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1. (WO2007076308) EXPANDABLE SUPPORT DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE
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CLAIMS
We claim:
1. A deployment system for deploying one or more expandable support devices, the system comprising:
an expandable support device;
an elongate element having a first end and a longitudinal axis, wherein the first end of the elongate element is releasably attached to the expandable support device; and an anvil, wherein the expandable support device abuts the anvil.

2. The system of Claim 1, wherein the anvil is longitudinally adjacent to the expandable support device.

3. The system of Claim 1, wherein the first end of the elongate element is threadably attached to the expandable support device.

4. A deployment system for deploying one or more expandable support devices, the system comprising:
an expandable support device;
an elongate element having a first end and a longitudinal axis, wherein the first end of the elongate element is integral with the expandable support device; and
an anvil, wherein the expandable support device abuts the anvil.

5. The system of Claim 4, wherein the elongate element is integral to the expandable support device at a failure region that breaks to release the expandable support device from the elongate element.

6. The system of Claim 4, wherein the anvil is longitudinally adjacent to the expandable support device.

7. A method of deploying an expandable support device having a distal device end and a proximal device end using a deployment system having a first deployment element and a second deployment element, the method comprising:
releasably attaching the distal device end to the first deployment element,
forcing the proximal device end toward the distal device end, detaching the distal device end from the first deployment element.

8. The metfiod of Claim 7, further comprising translating the expandable support device through bone to a target site before the forcing.

9. The method of Claim 7, wherein the forcing comprises radially expanding the expandable support device.

10. The method of Claim 1, further comprising delivering a filler to a target site, wherein the filler comprises a liquid.

11. The method of Claim 7, wherein detaching comprises rotating the expandable support device with respect to the first deployment element.

12. The method of Claim 7, wherein detaching comprises deforming the expandable support device.

13. The method of Claim 7, wherein detaching comprises deforming the first deployment element ' '

14. A method of deploying an expandable support device having a distal device end and a proximal device end using a deployment system, wherein the expandable support device is integral with the deployment system, the method comprising:
forcing the proximal device end toward the distal device end,
separating the expandable support device from the deployment system.

15. -The method of Claim 14, further comprising translating the expandable support device through bone to a target site before the forcing.

16. The method of Claim 14, wherein the forcing comprises radially expanding the expandable support, device.

17. The method of Claim 14, further comprising delivering a liquid filler to a site of the expandable support device.

18. A method of using a deployment system to deploy an expandable support device into a bone, wherein the expandable support device has a proximal device end and a distal device end, the method comprising:
forming a hole in the bone, wherein forming comprises using a drill; and
forcing the proximal device end toward the distal device end.

19. The method of Claim 18, wherein the forming comprises drilling.

20. The method of Claim 18, further comprising inserting the expandable support device in a bone.

21. The method of Claim 18, wherein the forcing comprises radially expanding the expandable support device.

22. The method of Claim 18, further comprising delivering a liquid filler to a site of the expandable support device.

23. A method of deploying an expandable support device having a distal device end and a proximal device end using a deployment system, wherein the expandable support device is integral with the deployment system, the method comprising:
separating the expandable support device from the deployment system; and
reattaching the expandable support device to the deployment system after the separating.

24. The method of Claim 23, further comprising forcing the proximal device end toward the distal device end.

25. The method of Claim 24, further comprising forcing the proximal device end away from the distal device end after the forcing the proximal device end toward the distal device end.