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New York/Stuttgart – Thieme and the AO Foundation are pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of the highly acclaimed two-volume set, AO Principles of Fracture Management. Featuring contributions from more than 60 highly renowned surgeons, scientists, and medical professionals, this definitive guide is the go-to resource in fracture management. “From state-of-the-art approaches to clinical pearls, this book focuses on helping orthopaedic surgeons navigate an increasingly complex and evolving orthopaedic trauma landscape and achieve successful surgical results,” said Brian Scanlan, President, Thieme Publishers.

“Since publication of the first edition in 2000, this evidence-based reference has helped orthopaedic surgeons across the world learn to accurately apply AO philosophy and principles to the surgical management of fractures”, said AO Foundation President Nikolaus Renner. The new edition by Richard Buckley, Christopher Moran, and Theerachai Apivatthakakul has been extensively rewritten to reflect current challenges and best practices.

Nearly 3 million joint replacement operations are performed every year, resulting in a substantial increase in periprosthetic fractures. Demographic changes and an aging population have led to an exponential rise in fragility fractures. Recent advances include better defined locking plates, expanded types of anatomically pre-shaped plates and mini-fragment implants, and groundbreaking minimally invasive procedures. Significant progress in the resuscitation of patients with war-related polytrauma has altered timing and approaches to fracture surgery. Concurrently, a solid evidence base derived from an increasing number of large national randomized trials has improved treatment paradigms. These advances and more are discussed in this stellar two-volume set.

Key Features:

  • Volume 1 – Principles highlights basic AO philosophy and principles including reduction, approaches and fixation techniques, decision-making/planning steps, stability techniques and complications. Volume 2 – Specific fractures covers a full spectrum of fractures – from the scapula and clavicle – to the malleoli and foot.
  • New chapters detail periprosthetic fractures, knee dislocations, orthogeriatric care, and imaging and radiology hazards.
  • Nearly 3,000 superb illustrations, images, and videos, compiled by Thomas Rüedi, provide unsurpassed understanding of impacted anatomy and techniques.
  • A continually evolving selection of AO online educational offerings such as animations, webcasts, webinars, lectures, AO Surgery Reference, AOSTART, and more are immediately accessible on mobile devices via QR codes.

While the fundamental principles of fracture surgery have not changed in 60 years, greater biological and clinical knowledge coupled with advances in technology have led to significant improvements. “Successful fracture surgery requires a thorough understanding of these principles with meticulous attention to detail at each and every step of patient care. We hope this text provides a solid knowledge base for new generations of orthopaedic surgeons”, concludes Dr. Buckley.

About the Authors:

Richard E. Buckley, MD, FRCSC, is Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Foothills Hospital NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Christopher G. Moran, MD, FRCS, is Professor, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Nottingham University Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.

Theerachai Apivatthakakul, MD, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.


About Thieme
Thieme Publishing Group is a medical and scientific publishing house employing more than 900 staff and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Rio and Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in online and print publishing. Thieme publishes 150 peer-reviewed journals and more than 450 new books annually. The company has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include eNeurosurgery, Medlantis, Thieme E-Journals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme, please visit


About the AO Foundation:
The AO Foundation is a medically guided, not-for-profit organization led by an international group of surgeons specialized in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Founded in 1958 by 13 visionary surgeons, AO today fosters one of the most extensive networks of currently more than 16,000 surgeons, operating room personnel, and scientists in over 100 countries.

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