US 10,376,293 B2
Spinal stabilization installation instrumentation and methods
Hugh D Hestad, Edina, MN (US)
Assigned to Zimmer Spine, Inc., Edina, MN (US)
Filed by Zimmer Spine, Inc., Edina, MN (US)
Filed on Sep. 14, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/265,444.
Application 15/265,444 is a continuation of application No. 14/332,873, filed on Jul. 16, 2014, granted, now 9,468,475.
Application 14/332,873 is a continuation of application No. 13/872,446, filed on Apr. 29, 2013, granted, now 8,821,550.
Application 13/872,446 is a continuation of application No. 13/418,403, filed on Mar. 13, 2012, granted, now 8,465,493.
Application 13/418,403 is a continuation of application No. 12/334,031, filed on Dec. 12, 2008, granted, now 8,137,355.
Prior Publication US 2017/0000531 A1, Jan. 5, 2017
Int. Cl. A61B 17/70 (2006.01); A61B 17/064 (2006.01); A61B 17/068 (2006.01); A61B 17/10 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/7083 (2013.01) [A61B 17/0642 (2013.01); A61B 17/0682 (2013.01); A61B 17/701 (2013.01); A61B 17/7029 (2013.01); A61B 17/7031 (2013.01); A61B 17/7076 (2013.01); A61B 17/105 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0641 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0647 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vertebral stabilization installation tool comprising:
a handle;
an elongate shaft having a proximal end connected to the handle, the elongate shaft extending away from the handle along a longitudinal axis of the installation tool, the elongate shaft comprising:
a conduit that directs a stabilization member through the elongate shaft from the proximal end toward a distal end, wherein the stabilization member is a flexible elongate member adapted to extend between anchors affixing the stabilization member to adjacent vertebrae;
a ramp located at the distal end that receives the stabilizing member from the conduit and discharges the stabilizing member in a direction away from the longitudinal axis of the installation tool;
an anchoring mechanism connected to the distal end of the elongate shaft, the anchoring mechanism configured to discharge an anchor to secure the stabilizing member;
a driver actuatable to discharge the anchor from the installation tool and drive the anchor into a vertebra; and
a second conduit extending from the proximate end of the elongate shaft to the distal end, the second conduit configured to guide the driver and direct discharge of the anchor.