Basic Fracture Course


June 21-22 2021

Max Participants



Rotterdam, The Netherlands




Course Introduction

Hand and wrist fractures, are the most common fractures of the body. And are therefore often presented in the emergency department. Proper management at initial evaluation of hand fracture injuries can prevent a significant amount of morbidity and disability. Every hand surgeon should have a comprehensive knowledge of hand fracture management. Esser Basic Fracture Course is designed to improve hand and wrist fracture management for hand surgery residents (Plastic, Orthopedic and Trauma Surgeons). The practical sessions will be performed on fresh frozen cadavers with two participants per extremity. The Esser Basic Fracture will be organized every year.

The program

The Fractures course is a two day course please have a look at the schedule

08:00 Welcome
08:15 Relevant hand anatomy
08:40 Principles of fixation methods (screws and plates)
09:00 Conservative treatment of fractures
09:30 Break
09:45 Plaster techniques in hand and wrist fractures
10:00 Operation indication for hand and wrist fractures
11:00 Extra-articulair finger fractures
11:15 Intra-articulair finger fractures
11:30 PIP (fracture) dislocations
11:45 Arthrodesis of finger joints
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Skillslab: Extra-articulair finger fractures (K-wires, screws, plates)
13:30 Skillslab: Intra-articulair finger fractures (K-wires, screws, plates)
14:15 Skillslab: Shotgun approach PIP joint
14:45 Break
15:00 Skillslab: Finger joint arthrodesis (box cerclage, k-wires, screws)
15:30 Rolando/Bennett fractures
16:00 MCP/CMC dislocations
16:30 Skillslab: Rolando/Bennett fractures (t-plate)
17:30 Esser Masterclass Dinner
08:00 Scaphoid fractures (acute, non-union, malunion)
08:30 Perilunate (fracture) dislocations
08:45 Distal radius fractures and additional ligamentous injuries
09:00 Extra-articulair distal radius fractures
09:20 Intra-articulair distal radius fractures
09:40 Break
10:00 Skillslab: Scaphoid fractures (volair, dorsal) and perilunate dislocations
10:45 Skillslab: Distal radius fractures (volair, dorsal)
11:45 Lunch
12:45 DRUJ trauma (essex lopresti, galeazzi, montegia)
13:15 Salvage treatment DRUJ trauma
13:40 Skillslab: Ulna shortening
14:10 Skillslab: Proximal approach radius and ulna
14:30 Malunion distal radius fractures
14:50 Break
15:10 Skillslab: Correction osteotomie distal radius
16:00 Carpalia fractures (other than scaphoid)
16:30 Compartiment syndrome
16:50 Skillslab: Compartiment release
17:15 Case discussion
18:00 Closing remarks, group photo and certificate.
18:15 DRINKS


The Esser Masterclass instructors and faculty are dedicated and certified hand surgeons. This means that the Esser Masterclass is focused on providing a tailored made and hands on international education by experts in the field across the globe. The Esser Masterclass is endorsed by the Internatiolnal Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies (ICOPLAST).

All Esser Masterclass Courses will be accredited by the EACCME® for official European CME credits. The amount of CME credits will be depicted on the main page of every course when the accreditation is finalised.  


Esser Masterclass is dedicated hand surgery training, a must for every hand surgeon

A. Satir, Plastic Surgeon, Germany

J.L.B. Vanhaecke, Hand Surgeon, Belgium


One of the best courses I have attended

A.C. van Leeuwen MD, Plastic Surgeon, Netherlands


Please check for the FAIR-TRAED reduced registration rate

*Tickets are non refundable, exchange tickets to participants on the waiting list is possible.

Regular Ticket

€995 (Limited)

Live Webinar

€95 (Limited)


Rotterdam, city on the Maas, is considered the most modern city of the Netherlands. Atypical in its own country, internationally renowned for its passion for innovation and its unpolished charms. Whether it is its ever-changing skyline full of audacious architecture, its port that is regarded as the smartest in the world, or the “can do” mentality of its residents. Rotterdam is a town with a pronounced character, energetic and always dynamic. Esser Masterclass and Rotterdam Partners make it possible for their participants to experience the city of Rotterdam at it’s full most.

Rotterdam Information
SkillsLab Erasmus MC Room
Ee-120 Wytemaweg 80
3015 CN Rotterdam,
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 65 23 43 640


Esser Masterclass introduced a new education principle: FAIR-TRAED (Fair Transparent Education). FAIR-TRAED means that the registration fees are directly invested in the Esser Masterclass educational materials to advance hand surgery trainings. The organisation and the faculty have a passion for hand surgery and support FAIR-TRAED which means that they do not receive any financial compensation. This enables Esser Masterclass to keep the registration fees at a minimum. Our mission is making high-quality handsurgery education accessible for every handsurgeon around the globe and our motto is training form handsurgeons to handsurgeons.

Special Thanks to

Ella Nitters MSc, MA

“As a medical illustrator I am proud to be part of the Esser Masterclass. It’s my passion to draw the human anatomy and within Esser Masterclass I get the opportunity to explore this with devoted hand surgeons.”