Patents by Inventor Stephanie Goebel-Mehl

Stephanie Goebel-Mehl 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: 20210244405
    Abstract: A device for fixating a suture anchor beyond a hard tissue opening with the aid of a material having thermoplastic properties and energy transmitted to the suture anchor for in situ liquefaction of at least part of the material having thermoplastic properties. The device includes a tool and a suture anchor. The tool has a proximal end suitable for being coupled to an energy source and a distal end suitable for arrangement of the suture anchor including the suture. The distal end includes a distal tool face and an axial channel with a distal mouth located in the distal tool face. The suture anchor has an anchor foot and a thermoplastic sleeve including the material having thermoplastic properties. The anchor foot holds a loop of a suture such that end sections of the suture reach through the thermoplastic sleeve and a portion of the distal tool face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger
  • Publication number: 20210161519
    Abstract: A suture anchor includes a material having thermoplastic properties and is fixated in a hard tissue opening by liquefying at least part of this material and letting it penetrate into walls of the hard tissue opening. During the named fixation and preferably towards the end of it, the suture being held in a distal suture conduit is locked relative to the hard tissue by being clamped between the suture anchor and the wall of the hard tissue opening or by being clamped or braked through collapse of the suture conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Andrea Müller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Milica Berra, Andreas Wenger
  • Patent number: 11006943
    Abstract: A suture anchor suitable for being fixed in a hard tissue opening with the aid of a material having thermoplastic properties and energy transmitted to the suture anchor for in situ liquefaction of at least part of the material having thermoplastic properties. The suture anchor includes an anchor foot and a thermoplastic sleeve, and the anchor foot includes a system of channels and/or grooves with a mouth in a proximal face of the anchor foot. The thermoplastic sleeve is arranged coaxially to the mouth. The anchor foot also includes a locking element for securing the suture in a non-slideable manner relative to the hard tissue or a securing sleeve for securing the suture. The locking element or the securing element may be secured relative to the anchor foot when the anchor foot is in a fixed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger
  • Patent number: 10939900
    Abstract: A suture anchor includes a material having thermoplastic properties and is fixated in a hard tissue opening by liquefying at least part of this material and letting it penetrate into walls of the hard tissue opening. During the named fixation and preferably towards the end of it, the suture being held in a distal suture conduit is locked relative to the hard tissue by being clamped between the suture anchor and the wall of the hard tissue opening or by being clamped or braked through collapse of the suture conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Andrea Müller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Milica Berra, Andreas Wenger
  • Patent number: 10709487
    Abstract: A graft or prosthetic element suitable e.g. for replacing a tendon or ligament is fastened in a bone tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a fastener. In a first step, the graft or prosthetic element is press-fitted in the tunnel or opening by forcing the fastener into the opening or by positioning the fastener in the opening and then expanding it, wherein the fastener is in contact with the graft or prosthetic element and with the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening. In a second step, the fastener is anchored in the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a liquefiable material which is liquefied in the vicinity of the bone wall where it is in contact with the fastener and by making the liquefied material penetrate into the bone wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Milica Berra, Andrea Mueller, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger, Elmar Mock
  • Publication number: 20200146734
    Abstract: A graft or prosthetic element suitable, e.g., for replacing a tendon or ligament is fastened in a bone tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a fastener. In a first step, the graft or prosthetic element is press-fitted in the tunnel or opening by forcing the fastener into the opening or by positioning the fastener in the opening and then expanding it, wherein the fastener is in contact with the graft or prosthetic element and with the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening. In a second step, the fastener is anchored in the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a liquefiable material which is liquefied in the vicinity of the bone wall where it is in contact with the fastener and by making the liquefied material penetrate into the bone wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Milica Berra, Andrea Müller, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger, Elmar Mock
  • Publication number: 20200146670
    Abstract: A suture anchor retaining a suture is fixated in hard tissue, in particular in bone tissue, using any per se known method and is then secured using a securing element including a material having thermoplastic properties, which is liquefied in situ and made to penetrate the hard tissue in which the suture anchor is fixated. The securing element is e.g. a thermoplastic plug or thermoplastic sleeve which is anchored above the suture anchor in a mouth area of the same hard tissue opening. Alternatively the securing element is a thermoplastic pin which is introduced into an inner cavity of the suture anchor, wherein the material having thermoplastic properties is liquefied in this cavity and, in a liquid state is pressed through passages connecting the cavity with outer surfaces of the anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Elmar Mock, Andrea Muller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Patent number: 10582921
    Abstract: A suture anchor retaining a suture is fixated in hard tissue, in particular in bone tissue, using any per se known method and is then secured using a securing element including a material having thermoplastic properties, which is liquefied in situ and made to penetrate the hard tissue in which the suture anchor is fixated. The securing element is e.g. a thermoplastic plug or thermoplastic sleeve which is anchored above the suture anchor in a mouth area of the same hard tissue opening. Alternatively the securing element is a thermoplastic pin which is introduced into an inner cavity of the suture anchor, wherein the material having thermoplastic properties is liquefied in this cavity and, in a liquid state is pressed through passages connecting the cavity with outer surfaces of the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Elmar Mock, Andrea Müller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Patent number: 10390957
    Abstract: A human or animal joint is treated by introduction of a device between the suitably prepared articulating surfaces of the joint, and the device is anchored in both these articular surfaces with a material having thermoplastic properties. For allowing at least limited articulation of the joint after implantation, the device includes two articulating portions, wherein one of the articulating portions is anchored in each articulating surfaces of the joint. On implantation a proximal face of the device is contacted with a vibrating tool and the vibration is transmitted through parts of the device to locations in which the material having thermoplastic properties is near the bone tissue of the articulating surfaces of the joint and in which liquefaction is desired. The liquefied material penetrates the bone tissue and, on re-solidification forms a positive fit connection between the device and the bone tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Andreas Wenger, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Publication number: 20170181742
    Abstract: A suture anchor includes a material having thermoplastic properties and is fixated in a hard tissue opening by liquefying at least part of this material and letting it penetrate into walls of the hard tissue opening. During the named fixation and preferably towards the end of it, the suture being held in a distal suture conduit is locked relative to the hard tissue by being clamped between the suture anchor and the wall of the hard tissue opening or by being clamped or braked through collapse of the suture conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Andrea Müller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Milica Berra, Andreas Wenger
  • Publication number: 20170128214
    Abstract: A human or animal joint is treated by introduction of a device between the suitably prepared articulating surfaces of the joint, and the device is anchored in both these articular surfaces with a material having thermoplastic properties. For allowing at least limited articulation of the joint after implantation, the device includes two articulating portions, wherein one of the articulating portions is anchored in each articulating surfaces of the joint. On implantation a proximal face of the device is contacted with a vibrating tool and the vibration is transmitted through parts of the device to locations in which the material having thermoplastic properties is near the bone tissue of the articulating surfaces of the joint and in which liquefaction is desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Andreas Wenger, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Patent number: 9615820
    Abstract: A suture anchor includes a material having thermoplastic properties and is fixated in a hard tissue opening by liquefying at least part of this material and letting it penetrate into walls of the hard tissue opening. During the named fixation and preferably towards the end of it, the suture being held in a distal suture conduit is locked relative to the hard tissue by being clamped between the suture anchor and the wall of the hard tissue opening or by being clamped or braked through collapse of the suture conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jorg Mayer, Andrea Mueller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger, Milica Berra
  • Publication number: 20170065274
    Abstract: A suture anchor suitable for being fixed in a hard tissue opening with the aid of a material having thermoplastic properties and energy transmitted to the suture anchor for in situ liquefaction of at least part of the material having thermoplastic properties. The suture anchor includes an anchor foot and a thermoplastic sleeve, and the anchor foot includes a system of channels and/or grooves with a mouth in a proximal face of the anchor foot. The thermoplastic sleeve is arranged coaxially to the mouth. The anchor foot also includes a locking element for securing the suture in a non-slideable manner relative to the hard tissue or a securing sleeve for securing the suture. The locking element or the securing element may be secured relative to the anchor foot when the anchor foot is in a fixed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger
  • Patent number: 9585756
