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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KRT INVESTORS, INC.TROPHY CLUB, TX42

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Cauthen, Joseph C Gainesville, FL 29 2735

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