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, TX40

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Burmeister, Paul Maple Grove, US 12 308
Burns, Matthew M Orono, US 65 3078
Cauthen,, III Joseph C Gainesville, US 24 315
Dukart, Brian L Brooklyn Park, US 27 678
Houfburg, Rodney L Prior Lake, US 44 1203
Wales, Lawrence W Maplewood, US 46 669
Wessman, Bradley J Wilmington, US 54 1067

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6,558,386 Axial spinal implant and method and apparatus for implanting an axial spinal implant within the vertebrae of the spine 155 2000
6,558,390 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 310 2001
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (3)
5,728,109 Surgical knot and method for its formation 224 1997
5,893,592 Partially tied surgical knot 169 1997
5,972,007 Energy-base method applied to prosthetics for repairing tissue defects 130 1997
 
SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (1)
6,391,060 Prosthetic implant for obstructing an anatomical duct, and obstructing assembly comprising same 65 2000
 
ETHICON, INC. (13)
4,532,926 Two-piece tissue fastener with ratchet leg staple and sealable latching receiver 374 1983
5,397,332 Surgical mesh applicator 157 1993
5,562,684 Surgical knot pusher device and improved method of forming knots 198 1994
5,681,351 Suture clip suitable for use on monofilament sutures 189 1994
5,669,935 One-way suture retaining device for braided sutures 260 1995
5,972,022 Tissue attachment device having elastomeric section 146 1996
5,827,325 Implant in particular for the trocar puncture points 28 1996
6,241,768 Prosthetic device for the repair of a hernia 129 1998
6,306,159 Meniscal repair device 219 1999
6,425,924 Hernia repair prosthesis 86 2000
6,293,961 Suture locking device 198 2001
6,432,123 Suture locking device 172 2001
6,767,037 Sliding and locking surgical knot 132 2001
 
AGA Medical Corporation (6)
6,123,715 Method of forming medical devices; intravascular occlusion devices 227 1994
5,725,552 Percutaneous catheter directed intravascular occlusion devices 547 1996
5,846,261 Percutaneous catheter directed occlusion devices 246 1997
5,944,738 Percutaneous catheter directed constricting occlusion device 569 1998
6,447,531 Method of forming medical devices; intravascular occlusion devices 202 2000
6,506,204 Method and apparatus for occluding aneurysms 181 2000
 
OSTEOBIOLOGICS, INC. (1)
5,716,413 Moldable, hand-shapable biodegradable implant material 128 1995
 
CORE MEDICAL, INC. (1)
2002/0147,461 Apparatus and methods for closing openings in spinal discs 47 2001
 
SYNTHES USA, LLC (1)
6,019,793 Surgical prosthetic device 195 1998
 
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA (1)
6,805,697 Method and system for fusing a spinal region 192 2002
 
OraTec (1)
5,823,994 Method and apparatus for soft tissue fixation 110 1996
 
CORDIS CORPORATION (1)
5,370,660 Apparatus and method for delivering a vessel plug into the body of a patient 185 1993
 
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (2)
4,520,821 Growing of long-term biological tissue correction structures in vivo 207 1982
5,354,736 Synthetic compounds and compositions with enhanced cell binding 51 1991
 
RTI SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,893,462 Soft and calcified tissue implants 70 2001
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
5,342,394 Apparatus for blocking a vein branch and method of blocking a vein branch 121 1992
 
RAYMEDICA, LLC (7)
5,562,736 Method for surgical implantation of a prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 573 1994
5,649,945 Spinal anulus cutter 43 1994
5,824,093 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 418 1997
6,113,639 Trial implant and trial implant kit for evaluating an intradiscal space 291 1999
6,602,291 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus having a shape change characteristic 108 1999
6,533,817 Packaged, partially hydrated prosthetic disc nucleus 146 2000
7,033,393 Self-transitioning spinal disc anulus occulsion device and method of use 77 2003
 
DUKE UNIVERSITY (1)
5,342,393 Method and device for vascular repair 489 1992
 
ZIMMER TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
6,332,894 Polymer filled spinal fusion cage 188 2000
 
ZIMMER SPINE AUSTIN, INC. (1)
6,761,720 Intervertebral implant 410 2002
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (5)
4,743,260 Method for a flexible stabilization system for a vertebral column 515 1985
5,015,255 Spinal stabilization method 519 1989
5,059,193 Expandable spinal implant and surgical method 817 1990
5,282,863 Flexible stabilization system for a vertebral column 436 1992
5,489,307 Spinal stabilization surgical method 565 1994
 
ENDOSURGICAL INNOVATIONS LLC (1)
5,397,326 Knot pusher for videoendoscopic surgery 86 1993
 
