Staple Or Clip Patents (Class 606/75)
  • Patent number: 11160567
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing an osteotomy on a bone are presented. In one example of the invention, a method of performing an osteotomy on a bone includes removing a portion of bone from a first side of the bone to create a gap on the first side of the bone; making a cut on a second side of the bone, opposite the first side; and rotating the bone from a first position to a second position to close the gap on the first side of the bone and open the cut on the second side of the bone to create a gap on the second side of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: CrossRoads Extremity Systems, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel J. Triplett, Robert W. Hoy
  • Patent number: 11129645
    Abstract: Embodiments may include an attachable fastener, which may include a bondable material that may be secured to the end of an end effector. Vibration may be tuned to occur at a distal end of the fastener. Accordingly, the fastener may be used to generate heat at a distal point of contact. If the contact surface contains bondable material, that material may be softened. If the fastener includes bondable material at the point of contact, that material may also be softened by heat produced by vibration at the contact area. A hard implant or another polymeric material may function as the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: P TECH, LLC
    Inventors: Peter M Bonutti, Justin E Beyers, Matthew J Cremens
  • Patent number: 11129656
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to systems, methods, and apparatus for immobilizing and/or securing bone portions. Particularly, at least one embodiment involves a compact anti-rotation device that can secure adjacent bones and/or bone portions in a manner that prevents or limits relative rotational movement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: University of Kansas
    Inventors: Terence Edward McIff, Edward Bruce Toby
  • Patent number: 11116499
    Abstract: According to particular embodiments, the present staple includes a low-profile bridge and has the capacity for high sustained compression. In some embodiments, the staple includes a bridge with a continuous cross-section, and one or more pairs of legs with teeth cut therein, the inner legs and outer legs each including an angle of about 16 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: MEDSHAPE, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Webster Blair, Courtney Lynne Kline
  • Patent number: 11090043
    Abstract: A surgical staple insertion system for compressing bone fragments includes a staple and an insertion tool. The staple has first and second legs and an elastically deformable bridge monolithically formed with the first and second legs. In a relaxed configuration, the free ends of the first and second legs are positioned closer to one another than are portions of the first and second legs connected to the bridge. The insertion tool retains the bridge in an elastically deformed configuration with the legs positioned relatively farther apart from one another during at least portion of the step of implantation of the staple. Then, the insertion tool is released from the staple so that the bone fragments between the legs are subject to compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Timo Biedermann, Achim Zipse, Gael Dreher
  • Patent number: 11090095
    Abstract: An orthopedic fixation system includes a sterile packaged implant kit and a sterile packaged instrument kit. The sterile packaged implant kit includes at least one surgical implant, an insertion device, and an implant package adapted to receive the at least one surgical implant and the insertion device therein. The implant package maintains the at least one surgical implant and the insertion device sterile after sterilization of the sterile packaged implant kit. The sterile packaged instrument kit includes one or more instruments necessary to use the sterile packaged implant kit and an instrument package adapted to receive the one or more instruments therein. The instrument package maintains the one or more instruments sterile after sterilization of the sterile packaged instrument kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam T. Knight, Daniel F. Cheney, Eric A. Marcano, David J. Pancratz
  • Patent number: 11020110
    Abstract: According to particular embodiments, the present staple includes a low-profile bridge and has the capacity for high sustained compression. In some embodiments, the staple includes a bridge with a continuous cross-section, legs with teeth cut therein (e.g., opposed to protruding from, as discussed herein), and legs including an angle of about 24 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MEDSHAPE, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Webster Blair, Jack Cabell Griffis, III
  • Patent number: 10932823
    Abstract: A plate, installation tools, and method of installation are provided for preventing a spinal facet joint implant from expulsing from its location. The plate has posterior and inferior fasteners installed previously or in-situ. A k-wire is used in cooperation with the implant and installation tool(s) to guide the plate to the desired location. The plate includes a central threaded bore situated between a superior and inferior bone screw bore in one form, and a superior and inferior connection barb in another form. The installation tool includes a threaded plug at one end for receipt by the central threaded bore of the plate for releasably holding the plate during installation. The installation tool has a superior structure and an inferior structure that can be a cannula or a tang depending on the form of the plate. A cannula allows a tool to direct a fastener to screw bores of the plate for attaching the fastener and plate to vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Life Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrett D. Lauf, Daniel P. Predick, Zeshan Hyder
