US 9,808,355 B2
Insertion tool for intervertebral insert
Patrick J. Sweeney, Flossmoor, IL (US)
Assigned to Spinal Generations, LLC, Mokena, IL (US)
Filed by Spinal Generations, LLC, Mokena, IL (US)
Filed on May 21, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/718,915.
Application 14/718,915 is a division of application No. 12/893,986, filed on Sep. 29, 2010, granted, now 9,044,284.
Prior Publication US 2015/0250618 A1, Sep. 10, 2015
Int. Cl. A61F 2/46 (2006.01); A61B 17/88 (2006.01); A61F 2/44 (2006.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61F 2/30 (2006.01)
CPC A61F 2/4611 (2013.01) [A61B 17/8811 (2013.01); A61F 2/442 (2013.01); A61F 2/447 (2013.01); A61B 17/8819 (2013.01); A61B 17/8825 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00004 (2013.01); A61F 2/44 (2013.01); A61F 2/4455 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30062 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30131 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30166 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30266 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30538 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30543 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30736 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30774 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30777 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30785 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30827 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30841 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30904 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4475 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4627 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4629 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4631 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4655 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4692 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00011 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00017 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00023 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00029 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A tool for insertion of an intervertebral insert into an intervertebral space, the tool comprising:
a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end of the shaft configured to be coupled to the intervertebral insert;
a tapered section located at the distal end of the shaft, the tapered section tapering toward the longitudinal axis of the shaft and away from the proximal end of the shaft;
a recess formed in the tapered section, the recess configured to receive the intervertebral insert such that at least a portion of the intervertebral insert is located within the recess when the intervertebral insert is coupled to the shaft, and
an internal channel extending longitudinally within the shaft to provide a fluid delivery path from an opening at the proximal end to an exterior of the tool near the distal end.