Patents by Inventor James F. Zucherman

James F. Zucherman 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: 8491653
    Abstract: An intervertebral implant has a fusion body with at least one keel that anchors the implant into cancellous bone of at least one vertebral body. A method for implantation includes lateral implantation of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, Charles J. Winslow, Scott Yerby, Steve Mitchell, John Flynn
  • Patent number: 8454659
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can includes an implant comprising a first wing, a spacer extending from the first wing, and a distraction guide. The distraction guide is arranged in a first configuration to pierce and/or distract tissue associated with adjacent spinous processes extending from vertebrae of a targeted motion segment. The implant can be positioned between the adjacent spinous processes and once positioned, the implant can be arranged in a second configuration. When arranged in a second configuration, the distraction guide can act as a second wing. The first wing and the second wing can limit or block movement of the implant along a longitudinal axis of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Kyphon Sarl
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 8394127
    Abstract: A bone anchor comprising a self-centering ball-joint suitable for use in a spine stabilization prosthesis which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The bone anchor has a deflectable ball-rod partially received in a socket of a housing formed in the head of the bone anchor. A centering rod received partially in the ball-rod and partially within the housing operates to align the ball-rod with the longitudinal axis of the bone anchor. Deflection of the ball-rod bends the centering rod which in turn applies a restoring force upon the ball-rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8372122
    Abstract: A bone anchor comprising a self-centering ball-joint suitable for use in a spine stabilization prosthesis which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The bone anchor has a deflectable ball-rod partially received in a socket of a housing formed in the head of the bone anchor. A centering rod received partially in the ball-rod and partially within the housing operates to align the ball-rod with the longitudinal axis of the bone anchor. Deflection of the ball-rod bends the centering rod which in turn applies a restoring force upon the ball-rod. The centering rod includes an inner-superelastic core and an outer polymer sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8349013
    Abstract: A method for stabilizing at least one spinal motion segment includes an expandable spacer in a collapsed state into the interspinous space between superior and inferior vertebrae such that the spacer extends through the sagittal plane defined by the spinous processes of the superior and inferior vertebrae. The spacer has a flexible membrane defining an interior cavity. The method includes expanding the spacer to an expanded state by forcing a fill material in a fluid state into the cavity with the spacer disposed in the interspinous space, and thereafter solidifying the fill material to a solid state in the cavity. The method may be performed through a percutaneous penetration in the patient's skin and may cause the first and second vertebrae to be distracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kyphon Sarl
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 8337536
    Abstract: A dynamic bone anchor for anchoring a spine stabilization assembly which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The dynamic bone anchor provides load sharing while preserving range of motion and reducing stress exerted upon the bone anchors and spinal anatomy. The dynamic bone anchor includes a deflectable post connected by a ball-joint to a threaded anchor. Deflection of the deflectable post is controlled by a compliant ring. The force/deflection properties of the dynamic bone anchor may be adapted to the anatomy and functional requirements of the patient. The dynamic bone anchor may be used as a component of a dynamic stabilization system which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Mitchell, Charles J. Winslow, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8333792
    Abstract: A dynamic bone anchor for anchoring a spine stabilization assembly which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The dynamic bone anchor provides load sharing while preserving range of motion and reducing stress exerted upon the bone anchors and spinal anatomy. The dynamic bone anchor includes a deflectable post connected by a ball-joint to a threaded anchor. Deflection of the deflectable post is controlled by a compliant sleeve. The force/deflection properties of the dynamic bone anchor may be adapted to the anatomy and functional requirements of the patient. The dynamic bone anchor may be used as a component of a dynamic stabilization system which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8317836
    Abstract: A dynamic stabilization, motion preservation spinal implant system includes an anchor system, a horizontal rod system and a vertical rod system. The systems are modular so that various constructs and configurations can be created and customized to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce, Matthew Hannibal, James A. Rinner, Jay A. Markwart
  • Publication number: 20120277799
    Abstract: A bone anchor comprising a self-centering ball-joint suitable for use in a spine stabilization prosthesis which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The bone anchor has a deflectable ball-rod partially received in a socket of a housing formed in the head of the bone anchor. A centering rod received partially in the ball-rod and partially within the housing operates to align the ball-rod with the longitudinal axis of the bone anchor. Deflection of the ball-rod bends the centering rod which in turn applies a restoring force upon the ball-rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: SPARTEK MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8298267
    Abstract: A dynamic stabilization, motion preservation spinal implant system includes a deflection rod system implant. The system is modular so that various constructs and configurations can be created and customized to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Mitchell, Charles J. Winslow, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Donald L. Cain, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8273107
