Patents by Inventor Richard Techiera

Richard Techiera 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: 20160089193
    Abstract: A method of compacting and stabilizing bone in the spine using an expandable screw and bone filler. The method comprises placing an expanding screw through a pedicle and into a fractured vertebral body using established techniques; and expanding the screw within the body to create a cavity by tamping bone around the expanded aspect of the screw. The screw can be expanded and rotated about its rotational-axis to tamp bone adjacent to the expanded screw. After compaction, the screw is removed and the cavity is filled with bone filler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Applicant: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Fisher, Richard Techiera, Douglas Hester
  • Patent number: 9211153
    Abstract: A method of compacting and stabilizing bone in the spine using an expandable screw and bone filler. The method includes placing an expanding screw through a pedicle and into a fractured vertebral body using established techniques; and expanding the screw within the body to create a cavity by tamping bone around the expanded aspect of the screw. The screw can be expanded and rotated about its rotational-axis to tamp bone adjacent to the expanded screw. After compaction, the screw is removed and the cavity is filled with bone filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Fisher, Richard Techiera, Douglas Hester
  • Patent number: 8579912
    Abstract: A device and method for defining a trajectory for instruments in a sacroiliac joint fusion procedure employs a handle and two movable guidance arms that are separated by an adjustable distance. The first guidance arm has a substantially straight pronged distal end terminating in a first prong, a second prong and a space between the first prong and second prong defining a first point in a straight trajectory for inserting screws into a sacroiliac joint. The guidance arm forms a receiving bore on a distal end thereof to define a second point in the trajectory. The pronged distal end is inserted through a posterior incision in the patient into a cored-out sacroiliac joint, with the second guidance arm outside the body, and the orientation of the alignment guide is adjusted by pivoting the alignment guide about the pronged distal end to determine a suitable trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Eduardo Isaza, Bryan S. Jones, Katherine H. Herard, Richard Techiera
  • Publication number: 20120172934
    Abstract: A method of compacting and stabilizing bone in the spine using an expandable screw and bone filler. The method comprises placing an expanding screw through a pedicle and into a fractured vertebral body using established techniques; and expanding the screw within the body to create a cavity by tamping bone around the expanded aspect of the screw. The screw can be expanded and rotated about its rotational-axis to tamp bone adjacent to the expanded screw. After compaction, the screw is removed and the cavity is filled with bone filler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Michael A. Fisher, Richard Techiera, Douglas Hester
  • Patent number: 7942908
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an adjustable length surgical implant is provided, wherein the surgical implant is readily adjustable by a surgeon using a surgical tool sized for use with the surgical implant. Adjustment of the surgical implant further requires a small incision through the skin prior to the adjustment of the length of the implant, such that the potential for infection is greatly reduces and the associated trauma of surgery is lessened for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Sacher, Christopher Ramsay, Richard Techiera
  • Patent number: 7927357
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an adjustable length surgical implant is provided, wherein the surgical implant is readily adjustable by a surgeon using a surgical tool sized for use with the surgical implant. Adjustment of the surgical implant further requires a small incision through the skin prior to the adjustment of the length of the implant, such that the potential for infection is greatly reduces and the associated trauma of surgery is lessened for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Sacher, Christopher Ramsay, Richard Techiera
  • Publication number: 20100010496
    Abstract: A device and method for defining a trajectory for instruments in a sacroiliac joint fusion procedure employs a handle and two movable guidance arms that are separated by an adjustable distance. The first guidance arm has a substantially straight pronged distal end terminating in a first prong, a second prong and a space between the first prong and second prong defining a first point in a straight trajectory for inserting screws into a sacroiliac joint. The guidance arm forms a receiving bore on a distal end thereof to define a second point in the trajectory. The pronged distal end is inserted through a posterior incision in the patient into a cored-out sacroiliac joint, with the second guidance arm outside the body, and the orientation of the alignment guide is adjusted by pivoting the alignment guide about the pronged distal end to determine a suitable trajectory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge Eduardo Isaza, Bryan S. Jones, Katherine H. Herard, Richard Techiera
  • Publication number: 20070270879
