Patents by Inventor Edward Karpowicz

Edward Karpowicz 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: 20190357923
    Abstract: A system for implanting a bone fixation system including an implant head inserter associated with each hook member and positionable relative to one of the elongate members to engage the hook member with the elongate member; a preliminary locking instrument associated with each implant head inserter and configured to engage the respective elongate member and lock the position of the hook member and implant head inserter relative to the elongate member; a compressor assembly configured to engage the implant head inserters and compress them toward one another; a path creation tool configured to be extended through holes in the hook members to define a connector member path between the hook members; and a rod introduction instrument configured to support the connector member and direct it through the connector member path. Methods of implanting a bone fixation system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Angelo Patrinicola, Edward Karpowicz
  • Publication number: 20190350572
    Abstract: The present application is generally directed to improved instruments and instrument features for distraction and tissue retraction. In particular, the present application is directed to distraction blades and wide blocking blades that can be used together, or individually, to assist in the distraction of bone and the retraction of tissue during a surgical procedure, such as a spinal fusion procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Varun Ponmudi, Edward Karpowicz
  • Publication number: 20190343556
    Abstract: A portable and passive safety intraosseous device to allow for direct introduction of medications, etc., within the intermedullary space of a subject patient's bone or, if needed, the removal of certain substances from such a subject patient's bone. Such a device permits direct drilling and placement of a cannula within the subject bone with access external to the subject patient's skin, permitting, as well, connection of a tube for such introduction/removal purposes. The ability to provide a passive safety unit allows for facilitated utilization in, for instance, emergency situations with the entire device provided for utilization thereof. The device includes a drilling component with a permanently attached stylet and a removable cannula, a power supply for a single drilling operation, a mechanism to draw the stylet back into the drill component after use and disengagement from the cannula, and an automatic closure that activates with the separation of the cannula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Billie Coppedge, Edward Karpowicz, Kevin Tesreau, William S. Parks
  • Patent number: 10463405
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for inserting a vertebral stabilization member, such as a rod. The insertion device includes an outer guide tube, a pin assembly including a pin and a pusher member extending therethrough. The insertion device is configured to actuate a rod between a first orientation and a second orientation angled with respect to the first orientation in order to position the rod in an appropriate location for attachment to bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Cryder, Matthew Bechtel, Andrew Iott, Edward Karpowicz, Douglas Cahill, Robert Rightler
  • Publication number: 20190321022
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods related to retractor systems that retract tissue to allow access to a surgical site are described. The retractor systems can include a first rotatable arm attachable to a first blade, a second rotatable arm attachable to a second blade and a third linearly translatable arm attachable to a third blade. An attachment mechanism that is attachable to a fourth blade can be removably coupled to a mount on the frame. The retractors systems can also include two blade systems whereby when the retractor is in a closed configuration, the two blades form an oval opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Edward Karpowicz, Adam Friedrich
  • Patent number: 10426454
    Abstract: The present application is generally directed to improved instruments and instrument features for distraction and tissue retraction. In particular, the present application is directed to distraction blades and wide blocking blades that can be used together, or individually, to assist in the distraction of bone and the retraction of tissue during a surgical procedure, such as a spinal fusion procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Varun Ponmudi, Edward Karpowicz
  • Publication number: 20190269440
    Abstract: A bone fixation system for implanting in bone, the system comprising a plurality of bone fastener assemblies that attach to bone, a pair of elongate members that attach to the plurality of bone fastener assemblies, a connector member that contacts the pair of elongate members, and a plurality of locking caps that secure the connector member and the elongate members to the plurality of bone fastener assemblies, wherein at least one of the plurality of locking caps comprises a cap portion and a hook portion, where the cap portion is adapted to rotate while the hook portion is stationary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Angelo Patrinicola, Edward Karpowicz
  • Patent number: 10398454
    Abstract: A system for implanting a bone fixation system including an implant head inserter associated with each hook member and positionable relative to one of the elongate members to engage the hook member with the elongate member; a preliminary locking instrument associated with each implant head inserter and configured to engage the respective elongate member and lock the position of the hook member and implant head inserter relative to the elongate member; a compressor assembly configured to engage the implant head inserters and compress them toward one another; a path creation tool configured to be extended through holes in the hook members to define a connector member path between the hook members; and a rod introduction instrument configured to support the connector member and direct it through the connector member path. Methods of implanting a bone fixation system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Angelo Patrinicola, Edward Karpowicz
  • Patent number: 10335205
    Abstract: A bone fixation system for implanting in bone, the system comprising a plurality of bone fastener assemblies that attach to bone, a pair of elongate members that attach to the plurality of bone fastener assemblies, a connector member that contacts the pair of elongate members, and a plurality of locking caps that secure the connector member and the elongate members to the plurality of bone fastener assemblies, wherein at least one of the plurality of locking caps comprises a cap portion and a hook portion, where the cap portion is adapted to rotate while the hook portion is stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Angelo Patrinicola, Edward Karpowicz
  • Patent number: 10314719
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being inserted between adjacent vertebrae to facilitate the fusion process. A method of installing an expandable fusion device may comprise introducing the expandable fusion device into an intervertebral space, wherein the expandable fusion device comprises a proximal end, a distal end, an anterior side connecting the proximal end and the distal end, and a posterior side connecting the proximal end and the distal end, wherein the expandable fusion device has an anterior height on the anterior side and a posterior height on the posterior side. The method may further comprise adjusting the anterior height of the expandable fusion device independently from adjustment of the posterior height. The method may further comprise adjusting the posterior height of the expandable fusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Tyler Hessler, Chad Glerum, Adam Friedrich, Alex Burkhardt, Jason Zappacosta, Kevin Gahman, Matthew Hansell, Andrew Iott, Hilliary Kopp, Jeff Nichols, Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz, John Matthews
