Sliding Adjustment Patents (Class 606/252)
  • Patent number: 10561454
    Abstract: Articulating implant connectors and related methods are disclosed herein. Exemplary connectors can include first and second bodies that are rotatable relative to one another about a rotation axis and selectively lockable to resist or prevent such rotation. Each of the bodies can be configured to couple to a rod or other fixation component, and the connector can be used to lock first and second rods together even when the rods are obliquely angled with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Kevin Lee, Christopher Ramsay, Francisco Amaral, Carl Livorsi
  • Patent number: 10517649
    Abstract: A transverse connector system having a first and a second locking head, and a transverse rod that is secured by the first and second locking heads. The first and second locking heads are provided with a first and second pivot arm for engaging and securing first and second elongated rods. The first and second locking heads each simultaneously engage and secure the transverse and elongated rods separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Weiman, Ryan Watt
  • Patent number: 10512488
    Abstract: A spinal implant for immobilizing the C1 vertebra with respect to the C2 vertebra of the spine provides controlled coupling between the C1 and C2 vertebrae, and includes a C1 component attachable to the C1 vertebra, two C2 components attachable to the C2 vertebra, and a transverse element. The C1 component has two wings each of which retains a rod holder that rotates and translates for capturing a C2 component rod. Each C2 component has a hook for connection with a side of the C2 vertebra lamina and a rod for attachment to one of the rod holders of the C1 component. Each C2 component receives and secures the transverse connector which holds position of the C2 components relative to one another. Each C2 component may include a plate configured for compression against the C2 vertebra spinous process, with each plate including spikes to aid in preventing construct migration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Life Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hirschl, Michael S. Butler, Daniel Predick, Madeline C. Wolters
  • Patent number: 10441320
    Abstract: A spine correction apparatus is disclosed, comprising: a first rod member having a first zone; a second rod member having a second zone; a first ring member having a first through-hole; and a second ring member having a second through-hole; wherein the first zone contacts the second zone, the first rod member and the second rod member are inserted into the first through-hole and the second through-hole, the first through-hole is fixed to the first rod member, and the second through-hole is fixed to the second rod member. The spine correction apparatus lowers the requirement for repeated surgeries and achieves the purpose of self-correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CHANG GUNG MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, LINKOU
    Inventors: Po-Liang Lai, Jaw-Lin Wang, Zong-Xing Chen
  • Patent number: 10441433
    Abstract: A stand-alone interbody fixation system having a cage, anterior fixation blade and posterior fixation blade. The cage includes an annular side wall with an open interior and upper and lower surfaces, the cage being configured to fit between end plates of adjacent vertebrae. The anterior fixation blade includes an anterior alignment boss with two opposing outward extending anterior blades with end plate penetrating tips configured to fit within the open interior of the cage. The posterior fixation blade includes a posterior alignment boss with two opposing outward extending posterior blades with end plate penetrating tips configured to fit within the open interior of the cage. The anterior alignment boss and posterior alignment boss being rotatably coupled to each other and with a first opening and a second opening in the annular side wall opposite the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Nirali Patel, Yang Cheng, Fred Murillo, Thomas Purcell, Jens Peter Timm
  • Patent number: 10376289
    Abstract: The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of a spinal fixation procedure. A cross connector system for use during a spinal fixation procedure is provided. The system includes at least one bridge defining a coupling bore and having a pair of downwardly extending arms for coupling to a first bone engaging member. The system includes a contoured bar having a first end offset from a second end, and a bore having a central axis. The system includes an expansion ring received within the bore, and a locking device received through the expansion ring and the coupling bore. The locking device is operable in a first state in which the contoured bar is movable about the central axis of the bore and in a second state in which the contoured bar fixed relative to the central axis of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L Keiser, Laurie G Sanders, Scott Harrington
  • Patent number: 10357288
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a crosslink for linking a pair of rods in a spinal fusion construct. Specifically, this invention relates to an articulating crosslink that attaches directly to the head of a pedicle screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Oberlander, Bret Michael Berry
  • Patent number: 10335205
    Abstract: A bone fixation system for implanting in bone, the system comprising a plurality of bone fastener assemblies that attach to bone, a pair of elongate members that attach to the plurality of bone fastener assemblies, a connector member that contacts the pair of elongate members, and a plurality of locking caps that secure the connector member and the elongate members to the plurality of bone fastener assemblies, wherein at least one of the plurality of locking caps comprises a cap portion and a hook portion, where the cap portion is adapted to rotate while the hook portion is stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Angelo Patrinicola, Edward Karpowicz
  • Patent number: 10182852
    Abstract: An implant device is provided that is configured for implantation at multiple locations between adjacent vertebrae. The implant device comprises an implant body, a first portion of the implant body, and a second portion of the implant body adjustably interconnected with the first portion. The implant body has a compact orientation and an extended orientation to allow the implant body to be shifted from one orientation to the other orientation for being positioned in any one of areas between the spinous processes of the adjacent vertebrae, between laminar regions of the adjacent vertebrae, spanning an opening in the annulus between the adjacent vertebrae, and in the intervertebral space between the adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Kilpela, Brian P. Janowski, Jeffrey L. Trudeau, Russell M. Pietila, Michael R. Jackson, John Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9968385
    Abstract: An Instrument for use with a polyaxial bone anchoring device is provided, where the polyaxial bone anchoring device includes a receiving part for receiving a rod and for accommodating a head of a bone anchoring element. The head can be clamped by exerting a pressure force onto it via a clamping element and the pressure force can be adjusted using the instrument. The instrument includes a first member having a first engagement portion configured to engage the receiving part in a positive-fit manner. The instrument also includes a second member having a front end and a second engagement portion configured to engage the clamping element and apply torque to the clamping element. In a first configuration, the second member is axially displaceable along a longitudinal axis relative to the first member and is restricted from rotational movement. In a second configuration, the second member is rotatable with respect to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: BIEDERMAN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Lutz Biedermann
  • Patent number: 9962194
    Abstract: A connector device for a spinal stabilization apparatus comprises a first elongated portion adapted to engage a first spinal stabilizer rod proximal to the first end of the elongated member. The first end of the first elongated portion comprises a hook shape and a ferrule and may engage the first spinal stabilizer rod within about 20 degrees of perpendicular to the spinal stabilizer rod in any direction. The ferrule is adapted to be seated within the hook shape and is further adapted to engage the first spinal stabilizer rod. The connector device may also include a second elongated portion similar to the first adapted to engage a second spinal stabilizer. The first elongated portion and the second elongated portion may be directly attached. The connector device may be used in a method of treating a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE DELTA TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventor: Carl Michael Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9949768
    Abstract: A transconnector for use in interconnecting a pair of longitudinal spinal rods in a spinal fixation procedure. The transconnector includes a bridge member and first and second spinal rod engaging members. The bridge member may include first and second members, wherein the first and second members are moveably associated with one another so that the distance between the first and second spinal rod engaging members can be adjusted. The first and second spinal rod engaging members include a rod receiving channel for receiving one of the spinal rods therein. The spinal rod engaging members may be articulating in, for example, the yaw and roll positions or non-articulating with respect to the bridge members. The spinal rod engaging members preferably include a spring, for example, a spring washer, to provide an opposing force so that the spinal rod engaging members can provisionally snap onto the spinal rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Rathbun, Jason Banowetz, Heather Eames
  • Patent number: 9936982
    Abstract: A connector assembly for translateral linking of bilateral spinal fixation rods includes first and second components. The first component has an elongated body having first and second ends, and the first end of the first component is configured to connect to a first spinal fixation rod. The second component has an elongated body having first and second ends, and the first end of the second component is configured to connect to a second spinal fixation rod. The second end of the first component is configured to be slidably connected to the second end of the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SPINEFRONTIER, INC
    Inventors: Matthew Ibarra, Craig Henshaw, Jeremy Crossgrove, Aaron Ricica, Elizabeth Elidias, Carin Campbell
  • Patent number: 9827021
