Patents Examined by Marcela I Shirsat
  • Patent number: 10463411
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical retaining instrument for bone plates. The retaining instrument comprises a carrying element and two plate retaining jaws arranged on the carrying element. The mutual distance of the plate retaining jaws can be changed in order to pick up or release a bone plate. Furthermore, an actuating device is provided, which has two arms, which can be moved relative to each other and which are designed to change the mutual distance of the plate retaining jaws. The carrying element is rotatably mounted relative to the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Knoepfle, Karl Greiner, Manfred Schmuck, Uwe Koerner, Markus Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10448982
    Abstract: A reinforced cannulated screw assembly includes a cannulated screw and a reinforcing rod coupled to the cannulated screw. The cannulated screw includes a channel formed therethrough that is defined by an inner wall having at least one set of grooves formed therein. The reinforcing rod is configured for insertion into the channel. The reinforcing rod includes a set of protrusions configured to engage the at least one set of grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Gary J. Schmidt, A. Jamie Riley, Amod P. Paranjpe, Gene Zamba
  • Patent number: 10433720
    Abstract: An intubation tube accessory for use in combination with an intubation tool. The accessory includes an illumination member; an imaging device; a communication mechanism configured to convey images from the imaging device to a display screen; and an intubation fixing mechanism configured for removable fixing of the intubation accessory to the intubation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Guy Livnat
  • Patent number: 10433887
    Abstract: Instrumentation and methods are provided for upper jaw correction surgery. The application discloses an orthopedic system and method that can be used to perform both a first distraction (for example a maxillary distraction) and a second distraction (for example a maxillary expansion) within the same surgical procedure. The instrumentation for separating first and second bone segments can include a first footplate; a second footplate; an actuator arranged to vary a distance between the first and second footplates; and a hinge that rotatably attaches the first and second footplates such that the first and second footplates can be angularly adjusted relative to each other about a pivot axis. Additionally, instrumentation and methods are provided for a hinged fixation device capable of securing and adjusting both the linear separation and angular orientation of bone structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Noon, Eric Lui
  • Patent number: 10426532
    Abstract: A bone plate system for securing a plurality of bones is provided including a plate member, a locking device of the bone plate, and a surgical cable having a trailing end for being connected to the bone plate and a leading end for being advanced around the bones and into the locking device. The surgical cable may be tensioned to approximate the bones, urge the bones together, and seat the bone plate against the bones. The locking device may be reconfigured to a locked configuration to fix the bone plate to the surgical cable. The bone plate further includes a plurality of throughbores for receiving bone anchors that rigidly fix the bone plate to the bones. The bone plate system utilizes the tensile strength of the surgical cable and the rigid fixation between the bone anchors and the bone plate to resist relative movement of the bones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: A&E Advanced Closure Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Goodwin, Peter Didyk, Jamie Close, Matthew Gephart
  • Patent number: 10405903
    Abstract: A fastening device having a bellows-like or accordion-like structure made of a material that changes shape when activated by a catalyst, and having pleated or foldable zigzag elements that contract from an extended state to a contracted state upon activation. These elements are formed from zig and zag segments of various shapes. The shape changing material may be a shape memory metal alloy, shape memory polymer or elastic memory composite. A method of using this fastener provides apposition and compression of abutment surfaces to join together two pieces of material, and is suitable for joining apposing bone surfaces together to heal fractures via the use of orthopedic hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Xtraverse, LLC
    Inventors: David P Biesinger, James A Biesinger
  • Patent number: 10390694
    Abstract: An apparatus for reversely deactivating a port seal in a laparoscopic port and providing a continuous passage between the laparoscopic port and a remote location in a body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: EON SURGICAL, LTD.
