Patents Examined by Shaun David
  • Patent number: 10390821
    Abstract: A looped suture construct is formed by looping a suture on itself and slidably connecting the suture through an anchoring structure such that a looped end and a free end of the suture are on opposite sides of the slidable connection. The anchoring structure may be bone, a suture anchor, or another structure securely attached to bone. The looped end and the free end are passed through the soft tissue to be repaired. The free end is then passed through the looped end. Tension is applied to the free end to draw the soft tissue into contact with the desired bone, whereupon the free end is secured to maintain the tension. The looped suture end remains open and positioned on one side or surface of the soft tissue. Suture anchors of the invention are pre-loaded with at least one suture having a looped end and at least one free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Joshua B. Frank
  • Patent number: 10369032
    Abstract: A transluminal delivery system and a method of assembling. The system includes a cylindrical, inner-catheter component and a retractable sheath surrounding the component and defining a space between the component and the sheath to receive a self-expanding luminal prosthesis between the component and the sheath. The inner-catheter component may include at least one sleeve having fibers, at least one connected sleeve portion connected to the inner catheter, and at least one unconnected sleeve portion slidably engaging the inner catheter such that when the sheath retracts, the unconnected portion expands and sleeve fibers engage the prosthesis's luminal surface, wherein the engagement opposes proximal stent movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Wubbeling, Daniel Dietrich, Erhard Elsasser, Beate Walter
  • Patent number: 10350395
    Abstract: A system for supporting or dilating a body vessel includes a balloon catheter with a shaft having a delivery lumen in communication with an interior of the balloon. The balloon includes holes formed in the outer wall of the balloon. Additional or daughter balloons are delivered through the delivery lumen into the cavity of the balloon and through the holes into engagement with the holes. The daughter balloons are inflatable to seal against the holes, and the main balloon is subsequently inflatable when sealed by the daughter balloons. The daughter balloons may be delivered to branch vessels to provide support in addition to the inflation of the main balloon. The system may include preloaded wires extending through the delivery lumen and through the holes, and the daughter balloons can be delivered over the wires to the desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Blayne A. Roeder
  • Patent number: 10349816
    Abstract: An endoscopic device for approximating tissue includes an elongated body having a plurality of articulatable segments and a steerable distal portion. The device includes a first tissue approximation component positioned at a first axial position of the body. The first component is configured to move in a radial direction relative to the elongated body between a first position and a second position and be placed in an actuated state in which it is configured to grip tissue. The device includes a second tissue approximation component positioned at a second axial position of the body. The second component is configured to move in a radial direction relative to the elongated body between a first position and a second position and be placed in an actuated state in which it is configured to grip tissue. The components are configured to translate toward one another along a longitudinal direction of the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Amir Belson
  • Patent number: 10342535
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient includes a surgical instrument having a handle assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The end effector includes an upper jaw and a lower jaw configured to pivot to receive a tissue of the patient therebetween. The upper and lower jaws respectively have upper and lower crush surfaces, which extends generally parallel with a centerline and are configured to receive the tissue thereagainst. The upper jaw also includes an anvil, whereas the lower jaw includes a staple cartridge and a deck facing the anvil. In addition, the lower jaw has a plurality of staple opening formed through the deck with a plurality of staples received therein. The upper and lower crush surfaces are configured to compress the tissue therebetween with a crush pressure configured to sever the tissue along the upper and lower crush surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Nicholas Fanelli
  • Patent number: 10342689
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fastening device for implant device, the fastening device comprising at least two fastening sections, where a first fastening section is arranged with a through hole, a second fastening section is arranged with a protruding part, and where said protruding part is in place in said through hole in a fastening device locking state, where the protruding part on the second fastening section is arranged with a through channel having an inlet and an outlet, said through channel being arranged to receive an implant device feed member, said inlet and outlet being accessible from the exterior of the fastening device in said fastening device locking state, wherein the first fastening section is securely locked to the second fastening section when, in said fastening device locking state, said implant device feed member is in place in the through channel and protrudes from both the inlet and the outlet of said through channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10335589
