Patents by Inventor James J. Guerra

James J. Guerra 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: 10448943
    Abstract: A method of reinforcing a biological construct according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, attaching a suture loop/needle construct to a reinforcement material and stitching the reinforcement material to a biological construct to form a reinforced biological construct. The reinforcement material is attached to the suture loop/needle construct prior to approximating the reinforcement material to the biological construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: James J. Guerra, Jacob A. Jolly, Dustin T. Libby, Thomas M. Deberardino
  • Publication number: 20190281196
    Abstract: A flexible circuit assembly for an endoscope or borescope having an image sensor. The flexible circuit assembly has a flexible circuit with a first end, a second end, and a length between its first and second ends, the first end of the flexible circuit electrically connectable with the image sensor. A strengthening member is adjacent to the flexible circuit and along the length of the flexible circuit. An electrically insulated layer retains the strengthening member adjacent to the flexible circuit and encloses at least of portion of the strengthening member and the flexible circuit. The strengthening member may comprise a nitinol wire, and the nitinol wire may have a neutral position such that the nitinol wire returns to the neutral position after being articulated to a different position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: John J. Elliott, JR., David J. Guerra, Dashiell A. Birnkrant, James P. Barry
  • Patent number: 10348941
    Abstract: A flexible circuit assembly for an endoscope or borescope having an image sensor. The flexible circuit assembly has a flexible circuit with a first end, a second end, and a length between its first and second ends, the first end of the flexible circuit electrically connectable with the image sensor. A strengthening member is adjacent to the flexible circuit and along the length of the flexible circuit. An electrically insulated layer retains the strengthening member adjacent to the flexible circuit and encloses at least of portion of the strengthening member and the flexible circuit. The strengthening member may comprise a nitinol wire, and the nitinol wire may have a neutral position such that the nitinol wire returns to the neutral position after being articulated to a different position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Elliot, Jr., David J. Guerra, Dashiell A. Birnkrant, James P. Barry
  • Publication number: 20190149367
    Abstract: Surgical methods for stabilizing a joint are disclosed. The methods aid in surgical repairs by allowing for quick and reproducible repairs to be made. A bone tunnel is formed anteriorly/posteriorly in clavicle, and a bone tunnel is formed superiorly in acromion. At least one cannulated insert is provided into one or both of bone tunnels to protect the bone from abrasions caused by a flexible construct. A flexible construct is passed through the acromion tunnel and the clavicle tunnel. An attachment device may then be positioned on at least one side of the clavicle and/or acromion tunnel, and the flexible construct is attached to the attachment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: William C. Benavitz, Allen E. Holowecky, Augustus D. Mazzocca, Eugene M. Wolf, James J. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20190133610
    Abstract: Methods and drill guide systems that provide internalization of the biceps tendon with use of fixation devices such as the Arthrex BicepsButton™ or Pectoralis Button tensioned outside a smaller converged drill hole. The technique converges two angled drill holes and use the button to fixate a reinforced (whipstitched) biceps tendon into a single bone versus stabilizing two bones. The biceps tendon is being pulled into the larger of the drilled holes and fixed by the button outside of the smaller drilled hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Dustin T. Libby, William C. Benavitz, Thomas Dooney, JR., Harri Helio, James J. Guerra
  • Patent number: 10206694
    Abstract: Methods and drill guide systems that provide internalization of the biceps tendon with use of fixation devices such as the Arthrex BicepsButton™ or Pectoralis Button tensioned outside a smaller converged drill hole. The technique converges two angled drill holes and use the button to fixate a reinforced (whipstitched) biceps tendon into a single bone versus stabilizing two bones. The biceps tendon is being pulled into the larger of the drilled holes and fixed by the button outside of the smaller drilled hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: Dustin T. Libby, William C. Benavitz, Thomas Dooney, Jr., Harri Helio, James J. Guerra
  • Patent number: 10194899
    Abstract: Surgical methods for stabilizing a joint are disclosed. The methods aid in surgical repairs by allowing for quick and reproducible repairs to be made. A bone tunnel is formed anteriorly/posteriorly in clavicle, and a bone tunnel is formed superiorly in acromion. At least one cannulated insert is provided into one or both of bone tunnels to protect the bone from abrasions caused by a flexible construct. A flexible construct is passed through the acromion tunnel and the clavicle tunnel. An attachment device may then be positioned on at least one side of the clavicle and/or acromion tunnel, and the flexible construct is attached to the attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Benavitz, Allen E. Holowecky, Augustus D. Mazzocca, Eugene M. Wolf, James J. Guerra
  • Patent number: 10159518
    Abstract: A flexible obturator configured to dilate soft tissue without abrading the adjacent bone surface area. The flexible obturator consists of at least one flexible strand (for example, flexible wire, suture or similar malleable flexible material) that is overmolded with a material that allows the device to bend/flex in multiple planes. The overmolded material has an increasing taper to provide graduated dilation through soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen E. Holowecky, Derek C. Sullivan, Donald K. Shuler, James J. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20180360440
    Abstract: A method of reinforcing a biological construct according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, attaching a suture loop/needle construct to a reinforcement material and stitching the reinforcement material to a biological construct to form a reinforced biological construct. The reinforcement material is attached to the suture loop/needle construct prior to approximating the reinforcement material to the biological construct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: James J. GUERRA, Jacob A. JOLLY, Dustin T. LIBBY, Thomas M. DEBERARDINO
