Patents Examined by Rynae Boler
  • Patent number: 10219874
    Abstract: An endolumenal robotic system provides the surgeon with the ability to drive a robotically-driven endoscopic device to a desired anatomical position in a patient without the need for awkward motions and positions, while also enjoying improved image quality from a digital camera mounted on the endoscopic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Yu, Enrique Romo
  • Patent number: 10206560
    Abstract: A shank for a flexible endoscope or for a flexible endoscopic instrument includes a first shank portion and, a second shank portion, angled relative to a distal end region of the first shank portion by a longitudinal adjustment of at least one tensioning means which is guided in a longitudinally displaceable manner inside the second shank portion and connected to a distal end region of the second shank portion. The longitudinal adjustment by least one threaded drive, which can be driven by at least one torsion shaft extending inside the first shank portion. The invention also relates to a flexible endoscope and a flexible endoscopic instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG, Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventor: Gereon Kindler
  • Patent number: 10194786
    Abstract: An insertion device includes a first rotating member, and a second rotating member coaxially arranged with a rotational axis of the first rotating member and rotating about the rotational axis to bend a bending section. The insertion device includes a moving member arranged inside the first rotating member and the second rotating member along the rotational axis and being movable between a state where an electrical driving force is transmitted to the second rotating member and a state where the electrical driving force is not transmitted to the second rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yutaka Masaki
  • Patent number: 10165932
    Abstract: An insertion device includes a support member supporting a rotating tubular member between a base member and the rotating tubular member in diametrical directions and holding the rotating tubular member at a position where a rotation driving force is transmittable from a driving unit to an inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member connected to the driving unit. The insertion device includes a distal side ring member maintaining liquid-tightness between an outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member to a distal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity, and a proximal side ring member maintaining liquid-tightness between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member to a proximal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kimihiko Naito
  • Patent number: 10165930
    Abstract: The endoscope includes: a rotating shaft in a distal end portion body of an insertion portion; an elevator which is coupled with one end of the rotating shaft; an elevator erecting lever which is coupled with the other end; an operating wire which rotates the rotating shaft through the elevator erecting lever to erect the elevator; a partition wall including a holding hole to support the rotating shaft; and a seal member disposed between the holding hole and the rotating shaft. The configuration of the rotating shaft and a positional relation between the rotating shaft and the seal member are improved so as to reduce time and labor taken for cleaning processing of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Toshizumi Tanaka, Tomohiro Ohki, Teruyuki Emura, Sunao Hachisuka
  • Patent number: 10154776
    Abstract: It is described an endoscope to perform surgeries preferably by perforation in translumenal organs in internal organs, comprising an insertion tube (10?) having a distal end (12?) and at least two working channels, one working channel having a smaller diameter (20?) and one working channel having a larger diameter (30?), the working channels (20?,30?) being capable of receiving surgical tools, the endoscope comprising at least two command cables (9?) operatively associated with the working channel of smaller diameter (20?) and at least two command cables (9?) operatively associated with the working channel of larger diameter (30?), the command cables (9?) being capable of allowing the surgical tool, arranged on any of the working channels (20?,30?), to move in any direction, regardless of the movement of the distal end (12?) of the insertion tube (10?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SOCIEDADE BENEFICENTE DE SENHORAS HOSPITAL SIRIO LIBANES
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Hashiba, Dorival Zito Filho, Pablo Rodrigo de Siqueira, Hélio Shigueki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10149719
    Abstract: A medical manipulator including: an elongated main body that is to be inserted into a body; an arm that is provided so as to be protruded forward from a distal end surface of the main body; and an observation part that is located on the distal end surface of the main body and that has an objective optical system for collecting light coming from a front direction, in which the arm and the observation part are relatively movably provided such that the objective optical system is located at a position equivalent to the position of a distal end of the arm or at a position anterior to the distal end of the arm and is located at a position posterior to the distal end of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Komuro
  • Patent number: 10149603
