Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs

  • US 6,261,311 B1
  • Filed: 07/30/1999
  • Issued: 07/17/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/13/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for delivering a controlled amount of energy adjacent an inner wall of an intervertebral disc comprising:

  • introducing an intervertebral disc apparatus within an intervertebral disc such that a functional element incorporated into the apparatus adjacent a distal end of apparatus is positioned adjacent a wall of the intervertebral disc; and

    delivering energy from the functional element to the wall of the invertebral disc such that no vaporization of intervertebral disc tissue occurs when energy is delivered.

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