Orthopedic plate for use in small bone repair

  • US 7,771,457 B2
  • Filed: 01/26/2006
  • Issued: 08/10/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/28/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical plate system capable of being used to stabilize a small bone fracture comprisinga Y-shaped plate that has an inferior surface and which has a concentric superior surface forming a portion of a cylinder, the plate consisting of a trunk and a pair of a first arm and a second arm,the trunk having a linear medial longitudinal axis along the superior surface extending between a first and a second end, and the inferior surface of the plate defining a curve transverse to the medial axis,the first arm and the second arm extending from the first end of the trunk, the inferior surface of the first arm and of the second arm following the same curve as the inferior surface of the trunk,the first arm having an ear with at least one screw hole defining a first screw axis perpendicular to a tangent to the top surface of the first ear, the first ear being attached to the trunk by a linking section having a waist, a first angle and a first length being defined by a line from the center of the first arm screw hole to the intersection of the medial longitudinal axis of the trunk, and,the second arm having a second ear with at least one second screw hole defining a second screw axis perpendicular to a tangent to the top surface of the second ear, the second ear being attached to the trunk by a linking section having a waist, a second angle and a second length being defined by a line from the center of the second arm screw hole to the intersection of the medial longitudinal axis of the trunk, andthe first angle and the first length being different from the second angle and the second length whereby the first screw axis and the second screw axis converge toward the inferior side of the plate but do not intersect.

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