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A system for repairing an intervertebral disc by delivering and curing a biomaterial in situ within the disc. The system includes both a device, having an insertable balloon and related lumen, controls and adapters, as well as an in situ curable biomaterial (and related biomaterial delivery means). The system can allow the doctor to determine a suitable endpoint for biomaterial delivery, by controlling distraction and/or biomaterial delivery pressure, and in turn, to deliver a desired quantity of biomaterial to the balloon in order to achieve improved polymer cure and implant characteristics. Also provided is a related method for repairing an intervertebral disc by using such a system to deliver and cure the biomaterial in situ. The system can be used to implant a prosthetic total disc, or a prosthetic disc nucleus in a manner that leaves the surrounding disc tissue substantially intact.

Title
Intervertebral disc prosthesis
Application Number
10/365868
Publication Number
7001431 (B2)
Application Date
February 13, 2003
Publication Date
February 21, 2006
Inventor
Hansen A Yuan
Fayetteville
NY, US
Alexander Arsenyev
Eagan
MN, US
Jeffrey C Felt
Greenwood
MN, US
Robert Garryl Hudgins
Lino Lakes
MN, US
Qi Bin Bao
Bloomington
MN, US
Agent
Faegre & Benson
Assignee
Disc Dynamics
MN, US
IPC
A61F 2/44
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