Patents Examined by Julian W. Woo
  • Patent number: 9999493
    Abstract: Systems and methods can remove material of interest, including blood clots, from a body region, including but not limited to the circulatory system for the treatment of pulmonary embolism (PE), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), cerebrovascular embolism, and other vascular occlusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: KP Medcure, Inc.
    Inventors: Thanh Van Nguyen, Duy Nguyen, Tung Hoang Ngo
  • Patent number: 9993307
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system includes a robot and an instrument assembly. The instrument assembly includes a drive unit with at least one rotary drive having an electric motor and a drive shaft that has a coupling part for coupling to a drive shaft of the instrument; an instrument including an instrument shaft and a drive shaft that has a coupling part for coupling to a drive shaft of the drive unit; and an instrument interface including a sheath that encompasses the drive unit. In order to detachably couple an instrument module to an instrument part of a surgical instrument, an electromagnet in a magnet assembly of the instrument module is activated or deactivated, a permanent magnet of said magnet assembly is moved into a locking position and/or an angular position of a coupled counter element assembly of the instrument part is detected by an angle sensor of the instrument module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: KUKA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Lohmeier, Wolfgang Schober
  • Patent number: 9993237
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for suturing of body lumens allow the suturing of vascular puncture sites located at the distal end of a percutaneous tissue tract. An elongated articulated foot of the device can be inserted through the penetration and actuated so that the foot extends along the lumenal axis. The foot can carry suturing attachment cuffs with one end of the cuff adapted to receive a needle, while the other end receives suture. A portion of the foot and/or lumen of the shaft can receive a portion of the suture and can include friction reducing structure that aid with movement of the sutured during removal of the cuffs from within the penetration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventor: Dawn Ma
  • Patent number: 9987164
    Abstract: A method, device, or system for treating eye disorders or conditions, comprising restoring or increasing blood flow or blood flow rate in an artery that supplies blood to or in the eye, thereby increasing the amount of nutrient(s) that reaches the eye or a portion thereof. The invention also includes methods, devices, or systems for treating eye disorders or conditions which use reverse flow or retrograde flow structures and systems during the treatment of the eye disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: J.D. Franco & Co.
    Inventors: Michael Calhoun, Jeff Franco, Robert M. Vidlund
  • Patent number: 9986986
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating the removal of a tissue specimen from a patient is disclosed. The system includes a bag or pouch, a tissue cutter device, a support and a stabilizer. The tissue cutter device includes a passer, a wire, and a handle. The support is an elongated member. The passer is an elongated member configured to be coupled to the support and introduced as a temporary unit into the mouth of the bag or pouch in the patient's body holding the tissue specimen. The wire is attached to the passer. The temporary unit is configured to pass around the tissue specimen and out of the opening in the bag or pouch to carry the wire through that path so that a distal portion of the wire and a proximal portion of the wire are outside the patient's body. Those portions of the wire can be pulled to cut into the tissue specimen. The stabilizer holds the tissue specimen as the wire cuts into it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Boehringer Laboratories LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Radl, Allison Lloyd Lehmann, Kevin P. Klocek, Trevor Smith
  • Patent number: 9986994
    Abstract: A suture and a suture retainer are positioned relative to body tissue. Ultrasonic vibratory energy is utilized to heat the suture retainer and effect a bonding of portions of the suture retainer to each other and/or to the suture. Portions of the body tissue may be pressed into linear apposition with each other and held in place by cooperation between the suture and the suture retainer. The suture retainer may include one or more portions between which the suture extends. The suture retainer may include sections which have surface areas which are bonded together. If desired, the suture may be wrapped around one of the sections of the suture retainer. The suture retainer may be formed with a recess in which the suture is received. If desired, the suture retainer may be omitted and the sections of the suture bonded to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Peter M. Bonutti, Matthew J. Cremens
  • Patent number: 9980728
    Abstract: A clip for closing a puncture in a body lumen comprises a clip having a resiliently expandable circumference and a plurality of barbed prongs extending at least approximately in the same direction from one edge of the clip. A device for deploying such a clip is described. A method for deploying such a clip is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Christy Cummins, Robert K. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 9974637
    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: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. H. Chu, Karthik Lavakumar, Steven A. Olivieri
  • Patent number: 9974641
    Abstract: Prosthesis (1) comprising a patch (2) made of biocompatible material, said patch having a generally plane geometric shape that defines two opposite faces, a center, a length and a width of said patch, characterized in that said patch is provided, on one (2a) of its faces, with a single marking means (3) designed to indicate both the center (C) of the patch and also the longitudinal direction of said patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: S├ębastien Ladet, Sebastien Francois, Nicolas Prost
  • Patent number: 9974552
    Abstract: A tip element for a lithotripter is provided. The tip element includes a proximal end configured for attachment to a waveguide of the lithotripter and a distal end configured for placement against at least one urinary tract stone. The lithotripter transmits energy from the tip element to the at least one urinary tract stone to break up the at least one urinary tract stone into fragments. The tip element may further include a tip element passage that extends between the proximal end and the distal end. The tip element passage communicates with a lumen of the waveguide for at least one of suctioning and irrigating a urinary tract. The distal end has one or more sharp edges to maintain contact between the at least one urinary tract stone and the distal end during suctioning. The distal end may be configured to limit the size of fragments from the at least one urinary tract stone drawn into the tip element passage during suctioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence J. St. George, Kurt G. Shelton
