Patents Examined by Alvin Stewart
  • Patent number: 10080656
    Abstract: Heart valve assembly systems and methods configured for medical interventional procedures. In one aspect, the methods and systems involve a modular approach to treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Caisson Interventional LLC
    Inventors: Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Todd J. Mortier
  • Patent number: 10080664
    Abstract: Modular humeral implants and methods of use. A humeral implant can include a stem portion, a metaphyseal portion, a locking element, and an intermediate portion. The intermediate portion can include at least one spacer. Each spacer can include a proximal engagement feature, a distal engagement feature, a lumen extending longitudinally through the spacer, and a pin slidable within the lumen of the spacer. Distal movement of a locking element in the metaphyseal portion can translate the pin of each spacer to secure the metaphyseal portion, the intermediate portion, and the stem portion in a locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Tornier, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Grant Emerick, Brian C. Hodorek, Matthew Victor Kartholl
  • Patent number: 10076405
    Abstract: An implantable digestive organ is provided for the transport of materials through the digestive tract and in one particular application to an artificial large bowel for replacing all or part of a colon. The prosthetic organ of one embodiment includes an outer support structure, an expandable member or members located within the support structure, and a flexible inner member forming a conduit for passage of material. The inner member is located within the outer member and the expandable member(s) is located between the inner member and the support structure. The expandable members are expanded and contracted, or inflated and deflated to provide pumping action that pumps material through the organ. The prosthesis may also include valves or sphincters at its entrance and/or exit points where material moves into and out of the prosthesis. An implantable pump may be included for inflating and deflating the expandable members in a desired sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Python Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mir A. Imran
  • Patent number: 10076431
    Abstract: A stent (scaffold) or other luminal prosthesis comprising circumferential structural elements which provides high strength after deployment and allows for scaffold to uncage, and/or allow for scaffold or luminal expansion thereafter. The circumferential scaffold may be formed from degradable material, or may be formed from non-degradable material and will be modified to expand and/or uncage after deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Elixir Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Motasim Sirhan, John Yan, Vinayak Bhat, Joseph Paraschac, Brett Cryer, Benjamyn Serna
  • Patent number: 10064726
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods of producing a mesh implant having a compartment to enclose a bone material therein are provided. These methods include generating a 3D digital model of the mesh implant having the compartment, the 3D digital model including a virtual volume of the compartment and a virtual depth, thickness and volume of the mesh implant; generating a 3D digital model of a covering configured for closing the compartment of the mesh implant, the 3D digital model including a virtual volume of the covering for closing the compartment of the mesh implant; and instructing a 3D printer coupled to a computer to generate the mesh implant based on the 3D digital models. A computer system for making a mesh implant and a delivery system including the mesh implant are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Guobao Wei
  • Patent number: 10064729
    Abstract: A method of assembling a mobile bearing acetabular component of a prosthetic hip joint is disclosed. The method includes mounting an acetabular cup insert to an acetabular cup. The method includes concurrently repositioning the acetabular cup insert deeper into an interior of the acetabular cup and repositioning the acetabular cup insert outside of an outline of the acetabular cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Depuy Ireland Unlimited Company
    Inventor: Richard D. Komistek
  • Patent number: 10064734
    Abstract: A glenoid implant for a shoulder prosthesis for implantation in the glenoid of a scapula according to embodiments of the present invention includes a central fixation element; an articular body configured for articulation with a humerus, the articular body comprising a plate, the plate comprising a side configured to be oriented toward the glenoid, the side comprising a central protrusion, wherein the central fixation element comprises a means for mechanically engaging with the central protrusion; a first means for locking rotation of the central fixation element with respect to the glenoid; and a second means for locking rotation of the articular body with respect to the glenoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tornier SAS
    Inventors: Wayne Z. Burkhead, Jr., Pascal Boileau, Gilles Walch, Pierric Deransart
  • Patent number: 10052207
    Abstract: Fastener systems and methods for attaching two or more parts are disclosed. A fastener can include a nut component configured to extend into at least a portion of an aperture in a first part and at least a portion of an aperture in a second part. The fastener can further include a compression body configured to fit into an enlarged portion of the aperture in the second part, and a screw component having a head portion configured to engage with a top notch formed in the compression body and an elongated portion configured to engage with the nut component. A diameter of the head portion of the screw component can be less than a diameter of the top notch in the compression body such that the screw component can move in a radial direction relative to the compression body during placement of the fastener to attach two or more parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: John Chernosky, Keith A. Roby, Ray Zubok
  • Patent number: 10045851
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to restoring joints by deploying a resilient interpositional arthroplasty implant. Such implants function to pad cartilage defects, cushion, and replace or restore the articular surface, which may preserve joint integrity, reduce pain and improve function. The implant may endure variable joint compressive and shear forces and cyclic loads. The implant may repair, reconstruct, and regenerate joint anatomy, and thereby improve upon joint replacement alternatives. The walls of this invention may capture, distribute and hold living cells until aggregation and hyaline cartilage regrowth occurs. The implant may be deployed into debrided joint spaces, molding and conforming to surrounding structures with sufficient stability so as to enable immediate limb use after outpatient surgery. Appendages of the implant may repair or reconstruct tendons or ligaments, and menisci by interpositional inflatable or compliant polymer arthroplasties that promote anatomic joint motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: IORTHOPEDICS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Thomas Grotz
  • Patent number: 10039636
    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: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. H. Backus, Michael P. Calomeni
  • Patent number: 10034755
    Abstract: An implant device used to replace and restore the function of the knee meniscus in a human. The compliant, yet resilient device is comprised of a biocompatible, non-degradable three-dimensional body comprised of at least a central body, a second structure, a third structure, and a coating. The device is concentrically aligned wherein the second structure is adjoined to the central body wherein the third structure is adjoined on the central body opposite of the second structure. The third structure further features a first and a second pulling element which is coupled to the central body and forms the outer periphery and major circumference of the device. The device is comprised of multiple components which provide tensile strength, compressive resilience, and attachment mechanisms for replacing the meniscus. Each structure is comprised of multiple surfaces which are further reinforced, separated, and connected by an individual plurality of vertical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Seth McCullen, Mario Alberto Accardi
  • Patent number: 10034757
    Abstract: A glenoid implant comprises a body comprising: an articular surface and a scapula-engaging surface, the scapula-engaging surface including first and second portions angled relative to each other; and a fixation feature extending from the scapula-engaging surface. A method comprises: forming a planar bone surface at a glenoid using a guide pin; forming a first bore into the glenoid located near the guide pin; forming a second bore into the glenoid offset from the first bore; inserting an augment ream guide into the first and second bores; and forming an angled bone surface at the glenoid relative to the planar bone surface using the augment ream guide. A ream guide comprises: a base having first and second surfaces; a bone peg extending from the first surface; an alignment peg spaced from the bone peg; and a guide peg extending from the second surface at an oblique angle to the bone peg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Francis Kovacs, Thomas M. Vanasse, Lawrence Gulotta
  • Patent number: 10028845
    Abstract: A prosthetic system includes a prosthetic foot with a foot member defining a first end portion, a second end portion, and an intermediate portion defining a curvature and extending between the first and second end portions. A pump mechanism is coupled to the foot member. The pump mechanism includes a housing defining a cavity, and a membrane situated in the cavity. The pump mechanism is movable between an original configuration and an expanded configuration. A movable member includes a first portion coupled to the membrane and a second portion arranged to slidably engage the foot member. Relative movement between the first and second end portions moves the first portion of the movable member relative to the housing and slides the second portion along a length of the foot member to shift the pump mechanism between the original and expanded configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Hafsteinn Jonasson, Hallgrimur Skuli Hafsteinsson, Egill Sveinbjorn Egilsson, Dana Stewart Marlin, Marco Steinberg
  • Patent number: 10022232
    Abstract: A method of forming an implant to be implanted into living bone. The implant includes titanium. The method includes deforming at least a portion of a surface of the implant to produce a first micro-scale topography. The method further includes removing at least a portion of the surface to produce a second micro-scale topography superimposed on the first topography. The second micro-scale topography is generally less coarse than the first micro-scale topography. The method further includes adding a submicron topography superimposed on the first and second micro-scale topographies, the submicron topography including tube-like structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mandanici, Zachary B Suttin, Keng-Min Lin, Olga Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10022229
    Abstract: An adjustable spacer modular device for the treatment of an articulation of the human body, comprising a fitting central body provided with an end having a substantially flat first surface, a head adapted to be arranged within an articular cavity, wherein the head comprising a cap and a base opposite to said cap, wherein the cap and the base are radiused to each other, a rod-like element, adapted to be fixedly connected at a bone end, first means for connecting the head to the central body, wherein the first connection means are adjustable and adapted to adjust the inclination of the head with respect to the central body along a longitudinal plane and/or along a transverse plane of the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: COSSINGTON LIMITED
    Inventor: Ava Cappelletti
  • Patent number: 10022233
    Abstract: An orthopedic implant device has a bone-replacement contour that replicates a healthy bone surface contour. An exterior surface of the device has elution pores. Interior surfaces of the device define a reservoir that is spaced inward from the exterior surface. The reservoir stores a therapeutic agent delivery medium impregnated with a therapeutic agent. The interior surfaces further define elution channels communicating the reservoir with the elution pores to convey a therapeutic agent from the reservoir to the exterior surface. A solid therapeutic agent delivery medium is stored in the reservoir, and is biodegradable under the influence of synovial fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ken Gall, Thorsten M. Seyler, Brian Allen, Sarah Dicker, Catherine Oliver
  • Patent number: 10016268
    Abstract: An endoscopic stent for implantation in a patient after sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch comprising a stent portion, the stent portion comprising a proximal end portion, the proximal end portion defined by a length of about 50 mm to about 200 mm, an enlarged middle portion, a middle portion having an enlarged diameter relative to the proximal end portion and the distal end portion and defined by a length of about 20 mm to about 80 mm, and a distal end portion and a polymeric sleeve portion engaged to and extending distally from the distal end portion of the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Hingston, Claude O. Clerc, Jonathan Root, Vishal Shah
  • Patent number: 10010414
    Abstract: Embodiments of a prosthetic heart valve comprise an annular main body, an atrial cap extending radially outwardly from the atrial end of the main body, and a plurality of ventricular anchors extending outwardly from the ventricular end of the main body. Each ventricular anchor can have a proximal end portion connected to the ventricular end, an intermediate portion extending away from the atrial end and then back toward the atrial so as to define a first bend, and a free distal end portion that extends from the intermediate portion. The distal end portion can comprise a first section, a second section, and a second bend between the first and second sections, the first section extending from the intermediate portion in a direction toward the atrial end and radially away from the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander H. Cooper, Matthew A. Peterson, William C. Brunnett
  • Patent number: 10004598
    Abstract: The invention relates to an implantable device for use in the human and/or animal body to replace an organ valve, comprising a main body having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end and the second each have an opening to provide a fluid connection through the main body between the first end and the second end; a first membrane element arranged inside or at one end of the main body, wherein the membrane element is formed in such a manner that it allows the fluid connection through the main body in a first flow direction and blocks the same in a second flow direction opposite the first flow direction; wherein the main body has a large ratio of length to transverse expansion along the longitudinal axis of the main body in a first operating state (primary form) and a smaller ratio of length to transverse expansion along the longitudinal axis of the main body in a second operating state (secondary form); and wherein the main body can be reversibly transferred from the secondary form to the primary fo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: PFM MEDICAL AG
    Inventor: Franz Freudenthal
  • Patent number: 9999512
    Abstract: The present invention provides a uni-compartmental knee joint prosthesis (1) which includes a tibial component (2) and a femoral component (3). The tibial component (2) has a fixation portion (10) adapted to be fixed to an upper end of a prepared tibia (T) in a patient, and a bearing portion (30) presenting an articulation surface (32) formed from a ceramic material, wherein the bearing portion (30) is adapted for movement relative to the fixation portion (10). The femoral component (3) is adapted to be fixed to a lower end of a prepared femur (F) in a patient, and comprises a body portion (50) presenting an articulation surface (56) formed from a ceramic material for engagement with the articulation surface (32) of the tibial component (2). The articulation surfaces (32, 56) of the tibial and femoral components are adapted for essentially congruent engagement over a full range of movement of the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Berna Richter, Christof Hurschler, Sven Ostermeier