AO Trauma Course—Pelvic and Acetabular Fracture Management


December 1-6, 2019


Jorge Barla, Argentina
Stephen Sims, USA

Course Goal

The AO Trauma Course—Pelvic and Acetabular Fracture Management aims to convey to experienced participants an understanding of the initial evaluation, stabilization, and definitive treatment of patients with fractures and dislocations of the pelvic ring, acetabulum, or both. The AO Principles, the latest techniques, and up-to-date evidence will be incorporated into the course, guiding participants in developing the knowledge and skills needed to treat these injuries and improve patient outcomes.

Target participants

Participants must 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 Courses—Principles in Operative Fracture Management and Advances in Operative Fracture Management.

Learning objectives

At the end 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

Course description

Surgeons participating in this course will learn how to address the severely injured patient in an emergency situation, how to evaluate, diagnose, and classify pelvic ring and acetabular injuries, and determine appropriate timing and indications for interventions. They will be able to apply knowledge and skills in selection and performance 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 in six modules. Simulation exercises including dissection of anatomical specimens will expose participants to the essentials of the surgical approach and related anatomy. Artificial bone model practicals 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.

Course Program

Please find the course program on the upper right side of the page.

Pricing, Payment options and information

CHF 4350
Credit card payments are preferred.

Cancellation will be charged as follows:
50% up to 30 days before the event. No refund thereafter.
Participants should make sure they have cancellation insurance.

If you cannot pay via credit card you can request an invoice. Please note that we will charge you a CHF 30 handling fee in addition to the participant fee. Please therefore contact us and indicate the official invoice address of the paying person or entity as well as a respective email address the invoice has to be sent to.


  • Course bag
  • Welcome cocktail / course reception
  • Course material
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Business center at course venue

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Course Program—AO Trauma Course—Pelvic and Acetabular Fracture Management