Kirschner Wires designed to surgical preferences
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 the 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.
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 orthopedics. 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.
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.
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 the desired positioning.
K-wire surgical techniques are less invasive than previous procedures used to treat bone fractures, such as plates and screws.
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.