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(11)EP 2 872 055 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
26.06.2019 Bulletin 2019/26

(21)Application number: 13737820.4

(22)Date of filing:  09.07.2013
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A61B 17/17(2006.01)
A61B 17/16(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2013/064512
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/009383 (16.01.2014 Gazette  2014/03)

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DRILL GUIDE

BOHRFÜHRUNG

GUIDE DE PERÇAGE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 10.07.2012 US 201213545377

(43)Date of publication of application:
20.05.2015 Bulletin 2015/21

(73)Proprietor: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
Kalamazoo, MI 49002 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • KNAPE, Martin
    79232 March-Hugstetten (DE)
  • DIGESER, Denis
    7911 Freiburg (DE)
  • ADALIOGLU, Cem
    North Bergen, NJ 07047 (US)
  • ROTHMANN, Frank
    88471 Laupheim (DE)

(74)Representative: Maiwald Patent- und Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH 
Elisenhof Elisenstraße 3
80335 München
80335 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
DE-A1-102009 033 138
US-A1- 2005 222 571
US-A- 6 110 178
US-B2- 7 141 074
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS



    [0001] The present application is a continuation of U.S. Patent Application No. 13/545,377, filed on July 10, 2012.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0002] The present invention relates, in general, to a drill guide, and specifically to a drill guide having depth gauge features for controlling or gauging the depth to which a drill is inserted into bone.

    [0003] Various bone drilling apparatus used, for example, to prepare a pilot hole(s) in bone for receiving a screw(s) or other fixation mechanism(s) are known. Such drilling apparatus, in some instances, may include a guide for receiving a drill bit and guiding the same into the bone to be treated. Further, the particular drill guide may also operate to limit the insertion depth of the drill bit. Examples of such drill guides are shown in U.S. Patent Nos. 2,294,303, 6,699,253, and 7,163,542. These devices operate to, predominantly, prepare and/or initialize a hole in bone so that a screw or other fixation device may be easily inserted into the bone and through the hole. DE 10 2009 033138 discloses a drill guide for drilling bone comprising a housing and a locking member coupled with the housing adapted to engage and disengage with a locking portion of a drill bit.

    [0004] Depth gauges for use in determining the depth to which a particular drill bit is inserted into bone are also known. An example of such a depth gauge is shown in U.S. Patent No. 5,180,388, which discloses a depth gauge including a handle having a bore and adjacent sides with a scale for determining the insertion depth of a wire-type drill. In the '388 patent, bone pins may be inserted into corresponding pre-drilled holes formed via the wire-type drill. Other depth gauge-type devices are known in the art, which provide stop-mechanisms for TRAUMA-689
    controlling the maximum insertion depth of a drill bit into bone.

    [0005] In some instances, however, it may be difficult to utilize the aforementioned drill guides or depth gauges with another device, such as a bone plate being secured to the surgical treatment site. In other words, the particular constructs noted above may not be amenable to engaging with an aperture in a bone plate or other surgical device, which is being secured to bone. Other deficiencies of such devices may include the general mode of operation thereof (e.g., such devices may be cumbersome to use, due to the multitude of parts comprising the device, etc.)

    [0006] Accordingly, there exists a need for an improved drill guide and/or depth gauge, which overcomes the deficiencies of the prior art.

    BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0007] The scope of the invention is defined by the appended claims.

    [0008] A first embodiment of the present invention includes a drill guide for cooperating with and aligning a drill bit for drilling bone. In some cases, the drill guide may comprise a housing having a proximal section and a distal section, the housing defining a bore extending through the housing from the proximal section towards the distal section. A locking member may also be coupled with the housing, the locking member being adapted to engage and disengage with a locking portion of a drill bit, such that, when the locking member is engaged with the locking portion of the drill bit, the drill bit is locked within the bore in the housing along an axis of the bore extending between the proximal and distal sections, and, when the locking member is disengaged from the locking portion of the drill bit, the drill bit is movable within the bore along the axis.

    [0009] Other aspects of the first embodiment may include a locking member that is fixedly connected to the proximal section of the housing. The locking member may also include internal threads adapted to engage with corresponding threads on the locking portion of the drill bit. The bore of the housing may also be dimensioned such that the locking portion of the drill bit is movable within the bore along the axis and distal to the locking member.

    [0010] A second embodiment of the invention includes a drill guide for cooperating with and aligning a drill bit for drilling bone. In some cases, the drill guide may comprise a housing having a proximal section and a distal section, the housing defining a bore extending through the housing from the proximal section towards the distal section. A locking member may also be coupled with the housing, the locking member being adapted to engage with a locking portion of a drill bit to lock the drill bit within the bore of the housing along an axis of the bore extending between the proximal and distal sections. The drill guide may also include a movable guide disposed within the bore of the housing, the movable guide having a flange for engaging with a portion of a wall defining the bore of the housing, wherein the movable guide includes a bore extending therethrough and a surface adapted to engage with a surface on the drill bit, such that the movable guide is movable along the axis within the bore in the housing while the drill bit is moved along the axis.

    [0011] The locking member, in some aspects of the second embodiment, may be adapted to disengage with the locking portion of the drill bit, such that the locking portion is movable within the bore in the housing to a position past the proximal section and the locking member and adjacent the distal section.

    [0012] In a third embodiment that is not part of the present invention, a method of drilling bone is provided, such method comprising the steps of: (1) providing a drill guide having a housing with a proximal section and a distal section, the housing defining a bore extending through the housing from the proximal section towards the distal section; (2) inserting a distal portion of a drill bit within the bore in the housing; (3) engaging a locking section of the drill bit with a locking member coupled with the housing, such that the drill bit is locked within the bore in the housing along an axis of the bore extending between the proximal and distal sections; (4) disengaging the locking section of the drill bit from the locking member; and (5) moving the locking section of the drill bit within the bore in the housing and distally along the axis. While these steps are numbered above, no particular order is contemplated.

    [0013] The steps of engaging and disengaging, in certain aspects of the third embodiment, may also include rotating the drill bit about the axis such that threads on the locking section of the drill bit engage or disengage, respectively, with internal threads on the locking member. Other aspects of the third embodiment may include the steps of: (1) engaging a surface on the drill bit with a surface on a movable guide disposed within the bore in the housing; and (2) moving the movable guide along the axis within the bore in the housing and towards the distal section by contacting the surface on the drill bit with the surface on the guide and simultaneously moving the drill bit distally.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0014] A more complete appreciation of the subject matter of the present invention and of the various advantages thereof can be realized by reference to the following detailed description in which reference is made to the accompanying drawings in which:

    Fig. 1 is an exploded view of a drill guide and drill bit according to one embodiment of the present invention.

    Figs. 2A and 2B are cross-sectional views of the drill guide of Fig. 1, shown in assembled and exploded form, with the drill bit shown alongside the drill guide in Fig. 2B.

    Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the drill guide of Fig. 1 with the drill bit inserted therein and in a locked position.

    Fig. 4 is a cross section of the drill guide of Fig. 1 with the drill bit inserted therein and in an unlocked position.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0015] In describing particular embodiments of the present invention, specific terminology will be used for the sake of clarity.

    [0016] Fig. 1 depicts: (1) a drill guide 10 according to the present invention in which the guide 10 includes a guide tube 20 having depth gauge features or markings 40 thereon; and (2) a drill bit 50 insertable into and through the guide tube 20 for drilling bone. The drill guide 10 may function as a combination guide and depth gauge for simultaneously drilling a pilot hole(s) into bone and indicating the depth at which such hole(s) is drilled. In some instances, the drill guide 10 may be configured to interact with an aperture in a bone plate or other implantable device (hereinafter, "surgical device") to drill a corresponding pilot hole(s) for such aperture(s). A screw or other fixation mechanism may thereafter be inserted through the relevant aperture and into the pilot hole to secure the surgical device to the bone.

    [0017] Referring to Figs. 1 and 2A-2B, guide tube 20 of drill guide 10 may include an elongate cylindrical body 21 forming a main portion of the tube 20 and having a bore 22 running therethrough along an axis. The bore 22 may extend from a proximal end 23 to a distal end 24 of the tube 20; and, likewise, a slot 31 may be formed through the tube 20 and may extend, generally, between proximal 23 and distal 24 ends. The slot 31 may be used to view the drill bit 50 as it travels within bore 22. In one embodiment, particular indicia or a scale 40 may be positioned on body 21 adjacent slot 31 for determining the exact depth to which the drill bit 50 is inserted into bone.

    [0018] Projecting from the main portion of guide tube 20 (i.e., cylindrical body 21) adjacent distal end 24 may be an extension 25 of the tube 20 formed integral therewith or as a separate component part. Extension 25 may, in one embodiment, be generally cylindrical in shape and may have a chamfered section 33 on an external surface thereof for engaging with an aperture formed in a surgical device. Extension 25 also, like guide tube 20, has a bore 26 running therethrough. Thus, the combination of bore 22 through tube 20 and bore 26 through extension 25 allows the drill bit 50 to be inserted completely through drill guide 10. In a particular embodiment, bore 22 of tube 20 may form a first relatively wider section 27, and bore 26 of extension 25 may define a second relatively narrower section 28 (e.g., in terms of diameter) defining a stop surface 29 therebetween. In some embodiments, second section 28 defined by bore 26 may closely approximate the size and shape of a portion of drill bit 50 so as to serve as a guide and stabilize the bit 50 when inserted into bone. Stated differently, as second section 28 defined by bore 26 may closely approximate the size and shape of a portion of drill bit 50, such section 28 may act as a longitudinal guide stabilizing drill bit 50 as it is inserted into bone. Stop surface 29 between first 27 and second 28 sections may also serve to limit the insertion depth of the drill bit 50, as will be described in more detail below.

    [0019] Housed within bore 22 of tube 20 may also be a spring 60, as shown in detail in Figs. 2A-2B. Spring 60 may be a conventional helical spring, although other spring types are contemplated; and such spring 60 may extend, in its expanded state, along the entirety of bore 22 of tube 20. A distal end 62 of spring 60 may also abut stop surface 29 so as to allow spring 60 to be compressed within bore 22, when desired.

    [0020] A movable guide 70 may also form part of drill guide 10, such guide 70 being shown in detail in both Figs. 1 and 2A-2B. Guide 70 may generally be configured to be situated within bore 22 of tube 20, such that a radial flange 71 extending from the guide 70 may ride along an interior surface of bore 22 (Figs. 2A-2B). Guide 70 has a bore 72 extending therethrough, such bore 72 having a first tapered section 73 and a second generally straight section 74. Second straight section 74 of bore 72 may be configured to receive and interact with a portion of drill bit 50, while first tapered section 73 may be configured to interact with a separate section of drill bit 50, described in more detail below. Radially extending flange 71 of guide 70, and specifically a bottom surface 75 thereof, may also be configured to interact with a proximal end 61 of spring 60 to compress spring 60 in bore 22 of tube 20, as shown best in Figs. 2A-B and Fig. 4. A protrusion 77, shown in Figs. 1 and 3, may also extend from a surface of the guide 70 for interacting with the slot 31 or another channel in tube 20, and thereby maintaining and/or aligning movable guide 70 appropriately as it travels along bore 22 of tube 20 (e.g., during drilling).

    [0021] Referring again to Fig. 2A-2B, a top surface 79 of radially extending flange 71 may interact with a cap 80 inserted into the proximal end 23 of guide tube 20. In one embodiment, cap 80 may include external threading (not shown), which interacts with internal threading (not shown) formed on an interior surface of tube 20 adjacent proximal end 23. Thus, cap 80 may be screwed into engagement with tube 20. Once cap 80 is secured within tube 20 as such, top surface 79 of flange 71 may interact with a distal end 81 or other surface of cap 80 thereby preventing movable guide 70 from being pushed out of bore 22 in tube 20 via spring 60. In other words, movable guide 70 may be compressed between spring 60 and distal end 81 of cap 80, thereby retaining guide 70 in tube 20. Accordingly, via the interaction between cap 80 and movable guide 70, spring 60 may remain compressed (to some minor degree) at all times.

    [0022] In one embodiment, cap 80 may include a bore 82 therethrough with multiple sections, one such section being a distal section 83 having a diameter that is sized to receive a proximal section 76 of movable guide 70. Proximal section 76 of movable guide 70 may, therefore, be disposed within distal section 83 of bore 82 in cap 80, and flange 71 of guide 70 may interact with distal end 81 of cap 80. A second intermediate section 84 of bore 82 may be situated above distal section 83, and may neck-down creating a reduced diameter section. Such section 84 of bore 82 may optionally include threading to interact with corresponding threading formed on a section of drill bit 50. Depending on the dimensions of moveable guide 70, intermediate section 84 of bore 82, via the difference in diameter between distal section 83 and intermediate section 84, may define a stop surface that contacts a proximal end 78 of movable guide 70 to assist in retaining the same within tube 20. A final proximal section 85 of bore 82 through cap 80 may be sized similar to distal section 83, thus defining a step between intermediate 84 and proximal 85 sections of bore 82. One or more apertures 86 may also be disposed through cap 80 nearing proximal section 85 of bore 82 to allow a surgeon, nurse, or other skilled practitioner (hereinafter, "the user") to view a portion of the drill bit 50 as it is inserted through drill guide 10. A flange 87 may also be arranged on cap 80 for abutting against a portion of tube 20 to thereby limit the insertion of cap 80 within bore 22 of tube 20.

    [0023] Referring again to Fig. 1, there is shown a drill bit 50 having a cutting section 51, a tool engaging section 52 (e.g., for connecting to a power tool-type device), and a shaft 53 running therebetween. Shaft 53 may have a series of markers 54 thereon for determining a depth to which the drill bit 50 is inserted into bone (i.e., by aligning with a feature of the drill guide 10), and/or for determining whether the drill bit 50 is in a locked or unlocked orientation, as described more fully below. Drill bit 50 may also include a tapered section 55 and a flange 56 adjacent the tapered section 55. In one embodiment, flange 56 may include external threading thereon that may interact with the internal threading on intermediate section 84 of bore 82 through cap 80. Drill bit 50 may, in one embodiment, be generally cylindrical in shape, and may be sized for insertion through cap 80 and guide tube 20 (including extension 25) of drill guide 10.

    [0024] To assemble drill guide 10, as shown in detail in Fig. 1, a user may first insert movable guide 70, and specifically second section 74 thereof, into the proximal portion 61 of spring 60, such that flange 71 of guide 70 engages a portion of spring 60. Then, the movable guide 70 and spring 60 construct may be inserted within bore 22 of guide tube 20 so that a distal end 62 of spring 60 may abut stop surface 29. With these components assembled in the manner described, a user may then insert distal end 81 of cap 80 into proximal end 23 of tube 20 and screw cap 80 into tube 20 until such a point as: (1) flange 87 of cap 80 abuts proximal end 23 of tube 20; (2) intermediate section 84 of bore 82 abuts proximal end 78 of movable guide 70; and/or (3) distal end 81 of cap 80 abuts flange 71 of guide 70. In this configuration, movable guide 70 may move longitudinally along and within bore 22 of guide tube 20 to interact with drill bit 50 during drilling of bone. To be exact, since flange 71 of movable guide 70 contacts a portion of spring 60, and a distal end 62 of spring 60 abuts stop surface 29, such spring 60 may be compressed as guide 70 is moved axially within bore 22 of guide tube 20. In other embodiments, drill guide 10 may be manufactured such that cap 80 is integral with tube 20, creating a single monolithic structure in which moveable guide 70 and spring 60 are disposed.

