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Online Free Course: Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Surgery


Peripheral Nerve & Brachial Plexus Surgery

On-line Free Course

The WFNS Committee for Peripheral Nerve Surgery is proud to announce the first online course for Peripheral Nerve Surgery, launching on March 19, 2015. The course is designed to cover all areas of this subspecialty, from basic knowledge of peripheral nerve trauma to clinical examination, radiology, neurophysiology and surgical treatment. The most common techniques employed in upper & lower limb nerve injuries, brachial plexus lesions, facial palsy, nerve compressions and tumors, are described in 30 classes given by world-know specialists from many different countries. The official language both for the voice of the speaker and the slides is English.

It is important to point out that the course is absolutely free and accessible for neurosurgeons around the globe. The only requirement is an Internet connection in any electronic device. The Argentine Association of Neurosurgery is hosting the course on its own platform, where you will find other on-line courses in Spanish. The course has an online exam and expends a certificate upon approval.

This course is an effort of the Peripheral Nerve Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies to spread Peripheral Nerve Surgery knowledge to all interested neurosurgeons, in any country of the world.



If you are already registered to our online campus CLICK HERE.,

The full program follows

Course Director
Mariano Socolovsky

Debora Garozzo – Lucas Rasulic – Rajiv Midha

Coordinator of Committee activities
Miguel Angel Arraez


Carlos Rodríguez Aceves (México)

Daniela Binaghi (Argentina)

David Kline (USA)

Debora Garozzo (Italy)

Fernando Guedes (Brazil)

Fernando Martínez Benia (Uruguay)

Gilda Di Masi (Argentina)

Gonzalo Bonilla (Argentina)

Gregor Antoniades (Germany)

Javier Robla (Spain)

Leandro Pretto Flores (Brazil)

Linda Yang (USA)

Lukas Rasulic (Serbia)

Mario Siqueira (Brazil)

Martijn Malessy (The Netherlands)

Miguel Domínguez (Spain)

Rajiv Midha (Canada)

Ricardo Reisin (Argentina)

Roberto Martins (Brazil)

Robert J. Spinner (USA)

Shimon Rochkind (Israel)

Sumit Sinha (India)

Willem Pondaag (The Netherlands)

Wilson J. Ray (USA)


Part I: Generalalities & Basic Trauma
  • Degeneration and regeneration after trauma
  • Classifications of nerve injuries and timing of nerve repair
  • Clinical examination of Peripheral nerve injuries: Upper limb
  • Clinical examination of Peripheral nerve injuries: Lower limb
  • Electrophysiology for neurosurgeons
  • MRI in nerve surgery
  • How to perform a neurolysis?
  • Nerve injuries in continuity
  • How to perform a nerve reconstruction with or without grafts?
  • Nerve grafting with resorbable tubes
  • Results of nerve repair: upper limb & lower limb
  • Gunshot injuries to nerves & brachial plexus
  • Surgical treatment of facial nerve palsy
  • Iatrogenic injury to peripheral nerves
  • Lumbrosacral plexus traumatic injuries
  • Neuroprosthetics for peripheral nerve interfacing


Part II: Chronic compressions
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (diagnosis, indications of surgery, open versus endoscopic)
  • Ulnar nerve compression at the elbow (diagnosis, indications of surgery, surgical techniques)
  • Thoracic outlet: When, how and why should we operate this entity?
  • Peroneal nerve compression
  • Lateral Femoral Cutaneous nerve compression


Part III: Nerve Tumors
  • Tumors and other conditions of the peripheral nerves
  • Malignant tumors of the peripheral nerves


Part IV: Brachial Plexus Surgery
  • Brachial plexus injuries in adults: applied anatomy
  • Brachial plexus injuries in adults: surgical technique & approaches
  • Brachial plexus injuries in adults: surgical strategy in C5-C6 lesions
  • Brachial plexus injuries in adults: surgical strategy in C8-D1 & complete  lesions
  • Brachial plexus injuries in children: Natural history
  • Brachial plexus injuries in children: Diagnosis & indications for treatment
  • Brachial plexus in children: Surgical strategy in complete & incomplete injuries


In order to register to this free course you will have to follow this instructions:

  1. Complete the following form
  2. You will be forwarded to our online campus (if you are already registered CLICK HERE)
  3. Register to our online campus. The system will send you a username and password. Please check your SPAM, sometimes the mail goes there.
  4. Select the course you want attend. On the catalog you will find the Peripheral nerves and brachial plexus surgery free course among others. If you are interested on other courses you can register to them (some fees may apply).

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