Patents by Inventor Matthew N. Songer

Matthew N. Songer 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: 20190117279
    Abstract: A multi-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure and associated instruments are disclosed. First, the surgical site is prepared. After preparation, the bone screws or anchors are attached to the bone. Subsequent to insertion of the screws, a rod or connecting member is positioned within the yoke portion of the bone screw. Caps are then placed in a pre-lock position within the yokes. The bone screws may be compressed together or distracted along the rod or connecting member, thereby setting the final spacing of the bones or bone segments. Finally the caps are moved to a final lock position to fix the screws to the rod or connecting member to maintain the bones in position relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew P. Gephart, Matthew N. Songer, Ernest N. Corrao, Phillip J. Berman
  • Patent number: 10194959
    Abstract: A multi-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure and associated instruments are disclosed. First, the surgical site is prepared. After preparation, the bone screws or anchors are attached to the bone. Subsequent to insertion of the screws, a rod or connecting member is positioned within the yoke portion of the bone screw. Caps are then placed in a pre-lock position within the yokes. The bone screws may be compressed together or distracted along the rod or connecting member, thereby setting the final spacing of the bones or bone segments. Finally the caps are moved to a final lock position to fix the screws to the rod or connecting member to maintain the bones in position relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Gephart, Matthew N. Songer, Ernest N. Corrao, Phillip J. Berman
  • Patent number: 10080670
    Abstract: Instruments, kits, and methods are disclosed for installing an implant spacer through an incision and down a surgical corridor. The instruments also serve to align a drill guide and align and insert a spacer stabilizer for stabilization of adjacent bone portions. The instrument comprises an elongated guide bar body, an inserter face at a distal end of said guide bar body for abutting an instrument attachment portion of a spacer, a connection tip portion for securing a spacer against an inserter face, and a guide portion of said elongated guide bar body for aligning instruments with said spacer and for introducing a stabilizer to secure the spacer in a predetermined position between the bone portions. Included is a retractable graft block for securing graft material within an aperture of said spacer during insertion of the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: J.M. LONGYEAR MANUFACTURING LLC
    Inventors: Jason Sandstrom, Fran Korhonen, Matthew N. Songer
  • Publication number: 20170319245
    Abstract: A multi-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure and associated instruments are disclosed. First, the surgical site is prepared. After preparation, the bone screws or anchors are attached to the bone. Subsequent to insertion of the screws, a rod or connecting member is positioned within the yoke portion of the bone screw. Caps are then placed in a pre-lock position within the yokes. The bone screws may be compressed together or distracted along the rod or connecting member, thereby setting the final spacing of the bones or bone segments. Finally the caps are moved to a final lock position to fix the screws to the rod or connecting member to maintain the bones in position relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew P. Gephart, Matthew N. Songer, Ernest N. Corrao, Phillip J. Berman
  • Patent number: 9730738
    Abstract: A multi-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure and associated instruments are disclosed. First, the surgical site is prepared. After preparation, the bone screws or anchors are attached to the bone. Subsequent to insertion of the screws, a rod or connecting member is positioned within the yoke portion of the bone screw. Caps are then placed in a pre-lock position within the yokes. The bone screws may be compressed together or distracted along the rod or connecting member, thereby setting the final spacing of the bones or bone segments. Finally the caps are moved to a final lock position to fix the screws to the rod or connecting member to maintain the bones in position relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Gephart, Matthew N. Songer, Ernest N. Corrao, Phillip J. Berman
  • Publication number: 20170143513
    Abstract: Instruments, kits, and methods are disclosed for installing an implant spacer through an incision and down a surgical corridor. The instruments also serve to align a drill guide and align and insert a spacer stabilizer for stabilization of adjacent bone portions. The instrument comprises an elongated guide bar body, an inserter face at a distal end of said guide bar body for abutting an instrument attachment portion of a spacer, a connection tip portion for securing a spacer against an inserter face, and a guide portion of said elongated guide bar body for aligning instruments with said spacer and for introducing a stabilizer to secure the spacer in a predetermined position between the bone portions. Included is a retractable graft block for securing graft material within an aperture of said spacer during insertion of the spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Jason Sandstrom, Fran Korhonen, Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 9592131
    Abstract: Instruments, kits, and methods are disclosed for installing an implant spacer through an incision and down a surgical corridor. The instruments also serve to align a drill guide and align and insert a spacer stabilizer for stabilization of adjacent bone portions. The instrument comprises an elongated guide bar body, an inserter face at a distal end of said guide bar body for abutting an instrument attachment portion of a spacer, a connection tip portion for securing a spacer against an inserter face, and a guide portion of said elongated guide bar body for aligning instruments with said spacer and for introducing a stabilizer to secure the spacer in a predetermined position between the bone portions. Included is a retractable graft block for securing graft material within an aperture of said spacer during insertion of the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Jason Sandstrom, Fran Korhonen, Matthew N Songer
  • Patent number: 9522026
    Abstract: A surgical cable system having a length of cable and a locking body on which a first cable end is operatively located. The locking body defines a receiver for a first portion of the cable with the cable formed into a first loop that resides generally in a first plane. A locking structure on the locking body cooperates with the first portion of the cable to maintain the first loop in a tensioned state. The locking structure has an actuator that is operable to change the state of the locking structure. The locking structure is changeable from a released state into a locked state as an incident of one of: a) moving at least a part of the actuator along and/or around an axis that is generally parallel to the first plane; and b) moving a part of the cable length along a first line that is generally parallel to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 9486324
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stabilizing first and second adjacent bone portions. The method includes the steps of: providing a spacer; providing a stabilizer, with the spacer and stabilizer configured to be movable guidingly, one relative to the other, between a pre-assembly relationship and an operative relationship; and placing the spacer and stabilizer into an operative relationship with the first and second adjacent bone portions. As an incident of the spacer and stabilizer being changed from their pre-assembly relationship into the operative relationship with each other and the first and second bone portions, the spacer, stabilizer and first bone portion cooperate to cause the first bone portion and spacer to be urged towards each other. The method may be carried out by moving the stabilizer and spacer, and all auxiliary parts and handling and assembling instruments, substantially in a single plane along one line or parallel lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Frontier Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 9351852
    Abstract: An artificial disc device for replacing a damaged nucleus is disclosed. In one form, the device may be inserted in components such that the device may be assembled within and retained by the natural annulus therein. In another form, the device may be inserted into the natural annulus in a collapsed or compressed state or arrangement and then be expanded within and retained by the annulus therein. In a further form, the device may be provided with a releasable connection so that the device may be connected in an insertion configuration and may be released in an operable configuration. Insertion tools and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Qi-Bin Boa, Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Matthew N. Songer, Hansen A. Yuan, Thomas S. Kilpela, Gregory Berrevoets
  • Publication number: 20150245856
    Abstract: A multi-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure and associated instruments are disclosed. First, the surgical site is prepared. After preparation, the bone screws or anchors are attached to the bone. Subsequent to insertion of the screws, a rod or connecting member is positioned within the yoke portion of the bone screw. Caps are then placed in a pre-lock position within the yokes. The bone screws may be compressed together or distracted along the rod or connecting member, thereby setting the final spacing of the bones or bone segments. Finally the caps are moved to a final lock position to fix the screws to the rod or connecting member to maintain the bones in position relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew P. Gephart, Matthew N. Songer, Ernest N. Corrao, Phillip J. Berman
  • Patent number: 9033988
    Abstract: A multi-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure and associated instruments are disclosed. First, the surgical site is prepared. After preparation, the bone screws or anchors are attached to the bone. Subsequent to insertion of the screws, a rod or connecting member is positioned within the yoke portion of the bone screw. Caps are then placed in a pre-lock position within the yokes. The bone screws may be compressed together or distracted along the rod or connecting member, thereby setting the final spacing of the bones or bone segments. Finally the caps are moved to a final lock position to fix the screws to the rod or connecting member to maintain the bones in position relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Gephart, Matthew N. Songer, Ernest N. Corrao, Phillip J. Berman
  • Publication number: 20140364917
    Abstract: Instruments, kits, and methods are disclosed for installing an implant spacer through an incision and down a surgical corridor. The instruments also serve to align a drill guide and align and insert a spacer stabilizer for stabilization of adjacent bone portions. The instrument comprises an elongated guide bar body, an inserter face at a distal end of said guide bar body for abutting an instrument attachment portion of a spacer, a connection tip portion for securing a spacer against an inserter face, and a guide portion of said elongated guide bar body for aligning instruments with said spacer and for introducing a stabilizer to secure the spacer in a predetermined position between the bone portions. Included is a retractable graft block for securing graft material within an aperture of said spacer during insertion of the spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Frontier Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Sandstrom, Fran Korhonen, Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 8777999
    Abstract: A plate system for controlling relative positions of adjacent bone portions. The plate system has a plate with first and second spaced through bores, an insert consisting of first and second insert pieces in the first bore, and a first fastener. The first plate bore, first and second insert pieces, and first fastener are configured so that advancing of the first fastener into the first bore and one of the adjacent bone portions causes the first fastener to be fixed in a selected one of a plurality of different potential angular orientations for the first fastener. The system further has a second fastener for direction through the second bore and into the other of the adjacent bone portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 8758409
    Abstract: A spinal stabilization system includes a first engagement member and a support structure. The first engagement member is adapted to be disposed between a first vertebra and a second vertebra. The engagement member generally includes a seating surface for accommodating at least a portion of a laminar region of the first vertebra. The support structure engages a portion of the second vertebra. The structural cooperation of the first engagement member and the support structure is such that the engagement member restricts reduction of the intervertebral spacing between the first and second vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen H. Hochschuler, Brian P. Janowski, Thomas S. Kilpela, Matthew N. Songer, Qi-bin Bao
  • Publication number: 20140114360
    Abstract: A multi-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure and associated instruments are disclosed. First, the surgical site is prepared. After preparation, the bone screws or anchors are attached to the bone. Subsequent to insertion of the screws, a rod or connecting member is positioned within the yoke portion of the bone screw. Caps are then placed in a pre-lock position within the yokes. The bone screws may be compressed together or distracted along the rod or connecting member, thereby setting the final spacing of the bones or bone segments. Finally the caps are moved to a final lock position to fix the screws to the rod or connecting member to maintain the bones in position relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Gephart, Matthew N. Songer, Ernest N. Corrao, Phillip J. Berman
  • Patent number: 8641719
    Abstract: A multi-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure and associated instruments are disclosed. First, the surgical site is prepared. After preparation, the bone screws or anchors are attached to the bone. Subsequent to insertion of the screws, a rod or connecting member is positioned within the yoke portion of the bone screw. Caps are then placed in a pre-lock position within the yokes. The bone screws may be compressed together or distracted along the rod or connecting member, thereby setting the final spacing of the bones or bone segments. Finally the caps are moved to a final lock position to fix the screws to the rod or connecting member to maintain the bones in position relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Gephart, Matthew N. Songer, Ernest N. Corrao, Phillip J. Berman
  • Patent number: 8623060
    Abstract: A small cannulated bone screw is provided having an optimized combination of strength, cannula size and thread depth. A set of such strong and small size screws is also provided where the smallest sizes can have one performance ratio emphasized over another, and the larger sizes can have the emphasis reversed. In particular, the smallest screws optimize the combination of their strength and cannula size with the larger screws optimizing the combination of their strength and thread depth. In any event, each of the screws in the set has an optimized combination of strength, cannula size and thread depth throughout the full range of screw sizes in the set, e.g. 3.0 mm to 7.5 mm major diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Vlahos, Matthew N. Songer, Kenneth Davenport
  • Patent number: 8388684
    Abstract: An artificial disc device for replacing a damaged nucleus is disclosed. In one form, the device may be inserted in components such that the device may be assembled within and retained by the natural annulus therein. In another form, the device may be inserted into the natural annulus in a collapsed or compressed state or arrangement and then be expanded within and retained by the annulus therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Pioneer Signal Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Qi-Bin Bao, Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Matthew N. Songer, Hansen Yuan, Thomas S. Kilpela, Gregory Berrevoets
  • Publication number: 20120310287
    Abstract: An artificial disc device for replacing a damaged nucleus is disclosed. In one form, the device may be inserted in components such that the device may be assembled within and retained by the natural annulus therein. In another form, the device may be inserted into the natural annulus in a collapsed or compressed state or arrangement and then be expanded within and retained by the annulus therein. In a further form, the device may be provided with a releasable connection so that the device may be connected in an insertion configuration and may be released in an operable configuration. Insertion tools and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Qi-Bin Bao, Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Brian Patrick Janowski, Matthew N. Songer, Hansen A. Yuan, Thomas S. Kilpela, Gregory Berrevoets