United States Patent  [li] Patent Number: 4,776,330
Chapman et al.  Date of Patent: Oct. 11,1988
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Primary Examiner—Stephen C. Pellegrino
Assistant Examiner—Ralph Lewis
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Charles J. Knuth; Peter C.
Richardson; Lawrence C. Akers
A modular femoral internal implant system for use in the treatment of femoral disorders resulting from injury, disease or congenital defect includes at least three interconnectable components: (1) an elongated epiphyseal/metaphyseal implant, (2) an intramedullary rod and (3) an angled side plate having an elongated plate portion adapted to be secured to the outer cortical wall and a hollow sleeve adapted to extend into the femur. The epiphyseal/metaphyseal implant can be connected to either the angled side plate or the intramedullary rod. The system may also include an elongated bone plate connectable to the angled side plate, one or more additional epiphyseal/metaphyseal implants of variable length, an additional angled side plate, a distal buttress plate connectable to the elongated bone plate, and a plurality of bone screws of a universal design. Preferably, many or all of the components of the system are made of an inert, resilient titanium-base alloy.
24 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets