(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2006/0004451 Al
Goble et al. (43) Pub. Date: Jan. 5,2006
(54) FACET JOINT REPLACEMENT
(75) Inventors: E. Marlowe Goble, Logan, UT (US);
T. Wade Fallin, Hyde Park, UT (US);
Robert W. Hoy, Paradise, UT (US)
180 SOUTH 600 WEST
LOGAN, UT 84321 (US)
(73) Assignee: Facet Solutions, Inc.
(21) Appl. No.: 11/219,099
(22) Filed: Sep. 1, 2005
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation of application No. 10/421,078, filed on Apr. 23, 2003, which is a continuation of application No. 09/726,169, filed on Nov. 29, 2000, now Pat. No. 6,579,319.
(51) Int. CI.
A61F 2/44 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 623/17.11
Aprosthesis for the replacement of a diseased or traumatized facet of a mammalian vertebra includes a surface that articulates with another prosthetic facet or a natural facet, a portion that replaces at least a bony portion of the diseased or traumatized spine facet which is to be replaced, and an element to attach the prosthesis to the vertebra in a manner that does not require attachment to or abutment against the posterior arch. A method of installing the prosthesis includes the steps of resecting at least a portion of a facet and attaching the prosthesis in a manner that does not require attachment or abutment against the posterior arch.