Patents by Inventor Barry C. Worrell

Barry C. Worrell has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210145531
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a shaft including a distal portion and an articulatable portion is disclosed. The articulatable portion, positioned proximal to the distal portion, includes a plurality of joint members. A first articulation cable extends through each first channel of each of the plurality of joint members and a second articulation cable extends through each second channel of each of the plurality of joint members to the distal portion. The first and second articulation cables are transitionable between: (i) an unlocked state, where the first and second articulation cables are free to translate distally and proximally and the plurality of joint members are slidable relative to one another to pivot the distal portion away from a longitudinal axis, and (ii) a locked state, where translation of the first and second articulation cables is locked, causing a position of the distal portion relative to the longitudinal axis to be locked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Jacob S. Gee, Foster B. Stulen, Kevin L. Houser, Craig N. Faller, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Sora Rhee, William D. Dannaher, Barry C. Worrell, Gregory W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20210137512
    Abstract: Circular stapling instruments and anvil assemblies. The anvil assemblies may have collapsible anvil support members that may be inserted through an opening in a patient and then expanded to be attached to an anvil plate assembly that has a staple-forming surface thereon. The anvil support member is attachable to the anvil plate assembly in such a way that when the anvil assembly is coupled to the stapling head of a circular stapler, the staple-forming surface is in substantial registry with the staples supported in the stapling head. A variety of different anvil support members and anvil plate assemblies are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Christopher J. Schall, Joseph E. Young, Barry C. Worrell, Jerome R. Morgan, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Christopher J. Hess, Emily A. Schellin
  • Patent number: 10980594
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, an end effector, an articulation section, and a shaft assembly coupling the body with the end effector. The shaft assembly includes a sheath, a first monolithic articulation connector, and a second monolithic articulation connector. The first monolithic articulation connector includes a first distal portion and a first proximal portion. The first distal portion and the first proximal portion consist of a homogenous continuum of material. The first distal portion is configured to flex relative to the first proximal portion. The first distal portion is at least partially housed within the sheath. The second monolithic articulation connector is at least partially housed within the sheath. The first and second monolithic articulation connectors are configured to longitudinally translate in opposing directions relative to the sheath to deflect the articulation section and the end effector relative to the longitudinal axis of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Kris E. Kallenberger, Barry C. Worrell
  • Publication number: 20210106378
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, an articulation section, an end effector, an articulation connector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The end effector is connected to the articulation section such that the end effector is configured to deflect relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft assembly. The articulation connector is configured to translate relative to the shaft assembly to deflect the end effector relative to the longitudinal axis. The articulation drive assembly is configured to translate the articulation connector relative to the shaft assembly. The articulation drive assembly includes a rotatable housing and a first lead screw assembly. The first lead screw assembly includes a first half and a second half. The first lead screw assembly is slidably coupled with the shaft assembly and is configured to translate in response to rotation of the rotatable housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Kipp M. Rupp
  • Patent number: 10966747
    Abstract: A surgical control system is disclosed including a controller, a feedback device operably coupled to the controller, and a user interface operably coupled to the controller. The user interface is configured to provide an input to the controller. The controller is configured to provide a control signal to a robotic surgical system to control a function of the robotic surgical system, receive a feedback signal from the robotic surgical system, and provide the feedback signal to the feedback device. The feedback device is configured to provide feedback associated with the robotic surgical system to a user in response to the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Gregory A. Trees, Jonathan T. Batross, Nicholas G. Molitor, Kristen T. Shoger, David K. Norvell, Michael J. Andreyko, Gregory W. Johnson, Shawn C. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10932846
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an articulation section. The articulation section is longitudinally interposed between a distal end of the shaft assembly and a proximal end of the end effector. The articulation section is configured to flex to thereby provide deflection of the end effector away from the longitudinal axis of the shaft assembly. The articulation section includes a first frame member, a second frame member, and a sleeve. The proximal end of the second frame member is proximal to the proximal end of the first frame member. The sleeve is disposed about the first and second frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Candice Otrembiak, Chad P. Boudreaux, Barry C. Worrell, Nathan Cummings, Kris E. Kallenberger, Michael R. Lamping
  • Patent number: 10932845
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The articulation drive assembly is configured to drive the articulation section to deflect the end effector relative to the longitudinal axis from a non-articulated configuration to an articulated configuration. The articulation drive assembly includes a rotatable housing, a static member, and an indication feature. The rotatable housing is rotatably coupled to the body. The static member is fixed relative to the body. The indication feature is configured to indicate when the end effector is deflected into the non-articulated configuration. The indication feature includes a ridge and a cantilever arm. The ridge extends from an exterior surface of the rotatable housing. The cantilever arm defines a slot configured to house the ridge when the end effector is in the non-articulated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Barry C. Worrell
  • Patent number: 10925659
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument is disclosed including a pencil-grip handle, a shaft coupled to the pencil-grip handle, and an end effector coupled to the shaft. The end effector includes a body, a source electrode, and one or more return electrodes. The source electrode and the one or more return electrodes are configured to provide a multi-phase bipolar electrosurgical signal to tissue. The one or more return electrodes each comprise a first return electrode and a second return electrode. The electrosurgical instrument further includes an electrosurgical generator coupled to the end effector. The electrosurgical generator is configured to produce the multi-phase bipolar electrosurgical signal including a first phase, a second phase, and a third phase. The electrosurgical generator is coupled to the source electrode, the first return electrode, and the second return electrode. The first phase, the second phase, and the third phase are combined to generate the multi-phase bipolar electrosurgical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Chester O. Baxter, III, John V. Hunt, Jennifer M. Mallow, Barry C. Worrell, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Kevin L. Houser
  • Patent number: 10898177
    Abstract: Circular stapling instruments and anvil assemblies. The anvil assemblies may have collapsible anvil support members that may be inserted through an opening in a patient and then expanded to be attached to an anvil plate assembly that has a staple-forming surface thereon. The anvil support member is attachable to the anvil plate assembly in such a way that when the anvil assembly is coupled to the stapling head of a circular stapler, the staple-forming surface is in substantial registry with the staples supported in the stapling head. A variety of different anvil support members and anvil plate assemblies are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Christopher J. Schall, Joseph E. Young, Barry C. Worrell, Jerome R. Morgan, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Christopher J. Hess, Emily A. Schellin
  • Publication number: 20210015515
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods and devices for actuating surgical instruments are provided. In general, a surgical device can include one or more actuation shafts configured to facilitate actuation of the device. In an exemplary embodiment, the device can include four actuation shafts, two actuation shafts to facilitate articulation of the device, one actuation shaft to facilitate opening and closing of jaws at a distal end of the device, and one actuation shaft to facilitate moving a cutting element of the device. In an exemplary embodiment, each of the one or more actuation shafts can include a distal elongate member and a proximal elongate member having a proximal end attached to a distal end of the distal elongate member. The proximal elongate member can be rigid, and the distal elongate member can be flexible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Chad P. Boudreaux, Jason R. Lesko, Eric N. Johnson, Kevin M. Fiebig, Carl J. Draginoff, JR., Scott B. Killinger, Kris E. Kallenberger, Barry C. Worrell
  • Patent number: 10881451
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, an articulation section, an end effector, an articulation connector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The end effector is connected to the articulation section such that the end effector is configured to deflect relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft assembly. The articulation connector is configured to translate relative to the shaft assembly to deflect the end effector relative to the longitudinal axis. The articulation drive assembly is configured to translate the articulation connector relative to the shaft assembly. The articulation drive assembly includes a rotatable housing and a first lead screw assembly. The first lead screw assembly includes a first half and a second half. The first lead screw assembly is slidably coupled with the shaft assembly and is configured to translate in response to rotation of the rotatable housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Kipp M. Rupp
  • Publication number: 20200397422
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a shaft assembly and an articulation control assembly. The shaft assembly includes an articulation section that is configured to deflect a distal end portion from the longitudinal axis. The articulation control assembly includes an articulation control member and a transmission assembly. The articulation control member is rotatably mounted relative to the shaft assembly. The transmission assembly is operatively connected between the articulation control member and the articulation section of the shaft assembly. The transmission assembly is configured to transmit selective manipulation of the articulation control member to the articulation section and selectively actuate the articulation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Barry C. Worrell, Gregory W. Johnson, Benjamin D. Dickerson, David T. Martin, Daniel J. Mumaw
  • Publication number: 20200383722
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device comprises a body, an end effector, a cutting member, and a shaft. The end effector includes a pair of jaws that are operable to deliver RF energy to tissue that is clamped between the jaws. The cutting member is operable to sever tissue that is clamped between the jaws. The shaft extends between the body and the end effector. The shaft includes an articulation section that is operable to selectively position the end effector at non-parallel positions relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft. Some versions include a rotation section that is distal to the articulation section. The rotation section is operable to rotate the end effector relative to the articulation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, David K. Norvell, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Gregory A. Trees, Jason E. Zerkle, Kevin M. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 10842580
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a shaft including a distal portion and an articulatable portion is disclosed. The articulatable portion, positioned proximal to the distal portion, includes a plurality of joint members. A first articulation cable extends through each first channel of each of the plurality of joint members and a second articulation cable extends through each second channel of each of the plurality of joint members to the distal portion. The first and second articulation cables are transitionable between: (i) an unlocked state, where the first and second articulation cables are free to translate distally and proximally and the plurality of joint members are slidable relative to one another to pivot the distal portion away from a longitudinal axis, and (ii) a locked state, where translation of the first and second articulation cables is locked, causing a position of the distal portion relative to the longitudinal axis to be locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jacob S. Gee, Kevin L. Houser, Craig N. Faller, Sora Rhee, William D. Dannaher, Barry C. Worrell, Gregory W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200360045
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus includes a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and a rigidizing member. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide includes a flexible portion. The articulation section is coupled with the shaft. A portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation section includes a first member and a second member. The second member is longitudinally translatable relative to the first member. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The rigidizing member is configured to selectively engage at least a portion of the articulation section to thereby selectively provide rigidity to the articulation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: William B. Weisenburgh, II, Barry C. Worrell, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Kristen L. D'Uva, Craig N. Faller, John B. Schulte, Kristen G. Denzinger, Joseph E. Hollo, Jason R. Sullivan, Brian D. Black, Frederick L. Estera, David A. Monroe, Stephen M. Leuck, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Gregory A. Trees, Gregory W. Johnson, Foster B. Stulen
  • Patent number: 10813684
    Abstract: Devices and methods for sealing and cutting tissue are provided in one exemplary embodiment, the device includes a proximal handle portion, an elongate shaft, and a jaw assembly having first and second jaws. At least one of the jaws includes an electrode that is segmented into a plurality of zones. Each zone includes a parameter monitor, and the parameter monitors provide information about the tissue that is then mapped to define one or more characteristics of the tissue. A controller can then be operated to adjust functionality of the device within each zone based on the mapped parameters/characteristics. Other devices and methods for sealing and cutting tissue are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, David James Cagle
  • Patent number: 10806478
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods and devices for actuating surgical instruments are provided. In general, a surgical device can include one or more actuation shafts configured to facilitate actuation of the device. In an exemplary embodiment, the device can include four actuation shafts, two actuation shafts to facilitate articulation of the device, one actuation shaft to facilitate opening and closing of jaws at a distal end of the device, and one actuation shaft to facilitate moving a cutting element of the device. In an exemplary embodiment, each of the one or more actuation shafts can include a distal elongate member and a proximal elongate member having a proximal end attached to a distal end of the distal elongate member. The proximal elongate member can be rigid, and the distal elongate member can be flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chad P. Boudreaux, Jason R. Lesko, Eric N. Johnson, Kevin M. Fiebig, Carl J. Draginoff, Jr., Scott B. Killinger, Kris E. Kallenberger, Barry C. Worrell
  • Publication number: 20200315686
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade and a clamp arm assembly. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with an acoustic waveguide of the shaft assembly. The clamp arm assembly is pivotable toward and away from the ultrasonic blade. The clamp arm assembly includes a first electrode and a second electrode. The first and second electrodes are operable to cooperate to apply bipolar RF energy to tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Jason R. Lesko, Catherine A. Corbett, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Barry C. Worrell, Mark A. Davison, Chad P. Boudreaux, Nathan Cummings, Ellen Burkart, William D. Dannaher, Christina M. Hough, Craig N. Faller, Adam N. Brown, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Kai Chen, William E. Clem
  • Patent number: 10751040
    Abstract: Circular stapling instruments and anvil assemblies. The anvil assemblies may have collapsible anvil support members that may be inserted through an opening in a patient and then expanded to be attached to an anvil plate assembly that has a staple-forming surface thereon. The anvil support member is attachable to the anvil plate assembly in such a way that when the anvil assembly is coupled to the stapling head of a circular stapler, the staple-forming surface is in substantial registry with the staples supported in the stapling head. A variety of different anvil support members and anvil plate assemblies are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Christopher J. Schall, Joseph E. Young, Barry C. Worrell, Jerome R. Morgan, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Christopher J. Hess, Emily A. Schellin
  • Patent number: 10743850
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a shaft assembly and an articulation control assembly. The shaft assembly includes an articulation section that is configured to deflect a distal end portion from the longitudinal axis. The articulation control assembly includes an articulation control member and a transmission assembly. The articulation control member is rotatably mounted relative to the shaft assembly. The transmission assembly is operatively connected between the articulation control member and the articulation section of the shaft assembly. The transmission assembly is configured to transmit selective manipulation of the articulation control member to the articulation section and selectively actuate the articulation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Barry C. Worrell, Gregory W. Johnson, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Daniel J. Mumaw