Patent Number: 6,168,599

Title: Long bone reamer

Abstract: A long bone reamer apparatus is assembled from a plurality of blades that interlink with each other. According to a first embodiment, six long cutting blades are held in position by a plurality of disks, each having six blade receiving slots spaced at 60 degrees with respect to each other. The longitudinal axis of each of the blade receiving slots is slightly offset from the center of the disk so that tabs on opposing blades contact and are welded to each other. According to a second embodiment of the invention, four blades are connected together in a boxlike arrangement having a long rod in the center thereof for support. A first set of the blades includes an interior aperture with a plurality of tabs which engage with a plurality of tab receiving slots in the second set of blades. Both sets of reamers have a head with blade portions arranged to lie along the surface of a semi-circle and, moreover, both embodiments have longitudinal sidewalls having cutting edges, which lie in the plane of a cylinder.

Inventors: Frieze; Allan S. (Alpine, NJ), Nalepa; David (New York, NY)


International Classification: A61B 17/16 (20060101); A61B 017/56 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018