Patents Examined by Alvin Stewart
  • Patent number: 10265174
    Abstract: An implant comprises a U-shaped suture channel which extends along a center line which has first and second end openings opposite each other opening to a common face. In an aspect the suture channel has a middle portion with a first size in cross section with respect to the center line of the suture channel and at least one of the end openings has a second size in cross section larger than the first size. In another aspect the first and second end openings of the U-shaped suture channel are formed by a first hole and a second hole extending into the implant from the common face in respective first and second directions extending into the implant from the common face, the first hole and the second hole communicating within the implant and providing the U-shaped suture channel through the implant, for guiding curved suture needles through the suture channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: XILLOC MEDICAL B.V.
    Inventors: Maikel Beerens, Erik Boelen
  • Patent number: 10265185
    Abstract: Arthroplasty components include an articular surface and a bone-facing surface. The bone-facing surface includes a concave arrangement of planar surfaces which converge as they approach a middle portion of the articular surface. Instruments and implantation methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Steven Scott Goldberg, Daniel F. Justin
  • Patent number: 10265178
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for providing orthopedic augments having recessed pockets that receive a fixation material. The orthopedic augments include an outer surface that interfaces with a patient's tissue or bone, and an inner surface that interfaces with an implant, the inner surface defining a recessed pocket configured to receive a fixation material, a rim around at least a portion of the recessed pocket, and a port in the rim, wherein the recessed pocket extends along the inner surface in at least a direction laterally from the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Shea, Daniel R. Goldberg, Nathaniel M. Quinn, Stanley Tsai
  • Patent number: 10265160
    Abstract: A graft includes a biological graft. An embroidered textile supports the biological graft. Sutures attach the biological graft and the embroidered textile together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Dooney, Jr., Reinhold Schmieding
  • Patent number: 10265155
    Abstract: An implantable device is provided for soft-tissue or soft tissue-to-bone repair, fixation, augmentation, or replacement that includes a biomimetic and biodegradable nanofiber scaffold. Also provided is a fully synthetic implantable multiphased scaffold which includes, in a single continuous construct, a plurality of phases to mimic the natural anatomy of a tendon or ligament and their insertion sites. Also provided are scaffold apparatuses for musculoskeletal tissue engineering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Helen H. Lu, Jeffrey Spalazzi, Kristen L. Moffat, William N. Levine
  • Patent number: 10251745
    Abstract: A connector for attaching a connective tissue to bone includes a sling for supporting and holding the connective tissue. A trap generally cooperates with the sling. The trap includes an anchor end and a sling end and a generally tubular section configured to decrease in diameter upon application of a longitudinal tensile force. The trap is dimensioned to fit within a tunnel through bone so that the connective tissue emerges from one end of the tunnel and so that an interference screw can be inserted into the tubular section at the anchor end of the trap at the other end of the tunnel whereby a pulling force exerted on the sling causes the generally tubular section of the trap to constrict more tightly about the interference screw to prevent slippage and to deter withdrawal of the trap from the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Minn Saing
  • Patent number: 10251744
    Abstract: A device for attaching soft tissue to a prosthetic implant. The device includes a body that includes a frame and a porous section disposed within the frame, wherein the porous section permits the passage of body fluids therethrough to encourage the healing of the soft tissue as well as the growth of soft tissue into and through the porous section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ONKOS SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Treacy, Jerry D'Alessio, II, Jacob Brenza
  • Patent number: 10245151
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are orthopedic implants having a medial portion and a lateral portion, each of the medial and lateral portions having a proximal surface and a distal surface opposite the proximal surface. An intermediate portion joins the medial and lateral portions, wherein the intermediate portion has a proximal surface angled to the proximal surfaces of the medial and lateral portions about a longitudinal axis of the orthopedic implant. The proximal surface of the medial portion is stepped from the proximal surface of the lateral portion about the longitudinal axis. The proximal surfaces of the medial and lateral portions are configured to receive corresponding medial and lateral inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Davignon, Michael C. Ferko, Stuart L. Axelson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10245143
    Abstract: Apparatus for use at a native heart valve of a subject is described. For some applications, the apparatus comprises a prosthetic valve support, configured (a) to be implanted at the native valve, (b) to facilitate, at a first period, implantation at the native valve of a first prosthetic valve, and (c) to facilitate, at a second period, implantation at the native valve of a second prosthetic valve. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CARDIOVALVE LTD.
    Inventors: Yossi Gross, Gil Hacohen, Eran Miller, Yuval Zipory, Tal Reich, Meir Kutzik, Rotem Neeman
  • Patent number: 10245163
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a trial system (100) and instruments can be used to assist in confirming that a planned procedure is achieved. In various embodiments, the trial or provisional portions can include markings (110) on a trial or provisional portion to compare to one or more implanted members to ensure an planned position is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Austen Davenport, Kirk J. Bailey
  • Patent number: 10231827
    Abstract: A transcatheter valve prosthesis including a tubular stent, a prosthetic valve component disposed within and secured to the stent, and a centering mechanism coupled to and encircling an outer surface of the tubular stent. The centering mechanism includes a self-expanding centering ring having an expanded diameter in the expanded configuration that is greater than an expanded diameter of the tubular stent in the expanded configuration and a plurality of self-expanding spokes radially extending between the tubular stent and the centering ring. The centering mechanism may include a base ring and/or a skirt. Alternatively, the centering mechanism includes a plurality of self-expanding loops. When each loop is in a delivery configuration the loop has a straightened profile that proximally extends from a proximal end of the tubular stent. When each loop is in an expanded configuration the loop has a U-shaped profile radially spaced apart from the tubular stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Bernard Mulvihill
  • Patent number: 10226606
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein includes materials, devices, systems, and methods for utilizing a stent (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700), reducing movement of a stent within an ureter, securing the stent within the ureter, aiding in insertion or retrieval of a stent from the ureter, preventing irritation of the trigone, or combinations thereof. In one embodiment, a stent is disclosed including at least one retaining structure (228, 328, 428, 528, 628, 728) positioned at least proximate a bladder configured to irritate a trigone less than a curled retaining structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: C.R. BARD, INC.
    Inventors: Beatrice Wan, Robert H. Orr, III, Richard Reineke, Jill Walthall, Mitch Loy
  • Patent number: 10213313
    Abstract: Femoral heads, mobile inserts, acetabular components, and modular junctions for orthopedic implants, e.g., hip replacement implants, and methods of using femoral heads, mobile inserts, acetabular components, and modular junctions for orthopedic implants are provided. Prosthetic femoral heads, mobile inserts, and acetabular components are provided that can alleviate soft tissue impingement, reduce implant wear, and/or reduce frictional torque. Modular junctions are provided that can minimize the incidence of loosening and micromotion that can occur at modular junctions of orthopedic implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Orhun K. Muratoglu, Kartik Mangudi Varadarajan, Henrik Malchau, Harry E. Rubash, Andrew A. Freiberg, Michael Patrick Duffy, Thomas Zumbrunn
  • Patent number: 10206781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a polymer scaffold design and method for treating segmental long bone defects without amputation that permits permanent regrowth of bone in the area of the segmental defect, without external fixation or other problems inherent in current systems. The polymer scaffold is preferably made from a poly(ester urea) polymer and includes an outer shell, sized to fit over a segmental defect in a bone, and a collagen containing material. In some embodiments, the collagen containing material is placed in a polymer insert sized to fit within the segmental bone defect and within said outer shell. In some embodiments, the outer shell may contain struts running longitudinal struts along the inside surface of the outer shell. In some of these embodiments, the insert will have a corresponding set of grooves sized to receive the struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: The University of Akron, Houston Methodist Hospital
    Inventors: Matthew Becker, Ennio Tasciotti, Bradley Weiner, Avraam Isayev
  • Patent number: 10206780
