Patents Examined by Eric Rosen
  • Patent number: 10271870
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to intraluminal procedures, and, more particularly, to a contra-rotating cutting assembly for use with an atherectomy device to remove occlusive material from an occluded lumen, such as a blood vessel or other body lumen. The contra-rotating cutting assembly includes a rotatable housing having a distal end, an opposing proximal end and a lumen extending between the distal and proximal ends. The housing is configured to rotate about a longitudinal axis in a first direction. The cutting assembly further includes a rotatable cutter head positioned within at least a portion of the lumen of the housing and in coaxial alignment with the housing. The cutter head is configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: VOLCANO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Torrey P Smith, Douglas E Rowe, Paul Quentin Escudero, August Christopher Pombo
  • Patent number: 10258343
    Abstract: A left atrial appendage occluder comprises an elastic closure disc, and a supporting structure connecting with the closure disc and being located on one side of the closure disc, with the supporting structure comprising a central end connecting with the closure disc and a plurality of interconnected and bent struts, wherein at least one anchoring thorn is set near the end of at least one strut with the anchoring thorn toward the closure disc. The left atrial appendage occluder has a stable structure, a good positioning and sealing effect on the cavity wall in the left atrial appendage, and it is easy to position repeatedly; it can also be recycled before separating from a conveyor. When in surgical operation, the left atrial appendage occluder can select the position area based on the actual shape and size of the patient's left atrial appendage, so the surgical risk is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lifetech Scientific (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Anning Li, Deyuan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10258367
    Abstract: A surgical knife safety device having a handle, a blade connected to the handle, and a guard carried by the handle for sliding movement between a retracted position in which the blade is exposed for use, and an extended position for covering the sharp cutting edge of the blade. In the retracted position, an enlarged guard radius is provided at the distal end of the handle to allow improved handle control and blade orientation. The enlarged guard radius is positioned to allow the user to firmly grip a large distal handle portion which is preferably molded as a single piece with the blade holder, preventing unwanted blade or handle movement due to guard mechanism tolerances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Beaver-Visitec International (US), Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Morawski, Dana M. Cote, Patrick T. Thrailkill, David S. Seebauer, Mohan Rajasekaran, Brian Rapp
  • Patent number: 10251673
    Abstract: A medical device insertion system, and a method of using the system, to mate trocars inside a patient during a medical procedure, the system including a first trocar having a first end to insert into a patient, and a second end at which a first user control is provided, and a second trocar having a first end to insert into a patient, and a second end at which a second user control is provided, wherein the respective first ends of the first and second trocars are formed so as to mate to one another inside the patient to form a continuous path between the respective second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Arkis Biosciences Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Seaver, James Alexander Killeffer, Chris Arnott
  • Patent number: 10245062
    Abstract: A surgical device is provided which is formed of a pair of engageable members each having first and second channels which define respective first and second tunnels through the removably engaged members. Apertures through a proximal endwall provide a path for a cabled imaging component through said first tunnel to provide images of tissue surrounding the device, and an opening in the endwall of the paired members provides access to the second tunnel for a surgical blade for cutting tissue positioned in a gap between the paired members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Stuart Seymour
  • Patent number: 10245049
    Abstract: Thrombus removal systems and devices and methods of using the same. In an exemplary embodiment of a thrombus removal system of the present disclosure, the thrombus removal system comprises an umbrella catheter comprising an umbrella catheter tube and an umbrella positioned at least partially within the umbrella catheter tube when in a compressed configuration and positioned external to the umbrella catheter tube when in a deployed configuration, and a balloon catheter configured to fit around at least part of the umbrella catheter, the balloon catheter comprising a balloon catheter tube and a balloon coupled thereto, the balloon capable of inflation within a lumen of a mammalian vessel to substantially or completely occlude the lumen of the mammalian vessel, wherein the thrombus removal system is configured to disrupt and/or dissolve and remove at least a portion of a thrombus positioned within the lumen of the mammalian vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CVDevices, LLC
    Inventor: Ghassan S. Kassab
  • Patent number: 10238381
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading suture needles into a surgical instrument comprises a body, a first movable member, an engagement feature, and a needle. The body has a channel configured to receive a surgical instrument. The engagement feature is configured to open a cover of a surgical instrument upon insertion of a surgical instrument into the channel of the body. The first movable member is configured to deliver the suture needle to a surgical instrument after a surgical instrument has been inserted into the channel and the cover has been opened. The apparatus may further comprise a second movable member configured to facilitate delivery of the needle to a surgical instrument in conjunction with the first movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Benjamin D. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 10238545
    Abstract: A device for removing earwax from an ear canal includes a shaft; and an earwax collector head at an end of the shaft. The collector head is in the form of a helical strip surrounding a substantially elongated space. The helical strip has a cross section such that an outward facing surface of the helical strip is substantially flat and an interior surface of the helical strip radially tapers to an inward facing edge. A distal end of the helical strip tapers to present a wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Earways Medical LTD.
    Inventors: Amir Kraitzer, Miri Fahn
  • Patent number: 10206756
    Abstract: A tool for a dismantlable medical instrument includes a first component, which surrounds a cavity for receiving a distal end of a shank, and a second component with a catch, which protrudes into the cavity surrounded by the first component to form a bayonet connection with a distal end of a shank protruding into the cavity, by engagement of the catch in a slit or a groove at the distal end of the shank. The first component has a recess into which the second component is fitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Kaercher, Jochen Stefan
  • Patent number: 10206685
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus for a lumen occlusion device includes a pusher configured for releasably coupling with and pushing and pulling a proximal end of the occlusion device in a distal or proximal direction and a distal control wire capable of releasably coupling with the distal end and the proximal end of the occlusion device. The control wire may be configured for moving the distal end of the occlusion device in both proximal and distal directions allowing precise simultaneous control of both proximal and distal ends of the occlusion device. Control of both ends provides for placing the occlusion device in tension during delivery through a delivery catheter, thereby reducing delivery forces, achieving greater compaction of the occlusion device in the lumen, and precisely locating both distal and proximal ends of the occlusion device within the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ENDOSHAPE, INC.
    Inventors: Julie Trommeter, Charles Barkenbus, Jeffrey Castleberry, William Aldrich, Jon Page, Paul Burek, Stan Needle, Frank Becking, Dean Carson, Jessi Watson
  • Patent number: 10206667
    Abstract: Provided herein are laparoscopic tissue removal systems, components, and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation
    Inventors: Erich T. Wyckoff, Daniel J. Gibson, Christopher D. Batich, Gregory Scott Schultz
  • Patent number: 10201365
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein are directed to surgical instruments with visual feedback. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument with visual feedback comprises an end effector. The end effector has a first jaw member and a second jaw member. At least one sensor is coupled to the end effector. The at least one sensor is configured convert at least one state of the end effector to a feedback signal. The feedback signal is corresponding to the at least one state of the end effector. The feedback signal may be transmitted to a display to render a visual representation of the at least one state of the end effector. The surgical instrument may further comprise an instrument mounting portion to mount to a robotic surgical system. The instrument mounting portion comprises an interface to mechanically and electrically interface to the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chad P. Boudreaux, Gregory W. Johnson, Kristen T. Shoger, Nicholas G. Molitor, Randolph Stewart, Gregory A. Trees, David K. Norvell, Michael J. Andreyko, Shawn C. Snyder, Jonathan T. Batross, Megan A. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10195016
    Abstract: An implant delivery system for delivering a sheet-like implant is disclosed. The implant delivery system includes a distal guidewire port for receiving the proximal end of guidewire after the guidewire distal end has been affixed to a first point on bone or other tissue. The implant delivery system is tracked over the guidewire to a selected position defined by the guidewire attachment. The device includes an implant spreader assembly disposed proximate the distal end of a delivery shaft. The implant spreader assembly includes a first arm and a second arm. The arms are coupled to the delivery shaft such that the first arm and second arm are moveable between a closed position and an open position. When pivoting to the open position the distal end of each arm travels in a generally transverse direction to spread a sheet-like implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, John Quackenbush, Jeff Sims
  • Patent number: 10188507
    Abstract: An intraocular lens injection system, a controller to control an intraocular lens injection device, a method for controlling an intraocular lens injection instrument, and a program therefor for preferably injecting an intraocular lens are provided. A push-out member including a drive part to push out a soft intraocular lens by the drive part, an observation member to obtain an observed image of the intraocular lens pushed out by the push-out member, and a determination member to determine a drive parameter of the drive part based on the observed image are provided. The intraocular lens includes an optical part and a support part to support the optical part in a patient's eye, and the determination member determines the drive parameter according to at least a shape of the support part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 10172642
    Abstract: A cannula is placed in an enlarged opening through a bladder wall and an abdominal wall by applying pulling tension to a placement guide extending through a small pathway to hold an inflated placement balloon in sealing contact with the bladder wall. The seal confines distension fluid in the bladder to establish sufficient reactive resistance to enlarge the opening through the bladder wall with blunt force dilation from an obturator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SWAN VALLEY MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ronald E. Zook, Laurence K. Sampson, Mark Carl
  • Patent number: 10154926
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods for modifying an intraocular pressure of a patient's one or both eyes are disclosed. The assemblies and methods can be used to treat, inhibit, or prevent ocular conditions such as glaucoma, high intraocular pressure, optic disc edema, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, zero-gravity induced papilledema, and other optic pressure related conditions. An assembly can include a goggle including at least one cavity, a pump in fluid communication with the at least one cavity, and a control mechanism. The control mechanism can be operatively coupled to the pump and can maintain a target pressure or target pressure range in the at least one cavity, which, when the assembly is worn by a patient, is the area between a patient's eye(s) and wall surfaces of the goggle. Controlling the pressure over the outer surfaces of the patient's eye(s) can drive a desired change in the intraocular pressure of the eye(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: John Berdahl
  • Patent number: 10149726
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for initializing a surgical tool are provided. In general, a surgical tool can include an end effector, an elongate shaft, and a wrist that couples the end effector to a distal end of the shaft. The wrist can be configured to facilitate movement of the end effector relative to the shaft. The surgical tool can include multiple flexible members configured to move, either individually or as a group including any plural number of the flexible members, to cause the movement of the end effector relative to the shaft by pivoting at the wrist. The movement of the end effector can include movement between an unarticulated position and an articulated position. The surgical tool can also include one or more homing members configured to be selectively actuated to force the end effector into the unarticulated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventor: John A. Hibner
  • Patent number: 10149695
    Abstract: A surgical instrument may include a housing, a first actuation member configured; a coupler operatively connected to the first actuation member for imparting a reciprocating action to a portion of the instrument, a second actuation member configured for imparting a rotational action to a portion of the instrument, a first cannula operatively connected to the second actuation member, such that the first cannula is configured for rotational movement with respect to the housing, and a wire member at least partially disposed within the first cannula and fixed to the coupler, the wire member configured to rotate and reciprocate with the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nico Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph L. Mark, Brian C. Dougherty
  • Patent number: 10143514
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for retracting a cutting assembly in the event of a failure on a motorized electrosurgical device. For instance, a surgical device is provided that includes a handle portion with an elongated shaft having first and second jaws. The device includes a cutting assembly configured to cut tissue engaged between the first and second jaws. A motor is included to drive the cutting assembly, and a processor is coupled to the motor. An actuator on the device is configured to receive an input from a user that causes power to be supplied to the motor. The device has a normal mode in which the processor controls the motor, and the device has a bailout mode in which the processor is bypassed and power is delivered directly to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Overmyer, Rudolph H. Nobis, Aaron C. Voegele, Catherine A. Corbett, David C. Yates, Chad P. Boudreaux
  • Patent number: 10130739
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates to a device for aspirating a biological tissue from a subject. The device can comprise a flexible, hollow shaft and an ultrasound assembly. The shaft can have a central portion that extends between a proximal end and a distal end thereof. The shaft can include a first lumen that extends between the proximal and distal ends. The ultrasound assembly can be connected to the distal end of the shaft. The ultrasound assembly can include a casing, at least one ultrasound transducer disposed within the casing, and a second lumen that extends through the ultrasound assembly and is in fluid communication with the first lumen. The at least one ultrasound transducer can be configured to generate acoustical waves having an intensity and frequency sufficient to disrupt, but not substantially damage, the biological tissue so that the biological tissue can be aspirated through the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Chad Walton, Rich Allsop, Mark T Khemmani