US Patent No: 7,491,219

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Method and apparatus for computerized surgery

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An implant for use in spinal surgery comprises a resilient element having an inflatable cavity. It is formed of a biologically compatible material and is arranged for placement between end plates of adjacent vertebra. The implant may also include a wound disc replacement element. A method of performing spinal surgery on a patient comprises securely mounting a patient onto a patient support table; imaging a spinal region of the patient; building up a three-dimensional image file of the spinal region of the patient; storing the image file; and utilizing the image file for planning and carrying out computer controlled spinal surgery on the patient utilizing the implant. A computer-controlled surgical implant system comprises a steerable endosurgical implanting assembly operative to install the implant at a desired location in a patient; and a computerized controlled, which operates the steerable endosurgical implanting system.

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ACTIVE IMPLANTS CORPORATIONMEMPHIS, TN14

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Steinberg, Amiram Moshav Avichail, IL 45 771

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5,624,441 Attachment plate for top-tightening clamp assembly in a spinal fixation system 116 1995
5,534,002 Spinal fixation system 68 1995
5,562,662 Spinal fixation system and method 157 1995
5,562,663 Implant interconnection mechanism 233 1995
5,609,592 Spinal Fixation System 154 1995
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DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (8)
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5,720,748 Spinal stabilization surgical apparatus 149 1995
5,609,636 Spinal implant 412 1996
 
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RAYMEDICA, LLC (3)
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5,674,295 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 542 1996
 
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SOFAMOR DANEK GROUP, INC. (2)
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5,599,279 Surgical instruments and method useful for endoscopic spinal procedures 213 1996
 
STRYKER TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (2)
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5,688,274 Spinal implant device having a single central rod and claw hooks 83 1995
 
SURGICRAFT LIMITED (2)
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ZIMMER GMBH (2)
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ACTIVE IMPLANTS CORPORATION (1)
2002/0107,573 Method and apparatus for computerized surgery 87 2001
 
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ARCROMED CORPORATION (1)
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5,282,862 Spinal implant system and a method for installing the implant onto a vertebral column 72 1991
 
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B. BRAUN MELSUNGEN AG (1)
5,630,802 Device for introducing a catheter into a body cavity 36 1995
 
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5,413,576 Apparatus for treating spinal disorder 103 1993
 
CHOICE SPINE, LP (1)
5,704,936 Spinal osteosynthesis device 217 1994
 
CHOW, DONALD (1)
5,647,872 Spinal support plates 44 1995
 
COHORT MEDICAL PRODUCTS GROUP, INC. (1)
5,658,335 Spinal fixator 250 1995
 
DANEK GROUP, INC. (1)
5,540,690 Spinal fixation system 38 1995
 
DANEK MEDICAL, INC. (1)
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DANEK MEDICLAL, INC. (1)
5,527,314 Spinal fixation system 158 1993
 
DISK WHISK, INC. (1)
5,968,062 Surgical cutting device removeably connected to a rotarty drive element 79 1997
 
DOHERTY, BRIAN (1)
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EBI, LLC (1)
5,697,929 Self-limiting set screw for use with spinal implant systems 267 1995
 
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5,520,687 Low profile spine fixation system 15 1994
 
Fairant; Paulette (1)
5,733,284 Device for anchoring spinal instrumentation on a vertebra 194 1996
 
FMC CORPORATION (1)
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Health & Research Services Inc. (1)
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HEGGENESS, MICHAEL (1)
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HOBDAY CLAMP COMPANY (1)
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HOSPITAL FOR JOINT DISEASES (1)
5,700,292 Spinal stabilization system and method 144 1995
 
J.B.S. Limited Company (1)
5,261,913 Device for straightening, securing, compressing and elongating the spinal column 190 1992
 
Krahnen GmbH (1)
5,730,706 Spinal therapeutic device 11 1996
 
LEE BERGER 2004 TRUST (1)
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MEDTRONIC SOFAMOR DANEK, INC. (1)
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY (1)
6,069,932 Apparatus and method for planning a stereotactic surgical procedure using coordinated fluoroscopy 54 1998
 
ORTHOPHOENIX, LLC (1)
* 6,981,981 Inflatable device for use in surgical protocol relating to fixation of bone 105 2003
 
Oscobal AG (1)
4,854,304 Implant for the operative correction of spinal deformity 127 1988
 
PFIZER HOSPITAL PRODUCTS GROUP, INC. (1)
4,714,469 Spinal implant 548 1987
 
PLUS ENDOPROTHETK AG CH-6343 ROTKREUZ (1)
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RAY MEDICA, INC. (1)
4,904,260 Prosthetic disc containing therapeutic material 573 1988
 
SALUT, LTD. (1)
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SASSO, RICHARDO C. (1)
5,643,259 Spine fixation instrumentation 32 1994
 
September 28, Inc. (1)
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Sofamor S.N.C. (1)
5,702,395 Spine osteosynthesis instrumentation for an anterior approach 262 1995
 
STUDIO MODERNA SA (1)
5,498,233 Device for therapeutic treatment of spine system 11 1994
 
SURGICAL DESIGN SYSTEMS, LLC (1)
5,363,841 Retractor for spinal surgery 76 1993
 
THM BIOMEDICAL, INC. (1)
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THOMAS R. JR. AND DIANE J. ELLIOTT REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST,THE (1)
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Ulrich; Max Bernhard (1)
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United Apothecary, Inc. (1)
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (1)
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY (1)
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XENON RESEARCH, INC. (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (28)
4,401,112 Spinal fixator 474 1981
4,573,454 Spinal fixation apparatus 262 1984
4,863,477 Synthetic intervertebral disc prosthesis 549 1987
5,090,758 Rigid spine inflatable end effector 10 1989
5,267,999 Clamp for use in spinal surgery 75 1992
5,306,275 Lumbar spine fixation apparatus and method 457 1992
5,279,310 Spinal column correction device 47 1993
5,314,432 Lumbar spinal disc trocar placement device 21 1993
5,556,428 Apparatus and method for promoting growth and repair of soft tissue 105 1993
5,439,463 Spinal clamping device 170 1993
5,498,262 Spinal fixation apparatus and method 91 1994
5,496,281 Spinal cannula with transparent grip part 27 1994
5,593,407 Internal ilio-lumbar fixator 96 1994
5,665,122 Expandable intervertebral cage and surgical method 507 1995
5,630,816 Double barrel spinal fixation system and method 293 1995
5,676,665 Spinal fixation apparatus and method 145 1995
5,643,329 System for maintaining a desired spinal curvature of a user suffering from improper alignment of the vertebrae of the spine 27 1995
5,718,240 Surgical aid and method of surgery utilizing the surgical aid 5 1995
5,662,686 Method and device for correcting structural imbalance in a human spine 7 1996
5,672,175 Dynamic implanted spinal orthosis and operative procedure for fitting 518 1996
5,675,850 Apparatus and method for relieving lumbar pain 16 1996
5,700,239 Multifunctional devices for use in endoscopic surgical procedures and method therefor 38 1996
5,702,455 Expandable prosthesis for spinal fusion 456 1996
5,676,703 Spinal stabilization implant system 229 1996
5,766,254 Spinal stabilization implant system 163 1996
5,716,357 Spinal treatment and long bone fixation apparatus and method 159 1996
* 2005/0267,580 Inflatable intervertebral disc replacement prosthesis 44 2005
* 2006/0293,751 Biodegradable/bioactive nucleus pulposus implant and method for treating degenerated intervertebral discs 12 2006
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (2)
8,142,507 Spinal implant and method of use 2 2007
8,287,599 Spinal implant and method of use 0 2012
 
Fondel Finance B.V. (1)
8,361,161 Kit and method for fixating a prosthesis or part thereof and/or filling osseous defects 2 2009
 
SPINEOLOGY, INC. (1)
7,931,689 Method and apparatus for treating a vertebral body 16 2004
* Cited By Examiner

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