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).

  • 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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