US 9,808,287 B2
Method and system for patella tendon realignment
Jeffrey Halbrecht, Kentfield, CA (US)
Assigned to Jeffrey Halbrecht, Kentfield, CA (US)
Filed by Jeffrey Halbrecht, Kentfield, CA (US)
Filed on Oct. 17, 2012, as Appl. No. 13/653,936.
Application 13/653,936 is a division of application No. 12/671,478, abandoned, previously published as PCT/US2008/071629, filed on Jul. 30, 2008.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/953,325, filed on Aug. 1, 2007.
Prior Publication US 2013/0060342 A1, Mar. 7, 2013
Int. Cl. A61F 2/38 (2006.01); A61B 17/58 (2006.01); A61F 2/08 (2006.01); A61F 2/28 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/58 (2013.01) [A61F 2/08 (2013.01); A61F 2/38 (2013.01); A61F 2/389 (2013.01); A61F 2002/2892 (2013.01); A61F 2220/0016 (2013.01); A61F 2220/0033 (2013.01); A61F 2230/001 (2013.01); A61F 2230/0034 (2013.01); A61F 2230/0093 (2013.01); A61F 2230/0095 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0009 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0026 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0036 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0037 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0051 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0063 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00017 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00023 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00029 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00395 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00976 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
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1. A method for repositioning a patellar tendon, the method comprising a surgical procedure including the steps of:
inserting an implant beneath the patellar tendon such that the entire implant is between an end of a tibia proximate a femur and an attachment position of the patellar tendon to the tibia, the implant comprising a superior portion, an inferior portion, and an anterior portion;
placing the anterior portion of the implant in proximity to the patella;
seating the inferior portion of the implant in proximity to the tibia;
changing a position of the patellar tendon with the superior portion of the implant to elevate or tilt the patella; and
affixing the implant to the tibia such that the implant is beneath the patellar tendon and the implant does not extend beyond the end of the tibia proximate the femur and the attachment position of the patellar tendon to the tibia and such that a majority of the implant is positioned over an exterior surface of the tibia;
wherein there is no cutting of the tibia prior to or during the placing, seating, or changing steps, wherein the implant remains implanted after the surgical procedure such that the implant elevates or tilts the patella after the surgical procedure.