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623 - Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor

623110110 - IMPLANTABLE PROSTHESIS

623160110 - Bone

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
623170160 Including spinal disc spacer between adjacent spine bones 1080
623170120 Having a fluid filled chamber 77
623170150 Having opposed bone-plates which moves relative to one another 45
623170130 Having a spring 15
623170140 Having ball and socket means 14
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20080269897IMPLANTABLE DEVICE AND METHODS FOR REPAIRING ARTICULATING JOINTS FOR USING THE SAME - Embodiments of the invention provide an implantable device having a bioresorbable outer layer and a bioactive inner core. The outer layer can be porous, allowing material to pass through and bond with bones. After placement, the outer layer will dissolve into the body over time. The bioactivity, bonding ability, and mechanical properties can be manipulated in many ways. The size, shape, and number of the implantable device may vary, depending upon needs and applications. The implantable device can be introduced into the articulating joint with minimal invasion to act as both a cushion and a load-bearing device, alleviating pain associated with degenerative facet joints, eliminating the need for fusion/fixation procedures, and preserving/restoring the natural function of articulating surfaces.10-30-2008
20130030530APPARATUS FOR PROMOTING MOVEMENT OF NUTRIENTS TO INTERVERTEBRAL SPACE AND METHOD OF USE - Devices and methods are disclosed for treating an intervertebral space. A device is provided that extends from the middle of at least one vertebral body to the disc space between two adjacent vertebrae. The device allows nutrients, such as bone marrow, blood, etc., to migrate from the vertebral body to the disc space to help promote fusion of the two adjacent vertebral bodies. The device can be tubular, perforated and can be made of an absorbent or wicking material that is able to promote the nutrients to travel through the apparatus.01-31-2013
20090192612Vertebral body replacement implant - In a vertebral body replacement implant having a bottom locating part for positioning against a lower vertebral body and having a top locating part for positioning against an upper vertebral body, wherein both locating parts are steplessly displaceable relative to one another along a displacement path so that the height of the vertebral body replacement implant is variable, having a clamping device for fixing the two locating parts in any desired intermediate position along the displacement path, which clamping device comprises a clamping element that is mounted on one locating part so as to be variable in position and can be pressed towards a clamping face on the other locating part, in order to improve the clamping action it is proposed that the clamping face is inclined slightly relative to the displacement path, so that when the locating parts are pushed together the clamping face moves progressively closer to the clamping element.07-30-2009
20090192611Vertebral body replacement implant and instrument for handling the vertebral body replacement implant - In a vertebral body replacement implant having a bottom locating part for positioning against a lower vertebral body and having a top locating part for positioning against an upper vertebral body, wherein both locating parts are telescopically displaceable relative to one another in the manner of a piston-cylinder unit, having a sealed hydraulic chamber formed by the locating parts, having a charging opening leading into the hydraulic chamber for a hydraulic medium, which upon entering the hydraulic chamber pushes the two locating parts apart from one another, and having a locking device, which may be activated by means of an instrument and upon activation fixes the two locating parts non-displaceably relative to one another, in order to facilitate the handling of the vertebral body replacement implant it is proposed that the locking device is disposed on the vertebral body replacement implant in the region of the charging opening. An instrument for handling the vertebral body replacement implant is also proposed.07-30-2009
20100076557GEARED SPINAL IMPLANT INSERTER-DISTRACTOR - Embodiments of a geared spinal implant inserter-distractor disclosed herein provide a greater mechanical advantage in delivering an intervertebral implant via an anterior, anterior-lateral, or posterior approach. The geared spinal implant inserter-distractor comprises an inserter, a distractor structured to slidably receive the inserter with a collar and an intervertebral implant attached thereto, and a gear mechanism arranged to translate a surgeon's rotational motion into linear motion, allowing the surgeon to have a greater control and feedback when placing an implant within an intervertebral disc space. The gear arrangement comprises a pinion inside the distractor and a rack on the inserter. The pinion can be driven by a shaft connected to a knob or handle. With the gear mechanism, a surgeon can turn the knob or handle to drive the inserter in and out of the distractor in a quantifiable manner, which facilitates the desirable precision delivery of the intervertebral implant.03-25-2010
20130079878METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING COMPRESSION FRACTURES IN VERTEBRAL BODIES - A composite vertebroplasty cement for positioning in a void in a vertebral body so as to treat a compression fracture in that vertebral body, the composite vertebroplasty cement comprising: 03-28-2013
20130035762MEDICAL DEVICE LOCK MECHANISM - A medical device (02-07-2013
20130035761SUBCHONDRAL TREATMENT OF JOINT PAIN OF THE SPINE - Methods for altering the natural history of degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis of the spine are proposed. The methods focus on the prevention, or delayed onset or progression of, subchondral defects such as bone marrow edema or bone marrow lesion, and subchondral treatment to prevent the progression of osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease in the spine and thereby treat pain.02-07-2013
20090254181Intervertebral spacers with side wall accessible interior cavity - Intervertebral spacers and methods of promoting fusion bone growth in the space between adjacent vertebrae are provided. The spacers include an elongated body having a first end, a second end and an outer surface. Side walls connect the first and second ends. The elongated body also defines an interior cavity. The side wall defines an opening to the interior cavity in a side of the elongated body. At least one of the first and second ends has a discontinuity, such as a concave surface, for nesting with an adjacent spacer. The methods of promoting fusion bone growth include utilizing the inventive spacers described herein.10-08-2009
20100042217SPINE DISTRACTION IMPLANT AND METHOD - A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.02-18-2010
20100042216Implant for Deploying Bone Graft Material and Methods Thereof - Invertebral implants are provided for carrying bone graft material and extruding the bone graft material between the implant and the adjacent vertebral bodies. The implants include first and second implant extrusion members shiftable relative to one another between a pre-implantation configuration having an enlarged cavity for receiving bone graft material therein and an implantation configuration having a smaller cavity. As the first and second implant extrusion members shift during implantation to the implantation configuration bone graft material is extruded from the cavity and into gaps or spaces between the upper and lower vertebral engaging surfaces of the implant and the adjacent vertebral bodies. After extrusion the bone graft material is subjected to spinal loading and stress to encourage strong bone growth therethrough.02-18-2010
20090157184Method and Apparatus for the Treatment of the Intervertebral Disc Annulus - The present invention provides methods and devices for treating the annulus of an intervertebral disc. The methods and devices can employ an expandable treatment device which is deployed at least partially in the subannular space. Fixation devices and methods are also disclosed, which help to secure the treatment device in place.06-18-2009
20090157183Method of treating spinal disorders - A method for treating disorders of the spine by placing a stimulating electrode into the disc space. The method of treatment and means of applying the technique are given.06-18-2009
20100106250BONE FIXATION AND FUSION DEVICE - Disclosed is a bone fusion cage that contains bone graft and is implanted between bones in a skeletal system. The cage bears structural loads that are transmitted through the bones of the skeletal system and at least partially shields the contained bone graft from the structural loads. The cage is configured to provide a secondary load to the bone graft independent of the structural load to promote fusion of the bone graft to adjacent bones.04-29-2010
20100106249DYNAMIC INTERBODY WITH MOTION CONTROL MECHANISMS - An intervertebral implant includes a body for insertion between adjacent vertebrae, and one or more anchors extending from the body for securing the body between the vertebrae. A linear motion control mechanism is mounted in the body and operable to limit linear translation of the anchor(s) relative to the body. Also, a pivot control mechanism in the body operates to limit pivot motion of the anchor(s) relative to the body. The linear and pivot control mechanisms are configured in various arrangements and embodiments exhibiting adjustable dynamic settings, allowing a single implant to provide various types of dynamic fixation with ranges of motion that permit loads to transfer to graft material contained in the disk space.04-29-2010
20100331983Bone fusion device and methods - A bone fusion device, system, kit, and/or method can include an elongated structure including at least two anchor portions and at least one deformable segment connected on each end to one of the at least two anchor portions. Each deformable segment can include a plurality of spaced apart deformable members deformable from an unexpanded configuration to an expanded configuration. The bone fusion device may be implanted between two bone structures in the unexpanded configuration utilizing a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The deformable members can be compressed along a longitudinal axis of the device to deform the deformable members to the expanded configuration into contact with the two bone structures. A bone growth promoting material can be placed in the anchor portion lumen and in the interior of each deformable segment to promote bone in-growth between the bone structures.12-30-2010
20090030518 Fusionless Vertebral Physeal Device and Method - An intravertebral device for modulating vertebral growth without changing spinal mobility or compressing the intervertebral disc. By implanting the device around the vertebral growth plate, on the convex side of the curvature, a compression is induced on one side of the growth plate during the vertebral growth. This local growth modulation decreases significantly the vertebral wedging and corrects the global deformity of the spine. The device provides a minimally invasive and fusionless way of correcting spinal curvatures while preserving the intervertebral disc.01-29-2009
20100030334Spinal implant construct and method for implantation - A spinal construct and method for implantation is provided which utilizes a spinal implant adapted for insertion within an intervertebral space between an adjacent pair of vertebral bodies, and an elongate member adapted for anchoring to the adjacent vertebral bodies. The spinal implant defines a first transverse dimension and a different second transverse dimension, and is initially inserted into the intervertebral space while in a first operational configuration wherein the first transverse dimension extends along the height of the intervertebral space. The elongate member is anchored to the vertebral bodies to establish and maintain a select height of the intervertebral space. The spinal implant is then rotated to a second operational configuration wherein the second transverse dimension extends along the height of the intervertebral space. The elongate member serves to maintain the select height of the intervertebral space to provide a controlled amount of compression onto the spinal implant and/or a bone growth promoting material contained therein. The elongate member also serves to resist tensile loads during extensional movement of the vertebral bodies to maintain the vertebral endplates in intimate contact with the spinal implant.02-04-2010
20100030333Hemi-interbody spinal fusion implants manufactured from a major long bone ring - An interbody spinal implant comprising cortical bone having a width less than one-half the width of the disc space into which it is adapted to be inserted. The implant has a leading end that is asymmetrical from side to side and/or includes a straight portion adapted to be used in side-by-side pairs.02-04-2010
20100100183SWELLABLE INTERSPINOUS STABILIZATION IMPLANT - A swellable, resilient interspinous implant is provided that includes a swellable polymeric medium, said polymeric medium being dispersed throughout the implant, the implant being dimensioned and configured to fit between two spinous processes of two adjacent vertebrae and buttress the space between the two adjacent vertebrae. In embodiments, the implant has a first configuration of reduced size such that it can be inserted into the patient in a minimally invasive manner. Once inserted to an application point within the patient, the implant expands in size to dynamically maintain the adjacent spinous processes in beneficial alignment. Also provided is a method of making a swellable, resilient interspinous implant as described herein. Also provided is a method of treating a degenerative condition of a spine which includes creating an incision and inserting, through the incision, between two spinous processes of two adjacent vertebrae, a swellable, resilient interspinous implant as described herein.04-22-2010
20120185045ARTICULATING SPINAL IMPLANT INSERTION INSTRUMENT - An actuatable insertion instrument for inserting a spinal implant in an intervertebral disc space between adjacent vertebrae. The actuatable insertion instrument includes an indicator pivotably coupled to the elongate shaft of the actuatable instrument for providing visual indication of an angular orientation of a spinal implant removably coupled to the insertion instrument. The insertion instrument also includes a knob which may be rotated to adjust the angular orientation of the spinal implant, and a button mounted to the handle which may be actuated between a first position which allows rotation of the knob to articulate the spinal implant, and a second position which prevents rotation of the knob.07-19-2012
20090125110SEMI-BIOLOGICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC REPLACEMENT SYSTEM - The present invention is a system for a partially biological disc replacement that stimulates natural fibrous, cartilaginous or other tissue growth in the DDD cavity, resulting in a partial biological disc replacement. Multiplicities of fibronous pieces of fibro-cartilaginous tissue promoting material are inserted into the DDD cavity inducing tissue growth. The fibro-cartilaginous tissue05-14-2009
20090306779Modular anterior locking interbody cage - Apparatus and method if using a modular spinal implant system for use between adjacent vertebrae near vascular anatomy. The system includes an implant configured the fit between adjacent vertebrae, the implant having annular side walls with upper and lower surfaces configured to enclose a hollow interior, and an attachment plate rotatably coupled to the implant and configured to rotate to variable orientations relative to the implant to avoid the vascular anatomy, the attachment plate having a superior portion that is narrower than an inferior portion, the attachment plate having at least one vertebra attachment hole configured for attaching to at least one adjacent vertebrae using one or more bone screws.12-10-2009
20130073042Medical Implants With Increased Hydrophilicity - Devices such as orthopedic implants are composed of a thermoplastic resin such as polyaryletheretherketone (PEEK), and include a ceramic species, such as a zeolite, to enhance its hydrophilic properties. The ceramic species can be a surface coating, can be incorporated or embedded into the thermoplastic resin, or can be both a surface coating and incorporated or embedded into the resin. In certain embodiments, the ceramic species is zeolite that is incorporated into the device, especially at the exposed surface of the device, and is devoid of antimicrobial metal ions. The device is introduced into the body surgically.03-21-2013
20110015741SPINAL IMPLANT CONFIGURED TO APPLY RADIATION TREATMENT AND METHOD - Embodiments of the invention include a vertebral implant configured to replace at least a portion of a central vertebra and to direct therapeutic radiation toward at least a treatable portion of tissue. The treatable portion of tissue may include one or more adjacent treatable vertebra.01-20-2011
20130060336SPINAL FUSION SYSTEM - A spinal fusion system for positioning between two vertebral bodies is presented. The system can have a substantially rigid body and a substantially rigid plate connected to a portion of the posterior face of the substantially rigid body that extends away from and substantially transverse to the posterior face of the substantially rigid body. The system also has a first implant body and a second implant body configured to matingly connect to one another with at least a portion of the substantially rigid plate positioned therebetween. The combination of the first and second implant bodies and the substantially rigid plate is configured for insertion between the two vertebral bodies.03-07-2013
20130066427Devices and Methods for Tissue Engineering - A silicon nitride porous tissue engineering scaffold is fabricated from a silicon-based fiber that is converted to silicon nitride through a reaction at elevated temperatures in a nitrogen environment. Porosity in the form of interconnected pore space is provided by the pore space between the fiber material in a porous matrix. The silicon nitride porous tissue engineering scaffold can be formed from raw materials that are a precursor to silicon nitride. The silicon nitride porous tissue engineering scaffold supports tissue in-growth to provide osteoconductivity as a biocompatible tissue scaffold used as an implantable medical device for the repair of damaged and/or diseased bone tissue.03-14-2013
20110022176Intervertebral body fusion cage with keels and implantation methods - An intervertebral implant has a fusion body with at least one keel that anchors the implant into cancellous bone of at least one vertebral body. A method for implantation includes lateral implantation of the implant.01-27-2011
20090012616Disk Fusion Implant - An implant prosthesis is disclosed. In some cases, the prosthesis can take the form of an implant strip may be implanted through the use of a surgical procedure that minimizes incision sizes and may be considered less invasive than typical spinal implant procedures.01-08-2009
20090210058ANTERIOR LUMBAR INTERBODY GRAFT - An anterior lumbar interbody graft includes a wedge-shaped body including a hole and recesses formed in the top and bottom surfaces, radiating away from the hole.08-20-2009
20100036495Device and method for treating spine - A device for treating a spine includes a proximal component positioned partially or entirely within a first vertebra and a distal component positioned partially or entirely within a second vertebra and may also include an intermediate component. A method for treating a spine includes forming a curved channel that extends through a first vertebra from a pedicle to an endplate, and advancing the components through the curved channel, the orientation of the proximal component relative to the distal component changing by at least 40 degrees while the proximal component passes through the curved channel. In another aspect, a method for treating a spine includes forming a curved channel that has a pedicle region, a central region, and an endplate region, where the channel diameter for the central region is larger than the channel diameter for the pedicle region or the endplate region, and advancing an implant through the channel.02-11-2010
20110130836Compositions and Methods for Use of Scar Tissue in Repair of Weight Bearing Surfaces - Compositions and methods are provided for weight bearing surface, i.e., intervertebral disc (“disc”), between spinous processes and articular cartilage, repair. Compositions include fibrosis inducing agents for facilitating fibrosis in or on the site in need of repair in order to form fibrotic connective tissue. In addition, methods are provided for distracting the appropriate disc space during treatment of a disc in need of repair, and in particular treatment of the disc in need of repair with a fibrosis inducing agent. Further, methods and compositions are provided for inducing or forming fibrotic tissue at a bone surface having damaged cartilage or in a joint in need of repair.06-02-2011
20110130835Adjustable Distraction Cage With Linked Locking Mechanisms - A spinal implant which is configured to be deployed between adjacent vertebral bodies. The implant has at least one extendable support element with a refracted configuration to facilitate deployment of the implant and an extended configuration so as to expand the implant and effectively distract the disc space, stabilize the motion segments and eliminate pathologic spine motion. The implant has a minimal dimension in its unexpanded state that is smaller than the dimensions of the neuroforamen through which it typically passes to be deployed within the intervertebral space. The implant is provided with a locking system having a plurality of linked locking elements that work in unison to lock the implant in an extended configuration. Bone engaging anchors also may be provided to ensure secure positioning06-02-2011
20110301709INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT - The embodiments herein are directed to bone-joining or bone-bridging intervertebral implants with an inner channel-type structure of channels, which extend from a bone contacting-surface of the implant to the inside of the implant, whereby the vertical channels are connected by horizontal channels which allow a X-ray beam to go through the implant by passing through a horizontal channel.12-08-2011
20110288644INTERVERTEBRAL PROSTHETIC SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - Intervertebral prosthetic systems, devices, and associated methods are provided. The present disclosure provides intervertebral prosthetic devices that include lateral plates to engage the lateral walls of the vertebral bodies for stability and include a compliant central component, fusion-cage central component, or any other suitable type of motion-preserving or fusion component positioned between the lateral plates. In some instances, the lateral plates and the central component are connected by an elongated member that extends across the disc space. The designs of the present disclosure allow insertion through a unilateral approach yet still have engagement on both sides of the vertebral body to provide stability and reduce the risk of subsidence.11-24-2011
20120004727Method Of Implanting An Interspinous Vertebral Implant - According to certain embodiments, disclosed is a vertebral interspinous implant including first and second supports (01-05-2012
20120004726EXPANDABLE SUPPORT DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE - An expandable support device for tissue repair is disclosed. The device can be used to repair hard or soft tissue, such as bone. The expandable support device can have interconnected struts. A method of repairing tissue is also disclosed. The expandable support device can be inserted into a damaged bone and radial expanded. The radial expansion of the expandable support device struts can cause the struts to cut mechanically support and/or the bone.01-05-2012
20120191190SPINAL IMPLANT WITH ATTACHABLE BONE SECURING COMPONENT - A spinal implant for insertion into an intervertebral disc space for intervertebral stabilization, the implant comprising a radiolucent polymer substrate coupled to a radiopaque and osseoconductive bone securing component which provides the implant with secure fixation between adjacent vertebrae. The implant's radiolucent, radiopaque and osseointegrative properties facilitate radiographic assessment of fusion across the disc space, assessment of osseointegration between vertebral endplates and osseointegration of the spinal implant to adjacent vertebral end plates. The implant comprises an implant substrate and a securing component coupled to the implant substrate. The implant preferably comprises a radiolucent polyetheretherketone (PEEK) substrate coupled to a radiopaque Titanium (Ti) or a titanium (Ti) alloy securing component, whereby the securing component is adjacent to the vertebral endplates when the implant is inserted in the disc space. The securing component comprises surface teeth or extension to secure the implant, within the intervertebral disc space to adjacent vertebrae.07-26-2012
20120191191IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STABILIZATION OF A SACRO-ILIAC JOINT - A sacro-iliac implant includes a body extending from a first portion having an outer surface configured for fixation with a sacrum to a second portion having an outer surface being spaced apart and non-continuous with the outer surface of the first portion. A sleeve is disposed about the body and configured for implantation within at least an ilium. The sleeve extends from a first portion to a second portion having an inner surface and a flange disposed to engage an outer non-articular surface of the ilium. The inner surface of the second portion of the sleeve is engageable with the outer surface of the second portion of the body to cause axial translation of the body relative to the sleeve such that naturally separated articular surfaces of the sacrum and ilium are drawn into fixation to immobilize the SI joint. Methods of use are disclosed.07-26-2012
20110295369Method of Treating Scoliosis Using a Biological Implant - The present invention is a bone growth stimulating and promoting cytokine type biological implant preferably comprising PTH coated with a controlled release biodegradable coating that is implanted preferably in the concave side of a scoliotically curved spine in combination with a bone growth inhibiting type biological implant preferably comprising methotrexate or like anti-metabolite coated with a controlled release biodegradable coating that is implanted preferably in the convex side of a scoliotically curved spine. The insertion of the biological implant is highly non-invasion, especially as compared to more conventional spine surgical methods, and the biological implant does not decrease spinal mobility or spinal range of motion.12-01-2011
20110172769INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT INTENDED TO ALLOW IMMOBILIZATION OF ONE VERTEBRA IN RELATION TO ANOTHER - An implant that allows immobilization of one vertebra in relation to another, having two lateral walls essentially parallel one with respect to the other and having a length, and at least one transverse wall connecting these lateral walls one to the other, at least one of these lateral walls having, on its side facing the side opposite the other lateral wall, slide prevention reliefs. The invention, the implant has, in a direction perpendicular to the length of the lateral walls, a dimension such that its two lateral walls are capable of coming into the immediate vicinity of the unci of the underlying vertebrae, the slide prevention reliefs of each of lateral wall thus being able to bear against the internal surface of the uncus of the underlying vertebra adjacent this lateral wall.07-14-2011
20120191188Spinal implant with bone engaging projections - A spinal implant in one embodiment includes an implant for insertion between two opposite spaced vertebrae of a spine, comprising a body having a substantially rectangular cross section and comprising a toothed top retaining member, a toothed bottom retaining member, and a peripheral surface; a three-dimensional matrix structure formed in the body and on the peripheral surface as support; and a plurality of holes formed through at least one of three directions of the three-dimensional matrix structure.07-26-2012
20120191192IMAGE-BASED PATIENT-SPECIFIC MEDICAL SPINAL SURGERY METHOD AND SPINAL PROSTHESIS - The present invention relates to an image-based, patient-specific medical spinal surgery technique and to a spinal prosthesis to the surgery, and particularly, to an image-based, patient-specific medical spinal surgery technique and to a spinal prosthesis which are intended to solve a problem of damage to a spine caused by installing a spinal prosthesis used in spinal surgery, by introducing an image of a patient to manufacture an insertable spinal prosthesis that is customized for a shape of a spine of an individual patient in a polymer-based material.07-26-2012
20120191189Spinal implant with padded bone engaging projections - A spinal implant in one embodiment includes an implant for insertion between two opposite spaced vertebrae of a spine, comprising an upper section having a substantially rectangular cross section and comprising a toothed top retaining member and a peripheral surface; a lower section having a substantially rectangular cross section and comprising a toothed bottom retaining member and a peripheral surface; an intermediate padding member for fastening the upper section and the lower section together; two three-dimensional matrix structures formed in the upper section and the lower section respectively and on the peripheral surfaces of the upper section and the lower section respectively as support; and a plurality of holes formed through at least one of three directions of each of the three-dimensional matrix structures.07-26-2012
20100114317IMPACTION GRAFTING FOR VERTEBRAL FUSION - Methods of providing graft impaction using anchored implants are disclosed. In some embodiments, the graft impaction provided by the anchored implants can facilitate surgical spinal fusion procedures. The anchored implants provide increased strength and increased pull-out resistance. The anchored implants can be used in conjunction with various surgical vertebral fusion approaches or techniques, such as anterior, posterior, transforaminal, and/or extreme lateral interbody fusion.05-06-2010
20110264217Intraspinal Device Deployed Through Percutaneous Approach Into Subarachnoid or Intradural Space of Vertebral Canal to Protect Spinal Cord From External Compression - To shield the spinal cord from an external compression, a barrier device having a self-expanding frame and covered with a non-porous elastomeric sheet is routed through either the subarachnoid or intradural space to the site of the compression through the lumen of a delivery catheter that is percutaneously inserted using an introducer needle. When the distal end of the delivery catheter is proximate the site of the compression, the barrier device is pushed out the distal end of the catheter and allowed to self-expand so as to be interposed between the compression and the spinal cord to prevent impingement.10-27-2011
20100185289INTERBODY FUSION DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATION - An interbody fusion device is provided that includes an interbody cage, a fixation system and an actuation mechanism to deploy one or more blades. The cage acts as an intervertebral spacer and provides resistance to the compressive loads in the spinal column. The fixation system includes an anchor and a ramp. These components could be manufactured from various medical grade materials.07-22-2010
20100268338DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN EXPANDABLE VERTEBRAL IMPLANT - Embodiments of the invention include expandable implants incorporated into a system for deploying the expandable implants to replace skeletal structures such as one or more vertebrae or portions of the spine or vertebrae. Some embodiments include related methods of implanting devices using deployment systems.10-21-2010
20090112319EXPANDABLE FUSION CAGE - This inventions relates to an expandable intervertebral fusion cage and a method for its use for spinal fusion that reduces annular, vertebral body and cage damage and that is compatible with anterior, posterior as well as MIS techniques.04-30-2009
20090149956EXPANDABLE SUPPORT DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE - An expandable support device for tissue repair is disclosed. The device can be used to repair hard or soft tissue, such as bone. The expandable support device can have interconnected struts. A method of repairing tissue is also disclosed. The expandable support device can be inserted into a damaged bone and radial expanded. The radial expansion of the expandable support device struts can cause the struts to cut mechanically support and/or the bone.06-11-2009
20110035009VERTEBRAL PROSTHESIS AND SPINAL FIXATION SYSTEM - A vertebral prosthesis and spinal fixation system includes a vertebral prosthesis having a height adjustable shaft and an anchoring mechanism coupled to the shaft. The system further includes a spinal fixation device and a number of bone screws. The bone screws attach the fixation device to the vertebral prosthesis via the anchoring mechanism.02-10-2011
20120035727SURGICAL IMPLANT DEVICE FOR THE TRANSLATION AND FUSION OF A FACET JOINT OF THE SPINE - The present invention provides, among other things, a surgical device for the translation/distraction and subsequent stabilization/fusion of a facet joint of a spine, including: a post that is selectively disposed partially between articulating surfaces of the facet joint; and a keel structure that is selectively disposed about the post and impacted into the articulating surfaces of the facet joint, wherein, when the keel structure is selectively rotated about the post, the articulating surfaces of the facet joint are moved with respect to one another.02-09-2012
20120109302MEDICAL IMPLANT AND METHOD FOR PHOTODYNAMIC THERPY - An implant and method for insertion between adjacent vertebral members. The implant comprises an implant body with a base section having a plurality of base extensions, and an end cap adapted for selective axial positioning at a selected point on the base section. The end cap comprises a locking apertures and positioning apertures configured to engage corresponding base extensions, and a variable aperture slot extending through the end cap which is adapted to enable the end cap to resiliently deform as the end cap is positioned on the base section. The locking apertures and positioning apertures will prevent rotational movement of the end cap relative to the base section once the end cap is secured to the base section. The implant imparts end cap height and angulation to an adjacent vertebral body at the selected or desired point when the implant is positioned in the intervertebral space.05-03-2012
20090093882SLIDING INTERBODY DEVICE - A method of performing a surgical procedure and a sliding intervertebral implant includes an inner member that connects to an intervertebral space between two adjacent vertebrae, wherein the inner member includes a pair of arms spaced apart by a gap; an inclined plane configured in the gap; an arcuately-shaped back portion; and a fitting mechanism coupled below the pair of arms and the back portion, wherein the fitting mechanism includes a knob and neck. An outer member slidably attaches to the inner member, and includes a pair of curved arms spaced apart by a channel, wherein the pair of curved arms comprise an arcuate shape to match the arcuate shape of the back portion of the inner member, wherein the knob is configured to slide in the channel within a limitation of a pre-set curvature that is based on a pattern of a shape of the intervertebral space.04-09-2009
20110270397SPINAL COVERING DEVICE - A spinal covering device for covering exposed neural spinal elements after a spinal procedure includes a body at least substantially or completely free of openings and first and second support planes extending longitudinally along the body adapted to overlay or abut remaining tissues on opposite sides of the exposed neural spinal elements such that the device forms a spinal canal portion protecting the neural spinal elements. The device has an inner surface at least partially defining an inner surface of the spinal canal portion and an outer surface opposite of the inner surface, at least the outer surface allowing bone graft deposition or bone fusion thereon.11-03-2011
20090204214CAGE - A cage interposed between a pair of vertebral bodies, wherein both left and right side surfaces of a cage body are formed in a smooth surface, both upper and lower surfaces of the cage body are provided with a large number of projections arranged in a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction, tip end surfaces of the large number of projections substantially match with a virtual arc curved surface formed around an axis in the longitudinal direction, and angles of inner end edges of the projections close to left and right side surfaces are more acute. A longitudinal through hole is formed in the cage body in its longitudinal direction so as to penetrate the cage body, and both left and right side surfaces and both upper and lower surfaces of the cage body are provided with communication holes which are in communication with the longitudinal through hole. The communication holes are circular holes having a common diameter.08-13-2009
20100087923IMPLANTS FOR FACET JOINT REPAIR AND METHODS USE - An orthopedic implant is positioned within the facet joint and is attached to the posterior surface of the SAP (superior articular process) of the inferior vertebral bone or onto the anterior surface of the IAP (inferior articular process) of the superior vertebral bone. The implant increases the distance between the IAP and SAP surfaces that make up a facet joint and reduce the joint laxity and at least partially correct the spondylolisthesis produced by a degenerative process.04-08-2010
20090088847SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM - The present invention provides a surgical instrument system including a first instrument defining a track extending along a length thereof, a second instrument releasably engageable with a prosthesis and having an engagement structure slidably engageable with the track of the first instrument, a third instrument having a cutting element and an engagement structure slidably engageable with the track of the first instrument, and a fourth instrument having a prosthesis trial element sized and shaped substantially similar to the prosthesis, and including an engagement structure slidably engageable with the track of the first instrument.04-02-2009
20110172772DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INTER-VERTEBRAL ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE PLACEMENT - Disclosed are devices and methods for the placement of a bone fusion implant between vertebral bodies in a human or animal subject. In an exemplary method a pathway is formed in the first sacral vertebrae along a trajectory that has a starting point between the inferior aspect of the facet joint and the first posterior sacral foramen and transverses at least one pedicle, at least a portion of the first sacral vertebra and the disc space immediately superior to the sacrum. A fusion implant is placed into the formed pathway. Additional bone fasteners and inter-connecting rods are added to the fusion implant in order to further strengthen the construct. Embodiments that can be used to fuse an additional level are also disclosed.07-14-2011
20110172771HYDROGEL IMPLANT WITH SUPERFICIAL PORES - Implantable biomaterials, particularly hydrogel substrates with porous surfaces, and methods for enhancing the compatibility of biomaterials with living tissue, and for causing physical attachment between biomaterials and living tissues are provided. Also provided are implants suitable for load-bearing surfaces in hard tissue repair, replacement, or augmentation, and to methods of their use. One embodiment of the invention relates to an implantable spinal disc prosthesis.07-14-2011
20090105819SPINE MICROSURGERY TECHNIQUES, TRAINING AIDS AND IMPLANTS - A minimally invasive, fluoroscopically guided system is disclosed for stabilizing the articular facet joints of adjacent vertebrae. Ring and dowel implants are disclosed for installation into the facet joint. The invention includes a novel spine surgical training aid used in the initial surgeon training process for refreshing the surgeon's perspective of the critical three dimensional anatomy of the vertebrae. The invention also includes a surgical kit having a range of size-specific drills, inserters, impactors and custom-length long k-wires matched to the internal diameter of the instrumentation system.04-23-2009
20090105821Artificial hemi-lumbar interbody spinal implant having an asymmetrical leading end - An artificial interbody spinal implant adapted for placement across an intervertebral space formed across the height of a disc space between two adjacent vertebral bodies is disclosed. The implant has an asymmetrical leading end adapted to sit upon the more peripheral areas, such as the apophyseal rim and the apophyseal rim area, of the vertebral end plate region of the vertebral bodies without protruding therefrom. The asymmetrical leading end allows for the safe use of an implant of maximum length for the implantation space into which it is installed. The implant can also include an asymmetric trailing end adapted to sit upon the more peripheral areas of the vertebral end plate region of the vertebral bodies.04-23-2009
20090105820Dynamic stabilization member with fin support and cable core extension - A dynamic fixation medical implant having at least two bone anchors includes a dynamic longitudinal connecting member assembly having the following features: a pair of elongate segments, each segment having at least one and up to a plurality of integral fins axially extending therefrom; an inner cable fixed to one of the elongate segments and slidingly received in the other elongate segment; a molded spacer that substantially surrounds the fins and may partially or substantially surround the abutment plates; a bumper; a crimp ring; and optional sleeves having abutment plates and fins for placement between elongate segments.04-23-2009
20090281626IMPLANT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INTERSPINOUS DISTRACTION - Improved implant devices and methods for interspinous distraction distribute the load of interspinous distraction so that the entire load is not bearing on the interspinous surfaces. The implant device has a narrow midsection and two wider, flange-shaped outer sections. The wider, flange-shaped outer sections can be tightened to bear against the thicker bony portions of the spinous processes to support some of the load. Optionally, the wider, flange-shaped outer sections can be configured with pins that will penetrate and engage the thicker bony portions of the spinous processes, which will increase the load bearing potential of the wider, flange-shaped outer sections. Additionally, the wider, flange-shaped outer sections and the pins will help to stabilize the joint. The joint stabilization may help to prevent further dislocation of the vertebra that occurs with spondylolisthesis.11-12-2009
20110172770METHOD FOR PREPARING A SPACE IN THE HUMAN SPINE - A method for use in a vertebral spine to prepare a space between adjacent vertebral bodies to receive an implant. The method is performed using a bone removal device including a shaft and a mounting member at one end of the shaft. A working end is mounted on the mounting member and is coupled to a drive mechanism adjacent to the working end. The drive mechanism is operable to move the upper and lower cutters of the working end to create surfaces having predetermined contours in the end plate region of the adjacent vertebral bodies. A guard provides protected access to the disc space and the adjacent vertebral bodies for the working end of the bone removal device through a passageway.07-14-2011
20090062915SPINOUS-PROCESS IMPLANTS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME - Devices and methods for performing a procedure within a spine are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes coupling a first implant to a pedicle of a first vertebra of a spinal column such that at least a portion of the first implant is disposed between a first spinous process and a second spinous process of the spinal column. A second implant is coupled to a pedicle of a second vertebra of the spinal column. At least a portion of an outer surface of the first implant is configured to contact at least a portion of an outer surface of the second implant when the spinal column is in extension. The outer surface of the first implant and the outer surface of the second implant being at a spaced distance from each other when the spinal column is in flexion.03-05-2009
20090036986ATTACHMENT DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SPINAL IMPLANTS - A system for the treatment of a spine generally comprises an implant and an attachment device for securing the implant to a portion of a patient's bone. A first portion of the attachment device is sized for insertion into a hole in the bone, and a second portion of the attachment device is configured to be received in an opening of the implant. The first portion comprises a biocompatible material defined by a network of interconnected pores configured promote bone growth into the first portion.02-05-2009
20090036985Vertebral Fusion Parts, Devices and Methods - End caps and end cap and end plate assemblies for use with a cage or mesh, for use in surgical vertebral fusion procedures are described. A first end cap comprises an annular body and a projection extending from an outer side wall of the body to limit the travel of the end cap into the cage. At least a first and a second flexible member extend from an under side of the body. Each flexible member has a grip on an outer facing surface to retain the end cap on the end of the cage. A second end cap comprises an annular body having an uppermost surface, a projection extending from an outer side wall of the body and a formation adapted to mate with a formation in an end plate, the end plate having a vertebra engaging surface, such that the outermost surface of the body is flush with the vertebra engaging surface of the end plate. When inserted in an end of the cage in use, the projection engages an edge of the cage in more than one location to limit the travel of the end cap into the cage.02-05-2009
20110208306TISSUE SPACER IMPLANT, IMPLANT TOOL, AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF - Tissue spacer implants, surgical distraction instruments, surgical insertion tools, coupling devices, surgical kits, surgical methods for distraction, and methods for coupling bodies are disclosed. The tissue spacer implants include a first end member, a second end member, and an intermediate spacer member having a coupling mechanism adapted to couple the first end member with the intermediate spacer member and to couple the second end member with the intermediate spacer member. The surgical instruments may be used for inserting these implants and include a first elongated member, a second elongated member, a distraction mechanism, and an actuator. The coupling devices may be used to couple the components of the implants.08-25-2011
20080281423INTERSPINOUS IMPLANT - An interspinous implant. The interspinous implant includes a resilient S-shaped body having first and second saddle-shaped portions. First and second stirrup-shaped brackets extend in opposite directions from the first and second saddle-shaped portions for engaging first and second spinous processes.11-13-2008
20080288072PERCUTANEOUS SPINAL IMPLANTS AND METHODS - Medical devices and related methods for the treatment of spinal conditions are described herein. In one embodiment, a method includes disposing at least a portion of a support member into a space between adjacent spinous processes. The support member defines a lumen between a proximal end and a distal end of the support member. An expandable member is inserted through the lumen of the support member such that a distal end portion of the expandable member is disposed outside a distal end of the lumen and a proximal end portion of the expandable member is disposed outside a proximal end of the lumen. The distal end portion and the proximal end portion of the expandable member are then expanded such that each of the distal end portion and the proximal end portion of the expandable member has an outer diameter greater than an outer diameter of the support member.11-20-2008
20080312741ADJUSTABLE 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.12-18-2008
20120296428SYSTEMS FOR AND METHODS OF FUSING A SACROILIAC JOINT - A sacroiliac joint fusion system including a joint implant, anchor element and delivery tool. The joint implant includes a bore extending non-parallel to the implant longitudinal axis. The anchor element is for receiving in the bore. The delivery tool includes an implant arm and anchor arm. The implant arm distal end is releasably coupled to the joint implant proximal end so the implant arm longitudinal axis is coaxial or parallel with the implant body longitudinal axis. An anchor arm distal end is engaged to the anchor element proximal end. The anchor arm is coupled to the implant arm such that the anchor element longitudinal axis is coaxially aligned with the bore longitudinal axis when the implant arm distal end is releasably coupled with the implant proximal end and the anchor arm distal end is engaged with the anchor element proximal end.11-22-2012
