Patent Number: 6,332,886

Title: Surgical reamer and method of using same

Abstract: A device for expedited reaming of a medullary canal and method of using the same are disclosed. The device includes a reamer head connected at the distal end of a rotatable drive shaft. The reamer head has a cutting head with a plurality of blades and flutes therebetween. Each blade has a front cutting portion. The blades can also include a side cutting portion. The disclosed method for removing material from the medullary canal of a bone includes the steps of reaming an area of the medullary canal to remove material; irrigating the material to be removed while reaming to reduce generation of heat and move removed material from the reaming area; and aspirating the removed material while reaming to create a negative intramedullary canal pressure to assist in the removal of the material.

Inventors: Green; James M. (Portland, OR), Perrier; Alexandre N. (Basel, CH), Kmiec, Jr.; Stanley J. (Coopersburg, PA)

Assignee: Synthes (USA)

International Classification: A61B 17/16 (20060101); A61B 17/32 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61B 017/16 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018