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Extraction of Intramedullary Nails by Proximal Stacked Wire Technique

Weinrauch, Patrick C MBBS, MEng, FRACS*; Blakemore, Martin MBChB, FRCS (Ed)

Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma: October 2007 - Volume 21 - Issue 9 - p 663-664
doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e3181583b34
Case Report

We describe the use of proximal stacked wires for the removal of an intramedullary nail in the context of difficult extraction and failed attempts by conventional methods. This percutaneous technique is particularly useful for the extraction of narrow cannulated or solid intramedullary nails after failure of removal by extraction bolt devices.

From the *Queensland University of Technology, School of Engineering Systems, Brisbane, Australia; and †University Hospitals Conventry and Warwickshire, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Conventry, England.

Accepted for publication August 13, 2007.

Reprints: Dr. Patrick C. Weinrauch, MBBS, MEng, FRACS, Queensland University of Technology, School of Engineering Systems, Brisbane, Australia (e-mail: p.weinrauch@qut.edu.au).

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.