Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Errico

Thomas J. Errico 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: 11317958
    Abstract: A fixation assembly includes a tapered cannula, a post, and a snap ring. The snap ring is attachable to the post and the tapered cannula. The snap ring is configured to maintain the tapered cannula axially fixed in relation to the post such that the tapered cannula and the post are rotatable relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Peter Newton, Harry Shufflebarger, Larry E. McClintock
  • Patent number: 11298156
    Abstract: A modular screw includes a post and a head assembly. The post includes a tapered portion extending along a length of the post, the post defining a first bore. The head assembly is adjustably coupled with the post. The head assembly includes a head defining a slot configured to receive a spinal rod therein, an elongate screw having external threads extending along a length of the elongate screw, and a screw shank defining a second bore configured to receive the elongate screw therein. The screw shank includes an engaging portion configured to expand radially outward when the elongate screw engages the engaging portion, and internal threads configured to engage the external threads of the elongate screw. At least a portion of the screw shank is dimensioned to be selectively received in the first bore of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Peter Newton, Harry Shufflebarger, Larry E. McClintock
  • Patent number: 11259845
    Abstract: A bone fixation apparatus includes an insert and a bone anchor. The insert has open ends defining a lumen. A first thread is disposed on an outer surface of the insert and a second thread is disposed in the lumen. The insert is configured for threadably engaging bone. A driving tool is releasably attachable to the insert. The bone fixation apparatus also includes a bone anchor with a bone screw member and a housing. The bone screw member extends from the housing and has a third thread along a shank of the bone screw member. The third thread of the shank is engageable with the second thread of the lumen such that the bone anchor is coupled to the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Peter Newton, Harry Shufflebarger, Larry E. McClintock
  • Publication number: 20210113250
    Abstract: A fixation device includes a tapered cannula defining a bore therethrough, a shaft, and a post. The shaft includes a proximal portion disposed within the bore, and central and distal portions extending distally from the tapered cannula. The proximal portion includes a threaded inner surface defined therein. The shaft includes blades disposed within the central portion, the blades movable between a closed position in which the blades are disposed within the shaft and an open position in which the blades extend laterally through the shaft. The post includes a threaded outer surface threadingly engaged with the threaded inner surface of the shaft. The post is movable longitudinally within the shaft to transition the blades between the closed and open positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Eric Major, Thomas J. Errico, Peter Newton, Harry Shufflebarger, Larry E. McClintock
  • Publication number: 20210077151
    Abstract: A bone fixation apparatus includes an insert and a bone anchor. The insert has open ends defining a lumen. A first thread is disposed on an outer surface of the insert and a second thread is disposed in the lumen. The insert is configured for threadably engaging bone. A driving tool is releasably attachable to the insert. The bone fixation apparatus also includes a bone anchor with a bone screw member and a housing. The bone screw member extends from the housing and has a third thread along a shank of the bone screw member. The third thread of the shank is engageable with the second thread of the lumen such that the bone anchor is coupled to the insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Peter Newton, Harry Shufflebarger, Larry E. McClintock
  • Publication number: 20210077167
    Abstract: A fixation device includes a head, a tapered body coupled to the head and extending along a central longitudinal axis, and a flexible tail extending distally from the tapered body and defining a central bore therethrough. The flexible tail is movable from an initial configuration aligned with the central longitudinal axis to a deflected configuration that extends away from the central longitudinal axis when a force is applied to the flexible tail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Peter Newton, Harry Shufflebarger, Brittany Harwell
  • Publication number: 20210000615
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 10835389
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Publication number: 20200253655
    Abstract: A fixation device includes an outer member, an inner member, and an expansion member. The outer member includes an elongated body portion and a slotted tail portion, and defines a central bore therethrough that extends along a central longitudinal axis. The inner member is disposed within the central bore of the outer member, and the expansion member is coupled to the inner member. Proximal movement of the inner member relative to the outer member moves the expansion member into the slotted tail portion of the outer member such that the slotted tail portion moves from an undistended configuration to a distended configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. ERRICO, Peter NEWTON, Harry SHUFFLEBARGER, Brittany HARWELL
  • Publication number: 20200093527
    Abstract: A fixation assembly includes a tapered cannula, a post, and a snap ring. The snap ring is attachable to the post and the tapered cannula. The snap ring is configured to maintain the tapered cannula axially fixed in relation to the post such that the tapered cannula and the post are rotatable relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Peter Newton, Harold Shufflebarger, Larry E. McClintock
  • Publication number: 20200038067
    Abstract: A modular screw includes a first assembly and a second assembly. The first assembly includes a base portion having a head portion, a securing portion defining a first bore, and a receiving portion defining a second bore. The second assembly includes a first post, a second post including an engaging portion, and an elongate screw threadably engageable with the second post. The second post is dimensioned to be received through the second bore of the receiving portion of the first assembly such that when a first set screw is received in the first bore, the first set screw secures the base portion of the first assembly to the second post. The elongate screw received in the second post causes radial expansion of the engaging portion of the second post, which, in turn, causes the engaging portion to be affixed to the cavity of the first post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Peter Newton, Harry Shufflebarger, Larry E. McClintock
  • Publication number: 20200030006
    Abstract: A modular screw includes a post and a head assembly. The post includes a tapered portion extending along a length of the post, the post defining a first bore. The head assembly is adjustably coupled with the post. The head assembly includes a head defining a slot configured to receive a spinal rod therein, an elongate screw having external threads extending along a length of the elongate screw, and a screw shank defining a second bore configured to receive the elongate screw therein. The screw shank includes an engaging portion configured to expand radially outward when the elongate screw engages the engaging portion, and internal threads configured to engage the external threads of the elongate screw. At least a portion of the screw shank is dimensioned to be selectively received in the first bore of the post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Peter Newton, Harry Shufflebarger, Larry E. McClintock
  • Publication number: 20190142607
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 10213322
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Publication number: 20180008431
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 9782272
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 9622882
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 9526634
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 9414932
    Abstract: The present invention teaches an improved spinal fusion implant and method of implanting same. The implant includes a shell and an insert, the insert capable of situating first and second plates of the shell with respect to each other and of preventing unwanted loosening of fasteners placed through the shell and into the adjacent vertebral bodies. The method includes implanting a shell, selecting an insert from a plurality of inserts, and placing an insert between first and second plates of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Alexandre B. de Moura, Christopher McDonnell, Rafail Zubok
  • Publication number: 20160213494
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok