US Pat. No. 9,566,125

SURGICAL MANIPULATOR HAVING A FEED RATE CALCULATOR

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A surgical manipulator for manipulating a surgical instrument and an energy applicator extending from the surgical instrument,
said surgical manipulator comprising:
at least one controller configured to operate said surgical manipulator in a manual mode or a semi-autonomous mode, said at
least one controller including a feed rate calculator configured to calculate an instrument feed rate,

wherein said instrument feed rate is a velocity at which a distal end of the energy applicator advances along a path segment
of a tool path in said semi-autonomous mode and wherein said feed rate calculator calculates said instrument feed rate by
adjusting a defined feed rate based on a plurality of variables,

wherein said at least one controller is configured to model the surgical instrument and the energy applicator as a virtual
rigid body and said feed rate calculator is configured to adjust said defined feed rate based on a virtual force applied to
said virtual rigid body.

US Pat. No. 9,427,334

BONE PADS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A method of preparing a bone surface to receive a prosthetic implant thereon, the prosthetic implant having an articular
surface and a bone contacting surface, the method comprising:
resecting the bone surface at a first location to create a first resected region having a first tolerance profile with a first
cross-section having peaks and valleys;

resecting the bone surface at a second location to create a second resected region having a second tolerance profile with
a second cross-section less dense than the first cross-section such that the second cross-section has peaks further apart
and valleys deeper than the peaks and valleys of the first cross-section; and

contacting the bone contacting surface of the prosthetic implant with the first resected region.

US Pat. No. 9,381,085

PROSTHETIC IMPLANT AND METHOD OF IMPLANTATION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A prosthetic implant comprising:
a first end having a pivot surface for contacting a prepared bone surface;
a second end;
an articular surface;
a bone contacting surface including a concave portion;
a first peg extending from the concave portion of the bone contacting surface and having a first curved surface; and
a second peg extending from the concave portion of the bone contacting surface and having a second curved surface,
wherein the first and second curved surfaces are concentrically curved about a pivot point located on the first end of the
implant.

US Pat. No. 9,274,014

SENSOR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR MEASURING FORCES AND TORQUES

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A sensor assembly comprising:
a base plate;
a sensor member displaceable relative to said base plate;
a spring arrangement having first and second stages reactive to displacement of said sensor member relative to said base plate
with different resolutions of force and torque measurements being associated with said first and second stages, wherein said
spring arrangement is configured to transition to said second stage after said first stage; and

a light sensitive transducer for sensing displacement of said sensor member relative to said base plate and for generating
corresponding output signals.

US Pat. No. 9,107,783

PATIENT HANDLING DEVICE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient handling device comprising:
a base having a plurality of wheels adapted to allow said patient handling device to be moved to different locations;
a frame supported on said base;
a deck supported by said frame, said deck adapted to support a patient, said deck including at least one pivotable section
that is pivotable about a horizontal pivot axis between a horizontal and a raised orientation, said pivotable section being
an upper section adapted to support a patient's torso;

an electric actuator adapted to pivot said pivotable section about said horizontal pivot axis, said electric actuator further
adapted to assume a first state in which rotation of said upper section about said pivot axis is permitted to occur electrically,
and a second state in which rotation of said upper section about said pivot axis is permitted to occur manually;

a first siderail positioned along a first side of said deck, said first siderail configured to remain stationary as said pivotable
section of said deck is pivoted about the horizontal pivot axis;

a second siderail positioned along a second side of said deck, said second siderail configured to remain stationary as said
pivotable section of said deck is pivoted about the horizontal pivot axis;

a first control panel supported on a patient-facing side of said first siderail at a location spaced a first distance from
a head end of said patient handling device;

a second control panel supported on a patient-facing side of said second siderail at a location spaced a second distance from
the head end of said patient handling device, said first distance being different from said second distance;

a first handle positioned adjacent a first corner of said upper section of said deck;
a second handle positioned adjacent a second corner of said upper section of said deck; and
a cable operatively coupled to both said first and second handles and said electric actuator, wherein squeezing of either
or both of said first and second handles causes said electric actuator to switch from said first state to said second state;

wherein said first and second control panels include controls for activating said electric actuator to automatically pivot
said pivotable section about said horizontal pivot axis, and said first control panel is positioned for use by a patient when
said upper section is in the raised orientation, and said second control panel is positioned for use by a patient when said
upper section is in the horizontal orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,144,661

REINFORCED ELONGATE MEDICAL DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

9. An elongate medical device, comprising:
an elongate core; and
a substantially flat ribbon having portions removed to form openings, the ribbon spirally wound into a helical body defining
a longitudinal axis and permanently secured to at least a portion of the elongate core,

wherein the ribbon has a length, and wherein a cross-sectional thickness of the ribbon varies along the length of the ribbon.

US Pat. No. 9,089,318

WASTE COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING SOLID MEDICAL WASTE INCLUDING A LOADING STATION WITH A METAL DETECTION SENSOR AND/OR A BAG-TENSIONING MECHANISM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A portable cart for collecting medical waste in a bag, the bag having an open end and a base opposite the open end, said
cart including:
a mobile base;
a frame attached to said mobile base that is located above said mobile base, said frame configured to hold the bag to said
frame so that the open end of the bag is adjacent to and accessible from said frame;

a loading station attached to said mobile base or said frame so as to be located adjacent the open end of the bag for receiving
an object for disposal;

a sensor for detecting if the object for disposal contains metal, said sensor being located adjacent the loading station for
determining if the objects on said loading station contain metal; and

a transfer mechanism located adjacent said loading station and the bag, said transfer mechanism having at least one moveable
component that, when actuated, transfers objects on said loading station into the bag.

US Pat. No. 9,172,886

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESSLY SYNCHRONIZING IMAGE SHUTTER OF IMAGE SENSOR AND LIGHT SOURCE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. Method of wirelessly synchronizing a camera shutter of an image sensor with operation of a light source for performing
an endoscopic procedure comprising the steps of:
providing an endoscopic video camera unit including the camera shutter with the image sensor and a camera controller connected
to a wireless non-video transmitter;

providing a portable light source unit including a light source controller connected to a wireless non-video receiver and
to the light source;

determining a target camera shutter period and a light source target ON time with the video camera unit;
determining a light source target phase with the video camera unit;
transmitting the target camera shutter period, the light source target phase and the light source target ON time from the
wireless non-video transmitter of the video camera unit to the wireless non-video receiver of the portable light source unit;

providing the target camera shutter period, the light source target phase and the light source target ON time from the wireless
non-video receiver to the light source controller;

starting operation of the light source with the light source controller at a time defined by the light source target phase
relative to a reference point in time defined by the target camera shutter period; and

maintaining operation of the light source for the light source target ON time,
wherein the steps of determining a target phase and determining a light source target ON time with the video camera unit comprises
a closed loop feedback system that compares the light source target phase with the actual light source phase to calculate
a new target phase and that compares the light source target ON time with the actual light source ON time to calculate a new
light source target ON time.

US Pat. No. 9,055,948

VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICES COMPRISING COMPLEX-SHAPE PROXIMAL PORTION AND SMALLER DIAMETER DISTAL PORTION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A vaso-occlusive device having an overall diameter in a relaxed configuration, the device comprising
(i) a proximal portion having a random, complex, three-dimensional relaxed configuration and a first overall diameter that
defines the overall diameter of the device in the relaxed configuration and

(ii) a distal portion having a circular two-dimensional or a three-dimensional shape and a second overall diameter in the
relaxed configuration, wherein the second overall diameter is less than the first overall diameter, and wherein said distal
portion does not extend distally beyond said proximal portion in the relaxed configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,492,071

IN-JOINT SENSOR FOR A SURGICAL FLUID MANAGEMENT PUMP SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A sensing device comprising:
a sheath having a longitudinal axis, a proximal end, a distal end, and an outer wall defining an inner lumen extending substantially
in the direction of the longitudinal axis;

a flow tube disposed at least partially within the sheath and having a flow tube wall;
an integration component attached to the sheath and having an attachment portion configured to interface with the sheath to
maintain a fluid seal, the sheath having a space therein to allow a static column of liquid between the sheath and the flow
tube wall to reside adjacent the integration component;

a thermal sensing device adjacent the outer wall of the sheath and terminating distally adjacent the distal end of the sheath,
the thermal sensing device adapted to measure and relay the temperature of fluid in or adjacent a surgical site; and

a pressure sensing device located adjacent the integration component and configured to measure and relay information based
on the pressure of the static column of liquid to be used to calculate and display the pressure at the surgical site.

US Pat. No. 9,066,658

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VIDEO BASED IMAGE DETECTION/IDENTIFICATION ANALYSIS FOR FLUID AND VISUALIZATION CONTROL

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A video based image detection/identification system for fluid and visualization control of a laparoscopic surgical system
for providing an acceptable video image of a surgical site, comprising:
a cauterizing tool for manipulating tissue at the surgical site;
an insufflator for providing gas to the surgical site;
an adjustable suction system for providing suction at the surgical site for controlling removal of gas from the surgical site;
a light source for providing light to the surgical site;
a video sensing device for obtaining video signals of video images at the surgical site;
an image display for displaying the video images; and
a system controller configured to maintain quality of the video images obtained by the video sensing device and provided to
the image display, wherein the system controller receives and processes the video signals to identify a video signature corresponding
to a condition that interferes with a quality of the video images;

the system controller interacting with the cauterizing tool, the insufflator and the adjustable suction system and controlling
at least one of the cauterizing tool, the insufflator and the adjustable suction system to address the condition of the surgical
site to return the video images from the video signals to an acceptable quality for viewing so that a user is free from having
to manually control any of the cauterizing tool, the insufflator, the adjustable suction system, and the video sensing device
to obtain the acceptable video image of the surgical site for viewing on the image display;

wherein the video signature to be identified comprises smoke, and the system controller operates at least one of the cauterizing
tool, the insufflator and the adjustable suction system in response to an amount of smoke sensed.

US Pat. No. 9,427,336

INTRAOPERATIVE DYNAMIC TRIALING

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

24. A dynamic trialing method comprising:
creating a bone model of a distal femur of a patient;
determining a preliminary resection profile on the bone model;
determining a final desired resection profile prior to making a preliminary resection, the determined final desired resection
profile being based at least in part on a planned resection of a bone surface of the preliminary resection profile; and

resecting the distal femur by making the preliminary resection along the preliminary resection profile such that a first area
of bone is removed from the distal femur,

wherein the preliminary resection profile is determined, at least in part, based on a feature of a final design plan of a
femoral implant.

US Pat. No. 9,345,578

BICRUCIATE RETAINING TIBIAL IMPLANT SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A bicruciate retaining tibial implant baseplate comprising:
a superior surface;
a bone contacting surface;
a lateral condylar portion;
a medial condylar portion spaced from the lateral condylar portion defining an opening therebetween;
a bridge portion connecting the medial and lateral condylar portions at an anterior end portion of the baseplate;
a keel extending inferiorly from the bone contacting surface of the baseplate and having an anterior portion and posterior
portions, an inferior edge of the keel continuously sloping with respect to the bone contacting surface of the baseplate from
an anteriormost end to a posteriormost end so that thea posteriormost end of the keel extends from the bone contacting surface
farther inferiorly than the anteriormost end of the keel, and the keel extending from the lateral condylar portion across
the bridge portion to the medial condylar portion;

a cylindrical lateral fixation peg proximate a lateral end of the keel and extending inferiorly from the bone contacting surface;
and

a cylindrical medial fixation peg proximate a medial end of the keel and extending inferiorly from the bone contacting surface.

US Pat. No. 9,226,796

METHOD FOR DETECTING A DISTURBANCE AS AN ENERGY APPLICATOR OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT TRAVERSES A CUTTING PATH

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method for detecting a disturbance as an energy applicator of a surgical instrument traverses a cutting path, the method
being implemented on at least one computing device having a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium with an executable
program stored thereon, said method comprising the steps of:
executing the program stored on the computer-readable storage medium, wherein the program instructs the at least one computing
device to:

determine actual torques for each active joint of an actuated arm mechanism supporting the surgical instrument;
calculate expected torques for each active joint of the actuated arm mechanism, wherein the expected torques are calculated
based on an angular position of each active joint and a commanded joint angle for each active joint;

determine estimated backdrive torques based on the expected torques and the actual torques, wherein the estimated backdrive
torques indicate a disturbance along the cutting path;

convert the estimated backdrive torques to a backdrive force having a force component and a torque component;
filter the backdrive force by: comparing an absolute value of the magnitude for each component of the backdrive force with
a threshold; setting to zero each component of the backdrive force that has an absolute value less than the threshold; and
calculating a filtered backdrive force based on the differences between the threshold and the components of the backdrive
force having an absolute value greater than the threshold; and

generate an external force based on the filtered backdrive force and a sensor force derived from a force/torque sensor mounted
to an end effector coupled to the surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 9,463,061

POWER CONSOLE FOR A SURGICAL TOOL CAPABLE OF RECEIVING MEMORY DATA OVER WHICH POWER SIGNALS ARE SOURCED TO THE TOOL

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A control console for providing power signals to a powered surgical tool, said console including:
a power supply configured to source power signals having variable characteristics;
terminals to which the power signals are received from said power supply and through which the power signals are applied to
the surgical tool;

a memory reader configured to receive data signals from a memory associated with the surgical tool, the data describing characteristics
of the power signals to be sourced to the surgical tool;

an isolation circuit located between at least one said terminal to which the power signals are received from said power supply
and said memory reader, wherein said isolation circuit is configured to:

apply data signals from the tool memory received over the at least one said terminal to said memory reader; and
when, said power supply sources power signals through said terminals, prevent the power signals from adversely affecting said
memory reader; and

a controller that receives from said memory reader the data read from the tool memory and that is connected to said power
supply and that, based on the data from the memory associated with the surgical tool, regulates the characteristics of the
power signals sourced by said power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,345,504

MOTORIZED MEDICAL/SURGICAL HANDPIECE THAT INCLUDES PLURAL MAGNETS DISPOSED WITHIN THE BORE OF THE MOTOR ROTOR

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A powered surgical handpiece, said handpiece including:
a shell;
a motor disposed in said shell, said motor including:
a winding assembly;
a rotor disposed within said winding assembly and being rotatably mounted in said shell so as to rotate around a longitudinal
axis, said rotor having a section that defines a bore that extends axially along the longitudinal axis of said rotor, the
bore being defined by an inner surface of said rotor; and

a plurality of magnets disposed in said rotor bore, wherein:
each said magnet has: an outer surface that is located adjacent the bore-defining inner surface of said rotor; and two inner
surfaces that extend away from the outer surface and towards the longitudinal axis of said motor rotor so as to define a corner
between the inner surfaces that is located adjacent the longitudinal axis of said motor rotor and spaced inwardly from the
magnet outer surface;

said magnets are constructed so that a first magnetic pole of each said magnet is located at the outer surface of the magnet
and an opposed second magnetic pole is located at the corner of said magnet; and

said magnets are disposed in the rotor bore so arcuately adjacent magnets have corners with opposed magnetic polarities; and
a coupling assembly attached to said housing for releasably holding a cutting accessory for application to a surgical site
to said shell and connecting the cutting accessory to said motor rotor so that said cutting accessory is actuated upon the
rotation of said motor rotor.

US Pat. No. 9,320,630

IMPLANT DELIVERY ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A medical assembly for delivering an implant into a target site of a patient, the assembly comprising:
a resilient tubular implant having a proximal end, a distal end, and defining an inner lumen extending therebetween, the implant
comprising a first plurality of engaging members extending proximally from the proximal end, and a second plurality of engaging
members extending distally from the distal end, the implant having a delivery configuration in which the implant is radially
constrained, and a released configuration in which the implant is radially expanded, wherein the respective engaging members
of the first and second plurality of engaging members are biased to extend radially inward in the released configuration;
and

a delivery assembly for delivering the implant, the delivery assembly comprising
an outer tubular member extending through the inner lumen of the implant, the outer tubular member having a first plurality
of slots receiving therethrough the first plurality of engaging members, and a second plurality of slots receiving therethrough
the second plurality of engaging members, respectively, with the implant being disposed in its delivery configuration on an
outer surface of the outer tubular member, and

an inner tubular member coaxially disposed within the outer tubular member and movable relative to the outer tubular member,
the inner tubular member having a first axial position in which the inner tubular member restrains the respective first and
second pluralities of engaging members between an outer surface of the inner tubular member and an inner surface of the outer
tubular member, and a second axial position in which the resiliency of the implant causes the first and second plurality of
engaging members to withdraw out of the respective first and second plurality of slots, thereby releasing the implant from
the delivery assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,486,084

ILLUMINABLE INDICATOR FOR A BED

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An illuminable indicator for a bed, the illuminable indicator comprising:
a body configured to be attached to the bed, the body comprising at least a resilient and light-transmitting portion shaped
to protrude from an outer perimeter of the bed when attached to the bed; and

a light source positioned to emit light to the resilient and light-transmitting portion, the light source configured to illuminate
the body.

US Pat. No. 9,459,415

ENDOSCOPIC LED LIGHT SOURCE HAVING A FEEDBACK CONTROL SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An external endoscopic light source system comprising:
a plurality of light emitting diodes, each light emitting diode capable of producing a different illumination color with respect
to at least one of the other light emitting diodes;

a plurality of dichroic filter elements for receiving light from the light emitting diodes;
a light collimating and mixing device for receiving light from the dichroic filter elements;
an image sensor for sensing an image from a surgical site;
an interface connected to a fiber optic cable such that the fiber optic cable can receive light from the light collimating
and mixing device;

a color sensor for sensing a color value from the illumination in a light path, the fiber optic cable comprising a plurality
of optical fibers, and one of said optical fibers directly providing light to said color sensor;

a controller for receiving the color value from the color sensor and comparing the color value with a predetermined color
value; and

a camera control unit for determining the amount of light received by the image sensor and providing an intensity feedback
signal to a generator, the generator providing a shutter speed signal which results in a fast shutter opening time for the
camera when receiving bright light and a slower shutter opening time when receiving dim light at a surgical site, wherein
the shutter opening time results in an image having desired light characteristics;

wherein the controller is capable of varying a power signal to control the light intensity output by at least one of the plurality
of light emitting diodes based on signals from the color sensor and the generator, so that the color illumination from the
light emitting diodes is balanced according to a predetermined balance level and the color value sensed by the color sensor
corresponds to a predetermined color light output.

US Pat. No. 9,335,447

FRESNEL LENS WITH LIGHT-SCATTERING PREVENTIVE FEATURE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A Fresnel lens comprising:
a substrate having a first face and a second face;
the first face of the substrate including a lens portion comprising a plurality of sawtooth-shaped projections, each of the
projections including a non-refracting surface and an angled refracting surface, the non-refracting surfaces of the projections
being substantially parallel to each other, each non-refracting surface having a top edge and a bottom edge and each angled
refracting surface having a top edge and a bottom edge, each projection having a top intersection where the top edge of the
non-refracting surface intersects the top edge of the angled refracting surface, adjacent projections having a bottom intersection
where the bottom edge of the angled refracting surface of a first one of the adjacent projections intersects the bottom edge
of the non-refracting surface of a second one of the adjacent projections;

wherein the lens portion is opaque at at least one of:
(1) the top intersection of at least one of the projections; and
(2) the bottom intersection of at least two adjacent projections.

US Pat. No. 9,289,110

CONTROL FOR SURGICAL FLUID MANAGEMENT PUMP SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method for determining operating conditions of a surgical pump system connected to a high resistance inflow cannula relative
to a surgical site in a joint of a patient body for receiving the inflow cannula and an endoscope comprising:
providing a pump system having a pump control processor and an inflow drive mechanism including an inflow pump motor for outputting
fluid through the inflow cannula to the surgical site disposed in the joint;

providing an inflow pump cassette for mounting to the inflow drive mechanism;
providing a pump housing configured to include the inflow drive mechanism and to receive the inflow pump cassette in driving
relation with the inflow drive mechanism;

initially driving the inflow pump motor at a cannula in-joint test RPM value;
measuring Phead with a pump pressure sensor associated with the inflow drive mechanism;

determining that measured Phead is greater than a Phead cannula in-joint value within a predetermined cannula in-joint test time as a result of the inflow cannula being disposed
at the surgical site;

reducing the RPM value that is output by the inflow pump motor to a flow test RPM value after the determination that Phead is greater than the Phead cannula in-joint value; and

determining that measured Phead is less than or equal to a Phead flow test value within a predetermined flow test time as a result of adequate fluid flow to the surgical site in the joint;

wherein the pump control processor is configured to obtain the cannula in-joint test RPM value, the flow test RPM value, the
Phead cannula in-joint value and the Phead flow test value for determining that the identified inflow cannula and the identified endoscope are disposed at the surgical
site in the joint and that adequate fluid flow is provided to the surgical site.

US Pat. No. 9,198,814

WHEELED PATIENT SUPPORT WITH FOOT RESTS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A chair for transporting a patient, said chair comprising:
a frame having right and left front legs and right and left rear legs, said right and left front legs extending rearwardly
and upwardly from a front end of the chair to a rear end of the chair; said right and left rear legs extending forwardly and
upwardly from a back end of the chair toward the front end of the chair, said right front leg and said right rear leg crisscrossing
each other at a fixed angle, and said left front leg and said left rear leg crisscrossing each other at the fixed angle;

a seat coupled to said rear legs, said right and left rear legs terminating underneath said seat;
a right and left front wheel directly coupled to said right and left front legs, respectively;
a right and left rear wheel coupled to said right and left rear legs, respectively;
a right footrest coupled to said right front leg, said right footrest pivotable about a first pivot axis between an up and
a down position; and

a left footrest coupled to said left front leg, said left footrest pivotable about a second pivot axis between an up and a
down position; and

wherein the right and left front legs are spaced apart from each other a first distance where the right and left front legs
crisscross the right and left rear legs, respectively, and wherein the right and left front legs are spaced apart from each
other a second distance where the right and left front wheels are coupled to the right and left front legs, said second distance
being greater than said first distance.

