AO Trauma Basic Principles of Fracture Management Course

The fundamental course for doctors in surgical training, and doctors interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in operative fracture management.

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

Ingmar Buffo

The AO Trauma course Basic Principles of Fracture Management teaches fundamental principles and current concepts in the treatment of injuries, incorporating the latest techniques in operative fracture management. The AO Trauma Basic Principles course is the initial step along the path of lifelong learning in the area of operative fracture management.

Top national and regional faculty

2-4 days in duration

For surgeons in training and residents

Network with colleagues from all over the world

World-class curriculum

Course content

  • Course modules
    • Module 1: General principles
    • Module 2: Principles and management of diaphyseal fractures
    • Module 3: Principles and management of articular fractures
    • Module 4: Preoperative planning and forearm fractures
    • Module 5: Emergency management and polytrauma patient
    • Module 6: Special issues and problems
  • AO Skills Lab – Simulations
    • Torque measurement of bone screws
    • Soft-tissue penetration during drilling
    • Heat generation during drilling
    • Mechanics of bone fractures
    • Techniques of reduction
    • Mechanics of intramedullary fixation
    • Mechanics of plate fixation 
    • Fracture healing and plate fixation
    • Damaged implant removal


  • Practical exercises – Dry lab
    • Internal fixation with screws and plates—absolute stability
    • Principles of the internal fixator using the locking compression plate (LCP)
    • Application of a modular large external fixator
    • Intramedullary (IM) nailing (tibial or femoral shaft)
    • Preoperative planning—“plan your forearm operation”
    • Operate your plan—fixation of a 22C1 forearm fracture using the LCP 3.5 (8 and 11 holes)
    • Tension band wiring of the olecranon
    • Management of a type 44C malleolar fracture
    • Management of a trochanteric fracture
    • Stabilization of the pelvic ring using a large external fixator*
    • Application of the Large Distractor*
    • Internal fixation with screws and plates (optional additional part): LCP as a compression plate with a lag screw, buttress plating*
    • Management of a femoral neck fracture using 7.3 mm cannulated screws*
  • Small group discussions
    • General principles, classification, concepts of stability, their influence  on bone healing, and how to apply implants to achieve appropriate stability
    • Management principles for the treatment of diaphyseal fractures
    • Management principles for the treatment of articular fractures
    • Polytrauma and complications

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

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