Patents Examined by Pedro Philogene
  • Patent number: 11224462
    Abstract: A coupling device includes a first coupling body configured to be coupled to a first bone anchor, a second coupling body configured to be coupled a second bone anchor, and a connection device comprising a first connection member connectable to the first coupling body, a second connection member connectable to the second coupling body, and a length adjustment member positionable between and insertable at least partially into each of the first and second connection members. The first and second connection members are movable relative to the length adjustment member. The length adjustment member can be actuated in a first direction to increase a distance between the first connection member and the second connection member, and in a second direction different from the first direction to decrease the distance between the first connection member and the second connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Achim Schünemann
  • Patent number: 11213334
    Abstract: A bone fixation device for treatment of a bone fracture includes a fixation screw defining a transverse opening, a fixation arm configured for inserting the fixation screw through a bone fracture, a set screw, and an aiming arm configured for inserting the set screw into the transverse opening and engagement with the fixation screw. The set screw stabilizes the fixation screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Stabiliz Orthopaedics, LLC
    Inventors: Anjan Shah, Douglas Cerynik
  • Patent number: 11213287
    Abstract: A support apparatus for a medical device includes a first sleeve, a second sleeve, and a flexible contact member. The first sleeve is configured to be coupled to a first tool member of an end effector assembly that includes the first tool member, a second tool member, and a clevis, in which the first and second tool members are each rotatably coupled to the clevis such that second tool member can be moved relative to the first tool member between a first and a second orientation. The second sleeve is configured to be coupled to the second tool member. The flexible contact member is coupled to the first sleeve and the second sleeve, and is configured be moved between a collapsed configuration when the second tool member is in the first orientation and an expanded configuration when the second tool member is in the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christina J. Shuh, Ralph Wadensweiler, Kyle R. Miller
  • Patent number: 11213326
    Abstract: A digitizer pointer is provided as part of a system for correcting a curvature or deformity in a patient's spine based on the digitized locations of implanted screws and tracking the placement of the rod as it is placed in a minimally invasive fashion. The digitizer pointer is includes an offset adjustment feature, a swivel feature, and a translation feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Scholl, D J Geiger
  • Patent number: 11207103
    Abstract: A tool for implementing a correction plan in an external fixation frame having a plurality of adjustment elements or screws, for example, generally includes a driver, a motor, a controller, and a processor. The driver is adapted to engage and rotate each of the screws. The motor is coupled the driver and adapted to rotate the driver. The controller is connected to the motor and configured to control operation of the motor. The controller may determine whether the tool is engaged with a strut and which strut is engaged, and may determine how much the strut has rotated, taking into account intentional or unintentional manual rotation of the tool. The tool may also include features to help ensure proper engagement between the drive and the strut. Variations may be provided in which similar functionality is provided with manual rotation of a motorless tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker European Operations Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Manoj Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: 11197696
    Abstract: A pivotal bone anchor assembly includes a receiver with a base defining an internal cavity with a seating surface adjacent a bottom opening and an upper portion defining a channel configured to receive an elongate rod. The assembly also includes an anchor member having a proximal end portion with a lower contact surface slidably engageable with the seating surface to establish pivotable motion between the anchor member and the receiver, and a planar upper surface surrounding an internal drive socket. The assembly further includes an insert positionable within the channel with a lower surface engageable with the proximal end portion of the anchor member to direct a downwardly-directed force onto the proximal end portion to lock the position of the anchor member relative to the receiver, with the planar upper surface remaining spaced apart from the lower surface of the insert so as to not directly receive the downwardly-directed force therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 11197765
    Abstract: An artificial disc replacement device is disclosed. The device includes an upper endplate and a lower endplate, as well as a core assembly disposed between the endplates. The core assembly includes a core member with a curved engaging surface and a matrix member. The matrix member is more compressible than the core member. The curved engaging surface of the core member engages a recess in the upper endplate so that the upper endplate can translate along the curved engaging surface. The curved engaging surface has a greater curvature at its posterior end than at its anterior end to facilitate different ranges of motion during extension and flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Robert S. Bray, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11197662
    Abstract: An illuminated surgical retractor comprising a blade having first and second opposing surfaces, a handle extending in a first direction at an angle from a proximal end of the blade, an illumination assembly comprising at least one direct light source positioned to directly emit light toward a distal end of the blade, wherein the first surface of the blade faces away from the first direction, the illumination assembly abuts the first surface of the blade, and the illumination assembly includes a cover partially enclosing the at least one light source and abutting the first surface of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: OBP Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ralph Swift
  • Patent number: 11191574
    Abstract: Systems, instruments, and methods for advancing a set screw in an object. The methods comprise: disposing a shank tip of a set screw reducer in a socket of the set screw; causing a sleeve integrated with the set screw reducer to slidingly engage a shank of the set screw reducer and move in a direction towards the shank tip; transferring torque from the set screw reducer to the set screw such that the set screw is advanced in a threaded hole of the object; and using the sleeve of the set screw reducer to substantially prevent splaying of at least one sidewall of the object while the torque is being transferred from the set screw reducer to the set screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. Butler, William A. Rezach, Molly K. Rice
  • Patent number: 11185422
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for spinal fusion procedures that can allow all components of the spinal fusion procedure to be inserted into the wound of a patient at once, and can thus minimize the number of components that must be separately inserted into a wound. This can be accomplished by providing a intervertebral fixation system that allows an intervertebral cage and a vertebral fixation plate to be assembled into a single unit prior to insertion into a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Absolute Advantage Medical LLC
    Inventor: Dennis E. Bullard
  • Patent number: 11179246
    Abstract: The present invention provides an intervertebral implant for implantation in a treated area of an intervertebral space between vertebral bodies of a spine. The implant includes a spacer portion having an inferior and superior surface, wherein the inferior and superior surfaces each have a contact area capable of engaging with anatomy in the treated area, and the inferior and superior surfaces define a through-hole extending through the spacer body. The present invention further provides holes extending from a side portion to the inferior and superior surfaces of the spacer portion and a plate portion rigidly coupled to the spacer portion, wherein the plate portion contains holes for receiving screws. A fastener back out prevention mechanism adapted on the plate to prevent the back out of the fasteners from the holes and to secure the spacer to the plate of the intervertebral implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jody L. Seifert, Michal Zentko, Andrew Iott, Christopher Angelucci, Chad Glerum, Ryan Watt
  • Patent number: 11172972
    Abstract: A method of treating scoliosis in a subject includes securing a scoliosis treatment device to first and second locations on the subject's skeletal system, the scoliosis treatment device including a first portion, a second portion moveably mounted relative to the first portion, and an adjustment device disposed on the device and configured to change a distraction force between the first location and the second location, the adjustment device including a rotationally mounted magnetic element configured to move the second portion relative to the first portion in response to rotation of the magnetic element. An external adjustment device is provided external to the subject and is able to adjust the distraction force between the first location and second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Blair Walker, Scott Pool, Jay R. McCoy, Arvin Chang
  • Patent number: 11166751
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone anchor including a housing, a bone screw, and a retainer for pivotably coupling the head of the bone screw to the housing. The retainer is positioned into the bore of the housing and includes a plurality of alternating tabs and slots circumferentially arranged to define a cavity for receiving the head portion of the bone screw therein. The retainer is axially moveable in the housing from a first position in which the head portion is not passable through the lower opening of the retainer to a second position in which lie head portion is passable through the lower opening of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan E. Shluzas, Hugh D Hestad
  • Patent number: 11166754
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a strike instrument that couples to an insertion handle of an intramedullary nail has a shaft that extends along a shaft axis, and an abutment that extends outward relative to the shaft. The abutment is rotationally fixed to the shaft such that the shaft can rotate the abutment between a first orientation, where the abutment can be removed or inserted into the insertion handle, and a second orientation, where the abutment forms an interference with the insertion handle that prevents the abutment from being removed from the handle. The strike instrument includes a strike surface that can transfer an impaction force to the insertion handle, and a lock that engages the insertion handle so as to prevent the abutment from rotating from the second orientation to the first orientation after the abutment is rotated within the insertion handle from the first orientation to the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Yvonne Schumacher, Gaser El Zoghbi, Nicholas Van Stolk, Dominik Daniel Bini Falconi
  • Patent number: 11160584
    Abstract: A method for attaching a flat and flexible band on at least one bone part is disclosed. The band includes two end portions. A rigid base body crossed by an opening, and a retaining part that can be inserted in the opening is employed. The retaining part is at least partially in the shape of a squeezable wedge comprising a central bore for passage of the end portions facing the flexible band, the bore having a transverse cross-section that can be deformed between a first cross-section for free passage of the end portions when the part has not been inserted in the opening and a second cross-section for locking the end portions by compression when the part is entirely or substantially entirely inserted in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: IMPLANET
    Inventors: Denis Pasquet, Régis Le Couëdic
  • Patent number: 11160667
    Abstract: An intervertebral implant for insertion into an intervertebral disc space between adjacent vertebral bodies or between two bone portions. The implant includes a spacer portion, a plate portion operatively coupled to the spacer portion and one or more blades for securing the implant to the adjacent vertebral bodies. The blades preferably include superior and inferior cylindrical pins for engaging the adjacent vertebral bodies. The implant may be configured to be inserted via a direct lateral trans-psoas approach. Alternatively, the implant may be configured for insertion via an anterior approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawton Laurence, David T. Banks, Vincent E. Mandes, Heather Cannon, Joshua McManus
  • Patent number: 11154406
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vertebral system comprising a vertebral implant (2) and a plurality of inserts, said implant being designed to be implanted in a vertebral segment composed of at least two vertebrae and including a body (20) the walls whereof delimit a cavity (23) leading to the outside of the body (20) through at least one opening in at least one of said walls, at least one passage (21) passing through the implant (2) from the periphery to an upper or lower surface to receive a bone-anchoring device (1) capable of anchoring the implant (2) in at least one of said vertebrae, the system being characterized in that it includes at least two inserts selected from among the following inserts: at least one graft insert (3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D, 202, 250) capable of being colonized by bone tissue and/or receiving at least one bone tissue graft and/or at least one substitute; and/or at least one bone-anchoring insert (210) comprising said passage (21) capable of receiving said bone
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: LDR Medical, S.A.S.
    Inventors: Florian Joly, Edouard Jouan, Alexis Mercier, Thierry Millard
  • Patent number: 11147568
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, compositions and tools for repairing articular surfaces repair materials and for repairing an articular surface. The articular surface repairs are customizable or highly selectable by patient and geared toward providing optimal fit and function. The surgical tools are designed to be customizable or highly selectable by patient to increase the speed, accuracy and simplicity of performing total or partial arthroplasty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: ConforMIS, Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Fitz, Philipp Lang, Daniel Steines
  • Patent number: 11147595
    Abstract: A surgical implant includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion includes a body and connector assemblies. The body includes a posterior surface and defines a first bore defining an acute angle with respect to a first axis that is orthogonal to the posterior surface. The connector assemblies are disposed on opposing lateral sides of the body. Each connector assembly is selectively rotatable relative to the body. The second portion includes a base extending in a cephalad direction from the first portion, and an extension extending in the cephalad direction from the base. The base defines second bores configured to receive respective bone screws. The extension defines a third bore. The first bore of the body and the third bore of the extension define a second axis. The second bores are defined along a third axis orthogonal to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Finn, Khaled Kebaish, Peter Newton, Harry Shufflebarger, Joel Toretti, Theo Choi, Stacy Hollins, Keenan O'Brien
  • Patent number: 11141200
    Abstract: Provided is a spinal fixation device, which includes a cage which is placed between adjacent vertebrae to form a gap between the vertebrae, a middle plate which is detachably coupled to the cage, and deployment plates which are hinge-pivotably coupled to the middle plate at one side end, thereby stably fixing the cage in a correct position between the vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Kyoung Tae Kim