My clinical interests include: shoulder arthroscopy, back surgery (spinal surgery), balloon kyphoplasty and rotator cuff repair. I provide treatments including mini spinal fusion, lumbar discectomy, vertebroplasty as well as treatment for sports injuries. I am continuously increasing the number of minimally invasive procedures, using minimal access surgery wherever possible, for example percutaneous / mini-open spinal fusions and stabilisations or percutaneous kyphoplasty procedures for spinal fractures.
Following the completion of my degree in human biology in England, I studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg, also gaining practical experience in London, Montreal and Lausanne. I was then accepted into the German orthopaedic training programme and wanting to gain more international experience, I was accepted as the first German registrar on the advanced orthopaedic training programme in Australia where I spent almost two years. I returned to Germany and finished my orthopaedic training in 1998. In January 1999 I was offered my first consultancy and was also appointed acting director of the department by the end of that year. I then changed to the university teaching hospital in Lubeck, Germany as a consultant in order to help and set up the new department of Trauma, Joint and Spinal Surgery. I also dealt with a lot of sports injuries and arthroscopic procedures, which is my second line of interest.
As my main interest is in spinal surgery, I did a travelling AO fellowship in 2001 in Newcastle upon Tyne and in Oxford. In August 2004 I was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the then Mayday University Hospital in Croydon, specialising in spinal procedures, including kyphoplasty and minimally invasive shoulder repairs, which I started in 1996.
I am international faculty for Balloon Kyphoplasty, which I introduced in this area in 2006/2007. My unit and I are now one of the main users of Balloon Kyphoplasty in the UK. I am also chairing international meetings and teaching the procedure at the University of Salzburg in Austria and at the University of Leiden in Holland.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Michael Kotrba at Spire include:
Orthopaedics - elbow and shoulder
Orthopaedics - spine