Patents Examined by Eduardo C. Robert
  • Patent number: 11026722
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for orthopedic use having a housing that includes a top surface, a recess, a distal base and a bottom surface, the recess defining a longitudinal axis and extending through the housing from the top surface through the distal base and toward the bottom surface, and at least two through slots, each one of being disposed at a bottom or a side a surface of the housing. The assembly including a securement assembly positionable within the recess in a co-axial relationship to a mating surface on the recess, and a band sized for travel along a predetermined path defined in part by the through slots in the housing, wherein at least one of the through slots is a starting point for travel of the band along the predetermined path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: OrthoPediatrics Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Albert, Stuart Lindquist, Randy Roof, John Kapitan
  • Patent number: 11026734
    Abstract: The present invention relates in certain embodiments to medical devices for treating vertebral compression fractures. More particularly, embodiments of the invention relate to instruments and methods for controllably restoring vertebral body height by controlling the flow of bone cement into the interior of a vertebra and the application of forces causes by the cement flow. An exemplary system utilizes Rf energy in combination a conductive bone cement for selectively polymerizing the inflow plume to increase the viscosity of the cement. In one aspect of the invention, the system utilizes a controller to control bone cement flow parameters to either allow or disallow cement interdigitation into cancellous bone. A method of the invention includes pulsing the flows of bone cement wherein high acceleration of the flow pulses can apply expansion forces across the surface of the cement plume to reduce a vertebral fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: DFine, Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, John H. Shadduck
  • Patent number: 11026671
    Abstract: A self-expanding retractor is described for placement within the vaginal canal of a post-partum female to aid in performing a vaginal repair. The retractor provides improved exposure and enhanced visualization of an episiotomy or vaginal laceration repair site. The retractor is typically in the form of a foldable, trapezoidal frame defining a central aperture, and includes anterior stability posts at its corners and a panel spanning the central aperture. The panel is typically in the form of a surgical gauze pad for absorbing blood and fluids entering the surgical field. The retractor can be folded by a user for placement within the vaginal canal and then released, which allows it to expand to hold back swollen tissues from obstructing the repair site. The retractor is typically lightweight and compact and is configured to minimize slippage during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Richard B. Beaven
  • Patent number: 11026805
    Abstract: An expandable intervertebral fusion implant, including a first vertical member, an inferior component, including first longitudinal member pivotably connected to the first vertical member, and a second longitudinal member pivotably connected to the first vertical member, and a superior component, including a third longitudinal member pivotably connected to the first vertical member, and a fourth longitudinal member pivotably connected to the first vertical member, wherein the superior component is operatively arranged to displace relative to the inferior component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Loubert S. Suddaby
  • Patent number: 11026813
    Abstract: A spinal implant system includes at least one interbody implant having a first member including a tissue engaging surface and at least one mating dement. A second member includes a tissue engaging surface and at least one mating element. An intermediate member includes at least one mating element. An intra-operative surgical tool is connectable with at least one of the members to engage adjacent mating elements and fix the intermediate member with at least one of the first member and the second member. Implants, surgical instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Hai H. Trieu
  • Patent number: 11020161
    Abstract: A surgical device is disclosed which provides a safe means of passing a cerclage wire around a bone and the technique for accomplishing this task is described. This device uses the tactile sensation of the human hand to achieve appropriate placement of the cerclage wire. Thus, Irregularities in the bone fragments of a fracture or bone graft augmenting a fracture can safely be encircled and secured. The device permits retrograde placement of the cerclage wire compatible with available manufactured devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Harry B. Skinner
  • Patent number: 11020150
    Abstract: A bottom loading fastening system that consists of the polyaxial ball and socket joint used in conjunction with an anchoring bone screw. The system allows attachment of a connector assembly to the anchoring bone screw having a spherical ball connector using a blocker ring preloaded with a split ring. Upon installation, the blocker ring and split ring are expanded into an expansion slot, causing relocation of said split ring into a lower groove, permanently attaching said connector assembly to said anchoring bone screw. The blocker ring having a counter-bored inner surface allowing said split ring to be preloaded to facilitate manufacturing. Dislodgement of the split ring from the blocker ring produces an audible and tactile indication that the sufficient force has been applied to lock the connector assembly to the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ortho Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Doubler, John E. Hammill, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11020156
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a hip implant offering minimal invasiveness is described. The system comprises means for positioning the implant under optical and X-ray control, an implant and an applicator for screwing and expanding the implant. The implant includes an insert body and an expansion tube with cut-outs and slits defining legs. The legs expand radially through windows in the insert body when the expansion tube is pushed against the sloped distal portion of the insert body. The expansion process may be ensured by using an anti-rotation device to prevent the insertion tube from rotating within the insert body. Applicator and implant are provided with means preventing cold welding during the implantation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MJP Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Joseph Philippon
  • Patent number: 11020153
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing access to an intervertebral disc using the patient's bony pedicle as an anchoring spot for a pedicle screw that temporarily attaches to an access port are disclosed herein. The disclosed methods and devices can eliminate the need for a surgical table as an anchor, as well as the need for components extending from the table to the port at the access site, thereby unencumbering the surgeon's view and workspace while providing minimally invasive access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Eric Biester, Ralph Solitario
  • Patent number: 11020149
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for use in spinal surgeries. The system may include a fastener system comprising a fastener, a staple, and a locking cap. A cord may extend along the spine and through at least one fastener system. An instrument may be provided for tensioning the cord. The system may, for example, apply fixation on the convexity of the scoliotic vertebrae to limit growth on the convex side and allow unilateral growth on the concave side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Globus Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey David Gordon, John LaColla
  • Patent number: 11013410
    Abstract: Implantable sensors are described that can be utilized in conjunction with orthopedic implants for monitoring fracture healing and detecting local chemical concentrations to detect and monitor implant associated infection. The sensors can include strain gauges, electrochemical, or spectrochemical sensors that can be read transdermally using a single photodetector. Sensors can be affixed to implantable support devices so as to non-invasively monitor the effect of load on the implant to provide a quantitative assessment of when a fracture is sufficiently healed to allow safe weight-bearing upon the limb. Alternatively, sensors can monitor the local concentration of infection biomarkers, for instance to monitor the implant area for early stage infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Aravis BioTech, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Anker, Donald W. Benza
  • Patent number: 11013535
    Abstract: A vertebral fixing system having a flexible elongated member, a connecting part, and an anchor, where the anchor may engage a bone structure (e.g., a vertebra) through an opening of the connecting part and the flexible elongated member may connect to the connecting part. In some cases, the vertebral fixing system may include a tightening part configured to apply a tension to the elongated member and/or secure the elongated member with respect to the connecting part. The vertebral fixing system may be configured to receive a rod and may be capable of connecting thereto. The connecting part may have a plurality of connecting members, where at least one of the connecting members includes an opening for receiving the anchor and at least one of the connecting members connects to the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Carlson, Hugh Hestad
  • Patent number: 11013536
    Abstract: A bone fastener assembly including a bone screw, a receiver, a crown, a seat, and a contact pin is provided. The contact pin is formed as a leaf spring resiliently biased in a first position that affords generation of spring force via deformation thereof, and the contact pin acts as a tensioner to ultimately press against a head portion of the screw to aid movement prevention of the head portion relative to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wickham, Mark Dace
  • Patent number: 11013618
    Abstract: Devices and methods for preparing a surgical site, and in particular vertebral members, which may include a retractable tool and an actuator. The tool may include distal and proximal members. A distal side of the distal member may be fixed in a longitudinal direction and pivotable at a point of rotation. A proximal side of the proximal member may be pivotably connected to the actuator. In a retracted position, the distal member may be pivotably connected to the proximal member longitudinally in between the point of rotation and the proximal side of the proximal member. Moving the actuator in a distal direction may push the proximal member and the distal member such that the proximal member pivots with respect to the actuator and distal member, the distal member pivots with respect to the proximal member and point of rotation, and the proximal member and distal member move laterally outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: JMEA Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Sack, Jack Y. Yeh, Sanjog Kumar Mathur
  • Patent number: 11006833
    Abstract: A multifunctional medical optical examination instrument including a hand-holdable portion, at least an optical examination head portion mountable on the hand-holdable portion and including at least optical examination and non-digitized viewing optics and image digitization, storage and transmission circuitry included in at least one of the hand-holdable portion and the at least optical examination head portion, the image digitization, storage and transmission circuitry being arranged to receive an image from at least a portion of the at least optical examination and non-digitized viewing optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Dror Oved, Kapriel Karagozyan
  • Patent number: 11006978
    Abstract: An extender system is configured to couple a vertebral bone anchor that has been previously implanted in a vertebra, or is newly implantable in a vertebra, to an adjacent bone, which can be an additional spinal level or an occiput, for example. The extender system includes an extension member having a body and an engagement member coupled to the body. The extension member defines an aperture extending through the engagement member. A screw is configured to attach the extension member to the vertebral bone anchor. The extension member can be fastened to the adjacent bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Montello, Oleg Levin, William Strausbaugh, Thomas Kueenzi
  • Patent number: 11006822
    Abstract: Pixelated array optics for mode mixing may be used to homogenize different modes in an optical fiber used for surgical illumination. A pixelated phase array, such as a digital micromirror device or an LCD phase plate, may impart motion to an incident beam entering the optical fiber to generate a homogeneous illumination field from a coherent light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Cesario Dos Santos, Gerald David Bacher, Ronald Smith, Alireza Mirsepassi, Michael Papac
  • Patent number: 11007065
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a safety element, an implant comprising such a safety element and an implant system comprising an implant with the safety element. The safety element for an implant is arranged between an outer and inner part of an implant, wherein the safety element engages into the gearing of an expansion ring, wherein a releasing space between outer part and inner part of the implant is provided into that the safety element is to be radially moved for enabling rotation of the expansion ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: ulrich GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventor: Martin Schröter
  • Patent number: 11006983
    Abstract: The disclosure provides systems and instruments that allow vigorous compression of two bone structures while minimally impeding visual access to the surgical site. This is achieved by use of a sleeve member that connects a stanchion to a lever. The system includes a stanchion member, a sleeve member dimensioned to at least partially encircle the stanchion member, and a compression lever including. The sleeve and the lever form a pivot point to allow the compression lever to rotate relative to the stanchion member when the sleeve is reversibly placed around the stanchion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Conrad Tyler Hammann, Scott Lish
  • Patent number: 11000319
    Abstract: Arthrodesis devices and arthrodesis procedures are disclosed herein. In an embodiment, an arthrodesis device includes a shape memory material connecting member attached to two points of fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Garlock, William Michael Karnes, Matthew Fonte, Matthew Palmer, Robert Devaney, Alexander Delmonaco, Kaitlyn Nealon