  • Patent number: 10918375
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing ankle syndesmosis repairs includes, inter alia, a first button, a second button, and a suture connecting the first button and the second button. The first button and the second button are stainless steel buttons. At least one of the first button and the second button is oblong. The suture includes multiple strands that extend between the first button and the second button. A first free end of the suture is tensionable to shorten a length of the suture between the first button and the second button and thereby move the first button and the second button closer together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Thornes
  • Patent number: 10898211
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing an osteotomy on a bone are presented. In one example of the invention, a method of performing an osteotomy on a bone includes removing a portion of bone from a first side of the bone to create a gap on the first side of the bone; making a cut on a second side of the bone, opposite the first side; and rotating the bone from a first position to a second position to close the gap on the first side of the bone and open the cut on the second side of the bone to create a gap on the second side of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: CrossRoads Extremity Systems, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel J. Triplett, Robert W. Hoy
  • Patent number: 10888315
    Abstract: An implant insertion device is adapted for use with a shape memory implant. The shape memory implant includes a bridge interconnecting first and second legs. The shape memory implant is movable between a first shape in which the first and second legs are substantially non-parallel and a second shape in which the first and second legs are substantially parallel. The implant insertion device engages the shape memory implant to maintain the shape memory implant in its second shape until the delivery of the shape memory implant into tissue or bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Cheney, Joseph H. Taber, Luke A. Perkins, Joseph P. Ritz
  • Patent number: 10874389
    Abstract: A surgical staple insertion system for compressing bone fragments includes a staple and an insertion tool. The staple has first and second legs and an elastically deformable bridge monolithically formed with the first and second legs. In a relaxed configuration, the bridge is curved such that a central region of the bridge is directed away from the first and second legs, and free ends of the first and second legs are positioned closer to one another than are portions of the first and second legs connected to the bridge. The bridge includes engagement portions at each of its first and second end sections that extend away from each other. The insertion tool includes an end defining a cavity configured to receive the engagement portions at the end sections of the bridge to retain the bridge in a deformed configuration with the first and second legs retained parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Timo Biedermann, Achim Zipse, Gael Dreher
  • Patent number: 10869771
    Abstract: Systems and methods for joint replacement are provided. The systems and methods include a surgical orientation device, a reference sensor device, and at least one orthopedic fixture. The surgical orientation device, reference sensor device, and orthopedic fixtures can be used to locate the orientation of an axis in the body, to adjust an orientation of a cutting plane or planes along a bony surface, or otherwise to assist in an orthopedic procedure(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: OrthAlign, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas van der Walt, Charles Shapiro, Richard Lane, Matt Ryan
  • Patent number: 10842487
    Abstract: An implant insertion device is designed for use with a shape memory implant movable between an unconstrained shape and an insertion shape. The implant insertion device maintains the shape memory implant in its insertion shape until the delivery of the shape memory implant into tissue or bone. Upon the release of the shape memory implant from the implant insertion device, the shape memory implant attempts to move from its insertion shape to its unconstrained shape, thereby releasing mechanical energy into the tissue or bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Ritz, Daniel F. Cheney, Adam T. Knight
  • Patent number: 10820917
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a surgical cutting guide, a surgical cutting guide assembly and a method for using same. The surgical cutting may have first and second slots defining first and second axes respectively. The surgical cutting guide may be positioned away from a vertebral body such that the first and second axes intersect at a distal point located in an interior of the vertebral body. The surgical cutting assembly may include the surgical cutting guide with first and second cutting instruments. A method of performing a pedicle subtraction osteotomy may include the steps of placing the surgical cutting guide over the first and second cutting instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker European Operations Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Amir Ali Sharifi-Mehr, Oliver Buchert, Bryan Weiner, M. Todd Miller, Steven F. Krause, Michael Chang
