Patents Examined by Suzette J. Gherbi
  • Patent number: 10441289
    Abstract: A valve (2) comprising: (a) membrane (50) and (b) a frame (10) in communication with the membrane so that the frame expands the membrane, the frame including: (i) a rod (4), (ii) a plurality of struts (12) connected to the rod at a distal end and extending generally radially outward as the struts extend away from the distal end and towards a proximal end; (iii) a plurality of anchors (30) that are in direct communication with the struts between the distal end and the proximal end, each of the plurality of anchors extending through an exit location (52) in the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SPIRATION, INC.
    Inventor: Erik Liljegren
  • Patent number: 10434221
    Abstract: Biodegradable antimicrobial films are provided that are solid at room temperature and substantially liquefy in situ after implantation into a mammal, such as a human patient. Methods of using the films to cover a medical device, such as a breast implant, prior to insertion into a subject are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Joel Rosenblatt, Issam Raad, Andrew P. Dennis
  • Patent number: 10433954
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a radially collapsible frame (1) for a prosthetic valve, the frame (1) comprising an outflow end region (3) at a proximal end of the frame (1) and an inflow end region (2) at a distal end of the frame (1), opposite to the outflow end region (3). The frame (1) further includes at least two radially spaced commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?) and a cell structure (30), composed of a plurality of lattice cells being arranged radially around a flow axis of the frame (1) and connecting the at least two commissure attachment regions (10, 10?, 10?). Finally, at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) is provided, wherein said at least one anchoring/positioning arch (20, 20?, 20?) radially overlaps the cell structure (30) at least partially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: JenaValve Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Girard, Martin Schlun
  • Patent number: 10433948
    Abstract: A more versatile and anatomically correct breast implant is described. The breast implant comprises a container filled with a liquid or gel filling material and a support member coupled to the container, wherein the support member is an integral part of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: George Bocca
  • Patent number: 10426611
    Abstract: A method of crimping an implantable prosthetic valve can include placing protective material over at least a portion of the implantable prosthetic valve. The protective material can be configured to occupy space between open cells of a frame of the implantable prosthetic valve to prevent damage to a leaflet structure of the implantable prosthetic valve. The method can also include crimping the implantable prosthetic valve with the protective material on the implantable prosthetic valve, and removing the protective material from between the frame and the leaflet structure of the implantable prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Ilia Hariton, Netanel Benichou, Yaacov Nitzan, Bella Felsen, Diana Nguyen-Thien-Nhon, Rajesh A. Khanna, Son V. Nguyen, Tamir S. Levi, Itai Pelled
  • Patent number: 10413407
    Abstract: A method of crimping an implantable prosthetic valve can include placing protective material over at least a portion of the implantable prosthetic valve. The protective material can be configured to occupy space between open cells of a frame of the implantable prosthetic valve to prevent damage to a leaflet structure of the implantable prosthetic valve. The method can also include crimping the implantable prosthetic valve with the protective material on the implantable prosthetic valve, and removing the protective material from between the frame and the leaflet structure of the implantable prosthetic valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Ilia Hariton, Netanel Benichou, Yaacov Nitzan, Bella Felsen, Diana Nguyen-Thien-Nhon, Rajesh A. Khanna, Son V. Nguyen, Tamir S. Levi, Itai Pelled
  • Patent number: 10405969
    Abstract: Medical device made of biomaterial, for implant-based breast reconstruction, having a flat original shape of plane geometry, with sections, which sutured together define the front part, lateral, upper and lower of a box element, at least one of the aforesaid sections having at least one appendix adapted to define the rear part of the box element, said box element being adapted to wrap and contain integrally a breast prosthesis, said box element being configured to be interposed between the subcutaneous layer and the pectoralis major muscle and being suturable to the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DECOMED SRL
    Inventors: Giovanni Bertoli, Giorgio Berna, Guido Papaccio
  • Patent number: 10405973
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve includes an annular frame that is adapted for (1) delivery into a patient's native heart valve annulus in a circumferentially collapsed condition, and (2) circumferential re-expansion when in the annulus, the frame, in an expanded condition. The frame having a longitudinal axis, an inflow end and an outflow end, a first portion of the frame adjacent the inflow end inclining radially outwardly in a direction toward the inflow end, and a second portion of the frame between the first portion and the outflow end bulging radially outwardly, the second portion of the frame being positioned between a first axial distance from the inflow end and a second axial distance from the inflow end. The frame also includes a plurality of commissure members. The heart valve further includes a flexible leaflet structure disposed in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Yousef F. Alkhatib, Michael J. Girard
  • Patent number: 10398578
    Abstract: A stent including a plurality of curved sections and a connector. The curved sections surround a longitudinal axis to define a tube portion and are distributed along the longitudinal axis to form a helix. The connector includes a bioresorbable material and is positioned between two adjacent curved sections. The stent has a spring constant that changes to a different spring constant after exposure to biological material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. McDermott, Khoi Q. Ta
  • Patent number: 10398542
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for breast reconstruction surgery. An implantable fixation device is attached to pectoralis muscle tissue and a tissue graft that forms a sling for supporting a tissue expander or permanent breast implant. The implantable fixation device provides flap stabilization of overlying skin and reduces breast reconstruction complications such as seroma formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MicroAire Surgical Instruments, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Griffin, Mark A. Brzezienski, Devan Griner
  • Patent number: 10383749
