Patents Examined by Ellen C Hammond
  • Patent number: 11534207
    Abstract: A pedicle screw system applicable to affixation medical systems is provided. The system comprises a screw tulip comprising a rod receiving channel configured to receive a spinal rod, a shank configured to anchor the screw tulip and spinal to a pedicle. A bushing disposed between an interior surface of the screw tulip and a first end of the shank, wherein the first side of the bushing channel is defined by a top edge of a first wall of the bushing, a second side of the bushing channel is defined by a top edge of a second wall of the bushing, and the bushing channel is set at an angle defined by the top edge of the first wall and the top edge of the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Next Orthosurgical, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Zatta
  • Patent number: 11504107
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods related to retractor systems that retract tissue to allow access to a surgical site are described. The retractor systems can include a first rotatable arm attachable to a first blade, a second rotatable arm attachable to a second blade and a third linearly translatable arm attachable to a third blade. An attachment mechanism that is attachable to a fourth blade can be removably coupled to a mount on the frame. The retractors systems can also include two blade systems whereby when the retractor is in a closed configuration, the two blades form an oval opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Jason Cianfrani, Mark Weiman, Adam Friedrich, Erik Peterson, Sean Suh
  • Patent number: 11490931
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to medical devices and methods generally aimed at spinal surgery. In particular, the disclosed system and associated methods relate to performing spinal fixation with the use of a deformity system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Niall Casey, Robert German, Scott Lish
  • Patent number: 11484348
    Abstract: A bone fixation assembly includes a plurality of bone fixation elements that each include a bone anchor configured to be implanted into underlying bone, such as a vertebra. Each bone anchor is received in an anchor seat, and the anchor seats are joined by a fixation rod so as to operatively couple and fix the position and orientation of the vertebrae relative to each other. The bone anchor is free to rotate relative to the anchor seat, and is also free to pivot in a desired direction relative to the anchor seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin M. Harvey, Brian Dec, Tom Keyer
  • Patent number: 11478281
    Abstract: A system for replacing at least a portion of a natural facet joint includes a fixation member implantable in a vertebra, an inferior facet articular surface and an inferior strut which may be formed separately from the inferior articular surface. The inferior strut has a first end securable to the fixation member and a second end which may comprise a sphere with a hemispherical surface. An attachment mechanism may include a capture feature shaped to receive the second end of the inferior strut, and the mechanism may provide an adjustable configuration, allowing polyaxial adjustment between the inferior articular surface and the second end. A locking member may be actuated to exert force on the second end to provide a locked configuration. The system may further include a superior facet joint implant with a superior articular surface shaped to articulate with the inferior articular surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Globus Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Fauth
  • Patent number: 11471201
    Abstract: The cephalomedullary nailing system of this invention contributes to solving three main problems: reduce fractures, improve assembly biomechanics to ensure the load axis is favorable as possible for bony fragments and prevent femoral neck collapse as well as offset and limb length loss, hence avoiding the possibility of reduced abductor power. The system is based on specific screw channel geometry and the placement of an additional locking screw, allowing the nail to turn 360° and facilitating nail insertion through the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Francisco Ferrero Manzanal, Antonio Murcia Asensio
  • Patent number: 11471197
    Abstract: Lamina plate assemblies, systems, and methods thereof. A lamina plate assembly may be configured to provide lamina support following laminectomy, for example, in cervical and lumbar cases. The lamina plate assembly may include a generally elongate body having a first free end, a second free end, and a posterior portion disposed between the first free end and the second free end. Different embodiments of securing portions are used to secure the lamina plate assembly to a vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Tacca, Jason Cianfrani
  • Patent number: 11464548
    Abstract: A receiver of a bone anchor includes a base and a pair of upright arms extending upward from the base to define an open channel for receiving an elongate rod, with the upright arms having opposed interior surfaces with a discontinuous guide and advancement structure formed therein and side outer faces opposite the opposed interior surfaces extending downward across the base to a bottom of the receiver. A horizontally-elongated upper tool engaging groove is formed into the side outer face of each upright arm that extends to at least a front face or back face of the upright arm and that includes a downwardly-facing upper surface, an upwardly-facing lower surface, and an outwardly-facing inner surface. A vertical tool-engaging groove is also formed into the side outer face of each upright arm that extends downward from a top surface of the upright arm through to a level below the lower surface of the upper tool engaging groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 11464646
    Abstract: A spinal implant apparatus that is an expandable spacer including features to minimize or eliminate spacer cant or offset during and after completing the expansion process. The spacer includes a top component, a base component in engagement with the top component, and an expansion mechanism arranged to change the top component's position with respect to the base component. The mechanism for causing expansion may be a screw, a cam, a wedge or other form of distracting device. In one embodiment, the expandable spacer includes a base component with a set of towers and a top component with a set of corresponding silos, where the towers and silos are configured to minimize or eliminate tilt of the top component as it extends upwardly from the base component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker European Operations Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Lee L. Thibodeau
