Dr. Kitzinger was born in Freiburg in Breisgau (Germany) and is a specialist in hand surgery (certified by the Austrian Medical Association) as well as a specialist in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.
After studying human medicine at the Leipzig Medical University, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, he began his training as a Plastic Surgeon in Leipzig in 1998 at the Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. In 2001 he moved to Europe's largest hand-surgery clinic in Bad Neustadt on the Saale with more than 6,000 hand surgery procedures per year. Here, the early specialization in nerve surgery, arthroscopic wrist surgery and reconstructive surgery on the carpal.
From 2003 to 2018 Dr. Kitzinger is Associate Professor at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna, since 2006 in the function of Head of the Hand Surgery Outpatient Clinic. Under his guidance, the entire spectrum of hand surgery was offered, from a 24-hour implantation service, to the surgical treatment of congenital hand malformations and nerve compression, to tumor surgery on the arm with immediate reconstruction. During this time, Doz. Kitzinger introduced new, minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as minimally invasive nerve decompression in carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Kitzinger is the author of numerous scientific publications and book contributions as well as regular speakers at international congresses, such as: For example, the congresses of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand in Seoul, New Delhi, or Buenos Aires take place every three years.
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The Department of Hand Surgery is dedicated to the treatment of diseases and injuries of the hand and forearm. Doz. Kitzinger is a specialist in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery specializing in hand surgery. His treatment range extends from the surgical treatment of congenital hand malformations to the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome to tumor surgery on the arm. Basically, the entire spectrum of elective hand surgery is served.
The arthroses of the finger middle and end joints are the most common form of arthrosis in the musculoskeletal system. Usually it is a natural wear or an inherited disease; sometimes it also occurs after accidents involving joint involvement. As part of a rheumatic disease, the recurrent inflammation leads to the destruction of the articular surfaces and thus to osteoarthritis. Women are about ten times more likely to be affected than men.
The frequent carpal tunnel syndrome is a constriction of the median nerve (median nerve) on the flexor wrist, resulting in numbness of the thumb, index, middle and inner half of the ring finger, nocturnal pain and increasing weakness. After the suspicion of a carpal tunnel syndrome has been confirmed by a nerve conduction velocity measurement, the nerve should be relieved quickly before permanent damage occurs.
Congenital malformations of the hands are rare, but usually represent an unexpected event for the parents of the affected child. Due to the large number of different malformations is a treatise at this point is not possible. However, I recommend presenting the child as early as possible after the birth in order to inform the parents about the condition on the one hand, and to be able to plan an operation in good time on the other hand. For most malformations surgery after the sixth month of life makes sense, so as to ensure the most normal development of the ability to grasp.
The most common malformation of the hand are overgrown fingers (syndactyly), whereby two or more fingers may be loosely-membranous or, to varying degrees, bony together. As a rule, the fingers can be separated very aesthetically via a special cut and a skin graft from the groin without leaving any functional deficits.