US Pat. No. 9,162,040

BALLOON CATHETER AND METHOD OF USE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A balloon catheter, comprising:
an elongate support member comprising a tubular wall defining first and second openings therein, open proximal and distal
ends, and an axial lumen in communication with the first and second openings and the open proximal and distal ends; and

a balloon disposed on the elongate support member, the balloon defining a balloon interior through which the elongate support
member extends,

wherein the balloon interior has a proximal end region, a middle region, and a distal end region, with the first opening located
in the middle region, and the second opening located in the distal end region, such that the support member lumen is in communication
with the balloon interior through each of the first and second openings, and such that a pressurized liquid introduced through
the open proximal end of the support member will enter the balloon interior through the first opening, and subsequently exit
the balloon interior through the second opening, back into the lumen, and out the open distal end of the support member, and

wherein a radipaque marker is disposed on the elongate support member in the distal end region of the balloon interior, proximal
of the second opening.

US Pat. No. 9,119,655

SURGICAL MANIPULATOR CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT IN MULTIPLE MODES

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A surgical manipulator for manipulating a surgical instrument and an energy applicator extending from the surgical instrument,
said surgical manipulator comprising:
a switch; and
at least one controller configured to: control operation of said surgical manipulator in a first operating mode or a second
operating mode; determine a commanded pose to which the energy applicator is advanced based on a summation of a plurality
of input forces and torques; and transition between said operating modes by adjusting said plurality of input forces and torques
in response to actuation of said switch.

US Pat. No. 9,468,307

INFLATABLE MATTRESS AND CONTROL METHODS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:
an inflatable bladder;
a depth sensor adapted to generate a depth signal indicative of how deeply a patient positioned on said patient support sinks
into said inflatable bladder;

an air pressure sensor adapted to generate an air pressure signal indicative of a level of air pressure inside of said inflatable
bladder; and

a controller adapted to determine a suitable inflation level of said bladder by monitoring a rate of change of the depth signal
with respect to the air pressure signal as the air pressure inside the bladder is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,456,939

AMBULANCE COT AND LOADING AND UNLOADING SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An ambulance and an ambulance cot loading and unloading system for loading a cot into said ambulance, said ambulance having
a deck and a cargo opening, said ambulance and said ambulance cot loading and unloading system comprising:
a base mounted to said deck;
a track mounted for movement along said base from a retracted position to an extended position along said base; and
a trolley mounted for movement along said track from a retracted position to an extended position along said track, said trolley
having an arm, said arm having a length and being extended outwardly from said cargo opening when said track and said trolley
are both in their extended positions wherein said arm is extended sufficiently from said base and said ambulance for fully
extending its length under the cot when positioned adjacent said opening and for providing cantilevered support to the cot
while in said extended position.

US Pat. No. 9,439,750

EMBOLECTOMY CAGE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An embolectomy cage having an elongate axis and a circumference, comprising:
a plurality of paired, closely spaced, substantially parallel, elongate members arranged in a direction of the elongate axis
and forming nodal and inter-nodal connections of the embolectomy cage along the elongate axis and about the circumference,
wherein the pairs of elongate members collectively define a plurality of open cells,

wherein an inner elongate member of a first pair of elongate members is connected to an inner elongate member of a second
pair of elongate members at a first node located between a first pair of axially adjacent cells and a first pair of circumferentially
adjacent cells, and wherein the inner elongate member of the first pair of elongate members is circumferentially spaced from
the inner elongate member of the second pair of elongate members,

wherein an outer elongate member of the first pair of elongate members and an outer elongate member of the second pair of
elongate members each spans the first node without connection to another node, and wherein the outer elongate member of the
second pair of elongate members forms a second node with an outer elongate member of a third pair of elongate members, the
second node located between a second pair of axially adjacent cells and a second pair of circumferentially adjacent cells,

wherein the inner elongate member of the first pair of elongate members is also connected to the inner elongate member of
the second pair of elongate members at a third node that is axially spaced from the first node, wherein the second node is
located between the first and third node along the elongate axis,

wherein the inner and outer elongate members of the first pair of elongate members are connected to each other at a first
inter-nodal interconnect located between the first node and the third node, and

wherein the inner and outer elongate members of the second pair of elongate members are connected to each other at a second
inter-nodal interconnect located between the first node and the second node.

US Pat. No. 9,387,085

STEPPED TIBIAL BASEPLATE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A tibial baseplate comprising:
a medial portion having an articular proximal surface and a bone contacting distal surface opposite the articular proximal
surface;

a lateral portion having an articular proximal surface and a bone contacting distal surface opposite the articular proximal
surface; and

an intermediate portion having an articular proximal surface parallel to a bone contacting distal surface opposite the articular
proximal surface, the intermediate portion joining the medial and lateral portions,

wherein the proximal surface of one of the lateral and medial portions is located superiorly to the proximal surface of the
other of the lateral and medial portions about a longitudinal axis of the tibial baseplate, and

wherein the proximal and distal surfaces of the intermediate portion are sloped with respect to the respective proximal and
distal surfaces of the medial and lateral portions.

US Pat. No. 9,258,522

PRIVACY SETTING FOR MEDICAL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A communication arrangement comprising:
a room having at least one communication device therein, the at least one communication device receiving at least one of in-room
images, in-room video and in-room audio within the room; and

a communication system for transmitting the at least one of in-room images, in-room video and in-room audio from within the
room to a location remote from the room;

the communication system having a privacy setting that, when activated, prevents at least one of viewing of the in-room images,
viewing of the in room video and hearing of the in-room audio captured from the room at the location remote from the room
and communicates to the location remote from the room that the privacy setting is activated;

wherein activation of the privacy setting causes privacy glass in the room to become opaque to viewers outside of the room.

US Pat. No. 9,126,571

HOSPITAL BED

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support apparatus comprising;
a frame;
a barrier, said barrier including a side rail, a footboard or a headboard;
a patient support surface including a deck, said deck having a plurality of articulatable deck sections, said patient support
surface supported at said frame, said barrier extending around at least a portion of said patient support surface and having
an exterior side facing outwardly from the patient support apparatus and an interior side facing inwardly toward said patient
support surface;

a plurality of functional components associated with said patient support surface or said frame;
an electrical control system mounted in said patient support apparatus, said control system including at least one actuator
for moving one or more of said articulatable deck sections and a sensor for monitoring a condition at said patient support
apparatus, said functional components including said sensor and said actuator, said control system further including a computer
system incorporated into said patient support surface or said frame and in operative communication with at least one of said
plurality of functional components for controlling or monitoring said at least one functional component;

said control system further including a touch-screen display in communication with said computer system through said barrier
for controlling said at least one functional component, said touch-screen display positioned in said barrier wherein said
touch-screen display is incorporated into said barrier and accessible at said exterior side or said interior side for access
by a user, said touch-screen display configured to allow the user to select said at least one functional component and control
or monitor a function associated with the selected at least one functional component; and

a touch selectable icon at said touch-screen display associated with said function associated with the selected functional
component and operable to adjust said function of the selected functional component, and a second icon representing said function
and changing in response to a user actuating said touch selectable icon.

US Pat. No. 9,119,938

MEDICAL DEVICE WITH BI-COMPONENT POLYMER FIBER SLEEVE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A medical apparatus, comprising:
an elongate medical device having a longitudinal axis and a surface; and a continuous, helical bi-component fiber wound around
at least a portion of the surface of the medical device along its longitudinal axis, wherein the bi-component fiber has a
cross-section with a generally flattened side, and comprises an inner core encased in a sheath, and wherein the inner core
is aligned about the medical device,

wherein the inner core comprises a plurality of ribs arranged in a pattern therein.

US Pat. No. 9,072,526

SURGICAL SAGITTAL SAW BLADE ASSEMBLY THAT INCLUDES A GUIDE BAR INCLUDING BOTTOM, INNER AND OUTER BARS AND A BLADE HEAD THAT PIVOTS AROUND THE INNER BAR

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A blade assembly for attachment to a surgical sagittal saw, the saw having a moveable driver, said blade assembly having:
a guide bar, said bar including: a bottom bar; an outer bar; and an inner bar disposed between said bottom bar and said outer
bar, wherein said bottom bar and said outer bar each has a distal end; and said inner bar has a distally directed face that
has a curved profile and that is spaced proximally from the distal ends of said bottom bar and said outer bar and said guide
bar has: a distal section defined by the distal ends of said bottom bar and said outer bar, the distal section having a thickness;
and a proximal section opposite the distal section, the proximal section of said guide bar shaped to cooperate with a saw
fastening unit so that the fastening unit releasably holds said guide bar in a static state to the saw;

a blade including: a base at least partially disposed between said bottom bar and said outer bar and that abuts the distal
face of said inner bar and is shaped to pivot around said inner bar; and a head integral with said base that is located forward
of the distal section of said guide bar, said blade head having a thickness at least equal to the thickness of the distal
section of said guide bar and said blade head and having teeth; and

two drive rods that are connected to and that extend proximally away from said blade, said drive rods being connected to said
blade on opposed sides of the distally directed face of said inner bar, each said drive rod having a proximal end and a coupling
feature that releasably couples said drive rods to the saw driver so that actuation of the driver results in the simultaneous
opposed reciprocation of said drive rods on opposed sides of the curved face of said inner bar.

US Pat. No. 9,496,729

BATTERY WITH INTERNAL CURRENT LIMITER THAT IS SELECTIVELY ACTUATED AS A FUNCTION OF THE DEVICE TO WHICH THE BATTERY IS CONNECTED

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A battery, comprising:
a housing;
at least one cell disposed in said housing, said at least one cell capable of storing a charge;
at least two contacts mounted to said housing that are connected to said at least one cell through which a current is sourced
from said at least one cell;

a selectively actuatable current limiter disposed in said housing and that is connected between said at least one cell and
one of the said contacts;

a control circuit disposed in said housing, said control circuit being connected to: said at least one cell; at least one
of said contacts; and to said current limiter to actuate said current limiter, wherein said control circuit is configured
to:

actuate said current limiter so that the battery sources a current limited voltage from said at least one cell through said
contacts to a device connected to said contacts;

determine if a signal containing a recognition code is received from one of the said contacts from the device connected to
said battery; and

if the recognition code is received from the connected device, deactivate said current limiter so that the battery sources
a current not limited by said current limiter from said at least one cell through said contacts to the connected device.

US Pat. No. 9,420,895

PATIENT SUPPORT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:
a plurality of cushioning layers arranged such that their supporting surfaces when unloaded are generally arranged in a plane,
each cushioning layer interlocked with each adjacent cushioning layer wherein each cushioning layer provides lateral and longitudinal
support to each of its adjacent cushioning layer; and said cushioning layers comprising a plurality of inflatable bladders
and a gel layer adjacent said inflatable bladders, said gel layer interlocking with adjacent bladders of said inflatable bladders,
each of said inflatable bladders having a hexagonal cross-section, said gel layer including a plurality of hexagonal gel footings,
and each of said gel footings being disconnected from its adjacent gel footings, wherein each of said gel footings is internally
reinforced by a plurality of hexagonal gel wall structures.

US Pat. No. 9,393,061

METHOD FOR BALLOON-ASSISTED AUGMENTATION AND FUSION OF ADJACENT VERTEBRAL BODIES

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A method for augmenting and/or fusing adjacent vertebrae, the method comprising:
directing an access cannula into a first vertebra;
directing a pre-curved needle into the first vertebra, where a distal portion of the pre-curved needle, covered at least partially
by an overlying tube, extends through and beyond a distal end of the access cannula into a first target region, forming a
tubular cavity along its length within a body portion of the first vertebra;

further extending the needle and overlying tube out through an upper or lower surface of the first vertebra and into a body
portion of a second vertebra, forming a channel across and between the body portions of the first and second vertebrae; and

retracting the needle from at least a distal portion of the overlying tube.

US Pat. No. 9,307,998

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR THE TREATMENT OF ANEURYSMS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An apparatus for implantation in an aneurysm, the apparatus comprising:
an insertion portion; and
an expandable implant, configured to be deployed in an aneurysm, coupled to the insertion portion, the expandable implant
having a first portion and a second portion, the second portion being coupled to the first portion, the expandable implant
having a delivery configuration in which the first portion and the second portion are substantially linearly aligned and a
deployed configuration in which the first portion comprises a first petal-like member, and the second portion comprises a
second petal-like member that at least partially overlays the first petal-like member, wherein each of the first and second
petal-like members have a lengthwise dimension and curved sides defining a non-uniform width transverse to the lengthwise
dimension, and wherein the curved sides are elastically deformable to define the respective first and second petal-like members
as the implant transitions from the delivery configuration to the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,289,336

PATIENT SUPPORT WITH ENERGY TRANSFER

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:
a base;
a patient support surface supported by said base;
an electrically powered device;
a rechargeable power supply for powering said electrically powered device; and
a receiving coil electrically coupled to said rechargeable power supply for inductive coupling with a transmitting coil, said
receiving coil for recharging said rechargeable power supply when said receiving coil is inductively coupled to the transmitting
coil.

US Pat. No. 9,131,832

CANNULA ARRANGEMENT FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An access and positioning arrangement for use in an endoscopic surgical procedure in which first and second surgical tools
are utilized, said arrangement comprising:
a hub having a head central passage therethrough, the hub being configured to receive the first surgical tool therein with
the first surgical tool extending through the head central passage; and

a cannula assembly connected to the hub;
the cannula assembly defining a first fully enclosed chamber extending substantially along a length of the cannula assembly,
the first fully enclosed chamber being coextensive with the head central passage such that the first surgical tool is configured
to extend through the hub and the first fully enclosed chamber and to a distal end of the cannula assembly;

the cannula assembly defining a second fully enclosed chamber that extends along only a portion of the length of the cannula
assembly and spaced from the hub, the second fully enclosed chamber having an entrance and an exit, with the entrance and
the exit being spaced from the hub for allowing the second surgical tool to extend through the second fully enclosed chamber
without also passing through the hub or the first fully enclosed chamber;

the first fully enclosed chamber and the second fully enclosed chamber being substantially parallel such that the first surgical
tool and the second surgical tool can extend substantially in parallel from the distal end of the cannula assembly;

the cannula assembly further including a semi-circular member;
the second fully enclosed chamber being circular; and
the semi-circular member having a center of curvature co-linear with a central longitudinal axis of the second fully enclosed
chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,066,794

PATIENT/INVALID SUPPORT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:
a mattress having an upper side forming a patient support surface, the mattress including an internal gel cushioning layer
having a plurality of gel walls defining first and second spaced apart sides, the first side facing in the direction of the
patient support surface and being recessed below the patient support surface, the gel walls forming-transverse passageways
extending from the first side to the second side through the gel-cushioning layer;

the mattress including a second cushioning layer over the gel cushioning layer;
a flexible air distribution manifold located beneath the second side of the gel cushioning layer, the transverse passageways
allowing airflow flowing from the air distribution manifold to flow into the second side, through the gel cushioning layer,
and from the first side of the gel cushioning layer toward the second cushioning layer; and

wherein the gel cushioning layer comprises a first gel cushioning layer, the second cushioning layer comprising a second gel
cushion layer extending over the first gel cushioning layer and having a greater width or length than the first gel cushioning
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,480,479

VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A vaso-occlusive coil delivery assembly, comprising:
a pusher assembly defining a longitudinal axis;
an elongate tubular member having a proximal end portion attached to a distal end of the pusher assembly, the tubular member
being aligned with the longitudinal axis of the pusher assembly and having a tubular member wall;

a vaso-occlusive coil defining an axial lumen and having first and second vaso-occlusive coil windings in a proximal end portion
thereof, the first and second windings defining a vaso-occlusive coil opening therebetween, wherein a distal end portion of
the tubular member wall extends into the axial lumen of the vaso-occlusive coil; and

a locking pin extending through the vaso-occlusive coil opening and through the distal end portion of the tubular member wall
disposed in the axial lumen of the vaso-occlusive coil, thereby locking the tubular member to the vaso-occlusive coil,

wherein a central portion of the tubular member proximal of the locking pin is configured to be selectively severed from the
proximal portion, so as to detach the vaso-occlusive coil from the pusher assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,451,964

VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A vaso-occlusive device delivery assembly, comprising:
a pusher assembly including a substantially fluid tight pressure chamber in a distal end portion thereof;
a thermally activated pressure generating material disposed in the pressure chamber;
a heat generating member at least partially disposed in the pressure chamber; and
a vaso-occlusive device detachably coupled to the pusher assembly distal of the pressure chamber, wherein the pressure generating
material, when heated by the heat generating member, increases a pressure in the pressure chamber, thereby detaching the vaso-occlusive
device from the pusher assembly, the vaso-occlusive device comprising an attachment member at a proximal end thereof, the
attachment member being frictionally secured to the pusher assembly,

wherein a proximal end of the attachment member comprises a distal wall of the pressure chamber, such that the increased pressure
in the pressure chamber expels the attachment member from the pusher assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,427,279

SURGICAL TOOL ARRANGEMENT HAVING A HANDPIECE USABLE WITH MULTIPLE SURGICAL TOOLS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A surgical tool arrangement comprising:
a surgical instrument including a hub assembly defining a proximal end of said instrument and an elongate shaft assembly fixed
to and projecting distally from said hub assembly, said shaft assembly at a distal end thereof defining an electrosurgical
element for treating patient tissue; and

a handpiece having an axis and including a housing having a proximal end and a distal end spaced therefrom, said distal end
having an opening for receiving a portion of said hub assembly of said instrument, and an electrical contact arrangement mounted
on said distal end and in communication with a control unit which selectively provides power to said contact arrangement,
said contact arrangement including a contact member;

said hub assembly of said instrument including an electrical contact arrangement disposed to mate with said contact arrangement
of said handpiece to provide power to said electrosurgical element when said surgical instrument is mounted on said handpiece,
said contact arrangement of said hub assembly having a contact member including a first outer leg disposed in electrical contact
with said contact member of said handpiece and a second inner leg electrically connected to said electrosurgical element of
said instrument, said second inner leg being connected to said first outer leg and supporting said first outer leg such that
said first outer leg is disposed in substantially radially opposed relation with said second inner leg and such that when
said portion of said hub assembly is engaged within said opening of said distal end of said handpiece, said contact member
of said instrument is compressed and said first outer leg is biased substantially radially outwardly to maintain electrical
contact with said contact member of said handpiece.

US Pat. No. 9,381,125

PATIENT SUPPORT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:
a frame having a head-end and a foot-end;
an articulatable deck being supported by said frame and having a head section and a seat section, said head section being
movable between a generally horizontal orientation and a raised position; and

a pair of head-end side rails mounted to said frame adjacent but independent from said deck, each of said head-end side rails
including a side rail body having a fixed length and configured to move between a defined raised position and a defined lowered
position relative to said frame, and each of said head-end side rails configured for independent linear movement along said
frame from a first position adjacent said head-end of said frame when said movable head section of said deck is in said generally
horizontal orientation to form a barrier adjacent said head section of said deck to a second position away from said head-end
when said head section is moved to its raised position to form a barrier adjacent said seat section.

US Pat. No. 9,370,436

INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR CLEANING BONE STOCK AND TRANSFERRING THE BONE STOCK TO A MILL IN WHICH THE BONE STOCK IS MILLED TO FORM BONE CHIPS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A system for cleaning and milling bone stock, said system including:
a shell, said shell shaped to define a void space for receiving bone stock and having an outlet opening through which cleaned
bone stock is discharged;

at least one cleaning element moveably mounted in shell void space, said at least one cleaning element configured to, when
actuated, move against the bone stock to clean the bone stock;

a mill unit positioned adjacent the shell outlet opening so as to receive the cleaned bone stock discharged from the outlet
opening:

a milling member movably disposed in and moveably mounted to said mill unit, said milling member having at least one feature
that, when said, milling member is actuated, converts bone stock introduced into the mill unit into bone chips;

a motor; and
a drive assembly connected between said motor and to both said cleaning element and said milling member for transferring power
from said motor to said cleaning element and said milling member so that said motor is able to actuate both said cleaning
element and said milling member.

US Pat. No. 9,345,552

METHOD OF PERFORMING A MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURE ON A HIP JOINT OF A PATIENT TO RELIEVE FEMORAL ACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method of performing a minimally invasive procedure on a hip joint of a patient to relieve a femoral acetabular impingement
using an instrument having a hand-held portion, a cutting accessory defining a rotational axis, a drive motor for rotating
the cutting accessory, and a separate motor for moving the cutting accessory longitudinally relative to the hand-held portion,
said method comprising the steps of:
placing an access device through skin of the patient to provide minimally invasive access to a target volume of material that
creates the femoral acetabular impingement;

manually grasping and supporting the hand-held portion of the instrument to place the cutting accessory into the access device;
removing material with the cutting accessory to relieve the femoral acetabular impingement while manually grasping and supporting
the hand-held portion of the instrument; and

operating a tracking and control system to:
establish a virtual boundary that defines the target volume of material that creates the femoral acetabular impingement;
track a position of the cutting accessory relative to the virtual boundary; and
control movement of the cutting accessory longitudinally along the rotational axis relative to the hand-held portion so that
cutting is substantially maintained within the virtual boundary.

US Pat. No. 9,320,444

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH PATIENT INFORMATION SENSORS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support apparatus comprising:
a support surface adapted to support a patient thereon;
a plurality of force sensors adapted to output signals corresponding to downward forces exerted on the support surface; and
a controller in communication with the plurality of force sensors, the controller adapted to analyze the signals to detect
when a patient enters the support surface and to characterize the patient entry as an initial entry or a reentry of the patient
on the support surface.

US Pat. No. 9,271,804

METHOD FOR TRACKING OBJECTS USING OPTICAL AND NON-OPTICAL SENSORS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method for tracking an object during a surgical procedure using a plurality of optical sensors, a tracker including three
markers and a non-optical sensor, and a computing system including at least one processor, said method comprising the steps
of:
receiving optical signals sequentially from the markers with the plurality of optical sensors;
generating non-optical signals with the non-optical sensor;
determining, with the at least one processor, a position of a first of the markers at a first time based on a first optical
signal from the first marker;

determining, with the at least one processor, positions of a second and third of the markers at the first time based on the
first optical signal and a non-optical signal from the non-optical sensor; and

correlating, with the at least one processor, the determined positions of the first, second, and third markers to the object
to track a position of the object during the surgical procedure.

US Pat. No. 9,232,948

CATHETER WITH DISTAL OCCLUSION APPARATUS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A catheter having a distal region and a proximal region, comprising:
an elongate shaft extending from the distal region to the proximal region and defining a lumen therebetween;
means for occluding a body vessel disposed over a portion of the distal region of the elongate shaft, the means for occluding
the body vessel being longitudinally translatable along the elongate shaft and being unsecured to the elongate shaft; and

means for activating the means for occluding the body vessel disposed over the elongate shaft,
wherein the means for occluding the body vessel is reversibly movable between a first position in which the means for occluding
the body vessel has a first length and a second position in which the means for occluding the body vessel has a second length
that is less than the first length,

wherein the means for occluding the body vessel bas a first diameter at the first position and a second diameter at the second
position, where the second diameter is greater than the first diameter,

wherein the means for occluding the body vessel comprises a distal portion, a proximal portion and an intermediate portion,
and the means for occluding the body vessel is configured such that at least the intermediate portion is displaced radially
outwardly when moving from the first position to the second position, and

wherein the means for occluding the body vessel is configured such that the distal portion of the means for occluding the
body vessel rotates with respect to the proximal portion of the means for occluding the body vessel in moving from the first
position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,445,822

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE OSCILLATING ASSEMBLY OF A SURGICAL SAGITTAL SAW

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method of assembling a surgical sagittal saw, said method including the steps of:
providing an oscillating head, the oscillating head having: a top located feature for removably holding a surgical sagittal
saw blade to the head; a longitudinal axis that extends top-to-bottom through the head; and an elongated trunk that extends
along the longitudinal axis, the elongated trunk being formed with at least one tapered surface such that, extending along
the tapered surface from a bottom of the tapered surface to a top of the tapered surface, the distance between the longitudinal
axis of the head and the tapered surface changes;

providing a yoke, the yoke having: features for engaging a drive shaft capable of oscillating the yoke; and a bore, the bore
shaped to receive the trunk of the oscillating head, the bore being defined by at least one yoke tapered surface that is complementary
to the tapered surface of the trunk of said oscillating head;

mounting the oscillating head to the yoke so the trunk of the oscillating head is seated in the bore of the yoke such that
the tapered surface of the trunk of the oscillating head abuts the tapered surface of the yoke;

pressing the oscillating head and the yoke together so the tapered surface of the trunk of the oscillating head presses against
the tapered surface of the yoke so the oscillating head and the yoke become a single unit; and

mounting the oscillating head and attached yoke to a saw body that includes a drive shaft so that the yoke engages the drive
shaft and the oscillating head is able to oscillate so that the actuation of the yoke by the drive shaft results in the back
and forth oscillations of the oscillating head around the longitudinal axis of the oscillating head.

US Pat. No. 9,375,134

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESSLY SYNCHRONIZING IMAGE SHUTTER OF IMAGE SENSOR AND LIGHT SOURCE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. Method of wirelessly synchronizing a camera shutter of an image sensor with operation of a light source for performing
an endoscopic procedure comprising the steps of:
providing an endoscopic video camera unit including the camera shutter, the image sensor and a camera controller connected
to a wireless non-video transmitter;

providing a portable endoscopic light source unit including a light source controller connected to a wireless non-video receiver
and to the light source;

determining a light source target ON time with the video camera unit;
determining a light source target time value with the video camera unit, based on a camera shutter period;
transmitting the light source target time value and the light source target ON time from the wireless non-video transmitter
of the video camera unit to the wireless non-video receiver of the portable light source unit;

providing the light source target time value and the light source target ON time from the wireless non-video receiver to the
light source controller;

starting operation of the light source with the light source controller at a time defined by the light source target time
value relative to a reference point; and

maintaining operation of the light source for the light source target ON time.

US Pat. No. 9,265,504

VASO-OCCLUSIVE COIL DELIVERY SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An occlusive coil delivery system, comprising:
an occlusive coil comprising a plurality of windings, the occlusive coil having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal
end of the occlusive coil comprising a plurality of open pitched windings;

a delivery wire adapter consisting of a thin sheet of material and having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end
of the adapter defining a plurality of fingers formed in the thin sheet of material and configured to interface between adjacent
open pitched windings of the proximal end of the occlusive coil; and

a delivery wire secured to the proximal end of the delivery wire adapter, the delivery wire comprising a detachment region
in a portion thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,339,346

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTING WITH AN OBJECT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A system for interacting with an object, said system comprising:
a robotic manipulator having a base and a plurality of linkages;
a tool coupled to said robotic manipulator and movable relative to said base to interact with the object;
a plurality of position sensors associated with said plurality of linkages for providing primary position information at a
first frequency;

a localizer for providing secondary position information at a second frequency;
a position controller configured to position said tool with respect to the object in a first position control mode and a second
position control mode based on said primary position information and said secondary position information; and

a frequency controller configured to adjust at least one of said first and second frequencies in each of said first and second
position control modes so that a difference between said first and second frequencies in said first position control mode
is different than a difference between said first and second frequencies in said second position control mode.

US Pat. No. 9,314,326

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RETAINING VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICES WITHIN AN ANEURYSM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A system for implanting a vaso-occlusive device in an aneurysm, the aneurysm having an aneurysmal neck and an aneurysmal
inner wall, the system comprising:
an elongate delivery member; and
a vaso-occlusive device comprising a mesh-like structure detachably coupled to a distal end of the delivery member by a severable
link, the mesh-like structure having a collapsed delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration, wherein in
the expanded deployed configuration, the mesh-like structure comprises a proximal member, a distal member, and an elongated
tubular element having a first end coupled to the proximal member and a second end coupled to the distal member,

the mesh-like structure being configured to be inserted in its entirety through the aneurysmal neck when in the delivery configuration
and attached to the delivery member, and to expand into the deployed configuration when detached from the delivery member
and implanted within the aneurysm,

wherein when the mesh-like structure is in the deployed configuration, detached from the delivery member and implanted within
the aneurysm, the proximal and distal members comprise respective opposing concave inner surfaces separated by the elongated
tubular element, and respective convex outer surfaces seated against respective proximal and distal portions of the aneurysmal
inner wall.

US Pat. No. 9,301,895

MEDICAL SUPPORT APPARATUS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A medical chair comprising:
a back section;
a base supporting the back section; and
an arm rest supported by the base independent of said back section for movement between a raised position and a lowered position
relative to the base and being independent of the back section, the lowered position of the arm providing support for a patient's
arm when seated in the chair and the raised position of the arm rest being upward and forward of the lowered position to provide
support to a patient when exiting the chair from a seated position to a standing position.

US Pat. No. 9,301,792

LOW PRESSURE DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING A SOLID AND LIQUID MIXTURE INTO A TARGET SITE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A system for forming an implant to stabilize a vertebral body having an interior of cancellous bone, said system comprising:
a delivery cannula defining a delivery passage for providing access to the interior of the vertebral body;
a plurality of elements disposed adjacent to one another in said delivery passage of said delivery cannula with a void space
defined among said elements, said plurality of elements including a first element adjacent to a second element;

a fluent material capable of setting to a hardened condition disposed within at least a portion of said void space in said
delivery passage; and

a push rod slidably disposed within said delivery passage of said delivery cannula to apply a force to said first element
to push said first element in said delivery passage and transfer the force through said first element to said second element
to move said elements through said delivery passage and into the interior of the vertebral body, said elements simultaneously
carrying said fluent material therewith through said delivery passage and into the interior of the vertebral body upon application
of said force to said first element whereby said fluent material sets to the hardened condition to secure said elements and
form the implant,

said delivery cannula including a delivery wall surrounding said delivery passage wherein said delivery wall defines at least
one groove separate from said delivery passage, said at least one groove open to said delivery passage and configured to allow
said fluent material to flow around said elements and to allow said fluent material to backflow from said void space into
said at least one groove so that pressurization of said fluent material is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,470,405

SURGICAL LIGHT WITH BEAM REDIRECTING OPTICS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A surgical light comprising:
an arm; and
a light assembly connected to the arm;
the light assembly comprising:
a housing;
a substrate positioned within the housing, the substrate having a substantially planar top surface with a plurality of LEDs
on the substantially planar top surface, each of the LEDs emitting light when activated;

at least one first optical element positioned adjacent the LEDs and having a first entrance and a first exit, the at least
one first optical element receiving the light emitted from the LEDs into the first entrance and passing the light therethrough,
the light exiting the at least one first optical element at the first exit being collimated and substantially perpendicular
to the substantially planar top surface of the substrate; and

at least one second optical element positioned adjacent the first exit of the at least one first optical element, the at least
one second optical element having a second entrance receiving the light exiting the at least one first optical element, the
light exiting the at least one second optical element through a second exit of the at least one second optical element and
focusing or redirecting on an area a desired distance from the second exit of the at least one second optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,463,013

ADJUSTABLE CONTINUOUS FILAMENT STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE AND USE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A continuous filament assembly, comprising:
a single line of filament having an nonadjustable loop, an adjustable loop, and a single free segment, the adjustable loop
having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion extending from the nonadjustable loop to a first position along
an outer wall of the nonadjustable loop, and the second portion entering into the outer wall of the nonadjustable loop and
extending through at least a portion of an inner core of the nonadjustable loop to a second position along the outer wall
of the nonadjustable loop, the single free segment extending from the outer wall of the nonadjustable loop at the second position
such that the free segment is continuous with the second portion of the adjustable loop, wherein pulling the free segment
shrinks the first portion of the adjustable loop.

US Pat. No. 9,314,250

ELECTRICAL CONTACT FOR OCCLUSIVE DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A delivery wire assembly for delivery of an occlusive device to a location in a patient's vasculature, comprising:
a delivery wire conduit having a proximal tubular portion coupled to a distal coil portion, the respective tubular and coil
portions defining a conduit lumen, wherein the proximal tubular portion tapers down in cross section in a proximal direction
from a distal larger diameter region to a proximal smaller diameter region, wherein the tapering occurs at a proximal terminal
end of the proximal tubular portion of the delivery wire conduit;

a core wire disposed in the conduit lumen, the core wire having a distal end detachably coupled to an occlusive device;
an electrical contact coupled to a proximal end of the core wire and disposed around the proximal terminal end of the proximal
tubular portion of the delivery wire conduit, the electrical contact and core wire forming a first conductive path that corresponds
to an anode for detaching the occlusive device from the core wire, wherein an outer diameter of the electrical contact is
substantially the same as an outer diameter of the distal larger diameter region of the proximal terminal end of the proximal
tubular portion.

US Pat. No. 9,161,813

RF ENERGY CONSOLE INCLUDING METHOD FOR VESSEL SEALING

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method of sealing at least one of a blood vessel and tissue by controlling electrosurgical energy provided by an electrosurgical
radio frequency (RP) energy console to a handpiece comprising the steps of:
(1) in response to actuation by a user, executing a heating stage, the heating stage including (a) outputting and applying
an increasing RF ramping voltage to the handpiece for heating fluid in the at least one of the blood vessel and the tissue;
(b) measuring a current (Imeas) value for the electrosurgical RE energy console; (c) comparing the current (Imeas) value with a stored maximum current (Imax) value; (d) updating the stored maximum current (Imax) value to the current (Imeas) value and returning to step (b) when the current (Imeas) value is greater than the stored maximum current (Imax) value; (e) determining whether the current (Imeas) value is less than a single predetermined current decrease threshold percentage (%th) value of the stored maximum current (Imax) value and returning to step (b) when the current (Imeas) value is greater or equal to the single predetermined current decrease threshold percentage (%th) value of the stored maximum current (Imax) value; and (f) when the current (Imeas) value is less than the single predetermined current decrease threshold percentage (%th) value of the stored maximum current (Imax) value resulting from onset of boiling of the fluid in the at least one of the blood vessel and the tissue, advancing from
the heating stage to a sealing stage;

(2) the sealing stage including (a) outputting a sealing voltage from the electrosurgical RF energy console to the handpiece
and (b) adjusting the sealing voltage to maintain an increasing essentially constant predetermined change of impedance (?Zseal) value.

US Pat. No. 9,045,352

TOTAL FLUID MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method of dispensing an injectable fluid during a medical procedure, the method comprising the steps of:
(a) providing a water purification docking station comprising at least one filter and a purified water outlet downstream of
and in fluid communication with the at least one filter;

(b) providing a portable fluid station which is moveable toward and away from and dockable to the water purification docking
station, the portable fluid station comprising:

a concentrate source containing a water-soluble concentrate therein,
a mixer adapted to mix purified water with the water-soluble concentrate, and
a fluid receptacle disposed to receive and retain a fluid therein;
(c) conveying water through the at least one filter of the water purification docking station to create purified water;
(d) moving the portable fluid station adjacent the water purification docking station;
(e) docking the portable fluid station to the water purification docking station;
(f) conveying the purified water from the purified water outlet of the water purification docking station to the portable
fluid station;

(g) mixing the purified water with the water-soluble concentrate by activating the mixer of the portable fluid station to
create an injectable fluid;

(h) retaining the injectable fluid in the fluid receptacle; and
(i) removing at least a portion of the injectable fluid from the fluid receptacle and transporting injectable fluid away from
the portable fluid station for use in a medical procedure.

US Pat. No. 9,480,534

NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOVING A VOLUME OF TISSUE FROM A PATIENT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A navigation system for use with a surgical manipulator operable in manual or semi-autonomous modes and an energy applicator
coupled to the surgical manipulator to remove a volume of tissue from a patient, said navigation system comprising:
a patient tracker for attaching to the patient;
a localizer configured to receive signals from said patient tracker or transmit signals to said patient tracker to determine
a position and orientation of said patient tracker; and

at least one processor configured to determine a position of the energy applicator with respect to the volume of tissue to
be removed based on the position and orientation of said patient tracker,

said at least one processor further configured to run a removed material logger module to collect data relating to locations
at which the energy applicator has been applied to the volume of tissue in the manual mode and locations at which the energy
applicator has not been applied to the volume of tissue in the manual mode and to run a tool path generator module to generate
a tool path for the energy applicator to traverse in the semi-autonomous mode, wherein said tool path generator module references
said data collected by said removed material logger module so that said tool path generated by said tool path generator module
accounts for tissue previously removed by the energy applicator in the manual mode by generating tool path segments along
the locations at which the energy applicator has not been applied to the volume of tissue in order to avoid, in the semi-autonomous
mode, an attempt to remove tissue previously removed by the energy applicator in the manual mode.

US Pat. No. 9,219,375

BATTERY CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF LIQUID SUBMERSION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A battery, said battery comprising:
at least one cell that stores charge;
at least one sourcing contact over which current can be drawn from said at least one cell;
a sense contact;
a control circuit, said control circuit: connected between said at least one cell and said at least one sourcing contact to
selectively connect said cell to said sourcing contact; connected between said at least one cell and said sense contact to
selectively connect said cell to said sense contact; connected to said sense contact to monitor the signal present at said
sense contact; and connected to one of said contacts to receive therefrom a recognition signal wherein, said control circuit
is configured to:

apply a voltage to said sense contact from said at least one cell while simultaneously monitoring the signal present at said
sense contact;

if said signal present at said sense contact is a first defined signal: connect said at least one cell to said at least one
sourcing contact; negate the application of the voltage to said sense contact; and monitor the contact through which the recognition
signal is received for receipt of the recognition signal;

if an appropriate recognition signal is received, continue to connect said at least one cell to said at least one sourcing
contact;

if an appropriate recognition signal is not received: disconnect said at least one cell from said at least one sourcing contact;
cycle on and off a connection between said at least one cell and one of said contacts; and, and when the connection between
said at least one cell and said contact is cycled on, monitoring the signal present at said sense contact to determine if
the signal is a second defined signal; and

when the second defined signal is sensed at said sense contact, terminating the on and off cycling connection of said at least
one cell to the one said contact and return to the steps of applying a voltage to said sense contact while simultaneously
monitoring said sense contact for the presence of the first defined signal.

US Pat. No. 9,192,394

SURGICAL HANDPIECE WITH A COMPACT CLUTCH

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A surgical tool comprising:
a housing;
a motor disposed in said housing, said motor having a rotating shaft;
a gear train assembly mounted in said housing, said gear train assembly having a plurality of drive heads that are connected
to said motor shaft to rotate at different speeds upon actuation of said motor shaft;

a spindle rotatably mounted to said housing, said spindle shaped to receive a proximal end of a medical/surgical cutting accessory;
and

a clutch assembly disposed in said housing, said clutch assembly including:
an outer coupler having a distal end attached to said spindle to rotate in unison with said spindle and a proximal section
attached to the distal end to rotate with the distal end, the proximal section disposed over said gear train assembly drive
heads, the proximal section having at least one slot that extends over said gear train drive heads; and

a shifter disposed over said outer coupler and configured to rotate with and move longitudinally with respect to said outer
coupler, said shifter including at least one pin that extends through the at least one slot of said outer coupler and that
is moveable within the at least one slot, said pin being shaped to selectively engage either one of said gear train drive
heads to transfer the rotational movement of the engaged drive head to said outer coupler and said spindle.

US Pat. No. 9,101,516

STEERABLE ULTRA-LOW PATIENT BED

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

26. An ultra-low patient bed comprising:
a frame supported by front and rear legs, the front and rear legs having an upper end and a lower end, the front and rear
legs movable independently and simultaneously to raise and lower the frame;

a first linear actuator configured to provide for movement of the front legs, and a second linear actuator configured to provide
for movement of the rear legs, wherein the first and second linear actuators act on the corresponding legs in a direction
substantially parallel to the frame;

a caster support member having a longitudinally extending portion pivotally connected to the lower end of each leg;
a caster assembly connected to each of the caster support members, each of the caster assemblies having a caster and a substantially
vertical orientation that allows the caster to swivel in response to directional changes of the bed, wherein the caster assemblies
associated with the front legs are independent from the caster assemblies associated with the rear legs; and,

a constraint structure configured to (i) maintain the substantially vertical orientation of each of the caster assemblies
at all height positions of the bed and (ii) prevent horizontal translation of the bed frame during height adjustment of the
bed, wherein the front legs and the rear legs are mechanically driven independent of one another and simultaneously when the
frame is raised horizontally, and wherein none of the caster assemblies translate along the floor during adjustment of the
height of the bed.

US Pat. No. 9,358,117

ANATOMICALLY GUIDED INSTRUMENTATION FOR TROCHLEAR GROOVE REPLACEMENT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A prosthesis for implantation within a prepared trochlear groove of a femur bone, comprising:
a first region having a first bone contact surface; and
a second region having a second bone contact surface, the second bone contact surface having an annulus projecting outwardly
therefrom for insertion into a bone void formed in the femur bone, the annulus at least partially enclosing a base surface
having a boundary defined by the annulus,

wherein a first plane defined by the first bone contact surface intersects a second plane defined by the second bone contact
surface, and

wherein the annulus has a longitudinal axis intersecting the second plane.

US Pat. No. 9,351,890

MEDICAL SUPPORT APPARATUS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A medical chair comprising:
a seat frame; and
a backrest pivotally coupled to the seat frame;
a backrest actuator coupled to the seat frame at a first end and to the backrest at a second end, the backrest actuator adapted
to pivot the backrest with respect to the seat frame about a first pivot axis during movement of the backrest between an upright
position and an intermediate position, and to pivot the backrest with respect to the seat frame about a second pivot axis
during movement of the backrest between the intermediate position and a lowered position, wherein the first pivot axis is
located below a top face of the seat frame.

US Pat. No. 9,504,474

VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICES WITH IN-SITU STIFFENING

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A vaso-occlusive device, comprising:
a first coil made from a first material wherein the first coil forms first coil loops; and
a second coil forming second coil loops at least partially co-wound with the first coil loops and made from a second material,
wherein the first material is substantially non-expansile and the second material is expansile.

US Pat. No. 9,419,462

METHOD OF LASER WELDING THE HOUSING OF A RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method of assembling a rechargeable battery, said method including the step of:
providing a first housing component, the first housing component formed from a polyphenysulfone plastic that does not appreciably
interfere with the transmission of photonic energy at a select wavelength and that is formed to have an outer surface, an
edge around the outer surface and an inner face that extends from the edge and is located inwardly from the outer surface;

providing a second housing component, the second housing component formed from a polyphenysulfone plastic that absorbs photonic
energy emitted at the select wavelength and that is formed to have an outer surface and a lip that extends outwardly from
and is located inwardly of the outer surface of the second housing component and wherein the first and second housing components
are collectively shaped so that when the housing components are placed together: the lip of the second housing component abuts
the inner face of the first housing component; and adjacent where the lip and the inner face of the first housing component
abut there is a void, the void being located inwardly of the outer surfaces of the housing components;

placing at least one rechargeable cell in one of the housing components and connecting the cell to terminals mounted to one
of the housing components;

placing the housing components together so the lip of the second housing component abuts the inner face of the first housing
component;

directing photonic energy at the select wavelength towards the outer surface of the first housing component so that the photonic
energy passes through the first housing component and is absorbed by the lip of the second housing component, so that:

the photonic energy heats the lip so as to cause the melting of the lip and the transfer of thermal energy to the first housing
component so as to form a weld joint along the interface between where the lip of the second housing component abuts the inner
face of the first housing component; and

flash formed by said welding flows into the void between the first and second housing components.

US Pat. No. 9,190,966

IMPEDANCE BOOTSTRAP CIRCUIT FOR AN INTERFACE OF A MONITORING DEVICE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An interface for receiving an electrical signal representative of a condition of a patient and for conveying representations
of the electrical signal to a processing system, said interface comprising:
at least one amplifier circuit configured to alter an amplitude of the electrical signal; and
a common-mode cancellation amplifier circuit coupled to said at least one amplifier circuit and configured to reduce common-mode
signal noise in the electrical signal;

a bootstrap circuit coupled to said at least one amplifier circuit and configured to increase an effective input impedance
at an input of said at least one amplifier circuit; and

an impedance check circuit coupled to said at least one amplifier circuit, wherein said impedance check circuit is configured
to be coupled to the processing system and enable automated checking of a physical interface between at least one sensor and
the patient and to receive impedance check signals from the processing system.

US Pat. No. 9,504,475

DELIVERY WIRE FOR OCCLUSIVE DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A delivery wire assembly for delivery of an occlusive device to a vascular implantation location, comprising:
a delivery wire conduit having a proximal tubular portion connected to a distal coil portion, and a conduit lumen extending
through the respective proximal tubular portion and distal coil portion;

a core wire extending into in the conduit lumen, the core wire being permanently fixed to the delivery wire conduit so that
the core wire and the delivery wire conduit are not longitudinally movable relative to each other; and

an occlusive device coupled to a distal end of the core wire,
wherein the distal coil portion comprises a proximal zone including one or more proximal zone windings formed from a proximal
zone laminated coil wire having a proximal zone lamination thickness, and a distal zone including one or more distal zone
windings formed from a distal zone laminated coil wire having a distal zone lamination thickness less than the proximal zone
lamination thickness.

US Pat. No. 9,149,190

NOTIFICATION SYSTEM OF DEVIATION FROM PREDEFINED CONDITIONS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A notification system comprising:
a patient support having a configuration;
a patient support monitoring system;
a patient's condition or risk factor associated with a patient stored in said patient support monitoring system; and
based on the patient's condition or risk factor for the patient, said patient support monitoring system configured to automatically
select or determine a set of appropriate patient support configurations or criteria as default configurations or criteria
for the patient and to detect and monitor when the patient support's configuration or criteria is unsuitable for the patient
based on the default configurations or criteria for the patient and to generate a notification of an unsatisfactory configuration
of the patient support when the patient support's configuration is unsuitable for the patient based on the default configurations
or criteria for the patient based on the patient's condition or risk factor.

US Pat. No. 9,566,122

ROBOTIC SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSITIONING BETWEEN OPERATING MODES

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A robotic system for positioning an energy applicator extending from a surgical instrument with respect to target tissue,
said system comprising:
a surgical manipulator having a force/torque sensor coupled to the surgical instrument, a plurality of links, and a plurality
of actuators for moving said plurality of links to position the energy applicator with respect to the target tissue,

said force/torque sensor configured to generate an output representing forces and torques applied to said force/torque sensor,
said surgical manipulator including at least one controller configured to:
control operation of said surgical manipulator in a first operating mode in which a user applies forces and torques to said
force/torque sensor to cause movement of the energy applicator or a second operating mode in which said surgical manipulator
moves the energy applicator along a tool path based on calculated forces and torques, said calculated forces and torques including
forces and torques calculated to advance and orient the surgical instrument in said second operating mode;

determine a commanded pose to which the energy applicator is advanced in said first operating mode or said second operating
mode based on said output of said force/torque sensor and said calculated forces and torques;

monitor said output of said force/torque sensor as the energy applicator is being moved along the tool path in said second
operating mode;

determine if said output exceeds an associated limit;
transition from said second operating mode to said first operating mode to enable movement of the energy applicator in said
first operating mode by adjusting said forces and torques calculated to advance and orient the surgical instrument in said
second operating mode in response to said output exceeding said associated limit; and

reposition the energy applicator off the tool path based on forces and torques applied to said force/torque sensor by the
user after transitioning from said second operating mode to said first operating mode.

US Pat. No. 9,339,280

SPOT FACING TROCHLEAR GROOVE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A joint replacement system for replacing at least a portion of a trochlear groove of a femur comprising:
a guide having a contacting surface defined by a central body portion and lateral portions, the contacting surface including
a proximal end, a distal end and lateral ends, the proximal and distal ends located at opposing ends of the central body portion
and the lateral ends located at opposing ends of the lateral portions;

a prosthesis having an articular surface and a contacting surface, the articular surface including a perimeter having proximal,
distal and lateral end portions; and

a sizing membrane configured to correctly position the guide on the trochlear groove of the femur, the sizing membrane having
an outer surface, a contacting surface and a perimeter having a shape substantially the same as the perimeter of the articular
surface of the prosthesis,

wherein the proximal end, distal end and lateral ends of the contacting surface of the guide correspond to the proximal, distal
and lateral end portions of the perimeter of the articular surface of the prosthesis.

US Pat. No. 9,993,273

BONE PLATE AND TRACKING DEVICE USING A BONE PLATE FOR ATTACHING TO A PATIENT'S ANATOMY

MAKO Surgical Corp., For...

1. A plate for attaching to an anatomic structure with fasteners, said plate comprising:a center axis;
a top surface and a bottom surface opposite said top surface;
openings extending through said top surface and said bottom surface with each opening defined about an inclined axis arranged to incline inwardly from said top surface to said bottom surface at an acute angle relative to said center axis with said openings configured to receive the fasteners along said inclined axis; and
three spikes radially spaced about said center axis and configured to penetrate the anatomic structure and, in conjunction with the fasteners, prevent rotational movement of said plate relative to the anatomic structure,
wherein said bottom surface is concave between said spikes and, when said plate is attached to the anatomic structure, said concave bottom surface defines a space configured to accommodate portions of the anatomic structure, and wherein each of said three spikes are positioned on one of a plurality of radial axes extending radially through said center axis with an angle between an adjacent two of said radial axes being 120 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,060,783

SURGICAL SAGITTAL SAW FOR ACTUATING A SAW BLADE WITH AN OSCILLATING HEAD, THE SAW HAVING A COUPLING ASSEMBLY FOR RELEASEABLY HOLDING THE SAW BLADE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A surgical saw for use with a blade assembly having a blade bar, at least one drive rod moveably disposed within the blade
bar and a blade head that is oscillated by the at least one drive rod, said saw comprising:
a housing including a head, said head having a surface for receiving the blade assembly blade bar;
a motor disposed in said housing;
an oscillating drive assembly mounted to said housing head that includes at least one oscillating drive member that is moveably
mounted to said head adjacent the surface on which the blade assembly bar is received, said oscillating drive member shaped
to receive the blade assembly at least one drive rod, wherein said oscillating drive assembly is connected to said motor and
configured to, upon actuation of said motor, oscillate the at least one oscillating drive member so that the oscillation of
the at least one oscillating drive member results in the reciprocation of the at least drive rod;

a coupling member separate from said oscillating drive assembly that is moveably mounted to said housing head so as to extend
above the housing head surface, said coupling member shaped to extend at least partially over the blade assembly blade bar
and having a run state in which said coupling member presses against the blade bar to hold the blade bar to the housing head
surface and a load state in which the coupling member allows the insertion/removal of the blade bar from the housing head
surface; and

a manually actuated control member moveably attached to said housing and connected to said coupling member for moving said
coupling member between the run and load states.

US Pat. No. 9,945,498

MULTI-STAGE ROTARY OVERTRAVEL STOP

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A rotary joint for use in a medical application comprising:a first linkage having a first abutment;
a second linkage rotatably connected to the first linkage, the second linkage having a second abutment;
at least one idler member having a third abutment at a top side thereof and a fourth abutment at a bottom side thereof; and
at least one conduit extending through the first linkage and the second linkage;
the first linkage having at least one connector being rotatably fixed to the second linkage for allowing the first linkage to rotate relative to the second linkage; and
the at least one idler member being free to rotate relative to the first linkage and the second linkage until the first abutment of the first linkage abuts the third abutment of the at least one idler member and until the second abutment of the second linkage abuts the fourth abutment of the at least one idler member;
wherein the first linkage is able to rotate relative to the second linkage at a maximum angular displacement that is greater than 360°;
wherein the first linkage, the second linkage and the at least one idler member all rotate relative to each other about a single axis; and
wherein the second linkage includes a shelving system.

US Pat. No. 9,839,443

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OFF-AXIS TISSUE MANIPULATION

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A system for manipulating tissue, the system comprising:
an access cannula for insertion in the tissue;
a steerable assembly comprising a steering instrument and a conformable nozzle, the steering instrument capable of assuming
a first configuration substantially coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the access cannula and a second configuration that
is not substantially coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the access cannula,

wherein the steering instrument comprises a deflection mechanism operably attached to distal portion of the steering instrument
such that when the deflection mechanism of the steering instrument is activated, the degree of curvature of the distal end
of the steering instrument is changed relative to the longitudinal axis of the access cannula with the conformable nozzle
tracking the orientation of the steering instrument and defining a curved configuration, and

wherein the distal end of steering instrument is adapted to relax and flex freely in an unrestrained mode to permit retracting
the distal end of the steering instrument from the conformable nozzle in the curved configuration with the conformable nozzle
capable of retaining the curved configuration after retraction of the steering instrument.

US Pat. No. 9,687,307

NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING OBJECTS USING OPTICAL AND NON-OPTICAL SENSORS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A navigation system comprising:
a localizer;
a tracker for communicating with said localizer and including three markers and a non-optical sensor; and
a computing system having at least one processor configured to:
determine positions of each of said markers in a first coordinate system based on optical and non-optical signals,
determine a position of a virtual point in said first coordinate system, and
match said positions of said markers and said virtual point in said first coordinate system with positions of said markers
and said virtual point in a model of said tracker established relative to a second coordinate system to obtain a transformation
matrix to transform said second coordinate system to said first coordinate system.

US Pat. No. 9,855,176

PATIENT SUPPORT GUARD STRUCTURE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

17. A patient support comprising: a height adjustable frame supported by a floor; and a guard structure coupled to the frame,
the guard structure movable between a raised position and a lowered position, the guard structure comprising a locking structure
configured to lock the guard structure in the raised position and configured to unlock through actuation of a release, wherein
the patient support further comprises an emergency mechanism configured to place the patient support into an emergency state
wherein a patient support deck of the patient support is flat and wherein the release is electrically actuated.

US Pat. No. 9,555,778

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH BRAKING SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A method of actuating a brake on a caster wheel of a patient support apparatus to stop motion of the apparatus, the patient
support apparatus including a support frame and a plurality of caster wheels supporting the frame, a patient support surface
supported by the support frame, a manually operable brake for manually braking one or more of the caster wheels, and a manual
brake activation handle or pedal for manually operating the manually operable brake, the patient support apparatus further
including an actuator for selectively outputting a driving force and a control system, said method comprising:
electrically coupling the control system to the actuator;
generating an actuating signal with said control system;
transmitting the actuating signal to the actuator to thereby actuate the actuator to generate a driving force;
mechanically coupling the actuator with the manually operable brake wherein the driving force generated by the actuator actuates
the manually operable brake to thereby brake the caster wheel; and

mechanically coupling the actuator with the manual brake activation handle or pedal wherein the driving force of the actuator
moves the manual brake activation handle or pedal between a first position and a second position when the actuator actuates
the manually operable brake to brake the caster wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,186,156

SURGICAL DRILL WITH DRIVE SHAFT AND DRILL BIT THAT, AFTER DISENGAGING THE DRILL BIT FROM THE DRIVE SHAFT, ALLOWS THE DRILL BIT TO BE DRIVEN IN REVERSE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A surgical drill, said drill said drill including:
an input drive shaft configured to receive the rotational output of a handpiece;
a first clutch having: a first clutch input member connected to said input drive shaft to rotate with said input drive shaft;
a first clutch output member configured to selectively engage with or disengage from said first clutch input member wherein,
when said first clutch output member is engaged with said first clutch input member, said first clutch output member rotates
with said first clutch input member and, when said first clutch output member is disengaged from said first clutch input member,
said first clutch output member does not rotate with said first clutch input member; and a biasing member that, in the absence
of an opposite force, places a force on said first clutch output member to hold said output member in a disengaged state relative
to said first clutch input member;

a second clutch having: a second clutch input member that is connected to said input drive shaft to rotate with said input
drive shaft; a second clutch output member that is separate from said second clutch input member; a coupling assembly that
extends between said second clutch input member and said second clutch output member for: when said second clutch input member
rotates in a first direction, causing said second clutch output member to rotate with said second clutch input member; and
when said second clutch input member rotates in a second direction opposite the first direction, does not cause second clutch
output member to rotate with said second clutch input member; and

at least one drill bit configured to perform a medical procedure on tissue, said at least one drill bit being connected to
said first clutch output member and to said second clutch output member to rotate with said output members and to place a
force on said first clutch output member opposition to the force placed on said first clutch output member by said first clutch
biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,086,416

PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE DISPOSAL ASSEMBLY

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A pharmaceutical waste disposal assembly for disposing of raw pharmaceutical waste, said pharmaceutical waste disposal assembly comprising:a receiver comprising,
a receiver body for receiving the raw pharmaceutical waste, and
a reaction agent positioned within said receiver body for contacting the raw pharmaceutical waste to change the raw pharmaceutical waste in one of a chemical and physical manner so that the raw pharmaceutical waste is rendered unrecoverable; and
a receiver retainer that retains said receiver, with said receiver retainer comprising a locking mechanism for selectively inhibiting removal of said receiver from said receiver retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,045,863

SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING BONE STOCK INCLUDING A BONE CLEANING HEAD, A BONE MILLING HEAD AND BASE THAT POWERS BOTH THE CLEANING HEAD AND THE MILLING HEAD

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A system for cleaning and milling bone stock, said system including:a base unit, said base unit having at least one locking feature for releasably holding a head that is separate from said base unit to said base unit;
a motor disposed in the base unit;
a cleaning head separate from said base unit, said cleaning head shaped to be attached to said base unit and said cleaning head having at least one cleaning element moveably mounted within said cleaning head that, when actuated, cleans bone stock, said at least one cleaning element including at least one coupling feature shaped to engage a complementary coupling feature connected to said base unit motor when said cleaning head is attached to said base unit so that actuation of said motor results in actuation of said cleaning element;
a mill head separate from said base unit and said cleaning head and said mill head shaped to be releaseably attached to said base unit, said mill head having a mill element moveably disposed in said mill head, said mill element having: at least one feature for converting bone stock introduced into said mill head into bone chips; and at least one coupling feature shaped to engage with a complementary coupling feature connected to said base unit motor when said mill head is attached to said base unit so that actuation of said motor results in actuation of said mill element.

US Pat. No. 9,833,366

POWERED PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support apparatus comprising:
a base;
a plurality of wheels coupled to the base;
a spherical wheel coupled to the base;
a motor adapted to drive the spherical wheel;
a litter having a patient support surface adapted to support a patient;
a lift coupled between the base and the litter, the lift adapted to change a height of the litter with respect to the base;
a force sensing system adapted to detect forces exerted by a user, the force sensing system including a plurality of force
sensors positioned at different locations on the patient support apparatus; and

a controller adapted to control the motor and to steer and power the spherical wheel based upon forces detected by the force
sensing system and based upon the locations of the force sensors relative to a reference point on the patient support apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,730,574

ENDOSCOPE

Henke-Sass, Wolf GmbH, T...

1. An endoscope, comprising:
an endoscope shaft; and
a main body connected to the endoscope shaft, the main body including a camera connection,
wherein the camera connection is configured to mechanically fix an optical recording device to the main body,
wherein the main body is electrically conductive,
wherein the camera connection includes an electric insulating body configured to insulate the optical recording device from
the main body when the optical recording device is mechanically fixed to the camera connection, and

wherein the camera connection includes a metallic ring nut with an external thread onto which a corresponding internal thread
of the optical recording device can be screwed.

US Pat. No. 9,687,361

BONE CLEANING ASSEMBLY WITH A ROTATING CUTTING FLUTE THAT IS SURROUNDED BY A ROTATING SHAVING TUBE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A bone stock cleaning assembly, said assembly including:
a shell, said shell having a base and a top located above said base so as to have between said base and said top a void space;
a cutter formed with a plurality of cutting edges that is rotatably mounted to said shell base so as to be disposed in the
shell void space;

a shaving tube disposed around said cutter, said shaving tube being formed to have at least one shaver edge that is located
adjacent said cutting edges of said cutter; and

an arm disposed over said shell base and shaped to have a closed containment wall that defines a containment space wherein:
said arm is disposed in the shell void space so said cutter and said shaving tube are disposed in the containment space and
said arm is pivotally mounted to said base so that said arm is able to move between an engaged position in which a portion
of the containment wall presses bone stock in the containment space towards said cutting edges of said cutter and a disengaged
position in which the portion of the containment wall is spaced further away from said cutter than when said arm is in the
engaged position.

US Pat. No. 9,526,551

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STYLET-GUIDED VERTEBRAL AUGMENTATION

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method for stabilizing a bone structure of a patient, the method comprising steps of:
identifying a target site for locating an expandable member within a bone structure at a predetermined location,
directing a distal end of a generally straight access cannula into the bone structure near the target site;
providing a guide stylet assembly that comprises
a stylet including memory metal and having a distal pre-set
stylet curved portion; and
an overlying flexible polymeric delivery tube through which the stylet snugly and slidably extends, where the stylet and the
delivery tube have sufficient length to extend through and be operable beyond the distal end of the access cannula, and where
the pre-set curved portion is held generally longitudinally straight when the stylet is constrained by the access cannula;

directing the stylet and overlying delivery tube simultaneously and coaxially through the access cannula and out the distal
end of the access cannula, where the pre-set stylet curved portion, no longer constrained by the access cannula, curves toward
and forms a path into the target site as it is extended out of the access cannula distal end;

withdrawing the stylet from the overlying delivery tube;
thereafter removing the delivery tube;
directing a coated expandable member in a contracted state via the access cannula into the target site;
expanding the expandable member to form a cavity at the target site; and,
thereafter, delivering a curable material into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,071,005

LEG ASSEMBLY FOR HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE PATIENT SUPPORT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A height adjustable patient support comprising:a frame;
a motor powered leg assembly operable to vertically raise and lower the frame between a lowermost position and an uppermost position by pivoting relative to the frame;
a guide structure comprising one or more tracks for longitudinally guiding an end of the leg assembly along the frame as the leg assembly operates to raise and lower the frame such that the end of the leg assembly contacts the track upon moving between the uppermost position and lowermost position; and,
a non-motorized structure operable to longitudinally bias the end of the leg assembly when the frame is in substantially the lowermost position, the non-motorized structure mounted on the patient support by a mounting structure non-rigidly secured to the patient support.

US Pat. No. 10,046,158

IMPLANTABLE ELECTRODE ARRAY ASSEMBLY WITH AN ARRAY SUBSTRATE, ELECTRODES AND INTEGRATED CIRCUITS, THE INTEGRATED CIRCUITS BEING ATTACHED TO PACKAGE SUBSTRATES

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An electrode array for application against living tissue, said electrode array including:a plurality of electrode ASIC packages (EAPs) arranged in an array, each of said plurality of EAPs including:
an integrated circuit, said integrated circuit shaped to have opposed bottom and top surfaces and having components configured to at least one of: source current through an electrode; sink current from an electrode; or measure a potential at an electrode; and with said integrated circuit including at least one bond pad disposed on the bottom surface for establishing a conductive path to said components of said integrated circuit;
a package substrate that extends over the bottom surface of integrated circuit, said package substrate having at least one conductive member disposed therein that establishes an electrical connection to said at least one bond pad of said integrated circuit
a package shell formed from electrically insulating material, said package shell being disposed over said integrated circuit including the top surface of said integrated circuit; and
at least one electrode disposed over a section of said package shell that is disposed over the top surface of said integrated circuit so as to be rigidly integral with said integrated circuit, said at least one electrode formed from material that can be placed in contact with living tissue and through which current can be sourced to or sunk from the living tissue wherein, said at least one electrode is electrically connected to said components of said integrated circuit;
an array substrate formed from biocompatible, electrically insulating material, said array substrate having a first outer surface and wherein said package substrates of said plurality of EAPs are mounted to the first outer surface of said array substrate and said array substrate is further formed from material that is more flexible than said package substrates; and
at least one electrically conductive array conductor mounted to said array substrate over which signals are at least one of transmitted to or received from said components of said integrated circuits, said at least one array conductor being connected to said conductive members of said package substrates so that a conductive path is established through said at least one array conductor, said conductive members of said package substrates and said bond pads of said integrated circuits to the components of said integrated circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,943,291

SPECIMEN CASSETTE WITH A REMOVABLE CATCH TRAY FOR RETRIEVING TISSUE SAMPLES FROM A FLUID STREAM GENERATED DURING A MEDICAL/SURGICAL PROCEDURE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A specimen collection cassette for use with a medical fluid collection system, said cassette including:a housing configured for removable attachment to the fluid collection system wherein, said housing is shaped to have: a sleeve, the sleeve having first and second opposed and spaced apart interior surfaces that at least partially define a first void space of said housing; an aperture in the second interior surface; and an outlet opening located proximal to the aperture through which fluid is able to flow from the first void space and through the aperture into the medical waste collection system;
a first fitting attached to said housing to which a first suction line that extends from a medical/surgical site can be attached, said first fitting opening into a bore formed in the first interior surface of said sleeve;
a supplemental opening formed in said housing that is separate from the bore in the first interior surface of said sleeve, the aperture in the second interior surface of said sleeve and the outlet opening of said housing, the supplemental opening into the first void space of said housing; and
a cap that is removably attached to said housing so as to seat over the supplemental opening, said cap having an inner surface that is directed toward said housing first void space; and
a catch tray that is removably attached to the inner surface of said cap and shaped to occupy said housing first void space, said catch tray having a porous screen and at least one wall that extends upwardly from an outer perimeter of said screen so that said screen and said at least one wall collectively define an open ended cavity so that, when said catch tray is attached to said cap and said cap is disposed over the supplemental opening, the cavity is open to the bore in the first interior surface of said sleeve into which said first fitting opens and said screen is disposed against the second interior surface of said sleeve so that fluid flows from the first fitting through said housing first void space, across the porous screen and through the aperture in the second interior surface of said sleeve to the outlet opening.

US Pat. No. 9,839,441

SURGICAL TOOL ARRANGEMENT AND SURGICAL CUTTING ACCESSORY FOR USE THEREWITH

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A surgical cutting accessory for use with a surgical handpiece, said accessory comprising a generally tubular cutting element,
a hollow interior, a proximal end and a distal end spaced therefrom, said distal end having a longitudinal axis and defining
therein a cutting window in communication with said hollow interior and having circumferentially spaced-apart first and second
cutting edges disposed in opposed relation with one another, said first cutting edge including a tooth and a substantially
linear edge portion disposed axially adjacent said tooth, said second cutting edge including a tooth and a substantially linear
edge portion disposed axially adjacent said tooth of said second cutting edge, said tooth of said first cutting edge being
aligned, in a direction transverse to the axis, with said linear edge portion of said second cutting edge, said tooth of said
second cutting edge being aligned, in a direction transverse to the axis, with said linear edge portion of said first cutting
edge, each said linear edge portion, when viewed in cross-section in a direction transverse to the axis, defining an acute
included edge angle, said tooth of said first cutting edge and said tooth of said second cutting edge each having a base and
a tip spaced outwardly therefrom, each said base having a length, as measured in a direction substantially parallel with the
axis, said linear edge portion of said first cutting edge and said linear edge portion of said second cutting edge each having
a length, as measured in a direction substantially parallel with the axis, the length of said linear edge portion of said
first cutting edge being greater than the length of said base of said tooth of said second cutting edge, and the length of
said linear edge portion of said second cutting edge being greater than said length of said base of said tooth of said first
cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 9,603,990

CASSETTE FOR A SURGICAL FLUID MANAGEMENT PUMP SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A pump system comprising:
a pump having an inflow cassette receptacle and an outflow cassette receptacle therein, each of the inflow cassette receptacle
and the outflow cassette receptacle having a rotary motor rotating a wheel, the pump having a plurality of individually actionable
pressing members;

an inflow cassette configured to be inserted into the inflow cassette receptacle of the pump, the inflow cassette comprising:
an inflow cassette housing having an inflow internal flow path;
inflow peristaltic tubing connected to the inflow cassette housing;
an input tube fluidly connected to the inflow internal flow path and being configured to provide a washing fluid to the inflow
cassette housing; and

an inflow tube fluidly connected to the inflow internal flow path and being configured to provide the washing fluid to a patient;
an outflow cassette configured to be inserted into the outflow cassette receptacle of the pump, the outflow cassette comprising:
an outflow cassette housing having an outflow internal flow path;
outflow peristaltic tubing connected to the outflow cassette housing;
a plurality of suction tubes fluidly connected to the outflow internal flow path; and
a waste tube fluidly connected to the outflow internal flow path;
the wheel of the inflow cassette receptacle engaging the inflow peristaltic tubing when the inflow cassette is inserted into
the inflow cassette receptacle of the pump, rotation of the wheel of the inflow cassette receptacle by the rotary motor of
the inflow cassette receptacle causing the washing fluid to be pushed through the inflow cassette from the input tube to the
inflow tube;

the wheel of the outflow cassette receptacle engaging the outflow peristaltic tubing when the outflow cassette is inserted
into the outflow cassette receptacle of the pump, rotation of the wheel of the outflow cassette receptacle by the rotary motor
of the outflow cassette receptacle causing the waste fluid to be pushed through the outflow cassette from the plurality of
suction tubes to the waste tube;

the inflow cassette housing has a damping flexible membrane covering a damping region of the inflow internal flow path, with
the damping flexible membrane being configured to dampen pressure pulsations in the washing fluid passing through the damping
region; and

wherein the plurality of individually actionable pressing members can each be individually actuated to pinch one of the plurality
of suction tubes to at least partially prevent fluid flow through the one of the plurality of suction tubes.

US Pat. No. 9,539,156

HOSPITAL BED

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A bed comprising:
a deck for supporting a patient;
a plurality of side rails movable between raised and lowered positions;
a lifting mechanism adapted to raise and lower said deck;
a bed exit system adapted to detect a patient's exit from the bed, the bed exit system including a plurality of load cells
adapted to support said deck;

a control panel including a first control for controlling movement of said deck and a second control for arming the bed exit
system;

a lamp;
a third control; and
a controller in communication with said control panel via a controller area network (CAN), said controller adapted to monitor
conditions regarding at least two of said bed exit system, said lifting mechanism, and said plurality of side rails; said
controller adapted to begin monitoring the conditions in response to activation of said third control, said controller further
adapted to illuminate said lamp in a first manner if all of the monitored conditions remain in a desired state and in a second
manner if any one or more of the monitored conditions change out of the desired state.

US Pat. No. 9,142,992

BATTERY WITH AN INTERNAL MICROCONTROLLER THAT DRAWS DIFFERENT CURRENTS FROM THE CELLS INTERNAL TO THE BATTERY BASED ON THE TEMPERATURE OF THE BATTERY

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A battery, said battery including:
a housing;
at least one rechargeable cell disposed in the housing;
a terminal assembly attached to the housing and connected to the at least one rechargeable cell for storing charge in the
cell and withdrawing current from the cell;

a temperature sensor disposed in the housing that generates a temperature signal representative of battery temperature;
a memory disposed in said housing for storing data;
a microcontroller disposed in the housing that receives the temperature signal, said microcontroller being connected to said
at least one rechargeable cell for energization by said cell and being connected to said memory to store in said memory data
representative of battery temperature as measured by said temperature sensor, wherein said microcontroller is further configured
to:

operate in a first mode during which said microcontroller draws a current from the at least one rechargeable cell and monitors
the temperature signal to determine if the temperature signal exceeds a threshold temperature; and

when the temperature signal indicates that the temperature exceeds the threshold temperature, transition to operate in a second
mode and write to said memory data indicating that the time the battery temperature exceeded the threshold temperature, wherein,
when said microcontroller is in the second mode, said microcontroller draws more current from the at least one rechargeable
cell than when in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,105,171

METHOD FOR BALLOON-ASSISTED AUGMENTATION AND FUSION OF ADJACENT VERTEBRAL BODIES

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method for augmenting and/or fusing adjacent vertebrae, the method comprising:directing an access cannula into a first vertebra;
directing a needle into the first vertebra, wherein a distal portion of the needle extends through and beyond a distal end of the access cannula within a body portion of the first vertebra;
further extending the distal portion of the needle through an upper or lower surface of the first vertebra and into a body portion of a second vertebra, thereby forming a channel across and between the body portions of the first and second vertebrae;
directing a balloon within the channel; and
expanding the balloon within the channel with sufficient force to enlarge the channel to form a void within the body portion of at least one of the first and second vertebrae.

US Pat. No. 9,788,800

NOTIFICATION SYSTEM OF DEVIATION FROM PREDEFINED CONDITIONS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A notification system comprising:
a patient support having a configuration;
a patient support monitoring system, the patient support monitoring system operable to generate multiple notification levels;
and

a patient's condition or risk factor associated with a patient stored in said patient support monitoring system;
wherein, based on the patient's condition or risk factor, said patient support monitoring system is configured to automatically
select or determine a set of appropriate patient support configurations or criteria as default configurations or criteria
for the patient and to detect and monitor when the patient support configuration or criteria is unsuitable for the patient
based on the default configurations or criteria and to generate a notification at one of the notification levels of an unsatisfactory
configuration or criteria of the patient support when the patient support is unsuitable for the patient based on the default
configuration or criteria based on the patient's condition or risk factor.

US Pat. No. 9,711,033

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING MEDICAL WASTE THAT MONITORS THE WASTE FOR OBJECTS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN INADVERTANTLY DISCARDED

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A portable cart for containing medical waste, the cart including:
a mobile base, said base configured to hold a container capable of receiving waste;
a frame attached to said base that is located above said base, said frame having an outer surface and an opening, the frame
opening positioned above an open end of the container so that waste is disposed into the container through the frame opening;

a sensor mounted to said frame that detects if metal is passed through the frame opening and that asserts a sensor signal
when metal is passed through the frame opening, wherein said sensor generates the sensor signal so that the sensor signal
varies as a function of the amount of metal passed through the frame opening;

a light alarm connected to said base or said frame; and
an audible alarm connected to said base or said frame;
a processor attached to said cart, said processor being configured to:
continuously receive from said sensor the sensor signal;
based on a comparison between the sensor signal and a threshold signal, determine if a first object with a content of metal
in excess of an acceptable content of metal has passed through the frame opening; and

if said processor determines that a first object with a content of metal in excess of the acceptable content of metal has
passed through the frame opening, actuate said audible alarm for a defined period of time; and actuate said light alarm until
a user-generated command is received and, upon receipt of the user-generated command, negate the actuation of said light alarm,

wherein, prior to said processor negating the actuation of said light alarm, said processor continues to, based on the comparison
between the sensor signal and the threshold signal, determine if a second object with a content of metal in excess of the
acceptable content of metal has passed through the frame opening and, if a second object with a content of metal in excess
of the acceptable content of metal has passed through the frame opening, again actuate the audible alarm for the defined period
of time.

US Pat. No. 9,668,928

PERSON SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH PIVOTING BACKREST

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A person support apparatus comprising:
a frame;
a seat supported on the frame;
a backrest pivotable between an upright position and a reclined position; and
a link assembly coupled to the seat and the backrest, the link assembly configured to continuously move an instantaneous center
of rotation of the backrest as the backrest pivots between the upright position and the reclined position.

US Pat. No. 10,085,905

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUSES WITH WIRELESS HEADWALL COMMUNICATION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A person support apparatus comprising:a support surface adapted to support a person;
a microphone adapted to convert sound waves from the person on the support surface into audio signals;
an exit detection system adapted to detect when the person exits from the support surface and to issue an alert;
a first transceiver adapted to wirelessly communicate with a headwall interface positioned off of the person support apparatus, the headwall interface including a multi-pin connector adapted to couple to a nurse-call system connector mounted to a headwall; and
a controller adapted to automatically establish a communication link between the first transceiver and the headwall interface without requiring a user of the person support apparatus to activate a control designated for establishing the communication link and without requiring the user to identify the headwall interface, the controller further adapted to transmit the audio signals and the alert via the communication link to the headwall interface for forwarding to the nurse-call system connector, the headwall interface changing one of a normally open state and normally closed state of a selected one of the pins of the multi-pin connector in response to the alert.

US Pat. No. 9,642,759

PATIENT SUPPORT WITH UNIVERSAL ENERGY SUPPLY SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:
a patient support surface;
a patient support based pneumatic system, said pneumatic system including a pump mounted in said patient support fixed relative
to said patient support surface, said pump being configurable as a DVT pump;

a port mounted to said patient support adjacent said patient support surface and in fluid communication with said pump and
accessible by a user;

said port configured to couple to a DVT device to deliver fluid to the DVT device from the pump after a user has coupled the
DVT device to the port; and

a control system, said control system configured to detect when a DVT device is at least in close proximity to the patient
support.

US Pat. No. 9,579,216

BONE PADS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A method of preparing a bone surface to receive a prosthetic implant thereon, the prosthetic implant having an articular
surface and a bone contacting surface, the method comprising:
burring the bone surface at a first location to create a first resected region having a first cross-section with peaks and
valleys;

burring the bone surface at a second location to create a second resected region having a second cross-section with peaks
and valleys different than the peaks and valleys of the first cross-section; and

contacting respective first and second surfaces of the bone contacting surface of the prosthetic implant with the first and
second resected regions of the bone surface, the first surface having a first geometry and the second surface having a second
geometry different than the first geometry.

US Pat. No. 9,539,111

BONE PADS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A method of preparing a bone surface to receive a prosthetic implant thereon, the prosthetic implant having an articular
surface and a bone contacting surface, the method comprising:
burring the bone surface at a first location to create a first resected region having a first cross-section with peaks and
valleys;

burring the bone surface at a second location to create a second resected region having a second cross-section with peaks
and valleys different than the peaks and valleys of the first cross-section; and

contacting respective first and second surfaces of the bone contacting surface of the prosthetic implant with the first and
second resected regions of the bone surface, the first surface having a first geometry and the second surface having a second
geometry different than the first geometry.

US Pat. No. 9,538,957

IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE THAT IS CONFIGURED FOR MOVABLE CONNECTION TO AN IMPLANTED TRUNK AND THAT IS ABLE TO INDUCTIVELY EXCHANGE SIGNALS WITH THE TRUNK

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An implantable device for providing therapy to or monitoring the physiology of a living being, said device including:
a structural support formed from material designed for implantation into a living being;
at least one component mounted to or in said structural support for performing at least one of: providing therapy to living
tissue; monitor the physiology of the living tissue; or provide power to a second implantable device;

a sleeve formed from electrically insulating flexible material that extends from said structural support, said sleeve including
therein at least one wire that is connected to the said at least one component that provides therapy, monitors physiology
or provides power through which signals are forward to or transmitted from said component;

a cuff attached to said sleeve, said cuff formed from electrically insulating material and shaped to define an axially extending
channel that is dimensioned to receive a trunk wherein, said cuff is further dimensioned to, while being disposed over the
trunk, move over the trunk; and

a coil disposed in said cuff, said coil being configured to inductively exchange signals with a conductor in the trunk and
said coil being connected to said at least one wire disposed in said sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,511,184

CONTROL FOR SURGICAL FLUID MANAGEMENT PUMP SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

23. A surgical pump system for providing fluid to a surgical site and including a surgical device with a surgical accessory
for use in surgery comprising:
an inflow drive mechanism including an inflow pump motor for outputting fluid to a surgical site;
an inflow pump cassette;
an outflow drive mechanism including an outflow pump motor for obtaining fluid from a surgical site;
an outflow pump cassette;
a pump housing configured to include said inflow drive mechanism and said outflow drive mechanism, said pump housing configured
to receive the inflow pump cassette in driving relation with the inflow drive mechanism and to receive said outflow drive
mechanism in driving relation with the outflow pump cassette;

an input interface for manually or automatically receiving inputs of a type of joint for a surgery, a predetermined desired
in-joint pressure value, a type of surgical device connected to the pump housing and supporting a type of surgical accessory
that is configured for use with the surgical pump system;

an inflow pump motor measuring device for measuring revolutions per minute (RPM) of the motor to obtain a RPM value for the
inflow pump motor;

an inflow pump pressure sensor associated with the inflow drive mechanism for measuring a pump head pressure Phead value;

a pump control processor for receiving information including a type of joint for surgery, a predetermined desired in-joint
pressure value, the type of surgical device, Phead value, and the inflow pump motor RPM value; and

a pump memory device configured for storing surgical device and surgical accessory information,
wherein the pump control processor processes at least the type of joint, the type of surgical device, the Phead value, and the inflow pump motor RPM value to determine and provide at least pump drive signals to drive at least the inflow
pump motor and the outflow pump motor in order to maintain the predetermined desired in-joint pressure value.

US Pat. No. 9,320,662

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH IN-ROOM DEVICE COMMUNICATION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support system comprising:
a patient support apparatus having a surface upon which a patient may be supported;
a display supported on said patient support apparatus for displaying status information about the patient support apparatus;
a wireless sensor positioned on said patient support apparatus and adapted to detect the presence of, and identity of, a plurality
of mobile electronic tags that are simultaneously positioned within a vicinity of the patient support apparatus, a first one
of said mobile electronic tags being attached to a patient assigned to the patient support apparatus and a second one of the
mobile electronic tags being attached to a piece of medical equipment used in the treatment of the patient, the wireless sensor
communicating directly with the first and second mobile electronic tags when the first and second mobile electronic tags are
within the vicinity of the patient support apparatus; and

a controller positioned on the patient support apparatus and in communication with the wireless sensor and the display, said
controller including a memory in which a patient care protocol is stored, said patient care protocol applying to a patient
assigned to said patient support apparatus and determined based at least partially upon the identity and location of both
the first and second mobile electronic tags, said controller adapted to determine if the patient care protocol is being implemented
based upon the presence of the first and second mobile electronic tags, and said controller further adapted to provide an
indication on the display of any event which the patient care protocol indicates should be communicated to a caregiver.

US Pat. No. 9,306,322

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS CONNECTORS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support apparatus comprising:
a patient support surface adapted to support a patient thereon;
an electrical control system adapted to control a plurality of features of the patient support apparatus;
an electrical connector in electrical communication with said electrical control system, said electrical connector integrated
into a mattress positioned on said patient support apparatus, and said electrical connector adapted to releasably couple to
a complementary connector in order to transfer electrical power therebetween, the complementary connector being electrically
coupled to a pedestal that is supportable on the patient support apparatus wherein said pedestal provides a user interface
adapted to allow a user to control at least one aspect of the electrical control system; and

a magnet incorporated into said electrical connector, said magnet adapted to releasably hold said electrical connector and
the complementary connector together via magnetic coupling and to assist in aligning said electrical connector and the complementary
connector.

US Pat. No. 9,173,437

MEDICAL/SURGICAL PERSONAL PROTECTION SYSTEM INCLUDING A HELMET AND A HOOD, THE HELMET HAVING CHIN BAR-MOUNTED CONTROLS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A personal protection system, said system comprising:
a helmet shaped to be worn over the head of the wearer;
a fan disposed in said helmet for drawing air into said helmet;
at least one nozzle connected to said helmet for receiving air from said fan and discharging the air outwardly from said helmet;
a chin bar that is connected to said helmet and that is located below said helmet so that said chin bar is located forward
of the chin of the wearer, said chin bar being shaped to extend at least partially around the chin of the wearer;

at least one control button that is mounted to said chin bar for regulating operation of said personal protection system;
a hood that extends over said helmet, said fan and said chin bar, including said at least one chin bar-mounted control button,
said hood having a transparent face shield; and

fastening features attached to said helmet that engage said hood so as to releasably hold said hood over said helmet, said
fan and said chin bar so that said face shield is located forward of said chin bar.

US Pat. No. 9,089,462

PRESSURE ULCER MANAGEMENT PAD

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A temperature management pad comprising:
a patient facing side;
a cushioning layer for supporting said patient facing side above a surface;
a cooling component located in, on, or adjacent said cushioning layer for cooling the patient facing side of the pad for cooling
a patient lying thereon, wherein said cooling component includes a conduit formed between said patient facing side and said
cushioning layer for circulating fluid through said pad across said cushioning layer;

wherein said cushioning layer comprise a gel cushioning layer, said gel cushioning layer having a continuous upper surface
supporting said patient facing side, and said continuous upper surface having channels formed therein, and

said conduit supported in said channels for circulating fluid laterally across said gel cushioning layer and through said
pad.

US Pat. No. 9,815,439

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH LIFT SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support apparatus comprising:
a base;
a deck support frame; and
a lift mechanism to raise or lower said deck support frame relative to said base, said lift mechanism having a foot end lift
assembly and a head end lift assembly, each of said foot end lift assembly and said head end lift assembly having a pair of
four bar linkages, each of the four bar linkages being formed from four bar links, one of the four bar links of each of said
four bar linkages forming a first lift arm and another of the four bar links of each of said four bar linkages forming a second
lift arm, each of said first lift arms individually pivotally coupled to said deck support frame by a first upper pivot connection,
each of said second lift arms pivotally coupled to a respective first lift arm at an upper end thereof and pivotally coupled
to said base at a lower end thereof by a second lower pivot connection, said first lift arms of said foot end lift assembly
being independent from said first lift arms of said head end lift assembly, each of said first upper pivot connections including
an elongated slot defining first and second slot ends and a pin captured in said elongated slot to form a sliding pivot axis
between said first and second slot ends wherein said first and second slot ends define stops for said pin, wherein said sliding
pivot axes travel along said elongated slots when said lift mechanism raises or lowers or tilts said deck support frame relative
to said base.

US Pat. No. 9,782,261

ANATOMICALLY GUIDED INSTRUMENTATION FOR TROCHLEAR GROOVE REPLACEMENT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A method for replacing a joint surface, comprising:
resecting an intercondylar region of a femur to create a wall surface and an inner resected surface, the wall surface extending
in a lateral-medial direction across the intercondylar region and having end portions and a middle portion, the end portions
being disposed more proximal than the middle portion, the wall surface also separating the inner resected surface and a non-resected
portion of the joint surface;

cutting a concave groove having a first radius of curvature into the wall surface; and
engaging the concave groove with a periphery of a joint prosthesis, the periphery having a second radius of curvature corresponding
to the first radius of curvature of the concave groove, wherein engaging the concave groove includes placing at least a portion
of a periphery of an articular surface of the joint prosthesis tangent to an articular surface of the non-resected portion
of the joint surface adjacent to the wall surface.

US Pat. No. 9,713,559

MEDICAL SUPPORT APPARATUS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A medical chair comprising:
a base;
a wheel coupled to the base;
a brake for the wheel, the brake having a braked state and an unbraked state;
a seat;
a legrest;
a first electric actuator for tilting the seat with respect to the base;
a second electric actuator for lifting the seat with respect to the base;
a third electric actuator adapted to move the legrest between a use position and a stowed position; and
a controller adapted to control the first, second, and third electric actuators to move the seat between a sitting position
and a standing position such that the seat is both lifted and tilted at the same time as the seat moves from the sitting position
to the standing position, the controller also adapted to move the legrest to the stowed position prior to moving the seat
to the standing position, the legrest being free of footrests adapted to support an occupant's feet while the seat is in the
standing position, and wherein the controller is further adapted to automatically change the brake to the braked state when
the seat is moved from the sitting position to the standing position.

US Pat. No. 9,700,262

METHOD OF FABRICATING IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICES FROM A POLYMER COUPON THAT IS BONDED TO RIGID SUBSTRATE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method of assembling plural medical devices for implantation on or in a living being, said method including the steps
of:
bonding a first flexible polymer coupon formed from biocompatible material to a first rigid backing, said bonding step including
the sub-steps of:

applying an adhesive layer to an exposed face of the first rigid backing;
placing the first polymer coupon on the first rigid backing;
applying a force against the first polymer coupon to urge the coupon against the first rigid backing;
while performing said step of applying the force against the first polymer coupon, drawing a suction below ambient pressure
on the first polymer coupon and the first rigid backing;

while performing said step of applying a force against the first polymer coupon and said step of drawing a suction on the
first polymer coupon and the first rigid backing, heating the first polymer coupon and the rigid backing;

decreasing the temperature of the first polymer coupon and the first rigid backing;
after the temperature of the first polymer coupon and the first rigid backing is allowed to decrease, terminating said step
of drawing a suction on the polymer coupon and the rigid backing and terminating said step of applying a force against the
first polymer coupon;

attaching plural components to an exposed face of the first polymer coupon, the components able to provide a therapeutic benefit
and/or offer diagnostic information;

while the first polymer coupon remains attached the first rigid backing, bonding an additional layer of polymer over the exposed
face of the first polymer coupon;

while the first polymer coupon and attached components remain attached to said first rigid backing, separating the first polymer
coupon into at least two sections, wherein each section has at least one component able to provide a therapeutic benefit or
perform a diagnostic function;

shaping the additional layer of polymer disposed over the at least two sections of the first polymer coupon that have a component
able to provide a therapeutic benefit or perform a diagnostic function so that each section forms a polymer laminate consisting
of a portion of the first polymer coupon and a portion of the additional layer of polymer to which at least one component
able to provide a therapeutic benefit or perform a diagnostic function is attached;

after said step of separating the first polymer coupon into the at least two sections, dissolving the adhesive layer between
the first polymer coupon and the first rigid backing; and

after said step of dissolving the adhesive layer, lifting off the polymer laminates to which the components are attached from
the first rigid backing, the lifted off polymer laminates and attached components forming plural medical devices.

