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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 16, Issue 1, Aug 2015 pp 22-23

Case Report

Breakage of the tip of a flipcutter during ACL reconstruction: A rare complication of the knee arthroscopy

Mozimul haq siddiqui

Ex-Senior resident, Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS, New Delhi, INDIA.

We report a case of broken tip of the reprocessed flipcutter guide pin (arthrex, Naples, FL ) while drilling the tibial socket  for the ACL reconstruction. The complication was identified immediately and the broken instrument removed piece meal. We have not come across such a case in the literature and it is the first report of its kind to our knowledge. Repeated use of flip cutter is to be avoided to prevent such hazards. Also care should be taken to lock the blades properly before starting to drill the sockets. Although instrument breakage is a rare complication during knee arthroscopy, orthopaedic surgeon should be aware of this complication and methods to deal with it.