Nerves Course


Early 2023
Exact dates coming soon

Max Participants



Rotterdam, The Netherlands


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 two-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. The Nerve Esser Masterclass will be organized every 3 years.

The program

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

09:05 Anatomy/Physiology
09:30 Median nerve compression
release recurrence / Additives / Proximal median nerve compression
10:00 Skillslab session: Redo carpal tunnel release Coverage with ADQ muscle or thenar fat flap Proximal median nerve release
10:45 BREAK
11:00 Ulnar nerve compression
Cubital tunnel entrapment / Guyon
11:20 Radial nerve compression
Radial tunnel compression / Wartenberg syndrome
11:30 Skillslab session:
In situ release and submuscular transposition ulnar nerve / Guyon release Radial tunnel release
12:30 LUNCH
13:00 Neuropathic pain / pain treatment
13:20 Superficial radial nerve neuropathy
13:30 Joint denervation in small joints in hand and wrist
13:40 Dorsal branch of ulnar nerve (DBUN) and palmar branch of median nerve (PBMN)
14:00 Skillslab session:
Joint denervation in hand and wrist
Release and denervation of superficial radial nerve
Denervation of DBUN and palmar branch of median nerve
15:00 BREAK
15:15 Conduction studies and ultra sound in nerve compression
15:45 Nerve lesions and repair: primary vs secondary
16:05 Autograft vs conduit vs allograft
16:15 Skillslab session:
microscopic repair median nerve (with motorbranch)
microscopic repair digital nerve and digital nerve with posterior interosseus graft and / or conduit
median nerve cable graft with LABCN
17:30 DRINKS
09:00 Nerve transfer in ulnar nerve palsy
09:30 Nerve transfers for median nerve palsy
10:00 Nerve transfers for radial nerve palsy
10:30 BREAK
10:45 Skillslab session: Nerve transfers
median nerve lesions
ulnar nerve lesions
radial nerve lesions
13:00 Brachial plexus injuries
13:30 Tendon transfers or nerve transfers after brachial plexus injury
13:50 Nerve transfers procedures for tetraplegia
14:15 BREAK
14:45 Skillslab session: Nerve transfers after brachial plexus injury 
   Nerve transfers for tetraplegia
17:00 Nerve transfers in the lower extremity
18:00 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 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

€995 (Limited)



€795 (Limited)

Live Stream

Including course manual

€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.”