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.

“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.”

MK Wong

The 13th Asia Pacific AO Technical Commission Experts’ Symposium 2019 was held on March 28 at the Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was chaired by MK Wong, Singapore. Nine faculty from six countries across the Asia Pacific region, and one from Switzerland, led 34 participants from ten countries through the event. This event, the first of five planned for 2019, was deemed a success by participants and faculty alike.

This Experts’ Symposium is distinguished by the great diversity of participants it attracts, appealing to both young and experienced surgeons. The standards set for the case study discussions are high, and the output is captured and built on by the AO Technical Commission.

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.
The 15th Asia Pacific AO Technical Commission Experts’ Symposium will be held April 3-4, 2020, and will be chaired by JK Oh.

“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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