07087055 is referenced by 337 patents and cites 35 patents.

A minimaly invasive spacer for positioning between vertebral members. The spacer is adjustable between a first orientation having a reduced size to facilitate insertion between the vertebral members. A second orientation has an enlarged size for contacting the vertebral members. The spacer includes linkages that are attached to a pair of plates. A pull arm is operatively connected to the linkages for adjusting the spacer from the first orientation to the second orientation. A delivery device is attached to the spacer for insertion between the vertebral members. In one embodiment, the delivery device is detachable to be removed from the spacer once positioned between the vertebral members. Methods of using the spacer include positioning the spacer between the vertebral members while in the first orientation. The spacer is then enlarged to the second orientation, and the delivery device is removed with only the spacer remaining within the patient.

Title
Minimally invasive expanding spacer and method
Application Number
10/178960
Publication Number
7087055 (B2)
Application Date
June 25, 2002
Publication Date
August 8, 2006
Inventor
Kevin T Foley
Germantown
TN, US
Michael C Sherman
Memphis
TN, US
Roy Lim
Germantown
TN, US
Agent
Coats & Bennett P L L C
Assignee
SDGI Holdings
DE, US
IPC
A61B 17/70
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