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Publication numberUS2772676 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 4, 1956
Filing dateDec 4, 1952
Priority dateDec 6, 1951
Publication numberUS 2772676 A, US 2772676A, US-A-2772676, US2772676 A, US2772676A
InventorsErnst Pohl
Original AssigneeErnst Pohl
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Connecting device for bone fractures in the neighborhood of joints
US 2772676 A
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Dec. 4, 1956 Filed Dec. 4, 1952 E. POHL COIlNECTING DEVICE FOR BONE FRACTURES IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD O JOINTS 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Dec. 4, 1956 E. POHL CONNECTING DEVICE FOR BONE FRACTURES IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF JOINTS 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Dec. 4, 1952 United States Patent CONNECTING DEVICE FOR BONE FRACTURES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF JOINTS Ernst Pohl, Kiel, Germany Application December 4, 1952, Serial No. 323,97

Claims priority, application Germany December 6, 1951 11 Claims. 01. 128-92) The object of the present invention is to provide means for connecting the bone fragments of fractures situated in the neighbourhood of a joint in such a manner that also in the case of absorptions normally taking place during the process of healing a permanent contact of the fracture surfaces is ensured. For this purpose two connecting elements which for example are inserted in the case of fractures of the femoral neck from outside up to the femoral head are provided in connection with other elements being fixed either at a lower point of the femur or at a higher point towards the trochanter. This enables the surgeon to provide the best fitting connection still during the operation by selecting for any type of femoral neck fractures including suband pertrochanteric fractures from a relatively small set of combinable elements, for which purpose until now a substantially greater number of complete connections for the femoral neck would have been necessary, which, however, in most cases were not available. The connection is done in such a way that on the one hand the parts of the bone to be connected are strongly pressed together, in order to avoid bending of the fragments in any direction, but to make possible on the other hand a relative displacement of the bone ends in the sense of pressing together the fracture surfaces during the Whole healing period. In many cases this displacement can already take place under the influence of the muscular pull. Where the muscular pull cannot be made use of, for example because the muscle system of the patient is too weak or because a longer bed rest of the patient is necessary from certain grounds, springs are employed, which are put under corresponding tension and ensure a safe compression of the fracture surfaces up to the complete healing.

The drawings represent various examples of execution of the invention.

Fig. 1 shows a connection by two screws in a case of absorption of the whole femoral neck.

Fig. 2 illustrates another example of execution of this type.

Fig. 3 represent a connection for a similar fracture again with an absorbed femoral neck making use of a screw and a nail.

Fig. 4 shows a similar connection in another executional form.

Fig. 5 shows a connection by two coupled screws in the case of a fracture of the femoral neck and an additional subtrochanteric fracture.

Fig. 6 shows a further possible execution of a device for connecting the bone-ends again in the case of an absorbed femoral neck by a pair of screws.

Fig. 7 is a detail view of the connecting device according to Fig. 6, seen from the left.

Fig. 8 shows a similar connection.

Fig. 9 shows a different execution of a detail of the connection shown in Fig. 8.

Fig. 10 shows a further executional example, and

Fig. 11 is a cross sectional view along the line A-B of Fig. 2 on an enlarged scale.


In Fig. 1 two screws 22 and 23 of difierent width and parallel to each other are screwed into the femoral head d with their whole threaded part. The bigger screw 22 mainly serves as a supporting member, whereas the smaller screw 23 serves as a pulling member. The screw 22 has at its top end a longitudinal boring 22a, receiving one shank 24a of an angular coupling member 24. The shank 24b has at its free end an eye 240, through which the pulling screw 23 passes. Between the eye 24c and the nut 25 screwed upon the tapped outer end 23a of the screw 23, a coil spring 26 surrounding the shaft of the screw 23 is arranged, said spring exerting a pull upon the screw 23, so that in the upper part of the fracture k the fracture surfaces are pulled together.

