US20140020333A1 - Method and apparatus for an orthopedic fixation system - Google Patents

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US20140020333A1
US20140020333A1 US14/033,785 US201314033785A US2014020333A1 US 20140020333 A1 US20140020333 A1 US 20140020333A1 US 201314033785 A US201314033785 A US 201314033785A US 2014020333 A1 US2014020333 A1 US 2014020333A1
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Abstract

An orthopedic fixation system includes a sterile packaged implant kit and a sterile packaged instrument kit. The sterile packaged implant kit includes at least one surgical implant, an insertion device, and an implant package adapted to receive the at least one surgical implant and the insertion device therein. The implant package maintains the at least one surgical implant and the insertion device sterile after sterilization of the sterile packaged implant kit. The sterile packaged instrument kit includes one or more instruments necessary to use the sterile packaged implant kit and an instrument package adapted to receive the one or more instruments therein. The instrument package maintains the one or more instruments sterile after sterilization of the sterile packaged instrument kit.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • The present invention relates to an orthopedic fixation system consisting of a sterile packaged implant kit and a sterile packaged instrument kit.
  • 2. Description of the Related Art
  • Bone fusion and healing in orthopedics often involves metallic implants being attached to bones in some way to fixate them together during the healing process. There are many forms of bone fixation devices including intramedullary devices, pins, screws, plates, and staples. Implants made from shape memory materials, such as nitinol, are a popular material for fixation because their shape memory and superelastic properties allow the device to create compression that can augment healing.
  • Many orthopedic implants are delivered to hospitals in a non-sterile form, and sterilized prior to surgery at the hospital. This is easier for the medical device manufacturer, since the implant requires less preparation than one that is sterile-packaged, however it places an onus on the hospital to insure sterility at the time of surgery. Frequently these implants are delivered in caddies, and the implants that are not used in surgery have to be re-sterilized before any subsequent surgical procedure.
  • Many other orthopedic implants are delivered to hospitals in a sterile packaged form. While this is more difficult and expensive for the medical device manufacturer, it is easier for the hospital to simply provide the implant at the time of surgery.
  • Finally, orthopedic instruments are generally provided as part of an instrument tray. The tray needs to be sterilized prior to surgical use. Furthermore, after surgery the tray needs to be properly cleaned, and then subsequently re-sterilized prior to the next use.
  • While there are numerous combinations of sterile and nonsterile orthopedic implants on the market, they all use an instrument tray that requires cleaning and sterilization.
  • The process of cleaning and sterilization at hospitals is known in the literature to periodically result in a phenomenon known as Hospital Acquired Infection. In this situation, patients are exposed to an infectious agent due to improperly cleaned or improperly sterilized equipment. Preventing and treating these infections is costly to hospitals.
  • Accordingly, a system is described herein for providing a sterile packaged implant kit mounted on an insertion device, and a complementary sterile packaged instrument kit. Methods of packaging the system, and delivering and using the system, are also presented.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The invention herein consists of a sterile packaged implant kit and a complementary sterile packaged instrument kit and methods for use and packaging thereof.
  • The sterile packaged implant kit includes an implant mounted on an insertion device and a drill guide. The sterile packaged implant kit further includes an implant tray shaped to hold the at least one surgical implant, the insertion device, and the drill guide therein, an implant outer cover insertable over the implant tray, and an implant seal securable over the implant outer cover. The implant seal encloses the implant outer cover such that the implant, the insertion device, and the drill guide remain sterile within the implant tray and implant outer cover after sterilization of the sterile packaged implant kit.
  • The sterile packaged instrument kit includes a drill bit, locating pins, an instrument handle, and an implant tamp. The sterile packaged instrument kit includes an instrument tray shaped to hold the drill bit, locating pins, instrument handle, and implant tamp therein, an instrument outer cover insertable over the instrument tray, and an instrument seal securable over the instrument outer cover. The instrument seal encloses the instrument outer cover such that the drill bit, locating pins, instrument handle, and implant tamp remain sterile within the instrument tray and instrument outer cover after sterilization of the sterile packaged instrument kit.
  • A method of using an orthopedic fixation system is as follows. A sterile packaged implant kit is opened to access an implant, insertion device, and drill guide. A sterile packaged instrument kit is opened to access a drill bit and tamp. The drill guide and the drill bit are used to drill holes in bone. The insertion device is used to insert the implant. The insertion device is also used to release and activate the implant. The tamp is used to push the implant flush with bone. The foregoing method may also include the use of a sizing wheel to determine the proper implant selection.
  • A method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system is as follows. An implant is inserted into an insertion device, and the insertion device is inserted into an implant tray. A drill guide is inserted into the implant tray. The implant tray is enclosed by inserting an implant outer cover over the implant tray and securing an implant seal over the implant outer cover. A drill bit is inserted into an instrument tray. An implant tamp is inserted into the instrument tray. One or more locating pins are inserted into the instrument tray. An instrument handle is inserted into the instrument tray. The instrument tray is enclosed by inserting an instrument outer cover over the instrument tray and securing an instrument seal over the instrument outer cover. The enclosed implant tray and the implant, the insertion device, and the drill guide therein are sterilized. The enclosed instrument tray and the drill bit, the implant tamp, the one or more locating pins, and the instrument handle therein are sterilized.
  • It is an object of the present invention to present the surgeon with an implant ready for implantation, pre-mounted on an insertion device.
  • It is a further object of the present invention to provide the implant and insertion in a sterile packaged format.
  • It is still further an object of the present invention to provide all the instruments needed for use with this implant in sterile packaged format.
  • Still other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become evident to those of ordinary skill in the art in light of the following. Also, it should be understood that the scope of this invention is intended to be broad, and any combination of any subset of the features, elements, or steps described herein is part of the intended scope of the invention.
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  • FIG. 1A provides an isometric view of an orthopedic fixation system.
  • FIG. 1B provides a plan view of an orthopedic fixation system.
  • FIG. 2A provides an isometric view of an insertion device being used to insert an implant into bones.
  • FIG. 2B provides an isometric view of an implant being released from an insertion stick into bones.
  • FIG. 3A provides an exploded isometric view of a sterile-packaged implant kit.
  • FIG. 3B provides an assembled isometric view of a sterile-packaged implant kit.
  • FIG. 4A provides an exploded isometric view of a sterile-packaged instrument kit.
  • FIG. 4B provides an assembled isometric view of a sterile-packaged instrument kit.
  • FIG. 5A provides an exploded view of a drill guide and an instrument handle.
  • FIG. 5B provides an assembled isometric view of a drill guide system.
  • FIG. 6 provides an alternative embodiment of an orthopedic fixation system that includes a sizing guide.
  • FIG. 7 provides a plan view of a sizing guide.
  • FIGS. 8A-8J provide a sequence of images showing the use of an orthopedic fixation system.
  • FIG. 9 provides a method for using a sterile orthopedic fixation system.
  • FIG. 10 provides a method for packaging a sterile orthopedic fixation system.
  • FIG. 11 provides a method for using an orthopedic sizing guide to select the proper implant.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • As required, detailed embodiments of the present invention are disclosed herein; however, it is to be understood that the disclosed embodiments are merely exemplary of the invention, which may be embodied in various forms. It is further to be understood that the figures are not necessarily to scale, and some features may be exaggerated to show details of particular components or steps.
  • In this invention, a method and system for a sterile packaged implant and complementary sterile packaged instrument kit are described. As shown in FIGS. 1A and 1B, an orthopedic fixation system 100 consists of one or more sterile packaged implant kits 200, 201, and 202, and a sterile packaged instrument kit 300. Implant kits 200, 201, and 202 are identical, except that the implants maybe sized differently as required by the physician.
