Shagun Cares Kirschner wires (K Wires) are firm, straight necessary wires to fix a crack (broken bone). K Wires are likewise regularly called ‘pins’.
Assuming your kid has a crack that requires a medical procedure, they might require K-wires to assist with holding the bones set up until they mend. They are generally regularly utilized for supracondylar (elbow) or wrist wounds. Contingent upon the area and seriousness of the crack, at times numerous wires are required.
K-wires are just required for a brief time – when the bones have mended, the wires are taken out during a short term arrangement.
What to expect with K-wire insertion
A specialist should place wires in during an activity – the specialist will purposefully put the wires so the closures stick out of your kid’s skin. This is so the wires can be eliminated three to about a month after medical procedure, without the requirement for another operation.
The wires are covered with a cushioned dressing and the harmed region is put in a removable backslab (a fractional cast held set up with swathes) or in an instant brace.
What to expect with K-wire removal
Before the procedure
Your child will have an appointment scheduled three to four weeks after surgery so that the K-wires can be removed.
If you think your child (or you as a parent/carer) will be particularly anxious or worried and need additional support during the procedure, please let your doctor know before your appointment. For patients of The Royal Children’s Hospital, a child life therapist or Comfort Kids team member may be available to provide strategies to alleviate procedure-related anxiety. You can check what supports are available with your treating hospital or medical team. See our fact sheet Your child’s hospital stay.
In rare cases light sedation is available but your child will have to fast from food and drink for a minimum of two hours ahead of time, however the majority of patients can have successful removal of K-wires without sedation. See our fact sheet Sedation for procedures.
On the day of the appointment:
If your child likes a particular book, video or game, it is useful to bring this with you to the appointment so that it can be used to distract your child from the procedure.
- An X-ray may be performed first (you will be told if your doctor has requested this), followed by a visit to the orthopaedic doctor. You should arrive ahead of your appointment to allow time for your child to have an X-ray.
- We recommend you give your child a dose of paracetamol (e.g. Panadol) or ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen) 30 minutes prior to their appointment time.