Wright Medical Group has patented an orthopedic plate designed for bone fixation during osteotomies. The plate features a unique design with chamfered ends, deep chamfer at one end, and a shroud to prevent tissue irritation. The plate allows for fusion of bone segments with improved stability. GlobalData’s report on Wright Medical Group 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 Wright Medical Group, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Wright Medical Group's grant share as of February 2024 was 76%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Orthopedic plate for bone fixation with deep chamfer and shroud

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Wright Medical Group NV

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11864803B2) discloses a novel plate for bone fixation designed to improve surgical outcomes. The plate features a unique design with a deep chamfer at one end, a bottom surface for bone contact, and a top surface with an open-ended passageway offset from the surfaces. This passageway allows for screw insertion at an angle of up to 20°, with a shroud covering the open-end to prevent tissue irritation and provide bone compression. Additionally, the plate includes a compression slot passageway and a cutting edge at one end for enhanced functionality.

Furthermore, the patent describes a plate system for bone fixation that includes a non-locking screw with specific features and a plate with a similar open-ended passageway design. The plate system aims to minimize tissue interaction with the screw head, allowing for insertion at an angle of up to 20° for conical rotation. The plate also includes a distal edge for easier bone insertion, various angles for the passageway axis, and a cutting edge for precise surgical procedures. Overall, this patented plate system offers innovative solutions for bone fixation procedures, potentially improving patient outcomes and surgical efficiency.

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