Patents by Inventor Gary P. Tallent

Gary P. Tallent 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).

  • Patent number: 5601558
    Abstract: A soft tissue anchor implantation device having a bore along its longitudinal axis through which a guiding K-wire or other guiding devices may be freely drawn, and into which an anchor expanding pin may be wedged to expand the anchor body and lodge it securely in a hole in a bone. In one embodiment the anchor has an elongated body with proximal and distal ends. The proximal end is supplied with an enlarged head having an underside equipped with downwardly extending spikes for gripping soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew Endoscopy, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Torrie, Gary P. Tallent
  • Patent number: 5380334
    Abstract: Surgical kits for the implantation of soft tissue-to-bone anchors and expandable, preferably bioabsorbable, soft tissue anchors. The surgical kits include an embodiment with an outer tube with an expandable anchor releasably attached to its distal end, for guiding the anchor into a predrilled hole; an inner tube with an anchor expanding pin sized for expanding the anchor releasably held in its bore; and a pushrod for pushing the anchor pin into the anchor to expand it and wedge it in a hole. In an alternative embodiment, the anchor pin is attached to the distal end of a pushrod inserted into an outer tube. In one embodiment, the anchor is equipped with downward extending spikes on the underside of an enlarged head for gripping soft tissue and bending barbs to resist withdrawal of the anchor from bone. In another embodiment, the anchor's proximal end has no enlarged head but is equipped with sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew Dyonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Torrie, Gary P. Tallent