Patents Examined by Majid Jamialahmadi
  • Patent number: 10369039
    Abstract: Embodiments of nasal dilators are disclosed. In one embodiment, a nasal dilator has an internal portion with first and second nostril separators and an external portion forming a connection member. Each nostril separator has a generally “C” configuration and includes a first and second end separated by a linking member. The first and second ends have a gap therebetween. The connection member has a generally “U “configuration, and is fixed to the linking members of the first and second nostril separators to form the nasal dilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TRU-BREATHE, INC.
    Inventor: Raymond F. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10363066
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a medical device. The medical device includes outer, middle, and inner tubular members. The outer tubular member has a proximal end and a distal end. The middle tubular member has a proximal end and a distal end. The middle tubular member is configured to be received within the outer tubular member and capable of being rotatable relative to the outer tubular member. The inner tubular member is configured to be received within the middle tubular member and capable of reciprocating and also capable of being rotatable relative to the middle tubular member. The inner tubular member is configured to reciprocate and rotate while the middle tubular member and the outer tubular member are configured to be stationary. The middle tubular member is configured to be rotatable relative to the outer tubular member while the inner tubular member is configured to be stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Joey Magno, Saeed A. Merza
  • Patent number: 10342527
    Abstract: There is provided a repeated type organ fixing instrument having a plurality of suturing tools. The organ fixing instrument includes a rod-shaped engaging portion, a suture fixed to the engaging portion, a puncture needle for housing a plurality of the engaging portions. A plurality of the engaging portions are extruded one by one from the puncture needle by the operation of a operation unit main body. The suture fixed to at least one of the plurality of engaging portions is inserted within the inside of the puncture needle and wherein the other suture is derived from the inside to the outside of the puncture needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Yutaka Suzuki, Kazuki Okada, Shinetsu Harata, Kiyotaka Arikawa, Yasunori Kojo
  • Patent number: 10327751
    Abstract: A surgical access system that facilitates access to a surgical site through an incision in the patient's body includes a surgical retractor and a fluid delivery or fluid evacuation device. The fluid delivery or fluid evacuation device is coupled to the surgical retractor and is adapted to deliver fluid to the surgical site or evacuate fluid from the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Prescient Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Coe, Insoo Suh, Jeremy Koehler
  • Patent number: 10314704
    Abstract: Described, in certain aspects of the invention, are apparatuses and methods for deploying artificial devices within the vascular system. One apparatus includes a delivery device having a lumen and a deployment member slidably received within the lumen. This apparatus further includes an artificial device having an anchoring element releasably engaged with the deployment member. Such an apparatus can be percutaneously delivered to a site within a vascular vessel, and thereafter manipulated so that the anchoring element attaches to the vessel wall. The delivery device and deployment member can then be withdrawn from the vessel, whereby the deployment member disengages from the anchoring element, leaving the artificial device implanted in the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Darin G. Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 10307219
    Abstract: A noninvasive stereotactic assembly for guiding an instrument to a target within a patient's head includes a head frame subassembly and an instrument positioning subassembly. The head frame subassembly is secured to a skull in the patient's head to determine an X-axis and a Y-axis of a three-dimensional coordinate system. According to the coordinate of the target in the three-dimensional coordinate system, ring members, a movable bracket, a swivel member, and an instrument holder of the instrument positioning subassembly are displaced by predetermined angles to guide the instrument toward the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Bing-Shiang Yang, Yu-Hsiang Hao
  • Patent number: 10300286
    Abstract: A tool has an outer assembly, which includes a deployment tube, extending around, and moveable with respect to an inner assembly of the tool; the inner assembly includes a single pull wire and a distal member configured to engage an end of an implantable medical device. The deployment tube includes an articulating segment located just proximal to an enlarged distal-most portion, which contains the device and the distal member. Relatively soft and stiff sections of a composite sidewall define the articulating segment and extend alongside one another, such that, when the pull wire is actuated, the composite sidewall causes bending of the segment in two directions. A handle assembly of the tool includes a control member for the pull wire, and may further include a flushing subassembly that has a connector port located at an end of the handle assembly that is opposite a proximal port of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Ward, Rónán Wood, Gwenda McMullin, Paula McDonnell, Aram Jamous
  • Patent number: 10285833
    Abstract: Stent delivery systems and associated methods for delivering stents are disclosed herein. In several embodiments, a handle assembly for delivering a stent from a tubular enclosure can include a first lead screw having a first lead thread of a first pitch and first handedness, a second lead screw having a second lead thread of a second pitch and second handedness different from the first handedness, and a housing defining threads of the first and second pitches. The first lead screw can be in mechanical communication with the tubular enclosure, and the second lead screw can be in mechanical communication with the stent. Upon rotation of a portion of the housing, the housing threads can engage the lead screws so as to induce simultaneous translations of the lead screws in opposite directions. The simultaneous translations are configured to deploy the stent from the tubular enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Lombard Medical Limited
    Inventors: Andrew H. Cragg, John Logan, Nelson Quintana, Mahmood Dehdashtian, George Tsai
  • Patent number: 10258320
    Abstract: Systems and methods for soft tissue to bone repairs, without knot tying. The soft tissue repair systems include self-cinching constructs with splices, loops and inserts that are pre-loaded onto knotless anchors to position the self-locking, adjustable construct at the repair site. The splice incorporates an insert in the form of a flexible strand with at least one barb, or simply in the form of a cut length of suture or braid that is inserted into the center of the cinching loop to create a thicker portion. When the cinching loop is tightened, the insert prevents loosening of the loop, locking in the cinching loop and preventing movement of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dreyfuss, Derek C. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10258361
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument for use during a surgical procedure includes a body, a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and an actuation assembly. The body is configured to receive an ultrasonic transducer for selectively generating a first or a second predetermined oscillation. The shaft assembly projects from the body and includes an acoustic waveguide connected to the ultrasonic blade. The actuation assembly includes an activator ring and an activation mechanism. The activator ring is selectively movable along the body such that the activator ring is accessible to be gripped by an operator around an entirety of an outer circumferential surface of the activator ring. The activation mechanism is connected to the activator ring such that the activation mechanism selectively moves along the body in conjunction with the activator ring. At least a portion of the activation mechanism is configured to selectively direct the ultrasonic transducer to oscillate the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Dickerson, Cory G. Kimball, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Kristen G. Denzinger, Chester O. Baxter, III, Ashvani K. Madan
  • Patent number: 10251667
    Abstract: A device and method for removing atheroma. An expandable atherectomy device comprises a rotatably motor-driven flexible hollow shaft that is slidable over a guidewire introducible through a flexible catheter tube and is coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the guidewire, an expandable cutting unit connected to a distal end of the hollow shaft, and an actuator which is operable to induce selective expansion of the cutting unit. The cutting unit, when expanded, is eccentrically rotatable about the longitudinal axis to cut and remove atheromous material from a blood vessel. In one embodiment, the method also includes the step of drilling an occlusion present in the lumen of a blood vessel by a drill unit connected to the cutting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Taryag Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Aharon Cohen, Swi Barak
  • Patent number: 10251765
    Abstract: A stent delivery system, and associated manufacturing method, are such that the outer diameter of the distal portion of the stent delivery system is relatively small. The stent delivery system includes a hollow shaft portion, an inflatable balloon disposed on the outer periphery of a distal portion of the shaft portion, and a stent disposed on the outer periphery of the balloon and having struts expanded by inflation of the balloon. The balloon has a ridge portion with which the stent is engaged. The ridge portion is sandwiched in a space between the struts, and a top portion of the ridge portion has a concave portion recessed toward the axis of the shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi Kumazawa, Hiroaki Nagura
  • Patent number: 10245100
    Abstract: A connection mechanism and manufacturing method for a surgical instrument includes an inner shaft member that extends at least partially through an elongated shaft member of the instrument and defines proximal and distal ends and is selectively movable in a longitudinal direction with respect to the elongated shaft member and includes at least one aperture that extends partially along the longitudinal direction and disposed distally from the proximal end. The inner shaft member enables a drive collar member to slide on the inner shaft member and reciprocate along the longitudinal direction. A drive collar stop member slides on the inner shaft member and moves along the longitudinal direction. The drive collar stop member then moves in a direction relative to the longitudinal axis to engage the aperture and limit further longitudinal motion of the drive collar member. An inner shaft stop member limits movement of the inner shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Grant T. Sims, Michael B. Lyons
  • Patent number: 10238423