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can includes an implant comprising a spacer and a frame having a central body and a helical shaped wing extending from the central body. The frame can be positioned near about adjacent spinous processes, and can be rotated and urged so that the adjacent spinous processes pass within a groove of the wing, thereby allowing the wing to be arranged on an opposite side of the adjacent spinous processes. The spacer can then be arranged over the frame so that the spacer contacts and distracts the spinous processes, thereby limiting relative movement of the adjacent spinous processes during extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kyphon Sarl
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 8267979
    Abstract: A dynamic spinal stabilization component which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The component may be integrated in a bone anchor for implantation in a bone of the spine. The component and bone anchor provide load sharing while preserving range of motion and reducing stress exerted upon the bone anchors and spinal anatomy. The dynamic spinal stabilization component includes a deflectable post connected by a ball-joint to a threaded anchor. Deflection of the deflectable post is controlled by an axially compressible spring. The force/deflection properties of the dynamic bone anchor may be adapted to the anatomy and functional requirements of the patient. The dynamic spinal stabilization component may be used as a component of a dynamic stabilization system which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Flynn, Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8257397
    Abstract: A bone anchor comprising a self-centering ball-joint suitable for use in a spine stabilization prosthesis which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The bone anchor has a deflectable ball-rod partially received in a socket of a housing formed in the head of the bone anchor. A centering rod received partially in the ball-rod and partially within the housing operates to align the ball-rod with the longitudinal axis of the bone anchor. Deflection of the ball-rod bends the centering rod which in turn applies a restoring force upon the ball-rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Publication number: 20120203280
    Abstract: A cannulated bone anchor comprising a self-centering ball-joint suitable for use in a spine stabilization prosthesis which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The cannulated bone anchor has a deflectable ball-rod partially received in a socket of a housing formed in the head of the bone anchor. A centering rod received partially in the ball-rod and partially within the housing operates to align the ball-rod with the longitudinal axis of the bone anchor. Deflection of the ball-rod bends the centering rod which in turn applies a restoring force upon the ball-rod. The centering rod includes an inner-superelastic core and an outer polymer sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: SPARTEK MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8221463
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can includes an implant comprising a first wing, a spacer extending from the first wing, and a distraction guide. The distraction guide is arranged in a first configuration to pierce and/or distract tissue associated with adjacent spinous processes extending from vertebrae of a targeted motion segment. The implant can be positioned between the adjacent spinous processes and once positioned, the implant can be arranged in a second configuration. When arranged in a second configuration, the distraction guide can act as a second wing. The first wing and the second wing can limit or block movement of the implant along a longitudinal axis of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 8216281
    Abstract: A spine stabilization prosthesis which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The spine stabilization prosthesis incorporates a bone anchor having a deflectable post and a compound spinal rod which provide for load sharing while preserving range of motion and reducing stress exerted upon the bone anchors and spinal anatomy. The bone anchor includes a deflectable post connected by a ball-joint to a bone screw. The compound spinal rod includes a coupling mounted to the deflectable post and connected by a pivoting joint to a rod. The combined motions of the ball-joint and the pivoting joint support a range of motion of adjacent vertebrae which closely approximates the natural range of motion of the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8216277
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kyphon Sarl
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, T. Wade Fallin, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8211155
    Abstract: A dynamic bone anchor for anchoring a spine stabilization assembly which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The dynamic bone anchor provides load sharing while preserving range of motion and reducing stress exerted upon the bone anchors and spinal anatomy. The dynamic bone anchor includes a deflectable post connected by a ball-joint to a threaded anchor. Deflection of the deflectable post is controlled by a durability enhanced compliant sleeve. The force/deflection properties of the dynamic bone anchor may be adapted to the anatomy and functional requirements of the patient. The dynamic bone anchor may be used as a component of a dynamic stabilization system which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce
  • Patent number: 8211150
    Abstract: A dynamic stabilization, motion preservation spinal implant system includes an anchor system, a horizontal rod system and a vertical rod system. The systems are modular so that various constructs and configurations can be created and customized to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Spartek Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald L. Cain, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam Klyce, Jay A. Markwart
  • Publication number: 20120143256
    Abstract: A bone anchor comprising a self-centering ball-joint suitable for use in a spine stabilization prosthesis which supports the spine while providing for the preservation of spinal motion. The bone anchor has a deflectable ball-rod partially received in a socket of a housing formed in the head of the bone anchor. A centering rod received partially in the ball-rod and partially within the housing operates to align the ball-rod with the longitudinal axis of the bone anchor. Deflection of the ball-rod bends the centering rod which in turn applies a restoring force upon the ball-rod. The centering rod includes an inner-superelastic core and an outer polymer sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: SPARTEK MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, H. Adam R. Klyce