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US5545229: Functional and biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer containing elastomeric material of varying hardness

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Inventor(s) John R. Parsons · Casey K. Lee · Noshir A. Langrana · Alastair J. Clemow · Elizabeth H. Chen · Monica V. Hawkins ·
Assignee(s) University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ · Rutgers University ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Klauber & Jackson ·
Primary Examiner Debra S. Brittingham ·
Application Number US8098698
Filing date 07/28/1993
Issue date 08/13/1996
Predicted expiration date 08/18/2008
U.S. Classifications 623/17  ·
International Classifications A61F 244  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 62317;16;11;18;20 ·
Related U.S. Application DataBACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
This Application is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 07/832,364 a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 776,708 filed on Oct. 9, 1991, now U.S. Pat. No. 5,171,281; which was a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 07/382,207 filed on Jul. 24, 1989, now abandoned which is a continuation-in-part of application Ser. No. 07/233,617, filed Aug. 18, 1988, now abandoned priority of which is claimed hereunder.
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Abstract

The construction and manufacturing technique for a functional biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer is described. This device is useful for a replacement for a degenerated disc in certain treatments of back pain and spinal disease. The disc spacer possesses mechanical properties akin to those of the normal disc and will preserve normal functions of the spinal motion segment. The device achieves the desired properties by varying the hardness of the elastomeric material in its nucleus and annulus.

Independent Claims | See all claims (6)

  1. 1. A biocompatible intervertebral spacer comprising:a central core of an unreinforced soft biocompatible elastomeric material shaped and sized so as to approximate the nucleus pulposus of a natural intervertebral disc;an outer ring of unreinforced stiffer elastomeric material surrounding said central core to approximate a natural annulus fibrosus, said outer ring and said central core forming a disc having upper and lower surfaces; andendplates comprised of a suitably stiff biocompatible material and affixed on one surface with additional elastomeric material, one to each end, to the upper and lower surfaces said endplates having a design modification on their outer surfaces which interdigitates with the adjacent bone;said spacer having a mean torsional stiffness of from 0.8 Nm/degree to 3.0 Nm degree and a mean axial stiffness of from 1000 newtons/mm to about 3000 newtons/mm.

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