Abstract

A bioartificial nucleus pulposus is adapted for replacing at least a portion of a natural nucleus pulposus in an intervertebral disc. The bioartificial nucleus pulposus includes an artificial support structure made from a biodegradable material. The support structure has a plurality of pores. A carrier material is contained in the pores of the support structure. A plurality of nucleus pulposus cells are carried by the carrier material. A bioartificial intervertebral disc contains the bioartificial nucleus pulposus.

Document Type

Patent

Primary Class

623/17.16

Secondary Class

623/66.1

Application Number

10/223275

Filing Date

August 2002

Patent Number

US6958078

Assignee(s)

The University of Toledo

Publication Date

10-25-2005

Patent Country

US

Language

en_US

Institution

The University of Toledo

Repository

University of Toledo Libraries

Digital Publisher

Digital Initiatives

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