Method and apparatus for post-operative tuning of a spinal implant

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 9867721
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10423515

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A tunable implant, system, and method enables a tunable implant to be adjusted within a patient. The tunable implant includes a securing mechanism to secure the implant in the patient, a actuation portion that enables the implant to move and an adjustment portion that permits adjustment of the implant after the implant has been positioned within the patient. The method of adjusting the tunable implant includes analyzing the operation of the implant, determining if any adjustments are necessary and adjusting the implant to improve implant performance. The implant system includes both the tunable implant and a telemetric system that is operable to telemetrically receive data from the tunable implant where the data is used to determine if adjustment of the tunable implant is necessary. The system also includes an instrument assembly that is used for performing spinal surgery where the instrument assembly includes a mounting platform and a jig.

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MEDTRONIC NAVIGATION INC826 COAL CREEK CIRCLE COAL CREEK CORPORATE CENTER ONE LOUISVILLE CO 80027

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Hunter, Mark Broomfield, US 62 3125

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