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1. (WO2010065277) VISCO-ELASTIC FACET JOINT IMPLANT

Pub. No.:    WO/2010/065277    International Application No.:    PCT/US2009/064598
Publication Date: Fri Jun 11 01:59:59 CEST 2010 International Filing Date: Tue Nov 17 00:59:59 CET 2009
IPC: A61F 2/44
A61B 17/70
Applicants: SYNTHES USA, LLC
SYNTHES GMBH
OVERES, Thomas
LECHMANN, Beat
Inventors: OVERES, Thomas
LECHMANN, Beat
Title: VISCO-ELASTIC FACET JOINT IMPLANT
Abstract:
A visco-elastic facet joint implant (10) for insertion into a facet joint between an inferior facet formed on a superior vertebral body and a superior facet formed on an inferior vertebral body. The facet implant (10) includes a visco-elastic implant element (20, 30) molded into an anatomically fitted shape to optimally fit between the facet joint and one or more bone fixation elements (50) to secure the visco-elastic implant element (20, 30) to the superior and/or inferior vertebral bodies (V). In use, the visco-elastic facet joint implant includes a first end (22) for engaging the superior vertebral body, a middle portion (24) for passing through the facet joint and an optional second end (26) for engaging the inferior vertebral body.