07585326 is referenced by 18 patents and cites 222 patents.

A method for inserting an intervertebral disc prosthesis into a space between two vertebrae involves inserting the prosthesis partway into the space under constraint to prevent endplates of the prosthesis from articulating, releasing the prosthesis from constraint, and inserting the unconstrained prosthesis farther into the space. In some embodiments, the method involves grasping the prosthesis with a grasping device to insert the prosthesis partway under constraint, loosing the grasping device to release the prosthesis from constraint, and pushing the prosthesis farther into the disc space using the grasping device and/or one or more separate pusher devices. A system includes a grasping device, at least one separate pushing device, and optionally a vertebral spreading device and/or a vertebral midline indicator device.

Title
Methods and apparatus for intervertebral disc prosthesis insertion
Application Number
10/913780
Publication Number
7585326 (B2)
Application Date
August 6, 2004
Publication Date
September 8, 2009
Inventor
David Hovda
Mountain View
CA, US
Ulrich Hahnle
Johannesburg
ZA
Malan de Villiers
Gauteng
ZA
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Assignee
SpinalMotion
CA, US
IPC
A61F 2/44
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