Patents Examined by Richard Louis
  • Patent number: 10271871
    Abstract: An apparatus for addressing tissue and bone in a nasal cavity includes a rotary or oscillatory cutting member disposed in the lumen of a shaft. The shaft may have a first window region oriented in first direction and a second window region oriented in a second direction. The cutting member may have a first cutting edge configured to be cyclically moved across at least a portion of the first window region and a second cutting edge configured to be cyclically moved across at least a portion of the second window region. A shield is selectively positionable to occlude the first and to occlude the second window region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jetmir Palushi, Lauren Radtke
  • Patent number: 10238409
    Abstract: A surgical assembly includes a tensioner having a first end and a second end. A tension member extends from the first end of the tensioner. A mounting member is connected to the second end of the tensioner. An arm extends from the first end of the tensioner and includes a series of relatively moveable links that define an axial bore configured for disposal of the tension member. Each link defines a first mating surface and a second mating surface disposed in a configuration such that tensioning of the tension member interlocks the first mating surface with the second mating surface of an adjacent link in the series to selectively fix the links in a selected orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Mire, Kelli C. Armstrong, Paul F. Wheeler, David L. Fiorella
  • Patent number: 10219929
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems for endoluminal devices utilizing a sleeve for constraining an expandable device toward a constrained configuration suitable for endoluminal delivery to a treatment site along vasculature; and a mechanism for retracting at least a portion of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick M. Norris, Matthew G. Sondreaal
  • Patent number: 10213338
    Abstract: A Device for producing cuts or perforations on a human or animal eye at the anterior or posterior opening of the eye lens (capsulatomy, rhexis) with a cutting element that can be inserted into the interior of the eye and a drive device which is arranged outside of the eye in order to cause movement, in particular oscillatory vibrations or rotation of the cutting element inside the interior of the eye, the drive device having a field generator for generating a magnetic or electromagnetic excitation field and the cutting element can be excited, in particular driven, by way of the excitation field generated by the field generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: VOSSAMED GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Georg Gerten
  • Patent number: 10206749
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for detecting a position of an object with a robot surgical system having an articulable, separable camera stand. The surgical robot system may include a robot having a robot base with a robot arm and an end-effector coupled to the robot arm. The end-effector, surgical instruments, the patient, other objects, or any combination thereof, may be tracked via active and/or passive tracking markers. A camera, such as an infrared camera, a bifocal camera or a stereophotogrammetric infrared camera, is mounted on a separable camera stand and is able to detect the tracking markers when in use. Using the camera, the robot determines a position of the object from the tracking markers, which may be a three-dimensional position of the object or the markers. When convenient, the camera base may be assembled into the robot base, e.g., by sliding the camera base into the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Cleary, Norbert Johnson, Kevin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10206821
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a shaft, an expandable dilator, and at least one ventilation pathway. The shaft defines a longitudinal axis and comprises a distal and proximal ends with at least one shaft lumen. The expandable dilator comprises body with its own proximal and distal ends. The body is configured to transition between a contracted state and an expanded state. The body is configured to dilate a Eustachian tube of a patient in the expanded state. The at least one ventilation pathway is configured to provide ventilation from the distal end of the body to the proximal end of the body when the body is in the expanded state. In some examples, the ventilation pathway comprises a set of transversely oriented vent openings formed through the shaft. In some other examples, the ventilation pathway comprises a space defined between one or more radially outwardly protruding features of the expandable dilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Campbell, Daniel T. Harfe, Hung V. Ha, Ketan P. Muni, Andy Nguyen, Sivette Lam, John Y. Chang, Eric Goldfarb
  • Patent number: 10206701
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures. In one embodiment, a surgical device is provided that include an elongate shaft having a distal portion configured to be movable between a first configuration in which the distal portion of the shaft is substantially straight or linear and a second configuration in which the distal portion of the shaft is articulated at a compound angle. The shaft's distal portion can include two articulation joints to facilitate formation of the compound angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Sean P. Conlon, William B. Weisenburgh, II
  • Patent number: 10194897
    Abstract: A device and method for reducing the volume of a tissue region, the device including a first fixation element, a second fixation element, and a tethering device, where the first and second fixation elements are slidably secured onto said tether, and the first and second fixation elements are radially self-expanding fixation elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolph Cedro, Jr., Daniel J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10182837
    Abstract: A coupling member for an ultrasonic instrument assembly has a tubular body with a first port at a first end and a second port at a second end opposite the first end. A lumen in the body member extends from the first end to the second end so that the first and the second port communicate with one another. The body member is made of a flexible resilient material such as silicone rubber and at least one reinforcement element is joined to the body member. The reinforcement element is configured so as to at least inhibit a collapse of the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: MISONIX, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Isola, Alexander Darian, Ronald Manna, Dan Voic
  • Patent number: 10182801
    Abstract: A vessel access and closure assist system is used for accessing a vessel to perform a vascular intervention. The system facilitates the delivery of a vessel closure device onto a blood vessel for closing an opening in the wall of the blood vessel. The vessel access and closure assist system includes a procedural introducer sheath that directly couples to a vessel closure device delivery sheath such that the procedural introducer sheath does not have to be exchanged with the vessel closure device delivery sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Silk Road Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michi E. Garrison
  • Patent number: 10172634
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems for the removal of anatomical occlusions, and an occlusion removal device comprising a first body adapted to be mounted to a delivery wire and releasably engaged to the delivery wire, wherein while engaged the first body remains fixed on the delivery wire and upon release moves axially along the delivery wire, and a second body adapted to be mounted to the delivery wire. A first proximal body may be oriented proximally to a second distal body. The proximal body and the distal body may be adapted to expand upon exiting a delivery catheter. The proximal body may be releasably engaged by a mechanically breakable connection or an electrolytically or heat disconnectable connection, the electrolytically disconnectable connection being broken upon an application of electric current to the electrolytically disconnectable connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Bruce Horowitz
  • Patent number: 10172730
    Abstract: All metal stent grafts and covered stents having either a single structural supporting stent member with concentrically positioned graft members on the luminal and abluminal surfaces of the stent member or a single graft member with concentrically positioned structural supporting stent members on the luminal and abluminal surfaces of the graft member are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vactronix Scientific, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher E. Banas
  • Patent number: 10172766
    Abstract: A pacifier or a teething device comprising of a mouth-guard having a body, said body having a front-surface, a back-surface, and a thickness wherein said thickness makes an interior space; a mouth-piece having a proximal end to be placed in a mouth and a distal end connected to said front-surface of said mouth-guard; an instrument embedded in said interior space or being connected to said back-surface of said mouth-guard or being connected to the front-surface of the said teething device; and a handle connected to said back-surface of said mouth-guard or connected to said instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Rohan Shaanti
  • Patent number: 10159570
    Abstract: A system for implanting a repair device onto a native valve of a natural heart to repairing the native valve of a patient during a non-open-heart procedure. The system includes a surgical delivery instrument, a valve repair device, and a gripper control mechanism. The surgical delivery instrument has at least one lumen. The valve repair device is configured to be delivered through the lumen of the surgical delivery instrument and to be attached to a native valve of a patient. The valve repair device has a pair of paddles, and first and second gripping members. The paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position. The paddles and the first and second gripping members are configured to attach to the native valve of the patient. The gripper control mechanisms each include a suture and a wire having a loop at a distal end. The suture extends from the surgical delivery instrument and through the loop of the wire. The suture is removably attached to the gripping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Asher L. Metchik, Gregory Scott Tyler, II, Matthew T. Winston, Sergio Delgado, Lauren R. Freschauf, Eric R. Dixon, Alexander J. Siegel
  • Patent number: 10159821
    Abstract: This patent document discloses perfusion catheters and related methods for treating complications related to CTO interventions or dilating a vessel occlusion while maintaining a passage through the treated vessel segment. A perfusion catheter can include a balloon formed of an inflatable tube and an elongate shaft having a lumen for providing inflation fluid to, or withdrawing inflation fluid from, the balloon. The inflatable tube can be coiled in a helical manner around a central axis into a series of windings. Adjacent windings can be stacked against and bonded to each other, and an inner surface of the series of windings, when inflated, can define the passage. The elongate shaft can be eccentrically attached to a proximal portion of the balloon and the shaft's lumen can be in fluid communication with the interior of the balloon, specifically the inflatable tube. The inflatable tube can include two different polymer tubes, one slightly smaller than the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Teleflex Innovations S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Howard Root, Chad Kugler, Dean Peterson, Joshua Brenizer
  • Patent number: 10154855
    Abstract: Devices and methods for obtaining a plurality of skin tissue particles for use in skin grafting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin John Hall, Anissa Lloyd, Christopher Brian Locke, Paul S. Slack
  • Patent number: 10154921
    Abstract: A delivery system for delivering a medical device through a vasculature can include a capsule for housing the medical device during delivery and a marker band rotatably fixed to the capsule. The marker band can include a band portion and a single indicator protruding from the band portion. The indicator can allow the rotational orientation of the marker band to be determined while the medical device is in the vasculature, the rotational orientation being around a central axis of the vasculature. A delivery system for delivering a medical device through a vasculature includes a capsule for housing the medical device during delivery and a marker band attached to a proximal end of the capsule. The marker band can include a base portion and a protrusion that can be configured to extend from the base portion towards a distal end of the capsule. Related methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Stante, Shishira Nagesh, Billy Tam
  • Patent number: 10143476
    Abstract: An apparatus for introducing an implant into a hollow anatomical structure. The apparatus comprises a storage unit having an exit opening and defining a chamber in communication with the exit opening; an elongate, self-expanding vascular implant having an expanded condition and stored within the chamber in the expanded condition, proximal of the exit opening; and a pushrod having a distal end aligned with and proximal of the exit opening. The pushrod is pre-assembled to a distal end of the implant. Associated methods, and other apparatus and methods, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael S. Mirizzi, Halil I. Karabey, Miranda M. Ray, William N. Boenig
  • Patent number: 10137022
    Abstract: An instrument for deploying an implantable medical device into a body lumen is disclosed. The instrument comprises a base member having a base handle and a deployment extension, a first tubular member having a first tubular body and a first handle, and a second tubular member having a second tubular body and a second handle. The first tubular member fits over the deployment extension and is longitudinally slidable over the deployment extension, and the second tubular member fits over the first tubular member and is longitudinally slidable over the first tubular member. The distal ends of the deployment extension, the first tubular body, and the second tubular body are adapted to hold and deploy the implantable medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: QUALIMED INNOVATIVE MEDIZINPRODUKTE GMBH
    Inventors: Eric K. Mangiardi, Thomas Nissl
  • Patent number: 10137285
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a handle assembly, a guide assembly, and a dilation catheter. The guide assembly extends distally from the handle assembly. The guide assembly includes a malleable guide member and a flexible guide member. The distal end of the flexible guide member is distal to the distal end of the malleable guide member. The flexible guide member is positioned about the malleable guide member and is slidable along the malleable guide member. The dilation catheter is slidably disposed about the flexible guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Jenkins, Randy J. Kesten, Siddhi K. Desai