Patents Examined by Anu Ramana
  • Patent number: 10842649
    Abstract: An operating instrument includes a housing, a chassis, a first and second drive shaft, a gear assembly, a switch assembly, and a bearing lock assembly. The first and second drive shafts each has a first portion supported by the chassis in the housing and a second portion extending out of the housing. The gear assembly includes a first gear member fixedly received on the first portion of the first drive shaft and a second gear member slidably received on the first portion of the second drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SpineEX, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Rogers, Robyn Burrows-Ownbey
  • Patent number: 10835263
    Abstract: A surgical tool with a housing, and a cutter support shaft operably connected to a motor to effect rotation of the shaft with a drive transmission configured between the motor and the shaft to effect oscillating rotary movement of the shaft and cutter is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Peter L. Bono
  • Patent number: 10828067
    Abstract: A system for compressing a fracture can include a first bone plate having a first proximal end and a first distal end, and a second bone plate having a second proximal end and a second distal end. The second bone plate can be spaced apart from the first bone plate. The system can include an expansion member coupled to the second proximal end of the second bone plate. The movement of the expansion member relative to the second bone plate can cause the first distal end of the first bone plate and the second distal end of the second bone plate to move toward each other to compress the fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Katrana, Benjamin P. Heilman, Thomas M. Vanasse
  • Patent number: 10828170
    Abstract: An inflatable and implantable balloon for treatment of degenerative disc disease, bones, lesions, spinal deformities and spinal motion segment instabilities. The balloon is comprised of adjustable and expandable volumes. Further disclosed are methods of forming, inserting, expanding, and implanting the multi-volume balloon for proper placement and stabilization of the spinal lesion or disease. Still further disclosed are kits for aligning and stabilizing elements of the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacques Teisen, Joern Richter, Matthias Wesselmann, Bodo Quint, Stefan Mueller
  • Patent number: 10828075
    Abstract: Devices and methods for locking one or more bone screws to a fixation plate. A cam-style locking feature may be disposed in the fixation plate such that, when the locking feature is in a first position, the bone screw is able to traverse an opening in the fixation plate and engage adjacent bone; and when the locking feature is rotated into a second position, an interference between the locking feature and bone screw causes the bone screw to be firmly secured to the fixation plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Globus Medical Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Gault
  • Patent number: 10820930
    Abstract: A bone plate having at least one variable angle locking hole is described. The variable angle locking hole allows a bone anchor having a threaded head to be driven into underlying bone while oriented at an angle with respect to a central hole axis of the hole that is within a range of angles at which the head is configured to threadedly mate with the at least one thread of the bone plate. Accordingly, the bone anchor can be driven into the underlying bone until the threaded head threadedly purchases with the bone plate inside the variable angle locking hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erasmo A. Lopez, Kristina Snyder, Seung-kyu Daniel Kwak, Dylan Jones, Robert Coughlin, Timothy Nicoletti
  • Patent number: 10813678
    Abstract: A debris collection device includes first and second members that are moveable relative to each other between first and second configurations. In the second configuration, the first and second members interface with each other and define a restraint opening that is configured to receive an elongate element, such as a spinal rod. The first and second members while in the second configuration define a guide opening that intersects the restraint opening. Such guide opening is configured to receive a cutting tool, such as a conical burr, drill bit, mill or saw. The first and second members have walls that, when in the second configuration, collectively define an interior space that has a volume sufficient to collect debris created by cutting the elongate element through the guide opening. Methods of utilizing the debris collection device allow for cutting of a spinal rod or the like in situ while capture debris caused by the cutting procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Amir Ali Sharifi-Mehr, Paul R. Rochette, Douglas G. Pedrick
  • Patent number: 10799301
    Abstract: A technique for accessing extra articular lesions or abnormalities or intra osseous lesions or abnormalities or bone marrow lesions or all has the step of positioning the localizing pinning member onto cartilage or subchondral bone to define a virtual pathway through the cartilage or subchondral bone towards or into or through the lesion or abnormality or a desired target to create the virtual pathway utilizing an intra articular localizing pinning member to determine a location of the lesion or abnormality wherein the utilization of the localizing pinning member includes the step to locate or stabilize or both and thereafter using the virtual pathway to create an entry access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Rajiv D. Pandya
  • Patent number: 10799226
    Abstract: A surgical adaptor comprises a first member is attachable to a first surgical instrument having a projection that defines an axis. A second member is attachable to a second surgical instrument such that the second surgical instrument is movable in at least two degrees of freedom relative to the axis. Surgical systems, instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cristian A. Capote, Christopher T. Martin, Steven Nowak
  • Patent number: 10792075
    Abstract: An element with a shank (1) and a holding element (2) connected to it for connecting to a rod (100) is provided, wherein the holding element (2) has a recess (3) having a U-shaped cross-section for receiving the rod (100) with two legs (4, 5) open at one end (6) and an inner thread (7) on the open legs (4, 5) and a locking element (9) with an outer thread (8) which cooperates with the inner thread of the legs, wherein the inner thread (7) of the legs and the outer thread (8) of the locking element are constructed with a flat thread in which the two flanks (7a, 7b; 8a, 8b)) enclose an angle of 90° in each case with the screw axis (S, M). This prevents splaying of the open legs when the locking element is screwed in. The flat thread is easy to produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Jürgen Harms
  • Patent number: 10786368
    Abstract: Implants and instruments for providing an ideal trajectory for the insertion of instruments and screws during implantation of an interbody implant in a spinal surgery are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron Riemhofer, Thomas Sweeney, James Lee, Scott Lish
  • Patent number: 10786307
    Abstract: A method of automatically registering a surgical navigation system to a patient's anatomy is provided. The method comprises programming a surgical navigation system with a first spatial relationship between a surgical component and a reference array connected to the surgical component, programming the surgical navigation system with a second spatial relationship between an anatomical feature of a patient and the surgical component, installing the surgical component on the patient such that the surgical component engages the anatomical feature in the second spatial relationship, and locating the reference array with the surgical navigation system. The navigation system automatically recognizes the position of the reference array relative to the patient's anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan John Schoenfeld
  • Patent number: 10779869
    Abstract: An implant device is used for maintaining a distraction or compression element and includes a rod linked to implants by support devices having a threaded stud and a head for interaction with a support piece. The support piece has a device for attaching and blocking a distraction or compression element. The threaded piece includes two zones, namely a distal end zone having a conical profile and a screw thread with wide turns, configured for cancellous bone, and a proximal zone having a conical profile with a conicity angle smaller than the conicity angle of the distal portion, with a narrow screw thread, configured for bone cortex, namely including sharp, thin, deep screw threads, whereas the web is flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NEURO FRANCE IMPLANTS
    Inventors: Patrice Moreau, Karin Worner, Gilles Missenard, Patrick Tropiano, Charles Court
  • Patent number: 10779870
    Abstract: A curved inflatable bone tamp includes an outer shaft defining a passageway. An inner shaft is positioned within the passageway. The inner shaft extends between opposite first and second end. The inner shaft defines a lumen. The inner shaft is curved between the first end and the second end. A first leg of a balloon is coupled to the outer shaft and a second leg of the balloon is coupled to the inner shaft such that a material can flow through the lumen and into the balloon to inflate the balloon. The balloon includes a wall having a variable thickness between the legs when the balloon is uninflated and a uniform thickness between the legs when the balloon is inflated. Kits, systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC HOLDING COMPANY SARL
    Inventors: Mojan Goshayeshgar, Samuel V. Bolosan
  • Patent number: 10772669
    Abstract: Drill and/or guide wire guides and methods are usable with at least one orthopedic surgical implant screw, wherein the guides have a length defined between a first end and a second end located opposite to the first end and a thickness defined between a front side and a back side located opposite to the front side of the guide. The guides have a guide hole formed adjacent to the first end of the guide, wherein the guide hole extends through the thickness of the guide from the front side to the back side of the guide, wherein the guide hole has a diameter sized to receive a diameter of a drill bit or a guide wire. The guides have a slot formed on the front side of the guide and located adjacent to the front side of the guide, wherein the slot extends along at least a portion of the length of the guide, wherein the slot has a diameter sized to receive a diameter of a drill bit or a guide wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FLOWER ORTHOPEDICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Oliver Burckhardt, Brian Garvey
  • Patent number: 10765438
    Abstract: Described herein is an anti-skid surgical instrument for use in preparing holes in bone tissue. The disclosed surgical instrument provides the ability to prepare a precise hole in bone tissue during surgery (e.g., spinal surgeries and pedicle screw placement, intramedullary screw placement). The disclosed surgical instrument accomplishes precise hole placement regardless of whether the angle between the drill axis and surface of the bone tissue is perpendicular. The disclosed technology includes a flat drilling surface which is perpendicular to the surface of the body of the surgical instrument. This reduces the likelihood of the surgical instrument skidding on the surface of the bone tissue and thereby increases the precision of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Szymon Kostrzewski
  • Patent number: 10758282
    Abstract: A general anatomic self-locking plate for medial acetabulum includes a left plate and a right plate mirrored with respect to the left plate. The right plate is a one-piece and includes a horizontal plate body and a vertical plate body. The horizontal plate body and the vertical plate body form a T shape. A through-hole is provided on the vertical plate body along a length direction thereof. Hole pathways of screw holes in the horizontal plate body lean downwardly along the free end of the horizontal plate body. The self-locking plate further includes stress bridges, automatic reduction holes and temporary positioning holes. An auxiliary apparatus of an anatomic self-locking plate for medial acetabulum includes a locking sleeve, a screw placing sleeve and a pair of gripping pliers. The right plate has excellent reduction and stable fixation, and is beneficial to accurately fix fractures without shaping and cutting during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Ming Li
  • Patent number: 10751068
    Abstract: An intramedullary autograft harvesting instrument (100) includes a cutting rod (10) having a body (13) and a cutting head (14), a harvesting member (20) configured to be disposed about the body (13) of the cutting rod (10), and an outer tube (30) configured to be disposed about the harvesting member (20). A method of using the instrument (100) transports harvested tissue from an intramedullary canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Lynch, Robin Büscher
  • Patent number: 10722379
    Abstract: An implant including first and second end plates, each of which defines at least one anterior ramped surface and at least one posterior ramped surface. A posterior actuator is positioned between the first and second end plates and has guiding ramp surfaces which correspond with the posterior ramped surfaces. An anterior actuator is positioned between the first and second end plates and guiding ramp surfaces which correspond with the anterior ramped surfaces. An actuator assembly extends between the posterior actuator and the anterior actuator and is configured to selectively move the posterior actuator and the anterior actuator simultaneously, move posterior actuator independently of the anterior actuator, or move the anterior actuator independently of the posterior actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Colm McLaughlin, Jason Zappacosta
  • Patent number: 10716632
    Abstract: A system for accessing lesions or abnormalities using intra articular localization has an arm and a guide component. The arm with a localizing pin at a first end defines a virtual pathway. The guide component has a straight guide portion and a curved guide or arcuate portion. The curved guide or arcuate portion has a plurality of angularly spaced guide openings for passing a pin or drill or pin or punch along a selected path to form an entry access. The straight guide portion is for holding or coupling the arm at or in proximity to a second end of the arm. The selected path extends toward the virtual pathway to form the entry access using intra articular localization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Rajiv D. Pandya