FLEXIBLE CUTTING TOOL AND METHODS FOR ITS USE
 Inventors: Wesley D. Johnson, Menomonie, Wis.;
Gregg S. Sutton, Plymouth, Minn.;
Bruce Wayne Stursa, Hudson; Francis
C. Peterson, Prescott, both of Wis.
 Assignee: Orthopaedic Innovations, Inc., Golden Valley, Minn.
A cable comprising helically wound superelastic fibers and having a drilling tip provided at its distal end is housed in an elongated holder through which the cable may be advanced, the holder having a distal end for supporting the cable during a drilling operation and through which the distal end of the cable may protrude. The holder includes contains a cable support shaped to bend the cable through a predetermined angle adjacent its distal end and to support the cable as it is rotated and advanced. A motor is attached to the cable remote from the distal end of the cable to rotate the cable in a direction tending to tighten the cable fibers.
20 Claims, 10 Drawing Sheets