Patents by Inventor Scott A. Yerby

Scott A. Yerby 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: 7931674
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can includes an implant comprising a first wing, a spacer extending from the first wing, and a distraction guide. The distraction guide is arranged in a first configuration to pierce and/or distract tissue associated with adjacent spinous processes extending from vertebrae of a targeted motion segment. The implant can be positioned between the adjacent spinous processes and once positioned, the distraction guide can be arranged in a second configuration. When arranged in a second configuration, the distraction guide can act as a second wing. The first wing and the second wing can limit or block movement of the implant along a longitudinal axis of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, John J. Flynn, Steve Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby, John A. Markwart
  • Publication number: 20110071568
    Abstract: Spacer devices for treating spinal stenosis are provided herein, as are methods for using the same. In some example embodiments, these devices are configured for attachment over or through the interspinous ligaments. These devices generally include a spacer portion and an attachable retainer. Also provided are systems for the delivery of the spacer devices and methods for using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Richard S. Ginn, Robert Elliott DeCou, Nicanor Domingo, Hans F. Valencia, David A. White, Scott Yerby
  • Patent number: 7909853
    Abstract: Systems in accordance with embodiments of the present invention can include an implant comprising a spacer for defining a minimum space between adjacent spinous processes, a distraction guide for piercing and distracting an interspinous ligament during implantation, and a binder for limiting or preventing flexion motion of the targeted motion segment. The binder can be secured to a brace associated with the implant during implantation by a capture device. In one embodiment, the capture device includes a fixed piece extending from the brace and a slidable piece associated with the fixed piece. A fastener can be rotated to pinch the binder between the slidable piece and a wall of the brace, securing the binder. A physician need not know the length of the binder prior to implantation, reducing the time required to perform a procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Publication number: 20110022176
    Abstract: An intervertebral implant has a fusion body with at least one keel that anchors the implant into cancellous bone of at least one vertebral body. A method for implantation includes lateral implantation of the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, Charles J. Winslow, Scott Yerby, Steve Mitchell, John Flynn
  • Patent number: 7862569
    Abstract: Systems, procedures and tools for repairing, or reinforcing the spinous process. The systems and procedures provide for injecting bone cement into and optionally around the spinous process. Additional reinforcing elements may be embedded in the bone cement inside or outside the spinous process. The procedures include positioning of the guide and reinforcing elements relative to a spinous process, preparation of the spinous process for injection and injection of bone cement into the spinous process. Tools are provided to facilitate the accurate injection of bone cement. The systems and procedures increase the strength of the spinous process and enhance the applicability and outcome of spinal interventions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Steven T. Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby
  • Patent number: 7837734
    Abstract: A system and method for replacing degenerated spinal disks in accordance with the present invention can substitute for interbody fusion techniques by replacing degenerated spinal disks with artificial spinal disks. In one embodiment, the system can comprise one or more artificial spinal disks, each comprising an upper and lower housing, a first spacer and a second spacer partially enclosed by a cavity formed by the housings, and a shaft with a spring positioned between the first spacer and the second spacer such that the spacers are urged apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 7837732
    Abstract: An intervertebral implant has a fusion body with at least one keel that anchors the implant into cancellous bone of at least one vertebral body. A method for implantation includes lateral implantation of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Henry A. Klyce, Charles J. Winslow, Scott Yerby, Steve Mitchell, John Flynn
  • Publication number: 20100262243
    Abstract: A spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume in the spine canal and/or neural foramen. The implant provides a spinal extension stop while allowing freedom of spinal flexion. An interspinous process implant with a selectably expandable spacer can be placed between adjacent spinous processes. a device implanted between the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae of the spine can be used for relieving pain associated with the vertebrae and surrounding tissues and structures by maintaining and/or adding distraction between adjacent vertebrae. A tissue expander can be adapted to move from a first insertion position, for ease of implantation between spinous processes, to a second retention position that prevents displacement of the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: KYPHON SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 7776090
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with the embodiments of the present invention can include an implant for positioning within a cervical facet joint for distracting the cervical spine, thereby increasing the area of the canals and openings through which the spinal cord and nerves must pass, and decreasing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The implant can be inserted laterally or posteriorly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Steven T. Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7763050
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with the embodiments of the present invention can include an implant for positioning within a cervical facet joint for distracting the cervical spine, thereby increasing the area of the canals and openings through which the spinal cord and nerves must pass, and decreasing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The implant can be inserted laterally or posteriorly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Steven T. Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7749252
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can includes an implant comprising a first wing, a spacer extending from the first wing, and a distraction guide. The distraction guide is arranged in a first configuration to pierce and/or distract tissue associated with adjacent spinous processes extending from vertebrae of a targeted motion segment. The implant can be positioned between the adjacent spinous processes and once positioned, the implant can be arranged in a second configuration. When arranged in a second configuration, the distraction guide can act as a second wing. The first wing and the second wing can limit or block movement of the implant along a longitudinal axis of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, John J. Flynn, Steve Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 7662187
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can includes an implant comprising a first wing, a spacer extending from the first wing, and a distraction guide. The distraction guide is arranged in a first configuration to pierce and/or distract tissue associated with adjacent spinous processes extending from vertebrae of a targeted motion segment. The implant can be positioned between the adjacent spinous processes and once positioned, the implant can be arranged in a second configuration. When arranged in a second configuration, the distraction guide can act as a second wing. The first wing and the second wing can limit or block movement of the implant along a longitudinal axis of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 7601170
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with the embodiments of the present invention can include an implant for positioning within a cervical facet joint for distracting the cervical spine, thereby increasing the area of the canals and openings through which the spinal cord and nerves must pass, and decreasing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The implant can be inserted laterally or posteriorly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Steven T. Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7591851
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with the embodiments of the present invention can include an implant for positioning within a cervical facet joint for distracting the cervical spine, thereby increasing the area of the canals and openings through which the spinal cord and nerves must pass, and decreasing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The implant can be inserted laterally or posteriorly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Steven T. Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7549999
    Abstract: An implant for positioning between the spinous processes, such as the spinous processes of cervical vertebrae, include first and second wings foe lateral positioning and a spacer located between the adjacent spinous processes. The implant can be positioned using minimally invasive procedures without modifying the bone or severing ligaments. The implant is shaped in accordance with the anatomy of the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, John Flynn, Steve Mitchell, Scott Yerby, Jay A. Markwart
  • Patent number: 7503935
    Abstract: An implant that can be placed between two vertebrae using a lateral insertion method is described. The implant is characterized by having a first end plate and a second end plate with a hemi-cylindrical spacer extending from the second end plate. The hemi-cylindrical spacer fits within a socket on the first end plate and allows for pivotal or rotational motion and also for twisting motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, Steven T. Mitchell, John J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7497859
    Abstract: This invention relates to tools for preparing vertebral bodies in the spine for the implantation of an artificial vertebral disk replacement and related method. A first tool is disclosed that prepares the vertebral bodies for implantation by cutting offset channels in the vertebral bodies. The second tool holds two plates of the implant during the implantation process. This invention also relates to an artificial vertebral disk replacement, a method of operation, and a method of implanting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Kyphon SARL
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, Steve Mitchell, John Flynn
  • Publication number: 20080221692
    Abstract: Systems and method in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention can includes an implant comprising a first wing, a spacer extending from the first wing, and a distraction guide. The distraction guide is arranged in a first configuration to pierce and/or distract tissue associated with adjacent spinous processes extending from vertebrae of a targeted motion segment. The implant can be positioned between the adjacent spinous processes and once positioned, the implant can be arranged in a second configuration. When arranged in a second configuration, the distraction guide can act as a second wing. The first wing and the second wing can limit or block movement of the implant along a longitudinal axis of the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby, John J. Flynn, Steven T. Mitchell, John A. Markwart
  • Publication number: 20080177311
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present invention, a tool resembles an implant for positioning within a cervical facet joint. The tool can be used for distracting and/or sizing the cervical facet joint and thereby distracting the cervical spine and increasing the area of the canals and openings through which the spinal cord and nerves must pass, and decreasing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The tool can be inserted laterally or posteriorly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: ST. FRANCIS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Charles J. Winslow, Steven T. Mitchell, Scott A. Yerby
  • Publication number: 20080177391
    Abstract: An implant system for implantation between adjacent spinous processes for the relief of pain associated with the spine. The implant has a series of spacers which may be inserted over a shaft located between adjacent spinous processes thus allowing the implant to be assembled in situ. The spacers may rotate on the shaft relative to the wings. To minimize trauma to the patient, each spacer has a tapered tissue expander to distract the opening between the spinous processes during assembly. The shaft is connected to a wing, and a second wing or deployable wing may be inserted over the shaft and locked into place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: ST. FRANCIS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Mitchell, Charles J. Winslow, Scott A. Yerby