Screw Or Pin Placement Or Removal Means Patents (Class 606/104)
  • Patent number: 10413339
    Abstract: Bone anchors and surgical instruments (e.g., bone taps, drivers, etc.) are disclosed herein that include integrated guide tips. Use of these anchors or instruments can eliminate one or more of the steps in a conventional bone anchor installation procedure, improving surgical efficiency and safety. For example, a surgical instrument can include a guide projection configured for insertion through a cannulation formed in a bone anchor when the surgical instrument is coupled to the bone anchor. The surgical instrument can also include various mechanisms for adjusting the position of the guide projection relative to the bone anchor. The guide projection can replace the needle, stylet, and guidewire used in typical insertion procedures. The bone anchor can also include integrated tapping features to eliminate the need for a separate bone tap instrument. Thus, in some embodiments, targeting, tapping, and driving the bone anchor can be performed in a single step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Ramsay, John DiVincenzo, Nicholas Pavento
  • Patent number: 10390817
    Abstract: A tissue fixation system is provided for dynamic and rigid fixation of tissue. A fastener connected with an elongate fastening member, such as a cable, wire, suture, rod, or tube, is moved through a passage between opposite sides of tissue. A medical device is used to secure the fastener to the elongate fastening member. The medical device includes a tensioning mechanism for tensioning the elongate fastening member. As crimping mechanism is used to secure the fastener to the elongated member, where a cutting mechanism cut the excess portion of the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Peter M. Bonutti, Hank Bonutti, Kevin Ruholl, Glen A. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10390967
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a guide device and a driver, which allows for the preparation of an anatomic cavity for screw fixation of an implant or spacer, including the guidance for hole preparation, and guidance for insertion of screws, and or anchors, while selecting the amount of rigidity, and selecting the amount of visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Livorsi, Francisco Amaral, Matthew Posluszny, Raymond Murphy, David Gerber
  • Patent number: 10383664
    Abstract: A method of fusing a dysfunctional sacroiliac joint with an additively manufactured joint implant comprising a plurality of openings extending from a top surface into an inner portion of the joint implant via a plurality of channels, and an orifice extending from an exterior surface of the proximal end into the inner portion, wherein the orifice is in fluid communication with the plurality of channels via the inner portion; delivering the joint implant into the sacroiliac joint space through an access region and injecting an amount of biocompatible material at an initial stage of an injection process into the inner portion via the orifice and with a delivery tool; and, at a subsequent stage of the injection process the amount of biocompatible material moves from the inner portion through the plurality of channel via a second path and into the sacroiliac joint space immediately adjacent a top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: JCBD, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Jeffrey Donner, Christopher Thomas Donner
  • Patent number: 10383615
    Abstract: An anchor inserter provides for inserting an anchor into a hole in body tissue. The anchor inserter has an elongated shaft with a first axis and a distal end and an insertion tip. The insertion tip has a driving tip extending distally from the distal end of the shaft to terminate in an anchor engaging interface. A resiliency between the anchor engaging interface and the shaft allows bending away from the first axis. An abutment member extends distally from the shaft and has a distally facing abutment surface adjacent the driving tip which abuts the anchor and allows an axial force to be transmitted thereto. Preferably, the abutment member comprises a collar extending from the shaft and coaxially receiving the driving tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventor: Mehmet Ziya Sengun
  • Patent number: 10368923
    Abstract: A bone fixation system is provided. The bone fixation system includes a receiver coupled to a bone fastener. The receiver includes an inner bore and channel that provides a seat for an elongate fixation rod. The inner surface of the receiver includes locations for an instrument to securely grasp the receiver from the inside of the receiver without obstructing the inner bore. The instrument is provided with hooks that uniquely grasp the receiver from the inside and outside of the receiver. The instrument also includes flexible prongs configured to engage recesses formed in the outer surface of the receiver. The prongs have prong extensions that conform in shape to the recesses. The prongs and recesses have three separated perimeter surfaces each having a component perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The bone fixation system provides a strong connection between the screw and the instrument for the demands unique to spinal surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroStructures, Inc.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Joey Reglos
