Illinois Patent of the Month – February 2024

Life Spine, Inc., a pioneering force in medical innovation, has been granted a patent for their expandable implant design which aims to reshape the landscape of spinal surgery. This cutting-edge device combines precision engineering with advanced materials to address a myriad of spine-related issues, from age-related complications to congenital conditions.

At the heart of this implant is an upper support featuring an upper plate designed to receive a first anchoring member. Paired with a lower support coupled in a non-hinged fashion, the implant boasts a control member with a head and shaft, orchestrating seamless movement between the upper and lower supports. The intricately designed front and rear portions, each equipped with wedge surfaces, ensure controlled and precise adjustments.

What sets this implant apart is its expandable nature, allowing for dynamic and tailored solutions. By manipulating the control member, the front portion moves relative to the rear portion, resulting in the upper support adjusting relative to the lower support. The implant’s expandability is a game-changer, providing surgeons with a versatile tool to address the unique anatomical requirements of each patient.

Life Spine’s implant is not only a technological marvel but also addresses the challenges associated with spinal fusion. The device can be inserted anteriorly, posteriorly, laterally, or posterolaterally, making it adaptable to various surgical approaches. This adaptability is crucial in achieving a solid bone fusion between adjacent vertebrae, eliminating movement and promoting long-term spinal health.

The implant’s design incorporates multiple anchoring members, offering stability and support throughout the fusion process. Additionally, the upper plate’s ability to receive anchoring members at an angled trajectory enhances its functionality and aligns with modern surgical practices.

Life Spine’s portfolio of micro-invasive spin devices is driven by the needs of the industry – both from a patient’s and a surgeon’s perspective. Each design focuses on improving procedural efficiency and patient outcomes with uncompromising quality standards,

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