US 9,808,322 B2
Method and device for positioning and stabilization of bony structures during maxillofacial surgery
Vito Del Deo, Forio (IT); and Xinsheng Cedric Yu, Pasadena, MD (US)
Filed by Vito Del Deo, Forio (IT); and Xinsheng Cedric Yu, Pasadena, MD (US)
Filed on Aug. 27, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/838,065.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/042,500, filed on Aug. 27, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2016/0183979 A1, Jun. 30, 2016
Int. Cl. A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61B 90/14 (2016.01); A61B 34/10 (2016.01); A61B 17/80 (2006.01); A61B 90/57 (2016.01); A61B 90/16 (2016.01); A61B 90/50 (2016.01)
CPC A61B 90/14 (2016.02) [A61B 17/8085 (2013.01); A61B 34/10 (2016.02); A61B 90/16 (2016.02); A61B 90/57 (2016.02); A61B 2034/107 (2016.02); A61B 2090/508 (2016.02)] 15 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A maxilla/cranial-facial surgical stabilizer for use during maxilla/cranial-facial surgery, comprising:
a metal frame configured to be fixated to a skull of a patient to establish a fixed frame of reference there about;
at least three flexible arms each attached at one end to said frame and protruding from said frame to a distal end, each of said flexible arms having a fully flexible state of omnidirectional flexibility along its entire length for bending to a desired orientation a rigid state along its entire length, and a locking mechanism for locking said flexible arm in said rigid state at a desired orientation, and a mounting receptacle at the distal end of each of said flexible arms configured for removable attachment of one of the maxillofacial surgical aids, such as, a dental arch mold or template, a clamp, a holder or a tissue retractor;
whereby said maxilla/cranial-facial surgical stabilizer may be fixated to a skull of a patient and each of said arms bent to and locked in a desired orientation relative to said fixed frame of reference to allow the said maxillofacial surgical aids to support, orient and stabilize the bony structures and/or segments thereof, relative to said skull of said patient.