  • The orthopedic fixation implant is shown in FIG. 2A. The fixation implant 205 consists of an implant made from a shape-memory or superelastic material such as nitinol. Implant 205 has two legs, 206 and 207, that are designed to swing inward. Implant 205 is mounted on disposable insertion device 220. The insertion device 220 holds the implant 205 such that implants legs 206 and 207 are held mechanically in a parallel position for easier insertion into bone. FIG. 2A shows the implant 205 being inserted into two bones 208 and 209. Insertion device 220 can be twisted of implant 205, as shown in FIG. 29, releasing the implant to squeeze bones 208 and 709.
  • The representative sterile packaged implant kit 200 is shown in more detail in exploded view FIG. 3A and assembly FIG. 3B. Implant kit 200 includes the aforementioned implant 205 and insertion device 220. Implant kit 200 also includes a drill guide 230. The purpose of drill guide 230 is to allow a surgeon to drill parallel holes into hone with the proper separation distance to match implant 205 and parallel legs 206 and 207. Drill guide 230 has a universal mating shaft 231 that can be used to attach to a handle. The entire assembly, consisting of implant 205 mounted to insertion device 220 and matching drill guide 230 are placed into an implant package 210 suitable to house implant 205, insertion device 220, and matching drill guide 230 and maintain implant 205, insertion device 220, and matching drill guide 230 sterile. In particular, implant 205, insertion device 220, and matching drill guide 230 are placed into an implant tray 240. Implant tray 240 could be made from thermoformed plastic or a similar material, and is shaped to hold and secure insertion device 220 and drill guide 230. While implant tray 240 in the preferred embodiment is shaped to hold insertion device 220 with implant 205 mounted, one of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that implant tray 240 could hold insertion device 220 and implant 205 separately. Implant tray 240 fits into implant outer cover 245, which protects all of the contents. Both implant tray 240 and implant outer cover 245 can be made from transparent plastic so that implant 205 is visible from outside. An implant seal 250 secures over and encloses implant outer cover 245 using any suitable means such as a heat and pressure activated adhesive. Implant seal 250 is made from a suitable material for insuring sterility while still allowing air passage. After sealing the system with implant seal 250, implant kit 200 can be sterilized by any common sterilization method such as gas, radiation, or another type. All of the components of implant kit 200 can be made from disposable materials such as injection molded plastic, metal, or other suitable materials, with the exception of implant 205 which is made from a superelastic or shape-memory material. It is an objective of implant kit 200 to be packaged and then sterilized to simplify the surgical implantation of implant 205, and then allow all of the other components to be discarded after surgery.
  • Instrument kit 300 is displayed in exploded view FIG. 4A and assembly FIG. 4B. Instrument kit 300 is sterile-packaged and designed to work in conjunction with one or more implant kits 200, 201, or 202, or any combination of implant kits. In this embodiment, the instrument kit 300 includes multiple instruments needed by the surgeon for the implant kit. Instrument kit 300 consists of a handle 310 that mates with previously mentioned drill guide 230. Instrument kit 300 also consists of one or more locating pins 320, drill bit 330, and tamp 340. Locating pins 320 are used to fit inside drill guide 230. Drill bit 330 also fits inside drill guide 230 and can drill a hole in bone. Tamp 340 is used to press down on implant 205 to push it flush to bone. The handle 310, one or more locating pins 320, drill bit 330, and tamp 340 all fit into instrument package 305 suitable to house handle 310, one or more locating pins 320, drill bit 330, and tamp 340 and maintain handle 310, one or more locating pins 320, drill bit 330, and tamp 340 sterile. In particular, the handle 310, one or more locating pins 320, drill bit 330, and tamp 340 all fit into instrument tray 350. Instrument tray 350 is made from a thermoformed plastic or similar material that is shaped to conform and hold each instrument; namely, handle 310, one or more locating pins 320, drill bit 330, and tamp 340. Instrument tray 350 fits inside instrument outer cover 360. Both instrument tray 350 and instrument outer cover 360 can be made from transparent plastic so that each instrument is visible from outside. An instrument seal 370 secures over and encloses instrument outer cover 360 using any suitable means such as a heat and pressure activated adhesive. Instrument seal 370 is made from a suitable material for insuring sterility while still allowing air passage. Instrument seal 370 adheres to instrument outer tray 360 to allow instruments 310, 320, 330, and 340 to be sterilized and then maintain sterility. Instrument kit 300 is sterilized by any common method of sterilization such as gas or radiation.
  • FIG. 5A shows handle 310 and drill guide 230 being positioned for assembly. Shaft 235 of drill guide 230 slides into handle 310 to make a connection. FIG. 5B shows assembled drill guide assembly 390, consisting of handle 310 and drill guide 23.
  • In a second embodiment, shown in FIG. 6, the orthopedic fixation system now includes an additional component. FIG. 6 shows fixation system 500 consisting of one or more implant kits 200, 201, and 202, instrument kit 300, and sizing guide 400. Implant kits 200, 201, and 202 and instrument kit 300 functions the same as in the preferred embodiment. Sizing guide 400 is shown in more detail in FIG. 7. It is a sterile packaged device made from plastic or a similar disposable material, with incremental projections on the perimeter. Representative projections 410 and 411 are shown in FIG. 7, however, any number of projections could be situated on the perimeter. Projections 410 and 411 have a known separation distance corresponds to the previously described separation distance of legs 206 and 207 on implant 205. The measurement 415 between projections 410 and 411 is shown on sizing guide 400.
  • FIGS. 8A-8J show a sequence of images illustrating the use of a sterile-packaged orthopedic fixation system. FIG. 9 shows a method for using a sterile orthopedic fixation system that corresponds to FIGS. 8A-8 j. FIG. 8A and step 600 of FIG. 9 show sizing guide 400 being used to determine the proper size of implant needed for bones 208 and 209. FIG. 8B and step 610 of FIG. 9 show drill guide assembly 390 being created from handle 310 and drill guide 230 by inserting shaft 235 into handle 310. FIG. 8C and step 620 of FIG. 9 show drill guide assembly 390 and drill bit 330 being used to drill a hole into bone 209. FIG. 8D shows locating pin 320 positioned in drill guide assembly 390 and extending into the hole in bone 209. Locating pin 320 secures the drill guide assembly 390 in place while drill bit 330 is used to drill a hole in bone 208, FIG. 8E and step 630 of FIG. 9 show drill guide assembly 390 with two locating pins 320 securing it to bone. FIG. 8F shows that the two locating pins 320 are left in bones 208 and 209. FIG. 8G and step 640 of FIG. 9 show implant 205 mounted to insertion device 220, being positioned over bones 208 and 209. FIG. 8H and step 650 of FIG. 9 show insertion device 220 being twisted off implant 205 to release implant 205 into bones 208 and 209. FIG. 8I and step 660 of FIG. 9 show implant 205 being pressed flush against bones 208 and 209 by tamp 340. Finally, FIG. 8J shows multiple implants 205 in position on bones 208 and 209.
  • FIG. 10 shows a method for packaging a sterile orthopedic fixation system. Step 700 involves inserting the implant into an insertion device, in step 710, the insertion device with implant and corresponding drill guide is placed into a storage tray. In step 720, the components of an instrument kit, including drill bit, location pins, tamp, and instrument handle are placed into an instrument tray. In step 730 both trays are sealed with lids. Finally, in step 740 both trays are sterilized via gas, radiation or other sterilization method.
  • FIG. 11 shows a method for using a sizing guide to determine the appropriate implant size for an orthopedic surgical procedure. Step 800 describes exposing bones that require surgery. Step 810 describes using a sizing tool by rotating it's projections over the bones. Step 820 involves selecting the proper implant that best fits the bones.
  • Although the present invention has been described in terms of the foregoing embodiments, such description has been for exemplary purposes only and, as will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art, many alternatives, equivalents, and variations of varying degrees will fall within the scope of the present invention. That scope, accordingly, is not to be limited in any respect by the foregoing detailed description; rather, it is defined only by the claims that follow.

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1-17. (canceled)
18. A method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system, comprising:
providing an implant, comprising legs movable between a first convergent position and a second substantially parallel position, wherein movement of the legs from the first convergent position to the second substantially parallel position imparts a compressive force to the implant, further wherein movement of the legs from the second substantially parallel position to the first convergent position releases the compressive force from the implant;
loading an insertion device with the implant, wherein the insertion device maintains the legs in their second substantially parallel position such that the implant stores the compressive force;
inserting the insertion device loaded with the implant into an implant tray;
inserting a drill guide into the implant tray;
enclosing the implant tray;
inserting a drill bit into an instrument tray;
inserting an implant tamp into the instrument tray;
inserting one or more locating pins into the instrument tray;
inserting an instrument handle into the instrument tray;
enclosing the instrument tray;
sterilizing the enclosed implant tray and the insertion device loaded with the implant and the drill guide therein; and
sterilizing the enclosed instrument tray and the drill bit, the implant tamp, the one or more locating pins, and the instrument handle therein.
19. The method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system of claim 18, wherein enclosing the implant tray, comprises:
inserting an implant outer cover over the implant tray; and
securing an implant seal over the implant outer cover.
20. The method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system of claim 18, wherein enclosing the instrument tray, comprises:
inserting an instrument outer cover over the instrument tray; and
securing an instrument seal over the instrument outer cover.
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22. A method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system, comprising:
providing an implant, comprising legs movable between a first convergent position and a second substantially parallel position, wherein movement of the legs from the first convergent position to the second substantially parallel position imparts a compressive force to the implant, further wherein movement of the legs from the second substantially parallel position to the first convergent position releases the compressive force from the implant;
loading an insertion device with the implant, wherein the insertion device maintains the legs in their second substantially parallel position such that the implant stores the compressive force;
inserting the insertion device loaded with the implant into an implant package;
closing the implant package;
sterilizing the closed implant package and the insertion device loaded with the implant therein.
23. The method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system of claim 22, wherein inserting the insertion device loaded with the implant into the implant package and closing the implant package, comprises:
inserting the insertion device loaded with the implant into an implant tray shaped to hold therein the insertion device loaded with the implant;
inserting an implant outer cover over the implant tray; and
securing an implant seal over the implant outer cover.
24. The method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system of claim 22 further comprising:
inserting a drill guide into the implant package;
closing the implant package; and
sterilizing the closed implant package and the insertion device loaded with the implant and the drill guide therein.
25. The method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system of claim 24, wherein inserting a drill guide into the implant package and closing the implant package, comprises:
inserting the drill guide into an implant tray shaped to hold therein the drill guide;
inserting an implant outer cover over the implant tray; and
securing an implant seal over the implant outer cover.
26. A method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system, comprising:
providing an implant, comprising legs movable between a first position and a second position, wherein movement of the legs from the first position to the second position imparts a force to the implant, further wherein movement of the legs from the second position to the first position releases the force from the implant;
loading an insertion device with the implant, wherein the insertion device maintains the legs in their second position such that the implant stores the force;
inserting the insertion device loaded with the implant into an implant package;
closing the implant package;
sterilizing the closed implant package and the insertion device loaded with the implant therein.
27. The method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system of claim 26, wherein inserting the insertion device loaded with the implant into the implant package and closing the implant package, comprises:
inserting the insertion device loaded with the implant into an implant tray shaped to hold therein the insertion device loaded with the implant;
inserting an implant outer cover over the implant tray; and
securing an implant seal over the implant outer cover.
28. The method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system of claim 22 further comprising:
inserting a drill guide into the implant package;
closing the implant package; and
sterilizing the closed implant package and the insertion device loaded with the implant and the drill guide therein.
29. The method of packaging an orthopedic fixation system of claim 29, wherein inserting a drill guide into the implant package and closing the implant package, comprises:
inserting the drill guide into an implant tray shaped to hold therein the drill guide;
inserting an implant outer cover over the implant tray; and
securing an implant seal over the implant outer cover.
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