Introduction to Internal Fixation of Hand and Wrist Fractures Course

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The AO Trauma Course—Introduction to Internal Fixation of Hand and Wrist Fractures is aimed at residents (orthopedics or plastics) or practicing trauma surgeons with limited experience with modern internal fracture fixation principles. It's an interactive and multifaceted arena in which participants will be able to understand, discriminate, and consolidate the principles, skills, and techniques applicable to the use of internal fixation in the hand and wrist. The course will concentrate on internal fixation of fractures and skeletal reconstruction procedures.

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*

  • Apply implants according to their properties utilizing different application techniques 

  • 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 lectures and plenary discussions
    • Bone healing, absolute and relative stability
    • Anatomy, imaging, and classification of hand fractures
    • Case-based plenary discussion—when to operate on closed hand fractures: closed fracture, indications for ORIF, timing of surgery, stabilization techniques
    • Biomechanics of internal fixation techniques
    • Plenary discussion—open fractures: primary care, antibiotic protocol, debridement, stabilization techniques
    • Surgical exposures of the hand
    • Postoperative rehabilitation
  • Practical exercises
    • Familiarization with the equipment
    • 2.0 mm lag screw application for treatment of oblique diaphyseal metacarpal shaft fracture—tips, tricks, and pitfalls:
      • Describe surgical approach for spiral metacarpal fracture
      • Explain reduction technique
      • Perform fixation of the spiral metacarpal fracture using two lag screws
    • Lag screw and neutralization plate of a short oblique metacarpal fracture—tips, tricks, and pitfalls
      • Describe surgical approach used for short oblique metacarpal fracture
      • Perform fracture fixation using 2.0 mm lag screw and a 2.0 Variable Angle Adaption Plate
    • Fixation of transverse shaft metacarpal fracture with a compression plate Describe surgical approach to the second metacarpal
      • Explain reduction maneuver using plate
      • Perform fixation of a transverse fracture of the metacarpal using 2.0 LCP plate

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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