Patents by Inventor Robert M. Scribner

Robert M. Scribner 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: 9872776
    Abstract: Prostheses, systems, and methods are provided for replacement of natural facet joints between adjacent vertebrae using polyaxial attachment mechanisms for securing the prostheses to the vertebrae. A cephalad prosthesis attached to a superior adjacent vertebra replaces the inferior half of a natural facet joint. A caudal prosthesis attached to an inferior adjacent vertebra replaces the superior half of a natural facet joint. Both the cephalad and caudal prostheses are configured with artificial facet joint structures that include articulating surfaces that cooperate and form an artificial articular configuration. The polyaxial attachment mechanism permits adjustment of the position of the artificial facet joint structure along more than one axis at or after the time the cephalad or caudal prosthesis is attached to a vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A Reiley, David T. Stinson, Robert M. Scribner, Leonard J. Tokish
  • Patent number: 9326806
    Abstract: A device for treating vertebral bone including a releasably closed, removable filling member which can be placed within a plane separating superior and inferior portions of a vertebral body and oriented to promote its stabilization and realignment upon expansion of the filling member along the plane via injection of filler material, while minimally compacting bone or creating unsupported voids within the interior of the vertebral body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Crosstrees Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwan Ku Lin, Philip S. Yuan, Robert M. Scribner
  • Publication number: 20150238323
    Abstract: Prostheses, systems, and methods are provided for replacement of natural facet joints between adjacent vertebrae using polyaxial attachment mechanisms for securing the prostheses to the vertebrae. A cephalad prosthesis attached to a superior adjacent vertebra replaces the inferior half of a natural facet joint. A caudal prosthesis attached to an inferior adjacent vertebra replaces the superior half of a natural facet joint. Both the cephalad and caudal prostheses are configured with artificial facet joint structures that include articulating surfaces that cooperate and form an artificial articular configuration. The polyaxial attachment mechanism permits adjustment of the position of the artificial facet joint structure along more than one axis at or after the time the cephalad or caudal prosthesis is attached to a vertebra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Mark A. Reiley, David T. Stinson, Robert M. Scribner, Leonard J. Tokish
  • Patent number: 9056016
    Abstract: Prostheses, systems, and methods are provided for replacement of natural facet joints between adjacent vertebrae using polyaxial attachment mechanisms for securing the prostheses to the vertebrae. A cephalad prosthesis attached to a superior adjacent vertebra replaces the inferior half of a natural facet joint. A caudal prosthesis attached to an inferior adjacent vertebra replaces the superior half of a natural facet joint. Both the cephalad and caudal prostheses are configured with artificial facet joint structures that include articulating surfaces that cooperate and form an artificial articular configuration. The polyaxial attachment mechanism permits adjustment of the position of the artificial facet joint structure along more than one axis at or after the time the cephalad or caudal prosthesis is attached to a vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Reiley, David T. Stinson, Robert M. Scribner, Leonard J. Tokish, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140058432
    Abstract: A cavity creating device having a cavity creating axis is introduced through a percutaneous access path into a cancellous bone volume, e.g., within a vertebral body. The cavity creating device is manipulated to form a cavity in the cancellous bone volume. The manipulation includes deflecting the cavity creating device along the cavity creating axis relative to the axis of the access path. A material, such as bone cement, can be conveyed into the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: KYPHON SARL
    Inventors: Robert M. Scribner, Michael L. Rea
  • Patent number: 8523907
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra. In some embodiments, the prosthesis is attached with a non-invasive support member, such as a clamp. In other embodiments, a translaminar screw may be used for additional fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: GMEDelaware 2 LLC
    Inventors: David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones, Robert M. Scribner, Mark A. Reiley
  • Publication number: 20130197534
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body portion having a sidewall with one or more threads and defining a lumen. The apparatus includes a brace portion having a sidewall that defines a lumen that is fluidically coupled to the lumen of the body portion. The sidewall of the brace portion has one or more threads that are configured to matingly couple to the threads of the body portion. The brace portion has a contact surface configured to contact a bodily tissue of a patient when a cannula is disposed within the lumen of the body portion and the lumen of the brace portion. The brace portion and the body portion are collectively configured to maintain a position of the cannula within a body of the patient relative to the bodily tissue when the cannula is disposed within the lumen of the brace portion and the lumen of the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Crosstrees Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Lauderbaugh, Robert M. Scribner, Dan R. Hollowell, Richard W. Layne, Robert T. Scribner
  • Patent number: 8454663
    Abstract: Systems and methods treat at least two vertebral bodies in a spinal column. The systems and methods make use of first and second tool assemblies operable to treat an interior region of, respectively, a first vertebral body and a second vertebral body in the spinal column. The systems and methods provide directions for operating the first and second tool assemblies to treat the first and second vertebral bodies, at least for a portion of time, concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Kyphon Sarl
    Inventors: Ryan P. Boucher, Mark A. Reiley, Robert M. Scribner, Michael L. Reo
  • Patent number: 8454620
    Abstract: An elongated shaft is sized and configured to establish an access path to bone having an interior volume occupied, at least in part, by cancellous bone. The elongated shaft includes a generally closed distal end portion and a side opening spaced from the closed distal end. A first tool is sized and configured to be selectively inserted into the shaft and selectively removed from the shaft. The tool includes a region that, when the first tool is inserted into the shaft, is capable of being aligned with and advanced through the side opening to project outside the side opening and contact cancellous bone. A second tool is sized and configured, upon removal of the first tool from the shaft, to introduce into the shaft a bone filling material for discharge through the side opening into the cancellous bone contacted by the first tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Kyphon Sarl
    Inventors: Christopher R. Ralph, Richard W. Layne, Paul M. Sand, Robert M. Scribner, Mark A. Reiley
  • Publication number: 20120290009
    Abstract: Prostheses, systems, and methods are provided for replacement of natural facet joints between adjacent vertebrae with vertebral prostheses. A portion of the vertebral prosthesis includes anti-rotation and/or anti-pullout elements to prevent or reduce prosthesis fastener rotation or pull out as a result of torques applied to the prosthesis. Various tools and methods aid the process of surgically adding the vertebral prosthesis to a patient's vertebra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Leonard J. Tokish, JR., Mark T. Charbonneau, Mark A. Reiley, Robert M. Scribner
  • Publication number: 20120265252
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra. In some embodiments, the prosthesis is attached with a non-invasive support member, such as a clamp. In other embodiments, a translaminar screw may be used for additional fixation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones, Robert M. Scribner, Mark A. Reiley
  • Patent number: 8231655
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra. In some embodiments, the prosthesis is attached with a non-invasive support member, such as a clamp. In other embodiments, a translaminar screw may be used for additional fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: GMEDelaware 2 LLC
    Inventors: David Stinson, Lawrence R. Jones, Robert M. Scribner, Mark A. Reiley
  • Patent number: 8187303
    Abstract: Prostheses, systems, and methods are provided for replacement of natural facet joints between adjacent vertebrae with vertebral prostheses. A portion of the vertebral prosthesis includes anti-rotation and/or anti-pullout elements to prevent or reduce prosthesis fastener rotation or pull out as a result of torques applied to the prosthesis. Various tools and methods aid the process of surgically adding the vertebral prosthesis to a patient's vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: GMEDelaware 2 LLC
    Inventors: Leonard J. Tokish, Jr., Mark T. Charbonneau, Mark A. Reiley, Robert M. Scribner
  • Patent number: 8092480
    Abstract: This invention relates to devices, such as cannulas or needles, which are used for inserting expandable structures, such as medical balloons, into interior regions of a human or animal body, as well as methods for their use. In various embodiments, insertion devices described herein are capable of flaring at their tip to ease insertion and removal of expandable structures and reduce the risk of damaging such expandable structures during their insertion, inflation and removal. In other embodiments, insertion devices described herein are capable of directionally guiding and/or inhibiting expansion of an expandable structure within an interior region of an animal or human body to create optimally placed cavities for repair, augmentation and/or treatment of fractured and/or diseased bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: Richard W. Layne, Robert M. Scribner, Christopher R Ralph
  • Patent number: 8066740
    Abstract: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. A pair of fixation elements are adapted to be secured within a vertebra in an orientation that best assures a secure and durable attachment to cortical and/or cancellous bone. Artificial facet joint surfaces are mounted on the fixation elements, either directly or with the aid of a support. The artificial facet joint structure may be carried by an arm. The artificial facet joint structure is adapted for articulation with a complementary natural or artificial facet joint structure. Bilateral prostheses may by coupled by a brace to further secure and stabilize the prostheses. Artificial facet joints can be used in combination with artificial intervertebral discs to treat a spinal pathology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: GMEDELAWARE 2 LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Reiley, Robert M. Scribner, Lawrence R. Jones, David Stinson
  • Publication number: 20110288522
    Abstract: A medical implant device includes a shaft, an expandable member coupled to the distal end portion of the shaft, a sleeve and a detachment mechanism. The expandable member is configured to move between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, and can be used to deliver a medicament, a therapeutic substance and/or a structural member into the body. The sleeve is coupled to the distal end portion of the shaft, and is configured to move relative to the shaft between a first position and a second position. The sleeve is configured to be disposed about the expandable member when in the first position and disposed apart from the expandable member when in the second position. The detachment mechanism is coupled to the distal end portion of the shaft, and is configured to detach the expandable member from the shaft when the sleeve is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Crosstrees Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan R. Hollowell, Richard W. Layne, Jason C. Morton, Michael Moses, Nickolas Romcevich, Robert M. Scribner
  • Publication number: 20110288530
    Abstract: An extractable device is used to insert a medicinal filling into a spinal disc. The device comprises a filling member and a flowable medicine. The filling member is made of a flexible and permeable wall and is provided with a holding portion and an injection port via which the flowable medicine is injected into the holding portion after the filling member is inserted into the spinal disc. The holding portion is provided with an opening which is releasably lashed by one end of one or more threads so as to make the opening leakproof. Upon completion of solidification of the flowable medicine in the holding portion of the filling member, other end of the thread is pulled to unlash the opening of the holding portion, thereby enabling the filling member to be extracted from the spinal disc so as to leave only the medicine in the spinal disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Crosstrees Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip S. Yuan, Kwan Ku Lin, Robert M. Scribner
  • Patent number: 8034071
    Abstract: A cavity creating device having a cavity creating axis is introduced through a percutaneous access path into a cancellous bone volume, e.g., within a vertebral body. The cavity creating device is manipulated to form a cavity in the cancellous bone volume. The manipulation includes deflecting the cavity creating device along the cavity creating axis relative to the axis of the access path. A material, such as bone cement, can be conveyed into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: Robert M Scribner, Michael L Reo
  • Publication number: 20110196499
    Abstract: Systems and methods treat at least two vertebral bodies in a spinal column. The systems and methods make use of first and second tool assemblies operable to treat an interior region of, respectively, a first vertebral body and a second vertebral body in the spinal column. The systems and methods provide directions for operating the first and second tool assemblies to treat the first and second vertebral bodies, at least for a portion of time, concurrently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: KYPHON SARL
    Inventors: Ryan P. Boucher, Mark A. Reiley, Robert M. Scribner, Michael L. Reo
  • Patent number: 7993345
    Abstract: An extractable device is used to insert a medicinal filling into a spinal disc. The device comprises a filling member and a flowable medicine. The filling member is made of a flexible and permeable wall and is provided with a holding portion and an injection port via which the flowable medicine is injected into the holding portion after the filling member is inserted into the spinal disc. The holding portion is provided with an opening which is releasably lashed by one end of one or more threads so as to make the opening leakproof. Upon completion of solidification of the flowable medicine in the holding portion of the filling member, other end of the thread is pulled to unlash the opening of the holding portion, thereby enabling the filling member to be extracted from the spinal disc so as to leave only the medicine in the spinal disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Crosstress Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip S. Yuan, Kwan Ku Lin, Robert M. Scribner