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European Orthopaedics and Traumatology

, Volume 2, Issue 5–6, pp 147–148 | Cite as

The use of an arthroscopic cannula to remove bone screws

  • S. M. ThompsonEmail author
  • R. Dattani
  • V. K. Singh
  • V. R. Patel
Case Report
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Abstract

Background

With the advent of minimally invasive trauma techniques, lesser invasive removal of metalwork is desirable. Screws which are retained, stripped or lost in the soft tissues (especially in areas such as the femur with large soft tissue coverage) are a problem and may require further surery.

Method

This new technique of bone screw removal using an arthroscopic cannula is useful in regions with significant soft tissue and muscle bulk.

Discussion

Smaller incisions and minimal soft tissue damage may allow better post-operative pain modulation. It may also have a role in patients with highly physical occupations where removal of metalwork may be a hindrance.

Keywords

Bone screw Arthroscopic cannula Surgery Removal metalwork 

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© EFORT 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Thompson
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. Dattani
    • 1
  • V. K. Singh
    • 1
  • V. R. Patel
    • 1
  1. 1.Epsom and St Helier NHS TrustSurreyUK

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