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A supplemental spine fixation device and method is used in association with a primary spine fixation device. The supplemental spine fixation device includes a guide and spacer for distracting apart adjacent spinous processes and the device has hook members which hook about the first and second spinous processes. With the spinous processes distracted and the hook members about the spinous processes, the hook members can be rigidly secured to a hub in order to rigidly affix the spinous processes about the spacer. With such an arrangement, additional force is placed on vertebral bodies in order to encourage fusion. In additional, the rigidity between the spinous processes assures that the vertebral bodies will be held rigidly in place in order to promote bone growth and fusion.

Title
Supplemental spine fixation device and method
Application Number
9/579039
Publication Number
6451019 (B1)
Application Date
May 26, 2000
Publication Date
September 17, 2002
Inventor
Henry A Klyce
Piedmont
CA, US
Charles J Winslow
Walnut Creek
CA, US
Ken Y Hsu
San Francisco
CA, US
James F Zucherman
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy
US
Assignee
St Francis Medical Technologies
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/70
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