Paragon 28 has filed a patent for alignment guide systems, fixation guide devices, and methods for positioning and inserting an intramedullary nail. The patent describes an alignment guide system with a targeting guide, alignment wire, and guide sleeve insert. It also includes a fixation guide device with a frame, compression device, and intramedullary nail. The patent further discloses a method for inserting the intramedullary nail into two bones for fixation. The claim of the patent is for an intramedullary nail with a body and at least two openings on independent planes and angularly spaced apart from each other. GlobalData’s report on Paragon 28 gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Intramedullary nail with multiple openings on different planes

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Paragon 28 Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230310011A1) describes an intramedullary nail that includes a body and at least two openings on the side of the body. These openings are positioned on independent planes and are angularly spaced apart from each other. The nail also has a closed end at one end and a fastening end at the other.

The fastening end of the intramedullary nail includes an insertion opening that extends along the longitudinal axis of the nail and an engagement opening that extends transverse to the longitudinal axis. Additionally, the fastening end has a first fastening segment positioned on the bottom of the body and a second fastening segment positioned on the top. The first fastening segment is longer than the second.

A compression member is also described in the patent, which includes a base with a top end and a bottom end, as well as a protrusion extending from one side of the bottom end. The bottom surface of the protrusion is angled along its longitudinal axis. The compression member further includes a first opening near the top end and a second opening that extends through the protrusion.

The patent also discloses a compression system that includes the intramedullary nail and a compression device for engaging the nail. The compression device is a compression member that is designed to engage the fastening end of the intramedullary nail. It includes a base, a protrusion with an angled bottom surface, and openings for receiving a bolt. The compression member is connected to the nail through an engagement fastener that extends through the compression member and engages the insertion opening of the nail.

Overall, this patent describes an intramedullary nail with unique features, such as angularly spaced openings and a fastening end with different length segments. It also introduces a compression member and a compression system that work in conjunction with the nail to provide compression and stability. These innovations have the potential to improve the treatment of bone fractures and enhance patient outcomes.

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