Who we are
The AO is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organization, a global network of surgeons, and the world's leading education, innovation, and research organization for the surgical treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
What we do
The AO's world-leading institutes drive development, innovation, and research, across the AO by delivering value-added products and services to the AO's clinical divisions, clinical unit, its global network of surgeons and operating room personnel, and to its partners. They produce new concepts for improved fracture care, deliver evidence-based decision making, guarantee rigorous concept and product approval, and ensure the timely and comprehensive dissemination of knowledge and expertise.
Find out more about the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), the AO Technical Commission, the AO Education Institute (AO EI), and AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AO CID).
Years of scientific advances
Patients enrolled in AO CID studies
AO Technical Commission approved solutions 2009-2019
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The AO has established specialty areas for trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary and reconstructive surgery. The AO clinical divisions and clinical unit continually redefine the state-of-the-art in their fields, maintaining activities in research, development, clinical investigation and education.
Since the AO was founded, more than 660,000 surgeons and operating room personnel have participated in AO courses to date in over 124 countries.
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Our services and resources
Our courses and events
Since the AO was founded, more than 660,000 surgeons and ORP have participated in AO courses in over 124 countries.