Microsurgical Techniques DESCRIPTION

Introduction

The ‘Microsurgical Techniques’ course started in May 2013 and results from the cooperation between several departments such as hand and plastic surgery, transplantation surgery, as well as EBM and the faculty of Natural Science. This is only one part of a multidisciplinary program and is mainly addressed to surgeons who are willing to learn the fundamental techniques in microsurgery.

Who can apply to the course

Most interested in the field are certainly hand, plastic, and vascular surgeons, but the course is open to all those candidates whose daily work is related to microvascular or nerve surgery.

The course is mainly practical and participants will have the opportunity to face all the challenges involved in microsurgery, learning how to dissect and suture vessels and nerves of about 1mm in diameter. Lectures throughout the week will give the basic information in order to understand the correct approach to the microscope, to the microinstruments, and to the delicate structures that are to be repaired in a rat model.

All the animals will receive anesthesia and appropriate care by a specialized personnel.

Organization and location

In a spacious room at the department of Zoology in Goteborg we provide eight microscopes, most of them very much similar to what the candidates deal with in a operating theater. Instructors are all surgeons or researchers who regularly work in the field of microsurgery both clinically and experimentally and are available to help the students during the entire course. New models for evaluation and improvement of the students throughout the course are now tested and are aimed to give a quick feedback for a rapid improvement from day one to day five.

The course is held twice a year, usually in May and November, and accepts international students. Special guests are invited each time to lecture on specific topics related to both training and clinical cases.

If you are interested in particular tasks such as free flap models or different suture techniques the practical program may be re-adapted on your needs.

Tuition fee is 10000 SEK.

Please feel free to contact our secretary for further information and application: marie.hagman@vgregion.se