Including Anchoring Means Patents (Class 606/286)
  • Patent number: 10610272
    Abstract: According to one example embodiment, a radius fixation plate includes a body portion configured to conform to a radius bone between a first extensor compartment and a second extensor compartment and dimensioned such that the body portion does not violate the first extensor compartment or the second extensor compartment. A first fixation device is configured to traverse through a first opening of the body portion and engage at least part of a radial styloid of the radius bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: RTZ Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond B. Raven, III, Dan A. Zlotolow
  • Patent number: 10463401
    Abstract: A spinal construct adaptor comprising a member disposable between an inner surface of a bone fastener that defines an implant cavity and a spinal rod disposed with the implant cavity. A capture element is connected with the member and engageable with the spinal rod. Implants, spinal constructs, systems, instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Mire, Brian A. Butler, Molly K. Rice
  • Patent number: 10458788
    Abstract: An adhesively coupled power-meter measures one or more of force, torque, power, and velocity of a mechanical arm. The power meter includes a plate with a first surface prepared for adhesively coupling to the mechanical arm. At least one strain gauge is physically coupled with a second surface, opposite the first, of the plate and with an orientation corresponding to an orientation of the adhesively coupled power meter such that mechanical forces are transferred from mechanical arm to the at least one strain gauge when the plate is adhesively coupled to the mechanical arm. The power meter also includes electronics for receiving a signal from the at least one strain gauge and for determining one or more of force, torque, power and velocity from the signal, and a wireless transmitter for transmitting one or more of force, torque, power and velocity to a receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: 4iiii Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Kipling Fyfe, Keith Wakeham
  • Patent number: 10314712
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for fusing two bones within a mammal. More particularly described is such a system and method for a transcortical fusion system wherein which a plate is affixed in a longitudinal slot or aperture cut into the anterior portion of the tibia and the talus, thereby achieving an fusion of the joint while placing the fusion site in the joint in compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Jonathan Fisher, Andrew Lundquist
  • Patent number: 10314626
    Abstract: A plate for treating a bone includes a plate body extending along a longitudinal axis from a first end to a second end and being sized, shaped and contoured to be positioned along a desired surface of a bone. The plate also includes a slotted opening extending through the plate body and defined by a first portion sized and shaped to permit a head portion of a bone fixation element fixed to the bone to be passed therethrough and a second elongated portion extending along the longitudinal axis from the first portion in communication with the first portion, the second portion sized to prevent the head portion of the bone fixation element from being passed therethrough so that, when the head portion of the bone fixation element is received through the first portion, the plate is slidable relative thereto such that the second portion engages the head portion of the bone fixation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Procucts, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenny Koay, Michael Wahl, Rene Haag, Robert Limouze, George Haidukewych, Bruce H. Ziran, Cory A. Collinge, Frank A. Liporace
  • Patent number: 10307192
    Abstract: An improved posterior acetabular wall fracture buttress plate has a buttress plate having a pair of arms extending from a main plate. The main plate is pre-contoured with a concavity contoured to mimic a hip socket contour posteriorly along an undersurface, the arms being 1.0 cm or less wide and bent lengthwise off horizontal about 38 degrees plus or minus 8 degrees to mimic a curvature of the hip to yield an angle on the undersurface of 142 degrees plus or minus 8 degrees. This is a stand-alone buttress plate intended to accomplish a buttress effect similar to previous art of 2-3 pelvic plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Robert Schlatterer
  • Patent number: 10285746
    Abstract: A bone anchor for limiting the separation of two bones, for example in a canine knee, comprises a head having a socket for engaging a tool and a shaft extending from the head to a tip. The shaft comprises a threaded section, an intermediate section located between the head and the threaded section and an aperture extending through the intermediate section. The head has a larger diameter than the intermediate section. Also disclosed is a kit of parts comprising two bone anchors and a looped suture and a method for limiting the separation of two parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Steris Instrument Management Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold M. Wotton, III
  • Patent number: 10278750
    Abstract: A volar distal radius plate includes a shaft and a head. The head includes a radial side that seats below the volar rim, and an ulnar side with two extending tabs that provide a buttress support to ulnar fragments from the volar rim. The tabs are contoured to be atraumatic to the overlying soft tissue. The tabs can be readily re-orientated to better approximate the volar rim and provide close support to the volar fragments. Each tab includes a single hole specifically sized to closely receive a K-wire in a fixed angle orientation, and which permits the K-wire to apply a bending load to a tab in situ to bend the tab about a lower recess between the tab and the remainder of the head. Therefore, the plate does not require a dedicated bender. The tabs can also accommodate sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet C.V.
    Inventors: Alfredo Castaneda, Eduardo A Ampuero
  • Patent number: 10258329
    Abstract: A horizontal-transvertebral curvilinear nail-screw (HTCN) including a body portion having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is opposed to the second end; and a head at the first end of the body portion, wherein the body portion has a predetermined curvilinear shape and includes a pointed tip at the second end of the body portion, and a method of surgically implanting universal horizontal-transvertebral curvilinear nail-screws (HTCN) into a plurality of adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Moskowitz Family LLC
    Inventors: Nathan C. Moskowitz, Mosheh T. Moskowitz, Ahmnon D. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 10245089
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fixing tool for an open-wedge high tibial osteotomy, and a fixing tool for an open-wedge high tibial osteotomy, which is installed on a tibia cut open due to a tibial osteotomy, includes: a fixing plate which includes a head portion that has a plurality of nut holes, and an elongated plate that has a plurality of nut holes and a long hole and is formed to protrude from one side of the head portion; screws which are coupled to the nut holes; and a block which is detachably installed in the long hole by using a fixing screw. Therefore, the fixing tool is closely fixed to a tibia, which has been cut open due to a procedure of a high tibial osteotomy, thereby enabling solid union of the tibia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Hae Sun Paik
  • Patent number: 10245090
    Abstract: Fusion devices include blade anchors. The blade anchors may slidingly penetrate a bone or bone fragment, and may induce compression of one bone to another or one fragment to another. The fusion devices may also include a body to which the blade anchors connect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Engage Medical Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: M. Chad Hollis, James Brownhill
  • Patent number: 10231768
    Abstract: A bone plate includes (a) a body having a first surface which, in an operative configuration, faces away from a bone on which the plate is to be mounted and a second surface, which in the operative configuration, faces the bone, the body including a first section extending along a first longitudinal axis and a second section extending along a second longitudinal axis angled with respect to the first longitudinal axis; (b) a first hole extending through the body from the first surface to the second surface and defining a first hole axis, the first hole being structured to lockingly engage a head of a first bone anchor inserted therein such that a shaft of the first bone anchor extends along the first hole axis; and (c) a second hole extending through the body and spaced apart from the first hole. The second hole defines a second hole axis and is structured to lockingly engage a head of a second bone anchor inserted therein such that a shaft of the second bone anchor extends along the second hole axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark P. Grady, Jr., René Haag, Scott Didomenico, Kenny Koay, Jeffrey W. Mast, Brett R. Bolhofner, Keith A. Mayo
  • Patent number: 10231745
    Abstract: The present application relates to adaptive surface surgical guiding apparatuses. A surgical guiding apparatus may include one or more rigid portions configured to attach to a first region of an underlying anatomical surface. The surgical guiding apparatus may further include a variable deformable portion coupled to the one or more rigid portions, the variable deformable portion configured to conform to a shape of a second region of the underlying anatomical surface to provide a stable attachment of the surgical guiding apparatus to the underlying anatomical surface. The present disclosure further provides methods for manufacturing surgical guiding apparatuses and uses of the apparatuses for placement onto an underlying anatomical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Materialise N.V.
    Inventors: Benjamin Geebelen, Louis Keppler, Dries Vandecruys
  • Patent number: 10226289
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a fibula plate having a shape such that, when placed on a fibula, includes a distal portion facing in a lateral direction and an upper portion wrapped around to a posterior aspect of the fibula, the fibula plate having screw holes positioned in the upper portion to direct screws anteromedially rather than directly medial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Chad Wainscott
  • Patent number: 10188522
    Abstract: A system and method facilitating replacement of comminuted bone fractures or portions thereof adjacent bone joints. The system and method employs a prosthesis to replace at least a portion of the comminuted bone fractures. The prosthesis serves in reproducing the articular surface of the portion or portions of the comminuted bone fractures that are replaced. In doing so, the prosthesis serves in restoring joint viability and corresponding articulation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOBY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC.
    Inventor: Eduardo Gonzalez-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10188439
    Abstract: A modular bone fixation linkage includes a plurality of interconnected links that can angulate with respect to an adjacent one of the links about at least one axis, such as three axes. The links can further include fixation holes that are configured to receive bone anchors that secure the links to an underlying anatomical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Woodburn, Jason S. Chan, Mark P. Grady, Robert J. Schoutens
  • Patent number: 10182915
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a cartilage prosthetic implant that can be used in orthopedics for a replacement of a damaged cartilage in a joint between opposing bones, for example in the case of osteoarthritis or trauma. The cartilage prosthetic implant described herein can replace the damaged cartilage at the joint without cutting bones of the joint. The cartilage prosthetic implant can maintain or restore a native joint anatomy, allowing for a natural movement at the joint. The cartilage prosthetic implant can be used as a permanent treatment or an intermediate treatment before requiring a total joint replacement. An example of the cartilage prosthetic implant is described for a knee joint replacement and is divided into a proximal implant configured to replace a cartilage at a distal end of a femur bone and a distal implant configured to replace a cartilage on a proximal end of a tibia bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: National Guard Health Affairs, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center
    Inventor: Abdullah Muhayl Alotaibi
  • Patent number: 10172716
    Abstract: An intervertebral body spacer includes an inferior plate portion; a superior plate portion vertically spaced above the inferior plate portion; and a central spacer portion between the inferior plate portion. The central spacer portion has a posterior vertical wall extending between the inferior plate portion and the superior plate portion, the posterior vertical wall including multiple windows therethrough, an anterior vertical wall opposite and spaced apart from the posterior vertical wall, the anterior vertical wall being solid, and a pair of side vertical walls spaced apart from one another and extending between the posterior vertical wall and the anterior vertical wall, the side vertical walls including multiple windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Choice Spine, LLC
    Inventors: Bernardo Jose Ordonez, Benjamin G. Harder, Stephen Ainsworth
  • Patent number: 10154864
    Abstract: An apparatus and technique for internally securing a plurality of bone segments together. The device incorporates a plate-like structure stabilizing the fracture and integrated fasteners to attach fasteners circumscribing the bone segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Louis Houff
  • Patent number: 10143503
    Abstract: A bone plate is provided with: a strip-shaped main-body portion that is secured, along a longitudinal direction of a tibia, to an oblique anterior inner surface of the tibia below a cut formed in an inner surface of the tibia; a transverse portion that is secured to an inner surface of the tibia above the cut along a direction that intersects the longitudinal direction of the tibia; and a joining portion that joins the main-body portion and the transverse portion, wherein the transverse portion and the main-body portion are provided with a plurality of screw holes that are arrayed with spaces between each other and that pass therethrough in plate-thickness directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS TERUMO BIOMATERIALS CORP.
    Inventors: Koichi Kuroda, Mitsuya Urata, Masaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10092338
    Abstract: A bone plate sized and shaped for fixation to a phalangeal bone includes a head extending from a first end to a second end and having first, second third and fourth fixation element holes extending therethrough and arranged in a diamond configuration on the head, an outer wall of the head having a diamond shape corresponding to the diamond configuration, a bone contacting surface of the head being contoured to conform to the anatomy of a dorsal surface of a first metacarpal, the contour being curved to be seated over a protuberance at a head of the first metacarpal and a shaft extending from the head, the shaft including an elongated fixation element hole elongated in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the bone plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Hashmi, Lynn Kelly, Daneen Touhalisky, James Guthlein
  • Patent number: 10064668
    Abstract: A bone plate locking cannula and drill guide assembly having a locking cannula detachably mountable onto screw-receiving apertures of a bone plate and a drill guide received within the locking cannula such that pilot holes are drilled through the apertures into bone at the proper angle to receive bone screws. The screw receiving apertures have a proximal bore of greater diameter than a distal bore, and the proximal bore is provided with internal threading to mate with external threading located on the distal end of the locking cannula. The bone screws are inserted through the locking cannula after removal of the drill guide and fastened into the bone to secure the bone plate in position without having to remove the locking cannulas from the bone plate, the internal diameter of the locking cannula bore being greater than the maximum diameter of the screw heads. The locking cannula is detached from the bone plate after the bone plate has been secured in place on the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: KLS-MARTIN, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Johnston, Jr., Jennifer C. Pinto
  • Patent number: 10010360
    Abstract: An apparatus and technique for infernally securing a plurality of bone segments together. The device incorporates a plate-like structure stabilizing the fracture and integrated fasteners to attach straps circumscribing the bone segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Louis Houff
  • Patent number: 9974582
    Abstract: Orthopedic surgical implant methods include placing an implant plate against a lateral greater trochanteric surface of a femur; installing at least one proximal compression fastener through the implant plate and through a greater trochanter and one of a fractured bone, a pretrochanteric neck fracture and a femoral neck fracture and into a femoral head of the femur, respectively; and installing at least one distal tension fastener through the implant plate and through a portion of a diaphysis of the femur and through the fractured femoral neck and into the femoral head of the femur, respectively, the at least one distal tension fastener intersecting the at least one proximal compression fastener in the femoral head. Orthopedic surgical implants are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Lucas Anissian
  • Patent number: 9962206
    Abstract: A cervical spine plate attachment system includes a bracket and an alignment guide. The bracket is configured to mount to a cervical spine plate. The alignment guide includes a first connector proximate to a first end of the alignment guide, wherein the first connector is configured to attach to a first pin inserted into a first vertebra. The alignment guide also includes a second connector proximate to a second end of the alignment guide, wherein the second connector is configured to attach to a second pin inserted into a second vertebra. The alignment guide further includes a fastener configured to secure the alignment guide to the bracket such that the alignment guide is secured to the cervical spine plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Seth K. Williams
  • Patent number: 9931147
    Abstract: Provided herein is an osteosynthesis device for articular fracture fixation, more particularly for fixation of shoulder, knee, elbow, ankle and wrist fractures. The osteosynthesis device comprises an articular supportive plate for supporting the articular surface of a long bone, said articular supportive plate comprising (i) at least one pin receiving feature for receiving a pin or a screw; and (ii) at least one fin projecting from a first side of said articular supportive plate, said fin being provided with one or more pin receiving features for receiving a pin or screw. Further provided herein are systems for articular fracture fixation, and methods of fixating an articular fracture in a long bone using such systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Universiteit Gent
    Inventors: Bart Berghs, Lieven De Wilde
  • Patent number: 9918761
    Abstract: Implant devices for the internal fixation of fractured bones, and more particularly to ankle plates for the tibia bone are disclosed and include an anterolateral tibia plate having an L-shaped body including a proximal portion defining a longitudinal axis, and a distal portion defining a traverse axis, and having a support bridge connected between the proximal portion and the distal portion. Implant devices disclosed also include an anterior tibia plate having an elongated first portion, a second portion that widens outward with respect to the elongated first portion, and a plurality of removable tabs attached to the outer edge of the second portion. Implant devices disclosed also include a medial tibia plate having an elongated shaft with a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion is configured to extend proximate to a base of medial malleolus, and has a curvature with respect to a longitudinal axis defined by the elongated shaft. The distal portion may include a plurality of removable tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: OsteoMed LLC
