Patents Examined by Christopher L Templeton
  • Patent number: 10376252
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of repairing a defect in an abdominal wall of a subject, including the steps of: making a small incision through a skin layer above the defect in the abdominal wall, introducing a surgical device including a deformable body through the incision to reach a preperitoneum underlying the abdominal wall around the defect, using the surgical device to identify a protruded region of the preperitoneum extending towards the abdominal wall around the defect, and flattening the protruded region of the preperitoneum and separating the protruded region of the preperitoneum from the abdominal wall with the deformable body in an expanded condition. The method results in low recurrence of abdominal wall defect, less pain, and a shorter hospital stay after surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Dian-Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 10368954
    Abstract: Surgical assemblies and related methods are disclosed that provide for decoupling of instrument shaft roll and end effector actuation. A surgical assembly includes a base, an instrument shaft rotationally mounted to the base, an end effector supported at a distal end of the instrument shaft and including an actuation mechanism driven by a rotational motion, a drive shaft rotationally coupled with the actuation mechanism and configured to provide the rotational motion to the actuation mechanism, and a differential rotationally coupled to the drive shaft and receiving a first input motion and a second input motion. The differential combines the first and second input motions to generate an output motion that rotates the drive shaft. The first input motion is rotationally coupleable to an actuation source. The second input motion is coupled to rotation of the instrument shaft relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel F. Brisson, William Burbank
  • Patent number: 10363020
    Abstract: A method for the use of a composite plug for arteriotomy closure which includes an elongate core member and one or more layers disposed at least in part about the elongate core member. The composite plug may include an outer member at least partially surrounding the elongate core member. The method of use of the composite plug results in a progression of radial swelling along the longitudinal axis of the composite plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Jason P. Hill, Susan M. Shoemaker, James G. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10357241
    Abstract: A bone anchor has a central bore allowing for uniquely attaching a suture thereto. The bore is shaped so that it is wider at the bottom of the anchor than at the top of the anchor. A peg fits within the bore. The suture is looped around the peg and the peg is inserted into the bore. Friction between the bore, peg and suture holds the suture in place. A suture for use with the bone anchor may be formed by fusing together the ends of a plurality of fibers to form a loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Kyon AG
    Inventor: Slobodan Tepic
  • Patent number: 10349979
    Abstract: A medical instrument and procedure for removing a food mass lodged in the esophagus of a patient. First, the food mass is magnetized. Thereafter, a medical instrument that includes a magnetic retriever is inserted into an endoscope, for example, into the esophagus. The magnetic retriever includes a magnet that applies a drawing force to the lodged magnetized food mass, causing the magnetized food mass to become dislodged. Once dislodged, the food mass is retrieved and removed from the esophagus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Alma F. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10342547
    Abstract: Inventive subject matter disclosed herein includes a device that includes a hollow tube having a tapered distal end, sized to fit within a blood vessel. The device also includes a tether positioned within the hollow tube and an actuator effective for moving the tether forward and backward with respect to the hollow tube. The device also includes a compliant mesh balloon having proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is attached to the hollow tube and the distal end is affixed to the tether wherein forward movement of the tether by movement of the actuator elongates the mesh balloon for travel through the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroVASx, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Ferry, DeLois Marlene Ferry
  • Patent number: 10342546
    Abstract: An occlusive device comprising a braided component which can be inserted into a blood vessel and a delivery system for delivering said occlusive device is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MicroVention, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Sepetka, Cathy Lei, Matthew Fitz
  • Patent number: 10327752
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for anchoring suture to bone. In one exemplary embodiment, a cannulated suture anchor is provided and it includes a suture-engaging member formed therein and configured to receive a suture therearound such that trailing ends of the suture can extend through the suture anchor. The suture anchor can also include at least a proximal portion having dual threads to facilitate engagement with bone. The present invention also provides exemplary sutures and drivers that can be used with the various methods and devices disclosed herein, or with other methods and devices known in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristian DiMatteo, Chris Kilburn-Peterson, Nathan S. Cauldwell, Jonathan Howe, Hugh S. West
  • Patent number: 10327757
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, at least one user input feature, an elongate shaft extending from the body along a longitudinal axis, and a needle applier coupled to the elongate shaft. The needle applier further includes a needle and a drive assembly coupled to the needle. The drive assembly is configured to rotate the needle along an orbital path about a rotation axis that is transverse to the longitudinal axis, in response to an actuation of the user input feature. The surgical instrument further includes a coupler operable to couple the surgical instrument to an endoscope for use in, among other surgical procedures, gastric reduction procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10327778
    Abstract: A stent for repairing post-anastomosis surgery leaks is described. The stent includes an elongated tube having a flared proximal end and a flared distal end, and an intermediate region disposed between those two ends. An inflatable balloon is disposed about the intermediate region. In addition, the elongated tube is coated with a coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Weiner
  • Patent number: 10327791
    Abstract: An occlusion bypassing apparatus for re-entering the true lumen of a vessel after subintimally bypassing an occlusion in a vessel. The apparatus includes an outer shaft component, a needle component, and an inflatable balloon. The outer shaft component has a side port proximal to a distal end thereof and a needle lumen there-through that includes a curved distal portion that terminates at the side port of the outer shaft component. The needle component is configured to be slidably disposed within the needle lumen of the outer shaft component. The inflatable balloon includes a body portion that is disposed distal to the side port of the outer shaft component, and the body portion of the balloon has a flattened profile in an inflated state with first and second chambers that laterally extend from opposing sides of the outer shaft component for stabilizing the apparatus within a subintimal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Massimo Morero, Giampiero Nicoli, Carlo Guala, Giovanni Scalvini, Marco Miliani, Michele Saputo, Claudia Vimercati, Jeffery Argentine, Ludwig Compagnoni, Davide Zanetti, Claudio Silvestro
  • Patent number: 10327894
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for delivery and deployment of a prosthetic mitral valve into a heart includes inserting an introducer sheath having a prosthetic mitral valve disposed therein in a collapsed configuration into the left atrium of a patient's heart, through a gap between the native mitral valve leaflets, the left ventricle and apex of the heart. An epicardial pad device coupled to the prosthetic valve via a tether is moved distally out of the sheath. The introducer sheath is withdrawn into the left atrium of the heart. An inner delivery sheath is extended distally from within the introducer sheath and disposed within the left atrium. The prosthetic mitral valve is moved distally out of the inner delivery sheath and assumes a biased expanded configuration. The valve is positioned within the mitral annulus of the heart, and secured in place via the tether and epicardial pad device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Vidlund, Igor Kovalsky
  • Patent number: 10321988
    Abstract: A mitral valve prosthesis is percutaneously and/or transapically deployed in at least two stages. In a first stage, a mitral annular ring platform adapted for percutaneous delivery is delivered to and anchored in the mitral valve annulus. In the second stage, a valved-stent mitral valve prosthetic device adapted for percutaneously delivery is delivered to the mitral valve annulus for mounting in the mitral annular ring platform. This approach provides a consistent platform for accepting valved-stent mitral valve prosthetic devices from different vendors to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Joseph H. Gorman, III, Robert C. Gorman, Matthew J. Gillespie
  • Patent number: 10314574
    Abstract: The field of the disclosure relates generally to sutures and, more specifically, to enhancing suture repair mechanics using adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventors: Stephen W. Linderman, Guy M. Genin, Stavros Thomopoulos
  • Patent number: 10307154
    Abstract: A suture construct includes, inter alia, a sheath and a flexible strand threaded through the sheath to configure the sheath in a circular or oblong shape. The suture construct may be utilized in various tissue reconstruction procedures. The suture construct can be connected to a second suture construct to form a surgical assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Michalik, Tyler Esposito, Colin Baker, Arley Perez, III
  • Patent number: 10299774
    Abstract: A dual functioning instrument set, comprising a needle and guide, has not only the capabilities to enter and insufflate the abdominal cavity but also the ability of a suture passer to carry and retrieve suture for closure of the incision sites at the end of the procedure. The needle contains a deployable snare that is used to pass and retrieve suture. The guide is used to repeatedly locate the needle relative to the inner abdominal wall allowing for consistent placement of sutures. For insufflation purposes, obturator tips having different distal structures are provided for shielding the sharp needle tip after insertion through a body wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SUTURE EASE, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Heneveld
  • Patent number: 10292887
    Abstract: A motorized joint positioner includes a first holder configured for a first portion of a patient's anatomy to rest thereon, and a second holder configured for a second portion of the patient's anatomy to rest thereon. The joint positioner further includes a first robotic arm coupled to the first holder, and a second robotic arm coupled to the second holder. At least one of the first and second robotic arms comprises at least two joints providing movement of the corresponding first or second holder in at least two degrees of freedom. At least one of the first and second robotic arms includes an actuator controllable to position the corresponding first or second holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventor: Hyosig Kang
  • Patent number: 10292697
    Abstract: An assembly includes a flexible fixation member, a suture, and a delivery device. The fixation member includes a body with two terminal ends. A suture passes through the flexible fixation member at various points along a length of the body such that portions of the fixation member are slidable relative to the suture and configurable to form a cluster within a surgical site. The delivery device includes a tubular member, an elongated inserter, and a trigger. The elongated inserter is slidably disposed within the tubular member. The inserter has a forked distal end configured to receive a portion of the fixation member and the suture. The trigger is finger-engagable and fixedly coupled to the proximal end of the inserter. It is configured to advance and retract the inserter relative to the tubular member. The trigger includes a retention member for retaining a proximal end portion of the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey I. Karasic, Brett A. McKenzie, Steven William Astorino, Richard M. Lunn, Matthew Edwin Koski, Tatsuya Arai, Mark Edwin Housman, Roland F. Gatturna
  • Patent number: 10285686
    Abstract: Methods and devices for repairing a cardiac valve. A minimally invasive procedure includes creating an access in the apex region of the heart through which one or more instruments may be inserted. The device can implant artificial heart valve chordae tendineae into cardiac valve leaflet tissues to restore proper leaflet function and prevent reperfusion. The device punctures the apex of the heart and travels through the ventricle. The tip of the device rests on the defective valve and punctures the valve leaflet. A suture or a suture/guide wire combination is inserted, securing the top of the leaflet to the apex of the heart. A resilient element or shock absorber mechanism adjacent to the outside of the apex of the heart minimizes the linear travel of the device in response to the beating of the heart or opening/closing of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Inventors: James Gammie, Rahul Patel, Mehrdad Ghoreishi
  • Patent number: 10285706
    Abstract: A surgical string applicator and method of use for anastomosis surgery are provided. The surgical string applicator includes an elongate shaft, a string applying assembly including a pair of opposing jaws connected to a distal end of the shaft, one or more jaws including one or more grooves along an inner surface of the jaw, each of the grooves configured to receive therein at least a portion of a surgical string, such as a zip-tie, and a string fastening mechanism adapted to engage and fasten the surgical string; and a handle portion connected to the proximal end of the shaft; the handle portion including control mechanisms adapted to open and close at least one of the jaws and to actuate the string fastening mechanism. Further provided is an intra-lumenal position guide to be used together with the surgical string applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Unique Surgical Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Francisco Sergio Pinheiro Regadas