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The Basel Hip Center is one of the most comprehensive state-of-the art center for
people with hip disorders. We are dedicated to deliver compassionate care and
reduce harm under effective leadership.
Based at the Bethesda and University Hospital in Basel,
Professor Karl Stoffel and his clinical team are using cutting
edge technology to diagnose and treat complex hip
problemsthat afflict people of all ages and walks of life.
Therefore we provide a wide range of treatment options
in order to get you back to an active and healthy lifestyle.
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil Karl Stoffel
Prof. Dr med. Karl Stoffel, PhD
Prof. Dr. med. Karl Stoffel was born in Switzerland and is also Australian citizen. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Bern and the University of Western Australia. He completed his residency at the Kantonsspital St.Gallen and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Following his residency he spent nearly two years devoted to clinical and basic science research in the field trauma and of adult reconstructive surgery. Prof Stoffel worked for several years at the University of Western Australia in Fremantle/Perth before he returned 2014 to Basel. He is currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Basel, medial leader at the Orthopaedic Department at the Bethesda Hospital and is leading the hip and pelvis team, at both the University Hospital and the Bethesda Hospital.
Prof. Stoffel is a busy clinician who specializes in the full range of modern joint-preserving hip and pelvic surgery, including hip arthroscopy, corrective osteotomies and minimal invasive and muscle sparing primary and revision total joint arthroplasty. As a respected researcher, he has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and more than 300 national and international presentations on topics including trauma and arthroplasty.
Prof. Stoffel is a member of the Swiss and Australian Orthopaedic Association with full accreditation to practice in both countries.
Your Treatment & Diagnosis
The hip joint is designed to withstand repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. This ball-and-socket joint - the body's largest - fits together in a way that allows for fluid movement.
Whenever you use the hip (for example, by going for a run), a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket. Despite its durability, the hip joint isn't indestructible. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused. The hip bone itself can be fractured during a fall or other injury. Any of these conditions can lead to hip pain. Depending on the cause of the hip pain you might feel the discomfort in your thigh, on the inside of the hip joint, groin, outside of the hip joint or even in the buttocks. Hip pain often radiates down medially and laterally around the knee joint.
It is not necessary, that the pain originates from the hip - sometimes pain from other areas of the body, such as the back or intestine (from a hernia) can be the cause, in these cases you should visit a certified, state of the art center such as ours for the correct diagnosis, through which we can give you the appropriate treatment.
Here in Basel, everything is in place to ensure you have a successful and enjoyable stay.