  • Patent number: 9968353
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods utilize an intraluminal fastener applier having a guide body with a longitudinal axis. The guide body is sized and configured for intraluminal deployment in a hollow body organ. An actuated assembly is carried by the guide body that is selectively operable to generate an implantation force to implant at least one fastener into tissue within the hollow body organ. The actuated assembly includes a driven member extending generally along the longitudinal axis, which is sized and configured to engage a selected fastener. The actuated assembly also includes a drive member coupled to the driven member to impart the implantation force to the driven element in a direction that is at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the guide body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Bolduc, Juan Parodi
  • Patent number: 9962165
    Abstract: Apparatus for delivering material into a patient includes a catheter having a proximal end and a distal end. Material, preferably of filamentary or thread form, is fed from a material supply into a Y-fitting having a main branch and a side branch. The side branch is connected to a source of driving fluid able to feed drive fluid under pressure into the material carrier so as to pull material forwardly and out of the distal end of the catheter. The assembly includes an inner cannula within which material is passed from the material source. This increases the speed of delivery of material though the device and reduces the amount of drive fluid which is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Aidan Furey, Anders Ginge Jensen
  • Patent number: 9962145
    Abstract: A self-contained, port-closing trocar and method of use which may include an elongated body having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a side wall between the first end and the second end, the body further including at least two channels therein, each of the channels originating near the second end, running parallel to the elongated body, and curving towards and forming an opening in the side wall near the first end. The self-closing trocar may also include at least two needles, each disposed within one of the at least two channels, and a handle insertable into the second end of the elongated body, the handle having at least two needle drivers coupled thereto, each needle driver being insertable into one of the at least two channels and engagable with an end of a needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Spencer Madsen, Mike Fogarty, Paul Johnson, John Langell
  • Patent number: 9955976
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treatment of a patient's vasculature are described. The devices include implants 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. Additionally, there is a transition zone between the two regions. The implants have a low profile radially constrained state and an expanded state that is axially shortened. 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: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Sequent Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J Hewitt, Brian Merritt, William R Patterson, James M Thompson, Claudio Plaza, Hung P Tran
  • Patent number: 9943390
    Abstract: A method of treating pelvic organ prolapse in a female patient by accessing a prolapsed organ trans-vaginally through a vagina is disclosed. The method includes making an incision through a wall of a vagina of the female patient, and providing an implant with a mesh having a mass density of 50 g/m2 or less. The method additionally includes radially confining the implant with a tool, and inserting a portion of the tool and the implant through the incision formed in the wall of the vagina. The method includes releasing the implant from the tool in an area of the prolapsed organ in supporting the vagina of the female patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: James Browning
  • Patent number: 9936942
    Abstract: A suturing device is provided. The suturing device may include at least one needle configured to engage a suture for deployment, at least one release mechanism coupled to the needle configured to release an engaged suture upon deployment, and a drive mechanism operatively coupled to the needle and configured to advance the needle from a retracted position to an extended position during engagement, and retract the needle from the extended position to the retracted position during disengagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Surgimatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Wai N. Chin, Adam Saban, James Orrico, Gary M. Kobylewski, Jafar S. Hasan
  • Patent number: 9931204
    Abstract: A transcatheter heart valve prosthesis configured in accordance herewith includes an expandable frame having a plurality of commissure posts extending therefrom, a radially expandable inflow member attached to the plurality of commissure posts, and a locking mechanism operably coupled to a wire. The wire is at least partially slideably disposed within a channel formed in a wall of the inflow member and the locking mechanism is configured to permit the wire to be advanced within the channel to thereby transition the inflow member into a deployed configuration that at least partially engages tissue at the native heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Rothstein, Jeffrey Sandstrom
  • Patent number: 9931112
    Abstract: Endoscopic devices and methods used for fastening multiple tissue layers, such as, for example, an endoscopic fundoplication procedure, are disclosed. The endoluminal device includes a tissue fastener, a flexible needle having means for grasping and releasing a portion of the tissue fastener, and a deflector for deflecting and guiding the needle toward the multiple tissue layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey S. Grigoryants, Liem T. Vu
  • Patent number: 9931130
    Abstract: A medical instrument effectively suppresses a situation in which the edge of a blade springs immediately after completion of incision, excision, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CHARMANT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kaoru Horikawa
  • Patent number: 9931122
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems facilitate gastric retention of a variety of therapeutic devices. devices generally include a support portion for preventing the device from passing through the pyloric valve or esophagus wherein a retaining member may optionally be included on the distal end of the positioning member for further maintaining a position of the device in the stomach. Some embodiments are deliverable into the stomach through the esophagus, either by swallowing or through a delivery tube or catheter. Some embodiments are fully reversible. Some embodiments self-expand within the stomach, while others are inflated or otherwise expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: BAROnova, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Burnett, Gregory W. Hall