Patents Examined by Alvin Stewart
  • Patent number: 9662217
    Abstract: A knee prosthesis has a femoral component with a medial condyle defining a constant bearing spacing relative to a central sagittal component plane SP, and a lateral condyle defining divergent bearing spacing from the central sagittal component plane along an extension-to-flexion path. High congruence between the medial articulation surfaces creates a pivot point for external rotation at the medial contact area, while lower congruence in the lateral articulation surfaces allows the lateral femoral condyle to track anteriorly and posteriorly during flexion. The amount of lateral condyle bearing spacing divergence is calculated to produce a substantially linear anteroposterior motion profile of the lateral femoral condyle upon the lateral tibia articular surface throughout a wide range of flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Zimmer GmbH
    Inventors: Marco A. H. Heggendorn, Matthias Sch├Ąpper, Roger Scherrer
  • Patent number: 9655721
    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: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: PFM MEDICAL AG
    Inventor: Franz Freudenthal
  • Patent number: 9655727
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are knee replacement systems for replacing the articular surface of a distal femur. The systems include one or more unicompartmental components, namely patellofemoral, lateral condylar and medial condylar components. The components are configured such that when engaged to the femur the peripheries thereof do not cross specific locations and/or regions of the femur, namely the intercondylar notch and condylopatellar notch. The patellofemoral components described herein preferably have an extension portion extending posteriorly from a posterior periphery thereof towards an intercondylar notch or the femur without contacting the intercondylar notch of the femur when the patellofemoral component is engaged to the femur. The extension portion preferably extends posteriorly from a posterior periphery of the patellofemoral component towards the condylopatellar notch of the femur without contacting the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Peter John Wellings, Michael C. Ferko, Stuart L. Axelson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9649194
    Abstract: A medical device for implantation in a hip joint of a patient is provided. The hip joint has a caput femur integrated with a collum femur having a collum and caput center axis, extending longitudinal along the collum and caput femur, in the center thereof. The medical device comprises an elongated portion adapted to at least partially replace the collum femur. The elongated portion is adapted to be connected to a prosthetic spherical portion adapted to replace the caput femur. The prosthetic spherical portion in turn is adapted to be movably placed in a prosthetic replacement for the acetabulum comprising at least one extending portion adapted to clasp said prosthetic spherical portion. The elongated portion comprises a restricting portion adapted to restrict the motion range of the spherical portion in relation to said prosthetic replacement for the acetabulum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9629725
    Abstract: Reversed glenoid implants, and related kits and methods, are described that include an anchor member having a proximal head and a baseplate having a distal end with a first aperture sized to accept the proximal head of the anchor member. The proximal head is inserted along an un-threaded length thereof from the distal end into the first aperture, and the anchor member is restrained against axial translation with respect to the baseplate but is permitted to rotate with respect to the baseplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Tornier, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn M. Gargac, Brian C. Hodorek, William Matthew Kuester, Austin Wyatt Mutchler
  • Patent number: 9629721
    Abstract: Among other things, there are disclosed embodiments of a valve implant that in particular examples are implantable within a blood vessel, which include a first set of elongate members, a second set of elongate members, and a hood affixed to the first set of elongate members. The first set of elongate members is resiliently deformable, and their distal ends are flared radially outward. The distal ends of the second set of elongate members are distal to the ends of the first set of elongate members. The hood is affixed to the first set of elongate members, and seals against the interior wall of the blood vessel in an expanded configuration. When blood flows from the proximal to the distal side of the valve implant, it presses on the hood, compressing the first set of elongate members, breaking the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Muffin Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter S. McKinnis, Neal E. Fearnot
  • Patent number: 9623153
    Abstract: Osteoinductive and osteoconductive compositions for bone graft which utilize less allograft tissue, and methods for their production, are provided. The compositions and methods contain a combination of fibers of demineralized bone matrix from allograft bone and fibers of non-allograft bone material. The fibers of non-allograft bone material comprise non-fibrous demineralized bone matrix particles embedded within or disposed on the fibers of non-allograft bone material. The non-allograft fibers of the composition contain a bone void filler of collagen and one or more ceramics embedded with demineralized bone matrix particles. In some embodiments, the composition also contains a bioactive agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. McKay
  • Patent number: 9615928
    Abstract: The invention provides an implantable medical device for treatment of a proximal humerus fracture, comprising a base element to be anchored in the medullar cavity of the humeral shaft, a support element to be fixed with respect to the base element, wherein the support element is configured to support one or more bone fragments, wherein the medical device comprises positioning members configured to position the support element with respect to the base element in a range of rotational positions and axial positions, and wherein the medical device comprises a fixation device to fixate the support element, within the range of rotational positions and axial positions, in a desired rotational and axial position with respect to the base element. In an embodiment, the medical device is a non-occluding medical device, wherein after implantation the medullar cavity is not occluded by the medical device due to the open and non canal filling structure of the device preserving blood flow to the reattached bone fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: IMPLANT SERVICE B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Pieter Jan Visser
  • Patent number: 9615913
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an improved Bone Tendon Bone graft for use in orthopedic surgical procedures. Specifically exemplified herein is a Bone Tendon Bone graft comprising one or more bone blocks having a groove cut into the surface thereof, wherein said groove is sufficient to accommodate a fixation screw. Also disclosed is a method of harvesting grafts that has improved efficiency and increases the quantity of extracted tissue and minimizes time required by surgeon for implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: RTI Surgical, Inc
    Inventors: Kevin C. Carter, Michael Esch, Paul LaRochelle, James Gross
  • Patent number: 9615927
    Abstract: An orthopaedic hip prosthesis system is disclosed. The orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel N. Huff, Justin D. Grostefon
  • Patent number: 9610167
    Abstract: A glenoid implant has an anatomically formed body including of metal and/or plastic materials. It further has a contact surface adapted to extend the surface of a glenoid and to bear a humerus. In the implant body, there is at least one hole with a screw head seating area for holding the head of a screw, which may be screwed into a glenoid for fixedly attaching the glenoid implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Hardy, St├ęphane Naudin
  • Patent number: 9610161
    Abstract: An implant for supplementing, repairing, or replacing a native heart valve leaflet or leaflets provides a scaffold, which defines a pseudo-annulus. The implant further has at least two struts in generally oppositely spaced apart positions on the scaffold. The scaffold can be placed in an elastically loaded condition in a heart with the struts engaging tissue at or near the leaflet commissures of a heart valve annulus, to reshape the annulus for leaflet coaptation. The implant further provides a neoleaflet element coupled to the scaffold within pseudo-annulus, to provide a one-way valve function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: MVRX, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Macoviak, Robert T. Chang, David A. Rahdert, Timothy R. Machold, Rick A. Soss
  • Patent number: 9610164
    Abstract: A prosthetic member is formed to include a selected thickness to allow for bone retention. The prosthetic member can include a formed support member that can include a rigidifying structure. The rigidifying structure can be formed substantially simultaneously with a formation of at least one portion of the prosthetic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron P. Smith
  • Patent number: 9603712
    Abstract: A humerus implant has a stem, cup shaped body and a locking adapter. The cup shaped body is locked to the stem by a key-slot mechanism. The cup shaped body has a center portion and a plurality of flexible first sidewall segments and second sidewall segments, with gaps between neighbored sidewall segments. The first sidewall segments have a plurality of locking fins while the second sidewall segments having a plurality of recesses and holes. The locking adapter has means for fixing the locking adapter to the cup shaped body and a locking ring for locking the sidewall segments into their final positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Samuel Bachmaier
  • Patent number: 9597203
    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: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Tornier, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Grant Emerick, Brian C. Hodorek, Matthew Victor Kartholl
  • Patent number: 9597209
    Abstract: An endograft includes a main body having a wall separating interior and exterior surfaces and adapted to be inserted within the vessel. The main body is characterized by a single proximal opening and two distal openings and at least one aperture extending through the wall. At least one stent is secured to the main body that upon expansion pressure fits the main body into the vessel. An open tunnel is secured to the interior surface of the main body around the main body aperture and secured somewhere along the tunnel length to provide fluid communication between the interior and exterior surfaces of the main body through the aperture and with the vascular branch in proximity to the main body aperture. The insertion of a sleeve positioned partly within the tunnel and extending beyond the exterior surface of the main body into the vascular branch assures to the vascular branch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Michael David Khoury
  • Patent number: 9597192
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is an anchoring rod that is elongated and tapered, the rod extends from a distal end toward a proximal end, the shape including a palmate side, a dorsal side and lateral sides, is the shape being flared on its palmate side without flaring on its dorsal side and flares on its lateral sides so as to form a flared proximal portion, said flared proximal portion having a substantially trapezoidal cross-section, with a dorsal face larger than the palmate face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Roux, Alain Tchurukdichian, Gilles Dautel, Yann Saint-Cast
  • Patent number: 9579186
    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: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: John A. Hingston, Claude O. Clerc, Jonathan Root, Vishal Shah
  • Patent number: 9579168
    Abstract: In one aspect, a multi-use prosthetic component is provided. In certain examples, the component comprises a prismatic head, external marks and internal hexagon for indexing, fitting and orientation of the assembly. In another aspect, a dental implant system is provided, where in certain examples the system includes a covering cylinder, a plastic cover, a set screw and an implant with an external hexagon, which allows for, in addition to the function as a conventional assembler, capturing the implant in the packaging, shipping and installation in the bone tissue, application of torque, impression coping, a prosthetic pillar indexed to the implant device, and 3D orientation during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Geninho Thome, Alexsander Luiz Golin, Ilderaldo Jose Lucca, Almir Borges Zvetz, Felix Andreas Mertin
  • Patent number: 9579210
    Abstract: A talar implant is disclosed. The implant comprises a body comprising a bone contact surface and an articulation surface. A stem extends longitudinally from the bone contact surface. The stem comprises one or more features sized and configured to prevent rotational movement, anterior/posterior movement, and medial/lateral movement. The stem is configured to be received within a hole a talus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Kian-Ming Wong