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Removal Of K (Kirschener) wire


K wires, also known as Kirschner wires, are surgical wires used to hold a broken bone in the correct position after the surgery. The wires usually stick out of the skin so that they can be easily removed once the bone is healed completely. These are covered with padding and a plaster cast so your child will not be able to see or feel the wires. The wires are normally removed after about four to six weeks of the surgery. During the removal of K wires, the skin around the K-wires is cleaned and wires are removed using special pliers.