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Operative Skills in Neurosurgery

This interactive course focuses on the core neurosurgical techniques and clinical knowledge essential for advancing a career in neurosurgery.

You will benefit from the unique opportunity to perform a wide range of neurosurgical, cranial and spinal procedures using unembalmed cadavers and state of the art equipment. All sessions take place under the direct supervision of experienced faculty.

This course is supported by 

  • £1,332.00
  • 3 days
  • 15.00 CPD Points
3 days
15.00 CPD Points


This course is suitable for: CT1-2, ST3-4 and SAS grades.

Learning Outcomes

 After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Carry out a variety of cervical dissections, posterior and anterior approaches
  • Carry out the operative technique of cervical dissection with discectomy, foraminotomy and corpectomy.
  • Dissect to reveal cervical roots, discs, nerve roots and vertebral artery
  • With regard to the surrounding anatomy carry out lumber spine dissection
  • Review the surface anatomy and anatomical landmarks relevant to  frontotemporal craniotomy
  • Carry out a bifrontal craniotomy with identification of olfactory tracts, optic nerves and anterior cerebral artery complex.
  • Carry out bone flap replacement using various fixation techniques
  • Midline prone exposure of posterior fossa with identification of venous sinuses, arteries and cranial nerves  


This course is based around practical skills training using unembalmed cadavers.

Each session will be introduced by a short interactive lecture.

Additional Information

Course content

You will cover a wide variety of topics during this three-day course:

Day one

  • High speed drill training
  • Spinal anatomy
  • Cranial anatomy
  • Introduction to use of the operating microscope and endoscope

Day two

  • Anterior and posterior approaches to the cervical spine
  • Posterior approach to the craniocervical junction
  • Posterior approach to the lumbar spine

Day three

  • Frontotemporal craniotomy
  • Bifrontal craniotomy
  • Parasagittal craniotomy
  • Posterior Fossa

Take a look at a sample Operative Skills in Neurosurgery programme.

10% discount on this course for RCS members

Members, Fellows and Associates benefit from a 10% discount on this course when held at our Education Centre in London. 

Your discount will be applied automatically when booking. 

Find out more about joining today.

Booking Options

There are currently no dates available for this course. Please register your interest and we will email you when the next dates are announced.

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Telephone: 020 7869 6300

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