Kirschner Wires designed to surgical preferences

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Custom K-Wires for Your Surgical Needs

Kirschner wires, also known as K-wires, are thin, smooth, stainless steel pins designed for a variety of medical, orthopedic, dental and plastic surgical procedures. Custom-manufactured in a variety of diameters, lengths and tips, their specialized applications primarily involve holding small bones or bone fragments stable for a specified time period to allow bones to heal or to provide an anchor for skeletal traction. Whether used for either temporary fixation or final stabilization, K-wires are occasionally inserted through the skin and directly into the bone – without the need for surgery.

  • Bridge fracture of small tubular bones
  • Pull bone fragments together to ensure correct alignment during healing process
  • Placed between bones

Below, five (5) K-wires stabilize a Distal Radial fracture.

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CWT can provide Custom K-wires to your exact specs and, upon request, provide custom packaging to fulfill your needs.

Surgical Applications

K-wire surgical techniques are typically less invasive than various other procedures, including plates and screws, for treating bone fractures. Kirschner wires are often driven into the bone through the skin (percutaneous pin fixation) using a power or hand drill.

Medical / Orthopaedics

Kirshner wires are a useful tool in trauma and orthopaedics. K-Wires are used in surgeries for hand, wrist, elbow, ankle and foot injuries. Due to the smaller bones in these locations, the major advantages of K-wires are their smaller sizes and relatively non-invasive application for fracture surgery. Related articles: K-Wire Fixation for Distal Phalanx Multi-fragmentary Fracture and Using 3 Kirschner Wires for Hind-Foot Correction and Stabilization.

Podiatry Surgery

K-wire surgical techniques are less invasive than previous procedures used to treat bone fractures, such as plates and screws. Related article: Why K-Wires Are Underrated.

Pediatric Surgery

Children have smaller bones. Thus, when repairing bone fractures in children, internal K-wire fixation is preferred during pediatric surgery. Related articles:
Internal Fixation for Pediatric Forearm Fractures. (Six Case Studies) Tables showing Internal Fixation Methods in Children:
Table I, Table II and Treatment Summary.

Research Labs / Teaching Hospitals

For surgical techniques or procedures in research labs or teaching hospitals, our custom k-wires are precision ground from certified implant stainless steel and have smooth tapered points that are expertly machined for easier penetration.

Dental and Oral Surgery

K-wires can be invaluable during oral surgery, which often requires temporary fixation to maintain desired positioning.

Veterinary

K-wire surgical techniques are less invasive than previous procedures used to treat bone fractures, such as plates and screws.

Plastic Surgery

K-wire surgical techniques are less invasive than previous procedures used to treat bone fractures, such as plates and screws. Related article: Use of Kirschner wire in mandible reconstruction.