Patents Examined by George J Ulsh
  • Patent number: 10028802
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described for performing a procedure on multiple adjacent segments of a body surface. The methods generally involve positioning a locator device on a body surface to delineate a first body surface segment. A first portion of the locator device may be moved while leaving a second portion of the locator device in place as a reference. The second portion of the locator may then be moved to reform the locator device and delineate a second segment of the body surface. Locator devices comprising two detachable portions are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: RESTORATION ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Zander H. Oostman, Clifford A. Oostman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10010314
    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 flexible 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: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    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: 10010316
    Abstract: An assembly includes a flexible fixation member, a suture, and a delivery device. The flexible 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 flexible 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: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    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: 10004508
    Abstract: Disclosed is a medical device for shaping a vessel accommodated therein in a predetermined form, wherein said vessel includes a vein and an artery which are connected at a artifactual vascular junction thereof. The device includes an external vascular support (100) having at least one vascular support wall for accommodating an exterior vessel wall of a vessel therein when implanted. The support includes an arterial portion (1304) for apposition with said artery when accommodated therein, and/or a venous portion (1302) for apposition with said vein when accommodated therein. The venous portion (1302) and/or said arterial portion (1304) are shaped at a junction thereof to provide a vessel rounding to at least a portion of said vessel junction when in apposition with the latter upon implantation of said device for said vessel shaping. Corresponding methods are also disclosed. Thus dysfunction or failure of a vessel of the artifactual vascular junction may be reduced, minimized, or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: LAMINATE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Eyal Orion, Tamar Gilon
  • Patent number: 9986917
    Abstract: A sensor device for sensing endoluminal geometry may include an expandable element disposed on the distal region of a shaft. The expandable element may be configured to move a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The expandable element may include one or more sensor elements configured to sense proximity of the sensor element to tissue. The sensor device may include an indicator configured to distinguish between contact of the sensor element with tissue, loss of contact and proximity of the sensor element to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Haverkost, Adam D. Grovender, James M. Anderson, Joel N. Groff, Martin R. Willard
  • Patent number: 9987016
    Abstract: A sufficient gripping force is exerted on a suture thread through an easy process. Provided is a ligation thread fastening tool including: a gripper that has a pair of crimp pieces opposed to each other with a space therebetween and whose inner faces opposed to each other are to be crimped together and that has, between the inner faces, a groove into which a suture thread can be inserted from a first side of the crimp pieces toward a second side thereof; and an accommodation portion that is provided in the gripper from the inner face outward of the groove so as to communicate with the groove and that accommodate an end portion of the suture thread inserted thereinto from the first side through the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuta Fujii
  • Patent number: 9980738
    Abstract: A device for simultaneously monitoring the health of surgical drills and detecting proximity to critical structures during surgery is described herein. By using various sensors (e.g. microphones, accelerometers, temperature sensors, etc.), signals from the drill can be measured and analyzed. The processed signals can then be used to indicate the proximity of the drill bit to critical structures, such as the patient's brain, and identify drill health issues (e.g. worn bearings, misaligned rotational axis, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Jeffrey Vipperman, Carl Snyderman, Timothy Ryan, Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 9980803
    Abstract: A retrieval system for a medical device includes an access sheath, a clot catch with an attached mesh, and a filter catch having an attached retrieval member. The filter catch is translatable within clot catch, and the clot catch is translatable within the access sheath. The mesh is expandable into engagement with a body vessel during retrieval of the medical device. The mesh captures emboli that are dislodged during retrieval of the device. The device is captured by the clot catch during retrieval, and the clot catch is subsequently captured by the access sheath. The system can further include an inner sheath translatable within the clot catch, with the inner sheath capturing the medical device and the clot catch capturing the inner sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Leslie Cook, Nathan Kemper, Don Patterson, John Tyler Strader, Thomas Adam Treloar
  • Patent number: 9956103
    Abstract: A system is provided to effectively position a stent within a vessel. The system includes a delivery catheter and a core wire extend through the catheter. The core wire includes an engaging surface region and a capture member disposed thereon, which cooperate to engage a stent such that the stent is able to be advanced or retracted with the advancement or retraction of the core wire. The engaging surface region and the capture member can generally be configured to engage the stent when a portion of the stent is disposed within the lumen of the catheter, and release the stent when no portion of the stent is within the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Slazas, Juan A. Lorenzo
  • Patent number: 9931121
    Abstract: A nerve repair conduit configured to be secured on first and second portions of a selected nerve. The nerve repair conduit includes a polymeric body having a proximal end, a distal end, an exterior surface and an interior surface defining an interior lumen. In addition, the nerve conduit includes at least one drug reservoir to hold agent(s) that may, for example, facilitate nerve regeneration. The drugs diffuse from the drug reservoir(s) into the nerve repair conduit through an outlet (e.g., a semipermeable membrane) in proximity to the first and second portions of a selected nerve. The nerve repair conduit may be configured to deliver the agent(s) at a rate having substantially zero-order kinetics and/or at a constant rate over a selected period of time (e.g., at least 1 week).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jayant P. Agarwal, Bruce Kent Gale, Himanshu Jayant Sant, Keng-Min Lin
  • Patent number: 9925030
    Abstract: Stitching patterns overlap to produce a corner-locked stitch pattern. The corner-locked stitch pattern includes one or more thread interlace points, and one or more overlays of threads from overlapping patterns. A network of corner-lock stitch patterns produces a mesh, which may be embroidered into a substrate, such as a medical textile or biotextile. Corner-lock stitch patterns resist puncture-induced and tension-induced deformation of mesh pores between corner-locked stitch patterns, and may be used to modulate compliance and enhance strength properties of a substrate into which they are sewn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TELA Bio, Inc.
    Inventors: Skott Greenhalgh, John-Paul Romano
  • Patent number: 9913717
    Abstract: In a representative embodiment, an implantable prosthetic heart valve device comprises an elongated body having first and second end portions, the body being configured to be implanted around a native leaflet of a heart valve such that the first end portion is on an atrial side of the leaflet and the second end portion is on a ventricular side of the leaflet and such that the body can coapt with and move away from an opposing native leaflet during operation of the heart valve. The device can further comprises a fastener configured to be mounted on a suture that extends from one of the first or second end portions, through the native leaflet and through the other of the first or second end portions such that the body is secured to the native leaflet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Chau, David M. Taylor, Alexander J. Siegel, Stanton J. Rowe, Bao Khuu, Yoon H. Kwon
  • Patent number: 9907684
    Abstract: This invention gives physicians in situ control to create differences in wall porosity between different areas of a stent wall. This enables a physician to customize the stent within a blood vessel to selectively block blood flow to an aneurysm with a low-porosity area of the stent wall, but allow blood flow to nearby branching vessels through one or more high-porosity areas of the stent wall. The method comprises inserting a stent into a blood vessel and, in situ, expanding the stent in a non-uniform manner, thereby causing one or more areas of the stent wall to have a lower post-expansion porosity than the rest of the stent wall. With this invention, physicians can selectively block blood flow into an aneurysm while maintaining blood flow into nearby branching vessels, even in tortuous and complex vessel configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Aneuclose LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Connor, Tariq M. Janjua
  • Patent number: 9908297
    Abstract: A scaffold strut is shaped to improve hemocompatibility. The scaffold is made from a tube having variable wall thickness. Methods are disclosed for modifying the thickness of the tube in such a way as to achieve a reduced hemodynamic profile, but without significantly affecting strength properties in areas where stress concentrations exist when the scaffold is loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Pacetti, Chad J. Abunassar, Diem U. Ta, Richard J. Rapoza
  • Patent number: 9901352
    Abstract: An occlusion clip comprising: (a) a first elongated occlusion arm; (b) a second elongated occlusion arm; (c) a first elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the first elongated occlusion arm; (d) a second elongated biasing arm coupled to a distal portion of the second elongated occlusion arm, where a proximal portion of the first elongated biasing arm is coupled to a proximal portion of the second elongated biasing arm, where the first elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the first elongated bias arm along a majority of its length, and where the second elongated occlusion arm extends parallel to the second elongated bias arm along a majority of its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Kimberly Gray
  • Patent number: 9901410
    Abstract: A system for performing a medical procedure is provided comprising at least one tool and a tool support for supporting a distal portion of the tool. An operator manipulates a human interface device and produces control signals sent to a controller. The controller manipulates the tool support based on the received control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Arnold Oyola, Joseph Stand, Kevin Gilmartin, Ian Darisse, Robert Didomenico, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 9872679
    Abstract: A wound closure device includes a flexible filament having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the first and second ends. A plurality of barbs project outwardly from the flexible filament. Each barb has a base connected with the flexible filament, a blunt tip spaced from the base, a leading edge extending between the base and the blunt tip and facing toward the first end of the flexible filament, and a trailing edge extending between the base and the tip and facing toward the second end of the flexible filament. The trailing edge of the barb and the longitudinal axis of the flexible filament define an angle of at least 68° that opens toward the second end of the flexible filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason T. Perkins, Mark T. Mooney, Jonathan B. Gabel
  • Patent number: 9867981
    Abstract: An insertion tool for a paddle lead includes an insertion tool body having a receiving end portion; a stylet channel extending along the insertion tool body; a stylet disposed in the stylet channel; and an actuator assembly disposed along the handling end portion of the insertion tool body and coupled to the stylet. The actuator assembly controls transitioning of the stylet between a first position and a second position. In some instances, the stylet can be a wire stylet that is inserted into a lumen in the paddle body of the paddle lead. In some instances, the stylet of the insertion tool pushes lead bodies of the paddle lead out of the insertion tool to release the paddle lead. In some instances, the insertion tool includes a paddle envelope to hold the paddle lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: James Robert Black, Anne Margaret Pianca, Joshua Dale Howard, Carolyn Madeleine Noheji
  • Patent number: 9861356
    Abstract: 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, and lining up an eye of the needle with a portal for passage of a suture. A suture is then passed through the eye of the needle and the needle is removed from the material (such as skin and fascia) with the suture. The suture is then removed and the process is 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 now extends both into and out of the material at different points around the hole and can be tied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Brainchild Surgical Devices LLC
    Inventor: Danny Sherwinter
  • Patent number: 9861369
    Abstract: A method for inducing weight loss in a patient, the method comprising: intentionally occluding a blood vessel so as to create hypoperfusion in a gastrointestinal organ serviced by the blood vessel, whereby to interfere with normal gastrointestinal function and thereby induce weight loss in a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Anaxiom Corporation
    Inventors: Reynolds M. Delgado, William E. Cohn