EHS Advanced Cadaveric Hernia Masterclass

The EHS invite you the 2-day Intensive Advanced Cadaver Course course in Reims, France 30 November – 1 December, 2023 in collaboration with the French Hernia Society and University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne


2 Avenue Robert Schuman
51100 Reims, France


Registration is open! 

Please send your Logbook verification and department endorsement to

EHS members only. 

Experience Requirements

  1. The course is suitable for Senior Trainees or Consultants
  2. Logbook Verification:

A logbook must be submitted for verification, detailing the participant’s experience as a primary surgeon unsupervised. The logbook should confirm the completion of the following procedures:

  • Number of operations performed as primary surgeon unsupervised:
    • Laparotomies including trauma: 50 or more
    • Open inguinal hernia repairs: 50 or more
    • Open umbilical/paraumbilical hernia repairs: 50 or more
  • Number of operations performed as primary surgeon unsupervised or supervised:
    • Open Ventral Hernia repairs including Rives Stoppa: 10 or more
  1. Department Endorsement:
    • Letter from the Head of the department or Supervisor that there are opportunities to further develop your skills in advanced open ventral hernia repair


Please use this template for your Logbook



The programme is subject to change

Thursday 30th November 2023
08.15-08.45Pretest abd course challengeKnut Borch/Alexis Theodorou/Toby Hammond
8:45-10.15Epigastric Open preperitoneal umbilical repairKnut Borch/Alexis Theodorou/Toby Hammond
10.15-10.30Coffee break 
10.30-11.15The EHS Laparotomy incisionToby Hammond
11.15-12.45The Stoppa Repair and pelvic anatomyYohann Renard
12.45-13.30Lunch and challenge discussion 
13.30-14.00The EHS Laparotomy Closure Small bitesToby Hammond
14.00-15.00Open Abdomen, mesh-mediated fascial tractionTina Gaarder
15.00-15.15Coffee break 
15.15-16.45Rives Stoppa – Subxiphoid dissection and diaphragmatic anatomyMiguel Ángel García Ureña
16.45-17.15Summary of the dayKnut Borch/Alexis Theodorou/Toby Hammond
Friday 1st December 2023
08.15-08.45Diaphragmatic and perineal herniasTina Gaarder
8.45-10.15Transversus Abdominis Release (TAR)Miguel Ángel García Ureña
10.15-10.30Coffee break 
10.30-11.15Pauli repair/Preperitioneal Funnel mesh repairNeil Smart
11.15-12.45Flank and Lumbal hernia (medial visceral rotation)David Lourie
12.45-13.30Lunch and case discussion 
13.30-14.30Peritoneal flap/Subcostal hernia/Perforator sparing Open ACSAndrew de Beaux
14:30-15.00Post-test and goodbyeKnut Borch/Alexis Theodorou/Toby Hammond
14.00-16.00Optional: Explore the cadavers for those who will stayKnut Borch


Knut Borch (Co-Chair)

Yohann Renard (Co-Chair)

Toby Hammond

Alexis Theodorou

Tina Gaarder

Neil Smart

Andrew de Beaux

David Lourie

Miguel Ángel Garcia Urena

Price and registration

Only for EHS members.

2-day course fee: €800 (excluding VAT) 

The registration fee includes:

  • Admission to the full course programme
  • Coffee breaks and lunch
  • Dinner on 30 November, 2023.


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