06875216 is referenced by 126 patents and cites 15 patents.

A bioabsorbable interference screw having a tapered profile which extends along substantially the entire length of the screw. The tapered profile makes the screw easy to insert while providing superior fixation resulting from a progressively increasing diameter. Upon insertion, the screw engages cortical bone at the back end of the bone tunnel and fills all but 5-10 mm. of the tunnel, thereby providing increased fixation strength while also promoting fast healing. The screw includes a head provided with a specially designed drive socket with radially extending slots at its outer end for receiving corresponding protrusions on the shaft of screwdriver. The drive socket optimizes the torque capacity of the screw. To maintain wall thickness, the socket has a taper corresponding to the tapered outer profile of the screw. The taper of the socket also permits easy insertion of the tip and shaft of the driver into the screw.

Title
Tapered bioabsorbable interference screw for endosteal fixation of ligaments
Application Number
10/634807
Publication Number
6875216 (B2)
Application Date
August 6, 2003
Publication Date
April 5, 2005
Inventor
Eugene M Wolf
San Rafael
CA, US
Agent
Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky
Assignee
Arthrex
FL, US
IPC
A61B 017/88
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