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a transverse connector having first and second spinal rod connecting members disposed on opposing ends of a cross member. Each spinal rod connecting member is configured to connect to a spinal rod. The first and second spinal rod connecting members are configured for multidirectional articulation relative to the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barrus, Scott Jones, Catherine Ross
  • Patent number: 9814493
    Abstract: A spine stabilization implant includes a first portion having a first fixed angulated extension, a first rod receiving element and a connecting element. The implant also includes a second portion having a second fixed angulated extension, a second rod receiving element, and a receiving portion for receiving the connecting element of the first portion. The second portion is configured with a locking assembly for locking the first portion and second portion to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Khiem Pham, Andrew Iott, Brad Juchno, Douglas Cahill
  • Patent number: 9770266
    Abstract: A vertebral column correction system for correcting a spinal deformity without fusing the joint segments is disclosed. The vertebral column correction system may have first and second vertebral anchors secured to first and second vertebrae. The vertebral column correction system may further comprise one or more intermediate vertebral anchors secured to vertebrae between the first and second vertebrae. A connection member may be disposed within a head portion of the vertebral anchors. At least a portion of the connection member may be a flexible member, such as a flexible cord, configured for tensioning between at least two vertebral anchors for providing a desired amount of tension to apply a correctional force to the spinal column. A spring member, or other tensioning member, may maintain the tension of the connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Hugh D Hestad
  • Patent number: 9763703
    Abstract: Cross connectors, kits, and methods useful in the treatment of bones, such as vertebrae, are described herein. An example cross connector is comprised of a first member, a second member, a saddle, a locking member, and a stop member. The first member is pivotally, rotatably, and slidably moveable within a passageway defined by the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: DeGen Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Black, Kidong Yu
  • Patent number: 9724131
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a connector can be configured to couple a first fixation element (e.g., a first rod) to a second fixation element (e.g., a second rod). One or both of the first and second fixation elements can be included with the connector, or one or both can be separately provided. In some instances, at least one of the fixation elements is previously implanted in a patient. The connector can provide one or more degrees of freedom between the first and second fixation elements. The connector can also include a locking element configured to (1) lock one or more of the fixation elements to the connector, and (2) lock one or more of the degrees of freedom between the fixation elements. The connector can be configured to snap onto or otherwise engage a fixation element in a manner that provides tactile and/or audible feedback to the surgeon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Zoher Bootwala, Michael Gorhan, Adam LaWare
  • Patent number: 9668780
    Abstract: A spinal cross-connector for connection between adjacent first and second rods and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a coupling member including a bar extends from a body portion opposite to and in longitudinal axial alignment with a c-shaped arm. A second coupling member which includes a rack extends from a body portion opposite to and in longitudinal axial alignment with a another c-shaped arm. The rack is superposed in a selectively adjustable overlapping mechanical engagement with the bearing surface. Each c-shaped arm includes an arcuate extension extending substantially parallel to the bar to define a gripping pocket. A set screw includes a conical profile that extends substantially perpendicular to the arcuate extension. The advance of the set screw is operable to urge the rod into pressing contact with the gripping pocket to secure the rod therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Eminent Spine LLC
    Inventors: Steve Courtney, David Freehill
  • Patent number: 9662142
    Abstract: An apparatus for stabilizing an atlantoaxial junction while allowing for axial rotation in cases of acquired ligamentous injury or fracture of the dens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Cervical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Rolando Roberto, Kristen Lipscomb, Enoch Leung, Roberto Barragan
  • Patent number: 9642650
    Abstract: A method for placement of a pedicle screw and rod system that has particular application for spinal fusion surgery. The system includes pedicle screws having ball-shaped heads that are threaded through pedicles of adjacent vertebra into the vertebral body. The system also includes two cannulated posts having a head portion with a planar portion and an opening for accepting the head of the pedicle screw in a secure and multi-axial engagement. The system further includes a tube portion that is coupled to the head portion and extends above the patient's skin. The system also includes a lordotic slotted rod that is slid down the tube portions to be positioned on top of the head portions of the posts so that the planar portions are locked within the slot. Bolts are then slid down the tube portions and are threaded to a threaded portion on the planar portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MI4SPINE, LLC
    Inventors: Miguelangelo J. Perez-Cruet, John R. Pepper
  • Patent number: 9561057
    Abstract: A transverse connector system having a first and a second locking element. The present invention also provides transverse rod having opposing first and second ends, the first end being retained within a portion of the first locking element and the second end being retained within a portion of the second locking element. The first locking element is configured with a connector body for engaging and capturing an elongated rod and a transverse rod simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Black
  • Patent number: 9510866
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to connector systems comprising a linking element, a rod connection element partially received in the linking element. In an embodiment, the rod connection element is operable to rotate about the first longitudinal axis relative to the linking element. A fastener is operable to be received in the rod connection element, wherein the fastener is operable to actuate a connection mechanism to substantially fix the rod connection element in a rotational orientation relative to the first longitudinal axis and substantially fix the rod in a longitudinal position relative to the rod connection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Hammer
  • Patent number: 9427262
    Abstract: Spine stabilization systems and integrated rods are disclosed. One spine stabilization system disclosed has at least four bone anchors and a stabilization member attached to the bone anchors. The stabilization member has first and second elongate portions interconnected by a connector portion. The first and second elongate members extend longitudinally and generally parallel to a central longitudinal axis and connector portion extends transverse to the central longitudinal axis from a first lateral end to a second lateral end. The connector portion is integrally connected to the first and second elongate portions such that there is no relative movement between the lateral ends and the respective elongate portion to which each end is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Iott, Prakash Sampath
  • Patent number: 9364267
    Abstract: An interspinous fusion device is described. The interspinous fusion device includes a spacer member and an anchor member. The spacer member has a ring with two or more anchor assemblies projecting laterally from substantially opposite sides of the spacer member ring. The spacer member further has a first zip lock flange and a second zip lock flange, each of the first and second zip lock flanges extends transversely from the spacer member ring wherein each of the first and second zip lock flanges each comprises a series of teeth protruding from it. The anchor member has a ring with two or more anchor assemblies projecting laterally from substantially opposite sides of the anchor member ring. The anchor member further has a barrel extending transversely from the anchor member ring. The barrel comprises a first column of recesses adapted to mate with the teeth of the first zip lock flange and a second column of recesses adapted to mate with the teeth of the second zip lock flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: AURORA SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Trent James Northcutt, Laszlo Garamszegi
  • Patent number: 9358132
    Abstract: Superior and/or inferior facets of one or more facet joints may be replaced by superior and/or inferior facet joint prostheses. In one embodiment, a kit of superior or inferior prostheses is provided, in which the prostheses have at least two dimensions that vary among members of the kit independently of each other. Each prosthesis may have a bone engaging surface having a surface that is polyaxially rotatable against a corresponding resection of a vertebra. Each prosthesis may also have an articulating surface shaped such that, after attachment to the spine, the replaced or partially replaced facet joints provide a larger medial-lateral range of motion when the spine is flexed than when the spine is extended. Crosslinks may be used to connect left and right prosthesis together in such a manner that they are stabilized in a position in which they are seated directly against the vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Chervitz, Robert W. Hoy, Daniel F. Justin, T. Wade Fallin
  • Patent number: 9351767
    Abstract: A spinal implant provides supplemental and dynamic fixation and/or stabilization of the spine via connection to one or more existing or new spinal fixation and/or stabilization spinal constructs. The supplementary spinal fixation/stabilization implant has a first attachment device configured to couple to an existing or new spinal fixation/stabilization construct and a second attachment device configured to couple to the existing or new spinal fixation/stabilization construct at a second location. The first and second attachment devices are joined to each other via a resilient connector that allows dynamic movement between the first and second attachment devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Life Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Wegrzyn, III
  • Patent number: 9345521
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to systems and apparatuses for securing surgically implantable implantation rods, comprising a first body having a recessed portion formed by a first surface of the first body, a second body having a recessed portion formed by a first surface of the second body, and a connecting member having an elongated body defining a common longitudinal axis for the first body and the second body, the connecting member receivable in the recessed portion of the first body and the recessed portion of the second body. The connecting member is operable to cooperate with the first body to restrict movement of the first body relative to the second body about the common longitudinal axis when engaged in a substantially locked position, and the first body is moveable relative to the second body when disengaged from the substantially locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Tara Ziolo
  • Patent number: 9320548
    Abstract: A spinal cross-connector for connection between adjacent first and second rods and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a coupling member including a bar extends from a body portion opposite to and in longitudinal axial alignment with a c-shaped arm. A second coupling member which includes a rack extends from a body portion opposite to and in longitudinal axial alignment with a another c-shaped arm. The rack is superposed in a selectively adjustable overlapping mechanical engagement with the bearing surface. Each c-shaped arm includes an arcuate extension extending substantially parallel to the bar to define a gripping pocket. A set screw includes a conical profile that extends substantially perpendicular to the arcuate extension. The advance of the set screw is operable to urge the rod into pressing contact with the gripping pocket to secure the rod therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Eminent Spine LLC
    Inventors: Steve Courtney, David Freehill
  • Patent number: 9301787
    Abstract: A medical apparatus for use proximate a surgery location on a spine of a subject includes a first lateral support member and a second lateral support member, each lateral support member coupled to a portion of the spine proximate a first vertebra. A transverse connection member has a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion therebetween, with the first end coupled to the first lateral support member and the second end coupled to the second lateral support member. A first extension member has a first end and a second end, with the first end coupled to the intermediate portion of the transverse connection member, and the second end coupled to a spinous process of a second vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: MMSN Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michel H. Malek
  • Patent number: 9283002
    Abstract: Orthopaedic devices including a connecting element suited for receiving at least part of a first rod, and a lock screw. The connecting element includes an anchor for securing the connecting element to a bone, in particular a vertebra, a first lateral opening, and a top opening with a first inner screw thread. The lock screw is received within the top opening and includes a proximal face presenting a screw drive, accessible from outside the connecting element, a distal end for locking the first rod within the connecting element, and wherein the lock screw is adapted to fit through the first lateral opening to be subsequently introduced into the top opening with the proximal face leading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine
    Inventors: Gilles Larroque-Lahitette, Georges Legallois, Bruno Ichelmann
  • Patent number: 9168070
    Abstract: A growing spinal rod system is configured to grow in response to the growth of a patient. The growing spinal rod system includes a housing, a spacer, and a sliding spinal rod. The housing includes a stepped passage therethrough. The spacer is disposed within the stepped passage and defines a through hole. The spacer includes a plurality of ribs biased inwards and into the through hole. The sliding spinal rod is slidably inserted through the through hole of the spacer. The sliding spinal rod moves the plurality of ribs outwards. The plurality of ribs permits the sliding spinal rod to extend from the housing and inhibit the sliding spinal rod from retracting into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Mundis, Kevin R. Strauss, Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 9161841
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for use in spinal fusion procedures. An interbody fusion device has a first piece that is a load bearing device designed to bear the axial loading from the end plates of adjacent vertebrae. A second piece of the interbody fusion device is a retention component whose primary functions are to prevent migration of the load bearing device and loss or migration of graft material from within the load bearing device. A secondary function of the retention component is to address fixation of fasteners when the surgeon is confronted with a challenging access to adequate boney structures due to excessive curvature/angulation of the vertebrae column, minimal invasive surgery techniques, danger to surrounding vascular or neurological tissues, poor bone quality, or similar surgical complications. A tertiary function of the retention component is to provide better alignment and stabilization of misaligned vertebrae when spondylolisthesis is a significant factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: SpineSmith Partners, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard J. Kana, Luis Duarte, Mukund Gundanna
  • Patent number: 9055982
