Dr. med. Brigitte Habermalz

Medical Specialist for General Surgery, Lymphology

LipoClinic Dr. Med. Brigitte Habermalz

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

Hanseatic Clinic Lübeck · 2017
Consults patients, provides surgical treatment for lipedema

CG Lympha Cologne · 2016 
Since the beginning of 2016, she has been intensively dedicated exclusively to the surgical treatment of lipedema

Clinic for Visceral, Vascular and Transplant Surgery · 2008 - 2016
City of Cologne Clinics

Institute for Research in Surgical Medicine · 2007 - 2009
University of Witten/Herdecke

General and Trauma Surgery · 1999 - 2003
Hospital St. Joseph-Stift Bremen

Study of human medicine · 1992 - 1999
Medical University of Lübeck

PhD. (Doctoral Thesis):
Historical examination of damage patterns and brain tissue reactions after intracranial application  of an ultrasonic aspirator

Professional qualifications: 
General Surgery, Lymphology 
Specialist Surgery 
Rescue Service Expertise
Radiation Protection Expertise
Ultrasound Diagnostics Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
Ultrasound Diagnostics of  Abdomen and Retroperitoneum
External Work in Brazil
Preparation and implementation of workshops on EbM at international congresses

Member of the German Society for Lipedema Surgery (DGfLC)
Member of BDC (Berufsverband Deutscher Chirurgen)
Member of the German Society of Lymphology (DGL)

Habermalz B, Sauerland S, Decker G, Delaitre B, Gigot JF, Leandros E, Lechner K, Rhodes M, Silecchia G, Szold A, Targarona E, Torelli P, Neugebauer E: Laparoscopic Splenectomy: The Clinical Practice Guidelines of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES). Surg Endosc. 2008 Apr;22(4):821-48. doi: 10/1007/s00464-007-9735-5. Epub 2008 Feb 22.

Habermalz B, Sauerland S: Clinical effectiveness of selective granulocyte, monocyte adsorptive apheresis with the Adacolumn device in ulcerative colitis. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 May;55(5):1421-8. doi: 10/1007/s10620-009-0845-x. Epub 2009 Jun 11

Neugebauer EA, Becker M, Buess GF, Cuschieri A, Dauben HP, Fingerhut A, Fuchs KH, Habermalz B, Lantsberg L, Morino M, Reiter-Theil S, Soskuty G, Wayand W, Welsch T: EAES recommendation on methodology of Innovation Management in endoscopic surgery. European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES). Surg. Endosc. 2010 Jul;24(7):1594-615. doi: 10/1007/s00464-009-0818-3. Epub 2010 Jan 7

Neugebauer EA, Morino M, Habermalz B: Surgical Research or comic opera? Let’s give answers! Surg Endosc. 2008 Jun;22(6):1411-2. doi: 10/1007/s00464-008-9906-z. Epub Apr 9.

Sauerland S, Walgenbach M, Habermalz B, Seiler CM, Miserez M: Laparoscopic versus open surgical techniques for ventral or incisional hernia repair. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Mar16;(3):CD007781. doi: 10/1002/14651858.CD007781.pub2. Revie

    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.