Patents by Inventor Stephen Hochschuler

Stephen Hochschuler 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: 20190133777
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device having an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra. The device further includes a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device having a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies into a ventral direction. The support portion rests against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and includes an anchor. The anchor has an anchoring material portion that is inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra, to thereby infiltrate the cancellous bone tissue, and to harden thereafter so as to fix the support portion to the vertebral body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Andrea Müller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Patent number: 10195045
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device having an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra. The device further includes a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device having a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies into a ventral direction. The support portion rests against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and includes an anchor. The anchor has an anchoring material portion that is inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra, to thereby infiltrate the cancellous bone tissue, and to harden thereafter so as to fix the support portion to the vertebral body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Andrea Müller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Patent number: 9486324
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stabilizing first and second adjacent bone portions. The method includes the steps of: providing a spacer; providing a stabilizer, with the spacer and stabilizer configured to be movable guidingly, one relative to the other, between a pre-assembly relationship and an operative relationship; and placing the spacer and stabilizer into an operative relationship with the first and second adjacent bone portions. As an incident of the spacer and stabilizer being changed from their pre-assembly relationship into the operative relationship with each other and the first and second bone portions, the spacer, stabilizer and first bone portion cooperate to cause the first bone portion and spacer to be urged towards each other. The method may be carried out by moving the stabilizer and spacer, and all auxiliary parts and handling and assembling instruments, substantially in a single plane along one line or parallel lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Frontier Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Matthew N. Songer
  • Publication number: 20160074171
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device having an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra. The device further includes a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device having a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies into a ventral direction. The support portion rests against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and includes an anchor. The anchor has an anchoring material portion that is inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra, to thereby infiltrate the cancellous bone tissue, and to harden thereafter so as to fix the support portion to the vertebral body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Andrea Müller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jorg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Patent number: 9220609
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device is provided, the spine stabilization device including an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra, and including a top surface oriented towards the lower endplate of the vertebral body of the upper vertebra and a bottom surface oriented towards the upper endplate of the vertebral body of the lower vertebra; and a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device including a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra into a ventral direction, the support portion shaped to rest against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and further including an anchor, the anchor including an anchoring material portion that is configured to be inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral body of the upper vertebra and of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Andrea Mueller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Patent number: 8308767
    Abstract: A spinal stabilization system includes vertebral engagement members and an intermediate structure. The vertebral engagement members are configured to be disposed between a first vertebra and a second vertebra. The vertebral engagement members generally include seating surfaces for accommodating at least a portion of a laminar region of adjacent vertebra and are adjustable between an operable and inoperable configuration. The intermediate structure extends between the vertebral engagement members. The structural cooperation of the vertebral engagement members and the intermediate structure is such that the engagement members distract the adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Ali Araghi, Matthew N. Songer, Thomas S. Kilpela, Joshua A. Butters, Greta Jo Hays
  • Publication number: 20120215315
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stabilizing first and second adjacent bone portions. The method includes the steps of: providing a spacer; providing a stabilizer, with the spacer and stabilizer configured to be movable guidingly, one relative to the other, between a pre-assembly relationship and an operative relationship; and placing the spacer and stabilizer into an operative relationship with the first and second adjacent bone portions. As an incident of the spacer and stabilizer being changed from their pre-assembly relationship into the operative relationship with each other and the first and second bone portions, the spacer, stabilizer and first bone portion cooperate to cause the first bone portion and spacer to be urged towards each other. The method may be carried out by moving the stabilizer and spacer, and all auxiliary parts and handling and assembling instruments, substantially in a single plane along one line or parallel lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 8157865
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for stabilizing first and second adjacent bone portions. The apparatus has a spacer configured to be placed between the first and second bone portions and at least one stabilizer configured to be joined: a) to each of the first bone portion and the spacer; and b) to at least one of the first bone portion and spacer by being translated relative to the at least one of the first bone portion and spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Matthew N. Songer
  • Patent number: 7931689
    Abstract: An implantable container is used to stabilize or restore height in a vertebral body. After insertion the container is filled with a bone filler material such as bone cement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Spineology Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Wesley D. Johnson, Kevin L. Nickels, Thomas R. Hektner, Larry Wales, Tyler Lipschults
  • Publication number: 20100274358
    Abstract: A spine stabilization device is provided, the spine stabilization device including an interbody spacer shaped to be inserted between a vertebral body of an upper vertebra and a vertebral body of a lower vertebra, and including a top surface oriented towards the lower endplate of the vertebral body of the upper vertebra and a bottom surface oriented towards the upper endplate of the vertebral body of the lower vertebra; and a fixation device to be inserted after placement of the interbody spacer, the fixation device including a support portion securing the interbody spacer against escaping from between the vertebral bodies of the upper and lower vertebra into a ventral direction, the support portion shaped to rest against a portion of an anterior surface of the interbody spacer, and further including an anchor, the anchor including an anchoring material portion that is configured to be inserted, in a liquid state, into cancellous bone tissue of at least one of the vertebral body of the upper vertebra and of th
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Andrea Mueller, Milica Berra, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Urs Weber, Jörg Mayer, Stephen Hochschuler, Hansen Yuan, Frank M. Phillips, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Ulrich Berlemann
  • Publication number: 20100185292
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for stabilizing first and second adjacent bone portions. The apparatus has a spacer configured to be placed between the first and second bone portions and at least one stabilizer configured to be joined: a) to each of the first bone portion and the spacer; and b) to at least one of the first bone portion and spacer by being translated relative to the at least one of the first bone portion and spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Matthew N. Songer
  • Publication number: 20090204150
    Abstract: A spinal stabilization system includes vertebral engagement members and an intermediate structure. The vertebral engagement members are configured to be disposed between a first vertebra and a second vertebra. The vertebral engagement members generally include seating surfaces for accommodating at least a portion of a laminar region of adjacent vertebra and are adjustable between an operable and inoperable configuration. The intermediate structure extends between the vertebral engagement members. The structural cooperation of the vertebral engagement members and the intermediate structure is such that the engagement members distract the adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Ali Araghi, Matthew N. Songer, Thomas S. Kilpela, Joshua A. Butters, Greta Jo Hays
  • Publication number: 20090163920
    Abstract: A medical device, method and system are provided for stabilizing and/or for fusing bone material, such as vertebra of the spine. The medical device (fusion device) has a pair of clamp members and an optional anchor member that cooperate to securely attach the fusion device to a facet joint of the spine. The fusion device may slide down a guide wire and driven into facet bone material of a facet joint. The clamp members may be pivoted together to grip adjacent bone facets and promote their fusion. Further features include injecting flowable bone fusion material between adjacent bone facets gripped by the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Dennis Colleran, Scott Schorer, Rob Brown
  • Publication number: 20050240188
    Abstract: A bone fastener for stabilizing bone fragments includes a single or multiple components coupleable with one another and displaceable to a locked position of the bone fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Applicant: Osteotech, Inc.
    Inventors: David Chow, Perry Geremakis, Erik Martz, Stephen Hochschuler, Daniel Rosenthal, Steven Annunziato, Larry Johnston
  • Publication number: 20040215344
    Abstract: An implantable container is used to stabilize or restore height in a vertebral body. After insertion the container is filled with a bone filler material such as bone cement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Wesley Johnson, Kevin L. Nickels, Thomas R. Hektner, Larry Wales, Tyler Lipschultz
  • Publication number: 20040215343
    Abstract: An implantable container is used to stabilize or restore height in a vertebral body. After insertion the container is filled with a bone filler material such as bone cement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Wesley Johnson, Kevin L. Nickels, Thomas R. Hektner, Larry Wales, Tyler Lipschultz
  • Patent number: 6740093
    Abstract: An implantable container is used to stabilize or restore height in a vertebral body. After insertion the container is filled with a bone filler material such as bone cement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Wesley Johnson, Kevin L. Nickels, Thomas R. Hektner, Larry Wales, Tyler Lipschultz
  • Publication number: 20020058947
    Abstract: An implantable container is used to stabilize or restore height in a vertebral body. After insertion the container is filled with a bone filler material such as bone cement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventors: Stephen Hochschuler, Wesley Johnson, Kevin L. Nickels, Thomas R. Hektner, Larry Wales, Tyler Lipschultz