Apparatus and method for fabricating a customized patient-specific orthopaedic instrument

  • US 10,028,750 B2
  • Filed: 09/29/2008
  • Issued: 07/24/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for a vendor to create a customized patient-specific orthopaedic surgical instrument for a patient of a healthcare facility that is external to the vendor, comprising:

  • receiving at the vendor, from the healthcare facility external to the vendor, an instrument request for a customized patient-specific orthopaedic surgical instrument that includes data relevant to the patient,creating at the vendor, in response to receiving the instrument request, a design plan that has been customized for the patient per data of the instrument request, the design plan including a plurality of instructions usable on a fabrication machine located at the healthcare facility to fabricate the customized patient-specific orthopaedic surgical instrument,sending the design plan from the vendor to the healthcare facility,loading the plurality of instructions onto a processor of the fabrication machine located at the healthcare facility, andoperating a the fabrication machine located at the healthcare facility to execute the plurality of instructions loaded on the fabrication machine to fabricate the customized patient-specific orthopaedic surgical instrument including a cutting slot sized to receive a cutting saw blade and a customized patient-specific negative contour shaped to receive a predetermined portion of the patient'"'"'s bone per data of the design plan.

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