US 10,376,369 B2
Subchondral treatment to prevent the progression of osteoarthritis of the joint
Peter F. Sharkey, Villanova, PA (US); and Charles F. Leinberry, Chester Springs, PA (US)
Assigned to ZIMMER KNEE CREATIONS, INC., Exton, PA (US)
Filed by ZIMMER KNEE CREATIONS, INC., Exton, PA (US)
Filed on Jul. 5, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/27,590.
Application 16/027,590 is a continuation of application No. 15/824,826, filed on Nov. 28, 2017, granted, now 10,070,958.
Application 15/824,826 is a continuation of application No. 15/616,587, filed on Jun. 7, 2017, granted, now 9,913,721.
Application 15/616,587 is a continuation of application No. 15/359,842, filed on Nov. 23, 2016, granted, now 9,707,081.
Application 15/359,842 is a continuation of application No. 14/733,334, filed on Jun. 8, 2015, granted, now 9,532,876.
Application 14/733,334 is a continuation of application No. 13/568,522, filed on Aug. 7, 2012, granted, now 9,119,646.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/515,953, filed on Aug. 7, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2018/0311044 A1, Nov. 1, 2018
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61F 2/28 (2006.01); A61F 2/30 (2006.01); A61F 2/38 (2006.01); A61B 17/17 (2006.01); A61B 1/317 (2006.01); A61B 5/055 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61B 6/03 (2006.01); A61B 6/00 (2006.01); A61B 8/08 (2006.01); A61F 2/46 (2006.01); A61B 17/34 (2006.01)
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1. A surgical method for arthroscopically repairing damaged cartilage in a joint and additionally treating subchondral bone in a first bone adjacent the joint to try to prevent or delay the onset of a bone marrow lesion in the subchondral bone, the surgical method comprising:
obtaining imaging of a first bone adjacent a joint, wherein the imaging obtained detects an area of damaged cartilage in the joint yet fails to detect a bone marrow lesion in the subchondral bone of the first bone adjacent the joint, the first bone having an articular surface for articulating with a second bone adjacent the joint, the subchondral bone occurring under the articular surface;
arthroscopically repairing the area of damaged cartilage in the joint;
creating, despite the imaging failing to detect a bone marrow lesion in the subchondral bone, an access path to the subchondral bone, wherein said creating is conducted without creating a void in the subchondral bone that opens into the overlying articular surface of the first bone so as to preserve an existing condition of the overlying articular surface of the first bone when creating the access path; and
injecting an injectable fluid material into the subchondral bone via the access path for treating the subchondral bone to try to prevent or delay the onset of a bone marrow lesion in the subchondral bone, wherein the injectable fluid material includes an osteogenic, osteoconductive and/or osteoinductive material, and wherein the injectable fluid material is left in the subchondral bone without also delivering and leaving a solid structural implant in the subchondral bone in addition to the injectable fluid material.