Periprosthetic fractures curriculum

The competency-based curriculum on periprosthetic fracture management has jointly been developed by a committee of surgeon experts from both orthopedic trauma and reconstructive surgery.

Periprosthetic fractures education committee

The periposthetic fractures education committee is a group of experts who build and continously improve our educational program. It consists of international program editors (IPEs) from orthopedic trauma and reconstructive surgery.

Roger Bingham (AU)

Term: 2022–2024

Raed Al-Zaben (JO)

Term: 2024–2026

Luigi Zagra (IT)

Term: 2016–

Gijs van Hellemondt (NL)

Term: 2016–

Regional Program Contributors (RPCs)

Asia Pacific
Seung-Jae Lim South (Korea)

Europe and Southern Africa
Ionut Caracudovici (Belgium)

Middle East and Northern Africa
Khalid Alzahrani (Saudi Arabia)

Latin America
Javier del Rio (Chile)

North America
Michael Blankstein (USA)

AO Curriculum Development Manager:

Michael Cunningham

Past taskforce members

  • Past IPEs

    Vincenzo Giordano (Brazil), 2020–2023
    Karl Stoffel (Switzerland), 2016–2021
    Mark Reilly (USA), 2016–2019

  • Past RPCs
    Daniel Schweitzer (Chile)
    Vincenzo Giordano (Brazil)
    Fouad Zamel Sadek (Egypt)
    Toru Sato (Japan)
    Derek Donegan (USA)
    Raed Al Zaben (Jordan)

Program description

The periprosthetic fracture management  course addresses both fracture fixation and revision arthroplasty and is targeted at senior, experienced consultant (practicing) surgeons.

The course consists of eight modules:

  • General principles
  • Revision arthroplasty around the hip
  • Revision around the knee
  • Fracture fixation with implant retention
  • Other periprosthetic fractures
  • Complications
  • Patient journey
  • Practical exercises

It is delivered through short lectures and case-based lectures, small group discussions, and simulation. The simulated procedures for both fixation and revision can be conducted with anatomical specimens or with exercises on dry bones.

Event defined in the curriculum

AO Trauma/AO Recon Course—Comprehensive Periprosthetic Fracture Management of the Hip and Knee


Target audience

Senior, experienced (more than 5 years) consultant/practicing surgeons:

> General orthopedic surgeons
> Fracture specialists
> Arthroplasty specialists
> Surgeons experienced with both trauma and arthroplasty

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Periprosthetic Fracture Management


The curriculum is based upon 8 competencies:

  1.  Recognize the challenges of periprosthetic fracture management
  2. Explain the indications for internal fixation and revision arthroplasty (including intraoperative fractures)
  3. Apply techniques of internal fixation
  4. Apply techniques of revision arthroplasty
  5. Manage the patient with a periprosthetic fracture from a medical and orthogeriatric point of view
  6. Prevent and treat complications
  7. Follow up with the patient and optimize patient satisfaction
  8. Analyze treatment failures and recognize possible pitfalls in treatment

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To address feedback or questions to this education committee, email the Curriculum Development Manager Michael Cunningham.