Patents by Inventor Loubert Suddaby

Loubert Suddaby 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: 10080666
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant configured for positioning within the intervertebral space between adjacent vertebral bodies is disclosed. The spinal implant includes a first body, a second body, a ratchet, and a locking mechanism. The first and second bodies are pivotably affixed to each other on respective first ends thereof and are capable of movement relative to each other in a medial-lateral direction with respect to the adjacent vertebral bodies. The ratchet is pivotably supported within a slot defined in the first body and is capable of engaging the second body thereby permitting movement of the first and second body relative to each other in a first direction, but not in a second direction that is different than the first direction. A method of performing spinal surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 9808352
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant configured for positioning within a space between adjacent vertebral bodies includes an upper body, a lower body, a ratchet mechanism, and a plurality of bone screws. The upper body and lower body are pivotably affixed at a first end and are capable of movement relative to each other. The ratchet mechanism is slidably disposed on one of the upper and lower body and is capable of engaging the opposite one of the upper and lower body thereby permitting movement of the upper and lower body relative to each other in a first direction, but not in a second direction. An insertion instrument capable of being attached to the expandable spinal instrument and a method of performing spinal surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock, Adam Wassinger, Scott Jones, Jennifer Moore, John Donohoe
  • Patent number: 9808353
    Abstract: An adjustable spinal implant includes a lower body, an upper body, a locking pawl, and a locking key. The upper body and the lower body are pivotable relative to one another between a collapsed position and an expanded position. The upper body includes a locking flange that extends towards the lower body. The locking pawl is coupled to the lower body and is moveable between a locked position such that the upper and lower bodies are fixed relative to the one another and an unlocked position such that the upper and lower bodies are moveable relative to one another. The locking key is moveable between a locked state such that the locking pawl is fixed in the locked position and an unlocked state wherein the locking pawl is moveable between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock
  • Publication number: 20170143506
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant configured for positioning within a space between adjacent vertebral bodies includes an upper body, a lower body, a ratchet mechanism, and a plurality of bone screws. The upper body and lower body are pivotably affixed at a first end and are capable of movement relative to each other. The ratchet mechanism is slidably disposed on one of the upper and lower body and is capable of engaging the opposite one of the upper and lower body thereby permitting movement of the upper and lower body relative to each other in a first direction, but not in a second direction. An insertion instrument capable of being attached to the expandable spinal instrument and a method of performing spinal surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock, Adam Wassinger, Scott Jones, Jennifer Moore, John Donohoe
  • Publication number: 20170135824
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant configured for positioning within the intervertebral space between adjacent vertebral bodies is disclosed. The spinal implant includes a first body, a second body, a ratchet, and a locking mechanism. The first and second bodies are pivotably affixed to each other on respective first ends thereof and are capable of movement relative to each other in a medial-lateral direction with respect to the adjacent vertebral bodies. The ratchet is pivotably supported within a slot defined in the first body and is capable of engaging the second body thereby permitting movement of the first and second body relative to each other in a first direction, but not in a second direction that is different than the first direction. A method of performing spinal surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 9585762
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant configured for positioning within a space between adjacent vertebral bodies includes an upper body, a lower body, a ratchet mechanism, and a plurality of bone screws. The upper body and lower body are pivotably affixed at a first end and are capable of movement relative to each other. The ratchet mechanism is slidably disposed on one of the upper and lower body and is capable of engaging the opposite one of the upper and lower body thereby permitting movement of the upper and lower body relative to each other in a first direction, but not in a second direction. An insertion instrument capable of being attached to the expandable spinal instrument and a method of performing spinal surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock, Adam Wassinger, Scott Jones, Jennifer Moore, John Donohoe
  • Patent number: 9566163
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant configured for positioning within the intervertebral space between adjacent vertebral bodies is disclosed. The spinal implant includes a first body, a second body, a ratchet, and a locking mechanism. The first and second bodies are pivotably affixed to each other on respective first ends thereof and are capable of movement relative to each other in a medial-lateral direction with respect to the adjacent vertebral bodies. The ratchet is pivotably supported within a slot defined in the first body and is capable of engaging the second body thereby permitting movement of the first and second body relative to each other in a first direction, but not in a second direction that is different than the first direction. A method of performing spinal surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock
  • Publication number: 20160287403
    Abstract: An adjustable spinal implant includes a lower body, an upper body, a locking pawl, and a locking key. The upper body and the lower body are pivotable relative to one another between a collapsed position and an expanded position. The upper body includes a locking flange that extends towards the lower body. The locking pawl is coupled to the lower body and is moveable between a locked position such that the upper and lower bodies are fixed relative to the one another and an unlocked position such that the upper and lower bodies are moveable relative to one another. The locking key is moveable between a locked state such that the locking pawl is fixed in the locked position and an unlocked state wherein the locking pawl is moveable between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 9393130
    Abstract: An adjustable spinal implant includes a lower body, an upper body, a locking pawl, and a locking key. The upper body and the lower body are pivotable relative to one another between a collapsed position and an expanded position. The upper body includes a locking flange that extends towards the lower body. The locking pawl is coupled to the lower body and is moveable between a locked position such that the upper and lower bodies are fixed relative to the one another and an unlocked position such that the upper and lower bodies are moveable relative to one another. The locking key is moveable between a locked state such that the locking pawl is fixed in the locked position and an unlocked state wherein the locking pawl is moveable between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 9364241
    Abstract: A tool for preparing vertebral surfaces following a discectomy has a body and a rotary cutting tool mounted at the distal end of a lever which extends through the body. The proximal end of the lever can be squeezed toward the body to force the cutting tool against the vertebral surface facing it, while the tool is rotated by turning a crank supported on the tool body, or by a motor. The cutting tool is preferably a flexible rasp or blade which can conform to and control the convexity of the prepared surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Loubert Suddaby
  • Publication number: 20160100951
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant configured for positioning within a space between adjacent vertebral bodies includes an upper body, a lower body, a ratchet mechanism, and a plurality of bone screws. The upper body and lower body are pivotably affixed at a first end and are capable of movement relative to each other. The ratchet mechanism is slidably disposed on one of the upper and lower body and is capable of engaging the opposite one of the upper and lower body thereby permitting movement of the upper and lower body relative to each other in a first direction, but not in a second direction. An insertion instrument capable of being attached to the expandable spinal instrument and a method of performing spinal surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock, Adam Wassinger, Scott Jones, Jennifer Moore, John Donohoe
  • Publication number: 20150057755
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant configured for positioning within the intervertebral space between adjacent vertebral bodies is disclosed. The spinal implant includes a first body, a second body, a ratchet, and a locking mechanism. The first and second bodies are pivotably affixed to each other on respective first ends thereof and are capable of movement relative to each other in a medial-lateral direction with respect to the adjacent vertebral bodies. The ratchet is pivotably supported within a slot defined in the first body and is capable of engaging the second body thereby permitting movement of the first and second body relative to each other in a first direction, but not in a second direction that is different than the first direction. A method of performing spinal surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock
  • Publication number: 20140343678
    Abstract: An adjustable spinal implant includes a lower body, an upper body, a locking pawl, and a locking key. The upper body and the lower body are pivotable relative to one another between a collapsed position and an expanded position. The upper body includes a locking flange that extends towards the lower body. The locking pawl is coupled to the lower body and is moveable between a locked position such that the upper and lower bodies are fixed relative to the one another and an unlocked position such that the upper and lower bodies are moveable relative to one another. The locking key is moveable between a locked state such that the locking pawl is fixed in the locked position and an unlocked state wherein the locking pawl is moveable between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 8876845
    Abstract: A sling blade apparatus allows percutaneous transaction of fascia or ligaments and in particular for use in transaction of the human transverse carpal ligament. A flexible sling guide is deployed percutaneously beneath the transverse carpal ligament and when drawn taut interfaces intimately with the transverse carpal ligament. The sling in turn serves as a guide along which cutting instruments can be passed to transect the ligament while simultaneously serving as a protective shield for the adjacent median nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Loubert Suddaby
  • Publication number: 20120083813
    Abstract: A sling blade apparatus allows percutaneous transaction of fascia or ligaments and in particular for use in transaction of the human transverse carpal ligament. A flexible sling guide is deployed percutaneously beneath the transverse carpal ligament and when drawn taut interfaces intimately with the transverse carpal ligament. The sling in turn serves as a guide along which cutting instruments can be passed to transect the ligament while simultaneously serving as a protective shield for the adjacent median nerve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Loubert Suddaby
  • Publication number: 20120071880
    Abstract: A tool for preparing vertebral surfaces following a discectomy has a body and a rotary cutting tool mounted at the distal end of a lever which extends through the body. The proximal end of the lever can be squeezed toward the body to force the cutting tool against the vertebral surface facing it, while the tool is rotated by turning a crank supported on the tool body, or by a motor. The cutting tool is preferably a flexible rasp or blade which can conform to and control the convexity of the prepared surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Loubert Suddaby
  • Patent number: 8080046
    Abstract: A device for fixing the positions of proximate bone elements including an inter-bone implant adapted to be implanted between suitably prepared proximate bone elements, the inter-bone implant having an internally threaded aperture, a bone fixation apparatus including a base having an eyelet and a means connected to the base for mechanically fixing the positions of the proximate bone elements relative to each other, the eyelet being substantially aligned with the internally threaded aperture, and a screw having a head and a threaded shaft extending therefrom, wherein the shaft is operatively arranged to extend through the eyelet and threadingly engage the internally threaded aperture, and the screw is operatively arranged to secure the bone fixation apparatus to the inter-bone implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Loubert Suddaby
  • Patent number: 7914534
    Abstract: A tool for preparing vertebral surfaces following a discectomy has a body and a rotary cutting tool mounted at the distal end of a lever which extends through the body. The proximal end of the lever can be squeezed toward the body to force the cutting tool against the vertebral surface facing it, while the tool is rotated by turning a crank supported on the tool body, or by a motor. The cutting tool is preferably a flexible rasp or blade which can conform to and control the convexity of the prepared surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Loubert Suddaby
  • Publication number: 20090270929
    Abstract: A device for fixing the positions of proximate bone elements including an inter-bone implant adapted to be implanted between suitably prepared proximate bone elements, the inter-bone implant having an internally threaded aperture, a bone fixation apparatus including a base having an eyelet and a means connected to the base for mechanically fixing the positions of the proximate bone elements relative to each other, the eyelet being substantially aligned with the internally threaded aperture, and a screw having a head and a threaded shaft extending therefrom, wherein the shaft is operatively arranged to extend through the eyelet and threadingly engage the internally threaded aperture, and the screw is operatively arranged to secure the bone fixation apparatus to the inter-bone implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Loubert Suddaby
  • Patent number: 7597714
    Abstract: The nucleus of an intervertebral disc is replaced with a construct including a distendable sack or balloon which, following insertion at a surgical site, is inflated with a hardenable material and is detached in situ when the injected material has hardened. Preferably, two nested balloons are inserted, and then are filled with materials which have different hardnesses when cured, to simulate a natural disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: Loubert Suddaby