has over 20 years of experience working across a wide range of departments at Stuttgart clinic, meaning he has several specialist areas, including general surgery. This involves hernia operations for both inpatients and outpatients, as well as various laparoscopic procedures, such as releasing adhesions, removing the appendix or gall bladder and coccygeal fistula reconstruction. What’s more, Andreas Schlüter treats many sport-related injuries, either conservatively or with arthroscopic surgery, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, ganglions and annular ligament ruptures in his capacity as a hand surgeon.
1988-1989 Surgeon major in the Stuttgart Military District Command
1989-2009 Bad Cannstatt Hospital, Stuttgart Hospital in the clinic for General Surgery and Trauma Surgery (Prof. Kieninger, Dr. Stumpf, Prof. Hesse, Dr. Häßle, PD Dr. Müller)
During this time, he trained to become a specialist in surgery, emergency medicine and chiropractic therapy
Worked at the knee clinic in Bad Cannstatt Hospital for 15 years
Started a joint specialist practice with Dr. Reichmann in 2009
Provided care in the domain of sports medicine for: VfB Stuttgart A junior football team since 1999 TV Bittenfeld handball team 8/1999 - 7/2014 SV Fellbach volleyball team, 2nd Bundesliga, since 11/2015
Andreas Schlüter’s specialist areas
Shouldice hernia repair (fascia plastic surgery for Gilmore's groin)
Lichtenstein repair (open herniotomy where mesh is placed on the defect)
Laparoscopic hernia repair (TAPP)
General surgical procedures
Coccygeal fistula (pilonidal sinus), reconstruction where necessary
Another one of his specialist areas is arthroscopic knee surgery (apart from cruciate ligament surgery).
Hand and foot surgery
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Surgical treatment of ingrown toenails
Sport-related injuries – sports medicine
I have been providing care and treatment for various sports clubs, as well as individual competitive athletes, for over 20 years. The vast wealth of experience gained over this time providing care in the sports medicine domain helps in making decisions, such as whether to treat an injury conservatively or with surgery, and in recognising rarer types of injuries.
The names have been changed but the stories are real: it was a chance meeting at the reception desk that brought Hans and Peter together. Their own experiences had sharpened their gaze. “Pain?” “Yeah, you too?” “Yeah.”
Between colleagues and fellow sufferers, there wasn’t much more to be said. “Playing sport?” “Yeah, during training, you?” “During a match.” There was just enough time left to share the last important piece of information: “I got injured playing football” – “For me it was playing handball.”
What does an Achilles tendon rupture have to do with a pregnancy in the ninth week? Chantal (our patient’s name for the purposes of this story) knows the answer, because she’s lived through both. And it also explains why surgeon Dr. Karsten Reichmann learned about her pregnancy even before the gynaecologist – and anybody else.