  • Patent number: 10820915
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for instability repair are provided. In general, a surgical device can be configured to drill a hole in bone and to deliver a suture anchor into the hole. In this way, a single surgical device can drill the hole and deliver the anchor into the hole for securing soft tissue to the bone. The anchor can be configured to allow the soft tissue to be secured to the bone using a suture coupled to a suture anchor without the need to knot or otherwise tie the suture to secure the soft tissue in place relative to the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Stephen J. Orphanos, Brian Otrando, Kirsten H. Aarsvold
  • Patent number: 10653453
    Abstract: Implementations described herein include a system that may include a deliver device, an annular anchor and an implant. The delivery device may include a distal end, a proximal and a lumen extending from the distal end to the proximal end. The annular anchor may be removably coupleable to the distal end of the delivery device. The annular anchor may be implantable at a target site in a patient via manipulation of the delivery device. The delivery device may be extendable outside the patient when the anchor is implanted at the target site. The implant may be deliverable through the delivery device to the target delivery site and implantable through the annular anchor. The delivery device may be coupled to the annular anchor to control a trajectory of the implant to the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Ziemek, Randall G. Mast, Allison Christine Capote
  • Patent number: 10610218
    Abstract: A staple comprising: a bridge configured to be elastically stretchable; a first leg connected to said bridge and configured to be elastically bendable; and a second leg connected to said bridge and configured to be elastically bendable; said first and second legs being connected to said bridge so that they are angled toward one another when they are in an unstrained state; such that when said bridge is elastically strained into an elongated condition, and said first and second legs are elastically strained so that they extend substantially parallel to one another, and said first and second legs are disposed in appropriate holes on opposing sides of a fracture line, and when the strain on said staple is thereafter released, compression will be provided across the fracture line by both said bridge and said first and second legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Palmer, Matthew Fonte, Robert Devaney
  • Patent number: 10543092
    Abstract: A bone implant adapted to be implanted in a bone structure having a bone tissue, a cartilage tissue, and being formed with a hole is provided. The bone implant includes a scaffold disposed in the hole for connecting with the bone tissue, a connecting layer disposed on the scaffold, and a porous surface layer. The connecting layer includes a bottom portion connected to the scaffold and an extension portion extending from the bottom portion and formed with a plurality of receiving chambers. The porous surface layer is connected to the extension portion and includes a plurality of filler portions respectively filling the receiving chambers, and a tissue-connecting portion configured for connecting with the cartilage tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: METAL INDUSTRIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
    Inventors: Jian-Yuan Huang, Chen-Chie Wang, Shih-Hua Huang
  • Patent number: 10499956
    Abstract: An implantable body for a posterior stabilization system includes a lateral end, a medial end, an inwardly facing surface configured to abut against a lamina when the body is implanted along a vertebra. A lateral bone outrigger extends from the inwardly facing surface and may include a bone-abutting surface along a medial portion disposed to abut against a lateral mass of the vertebra when the body is implanted along a vertebra. The lateral bone outrigger may have a first height. A penetrating feature extends from the inwardly facing surface between the bone-engaging portion of the inwardly facing surface and the lateral bone outrigger. The penetrating feature may have a second height less than the first height. A fastener bore extends through the body at an angle toward the lateral bone outrigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Rebecca Elizabeth Stachniak
  • Patent number: 10488193
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a grasping device and an alarm method thereof. The grasping device includes: a bendable support part; a bend limiting support part that supports the bendable support part and limits bending of the bendable support part in a first direction, but allows bending of the bendable support part in a second direction opposite to the first direction; a plurality of suction members located on a side of the bend limiting support part away from the bendable support part and connected to the bendable support part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongliang Xu, Dong Guo, Guozheng Cheng, Changrui Liang, Hanzhong Zhang, Chunlin Zhou, Yang Wu, Ying Xi, Zhong Peng
  • Patent number: 10456268
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spinal arthrodesis system including at least two types of implants from among the three following types: an intersomatic implant (IS), including at least one passage (40) mating at least one anchoring device (1); an interspinous implant (IE), including at least two wings able to run along a portion of the vertebral spines (EI, ES); a facet implant (IF) including a bone attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: LDR Medical, S.A.S.
    Inventors: Alexis Mercier, Samuel Lequette
  • Patent number: 10420547
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides staples, and corresponding staple guides, for applying a compressive force between biological elements. The staples may include a bridge portion and a pair of tines extending from the bridge portion configured for implantation into biological elements. The tines may be spaced a first distance in a first state of the bridge portion. The bridge portion may be elastically deformable into a second state with the pair of tines spaced a second distance that is greater than the first distance and the tines pre-loaded to apply a compressive force therebetween. The guides may include a staple engagement portion operable to maintain the biased state of the staple, and/or a drill guide portion operable to facilitate the formation of apertures spaced the second distance in the biological elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Nextremity Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Lon S. Weiner, Jorge Montoya, John R. Pepper, Stuart D. Katchis, Lawrence Kiefer
  • Patent number: 10376367
    Abstract: Examples of the invention relate to methods, implants, and instruments for compressing first and second bone portions or a bone portion and an implant together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: First Ray, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Daniel John Triplett
  • Patent number: 10307156
    Abstract: According to particular embodiments, the present staple includes a low-profile bridge and has the capacity for high sustained compression. In some embodiments, the staple includes a bridge with a continuous cross-section, legs with teeth cut therein (e.g., opposed to protruding from, as discussed herein), and legs including an angle of about 24 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MEDSHAPE, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Webster Blair, Jack Cabell Griffis, III
  • Patent number: 10238510
    Abstract: Systems and methods for joint replacement are provided. The systems and methods include a surgical orientation device, a reference sensor device, and at least one orthopedic fixture. The surgical orientation device, reference sensor device, and orthopedic fixtures can be used to locate the orientation of an axis in the body, to adjust an orientation of a cutting plane or planes along a bony surface, or otherwise to assist in an orthopedic procedure(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: OrthAlign, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas van der Walt, Charles Shapiro, Richard Lane, Matt Ryan
  • Patent number: 10206692
    Abstract: Osteotomy tools and procedures are provided that include a sets of guides in which pins are placed through conduits in the guides with a close tolerance and into the bone at predetermined angles. One pin is placed at a correction angle subtending from one of a pair of parallel pins placed across an osteotomy site. After the osteotomy is completed, a bone correction is achieved by rotating the pin at the correction angle to be parallel to the one of the parallel pins located across the osteotomy site. A parallel pin guide is placed over these two pins to maintain the bone correction and stabilize the osteotomy, allowing fixation of the corrected bone segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Sanders
  • Patent number: 10159575
    Abstract: A novel and improved retaining member can be used with a joint prosthesis which may be implanted with a minimally invasive surgical technique. The retaining member can be configured to releasably link together two or more components of a joint implant in an orientation suitable for implantation. The retaining member can be removed once the joint implant has been positioned within the implant site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BioShift, LLC
    Inventors: Randall Lane Acker, Gregory Thomas Van Der Meulen
  • Patent number: 10064619
    Abstract: A staple comprising: a bridge configured to be elastically stretchable; a first leg connected to said bridge and configured to be elastically bendable; and a second leg connected to said bridge and configured to be elastically bendable; said first and second legs being connected to said bridge so that they are angled toward one another when they are in an unstrained state; such that when said bridge is elastically strained into an elongated condition, and said first and second legs are elastically strained so that they extend substantially parallel to one another, and said first and second legs are disposed in appropriate holes on opposing sides of a fracture line, and when the strain on said staple is thereafter released, compression will be provided across the fracture line by both said bridge and said first and second legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Palmer, Matthew Fonte, Robert Devaney
  • Patent number: 9943341
    Abstract: A retention member for a spinal plate system where at least one or more segments of the retention member cover the head portion of a bone anchor member to inhibit movement of the bone anchor member that is inserted into the plate. The retention member allows for ease of insertion of the bone anchor member and once the bone anchor member is fully seated the retention member is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: K2M, LLC
    Inventors: Megan Carnes, Todd Wallenstein, Scott Jones
  • Patent number: 9901338
    Abstract: An orthopedic staple includes a bridge portion having a pair of ends and a staple leg formed from a shape memory material connected to each of the pair of ends. The staple legs have a constrained position where the staple legs are generally parallel to one another and a relaxed position where the staple legs generally converge toward one another. Each of the staple legs has a protruding portion with a maximum leg thickness and a tip, with each of the staple legs increasing in thickness from the tip to the protruding portion. The bridge portion and each of the protruding portions define grasping portions therebetween that are configured to provide resistance to backout of the orthopedic staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: David Anderson
  • Patent number: 9775725
    Abstract: Systems and methods for joint replacement are provided. The systems and methods include a surgical orientation device, a reference sensor device, and at least one orthopedic fixture. The surgical orientation device, reference sensor device, and orthopedic fixtures can be used to locate the orientation of an axis in the body, to adjust an orientation of a cutting plane or planes along a bony surface, or otherwise to assist in an orthopedic procedure(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OrthAlign, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas van der Walt, Charles Shapiro, Richard Lane, Matt Ryan
  • Patent number: 9622799
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that use a formable bone plate and a clamping apparatus for small bone reconstruction. The formable bone plate includes a plate body having a plurality of nodes separated by internodes. Each node includes a hole formed therein for receiving a screw, wire, tack, or other fixation device screwed or placed into a bone. A clamp engages an engagement section of the node to facilitate bending of at least one of the internodes to contour the plate to the bone in-situ or ex-situ and when at least partly screwed to or not screwed to the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Skeletal Dynamics, LLC.
    Inventors: Jorge L. Orbay, Thomas H. Norman, William Garcia de Quevedo
  • Patent number: 9433452
    Abstract: In a method and system for corrective surgery of a bone, a bone is cut into a first bone segment and a second bone segment. A plate is positioned over the first bone segment and the second bone segment such that at least one member of the plate is positioned to engage the second bone segment. The at least one member of the plate is inserted into the second bone segment. At least one bone screw is screwed into the first bone segment through at least one compression slot of the plate causing an application of compressive force to secure the first bone segment and the second bone segment to form a corrective construct. The at least one member is positioned at an angle or an offset from the second plate segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: NEXTREMITY SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Lon Weiner, Stuart D. Katchis, John R. Pepper
  • Patent number: 9402624
    Abstract: A memory metal bone staple having a metal grain which runs longitudinally along the legs and bridge of the staple. The staple has barbed retaining features and no sharp or abrupt corners on its outer edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ascension Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Scott, Perry Forrester
  • Patent number: 9283010
    Abstract: A bone fixation plate for fixation of fractures having a small terminal bone fragment, such as fractures of the distal radius. The plate includes an elongated body, and two hook members extending from a first end of the elongated body. A contoured region is configured to approximate the surface contour of the distal radius proximate the volar rim, the dorsal rim, or the radial arm. Each hook member is configured to provide subchondral support to a distal bone fragment, without causing shortening of the fragment into the metaphyseal bone, and without providing a bending torque directed to the base of the plate. The tooth members of the hook plate are preferably sharpened at their tips and edges to facilitate their impaction. A holder/impactor for gripping the radial hook plate, and for further facilitating impacting of the hook plate without the need to pre-drill pilot holes, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: TRIMED, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert J. Medoff, Alexander Y. Shin
  • Patent number: 9247978
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: ROTATION MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Patent number: 9173652
    Abstract: An inserter for simultaneously creating a bone tunnel and delivering an all-suture anchor. The inserter is capable of inserting into the bone tunnel a soft, non-rigid suture anchor by forming a bone tunnel (to serve as an anchor receiving area) and simultaneously, in one motion, delivering the soft suture anchor to the anchor receiving area. The soft suture anchor is made entirely of non-rigid materials including, but not limited to, filaments of soft, malleable materials such as those commonly used to make sutures. The inserter is able to not only carry or deliver the all-suture anchor into a bony substrate, but is able to do so without having to preform a hole in the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Giuseppe Lombardo, Peter C. Miller, Steven E. Fitts
