US Patent No: 5,558,674

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Devices and methods for posterior spinal fixation

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Disclosed are novel devices and methods for modular occipital/spinal fixation, general bone fixation, as well as skull fracture repair, wherein a novel orthopedic plate designed for unicortical engagement of the bone, particularly the occiput, is employed which exhibits greater stability and safety over conventional methods. Also disclosed is a novel method and device for posterior spinal fixation, preferably involving the use of a locking screw/plate assembly for posterior facet screw fixation of cervical and thoracic vertebrae. A novel locking screw and locking tool is further disclosed which may be used with the inventive orthopedic plate and spinal fixation devices as well as other orthopedic devices.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
DOHERTY, BRIANMEMPHIS, TN2
HEGGENESS, MICHAELMEMPHIS, TN1

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Doherty, Brian J Weston, MA 18 1235
Heggeness, Michael H Bellaire, TX 12 973

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KEWI AC (1)
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SDGI HOLDINGS, INC. (1)
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WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (45)
6,139,550 Skeletal plating system 326 1998
6,533,786 Anterior cervical plating system 217 1999
D440311 Anterior cervical plate 76 1999
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6,616,666 Apparatus for compressing a spinal disc space disposed between two adjacent vertebral bodies of a cervical spine 61 2000
6,592,586 Single-lock anterior cervical plating system 133 2000
6,527,776 Locking element for locking at least two bone screws to an orthopedic device 161 2000
6,428,542 Single-lock anterior cervical plate 209 2000
6,416,528 Anterior cervical plating system, instrumentation, and method of installation 87 2000
6,383,186 Single-lock skeletal plating system 175 2000
6,669,698 Vertebrae fastener placement guide 58 2000
6,692,503 System and method for securing a plate to the spinal column 94 2001
7,077,844 Segmentable skeletal plating system 68 2002
7,740,630 Anterior cervical plate system having vertebral body engaging anchors and connecting plate 8 2002
7,186,256 Dynamic, modular, single-lock anterior cervical plate system having assembleable and movable segments 40 2002
7,118,573 Dynamic anterior cervical plate system having moveable segments, instrumentation, and method for installation thereof 45 2002
7,097,645 Dynamic single-lock anterior cervical plate system having non-detachably fastened and moveable segments 40 2002
7,044,952 Dynamic multilock anterior cervical plate system having non-detachably fastened and moveable segments 51 2002
7,041,105 Dynamic, modular, multilock anterior cervical plate system having detachably fastened assembleable and moveable segments 47 2002
7,074,221 Anterior cervical plate system 60 2002
6,916,320 Anterior cervical plate system 98 2002
7,137,984 Single-lock anterior cervical plate and method 45 2003
7,060,068 Vertebrae fastener placement guide 39 2003
8,048,075 Orthopedic implant with locking element 7 2004
7,399,301 Instrumentation for use with dynamic single-lock anterior cervical plate system having non-detachably fastened and moveable segments 18 2004
7,115,130 Method for installing dynamic, modular, multilock anterior cervical plate system having detachably fastened assembleable and moveable segments 36 2004
7,112,202 Method for installing dynamic, modular, single-lock anterior cervical plate system having assembleable and moveable segments 59 2004
7,651,497 Segmentable plate with locking element 18 2004
7,811,285 Dynamic, modular, single-lock anterior cervical plate system having assembleable and moveable segments and instrumentation for installation thereof 7 2004
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7,625,381 System and method for stabilizing a portion of the spine 15 2004
7,824,432 Method for installation of dynamic anterior cervical plate system having moveable segments 3 2004
7,621,943 Method for installing dynamic multilock anterior cervical plate system having detachably fastened and moveable segments 10 2005
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7,985,224 Method for installation of dynamic, single-lock anterior cervical plate system having non-detachably fastened and moveable segments 3 2009
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BAXANO SURGICAL, INC. (31)
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6,740,090 Methods and apparatus for forming shaped axial bores through spinal vertebrae 116 2000
6,558,390 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 279 2001
6,899,716 Method and apparatus for spinal augmentation 167 2002
6,921,403 Method and apparatus for spinal distraction and fusion 152 2002
7,309,338 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 64 2003
7,087,058 Method and apparatus for providing posterior or anterior trans-sacral access to spinal vertebrae 99 2003
7,569,056 Methods and apparatus for forming shaped axial bores through spinal vertebrae 30 2004
8,052,613 Spinal nucleus extraction tool 7 2004
7,740,633 Guide pin for guiding instrumentation along a soft tissue tract to a point on the spine 15 2004
7,588,574 Kits for enabling axial access and procedures in the spine 34 2004
7,530,993 Method of spinal fixation 24 2004
7,500,977 Method and apparatus for manipulating material in the spine 47 2004
7,608,077 Method and apparatus for spinal distraction and fusion 30 2005
7,547,317 Methods of performing procedures in the spine 24 2006
7,641,657 Method and apparatus for providing posterior or anterior trans-sacral access to spinal vertebrae 10 2006
7,744,599 Articulating spinal implant 12 2007
7,727,263 Articulating spinal implant 12 2007
7,799,032 Guide pin introducer for guiding instrumentation through soft tissue to a point on the spine 11 2007
7,763,025 Spinal fusion kit for guiding instrumentation through soft tissue to a point on the spine 25 2007
7,799,033 Access kits for enabling axial access and procedures in the spine 12 2007
7,794,463 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 12 2007
7,914,535 Method and apparatus for manipulating material in the spine 7 2009
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8,292,928 Method and apparatus for spinal distraction and fusion 0 2009
8,105,365 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 4 2010
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8,317,867 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 1 2012
8,709,087 Methods and apparatus for performing therapeutic procedures in the spine 0 2012
 
BIOMET C.V. (24)
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7,857,838 Anatomical distal radius fracture fixation plate 3 2003
7,780,711 Fixation system with multidirectional bone supports 6 2004
7,527,639 Fixation system with multidirectional bone supports 7 2004
7,780,664 Endosteal nail 3 2004
7,425,213 Method of endosteal nailing 7 2004
8,172,886 Bone plate with pre-assembled drill guide tips 1 2004
7,563,263 Intramedullary fixation device for metaphyseal long bone fractures 8 2005
7,695,502 Bone stabilization system including plate having fixed-angle holes together with unidirectional locking screws and surgeon-directed locking screws 15 2005
7,905,909 Bone stabilization system including multi-directional threaded fixation element 2 2006
7,771,433 Bone fracture fixation plate shaping system 10 2006
7,935,126 Bone plate shaping system 6 2006
7,740,634 Method of bone plate shaping 25 2006
7,604,657 Bone fixation plate with complex suture anchor locations 17 2006
7,842,037 Flexible bone fixation device 2 2006
7,988,691 Orthopaedic trauma bone plate kit 7 2007
8,114,080 Flexible bone fixation device 0 2007
8,556,945 Anatomical distal radius fracture fixation plate with ulnar buttress 0 2010
8,403,967 Volar fixation system and methods of using the same 0 2010
8,579,946 Anatomical distal radius fracture fixation plate 0 2010
8,545,540 Bone plate with pre-assembled drill guide tips 1 2010
8,858,562 Bone plate shaping system 0 2011
8,241,338 Bone plate with pre-assembled drill guide tips 4 2011
8,834,537 Drill guides for bone plate 0 2013
 
ZIMMER SPINE, INC. (18)
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D449692 Anterior cervical plate 110 1998
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6,398,783 Multi-lock anterior cervical plate 152 2000
6,454,771 Anterior cervical plating system 135 2001
6,969,390 Anterior cervical plating system and bone screw 71 2003
6,936,050 Multilock anterior cervical plating system 66 2003
6,936,051 Multilock anterior cervical plating system 74 2003
6,926,718 Multilock anterior cervical plating system 47 2003
7,704,255 Threadless multi-lock anterior cervical plating system 12 2004
7,621,942 Variable geometry occipital fixation plate 15 2005
7,901,433 Occipito-cervical stabilization system and method 10 2006
8,147,527 Adjustable occipital plate 0 2006
8,246,662 Modular occipital plate 0 2006
8,636,737 Modular occipital plate 0 2007
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8,337,496 Variable geometry occipital fixation plate 1 2011
8,740,953 Adjustable occipital plate 0 2012
 
DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, LLC (10)
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8,845,698 Bone plate 0 2012
8,852,245 Bone plate 0 2013
 
INTERVENTIONAL SPINE, INC. (8)
7,824,429 Method and apparatus for spinal fixation 7 2003
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7,901,438 Method and apparatus for spinal stabilization 5 2005
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LANX, INC. (7)
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8,506,567 Occipital plate fixation system 0 2009
 
IGIP, LLC (6)
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SPINAL ELEMENTS, INC. (6)
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DEPUY SPINE, INC. (4)
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ACTIVE IMPLANTS CORPORATION (3)
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KLEINER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, LLC (3)
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MBD MEDICAL LLC (3)
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AEOLIN, LLC (2)
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ORTHO DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (2)
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SPINAL LLC (2)
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SPINAL SIMPLICITY LLC (2)
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Spinal Surgical Strategies, LLC (2)
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SYNTHES USA, LLC (2)
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TRANS1 INC. (2)
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7,476,228 Distraction screw for skeletal surgery and method of use 21 2003
7,618,443 Occipito fixation system and method of use 20 2005
8,172,855 Devices and methods for inter-vertebral orthopedic device placement 3 2005
8,070,749 Revisable anterior cervical plating system 3 2006
8,187,276 Odd angle internal bone fixation device for use in a transverse fracture of a humerus 0 2006
7,909,871 Devices and methods for inter-vertebral orthopedic device placement 13 2006
8,303,630 Devices and methods for the minimally invasive treatment of spinal stenosis 2 2007
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8,366,748 Apparatus and method of spinal implant and fusion 2 2009
8,845,688 Devices and methods for inter-vertebral orthopedic device placement 0 2010
8,308,776 Devices and methods for dynamic fixation of skeletal structure 0 2010
8,398,689 Devices and methods for dynamic fixation of skeletal structure 0 2010
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8,864,654 Method and apparatus for performing retro peritoneal dissection 0 2011
8,556,895 Revisable anterior cervical plating system 1 2011
D667542 Spinal distraction instrument 6 2012
D700322 Intervertebral surgical tool 2 2012
8,808,305 Spinal fusion cage system with inserter 0 2012
8,845,696 Devices and methods for dynamic fixation of skeletal structure 0 2013
8,858,556 Revisable anterior cervical plating system 0 2013
8,845,701 Devices and methods for dynamic fixation of skeletal structure 0 2014