St. Antonius Hospital Eschweiler
Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery (140)
Specialized in: plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, hand surgery
About the department
The Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery at the St. Antonius Hospital Eschweiler offers all the options of modern surgery for correcting the shape of the face and body, both according to clinical indications and at the patient's own desire. The department's range of services is complemented by surgical procedures for diseases and injuries of the hand, including replantation surgery of any complexity. The department's team of surgeons also successfully performs dermatosurgical interventions for skin tumors in the face and other parts of the body. The department began its work in 1978 and became one of the first medical facilities in its specialization in North Rhine-Westphalia. Over the years of clinical practice, the department has accumulated extensive experience, thanks to which plastic surgeons achieve excellent results. The operations are performed in two high-tech operating rooms, in compliance with all hygiene and safety standards. Many interventions are performed using sparing laparoscopic surgical techniques to facilitate rapid postoperative recovery. The department actively uses computer modelling programs that allow the patient to evaluate the result of a surgical intervention even prior to its performance. This approach eliminates the patient's dissatisfaction with his appearance after the operation and, accordingly, the need for a second surgical procedure. The Chief Physician of the department is PD Dr. med. Alexander Bach.
The team of doctors specializing in aesthetic plastic surgery is responsible for performing surgical procedures in the face and body in order to improve the patient's appearance. The department's doctors mostly have to deal with face and neck lift, surgery to reshape upper and lower eyelids (blepharoplasty), surgery to reshape ears (otoplasty), breast surgery, as well as abdominoplasty, thigh and arm lift. Liposuction and lipofilling procedures are especially popular among patients. Liposuction allows quickly get rid of unwanted fat deposits, while lipofilling serves to correct age-related changes in the face and body contours by transplanting the patient's own adipose tissue from one zone to another. In addition to interventional procedures, the department offers rejuvenating injection procedures – Botox and platelet-rich plasma injections for the treatment of wrinkles.
The department can boast of its successful experience in the field of aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery. The specialization covers breast augmentation, reduction and lift, as well as interventions to correct the consequences of partial or total resection of the breast in women with cancer. In addition, the department's surgeons perform corrective interventions for breast asymmetry and surgery to treat gynecomastia in men. Breast interventions are performed under general anesthesia, on an inpatient basis. All surgical procedures are carefully planned in advance. Depending on the specific clinical case, the doctor individually determines the optimal method for correcting the shape of the breast – using silicone implants or using the patient's own tissues (lipofilling). Nipple reconstruction can also be performed if required.
The task of plastic surgeons is not only to restore the aesthetic appearance of a particular part of the body, but also to restore its functionality. Reconstructive surgery is indicated for patients who have undergone invasive treatment of tumors, injuries, accidents, etc. In such cases, transplantation of various tissues (skin and adipose tissue, nerve endings, muscles) or microsurgical reconstruction with the imposition of vascular anastomoses are most commonly used.
The department's range of services is complemented by conservative and surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of the hand. The hand has a complex anatomical structure, and therefore surgical procedures on this part of the body require special competence and experience from the surgeons. The department's medical team has many years of successful experience in the treatment of diseases and injuries of the hand of varying severity. The therapeutic options cover microsurgical operations for hand fractures, arthrosis of the wrist and finger joints, ganglion, Dupuytren's contracture, rheumatic lesions, congenital malformations, malignant and benign neoplasms of the hand.
The main clinical focuses of the department include:
- Aesthetic plastic surgery
- Head and facial interventions
- Face and neck lift
- Forehead lift
- Upper and lower eyelid reshaping
- Ear reshaping
- Chin reshaping
- Botox and platelet-rich plasma injections for the treatment of wrinkles
- Bodily interventions
- Breast augmentation, reduction and lift
- Thigh and arm lift
- Body contouring and skin lift after rapid weight loss
- Head and facial interventions
- Reconstructive plastic surgery
- Removal of facial tumors with subsequent covering of skin defects
- Reconstructive surgery after breast cancer (reconstruction with implants, autologous tissues and simultaneous breast reconstruction during cancer surgery)
- Reconstructive surgery to correct breast asymmetry and other breast defects
- Reduction of mammary glands in case of hyperplasia
- Surgery for gynecomastia in men
- Removal of skin tumors in the face and whole body (squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, etc.) followed by the correction of skin defects
- Reconstructive surgery to correct malformations, consequences of injuries and accidents
- Hand surgery
- Arthroscopic wrist surgery
- Surgery for hand ligament injuries
- Surgery for hand fractures (primary and repeated corrective interventions)
- Surgery for tendon sheath inflammation and stenosis
- Surgery for ganglion
- Surgery for Dupuytren's contracture
- Operations for rheumatic lesions of the hand
- Surgery for aseptic necrosis of the hand
- Surgery for hand malformations
- Surgery for hand neoplasms
- Replantation surgery
- Other medical services
- October 1991 - November 1998 Study of Human Medicine, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.
- March 1995 - April 1998 Doctoral thesis defense with honors, Institute of Anatomy, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.
- 18.11.1998 Admission to medical practice.
- November 2006 Habilitation and Venia Legendi in Plastic Surgery.
- Department of Plastic Surgery, University Hospital Padua, Italy.
- Department of Internal Medicine and Neurology, West Middlesex University Hospital, London, UK.
- 1997 - 1998 One-year practice: Department of Surgery at the Cantonal Hospital Sursee (Switzerland), Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery at the University Hospital Freiburg (Germany), Department of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of South Florida (USA).
- December 1998 - May 2000 Internship, Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery at the University Hospital Freiburg.
- June 2000 - March 2003 Assistant Physician, Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery at the University Hospital Freiburg.
- April 2003 - June 2005 Managing Senior Physician, Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen.
- July 2005 Board Certification in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery.
- November 2006 - July 2009 Managing Senior Physician and Deputy Head of the Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen.
- September 2007 Specialization in Hand Surgery.
- Body plastic and reconstructive surgery (special focus on flap plastic surgery).
- Hand surgery (elective and traumatic hand surgery, replantation surgery).
- Plastic and reconstructive breast surgery.
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery in the head and neck.
- Body contouring surgery.
Prizes, Awards and Other Honors
- September 1998 Ludwig Heilmeyer Prize for doctoral thesis defense, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.
- June 2007 Scientific Prize of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons on the occasion of the 14th International Congress of the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS).
Memberships in Professional Societies
- German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRÄC).
- German-speaking Working Group for Microsurgery (DAM).
- German Society of Senology.
- German Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (DGPW).
- Tissue Engineering Society International (TESI).
Photo of the doctor: (c) St.-Antonius-Hospital
Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery.
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