Patents Examined by Eduardo C. Robert
  • Patent number: 11364129
    Abstract: An intervertebral spacer is designed particularly for patients who are not candidates for total disc replacement. The spacer maintains disc height and prevents subsidence with a large vertebral body contacting surface area while substantially reducing recovery time by eliminating the need for bridging bone. The intervertebral spacer or fusion spacer includes a rigid spacer body sized and shaped to fit within an intervertebral space between two vertebral bodies. In one embodiment, the spacer body has two opposed metallic vertebral contacting surfaces, at least one fin extending from each of the vertebral contacting surfaces and configured to be positioned within slots cut into the two vertebral bodies. Holes, if present, cover less than 40 percent of the entire vertebral body contacting surfaces to provide increased bone ongrowth surfaces and to prevent subsidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Simplify Medical Pty Ltd
    Inventors: David Hovda, Yves Arramon
  • Patent number: 11364060
    Abstract: A spinal screw includes a shaft formed with a lumen and including a head, and a distal movable member including a distal tip and arranged to move in a distal portion of the lumen. A distal movable member (18) includes a proximal surface (24) arranged to abut against a stopper (26) formed in the shaft (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Uri Arnin
  • Patent number: 11364130
    Abstract: An instrument includes a sleeve extending between proximal and distal ends. The sleeve defines a passageway. The proximal end includes an aperture extending into an outer surface of the sleeve. The distal end includes an engagement surface and an opening extending through the engagement surface. The opening is in communication with the passageway. A member is movably disposed in the aperture. The member includes a spring and a body. The body defines a bore. A shaft extends between opposite proximal and distal ends. The proximal end of the shaft extends through the bore. The distal end of the shaft extends through the opening. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Cowan, Cristian A. Capote, Adriaan J. Kuyler
  • Patent number: 11364054
    Abstract: Length-adjustable strut assemblies for external fixation systems, and corresponding external fixation systems, are disclosed. The strut assemblies include an elongate first and second end members, an elongate intermediate member, and first and second adjustment mechanisms. The intermediate member comprises a threaded rod fixedly coupled within an axial cavity thereof, and is rotatably fixed and axially translatably within an axial cavity of the first end member. An end portion of the second end member is received within the axial cavity of the intermediate member, and the second end member comprises an axial cavity threadably coupled with the threaded rod. The first adjustment mechanism is configured to selectively axially fix the intermediate member relative to the first end member. The second adjustment mechanism is configured to selectively rotate the second end member with respect to the threaded rod to axially translate the second end member relative to the intermediate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: AMDT HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael W. Mullaney
  • Patent number: 11364058
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises an outer sleeve including an inner surface that defines a cavity. An inner shaft is fixed with the outer sleeve and extending within the cavity. The inner shaft includes a drive engageable with a first mating surface of a bone fastener. An inner sleeve is disposed between the inner shaft and the outer sleeve. The inner sleeve is rotatable relative to the outer sleeve and includes an element connectable with a second mating surface of the bone fastener. Systems, spinal implants and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Paxton Wall, Adam Glaser
  • Patent number: 11364124
    Abstract: A build-plate with integrally-formed spinal implant constructs and a method used in forming spinal implant constructs on the build plate and machining the spinal implant constructs formed on the build plate to manufacture spinal implants is provided. The spinal implant constructs can be formed via additive manufacturing processes by adding material to an upper surface of the build plate, and then the spinal implant constructs can be subjected to subtractive manufacturing processes to form the spinal implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Dewey, Scott Renner
  • Patent number: 11357641
    Abstract: A spinal implant has a first member defining a longitudinal axis. A second member includes an axial cavity configured for disposal of the first member. A third member is rotatable relative to the first member and defines a transverse cavity. A locking element is disposable in the transverse cavity and engageable with the first member to fix the third member relative to the first member. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Stinchfield, Julien J. Prevost
  • Patent number: 11357633
    Abstract: An intervertebral disc is provided having an upper plate, a lower plate, and a core. The upper and lower plates include outer vertebral body contacting surfaces which are provided with attachment enhancing features to ensure bone integration. The attachment enhancing features shown include one or more fins, serrations and teeth. An opposite surface of the plates from the vertebral body contacting surfaces is formed with a recess which serves as a bearing surface for the core. In order to form an intervertebral disc with a lower disc height, at least one of the recesses is provided opposite a corresponding dome shaped portion on the vertebral body contacting surfaces. This allows the plates to be formed with a thinner profile for a smaller overall disc height. In addition to providing a lower overall height to the artificial disc, the dome shaped portion of the plates also provides a more anatomically shaped outer vertebral body contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Simplify Medical Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Malan de Villiers, Neville Jansen, Yves Arramon
  • Patent number: 11357548
    Abstract: Robotic rod benders are disclosed including a motor housing and a mechanical housing coupled with the motor housing. The motor housing may include first and second rod feeding/rotating motors, a brake motor, a bending motor, first and second rod feeding/rotating transmission inputs, a brake transmission input, and a bending transmission input. The mechanical housing may include a rod feeding/rotating subassembly, a brake subassembly, a bending subassembly, first and second rod feeding/rotating transmission outputs, a brake transmission output, and a bending transmission output. Separate motor and mechanical housings are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Paster, Norbert Johnson, Olivier Chappuis, David Cleary, Sritam Parashar Rout, Michael Brauckmann, Kyle VanLeer
  • Patent number: 11357493
    Abstract: A system for interchangeable retractor blades includes a shell, a first retractor blade, and a second retractor blade. The shell includes a rigid proximal end configured to attach to a surgical retractor and an opening, a distal closed end, and a pliable portion including a pocket in communication with the opening and extending along a length of the shell to the distal closed end. The first retractor blade includes a first geometry received through the opening into the pocket and that shapes the pliable portion to configure the shell in a first configuration. The second retractor blade includes a second geometry received through the opening into the pocket and that shapes the pliable portion to configure the shell in a second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: William Reimels
  • Patent number: 11357578
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a member connected with a spinal implant defining an axis. A first image guide is connected with the member and oriented relative to a sensor to communicate a signal representative of a position of the member. A second image guide is connected with the member and oriented to represent an angle measuring a second orientation of the axis relative to a first orientation. Systems, implants and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Dace
  • Patent number: 11357559
    Abstract: An osteosynthesis device for the treatment of the spine is disclosed having a fork head which is U-shaped in a side view, and which fork head, in the proximal direction, has two fork legs with an internal thread and in which a connecting rod can be received, and a grub screw is passed through the internal thread, and the fork head is detachably connected to a bone anchor. The bone anchor is pivotably mounted in the ball seat of the fork head, wherein the fork head in the ball seat area has slots open towards the distal side and thereby at least one deflectable leg is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: MIMEO MEDICAL GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Heuer
  • Patent number: 11350969
    Abstract: A construct may include a connector having a first body portion and a second body portion rotatably coupled to another. A first implant cavity may be defined, at least partly, by at least two threaded arm portions defining a first axis between the at least two threaded arm portions. The first implant cavity may include a first receiving cavity configured to adjustably orient a first rod in a plane substantially perpendicular to the first axis, and the second implant cavity may include a second receiving cavity configured to orient a second rod. In some embodiments, the threaded arm portions are configured to receive a first set screw such that when the first set screw is fully tightened along the first axis the first rod is fixed relative to the first body portion in a direction extending substantially parallel with the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Christel Italiaie, Leigh A. Folger
  • Patent number: 11350921
    Abstract: Provided is an implant, including a chamber having an interior radius wherein the interior radius has a flange, a cover slip, a cup, a setting member, a securing member, a resistance member, and an opposing member, wherein the cover slip, cup, resisting member, and setting member are attached to one another, the setting member sets on a flange and the securing member secures the setting member to the flange, the resistance member includes a flexibility and a longitudinal axis with a length wherein the flexibility permits modification of the length, and the opposing member sets a minimum length of the longitudinal axis. Also provided is a method of using said implant including affixing the chamber to a skull of a mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for the State University of New York
    Inventors: Stephen Macknik, Olivya Caballero, Manuel Ledo, Susana Martinez-Conde
  • Patent number: 11350970
    Abstract: A bone fastener assembly for connecting a bone to a stabilizing construct includes a connecting member, a fastener seat, and a bone fastener. The connecting member includes a connecting member axis, a first opening, a second opening, and a first spherical surface. The connecting member axis extends from a proximal end to a distal end. The first opening is adjacent the proximal end. The second opening is adjacent the distal end. The fastener seat includes a first end, a second end, a passageway, and a second spherical surface. The passageway extends from the first end to the second end along a seat axis. The second spherical surface is configured to slidably engage the first spherical surface. The bone fastener includes a shank and a head. The shank extends though the passageway. The head engages a head-mating surface of the fastener seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurence McKinley, Michael Fulton, Gregory Causey, Jeffrey J Thramann, Damon Belloni, Terry Ziemek, Alan Burkholder
  • Patent number: 11350922
    Abstract: A surgical device includes at least one retractor blade. Each retractor blade includes a blade body having a lateral side, a medial side opposite the lateral side and a bottom end. The bottom end has an inverted-arch curvature. The inverted-arch curvature includes a lowest point in proximity to a midline of the blade body. Each retractor blade includes a connector integrated into a mid-section on the medial side of the blade body and a leg interface configured to mate and/or pair with a leg of a distractor. The at least one retractor blade may include two retractor blades configured as mirror images of each other. Each blade is configured to pair with a respective one distractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventor: Christel Italiaie
  • Patent number: 11350976
    Abstract: A nut for treating a bone includes a head and a body extending longitudinally from the head to a free end and including a channel extending longitudinally thereinto from the free end, the channel configured to engage an end of a bone screw, and an exterior threading extending about the body from an exterior surface thereof along an entire length thereof, an outer contour of the exterior threading defined via radially outermost edges of the exterior threading, a first portion of the outer contour adjacent the head portion having a smaller diameter than a second portion of the outer contour extending from the first portion to the free end of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregor Spreiter, Henri Défossez, Simon Scherrer
  • Patent number: 11351036
    Abstract: The present invention is an implant for bone. The current implant is particularly useful in spinal surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: T.S. Shanks PLLC
    Inventor: Todd Shanks
  • Patent number: 11350968
    Abstract: A modular polyaxial bone screw includes a poly-axial bone screw, a polyaxial tulip head, and a collet disposed within the tulip head, the collet interacting with the bone screw and tulip head providing an interference fit with the bone screw head to lock orientation of the tulip head on and relative to the bone screw. Inner configurations of the tulip head interact with outer configurations of the collet to lock axial and/or rotational position of the collet within and relative to the tulip head, and thus about the bone screw head. The collet also has a resilient, tapered base with a plurality of slots in and about its end that allow the end to splay outwardly over and upon the head of the bone screw to create a snap or frictional interference fit between the splayed collet and the bone screw head when a spine rod is fixed in the tulip head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: LIFE SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Forrest Samuel, Gregory Palagi
  • Patent number: 11350951
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a positioning device (100, 100?, 100?) for securing an intramedullary nail (19) in a long bone, said positioning device comprising a guide bow (1), with an adjusting device (3) and a sleeve guide (2), wherein the adjusting device (3) has a targeting device (5); and wherein the targeting device (5) is designed to receive a locking device (21) or an instrument (23) for acting on the locking device (21); and wherein the sleeve guide (2) has a sleeve (7), which sleeve (7) is mounted in the sleeve guide (2) such that it can be rotated and/or slid relative to the sleeve guide (2); and wherein the sleeve (7) has a longitudinal through-opening for receiving a guiding device therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: OT MEDIZINTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Hao Luo, Ulrich Schreiber