Smith-Petersen Nail & Side Plate (Implant 399)

About Smith-Petersen Nail & Side Plate (Implant 399)

Smith-Petersen Nail and Side Plate, disassembled, ex vivo

Courtesy of John Denton, MD; Professor & Associate Dean; New York Medical College, Jamaica NY, USA

Manufacturer: Howmedica (now merged into Stryker Orthopedics)

Removal advice from Dr. Denton:  "The advice I have for removing, especially a long time in-place screw, is to first seat the screwdriver into the head; -- then a gentle axial tap on the screwdriver that sometimes breaks up the cold welding or bone ingrowth -- then next turn the screw slightly to the RIGHT for the same reason, -- to break up its purchase, -- then turn the screw to the LEFT to remove it.

"A McLaughlin side plate would be in place at least forty years in the USA."

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