Smith & Nephew has patented a method for fabricating a glenoid template for reverse shoulder implant surgeries. The method involves using software to position the glenoid component on a scan of the patient’s anatomy, ensuring proper placement of the template to guide the surgeon during the procedure. GlobalData’s report on Smith & Nephew gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Patient-specific glenoid template for reverse shoulder implant procedures

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Smith & Nephew Plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11883040B2) outlines a method for fabricating a glenoid template for a reverse shoulder implant procedure. The method involves providing software for positioning a glenoid component, receiving a scan of a patient's glenoid cavity, virtually positioning the glenoid component to avoid inserting a locking screw through the scapula, and fabricating the glenoid template based on this positioning. The template is designed to receive a guide wire at a predetermined location to aid the surgeon during the implant procedure. Various embodiments detail the use of CT or MRI scans, the inclusion of an opening for a guide, and steps for mounting the template, inserting the guide wire, and preparing the cavity for the implant.

Furthermore, the patent describes additional steps such as virtually determining the position of the glenoid component, aligning the template with the optical center of the glenoid cavity, and using instruments to drill holes and prepare the cavity for the implant. The method emphasizes the importance of avoiding damage to the patient's scapula during the procedure and ensuring precise positioning of the glenoid component. By utilizing advanced imaging technology and software, the fabrication of the glenoid template is tailored to the patient's specific anatomy, ultimately improving the accuracy and efficiency of the reverse shoulder implant procedure. The detailed claims provide a comprehensive guide for practitioners in the field to follow a systematic approach for creating and using the glenoid template in a surgical setting.

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