Wyoming Patent of the Month – January 2023

In traditional orthopedic procedures, cutting through bones using saw instruments can pose a risk of damaging surrounding soft tissue, which can lead to prolonged healing time and reduced operational outcomes. McGinley Engineered Solutions, LLC has developed a new method for multi-directional drilling of a bone that reduces the risk of inadvertent soft tissue damage while removing bone cortex.

The method involves drilling a first bore through the bone while monitoring the displacement and force of the drill bit relative to a reference point. The leading edge of the drill bit passing through an exterior portion of the cortex is detected based on the displacement and force. The drill bit is then partially retracted and repositioned at an angle with respect to the first bore before drilling a second bore, also monitored for displacement and force, at an angle relative to the first bore. This process may be repeated to create a perforated portion of the cortex layer, which can be weakened to allow for more controlled fracture of the bone.

By reducing the risk of inadvertent soft tissue damage, this new method can lead to more successful operations and shorter healing times. This innovation from McGinley Engineered Solutions shows the potential for technology to revolutionize traditional medical procedures and improve patient outcomes.

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