US 10,376,295 B1
Nuss procedure aid
Alexander Tulenko, Wake Forest, NC (US)
Assigned to ALLSCRIPTS SOFTWARE, LLC, Chicago, IL (US)
Filed by Allscripts Software, LLC, Chicago, IL (US)
Filed on Nov. 22, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/820,951.
Application 15/820,951 is a continuation of application No. 14/502,834, filed on Sep. 30, 2014, granted, now 9,827,026, issued on Nov. 28, 2017.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 17/80 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/80 (2013.01) [A61B 17/8076 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for pushing out a sternum of a patient, comprising:
inserting a device into a chest incision of the patient, the device comprising a sensor configured to measure force at a face disposed proximate a first end of the device, a handle disposed at a second, opposite end of the device, and an electronic display disposed at the handle, the electronic display being configured to display measurement information based on readings taken by the sensor;
positioning the inserted device to engage a face of the device to the sternum;
obtaining a reading by the sensor when the face of the device is engaged to the sternum;
displaying, on the electronic display, measurement data based on the reading;
determining, based on the displayed measurement data, a number of bars to install in the patient's chest; and
inserting, via the incision and/or one or more other incisions, the determined number of bars into the patient's chest in such a manner as to push out the patient's sternum and maintain the patient's sternum in a pushed out condition.