Internal Fixation Means Patents (Class 606/60)
  • Patent number: 10952856
    Abstract: Bone graft retention devices, systems, and methods for retaining bone graft material at a desired site are described. The devices may attach to existing bone fusion systems or components thereof, such as rods or cross connectors, or may be integrated directly into a cross connector. The devices include a fin, and optionally one or more attachment elements. The bone graft material is attached to the fin, such as via an adhesive or by friction fit inside a cavity. Optionally, during insertion in a patient, the fin is flipped upwards so that it does not hinder the insertion. Following insertion of the rod or cross-connector in the desired location and tightening of the screws into their final positions, the fin of the bone graft retention device is flipped into place such that it aligns with the spine, pressing the bone graft material against the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FREESETEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Andrew Freese
  • Patent number: 10952774
    Abstract: An orthopaedic fixation assembly for prosthetic biologic attachment. The orthopaedic fixation assembly may include a main body with a longitudinally-extending stem having a proximal end, a distal end, and a cavity body. An anchor plug may be configured to be received within the stem cavity, and securable thereto via complementary mating surfaces. A spindle structure may be fixedly attached to the proximal end of the longitudinally-extending stem and protrude outwardly therefrom such that a portion of the structure extends externally beyond the resected cavity of the bone that may prevent rotational motion of the spindle. The spindle structure may have at least one compliant biasing member configured to apply a compressive force to the surrounding bone. A porous coating may be at the juncture between stem and spindle structure, on the spindle, and the splines and anti-rotation chocks, improving the initial stability of the implant and facilitating long-term bone ingrowth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Solsidan Group, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan A. Forsberg
  • Patent number: 10932839
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stabilizing a bone structure of a patient. A stylet and a delivery tube is directed through an access cannula to form a curved path to a target site. The stylet is withdrawn with a distal portion of the flexible delivery tube maintaining a curved configuration along the curved path. The curable material including a plurality of elements disposed in a fluent material is directed through the flexible delivery tube with a distal portion of the flexible delivery tube maintaining the curved configuration against forces from the elements and the fluent material. A delivery cannula may be directed through the flexible delivery tube. An expandable member may deployed at the target site to create a cavity. A steerable assembly may be selectively activate to form the curved path. The plurality of elements may substantially follow a curved path created within the bone structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Brockman, Matthew S. Emkow
  • Patent number: 10912596
    Abstract: A device for compression in arthrodesis is provided. The device is generally comprised of two screws, a proximal screw and a distal screw, the distal screw being configured to connect to the proximal screw. The proximal screw may have two portions, one portion with external bone threads, and one terminal portion. The two portions of the proximal screw may be formed such that they form an angle desirable for arthrodesis, or permanent fixation, of the joint. The distal screw may be inserted into the proximal screw, and may be further provided with additional external bone threads to provide compression at the joint site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Sellers
  • Patent number: 10905487
    Abstract: A system for stabilizing a bone structure. The system includes a guide device and an overlying delivery tube. A distal portion of the guide device is positionable within the bone structure and operable in a straight configuration and a curved configuration relative to a longitudinal axis. The overlying delivery tube comprises flexible polymeric material. The flexible polymeric material facilitates the delivery tube assuming a curve within the bone structure relative to the longitudinal axis when the guide device is in the curved configuration. The flexible polymeric material maintains a patent lumen along the curve when the guide device is withdrawn. The system may include an access cannula configured to penetrate the bone structure, and/or an expandable member insertable through the patent lumen along the curve. A delivery device may deliver curable material through the patent lumen along the curve to a target site within the bone structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Evan D. Linderman, John A. Krueger
  • Patent number: 10893891
    Abstract: A bone hook apparatus is provided that includes a base, a rod receptacle disposed on a proximal side of the base, a first hook distally extending from the base and oriented in a first direction, and a second hook distally extending from the base and oriented in a second direction opposing the first direction, the first hook and second hook together configured to receive the bone. Kits and spinal constructs employing the bone hook apparatus are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventor: Prakhar Goel
  • Patent number: 10893954
    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 fastener. 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: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Taylor, Anthony C. DeFalco
  • Patent number: 10792168
    Abstract: An implant insertion instrument, and an implant are provided. The instrument includes a handle, a sleeve mounted to a distal end of the handle, and an implant rod disposed within the sleeve. The implant rod includes a gripper disposed on a distal end of the implant rod. The gripper has a first prong spaced apart from a second prong, the second prong being longer than the first prong. The implant includes an implant body, the implant body having a convex surface opposite a concave surface wherein an outer surface of the implant is continuous so as to prevent bone growth within the implant. Accordingly, the instrument facilitates the engagement of the implant by a simple push of the sleeve. Further, the implant has a continuous surface so as to inhibit bone growth and facilitate removal of the implant from the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: George Malcolmson, Yang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10791007
    Abstract: Surgical methods for stabilizing a joint are disclosed. The methods aid in surgical repairs by allowing for quick and reproducible repairs to be made. A bone tunnel is formed anteriorly/posteriorly in clavicle, and a bone tunnel is formed superiorly in acromion. At least one cannulated insert is provided into one or both of bone tunnels to protect the bone from abrasions caused by a flexible construct. A flexible construct is passed through the acromion tunnel and the clavicle tunnel. An attachment device may then be positioned on at least one side of the clavicle and/or acromion tunnel, and the flexible construct is attached to the attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Benavitz, Allen E. Holowecky, Augustus D. Mazzocca, Eugene M. Wolf, James J. Guerra
  • Patent number: 10786286
    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: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: AURORA SPINE, INC.
    Inventor: Trent James Northcutt
  • Patent number: 10779867
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods for fixation of bone or bone fragments using an orthopedic plate, a modular peg, and a compression screw. The modular peg is screwed into one of the apertures of the orthopedic plate. The modular peg may include an aperture having screw threads designed to receive the threads of the compression screw and serve as an anchor for the compression screw. By rotating the compression screw in relation to the modular peg, the compression screw may advance through the aperture of the modular peg, drawing the head of the screw toward the modular peg, and compressing the bone or bone fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Extremity Medical LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Penzimer, Holman Chan, William James, Vladimir Sherman
  • Patent number: 10758736
    Abstract: A magnet arrangement for an implantable medical device is described. An implantable coil case contains a communications coil and is made of biocompatible resilient material with a top lateral surface and an opposing bottom medial surface. A magnet receptacle is located within the coil case and has opposing receptacle openings in the top lateral surface and the bottom medial surface. An implant magnet fits within the magnet receptacle and has opposing end surfaces, and a center body region located between the end surfaces. The center body diameter is larger than the end diameters. The implant magnet and the magnet receptacle are configured to cooperate to permit the implant magnet to be inserted into or removed from the magnet receptacle through either of the receptacle openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Zimmerling
  • Patent number: 10709460
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for identifying the proper implant for use in an arthroplasty procedure and preparing a bone surface for the placement of such implant. In one embodiment, a centering guide system includes a cannulated post and a translucent surface trial where the cannulated post includes a slit defining legs that flex to engage the post when inserted in a hole of the surface trial. The system is used to confirm a suitable implant size and place a pilot wire in preparation for implant placement. The cannulated post and the translucent surface trial provide comprehensive visibility of the glenoid surface. When inserted into the surface trial, an extension of the cannulated post beyond an articulating surface of the surface trial is minimal or nonexistent. In this way, the congruence of a reamed glenoid surface can be evaluated prior to implantation of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Nelson, Kaitlin Elizabeth Anne McClymont
  • Patent number: 10709561
