06524316 is referenced by 243 patents.

A bone fastener including an expandable member having an axial channel and an elongated element insertable into the axial channel is described. The expandable member is configured to be insertible into a bore drilled in bone. The distal end of the expandable member also may include a structure for axially releasing the expandable member from an emplacement device that places the expandable member into a bone opening. In one embodiment, the structure for axially releasing includes a frangible membrane capable of being severed from the expandable member during emplacement of the expandable member in a bone opening.

A rivet for coupling an object to bone for use with an expandable member is also described. The distal end of the elongated element is shaped into a radially projecting portion adapted for engagement with a washer that contacts the object to be coupled. The washer, having upper and lower surfaces and a bore defined between the surfaces, is disposed around a portion of the shaft. The elongated element is adapted for movement independent of the washer since the radial projection of the element has a different radius of curvature than the washer.

An apparatus for use within an endoscope is described. The apparatus includes an elongated, substantially hollow holding means for emplacing a bone fastener of the invention in a bone opening. The expandable member includes a structure for axially releasing the expandable member from the holding means. A method of attaching soft tissue to bone is also described. The invention also includes a surgical fastener kit.

Title
Bone fastener
Application Number
9/332965
Publication Number
6524316 (B1)
Application Date
June 14, 1999
Publication Date
February 25, 2003
Inventor
John Rice
Lincoln
MA, US
Rickey D Hart
North Attleboro
MA, US
James E Nicholson
Lincoln
MA, US
Agent
Nutter McClennen & Fish
US
Assignee
Ethicon
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/58
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