Patents Examined by David Isabella
  • Patent number: 9895225
    Abstract: A collapsible valve prosthesis includes an armature and a set of prosthetic valve leaflets supported by the armature. The armature is expandable from a contracted condition to an expanded condition for anchoring at an annulus of a natural valve site, and includes a tubular intra-annular portion defining a blood flow lumen having an inflow side and an outflow side. The tubular intra-annular portion supports the prosthetic valve leaflets in the blood flow lumen and is provided with outward formations for coupling with the natural valve site. The armature includes an over-annular portion linked to the intra-annular portion to extend collar-like over the annulus of the natural valve site at the inflow side of the blood flow lumen. The armature may also include an under-annular portion to extend collar-like at the outflow side of the blood flow lumen. The prosthesis may permit mitral valve replacement (MVR) without removing the native valve leaflets and the chordae tendineae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sorin Group Italia S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giovanni Rolando, Paolo Gaschino, Antonella Orecchia, Monica Achiluzzi, Massimiliano Ares
  • Patent number: 9895243
    Abstract: A stent incorporating flexible, preferably polymeric, connecting elements into the stent wherein these elements connect adjacent metallic stent element(s) across an intervening space and have optimized geometries. In one configuration the metallic elements are the result of forming the stent from a helically wound serpentine wire having intervening spaces between adjacent helical windings of the wire. The polymeric connecting elements are designed to fold within the space between the outer diameter of the stent and the inner diameter of the stent when the stent is subjected to compaction or bending. Other stent forms such as multiple, individual spaced-apart ring-shaped or interconnected stent elements may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan D. Kariniemi, Jeffrey J. Kustusch, Mark J. Ulm
  • Patent number: 9883944
    Abstract: A surgical implant, which in use, provides a barrier between layers of tissue such that tissue on one side of the implant does not adhere to tissue on the other side, the implant being made of suitably anatomically shaped surgically acceptable sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Batty, Paul D'Urso
  • Patent number: 9877824
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to intraocular lens systems having a plurality of materials therein, with at least some of the materials having a diffraction pattern therein and an electrically-modifiable index of refraction collectively configured to selectively alter the focal length of the intraocular lens system. Methods of modifying a focal length of an intraocular lens system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, John Marshall, Clarence T. Tegreene, Roberto Zaldivar, Roger Zaldivar
  • Patent number: 9877756
    Abstract: A bone fixation plate includes a first opening formed in a plate that is configured to receive a first fastener; a second opening formed in the plate that is configured to receives a second fastener, and a retention member that extends into a third opening formed in the plate between the first opening and the second opening, wherein the retention member is elastically deformable between at least three positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathon Costabile
  • Patent number: 9872769
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided, including an intracardiac annuloplasty structure. A first adjustment member has an end at a first location at first portions of the annuloplasty structure that are opposite each other. A second adjustment member has an end at a second location at the second portions of the annuloplasty structure that are opposite each other. The annuloplasty structure, the first-adjustment-member end, and the second-adjustment-member end are disposed within a catheter during delivery. After delivery, the first-adjustment-member end is moveable with respect to the annuloplasty structure toward and away from a plane of the annuloplasty structure to adjust a relative disposition of the first portions, and the second-adjustment-member end is moveable independently of the first-adjustment-member end and with respect to the annuloplasty structure toward and away from the plane to adjust a relative disposition of the second portions. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Valtech Cardio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Amir Gross, Iftah Beinart, Eran Miller, Oz Cabiri, Eliahu Eliachar, Nir Lilach, Ram Grossfeld, Dmitry Golom, Gideon Meyer-Brodnitz, Arnon Mousaiuf
  • Patent number: 9872760
    Abstract: An improved device provides a cost-effective, time-effective way to stably and reliably affix soft tissues (e.g., tendon or ligament) to the surface of anatomical structures with comparable or greater strength and stiffness (e.g., bone). The device does not require specialized procedures or tools. A single device applies both incremental tensioning and compression to the soft tissue being affixed. The device allows the user, typically a physician or veterinarian, to reliably manipulate, control, and maintain tissue tension. The device is versatile, and can accommodate attachment of soft tissues of different sizes and mechanical properties to bone or to other soft tissues. These features provide flexibility to human and veterinary health practitioners in a variety of specialized areas including orthopedics, joint stabilization, soft tissue repair, spinal surgery, and plastic surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
    Inventor: Mandi J. Lopez
  • Patent number: 9867711
