Patent Number: 6,569,166

Title: Method for expanding the thorax

Abstract: A device and method treats pulmonary disease of a patient by expanding the thorax of the patient. Following surgical sternotomy, a separator is implanted in the thorax between the facing sternum surfaces resulting from the surgical sternotomy. The separator has a longitudinal dimension with opposing sidewalls extending along the longitudinal dimension and a width dimension. The facing surfaces of the sternum are engaged with the opposing sidewalls of the separator. Thereafter, the sternum is fixed to the separator for maintaining the sternum in engagement with the opposing sidewalls of the separator and thus maintaining the expanding condition of the thorax.

Inventors: Gonzalez; Hugo X. (Woodinville, WA)

Assignee: Spiration, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/68 (20060101); A61B 17/80 (20060101); A61B 17/84 (20060101); A61B 017/64 ()

Expiration Date: 05/27/2020