The team of the 1st Sports Injuries Clinic comprises Orthopedic Physicians specialized in sports injuries, orthopedic traumatology and sports assessment, as well as in total arthroplasties.
Aiming at the immediate and safe return of the patient to his/her pre-injury life activities our Clinic focuses on detailed and accurate problem diagnosis. With the proper diagnosis and current, scientifically documented management, the patient enjoys safe and correct treatment requiring the least possible recovery time.
The people working at the 1st Sports Injuries Clinic, deploying current literature, in combination with their experience and skills, deliver excellent surgical results which are comparable to those of respective sports injuries centers abroad. The basic orientations of our Clinic relate to timely and accurate diagnosis, applying the appropriate clinical and diagnostic testing, the appropriate preoperative planning (or the decision for conservative treatment), the individualized ‘cost-benefit ratio’ and lastly, the most economic solution.
The majority of the cases managed by our Clinic is treated arthroscopically and mostly concerns hip, shoulder and ankle joints. With state-of-the-art arthroscopic instrumentation and two digital arthroscopy towers, we are able to perform excellent patient surgical management, with synchronous recording and with the ability to store appropriately and thoroughly explain the procedure to the patient who is given all material recorded on a DVD. Our Clinic ensures that all patients are operated with cutting-edge equipment which guarantees short operation time, reduces the risk for infections or other intra- and post-operative complications. Careful patient management delivers faster recovery and return to everyday activities.
Especially for knee joints and given knee injuries are very common in children our Clinic performs surgeries at Metropolitan Children’s Hospital, in patients under 14 years of age. Engaging in sports at a very young age increases the frequency of injuries, resulting in meniscal tears (usually discoid meniscus) or anterior cruciate ligament. Other pathologies exhibiting in children include juvenile arthritis, villonodular synovitis and fractures with ligament insertion detachment requiring arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery.
Also, our Clinic facilitates hip arthroscopies performed by an external associate-orthopedic surgeon specialized in the technique.
The 1st Sports Injuries Clinic treats the entire range of orthopedic surgery procedures, including:
- Αnterior stabilization-Bankart repair, arthroscopic repair of posterior Instability, SLAP injuries repair
- Αrthroscopic Rotator Cuff repair
- Calcific Rotator Cuff Repair
- Subacriomial arthroscopic Decompression
- Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis
- Bursoscopy, Adhesive Capsulitis of Frozen Shoulder
- Tendon fixation or tenotomy of the long head of biceps
- Management of fractures in the clavicle, upper extremity, diaphysis and lowest tertile of the humerus bone.
Fractures are successfully managed by our team, due to our multiyear experience and training. Especially for long bones diaphyseal fractures and areas adjacent to the joint, where possible, we successfully apply closed intermedullary nailing, static or dynamic, a method applied in our Clinic also in challenging cases of malunion or nonunion.
Another method we also apply with great success over the last years, especially in athletes and dancers, is PRP (Platelet-Rich-Plasma). As it has been documented in medical literature, PRP treatment delivers faster healing in soft tissue, tendons, ligaments and muscle damages (e.g. plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, ‘tennis elbow’, partial rupture of rotator cuff, muscle strains, such as quadriceps, posterior femoral and gastrocnemius muscle)
PRP treatment is applied as follows: following blood specimen obtained from the patient and its centrifugation, we use the layer which is rich in platelets growth factors, in concentrations which are 3 to 5 times higher than in blood. In up to moderate chondropathies or arthropathies, the material is intra-articularly infused. In cases of strains, partial ruptures in tendons and muscles, we perform the infusion with the assistance of a specialized radiologist and under ultrasound guidance in order to insert the platelets directly on the damage site and maximize treatment outcome. Platelet infusion is intraoperatively performed in cases of meniscal suturing, rotator cuff repair, tendon suturing, aiming at faster recovery, less pain and overall improvement of the affected area.
In cases of arthritis (usually degenerative or post-traumatic), when surgical indications are absolute (nocturnal pain, relaxation pain, limb disuse), we perform knee and hip total arthroplasties with the least possible surgical intervention, individualized prostheses, small surgical wounds, minimum blood loss, immediate patient mobilization and short-term hospital stay.
The Clinic determines the treatment plan and in cooperation with the physiotherapy team, the readily available top-notch hospital equipment and infrastructure (CPM, BIOTEX, swimming pool, HUMAN TECAR, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, chiropracy) and the application of modern physiotherapy approaches by the excellent staff at the Department of Physiotherapy, we achieve the best for the patient, and we are honored that we are chosen and asked to provide advice and help.
Chief: Dr. Andreas Karagiannis, MD, Phd, Orthopedic surgeon
Emmanouil Pateromichelakis, MD, Orthopedic surgeon
Spyridon Kseinis, MD, Orthopedic surgeon, Doctorate awarded by the University of Athens
Sophia Parara, MD,PhD,PhD, fEBOPRAS, fDAFPRS
Heads of the Department of Physiotherapy:
Stavros Toilos, P.T., M.Phil, Dipl.Acup.
Konstantinos Psarogiorgos, P.T.,Int. Fellow, Dipl. Chirop
Clinical ergophysiologist (External associate):
Contact Numbers: +30 210 650 2978, +30 210 650 2980