Illinois Patent of the Month – June 2021

Age, disease, and trauma can all lead to spine issues. Some issues can be solved or alleviated without surgery while others require surgery. Intervertebral spine implants can be used to help with decompression and stabilization. These implants help maintain disc height between vertebrae and reduce chance of nerve compression. Life Spine Inc. has designed a height adjustable implant. 

Many implants are static in height and position. Their implant is made of trapezoid shaped components with the shorter sides facing each other. A screw is inserted through the center of this device, where the two short sides of the trapezoids meet. Rotation of the screw in one direction pulls the two trapezoids together, compressing the implant horizontally and increasing the height. The reverse rotation direction expands the implant to reduce height. They have designed the system to allow for in situ expansion, creating a better fit for the patient. The device can be controlled with continuous expansion and compression and can lock when needed.

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