Bone plate supported by a leg member and used as a lever

  • US 8,425,575 B2
  • Filed: 09/27/2011
  • Issued: 04/23/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/27/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of fixing bone, comprising:

  • selecting a bone plate including a first portion and a second portion;

    disposing a leg member on the bone with the leg member attached to and projecting from the first portion of the bone plate to a first region of the bone, such that the first portion of the bone plate is supported at a slant with respect to the first region and spaced from the bone;

    attaching the second portion of the bone plate to a second region of the bone;

    disconnecting the leg member from the bone plate;

    pivoting the first portion of the bone plate toward the first region of the bone such that the bone plate is used as a lever to change an orientation of the second region relative to the first region of the bone;

    wherein the step of disconnecting the leg member is performed before the step of pivoting; and

    attaching the first portion of the bone plate to the first region of the bone.

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