Book Launch

15. December 2017

The AO Principles of Fracture Management—Third Edition

From left: Prof Thomas Rüedi, Prof Richard Buckley, Prof Christopher Moran, Prof Theerachai Apivatthakakul and AO Foundation President Nikolaus Renner

AOTrauma is proud to announce the release of the AO Principles of Fracture Management—Third Edition, updating the essential surgical reference guide with the latest in cutting-edge techniques, technology, biological and clinical knowl​edge in the field of trauma and orthopedic surgery. 

The launch of the book, which serves the AO Foundation's mission of driving excellence in patient care, was the centerpiece of the Opening Ceremony to the Davos Courses on Sunday, December 3, attended by the hundreds of the world's leading surgeons and faculty. 

"This text is the gold standard for the worldwide orthopedic surgeon community and remains as the foundation of fracture care," said Prof Richard Buckley, from the Department of Surgery in the Division of Orthopedic Trauma at the University of Calgary, and the book's editor-in-chief.

New online educational resourses

The third edition leverages selected online educational resources of the AO including webcasts, AO Surgery Reference, videos, animations, webinars, AO Skills Lab, AOTrauma STaRT and lectures, which are accessible via QR codes that will take readers to chapter-specific microsites. It also has new chapters on knee dislocations, periprosthetic fractures, and orthogeriatric fracture care. 

"It has taken three and half years of hard work, but this bedrock text provides all of the new and established principles for ongoing fracture care," added Prof Buckley. "The editorial team would like to pay tribute to all of the worldwide AO family - past and present - that has helped put this text together."

New ways of applying the AO principles

More generally, the book highlights the new possibilities in surgical treatment, and offers surgeons the opportunity to explore new ways of applying the AO principles. It also addresses pressing challenges that face orthopedic surgeons today, such as the exponential rise in fragility fractures resulting from demographic changes and an aging population. 

The key features of the latest edition include:

  • Contributions from more than 60 highly renowned surgeons, scientists, and medical professionals
  • Close to 3,000 high-quality illustrations, images, and video presentations
  • Immediate access to AO’s continually evolving range of online educational offerings via QR codes for mobile devices including animations, webcasts, webinars, lectures, AO Surgery Reference, AOTrauma STaRT, and more. 

Embodying the AO philosophy

The AO Principles book is the modern-day adaptation of the Manual of Internal Fixation, first published in the 1960s. Several updates were published, with the book evolving into an interpretation of the AO philosophy, and therefore principles. 

In 2001, the first edition of the AO Principles of Fracture Management appeared. Rapid advancements in biotechnology and techniques for handling soft tissue, among others, prompted the AO to publish a second edition in 2007, edited by Thomas Rüedi, Richard Buckley, and Christopher Moran. 

Over the last decade, that edition, which included a DVD-ROM and was translated into eight languages including Chinese and Russian, has achieved sales approaching 10,000 copies in hard back and e-books. 

The AO Principles of Fracture Management—Third Edition is available at AOTrauma members receive a 20% discount when ordering online with Thieme.