    Inventors: John Early, Michael E. Brage, Gregory Pomeroy, Brian Carpenter, Douglas W. Miller
  • Patent number: 9877747
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a spine stabilization system and method for stabilizing the spine. In particular, the present invention is directed to a spinal stabilization system having an occipital plate configured with a central portion and at least two extension portions extending from the central portion. At least two rod receivers are positioned on each one of the at least two extension portions and the at least two rod receivers are adapted and configured to receive at least two elongated rods. At least two locking assemblies are adapted and configured to retain the at least two elongated rods within the at least two rod receivers. The occipital plate further includes a plurality of holes for receiving bone fasteners and includes a slot for receiving each one of the at least two rod receivers, and the rod receivers being capable of translating and rotating within the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Black, Michal Zentko, Jason Pastor
  • Patent number: 9861408
    Abstract: Protheses and methods for treating canine cruciate ligament disease are disclosed comprising placement of a specifically configured implant on the femur or tibia to displace targeted muscle or connective tissue associated with the stifle joint so as to reduce cranial tibial thrust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: The Foundry, LLC
    Inventors: Vivek Shenoy, Mark Deem
  • Patent number: 9861406
    Abstract: A bone fixation system has a bone implant with an implant body. The implant body defines an upper surface, a bone-facing surface spaced from the upper surface along a transverse direction, and at least one aperture defined by an inner wall. A bone fixation element is configured for insertion at least partially through the aperture. The bone fixation element defines a proximal end and a distal end spaced from the proximal end along a central axis. The bone fixation element has a head and a shaft that extends relative to the head toward the distal end. The head defines a first ridge, a second ridge spaced from the first ridge, and a groove disposed between the first and second ridges. The groove can receive at least a portion of the inner wall to couple the bone fixation element to the bone implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Appenzeller, Daniel Fluri, Johann Fierlbeck, Alfred Niederberger
  • Patent number: 9820787
    Abstract: Apparatus for the fixed-angle fixation and compression of a fracture site or osteotomy of a bone includes a bone plate having a plurality of holes and bone screws with a threaded head. The bone screws accommodated in the holes are screwed into the bone. At least one of the holes is a combination of two circular holes of different diameter. As screwing of the bone screw into the bone proceeds through a final stage, engagement of the threads on the head with threads in the combination hole effects relative longitudinal displacement between the plate and the bone whereby it is possible to simplify simultaneous fixed angle fixation and compression of the fracture or osteotomy with use of a single screw. Threads on the head of the bone screw engage threads in the hole which is a combination of the two hole to effect relative motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Aristotech Industries GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Hilse, Curt Kranz, Emmanuel Anapliotis
  • Patent number: 9814505
    Abstract: A calcaneum translation plate having two end portions, i.e. a proximal anchoring portion and a distal fixing portion, oriented in opposing directions and arranged in spaced parallel planes, the proximal and distal portions connecting to an intermediate portion having a square general profile and having two perpendicular bearing surfaces, the proximal anchoring portion extending from one of the surfaces and perpendicular thereto, whereas the distal fixing portion extends in the extension of the other bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: BIOTECH ORTHO
    Inventors: Thibaut Leemrijse, Michel Maestro, Bernhard Devos, Marc Relave, Jean-Luc Besse
  • Patent number: 9801670
    Abstract: A bone plate sized and shaped for fixation to a phalangeal bone includes a head extending from a first end to a second end and having first, second third and fourth fixation element holes extending therethrough and arranged in a diamond configuration on the head, an outer wall of the head having a diamond shape corresponding to the diamond configuration, a bone contacting surface of the head being contoured to conform to the anatomy of a dorsal surface of a first metacarpal, the contour being curved to be seated over a protuberance at a head of the first metacarpal and a shaft extending from the head, the shaft including an elongated fixation element hole elongated in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the bone plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Hashmi, Lynn Kelly, Daneen Touhalisky, James Guthlein
  • Patent number: 9801661
    Abstract: An osteonsynthesis implant has a plate-shaped base component having at least one hole, at least one axially extending rod-shaped tie rod having a first and a second end and at least one threaded component. The first end of the rod-shaped tie rod can be placed in the hole of the base component. The hole and the first end of the tie rod are formed such that the first end of the tie rod can be locked axially in the hole and is pivoted about an axis of the hole while locked to the plate. The second end of the tie rod is provided with a thread and the threaded component can be screwed onto the thread of the first tie rod. The tie rod can perform a pivoting movement of up to about 20° around the hole axis while locked in the plate hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Kai-Hinrich Olms, Roman Nassut
