Having A Fluid Filled Chamber Patents (Class 623/17.12)
  • Patent number: 10821002
    Abstract: Inflatable spinal implants are disclosed for intra-vertebral or inter-vertebral reduction and fixation of osteoporotic fractures in a spine. An inflatable implant may include an inflatable member having an interior for receiving a hardenable fluid and an expandable jacket to cause differential and directional expansion of the inflatable member. A one-way valve may be configured to prevent hardenable fluid from escaping out of the inflatable member. An inflatable implant may include a connection fixation device having a fluid coupling configured for releasable engagement with an inflation cannula and an anchoring portion configured for holding the implant in place within a vertebra. The fluid coupling may also be configured for releasable engagement with an anti-rotation device, which may be used to hold the implant stationary to facilitate engagement and disengagement of the inflation cannula with the fluid coupling. Related systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Spica Medical Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Nadi S. Hibri
  • Patent number: 10806593
    Abstract: A central inflatable distractor and a perimeter balloon are inserted into the disc space in uninflated configurations. The central inflatable distractor is then expanded, thereby distracting the vertebral endplates to the controlled height of the central inflatable distractor. The perimeter balloon is then inflated with a curable substance. The perimeter balloon expands as it is filled with the curable substance and conforms to the void remaining in the disc space around the central inflatable distractor, thereby creating a horseshoe shape. Once the flowable material in the perimeter balloon has cured, the central inflated distractor can be deflated and removed. The remaining void (or inner space) is then packed with graft for fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman Lomeli, Kevin Lee
  • Patent number: 10743950
    Abstract: An implant positioning device and a method of using the device are described. The positioning device includes an end effector configured to contact an implant component during a surgical procedure, the end effector connected to an actuator for imparting an impact force to the implant component during the surgical procedure, a motor mechanically connected to the actuator and configured to move the actuator to produce one or more impacts on the end effector, thereby imparting the impact force to the implant component, and a control circuit coupled to the motor. The control circuit is configured to generate at least one motor control signal, transfer the at least one motor control signal to the motor, and, as a result of the at least one motor control signal, cause the motor to move the actuator to produce one or more impacts on the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Constantinos Nikou, Branislav Jaramaz, Benjamin Oliver McCandless
  • Patent number: 10575967
    Abstract: A nuclear disc implant includes an inner fillable enclosure and an outer fillable enclosure. After insertion into a enucleated disc cavity, the inner enclosure is filled with a fluid and the outer fillable enclosure is filled with a curable material. The curable material is allowed to cure and the fluid is removed from the inner enclosure to leave an inner enclosure surrounded by an cured outer enclosure. A reinforcing band may be provided around the nuclear disc implant. An inflation tool to fill the nuclear disc implant is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SPINAL STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: James D. Lutz, W. Loren Francis, Mark Novotny
  • Patent number: 10507116
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device 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 described herein is capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc space at a minimum to no distraction height and for a fusion device capable of maintaining a normal distance between adjacent vertebral bodies when implanted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTEGRITY IMPLANTS INC.
    Inventor: Eugene Shoshtaev
  • Patent number: 10433977
    Abstract: An expandable intervertebral implant (10) includes superior (20) and inferior (30) bone contacting members and at least one vertical wire netting (50) interconnecting the superior and inferior bone contacting members. The superior and inferior bone contacting members include at least two bone contacting components interconnected via one or more lateral wire nettings such that the implant is vertically and laterally expandable in situ from a first insertion configuration to a second expanded configuration. The vertical and lateral wire netting are preferably constructed of a plurality of individual link members. The present invention also preferably relates to an associated method of manufacturing the intervertebral implant such that the intervertebral implant can be manufactured as an integral component or part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Beat Lechmann, Dominique Burkard, Johann Fierlbeck, Alfred Niederberger
  • Patent number: 10426628
    Abstract: An intervertebral prosthesis for insertion between adjacent vertebrae includes an upper plate, a lower plate and a core. The core is retained between the upper and lower plates by a retention feature in the form of central projections on the plates and a corresponding opening in the core. The retention feature is designed to allow the plates to slide over the upper and lower surfaces of the core in the anterior/posterior direction and in the lateral direction and to allow the plates to rotate with respect to each other and the core. The retention feature is also designed to prevent contact between the first and second plates during sliding movement of the plates over the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Simplify Medical Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Yves Arramon, David Hovda
  • Patent number: 10405986
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for implanting between adjacent vertebrae comprising: an arcuate balloon and a hardenable material within said balloon. In some embodiments, the balloon has a footprint that substantially corresponds to a perimeter of a vertebral endplate. An inflatable device is inserted through a cannula into an intervertebral space and oriented so that, upon expansion, a natural angle between vertebrae will be at least partially restored. At least one component selected from the group consisting of a load-bearing component and an osteobiologic component is directed into the inflatable device through a fluid communication means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James Edward Kelly, Thomas M. DiMauro
  • Patent number: 10369001
    Abstract: An implant configured to completely replace degenerated or damaged nucleus pulposus in an intervertebral disc. The implant comprises a silicone elastomer shell that is implanted into a void within the annulus fibrosus created by at least partial removal of the nucleus pulposus therefrom. A colloidal suspension of platinum cured silicone-based polymer and carbon nanotubes is injected into the elastomer shell. The colloidal suspension is irradiated with electromagnetic radiation, particularly infrared or near infrared light, to the point that it hardens. The hardened implant becomes a mechanical replacement for the original nucleus pulposus in the intervertebral disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Eric R. VonGunten
  • Patent number: 10342673
    Abstract: A spinal implant which is configured to be deployed between adjacent vertebral bodies. The implant has at least one extendable support element with a retracted configuration to facilitate deployment of the implant and an extended configuration so as to expand the implant and effectively distract the disc space, stabilize the motion segments and eliminate pathologic spine motion. The implant has a minimal dimension in its unexpanded state that is smaller than the dimensions of the neuroforamen through which it typically passes to be deployed within the intervertebral space. The implant is provided with a locking system having a plurality of linked locking elements that work in unison to lock the implant in an extended configuration. Bone engaging anchors also may be provided to ensure secure positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: John E. Ashley, Philip J. Simpson, Walter Dean Gillespie, Murali Kadaba, David G. Matsuura, George A. Mansfield, III, Thomas Grotz, Rudy Pretti
  • Patent number: 10219912
    Abstract: An interbody system for implanting between vertebrae, the interbody system comprises a cage having a cage body that includes a graft chamber having a volume that receives graft material, a sagittal wall that forms a portion of the graft chamber, and a wall membrane that forms another portion of the graft chamber. The interbody system may comprise an interbody device that includes an aperture that receives a bone fastener, wherein the wall membrane interacts with the bone fastener. The wall membrane may bend as result of a force applied by the bone fastener to a portion of the wall membrane, thereby providing directional support to the bone fastener and/or forcing graft material from the graft chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CTL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Suh, Sean Suh
  • Patent number: 10201375
    Abstract: A device for accessing and guiding at least one fixation device to a spine may include a distal portion configured to fit in a facet of the spine and a proximal portion extending from the distal portion. The proximal portion may be detachable from the distal portion and may be hollow or solid. A system for accessing and guiding at least one fixation device to a spine may include a distal portion configured to fit in a facet of the spine, a proximal portion extending from the distal portion, and a slidable guide device for sliding over the facet guide device to guide at least one instrument to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: PROVIDENCE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce M. McCormack, Edward Liou, Shigeru Tanaka, Christopher U. Phan
  • Patent number: 10195042
    Abstract: A shoulder implant device includes one or more fixation features including an acromial intrusion element and an inflatable humeral balloon portion that receives a fluid through the acromial intrusion element. The intrusion element comprises a valve that can receive multiple needle sticks to add or remove fluid to or from the inflatable humeral balloon. The device is implanted in a subacromial space such that the one or more fixation features at least secure the device to the acromion and the inflatable balloon portion rests against the proximal end of the corresponding humerus. Fluid in the balloon portion maintains separation of the acromion and the humerus to reduce or prevent impingement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microaire Surgical Instruments LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Vanleeuwen, Shannon Vaughn, Thomas Weisel
  • Patent number: 10149773
    Abstract: An intervertebral scaffolding system is provided having a central beam having a proximal portion having an end, a grafting portion having a top and a bottom, a distal portion having a end, a central beam axis, a graft distribution channel having an entry port at the end of the proximal portion, a top exit port at the top of the grafting portion, and a bottom exit port at the bottom of the grafting portion. These systems can also include a laterovertically-expanding frame operable for a reversible collapse from an expanded state into a collapsed state. The expanded state, for example, can be configured to have an open graft distribution window that at least substantially closes upon the reversible collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: INTEGRITY IMPLANTS INC.
    Inventors: John To, John J. Flynn, Paul J. Birkmeyer
  • Patent number: 10143564
    Abstract: Spinal disk including a shell, first endplate, second endplate and core. The shell includes sidewalls, back wall, front wall, top wall, and bottom wall defining a compartment. The first endplate includes a first base, first top and first attachment. The first base is retained in the compartment. The first top is disposed about a first opening in the top wall to form a top contact surface. The first attachment extends from the first top portion. The second endplate includes a second base, second top and second attachment. The second base is retained in the compartment. The second top is disposed about a second opening in the bottom wall to form a bottom contact surface. The second attachment extends from the second top portion. The core includes a material injectable into a constrained space in the compartment between the first base and the second base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Spinal Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Aferzon, Jeffrey A. Bash
  • Patent number: 10130477
    Abstract: A method for fixating a dysfunctional sacroiliac joint for SI joint fusion including implanting a joint implant at the sacroiliac joint. The joint implant may include a body extending a length between a proximal end and a distal end, an exterior surface, an interior surface opposite the exterior surface and defining an internal volume therein, a wall thickness extending between the exterior surface and the interior surface, a proximal opening extending into the internal volume, and a first plurality of voids along the length and extending through the wall thickness from the exterior surface to the interior surface. The first plurality of voids may be arranged along the length in a repeating pattern of a group of voids, wherein each void of the first plurality of voids is generally polygonal in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: JCBD, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Jeffrey Donner, Christopher Thomas Donner
  • Patent number: 10105232
    Abstract: A method of performing percutaneous interbody spinal fusion on adjacent vertebrae in a patient including the steps of: creating a percutaneous access opening on the patient, using indirect visualization to establish a surgical path through the access opening, creating a cavity in a disc space between the adjacent vertebra, without retraction, inserting an expandable implant into the cavity, the implant configured to fit through the access opening into the cavity, and expanding the implant within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Spineology, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Roche, Clint Boylan, Dan McPhillips, Tim Walnofer, Joseph Gleason
  • Patent number: 10086115
    Abstract: An anchorage device comprising a mesh substrate coupled to an implantable medical device is disclosed, where the mesh substrate has a coating comprising a polymer, and the mesh further comprises at least one active pharmaceutical ingredient. The active pharmaceutical agent is designed to elute from the mesh over time. The mesh substrate can be configured to reduce the mass of the anchorage device such that tissue in-growth and/or scar tissue formation at the treatment site is reduced. In some embodiments, the mesh substrate can be formed with a mesh having a low areal density. In some embodiments, the mesh substrate can include one or more apertures or pores to reduce the mass of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TYRX, Inc.
    Inventors: William McJames, Frank Do, Satish Pulapura, Qing Ge
  • Patent number: 10070902
    Abstract: A spinal implant comprises a body including an inner surface that defines a cavity. The inner surface includes a baffle. The body is disposable between a contracted configuration and an in vivo expandable configuration. Systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Lange, Darren L. Davis
  • Patent number: 10064739
    Abstract: The present invention provides artificial disc prostheses, methods and instrumentation for implantation and revision thereof. Each prosthesis may comprise superior and inferior end plates and a nucleus positioned between articular surfaces of the end plates. The end plates may have planar bone engagement surfaces with a plurality of self-cutting teeth. The articular surfaces of the end plates may be planar or include a flattened portion. The nucleus includes superior and inferior articular surfaces which may comprise flattened portions such that when the articular surfaces of the nucleus and the end plates are placed in cooperation in a preferred orientation, the flattened and/or planar portions are aligned. Each prosthesis may provide flexion/extension, anterior/posterior translation, lateral bending, and/or axial rotation degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Synergy Disc Replacement, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Duggal, Dylan Matthew Hushka, Joshua A. Butters, Jeffery D. Arnett
  • Patent number: 10058430
    Abstract: A system for fixating a dysfunctional sacroiliac joint for SI joint fusion, the system including a sacroiliac joint implant and a delivery tool configured for approaching a sacroiliac joint. The system may include an implant having a porous 3D matrix structure and may be manufactured by laser or electron beam additive manufacturing. The delivery tool may include a radiolucent material. The SI fusion system may further include custom sacroiliac joint implants, anchors, alignment tools or targeting arms manufactured for a particular patient. Pre-surgical imaging studies, including 3D rendering, and their interpretation may assist in planning desired trajectories, anchor dimensions and implant dimensions and may provide details specific to the manufacture of particular sacroiliac joint tools or implants and their implantation into the sacroiliac joint. The system may be configured for use with surgical robots and may include an integrated nerve monitoring and stimulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: JCBD, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Jeffrey Donner, Christopher Thomas Donner
  • Patent number: 10058433
    Abstract: An expandable implant for inserting within a skeletal space is provided, and a method for using the implant to expand the skeletal space. The implant is preferably designed to be inserted into an intervertebral space to replace at least part of an intervertebral disc between adjacent vertebral bodies. The expandable implant contains at least one first expansion compartment and at least one second expansion compartments, which compartments can be inflatable balloons that are inflated by a catheter. Inflating the first expansion compartment expands the implant in a first direction and inflating the second expansion compartment expands the implant in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Depuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Beat Lechmann, Dominique Burkard, Michael Schwager
  • Patent number: 10028839
    Abstract: An inter-vertebral disc prosthesis intended for percutaneous deployment comprises an expandable annular enclosure and an expandable nuclear enclosure. The expandable annular enclosure incorporates a reinforcing annular band along its periphery and is filled with in-situ curable rubber. The expandable nuclear enclosure is filled with a gas. The nuclear prosthesis further incorporates a novel, integrally molded sealing valve assembly and is stretchable and collapsible into a minimal profile for ease of insertion into a specially designed delivery cannula, and is inflation-assisted expandable into an inter-vertebral disc in which complete percutaneous nuclectomy has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Spinal Stabilization Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nadi Salah Hibri, James Douglas Lutz
  • Patent number: 9987163
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to an injection device having a plunger configured to advance a distance into a container of material, such as a viscoelastic container; a trigger mechanism configured upon an actuation of the trigger mechanism to apply a first force to a spring element; and the spring element coupled to the plunger and configured to apply a second force to the plunger and which is configured to prevent exceeding a threshold maximum force applied to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventor: Michael Schaller
  • Patent number: 9974574
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cervical plate having a polyester staple fiber laminated within a polycarbonate urethane. The polyurethane provides a flexible, high resilience structure with a Dacron® material providing a flexible skeleton. The result is a cervical plate that is flexible but provides the necessary rigidity. An inflatable balloon can be used to mimic the properties of the natural disc by maintaining the intervertebral disc space through a full range of natural motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Atlas Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew G. Baynham
  • Patent number: 9943297
    Abstract: A soft tissue repair system is provided for covering or filling openings in the annulus of an intervertebral disc. The soft tissue repair system uses a single plug or a combination of a first plug and a second plug. The second plug is a flowable plug such as an adhesive material or a material that hardens to a flexible plug material. Each plug is configured to close the opening in the annulus and can be positioned within the opening, over the opening at the exterior surface or over the opening at the interior surface. The plug can also be combined with a clamping mechanism that engages the annulus to secure the plug in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jody L. Seifert, David C. Paul, Sean Suh, Colm McLaughlin, Marcin Niemiec, Aditya Ingalhalikar, Daniel Davenport, Jamie Carroll, Chad Glerum, Edward Dwyer, Noah Hansell, Mark Weiman, Douglas Cahill, Adam Friedrich, Michelle Kofron, Vipin Kunjachan, Ed Reilley, Damien O'Halloran, William S Rhoda, Brian Malm
  • Patent number: 9924989
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are minimally invasive systems and method for stabilizing the spine, while preserving a degree of spinal flexion and extension of the spine at the level of the stabilized vertebrae postoperatively. The systems and methods can include an expandable anchor and rod that span an intervertebral disc. The anchor can have interstices, and ends in two adjacent vertebral bodies. The system can also include a volume of bone cement media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: ZYNFUSION, LLC
    Inventor: James Earl Dix
  • Patent number: 9913725
    Abstract: A method of performing percutaneous interbody spinal fusion on adjacent vertebrae in a patient including the steps of: creating a percutaneous access opening on the patient, using indirect visualization to establish a surgical path through the access opening via neural monitoring, creating a cavity in a disc space between the adjacent vertebra, without retraction, evaluating the created cavity, inserting a container sized and configured to fit through the access opening into the cavity and filling the container with fill material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Spineology, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Roche, Clint Boylan, Dan McPhillips, Tim Walnofer, Joseph Gleason
  • Patent number: 9895233
    Abstract: The invention encompasses devices and methods for treating one or more damaged, diseased, or traumatized intervertebral discs to reduce or eliminate associated back pain. Specifically, the invention encompasses intervertebral nucleus and annulus implants that are resistant to migration in and/or expulsion from an intervertebral disc space. The invention further encompasses kits including the implantable devices of the invention and associated delivery tools to treat annular and nuclear tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Damien O'Halloran, Jody L. Seifert, Jeff Bennett, Aditya Ingalhalikar, Sean Suh, Sophia Tetteh
  • Patent number: 9814593
    Abstract: An implant configured to completely replace degenerated or damaged nucleus pulposus in an intervertebral disc. The implant comprises a silicone elastomer shell that is implanted into a void within the annulus fibrosus created by at least partial removal of the nucleus pulposus therefrom. A colloidal suspension of platinum cured silicone-based polymer and carbon nanotubes is injected into the elastomer shell. The colloidal suspension is irradiated with electromagnetic radiation, particularly infrared or near infrared light, to the point that it hardens. The hardened implant becomes a mechanical replacement for the original nucleus pulposus in the intervertebral disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Eric R. VonGunten
  • Patent number: 9788967
    Abstract: An intervertebral cage for spinal implants is provided. The intervertebral cage includes a front portion, a right lateral portion, a left lateral portion, a rear portion, a top portion and a bottom portion. A vertical dimension of the front portion is larger than a vertical dimension of the rear portion. A vertical dimension of the right portion is larger than a vertical dimension of the left portion. A vertical dimension of a connection between the left and rear portions is smaller than a vertical dimension of a connection between the right and front portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Dae Jean Jo
  • Patent number: 9706947
    Abstract: Methods of performing procedures within an intervertebral disc are disclosed. The methods include performing procedures such as implant delivery, tissue manipulation, tissue diagnostics, and therapeutic and diagnostic agent delivery at selected locations within intervertebral discs. In one embodiment, a method includes delivering an anchor and an implant within a functional spinal unit using a surgical device having at least one depth stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Intrinsic Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory H. Lambrecht, Robert Kevin Moore, Jacob Einhorn
  • Patent number: 9668875
    Abstract: An implant for use in spinal surgery comprises a resilient element having an inflatable cavity. It is formed of a biologically compatible material and is arranged for placement between end plates of adjacent vertebra. The implant may also include a wound disc replacement element. A method of performing spinal surgery on a patient comprises securely mounting a patient onto a patient support table; imaging a spinal region of the patient; building up a three-dimensional image file of the spinal region of the patient; storing the image file; and utilizing the image file for planning and carrying out computer controlled spinal surgery on the patient utilizing the implant. A computer-controlled surgical implant system comprises a steerable endosurgical implanting assembly operative to install the implant at a desired location in a patient; and a computerized controlled, which operates the steerable endosurgical implanting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventor: Amiram Steinberg
  • Patent number: 9656004
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical device. In particular, the present invention concerns a medical device which can be detected by means of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: MARVIS INTERVENTIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Duering, Joachim Georg Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 9603714
    Abstract: An expanding device for expanding the spacing between bones is provided. The expanding device includes a spacer configured to be expandable and disposed between the bones, a catheter provided with the spacer at a distal end thereof and adapted to introduce a filler into the spacer, and a sheath having a lumen through which the catheter is inserted and in which the spacer before expansion can be housed. The spacer includes a spacer body configured to be expandable, an introduction section through which a filler is introduced into a rear-end-side expansion section of the spacer body, and a bypass passage through which part of the filler in the introduction section is introduced into a distal-end-side expansion section of the spacer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomomi Kitagawa, Yasuyuki Honma
  • Patent number: 9597193
    Abstract: The invention encompasses devices and methods for treating one or more damaged, diseased, or traumatized intervertebral discs to reduce or eliminate associated back pain. Specifically, the invention encompasses intervertebral nucleus and annulus implants that are resistant to migration in and/or expulsion from an intervertebral disc space. The invention further encompasses kits including the implantable devices of the invention and associated delivery tools to treat annular and nuclear tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Damien O'Halloran, Jody L. Seifert, Jeff Bennett, Aditya Ingalhalikar, Sean Suh, Sophia Tetteh
  • Patent number: 9561117
    Abstract: An expandable implant for inserting within a skeletal space is provided, and a method for using the implant to expand the skeletal space. The implant is preferably designed to be inserted into an intervertebral space to replace at least part of an intervertebral disc between adjacent vertebral bodies. The expandable implant contains at least one first expansion compartment and at least one second expansion compartments, which compartments can be inflatable balloons that are inflated by a catheter. Inflating the first expansion compartment expands the implant in a first direction and inflating the second expansion compartment expands the implant in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Beat Lechmann, Dominique Burkard, Michael Schwager
  • Patent number: 9545319
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device intended to replace or partially replace one or more vertebral bodies or intervertebral discs in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine, and includes methods for its use and deployment. The invention may be used to restore biomechanical parameters correlating with improved patient outcomes and also involves a method for a more effective discectomy or corpectomy prior to graft deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Azadeh Farin Wald, M.D., Inc., A Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Azadeh Farin
  • Patent number: 9452061
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a spinal fusion cage for implantation between two adjacent vertebrae, wherein the total cage has, under a load, a maximum compression that is higher than 0.05% of the original height of the spinal fusion cage and the maximum compression does not change the structural integrity of the cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Darren Donald Obrigkeit, Jacob Koenen, Detlef Olaf Alexander Schumann, Leo Smit
  • Patent number: 9439776
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for implanting between adjacent vertebrae comprising: an arcuate balloon and a hardenable material within said balloon. In some embodiments, the balloon has a footprint that substantially corresponds to a perimeter of a vertebral endplate. An inflatable device is inserted through a cannula into an intervertebral space and oriented so that, upon expansion, a natural angle between vertebrae will be at least partially restored. At least one component selected from the group consisting of a load-bearing component and an osteobiologic component is directed into the inflatable device through a fluid communication means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. DiMauro, Michael Andrew Slivka
  • Patent number: 9433510
    Abstract: An expandable intervertebral implant (10) includes superior (20) and inferior (30) bone contacting members and at least one vertical wire netting (50) interconnecting the superior and inferior bone contacting members. The superior and inferior bone contacting members include at least two bone contacting components interconnected via one or more lateral wire nettings such that the implant is vertically and laterally expandable in situ from a first insertion configuration to a second expanded configuration. The vertical and lateral wire netting are preferably constructed of a plurality of individual link members. The present invention also preferably relates to an associated method of manufacturing the intervertebral implant such that the intervertebral implant can be manufactured as an integral component or part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Beat Lechmann, Dominique Burkard, Johann Fierlbeck, Alfred Niederberger
  • Patent number: 9427326
    Abstract: Intervertebral disc prostheses and methods of use. An intervertebral disc prosthesis for installation in a spinal column may include a first intervertebral plate, a second intervertebral plate, and a removable insert core. The first intervertebral plate may engage one or both of the inferior vertebral endplate and the inferior ring apophysis of a superior vertebral body. The second intervertebral plate may engage one or both of the superior vertebral endplate and the superior ring apophysis of an inferior vertebral body. The removable insert core is located between and engages the intervertebral plates. A projection projects from one of the intervertebral plates toward the other intervertebral plate. The removable insert core at least partially surrounds the projection when installed. The removable insert core is removable from between the intervertebral plates and from around the projection while the intervertebral plates and projection remain installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Hewko
  • Patent number: 9421107
    Abstract: An intervertebral disc includes a superior endplate having an upper vertebral contacting surface and a lower bearing surface, wherein the upper vertebral contacting surface of the superior endplate has a central portion that is raised relative to a peripheral portion of the superior endplate, and wherein the lower bearing surface has a concavity disposed opposite the raised central portion. The disc includes an inferior endplate having a lower vertebral contacting surface and an upper surface, wherein the lower vertebral contacting surface of the inferior endplate has a central portion and wherein the upper bearing surface has a concavity disposed opposite the central portion. A core is positioned between the upper and inferior endplates, the core having upper and lower core bearing surfaces configured to mate with the bearing surfaces of the upper and inferior endplates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Simplify Medical Pty Limited
    Inventor: Yves Arramon
  • Patent number: 9408709
    Abstract: Inflatable multi-chambered devices are provided for repairing or replacing spinal discs and distracting neighboring vertebral elements. Also included are cushioning devices that may be used in a joint replacement device cushioning system. Further included are kits and systems that include such devices, methods for making such devices, and methods of treating patients in need of such devices. Examples further include cosmetic augmentation and restoration devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Wirtel, III, Mark Borden
  • Patent number: 9345577
    Abstract: A shoulder implant device includes one or more fixation features including an acromial intrusion element and an inflatable humeral balloon portion that receives a fluid through the acromial intrusion element. The intrusion element comprises a valve that can receive multiple needle sticks to add or remove fluid to or from the inflatable humeral balloon. The device is implanted in a subacromial space such that the one or more fixation features at least secure the device to the acromion and the inflatable balloon portion rests against the proximal end of the corresponding humerus. Fluid in the balloon portion maintains separation of the acromion and the humerus to reduce or prevent impingement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MicroAire Surgical Instruments LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Vanleeuwen, Shannon Vaughn, Thomas Weisel
  • Patent number: 9326866
    Abstract: Various features of spinal implants and systems and methods for implanting the same with or between tissue layers in the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Benvenue Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent Schaller, Timothy McGrath, Ryan Connolly, David Needleman, Steven Golden, John Ashley, James Lee, Jeffrey Emery, J. Brook Burley, Larry T. Khoo
  • Patent number: 9326806
    Abstract: A device for treating vertebral bone including a releasably closed, removable filling member which can be placed within a plane separating superior and inferior portions of a vertebral body and oriented to promote its stabilization and realignment upon expansion of the filling member along the plane via injection of filler material, while minimally compacting bone or creating unsupported voids within the interior of the vertebral body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Crosstrees Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwan Ku Lin, Philip S. Yuan, Robert M. Scribner
  • Patent number: 9295562
    Abstract: An expandable intervertebral implant (10) includes superior (20) and inferior (30) bone contacting members and at least one vertical wire netting (50) interconnecting the superior and inferior bone contacting members. The superior and inferior bone contacting members include at least two bone contacting components interconnected via one or more lateral wire nettings such that the implant is vertically and laterally expandable in situ from a first insertion configuration to a second expanded configuration. The vertical and lateral wire netting are preferably constructed of a plurality of individual link members. The present invention also preferably relates to an associated method of manufacturing the intervertebral implant such that the intervertebral implant can be manufactured as an integral component or part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Beat Lechmann, Dominique Burkard, Johann Fierlbeck, Alfred Niederberger
  • Patent number: 9277944
    Abstract: A bone filler delivery system comprises a longitudinal channel incorporates a perforated segment at least partially along, at or near its distal end. The channel can be sealed at its distal end so the filler material may be delivered only by the lumen and through the perforated segment. Optionally, said system comprises a permeable bag capable of being inserted into a bone while in collapsed configuration and then expanded when filled with bone voids filler. The mesh structure is designed to allow such permeable bag to expand to a predetermined size or shape under certain pressures and allows exudation of bone void filler through its walls. Extracting the permeable bag out of a treated body promotes flow of bone void filler through its pores into cancellous bone and/or cavity in the bone. The procedure promotes height restoration of the bone and introduces filler in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mordechay Beyar, Oren Globerman
  • Patent number: 9265616
    Abstract: An expandable portion of an implant has a total volume and includes a plurality of chambers, each having a volume less than the total volume. At least one of the chambers includes a biocompatible media which is liquid at room temperature. The at least one chamber is closed, so that by increasing the temperature of the liquid, the pressure in the chamber increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Frigg