US 10,376,332 B2
Apparatus and methods for balancing a joint
Clifford W. Colwell, Jr., La Jolla, CA (US); and Darryl David D'Lima, San Diego, CA (US)
Assigned to Scripps Health, San Diego, CA (US)
Filed by Scripps Health, San Diego, CA (US)
Filed on Feb. 29, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/56,855.
Application 15/056,855 is a division of application No. 13/230,583, filed on Sep. 12, 2011, granted, now 9,307,929.
Prior Publication US 2016/0175117 A1, Jun. 23, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61F 2/46 (2006.01); A61B 34/20 (2016.01); A61B 90/00 (2016.01); A61B 5/103 (2006.01); A61B 5/107 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61B 34/00 (2016.01); A61B 17/16 (2006.01); A61F 2/38 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 90/06 (2016.02) [A61B 5/103 (2013.01); A61B 5/1036 (2013.01); A61B 5/1076 (2013.01); A61B 5/4528 (2013.01); A61B 5/4585 (2013.01); A61B 17/1664 (2013.01); A61B 17/1671 (2013.01); A61B 17/1675 (2013.01); A61B 17/1682 (2013.01); A61B 17/1684 (2013.01); A61B 17/1686 (2013.01); A61B 34/20 (2016.02); A61B 34/25 (2016.02); A61F 2/461 (2013.01); A61F 2/4657 (2013.01); A61B 2034/252 (2016.02); A61B 2034/254 (2016.02); A61B 2090/064 (2016.02); A61B 2090/065 (2016.02); A61B 2090/067 (2016.02); A61B 2562/04 (2013.01); A61F 2/38 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4666 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4668 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4688 (2013.01)] 17 Claims
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1. In a joint replacement balancing system which provides real-time feedback to a surgeon during a joint replacement surgery to assist the surgeon to balance a joint replacement, a non-transitory processor-readable medium storing code representing instructions to cause a processor to:
receive a signal from a joint balancing apparatus, the signal communicating a first data set including a joint balancing parameter, the joint balancing apparatus disposed between a first bony structure and a second bony structure and including a first portion configured to be disposed between the first bony structure and a second portion configured to be disposed between the first portion and the second bony structure, and a transducer disposed between the first portion and the second portion;
determine, based on the first data set, if the joint replacement is out of balance;
determine, based on the first data set, a corrective course of action to bring the joint into balance; and
generate and display to the surgeon during the joint replacement surgery a recommended corrective course of action to complete the joint replacement surgery.