Patents Examined by Dianne Dornbusch
  • Patent number: 10987099
    Abstract: A method for securing a strand to a fixation member for arthroscopic fixation, wherein the fixation member includes a channel on an exterior surface and an aperture therethrough. The method includes passing a strand having first and second ends through a flexible sleeve, passing the sleeve through the aperture of the fixation member in a first direction, tensioning the strand, and pulling the sleeve in a second direction different than the first direction to secure the sleeve to the fixation member without tying the strand on the fixation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Gregory J. Denham, Ryan Harper
  • Patent number: 10973507
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for surgically repairing a tear in soft tissue is disclosed. A plurality of collapsible tubes are positioned about the suture. The collapsible tubes are pushed through soft tissue and orthopedic mesh on opposite sides of a tear in soft tissue. When tension is applied to the suture, the tubes are compressed to fix the suture to the soft tissue and draw the soft tissue portions together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Gregory J. Denham, Ryan Harper, Ryan A. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10966698
    Abstract: A device for sealing an aperture in a tissue includes: a foot including a distal portion configured to be disposed distal to the tissue when the device is implanted in a position to seal the aperture; and a flexible wing positionable against a distal surface of the tissue adjacent the aperture such that the flexible wing is disposed between the distal portion of the foot and the distal surface adjacent the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Vivasure Medical Limited
    Inventors: Peter Grant, Christopher Martin, Michael Dunning, Damien Ryan, Joseph Dolphin, Micheál Hession, Bartosz Pawlikowski, Mark McGoldrick, Ger Brett, MIchael McCartin, Des Regan, Matthew Murphy
  • Patent number: 10939905
    Abstract: A device for deploying a suture clip onto a suture can include a proximal handle portion that includes an actuation mechanism. The device can also include an outer shaft defining an inner lumen. A crimping assembly can be at least partially disposed within a distal end of the outer shaft. The crimping assembly can include a plurality of crimping members configured to receive and radially compress a suture clip. The actuating mechanism can be configured to move the plurality of crimping members radially inwardly from a first position, where the crimping members are configured to receive a suture clip, to a second position where the plurality of crimping members are configured to radially compress the suture clip, causing the suture clip to plastically deform and become secured around one or more sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Manouchehr A. Miraki, Bryan A. Janish, William T. Biller
  • Patent number: 10939912
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods related to wound closure devices comprising one or more microstructures are described herein. In some embodiments, the wound closure devices include a backing and a microstructure array. The microstructure array may include a first portion, a second portion, and a bridge portion. The first portion and the second portion each include one or more microstructures configured to penetrate tissue. Additionally, the first portion and the second portion each include one or more expandable portions such that the wound closure device is configured to expand in length. The wound closure device is configured to grip tissue surrounding a wound to either close the wound or secure the tissue in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KitoTech Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheuk Yin Paul Leung, Ronald J. Berenson
  • Patent number: 10932770
    Abstract: A soft tissue repair device. The device includes an inserter having a distal portion, a first anchor carried externally onto the distal portion, a second anchor carried externally onto the distal portion, and a flexible strand coupling the first and second anchors and forming an adjustable knotless loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Ryan A. Kaiser, Nathan M. Sautter, Andrew Holst
  • Patent number: 10898309
    Abstract: An elongate open-bored applicator (EOBP) adapted to deploy a mesh comprising (a) at least one inflatable contour-balloon, (b) at least one inflatable dissection balloon. The inflatable contour-balloon and the inflatable dissection balloon are adjustable and located at the distal portion; and, (c) at least one actuating means located at the proximal portion. The actuating means is in communication with the inflatable contour-balloon and the inflatable dissection balloon. The actuating means is adapted to provide the inflatable contour-balloon and the inflatable dissection balloon with independent activation and/or de-activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Davol Inc.
