Patents Assigned to Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20080045956
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical system for implanting pedicle screw assemblies to be connected by a spinal rod is disclosed. In one form, the system includes a plurality of holding mechanisms for the pedicle screw assemblies, each holding mechanism for being inserted through an incision and configured to receive tools along an axis thereof for driving a screw anchor of the pedicle screw assembly into a vertebra and securing the spinal rod thereto and a rod inserter that is configured to adjustably hold the rod and insert the rod through a common incision with one of the holding mechanism for being fed into position in an initial direction that is transverse to the axes of the holding mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Matthew Gephart, Phillip Berman, Bobby Lynch, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20080039860
    Abstract: An insertion instrument for inserting an implant in an intervertebral space is provided. The instrument includes an elongate shaft having proximate and distal ends with a longitudinal axis therebetween. On the distal end of the elongate shaft is a gripping device capable of shifting from a holding configuration for securing a portion of the implant relative the distal end and a releasing configuration to permit removal of the implant portion from the elongate shaft. The instrument includes a handle configured to be held with a generally neutral wrist position to permit comfortable use of the instrument. The instrument also includes an actuating mechanism coupled between the gripping device and the handle that is operable to configure the gripping device in the holding configuration upon an initial actuation thereof and the releasing configuration upon a subsequent actuation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Trudeau
  • Publication number: 20080039839
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical system for implanting pedicle screw assemblies to be connected by a spinal rod is disclosed. In one form, the system includes a plurality of holding mechanisms for the pedicle screw assemblies, each holding mechanism for being inserted through an incision and configured to receive tools along an axis thereof for driving a screw anchor of the pedicle screw assembly into a vertebra and securing the spinal rod thereto and a rod inserter that is configured to adjustably hold the rod and insert the rod through a common incision with one of the holding mechanism for being fed into position in an initial direction that is transverse to the axes of the holding mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Matthew Gephart, Philip Berman, Bobby Lynch, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20080039840
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical system for implanting pedicle screw assemblies to be connected by a spinal rod is disclosed. In one form, the system includes a plurality of holding mechanisms for the pedicle screw assemblies, each holding mechanism for being inserted through an incision and configured to receive tools along an axis thereof for driving a screw anchor of the pedicle screw assembly into a vertebra and securing the spinal rod thereto and a rod inserter that is configured to adjustably hold the rod and insert the rod through a common incision with one of the holding mechanism for being fed into position in an initial direction that is transverse to the axes of the holding mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Matthew Gephart, Philip Berman, Bobby Lynch, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20070123879
    Abstract: Bone plate and bone screw lock systems are provided for use in surgical implants. In a preferred form, the bone plate or other implantable member defines a bore for receiving a bone screw and a recess in communication with the bore. A screw lock operates in the bore at the recess to engage and lock the bone screw against unintentional movement The preferred screw lock is shifted about the screw between an unlocked position to allow manipulation of the screw and a locked position in which the screw lock grips the head of the screw to prevent movement of the screw. The screw lock preferably has a c-shaped collar configuration with opposing ends and a camming engagement with the plate or other member in the recess. Upon rotation of the screw lock, the camming engagement causes the ends of the collar to either shift toward one another in which the collar compresses about the screw to lock the screw or away from another to unlock the screw head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Applicant: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Hansen Yuan, Thomas Kilpela, Brian Janowski, Gregory Berrevoets
  • Patent number: 7207994
    Abstract: A small cannulated bone screw is provided having an optimized combination of strength, cannula size and thread depth. A set of such strong and small size screws is also provided where the smallest sizes can have one performance ratio emphasized over another, and the larger sizes can have the emphasis reversed. In particular, the smallest screws optimize the combination of their strength and cannula size with the larger screws optimizing the combination of their strength and thread depth. In any event, each of the screws in the set has an optimized combination of strength, cannula size and thread depth throughout the full range of screw sizes in the set, e.g. 3.0 mm to 7.5 mm major diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Vlahos, Matthew N. Songer, Kenneth Davenport
  • Patent number: 7207993
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for repairing the femur. A connector is provided having a claw-like member to engage with the greater trochanter. Along the body of the connector are a plurality of cable apertures and cable screws to receive and engage with cables that loop around the femur. Along the inferior end of the connector are bone screw slots and bone screws engaging the connector with the femur. The bone screws provide added support to the re-attached greater trochanter and provide support for periprosthetic fractures. The connector may be used to re-attach the greater trochanter by impacting a connector onto the greater trochanter, positioning the greater trochanter onto the femur, passing cables around the femur and through the connector, tensioning the cables to provide engagement between the greater trochanter and the femur, and attaching the connector to the femur using at least one bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Baldwin, Thomas S. Kilpela, Burns O. Severson