20080249623Implant Restraint Device and Methods - An implant retention device is provided to assist in restraining movement of a nuclear implant and to assist in preventing expulsion of the nuclear implant through an incision portal or defect in the annular wall. In general, the implant retention device blocks or obstructs at least a portion of an opening in the annular wall, thereby keeping the implant from exiting the nuclear space through the annular opening. In one form, the implant retention device comprises an expulsion prevention member positioned adjacent the nuclear implant and configured to transition between a compressed position and an expanded position. In another form, the implant retention device may comprise a mounting portion to be positioned adjacent one of the vertebral bodies, a blocking portion for at least partially obstructing the annular opening, and an end projection at a terminal end of the blocking portion to resist expulsion of the implant through the annular opening. In yet another form, the implant retention device may include an elongate blocking member having annulus connector portions extending from each side of the blocking member for engaging with an annular wall.10-09-2008
20080269898Device and method for image-based device performance measurement - Devices and methods for providing in vivo performance measurements of an orthopedic implant involve an orthopedic implant having at least two radiopaque markers associated with a movable portion of the implant. The markers are positioned at known locations and in a first known and predetermined relationship to each other. The markers provide visible references upon application of a medical imaging technique to show the relative position of the markers according to a second, changed relationship to each other after implantation of the orthopedic implant. At least one measurement of performance of the implant can be determined from the first and second relationships of the markers.10-30-2008
20120197398VERTEBRAL IMPLANT END CAP - An implant and method for insertion between adjacent vertebral members. The implant comprises an implant body with a base section having a plurality of base extensions, and an end cap adapted for selective axial positioning at a selected point on the base section. The end cap comprises locking, variable slot and flexing apertures configured to receive corresponding base extensions, and a variable aperture slot extending through the end cap which is adapted to enable the end cap to resiliently contract as the end cap is positioned on the base section. The locking apertures and flexing apertures will prevent rotational movement of the end cap relative to the base section once the end cap is secured to the base section. The implant imparts end cap height and angulation to an adjacent vertebral body at the selected or desired point when the implant is positioned in the intervertebral space.08-02-2012
20110270396EXPANDABLE IMPLANTS FOR STABILIZING ADJACENT ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES - In one form, an expandable implant configured for positioning between one or more adjacent bones or bony portions, such as vertebrae of the spinal column for example, is provided. In one aspect, the implant includes a plurality of deformable members that is each positionable between an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration in response to axial compression of the deformable members. In the unexpanded configuration, each of the deformable members engages with one or more immediately adjacent deformable members, while in the expanded configuration each of the deformable members further engages with one or more additional deformable members positioned on the other side of the one or more immediately adjacent deformable members. In another form, a method for positioning an expandable implant in a minimally invasive approach is provided. However, in other embodiments, different forms and applications are envisioned.11-03-2011
20090138083Variable height vertebral body replacement implant - A variable height vertebral body replacement implant used in corpectomy surgery to provide support in place of a removed or damaged vertebrae, and contain and compact bone graft material.05-28-2009
20090281625EXPANDABLE INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT - An expandable intervertebral implant includes a bone graft implant dimensioned for insertion within an intervertebral space defined between adjacent vertebrae, able to vertically elevate and expand a plurality of ribs into the surrounding bone. The expandable intervertebral implant has a tubular outer body portion having a cylindrical axial bore with a triangular or elliptical cross-section and a plurality of ribs disposed on its outer body dimensioned to fit snugly within the space and an expansion cylinder with a triangular or elliptical cross-section slidably mounted within the axial bore of the tubular outer body. The tubular outer body portion of the expandable intervertebral implant permits the expansion and retraction of the ribs into or out of the surrounding bone as the expansion cylinder rotates.11-12-2009
20080319548Artificial disc - An artificial disc includes an intermediate section which is disposed between upper and lower retainers. The intermediate section includes a first portion which resists rotation of one of the retainers, for example, the upper retainer, from a first position to a second position. A second portion of the intermediate section of the artificial disc resists rotation of the upper retainer from the second position to a third position. The second portion of the intermediate section of the artificial disc is ineffective to provide significant resistance to relative rotation between the retainers during rotation of the upper retainer relative to the lower retainer from the first position to the second position. The artificial disc may be provided with projections which engage protrusions on the intermediate section to resist rotation of the upper retainer relative to the lower retainer from the second position to the third position.12-25-2008
20120095560SYSTEMS FOR AND METHODS OF FUSING A SACROILIAC JOINT - One implementation of the present disclosure may take the form of a sacroiliac joint fusion system including a joint implant, an anchor element and a delivery tool. The join implant includes a distal end, a proximal end, a body extending between the proximal and distal ends, and a first bore extending non-parallel to a longitudinal axis of the body. The anchor element includes a distal end and a proximal end and is configured to be received in the first bore. The delivery tool includes an implant arm and an anchor arm. The implant arm includes a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the implant arm is configured to releasably couple to the proximal end of the joint implant such that a longitudinal axis of the implant arm is substantially at least one of coaxial or parallel with the longitudinal axis of the body of the joint implant. The anchor arm includes a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the anchor arm is configured to engage the proximal end of the anchor element. The anchor arm is operably coupled to the implant arm in an arrangement such that the longitudinal axis of the anchor element is generally coaxially aligned with a longitudinal axis of the first bore when the distal end of the implant arm is releasably coupled with the proximal end of the joint implant and the distal end of the anchor arm is engaged with the proximal end of the anchor element. The arrangement is fixed and nonadjustable.04-19-2012
20090054985TITANIUM ALLOY WITH OXIDIZED ZIRCONIUM FOR A PROSTHETIC IMPLANT - A prosthetic device having a generally fixed member formed from a low friction material such as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and an articulating titanium member, which includes an articular bearing surface. The articular surface is a zirconium oxide layer formed by applying a coating of zirconium onto the titanium member and heating this in an oxygen-containing environment. This causes the zirconium to oxidize and further causes the zirconium to migrate into the titanium member forming a titanium zirconium diffusion layer, which prevents delamination.02-26-2009
20110230965PERCUTANEOUS ARTHRODESIS METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method and system for percutaneous fusion to correct disc compression is presented. The method has several steps, for instance, inserting a percutaneous lumbar interbody implant; positioning guide wires for each facet screw to be implanted; performing facet arthrodesis in preparation for the facet screws; fixating the plurality of facet screws; and optionally performing foramen nerve root or central decompression. The system includes an implant, an elongate cannulated insertion tool, and an elongate lockshaft positioned within the insertion tool.09-22-2011
20090005870Highly Lordosed Fusion Cage - A two-piece fusion cage having opposed interior surfaces, vertical and lateral throughholes adapted to enhance fusion and a dovetail feature mating the opposed interior surfaces.01-01-2009
20080262619INTERSPINOUS PROCESS CUSHIONED SPACER - An implantable dorsal spinous process spacer device including an implant body having a central portion, opposed superior legs, and opposed inferior legs. The central portion defines a lateral passage extending between, and exteriorly open to, left and right sides thereof. Optional cushions are affixed to opposite faces of the central portion, within receiving zones defined thereby. The implant body is attached to adjacent spinous processes. The implanted device spreads apart the posterior vertebral structures relieving a variety of disabling spine problems that have resulted from degenerative disc collapse. A narrow non-absorbable woven band, strap or plurality of suture filaments is passed around the two spinous processes, crossing through a lateral passage provided in the implant, stabilizing the spinal segment.10-23-2008
20090204215EXPANDABLE VERTEBRAL DEVICE WITH CAM LOCK - An expandable cage supports adjacent vertebra in spine surgery. The expandable cage includes a first supporting member configured to engage tissue and a second supporting member operatively associated with the first supporting member. The first and second supporting members are movable relative to each other. The expandable cage further includes a cam lock mechanism configured to maintain the first and second supporting members in a fixed relative position. In another embodiment, the expandable cage includes a ring plate lock mechanism in lieu of the cam lock mechanism. The ring plate lock mechanism is adapted to maintain the first and second supporting members in a fixed relative position.08-13-2009
20090105822Method of Treating Scoliosis Using a Biological Implant - The present invention is a bone growth stimulating and promoting cytokine type biological implant preferably comprising PTH coated with a controlled release biodegradable coating that is implanted preferably in the concave side of a scoliotically curved spine in combination with a bone growth inhibiting type biological implant preferably comprising methotrexate or like anti-metabolite coated with a controlled release biodegradable coating that is implanted preferably in the convex side of a scoliotically curved spine. The insertion of the biological implant is highly non-invasion, especially as compared to more conventional spine surgical methods, and the biological implant does not decrease spinal mobility or spinal range of motion.04-23-2009
20090222092Transforaminal intersomatic cage for an intervertebral fusion graft and an instrument for implanting the cage - This present invention concerns a transforaminal intersomatic cage for an intervertebral fusion graft, and an instrument and method for implanting the cage, an embodiment of the cage having a body in the shape of a circular arc and comprising a lateral concave surface, a lateral convex surface, a straight upper surface, a straight lower surface and an end wall having at least one hole, called the end hole, designed to receive a rod of an instrument for implanting the cage between the vertebrae, wherein: the end hole has an orientation that is more or less tangential to the circular arc described by the body; the extremity opposite to the end wall of the body includes a return part extending the body toward the centre of the circle on which the circular arc described by the body lies.09-03-2009
20090222091POROUS MATERIAL AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING SAME - A method for fabricating a porous structure from a first material. The method comprises the acts of mixing the first material with a second material to form a mixture, the first material having a melting point which is lower than the second material, heating the mixture under pressure to a temperature between a melting point of the first material and a melting point of the second material, cooling the molten mixture until it hardens and removing the second material from the first material. The method may also include a subsequent annealing step. There is also described a material suitable for implant, illustratively vertebral or spinal implants, comprising a rigid biocompatible polymer such as PEEK comprising a plurality of interconnected pores. The polymer illustratively has a porosity of between 50% and 85% by volume and in a particular embodiment is able to withstand pressures of up to 20 MPa. The porous PEEK material may also have a minimum thickness in any dimension of one (1) inch.09-03-2009
20090254182INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT DEVICES FOR SUPPORTING VERTEBRAE AND DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INSERTION THEREOF - Implant devices for implantation within an intervertebral space are provided, together with methods and tools for use therewith. Implant devices of the present invention include an implant body formed of a synthetic bone substitute material, such as a nanocrystalline calcium phosphate material. The implant body and the methods and tools used therewith are configured to optimize strength and stability of the implant, minimize areas of stress concentration in the implant body and promote bone growth through the implant body and fusion of the vertebra.10-08-2009
20090192613STANDALONE DYNAMIC INTERBODY - An intervertebral implant includes a first plate and a second plate that is configured to be moveably engaged with the first plate along an axis of translation. Each plate defines at least one hole or recess for receiving a fastener that is configured to be fastened to a respective vertebrae. In one embodiment, a toothed surface is defined on both the first plate and the second plate. The toothed surface of the first plate is configured for engaging the toothed surface of the second plate such that translation of the second plate with respect to the first plate is limited in a single direction along the axis of translation.07-30-2009
20090254180CUSTOMIZABLE VERTEBRAL REPLACEMENT ASSEMBLY SYSTEM - A customizable vertebral replacement assembly system and methods of using such a system to perform spinal fusions are described. The assembly generally includes a wall that encloses a hollow central core, a plurality of openings arranged in the wall that extend from the exterior or the assembly to the interior of the central core, and at least one stacking armature. The openings disposed in the surface of the wall both allow for the easy trimming and adjustment of the size and shape of the assembly and for bone to grow into the assembly once the spacer is installed in the body, which can help to secure the assembly in place, while the stacking armature allows for the facile interconnection of multiple assemblies.10-08-2009
20090254183Spinal 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.10-08-2009
20090276047RAIL-BASED MODULAR DISC PROSTHESIS - A method and apparatus for repairing a damaged intervertebral disc nucleus in a minimally invasive manner utilizes a modular disc prosthesis preferably comprised of at least three modular segments and at least two rails that operably connect adjacent modular segments. In one embodiment, each modular segment includes a harder inner portion and a softer outer portion. Preferably, the rails operate to slidably connect and interlock adjacent modular segments. A stem portion of the rails that extends outside the periphery of the body of the prosthesis is removable after implantation such that the modular segments form an implanted unitary device that closely mimics the geometry of the disc nucleus cavity.11-05-2009
20100152853PROSTHETIC IMPLANT WITH BIPLANAR ANGULATION AND COMPOUND ANGLES - A prosthetic implant, and more particularly, with a prosthetic implant having biplanar angulation and that can be inserted into a disk area generally straight using a posterolateral approach.06-17-2010
20100161056METHODS AND DEVICES FOR EXPANDING A SPINAL CANAL - Devices and methods are disclosed for expanding a spinal canal. An implantable device having a shaft with a first cross-sectional dimension distinct from a second cross-sectional dimension can be inserted into an opening in a lamina and rotated 90 degrees to hinge the lamina away from the spinal canal. The implant can have one or more radiused edges, a bulleted tip, one or more lateral extensions for fastening the implantable device to bone, one or more hinged lateral extensions, one or more arcuate protrusions for biting into adjacent bone, an enlarged proximal head to prevent over-insertion, and/or a sleeve disposed therearound to reduce friction. Various embodiments of an insertion apparatus that can be selectively coupled to the implantable device are also disclosed, along with methods of expanding a spinal canal in minimally-invasive procedures using an implantable device and/or an insertion apparatus.06-24-2010
20090048673ASSEMBLY COMPRISING AN IMPLANT FOR REPLACING A VERTEBRAL BODY AND A SPINAL DISTRACTION TOOL - The invention relates to an assembly comprising: an implant (02-19-2009
20100185285ANNULAR REPAIR DEVICE AND METHOD - Provided is a device and method for repairing a damaged intervertebral disc in the spine of a patient. The device provided having at two slidably engaged components that permit ease of insertion into the void created in the annulus fibrosis of the damaged disc. Also provided is a method of implanting the device into the annulus fibrosis of a damaged disc.07-22-2010
20100185286Methods of Spinal Nucleus Replacemennt - A multi-piece intervertebral disc augmentation implant that may be assembled within the annulus fibrosus is disclosed. The implant may be guided into a precise location through a relatively small opening in the annulus fibrosus with the aid of an elongated guide.07-22-2010
20100262241Prosthesis and Method for Replacing Degenerative Vertebral Portions - A posterior arch prosthesis according to the present invention includes a main body, two transverse protuberances extending transversely from either side of the main body, articulating surfaces formed on each of the transverse protuberances, and a posterior protuberance extending posteriorly from the main body. The posterior protuberance is attached to a first vertebra from which the natural posterior arch has been removed such that the articulating surfaces are arranged in articulating contact with surfaces on an adjacent, second vertebra. The posterior protuberance includes an attachment to which native structure may be reattached upon attachment of the prosthesis to the first vertebra.10-14-2010
20120197399INTERVERTEBRAL FUSTION DEVICE UTILIZING MULTIPLE MOBILE UNIAXIAL AND BIDIRECTIONAL SCREW INTERFACE PLATES - A system and method includes a housing dimensioned to be situated between adjacent spinal bones, such as adjacent vertebrae. Screws are provided in one embodiment and are dimensioned or configured to lock against each other to retain the screws and, consequently, the cover in place. Another embodiment illustrates a plurality of plate elements that can be slidably received and locked in the cage. Each of the plate elements are adapted to receive at least one screw and guide the screw at a predetermined angle into a vertebra, thereby securing the cage in an inter-vertebral space.08-02-2012
20100185288SPINAL NUCLEUS REPLACEMENT IMPLANT - An intervertebral prosthesis implantable within a disc space and disposed between upper and lower vertebral endplates is provided. The prosthesis comprises a plurality of prosthesis modules insertable into the disc space, wherein the modules have at least one set of complementarily-shaped and sized surfaces, and wherein at least one of the modules is expandable. The modules have surfaces configured to engage within the disc space in a manner such that the modules form an assembled prosthesis of a size substantially preventing it from being outwardly expelled from the disc space, and the modules have bearing surfaces slidably engageable with the endplates to permit articulation between upper and lower vertebral endplates. In one embodiment, the at least one expandable module of the intervertebral prosthesis expands by inflation. In another embodiment, the at least one expandable module expands by unfolding into its intended form.07-22-2010
20100217393Interbody fusion system with intervertebral implant retention assembly - The present disclosure is directed towards a biomechanical implant and anterior, lateral or posterior instrumentation construct. The construct may be of unitary or modular construction, whereby a single molded construction can form the entire assembly, in which case the through holes may be adapted to receive a metallic insert for screw fixation; or alternatively be of a modular construction wherein the anterior/lateral instrumentation and intervertebral spacer are designed for removable locking engagement, one with the other, for insertion by the surgeon as a unitary construct. A unique feature of the construct resides within the instrumentation construction, whereby a single opening formed therein permits two bone screws, or the like fastener device, to be positioned within both the superior and inferior vertebral bodies surrounding the spacer implant, or, for example in the case of a corpectomy or diskectomy with cage insertion, wherein two screws can be fixed within a single vertebral body through a single through hole, and wherein the bone screws are constructed and arranged to cooperate with the retention plate so as to provide locking engagement, one to the other, with the retention plate, upon final fixation thereof. Screw retention elements of alternative shape, based upon the choice of vertical or horizontal orientation, based upon an opened figure eight design, are provided for insertion in a groove formed in the borehole of the instrumentation plate which allows insertion of each fixation element but will prevent a loosened fixation element from falling out of the plate.08-26-2010
20100217394Frusto-conical spinal implant - The present invention is directed to a variety of interbody spinal fusion implants having at least a partially frusto-conical configuration. The spinal fusion implants of the present invention may be relatively solid or hollow and may have surface roughenings to promote bone ingrowth and stability. The spinal fusion implants of the present invention may have wells extending into the material of the implant from the surface for the purpose of holding fusion promoting materials and to provide for areas of bone ingrowth fixation. A variety of surface irregularities may be employed to increase implant stability and implant surface area, and/or for the purpose of advancing the spinal fusion implant into the fusion site.08-26-2010
20100241230LAMINOPLASTY METHODS AND DEVICES - A vertebral implant is provided that includes a distraction member having a first end configured to pivotally couple to a first cut portion of a vertebra and a second end configured to mate with a base member configured to couple to a second cut portion of the vertebra. The distraction member can move relative to the base member to create a force effective to adjust a distance between the first and second cut portions of the vertebra.09-23-2010
20120035728Prothesis For the Replacement of a Posterior Element of a Vertebra - Prosthetic replacement for a posterior element of a vertebra comprising portions that replace the natural lamina and the four natural facets. The prosthetic replacement may also include portions that replace one or more of the natural spinous process and the two natural transverse processes. If desired, the prosthesis replacement may also replace the natural pedicles. A method for replacing a posterior element of a vertebra is also provided.02-09-2012
