Patents by Inventor James Flom

James Flom 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: 11000266
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed herein for accessing the hip joint. A first device can be securely attached to the capsule of a joint. The first device can tent the capsule to increase the volume of the peripheral compartment. A second device can be biased against the first device to pierce the tented capsule and create a portal. Devices and methods are also disclosed herein for distending the capsule of a joint. A distention device may access a portal established within the capsule. The distention device can expand the capsule by applying an expansive force within the peripheral compartment. The distention device can maintain distention of the peripheral compartment while other devices access the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Weisel, James Flom
  • Publication number: 20210052269
    Abstract: A method for passing a suture includes extending a distal end of a suture manipulator of a suture passer from a distal portion of a hollow tube of the suture passer, locating a portion of a suture adjacent to a catching portion of the suture manipulator, retracting the distal end of the suture manipulator into the hollow tube and pulling the portion of the suture into the hollow tube so that a loop of the suture is located in the lumen and the portion of the suture is compressed by an inner surface of the hollow tube and a side surface of the catching portion, and sliding the suture manipulator distally relative to the hollow tube and pushing the portion of the suture with a pushing portion of the suture manipulator that is located proximally of the catching portion to expel the suture from the hollow tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Daren STEWART, James FLOM
  • Patent number: 10925621
    Abstract: Apparatus for drilling a hole in material, the apparatus comprising: an angled drill guide comprising a curved distal section, a less-curved proximal section, and a lumen extending therebetween, wherein the less-curved proximal section comprises a flat extending therealong for reducing the effective diameter of the less-curved proximal section so as to minimize interference between the angled drill guide and the side wall of an access cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Puerto Rico Limited
    Inventors: James Flom, J. Brook Burley, Jeremy Graul, Sudip Pandya
  • Patent number: 10828023
    Abstract: A suture passer comprising: a hollow tube, said hollow tube comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending from said distal end to said proximal end; and a suture manipulation rod slidably received in said lumen of said hollow tube and selectively projectable out said distal end of said hollow tube, said suture manipulation rod comprising a distal end and a proximal end, said distal end of said suture manipulation rod being bifurcated into a first arm and a second arm, wherein said first arm includes a hook comprising a proximally oriented hooking surface and a return extending proximally of said hooking surface; wherein said hollow tube and said suture manipulation rod are sized so that said suture manipulation rod may capture a suture disposed adjacent to said distal end of said hollow tube and draw the suture into said lumen of said hollow tube, and further wherein, after a suture has been drawn into said lumen of said hollow tube, distal movement of said suture manipulation rod causes t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Daren Stewart, James Flom
  • Patent number: 10582935
    Abstract: A flexible drill bit including a proximal shaft portion for connecting to a source of turning; a distal cutting tip portion for boring into a material; and an intermediate shaft portion extending between the proximal shaft portion and the distal cutting tip portion, the intermediate shaft portion being characterized by (i) sufficient longitudinal flexibility so as to permit the flexible drill bit to be passed along a curve, and (ii) sufficient torsional strength to permit the flexible drill bit to bore into the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Puerto Rico Limited
    Inventors: J. Brook Burley, Jeremy Graul, Sudip Pandya, James Flom, Andrew Lantz
  • Publication number: 20200022693
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing an object to bone, the apparatus comprising: an anchor assembly comprising an anchor and an actuation element extending from the anchor, wherein applying a force to the actuation element when the anchor is disposed in a hole formed in a bone secures the anchor to the bone; and an inserter for deploying the anchor assembly in a hole formed in a bone, the inserter comprising: a shaft for releasably engaging the anchor; and a force delivery mechanism mounted to the shaft and connected to the actuation element, the force delivery mechanism being constructed so as to receive an input force from an external source and to selectively apply an output force to the actuation element, with the force delivery mechanism being constructed so that the magnitude of the output force is limited regardless of the magnitude of the input force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Lantz, J. Brook Burley, Jeremy Graul, James Flom
  • Patent number: 10426456
