Welcome to the Advanced Arthroscopic Technique Course for Foot and Ankle Disorders

Surgery is planned, directed damage, the healing of which produces the desired outcome. We all recognise that the least unnecessary damage that is done during a procedure the quicker and more successfully a patient will recover.


When dealing with joints and tendons, the soft tissue envelope presents a challenge. To gain access to a joint, the envelope must not only be breached but often stripped. This action reduces blood supply to the specific site of the surgery slowing ability to heal and impairing resistance to infection.


Arthroscopic surgery whilst allowing good visualisation and instrumentation of a joint, minimises the collateral damage, protecting the vulnerable soft tissues so reducing pain, swelling, encouraging swift healing and more rapid recovery.


This course is designed to extend the knowledge and skills of foot and ankle surgeons who are familiar with standard arthroscopy. Techniques of arthroscopic surgery in the joints, ligaments and tendons of the ankle, hind, mid, and forefoot will be presented and demonstrated. More importantly delegates will be given ample time to develop their skills in each of these areas using cadaver limbs. Questions and case presentations will be encouraged.


We hope you will find this course stimulating and informative and will raise your enthusiasm for these techniques to the future benefit of your patients.    


In the five years that we have run this course we have trained XX delegates.  The feedback we have had has been overwhelmingly positive:

"Well organised with small group sessions enabling us to chat to the faculty and get regular tips and tricks during the cadaveric sessions"

"Fantastic course with friendly engaged and very knowledgeable faculty."

"Excellent coverage of all areas of F&A arthroscopy and an opportunity to develop new skills and refine existing skills with mentoring"

"Absolutely superb course.  Approachable faculty.  Good balance between lecture and practical."


We invite colleagues from around the world to teach on FAWW courses, previous faculty have included:


Per-Henrick Ågren

Born 1957 in Stockholm, Per-Henrick studied medicine at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.  PH became a specialist in Orthopaedic surgery in 1989.  He has devoted his career to foot and ankle surgery, full time, since 1996 following an AO fellowship in Seattle with Professor ST Hansen in1995. Since 2000 PH had been the owner and chief of the private clinic "Stockholms Fotkirurgklinik".  He now works primarily with  reconstructive F&A surgery. 


Per-Henrick has been an active member of ESFAS since its start and later took leading role in EFAS.  He is also very involved in the AO Education and TK system.  In 20XX he completed his doctoral thesis on: "Aspects on Calcaneal fractures" and gained a PhD from the Karolinska.  Over his research career he has also written papers describing the ZEVO ostetomy for flatfoot correction.

Stephen Hepple

Stephen Hepple is a NHS Consultant Foot and Ankle Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and Clinical Director Musculoskeletal Services at North Bristol NHS Trust. He also practices at Weston-Super-Mare Hospital & at The Spire Hospital Bristol.
He trained initially in Sheffield and Bristol before undergoing specialist training in Brisbane and Dallas. He specialises in sports injury, trauma and foot and ankle surgery including ankle arthroscopy and ankle replacement.
He is President Elect of The British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society and has previously served on the Education committee of the society. He is a faculty member of AO trauma.

Michael Butler

Mike Butler qualified from Cambridge University and the London Hospital Medical College. Mike trained in Orthopaedic Surgery in the South West of England and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in Trauma and Orthopaedics in November 2007.
He undertook further specialist training at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre and Frenchay Hospital and at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford.


In 2009 he was appointed as a consultant in Truro.  Mr Butler served in the Army for over 20 years and continues to serve and have a role in teaching military and civilian surgeons on a number of courses as well as regularly conducting outpatient clinics in Germany.

Mr Butler is heavily involved in teaching and is the Peninsula Deanery Training Programme Director for Trauma and Orthopaedics. He has continue to publish as a consultant and is a Review Board Member for Foot and Ankle Surgery, The Knee and Injury.

William Harries

William Harries is a NHS Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in the North Bristol NHS Trust. He works in the Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Southmead Hospital, and Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.

Mr Harries specialises in foot and ankle, knee surgery and sports injuries.

He is a Director and Past President of the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

Richard Walter

Richard Walter is a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics in Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, specialising in surgery of the foot and ankle.


His Specialist orthopaedic training has been in the South West region and he has completed fellowships in Trauma in South Africa and Foot and Ankle Surgery in Bristol.


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