Patent Number: 8,715,283

Title: Fracture fixation device

Abstract: A fracture fixation system 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 58, 70 for a fractured bone having at least two bone fragments is disclosed. The fracture fixation system 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 58, 70 includes an orthopaedic implant 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 60, 71, an engaging member 12, 22, 32, 43, 45, 52, 62, 72 adapted to gain purchase in at least one bone fragment, and means for applying a force to the engaging member such that the at least two bone fragments are placed in compression and prevented from rotating relative to the orthopaedic implant. The engaging member 12, 22, 32, 43, 45, 52, 62, 72 is disposed relative to the orthopaedic implant 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 60, 71. The orthopaedic implant 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 60, 71 may take the form of an intramedullary device, a compression plate, or a deployable material.

Inventors: Brumfield; David L. (Collierville, TN), Ritchey; Nicholas S. (Collierville, TN), Grusin; Nathaniel Kelley (Germantown, TN), Janna; Sied W. (Memphis, TN), Faber; Henry B. (Memphis, TN), Austin; Gene E. (Bartlett, TN)

Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/58 (20060101); A61B 17/74 (20060101); A61B 17/76 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018