Core Skills: Microsurgical Skills and Anastomotic Techniques


As of Monday March 30, as part of The University of Western Australia’s wider commitment to the community effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, CTEC has temporarily suspended workshop presentations. In agreement with Department of Health WA, CTEC’s 2020 Workshop Calendar has been substantially restructured. We are now offering as many workshops from our suspended calendar as possible between October and December. We encourage you to register your interest for our upcoming workshops so you receive first notification as workshops open. Please feel free to contact CTEC Course Co-ordinator Meagan Connor directly with any queries: E Further COVID-19 Information for Workshop participants can found via the link below.

Suitable for: Junior and Senior Trainees and Service Registrars in Neurosurgery and doctors training in microsurgery


Saturday, 19 December 2020

Core Skills: Microsurgical Skills and Anastomotic Techniques


CTEC’s new Core Skills: Microsurgical Skills and Anastomotic Techniques Workshop will provide Neurosurgical Registrars and other doctors training in microsurgery with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain an improved level of competence in a range of techniques in microsurgical anastomosis. 

This highly practical workshop will provide the participants with sustained hands-on experience in aspects of microsurgery and microvascular anastomosis. Participants will receive a detailed introduction to setting up a microscope for microsurgery and gain familiarity and proficiency in knot tying using microinstruments, microsutures and animal tissue models.  Workshop participants will return to their hospitals with enhanced practical experience in anastomotic techniques and basic knowledge about microvascular procedures in Neurosurgery.  There will be one participant per surgical station.

The practical sessions will be followed by a fluid pressure assessment of the participants’ anastomotic model/s.

Workshop Content

Presentation and Animal Tissue/Model Practical Sessions 
The following procedures will be demonstrated and performed:

Microsutures and Knots Under the Microscope: 

  • Technique and demonstration
  • Microsutures and knots

Microanastomosis End to End

  • Technique and demonstration
  • End to end anastomosis

Microanastomosis End to Side

  • Technique and demonstration
  • End to side anastomosis

Anastomosis Assessment

  • Fluid pressure test


2020 Fee

WA Registrar: $500
Non-WA Registrar: $525

Workshop limited to 10 places to maximise practical procedural time.


COVID-19 Information for Workshop Participants


CTEC Terms & Conditions

Workshop content, date and convenors may be subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. 


RACS CPD Program accreditation will be sought for 2020.


"I attained an appreciation for basic microvascular skills. "
"The limited (number of) students lead to good one on one time. "
"Good introduction and techniques provided by faculty."
- 2019 Pilot Program participants


The University of Western Australia
Entrance No.2, Hackett Drive
Perth, Western Australia

For more information contact

Meagan Connor
Course Co-ordinator
T +61 8 6488 8044

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