Patents Examined by David Comstock
  • Patent number: 9579420
    Abstract: The present invention provides a plasticized dehydrated or freeze-dried bone and/or soft tissue product that does not require special conditions of storage, for example refrigeration or freezing, exhibits materials properties that approximate those properties present in normal hydrated tissue, is not brittle, does not necessitate rehydration prior to clinical implantation and is not a potential source for disease transmission. The invention replaces water in the molecular structure of the bone or soft tissue matrix with one or more plasticizers allowing for dehydration of the tissue, yet not resulting in an increase in brittleness of the plasticized product, and resulting in compressive and/or tensile properties similar to those of normal hydrated bone. Replacement of the chemical plasticizers by water prior to implantation is not required and thus, the dehydrated bone or soft tissue plasticized product can be placed directly into an implant site without significant preparation in the operating room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lifenet Health
    Inventors: Lloyd Wolfinbarger, Jr., Robert K. O'Leary, Billy G. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9456906
    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: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Gray, Daniel Davenport, Chad Glerum, Duncan Sibson, Jason Pastor, Derek Martzall
  • Patent number: 9358047
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to orthopedic fixation devices that comprise a coupling element and a bone fastener, whereby the bone fastener can be loaded into the coupling element through the bottom of a bore in the coupling element. The orthopedic fixation devices described herein can include modular locking clamp assemblies that can be fixed onto fasteners that are already implanted in bone. The modular locking clamp assemblies can include polyaxial locking clamp assemblies, as well as monoaxial locking clamp assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Devjeet Mishra, Michael Harper, Milan George, Katherine Manninen, John Perkins
  • Patent number: 9345520
    Abstract: An elastic or flexible element for use in a stabilization device for bones or vertebrae is provided. The elastic or flexible element is provided in the form of an essentially cylindrical body with a first end and a second end opposite thereto, wherein at least one of the opposite ends of the cylindrical body comprises a coaxial bore hole with an internal thread for connecting to a shaft and/or a head of a bone screw or for connecting to a rod section. The present invention further provides a bone anchoring element, e.g. a bone screw, with a shaft for the anchoring in a bone, whereby the shaft comprises an elastic or flexible section which is formed integrally with the shaft or as a separate elastic or flexible element. It is preferable for the elastic section to be implemented in the form of a helical spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Jürgen Harms
  • Patent number: 9326670
    Abstract: A Glottiscope for assisting with the insertion of an endotracheal tube or an Eschman like stylet into a patient is claimed. The Glottiscope comprises a blade which defines an internal passage for receiving an endotracheal tube or an Eschman like stylet, the blade having a proximal end and a distal end and means for viewing the patient's glottis, wherein the viewing means is disposed at the distal end and in use, below the point of emergence of an endotracheal tube or a stylet/guide (to rail road the endotracheal tube) in the internal passage to provide a view of the patient's glottis, the blade being adapted to direct the viewing means towards the center of the patient's glottis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: The Laryngeal Mask Company Limited
    Inventor: Gilles Dhonneur
  • Patent number: 9271765
    Abstract: In some embodiments a method comprises disposing an implant into contact with a first bone portion and into contact with a second bone portion, the implant having (1) a first interface configured to receive a restraining member, and (2) a second interface. The method further comprises inserting a portion of the fastener member into the first interface. The method further comprises securing the fastener member such that the first bone portion and the second bone portion are fixed to each other, at least in part by a substance after the securing, at least a portion of the substance disposed through the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Spinal Elements, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Blain
  • Patent number: 9259325
    Abstract: The implant includes two side walls resting against the vertebral end-plates and an intermediate wall joining the supporting walls. The implant can be deformed for insertion between the vertebrae to be treated to restore the attenuated mobility of the vertebrae, and includes mounting elements mounting on the vertebrae. The side walls have a curved shape, whose convexity is oriented towards the outside of the implant; the intermediate wall has a curved shape, whose convexity is oriented towards the outside of the implant such that it does not form any pronounced angles with the supporting side walls. The supporting side walls and the intermediate wall, have a partially oval shape; and the mounting elements are configured such that the implant can be mounted on the vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: PARADIGM SPINE, LLC
    Inventors: Guy Matge, Jean-Jacques Martin
  • Patent number: 9248025
    Abstract: Embodiments of instrumentation and methods are provided for the insertion of intervertebral disc prosthesis. The instrumentation of the embodiments comprises a guide comprising at least two lateral faces, at least one upper plate, at least one lower plate, at least one retainer, a cage defining an insertion axis for the prosthesis, and an angle adjuster adapted to adjust an angle formed by the insertion axis and an antero-posterior sagittal axis; and at least one separator sized to maintain a gap between the upper vertebra and the lower vertebra. Methods for implanting a prosthesis using the disclosed instrumentation comprise implanting a pin in the median sagittal axis of a vertebrae; measuring the dimensions of the intervertebral space; choosing the prosthesis; choosing the guide; adjusting the angle adjuster; positioning the guide adjacent to the intervertebral space; inserting the prosthesis into the guide; and inserting the prosthesis into the intervertebral space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: LDR Medical
    Inventor: Hervé Dinville
  • Patent number: 9220544
    Abstract: An intramedullary rod for use in a mammalian body comprising an elongate nail having a stem and a head and a threaded element carried by the head and accessible at the proximal end for rotation relative to the head. A locking mechanism coupled to the threaded element and configured to preclude rotation of the threaded element relative to the head when the locking mechanism is in a first position and permit rotation of the threaded element relative to the head when the locking mechanism is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Epix Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir M. Matityahu, Benjamin Clawson, Alan Grantz
  • Patent number: 9216040
    Abstract: Minimally invasive methods and devices are provided for positioning a spinal fixation element in relation to adjacent spinal anchors. In an exemplary embodiment, the device is a percutaneous access device that can be coupled to a spinal anchor, and the method includes the step of positioning a spinal fixation element through at least one sidewall opening of at least two percutaneous access devices such that the spinal fixation element extends in a lengthwise orientation that is substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis of each percutaneous access device. The spinal fixation element can then be advanced in the lengthwise orientation to seat the spinal fixation element in or adjacent to the receiver heads of at least two adjacent spinal anchors. A fastening element or other closure mechanism can then be applied to each spinal anchor to engage the spinal fixation element within the receiver heads of the adjacent anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David Greg Anderson, George Joseph Ross
  • Patent number: 9216068
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a plurality of cameras integrated therein. The view of each of the plurality of cameras can be integrated together to provide a composite image. A surgical tool that includes an integrated camera may be used in conjunction with the surgical device. The image produced by the camera integrated with the surgical tool may be associated with the composite image generated by the plurality of cameras integrated in the surgical device. The position and orientation of the cameras and/or the surgical tool can be tracked, and the surgical tool can be rendered as transparent on the composite image. A surgical device may be powered by a hydraulic system, thereby reducing electromagnetic interference with tracking devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: CAMPLEX, INC.
    Inventor: John Tesar
  • Patent number: 9186182
    Abstract: A spinal stabilization system includes a connecting rod and a bone screw. The connecting rod includes an elongate rounded section, an elongate head portion, and a neck portion connecting the elongate rounded section with the elongate head portion. The bone screw includes a head portion defining a slot, a shank extending longitudinally from the head portion, and a cap. The slot includes a leading end portion configured to receive the elongate rounded section of the connecting rod and a trailing end portion defining a planar surface. The cap is configured to enclose the planar surface of the trailing end portion of the slot and secure the connecting rod in the slot to the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Wallenstein
  • Patent number: 9186157
    Abstract: A surgical cutting instrument including an outer tube having a bearing sleeve disposed within a lumen thereof, along with an inner wire assembly extending through the outer tube and the bearing sleeve. A cutting tip is connected to the inner wire assembly distal the outer tube. Conversely, a coupling chuck is connected to a proximal section of the inner wire assembly, with a housing maintaining the outer tube and the coupling chuck. When mounted to a motor, the inner wire assembly is rotated to effectuate a surgical cutting procedure at the cutting tip, with the bearing sleeve supporting the inner wire assembly relative to the outer tube during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Brunnett, Charles Stanislaus
  • Patent number: 9179943
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method comprises disposing a portion of a flexible fastening band into contact with a first bone portion and into contact with a second bone portion. The portion of the flexible fastening band having a substantially uniform shape configured to substantially compliment a shape of the first bone portion and a shape of the second bone portion. The method further includes inserting the portion of the flexible fastening band into a fastener and advancing the portion of the flexible fastening band through the fastener until the first bone portion and the and the second bone portion are stabilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Spinal Elements, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Blain
  • Patent number: 9168149
    Abstract: Total disc replacement systems and related methods involving a lateral, trans-psoas surgical approach to the spine while performing at least one of continuous and intermittent intra-operative neural monitoring of the psoas muscle to avoid injury during introduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NaVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Curran, Luiz Pimenta, Scot Martinelli, G. Bryan Cornwall, Jonathan D. Spangler
  • Patent number: 9168069
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone screw assembly includes a threaded shank body having an integral upper portion receivable in an integral receiver, the receiver having an upper channel for receiving a longitudinal connecting member and a lower cavity cooperating with a lower opening. A down-loadable compression insert having a sub-structure, a down-loadable friction fit split retaining ring having inner and outer tangs and an up-loadable shank upper portion cooperate to provide for pop- or snap-on assembly of the shank with the receiver either prior to or after implantation of the shank into a vertebra. The shank and receiver once assembled cannot be disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, James L. Surber
  • Patent number: 9168146
    Abstract: This invention improves upon prior art total disc replacements (TDRs) by more closely replicating the kinematics of a natural disc. The preferred embodiments feature two or more fixed centers of rotation (CORs) and an optional variable COR (VCOR) as the artificial disk replacement (ADR) translates from a fixed posterior COR that lies posterior to the COR of the TDR to facilitate normal disc motion. The use of two or more CORs allows more flexion and more extension than permitted by the facet joints and the artificial facet (AF). AF joint-like components may also be incorporated into the design to restrict excessive translation, rotation, and/or lateral bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret A. Ferree, David Tompkins
  • Patent number: 9168077
    Abstract: A self-drilling, self-tapping bone screw includes a body having a head at one end and a cutting end at an opposite end, the cutting end having a generally flat cutting surface supporting two symmetrical cutting edges which extend from the longitudinal centerline to diametrically opposed thread start points. A recess is formed in the head for receiving an end of an insertion tool. A dual lead thread extends outwardly from the body in a spiral path from the cutting end towards the head. The dual lead thread pitch is tapered towards the cutting end, and transitions to a straight or slightly tapered thread towards the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Surgical Screw Concepts, LLC.
    Inventor: Robin C. Whitmore
  • Patent number: 9168062
    Abstract: A method for treating a spine comprises the steps of: percutaneously delivering a first fastener along a pedicle trajectory disposed in alignment with a first vertebral level of vertebrae; fastening the first fastener with the first vertebral level adjacent a lateral portion of the vertebrae; percutaneously delivering a first spinal rod adjacent to the first fastener; connecting the first spinal rod with the first fastener; percutaneously delivering a second fastener along a cortical trajectory disposed in alignment with the first vertebral level; fastening the second fastener with the first vertebral level adjacent a contra-lateral portion of the vertebrae; percutaneously delivering a second spinal rod adjacent to the second fastener; and connecting the second spinal rod with the second fastener. Systems and implants are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Michelle M. Hennard
  • Patent number: 9168068
    Abstract: A spinal stabilization system includes an elongated loop member and a bone screw. The elongated loop member includes a pair of opposing elongate bodies defining a gap therebetween and a pair of connection members connecting the pair of opposing elongate bodies at opposite ends of the elongate bodies. The bone screw includes a head portion defining a slot, a shank extending longitudinally from the head portion and a set screw. The slot includes a leading end portion configured to receive at least a portion of the elongated loop member and a trailing end portion adapted to receive the set screw. The gap defined by the pair of opposing elongate bodies is dimensioned to receive at least a portion of the bone screw securely connected to one of the pair of opposing elongate bodies. The gap is configured and dimensioned to facilitate unilateral adjustment of the elongated loop member relative to the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: K2M, INC.
    Inventors: Larry McClintock, Brandon Moore