Patents by Inventor Timothy Beardsley

Timothy Beardsley 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: 10398425
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for distracting adjacent vertebrae during surgical procedures for implanting spinal prostheses. In an exemplary embodiment, a distractor is disclosed that maintains the empty space between adjacent vertebrae following a discectomy, and that can removably mate with other surgical instruments, such as, for example, a filler bar, an implanting tool, or a funnel. In other embodiments of the present invention a distractor is disclosed having various features to assist in implanting a spinal prosthesis, such as, for example, an angled distal end and/or an expandable paddle. In another embodiment of the present invention, an articulating inserter is disclosed. Moreover, various implants and funnels are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Michael Mahoney, Sara Dziedzic, Paul Birkmeyer, Timothy Beardsley, Dale Frank, Ron Naughton
  • Patent number: 9498294
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for tagging and tracking surgical devices using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. In general, the systems and methods allow for tracking surgical devices throughout distribution and sterilization thereof. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a tray configured to seat a plurality of surgical devices and having a parent RFID tag attached thereto that contains information and/or facilitates access to information about the tray and each of the surgical devices seated therein. Each of the surgical devices seated in the instrument tray can have attached thereto a child RFID tag containing information and/or facilitating access to information about the surgical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Rigsby, Matthew J. Andrie, Adam LaWare, Timothy A. Beardsley
  • Patent number: 9357908
    Abstract: A blade extending tower is provided for setting blade depth on retractors having telescoping or extending blades. The blade extending tower features a base, a column extending from the base, and mating features on the column configured to engage the blades of a retractor to extend the blades to a desired blade depth. Blade depth of the retractor is set buy sliding the retractor onto the blade extending tower such that the mating features of the blade extending tower engage the blades or the retractor, stopping the blades progression while the rest of the retractor continues along the length of the column. Thus the blades of the retractor are extended from the retractor to a depth determined by the configuration of the blade extending tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Frasier, Connie P. Marchek, Timothy Beardsley, Michael Zajack
  • Patent number: 9254126
    Abstract: The present invention provides a non-rigid retractor for providing access to a surgical site, such as a patient's spine, during a surgical process. When used in spinal surgery, the non-rigid retractor allows a surgeon to operate on one or more spinal levels. The non-rigid retractor includes at least one flexible strap anchored at a first end to the spine or other internal body part at the surgical site. The body of the at least one flexible strap extends from a skin incision and is anchored at a second location external to the body to retract skin and muscle from the surgical site, allowing adequate visualization of the surgical site and providing access for implants and surgical instruments to pass through the retractor and into the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Frasier, Timothy Beardsley, Connie P. Marchek
  • Publication number: 20160030029
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for distracting adjacent vertebrae during surgical procedures for implanting spinal prostheses. In an exemplary embodiment, a distractor is disclosed that maintains the empty space between adjacent vertebrae following a discectomy, and that can removably mate with other surgical instruments, such as, for example, a filler bar, an implanting tool, or a funnel. In other embodiments of the present invention a distractor is disclosed having various features to assist in implanting a spinal prosthesis, such as, for example, an angled distal end and/or an expandable paddle. In another embodiment of the present invention, an articulating inserter is disclosed. Moreover, various implants and funnels are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Mahoney, Sara Dziedzic, Paul Birkmeyer, Timothy Beardsley, Dale Frank, Ron Naughton
  • Publication number: 20160022368
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for tagging and tracking surgical devices using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. In general, the systems and methods allow for tracking surgical devices throughout distribution and sterilization thereof. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a tray configured to seat a plurality of surgical devices and having a parent RFID tag attached thereto that contains information and/or facilitates access to information about the tray and each of the surgical devices seated therein. Each of the surgical devices seated in the instrument tray can have attached thereto a child RFID tag containing information and/or facilitating access to information about the surgical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Applicant: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Rigsby, Matthew J. Andrie, Adam LaWare, Timothy A. Beardsley
  • Patent number: 9179977
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for tagging and tracking surgical devices using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. In general, the systems and methods allow for tracking surgical devices throughout distribution and sterilization thereof. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a tray configured to seat a plurality of surgical devices and having a parent RFID tag attached thereto that contains information and/or facilitates access to information about the tray and each of the surgical devices seated therein. Each of the surgical devices seated in the instrument tray can have attached thereto a child RFID tag containing information and/or facilitating access to information about the surgical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Rigsby, Matthew J. Andrie, Adam LaWare, Timothy A. Beardsley
  • Patent number: 9180024
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for distracting adjacent vertebrae during surgical procedures for implanting spinal prostheses. In an exemplary embodiment, a distractor is disclosed that maintains the empty space between adjacent vertebrae following a discectomy, and that can removably mate with other surgical instruments, such as, for example, a filler bar, an implanting tool, or a funnel. In other embodiments of the present invention a distractor is disclosed having various features to assist in implanting a spinal prosthesis, such as, for example, an angled distal end and/or an expandable paddle. In another embodiment of the present invention, an articulating inserter is disclosed. Moreover, various implants and funnels are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Michael Mahoney, Sara Dziedzic, Paul Birkmeyer, Timothy Beardsley, Dale Frank, Ron Naughton
  • Publication number: 20150091725
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for tagging and tracking surgical devices using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. In general, the systems and methods allow for tracking surgical devices throughout distribution and sterilization thereof. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a tray configured to seat a plurality of surgical devices and having a parent RFID tag attached thereto that contains information and/or facilitates access to information about the tray and each of the surgical devices seated therein. Each of the surgical devices seated in the instrument tray can have attached thereto a child RFID tag containing information and/or facilitating access to information about the surgical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Rigsby, Matthew J. Andrie, Adam LaWare, Timothy A. Beardsley
  • Patent number: 8937544
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for tagging and tracking surgical devices using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. In general, the systems and methods allow for tracking surgical devices throughout distribution and sterilization thereof. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a tray configured to seat a plurality of surgical devices and having a parent RFID tag attached thereto that contains information and/or facilitates access to information about the tray and each of the surgical devices seated therein. Each of the surgical devices seated in the instrument tray can have attached thereto a child RFID tag containing information and/or facilitating access to information about the surgical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Rigsby, Matthew J. Andrie, Adam LaWare, Timothy A. Beardsley
  • Publication number: 20140125482
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for tagging and tracking surgical devices using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. In general, the systems and methods allow for tracking surgical devices throughout distribution and sterilization thereof. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a tray configured to seat a plurality of surgical devices and having a parent RFID tag attached thereto that contains information and/or facilitates access to information about the tray and each of the surgical devices seated therein. Each of the surgical devices seated in the instrument tray can have attached thereto a child RFID tag containing information and/or facilitating access to information about the surgical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: DEPUY SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Rigsby, Matthew J. Andrie, Adam LaWare, Timothy A. Beardsley
  • Publication number: 20140058210
    Abstract: This invention includes surgical retractors that comprise an expandable frame that includes at least two base components, a connector, and at least two retractor blades attached to the expandable frame Also included are surgical retractors that comprise a housing component that includes a cylindrical portion and a contiguous blade portion, assemblies comprising a surgical retractor assembled to at least one obtruator, illuminated surgical cannulas, and methods of using the same during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond, Connie Marchek, Thomas W. Higginbotham, Anthony R. Carlone, Katherine Herard Ray, Timothy Beardsley
  • Patent number: 8622897
    Abstract: This invention includes surgical retractors that comprise an expandable frame that includes at least two base components, a connector, and at least two retractor blades attached to the expandable frame. Also included are surgical retractors that comprise a housing component that includes a cylindrical portion and a contiguous blade portion, assemblies comprising a surgical retractor assembled to at least one obtruator, illuminated surgical cannulas, and methods of using the same during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond, Connie Marchek, Thomas W. Higginbotham, Anthony R. Carlone, Katherine Herard, Timothy Beardsley
  • Patent number: 8602984
    Abstract: This invention includes surgical retractors that comprise an expandable frame that includes at least two base components, a connector, and at least two retractor blades attached to the expandable frame. Also included are surgical retractors that comprise a housing component that includes a cylindrical portion and a contiguous blade portion, assemblies comprising a surgical retractor assembled to at least one obtruator, illuminated surgical cannulas, and methods of using the same during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond, Connie Marchek, Thomas W. Higginbotham, Anthony R. Carlone, Katherine Herard, Timothy Beardsley
  • Publication number: 20130066647
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein that generally provide a new model for surgical support and management. Tasks typically performed in advance of and following a surgery can be performed in an automated and efficiency-optimized manner, particularly in the case of routine or straightforward surgical procedures. In one embodiment, the various parties involved in a surgery can access a surgical support and management system using one or more web pages. The system can perform various tasks associated with the surgical planning, inventory planning, intra-operative support, post-surgery logistics, and billing phases of surgical support and management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: DEPUY SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Andrie, Timothy A. Beardsley, Beth Bissonnette, Brett Patrick Knickerbocker, Adam LaWare, Bradley Moore, David O'Brien, Christopher Rigsby
  • Patent number: 8267883
    Abstract: An implant comprises a photocatalytic layer on at least one surface and is adapted to act as a sensor. In some embodiments, the photocatalytic layer is a semiconductor oxide that is doped. According to some embodiments, the implant comprises a wave guide. According to some embodiments the implant comprises a light port. According to some embodiments, the implant comprises a reflective material on a surface of the waveguide. According to some embodiments the implant comprises a composite material comprising a first material that has a transmissivity when exposed to a predetermined wavelength of light and a second material that has photocatalytic activity when exposed to the predetermined wavelength of light. According to some embodiments the implant comprises a light source adapted to irradiate the photocatalytic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. DiMauro, Jeffrey K. Sutton, Mohamed Attawia, Hassan Serhan, John Daniel Malone, Timothy Beardsley
  • Patent number: 8262662
    Abstract: The present invention provides minimally invasive devices and methods for delivering a spinal connector to one or more spinal anchor sites in a patient's spinal column. In one embodiment, a spinal implant and access device is provided that includes a U-shaped receiver member, a bone-engaging member, and an extension member. The U-shaped receiver member can have a recess formed therein that is adapted to seat a spinal connector. The bone-engaging member can extend distally from the receiver member and it can be adapted to engage bone to thereby mate the receiver member to bone. The extension member can extend proximally from the receiver member and it can include a frangible portion formed thereon that is adapted to break when a predetermined force is applied thereto thereby allowing at least a portion of the extension member to be separated from the receiver member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Beardsley, Douglas Bireley, James J. Roveda, Christopher Sicvol, Anthony R. Carlone
  • Publication number: 20110313256
    Abstract: This invention includes surgical retractors that comprise an expandable frame that includes at least two base components, a connector, and at least two retractor blades attached to the expandable frame. Also included are surgical retractors that comprise a housing component that includes a cylindrical portion and a contiguous blade portion, assemblies comprising a surgical retractor assembled to at least one obtruator, illuminated surgical cannulas, and methods of using the same during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond, Connie Marchek, Thomas W. Higginbotham, Anthony R. Carlone, Katherine Herard, Timothy Beardsley
  • Publication number: 20110276139
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for distracting adjacent vertebrae during surgical procedures for implanting spinal prostheses. In an exemplary embodiment, a distractor is disclosed that maintains the empty space between adjacent vertebrae following a discectomy, and that can removably mate with other surgical instruments, such as, for example, a filler bar, an implanting tool, or a funnel. In other embodiments of the present invention a distractor is disclosed having various features to assist in implanting a spinal prosthesis, such as, for example, an angled distal end and/or an expandable paddle. In another embodiment of the present invention, an articulating inserter is disclosed. Moreover, various implants and funnels are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mahoney, Sara Dziedzic, Paul Birkmeyer, Timothy Beardsley, Dale Frank, Ron Naughton
  • Patent number: 8038611
    Abstract: This invention includes surgical retractors that comprise an expandable frame that includes at least two base components, a connector, and at least two retractor blades attached to the expandable frame. Also included are surgical retractors that comprise a housing component that includes a cylindrical portion and a contiguous blade portion, assemblies comprising a surgical retractor assembled to at least one obtruator, illuminated surgical cannulas, and methods of using the same during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Raymond, Connie Marchek, Thomas W. Higginbotham, Anthony R. Carlone, Katherine Herard, Timothy Beardsley