Bone plate and bone screw guide mechanism

  • US 6,235,034 B1
  • Filed: 10/23/1998
  • Issued: 05/22/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/24/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A bone plate comprising:

  • a base plate having at least two screw holes;

    at least two bone screws capable of securing the bone plate to a bone by insertion through the screw holes into the bone, wherein the bone screws have heads shaped to toggle within the screw holes; and

    a bone screw locking means capable of securedly covering the bone screws so that the bone screws cannot back out from the bone once screwed in through the base plate;

    wherein the bone screws and bone screw locking means are designed such that when the bone screw locking means covers the bone screws and is fixedly attached to said base plate, the top of each bone screw mates with the bone screw locking means and each bone screw can toggle within its corresponding screw hole.

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