LIGHT (Laparoscopic Incisional and Groin Hernia Training) Hernia Course

Category: Training - School of Surgery

Date: December 10th 2012

Location: Various/TBC



The STEPS (Seeing, Training, Enhancing, Perfecting, Solo) LIGHT Course, established by ETHICON Products offers training in Laparoscopic Hernia surgery over 3 days split between various training centres in the UK. Places are free of charge, supported by an unconditional grant from ETHICON Products.

The aims of the course are to provide an overview of hernia surgery, introducing techniques with hands-on/live operations and simulation surgical training. Approach to patients and assessment of mesh/fixation is discussed during the course. This course is intended to provide competencies in hernia surgery for trainees on the early part of their learning curve.

Module One – 10th December 2012. The first module will be held at the MATTU in Guildford. This will involve Observing Live Operating, using Simbionix computer simulators where you will carry out basic skills, and perform a laparoscopic hernia repair. You will then take part in a JOURNAL CLUB where you will review two academic papers from the recent literature and discuss. You will receive the papers in advance (four weeks). The session will follow a similar format to the FRCS academic viva, thus giving you invaluable exam practice. The final element will include delegate presentations where you are asked to give a 5 minute presentation on a specific topic around hernia surgery. Topics will be given 4 weeks prior to the course.

Module Two – 8th February 2013 (TBC). Module two will be held at Newcastle Surgical Training Centre and will involve hands on surgery of all techniques learnt to date on fresh frozen human cadavers.

Module Three – TBC. Module three will involve Supervised operating in a training centre with patients (2 delegates per session). Venue to be confirmed.

Finally, all Modules are compulsory.


Requirements/Application Process

  • Yr ST 7/8 (or equivalent)
  • CV including covering letter
  • Letter of support from your consultant approving the application and confirming advanced laparoscopic skills.
  • Evidence of previous hernia / laparoscopic meeting attendance
  • 8 delegate places available

To apply, please send the above to:

Lindsey Lawson – Professional Education Coordinator
ETHICON Products
PO Box 1988, Kirkton Campus, Livingston
West Lothian EH54 7AT

Closing Date: 1st October 2012