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HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal

location_on Wuppertal, Germany
9.8/10 from 42 Votes

Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Adult and Pediatric Hand Surgery, Reconstructive Burn Surgery (384380)

Ahmet Bozkurt

Prof. Dr. med.

Ahmet Bozkurt

Specialized in: plastic and aesthetic surgery, hand surgery, burn surgery

About the Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Adult and Pediatric Hand Surgery, Reconstructive Burn Surgery at HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal

The Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Adult and Pediatric Hand Surgery, Reconstructive Burn Surgery at the HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal provides the full range of modern medical services in the areas of its specialization. The department performs many surgical interventions to improve the appearance, both with and without clinical indications – at the patient's own request. In addition to plastic surgery, the department offers effective non-interventional anti-aging procedures, including Botox, filler injections and others. An integral part of the clinical activity of the medical facility is the conservative and surgical treatment of various hand diseases, including hand malformations in children. The department's doctors specializing in reconstructive burn surgery deal with the treatment of adults and young patients with burn injuries. Surgeons perform high-quality plastic surgery to eliminate skin defects after burns. The department's operating rooms have advanced medical equipment, which, in combination with the exceptional professionalism of surgeons, allows doing miracles. The specialists make every effort to provide their patients with the desired result and to make them enjoy a full life without experiencing complexes due to their appearance. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Ahmet Bozkurt.

The department's esthetic surgeons admit patients who want to change their appearance without objective clinical indications, but due to subjective dissatisfaction with any part of the face or body. Aesthetic facial surgery is most often performed to eliminate age-related changes. These are face and neck lift, blepharoplasty, injections of Botox, fillers and the patient's autologous adipose tissue for the treatment of wrinkles. Many women use the services of the department's aesthetic surgeons to augment their breasts in order to feel more feminine and attractive. The specialists of this medical profile also often perform tummy tuck, arm and thigh lift, buttock lift, as well as liposuction for weight loss, body contouring, etc. The department's aesthetic surgeons specialize in intimate plastic surgery – surgical procedures to reduce and adjust the asymmetry of the labia minora. Prior to any aesthetic intervention, the surgeon holds an individual consultation, during which he informs the patient about the options for the operation, its benefits and health risks. After that, the doctor and the patient cooperatively choose the optimal type of intervention, and the patient undergoes a preoperative examination to assess the state of health and identify possible contraindications.

The department's reconstructive plastic surgeons eliminate defects in the face and/or body after accidents, perform tumor resection surgery, bedsore surgery, as well as interventions for the defects after extensive open surgical interventions, functional and structural damage to the nerve endings, the consequences of burn injuries and other pathologies. The department's reconstructive surgeons use advanced techniques in their work that allow them to perform surgery with minimal trauma to healthy tissues, but at the same time provide the patient with a high-quality and most natural result by restoring the normal shape of the face or body. One of the most important focuses of the work of the department's reconstructive surgeons is the restoration of the breast shape in women after breast resection due to cancer, including those with a high risk of developing oncology in a family history. The specialists use two of the most effective and modern methods of breast reconstruction: silicone implants or autologous tissue. When installing silicone implants, two interventions may be required – the first one involves the implantation of special expanders into the mammary glands to stretch the skin, and the second procedure is performed for placing permanent silicone implants.

The department's therapeutic offer also includes reconstructive burn surgery. As a rule, patients are admitted to the department with deep second- and third-degree burns, in which skin plastic surgery is required. The department provides treatment to both adult patients and children – pediatricians are also involved in the therapeutic process. First of all, the patient receives high-quality anesthesia. Doctors also pay attention to the normalization of blood circulation in the affected area and measures to prevent wound infection. All these things are followed by skin grafting, if clinically indicated. During the treatment, special attention is paid to the final aesthetic result.

The department also offers the full range of hand surgery. The spectrum includes conservative medical care, elective and emergency hand interventions, including replantation surgery. In most cases, the department's specialists perform surgical treatment using sparing minimally invasive (arthroscopic) techniques. As a rule, hand and wrist interventions are performed on an outpatient basis, and hospitalization may be required only in complex clinical cases. Whenever possible, doctors use local anesthesia, thereby eliminating high risks to the patient's health. The department's specialists have progressive surgical microscopes that allow restoring blood vessels and nerve endings in the hand. Doctors also have vast experience in treating hand conditions and injuries in children, including malformations.

