Local Flaps Course


To be announced


Rotterdam, The Netherlands




Course Introduction

Soft tissue coverage of the upper extremity continues to be a challenging and evolving field. The priorities in soft tissue reconstruction for the upper extremity are to restore form and function. In the era of free flaps, local flap coverage options for the upper extremity are sometimes forgotten. Therefore, we designed a one-day live webinar course with theoretical and practical sessions offering a wide range of local flaps options for coverage of the upper extremity from fingertip to shoulder. All demo sessions will be performed on fresh frozen cadavers  per extremity.

The program

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

9:00 Opening
9:05 Soft tissue anatomy of the hand
9:30 Soft tissue coverage of the finger tip
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 Skillslab session:
Homodigital Island Flap
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Soft tissue coverage of the dorsal side of the finger
13:30 Skillslab session:
Adipofascial Turnover Flap
14:30 Coffee break
15:00 Soft tissue coverage of the volar side of the finger
16:00 Skillslab session:
Superficial branch of radial artery
Miami flap
Hypothenar flap
17:30 Panel discussion: cases
18:00 Drinks
19:00 Course dinner


08:30 Soft tissue coverage of the thumb
09:00 Skillslab session:
10:00 Break
10:30 Reconstruction of the webspace
11:00 Skillslab session:
Posterior interosseous flap
11:45 Free-vascularised options for finger reconstruction
12:15 Lunch
13:00 Soft tissue coverage dorsum of the hand
13:30 Skillslab session:
Reversed radial artery (perforator) flap
Ulnar artery perforator flap/dorsal
Ulnar artery forearm flap
15:00 Elbow defects
15:30 Composite tissue defects
16:00 Skillslab session:
Lateral arm flap
16:30 Case discussions with drinks
17:00 Closing remarks
17:15 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 International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies (ICOPLAST).

All Esser Masterclass Courses 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.

Regular Fellow and Specialist

Regular Resident


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


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.”