US Patent No: 7,794,480

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Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use

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A stabilization system for a human spine is provided comprising at least one dynamic interbody device and at least one dynamic posterior stabilization system. In some embodiments the stabilization system comprises a pair of dynamic interbody devices and a pair of dynamic posterior stabilization systems. In some embodiments, a bridge may couple a dynamic interbody device to a dynamic posterior stabilization system. In some embodiments, an elongated member of the dynamic posterior stabilization system may be curved.

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FLEXUSPINE, INC.TYLER, TX32

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Gordon, Charles R Tyler, US 44 564
Hanson, Heather S San Antonio, US 25 586
Harbold, Corey T Tyler, US 20 536
Wagner, Erik J Austin, US 83 7317

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Kabushiki Kaisha Biomaterial Universe Corporation of Japan (1)
5,458,643 Artificial intervertebral disc 413 1994
 
PEARL TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC (2)
6,482,234 Prosthetic spinal disc 115 2000
6,533,818 Artificial spinal disc 111 2000
 
MEDICINELODGE, INC. DBA IMDS CO-INNOVATION (4)
6,579,319 Facet joint replacement 307 2000
6,565,605 Multiple facet joint replacement 336 2000
6,419,703 Prosthesis for the replacement of a posterior element of a vertebra 329 2001
7,090,698 Method and apparatus for spine joint replacement 177 2002
 
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE (PARIS 6) (1)
5,674,294 Intervertebral disk prosthesis 279 1994
 
SPINEWAVE, INC. (1)
6,595,998 Tissue distraction device 217 2001
 
LAWSON, KEVIN J., AN INDIVIDUAL (1)
6,146,422 Prosthetic nucleus replacement for surgical reconstruction of intervertebral discs and treatment method 210 1999
 
Anova Corporation (2)
6,419,704 Artificial intervertebral disc replacement methods and apparatus 451 1999
6,371,990 Annulus fibrosis augmentation methods and apparatus 205 2000
 
ALPHATEC SPINE, INC. (1)
6,743,257 Dynamic implanted intervertebral spacer 208 2001
 
Societe PSI (1)
5,375,823 Application of an improved damper to an intervertebral stabilization device 358 1993
 
SPINE SOLUTIONS, INC. (2)
7,118,580 Instrument for inserting intervertebral implants 189 1999
7,547,309 Distractor for lumbar insertion instrument 50 2004
 
TLIF, LLC (1)
5,824,094 Spinal disc 424 1997
 
GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
2006/0241,770 Expandable vertebral prosthesis 101 2005
 
GENESIS MEDICAL, LLC (1)
2004/0167,626 Expandable artificial disc prosthesis 113 2004
 
SPINECO, INC. (1)
6,478,822 Spherical spinal implant 118 2001
 
SPINADYNE, INC. (2)
2006/0265,074 Posterior spinal arthroplasty-development of a new posteriorly inserted artificial disc, a new anteriorly inserted artifical disc and an artificial facet joint 79 2006
2008/0033,562 POSTERIORLY INSERTED ARTIFICIAL DISC AND AN ARTIFICIAL FACET JOINT 51 2007
 
SPINECORE, INC. (3)
2003/0069,643 Tension bearing artificial disc providing a centroid of motion centrally located within an intervertebral space 62 2002
6,758,861 Intervertebral spacer device having a wave washer force restoring element 62 2002
7,153,310 Vertebral bone distraction instruments 37 2003
 
LIFESHIELD SCIENCES LLC (1)
2004/0158,312 Braided endoluminal device having tapered filaments 10 2003
 
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY (1)
4,932,975 Vertebral prosthesis 561 1989
 
SPINE WAVE, INC. (2)
7,311,713 Method of interbody fusion with stacked elements 77 2003
6,997,929 Tissue distraction device 94 2004
 
VERTEBRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
2006/0195,191 Modular disc device 64 2006
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (11)
8,475,498 Dynamic stabilization connecting member with cord connection 2 2008
8,353,932 Polyaxial bone anchor assembly with one-piece closure, pressure insert and plastic elongate member 1 2008
8,394,133 Dynamic fixation assemblies with inner core and outer coil-like member 2 2010
8,814,911 Polyaxial bone screw with cam connection and lock and release insert 0 2011
8,894,657 Tool system for dynamic spinal implants 0 2011
8,613,760 Dynamic stabilization connecting member with slitted core and outer sleeve 1 2011
8,377,067 Orthopedic implant rod reduction tool set and method 1 2012
8,696,711 Polyaxial bone anchor assembly with one-piece closure, pressure insert and plastic elongate member 1 2012
8,591,560 Dynamic stabilization connecting member with elastic core and outer sleeve 0 2012
9,055,978 Orthopedic implant rod reduction tool set and method 0 2012
9,050,139 Orthopedic implant rod reduction tool set and method 0 2013
 
Flexuspine, Inc. (23)
7,909,869 Artificial spinal unit assemblies 25 2004
8,753,398 Method of inserting an expandable intervertebral implant without overdistraction 3 2005
8,257,440 Method of insertion of an expandable intervertebral implant 10 2005
8,172,903 Expandable intervertebral implant with spacer 12 2005
8,147,550 Expandable articulating intervertebral implant with limited articulation 5 2005
8,123,810 Expandable intervertebral implant with wedged expansion member 18 2005
8,118,870 Expandable articulating intervertebral implant with spacer 17 2005
8,118,871 Expandable articulating intervertebral implant 18 2005
8,603,168 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 4 2006
8,118,869 Dynamic interbody device 16 2006
8,052,723 Dynamic posterior stabilization systems and methods of use 21 2006
9,066,811 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 0 2007
8,940,022 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 1 2007
8,597,358 Dynamic interbody devices 7 2007
8,377,098 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 8 2007
7,959,677 Artificial functional spinal unit system and method for use 20 2007
8,523,912 Posterior stabilization systems with shared, dual dampener systems 4 2007
8,267,965 Spinal stabilization systems with dynamic interbody devices 9 2007
8,187,330 Dampener system for a posterior stabilization system with a variable length elongated member 13 2007
8,182,514 Dampener system for a posterior stabilization system with a fixed length elongated member 12 2007
* 8,162,994 Posterior stabilization system with isolated, dual dampener systems 6 2007
8,157,844 Dampener system for a posterior stabilization system with a variable length elongated member 12 2007
8,940,051 Interbody device insertion systems and methods 1 2013
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (1)
* 8,385,117 Semiconductor memory device and decoding method 0 2011
 
JACKSON, ROGER P. (4)
8,998,959 Polyaxial bone anchors with pop-on shank, fully constrained friction fit retainer and lock and release insert 0 2011
8,444,681 Polyaxial bone anchor with pop-on shank, friction fit retainer and winged insert 0 2012
8,979,904 Connecting member with tensioned cord, low profile rigid sleeve and spacer with torsion control 0 2012
8,911,479 Multi-start closures for open implants 0 2013
 
FLEXUSPINE (1)
8,647,386 Expandable intervertebral implant system and method 4 2010
* Cited By Examiner

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