Patents Examined by Alexander J Orkin
  • Patent number: 11986388
    Abstract: Embodiments hereof relate methods of delivering a valve prosthesis to an annulus of a native valve of a heart. A valve delivery system is introduced into a ventricle of the heart via a ventricular wall of the heart. The valve delivery system has a displacement component at the distal portion thereof. The valve prosthesis is in a delivery configuration and the displacement component is in a delivery state in which the displacement component has a first outer diameter. While the valve prosthesis is in the delivery configuration, the displacement component of the valve delivery system is radially expanded into an expanded state in which the displacement component has a second outer diameter greater than the first outer diameter. The valve delivery system is advanced towards the annulus of the native valve of the heart with the displacement component in the expanded state to displace chordae tendineae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Brendan Vaughan
  • Patent number: 11980541
    Abstract: Cartridges configured to hold anchors and associated locking sutures and a common suture used in an array of anchors. A suture anchor array is connected in series by a single working suture and each of the suture anchors allows tensioning of the working suture between itself and the prior anchor implanted in the serial string. Further, each anchor includes a suture lock having a free tail that can be pulled to lock the working suture in place subsequent to tensioning. This creates an independently tensioned suture bridge between each implanted suture anchor and the just previously implanted anchor. The cartridges are configured to securely hold an individual anchor and store the tail of the suture lock, while allowing flossing of anchors along the common suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Zak Zenz-Olson, Nathaniel Van Tran, Thomas A. Westling, Marc Labbé, Howard W. Harris, David M. Crompton
  • Patent number: 11980379
    Abstract: A clot removal device for removing clot from a body vessel comprising an expandable structure and an elongate member. The elongate member can have a proximal end and a distal end, the elongate member being connected to the expandable structure at its distal end. The expandable structure can have a constrained delivery configuration, an expanded clot engaging deployed configuration, and an at least partially constrained clot pinching configuration. At least a portion of the expandable structure can be configured to engage clot in the expanded deployed configuration and to pinch clot on movement from the deployed configuration to the clot pinching configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Brendan Casey, David Vale, Maeve Holian, David Hardiman, Grainne O'Connor
  • Patent number: 11964111
    Abstract: Embolization particles can be safely delivered to the left gastric artery of a patient by introducing the distal end of a catheter in the patient's left gastric artery, inflating a balloon located near the distal end of the catheter so that the balloon prevents blood from flowing through the left gastric artery, and injecting a mixture of particles and contrast agent into the proximal end of the catheter so that they flow through the catheter. In addition, a path is provided for blood to flow into the catheter through an opening in the sidewall of the catheter at a position that is proximal to the balloon, and out through the distal end of the catheter. This blood flow helps to carry the particles along to their destination in the distal portion of the left gastric artery. The particles are also prevented from flowing into portions of the patient's artery system that are proximal of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Endobar Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Nickolas Kipshidze, Ronald Jay Solar
  • Patent number: 11957355
    Abstract: Vascular access devices, systems, and methods of their use are provided. In one embodiment, a vascular access device includes a catheter, a balloon, and an inflation lumen. The catheter includes an elongate flexible shaft having a proximal end and a distal end with a primary lumen therethrough. The balloon is disposed about the distal end of the catheter. The inflation lumen is in fluid communication with the balloon and extends toward the proximal end of the shaft of the catheter. The balloon is inflatable into a shape having a first open end, a second open end, a sidewall between the first and second open ends, and a passageway therethrough, which, when the balloon is deployed and inflated within a vessel, permits blood flowing in the vessel to flow through the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Access Flow Systems, LLC
    Inventor: L. Van Thomas Crisco
  • Patent number: 11944288
    Abstract: A tissue anchor system includes a fixation device and a tool. The fixation device includes a tab connected to a tissue anchor. The tool includes a shaft connected between a proximal handle portion and a distal tip. The distal tip is configured to limit movement of the fixation device during loading of the tissue anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: John J. Allen, John Clegg, William Hartsig, Peter Meinz, Mark A. Moschel, Sarah J. Schuchardt
  • Patent number: 11931253
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for attaching an operator-manipulatable tether(s) to the stent for: loading and/or collapsing the expandable stent into a delivery catheter or sheath, translating the collapsed stent along the delivery catheter or sheath, delivering the expandable stent into the subject heart chamber, repositioning the expandable stent as necessary within the subject heart chamber, recapturing or resheathing the expandable stent within the delivery catheter or sheath if needed, and deploying the expandable stent to, and within, the subject heart chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: 4C Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason S. Diedering, Thomas Benson
  • Patent number: 11931263
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are provided for performing endovascular repair of atrioventricular and other cardiac valves in the heart. A delivery device for staged deployment of an implantable device to a target area. The delivery device includes a deployment handle and one or more lock lines extending from the deployment handle through the catheter to the implantable device, the one or more lock lines being configured to engage with the implantable device to allow locking of the implantable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: EVALVE, INC.
    Inventors: Travis R. Marsot, Patricia H. Ho, Justen D. England, Randall S. Koplin, Douglas S. Rodenkirch
  • Patent number: 11918202
    Abstract: A suture device for use in combination with a delivery system including a lumen extending through the delivery system includes a needle usable to carry a suture, a distal shuttle configured to releasably secure the needle, a sleeve disposable over the distal shuttle, the distal shuttle movable relative to the sleeve between a locked position in which the needle is locked to the distal shuttle and an unlocked position in which the needle is releasable from the distal shuttle. A shaft is operably coupled to the sleeve and a control wire is operably coupled to the distal shuttle. A needle may include a needle cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Christopher R. Deuel, Shaun D. Comee, Stan Gilbert
  • Patent number: 11911024
    Abstract: A slip knot suture construct system and method for securing multiple limbs of suture. The system includes a suture construct having a length of suture including a standing limb with a standing terminal end and a closing limb with a closing terminal end. The suture construct has three loops: a primary loop formed in the closing limb, the primary loop and closing limb extending to the standing limb, a secondary loop formed in the standing limb, and a locking loop formed in the length of suture between the primary loop and the secondary loop. A limb of suture extends through the primary loop. The limb of suture is secured in the suture construct by pulling the closing terminal end proximally, which pulls the primary loop holding the limb of suture through the locking loop and at least partially into the secondary loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Conmed Corporation
    Inventor: Ryo Isshiki
  • Patent number: 11903813
    Abstract: An intraosseous screw for deposit into a bone structure and retaining a soft tissue therein. The intraosseous screw includes a body and a retention member. The body defines an axial cavity in which soft tissue can be deposited and a window that permits the soft tissue to contact the bone structure in which the intraosseous screw is deposited. The retention member is positioned within the axial cavity and at least partially defines an opening through which a suture connected to soft tissue can pass to facilitate anchoring of the soft tissue within the axial cavity. The intraosseous screw can be combined with a passing suture, driver, and/or peg to provide a system for associating soft tissue with a bone structure. The intraosseous screw can be utilized in a method in which soft tissue is deposited into a bone structure after the interosseous screw is fully deposited in the bone structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Kevin L. Harreld
  • Patent number: 11896215
    Abstract: An Achilles tendon repair device comprises a handle for physician gripping and base having a first set of tendon rods disposed in an arcuate or U-shaped pattern about the base to engage the posterior surface of the tendon and impart a contour, or drape, the tendon in the posterior-anterior plane to increase the surface area for suturing. A second set of suture guide rods extend from the sides of the base and are spaced apart to allow insertion of suture needles along the entire length of the suture guide rods, and at any angle. A suture needle housing guide can be slidingly attached to the suture guide rods and includes sidewalls with predefined suture holes/angles. An adjustable clamping arm can engage the tendon's posterior surface such that the device grasps the tendon on both the anterior and posterior tendon surfaces simultaneously, while increasing posterior-anterior plane surface area to facilitate suturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Jonathan T. Deland
  • Patent number: 11883292
    Abstract: Delivery systems, methods and associated devices to facilitate delivery and deployment of a heart implant. Such delivery systems and methods of delivery include use of a pair of magnetic catheters, including an anchor delivery catheter carrying an anchor, which can be stacked with or can be axially offset from the magnetic head. Such systems further include use of a puncturing guidewire advanceable through the magnetic head of the anchor delivery catheter to establish access to a chamber of a heart and which is attached to a bridging element such that continued advancement of the guidewire draws a bridging element attached to the first anchor across the chamber of the heart while the bridging element remains covered by the magnetically coupled catheters. Methods and devices herein also allow for cutting and removal of a bridge element of a deployed heart implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: MVRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Machold, David R Tholfsen
  • Patent number: 11883264
    Abstract: A system or device for skin closure comprises an elastic flat flexible tape elongated along a longitudinal axis and having a lower side and an opposing upper side, said tape having a pressure sensitive adhesive on at least a portion of the lower side, said tape having a plurality of openings arranged side-by-side with spaces between said openings oriented across the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Quintero, Kevin S. Weadock, Leo B. Kriksunov, Robert J. Tannhauser
  • Patent number: 11883014
    Abstract: A medical device including a removable frame and biomaterial cover, methods of assembling and using the same, and a delivery system including the same are described herein. The medical device includes a frame having proximal and distal ends, the frame including a proximal disc at the proximal end, a distal disc at the distal end, and a connecting segment having a proximal end and a distal end connecting the proximal and distal discs. Each of the proximal and distal discs includes a respective plurality of prongs and has a maximum cross-sectional dimension larger than the connecting segment. The medical device further includes at least one biomaterial cover including an outer section and an inner section defining a cavity therebetween, wherein at least one of the proximal and distal discs of the frame is positioned in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Alex Bloomquist
  • Patent number: 11877738
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for securing tissue to bone. A surgical system can include a driver device, an elongate shaft receivable within the driver device and having a dilator feature at its distal end, and a capture suture extending through the shaft such that the capture suture's terminal end portions extend to a more proximal position on the driver and the capture suture forms a loop that extends through an opening formed through a side of the shaft. The loop is configured to receive at least one retention suture therethrough and can be tightened by pulling the capture suture's terminal ends, thereby coupling the retention suture with the suture anchor. Once the shaft is inserted into bone and the loop with the retention suture is closed, the suture anchor is driven distally towards the dilator features and into the bone to secure the retaining suture in the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Adam Gustafson, Stefan Gabriel, Benjamin Cleveland, Gerome Miller, Mehmet Z. Sengun, Mollie Rosen, Justin Piccirillo
  • Patent number: 11849953
    Abstract: A hemostatic device is provided with: a first tubular member; a positioning member having a first engagement section and engageable with an opening of a blood vessel; a hemostatic agent arranged further to a proximal end side than the first engagement section of the first positioning member; a push-out member making it possible to push the hemostatic agent out from a distal end section of the first tubular member when the push-out member is moved; a first operation unit for executing a first distal end operation for causing the first tubular member and the push-out member to move in a relative manner to a distal end side, and a second distal end operation for causing the push-out member to move in a relative manner to the distal end side; and a switching mechanism for restricting the second distal end operation until the first distal end operation is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: GOODMAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taku Okamura, Satoki Hino
  • Patent number: 11844625
    Abstract: A wound or incision closure apparatus comprises a first and second panel. Each of the panels comprises a bottom adhesive layer, a medial substrate layer, and an upper load distribution layer which connect the two panels. A sensory or therapeutic element is disposed adjacent, within, or between two or more of the layers. The sensory or therapeutic element can provide sensing and/or therapy for the incision and/or monitor the incision so that the therapy can be customized and updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Zipline Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Belson, Edward C. Driscoll, Jr., Eric Storne, Alan Schaer
  • Patent number: 11844543
    Abstract: A surgical tool that has a pair of transmissions coupled to one another to effect driving of a cutting tool in both an oscillating manner and a reciprocating manner. The transmissions are driven by a motor coupled to one of the transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Bono, James D. Lark, John S. Scales
  • Patent number: 11844509
    Abstract: A fixation device. At least one example embodiment is a bone anchor comprising: a proximal head; a bollard coupled to the proximal head; a first barb coupled to the bollard, the first barb extends outward a first distance measured perpendicularly from an anchor central axis, the first distance greater than half the transverse dimension of the bollard, and the first barb extends outward at a first radial from the anchor central axis; and a second barb coupled to the first barb, the second barb extends outward a second distance measured perpendicularly from the anchor central axis, the second distance greater than half the transverse dimension of the bollard, and the second barb extends outward at a second radial from the anchor central axis, the second radial at a second rotational orientation at least 36 angular degrees from the first radial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: West Gen Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Donald A. Williams, George J. Sikora