The department's key clinical focuses include:

  • Aesthetic plastic surgery
    • Aesthetic plastic surgery of the face, neck and head
      • Face lift
      • Neck lift
      • Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
      • Ear reshaping (otoplasty)
    • Aesthetic plastic surgery of the body
      • Breast plastic surgery: breast augmentation, reduction and lift, treatment of gynecomastia in men
      • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
      • Arm and thigh lift
      • Buttock lift
      • Bodylifting after significant weight loss, including after bariatric  surgery
      • Complex of plastic interventions to restore the body after childbirth
      • Liposuction
      • Hyperhidrosis surgery
    • Intimate plastic surgery
      • Pubic lift 
      • Labia minora reduction
      • Asymmetrical labia minora correction
    • Non-surgical aesthetic procedures
      • Treatment of wrinkles with botox and filler injections
      • Treatment of hyperhidrosis with botox injections
      • DermoJet treatment for scar revision
  • Reconstructive plastic surgery
    • Reconstructive surgery after injuries (for example, road traffic incidents, accidents at work)
    • Reconstructive surgery after tumor resection (for example, skin tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, bone tumors)
    • Reconstructive surgery for bedsores
    • Reconstructive surgery after previous surgical interventions (for example, in sternal osteomyelitis after coronary artery bypass grafting)
    • Reconstructive surgery for severe skin infections
    • Reconstructive surgery for facial paralysis and other peripheral nerve lesions
  • Reconstructive burn surgery
    • Treatment of deep second- and third-degree burns in adults and children, as well as skin grafting
  • Hand surgery
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of hand injuries in adults and children, including finger fractures, tendon and ligament tears
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of inflammatory hand diseases
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of rheumatic lesions of the hand joints
    • Ganglion surgery
    • Surgery for trigger fingers
    • Dupuytren's contracture surgery
    • Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome and other peripheral nerve compression syndromes
    • Surgery for wrist and finger joint arthrosis
    • Surgery for congenital and acquired hand deformities in children
    • Finger joint arthroplasty
  • Other surgical options

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Ahmet Bozkurt

University Education and Professional Career

  • Since 07.2017 Head Physician of the Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Adult and Pediatric Hand Surgery, Reconstructive Burn Surgery at the HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal.
  • 2015 - 2017 Managing Senior Physician and Representative of the Head Physician of the Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery at the Agaplesion Markus Hospital Frankfurt am Main (Academic Hospital of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt; Head of the Center for Reconstructive Microsurgery and Peripheral Nerve Surgery (ZEMPEN) at the same hospital.
  • 2015 Extraordinary Professorship, Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen University.
  • 2014 Additional qualification in Hand Surgery, Medical Association of North Rhine.
  • 2013 Senior Physician in the Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Burn Surgery at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.
  • 2012 Invitation to the Position of W2 Professor for Plastic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Burn Surgery at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.
  • 2011 Rotation and advanced training, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, General Hospital in Vienna.
  • 2011 Senior Physician, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Burn Surgery at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.
  • 2011 Rotation and advanced training, Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA.
  • 2010 Board certification in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Medical Association of North Rhine.
  • 2009 Rotation and advanced training, Center for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery at the MediaPark Cologne.
  • 2009 Habilitation and PD in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen University.
  • 2004 - 2011 Physician and Research Fellow, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Burn Surgery at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.
  • 2004 Doctorate, Faculty of Medicine, Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf.

Awards, Honors and Scholarships

  • 2015 Best Poster Prize of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRÄC), 46th Annual Conference in Berlin, Germany.
  • 2014 Best Scientific Article and Report Award of the European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS), 25th Annual Meeting in Ischia, Italy.
  • 2013 Hans-Anderl Award of the European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS), 24th Annual Meeting in Antalya, Turkey.
  • 2011 Best Report Award of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRÄC) and the Austrian Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (ÖGPÄRC), Annual Meeting in Innsbruck, Austria.
  • 2011 Encouraging Award of the European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS), 22nd Annual Meeting in Mykonos, Greece.
  • 2010 Encouraging Award of the German Society of Surgery (DGCH), 127th Congress of the German Society of Surgery (DGCH) in Berlin, Germany.
  • 2009 Scientific Award of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRÄC), 40th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRÄC) in Hannover, Germany.
  • 2009 Encouraging Award of the Sibylle Assmus Foundation of the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC) in Seesen, Germany.
  • 2009 Encouraging Award of the Faculty of Medicine of the RWTH Aachen University.
  • 2002 Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf.
  • 1999 - 2003 Scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRÄC).
  • European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS).
  • German Society for Surgery of the Hand (DGH).
  • German Society of Surgery (DGCH).
  • NervClub.
  • Professional Society of German Surgeons (BDC).
  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV).

Photo of the doctor: (c) Helios Universitätsklinikum Wuppertal

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