Patents Examined by Diane D Yabut
  • Patent number: 11026697
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for specific shapes and combinations of the compression members amenable to the safest, yet most effective compression of the carotid and vertebral arteries aimed at prevention of embolic stroke. An associated method of achieving an optimal compression of said arteries for the purpose of stroke prevention is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Zhadkevich
  • Patent number: 11026694
    Abstract: A left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder is provided. The LAA occluder includes a sealing disc and an anchoring device, both of which are mutually connected; a part where an LAA cooperates with the anchoring device is an anchoring net, and the anchoring net is of a backboneless structure. The whole anchoring device is of the backboneless structure. The anchoring device is formed by weaving super elastic metal wires or shape memory alloy wires, a distal end of the anchoring device is opened, and a proximal end of the anchoring device is constricted and is connected with the sealing disc to form a conical net. The distal end of the anchoring device is opened and is rolled towards the proximal end to form the anchoring net, and the anchoring net surrounds the conical net. The anchoring net is connected with the conical net through an arc transition area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Yongsheng Wang, Tingchao Zhang, Zhenjun Zi
  • Patent number: 11020213
    Abstract: An intraluminal device adapted to be positioned in a lumen that experiences peristalsis and method of fixation of an intraluminal device in the lumen, includes a wall configured to the size and shape of a portion of the lumen and at least one core. The at least one core is removably connected with a portion of the device wall. The at least one core is configured to be positioned against the lumen when the wall is positioned in the lumen. In this manner tissue envelopes the core during implantation of the intraluminal device. The at least one core is configured to be axially removable in situ from the tissue enveloping the core after the device has been deployed by disconnecting the core from the portion of the wall in order to explant the intraluminal device from lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: BFKW, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Foote, Frederick J. Walburn, Randal S. Baker
  • Patent number: 11020225
    Abstract: Disclosed is a medical system for short time replacement and repair of a native valve, which comprises an artificial valve (502); and a device for collecting and arranging chordae and/or leaflets to hold and/or stabilize the artificial valve in a desired position, the device comprising: a unit for grasping a plurality of chordae and/or leaflets. The system and/or device allows for fast and easy replacement of a native valve, fast and easy positioning of a temporary artificial valve, and more time for medical personnel to make decisions, prepare and/or perform surgery/medical intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Medtentia International Ltd Oy
    Inventors: Olli Keränen, Mark Pugh, Ger O'Carroll, Adrian Moran
  • Patent number: 11014141
    Abstract: Embodiments of assemblies used for bending spinal needles and method for producing bent spinal needles used in medical procedures are disclosed. In one embodiment, a straight needle is placed in position for a fulcrum to apply pressure onto a designated spot on the needle and apply a bending pressure to bend the needle while the needle is supported at both ends. A barrier wall is configured to limit the movement of the needle resulting from the bending force to prevent overbending of the needle. In two other embodiments, a dual angle bending member enables selecting the bending angle desired by the user to be applied onto the needle. The angle of the bent needle is considerably reduced due to metal relaxation; however, the angle reduction is predictable and is taken into account in calculating the target bending angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Scott Edward Parazynski, John Spiegel Michels, Jr., Jeffrey William Bull, Roy Melling
  • Patent number: 11006996
    Abstract: A catheter for intravascular lithotripsy including an outer wall, at least one torus balloon mounted on the outer wall, a first lumen extending therein, and at least one energy emitter for emitting energy to break down calcium. The at least one energy emitter is mounted on the balloon and a connector connects the energy emitter to an external energy source, the connector extending through the catheter. The balloon has a passageway for blood flow therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Ezra Walzman
  • Patent number: 10993808
    Abstract: Delivery devices and device elements that provide steering capabilities and methods of steering such delivery devices during the delivery of a stented prosthesis to a target site. Various delivery devices include a shaft assembly having a plurality of lumens through which tension members that compressively retain the stented prosthesis to the shaft assembly are routed. By selectively tensioning one or more tension members, the shaft assembly can be pulled or steered in a desired direction. Various embodiments include one or more steering or stiffening rods that can reinforce the device or counteract any unintended bending or steering of the delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gloss, James R. Keogh, Timothy Ryan, Declan P. Costello, Wayne M. Falk
  • Patent number: 10987239
    Abstract: A delivery device according to principles described herein includes a catheter having three concentric shafts including an inner core, an outer sheath over the inner core and an outer support shaft at least partially extending over the inner core and the outer sheath. A timing belt having a plurality of belt teeth on a surface of the timing belt is coupled to an outer sheath over a medical device or stent on the inner core such that movement of the timing belt link causes movement of the outer sheath from its position over the medical device or stent. The delivery device is actuated by rotation of a thumbwheel a thumbwheel coupled to a barrel having a plurality of teeth such that rotation of the thumbwheel causes movement of the barrel such that the barrel teeth engage the belt teeth to cause movement of the timing belt causing movement of the outer sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Vesper Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Longo, Timothy W. O'Neil, Christopher John Turek
  • Patent number: 10987207
    Abstract: An endoluminal prosthesis system includes a graft having a tubular body with a proximal end and a distal end. A lumen extends from the proximal end to the distal end. A proximal portion of the graft includes the proximal end; a distal portion of the graft includes the distal end; and a middle portion of the graft extends from the proximal portion to the distal portion. A plurality of connection branches are attached to the middle portion. Each of the connection branches has an inner opening at an inner end attached to the middle portion and an outer opening at an outer end disposed radially outwardly from the inner end. Each of the connection branches is pivotable in a proximal and distal direction and a circumferential direction relative to the middle portion. Further, each of the connection branches includes an expandable seal stent at the outer end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kevin D. Wilger, Jarin A. Kratzberg
  • Patent number: 10980650
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus can include a handle portion and at least one rotatable drive shaft. The handle portion has an actuation mechanism. The actuation mechanism includes a motor and one or more actuators. The rotatable drive shaft has a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The proximal end portion is coupled to the motor, and the distal end portion is configured to be releasably coupled to a prosthetic heart valve. The actuation mechanism is configured to control and monitor expansion of the prosthetic heart valve. The handle is configured for actuating the actuation mechanism, tracking a response of native tissue when the prosthetic heart valve is in contact with the native tissue, and stopping expansion of the prosthetic heart valve once a rate of change of expansion of the prosthetic heart valve declines below a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences CardiAQ LLC
    Inventors: Richard George Cartledge, Kevin W. Smith, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Derek Dee Deville, Korey Kline, Max Pierre Mendez, Matthew A. Palmer, Michael Walter Kirk, Carlos Rivera, Eric Petersen, M. Sean McBrayer
  • Patent number: 10980572
    Abstract: A cost-effective, small, light-weight, portable thin strip device for quickly, safely, effectively, easily, hygienically removing ticks attached to skin. The device comprises a tick engagement section, and two adhesive sections foldable onto the tick and the tick engagement section. The device is configured to encapsulate and preserve the removed tick in a clear, viewable position for medical inspection and eventual disposal. The device enables the catch and encapsulation of ticks without physically touching or handling the ticks directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Barbara Poremba
  • Patent number: 10973508
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for forming a hole in bone and implanting a suture anchor in the bone hole. The devices and methods disclosed herein allow a suture coupled to tissue to be passed through a shaft that is also configured to receive a drill bit. Exemplary guide devices are provided having a shaft with a cross-sectional shape that allows the suture to be seated in a secondary region that is offset from a primary region that receives the drill bit therethrough. A drill bit can be passed through the shaft without causing any damage to the suture extending through the shaft, and subsequently an anchor can be advanced along the suture through the shaft and guided into the bone hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: James T. Spivey, Ami S. Joshi
  • Patent number: 10973513
    Abstract: A wound closure device having a filamentary element having a proximal end and a distal end, and a stop element coupled thereto and having a leading edge area defined by thickness and a width and having a total surface area. The leading edge area is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the filamentary element. The device may have a ratio of the leading edge area to the total surface area that is less than 10%, a ratio of the length to the maximum thickness of the stop element that is at least 4, or a ratio of the length to the width of the stop element is at least 1 for any given thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ETHICON, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse G. Nawrocki, David C. Lindh, Sr., Jason T. Perkins, Dennis L. Furman
  • Patent number: 10974029
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, examples of a low profile instrument immobilizer and means for positioning the same. In one example, the low profile instrument immobilizer grasps, secures, and immobilizes an electrode or other instrument that extends through a burr hole in a skull to a target location in a patient's brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: James Skakoon, Matthew Solar, Thomas I. Miller, Patrick R. Helmer, Mark S. Freas
  • Patent number: 10973437
    Abstract: A device for treating a vascular aneurysm of a human or mammal patient, comprising an implantable member adapted to hold fluid, the implantable member being adapted to be placed against an outside of a blood vessel having the aneurysm, exercise a pressure on the aneurysm to prevent or reduce an expansion of the aneurysm, follow an outer contour of the aneurysm, and provide a pressure that is equal or less than the diastolic blood pressure of the human or mammal patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10973595
    Abstract: A method is for controlling a system including an imaging modality. The method includes receiving an image and/or a series of images of a portion of a patient from the imaging modality, the field of view of the image and/or of the series of images covering at least a part of an instrument; determining whether the part of the instrument is located within a defined portion of the field of view and/or in a given state selected from a plurality of first states and/or the part of the instrument executes a given movement selected from a plurality of movements; and generating a control command for performing an action depending on whether the part of the instrument is located within the defined portion of the field of view and/or the part of the instrument is in the given state and/or the part of the instrument executes the given movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Philip Mewes, Peter Mountney, Manish Sahu
  • Patent number: 10966756
    Abstract: A regulator diameter device to extract an element that is inside a cavity, which is introduced together with a flexible sleeve and an applicator, which comprises an adjustment strip of flexible material; and at least of a mean to regulate said diameter, with the adjustment strip open. The means to regulate such strip: a hollow case with a distal end and a proximal end, fixed to one of the traction handles, at least one string passes through this case, in which the distal ends of the at least one string, are fixed to the open ends of the adjustment strip, while the proximal ends of the string are fixed to a pulling system. The method of use of regulator diameter device to extract an element that is inside a cavity comprises the following steps: a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AIR BAG ONE SARL
    Inventor: Jorge Ernesto Odon
  • Patent number: 10959732
    Abstract: Jaws of a surgical clip applier with housings formed thereon and methods for manufacturing and use during a procedure to apply surgical clips to a vessel, duct, shunt, etc. are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a surgical clip applier is provided having jaws on a distal end thereof with a rigid internal frame and an outer housing formed around the internal frame. The jaws of the surgical clip applier can include a variety of features to facilitate placement of surgical clips, including features to align a clip with the jaws and to prevent clip fallout during formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Stokes, Chester O. Baxter, III, Carol J. Wynn
  • Patent number: 10945824
    Abstract: A biodegradable device capable of producing a high radial force is described. Such a force will be created in devices made of relatively inelastic materials that are to be deployed to the vasculature or a body cavity in a patient. As the halves of the devices move together subject to a longitudinal force, at the point where they are in contact and unable to move closer together in the longitudinal direction, a radial force is created. The devices may have a tension element that assists in bringing the device halves together and which may partially and optionally remain within the body of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Kasper Klausen
  • Patent number: 10945827
    Abstract: A system for implanting a prosthesis includes a prosthesis that extends about a major longitudinal axis and an alignment device connected to the prosthesis. The alignment device appears asymmetric across a plane coplanar to a longitudinal axis of the prosthesis when viewed both along the plane and transversely to the longitudinal axis of the prosthesis delivery and also lies in a plane parallel to and spaced apart from the longitudinal axis of the prosthesis. The alignment device is visible to a user, thereby indicating a rotational and an axial position of the prosthesis with respect to the treatment site prior to implantation of the prosthesis at a treatment site. In an embodiment, the system includes a guidewire catheter that is asymmetric along a major longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Bolton Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Humberto A. Berra, Samuel Arbefeuille, Gerry Ouellette