Hand Fracture Course on Kirschner Wire Fixation Techniques using 3D printed models

An innovative and well-structured course using a variety of 3D printed hand biomimetic models to learn and practice hand fracture fixation techniques. The unique features of 3D printing allow for anatomically accurate models to be used by the participants which are able to mimic the strength of the two cortices and the medullary canal found in human bones. Our hand biomimetic models provide the right contrast and radio-opacity allowing the use of C-arm during the K-wire fixation and therefore provide the participants the perfect simulation training opportunities.

The course is aimed at all levels of Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgery trainees. Over this one day course the aim will be to familiarize and gain experience with identification, manipulation and fixation of hand fractures using Kirschner wire fixation techniques.

The course, in addition to the practical aspect, will also include both video and live demonstration of techniques performed by expert hand surgeons. Upon completion of the training session of the course, the participants are assessed on their performance at specific fixation techniques by the mentors and are provided personalized feedback on how to improve their technique.

Topics Covered

  • 1. Hand fracture biomechanics and management
  • 2. Stryker set kit
  • 3. Kirschner wire Fixation techniques including:
    • Cross K wiring for MC head fractures
    • External Fixator (Frame)
    • Bennett’s and Reverse Bennett’s Fracture fixation
    • Mallet finger axial K-wiring
    • Joint fusion
    • Proximal phalanx wiring.

Key Features

  • Video demonstration material of techniques performed by Hand Experts provided to participants to review prior to attending the course.
  • Innovative 3D printed models for anatomical accuracy and ‘real bone’ feel.
  • 1:1 Mentoring and scoring after the completion of training.

Target audience

Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgery trainees of all levels and also those considering a career in these specialties.

Feedback from previous participants:

  • “The opportunity to practice k wires on simulation model hands allows the trainee to build confidence and work with a consultant trainer in a controlled environment.”
  • “Great 1:1 feedback and targeted practice with efficiency on time, Thank you! “
  • “Excellent simulation models that can be used to practice complex techniques on K-wire fixation for hand fractures, Thank you!”
  • “Very cool course, models allowed to practice different techniques and improve confidence before attempting this on patients, thank you!”
  • “Super excited to see what the future holds for ortho-plastic simulation training with high fidelity models like these (radiopaque!) 3D printed hands! “
  • “Great Hand Surgery course, surgeons learnt to wire fractures on 3D printed life-like models. Unique experience. Complex techniques can be taught using this new advance.“

For Questions and Registration:

Contact Theodora Papavasiliou at [email protected]

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