Patents Examined by George J Ulsh
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10245138
    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: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, John Quackenbush, Jeff Sims
  • Patent number: 10226333
    Abstract: Described herein is a mitral valve and systems and methods for implanting the same. The mitral valve device is designed to easily orient to and conform to the mitral orifice natural morphology. This mitral valve system may be implanted using a system of 2 guide wires that facilitate orientation of the flat portion of the stent properly with the flat portion of the mitral valve that is adjacent to the aortic valve. Additionally, the disclosed valve may have multiple mounds distributed across the outer surface of the valve/stent complex so as to prevent or reduce paravalvular leak after implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Inventors: Hasanian Al-Jilaihawi, Rajendra Makkar
  • Patent number: 10226368
    Abstract: A delivery system for delivering a prosthesis includes a sheath, a slide shaft having a threaded outer surface, and a handle. The handle includes an internal spring assembly for selectively engaging and disengaging the handle with the threaded outer surface of the slide shaft. The internal spring assembly includes at least one spring arm, a head coupled to the spring arm and having a circumferentially rounded threaded inner surface, and a ring slidably disposed over the spring arm. When the ring is in a first longitudinal position, the threaded inner surface of the head is spaced apart from the threaded outer surface of the slide shaft. When the ring is in a second longitudinal position, the threaded inner surface of the head is threadedly engaged with the threaded outer surface of the slide shaft. The handle may include a resilient cover to provide the internal spring assembly with a biased or nominal operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery Argentine
  • Patent number: 10226273
    Abstract: A surgical system comprises an end effector including an ultrasonic blade and a capturing arm, wherein the capturing arm is movable to capture tissue against the ultrasonic blade. In addition, the surgical system includes a transducer configured to generate ultrasonic energy for transmission to the ultrasonic blade and a clamping member removably coupled to the end effector, the clamping member configured to clamp the captured tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Daniel W. Price, Donna L. Korvick, Foster B. Stulen
  • Patent number: 10219833
    Abstract: An obstetric device has a head piece having a flexible peripheral rim and a floor spaced from the flexible peripheral rim defining a cavity. One or more support lugs extend upwardly from the floor of the cavity; and an air communication aperture is provided in the floor of the cavity. Typically the device is formed a distal end piece having an orientation mark; and a tube interconnecting the head piece and the distal end piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GUY'S AND ST THOMAS' NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
    Inventor: Graham Stephen John Tydeman
  • Patent number: 10213211
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical device and method for applying pressure onto a patient's limb, especially at a blood vessel or a wound site, in order to achieve local hemostasis. The device comprises a body (1) for blood vessel compression, holding element (2) for attaching the body (1) to a patient's limb, a fastening means (3) for holding the device in a desirable position, wherein the body (1) has a first compression area (1a) which is situated at the outer surface of the body (1), at least one second compression area (1b) through which the body (1) is pressed with a holding element (2), a third compression area (1c) for compression control during application of the device, and wherein the holding element (2) is guided over the first compression area (1a), when the device is attached to the patient's limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INSTYTUT KARDIOLOGII
    Inventor: Mariusz Kruk
  • Patent number: 10201442
    Abstract: A valve loading system is provided that uses a valve loader to transfer a valve or other medical device from a storage cartridge into a deployment catheter. The valve or other medical device can be implanted or positioned within a patient using the catheter after the valve or other medical device has been compressed and loaded into the catheter using the valve loader. The process then can be repeated by using the valve loading system to load or introduce another valve or other medical device into the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Liljegren, Desmond O'Connell, Evelyn Hall
  • Patent number: 10201423
    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: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MVRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Chang, Timothy R. Machold, David A. Rahdert, Jason Rogers
  • 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: 10188537
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus (100) for folding or unfolding at least one medical implant (300) by using at least one tension thread (11, 11?), wherein the apparatus (100) includes a shaft (1) including a reception area (55) for receiving the implant (300), and a tensioning device for altering a shape of the foldable and/or unfoldable implant (300) by the tension thread (11, 11?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Venus Medtech (Hangzhou) Inc.
    Inventors: Hou-Sen Lim, Wolfgang Goetz