Patents Examined by Jaymi E Della
  • Patent number: 10729486
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems, and methods for operating an electrosurgical generator, including a radio-frequency (RF) output stage configured to output an electrosurgical waveform, a wireless transceiver configured to communicate with an implantable device in a patient, and a controller coupled to the RF output stage and the wireless transceiver, the controller configured to control the RF output stage to generate an electrosurgical waveform based on the implantable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James E. Dunning, Sara E. Anderson, Steven P. Buysse
  • Patent number: 10729487
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing, a shaft extending from the housing, and an end effector assembly that is disposed at a distal end of the shaft. The end effector assembly includes a tubular portion, a connection arm, and a toolbox. The tubular portion defines a lumen and the connection arm is extendable from the lumen. The toolbox has a micro-tip that is configured to be selectively secured to a connection tip of the connection arm. The toolbox has a transport configuration where the toolbox is disposed within the lumen and a deployed configuration where the toolbox is disposed entirely outside of the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Anthony Ceniccola
  • Patent number: 10722285
    Abstract: A device for creating an arteriovenous (AV) fistula includes a proximal base having a distal tapered end surface and a distal tip connected to the proximal base and movable relative to the proximal base. The distal tip has a proximal tapered end surface. A first heating assembly, including an energized heating element, is disposed on at least one of the distal tapered end surface and the proximal tapered end surface. A second heating assembly, comprising a passive non-energized heat spreader, is disposed on the other one of the distal tapered end surface and the proximal tapered end surface. The distal tapered end surface and the proximal tapered end surface are adapted to contact opposing sides of a tissue portion to create the fistula. The taper of the proximal tapered end surface matches the taper of the distal tapered end surface, so that the two surfaces match one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Avenu Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene Reu, Brad M. Kellerman, David K. Wrolstad
  • Patent number: 10722292
    Abstract: A medical instrument is provided and includes a housing and a shaft coupled to the housing. The shaft has a proximal end and a distal end. An end-effector assembly is disposed at the distal end of the shaft. The end-effector assembly includes first and second jaw members. At least one of the first and second jaw members is movable from a first position wherein the first and second jaw members are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to at least a second position closer to one another wherein the first and second jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. The medical instrument also includes one or more light-emitting elements and one or more light-detecting elements configured to generate one or more signals indicative of tissue florescence. The one or more light-emitting elements are adapted to deliver light energy to tissue grasped between the first and second jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Shobhit Arya, Lei Su, Vadzim Chalau, Kristy Lee Cloyd, Martin A. B. Hedegaard, Molly Stevens, Daniel S. Elson, George B. Hanna
  • Patent number: 10722297
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical assembly broadly includes an outer hollow needle which has an outer diameter, a longitudinal axis, and a sharp distal end. An insulating member extends through the hollow needle and is movable relative to the hollow needle. An elongated member extends through the insulating member and is movable relative to both the insulating member and the hollow needle. A resilient wire projects from the elongated member and is retractable within and extendable outside of the insulating member and the hollow needle. The insulating member, elongated member, and resilient wire are movable relative to the needle using first and second moving means whereby the surgical assembly assumes various configurations having different operational functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sundaram Ravikumar, H. Allan Alward, Robert F. Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10722293
    Abstract: A medical instrument includes a housing and a shaft coupled to the housing. The shaft has a proximal end and a distal end. An end effector assembly is disposed at the distal end of the shaft. The end effector assembly includes first and second jaw members. At least one of the first and second jaw members is movable from a first position wherein the first and second jaw members are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to at least a second position closer to one another wherein the first and second jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. The medical instrument also includes one or more light-emitting elements and one or more light-detecting elements configured to generate one or more signals indicative of tissue reflectance. The one or more light-emitting elements are adapted to deliver light energy to tissue grasped between the first and second jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Shobhit Arya, Neil T. Clancy, Daniel S. Elson, George B. Hanna, Danail V. Stoyanov, Xiaofei Du
  • Patent number: 10716611
    Abstract: A method and system for tattoo removal from a subject by exposing tattoo ink particles trapped within the dermis to a cold plasma is described herein. The tattoo removal method and system can be used to remove the tattoo from the skin of the subject being treated. In addition, the method and system described allows for the extraction of the tattoo ink particles, which may have toxic properties, from the subject's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ClearIt, LLC
    Inventors: James W. Winkelman, Martin E. Schmieg
  • Patent number: 10709491
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer-accessible mediums can be provided that can establish particular parameters for electric pulses based on a characteristic(s) of the tissue(s), and control an application of the electric pulses to tissue(s) for a plurality of automatically controlled and separated time periods to ablate the tissue(s) through mediation of membrane potential and through inducing the cells through a plurality of charge-discharge cycles such that an electroporation of a majority of the tissue(s) is prevented or reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER
    Inventors: Govindarajan Srimathveeravalli, Stephen Barnett Solomon
  • Patent number: 10709492
    Abstract: A flexible catheter has an ablation electrode disposed in its distal segment. The ablation electrode a cavity formed in its external surface, a microelectrode configured to fit into the cavity, a conductive wire lead connecting the microelectrode to receiving circuitry, and an electrical shield surrounding the wire lead. A power generator is connected to the ablation electrode and the electrical shield in a generator circuit. A back patch electrode adapted to contact with the subject is connected in the generator circuit. The microelectrodes can be active while energizing the ablation electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoav Lichtenstein
  • Patent number: 10709494
    Abstract: An end effector assembly for use with a forceps includes a pair of jaw members, a knife assembly, and one or more cam assemblies. One or more of the jaw members are moveable relative to the other about a pivot between open and closed positions. One or more of the jaw members include a knife channel. The pivot includes first and second sections defining a passage therebetween. The knife assembly includes a knife blade and an actuation shaft. The knife blade is disposed distally relative to the pivot. The actuation shaft is configured for slidable translation through the passage to allow selective advancement of the knife blade through the knife channel. The one or more cam assemblies are operably coupled to the one or more moveable jaw members and are actuatable to move the one or more jaw members between the open and closed positions for grasping tissue therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Peter M. Mueller
  • Patent number: 10702328
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments of the invention there is provided a device for vaporizing one or more holes in tissue, comprising an array of vaporizing elements and a heating element configured to heat the vaporizing elements, wherein a geometry of at least a portion of the vaporizing elements is configured to prevent excessive penetration of other vaporizing elements into the tissue. In some embodiments, the vaporizing elements are heated to a temperature ranging between 300-600 degrees Celsius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Novoxel Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Slatkine, Raphael Shavit, Jacob Zlochover
  • Patent number: 10702327
    Abstract: A vapor delivery system and method is provided that is adapted for ablating bladder tissue to treat overactive bladder (OAB). The vapor delivery system includes an anchor tip configured anchor the system in the bladder while condensable vapor is delivered to target tissue. In one method, the vapor delivery system is advanced transurethrally into the patient to access the target tissue of the bladder, which can include a surface sensor of the bladder responsible for creating an urge incontinence sensation. The vapor delivery system includes a vapor source that provides a high quality vapor for delivery to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, INc.
