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US7632313: Disc repair system

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Inventor(s) Mohit K. Bhatnagar · Jack Y. Yeh · James A. Sack · Richard W. Woods ·
Assignee(s) JMEA Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Plumsea Law Group, LLC ·
Primary Examiner Eduardo C Robert ·
Assistant Examiner Tara R George ·
Application Number US11117704
Filing date 04/29/2005
Issue date 12/15/2009
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 02/20/2026
Patent term adjustment 297
U.S. Classifications 623/171.6  · 623/171.1  ·
International Classifications A61F244  ·
Kind CodeB2
19 Claims, 35 Drawings


Abstract

A repair system including a closure prosthesis and deployment device, and associated methods for repairing any imperfection including a flaw, hole, tear, bulge, or, in some cases, a deliberate cut or incision in any tissue including an intervertebral disc. The prosthesis has first and second side portions with a connecting central portion, and is designed to span an imperfection with opposite ends positioned on opposite sides of the imperfection. The prosthesis may include anchoring features including barbs and/or members that extend transversely. The deployment device can include a canula for positioning the prosthesis near the imperfection, and, in some cases, a mechanism that may cause the two sides of the prosthesis to be deployed in a specific order.

Independent Claims | See all claims (19)

  1. 1. A method for repairing an imperfection on a disc associated with a spinal column comprising the steps of: puncturing a first portion of the disc on a first side of the imperfection with a first penetrating member, wherein the first penetrating member carries a substantial portion of a first end of a prosthesis within a channel formed in the first penetrating member; inserting the first end portion of the prosthesis into the first portion of the disc by moving a trigger a first distance to eject the first end portion of the prosthesis from the first channel; the prosthesis having a central portion connected to the first end portion and a second end portion connected to the central portion; the first end portion having a first anchoring device, and the second end portion having a second anchoring device; puncturing a second portion of the disc that is circumferentially spaced from the first portion of the disc on a second side of the imperfection with a second penetrating member, wherein the second penetrating member carries a substantial portion of the second end portion within a second channel formed in the second penetrating member; inserting the second end portion of the prosthesis into the second portion of the disc by moving the trigger a second distance to eject the second end portion of the prosthesis from the second channel, wherein the first end portion of the prosthesis remains substantially stationary while the second end portion is being ejected; spanning the imperfection with the central portion of the prosthesis; and wherein the second end portion of the prosthesis is further inserted into the disc thereby drawing the first side of the imperfection closer to the second side of the imperfection.
  2. 9. A method for repairing an imperfection on a disc associated with a spinal column comprising the steps of: initially inserting a prosthesis into the disc by moving a first trigger a first distance to insert a first penetrating member into a first portion of the disc, wherein the first penetrating member includes a hollow interior portion, and wherein a first end portion of the prosthesis is carried within the hollow interior portion; inserting the first end portion of the prosthesis into the first portion of the disc by moving a second trigger a first distance to eject the first portion of the disc from the first penetrating member; the prosthesis having a central portion connected to the first end portion and also connected to a second end portion, wherein the second end portion is carried within a hollow interior portion of a second penetrating member; inserting the second end portion of the prosthesis into a second portion of the disc by continuing to move the second trigger a second distance to eject the second end portion of the prosthesis from the second penetrating member; wherein the motion of the first end portion of the prosthesis is independent from the motion of the second end portion of the prosthesis; and wherein the second end portion of the prosthesis is further inserted into the disc thereby drawing the first side of the imperfection closer to the second side of the imperfection.
  3. 15. A method for repairing an imperfection on a disc associated with a spinal column using a single hand comprising the steps of: placing a cannula proximate to the imperfection; delivering, through the cannula, a first penetrating member and a second penetrating member; the first penetrating member and the second penetrating member both being associated with a deployment device, the deployment device including a trigger; the first penetrating member retaining a first end portion of a prosthesis within a first channel formed in the first penetrating member and the second penetrating member retaining a second end portion of the prosthesis within a second channel formed in the second penetrating member; deploying the first end portion of the prosthesis by moving the trigger a first distance, wherein the second end portion remains within the second channel while the first end portion is being deployed; and deploying the second end portion of the prosthesis by continuing to move the trigger a second distance, wherein the first end portion remains substantially stationary within the disc while the second end portion is being deployed.

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