Device For The Application Of Bone Cement Patents (Class 606/92)
  • Patent number: 10687947
    Abstract: A method of securing an orthopedic hip prosthesis to an acetabulum of a living being. The prosthesis can be a shell or a cup, and the surgery can be a total hip arthroplasty such as a revision total hip arthroplasty. In some examples the method can include placing an augment at a bone surface of the acetabulum, applying a layer of fixation material over the bone surface in an amount sufficient to cover the augment, and then implanting the prosthesis over the layer of fixation material to secure the prosthesis to the layer of fixation material. In various aspects of the method, the augment can be an anchor or a spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Keith R. Berend, Jacob Macke
  • Patent number: 10603522
    Abstract: An ultrasound therapy system and method is provided that provides directional, focused ultrasound to localized regions of tissue within body joints, such as spinal joints. An ultrasound emitter or transducer is delivered to a location within the body associated with the joint and heats the target region of tissue associated with the joint from the location. Such locations for ultrasound transducer placement may include for example in or around the intervertebral discs, or the bony structures such as vertebral bodies or posterior vertebral elements such as facet joints. Various modes of operation provide for selective, controlled heating at different temperature ranges to provide different intended results in the target tissue, which ranges are significantly affected by pre-stressed tissues such as in-vivo intervertebral discs. In particular, treatments above 70 degrees C., and in particular 75 degrees C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Chris J. Diederich, Jeffrey C. Lotz, Will Nau, David S. Bradford
  • Patent number: 10548610
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for closing a tubular structure within a patient's body. The apparatus includes a needle including a proximal end including a hub, a distal end including a sharpened distal tip, a lumen having an oblong cross-section extending proximally from the distal end, and defining a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends, and a clip deliverable from the lumen. The clip is compressible between a relaxed state in which a plurality of tines of the clip are shaped to engage and close a tubular structure within a patient's body, and a stressed state in which the tines are compressed to allow the clip to be loaded into the. The apparatus may also include a pusher member for deploying the clip from the distal tip of the needle such that the tines engage and close a tubular structure through which the tubular member is directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: VENOVATION INC.
    Inventors: Bradley B. Hill, James Hong, Wenkang Qi
  • Patent number: 10543025
    Abstract: Internal bone fixation devices and methods for using the devices for repairing a weakened or fractured bone are disclosed herein. A device for use in repairing a fractured bone includes a delivery catheter having an elongated shaft with a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis therebetween, wherein the delivery catheter has an inner void for passage of at least one reinforcing material and an inner lumen for passage of a light source; a conformable member releasably engaging the distal end of the delivery catheter, wherein the conformable member moves from a deflated state to an inflated state when the at least one reinforcing material is delivered to the conformable member; and an adapter releasably engaging the proximal end of the delivery catheter for receiving the light source and the at least one reinforcing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: IlluminOss Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rabiner, Mark A. Drew
  • Patent number: 10492914
    Abstract: A method of making a spacer device or a device to be implanted in a human body that includes a containment body and is suitable for treating a bone seat or a joint seat of the human body includes a base portion and side walls that extend from the base portion and that delimit between them at least one cavity, wherein the containment body has a plurality of pores and/or at least one opening, configured to place the at least one internal cavity in communication with the outside of the containment body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Cossington Limited
    Inventor: Augusto Magagnoli
  • Patent number: 10285818
    Abstract: An assembly for replacing a vertebral disc. The assembly includes an implant and a device for positioning the implant between two adjacent vertebrae. The implant includes a body having an internal compartment enclosed by an outer wall, and an endoskeleton coupled to the body. The device includes a cannula, a container coupled to the cannula, the container having a first end and a second end, a plunger threadingly coupled to the cannula and to the first end of the container, and a conduit coupled to the second end of the container and in fluid communication with the body of the implant. The implant is positioned within the cannula in an undeployed state and is deployed within a vertebral disc to receive a biological fluid in a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SYMBIOMEDIK, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Koss
  • Patent number: 10251978
    Abstract: A method of preparing a bone graft. An osteoconductive matrix is placed in a receptacle. Bone marrow aspirate is provided that includes plasma, progenitor cells, hematopoietic cells, endothelial cells, red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, bone, cartilage, thrombus or combinations thereof. The bone marrow aspirate is passed through the receptacle. At least a portion of bone marrow aspirate is retained in the receptacle. The portion of the bone marrow aspirate retained in the receptacle becomes associated with the osteoconductive matrix to form the bone graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Fortus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Assell
  • Patent number: 10238507
    Abstract: A bone graft delivery system can include an elongate tube and a handle having a trigger and a ratcheting mechanism. The trigger is actuated to deliver bone graft material through the tube. The bone graft delivery system can further include a distal tip at a distal end of the tube. The tip has one or more openings to deliver the bone graft material to a desired location and includes a surface suitable to act as a rasp for decorticating bone. A method for delivering bone graft material to a desired surgical location includes providing a bone graft delivery device, positioning the device adjacent the surgical location, decorticating bone, and delivering bone graft material to the surgical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SurGenTec, LLC
    Inventors: Travis Greenhalgh, Ryan Lewis, Kraig Kooiman, Andrew Shoup, Brad Caldeira
  • Patent number: 10206782
    Abstract: The custom-fitting collar sleeve backing for commercial hip prostheses includes a base and a top portion, the top portion being connected to the base. The base has a bottom surface defining an aperture. The aperture of the bottom surface is dimensioned and configured for receiving the neck portion of a hip prosthesis. The bottom surface of the base may have a beaded topology. The top portion includes a shoulder portion defining an aperture. The aperture of the shoulder portion includes an outwardly extending annular flange and is configured for fitting the cylindrical shaft of the neck portion of the hip prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventor: Mohamed Zoubir Allaoua Bendjaballah
  • Patent number: 10201378
    Abstract: An injection device is provided for repairing biological tissues and comprises a body, a chamber, an exterior tube, and a screw rod. The chamber is connected with the body and used for accommodating a repairing material. The exterior tube is connected with the chamber. The screw rod is disposed inside the chamber and the exterior tube. The threads of the screw rod disperse the repairing material. By using the threads of the screw rod and a driving force originating from the end of the screw rod, the repairing material is delivered into an organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Wiltrom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huang-Chien Liang, Chun-Jen Liao, Yu-Ming Wang, Hung-Yin Tai, Shih-Chang Chuang, Yung-Fang Tsai
  • Patent number: 10149711
    Abstract: A surgical impact tool comprises an electromagnetic impactor hermetically sealed within a sterilizable housing having one or more external mechanical coupling for transmitting an impact to an object external to the tool. The housing also contains an energy storage medium rechargeable through the hermetic seal, and electronic controls operable through the hermetic seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DEPUY MITEK, LLC
    Inventor: Steven N. Bittenson
  • Patent number: 10105229
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to restore the mobility of an articular end (2) of a bone (3) of a patient by means of a reconstruction implant. This implant (1), which permits reconstruction both of bone and of cartilage, comprises a grated framework (10) and a sheet (20) made of a biological tissue material, this sheet firmly covering one face (11) of the framework, while the opposite face (12) is designed to be pressed rigidly against, and firmly joined to, the end of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Tornier
    Inventors: Irene Gosset, Robert J. Ball, Yves-Alain Ratron
  • Patent number: 10105171
    Abstract: A vertebral augmentation system and methods for vertebral augmentation and/or fusion using same are provided. In certain embodiments, a pre-curved stylet or needle with an overlying delivery tube may be used to target a site within a bone structure, facilitating direction thereto of an expandable member useful for creating a cavity that may receive curable material to restore bone height, to reinforce the bone structure, and/or to fuse two, three, or more adjacent vertebrae. An expandable member such as, for example, a balloon can be used to create a plurality of voids by displacing bone material, where the voids can be filled with curable material to augment the vertebrae and intervening space can be filled to fuse those adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Erin L. Schaus, John A. Krueger, Ellen Ehrich Kourakos, Amy E. Ewing
  • Patent number: 10047608
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for providing a balancing weight in a groove on a rotor disk in a gas turbine engine. The apparatus comprises an elongate reservoir for housing a hardenable material and an inflatable balloon in fluid communication with the distal end of the elongate reservoir. An actuator is provided for forcing the hardenable material from the elongate reservoir to inflate the inflatable balloon with hardenable material within the groove on the rotor disk. A sealing device for sealing the inflated inflatable element to form the balancing weight is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: James Phylip-Jones, Pascal Wilmes, Mattheus Bakker, Adegoke Gbadeyan
  • Patent number: 10045805
    Abstract: The risk of bone cement extravaation can be reduced by delivering a calcium-dependent polymerizing sealant into a bone structure prior to delivery of bone cement into that structure. The polymerization of the sealant in response to the calcium within the bone structure can fill cracks and any other potential cement leakage paths, thereby minimizing the potential for subsequent extravaation. The benefits of the use of a calcium-dependent polymerizing sealant can be provided in any procedure involving the use of bone cement, such as spinal fixation, vertebroplasty, and kyphoplasty, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Kyphon SÀRL
    Inventor: Bradley E. Steele
  • Patent number: 9981062
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for preparing an osteoconductive bone paste by heating an initial mixture containing an aqueous solution and a granular material including collagen and minerals. A portion of the collagen and the minerals are contained in grains of bone matrix. The initial mixture is heated enough to transform a portion of the collagen into gelatine and thus to obtain a cohesive bone paste having a predefined viscosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: BIOBANK
    Inventors: Raphael Bardonnet, Ana Barbeito
  • Patent number: 9918766
    Abstract: Devices and method discussed for device for delivering a pressurized substance to an opening in bone within a vertebral column, useful to provide access to structures in the vertebral so that a substance, such as bone cement can be delivered through a lumen or portal or for providing access to the opening in bone by a separate instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: DFine, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher U. Phan, Andrew Kohm, Robert Poser, Kirti P. Kamdar
  • Patent number: 9913657
    Abstract: An apparatus for a transluminal procedure includes: a case composed of a front case part formed in the shape of a pipe and having a locking groove at a rear end, a central case part combined with the front case part and having a button hole at a rear end, and a rear case part combined with the central case part and having a through-hole formed ahead of a button groove coming in contact with the button hole at a center; a locking member having a button and a locking end; an operation member formed in the shape of a pipe and moving up and down in the case; an inner wire in live operation member and locked to the case; and an outer tube fitted on the inner wire and fixed ahead of the operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: Kyong Min Shin, Yong Hyun Won
  • Patent number: 9814582
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing orthopedic augments having recessed pockets that receive a fixation material. The orthopedic augments include an outer surface that interfaces with a patient's tissue or bone, and an inner surface that interfaces with an implant, the inner surface comprising a recessed pocket configured to receive a fixation material, a rim around at least a portion of the recessed pocket, and a port in the rim, wherein the recessed pocket extends along the inner surface in at least a direction laterally from the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Shea, Daniel R. Goldberg, Nathaniel M. Quinn, Stanley Tsai
  • Patent number: 9744057
    Abstract: A special tube is disclosed for the insertion of materials inside the maxillary sinus in order to displace the Schneiderian membrane. The tube is connected to a source of a flowable material. The tube is inserted through the alveolar ridge beneath the maxillary sinus and when the flowable material is advanced through the tube the Schneiderian membrane is lifted. The tube can be part of a dental implant which is screwed inside the alveolar ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Ben-Zion Karmon
  • Patent number: 9724081
    Abstract: A hemostatic system includes a first tube defining a first lumen configured to channel a fluid therethrough, a second tube housing at least a portion of the first tube and at least partially defining a second lumen configured to channel a hemocoagulant agent therethrough, a hopper coupled to the second tube, and an injection device. The hopper defines a cavity in fluid communication with the second lumen and is configured to retain the hemocoagulant agent therein. The injection device is selectively positionable within the second lumen and/or the cavity to facilitate channeling the hemocoagulant agent from the cavity through the second lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Phillips Medical LLC
    Inventors: Victor Matthew Phillips, Royce Allen Simpson
  • Patent number: 9724044
    Abstract: For fixedly implanting a device for material or signal delivery or acquisition or a part of such a device in a human or animal body, an opening is provided in hard tissue of the body, the opening reaching through a hard tissue layer, e.g. through a cortical bone layer into cancellous bone underneath. The device includes a plug portion and/or a cover portion which includes a ring of a material having thermoplastic properties extending around the plug portion or on a tissue facing surface of the cover portion. The opening provided in the hard tissue has a cross section at least in the area of its mouth that is adapted to the plug or cover portion such that the plug portion can be introduced through the mouth of the opening or the cover portion can be positioned over the mouth of the opening such that the ring extends around the opening, along its wall and/or on the hard tissue surface around its mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Barbara Froesch, Mario Lehmann, Jens Langhoff, Thomas Knecht, Stephanie Mehl, Andrea Mueller
  • Patent number: 9670104
    Abstract: Contemplated compositions and methods for protection of concrete and various other cementitious materials comprise a step of formation of a mesoporous polymeric network within the concrete or other cementitious material, wherein the network further includes a cationic component that forms a substantially insoluble precipitate upon reaction with sulfuric acid to so form a composite barrier against further attack by sulfuric acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Sergio Vitomir
  • Patent number: 9655929
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel way to replenish the disc using retooled disc compositions to repair degenerative discs. There is no better source of proteoglycans than the actual disc material (6) itself. To this end, there has been developed a technique to remove the nucleus pulposus and retool the morphology of the nucleus pulposus to create a powder material (10) that is dry and can be stored at room temperature for long periods of time. This powder (10) can then be reconstituted with a variety of fluids, the most suitable being normal saline or lactated ringers to form a flowable mixture (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Vivex Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Thomas Temple
  • Patent number: 9610110
    Abstract: The present invention relates in certain embodiments to medical devices for treating vertebral compression fractures. More particularly, embodiments of the invention relate to instruments and methods for controllably restoring vertebral body height by controlling the flow of bone cement into the interior of a vertebra and the application of forces causes by the cement flow. An exemplary system utilizes Rf energy in combination a conductive bone cement for selectively polymerizing the inflow plume to increase the viscosity of the cement. In one aspect of the invention, the system utilizes a controller to control bone cement flow parameters to either allow or disallow cement interdigitation into cancellous bone. A method of the invention includes pulsing the flows of bone cement wherein high acceleration of the flow pulses can apply expansion forces across the surface of the cement plume to reduce a vertebral fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: DFine, Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, John H. Shadduck
  • Patent number: 9597138
    Abstract: A bone cement mixing and delivery system including a mixer, a delivery device, and a flexible extension tube. A connector is attached to a distal end of the flexible tube. The connector includes a housing, a fitting and an enlarged knob. A spindle that extends through the housing connects the fitting to the knob so the fitting rotates with the knob. A cannula is connected to the mixing and delivery system by placing the cannula fitting adjacent the connector fitting. The knob is rotated to result in the like rotation of the connector fitting. This causes the complementary threading on the connector fitting and the cannula fitting to engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Jared P. Coffeen, Christopher A. Rossman
  • Patent number: 9561304
    Abstract: The invention relates to a biomaterial containing coagulated blood or coagulated bone marrow aspirate and biphasic calcium phosphate ceramic particles, to a production method thereof and to the use of same for the production of an implant that enables bone tissue regeneration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire De Nice
    Inventors: Thierry Balaguer, Nathalie Rochet, Christophe Trojani, Florian Boukhechba, Georges Carle
  • Patent number: 9498264
    Abstract: Implantable devices for fixation of curved bone such as the pelvic ring pubic symphysis and acetabulum, and methods for the use of the devices are disclosed. The implantable devices are convertible between a flexible state and a rigid state, and include an elongate structure having a proximal bone interface, a main body, and a distal bone interface. In a flexible state, the devices may be inserted along, and conform to a curved pathway, and in the rigid state, the devices may support the mechanical loads required to fixate a fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Edward Scott Harshman, Steven Charles Dimmer, Daniel Reed Baker, David Thomas Stinson, Robert N. Meek, Robin John Noel Coope, Lok Tin Lam
  • Patent number: 9480819
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions of matter suitable for the prevention of and/or treatment of a spinal disorder and/or spinal pain, e.g., caused by and/or associated with intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration, and methods of treatment of a spinal disorder and/or spinal pain. For example, the compositions of the present invention comprise a modulator of growth differentiation factor (GDF)-6 signaling sufficient to reduce or prevent or delay IVD degeneration and/or to enhance or induce IVD regeneration. The present invention also provides medical devices comprising such compositions, and methods of treatment making use of such compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Divya Diwan
  • Patent number: 9393059
    Abstract: A proximal humeral plate assembly can include a first plate, a coupler, a second plate, and a guide. The first plate can define a window and can have a first major surface adapted to conform to a native bone structure. The coupler can be formed on a second major surface of the first plate opposite the first major surface. The second plate can be adapted to engage the coupler, to cover the window, and to conform to the native bone structure. The second plate can include through holes adapted to receive bone screws. The guide can be adapted to engage the coupler and to guide at least one of a cutting tool and a dilation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Kiritsis
  • Patent number: 9339294
    Abstract: Instruments for treating bone defects of the joint, particularly at the subchondral level, such as bone marrow lesions or bone marrow edema, are provided. In particular, these instruments may be delivery instruments that comprise features to control the location to which they deliver injectable materials or other tools to the bone to be treated. Also provided is an injection instrument that delivers a treatment material to the bone defect and stimulates a natural healing response in the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher D. Mandeen, Shaun B. Hanson, David L. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9320556
    Abstract: A device for dispensing biomaterial includes a handle configured to receive a syringe, the syringe including a biomaterial and a threaded plunger, and an engagement pin retained within the handle and slidable between a first position and a second position. The engagement pin is configured to engage the threaded plunger in the first position, the engagement pin is further configured to disengage from the threaded plunger in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Agard, Sean Suh, Damien O'Halloran, Michael Moretti, Mark Weiman, Chad Glerum
  • Patent number: 9161798
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating vertebral compression fractures are provided. A kit can include at least one body containing a bone cement precursor to be mixed with at least one other bone cement precursor to form a bone cement. The body or a package containing the body can include at least one sensor. In some embodiments the sensor can be a temperature sensor. In some methods, data from the sensor can be used to determine certain parameters related to a treatment interval involving the bone cement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: DFINE, INC.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, Andrew Kohm, John Shadduck
  • Patent number: 9131961
    Abstract: An apparatus for automated implantation of an implant or for an automated augmentation process of hard tissue and/or hard tissue replacement material using a sheath element is provided. The apparatus comprises a casing, a converter operable to generate mechanical vibrations the converter inside the casing and displaceable in a longitudinal direction relative to the casing, and a sonotrode coupled to an output location of the converter. A shaft portion with a retention structure is rotationally coupled to the casing and is equipped for cooperating with a rotationally asymmetric element of the sheath element to rotationally couple the casing to the sheath element. An axial coupling is equipped for locking the casing to the sheath element. The shaft portion, the axial coupling and the sonotrode are mutually arranged so that the a distal end of the sonotrode may be introduced into a longitudinal opening of the sheath element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Andreas Wenger, Jörg Mayer
  • Patent number: 9095393
    Abstract: An expandable member bone augmentation system and single-access-point methods for bone augmentation using same are provided. In certain embodiments, a pre-curved stylet with an overlying delivery tube may be used to target an approximately centered target site within a bone structure, facilitating direction thereto of an expandable member useful for creating a cavity that may receive curable material to restore bone height and/or to reinforce the bone structure. An expandable member such as, for example, a balloon can be used to create a plurality of voids by displacing bone material, where the voids can be filled with curable material to augment the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: CareFusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Erin L. Schaus, John A. Krueger, Evan D. Linderman
  • Patent number: 9089437
    Abstract: The invention provides a fusion device for use in spinal fusion procedures. The invention also provides systems and methods that include filling the fusion device with a cement composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Edward S. Ahn, John Cvinar
  • Patent number: 9066769
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating vertebral compression fractures are discussed. In an embodiment, a method includes mixing bone cement precursors thereby causing a first chemical curing reaction characterized by a first time-viscosity profile, controllably applying energy to the bone cement from an external source to modify the first time-viscosity profile to a second time-viscosity profile, and injecting the cement into bone at a substantially constant viscosity greater than about 1000 Pa·s to greater than about 5000 Pa·s over an extended working time. In another embodiment, a bone cement injector system is provided that includes a first handle component that is detachably coupled to a second sleeve component having a distal end for positioning in bone and a flow channel extending through the first and second components. The system includes first and second thermal energy emitters for delivering energy to bone cement flows in a flow channel portion in the first and second components, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: DFINE, Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, Robert Luzzi, Andrew Kohm, John H. Shadduck
  • Patent number: 9039701
    Abstract: System and methods are shown having a tube-within-tube assembly with a deployable curved deflectable tube or cannula that deploys from a straight cannula or trocar. The curved cannula has a pre-curved distal end to create an angular range of 0° to 180° when fully deployed from the straight trocar. The curve is configured such that the flexible element carrying a treatment device can navigate through the angular range of deployment of the curved cannula. The curved cannula allows the flexible element to navigate through a curve within bone without veering off towards an unintended direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Relievant Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Pellegrino, Samit Patel, Harold Carrison
  • Patent number: 9028538
    Abstract: Disclosed are vertebroplasty methods that include cauterizing an inner cavity of a vertebra of a mammal, such as a human, and injecting bone cement into the vertebra. Systems and kits for performing such methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Paul, Sean Suh, Mark Weiman, Jody L. Seifert
  • Patent number: 9028464
    Abstract: A method of treating a fracture includes creating an access path to a fracture site in a bone and inserting a guidewire through the access path into the fracture site is provided. The method includes the steps of positioning a cannulated drill bit having a distal end including helical flutes configured for drilling through bone over the guidewire into the fracture site, and advancing the drill bit to create a passageway in the bone configured to receive a screw. Positioning a cannulated inflatable bone tamp over the guidewire and inflating the inflatable bone tamp to compress at least a portion of the bone in or near the fracture site so as to create a void. Delivering a bone void filler into the void through the access path to fill the void. Systems and kits are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Kyphon SAUL
    Inventors: Amy L. Arthur, Mojan Goshayeshgar, Michael A. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150112351
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for bone fixation that includes: an expanding unit and an enclosing unit. The expanding unit includes two or more expanding structures capable of switching between an expanded state and a contracted state. The expanding unit includes a first expanding structure located near a first end thereof and a second expanding structure located near a second end thereof. The enclosing unit encloses the expanding unit and has a first end and a second end. The first end of the enclosing unit is secured at the first end of the expanding unit, and the second end of the enclosing unit is secured at the second end of the expanding unit. When the device for bone fixation is placed inside a bone, the expanding structures of the expanding unit are switched to the expanding state and thereby propping up the enclosing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Shih-Hsiung HSU, Kwan-Ku LIN, Shih-Hung LIN, Shih-Chun LU
  • Patent number: 9005209
    Abstract: An instrument for performing a medical procedure includes a drive shafts a holding clutch, a drive clutch, and an actuator. The holding clutch only allows advancement of the drive shaft, while the drive clutch transfers an advancement force from the actuator to the drive shaft. The dual clutch system allows a lever to be used as the actuator so that a user can generate large actuation forces manually (and optionally remotely) without significant physical effort. This capability can beneficially improve the usability and effectiveness of percutaneous surgical systems, such as those for vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kyphon Sarl
    Inventors: Bryan A. Click, Brian W. Donovan
  • Patent number: 8998925
    Abstract: A fixation system configured to releasably secure an orthopedic implant to a bone. The orthopedic implant has at least one lumen extending from a proximal portion to a distal portion configured to extend through cortical portions and into cancellous portions of the bone. The fixation system includes a flowable biomaterial that flows through the lumen into the cancellous portion of the bone in an expanded configuration with at least one dimension greater than a corresponding dimension on the orthopedic implant located generally along a pull-out direction of the orthopedic implant. An insert is positioned in the lumen and in engagement with the flowable biomaterial located in the cancellous portion of the bone, such that the orthopedic implant is detachable from the biomaterial in the cancellous portion of the bone to facilitate subsequent removal of the orthopedic implant from the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: RDC Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Karl Schwappach
  • Patent number: 8986312
    Abstract: The present invention relates to medically useful devices and methods for introducing flowable compositions into mammalian body cavities. More specifically, the devices and methods of the present invention are useful for introducing restorative compositions into intraosseous cavities. Such devices and methods are particularly useful in percutaneous vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty procedures for the controlled introduction of bone cement into a vertebral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Bassem Georgy
  • Patent number: 8974465
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment of the present invention, a device for mixing and dispensing a bone cement mixture is provided. The device comprises a first chamber and a second chamber. The first chamber is for containing a first bone cement component. The second chamber is for containing a second bone cement component. A valve is in fluid communication with the first and second chambers. A first and a second plunger are respectively within the first and second chambers and are configured to actuate within their respective chambers. When the valve is in a first position actuating the first plunger advances the first bone cement component into the second chamber to form the bone cement mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Darin G. Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 8974505
    Abstract: A cannulated and possibly fenestrated device for injection of material into bone can be dangerous because large, uncontrolled pressures are introduced during injection into a somewhat closed system, and material may extrude undesirably or emboli may be introduced. Methods and devices are described for providing venting of pressure upon injection of material through cannulated and possibly fenestrated screws. The first method involves a bone screw and/or anchor device that includes multiple channels to allow material to flow in through one channel and out through another channel. The second method involves a plunger that can force material into bone if advanced or lessen pressure if withdrawn. The third method involves usage of two separate screws. Material is alternately injected or withdrawn from each screw to cause material to flow from one screw to the other in a controlled way that creates a uniform or asymmetrical distribution of material as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Anna G. U. Sawa, Seungwon Baek, Neil R. Crawford, Phillip M. Reyes, Sam Safavi-Abbasi, Nicholas Theodore
  • Patent number: 8968322
    Abstract: A method of repairing a fractured articular bone at a fracture site has the steps of mixing a bone glue, inserting an expandable balloon into the fracture site, inflating the expandable balloon at the fracture site, applying the bone glue to the fracture site while the expandable balloon is inflated, curing the bone glue at the fracture site while the expandable balloon is inflated, deflating the expandable balloon after the bone glue has cured, and removing the deflated expandable balloon from the fracture site and from the articular bone. The bone glue combines a biologically dissolvable glue with an actual or artificial particulate bone graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Marcos V. Masson
  • Patent number: 8951261
    Abstract: The embodiments provide devices and methods that both strengthen the bone and stimulate the bone. Bone fractures or non-unions are stabilized, integrated or healed, which results in reduction of a bone defect, such as a bone marrow lesion or edema. In addition, the distribution of forces in a joint are restored or altered to relieve pain. In general, a joint is evaluated by taking an image of the joint and one or more subchondral defects are detected. At least one of the subchondral defects may be diagnosed as the source of pain and an extent of treatment for the subchondral defect is determined. The disclosed devices and techniques are particularly suited for treating chronic defects or injuries, where the patient's natural healing response has not resolved the defect. The present disclosure also provides several exemplary treatment modalities for the different extents of treatment needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Zimmer Knee Creations, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Sharkey, Charles F. Leinberry, Steven B. Cohen, Charanpreet S. Bagga, Erik M. Erbe
  • Patent number: 8951265
    Abstract: A fixation system configured to releasably secure an orthopedic implant to a bone. The fixation system including at least one expandable member that is inserted through the lumen and positioned in cancellous bone near the distal portion of the orthopedic implant. A delivery tube delivers a flowable biomaterial to the expandable member. The expand fixation structure includes at least one dimension greater than a corresponding dimension on the orthopedic implant to secure the orthopedic implant in the bone. An insert is secured in the lumen to releasably attach the fixation system to the orthopedic implant. The expandable member is detachable from the orthopedic implant to facilitate subsequent removal of the orthopedic implant from the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: RDC Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Karl G. Schwappach
  • Patent number: 8945134
    Abstract: A stand for use with a syringe is disclosed. The stand includes a base and a clip affixed to the base. The clip engages a portion of the syringe so as to removably secure the syringe to the stand in a position such that the distal end of the syringe is spaced vertically away from the base. Preferably, the syringe includes a handle extending outwardly from a barrel of the syringe, and the feature which the clip engages includes the handle of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Brian Hess, Matthew E. Murphy