Globus Medical has been granted a patent for an implant that can separate bones in a joint. The implant consists of two endplates that engage separate bones, a threaded member that increases the space between the endplates when rotated, and a rotatable gear connected to an implantation tool. The tool and implant can be securely engaged using connector portions, allowing for rotation of the gears and expansion of the implant. The implant also includes a cone and a cone support rod for height adjustment. GlobalData’s report on Globus Medical gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Implant for separating bones of a joint

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Globus Medical Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11771564B2) describes an implant designed to separate bones in a joint. The implant consists of a base at the distal end, an upper endplate, and a lower endplate that engage with vertebral bodies. A cone is positioned between the upper and lower endplates at the proximal end of the implant, and it can bend both endplates to increase the height of the implant. The implant also includes an insertion tool that engages with the proximal end of the implant using a coupling screw and a threaded connector bore. An expansion gear is connected to an output gear, which rotates the cone. The cone is threadedly engaged with a cone support rod, which is attached to a pin secured to the upper and lower endplates.

The cone of the implant engages with ramped surfaces on both the upper and lower endplates, allowing for resilient displacement and adjustment of the implant's height. When the cone is moved against the ramped surfaces, the height dimension of the implant can be changed. Additionally, the upper and lower endplates are designed to bend back to their original configuration when the cone is withdrawn, allowing for a decrease in the height of the implant. The threaded connecting bore is engaged with the cone, providing stability and secure attachment.

Overall, this implant offers a solution for separating bones in a joint by providing adjustable height through the bending of endplates and the use of a cone mechanism. The inclusion of an insertion tool with a coupling screw and an expansion gear allows for easy and secure engagement with the implant. The patent claims highlight the various components and features of the implant, emphasizing its ability to increase and decrease height while maintaining stability.

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