Patents Examined by Eric Rosen
  • Patent number: 9717523
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pericardiocentesis needle component (10), comprising a guide wire (13) and a puncture needle (12). The guide wire (13) extends into and through the puncture needle (12), and the guide wire (13) comprises a bent section (32) at the distal end and a straight section at the proximal end. The bent section (32) at the distal end is formed by bending the guide wire (13), and the end of the bent section is a pointed-shape structure. The guide wire (13) is made of a highly elastic material. The pointed end rotates at least 90 degrees within a range of no more than 3 mm starting from the pointed end at the bent section (32) of the guide wire. The pericardiocentesis needle component (10) of the present invention is less likely to damage a heart during a pericardiocentesis procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SYNAPTIC MEDICAL (BEIJING) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Feng, Jie Gong, Xin Hua, Sophia Wang Hansen
  • Patent number: 9693857
    Abstract: Provided is technology which can prevent plunger deformation and further stabilize an intraocular lens insertion operation, even when an insertion tube section of an intraocular lens insertion apparatus has been further reduced in terms of the diameter thereof and has been made flatter. The intraocular lens insertion apparatus includes: a tip end region where a plunger comes into contact with an intraocular lens main body and an intraocular lens holding section; and a bar-shaped section extending from the rear end of this tip end region to the rear of the plunger. The bar-shaped section has a fixed thickness in the direction of the optical axis of the intraocular lens, and has an increasing thickness in a portion where the distance from the tip end of the tip end region is equal to or greater than a predetermined distance in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis direction and perpendicular to the plunger advancement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Kowa Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akinori Marunaka, Toshihide Tanaka, Yuji Nagura, Shuji Abe
  • Patent number: 9681966
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tubular medical implant is provided. The method includes forming a hollow first tube with a first diameter and a first plurality of pores formed thereon and a hollow second tube with a second unstretched diameter and a second plurality of pores formed thereon. The second unstretched diameter is greater than the first diameter. At least a portion of the first tube slides within the second tube to create an overlapped area of the first tube and the second tube. The first tube and second tube are then bonded together in the overlapped area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: SMed-TA/TD, LLC
    Inventors: Troy D. Knapp, Gregory C. Stalcup, Joseph W. Jurick, Paul S. Nebosky
  • Patent number: 9681887
    Abstract: A support apparatus for supporting a trocar while the trocar extends through a body wall of a patient includes an inflatable collar extending around the trocar which can be inflated to a predetermined size by a source of fluid where the source of fluid is located on the trocar support apparatus itself so as to be carried thereby and is defined by a pump mechanism to provide a fixed volume allowing inflation only to a fixed size. An abutment member is shaped to be received on an outer surface of the trocar sleeve and adjustable longitudinally of the trocar sleeve so as to be located at a selected position. A tube connecting the pump on the abutment to the inflatable collar is wrapped helically around the sleeve of the trocar. The collar includes a sleeve portion which can be unrolled on to the trocar sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Surgical Stabilization Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: John Stephen Pacak, Heather Dawn Diamond, Caroline Alison Corbett
  • Patent number: 9675405
    Abstract: Methods and devices for controlling motorized surgical devices are provided. In general, the methods and devices can allow a surgical device to grasp and cut tissue. In some embodiments, the device can include at least one sensor and a motor, and an output of the motor can be configured to be adjusted based at least in part on an output from the at least one sensor. The output of the motor can be configured to provide power for translation of a cutting element along an end effector of the device. Adjusting the motor's output can cause the cutting element to translate through the end effector at different speeds, thereby allowing the cutting element to cut through tissue being grasped by the end effector at different speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. Trees, Chad P. Boudreaux, Matthew C. Miller, Mark A. Davison, David C. Yates, John A. Hibner, Jill A. Inkrott-Smith
  • Patent number: 9662236
    Abstract: A stent delivery system wherein, in a gap between an inner tube body and an outer tube body, a sealing member is arranged on the proximal side relative to a distal opening of a lumen, which extends from the proximal end of the inner tube body, and a guide wire leading-out hole. The inner circumferential surface of the sealing member is fixed to the outer circumferential surface of a first proximal tube of the inner tube body, and the outer circumferential surface of the sealing member is in sliding contact with the inner circumferential surface of a second proximal tube of the outer tube body. When blood or the like enters into the stent delivery system via the distal ends of the inner tube body and the outer tube body, progress of the blood or the like toward an operating unit side is inhibited by the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Masubuchi
