AO Trauma Masters Course—Management of Hand and Wrist Fractures

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The goal of this course is to increase knowledge and skills for managing difficult and complex cases in the hand and wrist. As a Masters' level course, state-of-the-art techniques and approaches, best practices for treatment, and the management of complications will all be addressed at a high level.

Target participants

Hand and wrist surgeons and hand fellows with an interest in trauma and reconstruction. As this is a Masters' level course, participants should have several years of experience in management of complex hand injuries and complications. Participants have preferably already completed the AO Trauma Course— Management of Hand and Wrist Injuries and the AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management.

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*

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  • 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
    • Combined injuries
    • Complications of phalangeal and metacarpal fractures
    • Proximal interphalangeal joint injury and sequelae
    • Scaphoid fracture and sequelae
    • Carpal fracture dislocations
    • Skin coverage of complex wounds of the hand and wrist
    • Complications of distal radial fractures
    • Distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ)—injuries and salvage
    • Wrist complications
  • Included lectures and sessions
    • Plenary session—Introductory case—mangled hand
    • Case discussion: extraarticular malunited fracture of phalanges
    • Round table discussion: Complications of phalanges and metacarpals
    • Nonunions and extraarticular malunions of phalanges and metacarpals
    • Case discussion: intraarticular malunion of PIP joint
    • Faculty panel discussion—PIP joint injury and sequelae
    • Intraarticular malunions of finger joints
    • Case discussion: complex nonunion
    • Vascularized versus conventional bone grafting
    • Case discussion: carpal fracture dislocations
    • Carpal fracture dislocations
    • Case discussion: skin coverage of complex wounds of the hand and wrist
    • Reconstructive ladder of soft-tissue coverage
    • Case discussion: malunited fracture of the distal radius
    • Distal radial complications including CRPS
    • Case discussion: DRUJ salvage
    • DRUJ instability and salvage for traumatic disruption
    • Case discussion: wrist complications
    • Faculty panel debate on proximal row carpectomy (PRC) versus four-corner fusion
  • Small Group discussions
    • Combined injuries
    • Scaphoid fracture and sequelae
    • Carpal fracture dislocations
    • Skin coverage of complex wounds of the hand and wrist
    • Complications of distal radial fractures
    • DRUJ injuries and salvage
    • Wrist complications
  • Anatomical Specimen Lab*
    •  Volar approach to the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint and hemihamate arthroplasty
    • Metacarpal bone defect
    • Bone graft
    • Plate fixation tendon transfer
    • Coverage with forearm radial artery flap
    • Radial palsy tendon transfer
    • Thumb basal joint arthritis and
    • Trapeziometacarpal (TMC) instability
    • Posttraumatic (chronic) distal radioulnar joint instability
    • Scapholunate dissociation (soft-tissue reconstruction)
    • Ulnar shortening osteotomy (distal or shaft)
    • Corrective osteotomy—metacarpal rotational malunion of the small finger
    • Wrist, distal radial malunion: dorsal approach intraarticular, intraarticular osteotomy, bone graft, dorsal plate fixation
    • Scaphoid grafting and open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF)
    • Scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) wrist—four-corner fusion—intercarpal fusion plate/headless compression screws

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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