  • Publication number: 20070055235
    Abstract: A spinal fixation system is provided that, in one form, includes a coupling member having a cam lock member that is fixed against translation therealong as it is turned with turning of the cam lock member causing an elongate member such as a spinal rod to be pushed downward in the coupling member for fixing the rod therein. In another aspect, the rod is fixed against a low profile insert that seats in a recess formed in the head of an anchor member projecting from the coupling member. The insert has an upper surface against which the rod is fixed and that in one form is flat to provide for line contact against the rod so as to minimize damage thereto. In another form, the cam lock member cams against a clamping member driving it downward in the coupling member for fixing the rod therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Applicant: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Janowski, Francis Korhonen, Thomas Kilpela, Gregory Berrevoets
  • Publication number: 20060271051
    Abstract: A crosslink member for securing spinal rods is disclosed having connector ends that include a brace and a locking member, each having an arcuate face resting on and securing a spinal rod. The locking member is secured by a cam member that rotates relative to the locking member and that cams against the connector to displace the cam member. The crosslink includes a male connector with a cylindrical cross rod received by a cavity in a female connector. The cross rod is secured by a pivotable clamp device in the female connector, and the cross rod connector and female connector may pivot, rotate, and telescope relative to each other. To reduce size without sacrificing pivot sweep, the cross rod has beveled edges, and the cavity of the female connector has windows to provide pivot clearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Berrevoets, Brian Janowski, Thomas Kilpela
  • Patent number: 7141051
    Abstract: A spinal fixation system is provided that, in one form, includes a coupling member having a cam lock member that is fixed against translation as it is turned with turning of the cam lock member causing an elongate member such as a spinal rod to be pushed downward in the coupling member for fixing the rod therein. In another aspect, the rod is fixed against a low profile insert that seats in a recess formed in the head of an anchor member projecting from the coupling member. The insert has an upper surface against which the rod is fixed. In one form, the insert upper surface is flat to provide for line contact against the rod so as to minimize damage thereto. In another form, the cam lock member cams against a clamping member driving it downward in the coupling member for fixing the rod therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Janowski, Francis J. Korhonen, Thomas S. Kilpela
  • Patent number: 7090675
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining positions of bones fixed or approximated relative to each other is provided that is ideal for minimizing interference with surrounding viscera in spinal column procedures, although other good application therefor are also disclosed. In the preferred form, a cable anchoring apparatus in the form of a screw member having an elongate shank that is threaded for substantially the full length thereof is employed. An internal driver surface is provided so that the size of the proximate end of the shank can be minimized or maintained consistently sized with respect to the reminder of the shank with no enlarged driver head formed thereat. This allows the amount of bone material that is removed from full insertion of the screw anchor to be minimized, i.e. no countersinking for an enlarged driver head is necessary, thus improving holding power of the cable anchor herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 7001433
    Abstract: Artificial disc devices are disclosed that restore correct anatomical intervertebral spacing for damaged discs while maintaining a substantially normal range of biomechanical movement for the vertebrae between which they are implanted. The disc devices include center bearing and outer or annular bearing portions with the center bearing portion including generally axially extending locating surfaces which cooperate with the facing vertebral surfaces to resist migration. The outer bearing portion is for load bearing or load sharing with the center bearing portion and includes surfaces that extend radially toward the periphery of the vertebrae so that subsidence about the center bearing portion is minimized. Alternate forms of the disc devices include one with an axially enlarged center ball bearing having an annular ring bearing extending thereabout and another having upper and lower plate members with a central bumper member and a surrounding resilient annular member therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew N. Songer, Thomas S. Kilpela, Brian P. Janowski, Gregory A. Berrevoets, Matthew P. Gephart
  • Patent number: 6860883
    Abstract: A bone fixation apparatus and method are provided that allow a user to push bone pins into engagement with bones with more precision and accurate feel as to proper engagement and the clamping forces between the pins and bone over prior devices utilizing applicator guns and the like. Fine tuning of the clamping forces is also contemplated. Compact and highly ergonomic bone fixators are provided which allow the user to remain close to the pin application site during clamping of the pins onto the bone. Significant flexiblity is preferably incorporated by having two adjustably connected positioner bodies which can each mount a pin holder module releasably attached thereto. A fixation system with improved rigidity is also provided by way of independent clamping members for each of a pair of rod mounts on each pin positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Janowski, Jeffrey L. Trudeau
  • Publication number: 20040181225
