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20090326581EXPANDABLE SPACING MEANS FOR INSERTION BETWEEN SPINOUS PROCESSES OF ADJACENT VERTEBRAE - A device for insertion into a space between adjacent processes of vertebrae comprising a flexible enclosure which can be placed in a collapsed form prior to insertion between adjacent processes of vertebrae and subsequently placed in an expanded form by injection of a settable resin under pressure, wherein surfaces of the device facing the adjacent processes of vertebrae are closer together in said collapsed form and further apart in said expanded form.12-31-2009
20100023059INTERVERTEBRAL PROSTHETIC DEVICE FOR SPINAL STABILIZATION AND METHOD OF IMPLANTING SAME - A method of implanting a spinal prosthesis comprises inserting a first member between superior and inferior spinous processes associated with respective superior and inferior vertebrae. The superior and inferior vertebrae are separated by an intermediate vertebra. The method further includes inserting a second member through a channel in the first member. After the second member is inserted, the method requires removing the second member from the channel and inserting a third member through the channel. The third member has a different stiffness than the second member. Finally, the method requires anchoring the third member to the intermediate vertebra, while the third member is inserted through the channel. The third member is anchored at first and second locations disposed on respective first and second lateral sides of the intermediate vertebra.01-28-2010
20100057130CONICAL INTERSPINOUS APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF PERFORMING INTERSPINOUS DISTRACTION - A conical interspinous apparatus includes a distractor comprising an insertion portion and a central engagement groove, the insertion portion having a conical shape which tapers to a tip and is adapted to enable passage of the distractor between two spinous processes of vertebrae, and the central engagement groove is adapted to secure the distractor between the two spinous processes such that the two spinous processes rest in the central engagement groove. The conical interspinous apparatus includes a stabilizer which is adapted to be deployed from within the distractor to secure the two spinous processes within the central engagement groove and an insertion driver detachably coupled to a rear portion of the distractor. A guide wire, having a pointed tip, aids in the insertion of the distractor between the two spinous processes and is configured to guide the insertion of the distractor.03-04-2010
20120245639Interspinous Internal Fixation/Distraction Device - Disclosed are an apparatus for an interspinous fixation and/or distraction of vertebrae and a methodology for minimally invasive implantation of the apparatus in the spine of a patient. The apparatus corresponds to a pair of teardrop shaped lateral wing elements spaced apart by a central core element that may be selectively sized during the implantation process. The wings and central core are held together by a single threaded bolt and locking nut configuration resulting in a simple structure that may be easily implanted with minimal patient discomfort.09-27-2012
20130041408Interspinous Implant and Implantation Instrument - The present invention relates to an interspinous implant, intended to be implanted between two adjacent dorsal spines, each including an upper edge, a lower edge and two opposed lateral faces, wherein the implant includes at least one body with dimensions arranged so as to maintain or restore a distance between the adjacent edges of the two spinous processes and including at least two wings extending so that at least a part of each wing lies along at least a part of one lateral face of one of the two spinous processes and, additionally, at least one retainer for the implant, designed to retain the body of the implant between the two spinous processes and to be inserted from the same lateral face as the body.02-14-2013
20100042151SURGICAL SPACER - An interspinous spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes includes a flexible, fillable container (e.g., a bag or balloon) for containing a material that is compressible during end use, for example, silicone after curing. The container is impermeable to the material it will be filled with. A fabric mesh, for example, made of PET fabric, provides structure for and containment of the container. The material can be injected into the container through an optional conduit, for example, a one-way valve.02-18-2010
20100042150INTERVERTEBRAL PROSTHETIC DEVICE FOR SPINAL STABILIZATION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME - An interspinous prosthetic device for insertion between adjacent spinous processes includes an inner/core member having upper and lower surfaces and a resiliently compressible cushion extending around at least the upper and lower surfaces of the inner member. The cushion includes at least one outwardly facing concave surface for engaging one of the spinous processes. The inner member is relatively stiff compared to the cushion.02-18-2010
20100106190SUPPORT INSERT ASSOCIATED WITH SPINAL VERTEBRAE - An insert for establishing a desired spacing between a pair of succeeding vertebrae and having a body including an extending end for supporting a location associated with a first selected lumbar vertebrae. An opposite extending end supports a spaced apart and opposing location associated with a second successively positioned lumbar vertebrae. Upon pre-positioning the body in an open space established between the vertebrae, an actuating input causes the first extending end to displace outwardly relative to the second end and into contacting support with the vertebrae.04-29-2010
20100106191CONICAL INTERSPINOUS APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF PERFORMING INTERSPINOUS DISTRACTION - A conical interspinous apparatus comprising: an insertion portion with a proximal end, a distal end, and conical screw-shaped grooves configured to distract two adjacent spinous processes; a shaft portion, coupled to the distal end of the insertion portion, and having a smaller cross-section than a cross-section at the distal end of the insertion portion, such that the two spinous processes rest on the shaft portion; and a clamp portion being movable and securable along the shaft, and being configured to secure the two spinous processes between the clamp portion and the distal end of the insertion portion.04-29-2010
20090306716Implant and implant system - In order to improve an implant for the dorsal stabilization of a human or animal spinal column, comprising an attachment device for placing in position against and/or fixing to spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae of the spinal column, such that it can be used for the dynamic dorsal stabilization of the spinal column, it is suggested that the implant comprise at least one spacer element which is associated with the attachment device and designed in such a manner that it alters its external shape and/or its elastic properties as a result of a change in ambient conditions and/or forces acting on it.12-10-2009
20090306715INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER - An interspinous process spacer is generally rectangular and may have an upper face that generally opposes a lower face, front and back sides that generally oppose each other, an end side, and a nose that generally opposes the end side. The spacer preferably has rounded edges between the upper face and the front, end, and back sides and between the lower face and the front, end, and back sides. The nose of the spacer is preferably asymmetrical and tapers integrally, distally, and inwardly from the first and second faces to form a generally pointed or rounded distal tip. A spacer may be inserted laterally into the interspinous space through a small, posterior midline incision, allowing the preservation of the supraspinous ligament. One or more spacers may be placed between spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae, and result in distraction of the spinous processes which may limit extension of the spine. Implantation of an interspinous process may inhibit or prevent the narrowing of the spinal canal and neural foramen at the level of treatment, thereby relieving pain symptoms. Preservation of the supraspinous ligament may provide additional stability, for example by keeping the implant from migrating posteriorly.12-10-2009
20110015676Posterior Process Dynamic Spacer - An interspinous spacer having a memory metal extension.01-20-2011
20130060286MINIMALLY-INVASIVE IMPLANT FOR OPENING AND ENLARGEMENT OF PROCESSUS SPINOSUS INTERSPACE AND METHOD OF PERCUTANEOUSLY ENLARGING PROCESSUS SPINOSUS INTERSPACE THEREWITH - For minimally-invasive therapy for spinal canal stenosis, a therapeutic device capable of stationing an interspinous process spacer without the need of large skin incision or ligamentous tissue incision and also without the need of detaching of the paraspinal muscle from the spine. The interspinous process spacer includes a conoid screw region (03-07-2013
20130060285FLEXIBLE AND STATIC INTERSPINOUS/INTER-LAMINAR SPINAL SPACERS - Interspinous/inter-laminar spinal spacers are configured to be placed between bony structures of adjacent vertebrae. In one form, spinal spacers are defined by a unitary body comprising a first contoured plate and a second contoured plate. The first contoured plate comprises first and second wings configured to engage first and second vertebra, and a post extending from the contoured plate and having a bullet nose and an outer surface with a curved portion and a planar portion. The second contoured plate is slidably coupled to the post of the body and comprises first and second wings configured to engage first and second vertebra, a rear portion extending between the first wing and the second wing, and a front portion extending between the first wing and the second wing. The first wing, second wing, rear portion, and front portion define a first bore configured to receive the post.03-07-2013
20090270919INTERSPINOUS DEVICE - The present invention discloses an interspinous device that enables the suitable and safe positioning of the spinous processes in column treatments. More specifically, it discloses a device constituted of a structure that facilitates the insertion thereof into patients, demanding less effort from surgeons and, principally reducing the size of the incisions needed in patients, being made of polymeric material and comprised by a central body (10-29-2009
20120226315MINIMALLY INVASIVE TOOLING FOR DELIVERY OF INTERSPINOUS SPACER - A plurality of individual tools is provided where each tool is uniquely configured to perform a step or a portion of a step in a novel procedure associated with the implantation of a stabilizing device (e.g., an interspinous spacer) for stabilizing at least one spinal motion segment. The tools are usable individually, or more preferably as a tooling system in which the tools are collectively employed to implant an interspinous spacer, generally in a minimally invasive manner. For example, each of the tools is arranged with coordinated markings and/or other features to ensure consistent depths of insertion, proper orientation of the tools with respect to each other or an anatomical feature of the patient, and precise delivery of the spacer to maintain safe positioning throughout the implantation procedure.09-06-2012
20120226314INTERSPINOUS SPACER IMPLANT - An improved spinous process fixation implant assembly 09-06-2012
20130066374EXPANDABLE SPINAL PROSTHESIS - A device for insertion between spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae is provided and may include a rod having a first threaded portion and a second threaded portion. The first threaded portion may be coupled to the second threaded portion at a joint. A plurality of members may be movable between a compressed condition and an extended condition when the rod is rotated relative to the plurality of members. The first threaded portion and the second threaded portion may be uncoupled at the joint after the plurality of members are moved from the extended condition to the compressed condition.03-14-2013
20130165974SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POSTERIOR DYNAMIC STABILIZATION OF THE SPINE - Devices, systems and methods for dynamically stabilizing the spine are provided. The devices include an expandable spacer having an undeployed configuration and a deployed configuration, wherein the spacer has axial and radial dimensions for positioning between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae. The systems include one or more spacers and a mechanical actuation means for delivering and deploying the spacer. The methods involve the implantation of one or more spacers within the interspinous space.06-27-2013
20130165975SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POSTERIOR DYNAMIC STABILIZATION OF THE SPINE - Devices, systems and methods for dynamically stabilizing the spine are provided. The devices include an expandable spacer having an undeployed configuration and a deployed configuration, wherein the spacer has axial and radial dimensions for positioning between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae. The systems include one or more spacers and a mechanical actuation means for delivering and deploying the spacer. The methods involve the implantation of one or more spacers within the interspinous space.06-27-2013
20100036419Spinous process device and method of use - A spinous process device and method are disclosed. The device includes a first plate having a first part slidably coupled to a second part, a second plate having a third part slidably coupled to a fourth part, and first and second connector devices configured to be placed through openings created in spinous processes and rotatably couple respective first and second parts to third and fourth parts of the first and second plates together allowing angular displacement of the second plate with respect to the first plate and secure the spinous processes between the first and second plates.02-11-2010