ABBOTT LABORATORIES (7)
5,417,699 Device and method for the percutaneous suturing of a vascular puncture site 635 1992
5,613,974 Apparatus and method for vascular closure 420 1994
5,797,929 Apparatus and methods for advancing surgical knots 186 1995
5,746,755 Method and device for providing hemostasis at vascular penetration sites 180 1995
5,792,152 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 229 1996
6,036,699 Device and method for suturing tissue 310 1997
6,171,317 Knot tying device and method 110 1999
 
Bio-Hyos AB (1)
6,610,666 Hyaluronan product and process for manufacturing thereof 25 2000
 
ZIMMER ORTHOBIOLOGICS, INC. (2)
6,511,958 Compositions for regeneration and repair of cartilage lesions 92 2000
6,723,335 Methods and compositions for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 60 2000
 
SHI, TAIN-YEW (1)
6,966,931 Artificial intervertebral disc with reliable maneuverability 49 2003
 
REGEN BIOLOGICS, INC. (1)
5,624,463 Prosthetic articular cartilage 254 1994
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (1)
4,919,667 Implant 185 1988
 
SDGI HOLDINGS, INC. (8)
5,425,773 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 493 1994
5,562,738 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 536 1995
5,702,449 Reinforced porous spinal implants 401 1995
5,681,310 Vertebral auxiliary fixation device having holding capability 230 1995
6,019,792 Articulating spinal implant 504 1998
6,833,006 Expandable intervertebral spacers 79 2002
6,723,058 Device and method for determining parameters of blind voids 30 2002
6,852,128 Flexible spine stabilization systems 127 2003
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (3)
5,429,598 Surgical access device and procedure 91 1994
5,626,614 T-anchor suturing device and method for using same 333 1995
6,669,707 Method and apparatus for attaching or locking an implant to an anatomic vessel or hollow organ wall 63 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 205 2002
 
SIMONSON, CYNTHIA JEANNE (1)
6,572,653 Vertebral implant adapted for posterior insertion 321 2001
 
Davol, Inc. (a C.R. Bard Company) (1)
5,725,577 Prosthesis for the repair of soft tissue defects 116 1993
 
DEPUY SPINE, INC. (2)
6,812,211 Method for nonsurgical treatment of the intervertebral disc and kit therefor 45 2002
6,827,716 Method of identifying and treating a pathologic region of an intervertebral disc 84 2002
 
VALVE HOLDINGS, L.L.C. (1)
6,758,863 Vertically expanding intervertebral body fusion device 145 2002
 
DEPUY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC. (1)
5,788,625 Method of making reconstructive SIS structure for cartilaginous elements in situ 89 1996
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC (2)
5,129,912 Device and method for applying suture 199 1991
5,957,939 Medical device for deploying surgical fabrics 104 1997
 
GATEWAY MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,736,815 Apparatus and methods for treating spinal discs 124 2001
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (1)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 599 1995
 
GLISSON, RICHARD R. (1)
5,500,000 Soft tissue repair system and method 392 1993
 
PMT Corporation (1)
6,805,715 Method and device for treating intervertebral disc herniations 59 2002
 
Surgicraft Limited (1)
4,904,261 Spinal implants 520 1988
 
BRADLEY, CHARLES W. (1)
5,397,991 Multi-battery charging system for reduced fuel consumption and emissions in automotive vehicles 54 1992
 
Endospine, Ltd. (1)
6,428,576 System for repairing inter-vertebral discs 218 2000
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (8)
5,540,704 Endoscopic suture system 310 1994
5,620,012 Method of percutaneously anchoring a suture to a bone 132 1994
5,860,425 Bladder neck suspension procedure 252 1996
* 5,741,277 Endoscopic suture system 170 1996
5,836,315 Method of tensioning a suspended tissue mass 229 1996
5,853,422 Apparatus and method for closing a septal defect 383 1997
6,113,609 Implantable tissue fastener and system for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease 370 1998
6,960,215 Tactical detachable anatomic containment device and therapeutic treatment system 57 2002
 
DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (2)
5,071,437 Artificial disc 655 1990
5,534,030 Spine disc 473 1994
 
Target Therapeutics, Inc. (1)
5,304,194 Vasoocclusion coil with attached fibrous element(s) 272 1992
 
ReGen Corporation (3)
5,108,438 Prosthetic intervertebral disc 273 1990
5,306,311 Prosthetic articular cartilage 377 1991
5,258,043 Method for making a prosthetic intervertebral disc 223 1991
 
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
5,464,407 Flexible surgical screwdriver and methods of arthroscopic ligament reconstruction 147 1994
 
KYPHON SARL (2)
5,860,977 Spine distraction implant and method 516 1997
6,419,676 Spine distraction implant and method 196 2000
 
DEPUY MITEK, LLC (2)
5,827,298 Surgical fastening system and method for using the same 342 1995
6,923,823 Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures 98 2000
 
NATIONAL-STANDARD, LLC (1)
5,531,678 Method of using a spring-loaded reciprocable stylet holder to eject a T-fastener 40 1995
 
HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP. (7)
5,047,055 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 651 1990
5,192,326 Hydrogel bead intervertebral disc nucleus 558 1991
5,676,701 Low wear artificial spinal disc 596 1995
5,976,186 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 482 1996
5,800,549 Method and apparatus for injecting an elastic spinal implant 261 1997
6,187,048 Intervertebral disc implant 259 1997
6,511,498 Surgical bone anchoring device 92 2000
 
GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC (1)
6,610,091 Facet arthroplasty devices and methods 370 2000
 
Biomaterials Universe, Inc. (1)
4,663,358 Porous and transparent poly(vinyl alcohol) gel and method of manufacturing the same 239 1986
 
RAY MEDICA, INC. (2)
4,772,287 Prosthetic disc and method of implanting 741 1987
4,904,260 Prosthetic disc containing therapeutic material 600 1988
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (1)
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 418 1996
 
Bridport-Gundry PLC c/o Pearsalls Implants (1)
6,093,205 Surgical implant 355 1998
 
TSUNAMI MEDTECH, LLC (1)
6,053,909 Ionothermal delivery system and technique for medical procedures 165 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 100 2001
 
NUVASIVE, INC. (4)
6,206,921 Method of replacing nucleus pulposus and repairing the intervertebral disk 117 1999
6,183,518 Method of replacing nucleus pulposus and repairing the intervertebral disk 149 1999
6,436,143 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral disks 194 2000
6,964,674 Annulotomy closure device 104 2000
 
MUHANNA, NABIL L. (1)
6,936,070 Intervertebral disc prosthesis and methods of implantation 84 2002
 
Organogenesis, Inc. (2)
5,733,337 Tissue repair fabric 325 1995
2002/0082,698 Method for treating a patient using a cultured connective tissue construct 50 2001
 
SULZER BIOLOGICS INC. (1)
6,514,514 Device and method for regeneration and repair of cartilage lesions 106 1999
 
HANSEN MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,669,687 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 146 2000
 
Artecal, Sciences, Inc. (1)
6,841,150 Use of adipose tissue-derived stromal cells for chondrocyte differentiation and cartilage repair 52 2002
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL COORDINATION CENTER BVBA (4)
6,508,828 Sealing device and wound closure device 287 2000
6,596,012 Intra-arterial occluder 123 2001
6,860,895 Tool, a sealing device, a system and a method for closing a wound 221 2002
6,712,837 Guiding tool for wound closure element 129 2002
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (6)
4,669,473 Surgical fastener 638 1985
5,041,129 Slotted suture anchor and method of anchoring a suture 690 1990
5,842,477 Method for repairing cartilage 386 1996
5,759,189 Knot pusher 70 1997
6,623,492 Tissue fastener 161 2000
6,620,185 Surgical procedures and instruments 171 2000
 
COVIDIEN AG (3)
5,391,182 Apparatus and method for closing puncture wounds 266 1993
5,507,755 Apparatus and method for closing puncture wounds 242 1994
6,980,862 Apparatus and method for treatment of an intervertebral disc 54 2003
 
STRYKER NV OPERATIONS LIMITED (1)
6,024,754 Aneurysm closure method 119 1997
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
4,946,378 Artificial intervertebral disc 388 1988
 
SURGICAL SPECIALTIES CORPORATION (US), INC. (1)
6,592,608 Bioabsorbable sealant 83 2001
 
ORTHOPHOENIX, LLC (4)
6,719,761 System and methods for injecting flowable materials into bones 119 2000
6,719,773 Expandable structures for deployment in interior body regions 165 2000
6,716,216 Systems and methods for treating vertebral bodies 254 2000
6,676,665 Surgical instrumentation and method for treatment of the spine 130 2001
 
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (4)
5,879,366 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 406 1996
6,080,182 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 367 1997
6,171,329 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 281 1998
6,623,508 Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using 122 2001
 
Seikagaku Corporation (1)
6,063,378 Therapeutic agent for herniated intervertebral disc 56 1998
 
PIERCE INSTRUMENTS, INC. (1)
5,176,691 Knot pusher 187 1990
 
ARTEMIS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,695,858 Medical device and methods for use 95 2000
 
Neurotherm, Inc. (8)
5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 306 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 279 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 340 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 270 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 354 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 248 1998
6,231,615 Enhanced visibility materials for implantation in hard tissue 186 1999
6,878,155 Method of treating intervertebral disc tissue employing attachment mechanism 66 2001
 
DYNAMIC SPINE, INC. (1)
5,827,328 Intervertebral prosthetic device 345 1996
 
COVIDIEN LP (1)
5,716,409 Reinforcement sheet for use in surgical repair 114 1996
 
FOUR POINT INNOVATIONS, INC. (2)
5,122,155 Hernia repair apparatus and method of use 249 1991
5,366,460 Apparatus and method for laparoscope hernia repair 266 1992
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
4,873,976 Surgical fasteners and method 533 1984
 
AVENT, INC. (1)
6,896,675 Intradiscal lesioning device 67 2002
 
COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (3)
5,258,000 Tissue aperture repair device 355 1991
5,397,331 Supporting device and apparatus for inserting the device 228 1992
6,699,263 Sliding suture anchor 249 2002
 
BT COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (1)
5,269,791 Surgical knot pushing appliance 66 1992
 
The Nemours Foundation (1)
5,634,944 Body membrane prosthesis 76 1995
 
SPINEOLOGY, INC. (3)
5,571,189 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 643 1994
5,549,679 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 661 1995
6,712,853 Annulus-reinforcing band 151 2001
 
Tissue Adhesive Technologies, Inc. (1)
6,773,699 Light energized tissue adhesive conformal patch 50 2001
 
MEDICINELODGE, INC. DBA IMDS CO-INNOVATION (1)
6,419,703 Prosthesis for the replacement of a posterior element of a vertebra 335 2001
 
THM BIOMEDICAL, INC. (1)
5,645,084 Method for spinal fusion without decortication 146 1995
 
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY (1)
2006/0247,776 Systems and methods for augmenting intervertebral discs 32 2005
 
ARTHREX, INC. (2)
5,626,613 Corkscrew suture anchor and driver 182 1995
5,964,783 Suture anchor with insert-molded suture 248 1998
 
SHIPP, JOHN I. (1)
5,350,399 Percutaneous arterial puncture seal device and insertion tool therefore 407 1992
 
ORIGIN MEDSYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,922,026 Surgical method and prosthetic strip therefor 246 1997
 
Ed. Geistlich Soehne AG Fuer Chemische Industrie (1)
6,221,109 Method of protecting spinal area 67 1999
 
SpinLabs, LLC (1)
6,402,750 Devices and methods for the treatment of spinal disorders 554 2000
 
C.R. BARD, INC. (8)
5,356,432 Implantable mesh prosthesis and method for repairing muscle or tissue wall defects 313 1993
5,766,246 Implantable prosthesis and method and apparatus for loading and delivering an implantable prothesis 273 1994
5,695,525 Implantable prosthesis and method and apparatus for loading and delivering an implantable prosthesis 264 1995
5,716,408 Prosthesis for hernia repair and soft tissue reconstruction 120 1996
5,954,767 Curved prosthetic mesh and its method of manufacture 121 1996
6,267,772 Implantable prosthesis 293 1999
6,610,006 Implantable prosthesis 56 2000
6,723,133 Performed curved prosthesis having a reduced incidence of developing wrinkles or folds 36 2001
 
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION (A DELAWARE CORPORATION) (2)
6,296,659 Single-tailed suturing method and apparatus 152 2000
6,605,096 Percutaneous suturing apparatus and method 130 2001
 
ULRICH GROSS (1)
5,002,576 Intervertebral disk endoprosthesis 426 1989
 
SPINECORE, INC. (1)
6,706,068 Artificial disc replacements with natural kinematics 262 2003
 
MEDIMATRIX INCORPORATED, A CORP. OF DE. (1)
4,837,285 Collagen matrix beads for soft tissue repair 274 1987
 
Scion Cardio-Vascular, Inc. (4)
6,206,895 Suture with toggle and delivery system 276 1999
6,319,263 Suture with toggle and delivery system 169 2000
6,245,080 Suture with toggle and delivery system 103 2000
6,730,112 Suture with toggle and delivery system 82 2001
 
SPINE WAVE, INC. (1)
6,740,093 Method and apparatus for treating a vertebral body 246 2001
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8,454,690 Systems and methods for tissue expansion with fluid delivery and drainage system 0 2010
9,114,025 Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair 0 2011
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (1)
* 8,496,667 Deployable segmented TLIF device 0 2011
 
KRT INVESTORS, INC. (3)
8,632,590 Apparatus and methods for the treatment of the intervertebral disc 3 2006
8,556,977 Tissue anchoring system and method 3 2010
9,095,442 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 0 2012
 
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9,078,761 Devices and methods for treating tissue defects 0 2010
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