    [0025] With the components of drill guide 10 assembled, drill bit 50 may be inserted within and through drill guide 10 (e.g., for drilling) as follows. Cutting section 51 of drill bit 50 may first be inserted through bore 82 in cap 80, bore 72 in movable guide 70, and partway through bore 22 in guide tube 20. During this insertion, drill bit 50 may be advanced until such a point as flange 56 of bit 50 engages or abuts intermediate section 84 of bore 82 in cap 80. Since flange 56 may include external threading thereon, which may interact with the internal threading on intermediate section 84 of bore 82, flange 56, and thus drill bit 50, may initially be precluded from traveling through intermediate section 84 of bore 82 of cap 80 (e.g., since the threading on intermediate section 84 may prevent movement of drill bit 50 distally without rotation thereof). Subsequently, a user may elect to rotate drill bit 50 about its longitudinal axis to screw flange 56 into engagement with intermediate section 84 of bore 82. In this condition, i.e., during engagement of flange 56 with intermediate section 84, drill bit 50 may be locked in position in an axial direction within bore 22, such that drill bit cannot travel along the axis of bore 22 without rotating drill bit 50 about the axis. Such a locked configuration may be displayed to a user through the alignment of an indicator 54 on drill bit 50 with one or more apertures 86 in cap 80, as shown in detail in Fig. 3. In particular, a specific reference marker 54 on drill bit 50 may be viewable through the one or more apertures 86 in cap 80 only when the drill bit 50 is situated in the locked condition. A user may therefore be informed as to when the drill bit 50 is disposed in the locked configuration and when it is not.

    [0026] With flange 56 screwed into engagement with intermediate section 84 of bore 82 of cap 80, drill bit 50 may act as a manipulation tool for manipulating drill guide 10 (e.g., since drill bit 50 is locked to drill guide 10). As such, it is possible for a user to manipulate drill guide 10 via drill bit 50 and engage chamfered section 33 of extension 25 with an aperture in a surgical device (not shown) without fear of disconnection between drill bit 50 and drill guide 10. That is, drill bit 50 may first be connected with a drill, and drill guide 10 may thereafter be engaged with drill bit 50, such that the two are essentially locked together. This would allow a user to perform the step of engaging chamfered section 33 of extension 25 with an aperture in a surgical device (not shown) and then to drill directly afterward without having to align the drill bit 50 into the engaged drill guide 10.

    [0027] Once chamfered section 33 of guide tube 20 is engaged to an appropriate aperture in a surgical device, a user may then continue to rotate drill bit 50 about its longitudinal axis to cause the threading on flange 56 to disengage with the corresponding threading on intermediate section 84 of bore 82 through cap 80. In this condition, as shown in detail in Fig. 4, flange 56 of drill bit 50 may be engaged with proximal end 78 of movable guide 70, and/or tapered section 55 of drill bit 50 may be engaged with tapered section 73 of bore 72 through guide 70. Accordingly, movement of drill bit 50 in an axial direction may cause corresponding movement of movable guide 70 within bore 22 of guide tube 20. Additionally, as flange 71 of movable guide 70 may be engaged with spring 60, there may be some resistance to such movement, thereby providing a user with a tactile sensation that the drill bit 50 is smoothly gliding through drill guide 10. Such resistance may also keep movable guide 70 disposed against tapered section 55 and flange 56 of drill bit 50.

    [0028] During movement of drill bit 50 through guide tube 20 via movable guide 70, as discussed above, a user may also view the depth gauge features or markings 40 on tube 20 in conjunction with a particular reference marker 54 on drill bit 50, which indicates the depth at which bit 50 is inserted into bone. Stated differently, as drill bit 50 is moved longitudinally or axially through guide tube 20, a user may view a particular reference marker 54 on such bit 50 through slot 31 in tube 20, and the position of such marker 54 in relation to the depth gauge markings 40 on tube 20 may indicate the depth at which drill bit 50 is inserted into bone. The same function may be provided by viewing protrusion 77 on movable guide 70 through slot 31. For instance, a user may view the aforementioned reference marker 54 (or protrusion 77) traveling from a marking 40 on guide tube 20 reading zero (0) millimeters to a marking 40 reading twenty (20) millimeters and thereby know that the drill bit 50 has been inserted twenty (20) millimeters into bone. During such axial movement of drill bit 50, movable guide 70 may also be stabilized within bore 22 of guide tube 20 via the interaction between protrusion 77 on guide 70 and slot 31 formed through tube 20 (e.g., such guide 70 may be restricted from unwanted rotation within tube 20 as drill bit 50 is rotated for drilling). Thus, in some instances, protrusion 77 may serve a dual function.

    [0029] Referring still to Fig. 4, upon moving drill bit 50 (and thus movable guide 70) a sufficient distance in the distal direction, protrusion 77 on movable guide 70 may engage with a portion of slot 31 in guide tube 20, thereby preventing further movement of drill bit 50 distally. Thus, such portion of slot 31 may act as a depth-limiting feature of drill guide 10 for limiting the maximum depth to which the drill bit 50 may be inserted into bone; although, as noted above, it is also contemplated that a user may simply stop drilling when the desired depth for drilling has been reached.

    [0030] It is notable that, in the unlocked condition described above, the reference marker 54 on drill bit 50 indicating that such bit 50 is in a locked condition will no longer be viewable through apertures 86 in cap 80. Thus, a user is informed that drill bit 50 is in the unlocked state and is freely movable within bore 22 in guide tube 20 once flange 56 on drill bit 50 is disengaged from intermediate section 84 of bore 82 through cap 80.

