06997929 is referenced by 157 patents and cites 16 patents.

An apparatus and method for distracting, in a given direction, and supporting two tissue surfaces is provided. A plurality of wafers are consecutively inserted using a wafer insertion apparatus between the two tissue surfaces to create a column of wafers. A detachable wafer assembly is provided that includes a base wafer initially associated with a track assembly of a wafer insertion apparatus. The base wafer is dislodged from the track assembly so that the base wafer is left within the distraction site as the track assembly is removed. A top cap wafer is provided that is situated at the top of the wafer stack, in which the top cap wafer is larger than the remaining wafers to form a gap surrounding the stack to receive biologic material.

Title
Tissue distraction device
Application Number
10/846235
Publication Number
6997929 (B2)
Application Date
May 14, 2004
Publication Date
February 14, 2006
Inventor
Spanky A Raymond
Uniontown
OH, US
Frank S Bono
Collierville
TN, US
Steven J Wysocki
Stratford
CT, US
Joseph N Logan
Trumbell
CT, US
Richard J Manzi
Yorktown Heights
NY, US
Agent
Maginot Moore & Beck
Assignee
Spine Wave
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/58
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