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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Spinal pathologies and disorders such as scoliosis and other curvature abnormalities, kyphosis, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, tumor, and fracture may result from factors including trauma, disease and degenerative conditions caused by injury and aging. Spinal disorders typically result in symptoms including deformity, pain, nerve damage, and partial or complete loss of mobility.
"Non-surgical treatments, such as medication, rehabilitation and exercise can be effective, however, may fail to relieve the symptoms associated with these disorders. Surgical treatment of these spinal disorders includes correction, fusion, fixation, discectomy, lam inectomy and implantable prosthetics. As part of these surgical treatments, implants such as bone fasteners, connectors, plates and vertebral rods are often used to provide stability to a treated region. These implants can redirect stresses away from a damaged or defective region while healing takes place to restore proper alignment and generally support the vertebral members. For example, rods and plates may be attached via the fasteners to the exterior of two or more vertebral members. This disclosure describes an improvement over these prior art technologies."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In one embodiment, in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure, a surgical implant system is provided. The surgical implant system includes a member defining an engagement portion including a wall having a circumference and a plurality of lobes disposed thereabout. The lobes are curved toward an interior of the circumference and are connected by a plurality of arcuate portions that are curved toward the interior of the circumference.
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"The present disclosure will become more readily apparent from the specific description accompanied by the following drawings, in which:
"FIG. 1 is a side view, in part cross section, of one particular embodiment of components of a surgical implant system in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure, with the components separated;
"FIG. 2 is a side view of a component of the surgical implant system shown in FIG. 1;
"FIG. 3 is an end view of the component shown in FIG. 2;
"FIG. 4 is an enlarged end view of Detail A shown in FIG. 3;
"FIG. 5 is a break away perspective view of the component shown in FIG. 2;
"FIG. 6 is a side view of a component of the surgical implant system shown in FIG. 1;
"FIG. 7 is a cross section view of the component shown in FIG. 6 taken along lines B-B;
"FIG. 8 is an end view of the component shown in FIG. 6;
"FIG. 9 is a side view of the system shown in FIG. 1, with the components engaged;
"FIG. 10 is a cross section view of the system shown in FIG. 1 taken along lines C-C in FIG. 9;
"FIG. 11 is a cross section view of one particular embodiment of a surgical implant system in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure; and
"FIG. 12 is an end view of the component shown in FIG. 6.
"Like reference numerals indicate similar parts throughout the figures."
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