AO Trauma Course—Upper Extremity Trauma

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Participants will learn the current management of patient pain, dysfunction, deformity, and cosmesis related to trauma of the upper limb. Fractures from the sternoclavicular joint to the fingertip 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 surgeons with at least 3 years of experience who want to develop expertise in upper extremity fracture care or surgeons with many years of experience who want to update their knowledge.

Participants should also have completed the AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management.

Top national, regional, and international faculty

2-3 days in duration

For surgeons who already treat upper extremity 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
    • Module 5—Distal humerus, proximal ulna, and proximal radius
    • Module 6—Elbow and radial and ulnar shaft
    • Module 7—Distal radius and ulna
    • Module 8—Carpus and hand*
  • Small group discussions


    • Operative treatment of a diaphyseal fracture
    • Failed treatment of a diaphyseal clavicle fracture
    • Lateral clavicle fracture (and discuss associated injuries)


    • Displaced scapular body fracture
    • Floating shoulder
    • Anterior instability (anterior glenoid fracture or labral avulsion)

    Proximal humerus:

    • Multimorbid, frail patient with complex fracture (reverse prosthesis)
    • Loss of reduction (Failed tuberosity fixation with a focus on prevention)
    • Implant cutout (varus displaced, 4-fragment, osteoporotic, multimorbid with a focus on prevention)
    • Intraarticular screw penetration
    • Avascular necrosis

    Humeral shaft

    • Simple transverse fracture of the humeral shaft
    • Multi-fragment fracture of the humeral shaft
    • Radial nerve involvement

    Distal humerus:

    • Low supracondylar fracture in osteoporotic patient
      Intercondylar fracture of distal humerus

    Proximal ulna:

    • Multi-fragmentary proximal ulnar fracture (olecranon and coronoid)

    Proximal radius:

    • Compression fracture (Essex-Lopresti)

    Elbow and radial and ulnar shaft

    • Simple elbow dislocation
    • Complex fracture-dislocation of the elbow
    • Complex open multi-fragmentary forearm fracture
    • Complex closed multi-fragmentary forearm fracture

    Distal radius and ulna:

    • Extraarticular distal radius fracture
    • Radiocarpal fracture dislocation (volar)
    • Radiocarpal fracture dislocation (dorsal)
    • Complex multifragmentary articular fracture
    • Ulnar extra articular
    • Elderly indications for nonoperative intervention


    • Scaphoid fracture
    • Perilunate fracture dislocation


    • Fifth metacarpal extraarticular fracture (Boxer's)
    • Multiple metacarpals with or without CMC dislocations
  • Anatomical Specimen Workshops (full day)*

    Anterior exposures:

    • Clavicle
    • Humerus
    • Elbow
    • Distal radius

    Posterior exposures:

    • Scapula
    • Humerus
    • Distal humerus and proximal ulna

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

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