Patents Examined by Christopher L Templeton
  • Patent number: 10786233
    Abstract: A suture anchor according to embodiments of the invention includes a body (102) having a proximal (121) and distal (125) ends and at least two suture paths open towards the proximal end and not open (e.g. looped around) towards the distal end and which are respectively capable of receiving a suture, and a proximal cavity (103) opening into a transverse cavity (104). The anchor may also include a transverse wall (105) arranged at least partially in the transverse cavity (104), and for each suture path, a distinct eyelet (112) for the passage of a suture through the transverse wall (105), so that a suture thread (162) in place in the anchor (100) forms a U with a first strand (162a) along the longitudinal axis (X-X), a second strand (162c) substantially parallel thereto, and an arc (162b) formed in the eyelet (112) and connecting the first and second strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Tornier, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan D. Koepke
  • Patent number: 10786263
    Abstract: A hub assembly for use with an endoscopic assembly of a reposable surgical clip applier includes an outer housing defining a channel therethrough, a driver gear slidably disposed within the channel, a transmission gear slidably and rotatably supported within the channel, and a display gear slidably and rotatably supported within the channel. Each of the driver gear, transmission gear, and display gear is configured for reciprocal movement within the channel. Distal advancement of the driver gear causes a corresponding distal advancement of the transmission gear and distal advancement of the transmission gear causes a corresponding distal advancement of the display gear. The transmission gear is caused to the rotated in a first direction during each distal advancement of the driver gear and the display gear is caused to be rotated in the first direction during a predetermined distal advancement of the transmission gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Jacob C. Baril, Brian J. Creston, Roman Czernik, Thomas A. Zammataro, Matthew A. Dinino
  • Patent number: 10772749
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to delivery devices for transcatheter stented prosthesis loading, delivery and implantation. The delivery devices provide a loaded delivery state in which the stented prosthesis is loaded and compressed over the delivery device. The compression of the stented prosthesis can be adjusted with one or more elongate tension members, which extend around the stented prosthesis and proximately to an actuation and release assembly that can be provided as part of a handle assembly. The delivery device can be manipulated to adjust tension in the tension members to permit the stented prosthesis to compress, self-expand, and ultimately release from the shaft assembly. In some embodiments, the tension in one or more tension members is adjusted with one or more actuation and release assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gloss, Patrick Griffin, Jeffrey Sandstrom, David O'Toole, Rishi Manda, Niall Duffy
  • Patent number: 10772654
    Abstract: A tissue resecting instrument includes a housing, a shaft rotatable relative to the housing and defining a proximal end portion disposed within the housing and a distal end portion distally-spaced from the housing, a cutting member operably associated with the distal end portion of the shaft, a turbine disposed within the housing and operably associated with the proximal end portion of the shaft, and a fluid outflow tube operably associated with the housing. The fluid outflow tube is adapted to connect to a suction source to enable the suctioning of fluid and resected tissue proximally through a lumen of the shaft, an interior of the housing, and into the fluid outflow tube. The turbine is configured such that proximal fluid flow across the plurality of fins of the turbine urges the turbine to rotate, thereby rotating the shaft relative to the housing to enable tissue resection with the cutting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Nikolai D. Begg
  • Patent number: 10758644
    Abstract: A biocompatible tissue graft is provided. The tissue graft includes an extracellular matrix patch and a means for reinforcing the patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Kathleen Derwin, Amit Aurora, Joseph P. Iannotti, Jesse A. McCarron
  • Patent number: 10758222
    Abstract: Methods for repairing a meniscus, and particularly a torn meniscus. A method of repairing a meniscus may include using a suture passer to pass a suturing element from the region between the superior surface of the meniscus and the femoral condyle, through the meniscus tissue, into the region between the inferior surface of the meniscus and the tibial plateau, across the inferior surface of the meniscus, and back to the superior surface of the meniscus, without deeply penetrating the posterior capsular region of the knee. Equivalently, the suture element may be passed from the inferior surface of the meniscus to the superior surface and back to the inferior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ceterix Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin D. Saliman, Brad S. Culbert, Alexander Jasso, Michael J. Hendricksen, John G. McCutcheon, Christopher P. Bender, Michael Murillo
  • Patent number: 10758311
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a hand controller apparatus for controlling a tool in a robotic surgery system can include a body configured to be moved to generate a first operator input to cause a tool to move corresponding to the movement of the body. The hand controller apparatus can also include an input control interface formed on a surface of the body and configured to sense one or more of a plurality of second operator inputs associated with a plurality of tool functions, the plurality of second operator inputs being different from the first operator input. The hand controller apparatus can also include a processor configured to control the tool to perform one or more of the plurality of tool functions in response to the sensed one or more second operator inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Michael Kelly, Michael Darter Collins, Chad Clayton Walters, Jonathan Bradley Duke, Zachary Kevin Durand, Mark Curtis Rector
  • Patent number: 10758247
    Abstract: A tourniquet apparatus having an optical tourniquet interface for safe personalization, a safe transfer key and a pressure controller. The optical tourniquet interface communicates with the pressure controller and is operable for contactlessly reading and authenticating a machine-readable instrument symbol associated with a tourniquet cuff if it matches stored instrument authentication data and for contactlessly reading machine-readable personalization data associated with the cuff. The optical tourniquet interface presents a personalization parameter value if the machine-readable instrument symbol has been authenticated. The safe transfer key enables the user to selectively transfer the presented value of the personalization parameter to the pressure controller only if the pressure controller is inoperable. The pressure controller is releasably connectable to the tourniquet cuff and responsive to the transferred value of the personalization parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Western Clinical Engineering Ltd.
