Kirschner Wire (K-Wire)

A very common surgical option is to remove part or all of the bone and cartilage in the joint and insert a pin or a Kirchner Wire (A K-Wire is a sterilized stainless steel pin), which allows the two sections of your toe to fuse together.  The K-Wire protrudes from the toe for 4-6 weeks to allow for proper healing.  The protruding wire commonly causes difficulty for the patient to perform normal daily activities such as working, driving, bathing and sleeping.  K-Wires can be painful, uncomfortable and prone to infection. The wound in the toe is open with a K-Wire and can lead to a pin-tract infection, which can complicate recovery.  The instability of the wire often results in hammertoe reoccurrence.

Once the toe is healed, the K-Wire needs to be removed.  This procedure can be painful.


The benefits of using a K-Wire are:

  • A relatively quick procedure
  • Technically straightforward
  • Inexpensive

Technological advancements have been made to make hammertoe surgery easier on the patient and the doctor performing the surgery.  If the K-Wire treatment option does not seem like the right choice for you, please consider the Nextradesis option, using the Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System.  Click on the Surgical Treatment – Wireless Treatment link on our menu.

Technological advancements have been made to make hammertoe surgery easier on both the patient and the doctor performing the surgery. If the K-Wire treatment does not seem like a candidate for your needs, you may want to consider Nextradesis, an advanced implant technology procedure. This procedure eliminates the need for wires protruding outof your toes and general pain while performing everyday tasks. The doctor utilizes an implant system that works with the natural healing process of the bone. After this procedure is complete, you will be capable of completing your daily activities without interruption or pain.

Additional K-Wire Treatment Information

We understand that everyone needs a significant amount of information regarding a procedure before deciding which one is best for them. If you have any additional questions or concerns about either the K-Wire surgical procedure or Nextradesis, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. We have a “FAQ” page to assist with commonly asked questions, but are always open to hearing from you.