EHS Advanced OPEN Cadaveric Hernia Masterclass

The EHS invite you to the 2-day Intensive Advanced OPEN Cadaver Course course in Reims, France, on 20-21 June 2024, in collaboration with the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne.


2 Avenue Robert Schuman
51100 Reims, France


Want to participate? Please fill in the form below and submit it. You will receive information about the registration process afterwards.

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

The programme is subject to change

 Thursday 20 JuneSpeaker
08:15-08:30Pretest and course challengeKnut Borch
08:30-08:45Ultrasound BotoxMiguel Ángel García Ureña
08:45-09:00Change into scrubs 
09:00-09:20The EHS Laparotomy incision (at umbilicus and caudally)Knut Borch
09:20-09:45The EHS Laparotomy Closure Small bitesKnut Borch
09:45-10:00Coffee break 
10:00-11:00The Stoppa Repair and pelvic anatomy Yohann Renard
11:00-12:30Abdominoplasty Andrew de Beaux
12:30-13:15Lunch and challenge discussion 
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
Miguel Ángel García Ureña
17:15-17:45Summary of the dayKnut Borch
 Friday 21 June 
08:15-09:15Peritoneal flap/Subcostal herniaAndrew de Beaux
09:15-10:15Endoscopic/Perforator sparing/Open ACSAndrew de Beaux
10:15-10:30Coffee break 
10:30-11:15Transversus Abdominis Release (TAR)Miguel Ángel García Ureña
11:30-12:30Pauli repair/Preperitoneal Funnel mesh repairFrederik Berrevoet
12:30-13:30Lunch and case discussion 
13:30-14:15Flank and Lumbar hernia (medial visceral rotation)David Lourie
14:15-15:00Diaphragmatic and perineal herniasTina Gaarder
15:15-16:30Optional: Explore the cadavers for those who will stayKnut Borch
16:30-17:00Post-test and goodbyeKnut 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)

Andrew de Beaux

Frederik Berrevoet 

Alix Donadieu

Tina Gaarder

David Lourie

Miguel Ángel García Ureña

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 CME Credits.
This course has been granted 13.0 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education (EACCME®). 

Price and registration

Only for EHS members.

2-day course fee: €1000 (excluding VAT) 

The registration fee includes:

  • Admission to the full course programme
  • Coffee breaks and lunch
  • Dinner on 20 June, 2024.


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