Patent Number: 6,309,396

Title: Tool for inserting an intramedullary guide wire

Abstract: A tool for inserting an intramedullary guide wire comprises a curved metalguide tube having a through lumen and a sharp point at its distal end, ahandle for manipulating the tube, and a sighting guide affixed to thetube. The curvature of the guide tube enables the surgeon to align adrilling tool passed through the lumen with the axis of the femoral canal.The sighting guide has a straight distal portion parallel to a linetangent to the lumen axis at the distal end, so that the surgeon canbetter judge the position and orientation of the tip of the tool withinthe patient.

Inventors: Ritland; G. David (Washington, DC)


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Expiration Date: 10/32013