20090248079S-Shaped Interspinous Process Spacer Having Tight Access Offset Hooks - An S-shaped interspinous spacer having a pair of hooks that, upon lateral insertion between opposed spinous process, bear upon the opposed spinous processes.10-01-2009
20100268277ARTIFICIAL SPINOUS PROCESS FOR THE SACRUM AND METHODS OF USE - Devices and methods for attaching a support to the sacrum. One device may include first and second anchors that mount to the sacrum, and first and second lateral extensions coupled to the anchors to secure the device to the sacrum. A bearing face having a width is positioned between the lateral extensions. The face may have a height in an anterior-posterior direction greater than the spinous process of the sacrum. Further, the bearing face may be oriented in a superior direction when the device is mounted to the sacrum. An implant may be supported by the device to space the sacrum and L5 vertebra. The implant may be an interspinous device and positioned between the L5 spinous process and the bearing face. The implant is supported at least in part by the bearing face.10-21-2010
20100249841MULTI-CHAMBER EXPANDABLE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER - An expandable interspinous process spacer is disclosed that includes at least two chambers, one disposed within the other. Each of the at least two chambers can receive an injectable biocompatible material, which advantageously may have different material properties such as hardness. Further, the expandable interspinous process spacer can be changed from a deflated configuration to an inflated configuration. In the inflated configuration, the expandable interspinous process spacer can engage and support a superior spinous process and an inferior spinous process.09-30-2010
20100280550Spinal Stabilization Devices, Systems, and Methods - This specification describes spinal stabilization devices that may be introduced into the spine via surgical procedures. In particular, this specification describes an inter-spinous process spacer having a core chosen, in one variation, to provide a kyphotic or lordotic angle to the device. The specification also describes systems including the described devices and methods of introducing the devices and systems into the spine to provide effective stabilization.11-04-2010
20120109205Systems and Methods for In Situ Assembly of an Interspinous Process Distraction Implant - An implant system for implantation between adjacent spinous processes for the relief of pain associated with the spine. The implant has a series of spacers which may be inserted over a shaft located between adjacent spinous processes thus allowing the implant to be assembled in situ. The spacers may rotate on the shaft relative to the wings. To minimize trauma to the patient, each spacer has a tapered tissue expander to distract the opening between the spinous processes during assembly. The shaft is connected to a wing, and a second wing or deployable wing may be inserted over the shaft and locked into place.05-03-2012
20120109204ASSEMBLEABLE JACK BRACES FOR SEATING AND SUPPORTING ANGULAR PROCESSES - An insert for establishing a desired spacing between a pair of succeeding vertebrae and having a body including an extending end for supporting a location associated with a first selected lumbar vertebrae. An opposite extending end supports a spaced apart and opposing location associated with a second successively positioned lumbar vertebrae. Upon pre-positioning the body in an open space established between the vertebrae, an actuating input causes the first extending end to displace outwardly relative to the second end and into contacting support with the vertebrae.05-03-2012
20120109203SPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT WITH EXTENDED POST - Spinous process implants that may include a first plate sized to extend along a first lateral side of the spinous processes and a second plate sized to extend along a second lateral side of the spinous processes. The second plate may include a bore that extends through the second plate. An elongated post may extend through the bore with a first end attached to the first plate and a second end positioned outward beyond the outer surface of the second plate away from the first plate. A joint may be positioned along the post that attaches a first section of the post to a second section of the post. The joint may be constructed to align the first and second sections in a collinear orientation and to remove the second section from the first section. Additional joints may also be positioned along the post. The bore may be sized relative to the post for the second plate to be movable along a length of the post.05-03-2012
20100087860SPINOUS PROCESS FIXATION IMPLANT - An implantable spinous process fixation device includes an elongated component, top and bottom pivoting wing components, arranged opposite and parallel to the elongated component and separated from it by a spacer. First and second spinous processes of first and second adjacent vertebras are clamped between a top portion of the elongated component and the top pivoting wing and between a bottom portion of the elongated component and the bottom pivoting wing, respectively, by pivoting the top and bottom pivoting wings toward the top and bottom portions of the elongated component. The clamping of the spinous processes stabilizes the positions of the adjacent vertebras and prevents them from moving relative to each other.04-08-2010
20090292314LUMBAR INTERSPINOUS PROSTHESIS AND ITS APPLICATIONS - A lumbar inter-spine prosthesis includes a torsion spring with two branches (11-26-2009
20090259255Spinal Arthroplasty Device and Method - An artificial spinal joint and methods for replacing at least a portion of a natural intervertebral disc are provided. In some embodiments, at least portions of facet joints are replaced along with the intervertebral disc.10-15-2009
20090275982DEVICE FOR TREATING VERTEBRAE, INCLUDING AN INTERSPINOUS IMPLANT - This device (11-05-2009
20110172709DYNAMIC INTERSPINOUS PROCESS DEVICE - Medical devices for the treatment of spinal conditions are described herein. The medical device includes a pair of superior plates with spikes adapted to be embedded in a superior spinous process and a pair of inferior plates with spikes adapted to be embedded in an adjacent inferior spinous process. The superior plates and inferior plates are connected to each other in such a way as to allow relative motion therebetween. A spacer may be disposed between the adjacent spinous processes.07-14-2011
20110172710MINIMALLY INVASIVE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER IMPLANTS AND METHODS - An interspinous process spacer for implantation in an interspinous space between a superior spinous process and an inferior spinous process includes a balloon-like body, a first deployable protrusion and a second deployable protrusion. The body has a distal end, a proximal end and a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal and distal ends. The spacer is arrangeable in an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The first deployable protrusion is mounted proximate the proximal end and the second deployable protrusion is mounted proximate the distal end. The first and second deployable protrusions are oriented generally parallel to the longitudinal axis in the unexpanded configuration and generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis in the expanded configuration.07-14-2011
20090292316INTERSPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANTS HAVING DEPLOYABLE ENGAGEMENT ARMS - Spinal implants include an elongated body portion dimensioned and configured for percutaneous introduction into a target interspinous process space, at which interspinous distraction and/or spinal fusion are desired. The body portion can include a threaded outer surface, or alternatively a smooth surface. The body portion can include one or more interior cavities, and can include deployable engagement members adapted and configured to move in tandem between a stowed position retracted within the interior cavity of the body portion and a deployed position extended from the interior cavity of the body for engaging adjacent spinous processes. An internal drive assembly for selectively moving the engagement members from the stowed position to the deployed position can be provided, as can a elements for locking the engagement members in a deployed position.11-26-2009
20120296378ADJUSTABLE SPINE DISTRACTION IMPLANT - An adjustable spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume and/or cross sectional area in the spinal canal and/or neural foramen. The adjustable implant provides a spinal extension inhibitor. The implant includes elliptical or oval shaped adjustable member or spacer for positioning between and adjustably spacing apart the spinous processes.11-22-2012
20120296377Methods and Apparatus for Treating Spinal Stenosis - This invention relates generally to spine surgery and, in particular, to methods and apparatus for treating spinal stenosis.11-22-2012
20100217320VERTEBRAL IMPLANT MADE FROM BONE MATERIAL FOR RELIEF OF A NARROWED VERTEBRAL CHANNEL - The invention relates to an implant for relief of a narrowed vertebral channel in a spinal column, with a spacer for application between the spinous processes of two adjacent vertebral bodies and two fixing elements arranged to the left and right of the spinous processes in the implanted state. The implant is made from bony material and is formed from at least two pieces, one piece having a sleeve section formed in one piece with one fixing element the other piece having a plug section formed in one piece with the other fixing element, both sections being able to be connected to each other in the form of a plug connection, the sleeve section and/or the plug section being part of the spacer or a part thereof.08-26-2010
20080281361Posterior stabilization and spinous process systems and methods - Posterior spinal stabilization devices and methods include first and second elongate elements engageable along the spinal column and a spinous process replacement body positionable between the elongate elements. Connection mechanisms are provided to adjustably connect the spinous process replacement device to the elongate elements so that the spinous process replacement device can be moved to the desired location between the connecting elements and secured in the desired location.11-13-2008
20080287997Interspinous spacer - An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal axis and passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a U-shaped configuration for seating a spinous process therein. Each arm has a proximal caming surface and is capable of rotation with respect to the body. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, a threaded shaft of the actuator assembly contacts the caming surfaces of arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the U-shaped portion of the arms.11-20-2008
20080215096Devices to Stabilise the Lamina - A surgical implant device for stabilising a lamina of the spine following a procedure in which a cut is made in the lamina to form two lamina portions. The device has a longitudinally extending spacer component 09-04-2008
20110208243CROSSOVER SPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT - A device intended for the treatment of spinal stenosis. This device is an inter-spinous spacer that is introduced through a single posterior incision. It uses a single piece insertion technique with a unilateral approach. The surgeon does not need to access the opposite side of the spinous process. It allows the user infinite adjustability in distraction height with a single locking mechanism.08-25-2011
20090030462Segmental Orthopaedic device for spinal elongation and for treatment of Scoliosis - An orthopaedic device to realign bone segments comprises first and second attachment members and a spacer member. The first attachment member is attached to a first rib bone or first transverse process of a vertebra. The second attachment member is attached to a second rib bone or second transverse process of a vertebra adjacent to the first rib bone or the first transverse process. The spacer member is positioned between the first and second attachment members. The spacer member provides distraction between the first and second rib bones or transverse processes to realign the rib bones. The spacer member is releasably connected to the first and second attachment members. The attachment members comprise a clamp and screw combination.01-29-2009
20100145387SPINAL IMPLANTS INCLUDING A SENSOR AND METHODS OF USE - A method spacing spinal elements includes installing a first spinal implant having a sensor associated therewith; selecting a second spinal implant based on measurement data provided by the sensor; and replacing the first spinal implant with the second spinal implant. The first and second implants may be installed in separate surgical procedures, or during the same surgical procedure, and the implants may be positioned between a superior spinous process and an inferior spinous process and advantageously directly engage the same. The selection of the second implant may be based on the data provided by the sensor and a material property of the second spinal implant, such as its stiffness. The measurement data may correspond to strain or force data. The sensor may be, but is not required to be, embedded in the first spinal implant. A corresponding apparatus is described.06-10-2010
20110208244INTERSPINOUS SUPPORT AND METHOD FOR FIXING SAME - Disclosed herein is a support between spinous processes and method for fixing the same when a surgery on a backbone is unavoidable due to spinal stenosis or other lumbar lesions, wherein the support 08-25-2011
20090138046Interspinous spacer - An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a receiving portion configured for seating a spinous process of a scoliotic spine or a spine with misaligned spinous processes. Each arm has a proximal caming surface and is capable of rotation with respect to the body. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the longitudinal passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, a threaded shaft of the actuator assembly contacts the caming surfaces of arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the superior and inferior arms of the spacer. Variations adapted for scoliotic curves are provided.05-28-2009
20110224731Interspinous Process Spacing Device - Various embodiments described herein provide devices and associated methods for treating spinal disease by implanting one or more interspinous process spacing devices. In one embodiment, an interspinous process spacing device includes a first attachment side and a second attachment side, whereby each attachment side includes one or more slots formed in the outer surface and oriented proximate one end for receiving fasteners extending inwardly from a second interspinous process spacing device. The device further includes a spacer tray positioned between the first attachment side and the second attachment side, the spacer tray extending from the first attachment side and slideably insertable through a tray slot formed in the second attachment side, wherein the spacer tray is adapted to retain adjacent spinous processes in a spaced apart orientation. The device further includes securing means for securing the second attachment side relative to the first attachment side, wherein, upon securing the second attachment side relative to the first attachment side, the interspinous process spacing device is engaged with the adjacent spinous processes.09-15-2011
20090198278SPINOUS PROCESS SPACER - To provide a spinous process spacer that can be stably inserted and fixed between split faces of a split spinous process in a gapless manner, without made-to-order production for each patient. There is provided a spinous process spacer (08-06-2009
20110144692INTERSPINOUS SPACER ASSEMBLY - An interspinous spacer assembly (06-16-2011
20090005819INTERSPINOUS VERTEBRAL IMPLANT - According to certain embodiments, disclosed is a vertebral interspinous implant including first and second supports (01-01-2009
20120078302CLAMPING INTERSPINOUS SPACER APPARATUS AND METHODS OF USE - An interspinous process spacer includes a main body, a first wing, and a screw. The main body includes a first securing member extending from a top portion of the main body that engages a first vertebra and a bottom portion of the main body that engages a second vertebra. The first wing pivotably couples to a distal portion of the main body and includes a second securing member extending parallel to the first securing member to form a first clamp. The screw is positionable within the main body and includes a distal end that positions the first wing between a first position and a second position. The first clamp includes a first diameter in the first position and a second diameter in the second position.03-29-2012
20090204152VERTEBRAL FACET JOINT PROSTHESIS AND METHOD OF FIXATION - Devices and methods for altering the spacing and motion at the facet joints of the vertebral column are provided. One embodiment of the invention comprises a prosthesis with surfaces configured to articulate with the facets of the facet joint. A retaining member for anchoring the prosthesis within the facet joint is optionally included. Methods for surgically and less invasively implanting the prosthesis and securing the prosthesis to the articular processes or surrounding soft tissue are also provided.08-13-2009
20090222043Interspinous process spacer instrument system with deployment indicator - A percutaneous and minimally invasive instrument system for implanting an interspinous process spacer into a patient is disclosed. The insertion instrument system includes an inserter and a driver. The inserter is configured to releasably clamp to an interspinous process spacer for its delivery, implantation and deployment. The driver is configured for removable insertion into a proximal end of a passageway of the inserter. The driver has a distal spacer engaging portion configured to engage that part of the spacer requiring activation for the deployment of the spacer from at least one undeployed configuration to at least one deployed configuration and vice versa. As the spacer goes from the undeployed to the deployed configuration and vice versa, the system advantageously provides a degree of deployment information to the user via at least one deployment indicator.09-03-2009
20100174316DISTRACTIBLE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT AND METHOD OF IMPLANTATION - Systems and method in accordance with embodiment of the present invention can includes a distractible implant comprising a distracting insert and a body having a first part and a second part adapted to be positioned between adjacent spinous processes of cervical vertebrae. The distracting insert can be inserted into cavities of the body, thereby urging apart the first part and second part, and distracting the adjacent spinous processes.07-08-2010
20100217321SPACING MEANS FOR INSERTION BETWEEN SPINOUS PROCESSES OF ADJACENT VERTEBRAE - A device for insertion between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae of the human spine includes a first tapered screw-like component dismountably assembled to a second component by means of a centrally located shaped rod. The second component includes a self-locating spacer member which remains in position between adjacent spinous processes after removal of the tapered screw-like portion.08-26-2010
20110112577INTERSPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT HAVING DEPLOYABLE WINGS AND METHOD OF IMPLANTATION - An embodiment of a system in accordance with the present invention can include an implant having a spacer with a thickness and a wing, wherein a first configuration of the wing has a first height substantially similar to the thickness and wherein the wing is adapted to be selectably arranged in a second configuration such that the wing has a second height greater than the first height. A periphery of the implant has a shape generally conformal with a shape of an inner surface of a cannula and a cross-sectional diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the cannula. The cannula is inserted such that a proximal end of the cannula is arranged between the adjacent spinous processes. The implant is then urged into position between the adjacent spinous processes by way of the cannula, and subsequently arranged in a second configuration to fix the implant in position.05-12-2011
20100241166Interspinous Internal Fixation/Distraction Device - Disclosed are an apparatus for an interspinous fixation and/or distraction of vertebrae and a methodology for minimally invasive implantation of the apparatus in the spine of a patient. The apparatus corresponds to a pair of teardrop shaped lateral wing elements spaced apart by a central core element that may be selectively sized during the implantation process. The wings and central core are held together by a single threaded bolt and locking nut configuration resulting in a simple structure that may be easily implanted with minimal patient discomfort.09-23-2010
20100211102DEVICE FOR CLAMPING TWO PORTIONS OF A BRAID AND AN INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT COMPRISING A SPACER, A BRAID, AND SUCH A CLAMPING DEVICE - The invention relates to an intervertebral implant comprising: a spacer (08-19-2010
20100222817INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER DEVICE INCLUDING A ROTATABLE RETAINING MEMBER - A spacer device that is to be inserted between the spinous process of adjacent vertebrae. In one embodiment, the spacer device is percutaneously inserted between the spinous process of adjacent vertebrae using minimally invasive surgical procedures. The spacer device includes a body portion having a channel extending therethrough, a plate member attached at one end of the body portion that is larger cross-wise than the body portion, and at least one retaining member attached proximate to an opposite end of the body portion from the plate member. The spacer device is inserted between the spinous process with the retaining member stored within the body portion. A deploying device is inserted into the channel to deploy the retaining member to lock the spacer device in place.09-02-2010
20100222816EXPANDABLE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER - An expandable interspinous process spacer implant for insertion and/or implantation between a spinous process of a superior vertebral body and a spinous process of an inferior vertebral body, the implant comprising multiple pairs of legs joined in a scissor-like fashion and pivotally coupled to each other by one or more pins, where each leg has multiple slots along its longitudinal axis. The implant further may include a pair of bearing surfaces coupled between the legs via cross pins and a first plate and second plate each of which is coupled to a pair of roller pins disposed between a pair of slots on the legs where rotation of a fastener in the fastener holes of the first and second plate results in the first plate and the second plate being drawn toward each other causing the expansion of the height of the implant.09-02-2010
20090292315Interspinous Spacer - An interspinous spacer implant includes first, second, third, and fourth arms that are divided into pairs that are relatively rotatable. In an insertion configuration, the first and third arms are disposed close together, and the second and fourth arms are disposed close together. Relatively rotating the arm pairs results in a deployed configuration where the first and fourth arms are disposed close together and the second and third arms are disposed close together, with each set of arms forming a respective saddle for receiving a corresponding spinous process. Related methods are also described.11-26-2009
20120143253Facet Arthroplasty Devices and Methods - A prosthesis replaces all or a portion of a natural facet joint on a vertebral body. The prosthesis has a prosthesis body accommodating fixation to the vertebral body at or near a pedicle and without support by a lamina. The prosthesis body has a fastening element installed within the vertebral body at or near a pedicle. The prosthesis further has an artificial facet joint structure carried by the prosthesis body at a location spaced from the fastening element. The artificial facet joint structure is adapted and configured to replace all or a portion of a natural facet joint.06-07-2012
20090149886IMPLANTATION - The invention relates to an implant that can be located between adjacent spinous processes of two vertebral bodies of a vertebral column in order to separate adjacent vertebrae from each other, where the implant displays four projections and can be located in a stabilizing position in which two projections can be located on opposite sides of the vertebral column and where, on each side, one of the two projections can be located along the vertebral column, laterally to an upper and a lower vertebra. According to the invention, the implant comprises two at least essentially rigid implant parts, each of which displays two projections that can be located on opposite sides of the vertebral column, where the two parts of the implant are connected to each other in articulated fashion by a joint located in the middle area thereof, such that, referred to the direction of insertion of the implant into the space between vertebral processes, each of the two implant parts displays a front and a rear projection, between which the joint is located.06-11-2009
20110213418MULTI-CHAMBER EXPANDABLE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER - An expandable interspinous process spacer is disclosed that includes at least two chambers, one disposed within the other. Each of the at least two chambers can receive an injectable biocompatible material, which advantageously may have different material properties such as hardness. Further, the expandable interspinous process spacer can be changed from a deflated configuration to an inflated configuration. In the inflated configuration, the expandable interspinous process spacer can engage and support a superior spinous process and an inferior spinous process.09-01-2011
20100331883ACCESS AND TISSUE MODIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Described herein are methods and systems for precisely placing and/or manipulating devices within the body by first positioning a guidewire or pullwire through the body from a first location, around a curved pathway, and out of the body through a second location, so that the distal and proximal ends of the guidewire extend from the body, then pulling a device into position using the guidewire. The device to be positioned within the body is coupled to the proximal end of the guidewire, and the device is pulled into the body by pulling on the distal end of the guidewire that extends from the body. The device may be bimanually manipulated by pulling the guidewire distally, and an attachment to the device that extends proximally, allowing control of both the proximal and the distal ends. In this manner devices (and particularly implants such as innerspinous distracters, stimulating leads, and disc slings) may be positioned and/or manipulated within the body. Devices to modify tissue may also be positioned or manipulated so that a target tissue within the body is modified.12-30-2010
20110040330INTERSPINOUS IMPLANT - An interspinous implant is provided. The interspinous implant can include a first member having a first end and a second end. At least one of the first end and the second end can include a mating portion. The interspinous implant can also include a second member, which can have a first end, a second end and at least one receiving portion formed adjacent to at least one of the first end and the second end. The at least one receiving portion can receive the mating portion to couple the first member to the second member at a desired orientation. The interspinous implant can also include a first extension, which can be substantially opposite the mating portion, and adapted to engage a spinous process. The interspinous implant can comprise a second extension, which can be substantially opposite the at least one receiving portion, and adapted to engage a second process.02-17-2011
20100152775Lateral Spinous Process Spacer With Deployable Wings - Interspinous process implants are disclosed. Also disclosed are systems and kits including such implants, methods of inserting such implants, and methods of alleviating pain or discomfort associated with the spinal column.06-17-2010
20110125191Spinous Process Spacer - Interspinous process implants are disclosed. Also disclosed are systems and kits including such implants, methods of inserting such implants, and methods of alleviating pain or discomfort associated with the spinal column.05-26-2011
20100241167SPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANTS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - The present invention provides spinous process implant and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention the implant limits the maximum spacing between the spinous processes. In another aspect of the invention, a spacer has at least one transverse opening to facilitate tissue in-growth. In another aspect of the invention, an implant includes a spacer and separate extensions engageable with the spacer. In another aspect of the invention, instrumentation for inserting the implant is provided. In other aspects of the invention, methods for treating spine disease are provided.09-23-2010
20100262188Photodynamic Bone Stabilization Systems and Methods for Treating Spine Conditions - In an embodiment, an interspinous process spacer system includes a light-conducting fiber configured to transmit light energy; a liquid light-curable material; and a catheter having an elongated shaft with a proximal end adapter, a distal end releasably engaging an expandable interspinous process spacer device, and a longitudinal axis therebetween, wherein an inner void of the catheter is sufficiently designed for passage of the liquid light-curable material to the interspinous process spacer device, wherein an inner lumen of the catheter is sufficiently designed for passage of the light-conducting fiber to the interspinous process spacer device, wherein the interspinous process spacer device includes a circumferential groove, wherein the interspinous process spacer device is sufficiently designed to inflate and deflate as the liquid light-curable material is added, and wherein the interspinous process spacer device, when positioned between two spinous processes and inflated, is configured to engage the spinous processes at the groove.10-14-2010
20090216276INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT FOR LUMBOSACRAL JOINT - The invention relates to an implant for placing between the sacrum of a patient and the fifth lumbar vertebra. It comprises a connection bar (08-27-2009
20100131009SPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT SPACER AND METHOD OF USE THEREFOR - A spinous process implant, and a method therefor can be positioned with its longitudinal axis substantially perpendicular to the median sagittal plane of the patient, between an upper and an adjacent lower spinous process. The implant comprises, as spacers, upper support means, and lower support means, which, in each case, are applied with a recess saddle against the upper or lower spinous process. The support means can be spread apart in each case by means of clamping means, which are arranged between the support means in the longitudinal direction.05-27-2010
20100069960Spinous Process Based Laminoplasty - In one embodiment of the invention, a cervical implant may include a spinous process base coupled to a lateral mass base. During an open door laminoplasty, a surgeon may connect the lateral mass base to the right lateral mass and connect the spinous process base to the spinous process to fixedly retract the left lamina from the left lateral mass. As a result, no implant is needed to bridge or span the open door. Instead, the implant may span the hinged lamina. Consequently, no holes must be drilled in left lamina (open door side). If no holes must be drilled in left lamina, the surgeon lessens the risk of drilling a drill bit through left lamina and into spinal cord. Furthermore, no implant base or portion, screw, bolt, or fastener of any form needs to be affixed to inferior side of the left lamina, thereby avoiding irritation of the spinal cord by the implant.03-18-2010
20100069961SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING ADJACENT LEVEL DISC DISEASE - A spacer device is provided for use with a primary spinal fixation device to treat, reduce, or delay adjacent level degenerative disc disease. The spacer device comprises a compressible spacer, a transverse member, and a connecting member. The compressible spacer is sized to fit between the spinous processes of two adjacent vertebrae and is configured to reduce the range of motion of at least one vertebra. The transverse member is configured to extend from one side of the midline of the spine, extending through the interspinous process space. The transverse member is coupled with the spacer. The connecting member is attachable to the transverse member and to a primary spinal fixation device.03-18-2010
20110098745INTERSPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT AND METHOD OF IMPLANTATION - Medical devices for the treatment of spinal conditions are described herein. The medical device of this invention includes a spacer that is disposed between adjacent spinous processes and has a proximal retention member and a distal retention member, which may be rotated with respect to the proximal retention member between an initial implantation configuration and a final locked configuration.04-28-2011
20110098746Methods and Apparatus For Treating Spinal Stenosis - This invention relates generally to spine surgery and, in particular, to methods and apparatus for treating spinal stenosis with a spinous process spacer and an overlay designed to extend between the superior and inferior spinous processes in order to restore the integrity and functional benefits of the supraspinous ligament.04-28-2011
20110082504INFLATABLE INTERSPINOUS SPACER - The present invention is directed to an inflated interspinous spacer. The interspinous spacer is inserted into the interspinous space between adjacent spinous process in a deflated or unexpanded state, and is inflated or expanded with an injectable filler material. Upon inflation, the spacer preferably distracts the spinous processes and assumes a shape that retains the spacer in position and preferably mechanically locks with the spinous processes. The spacer includes two separate balloons configured to have different compressive modulus so that one balloon is softer and more deformable than the other balloon.04-07-2011
20110077686INTERSPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT HAVING A COMPLIANT SPACER - Medical devices for the treatment of spinal conditions are described herein. The medical device of this invention includes a spacer that is disposed between adjacent spinous processes and has a layer of a soft or compliant material. The layer is preferably thicker along those portions of the spacer directly contacting the adjacent spinous processes and is preferably thinner or non-existent adjacent to the anterior portion of the support member. This preferred asymmetry of the compliant layer allows the spacer to be seated between spinous processes as anteriorly as possible.03-31-2011
20120150229INTERSPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANTS HAVING DEPLOYABLE ENGAGEMENT ARMS - Spinal implants include an elongated body portion dimensioned and configured for percutaneous introduction into a target interspinous process space, at which interspinous distraction and/or spinal fusion are desired. The body portion can include a threaded outer surface, or alternatively a smooth surface. The body portion can include one or more interior cavities, and can include deployable engagement members adapted and configured to move in tandem between a stowed position retracted within the interior cavity of the body portion and a deployed position extended from the interior cavity of the body for engaging adjacent spinous processes. An internal drive assembly for selectively moving the engagement members from the stowed position to the deployed position can be provided, as can a elements for locking the engagement members in a deployed position.06-14-2012
20090099603Minimally-Invasive Implant for Opening and Enlargement of Processus Spinosus Interspace and Method of Percutaneously Enlarging Processus Spinosus Interspace Therewith - For the purpose of realizing of a method of minimally-invasive therapy for spinal canal stenosis, it is intended to provide a therapeutic device capable of stationing an interspinous process spacer without the need of large skin incision or ligamentous tissue incision and also without the need of detaching of the paraspinal muscle from the spine. There is provided an interspinous process spacer comprising conoid screw region (04-16-2009
20110257684ALA RODS FOR LUMBAR-SACRAL INTERSPINOUS PROCESS DEVICE - Medical devices for the treatment of spinal conditions are described herein. The medical device includes a main body portion and a mounting portion that is adapted to be fixed with respect to the sacral ala and the main body portion is adapted to support an implant such as an interspinous process spacer. This arrangement maintains distraction between the adjacent spinous processes of the L5 vertebra and the S1 vertebra when the spine moves to extension.10-20-2011
20110054533SPINOUS FUSION DEVICE - An implant device has a main body that has a top surface and a bottom surface. The implant device further has a first notch formed in the top surface for receiving a first spinous process and a second notch formed in the bottom surface for receiving a second spinous process.03-03-2011
20110054532INTERSPINOUS MESH - In accordance with one or more implementations of the present invention, a flexible mesh bag including a catenoidal central portion (03-03-2011
20110054531SPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANTS, INSTRUMENTS, AND METHODS - Spinous process implants and associated methods are shown and described. In one aspect, the implant limits the maximum spacing between the spinous processes. In another aspect, a spacer has at least one transverse opening to facilitate tissue in-growth. In another aspect, an implant includes a spacer and separate extensions engageable with the spacer. The spacer is provided in a variety of lengths and superior to inferior surface spacings. In another aspect, an implant includes a spacer and a cerclage element offset from the midline of the spacer in use so that the spacer defines a fulcrum and the cerclage element is operative to impart a moment to the vertebrae about the spacer. In another aspect, instrumentation for inserting the implant is provided. In other aspects, methods for treating spine disease are provided.03-03-2011
20110022091LOCAL DELIVERY OF AN ACTIVE AGENT FROM AN ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANT - A posterior spinal fixation device or dynamic spinal stabilization device or other orthopedic device includes an active agent-delivery component. The active agent-delivery component has an active agent impregnated therein or adsorbed thereon or otherwise contained therein and is configured to release the active agent locally after the device is implanted in a patient. One preferred type of implant in accordance with the invention is an implant for stabilizing a spinal motion segment that includes a spacer member positionable between adjacent spinous processes or transverse processes or other posterior spinal element, including an implanted anchor element.01-27-2011
20110022090SPINOUS PROCESS FUSION IMPLANTS - A bone plate assembly including at least one bone plate, polyaxially adjustable fixation elements and a polyaxially adjustable locking mechanism. A first plate includes at least one polyaxial element for lockable connection with a fixation pad, and a connection feature which allows the plate to translate and polyaxially rotate relative to the locking mechanism. A second plate includes at least one polyaxial element for connection with a fixation pad and a connection feature for non-rotatable connection with the locking mechanism. The locking mechanism allows translation and polyaxial adjustment of the first plate relative to the second plate and locks the first and second plates via a taper lock. The fixation pad includes a deflectable spacer configured to prevent premature locking of the pad. Methods for implantation of the bone plate assembly between two bone structures are disclosed. Instrumentation for implantation, compression and locking of the bone plate assembly is disclosed.01-27-2011
20100305611INTERSPINOUS PROCESS APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH A SELECTABLY EXPANDABLE SPACER - The present invention is an interspinous process implant with a selectably expandable spacer that can be placed between adjacent spinous processes.12-02-2010
