The general manager, Thomas Kuncizcky, is everyone’s right-hand man and he gets things done. He might not make decisions by himself, but without him things would not run as smoothly. Thomas doesn’t just embody the well-kept image of the Sportclinic, he lives it. And today he’s looking good: every hair is immaculately groomed and an elegant grey suit completes the picture. The whole building is just as stylish. The Sportclinic Zillertal belongs to the Medalp Group, a private, state-of-the-art establishment. In the trauma surgery in Mayrhofen, a handful of resident doctors, three anaesthetists and three surgical doctors look after the injured patients.
One major advantage of the Sportclinic: “We have direct contracts with many German and Dutch insurance companies”, explains Thomas. That’s good to know, as the influx of winter tourists is almost upon us. Between now and April, the doctors anticipate that they will have to treat multiple skiing injuries such as cruciate ligament ruptures and broken wrists. However, the chance of injuring yourself whilst skiing is not as high as you might think: “In Tyrol, experts have calculated that, during the winter season, skiers make about 200 million descents. Of this high number of skiers, only a very marginal percentage will injure themselves. At most one or two percent. Playing football is more dangerous!”, says Thomas. He has been working at the clinic in various jobs, including management, for the past ten years and knows his stuff. For him the biggest advantage of the Sportclinic is that patients are treated very quickly. The consultant in the trauma surgery, Dr. Christian Dallapozza, agrees with him: “Every patient here gets a good service and is seen quickly by an experienced doctor. Once the patient has arrived in the clinic, we take their personal details and then they go straight for an assessment. The patient usually goes directly from x-ray to the treatment room, sometimes an MRI or CT screening will also be carried out. The whole process is seamless and efficient and a diagnosis and treatment recommendations are given as quickly as possible. If the patient wants to, they can also be operated on at the clinic.”
The Sportclinic Zillertal is a day clinic, that means that the patient can go home the day after their operation. “Of course it’s also a question of cost: when a patient can be discharged straight away and recover at home rather than spending a week lying in the hospital, it’s much cheaper for the health system. This hasn’t always been possible. But, due to modern operation techniques such as keyhole surgery during which only two small incisions are made in the knee, the patient can recover much more quickly.” A very important part of the treatment is therapy which is not neglected in the Sportclinic Zillertal. “We have developed a special ‘Back to Sport’ programme, in which sports scientists like physiotherapists and the treating physician work closely together. Using individual tests and treatment specific to the patient, we try to get the patient fit and well again as quickly as possible.”