Patents by Inventor Paul A. Torrie

Paul A. Torrie 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: 9492160
    Abstract: A method of closing a tissue wound includes providing a wound closure device having a first anchor, a second anchor, and a flexible member movably attached to the second anchor, positioning the first anchor against tissue, passing the flexible member across the wound, positioning the second anchor against tissue, and pulling on a free end of the flexible member to shorten a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors, thereby closing the wound. A wound closure device includes a first anchor, a second anchor; and a flexible member connecting the first anchor to the second anchor, the flexible member being movably attached to the second anchor, such that pulling on a free end of the flexible member shortens a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Torrie, George Sikora, Raymond A. Bojarski, Steven W. Ek
  • Publication number: 20160143651
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, an instrument guide includes an elongate guide body extending between a proximal end and a distal end, wherein a portion of the guide body extending proximally from the distal end is generally arcuate. The instrument guide further includes a rigid tip extending generally linearly from the distal end of the guide body. The rigid guide further includes a cannulation formed in the guide body and extending continuously from the proximal end of the guide body to a distal terminus of the tip. The cannulation can be approximately uniform in diameter. The instrument guide further includes a cut-out region, different from the guide body cannulation, extending along at least a portion of an inner radial surface of the arcuate body portion and intersecting the guide body cannulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Timothy Young, Amanda Simard, Richard M. Lunn, John Slusarz, Paul A. Torrie
  • Patent number: 9265601
    Abstract: Sheaths for implantable fixation devices are disclosed. Sheaths have a flexible body with a perforated wall, an open end, a closed end, and a body interior sized and shaped to receive the fixation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Raymond A. Bojarski, Paul A. Torrie, Frazer Harvie, Steven W. Ek
  • Publication number: 20140350599
    Abstract: A method of closing a tissue wound includes providing a wound closure device having a first anchor, a second anchor, and a flexible member movably attached to the second anchor, positioning the first anchor against tissue, passing the flexible member across the wound, positioning the second anchor against tissue, and pulling on a free end of the flexible member to shorten a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors, thereby closing the wound. A wound closure device includes a first anchor, a second anchor; and a flexible member connecting the first anchor to the second anchor, the flexible member being movably attached to the second anchor, such that pulling on a free end of the flexible member shortens a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Paul A. Torrie, George Sikora, Raymond A. Bojarski, Steven W. Ek
  • Patent number: 8834524
    Abstract: A method of closing a tissue wound includes providing a wound closure device having a first anchor, a second anchor, and a flexible member movably attached to the second anchor, positioning the first anchor against tissue, passing the flexible member across the wound, positioning the second anchor against tissue, and pulling on a free end of the flexible member to shorten a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors, thereby closing the wound. A wound closure device includes a first anchor, a second anchor; and a flexible member connecting the first anchor to the second anchor, the flexible member being movably attached to the second anchor, such that pulling on a free end of the flexible member shortens a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Torrie, George Sikora, Raymond A. Borjarski, Steven W. Ek
  • Publication number: 20140194938
    Abstract: Sheaths for implantable fixation devices are disclosed. Sheaths have a flexible body with a perforated wall, an open end, a closed end, and a body interior sized and shaped to receive the fixation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Raymond A. Bojarski, Paul A. Torrie, Frazer Harvie, Steven W. Ek
  • Publication number: 20130310874
    Abstract: A method of closing a tissue wound includes providing a wound closure device having a first anchor, a second anchor, and a flexible member movably attached to the second anchor, positioning the first anchor against tissue, passing the flexible member across the wound, positioning the second anchor against tissue, and pulling on a free end of the flexible member to shorten a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors, thereby closing the wound. A wound closure device includes a first anchor, a second anchor; and a flexible member connecting the first anchor to the second anchor, the flexible member being movably attached to the second anchor, such that pulling on a free end of the flexible member shortens a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Paul A. Torrie, George Sikora, Raymond A. Bojarski, Steven W. Ek
  • Patent number: 8512375