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing a first object to a second object, the apparatus comprising: an elongated body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending between the distal end and the proximal end, the lumen comprising a first section and a second section, the first section of the lumen being disposed distal to the second section of the lumen, and with the first section of the lumen having a wider diameter than the second section of the lumen; at least one longitudinally-extending slit extending through the side wall of the elongated body and communicating with the lumen, the at least one longitudinally-extending slit having a distal end and a proximal end, with the distal end of the at least one longitudinally-extending slit being spaced from the distal end of the elongated body; and an elongated element extending through the lumen of the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Pamichev, J. Brook Burley, Julian Nikolchev, James Flom
  • Publication number: 20190290322
    Abstract: A telescoping access cannula comprising: an outer tube; an inner tube carried by the outer tube, the inner tube being coaxial with the outer tube and longitudinally movable relative to the outer tube; and a rotatable member carried by the outer tube and connected to the inner tube, wherein rotation of the rotatable member causes longitudinal movement of the inner tube relative to the outer tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: James Flom, Thomas Weisel, Andrew Lantz, Roger Pisarnwongs, Jonathan Dewey, Matthew Frushell, Bryan Kelly, Michael Wei
  • Patent number: 10405850
    Abstract: A suture passer comprising: a hollow tube, said hollow tube comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending from said distal end to said proximal end; and a suture manipulation rod slidably received in said lumen of said hollow tube and selectively projectable out said distal end of said hollow tube, said suture manipulation rod comprising a distal end and a proximal end, said distal end of said suture manipulation rod being bifurcated into a first arm and a second arm, wherein said first arm includes a hook comprising a proximally oriented hooking surface and a return extending proximally of said hooking surface; wherein said hollow tube and said suture manipulation rod are sized so that said suture manipulation rod may capture a suture disposed adjacent to said distal end of said hollow tube and draw the suture into said lumen of said hollow tube, and further wherein, after a suture has been drawn into said lumen of said hollow tube, distal movement of said suture manipulation rod causes t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daren Stewart, James Flom
  • Publication number: 20190254687
    Abstract: A method for providing therapy to a patient, the method comprising: providing microfracture therapy to the acetabular cup of the patient, wherein providing microfracture therapy to the acetabular cup of the patient comprises forming at least one hole extending from the acetabular shelf to the cortical bone bed of the acetabular cup, such that blood may flow from the cancellous bone underlying the cortical bone bed to the surface of the cortical bone bed, whereby to form a blood clot at the surface of the cortical bone bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: James Flom, Julian Nikolchev
  • Patent number: 10363025
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing an object to bone, the apparatus comprising: an anchor assembly comprising an anchor and an actuation element extending from the anchor, wherein applying a force to the actuation element when the anchor is disposed in a hole formed in a bone secures the anchor to the bone; and an inserter for deploying the anchor assembly in a hole formed in a bone, the inserter comprising: a shaft for releasably engaging the anchor; and a force delivery mechanism mounted to the shaft and connected to the actuation element, the force delivery mechanism being constructed so as to receive an input force from an external source and to selectively apply an output force to the actuation element, with the force delivery mechanism being constructed so that the magnitude of the output force is limited regardless of the magnitude of the input force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lantz, J. Brook Burley, Jeremy Graul, James Flom
  • Publication number: 20190200972
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed herein for accessing the hip joint. A first device can be securely attached to the capsule of a joint. The first device can tent the capsule to increase the volume of the peripheral compartment. A second device can be biased against the first device to pierce the tented capsule and create a portal. Devices and methods are also disclosed herein for distending the capsule of a joint. A distention device may access a portal established within the capsule. The distention device can expand the capsule by applying an expansive force within the peripheral compartment. The distention device can maintain distention of the peripheral compartment while other devices access the joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Weisel, Geoff Willis, James Flom, Hanson S. Gifford, Mark Deem, Darin Gittings, Lynette Ross, Dwayne Dupree, Matthew Frushell
  • Publication number: 20190110790
    Abstract: A suture passer comprising: a hollow tube, the hollow tube comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending from the distal end to the proximal end; and a clamping rod slidably received in the lumen of the hollow tube, the clamping rod comprising a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end being bifurcated into a first arm and a second arm, one of the first and second arms extending distally of the other of the first and second arms and including a clamping surface; wherein at least one of the first arm and the second arm comprises a friction-enhancing surface for facilitating manipulation of a suture via engagement of the suture with the friction-enhancing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Daren Stewart, Roger Pisarnwongs, James Flom, Bryan Kelly
  • Publication number: 20190105028
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing a first object to a second object, the apparatus comprising: an elongated body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending between the distal end and the proximal end, the lumen comprising a distal section and a proximal section, the distal section of the lumen having a wider diameter than the proximal section of the lumen; a window extending through the side wall of the elongated body and communicating with the lumen, the window being disposed in the vicinity of the intersection between the distal section of the lumen and the proximal section of the lumen and being sized to receive a first object therein; an elongated element extending through the lumen of the elongated body, the elongated element comprising a proximal end and a distal end; and a locking element mounted to the distal end of the elongated element and disposed in the distal section of the lumen; whereby, when the elongated body is disposed in a second object, and a first object extends through the windo
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Jeremy Graul, J. Brook Burley, Andrew Lantz, James Flom
  • Patent number: 10245070
    Abstract: A telescoping access cannula comprising: an outer tube; an inner tube carried by the outer tube, the inner tube being coaxial with the outer tube and longitudinally movable relative to the outer tube; and a rotatable member carried by the outer tube and connected to the inner tube, wherein rotation of the rotatable member causes longitudinal movement of the inner tube relative to the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Flom, Thomas Weisel, Andrew Lantz, Roger Pisarnwongs, Jonathan Dewey, Matthew Frushell, Bryan Kelly, Michael Wei
  • Patent number: 10213216
    Abstract: A method for providing therapy to a patient, the method comprising: providing microfracture therapy to the acetabular cup of the patient, wherein providing microfracture therapy to the acetabular cup of the patient comprises forming at least one hole extending from the acetabular shelf to the cortical bone bed of the acetabular cup, such that blood may flow from the cancellous bone underlying the cortical bone bed to the surface of the cortical bone bed, whereby to form a blood clot at the surface of the cortical bone bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Flom, Julian Nikolchev
  • Patent number: 10166020
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed herein for accessing the hip joint. A first device can be securely attached to the capsule of a joint. The first device can tent the capsule to increase the volume of the peripheral compartment. A second device can be biased against the first device to pierce the tented capsule and create a portal. Devices and methods are also disclosed herein for distending the capsule of a joint. A distention device may access a portal established within the capsule. The distention device can expand the capsule by applying an expansive force within the peripheral compartment. The distention device can maintain distention of the peripheral compartment while other devices access the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Weisel, Geoff Willis, James Flom, Hanson S. Gifford, Mark Deem, Darin Gittings, Lynette Ross, Dwayne Dupree, Matthew Frushell
  • Patent number: 10123794
    Abstract: A suture passer comprising: a hollow tube, the hollow tube comprising a distal end, a proximal end, a lumen extending from the distal end to the proximal end, and a window formed in the sidewall of the hollow tube, the window communicating with the lumen; and a clamping rod slidably received in the lumen of the hollow tube, the clamping rod comprising a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end being bifurcated into a first arm and a second arm, one of the first and second arms extending distally of the other of the first and second arms and including a clamping surface, and at least one of the first and second arms being outwardly biased such that when the clamping rod is moved distally so that the distal end of the at least one outwardly biased arm is adjacent to the window, the distal end of the at least one outwardly biased arm extends outwardly through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Flom, Roger Pisarnwongs, Thomas Weisel, Chris Pamichev
  • Patent number: 10123793
    Abstract: A method for securing a first object to a second object comprising providing apparatus comprising an elongated body having a lumen; an enlargement; a first elongated element, the distal end of the first elongated element being connected to the enlargement and the proximal end of the first elongated element extending through the lumen; and a second elongated element connected to the first elongated element external to the elongated body; inserting the elongated body into the second object; moving the second elongated element proximally so as to cause proximal movement of the first elongated element so as to cause the enlargement to move into a second portion of the lumen, whereby to laterally expand the elongated body; and securing the first object to the second object with the second elongated element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Pamichev, J. Brook Burley, Julian Nikolchev, James Flom
  • Patent number: 10098631
    Abstract: A suture passer comprising: a hollow tube, the hollow tube comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending from the distal end to the proximal end; and a clamping rod slidably received in the lumen of the hollow tube, the clamping rod comprising a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end being bifurcated into a first arm and a second arm, one of the first and second arms extending distally of the other of the first and second arms and including a clamping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daren Stewart, Roger Pisarnwongs, James Flom