AO Trauma Course—Management of Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures (With Human Anatomical Specimen)

AO Foundation


Surgeons participating in this course will learn how to address acute management of pelvic ring and acetabular injuries, and how to evaluate, diagnose, classify, and determine appropriate timing and indications for interventions. They will be able to apply knowledge and skills in selection of the surgical approach for specific injuries and definitive reconstruction of complex fractures. A faculty of world experts will cover key concepts of pelvic and acetabular diagnosis and treatment.Simulation exercises, including dissection of anatomical specimens, will expose participants to the essentials of the surgical approach and related anatomy. Practical exercises using artificial bone models will give participants experience in the application of different reduction and fixation techniques. All concepts will be expanded and reinforced in interactive group discussions, emphasizing the diagnosis,evaluation, indications, treatment modalities, decision-making processes, and complications. *** Details are subject to change ***

Target participants

Participants should be fully trained orthopedic and/or trauma surgeons with subspecialty interest in the treatment of pelvic and acetabular fractures. They must have already completed the AO Trauma basic and advanced courses.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: - Define key elements in the initial evaluation of pelvic and acetabular fractures - Classify pelvic and acetabular injuries and recognize the implications for treatment - Apply emergency treatment and stabilization techniques for pelvic ring injuries and initial management of acetabular fractures - Demonstrate appropriate decision-making and operative planning strategies - Define indications and apply surgical approaches to the pelvis and acetabulum, identifying the important anatomical structures - Describe indications and perform techniques of reduction and fixation - Discuss early and late results and complications of pelvic and acetabular surgery - Identify issues related to challenging fractures with compromised bone quality or late reconstructions


Jan Lindahl

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