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- See: Surgical Approach:

- K wires Insertion

   

      - these must be parallel to ea other in of long axis of ulna;
      - never cross K wires in TBW;
      - some surgeons angle the K wires obliquely-anteriorly & exit them thru anterior cortex near coronoid process;
            - if they are angled to far anteriorly, they may damage the joint;
      - it is clear that postoperative migration of K wires is common, and therefore the wires need to be firmly seated;
            - there is some indication that in patients w/ poor bone stock, that thicker K wires are less prone to migration;
      - correct insertion of wires is greatly eased if elbow is sl flexed and if cortex of olecranon is predrilled w/ 2.0 mm drill bit;
            - K wires should be 1.6 mm in diameter;
      - if they are thicker, they are difficult to bend;
      - one should aim parallel to the subcutaneous border of the ulna;

- Anchoring of K Wires:
    - performed after wires have been tensioned;
    - K wires need to be bent 180 deg and firmly seated flush into the cortex of the olecranon



Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Monday, September 12, 2011 2:29 pm