Bone alignment implant and method of use

  • US 8,133,230 B2
  • Filed: 03/19/2008
  • Issued: 03/13/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/04/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for correcting an angular deformity in a bone, the method comprising:

  • inserting a guide wire within a physis of a long bone of an arm or leg having an angular deformity, the physis separating a metaphyseal section of the bone from a epiphyseal section of the bone;

    using the guide wire to guide a link to the physis, the link comprising a first opening and a spaced apart second opening passing therethrough;

    advancing a first bone engager through the first opening and into the metaphyseal section of the bone; and

    advancing the second bone engager through the second opening and into the epiphyseal section of the bone so that the link spans across the physis and restricts growth of the physeal tissue of the physis adjacent to the link, the first bone engager and the second bone engager each being pivotably coupled to the link so that the first bone engager and the second bone engager pivot relative to the link as the physis generates more physeal tissue.

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