This is a hands-on course in an OR-like anatomical specimen lab that enables participants to gain new knowledge in surgical tactics, newly developed surgical approaches, advanced reduction and fixation techniques using pre-fractured anatomical specimens with state-of-the-art imaging in complex scapular fractures.
Preoperative planning and discussion of the plan will challenge the tactics of reduction and fixation by balancing the value of different approaches to obtain adequate exposure of the scapular margins and the posterior and the anterior glenoid with the participants. The hands-on learning experience is enhanced by technical demonstrations by the faculty and at the end by demonstration of the reduction steps and the achieved fixation on the anatomical specimen by the participants.
This format is focusing on up to date educational and technical needs for the practicing orthopedic trauma surgeon.
Goal of the course
AO Trauma is delighted to launch a new hands-on course format for practicing orthopedic trauma surgeons. This course is tailored to support the educational needs in specific areas of orthopedic trauma, which are evolving due to a rise of more high velocity trauma with more complex fracture patterns and more demanding fractures.
- The participants will learn the common deforming forces and injury patterns of scapular fractures and how to overcome these during scapular reduction and fixation
- The participant will understand the consequences of a lateral implosion injury to the scapula and its soft tissue as well as to the thoracic cage
- The participant should apply the concepts of a muscle sparing approach in his planning, in his tactic of reduction and fixation as well in his selection of the approaches.
- The participant knows the advantages and limits of the different approaches for complex scapula fractures from posterior and anterior and the needed sequence of positioning.
- The participant understands the concepts of the soft tissue management in complex scapular fractures.
- The participant will develop hands-on skill and gain new insights into advanced reduction and fixation techniques demonstrated by experienced surgeons.
Practicing fellowship trained orthopedic trauma surgeons. Participants must be able to communicate well in English.