Patents Examined by Pedro Philogene
  • Patent number: 10842542
    Abstract: A bi-directional fixating transvertebral (BDFT) screw/cage apparatus is provided. The BDFT apparatus includes an intervertebral cage including a plurality of internal angled screw guides, a plurality of screw members, and a cage indentation adjacent to the screw guides that independently or supplemented by other screw locking mechanisms prevents the screw members from pulling out of the internal angled screw guides. The internal angled screw guides orient a first screw member superiorly and a second screw member inferiorly. The intervertebral cage is adapted for posterior lumbar intervertebral placement, anterior lumbar intervertebral placement, anterio-lateral thoracic intervertebral placement, or anterior cervical intervertebral placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Moskowitz Family LLC
    Inventors: Nathan C. Moskowitz, Mosheh T. Moskowitz, Ahmnon D. Moskowitz, Pablo A. Valdivia Y. Alvarado
  • Patent number: 10835297
    Abstract: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a U-shaped configuration for seating a spinous process therein. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the longitudinal passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, the actuator assembly contacts ramming surfaces of the arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the U-shaped portion of the arms providing sufficient distraction to open the neural foramen. An insertion instrument is provided for implanting the interspinous process spacer. The system is configured for implantation through a small percutaneous incision employing minimally invasive techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: VERTIFLEX, INC.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe
  • Patent number: 10835292
    Abstract: A rib fixation plate is provided that is can have one or more locking rib hooks that can translate and rotate independently from one another. The one or more locking rib hooks translate and rotate when in an unlocked conformation and are secured from translation and rotation when in a locked conformation. The plate includes a first end and a second end opposite of the first end, the second end having a housing assembly configured to receive a rod. The rod can be secured to a vertebra with a pedicle screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Conrad Tyler Hammann, Prakhar Goel, Scott Lish, Fernando Olea
  • Patent number: 10835296
    Abstract: Apparatus, consisting of a hinge, defining a hinge axis, and a pair of opposing jaws terminating at respective proximal regions and distal regions. The proximal regions are connected to the hinge so that at least one of the jaws is configured to rotate about the hinge between a closed state and an open state of the jaws. In addition, the jaws are curved in respective planes parallel to the hinge axis, and terminate in respective narrowed ends at the respective distal regions, wherein in the closed state the jaws are configured to grip one or more sections of vertebrae. The apparatus also has a support structure that is configured to retain the hinge and the pair of opposing jaws. A multiplicity of sharp teeth are disposed on respective inner surfaces of the opposing jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: AUGMEDICS LTD.
    Inventors: Nissan Elimelech, Daniel Messinger, Stuart Wolf
  • Patent number: 10828066
    Abstract: External fixator assemblies, systems, and methods thereof. An external fixator system may include a plurality of fixator assemblies configured to connect a plurality of pins, for example, positioned on opposite sides of a fractured bone, with one more rods. The fixator assemblies may include a plurality of clamp assemblies which are configured to rotate relative to one another when the fixator assembly is in an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergio Muniz, David R. Jansen, Barclay Davis
  • Patent number: 10806494
    Abstract: A fixation device includes an outer member, a retaining member, and an inner member. The outer member includes an elongated body portion defining a central bore through at least a portion thereof that extends along a central longitudinal axis. The elongated body portion includes a slot defined therethrough. The retaining member is disposed within the outer member when in an initial position and extends through the slot of the outer member when in a deployed position. The inner member includes a cam shaft body disposed within the central bore of the outer member. The cam shaft body is coupled to the retaining member such that rotation of the inner member moves the retaining member between the initial and deployed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 10806592
    Abstract: Arcuate fixation members with varying configurations and/or features are provided, along with additional components for use therewith in provided intervertebral implants. The arcuate fixation members may be of different lengths, cross sectional geometries, and/or cross sectional areas. Applications of intervertebral implants utilizing arcuate fixation members are particularly suitable when a linear line-of-approach for delivering fixation members is undesirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Donner, Jared Schoenly, David E. Evans, Andreas Gfeller
  • Patent number: 10799272
    Abstract: A medical implant assembly includes a polyaxial bone anchor having a shank, a receiver, a lower compression insert with surfaces for closely receiving an elongate connecting member and a dual closure structure that may include a single flange or helical flange. The dual closure structure independently engages the connecting member and the lower compression insert. A threaded capture connection of the bone anchor includes a shank upper surface exclusively engaging the lower compression insert and a retainer threadably attached to the shank and spaced from the upper surface, the retainer configured for polyaxial motion with respect to the receiver prior to locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10791984
    Abstract: A system for measuring and monitoring wound hermaticity of a patient is provided that includes one or more sensors for measuring parameters that correlate to a degree of wound hermaticity, where the one or more sensors are incorporated into the design of a percutaneous skin access device (PAD), a bone anchor, a wound dressing, or a bandage. The degree of wound hermaticity is related to impedance measurements performed on the patient's skin, via measurements of humidity in a vacuum line to the PAD or the bone anchor, or via measurements of local tissue oxygenation in the immediate vicinity of the PAD or the bone anchor interface with the patient's skin. The hermaticity measurement parameters are communicated by wired or wireless connection to a computing or a communication device for immediate or remote monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Viaderm, LLC.
    Inventors: Allen B. Kantrowitz, Chris Mortis, Bradley Poff
  • Patent number: 10786366
    Abstract: An intervertebral scaffolding system is provided having a central beam having a proximal portion having an end, a grafting portion having a top and a bottom, a distal portion having a end, a central beam axis, a graft distribution channel having an entry port at the end of the proximal portion, a top exit port at the top of the grafting portion, and a bottom exit port at the bottom of the grafting portion. These systems can also include a laterovertically-expanding frame operable for a reversible collapse from an expanded state into a collapsed state. The expanded state, for example, can be configured to have an open graft distribution window that at least substantially closes upon the reversible collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: John To, John J. Flynn, Paul J. Birkmeyer
  • Patent number: 10779863
    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: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 10779954
    Abstract: A method of treating a patient who requires surgical implantation of an orthopedic implant is described. The method includes the steps of: determining the DEXA scan T-score of the patient's native bone at a site of surgical implantation where the implant will be in contact with the patient's native bone; retrieve from among three or more implants of the same type an implant that has a density that is closest to the density of the patient's native bone at the site of surgical implantation based on the DEXA scan T-score of the patient's native bone; and implanting the retrieved implant in the patient to the exclusion of the other two or more implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: AURORA SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Trent James Northcutt, Laszlo Garamszegi
  • Patent number: 10779959
    Abstract: The present invention provides an orthopedic surgical tool for moving an implant to a surgical sight and installing the implant. The tool allows the surgeon the ability to navigate the implant through a surgical tube, then rotate the implant after reaching the sight and effect installation of the implant, and then effect its release from the tool. The implant can be rotated at any time during its installation within the constraints of other surgical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Beacon Biomedical, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Ty, Dale Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10772732
    Abstract: Provided herein are implants and methods for producing implants. In at least one embodiment, the implants include sheet-based, triply periodic, minimal surface (TPMS) portions. According to one embodiment, the TPMS portions include a gyroid architecture that provides for improved osseointegration and mechanical performance over previous implants due to novel ratios of porosity to compressive strength, among other features. In one or more embodiments, the gyroid architecture is organized into unit cells that demonstrate anisotropic mechanical performance along an insertion direction. In various embodiments, the present methods include novel selective laser melting (SLM) techniques for forming the TPMS portions of implants in a manner that reduces defect formation, thereby improving compressive performance and other implant properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: RESTOR3D, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Todd Miller, Matthew Rexrode, Cambre Kelly, Ken Gall
  • Patent number: 10765499
    Abstract: A method for bleaching teeth comprising applying a first bleaching composition having a first concentration of a bleaching agent to teeth to be bleached immediately followed by applying a second bleaching composition having a second concentration of a bleaching agent to teeth to be bleached. The second concentration of the bleaching agent is less than the first concentration of the bleaching agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Fabian Tenenbaum, Lion Flyash
  • Patent number: 10765527
    Abstract: A prosthetic disc can take the form of a sensing artificial disc that includes a resilient core and at least one sensor configured to sense one or more conditions within and/or experienced by the disc. The sensing artificial disc can serve as a replacement to a failed or injured disc between two vertebrae of a spine. The sensing artificial disc can include at least one element configured to change a condition or property of the resilient core in response to a condition sensed by the at least one sensor. A prosthetic disc can include therapeutic system configured to deliver medication to the body, which can include a reservoir of medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: AXIOMED, LLC
    Inventors: Kingsley Chin, Jeremy Crossgrove, Jake Lubinski
  • Patent number: 10765302
    Abstract: A converter device for a laryngoscope intended to be linked to a blade (6) of a laryngoscope, having a straight section (7) and a curved section (8), along with a light source (14) typical of the laryngoscope, for providing it with an additional viewing system in tracheal intubation procedures. The device comprises a central body (1) of tubular section with a through hole (2) for housing an imaging system (3), an upper wing (4) which can be coupled to the curved section (8) of the blade (6), provided with an elastic adjustment portion (11) for adapting to the curved section (8) of the blade (6), and a fastening portion (12) for preventing lateral movement and movement of the device, and a lower wing (5) which can be coupled on the straight section (7) of the blade (6) with an elastic fastening section (13) for adapting to the edge of said straight section (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Lucas Rovira Soriano, Vicente Ruedas Abarca
  • Patent number: 10758286
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for accessing and repairing a vertebral disc include a pad with a central cut-out mounted to the skin of a patient or, alternatively, a pedicle-mounted support. An incision is made and then a corridor is created using an elongated guide and a series of dilating tubes. An access to the disc space is created through the superior articular process and the facet joint using the corridor defined by the dilating tubes. Nucleus material is removed from the disc space and the vertebral endplates are prepared. The disc space may be sized to select a suitable implant, which is advanced through the corridor and into the disc space following discectomy and endplate preparation. Bone graft material may be inserted into the disc space following installation of the implant and then posterior rigid fixation may be achieved using percutaneous pedicle screws, followed by closure of the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Benvenue Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua M. Ammerman, Laurent B. Schaller, Douglas M. Lorang, Ricardo J. Simmons, Timothy J. McGrath
  • Patent number: 10758289
    Abstract: An expandable support device for tissue repair is disclosed. The device can be used to repair hard or soft tissue, such as bone. The expandable support device can have interconnected struts. A method of repairing tissue is also disclosed. The expandable support device can be inserted into a damaged bone and radial expanded. The radial expansion of the expandable support device struts can cause the struts to cut mechanically support and/or the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Stout Medical Group, L.P.
    Inventors: E. Skott Greenhalgh, John-Paul Romano
  • Patent number: 10751038
    Abstract: A tissue retraction system that allows aeration in a skinfold of a patient needing medical attention may include a flexible frame having a defined body shape comprising an internal facing surface configured to face a crease in the skinfold, an external facing surface opposite the internal facing surface configured to face outwardly and away from the patient, a first tissue facing surface, and a second tissue facing surface opposing the first tissue facing surface. Each of the first and the second tissue facing surfaces may be configured to engage against opposing sides of the skinfold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Stetrix, Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Blurton, Mark Buchanan