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, TX39

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Burmeister, Paul Maple Grove, MN 19 443
Burns, Matthew M Orono, MN 86 3627
Cauthen,, III Joseph C - 29 349
Dukart, Brian L Brooklyn Park, MN 42 1011
Houfburg, Rodney L Prior Lake, MN 66 1651
Wales, Lawrence W Maplewood, MN 73 1140
Wessman, Bradley J Wilmington, NC 91 2167

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6,575,979 Method and apparatus for providing posterior or anterior trans-sacral access to spinal vertebrae 178 2000
6,558,386 Axial spinal implant and method and apparatus for implanting an axial spinal implant within the vertebrae of the spine 152 2000
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5,893,592 Partially tied surgical knot 162 1997
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5,562,684 Surgical knot pusher device and improved method of forming knots 193 1994
5,681,351 Suture clip suitable for use on monofilament sutures 177 1994
5,669,935 One-way suture retaining device for braided sutures 247 1995
5,972,022 Tissue attachment device having elastomeric section 142 1996
5,827,325 Implant in particular for the trocar puncture points 26 1996
6,241,768 Prosthetic device for the repair of a hernia 123 1998
6,306,159 Meniscal repair device 210 1999
6,425,924 Hernia repair prosthesis 83 2000
6,293,961 Suture locking device 188 2001
6,432,123 Suture locking device 165 2001
6,767,037 Sliding and locking surgical knot 128 2001
 
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6,123,715 Method of forming medical devices; intravascular occlusion devices 217 1994
5,725,552 Percutaneous catheter directed intravascular occlusion devices 534 1996
5,846,261 Percutaneous catheter directed occlusion devices 237 1997
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6,447,531 Method of forming medical devices; intravascular occlusion devices 193 2000
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6,019,793 Surgical prosthetic device 191 1998
 
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6,805,697 Method and system for fusing a spinal region 187 2002
 
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5,823,994 Method and apparatus for soft tissue fixation 106 1996
 
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5,370,660 Apparatus and method for delivering a vessel plug into the body of a patient 179 1993
 
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4,520,821 Growing of long-term biological tissue correction structures in vivo 205 1982
5,354,736 Synthetic compounds and compositions with enhanced cell binding 48 1991
 
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6,893,462 Soft and calcified tissue implants 68 2001
 
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5,342,394 Apparatus for blocking a vein branch and method of blocking a vein branch 117 1992
 
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5,562,736 Method for surgical implantation of a prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 562 1994
5,649,945 Spinal anulus cutter 41 1994
5,824,093 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 412 1997
6,113,639 Trial implant and trial implant kit for evaluating an intradiscal space 286 1999
6,602,291 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus having a shape change characteristic 104 1999
6,533,817 Packaged, partially hydrated prosthetic disc nucleus 139 2000
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5,489,307 Spinal stabilization surgical method 556 1994
 
ENDOSURGICAL INNOVATIONS LLC (1)
5,397,326 Knot pusher for videoendoscopic surgery 84 1993
 
ABBOTT LABORATORIES (7)
5,417,699 Device and method for the percutaneous suturing of a vascular puncture site 624 1992
5,613,974 Apparatus and method for vascular closure 411 1994
5,797,929 Apparatus and methods for advancing surgical knots 183 1995
5,746,755 Method and device for providing hemostasis at vascular penetration sites 177 1995
5,792,152 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 227 1996
6,036,699 Device and method for suturing tissue 307 1997
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Bio-Hyos AB (1)
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ZIMMER ORTHOBIOLOGICS, INC. (2)
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5,624,463 Prosthetic articular cartilage 249 1994
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (1)
4,919,667 Implant 181 1988
 
SDGI HOLDINGS, INC. (8)
5,425,773 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 485 1994
5,562,738 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 527 1995
5,702,449 Reinforced porous spinal implants 394 1995
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6,019,792 Articulating spinal implant 496 1998
6,833,006 Expandable intervertebral spacers 75 2002
6,723,058 Device and method for determining parameters of blind voids 28 2002
6,852,128 Flexible spine stabilization systems 125 2003
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (3)
5,429,598 Surgical access device and procedure 89 1994
5,626,614 T-anchor suturing device and method for using same 318 1995
6,669,707 Method and apparatus for attaching or locking an implant to an anatomic vessel or hollow organ wall 60 2000
 
AESCULAP AG & CO. KG (1)
2006/0195,193 Implant for closing an opening in the annulus fibrosus 21 2006
 
STRYKER ENDOSCOPY (1)
6,972,027 Soft tissue repair system 195 2002
 
DAVOL, INC. (1)
5,725,577 Prosthesis for the repair of soft tissue defects 111 1993
 
DEPUY SPINE, INC. (2)
6,812,211 Method for nonsurgical treatment of the intervertebral disc and kit therefor 42 2002
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6,758,863 Vertically expanding intervertebral body fusion device 143 2002
 
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6,736,815 Apparatus and methods for treating spinal discs 120 2001
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (1)
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GLISSON, RICHARD R. (1)
5,500,000 Soft tissue repair system and method 378 1993
 
PMT CORPORATION (1)
6,805,715 Method and device for treating intervertebral disc herniations 57 2002
 
SURGICRAFT LIMITED (1)
4,904,261 Spinal implants 508 1988
 
BRADLEY, CHARLES W. (1)
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5,540,704 Endoscopic suture system 301 1994
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5,836,315 Method of tensioning a suspended tissue mass 220 1996
5,853,422 Apparatus and method for closing a septal defect 375 1997
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DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (2)
5,071,437 Artificial disc 646 1990
5,534,030 Spine disc 464 1994
 
TARGET THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
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ReGen Corporation (3)
5,108,438 Prosthetic intervertebral disc 269 1990
5,306,311 Prosthetic articular cartilage 366 1991
5,258,043 Method for making a prosthetic intervertebral disc 220 1991
 
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
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KYPHON SARL (2)
5,860,977 Spine distraction implant and method 504 1997
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6,923,823 Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures 95 2000
 
NATIONAL-STANDARD, LLC (1)
5,531,678 Method of using a spring-loaded reciprocable stylet holder to eject a T-fastener 34 1995
 
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5,192,326 Hydrogel bead intervertebral disc nucleus 547 1991
5,676,701 Low wear artificial spinal disc 586 1995
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5,800,549 Method and apparatus for injecting an elastic spinal implant 255 1997
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6,093,205 Surgical implant 351 1998
 
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5,759,189 Knot pusher 67 1997
6,623,492 Tissue fastener 157 2000
6,620,185 Surgical procedures and instruments 161 2000
 
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6,024,754 Aneurysm closure method 114 1997
 
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6,592,608 Bioabsorbable sealant 80 2001
 
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6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 243 1998
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5,258,000 Tissue aperture repair device 342 1991
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6,699,263 Sliding suture anchor 237 2002
 
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5,269,791 Surgical knot pushing appliance 64 1992
 
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5,634,944 Body membrane prosthesis 73 1995
 
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5,571,189 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 637 1994
5,549,679 Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment 651 1995
6,712,853 Annulus-reinforcing band 149 2001
 
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6,773,699 Light energized tissue adhesive conformal patch 47 2001
 
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5,964,783 Suture anchor with insert-molded suture 244 1998
 
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5,922,026 Surgical method and prosthetic strip therefor 230 1997
 
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5,716,408 Prosthesis for hernia repair and soft tissue reconstruction 116 1996
5,954,767 Curved prosthetic mesh and its method of manufacture 116 1996
6,267,772 Implantable prosthesis 278 1999
6,610,006 Implantable prosthesis 53 2000
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6,296,659 Single-tailed suturing method and apparatus 143 2000
6,605,096 Percutaneous suturing apparatus and method 126 2001
 
ULRICH GROSS (1)
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6,706,068 Artificial disc replacements with natural kinematics 256 2003
 
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6,206,895 Suture with toggle and delivery system 267 1999
6,319,263 Suture with toggle and delivery system 166 2000
6,245,080 Suture with toggle and delivery system 100 2000
6,730,112 Suture with toggle and delivery system 80 2001
 
SPINE WAVE, INC. (1)
6,740,093 Method and apparatus for treating a vertebral body 235 2001
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8,632,590 Apparatus and methods for the treatment of the intervertebral disc 3 2006
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