Including Spinal Disc Spacer Between Adjacent Spine Bones Patents (Class 623/17.16)
  • Patent number: 10322007
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for performing a spinal procedure. The device includes first and second shape-memory outer platforms, the outer platforms expanding at a temperature greater than the transformative temperature, a core member having first and second expansion bodies and first and second wedge members, the first expansion body being coupled to the first outer platform and the second expansion body being coupled to the second outer platform, and a screw rotatably disposed within the core member, the screw passing through at least a portion of each of the first and second wedge members. Rotation of the screw causes the first and second wedge members to move toward each other and the first and second expansion bodies to move away from each other. Thus, reaching a transformation temperature and rotating the screw expands the device to come in contact with and anchored against both of the adjacent vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Masson, James Scott Hay, Ryan Singh
  • Patent number: 10322008
    Abstract: An intervertebral implant for implantation in a treated area of an intervertebral space between vertebral bodies of a spine is provided. The upper surface and the lower surface of the implant each have a contact area capable of engaging with anatomy in the treated area, and the upper and lower surfaces define a through-hole having an inner surface extending through the spacer body. A first and second sidewalls extend from a front end and a back end, wherein the first and second sidewalls are configured with engagement portions positioned in close proximity to the front end and the back end. The front end and the back end are configured with a threaded hole for receiving an instrument for inserting the intervertebral implant into the intervertebral disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Jody L. Seifert
  • Patent number: 10299837
    Abstract: An anchor device for use in sacroiliac joint stabilization comprises a housing having a bore, one or more apertures, and a threaded outer surface, one or more engagement members at least partially disposed in the housing, where at least one of the one or more engagement members is movable between a retracted position and an extended position such that, when the at least one of the one or more engagement members is in the extended position, the at least one of the one or more engagement members extends through at least one of the one or more apertures, and where, when the at least one of the one or more engagement members is in the extended position, the at least one of the one or more engagement members is configured to engage a cortical wall of a sacrum bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: West End Bay Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Andy J. Redmond, Charles R. Gordon, Erik Wagner
  • Patent number: 10292836
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes a first member defining a longitudinal axis and including a wall that defines an axial cavity. The first member further defines at least one lateral cavity configured for disposal of an instrument and is oriented transverse relative to the longitudinal axis. A second member includes an axial surface defining gear teeth and being configured for disposal with the axial cavity such that the teeth are offset from the longitudinal axis. The instrument is engageable with the teeth to axially translate the second member relative to the first member. Surgical instruments, systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Loic Josse, Philippe Lemaitre, Jean Charles Le Huec, Jorg Franke
  • Patent number: 10285823
    Abstract: Disclosed are improved spinal implants that are configured to help prevent post-operative migration of the implant. In some embodiments, the implant system includes multi-axial tooth geometry and other geometrical configurations such as but not limited to peripheral curvatures that aid in the prevention of such post-operative migration. Also disclosed are asymmetrical implants having superior and inferior surfaces with different angulations relative to the sagittal midline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MEDITECH SPINE, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen B. James, Adam Sclafani, Eric Flickinger
  • Patent number: 10271832
    Abstract: An expandable trial can include an inferior portion, a superior portion, and a middle expanding portion as well as load cells for monitoring the load on the trial. The trial may also include recesses on its lateral sides to provide spacing to accommodate a disc removal tool so tissue can be cleared monitoring load. In addition, neural foramen spacing can be monitoring to provide information about how much neural release has been achieved as the disc is cleaned and the spine is positioned and repositioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Neil, Roman Lomeli, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher Ramsay, Zoher Bootwala, Jennifer DiPietro, John Griffin
  • Patent number: 10271960
    Abstract: Intervertebral spacer assemblies, systems, and methods thereof. A method of insertion includes inserting an intervertebral spacer and plate together using an insertion tool and, upon removal of the insertion tool, the intervertebral spacer and plate are no longer considered connected/coupled and act as separate components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Zappacosta, Noah Hansell, Mark Adams
  • Patent number: 10265190
    Abstract: A vertebral insert may include a first linkage, a second linkage, and a third linkage. The first, second, and third linkages may at least partially defining a cavity. The insert may be movable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, and the movement of the first and second linkages with respect to one another may be configured to reciprocally move the insert between the collapsed and expanded configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt Faulhaber
  • Patent number: 10265192
    Abstract: An interbody implant comprises one or more elongate members that have superior and inferior surfaces with a height, and medial and lateral surfaces having a width. The height is set so the implant fits into the intervertebral space. The width is less than the height. The interbody implant has a first configuration, a second configuration, and a third configuration. The interbody implant is inserted into the intervertebral space in the first configuration such that medial and lateral surfaces contact the vertebral bodies, and the interbody implant is then actuated into the second configuration such that superior and inferior surfaces engage the vertebral bodies. Actuation of the implant from the first configuration to the second configuration distracts the vertebral bodies. The implant is actuated into the third configuration where the width of the implant is greater than width of the implant in the first or the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Spine Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Eastlack, James Bruffey, Maneesh Bawa, Brian Bowman, Benjamin Arnold, Jude Paganelli, Urs Weber
  • Patent number: 10258483
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices suitable for implantation in spaces between bones, such as in the spaces between vertebrae in a vertebral column of an animal, are described. An implantable medical device comprises a laminate structure in which a cover conforms to and is attached to a main body. The implantable medical device is suitable for implantation in spaces between bones, such as in the spaces between vertebrae in a vertebral column of an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DeGen Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Black, Kidong Yu
  • Patent number: 10245156
    Abstract: The present invention relates to various embodiments of anchoring devices for intervertebral implants, intervertebral implant and implantation of instrumentation, sharing the characteristic to cooperate with the anchoring device (1) comprising a body comprising at least one curve, rigid plate (10) elongated along a longitudinal axis (L) so that its front end enters at least one vertebra while its rear end remains in the passage (21) of the implant (2) by pressing said implant (2) against said vertebra with at least one retaining stop (14), the device (1) being characterized in that the plate (10) comprises at least one longitudinal slot (11) separating at least one posterior portion of the plate (10) into two branches (12, 13) which at least one comprises at least one withdrawal stop (15) configured to retain the device (1) in the implant (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LDR Medical
    Inventors: Hervé Chataigner, Craig Chebuhar, Hervé Dinville, Emmanuel Bougere
  • Patent number: 10231845
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cage apparatus for minimal invasive surgery. The cage apparatus includes: a first main body inserted between a first vertebra and a second vertebra adjacent to the first vertebra; a second main body inserted between the first vertebra and the second vertebra to face the first main body; a torsion prevention unit fixed to each of both edges of each of the first and second main bodies and disposed between the first and second main bodies; and a locking unit forwardly/reversely rotatably mounted between the first and second main bodies to suppress movement of the torsion prevention unit between the first and second main bodies. Thus, when the surgery is performed, the cage apparatus may be easily inserted between a vertebra and an adjacent vertebra to previously prevent damage due to torsion from occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MEDRICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 10226356
    Abstract: An expandable medical implant is provided with an implantable cage body. Methods for stabilizing and correcting the alignment of a spine with an expandable medical implant are provided. The proximal and distal ends of the cage body may each be provided with a plug for causing expansion of the ends of the implant and therefore the bone engaging surfaces of the implant. The proximal plug member may be configured to move longitudinally such that the proximal end of the cage body resiliently expands. The distal plug member may be configured to move longitudinally such that the distal end of the cage body resiliently expands. The proximal and distal plug members are moved longitudinally independently from one another to allow for independent expansion and contraction of each of the proximal and distal ends of the cage body itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: IORTHOPEDICS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Thomas Grotz
  • Patent number: 10226352
    Abstract: An implant for insertion between vertebral bodies of the spinal column, with a main body which is formed along a longitudinal axis and at least one end of which an attachment plate with a contact surface for attachment to an adjacent vertebral body is disposed, which plate is mounted on main body pivotably about a pivot axis, arranged substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, and which can be fixed at an angle relative to it or relative to the longitudinal axis. The main body is assigned at least one clamping element. The attachment plate has a clamping surface on a side facing the main body, and the clamping element is movable between a pivot configuration, in which the attachment plate is pivotable, and a clamping configuration, in which the angle and thereby the attachment plate are fixed by an interaction of the clamping element with the clamping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ulrich GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Julia Lorenz, Martin Schroeter, Tobias Winkler, Harry Christenhusz, Hubertus Paul Maria Ter Braak
  • Patent number: 10226284
    Abstract: Disclosed are laminoplasty devices and systems, kits that include such laminoplasty devices or systems or components thereof; and methods of assembling and using such laminoplasty devices and systems. In particular, articulating laminoplasty devices are provided that allow lamina plates to be adjusted angularly and transitionally with respect to a cage connecting the lamina plates. Also provided are laminoplasty plates that are configured so as to be assembled with a bone graft housing, and which provide an opening configured to facilitate bone graft insertion into the housing. Further provided are expandable laminoplasty fixation systems that include a lateral mass plate, a lamina plate and a set screw that when screwed and unscrewed, allows one to contract and expand the plates with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Suh, Sean Suh
  • Patent number: 10226357
    Abstract: An interbody cage, which has lattice-like or grid-like areas for better connection/fusion into the area of the vertebra. The cage has especially an outer frame, which includes massive support parts and, and an inner grid body. The frame determining the outer contour and the lattice or grid areas located within same are made in one piece. The cage is prepared by sintering, such as by electron beam melting or laser sintering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: JOIMAX GMBH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Ries
  • Patent number: 10219915
    Abstract: An expandable spinal fusion implant comprising first and second endplates coupled to an expansion member that sits within a housing. The expansion member is translated by a drive mechanism, whereby translation of the expansion member by the drive mechanism in a distal and proximal directions causes the distance between the endplates to increase and decrease, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Stein
  • Patent number: 10206784
    Abstract: Insertion and expansion devices for use in inserting motion discs, and associated methods of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bellas, Seung-kyu Daniel Kwak, Michael J. O'Neil, John Riley Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10206787
    Abstract: An intervertebral fusion cage that is adapted to contain an inserter within its inner volume during insertion of the cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventor: John C. Voellmicke
  • Patent number: 10201431
    Abstract: Systems for interbody fusion of adjacent bone portions may include an expanding implant and related instruments. An expanding implant may be formed as a linkage which is movable between a compact configuration and an expanded configuration. A shaft of the implant may increase and decrease in length to move between the compact and expanded configurations, and an implant width perpendicular to the length may be increased in the expanded configuration. The implant width may increase more in a first direction than a second direction opposite the first direction. An inserter instrument may releasably grasp the spacer and transform the implant between the compact and expanded configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMDS LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Slater, Justin Hyer, Cortny Robison, Joshua A. Butters, Daniel J. Triplett
  • Patent number: 10195524
    Abstract: A unitarily formed expandable spinal implant for insertion in a disc space between two adjacent vertebrae. The unitarily formed expandable spinal implant is moveable from an unexpanded configuration to an expanded configuration, and can be manufactured by a 3-dimensional printer. The unitarily formed expandable spinal implant includes an upper portion, a lower portion, a proximal wall, a first distal wall portion, a second distal wall portion, and a separator connected by at least one point of attachment to the spinal implant. A separation tool breaks the separator free from the at least one point of attachment, and moves the separator within the implant to force expansion thereof from the unexpanded configuration to the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven DeRidder, Gregory C. Marik, Stephen L. Ritland
  • Patent number: 10188528
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an intervertebral disc prosthesis is provided. The prosthesis may be provided with an insertion adapter, such as a head, holder, or other carrier of the prosthesis. The insertion adapter may be configured to retain the prosthesis and to engage an insertion tool body. In various embodiments, the prosthesis and the insertion holder are provided in a sterile pack, with the prosthesis components and the insertion holder sterilized and packaged in one or more types or layers of sterile packaging. In various other embodiments, the prosthesis and an insertion tool are provided in a sterile pack, with the prosthesis components and the insertion tool sterilized and packaged in one or more types or layers of sterile packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: LDR Medical
    Inventors: Alexandre Jodaitis, Herve Dinville, Alexis Mercier
  • Patent number: 10182919
    Abstract: A prosthetic intervertebral spacer is disclosed. The spacer preferably includes a body and an interface extending away from the body for use during implantation of the spacer. Methods of implanting the spacer and tools used during such procedure are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan D. Milz, Christine Herrmann, Thomas A. Alheidt, Lee L. Thibodeau
  • Patent number: 10182920
    Abstract: An intervertebral implant for being implanted between adjacent vertebrae is provided. The implant includes a generally elongate implant body having a length extending between opposite longitudinal ends thereof, a superior face and an inferior face. The superior face and inferior face include cortical teeth adjacent to the implant body longitudinal ends. Additionally, the superior and inferior faces include longitudinally central teeth intermediate the cortical teeth and have bone engaging ends. The central teeth have a sharper configuration than that of the cortical teeth bone engaging ends for biting into the softer central bone material of the vertebrae. The cortical teeth are arranged in a first density per unit area and the central teeth are arranged in a second density per unit area that is less than the first density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Ryan Mermuys, Scott J. Perrow, Steven A. Schopler
  • Patent number: 10172720
    Abstract: Tissue spacer implants and surgical methods for inserting the implants are disclosed. The implants may include a first cylindrical body with an outer surface, an axially extending hole, and a first end, a second cylindrical body with an outer surface and an axially extending hole, and an adjustment member with an outer surface, an axial hole, and at least one helical slot. The adjustment member axial hole may be adapted to receive the first cylindrical body and the adjustment member may be configured to be inserted into the axially extending hole of second cylindrical body. The implants may also include a travel mechanism for engaging the first cylindrical body, adjustment member, and second cylindrical body along the at least one helical slot to maintain a space between two bodies of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Medivest, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Nichols, Brian G. Emerick, Brent Walter, Larry Sutton, Heidi Stamets
  • Patent number: 10154911
    Abstract: An expandable implant includes a base member including a top surface, a first end, and a second end, and defining a central cavity positioned between the first end and the second end; an adjustable member including a top surface and at least one control channel, wherein the adjustable member is adjustably coupled to the base member and movable between a first, collapsed position, and a second, expanded position; a control shaft rotatable received by the base member, wherein rotation of the control shaft cause relative movement of the adjustable member relative to the base member; and at least one control member received on the control shaft and by the control channel, wherein rotation of the control shaft causes the control member to translate along the control shaft and along the control channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Life Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Predick, Madeline Wolters, Michael S. Butler
  • Patent number: 10149762
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are implants and methods for filling voids in a cranium of a patient. A craniofacial implant that may be used for filling such voids may include at least first and second components each having outer and inner surfaces, the outer and inner surfaces being curved in an inferior to posterior direction and a medial to lateral direction. The first component includes a flange extending outwardly from a medial side surface thereof and the second component includes a recessed portion extending inwardly from a medial side surface thereof. The first and second components are preferably engageable to one another such that the medial side surfaces of the first and second components are adjacent one another and the flange of the first component is housed within the recessed portion of the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: James J. Rudnick, Christopher Michael Bennett, Anthony Wolverton, Jason Wainwright
  • Patent number: 10143569
    Abstract: An expandable fusion device may include a first endplate and a second endplate. The expandable fusion device may also include first and second ramps configured to mate with both the first and second endplates. The first ramp may include a mating feature having a first angle relative to a vertical axis, and the second ramp may include a mating feature having a second angle relative to the vertical axis such that the first angle is different from the second angle. In particular, the first and second ramps may be configured to provide for symmetrical expansion of the first and second endplates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Weiman, Chad Glerum, Alex Burkhardt, Kevin Gahman
  • Patent number: 10143563
    Abstract: The invention relates to an implant (1) for sealing a defect (7c) in the annulus fibrosus (7a) of an intervertebral disc (7), comprising a retaining portion (3) for introducing into the defect (7c), a flexible sealing element which is connected to an inner end of the retaining portion, and a securing element (2) which is connected to the outer end of the retaining portion and which can be fixed to a vertebra (8) adjoining the intervertebral disc in order to hold the retaining portion (3) in a fixed position. According to the invention, this is achieved in that a securing limb (2), which is angled relative to the longitudinal axis of the retaining portion, is arranged on the outer end of the retaining portion (3), said securing limb being designed for laterally contacting a bony structure of a vertebra adjacent to the intervertebral disc and being securable on the vertebra by means of a fixing element which can be moved relative to the securing limb. The sealing element has inner reinforcements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Marcus Richter
  • Patent number: 10130490
    Abstract: Disclosed is an assembly and method for implant installation between adjacent vertebral bodies of a patient. The implant has a support body and a rotatable insert therein and the support body is curved for installation between adjacent vertebral bodies transforaminally. An installation instrument is also disclosed for removable attachment to implant and engagement with the rotatable insert to selectively permit rotation between the insert and the support body. The installation instrument extends along a longitudinal tool axis and when the installation instrument is in a first position the insert is rotationally fixed with respect to the support body and when the installation instrument is in a second position the support body may rotate with respect to the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Hansell, Marcin Niemiec, William S. Rhoda, Michael Meccariello
  • Patent number: 10130491
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a spinal implant assembly having features to prevent or minimize fixation elements, such as screws, from being dislodged, or from backing out over time and with use. The spinal implant assembly may comprise an implantable body having first apertures for receiving fixation elements. A plate configured to nest against the posterior portion of the implantable body and comprising one or more second apertures can be provided. These second apertures permit access to the head portions of the fixation elements. One or more locking elements are then passed through the second apertures and engage the head portions of the fixation elements. In addition, the plate may comprise an adjustable arm to allow the plate to be used with implantable bodies of different size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CENTINEL SPINE, INC.
    Inventors: Jason E. Garber, Christophe M. H. Geisert, Barbara D. Wirth, John Parry, John J. Viscogliosi
  • Patent number: 10124560
    Abstract: A two-piece part may include a first portion defining at least one through hole and a second portion may be cast such that the second portion extends through the through hole thereby mechanically interlocking the first portion and the second portion together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Pickett
  • Patent number: 10123880
    Abstract: A bone graft or spinal interbody device includes a frame member having two end segments for forming a chamber in the frame member, and two arms each include an outer end portion hinged to the outer end portion of the end segments of the frame member, and the inner end portions of the arms are hinged together for allowing the arms to be pivoted toward the frame member at an innermost folding position or away from the frame member to an outermost working position, and the arms are sprung away from the frame member to the outermost working position when the arms are pushed away from the frame member for a selected distance to an inner dead center (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: OSSAWARE BIOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kuei Jung Chen
  • Patent number: 10117690
    Abstract: A spinal implant comprises a body including a first vertebral engaging surface and a second vertebral engaging surface. At least one of the surfaces including a posterior linear side and an anterior arcuate side. Systems and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Armstrong, Stanley T. Palmatier, Virginia Leigh Richardson
  • Patent number: 10111756
    Abstract: A modular implant for performing an intervertebral fusion on adjacent vertebral bodies in a patient including a first spacer portion, a second spacer and a container having a first end and a second end, the first end of the container constructed to operably engage a first spacer and the second end of the container constructed to operably engage the second spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Spineology Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Wolfe, Bryan Becker, Tim Walnofer, Clint Boylan, Dan McPhillips, Michael Wang, Craig Kuhns, Garrett Ganske
  • Patent number: 10111757
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing spinal percutaneous delivery of an implant that can rigidly fixate the spinous process of a first superior bone and a second inferior bone of a functional spinal unit. In one aspect, the device comprises two bone abutment members connected via an interconnecting member. In another aspect, the method comprises implanting at least two spinal implant apparatus within a target disc space via an implantation apparatus. In another aspect, a placement instrument comprising an implant delivery segment, an anchor segment, and an articulating arm is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Cogent Spine, LLC
    Inventors: Samy Abdou, Brian Bowman, Benjamin Arnold, Jude Paganelli
  • Patent number: 10098753
    Abstract: A system and methods for promoting fusion across an intervertebral disc space, the system including a system of spinal fusion implants including a distal implant, a proximal implant and a medial implant positioned therebetween, wherein the medial implant has a flexible anterior wall capable of being deformed when a force is exerted upon it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventor: Luiz Pimenta
  • Patent number: 10098756
    Abstract: An embodiment includes an expandable intervertebral body fusion device with two expansion wedges within a generally hollow main body. After implantation into the intervertebral disc space, the expansion wedges are simultaneously moved from the center of the device toward the ends, which flexes the arms of the cage and increases the size of the implant. This expansion stabilizes the device in the disc space and increases the disc height, thereby reducing foraminal compression of spinal nerves and creating a stable motion segment for eventual fusion. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Wenzel Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Emstad
  • Patent number: 10092403
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implanting a spinal implant between two vertebral bodies are provided. The spinal implant may include a main body adapted to rest between and adjacent to the two vertebral bodies, the main body having a cavity therein adapted to hold a filler and a cap adapted to connect to the main body where the cap is connectable after the main body has been inserted between the vertebral bodies and after the filler has been inserted into the cavity of the main body. The cap is securable to the main body by means of a securement member providing for a permanent connection between the main body and the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan T. Costabile, Nathaniel DuBois
  • Patent number: 10085845
    Abstract: An intervertebral implant includes opposing upper and lower endplates that are configured to engage respective vertebral surfaces in an intervertebral space. The implant carries a plurality of bone fixation spikes that extend out from each endplate. The spikes define a plurality of outer surfaces that extend from a base to a tip. The spikes are laterally staggered, and have a height that increases along a longitudinal direction from the front toward the rear of the implant, and a define recess formed in at least one outer surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Centinel Spine LLC
    Inventors: Roger Berger, Joern Richter
  • Patent number: 10080666
    Abstract: An expandable spinal implant configured for positioning within the intervertebral space between adjacent vertebral bodies is disclosed. The spinal implant includes a first body, a second body, a ratchet, and a locking mechanism. The first and second bodies are pivotably affixed to each other on respective first ends thereof and are capable of movement relative to each other in a medial-lateral direction with respect to the adjacent vertebral bodies. The ratchet is pivotably supported within a slot defined in the first body and is capable of engaging the second body thereby permitting movement of the first and second body relative to each other in a first direction, but not in a second direction that is different than the first direction. A method of performing spinal surgery is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Loubert Suddaby, Larry McClintock
  • Patent number: 10064736
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process by which both non-tissue engineered and tissue engineered cartilaginous-like structures can be fabricated. The process of the present invention provides a method to produce electrospun nanofiber-anchored NP gels. The present invention provides a functional design for novel engineered IVD. The present invention provides a method for fabrication of both non-tissue and tissue engineered IVDs. These cartilaginous-like structures can be used to produce replacements for degenerated natural IVD. The method of the present invention uses electrospun PCL nanofiber mesh to anchor the NP. The method of the present invention can create angle-ply AF structure around the circumference of NP to mimic the architecture of native IVD. The method of the present invention anchors the top and bottom sides of NP by using non-woven aligned or random nanofiber mesh to create scaffold for the generation of endplate (EP) tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: University of Central Oklahoma
    Inventors: Morshed Khandaker, Shahram Riahinezhad
  • Patent number: 10064740
    Abstract: An intervertebral implant includes a three-dimensional body and a securing plate. The three-dimensional body includes a front surface and a rear surface. The three-dimensional body further includes a plurality of boreholes for accommodating fixation elements. The intervertebral implant also includes a front plate disposed at the front surface of the three-dimensional body and has a plurality of boreholes. A securing plate can be fastened to the front plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Depuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Beat Lechmann, Dominique Burkard, Christopher Marden John Cain, Claude Mathieu
