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Department of traumatology, hand, plastic and reconstructive surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Rainer H. Meffert
traumatology, hand, plastic and reconstructive surgery

About the department

The department of traumatology, hand, plastic and reconstructive surgery at University Hospital Wurzburg (UKW) treats patients with musculoskeletal, hand and soft tissue injuries around the clock. The Center for Operative Medicine has been offering pleasant, bright and spacious rooms and all the facilities and equipment for modern high-performance medicine since 2004. The department is one of the few clinics in Germany that has received the certificate from the European Center for Trauma and Hand Replantation (FESSH). Surgeons choose tissue-sparing surgical techniques that cause as minor damage as possible to nearby delicate structures such as tendons, nerves, or blood vessels. Microsurgical techniques make it possible to reconstruct the nerves and vessels and replant severed fingers. Every year, traumatologists perform more than 3,000 operations and more than 15,000 emergency and elective procedures.

As a centre of the utmost care and a level I trauma centre, the department specializes in treating tumours, the musculoskeletal system, joint arthroplasty and arthroscopic treatment of joints. A separate important direction of doctors is plastic surgery. The medical team performs breast surgeries, microsurgical surgeries after injuries, body and facelift surgeries, botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid injections, and much more.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Pelvic and acetabular pathology
  • Shoulder and elbow pathology
  • Knee pathology
  • Foot pathology
  • Impaired bone and wound healing
  • Employment injuries and their consequences
  • Tumours and bone metastasis 
  • Polytrauma and severe injuries 
  • Pelvic and acetabular injuries 
  • Limb length discrepancy


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Ultrasound scanning 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Electromyography (EMG) 
  • Bone scintigraphy 
  • Myelography 
  • Biopsy with histopathology 
  • Joint puncture 


  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Reimplantation in amputated hands and fingers
  • Correction of congenital hand malformations
  • Rehabilitation procedures
  • Surgery for rheumatic hand injuries
  • Surgical removal of tumours
  • Correction of malformations
  • Interventions on the breast: reduction, tightening, augmentation, correction
  • Facelift
  • Forehead lift
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Lip correction
  • Wrinkle treatment with botulinum toxin
  • Collagen or hyaluronic acid injections
  • Laser treatment
  • Abdominal correction (abdominoplasty)
  • Postoperative treatment
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Doctor profile


  • Studied human medicine in Münster, Westphalia, Basel, London, Sheffield and at the University of Iowa, USA


  • 2007 - 2012 University of Wuerzburg, Germany
  • 2004 - 2011 Department of Trauma, Hand, and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Muenster, Germany
  • 2004 - 2010 Clinic for accident, hand and reconstructive surgery, University Hospital Münster, Germany
  • 1998 - 1999 Distraction Osteogenesis, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • 1998 - 1999 PostDoc position, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States
  • 1992 - 1998 Medical Doctor, Ruhr-University, Bochum
  • 1991 - 1992 Medical Doctor, Accident Hospital Hamburg, Germany
  • 1990 - 1991 Junior house officer, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Sports injuries can lead to isolated meniscal lesions
  • Surgical management of a traumatic elbow displacement with disruption of the brachial artery
  • Interobserver reliability of scapula fracture classifications in intra- and extra-articular injury patterns
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