Core Skills: Plastic Surgery Upper Limb Workshop


This practical one day cadaveric workshop is suitable for Trainees in Plastic Surgery. Entirely hands-on, it is designed to increase participant knowledge and the acquisition of technical skills in upper limb flap procedures and tendon/nerve transfers. Limited places are also available for Service Registrars with an interest in Plastic Surgery, and for Theatre Nurses in the role of assistant.

Suitable for: Junior and Senior Trainees and Service Registrars with an interest in Plastic Surgery. Limited Theatre Nurse positions are available.


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The morning session will provide participants with exposure to flap procedures of increasing importance in clinical plastic surgery practice.  The afternoon session will focus on forearm tendon and nerve transfers. The procedures undertaken will provide participants with a detailed understanding of upper limb clinical anatomy. Each hands-on cadaveric session  will feature two participants per station under the instruction of an expert faculty member.   

Workshop Content

The following sessions feature 100% hands-on content and will be tailored to provide participants with appropriate surgical training for their level of ability and skill set.  Each participant will have access to a dedicated cadaveric arm and hand and will benefit from practising procedures in a supportive, authentic clinical environment.

Practical Upper Limb Cadaveric Session - Upper Limb Flaps:

  • Hand - Homodigital finger flaps
  • Wrist and forearm - posterior interosseous artery flap; radial forearm flap, ulna forearm flap, perforator flaps (propeller)
  • Arm - lateral arm flap

Practical Upper Limb Cadaveric Session - Tendon/Nerve Transfers

  • Common forearm tendon transfers: ulna, median, radial nerve palsies
  • Opponensplasty in median nerve palsy 
  • Wartenberg correction in ulna nerve palsy 
  • Standard decompression of the ulna, median and radial nerves
  • Anterior interosseous nerve transfer for ulna nerve palsy 
  • Sensory nerve transfers and others 


Workshop Inclusions

  • Fresh frozen human cadaveric dissection
  • All meals and refreshments


2019 Fee

WA Participant: $440
Non-WA Participant: $525
Theatre Nurse: Free of charge (limited places)

CTEC Terms & Conditions

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






This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim 1 point per hour (to a maximum of 7 points) in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. Participation in this activity will be populated into participants' RACS CPD Online.


"The facilitators and faculty were fantastic - very helpful and encouraged a cohesive group learning environment."
"Having access to a single specimen per person was a superb learning opportunity and I'm very grateful..... "
"For me the VY flap and radial forearm (was the most valuable session).... The flexibility of the session was excellent and I felt at the end everyone had tackled every procedure they wished to and were free to explore the anatomy in more detail. "
- 2019 Workshop Participants


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

For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Co-ordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049


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