Course Content

The curriculum will focus on open surgery. The course will endeavour to tailor course content to individual requirements. Each candidate will be assisted with the following dissections. Candidates will be assessed on their technical ability (knot tying, suture ligation, dissection, anastomosis etc.), anatomical knowledge, and teamwork. These assessments will inform an individual de-briefing exercise at the end of the course. A certificate of completion will be issued to each candidate. This is a purely formative exercise.

Procedures covered throughout this course are listed below.

Upper limb and Axilla

  • Carpal Tunnel Release to Decompress the Median Nerve
  • Exposure of the Neurovascular Bundle in the Antecubital Fossa
  • Axillary Dissection
  • Exposure of the first part of the axillary artery

The Abdominal wall and retro-peritoneum

  • Extraperitoneal Exposure of the Iliac Vessels & Ureter
  • The Pfannenstiel Incision
  • The Principle of Anterior Components Separation for hernia repair
  • Lower midline Incision and Extraperitoneal Packing for Haemostasis.
  • Rives/Stoppa approach to hernia repair
  • Open  Appendicectomy
  • Midline Incision into Peritoneal cavity.
  • Development of subrectus space.
  • Principle of  Posterior Components separation for hernia repair

The Chest and Mediastinum

  • Sub-Xiphoid (Window) Exposure of the Pericardium
  • Median Sternotomy
  • Left Antero-Lateral Thoracotomy
  • Left Postero-Lateral Thoracotomy

Groin and Inguinal Region

  • Inguinal Hernia Exposure
  • The Saphenofemoral Junction & Low Approach to Femoral Hernia
  • The High Approach to Femoral Hernia Repair
  • Lichtenstein Hernia Repair / Low Approach femoral hernia repair
  • The Femoral Triangle & Inguinal Lymph Node Dissection
  • Secure and stent the  superficial femoral artery

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Exposure of the Infrarenal Aorta

*Warning! Contains Medical Procedures


*Warning! Contains Medical Procedures


  • Kocher Incision extended to Rooftop or Chevron
  • Cholecystectomy & Mobilisation of Duodenum
  • Exposure of the head and body of the pancreas
  • Splenectomy and Mobilisation of tail of pancreas
  • The Tail of the Pancreas
  • Mobilisation of the Liver
  • The Stomach & Mobilisation of the Abdominal Oesophagus
  • Right Hepatic Lobectomy
  • Roux En Y & Surgical Options for Upper GI Reconstruction (Optional)
  • Exposure of the Infrarenal Aorta
  • Right Hemicolectomy
  • Left Hemicolectomy with Mobilisation of the Splenic Flexure Extended to High
  • Anterior Resection
  • Right & Left Medial Visceral Rotation
  • Open Hysterectomy
  • Exploration of the Scrotum and Inguinal Orchidectomy
  • Total Mesorectal Excision of the Upper Rectum (Anterior Resection)
  • Loop Ileostomy
  • Ureteric Repair
  • Nephrectomy (Optional)


  • Surgical Neck Dissection
  • Exposure of the Subclavian Artery
  • Trauma Craniotomy


  • Submandibular Gland
  • Parotidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Tracheostomy

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