Citation, DOI & article data
A Herbert screw is an instrument used in the internal fixation of an unstable scaphoid fracture. It is a headless screw with thread along its entire length. The two halves of the screw have a different pitch though, which causes compression of the fracture.
Unstable scaphoid fractures include:
ineffective in long-standing non-united scaphoid fractures
History and etymology
It is named after Timothy James Herbert (British Orthopedic Surgeon) 2.
- 1. Parajuli N, Shrestha D, Dhoju D, Shrestha R, Sharma V. Scaphoid Fracture: Functional Outcome Following Fixation with Herbert Screw. Kathmandu Univ Med J (KUMJ). 2011;9(36):267-73. doi:10.3126/kumj.v9i4.6342 - Pubmed
- 2. Filan S & Herbert T. Herbert Screw Fixation of Scaphoid Fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1996;78(4):519-29. - Pubmed