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Dennis Colleran, James Spitler, Jennifer Diederich: Extension for use with stabilization systems for internal structures. Innovative Spinal Technologies, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, September 15, 2009: US07588575 (135 worldwide citation)

An extension for use in a procedure to implant a stabilization system for bony structures such as vertebrae is described. The extension is formed by a tubular body with an engagement mechanism at one end to removably engage with a poly-axial head of a bone anchor assembly. A locking ring working wit ...


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Dennis Colleran, Jennifer Diederich: System and method for displacement of bony structures. Theken Spine, Middleton Reutlinger, Robert H Eichenberger, Chad D Bruggeman, August 17, 2010: US07776051 (20 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for displacing bony structures relative to each other using a single device is disclosed. Displacement includes distraction and compression. Bony structures are engaged with displacement arms. The user selects one of a plurality of manners in which to manipulate a user interface, ...


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Jennifer Diederich, Michael Hoey: Tissue evacuation device. Carr, February 8, 2007: US20070032785-A1

A tissue evacuation device may be designed to provide a high-energy fluid (e.g., a heated vapor) to targeted tissue for breaking down the targeted tissue, such as the nucleus of an intervertebral disc. An inner tube positioned within an outer tube, having a nozzle coupled to distal ends of the tubes ...


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Jennifer Diederich, Noelle Dye, Rob Brown: Rod length measuring instrument. Carr, July 26, 2007: US20070173745-A1

There is disclosed an apparatus and method for measuring the distance between the bone anchors inserted into vertebrae comprising two legs pivotally coupled to each other, the two legs are also coupled to a proportional magnifier which is coupled to a scale. The proportional magnifier allows the sca ...


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Corbett W Stone, Jennifer Diederich, Bryan D Knodel: Annular access devices. Carr, March 8, 2007: US20070055379-A1

An annular access device provides minimally invasive access to the interior of an intervertebral disc, a stable working platform for treatment, and closure of an annulotomy. A method of performing a surgical operation on an intervertebral disc provides for inserting an obturator into an annulotomy, ...


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Corbett W Stone, Jennifer Diederich, Bryan D Knodel: Annular access device using t-anchors. Innovative Spinal Technologies, Carr, March 29, 2007: US20070073342-A1

Suture locking devices and methods. In one embodiment, the device includes a suture lock, a rotatable actuator adjacent to the lock, and a release mechanism. The lock defines a pair of suture holes which receive sutures attached to tissue (e.g. a spinal disc) of the surgical site. When the actuator ...


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Jennifer Diederich, Dennis Colleran, Noelle Dye: System and method for displacement of bony structures. Carr, March 27, 2008: US20080077155-A1

Disclosed are various embodiments of a displacement device having at least a first arm, a second arm, and a connector. Various embodiments of the connector includes a lateral adjustment mechanism for adjusting the distance between the first arm and the second arm and an angular adjustment mechanism ...


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Dennis Colleran, Jennifer Diederich: System and method for displacement of bony structures. Innovative Spinal Technologies, Dallas Office Of Fulbright & Jaworski, November 3, 2005: US20050245928-A1

Systems and methods for displacing bony structures relative to each other using a single device is disclosed. Displacement includes distraction and compression. Bony structures are engaged with displacement arms. The user selects one of a plurality of manners in which to manipulate a user interface, ...


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Dennis Colleran, James Spitler, Jennifer Diederich: Extension for use with stabilization systems for internal structures. Innovative Spinal Technologies, Dallas Office Of Fulbright & Jaworski, May 18, 2006: US20060106380-A1

An extension for use in a procedure to implant a stabilization system for bony structures such as vertebrae is described. The extension is formed by a tubular body with an engagement mechanism at one end to removably engage with a poly-axial head of a bone anchor assembly. A locking ring working wit ...