US Pat. No. 9,615,987

MULTI-POSITION LIMB HOLDER

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A limb positioning device comprising:
a clamp attachable to a patient support;
a first support member configured to connect to the clamp;
a second support member slidingly coupled to the first support member;
a limb holder polyaxially and detachably coupled to the second support member; and
a support wing attached to and extending from the limb holder, the support wing having a retractor attachment portion including
a plurality of discrete, spaced apart attachment features disposed thereon and positioned on both a medial and lateral side
of the limb holder for coupling a retractor to the support wing, the retractor being configured to hold an incision open.

US Pat. No. 9,603,665

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTABLISHING VIRTUAL CONSTRAINT BOUNDARIES

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method of using a plurality of virtual boundaries to guide movement of a surgical instrument, said method comprising:
tracking movement of a first of the plurality of virtual boundaries wherein the first virtual boundary is associated with
anatomy to be treated by the instrument;

tracking movement of the instrument; and
tracking movement of a second of the plurality of virtual boundaries relative to the first virtual boundary wherein the second
virtual boundary is associated with a periphery of an opening in a patient to be avoided by the instrument;

guiding movement of the instrument relative to each of the first and second virtual boundaries as the first and second virtual
boundaries move relative to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,504,521

SURGICAL TOOL ARRANGEMENT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A surgical tool arrangement comprising a handpiece including a housing defining a hollow interior, a proximal end and a
distal end spaced therefrom, a motor disposed in said interior and including an output member, a coupling member disposed
on said distal end of said housing and including thereon an electrical contact member connected to an electrical power source
by an electrical conductor extending through said interior in a proximal direction away from said coupling member, said arrangement
further including a surgical instrument for detachable connection to said handpiece, said surgical instrument including a
hub configured for interlocking engagement with said coupling member to attach said surgical instrument to said handpiece,
a drive element operatively connected to and driven by said output member of said motor, and an electrode arrangement for
electrically treating patient tissue, said hub of said surgical instrument mounting thereon an electrical contact member electrically
connected to said electrode arrangement, said drive element being supported on said surgical instrument for movement relative
to said contact member of said hub when said drive element is driven by said output member, said contact member of said coupling
member and said contact member of said surgical instrument being disposed to make electrically-conducting contact with one
another when said surgical instrument is attached to said handpiece to provide electrical power to said electrode arrangement.

US Pat. No. 9,498,360

STENT AND METHOD OF USE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A stent configured for implantation in a body lumen, comprising:
a plurality of radially expandable circumferential segments; and
an axially expandable connecting member connecting adjacent circumferential segments of the plurality,
wherein the stent has
an axially contracted configuration in which the connecting member is contracted axially, and a vertex of each circumferential
segment is nested between a base and a respective vertex of at least one adjacent circumferential segment, and

an axially expanded configuration in which the connecting member is expanded axially, the vertex of each circumferential segment
is un-nested from the respective at least one adjacent circumferential segment, and an axial distance between adjacent circumferential
segments of the plurality is greater than when the stent is in its axially contracted configuration wherein, the connecting
member connects a base of a first circumferential segment with a base of an adjacent circumferential segment.

US Pat. No. 9,486,373

RECONFIGURABLE PATIENT SUPPORT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:
a base;
a deck for supporting a patient, said deck having a seat section, a head section articulatable relative to said seat section,
and a foot section articulatable relative to said seat section, and said deck being reconfigurable between at least a flat
configuration and a chair configuration wherein said foot section is folded downwardly and is generally vertical relative
to said seat section;

a lift mechanism supporting said deck on said base, said lift mechanism operable to raise or lower said deck and configured
to adjust the angular orientation of the deck while allowing the head section and the foot section to be articulated relative
to said seat section, wherein said lift mechanism is coupled to said deck at foot end and head end pivot connections at said
seat section only wherein each of said head section and said foot section is foldable relative to said seat section without
interfering with said lift mechanism raising or lowering said deck; and

a track, and said track being mounted to said base beneath said seat section laterally inward of said foot end and head end
pivot connections of said lift mechanism, wherein when said deck is arranged in its chair configuration, said lift mechanism
is operable to adjust the angular orientation of said deck relative to said base such that a patient supported on said deck
maintains a generally seated position when said track is inclined while traveling over a variable angle surface.

US Pat. No. 9,232,949

SURGICAL SAGITTAL SAW WITH A DRIVE ASSEMBLY CAPABLE OF DISPLACING THE ATTACHED BLADE IN A CROSSED LOOP PATTERN

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A surgical sagittal saw, said saw including:
a body;
a motor disposed in said body, said motor having an output shaft that is rotated upon actuation of said motor;
a blade mount attached to said body that is configured to releasably receive a surgical sagittal saw blade, the saw blade
having a distal end with teeth;

a drive assembly connected between said motor output shaft and the saw blade, said drive assembly including first and second
actuating members that engage the saw blade, wherein:

said first actuating member is configured to undergo a motion that reciprocates the saw blade back and forth in a plane in
which the blade is disposed;

said second actuating member is configured to undergo a motion that pivots the saw blade back and forth around an axis that
extends through the plane in which the saw blade is reciprocated; and

said first and second actuating members are connected to said motor output shaft so that the rotation of said output shaft
causes said actuating members to simultaneously reciprocate and pivot the saw blade such that the saw blade reciprocates at
a first frequency and pivots at a second frequency that is different from the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,943,453

OVERHEAD LOADING DEVICE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An overhead loading system to assist in supporting and loading of a wheeled patient support into an emergency vehicle, the emergency vehicle having a patient compartment, and the overhead loading system comprising:at least one beam configured for mounting at a ceiling of the patient compartment of the emergency vehicle;
a carriage engaged for movement along the beam and configured to traverse at least a portion of the beam between an extended position and a retracted position;
a wheeled patient support, the wheeled patient support having a frame, a longitudinal axis, a center of gravity, and at least one wheel; and
a load carrying member operatively connected to the carriage and extending from the carriage, the load carrying member having a free end for attachment to the wheeled patient support offset along said longitudinal axis from the center of gravity of the patient support, wherein the carriage is configured to extend at least partially outside of the patient compartment when in the extended position where the load carrying member is operable to attach to the patient support offset along said longitudinal axis from the center of gravity of the patient support to assist in supporting and loading of the patient support and wherein the carriage is configured to be disposed inside the patient compartment when in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,739,674

ISOLATED FORCE/TORQUE SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR FORCE CONTROLLED ROBOT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An isolated force/torque sensor assembly for a force controlled robot comprising:
a gripping portion adapted to be gripped by a hand of a user and configured to be operatively attached to an arm of the force
controlled robot; and

a force/torque sensor for disposing between said gripping portion and the arm of the robot, said force/torque sensor having
a high force end effector interface for attaching to the arm of the robot, a low force end effector interface operatively
attached to said gripping portion, and a transducer disposed between said high force end effector interface and said low force
end effector interface for reacting to loads applied to said low force end effector interface for user controlled positioning
of a surgical tool and for generating corresponding output signals, and wherein said transducer is bypassed for high loads.

US Pat. No. 9,636,115

VASO-OCCLUSIVE DELIVERY DEVICE WITH KINK RESISTANT, FLEXIBLE DISTAL END

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A vaso-occlusive assembly, comprising:
an elongate sheath having a wall and defining an axial lumen;
respective proximal and distal elongate core members disposed within the lumen of the sheath, wherein the proximal elongate
core member is joined to the distal elongate core member at a joint located within the sheath lumen, the distal elongate core
member including a severable junction;

a marker coil coaxially arranged around the distal elongate core member and partially disposed within the lumen of the sheath;
a coil member coaxially arranged around the distal elongate core member and further coaxially arranged around at least a portion
of the marker coil, the coil member further being secured at a distal end thereof to the distal elongate core member; and

a vaso-occlusive coil coupled to the distal elongate core member at a location distal to the severable junction.

US Pat. No. 9,615,983

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT WITH ANTIMICROBIAL COMPONENTS AND/OR SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:
a patient support surface;
a barrier adjacent said patient support surface;
said barrier or said patient support surface including a body forming an exterior surface of said patient support;
a material having antimicrobial properties embedded in, applied to, or suspended in said body to provide antimicrobial treatment
at said exterior surface; and

an energy generation system directing energy to said body to provide an antimicrobial treatment to said body at said exterior
surface, said energy generation system operable to generate UV light, wherein the UV light is directed into said body, and
said body being formed from a material enabling total internal reflection of the UV light so that the light when directed
into said body is substantially retained within said body to thereby protect a patient supported on the patient support from
the UV light.

US Pat. No. 9,615,881

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VARYING OUTPUT INTENSITY OF ENERGY APPLIED TO AN ELECTROSURGICAL PROBE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method of operating an electrosurgical system including a console having a processing device and an electrosurgical probe,
the method comprising the steps of:
connecting the electrosurgical probe to the console;
providing an RF energy generator;
providing a controller;
selecting a variable mode for the electrosurgical probe with the controller;
when a coagulation operation with the controller in the variable mode is selected, providing a constant power value from the
RF energy generator to the electrosurgical probe to coagulate targeted tissue; and

when a variable power cutting operation in the variable mode is selected, providing variable power from the RF energy generator
to the electrosurgical probe at selected discrete power levels for cutting tissue, wherein the controller provides a variable
output signal to the processing device so that, in response to changes in the variable output signal, the selected discrete
power level provided by the RF energy generator to the electrosurgical probe changes without interruption of a power output
by the electrosurgical probe;

wherein power from the RF energy generator that is output by the electrosurgical probe coagulates or cuts targeted tissue.

US Pat. No. 9,554,808

SURGICAL SAGITTAL SAW BLADE ASSEMBLY THAT INCLUDES A GUIDE BAR, A BLADE THAT IS PIVOTALLY MOUNTED TO THE GUIDE BAR, THE BLADE HAVING A HEAD THAT EXTENDS FROM A SIDE EDGE OF THE GUIDE BAR AND DRIVE RODS THAT PIVOT THE BLADE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A blade assembly for attachment to a surgical sagittal saw, the saw having a moveable driver, said blade assembly having:
a guide bar having: opposed proximal and distal ends, the proximal end being shaped to be received by the saw and to cooperate
with a saw fastening unit so that the fastening unit releasably holds said guide bar in a static state to the saw, the distal
end of said guide bar having a thickness; and opposed side edges that extend between the proximal and distal ends of said
guide bar;

a blade including: a base at least partially disposed inside said guide bar that is pivotally mounted to said guide bar adjacent
the distal end of said guide bar; and a head integral with said base that extends outwardly from a side edge of said guide
bar so as to be located outside of said guide bar adjacent the side edge, said blade head having a thickness at least equal
to the thickness of the distal end of said guide bar and said blade head having teeth; and

two drive rods that are connected to and that extend proximally away from said blade base, said drive rods being connected
to said blade on opposed sides of a pivot point internal to said guide bar around which said blade pivots, each said drive
rod having a proximal end and a coupling feature that releasably couples said drive rods to the saw driver so that the actuation
of the driver results in the simultaneous opposed reciprocation of said drive rods so that said drive rods oscillate said
blade about the pivot point.

US Pat. No. 9,539,011

VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A vaso-occlusive device delivery assembly, comprising:
a pusher assembly having a proximal end, a distal end, and a pusher lumen extending therebetween;
a vaso-occlusive device; and
a tubular member mechanically connecting the pusher assembly to the vaso-occlusive device, the tubular member having a proximal
end, a distal end, a tube lumen extending therebetween, and a detach zone,

proximal and distal seals attached to, and forming respective seal with, the respective proximal and distal ends of the tubular
member, such that the tubular member, proximal seal, and distal seal, collectively form a substantially fluid-tight chamber
within the tube lumen,

wherein the proximal end of the tubular member extends into the pusher assembly lumen at the distal end of the pusher assembly,
and

wherein a heat generating member is disposed in the tube lumen, such that, when activated, the heat generating member generates
heat that melts or otherwise thermally degrades the tubular member at the detach zone, thereby detaching the vaso-occlusive
device from the pusher assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,532,823

MANIFOLD FOR FILLING PLURAL CANNULAE, THE MANIFOLD INCLUDING A QUICK RELEASE MECHANISM FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY HOLDING AND RELEASING THE CANNULAE TO/FROM THE MANIFOLD

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An assembly for loading cannulae with a substance that is injected into living tissue, the assembly including:
a shell, said shell defining a reservoir in which the substance for injection into living tissue is held, said shell having
opposed proximal and distal ends and being open at the distal end;

a plunger that is moveably mounted to the shell so as to move proximally to distally through the reservoir so as to force
the substance out of the distal end of the shell; and

a manifold attached to said shell, said manifold including:
a housing, said housing having: an inlet opening for receiving the substance ejected from the distal end of said shell; and
a plurality of channels that branch away from the inlet opening so that the substance introduced through the inlet opening
simultaneously flows through the channels;

a plurality of fittings attached to the housing, each fitting configured to removably receive a cannula configured for insertion
into a living being and shaped to define a flow path from an associated housing channel into the attached cannula, each said
fitting having a valve, each said valve configured to allow or block the flow of the substance into the attached cannula from
the fitting, wherein the valve cooperates with the attached cannula so that:

upon releasing a first cannula from the associated said fitting, said valve shifts to a closed state; and
upon the fitting of a second cannula to the said fitting to which the first cannula was attached, said valve shifts to an
open state; and

a cartridge, said cartridge configured to releasably hold a plurality of cannulae and configured to be releasably attached
to said housing so that: when said cartridge with cannulae is attached to said housing, the cannulae attach to said fittings;
and, when said cartridge is released from said housing, the cannulae are released from said fittings so as to cause the said
valves associated with said fittings to which the cannulae were attached to shift to the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,045,893

PATIENT TRANSPORT APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLABLE AUXILIARY WHEEL ASSEMBLY

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient transport apparatus for transporting a patient over a surface, said patient transport apparatus comprising:a base;
support wheels coupled to said base and swivelable about swivel axes;
an auxiliary wheel assembly coupled to said base and comprising an auxiliary wheel configured to move between a stowed position spaced from the surface and deployed positions in contact with the surface, said auxiliary wheel assembly further comprising an actuator operably coupled to said auxiliary wheel to move said auxiliary wheel between said stowed position and said deployed positions;
a sensing system; and
a controller coupled to said sensing system to acquire a measurement associated with a current load applied to said auxiliary wheel, said controller configured to generate a control signal based on comparing said measurement to a predetermined value associated with a desired load, and to apply said control signal to said actuator thereby adjusting said current load relative to said desired load; and
wherein said controller is configured to acquire measurements associated with current loads applied to said auxiliary wheel over time and to generate said control signal based on minimizing deviation between said measurements and said predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,655,631

MILL HEAD FOR A BONE MILL, THE MILL HEAD HAVING ONE OR MORE CONTAINMENT RINGS THAT PREVENT UNWANTED DISCHARGE OF THE CONTENTS OF THE BONE MILL

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A mill head for use with a bone mill, said mill head including:
a shell, said shell having: opposed and spaced apart top and bottom sections; a centrally located longitudinal axis that extends
top-to-bottom through said shell; a first opening in the shell top section; a second opening in the shell bottom section;
and a third opening in the shell bottom section, the third opening being closer to the longitudinal axis of the shell than
the second opening;

an impingement surface integral with the top section of said shell;
a cutting device movably disposed in said shell between the impingement surface and shell bottom section, said cutting device
including: at least one cutting feature located between the shell first and second openings, said cutting feature configured
to press bone stock introduced into the shell first opening against the impingement surface so that the bone stock is converted
to bone chips that are discharged through the shell second opening;

a coupling feature integral with said cutting device that is accessible through the shell third opening, said coupling feature
configured to engage a spindle of the bone mill so that the rotation of the spindle results in the like rotation of the said
cutting device; and

a first ring that extends upwardly from an inner surface of the shell bottom section around the third opening so as to separate
the second and third openings and prevent the discharge of bone chips through the third opening.

US Pat. No. 9,681,858

FOOT-OPERATED CONTROL CONSOLE FOR WIRELESSLY CONTROLLING MEDICAL DEVICES

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A foot-operated control console to allow an operator to control a plurality of medical devices during a medical procedure,
the foot-operated control console comprising:
a plurality of controls designed to be operated by a foot of the operator; and
a set of wireless transmitters that includes at least one wireless transmitter, to transmit a first plurality of control signals
over a wireless medium to control the plurality of medical devices during the medical procedure in response to inputs from
the plurality of controls;

further comprising a receiver unit for receiving the first plurality of control signals from the at least one wireless transmitter,
the receiver unit comprising a sync button, wherein simultaneous actuation of said sync button and said plurality of controls
synchronizes said foot-operated control console with said receiver unit.

US Pat. No. 9,463,312

DELIVERY ASSEMBLY FOR PERCUTANEOUSLY DELIVERING AND DEPLOYING AN ELECTRODE ARRAY AT A TARGET LOCATION, THE ASSEMBLY CAPABLE OF STEERING THE ELECTRODE ARRAY TO THE TARGET LOCATION

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An electrode array and delivery assembly, said assembly comprising:
a core formed from flexible material, said core having a longitudinal axis that extends proximally to distally, and at least
two opposed side surfaces that are laterally spaced apart from each other wherein, one of the side surfaces is a first side
surface;

an electrode array separate from said core, said electrode array including: first and second bridges that, longitudinally,
extend proximally to distally and that are laterally spaced apart from each other; at least one first beam formed from elastic
material that extends laterally between said first bridge and said second bridge so as to connect said bridges together; at
least one first tab that extends laterally outwardly from said first bridge towards said second bridge and that is separate
from both said second bridge and said at least one first beam; and an electrode mounted to said at least one first tab wherein,
said electrode array is wrapped around said core so that: said first bridge and second bridge are at least partially located
in separate spaces between the spaced apart side surfaces of said core so that said bridges at least partially overlap each
other; said at least one first beam is wrapped around the first side surface of said core; and said at least one first tab
projects away from the first side surface of said core and said at least one first beam;

a sheath disposed over said core and said electrode array so as to prevent unwrapping of said electrode array from said core;
and

at least one steering cable disposed in said sheath and anchored to said sheath so as to selectively flex said sheath, and
wherein said sheath is removably disposed over said core and said electrode array so that the extraction of said sheath away
from said core and said electrode array allows the release of energy in said at least one first beam so that said at least
one first beam unwraps said electrode array from said core so that said core can be withdrawn away from the unwrapped electrode
array.

US Pat. No. 9,295,598

PATIENT SUPPORT BACKREST RELEASE AND ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A bed comprising:
a bed frame;
a backrest pivotable with respect to the bed frame;
a backrest actuator assembly directly connecting the backrest to the bed frame, the backrest actuator assembly configured
to raise and lower the backrest with respect to the bed frame, the backrest actuator assembly having an actuator having a
first end and a second end, the first end connected to the bed frame, a lockable damper connected in series with the actuator,
the lockable damper having a first end and a second end, the first end of the lockable damper connected to the second end
of the actuator, the lockable damper configured to have a first fixed length when locked, the lockable damper further configured
to provide damping over a variable length range of motion when unlocked and to be lockable at a position on the range of motion
to attain a second fixed length, the second fixed length being shorter than the first fixed length;

a release connected to the lockable damper and the backrest, the release configured to unlock the lockable damper; and
an emergency release handle operably connected to the release and configured to unlock the lockable damper when the emergency
release handle is actuated, allowing the lockable damper to contract and initiate emergency lowering of the backrest, wherein
during emergency lowering, the backrest rotates under the force of gravity and without operating the actuator, wherein rotation
of the backrest during emergency lowering is limited by damping of the lockable damper.

US Pat. No. 9,204,823

VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A monitoring system comprising:
a camera positioned within a room and adapted to capture images of the room and output image signals representative of said
images, and

a computer device in communication with said camera and adapted to process said image signals to identify a cleaning instrument
within the captured images by comparing the image signals with stored data corresponding to the cleaning instrument and to
thereby monitor cleaning of the room and identify any portions of the room that are missed during the cleaning.

US Pat. No. 9,138,115

CLEANING SYSTEM AND EQUIPMENT THEREFOR

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:
a housing with a dispensing reservoir for holding a cleaning fluid;
an ionization system for charging the fluid so that it becomes ionized, the ionizing system comprising a cleaning component,
said cleaning component including an anode in contact with the cleaning fluid, the anode for ionizing the cleaning fluid either
automatically or based on an actuation signal input by a user;

a waste reservoir for storing waste; and
a suction line, the waste reservoir being in fluid communication with the suction line for suctioning waste and receipt into
the waste reservoir, wherein the waste reservoir and the dispensing reservoir share a common port, the common port being adapted
to switch between a suction mode and a dispensing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,955,993

SURGICAL TOOL SYSTEM WITH QUICK RELEASE COUPLING ASSEMBLY

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A cutting accessory configured to be engaged with a powered surgical handpiece, the cutting accessory comprising:an outer hub configured to be received within the powered surgical handpiece and remain stationary relative thereto when received within the powered surgical handpiece, the outer hub including a tubular base and a tubular shell;
the tubular base has a receiving end and a shell end;
the tubular shell extends from the shell end of the tubular base and has a first end at the shell end of the tubular base and a second end extending away from the shell end of the tubular base;
the outer hub has an opening therein extending from the second end of the tubular shell to the receiving end of the tubular base, with the second end of the tubular shell having a hole therein;
the tubular base includes two tapering ramps extending radially from an outside surface thereof, the tapering ramps being fixed in position relative to the outside surface and a remainder of the tubular base, the tapering ramps being configured to hold the cutting accessory within the powered surgical handpiece when the outer hub is received within the powered surgical handpiece; and
a drive hub assembly configured to be received within the receiving end of the tubular base of the outer hub, the drive hub assembly being configured to rotate relative to the outer hub when received within the tubular base of the outer hub, the drive hub assembly including a drive hub and a tubular shaft;
the drive hub includes a driven end and a shaft end;
the tubular shaft extends from the shaft end of the drive hub and has a first end connected to the drive hub and a second end extending away from the drive hub, with the second end of the tubular shaft having a cutting head; and
the drive hub assembly including a fluid path therethrough from an end hole adjacent the cutting head of the tubular shaft, through the tubular shaft, through the drive hub and to and out a side hole in the drive hub, thereby allowing fluid to travel through the hole at the second end of the tubular shell of the outer hub and through the fluid path of the drive hub assembly to exit through the side hole in the drive hub.