    Abstract: A vertebral body spacer of the present invention is used by being inserted between a vertebral body and a vertebral body (intervertebral space). The vertebral body spacer has a block body constituted of titanium or a titanium alloy as a main component thereof, and provided with a pair of contact surfaces to be made contact with the vertebral body and the vertebral body. The block body includes a frame-shaped dense part and a porous part provided inside the dense part, and a porosity of at least a surface of the porous part is larger than a porosity of the dense part. According to the present invention, it is possible to maintain an appropriate size between the vertebral bodies (intervertebral space).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Toshio Matsumoto, Yuzo Daigo, Shinichi Ohmori, Komei Kato
  • Patent number: 9867697
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve (300) for replacing a native valve includes a collapsible and expandable stent (306) having a proximal end (302) and a distal end (304), and a valve assembly (308) including a plurality of leaflets (310), the valve assembly (308) being disposed within the stent. The heart valve (300) further includes a first plurality of elongated legs (320) coupled to the stent (306) and transitionable from an extended configuration to a relaxed configuration. A first sealing portion (322) connected to the first plurality of legs (320) forms a sealing structure (350) when the legs (320) transition to the relaxed configuration to reduce perivalvular leakage between the implanted valve and surrounding tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Yousef F. Alkhatib, Tracee Eidenschink, Sounthara Khouengboua
  • Patent number: 9855153
    Abstract: An intracorporeal portion of a percutaneous device for a joint disarticulation prosthesis or joint replacement prosthesis, the intracorporeal portion having an extracorporeal portion or having means for rigidly coupling directly to an extracorporeal portion, the extracorporeal portion being for location exterior to the skin, the intracorporeal portion having an articulating component for articulating with an articulating surface, wherein the articulating component is intracorporeal when installed in a human or animal subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Stanmore Implants Worldwide Limited
    Inventors: Paul Unwin, Gordon Blunn
  • Patent number: 9839453
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention includes an intramedullary osteosynthesis or arthrodesis implant including a central body, a first pair of legs extending from the central body to a pair of leg tips, and a second pair of legs extending from the central body, in a direction opposite the first pair of legs, to a pair of leg tips such that the central body, first pair of legs and second pair of legs are positioned alongside a longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Jacques Peyrot, Tristan Meusnier, Bernard Prandi, Philippe Bellemere, Marc Augoyard
  • Patent number: 9833322
    Abstract: A medical device for implantation in a hip joint of a patient is provided. The medical device is adapted to be fixated to the femoral bone of the patient. The medical device comprises an inner and an outer surface, wherein a contacting portion of said inner surface is spherical and adapted to face the center of the hip joint when said medical device is implanted, and wherein said medical device is adapted to receive a prosthetic replacement for the caput femur fixated to the pelvic bone having a spherical portion. The medical device comprises at least one extending portion, extending said contacting portion of said inner surface such that said at least one extending portion clasps said spherical portion of said prosthetic replacement for the caput femur, such that said spherical portion is restrained in said medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9827089
    Abstract: Described embodiments are directed toward prosthetic valve leaflets of particular configurations that control bending character. In embodiments provided herein, a valve leaflet is provided with a planar zone that is bounded at a planar zone base by a straight line, wherein the leaflet is operable to bend along a base of the planar zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Bruchman, Cody L. Hartman
  • Patent number: 9827118
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a highly conformable stent graft with an optional portal for a side branch device. Said stent graft comprises a graft being supported by a stent, wherein said stent comprises undulations each which comprise apices in opposing first and second directions and a tape member attached to said stent and to said graft such that the tape member edge is aligned to the edge of the apices in the first direction of the each of the undulations, thus confining the apices in the first direction of the undulations to the graft and wherein the apices in the second direction of the undulation are not confined relative to the graft; wherein said graft forms unidirectional pleats where longitudinally compressed and wherein said apices in the first direction of said undulation is positioned under an adjacent pleat when compressed. The invention also discloses and claims methods of making and using said highly conformable stent graft and method of making the optional portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Logan R. Hagaman, Cody L. Hartman, Russell L. Jacoby, Roark N. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 9827091
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve includes a stent having a collapsed condition and an expanded condition. The stent includes a plurality of cells, each cell being formed by a plurality of struts, and a plurality of commissure features. The heart valve further includes a valve assembly secured to the stent and including a cuff and a plurality of leaflets, each leaflet being attached to adjacent commissure features and to the stent struts and/or the cuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Xue Mei Li, Peter N. Braido
  • Patent number: 9827115
    Abstract: An instrumented linkage system (100) to facilitate accuracy and efficiency of a surgical procedure is disclosed. The linkage system may be directly attached to a bone and used to register the bone to a computer. The linkage system may also be used to verify the accuracy and alignment of planned resections relative to the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ZIMMER INC.
    Inventors: Peter S. Walker, Rachel E. Forman, Chih-Shing Wei
  • Patent number: 9820868
    Abstract: An acetabular guide system for placing a guide pin near an acetabulum, includes a patient specific acetabular guide including an interior surface and an exterior surface, the exterior surface being configured to have a geometry to register within the acetabulum of a specific patient, a first drill insert configured to be received by the guide at a first location, the first drill insert having a first longitudinal bore configured to be received concentrically in a guide bore of the guide, the guide bore extending exterior to the interior surface, a second drill insert configured to be fixed to a boney portion exterior to the acetabulum at a second location a predetermined distance from the first location, the second drill insert forming a second longitudinal bore, and a selectively removable alignment pin configured to be received by at least one of the first longitudinal bore and the second longitudinal bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler D. Witt, Austen Davenport
  • Patent number: 9814508
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for positioning and forming bone tunnels. In one embodiment, a surgical drill guide apparatus is provided. The apparatus can include a first guide member having a longitudinal passageway extending therethrough for aiming a first guide pin along a first path to form a first bone tunnel. The apparatus can also include a second guide member having a longitudinal passageway extending therethrough for aiming a second guide pin along a second path to form a second bone tunnel. The first and second guide members can extend at an angle relative to one another and they can be offset such that axes of the guide members do not intersect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Piero Volpi, Douglas A. Fifolt, Jose E. Lizardi
  • Patent number: 9808201
    Abstract: Prosthetic heart devices may be implanted into the heart with a sensor coupled to the device, the sensor being configured to measure physiological data, such as blood pressure, in the heart. Devices that may employ such sensors include prosthetic heart valves and occlusion devices, although sensor systems may be deployed in the heart separate from other implantable devices. The sensors may include a body with different configurations for attaching to the implantable device, such as apertures for sutures or fingers for connecting to structures of the implantable device. The sensors may provide data that allow a determination of aortic regurgitation or other information indicative of function of the implantable device and patient health during and after implantation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter N. Braido, Mina S. Fahim, Steven Frederick Anderl, Jason White, Paul E. Ashworth, Morgan Low, Loell Boyce Moon, Neelakantan Saikrishnan
  • Patent number: 9801711
    Abstract: A device and method for controlling commissural tip deflection of a prosthetic valve, thereby both preventing failure due to repeated movement and/or uneven loading of the commissural points and also improving coaptation of the valve leaflets, including connecting reinforcing material between the commissural points so a spring-like span is created across the points. The spanning material may be in the form of a ring that is lashed, sewn or otherwise connected to the commissural points. The reinforcing material may form curved segments between the commissural points that extend outwardly to form sinuses behind the leaflets of the prosthetic valve. The reinforcing material may also extend in an upstream direction to avoid interfering with blood flowing out of the prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: HLT, Inc.
    Inventor: John Gainor