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, CO39

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fulton, Michael Superior, CO 57 657
Thramann, Jeffery Longmont, CO 43 487

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SDGI HOLDINGS, INC. (13)
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5,688,272 Top-tightening transverse connector for a spinal fixation system 203 1995
5,716,355 Transverse connection for spinal rods 241 1995
5,534,002 Spinal fixation system 68 1995
5,562,662 Spinal fixation system and method 157 1995
5,609,592 Spinal Fixation System 154 1995
6,004,322 Modular pedicle screw system 157 1996
5,980,521 Top-tightening transverse connector for a spinal fixation system 123 1997
5,947,966 Device for linking adjacent rods in spinal instrumentation 116 1997
6,015,409 Apparatus and method for spinal fixation and correction of spinal deformities 142 1997
5,954,725 Multi-angle bone screw assembly using shape memory technology 251 1998
6,136,003 Device for linking adjacent rods in spinal instrumentation 68 2000
6,402,751 Device for linking adjacent rods in spinal instrumentation 193 2000
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (13)
5,752,955 Sliding shaft variable length cross-link device for use with dual rod apparatus 90 1995
6,416,515 Spinal fixation system 177 1996
6,595,992 Method and apparatus for spinal fixation 140 1997
5,989,250 Method and apparatus for spinal fixation 145 1998
6,139,548 Sliding shaft variable length cross-link device for use with dual rod apparatus 74 1998
6,132,430 Spinal fixation system 209 1998
6,872,208 Adjustable transverse connector 104 2000
6,887,241 Adjustable transverse connector with cam activated engagers 54 2000
6,562,040 Spinal fixation system 139 2000
2002/0143,327 Transverse connector for use in spinal corrective surgery 34 2001
6,554,832 Polyaxial transverse connector 188 2001
2006/0079,892 Adjustable tandem connectors for corrective devices for the spinal column and other bones and joints 21 2002
2005/0107,789 Method for interconnecting longitudinal members extending along a spinal column 40 2004
 
Sofamor S.N.C. (8)
5,507,745 Occipito-cervical osteosynthesis instrumentation 149 1994
5,601,552 Fixing device for a rigid transverse connection device between rods of a spinal osteosynthesis system 115 1994
5,542,946 Hook for an occipito-cervical rod or plate of an occipito-cervical osteosynthesis instrumentation 29 1994
5,702,395 Spine osteosynthesis instrumentation for an anterior approach 262 1995
5,814,046 Pedicular screw and posterior spinal instrumentation 123 1995
5,702,452 Spinal osteosynthesis device with median hook and vertebral anchoring support 239 1996
5,743,911 Fixing device for a rigid transverse connection device between rods of a spinal osteosynthesis system 127 1996
5,899,903 Fixing device for a rigid transverse connection device between rods of a spinal osteosynthesis system 56 1998
 
HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP. (7)
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6,783,526 Transverse rod connector clip 108 1997
5,989,251 Apparatus for spinal stabilization 126 1998
6,302,882 Transverse rod connector clip 115 2000
6,875,211 Apparatus for spinal stabilization 115 2001
6,752,807 Transverse rod connector clip 93 2002
2003/0125,742 Device for securing spinal rods 88 2003
 
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (7)
5,693,053 Variable angle and transitional linking member 122 1995
6,413,258 Rod-to-rod coupler 39 2000
2005/0033,295 Implants formed of shape memory polymeric material for spinal fixation 105 2003
* 2004/0116,928 Multi-axial, cross-link connector system for spinal implants 41 2003
* 2004/0133,203 Multi-axial, cross-link connector system for spinal implants 60 2003
2006/0229,607 Systems, kits and methods for treatment of the spinal column using elongate support members 84 2005
2006/0247,626 Device for interconnecting components in spinal instrumentation 7 2005
 
SYNTHES USA, LLC (5)
6,234,705 Transconnector for coupling spinal rods 114 1999
6,283,967 Transconnector for coupling spinal rods 76 1999
6,306,137 Transconnector for coupling spinal rods 54 2001
6,736,817 Transconnector for coupling spinal rods 52 2001
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DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (4)
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5,522,816 Transverse connection for spinal column corrective devices 90 1994
6,761,721 Transverse connector 43 2002
2003/0114,853 Polyaxial cross connector 76 2002
 
AESCULAP II, INC. (3)
6,602,253 Rod to rod connector 42 2001
* 2002/0111,625 Rod to rod connector 34 2001
2003/0018,334 Rod to rod connector 22 2002
 
PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
5,669,910 Crosslink for implantable rods 145 1996
* 2005/0090,821 Crosslink for securing spinal rods 41 2003
2006/0271,051 Crossllink for securing spinal rods 33 2006
 
SPINAL INNOVATIONS, L.L.C. (3)
6,171,311 Transverse connector 148 1996
6,328,740 Transverse connector 91 1999
6,328,741 Transverse connector 53 1999
 
ZIMMER TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
5,312,405 Spinal rod coupler 220 1992
5,275,600 Telescoping rod to rod coupler for a spinal system 98 1992
5,437,671 Perpendicular rod connector for spinal fixation device 104 1994
 
AMEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
* 5,334,203 Spinal fixation system and methods 142 1992
5,437,669 Spinal fixation systems with bifurcated connectors 199 1993
 
BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG (2)
7,166,109 Bone fixation device and screw therefor 14 2002
2005/0154,390 Stabilization device for bones comprising a spring element and manufacturing method for said spring element 209 2004
 
BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC. (2)
6,238,396 Surgical cross-connecting apparatus and related methods 131 1999
6,524,310 Surgical cross-connecting apparatus having locking lever 50 2000
 
DANEK GROUP, INC. (2)
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5,147,360 Osteosynthesis device for the correction of spinal curvatures 173 1991
 
DEPUY SPINE, INC. (2)
2005/0228,377 SPINAL CROSS-CONNECTORS 63 2004
2006/0271,045 SPINAL CROSS-CONNECTOR 23 2005
 
NUVASIVE, INC. (2)
6,802,844 Spinal alignment apparatus and methods 243 2002
2004/0260,287 Spinal alignment system and related methods 37 2004
 
SHOWA IKA KOHGYO CO., LTD. (2)
2004/0122,425 Rod fixing apparatus for vertebra connecting member 77 2003
2004/0133,202 Rod connector 9 2003
 
SOFAMOR DANEK GROUP, INC. (2)
5,487,742 Transverse fixation device for a spinal osteosynthesis system 203 1993
5,651,789 Transverse fixation device for ensuring a rigid transverse connection between two rods of a spinal osteosynthesis system 163 1995
 
STRYKER TRAUMA GMBH (2)
5,468,241 Support device for the human vertebral column 90 1994
6,096,039 Means for interconnecting two spaced elongated rods of a human spine implant 105 1999
 
(DIMSO) Distribution Medicale du Sud-Ouest (1)
6,368,320 Connector for backbone osteosynthesis device 72 2000
 
Acromed B.V. (1)
5,374,267 Device for fixing at least a part of the human cervical and/or thoracic vertebral column 65 1993
 
ADVANCED SPINE FIXATION SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED (1)
2003/0045,874 Transverse connector assembly for spine fixation system 44 2001
 
AESCULAP AG & CO. KG (1)
2007/0049,932 Rod to rod connector 28 2005
 
ALTUS PARTNERS, LLC (1)
2006/0241,598 Center locking cross-connector with eccentric cam rod engagement 7 2006
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
5,569,246 Fixing instrument for spinal fusion members 99 1994
 
BIOMAT (1)
5,380,325 Osteosynthesis device for spinal consolidation 173 1993
 
CHOICE SPINE, LP (1)
6,589,243 Posterior backbone osteosynthesis device 60 2001
 
CO-LIGNE AG (1)
6,786,907 Instrumentation for stabilizing certain vertebrae of the spine 88 2002
 
CROSS MEDICAL PRODUCTS, LLC (1)
5,624,442 Transverse link for use with a spinal implant system 152 1995
 
