Department of Orthopaedics

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Contact details


al. Focha 33, 30-119 Kraków

tel. 12 68 76 500
fax 12 68 76 502

Access by public transport - al. Focha 33

About the Department


The J. Dietl Hospital, famous in the medical market for treatment of disorders of musculoskeletal system, expanded its medical activity to the possibility of surgical treatment of these disorders. With a view of patients requiring surgical intervention, on 2nd April 2013 the modern Department of Orthopedics and Spinal Surgery was launched in order to complete the therapeutic offer of the Hospital. Thereby, it became the institution that provides comprehensive treatment of patients with disorders of musculoskeletal system, both conservative and surgical within one hospital, with the possibility of their full enhancement as a part of the Department of Rehabilitation. Thanks to employing a specialized medical team of physicians with specializations in both orthopedics and neurosurgery, we provide a full range of surgical procedures. We are specialized in the field of spinal surgery, orthopedic rheumatology and arthroscopic procedures of the joints. We use a variety of operations: arthroplasty of large and small joints as well as minimally invasive endoscopic surgical methods. Each choice of treatment method is done on the basis of individual medical indications, after careful assessment of patient’s health, with the participation of physicians from the departments of rheumatology, neurology and medical rehabilitation. Such cooperation ensures performing surgery in the most optimal stage of the disease, while the possibility of early post-surgical rehabilitation allows full recovery. Modern equipment of the unit, inter alia surgical microscopes, enables and ensures the highest standards of treatment.

The Department currently has two modern operating rooms, fully integrated with the teleradiology system of the Hospital, as well as 27 beds: in comfortable rooms, including five beds of increased surveillance for patients in the postoperative period, fully monitored and centrally located.

  • Highly specialized center in the field of treatment of patients with complex diseases of the spine.
  • The Department conducts diagnostics and treatment (conservative, surgical) of pathologies of the spine.
  • The Department is a center specialized in treatment of patients with congenital and acquired defects of the spine.
  • The center closely cooperates with the Clinic of Neurosurgery of the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw in the treatment of patients as well as in specialized training of the doctors in the field of neurosurgery.

What we treat


Orthopedic surgeries

  • Implantation of the endoprothesis of the hip joint, knee joint, finger metacarpophalangeal joints of hand (total arthroplasty).
  • Corrective surgeries of hands, elbows, knees, feet distorted by the inflammatory process.
  • Prophylactic and reconstruction surgeries of tendons: tenosynovectomy of flexors and extensors of fingers, reconstructions of ruptured tendons.
  • Surgeries of peripheral nerve compression syndrome (carpal tunnel syndrome and others).
  • Removal of the damaged meniscus with arthroscopic method.
  • Arthroscopic reconstruction of the anterior and rear cruciate ligament.
  • Therapeutic knee arthroscopy in cases other than those mentioned above.
  • Arthroscopy of the ankle joint, shoulder joint, elbow joint.
  • Arthroscopic stitching of rotator cuff of shoulder joint.

Surgeries of the spine – neurosurgery

Surgeries performed with front and rear access. The methods used individually, in accordance with the medical indications, classic and minimally invasive methods – a full range:

  • Endoscopic removal of the lumbar disc by the ENDOSPINE method;
  • Microsurgical removal of lumbar disc;
  • Lumbar disc arthroplasty from anterior access;
  • Lumbar discectomy;
  • Cervical discectomy with arthrodesis (rigid implant) or with arthroplasty (mobile disc prosthesis)
  • Use of implants in spine diseases, trauma, degenerative and congenital disorders.
  • Vertebroplasty (vertebra cementing) in case of osteoporotic fractures;
  • Hemangiomas of vertebral bodies in the thoracic and lumbar spine;
  • Kyphoplasty in case of vertebral deformities;
  • Odontoid surgeries with access through the mouth – the back wall of the throat;
  • Tumors of the spinal canal surgeries – intramedullary, epidural and subdural.

Surgeries of the peripheral nerves

  • Reconstruction of peripheral nerves with nerve cable grafts.
  • Teams of peripheral nerves and nerve plexus carpal.

Medical Staff


The Head of the Department: dr n. med. Robert Chrzanowski
The Head of the Department Deputy: dr n. med. Dariusz Sienkiewicz
Nurse Manager: mgr Bożena Piłat
lek. med. Łukasz Janeczko
lek. med. Grzegorz Jarosławski
lek. med. Michał Kłosiński
dr n. med. Maciej Piątkowski
dr n. med. Wojciech Słodowski (anesthetist)
lek. med. Marceli Sternak (anesthetist)

For Patients


Rules of admission:

  • Admission to elective hospitalization is based on a physician’s referral for hospitalization. The referring physician encloses results of medical tests justifying the initial diagnosis. The original referral is attached to the hospital’s documentation.
  • The qualification for admission to the department is carried out by the Head of the Department, his/her Deputy or a designated physician and aims at providing an initial assessment of patient’s state of health, making decision on acceptance or refusal concerning his/her admission, qualifying the patient to the medical category (urgent case/stable case) and, if necessary, determining the initial date of patient’s admission to the treatment. The physician may commission carrying out additional medical examinations and consultation.
  • The patient applies to the secretariat of the Department with the referral for hospital treatment and with a document confirming his identity.
  • The secretary of the Department gives the patient relevant information on the further proceedings and preparation for the treatment and informs the patient in writing of the date of providing the benefits, together with justification of the chosen date.
  • In due time the patient applies to the previously designated place, where he/she submits the document confirming his/her identity. Verification is made of the patient’s entitlement to the benefits financed from public funds, and then the patient is directed to the physician.
  • The physician makes an assessment of the patient’s state of health, analyzes the results of medical tests, medical documentation provided by the patient and other relevant documents on the basis of which he/she shall decide on whether the patient may be admitted to the hospital or not.
  • Patients should have their own underwear, pajamas, personal hygiene articles.

Patients are obliged to get vaccinated against hepatitis B prior to the surgery.