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).

  • 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: 20160213484
    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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20160081817
    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: December 2, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 9226837
    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: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Publication number: 20150282949
    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: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 9132020
    Abstract: Instruments and methods for distracting an intervertebral space and inserting and impacting artificial intervertebral discs. A wedge distractor employing opposing ramps through which an inserter/impactor holding an artificial intervertebral disc is admitted, the passage of which through the distractor results in distraction of the intervertebral space simultaneous with insertion of the artificial intervertebral disc. A method of distracting an intervertebral space comprising the steps of inserting a distractor having opposing ramped surfaces into an intervertebral space and inserting an inserter/impactor holding an artificial intervertebral disc between the opposing ramped surfaces of the distractor to insert/impact the artificial intervertebral disc in the intervertebral space. A system for distracting an intervertebral space employing a wedge distractor, inserter/impactor and artificial intervertebral implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Rafail Zubok, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico
  • Patent number: 9095451
    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 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Publication number: 20150142119
    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: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas J. Errico, Alexandre B. de Moura, Christopher McDonnell, Rafail Zubok
  • Publication number: 20140316523
    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 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 8777959
    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: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Publication number: 20140172109
    Abstract: An orthopedic device set, including: a plurality of intervertebral spacer elements, each spacer element having a different axial thickness from each other element, the axial thicknesses being selected to increase by an increment from one element to another; and an instrument for holding ones of the intervertebral spacer elements, the instrument comprising a shaft having a distal end, a selectively grasping subassembly for alternatively rigidly holding each spacer element at the distal end so that the spacer element cannot move relative to the instrument, and releasing the spacer element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: SPINECORE, INC.
    Inventors: James D. Ralph, Stephen Tatar, Thomas J. Errico
  • Publication number: 20140142704
    Abstract: An instrument for holding an intervertebral spacer is provided. The instrument includes a compression assembly and a fixed shaft forming a handle and a compression surface. The compression assembly includes a selectively engageable shaft axially movable relative to a longitudinal axis of the fixed shaft. The engageable shaft forms a hook having a surface complimentary to the compression surface to define an enclosure for engagement with an annular groove of the spacer. The compression assembly includes a compression trigger mechanically connected to the engageable shaft for axially moving the hook from a first position relative to the fixed shaft in which the enclosure engages the spacer such that the spacer is held by the enclosure to a second position relative to the fixed shaft in which the spacer is disengaged from at least one of the hook surface and the compression surface such that the enclosure disengages the spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Ralph, Stephen Tatar, Thomas J. Errico
  • Patent number: 8685094
    Abstract: An orthopedic device set, including: a plurality of intervertebral spacer elements, each spacer element having a different axial thickness from each other element, the axial thicknesses being selected to increase by an increment from one element to another; and an instrument for holding ones of the intervertebral spacer elements, the instrument comprising a shaft having a distal end, a selectively grasping subassembly for alternatively rigidly holding each spacer element at the distal end so that the spacer element cannot move relative to the instrument, and releasing the spacer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: SpineCore, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Ralph, Stephen Tatar, Thomas J. Errico