The smooth shaft of the screw 22 does not offer any resistance to a tighter compressing of the fracture surfaces in the case of an absorption of the bone-ends. The mere muscular tension acts normally in the sense of com pression of the fracture surfaces, which action may also be produced or improved by an artificial pressure. If for example the patient is induced to making walking trials with the broken leg, a gap which may have been formed during the bed rest in the area of the screw 22, will be closed, the shaft of the screw moving further out of the bone-boring. Hereby also the coupling member 24 will be moved along and it exerts by means of its shank 24b an increased pressure upon the spring 26 and thereby an increased pull upon the screw 23, so that also in its area the fracture surfaces are more forcefully pulled together and a possibly formed gap will close.

When operating at first the screw 22 is to be screwed in. Then the coupling member 24 is brought into position and a hole for the screw 23 is preliminarily drilled through the eye of the coupling member, whereupon the screw 23 is turned in through the eye. I

According to circumstances the pull screw 23 may also be inserted in an angle to the screw 22 instead of a parallel position, as shown by the broken lines 23, 23". In this case the shank 24b of the coupling member 24 can be selected correspondingly longer or shorter during the operation. Various sizes of coupling members may be kept in store.

At the executional form of Fig. 2 instead of the eye 24c 21 housing 27 receiving the coil spring 26 is arranged at the end of the arm 24b of the coupling member.

A sleeve 31 connected with a bone-plate 2,9 is pushed upon the screw 22, after having correspondingly enlarged the hole in the cortex around the screw. The sleeve 31 of the bone-plate, which is fixed to the femur by two screws 30, 30 forms a guide for the screw 22, if it is pushed out according to the absorption of the fractureends, so that a locking action being possible when using a screw rigidly connected with a bone-plate, cannot occur. The bone-plate 29 has a U-shaped cross section with incurved bottom for adaptation to the surface of the bone, as shown in Fig. 11.

The construction according to Fig. 3 corresponds to that of Fig. 1, except that the screw 22 is replaced by a nail 32 which, the same as said screw, has a boring 32a at its outer end 32b for receiving the shank 24a of the coupling member 24, and which is arranged in an acute angle converging against the screw 23. According to the drawing the nail has a mould-shaped cross section. It can be made from a tube by a corresponding milling off.

In Fig. 4 a nail 32 is shown as supporting member, said nail having at its outer end a laterally extending eye 33a, a pull screw 23 through which diverging against the nail 32 in an acute angle is inserted. The coil spring 26 is here arranged between the eye 32a and the screw head 23b. At first the nail 32 must be driven in and then the screw 23 must be turned in through the eye 32a simultaneously positioning the spring 26. In case one Wishes to let converge the' nail 32 and the screw- 23 as indicated by the broken line 23 the nail is provided with an extension 32b bearing the eye 32a, said extension Corresponding inits 'shape'to the curved boneprofile.

This construction has the disadvantage thatfor instance with four different lengths of femoral necks and four different lengths of extension it is necessary to have in stock sixteen nails or" dilferent-siz'es,-to givethepossibility to select a suitable nail, while withthe construction shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3 having separate coupling members only four nails and four coupling members are necessary in order to have available the most suitable connecting device for every fracture.

Fig. 5shows an arrangement for the simnltaneoustre'atment of a subtrochantericfracture g and afracture of the femoral neck It by means of again two screws 22 and 23, which are arranged obliquely to each other. T he same as at Fig. 1 the shank 24a of the coupling member 24 isinserted in a boring 22a at the outer end of the screw 22, the shank 24b of the coupling member 24, however, is longitudinally traversedby a boring 24d, in which a slide pin 24!) supporting the eye 24c is longitudinally movable, the free end of which is provided with a limiting nut 246. Also in this case again a compression spring 26 is arranged between the eye 24c and the nut 25. Furthermore, however, a pull spring 35 engages the screw 23 behind the nut 23a, said spring being attached at its other end to a button 36 of the coupling member 24. Thus the springs 26 and 35 exert in common a pull upon the screw 23 and at the same time the fracture g is tightly compressed by the pull of the spring 35,'while the members 24b and 2412' are pushed into one another.

In the executional form of Figs. 6 and 7the shank 24b of the coupling member 24 has a fiat extension 24 provided with a longitudinal slot 24g, a corresponding extension 23 of the pull screw 23 to which is suiting, having a slot 23g. A screw 37 traversing both slots draws the fiat extensions 24f and 23f'together. When inserting between them for instance a thermoplastic artificial resin plate 38 (Fig. 7), softened by heating, this plate will when the screw 37 is tightened be deformed in such a manner that ribs engaging the slotsare produced, so that after hardening of the resin thescrews 22 and 23 are unmovably held in their relative angle position.

The connection of the extensions 23 and 24f eventually can also be reached by two screws 37 as shown in Fig. 14, in order to obtain a still greater stability.

At the executional form of Fig. 13 a pressure spring 39 is inserted into the boring 22a of the supporting screw 22, which spring is acting in the sense of pushing out the coupling member 24. Thereby, owing to the coupling of the extension 24 with the extension23f of the pull screw 23 a pull acts on said screw simultaneously.

In the constructional form of Fig. 10, a boring of the screw 22 receives similarly as in Fig. 1 a shank 24a of a coupling member 24, the S-shapedshank 24b of which supports at its end an eye 240, through which with the interposition of a spring 26 a pull screw 23 is also turned into the femoral head. With the sleeve 40 a solid arm 41 is connected, at the free end of which there is a slanting socket 42, through which a screw 43 may be screwed into the bone.

The borings of a supporting screw or a supporting nail are suitably provided wholly or partly with an obtuse thread, thus making it possible inserting intothem either a head screw or a smooth shank of a coupling member.

In case the supporting screw or the supporting nail shall be used without any auxiliary parts, a screw with a somewhat bigger, more or less elastic collar may be screwed into the ohtusethread.

Of course certain variations in the construction and parting from the spirit of the invention. Thus for'instancedhesleeve receivinga connecting member may have a prismatical instead of a cylindical shape and the connecting member may be shaped correspondingly or a key and groove interlocking engagement of the sleeve and connecting member may be provided.

I claim:

1. Connecting device for fractures inthe neighborhood of joints, more particularly for femoral neck'and subtrochanteric fractures, consisting of two connecting elements to be separately driventhrough the femoral neck into the femoral head, said elements being loosely coupled at their outer ends to allow a relative longitudinal movement.

2. Connecting device according to claim 1, wherein the two connecting elements are designed to be driven into the femoral head one above the other, the lower connecting element being stronger and having a bearing function and the upper connecting elementhaving a drawing function.

3. Connecting'device according to claim' 2, --wherein the lower connecting element is a-nail and the upper connecting element'is a screw.

4. 'Connectingdevice according to claim 1, having between the connecting elements a coupling, allowing the relative longitudinal movement.

5. Connecting device according to claim 4, wherein both the connecting elements are coupled by a member shiftable at least against-oneof them.

6.- Connecting deviceaccording to claim 5, wherein the coupling member is 'an angular piece, the one shank of which engages aboring in one of the connecting elements, the'other shank being coupled by a springwith the second connecting element.

7. Connecting device-according to claim 5, having a pressure spring lodged in'one'of the connecting elements, the coupling "member resting on said spring and rigidly engaging the other connecting element.

8. Connecting device according to claim 5, wherein a coupling member arranged between the connecting elements is extensible and both the extensible parts are under'the influence of a spring acting in contracting sense.

9. Connecting device accordingto claim'5, wherein the coupling member'shiftable guided mom of the connecting elements andthe other connecting element have slotted flat-portions to be screwed together.

10. Connecting device according to claim 9, wherein a thermoplasticplateis'interposed between said flat portions.

11. Connecting device according to claim 1, having between the connecting elements a coupling, allowing the relative longitudinal movement, and wherein both the connecting elements are coupled with interposition of a spring.

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U.S. Classification606/65
International ClassificationA61B17/68, A61B17/74
Cooperative ClassificationA61B17/742
European ClassificationA61B17/74D