  • Patent number: 9125650
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Patent number: 9095337
    Abstract: A device for attaching a sheet-like implant to a target tissue includes a pilot member and a staple push rod. In some embodiments, the pilot member has a distal end and at least a pair of prongs extending from the distal end. The prongs are configured to form pilot holes when the distal end of the pilot member is pressed against the target tissue. The staple push rod is disposed within at least a portion of the pilot member and slidable relative thereto. The staple push rod includes at least a pair of stakes. Each stake is dimensioned to engage a surface of a staple to apply pushing forces thereto. Each stake is positioned relative to a prong along an inner surface of the pilot member so that the stakes advance into the pilot holes when the stakes are moved in a distal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Diane M. Feehan
  • Publication number: 20150133940
    Abstract: A staple comprising: a bridge configured to be elastically stretchable; a first leg connected to said bridge and configured to be elastically bendable; and a second leg connected to said bridge and configured to be elastically bendable; said first and second legs being connected to said bridge so that they are angled toward one another when they are in an unstrained state; such that when said bridge is elastically strained into an elongated condition, and said first and second legs are elastically strained so that they extend substantially parallel to one another, and said first and second legs are disposed in appropriate holes on opposing sides of a fracture line, and when the strain on said staple is thereafter released, compression will be provided across the fracture line by both said bridge and said first and second legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew Palmer, Matthew Fonte, Robert Devaney
  • Patent number: 9017380
    Abstract: A surgical method is provided, the method including the steps of: providing an artificial or allograft flexible planar structure; providing an implant, the implant including material liquefiable by mechanical oscillation, exposing a surface region of hard tissue or hard tissue substitute material; positioning the implant on an exposed area of the hard tissue or hard tissue substitute material; and fastening the implant to the hard tissue or hard tissue substitute material by impinging the proximal end of the implant with mechanical oscillation and simultaneously pressing the implant against the hard tissue or hard tissue substitute material while the distal end of the implant protrudes into a cavity of the hard tissue or hard tissue substitute material and regions of the liquefiable material are in contact with the hard tissue or hard tissue substitute material, and thereby liquefying at least a portion of the liquefiable material, and letting the liquefiable material resolidify.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Woodwelding AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Urs Weber, Andrea Müller, Thomas Knecht, Philipp Seiler, Christopher Rast, Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 9017331
    Abstract: A new shape changing staple and instrument for the fixation of structures to include bone tissue and industrial materials. This new staple stores elastic mechanical energy to exert force on fixated structures to enhance their security and in bone affect its healing response. This staple once placed changes shape in response to geometric changes in the materials structure, including healing bone tissue. The staple is advanced over prior staples due to its: 1) method of operation, 2) high strength, 3) method of insertion, 4) compressive force temperature independence, 5) energy storing staple retention and delivery system, 6) compatibility with reusable or single use product configuration, 7) efficient and cost effective manufacturing methods, and 8) reduction in the steps required to place the device. In addition to the staple's industrial application an embodiment for use in the fixation of the musculoskeletal system is shown with staple, cartridge, and extrusion handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: William Casey Fox
  • Patent number: 8986305
    Abstract: A method of performing vertebral facet fusion by lateral approach and related devices. The lateral approach to facet fusion involves identifying the lateral mass and introducing any of the fixation methods known or described herein laterally at one or more facets through the use of a Kirschner wire guide, a cannulated bone drill and cooperatively cannulated staple guide. A surgical bone staple have a perforated bridge is used across the lateral facet joint where fixation is required. Where fusion is desired, a bone screw have lateral perforations of the shank is inserted through the cannulated staple guide and bridge perforation at the joint to promote fusion. A staple cap and graft container for overlay grafting may be utilized for additional fusion. The method involves less surgical time, reduced blood loss and discomfort for the patient as compared to the posterior approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Kamran Aflatoon, Chris Maurer
  • Patent number: 8951254
    Abstract: The fusion device for fusing a synovial joint of a human or animal patient, in particular a human facet joint, finger joint or toe joint, includes two pin-shaped anchorage portions (1) and arranged therebetween a stabilization portion (2). The anchorage portions (1) include a thermoplastic material which is liquefiable by mechanical vibration. The stabilization portion (2) preferably has a surface which is equipped for enhancing osseointegration. The anchorage portions (1) have a greater thickness (T1) and a greater depth (D) than the stabilization portion (2). Then the fusion device is pushed between the articular surfaces and mechanical vibration, in particular ultrasonic vibration, is applied to the proximal face (4) of the fusion device. Thereby the liquefiable material is liquefied where in contact with the bone tissue and penetrates into the bone tissue, where after re-solidification it constitutes a positive fit connection between the fusion device and the bone tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: WW Technology AG
    Inventors: Jorg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Stephanie Mehl, Elmar Mock, Andrea Mueller, Milica Berra, Urs Weber
  • Publication number: 20150011999
    Abstract: An osteosynthesis clip for the cicatrization of bone tissue fragments and an insertion tool for inserting the clip are provided. The clip includes at least two engagement legs extending approximately parallel to one another and including respective distal bridging tips and respective proximal insertion tips to be inserted into the bone tissue fragments; and a connecting bridge coupled to the distal bridging tips of the two engagement legs, the connecting bridge including at least two elongated sections extending along side one another, the elongated sections extending along a non-linear trajectory to form a non-linear deformable region, such as a depression or a dome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jorge A. Groiso
  • Patent number: 8900281
    Abstract: FIG. 1 shows an inventive implant 1. It has a central fillet 2 extending along a longitudinal axis L. The fillet 2 has openings 3 which are formed at regular intervals. At the level of the openings 3 and extending at right angles on both sides are clamps 4, which, when the implant is inserted, are brought into mutual engagement with a tubular bone and clamped to it. The fillet 2 is formed so as to be bendable in three-dimensions. It can be bent in two planes relative to the longitudinal axis L of the fillet 2 and torqued about the longitudinal axis L. Thus, a simple implant 1 with an overall regular structure is provided which can be cut with a cutting pliers to a desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Erhard Reisberg
  • Patent number: 8894651
    Abstract: A method of performing vertebral facet fusion by lateral approach and related devices. The lateral approach to facet fusion involves identifying the lateral mass and then introducing any of the fixation methods known or described herein laterally at one or more facets through the use of a hollow cannula. A surgical bone staple have a perforated bridge is used across the lateral facet joint where fixation is required. Where fusion is desired, a bone screw have lateral perforations of the shank is inserted through the bridge perforation at the joint to promote fusion. The staple and screw may be used in conjunction with one another or individually. The facet joint may be distracted prior to fixation to increase the foraminal space and decompress the neural structures to relieve pain. The method involves less surgical time, reduced blood loss and discomfort for the patient as compared to the posterior approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Kamran Aflatoon
  • Patent number: 8888826
    Abstract: The present invention includes a surgically implantable device, system, and method of use thereof for the internal compression or distraction of, for example, bone fractures, fusions, and osteotomies. More specifically, the surgical device comprises a bridge with one or more adjustable anti-reversing portions. The adjustable anti-reversing portion(s) may be located in a symmetrical or asymmetrical manner on the bridge between the device's legs. The adjustable anti-reversing portion(s) allow for stronger compression of the bone at a known amount of compression. The adjustable anti-reversing portion(s) can also maintain the device's legs in closer proximity to one another for greater compression or maintain the device's legs apart from one another for distraction. The surgical device can also comprise cannulated or grooved legs. A system and method of use is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mbrace, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Kinmon, Daniel Helme
  • Patent number: 8888818
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating spinal deformities are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a low-profile spinal anchoring device is provided for receiving a spinal fixation element, such as a tether, therethrough. The device generally includes a staple body that is adapted to seat a spinal fixation element, a fastening element for fixing the staple body to bone, and a locking assembly for coupling a spinal fixation element to the staple body. In one embodiment, the locking assembly includes a washer that is adapted to couple to the staple body such that the spinal fixation is disposed therebetween, and a locking nut that is adapted to engage the staple body to mate the washer to the staple body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Hassan A. Serhan, Michael A. Slivka, Mathew Hannen, Peter Newton, Michael Nilsson