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Palma e Castelnuovo

       Teaching surgery has become much simpler in the past few years due to the ubiquitous availability of video libraries, video material on the Internet, and live-TV surgery courses. Therefore, conceiving a new format that can be appealing and highly educational can be fraught with problems.

In 2014 we initiated an educational project aimed to fit the sophisticated expectations of a niche of surgeons. We called it elsa, eXtreme live surgery arena, featuring an unique format having no equivalent elsewhere: only live surgery on extreme cases, two parallel operating rooms, constant interactive discussion with the operating surgeons, no formal lectures.

The 1st elsa was held in February 2014. Paolo Castelnuovo, Ralph Magritz, Pietro Palma, Stephen Park, and Jonathan Sykes operated challenging cases from the fields of cosmetic rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty including cocaine nose, endoscopic repair of septal perforation,, and complex ear and nose reconstructions.

Patients had an excellent surgical care, and the feed-back from course participants from 26 countries was outstanding.

Such a resounding success convinced us to pursue a new adventure. So, the second edition will be held in March 17-18, 2015, under the direction of Paolo Castelnuovo and Ricardo Carrau.

Once again, Varese will host this unique event. Varese is one of the most beautiful provinces in Italy. It is a “land of water” thanks to its many lakes and rivers, and is famous for its medieval churches on mountaintops, now recognised as a World Heritage Site. Varese is easily accessible by any means of transport and the international airport of Milano Malpensa is nearby.

We cordially invite you to join us in Varese in March 2016 for heart-stopping moments of surgical witchcraft.

Paolo Castelnuovo & Pietro Palma
Directors, elsa Project


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