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: 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: 20180008258
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to a multiple suture threader. Embodiments of the multiple suture threader include a handle that is coupled with a first collapsible loop and a second collapsible loop that is axially offset from the first collapsible loop. In use, one or more sutures are doubled over each of the first and the second collapsible loops such that when the axially spaced loops are passed through a narrow axial passage of a surgical implant, a surgical instrument, or a bodily passage such as a bone tunnel, a twenty-five to fifty percent reduction in suture traffic, or in the maximum number of suture thicknesses that simultaneously pass through the narrow passage, is achieved. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Phinit Phisitkul, Justin Taber, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20180008255
    Abstract: The disclosure provides devices and methods of use pertaining to intra joint stabilization. Embodiments include a number of suture returning and suture locking anchors that feature elongated sleeves configured to protect the associated bone tunnels from suture wipering, which results in abrasion and enlargement of the bone tunnel and leads to migration of the suture anchors. Embodiments also include suture locking anchors that lock via an interference fit between the suture strand and a receiver of the anchor and a set screw, where the receiver and the set screw each feature a number of gradual, opposing tapers to facilitate gradual proximal-to-distal gripping and releasing of the suture strand to achieve an optimal locking force while preventing severing of the suture strand. Further embodiments include intra joint reinforcement and stabilization 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
  • Publication number: 20180008330
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to syndesmosis reinforcement. Embodiments include a clamp having two jaws that extend toward each other to clamp two bone portions therebetween. The clamp may include an angle gauge and an adjustment mechanism having a force gauge that combine to enable the compression of the two bone portions in an optimal direction or angle and at an optimal, measurable compression force. Embodiments also include a tension instrument configured to knotlessly lock a flexible strand construct between two anchors at the same optimal direction and tension applied by the clamp. Further embodiments include an exemplary syndesmosis reinforcement procedure that employs the clamp and the tension instrument to construct a ligament reinforcement construct that achieves optimal anatomic positioning in both directional alignment and the reduction force applied by the construct. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Mortise Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Taber, T. Wade Fallin, Phinit Phisitkul
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9782165
    Abstract: Techniques and instruments for surgical transosseous attachment to a bone include a guide able to guide the formation of intersecting bone tunnels and a retriever able to retrieve a suture through the bone tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: VentureMD Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: James Murphy, Kwan-Ho Chan, T. Wade Fallin, Patrick Michel White
  • Publication number: 20170273803
    Abstract: A prosthesis for the replacement of multiple diseased or traumatized spinal facets comprises a portion that replaces at least a bony portion of the facets to be replaced and where the prosthesis attaches to the vertebra in a manner that does not require attachment to, or abutment against, the lamina. Multiple configurations of the prosthesis provide for replacement of the two inferior facets, the two superior facets, a superior and inferior facet, or all four facets. A method of installing the prosthesis is provided that is comprised of the steps of resecting at least a portion of the facets that carry the diseased or traumatized spinal facets and attaching the prosthesis in a manner that does not require attachment or abutment against the lamina.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: E. Marlowe Goble, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20170252120
    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: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joshua A. Butters
  • Publication number: 20170231776
    Abstract: A prosthesis for the replacement of at least a portion of the bone of a facet located on a mammalian vertebra, comprising: an articulating surface that articulates with another facet; a bone contacting surface that contacts a surface of the vertebra, the articulating surface being connected to the bone contacting surface; and a fixation element that attaches the bone contacting surface to the vertebra, the fixation element being adapted for implantation into an interior bone space of a pedicle of the vertebra; wherein the prosthesis is configured so that no portion of the prosthesis contacts the posterior arch of the vertebra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, E. Marlowe Goble, Robert W. Hoy, Daniel F. Justin, Alan Chervitz, Jude V. Pagnelli, Daniel J. Triplett
  • Publication number: 20170202550
    Abstract: Instruments and techniques to pass a suture are presented. The instruments and techniques are particularly useful where access to confined spaces and the ability to pass a suture through difficult to penetrate materials are needed. The instruments and techniques are particularly useful in surgery of the hands and feet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: M. Mary Sinnott, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20170196574
    Abstract: Methods and instruments for reconstructing soft tissues of a skeletal joint such as for example of the foot or hand are presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Patrick Michel White
  • Patent number: 9700426
    Abstract: A prosthesis for the replacement of multiple diseased or traumatized spinal facets comprises a portion that replaces at least a bony portion of the facets to be replaced and where the prosthesis attaches to the vertebra in a manner that does not require attachment to, or abutment against, the lamina. Multiple configurations of the prosthesis provide for replacement of the two inferior facets, the two superior facets, a superior and inferior facet, or all four facets. A method of installing the prosthesis is provided that is comprised of the steps of resecting at least a portion of the facets that carry the diseased or traumatized spinal facets and attaching the prosthesis in a manner that does not require attachment or abutment against the lamina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: E Marlowe Goble, T Wade Fallin
  • Patent number: 9687221
    Abstract: Devices and methods are presented for securing a suture to facilitate a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Venture MD Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott
  • Publication number: 20170165081
    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: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy, E. Marlowe Goble
  • Publication number: 20170156717
    Abstract: Devices and methods for anchoring soft tissue, tissue grafts, and the like to a bone are provided. In one example, an assembly includes a suture anchor, suture, and inserter. In another example, a method provides for reattaching soft tissue to a bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: First Ray, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Triplett, T. Wade Fallin
  • Patent number: 9668874
    Abstract: A prosthesis for the replacement of at least a portion of the bone of a facet located on a mammalian vertebra, comprising: an articulating surface that articulates with another facet; a bone contacting surface that contacts a surface of the vertebra, the articulating surface being connected to the bone contacting surface; and a fixation element that attaches the bone contacting surface to the vertebra, the fixation element being adapted for implantation into an interior bone space of a pedicle of the vertebra; wherein the prosthesis is configured so that no portion of the prosthesis contacts the posterior arch of the vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, E. Marlowe Goble, Robert W. Hoy, Daniel F. Justin, Alan Chervitz, Jude V. Pagnelli, Daniel J. Triplett
  • Patent number: 9662105
    Abstract: Instruments and techniques to pass a suture are presented. The instruments and techniques are particularly useful where access to confined spaces and the ability to pass a suture through difficult to penetrate materials are needed. The instruments and techniques are particularly useful in surgery of the hands and feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Mary Sinnott, T. Wade Fallin
  • Patent number: RE46432
    Abstract: A posterior spinal fusion system may include a plurality of cannulas that mate with cages polyaxially coupled to pedicle screws. The cannulas maintain access to the pedicle screws to facilitate percutaneous insertion of a fusion rod into engagement with the cages. Each cannula has a pair of blades that may be held together by an abutment member that at least partially encircles the blades. Each abutment member abuts the skin to define a variable subcutaneous length of the corresponding cannula. Each abutment members is also lockably removable from the corresponding blades to enable the blades to pivot with respect to the connecting element to a position in which they can be withdrawn from the connecting element. The blades of each cannula are spaced apart to provide first and second slots of each cannula, through which the fusion rod can be percutaneously inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Kingsley Richard Chin, T. Wade Fallin, Joshua A. Butters, Daniel F. Justin