Patents Examined by George J Ulsh
  • Patent number: 10531878
    Abstract: An atrial appendage closure device is provided that includes an insertion rod having a first end and a second end. An occluding member having an outer surface and an inner surface is connected to the first end of the insertion rod. The occluding member is moveable between a retracted position and a deployed position such that, in the deployed position, the occluding member is configured to provide a seal between a left atrial appendage and a left atrium of a heart. An anchoring member is further connected to the insertion rod and is configured to slide along the insertion rod to secure the device to a wall of a left atrial appendage. Methods for occluding a left atrial appendage that make use of the closure devices are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: University of Louisville Research Foundation
    Inventors: Mark S. Slaughter, Guruprasad A. Giridharan, Steven C. Koenig, Michael A. Sobieski, Kevin Soucy
  • Patent number: 10524810
    Abstract: A medical device for capturing one or more stone fragments includes a sheath having a proximal end and a distal end, a handle at the proximal end of the sheath, and a basket operable with the handle. The basket includes a plurality of wires that capture the stone fragments and has a collapsed configuration when the basket is positioned within the sheath and an expanded configuration when the basket is positioned beyond the distal end of the sheath. The medical device further includes an indicator that communicates to an operator of the medical device that the size of the stone fragments exceeds a predetermined limit and a release mechanism that releases the stone fragments from the plurality of wires when the size of the stone fragments exceeds the predetermined limit. The plurality of wires are able to reset into an operable position after releasing the stone fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Judy L. Walish, Lawrence J. St. George, Tailin Fan
  • Patent number: 10507067
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for steering of a flexible needle into tissue using a steering robotic platform for manipulation of the needle shaft, and by use of a semi-active arm for locating and orienting of the steering robot on the patient's body. As opposed to other steering methods, the robot does not hold the base of the needle, which is its proximal region, but rather grips the shaft of the needle by means of a manipulatable needle gripping device, near its distal end. The needle gripper attached to the robotic platform may be equipped with a traction assembly to provide motion to the needle in its longitudinal direction, such that it co-ordinates the entry of the needle with the desired entry angle. The gripping of the needle at its distal end, close to its insertion point, provides the needle manipulator with a low profile, with concomitant advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Glozman, Gonen Daskal, Moshe Shoham, Michael Arad, Yoav Pinsky
  • Patent number: 10499903
    Abstract: Featured is an inventive anchor/implant deployment device for use in repairing damage to tissue (e.g., meniscus) as well as tissue repair methods related thereto. Such an anchor/implant deployment device is advantageously configured and arranged so the deployment device is capable of making at least an in situ adjustment to the path of a needle portion having the anchor(s)/implant(s); is capable of rotating such a needle portion or the portion extending into the tissue/meniscus so that the distal end entering into the tissue/meniscus is desirably oriented such as to, for example, minimize damage to tissue; and making the needle portion of the deployment device replaceable so as to allow the deployment device to be reloaded thereby making other portions of the deployment device reusable during a given, procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Kennedy, III, Brendan Collins, Robert J. McCaffrey, Jon B. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10499904
    Abstract: An arthroscopic anchor insertion tool and method for inserting consecutive, longitudinally aligned anchors from a common deployment channel of a cannulated needle by employing positive stops to prevent travel of an actuator from simultaneously advancing multiple anchors into a surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard J. Bourque
  • Patent number: 10492939
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a medical device may include a deflation catheter assembly. The deflation catheter assembly may include a tubular member having an outer surface, an inner surface, and a central lumen defined by the inner surface. The deflation catheter assembly may also include a plurality of passages extending through a side of the tubular member and from the inner surface to the outer surface. The deflation catheter assembly may also include an anchoring member coupled to the tubular member. A distal portion of the tubular member may extend distal the anchoring member. The plurality of passages may be at the distal portion of the tubular member. The anchoring member may be configured to move between an unexpanded state and an expanded state. At least a portion of the anchoring member may protrude radially outwardly from the outer surface of the tubular member when the anchoring member is in the expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Devon N. Arnholt, Douglas D. Pagoria, Joel T. Eggert, Todd College
  • Patent number: 10485550
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an elastomeric material for the delivery of an ophthalmic agent to the eye of a subject and methods of using such material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: David L. Epstein, Stuart McKinnon, Molly Walsh
  • Patent number: 10470905
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for flaring a stent deployed within a branch vessel including an ostium communicating with a main vessel, a first end of the stent extending at least partially from the branch. A catheter is provided that includes a balloon having a reinforced region adjacent an unreinforced region. When the balloon is positioned at a desired location, e.g., within a stent, prosthetic valve, or other tubular prosthesis, the balloon may be inflated to a first pressure causing the reinforced and unreinforced regions to expand substantially simultaneously. Upon inflation of the balloon beyond the first pressure, the reinforced region of the balloon remains at the first diameter and the unreinforced region continues to expand, e.g., to flare one or more ends of the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Yi Yang, Jake Wolenberg, Archimedes Sanati, Fred H. Co, Farhad Khosravi
  • Patent number: 10470927
    Abstract: Placing an intraocular shunt ab externo into an eye can include inserting the shunt into the eye and either before and/or after insertion, ballooning a target outflow region of the eye to permit an outflow end of the shunt to be enveloped within the ballooned target outflow region. An injector docking device can optionally be used to guide insertion of the needle and shunt into the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AqueSys, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Horvath, Laszlo O. Romoda
  • Patent number: 10463393