    Abstract: A method of closing a tissue wound includes providing a wound closure device having a first anchor, a second anchor, and a flexible member movably attached to the second anchor, positioning the first anchor against tissue, passing the flexible member across the wound, positioning the second anchor against tissue, and pulling on a free end of the flexible member to shorten a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors, thereby closing the wound. A wound closure device includes a first anchor, a second anchor; and a flexible member connecting the first anchor to the second anchor, the flexible member being movably attached to the second anchor, such that pulling on a free end of the flexible member shortens a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Torrie, George Sikora, Raymond A. Bojarski, Steven W. Ek
  • Patent number: 7559940
    Abstract: A surgical punch including an upper jaw and lower jaw that are coupled at their proximal ends. The jaws have cutting edges at their distal end configured to cut in a direction from the distal ends of the jaws towards the proximal ends of the jaws. The center of rotation of the cutting trajectory can be located above the initial cutting point of the lower jaw. The upper jaw can include a reversed slope leading edge. The jaws can be slidably coupled to each other. The coupling member can include a pin and slot to couple the movable jaw to an actuating rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. McGuire, Paul A. Torrie
  • Publication number: 20080109079
    Abstract: Sheaths for implantable fixation devices and methods of using the sheaths are disclosed. Sheaths have a flexible body with a perforated wall, and an interior of the body is sized and shaped to receive the fixation device. Sheaths include a plurality of flexible or inflexible tubes arranged to form a ring, where the central cavity defined by the ring is sized and shaped to receive the fixation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray BOJARSKI, Paul Torrie, Fraser Harvie, Steven Ek
  • Publication number: 20080058723
    Abstract: A medical assembly includes a cannula and a scaling cap releasably coupled to the cannula. The cap includes a body and a sealing member integrally molded with the body to form a fluid-tight seal between the cap and cannula. The cap includes a member defining an opening for passage of a medical instrument therethrough in a fluid-tight manner. The member includes a first portion surrounding the opening and being thickened to limit tearing of the first portion, and a second portion surrounding the first portion being tapered down in thickness toward the first portion to increase flexibility of the member. The assembly includes a shaft receivable in a lumen defined by an inner surface of the cannula. The shaft includes a protrusion and the inner surface further defines a protrusion receiving formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: John Lipchitz, Justin Dye, Rod Berube, Paul Torrie
  • Publication number: 20080027445
    Abstract: A sheath for organizing soft tissue includes a first tube having a flexible body sized and shaped to receive a fixation device, and a second tube coupled to the first tube having a flexible body sized and shaped to receive a soft tissue graft. A method for implanting soft tissue in a bone tunnel includes coupling a soft tissue graft to a sheath assembly; and positioning the sheath assembly relative to the soft tissue graft based on a measured depth of a bone tunnel. A set of surgical devices for implanting soft tissue grafts in a bone tunnel includes a sheath assembly, a measurement device for measuring the depth of the bone tunnel, a securing element configured to secure the sheath assembly to the soft tissue graft at a position determined by the measured bone tunnel depth, and a tensioning device configured to organize a plurality of soft tissue grafts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles BROWN, Bernard Bourque, Rebecca Blough, Michael Ferragamo, Raymond Bojarski, Paul Torrie, Ben Graf, Fraser Harvie, Steve Ek
  • Publication number: 20070270870
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a microfracture pick having a shaft and a handle. The shift has a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the distal end includes an angled tip. The handle has a body with a first end portion, a second end portion, and an impact surface located therebetween. The handle is operatively coupled to the proximal end of the shaft at the first end portion. Methods of microfracture are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Paul Torrie, Marc Philippon
  • Publication number: 20070265635
    Abstract: A hip distractor includes a pair of distractor members and a support configured to be fastened to a surgical table. The support includes at least two mounts for coupling to a pair of joints that couple the distractor members to the support. Another hip distractor includes a pair of distractor assemblies that are configured to apply a distraction load to a patient. Each of the assemblies includes a joint for coupling the corresponding assembly to a surgical table. The joint permits vertical and horizontal angular adjustment of the corresponding assembly. A method of distracting a hip includes coupling a patient's legs to a pair of distractor assemblies and simultaneously adjusting a vertical angle and a horizontal angle of at least one of the distractor assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Applicant: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Torrie, Edward Daley, Paul Skavicus
