Patient-specific orthopedic instruments

  • US 9,700,329 B2
  • Filed: 11/16/2016
  • Issued: 07/11/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/27/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A tibial alignment guide for preparing a tibia of a patient for resection during joint arthroplasty, the tibial alignment guide comprising:

  • a first portion engageable with a proximal surface of the tibia, the first portion defining first and second proximal guiding bores and an opening between the first and second proximal guiding bores;

    a second portion engageable with an anterior surface of the tibia, the second portion defining first and second anterior guiding bores; and

    a plurality of alignment pins receivable through respective proximal and anterior guiding bores for attaching the alignment guide to the tibia, wherein the alignment pins are configured to be resorbable in vivo and are configured to be divided into one or more portions with at least one of the one or more portions retained within the tibia of after the resection, wherein the plurality of alignment pins are cannulated and configured to receive pins of a cutting block.

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