US Patent No: 7,985,257

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Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair

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The present invention provides methods and devices for annulus disc repair with and without the use of a patch or stent. The methods and devices are particularly suited to the repair and/or reconstruction of the spinal disc wall (annulus) after surgical invasion or pathologic rupture, with reduced failure rate as compared to conventional surgical procedures.

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KRT INVESTORS, INC.TROPHY CLUB, TX42

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Burmeister, Paul Maple Grove, US 12 585
Burns, Matthew M Orono, US 69 4572
Cauthen,, III Joseph C Gainesville, US 24 547
Dukart, Brian L Brooklyn Park, US 27 1461
Houfburg, Rodney L Prior Lake, US 49 2185
Wales, Lawrence W Maplewood, US 49 1679
Wessman, Bradley J Wilmington, US 55 2854

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5,534,028 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus with diminished lateral bulging 494 1993
 
QUANDARY MEDICAL, LLC (3)
6,575,979 Method and apparatus for providing posterior or anterior trans-sacral access to spinal vertebrae 217 2000
6,558,386 Axial spinal implant and method and apparatus for implanting an axial spinal implant within the vertebrae of the spine 175 2000
6,558,390 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 364 2001
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (3)
5,728,109 Surgical knot and method for its formation 271 1997
5,893,592 Partially tied surgical knot 202 1997
5,972,007 Energy-base method applied to prosthetics for repairing tissue defects 144 1997
 
SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (1)
6,391,060 Prosthetic implant for obstructing an anatomical duct, and obstructing assembly comprising same 78 2000
 
ETHICON, INC. (13)
4,532,926 Two-piece tissue fastener with ratchet leg staple and sealable latching receiver 434 1983
5,397,332 Surgical mesh applicator 187 1993
5,562,684 Surgical knot pusher device and improved method of forming knots 228 1994
5,681,351 Suture clip suitable for use on monofilament sutures 225 1994
5,669,935 One-way suture retaining device for braided sutures 311 1995
5,972,022 Tissue attachment device having elastomeric section 165 1996
5,827,325 Implant in particular for the trocar puncture points 32 1996
6,241,768 Prosthetic device for the repair of a hernia 160 1998
6,306,159 Meniscal repair device 277 1999
6,425,924 Hernia repair prosthesis 111 2000
6,293,961 Suture locking device 254 2001
6,432,123 Suture locking device 214 2001
6,767,037 Sliding and locking surgical knot 176 2001
 
AGA MEDICAL CORPORATION (3)
5,725,552 Percutaneous catheter directed intravascular occlusion devices 653 1996
5,846,261 Percutaneous catheter directed occlusion devices 299 1997
6,447,531 Method of forming medical devices; intravascular occlusion devices 240 2000
 
OSTEOBIOLOGICS, INC. (1)
5,716,413 Moldable, hand-shapable biodegradable implant material 143 1995
 
CORE MEDICAL, INC. (1)
2002/0147,461 Apparatus and methods for closing openings in spinal discs 52 2001
 
SYNTHES USA, LLC (1)
6,019,793 Surgical prosthetic device 214 1998
 
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA (1)
6,805,697 Method and system for fusing a spinal region 228 2002
 
OraTec (1)
5,823,994 Method and apparatus for soft tissue fixation 132 1996
 
CORDIS CORPORATION (1)
5,370,660 Apparatus and method for delivering a vessel plug into the body of a patient 224 1993
 
The Regents of the University of California (2)
4,520,821 Growing of long-term biological tissue correction structures in vivo 214 1982
5,354,736 Synthetic compounds and compositions with enhanced cell binding 53 1991
 
RTI SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,893,462 Soft and calcified tissue implants 79 2001
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
5,342,394 Apparatus for blocking a vein branch and method of blocking a vein branch 131 1992
 
RAYMEDICA, LLC (7)
5,562,736 Method for surgical implantation of a prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 632 1994
5,649,945 Spinal anulus cutter 48 1994
5,824,093 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 458 1997
6,113,639 Trial implant and trial implant kit for evaluating an intradiscal space 307 1999
6,602,291 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus having a shape change characteristic 127 1999
6,533,817 Packaged, partially hydrated prosthetic disc nucleus 164 2000
7,033,393 Self-transitioning spinal disc anulus occulsion device and method of use 87 2003
 
TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED (1)
6,610,071 Suture system 34 1999
 
DUKE UNIVERSITY (1)
5,342,393 Method and device for vascular repair 555 1992
 
ZIMMER TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
6,332,894 Polymer filled spinal fusion cage 216 2000
 
