FESS Course


30th International Course on

Endoscopic Surgery of the Paranasal Sinuses & Skull Base

Ghent - Belgium

29 August - 1 September  2018


12 hours fully equipped hands-on Cadaver Head Workshop

lectures, Round tables and Video-sessions

15 stations with navigation,and all with powered instruments !!!

Delegates of 2017 edition

Videos Sinus Surgery


Who should attend ?             Why Attend ?

Who should attend ? 


The course is of particular benefit and interest for residents, fellows and otorhinolaryngologists who developed some  experience with basic endoscopic surgery of the  paranasal sinuses and want to develop their skills.



Why attending ?


The course features:

                                                    12 hours fully equipped Hands-on Cadaver Head Workshop, Lectures, Round tables and Video-session





 •  Clinical and surgical anatomy of the sinuses

 •  Radiographic anatomy & pathology of the sinuses

 •   Understand the inflammation in chronic rhino-sinusitis and future treatment options in nasal polyps

 •   Differential diagnosis and management of rhinosinusitis

 •   Medical treatment and indications for surgery of  rhinosinusitis

 •   Approaches in FESS· Basic surgical FESS technique

 •   Frontal sinus surgery· Lacrimal sinus surgery

 •   Management of rhinosinusitis in children

 •   Powered instrumentation in sinus surgery

 •   Complications in FESS surgery

 •   Wound healing and Postoperative care

 •   Advanced endoscopic techniques: inverted papilloma surgery, tumour resection, orbital decompression, skull base approach, CSF leak repair





 • Basic surgical FESS techniques · FESS - anterior approach · Frontal sinus surgery ·  Lacrimal duct surgery · Orbital decompression · Emergency procedures ·

    Modified  Lothrop Procedure (Draf III Procedure)




Under ERS Auspices



Extended International Faculty

Claus Bachert (Ghent, Belgium)

Manuel Bernal Sprekelsen (Barcelona, Spain)

Philippe Gevaert (Ghent, Belgium)

Werner Hosemann (Greifswald, Germany)

Bradley Marple B (Dallas, USA)

Pär Stjärne (Stockholm, Sweden)

Thibaut Van Zele T (Ghent, Belgium)

James Zinreich (Baltimore, USA)

Claus Bachert  (Ghent, Belgium)

Claus Bachert is Professor of Medicine in the ENT Department at the University of Ghent, Belgium, a position he has held since 1996. He obtained his medical degree from the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg and Mannheim, Germany, in 1982. He also is appointed Professor at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Professor Bachert received a research mandate from the Belgian state, and is Vice President of the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology, and member of the World Health Organization Initiative on Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) and

the EAACI initiated European Position Paper on Nasal Polyps and Rhinosinusitis (EPOS).


Professor Bachert’s research interests include clinical and experimental allergology andimmunology of the upper airways; pathomechanisms of allergic inflammation, sinusitis, nasal polyposis and the common cold; he especially focuses on staphylococcal superantigens and their impact on airway disease.

As a surgeon, his field of activity is endoscopic sinus surgery including the scull base. He published over 380 international papers, 12 books, and contributed more than 30 book chapters. Professor Bachert also regularly organizes international and national symposia and congresses, as well as surgical courses. He has received several scientific prizes and awards.

Manuel Bernal Sprekelsen (Barcelona, Spain)

Prof. Dr.med. Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen is currently Head of the ORL-HNS Dept. at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona (since 1998) and Tenure Professor for ORL at the University Medical School of Barcelona (since 2007). He trained in Germany at the University Johannes-Gutenberg (1984-1989), and became consultant and senior consultant at the Elisabeth Hospital, Ruhr-University Bochum (1989-1992) before taking over the Head of the Dept. at the Univ. Hospital Son Dureta in Palma de Mallorca. In 1996 he was the president of the Spanish National ENT Congress, which took place in Mallorca. In 1997 he became Privat-Dozent for ORL at the Ruhr-University.


He has published 142 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 13 books and 123 book chapters. He is honorary member of various international scientific societies. As first or co-authors he won over 25 awards. He was founding member and first treasurer of the European Academy of ORL-HNS and is its current president. In 2011 he became Congress President of the 1st Congress of the Confederation of the European ORL-HNS (EUFOS + European Academy) in Barcelona (with over 3500 participants). Currently, he is president-elect of the Confederation (2013-2015) and its future president (2015-2017).

Philippe Gevaert  (Ghent, Belgium)

Prof. Dr. Philippe Gevaert (MD, PhD) is chairman of the faculty of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Ghent University, Belgium, and heads the Allergy Network of the Ghent University Hospital. His clinical activities are focused on allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis with and without nasal polyps.


Since 1998 he is active in the Upper Airway Research Laboratory at the University of Ghent (Head: Prof Dr Claus Bachert). His research is focused on local IgE expression and eosinophilic inflammation in allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis with and without nasal polyps. In 2004 he passed his PhD thesis on “Eosinophilic inflammation in nasal polyposis: Regulation of interleukin 5 and interleukin 5 receptor α isoforms”. He has perfor- med several academic clinical trials with novel treatments in nasal polyps and allergic rhinitis. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and received 9 (inter)national research awards.

Werner Hosemann (Greifswald, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Werner G. Hosemann is head and chairman of the Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Greifswald.


He completed his medical studies at the University of Freiburg and joined the department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology at the University of Freiburg and Erlangen as senior assistant after completing a postgraduate training in the Department of Pathology and his residency at the department of Oto- Rhino- Laryngology under supervision of Prof. M.E. Wigand. From 1992-2001 he was vice-chairman of the Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology at the University of Regensburg.  Since 2001 he is chairman of the Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Greifswald. In 1990 he passed his PhD thesis on “Wound healing of the mucosa”.  Professor Hosemann’s research interests include endoscopic endonasal sinus surgery, rhinology, rhino-neurosurgery and plastic surgery.  Prof. Dr. Werner G. Hosemann is current the President of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (2014-2015)

Bradley Marple (Dallas, USA)

Dr. Bradley F. Marple, M.D. completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1984 from the University of Oklahoma.  From there, he attended the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine where he graduated in 1988 with honors.  Then after completing an Otolaryngology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, he joined the faculty at this institution in 1994.  Since that time, his practice has concentrated on Skull Base Surgery, Allergy and Diseases of the Paranasal Sinuses. His research interests have concentrated upon inflammatory disorders of the paranasal sinuses and their treatments.  Special interests have been the use of leukotriene inhibitors in the treatment of inflammatory sinonasal disease as well as surgical and medical treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, multiple book chapters, and has also co-edited three textbooks.


Dr. Marple’s current administrative and education responsibilities include Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (2001 to present), Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official (2011 to present), Chief of Otolaryngology, Parkland Memorial Hospital (2000 to 2004) and Chief of Otolaryngology, Dallas Veterans Administration Hospital (1995 to 2000).  He served as Vice Chief of Staff at Zale Lipshy University Hospital (2001) and was Chief of Staff at Zale Lipshy University Hospital (2002, 2007-2009).  He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Respiratory Reviews and has been a reviewer for Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, American Journal of Rhinology, International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, and Laryngoscope.


Dr. Marple has held several national leadership roles and served on several national committees including: Chair of the Otolaryngology Residency Review Committee for ACGME; President of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA); Chair of the AAO-HNS Rhinology and Paranasal Sinus Committee; Board of Directors for American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS); American Medical Association Delegate for the AAOA; Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABO).

Stjärne Pär (Stockholm, Sweden)

Prof. Dr. med Pär Stjärne is currently head of Rhinology of the Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology at the Karolinska University Hospital and Professor of ENT at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He trained in at the Karolinska University Hospital (1985-1991) where he also became consultant in 1991 and in 1998 Head of Rhinology when he also became an associate Professor at the Karolinska Insitutet. Between 2004-2008 he was  the Head of the Department of Oto-Rhinolaryngology and in 2011 he became a full Professor at the Karolinska Insitutet.


Pär Stjärnes scientific work was initially focused on sensory mechanisms in upper airway inflammation which also was the theme of his dissertation in 1991. In 1995-1996 he was a research fellow at the USCF, California, USA and a visiting Professor at Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology at CMC Vellore, India. Presently his scientific work is focused on chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal tumour and craniofascial fractures.  Pär Stjärne has founded the Swedish rhinologic research association and is on the board of the Swedish rhinologic society. He is president elect of the European Rhinologic Society and the future president of the ERS meeting in Stockholm 2016

Thibaut Van Zele T (Ghent, Belgium)

Prof. Dr. Thibaut Van Zele (MD, PhD) is currently associate professor at the Ear-, Nose and Throat department at the Ghent University Hospital. In 2002 he finished his medical studies at the Ghent University. He trained in Belgium at the ENT-department at the Ghent University Hospital and in France at the Head and Neck Department of the CHRU Lille University Hospital.His clinical activities are focused on endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis, benign and malignant sinonasal tumours and endoscopic skull base surgery in collaboration with the department of neurosurgery.


He worked in the Upper Airway Research Laboratory at the University of Ghent (Prof Dr Claus Bachert) from 2002 to 2006 and obtained his PhD degree in 2008 on role of Staphylococus aureus in chronic rhinosinusitis nasal polyps and the therapeutic consequences. His research interests now concentrate upon tissue engineering of upper airway mucosa, improvement of wound healing after endoscopic sinus surgery and the management of epistaxis. He has published over 50 peer‐reviewed articles and multiple book chapters.

Zinreich S. James (Baltimore, USA)

Dr. S. James Zinreich, MD, is Professor of Radiology, and Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, in Baltimore, Maryland USA. He initiated the Head and Neck Imaging service within the Division of Neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins in 1983. In the early 1980s he was first to use 3D imaging in Neuroradiology.


As a result of this work and work with Multiplanar Reconstruction CT images, he was asked by David Kennedy to establish the CT imaging parameters to evaluate the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. His work in this area was quickly adapted in the USA and worldwide. His interest in the evolution of 3D imaging in CT and MRI led him and his team to introduce Image guidance in Neurosurgery in the USA and subsequently in the use of image guidance for FESS in the USA and worldwide.


Zinreich started IGS with a mechanical sensor system which was adequate to guide neurosurgical procedures, however Kennedy found the mechanical sensor to be awkward and risky for FESS guidance. This is when Zinreich’s group introduced the optical sensor system which continues to be in use today. He was also a principal consultant/advisor for the group working on the electromagnetic sensor system, and the company which later introduced it, VTI. Zinreich has published in excess of 140 peer reviewed articles, 4 books, and has travelled worldwide, over the past 3 decades, lecturing on imaging of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.”

Some Reading Suggestions

BM Antimicrobials and CRS an evidence based review

PS Chronic rhinosinusitis in asthma

PS Improved olfaction after ESS

PS One year outcome after ESS


SJ Fungal RS

SJ nasal cycle

SJ sinus CT

SJ sinus volumetry

BM Fungal Rhinosinusitis

A categorization

BM Fungus and sinusitis

BM Middle turbinate

BM Ossifying fibroma of the nose and paranasal sinuses

BM Sinonasal manifestations of sarcoidosis


CB Bachert et al JACI 2010

Programme in Detail

No detailed programme available at this time.



Please find here the 2017 programme as an example of the FESS course Programmes:

Download 2017

programme here

General Information

How to get to Belgium - Ghent?

By Air:


The international Brussels National Airport is located just 45 minutes from Ghent. Arriving at Brussels/Zaventem airport: the Airport City Express conveniently leaves from within the airport building (floor -2) and takes you four times an hour to one of the main stations in Brussels (subsequently Noord/Nord, Centraal / Central and Zuid/Midi). In Brussels you can switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via “Gent-Sint-Pieters”, Ghent ‘s main railway station (directions “Brugge”,“Knokke / Blankenberge”, “Oostende” all stop in Ghent ). Some trains run directly from the airport to the railway station “Gent-Sint-Pieters” (direction: De Panne, travel time: 50 minutes. link Belgian Railways:  www.b-rail.be


Arriving by train in Brussels: Switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via “Gent-Sint- Pieters”, Ghent ’s main railway station (directions “Brugge”, “Knokke/Blankenberge”, “Oostende” all stop in Ghent ). Ghent is on the crossroads of the international lines “London-Brussel-Köln” and “Antwerpen-Lille-Paris”.


Charleroi Brussels South Airport: There are two options for travelling between Charleroi (Brussels South) Airport and Ghent:


Option 1:

You first need to take a bus to Charleroi Sud railway station. A ticket “billet bulk” can be purchased at the bus stop (door n°2) at the airport. From the Charleroi Sud railway    station you can take a train to the Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station. Train schedules are    available under http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/. Note: The last return train to Charleroi Sud    railway station departs from Ghent at 22h24 in and arrives at the railway station at 23h23.   The last return bus from Charleroi Sud railway station to the Brussels South Charleroi Airport    departs at 22h53.


Option 2

There is also a shuttle service running every 30 minutes between Charleroi     (Brussels South) Airport and the international railway station, Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi). Shuttle tickets cost € 13 for a one-way ticket and € 22 for a return ticket and are sold outside the airport terminal or http://www.voyages-lelan.be. From the international railway station, Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi), regular connections by train to Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station are available (approximately 2-3 trains per hour) with a journey time of  approximately 30 minutes..

By highc-speed train:


The closest international railway station for high-speed trains is Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi) railway station (arrival of Thalys, TGV, Eurostar, ICE, etc.).


Regular connections by train to Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station are available (approximately 2-3 trains per hour) with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes. Train schedules are available at: http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/. Note that the last direct train from Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station to the Brussels South (Bruxelles Midi) railway station departs at 23h23 and arrives at 23h59.

VISA and Travel Documents:

                                                              What do you need - Ghent?

Do you need a Visum ?


All the information concerning visa applications for Belgium is available on the website of the Foreigners Department of the FPS Home Affairs  , which is the competent Belgian authority for access to the territory, stay, residence and removal of foreigners in Belgium.


At which embassy or consulate shall I introduce my visa application?


You should apply for your visa in person at the Belgian embassy or consulate which is competent for your country of residence, where you will be requested to communicate your travel destination as well as the circumstances of it. In a number of cases, you can lodge your visa application through an external service provider (outsourcing partner). In some very specific cases, you can also be exempted from personally lodging your application. If you want to know more about it, please contact the relevant embassy or consulate. If you want to find out which Belgian embassy or consulate is competent for you visa application, please check the link for the countrycodes .


If you apply for a short stay visa (up to 90 days), some countries offer the possibility of having your visa application treated by another Schengen country Belgium has concluded a representation agreement with. In order to verify which embassy is competent for your country of residence and whether Belgium is represented by a Schengen partner for short stay visa.


Long stay visa applications (more than 90 days) or short stay visa applications aiming at a longer stay in Belgium (e.g. marriage in Belgium), are not covered by the representation agreement and must hence be lodged with the relevant Belgian embassy or consulate. If there is no Belgian embassy or consulate in your country of residence, you should apply to the Belgian embassy or consulate responsible for that country (and usually located in a neighbouring country):   countrycodes .


How can I have my visa extended in Belgium?


All information on this subject can be found on the website of the Alien’s Department of the FPS Home Affairs.   Please allow at least two months for the visa application procedure. The organization can provide you with a letter of invitation to participate in the FESS-course. The organization will only issue letters for the duration of the course and for congress participants only (no accompanying persons). No financial support can be given.


If you need a letter of invitation, please contact the Secretariat in time, preferably by  e-mail: FESS@semico.be or fax (+32 9 233 85 97).

Please state your:

                                               · last name,

                                               · first names,

                                               · home address,

                                               · birthplace,

                                               · birth date,

                                               · identity card number,

                                               · passport number


 as well as the mailing address to which the letter should be sent.


Please note: invitation letters will not be sent by courier.

Practical  Information

Venue of the FESS Course



Lectures:                              Ghent University Hospital Campus - Auditorium C

                                                 De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent


Hands-on Cadaver:          Wet Laboratory (PAD) - Ghent University Hospital Campus  Department Anatomy

                                                  De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent





Shuttle Service


A shuttle service from the inner city of Ghent to and from the Ghent University Hospital Campus is foreseen.

The bus will be waiting in the street called “Poel” (located on walking distance from recommended hotels).


Departure times:

   Wednesday, 29 August: 10h10 to Ghent University Hospital - 19h15 to “Poel”

   Thursday, 30 August: 08h00 to Ghent University Hospital -  18h00 to “Poel”

   Friday, 31 August: 07h30 to Wet Laboratory - 18h30 to “Poel”

   Saturday, 1 September: 07h45 to Wet Laboratory - 14h00 to “Poel”


Transportation from and to the airport is not foreseen.


Lunches and Coffee Breaks


Lunches (no pork) and Coffee Breaks (in the morning and afternoon) will be served.

On-site practical’s


Banks and Post office


Most banks open at 09.00 and close around 16.00 Monday through Friday. They are generally closed for lunch between 12.00-14.00 hrs.  Post offices are generally open between 09.00 and 16.00 hrs. Please, note that there will be no exchange facilities at the congress venue.


Climate and Dress


The Belgian climate is distinctly maritime and usually mild, and the city of Ghent is no exception to this.  At this time of the year is usually sunny with temperatures around   20°C-22°C. An umbrella might be useful as the most precipitation on average occurs in August.


Time Zone


The time zone in Ghent is GMT + 1 hour.


Electrical supply


Electricity is supplied at 220 volts, 50 Hz. Some hotels provide 110 volts AC sockets for electric razors only.

For all other equipment, an adaptor/converter is necessary.


Registration Information FESS - course 2018

Registration Fees




  ENT specialist

  ENT resident in training*

  Lectures only


  Accompanying person

Before 1 June 2018



€ 1.750

 € 1.350

 €    800


€    150

 After 1 June 2018



 € 1.850

 € 1.450

 €    900


€    150

  * Reduced registration fee after receipt certificate from their institution validating their full-time resident status.

The registration fee in full for delegate covers:


                                  • Attendance to all theoretical sessions and Hands-on Cadaver workshops

                                  • Attendance to social events:

                                                                  o Welcome Reception

                                                                  o Dinner

                                  • Course Documentation

                                  • Day catering (lunches and coffee breaks)

                                  • Transportation by coach, to and from the city centre and venues (except venues social programme


The registration fee for lectures only covers:


                                  • Attendance to all theoretical sessions

                                  •  Attendance to social events:

                                                                  o Welcome Reception

                                                                  o Dinner

                                  • Course Documentation

                                  • Day catering (lunches and coffee breaks)



The registration fee for accompanying person covers:


                                  • Attendance to social events:

                                                                  o Welcome Reception

                                                                  o Dinner

Term and Conditions


Upon completion of your online registration, we will send you a confirmation email and receipt by email.

For additional information regarding your registration please send an email to: FESS@semico.be


Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy


All costs referred to are in EUR (€). All payments must be made in EUR (€) and must be received prior to the course. The on-line registration site is a secured site.

Major credit cards such as VISA, EuroCard/MasterCard are accepted. Payments by wire bank transfer are accepted until 20 August 2018.


Cancellation of registration


In the event of cancellation, written notification should be sent to the Organizing Secretariat (Semico) by fax: 0032 9 233 85 97 or email: FESS@semico.be

The following cancellation fees will apply:

                                                                                             • Before 1 June 2017: Full refund, excluding administration fee of € 50.

                                                                                             • From 1 June to 1 August 2017: 50% refund

                                                                                             • As of 1 August 2017 or if the participant fails to attend: no refund.


All refunds will be processed and issued within 30 days after the course.


Liability and insurance




In the case of Government intervention or regulation, military activity, strikes or any other circumstances that make it impossible or inadvisable for the congress to take place at the time and place provided, the participant shall waive any claim for damages or compensation except the amount paid for registration after deduction of actual expenses incurred in connection with the congress and there shall be no future liability on the part of either party.




Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or through cancellation of the Conference, loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Belgium, failure to utilise tours or pre-booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The Conference organizers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Hotel Accommodation

The Hotels

Contact Information

Please contact us:

FESS Course 2018


For practical information, please contact:


Semico Nv

Korte Meer 16-20

9000 Gent

Tel: +32 - 9 233.86.60.


Mail:  FESS@semico.be