US 20050131539 A1
The disclosure provides fusion implants, instruments and methods for insertion of the implants between opposing vertebral bodies to facilitate stabilization or arthrodesis of an intervertebral joint. A cross section through the longitudinal dimension of the implant is substantially configured in an “I” shape. In addition to other features, the implants of the invention provide a reduced contact surface area with the interior surface of a bore formed for receiving the implant.
36. An implant for intervertebral fusion between opposing vertebrae, said implant comprising:
an implant body having a first end and a second end, said body having first and second load bearing surfaces extending along a longitudinal axis of the body from the first end to the second end, the first and second load bearing surfaces having a width extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, said first and second load bearing surfaces having a midline aligned with the longitudinal axis, said first and second load bearing surfaces having opposing inner surfaces; and
said implant body comprising a central support member connecting the first and second load bearing surfaces at their midlines, the central support member having a width narrower than the width of the first and second load bearing surfaces; wherein the opposing inner surfaces of the first and second load bearing surfaces form channels on either side of the central support member;
wherein the central support member is configured to provide rigid support of the first and second load bearing surfaces.
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38. An implant for intervertebral fusion between opposing vertebrae, the implant comprising:
an implant body having a first end and a second end spaced along a longitudinal axis, the body including:
a central support member positioned in alignment with the longitudinal axis of the implant body, the central support member having a first support end and a second support end, the central support member having a longitudinal dimension extending from the first support end to the second support end; and
a first traverse member positioned at the first support end of the central support member, the first traverse member being oriented in a direction traverse to the longitudinal dimension of the central support member;
a second traverse member positioned at the second support end of the central support member, the second traverse member being oriented in a direction traverse to the longitudinal dimension of the central support member;
wherein each of the first and second traverse member extends from the first end of the implant body to the second end of the implant body; and
wherein the central support member in configured to maintain a spatial relation between the first and second traverse members.
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43. An implant for intervertebral fusion between opposing vertebrae, the implant comprising:
an implant body having a first end and a second end, the implant body including:
a first traverse member having opposite first free ends;
a second traverse member having opposite second free ends;
a central support member that bisects each of the first and second traverse members;
wherein the first and second traverse members extend from the first end to the second end of the implant.
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47. An implant for intervertebral fusion between opposing vertebrae, the implant comprising:
an implant body having length, the length extending from a first end to a second end, the implant body including first and second traverse members and a support member that bisect each of the first and second traverse members;
a first channel centrally located between the first and second traverse members, the first channel extending along the length of the implant body;
a second channel centrally located between the first and second traverse member, the second channel extending along the length of the implant body;
wherein the first and second channels are defined by continuous surfaces of each of the first and second traverse members, the continuous surfaces of the first and second traverse members extending along the length of the implant body; and
wherein the support member is configured to provide rigid support of the first and second traverse member.
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This invention pertains to procedures for intervertebral stabilization. Specifically, the disclosure provides implants, instrumentation and methods to facilitate stabilization or fusion between two vertebrae.
Chronic back problems cause pain and disability for a large segment of the population. Frequently, the cause of back pain is traceable to diseased disk material between opposing vertebrae. When the disk material is diseased, the opposing vertebrae may be inadequately supported, resulting in persistent pain.
Surgical techniques have been developed to remove the diseased disk material and fuse,the joint between opposing vertebral bodies. Stabilization and/or arthrodesis of the intervertebral joint can reduce the pain associated with movement of an intervertebral joint having diseased disk material. Generally, fusion techniques involve removal of the diseased disk and packing the void area with a suitable matrix for facilitating a bony union between the opposing vertebral bodies.
Surgical devices for facilitating interbody fusion have also been developed. These devices typically provide for maintaining appropriate intervertebral spacing and stabilization of the vertebrae during the fusion process. Generally, these devices are referred to as cages. Examples of such devices are disclosed in, for example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,458,638, 5,489,307, 5,055,104, 5,026,373, 5,015,247, 4,961,740, 4,743,256 and 4,501,269, the entire disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference.
