Regional Lower Limb Open Vascular Exposure Course

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About the course

This specialised one day hands-on training course offers surgical trainees based in the West Midlands with the opportunity to perform a range of common open vascular procedures of the lower limb on unembalmed freeze-preserved cadavers (fresh frozen) cadavers. The course provides an opportunity for surgical trainees to practice core skills at an early stage in their careers.  The faculty comprises of leading and experienced Vascular Surgeons from the University Hospital of North Midlands to offer first-class and high quality training at the state-of-the-art facilities located in the anatomy suite of Keele University Medical School. This course is subsidised by the West Midlands Deanery and the Keele University Medical School, and, as such, is open only to surgeons and surgical trainees working in West Midlands Hospitals in the United Kingdom.


  • Understand the arterial and venous anatomy of the lower limb.
  • Understand the principles of lower limb open vascular exposure.
  • Gain experience in open vascular exposure of common arterial and venous sites of the lower limbs.
  • Understand in a practical manner the application of each surgical approach to commonly performed vascular procedures.
  • Understand and have the opportunity to perform and close an arteriotomy.

Procedures taught:

  • Arteriotomy
  • Simple closure of an arteriotomy
  • Open femoral artery access
  • Open supragenicular popliteal artery access
  • Open infragenicular popliteal artery access
  • Open saphenofemoral junction venous access
  • Extra procedures depending on time and experience

Features and highlights:

  • Opportunity to gain first-hand experience in open vascular procedures.
  • Operating on fresh frozen cadavers will simulate real-life surgery.
  • High tutor to delegate ratio (1:3).
  • State of the art facilities at Keele university anatomy suite, which runs a range of regular postgraduate surgical courses (

Aimed at:

CT1-ST3 surgical trainees, clinical fellow equivalents and SAS surgeons.

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