Removal of broken interlocking screws

Robert J. Brumback

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The history of medical progress teaches one consistent lesson: every new advance generates its own new set of problems and complications. Interlocking nails are a prime example of this axiom. While these devices have enabled orthopaedic surgeons to stabilize comminuted fractures of the shafts of long bones, their use has been complicated by the breakage of interlocking screws. This seemingly minor problem can confound the treatment of fractures and may necessitate further reconstructive surgery, as broken screw removal can be difficult. The purpose of this article is to provide tips and techniques for removal of broken interlocking screws.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalTechniques in Orthopaedics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2001


  • Interlocking screws
  • Intramedullary fixation
  • Tibia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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