Advanced Nerves Course


29 February - 1 March 2024

Max Participants



Rotterdam, The Netherlands



*EACCME accreditated

Course Introduction

Upper extremity nerve problems are of every day for a upper extremity surgeon. The variety of compression neuropathies, idiopathic pathology or nerve reconstructions are a challenge. Therefore we designed a three-day course with theoretical and practical sessions offering almost all reconstructive, decompression and denervation interventions of nerve pathology in the forearm and hand. The practical sessions will be performed on fresh frozen cadavers with two participants per extremity. This year, the Esser Nerve Course is organized together with the Global Nerve Foundation.

The program

Local starting time per location:

Bristol, UK: 08:00 | Rotterdam, NL: 09:00 | Kuala Lumpur, MAL: 16:00

08:00 (UK)  Welcome intro GNF x Esser Masterclass
Compression neuropathies
08:10 Tips and tricks on median nerve compression neuropathies
08:25 Tips and tricks on ulnar nerve compression neuropathies
08:40 Tips and tricks on radial nerve compression neuropathies
08:55 EMG/NCV/ultrasound in compression syndromes
09:10 Revision compression neuropathies median nerve
09:25 Revision compression neuropathies ulnar nerve
09:40 Panel discussion
10:00 BREAK
10:30 Lab: median – ulnar – radial decompression 
12:30 LUNCH
Nerve injuries
13:15 Tips and tricks on common nerve repair
13:40 EMC/NCV/US in acute nerve injuries
13:50 Autograft vs. allograft vs. conduits / Managing the nerve gap
14:15 Panel discussion
14:30 BREAK
15:00 Lab: microscope – ete – ets – primary – autograft – allograft – conduit repair
18:15 DRINKS


Neuropathic pain
08:30 (UK) Diagnosis of neuropathic pain and patient assessment
08:50 Surgical neuroma treatment
09:10 When to not operate anymore on neuropathic pain patients
09:30 Tips and tricks on peri-operative electrical stimulation
09:40 Panel discussion
10:00 BREAK
10:30 Lab: TMR, RPNI, allograft, neurocapping
12:00 LUNCH
Nerve transfers in trauma
12:40 Nerve transfers in median nerve lesions (sensory and motor)
13:00 Nerve transfers in ulnar nerve lesions (sensory and motor)
13:20 Nerve transfers in radial nerve lesion (sensory and motor)
13:40 Panel discussion
14:00 BREAK
14:30 Lab: distal motor nerve transfers hand and lower arm (median, ulnar, radial)

Lab: sensory nerve transfers in hand (median, ulnar and radial)

17:00 DRINKS





Brachial plexus
08:00 (UK) Trauma mechanisms and injury patterns
08:20 Clinical examination of the brachial plexus
08:40 How I examine the brachial plexus (Live)
09:20 BREAK
09:50 Surgical approaches to the brachial plexus
10:05 Principles of brachial plexus reconstruction
10:20 Reconstruction of the upper BPI
10:35 Reconstruction of the lower BPI
10:50 Reconstruction of pan-plexus injuries
11:20 Panel Discussion
12:00 LUNCH
12:30 Lab: brachial plexus
14:45 BREAK
15:00 Spasticity: clinical examination and decision making including botox
15:10 Hyperselective neurectomy and CC7 for spasticity
15:30 Tetraplegia
15:50 Lower extremity nerve surgery
16:10 Panel Discussion
16:30 END


The GNF x Esser 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 Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and 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.  



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.


Coming soon


UK – Bristol

Vesalius Clinical Training Centre, University of Bristol



NL – Rotterdam

SkillsLab Erasmus MC



MAL – Kuala Lumpur

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

SkillsLab Erasmus MC Room
Ee-120 Wytemaweg 80
3015 CN Rotterdam,
The Netherlands


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.”