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The present invention is directed to an implant that can be placed between two adjacent vertebral bodies using a lateral insertion method. The implant is characterized as having a first end plate and a second end plate which a crossbar spacer therebetween. The crossbar spacer preferably fits within a channel on the inner surfaces of the first end plate and the second end plate, whereby the spacer allows pivots, twisting and/or rotational movement of the spine. The first end plate and the second end plate include a keel extending therefrom, whereby the keel traverses longitudinally between a first lateral side and a second opposed lateral side and is substantially perpendicular to the sagittal plane of the patient's spine.

Title
Method of laterally inserting an artificial vertebral disk replacement implant with crossbar spacer
Application Number
10/981952
Publication Number
7320707 (B2)
Application Date
November 5, 2004
Publication Date
January 22, 2008
Inventor
Steven T Mitchell
Pleasant Hill
CA, US
Ken Y Hsu
San Francisco
CA, US
James F Zucherman
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Haynes and Boone
Assignee
St Francis Medical Technologies
CA, US
IPC
A61F 2/44
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