AO Technical Commission Experts Symposia

Where outstanding minds come together in a robust process to improve available treatments.

 
Supporting the AO mission by combining challenging cases, clinical need, and intense discussion.

Every year, AO Technical Commission Experts Symposia bring together the brightest and the best to share experience, gain insights, and ensure that approved products and treatments continue to be the ‘gold standard’ in their field, supporting the AO mission by making sure healthcare providers have access to the most advanced and appropriate treatments for their patients.

13th Asia Pacific AOTK Experts Symposium, Malaysia


Chaired by MK Wong in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 28 March 2019, nine faculty from six countries in the Asia Pacific region and one from Switzerland led 34 participants from ten countries through the event.

During four lively sessions, 17 cases were discussed, and the winning case presentation was given by Chen Xiadong, from Shanghai, China, in Session 3 – Treatment of Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head in Young Adults.

The AO Technical Commission invites the winner to take part in the next Lower Extremity Expert Group Meeting.

One participant, Toni San Juan from the Philippines, said "it was a great learning opportunity and a chance to catch up with old friends, and make new ones as well."

The one-day event featured a special session led by Theddy Slongo, who gave a presentation on MAXFRAME System Software. This session was warmly received, and drew more attendees than had originally signed up for the session.

“Surgery is not just about inserting implants, it's also about surgical techniques and finesse in fracture reduction, temporary fixation, and final fixation. This is where new and cutting-edge techniques are showcased, subjected to group discussion, and then adopted across continents" said Chair MK Wong.

The 14th AO TC Trauma Experts Symposium Asia Pacific will be chaired by JK Oh. Due to COVID-19, more information will follow at a later stage.


6th US AOTK Experts Symposium, USA


Chaired by M Lee, the program (held September 13 and 14, 2019) was divided into five sessions:

  • Complex and atypical plateau fractures: do we need special implants or approaches?
  • Displaced and unstable femoral neck fractures: is there a length stable implant solution?
  • Distal femoral fixation: are there new solutions or needs?
  • Syndemosis reduction and fixation: 'have we reached consensus?', and a special session titled
  • "My novel solution to a difficult problem: unusual new techniques or implants I am trying or implants that need improvement."

Each session kicked-off with a member of the relevant faculty giving an introduction, followed by a case discussion of the cases submitted by the participants, and ended with a conclusion and clinical needs definition by the moderator.

The case winner was Brett Crist with his case about young femoral neck fractures, which was discussed in session three, on distal femoral fracture fixation.

The 7th AO TC Trauma Experts Symposium North America will be held in Los Angeles in 2021, and will be chaired by C Finkemeier.


2nd Spine AOTK Experts Symposium, Netherlands


Chaired by M Spruit, the program (held in Amsterdam on September 20 and 21, 2019) was divided into five sessions:

  • Surgical site infection in spine surgery;
  • Degenerative lumbar discs and back pain;
  • Lumbar spine revision surgery;
  • Lumbar stenosis and spondylolithesis; and
  • Instrumentation of the osteoporitic spine.

Each session consisted of an introduction to the subject by one of the faculty, followed by a case discussion using cases submitted by participants, and ended with a conclusion and clinical needs definition by the moderator.

The case winner was Chung Chek Wong with his case about instrumentation of the osteoporotic spine.

The 3rd AO TC Spine Experts Symposium will be held in September 2021 in Tokyo.


14th European AOTK Experts Symposium, Germany


Chaired by U Stoeckle and M Raschke, the program (held in Berlin on October 11 and 12, 2019) brought together 30 surgeons, and was divided into four sessions:

  • Humerus shaft fracture;
  • AO Technical Commission report on new structure and recent innovations;
  • Complex tibia plateau fractures; and
  • Peri-implant infections.

Each session began with an introduction to the subject by faculty, followed by case discussion using cases the participants have submitted, and ended with a conclusion and clinical needs definition by the moderator.

The case winner was Frank Beeres with his case about the proximal tibia plateau.

The 15th AO TC Trauma Experts Symposium Europe will be chaired by M Raschke. Due to COVID-19, more information will follow at a later stage.


1st CMF AOTK Experts Symposium, USA


Chaired by D Buchbinder, the program (held in Tampa, Florida on November 13-14, 2019) brought together 14 surgeons with faculty and industry to discuss current issues in craniomaxillofacial surgery.

The program was divided into three sessions:

  • Patient specific orthognathic solutions;
  • Patient specific solutions for orbit and midface reconstruction; and
  • Patient specific solutions for CMF reconstruction following ablative surgery.

The overall goal of the symposium was to discuss the design of patient specific implants and cutting guides based on challenging cases to identify the prerequisites and workflow for planning and design of the implants and surgical approaches and techniques used in those cases.

The case winner was Ruediger Zimmerer, with his case about bilateral TJR with counter-clockwise rotation in mandibular hypoplasia.

The 2nd AO TC CMF Experts Symposium will be chaired by D Buchbinder. Due to COVID-19, more information will follow at a later stage.


4th AO TC Trauma Experts Symposium (Latin America) Brazil


Chaired by Paulo Barbosa, this program (held in Rio de Janeiro on March 6 and 7, 2020) brought together 33 surgeons from across the world, and was divided into the following five sessions:

  • Infection,
  • Calcabneus FX,
  • Ankle,
  • Proximal femur in Oesto, and
  • Nonunion.

Each session began with an introduction to the subject given by faculty, followed by a case discussion session using cases the participants have submitted, and ended with a conclusion and clinical needs definition by the moderator.

The case winner was Emilio Fantin with his case about the Aseptic Nonunion.

The next Latin America symposium will take place in March 2021, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will be chaired by Jorge Barla.


“Being involved in discussions at this expert level is very motivating and offers opportunities to develop and share my own problem-solving ideas. I felt that, right from the beginning, I was involved in the development process.”

 
Maximilian Hartel, case presentation winner, AO Technical Commission Experts Symposium, Mainz, Germany, 2018

Challenging cases, clinical need, robust examination.

Since the first AO Technical Commission Experts Symposium was held in 2006, these events have come to be recognized as delivering a powerful impetus into the innovation development process.

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