WFNS Neuroendoscopy Course, Cairo, Egypt

Date: 23-24 March 2018.

Venue: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Cairo, Egypt.

Organization : Egyptian Society of Neurological Surgeons (ESNS)

Course Director & President of ESNS: Prof Nasser El-Ghandour

Faculty (Alphabetical):

  1. Prof Andrea Grotenhuis (Netherlands)
  2. Prof David Jimenez (USA)
  3. Prof Joachim Oertel (Germany)
  4. Prof Kazuhito Takeushi (Japan)
  5. Prof Llewellyn Padayachy (South Africa)
  6. Prof Mahmood Qureshi (Kenya)
  7. Prof Nasser El-Ghandour (Egypt)
  8. Prof Omar Y Hammad (Egypt)

Candidates: 34 candidates

Countries: Cameron, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan.

Stations: 6 stations (6 models simulating human brain and ventricular system)

Company: Karl Storz Company

Duration: 2 days (from 8 am - 5 pm): lectures and hands-on.

First day: Basic Course

  1. Basic knowledge and lectures.
  2. Hands-on was done for endoscopic instruments assembly, Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV), and septostomy.

Second day: Advanced course

  1. Advanced knowledge and lectures
  2. Hands-on was done on aqueductoplasy model, intraventricular tumor model, colloid cyst model.
  3. Hands on was done on 3D Vitom.

Scholarships: Prof Nasser El-Ghandour (President of the ESNS) offered 10 scholarships for 10 trainees from African countries with free registration and accommodation.

Vision: To make ETV feasible for junior neurosurgeons, the same as ventriculoperitoneal shunt.

Mission: To educate and train as many candidates from African countries as possible.

How to become specialized in ventricular endoscopy?

Candidate must be trained in a 2 day hands-on WFNS neuroendoscopy course, and perform 10 ETV procedures, as written in the logbook, in the center to which he/she is affiliated.

Target: To replace shunt procedure by ETV in African Neurosurgical centers, which will avoid thousands of complication of shunts, and save millions of dollars

(This was a proposal sent from Prof Nasser El-Ghandour to the Chairman of the

Neuroendoscopy Committee of WFNS, in September 2017)

Panel Discussion: How to make ETV a simple safe basic procedure that can be performed by junior neurosurgeons.

Recommendations: A consensus was achieved about a lot of technical points concerning the ETV procedure among all contributing Faculty, with voting on each one of these important points.

Conclusions: The faculty concluded guidelines and recommendations, which will be written and sent to the journal World Neurosurgery for publication.

Nasser El-Ghandour MD

President of the Egyptian Society of Neurological Surgeons (ESNS)

Neuroendoscopy Course Director

Current Member in Neuroendoscopy Committee, WFNS

Professor of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University

Address: 81 Nasr Road, Nasr City, Cairo 11371, Egypt

Mobile: 002-01000320905 Tel: 00202-24015535


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