Patents Examined by Matthew J Kasztejna
  • Patent number: 10406309
    Abstract: An endobronchial tube which contains an integrated camera and light source and a cleaning nozzle arrangement disposed within dedicated peripheral lumen within the tube's wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventor: Elias Daher
  • Patent number: 10401612
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a mounting and detaching section, terminals that, when an adapter is mounted on an outer circumference, come into contact with an identification resistor provided in the adapter and having different resistance values for each of adapters, a lead wire that energizes the identification resistor via the terminals, and a flexible board electrically connected to the terminals in the mounting and detaching section and electrically connected to a distal end of the lead wire in a position behind the mounting and detaching section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ayumu Inada
  • Patent number: 10390685
    Abstract: A system comprises a deployment catheter defining at least one lumen and a hood projecting distally from the deployment catheter and defining an open area. The open area is in direct fluid communication with the at least one lumen. The system also comprises an elongate channel directly coupled to the hood such that the elongate channel terminates distally into the open area. The elongate channel extends proximally from an outer surface of the hood and is bounded proximally at a proximal pocket surface. The system also comprises an imaging element. The imaging element is sized to pass into the elongated channel at a distal end of the elongate channel. Proximal movement within the elongated channel is restricted by the proximal pocket surface. The system also comprises a control member extending within the elongate channel and through the proximal pocket surface for moving the imaging element through the elongate channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Chris A. Rothe, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 10368722
    Abstract: An endoscopic instrument according to the invention includes an elongate tube, which has an axially continuous and substantially cylindrical main lumen for receiving a shaft of an endoscope lens system, and a tool, which is arranged at a distal end of the tube and can be controlled via an elongate transmission element from a proximal end of the tube, wherein the tube has an axially continuous secondary lumen which adjoins the main lumen in a transverse direction, is connected to the main lumen via a narrowed transition area and receives the transmission element. The invention also relates to an endoscopic instrument system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Fridolin Preis
  • Patent number: 10368910
    Abstract: A system for delivering a lead comprises an imaging device comprising a proximal end and an expandable distal end having an inner balloon and an outer balloon. The outer balloon is concentric with the inner balloon. The expandable distal end includes a channel defined between the inner balloon and the outer balloon. The imaging device further comprises a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends and an imaging assembly for imaging through the expandable distal end. The system further comprises an elongate rail comprising a proximal end and a distal end positionable through the lumen of the imaging device and the channel. The elongate rail comprises a fixation element on the distal end. The system also comprises a lead comprising a proximal end, a distal end introduced through the lumen of the imaging device guided by the elongated rail, and one or more electrodes on the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Christian S. Eversull, Stephen A. Leeflang, Nicholas J. Mourlas
  • Patent number: 10363056
    Abstract: Unitary endoscopic vessel harvesting devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, such devices comprise an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end; an inflatable, coated or conditioned tip disposed at the distal end of the elongated body; and a cutting unit having a first cutting portion and a second cutting portion, the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion being moveable in a longitudinal direction relative to the elongated body to capture a blood vessel between the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion, and being rotatable relative to one another circumferentially about the tip to cut the captured blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Saphena Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Orphanos, Michael Glennon
  • Patent number: 10342626
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a proximal end and a distal end, a first linking member coupled to a user interface positioned near the proximal end, a second linking member coupled to a clamp tool positioned near the distal end, an elongate shaft extending between the first and second linking members, and at least one cable set extending through the elongate shaft and coupling the first and second linking members such that movement of the first linking member causes corresponding movement in the second linking member. The user interface includes a handle having a first part connected to the first linking member, a second part pivotably connected to the first part, and a rotational element connected to the handle. The first linking member includes a first articulating portion and the second linking member includes a second articulating portion including a plurality of discrete links defining a plurality of lumens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Elias Hegeman, Lincoln J. Alvord, David J. Danitz, Cameron D. Hinman
