Expandable intervertebral implant with wedged expansion member

CAFC
  • US 8,123,810 B2
  • Filed: 05/20/2005
  • Issued: 02/28/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/05/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An intervertebral implant for a human spine, comprising:

  • an upper body comprising an inferior surface and a superior surface, wherein the superior surface of the upper body is configured to engage a first vertebra of the human spine;

    a lower body comprising a superior surface and an inferior surface, wherein the inferior surface of the lower body is configured to engage a second vertebra of the human spine;

    an insert comprising a superior surface and an inferior surface, wherein the insert is configured to be positioned between the superior surface of the lower body and the inferior surface of the upper body before insertion of the intervertebral implant between the first vertebra and the second vertebra of the human spine, and wherein the insert comprises an angled portion;

    an expansion member comprising a first angled portion and a second angled portion, wherein the expansion member is configured such that the first angled portion engages the angled portion of the insert to increase a separation distance between the upper body and the lower body after insertion of the intervertebral implant between the first vertebra and the second vertebra; and

    an advancing element configured to engage the second angled portion of the expansion member such that the expansion member advances toward the insert in a direction oblique to the direction of advancement of the advancing element.

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