Third Theoretical & Practical International Course in Brachial Plexus & Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Frankfurt, Germany, September 24-26, 2018

The Third Theoretical & Practical International Course in Brachial Plexus & Peripheral Nerve Surgery of the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) took place in Bad Soden (Frankfurt) and Giessen, Germany, from September 24-26, 2018.
This Course was organized and hosted by: The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurological Surgery (WFNS), Division of Neurosurgery, Bad Soden Hospital, Frankfurt Main Taunus GmbH and Institute of Anatomy, Justus Liebig University Giessen.  Course Directors were Kartik G. Krishnan (Germany), Mariano Socolovsky (Argentina), and Lukas Rasulic (Serbia).

Building on the great success of its predecessors held in Leon Spain 2016, and Belgrade Serbia 2017 - this important educational event has included a live surgery transmission, case discussions by an international panel of experts and endoscopic cadaveric approaches by participants. 
The Course was divided to theoretical and hands-on cadaveric dissection parts.  As with the previous editions, we were lucky to have extremely prestigious faculty members from all over the world.

The Course was attended by 40 participants from 18  countries, including 34 international renowned faculty members.  During the 8 theoretical parts, these experts from the field introduced participants to the following topics: Basic Principles of Diagnosis in Peripheral Nerve Injuries, Basic Knowledge in Nerve Trauma, Special Problems in Traumatic Injuries, Peripheral Nerve Tumours, Compression Neuropathies of the Upper and Lower Extremities, Notions of Brachial Plexus Surgery, and Surgery for Tetraplegics: Improving their Quality of Life, followed by the Presentation of Cases.  The practical part of the course  consisted of Live Surgeries and Case Presentations, and Cadaveric Dissection by Participants.  For the first time, endoscopic cadaveric approaches by participantswere were included.

Attendees were medical students, doctors, residents, consultants, but also well known neurosurgeons and leadingworld masters in peripheral nerve surgery.
During the Course, experiences and ideas were exchanged, and plans for further development of mutual cooperation and prosperity of the profession established.  The number of speakers and their importance in the world of neurosurgery, the topics and lectures, the number of attendees, and also the social interactions all contributed to this event to be evaluated by the participants with the highest grade.
During this Course, forthcoming editions of this Course were announced as follows:

  • The 4th edition of the Theoretical, Practical, and Hands-on International Course in Peripheral Nerve & Brachial Plexus Surgery will be held from October 28-31 2019 in Mexico City.  This Course will be organized within the 2nd World Congress of Brachial Plexus & Peripheral Nerve Surgery.  Course Co-Directors & local hosts: Jorge Clifton and Carlos Rodriguez Aceves.
  • The 5th edition of the Course will be held in Brazil in 2020, dates TBA.  Course Co-Directors & local hosts: Fernando Guedes Correa and Mario Siquera.
  • The 6th edition of the Course will be held in Dubai in 2021, dates TBA.  Course Co-Directors & local hosts: Bassam Addas and Debora Garozzo.
  • The 7th edition of the Course will be held in Rovigo Italy in 2022, dates TBA.  Course Co-Directors & local host: Sefano Ferraresi.

Photo: Course faculty and participants


August 2022