  • Publication number: 20170252521
    Abstract: A system for positioning a distal end of a surgical device within a patient to conduct a surgical procedure or administer a fluid to the patient, or both, is disclosed. The system may use ultrasound to accurately position a surgical device within a patient while being as minimally invasive as possible. As such, the system may include first inserting a needle into a patient under guidance of ultrasound, inserting a guide wire into the needle, removing the needle and inserting a surgical device into the patient along the at least one guide wire. As such, the minimally intrusive needle is first inserted into the patient in a correct position before a larger medical device is inserted to prevent unnecessary intrusion into the patient. In at least one embodiment, the surgical device may be positioned within a patient using a drive handle removably attached to a portion of the surgical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Guerra, Reinhold D. Schmieding, Philip S. O'Quinn
  • Publication number: 20170119366
    Abstract: Surgical methods for stabilizing a joint are disclosed. The methods aid in surgical repairs by allowing for quick and reproducible repairs to be made. A bone tunnel is formed anteriorly/posteriorly in clavicle, and a bone tunnel is formed superiorly in acromion. At least one cannulated insert is provided into one or both of bone tunnels to protect the bone from abrasions caused by a flexible construct. A flexible construct is passed through the acromion tunnel and the clavicle tunnel. An attachment device may then be positioned on at least one side of the clavicle and/or acromion tunnel, and the flexible construct is attached to the attachment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: William C. Benavitz, Allen E. Holowecky, Augustus D. Mazzocca, Eugene M. Wolf, James J. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20150374355
    Abstract: A method of reinforcing a biological construct according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, attaching a suture loop/needle construct to a reinforcement material and stitching the reinforcement material to a biological construct to form a reinforced biological construct. The reinforcement material is attached to the suture loop/needle construct prior to approximating the reinforcement material to the biological construct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: James J. GUERRA, Jacob A. JOLLY, Dustin T. LIBBY, Thomas M. DEBERARDINO
  • Patent number: 9168124
    Abstract: Surgical constructs and methods for tissue to bone repair employing a tissue construct reinforced with a reinforcement (reinforcing) material such as suture, tape, weave or mesh, among many others. The reinforced construct preferably includes a stitched reinforced region formed by employing a suture loop construct with a free floating needle that is attached to the suture loop, and also with a piece of material (a reinforcement or reinforcing material) attached to the suture loop. The reinforced construct may be attached to any fixation device and/or any bone tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Guerra, Jacob A. Jolly, Dustin T. Libby, Thomas M. Deberardino
  • Publication number: 20150216542
    Abstract: Methods and drill guide systems that provide internalization of the biceps tendon with use of fixation devices such as the Arthrex BicepsButton™ or Pectoralis Button tensioned outside a smaller converged drill hole. The technique converges two angled drill holes and use the button to fixate a reinforced (whipstitched) biceps tendon into a single bone versus stabilizing two bones. The biceps tendon is being pulled into the larger of the drilled holes and fixed by the button outside of the smaller drilled hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Dustin T. Libby, William C. Benavitz, Thomas Dooney, JR., Harri Helio, James J. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20150032169
    Abstract: A flexible obturator configured to dilate soft tissue without abrading the adjacent bone surface area. The flexible obturator consists of at least one flexible strand (for example, flexible wire, suture or similar malleable flexible material) that is overmolded with a material that allows the device to bend/flex in multiple planes. The overmolded material has an increasing taper to provide graduated dilation through soft tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Allen E. Holowecky, Derek C. Sullivan, Donald K. Shuler, James J. Guerra
  • Patent number: 8876900
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for fixation of bone to bone, or soft tissue to bone. The apparatus comprises two fixation devices (for example, two buttons) joined by a biologic material (for example, a graft or tendon). Each fixation device is provided with at least one opening that allows the passage of the flexible material attached to the biologic material. The button may be formed, for example, of metal, PEEK or PLLA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Guederian, James J. Guerra
  • Publication number: 20140277448
    Abstract: Surgical constructs and methods for tissue to bone repair employing a tissue construct reinforced with a reinforcement (reinforcing) material such as suture, tape, weave or mesh, among many others. The reinforced construct preferably includes a stitched reinforced region formed by employing a suture loop construct with a free floating needle that is attached to the suture loop, and also with a piece of material (a reinforcement or reinforcing material) attached to the suture loop. The reinforced construct may be attached to any fixation device and/or any bone tunnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Guerra, Jacob A. Jolly, Dustin T. Libby, Thomas M. Deberardino
  • Publication number: 20100125297
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for fixation of bone to bone, or soft tissue to bone. The apparatus comprises two fixation devices (for example, two buttons) joined by a biologic material (for example, a graft or tendon). Each fixation device is provided with at least one opening that allows the passage of the flexible material attached to the biologic material. The button may be formed, for example, of metal, PEEK or PLLA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: Gregory A. Guederian, James J. Guerra