  • Patent number: 9662102
    Abstract: A suture holding system including a suture and a block having first, second and third regions for receiving the suture, having proximal and distal ends, is provided. The suture is received in the first and second regions of the block, defining a first suture portion, and is then received in the third region before passing between the block and the first suture portion, defining a second suture portion. In this configuration, pulling on the distal end of the suture selectively locks the suture to block, whereas pulling on the proximal end of the suture allows the suture to advance freely in that direction. Suture holding system may also include a second block, being rotated 180 degrees with respect to the first block. A delivery device for implanting the suture holding system in soft tissue and methods for repairing a tear in soft tissue are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rickey Hart, Thore Zantop
  • Patent number: 9662141
    Abstract: A colpotransilluminator is provided for arrangement on a uterus manipulator, wherein the colpotransilluminator is designed in a sleeve-shaped manner of an elastic material. The colpotransilluminator at a distal first axial end forms a portio receiver and at a proximal second end forms a vaginal seal. In a central region between the first and the second axial ends, the colpotransilluminator is designed in a waist-shaped manner and includes axially extending stretch folds in the region of the waist. A uterus manipulator is also provided with such a colpotransilluminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Richard Wolf GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Boebel, Eberhard K├Ârner, Reiner Klostermann
  • Patent number: 9656058
    Abstract: Techniques for insertion of a cochlear implant include using a rotatable manipulator magnet to steer the tip of the cochlear implant. Steering can use magnetic torque and/or force between the manipulator magnet and a magnetic element coupled to the tip of the cochlear implant to control bending of the cochlear implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jacob J. Abbott, James R. Clark, Frank M. Warren
  • Patent number: 9655633
    Abstract: A thromboembolic removal system for treating ischemic stroke, including a guide and occlusion catheter, a delivery and aspiration catheter, an aspiration pump, a thromboembolic receiver, and a thromboembolic separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Penumbra, Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksander Leynov, Dave Barry, Vikas Gupta, Arani Bose
  • Patent number: 9636125
    Abstract: Devices and methods for removing an obstruction from a blood vessel are described. The devices are deployed in a collapsed condition and are then expanded within the body. The devices are then manipulated to engage and remove the obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: CONCENTRIC MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Ivan Sepetka, Emily Vu, Dan Nguyen, John Miller, Ryan Pierce, Tiffany T. Ngo, Norman Fung
  • Patent number: 9636065
    Abstract: A leakage detecting implant can detect leakage of body fluid from an incision, resection, or other internal surgical site in a subject. The leakage detecting implant can include: one or more biodegradable colorant members having a tissue-contacting inner surface and an opposite outer surface; a resilient member having an inner surface coupled to the outer surface of the one or more colorant members; and a cover member having a body with an internal chamber and an opening on a tissue-contacting side, the internal chamber containing the resilient member and at least a portion of the one or more biodegradable colorant members with the tissue-contacting inner surface exposed through the opening, the cover member having an inner surface of the internal chamber coupled to an outer surface of the resilient member, the tissue-contacting side having one or more affixation surfaces adapted to be affixed to tissue of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Prashant Borkar, Mangesh Patankar, Rahul Nair, Cinish Puthiyedathu Varghese
  • Patent number: 9629650
    Abstract: A laparoscopy tool includes a sheath and a control wire slideably disposed within a lumen of the sheath. The sheath has a diameter of less than 1.6 mm and is introduced through an abdominal incision. A handle axially displaces the control wire within the lumen and operates a conventional tip with wire-controlled opposing jaws that is introduced through the umbilicus and has a bore formed in its trailing end. A first set of blades in the bore engage grooves formed in the leading end of the control wire and a second set of blades engages the sheath to prevent sheath retraction. A cam displaces the second set of blades away from the sheath for sheath introduction and removal, and toward the sheath to prevent sheath retraction. The tip is removed through the umbilicus and the tool is removed through the abdominal incision when the surgery is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: University of South Florida, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Richard Hart, Mario Alves Simoes, Philip James Hipol, Kevin Hufford
  • Patent number: 9615817
