Dr. med. D.-K. Dirk Nowak is a specialist in treading complex injuries to the entirety of the musculoskeletal system. He is an expert in the area of cruciate ligament surgery and is highly specialised in minimal invasive knee surgery including arthroscopy, cartlage repair, joint replacement, axe realignment and foot surgery. He is also experienced in shoulder, hip and ankle surgery, including any kind of arthroscopic, endoprothetic of hip and knee revision surgery.




Dr.Nowak has experience as an A&E surgeon during which time he dealt with a number of extremely complicated bone and joint issues. He also conducts operations on the foot, specifically the Hallux valgus (Bunion) via the European Foot Institute (www.europeanfootinstitute.com), the high in order to help correct the leg’s axis and knee. Osteoarthritis also falls under Dr. Nowak’s area of expertise.

Work Experience

Dr. Nowak has vast experience dealing with hand issues such as M.Dupuytren, Carpaltunnel syndrome, tendon narrowing etc. His experience has been honed through years of working in hospitals, private clinics and by trading skills & treadments with various active specialists internationally. Dr. Nowak is as equally well versed in booth modern, cutting edge techniques as well as  more conservative and established treatment methods.

Main Points

Knee arthroplasty:

  • Minimal invasive techniques
  • Implants adapted to individual problems
  • Monocondylar and bicondylar knee replacement,
  • Implants especially designed for the anatomy of women
  • Titanium implants for cementless use
  • Revision surgery

Arthroscopic operations:

  • Meniscus resection and -suture
  • Cartilage repair in osteoarthritis:
  • Microfracturing
  • Mosaicplasty (OATS)
  • Arthroplasty
  • Autologous chondrocyte implantation
  • Endoscopic replacement of anterior and posterior cruciate ligament with autologous hamstring tendons
  • New own patented implant system with tendon anchor

Realignment of knee axis:

  • Treatment of unicompartimental osteoarthritis with
  • osteotomy of tibia (HTO) or femur (supracondylar)

Shoulder surgery  / Shoulder arthroplasty:

  • Minimal invasive techniques
  • Modern implants
  • Surface repair with CUP–prosthesis
  • Fracture- and OA-prosthesis with and without glenoid replacement
  • Inverse prosthesis (deltaprothesis) in cases of severe tendon defects

Arthroscopic operations:

  • Repair of rotator cuff (tendon repair)
  • Refixation of labral tears (in shoulder dislocation)
  • Decompression in cases of impingement
  • Fracture- and ligament repair
  • Stabilisation of AC-joint separation

Hip surgery

  • Minimally invasive techniques for cemented and cementless implant
  • Revision surgery
  • Arthroscopy

Ankle surgery

  • Arthroscopic and open surgery
  • Removal of free bodies
  • Arthrolysis
  • Cartilage repair with microfracturing and mosaicplasty (OATS)
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Ankle arthroplasty

Foot surgery

  • Osteotomies for correction of hallux valgus and other forefoot deformities like clawtoe and hammertoe
  • Endoscopic treatment of heelspur and haglund deformity
  • Operation of tarsal tunnel and morton neuroma
  • Great toe arthroplasty in cases of hallux rigidus

Hand surgery

  • Nerve decompression (carpal tunnel)
  • Tendon repair
  • Ganglion operation
  • Arthroplasty of CMC 1 joint
  • Hand – surgery in RA
  • Wrist arthroscopy

Elbow surgery

  • Arthroscopic and open surgery

Spine surgery

  • Minimal invasive techniques like CT controlled facet joint infiltrations and catheter implants

Stem cell therapy

  • In cases of non–union of fractures, osteonecrosis,
  • OD (osteochondritis dissecans) and OA (osteoarthritis)

Memberships / Professional Associations:

  • German company for surgery
  • German company for orthopedics and accident surgery
  • AO team Osteosynthese

Work Experience / After the surgical education in the clinic Helmstedt:

  • 1997 Emergency medicine Rescue medicines
  • 1998 Race team physician atrace track Oschersleben and Hockenheim
  • 2001 Residency/Internship for trauma and orthopedic surgery at Vivantes teaching clinic in Berlin in the Charite hospital
  • 2004 Trauma/accident surgeries, orthopedics and Sport Trauma at BKH Reutte, Austria.
  • 2007 Consultant for trauma surgery as well as orthopedic surgery at the school for general medical and nursing in Reutte
  • 2010 Accredited physician MedAlp trauma center/Austria
  • Certified expert of trauma surgery and orthopedics at the regional court Innsbruck