Patents Examined by George J Ulsh
  • Patent number: 11116543
    Abstract: A surgical instrument and method for implantation of follicular units into the scalp of a patient, includes a non-incising cylindrical tip attached to a distal end of a handle body, wherein the non-incising cylindrical tip defines a lumen and a slot for cradling a follicular unit in preparation for implantation. The lumen and the slot are configured to load a follicular unit through the slot into the lumen and to accommodate the loaded follicular unit in the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Parsa Mohebi
  • Patent number: 11116496
    Abstract: A surgical suturing device has a guide tip defining cuff receiving and tissue bite areas. The guide tip has at least one needle guide configured to guide at least one needle through the cuff receiving area and the tissue bite area. Another surgical suturing device has a guide tip defining cuff receiving and tissue bite areas. The guide tip has at least one pair of needle guides configured to guide both the needles of at least one pair of needles through the cuff receiving area and the tissue bite area. The guide tip also has at least one pair of ferrule receiving apertures. The cuff receiving area and the tissue bite area are oriented to avoid cross-over of a suture passed by the at least one pair of needles through tissue in the tissue bite area and a replacement anatomical device sewing cuff in the cuff receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: LSI SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 11116629
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus for implanting a prosthetic implant in a native lumen of the body includes a handle portion, and a first shaft extending from and movable relative to the handle portion. The first shaft has a proximal end portion coupled to the handle portion and a distal end portion. The delivery apparatus further includes a second shaft extending from the handle portion and coaxially disposed within the first shaft. The second shaft has a proximal end portion coupled to the handle portion and a distal end portion configured to mount a prosthetic implant in a radially compressed state. The handle portion of the delivery apparatus also includes a steering assembly configured to move the first shaft longitudinally relative to the second shaft while concurrently flexing the second shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Arthur Passman, Linda Thai, Michael C. Murad
  • Patent number: 11110202
    Abstract: A differential tissue-engineered nerve including motor-like nerves and sensory-like nerves. The motor-like nerve and the sensory-like nerve respectively includes a motor-like nerve outer tube and a motor-like nerve fiber in the outer tube as well as a sensory-like nerve outer tube and a sensory-like nerve fiber in the outer tube. Schwann cells and/or fibroblasts derived from motor nerves and sensory nerves are respectively contained in surfaces or pores of the motor-like and sensory-like nerve outer tubes. Transsynaptic signal molecules Neuroligin-1 and Neuroligin-2 are contained in surfaces or pores of the motor-like and sensory-like nerve fibers. Neuroligin-1 is selectively used to specifically promote synaptic remodeling of motor neurons, while Neuroligin-2 is selectively used to specifically promote synaptic remodeling of sensory neurons, so that repair efficiency of motor nerve cells and sensory nerve cells is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: NANTONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xin Tang, Cheng Sun, Gang Chen, Xiaosong Gu, Yumin Yang, Fei Ding, Yanpei Gong, Qianru He, Hongkui Wang, Mi Shen
  • Patent number: 11103238
    Abstract: A surgical fastener is provided for various surgical fastening applications, including attaching an implantable prosthesis, such as a soft tissue repair fabric, to tissue and/or muscle. The surgical fastener may include a coil body and a separate head that is attached to the coil body. The head may include two or more radial wings extending in an outward radial direction from the head body. Each wing may include an external thread to engage with a corresponding internal thread of a delivery device. Each wing may be spaced from an adjacent wing by an opening therebetween to receive a drive member for driving the surgical fastener. The coil body may be attached to the center of the head. A proximal-most coil of the coil body may be spaced from a distal face of the head to form a gap therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Ranucci, Saurav V. Gupta
  • Patent number: 11096807
    Abstract: A medical instrument is disclosed having a structure capable of preventing liquid circulation between an inner layer side and an outer layer side of a peripheral wall portion. The medical instrument includes a main body portion in which a center hole and a radially outward space are partitioned by a tubular peripheral wall portion. The peripheral wall portion includes at least a first layer on which a hydrophilic member, in which a hydrophilic coating is formed on a first base portion, is disposed and a second layer on which a hydrophobic member, in which a hydrophobic coating is formed on a second base portion, is disposed. The peripheral wall portion is configured by the first layer and the second layer being stacked along a radial direction. As a result of swelling of the hydrophilic coating, the adjacent hydrophilic members come into contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Ito
  • Patent number: 11096811
    Abstract: A handle for an implant deployment device converts rotational movement into longitudinal movement in order to provide controlled release of one or more trigger wires. The handle also allows the trigger wire to be withdrawn into the device so that it does not need to be separately removed. A preferred handle includes a rotatable portion and a slidable portion. Releasable locks ensure that the handle is used to carry out implant deployment steps in a specific order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Lars S. Nimgaard
  • Patent number: 11096707
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a surgical instrument comprising surgical instrument comprising an device having a functional end and a main handle comprising a distal end coupled to the device. The surgical instrument further comprises an actuation handle insert comprising a number of first rolling components and an actuation tube coupled to the actuation handle insert, wherein the functional end of the device at least partially extends outside of the actuation tube when the device is deactivated. The surgical instrument further comprises levers comprising second rolling components. The surgical instrument further comprises a plurality of rolling elements, wherein each of the rolling elements is placed between one of the second rolling components and one of the first rolling components and pressing one or more of the levers pushes the actuation handle insert forward relative to the device, causing the actuation tube to transition the device from the deactivated state to an activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Niels Alexander Abt, Reto Grueebler, Timo Jung, Niccolo Maschio
  • Patent number: 11096716
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for using medical devices are disclosed. A rotational atherectomy device may include an elongate drive coil having a proximal end region and a distal end region, the elongate drive coil having a coil winding extending in a first helical direction, the elongate drive coil having a coil pitch. A tubular member is welded to the distal end region of the elongate drive coil via one or more helical welds that extend helically at least part way around the tubular member and a cutting member welded to the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: David Gordon Spangler, Laszlo Trent Farago
  • Patent number: 11090078
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of endovascular treatment. More particularly, the present invention uses a modified hydrogel intrasaccular occlusion device designed to implement an endovascular treatment to ameliorating or eliminating aneurysm recurrence, which hydrogel may optionally be impregnated with pharmaceutical compounds. The present invention also teaches the use of thin hydrogel coatings to ameliorate endovascular treatment related difficulties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel E. Walzman
  • Patent number: 11090037
    Abstract: Tissue fasteners carried on a tissue piercing deployment wire fasten tissue layers of a mammalian body together. The fasteners include a first member, a second member, and a connecting member extending between the first and second members. The first and second members are substantially parallel to each other. The fasteners may be deployed in limited spaces and in various applications including the restoration of a gastroesophageal flap valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: EndoGastric Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve G. Baker, Brett J. Carter, Stefan J. M. Kraemer, Clifton A. Alferness, John M. Adams
  • Patent number: 11090476
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a needle-guiding device for a skin pricking device, comprising a base body, a skin pricking needle (3) and a needle channel (14), which is formed in the base body and in which the skin pricking needle (3) is arranged, wherein the skin pricking needle (3) can be moved back and forth repeatedly in the needle channel (14) along a movement path, wherein a channel wall (17) of the needle channel (14) has proximal guide wall sections (18) with respect to the skin pricking needle (3), on which the skin pricking needle (3) comes to rest for the needle guidance in response to the back and forth movement, and has distal wall sections (19), which are recessed relative to the proximal guide wall sections (18) and which are free from a direct contact with the skin pricking needle (3) in response to moving the skin pricking needle (3) back and forth in the needle channel (14). A skin pricker is furthermore provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: MT.DERM GMBH
    Inventors: Tobias Veil, Andy Holland
  • Patent number: 11090052
    Abstract: An end effector for a surgical clip applier includes a housing, opposed first and second jaw members extending past a distal end of the housing and each comprising an independent structure movable relative to the other, a first cam track provided on the first jaw member and a second cam track provided on the second jaw member, and a cam providing first and second cam surfaces slidably engageable with the first and second cam tracks, respectively. A biasing device continuously urges the cam in a distal direction relative to the first and second jaw members, wherein the first and second cam surfaces and the first and second cam tracks are angled such that axial movement of the cam in the distal direction relative to the first and second jaw members causes the jaw members to close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Michael J. Stokes, Gregory G. Scott, Disha Labhasetwar, John Edward Brady
  • Patent number: 11083577
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to heart valve prostheses, delivery devices, actuation handles, and other improved devices and methods that facilitate delivery of a heart valve prosthesis to a defective native valve structure in a patient, such as the aortic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: JC MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Ji Zhang, Brandon G. Walsh, Cheng Yong Yang, Jinhua Zhu, Dennis McMahon
