Patents Examined by Eduardo C. Robert
  • Patent number: 11980550
    Abstract: The present invention is an implant for bone. The current implant is particularly useful in spinal surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: T.S. Shanks, PLLC
    Inventor: Todd Shanks
  • Patent number: 11980406
    Abstract: A device for correcting a placement of a guide wire in a bone includes a body extending from a proximal end to a distal end; a central channel extending through the body from the proximal end to the distal end along a central axis, the central channel sized and shaped to receive a guide wire slidably therein; and a first correction channel extending through the body from the proximal end to the distal end. The first correction channel is sized and shaped to receive a guide wire therein at an angle relative to the central axis of the central axis of the central channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mirko Rocci, This Aebi, Martin Oswald, David Mueller, Darko Selkic
  • Patent number: 11974735
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a method and apparatus for retraction of body structures during spinal surgery as well as identification of nerve structures through use of a piezoelectric device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Ra'Kerry Kahlil Rahman
  • Patent number: 11974781
    Abstract: An adjustable length strut includes two joints, a threaded rod extending between the joints, and a tube adapted to receive the threaded rod. An actuation mechanism with gear teeth extending radially outward of the strut axis is rotatably fixed to the threaded rod. A protrusion may be coupled to an end of the threaded rod by a rotatable collar, with the protrusion extending through a slot in the tube to mark the length of the strut. A modular attachment member may be adapted to be couple to the first joint and include a worm gear adapted to engage gear teeth of the actuation mechanism. The modular attachment member may include a radiofrequency identity tag mechanism adapted to be read by a tag reader of a tool, the tool adapted to couple to the attachment member to rotate the worm gear to increase or decrease the effective length of the strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Stryker European Operations Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Subash K. Mannanal, Daniel Greenberg, Patrick Valli, Manoj Kumar Singh, Cem Adalioglu
  • Patent number: 11974894
    Abstract: An illuminated dental prop for holding a patient's mouth open during dental procedures is disclosed. The illuminated dental prop is completely disposed within the patient's mouth during use and includes a bite prop and a lighting assembly that is selectively detachable from the bite prop to allow for intense sterilization of the components before or after use. The lighting assembly is selectively repositionable along the bite prop to accommodate different patient situations. Under certain embodiments of the invention, the body portion and/or the lighting assembly will be disposable after a single use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Louie Khouri
  • Patent number: 11957378
    Abstract: A surgical access device, such as a trocar, for use in providing access to a patient in a surgical setting is disclosed. The surgical access device includes an irradiation component to inactivate and sterilize gas that accidentally escapes a pneumoperitoneum, or ambient gas from outside the patient that may become entrained into the pneumoperitoneum. The surgical access device may include a central lumen that is gasketless or implements a gasket. The irradiation source may include an ultraviolet radiation source on or in the body of the surgical access device, and may be part of a discrete, removable attachment to a main part of the surgical access device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: NORTHGATE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Cornelio M. Varilla, Jacob M. Bumpus, Ju-Hyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 11950768
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns systems and methods related to an adjustable surgical dilation device for the mechanical dilation of an anatomical opening, including, but not limited to, an endoscopic or robotic port. In specific embodiments, this device may create and expand an anatomical opening with a novel petal-like mechanism. In specific embodiments, this device may be utilized in laparoscopic procedures including, but not limited to, thyroid or parathyroid removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Baylor College of Medicine
    Inventors: Raymon Grogan, Stuart James Corr, Alwin Mathew, David Mitchell Moore, Sandesh Reddy, Mason Sheffield, Fallon Wenck
  • Patent number: 11950822
    Abstract: A fracture treatment system can include a pair of implants cross-pinned into the medullary canal of a bone, guided by at least one guide wire with at least two diameters. The system allows for more accurate sizing of the length of implants needed to achieve bicortical purchase for enhanced stability, as well as anti-rotation of the fracture site. The more accurate sizing and placement of the cross-pinned implants additionally allow both ends of the implants to recess beneath or be flush with the outer surface of the bone, which can reduce the risk of infection. The guide wire can allow the implants to be inserted using a cannulated technique for easier surgical procedure and better outcome, with the implants having sufficient wall thickness for the desired length to achieve bicortical purchase while keeping the shaft outer diameter of the implant to be similar to a diameter of the guide wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: ExsoMed Corporation
    Inventors: Lloyd P. Champagne, Jozef Zoldos, Larry Ehmke, Michael Zwolinski
  • Patent number: 11950808
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and component parts of a system for the external fixation of bones. The component parts include fixation plates such as a C-shaped Plate, an N-shaped Plate, a J-shaped Plate, a K-shaped Plate, an I-shaped Plate, a Foot Plate, a Z-shaped Plate, a T-shaped Plate, a UT-shaped Plate and an oval shaped Plate. Two or more fixation plates are configured along an axis, the two or more fixation plates; a plurality of telescoping adjustable struts that connect a first fixation plate along the axis with a second fixation plate of the plurality of fixation plates along the axis, wherein the first and second fixation plates are adjacent plates along the axis; and a plurality of posts, each post connecting two adjacent fixation plates of the plurality of fixation plates along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: New Standard Device, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas T. Cromack, Thomas L. Hand, Douglas Helling, Pedro Sandoval, Robert E. Wigginton
  • Patent number: 11950813
    Abstract: An adjustable spinal stabilization system for maintaining preselected spacing and movement between adjacent vertebrae in a spinal column and for providing overall stability thereto. The system includes at least one interlaminar member positioned in the spaces intermediate a first vertebra and the vertebrae positioned immediately above or immediately below and adjacent to the first vertebra. The interlaminar member is operatively connected to an adjustable support structure and cooperates therewith to maintain the preselected spacing between adjacent vertebrae and to provide overall stability to the spinal column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: JCBC, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Jeffrey Donner, Christopher Thomas Donner, Hai Trieu, James Duncan
  • Patent number: 11944265
    Abstract: An exemplary medical imaging system includes an imaging device that includes a visible light camera configured to obtain image data representative of a two-dimensional visible light image of a scene and a depth sensor separate from the visible light camera and configured to obtain depth data representative of a depth map of the scene. The medical imaging system further includes a image processing system communicatively coupled to the imaging device and configured to generate, based on the image data and the depth data, a right-side perspective image of the scene and a left-side perspective image of the scene that together form a stereoscopic image of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Stricko, III, Jacob L. Divone, Glenn C. Stante
  • Patent number: 11944357
    Abstract: A system, medical devices, and methods for use in surgical procedures, such as spinal surgeries. The system, medical devices, and methods are designed to provide a surgeon the ability to add a screw connector, or screw head such as a tulip, to pre-existing implanted bone, such as pedicle, facet, lateral mass, etc., screw system without having to remove the previously implanted screws and/or rods already existing in a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: SNJ Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Theofilos
  • Patent number: 11944286
    Abstract: A surgical rib retractor has a housing and a body pivotably coupled to the housing and moveable between a closed position and an open position. The retractor also has a first arm unit coupled to the housing and configured to atraumatically receive tissue. The first arm unit has a first arm, a first strut movable relative to the first arm in a first plane defined by the first arm, and a first frame attached to the first strut. The retractor also has a second arm unit coupled to the body and configured to atraumatically receive tissue. The second arm unit has a second arm, a second strut movable relative to the second arm in a second plane defined by the second arm, wherein the second plane is not parallel to the first plane when the body is in the closed position, and a second frame attached to the second strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 11944818
    Abstract: A system and method for embedded electronics within a medical implant comprising: an implant body; a circuitry surface, containing at least one electronic component, wherein the circuitry surface is at least partially embedded within a defined cavity of the implant along at least one path; sheathing, comprising a protective structure, wherein the at least partially embedded portion of the circuitry surface is enclosed within the sheathing; electronic components connected to, or directly on, the circuitry surface, comprising a set of electrodes and an antenna; and wiring, connecting the circuitry surface and electronic components. The system and method may further include a casing, wherein the casing is a sealed structure directly connected to the implant body including a printed a circuit board (PCB) contained within the casing itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Intelligent Implants Limited
    Inventors: Erik Robert Zellmer, Rory Kenneth John Murphy
  • Patent number: 11944352
    Abstract: An extracorporeal bone compressing link and apparatus and method using same. Active devices that incorporate the extracorporeal bone compressing link can transport and compress bone through external means by acting on conventional bone fasteners including but not limited pins or wires that penetrate through the skin and fixate into bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: William Casey Fox
  • Patent number: 11937856
    Abstract: A minimally invasive system for retraction, compression and distraction includes a tap having a shaft with threads and a head, a blade having a proximal end and a distal end and a base removably mountable to the proximal end. The tap is configured to form screw threads in a bone. The distal end is mountable to the head. The blade is pivotable relative to the head in a mounted configuration. The blade is configured to facilitate soft tissue retraction in the mounted configuration. The base is configured to manipulate the blade to retract and compress segments of the bone. The base is configured to provide distraction and/or compression using the provisional taps either directly or through the use of blades, insertion devices or tubes. The blades may be used to retract tissue and provide a visual field either independent or in conjunction with the provisional taps, insertion devices or tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Marc J. Levine
  • Patent number: 11937829
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to first aid articles and more specifically tourniquets suitable for one handed application. One embodiment of the invention is directed to a tourniquet having a base defining first and second ends. A constricting band is attached to and extends from the first end of the base. A windlass handle is engaged with the constricting band. The constricting band is threaded through a self cinching stepped buckle. A buckle connector includes a hook member that engages the stepped buckle and is partly held in place through urging against a loop of the constriction band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Tactical Medical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Ross A. Johnson, Richard A. Hester
  • Patent number: 11938042
    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 extends within the cavity. The inner shaft includes a drive engageable in a torque interface 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 axially fixed and rotatable relative to the outer sleeve. The inner sleeve includes an element connectable in a connection interface with a second mating surface of the bone fastener. Systems, spinal implants and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Paxton Wall
  • Patent number: 11937796
    Abstract: A tissue-spreader assembly is configured to be selectively inserted into a patient having a first biological tissue and a second biological tissue, and to be maneuvered proximate to the second biological tissue. The tissue-spreader assembly is also configured to selectively engage, at least in part, an area of the second biological tissue without engaging the first biological tissue. The tissue-spreader assembly is also configured to selectively spread, at least in part, the area of the second biological tissue, and maintain the area of the second biological tissue in a spread-apart condition after the tissue-spreader assembly, in use, selectively engages, at least in part, the area of the second biological tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Medical Device Limited
    Inventor: Christian Balkovec
  • Patent number: 11937853
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone anchoring device includes a receiving part with two legs defining a recess for receiving a rod and a pressure member for exerting pressure on a head of a bone anchoring element in the receiving part, the pressure member having an engagement portion. The engagement portion can extend at least partially into a leg and is directly engageable from outside the bone anchoring device to move the engagement portion axially for adjusting the pressure member from a non-locking position where the head is pivotable to a locking position where the head is clamped. When the pressure member is in the locking position and the engagement portion is free from any outside axial forces, a first contact surface of the receiving part cooperates with a second contact surface of the pressure member to hold the pressure member in the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis