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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KRT INVESTORS, INC.TROPHY CLUB, TX33

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bentley, Ishmael Eagan, MN 41 467
Burns, Matthew M Orono, MN 86 3266
Cauthen,, III Joseph C - 29 287
Dukart, Brian L Brooklyn Park, MN 42 863
Houfburg, Rodney L Prior Lake, MN 66 1439
Wales, Lawrence W Maplewood, MN 69 978
Wessman, Bradley J Wilmington, NC 91 1939

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5,417,691 Apparatus and method for manipulating and anchoring tissue 293 1993
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5,514,180 Prosthetic intervertebral devices 666 1994
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6,656,182 Tissue manipulation 202 1995
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5,645,597 Disc replacement method and apparatus 415 1995
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6,966,910 Dynamic fixation device and method of use 246 2003
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