Patents by Inventor Alain Tornier

Alain Tornier has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200383791
    Abstract: An apparatus and modeling method of the present invention includes the successive steps of generating cartographic data representative of points belonging to a glenoid surface; distinguishing from among the cartographic data a first group of cartographic data corresponding to a first part of the glenoid surface, the first surface part being situated farthest down in the vertical direction in relation to the scapula; calculating from the first group of cartographic data a first ellipsoid portion that coincides substantially with the first surface part; and obtaining a theoretical glenoid surface from the first ellipsoid portion. By virtue of the theoretical glenoid surface obtained by this method, it is possible to assist the surgeon in optimizing the position of implantation of a glenoid component and to produce a glenoid component “made to measure” for the scapula that is to be fitted with a prosthesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Alain TORNIER, Delphine Claire Michelle HENRY
  • Publication number: 20200229931
    Abstract: This glenoidal component for a shoulder prosthesis comprises a base which may be immobilized on the glenoid cavity of a shoulder, and an element provided to be mounted on this base and forming a convex surface of articulation centred on an axis of symmetry. This axis of symmetry is non perpendicular to a rear face of the base intended to abut against the glenoid cavity, this making it possible to compensate a defect in parallelism between the resectioned surface of the glenoid cavity and the axis of the patient's spinal column. A surgeon can select the component in which the axes of symmetry of the components are oriented differently with respect to their rear faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Francois Sirveaux, Gilles Walch, Daniel Mole, Christophe Levigne, Pascal Boileau, Luc Favard
  • Patent number: 10716676
    Abstract: An apparatus and modeling method of the present invention includes the successive steps of generating cartographic data representative of points belonging to a glenoid surface; distinguishing from among the cartographic data a first group of cartographic data corresponding to a first part of the glenoid surface, the first surface part being situated farthest down in the vertical direction in relation to the scapula; calculating from the first group of cartographic data a first ellipsoid portion that coincides substantially with the first surface part; and obtaining a theoretical glenoid surface from the first ellipsoid portion. By virtue of the theoretical glenoid surface obtained by this method, it is possible to assist the surgeon in optimizing the position of implantation of a glenoid component and to produce a glenoid component “made to measure” for the scapula that is to be fitted with a prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Tornier SAS
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Delphine Claire Michelle Henry
  • Patent number: 10610363
    Abstract: This glenoidal component for a shoulder prosthesis comprises a base which may be immobilized on the glenoid cavity of a shoulder, and an element provided to be mounted on this base and forming a convex surface of articulation centred on an axis of symmetry. This axis of symmetry is non perpendicular to a rear face of the base intended to abut against the glenoid cavity, this making it possible to compensate a defect in parallelism between the resectioned surface of the glenoid cavity and the axis of the patient's spinal column. A surgeon can select the component in which the axes of symmetry of the components are oriented differently with respect to their rear faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tornier SAS
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Francois Sirveaux, Gilles Walch, Daniel Mole, Christophe Levigne, Pascal Boileau, Luc Favard
  • Patent number: 9872687
    Abstract: The nucleotomy device makes it possible to produce a nuclear space Es in an intervertebral disc Di using a transosseous approach previously pierced in the body of a vertebra Va. The device includes a tool holder (2) provided with first connection elements (3) ensuring the placement of an electric rotary driving motor (4), second connection elements (5) for the placement of a blade cutting tool (6), driving elements (7) imparting rotational and longitudinal translational movements to the cutting tool (6), and injection and suction elements (8) making it possible to evacuate the debris from the nucleus resulting from cutting when it is formed inside the intervertebral disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: CLARIANCE
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Guy Viart, Jean Yves Leroy, Adrien Billon, Brice Krier, Sebastien Shuller, Afshin Gangi, Orlando Ortiz
  • Patent number: 9814592
    Abstract: A nucleus implant includes a core (10) arranged inside a nucleus pulposus space (Es) obtained after nucleotomy of the intervertebral disk (Di) and at least one extension (11) penetrating inside at least one channel (Co) formed in the vertebral body of the corresponding vertebra (Va, Vb) to strengthen and ensure a connection between the nucleus implant (1) and the bone body of the vertebra (Va) and/or (Vb) through the diffusion or migration of the viscoelastic material making up the nucleus implant in the cancellous bone of the vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CLARIANCE
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Guy Viart, Jean-Yves Leroy, Adrien Billon
  • Publication number: 20170095336
    Abstract: This glenoidal component for a shoulder prosthesis comprises a base which may be immobilized on the glenoid cavity of a shoulder, and an element provided to be mounted on this base and forming a convex surface of articulation centred on an axis of symmetry. This axis of symmetry is non perpendicular to a rear face of the base intended to abut against the glenoid cavity, this making it possible to compensate a defect in parallelism between the resectioned surface of the glenoid cavity and the axis of the patient's spinal column. A surgeon can select the component in which the axes of symmetry of the components are oriented differently with respect to their rear faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Francois Sirveaux, Gilles Walch, Daniel Mole, Christophe Levigne, Pascal Boileau, Luc Favard
