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An orthopedic implant device is non-rigid, i.e., flexible and/or malleable, in a first form for insertion into a desired in vivo site, and then transformable into a rigid, or hardened, form for providing a load-bearing function or providing other structural and/or mechanical function after implant. The device includes a biocompatible sheath and a curable material sealed within the sheath. The curable material is provided in a first form that provides flexibility to the device and is structured to rigidize in a second form after insertion to an in vivo location as a result of application of a cure-initiating energy to the material prior to insertion. Related methods and kits are also provided.

Title
Curable orthopedic implant devices configured to harden after placement in vivo by application of a cure-initiating energy before insertion
Application Number
11/643489
Publication Number
7771476 (B2)
Application Date
December 21, 2006
Publication Date
August 10, 2010
Inventor
Michael C Sherman
Memphis
TN, US
Dimitri Protopsaltis
Memphis
TN, US
Hai H Trieu
Cordova
TN, US
Jeff R Justis
Collierville
TN, US
IPC
A61F 2/44
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