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Advanced Microsurgery

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

Course details

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


In this course, students will finesse the microsurgical skills they have learned in the Basic Microsurgery course and perform end-to-end, end-to-side, and end-to-side bypass anastomoses, interpositional vein grafts, and groin cutaneous free tissue flaps on live rat models. Students will also learn supermicrosurgical skills by using 11-0 nylon on procedures such as the groin cutaneous free tissue flap using the interior superficial epigastric artery and vein as the pedicle (<1 mm in diameter). At the end of the course, students can choose to practice on exercises that pertain to their specialties, such as performing a vasovasostomy, a vasoepididymostomy, a Fallopian Tube repair, a serratus anterior muscle flap to the femoral vessels, or a renal transplant using continuous suturing.


Building off of the skills learned in the Basic Microsurgery course, students will now be able to finesse their 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 an Advanced Microsurgery Certificate of Training.

What will you learn?

- Brushing up on basic microsurgery procedures

- Performing carotid end-to-end and end-to-side bypass anastomoses

- Performing an interpositional vein graft using the epigastric vein for the graft (1 mm diameter)

- Performing a groin cutaneous free tissue flap using the femoral vessels as the pedicle

- Performing a groin cutaneous free tissue flap using the epigastric vessels as the pedicle with 11-0 nylon (supermicrosurgery)

- Performing an exercise that's tailored to the student's specialty, such as a vasovasostomy, vasoepididymostomy, a Fallopian Tube repair, a serratus anterior muscle flap, or a renal transplant

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):


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


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 carotid artery anastomosis.
  • Practice carotid end-to-side bypass using arterial graft (femoral artery).
  • Practice interpositional vein graft using epigastric vein and femoral artery.


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


  • Groin free tissue flap using femoral vessels as a pedicle.


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


  • Groin free tissue flap using interior superficial epigastric artery and vein and 11-0 nylon.


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

Depending on the specialty of the student, the following exercises could be performed:

  • Vasovasostomy and vasoepididymostomy
  • Fallopian Tube repair
  • Serratus anterior muscle flap to femoral vessels
  • Renal transplant using continuous suturing

A PDF version of the syllabus can be found here.




Getting there

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:

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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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