  • Publication number: 20070161935
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a distractor assembly adapted to couple to a leg and capable of providing a distraction load on the leg in both supine and lateral positions of the leg. The assembly is coupled to a surgical table by a ball joint or a universal joint. A method includes coupling a leg to a distractor assembly, positioning the leg in one of a distraction mode and a femoral acetabular impingement mode, and repositioning the leg in the other of the modes without the need for accessing a draped pelvis/thigh region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Inventors: Paul Torrie, Edward Daley, Paul Skavicus
  • Patent number: 7153312
    Abstract: A surgical method includes positioning a fixation member relative to tissue, moving a flexible member coupled to the fixation member relative to the fixation member to bring two tissue surfaces together, and moving a retaining element coupled to the flexible member relative to the fixation member. The retaining element acts to limit loosening of the flexible member relative to the fixation member. An apparatus for repairing a tear in soft tissue includes first and second fixation members, a flexible member substantially immovably secured to the first fixation member and movably coupled to the second fixation member, and a retaining element coupled to the flexible member. In another embodiment, an apparatus for repairing a tear in soft tissue includes a fixation member, and a flexible member movably coupled to the fixation member. A first end of the flexible member is looped back and secured to the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Torrie, George Sikora, Raymond A. Bojarski
  • Publication number: 20050283192
    Abstract: A method of closing a tissue wound includes providing a wound closure device having a first anchor, a second anchor, and a flexible member movably attached to the second anchor, positioning the first anchor against tissue, passing the flexible member across the wound, positioning the second anchor against tissue, and pulling on a free end of the flexible member to shorten a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors, thereby closing the wound. A wound closure device includes a first anchor, a second anchor; and a flexible member connecting the first anchor to the second anchor, the flexible member being movably attached to the second anchor, such that pulling on a free end of the flexible member shortens a length of the flexible member between the first and second anchors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Publication date: December 22, 2005
    Inventors: Paul Torrie, George Sikora, Raymond Bojarski, Steven Ek
  • Publication number: 20050209607
    Abstract: A medical assembly includes a cannula and a sealing cap releasably coupled to the cannula. The cap includes a body and a sealing member integrally molded with the body to form a fluid-tight seal between the cap and cannula. The cap includes a member defining an opening for passage of a medical instrument therethrough in a fluid-tight manner. The member includes a first portion surrounding the opening and being thickened to limit tearing of the first portion, and a second portion surrounding the first portion being tapered down in thickness toward the first portion to increase flexibility of the member. The assembly includes a shaft receivable in a lumen defined by an inner surface of the cannula. The shaft includes a protrusion and the inner surface further defines a protrusion receiving formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Inventors: John Lipchitz, Justin Dye, Rod Berube, Paul Torrie
  • Publication number: 20050033363
    Abstract: An apparatus includes first and second fixation members, a flexible member coupled to the first and second fixation members, and a limiting element coupled to the flexible member. The limiting element is movable relative to the second fixation member and acts to limit loosening of the flexible member relative to the second fixation member. The limiting element can be slidably received by the flexible member. The flexible member can be coupled to the fixation members such that pulling on a free end of the flexible member shortens a length of the flexible member between the fixation members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Publication date: February 10, 2005
    Inventors: Ray Bojarski, George Sikora, Paul Torrie, Steven Ek
  • Publication number: 20040122461
    Abstract: A surgical punch including an upper jaw and lower jaw that are coupled at their proximal ends. The jaws have cutting edges at their distal end configured to cut in a direction from the distal ends of the jaws towards the proximal ends of the jaws. The center of rotation of the cutting trajectory can be located above the initial cutting point of the lower jaw. The upper jaw can include a reversed slope leading edge. The jaws can be slidably coupled to each other. The coupling member can include a pin and slot to couple the movable jaw to an actuating rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventors: David A. McGuire, Paul A. Torrie