  • Patent number: 11457906
    Abstract: A tissue retractor having a central body, a posterior housing slidably coupled to the central body via a first two way overrunning clutch, a posterior arm slidably coupled to the posterior housing via a second two way overrunning clutch, a right arm rotatably coupled to the central body via a hinge pin and third two way overrunning clutch and a left arm rotatably coupled to the central body via a hinge pin and fourth two way overrunning clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: ASTURA MEDICAL INC
    Inventor: Keith Klausman
  • Patent number: 11457908
    Abstract: A retractor assembly and minimally invasive surgical techniques and implants. Such embodiments include techniques and implants for provision of therapy to a spine from a lateral approach. Embodiments of the invention include minimally invasive surgical techniques using one or more extended retractors to create an extended access route such as the non-limiting example of lateral access to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Gary Fleischer
  • Patent number: 11439444
    Abstract: A system includes a screw tower, an instrument, and a housing. The instrument includes a driver shaft extendable longitudinally through the screw tower, and a threaded sleeve mounted on a proximal portion of the driver shaft. The housing includes one or more retention members coupleable to the screw tower, and a threaded button threadably coupleable to the threaded sleeve. The threaded sleeve is rotatable about a longitudinal axis to urge the driver shaft longitudinally relative to the screw tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Bechtel, Caelan Allen, Neil R. Crawford, Thomas Calloway, Steven Chang, Norbert Johnson, Jeffrey Forsyth
  • Patent number: 11439515
    Abstract: Provided is a variable lordotic expanding implant with a centralized graft deployment delivery channel (tube) with (or without) an expanding footprint mesh component which is deployed by graft material injection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Spineology Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Gleason
  • Patent number: 11432829
    Abstract: The present invention is an implant for bone. The current implant is particularly useful in spinal surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: BLUE SKY TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Castro
  • Patent number: 11419645
    Abstract: Implantable devices for fixation of curved bones such as the pelvic ring pubic symphysis and acetabulum, and methods for the use of the devices are disclosed. The implantable devices are convertible between a flexible state and a rigid state using a shape locking section. The implantable devices further include a main body and a distal bone interface. In a flexible state, the devices may be inserted along, and conform to a curved pathway, and in the rigid state, the devices may support the mechanical loads required to fixate a fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignees: University of British Columbia, British Columbia Cancer Agency Branch
    Inventors: David Thomas Stinson, Carly Anderson Thaler
  • Patent number: 11406809
    Abstract: An improved method and device are provided for forming and/or maintaining a percutaneous access pathway. The device generally comprises an access pathway and attachment device. The provided assembly substantially reduces the possibility of iatrogenic infection while accessing and/or re-accessing a body space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Critical Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Ross I. Donaldson, Oliver Buchanan, Tim Fisher, Jon Armstrong, John Cambridge
  • Patent number: 11406513
    Abstract: This specification describes technologies relating to an intervertebral disc prosthesis used to strengthen and stabilize the spine. Implementations of the technology described herein comprise a surgical device that is implanted through a small surgical incision into a portion of a human intervertebral disc, various support tools used to insert such a surgical device, and a method by which the device is used to strengthen and stabilize the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: SPINAL STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nadi Salah Hibri, James Douglas Lutz
  • Patent number: 11399951
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an expandable prosthetic implant device for engagement between vertebrae generally comprising an inner member, outer member, gear member and a locking assembly positioned coaxial with respect to each other such that the inner and outer members are moveable relative to each other along an axis. The gear member is axially fixed to the outer member and freely rotatable with respect to the outer member and the gear member threadedly engages a threaded portion of the inner member to translate inner member along the axis. The implant is configured to engage the vertebrae in a predetermined alignment and the gear member includes gear teeth exposed to the exterior and configured to be accessible by a tool member at a plurality of angular positions around the perimeter of the implant device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Hansell, Marcin Niemiec, William S. Rhoda
  • Patent number: 11395645
    Abstract: The invention relates to a retractor. The retractor comprises an elongate support member having a screw thread along at least part of its length and a first arm having a first anatomy engaging member depending therefrom. The retractor also comprises a second arm having a second anatomy engaging member depending therefrom and a threaded portion which cooperates with the screw thread to move the second arm along the support member. The retractor also comprises a driver operable to move the second arm along the support member by cooperation of the threaded portion and the screw thread whereby separation between the first and second arms changes. The retractor further comprises a bridging part attached towards a first end thereof to the first arm and attached towards a second, opposite end thereof to the second arm, the bridging part having a third anatomy engaging member depending therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: SURE RETRACTORS LTD
    Inventors: Forbes Butterfield, Colin Crosland, Kenneth McCorkindale, Lewis Kingsley
  • Patent number: 11395712
    Abstract: Embodiments of claimed subject matter are directed to an illuminating surgical device comprising an array of illuminating elements and an array of louvers to direct light from the individual illuminating elements toward a surgical field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Illumix Surgical Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Duggal, Paul Dobrovolskis, Roel H Kusters, Edsger Constant Pieter Smits, Stephan Harkema