Bone Compression Or Distraction Patents (Class 606/105)
  • Patent number: 10363142
    Abstract: A spinal implant has a proximal region and a distal region, and includes an upper body and a lower body each having inner surfaces disposed in opposed relation relative to each other. A proximal adjustment assembly is disposed between the upper and lower bodies at the proximal region of the spinal implant and is adjustably coupled to the upper and lower bodies, and a distal adjustment assembly is disposed between the upper and lower bodies at the distal region of the spinal implant and is adjustably coupled to the upper and lower bodies. The proximal and distal adjustment assemblies are independently movable with respect to each other to change a vertical height of at least one of the proximal region or the distal region of the spinal implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry McClintock, Steven Ludwig, Scott Dhupar, Sabatino Bianco
  • Patent number: 10314627
    Abstract: A cervical spine plate attachment system includes a bracket and an alignment guide. The bracket is configured to mount to a cervical spine plate. The alignment guide includes a first connector proximate to a first end of the alignment guide, wherein the first connector is configured to attach to a first pin inserted into a first vertebra. The alignment guide also includes a second connector proximate to a second end of the alignment guide, wherein the second connector is configured to attach to a second pin inserted into a second vertebra. The alignment guide further includes a fastener configured to secure the alignment guide to the bracket such that the alignment guide is secured to the cervical spine plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Seth K. Williams
  • Patent number: 10285739
    Abstract: An insertion device for deploying an implant includes an elongated main body having a distal locking portion for coupling to the implant and a proximal handle portion. The main body defines a central passage and the distal locking portion has outer ridges and slots to allow the outer ridges to flex radially inward when mounting to the implant. A plunger slides in the central passage for movement between an unlocked position for mounting the implant on the distal locking portion, a locked position for locking the implant on the distal locking portion, and an insertion instrument deployed position for deploying the actuation plunger to move the blades from the stowed position to the deployed position. A spike cap drive rotatably mounts on the main body having a socket end for engaging a drive nut on the implant to, in turn, move the spike cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Spinal Simplicity LLC
    Inventors: Melissa Frock, Adam Frock, Todd Moseley, Harold Hess
  • Patent number: 10265235
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fixture that may be releasably attached to the operating table to apply two countervailing forces to the leg on opposite sides of the knee. These forces permit the application of a precise and stable torque to the knee joint. In one embodiment, the fixture may be repositioned and fixed with respect to the operating table through the surgical drape without penetration of the surgical drape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: BayCare Clinic, LLP, Fused Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Limoni, David Kettner
  • Patent number: 10258377
    Abstract: The invention is a point and click method for positioning an external fixator on a patient, in which a surgeon—using a computer mouse or similar device—inscribes lines or points on a computer screen displaying an x-ray or other photographic image of the bones of a patient together with two rings in position adjacent the bones. By inscribing lines on the computer screen, the underlying drawings program detects the x-y coordinates of any point on the screen when the user (the surgeon or other practitioner) clicks on it, and outputs the x-y coordinates of every point identified by the user including the two points defining any desired line. The practitioner thus can, using “point and click” operation, govern the repositioning of two fixator rings on the bones of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Orthex, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham Lavi, Dror Paley
  • Patent number: 10226242
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an adjustable implant system includes a bone anchor having first and second ends, a bone engagement surface adjacent the first end, and a housing extending between the first and second ends. The adjustable implant system can further include a non-invasively actuatable driving element within the housing and coupled to an adjustment component configured to couple to a flexible elongate tension member which is capable of engaging a patient's soft tissue (e.g., rotator cuff or ACL). Non-invasive actuation of the driving element can cause the adjustment component to change the amount of tension on the flexible elongate tension member and consequently on the patient's soft tissue. The adjustable implant system can include an external adjustment device configured to be placed on or adjacent the patient's skin and comprising at least one energy transferring component configured to energize/actuate the driving element inside the housing of the adjustable implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Edmund J. Roschak, Thomas B. Buford, Blair Walker
