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John Riley Hawkins: Prosthetic intervertebral motion disc having dampening. DePuy Acromed, September 21, 2004: US06793678 (197 worldwide citation)

An articulating motion disc having a core member that expands laterally in response to an axial load to mimic the shock absorbing function of a natural intervertebral disc.


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Jose E Lizardi: Suture anchor system and method of use. DePuy Mitek, Nutter McClennen & Fish, May 3, 2005: US06887259 (196 worldwide citation)

A suture anchor system includes a suture anchor, having a flexible suture eyelet attached thereto, which serves as a flexible interface for a suture strand. The suture anchor is preferably bioabsorbable, and it has a flared feature on one side of the second or proximal end thereof. The flared featur ...


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Hansen A Yuan, Edward C Benzel, Alex Dinello, Michael H Wefers, Aaron C Smith: Cervical spine stabilization method and system. Depuy Orthopaedics, February 27, 2001: US06193720 (194 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for retaining first and second cervical vertebrae of a spinal column in a desired spatial relationship includes a pair of longitudinal members positionable along the spinal column. A first plate connectable to the first vertebra has an inner side surface for engaging an anterior surface ...


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Stephen Ritland: Retractor and method for spinal pedicle screw placement. DePuy Spine, Nutter McClennen & Fish, October 4, 2005: US06951538 (193 worldwide citation)

To avoid traditional muscle dissection required in the placement of a screw for a pedicle screw fixation, a retractor is provided having a guide of an appropriate length to provide access from the skin surface to the dorsal aspect of the vertebra over the pedicle. The retractor has a handle to provi ...


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Raymond Ross, Michael O&apos Neil, Mark Boomer: Modular disc prosthesis. DePuy Spine, Nutter McClennen & Fish, April 27, 2004: US06726720 (188 worldwide citation)

A modular implant that is effective to replace a damaged or degenerated spinal disc is provided. The implant includes a central core member having superior and inferior surfaces, a superior endplate member having a bone-contacting surface and a mating surface effective to mate with the superior surf ...


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Frank Scott Bono, George Joseph Ross, Christopher Werner Sicvol, Ian Burgess: Locking cap assembly for spinal fixation instrumentation. DePuy Acromed, Nutter McClennen & Fish, July 25, 2006: US07081117 (183 worldwide citation)

An assembly such as an anchor screw, bone plate, offset hook, post, transverse connector or other spinal anchor for anchoring to bone and clamping a linkage such as a rod, wire cable or the like. The assembly has a top member with an open slot to receive the linkage, and a twist-lock closure cap to ...


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Jose F Guzman, Gordon Dodds: System, apparatus, and method for cutting bone during an orthopaedic surgical procedure. DePuy Synthes Products, Barnes & Thornburg, December 17, 2013: US08608745 (181 worldwide citation)

A bone saw tool includes a bone saw and a bone saw blade assembly. The bone saw blade assembly includes a bone saw blade and a bone saw blade guard. The bone saw blade guard is movable to an extended position to reduce the cutting effectiveness of the bone saw blade and/or the maximum cutting depth ...


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E Marlowe Goble, Jerry L Lower: Pin for securing a replacement ligament to a bone. DePuy, Barnes & Thornburg, March 14, 1995: US05397356 (181 worldwide citation)

A pin is provided for securing a replacement ligament inside a tunnel of a receptor bone. The pin includes a body portion having a threaded section for engaging the receptor bone to anchor the pin in the receptor bone. The body portion also includes a tapered shank located adjacent the threaded port ...


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Julia Hwang, Joseph Hammer, Herb Schwartz, Prasanna Malaviya: Scaffold for connective tissue repair. DePuy Mitek, July 24, 2012: US08226715 (179 worldwide citation)

A connective tissue scaffold including opposed first and second anchoring segments formed from a plurality of bioresorbable polymeric fibers oriented in a direction substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the scaffold and a plurality of bioresorbable polymeric fibers oriented in a direction ...