Alphatec has been granted a patent for a tissue retractor device that eliminates the need for bulky secondary blade mechanisms during surgery. The device includes an actuating mechanism with automatic toe-out of blades and depth adjustment features. This innovation allows for precise and efficient surgical procedures. GlobalData’s report on Alphatec gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Alphatec, Prosthetic cardiac valves was a key innovation area identified from patents. Alphatec's grant share as of January 2024 was 60%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Tissue retractor device with automatic toe-out and depth adjustment

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Alphatec Holdings Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11826030B2) discloses a novel tissue retractor design that includes a frame supporting two blades to create a surgical corridor. The retractor features a pivoting mechanism to adjust the angle of the first blade independently of an adjustment mechanism that allows for vertical movement of the blade. This unique configuration enables the depth of the first blade to be adjusted without altering its angle, providing flexibility in surgical procedures. The adjustment mechanism is constrained to a longitudinal axis, allowing for precise control over the positioning of the blade within the frame.

Furthermore, the patent describes additional features such as a curved arm on the first blade to hold the adjustment mechanism, threaded connections for secure attachment, and the incorporation of ratcheting for user feedback during adjustments. The design also includes a spring-loaded lock for stability during depth adjustments and a harness to prevent dislodgment of the adjustment mechanism. With a maximum longitudinal displacement of up to 10 millimeters, this tissue retractor offers a versatile and user-friendly solution for creating and adjusting surgical corridors. The independent operation of the adjustment mechanism and the pivoting mechanism adds to the retractor's functionality, enhancing its utility in various surgical settings.

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