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Rotator Cuff Disorders

Three-day International Balgrist Shoulder Course

The Balgrist Shoulder Unit is proud to announce and is honored to welcome you to the International Shoulder Course from 28 to 30 March 2019 at Balgrist University Hospital.

Basics, Cases, Discussions, Live Surgeries

This dree-day course will cover the entire spectrum of rotator cuff tears, tendon transfers, augmented repairs and latest developments in reverse shoulder arthroplasty. The Balgrist Shoulder Course is intended for specialized shoulder and elbow surgeons and will be held in English.

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How to find us


Stefanie Pfister
Coordinator Congresses & Events
+41 44 386 38 33

Regular Fee: CHF 600
(including mentioned meals, no accommodation)

Residents / Trainees: CHF 300

The course is fully booked. For registration on waiting list please contact Stefanie Pfister at

Course Chairmen

Karl Wieser, Head of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Balgrist University Hospital
Karl Wieser, Head of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Dominik Meyer, Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Balgrist University Hospital
Dominik Meyer, Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Christian Gerber, Professor and Chairman emeritus
Balgrist University Hospital
Christian Gerber, Professor and Chairman emeritus

International Faculty

Get your CME Credits

  • Swiss Orthopedics:
    16 Credits

Program summary

Day 1: Rotator Cuff repair techniques

Experience various presentations, case discussions and live surgeries covering rotator cuff pathologies, indications and techniques for operative repair of partial-, midsize and massive tears, and much more!

Day 2: How to treat the chronic irreparable RC tear?

Prof. Mihata, Dr. Elhassan and Prof. Gerber, the inventors of the currently most commonly used augmentation and tendon transfer techniques will give insight and discuss indications and expectations. There will be an interactive live-surgery of the arthroscopic-assisted latissimus dorsi tendon transfer and a superior capsular reconstruction.

Day 3: Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

On day three, the following topics will be covered: biomechanical considerations, prosthetic design, preoperative planning, and patient specific instrumentation of RTSA, including indications and techniques of additional tendon transfers. The Balgrist Shoulder Course will be completed by RTSA live surgeries.

Lectures from last year's shoulder course

Exciting evening programs

  • On Thursday evening, a guided tour through the Balgrist Campus, our musculoskeletal research centre, awaits you.
  • On Friday, we cordially invite you to the reception and dinner at the historical "Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten".