Medline Industries has been granted a patent for an orthopedic implant with a spacer and staple portion made of superelastic material. The implant is designed to provide compressive biasing force during surgical procedures on bones. GlobalData’s report on Medline Industries 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 Medline Industries, Robotic exoskeletons was a key innovation area identified from patents. Medline Industries's grant share as of February 2024 was 71%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Orthopedic implant with superelastic staple portions for surgical procedures

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Medline Industries LP

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11925345B2) discloses a method for performing a surgical procedure involving the use of an orthopedic implant with superelastic properties at body temperatures. The method includes surgically exposing bones or bone segments, cutting them to create an opening, and inserting the orthopedic implant comprising a first staple portion, a second staple portion, and a spacer portion. An insertion tool is used to position the implant in the opening, with the first and second leg portions of the staples imparting compressive forces on the bones while the spacer maintains a spaced relationship between them. The implant is then released from the insertion tool.

Furthermore, the method involves providing a drilling template to drill pilot shafts in the bones or bone segments, which are used to insert the leg portions of the staples. Another aspect of the patent involves a similar method using an orthopedic implant with a spacer portion, a staple portion, and a second staple portion. The implant is positioned in the opening using an insertion tool, with the leg portions of the staples imparting compressive forces on the bones. A drilling template is also used to drill pilot shafts in the bones, facilitating the insertion of the leg portions of the staples. Overall, the patent details innovative techniques for performing surgical procedures with orthopedic implants to ensure proper bone alignment and stability.

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