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

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), J. Czubak (PL), S. Pomianowski (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 – U. 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)
    • Virtual analysis of current intramedullary proximal tibia nails and comparison with the new PolyAxNail proximal tibia (PT) – J. Wild, U. Schreiber, G. Gradl (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. Eralp (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)
    • Combination of external fixators and intramedullary nails for lengthening and deformity correction nad bone transfer – L. Eralp (TR)
    • Smart corrections in post-traumatic deformities in lower extremities – A. C. Tekin (TR)
    • Postraumatic  limb length discrepancy (LLD) – new intramedullary device –  F. van Douveren (NL)
    • 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)
    • 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), G. Gradl (DE), A. Baltov (BG), 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)
    • Shoulder hemi-arthroplasty for proximal humerus fractures – high complication rate in low-demand patients – M. Hadzhinikolova, A. Baltov, D. Enchev, M. Rashkov (BG)
    • Intramedullary fibula autograft for pseudoarthrosis of humerus – our own experience – A. Wojciech, J. Rycombel, W. Satora, P. Ślęczka (PL)
    • Proximal humerus fracture  intramedullary nail or plate osteosynthesis? – T. Sorysz (PL)



    Opening Ceremony and inviting lecture

    Standards and innovations of IM nailing – G. Gradl, president of the Gerhard Kuntscher Society

    Special guest Professor H.W. Stedtfeld

  • Friday, 7th September

    Main lecture hall


    Session IV

    Proximal and distal femur fracture

    R. Biber (DE), D. C. Grecu (RO), R. Varma (UK), K. Słowiński (PL)

    • Proximal femur fractures – R. Biber (DE)
    • How implant characteristics can improve the outcome and our strategy in the management of proximal femur fractures – W. Friedl (DE)
    • PFN versus arthroplasty in unstable intertrochanteric fractures – D. V. Stafeev, N. N. Efimov, S.A. Lasunskii, Dmitrii V.  D. Chugaev (RU)
    • Treatment of oblique, transverse and collapsed through greater trochanteric fractures with use of an intramedullary Targon PF nail- in my hands tips and trips – K. Pyszel, M. Falis (PL)
    • Complications in trochanteric hip fractures – V. Spasov (BG)
    • Proximal femoral nail for treatment of intertrochanteric femoral fractures in patients over 90 years – H. İ. Balcı, S. Bayram, F. B. Anarat, L. Eralp (TR)
    • Proximal femur fractures – avoiding cut out and loss of offset – W. Friedl (DE)
    • Nail arthrodesis in severe knee injuries – G. Wozasek (AT)
    • Our experience with retrograde nailing for extra articular distal femur fractures – A. F. Grecu, D. C. Călin, D. N. Tarnița, W. Sha’ban, D. C.  Grecu (RO)
    • Case report: Reconstruction of distal femur bone defect using Masquelet – technique – L. Pohl, F. Hoffmann(DE)
    • Is  MRI Examination after Gliding Nail (GN-Intercus company) safe? – W. Friedl, A. Moghaddam, S. Boxrieker, T. Raven
    • Rationale and step by step technique of antegrade nailing for combined fractures of neck & shaft femur. – R. Varma



    Coffee break


    Session V - Calcaneal fracture - part I

    Mario Goldzak in memoriam

    P. Simon (FR), A. Herlyn (DE), J. L. Hernandez (FR), T. Sorysz T. (PL)

    • Mini invasive treatment for intra-articular calcaneal fractures: the versatile locking calcanail – P. Simon (FR)
    • 3D CT analysis of calcaneal fractures after intramedullary nail procedure – J. Lucas Y Hernandez (FR)
    • 3D prints improve the inter-observer agreement of the Sanders classification of calcaneal fractures – D. Misselyn (BE)
    • Comminuted calcaneal fracture with avulsion of Achilles insertion treated with the use of intramedullary nailing in the modified original method – A. Kaźmierczyk (PL)
    • Screw placement for percutaneous fixation of the calcaneus – D. Seligson, S. Gracey (US)
    • Our results with percutaneous treatment of AO/OTA 82B/C fractures – M. Kafelov, K. Tanovski, P. Hitov, B. Tasev, A. Baltov, M. Rashkov, D. Enchev, L. Zahariev, B. Shabani (BG)
    • Comparison of three methods of calcaneal fracture treatment – V. Kalenskiy, P. Ivanov, N. Zadneprovskiy, A. Nevedrov (RU)



    Session VI - Calcaneal fracture - part II

    Mario Goldzak in memoriam

    K. Anderson (US), M. Tarczyńska (PL), R. Haase (DE), R. Zura (US)

    • Treatment of Calcaneal fractures with Calcaneal nail – C-nail – M. Pompach (CZ)
    • Clinical results of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures treatment by intramedullary nail Calcanail – K. Pyszel, M. Falis, A. Bargiel (PL)
    • Results and observations in operative treatment of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures with use of Calcanail® – D. Lisowski, M. Mroczkowski, T. Sorysz (PL)
    • Subtalar arthrodesis using Calcanail implant – A. Warzocha (PL)
    • Subtalar joint arthrodesis using intramedullary calcanail in displaced intraarticular calcanail fracture (DIACF) – evaluation of the new treatment method – M. Falis, K. Pyszel, A. Bargiel (PL)
    • Calcaneal malunions – the outcomes of the treatment – P. Kołodziejski, K. Brylka (PL)
    • Early experience and technical pearls with CALCAnail intramedullary nailing of calcaneus fractures – K. Anderson (US)



    Meet the expert

    Non invasive fractures treatment by low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in everyday orthopedist practice

    P. Ogrodowicz (PL)



    Main lecture hall


    Workshop I

    Proximal femur fracture. How I do it

    R. Biber (DE)

    Workshop room 1


    Workshop II

    Osteosynthesis of calcaneus fractures with the elements of subtalar arthrodesis by using Calcanail

    P. Simon (FR), J. L. Hernandez (FR), T. Mittlmeier (DE), K. Anderson (US), K. Pyszel (PL), M. Falis (PL)


    Workshop III

    Osteosynthesis of calcaneus fractures with the elements of subtalar arthrodesis by using Calcanail

    P. Simon (FR), T. Mittlmeier (DE), K. Anderson (US), J.L. Hernandez (FR), K. Pyszel (PL), M. Falis (PL)

    Workshop room 2


    Workshop IV

    C-nail – intramedullary calcaneal fracture nail

    M. Pompach (CZ)



    Poster session

    P. Czarnecki (PL), G. Gradl (DE), G. Wozasek (AT)


    1. Timing of fixation for distal radius fractures – S. Klatman (US)
    2. Clinical and functional outcomes of treatment for type A1 intertrochanteric remoral fracture in elderly patients: comparison of dynamic hip screw and proximal femoral nail antirotation – C. Hong man (KR)
    3. Surgical treatment of dementia patients following undisplaced femur neck fractures using PFNA – K. Jungryul (KR)
    4. Return of motion after removal of hindfoot intramedullary implant – R. Usmani, D. Seligson, J. Toole (US)
    5. The small cut: minimizing anterior knee pain following Intramedullary fixation of tibial shaft fractures – J. Faridi, D. Seligson (US)
    6. Changes in ankle after fibula bone injuries. Natural modelling – A. Kalashnikov, M. Shydlovskyi, I. Litun (UA)
    7. Application blocked intramedullary nailing in patients with segmental tibial fractures – A. Sialitski, O. Kezlya (BY)
    8. Analys of using intramedullary fixation for fractures of long bones in children – L. Sychevskii, A. Chilimtsev, O. Khotim (RU)
    9. Tibia fractures and NSAIDs. Does it make a difference? A multicenter retrospective study – L. Fader (US)
    10. Results of minimal invasive correction of intra-articular calcaneal fractures – A. Brytsko, V. Anosov (BY)
    11. Extended anterior approach with greater trochanter sparing for proximal femur resection and hip reconstruction: description of the approach – R. Zamora, T. Schlierf, J. Nyland (US)
    12. Amputated limb by cerclage wire of femoral diaphyseal fracture – Y. Won, S. Kim, G. S. Lee, B. H. Oh, Y. J. Park (KR)
    13. Targon F intramedullary nail as the internal fixator of the knee spacer after complicated periprosthetic fracture – case report – K. Pyszel, M. Bęcki, M. Falis (PL)
    14. Risk factors and their prognostic value in case of fracture healing complication – L. Kylymniuk (UA)
    15. Efficiency of extracorporeal shockwave therapy for delayed union and non-union of long bones – L. Kylymniuk (UA)
    16. Calcaneal nail and its risks – M. Tarczyńska, K. Gawęda, M. Szubstarski (PL)
    17. Acute compartment syndrome after intramedullary nailing of tibial shaft fracture. Three case reports – J. Nyckowski (PL)
    18. Gait analysis and clinical outcome in patients after pilon fracture surgery – S. van Hoeve, M. Houbeen, B. S. Meijer, M. Poeze (NL)
    19. Ultrasound investigation of deltoid ligament integrity in supination – external rotation ankle fractures – A. Konstantinidis, M. Savvidis, B. Vraggalas, M. Karanasoss, G. Gkouvas (GR)

    Main lecture hall


    Session VII

    Problems around the foot and ankle joint

    T. Mittlmeier (DE), D. Seligson (US), Ł. Kołodziej (PL), V. Anosov (BY)

    • Innovative method for hindfoot arthrodesis with a locking nail – T. Mittlmeier (DE)
    • Challenges and complications in management of fractures to the foot and ankle secondary to gunshot – R. Fox, R. Zura, S. Klatman (US)
    • Treatment of ankle fractures with the locked intramedullary straight XS Nail in complex fractures, osteoporotic bone and soft tissue damage – W. Friedl (DE)
    • Intramedullary stabilization in treatment of the pilon fracture sequel – Ł. Kolodziej (PL)
    • Hindfoot nailing for deformity – five cases – D. Seligson, J. Faridi (US)
    • Tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis using a straight intramedullary nail: follow-up of 5 years – J. L. Y Hernandez (FR)
    • Assessment of functional results and quality of life in patients after subtalar arthrodesis with Calcanail intramedullary nail – A. Bargiel, M. Falis, K. Pyszel (PL)
    • Temporary corrective lateral arthrorisis of subtalar joint in children with flat-foot and torsional malalignment – V. Anosov, A. Beletski (BY)
    • Can a tibiocalcaneal arthrodesis return patients to normal level of daily activity? – E. Sorokin, N. Konovalchuk, V. Fomichev, A. Gudz, D. Chugaev, S. Lasunskii (RU)



    General Assembly

  • Saturday, 8th September

    Main lecture hall

    09.00- 10.00

    Session VIII

    Not only for young surgeons session – FORTE, OSTO

    D. Seligson (US), R. Varma (UK), A. Bargiel (PL), Sz. Czech (PL)

    • Rational and step by step technique of antegrade nailing of distal femoral fractures including displaced intra-articular extensions – R. Varma (UK)
    • Tips and tricks for femur nailing – D. Seligson (US)
    • Blocking screws for reduction and stability – P. H. Thaller (DE)
    • Nailing the tibia – R. Haase (DE)
    • Intramedullary nailing of proximal tibia fractures – M. Savvidis (GR)
    • Rationale and step by step technique for tibial nailing for fracture of distal tibia including tibial plafond fractures – R. Varma (UK)



    Coffee break

    10.30- 12.00

    Session IX

    Free topics and cases presentations

    G. Gradl (DE), P. Czarnecki (PL), M. Savvidis (GR), K. Pyszel (PL)

    • Henry Jacob Bigelow – a reminiscence – D. Seligson, C. Dunlap (US)
    • Gradual lengthening of the ulna by distraction osteogenesis in children with Multiple Hereditary Exostoses. Results and comparison circular and unilateral fixators – E. Ocalan, K. Erol, C. Alekberov, K. Aktuglu (TR)
    • Fitbone motorised nail for femoral lengthening – preliminary report – P. Koczewski, M. Jóźwiak (PL)
    • Precise derotation osteotomy of tibia for torsional profile correction – V. Anosov, A. Beletski (BY)
    • Comparative results of radiological outcomes after triple pelvic osteotomy and conservative treatment in severe cases of Perthes disease – A. B. Dzemiantsou, A. V. Beletski, V. S. Anosov (BY)
    • Physical exercise in a model of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – effects on local osteopenia – P. K. E. Herlyn, A. C. Kregehr, T. Mittlmeier, A. Herlyn, S. Bruhn, B. Vollmar (DE)
    • Opiates, suboxone and pregnancy – D. Easley (US)
    • The effect of tricyclic antidepressants on fracture healing: an experimental study – E. E. Desteli (TR)
    • Osseointegration of orthopaedic implants, the role of natural anti-oxidants – M. Savvidis (GR)
    • Impact of opioids on fracture non-union – R. Zura, T. Buchheit, Z. Wang (US)
    • Elasticity modulus of an implant and its effect on bone fractures treatment – A. Kalashnikov (UA)
    • Preoperative skin antisepsis using chlorhexidine may reduce surgical wound infections in lower limb trauma surgery when compared to povidone iodine – a prospective randomized trial – B. Ritter, P. K. E. Herlyn, T. Mittelmeier, A. Herlyn (DE)


    12.00- 12.20

    Closing Ceremony

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
Thursday, 6th September – 18.30 Coctail
Coctail for paticipants will be held on 6th September at 18:30 at IBB Andersia Hotel in front of lecture hall.
Friday, 7th September – 19.30 Gala Dinner with live music*
Gala Dinner with live music will be held on 7th September at 19:30 at Piano Bar  (ul. Półwiejska 42).
Big Band of the Ostrowski District
The band performs a variety of repertoire, based on swing pieces, performed by big American bands operating in the 1930s. The repertoire includes Count Basie’s, Duke Ellington’s and Glenn Miller’s standards as well as Latin American and fusion music genres.
The Big Band of the Ostrowski District has made many concerts, both at home and abroad.

* 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
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400 euro
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350 euro
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450 euro
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250 euro
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Gala Dinner with live music*
50 euro
(200 PLN)
50 euro
(200 PLN)
75 euro
(300 PLN)


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* 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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