TODAY’S PATENT – SURGICAL HAND SUPPORT APPARATUS
The Surgical Hand Support Apparatus was invented by J. Lee Berger on December 13, 1994 bearing patent number US5372145A.
A surgical hand support apparatus having a base block with a finger securing assembly that includes two uprights, a center post positioned between the uprights, a cross member interconnecting the uprights and positioned around the center post and a locking mechanism mounted on the center post to lock the cross member against the fingers of the patient. A thumb securing assembly is also mounted to the base block, the thumb securing assembly includes a standard support member secured to the base block and a hook shaped rod rotatably mounted in the standard support member, the standard support member defining a slot through which a post extending from the side of the base block extends allowing the standard support member and associated hook shaped rod to be reciprocated for selective positioning around the thumb of the patient. A wrist securing assembly, is incorporated having a plurality of brackets slidably mounted to the base block and a cylindrical cross bar mounted in the uprights. A lock screw is connected to the cylindrical cross bar to lock the cross bar in place to secure the wrist of the patient and allow selective positioning of surgical instruments with respect to the hand.