  • Patent number: 11083611
    Abstract: An implant delivery system comprises an elongate tubular member having a lumen, a tubular implant coaxially disposed within the lumen of the elongate tubular member, and a delivery assembly having a distal portion coaxially disposed within tubular implant. The delivery assembly comprises a delivery wire, an engaging bumper fixedly coupled to the delivery wire, a stopper bumper fixedly coupled to the delivery wire, and a floating element slidably coupled around the delivery wire and disposed between the bumpers, thereby limiting linear translation of the floating element therebetween. The floating element has an engaging portion configured to engage the engaging bumper when the delivery wire is axially translated relative to the elongate member in a first direction. The floating element is configured to radially expand outward to frictionally engage the implant when the engaging portion of the floating element engages the engaging bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Siddharth Loganathan
  • Patent number: 11083484
    Abstract: There is provided herein, a device for treating and/or diagnosing a sinus or an ear condition, the device comprising a housing comprising or functionally connected to: a hollow cannula defining a lumen extending at least partially along the length thereof, the cannula is configured to be at least partially inserted through an ostium into a sinus cavity/ear of a subject; and a flexible grinding wire movable within the cannula's lumen and configured to be inserted into and retrieved out of the sinus cavity through the cannula's lumen, and to rotate along a longitudinal axis thereof and thereby grind, chop and/or stir material present in the sinus cavity and/or inside the hollow cannula, wherein the cannula is in fluid flow communication with an irrigation/aspiration source; and a wire handle functionally connected to the wire, allowing a user to advance and retrieve the wire within the cannula and into and out of the cannula lumen, wherein the device is handheld by a gripping handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: SINUSAFE MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Avinoam Gemer, Nir Altman, Raphael Meloul
  • Patent number: 11083578
    Abstract: Implants or systems of implants and methods apply a selected force vector or a selected combination of force vectors within or across the right atrium, which allow tricuspid valve leaflets to better coapt. The implants or systems of implants and methods make possible rapid deployment, facile endovascular delivery, and full intra-atrial retrievability. The implants or systems of implants and methods also make use of strong fluoroscopic landmarks. The implants or systems of implants and methods make use of an adjustable implant. The implants or systems of implants and methods may utilize a bridge stop to secure the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: MVRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Chang, Timothy R. Machold, David A. Rahdert, Jason Rogers
  • Patent number: 11076847
    Abstract: A device for supporting an endoscopic tool may include opposite first and second arms extending along a first axis. An attachment system is configured to attach the first arm and the second arm to an endoscope. A curved guide for the endoscopic tool is coupled to the first arm, and has an outlet for launching the endoscopic tool. An angled tissue support surface is provided on the second arm, facing the outlet. The outlet is fixable in a working orientation relative to the first axis, and in the working orientation, a recess of the tissue support surface is configured to accept the endoscopic tool when launched from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: ENDO TOOLS THERAPEUTICS S.A.
    Inventors: Martin Hiernaux, Loulia Leclercq, Simon Goldstein, Alexandre Chau
  • Patent number: 11071540
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lifting member which easily inserts a medical thread into a muscle and induces the generation of an autogenous material. For example, the lifting member according to the present invention comprises: a needle having a through hole which is formed therein along the longitudinal direction; and a medical thread coupled to the outer circumference of the needle, wherein the medical thread may be finished to enwrap the end of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: DONGBANG MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keun Shik Kim
  • Patent number: 11065119
    Abstract: Fixation device for engaging tissue including a pair of fixation elements, each fixation element has a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first ends are moveable between a closed position and an open position. The fixation device further includes a pair of gripping elements. Each gripping element is moveable with a respective fixation element and disposed in opposition to at least a portion of the respective fixation element to capture tissue therebetween. The fixation device further includes a central portion operatively connected to each gripping element at a respective central portion-gripping element interface. The central portion has at least one distal end and a width “W1” proximate the distal end. Each of the gripping elements has a free end opposite its respective central portion-gripping element interface and a length “L1” defined between the respective central portion-gripping element interface and the free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Evalve, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Abunassar, Jessie Garcia, Tamer Mahmoud, Brandon Chu, Santosh Prabhu