated discs, traumatic lesions, integrated treatment of tumours, primitive and secondary, of the spine and skeleton)
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the young and the elderly (shoulder, knee, ankle, hip and elbow joint)
  • Prosthetic surgery of the hip and knee and computer-assisted for the knee
  • Foot surgery and ankle surgery (congenital and acquired deformities)
  • Hand surgery and wrist surgery

Post-traumatic athlete's disorders (repair of shoulder tendons and reconstruction of knee ligaments) are treated in a day-hospital regime, through minimally invasive arthroscopic treatments, and outpatient, through injection of hyaluronic acid and growth factors.

The Unit is part of the Osteoncology Center and has specialist and super-specialist clinics:

  • General Orthopaedics
  • Spinal column disorders
  • Foot disorders
  • Wrist and hand pathologies
  • Knee and shoulder disorders
  • Sports pathologies and traumatologies
  • Post-operative arthroscopic controls
  • Ultrasound-guided infiltration of large and small joints
  • Viscosupplementation and growth factors

Research fields

  • Application of stem cells for the regeneration of the intervertebral disc and for the acceleration of the healing processes of the vertebral column (arthrodesis)
  • Clinical effects of static and pulsed electromagnetic fields on the activity of bone and tendon cells
  • New biocompatible materials for bone and cartilage regeneration (in collaboration with the Laboratory of Chemistry and Bio-Materials of the Faculty of Engineering)
  • Degenerative alterations of tendons

Clinical and research collaboration

  • AO Foundation, Davos (Switzerland)
  • Mile End Hospital Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, Barts and London (Great Britain)
  • Cornell University, New York (USA)
  • Department of Mechanics and Aeronautics, Faculty of Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Bambino Gesù Paediatric Hospital – IRCCS, Rome
  • FREMAP Hospital Research Unit, Madrid (Spain)
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Pittsburgh (USA)