    Abstract: A device and method for defining a trajectory for instruments in a sacroiliac joint fusion procedure employs a handle and two movable guidance arms that are separated by an adjustable distance. The first guidance arm has a substantially straight pronged distal end terminating in a first prong, a second prong and a space between the first prong and second prong defining a first point in a straight trajectory for inserting screws into a sacroiliac joint. The guidance arm forms a receiving bore on a distal end thereof to define a second point in the trajectory. The pronged distal end is inserted through a posterior incision in the patient into a cored-out sacroiliac joint, with the second guidance arm outside the body, and the orientation of the alignment guide is adjusted by pivoting the alignment guide about the pronged distal end to determine a suitable trajectory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Applicant: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge Isaza, Bryan Jones, Katherine Herard, Richard Techiera
  • Publication number: 20060195088
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an adjustable length surgical implant is provided, wherein the surgical implant is readily adjustable by a surgeon using a surgical tool sized for use with the surgical implant. Adjustment of the surgical implant further requires a small incision through the skin prior to the adjustment of the length of the implant, such that the potential for infection is greatly reduces and the associated trauma of surgery is lessened for the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Publication date: August 31, 2006
    Inventors: Ronald Sacher, Christopher Ramsay, Richard Techiera
  • Publication number: 20060195087
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an adjustable length surgical implant is provided, wherein the surgical implant is readily adjustable by a surgeon using a surgical tool sized for use with the surgical implant. Adjustment of the surgical implant further requires a small incision through the skin prior to the adjustment of the length of the implant, such that the potential for infection is greatly reduces and the associated trauma of surgery is lessened for the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Publication date: August 31, 2006
    Inventors: Ronald Sacher, Christopher Ramsay, Richard Techiera
  • Publication number: 20050131420
    Abstract: A medical inserter tool is provided for introducing medical implants into a surgical site, preferably using minimally invasive techniques. The inserter tool can have a variety of configurations, but in general, the inserter tool should be effective to engage and manipulate the implant into two or more positions. In an exemplary embodiment, the tool includes an elongate shaft having proximal and distal ends and defining a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, and a pivoting element that is coupled to the distal end of the shaft and that is adapted to engage a spinal implant. In use, the pivoting element is movable between first and second positions to allow an implant to be introduced through a percutaneous access device in a lengthwise orientation, and to be manipulated subcutaneously to be positioned in a desired orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Publication date: June 16, 2005
    Inventors: Richard Techiera, Sean Selover
  • Publication number: 20050131419
    Abstract: A medical inserter tool is provided for introducing medical implants into a surgical site, preferably using minimally invasive techniques. The inserter tool can have a variety of configurations, but in general, the inserter tool should be effective to engage and manipulate the implant into two or more positions. In an exemplary embodiment, the tool includes an elongate shaft having proximal and distal ends and defining a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, and a pivoting element that is coupled to the distal end of the shaft and that is adapted to engage a spinal implant. In use, the pivoting element is movable between first and second positions to allow an implant to be introduced through a percutaneous access device in a lengthwise orientation, and to be manipulated subcutaneously to be positioned in a desired orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Publication date: June 16, 2005
    Inventors: David McCord, Richard Techiera, Sean Selover
  • Publication number: 20050085913
    Abstract: Spinal fixation plates for maintaining adjacent vertebrae in and fixed position are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, the plate includes opposed superior and inferior portions that are angled in a direction anterior to an anterior face of a mid-portion of the plate. The plate also includes a curvature formed therein about a longitudinal axis in a sagittal plane thereof. In use, when the plate is attached to adjacent vertebrae, the angle of the superior and inferior portions and the curvature in the plate are effective to position one or more thru-bores formed in the superior and inferior portions at the anterior rims of the adjacent vertebrae. In another embodiment, a spinal fixation plate is provided that is adapted to engage and mate to a fusion cage or other vertebral implant disposed between adjacent vertebra. The present invention also provides spinal fixation kits or assemblies, and methods for implanting the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Inventors: Robert Fraser, John Malone, Hassan Serhan, Richard Techiera
  • Patent number: 5676668
    Abstract: An improved femoral locating device and system is provided including an angularly adjustable locking alignment portion for appropriately aligning the posterior end of the locator. Another feature of the system provides a cutting block moveable from distal to proximal or proximal to distal to alter the thickness of the cut and holding it securely once the thickness of the cut is determined. Finally, another feature of the system includes the ability to raise and lower the cutting block without changing the valgus angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Professional, Inc.
    Inventors: Diana McCue, Richard Techiera, Gary P. Trottier, Donald Marcoccio, David L. LaSalle