Innovations magazine 2018

All the latest approved solutions from the AO Technical Commission

The 2018 edition of the AO Technical Commission's Innovations magazine offers the latest information on newly approved trauma, spine, CMF and vet products in collaboration with our trusted partner, DePuy Synthes.

In addition to the usual showcase of AO Technical Commission innovations, this issue contains summaries of our Meet the Experts' sessions and the  Experts' Symposia in 2017.

Contributions from the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AO CID) as well as the AO Education Institute (AO EI) complement the content of this edition.


The lead article introduces the Femoral Recon Nail (FRN), the most recent innovation from the Intramedullary Nailing Expert Group. After an intensive development time of 6 years, this nailing system will have major impact on advancing worldwide patient care.

The Veterinary Expert Group developed a solution for the treatment of physeal fractures of the proximal tibia in foals, the 4.5mm LCP T-Plate. Traditional fixation methods, which rely on dynamic compression plating and tension band wiring, have limits in terms of achieving adequate stability.

AO Technical Commission CMF provides an insight into the use of patient specific implants (Titanium 3D Printed Plates) and customized surgical guides in the workflow from planning to the surgical procedure.

The AO Spine Technical Commission is proud to introduce two newly launched products to address the increasing demand for solutions to improve minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Viper PrimeTM, an innovative all-in-one instrument system which eliminates the need for guidewires, The CONCORDETM Clear MIS Discectomy Device is specially designed to enhance (MIS) discectomy procedures.

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