AO Trauma Advanced Principles of Fracture Management Course

The AO Trauma advanced principles course builds upon the AO principles and techniques learned in the AO Trauma basic principles course and focuses on more complex injuries.

„The AO Trauma Advanced Principles course is your first step in the path of lifelong learning in operative fracture management.“

Moritz Tannast—Course Chairperson

Building on the AO Trauma Basic Principles course, this course concentrates on the principles and techniques of operative fracture management in more complex injuries and takes surgeons at the threshold of becoming independent to the next level.

Top national and regional faculty

3 days in duration

Doctors in surgical training or interested in furthering their knowledge and skills

The first and important step to enhance your career

CME credits

Advanced Principles of Fracture Management course content


  • 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.

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