US Patent No: 8,163,022

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Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus

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This disclosure presents methods and devices for treating a tear, rent, incision, defect, aperture or delamination of the annulus fibrosus of an intervertebral disc. The methods and devices can employ fixation delivery apparatuses, fixation apparatuses, patch delivery tools and patches positioned, at least in part, in or on aspects of an intervertebral disc for treatment of the intervertebral disc or its components. In some aspects, these techniques include the use of this includes a fixation apparatus that includes at least one bone anchor connected to at least one disc anchor by a shortenable elongate member.

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ANULEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.PLYMOUTH, MN41

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bentley, Ishmael Eagan, MN 39 356
Burns, Matthew M Orono, MN 85 2974
Cauthen,, III Joseph C - 28 229
Dukart, Brian L Brooklyn Park, MN 41 749
Houfburg, Rodney L Prior Lake, MN 64 1270
Wales, Lawrence W Maplewood, MN 66 851
Wessman, Bradley J Wilmington, NC 90 1736

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