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Claire T Hovland, Jerome H Abrams, Paul J Robinson: Surgical Connections, Dicke Billig & Czaja P A, February 11, 2003: US06517566 (525 worldwide citation)

Embodiments of the invention provide a permanent implanted support for e.g. the urethral neck of the bladder, generally preventing urinary leakage caused by transmission of intra-abdominal pressure pulse waves. The support is implanted in a straightforward manner without the significant complexity a ...


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Michael F Hoey, Mark A Christopherson, Steven M Goetz: Apparatus and method for creating, maintaining, and controlling a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue. Medtronic, Dicke Billig & Czaja P A, June 25, 2002: US06409722 (442 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides an apparatus and a method for producing a virtual electrode within or upon a tissue to be treated with radio frequency alternating electric current. An apparatus in accordance with the present invention includes a supply of a conductive or electrolytic fluid to be prov ...


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Robert L Assell, Charles D Ray: Percutaneous prosthetic spinal disc nucleus and method of manufacture. RayMedica, Dicke Billig & Czaja P A, February 8, 2000: US06022376 (425 worldwide citation)

A capsule-shaped prosthetic spinal disc nucleus for implantation into a human intradiscal space, made of a substantially inelastic constraining jacket surrounding an amorphous polymer core. The constraining jacket has a generally fixed maximum volume and defines a height. The amorphous polymer core ...


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Charles D Ray, Robert L Assell: Tapered prosthetic spinal disc nucleus. Raymedica, Dicke Billig & Czaja P A, October 17, 2000: US06132465 (397 worldwide citation)

A wedge-shaped prosthetic spinal disc nucleus including a hydrogel core surrounded by a constraining jacket. The hydrogel core is preshaped to form the wedge shape in a hydrated state. The constraining jacket is flexible, but substantially inelastic and is configured to prevent the hydrogel core fro ...


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Britt K Norton, Karen R McRae, Sinead A Kavanagh: Prosthetic spinal disc nucleus having selectively coupled bodies. Raymedica, Dicke Billig Czaja P A, August 29, 2000: US06110210 (306 worldwide citation)

A prosthetic spinal disc nucleus comprising a first prosthetic body, a second prosthetic body and a coupling means. The first and second prosthetic bodies each have sufficient structural integrity for maintaining a desired separation between an opposing pair of vertebrae and a volume that is less th ...


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Charles D Ray, Robert L Assell: Trial implant and trial implant kit for evaluating an intradiscal space. Raymedica, Dicke Billig & Czaja P A, September 5, 2000: US06113639 (302 worldwide citation)

A trial implant for evaluating a size of an intradiscal space for subsequent implantation of a prosthetic spinal disc nucleus. The trial implant is comprised of an elongated central body and a retrieving body. The elongated body is formed from a rigid, surgically safe material and preferably has a v ...


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David W Carroll, Wendell L Carroll, James L Carroll, Steven V Case, Matthew H Rust: Interactive devices and methods. ViA, Dicke Billig & Czaja P A, September 4, 2001: US06285757 (243 worldwide citation)

A body-wearable interactive device with a retractable earbud and a microphone provides data, audio and voice communication with a wearable personal computing or other remote device. Full voice and display interface with a personal computer can be achieved with the use of a wireless link between the ...


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Britt K Norton, Tara N Sherman, Laura J Bauer: Packaged, partially hydrated prosthetic disc nucleus. Raymedica, Dicke Billig & Czaja P A, March 18, 2003: US06533817 (181 worldwide citation)

A packaged prosthetic disc nucleus including a prosthetic disc nucleus and a retainer. The prosthetic disc nucleus includes a hydrogel core formed to hydrate from a dehydrated state. Further, the prosthetic disc nucleus is configured to such that following implantation into a nucleus cavity, the hyd ...


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Richard H Comben: Method and apparatus for creating a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue. Medtronic, Dicke Billig & Czaja P A, November 13, 2001: US06315777 (122 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for creating a virtual electrode to ablate bodily tissue. The surgical apparatus includes an inner tube and an outer tube. The inner tube defines a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion forms an orifice for distributing a conductive solution from the inner ...


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Surender K Makhija: Electronic battery testing device and method for testing batteries. STAT Engineering Company L L C, Dicke Billig & Czaja P A, March 14, 2000: US06037778 (113 worldwide citation)

An electronic battery testing device and a method for testing batteries are provided. Device applies a small first fixed load and measures the voltage at the end of the first fixed load and then applies a medium second fixed load and measures the voltage at the end of the second fixed load. The devi ...