US Patent No: 5,534,028

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Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus with diminished lateral bulging

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A prosthetic nucleus for a vertebral disc is made of a hydrogel material. The hydrogel prosthetic nucleus has a shape generally conforming to the natural nucleus pulposus, and it exhibits diminished lateral bulging under high compressive loads. The hydrogel has a water content of from 30% to 90% and has a compressive strength of 4 MNm.sup.-2 or greater. When the hydrogel material is dehydrated, it has a dimension of less than half of that of the hydrated hydrogel nucleus. The prosthetic nucleus may be formed of two or more pieces of hydrogel material which pieces, when combined, have a shape generally conforming to the natural nucleus. The prosthetic nucleus may have a stiff posterior periphery and/or a thickened anterior wall.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP.MAHWAH, NJ485
PFIZER INC.NEW YORK, NY3319

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Bao, Qi-Bin Bloomington, MN 49 3456
Higham, Paul A Ringwood, NJ 15 2501

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