20100179595Intervertebral Implant Devices and Methods for Insertion Thereof - Implant apparatuses are provided for being inserted between adjacent vertebral bone portions and maintaining mechanical engagement with the vertebral bone portions. The implant apparatuses are generally constructed to be inserted in an insertion orientation and pivoted between the vertebral bone portions to an implanted orientation. The implant apparatuses are further secured in the implanted orientation to maintain engagement with the adjacent vertebral bone portions.07-15-2010
20110190818INTERVERTEBRAL DEVICE - An intervertebral device intended to be placed between two spinous processes (SP08-04-2011
20100121379PEDICLE AND NON-PEDICLE BASED INTERSPINOUS AND LATERAL SPACERS - Pedicle and non-pedicle based interspinous and lateral spacers have an upper surface configured for engagement with an inferior surface of a fifth lumbar vertebral body, and a lower surface configured for engagement with an outer surface of a sacrum. One configuration includes a component having two opposing upper arms and two opposing lower arms. The spacer component has two ends and a central section, each end of the spacer component being configured for attachment to a respective one of the two opposing upper arms, and the central section of the spacer has a height configured for placement between a spinous process of a fifth lumbar vertebral body and a superior surface of an uppermost spinous process of a sacrum. The ends of the spacer component may be attached to the upper arms using pedicle screws, or may use snap-and-lock or other connectors. The two lower arms may either engage directly with the outer surface of a sacrum on either side of a medial ridge, or may interconnect with a separate component also having two lower arms that engage with the outer surface of a sacrum on either side of a medial ridge. Such arms are preferably bent outwardly and include inward serrations to engage with the outer surface of a sacrum on either side of a medial ridge. Other configurations include a spacer component that engages with a sacral notch.05-13-2010
20110087286UNLOADING D-DYNAMIC INTERVERTEBRAL DEVICE - An unloading dynamic intervertebral device comprising a first bar and a second bar configured for providing an even, steady and adjustable decompression of the intervertebral interspinous space and for maintaining the distance between at least two vertebrae. The first bar may comprise a guideline with an elongated gap formed therein. The second bar may comprise a guide having at least one tang interposed within the elongated gap of the first bar, such that the first bar and the second bar are rotationally and slidably connected with each other about the tang. An end of the first bar and an opposing end of the second bar may comprise shaped bearings configured for bony elements of the spine. The first and second bar may be movable relative to each other between an open position and a closed position.04-14-2011
20110190816INTERSPINOUS SPACER WITH DEPLOYABLE MEMBERS AND RELATED METHOD - The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of spinal stenosis. An implant for insertion between adjacent spinous processes is provided. The implant can include a body having a first end, a second end and defining a bore. The implant can include a first cap coupled to the first end of the body, a second cap coupled to the second end of the body, with each of the caps defining a space. The implant can include a connector coupled to the first cap and the second cap through the bore. The implant can include at least one deployable member coupled to the first end of the body and the first cap. The at least one deployable member can be retained within the first space in a first position, and can extend from the first space in a second position.08-04-2011
20110190817MINIMALLY INVASIVE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER IMPLANTS AND METHODS - An interspinous process spacer for implantation in an interspinous space between a superior spinous process and an inferior spinous process includes a balloon-like body, a first deployable protrusion and a second deployable protrusion. The body has a distal end, a proximal end and a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal and distal ends. The spacer is arrangeable in an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The first deployable protrusion is mounted proximate the proximal end and the second deployable protrusion is mounted proximate the distal end. The first and second deployable protrusions are oriented generally parallel to the longitudinal axis in the unexpanded configuration and generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis in the expanded configuration.08-04-2011
20110190819INTERLAMINAR-INTERSPINOUS VERTEBRAL STABILIZATION SYSTEM - An implantable interlaminar-interspinous stabilization system is provided. The system may comprise a U-shaped implantable device having an inferior section, a superior section, a midsection extending therebetween, and pair of lateral walls for engaging a spinous process of a vertebra, each of the lateral walls including an aperture with a countersink for receiving a bone fastener. The system may also include a bone fastener comprising a threaded bolt and a threaded nut for securing the implantable device to the spinous processes. Insertion tools may be provided for aligning the threaded bolt and nut through the apertures of the implantable device.08-04-2011
20110046674INTERSPINOUS VERTEBRAL DISTRACTOR FOR PERCUTANEOUS IMPLANTATION - Interspinous distractor for percutaneous implantation comprising a central body (02-24-2011
20110307010INTERSPINOUS DEVICE AND METHOD OF IMPLANTING - In an interspinous device made of an allograft, the device is machined to define a substantially rectangular structure with flat major surfaces and rounded upper and lower notches for engaging the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae and provide consistent structures that abut multiple surfaces of the spine.12-15-2011
20110307011SPINOUS PROCESS STAPLE WITH INTERDIGITATING-INTERLOCKING HEMI-SPACERS FOR ADJACENT SPINOUS PROCESS SEPARATION AND DISTRACTION - A Spinous Process (SP) staple including a top claw, a bottom claw, a staple pin pivotally connecting the top claw and the bottom claw, a ratchet mechanism that limits an opening force of the top claw with respect to the bottom claw, a first hemi-spacer positioned on the top claw and a second hemi-spacer positioned on the bottom claw. Upon the stapling of two adjacent spinous processes, the SP staple claws approximate, and the first and second hemi-spacers interdigitate, interlock, and unite to become a single interspinous process spacer which can be wedged between two adjacent spinous processes. Adjacent spinous process separation and/or distraction leading to spinal canal decompression and alleviation of the symptoms of spinal stenosis are accomplished.12-15-2011
20090254122INTERSPINAL STABILIZATION SYSTEM - An interspinous stabilization system comprising three elements and characterized in that two of its elements, called spinous anchoring parts (10-08-2009
20110071568Spacer Devices Having Retainers And Systems For The Treatment Of Spinal Stenosis And Methods For Using The Same - Spacer devices for treating spinal stenosis are provided herein, as are methods for using the same. In some example embodiments, these devices are configured for attachment over or through the interspinous ligaments. These devices generally include a spacer portion and an attachable retainer. Also provided are systems for the delivery of the spacer devices and methods for using the same.03-24-2011
20100191287Flexible and Static Interspinous/Inter-Laminar Spinal Spacers - Interspinous/inter-laminar spinal spacers (spinal spacers) are configured to be placed between bony structures (i.e. transverse and spinous processes) of adjacent vertebrae of a spine. In one form, flexible spinal spacers are defined by a unitary body that is configured to be placed between bony structures of adjacent vertebrae of a spine. The unitary body has a flex portion that provides for motion between the adjacent vertebrae to which it is coupled. The flex portion is configurable to provide for various degrees of angulation, flexion, extension and/or compression of the present flexible spinal spacer. In another form, static spinal spacers are defined by a unitary body that is configured to be placed between bony structures of adjacent vertebrae of a spine. The unitary body has saddle-shaped ends each defining a pocket that is configured to receive a bony structure of a vertebra. The pockets may or may not be textured and/or may or may not include teeth, serrations or ridged surfaces to secure the spinal spacer to the bony structure.07-29-2010
20100280551INTERSPINOUS PROCESS DEVICE AND METHOD - An interspinous process device is configured for placement between adjacent spinous processes on a subject's spine. The device includes a housing configured for mounting to a first spinal process, the housing having a lead screw fixedly secured at one end thereof. A magnetic assembly is at least partially disposed within the housing and configured for mounting to a second spinal process. The magnetic assembly includes a hollow magnet configured for rotation within the magnetic assembly, the hollow magnet comprising a threaded insert configured to engage with the lead screw. An externally applied magnetic field rotates the hollow magnet in a first direction or a second, opposite direction. Rotation of the hollow magnet in the first direction causes telescopic movement of the magnetic assembly out of the housing (i.e., elongation) and rotation in the second direction causes telescopic movement of the magnetic assembly into the housing (i.e., shortening).11-04-2010
20110093013INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER INSERTION DEVICE - An interspinous process spacer insertion device that positions an interspinous process spacer between the spinous process of adjacent vertebrae in a minimally invasive percutaneous surgical procedure. The device includes a trocar rod that extends through a cannulated sleeve. The spacer is attached to the end of the cannulated sleeve, where a trocar tip of the trocar rod extends through the spacer. The trocar rod is moved through the cannulated sleeve and an incision in the patient, and is positioned between the spinous process of the vertebra to align the device. The cannulated sleeve is then moved down the trocar rod so that the spacer slides between the spinous process, and the trocar rod is then withdrawn from the patient. The spacer is then rotated so that it locks behind the spinous process, and the cannulated sleeve is detached from the spacer and removed from the patient.04-21-2011
20110166600INTERSPINSOUS IMPLANTS AND METHODS - The present invention provides spinous process implant and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention the implant limits the maximum spacing between the spinous processes. In another aspect of the invention, a spacer has at least one transverse opening to facilitate tissue in-growth. In another aspect of the invention, an implant includes a spacer and separate extensions engageable with the spacer. The spacer is provided in a variety of lengths and superior to inferior surface spacings. In another aspect of the invention, an implant includes a spacer and a cerclage element offset from the midline of the spacer in use so that the spacer defines a fulcrum and the cerclage element is operative to impart a moment to the vertebrae about the spacer. In another aspect of the invention, instrumentation for inserting the implant is provided. In other aspects of the invention, methods for treating spine disease are provided.07-07-2011
20120016418INTERSPINOUS FIXATION IMPLANT - An implantable assembly for stabilization of two adjacent spinous processes in a spinal column includes an elongated first component extending along a first axis, an elongated second component extending along a second axis, a hub spacer, means for inserting and securing the hub spacer transversely through the interspinous ligament separating the first and second spinous processes and means for clamping and securing first and second spinous processes of first and second adjacent vertebras, respectively, between the first and second components. The first and second components are arranged opposite and parallel to each other and are separated by the hub spacer.01-19-2012
20120016419Dynamic Inter-Spinous Process Spacer - An interspinous process spacer and method of implantation for distraction of the vertebra including an expandable member, a self sealing percutaneous access port in fluid engagement with the expandable member and an anchor member secured to and in fluid engagement with said tubular member. The anchor member may be an arcuate channel mechanically secured to adjacent spinous process by bone screws through a plurality of slots in the legs of the channel. The port allows for adding or removing fluid from the one or more chambers or envelopes of the expandable member in order to adjust the volume of the expandable member and thus the interspinous process spacing. Subsequent to initial implantation and expansion the volume of the expandable member may be increased or decreased in a non-surgical in-office procedure in which a needle is used to add or remove fluid from the expandable member via the port and tubular member. The flowable material/fluid may be a liquid such as saline, gel such as silicone, or a viscous polymer and my further remain in a liquid state or harden to a viscoelastic state with or without additional intervention.01-19-2012
20120022590INJECTABLE FLEXIBLE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS DEVICE SYSTEM - An injectable, flexible interspinous process device and a delivery system. The interspinous process device is flexible and can be fillable in situ with a desired amount of biocompatible material. The interspinous process device has a container portion. A support element, such as a self-expanding mesh, is used in conjunction with the container to provide added structural support. The mesh also facilitates deployment of the device when it is properly positioned. A conduit may be coupled to the interspinous process to fill the device. A delivery system is also provided for delivering the flexible interspinous process device to the desired location. The delivery system includes an outer catheter that is disposed over the interspinous process device to maintain it in the undeployed state and thus facilitate delivery of the device to the desired location. An inner removable sleeve and a guidewire may also be used with the delivery system.01-26-2012
20120065684Intervertebral Prosthetic Device For Spinal Stabilization and Method of Implanting Same - A prosthetic device for insertion between first and second vertebrae comprises a unitary body having posterior and anterior portions. The posterior portion includes first and second flanges and the anterior portion includes third and fourth flanges. The first and third flanges form a first groove and the second and fourth flanges form a second groove. The first and second grooves are configured to extend through the sagittal plane when the body is disposed between first and second vertebrae.03-15-2012
20120209329METHOD FOR DILATING BETWEEN SPINOUS PROCESSES - Disclosed is a method for dilating between spinous processes wherein a filamentous body provided with an expansion body is percutaneously inserted to locate the expansion body between the spinous processes, a filling material is injected into the expansion body to dilate between the spinous processes, and the expansion body is cut off from the filamentous body to be located between the spinous processes. This method exerts very little burden on the patient.08-16-2012
20120158062INTERBODY SPACER - An intervertebral implant includes a body portion defining a longitudinal axis. The body portion includes a distal end portion, a proximal end portion, anterior and posterior walls that extend between the distal and proximal end portions, and top and bottom surfaces. At least one of the top and bottom surfaces includes a plurality of substantially concentrically arranged ridges configured and adapted to engage vertebral bodies. In particular, the plurality of substantially concentrically arranged ridges are a plurality of ring-shaped protrusions that define a generally saw-tooth pattern in a radial direction.06-21-2012
20090138045Distance-Keeping Inter-Process Implant - The invention concerns a distance-keeping inter-process implant with a body (05-28-2009
20110009904INTERSPINOUS SPACER - A spacer for maintaining separation between adjacent spinous processes having a first and second end support, a connecting member, and a central member positioned between the first and second end supports. The spacer is adjustable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration such that when the connection member is pulled to bring the first and second end supports closer together, the central member expands into the expanded configuration to contact and support adjacent spinous processes.01-13-2011
20120158063INTERSPINOUS SPACER - An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes is provided. The spacer includes a body and a wing rotatably connected to the body. The wing includes two U-shaped configurations that together define a substantially H-shaped configuration for retaining the spacer between adjacent spinous processes. An actuator assembly is connected to the body and to the wing with the proximal end of the spacer being connectable to a removable driver that is configured to engage the actuator assembly. While connected to the spacer, the driver is rotatable in one direction to deploy the wing from an undeployed to a deployed configuration and in an opposite direction to undeploy the wing. In the deployed configuration, the spacer acts as a space holder opening up the area of the spinal canal, maintaining foraminal height, reducing stress on the facet joints and relieving pain for the patient.06-21-2012
20110066186Spinous Process Fusion Devices - The present disclosure generally relates to a device for positioning and immobilizing at least two adjacent vertebrae. In particular, in one or more embodiments, the present disclosure relates to spinous process fusion devices that distract and immobilize the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae.03-17-2011
20110106160SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POSTERIOR DYNAMIC STABILIZATION OF THE SPINE - Devices, systems and methods for dynamically stabilizing the spine are provided. The devices include an expandable spacer having an undeployed configuration and a deployed configuration, wherein the spacer has axial and radial dimensions for positioning between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae. The systems include one or more spacers and a mechanical actuation means for delivering and deploying the spacer. The methods involve the implantation of one or more spacers within the interspinous space.05-05-2011
20100249840Inter Spinous Process Spacer with Compressible Core Providing Dynamic Stabilization - The described devices are useful in the treatment of spinal disorders and pain. In particular, the described devices are designed to stabilize a portion of the spine by restoring and maintaining spacing between two adjacent vertebrae. The devices are compressible spacers that may be situated between the spinous processes of those adjacent vertebrae. The described inter spinous process spacers also allow a range of spinal motion and mimic the motion of a normally functioning spine.09-30-2010
20100204732INTERSPINOUS SPACER - The present invention relates to an interspinous spacer (08-12-2010
20120215260Lateral Spine Stabilization Devices and Methods - A resilient core is positioned between bony projections which are offset from a principal load bearing region of a spinal joint. Shaped projections extend from the core, and engage the bony projections by conforming to anatomical landmarks, and may be fastened to the bony projections. During flexion of the joint, the core absorbs some of the force of compression, and limits an extent to which the joint may compress. If the shaped projections are connected to the bony projections, extension of the joint is inhibited by the projections and the core, limiting the extent to which the joint may be distracted. In this manner, healing is fostered, and a weakened or damaged joint is protected from excessive movement.08-23-2012
20120083844INTER-VERTEBRAL SUPPORT KIT INCLUDING MAIN INSERT JACK AND DUAL SECONDARY AUXILIARY SUPPORT JACKS LOCATED BETWEEN SUCCEEDING TRANSVERSE PROCESSES - An insert for establishing a desired spacing between a pair of succeeding vertebrae and having a body including an extending end for supporting a location associated with a first selected lumbar vertebrae. An opposite extending end supports a spaced apart and opposing location associated with a second successively positioned lumbar vertebrae. Upon pre-positioning the body in an open space established between the vertebrae, an actuating input causes the first extending end to displace outwardly relative to the second end and into contacting support with the vertebrae.04-05-2012
20120083843Interspinous Process Implant Having a Thread-Shaped Wing and Method of Implantation - A spinal implant adapted to be inserted into an interspinous space between adjacent spinous processes includes a proximal section, a central section, and a distal section disposed sequentially along a longitudinal axis. The distal section has feature(s) that allow the implant to be inserted laterally into the interspinous space, such as an approximately helical groove and/or a thread-like structure. The distal tip of the implant tapers inwardly, and may be rounded. The proximal section may include an outwardly extending wing or flange. The implant may include a main body that includes the wing or flange and a spacer slidably mated to the main body through the wing or flange.04-05-2012
20120136393Interspinous Process Spacer Diagnostic Parallel Balloon Catheter and Methods of Use - An interspinous process spacer diagnostic parallel balloon catheter and method. The balloon catheter has a plurality of main expandable members disposed one inside another, a distal expandable member and a proximal expandable member that all can be expanded from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration and then collapsed again to a collapsed configuration. The device can be used to determine whether a particular patient is a candidate for implantation of an interspinous process spacer to treat the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis and the size of such a spacer if indicated.05-31-2012
20120136392System and Method for Stabilizing Vertebrae in Spine Surgery Through a Lateral Access Channel - A system for stabilizing a superior vertebra relative to an inferior vertebra includes a plate having a first surface for mating with the superior and inferior vertebra and a second surface opposite the first surface. The plate has a first hole configured for overlying the superior vertebra and a second hole configured for overlying the inferior vertebra. An alignment instrument has a leading portion and a trailing portion. The leading portion has a securing mechanism configured for removable attachment to a fastening mechanism of the plate. The alignment instrument also includes an alignment prong extending past the first surface of the plate when the plate is attached to the fastening mechanism. The alignment prong provides tactile information to the trailing portion of the alignment instrument for use in positioning the plate with respect to the superior and inferior vertebra.05-31-2012
20120215261SPINAL IMPLANT DEVICE WITH FUSION CAGE AND FIXATION PLATES AND METHOD OF IMPLANTING - There is provided a spinal implant device for placement between adjacent spinous processes and a pair of opposing facet joints. The spinal implant device includes a fusion cage, first and second fixation plates and a connector for connecting the cage to the plates. The fusion cage includes a superficial face, a deep face, superior and inferior saddle portions, and opposing cage ends. Each cage end defining a facet fusion surface sized and configured to respectively contact the opposing facet joints. The first and second fixation plate are sized and configured to extend along and in contact with the adjacent spinous processes. A method of implanting the device is provided. In another embodiment the device includes the fusion cage.08-23-2012
20100049251METHOD AND DEVICE FOR INTERSPINOUS PROCESS FUSION - The device of the invention includes a flexible container that may be filled with fill material either before or after placement at the insertion site. It is one object of the present invention to provide a flexible container filled with morselized cortico-cancellous bone graft. According to one aspect of the present invention, a filled flexible container may be placed at the insertion site and then molded to the local anatomy. In an embodiment, a filled flexible container may be placed between two spinous processes.02-25-2010
20120259368SPACER APPARATUS FOR MANINTAINING INTERSPINOUS SPACING - A spacer apparatus for maintaining an interspinous spacing is provided. The spacer apparatus includes a first member and a second member. The first member includes a first body section supporting the upper spinous process, a first upper wing section supporting one side of the upper spinous process, a first lower wing section supporting one side of the lower spinous process, and a protrusion laterally extending from the first body section. The second member includes a second body section having an insertion hole through which the protrusion is inserted, a second upper wing section supporting the other side of the upper spinous process, and a second lower wing section supporting the other side of the lower spinous process.10-11-2012
20090318967Spacer for use in a surgical operation for spinous process of spine - A spacer used for maintaining an interval between spinous processes of spine, capable of preventing unnecessary damage to vertebras, simplifying the surgical operation, and reducing the time taken for the surgical operation by implementing a new vertebra fastening means for strongly maintaining a state of extending an interval between spinous processes by using a shape memory material which can be restored by body temperature. In addition, such a spacer may be capable of easily insertion in a lateral direction, thereby reducing a cut portion for the surgical operation and avoiding unnecessary cutting of a ligament fastening the spinous processes. In addition, there is provided a spacer for use in a surgical operation for spinous processes of spine, capable of enabling the spine to move according to patient's movement by providing an elastic vertebra fastening means, so that the patient can move smoothly after the surgical operation.12-24-2009
20120253394ONE AND TWO PIECE SPINAL JACK INCORPORATING VARYING MECHANICAL PIVOT, HINGE AND CAM LIFT CONSTRUCTIONS FOR ESTABLISHING A DESIRED SPACING BETWEEN SUCCEEDING VERTEBRAE - An insert for establishing a desired spacing between a pair of succeeding vertebrae and having a body including an extending end for supporting a location associated with a first selected lumbar vertebrae. An opposite extending end supports a spaced apart and opposing location associated with a second successively positioned lumbar vertebrae. Upon pre-positioning the body in an open space established between the vertebrae, an actuating input causes the first extending end to displace outwardly relative to the second end and into contacting support with the vertebrae.10-04-2012
20120253393SPINOUS PROCESS FUSION PLATE ASSEMBLY - A spinal implant helps stabilize vertebrae for fusion. The implant includes first and second plates, a brace and a locking mechanism. When installed, the plates extend superiorly-inferiorly along respective lateral sides of the spinous processes. The plates are moved toward one another and relative to the brace by the locking mechanism to clamp the implant to the spinous processes.10-04-2012
20120221052DISTANCE-KEEPING INTER-PROCESS IMPLANT - The invention concerns a distance-keeping inter-process implant with a body ending in its posterior part with two opposite-situated resistance protrusions. In the anterior part of the body there are situated at least two wings, at least one of which is a mobile wing connected with the body by an articulated joint. Each wing is provided with at least one guide of the tensioning band. The articulated joint between the mobile wing and the body is formed by the mutually collaborating shaped surface of the. wing (and the shaped surface of the body and is usefully secured by the pin that constitutes the axis of rotation of the mobile wing. In an alternative version of the implementation of the implant, the mobile wing connected with the body is provided with at least one arm situated with respect to the wing at the angle a amounting to from 30° to 150°.08-30-2012
20120221051SPINOUS PROCESS FIXATION APPARATUS - An implantable device and method for fixation of spinous processes is presented. The device has first and second spaced plates configured for attachment to portions of adjacent spinous processes. The device can also have an implant configured for insertion between two adjacent spinous processes, but need not necessarily. The method has the steps of assembling the components of the implantable device and otherwise inserting them into position onto, between, and/or adjacent two desired spinous processes.08-30-2012
20120259367LUMBAR-SACRAL IMPLANT ALLOWING VARIABLE ANGLE FIXATION - Medical devices for the treatment of spinal conditions are described herein. The medical device includes a main body that is adapted to be placed between the L5 vertebra and the sacrum so that the main body acts as a spacer with respect to the L5 vertebra and the sacrum to maintain distraction therebetween when the spine moves in extension. Channels are formed in the lower portion of the main body and allow a fixation device to extend through each channel at different angles. A locking mechanism is disposed in the channels to lock the fixation devices in each channel with respect to the device in a desired orientation.10-11-2012
20120239089INTERSPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT AND METHOD OF IMPLANTATION - Medical devices for the treatment of spinal conditions are described herein. The medical device includes a sleeve, and optionally a bumper, that is disposed between adjacent spinous processes and has a first retention member and a second retention member, which may be locked together.09-20-2012
20120265246CONICAL INTERSPINOUS APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF PERFORMING INTERSPINOUS DISTRACTION - A conical interspinous apparatus comprising: an insertion portion with a proximal end, a distal end, and conical screw-shaped grooves configured to distract two adjacent spinous processes; a shaft portion, coupled to the distal end of the insertion portion, and having a smaller cross-section than a cross-section at the distal end of the insertion portion, such that the two spinous processes rest on the shaft portion; and a clamp portion being movable and securable along the shaft, and being configured to secure the two spinous processes between the clamp portion and the distal end of the insertion portion.10-18-2012
20110029021Spinous Process Spacer - A spinous process spacer that is designed to maintain a desired spatial relationship between adjacent vertebrae, is configured for introduction into a spinal implant site in a compressed state and then expands in situ. Once expanded, formations of the present spinal spacer form areas, pockets or spaces that receive at least one bony portion of each adjacent vertebra. The present spinous process spacer has a changeable circumferential profile wherein a first circumferential profile is smaller than a second circumferential profile in order to provide/achieve its compressed and expanded states. The first circumferential profile defines the collapsed position or state while the second circumferential profile defines the position or state. Upon implantation, the present spinous process spacer is not fixed to any bony structure of the vertebrae but provides support. In this regard, use of the spinous process spacer, by itself, will not result in vertebral fusion. However, fusion can result with the use of bone graft packed about the spinous processes (and the spinous process spacer) or in conjunction with the use of an intervertebral body spacer.02-03-2011
20110046673INTERSPINOUS DISTRACTION IMPLANT - This invention is directed to an interspinous distraction implant, which is intended to restrict the motion of the vertebrae between themselves, thus improving the mechanical behavior that is altered by the intervertebral disk diseases.02-24-2011
20120323276EXPANDABLE INTERSPINOUS DEVICE - Disclosed is a device that is configured to be implanted adjacent interspinous processes of a patient. In one aspect, a spinal implant device comprises: a spacer region adapted to be positioned between first and second spinous processes of first and second vertebral bodies to limit movement of the first spinous process and the second spinous process toward one another; and an attachment region attached to the spacer region, the attachment region adapted to attach to the first spinous process via a fastener, the attachment region comprising a pair of pads having attachment elements that are configured to attach onto the spinous process12-20-2012
20120330360INTER-SPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT - An inter-spinous implant includes an approximately conical screw portion, further having a screw thread, which can be screwed between spinous processes; a head portion of an approximate inverted frustum shape of the same axis as the screw portion; a spacer portion that is formed between the screw portion and the head portion in the axial direction; and a through hole that passes through the axial center of the screw portion, the spacer portion, and the head portion. At least one slit is formed in the major axial direction of the total shape of the implant, having at least one-third the length of the total length of the major axial direction, the depth whereof reaching the through hole. Disposing the slit in the major axial direction of the implant proper imparts flexibility and elasticity to the implant overall, simplifies the installation and insertion of the implant.12-27-2012
20110218572EXPANDABLE LAMINA SPINAL FUSION IMPLANT - An expandable intervertebral implant comprises a caudal fixator including a caudal fixator body and a socket extending longitudinally upward from the caudal fixator body, a cranial fixator including a cranial fixator body and a core extending longitudinally downward from the cranial fixator body, and a circlip configured to fix the longitudinal position of the caudal fixator relative to the cranial fixator. The core can include outwardly-extending cranial ratchet ridges and can be configured to fit into the socket. The circlip can include inwardly-extending circlip ratchet ridges and can be configured to fit inside the socket. The implant can be configured to be installed into an intervertebral space between vertebrae of the spinal motion segment by attaching the implant to laminae of the vertebrae. The implant can be configured to be expanded after installation into the spinal motion segment, such that the implant extends between spinous processes of the vertebrae.09-08-2011
20100234889Interspinous Process Implant and Fusion Cage Spacer - A spinal implant includes an elongated body dimensioned and configured to function as a spacer, for placement in a target interspinous process space, between two adjacent spinous processes, a distal anchor associated with a distal end of the body, and a proximal anchor mounted for longitudinal movement along the body between a first position spaced apart from the head and a second position approximated with the head, adapted to compress the two adjacent spinous processes, in conjunction with the distal anchor.09-16-2010
20120277796EXPANDABLE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER - An expandable interspinous process spacer implant for insertion and/or implantation between a spinous process of a superior vertebral body and a spinous process of an inferior vertebral body, the implant comprising multiple pairs of legs joined in a scissor-like fashion and pivotally coupled to each other by one or more pins, where each leg has multiple slots along its longitudinal axis. The implant further may include a pair of bearing surfaces coupled between the legs via cross pins and a first plate and second plate each of which is coupled to a pair of roller pins disposed between a pair of slots on the legs where rotation of a fastener in the fastener holes of the first and second plate results in the first plate and the second plate being drawn toward each other causing the expansion of the height of the implant.11-01-2012
20120089186DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING A SPINAL DEFORMITY - A method for correcting a spinal deformity is provided. A spinal implant for correcting a spinal deformity includes a multipoint connector that connects to at least one vertebra of a spine at a plurality of locations and a force directing device that applies a force to the vertebra through the multipoint connector. The force directing device may include a rod which extends generally along an axis of the spine and a force directing member which is adjustably coupled to both the rod and the multipoint connector and which applies a corrective force to the at least one vertebra.04-12-2012
20120089185EXPANDABLE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER IMPLANT - An expandable interspinous spacer implant that is configured to be inserted into an interspinous space that is defined between a spinous process of a superior vertebral body and a spinous process of an inferior vertebral body is provided. The implant may include a superior housing, an inferior housing, and a distracting member. The superior housing may have an outer surface that is configured to engage the spinous process of the superior vertebral body and the inferior housing may have an outer surface that is configured to engage the spinous process of the inferior vertebral body. The distracting member may be disposed between the superior and inferior housings, such that activation of the distracting member distracts the superior and inferior housings apart from each other.04-12-2012
20110319937Side-loading interspinous process spacer an installation tool - A side-loading interbody or intervertebral spacer device for placement in an interspinous space between a pair of adjacent spinous processes includes opposed abutment portions sized and shaped for engaging adjacent spinal processes and an arcuate rim. A through-channel is disposed between the opposed abutment portions. A tool configured and arranged for releasably engaging and installing said intervertebral spacer.12-29-2011
20120101528SPINOUS PROCESS IMPLANT AND METHOD OF FIXATION - A spinous process fixation assembly and method for securing adjacent spinous processes. The assembly includes one or more lateral plates engageable with one or more insertion plates, respectively. The one or more lateral plates may include a material collection zone for insertion of biologic material prior to implantation. One lateral plates may be rotatable with respect to an adjacent lateral plate. One lateral plates may be movable with respect to an adjacent lateral plate between an extended and a compressed position. A single fixation device may be used to secure spinous processes across two or more levels and promote distraction at each level.04-26-2012
20100168794SPINAL DYNAMIC STABILIZATION DEVICE, SURGICAL METHOD UTILIZING THEREOF AND CLAMPING APPARATUS - A spinal dynamic stabilization device is provided, including at least a main portion, at least a supporting structure, and a sliding bar. The main portion includes a guiding groove. The supporting structure includes two wing portions. The wing portions pivot on the main portion. The sliding bar connects to the supporting structure and moves in the guiding groove. When the sliding bar moves in the guiding groove, the wing portions expand rotatably toward the adjacent vertebrae of the spine of the patient by the sliding bar.07-01-2010
20110160773BONE-DERIVED SPACER ASSEMBLY - An allograft interspinous spacer for implantation into an interspinous space located between spinous process of adjacent vertebrae. The spacer preferably includes a body, a core and a plurality of deployable retainers. The body may be operatively associated with the plurality of deployable retainers. In use, after the body has been inserted into the interspinous space, the plurality of retainers is deployed so that they prevent migration of the spacer. The core is preferably sized and configured to be inserted and/or moved into operatively engagement with the body to deploy the plurality of retainers.06-30-2011
20130023934SURGICAL APPARATUS - A surgical apparatus includes an implant for mutually supporting an upper spinous process of a first vertebral body and a lower spinous process of a second vertebral body. The implant comprises a first implant component and a second implant component movable relative thereto along a clamping direction to transfer the implant out of a basic position in a spreading direction that is oriented transversely relative to the clamping direction into a spread position. The implant includes at least one introduction-side upper supporting element and at least one introduction-side lower supporting element that for laterally supporting the upper spinous process or the lower spinous process on the introduction-side. A fixing device for the implant is used for spreading the at least one introduction-side upper supporting element and the at least one introduction-side lower supporting element relative to each other along the spreading direction in an introduction position of the implant.01-24-2013
20130172933INTERSPINOUS SPACER - An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal axis and passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a U-shaped configuration for seating a spinous process therein. Each arm has a proximal caming surface and is capable of rotation with respect to the body. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, a threaded shaft of the actuator assembly contacts the caming surfaces of arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the U-shaped portion of the arms.07-04-2013
20080249569Implant Face Plates - A faceplate for at least partially covering a plurality of anchor member apertures in an implantable member includes a main body sized to at least partially overlap the plurality of anchor member apertures of the implantable member and configured to inhibit anchor member back-out from the plurality of anchor member apertures. A locking tab may be associated with the main body, the locking tab being formed to at least partially elastically deform to engage the implantable member and secure the main body in place.10-09-2008
20120253396SPINOUS PROCESS DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE - A spinous process device and method are disclosed. The device includes a first plate having a first part slidably coupled to a second part, a second plate having a third part slidably coupled to a fourth part, and first and second connector devices configured to be placed through openings created in spinous processes and rotatably couple respective first and second parts to third and fourth parts of the first and second plates together allowing angular displacement of the second plate with respect to the first plate and secure the spinous processes between the first and second plates.10-04-2012
20120253395TWO PIECE SPINAL JACK INCORPORATING VARYING MECHANICAL AND FLUIDIC LIFT MECHANISMS FOR ESTABLISHING A DESIRED SPACING BETWEEN SUCCEEDING VERTEBRAE - An insert for establishing a desired spacing between a pair of succeeding vertebrae and having a body including an extending end for supporting a location associated with a first selected lumbar vertebrae. An opposite extending end supports a spaced apart and opposing location associated with a second successively positioned lumbar vertebrae. Upon pre-positioning the body in an open space established between the vertebrae, an actuating input causes the first extending end to displace outwardly relative to the second end and into contacting support with the vertebrae.10-04-2012
20130090689SPINAL FIXATION DEVICE - A spinal fixation device includes a pair of substantially s-shaped plates, each plate having an outer surface and a bone contact surface and at least one aperture therethrough. A bolt joins the plates at a desired orientation, through the aperture. The bolt includes a head with a rounded or beveled base for facilitating fixation of the plates with a spinous processes while the plates are tilted or rotated with respect to one another and the spinal column.04-11-2013
20130131726Cervical Spine Spacer - A cervical spine spacer includes a spacer body configured to be disposed between adjacent cervical vertebrae in the cervical spine and to maintain a desired spacing between the adjacent cervical vertebrae. The cervical spine spacer also includes a channel passing completely through the spacer body from a first surface of the spacer body to a second surface of the spacer body and a fastener configured to pass through the channel. At least one of the first surface and the second surface is configured to contact one of the adjacent cervical vertebrae and the channel is sized to accommodate the fastener passing through the channel at a plurality of angles.05-23-2013
20130144339INTERSPINOUS SPACERS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE - Systems, devices, and methods for treating the spine are disclosed herein. Medical devices can be positioned along a subject's spine to treat various conditions and diseases. The medical device can include an actuator assembly and a clamp assembly. The actuator assembly can be positioned at an interspinous space between a superior spinous process and an inferior spinous process. The actuator assembly can be used to reconfigure the clamp assembly such that the clamp assembly clamps onto the superior and inferior spinous processes.06-06-2013
20130144340INTERSPINOUS SPACER WITH DEPLOYABLE MEMBERS AND RELATED METHOD - The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of spinal stenosis. An implant for insertion between adjacent spinous processes is provided. The implant can include a body having a first end, a second end and defining a bore. The implant can include a first cap coupled to the first end of the body, a second cap coupled to the second end of the body, with each of the caps defining a space. The implant can include a connector coupled to the first cap and the second cap through the bore. The implant can include at least one deployable member coupled to the first end of the body and the first cap. The at least one deployable member can be retained within the first space in a first position, and can extend from the first space in a second position.06-06-2013
20130150886INTERSPINOUS SPACER - An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a U-shaped configuration for seating a spinous process therein. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the longitudinal passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, the actuator assembly contacts camming surfaces of the arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the U-shaped portion of the arms providing sufficient distraction to open the neural foramen. An insertion instrument is provided for implanting the interspinous process spacer. The system is configured for implantation through a small percutaneous incision employing minimally invasive techniques.06-13-2013
20100318128DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INTER-VERTEBRAL ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE PLACEMENT - A spinal implant device includes a spacer region and an attachment region. The spacer region is adapted to be positioned between first and second spinous processes of first and second vertebral bodies to limit movement of the first spinous process and the second spinous process toward one another. The attachment region attaches to the first spinous process via a fastener that extends substantially along a long axis of the spinous process.12-16-2010
20100318127INTERSPINOUS IMPLANT AND METHODS OF USE - Vertebral implants sized to be inserted into a patient and positioned in an interspinous space. The implants may include a body and a pair of wings that extend outward beyond a first side of the body. The implants are sized and configured for the body to be positioned in the interspinous space with the wings on opposing lateral sides of one of the spinous processes. The wings may be adjusted to various spaced-apart distances to be positioned on the opposing sides of the spinous process. The implants may further be selectively adjustable between a collapsed orientation and a deployed orientation. The collapsed orientation includes one or both wings aligned with the main body to reduce an overall size of the implant to facilitate insertion into a patient. The extended orientation includes the wings extending outward from the first side of the body and along the lateral sides of the spinous process.12-16-2010
20130158603INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER - An interspinous process spacer is disclosed. The interspinous process spacer may be configured to be minimally invasive and adjustable.06-20-2013
20130158604Expandable Interspinous Device - Disclosed is a device that is configured to be implanted adjacent interspinous processes of a patient. In one aspect, a spinal implant device comprises: a spacer region adapted to be positioned between first and second spinous processes of first and second vertebral bodies to limit movement of the first spinous process and the second spinous process toward one another; and an attachment region attached to the spacer region, the attachment region adapted to attach to the first spinous process via a fastener, the attachment region comprising a pair of pads having attachment elements that are configured to attach onto the spinous process06-20-2013
20130184754Telescoping Interspinous Fixation Device and Methods of Use - The present invention provides spinous process implants and associated methods. In one aspect of the invention, the implant includes at least one extension with a first part and a second part where at least one arm is coupled to each of the first part and the second part. The first part and the second part are movable from a compact to a distracted state. In another aspect, the present invention provides a second extension that is slidingly coupled to the first and second arms. The second extension further comprises a third part and a fourth part that move with the first and second part.07-18-2013
20110313458Spinal Clips For Interspinous Decompression - A spinal clip for creating a potential space within the spinal canal and thus stabilizing the spine without the need for additional spinal components is embodied in different forms. The spinal clips are configured to provide a clamping or holding force against and/or to the spinous processes, transverse processes and/or the lamina of adjacent vertebrae. In one form, the spinous process clips utilize pivoting to effect clamping or holding. In another form, the spinous process clips utilize rotation to effect clamping or holding. Such rotation may be between clamping or holding members or via a screw system. In yet another form, the spinous process clips utilize ratcheting to effect clamping or holding. In a still further form, the spinous process clips utilize expansion to effect clamping or holding. Depending on the form of clamping or holding, the spinous process clips can provide infinite adjustment of the clamping or holding force within an adjustment range, or provide discrete steps or levels of the clamping or holding force.12-22-2011
20110313457SPINAL SPACER FOR CERVICAL AND OTHER VERTEBRA, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Spinal spacers for cervical and other vertebra, and associated systems and methods are disclosed. A device in accordance with a particular embodiment includes a hook member having a hook positioned to extend in a first direction, a post carried by the hook member and extending axially in a second direction transverse to the first direction, and a cam surface carried by the hook member. An actuator device is movably engaged with the post, and a spinal spacer is pivotably coupled to one of the actuator device and the post. The spinal spacer is axially movable relative to the hook member and has a spacing element in contact with the cam surface to pivot outwardly away from the post as the actuator device moves.12-22-2011
20120010660SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEGMENTALLY MODULAR SPINAL PLATING - A modular implant for stabilizing the relative motion of spinal vertebrae comprises at least two pairs of plates which connect to two adjacent spinous processes, a spacer configured to be positioned between the spinous processes, and a fastener which pivotably connects to the plates and the spacer. The spacer is interchangeable and may comprise a variety of materials, each providing a different level of elasticity to the spinous processes. Relative motion between vertebrae can also be controlled by varying the surface configuration of the plates and by varying threading of the fastener. Several implants may be linked to provide stabilization across multiple vertebral levels, and the relative motion provided at each vertebral level may differ. A method for revising the implant is provided which comprises accessing the implant and replacing the spacer.01-12-2012
20120029565Lateral Spinous Process Spacer with Deployable Wings - Interspinous process implants are disclosed. Also disclosed are systems and kits including such implants, methods of inserting such implants, and methods of alleviating pain or discomfort associated with the spinal column.02-02-2012
20120296379EXPANDABLE INTERSPINOUS PROCESS SPACER WITH LATERAL SUPPORT AND METHOD FOR IMPLANTATION - An interspinous process spacer and method of implanting same is provided for maintaining separation between adjacent spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae. The spacer has two lateral portions and a medial portion therebetween, the medial portion adapted to reside between the adjacent superior and inferior spinous processes in the deployed configuration and the lateral portions each comprise a superior lateral portion and an inferior lateral portion adapted to reside on the lateral side of the respective superior and inferior spinous process in the deployed configuration to maintain positioning of the interspinous process spacer between the two adjacent vertebrae. The lateral portions each comprise an expandable lateral member.11-22-2012
20120071925INTEGRATED IPD DEVICES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS - The present invention relates generally to various integrated Inter-Spinous Process Decompression, IPD, devices and methods for implantation thereof for treating spinal stenosis. Generally, in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the disclosed IPD system comprises an IPD tusk-shaped needle, an IPD tusk-shaped sizer, an IPD tusk-shaped implant tool, and an IPD implant.03-22-2012

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