    Abstract: Since a lower-surface side opening of an elevator housing slit is closed by a partition wall portion of a cap in normal operation, and a rotating shaft receiving portion of an elevator has a rotating shaft housing groove opened on the side opposite to the lower surface when the elevator is attached to a distal end portion body, the elevator is not removed structurally at an angle of the elevator when the treatment tool is operated to be stood, and a rotating shaft and the rotating shaft receiving portion do not have to be attached excessively tightly. Therefore, a work load in disassembling and assembling of a distal end portion can be set appropriately, and workability in disassembling and assembling is improved. Moreover, as a result, the distal end portion can be cleaned rapidly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Iwasaka, Teruyuki Emura, Sunao Hachisuka
  • Patent number: 10136801
    Abstract: A bending portion includes: a bending piece set in which a plurality of bending pieces are continuously provided by forming a convex portion on a first bending piece and a concave portion on a second bending piece by cutting a rigid pipe, the convex portion and the concave portion forming an engagement portion that pivotably couples adjacent bending pieces to each other, wherein a first engagement portion includes: a first convex portion formed on the first bending piece and including a first peripheral portion serving as a first pivoting surface; and a first concave portion formed on the second bending piece and including a first inner circumferential portion on which the first peripheral portion slides, and the first engagement portion has, in the first peripheral portion, a tapered surface having an outer diameter that becomes smaller from a bending piece inner surface side toward a bending piece outer surface side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Tanii
  • Patent number: 10085615
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an observation optical system, a solid-state imaging element, a memory section, and an image processing section, wherein the memory section stores the information therein for specifying the image cutting-out region for the process of cutting out the image for display, which corresponds to an overlapping region in which a displayable pixel area of the solid-state imaging element and an imaging area of the optical image to be formed on the solid-state imaging element by the observation optical system overlap one another, and overlap one another when the center of the imaging area is matched with the center of the display area, as the image cutting-out information, and the image processing section expands the image for display to an image size of the display area, when an image size of the cut-out image for display becomes smaller than the image size of the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Mai Hikita
  • Patent number: 10085628
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: a tip portion main body provided at a tip portion of an insertion section; a camera unit attachment hole provided so as to penetrate the tip portion main body; a camera unit of which tip portion is fitted into a tip portion of the camera unit attachment hole; a locking member disposed at an outer peripheral surface of the camera unit so as to be movable in a direction that is orthogonal to the axial direction; a projection provided on either one of the locking member and the camera unit; a sliding portion provided on the other one of the locking member and the camera unit; and a locking biasing member configured to bias the locking member in the direction t orthogonal to the axial direction within the camera unit attachment hole and to push the locking member against the camera unit attachment hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Oishi, Shozo Iyama
  • Patent number: 10085622
    Abstract: A medical system is provided comprising a medical device including a handle and a mechanism for moving a distal end of the medical device; an auxiliary medical device comprising a basket retrieval device including a basket sheath disposed over a basket wire and received into a working channel of the medical device; a knob assembly in communication with the basket retrieval device, the knob assembly rotatable so that the basket sheath, wire, or both move within the working channel; and a base removably connecting the auxiliary medical device to the handle wherein the handle and the base are configured to be simultaneously gripped with a hand, and wherein the mechanism is configured to be moved with a first finger to move the distal end of the medical device and the knob assembly is configured to be rotated with a second finger to move the basket sheath wire, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI, INC.
    Inventors: Judy L. Walish, Kurt Shelton, Allison B. Dianis
  • Patent number: 10080481
    Abstract: Gastrointestinal apparatus (200) is provided for use with a fluid pressure source (240). The gastrointestinal apparatus (200) includes a guiding element (214), adapted to be inserted into a colon, and a piston head (220) coupled to a distal portion of the guiding element (214). The piston head (220) is adapted to be inflated to form a first pressure seal between the piston head (220) and a wall of the colon after the guiding element (214) has been inserted into the colon, and be advanced distally through the colon in response to pressure from the fluid pressure source (240) applied to an external surface of the piston head (220). The apparatus (200) further includes a gastrointestinal tool (210) adapted to be advanced along the guiding element (214), and an annular balloon (228) coupled around a distal portion of the gastrointestinal tool (210), the balloon (228) expandable to form a second pressure seal between the distal portion of the gastrointestinal tool (210) and the wall of the colon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: G.I. VIEW LTD.
