Published online Nov 18, 2015. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v6.i10.847
Peer-review started: March 31, 2015
First decision: April 27, 2015
Revised: May 7, 2015
Accepted: August 30, 2015
Article in press: August 31, 2015
Published online: November 18, 2015
Broken drill bits can be difficult to remove from the proximal femur and may necessitate additional surgical exploration or special instrumentation. We present a simple technique to remove a broken drill bit that does not require any special instrumentation and can be accomplished through the existing incision. This technique is useful for those cases where the length of the broken drill bit is greater than the diameter of the bone.
Core tip: Drill bits can break during locking in femoral intramedullary nailing. In this article, the authors describe an innovative yet simple technique to remove a broken drill bit from the proximal femur.