  • Patent number: 9545312
    Abstract: This glenoidal component for a shoulder prosthesis comprises a base which may be immobilized on the glenoid cavity of a shoulder, and an element provided to be mounted on this base and forming a convex surface of articulation centered on an axis of symmetry. This axis of symmetry is non perpendicular to a rear face of the base intended to abut against the glenoid cavity, this making it possible to compensate a defect in parallelism between the resectioned surface of the glenoid cavity and the axis of the patient's spinal column. A surgeon can select the component in which the axes of symmetry of the components are oriented differently with respect to their rear faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Tornier SAS
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Francois Sirveaux, Gilles Walch, Daniel Mole, Christophe Levigne, Pascal Boileau, Luc Favard
  • Patent number: 9364242
    Abstract: The drilling device for forming an osseous channel (2) with a curved profile (2b) via a straight cannula (6) previously fixed in the body of a vertebra (3) with a cortical plateau (4) of a spinal segment (Sr) of a vertebral column (Cv) includes a guide pin (8) which is provided from a guide pin kit and has at one of its ends a curved profile (8a) of which the radius of curvature R is less than 20 millimeters, and a sharpened tip (8b) arranged in a direction defined by an angle Y which is less than 90 degrees to the longitudinal axis of said pin, the profile of said guide pin (8) making it possible to define, after insertion thereof into the body of the vertebra (3), two contact points a and b ensuring the guidance of the free end of an articulated drill bit (10) so as to position said free end in a direction substantially perpendicular to that of the cortical plateau (4) of the vertebra (3) to be drilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: CLARIANCE
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Guy Viart, Jean-Yves Leroy, Adrien Billon, Afshin Gangi, Orlando Ortiz
  • Patent number: 9295495
    Abstract: There is provided a posterior lumbar joint prosthesis which includes prosthetic elements reproducing the movements of the joint facets and vertebral anchors which adapt to the variations in the anatomy of vertebra. In use, the prosthesis has lower and upper connectors on each side of the lumbar vertebra. The lower connectors are coupled with, and pivotably mounted onto, respective lower pedicular screws, and a member defining a member axis links lower and upper connectors on each side of the lumbar vertebra. Upon lateral flexion of one of the upper and lower vertebrae relative to the other, each lower connector is capable of multiaxis pivotable movement relative to the respective lower pedicular screws such that each member is capable to pivot with respect to (i) the axis of the lower screw, (ii) a first axis intersecting the lower screw and the lower connector, and/or (iii) an axis intersecting the above first axis and the lower screw, while the member can also move along the member axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: CLARIANCE
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Jean-Paul Steib, Christian Mazel
  • Patent number: 9247974
    Abstract: Disclosed is a polyaxial screw including a friction element (12) positioned between the head (3) of the threaded bone anchoring portion (2) and the head (9) of the mechanical thread anchoring portion (4) on the one hand, and a retaining element (13, 18) ensuring that the anchoring portions (2, 4) cannot separate from each other while guaranteeing that the anchoring portion with the mechanical thread (4) is free to move in vertical translation and angular pivoting with respect to the threaded bone anchoring portion (2) so as to be able to axially preposition the mechanical thread anchoring portion (4) with respect to the axial anchoring position of the threaded bone anchoring portion (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: CLARIANCE
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Guy Viart, Jean Yves Leroy, Bruno Sauvage
  • Patent number: 9119637
    Abstract: The drilling device is composed of an articulated drill (1) provided with a metal tube (10) including, along its longitudinal axis XX?, and at one of its ends, fixing elements (11) that cooperate with a device (2) for driving it in an oscillatory movement, while the other end includes a profile (12) with a succession of alternately concave and convex loops (13) ensuring the deformation of the profile along a radius of curvature r, and at least one series of teeth (15, 16) with cutting edges (17, 18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: CLARIANCE
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Guy Viart, Jean Yves Leroy, Brice Krier, Adrien Billon
  • Publication number: 20150105787
    Abstract: An apparatus and modeling method of the present invention includes the successive steps of generating cartographic data representative of points belonging to a glenoid surface; distinguishing from among the cartographic data a first group of cartographic data corresponding to a first part of the glenoid surface, the first surface part being situated farthest down in the vertical direction in relation to the scapula; calculating from the first group of cartographic data a first ellipsoid portion that coincides substantially with the first surface part; and obtaining a theoretical glenoid surface from the first ellipsoid portion. By virtue of the theoretical glenoid surface obtained by this method, it is possible to assist the surgeon in optimizing the position of implantation of a glenoid component and to produce a glenoid component “made to measure” for the scapula that is to be fitted with a prosthesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Alain TORNIER, Delphine Claire Michelle HENRY
