MICS TRAINING DAYS, February 22 - 23, 2024
Innsbruck, Austria

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Focus Valve MICS Training Days

Innsbruck, February 23 - 24, 2023


FOCUS Valve MICS Training Days is a skills-acquisition education program of the Focus Valve Platform and the Medical University of Innsbruck in cooperation with Aesculap Akademie based on the experience of more than 10 years Focus Valve minimally invasive valve surgery training courses.
The objective of this program is to provide individualized intensive training opportunities for MICS mitral valve procedures on explanted pig hearts under the guidance of by experienced tutors.
The wetlab training will be complemented by intensive OR hospitations to observe totally endoscopic or other minimally invasive valve procedures. Up-to-date 3D imaging with the Aesculap Einstein Vision® videoendoscopic system is available on each wetlab working station as well as in the OR.
At FOCUS Valve MICS Training Days participants train extensively the most important techniques of mitral valve repair and replacement on explanted pig hearts.
2 surgeons will work on one station tutored by a senior minimally invasive surgeon. MICS Training Days comprise Modules II and III of the FOCUS Valve educational program.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Innsbruck!

Program directors:
Nikolaos Bonaros, Daniel Höfer, Ludwig Müller, Michael Grimm


Learning objectives

  • Wetlab training on explanted porcine hearts
  • Handling of long shafted instruments for endoscopic surgery
  • Direct vision minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS)
  • Totally endoscopic MIMVS with use of the Einstein Vision® 3D system
  • Ring annuloplasty, leaflet resection and repair, artificial (PTFE) chordae implantation Mitral valve replacement
  • Case selection and preoperative imaging

Registration and inquiries

Congress office:
Ms. Gabriele Wagner
Department of Cardiac Surgery
Medical University Innsbruck
Anichstr. 35, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Tel.: 0043 512 504 22501
Email: gabriele.wagner[at]tirol-kliniken.at


Applications should be made per
Online registration no later than January 15, 2024.
The fee for the full 2 days of training,
including lunches is EUR 1.100,-
(incl. 20% VAT)


Hotel reservations:

Hotel accomodation is not included in the training fee!
Please make sure that you reserve your hotel in time.
Please find a list of recommended hotels, which are witihin walkind distance to the venue, as well as to the city center:

Hotels close to the venue


Download Program (PDF)

DAY 1 - February 22, 2024
08:15 - 08:30Introduction and Training outline - Group formation
08:30 - 12:30Group A: Live cases in the OR
Group B: Hands-on 3D Endoscopy Wet-lab
12:30 - 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 16:30Hands-on 3D Endoscopy Wet-Lab
16:30 - 18:00Lectures
Introduction to minimally invasive mitral valve therapy
Therapy and tools for MIMVS
Techniques for minimally invasive mitral repair
DAY 2 - February 23, 2024
08:30 - 12:30Group B: 2 Live cases in the OR
Group A: Hands-on 3D Endoscopy Wet-lab
12:30 - 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 16:30Hands-on 3D Endoscoy Wet Lab
16:30 - 17:30

Q & A


Irrespective of our intentions to provide live demonstrations of minimally invasive mitral valve procedures, the clinical program (live surgeries) my be subject to clinical needs. Surgical procedures may be changed according to urgent requirements.