AO Trauma Hand NA Online Live Series—Complications in Upper Limb Surgery

Learn how to manage complications in the hand and upper limb with multidisciplinary clinical, legal, ethical, and psychological perspectives


Adverse events can happen during surgery of the hand and upper limb. Some of these are avoidable, while others may result from unforeseen events, suboptimal execution of procedures or suboptimal rehabilitation.

Whether it is a pre-operative, intra-operative or post-operative procedure, surgeons need to know how to deal with these complications not only from a clinical perspective but also from a legal, ethical and psychological perspective.

A holistic approach, with assistance from other disciplines, colleagues and hand therapists is critical in making sure that the best possible outcome can be achieved, despite the complication.

This series will be conducted weekly on Thursdays starting on May 5, 2022 and will run through June 16, 2022.


Directly provided by AO North America.

  • Learning objectives
    Upon completion of this event, participants will be able to
    Identify common complications after upper limb surgery involving fracture, tendon, and nerve repair or reconstruction
    Evaluate each complication clinically
    Understand and evaluate investigative modalities for each complication
    Develop an algorithmic approach to treating each complication

  • Who should attend

    Enrollment in this course is open to all orthopedic, plastic, and general surgeons as well as trainees who are actively involved in the treatment of patients with disorders of the upper limb and post traumatic reconstruction.

    In addition, this course is designed to involve hand therapists who would benefit from the steps and knowledge of the surgical procedure(s) and treatment of complications. These sessions will review therapeutic nuances in the management of complications which will be discussed by surgeons and therapist faculty. 

Event calendar

Event topic Moderator Date Time* Recording
SESSION 1: The Failed Distal Radius ORIF Dr. Kim Mezera May 05 2022 7:00-8:15 PM Watch
SESSION 2: Complications of Tendon Surgery Dr. Jay Bridgeman May 12 2022 7:00-8:15 PM Watch
SESSION 3: Failed Soft Tissue Repairs Dr. Peter Rhee May 19 2022 7:00-8:15 PM Watch
SESSION 4: Failure of Nerve Decompression Dr. Jeffrey Lawton May 26 2022 7:00-8:15 PM -
SESSION 5: Complications After Forearm Injury 
Dr. Christina Boulton Jun 02 2022 7:00-8:15 PM -
SESSION 6: The Miserable Elbow After Soft Tissue Surgery Dr. Marco Rizzo Jun 09 2022 7:00-8:15 PM -
SESSION 7: Complications After Elbow Fracture Fixation Dr. Kevin Malone Jun 16 2022 7:00-8:15 PM -


*Eastern Time (GMT-4:00)

Register now for AO Trauma Hand NA Online Live Series—Complications in Upper Limb Surgery