Patents Examined by Diane D Yabut
  • Patent number: 11452515
    Abstract: An anchor device and system for coupling soft tissue to osseous tissue includes a stopper member that supports a loop of suture material. A fixing member includes features that allow it to be rigidly coupled to surrounding bone and thus hold the stopper member in a cavity within the bone. The loop of suture material, in turn, supports a second suture device, which is coupled to, and thus retains, the soft tissue. In certain embodiments, the stopper member includes a mechanical linkage for coupling it to the fixing member, and surface features that resist withdrawal of the fixing member from the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Parcus Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Mark D. Brunsvold
  • Patent number: 11452517
    Abstract: Fixation device cartridges. At least one example embodiment is a cartridge including: a first tube; a second tube parallel to first tube; a first spacer coupled to the first tube and the second tube such that slots of the first and second tubes face each other; a second spacer coupled to the first tube and the second tube, the first and second spacers defining a suture volume between the slots of the first and second tubes, and the slot of the first tube and the slot of the second tube open into the suture volume; a first bone anchor disposed within the first tube, a first suture line associated with the first bone anchor and extending through the slot; and a second bone anchor disposed within the second tube and coupled to the first suture line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: WEST GEN TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Donald A. Williams, George J. Sikora
  • Patent number: 11446050
    Abstract: A tissue resector includes an outer cannula with a cutting element disposed therein. The outer cannula includes an opening that is configured to be associated with a cutting element of the cutting element in such a way that when tissue is drawn into the opening of the cannula, a cutting element of the cutting element can be rotated past the opening to engage and cut into and through the tissue. The outer cannula and the cutting element may also be configured to enable aspiration of the tissue. A tissue resector according to this disclosure may be used with a hand-held, hand-operated rooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Minerva Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn P. Fojtik, Annette Lavoie, Timothy R. Nieman, Erik S. Liddiard
  • Patent number: 11446460
    Abstract: An airway assist device and methods of making and using an airway assist device to assist in opening an airway or removing fluid or material obstructing an airway of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Dechoker LLC
    Inventor: Alan R. Carver
  • Patent number: 11439430
    Abstract: A surgical access device includes an elongate tubular member with a proximal region and a distal region. A passage extends through the elongate tubular member. The surgical access device also includes a balloon anchor with an expandable portion. A first portion of the balloon anchor extends proximally along the outer surface of the tubular member. The surgical access device also has a valve assembly disposed in the proximal region of the elongate tubular member that is fluidly coupled to the balloon anchor. A disc is slidably disposed on the elongate tubular member and includes a first blade with a first sharpened edge that is configured to penetrate the first portion of the balloon anchor. The first blade is transitionable between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Sabastian K. George
  • Patent number: 11439424
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an ultrasonic blade. The body defines a longitudinal axis and is configured to receive an ultrasonic transducer. The actuation assembly includes at least one annular activation member and at least one circuit. The at least one annular activation member extends angularly about the body along a 360 degree angular range. The at least one annular activation member is configured to move laterally relative to the longitudinal axis of the body. The at least one circuit corresponds to the at least one annular activation member. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The at least one activation circuit is configured to activate the ultrasonic blade in response to lateral movement of the activation member relative to the longitudinal axis of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventor: Benjamin D. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 11439423
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate diaphragm entry for posterior access of body organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy C. Kiser, James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Earl W. Rogers, Rebecca Schlieman
  • Patent number: 11439537
    Abstract: A surgical cannulated blade instrument includes a blade portion having a pointed end, a top surface, and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, an increasing diameter portion having a diameter which increases in a direction away from the pointed end, and a cannula portion having a lumen opening at a location between the pointed end and the increasing diameter portion. An eye surgery method includes incising a cornea of an eye using a blade portion of a surgical cannulated blade instrument to create an opening in the cornea, injecting injectable into an anterior chamber of the eye through the opening by a lumen of the surgical cannulated blade, and stabilizing the eye by engaging an increasing diameter portion of the surgical cannulated blade with the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Paul Phillips
  • Patent number: 11432846
    Abstract: A surgical access assembly includes a cannula including an elongated shaft having a proximal end portion including an anchor inflation port and a distal end portion including an expandable anchor. The elongated shaft includes an inner tube and an outer tube disposed over the inner tube. The inner tube includes a channel extending longitudinally therethrough and first and second openings defined in an outer surface thereof that are in communication with the channel. The channel, the first openings, and the second openings form an inflation lumen with an inner surface of the outer tube. The inflation lumen is in communication with the anchor inflation port and the expandable anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Christopher A. Tokarz, Kevin Desjardin, Douglas M. Pattison, Jason Mickus, Oksana Buyda, Astley C. Lobo, Amanda M. Adinolfi
  • Patent number: 11432842
    Abstract: There is provided a cannula that suppresses leakage of vitreous humor, etc., from a slit through which a surgical tool is inserted. A cannula (10) used for piercing through an eyeball during an ophthalmic operation, includes: a pipe (11); a cylindrical base (12) fitted together with the circumference of a base end of the pipe (11); a resin cap (13) including a cover surface (13c) covering the surface of the base end of the pipe (11) and a side surface (13a) covering a cylindrical side surface of the base (12); and a slit (13d) passing through the center of the cover surface (13c). The outer diameter of the cylindrical side surface of the base (12) at a position where the cylindrical side surface of the base (12) touches the side surface (13a) of the cap is larger than the inner diameter of the side surface of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: MANI, INC.
    Inventors: Etsuo Murakami, Masanori Oshino
  • Patent number: 11433222
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel design for sheaths intended for medical procedures. The sheath includes structures that anchor the sheath in a cavity or space when deployed but are at the same time retractable such that the sheath can be removed without tearing the tissue defining the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignees: CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Yaniv Bar-Cohen, Gerald Loeb
  • Patent number: 11426331
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pacifier for infants used to comfort infants. More specifically, a silicone tube body (10), into which or from which air can be injected or discharged such that an infant feels the silicone tube body like a breast of the infant's mother when touching the silicone tube body, is coupled for use to a nipple-shaped nipple unit (50) by a secure coupling unit (30), and thus, due to the infant's touching of the silicone tube body, not only emotional security as if the infant were in the bosom of the infant's mother can be provided but also the development of the infant's brain can be beneficially stimulated, in comparison with traditional plastic pacifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Jin Souk Yang, In Sook Ha
  • Patent number: 11419601
    Abstract: There is provided a suture passer device used in procedures of robotic assisted minimally invasive suspension of the hyoid and tongue base in treatment of sleep apnea. The suture passer device is a dual use suture passer, having both suture insertor and extractor functionality on a single unitary instrument section of the device by means of insertion and extraction hooks positioned on an elongated needlelike body which is connected to a handle grip. The insertion and extraction hooks receive a suture via an opening in the body of the instrument, with the suture capable of removal and fastening to the extraction hook by robotic forceps. Procedures for using the device are disclosed which include a single point of entry on a patient and the device moved to first and second positions above and below the hyoid bone during robotic assisted surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Yosef Krespi, Ron Hadani
  • Patent number: 11419745
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating obesity comprises a volume filling device formed by at least two segments and is provided and following implantation, the device is placed resting against the stomach wall of the patient to reduce the inner volume of the stomach, thereby affecting the patient's appetite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 11420021
    Abstract: Catheter-supported therapeutic and diagnostic tools can be introduced into a patient body with a sheath slidably disposed over the tool. Once the tool is aligned with a target tissue, a first fluid-driven actuator can move the sheath axially from over the tool, for example, to allow a stent, stent-graft, prosthetic valve, or other self-expanding tool, to expand radially within the cardiovascular system, without having to transmit large deployment forces along the catheter shaft and sheath from outside the patient. A second fluid-driven actuator can be arranged in opposition to the first actuator to control release of the expanding tool or to recapture the tool within the sheath. The first and/or second actuators may comprise a balloon having a diameter larger than the sheath to provide the desired deployment and recapture forces with moderate fluid pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Project Moray, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Phillip Laby, Mark D. Barrish
  • Patent number: 11413176
    Abstract: A stent delivery system includes a core member and a coupling assembly rotatably coupled to the core member distal segment. The coupling assembly includes first and second plates and first and second spacers. The first plate is rotatably coupled to the core member and includes an outer surface having three or more projections separated by recesses. The first spacer is coupled to the core member and disposed between the first plate and a proximal restraint. The second plate is rotatably coupled to the core member and includes an outer surface having three or more projections separated by recesses. The second spacer is coupled to the core member and disposed between the first plate and the second plate. A stent extends along the core member distal segment such that an inner surface of the stent is engaged by one or more projections of the first plate or the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Ashok Nageswaran, Augusto Alonso, Sabrina Bruce-Akman
  • Patent number: 11406799
    Abstract: A dissection device may include an inflatable balloon disposed at a distal end of a catheter, the catheter having an inflation lumen extending through the catheter to an interior space defined within the inflatable balloon. The inflatable balloon may include a top wall, a bottom wall spaced apart from the top wall, an outer perimeter wall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall, and a plurality of inner walls each extending between the top wall and the bottom wall and in sealing contact with the outer perimeter wall at a first end of the inner wall. The inflatable balloon may include a series of interconnected chambers including a central chamber in direct fluid communication with the inflation lumen, and laterally disposed chambers each having an opening fluidly connecting to each adjacent chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Matthew McEvaddy, Martin Lawrence Fawdry, Gary Duffy, Eamonn J. Tuohy, Aiden Flanagan
  • Patent number: 11406569
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure describe a pacifier device having a base portion, a nipple portion, and an attachment portion. The nipple portion is coupled to and protruding from the base portion in a first direction. The attachment portion is coupled to and protruding from the base portion in a second direction that is generally opposite to the first direction. The attachment portion is configured to rotate with the pacifier device to aid in connecting the pacifier device to a hub. The attachment portion may be inserted into a slot on an outer surface of a body to form a pacifier system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: David Adam Hornthal, Erica Joy Hornthal
  • Patent number: 11399859
    Abstract: An energy control device for an ultrasonic treatment tool which includes an ultrasonic transducer and an end effector that performs a treatment using the ultrasonic vibration generated by the ultrasonic transducer comprises a first power supply configured to supply an electric power to the ultrasonic transducer, and a circuit. The circuit is configured to measure an output duration, monitor a characteristic parameter representing a situation of the treatment, set a time threshold value based on the characteristic parameter, and perform, when the output duration exceeds the time threshold value, at least one of: stopping or reducing the output of electric power from the first power supply to the ultrasonic transducer and notifying that the output duration has exceeded the time threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Tsubuku, Minoru Kawasaki, Gen Kato
  • Patent number: 11395672
    Abstract: Stomach tissue is manipulated to form, for example, a restored flap of a gastroesophageal flap valve. The manipulation includes gripping stomach tissue from within the stomach while the stomach is inflated to promote visualization and stabilization of the gripped stomach tissue. Once the stomach tissue is gripped, the stomach is deflated and pulled into a mold. The molded tissue is then fastened with at least one fastener. The stomach is inflated to a first pressure during visualization and then to a second higher pressure during the stomach tissue gripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: EndoGastric Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan J. M. Kraemer, Brett J. Carter