Staple Or Clip Patents (Class 606/75)
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140324048
    Abstract: A staple constructed from shape memory material provides the ability to move from a first shape to any point up to and including a second shape. The staple includes a bridge having a first member and a second member, and allows the second member of the bridge to change elevation with respect to the first member, thereby creating compressive forces, offset forces, or distraction forces. Upon the application of energy, the second member moves upward or downward to deliver forces, dependent upon a desired effect. The staple further includes first and second legs for attaching to first and second bones. The offsetting forces may be utilized to offset the second bone relative to the first bone, or to align offset bones. The bridge may include a transition member or plurality of transition members in communication with the first and second members, whereby the transition member moves about the first member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: WILLIAM CASEY FOX
  • Patent number: 8864764
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Medicrea International
    Inventor: Jorge A. Groiso
  • Publication number: 20140309639
    Abstract: An osteosynthesis clip having an overall U-shape, comprising two anchor bars and a connecting bar. The connecting bar including a longitudinal opening adapted to assume a closed configuration and an open configuration. The clip comprises a compression piece having a broadly oval-shaped section, housed in the opening. The piece is adapted to be rotated within the opening, thus causing the opening to shift from its closed configuration to at least one the open configuration and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: SYNCHRO MEDICAL
    Inventors: Christophe Averous, Christophe Cermolacce, Patrice Determe, Stephane Guillo, Hubert Rocher, Christophe Roy, Jean-Charles Roussouly, Arnaud Fiquet, Bertrand Seutin, Gualter Vaz
  • Publication number: 20140276830
    Abstract: A staple includes a staple bridge and a plurality of staple legs adjoined to the staple bridge. The staple bridge is a shape memory metal, and includes a bridge-shape movable between a first shape and a second shape with no substantial plastic deformation of the staple bridge. The plurality of staple legs are shape memory metal and movable between a first shape and a second shape. The staple stores mechanical energy when the bridge and the plurality of legs move from their first shape to their second shape. The staple releases the stored mechanical energy without a change in temperature of the staple when the bridge and the plurality of legs moved from their second shape to their first shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel F. Cheney
  • Patent number: 8808294
    Abstract: A shape-memory device manufactured from shape memory material includes multiple activation temperatures. The multiple activation temperatures arise from either the heat treatment of the device during manufacturing, or by combining different elements with different activation temperatures. To manufacture a shape-memory device with multiple activation temperatures, it is formed into a first shape. A first portion of the shape-memory device is heated to a first temperature, and a second portion of the shape-memory device is heated to a second temperature. The shape-memory device is then worked into a second shape. Accordingly, the first portion has a first transition temperature, and the second portion has a second transition temperature. In use, the shape-memory device is placed into a desired position. Energy is applied such that the first portion, second portion, or both portions are transformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: William Casey Fox, David Joseph Pancratz
  • Publication number: 20140214037
    Abstract: An implant for stabilizing two separated bone portions relative to each other an implant includes a peg, a bridge assembly and a securing element. The peg and bridge assembly include at least two peg portions and a bridge portion, wherein the bridge portion is arranged between the peg portions and wherein the peg and bridge portions are rigidly connected. The peg and bridge assembly is positioned relative to the bone portions such that one peg portion extends into the bone tissue of each one of the bone portions and the bridge portion extends across the gap separating the bone portions. The securing element is anchored in the bone tissue of one of the bone portions, its proximal end extending through an opening in an assembly portion extending parallel to a bone surface or across a notch in a proximal edge of an assembly portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jorg Mayer, Andreas Wenger
  • Patent number: 8790368
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a two-piece implant. The implant includes a first piece having at least two prongs and a protrusion located between the prongs and a second piece coupled to the first piece, wherein the second piece is configured to rotate relative to the first piece. A method of tissue repair is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Sullivan, Richard M. Lunn
  • Publication number: 20140194878
    Abstract: System, including methods, apparatus, and kits, for bone fixation using a fixation device including a mounting portion and a fastener that attaches to the mounting portion. In some embodiments, the fixation device may include first and second mounting portions configured to be disposed across a bone from each other and secured with a fastener that extends from one of the mounting portions, through the bone, and to the other mounting portion. The system also may include a tool to facilitate installation of the fixation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Oren S. Bernstein, Joel Gillard, Eric Thorsell, Sara Haislip, Kyle A. Loucks, Andrew W. Seykora
  • Patent number: 8728120
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a biomechanical fastener is provided and includes a backspan defining an upper surface, a lower surface and a pair of side surfaces; at least a pair of legs depending from the backspan; and at least one contact pad extending from the lower surface to the upper surface of the backspan. At least one of the pair of legs contacts at least one of the contact pads upon a formation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Blier
  • Publication number: 20140135771
    Abstract: A prosthesis delivery and implantation system for tissue repair is disclosed. The implantation system includes provisions for manually applying a prosthesis to a treatment area. This system may be applied to heal any imperfections in various different types of tissue. The system also provides provisions for independently inserting two end portions of the prosthesis into tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: JMEA Corporation
    Inventors: Mohit K. Bhatnagar, Jack Y. Yeh, James A. Sack
  • Patent number: 8721646
    Abstract: A staple constructed from shape memory material provides the ability to move from a first shape to any point up to and including a second shape. The staple includes a bridge having a first member and a second member, and allows the second member of the bridge to change elevation with respect to the first member, thereby creating compressive forces, offset forces, or distraction forces. Upon the application of energy, the second member moves upward or downward to deliver forces, dependent upon a desired effect. The staple further includes first and second legs for attaching to first and second bones. The offsetting forces may be utilized to offset the second bone relative to the first bone, or to align offset bones. The bridge may include a transition member or plurality of transition members in communication with the first and second members, whereby the transition member moves about the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: William Casey Fox
  • Patent number: 8679123
    Abstract: The present invention includes a surgically implantable compression staple, system, and method of use thereof for the internal fixation of bone fractures, fusions, and osteotomies. The staple has a grooved construction along the outside edge of each of its legs and cannulated tabs are aligned above the grooves. The grooves and cannulated tabs of the staple are sized to fit and align with guide wires. Once holes are drilled over the guide wires with a specialized cannulated drill, the appropriately sized staple can be inserted over the guide wires and the guide wires are subsequently removed. The compression feature of the staple is activated and the staple provides stability across the desired fractured site. The system and method allows for easy alignment and precise placement of surgically implantable staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mbrace, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Kinmon, Daniel Halme
  • Patent number: 8663241
    Abstract: A full-thickness resection system is disclosed. In an embodiment for the resection system, the system may include a flexible shaft, a flexible guide member disposed within the flexible shaft, a stapling mechanism disposed around the flexible guide member, and a grasper. The stapling mechanism has an elongated portion that is at least partially disposed within the flexible shaft. The stapling mechanism includes a stapling arm and an anvil arm. The stapling arm has a longitudinal axis and includes a stapling head having a longitudinal axis. The anvil includes an anvil head. The stapling arm and anvil arm extend from the elongated portion of the stapling mechanism and are moveable with respect to each other between a tissue receiving position and a stapling position. The grasper extends through the flexible shaft and is adapted to grasp a portion of a tissue that is to be excised from an organ in the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Adams, Roy H. Sullivan, Gerhard F. Buess, Marc O. Schurr
  • Publication number: 20140018809
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and techniques for securing bone segments across a fracture site, and more particularly relates to bone staples for achieving compression between segments. A method and apparatus for interosseous bone fixation uses a compression staple, generally U-shaped, having a pair of legs with proximal ends interconnected by a bridge portion that is resilient and bowed, the staple having an initial configuration and capable of a tensioned configuration by spreading apart the legs by a certain amount causing the curvature of the bowed bridge to lessen and the legs to move towards each other with certain compressive spring force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: DALLEN MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: DALLEN MEDICAL, INC.
  • Patent number: 8623020
    Abstract: Implantable vertebral staples and tools for use with the same are provided. In general, an exemplary vertebral staple according to the present invention includes a staple body having at least one long spike formed thereon for allowing rotation of the body when the long spike is partially inserted in bone. The staple body can also include one or more short spikes formed thereon and adapted to prevent rotation of the body when the long and short spikes are fully inserted into bone. The present invention also provides an inserter tool that can be used to implant the vertebral staple, and also a drill guide that can be used, preferably in combination with the inserter tool, to drill holes through the bone in alignment with one or more holes formed in the vertebral staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Huan Kim, Michael Carl Michielli, Amie Borgstrom
  • Publication number: 20130338720
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of performing a minimally invasive posterior spine fusion. More specifically an apparatus with a handle and a forked head on the distal end of the handle is used to grasp implant material and introduce the material to an implant site. The shaft of the apparatus is shaped so as to allow the affixation of a drill guide and drill while simultaneously holding the implant material in the implant site. After removal of the boring tools and assembly of the fusing element, the apparatus can be selectively removed from the implant site. A method of achieving facet joint fusion with near simultaneous fixation is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kleiner
  • Publication number: 20130331839
    Abstract: Various exemplary surgical fasteners are provided, and methods and devices are provided for deploying a surgical fastener. In general, the methods and devices allow a surgical fastener to be deployed to secure tissue to bone. In one embodiment, a surgical fastener can be configured to move between a first linear or compressed configuration, in which the fastener can have a first maximum diameter, and a second bent or expanded configuration, in which the fastener can have a second maximum diameter greater than the first maximum diameter. A delivery device can be configured to advance the fastener through tissue and into bone to attach the tissue to the bone. The delivery device can be configured to maintain the fastener in the compressed configuration such that when the fastener is released from the delivery device, the fastener can be configured to self-expand from the compressed configuration to the expanded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: DePuy Mitek, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Hester, Joyce-Marie Gallagher
  • Patent number: 8591545
    Abstract: A suture anchor for anchoring a suture to a bone, including a distal end having a bifurcated tip, in which the bifurcated tip defines a suture-engaging slot, a proximal end, a longitudinal axis between the distal end and the proximal end, and two substantially flat surfaces extending between the distal end and the proximal end, in which the two substantially flat surfaces are substantially parallel, in which the two substantially flat surfaces are separated by a thickness of no more than about 0.1 inches, and in which the two substantially flat surfaces extend along an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis by a width of no more than about 0.4 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Lunn, David A. Paulk, Paul L. Salvas
  • Publication number: 20130282011
    Abstract: An implantable bone support system including a shelf clip supported on a portion of the perimeter of the skull opening. The shelf clip includes upper and lower body portions. The legs of the lower body portion are positioned such that one leg is engaged with the skull perimeter in a direction away from the skull opening. The opposing leg is positioned into the skull opening to form a portion of a shelf for receiving the bone flap or implant. In an adjustable height embodiment, the ratcheting leg of the upper body portion engages a central post, via ratchet teeth on the leg and the central post, and is pressed into engagement to capture the skull between the upper and lower body portions. The removable or locking leg is formed for engagement with the upper body portion of the clip, and engages an external surface of the bone flap or implant to capture the bone flap or implant within the shelf created by the clips within the skull opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Osteosymbionics, LLC
    Inventor: Osteosymbionics, LLC
  • Patent number: 8556909
    Abstract: A system for inserting an augmentation pin into an augmentation screw, including a pin-inserter with an axial through-bore and a lateral opening. A pin-magazine with a pin-retainer for an augmentation pin in insertable in the lateral opening. The pin-magazine is placed in the lateral opening of the pin-inserter and an augmentation pin in the pin-retainer is aligned with the axial through-bore. The augmentation pin may be pushed by means of a pusher from the pin-magazine into an augmentation screw, when the augmentation screw is arranged in front of the pin-inserter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Stryker Trauma GmbH
    Inventors: Helge Giersch, Ingo Bauer, Jeorg Mayer, Philipp Seiler
  • Publication number: 20130267956
    Abstract: Fixation devices for the foot and ankle are based on a design with a central portion between a pair of blade anchors. The central portion may include sharpening, apertures, notches, or protrusions. The fixation devices may engage two or more bone portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: IMDS Corporation
    Inventors: Lance N. Terrill, Michael Chad Hollis
  • Publication number: 20130245627
    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: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Publication number: 20130231667
    Abstract: A surgical staple (714) for inserting into one or more bone parts (10, 12) comprises a plate (718), a first screw (748) and a second screw (748). The plate (718) includes a first end (768F), an opposed second end (768S), a first aperture (742) that is positioned near the first end (768F), and a second aperture (742) that is positioned near the second end (768S). Additionally, the plate (718) is curved along a length of the plate (718) from the first end (768F) to the second end (768S). The first screw (748) extends through the first aperture (742). The second screw (748) extends through the second aperture (742). Further, the first screw (748) and the second screw (748) are angled toward one another when the surgical staple (714) is in a relaxed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: SOLANA SURGICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Alan G. Taylor, Rebecca H. Wahl