    Abstract: A human or animal joint is treated by introduction of a device between the suitably prepared articulating surfaces of the joint, and the device is anchored in both these articular surfaces with a material having thermoplastic properties. For allowing at least limited articulation of the joint after implantation, the device includes two articulating portions, wherein one of the articulating portions is anchored in each articulating surfaces of the joint. On implantation a proximal face of the device is contacted with a vibrating tool and the vibration is transmitted through parts of the device to locations in which the material having thermoplastic properties is near the bone tissue of the articulating surfaces of the joint and in which liquefaction is desired. The liquefied material penetrates the bone tissue and, on re-solidification forms a positive fit connection between the device and the bone tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jorg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Andreas Wenger, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Patent number: 9526490
    Abstract: A tool for fixating a suture anchor in a hard tissue opening with the aid of a material having thermoplastic properties and energy transmitted to the suture anchor for in situ liquefaction of at least part of the material having thermoplastic properties, includes a distal face, an axial channel and a substantially tube-shaped interface piece fitting into the axial channel of the tool, wherein the axial channel and a proximal end of the interface piece are equipped with catch elements cooperating for catching the interface piece in the axial channel when the interface piece is moved in a proximal direction in the axial channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jorg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger
  • Publication number: 20160317141
    Abstract: A suture anchor retaining a suture is fixated in hard tissue, in particular in bone tissue, using any per se known method and is then secured using a securing element including a material having thermoplastic properties, which is liquefied in situ and made to penetrate the hard tissue in which the suture anchor is fixated. The securing element is e.g. a thermoplastic plug or thermoplastic sleeve which is anchored above the suture anchor in a mouth area of the same hard tissue opening. Alternatively the securing element is a thermoplastic pin which is introduced into an inner cavity of the suture anchor, wherein the material having thermoplastic properties is liquefied in this cavity and, in a liquid state is pressed through passages connecting the cavity with outer surfaces of the anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Elmar Mock, Andrea Müller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Patent number: 9386976
    Abstract: A suture anchor retaining a suture is fixated in hard tissue, in particular in bone tissue, using any per se known method and is then secured using a securing element including a material having thermoplastic properties, which is liquefied in situ and made to penetrate the hard tissue in which the suture anchor is fixated. The securing element is e.g. a thermoplastic plug or thermoplastic sleeve which is anchored above the suture anchor in a mouth area of the same hard tissue opening. Alternatively the securing element is a thermoplastic pin which is introduced into an inner cavity of the suture anchor, wherein the material having thermoplastic properties is liquefied in this cavity and, in a liquid state is pressed through passages connecting the cavity with outer surfaces of the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Elmar Mock, Andrea Müller, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl
  • Publication number: 20140005721
    Abstract: A tool for fixating a suture anchor in a hard tissue opening with the aid of a material having thermoplastic properties and energy transmitted to the suture anchor for in situ liquefaction of at least part of the material having thermoplastic properties, includes a distal face, an axial channel and a substantially tube-shaped interface piece fitting into the axial channel of the tool, wherein the axial channel and a proximal end of the interface piece are equipped with catch elements cooperating for catching the interface piece in the axial channel when the interface piece is moved in a proximal direction in the axial channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jorg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger
  • Patent number: 8545536
    Abstract: A tool for fixating a suture anchor in a hard tissue opening with the aid of a material having thermoplastic properties and energy transmitted to the suture anchor for in situ liquefaction of at least part of the material having thermoplastic properties, includes a distal face, an axial channel and a substantially tube-shaped interface piece fitting into the axial channel of the tool, wherein the axial channel and a proximal end of the interface piece are equipped with catch elements cooperating for catching the interface piece in the axial channel when the interface piece is moved in a proximal direction in the axial channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sportwelding GmbH
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger
  • Publication number: 20130211530
    Abstract: A human or animal joint is treated by introduction of a device between the suitably prepared articulating surfaces of the joint, and the device is anchored in both these articular surfaces with a material having thermoplastic properties. For allowing at least limited articulation of the joint after implantation, the device includes two articulating portions, wherein one of the articulating portions is anchored in each articulating surfaces of the joint. On implantation a proximal face of the device is contacted with a vibrating tool and the vibration is transmitted through parts of the device to locations in which the material having thermoplastic properties is near the bone tissue of the articulating surfaces of the joint and in which liquefaction is desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jorg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Andreas Wenger, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl