Tartu University Hospital is the largest provider of medical care in Estonia, and all of the fields practised in the country are represented here. In several fields (such as kidney, bone marrow and liver transplantation and congenital heart disease surgery) it is the only medical institution in Estonia with specialists at such a high level. As Tartu University Hospital is the only hospital of its kind in Estonia, it plays a substantial role in both the undergraduate and post-graduate lives of students, as well as in the development of the country's medical science. Education and research are undertaken in close collaboration with the Medical Faculty of Tartu University. The hospital's mission is to be recognised as a leader in ensuring the continuity and development of Estonian medicine through high-level integrated medical treatment, training and research. Tartu University Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient and community-based services to patients residing all over Estonia.
The focus of the Sports Traumatology Centre of the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic of Tartu University Hospital is on treatment of the orthopaedic problems of active people regardless of age. We provide preventive counselling, surgical treatment and active rehabilitation.
The Centre's team includes orthopaedic surgeons Dr Leho Rips and Dr Madis Rahu. The Sports Traumatology Centre of Tartu University Hospital is the only centre in the Baltic states that specialises in the treatment of sports injuries. The Centre offers complex diagnosis and treatment with definitive solutions as well as specific post-operative and/or post injury rehabilitation.
The specialists working at the Sports Traumatology Centre are Dr Leho Rips, who is head of the centre, and senior consultant Dr Madis Rahu. Dr Rips and Dr Rahu have worked and professionally trained in a number of the world´s best clinics in Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Switzerland, Brazil, the USA and many other countries. They are also both active members of the Estonian Society of Arthroscopy and Sports Traumatology and ESSKA.
To a lesser degree, the Sports Traumatology Centre specialises in the conservative management and surgical treatment of sports injuries. Dr Leho Rips and Dr Madis Rahu, the Centre's orthopaedic surgeons, have extensive experience in performing various modern operations:
on the knee joint: restoration ACL and PCL anterior and posterior cruciate ligament, treatment of meniscus and cartilage injuries,
instability of the kneecap, meniscus implantation (with ACTIFIT implant).
on the shoulder joint: restoration and suturing of the rotator cuff, operative treatment of instability.
on the ankle joint: osteochondritis, pathologies of the Achilles tendon.
treatment of injuries to the elbow joint and the other joints.
In addition, the Centre also provides joint injection therapy with Synvisc ONE and Durolane. Autologous blood injection - Arthrex ACP.is used in the treatment of cartilage, tendons and ligaments of the joints.