US Patent No: 7,959,653

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Spinal rod cross connector

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20060064093
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Abstract

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The cross connecting device includes a bar arm coupled to one of a pair of posterior rods or spinal fixation rods and a rod arm coupled to the other of the pair of the rods. The bar arm and rod arm are coupled together by a connector or coupling device. The coupling device has a shank extending through a bore in the bar arm and a connector bore through which a protrusion on the bar arm extends. The bar arm is rotationally movable in the connector bore. The shank is rotationally and translationally movable in the bar arm bore. The coupling device is vertically movable through the bore. The protrusion is rotationally and translationally movable in the connector bore. The cross connecting devices are coupled to the rods by a pair of opposing surface to surface contacts formed by a surface of a hook end and a surface of a pad.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
LANX, INC.BROOMFIELD, CO44

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fulton, Michael Superior, CO 59 749
Thramann, Jeffery Longmont, CO 44 552

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 8,182,533 Annular repair device and method 0 2009
 
K SPINE, INC. (1)
9,011,491 Facet device and method 0 2012
 
KSPINE, INC. (2)
8,828,058 Growth directed vertebral fixation system with distractible connector(s) and apical control 1 2010
8,920,472 Spinal correction and secondary stabilization 0 2013
 
PRODUCTION RESOURCE GROUP, L.L.C. (1)
* 8,950,716 Hoist pickup bar 0 2012
 
SEASPINE, INC. (1)
8,992,575 Spinal implants having offsets and hooks 0 2013
* Cited By Examiner

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