    Abstract: A wound closure apparatus can be a self-contained device for delivery and deployment of a tissue engineered wound plug that can secure fascial closure of laparoscopic port-site wounds. The wound plug can include a subfascial rivet head, a suprafascial rivet head, and a compressible column. Once in the wound, the wound plug may be deployed with the subfascial rivet head below the fascia of the wound and the suprafascial rivet head above the fascia of the wound. As this occurs, the column of the wound plug can be stationed within the opening of the wound. Once the wound plug is secured above, below, and within the fascial defect, the rivet heads may be interlocked within an inner channel of the column and remaining elements of the apparatus may be removed and discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Surgical Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Peter E. Bippart, Diane S. Kindred
  • Patent number: 9610076
    Abstract: A device is provided for closing a wound, such as a percutaneous access site. The device is inserted into the wound, and a helically shaped pusher is actuated to penetrate a wall of the wound. The pusher extends a suture through the tissue wall. After the suture is extending through the tissue wall, the pusher is retracted out of the tissue, while the suture remains extending through the tissue. The suture may then be used to close the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Jeffry S. Melsheimer, Edwin Macatangay, Bradley Foulke
  • Patent number: 9603616
    Abstract: A dissector including a body, a first arm, a second arm, and a string and methods for use thereof. The first arm extending from the body towards a distal end thereof and the second arm extending from the body towards a distal end thereof. One end of the string is coupled to the first arm adjacent the distal end thereof and the other end of the string is coupled to the second arm adjacent the distal end thereof. The first and second arms have an expanded configuration such that the string is taut and have a collapsed configuration such that the string is slack. The string is configured to dissect tissue when the first and second arms are in the expanded configuration. The string may oscillate to dissect tissue. The distal ends of the first and second arms may atraumatically dissect tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Katelyn Galer, Justin Williams, Danyel Racenet, Kevin Sniffin, Stanislaw Marczyk, Saumya Banerjee
  • Patent number: 9603597
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a non-deforming surgical fastener are discussed. In one embodiment, the fastener includes two legs and a backspan extending between the two legs. The fastener also includes a backspan thickness that is adapted to reduce the pressure and/or increase the holding strength applied to underlying materials. The non-deforming fastener is constructed and arranged to retain substantially the same shape before, during and after deployment into the target implantation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Davol, Inc. (a C.R. Bard Company)
    Inventors: Saurav V. Gupta, Kevin J. Ranucci
  • Patent number: 9597105
    Abstract: A dissector including a body, a first arm, a second arm, and a string. The first arm extending from the body towards a distal end thereof and the second arm extending from the body towards a distal end thereof. One end of the string is coupled to the first arm adjacent the distal end thereof and the other end of the string is coupled to the second arm adjacent the distal end thereof. The first and second arms have an expanded configuration such that the string is taut and have a collapsed configuration such that the string is slack. The string is configured to dissect tissue when the first and second arms are in the expanded configuration. The string may oscillate to dissect tissue. The distal ends of the first and second arms may atraumatically dissect tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Katelyn Galer, Justin Williams, Danyel Racenet, Kevin Sniffin, Stanislaw Marczyk, Saumya Banerjee
  • Patent number: 9592121
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for use in the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve regurgitation, specifically a coaptation assistance element for implantation across the valve; a system including the coaptation assistance element and anchors for implantation; a system including the coaptation assistance element and delivery catheter; and a method for transcatheter implantation of a coaptation element across a heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Middle Peak Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander K. Khairkhahan
  • Patent number: 9592035
    Abstract: An excisional device for either handheld car stereotactic table use may comprise an outer sheath that may comprise a distal scoopula shape configured to penetrate and/or cut tissue independently or in concert with work element(s). The articulable work element(s) may comprise articulable beak(s) and may be configured to translate and/or rotate at a first rate and to cut tissue in a direction implied by placement of the scoopula shaped outer sheath. A first helical element or equivalent assembly may be configured to transport tissue cut by the work element(s) and/or scoopula, may be co-axially disposed relative to the work element(s) and may be operative to rotate at a second rotation rate that is different than the first rate. A proximal sheath may be co-axially disposed relative to the work element(s) and the first helical element, and may be configured to rotate and actuate the work element(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: TransMed7, LLC
    Inventors: James W Vetter, Eugene H Vetter, Daniel E Clark, Alisen E Vetter, Paul A Vetter