EHS Advanced Cadaveric Hernia Masterclass

The EHS invite you to the 2-day Intensive Advanced Cadaver Course course in Reims, France, on 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



Would you like to be on standby for a seat in case of any cancellations? 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, documenting 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 and course challengeKnut Borch and Alexis Theodorou
8.45-09.00Ultrasound Botox  Jean-Marc Malinovsky
09.00-09.45The EHS Laparotomy incision (below umbilicus)Alexis Theodorou
09.45-10.00Coffee break 
10.00-11.00AbdominoplastyAndrew de Beaux
11.00-12.30The Stoppa Repair and pelvic anatomyYohann Renard
12.30-13.15Lunch and challenge discussion 
13.15-13.40The EHS Laparotomy Closure Small bitesAlexis Theodorou
13.40-14:30Open Abdomen, mesh-mediated fascial tractionTina Gaarder
14:30-14.45Coffee break 
14.45-17.15Rives Stoppa
Subxiphoid dissection and diaphragmatic anatomy
Intraop fascial traction 
Lars Nannestad Jørgensen and Alexis Theodorou
17.15-17:45Summary of the dayKnut Borch/Alexis Theodorou
Friday 1st December 2023
08.15-08.45Diaphragmatic and perineal herniasTina Gaarder
8.45-10.15Transversus Abdominis Release (TAR)Lars Jørgensen
10.15-10.30Coffee break 
10.30-11.15Pauli repair/Preperitioneal Funnel mesh repairNeil Smart
11.15-12.30Flank and Lumbal hernia (medical visceral rotation)David Lourie
12.30-13.45Lunch and case discussion 
13.45-14.45Peritoneal flap/Subcostal hernia/Perforator sparing Open ACSAndrew de Beaux
14:45-15.15Post-test and goodbyeKnut Borch and Alexis Theodorou
15.15-17.15Optional: Explore the cadavers for those who will stayKnut Borch

*Materials used in the skills lab or presented in introductions are sponsored by the industry partners supporting the EHS with unrescricted grants. For more information about our industry partners, please visit: The EHS Cadaver Course organizers emphasize that a variety of products, including those used in the courses, as well as other products, are suitable to achieve successful results in hernia repair.


Knut Borch (Co-Chair)

Yohann Renard (Co-Chair)

Alexis Theodorou

Tina Gaarder

Neil Smart

Andrew de Beaux

David Lourie

Lars Nannestad Jørgensen

Mario Rui Goncalves

Artur Zanellato

Bernd Stechemesser

René Fortelny

Jean-Marc Malinovsky


CME Credits

This course offers a unique opportunity to enhance your skills while advancing your professional development in Abdominal Wall Surgery.
By participating, you can earn 13.5 CME Credits.

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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