    Abstract: Stents and method of inserting a stent into a delivery catheter are disclosed. In a disclosed embodiment, a stent for redirecting blood flow away from an aneurysmal sac is provided. The stent comprises an elongate frame that is radially contractable from a fully radially expanded state to a radially contracted state in a process involving elongation of the frame, wherein: the fully radially expanded state represents the state of the frame at body temperature when no external force is applied to the frame; in the radially contracted state the frame has a maximum lateral dimension that is at least 30% smaller than the maximum lateral dimension of the frame in the fully radially expanded state; and the frame comprises a low porosity region for positioning at the opening to the aneurysmal sac, the low porosity region having a porosity of less than 50% when the frame is in the fully radially expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Oxford University Innovation Limited
    Inventors: Xiang Zhou, Zhong You, James Byrne
  • Patent number: 10376416
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube are provided. One device may include a lumen with a valve. A portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent muscle. Another portion of the valve may be tethered to adjacent cartilage. When the muscle contracts the valve may open through movement of the tethers, and provide a gas pathway between the nasopharynx and the Eustachian tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton G. Clifford, Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, John H. Morriss, Earl A. Bright, II, Eric Goldfarb, Julia D. Vrany, Ketan P. Muni, William E. Bolger, Joseph Roberson
  • Patent number: 10369029
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of treating hypoxia in tissue of a blood vessel, the method comprising placing a stent in the vessel, the stent having a center line which curves in three dimensions to promote the supply of oxygen from the blood flowing in the lumen of the stented vessel to the vessel wall. There is disclosed a method of treating a subject with diabetic atherosclerosis, the method comprising placing a stent in a blood vessel of the subject, the stent having a center line which curves in three dimensions to promote the supply of oxygen from the blood flowing in the lumen of the stented vessel to the vessel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Veryan Medical Limited
    Inventors: Colin Gerald Caro, Martin G. Burke, Paul Gilson, Kevin B. Heraty, Nicholas Yeo
  • Patent number: 10368991
    Abstract: A device includes a stent scaffold structure supporting a patch on an interior surface thereof. The device may be used to produce a neovalve in a percutaneous minimally invasive manner. Exemplary methods include implanting the device, permitting a growth layer to form over at least a portion of the patch, and separating the patch from the stent scaffold thereby forming a slit or gap in the vessel wall to act as a valve similar to the surgical neovalve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrzej J. Chanduszko
  • Patent number: 10363132
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve can comprise a radially collapsible and expandable annular frame and a leaflet structure comprising a plurality of leaflets mounted within the frame. The frame can have commissure attachment portions that are configured to support the commissures of the leaflets in unique ways. For example, commissure attachment portions can include at least two struts defining a gap therebetween. Additionally, angularly-spaced commissure attachment portions can comprise inner struts and outer struts. Adjacent side portions of leaflets can extend through a gap between the inner struts of a corresponding commissure attachment portion. Further features and arrangements are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Ziv Yohanan, Tamir S. Levi, Netanel Benichou, Michael Bukin, Nikolay Gurovich, Elena Sherman
  • Patent number: 10363127
    Abstract: An implementation of a mesh pouch includes a mesh wall that defines an enclosure having an opening at an end. The mesh pouch further includes a drawstring configured to close the opening when drawn so as to prevent the surgical implant from leaving the enclosure. The mesh pouch may further include a mesh tab extending from the mesh wall, the mesh tab providing a surface for suturing the mesh pouch to an inner surface of the patient's body. The mesh pouch may further include a strand extending from the mesh wall and a needle attached to a terminus of the strand. The strand may be configured to tighten the mesh wall around the surgical implant when pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SURGICAL INNOVATION ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Alexei Mlodinow, Stephanie Wiegel, Todd Cruikshank
  • Patent number: 10350048
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems are provided for loading an implantable device into a container. One aspect of the loading system contains a loader element with a loading tunnel that is configured to gradually contract an implantable device into a compressed state of reduced size relative to an expanded state as the implantable device travels through the loading tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Pulmonx Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Olivera, Hoang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10342623
    Abstract: Surgical systems and methods for avoiding injury to an anatomical structure are disclosed. According to some aspects, an implantable device configured to emit a detectable field may be attached to the anatomical structure. A proximity sensor may be attached to a distal end of a surgical instrument and may be configured to detect the detectable field. A control unit in communication with the proximity sensor may be configured to use the proximity sensor to determine if the distal end of the surgical instrument is within a predetermined distance of the implantable device. If so, a notification such as a vibration or alarm may be provided to a user of the surgical instrument so that the user can maneuver the surgical instrument to limit or prevent contact with the anatomical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: PROXIMED, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Huelman, Andrew Wu, Michael Jung, Marc Child, Vidit Sharma, Addason Mccaslin
  • Patent number: 10335272
    Abstract: An apparatus for repairing the function of a diseased valve includes a tubular first support member which is expandable to a first average diameter and has oppositely disposed proximal and distal first support member ends. A tubular second support member is spaced axially apart from the first support member and is expandable to a second average diameter that is smaller than the first average diameter. The second support member has oppositely disposed proximal and distal second support member ends. A tubular graft section interconnects the first and second support members and has oppositely disposed proximal and distal graft section ends axially spaced apart by a graft section body. The proximal graft section end is connected directly to the distal first support member end and the distal graft section end is connected directly to the proximal second support member end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Eric E. Roselli, Douglas R. Johnston
  • Patent number: 10335264
    Abstract: Provided is an artificial blood vessel including a cylindrical inner tube having a hollow part formed therein; an outer tube provided at an outer circumferential surface of the inner tube and surrounding the inner tube so as to form a double tube structure with the inner tube; and a connecting line formed in circumferential directions of the inner tube and the outer tube to connect the inner tube and the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Byung Choo Moon