AO Recon practical exercises

If the curriculum development process identifies a need to include skills or partial skills, our course then includes a hands-on simulation experience for participants with dry bone or other models. The specific type of practical exercise varies from course to course (Please refer to each individual event for more information).



The AO Recon Skills Lab lets participants perform specific surgical steps for both hip and knee arthroplasty.


Focus on specific skills and philosophies behind being able to perform a solid total hip arthroplasty or total knee arthroplasty.
Aim: to address specific pain points for surgeons starting to do total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty with hands-on exercises specifically designed to maximize the learning outcomes
Not a typical practical procedural exercise
Basic level: skills training and reflection as preparation for the OR

Skill lab stations hip

  • Templating a total hip arthroplasty (THA)
  • Reaming the acetabulum and inserting a cup
  • Preparing the femur and inserting a stem
  • Safe zones for screw insertion
  • Meet the Experts

Skill lab stations knee

  • Planning a total knee arthroplasty (TKA)
  • Alignment for a tibial cut
  • Performing a tibial cut
  • Cementing
  • Meet the Experts


Watch introduction video.



Using a custom-designed model, participants perform complete procedures and feedback is provided by the faculty.

Practical exercises: hip arthroplasty

  • Plating the posterior column
  • Removal of well-integrated hemispherical cup
  • Reconstruction of the acetabulum using trabecular metal augmentation and implantation of a hemispherical revision cup
  • Extended trochanteric osteotomy
  • Removal of cemented stem and implantation of a modular revision stem
  • Refixation of extended trochanteric osteotomy with cerclage wires

Practical exercises: revision knee arthroplasty

  • Remove existing knee prosthesis
  • Perform a revision TKA
  • Fixation with screws or wires: wrap up and questions




Participants perform complete procedure under conditions that are very close to daily practice.

Anatomical specimen lab stations hip

  • Posterior approach to the hip
  • Reconstruction of acetabular defect with augments and revision cup
  • Implantation of an uncemented stem (simulating by leaving the last broach in place)
  • Extended trochanteric osteotomy
  • Implantation of a modular revision stem
  • Refixation of extended trochanteric osteotomy  with cerclage wires

Anatomical specimen lab stations knee

  • Perform a primary TKA.
  • Perform a revision TKA.


Based on X-ray images, templating exercises are carried out to practice patient-oriented planning based on a structured case.

Templating: THA

  • Standard primary hip arthroplasty
  • Coxa valga
  • Post open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) acetabular fracture

Templating: TKA

  • Varus
  • Valgus



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