Lower Limb Reconstruction Course


TBD 2022

Max Participants



Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Course Introduction

Sequelae of lower limb trauma, cancer treatment, and stroke often pose complex clinical problems, and profoundly affect a patient’s mobility and quality of life. This masterclass provides the reconstructive surgeon with the necessary tools to alleviate the physical, emotional, social, and economical burden of impaired lower limb function.


During a two-day course, experts from the fields of reconstructive surgery, trauma surgery, and rehabilitation medicine will share their knowledge regarding management of lower limb trauma, osteomyelitis, chronic ulcers, and paralysis.


The practical sessions will be performed on fresh frozen cadavers with two participants per specimen, and will cover the essential techniques for soft tissue coverage, as well as functional free muscle and tendon transfers for functional reconstruction of the lower limb.

The program

The lower limb reconstruction course is a two-day course. Please take a look at the schedule

09:00 Welcome
09:05 Talk: Functional anatomy of the lower limb
09:20 Talk: Management of surgical implant extrusion
09:35 Skillslab: the dorsalis pedis flap
09:50 Skillslab: the extensor digitorum brevis flap
10:10 Skillslab: the medial plantar artery flap
10:45 Talk: Timing and management of the mangled lower limb
11:15 Skillslab: the peroneal artery perforator flap
11:45 Skillslab: the posterior tibial artery perforator flap
12:15 Skillslab: the medial sural artery perforator flap
13:45 Talk: Functional outcomes en future perspectives of lower limb amputation
14:15 Skillslab: the medial and lateral gastrocnemius flap
14:45 Skillslab: the hemisoleus flap
15:15 Skillslab: the vastus medialis perforator flap
16:00 Talk: Tips and tricks in lower limb reconstruction
16:30 Skillslab: Dissection of descending genicular artery, Hunter’s canal, posterior tibial artery
17:15 Group foto
08:00 Welcome
08:05 Talk: Treatment of chronic osteomyelitis
08:35 Skillslab: the free gracilis flap
09:15 Skillslab: the anterolateral thigh and vastus medialis flap
10:45 Talk: reconstructive surgery on the diabetic foot
11:15 Skillslab: the peroneus brevis flap
11:45 Skillslab: the vascularised fibula flap
13:45 Talk: lymphedema
14:15 Skillslab: the vascularized groin lymph node flap
15:00 Talk: restoring function of the lower extremity
16:00 Skillslab: the tibialis posterior transfer for foot drop
16:30 Skillslab: Free innervated rectus femoris flap
17:00 Skillslab: Hamstring transfer for knee extension
17:30 Closing remarks and certificate
17:45 DRINKS


Reconstruction Masterclass is dedicated reconstructive surgery training for residents and senior consultants.

Prof. Marc Mureau

Plastic Surgeon Erasmus MC Rotterdam


The Reconstruction Masterclass provides reconstructive surgery training of the highest quality for both residents and consultants. You won’t be disappointed!

Dr. Robert Dijkman

Senior resident Plastic Surgery

Erasmus MC Rotterdam


Please check for the FAIR-TRAED reduced registration rate

*Tickets are non refundable, exchange tickets to participants on the waiting list is possible.

Regular Consultant/Fellow/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
Tel: +31 6 11 36 38 52


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 Reconstruction Masterclass. It’s my passion to draw the human anatomy and within Reconstruction Masterclass I get the opportunity to explore this with devoted reconstructive surgeons.”