    Abstract: A bone graft containment device includes a body extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end. The body includes a channel extending longitudinally therethrough. The device also includes a fluid delivery structure received within the channel. The fluid delivery structure includes a central tubular member extending along a length of the channel and a laterally extending tubular member extending laterally from the central tubular member to a fluid receiving opening. The central tubular member includes a plurality of openings extending laterally through a wall thereof, so that, when the fluid receiving opening is connected to an external fluid source, fluid is passed through the laterally extending tubular member and the central tubular member to be dispersed to a graft material packed within the channel via the plurality of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steffan Daniel, André Furrer
  • Patent number: 10687862
    Abstract: A connector includes a first receiver that defines an implant cavity and includes a mating surface. A second receiver attachable with the first receiver via a flexible element, the second receiver defines an implant cavity and includes a mating surface engageable with the mating surface of the first receiver to fix relative orientation of the receivers. A biasing element is disposed adjacent the mating surfaces to space the mating surfaces such that the first receiver is movable relative to the second receiver in operation of the connector. Systems, surgical instruments, implants, spinal constructs and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: William Alan Rezach, Molly K. Rice, Leigh Anna Folger
  • Patent number: 10675062
    Abstract: A spinal correction system for implantation in a patient, the system including a reciprocating adjuster and/or a resistance adjuster coupled to a stabilizing member, for example. The resistance adjuster includes a potential energy drive, a slide unit, and a resistance unit. The reciprocating adjuster includes a piston unit, a transfer unit coupled to the piston unit, and a return mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan M. Kroll, Steven J. Seme, Thomas J. Gisel, Mark W. Kroll
  • Patent number: 10675074
    Abstract: Various different porous screws and pegs are disclosed herein, as are methods of manufacturing such porous pegs or screws. The porous screws and pegs, in certain examples, are formed through additive manufacturing and have improved porosity for bone ingrowth. In certain cases, additive manufacturing or another manufacturing technique can be used to cover only part or all of the threads of the screws or pegs disclosed herein with a porous material. Such screws or pegs can have porosity but also threads that are capable of effectively digging into bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Roby, John Chernosky, Imants Liepins, Bradford J. Coale, Jacob Macke
  • Patent number: 10667923
    Abstract: A sacro-iliac implant includes a body having a proximal portion and a distal tip. The proximal portion includes an inner surface and a uniform diameter. The inner surface includes a first mating surface engageable with a first instrument surface and a second mating surface engageable with a second instrument surface. Systems, constructs, instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles S. Sullivan, Jaredan Braal, Gregory C. Marik, Newton H. Metcalf, Jr., Domagoj Coric, Alexander Vaccaro, Hugo Benalcazar
  • Patent number: 10603079
    Abstract: A method of inserting a spinal stabilization system into a patient generally comprises inserting a first positioning tool through a first location on a patient's skin and along a path generally toward a first vertebral anchor, coupling an end of the first positioning tool to the first vertebral anchor, positioning at least a portion of a delivery device over a connecting element, and inserting the delivery device and the connecting element through the patient's skin at the first location and along at least a portion of the first positioning tool. The first positioning tool is configured to facilitate directing the delivery device and connecting element generally toward a second vertebral anchor within the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W Darst Rice, Emmanuel Zylber
  • Patent number: 10595771
    Abstract: A device for treating bone in a living body includes (a) comprises an implant configured for attachment to a bone; (b) a first sensor measuring a strain on a first portion of the implant, the first portion of the implant being configured to be mechanically coupled to a weakened portion of a bone when the implant is coupled to the bone in a target position in combination; and (c) a second sensor measuring strain in a non-weakened portion of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Deirmengian, George Mikhail, Glen Pierson
  • Patent number: 10517643
    Abstract: A spinal distraction system includes a distraction rod having a first end and a second end, the first end being configured for affixation to a subject's spine at a first location, the distraction rod having a second end containing a recess having a threaded portion disposed therein. The system further includes an adjustable portion configured for affixation relative to the subject's spine at a second location remote from the first location, the adjustable portion comprising a housing containing a magnetic assembly, the magnetic assembly affixed at one end thereof to a lead screw, the lead screw operatively coupled to the threaded portion. A locking pin may secure the lead screw to the magnetic assembly. An o-ring gland disposed on the end of the housing may form a dynamic seal with the distraction rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, inc.
    Inventors: Scott Pool, Blair Walker
  • Patent number: 10420597
    Abstract: A surgical implant according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a body that extends along a longitudinal axis between a drive head and a tip. The body includes a cannulation disposed about the longitudinal axis and extending from the tip to the drive head, a solid thread that wraps around the body and a porous region circumferentially extending about the body between adjacent revolutions of the solid thread. In another embodiment, the surgical implant may include a wedge having at least one porous region that extends continuously around a wedge body between an inner wall and an outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Papangelou, G. Joshua Karnes
  • Patent number: 10413425
    Abstract: A system and method for inserting and aligning an acetabular cup in the human pelvic bone, including selectively combining aspects of a vibratory BMD3 and an axially-impacting BMD4, including initially utilizing BMD3 vibratory insertion to partially insert and perfectly align the acetabular cup into the pelvis, and subsequently switching to a BMD4 controlled impaction technique to apply specific quantifiable forces for full seating and insertion, wherein the proven advantages of the vibratory insertion prototype with the advantages of the controlled impaction prototype are combined in a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Kambiz Behzadi
  • Patent number: 10363140
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to implants and tools for the fixation or fusion of joints or bone segments. These tools include tissue dilators and protectors. Other tools include broaches used to shape bores in bone. The tools can also include a system for removing an implant from bone. Implants can include assemblies of one or more implant structures that make possible the achievement of diverse interventions involving the fusion and/or stabilization of lumbar and sacral vertebra in a non-invasive manner, with minimal incision, and without the necessitating the removing the intervertebral disc. Implants for fusing both sacroiliac joints of a patient include a long implant that extends across both sacroiliac joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SI-Bone Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. Mauldin, Ralph F. Rashbaum, Mark A. Reiley, Scott A. Yerby, Paul Sand, Bret W. Schneider, Jose Rodriguez, Nicanor Domingo, Joanne Leung
  • Patent number: 10357368
    Abstract: Sacroiliac (SI) joint implants for promoting SI joint fusion and methods of their delivery are described herein. The SI joint implant has a spacer operatively coupled to a planar member having tapered holes to receive fastening elements. When placed in the SI joint, the spacer engages the articular surfaces of the SI joint while the plate traverses the SI joint. The implant is held in place fastening elements, which are inserted through the tapered holes in the planar member. The implant is delivered via an inferior inlet MIS procedure, wherein the SI joint is accessed through an inlet inferior to the SI joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Kenan Aksu
  • Patent number: 10327825
    Abstract: A first method, for reducing and stabilizing at least one of a fracture in, a dislocation of, and a subluxation of at least one bone, includes forming a hole in the at least one bone. The first method also includes anchoring a first portion of a cable relative to the at least one bone and positioning a second portion of the cable in the hole in the at least one bone. With the second portion of the cable positioned in the hole in the at least one bone, the method includes both tensioning the cable to a measurable and adjustable tension and, with the cable tensioned to the measurable tension, anchoring a third portion of the cable relative to the at least one bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: CABLE FIX LLC
    Inventors: Mark Brinker, William Ricci, Carey Bryant
  • Patent number: 10231769
    Abstract: An apparatus for passing a cable through a pass-through hole in a bone that includes a hole-forming tool and a cable. The hole-forming tool has a shank, a cutting portion, and a first connection feature. The cutting portion is interposed between the shank and the first connection feature and the shank is detachably coupleable to a driving tool. The cable has a first-end portion that has a second connection feature. The cable is detachably coupleable to the hole-forming tool via the first connection feature of the hole-forming tool and the second connection feature of the first-end portion of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CABLE FIX LLC
    Inventors: William Ricci, Carey Bryant, Mark Brinker
  • Patent number: 10226243
    Abstract: A knotless suture anchor may include an anchor body with a proximal end, a distal end, an interior longitudinal passageway, a proximal opening communicating with the longitudinal passageway nearer the proximal end, and a distal opening communicating with the longitudinal passageway nearer the distal end. A first suture portion extends within the longitudinal passageway between the proximal opening and the distal opening, a second suture portion is contiguous to the first portion and extending out of the anchor body, a third suture portion is contiguous to the second portion and extends within the longitudinal passageway proximally to distally, and a fourth suture portion is contiguous to the third portion, extending along the exterior surface distally to proximally. A proximal member may be joined to the anchor body by a frangible connection and may have a proximal member axial passage containing an interference member coaxially aligned with the longitudinal passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Kator, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Joel Helgerson
  • Patent number: 10213321
    Abstract: A bone fusion method, system and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together and/or in place of one or more of the bones, such as, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises one or more extendable tabs having a central rib. The bone fusion device includes one or more support channels configured to receive an insertion instrument that is then secured to the bone fusion device via a coupling mechanism. As a result, the coupled device is able to be securely positioned between vertebrae using the insertion instrument with minimal risk of slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Neuropro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy D. Knapp, Gregory C. Stalcup, Kreigh R. Williams, Benjamin J. Remington
  • Patent number: 10206781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a polymer scaffold design and method for treating segmental long bone defects without amputation that permits permanent regrowth of bone in the area of the segmental defect, without external fixation or other problems inherent in current systems. The polymer scaffold is preferably made from a poly(ester urea) polymer and includes an outer shell, sized to fit over a segmental defect in a bone, and a collagen containing material. In some embodiments, the collagen containing material is placed in a polymer insert sized to fit within the segmental bone defect and within said outer shell. In some embodiments, the outer shell may contain struts running longitudinal struts along the inside surface of the outer shell. In some of these embodiments, the insert will have a corresponding set of grooves sized to receive the struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: The University of Akron, Houston Methodist Hospital
    Inventors: Matthew Becker, Ennio Tasciotti, Bradley Weiner, Avraam Isayev
  • Patent number: 10206717
    Abstract: A spinal screw assembly is provided. The assembly may be provided with a screw and a movable head in which angulation of the screw relative to the movable head is constrained so that angulation within limits is allowed in one plane but lesser or no angulation is allowed in another plane. Methods to assemble the disclosed apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: Eric A. Lab, Joel P. Bales, Simon Gerhard Sjovold, Keun-Young Anthony Kim
  • Patent number: 10194899
    Abstract: Surgical methods for stabilizing a joint are disclosed. The methods aid in surgical repairs by allowing for quick and reproducible repairs to be made. A bone tunnel is formed anteriorly/posteriorly in clavicle, and a bone tunnel is formed superiorly in acromion. At least one cannulated insert is provided into one or both of bone tunnels to protect the bone from abrasions caused by a flexible construct. A flexible construct is passed through the acromion tunnel and the clavicle tunnel. An attachment device may then be positioned on at least one side of the clavicle and/or acromion tunnel, and the flexible construct is attached to the attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Benavitz, Allen E. Holowecky, Augustus D. Mazzocca, Eugene M. Wolf, James J. Guerra
  • Patent number: 10166116
    Abstract: Disclosed are bone spacing implants for bone fusion with an open helix locking system and insertion instrumentation for implanting a spacer and fixating with a helix lock without removal of instrumentation between steps. Implanting methods comprise the steps of: positioning a coil driver over an elongate shaft portion of a bone spacer inserter; loading a helical lock implant on a distal end of an elongate shaft portion wherein an elongate shaft portion occupies a central core space of the helical lock; positioning and fixing a selected bone spacer implant to the bone spacer inserter instrument; advancing the bone spacer and helical lock instrumentation assembly into an intervertebral space; advancing through rotation a coil driver transmitting torsional forces against a butt surface of a helix lock until the helix lock is fully threaded into adjacent bone and the bone spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Patrick Janowski
  • Patent number: 10159561
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for trapping the end of at least one fascicle (10) of soft material in a bone tunnel (1), comprising: a ferrule (100), a screw (200) and a washer (300), the ferrule comprising a proximal upper rim (140) and screwing elements (150), with a longitudinal axis (151) inclined ? degrees in relation to the longitudinal axis (101) of the ferrule, and an inner thread (152) reciprocal to the outer thread (201) of the screw, the assembly being designed such that as the screw, with the washer, screws into the inner thread (152), the outer face (301) of the washer (300) approaches the inner face (142) of the proximal upper rim (140), an upper passage being formed between the two, via which the soft material projects, which is trapped in this way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Abanza Tecnomed, S.L.
    Inventors: José Manuel Abascal Rubio, Juan Abascal Azanza
  • Patent number: 10137009
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are generally directed to spinal implants, systems, apparatuses, and components thereof that can be used in spinal fusion and/or stabilization procedures, as well as methods of installation. The spinal implants may be expandable. In some embodiments, the spinal implants may be configured to be backfilled with bone graft material after insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Weiman, Chad Glerum
  • Patent number: 10111646
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for assessing tissue characteristics such as tissue density and volume is disclosed. The surgical instrument is hand-held and includes transducers adapted for emitting and/or receiving acoustic signals. The surgical instrument utilizes pulse-echo to determine tissue characteristics. The surgical instrument may be utilized to determine such things as the size of a lesion and whether the lesion has been completely removed or filled with graft material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Nycz, Fred J. Molz, IV, Steven Tethrake, Stanley Warren Olson, Jr., William T. Donofrio
  • Patent number: 10111690
    Abstract: An arthrodesis anchor as a monolithic piece has prongs supporting barbs extending radially therefrom. A neck between the ends may be angled to accommodate final alignment of resected surfaces of joints to be bonded. The neck may receive a tool for buttressing a first inserted end against further penetration into a joint while the second inserted end is inserted into the other adjacent joint. The proximal and intermediate phalangeal joints may be trimmed and pilot drilled, and may be broached with or without a k-wire guide. A first end may be inserted by a tool, typically into the proximal joint, but the order may be reversed. The second end may then be inserted into a pilot in the base of the intermediate joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Orthopro LLC
    Inventors: Gregory S. Anderson, Brock Johnson, Louis Monaco
  • Patent number: 10070939
    Abstract: A minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery method includes sequential steps of (a), aided by a guidance system, placing a guide wire in each pedicle of each vertebra of each spinal segment to be fused in a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery, (b) replacing one or more of the guide wires with respective pedicle markers, and (c) performing the minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery using the pedicle markers and remaining ones of the guide wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Zaki G. Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 9924986
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of an articulating tool having a head that articulates and is capable of maintaining an angle for drilling or placing a fastener into a bone. The articulating tool includes a housing, an articulating head, a rotatable drive shaft, and a driver tip connected to the distal shaft portion. The articulating tool may be constructed and arranged to move between a first position and a second position, wherein in the first position and the second position the articulating head and the rotatable drive shaft are at different angles with respect to the longitudinal axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Charles River Engineering Solutions and Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph E. Petrzelka, Manas C. Menon, Suresh K. Agarwal, Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou, Michelle E. Lustrino, Clara J. Stefanov-Wagner
  • Patent number: 9895182
    Abstract: Anatomic points within the body are projected outside the body through the use of extenders. The projected points may then be used for measurement, or to facilitate the selection or configuration of an implant that is to be positioned proximate the anatomic points. Such an implant may be a rod for a posterior spinal fusion system. Pedicle screws may be implanted into pedicles of the spine, and may then serve as anchors for the extenders. The extenders may have rod interfaces that receive the rod in a manner that mimics the geometry of the pedicle screws so that the selected or configured contoured rod will properly fit into engagement with the pedicle screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I. LLC
    Inventor: T. Wade Fallin
  • Patent number: 9877843
    Abstract: A spinal implant comprises a plurality of members. At least one element connects the members. An agent is disposed with at least one of the members. The members and the agent are disposable between a configuration for simultaneous delivery to a surgical site and an implant configuration. Systems, spinal constructs, surgical instruments and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Vickers, Jared J. Diegmueller
  • Patent number: 9839530
    Abstract: A fusion cage has a first component that defines an outside surface that is configured to engage a vertebral endplate, and an interior surface. The fusion cage has a second component that defines first and second opposed surfaces. One of the first and second opposed surfaces can mate with the interior surface of the first component. The fusion cage can include vertical and lateral throughholes adapted to enhance fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Riley Hawkins, Anwar Upal, Michael J. O'Neil, Michael Andrew Slivka, Michael Fisher
  • Patent number: 9750546
    Abstract: An articulating rod inserter is configured for use in delivering a fixation rod to an orthopedic fixation system through a cannula or tower. The articulating rod inserter is releasably coupled to a rod and can move the rod from a generally aligned configuration, wherein the longitudinal axes of the rod and rod inserter are generally aligned, to an angled configuration, wherein the longitudinal axis of the rod is at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the rod inserter. The rod is inserted into the patient through a first tower and then articulated to a second tower such that the rod extends between two or more fixation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Spinal Elements, Inc.