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes a first member and a second member. The first member extends between a first end and a second end. The first end is configured for fixation with vertebral tissue adjacent a lamina. The second member extends between a first end and a second end. The first end is configured for fixation with vertebral tissue adjacent the lamina. The second end is connected to the second end of the first member. The first end of the second member is disposed in a spaced apart relation to the first end of the first member. The second ends are relatively movable in a configuration such that the members are expandable and/or contractible. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Chind
  • Patent number: 9050144
    Abstract: A system includes an implant with an articulation surface, a fixation member which may be anchored in a bone, and a base portion which may receive the fixation member. The base member may comprise a bone-engaging portion and an attachment portion. The base member may receive the fixation member such that a threaded portion of the fixation member and the bone-engaging portion of the base member may be seated in the bone. The implant may be attached to the attachment portion of the base member. The base member may be configured in a variety of shapes and may include fins, teeth, pegs or other anti-rotation features, and may include a bone ingrowth surface. The attachment portion may be tapered and attachable to the implant through a taper-lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: GMEDelaware 2 LLC
    Inventors: Andrew R. Fauth, Daniel J. Triplett, Joel R. Helgerson, E. Marlowe Goble, Robert W Hoy, Danile F Justin
  • Patent number: 9050142
    Abstract: A device (1) for mutually fixing a longitudinal carrier (3) to a bone fixation element (4), wherein the device consists of a three-dimensional body (5) which has a channel (6) that is open on one side, wherein the axis of the channel (7) receives the longitudinal carrier (3), and a bore hole (8) that extends crosswise in relation to the axis of the channel (7) through the body (5) and that is provided with a wall (10). At least one part of the bore wall (10) disposed between the channel (6) and the bore hole (8) is embodied as an elastic element (11) which can be pressed into the region of the channel (6) by introducing the bone fixation element (4) into the bore hole (8), such that a longitudinal carrier (3) arranged in the channel can be firmly clamped in a rotational and longitudinal manner by said elastic element (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Romano Matthys
  • Publication number: 20150142057
    Abstract: A transverse rod connector includes an elongate member having first and second ends and first and second connection members. The first and second connection members are connected with first and second ends, respectively. The first and second connection members are configured for multidirectional positioning with respect to the elongate member. The first and second connection members are each dimensioned to be selectively and releasably secured to a bone anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: K2M, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Barrus, Scott Jones, Steven A. Brown
  • Patent number: 8998926
    Abstract: An embolic coil deployment system for placing a coil at a preselected site within a vessel of the human body is provided. The deployment system includes a heating element at the distal end of a detachment member and a heat-responsive coupling attached to a delivery member for holding the coil during positioning of the coil. The heating element is heated to reduce the strength of and sever the heat-responsive coupling for releasing the coil at a desired position within the body vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Depuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventor: Mark L. Pomeranz
  • Publication number: 20150080954
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and associated methods for correcting and stabilizing spinal column deformities that promote ease of use and surgical technique, help minimize attachment anchor sites, facilitate use of straight or contoured rods, and/or help promote a more natural, physiologic motion of the spinal column during and/or after correction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Kspine, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Otte, Thomas J. Gisel, Matthew S. Stenulson
  • Publication number: 20150080953
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and associated methods for correcting and stabilizing spinal column deformities that promote ease of use and surgical technique, help minimize attachment anchor sites, facilitate use of straight or contoured rods, and/or help promote a more natural, physiologic motion of the spinal column during and/or after correction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Kspine, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Otte, Thomas J. Gisel, Matthew S. Stenulson
  • Publication number: 20150073479
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a spinal implant system that incorporates unique snap, or spring loaded, features to assist the surgeon in the placement of screws, rods, hooks and transverse connectors. The poly-axial movement also uses a more direct loading lower saddle into the bone screw to improve locking of the construct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: James A. Rinner
  • Patent number: 8961565
    Abstract: A transverse rod connector includes an elongate member having first and second ends and first and second connection members. The first and second connection members are connected with first and second ends, respectively. The first and second connection members are configured for multidirectional positioning with respect to the elongate member. The first and second connection members are each dimensioned to be selectively and releasably secured to a bone anchor. The elongate member is longitudinally adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barrus, Scott Jones, Steven A. Brown
  • Patent number: 8945186
    Abstract: A cross connecting device suitable for connecting first and second spinal fixation devices comprises a fixable pivot junction, first and second connection members, and first and second clamps. The fixable pivot junction includes a pivotable joint that is pivotable about a pivot point. The fixable pivot junction also includes a collar configured for fixating the pivot junction. The first and second connection members are connected by the fixable pivot junction such that the fixable pivot junction allows the first and second connection members to be repositioned relative to each other. The first and second clamps are connected to respective ones of the first and second connection members at distal ends of the connection members relative to the fixable pivot junction. The first and second clamps allow the cross connecting device to be clamped on to spinal fixation devices, such as pedicle screws or hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Blackstone Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Clint Walker, Stephen Termyna, John Lovell
  • Patent number: 8940020
    Abstract: A connector for engaging two or more rods is disclosed. The connector includes a main body, at least two medial bodies and a compression mechanism. Generally, the connector provides for easy “snap-fit” lateral insertion of the rods into rod openings defined between the medial bodies and the main body. The snap-fit is achieved through a spring bias exerted by the compression mechanism. The compression mechanism may also be configured to lock the rods within the openings, such as through the use of a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventor: David S. Rathbun
  • Patent number: 8920471
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a transverse connector having first and second spinal rod connecting members disposed on opposing ends of a cross member. Each spinal rod connecting member is configured to connect to a spinal rod. The first and second spinal rod connecting members are configured for multidirectional articulation relative to the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barrus, Scott Jones, Catherine Ross
  • Publication number: 20140379029
    Abstract: A transverse connector system having a first and a second locking element. The present invention also provides transverse rod having opposing first and second ends, the first end being retained within a portion of the first locking element and the second end being retained within a portion of the second locking element. The first locking element is configured with a connector body for engaging and capturing an elongated rod and a transverse rod simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Black
  • Publication number: 20140364911
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes a first rod, a second rod, and connector. The first rod has a first end configured to be connected to a first bone, a second end opposed to the first end, and a longitudinal axis that passes through the first and second ends. The second rod has a first end configured to be connected to the second bone, a second end opposed to the first end. The second rod is parallel to the longitudinal axis and non-coaxial with the first rod, and at least a portion of the second end of the second rod overlaps the second end of the first rod. The connector connects the second end of the first rod to the second end of the second rod, and is configured to urge the first rod and the second rod in opposed directions that are parallel to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Steven W. Hwang
  • Publication number: 20140336706
    Abstract: A transconnector is adapted to connect first and second spinal rods that are positioned longitudinally along a spine. The transconnector includes a first member and a second member that clamp onto first and second spinal rods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Laszlo GARAMSZEGI
  • Patent number: 8870923
    Abstract: A rod to rod connector includes a connector body containing a rod retaining insert. An interconnecting portion inner connects to a body to at least one other connector body. The insert is snap locked within the connector body simultaneously while retaining a rod within the insert in a locked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Marc E. Richelsoph
  • Patent number: 8870921
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for connecting spinal fixation elements, such as spinal rods, implanted in a patient's spinal column. In particular, various spinal cross connectors are provided for connecting to one or more spinal fixation elements implanted in a patient's spine. The cross connectors can have a variety of configurations, including a fixed or adjustable length, as well as various features that allow certain portions of the cross connectors to be angularly oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Michielli, Philip A. Cormier, Ernest Quintanilha, Joseph T. Stalaboin, Holly R. Brideau