Including Ligament Anchor Means Patents (Class 623/13.14)
  • Patent number: 10463471
    Abstract: Methods and devices for positioning and securing ligament grafts are provided. In general, the devices and methods utilize an implant having a particular outer surface profile and a bone tunnel having a complementary profile to provide a form fit between the implant and bone that utilizes friction to position and secure a ligament graft within the bone. Such an implant can be used in conjunction with a variety of ligament grafts, including hamstring ligament grafts. In addition, an “outside in” approach can be utilized with the implant to minimize the risk of damaging adjacent tissue during an operation and provide enhanced surgeon control. The devices and methods can be utilized in connection with repairing or replacing ligaments in a variety of joints, but can in some embodiments have particular utility in cruciate ligament reconstruction procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Nicolas Bouduban, Patrick Burki, Philippe Gedet, Beat Lechmann
  • Patent number: 10426595
    Abstract: The invention relates to an elongate guide element (22) for guiding an implant (1) along a tunnel (17) in a bone (12, 14) and for securing the implant within the tunnel. One exemplary guide element comprises: first end and second ends (24, 26); a pair of support apertures (42) for receiving a support element (3) for the implant, the support apertures being spaced apart in a direction along a main longitudinal axis (28); a saddle (46) extending transverse to the longitudinal axis, one of the pair of support apertures being disposed between the saddle and the first end and the other between the saddle and the second end. The support element extends through one of the pair of support apertures, at least partly around the saddle and then through the other aperture. The guide element has a generally planar bone facing surface (48) and a second opposite surface (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: XIROS LIMITED
    Inventor: Martin Russell Senior
  • Patent number: 10383616
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods for attaching soft tissue to bone are provided. In general, a soft tissue can be attached to a bone of a patient using a collapsible suture and a suture anchor. In at least some embodiments, attaching a soft tissue to bone includes use of a suture anchor and a collapsible suture in the form of a collapsible loop. In at least some embodiments, attaching a soft tissue to bone includes use of a suture anchor and a collapsible suture that is cinched with a cinchable knot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventor: Mehmet Z. Sengun
  • Patent number: 10363126
    Abstract: An arthroscopic tenodesis kit, includes a guide including an elongate member having a length with a distal portion having one or more spring arms configured to open toward a free end of the distal portion of the guide to directly and releasably engage a tendon. The kit also includes an inserter having an elongate cannulated body having an interior bore having a blind end and an open end configured to slidingly receive the guide. The body of the inserter has a length that is shorter than the length of the guide, so that the distal portion of the guide remains spaced from the bore when the guide is fully received within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: W. David Hovis
  • Patent number: 10335137
    Abstract: The technology includes an anchor assembly for tissue repair having an open helical coil sleeve and a tip structure. The tip structure includes an aperture for passing a suture and a suture capture member for capturing a suture. The technology also includes an anchor driver for installing an anchor into bone. The anchor driver includes an outer shaft and a sleeve advancement member for advancing the sleeve as well as an inner shaft and a suture capture advancement member for advancing the suture capture member. The technology also includes a system for tissue repair having an anchor assembly and an anchor driver for installing the anchor assembly into bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Arai, Matthew Edwin Koski, Mark Edwin Housman, Richard M. Lunn
  • Patent number: 10321906
    Abstract: A method for securing a strand to a fixation member for arthroscopic fixation, wherein the fixation member includes a channel on an exterior surface and an aperture therethrough. The method includes passing a strand having first and second ends through a flexible sleeve, passing the sleeve through the aperture of the fixation member in a first direction, tensioning the strand, and pulling the sleeve in a second direction different than the first direction to secure the sleeve to the fixation member without tying the strand on the fixation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Gregory J. Denham, Ryan Harper
  • Patent number: 10292824
    Abstract: A system for installing a labral graft includes placing anchors into a bone thereby immovably coupling the anchors to the bone, coupling a suture to at least one of the anchors, coupling sutures to a graft, using the sutures coupled to the graft to manipulate the graft into position and tightening the sutures, thereby coupling the graft to the bone. Additionally, the system also includes a graft installation funnel having a tapered funnel body and an annular space within the tapered funnel body that is capable of retaining a graft and easing installation of the graft. Further, the system for installing a labral graft includes a graft preparation device including a block with a longitudinal recess, the longitudinal recess having a cross section that mimics the natural shape of a tissue that is to be replaced by a graft, and suture slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory J. Denham
  • Patent number: 10292743
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan G. Taylor, Rebecca H. Wahl
  • Patent number: 10271964
    Abstract: There is disclosed a customizable system and methods of use for manufacturing and testing a variety of pre-sutured allograft tendon constructs sutured according to a variety of stitching patterns and featuring a variety of tissue lengths and types. One embodiment includes a triple-channel base having first, second, and third longitudinal channels extending between first and second ends of the base, as well as a plurality of tendon-manipulation accessories. Each of the tendon-manipulation accessories includes a locking-base assembly for selectively securing the accessory to the base such that the multiple tendon-manipulation accessories may be secured to the triple-channel base in a variety of custom arrangements suitable for preparing the variety of pre-sutured constructs and/or for pre-tensioning or testing the variety of the pre-sutured constructs. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Allosource
    Inventors: Adrian C. Samaniego, Wendy Desiree Franklin, Sarah Song Yi Han, Jesse Compton, Marina Bull
  • Patent number: 10265158
    Abstract: A ligament assembly comprising a first ligament anchor (9) connected to a second ligament anchor (14) by a ligament (18) a resilient element (40) being associated with the first ligament anchor (9) and a ligament tension adjuster (44, 50) being associated with the second ligament anchor (14). The resilient element (40) may be disposed within the first ligament anchor (9) and the ligament tension adjuster (44, 50) may be disposed within the second ligament anchor (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet UK Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: David Wycliffe Murray, Christopher Dodd, John O'Connor, Russell Lloyd, Mohammed Imran Kahn
  • Patent number: 10213309
    Abstract: The present invention relates to orthopedic implants having a fenestrated hollow shell and a biologic core. These design features provide an improved interface between the implant and the surrounding tissue, aiding fixation, and provide a vehicle for applying new bone healing and enhancing modalities, such as gene therapy, tissue engineering, and growth factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BIEDERMANN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ronald W. Lindsey, Zbigniew Gugala, Loren L. Latta
  • Patent number: 10123867
    Abstract: A system and method for making an orthopedic repair by fixing a soft tissue graft to bone, utilizes an implant including a body wedge having first and second outwardly expandable wedge portions, a wing portion having outwardly expandable wings, and a deployment member which is movable distally into the implant to deploy the wedge portions and the wings into an expanded deployed orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cayenne Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin N. Baird, Derek J. Harper
  • Patent number: 10080647
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for securing soft tissue to a rigid material such as bone. A tissue anchoring device is described that comprises an anchor body and a spreader such that tissue may be captured or compressed between outside surfaces on the anchor and inside surfaces of a bone tunnel to secure the tissue within the tunnel. An anchoring device is described that comprises an anchor body having compressible tabs with teeth, and a spreader that forces the compressible tabs into an expanded state when inserted into anchor body, facilitating engagement between bone and the teeth of the compressible tabs. Also described is an inserter tool that can be used to insert the anchor into bone and move the spreader within the anchor to expand the anchor and capture the tissue between the anchor and the bone. Methods are described that enable use of the bone anchoring device to secure a tissue graft into the tibial and femoral bones during anterior cruciate ligament (“ACL”) reconstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: CONMED Corporation
    Inventor: Malcolm Heaven
  • Patent number: 10070874
    Abstract: A drill pin and a method of fixating tissue to bone is described herein. A method of fixating tissue to a bone with a fixation button is described that includes advancing a drill pin from a first surface of a bone to a second surface of the bone to form a tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony A. Laviano, Jacob A. Jolly, Kenneth T. Helenbolt, Augusto Custodio
  • Patent number: 10022230
    Abstract: An implant system for implantation at a joint, the implant system including an implant device which includes a body portion having first and second ends, and a first elongate member, extending from the first or second end of the body portion. The implant system also includes a corresponding fixation device for securing the first elongate member to a subject, and the fixation device includes at least one latching element, the first elongate member includes at least one cooperating element, the at least one cooperating element being capable of cooperating with the at least one latching element of the fixation device in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Imperial Innovations, Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Arthur Amis, Justin Peter Cobb, Anthony Michael James Bull, Sarat Babu
  • Patent number: 9980808
    Abstract: A ligament assembly (2) comprising a resilient element (20) connected to a bone anchor (4) and a ligament (18), the resilient element (20) acting m a cantilever and resisting toads transmitted between the bone anchor (4) and the ligament (18) by virtue of the resistance to bending of the resilient element. The ligament (18) may comprise an artificial ligament (18) which is adapted to replace a human or animal ligament. The resilient element (20) may comprise a spiral spring and may act as a biasing element/shock absorber operatively coupled to the artificial ligament (18) to control the effective stiffness of the artificial ligament (18). Consequently, the resilient element (20) enables an effective stiffness of the artificial ligament (18) to be achieved that more closely approximates the stiffness of a natural ligament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Bioment UK Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Dodd, David Wycliffe Murray, John O'Connor, Russell Lloyd, Mona Alinejad
  • Patent number: 9949779
    Abstract: Devices for use in performing external fixation orthopedic surgery are provided. More particularly, a specialized transosseous wire having a rectangular cross-section is provided. The specialized wire is installed using a reciprocating motion. Thereafter, the specialized transosseous wires are affixed to a frame. Methods of using the transosseous wire are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: RMD ENTERPRISES GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Rosendo Miguel Diaz, Gregorio Caban, Mario Adrian Cala
  • Patent number: 9931197
    Abstract: A suspensory fixation device has an elongated anchor member adapted to be transversely situated at the exit of a bone tunnel. A graft supporting loop member formed of a pair of parallel suture limbs extending from a bight portion is suspended transversely from the anchor member and has a loop length which is adjustable so the graft ligament can be supported in the bone tunnel at varying distances from the anchor member. When a graft ligament is attached to the saddle end of the loop member, the length of the loop member may be shortened by simply pulling distally on the pair of limbs at one end of the loop member to pull the graft ligament into the bone tunnel a predetermined distance or until it bottoms out at the floor of the bone tunnel. When tension is applied to the loop member by the graft pulling the loop proximally, the bight portion of the suture automatically locks the graft supporting loop member in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Kam, Giuseppe Lombardo, Peter C. Miller, Steven E. Fitts
  • Patent number: 9925035
    Abstract: Implantable passive engineered mechanisms and a method for implanting such devices in a subject are described. The implantable passive engineered mechanism may be made of or comprise a biocompatible material and is appropriately sized for implantation in a subject. Exemplary implantable passive engineered mechanisms may be selected from a strut, a pulley, a lever, a compliant mechanism, a scissor lift, a tendon network, springs, planetary gears, rigid or soft hydraulics, a linkage system, a cam/clutch system, or combinations thereof. In some embodiments the system comprises plural inserts, such as pulleys, levers, and/or tendon networks. Plural inserts may be arranged hierarchically to distribute force differentially from an input to one or more outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Oregon State University
    Inventors: Ravi Balasubramanian, Taymaz Homayouni, Francisco Valero-Cuevas
  • Patent number: 9918828
    Abstract: A graft fixation device comprising: a graft separator comprising a distal end, a proximal end, a cavity disposed between the distal end and the proximal end, and at least one guide rib disposed radially outboard of the cavity and extending between the distal end and the proximal end; and an interference screw rotatably mountable within the cavity, the interference screw comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a screw thread disposed intermediate thereof, the screw thread disposed radially outboard of at least a portion of the graft separator and radially inboard of the at least one rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AnatomACL, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly G. Ammann
  • Patent number: 9855030
    Abstract: A suture anchor is disclosed having an outer body with an axial bore which receives and inner body for rotation. Suture passes between the inner body and outer body and rotation of the inner body wraps the suture thereabout locking the suture thereto. Rotation of the inner body also effects radial expansion of at least a portion of the outer body to engage to anchor into a bone hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Jose E. Lizardi, Mehmet Ziya Sengun
  • Patent number: 9795410
    Abstract: Pathologies of joints arising from improper force distributions are addressed by displacement of targeted connective and muscle tissues surrounding the joint in order to realign force vectors and alter moment arms loading the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Cotera, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Shenoy, Mark Deem, Hanson S. Gifford, III
  • Patent number: 9788956
    Abstract: Implantable assemblies for manipulating energy transferred by members defining an anatomical joint, and methods of implanting and using. The members of the anatomical joint collectively define a path of motion. An assembly includes a first component configured to be attached to a first member of the anatomical joint; a second component configured to be attached to a second member of the anatomical joint; and a joint joining the first and second components. The first component includes a first flex member and the second component includes a second flex member. The first and second flex members are configured to flex to absorb energy transferred by the members of the anatomical joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: MOXIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Clinton N. Slone, Anton G. Clifford, Benjamin Toru Mino, Alan C. Regala
  • Patent number: 9757132
    Abstract: A device has been developed to augment the rotator cuff tendon tissue as it proceeds in healing. The device has two purposes: to provide initial stability to the rotator cuff repair site to allow early mobilization of the upper extremity of the patient, and to allow for reinforcement of rotator cuff tendon repairs to increase the likelihood of successful rotator cuff tendon repairs. The device consists of an inter-connected, open pore structure that enables even and random distribution and in-growth of tendon cells. The braided structure allows for distribution of mechanical forces over a larger area of tissue at the fixation point(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Biorez, Inc.
    Inventors: Cato T. Laurencin, Mark T. Aronson, Lakshmi Sreedharan Nair, Joseph W. Reilly
  • Patent number: 9681869
    Abstract: The disclosure describes implantable medical products, that include dry or partially hydrated biocompatible biostaples suitable for ligament repairs or replacements comprising collagen fibers that may be configured to expand in situ after implantation to frictionally engage a bone tunnel wall or bone sleeve to thereby affix the construct in the bone tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: MiMedx Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wiedrich, Tian Davis, Thomas J. Koob
  • Patent number: 9655714
    Abstract: An arthroscopic tenodesis kit, includes a guide provided by an elongate member having a length with a distal portion having a plurality of angled slots configured to directly and releasably engage a tendon. The kit also includes an inserter with an elongate cannulated body having an interior bore having a blind end and an open end configured to slidingly receive the guide. The body of the inserter has a length that is shorter than the length of the guide, so that the distal portion of the guide remains spaced from the bore when the guide is fully received within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: W. David Hovis
  • Patent number: 9592115
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for a graft fixation device for fixing a graft member within a bone tunnel. In one embodiment, a graft fixation device is provided having a radially expandable sheath adapted to be disposed within a bone tunnel, and a sheath expander adapted to be received within the radially expandable sheath to expand the sheath and thereby anchor a graft between the sheath and the bone tunnel. In an exemplary embodiment, the graft fixation device is particularly useful to affix a graft within a femoral tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Beck, Jr., Jose E. Lizardi
  • Patent number: 9549811
    Abstract: A system for single tunnel, double bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction includes implant constructs and instruments. The implant constructs provide a combination of cortical fixation and bone tunnel aperture fixation. The implant constructs separate a graft into distinct bundles. The instruments are used to prepare shaped bone tunnels to receive the implant constructs and graft bundles. Methods for reconstructing the antero-medial and postero-lateral bundles of the anterior cruciate ligament may rely on single femoral and tibial tunnels and a single strand of graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: IMDS LLC
    Inventor: Thomas H. Myers
  • Patent number: 9474592
    Abstract: A sleeve with interior barbs that are designed to grasp a tissue and fix the tissue to a body part such as a bone are described. Optionally, the sleeve exterior surface includes a fastener configured to fix the sleeve relative to the body part. Optionally, the wall of the sleeve includes a plurality of wall holes. Methods of using the barbed sleeve in surgery are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Roderick Andrew Vaughan
  • Patent number: 9468518
    Abstract: A tendon anchoring device may include an implant having a pair of spaced apart legs for straddling a tendon. A push rod removably attached to the implant may be utilized to guide and push a portion of the tendon into a pre-drilled bore in a bone. A fixation member may be slid along the push rod and threadably engage an inner surface of the pre-drilled bore to thereby anchor the tendon to the bone while a force is applied to the push rod. Once the fixation member has been installed, the push rod may be disengaged from the implant and removed from the bore. The implant may remain permanently straddled over the tendon inside of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Lumaca Orthopaedics Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Shane Barwood
  • Patent number: 9468449
    Abstract: An acromioclavicular joint guide for forming multiple drill tunnels spaced apart by a predetermined distance employs two drill guides in a pivoting arrangement allowing one drill guide to pivot around the axis of the other. The drill guides are each disposed in a respective sleeve of a pivot block for insertion toward the surgical member along nonintersecting axes defined by the sleeve. An elongated arm attaches to the pivot block at a proximate end and has a aimer point at a distal end, in which the arm may extend around the surgical member via an inverted portion or bend such that the aimer point is on the insertion axis of the primary drill guide. In this manner the aimer point locates an exit of the hole from the insertion point defined by the primary drill guide, and the pivotal drill guide defines a second tunnel at the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: Graham Smith
  • Patent number: 9452042
    Abstract: A system and method for making an orthopedic repair by fixing a soft tissue graft to bone, utilizes an implant including a body wedge having first and second outwardly expandable wedge portions, a wing portion having outwardly expandable wings, and a deployment member which is movable distally into the implant to deploy the wedge portions and the wings into an expanded deployed orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Cayenne Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin N. Baird, Derek J. Harper
  • Patent number: 9427494
    Abstract: A fiber-based surgical implant stabilized against fraying, includes a thermally crimped flat-knitted fabric of a biocompatible, optionally biodegradable, polymer material having a glass transition temperature or other thermally induced secondary conformational mobility threshold in the temperature range of from 20° C. to +170° C. Also disclosed is a corresponding fabric and methods of producing the implant and the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL LIFE SCIENCES, LLC
    Inventors: Anders Persson, Eugenio Ferrario
  • Patent number: 9393125
    Abstract: A tibial tuberosity advancement implant and method includes a spacer body made of biocompatible, biodegradable material and having a main section with at least one bony growth orifice therethrough and a proximal slot and at least one fin extending from the main section by at least one connector. A metal clip is slideable into the proximal slot of the spacer body main section and includes spaced screw holes for securing the spacer body to the advanced tibial tuberosity and the tibia when the implant is placed in the space between the advanced tibial tuberosity and the tibia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: MWI Veterinary Supply Co.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Kazanovicz, David J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9333069
    Abstract: The present teachings provide for a graft fixation assembly including a base member, a compression member, and a fastener. The base member includes a bone engaging surface and a first graft engaging surface opposite to the bone engaging surface. A plurality of first fixation members extend from the bone engaging surface and are configured to be impacted into bone. The compression member includes a second graft engaging surface and an outer surface opposite to the second graft engaging surface. The fastener is configured to secure the compression member relative to the base member such that a graft between the base member and the compression member is compressed therebetween and secured to the graft fixation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: BIOMET SPORTS MEDICINE, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory J. Denham
  • Patent number: 9314330
    Abstract: Cruciate ligament substitutes are formed using fan-folded iliotibial band grafts of fascia lata. Devices of making the same and methods of making and using the same are described herein. The thick fan-folded grafts of fascia lata cruciate ligament substitutes disclosed herein are used in a single-loop fashion and have surprisingly exhibited load to failure and stiffness values that compare favorably with conventional grafts, including tibialis anterior, tibialis posterior, peroneus longus, and bone-patellar tendon-bone (BPTB) half-patella specimens, when the harvested iliotibial band grafts of fascia lata avoid portions thicker than 5 mm, or even 3 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Vivex Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Thomas Temple, Theodore I. Malinin, Siu Tung Wu
  • Patent number: 9289285
    Abstract: A device for implantation in a bone is disclosed, wherein this device is a component part of a system, for controlled loading of the reconstructure anterior crucual ligament (ACL) of a knee joint. The device may comprise an outer body, which is provided with a damping mechanism between a distal end and a proximal end. Arranged inside the damping mechanism there is at least one securing element for fixing at least one thread which, at the proximal end of the device, is guided out from the outer body through an aperture in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Mathys AG Bettlach
    Inventor: Stefan Eggli
  • Patent number: 9265600
    Abstract: A system for graft fixation including ACL graft reconstruction and fixation is presented. The system may comprise a loop fixation device for retaining a tissue graft. The loop fixation device may comprise a graft retention portion and a cortical fixation portion to allow the loop fixation device to rest on the cortical portion of a bone. A tissue graft may pass through a bone tunnel and engage the loop fixation device preventing withdraw of the tissue graft back through the bone tunnel. The system may also include graft fixation within a bone tunnel using a sleeve, or tube construct, with a fixation member, or screw, to engage a tissue graft within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: ORTHOPEDIATRICS CORP.
    Inventors: Brad Anthony Niese, Eric Wall, Yi-Meng Yen, Jeffery D. Arnett, Allen F. Anderson, Mininder Kocher, Theodore J. Ganley, Rebekah Koch, Dylan Matthew Hushka, Ryan Harper
  • Patent number: 9265602
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for a graft fixation device for fixing a graft member within a bone tunnel. In one embodiment, a graft fixation device is provided having a radially expandable sheath adapted to be disposed within a bone tunnel, and a sheath expander adapted to be received within the radially expandable sheath to expand the sheath and thereby anchor a graft between the sheath and the bone tunnel. In an exemplary embodiment, the graft fixation device is particularly useful to affix a graft within a femoral tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Beck, Jr., Jose E. Lizardi
  • Patent number: 9254186
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an anchor for fixing a tendon or a ligament in a bone comprising: an elongated tubular body having a bore extending along a longitudinal axis, said tubular body comprising first and second independent parts slidably contacting each other, the first and second independent parts each having an outer circumferential surface along a length thereof parallel to the longitudinal axis, and each having an elongated partial inner bore, such that the tubular body is capable of mounting a tendon or ligament within the partial inner bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: SpineSmith Partners, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Landry, Kevin Dunworth
  • Patent number: 9241785
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for fixing a ligament graft in a bone tunnel. In general, the methods and devices involve affixing a ligament graft within a bone tunnel using an adhesive. A fixation device can be inserted through the ligament graft in a direction transverse to an axis of the tunnel to maintain the ligament graft in contact with the adhesive. The fixation device can be removed when the adhesive is cured such that the ligament graft is fixed in the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory R. Whittaker
  • Patent number: 9226778
    Abstract: A bone anchoring device includes an anchoring element having a shank to be anchored in a bone or a vertebra and a head, a connection element for connecting at least two anchoring elements, a receiving part having a first end receiving the head, wherein the head is pivotable in the receiving part, and a second end comprising a recess for receiving the connection element, a first pressure element which exerts pressure on the head to lock the head in the receiving part, and a second pressure element which exerts pressure on the connection element to press the connection element against the first pressure element. The contour of the surface of at least the first pressure element or the second pressure element facing the connection element deviates from the contour of the surface of the connection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 9226815
    Abstract: A method and construct for joint repair in which attachment of a double bundle graft ligament approximates anatomic orientation using interference fixation in a single bone tunnel. The double bundle graft features separable strands. A threaded screw is inserted between the separable strands and provides interference fixation of the graft against radially opposing walls defining the bone tunnel. Attachment of the graft using separated strands more closely approximate the configuration of the native ligament. The resulting reconstruction exhibits mechanical functionality that more accurately mimics that of the intact joint, with a minimum of associated tissue morbidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Reinhold Schmieding, Craig D. Morgan, David N. Caborn
  • Patent number: 9211184
    Abstract: An implantable interference screw for use in a soft tissue repair, the screw having a bioresorbable body comprising a plurality of interconnected pores, the body having an instrument interface in one end and a thread around an exterior of the body starting from distal end. The plurality of interconnected pores of the resorbable body are substantially filled with a bioresorbable polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Mark D. Borden
  • Patent number: 9192368
    Abstract: A tissue graft suspension device includes a platform member defining an opening, a suture having a first portion and a second portion, and a fixation member mating with the opening in the platform member. The first portion and the second portion pass through the opening such that a third portion of the suture forms a loop for attachment to a tissue graft. The fixation member includes a retaining mechanism configured to allow the first portion or the second portion to pass through the opening in a manner that decreases a size of the loop and to prevent the first portion or the second portion of the suture from passing through the opening in a manner that increases a size of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Perriello, Alfred Rodrigue Berube, Jr., Michael Charles Ferragamo
  • Patent number: 9186163
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for forming bone tunnels. In general, the methods and devices allow multiple converging tunnels to be formed in bone, such as in an arthroscopic surgical procedure, e.g., a rotator cuff repair surgical procedure. One or more sutures can be advanced through the converging tunnels, and the suture(s) can be coupled to tissue. The suture(s) with the tissue coupled thereto can be tensioned, thereby helping to maximize an amount of the tissue in contact with the bone. In an exemplary embodiment, a guide device is provided that can be configured to allow a first tunnel to be formed in bone and to allow a plurality of additional tunnels to be formed in the bone at predetermined angular positions relative to the first tunnel such that each of the additional tunnels can extend transverse to the first tunnel and intersect the first tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Cleveland, Kristian DiMatteo, Erik S. Sojka, Christopher G. Weinert, Jose E. Lizardi
  • Patent number: 9131937
    Abstract: Suture anchors are disclosed having suture locking features able to lock multiple suture ends extending from a body tissue, such as from a bone tunnel, with a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: VentureMD Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Kwan-Ho Chan, James Murphy, T. Wade Fallin, Patrick Michel White
  • Patent number: 9114016
    Abstract: Pathology of the human knee can arise from excessive and/or uneven loading of regions within the joint. Methods and apparatus are disclosed that enable displacement of soft tissue around the knee, without displacing or severing bone thereby altering the mechanical load distribution within the joint in a less invasive manner than previous techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Cotera, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Shenoy, Hanson S. Gifford, II
  • Patent number: 9107659
    Abstract: The invention provides, in various embodiments, systems, devices and methods relating to employing soft tissue anchors in combination with an implantable sling to treat urinary incontinence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian MacLean
  • Patent number: 9101462
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for treating a first biological soft tissue. A biological soft tissue implant is attached to a first damaged biological soft tissue such that the biological soft tissue implant is capable of interacting with a second biological soft tissue or bone to prevent the first biological soft tissue from retracting beyond a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: FRANTZ MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT, LTD.
    Inventor: Drew Miller