Patents Examined by Alexander J Orkin
  • Patent number: 11065140
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems are described for expandable stent delivery apparatus to cover an access site. The method may include delivering a stent delivery system through an access site, where the stent delivery system comprises a positioning member with a first portion that is rotatable with respect to a second portion, and where the stent is releasably coupled with the first portion of the positioning member. In some cases, the method may further include withdrawing an outer constrainment member from the stent to deploy a proximal portion of the stent within the body lumen and rotating the proximal portion of the stent away from the access site by withdrawing the positioning member proximally and back through the access site. The method may further include covering the access site with the proximal portion of the stent upon fully deploying the proximal portion from the outer constrainment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: John O. McWeeney, Hillary K. Huszar, Mark A. Maguire, Shawn C. Daniel, Thomas Pham, Madeline A. Mannion, Olivia P. Metcalf
  • Patent number: 11058499
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system comprising a supporting column, a plurality of manipulator arms, a control device and a boom. The boom is connected at one end to the supporting column and at the other end includes a plurality of coupling devices for coupling the manipulator arms to the booms Depending on the position of the respective manipulator arm on the boom, some manipulator arms may be connected via first coupling devices with first coupling mechanisms to the boom, and other arms may be connected via second coupling devices to the boom. The first coupling mechanism comprises a first pivot joint. The second coupling mechanism comprises a second pivot joint, a third pivot joint and a linkage part connecting the pivot joints. The axes of rotation of the second and third pivot joints are spaced apart by the linkage part and lie parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: avateramedical GmbH
    Inventors: Leander Hille, Tobias Luksch, Ricardo A. Tauro, Christian Trommer
  • Patent number: 11033344
    Abstract: A method includes advancing an end effector of a surgical tool to a surgical site, the surgical tool being pivotably mounted to a robotic arm at a tool driver, engaging tissue at the surgical site with the end effector, calculating a force vector assumed on the end effector by engaging the tissue, optimizing the force vector to obtain an optimized force vector, and actuating the end effector after applying the optimized force vector on the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Mark D. Overmyer, Sol A. Posada, Joshua D. Young, Mark A. Davison, Christopher A. Denzinger
  • Patent number: 11033288
    Abstract: An endoscopic device includes a base, one or more end effectors, and an actuating assembly. The base includes a cylindrical shaft will a hollow interior. The end effectors are connected to the distal portion of the base such that the end effectors are movable between open and closed positions. The actuating assembly moves the end effectors between the open and closed position. The actuating assembly includes a driver that has at least one stopper feature extending radially from the driver shaft. The driver of the actuating assembly is at least partially disposed within the hollow interior of the base such that the stopper feature is movable in an opening of the base. The stopper feature engages a distal edge of the opening to prevent movement of the driver in a distal direction relative to the base and engages a proximal edge of the opening to prevent movement of the driver in a proximal direction relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: John P. Winstanley, Keith R. John, Paul Martino, Joseph Michelini
  • Patent number: 11026789
    Abstract: A delivery device for an implantable medical device having a retention member at an end thereof may include a shaft extending in a longitudinal direction and defining a longitudinal axis, an elongated sheath surrounding a longitudinal portion of the shaft, a compartment defined inside the sheath and adapted to receive the medical device in an assembled condition, a retainer positioned at one end of the compartment, and an energy storage element positioned on the longitudinal portion of the shaft and configured to be radially compressed by the medical device when the elongated sheath covers the compartment containing the medical device. The sheath may be slidable relative to the shaft in the longitudinal direction. The retainer may include a recess adapted to receive the retention member of the medical device in the assembled condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Valerie J. Glazier, Ralph Joseph Thomas, Khoi A. Le
  • Patent number: 11026668
    Abstract: A method for fetoscopic surgery using a collapsible medical device for occluding an opening includes a tubular woven metal fabric composed of braided metal strands, said woven metal fabric having an expanded preset configuration comprising an hourglass-shaped element and a waist element at a midpoint, wherein each end of the hourglass-shaped element has a diameter of about 5 mm, wherein the waist element has a diameter that is less than a diameter of each end of the hourglass-shaped element, said woven metal fabric further includes a bulbous element coupled to one end of the hourglass-shaped element via a shaft, wherein the woven metal fabric is deformable to a lesser cross-sectional dimension for delivery through a channel in a patient's body to said opening, and the woven metal fabric having a memory property whereby the medical device returns to said expanded preset configuration when unconstrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Ruben Quintero
  • Patent number: 11000880
    Abstract: A device for transmitting mechanical waves, including a mechanical waveguide having an elongated shape and extending between a proximal end and a distal end for propagating the mechanical waves coupled at the proximal end up to the distal end, and a radiopaque marker secured to the mechanical waveguide adjacent to the distal end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Les Solutions Medicales Soundbite Inc.
    Inventors: Louis-Philippe Riel, Steven Dion, Martin Brouillette, Wayne Cornish, Manuel Charlebois-Menard
  • Patent number: 11000306
    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: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Peter L. Bono
  • Patent number: 11000280
    Abstract: Novel recessed surgical fastening devices are disclosed. The fastening devices have a compressible member and a fastening element disposed at least partially within the compressible member. The fastening element has at least one tissue engagement member that is extensible through the compressible member to engage tissue when a force is applied to the fastening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Tannhauser, Emil Richard Skula
  • Patent number: 10987149
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for the treatment of tissue are disclosed. A system includes an elongate tube with a distal portion. A treatment element is positioned on the elongate tube distal portion, the treatment element constructed and arranged to treat target tissue. In one embodiment, gastrointestinal tissue is modified for the treatment of diabetes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Fractyl Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Harith Rajagopalan, Jay Caplan, J. Christopher Flaherty, Philip S. Levin
  • Patent number: 10987130
    Abstract: The present invention relates to surgical access devices (or surgical access ports) and related methods. More particularly, the present invention relates to such devices that are advantageously adapted for use in single-incision laparoscopic surgical (“SILS”) procedures The present invention also relates to kits and methods involving such surgical access devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Conmed Corporation
    Inventors: Dominick Mastri, Kurt Azarbarzin
  • Patent number: 10960193
    Abstract: A tattoo needle has a paddle secured at a point adjacent the distal end of the needle and a swivel secured to the proximal end of the needle. A stationary eyelet is secured to end of the swivel opposite the needle. A sleeve slides over the barrel, which rotates. The barrel retains the paddle of the needle, thus restricting rotating motion of the needle when the barrel is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Mark A. Reeves
  • Patent number: 10952850
    Abstract: A tool (410) for use with an implant (20) includes a housing (426) and a controller (440). The housing includes a tubular wall (428) that circumscribes a longitudinal axis; is dimensioned to house at least part of the implant; and defines a track (430) that follows a generally-helical path around the longitudinal axis. The controller includes a rod (442) that extends from a proximal part of the tool to the housing; and an actuator (444). The actuator is fixedly coupled to the rod, includes an engaging element (446) that engages the track, and is rotatable with respect to the housing. The controller and the housing mechanically cooperate such that rotation of the actuator with respect to the housing slides the housing longitudinally with respect to the actuator. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CARDIOVALVE LTD.
    Inventors: Ilia Hariton, Boaz Harari, Michael Albitov, Paul Kaye
  • Patent number: 10952834
    Abstract: A device and method for mitigating the frequency of lost testicles during castration by stopping the testicles from ascending into the body. The device includes a compressing pair of elongated members attached to a handle. The method includes applying the device to the spermatic cord above the testicles immediately before castration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Scott A. Matzenbacher
  • Patent number: 10952770
    Abstract: An implantation tool (2) for implanting a totally implantable device (1) in the body of a human or animal, comprising an axially hollow needle (13) connected to a supply conduit (16) for a fluid injectable from said needle (13) for the creation of a tissue swelling (4), into which said device (1) is introducible, a longitudinal containment body (6) having inside it an axial cavity along which the needle (13) is slidingly guided, and a pulling element (11) disengageably engaged to said containment body (6) for drawing and releasing said device (1) in said tissue swelling (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MedAutonomic S.r.L.
    Inventors: Valerio Cigaina, Paolo Fabris, Simone Cigaina
  • Patent number: 10945718
    Abstract: A catheter device for repair of the heart by implanting an artificial chord is disclosed. The device comprises a leaflet anchor 10 for placement in a leaflet 12 of a heart valve, wherein the leaflet anchor 10 is arranged to be coupled to the artificial chord 14; and a mechanical gripper device 6 for grasping the leaflet 12 of the heart valve, wherein the gripper device 6 comprises a leaflet anchor channel for housing the leaflet anchor 10 in a folded configuration; the gripper device 6 and leaflet anchor 10 being arranged such that when, in use, the gripper device 6 grasps the leaflet 12, the leaflet anchor 10 can be pushed out of the leaflet anchor channel to pierce the leaflet 12 and form the leaflet anchor 10 into an unfolded configuration so that hooked formations of the leaflet anchor 10 can, in use, secure the leaflet anchor 10 in the leaflet 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CARDIOMECH AS
    Inventors: Nikolai Hiorth, Jacob Bergsland
  • Patent number: 10940292
    Abstract: A device for penetrating tissue with reduced force and placing a guidewire is provided. The device includes a driving actuator generating reciprocating motion at less than 20 kHz. A penetrating member having a lumen dimensioned to accommodate a guidewire is provided, and may be coaxial or axially offset from the driving actuator. A coupler mechanically connects the driving actuator and the penetrating member, transferring the reciprocating motion to the penetrating member. At least one frictional member facilitates the movement of the guidewire through the lumen for placement at the target tissue. The frictional member(s) may be operated manually or by a guidewire actuator. A housing including a channel also dimensioned to accommodate the guidewire may also be provided, and may further include the frictional member(s) for facilitating movement of the guidewire. A side port may also be included at the penetrating member or coupler for introduction of the guidewire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Actuated Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger B Bagwell, Ryan S Clement, Maureen L Mulvihill, Casey A Scruggs, Kevin A Snook
  • Patent number: 10933057
    Abstract: Synergistic compositions and medical devices for use in treatment during gynecological procedures are provided. A gynecological device for treatment of cervical blockages without general anesthesia thereby suitable for out-patient service, saving time and money to the patients is provided. Synergistic compositions that enable the practioners to perform gynecological procedures without pain or bleeding to the patients are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Pathyil Damoderam Krishna Kumar
  • Patent number: 10932765
    Abstract: Methods and devices of tissue attachment with one or more tissue layers being attached using an adhesive to bone or other tissue layers including moving skin and surrounding tissues of the face or any other body part in relationship to the bone or cartilage structures below thus effecting a “skin tightening” or lifting procedure. Methods and devices for minimally invasively locating a precise tissue layer, repositioning the tissue layer in relation to the surrounding tissue layers, creating a specific potential space, delivering an adhesive material within the tissue and depositing an amount of adhesive/sealant material to allow for tissue adhesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CUFIX, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Zelickson, Mark Rydell, Al Zelickson
  • Patent number: 10918373
    Abstract: The present teachings provide devices and methods of locating a mitral valve commissure, and implanting tissue anchors at or near the mitral valve commissure. Specifically, one aspect of the present teachings provides devices and methods for locating a mitral valve commissure percutaneously and allowing a guide wire to be placed across a mitral annulus at the mitral valve commissure. Another aspect of the present teachings provides methods for deploying a tissue anchor across a mitral annulus at a mitral valve commissure, including near the P1 or P3 regions of the posterior mitral annulus. Another aspect of the present teachings further provides methods of plicating a mitral annulus between two or more tissue anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: John Alexander, Megan Holmes, Richard D. Hudson, Christopher Lee, Steven D. Cahalane