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An expandable spinal implant is disclosed. The implant includes a plurality of ribs which are deformable between first and second states. In the first state, the ribs present a generally cylindrical implant. In the expanded second state, the ribs are arced outwardly to define a generally spherical implant. A tie mechanism is provided for urging the ribs between the first and second states and for holding the ribs in the expanded state. A novel surgical method is disclosed for stabilizing the spine by inserting the implant in the first state between opposing vertebrae and expanding the implant to the second state.

Title
Expandable spinal implant and surgical method
Application Number
439560
Publication Number
5059193
Application Date
April 19, 1990
Publication Date
October 22, 1991
Inventor
Stephen D Kuslich
Maplewood
MN, US
Agent
Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt
Assignee
Spine Tech
MN, US
IPC
A61F 5/04
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