Patents by Inventor John A. Markwart

John A. Markwart 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).

  • Publication number: 20080046087
    Abstract: Systems in accordance with embodiments of the present invention can include an implant comprising a spacer for defining a minimum space between adjacent spinous processes, a distraction guide for piercing and distracting an interspinous ligament during implantation, and a binder for limiting or preventing flexion motion of the targeted motion segment. The binder can be secured to a brace associated with the implant during implantation by a capture device. In one embodiment, the capture device includes a fixed piece extending from the brace and a slidable piece associated with the fixed piece. A fastener can be rotated to pinch the binder between the slidable piece and a wall of the brace, securing the binder. A physician need not know the length of the binder prior to implantation, reducing the time required to perform a procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Henry Klyce, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20080039947
    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: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20080033553
    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: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20080033558
    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: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20080033560
    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: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20080033559
    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: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20080027545
    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: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Henry Klyce, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20080021468
    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: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Henry Klyce, Charles Winslow, Sott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20070276500
    Abstract: Systems in accordance with embodiments of the present invention can include an implant comprising a spacer for defining a minimum space between adjacent spinous processes, a distraction guide for piercing and distracting an interspinous ligament during implantation, and a binder for limiting or preventing flexion motion of the targeted motion segment. The binder can be secured to a brace associated with the implant during implantation by a capture device. A binder aligner aligns the binder with the implant stabilizing the implant, binder and the adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Applicant: ST. FRANCIS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Henry Klyce, Charles Winslow, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, Scott Yerby, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20070244483
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with the embodiments of the present invention can include an implant for positioning within a cervical facet joint for distracting the cervical spine, thereby increasing the area of the canals and openings through which the spinal cord and nerves must pass, and decreasing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The implant can be inserted laterally or posteriorly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventors: Charles Winslow, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20070191955
    Abstract: A system and method for replacing degenerated spinal disks in accordance with the present invention can substitute for interbody fusion techniques by replacing degenerated spinal disks with artificial spinal disks. In one embodiment, the system can comprise one or more artificial spinal disks, each comprising an upper and lower housing, a first spacer and a second spacer partially enclosed by a cavity formed by the housings, and a shaft with a spring positioned between the first spacer and the second spacer such that the spacers are urged apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Applicant: ST. FRANCIS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steve Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Patent number: 7217291
    Abstract: A system and method for replacing degenerated spinal disks in accordance with the present invention can substitute for interbody fusion techniques by replacing degenerated spinal disks with artificial spinal disks. In one embodiment, the system can comprise one or more artificial spinal disks, each comprising an upper and lower housing, a first spacer and a second spacer partially enclosed by a cavity formed by the housings, and a shaft with a spring positioned between the first spacer and the second spacer such that the spacers are urged apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steve Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Publication number: 20070016195
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with the embodiments of the present invention can include an implant for positioning within a cervical facet joint for distracting the cervical spine, thereby increasing the area of the canals and openings through which the spinal cord and nerves must pass, and decreasing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The implant can be inserted laterally or posteriorly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2006
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Inventors: Charles Winslow, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20070016218
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with the embodiments of the present invention can include an implant for positioning within a cervical facet joint for distracting the cervical spine, thereby increasing the area of the canals and openings through which the spinal cord and nerves must pass, and decreasing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The implant can be inserted laterally or posteriorly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Inventors: Charles Winslow, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20070010813
    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: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Applicant: St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, Scott Yerby, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20060271194
    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 distraction guide 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: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Applicant: St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, Scott Yerby, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20060271049
    Abstract: An embodiment of a system in accordance with the present invention can include an implant having a spacer with a thickness and a wing, wherein a first configuration of the wing has a first height substantially similar to the thickness and wherein the wing is adapted to be selectably arranged in a second configuration such that the wing has a second height greater than the first height. A periphery of the implant has a shape generally conformal with a shape of an inner surface of a cannula and a cross-sectional diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the cannula. The cannula is inserted such that a proximal end of the cannula is arranged between the adjacent spinous processes. The implant is then urged into position between the adjacent spinous processes by way of the cannula, and subsequently arranged in a second configuration to fix the implant in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Applicant: St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Henry Klyce, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20060265067
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with embodiments of the present invention can includes an implant having an initiating piece and a distraction piece. The initiating piece can include a lower distraction element, a second wing, a lower portion of a spacer, and a lower portion of a first wing. The initiating piece can be positioned such that an interspinous ligament of the targeted motion segment is disposed between the first and second wing. The distraction piece can include an upper distraction element, an upper portion of the spacer, and an upper portion of the first wing, and can be mated with the initiating piece by mating a rail of the distraction piece with a slot of the initiating piece, thereby disposing the implant between adjacent spinous processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Applicant: St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Henry Klyce, Charles Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20060264938
    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 distraction guide 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: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Applicant: St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, John Flynn, Steven Mitchell, Scott Yerby, John Markwart
  • Publication number: 20060265066
    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: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Applicant: St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Zucherman, Ken Hsu, Charles Winslow, John Flynn, Steve Mitchell, Scott Yerby, John Markwart