Lower Limb Reconstruction Course


March 10-11, 2023

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: lower limb trauma
09:30 Talk: lower limb amputations
10:00 Skillslab: the dorsalis pedis flap
10:45 Skillslab: the medial plantar artery flap
11:15 Skillslab: the medial sural artery perforator flap
11:45 Skillslab: the medial and lateral gastrocnemius flap
12:15 Skillslab: the hemi-soleus flap
13:45 Skillslab: the posterior tibial artery perforator flap
14:15 Skillslab: the peroneal artery perforator flap
14:45 Skillslab: the peroneus brevis flap
15:15 Skillslab: the fibula flap
16:00 Talk: functional limb reconstruction?
17:00 Group photo
09:00 Welcome
09:05 Talk: treatment of fracture related infections
09:30 Talk: prosthetic joint infections
10:00 Skillslab: the gracilis flap
10:45 Talk: Tips and tricks in lower limb reconstruction: recipient vessel and perforator selection
11:15 Skillslab: the medial femoral condyle (cortico)periosteal flap
11:45 Skillslab: dissection of Hunter’s canal / recipient vessel around the knee
12:15 Skillslab: the vastus medialis perforator flap
13:30 Skillslab: the lateral circumflex femoral system: the anterolateral thigh
14:15 Skillslab: the lateral circumflex femoral system: vastus lateralis
14:45 Skillslab: the lateral circumflex femoral system: rectus femoris
15:15 Skillslab: the lateral circumflex femoral system: tensor fascia lata
16:00 Case based discussion
17:00 Closing remarks and certificate
17:15 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.”