US Pat. No. 9,951,904

ROTATABLE SEAT CLAMPS FOR RAIL CLAMP

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A clamp attachable to a support, the clamp comprising:a body;
first and second arms coupled to the body, the first and second arms moveable towards and away from one another; and
at least one seat clamp member pivotably coupled to at least one of the first and second arms,
wherein the clamp is attached to the support when the at least one seat clamp member contacts the support and the first and second arms are in a clamped position.

US Pat. No. 9,848,887

INTEGRATED CUTTING GUIDE AND SURGICAL SAW BLADE ASSEMBLY, THE CUTTING GUIDE INCLUDING A MOVEABLE HEAD THAT CONSTRAINS THE MOVEMENT OF THE BLADE ASSEMBLY

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A saw blade and cutting guide assembly, said assembly including:
a saw blade assembly, said saw blade assembly including:
an elongated blade bar having opposed proximal and distal ends, the proximal end shaped to be attached to a saw and the distal
end having a thickness;

a blade having a base that is movably mounted in said blade bar adjacent the bar distal end and teeth that extend from said
base and that are located outside of said blade bar wherein said head is formed with teeth, said teeth having a thickness
so that a kerf cut by said teeth is able to receive the distal end of said blade bar; and

at least one drive rod movably disposed in said blade bar, said at least one drive rod having a proximal end shaped to be
attached to a driver integral with the saw and a distal end connected to said blade base so that the actuation of said drive
rod by the saw driver results in said drive rod reciprocating said blade; and

a cutting guide, said cutting guide including:
a body, said body shaped to have: an outer surface over which said blade bar is disposed; and a feature that facilitate holding
said body static relative to bone;

a constrainment member having a constraining head that is disposed above the outer surface of said body so that said blade
bar of said saw blade assembly is disposed between the outer surface of said body and said head, said constrainment further
formed to retain said blade bar assembly so that said constrainment member allows said blade bar to pivot relative to said
constrainment member and move forward relative to said body while said constraining head simultaneously constrains movement
of said blade bar away from the outer surface of said body; and

coupling features integral with said body and said constrainment member that allow said constrainment member to move over
the outer surface of said body while said constrainment member retains said blade bar of said saw blade assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,820,818

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SURGICAL MANIPULATOR BASED ON IMPLANT PARAMETERS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A robotic system comprising:
a surgical manipulator configured to apply an energy applicator to a patient;
a navigation system configured to cooperate with said surgical manipulator to position the energy applicator with respect
to a boundary between tissue of the patient to which the energy applicator should be applied and tissue of the patient to
which the energy applicator should not be applied, said navigation system including a navigation processor and a boundary
generator module operable on said navigation processor,

wherein said boundary generator module is configured to generate an initial definition of the boundary based on initial implant
data including an initial definition of a shape of an implant; and

wherein said boundary generator module is further configured to generate a final definition of the boundary, different than
the initial definition of the boundary, based on measurements of the implant made after manufacture and a final definition
of the shape of the implant generated from the measurements.

US Pat. No. 9,814,410

PERSON SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH POSITION MONITORING

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A person support apparatus comprising:
a support surface adapted to support a person thereon;
a first sensor adapted to detect electromagnetic waves coming from the person when the person is supported on the support
surface;

a second sensor adapted to detect a force exerted by the person while the person is supported on the support surface;
a memory in which a location of the first sensor with respect to the support surface is stored; and
a controller adapted to correlate information from the first and second sensors in order to determine a position of the person
on the support surface, the controller using the location of the first sensor with respect to the support surface when determining
the position of the person on the support surface.

US Pat. No. 9,795,397

ANATOMICALLY GUIDED INSTRUMENTATION FOR TROCHLEAR GROOVE REPLACEMENT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A system for replacing a trochlear groove region of a femur bone, comprising:
a prosthesis having a bone contact surface and a prosthesis periphery defining an outer perimeter of the bone contact surface;
and

a first template having a proximal portion, a distal extension, a lateral extension, and a medial extension, the proximal
portion having a first bone contact surface having a first outer perimeter, the distal extension extending from the proximal
portion and terminating at a distal extent, the lateral extension extending from the distal extension and terminating at a
lateral extent, and the medial extension extending from the distal extension and terminating at a medial extent,

wherein the distal, lateral, and medial extents are discontinuous with one another, and
wherein at least a portion of the first outer perimeter and the distal, lateral, and medial extents define a first template
periphery that substantially corresponds to the prosthesis periphery.

US Pat. No. 9,782,524

SURGICAL WASTE COLLECTION UNIT WITH A MANIFOLD RECEIVER THAT IS OFFSET RELATIVE TO THE HORIZONTAL

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A medical/surgical waste collection unit for use with a manifold, the manifold having a longitudinal axis and an outlet
opening that is axially offset from the manifold longitudinal axis, said waste collection unit including:
a first container for holding medical/surgical waste;
a suction pump in fluid communication with said first container, said suction pump configured to draw a suction on said first
container;

a receiver attached to said first container, said receiver having: a bore dimensioned to receive the manifold, the bore having
an open distal end into which the manifold is inserted, and at least a partially closed proximal end and a longitudinal axis
through the bore along which the manifold is inserted into the bore, the longitudinal axis being at an angle that, relative
to a horizontal plane, is greater than 2° and less than 45° such that the distal end of the bore is located above the proximal
end of the bore; a base that defines the partially closed proximal end of the bore; a conduit that extends from an opening
in said base into said first container so that suction drawn on said first container is drawn through the opening in said
base; and wherein said receiver is further configured to allow the manifold to rotate in the bore between a first position
in which the manifold outlet opening is in registration with the opening in said base into the conduit and a second position
in which the manifold outlet opening is located above the position of the outlet opening when the outlet opening is in the
first position;

a valve connected to said receiver to regulate fluid flow through the receiver conduit; and
a valve driver connected to said valve for opening and closing said valve, said valve driver accessible through the receiver
bore and configured to engage or be engaged by the manifold so that the rotation of the manifold from the first position to
the second position actuates said valve driver so as to cause the closing of said valve and the rotation of the manifold from
the second position to the first position actuates said valve driver to cause the opening of said valve.

US Pat. No. 9,775,732

IMPLANT DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An implant delivery system, comprising:
a catheter having a delivery lumen;
a pusher member slidably disposed in the catheter delivery lumen;
an expandable implant carried on a distal end portion of the pusher member;
a plurality of retention members, each having a first end attached to the pusher member at a location distal to the implant,
and a second end releasably engaging the implant to thereby retain the implant in a collapsed configuration on the pusher
member for delivery of the implant through the catheter delivery lumen; wherein the respective first ends of the retention
members are pivotally attached to the pusher member; and

an inflatable membrane attached to the pusher member and having an exterior surface affixed to the respective retention members,
the pusher member comprising an inflation lumen in communication with an interior region defined by the membrane, wherein
inflation of the membrane causes the retaining members to disengage the implant and thereby allow the implant to expand from
the collapsed configuration,

the implant delivery system further comprising a guidewire disposed within the inflation lumen of the pusher member.

US Pat. No. 9,717,502

VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A vaso-occlusive device delivery assembly, comprising:
a pusher assembly comprising a pusher conduit defining a pusher lumen and having proximal and distal ends, the pusher conduit
forming a first conductor extending between the proximal and distal ends, and the pusher assembly having a second conductors
disposed within the pusher lumen and extending between the proximal and distal ends; and

a vaso-occlusive device releasably coupled to the pusher assembly by a connector member, the connector member comprising
a proximal connecting member coupled to the pusher assembly,
a distal connecting member coupled to the vaso-occlusive device, and
a thermally-degradable sacrificial member electrically connected to the first and second conductors, the sacrificial member
comprising a proximal portion coupled to the proximal connecting member and a distal portion extending distally of the proximal
connecting member and coupled to the distal connecting member to thereby attach the pusher assembly to the vaso-occlusive
device,

wherein the sacrificial member generates heat through resistive heating to thermally disintegrate the sacrificial member when
a disintegration current is applied through the sacrificial link, thereby releasing the vaso-occlusive device from the pusher
assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,655,645

ASSEMBLY FOR PERCUTANEOUSLY INSERTING AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE, STEERING THE DEVICE TO A TARGET LOCATION AND DEPLOYING THE DEVICE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An assembly for percutaneously inserting an implantable medical device, said assembly including:
a handpiece including a housing shaped to be held in a single hand;
a sheath formed from material that can be placed in a living being, said sheath having a distal portion in which the implantable
medical device can be disposed so the implantable medical device and the sheath distal portion can be disposed in a living
being and a proximal portion that extends rearwardly from the distal portion to said handpiece housing;

a first slide moveably disposed in said handpiece housing to move between a first position and a second position in said handpiece
housing wherein, the proximal portion of said sheath is attached to said first slide so that movement of said first slide
results in a like movement of said sheath;

a steering unit, said steering unit including: at least one cable that extends to said sheath; at least one steering tensioner
moveably mounted to said first slide wherein said at least one cable is connected to said steering tensioner so that movement
of said steering tensioner results in selective tensioning/slackening of said at least one cable that causes said at least
one cable to steer said sheath; and a control member moveably mounted to said handpiece housing, wherein said control member
is positioned so that: when said first slide is in the first position in said handpiece housing, movement of said control
member results in said control member engaging and moving said at least one steering tensioner so that said at least one steering
tensioner tensions/slackens said at least one steering cable; and wherein, when said slide is in the second position, said
steering tensioner is out of registration with said control member; and

a displacement member attached to said first slide that is manually actuatable for moving said first slide from the first
position towards the second position so that the movement of said first slide moves said at least one steering tensioner out
of registration with said control member.

US Pat. No. 9,636,131

SURGICAL TOOL ARRANGEMENT AND SURGICAL CUTTING ACCESSORY FOR USE THEREWITH

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A surgical cutting accessory configured for attachment to a surgical handpiece, said accessory comprising a cutting element
defining a suction conduit therein and having a proximal end and a distal end spaced from said proximal end, said distal end
defining an axis of rotation and including a plurality of cutting edges extending helically about the axis, said distal end
including a first opening therein in communication with said suction conduit and having a portion disposed in a first one
of said cutting edges so as to interrupt said first cutting edge, said distal end including a second opening therein in communication
with said suction conduit, said second opening having a portion disposed in a second one of said cutting edges so as to interrupt
said second cutting edge, said first and second openings being disposed in a substantially diametrically opposed manner with
one another on said distal end.

US Pat. No. 9,622,823

METHOD FOR REPAIRING FOCAL DEFECTS IN TISSUE OF A PATIENT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method for repairing focal defects in tissue of a patient using an instrument having a cutting tip and a drive motor
for rotating the cutting tip, said method comprising the steps of:
attaching one or more tracking devices to the patient;
placing an access cannula through skin of the patient to provide minimally invasive access to a target volume of material
in a bone having a focal defect;

placing the cutting tip into the access cannula;
operating a tracking and control system to establish a virtual boundary that defines the target volume of material, track
a position of the cutting tip relative to the virtual boundary, and control movement of the cutting tip;

removing the target volume of material from the bone with the cutting tip while the position of the cutting tip is tracked
relative to the virtual boundary so that the cutting tip is maintained in a desired position with respect to the virtual boundary;
and

placing an implant into the bone so that an upper surface of the implant is flush with an upper surface of the bone surrounding
the implant to repair the focal defect.

US Pat. No. 9,579,428

SURGICAL WASTE COLLECTION ASSEMBLY WITH A MANIFOLD RECEIVER AND A MANIFOLD WITH COMPLEMENTARY FEATURES THAT FACILIATE THE ALIGNMENT OF THE MANIFOLD WITH THE MANIFOLD RECEIVER

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A medical/surgical waste collection assembly, said assembly including:
a manifold, said manifold including:
a housing with proximal and distal ends, a longitudinal axis that extends between the proximal and distal ends and an outlet
opening at the proximal end, the outlet opening being off center from the longitudinal axis of the manifold housing; and

a fitting that extends from the distal end of said manifold housing, said fitting shaped to receive a suction line and being
in fluid communication with the outlet opening of said manifold housing; and

a waste collection unit including:
a first canister for holding medical/surgical waste;
a suction pump in fluid communication with said first canister, said suction pump configured to draw a suction on said first
canister; and

a first receiver adjacent said first canister, said first receiver shaped to have: a bore dimensioned to receive said manifold
housing, the bore having an open distal end into which said manifold housing is inserted and having a proximal end in fluid
communication with said first canister; and an axis that extends through the bore,

wherein:
said manifold housing and said first receiver are collectively configured so that said manifold housing is able to rotate
in the bore of said first receiver;

said manifold and said first receiver are formed with complementary alignment features that engage when the manifold is inserted
into the bore of said first receiver so as to cause the outlet opening of said manifold housing to be, upon insertion into
the bore, in a specific rotational alignment in the bore; and

said first receiver is attached to said first canister so that the axis through the receiver bore is angled from the horizontal
and said alignment features of said manifold and said first receiver are arranged so that, when said manifold is initially
inserted into the bore of said first receiver, the outlet opening of said manifold housing is in a first rotational position
about the axis through the receiver bore and, when said manifold housing is rotated in the bore, the outlet opening is in
a second rotational position about the axis through the receiver bore so that the outlet opening is located below the position
of the outlet opening when the outlet opening is in the first rotational position.

US Pat. No. 9,468,363

POWER SUPPLY THROUGH A SINGLE TRACK OF DISCRETE ELECTRODES AND METHOD THEREFOR

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An apparatus comprising:a medical device including:
a first part having a first electrical connection member, the first electrical connection member having a first member body
with a surface and a plurality of first elements for electrical or signal reception or transmission, the first elements each
having an end adjacent the first member body surface; and

a second part having a second electrical connection member, the second electrical connection member having a second member
body with a surface and a plurality of second elements for electrical or signal reception or transmission, the second elements
each having an end adjacent the second member body surface, the second electrical connection member further comprising a plurality
of proximity sensors,

the first part and the second part rotatably engaged with each other, the proximity sensors configured to sense the relative
circumferential positions of the first elements and the second elements.

US Pat. No. 9,937,338

ELECTRODE ARRAY AND DEPLOYMENT ASSEMBLY INCLUDING AN ELECTRODE ARRAY THAT IS FOLDED INTO A CANNULA THAT IS NARROWER IN WIDTH THAN THE ARRAY

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An electrode array and deployment assembly, said assembly including:a cannula consisting of a structural member formed from material that is insertable in living tissue, said structural member shaped to define a cannula lumen having a major diameter and a distal end, the lumen open at the distal end of said structural member; and
an electrode array disposed in the lumen of said cannula, said electrode array including:
a frame, said frame having first and second longitudinally extending bridges that, when said electrode array is in an unfolded state, are laterally spaced apart from each other, at least one beam that extends laterally between said first and second bridges, at least one first tab that extends laterally from the first said bridge towards the second said bridge, said at least one first tab being defined by a slot that extends between opposed surfaces of the frame so that the slot separates said at least one tab from said at least one beam and the second said bridge, wherein said frame, when in an unfolded state, has a width greater than the major diameter of the lumen of said access cannula; and
an electrode disposed on said at least one first tab
wherein, said electrode array is folded so as to be disposed in the cannula lumen, and when said electrode array is folded, said at least one beam is bent around an axis so that, as a result of the bending said at least one beam, said first bridge and said second bridge at least partially overlap.

US Pat. No. 9,820,753

SURGICAL SAGITTAL SAW BLADE WITH A STATIC BAR, A PIVOTING BLADE HEAD, DRIVE RODS THAT PIVOT THE BLADE HEAD AND FINGERS THAT CONNECT THE DRIVE RODS TO THE BLADE HEAD, THE FINGERS BEING SEATED IN THE STATIC BAR

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A surgical saw blade, said saw blade comprising:
an elongated blade bar, said blade bar having opposed proximal and distal sections, the proximal section shaped so that said
blade bar can be releasably statically secured to a powered surgical saw, said blade bar having, in the distal section, a
primary opening that opens into a void space within said blade bar, and a second opening that is spaced proximally away from
the primary opening;

a blade head, said blade head having: a base that is pivotally mounted in the void space of said blade bar; and a crown integral
with said base that extends through and out of the blade bar primary opening, said crown being formed with teeth, wherein
said base and said crown both each have a thickness and the thickness of said crown is greater than the thickness of the base
to allow the insertion of said blade bar into a kerf cut by said blade head;

at least one drive rod that is moveably disposed in said blade bar, said at least one drive rod having a distal end located
adjacent said blade head base and a proximal end configured to engage a drive member integral with the surgical saw, said
at least one drive rod having a thickness that allows said drive rod to move within the void space of said blade bar; and

at least one finger that extends above said at least one drive rod and above a surface of said blade head base, wherein said
at least one finger is connected to both said at least one drive rod and said blade base to pivotally connect said blade head
base to said drive rod and said finger is seated in the blade bar second opening.

US Pat. No. 9,782,311

PATIENT/INVALID SUPPORT WITH PRESSURE REDUCING SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support comprising:
a plurality of stacked layers of cushioning material joined together to form a cushion assembly, the stacked layers including
an upper cushioning layer and an intermediate layer beneath the upper cushioning layer, and a lower layer beneath and joined
with the intermediate layer, said upper cushioning layer and said intermediate layer together defining an immersion region
into which a person sinks and is immersed;

the intermediate layer comprising a gel assembly having a gel layer, the gel layer being formed by a plurality of intersecting
gel walls, the intersecting gel walls forming spaces there between to thereby form transverse passageways;

the lower layer comprising a cushioning layer with recesses and being located beneath the immersion region; and
a low air loss system located in the recesses of the lower layer and located below the immersion region and beneath the gel
layer, the low air loss system including tubing to couple to an air supply and to direct air flow into the gel layer through
the transverse passageways formed in the gel layer, the lower layer joined with said gel assembly, and the lower layer forming
a carrier to carry the tubing wherein the tubing is below the immersion region.

US Pat. No. 9,782,312

PATIENT SUPPORT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support, comprising:
a bladder layer with a plurality of bladders;
a pneumatic supply system; and
a plurality of tubes in fluid communication with the pneumatic supply system and the bladder layer, the tubes coupled to and
guided by a lower sheet forming the bladders of the bladder layer, the bladder layer including a harness for harnessing and
holding the tubes, wherein the harness comprises a flange with a plurality of openings there through to thereby hold the tubes
in the flange, wherein the bladder layer comprises an upper sheet, and the flange comprises a portion of the lower sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,770,582

IMPLANTABLE ELECTRODE ARRAY ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A CARRIER WITH EMBEDDED CONTROL MODULES CONTAINED IN PACKAGES, THE PACKAGES EXTENDING OUTWARDLY SO AS TO EXTEND OVER THE CARRIER

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An electrode array, said electrode array including:
a flexible carrier having first and second surfaces that are opposite each other;
at least one electrode disposed over at least one of the first or second surfaces of said carrier;
a control module disposed in said flexible carrier, said control module configured to control the operation of said at least
one electrode or monitor the electrical potential present at said electrode, said control module having at least one conductive
pad through which signals are input and output from said control module;

a package formed from electrically insulating material that surrounds said control module so as to separate said control module
from said carrier, said package including:

a rigid substrate located adjacent said at least one conductive pad of said control module, said substrate formed so that
a section thereof is located outside of said carrier and extends over a surface of said carrier; and

at least one conductive path integral with said substrate that extends from the control module conductive pad to the section
of substrate that extends over the surface of the flexible carrier; and

a conductor disposed in said flexible carrier that extends to said conductive path of said substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,707,043

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT INCLUDING HOUSING, A CUTTING ACCESSORY THAT EXTENDS FROM THE HOUSING AND ACTUATORS THAT ESTABLISH THE POSITION OF THE CUTTING ACCESSORY RELATIVE TO THE HOUSING

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An instrument for treating tissue during a medical procedure, said instrument comprising:
a hand-held portion;
a working portion movably coupled to said hand-held portion;
said hand-held portion being configured to be manually supported and moved by a user during the medical procedure to treat
the tissue of a patient with said working portion;

a plurality of actuators operatively coupled to said working portion;
a tracking device attached to said hand-held portion for tracking said instrument;
a drive mechanism coupled to said working portion for rotating said working portion about a rotational axis wherein said drive
mechanism is movable in at least one degree of freedom relative to said hand-held portion;

wherein said actuators are configured to move said working portion relative to said hand- held portion in at least three degrees
of freedom including pivoting said working portion in pitch and yaw about a pivot, and translating said working portion along
a translation axis; and

wherein one of said actuators is configured to be activated to electromechanically move said working portion along the translation
axis relative to said hand-held portion.

US Pat. No. 9,655,727

EXTENDED PATELLOFEMORAL

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patellofemoral component for replacing at least a portion of a femur having a sagittal plane and a lateral condylopatellar
notch line transverse to the sagittal plane comprising:
a lateral portion configured to cover at least a lateral portion of the femur;
an intermediate portion adjacent to the lateral portion and configured to cover at least a portion of a length of a trochlear
groove of the femur, the intermediate portion having a recess about a periphery thereof;

a medial portion adjacent to the intermediate portion and configured to cover at least a medial portion of the femur, the
medial portion lying adjacent both an intercondylar notch and a medial condylopatellar notch line of the femur without contacting
either of the intercondylar notch or the medial condylopatellar notch line when the patellofemoral component is engaged to
the femur; and

an extension portion extending posteriorly from the recess of the intermediate portion and along the lateral portion towards
the intercondylar notch and the lateral condylopatellar notch line of the femur, the recess being located on the sagittal
plane and a plane defined by the extension portion intersecting the sagittal plane at a point posterior to the intercondylar
notch,

wherein the extension portion extending posteriorly from the intermediate portion is substantially planar and lies adjacent
both the intercondylar notch and lateral condylopatellar notch line and extends substantially parallel to the lateral condylopatellar
notch line without contacting either of the intercondylar notch or lateral condylopatellar notch line of the femur when the
patellofemoral component is engaged to the femur.

