Osteoarthritis Course


15 - 16 May 2024

Max Participants



Rotterdam, The Netherlands




Course Introduction

The treatment of osteo-arthritis of the hand and wrist can be demanding for a hand surgeon. A vast majority of options is available, but selecting the best treatment for your patient can be difficult. Therefore we designed a two-day course with theoretical and practical sessions with surgical procedures that are available for hand and wrist osteoarthritis. The practical sessions will be performed on fresh frozen cadavers with two participants per extremity. The Osteoarthritis course will be organized every 2 years.

The program

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

09:00 Opening
09:05 Osteoarthritis of the small finger joints
09:20 Traumatic osteoarthritis in the PIP joint
09:35 CMC4/5 osteoarthritis
09:50 Coffee break
10:10 Skillslab session:
DIP arthrodesis

PIP arthrodesis
PIP arthroplasty
MP arthrodesis
MP arthroplasty
DEMO: hemi-hamate
12:30 Lunch
13:00 CMC1 joint osteoarthritis
13:30 STT join osteoarthritis
13:45 Denervations (wrist, CMC, PIP)
14:05 Coffee break
14:20 Skillslab session:
CMC prothesis
CMC1 osteoathritis / LRTI
CMC4/5 arthrodesis
DEMO: CMC1 prothese
19:00 Course dinner @ Euromast


08:00 Ulnar sided wrist pain
09:00 Kienbock
09:30 Skillslab session:
Ulnar shortening
RSL fusion
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Skillslab session:
4 corner
Proximal row carpectomy
12:30 Lunch
13:00 Biomechanics of PIP joint
13:20 Radiocarpal osteoarthritis (trauma)
13:40 DRUJ osteoarthritis
14:10 Wrist prothesis
14:30 Coffee break
15:00 Skillslab session:
Wrist arthrodesis
DRUJ prothesis
DEMO: Scheker prothese
17:00 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 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

€1250 (Limited)



€1000 (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


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.”