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Basic Microsurgery

43 Reviews
New York, United States
5-day course
3 attendees per session

Course details

The Basic Microsurgery course involves 40 hours of one-on-one, individualized training of microsurgical techniques in a small class environment where every student can learn at their own pace.

In this course, students will learn how to use the operating microscope, micro-instruments, and micro-sutures to perform end-to-end anastomoses, end-to-side anastomoses, a peripheral nerve repair, and an interpositional vein graft on live rat models. At the end of the course, students can attempt a groin cutaneous free tissue flap as a final assessment or perform any above procedures within a time limit. Throughout these procedures, students will practice self-control, patience, handling of fragile tissues, attention to detail, manual dexterity, efficiency in completion of an anastomosis, and brain-hand-eye-foot coordination.

Because these skills are transferable to other clinical professions, this course is a valuable learning experience for surgeons, clinicians, and researchers alike. Students who successfully complete the curriculum will receive the Basic Microsurgery Certificate of Training.

What will you learn?

- Use of the operating microscope

- Basic suturing techniques using a plastic model

- Performing end-to-end arterial anastomoses utilizing the femoral artery of the rat (1 mm diameter): forehand, backhand, and one-way-up suturing techniques

- Performing end-to-end venous anastomoses utilizing the femoral vein of the rat (1.3 mm diameter)

- Performing an interpositional vein graft using a femoral vein graft (1.3 mm diameter) and epigastric vein graft (1 mm diameter)

- Performing end-to-side anastomoses: end of the femoral artery to the side of the femoral vein and end of the femoral vein to the side of the femoral artery

- Completing a peripheral epineurial repair of the rat sciatic nerve

- Performing a groin cutaneous free tissue flap

Educational methods

Hands-on, Simulation


Dr. Yelena Akelina Research Scientist

Latest Pubmed

Histological Changes in the Rat Femoral Artery Following the Use of the Empty-and-Refill Test.

Journal of reconstructive microsurgery, 2018

Read it here

A Comparison of the Minimal-Touch Technique and the Eversion Technique for Microvascular Anastomosis in a Rat Model.

Journal of reconstructive microsurgery, 2017

Read it here
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Medical devices

- Carl Zeiss, Inc

- Sharpoint Surgical Specialties




Day 1 (9:30 AM to 5:30 PM):

Videos (click links below to view videos by the Faculty of Columbia Orthopedics):


  • Gain working knowledge of the use of the operating microscope, micro-instruments, and fine sutures (9-0 and 10-0) by practicing suturing on different planes using the latex rubber glove practice card.
  • Practice end-to-end arterial anastomosis using interrupted suturing: forehand and backhand.


Day 2 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM):

Videos (click links below to view videos by the Faculty of Columbia Orthopedics):


  • Practice end-to-end arterial anastomosis using one-way-up suturing.
  • Practice end-to-end venous anastomosis using interrupted suturing.


Day 3 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM):

Videos (click links below to view videos by the Faculty of Columbia Orthopedics):


  • Practice interpositional vein graft using the femoral vein.
  • Practice interpositional vein graft using the epigastric vein.


Day 4 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM):

Videos (click links below to view videos by the Faculty of Columbia Orthopedics):


  • Practice end-to-side anastomosis using femoral artery to the side of femoral vein.
  • Practice end-to-side anastomosis using femoral vein to the side of femoral artery.
  • Practice epineurial repair using sciatic nerve.


Day 5 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM):

Final Assessment:

  • Complete end-to-end anastomoses of the femoral artery and vein within a time limit.
  • OR, complete free tissue transfer with groin cutaneous flap (end-to-end or end-to-side).


A PDF version of the syllabus can be found here.




Getting there

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes - or bring scrubs.



Directions to the Columbia University Medical Center

The Center is located at West 168th Street and Broadway, immediately southeast of the George Washington Bridge, in the Heights/Inwood section of northern Manhattan. 

By subway:

Take the 1, A, or C train to the 168th Street station. From midtown Manhattan, the A train provides express service.

By bus:

A number of city buses serve the medical center: M-2, 3, 4, 5, and 100. For additional bus and subway information, call the Transit Authority at 718-330-1234.

By automobile:

The fastest and most convenient way to reach the medical center by automobile is to follow directions to the George Washington Bridge and exit onto Riverside Drive. From there, proceed south and turn left onto West 165th Street (the first left), and then right onto Fort Washington Avenue to the medical center parking facility.

  • From upstate New York and New Jersey: after crossing the George Washington Bridge, follow signs to the Henry Hudson (also called the West Side Highway), and then to Riverside Drive.
  • From Riverdale and Westchester: via the Saw Mill River Parkway, exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at the Riverside Drive exit, which is immediately past the George Washington Bridge.
  • From Westchester, Connecticut, or the East Side of Manhattan: via the Major Deegan, Cross-Bronx Expressway, or Harlem River Drive approaching the George Washington Bridge, take the Henry Hudson Parkway, stay to the left, and follow signs to Riverside Drive.
  • From the West Side of Manhattan: take the Henry Hudson Parkway to Exit 15-Riverside Drive South.


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Special option for Columbia Microsurgery Lab Students:

Maison le Grange - Microsurgery Special

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Apr 23, 2019
Caroline V. Very good course. Individual attention. Individual program if needed. A lot of exposure to microsurgery.
Apr 19, 2019
Dr. Katy T. This course is phenomenal, highly recommended. Yelena and Celine were amazing all week, incredibly patient and giving lots of wonderful hands on advice. The skills taught were challenging, but broken down to easily digested learning portions. The microsurgical skill set is very transferable to many different applications. I look forward to sharing some of these skills with my residents.
Mar 2, 2019
Dr. isabelle C.


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