    Inventors: Michael Hoey, Maximillian D. Fiore
  • Patent number: 10702336
    Abstract: A surgical device for use in removing a lesion from a brain includes a first tube, a second tube disposed within the first tube, a sleeve that encloses a portion of the first tube, wire loops attached to a distal end of the first tube, a loop expander and rotation mechanism drivingly coupled with the wire loops, an aspiration port, and an irrigation port. The loop expander and rotation mechanism is operable to expand the wire loops while rotating the wire loops relative to the first tube and contract the wire loops while rotating the wire loops relative to the first tube. Cut tissue is aspirated via the aspiration port. Irrigation fluid is supplied to irrigate the cut tissue via the irrigation port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Madison Surgical Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Behnam Badie
  • Patent number: 10702330
    Abstract: A surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism is provided for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source. A fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface may be provided in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Earl W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10695120
    Abstract: An adapter element for receiving an HF surgical handpiece is proposed. The adapter element is characterized in that it is possible by receiving the handpiece in the adapter element to form a smoke duct in said adapter element for discharging smoke from a treatment area, at least one stick-, point-, ring-, sphere- or loop-shaped electrode or combinations of the same being attached on the distal end of the adapter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ERBE ELEKTROMEDIZIN GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Hagg
  • Patent number: 10687883
    Abstract: Systems and methods for continuous infusion of a fluid, which may be heated, into a balloon catheter. A system for balloon inflation, the system comprising a catheter having an inflow lumen and an outflow lumen, a balloon positioned at a distal end of the catheter, the balloon being in fluid communication with the inflow and the outflow lumen, and an infusion device in fluid communication with the balloon through the inflow and outflow lumens, the infusion device configured for continuously circulating a fluid into and out of the balloon to maintain the balloon at a constant pressure and volume by matching a flow of the fluid into the balloon via the inflow lumen with a flow of the fluid out of the balloon via the outflow lumen in order to keep the balloon volume and pressure constant during an entire infusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: PAVmed Inc.
    Inventors: Lishan Aklog, Brian J. deGuzman
  • Patent number: 10687885
    Abstract: A method of controlling an electrosurgical HF apparatus, as well as an HF apparatus, includes an electrosurgical instrument and an HF generator for generating an HF current. The HF generator is in a locked state in which its activation is not possible. An application to be carried out is to be selected prior to a user-side activation of the HF generator, whereby the HF generator is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: AESCULAP AG
    Inventors: Thomas Maser, Heiko Reichle, Anton Keller, Stefan Eick
  • Patent number: 10667854
    Abstract: An endovascular near critical fluid based cryoablation catheter for creating an elongated lengthwise-continuous lesion in tissue can comprise an elongated shaft, a flexible distal tissue treatment section, and a distal tip. A plurality of flexible tubes can extend through the distal treatment section to transport a near critical fluid to and from the distal tip. The distal treatment section can also include a flexible fluid-sealed cover or barrier layer surrounding the delivery tubes. The cover and tubes can collectively define a space which is filled with a fluidic thermally conductive media. The thermally conductive media, fluid delivery tubes, and the cover can be arranged such that a flow of the near critical fluid through the tube bundle transfers heat between a target tissue and the distal treatment section of the catheter thereby creating the elongated lengthwise-continuous lesion in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Adagio Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexei V. Babkin, Steven W. Kovalcheck, Xiaoyu Yu
  • Patent number: 10667858
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention relates to an electrosurgical handpiece that has a first main body and a second main body. A squeezable handle connects to and across the first main body and the second main body such that, when the handle is unsqueezed, the first main body and the second main body assume a first position relative to one another. When the handle is squeezed, the first main body and the second main body assumes a second position relative to one another. An active electrosurgical electrode is slidingly mounted within the second main body and extends from the second end. A spacer is positioned around and in sliding engagement with the smaller diameter region of the first main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Alan Ellman
  • Patent number: 10660697
    Abstract: An ablation apparatus places electrodes at the perimeter of a cavity. In an embodiment, the alternating electric field is used to expose the cavity to enough energy to ablate the cavity. In an embodiment, two modes are used to expose different regions of the cavity to different amounts of power so that the thermal effect is more uniform. In an embodiment, the electrodes have a relatively large surface area so as to avoid charring the cavity, but are shaped so as to fit within a body orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: CARDEA MEDSYSTEMS (TIANJIN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jia Hua Xiao, Roger A. Stern, Jerome Jackson, Grant Michael Glaze