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US6723095: Method of spinal fixation using adhesive media

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Julius G. Hammerslag ·
Assignee(s) Hemodynamics, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP. ·
Primary Examiner Eduardo C. Robert ·
Assistant Examiner Anuradha Ramana ·
Application Number US10041652
Filing date 12/28/2001
Issue date 04/20/2004
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 12/28/2021
U.S. Classifications 606/60  · 623/236.2  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB2
International Classifications 606 53 · 606 60 · 606 61 · 606 62 · 606 63 · 606 92 · 606 93 · 606 94 · 623 2357 · 623 2358 · 623 2359 · 623 236 · 623 2361 · 623 2362 · 623 1711 · 623 1715 · 623 1716 ·
20 Claims, 3 Drawings


Abstract

Disclosed are methods of spinal fixation involving application of a liquid medium which cures, hardens, polymerizes or otherwise serves to bind adjacent vertebrae together. The fixation which results from this binding may be temporary or essentially permanent in duration, and may be used to treat conditions or disease of the spine, such as inflammation, instability or fracture. In a preferred embodiment, the liquid medium comprises a low viscosity cyanoacrylate-based adhesive.

Independent Claims | See all claims (20)

  1. 1. A method of immobilizing a portion of the spine, comprising the steps of identifying a joint between a first vertebra and a second vertebra which is to be immobilized, and administering an adhesive medium to bond at least a first superior articular process on the first vertebra to a corresponding first inferior articular process on the second vertebra, wherein the adhesive comprises cyanoacrylate and a radio opaque component.
  2. 6. A method of treating inflammation in the spine, comprising the steps of identifying a joint between a first vertebra and a second vertebra which is in the vicinity of an inflammation, and administering an adhesive medium comprising a radio opaque component to bond at least a first superior articular process on the first vertebra to a corresponding first inferior articular process on the second vertebra to temporarily immobilize the joint for a sufficient time to treat the inflammation, wherein the administering step is accomplished without a surgical cut down.
  3. 20. A method of immobilizing a portion of the spine, comprising the steps of identifying a joint between a first vertebra and a second vertebra which is to be immobilized, and administering a thin film of adhesive medium within the joint to bond at least a first superior articular process on the first vertebra to a corresponding first inferior articular process on the second vertebra, wherein the adhesive medium comprises a radio opaque component.

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