    Inventors: Danny Farin, Yehuda Bachar, Ronny Winshtein
  • Patent number: 10383675
    Abstract: A surgical screw driving device for driving a screw into a surgical fixture. The device has a screwdriver having a proximal end, a distal end having a driver for engaging the screw, and an elongated shaft extending therebetween. The device has a screw retainer surrounding and extending along the elongated shaft. The screw retainer is configured to engage and hold a periphery of a screw head prior to the screw being driven into the surgical fixture. The screw retainer is configured to disengage from the periphery of the screw head as an axial end of the screw retainer contacts the surgical fixture and is further configured, upon disengagement and without necessity of outside assistance, to translate along the elongated shaft of the screwdriver away from the distal end and toward the proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ZAVATION, LLC
    Inventors: John Franklin Cummins, John Lawrence Walker, Joseph Matthew Jones
  • Patent number: 10357295
    Abstract: Opposite ends o a loop of surgical wire extending around an internal body part are joined by a connector, with the first end being rigidly fastened to the connector and with the second end then being pulled into place within a wire puller having a capstan that is rotated by squeezing a handle, preferably until the second end of the wire breaks, leaving one piece of wire in the wire puller and the other piece of the wire, extending to the loop, fastened within the connector. As the wire is tightened by the wire puller, a locking structure within the connector is deflected by contact with the tip of the wire puller into a shape preventing further movement off the wire within the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Mohammed A. Hajianpour
  • Patent number: 10350081
    Abstract: A joint spacer therapeutically maintains separation of bones of a joint. A carriage is slideably retained within the frame and has at least one ramped surface. An actuator screw is threadably engaged with the frame, and rotatably connected to the carriage, to cause the carriage to slideably move within the frame when the actuator screw is rotated. First and second endplates engage the bones of the joint, and each has at least one ramped surface that is mateable with the ramped surface of the carriage, whereby when the carriage is slideably moved by rotation of the actuator screw, the endplates ramped surface slides against the carriage ramped surface to cause the endplates to move along an axis transverse to the longitudinal axis of the frame, to increase the height of the spacer. Piercing elements are connected to the carriage to pierce bone of the joint when the carriage is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jody L. Seifert, Chad Glerum, Mark Weiman, Mark Adams, David C. Paul, Jason Zappacosta
  • Patent number: 10350022
    Abstract: A cup impactor assembly comprises a shaft. A cup coupler is at a cup end of the shaft and is releasably connecting a cup in fixed relation. A handle is at an impacting end of the shaft. A visual guide is mounted to at least one of the shaft and the handle, the visual guide producing visual guidance for pointing at at least two landmarks of the pelvis or fixed relative to the pelvis, based on a pre-planned patient-specific relation between the at least two landmarks and a desired acetabular cup orientation relative to the landmarks. A method for orienting an acetabular cup prior to impacting in an acetabulum of a pelvis is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ZIMMER, INC.
    Inventors: Herbert Andre Jansen, Di Li, Karine Duval, Bruno Falardeau, Francois Paradis, Benoit Pelletier
  • Patent number: 10342583
    Abstract: A spinal plate that is self-adjusting along its longitudinal axis to accommodate subsidence that may occur and aid in loading the bone graft to promote boney fusion while providing rigid fixation. The spinal plate is configured to inhibit loosening or backing out of bone screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Wallenstein, Megan McMullen, Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 10342675
    Abstract: An expandable implant system is disclosed in which the system comprises an implant with: (1) top and bottom plates, (2) ramp surfaces formed on inner surfaces of the plates, and (3) an expansion member situated between the plates. An actuator also forms part of the system, the actuator being removable from between the top and bottom plates after implantation of the implant. The expansion member has a set of angled surfaces for mating with the ramp surfaces of the plates and, upon movement of the expansion member along a longitudinal axis of the implant, the top and bottom plates expand from a first dimension to a second greater dimension. The top and bottom plates are also securable at varying angles to one another depending on the amount of movement of the expansion member along the ramp surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Alheidt
  • Patent number: 10335163
    Abstract: An orthopedic surgical instrument includes a polymer 4-in-2 cutting instrument having a number of metallic cutting guides secured thereto. An A/P femoral cutting block of the instrument is removably secured to the instrument's chamfer femoral cutting block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY IRELAND UNLIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles D. Christie, Duncan G. Young, Jon M. Edwards, Hasib Mohammed
  • Patent number: 10314596
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include an orthopedic milling machine for preparing a glenoid bone. The milling machine uses a hub and a sleeve. The hub includes reliefs arranged to cut or mill the bone and the sleeve couples to the hub to transfer rotational motion to the hub. The hub has an axial bore sized to receive an orthopedic guide pin. The hub also has a lateral passage slot that allows the hub to move laterally towards the guide pin in order to place the guide pin within the axial bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Tornier SAS
    Inventors: Matthew Purdy, Lucile Ferrand, Pierric Deransart
  • Patent number: 10307520
    Abstract: An example assembly for use with a vacuum system and an esophageal positioning device esophageal positioning device includes an introducer, in which the esophageal positioning device includes a handle, a first segment, a second segment and an articulation driving mechanism. The first segment being coupled to the handle. The second segment being pivotally connected to the first segment. The articulation driving mechanism being configured to pivot the second segment about the first segment upon articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Veeral M. Oza, Adam Hensel, Emile Daoud, Nishaki Mehta
  • Patent number: 10299827
    Abstract: An arthroscopy cannula according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a cannula body that extends along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end and a first inflatable component attached to the cannula body and configured to move via fluid pressure between a compressed position and an expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Dreyfuss, Matthew Provencher
  • 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: 10299934
    Abstract: A joint spacer therapeutically maintains separation of bones of a joint. A carriage is slideably retained within the frame and has at least one ramped surface. An actuator screw is threadably engaged with the frame, and rotatably connected to the carriage, to cause the carriage to slideably move within the frame when the actuator screw is rotated. First and second endplates engage the bones of the joint, and each has at least one ramped surface that is mateable with the ramped surface of the carriage, whereby when the carriage is slideably moved by rotation of the actuator screw, the endplates ramped surface slides against the carriage ramped surface to cause the endplates to move along an axis transverse to the longitudinal axis of the frame, to increase the height of the spacer. Piercing elements are connected to the carriage to pierce bone of the joint when the carriage is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC
    Inventors: Jody L. Seifert, Chad Glerum, Mark Weiman, Mark Adams, David C. Paul
  • 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