Herbert screw

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The Herbert screw (invented by Timothy Herbert) is a variable pitch cannulated screw typically made from titanium for its stainless properties as the screw is normally intended to remain in the patient indefinitely. It became generally available in 1978.[1][2] Internal fixation of fractures using cannulated screws and guide wires has become a routine procedure for scaphoid fractures. [3]


  1. ^ S. L. Filan & T. J. Herbert: Herbert screw fixation of scaphoid fractures. J. Bone Jt Surg. 78-B, 519–529, 1996
  2. ^ Tanja Mara Goldbrunner; Ergebnisstudie der operativen Versorgung von Scapoid-Pseudoarthrosen (Dissertation, Frankfurt am Main 2006 on the development and function of his screw)
  3. ^ Thomas E. Trumble, M.D.; Mary Gilbert, M.A.; Lorne W. Murray, B.S.; Jeffery Smith, M.D.; Wren V. McCallister, M.D. Displaced Scaphoid Fractures Treated with Open Reduction and Internal Fixation with a Cannulated Screw. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2000 May 01;82(5):633-633