Patents by Inventor James Spitler

James Spitler 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: 10660672
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, there is provided an external fixation system comprising a first plate and a second plate and connectors therebetween. Some or all of the connectors may be adjustable in length or angular position or both. Angular adjustment may comprise a fixed amount of friction and an adjustable amount of friction, and the permitted angular deflection can vary around the perimeter of the angular joint. An adjustable-length connector may comprise a tiltable nut that can either engage or not engage a threaded rod to provide both coarse adjustment and fine adjustment. Tactile or audible feedback may be provided. Other accessories may include: provisional alignment clamps to position parts of the patient's body; a K-wire alignment guide; a K-wire support post; a universal fixation bolt; a plurality of half-pins that can be used with a common support post or block; and a resilient retention device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Integra LifeSciences Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Siemer, Brian Schumacher, James Spitler, Paul Cooper
  • Publication number: 20180353212
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, there is provided an external fixation system comprising a first plate and a second plate and connectors therebetween. Some or all of the connectors may be adjustable in length or angular position or both. Angular adjustment may comprise a fixed amount of friction and an adjustable amount of friction, and the permitted angular deflection can vary around the perimeter of the angular joint. An adjustable-length connector may comprise a tiltable nut that can either engage or not engage a threaded rod to provide both coarse adjustment and fine adjustment. Tactile or audible feedback may be provided. Other accessories may include: provisional alignment clamps to position parts of the patient's body; a K-wire alignment guide; a K-wire support post; a universal fixation bolt; a plurality of half-pins that can be used with a common support post or block; and a resilient retention device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Siemer, Brian Schumacher, James Spitler, Paul Cooper
  • Patent number: 9936975
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, there is provided an external fixation system comprising a first plate and a second plate and connectors therebetween. Some or all of the connectors may be adjustable in length or angular position or both. Angular adjustment may comprise a fixed amount of friction and an adjustable amount of friction, and the permitted angular deflection can vary around the perimeter of the angular joint. An adjustable-length connector may comprise a tiltable nut that can either engage or not engage a threaded rod to provide both coarse adjustment and fine adjustment. Tactile or audible feedback may be provided. Other accessories may include: provisional alignment clamps to position parts of the patient's body; a K-wire alignment guide; a K-wire support post; a universal fixation bolt; a plurality of half-pins that can be used with a common support post or block; and a resilient retention device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Integra Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Siemer, Brian Schumacher, James Spitler, Paul Cooper
  • Patent number: 9820867
    Abstract: A three column spinal fixation implant, including: an anterior cage configured to be disposed in an intervertebral space between adjacent vertebral bodies in a spine of a patient; an anterior plate coupled to the anterior cage; a pair of anterior screws coupled to the anterior cage and the anterior plate and extending posteriorly from the anterior cage and the anterior plate through a portion of one or more of the adjacent vertebral bodies and into or through posterior bony structures of the spine of the patient; a pair of anterior screws coupled to the anterior plate and extending posteriorly from the anterior plate through a portion of one or more of the adjacent vertebral bodies and into or through posterior bony structures of the spine of the patient; a plurality of posterior headbodies coupled to the anterior screws opposite the anterior cage and the anterior plate; and one or more connecting structures coupled to the plurality of posterior headbodies; wherein the three column spinal fixation implant pro
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Gil Tepper, James Spitler, Peter Harris
  • Publication number: 20170319236
    Abstract: The present invention addresses rod rotation and slippage inside the tulip rod channel(s), as well as forcible rod bending as the spine and musculature bias towards a deformity, for example. The present invention provides a stabilization rod that, fundamentally, includes at least one flat surface on at least one side of the construct, this flat surface engaging a corresponding flat surface associated with the head body, set screw, or locking cap. Multiple flat surfaces may, of course, be used. The stabilization rod may also include one or more ridges and/or one or more keyed channels that is/are engaged by the head body, set screw, or locking cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: FloSpine LLC
    Inventors: James SPITLER, Peter HARRIS
  • Patent number: 9763706
    Abstract: An interspinous fusion device for holding adjacent spinous processes of a spine of a patient in a fixed configuration, including: a first plate configured to engage one side of the adjacent spinous processes; a second plate configured to engage another side of the adjacent spinous processes opposite the one side of the adjacent spinous processes; and a spacer disposed between and coupling the first plate to the second plate, wherein the spacer allows one or more of the first plate and the second plate to pivot relative to the other plate in a first unlocked configuration and prevents one or more of the first plate and the second plate from pivoting relative to the other plate in a second locked configuration. Each of the first plate and the second plate includes a pair of opposed wing members protruding from a central bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FloSpine, LLC
    Inventor: James Spitler
  • Publication number: 20170119537
    Abstract: A three column spinal fixation implant, including: an anterior cage configured to be disposed in an intervertebral space between adjacent vertebral bodies in a spine of a patient; an anterior plate coupled to the anterior cage; a pair of anterior screws coupled to the anterior cage and the anterior plate and extending posteriorly from the anterior cage and the anterior plate through a portion of one or more of the adjacent vertebral bodies and into or through posterior bony structures of the spine of the patient; a pair of anterior screws coupled to the anterior plate and extending posteriorly from the anterior plate through a portion of one or more of the adjacent vertebral bodies and into or through posterior bony structures of the spine of the patient; a plurality of posterior headbodies coupled to the anterior screws opposite the anterior cage and the anterior plate; and one or more connecting structures coupled to the plurality of posterior headbodies; wherein the three column spinal fixation implant pro
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Gil TEPPER, Pierce NUNLEY, James SPITLER, Peter HARRIS
  • Publication number: 20160066956
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, there is provided an external fixation system comprising a first plate and a second plate and connectors therebetween. Some or all of the connectors may be adjustable in length or angular position or both. Angular adjustment may comprise a fixed amount of friction and an adjustable amount of friction, and the permitted angular deflection can vary around the perimeter of the angular joint. An adjustable-length connector may comprise a tiltable nut that can either engage or not engage a threaded rod to provide both coarse adjustment and fine adjustment. Tactile or audible feedback may be provided. Other accessories may include: provisional alignment clamps to position parts of the patient's body; a K-wire alignment guide; a K-wire support post; a universal fixation bolt; a plurality of half-pins that can be used with a common support post or block; and a resilient retention device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Siemer, Brian Schumacher, James Spitler, Paul Cooper
  • Publication number: 20160045231
    Abstract: An interspinous fusion device for holding adjacent spinous processes of a spine of a patient in a fixed configuration, including: a first plate configured to engage one side of the adjacent spinous processes; a second plate configured to engage another side of the adjacent spinous processes opposite the one side of the adjacent spinous processes; and a spacer disposed between and coupling the first plate to the second plate, wherein the spacer allows one or more of the first plate and the second plate to pivot relative to the other plate in a first unlocked configuration and prevents one or more of the first plate and the second plate from pivoting relative to the other plate in a second locked configuration. Each of the first plate and the second plate includes a pair of opposed wing members protruding from a central bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Applicant: FloSpine LLC
    Inventor: James SPITLER
  • Patent number: 8062217
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments that related to a surgical retractor. In certain embodiments, the retractor may include a blade holder with a single blade tilting mechanism capable of adjusting the angle of a plurality of pivoting blades relative to the blade holder. In certain embodiments, the adjustment occurs from the proximal face or top of the retractor. In other embodiments, blade supports are used to couple the blade holder to a variety of removable blades of different lengths. In certain embodiments, the blades may be a translucent material capable of transmitting light from a proximal portion of the blade to a distal portion. In some embodiments, the distance between the blade holder and the removable blades may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Boucher, James Spitler, Noelle Dye
  • Publication number: 20110190822
    Abstract: A method and system are described for immobilizing three or more vertebrae. The system includes a first bone anchor assembly, a second bone anchor assembly including a connector having a predefined arc, and at least a third bone anchor assembly. The first and second bone anchor assemblies are inserted into the pedicles of vertebrae spanning at least a third vertebra. The third bone anchor assembly is positioned into the third vertebra between the first and second bone anchor assemblies using an arc defining instrument which is used to locate the proper position for the third bone anchor assembly based on the predefined arc of the connector. Once the third bone anchor assembly is in place the connector is rotated into position and captured by the first and third bone anchor assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: James Spitler, Dennis Colleran
  • Patent number: 7967826
    Abstract: A tool is described for use in a stabilization system for bony structures such as vertebrae, where the system involves connected a connector from one bone anchor in a vertebra to a second bone anchor in another vertebra. The tool includes a handle attached to an arm. The arm is connected by a pivot to a connector engagement mechanism, the pivot allowing the connector engagement mechanism to move from an orientation inline with the arm to an orientation at an angle relative to the arm by rotating at the pivot. The connector engagement mechanism is engaged to an end of the connector when the tool is in its inline orientation and by causing the movement, which can be by the movement of a lever on the handle, of the connector engagement mechanism to the angled orientation, the end of the connector is moved into a position for engagement with the second bone anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, James Spitler, Carolyn Rogers
