Surgical tools for arthroplasty

  • US 8,062,302 B2
  • Filed: 06/09/2008
  • Issued: 11/22/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/25/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A patient-specific surgical tool for use in surgically repairing a joint of a patient, comprising:

  • a block having a patient-specific surface and first and second drilling holes;

    the patient-specific surface having at least a portion that is substantially a negative of a corresponding portion of a diseased or damaged articular surface of the joint and having a predetermined position and orientation relative to the corresponding portion;

    the first and second drilling holes having predetermined positions and orientations relative to the patient-specific surface and each having an axis that extends through a portion of the joint when the patient-specific surface is fit to the corresponding portion of the diseased of damaged articular surface of the joint.

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