Dr. med. Christina Kunkel

Specialist for General Surgery, Specialist for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, additional qualification Hand Surgery

LipoClinic Dr. Heck · since September 2020
Specialist clinic for liposuction, consultation and surgical treatment of lipedema

Marienkrankenhaus, Schwerte · 2013 - 2020
Department of Plastic, Aesthetic & Hand Surgery
as of January 2018 Senior Physician

Josef Hospital in Essen, sponsored by Catholic Clinics Ruhrhalbinsel · 2009 - 2013
Department of Hand and Plastic, Aesthetic Surgery Assistant Doctor

Alfried Krupp Hospital · 2004 - 2008
Department of General Surgery, Trauma Surgery and Vascular Surgery 
Assistant physician

Alfried Krupp Hospital · 2003 - 2004
Department of General Surgery, Trauma Surgery and Vascular Surgery First year resident 

Alfried Krupp Hospital · 2002 - 2003
Department of General Surgery, Trauma Surgery and Vascular Surgery 
practical year

University Hospital Essen · 1996 - 2002
Central accident surgery emergency room and accident surgery intensive care unit
Staff nurse

Promotion (PhD thesis):
University of Duisburg- Essen: Centre of Internal Medicine
Topic "Agonist-induced regulation of human M2 and M3 muscarinic receptors".

Professional Qualifications:
Technical qualification and knowledge in radiation protection of the X-ray Ordinance (RöV) (North Rhine Medical Association)

    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.