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The doctors at the foot center regularly and routinely perform operations on the forefoot, metatarsus, rearfoot and ankle, and also offer aftercare and post-surgery checks. As orthopedic surgeons, we mostly operati in operation theaters and look after our patient in rooms at the Hirslanden clinics in St. Anna in Lucerne and in Meggen, as well as in the Uster hospital and on an outpatient basis in St. Anna in Lucerne train station.

Surgery should be considered treatment in the following situations:

  • if conservative therapy (without surgery) does not result or is expected to improve the symptoms sufficiently 

  • if increasing damage is to be expected from waiting

  • if the quality of life, despite conservative therapy, is significantly reduced

  • if pain medication needs to be taken regularly

Depending on the location and type of health impairment, health status, age, goals, and tendencies of the patient, one of the following types of surgery may be recommended:

classic or open surgery:

In the operation, tissue is cut through so-called access routes in order to access the corresponding structures. These techniques tend to cause larger wounds, which can increase the associated risks. This technique can often be used to achieve faster surgery with better visibility for the surgeon. Some interventions can only be carried out openly.

arthroscopic operations / keyhole technique:

Tubes are inserted through small cuts (so-called portals) and through these cameras and surgical instruments. This technique is known from knee joint surgery (meniscus) and is now also standard in abdominal surgery for the removal of the appendix or gall bladder.

minimally invasive / percutaneous operations:

This is the name given to techniques in which the smallest possible injury to skin and tissues is the goal. Smaller tissue injuries usually lead to less discomfort and faster recovery and healing after surgery.


  • All common procedures for hammer and claw toes, metatarsalgia

  • Hallux rigidus

  • Hallux valgus

  • Hallux varus

  • Infections

  • Bone fractures

  • Revision operations

  • Tendon displacement


  • Osteoarthritis surgery

  • Instability

  • Bone fractures

  • Metatarsalgia

  • Revision surgery

  • Repositioning operations

Back foot

  • Arthroses

  • Bowlegged flat foot / hollow foot / clubfoot

  • Revision operations

  • Rearrangements

Tendons, nerves & soft tissue

  • Akute und chronische Beschwerden der Achillessehne

  • Chirurgie aller Sehnen

  • Ersatzoperation bei Sehnenruptur

  • Ganglion / Überbein Operation

  • Operation bei Morton Neurom

  • Revisionsoperationen

  • Sehnenverlagerungen / Tenodesen

  • Tumoroperationen gemeinsam mit der Tumororthopädie Universitäts-Kinderspital Basel

  • Versorgung frischer Sehnenrisse

Ankle joint

  • Ligament reconstruction / ankle instability

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic joint arthroplasty

  • Joint fusion

  • Bone fractures

  • Operations for osteoarthritis

  • Osteochondral lesions (cartilage injuries)

  • Revision operations

  • Ankle joint prostheses

  • Repositioning operations

Rheumatism and other inflammatory diseases with joint damage

Operations on rheumatism patients must be specially planned, taking into account the medication (immunosuppression) and also the existing damage and the expected long-term course. If an operation is necessary, it must be discussed and ideally planned between the patient, rheumatologist and orthopaedic surgeon.

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