US 10,376,271 B2
Arthroscopic tunnel guide for rotator cuff repair
Vishal Mahul Mehta, Naperville, IL (US); Brian L. Lipford, Bel Air, MD (US); Eric Schneider, Catonsville, MD (US); and Ben Lane, Hydes, MD (US)
Assigned to Vishal Mahul Mehta, Naperville, IL (US)
Filed by Vishal Mahul Mehta, Naperville, IL (US)
Filed on Mar. 31, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/675,201.
Application 14/675,201 is a continuation of application No. 13/956,920, filed on Aug. 1, 2013, granted, now 9,072,530.
Application 13/956,920 is a continuation of application No. 12/694,356, filed on Jan. 27, 2010, granted, now 8,556,911, issued on Oct. 15, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/231,279, filed on Aug. 4, 2009.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/147,565, filed on Jan. 27, 2009.
Prior Publication US 2015/0272600 A1, Oct. 1, 2015
Int. Cl. A61B 17/16 (2006.01); A61B 17/17 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/1764 (2013.01) [A61B 17/1631 (2013.01); A61B 17/1642 (2013.01); A61B 17/1684 (2013.01); A61B 17/17 (2013.01); A61B 17/1778 (2016.11)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A guide assembly for forming a tunnel within a bone, the guide assembly comprising:
a housing having a substantially linear proximal portion, including an elongate handle, and a curved distal portion having a distal end, wherein the curved distal portion has a radius of curvature;
a passage extending through the proximal portion to the distal portion and that terminates at the distal end;
a flexible shaft having a distal end comprising a piercing member, wherein the flexible shaft is configured to be disposed in and to move relative to the passage;
a sleeve configured to be disposed in and to move relative to the passage, wherein the flexible shaft is configured to be slidingly disposed within the sleeve;
where in a first position at least a portion of the sleeve and the piercing member are disposed within the passage of the distal portion of the housing, and the distal end of the housing is configured to abut against an external surface of the bone to maintain the first position; and
where in a second position the sleeve and at least a portion of the piercing member extend from the distal portion of the housing, where the sleeve and the piercing member maintain the radius of curvature of the distal portion as the sleeve and the piercing member extend from the distal portion.