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Department of hand surgery

Dr. med. Haydar Kukrek
hand surgery, reconstructive microsurgery

About the department

The department of hand surgery at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich provides around-the-clock replantation service. Operations take place in the Center for Outpatient Surgery, a newly opened operation unit with a high level of comfort and excellent personal service for outpatient and inpatient treatment. The professionals at the department have decades of experience in performing sophisticated microsurgical reconstructions: the first microsurgical replantation in Germany was performed at the University Hospital rechts der Isar in 1975 and the world's first bilateral arm transplant in 2008. The Hand Surgery Section is also one of the pioneers of what is known as wide-awake or WALANT surgery: this unique form of anaesthetic allows the fingers to be moved painlessly during the operation so that the success of the treatment can be checked on the operating table. 

Replantation is usually performed in case of hand injuries resulting from accidents. From simple to complex, from autologous tissue replantation to prosthesis - the department offers the entire spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of the hand and forearm.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Treatment of hand disorders:

  • Hand injury, hand accidents
  • Hand diseases
  • Disorders of the wrist
  • Carpal injuries such as scaphoid fractures and injuries to the scapholunate (SL) ligament.
  • Musicians Focal Dystonia/Musician's Cramp (a neurological disease that causes involuntary muscle contraction)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (tingling/pain/numbness in fingers caused by pressure on the median nerve)
  • Trigger Finger (flexor tendinitis, which causes sticking of the finger)
  • Digital Neuroma (damage to the ends of the nerves at the tip of the fingers)

Treatment and management priorities:

  • Reconstructive microsurgery (microsurgical replantation) with autologous (patient's own) tissue or prosthesis 
  • Carpal surgery 
  • WALANT or wide-awake surgery 
  • Musicians' medicine
  • Non-surgical treatment
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Doctor profile


  • 10/2016-01/2017 Special training in aesthetic surgery and aesthetic facial surgery as part of an ISAPS fellowship with Dr. Dirk F. Richter (President-Elect of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ) at Trinity Hospital in Wesseling (Breast reduction, augmentation and tightening, body lift, upper arm, thigh, tummy tuck, facelift, eyelid surgery, lipofilling, endocrine orbitopathy)
  • 06/2008 - 12/2014 Residency, Department of adult and pediatric plastic surgery and hand surgery, University Hospital rehts der Isar
  • 10/2007 - 05/2008 Scientific activity, at the Institute for Experimental Oncology and Therapy Research at the University Hospital rehts der Isar of Technical University of Munich in the field of mesenchymal stem cell research
  • 04/2007 promotion III. Medical Clinic, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)
  • 09/2006 - 03/2007 residency III. Medical Clinic Immunology/ Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinic, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)
  • 07/2006 license to practice
  • 04/2004 - 04/2006, Medical school,
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • 09/2001 - 03/2004 PhD scholarship, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • 10/1999 - 09/2001 Medical school, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • 10/1997 - 09/1999 Medical school, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)


  • 02/2018-now Senior Physician for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Department of adult and pediatric plastic surgery and hand surgery, University Hospital rehts der Isar
  • 04/2017 Special training in aesthetic and functional nose surgery, septorhinoplasty course at the Marienhospital in Stuttgart with Prof. Gubisch (Primary aesthetic and functional nose correction, reconstructive nose surgery) 
  • 12/2016-02/2018 Senior Physician for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Department of adult and pediatric plastic surgery and hand surgery, University Hospital rehts der Isar 
  • 01/2015 - 11/2016 Specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery, Department of adult and pediatric plastic surgery and hand surgery, University Hospital rehts der Isar

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 03/1999 Admission as a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation
  • 09/2001 - 03/2004, Doctoral scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation   Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 
  • 04/2007 Promotion with “summa cum laude” "Different effects of IL-2 treatment in vaccination of naive and memory T cell responses in HIV disease", Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) 
  • 12/04/2008 Karl Max von Bauernfeind Medal by the Technical University of Munich as a member of the medical team in the world's first transplantation of two complete arms at the TUM-Klinikum Rechts der Isar 
  • 10/2016-01/2017 3-month ISAPS Fellowship Award from DAFPRS (Dutch Association for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) for special training in aesthetic facial surgery and body shaping (body contouring)
  • Member of DGPRÄC (German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons)
  • Member of VDTPC (Association of German-Turkish Plastic Surgeons)
  • Member of DGCH (German Society for Surgery)
  • Author of 14 publications
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