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Anne Drzyzga, William Frasier, Michael Zajack, Michael DeFusco, Connie Marchek, Nicholas Pavento, Ginger Boyer, Sara Dziedzic: Surgical retractor for use with minimally invasive spinal stabilization systems and methods of minimally invasive surgery. DePuy Spine, April 5, 2011: US07918792 (49 worldwide citation)

A surgical retractor for use with a spinal stabilization system including a plurality of bone anchors and a plurality of anchor extensions. The surgical retractor includes a frame positionable between a first anchor extension connected to a first bone anchor implanted in a first vertebra and a secon ...


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Douglas Raymond, Shinikequa White, Richard Pellegrino, Anthony Carlone, William Frasier, Connie Marchek, Brian Murphy, Stephen Connolly, Nicholas Pavento, Sara Dziedzic: Expandable ports and methods for minimally invasive surgery. Depuy Spine, September 29, 2009: US07594888 (42 worldwide citation)

An expandable port for minimally invasive surgery includes a first section, a second section, and at least one intermediate section. The port is expandable from a closed configuration in which the first section is proximate the second section along at least a portion of a length of the first section ...


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William Frasier, Anne Drzyzga, Connie Marchek, Sara Dziedzic, Holly Brideau, Thomas Runco, Nicholas Pavento: Surgical access devices and methods of minimally invasive surgery. Depuy Spine, July 19, 2011: US07981031 (38 worldwide citation)

A surgical access device includes a proximal frame of fixed construction and a plurality of tissue engaging blades connected to the frame. The plurality of tissue engaging blades may include a first blade that is rotatable, independent of other blades, about an axis that is oriented approximately pa ...


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Ronald Garner, Sara Dziedzic, Michael Mahoney, Ramon Roberte: Spinal fusion implant. DePuy Spine, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, October 11, 2011: US08034110 (31 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a device and methodology for use in spinal fusion surgeries. An implant is proved for forming a rigid structure between adjoining vertebrae in a patient. The implant is a cage defined by at least a first end, second end, first side, and second side surface, wherein fir ...


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Sara Dziedzic, Garth G Baker, Shawn D Stad, Nicholas Pavento, Paul Beaudoin: In-line rod reduction device and methods. DePuy Spine, Nutter McClennen & Fish, May 8, 2012: US08172847 (24 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides methods and devices for placing a spinal fixation rod into a rod receiving opening in a spinal anchor and installing a fastener to secure the rod to the spinal anchor. In one embodiment, the system can include a cap having a bore extending therethrough, an elongate dri ...


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Sara Dziedzic, Shawn D Stad, Christopher Ramsay: Minimally invasive bone anchor extensions. DePuy Spine, Nutter McClennen & Fish, April 5, 2011: US07918857 (19 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices are provided for facilitating delivery and implanting of a bone anchor into bone. In one exemplary embodiment, a bone anchor extension is provided for coupling to a bone anchor to facilitate delivery and implanting of the bone anchor in bone. The bone anchor extension can have a ...


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Sean Selover, Sara Dziedzic, Steve Connolly, Sheryl Frank, Lorenzo Vaccarella: Illuminated surgical access system including a surgical access device and coupled light emitter. DePuy Spine, Lahive & Cockfield, Kevin J Canning, EuiHoon Lee, January 25, 2011: US07874982 (19 worldwide citation)

A surgical access system for providing access to a surgical site in a patient includes a surgical access device defining a port and a light emitter coupled to the surgical access device for illuminating the port. The light emitter preferably comprises an elongated shaft having a light transmitting e ...


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Michael Mahoney, Sara Dziedzic, Paul Birkmeyer, Timothy Beardsley, Dale Frank, Ron Naughton: Systems and methods for spinal surgery. DePuy Spine, Nutter McClennen & Fish, September 13, 2011: US08016829 (17 worldwide citation)

Disclosed herein are methods and devices for distracting adjacent vertebrae during surgical procedures for implanting spinal prostheses. In an exemplary embodiment, a distractor is disclosed that maintains the empty space between adjacent vertebrae following a discectomy, and that can removably mate ...


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Ronald Garner, Sara Dziedzic, Michael Mahoney, Ramon Ruberte: Spinal fusion implant. DePuy Synthes Products, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, November 12, 2013: US08579983 (12 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a device and methodology for use in spinal fusion surgeries. An implant is proved for forming a rigid structure between adjoining vertebrae in a patient. The implant is a cage defined by at least a first end, second end, first side, and second side surface, wherein fir ...


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Connie Marchek, William Frasier, Anne Kothari, Sara Dziedzic, Holly Brideau, Thomas J Runco, Nicholas Pavento, Paul Beaudoin: Surgical retractors and methods of minimally invasive surgery. DePuy Synthes Products, David A Lane Jr, August 27, 2013: US08517935 (11 worldwide citation)

A surgical retractor includes a plurality of blade assemblies interconnected by a plurality of racks. One or more of the blade assemblies is movable along a rack to selectively expand the retractor. At least one of the blade assemblies includes a blade that is rotatably connected to the blade assemb ...