07104996 is referenced by 246 patents and cites 340 patents.

An improved method of performing surgery on a joint in a patient's body, such as a knee, includes making an incision in a knee portion of one leg while a lower portion of the one leg is extending downward from an upper portion of the one leg and while a foot connected with the lower portion of the one leg is below a support surface on which the patient is disposed. The incision is relatively short, for example, between seven and thirteen centimeters. A patella may be offset from its normal position with an inner side of the patella facing inward during cutting of a bone with a cutting tool. During cutting of the bone, one or more guide members having opposite ends which are spaced apart by a distance less than the width of an implant may be utilized to guide movement of a cutting tool.

Title
Method of performing surgery
Application Number
10/191751
Publication Number
7104996 (B2)
Application Date
July 8, 2002
Publication Date
September 12, 2006
Inventor
Peter M Bonutti
Effingham
IL, US
Agent
Martin Fleit
Paul D Bianco
Fleit Kain Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco
Assignee
MarcTec
IL, US
IPC
A61B 17/58
A61F 5/00
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