A syndesmotic screw is a metal screw designed to replace the syndesmosis of the human body, usually temporarily. If the syndosmosis is torn apart as result of bone fracture, surgeons will sometimes fix the relevant bones together with a syndesmotic screw, temporarily replacing the normal articulation.
The screw inhibits normal movement of the bones and, thereby, the corresponding joint(s). When the natural articulation is healed, the screw is therefore removed.
- Syndesmotic injury of the ankle - Wheeless Textbook of Orthopaedics.
- Technique of syndesmotic fixation - Wheeless Textbook of Orthopaedics.
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