Patents Examined by Julian W. Woo
  • Patent number: 10952837
    Abstract: A medical device including a mesh prosthesis having a first layer having an opening a second layer secured to the first layer and forming a pocket therebetween. A deployment device is positioned in the pocket and arranged to resiliently exert a deployment force on the mesh prosthesis to urge the mesh prosthesis into a deployment shape. The deployment device has a first shape when deployed that has at least one dimension larger than that of the opening to frustrate removal of the deployment device therethrough. Upon application of a suitable pulling force the deployment device is reconfigurable into a second shape that permits the deployment device to be removed from the pocket through the opening upon application of the suitable pulling force. A method of using a medical device is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Anthony R. Horton, David Filipiak, Albert A. Lepage, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10952741
    Abstract: An example medical device for occluding the left atrial appendage includes an expandable member having a first end region, a second end region and an inflation cavity. The medical device also includes a plurality of spine members coupled to the expandable member, the plurality of spine members spaced circumferentially around an outer surface of the expandable member. Additionally, the medical device includes a valve member extending at least partially into the inflation cavity, wherein the plurality of spine members are configured to position the medical device within an opening of the left atrial appendage and wherein the expandable member is configured to expand and seal the opening of the left atrial appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Anderson, John M. Edgell, Jose A. Meregotte, Steven R. Larsen, David Raab, Peter John Hoffman, David John Onushko
  • Patent number: 10946125
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for treating an incisional wound having incisional walls. The apparatus includes a conduit having a first end for receiving reduced pressure and a second end. The apparatus further includes a scaffold. The scaffold has opposing surfaces for positioning adjacent the incisional walls and is fluidly coupled to the second end of the conduit for receiving the reduced pressure. The scaffold is generally elongated in shape and has a thickness between the opposing surfaces that is sufficiently thin for positioning within the incisional wound. The apparatus further includes an internal manifold that has a primary flow channel extending generally longitudinally within the scaffold and between the opposing surfaces of the scaffold. The internal manifold is fluidly coupled to the second end of the conduit. The application of the reduced pressure through the scaffold and the internal manifold induces tissue apposition between the incisional walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Manwaring, Douglas A. Cornet
  • Patent number: 10939973
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a computer-assisted instrument motion are described. For example, the disclosure provides mechanisms and techniques for holding an instrument with a computer-assisted manipulator assembly, and methods for actuating computer-assisted motions of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Peter DiMaio, David William Bailey, Theodore W. Rogers, Alec Paul Robertson
  • Patent number: 10939914
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treatment of a patient's vasculature are described. The device includes a self-expanding resilient permeable shell having a radially constrained state and an expanded state with a globular, axially shortened configuration. The permeable shell may be a single layer of braided elongate filaments having first and second ends that are secured at the proximal end of the permeable shell. The devices may also include permeable shells made of woven braided mesh having a variable mesh density, i.e., the average size of pores in one region are a different than the average size of pores in another region. Methods of using the device to treat a cerebral aneurysm are also described. Methods of forming a tubular braid are also described. Methods of forming a tubular braid with variable braid densities are described. Methods of forming a tubular braid using a castellated mandrel are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Todd Hewitt, Brian Merritt, William R. Patterson, James M. Thompson, Claudio Plaza, Hung P. Tran, Richard L Quick
  • Patent number: 10932798
    Abstract: A lithotripter is provided that includes a lithotripsy apparatus for treatment of a urinary tract stone by fragmentation. The lithotripsy apparatus includes a lithotripsy wave guide shaft configured to transmit an energy form to at least one urinary tract stone. The lithotripter includes a sensing device configured to provide signal data for determining optimal application of energy during treatment with the lithotripsy apparatus. The lithotripter includes a processor configured to collect the signal data and provide feedback to a user. The processor has a control logic configured to determine at least one of: a) if the lithotripsy wave guide shaft is in contact with a tissue; b) if the lithotripsy wave guide shaft is in contact with a stone; c) type of stone; d) if a user is applying force in excess of a predetermined threshold; and e) physical characteristics of a stone. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Shelton, Lawrence J. St. George, Artemie G. Gavala
  • Patent number: 10925647
    Abstract: A closure for an open headed medical implant, such as a bone screw. The closure having a cylindrical body with an axis of rotation and also having a radially outer surface with a thread or other guide and advancement structure thereon. The body having a plurality of tool mating structures that communicate with a bottom surface of the body and that are parallel to but spaced from the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10925707
    Abstract: A blood filter device having occlusion-resistant characteristics. The occlusion-resistant characteristics decrease the likelihood of the filter being blocked by thrombi. The filter device includes at least one anchor portion for anchoring the filter device within one or more arteries, and a filter portion for filtering thrombi from the blood entering the artery. In some embodiments, an anchor portion is capped with a filter cap. In various embodiments, the filter cap is protrudes into the aorta to promote occlusion resistance. In one embodiment, the device can be modified in situ to re-establish normal blood flow through the artery in the unlikely case of thrombotic or other blockage of the filter. In some embodiments, a bypass opening or open channel defining an access port is provided to accommodate passage of surgical instruments into the artery and to enable blood flow to bypass the filter should the filter become heavily occluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: VeoSource SA
    Inventors: Vitali Verin, Olivier Coquoz
  • Patent number: 10918388
    Abstract: The present invention relates to surgical instruments and methods for enhancing properties of tissue repaired or joined by surgical staples and, more particularly to surgical instruments and methods designed to enhance the properties of repaired or adjoined tissue at a target surgical site, especially when sealing an anastomosis between adjacent intestinal sections so as to improve tissue viability, prevent tissue infection, and to prevent leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Nir I. Nativ, Yufu Li, Michael Logue, Glenn Cook, Gwan-Ywan Lai
  • Patent number: 10912578
    Abstract: A surgical clamping device includes a tool assembly having a first jaw and a second jaw. The first jaw includes a mount portion and a clamping portion and the second jaw includes a proximal portion having first and second side walls defining a central cavity. The mount portion of the first jaw is received within the central cavity of the second jaw. One of the mount portion of the first jaw or the proximal portion of the second jaw includes first and second cam members and the other of the mount portion of the first jaw or the proximal portion of the second jaw defines at least one cam slot that receives the first and second cam members. The at least one cam slot is configured to cause parallel closure of the first and second jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 10905571
    Abstract: Aneurysms are treated by filling at least one double-walled filling structure with a curable medium within the aneurysm. The filling structures may be delivered over balloon deployment mechanisms in order to shape and open tubular lumens therethrough. Scaffolds are placed into the tubular lumens in order to help maintain the shape, anchor the filling structures in place, and provide improved blood flow transition into and out of the tubular lumens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Nellix, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Evans, Gwendolyn A. Watanabe, Amy Lee, Steven L. Herbowy
  • Patent number: 10898328
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide enhanced treatment of a cardiac valve annulus. Methods generally involve contacting an anchor delivery device with the valve annulus and releasing a plurality of coupled anchors from the anchor delivery device to secure the anchors to the-annulus. Anchors, which in some embodiments are super-clastic or shape memory self-securing anchors, are then drawn together to tighten the annulus. Devices generally include an elongate catheter having a housing at or near the distal end for releasably housing a plurality of coupled anchors. The housing may be flexible, may conform to a valve annulus, and in some embodiments may be coupled with an expandable member to enhance contact of the housing with annular tissue. In one embodiment, self-securing anchors lie approximately flat with the delivery device housing, allowing anchors with relatively large deployed shapes to be housed in and deployed from a relatively narrow delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ancora Heart, Inc.
    Inventors: Niel F. Starksen, John To
  • Patent number: 10881483
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter relates to a neurosurgical assistance robot including a movable box the chassis of which is provided with a rigid support arm for connection to a headrest supporting the head of a patient lying on an operating table. Accore invention disclosed subject matter, the support arm is movable with respect to the chassis between a position retracted in the volume of the box and a plurality of extended positions, and a mechanism for locking the arm in any iled being provided for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MedTech S.A.
    Inventors: Bertin Nahum, Fernand Badano, Eric Roussel, Lucien Blondel
  • Patent number: 10881390
    Abstract: A cord that has been previously affixed around an annulus can be fastened using a sliding member that locks into a housing. Before those two parts are locked together, the cord is free to slide through a channel in the sliding member, and a shear pin prevents the sliding member from moving. After those two parts are locked together, portions of the cord are squeezed between the upper surface of the sliding member and one wall of the housing, and other portions of the cord are squeezed between the lower surface of the sliding member and another wall of the housing, so that the cord can no longer slide. After locking, a sliding cutting element can be actuated to cut off portions of the cord that are proximal with respect to the two locked parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Cardiac Implants LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Modesitt, David Neumark
  • Patent number: 10874414
    Abstract: A device for releasing soft tissue includes a distractor and blade assembly. The distractor may include a guide channel positioned along an edge of the distractor and the blade assembly fits into the guide channel and is configured to slide within the channel of the distractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: John R Pepper, John Early, Ryan Schlotterback, Michael Coon
  • Patent number: 10864354
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for crossing a tissue region may include a catheter and a tip section arranged therewith. The tip section may be configured to puncture the tissue region and create an opening therein, dilate the opening in the tissue region, and pass through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: Boston Scientific Scimed Inc, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Joseph E. Adriaens, Douglas D. Pagoria, Joel T. Eggert, James P. Rohl, Roger W. McGowan, Katherine L. Baldwin, Todd College, James K. Cawthra, Jr., Eric M. Petersen, James A. Klos, Douglas Pennington
  • Patent number: 10863944
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate generally to applicators of on-skin sensor assemblies for measuring an analyte in a host, as well as their method of use and manufacture. In some aspects, an applicator for applying an on-skin sensor assembly to a skin of a host is provided. The applicator includes an applicator housing, a needle carrier assembly comprising an insertion element configured to insert a sensor of the on-skin sensor assembly into the skin of the host, a holder releasably coupled to the needle carrier assembly and configured to guide the on-skin sensor assembly while coupled to the needle carrier assembly, and a drive assembly configured to drive the insertion element from a proximal starting position to a distal insertion position, and from the distal insertion position to a proximal retraction position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Gray, Jennifer Blackwell, Paul V. Neale, Justen Deering England, Andrew Joncich, Cameron Brock, Peter C. Simpson, Thomas Metzmaker, Neel Narayan Shah, Mark Douglas Kempkey, Patrick John Castagna, Warren Terry, Jason Halac, Christian Michael Andre George, Daniel E. Apacible, John Charles Barry, Maria Noel Brown Wells, Kenneth Pirondini, Andrew Michael Reinhardt, Jason C. Wong, Remy E. Gagnon, David DeRenzy, Randall Scott Koplin, Alan Baldwin, Young Woo Lee, David A. Keller, Louise Emma van den Heuvel, Carol Wood Sutherland
  • Patent number: 10856982
    Abstract: A delivery device for a prosthetic heart valve includes a catheter assembly and an operating handle. The catheter assembly may include an inner shaft around which a compartment for the heart valve is defined, and a distal sheath having proximal and distal segments configured to enclose the compartment. The handle may include a first lead screw coupled to the proximal segment and a second lead screw coupled to the distal segment. Actuation of the first lead screw operates to move the proximal segment of the distal sheath proximally and actuation of the second lead screw operates to move the distal segment of the distal sheath distally to uncover the compartment and deploy the heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Perszyk, Philip Osterbauer
  • Patent number: 10856959
    Abstract: An insertion device includes an elongate member and a stylet. The elongate member has a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, and defines a lumen therethrough. The stylet has a distal end portion, a proximal end portion, and is slidably coupled to the elongate member. The stylet is configured to move from a first position to a second position with respect to the elongate member. The distal end portion of the stylet is configured to removably couple a mesh carrier thereto. A portion of the distal end portion of the stylet is disposed outside of the lumen of the elongate member when the stylet is in its first position and is disposed within the lumen when the stylet is in its second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. H. Chu, Karthik Lavakumar, Steven A. Olivieri
  • Patent number: 10835323
    Abstract: A system and an apparatus for guiding an instrument may be provided, the apparatus comprising a main body; a holding member for holding an instrument, the holding member coupled to the main body; and one or more actuating members configured to effect movement of the holding member such that said movement of the holding member is capable of providing rotational movement of an instrument about a pivot point external the apparatus. The holding member may preferably be configured to co-operate with a compliance device, said compliance device capable of holding the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: Institute of Technical Education, National University Hospital (Singapore) Pte Ltd., National University of Singapore
    Inventors: Foo Soo Leong, Ng Ka Wei, Goh Jin Quan, Ting Poh Hua, Lee Teck Kheng, Wu Qinghui, Chiong Edmund, Esuvaranathan Kesavan