Patent Number: 6,183,474

Title: Surgical fastener assembly

Abstract: A surgical fastener assembly for coupling first and second bone portions across a fracture therebetween is disclosed. In one embodiment of the present invention, the surgical fastener assembly includes an anchor that has a first externally threaded portion disposed in the first bone portion and a second portion which is at least partially disposed in the second bone portion. At least one pin is operably associated with the first portion of the anchor such that when the pin is in a retracted position the pin is disposed within the anchor and when the pin is in an extended position at least a portion of the pin extends outward from the anchor. An actuator is disposed within the anchor and is operably coupled with the at least one pin. A guide is adapted to be fixedly secured to the second bone portion and includes a sleeve. The second portion of the anchor is received within the sleeve. A fastener is provided that has a head portion and an externally threaded shank portion. The shank portion threadedly engages with the anchor and the head portion operably engages with the guide.

Inventors: Bramlet; Dale G. (St. Petersburg, FL), Sterghos; Peter (St. Petersburg, FL), Sodeika; John (Clearwater, FL)


International Classification: A61B 17/17 (20060101); A61B 17/16 (20060101); A61B 17/80 (20060101); A61B 17/86 (20060101); A61B 17/74 (20060101); A61B 17/68 (20060101); A61F 2/42 (20060101); A61B 17/88 (20060101); A61F 2/30 (20060101); A61F 2/00 (20060101); A61F 2/36 (20060101); A61F 2/46 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61B 017/76 ()

Expiration Date: 02/06/2018