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Disclosed are novel devices and methods for modular occipital/spinal fixation, general bone fixation, as well as skull fracture repair, wherein a novel orthopedic plate designed for unicortical engagement of the bone, particularly the occiput, is employed which exhibits greater stability and safety over conventional methods. Also disclosed is a novel method and device for posterior spinal fixation, preferably involving the use of a locking screw/plate assembly for posterior facet screw fixation of cervical and thoracic vertebrae. A novel locking screw and locking tool is further disclosed which may be used with the inventive orthopedic plate and spinal fixation devices as well as other orthopedic devices.

Title
Devices and methods for posterior spinal fixation
Application Number
8/169998
Publication Number
5558674
Application Date
December 17, 1993
Publication Date
September 24, 1996
Inventor
Brian J Doherty
Atherton
CA, US
Michael H Heggeness
Houston
TX, US
Agent
Pravel Hewitt Kimball & Krieger
Assignee
Smith & Nephew Richards
TN, US
IPC
A61B 17/70
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