The Cambridge Anastomosis Workshop is a practical hands-on intensive 3 or 4 day workshop covering a wide range of anastomoses.

The introductory section deals with knotting and needle holder skills, including palming. We then cover small and large bowel, oesophageal, gastric, vascular and urological anastomoses. These are the fundamental techniques every surgeon should know.

A leaking anastomosis very often kills the patient yet safe anastomoses can be consistently and reliably made. In the workshop, you'll have each technique demonstrated by video and will then carry out the procedure on animal material under close supervision. You'll learn how to recognise errors and to know when you've done a good anastomosis. You can expect to carry out over 20 anastomoses during the course and will have the opportunity to test your anastomoses under gentle water pressure and to examine them from the inside. In Cambridge, the teaching is in a large lab in the Pathology Department with excellent facilities and you'll also be able to enjoy the Cambridge Experience and College life.

Faculty members are surgeons with many years of experience of training in practical surgical techniques.

The course is designed for surgeons wishing to learn safe and reliable anastomotic techniques in bowel, vascular and urological surgery. You'll feel more confident tackling elective and particularly emergency operations after completing the course, and you'll be a better, more critical surgeon than you were at the beginning, and you'll have a certificate to prove it. Gynae-oncologists find we cover the range of bowel, vascular and urological anastomoses they need.

Course directors:

Clive Quick FRCS MS MA FDS - Consultant general and vascular surgeon

Robert Whitaker MA MD MChir FRCS - Consultant urologist and anatomist



Angela Gray - Course Organiser

E-MAIL: ajg203@medschl.cam.ac.uk TEL: 01223 274452