AO Trauma Course—Shoulder Trauma

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Participants will learn the current management of patient pain, dysfunction, deformity, and cosmesis related to trauma of the shoulder. Fractures from the sternoclavicular joint to the humeral shaft will be covered as well as joint injuries and dislocations and soft-tissue injuries (the acute trauma phase and the posttraumatic sequelae such as malunion, nonunion, infection, etc).

This course is aimed at orthopedic and trauma, and shoulder surgeons with at least 5 years of experience who want to update their expertise and want to manage complications and more complex cases.

Participants should have completed the AO Trauma Courses—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management and must be able to communicate well in English.

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2-3 days in duration

For surgeons who already treat shoulder trauma fractures

Network with colleagues from all over the world

CME credits

Course content

  • Course modules
    • Module 1—Clavicle
    • Module 2—Scapula
    • Module 3—Proximal Humerus
    • Module 4—Humeral shaft
  • Small group discussions


    • Failed treatment of a diaphyseal clavicle fracture
    • Failed lateral clavicle fracture
    • AC ligament injury
    • Malunion of clavicle
    • Sternoclavicular joint dislocation
    • Medial clavicle fracture


    • Displaced scapular body fracture
    • Floating shoulder
    • Anterior instability (anterior glenoid fracture or /labral avulsion)
    • Articular glenoid fracture
    • Fracture of the spine/coracoid/acromionProximal humerus

    Proximal humerus:

    • Displaced scapular body fracture
    • Floating shoulder
    • Anterior instability (anterior glenoid fracture or /labral avulsion)
    • Articular glenoid fracture
    • Fracture of the spine/coracoid/acromion

    Proximal humerus complications:

    • Loss of reduction - (Failed tuberosity fixation with a focus on prevention)
    • Implant cutout
    • Intraarticular screw penetration
    • Failed nonoperative treatment
    • Avascular necrosis
    • Nonunion (operative)
    • Nonunion (nonoperative)
    • Tuberosity malunion
    • Humeral head malunion
  • Anatomical Specimen Workshops (full day)*

    Anterior exposures to the clavicle

    • Landmarks and exposure for lateral and medial clavicular fractures and AC joint/SC joint, with particular attention to the supraclavicular nerves, the AC and CC ligaments, and deltotrapezial fascia
    • Exploration of neurovascular structures around the clavicle, including the supraclavicular plexus and vascular structuresPosterior exposures

    Anterior exposures to the humerus

    • Landmarks and exposure using deltopectoral approach, exploring the infraclavicular plexus, then take down the skin and determine how you can visualize the proximal humerus using an anterolateral approach
    • Interdeltoid approach (deltoid split)
    • Extend the deltopectoral incision to visualize the anterolateral humeral shaft (relation of musculocutaneous and median nerve and brachial artery)
    • Advanced anatomy: explore the pectoral muscle and 2-piece tendon and pectoral nerves, axillary nerve exploration
    • Anterior approach to the glenohumeral articulation

    Posterior exposures to the scapula

    • Landmarks and posterior approach for scapular fractures, with particular attention to suprascapular and axillary nerves and glenoid and lateral column/scapular body exposure

    Posterior exposures to the humerus

    • Posterior approach to the humerus: exploration of radial nerve

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

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