Kuntscher's nail removal techniques: an illustrative walk-through its journey.


Department of Orthopaedics, PGIMER Chandigarh, Room No 125, I Block, MDH Hostel, Chandigarh, 160012, India. [Email]


The use of Kuntscher nail for femur fracture dates back to World War 2. Since then, the technique of intramedullary nailing has evolved and the use of Kuntscher nail has become almost obsolete. The orthopaedic surgeons across the globe are facing a new challenge of removal of these Kuntscher nails due to different indications. Different but scattered English literature has been published describing the experiences and techniques of surgeon with K nail removal. Up till now, no systematic analysis has been performed evaluating the available literature. We have planned a systematic review to evaluate and explore the various indications and techniques of K nail removal.


Broken Kuntscher nail,Femur fracture,Incarcerated Kuntscher nail,Intramedullary nail,Kuntscher nail,