  • Patent number: 10368870
    Abstract: A surgical fastener is provided for various surgical fastening applications, including attaching an implantable prosthesis, such as a soft tissue repair fabric, to tissue and/or muscle. The surgical fastener may include a coil body and a head attached to the coil body. The head may include at least one external thread adapted to engage with a corresponding internal thread of a delivery device. The head may include a through hole adapted to receive a rod therethrough for guiding and/or driving the surgical fastener from the delivery device. The through hole may have a non-circular configuration that complements at least a portion of the shape of a non-circular rod. The coil body may also define a channel with a non-circular configuration. The non-circular through hole and/or channel may be engaged and rotated by the non-circular rod to rotate the surgical fastener for delivery and insertion of the fastener into the prosthesis and/or tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Ranucci, Saurav V. Gupta, Keith A. Grider, Derek Leatzow
  • Patent number: 10363073
    Abstract: Bone anchor assemblies and related instrumentation are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a modular bone anchor assembly allows for a bone anchor to be driven into bone and a head or receiver member to be attached thereto at some later point in time. The bone anchor can have a smaller footprint than the complete assembly, which can improve visualization and anatomical spatial awareness during insertion of the bone anchor and during other surgical steps performed prior to attaching the head or receiver member to the bone anchor. A variety of modular head types are disclosed, as are various instruments for driving a bone anchor, attaching a head to a bone anchor, removing a head from a bone anchor, and making a unilateral attachment to a head of a bone anchor assembly. Drive interfaces for driving a bone anchor are disclosed, as are features that allow a bone anchor to act as a fixation point for soft tissue retraction, disc space distraction, derotation, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Medos International Sàrl
    Inventors: Aniruddha Raina, Eric Biester
  • Patent number: 10357294
    Abstract: The combination of a plate and inserter for the plate. The plate is configured to be operatively placed at a bone fracture site and secured with at least one fastener to stabilize bone portions between which a fracture is located. Structure cooperating between the plate and inserter is configured to releasably maintain the plate operatively engaged with the inserter. The operatively engaged plate is movable together with the inserter whereby a user can manipulate the operatively engaged plate through the inserter. The plate has a leading end with a tapered configuration to facilitate dissection of soft tissue from a bone surface to allow a surface on the plate that trails the advancing leading end to be operatively placed against the bone surface across the bone fracture site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TriMed, Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert Medoff
  • Patent number: 10349986
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a first member including a drive engageable with a first mating surface of a bone fastener. A second member is rotatable relative to the first member and includes an engagement element connectable with a second mating surface of the bone fastener. Systems, spinal implants and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Paxton Wall, Richard Quinn Brown, Adam Glaser
  • Patent number: 10349933
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a suture anchor are provided that generally include a suture anchor body including a securing structure for securing the suture anchor in tissue or bone. The suture anchor body includes an internal cavity configured and dimensioned to receive therein a suture and a locking pin. Exemplary embodiments are also directed to suture anchor systems that generally include a suture anchor and a driver configured and dimensioned to interlock relative to the suture anchor. Exemplary embodiments are further directed to methods of anchoring a suture in tissue or bone that generally include providing a suture anchor, passing the suture through the suture anchor body, and driving the suture anchor into the tissue or bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERIA INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Ian K. Y. Lo
  • Patent number: 10349985
    Abstract: A pedicle screw removal device comprises a rod having a first end and a second end opposite the first. A clamping member is located at the first end of the rod, and a handle is located at the second end. The clamping member is configured to remove a pedicle screw via clamping to a pedicle screw socket. To remove a pedicle screw, the rod is inserted into a pedicle screw socket until a screw engagement surface on the first end portion of the rod is met by a head of the pedicle screw. The clamping member is lowered to a desired position and clamped to the pedicle screw socket. Rotating the handle unscrews the pedicle screw while the screw engagement surface is pressing on the screw head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DEANNALYN, INC.
    Inventors: Deanna Kriete, John Kriete
  • Patent number: 10335220
    Abstract: A bone positioning guide may include a main body member, a shaft, and a bone engagement member. The shaft can be movably connected to the main body member and have the bone engagement member rotatably coupled to its distal end. The bone engagement member can have a surface configured to engage a bone. The main body member can also include a tip opposite the bone engagement member for engaging a second bone. In use, the bone engagement member may be positioned in contact with a medial side of a first metatarsal while the tip is positioned in contact with a lateral side of a different metatarsal, such as a second metatarsal. The shaft can then be moved to advance the bone engagement member toward the tip, causing realignment of the first metatarsal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Bret Smith, Paul Dayton, Sean F. Scanlan, F. Barry Bays, Carlos Eduardo Gil, John T. Treace
  • Patent number: 10321926
    Abstract: Provided herein are devices and methods for anterior arytenoid adduction. The device may comprise a wire having a first end and a second end at opposite ends of a longitudinal axis, the wire forming a spiral along the longitudinal axis and having a double hook at the first end, a suture threaded through the spiral of the wire from the second end to the first end, the suture forming a turn at the first end and passing exterior to the spiral to the second end. The method may comprise advancing a suture and hook from the subject's anterior thyroid cartilage or cricothyroid membrane to the muscular process of the subject's arytenoid, attaching the hook to the muscular process, and applying tension to the suture to rotate the muscular process and adduct the arytenoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy M. McCulloch, Matthew R. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10314570
    Abstract: Various surgical tissue anchor retention mechanisms, systems and methods are provided. The mechanisms, systems and methods can include a delivery tool or needle having a flex joint, a snap-fit, a cam and follower, a rotating tip, an expandable lock, a coil, an inverted collet, a tab, a buckling tube, an inflation element or like anchor retention or securement features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Watschke, James R. Mujwid, James A. Alexander, Justin M. Crank
  • Patent number: 10314629
    Abstract: A fixing pin for orthopedic surgery is provided. The fixing pin for orthopedic surgery includes: an inner fixing pin inserted from one-side cortex of a bone to the opposite-side cortex thereof; an outer fixing pin including a first hole and a first screw portion formed to protrude from a front end thereof, the first hole being penetrated by the inner fixing pin so that front and rear ends of the inner fixing pin protrude, the outer fixing pin being inserted into only one-side cortex of the bone, and the inner fixing pin being fixed to the outer fixing pin; and a sleeve including a second hole and fixed to the outer fixing pin, the second hole being penetrated by the outer fixing pin so that front and rear ends of the outer fixing pin protrude. Therefore, according to the present disclosure, it is possible to perform internal fixation even after reposition of bone fracture has been performed using a fixing pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Ilhyung Park, Chang-Wug Oh, Chul-woo Park, Sanghyun Joung, Hyunjoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10292736
    Abstract: Provided is a novel rod reducing device including a screw jack mechanism that is moveably engaged with an elongated grasping fork assembly, the screw jack mechanism having an elongated threaded portion, the elongated threaded portion being connected at its most distal end to a rod contact member, which is positioned in sliding circumferential contact with each of the two opposing elongated grasping members and the most proximal end of the elongated threaded portion terminating in a controlling member, which can be activated in a measured and controlled manner. A method of using the device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barrus, Scott Jones
  • Patent number: 10292740
    Abstract: A system for securing a flexible member to a vertebra includes a flexible member, a fixation member, and an inserter. The flexible member includes two ends. The fixation member includes a head and a shank that defines a longitudinal axis of the fixation member. The head defines a slot that passes through the head orthogonal to the longitudinal axis. The slot receives a portion of the flexible member. The inserter includes a handle and a tubular member that has proximal and distal end portion. The proximal end portion is attached to the handle and the distal end portion extends from the handle. The tubular member defines a passage between the proximal and distal end portions. The distal end portion includes a couple for receiving the head of the fixation member with the portion of the flexible member received in the slot of the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Mundis, Jr., Han Jo Kim, John Ferguson, Laurel Blakemore, Michael Barrus
  • Patent number: 10285735