20100137986IMPLANTS AND METHODS FOR TREATING BONE - An orthopedic implant comprising a deformable, expandable implant body configured for treating abnormalities in bones, such as compression fractures of vertebra, necrosis of femurs and the like. An exemplary implant body comprises a small cross-section threaded element that is introduced into a bone region and thereafter is expanded into a larger cross-section, monolithic assembly to provide a bone support. In one embodiment, the implant body is at least partly fabricated of a magnesium alloy that is biodegradable to allow for later tissue ingrowth.06-03-2010
20120143335Spinal Implant Device - The present specification contemplates a spinal implant device that goes into, for example, a corpectomy defect in any part of the spine. In one aspect, the device is substantially tubular and is comprised of two hollow rods that coaxially slide on one another. The device can thus then expand in length and can be locked or fixed at a particular length. The device is hollow to configure a malleable trocar to be placed into the device. With this trocar, polymethymethacrylate (PMMA) can be injected and packed into the vertebral body cephlad and caudad. Finally the device can be locked at a desired length by crimping it or locking it using other fastening means.06-07-2012
20090276048DEVICES AND METHOD FOR BILATERAL SUPPORT OF A COMPRESSION-FRACTURED VERTEBRAL BODY - Described herein are devices and systems for restoring compression fractured vertebral bodies to a decompressed configuration and methods of restoring compression fractures by bilateral implantation of such devices.11-05-2009
20090149955SPINAL PROSTHESES - A spinal prosthesis has a prosthetic vertebral body in the form of a hollow cylinder (06-11-2009
20090112322Spacer device and insertion instrument for use in anterior cervical fixation surgery - An intervertebral spacer has curvate upper and lower rough surfaces that stimulate bone growth and is formed from a porous material that facilitates bone growth thereinto. The spacer has a plurality of smooth linear grooves to facilitate insertion of the spacer into an intervertebral space using a spacer insertion tool that has a scissor-style body. Each of the insertion tool's arm's heads has an inner surface having a pair of smoothed linear protrusions that fit within the linear grooves of the spacer when the heads are closed about the spacer. When the spacer is held, spaces are present between the spacer's rough surfaces and the heads' inner surfaces so that when the protrusions are longitudinally slid from the grooves to leave the spacer in the intervertebral spacer, the rough surfaces are not disturbed.04-30-2009
20090112321Spinal stabilization device and method - A thermally active member comprises a shape memory material. The method of placement of the thermally active member facilitates transition of shape memory material between a simple undefined geometry, such as a substantially linear shape, to a complex predetermined shape memory form, such as a coiled shape. The preferred complex geometry may be described as an intervertebral cage or cage fusion device. The device may be placed into a space surgically created between two vertebrae through an access channel that is less than one third of its final deployed cross sectional dimension.04-30-2009
20100324679Spinal implant and method of using spinal implant - The present invention is a brace or spinal implant that can be inserted into vertebra that has had a cavity surgically created therein. The trapezoidal shaped spinal implant includes an opening that allows the surgical team to view the dura mater prior to packing the implant with osteogenic substances. Embodiments of the current invention can include brakes, superior and inferior plates which assist with the fixation of the implant to vertebral bone.12-23-2010
20110118841APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR ACHIEVING TRANS-ILIAC LUMBAR FUSION - Assemblies of one or more implant structures make possible the achievement of diverse interventions involving the fusion and/or stabilization of lumbar and sacral vertebra in a non-invasive manner, with minimal incision, and without the necessitating the removing the intervertebral disc. The representative lumbar spine interventions, which can be performed on adults or children, include, but are not limited to, lumbar interbody fusion; translaminar lumbar fusion; lumbar facet fusion; trans-iliac lumbar fusion; and the stabilization of a spondylolisthesis.05-19-2011
20120123543METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES IN THE SPINE - Methods for correcting a deformity in the spine by forming a trans-sacral axial instrumentation/fusion axial bore through vertebral bodies in general alignment with a visualized, anterior axial instrumentation/fusion line in a minimally invasive, low trauma, manner and providing a therapy to the spine employing the axial bore. Curved or relatively straight anterior axial bores are formed from the anterior starting positions. The therapies performed through the axial bores include discoscopy, full and partial discectomy, vertebroplasty, balloon-assisted vertebroplasty, drug delivery, electrical stimulation and various forms of spinal disc cavity augmentation, spinal disc replacement, fusion of spinal motion segments and implantation of radioactive seeds. Axial spinal implants and bone growth materials can be placed into single or multiple parallel or diverging axial bores to fuse two or more vertebrae, or distract or shock absorb two or more vertebrae.05-17-2012
20080288071Expandable corpectomy device - The present invention describes an expandable vertebral implant and the method of use. The longitudinally expandable vertebral implant includes telescoping sections adapted for incremental expansion and ease of securement at any desired increment in situ, and constructed and arranged to engage opposing vertebrae, while simultaneously permitting easy insertion and removal of a similarly expandible top member.11-20-2008
20130144386Osteoconductive Implants and Methods of Using Same - Implants for promoting bone growth and methods of using same, the implants including a perforated placental membrane sheet wrapped around an osteoconductive material composed of bone chips, bone granules, bone powders or combinations thereof, the osteoconductive material being configured for providing a scaffold upon which bone growth can occur. The placental membrane sheet acts to maintain the osteoconductive material in a cohesive, organized configuration within a site of a patient where bone growth is to be induced. The perforations in the placental membrane sheet create passageways in the exterior of the implant through which the osteoconductive material can communicate with adjacent bone surfaces which are to be fused.06-06-2013
20110029082NESTED EXPANDABLE SLEEVE IMPLANT - An expandable implant for treating bone preferably in a minimally invasive manner includes a preferably cylindrical core element extending along a longitudinal axis and preferably a plurality of nestable, expandable sleeves extending along a longitudinal axis for placement radially about the core element. The plurality of nestable sleeves are sequentially insertable over the core element in such a manner that a first nestable sleeve is inserted over the core element and each subsequently inserted nestable sleeve is received between the core element and the previously inserted nestable sleeve such that the insertion of each additional sleeve causes each previously inserted sleeve to outwardly expand.02-03-2011
20110009967Intervertebral Spinal Implant and Method of Making the Same - An intervertebral implant for replacing a damage intervertebral disk within the spinal column can include a generally flat body having opposing surfaces. To promote bone growth and fusion of the adjacent vertebrae together, in an aspect, the implant can be provided with osteogenic or medicinal material received into one or more apertures disposed into the surfaces of the implant. To better retain the osteogenic material, the apertures can be disposed on a non-perpendicular angle with respect to the implant and/or can be tapered. In another aspect, the implant can include a plurality of grooves disposed across a surface to reduce slipping of the inserted implant between the adjacent vertebrae. In a further aspect, the implant can be formed by cutting a plurality of implants parallel along the diaphysis of a long bone. In another aspect, the implant can be generally as a bow or question mark.01-13-2011
20110009966Implant with openings adapted to receive bone screws - A spinal fusion implant for insertion between adjacent vertebral bodies has opposed upper and lower surfaces adapted to contact each of the adjacent vertebral bodies from within the disc space, a leading end for insertion between the adjacent vertebral bodies, and a trailing end opposite the leading end. The trailing end has an exterior surface and an outer perimeter with an upper edge and a lower edge adapted to be oriented toward the adjacent vertebral bodies, respectively, and a plurality of bone screw receiving holes. At least one of the bone screw receiving holes is adapted to only partially circumferentially surround a trailing end of a bone screw received therein. At least one of the bone screw receiving holes passes through the exterior surface and one of the edges so as to permit the trailing end of the bone screw to protrude beyond one of the edges.01-13-2011
20110009965BIOMEDICAL IMPLANTABLE MATERIAL AND METHODS OF PRODUCING THE SAME - The present invention relates to improved biomedical implantable material comprising a plurality of pores, of which one or more of the pores are interconnected below the surface of the material. The improved biomedical implantable material may be used in biomedical implant devices such as orthopedic implants, spinal implants, neurocranial implants, maxillofacial implants, and joint replacement implants. The present invention also relates to a method of preparing an improved biomedical implantable material, comprising subjecting an implantable material to a pore-forming treatment and optionally further subjecting the material to a surface-modifying treatment. The biomedical implantable material may be used in other applications, which as applications where two surfaces are contacted and bonding between the surfaces is required.01-13-2011
20110035008BONE ANCHORED SURGICAL MESH - A bone-anchored surgical mesh has slot-like anchoring members that allow for the variable placement of screws and other bone fasteners. This permits the surgeon discretion in the placement of bone fasteners used to attach the mesh to the patient's bone. The elongate openings of the anchoring members allow for a sliding motion between the bone fasteners and the anchoring members, and facilitates positioning and articulation of the mesh. The anchoring members may include bushings to aid the sliding motion of the anchoring member on the bone fastener. In one embodiment, the mesh consists of shorter modular strips that overlap each other such that a single bone fastener is passed through two overlapping anchoring members to lock the two modular mesh strips together. Additional modular mesh strips can be added on at either end, as desired, to provide the desired length of dural coverage.02-10-2011
20110035006Toroid-Shaped Spinal Disc - An intervertebral implant for insertion between adjacent vertebral bodies is provided. The intervertebral implant can include a first component. The first component can have a first articulating surface, which can be generally convex. The intervertebral implant can include a second component, which can be generally in the shape of a toroid. The second component can have a second articulating surface. The second articulating surface can be generally concave and articulable with the first articulating surface for retaining motion between the first and second vertebra. The second articulating surface can have a larger radius of curvature than the first articulating surface such that a portion of the first articulating surface extends into an aperture defined by the generally toroid shape.02-10-2011
20110035005METHODS FOR PUSH DISTRACTION AND FOR PROVISION OF THERAPY TO ADJACENT MOTION SEGMENTS - Disclosed are methods and apparatus for the provision of spinal therapy to two or more adjacent motion segments accessed through a trans-sacral approach. The spinal therapies include fusion and dynamic stabilization with and without a distraction of the most cephalad motion segment of the two or more adjacent motion segments provided therapy. The disclosure includes methods and apparatus to impart a push distraction to increase the distance between two adjacent vertebrae. Related concepts for the extraction of previously inserted devices and the delivery and removal of plugs for plugging the interior cavities of implantable devices are disclosed.02-10-2011
20110040383SPINAL COLUMN IMPLANT - 1. The invention relates to a spinal column implant in veterinary- or human medicine for stabilizing of spinal column segments. 2.1 Known implants of this kind which are installed between the spinous processes for stabilizing of spinal column segments, require a medial access and the re-section of the ligamentum supraspinale, which can have a deleterious effect on the ligament and on wound healing. 2.2 The implant according to the invention features a stirrup whose free ends run in the direction of the spinous processes. The free ends are provided with means to rest against the spinous processes, wherein at least one of the means is designed as a saddle-like support. The width of the implant can be reduced for implantation so that a lateral implantation between the spinous processes is possible without destruction of the ligamentum supraspinale.02-17-2011
20110040382POSTERIOR SPINAL IMPLANT SYSTEM - Disclosed is a spinal implant comprising an implant spacer body and a plate. The spinal implant may be installed into an inter-vertebral space between adjacent vertebrae and may be installed from a patient's posterior. The implant spacer body tapers from the anterior toward the posterior and may be tapered at the anterior end to facilitate installation. Some embodiments disclosed herein may comprise an implant spacer body only, some embodiments may comprise a plate only, and some embodiments may comprise an implant spacer body and a plate.02-17-2011
20110040381PROCESS FOR PRODUCING (ULTRA) HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT POLYETHYLENE - The invention relates to a process for the production of an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene ((U)HMWPE) article comprising: —copolymerizing ethylene with a linear, branched or cyclic polyene having 3 to 100 carbon atoms, resulting in a copolymer of ethylene and polyene ((U)HMWPE-P), using such a content of polyene that the number of polyene branches in (U)HMWPE-P is 0.01 to 15 on the average per 1000 carbon atoms; —cross-link the (U)HMWPE-P during or after molding the (U)HMWPE-P.02-17-2011
20110046737METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUGMENTING BONE - An expandable implant system is configured to increase the height of a target bone, for instance that has been subjected to a compression fracture. The expandable implant system includes an implant assembly that can be inserted into the target bone, and subsequently expanded so as to increase the height of the target bone. The expandable implant system further includes an and insertion assembly that is configured to create an insertion channel into the target bone, such that the implant assembly can be inserted in a collapsed configuration into the target bone along the insertion channel, and subsequently expanded.02-24-2011
20100145453FUSION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FUSING SPINAL BONES - This invention relates to a spinal fusion system and method for use as a prosthetic implant. The system and method includes a housing dimensioned to be situated between adjacent spinal bones, such as adjacent vertebrae. The housing cooperates with the spinal bones to define a graft area for receiving graft material, which may be inserted anteriorly into the housing during a surgical operation such as a vertebrectomy or discectomy. A housing may have various features such as migration preventers to prevent the housing from migrating posteriorly towards a spinal column and can be used with a cover that permits the housing to “float” relative thereto. Screws are provided in one embodiment and are dimensioned or configured to lock against each other to retain the screws and, consequently, the cover in place.06-10-2010
20110082550INTERVERTEBRAL FIXATION DEVICE - This invention discloses an intervertebral fixation device including a plate member, a body, and at least one bending portion disposed on the plate member. The thickness of the bending portion is slightly smaller than the thickness of the plate member and ear portions, such that the bending portion is provided for flexibly adjusting a curvature of the plate member of the intervertebral fixation device, and an ear portion and another ear portion on the plate member can be adjusted flexibly to be attached to the two cervical vertebrae, and the intervertebral fixation device can match with the physiological curvature of each patient's cervical vertebrae, so as to overcome the shortcomings of a conventional intervertebral fixation device having a protrusion after a surgical operation is performed, and prevent a locking element secured to a conventional intervertebral fixation device from being loosened, and avoid another surgical operation of a patient.04-07-2011
20100262240POROUS CONTAINMENT DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR STABILIZATION OF VERTEBRAL COMPRESSION FRACTURES - The present invention is directed to a porous or permeable containment device for implanting into the interior volume of a targeted vertebral body for use in restoring the anatomy of the targeted vertebral body. The containment device is expandable from an insertion configuration to an expanded configuration via, for example, a bone filler material. The containment device preferably permits the bone filler material to flow out of the containment device via, for example, one or more pores, one or more flow-directing tentacles, etc. so that the bone filler material may interdigitates with the surrounding bone tissue. The containment device is preferably configured to have a pre-determined, ‘dog-bone’ shape, when in the expanded configuration. The containment device preferably also includes one or more knobs or ribs to facilitate anchoring of the containment device to the surrounding bone tissue, one or more air or fluid evacuation pores to permit air or fluid from escaping from the interior volume of the containment device and/or one or more radiopacity rings or markers to enable a surgeon to locate and/or position the containment device under X-ray imaging.10-14-2010
20090312837EXPANDABLE INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT - An expandable intervertebral implant including a body having a longitudinal axis and including first and second axial walls spaced apart along a transverse axis, and first and second transverse end walls extending between and interconnecting the first and second axial walls. The intervertebral implant includes an expansion member co-acting with the axial walls to expand the body along the transverse axis.12-17-2009
20090216328SPINAL FIXATION ELEMENT AND METHODS - A spinal fixation element is provided having a feature formed thereon that facilitates placement of the spinal fixation element through an access device, thus allowing the spinal fixation element to be positioned in relation to a spinal anchor that is coupled to the access device and that is implanted in a vertebra in a patient's spine. The feature also optionally facilitates placement of the spinal fixation element in relation to spinal anchors implanted in adjacent vertebrae. In particular, the spinal fixation element is adapted for use with an access device that has at least one slot or opening formed therein and having a width that is less than a width of the feature, thus preventing the feature from passing therethrough. The spinal fixation element can therefore be inserted through the access device, and a portion of the fixation element can be passed through the slot or opening in the access device while the feature is retained in the access device. As a result, the feature is seated within a spinal anchor that is coupled to the access device, and the remaining portion of the spinal fixation element can extend through the slot, preferably to be positioned within a spinal anchor disposed within an adjacent vertebra.08-27-2009
20100063589WEAR-REDUCING GEOMETRY OF ARTICULATIONS IN TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENTS - The invention reduces wear in total joint articulations by modifications of the shape of either component of the kinematic pair, so as to result in an annular surface contact between the two components. Fluid trapped between the two components within the inner contour of the annular contact area is pressurized under load due to elastic deformation of the components and exuded out through inter-articular gap over the surface of contact, aiding in lubrication and reducing the wear. Reduced to practice for a total hip joint with UHMWPE-metal pair, the wear rate tested in a hip joint simulator up to five million cycles was reduced by factor seven to fifteen compared to conventionally shaped components.03-11-2010
20110098818Radiolucent spinal fusion cage - An improved bone graft is provided for human implantation, particularly such as a spinal fusion cage for implantation into the inter-vertebral space between two adjacent vertebrae. The improved spinal fusion cage includes a substrate block of high strength biocompatible material having a selected size and shape to fit the anatomical space, and a controlled porosity analogous to natural bone. The substrate block may be coated with a bio-active surface coating material such as hydroxyapatite or a calcium phosphate to promote bone ingrowth and enhanced bone fusion. Upon implantation, the fusion cage provides a spacer element having a desired combination of mechanical strength together with osteoconductivity and osteoinductivity to promote bone ingrowth and fusion, as well as radiolucency for facilitated post-operative monitoring. The fusion cage may additionally carry one or more natural or synthetic therapeutic agents for further promoting bone ingrowth and fusion.04-28-2011
20110098816SACRO-ILIAC JOINT IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD - An orthopedic implant includes at least one circular body. The at least one circular body defining an outer surface configured to engage at least one articular surface of a sacro-iliac joint along a plane substantially parallel to the articular surface.04-28-2011
20110098819Spinal Disc Prosthesis and Associated Methods - A prosthetic device for insertion into a spondylosed intervertebral space is provided. The prosthetic device includes a first component having a first flange for longitudinally engaging a first vertebra during longitudinal insertion therein, and a second component having a second flange for longitudinally engaging a second vertebra during longitudinal insertion therein. One of the first and second components comprises a projection and the other of the first and second components comprises a recess, the projection and recess being adapted to engage one another. One of the projection and the recess are offset relative to the other of the projection and the recess to accommodate the spondylosed relationship between the first and second vertebrae.04-28-2011
20110082551INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT - Embodiments are directed to bone-joining or bone-bridging intervertebral implants with an inner channel-type structure of channels, which extend parallel from a bone contacting-surface of the implant to the inside of the implant, whereby the channels are connected by lateral openings.04-07-2011
20120150299INTEGRATED MULTI-ZONAL CAGE/CORE IMPLANTS AS BONE GRAFT SUBSTITUTES AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THEIR FABRICATION - A surgical implant including a cage having a first porosity and a first modulus; and a core bounded by said cage, said core having a second porosity that is higher than said first porosity of said cage, and said core having a second modulus that is lower than said first modulus of said cage. The implant may be functionally graded in a transverse direction, a longitudinal direction, or a radial direction thereof. The implant is made by preparing a first formulation for the cage within a first extruder and a second formulation for the core within a second extruder, extruding the first formulation through a co-extrusion die while simultaneously extruding said second formulation through the co-extrusion die so as to form an extrudate that includes said cage component and said core component bounded by said cage component.06-14-2012
20110077738DEVICE FOR SURGICAL DISPLACEMENT OF VERTEBRAE - A device for use as an implant for surgical displacement of vertebrae, and that is comprised of two parts co-working in a sliding way: a sliding part with an internal thread and a carrier part, and also a driving element with an external thread which is located between the parts, is described. The driving element includes a head and the sliding part of the device includes a threaded guideline cooperating with the driving element and a seat of a diameter corresponding with the head's diameter and length greater than the head's length, and the carrier part has a seat of a diameter and length corresponding with the head's diameter and length.03-31-2011
20110035007STAND-ALONE INTERBODY FIXATION SYSTEM - A stand-alone interbody fixation system having a cage, anterior fixation blade and posterior fixation blade. The cage includes an annular side wall with an open interior and upper and lower surfaces, the cage being configured to fit between end plates of adjacent vertebrae. The anterior fixation blade includes an anterior alignment boss with two opposing outward extending anterior blades with end plate penetrating tips configured to fit within the open interior of the cage. The posterior fixation blade includes a posterior alignment boss with two opposing outward extending posterior blades with end plate penetrating tips configured to fit within the open interior of the cage. The anterior alignment boss and posterior alignment boss being rotatably coupled to each other and with a first opening and a second opening in the annular side wall opposite the first opening. The anterior and posterior fixation blades are counter-rotating blades and the anterior alignment boss and posterior alignment boss are configured to receive or engage a blade activation tool having an anterior engagement portion and a posterior engagement portion configured to rotate the anterior and posterior fixation blades from a stowed position to a deployed condition.02-10-2011
20100305702Spinal implant having deployable bone engaging projections and method for installation thereof - Instrumentation is disclosed for inserting an interbody spinal fusion implant for implantation at least in part within and across the generally restored height of a disc space between two adjacent vertebral bodies of a human spine. The implant has an external housing and a substantially hollow internal rotatable member having bone engaging projections that are deployable through the housing to penetrably engage the adjacent vertebral bodies.12-02-2010
20110029081DEVICES AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING CONTROLLED BONE GROWTH OR REPAIR - Bone implantable devices and methodologies permit careful application of biologically active substances and management of bone growth processes. The device includes a body defining a carrier receiving area for locating adjacent bone. Carrier material is located in the carrier receiving area. Substance is delivered onto carrier material through a port. A pathway delivers substance from the carrier receiving area to the bone surface. The body may be in the form of a spinal fusion cage, facet fusion screw, artificial joint, bone fixation plate, interbody graft, IM nail, hip stem, or other bone-to-bone appliances or bone-to-device appliances. In use, carrier is installed in the carrier receiving area of the device. The device is then implanted adjacent a bone. The substance is applied to the carrier for subsequent delivery to the bone. By doping carrier material after device implantation, inadvertent contact of the substance with non-target bone is more easily eliminated.02-03-2011
20100305700BONE ANCHORING SYSTEM - Methods and apparatus for connecting to a bone, which avoid the use of bone screws. A triangular shaped modular implant is used, with two sides of the structure and their respective vertex secured generally within the bone, with the base of the triangle outside the bone. These two arms, whether straight or arcuate, are cannulated, and are held together at their distal ends by a tightened cable that runs through both of the arms. The proximal ends of these arms are connected to a base side that completes the triangular structure. The device may be inserted into a vertebra and the base used for vertebral fusion. Alternatively, the arms themselves may be used to stabilize and fixate adjacent vertebrae, by insertion through adjacent vertebrae trans-segmentally. In the latter case, the vertex may be within the intervertebral space or within the vertebral body close to the intervertebral space.12-02-2010
20100305701Spinal implant - The present invention is a spinal implant that can be inserted into a surgically created cavity of one or more regions of the mammalian spine. Universal corner posts and one or more lateral universal posts are connected with a series of trapezoidal wedge-like braces. The series of braces includes a centralized brace, a first set of braces extending in a first direction away from the centralized brace and a second set of braces extending in a second direction away from the centralized brace. Embodiments of the current cage also include first and second lateral brakes and an end cap.12-02-2010
20100280614Stabilized, Adjustable Expandable Implant and Method - Embodiments of the invention include expandable, implantable devices and methods. Devices expand linearly to provide secure fixation between or among anatomical structures. In some embodiments, an implant replaces one or more vertebral bodies of the spine.11-04-2010
20110257745IMPLANT WITH INSERTION DEVICE AND METHOD - Embodiments of the invention include expandable medical implant systems and methods. The systems may include devices to reinforce a tube through which a fill material may be moved at least in part into expandable medical implants. In some embodiments, an implant replaces one or more of vertebral bodies, portions of vertebral bodies, discs, and portions of discs of the spine.10-20-2011
20110257746METHOD FOR USING A GUARD FOR CREATING A SOCKET POSTERIORLY IN THE LUMBAR SPINE - A method for guiding a bone removal device to form a socket in the human spine and for inserting a cortical bone implant into the socket. The method includes placing a guard against the posterior aspect of the spine, the guard having a passage therethrough, inserting the bone removal device into the passage, removing a portion of a facet joint with the bone removal device to create the socket having a maximum height, and inserting the cortical bone implant into the socket. The cortical bone implant has a leading end, a trailing end, a mid-longitudinal axis through the ends, and a height transverse to the mid-longitudinal axis, the height of the cortical bone implant being greater than the maximum height of the socket.10-20-2011
20080215151Bone barrier device, system, and method - A bone barrier device can comprise a barrier material that can be inserted into the interior of a bone and adapted to prohibit substantially all of a bone filler material from flowing through and/or around the barrier material into and through a compromised portion of the bone. Such a barrier device may be inserted into a void created in the interior of a vertebral body so as to prevent the flow of bone cement through and/or around the barrier material into a compromised endplate and/or vertebral body wall. The bone barrier device may comprise a barrier material having an open weave, mesh, and/or through hole design adapted to reduce the flow, and to allow some flow, of bone filler material through and/or around the barrier material.09-04-2008
20100324681Wedge-like spinal implant - The present invention is a spinal implant that can be inserted into a surgically created cavity of one or more regions of the mammalian spine. Universal corner posts and one or more lateral universal posts are connected with a series of trapezoidal wedge-like dividers. The series of dividers includes a generally horizontal divider, a first set of dividers diverging away from the horizontal and a second set of dividers diverging away from the horizontal. Embodiments of the current cage can further include brakes, bars and superior and inferior plates.12-23-2010
20110112642SPINAL FUSION IMPLANT AND RELATED METHODS - A spinal fusion implant of non-bone construction to be introduced into any variety of spinal target sites. The spinal fusion implant of the present invention includes a top surface, a bottom surface, first and second lateral sides, a proximal (posterior) end and a distal (anterior) end. The spinal fusion implant of the present invention may be used to provide temporary or permanent fixation within an orthopedic target site. To do so, the spinal fusion implant may be introduced into a disc space while locked to a surgical insertion instrument and thereafter employed in the proper orientation and released. Once deposited in the disc space, the spinal fusion implant of the present invention effects spinal fusion over time as the natural healing process integrates and binds the implant.05-12-2011
20110054615POROUS BIOMATERIAL - A synthetic osteoinductive porous biomaterial is provided comprising: a network of interconnected micropores, wherein the microporosity is 23% by volume or more; wherein the surface free energy of the biomaterial is 19 mJ/m or more; and the mean interconnection diameter and the mean interconnection diameter and the surface free energy are chosen to provide a permeability resulting from the micropores of 0.206 nm2 or greater and a capillary pressure difference in water of 3.7 kPa or more. The biomaterial contains hydroxyapatite and silicon.03-03-2011
20110054614IMPLANT RETAINING DEVICE - There is provided an implant retaining device, which has the effect of preventing an intervertebral implant from jutting out of the receiving bed. The implant retaining device generally includes a plate having at least one throughbore to receive a screw, and a screw for securing the plate to the vertebrae. The plate may be dimensioned to cover a portion of the opening of a receiving bed, and thus, need only be secured to a single vertebral body. In an alternate embodiment, the plate may be used during bone fracture correction procedures to prevent a bone screw from backing out of engagement with adjacent bone sections. A method of retaining an intervertebral implant using the device is also provided.03-03-2011
20110054613SPINAL IMPLANT AND METHOD - A spinal implant includes a tapering box-shaped block made of a bone material; and at least one buttress ridge disposed on at least one surface of the tapering box-shaped block. A spinal implant bolt includes a shaft with a cylindrical body, the shaft having a leading end and a trailing end, wherein the trailing end has at least one slot for receiving a screw driver; and a buttress thread dispose on the shaft in a spiral configuration, wherein the buttress thread has a leading flank facing the leading end of the shaft and a trailing flank facing the trailing end of the shaft, the leading flank forms a smaller angle with a longitudinal axis of the shaft than an angle formed between the trailing flank and the longitudinal axis of the shaft, wherein the spinal implant bolt is made of a bone material.03-03-2011
20110022175INSERTION GUIDE FOR A SPINAL IMPLANT - A spinal implant insertion guide is disclosed. The insertion guide includes at least one channel suitable for receiving and facilitating movement of a spinal implant into an intervertebral space between two vertebrae and a portion suitable for insertion into the intervertebral space. In embodiments for use with spinal implant having multiple pieces, the pieces of the spinal implant remain in cooperation throughout movement. The guide may further include a plunger for facilitating the movement of the spinal implant.01-27-2011
20100331985EXPANDABLE INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD - An artificial functional spinal unit including an expandable intervertebral implant that can be inserted via a posterior surgical approach and used with one or more facet replacement devices to provide an anatomically correct range of motion is described. Lordotic and non-lordotic expandable, articulating implants and cages are described, along with embodiments of facet replacement devices and instruments for insertion. Methods of insertion are also described.12-30-2010
20100331982Method of Reducing Loading Failure for a Prosthetic Component - A method for reducing prosthetic loading failure including the steps of providing a prosthesis for a vertebral column comprising at least an upper part for attachment to an upper vertebrae and a lower part for attachment to a lower vertebrae, the upper part having a lower curved surface and the lower part having an upper curved surface, wherein the upper and lower curved surfaces have a centre of radius of curvature offset rearwardly with respect to a central vertical axis through the upper and lower vertebrae, and positioning the centroid of at least one of the upper and lower parts substantially on the same vertical axis of the centre of radius of curvature.12-30-2010
20100331984PROSTHETIC JOINT COMPONENT WITH ROTATION-REGULATING STRUCTURE - An elongate, longitudinally oriented outer sleeve includes an outer sleeve surface and has a sleeve body. A stem-receiving cavity extends from a distal sleeve end into the sleeve body. The distal sleeve end includes a sleeve interference protrusion extending from the distal sleeve end away from the sleeve body. A joint articulating member includes an elongate, longitudinally oriented stem. The joint articulating member includes a joint articulating surface spaced apart from a distal stem end by an angularly extending connector neck. When the stem is inserted into the stem-receiving cavity, the stem and the outer sleeve are configured for selective relative rotation about a shared longitudinal axis, and the connector neck impinges upon the sleeve interference protrusion responsive to a predetermined amount of relative rotation between the stem and the outer sleeve to prevent relative rotation between the stem and the outer sleeve outside a predetermined range of allowable rotation.12-30-2010
20100292795BIOMEDICAL IMPLANT SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY - There is provided a method for creating a micro-topographical surface on biomedical implants that mimics a topography of bone to help facilitate osseointegration of the implant, as well as related devices and resulting implants. For example, a surface topography system is provided that includes a processor and a memory coupled to the processor. The processor is configured to process an image from a scanning electron microscope to determine a surface topography of bone. A surface manipulation device is configured to create the surface topography of bone on a surface of a biomedical implant.11-18-2010
20100292794Device for implanting in a human or animal vertebral column - The invention relates to a device for implanting in a human or animal vertebral column, said device comprising a base carrier (11-18-2010
20100292797Facet joint implant - In order to improve the process of inserting a facet joint implant comprising two, flat joint surface replacement elements abutting each other face-to-face and in order to control the movement of the joint surface replacement elements relative to each other, it is proposed that both joint surface replacement elements should carry at least one arm which emerges in the plane of the joint surface replacement element from said element and projects therefrom, and in that in each case two arms of the two joint surface replacement elements which extend adjacent to one another in a pair are connected together at the end thereof remote from the joint surface replacement element.11-18-2010
20110118840SPINAL IMPLANT WITH STAPLES - A spinal implant having a spinal cage and a plurality of staples. The spinal cage is configured to be positioned in an intervertebral space between adjacent vertebrae. The plurality of staples are moveably disposed on the spinal cage and configured to be inserted into the adjacent vertebrae so as to secure the spinal cage in the intervertebral space when the spinal cage is positioned therein. A method of securing the spinal implant within the intervertebral space.05-19-2011
20110125268APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR ACHIEVING LUMBAR FACET FUSION - Assemblies of one or more implant structures make possible the achievement of diverse interventions involving the fusion and/or stabilization of lumbar and sacral vertebra in a non-invasive manner, with minimal incision, and without the necessitating the removing the intervertebral disc. The representative lumbar spine interventions, which can be performed on adults or children, include, but are not limited to, lumbar interbody fusion; translaminar lumbar fusion; lumbar facet fusion; trans-iliac lumbar fusion; and the stabilization of a spondylolisthesis.05-26-2011
20110125267Method for preparing an implant of cortical bone - A screw formed of cortical bone for use in the human body with an implant having a screw hole for receiving at least a portion of a screw therethrough, includes a shaft with a thread along at least a portion of its length. The thread has an outer diameter dimensioned to pass through the screw hole in the implant. The trailing end of the screw is configured to cooperatively engage at least a portion of the screw hole of the implant so as to prevent the screw from linear motion along the mid-longitudinal axis of the shaft in a direction opposite to the direction of insertion when the screw is threaded through the screw hole to attach the implant to a bone portion of the human body. The screw is formed substantially of cortical bone of a single cortical thickness.05-26-2011
20110125266Spinal Surgical Implant and Related Methods - This invention relates generally to spine surgery and, in particular, to a surgical implant for separating adjacent spinal vertebrae.05-26-2011
20110125269TOTAL ARTIFICIAL SPINO-LAMINAR PROSTHETIC REPLACEMENT - A total artificial spinous process (spino)-laminar prosthesis (TASP-LP) including a body having a portion forming a spinous process extending away from the body, a first lamina portion extending from a first side of the body, and a second lamina portion extending from a second side of the body, wherein the first lamina portion and the second lamina portion are disposed on opposite sides of the spinous process.05-26-2011
20110137420EXPANDABLE PUSH-IN ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANT - A push-in orthopedic implant having an expandable height. The implant includes an upper member, a lower member, and a blocker pivotally attached to one of the upper and lower members. The blocker is attached proximate one of the proximal and distal ends of the one of the upper and lower members, and is adapted to pivot into cooperative engagement with another of the one of the upper and lower members. The blocker is adapted to hold at least a portion of the upper and lower members apart so as to maintain an increased height of the implant and resist the collapse of the implant to a collapsed implant height when the implant is in a final deployed position.06-09-2011
20100222884FIXATION DEVICE AND METHOD - An implantable orthopedic stability device is disclosed. The device can have a contracted and an expanded configuration. A method of using the device between adjacent facet surfaces for support and/or fixation of either or both of the adjacent vertebrae is also disclosed.09-02-2010
20100324683INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT - An intervertebral implant that is configured to be inserted into an intervertebral space along a direction of insertion is provided. The intervertebral space is defined by a superior vertebral body and an inferior vertebral body that are opposed in a transverse direction. The intervertebral implant may include a body and a first keel. The body may have first and second opposing outer surfaces that are each configured to engage one of the superior and inferior vertebral bodies. The first keel may extend out from the first outer surface in an outward direction and may define a lateral width that increases with respect to an outward direction along the first keel such that an outer portion of the first keel is wider than an inner portion of the first keel. The lateral width may be substantially transverse to the insertion direction and the outward direction.12-23-2010
20100324682Spinal implant - The present invention is a spinal implant that can be inserted into a surgically created cavity of one or more regions of the mammalian spine. Universal corner posts and one or more lateral universal posts are connected with a series of trapezoidal-like dividers. Embodiments of the cage can also include grips and superior and inferior plates.12-23-2010
20100324680INTRADISCAL MOTION LIMITING MEMBER AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION THEREOF - In an exemplary embodiment, the present invention provides a resilient support member capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc to provide support to an intervertebral disc that has a compromised annulus fibrosis. In one embodiment, the intradiscal member includes an upper support surface, a lower support surface, and an outer wall. In another embodiment, the intradiscal member includes an inner wall defining a volume. In yet another embodiment, the intradiscal member includes a fastening element. The present invention also provides a method for installing the intradiscal member in the nucleus pulposus region of an intervertebral disc.12-23-2010
20100324678Spinal implant and method of using spinal implant - The present invention is a brace or spinal implant that can be inserted into vertebra that has had a cavity surgically created therein. The trapezoidal shaped spinal implant includes an opening that allows the surgical team to view the dura mater prior to packing the implant with osteogenic substances.12-23-2010
20100185287SPINAL NUCLEUS REPLACEMENT IMPLANTS - A multi-piece intervertebral disc augmentation implant that may be assembled within the annulus fibrosus is disclosed. The implant may be guided into a precise location through a relatively small opening in the annulus fibrosus with the aid of an elongated guide.07-22-2010
20110087328CENTRALLY DRIVEN EXPANDABLE IMPLANT AND METHOD - Embodiments of the invention include expandable, implantable devices and methods. Devices expand linearly to provide secure fixation between or among anatomical structures. In some embodiments, an implant replaces one or more vertebral bodies of the spine.04-14-2011
20100179657EXPANDABLE SUPPORT DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE - An expandable support device and methods of using the same are disclosed herein. The expandable support device can expand longitudinally. The expandable support device can be deployed in a bone, such as a vertebra, for example to repair a compression fraction or replacement of removed tissue, such as a vertebra or vertebral body. The expandable support device can be deployed into or in place of all or part of an intervertebral disc.07-15-2010
20100179655Expandable Vertebral Prosthesis - The present invention relates to an expandable prosthetic implant device for engagement between vertebrae generally comprising an inner member, outer member, gear member and a locking assembly positioned coaxial with respect to each other such that the inner and outer members are moveable relative to each other along an axis. The gear member is axially fixed to the outer member and freely rotatable with respect to the outer member and the gear member threadedly engages a threaded portion of the inner member to translate inner member along the axis. The implant is configured to engage the vertebrae in a predetermined alignment and the gear member includes gear teeth exposed to the exterior and configured to be accessible by a tool member at a plurality of angular positions around the perimeter of the implant device.07-15-2010
20100179654DIVERSION OF MECHANICAL OSCILLATIONS - A device according to the invention for deflecting mechanical oscillations, at an oscillation receiver location may be set into oscillation along a first axis, and transmits such an oscillation into an oscillation along a second axis at an oscillation output location, wherein the first and the second axis form an angle to one another. The device in characterized essentially by the fact that it includes an elongate, bent oscillation element, on whose one end a coupling-in point and at whose other end a coupling-out point is arranged, wherein the device is designed in a manner such that the oscillation element oscillates transversally at the coupling-in point and at the coupling-out point, when the oscillation receiver location is subjected to an oscillation.07-15-2010
20090171461SPINAL IMPLANTS AND METHODS - Spinal implants are disclosed that can be used for annular repair, facet unloading, disc height preservation, disc decompression, or for sealing a portal through which a nucleus an intervertebral implant was placed. In some embodiments, an implant is placed within the intervertebral disc space, primarily within the region of the annulus fibrosus. In some embodiments, the implant is expandable. In some embodiments, the implant has a sealing tail structure comprising a tail flange and a linkage. In some embodiments, the sealing tail structure limits the extrusion or expulsion of disc material, either annulus fibrosus or nucleus, into the posterior region of the spine where it could impinge on nerves. In some embodiments, the tail structure is retained in place within the annulus fibrosus by means of an anchor. In some embodiments, the anchor is constructed from multiple components.07-02-2009
20100121453Expandable spinal implant having interlocking geometry for structural support - An expandable spinal implant including at least two expandable branch portions extending generally along a longitudinal axis and each including a fixed end portion and an opposite movable end portion with the fixed end portions coupled together adjacent a base portion of the implant. A first of the branch portions includes at least one transverse projection having opposite axially-facing outer surfaces. A second of the branch portions defines at least one transverse recess having opposing axially-facing inner surfaces. The transverse projection is positioned within and displacable along the transverse recess with the outer surfaces of the projection positioned in close proximity with the inner surfaces of the recess to provide structural support to the implant subsequent to expansion. In one embodiment, the branch portions are separated from one another by at least one slot including a narrow portion that defines the close fitting transverse projection and transverse recess.05-13-2010
20110184519SACRO-ILIAC JOINT IMPLANT SYSTEM, METHOD AND INSTRUMENT - A sacro-iliac implant delivery instrument includes a first arm connected to a first cannula. The first cannula is rotatable relative to the first arm and is configured for support of a fastening element. A second arm is connected to the first arm. The second arm is rotatable relative to the first arm and is configured for detachable connection to a sacro-iliac implant. The second arm and the first cannula are configured for rotation relative to the first arm to a preset orientation such that the second arm is disposed along a first predetermined trajectory for delivering the sacro-iliac implant and the first cannula is disposed along a second predetermined trajectory for delivering the fastening element in alignment with the sacro-iliac implant for transarticular fixation. Methods of use are disclosed.07-28-2011
20100082107Facet Joint Replacement Instruments and Methods - A facet joint replacement system includes an inferior implant with an inferior articular surface, a superior implant with a superior articular surface, and an optional crossbar. The inferior implant and the superior implant are each polyaxially adjustably connected to fixation elements which anchor the implants to adjacent vertebrae. The optional crossbar may be polyaxially adjustably connected to bilateral implants. The system components may be provided in kits which provide components of various sizes and shapes. A set of surgical instruments may facilitate implantation of the facet joint replacement system by providing tools for bone preparation, trialing, implant insertion, implant alignment, and lock-out of modular interconnections.04-01-2010
20100082106VERTEBRAL BODY REPLACEMENT - This invention concerns a vertebral body replacement element to be inserted into an intervertebral space, thus supporting the spinal column of a patient. The vertebral body replacement element has a hollow upper member and a hollow lower member, with the upper member and lower member engaging in a telescopic manner and establishing a cavity between the two members when assembled. Spacers may be inserted in the cavity to lengthen the vertebral body replacement element. The present invention further concerns a system and method for expanding and distracting a vertebral body replacement element into and within the spinal column of a patient.04-01-2010
20100082108SPINE DISTRACTION IMPLANT AND METHOD - A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.04-01-2010
20100082105HYDROXYAPATITE CERAMIC FOR SPINAL FUSION DEVICE - A spinal fusion cage, has at least hydroxyapatite ceramic, a grain size of the hydroxyapatite ceramic is less than 300 nm. The spinal fusion cage of the invention improves mechanical strength and especially fracture toughness, overcomes brittleness of a conventional hydroxyapatite ceramic, and meets mechanical requirements for the spinal fusion cage. Meanwhile, the spinal fusion cage of the invention maintains biological activity of hydroxyapatite, and facilitates bone fusion with bones within a body.04-01-2010
20110190888Composite Interbody Device And Method of Manufacture - A composite interbody device includes superior and inferior endplates with a plastic core molded therebetween. The core includes one or more features for permitting bone growth through the core. Each endplate includes a bone interface side coated with hydroxyapatite, for promoting bone on-growth. Pores in the bone interface sides permit bone in-growth. Core interface sides of the endplates include relatively larger pores for accepting molten material from the core, for example during injection molding, to enhance bonding of the endplates with the core. Each endplate has a central barrier layer for preventing the molten core material from extruding through the core interface pores into the bone interface pores, reserving the bone interface pores for bone in-growth. A method of manufacturing the composite interbody device is also disclosed.08-04-2011
20100016969INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT WITH ELASTIC PART - The invention relates to an implant for the insertion between vertebral bodies (01-21-2010
20100016968Spondylolisthesis correction apparatus and method - An apparatus and method are provided that allow for the realignment and stabilization of adjacent vertebrae. An implant of this invention both repositions adjacent vertebrae and remains in situ to maintain the new position. The implant has two halves which are interlocked such that they can slide horizontally with respect to each other. Movement of the implant halves and their respective positions are controlled by external set screw and internal locking block within the implant. The implant includes radial anchors which fit into alignment slots made in the misaligned vertebra by the disclosed method. The set screws are used to advance the halves of the implant which in turn move the misaligned vertebrae back into correct positions. The correct position of the vertebrae is locked in place through a bolt and a plate.01-21-2010
20110098817SACRO-ILIAC JOINT IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD - An orthopedic implant includes at least one elongated body. The body defines an outer surface. The outer surface is configured to engage an articular surface of a sacro-iliac joint along a plane substantially parallel to the articular surface.04-28-2011
20110118843INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT - The intervertebral implant is in the form of a three-dimensional structure (05-19-2011
20110118842VERTEBRAL OSTEOSYNTHESIS MATERIAL - A graft or an intervertebral piece or cage designed to be inserted between two vertebrae, and an implant in the form of a staple, having two lateral branches designed to be inserted into the plates of the respective vertebrae to be immobilized and a central branch connecting these two lateral branches to each other. At least one lateral branch has at least one mobile portion, movable between an introduction position, in which this mobile portion is located in the extension of the rest of this lateral branch, and an anchoring position, in which this mobile portion protrudes laterally in relation to the rest of the lateral branch, and the implant has movement means allowing the mobile portion to move between the introduction and anchoring positions.05-19-2011
20100004744INTERSPINOUS PROCESS DISTRACTION SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH POSITIONABLE WING AND METHOD - An implant that is implanted between adjacent spinous processes for the relief of pain associated with the spine. The device has a spacer to distract apart the adjacent spinous processes. To minimize trauma to the patient, the device has a tapered tissue expander to distract a previously created opening between the adjacent spinous processes. The device also has two wings. The position of one wing is adjustable to allow for ease of assembly in a patient.01-07-2010
20110153019Devices For Introduction Into A Body Via A Substantially Straight Conduit To For a Predefined Curved Configuration, And Methods Employing Such Devices - A device for introduction into a body in a straight configuration and assuming within the body a predefined curved configuration, includes an elongated element formed from a number of segments interconnected so as to form effective hinges therebetween. When the elongated element is confined to a straight state, the effective hinges transfer compressive forces from each segment to the next so that the elongated element can be pushed to advance it through a conduit. When the elongated element is not confined to a straight state, the effective hinges allow deflection of each segment relative to adjacent segments until abutment surfaces of the segments come into abutment, thereby defining a fully flexed state of the elongated element with a predefined curved configuration. The device can be produced with a wide range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional curved forms, and has both medical and non-medical applications.06-23-2011
20110307061SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FACET JOINT TREATMENT - A system for treating a facet joint of a patient. The facet joint includes a superior articular face and an inferior articular face. The system includes a resurfacing device, an implant insertion tool and a guide cannula. The resurfacing device is positionable between a superior articular face of a facet joint and an inferior articular face of a facet joint. The implant insertion tool is adapted to engage the resurfacing device. The guide cannula has a passage extending therethrough. The guide cannula passage is adapted to receive at least a portion of the resurfacing device and the implant insertion tool.12-15-2011
20110015742Spine fusion cage - A spine fusion cage comprises a housing, a movable member, a sliding member and a screw. The upper surface of the housing has an opening through which the movable member can move in a vertical direction. The sliding member is provided within the housing and can move in a longitudinal direction of the spine fusion cage. The movable member has an activation surface. In the case that the activation surface is in contact with the sliding member, movement of the sliding member in the longitudinal direction of the spine fusion cage causes the movable member to move up or down. The sliding member is moved by turning the screw such that the movable member can move up or down.01-20-2011
20080234821UNIVERSAL INTERFERENCE CLEAT - A vertebral implant comprises a tubular body sized to fit between two vertebral endplates and a pair of ring-shaped cleat assemblies. Each cleat assembly comprises an outer end wall, an inner end wall, and a side wall which defines a hollow bore. One or more spikes extend from each outer end wall, and each hollow bore is sized to fit over an end of the tubular body and slidably pass from the end along at least a portion of the length of the tubular body.09-25-2008
20120041560Facet 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.02-16-2012
20120041559INTERBODY SPINAL IMPLANTS WITH EXTRAVERTEBRAL SUPPORT PLATES - An implant assembly for a spinal column includes at least a plate and an interbody implant attached to the plate. The interbody implant is positioned in the spinal disc space and the plate extends extradiscally for attachment to the first and second vertebrae outside the disc space. The assembly may include recesses in the bottom surface of the plate, spacers, and spacing portions extending from the bottom surface of the plate that allow the plate to be secured to the interbody implant when the trailing end of the interbody implant is positioned in a recessed, flush or overhanging position relative to the laterally facing surfaces of the vertebrae.02-16-2012
20120041558C1 - C2 IMPLANT AND METHODS OF USE - An implant for positioning between the C1 and C2 vertebral members. The implants may include a blade sized to be inserted between the C1 and C2 members. The blade may include a length measured between an insertion tip and a second side, and a height measured between a superior side that contacts against the C1 vertebral member and an inferior side that contacts against the C2 vertebral member. A leg may be positioned at the second side of the blade. The leg may extend outward below the inferior side of the blade and away from second side of the blade to extend across an exterior of the C2 vertebral member. An aperture is positioned to extend through the implant. The implant may extend through the blade or may extend through a flange that extends from the blade.02-16-2012
20110071635COMPOSITE IMPLANT - A composite interbody vertebral implant for facilitating fusion of adjacent vertebrae. The implant includes a first endplate of a porous metal material and a second endplate of a porous metal material which are configured to allow bone ingrowth. The implant also includes a polymeric body positioned between and bonded to the first and second endplates such that polymeric material of the polymeric body is impregnated into pores of the first and second endplates to bond the components together. The implant may include a cavity extending through the composite implant configured to receive bone growth material to facilitate fusion between a first vertebra and a second vertebra.03-24-2011
20110071634End plate slider/distractor for posterior intervertebral device and method - A device and method for spreading apart adjacent vertebrae bodies for the safe insertion of an IBD into an IVD space said device designed for minimally invasive procedures and posterior or anterior approaches.03-24-2011
20120150298Spine Stabilization Device and Methods - An implant stabilizes two adjacent bones of a joint, while enabling a natural kinematic relative movement of the bones. Support components are connected to each bone of the joint, and a flexible core is interposed between them. The core and at least one of the support components are provided with a smooth sliding surface upon which the core and support component may slide relative to each other, enabling a corresponding movement of the bones. The surfaces may have a mating curvature, to mimic a natural movement of the joint. The core is resilient, and may bend or compress, enabling the bones to move towards each other, and or to bend relative to each other.06-14-2012
20120004728BONE SUPPORT DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD - A bone support and/or barrier device, system, kit, and method can include an implantable structure having an outer surface, an inner surface, a first bone contact portion, and a second bone contact portion. The structure can be collapsible to an undeployed configuration capable of percutaneous insertion to the interior of a bone and expandable to a deployed configuration in the bone. In the deployed configuration, the first bone contact portion can contact a first portion of the bone, and the second bone contact portion can contact a second portion of the bone such that a load placed on the first portion of the bone can be transferred through the implantable structure to the second portion of the bone. The implantable structure can include a barrier material adapted to restrict a bone filler material inserted into the bone adjacent the inner surface of the structure from flowing to the outer surface of the structure.01-05-2012
20120010712MOLDS USED TO PRODUCE PVA HYDROGEL IMPLANTS AND RELATED IMPLANTS - Methods of fabricating elastomeric implants employ a mold with PVA crystals and irrigant added to the mold independent of each other. Related molds are also described.01-12-2012
20110166655SPINAL IMPLANT HAVING DEPLOYABLE BONE ENGAGING PROJECTIONS - Instrumentation is disclosed for inserting an interbody spinal fusion implant for implantation at least in part within and across the generally restored height of a disc space between two adjacent vertebral bodies of a human spine. The implant has an external housing and a substantially hollow internal rotatable member having bone engaging projections that are deployable through the housing to penetrably engage the adjacent vertebral bodies.07-07-2011
20110166654SPINE IMPLANT INSERTION DEVICE AND METHOD - A spinal implant include a top, wherein at least a portion of the top is configured to contact a first vertebra, a bottom, wherein at least a portion of the bottom is configured to contact a second vertebra, a side having a releasable attachment to receive an insertion device and a cam surface to engage a cam on the insertion device07-07-2011
20120016476INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT WITH A HINGE END CAP - Devices and methods for spacing apart vertebral members. The implant may include a body and an end cap. Connectors may extend outward from the body to attach with the end cap. The end cap may include a hinged design to securely attach to the body. The hinged design may include first and second sections that are connected at a hinge. The implant may also include a second end cap positioned at the opposite end of the body. The second end cap may be the same or different than the first end cap.01-19-2012
20120016477LOCKABLE IMPLANT AND METHOD OF USE - A spinal implant includes a body defining a longitudinal axis and an outer surface. The outer surface includes a first portion configured to engage a first bone surface and a second portion configured to engage a second opposing bone surface. A first locking element has a center of rotation along a first axis offset from the longitudinal axis. The first locking element is rotatable relative to the body between a first, non-engaging configuration and a second engaging configuration such that the first locking element extends beyond the outer surface. Methods of use are disclosed.01-19-2012
20110087327INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT - An intervertebral implant having a three-dimensional body (04-14-2011
20090005871SUTURE-BASED ORTHOPEDIC JOINT DEVICES - Devices and treatments for various joint conditions include a resilient elongate orthopedic device inserted into a joint space using a suture. The suture is passed through the joint space and used to pull the orthopedic device into the joint space. The suture may be using a percutaneously inserted needle or other type of needle-based delivery instrument. The resilient elongate orthopedic device may be restrained to a reduced profile that permits minimally invasive implantation, but assume an enlarged profile when positioned at an implantation site.01-01-2009
20120022650METHOD FOR PREPARING BIOMEDICAL SURFACES - A method for selectively dissolving the beta (β) phase of a titanium alloy out of the surface of the alloy, thereby leaving behind a nano-scale porous surface having enhanced bonding properties with either a biological tissue, such as bone, or an adhesive material, such as a polymer or ceramic by immersing the alloy in an ionic aqueous solution containing high levels of hydrogen peroxide and then exposing the alloy to an electrochemical voltage process resulting in the selective dissolution of the beta phase to form a nano-topographic metallic surface.01-26-2012
20100179656EXPANDABLE CAGE WITH LOCKING DEVICE - An apparatus supports the spine between vertebrae and promotes spinal fusion. The apparatus generally includes a first supporting member, a second support member, and an expansion member. The first support member has a first longitudinal passage extending there through and a first supporting end configured to engage tissue. The second supporting member contains a second longitudinal passage extending there through and a second supporting end configured to engage tissue. The second longitudinal passage is dimensioned to receive at least a portion of the first supporting member. The first and second supporting members are configured to move with respect to each other. The expansion member is removably positioned between the first and second supporting members and is adapted to maintain the first and second supporting members in a fixed relative position.07-15-2010
20120059471PROSTHESIS FOR PARTIAL REPLACEMENT OF A VERTEBRAL BODY - A prosthesis for partial replacement of a vertebral body includes upper and lower contact plates that contact upper and lower vertebral bodies and a bridging element to be inserted into a bone cavity that bridges an intermediate vertebral body to be replaced that lies between the upper and lower vertebral bodies. The bridging element has anchoring projections which can be moved between a retracted implantation position and a protruding anchoring position.03-08-2012
20120059470Expandable Fusion Device and Method of Installation Thereof - The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc space to maintain normal disc spacing and restore spinal stability, thereby facilitating an intervertebral fusion. In one embodiment, the fusion device includes a central ramp, a first endplate, and a second endplate, the central ramp capable of being moved in a first direction to move the first and second endplates outwardly and into an expanded configuration. The fusion device is capable of being deployed down an endoscopic tube.03-08-2012
20120065733INTER-VERTEBRAL IMPLANT HAVING DRAIN CAVITIES THERETHROUGH - An inter-vertebral implant having drainage cavities therethrough is disclosed. Drainage of surgical byproducts, spinal fluid and blood, and administration of medicine or cooled saline to the volume between the inter vertebral implant and the spinal cord are enabled during and after surgery.03-15-2012
20100191333Load-bearing spinal interbody device - A spinal interbody device includes a compliant inner dampener in combination with a rigid outer material of outer shells. An inner dampener includes a rim with pillars and heads coupled to a complimentary inner structure of the outer shells.07-29-2010
20120158140FLEXIABLE SPINAL IMPLANT - A spinal implant for positioning in a space formed between vertebral members. The implant includes a number of sections that are pivotally attached together at pivot axes. The pivot axes include connectors that extend through at least a portion of the sections and are configured for the sections to be pivotally attached for the implant to be flexible to facilitate insertion into the space and to be configurable to the space. One of the sections may include a receptacle that is contained within the section. The receptacle has a fixed size and shape that holds bone growth material. The fixed size and shape of the receptacle prevents the bone growth from escaping during flexing of the implant.06-21-2012
20110009968CERVICAL DISTRACTION METHOD - A device and method for a minimally invasive surgical implantation to reduce radicular symptoms by inserting an expandable cervical distraction implant in the facet joint and distracting the adjacent cervical vertebrae to increase the foraminal dimension. The implant, when positioned in the cervical facet joint, expands to via delivery of an inflation medium to increase the space between the vertebrae, thereby increasing the foraminal area or dimension, and reducing pressure on the nerves and blood vessels of the cervical spine.01-13-2011
20120158141METHOD OF SUPPORTING AND DISTRACTING OPPOSING VERTEBRAL BODIES OF A SPINE - An apparatus and method is provided for distracting, in a given direction, and supporting opposing vertebral bodies. A plurality of wafers are consecutively inserted between the vertebral bodies to create a column of wafers. The column of wafers is oriented between the vertebral bodies so as to expand in the given direction as the wafers are consecutively added to the column.06-21-2012
