Patents by Inventor Ernie Corrao

Ernie Corrao 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: 20100087860
    Abstract: An implantable spinous process fixation device includes an elongated component, top and bottom pivoting wing components, arranged opposite and parallel to the elongated component and separated from it by a spacer. First and second spinous processes of first and second adjacent vertebras are clamped between a top portion of the elongated component and the top pivoting wing and between a bottom portion of the elongated component and the bottom pivoting wing, respectively, by pivoting the top and bottom pivoting wings toward the top and bottom portions of the elongated component. The clamping of the spinous processes stabilizes the positions of the adjacent vertebras and prevents them from moving relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: SPINEFRONTIER, INC
    Inventors: KINGSLEY R. CHIN, CHRISTINE REIF, ERNIE CORRAO, TODD SAUNDERS
  • Publication number: 20100063552
    Abstract: A bone screw assembly includes a tulip-shaped seat, a bone fixation device, a ring-shaped washer, a rod and a cap. The tulip-shaped seat comprises a through opening dimensioned to receive the bone fixation device and a horizontal channel dimensioned to receive the rod. The washer is placed into the seat on top of the bone fixation device head and comprises first and second side tabs and a first pair of upward extending projections separated by a first gap and a second pair of upward extending projections separated by a second gap. The side tabs interface with a groove formed in the bottom portion of the seat. The rod is placed within the channel and positioned within a groove formed on the top surface of the washer. The cap includes first and second projections extending downward from its bottom surface and each of the first and second downward projections comprises first and second sidewise extending ridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: SPINEFRONTIER, INC
    Inventors: KINGSLEY R. CHIN, CHRISTOPHER CHANG, ERNIE CORRAO, TODD SAUNDERS, STEPHEN SANTANGELO
  • Publication number: 20080319443
    Abstract: A bone staple (10) for securing a first bone region (12A) to a second bone region (12B) includes a staple body (16) having a first leg section (18), a second leg section (20), and a connector section (22). The first leg section (18) is insertable into the first bone region (12A). The second leg section (20) is insertable into the second bone region (12B). The connector section (22) connects the first leg section (18) to the second leg section (20). The connector section (22) includes a deformable region (22A) that is movable from a first configuration (14A) in which the leg sections (18) (20) are spaced apart a first distance (24) and a second configuration (14B) in which the leg sections (18) (20) are spaced apart a second distance (26) that is less than the first distance (24). In one embodiment, compression of the deformable region (22A) causes the deformable region (22A) to move from the first configuration (14A) to the second configuration (14B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Louse M. Focht, Rebecca H. Wahl, John C. Nadworny, Stephen A. Maguire, Ernie Corrao, Robert H. Humphries, JR.
  • Publication number: 20080319450
    Abstract: A bone screw driver (12) for inserting a bone screw (14) into a bone region (218A) includes a driver shaft (12B) that selectively engages the bone screw (14). The bone screw (14) includes a screw threaded region (14A) and a screw engagement region (14B). The screw engagement region (14B) includes a screw shaft (14D) and an engager ring (14E). The driver shaft (12B) includes a shaft aperture (322), a first resilient member (324A), and a first shaft projection (326A). The shaft aperture (322) receives at least a portion of the screw shaft (14D), the first resilient member (324A) engages the screw shaft (14D) to inhibit movement of the screw shaft (14D), and the first shaft projection (326A) engages the engager ring (14E) so that rotation of the driver shaft (12B) results in rotation of the bone screw (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Ernie Corrao, Rebecca H. Wahl, Louise M. Focht
  • Publication number: 20080221583
    Abstract: A polyaxial screwdriver for inserting a bone screw in a vertebra. A polyaxial bone screw assembly includes a coupling element. When a screw engaging end of the polyaxial screwdriver is lowered on the head of the bone screw, the complimentary surfaces of the screw engaging end of the screwdriver and the head of the screw self-align. A ratchet mechanism formed in the screwdriver provides progressive and automatic locking of the polyaxial screwdriver to the coupling element and prevents the accidental unthreading from the coupling element. In another embodiment of the polyaxial screwdriver, a collet slides over the outside surface of the upper end of the coupling element and locks on to the coupling element. In yet another embodiment of a polyaxial screwdriver, the outer sleeve of the polyaxial screwdriver has a split end that securely engages the coupling element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Amir Ali Sharifi-Mehr, Ernie Corrao, Andy Wonyong Choi
  • Publication number: 20080177290
    Abstract: A clamp assembly (16) for stabilizing one or more adjacent regions (12A) (12B) and for selecting a bone screw (18) to be inserted into the one or more adjacent regions (12A) (12B) includes a first clamp side (224), a second clamp side (226) and a connector (228) that pivotally secures the first clamp side (224) and the second clamp side (226) together. The first clamp side (224) includes a first locking component (236) having a first plurality of first teeth (236B) and the second clamp side (226) includes a second locking component (244) having a second plurality of second teeth (244B). The plurality of first teeth (236B) selectively engage the plurality of second teeth (244B) when the clamp assembly (16) is positioned about the bone regions (12A) (12B) so that the clamp assembly (14) is in a locked position with the first clamp side (224) and the second clamp side (226) engaging substantially opposite sides of the adjacent regions (12A) (12B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Rebecca Hawkins Wahl, Ernie Corrao, Alan Taylor
  • Publication number: 20080147079
    Abstract: A system for attaching first and second spine fixation elements at a predetermined angle relative to each other to first and second locations of a vertebra, respectively includes first and second guide arms pivotally connected to each other at a first pivot point and configured to pivot around a pivot axis passing through the first pivot point, and first and second guide tubes passing through first and second elongated through-bore openings formed in the first and second guide arms, respectively, and forming an X-structure as they exit the first and second through-bore openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: SPINEFRONTIER LLS
    Inventors: KINGSLEY RICHARD CHIN, CHRISTOPHER A. CHANG, ERNIE CORRAO
  • Publication number: 20080045956
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical system for implanting pedicle screw assemblies to be connected by a spinal rod is disclosed. In one form, the system includes a plurality of holding mechanisms for the pedicle screw assemblies, each holding mechanism for being inserted through an incision and configured to receive tools along an axis thereof for driving a screw anchor of the pedicle screw assembly into a vertebra and securing the spinal rod thereto and a rod inserter that is configured to adjustably hold the rod and insert the rod through a common incision with one of the holding mechanism for being fed into position in an initial direction that is transverse to the axes of the holding mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Matthew Gephart, Phillip Berman, Bobby Lynch, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20080039839
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical system for implanting pedicle screw assemblies to be connected by a spinal rod is disclosed. In one form, the system includes a plurality of holding mechanisms for the pedicle screw assemblies, each holding mechanism for being inserted through an incision and configured to receive tools along an axis thereof for driving a screw anchor of the pedicle screw assembly into a vertebra and securing the spinal rod thereto and a rod inserter that is configured to adjustably hold the rod and insert the rod through a common incision with one of the holding mechanism for being fed into position in an initial direction that is transverse to the axes of the holding mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Matthew Gephart, Philip Berman, Bobby Lynch, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20080039840
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical system for implanting pedicle screw assemblies to be connected by a spinal rod is disclosed. In one form, the system includes a plurality of holding mechanisms for the pedicle screw assemblies, each holding mechanism for being inserted through an incision and configured to receive tools along an axis thereof for driving a screw anchor of the pedicle screw assembly into a vertebra and securing the spinal rod thereto and a rod inserter that is configured to adjustably hold the rod and insert the rod through a common incision with one of the holding mechanism for being fed into position in an initial direction that is transverse to the axes of the holding mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: PIONEER LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Songer, Matthew Gephart, Philip Berman, Bobby Lynch, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20070233124
    Abstract: A compression pin (10) for urging two bone regions (12A) (12B) together includes a pin body (14) having a distal end (220), an opposed proximal end (222), a first threaded region (216), and a second threaded region (218). The first threaded region (216) is positioned near the distal end (220), and the second threaded region (218) is positioned near the first threaded region (216). The first threaded region (216) includes a first thread (228) having a FT leading surface (242F) that is at a FT leading angle (248F), and the second threaded region (218) includes a second thread (230) having a ST leading surface (242S) that is at a ST leading angle (248S) that is different than the FT leading angle (248F). Additionally, the first thread (228) includes a FT trailing surface (244F) that is at a FT trailing angle (246F), and the second thread (230) includes a ST trailing surface (244S) that is at a ST trailing angle (246S) that is different than the FT trailing angle (246F).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Ernie Corrao, Rebecca Hawkins Wahl, Alan G. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20070218750
    Abstract: A snap-off screw (10) for insertion into one or more two bone regions (12A) (12B) includes a screw body (14) having a screw region (16) and a driver region (18). Upon insertion of the screw region (16), the driver region (18) is designed to be decoupled from the screw region (16). The screw region (16) includes a screw distal end (224), an opposed screw proximal end (226), a threaded area (228), and a head area (232) positioned at the screw proximal end (226). The driver region (18) includes a driver attachment end (238) and an opposed driver distal end (240). The driver attachment end (238) is coupled to the screw region (16) between the screw distal end (224) and the screw proximal end (226). With this design, when the driver region (18) is decoupled from the screw region (16), a screw break surface (460) is positioned below a portion of the head area (232) of the screw region (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Inventors: Ernie Corrao, Rebecca Hawkins Wahl, Alan G. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20070043379
    Abstract: An assembly and method for attaching a medical device, or other structure, to a bone, according to which two projections are formed on one end of a driver that extend in two corresponding recesses, respectively, formed in the head of the screw to drivingly engage the driver and the screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Sullivan, Stephen Santangelo, Ernie Corrao, Stephen Maguire
  • Publication number: 20060212114
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to allow a user to quickly and inexpensively repair the dilation of the mitral annulus is presented. In some embodiments, the method and apparatus should allow the user to reduce the size of the annulus to a predetermined size and allow him to secure the annulus so that it remains at the selected size. An apparatus may include a retractor. The retractor may assist in positioning a portion of the annulus. The apparatus may be part of a system including one or more fasteners. The fasteners may inhibit deformation of the reduced diameter of the mitral valve annulus. In some embodiments, the method may include incising a portion proximate to the mitral valve annulus. The method may include positioning a device through the incision, attaching the device with a plurality of attachment members, and deforming the device while observing the annulus and a surrounding area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Applicant: Chase Medical, L.P.
