Patents Examined by Victor Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10314575
    Abstract: A suture fixation device and method thereof is provided. The suture fixation device includes a suture fiber having a length of about 24 to 40 inches and a plurality of knots spaced apart from each other along the length of the suture fiber. Each of the plurality of knots has an overall width of about 3.0 to 4.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hospital for Special Surgery
    Inventors: William Rodriguez, Riley J. Williams
  • Patent number: 10307515
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to polymer foams are generally described. Some embodiments relate to compositions and methods for the preparation of polymer foams, and methods for using the polymer foams. The polymer foams can be applied to a body cavity and placed in contact with, for example, tissue, injured tissue, internal organs, etc. In some embodiments, the polymer foams can be formed within a body cavity (i.e., in situ foam formation). In addition, the foamed polymers may be capable of exerting a pressure on an internal surface of a body cavity and preventing or limiting movement of a bodily fluid (e.g., blood, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Arsenal Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Upma Sharma, Irina Gitlin, Gregory T. Zugates, Adam Rago, Parisa Zamiri, Rany Busold, Robert J. Caulkins, Toby Freyman, Quynh Pham, Changcheng You, Jeffrey Carbeck
  • Patent number: 10299783
    Abstract: A system and method for securing a medical implant within a patient. The method includes disposing an anchor element around the implant, the anchor element including a pair of tabs each including an eyelet, and a flexible intermediate portion between the tabs, wherein disposing the anchor element around the implant includes positioning the implant within the intermediate portion and folding the anchor element such that the tabs contact one another and the eyelets aligned. The anchor element is positioned at a desired implantation position with the tabs positioned proximate soft tissue of the patient. The method further includes inserting a distal tip of a fixation element delivery tool through the eyelets and into the soft tissue, the fixation element including at least one tissue anchor and an adjustable suture arrangement coupled to the tissue anchor. The at least one tissue anchor is deployed from the delivery tool and into the soft tissue of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lawrence W. Wales, Jeffrey J. Peters, Vic Fabano, Ishmael Bentley
  • Patent number: 10299810
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a housing, a transducer assembly, a motor, a hollow sheath, and a blade is disclosed. The transducer assembly may be rotatably supported within the housing and may be configured to selectively generate an ultrasonic motion. The motor may be coupled to the transducer assembly and may be configured to selectively apply rotational motion to the transducer assembly. The hollow sheath may be coupled to the housing and may define a distal cavity. The blade may be coupled to the transducer assembly and may be rotatably supported within the hollow sheath. A distal end of the blade may include a tissue-cutter that may be rotatably supported in the distal cavity. The distal cavity may comprise a friction reducing material. A portion of the tissue-cutter may be arranged to apply the ultrasonic motion to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Galen C. Robertson, Richard W. Timm, Kip M. Rupp, Kristina A. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10293076
    Abstract: Systems, methods and kits for treating hemorrhages within cavities are provided. The methods utilize the application of a rapid spike of pressure to the closed cavity, followed by a steady state pressure or pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Arsenal Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Rago, John Marini, Gregory T. Zugates, Marc Helmick, Upma Sharma
  • Patent number: 10285808
    Abstract: Described embodiments are directed toward centrally-opening, leaflet valve devices and systems for transcatheter delivery having a two-piece valve body as well as methods of making and delivering the two-piece valve devices. A transcatheter valve includes a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The transcatheter valve can further include an everted configuration and a non-everted configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Bruchman, Cody L. Hartman
  • Patent number: 10278694
    Abstract: A medical device includes a surgical needle, an elongated suture, and an intervening segment. The elongated suture has a first end proximate to the needle and a second end located away from the needle. The elongated suture also includes a plurality of fibers defining a mesh wall between the first and second ends. A plurality of pores extend through the mesh wall, at least some which are in the macroporous size range of greater than 200 microns for facilitating tissue integration when introduced into a body. The intervening segment is disposed between and connected to either or both ends of the elongated suture and the needle. The intervening segment includes one or more fibers of the plurality of fibers and has a cross-sectional dimension smaller than a cross-sectional dimension of the mesh wall such that the intervening segment facilitates indirect attachment of the elongated macroporous mesh suture to the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Gregory Dumanian
  • Patent number: 10278805
    Abstract: Implant devices for filtering blood flowing through the ostium of an atrial appendage have component structures one or more of which are expandable. Devices with component structures in their unexpanded state have a compact size suitable for intra-cutaneous delivery to an atrial appendage situs. The expandable component structures are expanded in situ to deploy the devices. A device may have sufficiently short axial length so that most or almost all of the device length may fit within the ostium region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ATRITECH, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Borillo, Dean Peterson, Gregg S. Sutton, Jeffrey Welch
  • Patent number: 10278701
    Abstract: An implant having an adhesive structure comprising a planar surface having two sides and rectangular cuboid-based protrusions having pyramidal tips extending from at least one of said sides, optionally having a porous basic supporting structure, and methods of making and using such implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: ETHICON, INC., AGENCY FOR SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: Sriram Natarajan, Joseph J. Hammer, Kevin Cooper, Murty Vyakarnam, Hong Yee Low, Isabel Rodriguez, Chee Tiong Lim, Audrey Yoke Yee Ho
  • Patent number: 10271719
    Abstract: Devices and methods for locating sinus ostia and positioning a guide wire within the sinus ostia. The subject devices comprise a shaft having a distal end, a proximal end, a curved region located between the distal and proximal ends, and an interior channel, an extensible and retractable guide wire movably mounted within the interior channel and a probe tip joined to the guide wire. Certain devices further include expandable portions for engaging and treating body anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Morriss, Joshua Makower, Carlos F. Fernandez, Eric Goldfarb, Thomas R. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10271868
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide apparatus suitable for treating a medical condition at a target site. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a plurality of strands, each having proximal and distal regions, wherein the plurality of strands are twisted in a generally helical manner to form a tubular shape. The proximal and distal regions of each of the plurality of strands comprise a contracted configuration adapted for delivery to the target site. Further, the distal region of at least one of the plurality of strands comprises an expanded, radially deployed configuration adapted to facilitate treatment of the medical condition. The distal region of at least one of the plurality of strands may be deployed in a self-expanding or balloon-expandable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Daphne Kontos
  • Patent number: 10265113
    Abstract: A method of fixing a proximal bone mass to a distal bone mass can include driving a guide wire through the proximal bone mass and the distal bone mass to define a path through the proximal bone mass and the distal bone mass. The method can include inserting a suture from the proximal bone mass into the distal bone mass along the path defined by the guide wire and fixing the suture to the distal bone mass. The method can further include tensioning the suture to draw the distal bone mass against the proximal bone mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, Gregory J. Denham
  • Patent number: 10265100
    Abstract: Transradial access devices, systems, and methods. An exemplary device of the present disclosure for providing access to a vessel or other luminal organ and to prevent overperforation of the same comprises a needle having a needle tip and at least one current element positioned thereon or embedded therein at or near the needle tip, a sheath positioned around at least part of the needle, and a protractor in communication with the needle, whereby engagement of the protractor causes the needle tip to protract from the sheath through the aperture, and whereby release of the protractor causes the needle tip to retract through the aperture into the sheath. Activation of the at least one current element can facilitation vasodilation of the vessel or other luminal organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DTherapeutics, LLC
    Inventor: Ghassan S. Kassab
  • Patent number: 10265059
    Abstract: A septal closure and port device for implantation in the atrial septum of a patient's heart includes an expandable frame having a central portion defining a lumen, and first and second opposing end portions. The frame is configured to expand and contract between a compressed, tubular configuration for delivery through the patient's vasculature and an expanded configuration in which the first and second end portions extend radially outwardly from the opposite ends of the central portion. The device can further include a valve member supported on the frame and positioned to block at least the flow of blood from the left atrium to the right atrium through the lumen of the frame. The valve member is configured to permit a medical instrument to be inserted through the lumen and into the left atrium, such as for performing a subsequent medical procedure in the left side of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, Ming H. Wu, Jinny Lee, Ralph Schneider, Sergio Delgado, Ilan Tamir
  • Patent number: 10258491
    Abstract: A stent-delivery assembly that includes a catheter; an expandable stent that is movable, relative to the catheter, from a first position to a second position; and a guidewire assembly extending through a longitudinal passage of the catheter and a longitudinal passage of the stent, the guidewire assembly being movable, relative to the catheter, from a third position to a fourth position. While the expandable stent is in the first position and while the guidewire assembly is in the third position, the stent-delivery assembly has an a-traumatic shape. While the expandable stent is in the second position and while the guidewire assembly is in the fourth position, the guidewire assembly is capable of passing through the stent to allow for retrieval of the stent-delivery assembly. Methods of use and manufacture are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: INSPIREMD, LTD.