  • Patent number: 7905907
    Abstract: A method and system are described for immobilizing three or more vertebrae. The system includes a first bone anchor assembly, a second bone anchor assembly including a connector having a predefined arc, and at least a third bone anchor assembly. The first and second bone anchor assembly are inserted into the pedicles of vertebrae spanning at least a third vertebra. The third bone anchor assembly is positioned into the third vertebra between the first and second bone anchor assemblies using an arc defining instrument which is used to locate the proper position for the third bone anchor assembly based on the predefined arc of the connector. Once the third bone anchor assembly is in place the connector is rotated into position and captured by the first and third bone anchor assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: James Spitler, Dennis Colleran
  • Patent number: 7618442
    Abstract: An assembly for use in spinal stabilization procedures having first and second bone anchor assemblies. Embodiments of the first bone anchor assembly may include an anchor, a poly-axial head, including a cavity, mated with the anchor such that the anchor is movable relative to the poly-axial head. Embodiments of the second bone anchor assembly may include an anchor, a poly-axial head mated with the second anchor such that the anchor is movable relative to the poly-axial head, a slide ring rotatably mated in the second poly-axial head, and a connector slideably mated in the slide ring along a distal end, and having a proximal end having an enlarged portion. The connector may be movable from a first position axially inline with the second bone anchor to a second position wherein the enlarged portion of the connector rests in the cavity of the first poly-axial head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: James Spitler, Scott Schorer, Dennis Colleran
  • Patent number: 7588575
    Abstract: An extension for use in a procedure to implant a stabilization system for bony structures such as vertebrae is described. The extension is formed by a tubular body with an engagement mechanism at one end to removably engage with a poly-axial head of a bone anchor assembly. A locking ring working with a slide are used to temporarily lock the poly-axial head and extension in the desired relationship for performing the procedure. The locking ring includes a slot in which resides a pin on the slider. Twisting the locking ring causes the pin to move in the slot and thereby move the slider either up or down. In one position a locking body on the slider engages with the poly-axial assembly locking the extension in place. In the other position, the locking body is disengaged from the poly-axial head allowing the extension to be decoupled from the bone anchor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, James Spitler, Jennifer Diederich
  • Patent number: 7588588
    Abstract: There is shown a system and method for reducing the difficulty in percutaneous placement of a spine stabilization brace. A medical implant system has a first bone anchor having a longitudinal axis, a second bone anchor and a brace. The brace couples the first bone anchor to the second bone anchor. A the distal end of the brace may be pivotally coupled to the first bone anchor and also adapted to slide in a generally transverse direction in relation to the longitudinal axis of the first bone anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: James Spitler, Scott Schorer
  • Publication number: 20080200918
    Abstract: A surgical driver includes an elongated drive shaft engageable with a surgical bone anchor in torque transmitting relationship, a locking sleeve, and a sleeve locking member. The locking sleeve is mounted to the drive shaft and is engageable with the head of surgical bone anchor. The sleeve locking member is mounted for relative motion between a first position in which it is simultaneously engaged with both the drive shaft and the locking sleeve in rotationally fixed relationship and a second position in which it is disengaged from the rotationally fixed relationship with at least one of the drive shaft and locking sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: James Spitler, Michael Castro, Rex Shores
  • Publication number: 20080188718
    Abstract: A surgical retractor may be provided for a surgical procedure such as spinal surgery. The surgical retractor may include a separator, a first and second blade holder coupled to the separator, and blade assemblies coupled to the blade holders. The separator may move the blade holders to change the position of the first blade holder relative to the second blade holder. The blade assemblies may retract tissue of a patient. An activator of a blade holder may be used to rotate a first blade of the blade assembly. Rotating the first blade tilts the blade assembly to create a larger opening at a distal end of the retractor. In some embodiments, side blades may be placed in the retractor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventors: James Spitler, Noelle Dye
  • Publication number: 20080183046
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments that related to a surgical retractor. In certain embodiments, the retractor may include a blade holder with a single blade tilting mechanism capable of adjusting the angle of a plurality of pivoting blades relative to the blade holder. In certain embodiments, the adjustment occurs from the proximal face or top of the retractor. In other embodiments, blade supports are used to couple the blade holder to a variety of removable blades of different lengths. In certain embodiments, the blades may be a translucent material capable of transmitting light from a proximal portion of the blade to a distal portion. In some embodiments, the distance between the blade holder and the removable blades may be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Wayne Boucher, James Spitler, Noelle Dye
  • Patent number: D589147
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative Spinal Technologies
    Inventors: Dennis Colleran, James Spitler