Patents Examined by Eduardo C. Robert
  • Patent number: 10383662
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for coupling a rod to a bone anchoring element is provided, wherein the coupling assembly includes a receiving part having a first end, a second end, a central axis extending through the first end and second end, an accommodation space for accommodating a head of an anchoring element, a bore extending from the accommodation space to the first end, and a recess for receiving a rod. The accommodation space has an opening at the second end sized to permit insertion of a head of the bone anchoring element. The coupling assembly further includes a retainer element configured to be positioned at least partially in the accommodation space and being radially expandable and/or compressible to allow retaining a head inserted through the opening. The retainer element is held in position adjacent the opening by an engagement structure provided at or in the accommodation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Bernd Fischer, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 10383660
    Abstract: A soft dynamic stabilization assembly includes a core, typically in the form of a tensioned cord, at least one pair of bone anchors, a spacer surrounding the core located between the bone anchors, typically, at least one elastic bumper and at least one fixing or blocking member. The core is slidable with respect to at least one of the bone anchors and cooperating spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10383790
    Abstract: For allowing an access to an eye during a rinsing process it is suggested to configure an eye opening device in such a way that the eye opening device comprises two wing-like spreading elements for pulling the upper eyelid and the lower eyelid of the eye apart so as to support the opening of the eye during a rinsing process, wherein two access gaps are formed laterally between the two wing-like spreading elements of the eye opening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Plum A/S
    Inventors: Bo Winther Barkholt, Per Pasfall, Poul Bertelsen, Bue Blinkenberg
  • Patent number: 10376138
    Abstract: A vaginal speculum apparatus includes a portable illumination assembly that is releasably attached to one of the upper blade and lower blade of a disposable vaginal speculum. The portable illumination assembly is defined by a housing that retains at least one LED and a portable power supply. The portable illumination assembly can be energized by an externally accessible member after the illuminator has been attached to the speculum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. McMahon, Allan I. Krauter, Robert L. Vivenzio, Dale C. Saddlemire, Dominick Danna, Stephen W. Burnett, Daniel C. Briggs, Scott G. Spanfelner, Jon R. Salvati
  • Patent number: 10368916
    Abstract: A bone fastener comprises a first member that defines an implant cavity. A part is disposed with the first member. A retainer is connected with the part and the first member, and includes an expandable orientation and a non-expandable orientation. A second member is connectable to the retainer and configured to penetrate tissue. Implants, systems, instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason M. May
  • Patent number: 10368918
    Abstract: A posterior cervical fixation system including an occipital plate member, a cross connector, a pair of elongated spinal rods and a plurality of polyaxial screws. The occipital plate member configured for fixing to an occipital bone comprises an aperture to receive a bone anchor member to secure the occipital plate member to the occipital bone and at least one rod clamping element dimensioned to receive at least one spinal rod. The cross connector secures the pair of elongated spinal rods to vertebral bodies. The cross connector includes a pair of collet connectors and a cross bar that is configured to secure the pair of elongated spinal rods in a desired distance. Each polyaxial screw has an anchor head associated with a fastening member. The pair of elongated spinal rods is configured to extend along the vertebral bodies between the occipital plate member and at least one of the polyaxial screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Shoshtaev, Shaffer Bannigan, Michael Brotman
  • Patent number: 10363075
    Abstract: A porous bionic internal fixation device for promoting healing of a fractured bone includes a lag screw in a round rod shape, the lag screw is provided with fixation structures at both ends thereof, and on a body of the lag screw, a plurality of apertures directing laterally or obliquely are provided, and densely distributed micro-holes are provided on the body of the lag screw between the adjacent apertures. When in use, the both ends of the lag screw are respectively located in the bone at opposite sides of the fractured bone, so that the longitudinal direction of the apertures is aligned with the direction of the tensile trabeculae or the compressive trabeculae at the fractured bone, and the position of the apertures corresponds to the fractured bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Yingze Zhang, Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 10357282
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for use of a cannula. For example, provided herein is a flexible cannula having an elongate body with an elongate shaft extending between a proximal hub and a distal dam. A lumen can extend through the cannula. The dam is in the form of a flexible annular member formed on a distal end of the shaft. The dam and the hub have diameters greater than a diameter of the shaft. A flexible, expandable sleeve is removably positioned on the distal end of the shaft of the cannula. The sleeve deformably encapsulates the dam such that the dam is folded against the shaft of the cannula. An obturator is also provided having an elongate shaft configured to be removably positioned within the lumen of the cannula. The shaft can be configured to fit within the lumen in a clearance fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventor: David B. Spenciner
  • Patent number: 10357291
    Abstract: A device for straightening and stabilizing the vertebral column, particularly for stabilizing broken vertebrae, includes a supporting implant which is plastically expandable by internal pressure. The supporting implant can be placed into the interior of a vertebral body which has been fractured under compression or between adjacent vertebral bodies. A pressure balloon to which pressure fluid can be admitted may be arranged in the interior of the supporting implant for producing the internal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastian Fuerderer
  • Patent number: 10357289
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for coupling a rod to a bone anchoring element includes a receiving part with an accommodation space defining an opening for inserting and accommodating a head of the bone anchoring element, and a pressure element having a cap portion configured to hold the head. In an inserting position, the cap portion of the pressure element is expandable in the accommodation space of the receiving part, and a first retaining element is configured to prevent the pressure element from moving towards a first end of the receiving part. In a pre-locking position, the head is held in the cap portion of the pressure element and is pivotable in the receiving part, while the cap portion is restricted from expanding to prevent removal of the head, and where a second retaining element is configured to prevent the pressure element from moving from the pre-locking position towards the inserting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 10350082
    Abstract: An expandable cage which is placed between the vertebrae, is moveable when preferred, closes the opening between the vertebrae upon being moved, and hence can be integrated in any intervertebral opening. The expandable cage has at least one body with at least one space and at least one rib; at least one moveable part which is located inside the body and has at least one bearing area, at least one base, and at least one nail, the moveable part being moved unilaterally by the balloon; at least one balloon which applies the force required to be applied on the base of the moveable part for ensuring unilateral movement of the moveable part; at least one hole through which the balloon can pass; and at least one compression element which supplies the required fluid to the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOBB EKONOMI VE TEKNOLOJI UNIVERSITESI
    Inventors: Mesut Emre Yaman, Teyfik Demir, Tolga Tolunay
  • Patent number: 10342587
    Abstract: A pedicle anchor device is equipped for being used like a pedicle screw, i.e. for being implanted in the vertebra from dorsal direction (but generally at an angle to the sagittal plane, slightly inward towards the sagittal plane) through the pedicle so that a distal portion of the device protrudes into the vertebral body. The pedicle anchor device includes a pedicle anchor device body with a head portion, a shaft portion and a longitudinal bore that extends from a proximal end of the pedicle anchor device body and has a hole or a plurality of holes from the longitudinal bore outward, for example radially outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Andreas Wenger, Jörg Mayer
  • Patent number: 10335198
    Abstract: A screw element includes a screw axis, a shank for inserting in a bone, and a drive portion for engaging a screw driver. The drive portion includes a first wall defining a first recess and a second wall defining a second recess. Drive grooves are formed in the first wall and extend parallel to the screw axis. The second wall extends axially from a free end portion of the screw element to the first wall and has an inner diameter that continuously increases from the first wall towards the free end portion. A plurality of guide grooves are formed in the second wall at circumferential positions corresponding respectively to circumferential positions of the drive grooves. The guide grooves extend further radially from the screw axis than the drive grooves and guide the screw driver from the free end portion of the screw element to the drive grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Dimosthenis Dandanopoulos, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 10335203
    Abstract: A polyaxial screw for surgical implant comprising an axially hollow central body; an anchoring element having an anchoring portion and a coupling portion, said anchoring portion projecting from said central body and said coupling portion being received inside the axial cavity of said central body; an insert axially received inside said axial cavity of the central body and an attachment element suitable to couple internally to said central body, characterized in that said insert has an elastic portion able to apply to at least a portion of the anchoring element a distributed compression load the resultant force of which being directed along the central axis X.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MEDACTA INTERNATIONAL SA
    Inventors: Meinrad Fiechter, Marco Magni, Daniele Beretta, Francesco Siccardi
  • Patent number: 10334687
    Abstract: A multispectral switch fiber optic lighting laryngoscope comprising: a laryngoscope handle configured with a connection part, and the connection part mechanically connects and fastens a laryngoscope blade. Configured in the laryngoscope handle is a LED light module that comprises a multispectral LED light which emits at least two different colors of light. Configured in the laryngoscope handle is a PCB module that comprises a control circuit and a switch button. The control circuit is electrically connected with the switch button and the multispectral LED light respectively, enabling a user to switch the color of emitted light and adjust radiation brightness from the multispectral LED light through pressing the switch button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Ngok Wing Jimmy Kwok
  • Patent number: 10327748
    Abstract: A delicate tissue retraction system having a retractor, an introducer and a clamp mechanism. The retractor has a hollow retractor passage and the introducer has an introducer channel extending from a proximal introducer end to a distal introducer end. The introducer is configured to be removably installed within the retractor. The clamp mechanism is on the introducer and includes a probe shaft receptacle suspended inwardly from the introducer wall to form one or more open spaces between the introducer wall and the probe shaft receptacle. The probe shaft receptacle has a clamp passage that is axially aligned with the introducer channel and dimensioned to receive the shaft of a navigation probe therethrough. The probe shaft receptacle has a clamp configured to selectively reduce a size of at least a first portion of the clamp passage to selectively hold the probe shaft at a fixed position relative to the introducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Vycor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron James Gifford, Clark Berg Foster, Donald Clevenger
  • Patent number: 10314719
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being inserted between adjacent vertebrae to facilitate the fusion process. A method of installing an expandable fusion device may comprise introducing the expandable fusion device into an intervertebral space, wherein the expandable fusion device comprises a proximal end, a distal end, an anterior side connecting the proximal end and the distal end, and a posterior side connecting the proximal end and the distal end, wherein the expandable fusion device has an anterior height on the anterior side and a posterior height on the posterior side. The method may further comprise adjusting the anterior height of the expandable fusion device independently from adjustment of the posterior height. The method may further comprise adjusting the posterior height of the expandable fusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Tyler Hessler, Chad Glerum, Adam Friedrich, Alex Burkhardt, Jason Zappacosta, Kevin Gahman, Matthew Hansell, Andrew Iott, Hilliary Kopp, Jeff Nichols, Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz, John Matthews
  • Patent number: 10307197
    Abstract: Intramedullary nails, systems, and methods. The intramedullary nail may include a generally elongate body extending from a first, distal end to a second, proximal end. The distal end may include one or more openings configured to receive one or more bone anchors that extend transversely through the distal end intramedullary nail, and thereby configured to secure the distal end of the nail. The proximal end may also include one or more openings configured to receive one or more bone anchors that extend transversely through the proximal end of the intramedullary nail, and thereby configured to secure the proximal end of the nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Hedgeland, David Machamer, David R. Jansen, Mark Rossney, David J. Rowe, David Laird
  • Patent number: 10307151
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a surgical traction device and, more specifically, to a surgical traction device, in which a surgical incision site is expanded to allow a surgical tool to be easily inserted in a state, in which the epidermis is incised for surgical operation, and an expansion part having elasticity is formed into a cylindrical shape and held on a fixing part at the upper portion thereof so as to maintain the incision site in an expanded state. According to the present invention, the expansion part made of a material with elasticity can be inserted in the incision site so as to form a space for surgical operation and the expansion part can be easily attached to or separated from the fixing part so that it is easy to change the position of the traction device or remove the traction device during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Chang Won Chung
  • Patent number: 10307171
    Abstract: The invention is related with an external fixator that is used in High Tibial Osteotomy (HTO) surgeries, including at least one positioner (1) for gripping the leg from both sides, at least one angulation device (3) and a proximal arch (8) that is connected to the positioner (1), at least one proximal schanz holder (7) on the proximal arch (8), at least one distal schanz holder (4) at the bottom of the angulation device (3), at least one osteotomy block (5) that enables to set the size and the location of the incision on the proximal arch (8), at least one fibular head positioning device (2) that is connected to the angulation device (3) and at least one angular indicator (scale) (19) on the fixator, on which the correction can be adjusted and controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Melih Güven