Welcome note

Dear colleagues,

Dear members of the Gerhard Küntscher Society,

We are honored to invite you to Osteosynthese International 2018 Annual Meeting of the Gerard Küntscher Society, which will take place in Poznan, Poland from 6th to 8th of September 2018.

This year topic will deal with fracture care in the metaphysis. “Intramedullary nails near the joint line – new techniques and extending indications”, is the heading that summarizes a variety of most interesting sessions all around the distal parts of the extremity where nailing seems to find its limitations.

However, as early as 1944, a surgeon called Richard Maatz from Kiel wrote on a hospital ship in the Mediterranean: “As the surgeon´s experience increases, the range of indications will be widened”. This statement was published in the legendary book by Gerhard Küntscher “Technik der Marknagelung” in 1945. We are convinced that we were able to collect a rich scientific program with outstanding experts in the field of intramedullary (im) nailing of many different countries. They will demonstrate their expertise and we are curious in how much our experience more than 70 years later will help us to approach the metaphyseal region with im nailing.

Nailing of small bones in fracture and reconstructive cases will be an additional focus, especially in the foot, where nailing has not yet gathered much interest. One big benefit of im nails is their decent ability to prevent soft tissue damage in patients at risk like Charcot disease or limited soft tissue coverage.

One goal of the Küntscher Society is to unite the nailers around the world. Young surgeons are invited to learn im fixation techniques, how nails are able to both stabilize and reduce displaced fractures and how the preservation of soft tissue may allow an early recurrence of function. Many invited guest speakers have agreed to lead hand on workshops, disclose their tips and tricks and present their experiences in small bone fixations. Together with invited companies, we will show the latest implants and newest technical solutions of im nailing.

We are looking forward to welcoming both colleagues with years of professional experience and those, who have just started their professional careers. For these younger surgeons, we will provide special discount rates in cooperation with the Federation of Orthopaedic and Trauma Trainees in Europe FORTE

We invite you to Poznan, the birthplace of Polish Orthopaedic Society and a vibrant university city with rich history. Poznan is a thriving commercial and industrial center in Western Poland. We all wish you a most interesting scientific event and make sure that you will experience the Polish cordiality and hospitality.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Poznan,

Mirosław Falis MD-PhD
OI 2018 Congress President

Prof. Marek Synder
President of Polish Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Prof. Georg Gradl
President Küntscher Society

Main Topics


Calcaneus fractures
Proximal and distal tibia fractures
Proximal and distal femur fractures
Pilon fractures
Proximal humerus fractures

Hosting society

Congress president:
Miroslaw Falis

President of The Gerhard Küntscher Society:
Georg Gradl


The official conference language is English. No simultaneoud translation is provided.

  • Thursday, 6th September

    Main lecture hall


    Registration, exposition visiting


    GKS Board Meeting


    Session I

    Proximal and distal tibia fracture

    W. Friedl (DE), R. Zura (US), R. Varma (UK), P. Sorysz (PL)

    • Locked nail osteosynthesis in fractures around the ankle (ankle, pilon and distal lower leg) –  W. Friedl (DE)
    • Intramedullary fixation of distal tibial fractures as a suitable method of treatment – D. Todorov, D. Enchev, M. Rashkov, A. Stefanov (BG)
    • Treatment of tibial C3 pilon fractures by nailing with the distal locking of the second level – V. Dziatsel (BY)
    • Intramedullary nailing for distal tibia extra-articular fractures – our own experience – W. Ambroży, K. Korzycki, P. Ślęczka (PL)
    • Role of appositional screw fixation in minimally invasive plate ostheosynthesis for distal tibial fracture – Y. Won (KR)
    • Necessity for fibular fixation associated with extraarticular distal tibia fractures treated with intramedullary nailing – E. Ocalan, K. Erol, K. Aktuglu (TR)
    • Practical evaluation of transmedullary support screws (TMS) and fibular management in distal tibial fracture nailing based on a new biomechanical Goldzak classification – M. Bęcki, R. Śmiłowicz, M. Falis, T. Szymczak (PL)
    • Treatment of ankle fractures with the locked intramedullary straight XS Nail in complex fractures, osteoporotic bone and soft tissue damage – W. Friedl (DE)
    • Management of segmental tibia fractures with intramedullary nailing and results of alignment  – E. Ocalan, K. Erol, K. Aktuglu (TR)
    • Conversion from external fixator to intramedullary nail in damage control orthopedics and infected nonunions – A. Warzocha (PL)
    • Nonunions – what we know and can we predict them? – R. Zura (US)