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining positions of bones fixed or approximated relative to each other is provided that is ideal for minimizing interference with surrounding viscera in spinal column procedures, although other good application therefor are also disclosed. In the preferred form, a cable anchoring apparatus in the form of a screw member having an elongate shank that is threaded for substantially the full length thereof is employed. An internal driver surface is provided so that the size of the proximate end of the shank can be minimized or maintained consistently sized with respect to the reminder of the shank with no enlarged driver head formed thereat. This allows the amount of bone material that is removed from full insertion of the screw anchor to be minimized, i.e. no countersinking for an enlarged driver head is necessary, thus improving holding power of the cable anchor herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Applicant: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew N. Songer
  • Publication number: 20040153068
    Abstract: A spinal fixation system is provided that, in one form, includes a coupling member having a cam lock member that is fixed against translation therealong as it is turned with turning of the cam lock member causing an elongate member such as a spinal rod to be pushed downward in the coupling member for fixing the rod therein. In another aspect, the rod is fixed against a low profile insert that seats in a recess formed in the head of an anchor member projecting from the coupling member. The insert has an upper surface against which the rod is fixed and that in one form is flat to provide for line contact against the rod so as to minimize damage thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Janowski, Francis J. Korhonen, Thomas S. Kilpela
  • Patent number: 6730092
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining positions of bones fixed or approximated relative to each other is provided that is ideal for minimizing interference with surrounding viscera in spinal column procedures, although other good application therefor are also disclosed. In the preferred form, a cable anchoring apparatus in the form of a screw member having an elongate shank that is threaded for substantially the full length thereof is employed. An internal driver surface is provided so that the size of the proximate end of the shank can be minimized or maintained consistently sized with respect to the reminder of the shank with no enlarged driver head formed thereat. This allows the amount of bone material that is removed from full insertion of the screw anchor to be minimized, i.e. no countersinking for an enlarged driver head is necessary, thus improving holding power of the cable anchor herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 6682561
    Abstract: An implantable, spinal, vertebral replacement device comprises a tubular cage for fitting into a space left by a missing vertebral body and for optionally retaining bone graft material. First and second transverse plates are respectively positioned at opposed ends of the tubular cage for supporting the respective cage ends and for pressing a plate face against an adjacent vertebral body in spinal column-supporting relation. The transverse plates are each joined in transverse relation to a vertebral attachment plate which, in use, extends generally parallel to the spine. The vertebral attachment plate defines screw holes for preferably open helix screw securance to the pair of adjacent vertebral bodies that bracket the space left by the missing vertebral body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew N. Songer, Jeffrey D. Vlahos, Thomas S. Kilpela
  • Publication number: 20040006345
    Abstract: A small cannulated bone screw is provided having an optimized combination of strength, cannula size and thread depth. A set of such strong and small size screws is also provided where the smallest sizes can have one performance ratio emphasized over another, and the larger sizes can have the emphasis reversed. In particular, the smallest screws optimize the combination of their strength and cannula size with the larger screws optimizing the combination of their strength and thread depth. In any event, each of the screws in the set has an optimized combination of strength, cannula size and thread depth throughout the full range of screw sizes in the set, e.g. 3.0 mm to 7.5 mm major diameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Applicant: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Vlahos, Matthew N. Songer, Kenneth Davenport
  • Publication number: 20030220691
    Abstract: Artificial disc devices are disclosed that restore correct anatomical intervertebral spacing for damaged discs while maintaining a substantially normal range of biomechanical movement for the vertebrae between which they are implanted. The disc devices include center bearing and outer or annular bearing portions with the center bearing portion including generally axially extending locating surfaces which cooperate with the facing vertebral surfaces to resist migration. The outer bearing portion is for load bearing or load sharing with the center bearing portion and includes surfaces that extend radially toward the periphery of the vertebrae so that subsidence about the center bearing portion is minimized. Alternate forms of the disc devices include one with an axially enlarged center ball bearing having an annular ring bearing extending thereabout and another having upper and lower plate members with a central bumper member and a surrounding resilient annular member therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Applicant: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew N. Songer, Thomas S. Kilpela, Brian P. Janowski, Gregory A. Berrevoets, Matthew P. Gephart
  • Publication number: 20030153910
    Abstract: A bone fixation apparatus and method are provided that allow a user to push bone pins into engagement with bones with more precision and accurate feel as to proper engagement and the clamping forces between the pins and bone over prior devices utilizing applicator guns and the like. Fine tuning of the clamping forces is also contemplated. Compact and highly ergonomic bone fixators are provided which allow the user to remain close to the pin application site during clamping of the pins onto the bone. Significant flexiblity is preferably incorporated by having two adjustably connected positioner bodies which can each mount a pin holder module releasably attached thereto. A fixation system with improved rigidity is also provided by way of independent clamping members for each of a pair of rod mounts on each pin positioner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Applicant: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Janowski, Jeffrey L. Trudeau