US Pat. No. 9,642,470

FORCE SENSING SHEET

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A support apparatus comprising:
a cushion having a plurality of air bladder cells;
an elastically stretchable sheet positioned on top of the air bladder cells;
a plurality of first conductive paths supported on the elastically stretchable sheet;
a layer of sensing material positioned in contact with the first conductive paths, the layer of sensing material having an
electrical characteristic that varies in response to physical forces exerted thereon;

a layer of semiconductive material positioned in contact with the layer of sensing material on a side of the layer of sensing
material opposite the plurality of first conductive paths; and

a plurality of second conductive paths positioned in contact with the layer of semiconductive material on a side of the layer
of semiconductive material opposite the layer of sensing material.

US Pat. No. 9,597,138

MOTORIZED BONE CEMENT MIXING AND DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH AN ENLARGED CONNECTOR FOR CONNECTING TO THE CANNULA THROUGH WHICH THE CEMENT IS INJECTED INTO THE PATIENT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A device for injecting bone cement into bone, said device including:
a reservoir tube, said reservoir tube having opposed proximal and distal ends, said reservoir tube having a void space located
between the ends for holding bone cement;

a plunger moveably mounted to said reservoir tube adjacent the proximal end of said reservoir tube, said plunger mounted to
said reservoir tube so as to be selectively advanced towards the distal end of said reservoir tube in order to force bone
cement out of the distal end of said reservoir tube;

an extension tube mounted to the distal end of said reservoir tube so as to extend forward of said reservoir tube and to receive
the bone cement forced out of said reservoir tube, said extension tube having an open distal end;

a collar mounted to the distal end of said extension tube to receive the bone cement; and
a connector, said connector including:
a fitting located adjacent a first end of said collar, said fitting formed with threading;
a spindle that extends through said collar, said spindle being rotatably mounted in said collar and being connected to said
fitting to rotate said fitting, wherein said collar, said fitting and said spindle are collectively shaped so that bone cement
discharged from said extension tube can flow out of said fitting; and

a knob attached to said spindle so as to be located adjacent a second end of said collar opposite the first end, said knob
being connected to said spindle so as to rotate said spindle and said connector fitting; and

a cannula, said cannula configured for insertion into living tissue, said cannula having a cannula fitting configured to engage
with and disengage from said connector fitting upon rotation of said connector fitting.

US Pat. No. 9,566,120

NAVIGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INDICATING AND REDUCING LINE-OF-SIGHT ERRORS

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A navigation system for tracking a plurality of objects, said navigation system comprising:
a sensor;
a plurality of tracking devices attachable to the plurality of objects, with each of said tracking devices including:
a tracking head having a tracking body and a tracking element that is coupled to said tracking body and configured to transmit
a tracking signal to said sensor to determine a position of one of the plurality of objects; and

an error indicator supported by said tracking head and configured to indicate an error in said sensor receiving said tracking
signal from said tracking element, said error indicator including a first light emitting diode attached to said tracking body
and a second light emitting diode attached to said tracking body;

a computing system configured to: determine if said sensor received said tracking signal from said tracking element, generate
an error signal if said sensor did not receive said tracking signal, and control activation of said first and second light
emitting diodes of said error indicator plurality of error indicator to emit a first colored light in response to generating
said error signal and to emit a second colored light in the absence of said error signal.

US Pat. No. 9,566,121

END EFFECTOR OF A SURGICAL ROBOTIC MANIPULATOR

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An end effector of comprising:
a nose tube;
a cutting accessory including a shaft extending along an axis;
an axial connector releasably locking said cutting accessory to said nose tube along said axis;
a drive member coupled to said cutting accessory to rotatably drive said shaft of said cutting accessory;
an actuator coupled to said drive member to rotatably drive said drive member;
a plurality of rollers disposed about said shaft of said cutting accessory to frictionally engage said shaft;
a cage extending along said axis and supporting said rollers in a spaced relationship from each other to receive said shaft
of said cutting accessory; and

a wedge sleeve fixed to said drive member and rotatable with said drive member relative to said plurality of rollers, said
wedge sleeve presenting contact surfaces configured to selectively contact said rollers to pinch said rollers against said
shaft and rotationally lock said shaft to said drive member.

US Pat. No. 9,559,624

CONTROL MODULE FOR A MOTORIZED SURGICAL TOOL, THE MODULE INCLUDING A TRIGGER SENSOR, A MOTOR ROTOR SENSOR AND A CONTROL CIRCUIT THAT ARE SEALED FROM THE AMBIENT ENVIRONMENT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A control assembly for a motorized surgical tool that has a motor with a rotor and windings that actuates an attachment
for performing a medical/surgical task, said control assembly comprising:
a module formed from structural members, wherein at least one structural member is formed from non-magnetic material;
a trigger sensor disposed in said module responsive to magnetic fields for monitoring a magnetic field emitted by a trigger
switch to which a magnet is attached, wherein the sensed magnetic field varies as a function of the actuation of the trigger
switch, said trigger sensor further configured to generate variable trigger signals as a function of the sensed magnetic field;

a magnetically sensitive rotor position sensor assembly disposed in said module adjacent the at least one structural member
formed from non-magnetic material, said rotor position sensor assembly configured to monitor the rotational position of the
motor rotor by monitoring the magnetic fields emitted by the rotor and output analog rotor position signals based on the rotational
position of the motor rotor; and

a control circuit disposed in said module configured to receive the trigger signals from said trigger sensor and the rotor
position signals from said rotor position sensor assembly, said control circuit including:

a signal processor that receives the analog rotor position signals and, based on the levels of the signals, converts the signals
into plural bit digital signals representative of motor rotor position; and

a motor control circuit to which the plural bit signals representative of motor rotor position are applied that, based on
the rotor position and the trigger signals, selectively generates the signals that result in power signals being selectively
applied to the motor windings.

US Pat. No. 9,510,981

RECONFIGURABLE TRANSPORT APPARATUS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A transport apparatus comprising:
a base;
a frame;
a lift mechanism supporting said frame on said base; and
a litter deck for supporting a patient, said litter deck having an articulatable back section and an additional section, said
litter deck adapted to be reconfigured between first and second configurations, said litter deck being adapted to be removably
mounted to said frame, when mounted to said frame said lift mechanism located between said litter deck and said base, and
said litter deck being adapted to be at least partially supported by said base while said litter deck is in said first configuration
and while being reconfigured between said first and second configurations wherein said base comprises a first base, said transport
apparatus system further comprising a second base, after being removed from said first base said litter deck being adapted
to be removably supported by said second base.

US Pat. No. 10,058,464

COT FASTENING SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A cot fastening system for fastening a cot, the cot having a foot end, a head end, a pair of head end load wheels, a head end cot attachment, a foot end cot attachment, and a safety bar, the head end load wheels having a load wheel spacing, and the head end load wheels being spaced a distance from the head end cot attachment, said cot fastening system comprising:a frame configured for mounting to a floor of an emergency vehicle, the frame having a longitudinal axis and a cot loading direction along said longitudinal axis;
a stationary first restraint assembly for coupling to the foot end cot attachment, said first restraint assembly mounted to said frame in a fixed position;
a second restraint assembly for coupling to the head end cot attachment, said second restraint assembly mounted to said frame; and
wherein said frame includes a first section and a second section, said first section having a first width less than the load wheel spacing to allow the cot to straddle the frame, said first section comprising linear portions extending along said longitudinal axis from said first restraint assembly toward said second restraint assembly, and said second section extending from said linear portions of said first section along said longitudinal axis of said frame and diverging away from said longitudinal axis of said frame to a second width greater than said first width but less than the load wheel spacing between the head end load wheels to form a guide for guiding the head end load wheels of the cot when the head end cot attachment has passed the first restraint assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,048,145

SENSOR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR MEASURING FORCES AND TORQUES

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A sensor assembly comprising:a base plate;
a sensor member displaceable relative to said base plate;
a spring arrangement responsive to displacement of said sensor member relative to said base plate;
a light sensitive transducer fixed to said base plate and having a plurality of pixels;
a light source configured to provide light directed in a plurality of light beams onto said light sensitive transducer so that the light beams strike different pixels of said light sensitive transducer to sense the displacement of said sensor member relative to said base plate; and
a collimator having a plurality of openings for directing the plurality of light beams onto said light sensitive transducer wherein said collimator is movable relative to said light sensitive transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,046,159

DELIVERY ASSEMBLY FOR PERCUTANEOUSLY DELIVERING AND DEPLOYING AN ELECTRODE ARRAY AT A TARGET LOCATION, THE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A STEERABLE CORE AROUND WHICH THE ARRAY IS WRAPPED

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An electrode array and delivery assembly, said assembly comprising:a core formed from flexible material, said core having a longitudinal axis that extends proximally to distally, and at least two opposed side surfaces that are laterally spaced apart from each other wherein, one of the side surfaces is a first side surface;
an electrode array separate from said core, said electrode array including: first and second bridges that, longitudinally, extend proximally to distally and that are laterally spaced apart from each other; at least one first beam formed from elastic material that extends laterally between said first bridge and said second bridge so as to connect said bridges together; at least one first tab that extends laterally outwardly from said first bridge towards said second bridge and that is separate from both said second bridge and said at least one first beam; and an electrode mounted to said at least one first tab wherein, said electrode array is wrapped around said core so that: said first bridge and second bridge are at least partially located in separate spaces between the spaced apart side surfaces of said core so that said bridges at least partially overlap each other; said at least one first beam is wrapped around the first side surface of said core; and said at least one first tab projects away from the first side surface of said core and said at least one first beam;
a sheath disposed over said core and said electrode array so as to prevent unwrapping of said electrode array from said core; and
at least one steering cable disposed in said core and anchored to said core so as to selectively flex said core so that the flexure of said core results in the flexure of said electrode array and said sheath, and
wherein said sheath is removably disposed over said core and said electrode array so that the extraction of said sheath away from said core and said electrode array allows the release of energy in said at least one first beam so that said at least one first beam unwraps said electrode array from said core so that said core can be withdrawn away from the unwrapped electrode array.

US Pat. No. 9,974,926

COATED TUBULAR SUPPORT MEMBERS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A method of manufacturing an elongate flexible medical device, comprising:forming a plurality of openings in a wall of an elongate tubular support member to thereby increase a flexibility of the support member;
forming a layer of sealing material on an outer surface of the support member so as to create a sealed portion of the support member including the plurality of wall openings; and
forming a plurality of flexible invaginations in the layer of sealing material that overlay respective wall openings in the support member;
wherein the layer of sealing material is formed by inserting a substrate into an axial lumen of the support member so that the substrate underlies and thereby blocks the respective wall openings, applying a coating of sealing material to the outer surface of the support member, and removing the substrate from the support member lumen; and
wherein the substrate comprises a polymer beading having an outside diameter slightly greater than a diameter of the support member lumen, the method further comprising
stretching the polymer beading to thereby neck down its outer diameter to a diameter slightly smaller than a diameter of the support member lumen, wherein inserting a substrate into the support member lumen comprises inserting the stretched polymer beading into the support member lumen;
heating the polymer beading so that its outer diameter expands to approximately its pre-stretched diameter, thereby creating a tight fit of the polymer beading within the support member lumen, wherein the coating of sealing material is applied to the outer surface of the support member after expanding the outer diameter of the polymer beading so that sealing material is deposited directly on exposed portions of the polymer beading through the wall openings in the support member; and
stretching and removing the polymer beading from the support member lumen, such that the sealing material remains intact and covers the wall openings in the support member.

US Pat. No. 9,962,178

PRE-LOADED INVERTING TRACTOR THROMBECTOMY APPARATUSES

STRYKER CORPORATION, Fre...

1. A mechanical thrombectomy apparatus for removing a clot from a vessel, the apparatus comprising:a catheter having a proximal end and a distal end and a distal end opening;
a tractor comprising a flexible tube that extends within the catheter, inverts over the distal end opening of the catheter and extends over the distal end of the catheter, wherein the tractor is configured to invert by rolling over the distal end opening of the catheter when a first end of the tractor is pulled proximally within the catheter;
a puller coupled to the first end of the tractor, wherein the puller extends within the catheter to the proximal end of the catheter; and
a tractor hold attached to an outer surface of the catheter proximal to the distal end of the catheter, wherein the tractor hold secures a second end of the tractor to an outside surface of the catheter, wherein the tractor is fixed to the catheter until a force greater than a threshold force is applied by pulling the first end of the tractor proximally within the catheter
wherein the threshold force is between 50 g of force and 500 g of force.

US Pat. No. 9,901,383

CONTROL MODULE FOR A POWERED SURGICAL TOOL, THE MODULE INCLUDING A SHELL HAVING ACTIVE SEALS DISPOSED AROUND THE CONDUCTIVE PINS THAT EXTEND INTO THE SHELL

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A control module for regulating the operation of a powered surgical tool, said control module including:
a shell, said shell configured for attachment to a powered surgical tool and said shell being formed with at least one opening;
a circuit disposed in said shell for regulating operation of a power generating unit integral with the powered surgical tool;
at least one conductive pin that extends through the at least one opening of said shell for establishing an electrical connection
between the power generating unit and said circuit; and

a seal assembly disposed in said at least one opening of said shell, said seal assembly including:
a first stop disposed in the at least one opening around said pin, said first stop extending to an inner surface of said shell
that defines the shell opening;

a second stop disposed in the at least one opening around said pin, said second stop extending to the inner surface of said
shell that defines the shell opening and being spaced away from said first stop; and

a seal disposed in the at least one opening around said conductive pin and between said first and second stops, said seal
including: a boot, said boot shaped to have: an inner skirt that extends around a section of said conductive pin that extends
through the shell opening; an outer skirt that is disposed around said pin adjacent the inner surface of said shell that defines
the shell opening; and a base that extends between said skirts; and at least one biasing member separate from said boot located
between said skirts that biases said outer skirt against the inner surface of said shell or that biases said inner skirt against
said pin.

US Pat. No. 9,833,194

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH REMOTE COMMUNICATIONS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support apparatus comprising:
a frame;
a support surface supported on the frame;
a display;
a transceiver adapted to communicate with a remote network; and
a computer supported on the patient support apparatus and in communication with the transceiver and the display, the computer
adapted to execute an application that is partially carried out on the computer, and that is also partially carried out on
a remote network service available on the remote network, wherein the application is adapted to process outputs from a plurality
of load cells integrated into the patient support apparatus and adapted to detect an amount of force exerted onto a deck of
the patient support apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,820,904

PATIENT/INVALID HANDLING SUPPORT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient mattress comprising:
a plurality of inflatable bladders, the bladders each having an upwardly facing bladder wall providing a patient facing side
for supporting the patient on the patient mattress and a cavity filled only with air;

the bladders being formed from a first sheet of gelatinous elastomeric material joined with a second sheet to form a matrix
of bladders, with at least a first group of the bladders in fluid communication with each of the other bladders in the group
through channels formed by the first sheet of gelatinous elastomeric sheet material wherein when a patient lies on a set of
the bladders, the pressure in the set of the bladders is redistributed to bladders surrounding the set of bladders; and

a powered control system to control inflation of the bladders, the control system configured to inflate and maintain the bladders
inflated between two volumes, each volume being less than their full volume so that the bladders are in an un-stretched state
when inflated and unloaded by a patient wherein the upwardly facing bladder walls of said bladders are not distended, wherein
when a patient lies on the set of the bladders, the channels allow the pressure in the set of the bladders to be redistributed
to the surrounding bladders so that the pressure applied to the patient is not only applied by the set of the bladders but
also by the surrounding bladders to increase the contact surface area between the patient and the mattress, and wherein the
gelatinous elastomeric material of the bladders allows the bladders to stretch from their un-stretched state when supporting
a patient to increase the surface area of the bladders interfacing with a patient lying thereon to thereby reduce the shear
on the patient's skin.

US Pat. No. 9,707,026

SURGICAL TOOL SYSTEM INCLUDING A NAVIGATION UNIT THAT RECEIVES INFORMATION ABOUT IMPLANT THE SYSTEM IS TO IMPLANT AND THAT RESPONDS TO THE RECEIVED INFORMATION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A surgical tool system, said system comprising:
a handpiece capable of driving an implantable device that is applied to a patient, said handpiece including: a coil for receiving
signals from a memory integral with the implantable device that contains data describing the characteristics of the implantable
device; and a power generating unit capable of driving the implantable device into the patient;

a controller connected to said handpiece power generating unit for regulating actuation of said power generating unit wherein,
said controller regulates the actuation of said power generating unit by selectively applying energization signals to said
power generating unit;

a surgical navigation system including a monitor and being connected to said handpiece coil for receiving the data read from
the memory of the implantable device and to said controller for regulating actuation of said handpiece power generating unit,
said surgical navigation system being configured to:

monitor the position of said handpiece relative to the patient;
based on the position of said handpiece relative to the patient and the data read from the memory of the implantable device,
determine the position of the implantable device relative to the patient;

present on said monitor information regarding the relative position of the implantable device to the patient;
based on the position of said handpiece relative to the patient and the data read from the memory of the implantable device,
determine if the implantable device is being improperly positioned in the patient; and

if the implantable device is being improperly positioned in the patient: generate a warning that the implantable device is
being improperly positioned; and inhibit said controller from supplying energization signals to said handpiece power generating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,615,725

TAMPER-EVIDENT CAMERA ENCLOSURE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. An endoscopic camera head having a longitudinal axis comprising:
a first enclosure part having an outer shell and a member projecting axially from the outer shell, the member having a first
locking area and a second locking area, the first locking area having a first ridge with at least one incline in the radial
direction and a first groove adjacent the first ridge, and the second locking area having a second ridge with at least one
incline in the radial direction and a second groove adjacent the second ridge;

a second enclosure part having an outer wall, a first end, a second end, a first locking tab, and a second locking tab spaced
from the first locking tab, the first end defining a first opening and the first locking tab and the second locking tab adjacent
the first opening, the first locking tab residing at least partially within the first groove of the first locking area of
the first enclosure part and being rotatably held in the first groove by the first ridge, the second locking tab residing
at least partially within the second groove of the second locking area of the first enclosure part and being rotatably held
in the second groove by the second ridge, the first enclosure part and the second enclosure part together forming a housing;
and

a camera unit disposed within the housing,
the first enclosure part and the second enclosure part being shaped and sized such that the second enclosure part may be rotated
with respect to the first enclosure part to cause engagement of the first locking tab with the first groove of the first locking
area.

US Pat. No. 10,047,770

PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient support apparatus comprising:a patient support deck;
a base;
first and second hydraulic actuators operable to selectively lift or lower said patient support deck relative to said base; and
a hydraulic fluid control system for delivering fluid to said first and second hydraulic actuators, said hydraulic fluid control system including a hydraulic fluid control unit having a pump and a housing enclosing said pump, said hydraulic fluid control system further including first and second fluid conduits for delivering the hydraulic fluid to both of said first and second hydraulic actuators from said pump and a manually operable control mounted to said hydraulic control unit and coupled to said pump for controlling the flow of hydraulic fluid through said first and second fluid conduits to said first and second hydraulic actuators, wherein the flow of fluid through said fluid conduits to said hydraulic cylinders is controlled by said pump and without the use of control valves.

US Pat. No. 9,934,427

VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A monitoring system comprising:a camera adapted to capture images of at least a portion of a person support apparatus and output image data representative of the images;
a database containing fall prevention protocol data, the fall prevention protocol data defining a condition to be met by a caregiver prior to an occupant exiting the person support apparatus in order to reduce a fall risk of the occupant;
a user interface in communication with the database, the user interface adapted to allow the caregiver to enter a fall risk assessment of the occupant into the database, the fall risk assessment comprising a numeric scale generated from scores associated with a plurality of risk factors; and
a computer device in communication with the camera and the database, the computer device adapted to: (1) use the image data to generate a score for at least one of the fall risk factors, (2) compare the score generated by the computer device to a corresponding score entered by the caregiver as part of the fall risk assessment, (3) issue an alert if the score generated by the computer device differs from the score entered by the caregiver by more than a predetermined amount, and (4) analyze the image data to determine if the condition has been met only if the fall risk assessment meets a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,925,098

RECONFIGURABLE TRANSPORT APPARATUS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient transport apparatus system comprising:a base having a first set of wheels;
an articulatable litter deck for supporting a patient, said litter deck including a seat section and a back section, and said litter deck being removably mounted to said base and including a second set of wheels;
a lift mounting said litter deck to said base, said lift operable to raise and lower said litter deck relative to said base; and
when said litter deck is mounted to said base, said litter deck operable to lie in a generally horizontal first configuration wherein said litter deck and said base form a first wheeled transport apparatus in the form of a cot for supporting a person in a supine position, and when removed from said base, said litter deck forms a second wheeled transport apparatus for supporting the person and being movable independent of said base.

US Pat. No. 9,922,533

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING THE CLEANING OF A MEDICAL APPARATUS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A surface cleaning assistance system comprising:
a sensor mounted relative to a surface, the sensor configured to detect pressure applied to the surface, the sensor generating
sensor signals based on the detected pressure;

a user interface mounted relative to the surface and configured to generate an indication associated with the surface being
cleaned; and

a controller in communication with the sensor and the user interface, the controller having stored therein a cleaning target
value, the controller configured to receive the sensor signals from the sensor, to compare the sensor signals to the cleaning
target value, and to generate an output signal associated with the sensor signals, the indication changing in response to
the output signal and indicating when (1) a pressure applied to the surface is below the cleaning target value, (2) a pressure
applied to the surface is at the cleaning target value, or (3) a pressure applied to the surface is above the cleaning target
value, wherein the indication provides feedback at the surface to a person cleaning the surface;

wherein the surface comprises a surface of a medical apparatus; and
wherein said medical apparatus comprises a hospital bed, the user interface being provided at the hospital bed, the user interface
comprising a display at the hospital bed, the display generating an image representing the surface of the hospital bed, and
the image changing in response to the output signal wherein the image provides the feedback to a person cleaning the surface.

US Pat. No. 9,907,595

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VERTEBRAL OR OTHER BONE STRUCTURE HEIGHT RESTORATION AND STABILIZATION

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method for stabilizing a vertebral body of a patient, the method comprising:
directing an expandable member in a contracted state to a first target site within the vertebral body accessed through a first
pedicle of the vertebral body;

transitioning the expandable member from a contracted state to an expanded state within the vertebral body, thereby forming
a cavity;

delivering a curable material to a second target site within the bone structure accessed through a second pedicle of the vertebral
body while the expandable member remains in the expanded state within the vertebral body at the first target site;

transitioning the expandable member from the expanded state to the contracted state; and
removing the expandable member from the vertebral body.