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Laurence M McKinley: System and method for spinal fusion. Aeolin, Kauth Pomeroy Peck & Bailey, September 21, 2010: US07799081 (199 worldwide citation)

The current invention is directed to a system and method for fusing two adjacent vertebrae. In one embodiment, the vertebrae are fused by inserting a self-broaching interbody apparatus into a disc space without the need for separately drilling and broaching. The self-broaching interbody apparatus ma ...


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Theodore G Obenchain, Laurence M McKinley: Four-blade surgical speculum. Christie Parker & Hale, March 22, 2005: US06869398 (154 worldwide citation)

A speculum system with four blades is provided. The blades project in approximately the same direction, and each blade is connected to a handle linearly or at an angle. The handles are coupled together. In one embodiment, the distance between the blades is changeable so that a field of view defined ...


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Laurence M McKinley: Low profile vertebral alignment and fixation assembly. Christie Parker & Hale, January 3, 2006: US06981973 (128 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for aligning and fixing vertebral bodies is provided. The low profile vertebral alignment/fixation assembly of the current invention comprises a hemispherical headed pedicle screw disposed within a slotted coupling unit designed to allow angular adjustment of the pedicle screw ...


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Laurence M McKinley: System, method and apparatus for locating, measuring and evaluating the enlargement of a foramen. Christie Parker & Hale, February 6, 2007: US07172562 (96 worldwide citation)

A system, apparatus, and method for locating, measuring and evaluating the enlargement of a foramen are provided. An instrument has a handle, an angled region, and a tip to be inserted into the foramen. An instrument can be pressed onto the foramen to determine its location and whether the empty spa ...


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Laurence M McKinley: Method for locating, measuring, and evaluating the enlargement of a foramen. Christie Parker & Hale, January 23, 2007: US07166081 (49 worldwide citation)

A method for locating, measuring and evaluating the enlargement of a foramen are provided. An instrument has a handle, an angled region, and a tip to be inserted into the foramen. An instrument can be pressed onto the foramen to determine its location and whether the empty space within the foramen i ...


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Laurence M McKinley: Nerve root retractor and sucker. Aeolin, Christie Parker & Hale, June 5, 2007: US07226413 (34 worldwide citation)

An ergonomically and functionally improved combination nerve root retractor and sucker device, system, and methods of using such a nerve root retractor and sucker are provided. The nerve root retractor and sucker of the current invention having an adjustable geometry nerve root retractor/sucker shaf ...


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Theodore G Obenchain, Laurence M McKinley: Method and apparatus for stabilization of facet joint. Aeolin, Kauth Pomeroy Peck & Bailey, July 6, 2010: US07749251 (9 worldwide citation)

A method, system and apparatus for stabilizing a facet joint are provided herein. The surgical method includes angling a screw from a ventral and a lateral side of the spine toward a dorsal and medial side of the spine, and screwing the screw through a superior facet of an inferior vertebra and into ...


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Laurence M McKinley: System and method for spinal fusion. Aeolin, KPPB, October 22, 2013: US08562683 (7 worldwide citation)

The current invention is directed to a system and method for fusing two adjacent vertebrae. In one embodiment, the vertebrae are fused by inserting a self-broaching interbody apparatus into a disc space without the need for separately drilling and broaching. The self-broaching interbody apparatus ma ...


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Laurence M McKinley: Surgical rongeur. Aeolin, Kauth Pomeroy Peck & Bailey, November 10, 2009: US07615053 (3 worldwide citation)

A surgical rongeur for cutting bone or tissue is provided. The rongeur has an elongated track member, and a generally hollow cutting slide defining an inner cavity slidably received within the track member. The distal end of the cutting slide terminates in a sharp cutting edge and an opening. The di ...


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Laurence M McKinley: Osseointegration and biointegration coatings for bone screw implants. AEOLIN, KPPB, August 4, 2015: US09095391

Novel orthopaedic bone screws/spinal pedicle screws and implants that include coatings to help promote a structurally stable interface between the implant and the patient's bone/tissue, and methods of coating such screws and implants are provided. The implants and methodologies described involve at ...