US 10,888,315 B2
Method and apparatus for loading and implanting a shape memory implant
Daniel F. Cheney, San Antonio, TX (US); Joseph H. Taber, San Antonio, TX (US); Luke A. Perkins, San Antonio, TX (US); and Joseph P. Ritz, Castroville, TX (US)
Assigned to BioMedical Enterprises, Inc., San Antonio, TX (US)
Filed by BioMedical Enterprises, Inc., San Antonio, TX (US)
Filed on Jan. 9, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/243,422.
Application 16/243,422 is a division of application No. 14/950,321, filed on Nov. 24, 2015, granted, now 10,456,131.
Application 14/950,321 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/271,563, filed on May 7, 2014, granted, now 9,585,656, issued on Mar. 7, 2017.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/086,381, filed on Dec. 2, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2019/0142416 A1, May 16, 2019
Int. Cl. A61F 2/46 (2006.01); A61B 17/064 (2006.01); A61B 17/068 (2006.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/0642 (2013.01) [A61B 17/0684 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00867 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0645 (2013.01); Y10T 29/49826 (2015.01)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An implant insertion system, comprising:
a shape memory implant, comprising a bridge interconnecting first and second legs, whereby the shape memory implant is movable between a first shape in which the first and second legs are non-parallel and a second shape in which the first and second legs are substantially parallel; and
an implant insertion device, comprising a first jaw adapted to engage the shape memory implant, a second jaw adapted to engage the shape memory implant, and a third jaw adapted to engage the shape memory implant, wherein the first, second, and third jaws are movable from a disengaged position to an engaged position, further wherein:
the first jaw in its engaged position engages the first leg of the shape memory in its substantially parallel position,
the second jaw in its engaged position engages the second leg of the shape memory in its substantially parallel position, and
the third jaw in its engaged position engages in abutting relationship with the first and second jaws such that the first, second, and third jaws engage and maintain the shape memory implant in its second shape until the delivery of the shape memory implant into tissue or bone.