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Principles of Knee Arthroscopy - Thiel Cadaveric Course

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 This course has been awarded 5.5 CPD Points


" Knowledgeable, friendly faculty "
" The lectures were the correct length and interesting. The wet lab experience was excellent."
" Overall atmosphere of the course- very good and professional. "
                                                                                                               Previous course delegate



This is a one day hands-on cadaveric course that will cover the principles of orthopaedic surgical skills in knee arthroscopy on Thiel embalmed human cadavers. Procedures are done in the wet lab in simulated theatre environment, giving a more realistic operating room experience. With presentations kept to a minimum, most of the day is spent practicing skills on the cadaver.


Target audience:
Aimed at ST2—ST4 Orthopaedic trainees and SAS grades who would like to gain experience in knee arthroscopy. Numbers are limited to 10 delegates with 2 delegates and 1 faculty member per cadaver. Delegates should have performed over 10 knee arthroscopies as a surgeon (supervised or unsupervised). Validated logbook must be submitted with the registration form.

Aims and objectives:
To provide training in basic principles of knee arthroscopy and the range of common operative procedures performed in knee arthroscopy practice

Learning outcomes:
On completion of the course the participants will have performed the following surgical skills: Draping and portal placement for knee arthroscopy, diagnostic knee arthroscopy, removal of a loose body, synovial biopsy, gain competency in recognizing the indications and performing a medial and lateral arthroscopic meniscectomy, gain competency in recognizing the indications and perform arthroscopic chondroplasty and debridement, gain competency in recognizing the indications and perform microfractures.

BOA orthopaedic training curriculum (2013) areas relevant to this course:

  1. Knee Treatments 
  2. Applied Clinical Skills: Acute arthroscopy for knee trauma (meniscal tears) 
  3. Applied Clinical Skills: Arthroscopic procedures 


• Examination under anaesthetic
• Patient positioning and draping
• Portal placement and diagnostic arthroscopy
• Removal of loose body
• Synovial biopsy
• Arthroscopic meniscectomy
• Chondroplasty & debridement
• Microfractures
• Q&A session

Course material:
Online learning material will be sent to the delegates before the course to facilitate pre-course study.



  • Mr. Mike Hendrix, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, NHS Forth Valley (course convener)

Delegate to faculty ratio: 2 to 1.

Delegate and faculty assessment. Procedural based assessment offered to delegates for personal development of skills.

Endorsement & accreditation:
Endorsed course by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

This course has been awarded 5.5hrs CPD hours by RCSEd.



Early Bird £540 available until 2nd September 2016 - Then £580

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The University of Dundee is currently the leading centre in the UK using Thiel embalmed cadavers, thanks to the pioneering work of its Centre of Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID.) for more information on our Thiel courses