    Coffee break


    Session II


    P. H. Thaller (DE), L. Erlap (TR), G. Wozasek (AT), M. Synder (PL)

    • Deformity correct using IMN – P. H. Thaller (DE)
    • Innovative limb lengthening in shortened tibial osteomyelitis – G. Wozasek (AT)
    • Circular type external fixator-assisted acute femoral deformity correction nad subsequent lengthening over an intramedullary nail: a case report – E. E. Desteli (TR)
    • The Douglas Box: an alternative to the starr frame for complex pelvic reductions – L. Douglas (US)
    • The locking nail technique for osteosynthesis of the pubic fractures in polytrauma patients – N. N. Zadneprovskiy, P. A. Ivanov, V. O. Kalenskiy, A. V. Nevedrov (RU)
    • Combination of external fixators and intramedullary nails for lengthening and deformity correction nad bone transfer – L. Erlap (TR)
    • Rational and step by step technique of supra patellar nailing for proximal tibial fractures – R. Varma (UK)



    Coffee break


    Session III

    Proximal humeral fracture

    J. Verbruggen (NL), A. Baltov (BG), G. Gradl (DE), L. Romanowski (PL)

    • How to do a proper humeral nailing – J. Verbruggen (NL)
    • Proximal humerus fracture nailing, posterior approach – technique description and preliminary results – M. Kiciński (PL)
    • Shoulder function after displaced proximal humeral fractures – comparison nonoperative and operative treatment using Targon Ph intramedullary nail – M. Falis, R. Śmiłowicz, A. Bargiel (PL)
    • Intramedullary fibula autograft for pseudoarthrosis of humerus – our own experience – A. Wojciech, J. Rycombel, W. Satora, P. Ślęczka (PL)
    • Shoulder hemi-arthroplasty for proximal humerus fractures – high complication rate in low-demand patients – M. Hadzhinikolova, A. Baltov, D. Enchev, M. Rashkov (BG)



    Opening Ceremony and inviting lecture

    Proximal femur fracture treatment recommendation of the Gerhard Kuntscher Society – G. Gradl, president of the Gerhard Kuntscher Society

  • Friday, 7th September

    Main lecture hall


    Session III

    Proximal tibia fracture


    Coffee break


    Session IV

    Distal tibia fracture


    Coffee break


    Session V

    Calcaneal fractures part 1


    Lunch break, poster session


    Session VI

    Calcaneal fracture part 2


    Coffee break


    Session VII

    Arthrodesis around the foot and ankle joint


    General assembly

    Room 1


    Workshop III

    Distal tibiae fracture- the Trans Medullar Screw (TMS) using. How I do it


    Workshop IV

    Proximal humeral fracture – How I do it


    Workshop V

    Lapidus Intramedullary Nail System

  • Saturday, 8th September

    Main lecture hall

    08.30- 10.00

    Session VIII

    Proximal humeral fracture


    Coffee break


    Session IX



    Coffee break


    Session X

    Free topics

    13.00- 13.30

    Closing Ceremony


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Academic Organising
Committee Poland

Piotr Czarnecki
Mirosław Falis
Stanisław Pomianowski
Leszek Romanowski
Marek Synder


Andrzej Bargiel
Marcin Bęcki
Szymon Czech
Mirosław Falis
Maciej Kaźmierczak
Adrian Mikołajczyk
Karol Palczewski
Krystian Pyszel
Tomasz Szymczak
Piotr Zagórski

Conference venue


pl. Andersa 3
Poznań, Poland

Social Events
Friday, 7th September – 20.00 Gala Dinner with live music

* Participation in the dinner is optional and is subject to an additional fee not included in the conference fee. Non-funded innovative companies associated in INFARMA.

Conference Fees
till 31st May
(early bird)
till 30th August
on site
GKS members
200 euro
(850 PLN)
300 euro
(1250 PLN)
400 euro
(1650 PLN)
250 euro
(1050 PLN)
350 euro
(1450 PLN)
450 euro
(1850 PLN)
Registrar/Residents/FORTE Members
100 euro
(450 PLN)
150 euro
(650 PLN)
250 euro
(1050 PLN)
Gala Dinner with live music*
50 euro
(200 PLN)
50 euro
(200 PLN)
75 euro
(300 PLN)


All participants must fill out the form below. An email confirming your registration will be sent to you once the process is complete. After completing the registration on-line you will receive email with information about payment method.

* Participation in the dinner is optional and is subject to an additional fee not included in the conference fee. Non-funded innovative companies associated in INFARMA.


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