Patent Number: 7,708,761

Title: Spinal plug for a minimally invasive facet joint fusion system

Abstract: A frustum shaped body has an aperture in a top surface and a pair of first and second opposed apertures in a side surface, first and second horizontal internal channels connect both the first and second opposed apertures. A vertical channel from the top aperture connects with the first and second channels. After the body is inserted into a hole in a facet joint, compatible synthetic or biologic material is inserted into the vertical channel until the material exits from the first and second apertures in the side surface. At least one pair of flanges on a portion of an exterior side surface of the body acts as a detent to hold the body in place within the facet joint hole.

Inventors: Petersen; David A. (Clearwater, FL)

Assignee: minSURG International, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/70 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018