The Pull-out K-wire Anchorage: The “Shepherd’s Crook” Technique

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Abstract

Traditional pull-out techniques for tendon and ligament repair are still widely used in hand surgery, despite constant refinements and the development of other methods of fixation. We propose a modification of the classic technique which utilizes a K-wire as an external strut instead of the classic button. This fixation system can be usefully applied in the fixation of extensor and flexor tendons and reinsertions. It is particularly applicable in situations where a transarticular K-wire is to be used anyway, in situations of temporary joint immobilization and in other situations.

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