  • Patent number: 9788863
    Abstract: The present invention relates to stable fixation of spine segments, allowing for fusion in, e.g., skeletally mature patients. More particularly, the invention relates to a bone fixation device that can be affixed to vertebrae of a spine to provide reduction (or enlargement) capabilities and allow for fixation in the treatment of various conditions, including, e.g., spondyloslisthesis, degenerative disc disease, fracture, dislocation, spinal tumor, failed previous fusion, and the like, in the spine. The invention also relates to a method for delivering and implanting the bone fixation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Brad Juchno, Kurt Faulhaber
  • Patent number: 9763712
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dynamic bone fixation elements and a surgical method to stabilize bone or bone fragments. The dynamic bone fixation elements preferably include a bone engaging component and a load carrier engaging component. The bone engaging component preferably includes a plurality of threads for engaging a patient's bone and a lumen. The load carrier engaging component preferably includes a head portion for engaging a load carrier (e.g., bone plate) and a shaft portion. The shaft portion preferably at least partially extends into the lumen. Preferably at least a portion of an outer surface of the shaft portion is spaced away from at least a portion of an inner surface of the lumen via a gap so that the head portion can move with respect to the bone engaging component. The distal end of the shaft portion is preferably coupled to the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Appenzeller, Robert Frigg, Beat Lechmann, Cyril Voisard, Silas Zurschmiede, Urs Hulliger
  • Patent number: 9763801
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for making an access channel through a vertebral body to access a site of neural compression, decompressing it, and repairing the channel to restore vertebral integrity. System elements include an implantable vertebral plate, a guidance device for orienting bone cutting tools and controlling the path of a cutting tool, a bone cutting tool to make a channel in the vertebral body, a tool for opening or partially-resecting the posterior longitudinal ligament of the spine, a tool for retrieving a herniated disc, an implantable device with osteogenic material to fill the access channel, and a retention device that lockably-engages the bone plate to retain it in position after insertion. System elements may be included in a surgery to decompress an individual nerve root, the spinal cord, or the cauda equina when compressed, for example, by any of a herniated disc, an osteophyte, a thickened ligament arising from degenerative changes within the spine, a hematoma, or a tumor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: David Lowry, Desmond O'Farrell, Scott Tuinstra, Roger Veldman
  • Patent number: 9730805
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide an apparatus that (1) delivers a fusion member between two vertebral bodies after at least a portion of the fibrocartilaginous disc between the vertebral bodies has been removed, and (2) affixes the fusion member to the vertebral bodies. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes (1) a fusion member that is delivered and positioned between the vertebral bodies, (2) a delivery mechanism that delivers and positions the fusion member between the vertebral bodies, and (3) an anchoring member that affixes the fusion member to the vertebral bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SPINELOGIK, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Paris Wensel
  • Patent number: 9675387
    Abstract: Devices and methods for altering the spacing and motion at the facet joints of the vertebral column are provided. One embodiment of the invention comprises a prosthesis with surfaces configured to articulate with the facets of the facet joint. A retaining member for anchoring the prosthesis within the facet joint is optionally included. Methods for surgically and less invasively implanting the prosthesis and securing the prosthesis to the articular processes or surrounding soft tissue are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Spinal Elements, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Blain
  • Patent number: 9668782
    Abstract: An improved anterior cervical plating system and methods of cervical fusion using such a system are provided. The cervical plating system includes an interlocking mechanism that integrated into each of the plates such that any two plates may cooperatively engage through the interlocking mechanism such that a new cervical plate can be interconnected with a pre-existing plate during revision surgery without removal of the pre-existing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph D. Stern
  • Patent number: 9615866
    Abstract: A surgical fixation system including a base plate, a plurality of anchors, and a plurality of locking elements. The base plate has a pair of fixation apertures configured to receive at least a portion of the anchors therethrough. The fixation apertures are provided by example as elongated slots. The fixation apertures are located within the base plate such that upon proper placement of the base plate within a surgical target site, one of the fixation apertures is positioned over a first bone segment (e.g. a first vertebral body), and the other fixation aperture is positioned over a second bone segment (e.g. a second vertebral body).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: William Smith, Chad Grant, Richard Mueller, Eric Dasso, Christopher Huntington, Christopher Campbell