    Abstract: A device to extract elements contained in cavities that uses a bag for their extraction that folds onto itself and an applier provided with an air chamber, which bag has pockets into which tentacles of the applier are introduced; and that is provided with means to pull from same; an applier that is comprised by a first piece called outer tube, that is hollow and of rigid material which, at its distal end, turns into at least two tentacles that allow its radial flexibility, and in its proximal end, means are provided to fix the second piece, called inner tube, which is a hollow tube, open at its ends, that slides into the body of the outer tube and that provides a funnel at its distal end. The device may have grade scale either on the tentacles, the inner tube as well as on the bag. Additionally, this provides two rings used as reference, on each of the folds of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: AIR BAG ONE SARL
    Inventor: Jorge E. Odon
  • Patent number: 10231747
    Abstract: An apparatus for operating on tissue includes a body, a shaft, an ultrasonic blade, and an acoustic assembly. The shaft extends distally from the body. The blade is disposed at the distal end of the shaft. The acoustic assembly comprises an acoustic waveguide coupled with the blade, a piezoelectric transducer element, a fastener, and a coupling member. The transducer element defines an inner diameter surface and an outer diameter surface. The fastener is configured to secure the transducer element relative to the waveguide. The coupling member is configured to provide electrical continuity between the fastener and the inner diameter surface of the transducer element. The outer diameter surface of the transducer element includes an annular recess. Another coupling member is configured to provide electrical continuity between the annular recess of the piezoelectric transducer element and a power source while permitting the piezoelectric transducer element to rotate relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Foster B. Stulen, Michael R. Lamping, Scott A. Nield, Timothy G. Dietz, John B. Schulte, Sora Rhee, Jacob S. Gee, Stephen J. Balek, William D. Dannaher, Gavin M. Monson
  • Patent number: 10226267
    Abstract: A treatment instrument is that a maximum dimension of the loop portion in a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal axis in a state where half of a total length of the loop portion in a direction of the longitudinal axis of the loop portion is pulled into the sheath is 40% to 60% of a maximum dimension of the loop portion in the orthogonal direction in a state where the whole loop portion protrudes from a distal end of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Yuta Muyari, Akane Yasukawa
  • Patent number: 10219951
    Abstract: An ear cleaning device is provided for removing debris from an ear. In one form, the ear cleaning device includes a shaft, a head connected to the shaft, and a contiguous pocket structure of the head. The contiguous pocket structure includes a plurality of pockets that may be configured to receive debris. In another form, the ear cleaning device has a handle, a bulbous cleaner connected to the handle, and a solid inner core of the bulbous cleaner. The bulbous cleaner has two or more spaced, longitudinal walls disposed outward of the inner core that are configured to remove debris with turning of the ear cleaning device about a longitudinal axis of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Quest Products, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Carl Olson
  • Patent number: 10195028
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems used to deliver a prosthetic heart valve to a deficient valve. In one embodiment, for instance, a support member is positioned to at least partially surround the native chordae tendineae and/or leaflets of a valve. The support member can comprise a flexible, distensible material to reduce abrasion and other mechanical damage to surrounding structures. A locking member may be used to couple both ends of the support member, forming a support ring. The support member may have two magnetic end portions which can be magnetically coupled to form a support ring. An expandable prosthetic heart valve can be delivered into the native heart valve and expanded within the support band, thereby causing one or more of the native chordae tendineae and/or leaflets of the native heart valve to be frictionally secured between the support ring and the expanded prosthetic heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald J. Hosmer, Erin M. Spinner
  • Patent number: 10172614
    Abstract: One example of a surgical apparatus may include a feeder belt, a plurality of staples frangibly connected to the feeder belt, and at least one pull tab extending laterally from the feeder belt. An example of a surgical method of treating tissue within the body of a patient may include providing at least one feeder belt and staples frangibly connected thereto, and at least one wedge movable relative to the feeder belt; moving at least one wedge in a first direction to contact and thereby form and shear at least one staple from at least one feeder belt; and moving at least one wedge in a second direction to engage and advance the feeder belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AESCULAP AG
    Inventors: Michael P. Schaller, Philipe R. Manoux
  • Patent number: 10159484
    Abstract: An apparatus for application of surgical clips to body tissue is provided and includes a handle assembly; a shaft assembly including a housing extending distally from the handle assembly and defining a longitudinal axis; a plurality of surgical clips disposed within the shaft assembly; a jaw mounted adjacent a distal end portion of the shaft assembly, the jaw being movable between an open spaced-apart condition and a closed approximated condition; and a pusher bar reciprocally disposed within the housing of the shaft assembly and being detachably connectable to the housing of the shaft assembly, the pusher bar being configured to load a distal-most surgical clip into the jaws during distal movement and remain connected to the housing of the shaft assembly and in a distally advanced position during an approximation of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gregory Sorrentino, Kenneth H. Whitfield