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Systems for treating a bone, e.g. a vertebral body, having an interior volume occupied, at least in part, by cancellous bone provide a first tool, a second tool, and a third tool. The first tool establishes a percutaneous access path to bone. The second tool is sized and configured to be introduced through the percutaneous access path to form a void that occupies less than the interior volume. The third tool places within the void through the percutaneous access path a volume of filling material. Related methods for treating a bone, e.g. a vertebral body, having an interior volume occupied, at least in part, by cancellous bone provide establishing a percutaneous access path to bone. A tool is introduced through the percutaneous access path and manipulated to form a void that occupies less than the interior volume. A volume of filling material is then placed within the void through the percutaneous access path.

Title
Inflatable device for use in surgical protocol relating to fixation of bone
Application Number
10/747547
Publication Number
6981981 (B2)
Application Date
December 29, 2003
Publication Date
January 3, 2006
Inventor
Karen Talmadge
Palo Alto
CA, US
Arie Scholten
Fremont
CA, US
Mark A Reiley
Piedmont
CA, US
Agent
Ryan Kromholz & Manion S C
Assignee
Kyphon
CA, US
IPC
A61M 29/00
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