24 September 2019

International Chairperson Karl Stoffel explains one of the AO Recon Skills Lab stations during the course. (Târgu Mureș, Romania)

Participants welcome AO Recon’s first courses in Romania and Slovenia

During the AO Recon Course—Principles of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, conducted September 13–14 in Târgu Mureș, Romania, and September 20–21 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, participants from across Europe were engaged by instructive lectures by leading AO Recon faculty, lively case discussions and a memorable hands-on experience through the innovative AO Recon Skills Lab stations.

Participants from 17 countries learned new information that they can now use in daily practice, including how to anticipate and recognize potential complications, safe and effective primary arthroscopy procedures, and how to adopt a patient-centered approach.

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Course participants and faculty members in front of the university hospital (Târgu Mureș, Romania)
Local chairperson Bataga Tiberiu welcomes participants to the course. (Târgu Mureș, Romania)
Faculty and participants at the enjoyed the hands-on experience with the AO Recon Skills Lab, including the exercise on reaming the acetabulum. (Târgu Mureș, Romania)
Cases are analyzed, and options discussed in small group discussions. (Târgu Mureș, Romania)
Regional faculty member Sujith Konan demonstrates safe screw insertion. (Târgu Mureș, Romania)
Participants learn the principles of templating as part of preoperative planning. (Târgu Mureș, Romania)
Course faculty (from the left): Russu Octav, Radu Prejbeanu, Andor Bogdan, Jenel Patrascu, Vlad Predescu, Bataga Tiberiu, Sujith Konan, Karl Stoffel, Simon Kovac, Gabriel Dinu. (Târgu Mureș, Romania)
Pre-course preparations: course faculty run through the AO Skills Lab stations. (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
A portion of the AO Skills Lab at the Slovenia course took place on the rooftop terrace, providing a unique learning environment. Here, faculty members gather with participants at the "Safe screw insertion" station. (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
A course participant performs a tibial cut exercise under the supervision of faculty member Andrej Molicnik. (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Course faculty (from the left): Bernd Preininger, Boris Steno, George Macheras, Slavko Manojlovic, Gregor Kavcic, Drago Dolinar, local chairperson Simon Kovac, Plamen Kinov, Rene Mihalic, Tomaz Silvester, and Rihard Trebs; Andrej Molični is not pictured. (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Participants gather on the venue’s rooftop terrace. The course in Slovenia—fully booked with 40 participants and a six-person waiting list—drew participants from Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

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