    Inventors: Eli Bar, Dror Hazan
  • Patent number: 10251766
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for treating lesions within a blood vessel include a two-layer angioplasty balloon designed for the simultaneous deployment of multiple balloon-expanded stents. The high-compliance (elastic) outer balloon secures stent position. The low-compliance (inelastic) inner balloon drives angioplasty and stent expansion. Stent deployment starts with the injection of a small quantity of fluid into the outer balloon, which bulges slightly at both ends and into the spaces between the stents and, once the stent has expanded a little, between the struts of the stents. The injection port to the outer balloon is then closed, and fluid is injected only into the inner balloon, which expands, opening the stents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy A. M. Chuter
  • Patent number: 10238395
    Abstract: A compression stent for applying a localized high stress against a blood vessel wall to cause vessel wall compression and blockage of sympathetic and nerve signal transmission within the wall of a blood vessel. The compression stent can also sever nerves located in the vessel wall. Blockage of sympathetic nerve signal transmission reduces hypertension and improves other clinical problems that are associated with sympathetic nerve signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: William Joseph Drasler, William Joseph Drasler, II
  • Patent number: 10231725
    Abstract: An anchoring system for securing tissue to bone includes an implant having a body through which a suture eyelet extends transversely, a suture recess extending along a portion of a length of the body, having a predetermined depth below an outer surface of the body, and a suture pinch ramp disposed at a proximal end of the suture recess. The suture pinch ramp has a depth approximately equal to the predetermined depth at a distal end thereof and sloping outwardly in a proximal direction so that a depth of a proximal end of the suture pinch ramp approaches zero. An insertion member includes an insertion tube and a handle which is engageable with the anchor body to deploy the anchor in a selected bone site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cayenne Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin N. Baird
  • Patent number: 10226263
    Abstract: A system for removal of blood or thrombus includes an aspiration catheter having an elongate shaft including an aspiration lumen having proximal end configured to couple to a vacuum source, and a distal end having an orifice, an elongate member configured for placement through the aspiration lumen and having a distal portion including a disruption element configured to disrupt thrombus within the aspiration lumen, and a monitoring device configured for removable connection in between the aspiration catheter and the vacuum source, and including a housing, a pressure sensor in fluid communication with an interior of the housing, a measurement device coupled to the pressure sensor and configured for measuring deviations in fluid pressure, and a communication device coupled to the measurement device and configured to generate an alert signal when a deviation in fluid pressure measured by the measurement device exceeds a pre-set threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Incuvate, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Look, Bradley S. Culbert
  • Patent number: 10226277
    Abstract: Described here are devices and methods for performing atherectomies. Generally, the atherectomy devices may comprise a handle, a cutter assembly, and a catheter or catheter assembly therebetween. The cutter assembly may include a cutter housing and a cutter comprising a first cutting element and a second cutting element, each of which may be rotated relative to the atherectomy device to cut occlusive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ATHEROMED, INC.
    Inventors: Torrey Smith, Douglas E. Rowe, August Christopher Pombo, Paul Quentin Escudero, Christopher J. Danek, John T. To