    Inventors: Benad Goldwasser, Oz Cabiri, Yossi Gross
  • Patent number: 10028642
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope which can clean a distal end portion promptly and easily. An elevator housed in an elevator housing space of a distal end portion body is coupled with an erecting lever of an erecting lever housing chamber through a rotating shaft. A rotating shaft receiving portion formed with an engagement hole engaged with the rotating shaft and an engagement hole loosely fitted thereto is provided in the elevator, the elevator is retreated from the elevator housing slit by loosely fitting the elevator to the rotating shaft in cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Iwasaka, Teruyuki Emura, Sunao Hachisuka
  • Patent number: 10010242
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope which can clean a distal end portion promptly and easily. An elevator housed in an elevator housing space of a distal end portion body is coupled with an erecting lever of an erecting lever housing chamber through a rotating shaft. A first shaft portion which is engaged with an engagement hole of the elevator and a second shaft portion which is provided on the distal end side of the first shaft portion and is loosely fitted to an engagement hole of the elevator are provided in the rotating shaft. The elevator is avoided from the elevator housing slit by loosely fitting the engagement hole of the elevator to the second shaft portion at cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Toshizumi Tanaka, Masayuki Iwasaka, Teruyuki Emura
  • Patent number: 9964752
    Abstract: A light-conducting device for an endoscope for conducting observation light from a proximal end of the endoscope to a distal end of the endoscope includes a number of optical fibers. Each optical fiber includes a proximal end with a light inlet surface, which is provided for positioning on a proximal end of an endoscope, and a distal end with a light outlet surface, which is provided for positioning on a distal end of an endoscope. Each of the number of optical fibers including in a proximal region a first cross-section with a first surface area, and in a distal region a second cross-section with a second surface area. The first surface area is larger than the second surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andre Buerk
  • Patent number: 9955857
    Abstract: An endoscope device includes a flexible insertion portion; a flexible tube portion; a first bending portion; a second bending portion; an observation portion; a first drive portion bending the first bending portion; a second drive portion bending the second bending portion; a position detection portion detecting a position of a rigid distal end portion of a medical instrument; first and second bending detection portions detecting radii of curvature of axes of channels formed in the first and second bending portions and directions in which the channels are bent when an input signal generated by the position detection portion is received, respectively; and a control portion configured to control generating a second drive signal driving the second drive portion based on a first drive signal driving the first drive portion, and sending the second drive signal to the second drive portion while sending the first drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shotaro Takemoto, Madoka Ito, Tetsuyuki Sakamoto, Kazuo Banju
  • Patent number: 9943295
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for harvesting at least a portion of a blood vessel, such as the radial artery in the upper extremity and the saphenous vein in the lower extremity. In certain embodiments, an endoscopic surgical system includes a blunt tip trocar (BTT) for insertion into an incision in the extremity, a cannula for insertion through the BTT, a bisector/bipolar device, and an endoscope. The endoscope may have a dissection tip at its distal end for dissecting tissue from the blood vessel and, with the tip removed, may provide a visual field at its distal end. The endoscope is sized to fit into the cannula and provides visualization of the blood vessel during bisection with the bisector/bipolar device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Debra A. King
  • Patent number: 9827109
    Abstract: An implant for use in spinal surgery comprises a resilient element having an inflatable cavity. It is formed of a biologically compatible material and is arranged for placement between end plates of adjacent vertebra. The implant may also include a wound disc replacement element. A method of performing spinal surgery on a patient comprises securely mounting a patient onto a patient support table; imaging a spinal region of the patient; building up a three-dimensional image file of the spinal region of the patient; storing the image file; and utilizing the image file for planning and carrying out computer controlled spinal surgery on the patient utilizing the implant. A computer-controlled surgical implant system comprises a steerable endosurgical implanting assembly operative to install the implant at a desired location in a patient; and a computerized controlled, which operates the steerable endosurgical implanting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventor: Amiram Steinberg
  • Patent number: 9814372
    Abstract: A torque-transmitting, variably-flexible, locking insertion device includes a hollow body having a proximal end with an entrance for receiving an instrument, a distal end with a tip for protrusion of the instrument, and a handle to be gripped by an operator. A device locks the handle to and unlocks the handle from the instrument, which is at least partly disposed within the hollow body. A device transitions the hollow body between a relatively flexible condition and a relatively stiff condition. A method for operating a torque-transmitting, locking insertion device includes placing the instrument at least partly within the hollow body and locking the handle to and unlocking the handle from the instrument. The hollow body is transitioned between a relatively flexible condition and a relatively stiff condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Syntheon, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Smith, Derek Deville, Korey Kline, Thomas Bales, Matthew Palmer, Carlos Rivera