Visiting Surgeon Programme (VSP)
VSPs are designed to provide visiting surgeons with the opportunity to learn from the expert host surgeon in their hospital environment. Guest surgeons will observe live surgeries, and have the chance to discuss surgical procedures, techniques and devices.
Host Surgeons: Dr Mertens and Dr Brabants
Dr Mertens and Dr Brabants welcome visitors to Antwerp to learn about Total Knee Replacement and revision surgery. The VSP is open to a maximum of 3 visiting surgeons, and can range from 1 to 4 days (Mon-Thu), including live surgery observations, 1-on-1 discussion, and focus theoretical topics on request. The host surgeons will aim to schedule appropriate cases (Total Knees, Revisions, Unicondylar) with minimum timelines of 2/3 months in advance.
Flexible Monday - Thursday
- JOURNEY◊ II BCS Total Knee System
- GENESIS◊ II Primary Knee System
- LEGION◊ Total Knee System
- LEGION◊ Revision Knee System
Contact your local Smith & Nephew representative or login to submit your interest using the contact form on this page.
(Please note that participation is subject to qualifying criteria)
Dr Karl Brabants is a specialist in Knee and Hip replacement, and is involved in national training programs as a medical teacher. He holds several functions in the Belgian Knee Society, and is a reviewer of the Sports Trauma Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy (Official Journal of ESSKA). Dr. Brabants was head of the ZNA Middelheim Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma from 2001 until 2013, and a regular member of faculty for SN national and international meetings.
Dr Peter Mertens is a specialist in knee and hip replacement, and a qualified medical teacher. He is trained at University Hospital Leuven and Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in Exeter, UK. In 2013 Dr. Mertens became head of the ZNA Middelheim Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma at ZNA Middelheim. He is a regular member of faculty for SN national and international meetings.