Core Skills: Microsurgical Skills and Anastomotic Techniques


CTEC’s Core Skills: Microsurgical Skills and Anastomotic Techniques Workshop will provide Trainees in Neurosurgery, ENT, Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain an improved level of competence in a range of techniques in microsurgical anastomosis. 

Suitable for: Junior and Senior Trainees in Neurosurgery, ENT, Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedics and other doctors training in microsurgery. Limited places for Unaccredited Registrars with an interest in microsurgery.


Available (doctor)
Thursday, 28 March 2024



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.  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


2024 Fee

WA Registrar: $590
Non-WA Registrar: $735


Workshop limited to 8 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. 

Accreditations or CPD Approvals

This educational activity was approved in the 2023 and prior RACS CPD Programs.


"The anastomoses were excellent."
"Great facilitators. I was surprised how quickly I improved throughout the session. "
"There was excellent help and advice from the presenters, (who were) very patient. "
- 2023 Workshop Participants


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

For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Coordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049

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