DANEK MEDICLAL, INC. (1)
5,527,314 Spinal fixation system 158 1993
 
Denek Medical, Inc. (1)
6,113,600 Device for linking adjacent rods in spinal instrumentation 165 1997
 
DEPUY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC. (1)
6,432,108 Transverse connector 53 2000
 
DEPUY SPINE SARL (1)
* 6,673,073 Transverse connector 93 2000
 
EBI, LLC (1)
6,616,668 Adjustable transverse connector for use with a spinal implant system 47 2001
 
FRANCK, BRUNO (1)
5,800,548 Device for transverse spinal connection 27 1997
 
JBS S.A. (1)
5,514,132 Spinal osteosynthesis device 54 1994
 
K2 MEDICAL, LLC (1)
2004/0015,166 System and method for stabilizing the spine by securing spine stabilization rods in crossed disposition 94 2002
 
K2M, INC. (1)
2007/0016,197 Cross-connector assembly 10 2006
 
MIRSON, BRIAN (1)
5,382,248 System and method for stabilizing bone segments 191 1992
 
NEXUS SPINAL TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C. (1)
2006/0206,114 Rod coupling assemblies 25 2005
 
NORGINE BV (1)
7,122,036 Connector for an osteosynthesis system intended to provide a connection between two rods of a spinal osteosynthesis system, osteosynthesis system using such a connector, and method of implanting such an osteosynthesis system 13 2002
 
ORTHOPAEDIC INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
2005/0149,019 TRANSVERSE CONNECTOR FOR ROD-BASED SPINAL IMPLANTS 7 2004
 
ROBERT REID, INC. (1)
6,716,213 Spinal-rod connecting apparatus and a connector thereof 141 2001
 
SEASPINE, INC. (1)
7,160,301 Transverse connector system 8 2004
 
SIGNUS MEDIZINTECHNIK GMBH (1)
6,299,614 Device for stabilizing vertebra bodies of the spinal column 49 2000
 
SPECIALIST PROPERTIES, LLC (1)
6,645,207 Method and apparatus for dynamized spinal stabilization 329 2001
 
SPINAL LLC (1)
2005/0137,594 Spinal fixation assembly 33 2004
 
SPINEFRONTIER, L.L.S. (1)
6,626,909 Apparatus and method for spine fixation 129 2002
 
STRYKER SPINE (1)
* 6,217,578 Spinal cross connector 140 1999
 
THEKEN SPINE, LLC (1)
2006/0036,240 System and method for dynamic skeletal stabilization 186 2004
 
TORNIER SAS (1)
5,429,639 Spine fixator for holding a vertebral column 241 1994
 
WENZEL SPINE, INC. (1)
6,110,173 Transverse connector for spinal fixation systems 61 1998
 
ZIMMER GMBH (1)
* 6,547,789 Holding apparatus for the spinal column 95 2000
 
ZIMMER SPINE AUSTIN, INC. (1)
7,166,108 Device for fixing a rod and a spherical symmetry screw head 50 2001
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (14)
5,000,165 Lumbar spine rod fixation system 101 1989
* 5,607,425 Apparatus, method and system for the treatment of spinal conditions 102 1995
5,984,922 Spinal fixation device and method 211 1996
5,782,833 Pedicle screw system for osteosynthesis 295 1996
6,379,354 Spinal implant and method 139 1997
* 5,980,523 Transverse connectors for spinal rods 234 1998
6,179,838 Bone fixation arrangements and method 125 1998
6,083,226 Bone fixation device and transverse linking bridge 79 1998
6,468,276 Spinal fixation device and method 117 1999
6,520,444 Toolbox containing a least one cable reel 4 2000
2003/0171,751 Pedicle screw connector apparatus and method 39 2003
2004/0172,024 System and method for stabilizing the spine by securing spine stabilization rods in crossed disposition 85 2004
2005/0149,023 Adjustable rod and connector device and method of use 136 2005
2006/0241,602 Hooked transverse connector for spinal implant system 9 2006
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
KSPINE, INC. (1)
8,828,058 Growth directed vertebral fixation system with distractible connector(s) and apical control 0 2010
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 8,182,533 Annular repair device and method 0 2009
* Cited By Examiner

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