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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Sep;63(9):e701-2. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2010.03.058. Epub 2010 Apr 21.

Removal of a tungsten carbide wedding ring with a diamond tipped dental drill.

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  • 1Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital, Heol Maes Eglwys, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6AL, United Kingdom.


Tungsten carbide (WC) is an incredibly hard inorganic compound that has recently become fashionable in the manufacture of men's jewellery, particularly wedding rings. It is a common misconception that these rings are unable to be cut and emergency treatment to remove them necessitates the amputation of the finger trapped within. We present a case of such a ring being successfully removed with the use of a diamond tipped dental drill with restoration of function and preservation of the finger. This is a previously undocumented method of removal of this type of ring in the English language literature.

Copyright 2010 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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