(19)
(11)EP 2 401 967 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
02.05.2012 Bulletin 2012/18

(43)Date of publication A2:
04.01.2012 Bulletin 2012/01

(21)Application number: 11002493.2

(22)Date of filing:  30.12.2003
(27)Previously filed application:
 30.12.2003 PCT/US03/41853
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A61B 17/04  (2006.01)
A61B 17/068  (2006.01)
A61B 17/88  (2006.01)
A61B 17/064  (2006.01)
A61B 17/34  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HU IE IT LI LU MC NL PT RO SE SI SK TR

(30)Priority: 31.12.2002 US 335491

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
03815022.3 / 1578283

(71)Applicant: Smith&Nephew, Inc.
Memphis, TN 38116 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Harvie, Fraser
    St. Leonards, East Kilbride Glasgow, G74 2EQ (GB)
  • Smith, Graham
    Plaistow New Hampshire 03865 (US)
  • Sample, Phillip B.
    Arlington Massachusetts 02474 (US)
  • McCarthy, Gary R.
    East Bridgewater Massachusetts 02333 (US)
  • James, Adam
    Talbot Green - RCT South Wales, CF 72 8JE (GB)
  • Richardson, Peter
    Oakham Rutland, LE15 8QU (GB)
  • Carter, Sally L.
    N.Attleboro Massachusetts 02761 (US)

(74)Representative: Guy, Mark Robert 
Smith & Nephew Group Research Centre York Science Park
GB-Heslington, York YO10 5DF
GB-Heslington, York YO10 5DF (GB)

  


(54)Surgical procedures and instruments


(57) Surgical instruments and methods are provided. In one aspect, a method of securing a fixation device within an opening in a tissue is provided, including delivering a material in a flowable state to said opening, and changing the state of the material so that the material forms an interference fit that secures the fixation device in the opening.