GNF Lower Extremity Nerve Course


29 February - 1 March 2024

Max Participants



Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Bristol, UK


*EACCME accreditated

Course Introduction: lower extremity nerve course

Lower extremity nerve problems are of every day for nerve surgeon. The variety of compression neuropathies, idiopathic pathology or nerve reconstructions are a challenge. Therefore we designed a two-day course with theoretical and practical sessions offering almost all reconstructive (including nerve and tendon transfers), decompression and nerve pain interventions of nerve pathology in the lower extremity. The practical sessions will be performed on fresh frozen cadavers with two participants per extremity.

The program

07:30  Registration
08:00 Welcome
08:05 Lumbosacral plexus: clinical relevant anatomy and pathology
08:30 Lumbosacral plexus: surgical indications and approaches
09:00 Sciatic nerve injuries: treatment options for different indications (hip fractures/dislocations, hip replacement, ballistic, sharp, iatrogenic, tumors)
09:30 Sciatic nerve repair: how do we bridge the gap?
09:50 Skillslab sciatic nerve: gluteal and posterior thigh approach
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Meralgia parenthetic: conservative vs. surgical
11:30 Femoral nerve injuries: treatment options (primary, graft, nerve transfers and tendon transfers:
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Skillslab LFCN and femoral nerve: decompression LFCN, anterior approach femoral nerve, nerve transfer obturator –> femoral and TFL –> femoral nerve, hamstring transer
15:00 Nerve transfers in lower extremity: do they really work?
15:30 Common fibular nerve compression neuropathies: differential diagnosis and treatment options
15:50 Peroneal nerve injuries: treatment options for different indications (sciatic nerve injury, stretch/rupture/avulsion)
16:10 Nerve vs. tendon transfer for peroneal nerve injuries
14:30 Skillslab: peroneal nerve decompression – nerve transfers for peroneal nerve paralysis
18:00 Dinner
8:00 Neuropathic pain after peripheral nerve injury in lower extremity
08:30 Neuropathic pain and phantom limb pain after amputations in lower extremity
09:00 Surgical treatment for NP and phantom limb pain in lower extremity: is TMR the answer for everything?
09:30 Coffee break
10:00 Skillslab: TMR saphenous nerve -> vm branch, sural nerve -> branches in poplitea fossa or distal, allograft, wrap
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Tarsal tunnel syndrome: anatomy and surgical treatment
13:30 Tibial nerve injuries: treatment for different indications
14:00 Restoring foot sole sensation: nerve transfer options
14:15 Skillslab: tarsal tunnel decompression, saphenous nerve transfer -> tibial nerve and tendon transfer for foot drop
16:00 Coffee
16:15 Case-based discussion of different lower extremity nerve patients: how would you treat these patients
17:30 End: course certificates and drinks


The Global Nerve Foundation instructors and faculty are certified and dedicated nerve surgeons. This means that the GNF x Esser 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 International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies (ICOPLAST).

The GNF x Esser Nerve Course will be submitted to the UEMS  EACCME® for CME credits. If approved the UEMS logo will be depicted at the top of the course page.  


World leaders in the field giving highly informative lectures. Great cadaver sessions and high quality manual. 9/10


Great lectures and discussion sessions with a large, diverse international faculty. The cadavers were very good quality for dissection. 9.5/10


Please check for the FAIR-TRAED reduced registration rate

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

Resident/specialist NL



Resident/specialist UK



NL – Rotterdam

SkillsLab Erasmus MC




UK – Bristol

Vesalius Clinical Training Centre, University of Bristol


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.”