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Gene P DiPoto, Denise D Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey Cerier, Jose E Lizardi, Russell Warren: Expandable suture anchor. Smith & Nephew, Fish & Richardson P C, September 28, 1999: US05957953 (506 worldwide citation)

An adjustably expandable suture anchor is provided. The suture anchor includes a pair of members, one of which includes a suture mount, which are configured to be secured together in a selected one of a plurality of positions to cause one of the members to expand by an amount that corresponds to the ...


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Gene P DiPoto, Jeffrey C Cerier, Russell F Warren, Gerard S Carlozzi, Paul DiCarlo, James W Dwyer, Alan A Small: Suture anchor and driver assembly. American Cyanamid Company, Douglas E Denninger, November 2, 1993: US05258016 (438 worldwide citation)

A suture anchor and anchor driver device for securely and accurately positioning and installing the suture anchor in place. The anchor has a rounded or pointed head and one or more ridges around it to help force fit the anchor into a hole and to hold it in place. A suture is positioned through the a ...


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Alan E Shluzas, Karl Dallas Kirk III, Walter Stoeckmann, Gene P DiPoto: Access systems and methods for minimally invasive surgery. Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, February 20, 2007: US07179225 (207 worldwide citation)

A retractor has an elongate body and an expandable shroud. The elongate body has an outer surface and an inner surface partially defining a passage. The elongate body also has a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge. The elongate body is capable of having an enlarged configuration w ...


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Alan E Shluzas, Gene P DiPoto, Gary L Lowery, Karl Dallas Kirk III, Walter Stoeckmann, Donald Van Royen: Access systems and methods for minimally invasive surgery. Zimmer Spine, Crompton Seager & Tufte, April 6, 2010: US07691120 (65 worldwide citation)

A device for provides access to a surgical location within a patient. The device has an elongate body that has a proximal portion, a distal portion, a first slot segment, and a second slot segment that is angled relative to said first slot segment. The elongate body defines a passage for accessing t ...


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Gene P DiPoto, William Silver, John D Unger: Structure for receiving surgical instruments. Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, December 5, 2006: US07144393 (57 worldwide citation)

A structure for receiving surgical instruments for performing a surgical procedure on a body includes a passage through which the surgical instruments are inserted into the body. The passage has a proximal end and a distal end. An expandable portion enables an increase in the cross-sectional area of ...


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Gene P DiPoto, Alan E Shluzas: Cannula for receiving surgical instruments. Zimmer Spine, Crompton Seager & Tufte, August 3, 2010: US07766930 (50 worldwide citation)

A cannula (10) for receiving surgical instruments for performing a surgical procedure on a body includes a tubular structure (12) defining a passage (16) through which the surgical instruments are inserted into the body. The tubular structure (12) includes an expandable portion (40) for enabling an ...


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Thomas E Keegan, John Matthew Lessin, Gene P DiPoto: Methods and apparatuses for percutaneous implant delivery. Zimmer Spine, Crompton Seager & Tufte, January 26, 2010: US07651496 (19 worldwide citation)

A method for treating the spine. A guidewire is advanced through the skin of a patient along a percutaneous path to a target location of a vertebra. An implant is advanced over the guidewire to the target location of the vertebra. The implant is coupled with the vertebra at the target location. An e ...