Patents Examined by Kevin T. Truong
  • Patent number: 10729317
    Abstract: An intubation instrument includes a proximal end and a distal end, a handle positioned at the proximal end, a control interface disposed on or proximate to the handle, the control interface being configured to receive user input and to control a function of the instrument based on said user input, the control interface having a light source disposed within the control interface to illuminate at least a portion of the control interface, the light source alternately emitting light in different colors, each color indicating a different state of the function of the instrument. The instrument includes an imaging system for generating image data, and a monitor for displaying the image data and a graphical interface. A section of the graphical interface includes information about the state of the instrument and is displayed in a color corresponding to the color of light emitted by the light source of the control interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Armin Eggli, Cyrill Künzle, Dieter Hüls, Ulrich Merz
  • Patent number: 10722279
    Abstract: A pectus bar stabilizer insertion tool can include a first handle, a second handle, a first head, a second head, and a locking shaft. The first handle can include a first distal portion. The second handle can include a second distal portion, and the second handle can be pivotably coupled to the first handle. The first and second handles can be moveable between an open position and a closed position. The first head can be coupled to the first distal portion and can be engageable with a first portion of a stabilizer. The first head can include a driver engageable with a lock of the stabilizer. The second head can be coupled to the second distal portion and can be engageable with a second portion of the stabilizer. The locking shaft can be coupled to the driver and operable to lock and unlock the stabilizer to a pectus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet CMF and Thoracic, LLC
    Inventors: Isabella Balzano, Saddy Garcia, Jayden Garfield
  • Patent number: 10709475
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are multiple cannulas defining a lumen sized and dimensioned to receive one or more medical instruments, an inflatable outer membrane attached to an outer surface of the cannula, and at least one activator that reversibly activates the cannulas to push a fluid contained in the cannulas into the outer membrane to fill or pressurize the outer membrane. Also disclosed are methods for operating these cannulas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Edward J. Mikol, Hung T. Than
  • Patent number: 10702313
    Abstract: A surgical implant for preventing withdrawal of a bone dowel graft from a facet joint, the apparatus including a plate having a posterior face and an anterior face, a passageway extending to and between the posterior face and the anterior face, an opening through the posterior face that is configured for detachably coupling to an inserter and one or more anti-migration projections extending outwardly from the anterior face. In use, the plate is placed over a bone dowel seated in a facet joint and coupled to the superior process and the inferior process by inserting a screw through the passageway into the inferior process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NuTech Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Horton
  • Patent number: 10687823
    Abstract: A surgical sagittal saw cartridge that includes a guide bar formed form an inner plate and opposed outer plates, the inner plate having a head. The cartridge has a blade that is disposed against the head of the inner plate. The inner plate is formed to have an inner tine and two opposed outer tines. The inner tine is formed to define the head against which the blade is disposed. The outer tines extend forward of the inner tine so as to define a space between the outer tines in which the blade is seated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Conor Mac an Tuile, James G. Walen
  • Patent number: 10631901
    Abstract: A device may include an outer sleeve with a hollow interior, and an inner sleeve with a hollow interior to couple axially and slidingly. The outer sleeve may include an outer central body, an outer proximal end part and an outer distal end part integrally connected to one another, and an outer channel extending along the entire outer proximal end part and along a substantial portion of the outer central body. The inner sleeve may include an inner central body, an inner proximal end part and an inner distal end part integrally connected to one another, and an inner channel extending along the entire inner proximal end part and along a substantial part of the inner central body. The inner sleeve may include, in the inner proximal end of the inner sleeve, a lateral engagement element, and an axial engagement element for releasably engaging a surgical screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Meinrad Fiechter, Alfonso Fantigrossi, Francesco Siccardi
  • Patent number: 10624763
    Abstract: An orthopaedic impactor includes an elongate member having a first end and a second end; a striking surface connected to the first end; an actuator held by the elongate member; and an impaction assembly held by the elongate member at the second end. The impaction assembly includes a collar that has an opening formed through; an interfacing member that has a threaded end and is split into at least four sections held partially within the opening, the interfacing member having an expansion opening formed to the threaded end that defines a center; and a separator held in alignment with the expansion opening and connected to the actuator. The separator is configured to radially expand the at least four sections away from the center when advanced through the expansion opening by the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathon G. Conley
  • Patent number: 10617533
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc space to maintain normal disc spacing and restore spinal stability, thereby facilitating an intervertebral fusion. In one embodiment, the fusion device includes a body portion, a first endplate, and a second endplate, the first and second endplates capable of being moved in a direction away from the body portion into an expanded configuration or capable of being moved towards the body portion into an unexpanded configuration. The fusion device is capable of being deployed and installed in both configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Glerum, Sean Suh, Mark Weiman
  • Patent number: 10610369
    Abstract: A method of replacing a nucleus pulposus material wherein curable nucleus pulposus material is injected into a balloon in an intervertebral space
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Stad, Brooke Mastrorio
  • Patent number: 10603056
    Abstract: Patient specific implant technology, in which an outline representation of a portion of an outer surface of a periphery of a bone volume is determined and the outline representation is used in operations related to implant matching. In addition, an instrument may be made to match a perimeter shape of a Patient Specific Knee Implant with features for locating holes in a distal femur such that posts or lugs in a femoral implant locate the femoral implant centered medial-laterally within an acceptable degree of precision to prevent overhang of either the side of the femoral implant over the perimeter of the distal femur bone resections. Further, a two-dimensional outline representation may be segmented into segments that correspond to resection cuts used in fitting an implant on a portion of a bone and operations related to implant matching may be performed based on the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: James Bennett Wiebe, III, Ryan Lloyd Landon, Brian William McKinnon, Randy C. Winebarger, Ruxandra Cristiana Marinescu Tanasoca, Roger Ryan Dees, Jr., William L. Bowers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10561451
    Abstract: A variable angle locking screw assembly that includes a plate material, a screw, and a washer at least partially located within the plate material, the washer and screw cooperating to create a wedge locking the screw in one of a plurality of axial and rotational positions, where the locked position may be undone and adjusted by manipulation of at least one of the screw and washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Duane Fritzinger, Bryce Alan Isch, William J. Hamman, Benjamin Paul Heilman
  • Patent number: 10555821
    Abstract: A spinal fusion implant has a parallelepiped main body with a rotatably mounted retention plate secured to its distal end. The distal retention plate has a first position co-planar with the main body and a second, deployed position normal to the plane of the main body. The distal retention plate is in the first position when the main body is inserted between adjacent vertebral bodies and is in the second position after the main body is inserted between adjacent vertebral bodies. In further embodiments, a proximal retention plate is permanently deployed in normal relation to the main body or both the distal and proximal retention plates are rotatably mounted and both are deployed co-planar to the main body before insertion and normal to the main body after insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Tov Inge Vestgaarden
  • Patent number: 10543100
    Abstract: A pin placement instrument for placing a pin in a bone comprises an anatomical interface with a hook-like portion being opened in a lateral direction of the instrument to receive a bone therein in a planned position. A drill guide is connected to the anatomical interface and defining at least one guide slot in a longitudinal direction of the instrument. The guide slot has a lateral opening over its full length in the drill guide to allow lateral withdrawal of the instrument in said lateral direction with the pin placed in the bone passing through the lateral opening. A bushing is removably placed in said guide slot via said longitudinal direction in a planned fit, the bushing defining a throughbore aligned with the guide slot and adapted to receive the pin extending in said longitudinal direction when the bushing is in the guide slot for pin placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: ZIMMER, INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Couture, Jean-Sebastien Merette, Alain Richard, Jean-Guillaume Abiven, Thomas Gourgon
  • Patent number: 10524844
    Abstract: A ratcheting epiphysiodesis plate comprises a female base half having a ratchet arm and a male sliding half having a series of ratchet teeth, the male sliding half being slidably connected to the female base half with the ratchet arm engaging the ratchet teeth, one of the female and male sliding halves including a first fixation element receiving hole for receiving therethrough a fixation element for binding the plate to a bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Hearn
