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A fusionless method of treating spinal deformities in the spine of a child or young adult involves attaching a tether to vertebral bodies on the convex side of the spine. Deformities are treated by using the tether to selectively constrain growth in a portion of the convex side of the spine. One device for tethering the spine is a combination of a strand threaded through channels defined in a set of blocks attached to the vertebral bodies on the convex side of the spine. Another device useful in the method is to attach spinal staples, preferably made of a shape memory alloy, to vertebral bodies, the staples spanning the intervertebral disc space.

Title
Method for the correction of spinal deformities through vertebral body tethering without fusion
Application Number
9/421207
Publication Number
6299613 (B1)
Application Date
October 20, 1999
Publication Date
October 9, 2001
Inventor
Jean Saurat
Avrill
US
Troy Drewry
Memphis
TN, US
Michael C Sherman
Memphis
TN, US
Christoph Hopf
Albeuholz
US
James Ogilvie
Edina
MN, US
Agent
Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett
US
Assignee
SDGI Holdings
DE, US
IPC
A61B 17/56
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