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University Hospital Freiburg

location_on Freibung, Germany
9.7/10 from 59 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery (459506)

Björn Stark

Prof. Dr. med.

Björn Stark

Specialized in: adult and pediatric plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, hand surgery

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery at the University Hospital Freiburg offers the full range of modern surgical techniques to restore and improve aesthetic appearance of the body shape after injuries, diseases and in congenital anomalies. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Björn Stark.

The doctors of the department have vast experience and regularly demonstrate excellent treatment results in various fields of plastic surgery: reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, breast surgery, burn surgery and aesthetic surgery. The versatility of modern technologies and microsurgical methods allows providing the optimal solution to problems of any degree of complexity.

The service range of the department includes:

Aesthetic surgery

  • Breast augmentation (including with implants)
  • Breast reduction
  • Male breast reduction (in gynecomastia)
  • Breast lift
  • Liposuction
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Upper thigh lift surgery
  • Upper arm lift
  • Upper and lower eyelid correction
  • Nose reshaping
  • SMAS facelift surgery
  • Forehead lift (endoscopic)
  • Midface lift (endoscopic)
  • Chin augmentation with osteotomy
  • Earlobe reshaping
  • Correction of protruding ears
  • Wrinkle treatment with autologous fat injections (lipofilling)
  • Lip lift
  • Laser facial dermabrasion
  • Sweat gland removal surgery
  • Other aesthetic services

Hand surgery

  • Emergency medical care (around the clock), for example, in case of accidents
  • Conservative treatment methods (for example, the very latest injection therapy with Xiapex© collagenase in Dupuytren's contracture)
  • Surgical treatment methods (operations are performed mostly on an outpatient basis)
  • Treatment of children with congenital hand defects (for example, syndactyly, thumb duplication)
  • Hand and finger joint arthroplasty
  • Postoperative care with the use of ergotherapy, lymphatic drainage, massage, etc.
  • Other services

Surgery for injuries of peripheral and spinal nerves, pinched nerves and neoplasms

  • Surgical treatment of compression syndromes (also with endoscopic methods)
  • Tumor removal
  • Neurolysis (freeing of a nerve from pinching scar tissue)
  • Interventions to treat any lesions of the peripheral nervous system
  • Surgery for injuries of the brachial plexus and lumbosacral plexus
  • Tendon and muscle transfer
  • Reconstructive interventions in facial paralysis
  • Other services

Reconstructive surgery

  • Treatment of vascular malformations (for example, hemangiomas)
  • Body contouring surgery, for example, after bariatric surgery
    •  Body lift
    • Abdominoplasty
    • Upper thigh lift
    • Upper arm lift
    • Breast lift
    • Other services
  • Correction of ear malformations (for example, protruding ears, absent external ear)
    • Otoplasty (ear reshaping)
    • Reconstructive interventions in microtia
  • Treatment of facial paralysis
    • Facial nerve reconstruction (primary facial nerve suture)
    • Facial nerve reconstruction using interponate (secondary facial nerve suture)
    • Hypoglossal-facial nerve anastomosis
    • Cross-facial nerve grafting (CFNG)
    • Neuromuscular transposition
    • Static methods in facial nerve paralysis
    • Other treatments
  • Plastic reconstructive interventions in cancers
    • Full range of surgical interventions in soft tissue sarcomas and skin tumors
  • Reconstructive microsurgical interventions
  • Other medical services

Plastic surgery in children and adolescents (correction of various congenital and acquired defects)

  • Removal of hemangiomas (planning therapy within an interdisciplinary case conference)
  • Removal of birthmarks (nevi)
  • Treatment of burns in children
  • Scar revision
  • Correction of congenital thoracic/chest wall deformities
  • Correction of congenital hand deformities
  • Otoplasty
  • Reconstruction of ear defects
  • Nerve injury (especially facial nerve injury) repair
  • Profile correction
  • Treatment of gynecomastia
  • Other therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

  • 1976 - 1982 Study of Medicine at the University of Freiburg, Degree of Doctor of Medicine.
  • 1982 - 1990 Board Certification in Surgery and Habilitation at the University of Bonn.
  • 1985 - 1986 Research Fellowship, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
  • 1989 - 1990 Residency in Plastic Surgery, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA.
  • 1990 - 1993 Attending Physician of the Department for Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, Center for Severe Burns Cologne.
  • 1994 Head of the Adult and Pediatric Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery at the University Hospital Freiburg.
  • Since 1998 Medical Director.
  • Since 2002 Full Professorship (C4).

Research Focuses

  • Reconstructive microsurgery.
  • Tissue regeneration und tissue engineering.
  • Aesthetic surgery.

Photo of the doctor: (с) Universitätsklinikum Freiburg 

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