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MSU Research History: Patented Arthroscopic Device Aids Surgeons

Herbert Ross

2004 – Herbert Ross, associate professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, and Mitchell T. Copeland, DO, who had a fellowship in arthroscopy, sports medicine and joint reconstruction at Michigan State University, patent a device that improves suture placement in shoulder surgery.

The device and method includes an arcuate shaped bow arm, an angle guide attached to the bow arm at a selected location along the bow arm, a sleeve guide, and a target tool releasably connected to the angle guide. A tip end of the sleeve guide is extended in surgery and is configured to intersect and pass through an aperture of the target tool. The tip end of the sleeve guide includes at least one tooth that embeds in the glenoid bone and holds the sleeve guide in position. A guide pin such as a suture carrier is extended through the sleeve guide. The sleeve guide is then removed leaving the sutures in the correct repair location.

Ross, who was a practicing surgeon in Michigan for 46 years, founded MSU’s orthopedic surgery residency program and was among the founders of MSU’s sports medicine program. In 2014, he was selected by the board of directors of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) as a recipient of their highest – and rarely bestowed – honor: the Siehl Award.

Source: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (#20040193172) and College of Osteopathic Medicine website.

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