AO Recon Course—Principles of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty


This course teaches fundamental principles and current concepts in the treatment of patients with a need for primary arthroplasty in the hip and knee. This course is the initial step along the path of lifelong learning in the area of joint arthroplasty.


This course is targeted at newly certified orthopedic surgeons and advanced orthopedic surgical trainees


At the end of the event, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe a systematic assessment including clinical evaluation
  • Identify patient's reconstructive surgery needs
  • Adopt a patient-centered approach
  • Anticipate, recognize, and stratify potential complications
  • Describe and discuss safe and effective procedures for primary arthroplasty
  • Discuss the management of early and late problems or complications
  • Communicate and facilitate a multidisciplinary team-based approach
  • Apply best practice to optimize and document patient outcomes


This course is modular in structure and highly interactive. Short, evidence-based lectures cover the key information required. Moderated case discussions in small groups will expand on each topic and help participants to develop decision-making and surgical management skills.

Participants will have the opportunity to do practical exercises and to share their experience with peers and international faculty. All factors related to achieving the best possible outcomes in primary arthroplasty will be covered.

The principles level course comprises three modules of multiple topics including:

  1. Perioperative management of total hip and knee arthroplasty
  2. Performing total hip arthroplasty
  3. Performing total knee arthroplasty

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