    Abstract: The present invention implements a set of grooves/ridges created on Ti at the circumferential direction to increase surface area of implant in contact with bone. These grooves/ridges protect nanofiber matrix (NFM) made with Polycaprolactone (PCL) electrospun nanofiber (ENF) and collagen at the groove from physiological loading. Controlled fabrication of a ridge made with titanium nitride (TiN) around the circumference of Ti is provided using a plasma nitride deposition technique. PCL ENF may be deposited along the sub-micrometer grooves using the electrospin setup disclosed. The method provides for fabrication of microgroove on Ti using machining or TiN deposition and filling the microgrooves with the NFM. This method has proven through experimentation to be successful in increasing in vivo mechanical stability and promoting osseointegration on Ti implants. The immobilization of MgO NP and FN with the PCL-CG NFM on microgrooved Ti as provided in the invention optimizes biological performances of Ti.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Morshed Khandaker, Shahram Riahinezhad, William Paul Snow
  • Patent number: 10201428
    Abstract: An orthopedic hip prosthesis system is disclosed. The orthopedic hip prosthesis system comprises a femoral head component configured to articulate with a natural or prosthetic acetabulum of a patient, the femoral head component having a tapered bore formed therein, a femoral stem component having a tapered trunnion configured to be received in the tapered bore of the femoral head component, and a shell positioned over the tapered trunnion of the femoral stem component. The shell includes a frame extending over the tapered trunnion, and a protective coating applied to the frame and the tapered trunnion. A method of performing an orthopedic surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel N. Huff, Justin D. Grostefon
  • Patent number: 10201425
    Abstract: The invention provides prosthetic venous valves, and method of use thereof, for the effective treatment of individuals with venous reflux in chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). The development of such prosthetic venous valves in the areas of valve design, design specifications, verification and/or validation testing, computational analysis, valve placement and clinician guidance and procedure are provided. Manufacturing the prosthetic venous valves of the invention is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: David N. Ku, Daniel Tanner
  • Patent number: 10201416
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a medical implant may include a buckle member, a post member axially translatable with respect to the buckle member, the post member including a receiving portion proximate a proximal end of the post member, a distal end, a laterally-arched central body portion extending between the receiving portion and the distal end, and a cantilevered leg extending proximally from the distal end, and an actuator element including a proximal shaft portion and a distal engagement portion, the distal engagement portion being configured to releasably engage the receiving portion of the post member. The proximal shaft portion may be pivotable with respect to the distal engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. H. Backus, Michael P. Calomeni
  • Patent number: 10201429
    Abstract: In an artificial knee joint implant, an increase in constraint force of a femur component and a tibia component in the anterior-posterior direction and the left-right direction of a patient is enabled, and an increase in an allowable degree of medial pivot motion is enabled. An artificial knee joint implant has a femur component to be fixed to a distal portion of a femur of a patient, and a tibia component to be fixed to a proximal portion of a tibia of the patient. Femur sliding faces of the femur component and tibia sliding faces of the tibia component each include a region in which the curvature radius varies in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Enomoto, Masahiko Hashida
  • Patent number: 10195042
    Abstract: A shoulder implant device includes one or more fixation features including an acromial intrusion element and an inflatable humeral balloon portion that receives a fluid through the acromial intrusion element. The intrusion element comprises a valve that can receive multiple needle sticks to add or remove fluid to or from the inflatable humeral balloon. The device is implanted in a subacromial space such that the one or more fixation features at least secure the device to the acromion and the inflatable balloon portion rests against the proximal end of the corresponding humerus. Fluid in the balloon portion maintains separation of the acromion and the humerus to reduce or prevent impingement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microaire Surgical Instruments LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Vanleeuwen, Shannon Vaughn, Thomas Weisel