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, TX42

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bentley, Ishmael Eagan, US 29 715
Burns, Matthew M Orono, US 67 4113
Cauthen,, III Joseph C Gainesville, US 24 443
Dukart, Brian L Brooklyn Park, US 27 1259
Houfburg, Rodney L Prior Lake, US 45 1914
Wales, Lawrence W Maplewood, US 49 1455
Wessman, Bradley J Wilmington, US 55 2527

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6,969,404 Annulus fibrosis augmentation methods and apparatus 121 2002
6,648,918 Treating degenerative disc disease through the transplantation of dehydrated tissue 68 2002
6,685,695 Method and apparatus for providing nutrition to intervertebral disc tissue 80 2002
6,743,255 Spinal fusion cage with lordosis correction 164 2002
6,645,247 Supplementing engineered annulus tissues with autograft of allograft tendons 89 2002
6,648,919 Transplantation of engineered meniscus tissue to the intervertebral disc 72 2002
6,648,920 Natural and synthetic supplements to engineered annulus and disc tissues 75 2002
6,878,167 Methods and apparatus for placing intradiscal devices 77 2003
2005/0256,582 Spinal implants, including devices that reduce pressure on the annulus fibrosis 42 2005
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6,258,094 Surgical apparatus driver device 72 1999
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5,733,307 Bone anchor having a suture trough 208 1996
 
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4,917,704 Intervertebral prosthesis 316 1988
4,955,908 Metallic intervertebral prosthesis 405 1988
5,171,280 Intervertebral prosthesis 431 1991
5,320,644 Intervertebral disk prosthesis 285 1992
5,370,697 Artificial intervertebral disk member 622 1993
5,702,454 Process for implanting an invertebral prosthesis 344 1996
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5,492,697 Biodegradable implant for fracture nonunions 128 1995
 
PFIZER INC. (1)
5,534,028 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus with diminished lateral bulging 469 1993
 
QUANDARY MEDICAL, LLC (3)
6,575,979 Method and apparatus for providing posterior or anterior trans-sacral access to spinal vertebrae 195 2000
6,558,386 Axial spinal implant and method and apparatus for implanting an axial spinal implant within the vertebrae of the spine 164 2000
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5,972,007 Energy-base method applied to prosthetics for repairing tissue defects 136 1997
 
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2002/0123,807 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and spinal disc annulus stent 90 2002
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2006/0129,245 Intervertebral disc annulus stent 13 2006
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5,669,935 One-way suture retaining device for braided sutures 278 1995
5,972,022 Tissue attachment device having elastomeric section 154 1996
5,827,325 Implant in particular for the trocar puncture points 30 1996
6,241,768 Prosthetic device for the repair of a hernia 137 1998
6,306,159 Meniscal repair device 235 1999
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6,293,961 Suture locking device 218 2001
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6,168,598 Soft tissue securing anchor 110 1998
6,648,892 Soft tissue securing anchor 24 2000
 
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA (1)
6,805,697 Method and system for fusing a spinal region 201 2002
 
OraTec (1)
5,823,994 Method and apparatus for soft tissue fixation 121 1996
 
CORDIS CORPORATION (1)
5,370,660 Apparatus and method for delivering a vessel plug into the body of a patient 200 1993
 
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5,354,736 Synthetic compounds and compositions with enhanced cell binding 52 1991
 
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6,893,462 Soft and calcified tissue implants 73 2001
 
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RAYMEDICA, LLC (7)
5,562,736 Method for surgical implantation of a prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 595 1994
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5,824,093 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus 433 1997
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6,602,291 Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus having a shape change characteristic 115 1999
6,533,817 Packaged, partially hydrated prosthetic disc nucleus 151 2000
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5,573,548 Suture anchor 245 1994
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5,489,307 Spinal stabilization surgical method 583 1994
 
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5,397,326 Knot pusher for videoendoscopic surgery 89 1993
 
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5,417,699 Device and method for the percutaneous suturing of a vascular puncture site 662 1992
5,613,974 Apparatus and method for vascular closure 445 1994
5,797,929 Apparatus and methods for advancing surgical knots 193 1995
5,746,755 Method and device for providing hemostasis at vascular penetration sites 188 1995
5,792,152 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 239 1996
6,036,699 Device and method for suturing tissue 321 1997
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5,624,463 Prosthetic articular cartilage 264 1994
 
