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: 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: 9655685
    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: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joshua A. Butters
  • Publication number: 20170128223
    Abstract: Superior and/or inferior facets of one or more facet joints may be replaced by superior and/or inferior facet joint prostheses. In one embodiment, a kit of superior or inferior prostheses is provided, in which the prostheses have at least two dimensions that vary among members of the kit independently of each other. Each prosthesis may have a bone engaging surface having a surface that is polyaxially rotatable against a corresponding resection of a vertebra. Each prosthesis may also have an articulating surface shaped such that, after attachment to the spine, the replaced or partially replaced facet joints provide a larger medial-lateral range of motion when the spine is flexed than when the spine is extended. Crosslinks may be used to connect left and right prosthesis together in such a manner that they are stabilized in a position in which they are seated directly against the vertebra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Alan Chervitz, Daniel J. Triplett, T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20170119405
    Abstract: Implants, instruments, and methods for connecting and/or stabilizing first and second bone portions relative to one another are presented including fasteners and retainers connectable in axial force transmitting relationship and instruments for their installation. In one example a guide is configured to clamp two bone portions together while a fastener is inserted through at least one of the bone portions to engage a retainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: First Ray, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Triplett, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20170119406
    Abstract: Implants, instruments, and methods for connecting and/or stabilizing first and second bone portions relative to one another are presented including fasteners and retainers connectable in axial force transmitting relationship and instruments for their installation. In one example a guide is configured to clamp two bone portions together while a fastener is inserted through at least one of the bone portions to engage a retainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: First Ray, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Triplett, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20170112552
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices and methods for stabilizing first and second bone portions relative to one another. In one example, implants, instruments and methods are provided that can be used with minimal exposure of the fractured bone and along curved path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: IntraFuse, LLC
    Inventors: M. Mary Sinnott, T. Wade Fallin, Mark D. Hayes, Robert W. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20170112511
    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: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson
  • Patent number: 9615932
    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: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy, E. Marlowe Goble
  • Patent number: 9603612
    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: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Patrick Michel White
  • Publication number: 20170079699
    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: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: IntraFuse, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Robert W. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20170079698
    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: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: IntraFuse, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Robert W. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20170071724
    Abstract: Examples of the invention relate to transosseous suture constructs and methods for forming surgical attachments to a bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson
  • Publication number: 20170056083
    Abstract: Examples of the invention provide a staple having two or more legs joined by a flexible member and related instruments and methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: First Ray, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel J. Triplett
  • Publication number: 20170056077
    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: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: IntraFuse, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Robert W. Hoy
  • Patent number: 9579217
    Abstract: Superior and/or inferior facets of one or more facet joints may be replaced by superior and/or inferior facet joint prostheses. In one embodiment, a kit of superior or inferior prostheses is provided, in which the prostheses have at least two dimensions that vary among members of the kit independently of each other. Each prosthesis may have a bone engaging surface having a surface that is polyaxially rotatable against a corresponding resection of a vertebra. Each prosthesis may also have an articulating surface shaped such that, after attachment to the spine, the replaced or partially replaced facet joints provide a larger medial-lateral range of motion when the spine is flexed than when the spine is extended. Crosslinks may be used to connect left and right prosthesis together in such a manner that they are stabilized in a position in which they are seated directly against the vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Chervitz, Daniel J. Triplett, T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20170035552
    Abstract: Examples of the invention include implants, instruments, and methods for surgical transosseous attachment to a bone. More particularly, examples of the invention relate to knotless suture anchors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson
  • Publication number: 20170035409
    Abstract: Examples of the invention include implants, instruments and methods for surgical transosseous attachment to a bone. More particularly, examples of the invention relate to knotless suture anchors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson
  • Publication number: 20170027613
    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: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel E. Gerbec, Joel Dever
  • Publication number: 20170014170
    Abstract: There is disclosed a device and method for stabilizing a bone. The device includes a flexible threaded portion operable to thread along a curved path in a bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: IntraFuse, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Robert W. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20170014223
    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: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: KATOR, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson