DePuy Synthes has been granted a patent for a capital fragment guide designed to correct bunions by manipulating bone fragments. The guide includes body and alignment portions with apertures for fixation devices, allowing for precise adjustment during surgery. GlobalData’s report on DePuy Synthes gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on DePuy Synthes, was a key innovation area identified from patents. DePuy Synthes's grant share as of February 2024 was 51%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Bunion correction guide with implant for metatarsal separation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: DePuy Synthes Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11918238B2) discloses a guide designed to adjust a metatarsal bone's first portion and a capital fragment surgically separated from it. The guide includes a body portion with apertures, an alignment portion with alignment apertures, and a handle. The guide allows alignment of the body portion with the first portion and the alignment portion with the second portion, facilitating the insertion of temporary fixation devices for stabilization during the surgical procedure.

Furthermore, the patent describes a surgical system incorporating the guide, a cut guide for bone separation, and an implant for permanent fixation. A method outlined in the patent involves aligning the guide with the bone portions, driving temporary fixation devices, resecting the bone, repositioning the separated portion using the guide's handle, and permanently fixing the implant. The method aims to adjust alignment between bone portions, with the guide's design allowing for precise and controlled movement during the surgical procedure, potentially beneficial for correcting conditions like bunions.

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