Patents by Inventor Zachary M. Hoffman

Zachary M. Hoffman 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: 10436112
    Abstract: A flow control system on an aircraft engine nacelle incorporates a plurality of translating turning vanes each having a body. An equal plurality of actuators is coupled to a trailing edge of the body of an associated one of the translating turning vanes. The actuator translates the body from a retracted position to an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Zachary C. Hoisington, Francisco D. Palacios, Drew C. Hoffman', Andrew M. Dorsey, Kevin J. Sequeira, Romar C. Frazier, Steven E. Chapel
  • Publication number: 20190209359
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating penile aberrations include the use of traction devices. For example, this document describes devices and methods for applying longitudinal and/or contralateral penile traction forces to treat anatomical aberrations related to Peyronie's disease and other conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Landon W. Trost, Jason Gerold, Zachary M. Hoffman, David Talen
  • Patent number: 10117771
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating penile aberrations include the use of traction devices. For example, this document describes devices and methods for applying longitudinal and/or contralateral penile traction forces to treat anatomical aberrations related to Peyronie's disease and other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, PathRight Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Landon W. Trost, Zachary M. Hoffman, David Talen, Jason Gerold
  • Patent number: 8740953
    Abstract: An occipital plate may include a central section, a pair of angled sections, and attachment assemblies comprising slide members configured to move along slots in the angled sections, and posts coupled to the slide members. Each post has a first and second cross dimensions. The first cross dimension of each post is less than a first cross dimension of a slide member. The second cross dimension of each post is approximately equal to a second cross dimension of a slide member. Rods may be coupled to the occipital plate at a variety of angles with respect to a midline of the plate. The angular adjustability may accommodate any misalignments in the rods. Further, the position of the attachment assemblies relative to the midline is adjustable to thereby provide for medial-lateral adjustability when attaching the rods to the occipital plate as part of an occipito-cervico-thoracic construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary M. Hoffman, Mark A. Myers
  • Publication number: 20130211538
    Abstract: An expandable surgical site access system and method for using the expandable surgical site access system to perform minimally invasive, percutaneous surgeries to access the spine or other bone structures, organs, or locations of the body is disclosed. In one embodiment, the surgical site access system includes an elongated, expandable stent that is particularly adapted to be deployed in a body during a surgical procedure to provide access to a surgical site within the body. The stent defines a working channel through the body from a point of entry to the surgical site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Hugh D. Hestad, Zachary M. Hoffman, Robert G. Hudgins, John T. Maertens, Thomas O. Viker
  • Patent number: 8372131
    Abstract: An expandable surgical site access system and method for using the expandable surgical site access system to perform minimally invasive, percutaneous surgeries to access the spine or other bone structures, organs, or locations of the body is disclosed. In one embodiment, the surgical site access system includes an elongated, expandable stent that is particularly adapted to be deployed in a body during a surgical procedure to provide access to a surgical site within the body. The stent defines a working channel through the body from a point of entry to the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Hugh D. Hestad, Zachary M. Hoffman, Robert G. Hudgins, John T. Maertens, Thomas O. Viker
  • Publication number: 20120130427
    Abstract: An occipital plate may include a central section, a pair of angled sections, and attachment assemblies comprising slide members configured to move along slots in the angled sections, and posts coupled to the slide members. Each post has a first and second cross dimensions. The first cross dimension of each post is less than a first cross dimension of a slide member. The second cross dimension of each post is approximately equal to a second cross dimension of a slide member. Rods may be coupled to the occipital plate at a variety of angles with respect to a midline of the plate. The angular adjustability may accommodate any misalignments in the rods. Further, the position of the attachment assemblies relative to the midline is adjustable to thereby provide for medial-lateral adjustability when attaching the rods to the occipital plate as part of an occipito-cervico-thoracic construct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Zachary M. Hoffman, Mark A. Myers
  • Patent number: 8147527
    Abstract: An occipital plate for use in an occipito-cervico-thoracic (OCT) construct is mounted to a patient's occipital bone. The occipital plate includes an elongate central section aligned with a midline of the base and a pair of angled sections that project away from the central section and include attachment assemblies for securing a rod to the occipital plate. The attachment assemblies have multi-adjustability features. At least a portion of the attachment assemblies is rotatable with respect to the base so that the rods may be coupled to the occipital plate at a variety of angles with respect to the midline. The angular adjustability may accommodate any misalignments in the rods. Additionally, the position of the attachment assemblies relative to the midline of the occipital plate is adjustable to thereby provide for medial-lateral adjustability when attaching the rods to the occipital plate as part of the OCT construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary M. Hoffman, Mark A. Myers
  • Patent number: 8137356
    Abstract: An installation system for installing a vertebral stabilization system. The system includes an implant guide and an insert. The implant guide includes a handle and a shaft extending from the handle. The distal end of the shaft is configured for engagement with a head portion of a vertebral anchor. The shaft has flexibility characteristics allowing the shaft to flexibly bend between a first configuration and a second configuration. The insert is slidably disposed along the shaft of the implant guide. The insert inhibits the shaft from bending from the second configuration to the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh D. Hestad, Zachary M. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8034090
    Abstract: A method for securing a graft to a bone includes forming a tunnel in the bone, positioning the graft in the tunnel, and securing the graft in the tunnel with an anchor. The method also includes attaching a distal end of an elongated anchor sleeve to a proximal end of the anchor and inserting a pre-compressed harvested bone material having a cruciate cross-section through the anchor sleeve into to a bore defined in the anchor. The bore has a mating cruciate cross-section. The method also includes removing the anchor sleeve after inserting the bone material into the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, H. Gene Hawkins, Zachary M. Hoffman, Gregory J. Denham, Troy M. Walters, Ryan A. Kaiser, Jason D. Meridew
  • Patent number: 7922748
    Abstract: A polyaxial body is selectively removable from a pedicle screw in a spinal fixation system without disruption of the screw's placement in the patient's spine. The polyaxial body according to various embodiments of this invention may be locked relative to the screw head and coupled to the spine rod without deformation of the screw or body components while still allowing for subsequent removal of the body from the screw head. The head of the pedicle screw is threadably engaged with a retainer ring on the polyaxial body thereby permitting selective removal of the body from the screw head without disrupting the placement of the screw in the spine. This allows for the pedicle screw to remain in the spine as the fixation system is adjusted as required by the surgeon for subsequent and reliable reanimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary M. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 7914539
    Abstract: A fixation device for securing tissue to a bone. The fixation device includes an anchor having a hollow body defining a longitudinal passage, and a plug configured to be received in at least a portion of the passage. The body comprises a cylindrical portion and a tapered tip portion. The cylindrical portion comprises a plurality of thin-walled window covers such that after implantation the window covers are resorbed first relative to other portions of the cylindrical portion for defining a plurality of apertures on the cylindrical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T Stone, H. Gene Hawkins, Zachary M Hoffman, Gregory J Denham, Troy M Walters, Ryan A Kaiser, Jason D Meridew
  • Patent number: 7850711
    Abstract: A system and method to assist in securing a soft tissue replacement in a bone tunnel includes an expandable member having an opening and an expandable portion. A delivery structure includes a connection portion selectively coupled to the opening of the expandable member. The delivery structure is adapted to inject a flowable medium into the expandable member thereby expanding the expandable portion and urging the soft tissue replacement into a bone surface defining the bone tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T Stone, Jason D Meridew, Troy M Walters, Ryan A Kaiser, Zachary M Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20100168803
    Abstract: An installation system for installing a vertebral stabilization system. The system includes an implant guide and an insert. The implant guide includes a handle and a shaft extending from the handle. The distal end of the shaft is configured for engagement with a head portion of a vertebral anchor. The shaft has flexibility characteristics allowing the shaft to flexibly bend between a first configuration and a second configuration. The insert is slidably disposed along the shaft of the implant guide. The insert inhibits the shaft from bending from the second configuration to the first configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh D. Hestad, Zachary M. Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20100145454
