US Patent No: 6,997,956

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Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and spinal disc annulus stent

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A surgical method of repair and reconstruction of the spinal disc wall (annulus) after surgical invasion or pathologic rupture, incorporating suture closure, or stent insertion and fixation, designed to reduce the failure rate of conventional surgical procedures on the spinal discs. The design of the spinal disc annulus stent allows ingrowth of normal cells of healing in an enhanced fashion strengthening the normal reparative process.

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ANULEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.PLYMOUTH, MN41

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Cauthen, Joseph C Gainesville, FL 36 2283

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
INTRINSIC THERAPEUTICS, INC. (18)
7,727,241 Device for delivering an implant through an annular defect in an intervertebral disc 16 2004
8,002,836 Method for the treatment of the intervertebral disc anulus 0 2004
8,231,678 Method of treating a herniated disc 3 2006
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ANULEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (7)
8,632,590 Apparatus and methods for the treatment of the intervertebral disc 0 2006
8,128,698 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 3 2008
8,163,022 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 2 2009
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8,556,977 Tissue anchoring system and method 0 2010
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
8,454,690 Systems and methods for tissue expansion with fluid delivery and drainage system 0 2010

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