Patent Number: 8,870,958

Title: Spacer device and insertion instrument for use in anterior cervical fixation surgery

Abstract: An intervertebral spacer has curvate upper and lower rough surfaces that stimulate bone growth and is formed from a porous material that facilitates bone growth thereinto. The spacer has a plurality of smooth linear grooves to facilitate insertion of the spacer into an intervertebral space using a spacer insertion tool that has a scissor-style body. Each of the insertion tool's arm's heads has an inner surface having a pair of smoothed linear protrusions that fit within the linear grooves of the spacer when the heads are closed about the spacer. When the spacer is held, spaces are present between the spacer's rough surfaces and the heads' inner surfaces so that when the protrusions are longitudinally slid from the grooves to leave the spacer in the intervertebral spacer, the rough surfaces are not disturbed.

Inventors: Ralph; James D. (Seaside Park, NJ), Troxell; Thomas N. (Pottstown, PA)

Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.

International Classification: A61F 2/44 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-28 0:00:00