Patents by Inventor Thomas A. Westling

Thomas A. Westling 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: 9393103
    Abstract: A tendon repair implant for treatment of a partial thickness tear in the supraspinatus tendon of the shoulder is provided. The implant may incorporate features of rapid deployment and fixation by arthroscopic means that compliment current procedures; tensile properties that result in desired sharing of anatomical load between the implant and native tendon during rehabilitation; selected porosity and longitudinal pathways for tissue in-growth; sufficient cyclic straining of the implant in the longitudinal direction to promote remodeling of new tissue to tendon-like tissue; and, may include a bioresorbable construction to provide transfer of additional load to new tendon-like tissue and native tendon over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Van Kampen, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Thomas A. Westling, Charles L. Euteneuer
  • Patent number: 9393104
    Abstract: A tendon repair implant for treatment of a partial thickness tear in the supraspinatus tendon of the shoulder is provided. The implant may incorporate features of rapid deployment and fixation by arthroscopic means that compliment current procedures; tensile properties that result in desired sharing of anatomical load between the implant and native tendon during rehabilitation; selected porosity and longitudinal pathways for tissue in-growth; sufficient cyclic straining of the implant in the longitudinal direction to promote remodeling of new tissue to tendon-like tissue; and, may include a bioresorbable construction to provide transfer of additional load to new tendon-like tissue and native tendon over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Van Kampen, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Thomas A. Westling, Charles L. Euteneuer
  • Publication number: 20160120542
    Abstract: A fastener delivery tool configured to deliver a fastener into tissue of a patient may comprise a shaft, a handle assembly connected to a proximal end of the shaft, one or more prongs connected to a distal end of the shaft, and a fastener push rod received at least partially within the shaft, wherein the fastener push rod is connected to the handle assembly, wherein the fastener push rod is moveable relative to the shaft, and wherein the fastener push rod includes one or more detents configured to be received within a passageway of a fastener and secure the fastener to the fastener push rod with friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson
  • Publication number: 20160120538
    Abstract: A fastener delivery tool may comprise a sheath assembly having at least one position retention member proximate a distal end of the sheath assembly, and a handle assembly coupled to a proximal end of the sheath assembly, the handle assembly comprising a housing, a trigger handle, and an insert connector. An external force applied to the trigger handle may cause displacement of the trigger handle relative to a rest position, and displacement of the trigger handle from the rest position within a first displacement range may impart a first amount of force on the insert connector relative to the applied external force and displacement of the trigger handle from the rest position within a second displacement range may impart a second amount of force on the insert connector relative to the applied external force, with the first amount of force being greater than the second amount of force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Nathaniel Tran
  • Publication number: 20160100935
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Applicant: ROTATION MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Patent number: 9247978
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: ROTATION MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Patent number: 9198750
    Abstract: A tendon repair implant for treatment of a partial thickness tear in the supraspinatus tendon of the shoulder is provided. The implant may incorporate features of rapid deployment and fixation by arthroscopic means that compliment current procedures; tensile properties that result in desired sharing of anatomical load between the implant and native tendon during rehabilitation; selected porosity and longitudinal pathways for tissue in-growth; sufficient cyclic straining of the implant in the longitudinal direction to promote remodeling of new tissue to tendon-like tissue; and, may include a bioresorbable construction to provide transfer of additional load to new tendon-like tissue and native tendon over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Van Kampen, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Thomas A. Westling, Charles L. Euteneuer
  • Publication number: 20150327858
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Publication number: 20150313705
    Abstract: An implantable tendon protection system includes a body adapted to be implanted within a bursa overlying a tendon of a patient to protect the tendon. The body may be fixed to the tendon with adhesive, sutures, staples, and/or anchors. A surgical kit is provided with such a tendon protection system and an insertion cannula. Methods of protecting a tendon of a patient are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: CHARLES L. EUTENEUER, THOMAS R. HEKTNER, THOMAS A. WESTLING, REBECCA McCARVILLE, DUANE FRION
  • Patent number: 9125650
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Patent number: 9101460
    Abstract: An implantable tendon protection system includes a body adapted to be implanted within a bursa overlying a tendon of a patient to protect the tendon. The body may be fixed to the tendon with adhesive, sutures, staples, and/or anchors. A surgical kit is provided with such a tendon protection system and an insertion cannula. Methods of protecting a tendon of a patient are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas R. Hektner, Thomas A. Westling, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion
  • Publication number: 20140371853
    Abstract: A tendon repair implant for treatment of a partial thickness tear in the supraspinatus tendon of the shoulder is provided. The implant may incorporate features of rapid deployment and fixation by arthroscopic means that compliment current procedures; tensile properties that result in desired sharing of anatomical load between the implant and native tendon during rehabilitation; selected porosity and longitudinal pathways for tissue in-growth; sufficient cyclic straining of the implant in the longitudinal direction to promote remodeling of new tissue to tendon-like tissue; and, may include a bioresorbable construction to provide transfer of additional load to new tendon-like tissue and native tendon over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Craig Van Kampen, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Thomas A. Westling, Charles L. Euteneuer
  • Publication number: 20130245627
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Publication number: 20130245762
    Abstract: A tendon repair implant for treatment of a partial thickness tear in the supraspinatus tendon of the shoulder is provided. The implant may incorporate features of rapid deployment and fixation by arthroscopic means that compliment current procedures; tensile properties that result in desired sharing of anatomical load between the implant and native tendon during rehabilitation; selected porosity and longitudinal pathways for tissue in-growth; sufficient cyclic straining of the implant in the longitudinal direction to promote remodeling of new tissue to tendon-like tissue; and, may include a bioresorbable construction to provide transfer of additional load to new tendon-like tissue and native tendon over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Craig Van Kampen, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Thomas A. Westling, Charles L. Euteneuer
  • Publication number: 20130158587
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Charles L. EUTENEUER, Thomas A. WESTLING, Nathaniel Z. ZENZ-OLSON, Michael WITZMANN
  • Publication number: 20130158661
    Abstract: An implantable tendon protection system includes a body adapted to be implanted within a bursa overlying a tendon of a patient to protect the tendon. The body may be fixed to the tendon with adhesive, sutures, staples, and/or anchors. A surgical kit is provided with such a tendon protection system and an insertion cannula. Methods of protecting a tendon of a patient are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Charles L. EUTENEUER, Thomas R. HEKTNER, Thomas A. WESTLING, Rebecca McCARVILLE, Duane FRION
  • Publication number: 20110224702
    Abstract: A tendon repair implant for treatment of a partial thickness tear in the supraspinatus tendon of the shoulder is provided. The implant may incorporate features of rapid deployment and fixation by arthroscopic means that compliment current procedures; tensile properties that result in desired sharing of anatomical load between the implant and native tendon during rehabilitation; selected porosity and longitudinal pathways for tissue in-growth; sufficient cyclic straining of the implant in the longitudinal direction to promote remodeling of new tissue to tendon-like tissue; and, may include a bioresorbable construction to provide transfer of additional load to new tendon-like tissue and native tendon over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: CRAIG VAN KAMPEN, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Thomas A. Westling, Charles L. Euteneuer
  • Publication number: 20100191332
    Abstract: An implantable tendon protection system includes a body adapted to be implanted within a bursa overlying a tendon of a patient to protect the tendon. The body may be fixed to the tendon with adhesive, sutures, staples, and/or anchors. A surgical kit is provided with such a tendon protection system and an insertion cannula. Methods of protecting a tendon of a patient are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas R. Hektner, Thomas A. Westling, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion