Patents by Inventor Moti Altarac

Moti Altarac 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: 10368923
    Abstract: A bone fixation system is provided. The bone fixation system includes a receiver coupled to a bone fastener. The receiver includes an inner bore and channel that provides a seat for an elongate fixation rod. The inner surface of the receiver includes locations for an instrument to securely grasp the receiver from the inside of the receiver without obstructing the inner bore. The instrument is provided with hooks that uniquely grasp the receiver from the inside and outside of the receiver. The instrument also includes flexible prongs configured to engage recesses formed in the outer surface of the receiver. The prongs have prong extensions that conform in shape to the recesses. The prongs and recesses have three separated perimeter surfaces each having a component perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The bone fixation system provides a strong connection between the screw and the instrument for the demands unique to spinal surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroStructures, Inc.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Joey Reglos
  • Publication number: 20190201057
    Abstract: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a U-shaped configuration for seating a spinous process therein. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the longitudinal passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, the actuator assembly contacts ramming surfaces of the arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the U-shaped portion of the arms providing sufficient distraction to open the neural foramen. An insertion instrument is provided for implanting the interspinous process spacer. The system is configured for implantation through a small percutaneous incision employing minimally invasive techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe
  • Patent number: 10278744
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for dynamically stabilizing the spine are provided. The devices include an expandable spacer having an undeployed configuration and a deployed configuration, wherein the spacer has axial and radial dimensions for positioning between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae. The systems include one or more spacers and a mechanical actuation means for delivering and deploying the spacer. The methods involve the implantation of one or more spacers within the interspinous space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe, Daniel H. Kim, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20190105082
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for dynamically stabilizing the spine are provided. The devices include an expandable spacer having an undeployed configuration and a deployed configuration, wherein the spacer has axial and radial dimensions for positioning between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae. The systems include one or more spacers and a mechanical actuation means for delivering and deploying the spacer. The methods involve the implantation of one or more spacers within the interspinous space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20190090912
    Abstract: A plurality of individual tools is provided where each tool is uniquely configured to perform a step or a portion of a step in a novel procedure associated with the implantation of a stabilizing device (e.g., an interspinous spacer) for stabilizing at least one spinal motion segment. The tools are usable individually, or more preferably as a tooling system in which the tools are collectively employed to implant an interspinous spacer, generally in a minimally invasive manner. For example, each of the tools is arranged with coordinated markings and/or other features to ensure consistent depths of insertion, proper orientation of the tools with respect to each other or an anatomical feature of the patient, and precise delivery of the spacer to maintain safe positioning throughout the implantation procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Robert Gutierrez, Shawn Tebbe, Daniel H. Kim, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20190090913
    Abstract: A plurality of individual tools is provided where each tool is uniquely configured to perform a step or a portion of a step in a novel procedure associated with the implantation of a stabilizing device (e.g., an interspinous spacer) for stabilizing at least one spinal motion segment. The tools are usable individually, or more preferably as a tooling system in which the tools are collectively employed to implant an interspinous spacer, generally in a minimally invasive manner. For example, each of the tools is arranged with coordinated markings and/or other features to ensure consistent depths of insertion, proper orientation of the tools with respect to each other or an anatomical feature of the patient, and precise delivery of the spacer to maintain safe positioning throughout the implantation procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Robert Gutierrez, Shawn Tebbe, Daniel H. Kim, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20190069933
    Abstract: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal axis and passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a U-shaped configuration for seating a spinous process therein. Each arm has a proximal caming surface and is capable of rotation with respect to the body. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, a threaded shaft of the actuator assembly contacts the caming surfaces of arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the U-shaped portion of the arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe, Joey Camia Reglos, Yang Cheng, Murali P. Kadaba, Daniel H. Kim
  • Patent number: 10166047
    Abstract: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a U-shaped configuration for seating a spinous process therein. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the longitudinal passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, the actuator assembly contacts camming surfaces of the arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the U-shaped portion of the arms providing sufficient distraction to open the neural foramen. An insertion instrument is provided for implanting the interspinous process spacer. The system is configured for implantation through a small percutaneous incision employing minimally invasive techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: VertiFlex, Inc.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe
  • Publication number: 20180318099
    Abstract: An interbody spacer for the spine is provided. The interbody spacer includes a cage and at least one bone screw configured to anchor the cage between two vertebrae of the spine. The cage includes a lock rotationally movable with respect to the cage between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration. When in an unlocked configuration, bone screws may be inserted and removed from the cage. When in a locked configuration, the insertion and removal pathway of the bone screw is blocked by the lock, thereby, providing backout protection for the bone screws. The lock is coupled to the cage by a pronged retainer and includes a camming surface to provide for incremental rotation of the lock. The lock includes a space-saving shape providing for maximum bone screw angulation on a laterally smaller anterior platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Joey Reglos, Babak Barcohana
  • Publication number: 20180318100
    Abstract: An interbody spacer for the spine is provided. The interbody spacer includes a cage and at least one bone screw configured to anchor the cage between two vertebrae of the spine. The cage includes a lock rotationally movable with respect to the cage between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration. When in an unlocked configuration, bone screws may be inserted and removed from the cage. When in a locked configuration, the insertion and removal pathway of the bone screw is blocked by the lock, thereby, providing backout protection for the bone screws. The lock is coupled to the cage by a retaining ring. The lock assembly also includes a timing lock to provide for incremental rotation of the lock. The lock includes a space-saving shape providing for maximum bone screw angulation on a laterally smaller anterior platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Joey Reglos, Babak Barcohana
  • Publication number: 20180310966
    Abstract: An anterior cervical plate system is provided. The plate is configured to receive bone screws for attachment to and immobilization of adjacent vertebrae of the spine. The system includes a lock configured to prevent the bone screws from backing out of the plate. The lock includes at least one blocking surface that is movable between a blocked configuration preventing the bone screw from backing out and an unblocked configuration allowing passage of the bone screw. The lock achieves a blocked position in a rotation of less than 90 degrees while maintaining or increasing a low-profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Joey Reglos
  • Patent number: 10080587
    Abstract: A plurality of individual tools is provided where each tool is uniquely configured to perform a step or a portion of a step in a novel procedure associated with the implantation of a stabilizing device (e.g., an interspinous spacer) for stabilizing at least one spinal motion segment. The tools are usable individually, or more preferably as a tooling system in which the tools are collectively employed to implant an interspinous spacer, generally in a minimally invasive manner. For example, each of the tools is arranged with coordinated markings and/or other features to ensure consistent depths of insertion, proper orientation of the tools with respect to each other or an anatomical feature of the patient, and precise delivery of the spacer to maintain safe positioning throughout the implantation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: VertiFlex, Inc.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Robert Gutierrez, Shawn Tebbe, Daniel H. Kim, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10058358
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for dynamically stabilizing the spine are provided. The devices include an expandable spacer having an undeployed configuration and a deployed configuration, wherein the spacer has axial and radial dimensions for positioning between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae. The systems include one or more spacers and a mechanical actuation means for delivering and deploying the spacer. The methods involve the implantation of one or more spacers within the interspinous space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20180228519
    Abstract: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes is provided. The spacer includes a body and a wing rotatably connected to the body. The wing includes two U-shaped configurations that together define a substantially H-shaped configuration for retaining the spacer between adjacent spinous processes. An actuator assembly is connected to the body and to the wing with the proximal end of the spacer being connectable to a removable driver that is configured to engage the actuator assembly. While connected to the spacer, the driver is rotatable in one direction to deploy the wing from an undeployed to a deployed configuration and in an opposite direction to undeploy the wing. In the deployed configuration, the spacer acts as a space holder opening up the area of the spinal canal, maintaining foraminal height, reducing stress on the facet joints and relieving pain for the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe, Joey Camia Reglos, Yang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10016224
    Abstract: An anterior cervical plate system is provided. The plate is configured to receive bone screws for attachment to and immobilization of adjacent vertebrae of the spine. The system includes a lock configured to prevent the bone screws from backing out of the plate. The lock includes at least one blocking surface that is movable between a blocked configuration preventing the bone screw from backing out and an unblocked configuration allowing passage of the bone screw. The lock achieves a blocked position in a rotation of less than 90 degrees while maintaining or increasing a low-profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: NeuroStructures, Inc.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Joey Reglos
  • Publication number: 20180185071
    Abstract: An anterior cervical plate system is provided. The cervical plate includes a retention ring with a deflectable flange that is upwardly spaced from the top surface of the ring and configured to prevent an inserted bone fastener from backing out of the plate. The plate includes a locking pin having a camming surface and a blocking surface. When the camming surface is moved into position adjacent to the flange, the flange is free to flex out of the way of a bone screw being inserted into or removed from the plate. When the blocking surface is positioned adjacent to the flange, outward deflection of the flange is prevented to retain the bone screw inside the plate. The locking pin is rotated through a camming surface to bring a blocking surface against the flange deflecting the flange onto the head of the bone screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Joey Reglos, John Fredrick Stephani
  • Patent number: 9956011
    Abstract: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal axis and passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a U-shaped configuration for seating a spinous process therein. Each arm has a proximal caming surface and is capable of rotation with respect to the body. An actuator assembly is disposed inside the passageway and connected to the body. When advanced, a threaded shaft of the actuator assembly contacts the caming surfaces of arms to rotate them from an undeployed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the distracted adjacent spinous processes are seated in the U-shaped portion of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: VertiFlex, Inc.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe, Joey Camia Reglos, Yang Cheng, Murali P. Kadaba, Daniel H. Kim
  • Publication number: 20180103989
    Abstract: An anterior cervical plate system is provided. The plate is configured to receive bone screws for attachment to and immobilization of adjacent vertebrae of the spine. The system includes a lock configured to prevent the bone screws from backing out of the plate. The lock includes at least one blocking surface that is movable between a blocked configuration preventing the bone screw from backing out and an unblocked configuration allowing passage of the bone screw. The lock achieves a blocked position in a rotation of less than 90 degrees while maintaining or increasing a low-profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Joey Reglos
  • Patent number: 9918749
    Abstract: An anterior cervical plate system is provided. The cervical plate includes a retention ring with a deflectable flange that is upwardly spaced from the top surface of the ring and configured to prevent an inserted bone fastener from backing out of the plate. The plate includes a locking pin having a camming surface and a blocking surface. When the camming surface is moved into position adjacent to the flange, the flange is free to flex out of the way of a bone screw being inserted into or removed from the plate. When the blocking surface is positioned adjacent to the flange, outward deflection of the flange is prevented to retain the bone screw inside the plate. The locking pin is rotated through a camming surface to bring a blocking surface against the flange deflecting the flange onto the head of the bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Joey Reglos, John Fredrick Stephani
  • Patent number: 9861398
    Abstract: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes is provided. The spacer includes a body and a wing rotatably connected to the body. The wing includes two U-shaped configurations that together define a substantially H-shaped configuration for retaining the spacer between adjacent spinous processes. An actuator assembly is connected to the body and to the wing with the proximal end of the spacer being connectable to a removable driver that is configured to engage the actuator assembly. While connected to the spacer, the driver is rotatable in one direction to deploy the wing from an undeployed to a deployed configuration and in an opposite direction to undeploy the wing. In the deployed configuration, the spacer acts as a space holder opening up the area of the spinal canal, maintaining foraminal height, reducing stress on the facet joints and relieving pain for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: VertiFlex, Inc.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe, Joey Camia Reglos, Yang Cheng