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Succession as of January 2018
Dr. med. Christoph Thür Dr. med. Ludwig Labler

Dr. med. Kourosh Modaressi
FMH Surgery, Traumatology
Seefeldstrasse 66
8008 Zurich

Telephone +41 (0)44 521 21 21
Fax +41 (0)44 521 21 22


Dr. med. Ludwig Labler
FMH Surgery, Traumatology
Seefeldstrasse 66
8008 Zurich

Telephone +41 (0)44 300 11 66
Fax +41 (0)44 300 11 77


Dr. med. Christoph Thür i.R.
FMH Surgery, Traumatology, Shoulder Surgery
(Consulting Advisor and Assistant as of January 2018)

Dear patient,
Dear website visitor,

Shoulder surgery has been booming in recent years, and many surgeons and orthopaedists are now focusing more closely on this joint. These days shoulder procedures are routinely performed not just in America, but also increasingly here in Europe as well, with good results.

Even until recently, shoulder procedures were generally associated with poor results, and many patients worried about being left with a permanent handicap after their operation. While the treating surgeons or orthopaedists were themselves fairly sceptical about the results reported in the literature, the patients and their own doctors were unsettled and regarded shoulder surgery as a last resort for resolving shoulder problems.

Following intensive basic research in anatomy, physiology and pathology, scientists have in recent years increasingly succeeded in defining clinical conditions, analysing their development and course and deriving appropriate therapeutic solutions, for example for injuries and disorders of the rotator cuff, for shoulder instability and arthrosis.

Thanks to new, very expensive, but extremely precise investigation techniques, the diagnosis of shoulder problems has been refined to such an extent over the past few years that surgeons nowadays rarely encounter major surprises during the actual operation. Magnetic resonance imaging, or the MRI scan, now plays a key role in shoulder diagnosis, as does diagnostic ultrasound as a screening technique.

But all these complex and costly methods aside, normal and competent physical examination by a doctor and standardised x-ray investigations have lost none of their importance.

An experienced shoulder specialist can learn a lot just by studying the history of the problem. Simply observing how the patient dresses or undresses gives him valuable information about the cause and location of the shoulder problem.

This fourth edition of my shoulder booklet is designed to give you a better understanding of your shoulder condition. I also hope that my explanation of the various therapeutic measures will help you appreciate the need for prolonged rehabilitation that most cases require.

Optimal cooperation between doctor, patient and physiotherapist will pay direct dividends in terms of the improved rehabilitation of your shoulder function.

Christoph Thür