Patent Number: 7,708,780

Title: Instrumentation and methods for use in implanting a cervical disc replacement device

Abstract: Instrumentation for implanting a cervical disc replacement device includes cervical disc replacement trials for determining the appropriate size of replacement device to be implanted, an insertion plate for maintaining the elements of the replacement device in fixed relation to one another for simultaneous manipulation, an insertion handle for attachment to the insertion plate for manipulation of the elements, an insertion pusher for releasing the insertion handle from the insertion plate, a drill guide that cooperates with the insertion plate to guide the drilling of tap holes for bone screws to be placed through bone screw holes in the flanges of the replacement device, clips that are applied to the flanges after placement of the bone screws to resist screw backout, and a clip applicator for applying the clips to the flanges.

Inventors: Zubok; Rafail (Midland Park, NJ), Dudasik; Michael W. (Nutley, NJ), Errico; Joseph P. (Green Brook, NJ)

Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.

International Classification: A61F 2/44 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018