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4,919,667 Implant 196 1988
 
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5,425,773 Intervertebral disk arthroplasty device 510 1994
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5,702,449 Reinforced porous spinal implants 423 1995
5,681,310 Vertebral auxiliary fixation device having holding capability 243 1995
6,019,792 Articulating spinal implant 520 1998
6,833,006 Expandable intervertebral spacers 86 2002
6,723,058 Device and method for determining parameters of blind voids 31 2002
6,852,128 Flexible spine stabilization systems 129 2003
7,318,840 Intervertebral disc treatment devices and methods 104 2004
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (3)
5,429,598 Surgical access device and procedure 93 1994
5,626,614 T-anchor suturing device and method for using same 362 1995
6,669,707 Method and apparatus for attaching or locking an implant to an anatomic vessel or hollow organ wall 68 2000
 
STRYKER ENDOSCOPY (3)
6,645,227 Suture anchor 175 2001
6,685,728 Threaded suture anchor and method of use 148 2002
6,972,027 Soft tissue repair system 227 2002
 
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6,572,653 Vertebral implant adapted for posterior insertion 331 2001
 
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DEPUY SPINE, INC. (2)
6,812,211 Method for nonsurgical treatment of the intervertebral disc and kit therefor 49 2002
6,827,716 Method of identifying and treating a pathologic region of an intervertebral disc 89 2002
 
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6,758,863 Vertically expanding intervertebral body fusion device 149 2002
 
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5,643,320 Soft tissue anchor and method 281 1995
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5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 613 1995
 
GLISSON, RICHARD R. (1)
5,500,000 Soft tissue repair system and method 419 1993
 
HS West Investments, LLC (1)
7,322,978 Bone anchors for use in attaching soft tissue to a bone 62 2004
 
PMT Corporation (1)
6,805,715 Method and device for treating intervertebral disc herniations 61 2002
 
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4,904,261 Spinal implants 532 1988
 
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5,527,342 Method and apparatus for securing soft tissues, tendons and ligaments to bone 320 1993
5,980,558 Suture anchor system 257 1997
 
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DEPUY ACROMED, INC. (2)
5,071,437 Artificial disc 680 1990
5,534,030 Spine disc 504 1994
 
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7,217,279 Suture loop anchor 83 2003
 
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ReGen Corporation (3)
5,108,438 Prosthetic intervertebral disc 282 1990
5,306,311 Prosthetic articular cartilage 393 1991
5,258,043 Method for making a prosthetic intervertebral disc 230 1991
 
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
5,464,407 Flexible surgical screwdriver and methods of arthroscopic ligament reconstruction 156 1994
 
KYPHON SARL (2)
5,860,977 Spine distraction implant and method 542 1997
6,419,676 Spine distraction implant and method 208 2000
 
DEPUY MITEK, LLC (7)
5,827,298 Surgical fastening system and method for using the same 369 1995
6,045,573 Suture anchor having multiple sutures 211 1999
6,527,794 Self-locking suture anchor 214 1999
6,527,795 Knotless suture anchor system and method of use 203 2000
6,923,823 Apparatus and method for anchoring sutures 102 2000
6,773,436 Absorbable bone anchor 29 2001
7,390,332 Methods and devices for repairing tissue 90 2004
 
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5,531,678 Method of using a spring-loaded reciprocable stylet holder to eject a T-fastener 43 1995
 
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5,047,055 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 683 1990
5,192,326 Hydrogel bead intervertebral disc nucleus 583 1991
5,676,701 Low wear artificial spinal disc 623 1995
5,976,186 Hydrogel intervertebral disc nucleus 490 1996
5,800,549 Method and apparatus for injecting an elastic spinal implant 274 1997
6,187,048 Intervertebral disc implant 266 1997
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6,610,091 Facet arthroplasty devices and methods 391 2000
 
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6,093,205 Surgical implant 367 1998
 
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6,726,721 Hydrogel-based prosthetic device for replaceing at least a part of the nucleus of a spinal disc 103 2001
 
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6,936,070 Intervertebral disc prosthesis and methods of implantation 87 2002
 
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6,146,406 Bone anchor 220 1998
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6,620,185 Surgical procedures and instruments 190 2000
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6,592,608 Bioabsorbable sealant 86 2001
 
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6,582,453 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a suture anchoring device 190 2000
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KRT INVESTORS, INC. (3)
8,652,153 Intervertebral disc annulus repair system and bone anchor delivery tool 0 2010
8,460,319 Intervertebral disc annulus repair system and method 0 2010
9,192,372 Method for the treatment of tissue 0 2013
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