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H Gene Hawkins, David R Sarver: Method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus. Biomet, Harness Dickey & Pierce, May 14, 2002: US06387113 (585 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus during an arthroscopic surgical procedure includes a surgical staple and a pneumatic powered implant device. The surgical staple includes a pair of legs and a connection member retaining the pair of legs in a substantial parallel alignment. The pn ...


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Matthew E Hermes: Hollow body implants. United States Surgical Corporation, February 1, 1994: US05282829 (557 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a surgical incision or wound closure implant device possessing an interior hollow core region while maintaining the mechanical beam characteristics of the overall structure. In the case of cored biodegradable implant devices the thickness of the cored region can be var ...


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Paul M Meadows, Carla M Mann: Parameter context switching for an implanted device. Advanced Bionics Corporation, Bryant R Cold, April 30, 2002: US06381496 (500 worldwide citation)

An implant device provides context switching, meaning the ability to change one set of operational parameters for another. The implant device is controlled by a set of operational parameters. The patient may swap the current set of operational parameters with another set of operational parameters. F ...


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Don Berry: Load bearing spinal joint implant. Curtis L Harrington, April 20, 1999: US05895428 (463 worldwide citation)

An implant is provided which has an upper member which pivots and is locked to a lower member and engages adjacent vertebrae and have surfaces which are ceramic and will allow bone growth into such surfaces and thus bonding with the adjacent vertebra. The opposing and bearing surfaces of the upper a ...


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Jeffrey A Freedland: Bone-fixating surgical implant device. Kirschstein Kirschstein Ottinger & Cobrin, October 18, 1983: US04409974 (463 worldwide citation)

A surgical implant for the fixation of bone portions and methods for using the same to reduce bone fractures with or without the use of bone fixating plates and in a variety of surgical procedures where rigid fixation of bones or bone portions even under great stress is required. The implant has a g ...


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Joseph H Schulman, Robert Dan Dell, Alfred E Mann, Michael A Faltys: Implantable device with improved battery recharging and powering configuration. Advanced Bionics Corporation, Alfred E Mann Foundation for Scientific Research, Bryant R Gold, May 23, 2000: US06067474 (456 worldwide citation)

An implantable system, such as a neural stimulator or a cochlear implant system, includes a rechargeable battery configuration having improved recharging and lifetime characteristics. The battery is housed within the implant's case and has first and second electrode plates. Each electrode plate has ...


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Scott R Gibson, Rajiv Shah, Edward Chernoff, Charles Byers: Electronic lead for a medical implant device, method of making same, and method and apparatus for inserting same. Medtronic Minimed, Foley & Lardner, December 30, 2003: US06671554 (399 worldwide citation)

An implantable coaxial lead includes a cable with male and female connectors. The cable includes inner and outer helical coils separated by an inner insulator tube, with an outer insulator tube surrounding the outer helical coil. The male connector includes an outer conductive cylinder, a conductive ...


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Carla M Mann, Paul M Meadows: Implantable device programmer. Advanced Bionics Corporation, Bryant R Gold, Philip H Lee, September 16, 2003: US06622048 (369 worldwide citation)

A patient and/or a clinician may program an implant device, e.g., an implanted spinal cord stimulator (SCS), through the use of a programming computer, or clinician programmer, linked with the implant device so that the paresthesia resulting from an applied electrical stimulus pattern is adjusted or ...


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Dosuk D Lee, Atul Nagras, Pramod Chakravarthy, Anthony M Majahad: Surface modification of medical implants. Etex Corporation, Mary Rose Scozzafava, Clark & Elbing, March 7, 2000: US06033582 (333 worldwide citation)

An irregularly etched medical implant device is provided having random non-uniform relief patterns on the surface ranging from about 0.3 .mu.m to less than about 20 .mu.m in depth. The random, irregular surface as defined by the etch micromorphology and respective dimensional properties are obtained ...


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Andy H Levine, John Cvinar, Dave Melanson, John Meade: Bariatric sleeve. GI Dynamics, Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds P C, April 11, 2006: US07025791 (327 worldwide citation)

Method and apparatus for limiting absorption of food products in specific parts of the digestive system is presented. A gastrointestinal implant device is anchored in the stomach and extends beyond the ligament of Treitz. All food exiting the stomach is funneled through the device. The gastrointesti ...