Transverse link for use with a spinal implant system

  • US 5,624,442 A
  • Filed: 10/05/1995
  • Issued: 04/29/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/26/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A linking spinal fixation system comprising a member and a first set and a second set of spinal implants, each set including at least two vertebral anchor members and an elongate stabilizer having a longitudinal central axis, the linking member comprising:

  • a link having a first end and a second end;

    a first clamping member having means to secure said link at the first end to the stabilizer of the first set, said securing means comprising a stabilizer retaining recess and biasing means having a longitudinal central axis which bias the stabilizer into the recess, said longitudinal central axis of said biasing means being offset from said longitudinal central axis of said stabilizer when said stabilizer is retained within said recess, whereby said biasing means urges said stabilizer laterally with respect to the longitudinal central axis of the biasing means; and

    said link having a stabilizer holding means at its second end to secure the stabilizer of the second implant set to said link such that the stabilizer of said first spinal implant set is linked to the stabilizer of the second implant set.

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