06974478 is referenced by 271 patents and cites 104 patents.

Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The prostheses provide an artificial facet joint structure including an artificial articular configuration unlike the preexisting articular configuration. The radii and material stress values of the prostheses are configured to sustain contact stress. The cephalad prosthesis provides for posterior-anterior adjustment. Both prostheses permit lateral adjustment and adjustment to accomodate interpedicle distance. Further, the prostheses may be customized to provide a pre-defined lordotic angle and a pre-defined pedicle entry angle.

Title
Prostheses, systems and methods for replacement of natural facet joints with artificial facet joint surfaces
Application Number
10/158563
Publication Number
6974478 (B2)
Application Date
May 30, 2002
Publication Date
December 13, 2005
Inventor
James Davidson
Irvine
CA, US
Robert M Scribner
Niwot
CO, US
Mark A Reiley
Piedmont
CA, US
Agent
James R Shay
Wilson Sonini Goodrich & Rosati
Assignee
Archus Orthopedics
WA, US
IPC
A61B 017/56
A61F 002/44
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