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Main research topics of our department

Fundamental research

In collaboration with the laboratory for biomechanics of the department of orthopaedics and the institute of anatomy of the Ludwig Maximilians University, we explore the correlation of shape and function of the growing hip joint. It this time, we are validating the results of our gait analyses, furthermore we are developing a growth model for the inactivity-induced coax valga and the crook coxa vara.


Clinical research

Actual research projects are evaluating the value of the screening of newborns for congenital dysplasia of the hip for diagnosis and treatment. One long-term study examines the results after soft tissue releases of the hip joint in spastic children. Another study examines the value of video-based grid analysis of the vertebral column for diagnosis of postural defects and scoliosis. Another clinical study examines the middle-term results after end-to-side-valgisation of the coax vara congenita.


Scientific  publications (Selection)


Heimkes B, Martignoni K, Utzschneider S, Stotz S. Soft tissue release of the

spastic hip by psoas-rectus transfer and adductor tenotomy for long-term

functional improvement and prevention of hip dislocation. J Pediatr Orthop B.

2011 Jul;20(4):212-21. PubMed PMID: 21659955.


Steinbrueck A, Hocke S, Heimkes B. Apophyseolysis of the greater trochanter

through excessive sports: a case report. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Jan;39(1):195-8.

Epub 2010 Oct 7. PubMed PMID: 20929938.


Heimkes B. Alternative to crutches? Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2010 Jan;107(4):62;

author reply 62. Epub 2010 Jan 29. PubMed PMID: 20165709; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC2822967.


Birkenmaier C, Jorysz G, Jansson V, Heimkes B. Normal development of the hip:

a geometrical analysis based on planimetric radiography. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2010

Jan;19(1):1-8. PubMed PMID: 19829156.


Vogel T, Skuban T, Kirchhoff C, Baur-Melnyk A, Siegert S, Heimkes B. Dysplasia

epiphysealis hemimelica of the distal ulna: a case report and review of the

literature. Eur J Med Res. 2009 Jun 18;14(6):272-6. PubMed PMID: 19541588.


Heimkes B, Komm M, Melcher C. [Subtrochanteric end-to-side valgus osteotomy

for severe infantile coxa vara]. Oper Orthop Traumatol. 2009 Mar;21(1):97-111.

German. PubMed PMID: 19326071.


Skuban TP, Vogel T, Baur-Melnyk A, Jansson V, Heimkes B. Function-orientated

structural analysis of the proximal human femur. Cells Tissues Organs.

2009;190(5):247-55. Epub 2009 Mar 25. PubMed PMID: 19321950.


 Koehler JB, Koehler S, Heimkes B, Jansson V. [Atypical course in Stickler

syndrome]. Z Orthop Unfall. 2007 Jul-Aug;145(4):511-3. German. PubMed PMID:



 Heimkes B. [In Process Citation]. Oper Orthop Traumatol. 1998 Mar;10(1):74-5.

German. PubMed PMID: 17003988.


 Lichtinger TK, Heimkes B. Reconstruction of the greater trochanter with an

allograft after resection of a giant cell tumor. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2004

Dec;124(10):715-7. Epub 2004 Oct 28. PubMed PMID: 15602678.

 Lichtinger TK, Karl J, Heimkes B. [Ultrasound in the early diagnosis of

congenital dislocation of the patella]. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 2002

May-Jun;140(3):351-4. German. PubMed PMID: 12085304.


 Bemmerl JG, Heimkes B. Neuromuscular function and radioanatomical form of the

myelomeningocele hip. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2000 Jan;9(1):34-9. PubMed PMID:



 Bosch R, Niedermeier C, Heimkes B. [Value of ultrasound in differential

diagnosis of pediatric hip joint effusion (Perthes disease, C. fugax,

epiphysiolysis coapitis femoris]. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1998

Sep-Oct;136(5):412-9. German. PubMed PMID: 9823636.


 Gaulrapp H, Heimkes B. [Bilateral congenital radio-ulnar synostosis with

hyperpronation--findings and surgical therapy]. Handchir Mikrochir Plast Chir.

1998 Jul;30(4):234-8. German. PubMed PMID: 9746874.


 Lampe R, Heimkes B, Pfluger T. [Protrusion of a calcified cervical

intervertebral disk in a 5-year-old boy]. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1998

Jan-Feb;136(1):35-8. German. PubMed PMID: 9563184.


 Schönecker G, Lampe R, Heimkes B. [Recurrent Perthes disease in a 6-year-old

boy]. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1998 Jan-Feb;136(1):26-9. German. PubMed PMID:



Gaulrapp H, Heimkes B. [Peroneus tertius tendon repair following old

traumatic rupture of the anterior tibial tendon (casuistry)]. Unfallchirurg. 1997

Dec;100(12):979-83. German. PubMed PMID: 9492645.


Heimkes B. Form follows function. Physiologic and pathologic development of

the hip joint. Rev Rhum Engl Ed. 1997 Oct 15;64(10 Suppl):167S-168S. PubMed PMID:9385672.


 Heimkes B, Posel P, Plitz W, Zimmer M. [Age-related force distribution at the

proximal end of the femur in normally growing children]. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb.

1997 Jan-Feb;135(1):17-23. German. PubMed PMID: 9199067.


Lampe R, Schönecker G, Heimkes B, Stock W. [Treatment of congenital tibial

pseudarthrosis using a free vascularized fibula transfer and plate

osteosynthesis. Case report]. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1996 Nov-Dec;134(6):541-5.

German. PubMed PMID: 9027126.


Heimkes B, Posel P, Plitz W. [Biomechanics of the hip joint in children]. Z

Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1995 Jul-Aug;133(4):357-63. Review. German. PubMed PMID:7571807.


Bosch B, Heimkes B, Stotz S. [Course and prognosis of congenital scoliosis].

Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1994 Sep-Oct;132(5):363-70. German. PubMed PMID: 7985394.


Hamel J, Kissling C, Heimkes B, Stotz S. A combined bony and soft-tissue

tarsal stabilization procedure (Grice-Schede) for hindfoot valgus in children

with cerebral palsy. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 1994;113(5):237-43. PubMed PMID:



Heimkes B, Posel P, Plitz W, Jansson V. Forces acting on the juvenile hip

joint in the one-legged stance. J Pediatr Orthop. 1993 Jul-Aug;13(4):431-6.

PubMed PMID: 8370775.


 Heimkes B, Posel P, Plitz W, Zimmer M. Investigations on mechanism of

Salter-1-fractures of the greater trochanter. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 1993

Feb;3(1):41-5. PubMed PMID: 8466875.


 Heimkes B, Stotz S, Heid T. [Pathogenesis and prevention of spastic hip

dislocation]. Z Orthop Ihre Grenzgeb. 1992 Sep-Oct;130(5):413-8. German. PubMed

PMID: 1462702.


 Stotz S, Heimkes B. [Surgical treatment concepts of deformities of the upper

extremities in infantile cerebral palsy]. Orthopade. 1992 Sep;21(5):301-8.

Review. German. PubMed PMID: 1408123.


 Heimkes B, Stotz S. [Results of late synovectomy of the hip in juvenile

chronic arthritis]. Z Rheumatol. 1992 May-Jun;51(3):132-5. German. PubMed PMID:



 Heimkes B, Posel P, Bolkart M. The transgluteal approaches to the hip. Arch

Orthop Trauma Surg. 1992;111(4):220-3. PubMed PMID: 1622712.





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