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The present invention provides tools and methods designed to aid in the placement of facet joint prostheses at virtually all spinal levels. One aspect of the present invention is a measurement tool for installing a cephalad facet joint prosthesis including a fixation measurement element and a support arm element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of a cephalad facet joint prosthesis for implantation in a patient. Another aspect is a measurement tool for installing a caudal facet joint prosthesis including a stem element and a trial caudal bearing surface element. This measurement tool assists in the selection and/or configuration of a caudal facet joint prosthesis for implantation in a patient. Yet another aspect is a measurement tool holder including a measurement surface connected to a holder element. This tool holder assists in determining the measurements obtained with the caudal facet joint prosthesis measurement tool.

Title
Facet joint prosthesis measurement and implant tools
Application Number
11/278349
Publication Number
7290347 (B2)
Application Date
March 31, 2006
Publication Date
November 6, 2007
Inventor
Leonard Tokish Jr
Issaquah
WA, US
Richard J Broman
Monroe
WA, US
Teena M Augostino
Redmond
WA, US
Agent
Shay Law Group
Assignee
Archus Orthopedics
WA, US
IPC
A61B 17/56
G01B 5/24
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