    Abstract: Provided is a novel rod reducing device including a screw jack mechanism that is moveably engaged with an elongated grasping fork assembly, the screw jack mechanism having an elongated threaded portion, the elongated threaded portion being connected at its most distal end to a rod contact member, which is positioned in sliding circumferential contact with each of the two opposing elongated grasping members and the most proximal end of the elongated threaded portion terminating in a controlling member, which can be activated in a measured and controlled manner. A method of using the device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barrus, Scott Jones
  • Patent number: 10278687
    Abstract: Retractor blade assemblies, retractors, kits, and methods of using the same. The retractor blade assembly may include a retractor blade, a pedicle screw, and a screw mount that connects the pedicle screw to the retractor blade. The retractor blade may have a proximal end configured to engage a retractor body and a distal end configured to retract soft tissue. The pedicle screw may have a head portion removably connected to the distal end of the retractor blade and a shaft portion configured to engage the pedicle of a vertebra. The screw mount couples the pedicle screw to the retractor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Cryder, Mark Weiman
  • Patent number: 10265194
    Abstract: A surgical instrument suitable for preparing an intervertebral disc space includes an outer sleeve, an instrument head, an inner shaft, a handle, a universal joint, a coupling member, and a drive mechanism. The outer sleeve includes a proximal end, a distal end and a longitudinal axis. The instrument head defines a longitudinal axis and is disposed at the distal end of the outer shaft. The inner shaft is slidably disposed within the outer sleeve and includes a proximal end, a distal end and a longitudinal axis coaxially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the outer sleeve. The drive mechanism is coupled between the outer sleeve and the inner shaft and actuates the outer sleeve axially relative to the inner shaft, thereby setting an angle of the longitudinal axis of the instrument head in relation to the longitudinal axis of the inner shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Ziemek, Patrick Hunt
  • Patent number: 10251682
    Abstract: A system for treating a bone fracture includes an intramedullary nail sized and shaped to be inserted through a medullary canal of a bone to extend across a fracture site of the bone, the intramedullary device extending from a first end to a second end and including a plurality of openings extending laterally therethrough, the openings sized and shaped to receive bone fixation elements therethrough, and an insertion device including a base portion and a handle portion extending therefrom, the base portion integrally formed with the intramedullary nail and connected thereto via a plurality of connection points which, when a force is exerted thereon, break to disconnect the insertion device from the intramedullary nail, the base portion including a plurality of guide channels extending therethrough, each of the guide channels being aligned with a corresponding one of the openings of the intramedullary nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Depuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Yvonne Schumacher, Robert Frigg, Alfred Niederberger, Daniel Fluri, Andreas Appenzeller, Beat Spörri
  • Patent number: 10251688
    Abstract: Techniques for joint fusion are described, including a screw comprising a head having a partially flat surface and an opening for receiving a screwdriver tip, the head able to fit within a drill guide, a tip having another opening, a shaft extending from the head to the tip, the shaft having a plurality of holes and a thread on an external surface of the shaft, and a cannula within the shaft extending from the opening to the another opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ASFORA IP, LLC
    Inventor: Wilson Theophilo Asfora
  • Patent number: 10245086
    Abstract: A bone plate kit may be provided for a foot or ankle orthopedic procedure, such as a lapidus procedure. In some examples, the bone plate kit includes a sterile container that holds multiple unicortical bone plate fasteners and one or more bone plates. For example, the kit may contain two bone plates configured to be used together during a tarsal-metatarsal fusion procedure. Each of the two bone plates may be configured to span different regions of a tarsal-metatarsal joint. The unicortical bone plate fasteners can be used to secure the two bone plates to the first metatarsal and medial cuneiform of a patient undergoing a procedure. In some configurations, one of the bone plates is a helical bone plate while the other bone plate may or may not be a helical bone plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Treace, F. Barry Bays, Paul Dayton
  • Patent number: 10238484
    Abstract: An adjustable construct for fixation of a tendon or ligament graft in a tunnel. The construct comprises a flexible, adjustable loop connected to tissue (for example, graft, ligament or tendon). The adjustable loop may be integrated with an additional tissue supporting device (for example, a wedge or a plug). The tissue is secured within a bone socket/tunnel by adjusting the length of the flexible adjustable loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Ricardo Albertorio, Eric S. Zajac, Jacob A. Jolly
  • Patent number: 10213218
    Abstract: A sleeve pin assembly for fixing a bone piece, and more particularly, a new structure of sleeve pin assembly for fixing a bone piece in which a pin for fixing a plurality of bone pieces that have occurred upon being fractured is coupled to a sleeve with a collet method is provided. The sleeve pin assembly for fixing a bone piece includes: a pin having a fixing portion; a collet portion detachably coupled to the pin; a fastening portion having one end connected to the collet portion and the other end that can be fastened to an electric drill; and a sleeve including an internal receiving space to receive the collet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SOLCO BIOMEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Il Kim, Myung Heon Ha
  • Patent number: 10213240
    Abstract: Described herein is a deployable anchor that includes a head positionable within or entirely through an interior portion of a bone. While positioned within or entirely through the interior portion of the bone, the head is deployable to frictionally engage the bone and fixate the head relative to the bone. The anchor also includes a cable that is coupled to the head. The cable is configured to be tensioned to a measurable and adjustable tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CABLE FIX LLC
    Inventors: Carey Bryant, Mark Brinker, William Ricci
  • Patent number: 10188378
    Abstract: Examples of a suture anchor having a small diameter and having a soft suture bridge or suture eyelet are described herein. The soft suture bridge/suture eyelet allows a repair suture to slide, which is desirable when tying knots. In some cases, the soft suture bridge/suture eyelet itself is made from a length of suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Lunn, Timothy Young, Mark Edwin Housman, John Slusarz, Paul Alexander Torrie, Wei Li Fan, Steven Astorino
  • Patent number: 10149764
    Abstract: Improved tools and procedures relate to the immobilization of the sacroiliac joint for the treatment of pain associated with the joint. Kits comprise, for example, a guide element and an immobilization element of a biocompatible material with a size and shape suitable for placement within the sacroiliac joint. Suitable immobilization elements include, for example, pins, nails, screws, darts, wedges, shims and hardening material. A bioactive agent can be delivered into the joint to compliment the immobilization and promote healing. Suitable procedures can be done in a less invasive procedure through a cannula or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ilion Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: John G. Stark
  • Patent number: 10143508
    Abstract: The invention is based on a tool device, in particular hand-held tool device, for use in a surgical method, comprising a tool receptacle, an operating unit, a torque limitation unit, a torque transmission unit and a magazine unit. The torque limitation unit is arranged between the operating unit and the tool receptacle and comprises a plurality of torque limitation elements which are provided to be destroyed when a given torque is exceeded. The magazine unit is provided to exert a thrust force onto the torque limitation elements for introducing them one by one into the torque transmission unit, and the torque limitation unit is provided to respectively receive a torque limitation element and to destroy it when the given torque is exceeded, wherein the torque limitation elements are arranged on a rotary working axle of the tool receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SMC INNOVATION GMBH
    Inventor: Arne Jansen-Troy
  • Patent number: 10136902
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a proximal end including a tool engagement surface. A distal end is configured to form a bore in vertebral tissue. The distal end includes a first thread, a second thread spaced from the first thread and at least one tissue depth indicia. Systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A Farris
  • Patent number: 10137001
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc space to maintain normal disc spacing and restore spinal stability, thereby facilitating an intervertebral fusion. In one embodiment, the fusion device includes a central ramp, a first endplate, and a second endplate, the central ramp capable of being moved in a first direction to move the first and second endplates outwardly and into an expanded configuration. The fusion device is capable of being deployed down an endoscopic tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Weiman
  • Patent number: 10117683
    Abstract: A spinal rod locking holder includes an outer body, a handle assembly at a proximal end of the outer body, a locking assembly within a distal portion of the outer body, and a sprocket assembly at the distal end of the outer body. The handle assembly includes a moveable handle operatively associated with the sprocket assembly to selectively engage and release an end of a spinal rod. The locking assembly including a bearing operatively associated with a pawl such that when the moveable handle is compressed the bearing extends the pawl into contact with an outer surface of the sprocket assembly. The sprocket assembly including sprocket sections configured to compress against the end of the spinal rod when the pawl engages the outer surface of the sprocket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Meyer, Kevin R. Strauss, Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 10117739
    Abstract: A soft tissue fixation system, most typically applicable to orthopedic joint repairs, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee repair procedures, comprises an implant which is placeable in a tunnel disposed in a portion of bone, wherein the tunnel is defined by walls comprised of bone. A first member is deployable outwardly to engage the tunnel walls for anchoring the implant in place in the tunnel, and a second member is deployable outwardly to engage tissue material to be fixed within the tunnel. The second member also functions to move the tissue material outwardly into contact with the tunnel walls to promote tendon-bone fixation. Extra graft length is eliminated by compression of the tendon against the bone at the aperture of the femoral tunnel, which more closely replicates the native ACL and increases graft stiffness. The inventive device provides high fixation of tendon to bone and active tendon-bone compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cayenne Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin N. Baird, Derek J. Harper, Joe P. Kovalski, Kenneth D Montgomery
  • Patent number: 10117698
    Abstract: In general, devices, systems, and methods for driving an anchor into bone are provided. In one embodiment, a surgical tool is provided that includes a driver tool with a handle and an elongate shaft. A resistance element is disposed within the handle. An inner portion of an anchor is retained on a distal end of the elongate shaft, and a guidewire extends between the resistance element and an outer portion of the anchor that is in bone. As force is applied distally to the handle, the guidewire pushes the anchor into the bone before overcoming force of the resistance element and thereby allowing the inner portion of the anchor to be driven into the outer portion of the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Gregory R. Whittaker, Gary McAlister
  • Patent number: 10117684
    Abstract: A method and device for inserting screws into a patient, such that when the device is removed the device does not stick to the screw. The device, being a push-off driver, may have a handle, an inner driver, and a threaded driver sleeve having a button mechanism and a plurality of spheres, and an inner sleeve. The method includes the steps of assembling a push-off driver attaching a bone screw to the push-off driver inserting the bone screw and detaching the bone screw from the driver by unthreading the threaded driver sleeve from the polyaxial screw which causes the spheres in the recess of the inner driver to back up against the start of the recess and causing the threaded driver sleeve to “push-off” the polyaxial screw from the inner driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Saidha, William Strausbaugh, Boyd A. Wolf
  • Patent number: 10111652
    Abstract: A suture anchor assembly includes a suture anchor and a suture anchor inserter. The anchor includes a flexible distal tip and a rigid proximal anchor body. The distal tip includes a transverse suture eyelet and a cavity formed in a proximal end of the tip. The anchor body includes a lumen extending between proximal and distal ends of the body. The anchor inserter includes a tubular outer shaft and an inner inserter slidably received therein. The anchor assembly is actuatable to move the anchor tip and inner shaft proximally while the outer shaft and anchor body remain in place, urging the proximal end of the anchor tip against the distal end of the anchor body. The proximal end of the tip is deformable to accommodate at least a portion of the distal end of the anchor body within the anchor tip cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Nehal Navinbhai Patel, Matthew Edwin Koski, Geoffrey Ian Karasic
  • Patent number: 10105165
    Abstract: An instrument for holding and inserting a bone anchor into a bone is provided, where the bone anchor includes a shank for anchoring in the bone and a head. The instrument includes a holding member for holding the head of the bone anchor and has a plurality of arms configured to at least partially encompass the head, where the arms include an inner surface forming a seat for the head. The instrument also includes a drive shaft for engaging the head of the bone anchor and defining a longitudinal axis of the instrument. The instrument further includes a displacement member configured to act on the holding member. The holding member can assume a first configuration in which it is configured to permit the head to enter the seat and a second configuration in which it is configured to hold the head in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Timo Biedermann
  • Patent number: 10085786
    Abstract: Driver instruments are disclosed herein with various features for improving usability, easing the task of cleaning or sterilizing the instrument, reducing patient trauma associated with use of the instrument, and/or reducing the cost and assembly burden of the instrument. For example, a driver instrument can include a guide sleeve to protect patient tissue from damage caused by rotating components of the instrument or a bone anchor assembly coupled thereto, and to protect extension tabs of the bone anchor assembly from inadvertent separation. By way of further example, an instrument can include a preload assembly for maintaining engagement of a driver shaft of the instrument with a bone anchor assembly. As yet another example, an instrument can consist of a small number of components which are configured for simple, tool-free assembly and disassembly. An instrument can also be configured for use with bone anchor assemblies with and without extension tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Medos International Sàrl
    Inventors: Thibault Chandanson, Richard Fournier, Shawn Stad, Frank Spratt, Sam Grossman, Henri Defossez, Renaud Rouge, Philip Cormier
  • Patent number: 10085737
    Abstract: A suture anchor is provided including an elongate shank defining a longitudinal axis and having at least one bone-engaging thread formed thereon, and a drive head having a proximal end and a distal end mated to the elongate shank. The drive head has a substantially oval shape and includes at least one suture attachment member formed in a portion of the drive head. The configuration of the drive head is particularly advantages in that it provides a suture anchor having improved physical properties, including a high failure torque and a high stripping strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: DEPUY MITEK, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Boock, Nathan S. Cauldwell
  • Patent number: 10085807
    Abstract: Pedicle screws are designed to provide polyaxial coupling to pedicles of a vertebra. Intermediate pieces are attached to the pedicles screws and receive extender shafts. Extenders are inserted in the intermediate piece. The extenders project the anatomic points located in the cage outside the patient's body to facilitate proper contouring of a rod. An alignment linkage is used to ensure that the extenders are parallel to each other. The alignment linkage includes a linkage frame, an articulating linkage and a locking member. The articulating linkage has all rotational degrees of freedom and thereby adapts to any varying trajectories of the extenders and distance between the extenders. The alignment linkage includes a locking member with a pop-up indicator. The pop-up indicator notifies the users when the locking member is tightened with two of the extenders in non-parallel configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua A. Butters, Jeffery Arnett
  • Patent number: 10076373
    Abstract: A provisional engagement feature for selectively connecting a fastener such as a screw to a driving tool, the fastener incorporating a head with a recess extending therein and a projection contained within the recess for engagement with a corresponding engagement feature of the driving tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTREPID ORTHOPEDICS
    Inventors: Lee A Strnad, Christopher S Lorkowski, Adam A Barlett
  • Patent number: 10064662
    Abstract: A screw extension assembly for use in minimally invasive spinal surgery, the assembly has an inner slotted shaft and an outer shaft, a rod reducer and a removable nut. The combination when assembled is configured to move a spinal fixation rod into a slotted rod receiving spinal implant where it is seated and affixed thereto. The screw extension assembly further has a locking knob rotationally coupled to a proximal end of the outer shaft, wherein the inner shaft has one or more cam grooves and the locking knob has a pin extending into and guided by said cam groove causing the outer shaft to translate longitudinally upon rotation of the locking knob relative to the inner shaft toward an engaged position locking the deflectable legs in the coupled position to the slotted rod receiving implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amendia, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua David Gunn, David Brett Cain
  • Patent number: 10045804
    Abstract: An anchoring device and method for attaching an object to a bone comprises an anchoring member having proximal and distal ends, with the proximal end being adapted to hold the object to the bone while the distal end is in the bone, and a locking member having proximal and distal ends, with the proximal end adapted to secure the anchoring member into the bone and oppose its pull-out or loosening by stopping its backing or preventing its unscrewing while the distal end is in the bone. Also provided are first and second fasteners, with the first fastener adapted to fit to the proximal end of the anchoring member, and the second fastener adapted to fit to the proximal end of the locking member. The end of the second fastener can have an angle that matches an angle of the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Depuy Synthes, Inc.
    Inventor: Lionel C. Sevrain
  • Patent number: 10046445
    Abstract: A torque wrench for use in driving fasteners is provided. The wrench includes an electronics unit disposed within a housing engaged with the body of the wrench that is capable of sensing and measuring the torque applied to a fastener by the wrench and providing an output of the level of torque to the user. The data sensed by the electronics unit can be utilized to provide feedback to the user regarding the operation of the wrench, and to monitor the overall operation of the wrench for calibration purposes, among other functions. During use, the wrench can provide the user with visual, audible and tactile feedback regarding the operation of the device relative to stored maximum torque values stored in the electronics unit. The housing for the electronics unit can be formed to be a single use component of the tool or can be designed for multiple uses with a configuration that can be engaged with cradles forming the body of the wrench having various different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Gauthier Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Gauthier, Austin R. Braganza, Dean C. Jeutter, Stacy Ann Gauthier
  • Patent number: 10045777
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering bioabsorbable fasteners comprises a housing and an actuator movable by a user to deliver one fastener at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Opus KSD Inc.
    Inventors: Charles H. Rogers, Eduard U. Milea
  • Patent number: 10045772
    Abstract: A suture anchor including a sleeve with an optional solid tip and a threaded, hollow interior portion. A transverse hole passes through a distal end of the sleeve. An inner screw with a flat distal end and threads disposed on an outer surface and a driver head extension monolithically connected with a proximal end of the inner screw are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KARL STORZ & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rickey Hart, Patrick Hunt
  • Patent number: 10034689
    Abstract: Provided is a novel rod reducing device including a screw jack mechanism that is moveably engaged with an elongated grasping fork assembly, the screw jack mechanism having an elongated threaded portion, the elongated threaded portion being connected at its most distal end to a rod contact member, which is positioned in sliding circumferential contact with each of the two opposing elongated grasping members and the most proximal end of the elongated threaded portion terminating in a controlling member, which can be activated in a measured and controlled manner. A method of using the device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barrus, Scott A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10028778
    Abstract: An endosseous screw assembly (100) for an internal fixation system (SC; SP), whose connection to the rest of the system is unusually easy for the surgeon, comprising: a longitudinally extending rod (1) equipped with at least one threaded proximal portion (2); a connection sleeve (3), within which a portion of the rod (1) is slidingly guided, said connection sleeve (3) being arranged to be inserted into a connection hole of an internal fixation member by snap-connecting within said connection hole up to reach a locking position; said rod (1) and said connection sleeve (3) comprising such mutual engagement means so as to form an axial constraint to the sliding of the rod (1) into the connection sleeve (3), so as to define, when the threaded proximal portion (2) advances into a bone site of the patient, a dragging of the connection sleeve (3) into the connection hole up to reach the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Orthofix S.R.L.
    Inventors: Daniele Venturini, Denis Lorenzini
  • Patent number: 10028771
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are generally directed to derotation systems, apparatuses, and components thereof that can be used in spinal derotation procedures, as well as methods of installation. The derotation systems may include a plurality of derotation towers and clamp members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Artaki, Khiem Pham, Doug Cahill, Stephan Lawson, Michael Zweizig, David Leff, Aditya Ingalhalikar