Patents by Inventor John Riley Hawkins

John Riley Hawkins 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: 10376380
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for treatment of the cervical spine. The devices and methods allow for treatment to be delivered from a lateral or posterior-lateral location of a subject, proximate to the cervical region of the spine. One exemplary embodiment of a spinal implant includes an elongate cage member and a plate member appended to a proximal end of the cage member. The plate member can be oriented in a manner such that it is asymmetric with respect to a long axis of the cage member. In another exemplary embodiment, an implant includes a cage member having a distal end that has an asymmetrical, bulleted shape such that the distal end is biased towards a superior or cranial direction. In a third exemplary embodiment, an implant includes a spinal fixation element and at least two mounting eyelets formed thereon. Exemplary methods related to implanting spinal implants from a lateral or posterior-lateral location are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Gamache, Michael Sorrenti, John Riley Hawkins, Michael Gorhan
  • Publication number: 20190209153
    Abstract: An expandable trial can include an inferior portion, a superior portion, and a middle expanding portion as well as load cells for monitoring the load on the trial. The trial may also include recesses on its lateral sides to provide spacing to accommodate a disc removal tool so tissue can be cleared monitoring load. In addition, neural foramen spacing can be monitoring to provide information about how much neural release has been achieved as the disc is cleaned and the spine is positioned and repositioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Roman Lomeli, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher Ramsay, Zoher Bootwala, Jennifer DiPietro, John Griffin
  • Patent number: 10335241
    Abstract: Electronic devices that detect their position and/or orientation with respect to earth's frame of reference are described. A coupler can removeably maintain the electronic devices in physical proximity of one another. Each electronic device can have a housing and the coupler can be included on the housing and arranged to physically connect the housing of the electronic device to the housing of at least one other electronic device. Alternatively, the coupler can be a packaging that maintains the electronic devices in physical proximity of one another. Each electronic device can be calibrated using the orientation or position information obtained by other electronic devices maintained by the coupler. Further, each electronic device can include a power source that remains inactive until the device is ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Frasier, John Riley Hawkins, Roman Lomeli, Mark Hall, Dennis Chien
  • Patent number: 10327915
    Abstract: A separate nub component between the plate and an intervertebral fusion cage, wherein the nub is attached to the plate. The nub lessens the undesired pivotal movement of the plate. It is believed that when the nub fits snugly between the endplates of the adjacent vertebral bodies, it acts as a stop against the undesired pivotal movement of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Pavento, John Riley Hawkins, Sheryl Furlan, Douglas Raymond
  • Publication number: 20190183516
    Abstract: Adjustable drill guides and related methods are disclosed herein. An exemplary drill guide can include an adjustment mechanism that allows for precise incremental adjustment of the drill guide's depth setting while securely maintaining the device at a fixed setting between adjustments. The adjustment mechanism can improve the safety and security of the drill guide, for example by limiting adjustment only to those situations where it is specifically intended by the user, thereby reducing or eliminating the risk of inadvertent depth adjustment. In some embodiments, a drill guide can include high visibility, easy-to-read depth indications while maintaining a slender profile and without shifting the user's eye gaze, for example by employing a multi-surface moving scale having a text height that is at least twice the adjustment increment. Handles, protection sleeves, navigation adapters, and various other accessories that can be used with or without a drill guide are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph Peterson, Felix Aschmann, John Riley Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190175226
    Abstract: Connectors are disclosed herein that can be used to attach a rod to a bone anchor assembly that is already occupied by a separate rod. Various ways of attaching the connector to the bone anchor assembly are disclosed, including arrangements in which the connector is locked to the bone anchor, arrangements in which the connector is constrained in one or more degrees of freedom relative to the bone anchor, arrangements in which the connector is adjustable in one or more degrees of freedom relative to the bone anchor, and arrangements that include a spherical articulation joint. In some embodiments, attachment of the connector to a bone anchor can be aided with the use of a positioner. The geometry of the connector can be selected to minimize the offset between a first rod received in the bone anchor assembly and a second rod received in the connector, for example using an angled or curved rod recess and/or a fastener, or set screw, that is offset from the center of the rod or angled relative to the bone anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Carruth, John Dieselman, Kevin Lee, J. Riley Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190167359
    Abstract: Systems and methods for registering and tracking multiple anatomical structures, e.g., multiple vertebrae, as a single functional unit for surgical procedures are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the system can include a bone bridge for attaching a navigation marker to multiple vertebrae and for limiting or preventing movement between the multiple vertebrae. Various ways of attaching the bone bridge are disclosed, including fasteners that extend through gaps or throughholes formed in the bridge, bridges having a jaw portion that clamps the underlying bone, and bridges formed of adhesive or cement and directly attached to the bone. Various adjustment features are also disclosed, including joints that allow the position and/or orientation of the bridge to be adjusted in one or more degrees of freedom, and bridges that include telescoping portions or other features for adjusting a length of the bridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Masashi Neo, John Riley Hawkins, Aniruddha Raina
  • Publication number: 20190142481
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for tensioning a tether. In one embodiment, a tether tensioning device is provided and includes an elongate shaft adapted to be positioned adjacent to a bone anchor implanted in bone, and a tensioning mechanism pivotally associated with the elongate shaft and adapted to couple to a tether seated across the bone anchor and to pivot relative to the elongate shaft to apply a tensioning force to the tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Mickiewicz, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10271832
    Abstract: An expandable trial can include an inferior portion, a superior portion, and a middle expanding portion as well as load cells for monitoring the load on the trial. The trial may also include recesses on its lateral sides to provide spacing to accommodate a disc removal tool so tissue can be cleared monitoring load. In addition, neural foramen spacing can be monitoring to provide information about how much neural release has been achieved as the disc is cleaned and the spine is positioned and repositioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Roman Lomeli, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher Ramsay, Zoher Bootwala, Jennifer DiPietro, John Griffin
  • Publication number: 20190105171
    Abstract: This invention relates to an intervertebral motion disc having two motion surfaces and. wherein the radius of the upper articulation surface of the core member is greater than the radius of the lower articulation surface of the core member, and wherein the first articulation surface of the core member is spherical and the second articulation surface of the core member is curved and non-spherical.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Rogers, Andrew Dooris, Patrick J. Fatyol, Mark Lionetto, Ronald J. Naughton, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10238432
    Abstract: Connectors are disclosed herein that can be used to attach a rod to a bone anchor assembly that is already occupied by a separate rod. Various ways of attaching the connector to the bone anchor assembly are disclosed, including arrangements in which the connector is locked to the bone anchor, arrangements in which the connector is constrained in one or more degrees of freedom relative to the bone anchor, arrangements in which the connector is adjustable in one or more degrees of freedom relative to the bone anchor, and arrangements that include a spherical articulation joint. In some embodiments, attachment of the connector to a bone anchor can be aided with the use of a positioner. The geometry of the connector can be selected to minimize the offset between a first rod received in the bone anchor assembly and a second rod received in the connector, for example using an angled or curved rod recess and/or a fastener, or set screw, that is offset from the center of the rod or angled relative to the bone anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Medos International Sàrl
    Inventors: Robert Carruth, John Dieselman, Kevin Lee, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10238500
    Abstract: This invention relates to an intervertebral motion disc having two motion surfaces and. wherein the radius of the upper articulation surface of the core member is greater than the radius of the lower articulation surface of the core member, and wherein the first articulation surface of the core member is spherical and the second articulation surface of the core member is curved and non-spherical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Rogers, Andrew Dooris, Patrick J. Fatyol, Mark Lionetto, Ronald J. Naughton, John Riley Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20190083140
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintaniha
  • Publication number: 20190083143
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintanilha
  • Publication number: 20190083142
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezius muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintaniha
  • Publication number: 20190083139
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintaniha
  • Publication number: 20190083141
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: William C Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintaniha
  • Publication number: 20190083137
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintaniha
  • Publication number: 20190083138
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintaniha
  • Publication number: 20190083136
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: William C Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintaniha