Expandable fusion device and method of installation thereof

  • US 10,137,001 B2
  • Filed: 08/22/2014
  • Issued: 11/27/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/03/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical method comprising:

  • creating an access path to an intervertebral disc space;

    inserting an expandable implant into the disc space, wherein the expandable implant comprises;

    a first endplate having a pair of first tongues;

    a second endplate opposed to the first endplate, the second endplate having a pair of second tongues;

    a central ramp positioned between the first endplate and the second endplate, wherein the central ramp comprises a first end and a second end, wherein the second end includes a first ramped portion configured to engage a portion of the first endplate and a second ramped portion configured to engage a portion of the second endplate, and a third ramped portion configured to engage a portion of the first endplate and a fourth ramped portion configured to engage a portion of the second endplate positioned between the first and second ends, wherein the central ramp has a longitudinal bore, and wherein the first ramped portion has a pair of first grooves, each of the first grooves sized to receive one of the first tongues, and wherein the second ramped portion has a pair of second grooves, each of the second grooves sized to receive one of the second tongues;

    a driving ramp positioned between the first endplate and the second endplate, wherein the driving ramp comprises a first end and a second end, wherein the second end includes a first angled portion configured to engage a portion of the first endplate and a second angled portion configured to engage a portion of the second endplate, wherein the driving ramp has a non-threaded longitudinal through bore extending from the first end to the second end of the driving ramp, the longitudinal bore of the of the central ramp and the non-threaded longitudinal through bore of the driving ramp are coaxially aligned;

    an actuator insertable through the driving ramp, wherein a portion of the actuator extends through the non-threaded longitudinal through bore of the driving ramp and the longitudinal bore of the central ramp, the actuator is disposed and remains within the non-threaded longitudinal bore, and the actuator is movable with respect to the central ramp and the driving ramp, and wherein the actuator is configured to translate the driving ramp such that the second end of the driving ramp is moved closer to the second end of the central ramp to thereby cause expansion of the first endplate and the second endplate;

    wherein the first tongues and the second tongues are configured to move within corresponding first grooves and second grooves to expand and compress the expandable implant;

    wherein the third ramped portion and the fourth ramped portions extend outwardly from a rod receiving extension of the central ramp; and

    introducing bone graft material adjacent the expandable implant.

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