Patent Number: 6,966,931

Title: Artificial intervertebral disc with reliable maneuverability

Abstract: An artificial intervertebral disc includes an upper retaining member secured to an upper vertebra; a lower retaining member secured to a lower vertebra adjacent to the upper vertebra; and a nucleus member rotatably coupled between the upper and the lower retaining members, with the nucleus member having at least a cushioning filler selected from: gel, foam, elastomers, and shock-absorbing materials filled, formed or pre-formed in the nucleus member for making an artificial intervertebral disc as universally oriented, stably supported, reliably manipulated and minimally invasive.

Inventors: Huang; Shih-Shing (Taipei, TW)

Assignee: Shi; Tain-Yew

International Classification: A61F 2/44 (20060101); A61F 2/00 (20060101); A61F 2/30 (20060101); A61F 2/02 (20060101); A61F 002/44 ()

Expiration Date: 1/22/02018