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This invention relates to a orthopedic implant that comprises a shape memory polymeric material. The orthopedic implant can be fabricated or molded in a desired configuration selected to provide support or tension to bony structures. Examples of implantable devices include spinal rods, bone plates, and bone fixation cords. The orthopedic implant can be deformed to a second configuration different from the first configuration either prior to implantation or after implantation. When desired, the shape memory polymeric material can be induced to revert to it original molded configuration. This can compress the attached bony structure and/or promote arthrodesis.

Title
Implants formed of shape memory polymeric material for spinal fixation
Application Number
10/637738
Publication Number
7794476 (B2)
Application Date
August 8, 2003
Publication Date
September 14, 2010
Inventor
Paul Wisnewski
Germantown
TN, US
Assignee
Warsaw Orthopedic
IN, US
IPC
A61B 17/70
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