Document Type

Patent

Patent Number

US Patent 6,520,961

Patent agency

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Publication Date

2-18-2003

Assignee

University of Iowa Research Foundation (Iowa City, IA, US)

Application Number

09/724,264

Date Filed

2000-11-28

Total Pages

15 pages

Abstract

An apparatus for aligning a mechanical pivot axis of an external fixator with an anatomical pivot axis of a hinged joint. The hinged joint has first and second bones on opposite sides of the anatomical pivot axis. The external fixator has a central body connecting a first bone screw clamping assembly and a second bone screw clamping assembly. The central body includes the mechanical pivot axis. The apparatus for aligning includes an alignment member and a connecting member. The alignment member has a longitudinal axis for alignment with the anatomical pivot axis. The connecting member has a first end adjustably secured to the alignment member and a second end adjustably secured to the first bone screw clamping assembly.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/patents/323