Joint Distractor Patents (Class 606/90)
  • Patent number: 11382672
    Abstract: Featured is a vertebral body manipulation instrument or vertebral body manipulation device being configured and arranged to allow correction of vertebral translation. Such a vertebral body manipulation device embodies one or more identical modules that are configured as needed for correcting the deformity. Such a vertebral body manipulation device also is usable in combination with a plurality of vertebral anchors, such vertebral anchors being any such vertebral anchors as are known to those skilled in the art (e.g., conventional spinal pedicle screw instrumentation) or hereinafter developed so as to form a spinal implant system. Also featured are treatment methods utilizing such a vertebral body manipulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Dan Stoianovici, Jean-Paul Wolinsky
  • Patent number: 11369358
    Abstract: An orthopedic distraction device is provided. The orthopedic distraction device includes a first upper paddle for engaging a first bone of a joint, a lower paddle for engaging a second bone of the joint and a displacement mechanism. The displacement mechanism includes a drive assembly operable to move the upper paddle relative to the lower paddle. The lower paddle is releasably connected to the displacement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: OMNIlife science, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Plaskos, Christian Joly, Frederic Leger, Martin Joseph Nichols
  • Patent number: 11284798
    Abstract: A method of diagnosing and treating a sacroiliac joint of a patient involving delivering a first member into the ilium via a first posterior approach, delivering a second member into the sacrum via a second posterior approach, coupling the first and second members to a pliers, and manipulating the first member relative to the second member via the pliers to determine an ailment of the sacroiliac joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: JCBD, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Jeffrey Donner, Christopher Thomas Donner, Hai Trieu, Taylor Davis, Brian VanHiel
  • Patent number: 11278270
    Abstract: Provided is a spacer device for assisting a surgeon during knee surgery on a patient, the spacer device having a housing, a support portion and an electronic force sensor. The housing includes a lateral member having an outer surface and an inner surface and a pair of side members that comprise respective, internal, opposed side walls. The support portion includes a first end portion disposed between the side walls of the housing and including a first pair of lateral projections and a second end portion. The support portion is further adapted for axial slidable movement relative to the housing so as to define a first space and a second space between a first pair of lateral projections and respective side members for receiving one or more spacer elements therein. A surgical system including the spacer device as well as methods of using same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: DSB Co Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Michael McAuliffe, Linda Cebisch-Nitz, David French
  • Patent number: 11266513
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device and method for measuring or distracting an intervertebral distance of an intervertebral space between a first vertebral body and a second vertebral body. The device includes a displacement unit having first and second engagement members. Displacement of the engagement members is caused by actuating an actuator on the device. In response to actuation, a force transfer carrier drives the displacement between the engagement members. The force transfer carrier is connected to the engagement members by a plurality of linkages. The distance between the engagement members is indicated by a gauge having an indicator rotatable about a pivot point. The distance between the engagement members varies in a nonlinear relationship to the movement of the force transfer carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Steven Greendyk
  • Patent number: 11266512
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus comprising a first distraction mechanism, a second distraction mechanism, and a third distraction mechanism. The surgical apparatus is configured to be placed in a joint of the musculoskeletal system to precisely separate the first bone from the second bone to support one or more bone cuts for installing a prosthetic joint. The first distraction mechanism simultaneously changes a height of a first side and a second side of the joint. The change in height is equal on the first and second sides. The second distraction mechanism changes the height on the first side of the joint but not the second side. The third distraction mechanism changes the height of the second side of the joint but not the first side. The surgical apparatus further includes at least one module to measure loading applied by the joint to the surgical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Orthosensor Inc.
    Inventors: Masei Trabish, Martin Roche, Ivan Delevic, Daniel Lieffort, Min Sic Roh, Seonguk Jeon
  • Patent number: 11234832
    Abstract: The present invention provides a support element for implantation into or between a subject's bones, characterized in that: the support element is a hollow nestable structure having expandable elasticity, and can be in a contracted configuration or a distended configuration. The present invention also provides an implant component, comprising: the support element; and a limiting member to prevent the support element from expanding and thereby keep the support element in the contracted configuration. The present invention also provides an implant system applicable to a subject's spine, the implant system comprising: the support element as a first support element; and optionally one or a plurality of the support elements in the hollow nestable structure of the first support element. The support element can be nested until the support provided by the entire implant system reaches the desired level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Jui-Yang Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11154288
    Abstract: Implants, instruments, and methods for performing surgical procedures on the spine, including one or more of creating an operative corridor to the spine, delivering implants to the spine, fusing one or more segments of the spine and fixing one or more segments of the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Lovell, Michael Serra, Troy B. Woolley, Mark D. Peterson, Antoine G. Tohmeh
  • Patent number: 11141169
    Abstract: A saw guide for guiding a surgical saw or drill includes a guide portion having one or more guide slots, the one or more guide slot or hole configured to guide a surgical saw or drill. The guide portion has an attachment portion forming a clamping slot between the guide portion and the attachment portion. A clamp locking mechanism is assembled to the guide portion and has one or more cams in contact with the attachment portion. An alignment system for surgical bone cutting procedures is provided that includes bone pins inserted within a virtual plane relative to a cut plane to be created on a subject's bone. One of the aforementioned guides is configured to be received onto the bone pins, one or more guide slots within said guide, said one or more guide slots configured to guide a surgical saw to make surgical cuts on the subject's bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: THINK SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel P Bonny, Timothy J. Pack
  • Patent number: 11116406
    Abstract: A method for visualizing structures inside a cochlea, comprising the steps of irradiating a cochlear bone with a first laser light to ablate portions of the cochlear bone, to form a thinned area of the cochlear bone, and imaging intracochlear structures by a second light via the thinned area of the cochlear bone to optically scan targeted structures inside the cochlea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignees: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL), MASSACHUSETTS EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY
    Inventors: Demetri Psaltis, Konstantina Stankovic, Donald Benjaman Conkey, Marilisa Romito
  • Patent number: 11096721
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to methods and systems to assist in surgery of a joint. The system determines a mechanical property of one or more ligaments associated with the joint based on measurement data indicative of a movement of the bones relative to each other under multiple mechanical loads. The system then determines a predicted characteristic of the joint after the surgery based on a spatial parameter of the surgery and based on the mechanical property of the one or more ligaments and generates an output signal indicative of the predicted characteristic to assist the surgery. Since the predicted characteristic of the joint is determined based on the mechanical property of the ligaments, the prediction is more accurate than other methods that rely on only bone geometries to predict a surgery outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: 360 Knee Systems Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Willy Theodore, Joshua Twiggs, Brad Miles, Bede O'Connor
  • Patent number: 11051798
    Abstract: An orthopedic distraction device is provided. The orthopedic distraction device includes a first upper paddle for engaging a first bone of a joint, a lower paddle for engaging a second bone of the joint and a displacement mechanism. The displacement mechanism includes a drive assembly operable to move the upper paddle relative to the lower paddle. The lower paddle is releasably connected to the displacement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: OMNIlife science, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Plaskos, Christian Joly, Frederic Leger, Martin Joseph Nichols
  • Patent number: 11039935
    Abstract: Expandable spinal implants and drivers connected by a bendable joint are disclosed. The flexible connector allows the implant and driver to move to different angular orientations with respect to each other, and to apply rotational force or torque from the driver to the implant and its expansion mechanism. During insertion of an implant into the desired position, the driver may be oriented in the same or different direction than the long axis of the implant. After the spinal implant is placed in the desired position, the driver is used to expand the implant in selected dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Global Medical Inc
    Inventor: Paul C. McAfee
  • Patent number: 11039858
    Abstract: This present invention relates to medical procedures and distraction devices for internal joint distraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: Ricardo Albertorio, John P. Gualdoni
  • Patent number: 11013613
    Abstract: A system and a method for performing a spinal procedure configured to minimize the size of the surgical corridor so as to reduce recovery time is provided. The system and method include an implant and a guide. The guide is configured to be disposed within a surgical corridor formed by an instrument. The instrument is removed wherein the muscles may contract onto the guide so as to reduce the surgical corridor, wherein the implant is slid down the surgical corridor between a pair of guide members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan T. Costabile
  • Patent number: 10980642
    Abstract: An expandable fusion device is capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc space to maintain normal disc spacing and restore spinal stability, thereby facilitating an intervertebral fusion. The fusion device may include a body portion, a first endplate, and a second endplate, the first and second endplates capable of being moved in a direction away from the body portion into an expanded configuration or capable of being moved towards the body portion into an unexpanded configuration. The fusion device is capable of being deployed and installed in both configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Glerum, Andrew Iott, Mark Adams, Daniel Davenport, Mark Weiman
  • Patent number: 10970426
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the systems, devices, and methods described herein are configured to produce a desired curvature of a customized spinal rod to support a vertebral column of a patient by analyzing a preoperative x-ray image of the vertebral column of the patient, determining a morphotype to which the vertebral column corresponds to, simulating a correction to be applied to the vertebral column, deducing a curved segment representing the desired curvature of the customized spinal rod based on the analyzed preoperative x-ray image of the vertebral column of the patient, and transmitting data related to the desired curvature of the customized spinal to a production system configured to physically produce the desired curvature of the customized spinal rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Medicrea International SA
    Inventors: Thomas Mosnier, David Ryan, Vincent Fiere
  • Patent number: 10966841
    Abstract: Devices and methods of correcting vertebral misalignment, including, e.g., spondylolisthesis, are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vertebral implant may include an assembly configured to be secured to a first vertebral body, wherein the assembly includes a frame made of a first material and at least one end plate made of a second material different than the first material; a reducing plate configured to be slidably received over the central portion, wherein the reducing plate is configured to be secured to a second vertebral body; and an actuator configured to move the reducing plate relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcin Niemiec, Duncan Sibson, Adam Friedrich, Khiem Pham, Noah Hansell, Ben Silber, Matthew Hansell
  • Patent number: 10959858
    Abstract: An insertion instrument for inserting an implant in an intervertebral space is provided. The instrument includes a housing with an inner shaft with a device holder on the distal end and a locking lever on a shaft pin on the proximate end. The device holder has a gripping surface that engages the implant through an actuating mechanism through the locking lever. The instrument is operable to insert the implant into a vertebral space through impaction and is extracted without disturbing the placement of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: NOVUM MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Casey S Lewis, Janet L Krevolin, Barry Fell
  • Patent number: 10898238
    Abstract: An instrument for spinal procedures is a vertebral endplate spreader device having a vertebral endplate spreader and a driver handle. The vertebral endplate spreader includes a linkage with a drive sprocket operatively connected for rotation relative thereto and with a secondary sprocket. The secondary sprocket is operatively connected for rotation relative to the linkage. The vertebral endplate spreader includes a belt operatively connected to the drive sprocket and the secondary sprocket to be driven about a belt axis. The driver handle has a distal end and a proximal end. The distal end is operatively connected to the drive sprocket to actuate rotation of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Tenzin LLC
    Inventor: Paul Glazer
  • Patent number: 10863995
    Abstract: Systems and methods for joint replacement are provided. The systems and methods can include a surgical orientation device and/or a reference sensor device. The surgical orientation 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, to distract a joint, to measure an angle, to orient a cutting guide, to orient a resection guide, to resect the femur, or to otherwise assist in an orthopedic procedure or procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: OrthAlign, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Nielsen, Matthew Yacono
  • Patent number: 10856914
    Abstract: An adjustable spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume and/or cross sectional area in the spinal canal and/or neural foramen. The adjustable implant provides a spinal extension inhibitor. The implant includes elliptical or oval shaped adjustable member or spacer for positioning between and adjustably spacing apart the spinous processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LIFE SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Madeline C. Wolters, Michael S. Butler
  • Patent number: 10857001
    Abstract: A bone graft loading system includes a loading funnel, syringe, cannula, plunger, and loading tool. The loading funnel includes an interior passageway to receive the cannula and a syringe docking portion. The syringe may be coupled to the syringe docking portion so that it extends along a longitudinal axis that is transverse to the longitudinal axes of the cannula and the loading funnel. A user may advance bone graft from the syringe to a holding area of the loading funnel. The user may then move the loading tool through the holding area and into the interior space of the cannula to load the cannula with bone graft. This process may be repeated until the cannula is fully loaded with bone graft. The cannula and the plunger inside the cannula may then be removed from the loading funnel and coupled to an injector assembly for use in surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Spencer Popejoy, Joshua Stein
  • Patent number: 10849609
    Abstract: An orthopedic distraction device is provides. The orthopedic distraction device includes a first upper paddle for engaging a first bone of a joint, a lower paddle for engaging a second bone of the joint and a displacement mechanism. The displacement mechanism includes a drive assembly operable to move the upper paddle relative to the lower paddle. The lower paddle is releasably connected to the displacement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: OMNIlife science, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Plaskos, Christian Joly, Frederic Leger, Martin Joseph Nichols
  • Patent number: 10835295
    Abstract: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes is provided. The spacer includes a body and a wing rotatably connected to the body. The wing includes two U-shaped configurations that together define a substantially H-shaped configuration for retaining the spacer between adjacent spinous processes. An actuator assembly is connected to the body and to the wing with the proximal end of the spacer being connectable to a removable driver that is configured to engage the actuator assembly. While connected to the spacer, the driver is rotatable in one direction to deploy the wing from an undeployed to a deployed configuration and in an opposite direction to undeploy the wing. In the deployed configuration, the spacer acts as a space holder opening up the area of the spinal canal, maintaining foraminal height, reducing stress on the facet joints and relieving pain for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: VERTIFLEX, INC.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe, Joey Camia Reglos, Yang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10835389
    Abstract: A method of inserting an intervertebral disc implant into a disc space includes accessing a spinal segment having a first vertebral body, a second vertebral body and a disc space between the first and second vertebral bodies. The method includes securing a first pin to the first vertebral body and a second pin to the second vertebral body, using the first and second pins for distracting the disc space, and providing an inserter holding the intervertebral disc implant. The method also desirably includes engaging the inserter with the first and second pins, and advancing the inserter toward the disc space for inserting the intervertebral disc implant into the disc space, whereby the first and second pins align and guide the inserter toward the disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Michael W. Dudasik, Thomas J. Errico, Rafail Zubok
  • Patent number: 10799370
    Abstract: A surgical instrument and method are provided for removal of a spinal implant from the intervertebral disc space. The instrument includes a carriage body for interfacing with the implant, a housing for interfacing with the vertebrae, and a handle portion having a first portion rotatably coupled with a proximal end of the housing and a second portion rotatably engageable with a proximal attachment portion of the carriage body. A central passage of the housing extends between the proximal end and a distal engagement surface of the housing. The central passage is dimensioned to mate with the carriage body. Rotation of the handle portion about an axis causes translational movement of the carriage body along the axis. A modular inserter/distractor apparatus and method and an anchor remover and method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Hyun Bae, Nicholas Slater, Joshua A. Butters, Dylan Hushka, Daniel F. Justin, Rick B. Delamarter
  • Patent number: 10765527
    Abstract: A prosthetic disc can take the form of a sensing artificial disc that includes a resilient core and at least one sensor configured to sense one or more conditions within and/or experienced by the disc. The sensing artificial disc can serve as a replacement to a failed or injured disc between two vertebrae of a spine. The sensing artificial disc can include at least one element configured to change a condition or property of the resilient core in response to a condition sensed by the at least one sensor. A prosthetic disc can include therapeutic system configured to deliver medication to the body, which can include a reservoir of medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: AXIOMED, LLC
    Inventors: Kingsley Chin, Jeremy Crossgrove, Jake Lubinski
  • Patent number: 10716684
    Abstract: Surgical instrumentation may be used to insert a spinal implant into a vertebral space while in a contracted condition and then deploy the spinal implant into an expanded condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Vertebration, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry F. Fabian, Jeff Arnett
  • Patent number: 10653536
    Abstract: A minimally invasive intervertebral implant includes a circuitous body defining a luminal axis extending longitudinally therethrough. The circuitous body includes proximal and distal ends oppositely disposed along a lateral axis of the circuitous body. Each of the proximal and distal ends includes an aperture disposed therethrough such that the circuitous body includes a first configuration wherein the proximal and distal ends are at a maximum separation and a second configuration wherein the proximal and distal ends are closer together than in the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: EIT Emerging Implant Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Morgan Packard Lorio, Thomas Purcell
  • Patent number: 10610261
    Abstract: A jointed rod assembly for use in a spinal fixation construct involves a caudal rod portion connectable to an adjustment mechanism, and a cranial rod portion connectable to the adjustment mechanism. The adjustment mechanism is configured to rotate the caudal and cranial rod portions relative to one another about a joint axis that is generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axes of the caudal and cranial rod portions. The caudal and cranial rod portions may be dimensioned to be compatible with other pieces of hardware commonly used for spinal fixation, such as bone anchors (e.g., pedicle screws), occipital plates, reducers, and others. The caudal and cranial rod portions are composed of a strong, rigid, non-absorbable, biocompatible material. The jointed rod assembly may be advantageously used in spinal fixation systems and methods of spinal fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Doose, Mark Ojeda, Matthew Tobias Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10568666
    Abstract: A spinal joint distraction system for treating a facet joint including articular surfaces having a contour is disclosed and may include a delivery device including a generally tubular structure adapted to engage a facet joint, an implant adapted to be delivered through the delivery device and into the facet joint, the implant comprising two members arranged in opposed position, and an implant distractor comprising a generally elongate member adapted to advance between the two members of the implant causing separation of the members and distraction of the facet joint, wherein the implant is adapted to conform to the shape of the implant distractor and/or the articular surfaces of the facet upon being delivered to the facet joint. Several embodiments of a system, several embodiments of an implant, and several methods are disclosed including a method for interbody fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Providence Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Jeffrey D. Smith, Shigeru Tanaka, Edward Liou, Edward Fletcher Eyster, Jonathan Carver, Joshua Druker, Martin Leugers, Kurin Tu, Peter Lombrozo
  • Patent number: 10517660
    Abstract: A method of using a multichannel cannula to perform kyphoplasty includes inserting a stabilizing wire into a vertebra damaged by a compression fracture and inserting, over the stabilizing wire, a cannula. The cannula includes a first channel having open proximal and distal ends, and is configured to receive the stabilizing wire, and a second channel having an inlet portal and an exit portal that are in fluid communication. The cannula further includes an expandable portion configured to expand away from the cannula from an outer wall of the second channel. The method also includes inflating the expandable portion to create a void in the bone and to restore the height of the vertebra, and then deflating the expandable portion. When the void has been created, bone cement is delivered through the second channel into the void via the exit portal to at least partially fill the void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Spinal Generations, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10478238
    Abstract: Active compression devices, methods of assembly and methods of use are disclosed. A bone fixation device may include a first member, a second member shaped to engage the first member, and at least one deformable member. A bone fusion device including a female member with a proximal and distal end, a male member with a proximal and distal end, and at least one elastic element positioned between the female member and the male member. A bone plating device including a first member, a second member shaped to engage the first member, and at least one deformable member positioned between the first member and the second member. Methods of assembling and using the bone fixation devices, bone fusion devices, and bone plating devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ActivOrtho, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew K. Palmer, William Ogilvie
  • Patent number: 10456172
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a spinal fixation system comprising a telescoping spinal rod, as well as methods of its use and a guide tower for use therewith. The telescoping rod can be extended after it has been inserted into the patient below the fascia, which permits it to be extended in the sub-fascial space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Conrad Tyler Hammann, Derek Matteo, Matthew Tobias Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10448971
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a passageway through tissue includes a dilator mounted to a shaft, wherein the dilator includes a first portion, which has an increasing taper from a first outer diameter to a larger second outer diameter, and a second portion, which has a decreasing taper from the first portion to a distal end of the dilator, and which includes an external non-cutting thread formed along the decreasing taper. Lumens of the dilator and shaft provide a conduit for means to pierce through the tissue, for example, an elongate wire that includes a piercing tip. In some cases, the dilator first portion is expandable to, and contractible from, the larger second outer diameter, wherein the apparatus may include a spreading member configured to slide between the shaft and the first portion. The apparatus may be included in a system with an introducer sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A Drake, Matthew D Bonner, Trent M Fischer, Brian P Colin, Lester O Stener
  • Patent number: 10420593
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a fulcrum including a first surface that defines a cavity configured for disposal of a first implant support. A second surface is movable relative to the fulcrum and engageable with the support to fix the first surface with the support. A third surface is connected with the second surface such that the second surface is translatable relative to the support and the third surface is engageable with a second implant support. In some embodiments, spinal constructs, implants, systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Paxton Wall
  • Patent number: 10327912
    Abstract: An expandable interbody spinal fusion device, including a superior component an inferior component and an expansion mechanism. The expansion mechanism including a threaded rod, a threaded collar operatively arranged to engage with the threaded rod and axially translate in a first axial direction, a fixed collar secured about the threaded rod, a first arm pivotably secured to the fixed collar, and a first strut pivotably secured to the first arm and the threaded collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Loubert S. Suddaby
  • Patent number: 10258503
    Abstract: An ocular implant system including an ocular implant sized and shaped to be inserted at least partially into an eye; a carrier member with a shell having a central channel extending at least partially through the shell from a proximal end towards a distal end of the shell. A guide sleeve removably attached within at least a first region of the central channel of the shell and defining a proximal port into the central channel that is accessible from the proximal end of the shell. An implant holder removably attached within at least a second region of the central channel of the shell adjacent to a distal end of the guide sleeve and having a pair of graspers adapted to releasably secure the implant at a distal end of the implant holder. Related devices, systems, and/or methods are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ForSight Vision4, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Bianchi, Bill Hartsig, Scott Nunn, Mukund Patel, Mark Sponsel, Lionel Vedrine, Ariel Waitz
  • Patent number: 10238434
    Abstract: A system for performing a laminoplasty procedure in a spinal vertebra includes an implant and an inserter tool. The implant is configured to be placed on a previously formed lamina opening of the spinal vertebra, and is shaped and dimensioned to be placed in the lamina opening after the opening has been distracted. The inserter tool is configured to insert the implant near the lamina opening and then to distract the lamina opening so that the lamina opening is dimensioned to receive the implant and then to place the implant into the distracted lamina opening while simultaneously holding the lamina opening in a distracted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SPINEFRONTIER, INC
    Inventors: Aaron Ricica, Craig Henshaw, Jacob R. Lubinski
  • Patent number: 10231843
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for distracting tissue. The devices and methods may include insertion of first and second elongated members into the space between two tissue layers, with an augmenting elongated member inserted therebetween to form a distraction device between the tissues to be distracted. The distraction device defines a generally annular configuration, with a locking member secured to one of the elongated members at a plurality of locations to maintain the distraction device in the generally annular configuration. The augmenting elongated member may be shorter than the first and second elongated members such that a window is defined between the proximal and distal ends of the augmenting elongated member when the distraction device and the first and second elongated members are in the generally annular configuration. Bone graft material or bone filler may be introduced into the interior of the distraction device through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Benvenue Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lee, Jeffrey L. Emery, Timothy McGrath, Laurent Schaller, Andrew Huffmaster, Ebrahim Mohammad Quddus
  • Patent number: 10206786
    Abstract: The embodiments provide a spinal implant that is configured for lateral insertion into a patient's intervertebral disc space. The spinal implant may have a body having a tapered anterior portion and one or more apertures. The tapered anterior portion allows for concomitant distraction of soft tissue during insertion of the implant. In addition, at least some of the apertures are designed to permit a predetermined amount of nutation by a fixation element. The fixations elements that allow nutation enable the fixation element to toggle from one position to another, for example, during subsidence of the implant in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Centinel Spine, LLC
    Inventors: John S. Thalgott, David T. Stinson, John J. Viscogliosi
  • Patent number: 10166053
    Abstract: A distractor, such as a pediatric mandibular distractor, includes a housing member elongated along a longitudinal axis. At least one distal footplate is attached to the housing member. A drive rod and at least one proximal footplate configured to be driven by the drive rod are provided. A housing engaging member is configured to engage a drive rod engaging member to prevent the housing from being rotated in either a first or second direction of rotation relative to the drive rod when a rotational force less than a predetermined force is applied to the housing or drive rod. The drive rod can be rotated relative to the housing in either the first or second rotational direction when a force greater than the predetermined force is applied to the drive rod or the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Sascha Kubis, Christian Biskup, Patrick Straub
  • Patent number: 10130391
    Abstract: Dynamization struts and methods of use are provided. A dynamization strut may comprise a sleeve, a shaft, a biasing member, and a bushing. The sleeve may comprise an inner recess with a first and second section. The shaft may comprise an interior section to be disposed within the inner recess of the sleeve. The biasing member may be disposed around the interior section of the shaft, and sized to fit within the first section of the inner recess of the sleeve. The bushing may be secured against a portion of the shaft. Rotation of the bushing may provide for compressive movement of the biasing member relative to the sleeve and shaft. Compression of the biasing member may occur without a corresponding change in a total length of the dynamization strut. Rather, changes in the length of the strut may occur as a result of external compressive forces acting upon it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children
    Inventors: John David Ross, Mikhail L. Samchukov, Alexander M. Cherkashin, John G. Birch
  • Patent number: 10117682
    Abstract: An adjustable spine distraction implant alleviates pain associated with spinal stenosis and facet arthropathy by expanding the volume and/or cross sectional area in the spinal canal and/or neural foramen. The adjustable implant provides a spinal extension inhibitor. The implant includes elliptical or oval shaped adjustable member or spacer for positioning between and adjustably spacing apart the spinous processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Life Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Madeline C. Wolters, Michael S. Butler
  • Patent number: 10092405
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a resilient implant for implantation into human or animal joints to act as a cushion allowing for renewed joint motion. The implant endures variable joint forces and cyclic loads while reducing pain and improving function after injury or disease to repair, reconstruct, and regenerate joint integrity. The implant is deployed in a prepared debrided joint space, secured to at least one of the joint bones and expanded in the space, molding to surrounding structures with sufficient stability to avoid extrusion or dislocation. The implant has opposing walls that move in varied directions, and an inner space filled with suitable filler to accommodate motions which mimic or approximate normal joint motion. The implant pads the damaged joint surfaces, restores cushioning immediately and may be employed to restore cartilage to normal by delivering regenerative cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: IORTHOPEDICS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Thomas Grotz
  • Patent number: 10092422
    Abstract: A bone fusion method, apparatus 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 plates 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: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Neuropro Spinal Jaxx, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. McLuen, Benjamin J. Remington, Daniel R. Baker, Joseph N. Logan, Gregory C. Stalcup, Daniel E. Gerbec
  • Patent number: 10080583
    Abstract: Systems and methods for accessing an interior space of a joint such as a hip joint in preparation for arthroscopic surgery are provided. In general, the described techniques utilize a joint access device having a handle and a dilator shaft and/or sheath coupled to a distal end of the handle. The device can be advanced over a guidewire inserted into a joint to a first position and the guidewire can be reversibly locked to the handle. The handle can be associated with an actuator configured to be actuated to cause the dilator shaft and/or sheath to advance distally toward a second position within the joint while simultaneously retracting the guidewire coupled to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: DEPUY MITEL, LLC
    Inventors: Bethany Grant, Joseph Algeri
  • Patent number: 10070900
    Abstract: An instrument for obtaining spinal rod measurements in situ includes a measurement member, a first indicating member, and a second indicating member. The measurement member measures a length between two spinal implants. The first indicating member couples with the measurement member and includes a first measurement scale coupled with a first shaft for engaging a first spinal implant of the two spinal implants. The second indicating member couples with the measurement member and includes a second measurement scale coupled with a second shaft for engaging a second spinal implant of the two spinal implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: S. Kyle Hayes, Wally Gillespie
  • Patent number: 10016191
    Abstract: A joint-spacing balloon catheter comprising: a shaft having a distal end and a proximal end; first and second balloons mounted to the distal end of the shaft, the first balloon being disposed distal to, and spaced from, the second balloon, with the portion of the shaft between the first and second balloons being flexible; and a handle attached to the proximal end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Kaiser, Paritosh Ambekar, Ed Carcamo