Patents by Inventor Wesley Lewis

Wesley Lewis 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: 20060271192
    Abstract: The present invention has multiple aspects relating to assembled self fixing bone-tendon-bone (BTB) grafts and BTB implants. A preferred application in which self fixing assembled bone-tendon-bone (BTB) grafts and implants of the present technology can be used is for ACL repairs in a human patient. In one embodiment, a self fixing BTB graft is characterized by the presence of threads along at least a portion of the exterior surface of one or both bone blocks. In another embodiment, a self fixing assembled bone-tendon-bone implant comprises a removable tendon tensioner which imparts a predetermined tension on the tendon of the BTB graft. In this embodiment, the tensioner can be narrower than the diameter of the bone blocks or can be threaded such that the threads are continuous with the threads of at least one of the bone blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Inventors: Raymond Olsen, Wesley Lewis, John Bianchi, Joe Kutsavage, Daniel Urbaniak, Angela Carr, Ben Sanders
  • Publication number: 20060228252
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the field of implants that include soft tissue. More particularly, the present invention is directed to processes for treating implants that include soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments and meniscus, and to implants produced by such processes. The present invention is also directed to processes and apparatus for improved processing of implants that include soft tissue, by applying kinematic restraint, preferably tension, to the implant or specific portions of the implants during the treatment, and to implants produced by such processes and apparatus. The present techniques yield soft tissue implants having superior structural, mechanical, and/or biochemical integrity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Publication date: October 12, 2006
    Inventors: C. Mills, John Bianchi, Michael Roberts, Michael Zingaro, Wesley Lewis, Chandrasekaran Nataraj, Benjamin Sanders
  • Publication number: 20060229722
    Abstract: The present invention has multiple aspects relating to a bone-tendon-bone graft and components thereof. Embodiments of the present invention comprise an intermediate bone block that is used to adjustably secure soft tissue (e.g., tendon) in a patient. Preferred intermediate bone blocks comprise at least one machined segment of cortical bone, cancellous bone or both. Embodiments of intermediate bone blocks of the present invention are used singly or in combination with one or more bone blocks to form a bone block assembly for securing soft tissue. The present invention further relates to an assembled bone-tendon-bone graft suitable for implantation in humans comprising the intermediate bone block and a length of soft tissue. In a preferred embodiment, a bone-tendon-bone graft comprises a length of soft tissue (e.g., tendon) extending from a first assembled bone block to a second bone block and then doubles back to said first assembled bone block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Publication date: October 12, 2006
    Inventors: John Bianchi, Zhukauskas Arunas, Todd Goede, Lauren Brown, Guy Grover, Wesley Lewis, Joe Kutsavage
  • Publication number: 20060212036
    Abstract: The present invention has multiple aspects. In its simplest aspect, the present invention is directed to an intermediate bone block comprising a machined segment of cortical bone, cancellous bone or both, the intermediate having a face comprising one to ten compression surfaces and one to ten cavities, the compression surfaces suitable for compressing soft tissue, the cavities for receiving and holding overflow soft tissue. The cavities are preferably channels, and more preferably channels having an omega cross-sectional profile. Surprisingly, the cavities and channels, which reduced the compressed surface area between the intermediate bone block and the tendon, significantly improved tendon load at failure. In standardized tests, an intermediate bone block of this invention, when combined with high surface area bone blocks of the prior art bone blocks, unexpectedly increased their load at failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Inventors: John Bianchi, Wesley Lewis
  • Publication number: 20060200235
    Abstract: The present invention has multiple aspects. In its simplest aspect, the present invention is directed to an intermediate bone block comprising a machined segment of cortical bone, cancellous bone or both, the intermediate having a face comprising one to ten compression surfaces and one to ten cavities, the compression surfaces suitable for compressing soft tissue, the cavities for receiving and holding overflow soft tissue. The cavities are preferably channels, and more preferably channels having an omega cross-sectional profile. Surprisingly, the cavities and channels, which reduced the compressed surface area between the intermediate bone block and the tendon, significantly improved tendon load at failure. In standardized tests, an intermediate bone block of this invention, when combined with high surface area bone blocks of the prior art bone blocks, unexpectedly increased their load at failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Publication date: September 7, 2006
    Inventors: John Bianchi, Wesley Lewis, Joe Kutsavage, Dan Urbaniak, Angela Carr, Glenn Klein, Ben Sanders
  • Publication number: 20060200236
    Abstract: The present invention has multiple aspects. In its simplest aspect, the present invention is directed to an intermediate bone block comprising a machined segment of cortical bone, cancellous bone or both, the intermediate having a face comprising one to ten compression surfaces and one to ten cavities, the compression surfaces suitable for compressing soft tissue, the cavities for receiving and holding overflow soft tissue. The cavities are preferably channels, and more preferably channels having an omega cross-sectional profile. Surprisingly, the cavities and channels, which reduced the compressed surface area between the intermediate bone block and the tendon, significantly improved tendon load at failure. In standardized tests, an intermediate bone block of this invention, when combined with high surface area bone blocks of the prior art bone blocks, unexpectedly increased their load at failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Publication date: September 7, 2006
    Inventors: John Bianchi, Wesley Lewis
  • Publication number: 20050229323
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the field of implants that include soft tissue. More particularly, the present invention is directed to processes for treating implants that include soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments, and to implants produced by such processes. The present invention is also directed to processes and apparatus for improved processing of implants that include soft tissue, by applying kinematic restraint, preferably tension, to the implant or specific portions of the implants during the treatment, and to implants produced by such processes and apparatus. The present techniques yield soft tissue implants having superior structural, mechanical, and/or biochemical integrity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Publication date: October 20, 2005
    Inventors: C. Mills, John Bianchi, Michael Roberts, Michael Zingaro, Wesley Lewis, Chandrasekaran Nataraj, Benjamin Sanders