Patents Examined by Dianne Dornbusch
  • Patent number: 10561440
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient having thrombus includes providing a manipulation device including a housing configured to be supported by the hand of a user and having a distal and proximal end, a drive system disposed within the housing, and configured to rotate a rotation member, an engagement member coupled to the rotation member and configured to be removably coupled to an elongate medical device, an activation member carried by the housing such that it can be operated by at least a portion of the hand of the user when the housing is supported by the hand of the user, the drive system configured to apply motive force to the engagement member, securing an elongate member to the engagement member, introducing at least the distal end of the elongate member into a blood vessel adjacent a thrombus, operating the activation member to cause at least some rotation of the rotation member, which in turn causes at least some rotation of the distal end of the elongate member at or near the thrombus, and aspirating a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Vesatek, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Look, Bradley S. Culbert
  • Patent number: 10548590
    Abstract: A system for repairing a meniscus includes a suture that includes a first anchor, a second anchor, and a flexible portion connecting the first anchor and the second anchor. The flexible portion includes a self-locking slide knot between the first anchor and the second anchor. The system also includes a needle having a longitudinal extending bore and an open end. The bore is configured to receive the first anchor and the second anchor. The system further includes a body portion operatively connected to the needle at a distal end of the body portion. The body portion has a lumen. The system also includes a pusher configured to rotate and slide within the lumen of the body portion and the longitudinal extending bore of the needle. The pusher has first and second stop surfaces, each of which is constructed and arranged to engage a proximal end of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ivy Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Vaughan Harris, Nadine Beverly Nelson
  • Patent number: 10543086
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided, including a plurality of anchoring elements, each of the anchoring elements being an elongate element that is curved to define an opening. A housing holds each of the anchoring elements. A mandrel is reversibly disposable through the openings defined by the anchoring elements. The anchoring elements are configured such that, in response to removal of the mandrel from the openings, ends of the anchoring elements automatically move outwardly, and diameters of the openings decrease, due to elastic loading of the anchoring elements. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Yossi Tuval
  • Patent number: 10543011
    Abstract: The invention relates to a papillotome for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy comprising a front opening (11), which is located in a free end region of a catheter (10) and at the outlet of a first lumen (12), a rear opening (9), which is further from a free end (17) than the front opening (11) is and which connects the first lumen (12) to the outside, and a cutting wire (16), which is located in the first lumen (12) in an axially displaceable manner and extends through the front opening (11) and the rear opening (9) and is located on the outside between the front opening (11) and the rear opening (9). When the cutting wire (16) is tensioned, the free end region is deformed in a arc shape and the cutting wire (16) forms a transversely extending cutting edge (15) between the front opening (11) and the rear opening (9). The front opening (11) is arranged at a distance of at least 3 mm from the free end (17). A projection (20) is formed between the free end (17) and the front opening (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: KLINIKEN DER STADT KOELN GGMBH
    Inventor: Arno Dormann
  • Patent number: 10537456
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for endoscopically implanting a medical implant, including an anchor, within a body cavity such as adjacent the gastroesophageal junction in a human stomach. The system includes one or more anchors positionable within one or more openings formed in tissue within the body cavity, such as cutouts formed in plicated body tissue. Tools are disclosed for positioning the anchors within the openings, and for coupling a food restrictor to the anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Crews, Bretton Swope, Justen England
  • Patent number: 10537319
    Abstract: A suture anchor assembly includes an anchor body having a central longitudinal axis, a proximal end, a distal end, a passage extending along the central longitudinal axis from an opening at the proximal end through a portion of a length of the anchor body, and a helical thread that defines a perimeter the proximal end of the anchor body. The passage has a first wall portion and a second wall portion. A rigid support extends across the passage and has a first portion and a second portion spaced from the first portion. The first portion is attached to the first wall portion and the second portion is attached to the second wall portion. A suture strand having a suture length is threaded into the passage, supported by the rigid support, and threaded past the proximal end of the anchor body. The rigid support is spaced axially away from the opening, and the suture strand extends out of the opening of the anchor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dreyfuss, William C. Benavitz
  • Patent number: 10524819
    Abstract: Methods for accessing a disc space of a patient as a part of an interbody fusion, as well as the tools employed therewith. An exemplary method may include inserting a leading end of an tool into the patient's back at a location on the posterior surface that is laterally offset from a patient's spinous process and disc. The tool's initial entry into the patient may be from a posterior approach. As the tool is advanced along its designated path, it begins to deviate from the posterior approach towards a lateral approach. When the leading end reaches the disc, it may access the disc from a lateral or substantially lateral location. The tool may be used to access the disc location, to remove disc material, to deliver a cutting tool for removing the disc material, and other steps associated with the spinal interbody fusion procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Smith
  • Patent number: 10512455
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for sealing a puncture through tissue includes an introducer sheath sized for introduction into a puncture, cartridge sized for insertion into the introducer carrying a sealant, and a locking element for coupling the introducer sheath to the cartridge. When the cartridge is advanced into the introducer sheath, the locking element couples the introducer sheath to the cartridge such that subsequent retraction of the cartridge causes the introducer sheath to retract, thereby deploying the sealant from the cartridge within the puncture beyond the introducer sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Access Closure, Inc.
    Inventors: Celso J Bagaoisan, Sieu Duong, Fred H. Co, Juan Domingo
  • Patent number: 10478296
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a prosthetic heart valve includes a steerable guide catheter, a balloon catheter, and a flex indicator. The guide catheter has a handle and a guide tube extending from the handle. The guide tube has a distal end portion comprising a steerable section. The guide catheter further includes an adjustment mechanism on the handle and a pull wire connecting the adjustment mechanism to the steerable section for changing flexion of the steerable section. The balloon catheter includes a shaft extending coaxially through the guide tube. The shaft includes a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The balloon catheter further includes a balloon mounted on the distal end portion of the shaft. The flex indicator moves relative to the handle upon adjustment of the adjustment mechanism. The handle includes visual indicia adjacent the flex indicator to provide visual indication of the flexion of the steerable section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Thanh Huy Le, Tri D. Tran, Ronaldo C. Cayabyab, David M. Taylor, Antonio O. Vidal, Robert Bowes
  • Patent number: 10470771
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides annular support structures for use in conjunction with stapling devices. These annular support structures may be suitable for reducing occurrences of leaking, bleeding and/or stricture, as well as anastomotic tension, when anastomosing various body structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: William D'Agostino, Michael Bettuchi
  • Patent number: 10456253
    Abstract: A heart valve delivery apparatus includes a valve carrying member. A prosthetic valve is crimped onto the valve carrying member at a location that is distal or proximal to the balloon member, thereby providing a smaller profile delivery apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Thanh Huy Le, Tri D. Tran, Ronaldo C. Cayabyab, David M. Taylor, Antonio O. Vidal, Robert Bowes
  • Patent number: 10448944
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention includes a filamentary fixation system including a sleeve formed of filamentary material including an interior and an exterior surface along a length defined between a first end and a second end, the sleeve having a coating adapted to allow for tissue ingrowth, and a filament formed of filamentary material including a first free end and a second free end, and a length therebetween, at least a portion of the filament positioned within the interior of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: José Raúl Marchand, Ryan E. Yearsley, Kyle Craig Pilgeram
  • Patent number: 10441256
    Abstract: Among other things, there are disclosed apparatuses and methods for medically sealing an opening in a vessel or wall. For example, in medical applications, a delivery tube is provided for insertion through a sheath into a vessel (e.g. a blood vessel). A dome-shaped seal fixed to a filament, an absorbent and/or compressible buffer, and a locking member are provided in the delivery tube. The delivery tube is configured so that it can be inserted into the vessel through a sheath. Tension is maintained on the filament to hold the seal against the tube or sheath. The sheath is pulled out, which pulls out the tube at the same time, leaving the seal over the opening in the vessel wall. The locking member compresses the buffer against the outside of the vessel and with the filament holds the seal in place against the inside of a vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: Cook Medical Technologies LLC, Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: Ram H. Paul, Jr., Cleon Stanley, Brian L. Bates, F. Joseph Obermiller, Thomas A. Osborne, Sean D. Chambers
  • Patent number: 10441264
    Abstract: A soft tissue repair assembly. The assembly includes a flexible member having first and second ends, and a strand passing through the flexible member. The strand has first and second strand ends extending through the flexible member, such that pulling at least one of the first and second strand ends changes the flexible member from a first shape suitable for insertion through soft tissue to a second shape suitable for securely lodging the soft tissue repair assembly relative to soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Troy M. Walters, Andrew Holst
  • Patent number: 10441419
    Abstract: A method of delivery a prosthetic heart valve includes inserting a delivery apparatus and a prosthetic heart valve into a patient's vasculature. The delivery apparatus includes a steerable guide catheter, a balloon catheter, and a flex indicator. The balloon catheter extends coaxially through the guide catheter, the prosthetic heart valve is mounted on a distal end portion of the balloon catheter, and the flex indicator is movably coupled to a handle of the guide catheter. The method further includes adjusting flexion of a steerable section of the guide catheter to position the prosthetic heart valve. The flex indicator moves relative to the handle of the guide catheter as the flexion of the steerable section is adjusted, and the handle comprises one or more visual indicators adjacent the flex indicator to provide visual indication of an amount of flexion of the steerable section of the guide catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Thanh Huy Le, Tri D. Tran, Ronaldo C. Cayabyab, David M. Taylor, Antonio O. Vidal, Robert Bowes
  • Patent number: 10433946
    Abstract: A catheter device for transvascular delivery of a medical device to a cardiac valve region of a patient comprises an elongate sheath with a first lumen, a distal end for positioning at a heart valve, a second lumen that extends parallel to or in the sheath, and an expandable embolic protection filter. The filter is arranged to extend from an orifice of the second lumen and, in the expanded, covers ostia of the side branch vessels in the aortic arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SWAT Medical AB
    Inventor: Erik Krahbichler
  • Patent number: 10433838
    Abstract: A device for forming a tissue fold includes a recess and an opening at the end of the recess. Tissue is drawn into the recess and through the opening using a tissue engaging element. As the tissue is drawn through the opening, the tissue layers are compressed together. A fastener is used to secure the tissue fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ENDOGASTRIC SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Harshman
  • Patent number: 10434605
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a body implant comprising the steps of: providing a wire; producing predetermined cuts of the cross section of the wire by means of an ultrashort pulse laser in order to produce a predetermined shape of the body implant. This method can be used to produce, for example, a body implant, an assembly consisting of a guide wire and a body implant, or a medical instrument having a guide wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ADMEDES SCHUESSLER GMBH
    Inventors: Nils-Agne Feth, Alexander Lange, Ralf Steiner
  • Patent number: 10398464
    Abstract: Systems for nerve and tissue modulation are disclosed. An example system may include a first elongate element having a distal end and a proximal end and having at least one nerve modulation element disposed adjacent the distal end. The nerve modulation element may be positioned or moveable to target a particular target region. The nerve modulation element may be an ultrasound transducer. The nerve modulation element may be configured to be operated at a low intensity to provide a thermal nerve block or a high intensity to effect tissue modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Roger N. Hastings, Mark L. Jenson
  • Patent number: 10398441
    Abstract: An occlusive system for the vasculature and an embolic coil used in such an occlusive system is described. Also described is an occlusive plug which can be used for occlusive purposes within the vasculature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Terumo Corporation
    Inventors: Sheila Warner, Jacqueline Macias, Jessica Liang, Wendy Graczyk