Welcome to the latest innovations, produced by the AO Innovation Translation Center (AO ITC).
Following the successful launch of the AO ITC in March 2020, this format now covers not only the new developments from the AO Technical Commission (AO TC) but also the innovation activities of the Technology Transfer, Clinical Operations, and Clinical Science units. You also have the opportunity to read selected articles from the AO Research Institute Davos and the AO Education Institute.
The AO ITC is the AO's innovation hub. By bringing different AO innovation units under one roof, silos are broken down and ideas flow more freely. Under the leadership of Claas Albers, the AO ITC explores and channels innovative ideas from the AO global network to realize their full potential, thus generating value according to the AO's core mission. Innovation translation at the AO ITC encompasses the conception and development of clinical solutions and the creation of scientific evidence to prove the added value of new solutions. Full details on the goals and key activities of the AO ITC can be found in the article "The AO Innovation Translation Center: strengthening innovation within the AO". The information therein also contains an overview of the various opportunities to transform your ideas into clinical reality in collaboration with the AO ITC.
You can access our entire innovations portfolio online through our AO Approved Solutions and the Technology Transfer website. Previous editions of the Innovations magazine are available in the download section.
Biphasic Plate Distal Femur
Designed to provide suitable flexibility for healing and increased implant strength for early full weight bearing.
3.5 mm Intrapelvic Acetabular System
A new precontoured implant for superior anatomical fit and a set of instruments resulting in reduced surgical complexity.
Distal Radius Nail
AO's Development Incubator facilitated the development of an intramedullary implant for extra-articular distal radius fractures.
Deformity Analysis and Osteotomy Planning Tool
First fully automated 2D osteotomy planning tool based on long leg radiographs in the coronal plane.
CONDUIT™ Interbody Platform
Demonstrating advancement in cage technology using 3D printing.
Cannulated Screw System CSS+
Improving cutting performance and facilitating accurate screw insertion.
News from the AO Innovation Translation Center
Cost-effectiveness of cement augmented PFNA
Fixation with use of cement augmentation dominated fixation with no augmentation for unstable trochanteric fractures, resulting in cost savings and QALY gains.
Empowering scoliosis patients to manage their condition via an app.
Slongo earns AO TC’s 2022 Recognition Award
Theodor "Theddy" F Slongo, MD, of Bern, Switzerland, is the recipient of the AO Technical Commission (AO TC) 2022 Recognition Award.
Fourth FRI consensus meeting
Aiming to develop consensus-based guidelines in the field of FRI and nonunion, paving the road for the future.
Update from the SDSTF
Survey results on wearable technology in the orthopedic trauma community are available open access.
Update from the OSSTF
Explore the brand-new White Papers on Techniques and Considerations for Surgery of the Osteoporotic Spine.
News from the AO Research Institute Davos
Locked lateral plating vs. tension band wiring in patella fractures
Investigating the biomechanical performance of the two methods used for fixation of simple and complex patella fractures.
Dynamic screw-suture stabilization system
Evaluating its performance in comparison to a suture-button stabilization of unstable syndesmotic injuries.
Statistical analysis of humeral fractures
Allows identification of zones with highest fracture probability.
Pancarpal arthrodesis in canine
Although oval radiocarpal holes provide more options, they increase predicted failure risk.