Examination and diagnosis
Karsten Reichmann was at the game on Saturday when Peter carried out a counterattack, jumping up to throw the ball. “When I landed, my right knee overextended.” Reichmann manually examined Peter’s knee while they were still in the sports hall and shared his concerns, which he then confirmed during his monthly consultation. But Reichmann wanted to be completely certain. Whilst he was still examining Peter, the friendly administration staff organised an MRI – for tomorrow morning.
Images in hand, Peter had his next appointment with Dr. Reichmann the very same Tuesday morning – Dr. Reichmann strongly believes in treating his patients in a swift and timely manner. “The quicker the examination and treatment, the greater the success. And that means patients can get back to going to work and playing sport all the faster.”
The MRI confirmed the suspected diagnosis: torn anterior cruciate ligament, torn lateral collateral ligament and medial collateral ligament, damage to the medial and lateral meniscus, bone bruising. “Major damage” had turned out to be complete damage. But it was complete damage that could be repaired. “See you tomorrow,” Karsten Reichmann told his patient, “for the operation.”
Around the same time on the very same Monday, Andreas Schlüter also completed the initial physical examination. Hans’ suspicion had been right. Four years ago, he’d had a hernia on his right-hand side, now it was on his left, and it’s an injury which requires surgery. If the bowel is trapped in the hernia, it can be life-threatening. As such, “time” is also a crucial factor for Andreas Schlüter when considering treatment. “We don’t want it to come to emergency surgery.” After a thorough examination and an in-depth discussion with the patient, there’s a little more room for manoeuvre with this injury. If the patient has a business appointment, or any other important arrangement, surgery can be postponed under certain conditions.
In the meantime, clinical staff have also arranged an MRI scan, so Hans can rule out an inflammation of the pubis. After an examination on Thursday, it was confirmed that there was no inflammation present. “That’s lucky,” said Hans, having had his share of bad luck, and he could make his way back home for the meantime - his surgery was scheduled for Monday.