Patents Examined by Pedro Philogene
  • Patent number: 10376383
    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 novel screw locking mechanism which consists of leaf springs which mechanically interact with BDFT screws which have ratcheted screw heads. The small leaf springs allow the ratchet teeth of the screw heads to rotate only in the penetrating direction. Due to the geometric orientation of the ratchet teeth vis-a-vis the adjacent spring leaf, rotation of the screw head in the opposite direction is prevented by the insertion of the string leaf in the space between the ratchet teeth (trough) of its final rotation. The uni-rotational interaction between the screw head-ratchet teeth/troughs and adjacent leaf spring is the mechanical basis for this novel locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Moskowitz Family LLC
    Inventors: Nathan C. Moskowitz, Mosheh T. Moskowitz, Ahmnon D. Moskowitz, Pablo A. Valdivia Y. Alvarado
  • Patent number: 10376380
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for treatment of the cervical spine. The devices and methods allow for treatment to be delivered from a lateral or posterior-lateral location of a subject, proximate to the cervical region of the spine. One exemplary embodiment of a spinal implant includes an elongate cage member and a plate member appended to a proximal end of the cage member. The plate member can be oriented in a manner such that it is asymmetric with respect to a long axis of the cage member. In another exemplary embodiment, an implant includes a cage member having a distal end that has an asymmetrical, bulleted shape such that the distal end is biased towards a superior or cranial direction. In a third exemplary embodiment, an implant includes a spinal fixation element and at least two mounting eyelets formed thereon. Exemplary methods related to implanting spinal implants from a lateral or posterior-lateral location are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Gamache, Michael Sorrenti, John Riley Hawkins, Michael Gorhan
  • Patent number: 10376379
    Abstract: Instruments, kits, and methods are disclosed for installing an implant spacer through an incision and down a surgical corridor. The instruments also serve to align a drill guide and align and insert a spacer stabilizer for stabilization of adjacent bone portions. An inserter instrument comprises an elongated guide bar body having a guide portion for aligning instruments with said spacer and for introducing a stabilizer to secure the spacer in a predetermined position between the bone portions. In preferred embodiments a stabilizer implant portion comprising a base wall separated by a retaining member by a web wall is introduced into a pre-bored hole in a bone and secured with a stabilizer anchor extending through a central bore. Included is a retractable graft block for securing graft material within an aperture of a spacer during insertion of the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Zavation Medical Products, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Songer
  • Patent number: 10376386
    Abstract: A self-drilling bone fusion screw apparatus is disclosed which includes at least first and second sliding boxes. A first screw member having a tapered end and a threaded body is disposed within the first sliding box, and a second screw member having a tapered end and a threaded body disposed within the second sliding box. An adjuster adjusts the height of the sliding boxes. The screw members are screwed into vertebral bodies in order to fuse the vertebral bodies together. A plurality of the self-drilling bone fusion screw apparatuses may be attached together and/or integrated via a plate or cage. Also disclosed is a cervical facet staple that includes a curved staple base and at least two prongs attached to the bottom surface of the curved staple base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Moskowitz Family LLC
    Inventors: Ahmnon D. Moskowitz, Pablo A. Valdivia Y. Alvarado, Mosheh T. Moskowitz, Nathan C. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 10376257
    Abstract: A retractor for use in surgical operations comprises a pair of blade assemblies. In operation, the blade assemblies are initially in a closed position to assume a low profile, inserted into a relatively small incision, and stretched apart from each other, thereby stretching the skin about the incision to form an aperture longer than the incision. The retractor is adapted to rotate a first blade about a first axis and a second blade about a second axis. The retractor is adapted to move the pair of blade assemblies apart along a third axis. The retractor is adapted to pivot the first blade about a fourth axis and the second blade about a fifth axis. In some embodiments, a method of performing an operation, e.g. a spinal operation, on a patient using the disclosed retractor is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Spinal Elements, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson Vogel, Jason Blain
