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A method for stabilizing a spinal motion segment by boring and excising an opening in a disc nucleus, inserting a fabric bag having a pore size between about 0.25 and 5.0 mm, packing the bag with a graft medium until the bag is a rigid self-retaining shape, then closing the bag. The nucleus is excised by inserting an expandable cutting tool in order to cut an area greater than the access opening. A further spinal stabilization includes positioning a flexible bag containing graft medium against the exterior of the lamina bone of the adjacent vertebra. The exterior lamina bone is prepared by roughening to present a bleeding surface to hasten bone growth.

Title
Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment
Application Number
246959
Publication Number
5549679
Application Date
March 1, 1995
Publication Date
August 27, 1996
Inventor
Stephen D Kuslich
2400 Keller Pkwy., Maplewood, 55109
MN, US
Agent
Vidas Arrett & Steinkraus
IPC
A61F 5/04
A61F 2/44
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