ZIMMER SPINE AUSTIN, INC. (1)
6,761,720 Intervertebral implant 452 2002
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (5)
4,743,260 Method for a flexible stabilization system for a vertebral column 551 1985
5,015,255 Spinal stabilization method 554 1989
5,059,193 Expandable spinal implant and surgical method 916 1990
5,282,863 Flexible stabilization system for a vertebral column 480 1992
5,489,307 Spinal stabilization surgical method 617 1994
 
ENDOSURGICAL INNOVATIONS LLC (1)
5,397,326 Knot pusher for videoendoscopic surgery 95 1993
 
ABBOTT LABORATORIES (7)
5,417,699 Device and method for the percutaneous suturing of a vascular puncture site 713 1992
5,613,974 Apparatus and method for vascular closure 492 1994
5,797,929 Apparatus and methods for advancing surgical knots 209 1995
5,746,755 Method and device for providing hemostasis at vascular penetration sites 200 1995
5,792,152 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 258 1996
6,036,699 Device and method for suturing tissue 339 1997
6,171,317 Knot tying device and method 123 1999
 
Bio-Hyos AB (1)
6,610,666 Hyaluronan product and process for manufacturing thereof 26 2000
 
Zimmer Orthobiologics, Inc. (2)
6,511,958 Compositions for regeneration and repair of cartilage lesions 104 2000
6,723,335 Methods and compositions for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 68 2000
 
SHI, TAIN-YEW (1)
6,966,931 Artificial intervertebral disc with reliable maneuverability 54 2003
 
REGEN BIOLOGICS, INC. (1)
5,624,463 Prosthetic articular cartilage 280 1994
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (1)
4,919,667 Implant 218 1988
 
SDGI HOLDINGS, INC. (8)
5,425,773 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 528 1994
5,562,738 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 576 1995
5,702,449 Reinforced porous spinal implants 469 1995
5,681,310 Vertebral auxiliary fixation device having holding capability 258 1995
6,019,792 Articulating spinal implant 543 1998
6,833,006 Expandable intervertebral spacers 102 2002
6,723,058 Device and method for determining parameters of blind voids 31 2002
6,852,128 Flexible spine stabilization systems 133 2003
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (3)
5,429,598 Surgical access device and procedure 97 1994
5,626,614 T-anchor suturing device and method for using same 417 1995
6,669,707 Method and apparatus for attaching or locking an implant to an anatomic vessel or hollow organ wall 84 2000
 
AESCULAP AG & CO. KG (1)
2006/0195,193 Implant for closing an opening in the annulus fibrosus 23 2006
 
Stryker Endoscopy (1)
6,972,027 Soft tissue repair system 285 2002
 
SIMONSON, CYNTHIA JEANNE (1)
6,572,653 Vertebral implant adapted for posterior insertion 350 2001
 
DAVOL, INC. (1)
5,725,577 Prosthesis for the repair of soft tissue defects 129 1993
 
DEPUY SPINE, INC. (2)
6,812,211 Method for nonsurgical treatment of the intervertebral disc and kit therefor 50 2002
6,827,716 Method of identifying and treating a pathologic region of an intervertebral disc 96 2002
 
VALVE HOLDINGS, L.L.C. (1)
6,758,863 Vertically expanding intervertebral body fusion device 154 2002
 
DEPUY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC. (1)
5,788,625 Method of making reconstructive SIS structure for cartilaginous elements in situ 94 1996
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,129,912 Device and method for applying suture 223 1991
5,957,939 Medical device for deploying surgical fabrics 133 1997
 
GATEWAY MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,736,815 Apparatus and methods for treating spinal discs 135 2001
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (1)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 634 1995
 
GLISSON, RICHARD R. (1)
5,500,000 Soft tissue repair system and method 470 1993
 
PMT Corporation (1)
6,805,715 Method and device for treating intervertebral disc herniations 64 2002
 
SURGICRAFT LIMITED (1)
4,904,261 Spinal implants 576 1988
 
BRADLEY, CHARLES W. (1)
5,397,991 Multi-battery charging system for reduced fuel consumption and emissions in automotive vehicles 58 1992
 
Endospine, Ltd. (1)
6,428,576 System for repairing inter-vertebral discs 232 2000
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (8)
5,540,704 Endoscopic suture system 363 1994
5,620,012 Method of percutaneously anchoring a suture to a bone 146 1994
5,860,425 Bladder neck suspension procedure 281 1996
* 5,741,277 Endoscopic suture system 208 1996
5,836,315 Method of tensioning a suspended tissue mass 251 1996
5,853,422 Apparatus and method for closing a septal defect 455 1997
6,113,609 Implantable tissue fastener and system for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease 406 1998
6,960,215 Tactical detachable anatomic containment device and therapeutic treatment system 68 2002
 
DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (2)
5,071,437 Artificial disc 734 1990
5,534,030 Spine disc 556 1994
 
TARGET THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
5,304,194 Vasoocclusion coil with attached fibrous element(s) 290 1992
 
ReGen Corporation (3)
5,108,438 Prosthetic intervertebral disc 292 1990
5,306,311 Prosthetic articular cartilage 418 1991
5,258,043 Method for making a prosthetic intervertebral disc 235 1991
 
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
5,464,407 Flexible surgical screwdriver and methods of arthroscopic ligament reconstruction 160 1994
 
KYPHON SARL (2)
5,860,977 Spine distraction implant and method 573 1997
6,419,676 Spine distraction implant and method 222 2000
 
DEPUY MITEK, LLC (2)
5,827,298 Surgical fastening system and method for using the same 454 1995
6,923,823 Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures 123 2000
 
NATIONAL-STANDARD, LLC (1)
5,531,678 Method of using a spring-loaded reciprocable stylet holder to eject a T-fastener 44 1995
 
HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP. (7)
5,047,055 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 720 1990
5,192,326 Hydrogel bead intervertebral disc nucleus 616 1991
5,676,701 Low wear artificial spinal disc 663 1995
5,976,186 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 500 1996
5,800,549 Method and apparatus for injecting an elastic spinal implant 297 1997
6,187,048 Intervertebral disc implant 284 1997
6,511,498 Surgical bone anchoring device 129 2000
 
Biomaterials Universe Incorporated (1)
4,663,358 Porous and transparent poly(vinyl alcohol) gel and method of manufacturing the same 275 1986
 
RAY MEDICA, INC. (2)
4,772,287 Prosthetic disc and method of implanting 795 1987
4,904,260 Prosthetic disc containing therapeutic material 633 1988
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (1)
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 472 1996
 
Bridport-Gundry PLC c/o Pearsalls Implants (1)
6,093,205 Surgical implant 387 1998
 
TSUNAMI MEDTECH, LLC (1)
6,053,909 Ionothermal delivery system and technique for medical procedures 190 1998
 
REPLICATION MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,726,721 Hydrogel-based prosthetic device for replaceing at least a part of the nucleus of a spinal disc 114 2001
 
NUVASIVE, INC. (4)
6,206,921 Method of replacing nucleus pulposus and repairing the intervertebral disk 126 1999
6,183,518 Method of replacing nucleus pulposus and repairing the intervertebral disk 166 1999
6,436,143 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral disks 211 2000
6,964,674 Annulotomy closure device 120 2000
 
MUHANNA, NABIL L. (1)
6,936,070 Intervertebral disc prosthesis and methods of implantation 91 2002
 
ORGANOGENESIS INC. (2)
5,733,337 Tissue repair fabric 361 1995
2002/0082,698 Method for treating a patient using a cultured connective tissue construct 51 2001
 
SULZER BIOLOGICS INC. (1)
6,514,514 Device and method for regeneration and repair of cartilage lesions 124 1999
 
HANSEN MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,669,687 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 168 2000
 
Artecal, Sciences, Inc. (1)
6,841,150 Use of adipose tissue-derived stromal cells for chondrocyte differentiation and cartilage repair 60 2002
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL COORDINATION CENTER BVBA (4)
6,508,828 Sealing device and wound closure device 332 2000
6,596,012 Intra-arterial occluder 150 2001
6,860,895 Tool, a sealing device, a system and a method for closing a wound 278 2002
6,712,837 Guiding tool for wound closure element 163 2002
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (6)
4,669,473 Surgical fastener 730 1985
5,041,129 Slotted suture anchor and method of anchoring a suture 814 1990
5,842,477 Method for repairing cartilage 433 1996
5,759,189 Knot pusher 76 1997
6,623,492 Tissue fastener 196 2000
6,620,185 Surgical procedures and instruments 224 2000
 
COVIDIEN AG (3)
5,391,182 Apparatus and method for closing puncture wounds 316 1993
5,507,755 Apparatus and method for closing puncture wounds 285 1994
6,980,862 Apparatus and method for treatment of an intervertebral disc 64 2003
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
4,946,378 Artificial intervertebral disc 420 1988
 
SURGICAL SPECIALTIES CORPORATION (US), INC. (1)
6,592,608 Bioabsorbable sealant 95 2001
 
ORTHOPHOENIX, LLC (4)
6,719,761 System and methods for injecting flowable materials into bones 154 2000
6,719,773 Expandable structures for deployment in interior body regions 199 2000
6,716,216 Systems and methods for treating vertebral bodies 312 2000
6,676,665 Surgical instrumentation and method for treatment of the spine 174 2001
 
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (4)
5,879,366 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 474 1996
6,080,182 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 442 1997
6,171,329 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 327 1998
6,623,508 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 143 2001
 
Seikagaku Corporation (1)
6,063,378 Therapeutic agent for herniated intervertebral disc 60 1998
 
Pierce Instruments, Inc. (1)
5,176,691 Knot pusher 213 1990
 
ARTEMIS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,695,858 Medical device and methods for use 113 2000
 
NEUROTHERM, INC. (8)
5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 322 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 299 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 375 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 285 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 381 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 277 1998
6,231,615 Enhanced visibility materials for implantation in hard tissue 215 1999
6,878,155 Method of treating intervertebral disc tissue employing attachment mechanism 71 2001
 
Dynamic Spine, Inc. (1)
5,827,328 Intervertebral prosthetic device 366 1996
 
COVIDIEN LP (1)
5,716,409 Reinforcement sheet for use in surgical repair 128 1996
 
FOUR POINT INNOVATIONS, INC. (2)
5,122,155 Hernia repair apparatus and method of use 274 1991
5,366,460 Apparatus and method for laparoscope hernia repair 306 1992
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
4,873,976 Surgical fasteners and method 598 1984
 
AVENT, INC. (1)
6,896,675 Intradiscal lesioning device 76 2002
 
COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (3)
5,258,000 Tissue aperture repair device 394 1991
5,397,331 Supporting device and apparatus for inserting the device 255 1992
6,699,263 Sliding suture anchor 288 2002
 
BT COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (1)
5,269,791 Surgical knot pushing appliance 68 1992
 
The Nemours Foundation (1)
5,634,944 Body membrane prosthesis 79 1995
 
SPINEOLOGY, INC. (3)
5,571,189 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 715 1994
5,549,679 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 749 1995
6,712,853 Annulus-reinforcing band 177 2001
 
Tissue Adhesive Technologies, Inc. (1)
6,773,699 Light energized tissue adhesive conformal patch 52 2001
 
MEDICINELODGE, INC. (1)
6,419,703 Prosthesis for the replacement of a posterior element of a vertebra 363 2001
 
THM BIOMEDICAL, INC. (1)
5,645,084 Method for spinal fusion without decortication 154 1995
 
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY (1)
2006/0247,776 Systems and methods for augmenting intervertebral discs 38 2005
 
ARTHREX, INC. (2)
5,626,613 Corkscrew suture anchor and driver 207 1995
5,964,783 Suture anchor with insert-molded suture 300 1998
 
SHIPP, JOHN I. (1)
5,350,399 Percutaneous arterial puncture seal device and insertion tool therefore 464 1992
 
ORIGIN MEDSYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,922,026 Surgical method and prosthetic strip therefor 293 1997
 
ED. GEISTLICH SOEHNE AG FUER CHEMISCHE INDUSTRIE (1)
6,221,109 Method of protecting spinal area 76 1999
 
SpinLabs, LLC (1)
6,402,750 Devices and methods for the treatment of spinal disorders 605 2000
 
C.R. BARD, INC. (8)
5,356,432 Implantable mesh prosthesis and method for repairing muscle or tissue wall defects 348 1993
5,766,246 Implantable prosthesis and method and apparatus for loading and delivering an implantable prothesis 327 1994
5,695,525 Implantable prosthesis and method and apparatus for loading and delivering an implantable prosthesis 297 1995
5,716,408 Prosthesis for hernia repair and soft tissue reconstruction 129 1996
5,954,767 Curved prosthetic mesh and its method of manufacture 135 1996
6,267,772 Implantable prosthesis 357 1999
6,610,006 Implantable prosthesis 68 2000
6,723,133 Performed curved prosthesis having a reduced incidence of developing wrinkles or folds 40 2001
 
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION (2)
6,296,659 Single-tailed suturing method and apparatus 205 2000
6,605,096 Percutaneous suturing apparatus and method 156 2001
 
STRYKER EUROPEAN HOLDINGS I, LLC (1)
6,024,754 Aneurysm closure method 144 1997
 
ULRICH GROSS (1)
5,002,576 Intervertebral disk endoprosthesis 471 1989
 
SPINECORE, INC. (1)
6,706,068 Artificial disc replacements with natural kinematics 296 2003
 
MEDIMATRIX INCORPORATED, A CORP. OF DE. (1)
4,837,285 Collagen matrix beads for soft tissue repair 287 1987
 
Scion Cardio-Vascular, Inc. (4)
6,206,895 Suture with toggle and delivery system 332 1999
6,319,263 Suture with toggle and delivery system 195 2000
6,245,080 Suture with toggle and delivery system 118 2000
6,730,112 Suture with toggle and delivery system 96 2001
 
SPINE WAVE, INC. (1)
6,740,093 Method and apparatus for treating a vertebral body 296 2001
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8,632,590 Apparatus and methods for the treatment of the intervertebral disc 6 2006
8,556,977 Tissue anchoring system and method 5 2010
9,114,025 Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair 0 2011
9,095,442 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 0 2012
 
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9,451,938 Insertion instrument for anchor assembly 0 2011
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