  • Patent number: 9615860
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a vertebra during healing of a fracture within a pars area of the vertebra is described. In certain embodiments, the apparatus is a plate that has an outer shape similar to a shape of a pedicle and/or lamina of the vertebra, and an inner section that facilitates access to the pars area when the plate is secured to the vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Carl Pasquale Giordano
  • Patent number: 9597132
    Abstract: An apparatus and technique for infernally securing a plurality of bone segments together. The device incorporates a plate-like structure stabilizing the fracture and integrated fasteners to attach straps circumscribing the bone segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Louis Houff
  • Patent number: 9597130
    Abstract: A bone fixation system includes a bone plate, bone anchors, temporary fixation members, and forceps. The temporary fixation members are configured to be inserted through apertures in the bone plate and into underlying bone segments that are separated by a bone gap. The forceps are configured to apply a force to the temporary fixation members that causes at least one of the underlying bone segments to translate with respect to the other bone segment, thereby reducing or distracting the bone segments without interfering with final fixation by screws of bone segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dana Pappalardo, Sherri Wykosky, Kenneth Kobayashi, Dipan Patel, William Kolb, Colleen Flesher
  • Patent number: 9549826
    Abstract: A sigmoid notch resurfacing prosthesis for application to the sigmoid notch of the distal radius. The sigmoid notch prosthesis generally includes a saddle and a radius portion for attachment to the distal radius. The saddle may be formed from ultra high molecular weight polyethylene or another durable self-lubricating material. The saddle includes an at least partially concave contoured depression having rounded edges that is securable to the radius portion. The saddle may be secured by a sliding notch snap fit design. The prosthesis may be adapted for articulation with the natural head of the ulna or with an ulnar head prosthesis that has replaced the ulnar head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Research and Education
    Inventors: William P. Cooney, III, Richard A. Berger, David A. Leibel
  • Patent number: 9539040
    Abstract: A locking and lagging bone screw. The screw includes a head having an outer surface which is at least partially threaded and a shaft which is at least partially threaded having a first end coupled to the head and a second end adapted to be fastened to bone. The head of the screw is able to rotate independently of the shaft. Thus, the head of the screw can be locked to a bone plate by using a first driver (e.g., a torx driver) and the plate can be lagged to the bone by using a second driver (e.g., a hex driver).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Vennard, William Miller
  • Patent number: 9278004
    Abstract: Pathology of the human knee can arise from excessive and/or uneven loading of regions within the joint. Methods and apparatus are disclosed that enable displacement of soft tissue around the knee, without displacing or severing bone thereby altering the mechanical load distribution within the joint in a less invasive manner than previous techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Cotera, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Shenoy, Mark Deem, Hanson S. Gifford, III
  • Patent number: 9277943
    Abstract: A spinal implant comprises a wall extending between a first end and a second end and defining a longitudinal axis. The wall has a first surface and a second surface configured to engage tissue. The wall defines at least one opening configured for disposal of a bone fastener. The first end includes an inner surface comprising a first linear side and a second linear side. The linear sides are disposed in substantial alignment with the axis. The inner surface further comprises an arcuate side connected to the linear sides to define a cavity configured for disposal of a fastener. Systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Langston Holly, Mark Dace, Kevin R. Humphreys
  • Patent number: 9237911
    Abstract: A lockable pin plate assembly which has a pin plate adapted to be secured to stable bone and provided with pin holes for pins for pinning an unstable bone fragment. One or more pin holes are engageable by pins of an integral U-pin. The pins have stop surfaces thereon which are resiliently displaced when the pins are seated to automatically and self-lock the pin and the pin plate to oppose withdrawal and backing out of the pins from the pin plate. In a preferred embodiment, each pin of the U pin has a leading portion and a trailing portion, the leading portion being of smaller diameter to pass freely through an elliptical hole in the pin plate whereas the trailing portion is of larger size to become locked in the pin hole as it is advanced therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: TRIMED, INC
    Inventor: Robert J. Medoff
  • Patent number: 9198768
    Abstract: An enhanced artificial disk for stabilizing a pair of adjacent vertebrae. The enhanced artificial disk include a disk and a stabilizer. The stabilizer includes a substantially keyhole shaped opening for receiving a stabilizer screw. By facilitating movement of the stabilizer screw within the opening, the enhanced artificial disk is capable of exhibiting a normal range of motion associated with a healthy disk while limiting any abnormal range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Perumala Corporation
    Inventor: Madhavan Pisharodi