US 9,808,288 B2
Circular fixator system and method
Kian-Ming Wong, Lakeland, TN (US); and Jason Edie, Sandy, UT (US)
Assigned to Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Memphis, TN (US)
Appl. No. 14/419,604
Filed by Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Memphis, TN (US)
PCT Filed May 2, 2014, PCT No. PCT/US2014/036572
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Feb. 4, 2015,
PCT Pub. No. WO2015/167581, PCT Pub. Date Nov. 5, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0256194 A1, Sep. 8, 2016
Int. Cl. A61B 17/62 (2006.01); A61B 17/17 (2006.01); A61B 17/64 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/62 (2013.01) [A61B 17/171 (2013.01); A61B 17/645 (2013.01); A61B 17/6425 (2013.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A device, comprising:
a plurality of rings, each ring having a first face, a second face, and at least one slot defined by first and second interior edges of the ring on opposing sides of the slot, the at least one slot penetrating from the first face to the second face, the first face of each ring having a first recess adjacent the slot on the first edge and a second recess adjacent the slot on the second edge wherein each recess comprises a plurality of receptacles;
each one of the plurality of rings being joined to an adjacent one of the plurality of rings by a plurality of members; and
a fixation device comprising a bolt, a nut and a washer, the bolt having a threaded portion sized to fit through the slot, the washer shaped to fit a respective one of the receptacles on the recess on each side of the slot such that the slot terminates at an opening at each end of the slot, the opening having a dimension that is substantially greater than a width of the slot, the device further comprising a plurality of plugs, each plug having a shape and size adapted to be detachably retained in a respective one of the openings, for retaining the bolt in the slot prior to tightening the nut and bolt.