    [0031] With the initial pilot hole drilled according to the above-described method, a user may then disengage chamfered section 33 of extension 25 from the aperture in the surgical device and continue to drill another pilot hole(s) utilizing a different aperture(s) in the surgical device. This process may be repeated, as necessary, until all pilot holes are drilled. Subsequently, the user may insert a fixation mechanism (not shown), such as, for example, a bone screw or fixation pin through the aperture in the surgical device and into the corresponding pilot hole. The surgical device may then be secured to bone via the fixation mechanism(s) inserted into the pilot hole(s).

    [0032] In one embodiment, to remove drill guide 10 from engagement with the surgical device, a user may simply retract drill bit 50 proximally until such a point as flange 56 abuts intermediate section 84 of bore 82 through cap 80. The user may then rotate drill bit 50 so that the threading on flange 56 reengages with the threading on intermediate section 84 of bore 82. This places drill bit 50 back into its locked state, which may be conveyed to a user via a reference marker 54 on drill bit 50, which is viewable through aperture(s) 86 in cap 80 (Fig. 3). With drill bit 50 in its locked state, a user may then simply remove the drill bit 50/drill guide 10 construct (e.g., as one piece) from contact with the surgical device. Thereafter, the user may elect to continue to rotate the drill bit 50, such that flange 56 disengages with intermediate section 84 of bore 82 and drill bit 50 is removed or separated from drill guide 10. The drilling process, at this stage, may be complete, and a user may elect to utilize the drill guide 10 and drill bit 50 in another surgical procedure, if desired.

    [0033] In the devices depicted in the figures, particular structures are shown that are adapted to provide an improved drilling apparatus and/or allow for an improved method of drilling bone. The invention also contemplates the use of any alternative structures for such purposes, including structures having different lengths, shapes, and/or configurations. For example, although drill guide 10 has been described as engaging an aperture in a surgical device, it is equally contemplated that a portion of drill guide 10 (e.g., chamfered section 33) may be configured to interact directly with bone. In this embodiment, chamfered section 33 may include teeth or other such serrations so that, once engaged with bone, drill guide 10 may be stabilized with respect thereto. In this condition, drilling would take place as described above, except that drill guide 10 would directly contact bone instead of contacting an intermediate surgical device (e.g., a bone plate aperture, etc.) It is also contemplated that the aforementioned teeth or serrations may be included on chamfered section 33, and such section 33 may simultaneously engage an intermediate surgical device and bone during drilling.

    [0034] As another example, while drill bit 50 may be locked axially with respect to drill guide 10 through interaction of threading on the drill bit 50 with threading on a portion of guide 10, other locking mechanisms are contemplated. For instance, a portion of drill bit 50 may be designed to be press-fit into a portion of cap 80 (or another portion of guide 10), such that drill bit 50 is lockable in an axial direction within bore 22. In other words, slight differences in dimensions between one section of drill bit 50 and a corresponding section of cap 80 (or another section of guide 10) may cause drill bit 50 to become fixed within cap 80 (or the other section of guide 10) when such sections interact. Subsequently, upon application of sufficient force, drill bit 50 may be driven through the "press-fit" region, through the remainder of drill guide 10, and into bone. Thus, with this mechanism, drill bit 50 may be provisionally locked within bore 22 in an axial direction.

    [0035] In another example of this type of "press-fit" configuration, an outwardly extending flange on drill bit 50 may interact with two inwardly extending flanges on cap 80 (or guide 10) . The outwardly extending flange may be dimensioned to create a slight dimensional interference with each of the inwardly extending flanges. Between the inwardly extending flanges may be an annular recess. The outwardly extending flange of drill bit 50 may pressed to pass the initial inwardly extending flange with a force that overcomes the dimensional interference and allows the outwardly extending flange to be temporarily retained within the annular recess, thereby locking the drill bit 50 to the drill guide 10 in a manner similar to that described above.

    [0036] A protrusion and detent mechanism may also be used in place of the aforementioned locking structures. For example, a protrusion on drill bit 50 may selectively engage with a corresponding detent in cap 80 (or another portion of guide 10) so as to provisionally lock drill bit 50 axially within bore 22 of tube 20. After such engagement, a user may then cause the protrusion on drill bit 50 to disengage with the detent in cap 80 (or other portion of guide 10) to allow drill bit 50 to move within bore 22 in tube 20 and into bone. Likewise, it is also contemplated that cap 80 (or the other portion of guide 10) may contain the protrusion and drill 50 the detent. It is therefore apparent that other locking mechanisms beyond that disclosed in the main embodiment may be used.

    [0037] Although the invention herein has been described with reference to particular embodiments, it is to be understood that these embodiments are merely illustrative of the principles and applications of the present invention.

    [0038] It will also be appreciated that the various dependent claims and the features set forth therein can be combined in different ways than presented in the initial claims.


    Claims

    1. A drill guide (10) for cooperating with and aligning a drill bit (50) for drilling bone, the drill guide (10) comprising:

    a housing (20) having a proximal section (23) and a distal section (24), the housing (20) defining a bore (22) extending through the housing (20) from the proximal section (23) towards the distal section (24); and

    a locking member (80-87) coupled with the housing (20), the locking member (80-87) being adapted to engage and disengage with a locking portion (56) of a drill bit (50), such that, when the locking member (80-87) is engaged with the locking portion (56) of the drill bit (50), the drill bit (50) is locked within the bore (22) in the housing (20) along an axis of the bore (22) extending between the proximal and distal sections (23,24), and, when the locking member (80-87) is disengaged from the locking portion (56) of the drill bit (50), the drill bit (50) is movable within the bore (22) along the axis, characterized in that the drill guide (10) further comprising a movable guide (70) disposed within the bore (22) of the housing (20), the movable guide (70) having a flange (71) for engaging with a portion of a wall defining the bore (22) of the housing (20).


     
    2. The drill guide (10) of claim 1, wherein the locking member (80-87) is fixedly connected to the proximal section (23) of the housing (20).
     
    3. A system including the drill guide (10) of claim 1 and a drill bit (50) having a cutting region (51) and a locking portion (56).
     
    4. The system of claim 3, wherein the drill bit (50) further includes an indicator (54) configured to align with a portion of the drill guide (86) to indicate when the drill bit (50) is in a locked orientation.
     
    5. The drill guide (10) of claim 1, wherein the locking member (80-87) includes internal threads adapted to engage with corresponding threads on the locking portion (56) of the drill bit.
     
    6. The drill guide (10) of claim 1, wherein the bore (22) of the housing (20) is dimensioned such that the locking portion (56) of the drill bit (50) is movable within the bore (22) along the axis and distal to the locking member (80-87).
     
    7. A system including the drill guide (10) of any of claims 1, 2, 5 and 6 and a drill bit (50) having a cutting region (51), wherein a portion of such drill bit (50) is insertable through a bore (72) formed in the movable guide (70), such that a surface on the drill bit (50) is engageable with a surface on the movable guide (70) to move the movable guide axially within the bore (22) in the housing (20).
     
    8. The system of claim 7, wherein a section of the housing (20) is configured to engage with the movable guide (70) to limit an insertion depth of the drill bit (50) into bone.
     
    9. The drill guide (10) of claim 1, wherein a surface of the housing (20) includes at least one indicator (40) for aligning with a feature of the drill bit (50) to indicate a depth to which the drill bit (50) is inserted into bone.
     
    10. The drill guide (10) of any of claims 1, 2, 5 and 9, wherein the movable guide (70) includes a bore (72) extending therethrough and a surface adapted to engage with a surface on the drill bit (50), such that the movable guide (20) is movable along the axis within the bore (22) in the housing(20) while the drill bit (50) is moved along the axis.
     
    11. The drill guide (10) of claim 10, wherein the locking member (80-87) is adapted to disengage with the locking portion (56) of the drill bit (50), such that the locking portion (56) is movable within the bore (22) in the housing (20) to a position past the proximal section (23) and the locking member (80-87) and adjacent the distal section (24).
     
    12. The drill guide (10) of claim 11, further comprising a spring (60) disposed within the bore (22) in the housing (70), the spring (60) being adapted to contact the flange (71) of the movable guide (70), such that the spring (60) is compressible within the bore (22) in the housing (20) upon movement of the movable guide (70).
     
    13. The drill guide (10) of claim 12, wherein a section (29) of the housing (70) is configured to engage with the movable guide (70) to limit an insertion depth of the drill bit (50) into bone.
     
    14. A system including the drill guide (10) of claim 10 and a drill bit (50) having a cutting region (51), wherein a tapered region (55) of the drill bit (50) is engageable with a correspondingly tapered portion (73) of the bore (72) of the movable guide (70), such that the movable guide (70) is movable along the axis within the bore (22) in the housing while the drill bit (50) is moved along the axis.
     
    15. The drill guide (10) of claim 11, wherein a protrusion (77) extending from a surface of the movable guide (70) interacts with a slot (31) in the housing (20) to restrict unwanted rotation of the movable guide (70) within the housing (20).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Bohrerführung (10) zum Zusammenwirken und Ausrichten eines Bohrmeißels (50) zum Bohren von Knochen, wobei die Bohrerführung (10) umfasst:

    ein Gehäuse (20) mit einem proximalen Abschnitt (23) und einem distalen Abschnitt (24), wobei das Gehäuse (20) eine Bohrung (22) definiert, die sich vom proximalen Abschnitt (23) durch das Gehäuse (20) in Richtung des distalen Abschnitts erstreckt (24); und

    ein Verriegelungselement (80-87), das mit dem Gehäuse (20) gekoppelt ist, wobei das Verriegelungselement (80-87) eingerichtet ist, mit einem Verriegelungsabschnitt (56) eines Bohrmeißels (50) in Eingriff zu stehen und von diesem auszurücken, so dass, wenn das Verriegelungselement (80-87) mit dem Verriegelungsabschnitt (56) des Bohrmeißels (50) in Eingriff steht, der Bohrmeißel (50) innerhalb der Bohrung (22) im Gehäuse (20) entlang einer Achse der Bohrung (22) verriegelt ist, die sich zwischen dem proximalen und dem distalen Abschnitt (23, 24) erstreckt, und, wenn das Verriegelungselement (80-87) vom Verriegelungsabschnitt (56) des Bohrmeißels (50) ausgerückt wird, der Bohrmeißel (50) innerhalb der Bohrung (22) entlang der Achse bewegbar ist,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Bohrerführung (10) ferner eine bewegliche Führung (70) umfasst, die innerhalb der Bohrung (22) des Gehäuses (20) angeordnet ist, wobei die bewegliche Führung (70) einen Flansch (71) zum Eingriff mit einem Abschnitt einer Wand aufweist, die die Bohrung (22) des Gehäuses (20) definiert.


