By: 13 September 2016
DKOU 2016 – German Congress of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery

Congress Presidents Heiko Reichel, Florian Gebhard and Manfred Neubert look forward to welcoming delegates to Berlin on 25–28 October to debate the past, present and future of orthopaedic and trauma surgery

“The good old days“ vs “Tomorrow, everything will be perfect“. These figures of speech often accompany us.

It’s a fact that orthopaedic and orthopaedic trauma surgery have a long-lasting tradition in German-spoken countries. More than 100 years ago the basic foundation for conservative fracture management was laid here. Over 50 years ago the principles of modern operative fracture care, osteotomies and joint replacement were also invented in this part of the world. More recent developments, such as ultrasound screening of the neonatal hip, the concept of femoroacetabular impingement, or concepts for trauma care in multiple injured patients have influenced our way of thinking and are now part of our tradition.

Apart from that, orthopaedic surgery is increasingly characterised through high-tech innovations. Computer-assisted surgery and pre-op planning contribute significantly to our field. There are constant advances of technically assisted, minimally invasive procedures. When attending the sessions or the industrial exhibitions of this meeting, one can get a good impression of how dynamic this process really is. The scientific topics reflect the broadness of our fascinating field and represent today’s state of knowledge.

The dichotomy of tradition vs modern trends – looking back and ahead – is part of our daily practice. Our actions are determined by the balance of dependable standards and an open mind towards new technologies. This challenge is reflected in the Congress motto – Back to the Future.

Past and Future – these terms fit a lot of different countries. They are particularly underlined by our two guest nations, Israel and Switzerland.

Besides the scientific topics, there are many other problems that our colleagues in the hospital or in private practice have to deal with. Work environment, compatibility of family and work, questions concerning training and specialisms or simply medical billing. These subjects and many more are represented in our programme at the Congress of Orthopaedics and Traumatology” (DKOU) in October. We look forward to welcoming you to join the debate on the past, present and future of orthopaedic and trauma surgery.

Heiko Reichel


Florian Gebhard


Manfred Neubert – Congress Presidents 2016


DKOU 2016

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25–28 October 2016

Venue: Messe Berlin, Germany