    Inventors: Mordehai Sholev, Amir Szold, Ibrahim Matter, Ziv Tamir
  • Patent number: 10893856
    Abstract: A wound closure system and a method of closing a wound are disclosed. The disclosure is directed to a wound closure system comprising a skin anchor mechanically attached to external skin tissue on a first side of a generally linear wound, an anchorable tensioning apparatus mechanically attached to external skin tissue on an opposite side of the wound, and a line extending between the skin anchor and the tensioning apparatus to movably connect the anchor to the tensioning apparatus. The line is fixedly engaged with an anchor on one side of the wound while the tensioning apparatus provides tension on the line to draw the skin anchor and the tensioning apparatus toward each other and toward the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Wound Care Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Elliott, George M. Hoedeman, John J. Berkey, Paul J. Anderson, Robert C. Wilke
  • Patent number: 10849769
    Abstract: Self-expending stents that include circumferential rings of alternating interconnected struts connected by flexible connectors. The struts of the rings and flexible connectors have a structure, including areas of expanded or reduced width or thickness, to account for venous applications. When used for venous applications, the stents convey benefit from configurations that improve flexibility (due to the greater elasticity of venous applications) while maintaining enough stiffness to resist pressure on the venous structure in selected areas (such as for the May-Thurner syndrome). The stents include particular structural characteristics—often expressed as ratios between different measurements—that are particularly advantageous for (although not limited to) venous applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Vesper Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William James Harrison, Michael A. Longo
  • Patent number: 10849746
    Abstract: A delivery device includes a central elongate structure including an annular member at the distal end, a sheath, a plurality of tethers extending through the central elongate structure, a handle, and a control on the handle. The handle is connected to the elongate structure, the sheath, and the plurality of tether. The control is configured to move the sheath proximally and distally over the central elongate structure. The annular member includes a plurality of pockets extending radially therearound. Each tether includes a feature on a distal end thereof configured to fit within a pocket of the plurality of pockets to hold the tether in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Cephea Valve Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Gregg, Dan Wallace, Aaron Grogan, Crissly Crisostomo
  • Patent number: 10842481
    Abstract: A method for securing a suture to bone can include loading the suture in a distal opening of an inserter of an assembly. The suture can be coupled to soft tissue. The assembly can include the inserter, an anchor carried by the inserter, a distal tip and a driver each coupled to the inserter. A hole can be formed in the bone with the distal tip, and the distal opening and a portion of the suture can be positioned in the hole. The driver can be actuated to allow movement relative to the inserter and can be advanced in a first direction to drive the anchor about the inserter into the hole to secure the distal tip, anchor and suture to the bone with an absence of a knot. The driver can be moved in a second direction to remove the inserter from the distal tip, anchor and suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Palese, Gregory J. Denham, Daniel R. Norton
  • Patent number: 10842498
    Abstract: Method for using a clot retrieval device for treating a clot in a blood vessel for use in the treatment of ischemic stroke to reperfuse an obstructed vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NEURAVI LIMITED
    Inventors: David Vale, Eamon Brady, Michael Gilvarry, Mahmood Razavi, Patrick Griffin, Brendan Casey, Jason McNamara, David Hardiman, Kevin McArdle, Mairsil Claffey
  • Patent number: 10835362
    Abstract: A catheter device is disclosed for transvascular delivery of a medical device to a cardiac valve region of a patient. The catheter device comprises an elongate sheath (2) with releasable locking members for controllably locking the elongate sheath in a shape at least partly along its length from a relaxed state to a locked state when positioned in relation to a cardiac valve. Furthermore, alignment members (5) are provided to provide for a desired positioning in relation to the cardiac valve. Embolic protection (8) is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ITSO Medical AB
    Inventor: Erik Krahbichler
  • Patent number: 10835401
    Abstract: A stent delivery device is provided that includes an inner member defining a distal tip and a stent holding region, and an outer tubular member slidingly disposed over the inner member and configured to engage the distal tip. Seal members may be disposed on one or more of an outer surface of the inner member, the distal tip, and the outer tubular member. The seal members define a liquid-tight sealed chamber surrounding the stent holding region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Laura E. Christakis, Colby Harris, Gerald Fredrickson, Ramon Libarnes
  • Patent number: 10806438
    Abstract: An apparatus for sealing a puncture includes a cartridge, a pusher member, a sealant, and a tamping device on a proximal end of the cartridge. During use, the cartridge, sealant, and pusher member are advanced over a positioning member and into the puncture by advancing a cartridge hub carrying the tamping device. When further distal advancement of the cartridge is limited, the cartridge hub is further advanced, activating the tamping device, and causing the pusher member to advance relative to the sealant to compress the sealant within the puncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: ACCESS CLOSURE, INC.
    Inventors: Celso J. Bagaoisan, Juan Domingo, Sieu Duong
  • Patent number: 10779897
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use with and for selective connection to an instrument drive unit includes an end effector, an instrument drive connector including a plurality of drive assemblies, and a plurality of drive members in mechanical cooperation with the instrument drive connector and the end effector. Each drive assembly of the plurality of drive assemblies includes a drive screw including an elongated threaded body and a drive nut threadedly engaged with the elongated threaded body of the drive screw such that rotation of the drive screw results in longitudinal movement of the drive nut. Each drive member of the plurality of drive members includes a proximal end portion secured to a respective drive nut of one of the plurality of drive assemblies such that longitudinal translation of the respective drive nut causes longitudinal translation of the drive member to drive a function of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Brian Rockrohr
  • Patent number: 10772619
    Abstract: A button inserter apparatus for the insertion of a surgical button includes an inserter handle and an elongated inserter shaft connected at one end to the inserter handle. An inserter head is connected to the inserter shaft at an end opposite to the inserter handle. The inserter head includes opposing engagement projections for engaging and retaining a surgical button there between. One of the engagement projections is longitudinally movable relative to the other of the engagement projections. A button engage and release assembly extends from the inserter handle to the inserter head, and selectively prevents relative longitudinal movement between the engagement projections, and selectively permits relative movement of the engagement projections and thereby release of the surgical button. The engage and release assembly is operable from the inserter handle to cause relative longitudinal movement of the engagement projections and release of the surgical button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PARCUS MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Brunsvold, Barton W. Bracy, Joel Harshbarger
  • Patent number: 10765423
    Abstract: Suture delivered patches adapted for interposition, augmentation or repair devices for use in tendon and ligament repair, including rotator cuff repair, have been developed as well as methods for their delivery using suture guided arthroscopic methods. The repair patches may be provided from suitable biocompatible materials. The patches may be delivered using anchored sutures already in use during a surgical repair including, open, minimally invasive, endoscopic, and arthroscopic repair procedures. Additionally, fixation of the suture delivered repair patch is secured along with the normal suture securing workflow of the one or more sutures used to deliver the patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: New York Society for the Relief of the Ruptured and Crippled, Maintaing the Hospital for Special Surgery
    Inventor: Struan H. Coleman
  • Patent number: 10765418
    Abstract: Two spaced bodily tissues are approximated with a surgical tensioning device comprising a resilient member and a pressure locking device. The method comprises a step of routing one end of a length of suture through both spaced bodily tissues and inserting the suture end into and through the pressure locking device. The suture is then tensioned by pulling on the suture end passing through the pressure locking device. Responsive to tension changes in the suture, the pressure locking device is actuated by moving at least one surface in the pressure locking device to clamp the suture in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventor: Seth A Foerster
  • Patent number: 10758221
    Abstract: A construct is disclosed that may be used to repair or replace a natural ligament. The construct may be formed of materials for biocompatibility and/or resorbtion. The construct may be provided or connected to a soft anchor for connection to a bone portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Berelsman, Mark S Myerson, Kevin T. Stone