Patents Examined by Ophelia A Hawthorne
  • Patent number: 11116652
    Abstract: An oral weight control device that inhibits the mastication and swallowing of food is provided. The oral weight control device is a dental appliance that includes upper and lower retainers, where each retainer covers the lingual, palatal and buccal side of the teeth to inhibit mastication of food. The dental appliance further includes left and right flexible food barriers extending from the upper retainer to the lower retainer on the lingual side of the teeth to prevent food that a user may attempt to masticate between the upper and lower retainers from being passed to the tongue of the user to ingest. The upper and lower retainers may be customized to fit on each user and may cover all the upper and lower teeth of the wearer on the lingual, palatal and buccal sides of the teeth. The retainers may be removable or semi-permanently secured to the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Mahnaz Nina Mojaver
  • Patent number: 11116685
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing traction to the lower back, where in one embodiment, a lumbar traction device has a back support, a base and a movable support structure connected between the base and the underside of the back support. The support structure enables the back support to move with respect to the base. When a user lies on the lumbar traction device, the user's weight causes the back support to move with respect to the base to apply tension to the user's back. The back support may have two separate portions on which the upper and lower back rest. The two portions of the back support move in opposite directions to provide traction on the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Kelley Brown, Mark L. Berrier
  • Patent number: 11109993
    Abstract: An orthopedic walking boot includes a housing configured to encompass at least a user's foot, a mechanically adjustable ramp insert including a ramp surface and disposed in the housing, and an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust an elevation angle of the ramp surface. The mechanically adjustable ramp insert includes a base, a threaded shaft secured to the adjusting mechanism at a first end and configured to rotate with the adjusting mechanism, a first slider nut including internal threads, a bracket in physical contact with the ramp surface, a first support coupled to the first slider nut at a first end and to the bracket at a second end, and a second support coupled to the base at a first end and to the bracket at a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventor: David Orr
  • Patent number: 11109931
    Abstract: A multi-layer pre-drape apparatus is applied to a patient before the patient is moved into the operating room. The multi-layer pre-drape apparatus includes a lower layer with a center aperture and an upper layer that covers the aperture. The multi-layer pre-drape apparatus can be placed on a sterilized area of the patient to maintain the cleanliness of the incision area. Alternatively, the multi-layer pre-drape apparatus can be placed on the patient and sterilization fluid can be applied to the skin of the patient through the aperture. The patient can then be moved into the operating room and the upper layer of the multi-layer pre-drape can be removed to expose the sterilized area of the patient in the aperture. Additional drapes can be added to the pre-drape apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Work Fluidics, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth B Trauner, Josef Gorek
  • Patent number: 11090213
    Abstract: An apparatus that controls the rotation of an operative limb during shoulder surgery is composed of three parts: 1) a mechanism that is part of the durable apparatus, and which allows the limb to be suspended from the system and traction weights applied, but is configured in such a manner that the cable or other connecting member does not rotate about its axis; 2) a sterile connector that acts as the interface between the non-sterile durable apparatus and a sterile patient-contacting disposable drape; and 3) the disposable drape which is secured to the patient's operative arm. One of the sterile connector and the disposable drape contains a feature that allows the physician to rotate and hold the limb in any desired position, without requiring that it be manually held in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Catacchio, Daniel Zahynacz, William Obendorf, Graham Smith
  • Patent number: 11083616
    Abstract: A cervical collar has a height adjustment system between upper and lower parts forming an anterior component for increasing height of the anterior component inclusive of a tracheal opening. The anterior component is arranged to permit the use of known mandibular and occipital supports in the cervical collar to maintain their functionality, comfort and fit, including their anatomical contours and connection to the height adjusted anterior component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher Callicott Webster, Harry Duane Romo, Janaki Ram-srinivasaRao Chetlapalli, Jason Robert Taylor
  • Patent number: 11076976
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a garment for improving body posture that is lightweight, comfortable, discrete, adjustable, and easy to use, while requiring very little material with a low manufacturing cost. The present invention has scapular straps that are made of elastic fabric. One end of the scapular straps connect to a hook-and-loop panel near the waistline on the front of the garment, and the other end of the scapular straps connect to the back of the garment near the shoulder region. The invention has neither an elastic waist band, shoulder pads, nor straps that surround the shoulder and the arm. Since there are no straps surrounding the shoulder, the invention not only allows shorter straps to be used, but also prevents any seams from showing on the front of the garment. This allows the wearer to discreetly wear the posture correcting garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Mustapha Benhabiles
  • Patent number: 11077006
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus is defined that includes a patient support having one or more pads for supporting a patient's torso and hip in a generally horizontal orientation. At least one, elongated leg support extends from the patient support. The leg support is movable through a generally horizontal plane. A portion of the leg support is declinable and inclinable from the horizontal plane. A traction device is connected to the leg support. The traction device is attachable to a patient's leg and operable to exert a traction force on the patient's leg along an axis of the traction device. The traction device is connected to the leg support by a slide assembly and the traction device can be secured stationary relative to the leg support or the traction device can slide relative to the leg support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Christopher D. Labedz, Lance Clark Bellows, Yury Keselman, Jeff M. Kalman, Paul D. Stephens
  • Patent number: 11076817
    Abstract: A technique of forming a joint employing laminar sheeting is provided. At least a portion of the laminar sheeting includes a material that is substantially artifact-free such that the joint causes little imaging artifacts when medically imaged over at least a portion of the laminar sheeting including the rotational axis of said joint, which is at least useful for variable angular articulation of at least one anatomic supporting member joined to the joint and the normal anatomic positioning of at least one anatomic supporting member during normal anatomic positioning use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Campagna
  • Patent number: 11065142
    Abstract: An orthopedic support and/or treatment system including a brace or sleeve comprising a power subsystem; a sensor subsystem; an adjustment mechanism; a software subsystem; a communication subsystem; and a telemedicine subsystem. The orthopedic treatment system includes and communicates over a network to a remote controlling device. The remote control device can be a computer, a mobile device, or any other controller. The sensor subsystem communicates to the remote control device, which in turn can be used to control the adjustment mechanism to adjust a tension or compression of the brace or sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Quazar EKB LLC
    Inventors: Ramon Dempers, Ophir Frieder
  • Patent number: 11065361
    Abstract: The invention relates to water-containing hydrogels for dressing wounds, comprising a polyurethane-polyurea copolymer having a polyvalent alcohol, except propylene glycol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Paul Hartmann AG
    Inventors: Markus Kettel, Hanno Richter
  • Patent number: 11058938
    Abstract: A mouth guard has an interchangeable faceplate, an internal cushioning skeletal structure in the form of an interlocking lattice structure of reinforcing ribs, and securing wedges for securing the mouth guard to the upper teeth of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Andrew Rasmus
  • Patent number: 11051966
    Abstract: An integrated thermoformable splint and heater and method for manufacturing same includes a thermoplastic material and an oxygen activated heater operatively associated with the thermoplastic material. The integrated thermoformable splint and heater are sealed within an oxygen impermeable housing. Oxygen is allowed to activate the heater either by removing the assembly from the sealed housing, or, by displacement of a removable seal that will allow oxygen to penetrate a porous region in the housing, and, in turn, come into contact with the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Adam Laubach, Alberto Macias Barrio
  • Patent number: 11051963
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods are presented for protecting a limb, e.g., an arm, of a patient during a medical procedure. The medical devices and methods utilize a plurality of longitudinal sealed fluid pockets to thermally insulate and cushion an extremity of a limb. The plurality of longitudinal sealed fluid pockets is incorporated in a protective body that is shaped to wrap around the extremity when the medical device is deployed. The protective body has at least one access opening to provide access through the protective body to one or more corresponding portions of the extremity. Access panels may be formed into the protective body to allow portions of the extremity to be covered or uncovered and used with left or right limbs. Other devices and methods are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: J. Michael Putman, William W. Gardetto
  • Patent number: 11051965
    Abstract: A system for supporting and manipulating a leg of a patient, the system including a base configured to be releasably secured to the ground, a first elongate guide rail coupled to the base, wherein the first elongate guide rail has a longitudinal axis, a boot moveably coupled to the first elongate guide rail, wherein the boot is configured to receive and retain at least a portion of a foot of the patient, a drape hanger assembly coupled to the base and configured to support a drape, wherein the drape hanger assembly includes a pair of drape hangers oriented parallel to the longitudinal axis of the first elongate guide rail, wherein the pair of drape hangers are disposed on opposite sides of the first elongate guide rail in top view, and a drape attached to each drape hanger and positioned between the boot and the first elongate guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Stefan Kreuzer, Manfred Menzi, Kurt Stark
  • Patent number: 11051987
    Abstract: A method and system for tailoring a compression garment having a first lateral end and a second lateral end. A first tension tab releasably attachable to the compression garment; wherein the first tension tab includes at least a first indicator and a second indicator on an outer surface. The first tension tab being attachable to the compression garment and the first strap being attachable onto the compression garment adjacent or over at least a portion of the first tension tab with a first strap covering a first part of the first tension tab and terminating at a first strap end that exposes a second portion of the first tension tab. A first tension tab setting indicates whether the end of the first strap terminates adjacent or over the first indicator or the second indicator of the first tension tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sigvaris AG
    Inventors: Keith Hoffman, Daniel W. Karadsheh, Laure Kuipers
  • Patent number: 11045344
    Abstract: A user-customizable orthopedic alignment device (OAD) that includes a formable mouthpiece which has an alignment gap that is aligned with the user's canine teeth when the device is placed in the user's mouth. The OAD has moldable material that cover the user's molars and may cover the front teeth. The alignment gap is provided to allow an alignment member to be positioned laterally between the user's canine teeth during molding of the moldable material. The moldable material may be positioned on a frame that includes living hinges that allow the frame and mouthpiece to flex and adjust to the specific spacing between a user's right and left molars. After the moldable material has been molded to the user's teeth, inserts can be positioned in the alignment gap in some embodiments to provide cushioning between the canine teeth when the OAD is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Gregg Edward Ueckert
  • Patent number: 11039951
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an assistance implement for ameliorating sleep apnea syndrome which is set in an oral cavity of a user to retain an airway of the user. The assistance implement includes: an oral cavity insertion elastic body formed into an arching plate when viewed end-on from the front or rear; and a lip clamping elastic body shaped into a plate, and provided to a front end of the oral cavity insertion elastic body to oppose the oral cavity insertion elastic body from below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Souken Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroto Masuda
  • Patent number: 11039946
    Abstract: A method includes providing a strap having a length enabled to encircle one side of a user's hand and tricep area when the user's elbow is bent at 90°, and creating a loop with the strap. The loop closing with a buckle, and positioning the inside of one end of the loop around a ventral or dorsal portion of a user's hand or fingers. A step is provided for positioning the inside flat surface of a second end of the loop around at an area at a back side of the user's upper arm, above the elbow, with the elbow bent at approximately 90 degrees. The strap is then tightened to achieve an effective stretch as determined by the user and the stretch may be held for a determined amount of time thereby increasing strength and flexibility and lessen pain in the user's hand, wrist and forearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas Terrell
  • Patent number: 11039947
    Abstract: A moldable ankle flexible brace is disclosed. The flexible ankle brace may include a heat-moldable, multi-layer leg support portion, a heat-moldable, multi-layer foot support portion, a pair of hinges connecting the leg support portion to the foot support portion, an opening for receiving a user's ankle, and a closure mechanism. The flexible ankle brace may include a middle layer that is substantially stiff at a temperature below about 130° F. and moldable at temperatures above 130° F. Also disclosed is a method of using a flexible ankle brace to treat an ankle. The method may include, for example, heating the brace to above 130° F. placing the heated brace on a patient's ankle and molding the brace to conform to the shape of the patient's ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: David Madden, Matthew Cozad, Brian Bowen, Frank Ledezma