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for positioning a tip of a pacemaker lead that has passed through coronary sinus into an interventricular septum. More particularly, it relates to a method for positioning a tip of a pacemaker lead that has passed through a coronary sinus into an interventricular septum in order to more effectively transmit an electrical stimulus in a treatment using a pacemaker for patients with arrhythmia. A method of positioning a tip of a pacemaker lead, which has passed through a coronary sinus, into an interventricular septum, in order to effectively transmit electrical stimulus, includes: inserting into an intervention wire through a superior vena cava and a coronary sinus to pass through the interventricular septum and then guiding the intervention wire to an inferior vena cava; and positioning the tip of the lead into the interventricular septum by inserting the pacemaker lead along the intervention wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TAU-PNU MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: June-Hong Kim
  • Patent number: 10322020
    Abstract: An implant delivery system is described, having a distal tip and outer sheath that remain in a fixed position during implant delivery. A pusher mechanism within the sheath pushes an implant out of a gap between a distal end of the sheath and the distal tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Terumo Corporation
    Inventors: Cang Lam, Shirley Vong, Greg Kelley
  • Patent number: 10314601
    Abstract: A surgeon's tool for operating a basket device to capture and remove an object may include a controller including a piston and cylinder mechanism for selectively and securely controlling and operating a wire and a sheath of the basket device wherein the piston and the cylinder of the piston and cylinder mechanism may each be independently operated to separately actuate the basket device. The piston and cylinder controller mechanism may include a double piston and cylinder design including first and second biasing mechanisms for biasing the basket device toward a closed position and a latch mechanism for selectively securing the positions of the cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Konstorum, Derek A. Affonce, Judy L. Walish, Michael Perriello
  • Patent number: 10299815
    Abstract: A handle assembly for use with a surgical instrument having an operative distal end portion is disclosed. The handle assembly comprises a handle housing, a drive element, an actuator and a clamp release assembly. The drive element is disposed at least partially within the handle housing and is longitudinally translatable with respect to the handle assembly. The actuator is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the handle housing. At least a partial actuation of the actuator longitudinally translates the drive element. The clamp release assembly is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the drive element. The clamp release assembly includes a clamp pawl configured to releasable lock the longitudinal position of the drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kevin R. Slisz, Christopher Penna
  • Patent number: 10299795
    Abstract: Devices and methods can be used to treat long gap esophageal atresia, while obviating much of the delay and complexities associated with current procedures. The devices and methods involve actively stretching the esophagus portions with traction to promote growth of the esophagus portions. Moreover, the devices and methods provided allow for a compression anastomosis to occur between the esophageal ends. This eliminates the need for a second operation to suture the esophageal ends together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventor: D. Dean Potter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10285729
    Abstract: A finger-held instrument (25) having a handle (10) supporting a working tip (11, 31) on a mount (15) located at an end of the handle that is held proximate a working surface (43) during use, said handle being characterized by a projection (20) supported by or on said portion proximate the working tip and being dimensioned and shaped for supporting or shielding a user's finger (26a, 27a, 29a) and for exerting a contact force on the working surface so as to allow fine control of the working tip during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SCALPAL LLC
    Inventors: Eliot Robert Gitman, Tuvia Gitman
  • Patent number: 10278802
    Abstract: Implants are described herein which contain an activated adhesive on at least a portion of the surface of the implant. A release sheet may be positioned over at least a portion of the adhesive. Packages which contain the implants and methods of preparing the implants are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Brian Nentwick, Ahmad Robert Hadba
  • Patent number: 10271838
