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1. US20060229608 - Apparatus and methods for spinal implant with dynamic stabilization system

Office United States of America
Application Number 11082297
Application Date 17.03.2005
Publication Number 20060229608
Publication Date 12.10.2006
Publication Kind A1
IPC
A61F 2/30
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
2Filters implantable into blood vessels; Prostheses, i.e. artificial substitutes or replacements for parts of the body; Appliances for connecting them with the body; Devices providing patency to, or preventing collapsing of, tubular structures of the body, e.g. stents
02Prostheses implantable into the body
30Joints
Applicants FOSTER THOMAS A
HOOPER DAVID M
MITCHELL MARGARET E
KRUEGER DAVID J
Inventors Foster Thomas A.
Hooper David M.
Mitchell Margaret E.
Krueger David J.
Agents ROBERT DEBERARDINE;ABBOTT LABORATORIES
Title
(EN) Apparatus and methods for spinal implant with dynamic stabilization system
Abstract
(EN)

A spinal implant provides support for desired parts of the spine. The implant can provide support in both fusion and non-fusion situations. The spinal implant includes an implant rod and fasteners for coupling or fastening the implant rod to the affected regions of the spine via the pedicles of the affected vertebrae). The implant rod includes a flexible portion and rigid end portions. The fasteners couple the end portions of the rod to the pedicles in the affected level. The flexible portion can take a variety of shapes, such as non-helical, multi-curve springs. One may combine several implant rods to provide an overall implant for more than one level of the spine. The implant can allow desired motion while tending to limit undesirable motion, thus protecting areas of the diseased or injured spine, such as the nucleus pulposus or anulus fibrosis. Furthermore, the implant can provide a combination of rigid and flexible support, as desired. One may manufacture the implant using a variety of materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, or titanium Beta C.

Also published as
EP6737408