  • Patent number: 10058435
    Abstract: An intervertebral prosthesis includes a body having first and second spaced apart major surfaces defining a longitudinal axis; a first aperture opening at one of the first and second major surfaces; a first anchoring element including a shaft having proximal and distal ends; a translator element coupled to the proximal end of the first anchoring element and having an engagement element that is releasibly engageable with a distal end of an external shaft element that enters the body through an aperture. The shaft element applies forces to the translator to: (i) move along a longitudinal axis within the body, (ii) translate the proximal end of the first anchoring element parallel to the longitudinal axis, and (iii) push the first anchoring element out through the first aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Amicus Design Group, LLC
    Inventors: Randall F. Lee, Daniel S. Savage, Alan W. Rorke, Richard D. Guyer, Jack E. Zigler
  • Patent number: 10058434
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an interbody fusion device comprises a load bearing component and a retention component and further comprises two bone screws that pass through the retention device and into the vertebral bodies. When implanted, the construct is flush with the anterior face of the vertebras and provides support and temporary fixation for the ultimate fusion of the vertebral bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SpineSmith Partners, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard J. Kana, Kevin Dunworth, John B. Rossman, Luis Duarte
  • Patent number: 10060469
    Abstract: Improved flexible joint arrangements employ at least one flexure member that interfaces with wrapping surfaces defined on the bases to which the ends of the flexure member are connected. The flexure members are configured to define a traveling instantaneous axis of rotation that moves along a path defined by the interface of the flexure and the wrapping surfaces as the bases move relative to each other. The flexure members and the bases can be constructed of a monolithic material. The wrapping surfaces of the bases can be asymmetric in cross-sectional shape. The radius of curvature of the traveling instantaneous axis of rotation can be configured to change only in discrete quantum steps without reversals. In other embodiments, the flexible joint arrangement can be configured as one or more three bar linkages in which the middle bar is rigid and the outer bars are flexure members in accordance with the various embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: EX TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Omar F. Jimenez, Nicholas R. Powley
  • Patent number: 10045860
    Abstract: An intervertebral prosthesis includes: a body including first and second spaced apart major surfaces defining a longitudinal axis extending substantially normal to said surfaces and at least anterior and posterior sidewalls extending therebetween, the first and second major surfaces for engaging endplates of first and second vertebral bones of a spine; an aperture extending from within the body, transversely to the longitudinal axis, and opening at a major surface; an anchoring element disposed within the aperture and including a threaded shaft; and a gear disposed adjacent to and in meshed, threaded communication with the threaded shaft of the anchoring element such that rotation of the gear causes rotation of the anchoring element, and a driving rotational force on the gear causes the anchoring element to rotate, deploy from the body, and thread into a vertebral bone transverse to the longitudinal axis of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Amicus Design Group, LLC
    Inventors: Bret M. Berry, Richard D. Guyer, Jack E. Zigler, Adam A. Pike, Randall F. Lee
  • Patent number: 10045858
    Abstract: An intervertebral device comprises a plurality of struts that are rotatably associated with each adjacent strut to form a modifiable inner volume V for bone graft containment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Morgan Packard Lorio, Thomas Purcell
  • Patent number: 10039647
    Abstract: An implant strip is disclosed. In some cases, the prosthesis can take the form of an implant strip that may be implanted through the use of a surgical procedure that minimizes incision sizes and may be considered less invasive than typical spinal implant procedures. The implant strip includes provisions for implantation, including teeth, spacing provisions, and various shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: JMEA Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Sack, Mohit K. Bhatnagar, Jack Y. Yeh
  • Patent number: 10039721
    Abstract: A dressing includes a silk protein layer and a hydrophilic glycoside compound, and the hydrophilic glycoside compound is coated on the silk protein layer. Furthermore, the invention also provides the use of a wound dressing comprising a silk protein layer and an active ingredient comprising a water extract of Gastrodia elata Blume, wherein the water extract containing gastrodin in a range from 0.33% to 0.67%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LIFE STAR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Meng-Yi Bai, Meng-Chuan Chen, Wen-Chun Yu