Generally, the fusion device is implanted within a site prepared between opposing vertebrae. Typically, the site is a bore formed in the disk material and extends through the cortical end plates and into the cancellous bone of the opposing vertebrae. Many of the present fusion devices have a chamber enclosed by a cylindrical or rectangular wall that substantially contacts the entire interior surface of the bore. After placement of the device into the bore, the enclosed chamber (interior of the cage) can be filled with bone chips or other suitable material for facilitating bony union between the vertebrae.
Most of the present fusion devices provide vertebral stabilization during the fusion process by contact of the entire outer wall of the fusion device with substantially the entire interior surface of the wall of the insertion bore. While support provided by contact of the device with the entire wall of the bore provides adequate vertebral stabilization during the fusion process, it also has many disadvantages. For example, the greater the overall contact area of the device with the surface of the bore, the slower the rate at which new bone can grow into the bore to stabilize the joint In addition, the greater the surface area of the device that contacts the surface area of the bore, the less continuity that can occur between the bone that is external to the device and the bone that is internal to the device. This lack of continuity of bone can translate into reduced structural integrity of the bony union. Furthermore, reducing the amount and continuity of the bone growth into the fusion site can cause the patient's body to rely on the device for long term stabilization rather than relying on the structural integrity of the new bony union. The potential orthopedic problems resulting from the body's reliance on orthopedic implants for structural support are well known.
Moreover, because most fusion devices are manufactured with materials that are radiopaque to typical diagnostic imaging modalities, assessment of the status of new bone growth during the fusion process can be limited.
Accordingly, there is a continuing need for improved intervertebral stabilizing devices and methods. The present invention is directed to addressing these needs.
The invention is directed to procedures for intervertebral stabilization of opposing vertebrae. The disclosure provides implants, instruments and methods for stabilization or fusion of opposing vertebrae.
At various locations throughout the specification, lists of examples are provided. It should be noted that the examples are provided for illustrative purposes and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention.
An implant according to the invention includes an implant body having a first and second end spaced apart by a longitudinal axis of the implant. The implant body includes a first transverse member and a second transverse member maintained in spaced apart relationship by a central support member. The transverse members each include a bearing surface oriented to contact opposing vertebral surfaces.
The bearing surfaces of the implant can be linear, curved or other suitable configuration. In addition, the bearing surfaces can include a pattern for anchoring the implant and/or resisting displacement once the implant is inserted between opposing vertebrae.
An implant of the invention provides a reduced displacement volume relative to the insertion bore necessary to accommodate the implant. The central support member or transverse members can also include openings which further reduce the displacement volume of the implants. In addition to enhancing the continuity of the new bone growth between the stabilized vertebral bodies, the reduced displacement volume of the implant facilitates assessment of the fusion process using known imaging modalities.
The present invention is directed to intervertebral stabilization and arthrodesis procedures that can provide for greater structural integrity of the bony union between fused vertebral bodies of the vertebral column. In addition, the devices and methods disclosed herein facilitate greater continuity between the bone formed at the fusion site and the remainder of the vertebral body. In some embodiments, the invention provides enhanced ability to assess new bone growth during the fusion process using typical diagnostic imaging modalities such as x-rays.
An implant of the invention can be prepared from known implant materials including, for example, titanium, stainless steel, porous titanium, bone or other suitable material used to manufacture orthopedic implants. Unlike prior implants, the present implants have no surrounding sidewalls and no chamber. The disclosed implants support the axial load of the vertebral column by a “central support member” that separates opposing bearing surfaces of the implant.
The “central support member” provides for stabilization of the vertebral bodies with a reduced area of contact between the exterior surface of the implant and the inside surface of a bore formed to accommodate the implant. In addition to promoting greater structural integrity and continuity of the bony union, the reduced contact area also reduces obstruction of assessment of the fusion process. Further reduction in obstruction of assessment of the fusion process can be provided by forming openings in the bearing surfaces and/or providing the central support member in the form of one or more columns having openings in between.
In some embodiments, in comparison to prior implants, the present implants have a reduced displacement volume relative to the cylindrical bore size necessary for insertion of the implant. For example, in some embodiments, the displacement volume of the implant takes up about 10% to 40% of the bore volume necessary to accommodate the implant between opposing vertebrae. In one preferred embodiment, the implant takes up about 24% or less of the bore volume necessary to accommodate the implant. Thus, in this embodiment, the remaining 76% of the bore volume can be filled with bone or other suitable bone support matrix. In contrast, the BAK implant (U.S. Pat. No. 5,489,308), commercially available from Sulzer Spine-Tech, Inc., takes up about 41% of the bore volume on a relative basis and the Proximity implant (U.S. Pat. No. 5,609,636), also available from Sulzer Spine-Tech, Inc., takes up about 30% of the bore volume on a relative basis.
According to the invention, the central support member is located between the bearing surfaces of the implant and typically does not extend to the lateral edges of the bearing surfaces. The term “central” includes an implant having a support member located away from the exact center of the bearing surfaces but providing the same function of a herein described centrally located support member. The “bearing surfaces” are the surfaces of the implant that directly contact the opposing vertebral bodies. The “lateral edges” of the bearing surfaces are the lateral most aspects of the bearing surfaces.
The implants also have a leading end and trailing end that are spaced apart along the longitudinal axis of the implant. In general, a transverse cross section taken through the longitudinal axis of the present implants has a substantially “I” shaped configuration. The “central support member” forms the vertical arm of the “I” and the “transverse members” form the horizontal arms of the “I”. In use, the central support member is typically oriented parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vertebral column and the transverse members are oriented perpendicular.
Each transverse member has a peripheral surface that is in direct contact with one of the opposing vertebral bodies. The traverse members also have an inner surface that is continuous with the lateral aspect of the central support member. A “channel” is present on either side of the central support member within the inner surface of the transverse member. As will be appreciated from the illustrated embodiment, the channel extends through the leading and trailing ends of the implant and opens laterally between opposing transverse members. As discussed below, after insertion of the implant between opposing vertebrae, the channel can be filled with a bone support matrix to facilitate new bone growth.
In some embodiments, the bearing surfaces are curved to provide an external surface configured for insertion of the implant into a circular bore formed between opposing vertebrae. In such embodiments, the opposing bearing surfaces can be parallel to one another along the longitudinal dimension of the implant from the trailing end to leading end. Alternatively, the implant can include a single or double taper including at least a first taper diverging from the longitudinal axis of the implant from the leading end to the trailing end. Implant embodiments having curved bearing surfaces can include a pattern for anchoring the implant between opposing vertebrae. The pattern can be, for example, knurls or other intermittently raised surface. Alternatively, the pattern can be a portion of a helical thread pattern which resists displacement of the implant from an insertion bore and also provides for threaded insertion of the implant into the bore.
In other embodiments, the bearing surfaces can be substantially linear. According to this embodiment, preferably, at least one of the bearing surfaces includes a pattern for anchoring the implant and reducing the chance of displacement of the implant from of the insertion bore.
The invention also provides a kit comprising a plurality of incrementally sized implants which can be selected by the clinician based on the size needed for a particular patient. In other embodiments kits are provided which include instrumentation for performing an implant procedure with or without a plurality of incrementally sized implants.
Instruments and methods suitable for insertion of an implant of the invention are disclosed in, for example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,489,308 and 5,458,638, and co-pending application U.S. Ser. Nos. 08/902,083 and 08/921,001, the entire disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference. Additional instruments particularly advantageous for the implants disclosed herein are described in detail below.
After the implant is inserted into the bore, the volume of the bore not occupied by the implant, for example in the region of the channels, can be filled with a bone support matrix. As used herein, a “bone support matrix” is a material that facilitates new bone growth between the opposing vertebral bodies. Suitable bone support matrices can be resorbable or nonresorbable and osteoconductive or osteoinductive. Examples of suitable matrices according to the invention include synthetic materials, such as Healous™, available from Orquest, Mountain View, Calif.; NeOsteo ™, available from Sulzer Orthopedic Biologics, Denver, Colo.; or any of a variety of bone morphogenic proteins (BMPs). Suitable bone support matrices also include heterologous, homologous, or autologous bone and derivatives thereof. Preferably, the bone support matrix is radiolucent on x-rays.
