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Hands-on Cadaveric Endoscopic Mitral Course | WITH LIVE CASE | proctored by Dr. Frank Van Praet

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  • Thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
  • Melle, Belgium
  • 3-days course   /   Effective duration: 24h
  • 6 attendees per session
  • English

Training details

The Hands-On Cadaveric Endoscopic Mitral Course is a 3-day expert course by Aalst Cardiac Academy.

Supported by Orsi Academy.

Be ready to start your own endoscopic MV program soon. All the tips & tricks leading to a good endoscopic exposure of the mitral valve are key in this training.

Two days of hands-on training on isolated porcine heart models & human cadaver at Orsi Academy and one day of exclusive live case observation at OLV Clinic Aalst should make this course outstanding & unique.

What will you learn?

  • Learn all secrets, technical tips & tricks of endoscopic MV surgery
  • 3 hands-on intensive training sessions: wetlab and human cadaver lab (2 surgeons/cadaver)
  • Learn indications
  • Learn pitfalls
  • State-of-the-art training facility at Orsi Academy
  • Provide training certificate

Educational methods

Hands-on, Cadaver, Lectures, Video, Live case observation, On-site

Target audience

This course is for advanced cardiacthoracic surgeons.


DAY 1 | One day of live case observation at OLV Clinic Aalst performed by Dr. Frank Van Praet

  • An exclusive look inside the operating room of Dr. Frank Van Praet

DAY 2 | Theoretical lectures and hands-on session on porcine heart in thoracic frame at Orsi Academy

08.30 Live-in-a-box 1

  • Presentation procedure and surgical technique
  • Results at OLV Clinic, Aalst

10.00 Hands-on session 1: porcine heart in thoracic frame

  • 2 surgeon’s / table
  • Transthoracic clamp
  • MV repair 

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Continuation of hands-on session: porcine heart in thoracic frame

19:00 Faculty dinner in restaurant at Aalst

DAY 3 | Full day of hands-on training on human cadaveric model

08.30 Live-in-a-box 2

  • Fresh-up of access and technique

09.00 Hands-on session 2: human cadaveric model - MV repair

  • 2 surgeon’s / table
  • Access, transthoracic clamp, detailed tips and tricks
  • Exposure and MV repair

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Hands-on session 3: human cadaveric model - MV replacement, TV approach

  • MV replacement
  • TV approach
  • Cryoablation lines
  • LA appendix closure

17.00 Wrap-up

  • Pitfalls
  • What have we learned?
  • Q&A

17.20 Hand-out training certificates of AALST CARDIAC ACADEMY




Brochure & Course Program Endoscopic Mitral Course


Logistics data

Getting there

Once your registration is confirmed by Orsi Academy and/or Invivox, please contact our Hospitality Officer to arrange your accommodation & transfers. Unfortunately, Orsi Academy is very difficult to reach by public transport. The nearest train station is a 35 min walk. We strongly advise you to come by car or taxi.

Our Hospitality Officer can arrange a pick-up from one of our partner hotels in Aalst to Orsi Academy/OLV Clinic. These are included in the course price.

Transfers from a non-partner hotel or from/to the airport are not included but can be offered at favorable prices.

Orsi has a cooperation with taxi company 'Limo Saelens'. For urgent matters, you can reach them 24/7 on +32 475 27 89 36, +32 495 57 27 21 or via [email protected]

Where to stay?

Click here to have a look at our partner hotels in Ghent and in Aalst. Each location offers fixed prices or discounts. If you are interested in making a reservation, please ask for a room with Orsi-rates or contact our Hospitality Officer. The fixed prices can vary depending room availability. There is an additional fee of 3 euros city tax per person per night. Group reservations apply different prices that differ upon request.


Global review

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Knowledge acquired

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5 / 5


Caroline T.

Very well run and well organised course. The content surpassed expectations and the fidelity of the simulation materials allow excellent skill acquisition that can be translated into the operative setting. Excellent course.


Dr murali vettath v.

Excellent workshop I have ever attended


Norman B.

excellent course from a very experienced operator which I feel the the USP of the course


Dr. Alexandru C.

It was a fantastic opportunity and great pleasure to have a wonderful training with one of the pioneers on the field, Prof Van den Praet and his team. I got lots of achievements but most important I have now dr Praet around me, for teaching, doing surgery and enjoying things together. Overall a great experience and I will recommend to other surgeons to apply for this training course.


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