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The present invention relates to a locking mechanism and method of fixation, such as the fixation of a fixation device like a bone screw and of a stabilization device like a rod to the spine. The locking mechanism includes a seat and a locking element. The seat includes a bottom portion configured to receive the fixation device such that a socket of the bottom portion engages part of the fixation device and prevents the fixation device from passing entirely therethrough. The seat further includes a side portion configured to receive the stabilization device and a locking element. The locking element, when fully engaged with the side portion of the seat, causes locking of the relative positions of the fixation device and the stabilization device.

Title
Spinal fixation locking mechanism
Application Number
11/86005
Publication Number
7338491 (B2)
Application Date
March 22, 2005
Publication Date
March 4, 2008
Inventor
David T Stinson
Woodenville
WA, US
Alex E Kunzler
Issaquah
WA, US
Carly A Thaler
Seattle
WA, US
Daniel R Baker
Seattle
WA, US
Agent
Aliki K Collins
AKC Patents
Assignee
Spinefrontier
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/56
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