K-Wire Materials and Ends
Kirschner wire is used as a temporary fixation during surgery or surgical implementation. Typically, K-wires only remain implanted through the healing time required and can be removed by the physician without a surgical procedure.
Custom Wire technologies produces custom kirschner wires with a variety of materials and ends. The material selection process is primarily based on personal preferences. However, with the cost difference between stainless steel and nitinol budgetary considerations can alter the selection process of k-wire materials. The most common kirschner wire materials are listed below:
- 316LVM Stainless Steel
- 304V Stainless Steel
- Nitinol – Nickel Titanium (NiTi)
Kirschner Wire Ends
- Diamond – Single or Double ended
- Trocar – Single or Double ended
Kirschner wire ends are engineered for specific medical applications. Each end has its own inherent benefits. Trocar tips have the highest holding power but also produce the highest temperature during drilling (which can cause complications, such as thermal necrosis).