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Department of plastic, peripheral nerve, reconstructive microsurgery and hand surgery

PD. Dr. med. Michael Hanns-Joachim Becker
surgery, hand surgery, peripheral nerve microsurgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery

About the department

The department of plastic, peripheral nerve, reconstructive microsurgery and hand surgery at Pauwels Clinic Aachen offers a full range of services in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the peripheral nerves. The clinic provides outpatient and inpatient treatment. The department has a unique experience with peripheral nerve damage and performed reconstructive procedures internationally. High qualifications and expertise make it possible to perform various surgical interventions using the latest surgical techniques that provide excellent outcomes and quick recovery. Since surgical interventions often leave scars and external defects, the department also offers reconstructive and plastic surgery services for the best aesthetic result.

The key focus of the doctors of the department is diseases of the hand, which cover malformations, injuries, and pathological changes in the joints, tendons and nerves. The most common condition is carpal tunnel syndrome. The operation is offered under general anaesthesia or blockade of the brachial plexus. Another direction is microsurgery of the peripheral nerves. The department successfully performs surgical interventions to treat injuries to the brachial plexus, which most often occur due to accidents.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger fingers
  • Dupuytren's contracture disease
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Burns
  • Hand malformations
  • Hand injury
  • Arthrosis of the fingers and wrist
  • Syndactyly
  • Shoulder plexus injuries
  • Other pathological conditions

Diagnostic procedures: 

  • Anamnesis (complete history) 
  • Physical examination 
  • X-ray, computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Bone scintigraphy (nuclear medicine imaging technique)
  • Electromyography (to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them)
  • Ultrasound examination


  • Burn surgery
  • Surgery of the hand and wrist
  • Joint replacement
  • Tendon and nerve repair
  • Plastic surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Nerve microsurgery
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Doctor profile


  • 1977 - 1984 Studied Medicine at the Hannover Medical School
  • Became a fellow of the German Research Foundation and began to research nerves 
  • PhD thesis on the side effect of the use of immunosuppressive drugs on the transplanted areas of the nerves
  • 1992 Medical Specialist in Surgery
  • 1999 Received additional qualification in the field of hand surgery
  • 2002 Habilitation


  • 1995 Medical Specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Senior Physician in various university hospitals (Hanover, Aachen, Wuppertal) 
  • since 2004 Head of the Clinic for Hand Surgery and Peripheral Nerve Microsurgery

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German-speaking Working Group on Microsurgery (DAM)
  • German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (formerly the Association of German Plastic Surgeons (VDPC))
  • American Society of Peripheral Nerve Surgery (ASPN)
  • International Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ISRM)
  • NervClub
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