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Novel Intervertebral Disc Replacement System

The current invention is a unique system for spinal disc replacement that utilizes a novel instrumentation system and method for implanting complete intervertebral disc allografts at any disc space in humans or companion animals. 

This system utilizes size-matched instrumentation for recipient (patient) bone and the donor tissue. This technology is designed to create a precise press fit in the patient’s spine while protecting the surrounding soft tissues, such as blood vessels, nerve roots, and the spinal cord. With its design, this technology could improve the safety and success rate of disc replacement surgeries over currently available options.

Back and neck pain are two of the most commonly encountered health complaints in medical practice. Lifestyle changes, aging population and obesity are amongst the primary reasons for rising incidences of various degenerative disorders of the spine. Spinal fusion is the most commonly chosen surgical procedure for treatment of degenerative disc disease. However, advancements in artificial disc replacement surgeries are creating a shift from fusion to disc replacements. Disc replacements enable better rotational and translational movements, higher patient function, lower risk for adjacent disc disease, and improved quality of life.

POTENTIAL AREAS OF APPLICATIONS:
Intervertebral disc replacement in humans or animals

MAIN ADVANTAGES OF INVENTION:
  • Surgical technique and instrumentation allow for improved efficacy and safety for disc replacement surgery
  • Precise geometric fit of donor disc allograft to patient recipient site
  • Can be adapted for both human and companion animal use

Additional Details

Owner

University of Missouri - Columbia

Intellectual Property Protection

Pending Patent



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