    Inventors: Lorenzo Menicanti, Mitta Suresh, Jill Giannoble, Alan Bachman, Ernie Corrao
  • Patent number: 7041120
    Abstract: A method for delivering an anchor member into biological tissue comprising: accessing and preparing an insertion site for the anchor member; holding the anchor member at a distal end of an insertion tool; providing the anchor member to the site with the insertion tool; causing a rotational movement of the anchor member about a first axis perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the insertion tool whereby the anchor member engages the tissue at the site by moving about the first axis from a first position substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis to a second position at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis; and withdrawing the insertion tool from the site, leaving the anchor member secured at the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Lehmann K. Li, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20040172063
    Abstract: A method for delivering an anchor member into biological tissue comprising: accessing and preparing an insertion site for the anchor member; holding the anchor member at a distal end of an insertion tool; providing the anchor member to the site with the insertion tool; causing a rotational movement of the anchor member about a first axis perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the insertion tool whereby the anchor member engages the tissue at the site by moving about the first axis from a first position substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis to a second position at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis; and withdrawing the insertion tool from the site, leaving the anchor member secured at the site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Applicant: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Lehmann K. Li, Ernie Corrao
  • Patent number: 6736829
    Abstract: A method for delivering an anchor member into biological tissue comprising: accessing and preparing an insertion site for the anchor member; holding the anchor member at a distal end of an insertion tool; providing the anchor member to the site with the insertion tool; causing a rotational movement of the anchor member about a first axis perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the insertion tool whereby the anchor member engages the tissue at the site by moving about the first axis from a first position substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis to a second position at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis; and withdrawing the insertion tool from the site, leaving the anchor member secured at the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Lehmann K. Li, Ernie Corrao
  • Patent number: 6660022
    Abstract: An insertion tool for a rotor blade anchor. The anchor is pivotably coupled to a handle so that the anchor can assume a first position in alignment with the longitudinal axis of the handle. The tool is designed to be rotated about the longitudinal axis so that the anchor, when placed in a bore hole in biological tissue, can attain a second position substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The anchor itself includes a cutting surface thereon. A deploy spring is disposed on the handle and biases the anchor toward the second position. In use, when the rotor blade is inserted into an object such as a bone, the object moves the anchor toward alignment with the longitudinal axis. When the anchor is inserted far enough into the object, a user rotates the handle and the anchor. The deploy spring biases the cutting surface so that is engages with the sidewall of the borehole. The rotation of the handle causes the cutting surface to cut into the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Lehmann K. Li, Ernie Corrao
  • Patent number: 6451030
    Abstract: A method for securing an anchor to biological tissue, the anchor being detachably and pivotably mounted to an insertion tool, the anchor having a longitudinal axis, the insertion tool having a first axis that extends longitudinally with respect to the insertion tool and a second axis which extends perpendicularly to the first axis, the method including releasably holding the anchor at a distal end of the insertion tool with the anchor being held at least partly within a sheath member of the insertion too.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Li Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lehmann K. Li, Ernie Corrao
  • Publication number: 20020016602
    Abstract: A method for securing an anchor to biological tissue, the anchor being detachably and pivotably mounted to an insertion tool, the anchor having a longitudinal axis, the insertion tool having a first axis that extends longitudinally with respect to the insertion tool and a second axis which extends perpendicularly to the first axis, the method including releasably holding the anchor at a distal end of the insertion tool with the anchor being held at least partly within a sheath member of the insertion tool; inserting the anchor held by said insertion tool, with the longitudinal axis of the anchor being disposed in an orientation that is not perpendicular to the first axis, into a borehole in the biological tissue; actuating a member at a proximal end of the insertion tool thereby to move the anchor distally out of the sheath member; applying a biasing force to the anchor to bias the anchor toward a position that is substantially perpendicular to the first axis; the biasing force causing said anchor to rotate a
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Publication date: February 7, 2002
    Applicant: Li Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lehmann K. Li, Ernie Corrao