Patent Number: 7,785,347

Title: Surgical procedures and instruments

Abstract: Surgical instruments and methods are provided. In one aspect, a method of securing a fixation device within an opening in a tissue is provided, including delivering a material in a flowable state to said opening, and changing the state of the material so that the material forms an interference fit that secures the fixation device in the opening.

Inventors: Harvie; Fraser (Glasgow, GB), Smith; Graham (Newburyport, MA), Sample; Philip B. (Arlington, MA), McCarthy; Gary R. (East Bridgewater, MA), James; Adam (Talbot Green, GB), Richardson; Peter (Braunston, GB), Carter; Sally L. (N. Attleboro, MA)

Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018