  • Publication number: 20190167438
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an expandable prosthetic implant device for engagement between vertebrae generally comprising an inner member, outer member, and gear member positioned coaxial with respect to each other such that the inner and outer members are moveable relative to each other along an axis. The gear member is axially fixed to the outer member and freely rotatable with respect to the outer member and the gear member threadedly engages a threaded portion of the inner member to translate inner member along the axis. The implant is configured to engage the vertebrae in a predetermined alignment and the gear member includes gear teeth exposed to the exterior and configured to be accessible by a tool member at a plurality of angular positions around the perimeter of the implant device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Noah Hansell, Paul W. Millhouse, Edward Karpowicz, Matthew Hansell, William Rhoda, Andrew Lee, Michael Lee Boyer, II, Craig Billman
  • Patent number: 10213193
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods related to retractor systems that retract tissue to allow access to a surgical site are described. The retractor systems can include a first rotatable arm attachable to a first blade, a second rotatable arm attachable to a second blade and a third linearly translatable arm attachable to a third blade. An attachment mechanism that is attachable to a fourth blade can be removably coupled to a mount on the frame. The retractors systems can also include two blade systems whereby when the retractor is in a closed configuration, the two blades form an oval opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Karpowicz, Adam Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20190046175
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are generally directed to surgical retractor systems. In some embodiments, these retractor systems may be used in spinal fusion or other procedures that utilize a transforaminal approach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz, Matthew Kohler, Adam Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20190000438
    Abstract: Retractor blade assemblies, retractors, kits, and methods of using the same. The retractor blade assembly may include a retractor blade, a pedicle screw, and a shim that connects the pedicle screw to the retractor blade. The retractor blade may have a proximal end configured to engage a retractor body and a distal end configured to retract soft tissue. The pedicle screw may have a head portion removably connected to the distal end of the retractor blade and a shaft portion configured to engage the pedicle of a vertebra. The shim couples the pedicle screw to the retractor blade. For example, the shim may include an extension portion configured to engage the retractor blade and a connection portion configured to receive and temporarily lock the pedicle screw to the retractor blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz
  • Publication number: 20190000511
    Abstract: A system for flexibly stabilizing a vertebral motion segment by connecting a first vertebra and a second vertebra is disclosed. The system includes an elongate connection element with end portions interconnected by a flexible coupling member. The system includes first and second attachment portions for connecting the connection element to the vertebrae. A first resilient member is positioned between the first end portion and the first attachment portion, and a second resilient member is positioned between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion. The system is designed such that the second resilient member is compressed when the first and second attachment portions move towards each other, and the first resilient member is compressed when the first and second attachment portions extend away from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Adam Friedrich, Andrew Iott, Edward Karpowicz, Anand Balasubramanian, Edward Dwyer
  • Publication number: 20180344474
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being inserted between adjacent vertebrae to facilitate the fusion process. The expandable fusion device may include first and second endplates, a translation member configured to expand an anterior side and/or posterior side of the device, a plurality of joists configured to connect the first and second endplates to the translation member, and first and second actuation members disposed internally to the device such that openings on a back side of the device can be used to expand or compress the anterior side, the posterior side, or both and such openings may also be used to introduce graft material into the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Tyler Hessler, Chad Glerum, Adam Friedrich, Alex Burkhardt, Jason Zappacosta, Kevin Gahman, Matthew Hansell, Andrew Iott, Hilliary Kopp, Jeff Nichols, Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz, John Matthews
  • Patent number: 10130348
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are generally directed to surgical retractor systems. In some embodiments, these retractor systems may be used in spinal fusion or other procedures that utilize a transforaminal approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz, Matthew Kohler, Adam Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20180303524
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for inserting a vertebral stabilization member, such as a rod. The insertion device includes an outer guide tube, a pin assembly including a pin and a pusher member extending therethrough. The insertion device is configured to actuate a rod between a first orientation and a second orientation angled with respect to the first orientation in order to position the rod in an appropriate location for attachment to bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Iott, Edward Karpowicz, Douglas Cahill, Robert Rightler
  • Patent number: 10092283
    Abstract: Retractor blade assemblies, retractors, kits, and methods of using the same. The retractor blade assembly may include a retractor blade, a pedicle screw, and a shim that connects the pedicle screw to the retractor blade. The retractor blade may have a proximal end configured to engage a retractor body and a distal end configured to retract soft tissue. The pedicle screw may have a head portion removably connected to the distal end of the retractor blade and a shaft portion configured to engage the pedicle of a vertebra. The shim couples the pedicle screw to the retractor blade. For example, the shim may include an extension portion configured to engage the retractor blade and a connection portion configured to receive and temporarily lock the pedicle screw to the retractor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical Inc
    Inventors: Joel Cryder, Edward Karpowicz
  • Patent number: 10085772
    Abstract: A system for flexibly stabilizing a vertebral motion segment by connecting a first vertebra and a second vertebra is disclosed. The system includes an elongate connection element with end portions interconnected by a flexible coupling member. The system includes first and second attachment portions for connecting the connection element to the vertebrae. A first resilient member is positioned between the first end portion and the first attachment portion, and a second resilient member is positioned between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion. The system is designed such that the second resilient member is compressed when the first and second attachment portions move towards each other, and the first resilient member is compressed when the first and second attachment portions extend away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Friedrich, Andrew Iott, Edward Karpowicz, Anand Balasubramanian, Edward Dwyer