Patents Examined by Christina Lauer
  • Patent number: 10220122
    Abstract: A dermatological skin treatment device is provided. The device comprises a handpiece and a cutting tool, wherein the tool is inserted through the conduit and percutaneously inserted into a tissue disposed within a recessed area of the handpiece. The device and method cut the fibrous structures under the skin that cause cellulite at an angle substantially parallel to the surface of the skin and replace these structures with a non-cellulite forming structure by deploying a highly fibrous mesh through a single needle hole to create a highly fibrous layer directly or through wound healing processes. A tool is provided to aspirate excess fluid and tissue from the treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ULTHERA, INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Clark, III, James E. Chomas, Adnan I. Merchant, Ben F. Brian, III
  • Patent number: 10213064
    Abstract: A skin cleanser includes a surface, such as a silicone surface, with at least one textured portion for transmitting vibrational tapping to the skin. The skin cleanser includes at least one oscillating motor for generating the tapping motion to the skin. The textured portion includes touch-points or a wave that transmit the tapping motion to skin in contact with the textured portions. The touch-points may include thicker and thinner formations of the touch-points to provide firmer or softer vibrations to the skin. The touch-points are within about 0.5 to 2.5 mm in diameter. One configuration includes multiple oscillating motors configured to provide different vibration frequencies at around 50-300 Hertz and operable simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Filip Sedic
  • Patent number: 10213305
    Abstract: The invention is a method for reducing regurgitation through a mitral valve. The device and method is directed to an anchor portion for engagement with the heart wall and an expandable valve portion configured for deployment between the mitral valve leaflets. The valve portion is expandable for preventing regurgitation through the mitral valve while allowing blood to circulate through the heart. The expandable valve portion may include apertures for reducing the stagnation of blood. In a preferred configuration, the device is preferably configured to be delivered in two-stages wherein an anchor portion is first delivered and the valve structure is then coupled to the anchor portion. In yet another embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming an anchor portion wherein a disposable jig is used to mold the anchor portion into a three-dimensional shape for conforming to a heart chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Jan Otto Solem, David Alon
  • Patent number: 10206670
    Abstract: A method of ankle syndesmosis repair according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, drilling a hole through a fibula and a tibia of an ankle joint, pulling a first button device through the hole using a pull-through suture until the first button device exits on a medial side of the tibia, flipping the first button device so it rests against a medial cortex of the tibia, and positioning a second button device at a lateral side of the fibula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Thornes
  • Patent number: 10201294
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a housing, a testing member rotatably mounted in the housing, a lancet protruding from an edge of the testing member and having a piercing end, and a cover configured to cover at least the piercing end of the lancet and to be displaced from the piercing end of the lancet during actuation of the testing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Richter, Ross MacArthur, Elizabeth Verity Wolseley-Hext, Joseph David Cowen, Lee Thomas Smith, David John Mills, Christopher James Smith
  • Patent number: 10182835
    Abstract: A stone extraction fragmentation device of the present invention include: a stone extraction operation section having a first main body and a gripping section; and a fragmentation operation section having a second main body, a moving body which is capable of being connected with the first main body, and a rotating knob which is configured to move the moving body with respect to the second main body, wherein the moving body is configured to move the first main body in a direction away from the second main body by rotation of the rotating knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Tsutomu Okada
  • Patent number: 10178995
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an occlusion device and methods of delivering the occlusion device. The occlusion device can include an expandable structure configured to move between an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The expandable structure can be configured to have an expansion ratio of at least about 5:1. Further, the occlusion device can be configured to prevent substantially all fluid from flowing past the occlusion device when the occlusion device is in the expanded configuration in the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NeuVT Limited
    Inventors: Andrew H. Cragg, John Logan, Brett E. Naglreiter, Scott R. Arp, Alejandro Espinosa, Nicholas A. Green, Victor M. Gamez
  • Patent number: 10172616
    Abstract: A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapling instrument is disclosed. The staple cartridge assembly comprises a plurality of staples and a cartridge body. The cartridge body comprises an elongate slot extending along a first longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end of the cartridge body. The cartridge body further comprises a plurality of first staple cavities arranged in a first row. Each first staple cavity defines a first axis and comprises a first proximal end portion and a first distal end portion. The cartridge body further comprises a plurality of second staple cavities arranged in a second row. Each second staple cavity defines a second axis and comprises a second proximal end portion and a second distal end portion. Each first axis and each second axis are transverse to the first longitudinal axis. Each first axis is transverse to each second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Murray, Jerome R. Morgan, Christopher J. Hess, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Andrew M. Zwolinski
  • Patent number: 10149670
    Abstract: Apparatus for sealing a puncture communicating with a blood vessel includes a porous carrier formed from lyophilized hydrogel or other material. The plug may include at least first and second hydrogel precursors and a pH adjusting agent carried by the porous carrier in an unreactive state prior to exposure to an aqueous physiological environment. Once exposed to bodily fluids, the carrier expands as the lyophilized material hydrates to enhance and facilitate rapid hemostasis of the puncture. When the plug is placed into the puncture, the natural wetting of the plug by bodily fluids (e.g., blood) causes the first and second precursors to react and cross-link into an adhesive or “sticky” hydrogel that aids in retaining the plug in place within the puncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ACCESS CLOSURE, INC.
    Inventors: Farhad Khosravi, Suresh S Pai, Celso J Bagaoisan
  • Patent number: 10137034
    Abstract: A vitrectomy surgical system is disclosed herein. The surgical system includes a vitrectomy probe having a cutting portion comprising an inner cutting tube, an outer cutting tube, and an outer port. The inner cutting tube is movable relative to the outer cutting tube to cut vitreous humor during a vitrectomy procedure. The surgical system further includes a motor configured to move the inner cutting tube relative to the outer cutting tube and one or more pressure sensors coupled to the vitrectomy probe to measure a pressure proximate to a distal portion of the vitrectomy probe and provide pressure feedback. Related systems and methods are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventor: Tammo Heeren
  • Patent number: 10117735
    Abstract: An intravascular filter (10) has a main filter portion (12) and an anchor portion (14). The main filter portion is made up of a number of struts (16), which form a first and a second biodegradable filter sections (26,28). The first and the second biodegradable filter sections biodegrade at different rates. The anchor portion secures the filter within a blood vessel and also has a collar (32). The first and the second biodegradable portions may have a different thickness and may be comprised of different materials. The collar may be formed from a resiliently deformable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: John P. Pigott
  • Patent number: 10105143
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a medical device for deploying a ligation band may include a tubular body. The tubular body may include a proximal end, a distal end, a radially inner surface defining a lumen through the tubular body, and a radially outer surface. The radially outer surface may include protrusions arranged in rows extending at least partially around a proximal region of the radially outer surface. Protrusions in adjacent rows may be separated by a first distance. Surface features may extend at least partially around a distal region of the radially outer surface. Adjacent surface features may be separated by a second distance larger than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Andrew Schaubhut, Oscar R. Carrillo, Jr., John B. Golden, Brad M. Isaacson, Michael D. Amos, Norman C. May, Dengzhu Yan, James Weldon, Daniel Congdon
  • Patent number: 10085812
    Abstract: Surgical instruments are disclosed in which an elongated shaft is used in conjunction with a separate, remotely actuable tool head for performing a procedure on a target tissue. The shaft has a tool engagement member carried at its distal end that is remotely actuable through the shaft to engage and release the tool head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Privitera, Matthew J. Winkler
  • Patent number: 10085753
    Abstract: A method for delivering a closure element to an opening formed in a wall of a body lumen. The method includes inserting a distal end region of an apparatus into the opening in the wall of the body lumen, moving a third grasping portion toward the first grasping portion to limit movement of the distal end of the apparatus relative to the opening in the wall of the body lumen, and moving a second grasping portion toward the first grasping portion to advance the closure element distally. The second grasping portion and third grasping portion are movable toward the first grasping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Erik K. Walberg, Timothy C. Reynolds, Brian A. Ellingwood, Kai Yenkai Jair, Anthony J. Pantages
  • Patent number: 10080580
    Abstract: A curette for pituitary adenoma surgery may include a curette having a tubular blade portion. A first cutting edge is formed at a first end of the blade portion, and a protective shell is formed at an outer periphery of the first cutting edge. A first annular ring formed at a first end of the protective shell is located at the same side of the first cutting edge, and a rod portion extended from a surface of the protective shell is configured to provide a handhold for a user. The first annular ring of the protective shell can prevent the first cutting edge of the blade portion from accidentally cutting the meninges or blood vessels during pituitary adenoma surgery. Thus, the curette can improve the efficiency of the surgery and lower surgery time, anesthetic dosage and risk of the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: Ying Changs Industry Corp.
    Inventors: Hsing-Fu Wu, Tsair-Rong Chen, Yu-Lin Juan
  • Patent number: 10076399
    Abstract: A medical device, configured to perform an endovascular therapy, e.g., thrombectomy, can comprise an elongate manipulation member and an intervention member. The intervention member can comprise a proximal end portion and a mesh. The proximal end portion can be coupled with the distal end portion of the elongate manipulation member. The mesh can have a plurality of cells and, be compressible to a collapsed configuration for delivery to an endovascular treatment site through a catheter, and be self-expandable from the collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration. At least a portion of the mesh, from a first location to a second location along the mesh, can be configured such that an amount of cell deformation in response to longitudinally directed tensile forces decreases by less than 5% or increases in a distal direction along the portion of the mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: James A. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10076435
    Abstract: A deployment system for a self expanding stent includes a catheter assembly with a tip attached to a distal end segment of an elongate tube. The tip includes a proximal portion molecularly joined to a distal portion, which has a lower durometer hardness than the proximal portion. The proximal portion includes an anchor surface in contact with the distal portion, and oriented perpendicular to a central axis of the elongate tube. The elongate tube may be formed from a thermosetting polyimide, and the overmolded tip may be made from two different colored and different hardnesses of polyether block amide material. The tip is overmolded onto an untreated external surface of the elongate tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Conor Dillon, William Riordan
  • Patent number: 10076355
    Abstract: A circumcision tool for securely holding and cutting the prepuce of a penis includes a forceps body and a prepuce clamp. The forceps body includes a first arm and a second arm that are pivotally connected to each other to form a dual-lever body. A first handle is terminally connected to the first arm, while a second handle is terminally connected to the second arm, allowing for manipulation of the first arm and the second arm. The prepuce clamp includes a first hinged clamp and a second hinged clamp; the first hinged clamp being connected to the first arm opposite the first handle and the second hinged clamp being connected to the second arm opposite the second handle. The first hinged clamp and the second hinged clamp are ring shaped members that can be laterally separated to fit around the penis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Mohammed Muddassir Mohiuddin, Mohammed Taiyab Mohiuddin
  • Patent number: 10065026
    Abstract: A medical balloon has a strengthening sleeve formed of circumferential fibres and longitudinal fibres. The circumferential fibres have a greater thickness than the longitudinal fibres and preferably have a greater cross-sectional area or volume. In one embodiment, the circumferential fibres are twice as thick as the longitudinal fibres. The use of thinner longitudinal fibres reduces the thickness of the strengthening sleeve and as a result enables a thinner balloon wall, whilst still retaining the circumferential strength of the balloon. Reduced balloon wall thickness improves the foldability and wrappability of the balloon for deployment purposes, and therefore provides a balloon with a smaller diameter for deployment purposes, with improved trackability through a patient's vasculature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Lysgaard, Steen Aggerholm
  • Patent number: 10058347
    Abstract: A handle unit for a surgical device that operates an end effector to give various kinds of treatments, includes: a handle main body having a fixed member; a support section that is supported by the same hand of the user and is movable along a turning plane defined by moving closer to or away from the fixed member; a first coupling section that is coupled with the handle main body by moving the support section along the turning plane; a second coupling section that has an extended axis defined by the first coupling section and the support section and is configured to turn the support section in a periaxial direction orthogonal to the extended axis; and a third coupling section that is configured to turn the support section in the periaxial direction of the extended axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Yuji Hirai, Eiji Murakami