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The invention provides an implantable spinal distraction/fusion rod with varied thread pitch and diameters along different portions of its length that it is capable of distracting two or more vertebral bodies relative to each other and/or facilitating the procedure of fusing the vertebral bodies together from within the spine. The present invention also provides for methods of using the rod to distract and/or fuse two or more vertebral bodies from within the spine.

Title
Method and apparatus for spinal distraction and fusion
Application Number
10/309416
Publication Number
6921403 (B2)
Application Date
December 3, 2002
Publication Date
July 26, 2005
Inventor
Eugene A Dickhudt
St. Paul
MN, US
Robert L Assell
Mendota Heights
MN, US
Andrew H Cragg
Edina
MN, US
Agent
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Assignee
TranS1
NC, US
IPC
A61F 005/00
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