Patents Assigned to Innovative Spinal Technologies
  • Patent number: 7588575
    Abstract: An extension for use in a procedure to implant a stabilization system for bony structures such as vertebrae is described. The extension is formed by a tubular body with an engagement mechanism at one end to removably engage with a poly-axial head of a bone anchor assembly. A locking ring working with a slide are used to temporarily lock the poly-axial head and extension in the desired relationship for performing the procedure. The locking ring includes a slot in which resides a pin on the slider. Twisting the locking ring causes the pin to move in the slot and thereby move the slider either up or down. In one position a locking body on the slider engages with the poly-axial assembly locking the extension in place. In the other position, the locking body is disengaged from the poly-axial head allowing the extension to be decoupled from the bone anchor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, James Spitler, Jennifer Diederich
  • Patent number: 7588588
    Abstract: There is shown a system and method for reducing the difficulty in percutaneous placement of a spine stabilization brace. A medical implant system has a first bone anchor having a longitudinal axis, a second bone anchor and a brace. The brace couples the first bone anchor to the second bone anchor. A the distal end of the brace may be pivotally coupled to the first bone anchor and also adapted to slide in a generally transverse direction in relation to the longitudinal axis of the first bone anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: James Spitler, Scott Schorer
  • Patent number: 7569061
    Abstract: Disclosed is a guided bone anchoring device comprising a head, a shank and a passage for receiving a guide wire, the passage having a longitudinal center axis which is not concentric to the longitudinal center axis of the shank. Also disclosed is a system for guiding bone anchors, the system comprising: a guide wire, an anchor comprised of a shank wherein the shank has an offset bore at the distal end which is adapted to allow the guide wire to slide through the bore, a dilator having a longitudinal slot wherein the longitudinal slot allows the guide wire to extend through the longitudinal slot when the anchor is positioned within the dilator, and a driving device which is adapted to engage the proximal end of the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Colleran
  • Patent number: 7354453
    Abstract: There is disclosed systems and methods for spinal nucleus replacement by constructing channels through vertebral segments on either side of an area into which the spinal nucleus is to be positioned, the channels running from a channel end outside of the area to a channel end abutting the area. One end of a suture is inserted into the outside channel end of a first one of the channels and passed through the first channel and into the area and out of the area through the second channel until it emerges from the second channel. The suture is then used to pull the nucleus into the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventor: Paul McAfee
  • Patent number: 7306603
    Abstract: A minimally invasive method for stabilizing adjacent vertebrae to be fused is accomplished with a device configured to interlink the pedicles of the adjacent vertebrae and including multiple pedicle screws. Each of the pedicle screws has a screw head configured to receive a connecting rod in a position, in which the rod and the receiving pedicle screw are vertically aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Frank H. Boehm, Jr., Benedetta D. Meinick
  • Patent number: 7214227
    Abstract: A closure member, such as a set screw, and complementary receiving member are included in a medical implant device. The receiving member has a plurality of noncontiguous, threaded walls substantially defining a bore for receiving the threaded closure member. When the closure member is inserted into the receiving member, their respective threads interlock to join the noncontiguous walls of the receiving member. The closure member has an outer thread configured to interlock with the inner walls of the receiving member in a manner that aids in preventing the noncontiguous walls of the receiving member from moving away from the closure member. In certain embodiments, the closure member's outer thread includes a trailing edge having a point that is rearward of the trailing edge's root, and the outer thread includes a leading edge having a point that is forward of the leading edge's root.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, James Spitler
  • Publication number: 20060271198
    Abstract: There is disclosed systems and methods for spinal nucleus replacement by constructing channels through vertebral segments on either side of an area into which the spinal nucleus is to be positioned, the channels running from a channel end outside of the area to a channel end abutting the area. One end of a suture is inserted into the outside channel end of a first one of the channels and passed through the first channel and into the area and out of the area through the second channel until it emerges from the second channel. The suture is then used to pull the nucleus into the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventor: Paul McAfee
  • Publication number: 20060173454
    Abstract: A method and system are described for immobilizing three or more vertebrae. The system includes a first bone anchor assembly, a second bone anchor assembly including a connector having a predefined arc, and at least a third bone anchor assembly. The first and second bone anchor assembly are inserted into the pedicles of vertebrae spanning at least a third vertebra. The third bone anchor assembly is positioned into the third vertebra between the first and second bone anchor assemblies using an arc defining instrument which is used to locate the proper position for the third bone anchor assembly based on the predefined arc of the connector. Once the third bone anchor assembly is in place the connector is rotated into position and captured by the first and third bone anchor assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Publication date: August 3, 2006
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: James Spitler, Dennis Colleran
  • Publication number: 20060106380
    Abstract: An extension for use in a procedure to implant a stabilization system for bony structures such as vertebrae is described. The extension is formed by a tubular body with an engagement mechanism at one end to removably engage with a poly-axial head of a bone anchor assembly. A locking ring working with a slide are used to temporarily lock the poly-axial head and extension in the desired relationship for performing the procedure. The locking ring includes a slot in which resides a pin on the slider. Twisting the locking ring causes the pin to move in the slot and thereby move the slider either up or down. In one position a locking body on the slider engages with the poly-axial assembly locking the extension in place. In the other position, the locking body is disengaged from the poly-axial head allowing the extension to be decoupled from the bone anchor assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, James Spitler, Jennifer Diederich
  • Publication number: 20060106394
    Abstract: Disclosed is a guided bone anchoring device comprising a head, a shank and a passage for receiving a guide wire, the passage having a longitudinal center axis which is not concentric to the longitudinal center axis of the shank. Also disclosed is a system for guiding bone anchors, the system comprising: a guide wire, an anchor comprised of a shank wherein the shank has an offset bore at the distal end which is adapted to allow the guide wire to slide through the bore, a dilator having a longitudinal slot wherein the longitudinal slot allows the guide wire to extend through the longitudinal slot when the anchor is positioned within the dilator, and a driving device which is adapted to engage the proximal end of the anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Colleran
  • Publication number: 20060079894
    Abstract: A tool is described for use in a stabilization system for bony structures such as vertebrae, where the system involves connected a connector from one bone anchor in a vertebra to a second bone anchor in another vertebra. The tool includes a handle attached to an arm. The arm is connected by a pivot to a connector engagement mechanism, the pivot allowing the connector engagement mechanism to move from an orientation inline with the arm to an orientation at an angle relative to the arm by rotating at the pivot. The connector engagement mechanism is engaged to an end of the connector when the tool is in its inline orientation and by causing the movement, which can be by the movement of a lever on the handle, of the connector engagement mechanism to the angled orientation, the end of the connector is moved into a position for engagement with the second bone anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Publication date: April 13, 2006
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, James Spitler, Carolyn Rogers
  • Publication number: 20060064005
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method which allows for the mounting of a medical navigation system external to a patient. In one embodiment, displacement device is mounted around a patient's torso and serves to displace (e.g., distract or compress) the patient's skeleton in a manner such that the target site becomes fixed relative to a site on the displacement device. A navigation transmitter can then be mounted to the displacement device. The device has a quick disconnect that allows it to be removed without first releasing the displacement. Displacement can be controlled by pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical or by screw action. In one embodiment, the device can be used to position a patient on an operating table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: John Triano, Carolyn Rogers, Dennis Colleran, Michael Hisey, Scott Schorer
  • Publication number: 20060036244
    Abstract: A stabilization assembly is described that stabilizes bony structures such as vertebrae. The stabilization assembly is partially formed by a poly-axial assembly which includes an anchor connected to a poly axial connector assembly head, where the poly-axial connector-assembly head includes a slide ring mounted in the head and a connector mounted in the slide ring. The slide ring allows the connector to move between an upright and a horizontal position relative to the poly-axial connector-assembly head. In the upright position the connector engages with a drive mechanism on the anchor for inserting the anchor into a pedicle. In the horizontal position the connector can engage a poly-axial connector capturing assembly which is the second piece included in the stabilization assembly. An end of the connector engages with a poly-axial connector-capturing head which is connected another anchor mounted in a second pedicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: James Spitler, Scott Schorer, Dennis Colleran
  • Publication number: 20060036240
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and method for dynamic stabilization which provides for distraction of the inter-vertebral space while still allowing a patient a substantial range of motion. In one embodiment, an inter-vertebral dynamic brace is used to maintain proper distraction. The dynamic brace is designed to allow the vertebrae to which it is attached to move through their natural arc, maintaining the correct instantaneous center of rotation. An adjustable tensioning device is used to maintain the proper distraction and compression forces to restore and maintain proper kinematics, while allowing the dynamic brace to move through an arc centered with respect to the center of rotation of the portion of the spine between the vertebrae. In one embodiment, a method is provided for adjusting the dynamic brace both with respect to the center of rotation of the vertebrae in both the flexion/extension axis and in the superior/inferior axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, Scott Schorer, Paul McAfee
  • Publication number: 20050245928
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displacing bony structures relative to each other using a single device is disclosed. Displacement includes distraction and compression. Bony structures are engaged with displacement arms. The user selects one of a plurality of manners in which to manipulate a user interface, where a first manner results in compression and a second manner results in distraction. The user interface is manipulated in the selected manner until a desired amount of displacement has been reached. This displacement is performed in a manner that is minimally invasive to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Publication date: November 3, 2005
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, Jennifer Diederich
  • Publication number: 20050216000
    Abstract: A closure member, such as a set screw, and complementary receiving member are included in a medical implant device. The receiving member has a plurality of noncontiguous, threaded walls substantially defining a bore for receiving the threaded closure member. When the closure member is inserted into the receiving member, their respective threads interlock to join the noncontiguous walls of the receiving member. The closure member has an outer thread configured to interlock with the inner walls of the receiving member in a manner that aids in preventing the noncontiguous walls of the receiving member from moving away from the closure member. In certain embodiments, the closure member's outer thread includes a trailing edge having a point that is rearward of the trailing edge's root, and the outer thread includes a leading edge having a point that is forward of the leading edge's root.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, James Spitler
  • Publication number: 20050125066
    Abstract: There is disclosed systems and methods for spinal nucleus replacement by constructing channels through vertebral segments on either side of an area into which the spinal nucleus is to be positioned, the channels running from a channel end outside of the area to a channel end abutting the area. One end of a suture is inserted into the outside channel end of a first one of the channels and passed through the first channel and into the area and out of the area through the second channel until it emerges from the second channel. The suture is then used to pull the nucleus into the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Publication date: June 9, 2005
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventor: Paul McAfee
  • Publication number: 20050085813
    Abstract: There is shown a system and method for reducing the difficulty in percutaneous placement of a spine stabilization brace by coupling the brace to a pedicle screw in a single assembly. The brace-screw assembly is delivered along with an anchor extension through a cannula for anchoring in the vertebrae pedicle. The anchor extension becomes a cannula for working on the brace from the exterior of the patient, as constructed with a slot opening along two sides. Once the screw portion of the brace-screw assembly is locked in place with respect to the first vertebra, the proximal end of the brace is below the skin line. The brace is then repositioned so that the proximal end leaves the cannula through one slot and is captured by a corresponding slot positioned in a second cannula coupled to a second anchor. Once captured, the proximal end of the brace is guided by the second cannula to a receptacle positioned in the second vertebra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Applicant: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: James Spitler, Scott Schorer
  • Patent number: D560128
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Jennifer Diederich, Noelle Dye, Rob Brown
  • Patent number: D589147
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, James Spitler