Patents Examined by George J Ulsh
  • Patent number: 10368871
    Abstract: The present application is directed to an endoscopic closure device. The endoscopic closure device adapted to be delivered by an endoscope having an axis. The endoscopic closure device includes a pair of grasping members coupled by a support member that extends between the grasping members along the direction of the axis. The endoscopic closure device is configured to align and deploy along the axis of the endoscope accessory channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF CLEVELAND
    Inventor: John A. Dumot
  • Patent number: 10368872
    Abstract: An occlusion catheter system includes an inflation catheter member and an occlusion balloon. The proximal and distal balloon ends are connected to the inflation catheter between the proximal and distal catheter ends. A distal pressure sensor is attached to the inflation catheter member between the proximal balloon end and the atraumatic tip. An inflatable spine is connected to the inflation catheter. The proximal spine end is connected to the inflation catheter near the proximal balloon end and the distal spine end is connected to the inflation catheter near the distal balloon end. The occlusion balloon and the inflatable spine are configured to define blood flow channels with the internal surface and the external balloon surface when the occlusion catheter system is at least partially positioned in the vessel and the occlusion balloon and the inflatable spine are in a partially inflated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Prytime Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis J. Franklin, Todd J. Krummenacher, Jeremy Reynolds, David Spencer, Luke William Fisher
  • Patent number: 10368870
    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 head attached to the coil body. The head may include at least one external thread adapted to engage with a corresponding internal thread of a delivery device. The head may include a through hole adapted to receive a rod therethrough for guiding and/or driving the surgical fastener from the delivery device. The through hole may have a non-circular configuration that complements at least a portion of the shape of a non-circular rod. The coil body may also define a channel with a non-circular configuration. The non-circular through hole and/or channel may be engaged and rotated by the non-circular rod to rotate the surgical fastener for delivery and insertion of the fastener into the prosthesis and/or tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Ranucci, Saurav V. Gupta, Keith A. Grider, Derek Leatzow
  • Patent number: 10363030
    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: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Ranucci, Saurav V. Gupta
  • Patent number: 10357278
    Abstract: A slit maker is configured to make a slit in skin to receive a hair follicle. The slit maker has a shaft, having a shaft central axis. A helix is mechanically coupled to the shaft. A tip is at an end of the helix. An edge is beveled onto the tip being collinear to an edge line. An edge angle is measured from the edge line to the shaft central axis. The edge angle is at least 10 degrees but no more than 60 degrees or least 130 degrees but no more than 170 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Sanusi Umar
  • Patent number: 10357281
    Abstract: Surgical devices such as a device guide for a trajectory frame for image-guided procedures, is configured with first and second elongate and cooperating semi-circular members that together define a longitudinally extending open channel and that can separate along longitudinally extending split lines into discrete first and second elongate semicircular members. The surgical devices with the first and second semi-circular members can include a device guide and dock and lock inserts that are detachably held by dock and lock members to a guide support column that also concurrently holds the device guide during at least part of an image guided procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MRI Interventions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Piferi, Jesse Flores, Rajesh Pandey
  • Patent number: 10342546
    Abstract: An occlusive device comprising a braided component which can be inserted into a blood vessel and a delivery system for delivering said occlusive device is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MicroVention, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Sepetka, Cathy Lei, Matthew Fitz
  • Patent number: 10342547
    Abstract: Inventive subject matter disclosed herein includes a device that includes a hollow tube having a tapered distal end, sized to fit within a blood vessel. The device also includes a tether positioned within the hollow tube and an actuator effective for moving the tether forward and backward with respect to the hollow tube. The device also includes a compliant mesh balloon having proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is attached to the hollow tube and the distal end is affixed to the tether wherein forward movement of the tether by movement of the actuator elongates the mesh balloon for travel through the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroVASx, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Ferry, DeLois Marlene Ferry
  • Patent number: 10327928
    Abstract: Provided is an operation handle capable of shortening an entire length and enhancing operability. The slide mechanism (S) comprises a rotating body (4) that rotates in conjunction with a rotation of the thumbwheel (3) as the rotating wheel and a slide body (5) that engages with the rotating body (4), slides. The slide body (5) is configured by a 1st divided body (6) formed with a 1st engaging part (6A) engaged with the rotating body (4) in the initial state, and a 2nd divided body (7) formed with a 2nd engaging part (7A) engaged with the rotating body (4) in the initial state and not engaged with the rotating body (4) in the position where the rotating body (4) and the 1st engaging part (6A) is not engaged with each other. A power transmitting means (T) that transmits a driving force of the 1st divided body (6) to the 2nd divided body (7), to integrally slide the 1st divided body (6) and the 2nd divided body (7), is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sadao Bessho
  • Patent number: 10327774
    Abstract: Medical devices disclosed herein include pre-defined structures for dispensing forces onto a tissue plane in a living organism and are utilized to adjust spatial relationships, orientations, and mechanical forces in a patient treatment area. The treatment area may be a wound, an incision, or a surgically accessed area within a patient that includes oppositely disposed sections that heal more efficiently and with less scarring when force vectors of a particular magnitude and direction are applied to the treatment area. The medical device provides a structure that may be pre-stressed through planned deformation that develops desirable spatial and mechanical relationships along the tissue plane for alignment, compression, advancement, eversion, inversion, distraction, rotation, angulation, and the control or modulation of tension across the treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: EMRGE, LLC
    Inventor: Felmont Eaves
  • Patent number: 10314574
    Abstract: The field of the disclosure relates generally to sutures and, more specifically, to enhancing suture repair mechanics using adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventors: Stephen W. Linderman, Guy M. Genin, Stavros Thomopoulos
  • Patent number: 10314602
    Abstract: An embolectomy device includes a tubular body having a plurality of interconnected primary struts that define a plurality of openings when the tubular body is in a radially expanded deployed configuration, and a plurality of secondary struts connected to the primary struts that move from being aligned with the primary struts to a non-aligned configuration in which the secondary struts extend at least partially into and/or across the openings, to thereby ensnare or encapsulate a vascular obstruction within the primary and secondary struts after the tubular body is deployed proximate the obstruction and allowed to expand into or through the obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: Stryker Corporation, Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventor: Murtagh M. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10299816
    Abstract: A microsurgical handle and instrument may include an actuation structure having an actuation structure distal end and an actuation structure proximal end, a plurality of actuation arms of the actuation structure, and an actuation structure base. A compression of the actuation structure may be configured to extend the actuation structure distal end relative to the actuation structure proximal end. A compression of the actuation structure may be configured to expand an extension joint of an actuation arm of the plurality of the actuation arms. A decompression of the actuation structure may be configured to retract the actuation structure distal end relative to the actuation structure proximal end. A decompression of the actuation structure may be configured to collapse an extension joint of an actuation arm of the plurality of actuation arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: KATALYST SURGICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Craig Moore, Matthew N Zeid
  • Patent number: 10292697
    Abstract: An assembly includes a flexible fixation member, a suture, and a delivery device. The fixation member includes a body with two terminal ends. A suture passes through the flexible fixation member at various points along a length of the body such that portions of the fixation member are slidable relative to the suture and configurable to form a cluster within a surgical site. The delivery device includes a tubular member, an elongated inserter, and a trigger. The elongated inserter is slidably disposed within the tubular member. The inserter has a forked distal end configured to receive a portion of the fixation member and the suture. The trigger is finger-engagable and fixedly coupled to the proximal end of the inserter. It is configured to advance and retract the inserter relative to the tubular member. The trigger includes a retention member for retaining a proximal end portion of the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey I. Karasic, Brett A. McKenzie, Steven William Astorino, Richard M. Lunn, Matthew Edwin Koski, Tatsuya Arai, Mark Edwin Housman, Roland F. Gatturna
  • Patent number: 10285697
    Abstract: A surgical fastener deployment system may include a plurality of coil fasteners having a head and coil body. In one embodiment, the head may be larger in diameter than the coil body. The fasteners may also be mounted on a guide rod or mandrel that passes through a through-hole of the head and the coil body. The shaft may also include a guiding element that contacts and stabilizes the coil body as the fastener is deployed from a distal end of the shaft. When the head approaches and contacts the guiding element, the guiding element may deflect to permit the head to pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Saurav V. Gupta, Kevin J. Ranucci, Derek Leatzow, Keith A. Grider
  • Patent number: 10279169
    Abstract: A fixation tool for applying torque to a terminal pin of an active fixation medical electrical lead includes a first handle, a second handle, an elastic member, a first jaw, a second jaw, and an insert. The insert is disposed at an end of the tool slot proximal to the elastic member. The insert includes an insert slot configured to align with the tool slot. The fixation tool is configured such that pressing the first handle and the second handle toward each other causes a movement of the first jaw and the second jaw relative to each other to change a width of the insert slot. The first jaw and the second jaw are comprised of a first material. The insert is comprised of a second material. The first material is harder than the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur J. Foster, Linda L. Evert
  • Patent number: 10278846
    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 (120) and a slideable portion (122). Releasable locks (88, 188) ensure that the handle is used to carry out implant deployment steps in a specific order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Lars S. Nimgaard
  • Patent number: 10271867
    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: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Katelyn Galer, Justin Williams, Danyel Racenet, Kevin Sniffin, Stanislaw Marczyk, Saumya Banerjee
  • Patent number: 10251749
    Abstract: A delivery system and method for delivery of an annuloplasty implant for a patient are disclosed. The delivery system comprises a commissure locator device for locating a commissure, comprising; an extension member, a catheter, and wherein the extension member is extendable relative the catheter for location of at least one commissure of a cardiac valve, and a coronary sinus contractor for temporary insertion into the coronary sinus (CS) and having a displacement unit being temporarily transferable to an activated state in which the shape of the annulus of the heart valve is modified to a modified shape to be retained by said annuloplasty implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Medtentia International Ltd Oy
    Inventors: Hans-Reinhard Zerkowski, Olli Keränen, Ger O'Carroll, Mark Pugh, Adrian Moran
  • Patent number: 10245020
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for securing tissue to bone. A surgical system can include an outer shaft, an elongate inner shaft, and an implantable suture anchor assembly including first and second anchor bodies. The second, more proximal, anchor body has one or more openings extending through a side wall or through opposed side walls thereof. The inner shaft is configured to be received within the outer shaft and through the first and second anchor bodies such that a distal end of the inner shaft protrudes beyond a distal end of the first anchor body. The inner shaft is configured to be removably coupled to the first anchor body such that the inner shaft is configured to be rotated to cause a proximal portion of the first anchor body to move proximally into a lumen extending through the second anchor body and to occlude the opening in the second anchor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Adam Gustafson, Gerome Miller, Benjamin Cleveland, Stefan Gabriel