US 10,376,285 B2
External fixator system
Manoj Kumar Singh, Mahwah, NJ (US); Yves Stephane Crozet, Ramsey, NJ (US); Vinzenz Andreas Burgherr, Bern (CH); and Mark Thomas Dahl, Afton, MN (US)
Assigned to Stryker European Holdings I, LLC, Kalamazoo, MI (US)
Filed by Stryker European Holdings I, LLC, Kalamazoo, MI (US)
Filed on Aug. 22, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/108,787.
Application 16/108,787 is a continuation of application No. 15/635,960, filed on Jun. 28, 2017, granted, now 10,080,585.
Application 15/635,960 is a continuation of application No. 15/485,402, filed on Apr. 12, 2017, granted, now 9,839,445, issued on Dec. 12, 2017.
Application 15/485,402 is a continuation of application No. 14/707,630, filed on May 8, 2015, granted, now 9,730,730, issued on Aug. 15, 2017.
Application 14/707,630 is a continuation of application No. 14/564,675, filed on Dec. 9, 2014, granted, now 9,220,533, issued on Dec. 29, 2015.
Application 14/564,675 is a continuation of application No. 13/792,634, filed on Mar. 11, 2013, granted, now 8,945,128, issued on Feb. 3, 2015.
Application 13/792,634 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/206,058, filed on Aug. 9, 2011, granted, now 8,834,467, issued on Sep. 16, 2014.
Claims priority of application No. 10172523 (EP), filed on Aug. 11, 2010; and application No. 11176512 (EP), filed on Aug. 4, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2018/0360496 A1, Dec. 20, 2018
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 17/62 (2006.01); A61B 17/66 (2006.01); A61B 17/64 (2006.01); A61H 3/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/88 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/62 (2013.01) [A61B 17/645 (2013.01); A61B 17/6425 (2013.01); A61B 17/66 (2013.01); A61H 3/00 (2013.01); A61B 17/8875 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An external fixation frame comprising:
top and bottom fixation rings;
at least two struts coupling the top fixation ring to the bottom fixation ring, each strut including a threaded rod;
a half ring coupled between the top and bottom fixation rings, the half ring having a first end portion and a second end portion connected by an arcuate portion;
a first hinge member coupling a first free end portion of the bottom fixation ring to the first end portion of the half ring; and
a second hinge member coupled to a second free end portion of the bottom fixation ring to the second end portion of the half ring,
wherein the half ring is rotatable about an axis defined by the first and second hinge members.