Patent Number: 6,254,602

Title: Advanced coupling device using shape-memory technology

Abstract: An advanced coupling device using shape-memory technology. The coupling device includes a coupling element defining a longitudinal passage extending therethrough, the passage bounded by a side wall having a first end and an opposing second end, the side wall defining a first slot extending from the first end toward the second end, and a second slot extending from the second end toward the first end, and wherein a portion of the second slot is positioned proximately adjacent and longitudinally overlapping a portion of the first slot. The device further includes a compression element at least partially formed of a shape-memory material and being disposed about at least a portion of the coupling element. The compression element has a configuration which contracts about the coupling element and compresses the side wall against a member disposed within the passage to limit movement of the member relative to the coupling element.

Inventors: Justis; Jeff R. (Cordova, TN)

Assignee: SDGI Holdings, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/70 (20060101); F16B 1/00 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61B 017/56 (); A61B 017/68 (); A61B 017/70 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018