HNS & FDRc: VarESS, advanced course, English

May 28-30, 2018: Post graduate university course  (Advanced, in English):

VarESS: Endoscopic skull base surgery.

Direttori del corso: Paolo Castelnuovo & Davide Locatelli.

Sede del Corso

Head and Neck & Forensic Dissection ResearchCenter (HNS & FDRc) – Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Scienze della Vita (DBSV)- Università dell’Insubria, ASST Sette Laghi, Ospedale di Circolo e Fondazione Macchi.

Via Guicciardini 9, 21100 Varese

Link to the flier (.pdf)

Scientific Programme

Special Guest: Philippe Herman, Lariboisier Hospital ,University Diderot – Paris

Day 1:

07:00 – Registration of participants
07:15 – Surgical cases presentation
07:30 – Endoscopic surgical anatomy of the skull base
08:30 – Live surgery & debate
12:30 – Imaging: Radiological anatomy and differential diagnosis of
different skull-base lesions
13:00 – LUNCH
14:00 – Video-guided step-by-step dissection
– Rescue flap and paraseptal sphenoidotomy
– Hadad nasoseptal flap
– Transplanul, transtuberculum, transellar approaches
– Draf type III
19:00 – Closing Remarks

Day 2

07:00 – Surgical cases presentation
07:15 – Multiportal approaches to the skull base
08:30 – Live surgery & debate
12:30 – Endocrinologic management of pituitary lesions
13.00 – LUNCH
14:00 – Video-guided step-by-step dissection
– Transcribriform approach
– Endoscopic partial maxillectomies
– Transpterygoidal approach to the cavernous sinus
19:00 – Closing remarks

Day 3

07:00 – Surgical cases presentation
07:15 – Management of skull base complications
08:30 – Live surgery & debate
12:30 – Skull base reconstruction techniques
13:00 – LUNCH
14:00 – Video-guided step-by-step dissection
– Transclival approach to the posterior cranial fossa
– Transantral approach to the infratemporal fossa
– Transorbital approaches to the skull base
18:00 – Final test
19:00 – Take-home message and closing remark


Azzolini Claudio, Ophthalmology, Varese
Balbi Sergio, Neurosurgery, Varese
Bartalena Luigi, Endocrinology, Varese
Battaglia Paolo, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Bignami Maurizio, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Castelnuovo Paolo, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Cherubino Mario, Plastic and Reconstructive Suergery, Varese
De Bernardi Francesca, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Donati Simone, Ophthalmology, Varese
Gallo Stefania, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Garberi Cesare, Forensic Medicine, Varese
Herman Philioppe , Otorhinolaryngology, Paris
Karligkiotis Apostolos, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Lepera Davide, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Locatelli Davide, Neurosurgery, Varese
Mercuri Anna, Neuroradiology, Varese
Motta Marco, Forensic Medicine, Varese
Padoan Giovanni, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Pistochini Andrea, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Pozzi Fabio, Neurosurgery, Varese
Schreiber Alberto, Otorhinolaryngology, Brescia
Tanda Maria Laura, Endocrinology, Varese
Turri-Zanoni Mario, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese
Valdatta Luigi, Plastic and Reconstructive Suergery, Varese
Volpi Luca, Otorhinolaryngology, Varese


The advanced three-days lasting workshop is grounded on sessions of live surgery, lectures and anatomical dissection. After the presentation of the daily clinical cases,
participants will attend live surgery projection and will debate the surgical procedures
directly with the surgeons. Lectures will relate on skull base surgical anatomy (macroscopic, endoscopic and radiologic) and specific surgical techniques. Afternoon sessions of step-by-step tutor-giuded anatomical dissection will complete the course. This course is addressed to physicians dealing with skull base pathology (ENT, neurosurgeons, maxillo-facial surgeons) who desire to deepen their knowledge of the endoscopic skull base techniques. Teaching material in digital format will be given to the partecipants at the beggining of the course in order to study individually the topics of the course and be able to face the final exam. Partecipants that attend the three-day course and pass a final examination, will receive the Post Graduate University Diploma in Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, of the University of Insubria in Varese.


Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. For registration send an email with name, surname, date of birth, CV, and telephone number to:
Applications must be submitted within 45 days before the beginning of the course and will be accepted according to a chronological order and in any case after receipt of the bank transfer.

REGULAR fee: € 1.400,00

Registration fees include: Teaching Material – Tuition – Coffee-Breaks – Lunches–
University Certificate – Insurance

The University of Insubria will provide an insurance that will cover the participants from self-injuries and for Civil Responsibility (not for Professional Responsibility), with the maximum coverage requested by the ASST Sette Laghi.

Partecipants have to attend the three-day course and pass a
final examination, to receive the Post Graduate University
Diploma in Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, of the University of
Insubria in Varese.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation received within the registration deadline (30 days before the beginning of the course): 75% refund. Cancellation received beyond the registration deadline: no refund. The name of the participant can be changed within one week prior to the course.

Payment modalities

A confirmation will be sent after receipt of the bank transfer.
Account Holder: Univ.insubria dip. biotecnologie e scienze della vita
Branch: Bank Branch 158, viale Belforte 151, 21100 –
IBAN: IT54F0569610801000085100X89
Swift code: POSOIT22
Causal: Name and surname of the partecipant, ORL 1 skullbase 2018

Segreteria Organizzativa
Adriana Jacona
Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Scienze della Vita (DBSV)- Università dell’Insubria
Via J.H. Dunant, 3 – 21100 Varese