Suture Retaining Means (e.g., Buttons) Patents (Class 606/232)
  • Patent number: 10383675
    Abstract: A surgical screw driving device for driving a screw into a surgical fixture. The device has a screwdriver having a proximal end, a distal end having a driver for engaging the screw, and an elongated shaft extending therebetween. The device has a screw retainer surrounding and extending along the elongated shaft. The screw retainer is configured to engage and hold a periphery of a screw head prior to the screw being driven into the surgical fixture. The screw retainer is configured to disengage from the periphery of the screw head as an axial end of the screw retainer contacts the surgical fixture and is further configured, upon disengagement and without necessity of outside assistance, to translate along the elongated shaft of the screwdriver away from the distal end and toward the proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ZAVATION, LLC
    Inventors: John Franklin Cummins, John Lawrence Walker, Joseph Matthew Jones
  • Patent number: 10383619
    Abstract: An adjustable, locking all-suture anchor assembly includes at least one suture strand and an all-suture anchoring element. The suture strand has a suture first end and a suture second end, wherein the suture first end includes an enlarged capturable structure and the suture second end is free and accessible for manipulation by a medical practitioner. In use, the suture first end is held in or by the all-suture anchoring element through inclusion of the enlarged capturable structure and the enlarged capturable structure functions to anchor the suture first end in relation to the all-suture anchoring element and retain the suture first end in position relative to the all-suture anchoring element when the suture second end is pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Raymond Thal
  • Patent number: 10383618
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for securing tissue to bone. A surgical system can include a driver device, an elongate shaft receivable within the driver device and having a dilator feature at its distal end, and a capture suture extending through the shaft such that the capture suture's terminal end portions extend to a more proximal position on the driver and the capture suture forms a loop that extends through an opening formed through a side of the shaft. The loop is configured to receive at least one retention suture therethrough and can be tightened by pulling the capture suture's terminal ends, thereby coupling the retention suture with the suture anchor. Once the shaft is inserted into bone and the loop with the retention suture is closed, the suture anchor is driven distally towards the dilator features and into the bone to secure the retaining suture in the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Adam Gustafson, Stefan Gabriel
  • Patent number: 10368856
    Abstract: A flexible member for coupling tissue. The flexible member includes a tail and a self-locking construct. The tail includes a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The tail defines a tail passageway proximate to the second end. The self-locking construct includes a first loop and an adjustable second loop. The second loop is slidably threaded through the tail passageway defined by the tail. The self-locking construct is configured such that passing the tail through the first loop so that the second loop extends into the first loop forms a tissue capture region defined by the self-locking construct. The tail passageway defined by the tail defines a locking member configured to secure the second loop to the first loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Gregory J. Denham, Daniel R Norton
  • Patent number: 10368857
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for securing tissue to bone. A surgical system can include a guide, a suture anchor including a sheath and a screw, a first driver shaft, and a second driver shaft. The first driver shaft can be configured to be removably received within a lumen of the guide such that an awl tip thereof extends beyond a distal end of the sheath. The sheath and the guide can have first and second side openings, respectively, that can receive at least one suture therethrough. The second driver shaft can be configured to be removably received within the lumen of the guide when the first elongate shaft is removed therefrom, the second driver shaft having a distal driver member configured to be removably received within a proximal channel formed in the screw to drive the screw into mating engagement with the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Gerome Miller, Justin M. Piccirillo, Benjamin Cleveland
  • Patent number: 10350053
    Abstract: A plate for use in the repair of a torn tendon or ligament and a method for using said plate are provided. The plate includes a plurality of screw holes. The plate also includes a suture anchor point disposed on the plate body. The plate further includes a porous portion configured to allow muscle tissue to migrate through the porous portion and into the bone as the tissue regrows. The method includes the step of securing the plate to a bone by inserting a bone screw and anchor screw(s) through the screw holes. The method proceeds to the step of sewing the sutures to the damaged tendon/ligament and securing the suture to the suture anchor point. Wherein the damaged tendon/ligament is attached to the plate, and wherein muscle tissue may migrate through the porous portion and into the bone as the tissue regrows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Avinash Kumar
  • Patent number: 10327755
    Abstract: A suture anchoring device for fixing a soft tissue to a bone tissue is disclosed that enables the exchange of sutures between anchors after implantation. The suture anchoring device may include a body that is inserted into the bone tissue, a suture exchange fitting situation within a passage formed within the body, and one or more pre-loaded sutures looped through the suture exchange fitting and projecting proximally from a proximal opening formed in the body. Surgical kits and surgical methods for performing various repair procedures using one or more suture anchoring device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Stabilynx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Feezor, Michael Rosenthal, Joseph P. Donahue
  • Patent number: 10327753
    Abstract: A suture anchor including a first portion and a second portion. The first portion defining a first suture bore and having an angled distal surface that extends in a plane oblique to a longitudinal axis of the suture anchor. The second portion defining a second suture bore and having an angled proximal surface that is complementary to the angled distal surface. The angled proximate surface extends in a plane oblique to the longitudinal axis. In a first configuration, the first portion and the second portion are aligned along the longitudinal axis, and the first suture bore is aligned with the second suture bore. In a second configuration, the first portion and the second portion are offset with respect to the longitudinal axis, and the first suture bore is offset from the second suture bore to retain a suture within the first suture bore and the second suture bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Palese
  • Patent number: 10327754
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses for soft tissue repair including a device for anchoring sutured tissue to a bone are disclosed. According to one example, the device can include a body and a member. The body can have a wall with an outer surface thereof configured to engage the bone of a patient. The body can define an inner passage extending generally from a proximal end thereof to a distal end thereof. The wall can have a first side having a first size that differs from a second size of a second side of the wall. The member can be configured to be disposed within the body and can be moveable along the inner passage relative to the body between a first position and a second position. The member can be configured with an eyelet to receive and pass a suture through the member when the member is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory J. Denham
  • Patent number: 10314681
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided and adapted to engage and pull (e.g., pull up) or reposition paraurethral support tissue, such as the perineal membrane. The perineal membrane intersects the urethra and vagina at the midurethra or distal location and can thus be stabilized or controlled in a manner that helps restore continence. As such, the implants can be utilized to eliminate the need for mesh or other supportive structures under the urethra that is common with other incontinence slings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Lund, John J Allen, James R Mujwid, Kevin R Arnal, Jessica E Felton
  • Patent number: 10299782
    Abstract: Meniscal repair devices, systems, and methods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Mehmet Z. Sengun, David B. Spenciner, Richard M. Lunn, Joseph Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10299908
    Abstract: A reinforced graft construct for repairing a tendon or ligament formed by inserting a piece of material, such as suture, through the graft lengthwise. The material may be inserted along only a portion of the graft or along the entire graft. The material may be a reinforcement (reinforcing) material such as suture, tape, weave, or mesh passed lengthwise through the graft (for example, along the center of the graft). The ends of the graft may be whipstiched to provide additional fixation when implanted. The material may be bioabsorbable such that it will resorb away after a period of time in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: John Konicek
  • Patent number: 10299783
    Abstract: A system and method for securing a medical implant within a patient. The method includes disposing an anchor element around the implant, the anchor element including a pair of tabs each including an eyelet, and a flexible intermediate portion between the tabs, wherein disposing the anchor element around the implant includes positioning the implant within the intermediate portion and folding the anchor element such that the tabs contact one another and the eyelets aligned. The anchor element is positioned at a desired implantation position with the tabs positioned proximate soft tissue of the patient. The method further includes inserting a distal tip of a fixation element delivery tool through the eyelets and into the soft tissue, the fixation element including at least one tissue anchor and an adjustable suture arrangement coupled to the tissue anchor. The at least one tissue anchor is deployed from the delivery tool and into the soft tissue of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lawrence W. Wales, Jeffrey J. Peters, Vic Fabano, Ishmael Bentley
  • Patent number: 10299841
    Abstract: A TPLO plate configured to accommodate flexible strands (flexible loops) attached to tissue to be attached to bone. The TPLO plate has one or more suture eyelets, to allow the user (surgeon) to pass a flexible strand through the eyelets and attach/reattach the tissue to the plate at the anatomical location, and to improve the rotational stability of the joint or bone. The eyelets may have various shapes, forms and configurations and may be provided on or within a surface of the TPLO bone plate in any number, depending on the characteristics of the fractured bone or bone segments, or of the plate design. The eyelets preferably receive one or more flexible strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: James R. Dunlop, Gregory Joshua Karnes, Brandon L. Roller, Antonio Pozzi, James L. Cook
  • Patent number: 10292696
    Abstract: A suture anchoring device for fixing a soft tissue to a bone tissue is disclosed that enables the exchange of sutures between anchors after implantation. The suture anchoring device may include a body that is inserted into the bone tissue, a suture exchange fitting situation within a passage formed within the body, and one or more pre-loaded sutures looped through the suture exchange fitting and projecting proximally from a proximal opening formed in the body. Surgical kits and surgical methods for performing various repair procedures using one or more suture anchoring device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Stabilynx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Feezor, Michael Rosenthal, Joseph P. Donahue
  • Patent number: 10292695
    Abstract: A surgical filament snare assembly including an anchor capable of being fixated in bone and having a filament engagement feature. A first filament has a noose on a first portion of at least a first limb and has a second portion connected to the filament engagement feature of the anchor. Preferably, at least one free filament limb, which in some embodiments is a length of the first filament and in other embodiments is a second filament, is capable of being passed through tissue to be repaired and has at least one end passable through the noose to enable incremental tensioning of the tissue after the anchor is fixated in bone. The noose strangulates the free filament limb when tension is applied to at least one of the free filament limb and the noose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SÀRL
    Inventors: Mehmet Ziya Sengun, Howard C. Tang, David B. Spenciner, Gregory R. Whittaker, Gerome Miller
  • Patent number: 10285684
    Abstract: A suture anchor assembly includes a main suture strand, a plurality of suture arms, and a plurality of suture anchor elements connected to the main suture strand by a suture arm. The suture anchor elements are configured to rest against a cortex of a bone to provide an anchor when they are in a deployed configuration. The suture anchor assemblies can be employed in place of or in addition to traditional suture anchors. The assemblies, kits, and methods described herein can be utilized in a variety of procedures and locations in the body where anchoring a graft or tissue adjacent a bone is desired, including, for example, rotator cuff repair and ligament (e.g., the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL) reconstruction and/or repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SÀRL
    Inventors: David B. Spenciner, Benjamin Chan
  • Patent number: 10285686
    Abstract: Methods and devices for repairing a cardiac valve. A minimally invasive procedure includes creating an access in the apex region of the heart through which one or more instruments may be inserted. The device can implant artificial heart valve chordae tendineae into cardiac valve leaflet tissues to restore proper leaflet function and prevent reperfusion. The device punctures the apex of the heart and travels through the ventricle. The tip of the device rests on the defective valve and punctures the valve leaflet. A suture or a suture/guide wire combination is inserted, securing the top of the leaflet to the apex of the heart. A resilient element or shock absorber mechanism adjacent to the outside of the apex of the heart minimizes the linear travel of the device in response to the beating of the heart or opening/closing of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Inventors: James Gammie, Rahul Patel, Mehrdad Ghoreishi
  • Patent number: 10271943
    Abstract: A soft tissue graft suitable for replacing a tendon or ligament is fastened in a bone opening provided in a human or animal patient by press-fitting an end portion of the graft and a fastener into the bone opening such that the graft end portion is pressed against a first portion of the bone wall inside the bone opening. The fastener is anchored in a second portion of the bone wall by liquefying a material having thermoplastic properties by the fastener and making the fastener penetrate into the bone wall. An end portion of the graft is tied to the fastener with the aid of at least one suture extending from the graft end portion. Tying is carried out after anchoring, during anchoring or between anchoring and press-fitting. The tied connection between the fastener and the graft end portion successfully counteracts potential graft slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Andrea Muller, Andreas Wenger, Jorg Mayer
  • Patent number: 10265113
    Abstract: A method of fixing a proximal bone mass to a distal bone mass can include driving a guide wire through the proximal bone mass and the distal bone mass to define a path through the proximal bone mass and the distal bone mass. The method can include inserting a suture from the proximal bone mass into the distal bone mass along the path defined by the guide wire and fixing the suture to the distal bone mass. The method can further include tensioning the suture to draw the distal bone mass against the proximal bone mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, Gregory J. Denham
  • Patent number: 10258321
    Abstract: Suture constructs and methods are provided for securing soft tissue to bone. One exemplary embodiment of a construct includes a first limb, a second limb, a coaxial region, and a collapsible snare defined by the first and second limbs. The coaxial region can be formed by a portion of the second limb being disposed in a volume of the first limb, which allows for a low profile construct that is useful in various soft tissue repair procedures. The construct can be configured to be disposed in tissue to draw the tissue toward bone, and the coaxial region can be deconstructed so that the first and second limbs can be used to help secure the desired location of the tissue with respect to the bone. Various features of the construct and methods for using the same in a surgical procedure are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SÀRL
    Inventor: Mehmet Ziya Sengun
  • Patent number: 10258344
    Abstract: Medical filament delivery apparatus includes a feed chamber to which can be fed filamentary material from a store of filamentary material. The apparatus is designed to feed filamentary material through a catheter into a patient, for example into an aneurysm. The apparatus includes a feed tube assembly having a feed tube with a slot at its distal end. A distal end of the filamentary material can be held within the slot to ensure accurate positioning of the distal end of the filamentary material into the drive assembly. The apparatus provides for severing of the distal end of the filamentary material once the feed tube assembly has been inserted into the drive assembly, thereby ensuring reliable positioning of the filamentary material into the drive assembly. More delicate filamentary material can be handled compared to prior art arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Aidan Furey
  • Patent number: 10245020
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for securing tissue to bone. A surgical system can include an outer shaft, an elongate inner shaft, and an implantable suture anchor assembly including first and second anchor bodies. The second, more proximal, anchor body has one or more openings extending through a side wall or through opposed side walls thereof. The inner shaft is configured to be received within the outer shaft and through the first and second anchor bodies such that a distal end of the inner shaft protrudes beyond a distal end of the first anchor body. The inner shaft is configured to be removably coupled to the first anchor body such that the inner shaft is configured to be rotated to cause a proximal portion of the first anchor body to move proximally into a lumen extending through the second anchor body and to occlude the opening in the second anchor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Adam Gustafson, Gerome Miller, Benjamin Cleveland, Stefan Gabriel
  • Patent number: 10245019
    Abstract: Various self-cinching suture anchors, self-cinching suture anchor systems, and methods of use are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a suture anchor is provided that includes an outer member and an inner member configured to be received within the outer member. The inner and outer members can define a gap that allows a suture to be movably disposed within the outer member, e.g., within the gap, when the inner member is disposed within the outer member. The inner member can be configured to be secured within the outer member by a knot of the suture having a diameter greater than a width of the gap so as to fix the inner member within the outer member, while still allowing uni-directional tensioning of the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Mehmet Z. Sengun
  • Patent number: 10245017
    Abstract: A suture anchor includes a first body portion having a bone-engaging feature to fixedly engage a bony tissue and a second body portion including a flexible member loop for receipt of a suture where engaging the second body portion rotates the flexible member loop with respect to the first body portion. Rotation of the second body portion causes the flexible member loop to frictionally engage a suture passing through the flexible member loop to form a twist to frictionally secure the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin T. Stone
  • Patent number: 10238377
    Abstract: A method for securing suture to bone comprises drilling a hole in a desired portion of bone at a desired procedural site, passing a strand of suture through a portion of soft tissue to be approximated to the portion of bone, and extending the free suture ends proximally from the soft tissue. The suture is loaded into an anchor implant. Using an inserter, on a distal end of which is attached the anchor implant, the anchor implant is manipulated into the bone hole. The suture is then tensioned to a desired level by pulling on the free suture ends, after the anchor implant is positioned in the bone hole. The free suture ends are wrapped about a suture cleat on an inserter handle once the desired tension level is achieved. A proximal anchor component is moved distally to engage with a distal anchor component to lock the anchor in place within the bone hole, and to lock the suture in place within the anchor. Then, the inserter is removed from the procedural site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cayenne Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Nason, Jordan A. Hoof
  • Patent number: 10231725
    Abstract: An anchoring system for securing tissue to bone includes an implant having a body through which a suture eyelet extends transversely, a suture recess extending along a portion of a length of the body, having a predetermined depth below an outer surface of the body, and a suture pinch ramp disposed at a proximal end of the suture recess. The suture pinch ramp has a depth approximately equal to the predetermined depth at a distal end thereof and sloping outwardly in a proximal direction so that a depth of a proximal end of the suture pinch ramp approaches zero. An insertion member includes an insertion tube and a handle which is engageable with the anchor body to deploy the anchor in a selected bone site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cayenne Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin N. Baird
  • Patent number: 10226244
    Abstract: Embodiments of an implant that is configured with materials to prevent degradation or corrosion. The implant can comprise an elongate body and a degradation-delaying element disposed thereon, where the degradation-delaying element can be configured to reduce or retard corrosion of the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ConMed Corporation
    Inventors: Kimmo Lahteenkorva, Jeremy Clifford Reedy, Ophir Ortiz, Christopher Stahle
  • Patent number: 10213292
    Abstract: Some materials used to make anchors for soft tissue repair, for example, have beneficial properties, including stiffness, bioabsorbability, and osteoconductivity. These materials, however, are not flexible and are challenging to make flexible wings out of for winged anchors. Wing flex is desirable for achieving high fixation strength in winged anchors. Accordingly, an anchor is provided having a hybrid structure including a core body made from a biocomposite, bioabsorbability, osteoconductivity or biocompatible non absorbable material and a wing assembly made from different and more flexible material. Examples of the hybrid anchor take advantage of properties of the different materials strategically placed. A no-hole-prep example of the hybrid anchor reduces the time to install the anchor. A modular example of the hybrid anchor provides a customizable anchoring solution to meet a variety of diverse clinical needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Arai, Matthew Koski
  • Patent number: 10213195
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fixation device that includes an elongate shank defining a longitudinal axis and having at least one engaging member for applying the fixation device within tissue and securing the fixation device in the tissue once implanted formed thereon, and a drive head having a proximal end, a distal end and a radial cross-sectional geometry, where the drive head is mated to the elongate shank, and includes at least one anti-rotational member integral therewith, Fixation device kits utilizing the fixation device, and methods of fixation in tissue are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ETHICON, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Contiliano, Yufu Li, Zhigang Li
  • Patent number: 10206724
    Abstract: A system to stabilize a fracture includes an intramedullary rod having a first end and a second end and configured for placement within a medullary bone canal of a bone. The intramedullary rod includes a first rod hole at the second end. The system also includes an intramedullary rod plate having a first plate hole and a second plate hole. The system also includes a first fastener configured to be received by the first plate hole, wherein the first fastener passes through an outer surface of the bone and through the first rod hole at the second end of the intramedullary rod such that the first fastener secures the intramedullary rod plate to the intramedullary rod. The system further includes a second fastener configured to pass through the second plate hole and into the bone such that the second fastener secures the intramedullary rod plate to the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Seth K. Williams
  • Patent number: 10201376
    Abstract: A system, devices and methods are provided for facilitating stabilization of periarticular fractures. The system includes a compression plate and one or more of a cerclage cable for encircling the bone and securing the compression plate to the bone, a crimp lug for securing the cable in tension relative to the bone and/or a plate, and a supplemental plate coupled to the compression plate and adapted to receive bicortical or unicortical bone screws to further secure the compression plate relative to the bone. In addition, the system includes a cable tensioner for temporarily retaining the cable in tension and then applying a tension to the cable until a desired compression is effected between a plate and bone and while a cable retaining structure is secured to the cable to retain the applied tension on the cable. Also provided is a jig for use with plates for minimally invasive fracture stabilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet C.V.
    Inventors: Cesare Cavallazzi, Javier E Castaneda, Robert F. Graham
  • Patent number: 10195012
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a wound closure device that includes (a) a biocompatible material configured to be brought into abutment with a tissue surface, and (b) a plurality of fixation components connected to and extending through the biocompatible material, where at least one of the plurality of fixation components is configured to allow a suture to be connected to and extend through the at least one fixation component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sanford Health
    Inventor: Curtis Peery
  • Patent number: 10182808
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for forming a hole in bone and implanting a suture anchor in the bone hole. The devices and methods disclosed herein allow a suture coupled to tissue to be passed through a shaft that is also configured to receive a drill bit. Exemplary guide devices are provided having a shaft with a cross-sectional shape that allows the suture to be seated in a secondary region that is offset from a primary region that receives the drill bit therethrough. A drill bit can be passed through the shaft without causing any damage to the suture extending through the shaft, and subsequently an anchor can be advanced along the suture through the shaft and guided into the bone hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: James T. Spivey, Ami S. Joshi
  • Patent number: 10179012
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an implant for correcting a deformity in or near a joint of a subject includes an implant body having an internal lumen, a suture side hole or window extending through a wall of the implant body and providing access to the internal lumen through an exterior of the implant body, a tension assembly comprising a first bone anchor and a second bone anchor, wherein the first and second bone anchors are configured to be placed on opposite sides of the implant body, and an adjustable suture loop coupling the first bone anchor to the second bone anchor, wherein at least a portion of the at least one adjustable suture loop is positioned within the internal lumen of the implant body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Cartiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence W. Wales, Jeff Peters
  • Patent number: 10172606
    Abstract: Surgical devices and methods of surgical repairs using the devices are disclosed. The device and methods aid in surgical repairs by allowing for quick and reproducible repairs to be made. A tensionable knotless fixation device is provided with a tensioning construct (formed of a tensioning strand, a tensionable, adjustable, knotless, self-cinching loop, and a splice adjacent the loop) pre-loaded onto a fixation device. A flexible material (for example, suture or suture tape) may be attached to a fixation device. A flexible material may be threaded through an eyelet of a fixation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek C. Sullivan, William C. Benavitz, Thomas Dooney, Jr., Lee D. Kaplan, James P. Bradley
  • Patent number: 10159476
    Abstract: A method for securing a repair, such as a rotator cuff repair and includes an anchor placed within a hole formed in bone and a cannulated screw inserted into the hole after the anchor has been inserted to effectuate a firm and secure connection of tissue to bone, particularly when the quality of the bone does not permit optimal fixation. The method allows superior tissue fixation to bone with the ease of knotless suture anchor application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Lumaca Orthopaedics Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Jeffery H. Berg
  • Patent number: 10159504
    Abstract: A surgical assembly, the assembly including a first guidewire, a second guidewire, in which each of the first guidewire and the second guidewire are configured to be received by a bone block, a first suture loop, a second suture loop, a first locking component, and a second locking component, in which the first locking component is coupled to the first suture loop and the second locking component is coupled to the second suture loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wyman, Daniel Ellis, Graham Smith, Ettore Taverna
  • Patent number: 10154858
    Abstract: A device for preparing an opening in tissue for implantation of an implant. The device includes a tool adapted to be coupled to an energy source, an augmentation element of a thermoplastic material, and a counter element. A tool contact surface and a first augmentation element contact surface together form a first interface, and a second augmentation element contact surface and a counter element contact surface together form a second interface. The device is configured to be being inserted into an opening in the tissue and configured for the augmentation element to be compressed between the tool and the counter element while at the same time energy is coupled into the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Andreas Wenger, Philipp Seiler, Stephanie Mehl, Milica Berra
  • Patent number: 10149753
    Abstract: Novel bioabsorbable, nasal spreader graft implant devices are disclosed. The devices are useful in rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction surgical procedures, as well as other surgical procedures. The devices have biodegradable core plates and biodegradable spreader plates or tissue ingrowth plates. The plates may have tissue ingrowth properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Gavin Chen, Krasimira Hristov, Jianxin Guo, Jianguo Jack Zhou, James A. Matrunich
  • Patent number: 10149676
    Abstract: A device for delivering an implant to a vascular disorder of a patient includes a delivery pusher. A stationary blade may be coupled to the delivery pusher. The stationary blade may include a sharp and stationary cutting component for cutting through a suture coupling the implant to the delivery pusher and for thereby releasing the implant when placed in proximity to the vascular disorder. In some cases, the strength of a junction connecting the suture to the implant is equal to or greater than the tensile strength of the suture itself. Additionally, or alternatively, a detachment handle may be fixedly and permanently attached to the delivery pusher such that a user of the device need not couple the detachment handle to the delivery pusher. The detachment handle may include a user manipulable component for initiating a mechanical release of the implant when placed in proximity to the vascular disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: INCUMEDx, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Edwin Mirigian, Be Thi Le, Brendon James Bolos, Berchell John Yee, Amiel Richard Aguilar, Regina Coeli Velasco, Crystal Kay Sein Lwin, Liem Ho
  • Patent number: 10149751
    Abstract: A bone anchor configured for use in anchoring an implanting portion to an anchor point. A bone anchor can be of particular use in anchoring soft tissue to a bone. A bone anchor can have a wire loop and a suture. The wire loop of the bone anchor can be configured to capture a suture and to pull a portion of the suture through a hole in the anchor body aiding in anchoring an item, such as tissue to a bone. Methods of using the bone anchor with a suture and a wire loop to attach an item are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CONMED CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jonathan B. Ticker
  • Patent number: 10136884
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing a suture to a bone, the apparatus including an anchor configured to have the suture connected thereto; and an inserter for manipulating the anchor, the inserter including a handle; a shaft mounted to the handle and configured to releasably hold the anchor thereto; a retractable sheath movably mounted to the handle, the retractable sheath having a first extended position and a second retracted position, wherein the retractable sheath is disposed coaxially over at least a portion of the anchor when the retractable sheath is in its first extended position, and the retractable sheath is withdrawn from the anchor when the retractable sheath is in its second retracted position; and an outer tube mounted to the handle, the outer tube being disposed coaxially over the retractable sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Graul, J. Brook Burley
  • Patent number: 10130354
    Abstract: Tensionable systems, devices, and methods for tissue repairs. A fixation device has a post and a flexible strand which passes around the post and is provided with one stop member on one side of the post, or with two stop members, one on each side of the post. Stop members allow a flexible strand to slide around the post and become fixed for approximation of tissue to tissue and tensioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Dooney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10123792
    Abstract: Filamentary fixation devices may be used in a variety of surgical procedures to secure soft tissue to bone. The present invention provides various devices, systems, kits and instrumentation for performing such surgical procedures including preparation of soft tissue and bone, preparation and manipulation of such filamentary fixation devices, and insertion and utilization of the fixation devices within a patient's anatomy. In one embodiment, a method for securing soft tissue to bone, the method includes accessing the soft tissue and the bone, passing a filament through the soft tissue, preparing a bore hole in the bone, loading the filament into a filamentary fixation device, implanting the filamentary fixation device, with the filament, into the bore hole, and tensioning the filament so that the filamentary fixation device and filament are secured within the bore hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventor: Kyle Craig Pilgeram
  • Patent number: 10123793
    Abstract: A method for securing a first object to a second object comprising providing apparatus comprising an elongated body having a lumen; an enlargement; a first elongated element, the distal end of the first elongated element being connected to the enlargement and the proximal end of the first elongated element extending through the lumen; and a second elongated element connected to the first elongated element external to the elongated body; inserting the elongated body into the second object; moving the second elongated element proximally so as to cause proximal movement of the first elongated element so as to cause the enlargement to move into a second portion of the lumen, whereby to laterally expand the elongated body; and securing the first object to the second object with the second elongated element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Pamichev, J. Brook Burley, Julian Nikolchev, James Flom
  • Patent number: 10105133
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for anchoring suture to bone. In one exemplary embodiment, a suture anchor is provided that includes one or more bone-engaging surfaces features and an external sidewall. The external sidewall can allow a suture coupled to the suture anchor and located between the anchor and bone to be movable relative to the suture anchor, even when the suture anchor is partially or fully disposed within a bone hole. Suture threaders and suture anchor drivers are also provided that can be used with the various methods and devices disclosed herein, or with other methods and devices known in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Douglas Hester, Brian Otrando
  • Patent number: 10098680
    Abstract: A device and method for stabilizing a broken bone while it heals is disclosed. The device is preferably a metal rod that has a threaded portion. The device is positioned into a bone, such as a metacarpal bone, by forming an opening in the bone suitable for receiving the device, and inserting it into the opening wherein the threaded portion retains the device in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Exsomed Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Lloyd P. Champagne, Jozef Zoldos
  • Patent number: 10092285
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing a suture to a bone, the apparatus comprising an elongated body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending between the distal and proximal ends, the lumen comprising a distal section and a proximal section, the distal section having a wider diameter than the proximal section; an elongated element extending through the lumen; and a locking element mounted to the distal end of the elongated element and disposed in the distal section of the lumen; whereby, when the elongated body is disposed in bone, and a suture extends through at least a portion of the lumen, and the locking element is thereafter moved proximally, proximal movement of the locking element causes the elongated body to capture the suture to the elongated body, whereby to secure the suture to the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Graul, J. Brook Burley, Andrew Lantz, James Flom
  • Patent number: 10085756
    Abstract: An anvil assembly suitable for trans-oral delivery includes an anvil head configured to receive a guide suture that is separable from the anvil assembly during a stapling procedure. An anvil delivery assembly includes the anvil assembly and a suture guide assembly secured to the anvil assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams