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A spinal plate system and method for fixation of the human spine is provided. In an embodiment, the spinal fixation system includes a plate, a coupling member, a locking system for substantially locking the coupling member in a desired position, and an anchoring system to secure the coupling member in the locking system. The plate may have a hole that allows the coupling member to couple the plate with a bone. At least a portion of the coupling member may swivel in the hole so that a bottom end of the member may extend at a plurality of angles substantially oblique to the plate. The locking system may lock the coupling member in desired positions relative to the plate. The anchoring system may secure the coupling member in the locking system to inhibit the coupling system from detaching from the locking system when stressed. An assembly tool may be used to engage and disengage the anchoring system during the installation or removal of the spinal fixation system.

Title
System and method for stabilizing the human spine with a bone plate
Application Number
9/479458
Publication Number
6331179 (B1)
Application Date
January 6, 2000
Publication Date
December 18, 2001
Inventor
Erik J Wagner
Austin
TX, US
Michael E Landry
Austin
TX, US
Jim Freid
Austin
TX, US
Agent
Conley Rose & Tayon P C
US
Agent
Eric B Meyertons
US
Assignee
Spinal Concepts
TX, US
IPC
A61B 17/58
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