20110066244Minimally Invasive Intervertebral Staple Distraction Devices - Multiple, small, staple-like supports are inserted through a small tube into the disc space then rotated into position on the edge of the vertebral bodies. The tooth-like geometry of the proximal and distal faces of these staples mates with the outer edge of the vertebral body, extending past the front of the endplate anteriorly. The staples have teeth that dig into the endplate on the inside of the rim as well.03-17-2011
20110106257DYNAMIC INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT - The implant includes two side walls resting against the vertebral end-plates and an intermediate wall joining the supporting walls. The implant can be deformed for insertion between the vertebrae to be treated to restore the attenuated mobility of the vertebrae, and includes mounting elements mounting on the vertebrae. The side walls have a curved shape, whose convexity is oriented towards the outside of the implant; the intermediate wall has a curved shape, whose convexity is oriented towards the outside of the implant such that it does not form any pronounced angles with the supporting side walls. The supporting side walls and the intermediate wall, have a partially oval shape; and the mounting elements are configured such that the implant can be mounted on the vertebrae.05-05-2011
20110106256DYNAMIC INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT - The implant includes two side walls resting against the vertebral end-plates and an intermediate wall joining the supporting walls. The implant can be deformed for insertion between the vertebrae to be treated to restore the attenuated mobility of the vertebrae, and includes mounting elements mounting on the vertebrae. The side walls have a curved shape, whose convexity is oriented towards the outside of the implant; the intermediate wall has a curved shape, whose convexity is oriented towards the outside of the implant such that it does not form any pronounced angles with the supporting side walls. The supporting side walls and the intermediate wall, have a partially oval shape; and the mounting elements are configured such that the implant can be mounted on the vertebrae.05-05-2011
20120165940CEMENT-DIRECTING ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANTS - A cement-directing structure for use in cement-injection bone therapy includes a collapsible, self-restoring braided structure with regions of differential permeability to the bone cement. The regions of differential permeability may be provided by areas where the braided mesh density is greater or lesser than surrounding areas and/or by means of a baffle. After the structure is placed in a void within a bony structure, cement is injected into the interior of the structure then oozes out in preferred directions according to the locations of the regions of differential permeability.06-28-2012
20100249932Materials, Devices and Methods for Intervertebral Stabilization Via Use of In Situ Shape Recovery - A deformable implant and a method for expanding an intervertebral disc space are provided. The method may include selecting a deformable implant with a predetermined physical configuration and deforming aspects, including temperature. The deformable implant of some embodiments is heated above the transition temperature or deforming temperature, collapsed to a collapsed configuration and cooled below the transition temperature. The collapsed implant may be inserted into the disc space without distracting adjacent vertebrae. The inserted implant absorbs ambient body heat and expands in place to a final shape thereby distracting adjacent vertebrae to expand the disc space.09-30-2010
20120083883SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SACRO-ILIAC STABILIZATION - Configurations are described for conducting minimally invasive medical interventions utilizing elongate instruments and assemblies thereof to stabilize and/or fixate a sacro-iliac joint. In one embodiment, a tool assembly may be advanced from a posterior approach into the SI junction and configured to create a defect defined at least in part by portions of both the sacrum and the ilium, the defect having a three dimensional shape defined in part by at least one noncircular cross sectional shape in a plane substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the tool assembly. After a defect is created, the tool assembly may be retracted and a prosthesis deployed into the defect.04-05-2012
20120083882SPINAL IMPLANT STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A spinal implant structure includes a hollow cylinder and a biodegradable polymer membrane. The hollow cylinder is implanted in a bone damaged part of human vertebra. The biodegradable polymer membrane is formed to a part of a surface of the hollow cylinder. Thus, the biodegradable polymer membrane blocks invasion of soft tissues, and then the bone fillers integrated with vertebra are maintained without loss.04-05-2012
20120215312Percutaneous Technique and Implant For Expanding The Spinal Canal - Expanding a spinal canal by drilling a cylindrical passage in each pedicle of a vertebra, making a circumferential pedicle cut (osteotomy) through each pedicle from within the passage, separating each pedicle cut by inserting an implant into the passage to distract the pedicle cut (i.e., lengthen the pedicle) to expand the spinal canal, and securing each pedicle cut, allowing the vertebra to heal with the spinal canal expanded. The implant can include an outer sleeve, an inner bolt, and expandable flanges. The outer sleeve includes an upper and a lower portion, with the expandable flanges therein. Rotation of the inner bolt causes the upper and lower portions of the outer sleeve to separate, causing the pedicle cut to widen and the expandable flanges to radially extend into and stabilize the widened pedicle cut for expansion of the spinal canal.08-23-2012
20120136442FUSION CAGE WITH COMBINED BIOLOGICAL DELIVERY SYSTEM - The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for near-simultaneous and integrated delivery of bone graft material during the placement of surgical cages or other medical implants in a patient's spine. The integrated fusion cage and graft delivery device according to various embodiments delivers and disperses biologic material through a fusion cage to a disc space and, without withdrawal from the surgical site, may selectably detach the fusion cage for deposit to the same disc space. The integrated fusion cage and graft delivery device is formed such that a hollow tube and plunger selectively and controllably place bone graft material and a fusion cage in or adjacent to the bone graft receiving area.05-31-2012
20120136441POLYLACTIC ACID/CALCIUM SULFATE SCAFFOLD - The invention relates to a method of preparing a composite or porous composite used as a biodegradable scaffold, the composite prepared therefrom and the use of the composite. In particular, the composite is a calcium sulfate-polylactic acid composite or porous composite and the composite can be especially used as an in situ pore forming scaffold.05-31-2012
20110184520SACRO-ILIAC JOINT IMPLANT, METHOD AND APPARATUS - A sacro-iliac implant system includes at least one implant including a body defining an outer surface and being expandable in at least one dimension. The body is configured to expand in the at least one dimension from a first orientation to a second orientation such that the outer surface engages and spaces apart opposing articular surfaces of a sacro-iliac joint to fix the body with the articular surfaces. Methods of use are disclosed.07-28-2011
20110184518SACRO-ILIAC JOINT IMPLANT - A sacro-iliac implant includes at least one wedge-shaped body. The body defines an outer surface configured to engage at least one articular surface of a sacro-iliac joint. Systems and methods employing the sacro-iliac implant are disclosed.07-28-2011
20090112320Height-Adjustable Spinal Implant - A height-adjustable spinal implant has first and second components that are rotationally fixed relative to one another and axially movable along a central longitudinal axis of the implant. Each of the components have at least two wall segments that are fixed on a base and that extend in the direction of the central longitudinal axis and are at a radial distance from the latter. Circumferentially adjacent wall segments each flank a space in which a wall segment of the respective other component extends and is axially guided. A drive element is disposed in the interior of the implant that engages with the second component in a meshing relationship. The drive element bears, in the load direction, on the first component and has a toothed ring that is used for its rotary actuation. For the rotary actuation of the drive element, an access opening is present in a wall segment of the first component. The free ends of the wall segments of the first component are connected to each other by a holding element.04-30-2009
20100174372PLASTIC IMPLANT IMPREGNATED WITH A DEGRADATION PROTECTOR - A plastic implant device for a mammal that contains a rare earth metal compound tracer and a method for detecting degradation such as wear of the implanted device are disclosed. The tracer can also be present with a separate antioxidant or the tracer compound can be can be the salt of a C07-08-2010
20100298938Spinal Device and Method - An artificial spinal joint, for creating at least a portion of a coupling between a superior vertebra and an inferior vertebra, comprises an anterior joint replacement component sized to extend into an intervertebral disc space between the superior and inferior vertebrae. The anterior joint replacement component includes a left anterior member separated and spaced apart from a right anterior member. The artificial spinal joint further comprises a bridge component coupled at a first end to the anterior joint replacement and sized to extend posteriorly outside the intervertebral disc space. The bridge component includes a left bridge member separated and spaced apart from a right bridge member. The artificial spinal joint further comprises a posterior joint replacement component coupled to a second end of the bridge component. The posterior joint replacement component includes a left posterior member separated and spaced apart from a right posterior member.11-25-2010
20120179256Facet Arthroplasty Devices and Methods - Devices and surgical methods treat various types of adult spinal pathologies, such as degenerative spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, degenerative lumbar scoliosis, and kypho-scoliosis. Various types of spinal joint replacement prostheses, surgical procedures for performing spinal joint replacements, and surgical instruments are used to perform the surgical procedures.07-12-2012
20120179255EXPANDABLE SPINAL IMPLANT DEVICE - An expandable spinal implant device for supporting vertebral bodies can include first and second body members and first and second expansion mechanisms. The body members can each have a first end positionable toward one of the vertebral bodies and can each define a hollow interior. The expansion mechanisms can be spaced apart from each other and can include a first drive shaft and a second drive shaft, respectively. The first and second drive shafts can each have a gear member fixedly coupled thereto. Each drive shaft can be threadably engaged at a first side to the first body member and at a second side to the second body member. The expansion mechanisms can be operable to effect axial displacement of the first body member relative to the second body member by rotationally driving the gear members of the first and second drive shafts.07-12-2012
20090118831Coatings for spinal implants - The present application describes a spinal implant device comprising a load-bearing component having at least one soft tissue-facing surface and a coating affixed to the soft tissue-facing surface. The coating is operable to define an interface with the soft tissue that exhibits one or more of the following features: reduced friction, reduced tissue irritation, reduced adhesion, reduced inflammation, reduced incidence of infection and reduced pain, relative to the soft tissue-facing surface in the absence of the coating. Other embodiments include methods of use and manufacture of the apparatus. The application also describes a method involving affixing a load-bearing prosthetic spinal implant device to first and second vertebrae of a motion segment and, after the device is affixed, applying to a soft tissue-facing surface of the device a flowable, curable coating material operable to cure in situ to form a coating.05-07-2009
20100268339Intervertebral Spinal Implant and Method of Making the Same - An invertebral implant for replacing a damage invertebral disk within the spinal column can include a generally flat body having opposing surfaces and peripheral wall or surface that extends between the opposing surface. Protruding outwardly from the peripheral wall can be a shelf-like flange that has a reduced thickness compared to the thickness of the main body of the implant. The flange provides an object or structure that the surgeon can grasp with forceps during insertion between adjacent vertebrae. Because the protruding nature and reduced thickness of the flange, both the flange and the forceps placed thereon can fit within or adjacent to the intervertebral space between the adjacent vertebrae without interfering with orientation or placement of the main body between the vertebrae. Hence, the flange may simplify the surgical insertion procedure.10-21-2010
20110112643Hybrid Intervertebral Spinal Fusion Implant - An implant made of at least two different materials. The implant may include materials with varying radiolucency and mechanical properties. Such a hybrid implant may offer controlled radiographic visibility and optimized structural properties for implant placement, including placement for use in spinal arthrodesis.05-12-2011
20090018658Methods and apparatus for treating spinal stenosis - This invention relates generally to spine surgery and, in particular, to methods and apparatus for treating spinal stenosis.01-15-2009
20090012617SUTURE-BASED ORTHOPEDIC JOINT DEVICE DELIVERY METHODS - Devices and treatments for various joint conditions include a resilient elongate orthopedic device inserted into a joint space using a suture. The suture is passed through the joint space and used to pull the orthopedic device into the joint space. The suture may be using a percutaneously inserted needle or other type of needle-based delivery instrument. The resilient elongate orthopedic device may be restrained to a reduced profile that permits minimally invasive implantation, but assume an enlarged profile when positioned at an implantation site.01-08-2009
20080300686PERCUTANEOUS INTERSPINOUS PROCESS DEVICE AND METHOD - A percutaneous interspinous process device for treating spinal conditions includes a first section, a second section, and a locking mechanism. The first section defines a first lateral surface, a first medial surface and a first lumen extending from the first lateral surface to the first medial surface. The second section defines a second lateral surface, a second medial surface and a second lumen extending from the second lateral surface. The locking mechanism includes an elongate member protruding from the first medial surface of the first section and a medial recess defined in the second medial surface of the second section. The medial recess is configured for securely receiving at least a portion of the elongate member. The elongate member is configured to define a space between adjacent spinous processes and maintain a predetermined distance between adjacent spinous processes.12-04-2008
20080300685Posterior Total Joint Replacement - A prosthetic system for implantation between upper and lower vertebrae comprises an upper joint component. The upper joint component comprises an upper contact surface and an upper articulation surface. The system further includes a lower joint component. The lower joint component comprises a lower contact surface and a lower articulation surface configured to movably engage the upper articulation surface to form an articulating joint. The articulating joint is adapted for implantation within a disc space between the upper and lower vertebrae, allowing the upper and lower vertebrae to move relative to one another. The system further includes a bridge component extending posteriorly from one of either the upper or lower joint components and from the disc space. The bridge component has a distal end opposite the one of the either upper or lower joint components. The distal end of the bridge component comprises a connection component adapted to receive a fastener.12-04-2008
20120239147VERTEBRAL IMPLANT - A vertebral implant has a body extending along a body axis, having a pair of ends, and adapted to be fitted with its ends axially juxtaposed with respective confronting vertebral faces. An inner ring can pivot on one of the ends of the body about a first axis extending transversely of the body axis through the body, and an outer ring can pivot on the inner ring about a second axis extending nonparallel to the first axis transversely of the body axis through the inner ring and body. The outer ring has an end face adapted to engage the respective vertebral face.09-20-2012
20110130837Intervertebral Implant - An intervertebral implant for insertion into an intervertebral disc space having a contact face for connection to an adjacent vertebral body. The contact face has a porous coating that allows bone tissue ingrowth into the porous coating to form an intimate connection between the contact face and the bone tissue. Rounded teeth are provided that protrude above the contact face and the porous coating and have a radius of not less than 0.1 mm. The rounded teeth do not penetrate through the bone tissue but merely compact the bone tissue. The teeth provide fixation in the bone tissue even without intimate connection to the bone tissue. A method of securing the implant in the intervertebral space with easy removal in the event of a replacement is also disclosed.06-02-2011
20120265303VERTEBRAL BODY REPLACEMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USE TO MAINTAIN A SPACE BETWEEN TWO VERTEBRAL BODIES WITHIN A SPINE - A vertebral body replacement device includes a body member and a central rod member having two threaded portions and configured to be operatively associated with the body member. The device also includes a first end member and a second end member with the end members configured to threadingly engage the threaded portions of the central rod member. The body member and the two end members are further constructed to inhibit rotational movement of the two end members when the device is positioned within a space within a spine as the two end members will engage the adjacent respective vertebral bodies following rotational actuation of the central rod member causing the end members to move in an axial direction relative to the body member, thereby allowing the two end members to apply a force to the two vertebral bodies. A surgical instrument and method for using the device are also disclosed.10-18-2012
20120265302SURGICAL PROCEDURE FOR EXPANDING A VERTEBRAL CANAL - To provide a method with which expansion of the vertebral canal of vertebrae is possible with less stress for the patient than with the surgical methods used to date, it is proposed that herein the vertebral arch be split and an incision gap thereby be formed, and the incision gap bounded by opposed incision surfaces be expanded to a prescribed gap width and the bone substance of the resulting vertebral arch sections thereby be elastically/plastically deformed.10-18-2012
20110046738Sliding Intervertebral Implant Method - A sliding intervertebral implant method includes a first member that connects to an intervertebral space between two adjacent vertebrae. The first member includes a pair of curved side walls connected to each of a front wall, an upper curved wall, and a lower curved wall, wherein a length of a first curved side wall is less than a length of each of a second curved side wall, the upper curved wall, and the lower curved wall, and wherein an edge of the second curved side wall is offset from an edge of the front wall. A second member is slidably attached to the first member, and includes a top and bottom curved wall each connected to an inclined side wall and a guide wall, wherein the guide wall comprises grooves, wherein the second curved side wall of the first member slides in the grooves of the guide wall.02-24-2011
20110046736INTERVERTEBRAL STABILIZATION ASSEMBLY FOR ARTHRODESIS, COMPRISING AN IMPACTION CAGE BODY, AND AN ANCILLARY DEVICE FOR IMPLANTING SAME - This stabilization assembly comprises a solid cage body (02-24-2011
20120271418MODULAR TISSUE SCAFFOLDS - Provided are biocompatible and implantable scaffolds for treating a tissue defect, such as a bone gap. The scaffolds can have a modular design comprising a tissue scaffold rack designed to accommodate one or more modules. Also provided are methods for fabrication and use of such scaffolds.10-25-2012
20110238181SACRO-ILIAC JOINT IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A sacro-iliac implant system includes an implant including a body defining an outer surface. The outer surface is configured to engage and space apart opposing articular surfaces of a sacro-iliac joint. The body has at least one cavity. At least one fastening element is configured for disposal in the at least one cavity of the body and fixation with the articular surfaces. Methods of use are disclosed.09-29-2011
20100249933SYSTEMS AND TECHNIQUES FOR INTRAVERTEBRAL SPINAL STABILIZATION WITH EXPANDABLE DEVICES - Expandable devices include a body defining a hollow interior for receiving distal portion of a delivery instrument. The expandable devices are collapsed on the distal portion of the delivery instrument for delivery to the operative site within a vertebral body. Upon delivery of the collapsed expandable devices to the operative site, the distal portion of the delivery instrument is enlargeable to expand the expandable device in situ for implantation at the operative site.09-30-2010
20100234953Osteogenic fusion device - An interbody osteogenic fusion device is provided that includes opposite end pieces with an integral central element. The end pieces are sized to maintain the height of an intervertebral disc space. The central element has a much smaller diameter so that the osteogenic fusion device forms an annular pocket around the central element. An osteogenic material is disposed within the annular pocket between the opposite end pieces. In one embodiment, the osteogenic material constitutes a collagen sheet soaked in a solution containing a bone morphogenetic protein. The osteogenic fusion device is configured so that the osteogenic material is in direct contact with the adjacent vertebral bone. In addition to the enhanced area of contact between the vertebral bone and the fusion material, the inventive osteogenic fusion device reduces stress-shielding and minimizes the radiopacity of the implant so that growth of the fusion mass can be continuously assessed. In yet another embodiment, the osteogenic fusion device includes at least one end piece with a truncated surface. The osteogenic fusion devices of the present invention may be combined with other fusion devices to form an implant system. The implant system includes at least one load bearing member having a truncated surface configured to nest within another load bearing member, preferably the load bearing, osteogenic fusion device of the present invention. The invention also provides implant systems comprising adjacent load bearing members connected to one another to resist lateral separation. Methods of promoting fusion bone growth in the space between adjacent vertebrae utilizing devices and systems of the invention are also described.09-16-2010
20100234952Expendable intervertebral implant and associated instrumentation - An expandable intervertebral implant including an implant body transitionable between an initial configuration and an expanded configuration, and having first and second axial walls spaced apart along a transverse axis with at least one of the walls defining a recessed region when the implant body is in the initial configuration. An expansion member co-acts with the axial wall to transition the implant body to the expanded configuration wherein the recessed region is outwardly expanded generally along the transverse axis. In another embodiment, the expansion member includes a first portion that is displaced along an axially extending slot formed in one of the walls, and a second portion that is displaced between the walls to transition the implant body to the expanded configuration. In a further embodiment, the first portion of the expansion member defines a passage extending therethrough having an inner transverse dimension sized larger than an outer transverse dimension of the second portion.09-16-2010
20100234951PROSTHETIC FACET AND FACET JOINT REPLACEMENT DEVICE - Spinal stabilization devices, systems, and methods are described. Foramenal spacers including a rigid member adapted to maintain the integrity of the foramenal space. Facet joint stabilizing members and prosthetic facet joints that augment or replace the native facet joint are also described. Lateral spinal stabilization systems that may be attached to the lateral surfaces of adjacent vertebral bodies are described. Also described are anterior spinal stabilization systems that are to be attached to the anterior surfaces of adjacent vertebral bodies. Several variations of dynamic spinal stabilization devices and systems are described. Each of the foregoing devices, systems, and methods may be used independently, in combination with the other devices, systems, and methods described herein, and/or in combination with prosthetic intervertebral discs.09-16-2010
20110276139SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPINAL SURGERY - Disclosed herein are methods and devices for distracting adjacent vertebrae during surgical procedures for implanting spinal prostheses. In an exemplary embodiment, a distractor is disclosed that maintains the empty space between adjacent vertebrae following a discectomy, and that can removably mate with other surgical instruments, such as, for example, a filler bar, an implanting tool, or a funnel. In other embodiments of the present invention a distractor is disclosed having various features to assist in implanting a spinal prosthesis, such as, for example, an angled distal end and/or an expandable paddle. In another embodiment of the present invention, an articulating inserter is disclosed. Moreover, various implants and funnels are also disclosed herein.11-10-2011
20110319995Enhanced Cage Insertion Device - A method of delivering a fusion cage to an intervertebral disc space bounded by adjacent vertebral endplates, comprising the step of delivering the fusion cage into the disc space without contacting its teeth to the vertebral endplates during delivery, wherein a sheath is interposed between a cage surface and the endplates to prevent contact therebetween during delivery.12-29-2011
20120101576EXPANDABLE ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD - An orthopedic implant includes a first member that defines a longitudinal axis, a first wall and a second wall. The first wall defines at least a portion of a chamber. The second wall defines a first graft containment cavity. The chamber is separate from the first graft containment cavity. A second member defines a first wall disposed for sealed engagement with the first wall of the first member. The first wall of the second member defines at least a portion of the chamber. The second member is configured for movement along the longitudinal axis relative to the first member. Methods of use are disclosed.04-26-2012
20100198353USE OF Ti and Nb CEMENTED IN TiC IN PROSTHETIC JOINTS - An improved composition of titanium sintered titanium carbide is provided. The composition provides an improved degree of strength and toughness and improved compatibility with medical imaging. The composition provides good compatibility with sintered polycrystalline diamond, achieving a good mechanical fit in terms of the combined compressibility and thermal expansion during the sintering process to minimize stress or cracking between the substrate and the diamond layer.08-05-2010
20100198352Implant with Nested Members and Methods of Use - Vertebral implants that may be movable between collapsed and expanded orientations to space apart first and second vertebral members. The implants may include first and second contact surfaces to contact against the vertebral members. The implants may include nested struts. The implants may have a first height measured between the contact surfaces in the collapsed orientation with a first amount of overlap in the struts. The implants may have a second height in the expanded orientation with a lesser amount of overlap in the struts.08-05-2010
20130173001Devices and Methods for Tissue Engineering - A resorbable tissue scaffold fabricated from bioactive glass fiber forms a rigid three-dimensional porous matrix having a bioactive composition. Porosity in the form of interconnected pore space is provided by the space between the bioactive glass fiber in the porous matrix. Strength of the bioresorbable matrix is provided by bioactive glass that fuses and bonds the bioactive glass fiber into the rigid three-dimensional matrix. The resorbable tissue scaffold supports tissue in-growth to provide osteoconductivity as a resorbable tissue scaffold, used for the repair of damaged and/or diseased bone tissue.07-04-2013
20100063590LAMINOPLASTY IMPLANT - A hollow non-load-bearing spinal implant having a hollow body and an attachment device for attaching the implant. A method of inserting a non-load-bearing spinal implant by inserting the laminoplasty implant into a prepared space in a spine, positioning the implant within the prepared space and affixing the implant to the spine.03-11-2010
20080249622INTERBODY IMPLANT - An interbody implant (10-09-2008
20080228273Implants - Disc prostheses, particularly for use in the lumbar region of the spine are provided. The disc prosthesis includes an outer component manufactured at least in part from fibre and at least one filling element introduced into the outer component in situ.09-18-2008
20080221686DEVICES USED TO TREAT DISC HERNIATION AND ATTACHMENT MECHANISMS THEREFORE - A method for retaining an intra-discal material within an annulus fibrosis having a posterior annulus, an inside surface, and an opening is described. The opening has a lateral and a vertical dimension. A retention device that includes a shape memory alloy is inserted through the opening in the annulus fibrosis. The length dimension of the device is longer than the lateral dimension of the opening and the width dimension of the device is longer than the vertical dimension of the opening in the annulus fibrosis. The retention device is positioned against the posterior annulus to rest against annulus fibrosis tissues adjacent the opening on the inside surface of the annulus fibrosis such that both a portion of the length dimension and a portion of the width dimension rests against annulus fibrosis tissues adjacent the opening. The retention device prevents the escape of intra-discal material through the opening.09-11-2008
20130173000Interbody Cage for Spine Fusion - An interbody cage includes a substrate having a plurality of curve slits, with each of the curve slits having a plurality of sections. A plurality of deformable ribs is formed, with each deformable rib between any adjacent two of the curve slits and having a first end and a second end. The first and second ends of each deformable rib respectively connect with two opposite lateral bars of the substrate, and a plurality of folds is formed on the plurality of deformable ribs in places adapted to be bent. In use, any adjacent two of the deformable ribs are capable of being bent to depart from each other to define a filling room.07-04-2013
20110270395DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING RADIATION IN SELECTED DIRECTIONS - Embodiments of the invention include a device for supplementing or replacing a spinal structure and therapeutically delivering radiation to tissue. Some embodiments include a radiation source and a combination of members surrounding the radiation source that move relative to one another to permit or restrict emission of radiation from the device.11-03-2011
20130096682SEGMENTED INSERT FOR INTERVERTEBRAL SUPPORT - A spinal intervertebral support implant, for fusion or for dynamic stabilization purposes. A rod, preferably in the form of a screw, is inserted obliquely from the pedicle of an inferior vertebra into the body of a neighboring superior vertebra, through the disc space. The rod can be anchored into the body of the superior vertebra by means of a force fit or a screw thread. A pile of elements is disposed on the rod in the disc space like a pile of washers, so that the compression load between vertebrae is carried partly by these elements. These elements can be inserted through the bore through which the rod was inserted in a tightly folded configuration, and deployed into their washer-like form only when in position in the intervertebral space, such that there is no need for any additional incisions.04-18-2013
20130096681BONE GRAFTS - Spinal spacers for fusion of a motion segment. A spinal spacer includes a body, which may be formed of a bone composition. The body includes a first end, an opposite second end, a superior face defining a superior vertebral engaging surface and an inferior face defining an inferior vertebral engaging surface. At least one of the vertebral engaging surfaces defines a set of migration resistance grooves. Each of the grooves includes a first face defining an angle of no more than about 90 degrees relative to the engaging surface and a second opposing sloped face.04-18-2013
20110276138TECHNIQUES FOR SPINAL SURGERY AND ATTACHING CONSTRUCTS TO VERTEBRAL ELEMENTS - Techniques for spinal surgery include accessing at least one vertebral element of the spinal column. At least one loading member is engaged to the at least one vertebral element. The loading member is allowed to integrate with the bony structure of the vertebral element over time. The integrated loading member is accessed in a second surgical procedure, and can be loaded and/or attached to a construct.11-10-2011
20110218628PROSTHESIS OF ANTERIOR SPINAL COLUMN, INSTRUMENT GUIDING THE PROSTHESIS AND METHOD FOR INSTALLATION THEREOF - A prosthesis of an anterior spinal column, comprising a perforated sleeve body (09-08-2011
20110218627SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REPLACING AT LEAST A PORTION OF A VERTEBRAL BODY - Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for replacing at least a part of a vertebral body. Systems may include end components for interfacing with adjacent vertebrae and a central component for placement between end components. Instruments for placing system components and preparing anatomical structures to receive system embodiments may also be included.09-08-2011
20100286781ANTERIOR CERVICAL INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES - Anterior cervical instrumentation systems, methods, and devices are disclosed. Systems may facilitate immobilizing or providing support for the cervical portion of the vertebral column of a patient. A device may comprise a plate having two channels located in a proximal to distal direction, and may further comprise at least one aperture. The device may further comprise attachment elements such as attachment cross-links and spacer cross-links, and fasteners. The plate and the attachment elements may be secured to the vertebrae by passing fasteners through apertures and channels. The length of the plate, position and number of the attachment cross-links, position and number of spacer cross-links and degree of movement may be intraoperatively selected by the surgeon to provide an optimal application and procedural outcome. Uniform components of the devices and systems allow for a more streamlined and simplified method of treating spinal conditions.11-11-2010
20100286780Expandable spinal fusion cage and associated instrumentation - An expandable spinal implant comprising a cage body including at least two movable branches having first end portions that are interconnected to one another and second end portions that are movable relative to one another. The movable branches include a first shell portion having a first pair of longitudinal edges and defining a first hollow region therebetween, and a second shell portion having a second pair of longitudinal edges and defining a second hollow region therebetween, with the first and second hollow regions cooperating to define at least a portion of a hollow interior of the cage body. An expansion member co-acts with the first and second shell portions to transition the cage body to an expanded configuration as the expansion member is axially displaced along said first and second pairs of longitudinal edges. In one embodiment, at least one of the shell portions defines a plurality of retention elements positioned at select axial locations along a corresponding one of the longitudinal edges, with the expansion member engaged with one or more of the retention elements to retain the expansion member at a select axial position to maintain the implant in the expanded configuration.11-11-2010
20100286779EXPANDABLE SPINAL IMPLANT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE - A spinal implant apparatus that is an expandable spacer including features to minimize or eliminate spacer cant or offset during and after completing the expansion process. The spacer includes a top component, a base component in engagement with the top component, and an expansion mechanism arranged to change the top component's position with respect to the base component. The mechanism for causing expansion may be a screw, a cam, a wedge or other form of distracting device. In one embodiment, the expandable spacer includes a base component with a set of towers and a top component with a set of corresponding silos, where the towers and silos are configured to minimize or eliminate tilt of the top component as it extends upwardly from the base component. In another embodiment, the spacer may include a stepped arrangement around the perimeter of the top component and the base component for engagement during height expansion with minimal canting or slippage. In another embodiment, the spacer may include texturing modification at the opposite ends of the longitudinal axis of the spacer to prevent tilting, slipping, or canting. Additionally, a portion of one or more exterior surfaces of the spacer may be textured, sawtoothed, dovetailed or the like to increase frictional intervertebral contact. The spacer may contain one or more passageways of selectable shape/dimension for bone growth through the spacer.11-11-2010
20100286778Textile-Based Spinal Implant and Related Methods - A textile-based surgical implant that can be inserted through any number of suitable surgical approaches, including but not limited to lateral, anterior, anterior-lateral, posterolateral, and/or posterior approaches. When applied to spine surgery and inserted into an intervertebral disc space, the implant restores the normal height of the intervertebral disc space, while advantageously preserving the natural motion of the spine. The textile construction of the implant is beneficial because it is generally compliant and thereby restores and/or improves spinal motion. The compliant nature of the textile-based implant provides the required flexibility and elasticity to advantageously support physiological movements, as opposed to fusion surgery which forms a boney bridge between adjacent vertebral bodies. In addition, the porosity and biocompatibility of the textile-based implant facilitates tissue ingrowth throughout part or all of the implant, which helps to secure and encapsulate the implant in the intervertebral space.11-11-2010
20100286777Stand alone anterior cage - The present invention teaches an improved spinal fusion implant and method of implanting same. The implant includes a shell and an insert, the insert capable of situating first and second plates of the shell with respect to each other and of preventing unwanted loosening of fasteners placed through the shell and into the adjacent vertebral bodies. The method includes implanting a shell, selecting an insert from a plurality of inserts, and placing an insert between first and second plates of the shell.11-11-2010
20130150967Interbody Cage for Spine Fusion - An interbody cage including a substrate and a plurality of through holes is disclosed. The substrate has a plurality of curve slits, with each of the curve slits having a plurality of sections, wherein a plurality deformable ribs is formed, with each deformable rib between any two curve slits and having a narrow part and a wide part. The plurality of through holes is formed in the wide part of the deformable rib. In use, any adjacent two of the deformable ribs are capable of being bent to depart from each other to define a filling room.06-13-2013
20130131805ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANT - The invention is directed to an orthopedic implant comprising different distinct sections, wherein each section comprises a different polymeric material and the polymeric materials are at the contact surfaces of the sections attached to each other by chemical bonds and/or physical interaction and to a method for the production of an orthopedic implant wherein multi-component molding is used.05-23-2013
20100292796EXPANDABLE SUPPORT DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE - An expandable support device for tissue repair is disclosed. The device can be used to repair hard or soft tissue, such as bone or vertebral discs. A method of repairing tissue is also disclosed. The device and method can be used to treat compression fractures. The compression fractures can be in the spine. The device can be deployed by compressing the device longitudinally resulting in radial expansion.11-18-2010
20130190874ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANTS WITH FLEXIBLE SCREWS - An orthopedic implant system includes an implant configured and adapted for orthopedic applications. The implant defines a bore therethrough having a bore entrance defined along a first axis and a bore exit defining a second axis that is angled with respect to the first axis to facilitate implantation of the implant. A flexible screw is mounted in the bore of the implant. The screw includes a head at one end configured to receive a driver tool for turning the screw within the implant, and a screw tip at an opposite end from the head configured for engaging bone. A portion of the screw between the tip and the head is flexible to allow bending of the screw while passing into the bore of the implant along the first axis and out of the bore of the implant along the second axis.07-25-2013
20120029637Rotatable Cam Lift for an Expandable Bone Cage - The present invention is a rotatable cam lift. The distal end of the rotatable cam lift has a plurality of cam lift lobes and nesting surfaces that allow an expandable bone cage to be expanded with maximum control and predictability of expansion and which hold the bone cage firmly in position when expanded. Cam lift edges prevent over-rotation of the cam lift.02-02-2012
20120029636Bone Cage with Components for Controlled Expansion - The present invention is an expandable and adjustable bone cage designed to be used in conjunction with a pedicle screw or plating fusion system. The expandable and adjustable bone cage provides structure for the placement of bone graft material between two adjacent vertebral bodies in order to stabilize or fuse the spine in a predetermined position. The expandable and adjustable bone cage is contoured for easy insertion between vertebral bodies and may be expanded after insertion to maintain, establish or increase lordosis, as well as help secure the bone cage.02-02-2012
20120029635IMPLANT ASSEMBLY HAVING AN ANGLED HEAD - An implant assembly includes an implant having an upper element and a lower element coaxially aligned with one another. The upper and lower elements are configured to be displaced relative to one another along a longitudinal axis of the implant. The implant assembly also includes a setting tool having a cassette and a tool body. The cassette has a housing, a gear held by the housing, and a drive shaft driving the gear. The cassette holds the implant such that the gear engages the implant to displace the upper and lower elements relative to one another. The tool body has an inner portion and an outer portion being angled relative to one another. The cassette is mounted to the inner portion. The tool body has an outer shaft and an inner shaft rotatable received in the outer shaft. The inner shaft includes a flexible joint at the intersection of the inner and outer portions. The inner shaft drives the drive shaft of the cassette.02-02-2012
20120029634VERTEBRAL IMPLANT END CAP - An implant and method for insertion between adjacent vertebral members. The implant comprising an implant body with a base section having a plurality of base extensions, and an end cap adapted for selective axial positioning at a selected point on the base section and subsequent rotational adjustment about an implant axis. The end cap also comprising a fixed aperture and a variable aperture, both configured to receive and lockingly engage corresponding base extensions to securely maintain the end cap positioned on the base section. The fixed and variable passages are configured and located to permit rotational end cap adjustment. The implant imparts end cap height and angulation to an adjacent vertebral body at the selected or desired point when the implant is positioned and lockingly engaged in the intervertebral space,02-02-2012
20130197641LAMINOPLASTY IMPLANT, METHOD AND INSTRUMENTATION - In one embodiment, the present invention is a system for use in a laminoplasty procedure, the system including an implant comprising a first body and a second body, the first and second bodies adapted to slide relative to one another; and an implantation instrument including: a shaft having a longitudinal length, a proximal end, a distal end and a hollow throughbore along at least a portion of its length; a handle positioned on the proximal end of the shaft; an actuator rod having a proximal portion and a distal portion, the actuator rod being positioned within the hollow throughbore of the shaft; a knob adapted to engage the proximal portion of the actuator rod; a first connector adapted to engage the distal portion of the actuator rod; and a second connector fixedly secured to the distal end of the shaft.08-01-2013
20130204368Pultrusion Process for Preparing Composites Having Low Percentage of Fibers and Articles Made from Same - An improved pultrusion process for preparing composite materials having about 10 percent to about 45 percent by volume of reinforcing fibers so as to produce a composite material having enhanced flexibility as compared with composite materials having a higher percent of reinforcing fibers by volume. Articles of manufacture made from composite material produced by the improved pultrusion process, specifically spinal implants, are also provided.08-08-2013
20120071977Apparatus for Bone Restoration of the Spine and Methods of Use - The subject disclosure is directed to systems, apparatuses, devices and methods for vertebral and spinal correction. In some embodiments, an expandable implant is provided which may be inserted inside the vertebral body and/or between two vertebrae, for instance, for maintenance and/or restoration of a space therein or there between. In certain embodiments, the implant includes a mechanical resistance that prevents the expandable implant from contracting once it has been expanded. Methods of treatment and methods of use of such implants for the alleviation of back pain (for example) are also provided herein.03-22-2012
20120083881Stand-Alone Anterior Fusion Device - Disclosed herein is a stand-alone anterior fusion device that is positioned in the space between adjacent vertebrae to be fused. The device comprises an annular cage having a thickness defined by an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface is defined by a cavity adapted to receive graft material. A top surface is in a spatial relationship to a bottom surface and may be further defined by a Lordosis angle. Ascending and descending guides extend through the wall, each guide has an axis defined by an attitude, where each guide directs a vertebral screw in a desired trajectory into the adjacent vertebrae whereby a bi-cortical screw purchase may be achieved. The device is a stand alone stabilizing device as well as a cage for containing graft material and maintaining the height of the space between the vertebrae to be fused.04-05-2012
20120095559INTERVERTEBRAL SPINAL IMPLANT, INSTALLATION DEVICE AND SYSTEM - Improved interbody spinal implant devices and related instrumentation used for surgical installation of such implant devices for use in spinal fusion surgeries. The spinal implant devices are configured with apertures preferably used in conjunction with the instrumentation of the invention to improve the retention of bone graft material within the implant during installation. The invention also includes improved implants with deployable spike mechanisms.04-19-2012
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