US 9,808,353 B2
Adjustable implant and insertion tool
Loubert Suddaby, Orchard Park, NY (US); and Larry McClintock, Gore, VA (US)
Assigned to K2M, Inc., Leesburg, VA (US)
Filed by K2M, Inc., Leesburg, VA (US)
Filed on Jun. 14, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/181,822.
Application 15/181,822 is a division of application No. 14/282,299, filed on May 20, 2014, granted, now 9,393,130.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/825,117, filed on May 20, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2016/0287403 A1, Oct. 6, 2016
Int. Cl. A61F 2/44 (2006.01); A61B 17/88 (2006.01); A61F 2/46 (2006.01); A61F 2/28 (2006.01); A61F 2/30 (2006.01)
CPC A61F 2/447 (2013.01) [A61F 2/4425 (2013.01); A61F 2/46 (2013.01); A61F 2/4611 (2013.01); A61F 2002/2817 (2013.01); A61F 2002/2835 (2013.01); A61F 2002/3054 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30266 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30281 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30484 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30522 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30538 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30556 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30568 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30594 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30626 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30629 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30828 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30831 (2013.01); A61F 2002/448 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4475 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of expanding an adjustable implant, the method comprising:
positioning the adjustable implant in an intervertebral space, the adjustable implant including:
a lower body;
an upper body including a locking flange extending towards the lower body;
a locking pawl secured to the lower body, the locking pawl preventing the upper body and the lower body from pivoting towards one another; and
a locking key;
pivoting at least one of a distal end of the upper body and a distal end of the lower body away from the distal end of the other one of the upper and lower bodies, the locking pawl ratcheting between a locked position and an unlocked position as one of the upper body and the lower body pivots away from the other one of the upper and lower bodies; and
transitioning the locking key to a locked state to fix the locking pawl in the locked position such that the upper body is fixed relative to the lower body.