     
    2. Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Verriegelungselement (80-87) fest mit dem proximalen Abschnitt (23) des Gehäuses (20) verbunden ist.
     
    3. System, umfassend die Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 1 und einen Bohrmeißel (50) mit einem Schneidbereich (51) und einem Verriegelungsabschnitt (56).
     
    4. System nach Anspruch 3, wobei der Bohrmeißel (50) ferner eine Anzeige (54) umfasst, die zur Ausrichtung an einem Abschnitt der Bohrerführung (86) konfiguriert ist, um anzuzeigen, wann sich der Bohrmeißel (50) in einer verriegelten Ausrichtung befindet.
     
    5. Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Verriegelungselement (80-87) ein Innengewinde aufweist, das zum Eingriff mit entsprechenden Gewinden an dem Verriegelungsabschnitt (56) des Bohrmeißels eingerichtet ist.
     
    6. Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Bohrung (22) des Gehäuses (20) so dimensioniert ist, dass der Verriegelungsabschnitt (56) des Bohrmeißels (50) innerhalb der Bohrung (22) entlang der Achse und distal zum Verriegelungselement (80-87) bewegbar ist.
     
    7. System, umfassend die Bohrerführung (10) nach einem der Ansprüche 1, 2, 5 und 6 und einen Bohrmeißel (50) mit einem Schneidbereich (51), wobei ein Abschnitt des solchen Bohrmeißels (50) durch eine in der beweglichen Führung (70) geformte Bohrung (72) einführbar ist, so dass eine Oberfläche an dem Bohrmeißel (50) mit einer Oberfläche an der beweglichen Führung (70) in Eingriff bringbar ist, um die bewegliche Führung axial innerhalb der Bohrung (22) im Gehäuse (20) zu bewegen.
     
    8. System nach Anspruch 7, wobei ein Abschnitt des Gehäuses (20) zum Eingriff mit der beweglichen Führung (70) konfiguriert ist, um eine Eintauchtiefe des Bohrmeißels (50) in den Knochen zu begrenzen.
     
    9. Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 1, wobei eine Oberfläche des Gehäuses (20) mindestens eine Anzeige (40) zum Ausrichten mit einem Merkmal des Bohrmeißels (50) aufweist, um eine Tiefe anzuzeigen, zu der der Bohrmeißel (50) in den Knochen eingeführt wird.
     
    10. Bohrerführung (10) nach einem der Ansprüche 1, 2, 5 und 9, wobei die bewegliche Führung (70) eine Bohrung (72), die sich durch die bewegliche Führung (70) erstreckt, und eine Oberfläche aufweist, die zum Eingriff mit einer Oberfläche an dem Bohrmeißel (50) eingerichtet ist, so dass die bewegliche Führung (70) entlang der Achse innerhalb der Bohrung (22) im Gehäuse (20) bewegbar ist, während der Bohrmeißel (50) entlang der Achse bewegt wird.
     
    11. Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 10, wobei das Verriegelungselement (80-87) zum Ausrücken von dem Verriegelungsabschnitt (56) des Bohrmeißels (50) eingerichtet ist, so dass der Verriegelungsabschnitt (56) innerhalb der Bohrung (22) im Gehäuse (20) zu einer Position hinter dem proximalen Abschnitt (23) und dem Verriegelungselement (80-87) und neben dem distalen Abschnitt (24) bewegbar ist.
     
    12. Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 11, ferner umfassend eine Feder (60), die innerhalb der Bohrung (22) im Gehäuse (70) angeordnet ist, wobei die Feder (60) zur Berührung des Flansches (71) der beweglichen Führung (70) eingerichtet ist, so dass die Feder (60) innerhalb der Bohrung (22) im Gehäuse (20) nach Bewegung der beweglichen Führung (70) komprimierbar ist.
     
    13. Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 12, wobei ein Abschnitt (29) des Gehäuses (20) zum Eingriff mit der beweglichen Führung (70) konfiguriert ist, um eine Eintauchtiefe des Bohrmeißels (50) in den Knochen zu beschränken.
     
    14. System mit der Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 10 und einem Bohrmeißel (50) mit einem Schneidbereich (51), wobei ein verjüngter Bereich (55) des Bohrmeißels (50) mit einem entsprechend verjüngten Abschnitt (73) der Bohrung (72) der beweglichen Führung (70) in Eingriff bringbar ist, so dass die bewegliche Führung (70) entlang der Achse innerhalb der Bohrung (22) im Gehäuse bewegbar ist, während der Bohrmeißel (50) entlang der Achse bewegt wird.
     
    15. Bohrerführung (10) nach Anspruch 11, wobei ein Vorsprung (77), der sich von einer Oberfläche der beweglichen Führung (70) erstreckt, mit einem Schlitz (31) in dem Gehäuse (20) zusammenwirkt, um eine unerwünschte Drehung der beweglichen Führung (70) innerhalb des Gehäuses (20) zu beschränken.
     


    Revendications

    1. Un guide de perçage (10) pour coopérer avec un foret (50) et aligner ce dernier afin de forer un os, le guide de perçage (10) comprenant :

    un boîtier (20) ayant une portion proximale (23) et une portion distale (24), le boîtier (20) définissant un alésage (22) s'étendant à travers le boîtier (20) depuis la portion proximale (23) vers la portion distale (24) ; et

    un organe de verrouillage (80-87) relié au boîtier (20), l'organe de verrouillage (80-87) étant adapté pour venir en engagement avec une partie de verrouillage (56) d'un foret (50) et en désengagement d'avec cette dernière, de sorte que, lorsque l'organe de verrouillage (80-87) est en engagement avec la partie de verrouillage (56) du foret (50), le foret (50) est verrouillé dans l'alésage (22) du boîtier (20) selon un axe de l'alésage (22) s'étendant entre les portions proximale et distale (23, 24), et, lorsque l'organe de verrouillage (8 0-87) est en désengagement d'avec la partie de verrouillage (56) du foret (50), le foret (50) est mobile dans l'alésage (22) suivant ledit axe, caractérisé en ce que le guide (10) comprend en outre un guide mobile (70) disposé dans l'alésage (22) du boîtier (20), le guide mobile (70) ayant une bride (71) destinée à venir en engagement avec une partie d'une paroi définissant l'alésage (22) du boîtier (20).


     
    2. Le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'organe de verrouillage (80-87) est relié de manière fixe à la portion proximale (23) du boîtier (20).
     
    3. Un système comprenant le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 1 et un foret (50) ayant une zone de coupe (51) et une partie de verrouillage (56).
     
    4. Le système selon la revendication 3, dans lequel le foret de forage (50) comprend en outre un indicateur (54) configuré pour s'aligner avec une partie du guide de perçage (86) afin d'indiquer lorsque le foret de forage (50) est dans une orientation verrouillée.
     
    5. Le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'organe de verrouillage (80-87) comprend des filetages intérieurs adaptés pour venir en engagement avec des filets correspondants présents sur la partie de verrouillage (56) du foret.
     
    6. Le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'alésage (22) du boîtier (20) est dimensionné de telle sorte que la partie de verrouillage (56) du foret (50) est mobile dans l'alésage (22) selon ledit axe et de façon distale par rapport à l'organe de verrouillage (80-87).
     
    7. Un système comprenant le guide de perçage (10) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1, 2, 5 et 6 et un foret (50) ayant une zone de coupe (51), dans lequel une partie de ce foret (50) est apte à être insérée à travers un alésage (72) formé dans le guide mobile (70), de sorte qu'une surface du foret (50) est apte à venir en engagement avec une surface située sur le guide mobile (70) pour déplacer le guide mobile axialement dans l'alésage (22) du boîtier (20).
     
    8. Le système selon la revendication 7, dans lequel une portion du boîtier (20) est configurée pour venir en engagement avec le guide mobile (70) afin de limiter une profondeur d'insertion du foret (50) dans l'os.
     
    9. Le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel une surface du boîtier (20) comprend au moins un indicateur (40) destiné à s'aligner avec une portion caractéristique du foret (50) pour indiquer une profondeur à laquelle le foret (50) est insérée dans un os.
     
    10. Le guide de perçage (10) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1, 2, 5 et 9, dans lequel le guide de perçage mobile (70) comprend un alésage (72) s'étendant à travers lui et une surface adaptée pour venir en engagement avec une surface située sur le foret (50), de sorte que le guide de perçage mobile (20) est mobile selon ledit axe à l'intérieur de l'alésage (22) du boîtier (20) tandis que le foret (50) est déplacé suivant ledit axe.
     
    11. Le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 10, dans lequel l'organe de verrouillage (80-87) est adapté pour venir en désengagement d'avec la partie de verrouillage (56) du foret (50), de sorte que la partie de verrouillage (56) est mobile dans l'alésage (22) du boîtier (20) jusqu'à une position située au-delà de la partie proximale (23) et de l'organe de verrouillage (80-87), et adjacente à la portion distale (24).
     
    12. Le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 11, comprenant en outre un ressort (60) disposé à l'intérieur de l'alésage (22) dans le boîtier (70), le ressort (60) étant adapté pour venir en contact avec la bride (71) du guide mobile (70), de sorte que le ressort (60) est compressible dans l'alésage (22) du boîtier (20) lorsque le guidage mobile (70) est déplacé.
     
    13. Le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 12, dans lequel une portion (29) du boîtier (70) est configurée pour venir en engagement avec le guide mobile (70) afin de limiter une profondeur d'insertion du foret (50) dans l'os.
     
    14. Un système comprenant le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 10 et un foret (50) ayant une zone de coupe (51), dans lequel une zone conique (55) du foret (50) est apte à venir en engagement avec une partie conique (73) correspondante de l'alésage (72) du guide mobile (70), de telle sorte que le guide mobile (70) est mobile suivant ledit axe à l'intérieur de l'alésage (22) du boîtier lorsque le foret (50) est déplacé suivant ledit axe.
     
    15. Le guide de perçage (10) selon la revendication 11, dans lequel une saillie (77) s'étendant à partir d'une surface du guide de perçage mobile (70) interagit avec une fente (31) aménagée dans le boîtier (20) afin d'empêcher une rotation indésirable du guide de perçage mobile (70) dans le boîtier (20).
     




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