    Inventors: Taylor Semingson, Jason Blain
  • Patent number: 9730684
    Abstract: A method facilitates the treatment of the spine of a patient by providing simultaneous access through at least a first opening and a second opening formed in the patient. For example, the method can include the acts of positioning the patient on a surgical table, providing the first opening into a posterior portion of the patient, providing the second opening into a lateral portion of the patient, inserting a first device through the first opening into the patient to contact the spine in a first direction that is transverse to the coronal plane of the patient, and inserting a second device through the second opening into the patient to contact the spine in a second direction that is transverse to the sagittal plane of the patient, where the first and second openings are accessible simultaneously, and, when the first and second devises are inserted into the patient, the position of the patient is stationary with respect to a portion of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Beale, Thomas A. Carls, Richard A. Hynes, Matthew M. Morrison
  • Patent number: 9687281
    Abstract: Distal tip designs for bone fixation devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, a system for bone fixation includes a delivery catheter having a proximal end and a distal end; an expandable member having a proximal region and a distal region, wherein the expandable member is releasably attached about the distal end of the delivery catheter at the proximal region of the expandable member; a distal cap attached to the distal region of the expandable member to seal the expandable member; a light conducting fiber; and a light-sensitive liquid; wherein the delivery catheter has an inner void for passage of a light-sensitive liquid into the expandable member to expand the expandable member and an inner lumen for passage of the light conducting fiber into the expandable member to cure the light-sensitive liquid inside the expandable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: IlluminOss Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene P. DiPoto, Robert A. Rabiner, Jeffrey P. Brousseau, Anthony W. O'Leary, Chi Y. Wong, Augustus C. Shanahan, Nicholas Ferrer, John Unger
  • Patent number: 9615859
    Abstract: Connector assemblies are provided to couple an elongate member extending along the spinal column to a bone engaging implant engaged to the spinal column. The connector assembly includes a coupler having an implant coupling portion and an elongate member coupling portion. The positioning and orientation of the coupler relative to the implant and elongate member can be adjusted to facilitate engagement of the connector assembly between the implant and elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney Ballard, William Alan Rezach, Charles Dickinson
  • Patent number: 9572685
    Abstract: An instrument for attachment to and insertion of an implant device is provided. The instrument has a handle and a pair of retaining posts extending longitudinally from a distal end of the handle. Each of the pair of retaining posts have an end dimensioned to engaged a respective threaded bore of the implant device. Also, a post drive mounted to the handle and mechanically connected to each of the retaining posts so as to engage the retaining posts simultaneously is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Perry
  • Patent number: 9566090
    Abstract: Systems and methods of treating spinal deformity, including one or more intervertebral implants to be introduced laterally into respective intervertebral spaces, a plurality of bone screws introduced generally laterally into vertebral bodies adjacent to the intervertebral implants and/or the intervertebral implants themselves, and a cable dimensioned to be coupled to the bone screws and manipulated to adjust and/or correct the spinal deformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Bryan Cornwall, Jonathan Spangler
  • Patent number: 9566092
    Abstract: A cervical polyaxial bone anchor includes a shank having an integral spherical head and a receiver having an upper channel for receiving a rod and a lower seat near a lower opening for receiving a closed retainer that includes a compressible upper portion engaged with the receiver seat and an expandable lower portion capturing the shank head. An outer sleeve slidable with the receiver prohibits expansion of the retainer lower portion during operation. A compression insert engages the retainer upper portion and is in friction fit with the shank head prior to fixing of an angle of the shank with respect to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9538998
    Abstract: A method for supporting a first bone portion relative to a second bone portion can include: (a) aligning the first bone portion relative to the second bone portion, (b) forming a bore extending through the first bone portion and the second bone portion through a void defined by opposing surfaces of the first and second bone portions after the aligning of the first bone portion with the second bone portion, (c) disposing a pin in the bore to span the void, wherein the pin includes a coupler, (d) drawing a self-locking, adjustable suture construct coupled to the coupler through the bore by withdrawing the pin from the bore, and (e) compressing the first bone portion and the second bone portion between a first anchor and a second anchor coupled to the suture construct by tensioning the suture construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Brian K. Berelsman, Ryan A. Kaiser