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Artificial disk implant and methods for implanting same, the implant having a member (32, 34, 36, 77, 92, 94) for adapting in size and shape to the anatomical space between vertebrae, and apparatus (25, 42, 60, 112) for expanding the implant in the middle portion thereof to conform to the space. In one embodiment, there is provided an artificial intervertebral disk implant having a cylindrical body (20, 41, 56, 88) comprised of cylindrical subunits (32, 34, 36, 92, 94) capable of expansion. In another embodiment, rectangular members (34, 36) or elongate ribs (77) capable of expansion are provided. The implant can be used alone or in various combinations for the purpose of spinal fusion.

Title
Spinal implantation methods utilizing a middle expandable implant
Application Number
659758
Publication Number
5390683
Application Date
August 20, 1993
Publication Date
February 21, 1995
Inventor
Madhavan Pisharodi
844 Central Blvd., Suite 1200, Brownsville, 78520
TX, US
Agent
Vaden Eickenroht Thompson Boulware & Feather
IPC
A61F 2/44
A61B 19/00
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