    Inventors: James Allen McEwen, Michael Jameson, Tom Yu Chia Lai, Rebecca Nicole Lim, Nicholas Alexander Prokopich
  • Patent number: 10744035
    Abstract: Systems and processes for facilitating the removal of cataract material with a robotically assisted tool with laser, irrigation capabilities, aspiration capabilities. Tool guidance systems that make use of vision technologies, including optical coherence tomography (OCT), white light imaging, and structured light imaging. Emulsification patterns optimized to minimize risk to the patient and reduce procedure time. Robotic tools with articulation capabilities that allow for precise control during capsulorhexis and emulsification procedures. Robotic instrument drive mechanisms combined with pumps, flow meters, and valves regulate and control irrigation and aspiration functionalities during robotic ophthalmologic procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, Greg Kintz, David Mintz, Serena Wong
  • Patent number: 10729432
    Abstract: A method of operating a surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes an electronic system comprising an electric motor coupled to the end effector; a motor controller coupled to the motor; a parameter threshold detection module configured to monitor multiple parameter thresholds; a sensing module configured to sense tissue compression; a processor coupled to the parameter threshold detection module and the motor controller; and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores executable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to monitor multiple levels of action thresholds and monitor speed of the motor and increment a drive unit of the motor, sense tissue compression, and provide rate and control feedback to the user of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10729424
    Abstract: A loading fixture for use with an endoscopic stitching device includes a needle and a loading portion configured to receive jaws of the endoscopic stitching device. The loading portion includes a shuttle configured to detachably support the needle thereon. The shuttle is transversely slidable such that the needle supported on the shuttle engages at least one of the jaws of the endoscopic stitching device. The loading portion further includes guides to position the jaws of the endoscopic stitching device therebetween and a biasing member configured to bias the shuttle toward one of the guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jacob Baril, Jaroslaw Malkowski
  • Patent number: 10709463
    Abstract: Retrieval of material from vessel lumens can be improved by electrically enhancing attachment of the material to the removal device. The removal device can have a core assembly that includes a hypotube coupled to a first electrical terminal and a pushwire coupled to a second electrical terminal, the pushwire extending through the hypotube lumen. An insulating layer separates the hypotube and the pushwire, and an interventional element is coupled to a distal end of the pushwire. The interventional element can be disposed adjacent to a thrombus. An electrical signal is delivered to the interventional element to promote adhesion of the thrombus to the interventional element. The electrical signal can optionally be a periodic waveform, and the total energy delivered can be between 0.75-24,000 mJ and the peak current delivered via the electrical signal can be between 0.5-5 mA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Gaurav Girdhar, Dinh Nguyen, Hoai Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10702275
    Abstract: One exemplary device includes a tubular structure having proximal and distal ends and at least one layer of braided material configured to facilitate thrombosis. The tubular structure includes an end section at the proximal or distal end having a cross-sectional dimension that is larger than that of an opening of the target site. The device also includes a stiffener wire coupled to the tubular structure, and the wire is configured to extend at least partially through the opening and facilitate securing the end section over the opening. The tubular structure and stiffener wire include respective preset, expanded configurations and are configured to be constrained to respective reduced configurations for delivery to the target site and to at least partially return to their respective preset, expanded configurations at the target site when unconstrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel O. Adams, Ryan Kariniemi, Brooke Ren, Matthew C. Heidner
  • Patent number: 10702277
    Abstract: A surgical clip for a clip applier to ligate vessels. The clip contains two opposing legs connected in parallel by an apex to form a U-shape. Each leg has an outer surface with a half-round cross-sectional configuration for minimizing tissue damage by preventing clip scissoring during ligation. Each leg has an inner surface with a flat central surface, two concave grooves on opposing sides of the central surface, and two convex ridges on opposing sides of the each groove. As a vessel is ligated, vessel tissue moves into the concave grooves while remaining frictionally engaged by the compressive forces applied by the central surfaces and convex ridges of each leg so that the clip does not move on the vessel. The edges of the grooves and the edges of the ridges of each leg are rounded to prevent any cutting of the ligated vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CONMED CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pavel Menn
  • Patent number: 10695158
    Abstract: An implantable medical device such as a filter has a generally conical shape formed by a set of filter legs extending from a free distal end to an apex of the assembly and specifically to a coupling device. A retrieval element such as a hook extends from the hub of. A spacer member is disposed at the hub and is formed of a plurality of curved wire elements. The spacer member has a radius or width smaller than the greatest radius of the filter device, defined by the free ends of the filter legs. The spacer member allows the filter assembly to tilt within a vessel but limits the tilt to a maximum desired or permitted tilt, ensuring that the retrieval device remains spaced from the vessel wall and therefore not subject to tissue ingrowth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Jeppe D. Johnsen, Bent Øhlenschlaeger, Christian Dela, Torben Andersen
  • Patent number: 10695064
    Abstract: An anastomosis suturing device includes a dismantable casing, a first tubular section having a proximal section encased in the casing and a distal section insertable in a tubular body of a living creature, and a second tubular section having a proximal section encased in the casing and a distal section insertable in a tubular body of the living creature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Alon Boiman, Adi Borovich, Arie Kalo
  • Patent number: 10682246
    Abstract: A handle for delivering, from a distal end of a catheter, a stent positioned within a sheath. The handle comprises an upper rack fixed to the handle and an upper distal block moveable along the upper rack and defining a pawl configured to permit only proximal movement in relation to the upper rack, further including an upper proximal block moveable along the upper rack and defining a pawl configured to permit only proximal movement in relation to the upper rack. The handle includes a lower rack configured to slide proximally and, alternatingly, distally in relation to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Michael Green
  • Patent number: 10682229
    Abstract: A method of treating a heart of a patient is provided. The method includes implanting a first tissue anchor in cardiac tissue of the patient and a second tissue anchor in the patient, such that the first and the second tissue anchors are coupled together by one or more tethers. Thereafter, after allowing at least 24 hours for tissue growth on the first tissue anchor to strengthen anchoring of the first tissue anchor in the cardiac tissue, tension is applied between the first and the second tissue anchors using at least a longitudinal portion of the one or more tethers. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: 4Tech Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Guidotti, Idan Tobis, Kevin Lynn, Chris Moran, Michael Gilmore
  • Patent number: 10682135
    Abstract: An apparatus for application of surgical clips to body tissue is provided and includes a handle assembly; a shaft assembly including a housing extending distally from the handle assembly and defining a longitudinal axis; a plurality of surgical clips disposed within the shaft assembly; a jaw mounted adjacent a distal end portion of the shaft assembly, the jaw being movable between an open spaced-apart condition and a closed approximated condition; and a pusher bar reciprocally disposed within the housing of the shaft assembly and being detachably connectable to the housing of the shaft assembly, the pusher bar being configured to load a distal-most surgical clip into the jaws during distal movement and remain connected to the housing of the shaft assembly and in a distally advanced position during an approximation of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gregory Sorrentino, Kenneth H. Whitfield
  • Patent number: 10675038
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods, compositions, and devices for occluding cavities or passageways in a patient, in particular cavities or passageways in the cardiovascular system of a patient, such as the LAA of a patient's heart. The methods, compositions, and devices can be used to percutaneously occlude the LAA, decreasing the risk of thromboembolic events associated with AF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: Applied Cardiovascular Solutions, LLC, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: F. Javier Otero, Joseph J. Beaman, Krishnendu Roy, Andrew Zimbroff