From the scalpel through to development of the Schuchardt dermatome, Küntscher nail and Buck-Gramcko hand surgery instruments: Waldemar Link used his extensive know-how to always stay one step ahead of the competition. The company’s visionary founder recognized that close practical cooperation with medical experts was both fundamental to successful product developments and a guarantee of their success.

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LINK was founded on January 1, 1948 in Hamburg as a dealer for hospital supplies and soon established itself as a specialist for new surgical instruments developed in close cooperation with surgeons. But company founder Waldemar Link was not satisfied with this success. So, in 1963, the first German total hip prosthesis was presented, whose acetabular cup was developed in collaboration with Professor Hans Wilhelm Buchholz – Medical Director of the Second Surgical Department of the St. Georg Hospital in Hamburg, which also gave its name to this revolutionary implant. The St. Georg Model broke new ground in joint prosthetics and paved the way for other innovations over the following years, again in cooperation with respected physicians and surgeons.

In order to keep up with the constant growth, LINK opened a large, modern production plant in Norderstedt at the end of the 1970s. Always been ahead of its time, this innovative company offered comprehensive training packages for physicians with informative surgery films as standard.

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