Patent for Sale:Artificial Ligaments For Joint Applications
For many patients the strength of a cadaver allograft, which is commonly used for example in an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair of the knee, is not adequate for them to return to the high demand sports that they love. In addition, these grafts carry a small risk of disease transmission. Autografts harvested from the patient’s own patellar tendon and hamstring tendon are stronger than cadaver grafts, but carry the disadvantage of having to cut into healthy tendon elsewhere in the patient’s body, and increased surgical pain. An artificial ligament that is stronger than native ligament is a much needed and welcome alternative.
Surgeons will find the press fit anchor system extremely easy to install, which will save them time and effort in the operating room, and increase the success rates of their repairs.
Health care institutions and insurance providers will appreciate the potentially low cost, and higher success rates of these alternatives.
In addition to their use in repairing tendon and ligament injuries, such as the ACL or Achilles tendon, these artificial ligaments can be used for stabilizing and supporting artificial prosthetic joints, which will enhance their strength and durability. Currently there is no artificial ligament or tendon on the market, so there effectively is no competition.
Some of the variations shown in the patent can also be used to anchor hardware to bone, such as fracture plates or prosthetic joints.
Primary Application of the Technology
Hand surgeons, foot surgeons, shoulder surgeons, hip surgeons, knee surgeons, sports medicine specialists, orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, patients,
The Problem Solved by the Technology
How the Technology Solves the Problem
Comments on Deal Structure, Potential Terms and Restrictions
Class 623: Prosthesis (I.E., Artificial Body Members), Parts Thereof, Or Aids And Accessories Therefor
This class provides for artificial substitutes or parts for a human body particularly manufactured or adapted to replace or assist a missing or defective natural body member or part thereof for functional or cosmetic reasons. It also provides for elements or accessories for substitutes or parts of this class unless such elements or accessories are of such general utility as to be provided for in some other class. This class also provides for devices and mechanisms designed to operate or control artificial substitutes or parts for a human body, including methods of operating an artificial heart.
Class 606: Surgery