    Abstract: A circumcision device comprises a hollow bell-shaped body, a semi-conical part, and a handle. The body comprises an open anterior end, an open posterior end, a circumferential flange proximal to the open anterior end on an exterior surface of the body. The semi-conical part comprises an open anterior end and an open posterior end. The open posterior end extends from the circumferential flange. The open anterior end of the semi-conical part prevents slippage of the circumcision device to a shaft of a penis on which the circumcision device is configured to be mounted, when the circumcision device is mounted on the penis. The handle has an inverted Y-shape comprising two forked legs, each of the two forked legs coupled to a periphery of the open anterior end of the semi-conical part, the coupling forming a junction. The junction is formed structurally weak to facilitate detaching the handle from the semi-conical part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Mamdouh Youssef Soliman Souaida
  • Patent number: 10463479
    Abstract: Anchoring or docking devices configured to be positioned at a native valve of a human heart and to provide structural support for docking a prosthetic valve therein. The docking devices can have coiled structures that define an inner space in which the prosthetic valve can be held. The docking devices can have enlarged end regions with circular or non-circular shapes, for example, to facilitate implantation of the docking device or to better hold the docking device in position once deployed. The docking devices can be laser-cut tubes with locking wires to assist in better maintaining a shape of the docking device. The docking devices can include various features to promote friction, such as frictional cover layers. Such docking devices can have ends configured to more securely attach the cover layers to cores of the docking devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Boaz Manash, Darshin S. Patel, Khen Perlmutter, Yoav Rozen, Dinesh L. Sirimanne, Zohar Kiblitski, Noa Axelrod
  • Patent number: 10456233
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes filter devices for deployment to body vessels where clots or emboli may need to be captured, particularly the vena cava. The filter device is of unitary construction, having been cut from a substantially planar sheet of a metal, in some instances a shape memory metal. The device has a construction including a plurality of petals, the petals containing an inner rib which curves in the deployed state. A method of making a filter device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Shuo Yang
  • Patent number: 10456155
    Abstract: A tissue shaver and methods of use is disclosed. The tissue shaver operates to remove tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroEnterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Sean A. Salehi
  • Patent number: 10456161
    Abstract: A tissue removing catheter includes an apposition mechanism that selectively imparts an axially compressive load on the catheter body to bend the catheter and urge a tissue-removing element toward a blood vessel wall. The apposition mechanism can include one or more adjustment lines and an adjustment mechanism for selectively tensioning one of the adjustment lines to impart the compressive load on the catheter body. Two adjustment lines can have diametrically opposed positions and be wound onto a spool of the adjustment mechanism in opposite directions so that rotation of the spool simultaneously shortens one adjustment line and lengthens the other. The catheter body can have a more flexible bending segment adjacent the tissue-removing element to promote bending near the tissue-removing element operative to urge the tissue-removing element in apposition with the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Bradley Steele
  • Patent number: 10456168
    Abstract: An insertion device that allows gaining access to the left ventricle of the heart, via the tissue forming the wall of the right ventricle and via the ventricular septum, which includes a tubular shaft with a lumen extending there through, the shaft comprising distal, proximal and central sections, whereby the distal and proximal sections are disc-shaped extended thus forming each a double disc and whereby the central section links the distally placed double disc with the proximally placed double disc and whereby pressure valves are fixed inside the shaft preferably on its distal and proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Peter Osypka Stiftung
    Inventor: Peter Osypka
  • Patent number: 10449045
    Abstract: A system and method for restoring (e.g., replacing) a defective heart valve of a patient. A delivery system is manipulated to percutaneously deliver and implant a stented prosthetic heart valve to a native heart valve. A post-dilatation balloon is percutaneously delivered to the implantation site, and a compliant segment thereof is arranged within a region of the implanted prosthesis. The balloon is inflated such that the compliant segment expands and contacts the prosthesis, expanding a remodeling region of the prosthesis to a remodeled state. With these and related techniques, remodeling of an implanted, stented prosthetic heart valve to better match the native valve shape is possible, providing many benefits such as reducing the risk of paravalvular leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hubert Yeung, Mike Krivoruchko, Susheel Deshmukh
  • Patent number: 10448939
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems and methods for closure of a hole or other defect, for example in context of a laparoscopic surgical procedure. For example, a suturing device and method of use involve inserting the device into a hole, positioning material around the hole into a notch of the device, passing a needle through a cavity in the device and the material positioned in the notch, passing a suture through the eye of the needle, and removing the needle from the material with the suture. The suture can be removed and the process can be repeated with another end of the suture at another location through the material, around the hole. When the suture is passed through the second point of penetration, the suture can now extend both into and out of the material at different points around the hole and can be tied, thereby closing the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Danny A. Sherwinter
  • Patent number: 10449065
    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: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SMed-TA/TD, LLC
    Inventors: Troy D. Knapp, Gregory C. Stalcup, Joseph Jurick, Paul S. Nebosky
  • Patent number: 10449074
    Abstract: A sheath used to protect a medical device has one or more strips formed over a portion thereof. The medical device is a scaffold crimped to a balloon and mounted to a catheter. The sheath is two-piece, including a protecting and constraining sheath part. The strips facilitate removal of the constraining sheath from the scaffold in manner that reduces instances of damage caused by improper removal of the sheath from the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Khanh Duong, Jill A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 10449121
    Abstract: Customized nipples are provided herein that are designed to mimic a nursing woman's anatomic nipple to minimize nipple confusion for a nursing baby. The customized nipples are created in a noninvasive manner, for example, via a scan of the woman's breast that is received by a computer. The customized nipples also are preferably formed in an efficient manner based on the scan. The customized nipples may be formed for baby products, such as bottles and pacifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Cassandra F. Bolten