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: 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
  • Publication number: 20170007419
    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: May 12, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Alan Chervitz, Robert W. Hoy, Daniel F. Justin, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20170000537
    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: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: First Ray, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel John Triplett
  • Publication number: 20170000533
    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: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: First Ray, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel John Triplett
  • Publication number: 20160374729
    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: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel E. Gerbec, T. Wade Fallin
  • Patent number: 9504488
    Abstract: A coupled pair of retractors which are coupled at the distal end to allow the handles at the proximal end to be urged apart to increase the distance between handles to allow for direct line of sight to the surgical site while also allowing the use of curved tools and curved access to the surgical site. A cannula with a cross section taken perpendicular to a straight portion of the cannula that increases between the proximal end of the cannula and the distal end of the cannula allows for direct line of sight to the surgical site while also allowing the use of curved tools and curved access to the surgical site. These tools may be used in a postero-lateral approach from an incision in the back to a target position adjacent to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Innovative Spine, LLC.
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Douglas M. Lorang, Ephraim Akyuz
  • Patent number: 9486244
    Abstract: A posterior vertebral stabilizer, which operates in tension and compression via a resilent member is disclosed. 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. The stabilizers help provide the stiffness of a healthy intervertebral disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel E. Gerbec, Joel Dever
  • Patent number: 9445846
    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: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel E. Gerbec, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20160242866
    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: January 19, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joshua A. Butters
  • Publication number: 20160242791
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing an osteotomy produce a bone cut producing a multi-planar change in the alignment of a bone portion by rotating it relative to another bone portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel J. Triplett, Robert W. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20160242924
    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: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: E. Marlowe Goble, T Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20160228118
    Abstract: Devices and methods to attach soft tissue to bone include, for example, forming a bone tunnel in a bone, passing a suture through soft tissue, and inserting an anchor in the bone tunnel, wherein a distal portion of the anchor is positioned underneath the soft tissue, a proximal portion of the anchor is positioned beyond an edge of the soft tissue, the suture first portion extends from the distal portion of the anchor to the soft tissue, and the suture second portion extends from the proximal portion of the anchor to the soft tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Kwan-Ho Chan, James Murphy, T. Wade Fallin, Patrick M. White
  • Publication number: 20160213384
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing an osteotomy are presented. Examples include forming a fusion osteotomy at a metatarsocuneiform joint of the first ray of a human foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy, Daniel J. Triplett
  • Publication number: 20160213370
    Abstract: Devices and methods to attach soft tissue to bone include, for example, forming a transosseous bone tunnel, and forming a suture construct securing soft tissue to the bone wherein the suture construct extends from the soft tissue to the first opening, through the first opening, through the bone tunnel, through the second opening, and outside of the bone tunnel to the soft tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Kwan-Ho Chan, James Murphy, T. Wade Fallin, Patrick M. White
  • Publication number: 20160199076
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing an osteotomy on a bone are presented. In one example of the invention, a method of performing an osteotomy on a bone includes removing a portion of bone from a first side of the bone to create a gap on the first side of the bone; making a cut on a second side of the bone, opposite the first side; and rotating the bone from a first position to a second position to close the gap on the first side of the bone and open the cut on the second side of the bone to create a gap on the second side of the bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel J. Triplett, Robert W. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20160175089
    Abstract: Implants and techniques for correcting deformity of the first ray of a human foot are presented. The correction includes modifying the peroneus longus tendon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy
  • Patent number: 9358132
    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: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Chervitz, Robert W. Hoy, Daniel F. Justin, T. Wade Fallin
  • Publication number: 20160151165
    Abstract: Implants and techniques for correcting deformity of the first ray of a human foot are presented. The correction includes realigning and stabilizing the metatarsophalangeal and/or metatarsocuneiform joints of the first ray of the human foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy
  • Publication number: 20160135823
    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: January 26, 2016
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott, Patrick Michel White
  • Patent number: 9339394
    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: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC
    Inventors: Alan Chervitz, Daniel F. Justin, T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy