Abstract: The invention provides apparatus for the treatment of a bone fracture (18′), comprising an elongate member (2) adapted for substantially axial insertion into the bone (18) such that it spans the fracture; where in one embodiment the elongate member being formed, adjacent one or both of its proximal and distal ends with fixture location means (9) adapted to receive a fixing device (27) inserted transversely of the elongate member (2) and passing through part at least of the bone to be treated; the position of the fixture location means (9) and the line of insertion of the fixing device (27) being defined by a jig (21) temporarily affixable to the proximal end of the elongate member; wherein a guide means (25) is adapted to pass through the fixture location and act as a guide for the desired location of the fixing device, said apparatus also providing drill means (25a and 26a), guidable by the guide means, and utilizable to form a bore communicating with the fixture location and adapted to accommodate the
Abstract: A body-implantable device is disclosed for use in closing sternotomy openings, the device comprising a shaft with a conduit therethrough to allow the passage of a suture through the shaft, and a bone-gripping formation such as a thread or array of ridges or wedges on a surface of the shaft.
January 14, 2002
November 7, 2002
Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust,