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Stephen D Kuslich: Expandable spinal implant and surgical method. Spine Tech, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, October 22, 1991: US05059193 (842 worldwide citation)

An expandable spinal implant is disclosed. The implant includes a plurality of ribs which are deformable between first and second states. In the first state, the ribs present a generally cylindrical implant. In the expanded second state, the ribs are arced outwardly to define a generally spherical i ...


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Stephen D Kuslich: Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment. Vidas Arrett & Steinkraus, August 27, 1996: US05549679 (783 worldwide citation)

A method for stabilizing a spinal motion segment by boring and excising an opening in a disc nucleus, inserting a fabric bag having a pore size between about 0.25 and 5.0 mm, packing the bag with a graft medium until the bag is a rigid self-retaining shape, then closing the bag. The nucleus is excis ...


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Stephen D Kuslich: Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment. Vidas Arrett & Steinkraus, November 5, 1996: US05571189 (756 worldwide citation)

An expandable, porous fabric implant for insertion into the interior of a reamed out disc which is packed with material to stabilize the spinal segment. The fabric pores allows for tissue ingrowth through the implant.


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Stephen D Kuslich, Douglas W Kohrs: Spinal stabilization surgical method. Spine Tech, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, February 6, 1996: US05489307 (615 worldwide citation)

Spinal fusion implants are inserted into a disc space of disc material separating first and second vertebrae by forming bores between the vertebrae. A distraction spacer is temporarily put in place on one side of the vertebrae while a bore is being formed on an opposite side of the vertebrae.


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Stephen D Kuslich: Spinal stabilization method. Spine Tech, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, May 14, 1991: US05015255 (561 worldwide citation)

A spinal stabilization method is disclosed for fusing contiguous vertebra in an animal spine. The method includes the steps of forming an access opening into at least a layer of tissue disposed between contiguous vertebra to be fused. Additional portions of the tissue layer as well as material of th ...


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Stephen D Kuslich, James D Corin, George W Bagby: Spinal implant. Spine Tech, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, February 6, 1996: US05489308 (519 worldwide citation)

An implant is disclosed for use in spinal stabilization. In one preferred embodiment, the implant is described as including a hollow, cylindrical body having external threading and a plurality of openings formed radially through the body in communication with the body interior. The holes are positio ...


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Stephen D Kuslich, James D Corin, George W Bagby: Non-threaded spinal implant. Spine Tech, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, October 17, 1995: US05458638 (510 worldwide citation)

An implant is disclosed for use in spinal stabilization. In one preferred embodiment, the implant is a body having side walls extending between upper and lower walls with openings on the upper and lower walls. The side walls are solid and oppose disk material.


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Stephen D Kuslich, James D Corin: Intervertebral reamer construction. Spine Tech, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, August 29, 1995: US05445639 (454 worldwide citation)

A surgical tool for use in spinal stabilization for fusing contiguous vertebra in an animal spine. The tool includes a distal end having external dimensions sized for the distal end to be inserted within the animal body and located against a tissue layer between contiguous vertebra. Cutting blades a ...


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Stephen D Kuslich, James D Corin: Method of making an intervertebral reamer. Spine Tech, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, November 5, 1991: US05062845 (365 worldwide citation)

A surgical tool is disclosed for use in spinal stabilization for fusing contiguous vertebra in an animal spine. The tool includes a distal end having external dimensions sized for the distal end to be inserted within the animal body and located against a tissue layer between contiguous vertebra. Cut ...


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Stephen D Kuslich: Spinal fixation device. Vidas Arrett & Steinkraus, January 7, 1997: US05591235 (317 worldwide citation)

An spinal fixation device for stabilizing vertebrae. A hollow screw is inserted into a hole saw recess in each adjoining vertebrae. A channel is cut into the vertebrae into which a joining rod is inserted such that no part of the device protrudes above the bone. A locking cap is used to secure the r ...