  • Publication number: 20150018959
    Abstract: This glenoidal component for a shoulder prosthesis comprises a base which may be immobilized on the glenoid cavity of a shoulder, and an element provided to be mounted on this base and forming a convex surface of articulation centred on an axis of symmetry. This axis of symmetry is non perpendicular to a rear face of the base intended to abut against the glenoid cavity, this making it possible to compensate a defect in parallelism between the resectioned surface of the glenoid cavity and the axis of the patient's spinal column. A surgeon can select the component in which the axes of symmetry of the components are oriented differently with respect to their rear faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Francois Sirveaux, Gilles Walch, Daniel Mole, Christophe Levigne, Pascal Boileau, Luc Favard
  • Patent number: 8932361
    Abstract: An apparatus and modeling method of the present invention includes the successive steps of generating cartographic data representative of points belonging to a glenoid surface; distinguishing from among the cartographic data a first group of cartographic data corresponding to a first part of the glenoid surface, the first surface part being situated farthest down in the vertical direction in relation to the scapula; calculating from the first group of cartographic data a first ellipsoid portion that coincides substantially with the first surface part; and obtaining a theoretical glenoid surface from the first ellipsoid portion. By virtue of the theoretical glenoid surface obtained by this method, it is possible to assist the surgeon in optimizing the position of implantation of a glenoid component and to produce a glenoid component “made to measure” for the scapula that is to be fitted with a prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tornier SAS
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Delphine Henry
  • Patent number: 8852283
    Abstract: This glenoidal component for a shoulder prosthesis comprises a base which may be immobilized on the glenoid cavity of a shoulder, and an element provided to be mounted on this base and forming a convex surface of articulation centered on an axis of symmetry. This axis of symmetry is non perpendicular to a rear face of the base intended to abut against the glenoid cavity, this making it possible to compensate a defect in parallelism between the resectioned surface of the glenoid cavity and the axis of the patient's spinal column. A surgeon can select the component most adapted to the orientation of the resectioned surface from a set of components in which the axes of symmetry of the components are oriented differently with respect to their rear faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Tornier SAS
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Francois Sirveaux, Gilles Walch, Daniel Mole, Christophe Levigne, Pascal Boileau, Luc Favard
  • Patent number: 8821503
    Abstract: The ancillary tool according to the invention comprises a handle for manipulating an acetabulum provided, in its distal part, with a head for gripping the acetabulum and, in its proximal part, with a surface for application of a force of impaction. The tool further comprises at least one added endpiece adapted to be removably connected to the distal end of the handle. This endpiece defines both a face for wedging the acetabulum and an opposite face for interaction of the endpiece with the head of the handle, these faces both being borne by a radially deformable supple ring. The invention is particularly applicable to the positioning of an acetabular prosthesis in an anatomical or prosthetic cavity of a patient's hip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Tornier SAS
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Jean-Pierre Berger, Patrick Reynaud, Arnaud Godeneche, Christophe Hulet, Jean-Claude Panisset, Philippe Deroche, Jean Puget, Andre Ferreira
  • Patent number: 8740981
    Abstract: The nuclear implant according to this invention constitutes, between two overlying and underlying vertebrae Va, Vb of a spine segment Sr, an intervertebral support device that damps shock and ensures the mobility of the functional unit that is formed by the vertebrae of a vertebral column, whereby the nuclear implant includes a filling element (2) that includes at least one continuous wire (50, 51) that is arranged—inside a nuclear space Es that is obtained after nucleotomy of the intervertebral disk Di—along a profile in the shape of a ring whose stack of coils (55) makes it possible to delimit a central internal space (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Clariance
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Jean-Paul Steib, Christian Mazel
  • Patent number: 8652209
    Abstract: A process for nucleotomy of an intervertebral disk to create a nuclear space and a method for replacing a nucleus pulposus of an intervertebral disk after a nucleotomy are provided. The methods position a nuclear implant between two overlying and underlying vertebrae of a spine segment in the form of one or more continuous wire arranged as a stack of helices inside the nuclear space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Clariance
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Jean-Paul Steib, Christian Mazel
  • Publication number: 20140025079
    Abstract: The nucleotomy device makes it possible to produce a nuclear space Es in an intervertebral disc Di using a transosseous approach previously pierced in the body of a vertebra Va. The device includes a tool holder (2) provided with first connection elements (3) ensuring the placement of an electric rotary driving motor (4), second connection elements (5) for the placement of a blade cutting tool (6), driving elements (7) imparting rotational and longitudinal translational movements to the cutting tool (6), and injection and suction elements (8) making it possible to evacuate the debris from the nucleus resulting from cutting when it is formed inside the intervertebral disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Alain TORNIER, Guy VIART, Jean Yves LEROY, Adrien BILLON, Brice KRIER, Sebastien SHULLER, Afshin GANGI, Orlando ORTIZ