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United States Patent Application 20170202678
Kind Code A1
Duffield; William ;   et al. July 20, 2017

INTERVERTEBRAL FUSION IMPLANT

Abstract

The present invention provides an intervertebral implant for implantation in a treated area of an intervertebral space between vertebral bodies of a spine. The implant includes a spacer portion having an inferior and superior surface, wherein the inferior and superior surfaces each have a contact area capable of engaging with anatomy in the treated area, and the inferior and superior surfaces define a through-hole extending through the spacer body. The present invention further provides screw holes extending from a side portion to the inferior and superior surfaces of the spacer portion and a plate portion rigidly coupled to the spacer portion through a coupling means, wherein the plate portion contains screws holes for receiving screws. A screw back out prevention mechanism adapted on the plate portion and prevents the back out of screws from the screw holes.


Inventors: Duffield; William; (Collegeville, PA) ; McLaughlin; Colm; (Glenside, PA) ; Gray; Jason; (East Greenville, PA) ; Calverley; Jamie; (Drexel Hill, PA) ; Adams; Mark; (Downingtown, PA) ; Rhoda; William S.; (Media, PA)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.

AUDUBON

PA

US
Family ID: 1000002576943
Appl. No.: 15/474319
Filed: March 30, 2017


Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent Number
14526936Oct 29, 2014
15474319
13363539Feb 1, 20129358127
14526936
12202690Sep 2, 20088328872
13363539

Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: A61F 2/4465 20130101; A61F 2/447 20130101; A61F 2/30771 20130101; A61F 2002/4475 20130101; A61F 2002/3008 20130101; A61F 2002/30436 20130101; A61F 2002/30843 20130101; A61F 2002/30787 20130101; A61F 2002/30492 20130101; A61F 2002/30794 20130101; A61F 2002/30062 20130101; A61F 2002/30517 20130101; A61F 2002/30904 20130101
International Class: A61F 2/44 20060101 A61F002/44; A61F 2/30 20060101 A61F002/30

Claims



1. An intervertebral implant for implantation in an intervertebral space between adjacent vertebrae, wherein said implant comprises: a spacer having an inferior surface and a superior surface, wherein the inferior surface and the superior surfaces each have a contact area capable of engaging with the adjacent vertebrae; a plate coupled to the spacer, the plate having an anterior surface, an upper surface, a lower surface and at least one hole for receiving a screw; a locking mechanism disposed on the plate for preventing the back out of at least one screw from the at least one hole, wherein the spacer includes a plurality of protrusions on the superior and inferior surfaces for engaging the adjacent vertebrae, wherein the upper surface of the plate further comprises a first extension, the first extension being generally flush with the anterior surface of the plate and the lower surface of the plate comprises a second extension, the second extension being generally flush with the anterior surface of the plate, wherein a posterior surface of the first extension is parallel to an anterior surface of the first extension, and wherein the first and second extension do not include an opening for receiving a screw.

2. The implant of claim 1, wherein the inferior surface and the superior surface define a through hole, the through hole extending through the spacer.

3. The implant of claim 1, wherein the plate is made from a biocompatible metal.

4. The implant of claim 1, wherein the spacer is made from a biocompatible plastic.

5. The intervertebral implant of claim 1, wherein the implant is bisected by a horizontal plane and the first and second bone screws are inserted at divergent angles to a horizontal plane.

6. The intervertebral implant of claim 1, wherein the implant is bisected by a vertical plane and the first and second bone screws are inserted at convergent angles to a vertical plane.

7. An intervertebral implant for implantation in an intervertebral space between adjacent vertebrae, wherein said implant comprises: a spacer having an inferior surface and a superior surface, wherein the inferior surface and the superior surfaces each have a contact area capable of engaging with the adjacent vertebrae; a plate coupled to the spacer, the plate having an anterior surface, an upper surface, a lower surface and at least one hole for receiving a screw; a locking mechanism disposed on the plate for preventing the back out of at least one screw from the at least one hole, wherein the spacer includes a plurality of protrusions on the superior and inferior surfaces for engaging the adjacent vertebrae, wherein the upper surface of the plate further comprises a first extension, the first extension being generally flush with the anterior surface of the plate and the lower surface of the plate comprises a second extension, the second extension being generally flush with the anterior surface of the plate, wherein a posterior surface of the first extension is parallel to an anterior surface of the first extension, and wherein the spacer includes at least one recess that is generally aligned with the at least one hole of the plate.

8. The implant of claim 7, wherein the inferior surface and the superior surface define a through hole, the through hole extending through the spacer.

9. The implant of claim 7, wherein the plate is made from a biocompatible metal.

10. The implant of claim 7, wherein the spacer is made from a biocompatible plastic.

11. The intervertebral implant of claim 7, wherein the implant is bisected by a horizontal plane and the first and second bone screws are inserted at divergent angles to a horizontal plane.

12. The intervertebral implant of claim 7, wherein the implant is bisected by a vertical plane and the first and second bone screws are inserted at convergent angles to a vertical plane.

13. An intervertebral implant for implantation between adjacent vertebrae in a spine, the implant comprising: a spacer having a superior surface and an inferior surface, a first lateral side surface and a second lateral side surface, the superior surface having a contact area capable of contacting an adjacent upper vertebra and the inferior surface having a contact area capable of contacting an adjacent lower vertebra; a plate coupled to the spacer, the plate having a superior surface and an inferior surface, a first lateral side surface and a second lateral side surface, and an anterior surface, wherein the plate has a first screw hole and a second screw hole, the first and second screw holes extend from the anterior surface for receiving a first bone screw and a second bone screw, wherein the superior surface of the plate has a first extension and the inferior surface of the plate has a second extension, the first and second extensions are configured and dimensioned to engage the adjacent vertebrae for providing torsional stability, wherein a posterior surface of the first extension is parallel to an anterior surface of the first extension, wherein the plate includes no further screw holes beyond the first screw hole and second screw hole for receiving the first and second bone screws, wherein the spacer includes at least one recess that is generally aligned with the at least one hole of the plate.

14. The intervertebral implant of claim 13, wherein the implant is bisected by a horizontal plane and the first and second bone screws are inserted at divergent angles to a horizontal plane.

15. The intervertebral implant of claim 13, wherein the implant is bisected by a vertical plane and the first and second bone screws are inserted at convergent angles to a vertical plane.

16. The implant of claim 13, wherein the spacer includes a plurality of protrusions on the superior and inferior surfaces for engaging the adjacent vertebrae.

17. The implant of claim 13, the plate further comprising a screw blocking mechanism on the plate, the screw blocking mechanism capable of preventing at least one of the first and second screws from disengaging from the first or second screw holes in the plate.

18. The implant of claim 13, wherein the first and second extensions are spaced from the first and second screw holes on the plate.

19. The implant of claim 13, wherein the first and second screw holes on the plate are located between the adjacent upper and lower vertebrae.
Description



CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] The present application is a continuation application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 14/526,936, filed Oct. 29, 2014, which is a continuation application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/363,539, filed on Feb. 1, 2012, now issued as U.S. Pat. No. 9,358,127, which is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/202,690 filed on Sep. 2, 2008, now issued as U.S. Pat. No. 8,328,872, which are each incorporated by reference in their entirety herein.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present disclosure generally relates to a fixation device for positioning and immobilizing at least two adjacent vertebra. In particular, the present invention relates to a stand alone interbody fusion device for implementation in the spine.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] The vertebral spine is the axis of the skeleton on which all of the body parts "hang". In humans, the normal spine has seven cervical, twelve thoracic and five lumbar segments. The lumbar spine sits upon the sacrum, which then attaches to the pelvis, and in turn is supported by the hip and leg bones. The bony vertebral bodies of the spine are separated by intervertebral discs, which act as joints but allow known degrees of flexion, extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation and translation.

[0004] The typical vertebra has a thick anterior bone mass called the vertebral body, with a neural (vertebral) arch that arises from the posterior surface of the vertebral body. The central of adjacent vertebrae are supported by intervertebral discs. The spinal disc and/or vertebral bodies may be displaced or damaged due to trauma, disease, degenerative defects, or wear over an extended period of time. One result of this displacement or damage to a spinal disc or vertebral body may be chronic back pain. In many cases, to alleviate back pain from degenerated of herniated discs, the disc is removed along with all or part of at least one neighboring vertebrae and is replaced by an implant that promotes fusion of the remaining bony anatomy.

[0005] However, the success or failure of spinal fusion may depend upon several factors. For instance the spacer or implant or cage used to fill the space left by the removed disc and bony anatomy must be sufficiently strong to support the spine under a wide range of loading conditions. The spacer should also be configured so that it likely to remain in place once it has been positioned in the spine by the surgeon. Additionally the material used for the spacer should be biocompatible material and should have a configured that promotes bony ingrowth.

[0006] In combination with spacers or cages, a plating system is used to further stabilize the spine during the fusion process. These devices, commonly referred to as bone fixation plating systems, typically include one or more plates and screws for aligning and holding vertebrae in a fixed position with respect to one another. Plating systems independent of the spacers provide additional complications such as loosening and failure of the hardware. Two common failures are the breakage of the plates, and the backing out of screws into soft tissues of the patient's body. The backing out of the screws is typically a result of the screws failure to achieve a sufficient purchase in the bone, although the stripping of the screws has also been known to cause this problem. Another common problems is that plating systems require "carpentry" work to match fit aspects of the vertebral bodies.

[0007] There is a need for a spine stabilization system that in promotes fusion of adjacent vertebrae while at the same time provides stabilization of the spinal area where fusion occurs. There is a need for a system that incorporates both the fusion element and the plating element in one system to reduce the possible complications that may occur. There is also a need to provide a system that reduces the complications that may occur in the fusion element and the plating element and a need for this system to be configured so that positioning this system is efficient and easy.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] The present invention provides an intervertebral implant for implantation in a treated area of an intervertebral space between vertebral bodies of a spine. The implant includes a spacer portion having an inferior and superior surface, wherein the inferior and superior surfaces each have a contact area capable of engaging with anatomy in the treated area, and the inferior and superior surfaces define a through-hole extending through the spacer body. The present invention further provides screw holes extending from a side portion to the inferior and superior surfaces of the spacer portion and a plate portion rigidly coupled to the spacer portion through a coupling means, wherein the plate portion contains screws holes for receiving screws. A screw back out prevention mechanism is adapted on the plate portion and prevents the back out of screws from the screw holes.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0009] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of one embodiment of an intervertebral implant according to the present invention;

[0010] FIG. 2 is another perspective view of the embodiment of the implant shown in FIG. 1;

[0011] FIG. 3 is a side view of the intervertebral implant of FIG. 1;

[0012] FIG. 4 is a top view of the intervertebral implant of FIG. 1;

[0013] FIG. 5 is an exploded view of the intervertebral implant of FIG. 1;

[0014] FIGS. 6 and 7 is a perspective view of the intervertebral implant of FIG. 1 which include illustrations of bone fasteners;

[0015] FIG. 8 is another side view of the intervertebral implant of FIG. 1 incorporating bone fasteners;

[0016] FIG. 9 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the intervertebral implant;

[0017] FIG. 10 is a front view of the intervertebral implant with bone screws locked of FIG. 9;

[0018] FIG. 11 is a front view of the intervertebral implant illustrated in FIG. 9;

[0019] FIG. 12 is an exploded view of the intervertebral implant with bone fasteners unlocked of FIG. 9;

[0020] FIG. 13 is yet another embodiment of the intervertebral implant;

[0021] FIG. 14-16 are different views of the intervertebral implant of FIG. 13; and

[0022] FIG. 17 is an exploded view of the intervertebral implant of FIG. 14 according to the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE ILLUSTRATED EMBODIMENTS

[0023] Embodiments of the disclosure are generally directed to flexible stabilization systems for use with the anterior, antero-lateral, lateral, and/or posterior portions of at least one motion segment unit of the spine. The systems of the invention are designed to be conformable to the spinal anatomy, so as to be generally less intrusive to surrounding tissue and vasculature than existing rigid stabilization systems.

[0024] Certain embodiments may be used on the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and/or sacral segments of the spine. For example, the size and mass increase of the vertebrae in the spine from the cervical to the lumbar portions is directly related to an increased capacity for supporting larger loads. This increase in load bearing capacity, however, is paralleled by a decrease in flexibility and an increase in susceptibility to strain. When rigid immobilization systems are used in the lumbar segment, the flexibility is decreased even further beyond the natural motion restriction of that segment. Replacing the conventional rigid immobilization systems with certain embodiments disclosed herein may generally restore a more natural movement and provide added support to the strain-susceptible area.

[0025] FIGS. 1-8 illustrate the different views of one particular embodiment of the present invention. The intervertebral fusion implant as shown in FIGS. 1-8 is a stand-alone anterior lumbar interbody fusion device used to provide structural stability in skeletally mature individuals following discectomies. These implants are available in various heights and geometric options to fit the anatomically needs of a wide variety of patients. Specifically, FIGS. 1-4 illustrate one embodiment of an intervertebral fusion implant 10 according to the present invention. Implant 10 is generally positioned in the intervertebral space between two adjacent vertebrae. As shown in the figures, implant 10 primarily incorporates a spacer portion 12 and a plate portion 14. In this particular embodiment, the spacer portion 12 includes a graft window 16 for the placement of bone graft to enhance fusion between two adjacent vertebrae. The plate portion 14 includes at least one screw hole 18, however, in the preferred embodiment of the present invention, three screw holes 18 are provided. Also, in the plate portion 14 of the implant 10, a screw back out prevention mechanism 20 is provided. There is also provided a coupling means 26 which connect the spacer portion 12 and the plate portion 14 rigidly to each other. The coupling means 26 will be discussed in greater detail with reference to FIGS. 5-8.

[0026] The spacer portion 12 can be comprised of any material that is conducive to the enhancement of fusion between the two adjacent vertebrae. In one particular embodiment, the spacer portion 12 is made of PEEK material which is physiologically compatible. It should be noted that any other material that are physiologically compatible may also be used. The spacer portion 12 contains tantalum pins that enable radiographic visualization. The spacer portion 12 further comprises superior and inferior portions that are provided with a plurality of pyramidal protrusions 13. The superior and inferior portions of the spacer portion are bi-convex for greater contact with the vertebral endplates of the adjacent vertebrae. The protrusions 13 can be configured to be any size or shape for further anchoring the spacer portion 12 to each of the adjacent vertebrae. Protrusions 13 on the superior and inferior surfaces of each implant grip the endplates of the adjacent vertebrae to aid in expulsion resistance.

[0027] The plate portion 14 can also be comprised of any physiologically compatible material. In the preferred embodiment, the plate portion of the implant 10 is composed of titanium. The plate portion 14 as illustrated in FIG. 1, are provided with three screw holes. However, it should be noted that implant 10 may be comprised of only one screw hole. The screw holes 18 are situated both in the spacer portion 12 and the plate portion 14 for receiving bone screws which are attached to the adjacent vertebral bodies at different angles.

[0028] FIG. 5 illustrates an exploded view of the intervertebral stand along fusion device 10. In this exploded view, clearer view of the combination of the plate portion 14 and the spacer portion 12 is illustrated. The spacer portion 12 and the plate portion 14 are coupled to each other view connection points 24 and through the use of connection pins 26 and 28.

[0029] FIGS. 6-8 illustrate the fusion device 10 in various views associated with the screws 30 provided in screw holes 18. The screw holes 18 are configured to receive screws 30 at various angles. The screws 30 enter the screw holes 18 at specified angles to enter the adjacent vertebral bodies at the optimal locations. The screws 30 are configured and adapted to provide optimal purchase with the adjacent vertebral bodies.

[0030] Now, turning to the method of positioning the implant, it should be noted that the intervertebral implant 10 is positioned in the spine after the disc portion between two vertebral bodies is exposed and removed using rongeurs and other suitable instruments. The posterior and lateral walls of the annulus are generally preserved to provide peripheral support for the implant and graft materials. A trial device attached to a trial holder is then inserted into the disc space to determine size of the implant. This procedure is generally conducted using fluoroscopy and tactile feel. After the appropriate sized implant is selected and attached to an implant holder and drill guide, the implant may be inserted into the disc space. Once the implant is positioned with the disc space, supplemental graft material can used to enhance fusion. Once the implant is positioned inside the disc, an awl or any similar type of instrument can be used to drill through the screw hole and break the cortex of the adjacent vertebral body. The surgeon performing this procedure may then use a depth gauge to determine the screw length. Once the appropriate screw length is determined, screws are inserted using a self-retaining screwdriver. After the screws are finally inserted and secured thereby providing solid purchase with the adjacent vertebral bodies, the screw anti-back out mechanism is engaged and secured. In this particular embodiment, the anti-back out mechanism is two set screws that retain the three screws with the implant. It should be noted that the implant may be implanted in the vertebral space using an anterior, posterior and/or lateral approach.

[0031] FIG. 9 illustrates a perspective view of the zero-profile intervertebral implant 32 for positioning in the cervical region of the spine. The present invention relates to an implant having a peek spacer portion 33 that is coupled to a titanium plate portion 34 through the use of titanium dowel pins 39. However, it should be noted that the titanium plate portion 34 and the peek spacer portion 33 maybe coupled through any other feasible means such as hooks, screws, and any other type of fastening means. The implant 32 also allows for at least two titanium screws 36 and 37 to be inserted at a compound angle for maximum screw purchase into the superior and inferior vertebral bodies. A locking mechanism 38 is provided on the plate portion 34 to capture the sides of both of the at least two screws 36 and 37 with a 90 degree turn preventing the titanium screws 36 and 37 from backing out. It should be noted that the present application is not limited to being of a PEEK spacer and a titanium plate. Other materials that are physiologically compatible which are similar and which may be unique to spacers and plates may be utilized in various combinations.

[0032] FIGS. 10 and 11 illustrate the front view of the plate portion of the implant. Specifically, FIGS. 10 and 11 illustrate a closed and an open position respectively with reference to the anti-back out mechanism 38. Also, it should be noted that the titanium plate 34 is provided with knife like edges 35 which are designed to engage the vertebral body and provides additional torsional stability to that of the bone screws. The plate 35 is also provided with "eye brow" like structure which fully captures the bone screws 36 and 37 while still allowing for the screws to reside about the tooth root plane and remaining lower than the tooth (protrusions on the spacer portion 33). The plate 35 geometry allows for the minimum reduction of peek volume. The plate 35 height remains level to the peek tooth root so that compressive loads are always subjected to the peek body where the graft is contained. Compound holes are drilled to accept bone screws 36 and 37 and to allow for fixed or variable angle screws. The anti-back out mechanism is engaged so that the screws 26 and 37 do not back out of the implant 32.

[0033] FIG. 12 illustrates an exploded view of the intervertebral implant. The plate portion 34 and spacer portion 33 have at least 2 male and female ledges which are capable of interfacing with each other. The connection of the male and female ledges are offset at different heights to minimize cross-sectional area loss. Also illustrated in FIG. 12 is the dowel pins used to connect the spacer portion to the plate portion as one means of coupling of the spacer portion 33 and the plate portion 34. It should be noted that various means such as hooks, staples and screws can be used to attach the spacer portion to the plate portion of the present invention.

[0034] The spacer portion 33 of the implant provides a leading edge chamfer which enables self distraction of the vertebral bodies while inserting. The spacer portion 33 also provides teeth like structures in the superior and inferior aspects of the spacer body to help prevent migration of the implant. The root of the teeth or protrusions on the base of the implant serves as the defining plane for the superior and inferior vertebral bodies. Finally, the spacer portion 33 provides an axial shaped hole which enables a maximum amount of graft for packing within the implant. However, it should be noted that the graft hole can be designed to be multiple holes or any in other geometrical shape to enhance fusion through the insertion of graft material.

[0035] FIGS. 13-16 illustrate an intervertebral implant for positioning in the intervertebral space using a lateral approach. The intervertebral implant 40 consists of a spacer portion 42 and a plate potion 44. The spacer portion and the plate portion are configured to be able to receive screws 46 and 48 for attachment to adjacent vertebral bodies. The spacer portion 42 and the plate portion 44 are rigidly coupled together through a coupling means 52. The plate portion 44 is provided with an anti-back out mechanism 50 so that the screws 46 and 48 are fixedly retained within the fusion device 40.

[0036] FIG. 17 illustrates another embodiment of an intervertebral implant 60 that is positioned into the disc space laterally. In this embodiment, which is similar to the embodiment disclosed in FIGS. 13-16, the spacer portion 62 is provided with a plurality of protrusions in the superior and inferior portions. These protrusions grip the endplates of the adjacent vertebrae to aid in expulsion resistance. The spacer portion 62 also contains a plate receiving area 63 for receiving the plate portion 64. The plate receiving area 63 is configured to receive a plate protrusion 66 for coupling the spacer portion 62 and the plate portion 64 together through the use of pins or any other similar type of coupling means. The spacer portion 62 and the plate portion 64 are rigidly coupled together through the use of the coupling means.

[0037] The plate portion 64 is configured with at least two screw holes for receiving screws 68. The screws 68 are positioned at angles to insert through the spacer and the adjacent vertebral body to gain maximum purchase and stability. The screws 68 are retained with the implant 60 through the use of an anti-screw back out mechanism 70. When this mechanism is engaged by turning at least 90 degrees through the use an instrument such as a screwdriver, the screws 68 are maintained within the implant and the boney structure of the adjacent vertebral bodies.

[0038] While it is apparent that the invention disclosed herein is well calculated to fulfill the objects stated above, it will be appreciated that numerous modifications and embodiments may be devised by those skilled in the art.

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