US 9,808,294 B2
Methods and apparatus for stabilizing bone
Jason Blain, Encinitas, CA (US)
Assigned to Spinal Elements, Inc., Carlsbad, CA (US)
Filed by Spinal Elements, Inc., Carlsbad, CA (US)
Filed on Sep. 29, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/869,793.
Application 14/256,532 is a division of application No. 13/033,791, filed on Feb. 24, 2011, granted, now 8,740,949, issued on Jun. 3, 2014.
Application 14/869,793 is a continuation of application No. 14/256,532, filed on Apr. 18, 2014, granted, now 9,179,943.
Prior Publication US 2016/0051294 A1, Feb. 25, 2016
Int. Cl. A61B 17/70 (2006.01); A61B 17/84 (2006.01); A61B 17/82 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/7064 (2013.01) [A61B 17/82 (2013.01); A61B 17/842 (2013.01); A61B 17/7053 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus, comprising:
a flexible elongate body including a proximal end portion, a first portion, a second portion, and a distal end portion;
the distal end portion of the flexible elongate body including a fastener configured to accept the proximal end portion and the first portion;
wherein the first portion and the second portion have substantially the same cross-sectional shape and comprise a first material; and
wherein the first portion is more flexible than the second portion.