Advancement of Surgical Bone Drills: A Case Study of Notched K-Wires

  • Albert J. Shih
  • Bruce L. Tai
  • Rui Li


This chapter presents a case study on a modified K-wire tip, namely “notched K-wires,” to aid debris storage, thus reduce heat generation. K-wire is known for high drilling temperature, but it is still being used in orthopaedic surgery as a guidewire for cannulated drilling or a drill for fracture fixation. The heating problem of K-wires is due to the solid trocar design without cutting flutes to remove and evacuate bone debris. The design and manufacturing method, and the experiment study are presented in this chapter.


K-wire Bone debris in drilling Bone temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert J. Shih
    • 1
  • Bruce L. Tai
    • 2
  • Rui Li
    • 3
  1. 1.Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Mechanical EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  3. 3.China Aerospace Science and Technology CorporationBeijingChina

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