  • Patent number: 10517582
    Abstract: A length or strand of resilient material is formed into a continuous ring having multiple tissue-engaging portions for engaging and spreading eyeball tissue segments apart. The strand is formed with elongated straight sides joined by corner portions which are enlarged in directions transverse to the length dimension of each adjacent side. The corner portions constitute the tissue-engaging portions and have top and bottom sections and a connecting section that forms a gap for receiving the tissue. Each side of the ring extends from a bottom section of one corner to a top section of an adjacent corner. When the ring is deployed, the tissue is captured in the gaps at the corners of the ring and also is engaged along each side as that side transitions from a position situated below the tissue to a position situated above the issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: MicroSurgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris E. Malyugin, Vaclav Dusek
  • Patent number: 10507119
    Abstract: A spinal interbody device, system and method can include an interbody device configured to stabilize or otherwise support adjacent vertebrae. The interbody device can include a central opening and can be shaped as a trapezoid as viewed from a position on the central axis located above a superior or upper surface of the interbody device. In addition, the upper surface of the interbody device can include at least one keel or spike to facilitate locking of the interbody device with adjacent vertebrae. The at least one spike can be removable and can be adjustable relative to the superior or inferior surface(s) when installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Nikolay S. Laubert, Dana C. Lemesh, Carl Lauryssen, Larry Khoo, Scott L. Blumenthal
  • Patent number: 10507044
    Abstract: Occipital plate systems are described. The occipital plate systems include an occipital plate having an upper portion and lower portion. The lower portion can include an opening for receiving one or more lateral members therethrough. The lateral members include top and/or side apertures for receiving lateral connectors that are attached to polyaxial screw receiving members. The occipital plate systems can also include low-profile clamping arms that are operably attached to an occipital plate via an extension member and articulating joint member. The clamping arms, along with tension cables attached intermittently along its length, can be used in addition to or instead of screws and hooks to secure an occipital plate system to vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Michael E. Black
  • Patent number: 10499964
    Abstract: A locking element is configured to be used with a polyaxial bone anchor, and is substantially cylindrical with a bottom side facing a head of the bone anchor, a top side opposite to the bottom side, and a surface portion with an external thread. The locking element has a first recess at the bottom side for accommodating at least a portion of the head, and a second recess at the top side for engagement with a driver. The second recess is located outside the center of the top side. The head has a portion with a largest diameter, and a first level L1 is defined by the highest point of a circle with the largest diameter drawn around the head, and a second level L2 is defined by the bottom of the second recess, L2 being at a level not higher than L1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Markku Biedermann
  • Patent number: 10485897
    Abstract: A spinal implant body 100, including a body volume 101 having an inferior portion 102A, a superior portion 102B, and a central portion 102C disposed between the inferior and superior portions 102A, 102B. The body 100 further includes a first bioactive polymer portion 117A distributed throughout body volume 101, a second bioactive ceramic portion 120A distributed throughout the body volume 101, and a third interconnected pore network portion 105A (which may be filled with a fourth fugitive portion 140A) distributed throughout the body volume 101. The central portion 102C is less porous than the inferior and superior portions 102A, 102B and the pores in the inferior portion 102A are on average larger than the pores in the central portion 102C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Erik Erbe, Anthony Ruggiero
  • Patent number: 10478237
    Abstract: A bone plate has first and second sides, each with the same structure. The plate includes nodes separated by deformable bridges. Each node defines a screw hole, and wings extending laterally therefrom. The wings taper in thickness between the first and second sides. Screw holes are threaded into the nodes. Each of the first and second sides of the body define longitudinal channels in the nodes. The plate can be shaped to the bone by deformation at the bridges or removal of portions of the plate at bridges. A pair of benders, each with clamp bracket and clamping bolt threadedly coupled within a threaded hole of the bracket, is also provided for shaping the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: OsteoCertus, LLC
    Inventors: Cesar Silva, David Augusto Silva, Javier E. Castaneda