    Abstract: A nucleus replacement prosthesis for a nucleus of an intervertebral disc. The nucleus replacement prosthesis includes an elastic porous construct having a plurality of interconnected pores. The porous construct may be formed of a non-hydrogel material. The porous construct is compressible by the application of an applied compressive force from an enlarged state to a smaller compressed state. The porous construct is predisposed to assume the enlarged state in the absence of the applied compressive force without hydration of the porous construct. A substance may be located in the interconnected pores of the porous construct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary M. Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20090024203
    Abstract: An expandable surgical site access system and method for using the expandable surgical site access system to perform minimally invasive, percutaneous surgeries to access the spine or other bone structures, organs, or locations of the body is disclosed. In one embodiment, the surgical site access system includes an elongated, expandable stent that is particularly adapted to be deployed in a body during a surgical procedure to provide access to a surgical site within the body. The stent defines a working channel through the body from a point of entry to the surgical site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: ZIMMER SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Hugh D. Hestad, Zachary M. Hoffman, Robert G. Hudgins, John T. Maertens, Thomas O. Viker
  • Publication number: 20080125781
    Abstract: An occipital plate for use in an occipito-cervico-thoracic (OCT) construct is mounted to a patient's occipital bone. The occipital plate includes an elongate central section aligned with a midline of the base and a pair of angled sections that project away from the central section and include attachment assemblies for securing a rod to the occipital plate. The attachment assemblies have multi-adjustability features. At least a portion of the attachment assemblies is rotatable with respect to the base so that the rods may be coupled to the occipital plate at a variety of angles with respect to the midline. The angular adjustability may accommodate any misalignments in the rods. Additionally, the position of the attachment assemblies relative to the midline of the occipital plate is adjustable to thereby provide for medial-lateral adjustability when attaching the rods to the occipital plate as part of the OCT construct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: ZIMMER SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary M. Hoffman, Mark A. Myers
  • Publication number: 20080009862
    Abstract: A polyaxial body is selectively removable from a pedicle screw in a spinal fixation system without disruption of the screw's placement in the patient's spine. The polyaxial body according to various embodiments of this invention may be locked relative to the screw head and coupled to the spine rod without deformation of the screw or body components while still allowing for subsequent removal of the body from the screw head. The head of the pedicle screw is threadably engaged with a retainer ring on the polyaxial body thereby permitting selective removal of the body from the screw head without disrupting the placement of the screw in the spine. This allows for the pedicle screw to remain in the spine as the fixation system is adjusted as required by the surgeon for subsequent and reliable reanimation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: ZIMMER SPINE, INC.
    Inventor: Zachary M. Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20070299441
    Abstract: An occipital plate for use in an occipito-cervico-thoracic (OCT) construct is mounted to a patient's occipital bone. The occipital plate includes an elongate base plate oriented with a midline of the base plate longitudinal on the occipital bone. A pair of lateral sections project in opposite directions from the central section and include attachment assemblies for securing a rod to the occipital plate. The position of the attachment assembly relative to the midline of the occipital plate is adjustable to thereby provide for medial-lateral adjustability. In specific embodiments, the attachment assemblies include a slide member which mates with the lateral section of the occipital plate in a dove-tail joint configuration and a set screw is threadably engaged with the slide member to secure the slide member relative to the midline of the occipital plate and the appropriate spacing and geometry for the specific patient. The set screw also secures a cam, which fixes the rod to the occipital plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Inventors: Zachary M. Hoffman, Mark W. Rice, Jason Piehl
  • Patent number: D620109
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Darst Rice, Daniel G. Brown, Paul F. Boschert, Charles A. Wood, Ronaldo F. Carreon, Deborah L. Hoch, Zachary M. Hoffman