Screw Or Pin Placement Or Removal Means Patents (Class 606/104)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10022170
    Abstract: An extreme movement osteotomy device includes an attachment plate suitable for being locked to the cortical substance of the bone to be treated, having a first proximal portion suitable for being attached to the inner cortical substance of the metatarsal diaphysis of the bone, a distal portion suitable for being attached to the outer cortical substance, next to the epiphysis of the metatarsus, and a central portion connecting the proximal and distal portions, each one of the proximal and distal portions of the plate being provided with at least one hole and orthopedic screws to pass therethrough; and a proximal intramedullary support system having a shank with a foam tip extending from the end of the proximal portion of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TORNIER
    Inventors: Thibaut Leemrijse, Michel Maestro, Bernhard Devos, Marc Relave, Jean-Luc Besse
  • Patent number: 10010431
    Abstract: Customized surgical guide for guiding a bone implant to a predetermined location on the bone during a surgical procedure, wherein the guide comprises a body comprising at least one implant contacting surface and at least one patient specific bone contacting surface, wherein the implant contacting surface is arranged to contact the implant for ensuring a unique and stable fit between the guide and the implant, and wherein the bone contacting surface is arranged to contact the bone for ensuring a unique and stable fit of a combination of the guide and the implant on the predetermined location on the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Materialise N.V.
    Inventors: Koen Eraly, Frederik Gelaude, Nadia Van Geel, Jan Demol
  • Patent number: 10004514
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clamp for treating a bodily tissue having a prolapse, the clamp including a body and at least two flexible arms for clamping the prolapse protruding with respect to the body, each clamping arm comprising a proximal end connected to the body and a free distal end opposite to the proximal end. The clamp includes at least one flexible member for crushing the prolapse, the crushing member protruding from the body or from one of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Mustapha Ladjali
  • Patent number: 10004544
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a guide assembly for introducing a bone anchor to an operative target site. The guide includes an outer sleeve and an inner sleeve. The outer sleeve has a distal anchor engaging end, a proximal end, and a central passage extending from the distal end to the proximal end. The inner sleeve may be situated in the central passage of the outer sleeve. The inner sleeve is movable being between a first position and a second position. The first position permits insertion of the bone anchor in the central passage. The second position releasably fixes the bone anchor to the guide assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Arnold, Eric Dasso, Justin Doose, Richard Mueller, Robert German
  • Patent number: 10004519
    Abstract: A guide pin piercing jig includes a cylinder unit and a frame having a positioning projection at a tip thereof, in which the cylinder unit has plural parallel guide pin insertion cylinders and tentative fixing unit and is attached to the frame slidably so as to be directed to the tip of the frame. It becomes possible to pierce living body bone with plural guide pins for hollow drills to a proper portion of a living body bone in a proper direction with parallel arrangement to form a bone tunnel that has a rectangular or elliptical opening and is suitable for tendon transplantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignees: TEIJIN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION KOBE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Masaki Okuno, Hiroshi Morii, Katsuya Nada, Ryosuke Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9999451
    Abstract: An extension device for a bone anchor includes at least one tab, which includes an elongate shaft portion that forms part of a channel for providing a stabilization rod to a rod receiving recess of a receiving part of the bone anchor, and a coupling portion, which is provided at a distal end of the elongate shaft portion and which is configured to be coupled to the receiving part. The coupling portion includes a first engagement portion for engaging a first engagement face of the receiving part and a second engagement portion for engaging a second engagement face of the receiving part. A spring element is provided at the coupling portion, the spring element exerting a compression force to urge the first and second engagement portions in mutually opposite directions towards each other and towards the corresponding first and second engagement faces along a longitudinal axis defined by the extension device and the receiving part when being coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Berthold Dannecker
  • Patent number: 9987054
    Abstract: A tool set for implanting a rod in a human spine in conjunction with bone screws includes a pair of end guide tools that receive opposite ends of the rod in channels and under manipulation by a surgeon facilitate transport of the rod toward the bone screws attached to the guide tools. Each end guide tool includes a laterally extending, rigid, rod holding structure located near a bottom surface thereof. Intermediate guide tools having pass-through slots are utilized to guide the rod to the bone screws at intermediate locations. For bone screw implantation, the end guide tools and intermediate guide tools are assembled with a driver. The driver is coaxial with the respective guide tool and rotatingly mateable thereto. The driver includes a stem and a nut-type fastener, the stem receivable in the guide tool. The fastener allows for rotation of the bone screw without rotating the attached guide tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9980758
    Abstract: A minimally invasive counter-torque system may comprise a bone screw system, a counter-torque wrench, a set screw driver, a counter-torque wrench handle, and a removable set screw driver handle. A body of the counter-torque wrench may be positioned entirely within a space as defined by or between removable arms of a tulip head of the bone screw system, such that only the wings of the counter-torque wrench extend beyond a width of the bone screw system. In operation, the counter-torque wrench handle may be received on a proximal end of the counter-torque wrench and may be used to stabilize and prevent rotation of the counter-torque wrench and the bone screw system. Then, the removable set screw drive handle may be engaged to a proximal end of the set screw driver and may be used to fasten a set screw into the saddle of the bone screw system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Blackstone Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Cin K. Abidin
  • Patent number: 9962205
    Abstract: Bone fixation system, including methods, apparatus, and kits, and comprising a bone plate and at least one instrument that attaches to the bone plate and provides at least one radiopaque region to facilitate positioning the bone plate on bone visualized by radiographic imaging. The instrument may be a handle assembly and/or a targeting guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Acumed LLC
    Inventors: Randall J. Huebner, Joshua P. Federspiel, Carol-Lynn E. Connors, James C. Ritter
  • Patent number: 9962171
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a first member connected with tissue. A second member is connected with the first member and configured to orient at least one surgical tool along at least one selected path for penetrating tissue. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: William Alan Rezach, Christopher M. Patterson
  • Patent number: 9962197
    Abstract: An instrument for use with a bone anchoring device in spinal surgery is provided, where the bone anchoring device includes a bone anchoring section and a receiving part having a bottom end adjacent to the bone anchoring section, a top end opposite to the bottom end, and a channel for receiving a rod, the channel having a bottom for supporting the rod. The instrument includes a holding member configured to hold the receiving part, where the holding member has first and second arms that are movable relative to each other and an engagement portion at a bottom end to engage the receiving part. The first and second arms are movable between an open position in which the receiving part is insertable between the first and second arms, and a closed position in which the receiving part is held between the first and second arms. The instrument also includes a rod contacting member configured to contact the rod, where the rod contacting member is movable between the first and second arms of the holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Dimosthenis Dandaniopoulos, Timo Biedermann
  • Patent number: 9956012
    Abstract: An extension device for a bone anchor is provided, where the bone anchor includes an anchoring section and a receiving part connected to the anchoring section having a central axis. The extension device includes a first sleeve with a first sleeve axis that is coaxial to the central axis of the receiving part and is configured to be coupled to and decoupled from the receiving part. The extension device further includes a second sleeve with a second sleeve axis coaxial to the central axis. The second sleeve is positioned within the first sleeve, is positionable relative to the first sleeve along the central axis, and is configured to be coupled to and decoupled from the receiving part. The extension device also includes a locking member that, in a first configuration, inhibits decoupling of the first sleeve or the second sleeve from the receiving part when the other one of the first sleeve or the second sleeve is coupled to the receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Berthold Dannecker
  • Patent number: 9956265
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition comprising erythropoietin (EPO) as an active ingredient for aiding surgical procedures for treating ischemic vascular diseases. The present invention also relates to a method for treating ischemic vascular diseases using a combination of the composition and the invasive procedure for sufficient disruption of the physical barriers for new neovascularization. The composition for aiding surgical or invasive procedures according to the present invention would be beneficial for the success rate and safety issue of a variety of surgical procedures such as minimally invasive operations performed on a patient suffering from a variety of cerebral ischemic vascular diseases including ischemic stroke and moyamoya disease, and can be widely used in the treatment of a variety of ischemic vasculopathies in cardiac or peripheral artery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AJOU UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Ji Man Hong
  • Patent number: 9943340
    Abstract: An improved joint fusion screw for transiliac fixation has a screw head and extending therefrom an elongate hollow shaft. The hollow shaft has an externally threaded end portion extending to a tip end and a non-externally threaded shank portion having a plurality of window openings. At or near the tip end is a start of a thread with a bone cutting flute. The bone cutting flute has a cutting edge on a circumferential exterior of the threaded tip to cut bone and directs the cut bone internally into a bone receiving opening in the hollow shaft directly in front of the cutting flute. The cutting edge lies at the start of the thread extending radially above the bone receiving opening at least partially overhanging the opening configured to cut bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Amendia, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Whipple, Jason Hayes Tillett, John G. Keating, Jon Potter Kimball, Ralph Arthur Liebelt
  • Patent number: 9936994
    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: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    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: 9924980
    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: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Saidha, William Strausbaugh, Boyd A. Wolf
  • Patent number: 9924972
    Abstract: A system for spinal fusion according to exemplary aspects involves a first screw and a second screw to be inserted into a lateral mass, wherein one of the first screw and the second screw comprises a rod configured to form a pivot joint with a tulip of one of the screws. A tulip of the first screw and a tulip of the second screw each comprise at least one slot configured to mate with the rod to thereby connect the first screw and the second screw. A method of exemplary aspects involves implanting a first screw and a second screw and connecting the screw by lowering a rod of one of the screws into a tulip of the other screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: James J. Yue
  • Patent number: 9918753
    Abstract: An implant support comprises a first portion defining a longitudinal axis and a second portion including at least one arm extending from the first portion. The at least one arm includes a part. An extension is engageable with the at least one arm to move the at least one arm between a first position and a second position such that the part is disposed to releasably engage an implant. A lock is disposed with the first portion and connected with the extension. The lock is biased from a first configuration to a second configuration to engage the first portion and resist disengagement of the at least one arm from the second position. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. May, Brian A. Butler, Gary S. Lindemann, James M. Mirda, Joshua W. Simpson
  • Patent number: 9913709
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to instruments and methods for manipulating soft tissue during a soft tissue repair procedure. The instruments and methods may include use of a handle and a shaft coupled to the handle, the shaft including a proximal portion and a distal portion, wherein the distal portion of the shaft may include a tip with at least two prongs and a channel located between the prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Housman, Paul S. Vincuilla, Nikhil N. Verma, Scott Trenhaile
  • Patent number: 9907548
    Abstract: Described herein is a simplified placement system and method for a tissue graft or “suture anchor”, threaded, knotless or otherwise, by which a surgeon may introduce one or more sutures into a hole in a boney tissue, apply a precise amount of tension to the sutures to advance a soft tissue graft to a desired location, and then advance the anchor into the bone, preferably while maintaining the requisite pre-determined suture tension and without introducing spin to the suture. The simplified placement system and method of the present invention allows the surgeon to establish the graft position and, while maintaining that position, secure the anchor without changing the suture tension or causing a shift in the graft position and furthermore, when the anchor is threaded, without spinning of the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Tenjin LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Dougherty, Robert A. Van Wyk, Gary R. Heisler
  • Patent number: 9901333
    Abstract: A soft tissue fixation assembly includes a plurality of deformable bone anchors and a suture that is configured to fixedly attach to each of the bone anchors. One or more of the bone anchors can be inserted into a bone, and one or more of the bone anchors can be inserted through soft tissue and into the bone. The suture can be inserted through the bone anchors, and energy can be applied to the anchors, thereby causing a deformable material of the bone anchors to deform, thereby capturing the strand of suture in the bone anchor. The strand of suture can be placed in tension, and can extend over the soft tissue so as to retain the soft tissue in contact with the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Burki, Nicolas Bouduban, Dieter Schmidli
  • Patent number: 9877750
    Abstract: Systems and methods for percutaneously installing a vertebral stabilization system. A first anchor is positionable within a body of a patient through a first percutaneous opening and a second anchor is positionable within a body of a patient through a second percutaneous opening. A stabilization member is positionable within the body of a patient through the first percutaneous opening to engage and connect the first and second anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Iott, Andrew Lee, Edward Karpowicz
  • Patent number: 9877864
    Abstract: A sequential compression and temperature therapy blanket with a plurality of air chambers is disclosed. The air chambers are filled and released by a valve assembly that may be separate from or integrated within the blanket. The temperature therapy blanket includes a fluid bladder for delivering hot and/or cold therapy to a patient. The temperature therapy blanket may also include an air bladder for providing compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ThermoTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Overton L. Parish, Niran Balachandran, Tony Quisenberry, Clark R. Havis
  • Patent number: 9861351
    Abstract: Methods of attaching a soft tissue to an adjacent bone at a defect site are provided. An adjustable loop region of a flexible construct contained in a bore defined by a fastener is passed through a tissue. The adjustable loop is passed through the tissue. The fastener is passed back through the adjustable loop to fold the adjustable loop upon itself. The fastener is attached to the bone. An adjusting arm on the flexible construct is engaged to reduce the size of the adjustable loop and secure the soft tissue to the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan A. Kaiser, Gregory J. Denham, Kevin T. Stone
  • Patent number: 9861419
    Abstract: A device for handling a bone screw to be connected with a vertebral rod includes an essentially cylindrical and hollow housing and an adjustment tool which axially traverses the housing and which has a section provided with an outer threading and is screwed into an internal threading of the housing, wherein the housing is constructed pliers-like and has a first and a second jaw which relative to the user each have a proximal and a distal end, wherein the distal ends engage at the head of the bone screw, wherein the two jaws are pivotably connected with each other via a pivot axis which is situated between the distal and proximal ends and extends orthogonally in relation to the longitudinal axis of the housing, and wherein the internal threading of the housing is provided on a proximal end of a single one of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SILONY MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Bernd Schäfer, Henry Halm
  • Patent number: 9855033
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed for securing tissue to a bone comprising a novel screw anchor for insertion into a bone by a novel rotational driver. The screw anchor and rotation driver enables the screw to be completely embedded into the bone while permitting a suture to be threaded through a transverse aperture in the screw. The rotation driver facilitates insertion and engagement of a capture with one of a series of protuberance formed along a length of a suture. In addition, the method is disclosed of forming the series of protuberance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ziptek LLC.
    Inventors: William F Bennett, Ramses Galaz Mendez, Daniel Francisco Gomez Romo
  • Patent number: 9855087
    Abstract: Surgical instruments and methods for delivering bone anchor assemblies into bone are disclosed herein. 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. In general, a surgical instrument can include a handle assembly having an elongate shaft extending distally therefrom. The handle assembly can be configured to axially translate a stylet extending therethrough relative to a bone anchor assembly coupled to the elongate shaft, and it can be configured to move the stylet proximally in response to distal advancement of a bone anchor assembly into bone. The surgical instruments can include various mechanisms for adjusting the position of the stylet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: John Divincenzo, Nicholas Pavento
  • Patent number: 9844398
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed toward a system of apparatuses to correct spinal deformities along with associated surgical techniques. The apparatuses comprise passages or channels in which spinal rods of differing diameters may be secured to allow a surgeon to vary the diameter of rods used along the length of the spine. Additionally, embodiments of the present invention are directed toward instrumentation for reduction of spinal rods into spinal pedicle screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: OrthoPediatrics Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Daniels, John Kapitan, Ryan A. Lewis, John E. Pendleton, John J. Souza
  • Patent number: 9827015
    Abstract: A wireless pedicle screw system and method of use for fixation and/or stabilization of vertebral bodies using pedicle screws and rods or plates is described. The wireless pedicle screw system includes a dilator tube having a generally elongated body defined by a continuous wall. The elongated body has a proximal end, a distal end, and an inner lumen running the length of the elongated body sized to receive and enclose various pedicle screw implant instruments. Positioned at the distal end are alignment/positioning members constructed to properly aid a surgeon in aligning the dilator tube to portions of the vertebra. Proper placement about the vertebra using the engagement members results in the ability to insert pedicle screws, resulting in minimizing tissue trauma, reducing operating room time, reducing X-Ray radiation exposure, and eliminating the need for k-wire guidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SPINE ORTHO CENTER, P.A.
    Inventors: Ashish K. Sahai, Nikhil Sahai
  • Patent number: 9827056
    Abstract: A medical device positioner for use with a remote catheter guidance system (RCGS) is provided, which can address angular, lateral and/or translational misalignment of an elongate medical device between the RCGS and an access point on a patient's body. Such a medical device positioner can comprise a base configured to attach to a remote catheter guidance system and a first support member extending from the base and having a receiving portion for receiving at least a portion of the elongate medical device. The medical device positioner can further include a second support member movably coupled to the first support member and including a second receiving area sized and configured to receive at least a portion of the elongate medical device. The medical device positioner can also include first and second tube sections with at least a portion of the first tube section being adapted to be inserted into a vascular system of a patient at an access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S Olson, Mark B. Kirschenman
  • Patent number: 9820774
    Abstract: The present invention is an orthopedic trigger apparatus including a rack assembly, a trigger housing assembly and a trigger assembly. The rack assembly includes a linear rack rotatably connected to a first handle of an orthopedic instrument. The trigger housing assembly includes a trigger housing connected to a second handle of the orthopedic instrument, with a rack engagement cylinder and a spring enclosed within the trigger housing. The rack engagement cylinder includes a toothed rack. The spring contacts a second surface of the toothed rack stop, biasing a first pawled surface into meshing with the rack and preventing the rack from sliding through the trigger housing in more than one direction. Actuating the trigger assembly causes an actuator protrusion on the trigger to press against the rack engagement cylinder, moving the first pawled surface of the toothed rack stop away from the rack and allowing the rack to slide freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: BRADSHAW MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Rajek
  • Patent number: 9814498
    Abstract: A system for reduction of vertebral bodies (or vertebrae) in various embodiments includes a reducer, and extender, and a hollow tube. The reducer couples to the extender, which in turn couples to an elongated member, such as a rod, and to a bone fastener assembly. The reducer allows reduction of the vertebral body incrementally, and by a desired amount. The reducer may include or may be used in conjunction with a holding device or holder in order to hold or keep the amount of reduction constant or steady once the desired amount of reduction has been obtained. The reducer may use one of several embodiments, including embodiments that use threaded assemblies or members, inclining members or wedges, offset cams, scissor jacks, and/or levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew E. Seelig
  • Patent number: 9808273
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a cutting apparatus of a cutting system using a robot for reducing the damage and interference of a bone, a muscle and a surrounding soft tissue on operating and improving durability by minimizing the diameter of the sleeve while improving the rigidity against the bending and not generating the chattering of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: CUREXO, INC
    Inventors: Young-bae Park, Chang-hun Song, Jae-jun Lee
  • Patent number: 9808242
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention includes a method for securing tissue to bone, including drilling a bone hole into the bone; passing a filament through the tissue, the filament including a first end, a second end and a length therebetween, the second end having a loop; passing the first end of the filament through the loop of the filament; pulling on the first end of the filament such that the loop travels along the length of the filament and to the tissue; passing an anchor along the length of the filament, from the first end towards the loop and tissue; engaging the loop with a distal end of the anchor; positioning the distal end of the anchor, with the loop of the filament, into the bone hole; and securing the anchor in the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Tracy Pat-Yen Ng, Kyle Craig Pilgeram, Lee Harris Cordova, Robert Eugene McLaughlin, II, Stuart Edward Fromm
  • Patent number: 9795374
    Abstract: Described herein is a simplified placement system and method for a tissue graft anchor by which a surgeon may introduce one or more sutures into a hole in a boney tissue, apply tension to the sutures to advance a soft tissue graft to a desired location, and then advance the anchor into the bone while maintaining suture tension and without introducing spin to the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Tenjin LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Dougherty, Gary R. Heisler, Robert A. Van Wyk
  • Patent number: 9788880
    Abstract: An orthopedic guidewire includes an elongate guidewire body having longitudinally spaced proximal and distal guidewire ends. An engaging feature is located at the distal guidewire end and is configured to selectively engage a bone surface. At least one of a variable diameter and a variable stiffness are along a portion of the guidewire body spaced apart from the engaging feature. A method of providing a relative location indication during a surgical procedure utilizing the orthopedic guidewire is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Wael K. Barsoum
  • Patent number: 9782250
    Abstract: Described herein is a simplified placement system and method for a tissue graft anchor by which a surgeon may introduce one or more sutures into a hole in a boney tissue, apply a precise amount of tension to the sutures to advance a soft tissue graft to a desired location, and then advance the anchor into the bone, preferably while maintaining the requisite pre-determined suture tension and without introducing spin to the suture. Particularly preferred embodiments allow for the one-handed operation. To that end, embodiments in which relative axial movement between the inner tensioning device and outer driver device is optionally physically constrained, for example by means of cooperating and/or compressive elements disposed in the respective hub and handle portions, are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Tenjin LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Dougherty, Gary R. Heisler, Robert A. Van Wyk
  • Patent number: 9770264
    Abstract: A device is described, for fastening a cranial limb to the cranial crown adapted to be positioned both into a craniotomial hole and into a craniotomial cutting, comprising: a cortical supporting riser; first closing means operatively connected to the riser; second closing means to be fastened to the riser to complete its closing; and a handle connected to the cortical riser; wherein the first closing means are composed of at least two elastic arms operatively connected to the cortical riser and that end each one in at least one small transverse arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NT-PLAST S.R.L.
    Inventors: Moreno Carvani, Igino Romolo Gazzani, Piero Cavigliasso
  • Patent number: 9757114
    Abstract: Apparatuses for attaching tissue to bone are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes an expandable body defining a bore, an expander pin having a shaft sized to be received in the bore of the expandable body, and an insertion shaft slidingly disposed in the bore of the expandable body and in a bore of the expander pin. The body is configured to expand laterally into and attach to bone when the expander pin is driven into the expandable body. The body includes a proximal main member having a distally extending threaded projection and a harder, distal tip member having a threaded recess in a proximal surface thereof such that the projection is threadedly interengageable with the recess. The expansion of the body by way of the pin can occur when the proximal main member and distal tip member are threadedly engaged. The insertion shaft is releasably secured to the expandable body and extends distally beyond the expandable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: DEPUY MITEK, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis McDevitt, Vincent P. Novak, Geary H. Munroe, Thomas E. Borg
  • Patent number: 9717539
    Abstract: A sacroiliac joint fusion system including a joint implant, an anchor element and a delivery tool including an implant arm, an anchor arm, and a positioning arm coupling the implant arm and the anchor arm. The implant arm includes an implant shaft extending between a proximal end and a distal end of the implant arm. The anchor arm including an anchor shaft extending between a proximal end and a distal end of the anchor arm. The positioning arm coupled with the implant arm at a first end and coupled with the anchor arm at a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: JCBD, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Jeffrey Donner, Christopher Thomas Donner
  • Patent number: 9717492
    Abstract: A suture anchor driver has an elongated shaft, a handle at a proximal end of the shaft an anchor engagement at a distal end of the shaft and a clutch between the handle and the shaft. The clutch includes a slot for frictionally engaging a suture an engagement with the shaft and an engagement with the handle. The engagement with the shaft and the engagement with the handle are located with respect to one another such that driving torque applied to the handle urges open the slot to release its frictional engagement of the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Sebastian Sojka, Arthur G. Stephen, Andre Francisco-Guilherme, Mark W. Wolfson, Brian Henri Otrando, Daniel Paul Gamache, Justin M. Piccirillo
  • Patent number: 9693871
    Abstract: A vertebral implant (1) is provided to be implanted in a patient's intersomatic space. The implant (1) includes an intersomatic cage (2) and at least one fixing screw (10) that is intended to be screwed into a bony mass through a well (7) of the cage (2) to stabilize the position of the cage (2) within the intersomatic space. In addition, the well (7) and the screw (10) form a system for the self-locking of the screw (10) in the well (7) in which the screw (10) is locked into position by the well (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SPIRITS
    Inventors: Pierre Dominique Richerme, Stéphane Ramare, Christophe Tamburini
  • Patent number: 9687219
    Abstract: In repairing soft tissue with a bone anchoring instrument (such as reattaching a tendon of a torn rotator cuff), the bone anchoring instrument may be used to anchor the soft tissue to a region of bone. The anchors inserted into the underlying bone may have one or more lengths of suture or wire attached thereto which may be tensioned independently of one another to affix the soft tissue to the bone by having a selector mechanism selectively engage and disengage ratcheted tensioning wheels from one another. Suture loading mechanisms may be employed for passing suture lengths into and/or through the anchors prior to deployment into the bone where such mechanisms may employ suture snares which are configured to reconfigure from an expanded shape through which suture lengths may be easily passed to a low-profile shape which secures the suture lengths within the snare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: George W. White, David Gregoire, David Aldridge, Edward E. Dolendo, Emil Karapetian, Norman S. Gordon, Tri Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9687338
    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: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: Ricardo Albertorio, Eric S. Zajac, Jacob A. Jolly
  • Patent number: 9662103
    Abstract: A bone anchor inserter according to embodiments of the present invention includes a shaft configured to interface with a bone anchor, a proper depth indicator on the shaft, an upper visual indicator on the shaft, the upper visual indicator located adjacent to the proper depth indicator on a first side of the proper depth indicator furthest from the bone anchor, and a lower visual indicator on the shaft, the lower visual indicator located adjacent to the proper depth indicator on a second side of the proper depth indicator opposite from the first side, the lower visual indicator being visually distinct from the upper visual indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Tornier, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Schlotterback, Justin C. Anderson