  • Patent number: 10327812
    Abstract: A method is provided for accessing a pericardial space of a subject. The method includes advancing a guide member toward a heart, having (a) a transparent blunt distal end, and (b) a side-facing suction port. During advancing of the guide member, an imaging device disposed in the guide member generates an image of part of the heart. Subsequently to contacting the pericardium with the suction port, the imaging device is retracted proximally in the guide member. Subsequently, a portion of the pericardium is drawn into the guide member through the suction port. Following the drawing of the portion into the guide member, an image of the pericardium disposed within the suction port, is generated. Subsequently, a puncturing element is advanced in the guide member to puncture the portion of the pericardium that is in the guide member. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: RAINBOW MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Yossi Gross, Michael Kardosh, Amir Kishon, Ido Sadan, Jonathan Yalom, Zev Sohn, Omri Gino, Leonid Yanovitz, Ofir Rimer-Cohen
  • Patent number: 10307568
    Abstract: A stiffenable structure is made of longitudinal beams that are positioned around a longitudinal axis. In one state, the longitudinal beams are bendable so that the structure is bendable. As the structure bends, the longitudinal beams slide longitudinally with reference to one another. In a second state, the beams are clamped in a fixed position relative to one another so that the structure is stiffened. In some aspects the longitudinal beams are made of two or more longitudinal laminar elements. As each beam bends, the laminar elements slide longitudinally with reference to one another. Each beam, and accordingly the structure, is stiffened by preventing the laminar elements from sliding longitudinally relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Theodore W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10307169
    Abstract: A medical device includes a clip having first and second arms biased toward an open configuration; a control wire removably connected to the clip, the control wire configured to control movement of the clip between an open configuration and a closed configuration; a separable yoke connecting the control wire to the clip, the yoke configured to be separated by a predetermined force applied by the control wire so that, when the yoke is separated, the control wire and the yoke uncouple from the clip; an elongated sheath housing the control wire; a handle coupled to the elongated sheath; and an actuator coupled to the control wire and configured to open the clip arms, close the clip arms and uncouple the clip from the control wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Keith Wells, Lance Alan Wolf, Gregory R. Furnish, Vasiliy P. Abramov, William C. Mers Kelly, Russell F. Durgin
  • Patent number: 10307041
    Abstract: The invention encompasses devices and methods used to keep the objective lens of a viewing or illuminating device, specifically an endoscope, free from obstructive fluid and dirt; specifically a device having a hollow body designed to fit over an endoscope, a transparent lens cover film that is retained within the device and that is threaded in front of the objective lens of an endoscope, thereby maintaining a clear and unobstructed transparent window in front of the endoscope lens, and an endcap configured to engage opposing edges of the lens cover film in a sealing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Medeon Biodesign, Inc.
    Inventors: I-Ching Wu, Thomas Hsu, Senzen Hsu, John Stiggelbout, Torrey Smith, Hungwen Wei, Mengjhe Sie
  • Patent number: 10292572
    Abstract: A bending device with which bending motions can be controlled with ease and good controllability includes a plurality of elastic tubes disposed inside an elastic tube. The elastic tubes each include an elastic tube body and a non-stretching body. The portion of the elastic tube body opposite the portion in which the non-stretching body is fixed inflates in a circumferential direction of the elastic tube body in response to increase in its internal pressure, causing the elastic tube to bend. The portion of the elastic tube body in which the non-stretching body is fixed is thicker than the remaining portion of the elastic tube body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10292573
    Abstract: An imaging device for imaging a portion of a patient's vasculature with an imaging element may include a proximal portion having a relatively higher stiffness that provides rigidity for pushing the imaging device through a patient's vasculature, and may include a distal portion having a relatively lower stiffness that enables threading through a curved vasculature of the patient. The imaging device also may include a transition region disposed between the proximal portion and the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Volcano Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Stigall, Maritess Minas
  • Patent number: 10258221
    Abstract: An ocular portion coupling apparatus includes: a stepped pipe on which lock balls which are pressed against an eyepiece, are slidably arranged; and a rotation ring placed turnably on a ring placing surface, the rotation ring including a cam surface, wherein the stepped pipe includes convex pieces protruding outward from an outer circumferential surface of the large diameter portion, the convex pieces including one planes, the one planes and the ring placing surface sandwiching the rotation ring, and the rotation ring includes: axis direction grooves through which the convex pieces can pass; slide planes on which the one planes are slidably arranged; and restriction portions configured to prevent the convex pieces from dropping out through the axis direction grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuji Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10251666
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for cutting mucosal tissue. In particular, the present disclosure provides an endoscopic hood with an integrated wire for single-step tissue cutting. The endoscopic hood is particularly useful for performing repeated cutting, for example EMR resections, without the need for assistance by a nurse or medical technician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Gray, Samuel Raybin, Kevin Scott Gell, Paul Smith
  • Patent number: 10251540
    Abstract: Disclosed are a device and method for fixing and shortening the bowel at the time of endoscopy. The device and method can improve the shortening efficiency of the bowel when compared with the existing endoscope surgery, reduce the inspection time, and mitigate patient inconvenience. Furthermore, an endoscope machine that has been used by an operator can be used, thereby facilitating an operation, and the machine itself need not be separately purchased, thereby obtaining a cost reduction effect. Furthermore, through the application of principles of the device and method, a colonoscopy which is difficult due to the formation of a loop, or retrograde cholangiopancreatography inspection and treatment of a patient having an abnormal anatomical structure due to an operation can be further anticipated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Jae-hong Choi, Eun-jong Cha
  • Patent number: 10244924
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an insertion section configured to be inserted into a subject; a bending section disposed on a distal end side of the insertion section and bendable in at least one direction; a distal end member connected to a distal end side of the bending section and having a passage to allow a treatment tool to project from the distal end member; a tube inserted into the bending section to allow the treatment tool to be inserted into the tube and having a recessed portion on an inner surface of a distal end side of the tube; and a connection section having a central axis and having one end fixed to the distal end member to be communicated with the passage, and having a projecting portion at the other end of the connection section, projecting along the central axis so as to be fitted into the recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoaki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10245061
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a hollow member having a sidewall provided with a window and a closure member movably connected to the hollow member for alternately covering and uncovering the window. The hollow member has a first clamping surface along an edge of the window, while the closure member has a second clamping surface opposing the first clamping surface and disposable substantially adjacent thereto in a clamping or closure configuration of the instrument. The instrument additionally comprises a tissue occlusion component mounted to at least one of the hollow member and the closure member for acting on tissues gripped between the first clamping surface and the second clamping surface, to couple the tissues to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Gregory Piskun
  • Patent number: 10244928
    Abstract: This application presents to an endoscope having a compact distal tip, and to a method for constructing same. In some embodiments one or more optical and sensing elements are mounted directly on an internal surface of a lumen within an external housing, which housing comprises an outer wall of the endoscope tip. Space saved by eliminating intervening containing elements can be used to enhance endoscope performance and/or reduce endoscope size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cogentix Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Ellie Konwitz, Martin Abraham, Thomas S. Soulos, Ron Hadani
  • Patent number: 10238460
    Abstract: A highly articulated robotic probe comprises an outer sleeve and an inner core. The outer sleeve and inner core include a plurality of links. The links of the outer sleeve and inner core are configured to pivot relative to one another. Various characteristics of the links determine the overall pivot angle of the articulated probe. Each of the plurality of links may have one or more channels. The channels form a semi-continuous passage from link to link and are configured to receive an elongated member such as an inner core, tool or cable. One or more cables may be used to control the outer links of the outer sleeve and the inner links of the inner core. Various characteristics of the cables determine the overall performance of the articulated probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MEDROBOTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph A. Stand, Robert A. Didomenico, Brett Zubiate, Ian J. Darisse, J. Christopher Flaherty