The bone support matrix can be packed into the bore after insertion of the implant between the vertebral bodies. Alternatively, a bone support matrix can be configured to fit into the longitudinal channels on either side of the central support member before or after installation of the implant into the site of implantation. In one embodiment, the external surface of the bone support matrix can include a portion of a helical thread. According to this embodiment, when used with an implant having a portion of helical threads on a bearing surface, the helical threads of the bone matrix can be complimentary to the helical threads on the implant such that when placed into the channel a complete helical thread pattern is formed for threadedly inserting the implant into the prepared site.
The implants and instruments of the invention will now be described by reference to the several drawing figures. The illustrated embodiments are provided only for descriptive purposes and are not intended to limit the implants which are within the scope of the invention. It will be appreciated, however, that while the illustrated embodiments share the general configuration of an “I” in transverse cross section, each embodiment has additional unique and advantageous features.
The first transverse member 1 has a first bearing surface 4 and the second transverse member 2 has a second bearing surface 5. The first bearing surface 4 and the second bearing surface 5 include a pattern 7 for anchoring the implant within an insertion bore. The illustrated pattern 7 is a portion of a helical thread 7 a which provides for threadedly inserting implant 10 into a bore prepared between opposing vertebrae. The helical thread 7 a is generally rectangular in profile. However, a thread pattern having sharp surfaces or a combination of rectangular and sharp threads can be used. In addition, other surface patterns, such as knurls, could be provided on the bearing surface and the device implanted by impact into a bore.
The illustrated central support member 3 comprises a plurality of columns 8 a-8 d with openings 9 a-9 c therebetween. Columns 8 a-8 d of central support member 3 maintain transverse members 1 and 2 in a fixed spatial relationship and provide rigid support and stabilization of opposing vertebral bodies which contact bearing surfaces 4 and 5. Openings 9 a-9 c between columns 8 a-8 d promote greater continuity of new bone growth through the central support member as well as reduce the presence of radiopaque material which can obstruct assessment of the fusion process using typical diagnostic imaging modalities.
Between each inner surface 21 a, 22 a, 21 b and 22 b and its respective lateral edge 25 a, 26 a, 25 b and 26 b of transverse members 1 and 2, there are undercut segments 27 a, 28 a, 27 b and 28 b. The angle A between undercut segments 27 a and 28 a and the angle B between undercut segments 27 b and 28 b can be different. As will be discussed below, asymmetry of angles A and B can provide for proper orientation of the helical threads 7 a of implant 10 with complimentary threads of a below described insertion tool.
Once inserted into a prepared bore site, the channels 24 a, 24 b and any other area of the bore not occupied by the implant can be filled with a bone support matrix. Referring again to
Referring now to
It will be appreciated that the transverse members and central support member of an implant need not include any openings as described thus far. In addition, rather than comprising support columns, and openings as illustrated, the central support member can include several fine thickness support columns with several fine openings interspersed therebetween giving a profile appearance similar to the tines of a comb. A similar arrangement can be provided for the transverse members rather than having the trusses and openings illustrated.
Referring now to
It should be noted that as an alternative to the helical threads present on the bearing surface of other implants described herein, a pattern such as intermittent raised surface 224 or other non-helical thread pattern can be present on the bearing surface. Thus, rather than threadedly inserting such an implant into an insertion bore, the implant can simply be impacted by driving it into the bore along the X-X axis of the implant.
The first transverse member 304 and second transverse member 305 include a surface pattern 306 comprising a portion of helical threads 306 a along first bearing surface 308 and second bearing surface 309. The threads 306 a are generally square in cross-section with their flat outer peripheral surfaces 310 set at an angle of one-half α with respect to the longitudinal axis X-X and defined valleys 311 between the threads 306 a. At the leading end 301, the implant has a major diameter DM measured between diametrically opposite outer radial surfaces 310 of the threads 306 a at the leading end 301. At the leading end 301, the implant 300 has a minor diameter Dm measured as the distance across the implant 300 between the valleys 311 of the thread pattern 306 a.
