Patents Examined by Kevin T. Truong
  • Patent number: 10363146
    Abstract: A cover for use in protecting a resected surface of a long bone for use in joint arthroplasty includes a body, a plurality of independently moveable members moveably attached to the body, two of the plurality of independently movable members configured to move linearly with respect to the body along a first plane and along a first axis, the body and the plurality of independently moveable members defining a first periphery of the cover along the first plane in one configuration which is smaller than, and encompassed by, a second periphery of the cover along the first plane in a second configuration, and a lip fixedly extending downwardly along an outer radial periphery of one of the body and the plurality of independently moveable members in a direction not co-planar with the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Holovacs, Daniel J. Williman, Conrad L. Klotz
  • Patent number: 10363023
    Abstract: A lateral retractor system for forming a surgical pathway to a patient's intervertebral disc space includes a single dilator and a retractable dual-tapered-blade assembly. The single dilator may feature a narrow rectangular body for insertion at an insertion orientation parallel to the fibers of the patient's psoas muscle and at an approximate 45-degree angle to the patient's spine. The retractable dual-tapered-blade assembly consists of only two blade subassemblies, each having a blade bordered by adjustable wings, along with built-in lighting and video capabilities. The dual-tapered-blade assembly may be passed over the single dilator at the insertion orientation and rotated approximately 45-50 degrees from the insertion orientation to a final rotated orientation parallel to the intervertebral disc space before the two blade subassemblies are retracted away from one another to create the surgical pathway. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Edward Rustamzadeh
  • Patent number: 10363050
    Abstract: Drill bit guide assemblies related to surgical operations for guiding and stabilizing a drill bit. A guide member houses a fixed bore through which a drill bit may pass. The guide member may also house a bore selection member which houses a plurality of selectable bores. The selectable bores may have a variety of diameters such that a user may choose the selectable bore corresponding to the drill bit diameter being used and align that selectable bore with the fixed bore such that the drill bit may pass through the length of the assembly along the reference axis. The similar diameters of the selectable bore and the drill bit may cause the assembly to stabilize and guide the drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: McGinley Engineered Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph C. McGinley, Vincent Palazzolo, Ben Warren, Adam M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10349994
    Abstract: Described herein are bone graft material (BGM) delivery devices having a tray configured to provide a mixing and/or holding area for BGM to substantially prevent BGM from inadvertently being delivered to an unacceptable surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The University of Toledo
    Inventors: Hossein Elgafy, Anand K. Agarwal, Vijay K. Goel, Narjes Momeni Shahraki, Amey V. Kelkar
  • Patent number: 10299807
    Abstract: An instrument for establishing orientation of a pelvic prosthesis comprises a tripod having an angularly adjustable guide rod on it. The tips of the legs define a plane, and the guide rod is set by the surgeon to a defined orientation with respect to this plane on the basis of preoperative studies. In use, two of the legs of the instrument are positioned by the surgeon at defined anatomical locations on the pelvis (e.g., a point in the region of the posterior/inferior acetabulum and a point on the anterior superior iliac spine). The third leg then lands on the pelvis at a point determined by the position of the first two points, as well as by the separations between the third leg and the other two legs. The position of the guide rod then defines with respect to the actual pelvis the direction for insertion of a prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen B. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10299778
    Abstract: A surgical access device includes a seal assembly having a seal housing and a gimbal mount disposed within the seal housing, the seal housing defining a central longitudinal axis and having a longitudinal passage for receiving at least one surgical object therethrough and the gimbal mount adapted for angular movement relative to the central longitudinal axis. The surgical access device also includes a bellows configured to engage at least a portion of the gimbal mount, the bellows dimensioned and adapted to establish a biasing relationship with the gimbal mount, such that the bellows overcomes a frictional relationship between the gimbal mount and the seal housing, thereby moving the gimbal mount towards a position in which the passage of the gimbal mount is aligned with the central longitudinal axis. The bellows is configured to be attached to a side wall of the seal housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Craig Richard, Gregory Fischvogt
  • Patent number: 10299933
    Abstract: This invention improves upon prior art total disc replacements (TDRs) by more closely replicating the kinematics of a natural disc. The preferred embodiments feature two or more fixed centers of rotation (CORs) and an optional variable COR (VCOR) as the artificial disk replacement (ADR) translates from a fixed posterior COR that lies posterior to the COR of the TDR to facilitate normal disc motion. The use of two or more CORs allows more flexion and more extension than permitted by the facet joints and the artificial facet (AF). AF joint-like components may also be incorporated into the design to restrict excessive translation, rotation, and/or lateral bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret A. Ferree, David Tompkins
  • Patent number: 10299837
    Abstract: An anchor device for use in sacroiliac joint stabilization comprises a housing having a bore, one or more apertures, and a threaded outer surface, one or more engagement members at least partially disposed in the housing, where at least one of the one or more engagement members is movable between a retracted position and an extended position such that, when the at least one of the one or more engagement members is in the extended position, the at least one of the one or more engagement members extends through at least one of the one or more apertures, and where, when the at least one of the one or more engagement members is in the extended position, the at least one of the one or more engagement members is configured to engage a cortical wall of a sacrum bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: West End Bay Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Andy J. Redmond, Charles R. Gordon, Erik Wagner
  • Patent number: 10292830
    Abstract: A bone fusion method, system and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together in order to replace degenerated discs and/or bones, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises a frame and one or more extendable plates that are able to be angled, rotatable, adjustable, and have top profiles designed to correct and/or match the replaced discs/bones. The bone fusion device is able to be inserted between or replace the vertebrae by using a minimally invasive procedure wherein the dimensions and/or other characteristics of the bone fusion device are selectable based on the type of minimally invasive procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Neuropro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. McLuen, Benjamin J. Remington, Daniel R. Baker, Joseph N. Logan, Gregory C. Stalcup, Daniel E. Gerbec
  • Patent number: 10292836
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes a first member defining a longitudinal axis and including a wall that defines an axial cavity. The first member further defines at least one lateral cavity configured for disposal of an instrument and is oriented transverse relative to the longitudinal axis. A second member includes an axial surface defining gear teeth and being configured for disposal with the axial cavity such that the teeth are offset from the longitudinal axis. The instrument is engageable with the teeth to axially translate the second member relative to the first member. Surgical instruments, systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Loic Josse, Philippe Lemaitre, Jean Charles Le Huec, Jorg Franke
  • Patent number: 10292743
    Abstract: A surgical staple (714) for inserting into one or more bone parts (10, 12) comprises a plate (718), a first screw (748) and a second screw (748). The plate (718) includes a first end (768F), an opposed second end (768S), a first aperture (742) that is positioned near the first end (768F), and a second aperture (742) that is positioned near the second end (768S). Additionally, the plate (718) is curved along a length of the plate (718) from the first end (768F) to the second end (768S). The first screw (748) extends through the first aperture (742). The second screw (748) extends through the second aperture (742). Further, the first screw (748) and the second screw (748) are angled toward one another when the surgical staple (714) is in a relaxed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan G. Taylor, Rebecca H. Wahl
  • Patent number: 10292737
    Abstract: A spinal implant comprises a fastener including a head and defining a longitudinal axis. A member is configured for disposal of the head and defines an inner groove configured for disposal of a band that is engageable with the head to connect the fastener and the member. The member is moveable relative to the longitudinal axis. The member defines a passageway configured for disposal of a tether. Systems, spinal constructs, surgical instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Molly K. Rice, Dennis G. Crandall
  • Patent number: 10292740
    Abstract: A system for securing a flexible member to a vertebra includes a flexible member, a fixation member, and an inserter. The flexible member includes two ends. The fixation member includes a head and a shank that defines a longitudinal axis of the fixation member. The head defines a slot that passes through the head orthogonal to the longitudinal axis. The slot receives a portion of the flexible member. The inserter includes a handle and a tubular member that has proximal and distal end portion. The proximal end portion is attached to the handle and the distal end portion extends from the handle. The tubular member defines a passage between the proximal and distal end portions. The distal end portion includes a couple for receiving the head of the fixation member with the portion of the flexible member received in the slot of the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Mundis, Jr., Han Jo Kim, John Ferguson, Laurel Blakemore, Michael Barrus
  • Patent number: 10285713
    Abstract: A guide device for knee replacement is configured such that during knee replacement surgery and/or knee replacement revision surgery for implanting a prosthetic knee implant, a degree of external rotation of a femur is identified and aligned through a cut surface of a proximal tibia, then a distance of a gap between the cut surface of the proximal tibia and a cut surface of a distal femur is identified during the surgery, so the degree of external rotation and the distance of the gap are identified simultaneously with one guide device, and thereby it is possible to facilitate the surgery, thereby reducing operation time and minimizing occurrence of a sequela of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CORENTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-Hun Oh, Seok-Ju Kim, Oui-Sik Yoo, Chan-Eol Kim
  • Patent number: 10271882
    Abstract: A bone screw includes a tubular body including a wall having a bone thread in at least a portion of an outer portion of the wall, an open first end and a second end. A plurality of cutting teeth is provided at the open first end, and a head is provided at the second end. An insert in the tubular body is configured to guide a wire therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Jürgen Harms
  • Patent number: 10271960
    Abstract: Intervertebral spacer assemblies, systems, and methods thereof. A method of insertion includes inserting an intervertebral spacer and plate together using an insertion tool and, upon removal of the insertion tool, the intervertebral spacer and plate are no longer considered connected/coupled and act as separate components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Zappacosta, Noah Hansell, Mark Adams
  • Patent number: 10271877
    Abstract: A coupling device is provided for coupling a rod to a bone anchoring element. The coupling device includes a receiving part having a first end, a second end, a central axis extending through the first end and the second end, and a channel for receiving a rod. The receiving part defines an accommodation space for accommodating a head of a bone anchoring element, the accommodation space having an opening for inserting the head. The coupling device further includes a pressure element arranged at least partially in the accommodation space, the pressure element having a flexible portion to clamp an inserted head, and a clamping element extending at least partially around the flexible portion of the pressure element. The clamping element is configured to move from a first position to a second position in which the clamping element exerts a clamping force onto the pressure element, where the movement includes rotating the clamping element around the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 10265111
    Abstract: An inflatable bone tamp is provided that includes a shaft with proximal and distal portions and a central longitudinal axis. A balloon is attached to the shaft such that a material can flow through the shaft and into the balloon to inflate the balloon. A flow controller controls the flow of the material through the shaft and into the balloon. Kits, systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Holding Company Sárl
    Inventors: Calin Druma, Shankar Kar
  • Patent number: 10265194
    Abstract: A surgical instrument suitable for preparing an intervertebral disc space includes an outer sleeve, an instrument head, an inner shaft, a handle, a universal joint, a coupling member, and a drive mechanism. The outer sleeve includes a proximal end, a distal end and a longitudinal axis. The instrument head defines a longitudinal axis and is disposed at the distal end of the outer shaft. The inner shaft is slidably disposed within the outer sleeve and includes a proximal end, a distal end and a longitudinal axis coaxially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the outer sleeve. The drive mechanism is coupled between the outer sleeve and the inner shaft and actuates the outer sleeve axially relative to the inner shaft, thereby setting an angle of the longitudinal axis of the instrument head in relation to the longitudinal axis of the inner shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Ziemek, Patrick Hunt
  • Patent number: 10258393
    Abstract: A two-part implant insertable in two bone segments that are intended to be fused together, wherein the implant provides built-in axial compressive forces that aid in maintaining the two bone segments in compression against each other so as to facilitate fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Konstantin A. Caploon, Alex Katz, Rui Ferreira