Spinal Positioner Or Stabilizer Patents (Class 606/246)
  • Patent number: 10413421
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system and methods for assembling and implanting a vertebral body implant. The vertebral body implant includes, but is not necessarily limited to, an expandable core body and endplates that can be attached at both ends. Endplates of various shapes, sizes and angles are attachable to the expandable core so that a suitable vertebral body implant can be implanted between vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Arnold, Rich Mueller, William Smith, Sharath Bellary
  • Patent number: 10405908
    Abstract: A forming apparatus and method for forming a workpiece used a medical procedure is provided. A controllable bending machine for bending the workpiece is provided. A template is manually formable. The template has a shape sensor so as to sense a shape of the template. A controller receives template shape data from the shape sensor and operates the bending machine in accordance with the template shape data. The bending of the workpiece includes a spring back compensating operation which performs a first bending operation on the workpiece in accordance with the template shape data, acquires workpiece shape data from one of the shape sensor re-disposed associated with the workpiece, or another shape sensor associated with the workpiece, and performs a second bending operation compensating for spring back. A method employs the template for workpiece measurements and the forming apparatus using the measurements for forming the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerald L. Redmond
  • Patent number: 10398478
    Abstract: An interspinous stabilization device configured to fit interlaminarly between adjacent vertebrae and their spinous processes, while also cooperating with a bone graft, or bone substitute, component to facilitate fusion at that segment of the spine is disclosed. Also provided is a method for using such a device and bone graft, or bone substitute, component to stabilize a spinal segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PARADIGM SPINE, LLC
    Inventors: Detlev Ganter, Guntmar Eisen, Stephan Eckhof
  • Patent number: 10383659
    Abstract: A spinal stabilization system for surgical implantation in the spine having a bone fastener. The bone fastener is provided with a head portion and a shaft portion. A housing is also provided with a recess defined by sidewalls and an opening for receiving the head portion of the bone fastener. A seating element is disposed within the housing and positioned over the head portion of the bone fastener. An elongate rod is positioned on the seating element within the recess of the housing. The system also includes a cap capable of engaging with a top portion of the housing and capturing the elongate rod within the recess of the housing when the cap is rotated. The bone fastener articulates in a single plane with respect to the housing and the seat element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Khiem Pham, Andrew Iott
  • Patent number: 10376292
    Abstract: Lamina plate assemblies, systems, and methods thereof. A lamina plate assembly may be configured to provide lamina support following laminectomy, for example, in cervical and lumbar cases. The lamina plate assembly may include a generally elongate body having a first free end, a second free end, and a posterior portion disposed between the first free end and the second free end. Different embodiments of securing portions are used to secure the lamina plate assembly to a vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc
    Inventors: Nick Tacca, Jason Cianfrani
  • Patent number: 10376293
    Abstract: A system for installing a vertebral stabilization system. The system includes an installation tool including a handle portion and a shaft extending distally from the handle portion. The shaft includes a conduit and a staple mechanism. The system also includes a flexible implant member extending along the conduit configured to be advanced out from a distal end of the shaft, and a staple housed in the staple mechanism. The staple is configured to secure the flexible implant member to a vertebra. The handle portion is configured to selectively advance the flexible implant member from the shaft and to selectively actuate the staple mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Hugh D Hestad
  • Patent number: 10350332
    Abstract: The present invention provides an orthopedic implant including a base device having a device surface and a fixation material attached to at least one portion of the device surface. The fixation material is configured to provide a minimally sufficient adhesive force to resist natural pull out caused by forces acting on the base device after implantation and bone growth. Also provided is a method of manufacturing an orthopedic implant. A base device with a device surface is provided and a minimally sufficient adhesive force, that can resist natural pull out caused by forces acting on the base device after implantation and bone growth, is determined. A proper amount of fixation material sufficient to provide an adhesive force equal to the minimally sufficient adhesive force is determined and fixation material is applied to the device. When the proper amount of fixation material is applied to the device surface, application is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SMed-TA/TD, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory C. Stalcup, Troy D. Knapp, Joseph W. Jurick, Paul S. Nebosky, Kreigh R. Williams
  • Patent number: 10350083
    Abstract: Various embodiments of intervertebral implants, anchoring devices for intervertebral implants, and implantation instrumentation are provided, along with various embodiments of methods for using one or more of the devices. Some embodiments of an anchoring device have a body comprising at least one curve and a rigid plate elongated along a longitudinal axis so that its front end enters at least one vertebra while its rear end remains in the passage of an implant. In some embodiments, the plate comprises at least one longitudinal slot separating at least one posterior portion of the plate into two branches, with at least one branch comprising at least one withdrawal stop configured to retain the device in the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LDR Medical
    Inventors: Hervé Chataigner, Craig Chebuhar, Hervé Dinville, Emmanuel Bougere
  • Patent number: 10327820
    Abstract: A polyaxial spinal screw including a head and a threaded body. The head is defined by a portion of a first sphere that has a first center and a portion of a second sphere that has a second center, wherein the second center is approximately concentric with the first center. The threaded body extends from the portion of first sphere, wherein the portion of the first sphere is compressible approximately through the first center via compression of the portion of the second sphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: International Spinal Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Aferzon
  • Patent number: 10314620
    Abstract: A vertebral support device (1) is disclosed, which in various embodiments comprises at least two osseous anchoring implants (2), each designed to be anchored to a vertebra, and at least one linking element (3) fixed to the osseous anchoring implants (2) by fasteners (20) that maintain a fixed angle between the longitudinal axis (L) of the linking element (3) passing through rigid elements (34) of the linking element (3) and the insertion axis (DV) of the implants (2). The linking element (3) includes at least one elastic dampening element (31) that that allows the implant-bearing vertebrae some freedom of movement. The dampening element (31) accommodates the stresses imposed on the linking element (3) during movement of the vertebrae and tends to return the support device (1) to its normal configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LDR Medical
    Inventors: Paul Cho, Reginald Davis, Gregory Hoffman, Alan McGee, John Williams, Arnold M. Schwartz, William D. Bradley, Alexandre Jodaitis, Herve Chataigner, Hugo Santos Benitez, Chen Zhongqiang
  • Patent number: 10307153
    Abstract: A system for fastening soft tissue to bone includes a bone screw having a threaded shaft and a screw head having an underside with malleable protuberances that project toward a distal end of the threaded shaft. A fixation plate is coupled with the threaded shaft. The fixation plate has a proximal face that opposes the underside of the screw head, a distal face that faces away from the underside of the screw head, an outer peripheral edge that extends between the proximal and distal faces, a central opening for receiving the threaded shaft, and protrusions spaced from one another around the outer peripheral edge that extend distally beyond the distal face of the fixation plate. The system includes an insertion tool having a handle and a tubular shaft extending distally from the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Michael William Nordmeyer, Daniel J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10292744
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein include systems and methods for a bone screw and self-retaining driver. The system includes a mechanism that enables a bone screw to be rigidly attached to a screwdriver for manipulation and transfer of bone fragments and grafts to a fixation site, such as during surgery. The system includes a cannulated bone screw that has a drive connection that engages with a drive structures of a screwdriver. The bone screw also includes a structural connector that securely attaches to or receives an internal shaft or rod of the screwdriver. The internal shaft or rod of the screwdriver can rotate and slide independent of an outer shaft of screwdriver. Accordingly, the internal shaft of the screwdriver can rigidly connect with the bone screw enabling applied torque to the screwdriver to be transferred to the bone screw, without the bone screw falling off of the drive connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Anthony Santangelo, Jeffrey Wyman, Neil J. Etherington, Pascal Boileau
  • Patent number: 10292827
    Abstract: A distal portion of a filament is extended beyond the distal end of a needle containing a gripper. A flexible one-way filament retainer with a snagging point is positioned adjacent to the extended filament. The needle with the extended filament and the one-way filament retainer are inserted into a cannula. During partial withdrawal of the needle, the snagging point of the one-way filament retainer hooks or retains the distal portion of the filament, depositing a section of the filament between the snagging point of the one-way filament retainer and the needle. When the needle is re-advanced, the needle pushes open the flexible one-way filament retainer, and the section of the filament is expelled or deposited in tissue. The needle can be rotated; the gripper engages and spirals the expelled filament to burrow into tissue. The method of needle partial withdrawal, re-advancement, rotation and pushing is repeated to pack and fill the tissue with interconnecting spirals of filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Yeung, Teresa T. Yeung
  • Patent number: 10278745
    Abstract: Dynamic, rigid, and convertible dynamic-to-rigid devices and methods of using such devices to treat spinal instability conditions of the cervical spine are provided. The devices may include an interspinous, interlaminar stabilization device configured for interlaminar placement between the spinous processes of adjacent cervical vertebrae and optionally secured to the lamina using bone screws or crimped or rigidly fixed to the spinous process. Multiple devices may be used to enable treatment of multiple levels at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Graeme Woodworth, Stephen Eckhof, Sven Oliver Muckenfuß
  • Patent number: 10258380
    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: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GENOSSIS LLC
    Inventor: Amit Sinha
  • Patent number: 10213235
    Abstract: Devices and methods for positioning and immobilizing at least two adjacent vertebrae using adjacent spinous processes. The method includes positioning a spinous process fusion device in an interspinous space between adjacent spinous processes including a rod and a first wing, and attaching a second wing to the rod, for example, using a ratcheting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Zappacosta, Daniel Laskowitz, William E. Duffield, Jason Cianfrani, Jody L. Seifert, Darren Clutter
  • Patent number: 10206722
    Abstract: A bone plate system is provided that includes bone plates and bone anchor assemblies for being inserted into bone plate bores to secure the bone plates to one or more bones. In one aspect, the bone plate system includes a bone anchor assembly having a locking cap and a locking fastener connected to a head portion of a bone anchor. The bone anchor assembly is driven into a bone plate bore before the locking fastener is shifted to expand the locking cap and fix the bone anchor assembly within the bore. In another aspect, the bone plate system includes a bone anchor assembly having a locking cap that deflects radially inward due to contact with the bone plate at large bone anchor assembly insertion angles. In addition, a bone anchor assembly having a preassembled condition with a locking cap resisting back out of a locking fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Perrow, Brad Fredin
  • Patent number: 10201438
    Abstract: Prosthetic implant devices and related methods are provided. The prosthetic implant devices includes an internal component and an external component. The internal component has an implant portion associated with one or more rare earth magnets. The internal component being of a size and shape suitable for surgical implantation into the residual limb of the amputee. The implant portion being of a size and shape suitable for surgical implantation into a bone within the residual limb of the amputee. The one or more rare earth magnets generating at least one magnetic field. The external component having a prosthetic connection associated with a magnetic element. The magnet element being in adaptable magnetic association with the at least one magnetic field generated by the one or more rare earth magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Fellowship of Orthopaedic Researchers, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Cook, Shoib Bajaj, Laura P. Patron, Peter Strzepa
  • Patent number: 10159581
    Abstract: An expandable prosthetic implant for engagement between vertebrae includes a first member having a first end, a second end, a plurality of extensions and and a hollow interior portion extending from the first end to the second end, wherein the plurality of extensions extend from the first end to the second end. A second member includes a first end, a second end, a hollow interior portion extending from the first end to the second end, and a plurality of extensions extending from the second end to the first end. The plurality extensions of the first member are configured to coaxially interdigitate with the second member, and the plurality of extensions of the second member are configured to coaxially interdigitate with the first member. The first member of the implant is moveable relative to the second member along a longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Colm McLaughlin, James Himmelberger
  • Patent number: 10159475
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a surgical device, such as a surgical implant, which may be used in several types of procedures. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to implants for use in an anterior, posterior, posterior lateral or direct lateral approach to the disc space. The surgical device may be manipulated in various manners to accommodate delivery through a minimally invasive portal in one configuration and adjusted to a second configuration once placed in the intervertebral space. A delivery system for placing the surgical device in a body is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MIGHTY OAK MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: George Frey, Caleb Voelkel, Greg Kana, Geoff Lai
  • Patent number: 10149704
    Abstract: An interspinous device for arthrodesis, comprising a main body of distraction, inserted between two adjacent spinous processes to provide a relative support; a first and a second pair of lateral stabilizers; support means of each of the pairs of stabilizers slidable with respect to the main body; and a threaded shaft of actuation of the lateral stabilizers, percutaneously operable to determine a rotation and a subsequent translation of the stabilizers with respect to said main body, wherein the overall arrangement is such that each stabilizer is rotatably movable relative to the main body between a first closed configuration and a second open configuration, in which the stabilizers are open wide, and between the second open configuration and a third retaining configuration, in which the open-wide stabilizers of the first pair are longitudinally juxtaposed to respective open-wide stabilizers of the second pair so as to abut a spinous process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Giuseppe Calvosa, Raphael Bartalesi, Miria Tenucci
  • Patent number: 10149707
    Abstract: A fastener, for example a bone screw, is sized to pass through a hole of an implant, for example a bone plate, the fastener having a shaft or anchor portion engageable with body tissue, and a head portion. A locking cap secures to the bone plate and covers the head to block the head and inhibit screw back out. Alternatively or additionally, a locking disc located in the plate hole resiliently deflects downward to allow screw insertion, but is blocked to limit or prevent upward deflection so that screw back out is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Black
  • Patent number: 10131039
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are provided for driving an implant and applying counter torque. For example, a driver can include a handle, a driver shaft, and a counter torque shaft, the counter torque shaft being laterally offset from the driver shaft. A distal end of each shaft can mate with a specific type of implant and/or anatomy. The shafts can be removed and replaced from the device, allowing a user to select shafts having particular lengths and/or mating tips. In use, distal ends of the shafts can be fixed or constrained relative to one another and to an implant such that the counter torque shaft cannot orbit around the driver shaft. Rotating the handle can rotate the driver shaft, driving the implant. This can cause the counter torque shaft to try to orbit around the driver shaft, but the fixed/constrained ends restrict this motion, applying the counter torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Medos International Sàrl
    Inventor: Zoher Bootwala
  • Patent number: 10117753
    Abstract: A spinal distractor and stabilizer has resilient, conformable bone contacting sections which are separated by an expandable chamber that extends from one of the sections, and which forms a ratchet with the section, ensuring that once expanded by being filled with a substance, cannot contract absent intervention by a medical practitioner. The stabilizer may be filled with a material which solidifies, after which some or all of the device may biodegrade. The device may also be provided in separable portions to facilitate implantation. The conformable sections distribute the distraction and stabilizing force evenly over the bone surface, reducing the incidence of disruption to the integrity of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Suh, Chad Glerum, Damien O'Halloran
  • Patent number: 10117751
    Abstract: The present method includes the following steps: removing a portion of a previously implanted spinal arthroplasty device; and attaching a revision component to a remaining portion of the previously implanted spinal arthroplasty device to alter a biomechanical characteristic of the implanted arthroplasty device. Another aspect of the invention provides a method of limiting motion between adjacent vertebrae including the steps of accessing an implanted spinal arthroplasty device comprising a cephalad component fixed to a first vertebra and a caudal component fixed to a second vertebra inferior to the first vertebra, the cephalad and caudal components having a range of motion between them, and attaching a revision component to the cephalad and caudal components to reduce the range of motion. The invention also includes revision devices for revising the biomechanics of implanted spinal arthroplasty devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Broman, Thomas McCleer, Leonard Tokish, Jr., Mark A. Reiley, Sean S. Suh
  • Patent number: 10117693
    Abstract: Implant for stabilization of pelvic ring fractures, comprising a nail for intraosseous implantation, a fixing agent and at least one locking element for relative fixation of the pelvic bone to the nail. The nail is designed so that the nail intraosseous be passed through a pre-drilled by a sacrum through channel or in the sacrum predrilled through channel is intraosseous insertable. Wherein the pin has at least at its first end of the nail transverse implementation for receiving the locking member, said locking member having an anchoring portion by means of which it can be anchored in a pelvic bone, and a locking portion connected to the transverse conducting of the nail so corresponds to the locking element with the nail is stable angle lockable. Wherein the nail is fixed by means of fixing means at the second end of the nail, in a first pelvic bone and/or the sacrum, whereby the nail is secured by means of the locking element relative to a second pelvis against rotation and displacements fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SIGNUS MEDIZINTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Sabrina Ehler, Alexander Harwarth, Frank Obermeier, Uwe Siedler
  • Patent number: 10098751
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for restoration of human or animal bone anatomy, which may include introduction, into a bone of an expansible implant capable of expansion in a single determined plane, positioning the expansible implant in the bone in order to correspond the single determined plane with a bone restoration plane and opening out the expansible implant in the bone restoration plane. A first support surface and a second support surface spread tissues within bone. The embodiments of the invention may also include injecting a filling material around the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Oglaza, Christian Renaud, Alain Leonard, Gildas Huet
  • Patent number: 10098647
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for forming or enlarging holes in bone tissue and methods for fixing medical plates to bodies. The present disclosure also provides for products produced by the methods of the present disclosure and for apparatuses used to perform the methods of the present disclosure including but not limited to spring compressed retained blades and detachable blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ECA Medical Instruments
    Inventors: John Nino, David Ivinson
  • Patent number: 10092336
    Abstract: A bone fracture plate assembly including female and male plate portions. The female plate portion has a post, a female dovetail, and an extending arm with a group of ratchet teeth. The male plate portion has two upstanding posts, a male dovetail for coupling to the female dovetail so that the plate portions move linearly with respect to each other, a slot for the arm, and a pawl for engaging the ratchet teeth. A spring, coupled to the posts of the plate portions, dynamically connects the plate portions by applying a compressive load therebetween. The spring has a pair of elongated ears, each defining a slot to allow for relative movement of the plate portions. The ratchet teeth are engaged by the pawl to retain the plate portions together, and the spring mounts on the posts of the plate portions such that the spring biases the plate portions together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Spinal Simplicity, LLC
    Inventors: Harold Hess, Melissa Frock, Adam Frock, Adam Rogers, Todd Moseley, Jonathan Hess, Paul Sand, Carlos Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10092330
    Abstract: Orthopedic implant and methods of implantation for fixing adjacent bones. In one embodiment, the implant includes a locking mechanism that is adapted to be advanced by a locking instrument, wherein advancement of the locking mechanism in a first direction produces rotation of a first rigid abutment surface of the implant from a first orientation to a second orientation, and continued advancement of the locking mechanism produces advancement of the first rigid abutment surface towards a second rigid abutment surface of the implant. The continued advancement may also place a compressive load onto the implant sufficient to immobilize the implant relative to a first bony surface and a second bony surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Samy Abdou
  • Patent number: 10064661
    Abstract: An articulated fixation device is provided having a high degree of adjustability for securing a plate member thereof to a skull and at least one spinal rod thereof to a vertebral bone. In one form, an adjustable bridge member is provided that is adjustably connected to both the plate member and the spinal rod. The adjustable connections can include an upper and rearward pivot connection between the plate member and the bridge member and a lower and forward pivot connection between the spinal rod and the bridge member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Berrevoets, Frankie Morris, Frederick E. Finger
  • Patent number: 10058361
    Abstract: Rod delivery tools, methods for delivering a connecting rod of a pedicle screw system into seating slots of at least first and second long arm screw towers of a pedicle screw system, and a rod reduction tool and related methods for urging a distal leading end of a connecting rod and an opening of a long arm screw tower into alignment with one another, where the two are initially misaligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Smith
  • Patent number: 10039646
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is a laminal implant including: a first body including a first flange adapted to engage a first lamina end, a tab and a receiving channel; and a second body including a second flange adapted to engage a second lamina end, and a plurality of teeth adapted to engage the tab, at least a portion of the second body adapted to be positioned within the receiving channel, the first and second bodies adapted to slideably engage one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Yolanda D. Shepard, Charles L. Bush, Jr., Douglas G. Pedrick
  • Patent number: 10034766
    Abstract: An intervertebral spinal spacer that can include a substantially annular body that can include an upper surface, a lower surface, an outer surface, and an inner surface. The inner surface of the substantially annular body can define an internal cavity. The annular body can include a plurality of outer apertures and a plurality of inner apertures connected by a plurality of fluid passages that can draw fluid into the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Hieu Ball
    Inventor: Hieu T. Ball
  • Patent number: 10034771
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes an implant body extending between an anterior surface and a posterior surface. The implant body includes a first vertebral engaging surface and a second vertebral engaging surface. The implant body defines a cavity. A plate is connectable with the implant body via a coupling member adjacent the cavity and is translatable relative thereto. The coupling member has a portion including a frangible torque limit. The plate defines at least one opening oriented to implant a fastener with tissue. Systems, spinal constructs, surgical instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cristian A. Capote, Jonathan E. Blackwell, Anthony J. Melkent, Neel Anand
  • Patent number: 10022172
    Abstract: A percutaneous system in which tubular retractors are utilized as a means of access, visualization, and a controlled orientation for preparation of posterior spinal elements and delivery of graft material for posterior spinal fusion. The tubular retractors are affixed to screw extensions to rotate and articulate relative to multi-axial screws percutaneously inserted into respective pedicles of vertebral bodies. The procedure is done bilaterally, although it could be performed unilaterally in cases where the anatomy or surgeon preference dictates. A number of different deployable graft concepts are disclosed, the primary features being to allow for creation of a graft space volume and a means for delivery of the graft material preferred by the surgeon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SPINE WAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Boyd, John J. Ratcliffe, Jr., Joshua Morin, Shresta Marigowda, Tim E. Adamson, Daniel Robbins, Thomas J. Barbieri
  • Patent number: 10016281
    Abstract: An implant to be surgically positioned between two adjacent vertebrae made of a biocompatible material having two distinct areas of geometry—a front/anterior distracting portion and a second stabilizing back end/posterior portion. The device is inserted into the disc space on its side—in a first position—up until a point and then the device is rotated 90 degrees along a z-axis—into a second position—and then pushed the remainder of the way into the disc space. As viewed from the bottom of the device (in the second position—the position of the implant after rotation, the device is L-shaped, about L-shaped, or an angled dual leg configuration. A base member forms an angle anywhere between 30 to 150 degrees with a connected extended member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Howard Yeon, David Smith
  • Patent number: 10016227
    Abstract: Apparatus and devices for percutaneously extending an existing spinal construct ipsilaterally with an additional spinal construct in a patient are disclosed. The additional spinal construct comprises a rod connector that includes an elongate additional rod integrally attached thereto. The additional rod is placed through an access port in a first orientation generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the access port and rotated to a different second orientation generally transverse to the longitudinal axis of the access port. During such rotation the additional rod is moved subcutaneously beneath the skin of the patient from the existing spinal rod to an additional bone engaging implant. In another arrangement, the extension of an existing spinal construct in a minimally invasive procedure comprises a rod connector having an offset support for receiving an additional spinal rod that may be placed laterally interiorly or exteriorly of the existing spinal construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SPINE WAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Scott McLean, Tim E. Adamson
  • Patent number: 9974572
    Abstract: A spinal fixation device is provided having first and second elongate members that are angularly adjustable relative to one another. Each elongate member can include a connecting feature formed on a terminal end thereof, and each connecting feature can be coupled to one another to allow angular movement of the first and second elongate members. The device can also include a locking mechanism that is adapted to couple to the connecting feature on each of the first and second elongate members to lock the elongate members in a fixed position relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Mark C. Boomer, Raymond F. Murphy, Bryan S. Jones
  • Patent number: 9943349
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to an orthopedic device including a plate and a single-step self-locking mechanism. The plate includes one or more tapered apertures and a slot defined in a top surface of the plate, the slot extending from each aperture. The locking mechanism is slidably seated in the slot and is operable to be positioned in a first position along the slot where a portion of the locking mechanism extends over the aperture or positioned in a second position along the slot where the portion of the locking mechanism is fully retracted from the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Blackstone Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Tara Ziolo
  • Patent number: 9931140
    Abstract: A multi-planar axial spinal rod connector includes a first portion, a second portion, and a connector assembly. The first portion defines a longitudinal axis and defines a first passage. The first passage is sized and configured to slidably receive a first spinal rod. The second portion defines a second longitudinal axis and defines a second passage. The second longitudinal axis is different from the first longitudinal axis. The second passage is sized and configured to slidably receive a second spinal rod. The connector assembly is configured to fix the first and second portions relative to one another such that the first and second longitudinal axes define an angle relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Behrooz Akbarnia, Clint Boyd
  • Patent number: 9924971
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for coupling a rod to a bone anchoring element, including a receiving part having first and second ends, a recess at the first end for the rod, and an accommodation space for a head of the bone anchoring element, the accommodation space having an opening at the second end to permit insertion of the head into the receiving part, a retainer element configured to be arranged at least partially in the accommodation space and to hold at least part of the head, and a spring element configured to be arranged at least partially in the accommodation space and to be compressed in an axial direction. The retainer element and the spring element are separate parts. When the retainer element and the spring element are in the accommodation space of the receiving part in a first position, the spring element extends into the recess of the receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Bernd Fischer
  • Patent number: 9924973
    Abstract: A polyaxial pedicle screw includes a housing, a bone screw member, and an anvil. The bone screw member includes a head and a threaded shaft extending from the head. The head is selectively securable within the housing. The anvil is positionable within the housing adjacent to the head of the bone screw member when the anvil and the head of the bone screw member are positioned within the housing. The anvil may define one or more grooves in an outer surface of the anvil. The groove defines a flap that is flexibly attached to the anvil to enable the anvil to flex an amount sufficient to maintain the head of the bone screw in constant contact with the anvil when the bone screw member is moved relative to the anvil. A rod reducer may be secured to the polyaxial pedicle screw to secure a spinal rod within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Jones, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Larry McClintock, Kevin Strauss, John Carbone
  • Patent number: 9913665
    Abstract: A receiving part of a bone anchoring device is provided, where the receiving part includes a first end, a second end opposite to the first end, a central axis extending through the first end and the second end, and a substantially U-shaped-recess adjacent to the first end for receiving a spinal fixation element. The substantially U-shaped recess forms two free legs. The receiving part also includes a bore extending from the first end towards the second end and in communication with the substantially U-shaped recess. A groove is provided in an outer surface of each of the legs, where the groove has a first end and a second end and extends in a circumferential direction in an arcuate shape between the first end of the groove and the second end of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 9888947
    Abstract: Minimally invasive methods and devices are provided for positioning a spinal fixation element in relation to adjacent spinal anchors. In an exemplary embodiment, the device is a percutaneous access device that can be coupled to a spinal anchor, and the method includes the step of positioning a spinal fixation element through at least one sidewall opening of at least two percutaneous access devices such that the spinal fixation element extends in a lengthwise orientation that is substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis of each percutaneous access device. The spinal fixation element can then be advanced in the lengthwise orientation to seat the spinal fixation element in or adjacent to the receiver heads of at least two adjacent spinal anchors. A fastening element or other closure mechanism can then be applied to each spinal anchor to engage the spinal fixation element within the receiver heads of the adjacent anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David Greg Anderson, George Joseph Ross
  • Patent number: 9888944
    Abstract: A spinal stabilization system generally comprises first and second anchor members configured to be secured to first and second vertebrae within a patient's body, a flexible element secured to the first anchor member, and a rigid element secured to the second anchor member. An end portion of the rigid element is coupled to an end portion of the flexible so that the system is able to provide both rigid and dynamic stabilization. The coupling is maintained even if the flexible element relaxes after a period of time within the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Zylber, Thomas Egli, Rosemary Thompson, Markus Froehlich, Giuseppe Cicerchia, Jack A. Dant, Thomas O. Viker, Kevin R. Ley
  • Patent number: 9877760
    Abstract: Implant for stabilization of pelvic ring fractures, comprising a nail for intraosseous implantation, a fixing agent and at least one locking element for relative fixation of the pelvic bone to the nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Signus Medizinetchnik GmbH
    Inventors: Sabrina Ehler, Alexander Harwart, Frank Obermeier, Uwe Siedler
  • Patent number: 9867714
    Abstract: Placement apparatus and methods of use for impanation of spacers within an inter-vertebral disc space. In one embodiment, the load-bearing superstructure of the implant is subdivided and the bone forming material is positioned within an internal space of the placement instrument but external to the load bearing elements themselves. At least a portion of the bone graft material is freely contained within the disc space. A method of using the device is also described. In one embodiment, the placement device is used to place the implantable spacers at opposing ends of the disc space using a directly lateral surgical approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Samy Abdou
  • Patent number: 9861392
    Abstract: Spinal fixation systems including a member, a first attachment portion, a second attachment portion, and an intermediate portion. The first attachment portion is attached at a superior end of the member and includes a first opening. The second attachment portion is attached at an inferior end of the member and includes a second opening. The intermediate portion connects the first and second attachment portions. The spinal fixation systems may also include a relief in at least one of the first opening and the second opening. The systems may also include a third attachment portion with a third opening and an intermediate portion with a first and a second elastic mechanism. The first elastic mechanism connects the first and third attachment portions and the second elastic mechanism connects the third and second attachment portions. Surgical methods for inserting the spinal fixation systems in a patient are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: REVIVO MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Eric H. Ledet, Glenn Patrick Sanders
  • Patent number: 9855078
    Abstract: An anchoring system for implanting in bone, the system comprising a first coupling assembly having a first clamp and a first coupling body that receives and holds a first stabilization element; a second coupling assembly that receives and holds a second stabilization element; and a plate that attaches to the first coupling assembly and the second coupling assembly, wherein the first coupling assembly attaches to a bone fastener, and wherein the first coupling body includes a cap retainer that receives a locking cap that applies a directional force to force the first coupling body toward the plate, and applies another directional force to force the first clamp toward the plate, thereby fixedly securing the first coupling body and the first clamp to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Kurt Faulhaber