  • Patent number: 10219850
    Abstract: The invention relates to an osteosynthesis device intended for holding, distraction or compression of fragments of a fractured bone. The device comprises a threaded pin (1) having a threaded head (2) at its distal end, and a ring (4) adapted to slide on the threaded pin (1). The pin (1) and the ring (4) are made of materials allowing them to be cut. The ring (4) has at its distal end a threaded head (5) whose diameter is at least equal to the diameter of the threaded head (2) of the pin (1). The threaded pin (1) and the threaded ring (4) are hollow so as to allow them to be crimped during the cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Laurent Fumex, Thierry Masseglia
  • Patent number: 10201379
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a shaft having a mating end and a driving end and having an axial slot; a sliding member located within the axial slot; and an activator to advance the sliding member towards the mating end of the shaft; wherein the axial slot includes a surface proximate the mating end to move a distal end of the sliding member into a retaining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Daren Granger, Anthony J Metzinger
  • Patent number: 10194960
    Abstract: Systems and instruments that allow vigorous compression of two bone structures while minimally impeding visual access to the surgical site are disclosed. This is achieved by use of a sleeve member that connects a stanchion to a lever. The system includes a stanchion member, a sleeve member dimensioned to at least partially encircle the stanchion member, and a compression lever. The sleeve and the lever form a pivot point to allow the compression lever to rotate relative to the stanchion member when the sleeve is reversibly placed around the stanchion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Conrad Tyler Hammann, Scott Lish
  • Patent number: 10159480
    Abstract: A surgical jig assembly that is configured to hold and manipulate a first bone segment and a second bone segment, including: a first member that is configured to be selectively coupled to the first bone segment; a second member coupled to the first member, wherein the second member selectively translates with respect to the first member along a first axis; a third member coupled to the second member, wherein the third member selectively translates with respect to the second member along a second axis, wherein the second axis is perpendicular to the first axis; and a fourth member coupled to the third member, wherein the fourth member selectively translates with respect to the third member along a third axis, wherein the third axis is perpendicular to the first axis and the second axis, and wherein the fourth member is configured to be selectively coupled to the second bone segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Tuten
  • Patent number: 10111693
    Abstract: The present invention provides an orthopedic external compression unit having a locking plate unit and a method for locking and compressing the fractured bones without contact and friction between plate and bone, wherein the locking plate unit comprises of a locking plate, an external apparatus and a holder, wherein the locking plate includes plurality locking holes and at least an elongated hole, wherein the holder is placed at the elongated hole. The holder is configured to hold the locking plate above the bone for enabling to make required movement of locking plate in horizontal direction. Accordingly, fastening the compressing unit using a non-locking screw to the plate converts the vertical movement of head-screw into horizontal movement of connecting rod of the compression unit, thereby enabling to move the plate along with one end of fractured bone towards the fractured site thus producing compression between the fractured bones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Kannan P, S. Swarna
  • Patent number: 10111650
    Abstract: A retractor system 100 comprises a first tower 102 which is mountable on a first surgical screw 12.1. A second tower 104 is mountable on a second surgical screw 12.2. A link 106 extends between the first and second towers. At least a first elongate retractor element 108 for at least one of muscle, tissue and nerve structures is movably mountable on the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Minimal Invasive Technologies (Pty) Ltd.
    Inventors: Louis Jacobus Nel, Gert Stephanus Becker
  • Patent number: 10076371
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an orthopedic plate, in particular a plate for osteosynthesis. The plate (31) comprising a body (33). The body (33) has a distal surface (15) adapted to be arranged facing the fractured bone and a proximal surface (13) adapted to be arranged facing away from the fractured bone. The surfaces (13, 15) define a distal and a proximal face of the plate (31), respectively. The body (33) further has a length measured along a longitudinal direction (23), a width measured along a transverse direction (51), and a thickness measured from the distal surface (15) to the proximal surface (13). The body (33) comprises two longitudinal plate ends (35) delimiting the body (33) in the longitudinal direction (23). The body (33) comprises at least one slotted longitudinal section (47). The slotted section (47) extends over a part of the length of the body (33), wherein within the slotted section (47) at least one slot (37) is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Zimmer GmbH
    Inventors: Jordan Velikov, Thomas Teschke
  • Patent number: 10065207
    Abstract: The present invention is an expandable caulking gun having a distal end and a proximal end which receive a caulking cartridge with a caulking material comprises of a cartridge-holder extended from the distal end to the proximal end to receive said caulking cartridge; a trigger mechanism at the distal end to push a push-rod; a display holder adjustably attached to a top portion of said trigger mechanism; a camera adjustably attached to said proximal end and having a communication means to connect to a handheld device; whereby a user places said handheld device on said display holder and connects said camera to said handheld device to observe a surface or grooves located a distance from said user while applying said caulking material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Hossein Karbakhsh
  • Patent number: 10028772
    Abstract: An osteotomy instrument includes a handle, a first arm assembly, a second arm assembly, a displacement mechanism, and a tuning mechanism. The first arm assembly is pivotably mounted to the handle. The first arm assembly includes a first fastener support configured to hold a fastener. The second arm assembly is pivotably mounted to the handle. The second arm assembly includes a second fastener support configured to hold a fastener. The displacing mechanism includes a dial disposed on the handle. The displacing mechanism is configured to laterally displace a distal end of the first arm assembly and second arm assembly away and towards each other. The dial actuates the displacing mechanism. The tuning mechanism is configured to change an angular position of the first fastener support with respect to the second fastener support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Meyer
  • Patent number: 10022155
    Abstract: Dynamic lumbar spine stabilization device implementations and methods are disclosed, which allow for dynamic fixation of both anterior and posterior vertebral columns simultaneously through the articulation of pairs of curved, overlapping rails for partial flexion and extension or up to full normal flexion and extension while stabilizing at least two vertebrae of the lumbar spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Neil Robert Crawford, Phillip Matthew Reyes, Nicholas Theodore
  • Patent number: 9987149
    Abstract: An insertion handle for medical implants includes a handle with an elongate shaft extending therefrom and connection means for the implant disposed at the end of the shaft opposite the handle. The connection means includes a pivotable attachment for the implant that is controlled remotely from the handle. Both angle of the implant with respect to the handle and shaft as well as the attachment may be separately controlled and adjusted. Remote angular adjustment facilitates insertion of implants in to small surgical sites because the orientation of the implant may be repeatedly, remotely adjusted as the implant is inserted. Connectors may also be provided at the engagement surface between the handle and implant in order to provide communication with the implant or surgical site. The connectors also may serve as torque bearing members to avoid the need for separate torque bearing means such as keyways and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Philip J. Simpson, George A. Mansfield, III, Damien Shulock, David G. Matsuura, Walter Dean Gillespie, John E. Ashley
  • Patent number: 9962198
    Abstract: Spinal rod reduction apparatuses, systems, and methods are provided. In various examples, a rod reduction apparatus includes a first threaded member including an engagement feature configured to selectively anchor the first threaded member to the implantable screw assembly. A second threaded member is configured to threadably engage with the first threaded member. The second threaded member is axially movable with respect to the first threaded member with rotation of the second threaded member. A spinal rod urging member is axially movable with the second threaded member. The urging member includes a bearing surface that is configured to selectively abut the spinal rod and selectively urge the spinal rod toward the implantable screw assembly with rotation of the second threaded member in a first rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Daubs, David S. Rathbun, Brian Dec
  • Patent number: 9955961
    Abstract: Devices are provided for measuring and/or adjusting the distance between two opposing surfaces of a work space, such as two vertebral bodies separated by a disc space. A sizing device may include at least one distraction member, an actuator, and an actuator controller. The actuator controller is movable to move the actuator, with movement of the actuator changing the height dimension of the distraction member. The amount of movement of the actuator controller is generally linearly related to the change of the height dimension of the distraction member throughout the entire range of motion of the actuator controller. The amount of expansion force applied by the distraction member is also generally linearly related to the amount of movement of the actuator controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Benvenue Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Huffmaster, Patricia Hsin-Yi Ho, Jeffrey L. Emery, Laurent Schaller
  • Patent number: 9931110
    Abstract: A fluid joint spacer comprising a body having means for receiving a pressurized fluid from an external source and applying that pressurized fluid against a joint element so as to create a flowing fluid bearing within the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: James Flom
  • Patent number: 9907582
    Abstract: This application describes surgical instruments and implants for building a posterior fixation construct across one or more segments of the spinal column. More specifically, the application describes instruments and methods for building a posterior fixation construct across one or more segments of the spinal column in a minimally invasive fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventor: Fernando Olea
  • Patent number: 9867656
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing, an energizable member, a powered deployment assembly, and a cable assembly. The energizable member is configured to supply electrosurgical energy to tissue, and is movable between a storage position and a deployed position. The powered deployment assembly is configured to selectively move the energizable member between the storage position and the deployed position. The cable assembly having a cable coupled to the housing at a first end and having a plug coupled to the cable at a second, opposite end. The cable housing one or more first wires for selectively providing electrosurgical energy to the energizable member and one or more second wires for selectively providing power to the powered deployment assembly. The plug is configured to house a battery therein for powering the powered deployment assembly via the one or more second wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Daniel A. Joseph, Brian R. Butcher, Amarsinh D. Jadhav, Purvish Soni
  • Patent number: 9861409
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a fracture of the distal radius of a patient, having a pivot pin configured to engage the radius at an attachment point distal to the fracture, and a handle assembly configured to engage the pivot pin dorsal to the patient's hand is presented. The pivot pin is configured to insert through and fixedly engage at least a portion of the distal fracture bone fragment associated with the radius. The handle assembly, once coupled to the pivot pin, provides adjustment of the position of the distal fracture bone fragment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: John M. Agee, Jeffrey Woodhouse, Francis C. King
  • Patent number: 9814599
    Abstract: A system for implanting an inter-body device between adjacent vertebrae comprises an inter-body device having a plurality of cans secured to a flexible bridge and having a relief portion therebetween. An inserter tube and complementary bullnoses are advantageously secured to the vertebrae by an extension arm for securing the assembly precisely in place. A plurality of articulating trial implants are provided to test fit a disc space for the proper sized inter-body device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: R Tree Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Rolando M. Puno
  • Patent number: 9814421
    Abstract: Apparatus for measuring lifting capacity are described. An apparatus for measuring lifting capacity has a container having an open top, opposed parallel side walls, a front wall, a back wall, and a base extending between the walls which defines an open space between the walls; and a handle removably attached to the base. The handle includes a bottom plate; a rod that extends vertically from the bottom plate, and a grip portion that is configured to connect to a locking means formed in a top portion of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bardavon Health Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Wayne Edwards, Levi Kane Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9795412
    Abstract: A bone screw, for drawing first and second bone fragments together, includes a shaft having a distal section and a proximal section. The distal section has a first external male screw thread and a minor diameter. The proximal section has a second external male screw thread. A major diameter of the distal section is larger than a major diameter of the proximal section. The bone screw includes a sleeve that has an internal female screw thread configured to mate with the second male screw thread. A distal portion of the sleeve has an outer diameter. The outer diameter is equal to or smaller than the minor diameter of the distal section of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: GENOSSIS LLC
    Inventor: Amit Sinha
  • Patent number: 9782202
    Abstract: A surgical distance adjusting assembly for a distractor has a base having a first connecting portion configured to hold a first bone attachment member and a carrier having a second connecting portion configured to hold a second bone attachment member. The base and the carrier are movable relative to each other, wherein the first and second connecting portions provide a releasable mechanical coupling to the first and second bone attachment members. The releasable mechanical coupling comprises a hook member at one or both of the first and second connecting portions and configured to engage the respective bone attachment member. Alternatively, the releasable mechanical coupling comprises an opening at one or both of the first and second connecting portions. The opening has a thread for a fixation screw configured to releasable couple the respective bone attachment member to the respective connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Knoepfle, Karl Greiner, Manfred Schmuck, Michael Volk
  • Patent number: 9757157
    Abstract: Methods of correcting a spinal deformity, including securing a first rod on a first side of a spine, securing an anchor on a second side of a spine, securing a lateral coupling between the rod and the anchor, translating and/or derotating the spine and securing a second rod on a second side of the spine to provide secondary stabilization to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Seme, Thomas J. Gisel, Matthew S. Stenulson, John F. Otte
  • Patent number: 9687283
    Abstract: A method of implanting a supplemental fixation system in, a cancellous portion of a bone to supplement fixation of an orthopedic device located in the bone. At least one fixation structure is delivered through a lumen in the orthopedic device into the cancellous portion of the bone near a distal portion of the orthopedic device. A curable, flowable biomaterial is delivered to the cancellous portion of the bone into engagement with a portion of the fixation structure near the distal portion of the orthopedic device. The fixation system is releasably secured to, the orthopedic device to supplement fixation of the orthopedic device to the cancellous portion of the bone. The orthopedic device is detachable from the fixation system to facilitate subsequent removal of the orthopedic device from the cancellous portion of the bone without removing the fixation structure or the cured biomaterial from the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: RDC Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Karl Schwappach
  • Patent number: 9681893
    Abstract: Spine stabilization devices, systems and methods are provided in which a single resilient member or spring is disposed on an elongate element that spans two attachment members attached to different spinal vertebrae. The elongate element passes through at least one of the two attachment members, permitting relative motion therebetween, and terminates in a stop or abutment. A second resilient member is disposed on the elongate element on an opposite side of the sliding attachment member, e.g., in an overhanging orientation. The two resilient members are capable of applying mutually opposing urging forces, and a compressive preload can be applied to one or both of the resilient members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: Yale University, Rachiotek, LLC
    Inventors: Manohar M. Panjabi, Jens P. Timm, George Malcolmson, II
  • Patent number: 9675388
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a device for positioning and immobilizing at least two adjacent vertebrae. In particular, in one or more embodiments, the present disclosure relates to spinous process fusion devices that distract and immobilize the spinous processes of adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Michael L. Boyer, II, David C. Paul, Daniel Laskowitz, Jason Cianfrani, Jody L. Seifert, William E. Duffield
  • Patent number: 9662416
    Abstract: A biodegradable and biocompatible nontoxic polymeric composition is provided which includes a base material such as a crystallizable polymer, copolymer, or terpolymer, and a copolymer or terpolymer additive. Medical devices manufactured from the composition are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: OrbusNeich Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Lawrence Thatcher, Robert J. Cottone
  • Patent number: 9642945
    Abstract: A biodegradable and biocompatible nontoxic polymeric composition is provided which includes a base material such as a crystallizable polymer, copolymer, or terpolymer, and a copolymer or terpolymer additive. Medical devices manufactured from the composition are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: OrbusNeich Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Lawrence Thatcher, Robert J. Cottone
  • Patent number: 9642947
    Abstract: A biodegradable and biocompatible nontoxic polymeric composition is provided which includes a base material such as a crystallizable polymer, copolymer, or terpolymer, and a copolymer or terpolymer additive. Medical devices manufactured from the composition are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: OrbusNeich Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Lawrence Thatcher, Robert J. Cottone
  • Patent number: 9629672
    Abstract: A bone stabilizing plate includes two plate portions, each affixable to bones of a patient, the plate portions telescoping together with mating rails and grooves. A limiter associated with one of the plate portions sliding engages one a catch associated with the other of the plate portions, when the plate portions are telescoped together, and resists stops telescoping when the plate portions are telescoped a predetermined distance apart. Once the limiter and catch are engaged, the plate portions enable imposition of a minimum compressive force between bones connected to the plates. The limiter is resiliently positioned to deflect into a relief formed in its respective plate portion. A groove positioned proximate the catch enables free telescoping motion limited by the engagement of the catch and limiter, whereby the minimum compressive force between bones is maintained, and Wolfe's Law may apply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Angelucci, Michael Black, Brian Garvey, James Himmelberger, Colm McLaughlin, Robert W. Trout
  • Patent number: 9629940
    Abstract: A biodegradable and biocompatible nontoxic polymeric composition is provided which includes a base material such as a crystallizable polymer, copolymer, or terpolymer, and a copolymer or terpolymer additive. Medical devices manufactured from the composition are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: OrbusNeich Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Lawrence Thatcher, Robert J. Cottone
  • Patent number: 9622782
    Abstract: The curved alveolar bone distractor includes an elongate curved and threaded traction rod supported on opposite ends by anchor brackets. The anchor brackets fix the traction rod onto bony foundation of a patient's jaw. Endcaps cap opposing ends of the traction rod to prevent dislodging and define the extent of working length of the traction rod. A traction bracket freely slides along the traction rod, and the traction bracket is fixed to a movable bony segment. A translator nut is threaded onto the traction rod to abut against a side of the traction bracket. Selective rotation of the translator nut pushes the traction bracket to move the movable bony segment a predetermined distraction distance. When assembled and installed, the working components of the curved distractor are exposed in the oral cavity to the facial side for easy access. Tools are provided to operate the translator nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Khalid Abdullah Alruhaimi
  • Patent number: 9579203
    Abstract: Device for displacing tissues inside the organism, e.g. bone tissues, comprising an index part (1), a transport part (2), a threaded rod, a nut (4) mounted on the threaded rod, a drive shaft and a drive connector (71, 72, 73) linking the drive shaft to the nut (4), the transport part (2) being slidably mounted with respect to the index part (1) and limited in rotation with respect to the index part (1) by a first stop (34) which cooperates with a first bracket (14, 15) of the index part, wherein the rotation of the threaded rod with respect to the index part (1) is blocked by the first stop (34), the nut (4) being free to rotate (34) with respect to the index part (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Arnaud Soubeiran
  • Patent number: 9526486
    Abstract: A method of treating a patient's joint having opposing joint surfaces includes providing an elongate member having a proximal end, a distal end and an expandable member near the distal end. The expandable member is positioned in the joint between the joint surfaces and expanded so as to separate the joint surfaces away from one another into a distracted position. The joint is manipulated while in the distracted position so that the joint is distracted and in flexion. A diagnostic or therapeutic procedure is then performed on the joint while maintaining the joint in the flexed and distracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Boudreault, Vivek Shenoy, Hanson S. Gifford, Mark Deem, Michael Hendricksen, Doug Sutton
  • Patent number: 9451987
    Abstract: Methods of correcting a spinal deformity, including securing a first rod on a first side of a spine, securing an anchor on a second side of a spine, securing a lateral coupling between the rod and the anchor, translating and/or derotating the spine and securing a second rod on a second side of the spine to provide secondary stabilization to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Seme, Thomas J. Gisel, Matthew S. Stenulson, John F. Otte
  • Patent number: 9445842
    Abstract: A facet screw system for surgical implantation into bone tissue having a shaft, a compression member and a washer. The shaft includes a shaft having a bone engaging portion and a compression member engaging portion. The compression member includes a spherical head portion having a recess for engaging with a driving instrument, and an elongated coupling portion having internal threads for coupling with the compression member engaging portion of the shaft and a washer coupled to the spherical head portion of the compression member and having a plurality of bone engaging protrusions. The washer is adapted to be polyaxially rotatable with respect to the compression member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Cianfrani, Daniel Laskowitz, Edward Karpowicz
  • Patent number: 9408641
    Abstract: The present invention includes a rod link reducer of a spinal fixation system that includes a first and a second spinal rod manipulator; a first spinal rod manipulator joint connected to the first spinal rod manipulator and a second spinal rod manipulator joint connected to the second spinal rod manipulator; a first and a second translatable transverse shaft connected to the first and second joints, respectively; and a universal reducer connected to both the first and second translatable transverse shafts, wherein the universal reducer, the shafts and the linkers provide movement and temporary fixation of a spine that has been manipulated into a final position during spinal surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Zhang, Dan Sucato
  • Patent number: 9402665
    Abstract: An expansion and compression instrument for fracture fixation includes a first handle member, a second handle member, a bearing assembly, and a replaceable tip insert. The bearing assembly axially receives a driver. The replaceable tip insert is adapted to engage an aperture of a fracture fixation plate. The driver is adapted to engage the head of a bone screw, partially threaded into bone proximate the fracture and disposed through a longitudinal slot of the plate. Manual manipulation of the handle members together or apart causes the driver head and replaceable tip insert to become farther apart or closer together, respectively. Pivotal or hinged attachment of the bearing assembly to a handle member permits pivotal movement of the driver relative to the handle member and permits the jaws of the replaceable tip insert to remain in substantial engagement with the fracture fixation plate during expansion and compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: TRIMED, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert J. Medoff, Lukas Tellman
  • Patent number: 9393063
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for tensioning a tether. In one embodiment, a tether tensioning device is provided and includes a tensioning mechanism adapted to couple to a tether extending along a path between at least two bone anchors implanted in adjacent vertebrae. The tensioning mechanism can be adapted to apply a tensioning force to the tether along the path of the tether to thereby move the tether along the path. The device further includes an actuation mechanism movably coupled to the tensioning mechanism such that the actuation mechanism is adapted to effect movement of the tensioning mechanism to control the tensioning force applied to the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Mickiewicz, Michael A. Slivka, Matthew Hannen, Michael A. Fisher, Hassan A. Serhan, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9351851
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for measuring and/or adjusting the distance between two opposing surfaces of a work space, such as two vertebral bodies separated by a disc space. A sizing device may include at least one distraction member, an actuator, and an actuator controller. The actuator controller is movable to move the actuator, with movement of the actuator changing the height dimension of the distraction member. The amount of movement of the actuator controller is generally linearly related to the change of the height dimension of the distraction member. The amount of expansion force applied by the distraction member is also generally linearly related to the amount of movement of the actuator controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Bevenue Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Huffmaster, Patricia Hsin-Yi Ho, Jeffrey L. Emery, Laurent Schaller
  • Patent number: 9282983
    Abstract: A guide device having a guide body including a bearing surface designed to bear in a glenoidal cavity of a scapula that has been prepared beforehand, the guide body including at least one through orifice emerging in the bearing surface, a reference member mounted on the guide body and including a bearing portion designed to bear on the anterior cortex of the scapula, and adjustment means arranged to adjust the position of the reference member with respect to the guide body so as to adjust the distance between the bearing portion and an axis of the through orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignees: FOURNITURES HOSPITALIERES INDUSTRIE, F.H. INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Valenti, Alain Aaron
  • Patent number: 9271780
    Abstract: A bone distractor assembly configured to distract first and second bone segments on opposite sides of a bone gap is provided. In one embodiment the distractor assembly includes a distractor having a first coupler and a second coupler, a first footplate releasably coupled to the first coupler, a second footplate releasably coupled to the second coupler, and a locking mechanism releasably coupling the first and second footplates to the first and second couplers. The first and second footplates releasably are each configured to attach to bone. The locking mechanism includes a tube, wherein removal of the tube releases the first and second footplates from the first and second couplers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Noon, Ryan Sellman, Timothy M. Sellers, Matthew Shanaman
  • Patent number: 9265623
    Abstract: A method of expanding an expandable spinal interbody fusion device, in situ, includes the steps of providing an expandable spinal interbody fusion device having an elevator disposed between relatively movable inferior and superior endplates, the elevator being captively supported for movement along a direction of expansion independently of movement of the inferior and superior endplates, releasably attaching a distal end of an inserter to the device, the inserter including an actuator at a proximal end thereof, and operating the actuator to cause the elevator to move toward the superior endplate and move the superior endplate away from said inferior endplate to expand said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Spine Wave, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott McLean
  • Patent number: 9226781
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein provide interspinous process spacing devices and related systems and methods. In one embodiment, surgical instrument system for implanting an interspinous process spacing device includes a first arm having a proximal end, an elongated central portion, and a distal end, wherein the distal end includes a first engagement element configured for releasably engaging a first attachment side of an interspinous process spacing device. The system also includes a second arm having a proximal end, an elongated central portion, and a distal end, wherein the distal end includes a second engagement element configured for releasably engaging a second attachment side of the interspinous process spacing device. The first arm and the second arm are removably attachable to one another via attachment elements and are configured for aligning a spacer of the first attachment side and a spacer opening of the second attachment side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SOUTHERN SPINE, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh F. Smisson, III, David C. Field, Brandi L. Bohleber, Hiywot Yilma, Michael A. Cowan
  • Patent number: 9149312
    Abstract: A substantially rigid plate is secured to a medial portion of a clavicle relative to a fracture in the clavicle. The plate is positioned so that it extends at least partially over a distal portion of the clavicle relative to the fracture. The plate has surfaces that define a first opening through which a suture can pass. A hole is formed in the clavicle. A washer may be positioned at a side of the plate opposite the clavicle. Alternatively, the plate may include suture holes or edge features for securing a suture. A suture is secured to the washer, to at least one suture hole or to at least one edge feature, and extends through the first opening, through the hole in the clavicle and is secured to the coracoid process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Suspension Othopaedic Solutions
    Inventor: Jeffrey Gelfand