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An artificial functional spinal unit is provided comprising, generally, an expandable artificial intervertebral implant that can be placed via a posterior surgical approach and used in conjunction with one or more artificial facet joints to provide an anatomically correct range of motion. Expandable artificial intervertebral implants in both lordotic and non-lordotic designs are disclosed, as well as lordotic and non-lordotic expandable cages for both PLIF (posterior lumber interbody fusion) and TLIF (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion) procedures. The expandable implants may have various shapes, such as round, square, rectangular, banana-shaped, kidney-shaped, or other similar shapes. By virtue of their posteriorly implanted approach, the disclosed artificial FSU's allow for posterior decompression of the neural elements, reconstruction of all or part of the natural functional spinal unit, restoration and maintenance of lordosis, maintenance of motion, and restoration and maintenance of disc space height.

Title
Artificial spinal unit assemblies
Application Number
10/777411
Publication Number
7909869 (B2)
Application Date
February 12, 2004
Publication Date
March 22, 2011
Inventor
Heather S Hanson
San Antonio
TX, US
Corey T Harbold
Tyler
TX, US
Charles R Gordon
Tyler
TX, US
Agent
Eric B Meyertons
Meyertons Hood Kivlin Kowert & Goetzel P C
Assignee
Flexuspine
PA, US
IPC
A61F 2/44
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