    Abstract: A device for accurately guiding and positioning a surgical instrument bearing suture material to a predetermined area within the body for closing an open wound includes an elongated conically shaped guide that is wider at the top and which has two openings in the side wall thereof. The top has two openings that communicate with the openings in the side wall through generally linear passageways that pass through the guide and which allow surgical instruments carrying suture material to pass therethrough. A thin elongated rod extends upwardly from the top wall approximately two inches and includes a handle at the top thereof. Raising the handle above the guide increases the field of view of the surgeon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Artisan Medical Supply Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Schmuck
  • Patent number: 10258340
    Abstract: The introducer sheath can be loaded onto a vasoocclusive device after removal of the vasoocclusive device from a microcatheter, to permit the vasoocclusive embolic coil assembly to be used again during a clinical procedure. The sheath includes a hollow, elongated tubular member with a longitudinal slot formed in the upper wall of the elongated tubular member and extending along the length of elongated tubular member. The upper wall of the elongated tubular member adjacent to the slot has an angled configuration to accept the vasoocclusive device. The sheath may include wing members extending outwardly from the angled configuration on the outside surface of the hollow, elongated tubular member to facilitate insertion of the vasoocclusive device into the sheath. The elongated tubular member may also consist of a segment with no slot attached to a flexible pusher member to facilitate initiation of loading of the vasoocclusive device into the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Leopold, Bruce McEvers
  • Patent number: 10258544
    Abstract: A teething device that is configured to retain a pacifier in a central aperture of the teething device. The teething device has a plurality of lobes at a first end, with the lobes having a plurality of nubs for teething. The aperture and latch are configured to universally retain the edges of a pacifier shield or handle such that the nipple of the pacifier may be presented to a child utilizing the device. The device may also include a plush toy attached to an attachment ledge of the teething device. The plush toy includes an internal pocket for storing a pacifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Byongchul Kim
  • Patent number: 10251635
    Abstract: The invention relates in some aspects to a device for use in anchoring an implant, including anchors, sutures, implants, clips, tools, lassos, and methods of anchoring among other methods. Anchors as disclosed herein could be utilized to secure a coaptation assistance device, an annuloplasty ring, an artificial valve, cardiac patch, sensor, pacemaker, or other implants. The implant could be a mitral valve ring or artificial mitral valve in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Middle Peak Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander K. Khairkhahan, Michael D. Lesh, Alan R. Klenk, Craig Mar, Danielle Tene, Zaya Tun
  • Patent number: 10245023
    Abstract: A suture device comprises a shaft and a needle which creates a curved pathway for delivery of a suture. The curved needle is rotatably movable from a retracted to an extended configuration. The suture is housed in a feed channel within the shaft. The shaft also houses a suture receiving channel with an open distal end. A suture cutter is located adjacent to the suture feed channel distal end for cutting the suture, when required. The device also comprises a rotatable twisting element having a rotating shaft and a pair of radially extending arms, having through suture-receiving through holes. A heating rod in the form of a heating element is also provided to heat meld a twist when formed in the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Amirfarzad Kia, Frank Bonadio, Lucy Dolores Halpin
  • Patent number: 10238410
    Abstract: A medical instrument, in particular a surgical instrument, with an intervention portion (20) for a medical intervention, and with a grip (14) designed for holding the instrument, preferably for actuating the intervention portion, with a grip surface portion (1) which is made of a stainless metal and which has an arrangement with shapings (0) and, formed between the shapings, enclosure portions (4, 5, 6, 7), characterized in that the shapings (0) each have a hexagonal edge (2) with six edge portions of equal length (3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6), wherein mutually adjoining edge portions (3-1, 3-2; 3-2, 3-3; . . . ) of each shaping (0) upstream and/or downstream of a winding of the arrangement on a plane surface span the same angle (?) of 120 degrees, and wherein the edge (2) is formed by the enclosure portions (4, 5, 6, 7) formed between adjacent shapings (0), as a result of which a honeycomb structure (9) is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: S&T AG
    Inventor: Richard Boehmdoerfer
  • Patent number: 10231735
    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: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gregory Sorrentino, Kenneth H. Whitfield