AO Trauma Advanced Principles of Fracture Management Course

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The fundamental course for doctors in surgical training, and doctors interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in operative fracture management. This course provides the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to apply the principles of fracture management in basic situations in trauma patient care and in patients with more complex injuries.

Top national, regional, and international faculty

2 days in duration

For newly certified orthopedic surgeons

The first and important step to enhance your career

CME credits

How you benefit*

  • Apply implants according to their properties utilizing different application techniques 

  • Understand the concepts of stability, their influence on bone healing, and how to apply implants to achieve the appropriate stability 

  • Plan a treatment based on assessment, imaging, classification, and decision making 

  • Apply reduction techniques in fracture management with attention to the soft tissue
  • Assess and treat diaphyseal fractures 

  • Assess and treat articular and periarticular fractures 

  • Demonstrate strategies for assessing and treating open fractures and soft-tissue injuries 

  • Manage the polytrauma patient
  • Evaluate, classify, and formulate a treatment plan for pelvic injuries and acetabular fractures 

  • Recognize risk factors and complications and manage accordingly 

  • Recognize and treat bone union disorders
  • Recognize and manage special fracture circumstances

* The program may be subject to slight changes. Please check your chosen date and location for the detailed program.

  • Course modules
    • Module 1: Review of the principles and new techniques
    • Module 2: Injuries of the upper limb
    • Module 3: Injuries of the lower limb
    • Module 4: Polytrauma, pelvis, and acetabulum
    • Module 5: Special situations and problems
  • Practical exercises
    • Fixation of a proximal humeral fracture
    • Fixation of a distal femoral fracture
    • Bicondylar tibial plateau fractures
    • Management of distal tibial fractures
    • Reduction techniques*
    • Fractures of the distal humerus*
    • Distal radial fracture*
    • Intramedullary (IM) nailing of the proximal femur*
    • Open reduction and internal fixation of multifragmentary fractures of the calcaneus*
    • Patient positioning workshop*

    *Only in selected courses. Check your chosen date and location for the full program.

  • Small group discussions
    • Reduction techniques—concepts and application
    • Upper extremity fractures—decision making and methods of stabilization
    • Fractures of the femur
    • Fractures of the tibia, ankle, and foot
    • Decision making in difficult fractures and polytrauma

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

Residents education taskforce

The Residents education taskforce is a group of experts who build and continuously improve our educational program. It consists of three international program editors (IPEs).

Bas Masri


Jean-Noël Argenson


David F Dalury



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