06113640 is referenced by 88 patents and cites 53 patents.

A cylindrical, fibrous, porous joint spacer is provided, having excellent properties, flexibility of formation, and operability, which is intended to be implanted as a prosthesis between bones to be joined together. The joint spacer of the present invention can be formed from a strip of fabric, which is comprised of bioabsorbable fibers and made by a knitting, weaving, non-woven or other technique. The fabric is typically relatively narrow (e.g. 1 to 10 mm wide) and thin (e.g. 0.1 to 1.0 mm thick), depending on the intended application of the prosthetic device to be formed from the fabric. The joint spacer of the present invention is made by wrapping said fabric to yield a cylindrical body; and fixing the free end of the fabric to the surface of the cylindrical body so formed. The joint spacer of the present invention can be implanted in conjunction with one or more fixation parts, to hold the joint spacer in place between the bones to be joined.

Title
Reconstructive bioabsorbable joint prosthesis
Application Number
8/873174
Publication Number
6113640
Application Date
June 11, 1997
Publication Date
September 5, 2000
Inventor
Mauri Lehtimaki
Kangasala
FI
Matti Lehto
Tampere
FI
Senja Paasimaa
Tampere
FI
Pertti Tormala
Tampere
FI
Agent
Kenyon & Kenyon
Assignee
Bionx Implants Oy
FI
IPC
A61F 2/30
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