FESSHxESSER Basic Nerve Course


21-22 November 2024

Max Participants



Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Course Introduction

This nerve course is a joint effort of the FESSH and Esser Masterclass.

Upper extremity nerve problems are part of a nerve surgeon‘s everyday practice.
The course is divided into two days, each focusing on different aspects of nerve disorders. During the first day, nerve compression, lesions, and repair will be discussed. The second day will concentrate on neuropathic pain, joint denervation, and nerve transfers.

The practical sessions will be performed on fresh frozen cadavers with two participants per extremity.

The program

The FESSH-Esser Basic Nerve Course is a two day course. Please have a look at the program.

08:20 Primary and secondary median nerve compression
08:40 Proximal median nerve compression
09:00 Conduction studies and ultrasound in nerve compression
09:20 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 / SETS
11:20 Radial nerve compression
Radial tunnel compression / Wartenberg syndrome
11:30 Skillslab session:
In situ release and muscular transposition ulnar nerve / Guyon release
Radial tunnel release
12:30 LUNCH
13:15 Nerve lesions and repair: primary vs secondary / autograft vs conduit
13:45 Panel discussion / case discussion
14:15 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 Surgical treatment of neuropathic pain
09:20 Joint denervation in small joints in PIP and CMC and wrist
09:35 Wrist denervation
09:50 BREAK
10:15 Skillslab session:
Joint denervation in hand and wrist
Release and denervation of superficial radial nerve
Denervation of DBUN and palmar branch of median nerve
12:00 LUNCH
12:45 Nerve transfers vs. tendon transfer
13:05 Nerve transfers for ulnar nerve palsy
13:25 Nerve transfers for median nerve palsy
13:45 Nerve transfers for radial nerve palsy
14:05 Skillslab session: Nerve transfers
Median nerve lesions
Ulnar nerve lesions
Radial nerve lesions
17:00 DRINKS
18:00 END


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 Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies (ICOPLAST)



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.


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.”