08496686 is referenced by 2 patents and cites 459 patents.

The invention discloses methods, devices, systems and kits for repairing, replacing and/or augmenting natural facet joint surfaces and/or facet capsules. An implantable facet joint device of one embodiment comprises a cephalad facet joint element and a caudal facet joint element. The cephalad facet joint element includes a member adapted to engage a first vertebra, and an artificial cephalad bearing member. The caudal facet joint element includes a connector adapted for fixation to a second vertebra at a fixation point and an artificial caudal bearing member adapted to engage the cephalad bearing member. The artificial caudal bearing member is adapted for a location lateral to the fixation point.

Title
Minimally invasive spine restoration systems, devices, methods and kits
Application Number
11/800895
Publication Number
8496686 (B2)
Application Date
May 7, 2007
Publication Date
July 30, 2013
Inventor
Sean Sung Ho Suh
Plymouth Meeting
PA, US
Richard J Broman
Kirkland
WA, US
Christopher Ralph
Woodinville
WA, US
Anthony V Finazzo
Lake Forest Park
WA, US
Michael J Funk
North Bend
WA, US
Mark K Kuiper
Seattle
WA, US
Cin Abidin
Issaquah
WA, US
John Arthur Ohrt
Redmond
WA, US
Phillip Berg
Federal Way
WA, US
Assignee
Gmedelaware 2
PA, US
IPC
A61B 17/70
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