  • Patent number: 10376286
    Abstract: A fixation device comprises a first body having a threaded end, a longitudinal axis, and a bore perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. A second body is received in the bore. The second body has an exterior thread and an interior passage for receiving a pin or wire. The second body has a wire locking device for retaining the pin or wire. An advance nut engages the exterior thread. The advance nut abuts the first body for moving the wire locking device away from the first body when the advance nut is turned, for tensioning the pin or wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Kian-Ming Wong
  • Patent number: 10376285
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are external fixation frames for correcting bone deformities. The external fixation frames include a top fixation ring and a bottom fixation ring coupled to one another by at least two struts. A half ring is coupled to bottom fixation ring. The bottom fixation ring is u-shaped. One or more rocker members may be coupled to the bottom fixation ring. The half ring may be hingedly coupled to the bottom fixation ring such that it can rotate with respect to the bottom fixation ring from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Manoj Kumar Singh, Yves Stephane Crozet, Vinzenz Andreas Burgherr, Mark Thomas Dahl
  • Patent number: 10368909
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing surgical access to a body cavity of a living animal through an access port inserted in a wall of the body cavity is disclosed. The apparatus includes a collapsible volume having an opening for sealingly receiving a surgical apparatus. The apparatus also includes an access coupler disposed at a distal end of the collapsible volume, the access coupler being operably configured to sealingly couple to an opening in the access port placing the collapsible volume in fluid communication with the body cavity. The collapsible volume is operably configured to collapse to permit the surgical apparatus to be inserted through the access coupler into the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: David Allen Zitnick, Leonard Faria, Dustin Gaidos
  • Patent number: 10368917
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to orthopedic fixation devices that comprise a coupling element and a bone fastener, whereby the bone fastener can be loaded into the coupling element through the bottom of a bore in the coupling element. The orthopedic fixation devices described herein can include modular locking clamp assemblies that can be fixed onto fasteners that are already implanted in bone. The modular locking clamp assemblies can include polyaxial locking clamp assemblies, as well as monoaxial locking clamp assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Devjeet Mishra, Michael Harper, Milan George, Katherine Manninen, John Perkins
  • Patent number: 10368905
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a housing for a laparoscopic trocar assembly with an integrated scope-cleaning structure. The housing may include a shell forming a wall portion of a chamber and a cleaning element forming at least a portion of an internal surface of the chamber, the cleaning element configured to remove debris from a distal end of a scope upon contact between the cleaning element and the distal end of the scope. The cleaning element may be movable with respect to the shell of the housing in response to an input force upon the shell that moves a portion of the shell and a portion of the cleaning element between a default state and a displaced state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Joanna L. Rosenbaum, Jeanny Chung, Patrick Hubbard, Joseph Prybell, Corrie Threlkeld, Sara Tillman, Brandon Toth, Andrew P. VanDeWeghe, Thomas Wilschke, Jesse Charles Darley, Christopher Alan Harris, Curtis B. Irwin, Stephen A. Latham, Daniel J. Lee, Douglas Rodenkirch, Jeffrey R. Staszak
  • Patent number: 10369007
    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: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawton Laurence, David T. Banks, Vincent Mandes, Heather Cannon, Joshua McManus
  • Patent number: 10369009
    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-a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LDR Medical, S.A.S.
    Inventors: Florian Joly, Edouard Jouan, Alexis Mercier, Thierry Millard
  • Patent number: 10368914
    Abstract: The present invention discloses fusion systems and methods of assembly and use. The fusion systems include a first fastener, a second fastener, and an elongate member with a first end and a second end. The first end being secured to the first fastener and the second end being secure to the second fastener. The method of assembling a fusion system and methods of using the fusion systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: IN QUEUE INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Jill A. Serbousek, Jeffrey Nycz, Jon C. Serbousek
  • Patent number: 10368922
    Abstract: A facet joint replacement device includes an enclosing element including an enclosing body and an inferior attachment member. The enclosing body includes an inner cavity defined by an interior surface of the enclosing body, wherein a portion of the interior surface of the enclosing body forms a superior articulating surface. The facet joint replacement device also includes an inferior articulating element including an articulating body and a superior attachment member. The inferior articulating body is positioned within the inner cavity of the enclosing body of the enclosing element and is configured to move within the inner cavity of the enclosing body of the enclosing element. The inferior articulating body includes an inferior articulating surface. The movement of the articulating body of the inferior articulating element is constrained in at least one direction within the inner cavity of the enclosing body of the enclosing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Facet Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Sturm, Shawn Van Dahm
  • Patent number: 10368921
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method comprises disposing a portion of a flexible fastening band into contact with a first bone portion and into contact with a second bone portion. The portion of the flexible fastening band having a substantially uniform shape configured to substantially compliment a shape of the first bone portion and a shape of the second bone portion. The method further includes inserting the portion of the flexible fastening band into a fastener and advancing the portion of the flexible fastening band through the fastener until the first bone portion and the and the second bone portion are stabilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Spinal Elements, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Blain
  • Patent number: 10362982
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes a link having a first surface and a second surface connectable with a spinal construct. The spinal construct is attachable with one or more vertebral levels. A plurality of electrodes includes at least one electrode disposed with the first surface and at least one electrode disposed with the second surface such that the electrodes conduct an electric current to stimulate tissue growth adjacent the spinal construct. Systems, surgical instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Stevenson, Nicholas M. Benson, Newton H. Metcalf, Jr., Harold S. Taylor, Richard L. Brown
  • Patent number: 10363064
    Abstract: Method and apparatuses for providing access to a body cavity of a living animal through an access port inserted in an incision made in a wall of the body cavity are disclosed. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a cap configured to attach to the access port, the cap including an opening configured to permit insertion of a medical instrument through the cap and access port into the body cavity, and a tubular sleeve including a distal end sealingly connected at the opening and extending outwardly therefrom, the sleeve including a proximal end configured to receive and provide a seal with the medical instrument when received. The apparatus also includes a closure disposed to temporarily seal the sleeve prior to insertion of the medical instrument through the opening in the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Faria, Joseph Gordon, Rene Robert
  • Patent number: 10363022
    Abstract: A screw-based retractor comprises an elongate rack having a rack axis, a plurality of arms slidably supported for translational movement on the rack, and a plurality of blades, one each supported by a respective arm at a distal portion thereof. At least one of the arms includes at its distal portion a blade releasably attached thereto. Such blade is attached to a blade receptacle movably attached to the at least one arm in a manner to provide articulation of the blade receptacle and hence the attached blade about an articulation point spaced from and not located on such arm. Such blade is additionally movable relative to the rack in multiple degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SPINE WAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Serokosz, Eugene Avidano, Dylan Freund, David Boisvert
  • Patent number: 10357377
    Abstract: An implant includes a first body member and a second body member connected by a plurality of bone contacting elements. Some of the bone contacting elements may have a generally helical geometry. Some of the bone contacting elements may have an undulating planar geometry. The bone contacting elements may have a rounded cross-sectional shape or a rectangular cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Institute for Musculoskeletal Science and Education, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Nyahay, Edward J. McShane, III, Sean S. Bishop, Christopher J. Ryan, Megan A. Stauffer
  • Patent number: 10357161
    Abstract: An otoscope uses differential reflected response of optical energy at an absorption range and an adjacent wavelength range to determine the presence of water (where the wavelengths are water absorption wavelength and adjacent non-absorption excitation wavelengths). In another example of the invention, the otoscope utilizes OCT in combination with absorption and non-absorption range for bacteria and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: OtoNexus Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay A. Chesavage, Mark A. Moehring, George A Gates, Daniel Kreindler