Patents Examined by Nicholas Woodall
  • Patent number: 10537315
    Abstract: Improved methods and devices for performing an endoscopic surgery are provided. Systems are taught for operatively treating gastrointestinal disorders endoscopically in a stable, yet dynamic operative environment, and in a minimally-invasive manner. Such systems include, for example, an endoscopic surgical suite. The surgical suite can have a reversibly-expandable retractor that expands to provide a stable, operative environment within a subject. The expansion can be asymmetric around a stabilizer subsystem to maximize space for a tool and an endoscope to each be maneuvered independently to visualize a target tissue and treat the target tissue from outside the patient in a minimally invasive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Piskun, John To, Mariel Fabro, Brian Tang, Sergey Kantsevoy, Oleg Shikhman
  • Patent number: 10245047
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are unicompartmental femoral and tibial arthroplasty jigs for respectively assisting in the performance of unicompartmental femoral and tibial arthroplasty procedures on femoral and tibial arthroplasty target regions. The jigs each include a mating surface. The mating surface of the femoral jig is configured to matingly receive and contact a generally planar area of an anterior side of a femoral shaft generally proximal of the patellar facet border and generally distal an articularis genu. The mating surface of the tibial jig is configured to matingly receive and contact a generally planar area of an anterior side of a tibial shaft distal of the tibial plateau edge and generally proximal of the tibial tuberosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corporation
    Inventors: Ilwhan Park, Michael Koehle, Lorenzo R. Deveza
  • Patent number: 10238501
    Abstract: Systems for distracting a facet joint and positioning a permanent implant in the joint are disclosed. The implants serve to retain a distracted position of the facet joint which is achieved with positioning of the leading end of a distraction tool in the facet joint and then distracting or enlarging the joint a desired amount. The permanent implant could be part of the distraction mechanism which can be separated from the delivery tool once the joint has been distracted or an auxiliary implant may be positioned before the distraction mechanism is removed from the distracted joint. The permanent implants can be solid, mechanical devices that may have fixation means thereon to hold them in place or injected fluids such as hydrogels or fluids confined within balloons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: PROVIDENCE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10238431
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone screw assembly includes a threaded shank body having an integral upper portion receivable in an integral receiver, the receiver having an upper channel for receiving a longitudinal connecting member and a lower cavity cooperating with a lower opening. A down-loadable compression insert, a down-loadable friction fit split retaining ring having inner and outer tangs and an up-loadable shank upper portion cooperate to provide for pop- or snap-on assembly of the shank with the receiver either prior to or after implantation of the shank into a vertebra. The shank and receiver once assembled cannot be disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10226294
    Abstract: An orthopedic impactor device for positioning an orthopedic prosthetic cup implant during a hip replacement surgery is described. The impactor comprises a distal prosthetic cup engagement portion which is separated from a proximal strike plate by an elongated housing and handle. The housing has a length that extends from a proximal housing portion to a distal housing end with an intermediate housing section therebetween. The intermediate housing section comprises spaced right and left side walls that extend upwardly from a bottom wall to an upper opening. A drive train, comprising a connection rod connectable to an orthopedic prosthetic cup, at least partially resides within the elongated housing. The drive train comprises a linkage sub-assembly that transfers rotational movement of a shaft located at the drive shaft proximal end to the connection rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Viant AS&O Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jia Li, Kenton A. Walz, Jonathan P. Crandall, Matthew L. Mroczkowski
  • Patent number: 10219916
    Abstract: A spinal fusion system may include an interbody fusion cage, a fixation plate, and an implanter. The interbody fusion cage may include a proximal region, a distal region opposite the proximal region, a superior region, an inferior region opposite the superior region, and an open volume between the proximal and distal regions. The superior and inferior regions are located between the proximal and distal regions and are configured such that, when the interbody fusion cage is implanted in the disc space, the superior region contracts the inferior end plate and the inferior region contacts the superior end plate. The fixation plate is receivable in the open volume of the interbody fusion cage and includes a superior blade and an inferior blade. At least one of the blades includes a first opening defined therein. The fixation plate is displaceable between a non-deployed state and a deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SPINE WAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou
  • Patent number: 10219695
    Abstract: A first light source producing a first light beam with a first intensity and a second light source producing a second light beam with a second intensity. A light filter device receives the first light beam and transmits a filtered portion of the first light beam. A first angling device reflects the filtered portion of the first light beam in a first angled direction and a second angling device reflects the second light beam in a second angled direction. A mirror receives and in turn reflects the filtered portion of the first light beam reflected by the first angling device and the second light beam reflected by the second angling device to form a converged light beam with a third intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DOHENY EYE INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Prashant Bhadri, James Lescoulie, Sophia Fang, Matthew McCormick, Ralph Kerns, Mark Humayun, Aaron Barnes
  • Patent number: 10213217
    Abstract: An adjustable drill depth guide includes a first sleeve, a second sleeve and a stop member. The first sleeve includes a longitudinal axis and defines a helical slot disposed about the longitudinal axis. The second sleeve is concentrically arranged relative to the first sleeve and is axially adjustable relative to the first sleeve for adjusting a length of the adjustable drill depth guide. The stop member extends radially from the second sleeve and is disposed in the helical slot. The stop member is selectively received at various positions along the helical slot to positively locate the second sleeve relative to the first sleeve in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew L Keiser, Scott Harrington
  • Patent number: 10206696
    Abstract: Devices, kits, and methods that may be used to establish a distal femoral resection position or a proximal tibial resection position and a prosthetic gap in a total knee arthroplasty procedure are provided. Devices for establishing a distal femoral resection position or a proximal tibial resection position may comprise a support that attaches to and references a proximal resected tibia or distal resected femur and supports and establishes the position of a resection guide. A kit may comprise a device for establishing a distal femoral resection position or proximal tibial resection position and additional components that complement the device or facilitate application of the device during a total knee arthroplasty procedure. Methods for establishing a distal femoral resection position or a proximal tibial resection position are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Danton S. Dungy
  • Patent number: 10194919
    Abstract: A dynamic trialing method generally allows a surgeon to perform a preliminary bone resection on the distal femur according to a curved or planar resection profile. With the curved resection profile, the distal-posterior femoral condyles may act as a femoral trial component after the preliminary bone resection. This may eliminate the need for a separate femoral trial component, reducing the cost and complexity of surgery. With the planar resection profile, shims or skid-like inserts that correlate to the distal-posterior condyles of the final insert may be attached to the distal femur after the preliminary bone resection to facilitate intraoperative trialing. The method and related components may also provide the ability of a surgeon to perform iterative intraoperative kinematic analysis and gap balancing, providing the surgeon the ability to perform necessary ligament and/or other soft tissue releases and fine tune the final implant positions based on data acquired during the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Stuart L. Axelson, Jr., Emily Hampp, John R. Fossez
  • Patent number: 10172648
    Abstract: A bone screw assembly includes an anchor portion and a head portion, such as a rod-receiving portion, movably mounted to the anchor portion to allow for controlled angulation between the anchor portion and the head portion. The anchor portion is pivotable in one or more selected directions about an axis relative to the head portion. A restriction member, which may be a rod seat, prevents the anchor portion from pivoting in one or more different directions about another axis relative to the head portion and/or a spinal fixation element received in the head portion. The restriction member may be inserted in the head portion to control direction that the anchor portion pivots relative to the head portion. The restriction member may also serve as a compression member and/or rod seat for seating a spinal rod coupled to the bone screw assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Nam T. Chao, Simon Siu, Ronald Sacher, Jerold P. Gurley, Randal Betz, Peter O. Newton
  • Patent number: 10172657
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bone screw and a method for locking a bone screw into a bore. The bore can be provided in e.g. an implant, a plate, a nail or the like. The bone screw comprises a head portion with a first axis, a proximal shaft portion with a second axis, and a distal shaft portion with a third axis. The first axis is a center axis extending in a longitudinal direction of the head portion, the second axis is a center axis extending in a longitudinal direction of the proximal shaft portion, and the third axis is a center axis extending in a longitudinal direction of the distal shaft portion. The first and third axes are aligned to each other. The second axis is displaced relative to the first and third axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Nils Zander, Claudia Graca
  • Patent number: 10166020
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed herein for accessing the hip joint. A first device can be securely attached to the capsule of a joint. The first device can tent the capsule to increase the volume of the peripheral compartment. A second device can be biased against the first device to pierce the tented capsule and create a portal. Devices and methods are also disclosed herein for distending the capsule of a joint. A distention device may access a portal established within the capsule. The distention device can expand the capsule by applying an expansive force within the peripheral compartment. The distention device can maintain distention of the peripheral compartment while other devices access the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Weisel, Geoff Willis, James Flom, Hanson S. Gifford, Mark Deem, Darin Gittings, Lynette Ross, Dwayne Dupree, Matthew Frushell
  • Patent number: 10166116
    Abstract: Disclosed are bone spacing implants for bone fusion with an open helix locking system and insertion instrumentation for implanting a spacer and fixating with a helix lock without removal of instrumentation between steps. Implanting methods comprise the steps of: positioning a coil driver over an elongate shaft portion of a bone spacer inserter; loading a helical lock implant on a distal end of an elongate shaft portion wherein an elongate shaft portion occupies a central core space of the helical lock; positioning and fixing a selected bone spacer implant to the bone spacer inserter instrument; advancing the bone spacer and helical lock instrumentation assembly into an intervertebral space; advancing through rotation a coil driver transmitting torsional forces against a butt surface of a helix lock until the helix lock is fully threaded into adjacent bone and the bone spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Patrick Janowski
  • Patent number: 10166051
    Abstract: A bone plate system having a retainer for resisting back-out of a bone anchor from a throughbore of a bone plate is provided. In one aspect, a bone plate system having a resilient retainer disposed in a bone plate throughbore with a pair of elongate arm portions of the resilient retainer extending along opposite sides of the throughbore. In another aspect, a bone plate system having a resilient retainer with a pair of elongate interference portions completely exposed in the throughbore and spaced from each other across the throughbore to retain a head of a bone anchor received in the throughbore. In addition, a bone plate system having a resilient retainer with a pair of opposite end portions disposed within a groove of a throughbore wall such that a bone anchor may be inserted into the throughbore without contacting either of the opposite end portions of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Perrow, Joseph Mohar, Lawrence Mosca, Matthew P. Gephart, Brian P. Janowski, Brad Fredin, Francis J. Korhonen, Matthew Songer
  • Patent number: 10159578
    Abstract: Instrumentation for implanting a cervical disc replacement device includes cervical disc replacement trials for determining the appropriate size of replacement device to be implanted, an insertion plate for maintaining the elements of the replacement device in fixed relation to one another for simultaneous manipulation, an insertion handle for attachment to the insertion plate for manipulation of the elements, an insertion pusher for releasing the insertion handle from the insertion plate, a drill guide that cooperates with the insertion plate to guide the drilling of tap holes for bone screws to be placed through bone screw holes in the flanges of the replacement device, clips that are applied to the flanges after placement of the bone screws to resist screw backout, and a clip applicator for applying the clips to the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Rafail Zubok, Michael W. Dudasik, Joseph P. Errico
  • Patent number: 10143508
    Abstract: The invention is based on a tool device, in particular hand-held tool device, for use in a surgical method, comprising a tool receptacle, an operating unit, a torque limitation unit, a torque transmission unit and a magazine unit. The torque limitation unit is arranged between the operating unit and the tool receptacle and comprises a plurality of torque limitation elements which are provided to be destroyed when a given torque is exceeded. The magazine unit is provided to exert a thrust force onto the torque limitation elements for introducing them one by one into the torque transmission unit, and the torque limitation unit is provided to respectively receive a torque limitation element and to destroy it when the given torque is exceeded, wherein the torque limitation elements are arranged on a rotary working axle of the tool receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SMC INNOVATION GMBH
    Inventor: Arne Jansen-Troy
  • Patent number: 10143502
    Abstract: A device for use as a portal in percutaneous minimally invasive surgery performed within a patient's body cavity includes a first elongated hollow tube having a length adjusted with a self-contained mechanism. The first elongated tube includes an inner hollow tube and an outer hollow tube and the inner tube is adapted to slide within the outer tube thereby providing the self-contained length adjusting mechanism. Two or more elongated tubes with adjustable lengths can be placed into two or more adjacent body cavities, respectively. Paths are opened within the tissue areas between the two or more body cavities, and are used to transfer devices and tools between the adjacent body cavities. This system of two or more elongated tubes with adjustable lengths is particularly advantageous in percutaneous minimally invasive spinal surgeries, and provides the benefits of minimizing long incisions, recovery time and post-operative complications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventor: Kingsley Richard Chin
  • Patent number: 10137003
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a low profile intervertebral implant for implantation in an intervertebral disc space in-between adjacent vertebral bodies. The intervertebral implant includes a plate preferably coupled to a spacer. The plate is preferably formed from a first material and the spacer is preferably formed from a second material, the first material being different from the second material. The plate is preferably sized and configured so that the plate does not extend beyond the perimeter of the spacer. In this manner, the plate preferably does not increase the height profile of the spacer and the plate may be implanted within the intervertebral disc space in conjunction with the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Kueenzi, Ryan T. Walsh, Thomas Pepe, Markus Hunziker, David Koch
  • Patent number: 10117746
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an orthopedic implant device comprising a porous structure, approximating the shape of a bone, and having modulus of elasticity similar to that of said bone. In one embodiment, further disclosed herein is a method of treating injuries or diseases affecting bones or muscles comprising providing an orthopedic implant device, wherein the orthopedic implant device comprising a porous structure, approximating the shape of a bone, and having a modulus of elasticity similar to that of bone, and using the orthopedic implant device to treat injuries and diseases affecting bones and muscles in a mammal. In another embodiment, disclosed herein is a method of manufacturing an orthopedic implant device using an additive manufacturing (AM) method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HT Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Michael Cordaro