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US20020120270: Flexible systems for spinal stabilization and fixation

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Inventor(s) Jon Serbousek · Hai Trieu ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Correspondent Woodard, Emhardt, Naughton, Moriarty and McNett Bank One Center/Tower ·
Application Number US10083199
Filing date 02/26/2002
Publication date 08/29/2002
Predicted expiration date 02/26/2022
U.S. Classifications 606/61  ·
International Classifications A61B017/58  ·
Kind CodeA1
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
0001 This application claims the benefit of the filing date of Provisional Patent Application No. 60/272,114 filed on Feb. 28, 2001.
77 Claims, 12 Drawings


Abstract

Systems for spinal stabilization and fixation replace, reconstruct or augment the spinal ligamentous and/or bony tissues resected during surgical procedures. The spinal stabilization system includes at least an implant configured to span the intervertebral disc space with at least one of its ends attached to a respective vertebral body by at least one anchor. The system has a low profile conformable to the spinal anatomy.

Independent Claims | See all claims (77)

  1. 1. A spine stabilization system, comprising: an implant having a first end and an opposite second end, at least a portion of one of said first and second ends positioned in a tunnel formed in a first vertebral body; and at least one anchor engaged to the first vertebral body attaching said one end of said implant to the first vertebral body.
  2. 39. A method for stabilizing a portion of the spinal column, comprising: providing an implant having a first end and an opposite second end; forming a tunnel in a first vertebral body; placing at least a portion of one the first end and the second end of the implant in the tunnel; and attaching the one end of the implant to the first vertebral body.
  3. 61. A spine stabilization system, comprising: an implant having a first end with at least a portion of said first end positionable in a first tunnel formed in a first vertebral body, said implant having a second end positionable in a second tunnel formed in a second vertebral body; and a first anchor engageable to said first end of said implant in the first tunnel of the first vertebral body; and a second anchor engageable to said second end of said implant in the second tunnel of the second vertebral body.

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