Raphael Kaelin, MD

Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal System (FMH)

Faculty and Specialty

Knee Surgery (Meniscus, Cartilage, operative and conservative treatment of ligament injuries, partial and total knee replacement, Revision of knee replacements, treatment of sports injuries, corrective osteotomies, different conservative treatments, i.e. infiltrations)


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Education, Training and Curriculum

  • Consultant and Specialist Knee Surgery, Private Practice Leonardo, Hirslanden Klinik Birshof, Münchenstein, Switzerland, since 2016
  • Senior consultant Orthopaedic ward Cantonal Hospital Baselland (Prof. Dr. med. B. Hintermann), 2014 – 2016
  • Board examination in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal System (FMH), 2014
  • Resident Orthopaedic ward KSBL (Prof. Dr. med. B. Hintermann), 2013 – 2014
  • Resident in childrens orthopedic surgery, Childrens University Hospital Basel UKBB (Prof. Dr. med. C. Hasler), 2013
  • Resident Orthopaedic ward University Hospital Basel (Prof. Dr. med. V. Valderrabano), 2012
  • Resident in orthopedic surgery and traumatology of the musculoskeletal system, Cantonal Hospital Bruderholz (Prof. Dr. med. N. Friederich), 2011 – 2012
  • Resident, Surgical ward Hospital Dornach (PD Dr. med. P. Vogelbach), 2009 – 2010
  • Final medical Exam, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2008


Swiss Medical Association (FMH)
Association of Swiss Residents and Senior Consultants (VSAO)
Swiss Orthopaedics
Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft für Arthroskopie und Gelenkchirurgie e.V. (AGA)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie (DGOU), Mitglied der Arbeitsgruppe klinische Geweberegeneration
European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy (ESSKA)
Gesellschaft für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin (GOTS)


Vogel N, Kaelin R, Rychen T, Wendelspiess S, Müller-Gerbl M, Arnold MP. High Expectations Among Patients Who Have Undergone TKA Do Not Correlate With Satisfaction. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2024 Feb 28. doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000003010. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38416118. Pdf

Ammann N, Kaelin R, Ammann E, Rutz E, Studer K, Valdarrabano V, Camathias C. Meniscal rim instability has a high prevalence and a variable location. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2023 May 19. doi: 10.1007/s00402-023-04908-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37208476. Pdf

Wendelspiess S, Kaelin R, Vogel N, Rychen T, Arnold MP. No difference in patient-reported satisfaction after 12 months between customised individually made and off-the-shelf total knee arthroplasty. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2022 Feb 12. doi: 10.1007/s00167-022-06900-z. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35149877. Pdf

Vogel N, Kaelin R, Rychen T, Arnold MP. The German version of the High-Activity Arthroplasty Score is valid and reliable for patients after total knee arthroplasty. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2021 Mar 26. doi: 10.1007/s00167-021-06531-w. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33770220. Link

Kaelin R, Rychen T, Vogel N, Mathis D, Arnold MP (2021) Restschmerz nach medial öffnender Tibiakopfosteotomie. Arthroskopie. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00142-021-00453-y

Vogel N, Rychen T, Kaelin R, Arnold MP (2020) Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) following knee arthroplasty: a prospective cohort study protocol. BMJ Open 10:e040811 Pdf

Shamdasani S, Vogel N, Kaelin R, Kaim A, Arnold MP. Relevant changes of leg alignment after customised individually made bicompartmental knee arthroplasty due to overstuffing. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020 Sep 11;. doi: 10.1007/s00167-020-06271-3. [Epub ahead of print] https://rdcu.be/b66X2

Significance of Matrix-augmented Bone Marrow Stimulation for Treatment of Cartilage Defects of the Knee: A Consensus Statement of the DGOU Working Group on Tissue Regeneration.
Niemeyer P, Becher C, Brucker PU, Buhs M, Fickert S, Gelse K, Günther D, Kaelin R, Kreuz P, Lützner J, Nehrer S, Madry H, Marlovits S, Mehl J, Ott H, Pietschmann M, Spahn G, Tischer T, Volz M, Walther M, Welsch G, Zellner J, Zinser W, Angele P., Z Orthop Unfall. 2018 Oct;156(5):513-532 Link

Behandlung degenerativer Meniskusläsionen. Ein Statementpaper der Expertengruppe Knie von Swissorthopaedics. Kaelin R, Christen B, Eggli S, Miozzari H, Arnold MP. Schweiz Med Forum 2018;18(7):147–153 Link

Good clinical results but moderate osseointegration and defect filling of a cell-free multi-layered nano-composite scaffold for treatment of osteochondral lesions of the knee.
Mathis DT, Kaelin R, Rasch H, Arnold MP, Hirschmann MT. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2018 Apr;26(4):1273-1280 Link

Kopplungsgrade in der Knietotalprothetik.
Kaelin R, Rychen T, Arnold MP. Leading Opinions Orthopädie & Rheumatologie 1 / 2017

Sprunggelenksdistorsion – wie weiter? Kaelin R, Knupp M Schweiz Med Forum 2016;16(20):436-442 Pdf

Wenn’s plötzlich hinterm Innenknöchel zwickt… Eine seltene Folge eines Sprunggelenktraumas.
Schmid F, Kaelin R, Rieger B, Knupp M Schweiz Med Forum 2016;16(9):230-231 Pdf

Posttraumatische Sprunggelenkbeschwerden.
Kaelin R, Wirz S, Daun T, Knupp M. Schweiz Med Forum 2015;15(39):880–882 Pdf

Traumatisiertes Os Trigonum.
Kaelin R, Rieger B, Knupp M, Hirschmann MT. Arthroskopie. 2015 Jul 2;28(3):229–32. Pdf

Orthogeriatric care pathway: a prospective survey of impact on length of stay, mortality and institutionalisation.
Suhm N, Kaelin R, Studer P, Wang Q, Kressig RW, Rikli D, Jakob M, Pretto M.
Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2014 Sep;134(9):1261-9 Pdf

Outcomes of elderly hip fracture patients in the Swiss healthcare system: A survey prior to the implementation of DRGs and prior to the implementation of a Geriatric Fracture Centre.
Pretto M, Spirig R, Kaelin R, Muri-John V, Kressig RW, Suhm N. Swiss Med Wkly. 2010 Aug 24;140:w13086. Link

Contact office knee surgery
Phone: 0613352462
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