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1. (WO2006128036) SPINAL DISC ANNULUS AUGMENTATION

Pub. No.:    WO/2006/128036    International Application No.:    PCT/US2006/020551
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2006 International Filing Date: May 26, 2006
IPC: A61F 2/44
Applicants: SAAL, Jeffrey, Alan
SAAL, Joel, Stuart
Inventors: SAAL, Jeffrey, Alan
SAAL, Joel, Stuart
Title: SPINAL DISC ANNULUS AUGMENTATION
Abstract:
Intervertebral disc implants are provided for augmenting the annulus of the disc in a manner to bear at least part of the axial and/or torsional load on the annulus so that rents, fissures and subsequent herniation of the disc are prevented or substantially delayed. An aspect of the subject devices is that they have an operative height dimension that is equal to or less than the disc height of a normally functioning, healthy disc. Methods and tools are also provided for the minimally invasive implantation of the device within an intervertebral disc.