05234435 is referenced by 213 patents and cites 10 patents.

Arthroscopic knee surgery is performed without a thigh incision by cutting a plug-receiving bore in the tibia, cutting a bore through the femur with a cannulated drill bit which is inserted through the tibial bore at an acute angle, and passing a wire in a proximal direction through the cannulated bit until it punctures and exits the thigh. The wire has a bend which is kept straight while it is in the cannulated bit but, upon exiting the bit, the wire's resilience restores the bend to direct the puncturing tip of the wire anteriorly toward the surface of the thigh. During the procedure, the proximal and distal ends of the wire are available to facilitate the movement of elements including a replacement graft to and from the site via the tibial bore.

Title
Surgical method and apparatus
Application Number
7/665953
Publication Number
5234435
Application Date
March 8, 1991
Publication Date
August 10, 1993
Inventor
Richard A Seagrave Jr
1256 Sugar Hill Pl., Springfield, 65809
MO, US
Agent
Beveridge DeGrandi Weilacher & Young
IPC
A61F 5/04
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