Dr. med. Thomas Witte

Medical Director, Medical Specialist for General Surgery, Medical Specialist for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, Hand Surgery

LipoClinic Dr. Med. Thomas Witte

LipoClinic Dr. Heck · since February 2017
Specialist clinic for liposuction, consultation and surgical treatment of lipedema

Senior Physician at the Berufsgenossenschaftliches Universitätsklinikum Bergmannsheil Bochum · 2016 - 2017
Clinic for Plastic Surgery and Severe Burns Injuries under the supervision of Prof. Dr. med. Marcus Lehnhardt

Medical Specialist at the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Duisburg · 2009 - 2016
Clinic for Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Centre for Severe Burns Injury under the supervision of  Dr. med. F. Jostkleigrewe/ Prof. Dr. med. H. H. Homann (with rotation stay in the Clinic for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery of the Florence Nightingale Hospital Kaiserswerth under supervision of Prof. Dr. med. J. Liebau)

Assistant physician, Catholic Clinics Essen North · 2004 - 2008
Clinic for General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery under the supervision of  Prof. Dr. med. G. Omlor

Internship in the Florence Nightingale Hospital Kaiserswerth · 2003 - 2004
in the Department of Hand and Trauma Surgery, supervised by Dr. med. U. Gras

Internship in  Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Bonn · 2003
in the Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, under the supervision of  Dr. med. A. Kondoch

Studies · 1996 - 2002
Study of human medicine in Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Professional qualifications:
2002 Postgraduate training (Residency)
2004 Licence to practise as a doctor
2008 Specialist for General Surgery
2012 Specialist for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery
2014 Additional qualification in Hand Surgery
Expertise in Rescue Service expertise
Expertise in Radiation Protection

Full member of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons DGPRÄC
German Society for Wound Healing and Wound Treatment DGfW/Lipedema Group 
Interplast Germany
Member of the German Society for Lipedema Surgery (DGfLC)

Lectures and publications:
Witte T, Mannil L, Zeitter S, Homann H: Medical Needling: Experiences and results in the therapy of large burn scars. Plastic Surgery 1/ 2015 36-40

Witte T, Mannil L, Onallah R, Homann H: Autologous fat injection for fascia-adherent burn scars. Plastic Surgery 2/ 2015 89-93

Mannil L, Witte T, Gerharz CD, Jostkleigrewe F, Homann HH: Intraosseous Tophaceous Gout of the Hand: Case Report and Literature Review. Handchir Mikrochir Plast Chir. 2015 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Mannil L, Martin W, Dahmen J, Witte T, Juten PG, Deneken F, Räder M, Homann HH: Arthroscopic treatment for ulnar-sided TFCC-tears. European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. First online: 13 November 2015

Various lectures on the topic of burn treatment and medical needling DAV 2011, DGPRÄC 2014/ 2015, DGPRÄC National Association Meeting 2014, DGCH 2015, BGU Children's Trauma Symposium 2014, lectures on the topic of autologous fat injection of scars and contour defects DAV 2015, Working group "The severely burned child" 2016, Lipedema surgery Airport-Meeting 2017, Circulatory reaction after liposuction for lipedema DGL 2017, Organization and chair of the Lipedema Session at the annual meeting of the DGPRÄC 2018 in Bochum

    At the beginning of the 2000s, Dr. Falk-Christian Heck first came into contact with a previously unknown disease – lipedema. The clinical picture of the affected women was met with neither acceptance nor understanding by the doctors. Even today, in many cases lipedema is still misdiagnosed as overweight or obesity (adiposity). The disease often remains undetected for a long time. Those affected suffer from shame, self-reproach and frustration.

    As an experienced surgeon, Dr. Heck developed a completely new and sustainably effective surgical method, the lipedema surgery (lipo-decompression), which

    • stops the lipedema
    • is a pain-free surgery
    • eliminates the need for compression garments
    • improves the quality of life

    These are still our goals today at the LipoClinic!


    What does pain feel like with lipedema

    Which doctor can diagnose lipedema?

    Why is MLD so important for lipedema?

    Flat-knitted compression garment for lipedema? Part 1

    Flat-knitted compression garment for lipedema? Part 2

    Flat-knitted or circular-knitted compression garments for lipedema?

    Lipedema & Pregnancy

    Lipedema & Sport

    Costs of a lipedema lipo-decompression

    Since September 2019, health insurance companies have been covering the costs of medical lipo-decompression for very severe stage III cases. However, patients must meet certain requirements to obtain a coverage by the health insurance. Each patient is different and the treatment at the LipoClinic is individually tailored. The costs for a lipedema surgery therefore depends on the complexity of the surgery and the aftercare required.