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Bryan D Hildebrand, Patrick Miles, Scot Martinelli, Jared Arambula, Matthew Curran, Eric Kovach, Troy Woolley, Jeff Castleberry: System and methods for cervical spinal fusion. Nuvasive, Jonathan Spangler, August 2, 2005: US06923814 (144 worldwide citation)

A system for performing spinal fusion between adjacent cervical vertebrae, including an implant and an introducer system, and related methods.


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Matthew Curran, Eric Kovach, Dan Ahlgren, Bryan Hildebrand: Spinal implant inserter, implant, and method. NuVasive, Johnathan Spangler, August 17, 2010: US07776049 (45 worldwide citation)

An improved implant inserter and implant where the inserter includes a set of prongs for gripping the implant and the implant includes a plurality of recesses for mating with the set of prongs.


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Chester Sutterlin, Jason Blain, Matthew Curran, Troy Woolley, Eric Kovach: Systems and methods for removing body tissue. NuVasive, Jonathan Spangler, May 25, 2010: US07722613 (42 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods for removing body tissue involving the use of a brush member (12) having a plurality of bristle members defining a capacity for carrying body tissue. The brush member (12) is capable of being manipulated within said body to thereby receive body tissue within said brush member (12 ...


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Jason Blain, Eric Kovach: Surgical tissue retractor. Spinal Elements, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, March 27, 2012: US08142355 (34 worldwide citation)

A retractor for use in surgical operations comprises a pair of blade assemblies which are adapted to open about a set of axes that are not parallel to a third spatial axis. The retractor further comprises a pair of arms, which are adapted to move the pair of blade assemblies apart from one another i ...


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Jason Blain, Eric Kovach: Vertebral facet joint drill and method of use. Spinal Elements, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, March 31, 2015: US08992533 (26 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods for creating lumens in the articular process of the vertebra are provided. An embodiment of the invention can be a tool that can cut a curved lumen through the articular process. The tool can have a lumen-forming arm with a rotating drill contained within that can be powered by a ...


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Jason Blain, Bryan Hildebrand, Eric Kovach: Flanged interbody fusion device. Spinal Elements, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, December 29, 2015: US09220547 (12 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices are disclosed for treating the vertebral column. An implant for treating the spine is provided comprising at least two articulations between the spacer and the bone facing surface of the fixation plate. Another implant for treating the spine is also provided, comprising two or mo ...


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Jason Blain, Eric Kovach: Vertebral facet joint drill and method of use. Spinal Elements, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, December 13, 2016: US09517077 (10 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods for creating lumens in the articular process of the vertebra are provided. An embodiment of the invention can be a tool that can cut a curved lumen through the articular process. The tool can have a lumen-forming arm with a rotating drill contained within that can be powered by a ...


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Jason Blain, Eric Kovach: Method of using a surgical tissue retractor. Spinal Elements, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, April 2, 2013: US08409091 (4 worldwide citation)

A method of performing an operation, e.g. a spinal operation, on a patient using a retractor comprising a pair of blade assemblies which are adapted to open about a set of axes that are not parallel to a third spatial axis, and further comprising a pair of arms, which are adapted to move the pair of ...


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Jason Blain, Eric Kovach: Method of using a surgical tissue retractor. Spinal Elements, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, June 3, 2014: US08740786 (4 worldwide citation)

A method of performing an operation, e.g. a spinal operation, on a patient using a retractor comprising a pair of blade assemblies which are adapted to open about a set of axes that are not parallel to a third spatial axis, and further comprising a pair of arms, which are adapted to move the pair of ...


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Jason Blain, Eric Kovach, Matt Lake: Rod reducer instrument for spinal surgery. Spinal Elements, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, October 21, 2014: US08864767 (2 worldwide citation)

A rod reducer instrument is configured to be secured to a fixation element and to force a rod into engagement with the fixation element. The rod reducer instrument can have a pliers to secure the rod reducer to the fixation element and a threaded shaft with a handle and a pusher member. The pliers c ...