Plastisch Rekonstruktive Chirurgie Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Plastic Surgery department at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC) cares for complex wounds using a range of surgical procedures. Performing over 300 operations per year, it is Switzerland’s largest centre of excellence in this field.

Plastic and reconstructive surgery as a specialism is primarily concerned with resolving soft tissue defects (skin, fatty tissue, muscle, and some bones) and problematic scars which may be caused by accidents, the removal of tumours, complications following surgery, or chronic wounds. Specific surgical techniques are used in this process, in order to restore lost function and form, and to reintegrate the patient into everyday life.

Treatment options

Our specialists

  • Reto Wettstein Facharzt für Plastische, Rekonstruktive und Ästhetische Chirurgie

    PD Dr. med. Reto Wettstein

    Consulting Physician, Specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery FMH, Specialist in Hand Surgery FMH

    Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Hand Surgery 

    Speciality Registrar, University Hospital of Basel

    Lead physician, Solothurner Spitäler AG 

    Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)/Clinique Longeraie 

    Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG) 

    University Hospital of Basel 

    Centre de Chirurgie Plastique Dôle Lausanne 


    2000-2002 Chirurgie 

    Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) 

    Lucerne Cantonal Hospital


    1998-Jan 2001 Research 

    University Hospital of Bern (Prof. D. Erni) 

    University of California, San Diego (Prof. M. Intaglietta)



    Wettstein R, Savic M, Pierer G, Scheufler O, Haug M, Halter J, Gratwohl A, Baumberger M, Schaefer DJ, Kalb-ermatten DF Progenitor cell therapy for sacral pressure sore: a pilot study with a novel human chronic wound model. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2014 Jan 29;5(1):18.


    Wettstein R, Tremp M, Baumberger M, Schaefer DJ, Kalbermatten DF Local flap therapy for the treatment of pressure sore wounds. Int Wound J. 2015 Oct;12(5):572-6.


    Erba P, Wettstein R, Schumacher R, Schwenzer-Zimmerer K, Pierer G, Kalbermatten DF Silicone moulding for pressure sore debridement. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Mar;63(3):550-3.


    Erba P, Wettstein R, Tolnay M, Rieger UM, Pierer G, Kalbermatten DF Neurocutaneous sural flap in paraplegic patients. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Aug;62(8):1094-8.

  • Alexander Haumer Plastische Chirurgie

    Dr. med. Alexander Haumer

    Consulting Physician, Specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery FMH

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