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Patent
Amedica Corporation | Date: 2016-12-22

Apparatus and systems relating to spinal implants and instruments for installing such implants. In some embodiments, the system may comprise a spinal implant, an inserter, an intermediary piece, and/or an installation rod. The spinal implant may comprise an at least partially threaded opening configured to receive the installation rod. The opening may be positioned within a fixed wall of the spinal implant, and the opening may comprise a peripheral edge defined by the wall of the spinal implant.


Methods for improving the antibacterial characteristics of biomedical implants and related implants manufactured according to such methods. In some implementations, a biomedical implant comprising a silicon nitride ceramic material may be subjected to a surface roughening treatment so as to increase a surface roughness of at least a portion of the biomedical implant to a roughness profile having an arithmetic average of at least about 500 nm Ra. In some implementations, a coating may be applied to a biomedical implant. Such a coating may comprise a silicon nitride ceramic material, and may be applied instead of, or in addition to, the surface roughening treatment process.


Patent
Amedica Corporation | Date: 2016-03-14

Spinal fixation system connectors comprising spring cage elements. In some embodiments, an engagement member, such as a bone screw, may be configured to be coupled with and received within a connector body. A spring cage structure may also be configured to be coupled with the connector body. The spring cage structure may comprise a spring configured to be positioned in a relaxed configuration and a flexed configuration, such that the spring defines an opening having a first size in the relaxed configuration and a second, larger size in the flexed configuration to allow the opening to receive and engage a head of the engagement member within the connector body.


Patent
Amedica Corporation | Date: 2016-05-23

Embodiments of biomedical implants and other devices made up of a composite of materials comprising metal and/or metal alloys and ceramics. In some embodiments, a modular biomedical implant may comprise a first metallic member comprising at least one of a metal and a metal alloy, a second metallic member comprising at least one of a metal and a metal alloy, and a ceramic sleeve positioned in between the first metallic member and the second metallic member so as to at least substantially prevent contact between the first metallic member and the second metallic member.


Patent
Amedica Corporation | Date: 2014-03-17

Ceramic orthopedic implants may have one or more dense inner layers and one or more porous outer layers. Methods for manufacturing the implants may include one or more stages during which the dense inner layer(s) are partially compressed. At least one porous outer layer may include coating particles that are present at a surface of one or more inner layer(s) while pressure is applied to attach the coating particles to the inner layer(s) and to further compress one or more of the inner layer(s). Various layers may be formed until an implant, or other device, is formed having the desired density gradient and/or other properties, as disclosed herein.


Embodiments of apparatus, systems, and methods relating to biomedical implants and other devices made up of unique and improved alumina-zirconia ceramic materials. In an example of a method according to an implementation of the invention, a slurry is prepared, compressed, and fired to obtain a fired ceramic piece comprising at least aluminum oxide, zirconium dioxide, yttrium oxide, cerium oxide, strontium oxide, magnesium oxide, titanium dioxide, and calcium oxide. Some embodiments and implementations may comprise selected concentrations of one or more such compounds to yield certain preferred results.


Ceramic materials comprising charge-compensating dopants and related methods. In some embodiments, the materials may comprise dopants such as Y_(2)O_(3), Gd_(2)O_(3), Nb_(2)O_(5), and/or Ta_(2)O_(5). Some embodiments may comprise a molar concentration of Y_(2)O_(3 )and/or Gd_(2)O_(3 )that is at least approximately equal to the molar concentration of Nb_(2)O_(5 )and/or Ta_(2)O_(5). Certain embodiments and implementations may comprise particular, unique concentrations or concentration ranges of various compounds/materials in order to improve performance for use of such ceramic materials as biomedical implants.


Patent
Amedica Corporation | Date: 2014-03-17

Ceramic implants, such as spinal implants, may comprise a dense shell and a porous core. In some implementations, methods for manufacturing the implants may comprise one or more stages at which the core material abuts the shell so as to form a mechanical attachment therewith while both the core and the shell are in a green state. The core and the shell may be fired together, and the resultant implant may, in some embodiments, comprise a unitary piece of ceramic material. Some embodiments may comprise silicon nitride ceramic materials.


Patent
Amedica Corporation | Date: 2015-07-16

Biomedical implants comprising portions made of disparate materials, such as intervertebral implants and related methods and instruments. In some embodiments, the implant may comprise a base portion comprising a first material and a secondary fastener portion comprising a second material having distinct physical properties relative to the first material. The secondary portion may wholly define a front end wall surface of the implant, and the base portion and the secondary portion may collectively define at least one of an upper surface and a lower surface of the implant.


Patent
Amedica Corporation | Date: 2016-08-05

Methods for improving the antibacterial, osteoconductive, and/or osteoinductive characteristics of silicon nitride and/or other ceramic materials, particularly to make them more suitable for use in manufacturing biomedical implants. In some embodiments and implementations, the surface chemistry and/or morphology of a silicon nitride bioceramic may be modulated significantly through thermal, chemical, and/or mechanical treatments to achieve such advantageous results. A portion of the resulting material, such as a glaze or upper layer of the material, may be separately produced as a powder or frit, for example, and used in manufacturing biomedical implants and/or other products, such as by using such portion of the material as a coating or filler. In other embodiments the surface material may be separately manufactured as a silicon oxynitride monolith.

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