US 10,376,385 B2
Decoupled spacer and plate and method of installing the same
Jason Gray, East Greenville, PA (US); Mark Fromhold, Phoenixville, PA (US); Brittany Hansen, Philadelphia, PA (US); Mark Miccio, Lynbrook, NY (US); Morgan Kunkle, Philadelphia, PA (US); Matthew Urban, Mont Clare, PA (US); Jason Zappacosta, Philadelphia, PA (US); Noah Hansell, King of Prussia, PA (US); and Mark Adams, Downingtown, PA (US)
Assigned to GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Audubon, PA (US)
Filed by GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Audubon, PA (US)
Filed on Apr. 5, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/479,438.
Prior Publication US 2018/0289495 A1, Oct. 11, 2018
Int. Cl. A61F 2/44 (2006.01); A61F 2/46 (2006.01); A61B 17/70 (2006.01); A61B 17/80 (2006.01)
CPC A61F 2/4611 (2013.01) [A61B 17/7059 (2013.01); A61B 17/8042 (2013.01); A61F 2/4455 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
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1. A surgical method comprising:
(a) attaching a plate to an insertion tool, the insertion tool comprising a first distal finger and a second distal finger, wherein the first distal finger is threaded;
(b) attaching an intervertebral spacer to the insertion tool, wherein the spacer has a U-shaped body with a first lateral portion and a second lateral portion, wherein the first lateral portion includes a tubular protrusion that defines an internally threaded passage, and the first distal finger is threadedly connected to the internally threaded passage of the tubular protrusion;
(c) delivering the plate and the intervertebral spacer to a surgical site in a patient via the insertion tool;
(d) inserting the intervertebral spacer within a disc space;
(e) attaching the plate to one or more vertebral bodies adjacent the disc space; and
(f) removing the insertion tool such that the intervertebral spacer and the plate are decoupled from each other at the surgical site.