• Start date:
  • 22 June 2023
  • Duration:
  • 2 days
  • Intended Audience:
  • Resident physician, Medical specialist


  • NOV:
  • Requested
  • NVvH:
  • 14
  • NVVN:
  • Requested
  • NVPC:
  • 14

During this two-days hands-on dissection course you will learn how to expose all the major nerves of the upper limb. The relation of the median nerve to the carpal tunnel syndrome, and the ulnar nerve to the cubital tunnel syndrome and Guyon’s canal will be studied. You will gain experience in neurolysis and transposition. Furthermore, the approach of both the supraclavicular as well as the infraclavicular part of the brachial plexus will be practised and all elements will be identified. Specific nerve transfers can be practised on request. Additionally attention will be paid to the course of the main vessels.

The course consists of four half-day sessions. Each session starts with a brief theoretical introduction. The practical part of the training will start with a short cadaver surgical demonstration. Subsequently, participants will dissect themselves under the supervision of an experienced staff.
Prior to the course all participants will receive the course manual.

Learning objectives
After following this course you are able to carry out operations to the arm where the treatment of nerve pathology is central or where iatrogenic nerve injuries must be avoided, with confidence.

In case of participants from outside the Netherlands the course language will be in English.

Accreditation will be requested at the various professional associations.

Target group
This course is meant for neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, plastic surgeons, general surgeons and for those who are in training for one of these specialties.
For Neurosurgery trainees in the Netherlands the course is a compulsory part of the curriculum.

The course takes place under the auspices of the Dutch Society for Neurosurgery.

Course committee
Dr. W. Pondaag, nervesurgeon of the department of neurosurgery of LUMC (chair)
Prof.dr. M.J.A. Malessy, nervesurgeon of the department of neurosurgery of LUMC

  Day 1
09:00 Registration and coffee
09:15 Introduction
  Dr. Willem Pondaag
09:30 Incision and surgical anatomy of median and ulnary nerve in distal lower arm
  Prof. dr. Henk Coert

Carpal tunnel syndrome: dissection of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel and of the ulnary nerve in Guyon’s canal

10:45 Coffee and tea
11:00 Continuation: Carpal tunnel syndrome
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Incision and surgical anatomy of cubital tunnel entrapment and transposition
  Dr. Justus Groen
14:00 Volar transposition of ulnary nerve in cubital fossa trajectory
15:30 Incision and surgical anatomy of radial nerve
  Drs. Jochem Nagels
16:00 Coffee and tea
16:15 Radial neurolysis at intermuscular lateral septum and supinator muscle
17:30 End of program
  Day 2
08:30 Coffee and tea
09:00 Incision and surgical anatomy of supraclavicular brachial plexus
  Dr. Justus Groen
09:30 Exploration of supraclavicular brachial plexus including spinal nerve C4 and phrenic nerve
10:45 Coffee and tea:30
11:00 Incision and surgical anatomy of infraclavicular brachial plexus
  Dr. Willem Pondaag
11:15 Exploration of infraclavicular brachial plexus including subclavian artery and vein via transpectoral approach and additional exploration of axillary fossa
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Overview brachial plexus: exploration of continuity of infraclavicular en supraclavicular brachial plexus with overview of major vessels
14:30 Incision and surgical anatomy of accessory nerve
  Prof. dr. Martijn Malessy
14:45 Coffee and tea
15:15 Exploration accessory nerve
17:00 Discussion clinical aspects, pitfalls, complications
  Dr. Willem Pondaag
17:30 Drinks
prof. dr. J.H. Coert
Plastisch chirurgie, UMCU
Dr. J.L. Groen
Neurochirurg, LUMC
Prof. dr. M.J.A. Malessy
Neurochirurg, LUMC
Drs. J. Nagels
Prof. Dr. R.G.H.H. Nelissen
Dr. R.G.E. Notenboom
Anatomie, LUMC
Dr. W. Pondaag
Neurochirurg, LUMC
Einthovenweg 20, 2333 ZC Leiden

LUMC, Building 2, T0-12

Route description


Course fee        € 1.250,00
EANS Member  € 1.125,00

Registrations of participants on the waiting list will be treated with priority until 22 December. After Thursday 22nd the places will be awarded in order of registration.

In order to keep the quality of the course high, a correct balance between different professional groups is desirable. If there is excessive interest from a certain target group, we reserve the right to place you on the waiting list.