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US6648915: Intervertebral cage and method of use

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Inventor(s) John A. Sazy ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Attorney/Agent(s) Charles D. Gunter, Jr. ·
Primary Examiner Bruce Snow ·
Assistant Examiner Brian E Pellegrino ·
Application Number US9471312
Filing date 12/23/1999
Issue date 11/18/2003
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 12/23/2019
U.S. Classifications 623/171.1  · 623/902  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB2
International Classifications 623 1711 · 623 1716 · 623 2353 · 623 2354 · 623 2363 · 623908 · 623902 · 606 61 ·
5 Claims, 7 Drawings


Abstract

An intervertebral prosthesis for implantation between adjacent vertebrae of the human spine is shown. The prosthesis is formed as a unitary cage body configured and sized to be inserted between adjacent vertebrae in a single step implantation procedure. The cage body is banana shaped as viewed from above, the body having an exterior surface and an interior surface, the interior surface defining an internal recess for receiving cancellous bone material during an implantation procedure. The cage body can be formed as an interlinked mesh.

Independent Claims | See all claims (5)

  1. 1. A transforaminal technique for providing vertebral inter-body fusion in the vertebral column of a human, the vertebral column being made up of a series of vertebral bodies each comprising a tri-joint complex which consists of an anterior disc with anterior and posterior curves and two posterior facet joints, the technique comprising the steps of: preparing a space for receiving a unitary orthopedic prosthetic device between two vertebrae in a foraminal approach; surgically inserting a unitary cage body into the space so created between the vertebrae, wherein the cage body is banana shaped as viewed from above, the body having an exterior surface and an interior surface, the interior surface defining an internal recess for receiving cancellous bone material during the implantation procedure and wherein the cage body has evenly spaced openings about a circumference of the body which form an interlinked mesh, the body also having upper and lower peripheral edges which form a sloping serpentine pattern, and wherein the body, when viewed from above, has a first radius of curvature of a front arc thereof and a second radius of curvature of a back arc thereof, the first radius of curvature and the second radius of curvature of the cage body mirroring a natural radius of curvature of the anterior and posterior curves of the anterior discs, the ratio of the first radius of curvature to the second radius of curvature being selected to allow insertion of the cage body between adjacent vertebrae in a transforaminal approach.
  2. 5. A transforaminal technique for providing vertebral inter-body fusion in the vertebral column, the technique comprising the steps of: preparing a space for receiving a unitary cage body between two vertebrae in a transforaminal approach, including the steps of; (A) detaching the patients left and right side parallel to the patients muscles in prone position; (B) opening the patients pedicle and probing the channel thereof; (C) tapping the patients pedicle and inserting screws therein; (D) placing rods through openings provided in the screws and fixing the rods by means of outer nuts; (E) resecting a medial portion of the patients facet joint; removing the medial portion, followed by removal of a cephalad section of the facet, allowing sufficient space for the later transforaminal placement of the cage body; (F) removing the patients disk; (G) preparing a disc space by removing cartilage and removing of any disk fragments present in the space; (H) inserting the cage into the disc space so prepared by a transforaminal approach into the prepared disc space; (I) untightening the nuts on the rods, whereby the previously applied distractive forces are converted to compression forces; and wherein the cage body which is surgically inserted into the space so created between the vertebrae, wherein the cage body is banana shaped as viewed from above, the body having an exterior surface and an interior surface, the interior surface defining an internal recess for receiving cancellous bone material during the implantation procedure and wherein the cage body has evenly spaced opening about a circumference of the body which form an interlinked mesh, the body also having upper and lower peripheral edges which form a sloping serpentine pattern, and wherein the body, when viewed from above, has a first radius of curvature of a front arc thereof and a second radius of curvature of a back arc thereof, the ratio of the first radius of curvature to the second radius of curvature being selected to allow insertion of the cage body between adjacent vertebrae in a transforaminal approach.

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