Designing for Operative Applications

Infections after K-wire surgery are usually the result of trauma to the surrounding soft tissues. Several factors can induce soft tissue trauma, including thicker wires (such as Steinmann pins), during pre-drilling or in situations that allow lateral slippage of the wire throughout the healing process.

Why Surgeons ask for Custom K-Wires

Due to the variations in operative procedures, extent and location of fractures and patient skeletal architectures, some physicians prefer wider options in Kirschner wires. Many experienced surgeons often look for differing modifications that can be implemented in manufacturing a better K-wire for one or more surgical procedures.

Some of the leading incentives for customized K-wire prototypes and proprietary production runs have been spurred by a surgeon’s desire to:

  • Reduce wound infection
  • Refine k-wire insertion method
  • Improve insertion of k-wires into small fragile bones versus thick long bones
  • Reduce fracture dislocations

X-ray of Human Hand - Finger with K-wire insertion

Surgical Applications

Kirschner wire lengths, shapes and diameter can be customized to your specific medical surgical needs. New innovations and uses of K-wires are continually explored through medical research and with timely developments in materials and surgical tools.

To learn more about more recently published or in-depth studies, please refer to our Resources page.

For custom k-wire design questions or other specialized k-wires, please call us. For your convenience, you may also forward your questions using our Contact form.

NOTE: Standard K-Wires are NOT in stock because we specialize only in the manufacture of custom-designed Kirschner Wires.