At the trailing end 302, the implant 300 has a major diameter D′M measured between diametrically opposite outer radial surfaces 310 of threads 306 a at the trailing end 302. Finally, at the trailing end 302, the implant 300 has a minor diameter D′m measured between diametrically opposite valleys 311 at the trailing end 302.
The central support member 320 of implant 300 comprises vertical columns 321, 322 and 323 including openings 324 and 325 therebetween. Referring to the top view of
Implant 400 has a first and second taper and a longitudinal axis X-X extending from a leading end 404 to a trailing end 405. The trailing end 405 of the present embodiment comprises a “trailing end rise” (TER) 406 and a terminal end 407. The first taper of implant 400 diverges from the axis from the leading end 404 to the trailing end rise 406 of the trailing end 405. The second taper diverges from the axis from the terminal end 407 to the TER 406. The trailing end rise 406 is the region of greatest diameter of the implant 400.
The first taper provides the bi-tapered implant 400 with a substantially frusto-conical shape with a conical angle a equal to a desired lordosis between selected vertebrae. The angle a of the illustrated embodiment, measured from the leading end 404 to the TER 406 is 8°, however, as previously stated, the herein disclosed implants will be available with a variety of angles and sizes. Referring to
At the trailing end 405, the implant 400 has a major diameter D′M measured between diametrically opposite outer radial surfaces 414 of the threads 411 at the trailing end rise 406. The trailing end 405 also has a minor diameter D′m measured across terminal end 407.
The second taper of the implant 400 has a second angle, δ, extending from the terminal end 407 to the TER 406. The angle δ will vary with the diameter D′M of the TER 406, the diameter D′m of the terminal end 407, and the longitudinal distance LE therebetween. In the illustrated embodiment, the diameter D′m of the terminal end 407 is equal to the major diameter DM of the leading end 404.
The longitudinal distance LE can be about 5% to 25% of the overall length L of the implant. Generally, LE is less than 15% of the overall length L, typically about 8-10%.
It will be appreciated that the slope “m” of the second taper, relative to the longitudinal axis X-X, can be calculated by the equation:
The helical threads 411 can extend along the second taper as illustrated at 415 of
Implant 400 can also include other features as previously described for an implant.
B. Instrumentation and Insertion
Instrumentation and methods for preparing an insertion bore for placement of an implant between opposing vertebrae are known. U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,458,638 and 5,489,308 and co-pending applications U.S. Ser. Nos. 08/921,001 and ______ (M&G Docket No. 6683.22USI1 filed Mar. 6, 1998) describe preferred instrumentation and methods for preparing an implant bore and inserting an implant therein. The methods include the use of a distraction spacer, boring tools and tapping tools. In addition, copending U.S. Ser. Nos. 08/902,083, 08/902,407 and 08/902,431 disclose distraction spacers, boring tools and tapping tools for preparing a tapered insertion bore suitable for insertion of single tapered implant 300 or double tapered implant 400. The disclosure of each of these patents and patent applications are incorporated herein by reference.
At the distal end 506, a plurality of grips are provided as best illustrated in
Referring now to the distal end view of tool 500 in
Referring now to
The insertion tool 500, with threaded or unthreaded grips as just described, can also to include two additional grips that slide into the regions between thread segments 101 and 103 and 102 and 104 of implant embodiment 100. Such additional grips are illustrated, for example, in
Finally, an insertion tool as described above can also be prepared for tapered implants 300 and 400. The difference being that grips 522 and 523 or 570 and 571 are tapered from the proximal end to the distal end as disclosed in co-pending application U.S. Ser. No. 08/902,083.
Having now described the present invention, it will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art that many changes and modifications can be made in the invention without departing from the spirit or scope of the appended claims.