Patents Examined by Christina Negrellirodrigue
  • Patent number: 10271962
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device and method for applying a bone graft material to the body. The device includes a cylinder into which bone graft material is loaded. Specifically, the bone graft material is loaded into the cylinder through a funnel at a proximal end of the cylinder and dispensed through a tip at a distal end of the cylinder. After the bone graft material is loaded, a sleeve within the cylinder can be removed in order to create a channel within the bone graft material. Water or other hydrating fluid may be inserted into the channel through a port adjacent the proximal end of the cylinder in order to hydrate the bone graft material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Heald, Richard Lim
  • Patent number: 10172717
    Abstract: A medical device includes a base ring configured to be implanted within a body of a patient. The base ring provides a contact surface to a vertebra. Multiple layers of multiple leveling plates are configured to equalize forces applied to the contact surface of the base ring, where at least one of the layers of the leveling plates engages an inner surface of the base ring. A layer of multiple pads is included with a top surface of the pads configured to maintain a parallel plane and a bottom surface of each of the multiple pads is configured to engage a top surface of one of the layers of the leveling plates. A cover is configured to enclose the multiple layers of the leveling plates, the layer of the multiple pads and the base ring. The cover provides a contact surface to a vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Noah Hansell
  • Patent number: 10105167
    Abstract: A rotational correction system includes an implant having first and second sections, the implant having a rotatable permanent magnet disposed in a housing of the first section, the rotatable permanent magnet mechanically connected to a nut operatively coupled to the second section. A keyed portion is interposed between the nut and one or more non-linear grooves disposed on an inner surface of the housing. An external adjustment device having at least one rotatable magnet configured to rotate the rotatable permanent magnet of the implant is part of the system. Rotation of the rotatable permanent magnet of the implant in a first direction effectuates a clockwise change in the rotational orientation of the first section relative to the second section and rotation of the rotatable permanent magnet of the implant in a second direction effectuates a counter-clockwise change in the rotational orientation of the first section relative to the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Pool
  • Patent number: 10098760
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to orthopedic systems, and in particular, to systems including independent plates and spacers. A plating system can include a spacer and a plate that is independent from the spacer. A number of locking mechanisms can be provided to secure the plate to the spacer. In some cases, the spacer includes a pair of notches that extend on an outer surface of the spacer. The plate can include a pair of lateral extensions that can engage the notches to secure the plate to the spacer. In other cases, the spacer includes an opening including a pair of inlets. The plate can include an enclosed posterior extension that can be received in the pair of inlets to secure the plate to the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Urban, Samuel Petersheim, Mark Miccio, Mark Fromhold
  • Patent number: 10098753
    Abstract: A system and methods for promoting fusion across an intervertebral disc space, the system including a system of spinal fusion implants including a distal implant, a proximal implant and a medial implant positioned therebetween, wherein the medial implant has a flexible anterior wall capable of being deformed when a force is exerted upon it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventor: Luiz Pimenta
  • Patent number: 10098673
    Abstract: A spinal construct comprises a pliable lead. A longitudinal member is flexible relative to the lead. The longitudinal member extends between a first end connected to the lead and a second end defining an opening configured for movement of the lead therethrough and disposal of the longitudinal member such that the longitudinal member is disposed about spinal tissue. Systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Rooney, William Alan Rezach, Joshua W. Simpson, Sean P. Skubitz
  • Patent number: 10092412
    Abstract: An interbody endeap comprises at least one member configured for connection with an interbody implant. The at least one member has a thickness that permits bone growth therethrough and a uniform surface configuration that resists and/or prevents egress of bone graft from a cavity of the interbody implant. Systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Drochner, Jonathan E. Blackwell, Cristian A. Capote, Anthony J. Melkent, Michael J. Merves, Bret M. Wilfong
  • Patent number: 10092329
    Abstract: A functionally dynamic stabilization unit and system for treatment of spinal instability are provided. Each unit, and collectively, the system, is configured to control flexion, extension and translation of the affected unstable vertebral area, thereby stabilizing the vertebral segments by restoring normal function. This is achieved by providing a unit and system that allow for lateral bending, axial compression, rotation, anterior segmental height adjustment, and posterior segmental height adjustment. The unit and system provide sufficient segmental stiffness, while also limiting, or controlling, the range of motion (i.e., sufficient stiffness in the neutral or active zone, while limiting or preventing motion outside of the active zone) to stabilize the vertebral segments. In use, the system mimics the natural movement of the normal spine. Furthermore, the system includes a rigid, fusion-promoting coupler configured for use in an adjacent level, or as a substitute for the functionally dynamic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: PARADIGM SPINE, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Trautwein, Bernhard Holtkamp, Rudolf Bertagnoli, Markus Salvermoser, Gary L. Lowery, Guntmar H. Eisen
  • Patent number: 10092330
    Abstract: Orthopedic implant and methods of implantation for fixing adjacent bones. In one embodiment, the implant includes a locking mechanism that is adapted to be advanced by a locking instrument, wherein advancement of the locking mechanism in a first direction produces rotation of a first rigid abutment surface of the implant from a first orientation to a second orientation, and continued advancement of the locking mechanism produces advancement of the first rigid abutment surface towards a second rigid abutment surface of the implant. The continued advancement may also place a compressive load onto the implant sufficient to immobilize the implant relative to a first bony surface and a second bony surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Samy Abdou
  • Patent number: 10085768
    Abstract: A flexible cannula device and delivery system for use in arthroscopic surgery. The delivery system engages the flexible cannula from the inside near the distal tip and pushes it into the surgical portal, essentially pulling the proximal portion of the cannula from the distal tip while being pushed from the proximal end with the specialized driver. The delivery system provides for single point engagement at the distal tip as well as a multiplicity of engagement points along the length of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cannuflow, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore R. Kucklick
  • Patent number: 10085843
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for implanting between adjacent vertebrae comprising: an arcuate balloon and a hardenable material within said balloon. In some embodiments, the balloon has a footprint that substantially corresponds to a perimeter of a vertebral endplate. An inflatable device is inserted through a cannula into an intervertebral space and oriented so that, upon expansion, a natural angle between vertebrae will be at least partially restored. At least one component selected from the group consisting of a load-bearing component and an osteobiologic component is directed into the inflatable device through a fluid communication means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. DiMauro
  • Patent number: 10085844
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to devices and methods for treating one or more damaged, diseased, or traumatized portions of the spine, including intervertebral discs, to reduce or eliminate associated back pain. In one or more embodiments, the present disclosure relates to an expandable interbody spacer. The expandable interbody spacer may comprise a first jointed arm comprising a plurality of links pivotally coupled end to end. The expandable interbody spacer further may comprise a second jointed arm comprising a plurality of links pivotally coupled end to end. The first jointed arm and the second jointed arm may be interconnected at a proximal end of the expandable interbody spacer. The first jointed arm and the second jointed arm may be interconnected at a distal end of the expandable interbody spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Perloff, Christopher Saville, Robert H. Wriggins, Jr., Jason Pastor, William Rhoda, Mark Fromhold
  • Patent number: 10080669
    Abstract: An implant for therapeutically separating bones of a joint has two endplates each having an opening through the endplate, and at least one ramped surface on a side opposite a bone engaging side. A frame is slideably connected to the endplates to enable the endplates to move relative to each other at an angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the implant, in sliding connection with the frame. An actuator screw is rotatably connected to the frame. A carriage forms an open area aligned with the openings in the endplates. The openings in the endplates pass through the carriage to form an unimpeded passage from bone to bone of the joint. The carriage has ramps which mate with the ramped surfaces of the endplates, wherein when the carriage is moved by rotation of the actuator screw, the endplates move closer or farther apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Davenport, Duncan Sibson, Andrew Iott, Chad Glerum, Jason Gray, Ben Silber
  • Patent number: 10080560
