Anatomy, mapping, diagnosis, surgical treatments and practical training in lymphedema.

DATES: Pending
COURSE VENUE: Edificio Severo Ochoa, nº4. Campus San Juan – Alicante (Spain)
CHAIRS: Jaume Masià, Sinikka Suominen
FACULTY: Joseph Dayan, Jaume Masià, Hiroo Suami, Sinikka Suominen


Lymphatic microsurgery is a field experiencing a continuously growing interest within the plastic surgeons community. This practical course focused on lymphatic microsurgery including over 15 hours of practical training fresh cadaveric material (with only 2 dissecting participants per operating table) is designed for residents and specialists in plastic surgery (worldwide) to learn or further refine their skills in lymphatic microsurgery.

One of the most challenging caveats to achieve success in lymphedema treatment is learning to perform the microsurgical lymphatic procedures from intraoperative identification of lymph vessels to performing lymphovenous anastomoses or harvesting a vascularised lymph-nodes to be used later on the same patient as free tissue transfer. Such skills can only be learned and mastered in the laboratory on experimental animal models and then further refined on human tissue.

The course consists mainly of practical exercises which will be performed under either loupe magnification.

The first practical session starts with a detailed introduction of the Lymphatic System, Physiopathology of the lymphatic system, the way to assess the lymphedema patient and the patient selection of lymphedema surgery followed by the way to rise the different types of vascularised lymph nodes.

The second day is dedicated to solve problems and the follow up in lymph node transfer, the way to perform a lipoaspiration in lymphedema and lipoedema patients and the surgical concepts of the Lymphatic disorders followed by practical exercices in the recipent vessels for lymph-node transfer.


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Jaume Masià MD, PhD


Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery Department, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau / Hospital del Mar (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona).
Director of Reconstructive Microsurgery European School.
Educacional Committee Chairman of EFMS.

Sinikka Suominen, MD, PhD


Vice-Director and Adjunct Professor at Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Töölö Hospital, Helsinki



Plastic surgeon who specializes in microsurgical reconstruction in New York and is affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He addresses a number of reconstruction challenges in people who have undergone surgery for breast cancer and head and neck cancers.

Hiroo Suami MD


Dr. Suami (MD, PhD) trained in Japan as a reconstructive microsurgeon.  Dr Suami started lymphatic research in 2001 at the Reconstructive Microsurgery Research Unit (University of Melbourne, Australia). Dr Suami developed a novel radiographic technique to demonstrate the lymphatic system in a cadaver model (awarded the Basic Science Award from the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation in the USA).


The Faculty of Medicine at the Miguel Hernández University mission is to train future health professionals with criteria of excellence on a scientific and human level, fostering the acquisition of skills and adapting them to the growing needs in today’s society.

The Faculty of Medicine is conceived as a teaching and research center committed to society, with critical scientific thinking and directed towards the student and patients. Our primary aim is quality. Quality in teaching and quality in research. Quality understood as factor of progress and continuous improvement of all university functions and activities: teaching, teacher training, research, infrastructure, service management, etc.


Alicante is centrally located on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. His privileged location offers to the city an excellent mild climate, with an average year round temperature of 18-20° C.

The air of the city is pervaded with the scents of the sea; indeed, the city has been an important seaport for many centuries.  The city looks towards the sea, and does so from its famous Paseo de la Explanada, one of the most beautiful seafront promenades in Spain.

Alicante is also a university city, with various faculties and a series of technical colleges. In summer a variety of Spanish courses for foreigners are held.



Once the registration is done, you must come back to this page and fill in the form above with your personal details and a copy of the registration’s receipt.

Please, if you prefer to do your payment through a bank transfer, do not hesitate to contact us.

The following General terms and conditions shall apply to participants of the Cadaver workshop on lymphatic microsurgery hereafter called “Cadaver workshop in lymphatic microsurgery”.


Registration is binding. Participation fees are due prior to the opening of the course and have to be paid by credit card or bank transfer.


The course registration is 50% refundable only if written cancellation is received before March 15th, 2020.

These conditions apply to all reasons leading to the inability to attend the course, including for example illness, accident, etc.


All personal information is treated with strict confidentiality. As a matter of principle, the information gathered will not be disclosed to third parties and only used in connection with the course (including the distribution of a printed participants ‘list to all sponsors on site).

However, all participants agree to the organizer using their data for information purposes in relation with other courses or disclosing their data to sponsors upon request to be used once in connection with the course.

Safety regulations and implementing rules Upon registration participants acknowledge the regulations regarding safety, access and other implementing rules related to the course and declare to agree that she/he may be excluded from the courses without compensation in the event that these regulations are not adhered to.


If political or economic incidents, pandemia or force majeure in general prevent the course from taking place or impede it, participants are not entitled to claim damages from the congress organiser.

Registration reimbursement deadline for the course postponement due the COVID-19 prohibition is April 5th, 2020. The registration fee will be reimbursement by bank transfer discounting the 20% for proceeding costs.


Insurance is the responsibility of the participant. Each participant is liable for all injury to persons or damage to property he or she causes.