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Monday, May 5, 2003

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Medical News

Your editor will be out for a few days due to surgery. The Daily Screw will resume publication soon. Meanwhile we are pleased to leave you with some medical corkscrews.

Surgical Tools

The Dura-Hook is a Neurosurgical Instrument. It is shaped like a corkscrew and is corrosion resistant steel. It is 6" long with a knurled, reversible handle.

Between 1987 and 1991 the U. S. Government purchased 1839 of these "Dura-Hooks" at an average cost of $19.17 each. Between 1994 and 1996 only 67 were purchased at an average cost of $60.29. Two more were purchaed in 2001 for $84.00 each. The Daily Screw editor and a California collector each purchased one at Internet auction for under $15.00 in 2003.

Corkscrew (Cancellous Bone) Suture Anchors incorporate a cancellous thread with a very small core diameter to maximize pull-out strength in cancellous or osteopenic bone. Each Corkscrew comes with two sutures, a white and a green color-coded #2 braided suture to maximize soft tissue fixation and allow suture identification.

The Corkscrew Parachute Tissue Anchor allows one step arthroscopic fixation of soft tissue to bone without arthroscopic knot tying. The titanium suture anchor, in 5.0 mm outside thread diameter and small 2 mm core diameter, is inserted through soft tissue and directly into decorticated bone. The size #2 braided suture securely holds an 8 mm diameter, 1.5 mm thick PLLA disc for firm apposition of soft tissue to bone. Removable traction sutures maintain secure holding of the Corkscrew Parachute to the inserter and can be used to confirm screw fixation strength prior to removal. The Corkscrew Parachute is a revolutionary solution to problems associated with arthroscopic knot tying procedures.

Bio-Corkscrew™ El Ancla con Sutura Bio-Corkscrew tiene un ojo para el paso de suturas hecho de sutura trenzada la cual esta moldeada dentro del cuerpo del implante. Este es otro concepto revolucionario en la reparación bio-absorbible de tejido blando.

FASTak and Corkscrew Anchor Systems For the repair of labral (Bankart and SLAP Lesions) and rotor cuff tears respectively. These titanium, soft tissue anchors require no pre-drilling, may be withdrawn if necessary and exhibit exceptional pullout strength. The instrumentation enables the surgeon to shift soft tissue and anchor it in one step.


Woods Corkscrew Maneuver. Pressure is applied to the front of the infant's shoulder to rotate it and free it. A hand can be inserted into the birth canal bending the fetal forearm and sweeping it across the chest and face to deliver the arm.


Askit Powders are suggested for mild to moderate pain, headache, migraine, neuralgia, toothache, sore throat, period pain, influenza, feverishness, feverish colds, rheumatic pain, backache, sciatica, lumbago, fibrositis, aches and pains, joint swelling and stiffness.

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