    Abstract: Retractor systems and methods for retracting body tissue during surgery. The retractor system includes a rail having two opposed widened rail portions separated by a narrowed portion, each widened portion engageable by a separate clamp. The clamps are configured to support the rail to a fixed surface, or to support a surgical device. Each clamp may independently be positioned or slid along the rail to a desired location without interference with a clamp on an opposing widened rail portion. A device clamp is formed of spherical mating portions which enable alignment of a surgical device along six degrees of freedom, and tightenable by securing a single fastener. A retractor blade mount enables an angular and tilting disposition of a retractor blade, as well as remote manipulation of the retractor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical Inc
    Inventors: Adam Friedrich, Jason Cianfrani, Matthew Bechtel
  • Patent number: 10080670
    Abstract: Instruments, kits, and methods are disclosed for installing an implant spacer through an incision and down a surgical corridor. The instruments also serve to align a drill guide and align and insert a spacer stabilizer for stabilization of adjacent bone portions. The instrument comprises an elongated guide bar body, an inserter face at a distal end of said guide bar body for abutting an instrument attachment portion of a spacer, a connection tip portion for securing a spacer against an inserter face, and a guide portion of said elongated guide bar body for aligning instruments with said spacer and for introducing a stabilizer to secure the spacer in a predetermined position between the bone portions. Included is a retractable graft block for securing graft material within an aperture of said spacer during insertion of the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: J.M. LONGYEAR MANUFACTURING LLC
    Inventors: Jason Sandstrom, Fran Korhonen, Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 10070899
    Abstract: Interspinous process implants are disclosed. Also disclosed are systems and kits including such implants, methods of inserting such implants, and methods of alleviating pain or discomfort associated with the spinal column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical Inc
    Inventors: Jody L. Seifert, Michael L. Boyer, II, David C. Paul, Noah Hansell, Mark Adams
  • Patent number: 10058433
    Abstract: An expandable implant for inserting within a skeletal space is provided, and a method for using the implant to expand the skeletal space. The implant is preferably designed to be inserted into an intervertebral space to replace at least part of an intervertebral disc between adjacent vertebral bodies. The expandable implant contains at least one first expansion compartment and at least one second expansion compartments, which compartments can be inflatable balloons that are inflated by a catheter. Inflating the first expansion compartment expands the implant in a first direction and inflating the second expansion compartment expands the implant in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Depuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Beat Lechmann, Dominique Burkard, Michael Schwager
  • Patent number: 10058356
    Abstract: Systems for securely connecting a spinal implant to a bone anchor by using an offset connection assembly. The variable angle connection assembly is able to securely connect the spinal implant to the anchors even when there is a variance in the angle and position of the anchors with respect to the spinal implant. The connection assembly will not inadvertently lock the components of the connection assembly preventing the relative movement of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Harper
  • Patent number: 10052126
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to a medical device assembly for facilitating a sealed working channel into a pressurized body cavity, and methods of use thereof, In certain embodiments, devices of the invention include a hollow body that is splittable along its length and being configured to move between an open configuration for operably coupling with a surgical instrument and a closed configuration, in which in the closed configuration, the device provides a seal that prevents gas leakage from an incision site of a body cavity while the instrument is in the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Arie Levy, Ofek Levin
  • Patent number: 10052139
    Abstract: Interspinous/inter-laminar spinal spacers are configured to be placed between bony structures of adjacent vertebrae. In one form, a spinal spacer includes a body including a first plate having a first wing configured to engage a first vertebra and a second wing configured to engage a second vertebra, and a post extending from the first plate to define a longitudinal axis, the post having a bullet nose; a second plate slidably coupled to the post of the body, the second plate including a first wing configured to engage the first vertebra; and a second wing configured to engage the second vertebra; wherein the second plate defines a first bore configured to receive the post, and wherein the bullet nose is designed to pierce through an interspinous ligament between the first vertebra and the second the vertebra so that the interspinous ligament can hold the implant in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Life Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Kara A. Bucci, Madeline Wolters, Michael S. Butler