Orthopedic plate for use in small bone repair

  • US 8,100,954 B2
  • Filed: 06/01/2010
  • Issued: 01/24/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/28/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of enabling a surgery on one or more of a set of bones comprising the ulna, radius, tibia, fibula, metacarpals, carpals, metatarsals, tarsals, and phalanges comprisingproviding a surgical tray including each of a set of alpha and a set of beta pre-contoured plates, each plate being a Y-shaped plate, the plate comprising a trunk defining a longitudinal axis with a first end and an opposing second end, and a first arm and a second arm extending from the first end of the trunk, the trunk having a constant radial curve in the z direction about the longitudinal axis, and the first arm and the second arm following the radial curve of the trunk so as to spiral about the longitudinal axis toward each other so that the plate defines a segment of a cylinder, 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 longitudinal axis of the trunk,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 longitudinal axis of the trunk, the 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 so not intersect,the alpha plate being a mirror image of the beta plate, and each of the alpha and the beta sets including at least a first plate having a trunk with a single through hole and a second plate having a trunk having at least two through holes;

  • andthe tray further comprising a plate bender which will bend the linking section of the first arm and the second arm without deforming the screw hole of the arm.

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