AO Recon Course—Principles of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

The starting point for newly certified orthopedic surgeons and junior orthopedic surgical trainees. A world-class curriculum course developed by renowned surgeons.

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This course teaches fundamental principles and current concepts in the treatment of patients with a need for primary arthroplasty in the hip and knee. This course is the initial step along the path of lifelong learning in the area of joint arthroplasty. Based on a patient-centered approach this course focuses on the key principles of primary arthroplasty. This course is targeted at newly certified orthopedic surgeons and advanced orthopedic surgical trainees.

Top national, regional, and international faculty

2-3 days in duration

For surgeons who already treat total hip and knee arthroplasty

Network with colleagues from all over the world

CME credits

Why you should choose this course

  • Top locations and facilities

  • Network with peers from around the world while you train
  • Available all around the world, through multiple dates, to accomodate your agenda

  • World-class curriculum developed by renowned surgeons 
  • You get a certificate of completion 

  • Training delivered by the world's most important orthopedic organization
  • Course modules
    • Module 1—Perioperative Management of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
    • Module 2—Performing Total Hip Arthroplasty
    • Module 3—Performing Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Practical excercises
    • Optimizing the patient journey
    • Preventing infection in joint replacement
    • Key steps in planning THA
    • Overview of surgical approaches for THA
    • Cemented fixation
    • Cementless fixation of the cup and the stemoaches for THA
    • Bearing choice in THA
    • Intraoperative challenges and complications
    • Preventing dislocation in THA
    • Key steps in TKA and overview of surgical approaches for TKA
    • Limb alignment and kinematics
    • The role of the PCL in TKA
    • Bone cuts in TKA
    • Balancing the varus knee and fixed flexion contracture
    • Balancing the valgus knee
    • Patellofemoral resurfacing and tracking
    • Fixation options in knee replacement


  • Skills Lab
    • Templating a THA
    • Reaming the acetabulum and inserting a cup
    • Preparing the femur and inserting a stem
    • Safe zones for screw insertion
    • Meet the Experts
    • Planning a TKA
    • Alignment for a tibial cut
    • Performing a tibial cut
    • Cementing
  • Small Group discussions
    • Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: assessment and decision
    • Total hip arthroplasty―surgical approaches, preventing dislocation, and fixation
    • Total hip arthroplasty―intraoperative challenges and complications
    • How to do a TKR―valgus, varus, kinematic alignment
    • Total knee arthroplasty―intraoperative challenges and complications

Course details may be subject to change. Please check your chosen date and location for the detailed program.

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