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Bone Repair System & Method

This invention relates to a system and method for the repair of fractured or broken bones, such as ribs.

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Patent Abstract

A bone repair system and method for percutaneously fixing a first bone segment to a second bone segment, such as rib bone segments, in a body of a patient include drilling a first hole through the first bone segment and a second hole through the second bone segment, and feeding a first tether through the first hole and a second tether through the second hole, each tether having a proximal end and a distal end.

The first and second tether distal ends are withdrawn from the body while the first and second tether proximal ends have not passed through the first and second bone segments, respectively. A reinforcing member, such as a bone plate, having first and second openings, is passed onto the first and second tether distal ends, and the reinforcing member is pulled into engagement with the first and second bone segments guided by the tethers.

The reinforcing member is secured to the first bone segment with a first fastener assembly through the first hole and the first opening and to the second bone segment with a second fastener assembly through the second hole and the second opening to fix the first bone segment to the second bone segment.

United States Patent

#10,537,372

Patent Filing Date

Feb15th, 2015

Associated Marketplace

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Medical

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Surgery

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Hospitals

General Patent Information

Patent Description

The present invention provides a system and method for repairing fractured or broken bones, such as ribs. The system and method according to the present invention allow bone repair to be performed in a minimally invasive manner, thereby lessening patient recovery time.

Although the system and method are shown and described herein as being applied to the repair of fractured ribs, it is understood that their application to the repair of other broken bones is fully contemplated.

For example, the system and method according to the present invention may also be utilized for the minimally invasive repair of bone segments such as a fractured clavicle, fractured tibia, fractured pelvis, fractured spine, or fractured joint surface where there are displaced and/or multiple bone fragments that would otherwise require a large open surgical exposure to repair.

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