05725582 is referenced by 595 patents and cites 17 patents.

A surgical implant (20) comprises a hank formed from a single strand (21) of flexible biocompatible material (such as polyester) with at least one bight (22) at each end of the hank and a tail (25) extending from one end, and a crimpable sleeve-like element (26) encircling the overlapping end lengths (27) of the strand. The implant (20) is shown in use for the stabilization of the spine, the bights (22) being applied to hooking members (30, 39) engaged respectively with the lamina (47) of one vertebra (24) and the spinous process (23) of an adjacent vertebra, the strand material (21) being tensioned by pulling the tail (25) before crimping the sleeve-like element (26).

Title
Surgical implants
Application Number
8/387710
Publication Number
5725582
Application Date
August 8, 1995
Publication Date
March 10, 1998
Inventor
Peter William Phillips
Evesham
GB
John Anthony Norman Shepperd
Telham, nr. Battle
GB
Richard William Porter
Doncaster
GB
David Robin Bevan
Gower
GB
Agent
Trexler Bushnell Giangiorgi & Blackstone
Assignee
Surgicraft
GB
IPC
A61F 2/44
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