Patents by Inventor T. Wade Fallin

T. Wade Fallin 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: 10194948
    Abstract: A pedicle screw assembly including a bone fastener having a lower end for engaging bone and an upper end remote from the lower end; a head having a rod-receiving channel attached to the upper end of said bone fastener; a spinal rod insertable into the rod-receiving channel of said head, said spinal rod having an outer surface extending between first and second ends thereof, wherein at least one of the first and second ends has a reduced diameter section. A spinal rod having an outer surface extending between a first end and a second end thereof; wherein the outer surface of said spinal rod has a reduced diameter section at at least one of the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Triplett, T. Wade Fallin, Karen E. Mohr, Thierry Millard
  • Patent number: 10166112
    Abstract: Prosthetic replacement for a posterior element of a vertebra comprising portions that replace the natural lamina and the four natural facets. The prosthetic replacement may also include portions that replace one or more of the natural spinous process and the two natural transverse processes. If desired, the prosthesis replacement may also replace the natural pedicles. A method for replacing a posterior element of a vertebra is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy, E. Marlowe Goble
  • Patent number: 10154868
    Abstract: Instruments and methods for surgical transosseous attachment to a bone include a guide able to guide the formation of intersecting bone tunnels and a passer able to pass a member through the bone tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson
  • Patent number: 10154863
    Abstract: Examples of devices and methods for stabilizing a fracture in a bone include a body having an elongate distal portion having an outer surface defining a screw thread and an elongate proximal portion having a non-threaded outer surface. In one example, a passage is formed through the proximal portion transverse to the longitudinal axis from a first opening on the surface of the proximal portion to a second opening on the surface of the proximal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTRAFUSE, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Robert W. Hoy
  • Patent number: 10143462
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for attaching a suture to a bone. One exemplary method includes passing a portion of a suture through a bone so that a first portion of the suture extends from a first opening in the bone and a second portion of the suture extends from a second opening in the bone, passing the second portion of the suture through a portion of a suture anchor body in a proximal to distal direction, the suture anchor body having a proximal end and a distal end, passing the second portion of the suture alongside an outer surface of the suture anchor body in a distal to proximal direction, and then inserting the suture anchor into the bone through one of the first and second openings, the distal end being inserted first through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson
  • Patent number: 10136929
    Abstract: Examples of devices and methods for stabilizing a fracture in a bone include a body having an elongate distal portion having an outer surface defining a screw thread and an elongate proximal portion having a non-threaded outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: IntraFuse, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Robert W. Hoy
  • Patent number: 10136883
    Abstract: Suture anchors and associated methods are disclosed having suture locking features able to lock multiple suture ends extending from a body tissue, such as from a bone tunnel, with a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: VentureMD Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Kwan-Ho Chan, James Murphy, T. Wade Fallin, Patrick Michel White
  • Patent number: 10070936
    Abstract: Anatomic points within the body are projected outside the body through the use of extenders (180, 182, 188). The projected points may then be used for measurement, or to facilitate the selection or configuration of an implant that is positioned proximate the anatomic points using a slotted cannula (143). Such an implant may be a rod (270) for a posterior spinal fusion system. Pedicle screws (140, 142, 148) may be implanted into pedicles of the spine, and may then serve as anchors for the extenders. The extenders (180, 182, 188) may have rod interfaces (214, 216, 218) that receive the rod (270) in a manner that mimics the geometry of the pedicle screws (140, 142, 148) so that the selected or configured contoured rod (270) will properly fit into engagement with the pedicle screws (140, 142, 148).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joshua A. Butters
  • Publication number: 20180243024
    Abstract: Anatomic points within the body are projected outside the body through the use of extenders. The projected points may then be used for measurement, or to facilitate the selection or configuration of an implant that is to be positioned proximate the anatomic points. Such an implant may be a rod for a posterior spinal fusion system. Pedicle screws may be implanted into pedicles of the spine, and may then serve as anchors for the extenders. The extenders may have rod interfaces that receive the rod in a manner that mimics the geometry of the pedicle screws so that the selected or configured contoured rod will properly fit into engagement with the pedicle screws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventor: T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20180193151
    Abstract: Examples of the invention relate to methods, implants, and instruments for compressing first and second bone portions or a bone portion and an implant together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: First Ray, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel J, Triplett
  • Patent number: 10004518
    Abstract: Methods and instruments for reconstructing soft tissues of a skeletal joint such as for example of the foot or hand are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Patrick Michel White
  • Patent number: 10004539
    Abstract: An intervertebral stabilization device and method is disclosed. The device preferably includes a planar spring enclosed within a housing. The housing is joined to an articulation component at either end, and the articulation components have couplings connectable to anchoring components which are securable to adjacent vertebrae. The planar spring can flex and retract providing relative motion between the adjacent vertebrae. The articulation components are ball and socket joints which allow the entire assembly to flexibly follow the curvature of the spine. A fusion rod with articulation components and couplings at either end may be substituted for the spring device. The couplings enable interchangeability between a fusion rod assembly and spring assembly, so that dynamic stabilization can occur at one vertebral level and fusion at the adjacent vertebral level. An overhung spring assembly with a sideways displaced housing which allows for a shorter pedicle to pedicle displacement is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel E. Gerbec, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20180153566
    Abstract: Instruments and methods for surgical transosseous attachment to a bone include a guide able to guide the formation of intersecting bone tunnels and a passer able to pass a member through the bone tunnels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson
  • Publication number: 20180153559
    Abstract: A guide and method useful in cutting and rejoining bones is presented. The guide is particularly useful in performing an osteotomy of a long bone adjacent a joint such as a hand or foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott
  • Patent number: 9962174
    Abstract: A method for securing a biceps tendon to a proximal portion of a humerus includes, in one example, forming a transosseous passage with openings on opposite sides of the biceps tendon. In another example, an instrument for use with the method includes a guide able to guide the formation of intersecting bone tunnels and a passer able to pass a member through the bone tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson
  • Patent number: 9955963
    Abstract: Methods and instruments for repairing soft tissues of a skeletal joint, such as, for example, of the foot or hand are presented. Disclosed techniques include techniques for the repair of a palmar plate of a hand or foot, including advancing a foot of a suture passer through, or adjacent to, a joint space and advanced into a flexor tendon sheath a distance to produce an amount of suture purchase on a plantar/palmar plate. The foot of the suture passer can also be moved medially or laterally away from a joint midline but still within the flexor tendon sheath to further locate stitches. The sutures can then be secured to restore the function of the plantar/palmar plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott
  • Patent number: 9949762
    Abstract: A posterior vertebral stabilizer has a resilient member such as a linear spring, which operates in tension and compression. The resilient member may be kept straight by a stabilization rod extending through the spring, or by a telescoping assembly that encases the resilient member. The ends of the stabilizer are attachable to pedicles of adjacent vertebrae so that the stabilizer adds stiffness to control flexion and extension of the vertebrae. Two such stabilizers may be used, and may be connected together by a crosslink designed to limit relative rotation of the stabilizers. Thus, the stabilizers may restrict axial rotation and lateral bending between the vertebrae, while permitting stiffened flexion and extension. Such stabilizers help provide the stiffness of a healthy intervertebral disc. In the event that fusion of the joint becomes necessary, a set screw or other component may be used to further restrict flexion and extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel E. Gerbec, Joel Dever
  • Patent number: 9895182
    Abstract: Anatomic points within the body are projected outside the body through the use of extenders. The projected points may then be used for measurement, or to facilitate the selection or configuration of an implant that is to be positioned proximate the anatomic points. Such an implant may be a rod for a posterior spinal fusion system. Pedicle screws may be implanted into pedicles of the spine, and may then serve as anchors for the extenders. The extenders may have rod interfaces that receive the rod in a manner that mimics the geometry of the pedicle screws so that the selected or configured contoured rod will properly fit into engagement with the pedicle screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I. LLC
    Inventor: T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20180008256
    Abstract: The disclosure provides devices and methods of use pertaining to extra joint stabilization. Embodiments include a number of suture returning and locking anchors that feature both a suture return element and a suture locking feature that employs an interference fit between a flexible synthetic strand, a receiver of the anchor, and a set screw, where the receiver and the set screw each have a number of gradual, opposing tapers to facilitate gradual proximal-to-distal gripping and releasing of the flexible strand to achieve an optimal locking force while preventing severing of the flexible strand. Embodiments also include a counter-torque anchor driver configured to resist torsional forces generated during and translated to the anchor during set-screw insertion. Further embodiments include extra joint reinforcement, stabilization, and attachment constructs formed using the disclosed devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Justin Taber, Matthew Karam, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Publication number: 20180008286
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to a surgical broach for creating a noncircular bore in bone. Embodiments include a surgical punch having a handle coupled with a broach shaft. The broach shaft features a cylindrical portion with a boss projecting radially from the cylindrical portion. When the broach shaft is pressed into bone, it creates a circular bone tunnel having a relief groove projecting radially from and in communication with the circular bone tunnel. Thus, when an implant such as a return anchor for a suture is pressed into the resulting noncircular bore, a return path of the suture passes through the relief groove projecting from the bone tunnel, thereby reducing suture traffic through an internal passage of the anchor and relieving the need for an outer sidewall of the anchor to accommodate the return suture path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Mortise Medical, LLC, KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Justin Taber