Patents by Inventor Brian D. Black

Brian D. Black 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: 20190274705
    Abstract: A method of controlling the temperature of an ultrasonic blade includes applying a power level to an ultrasonic transducer to achieve a desired temperature at an ultrasonic blade coupled to the transducer via an ultrasonic waveguide, inferring a temperature of the blade based on a voltage Vg(t) signal and a current Ig(t) signal applied to the transducer, comparing the inferred temperature of the blade to a predetermined temperature; and adjusting the power level to the transducer based on the comparison. In some aspects, the method includes measuring a phase angle ? between the voltage Vg(t) and the current Ig(t) and inferring the temperature of the blade from the phase angle ?. In some aspects, the method includes measuring an impedance Zg(t) equal to a ratio of the voltage Vg(t) to the current Ig(t) and inferring the temperature of the blade from the impedance Zg(t).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Amrita S. Sawhney, Stephen M. Leuck, Brian D. Black, Eric M. Roberson
  • Publication number: 20190216493
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide comprises 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 comprises a plurality of body portions aligned along the longitudinal axis and a flexible locking member. The flexible locking member is operable to secure the body portions in relation to each other and in relation to the shaft. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section to thereby deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin J. Danziger, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Brian D. Black, Cara L. Shapiro, Charles J. Scheib, Craig N. Faller, Daniel J. Mumaw, David J. Cagle, David T. Martin, David A. Monroe, Disha V. Labhasetwar, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick L. Estera, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Gregory W. Johnson, Jacob S. Gee, Jason R. Sullivan, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Jeffrey S. Swayze, John A. Hibner, John B. Schulte, Joseph E. Hollo, Kristen G. Denzinger, Kristen L. D'Uva, Matthew C. Miller, Michael R. Lamping, Richard W. Timm, Rudolph H. Nobis, Ryan M. Asher, Stephen M. Leuck, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William B. Weisenburgh, II, William A. Olson
  • Publication number: 20190201038
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for determining the composition of tissue via an ultrasonic surgical instrument are disclosed. A control circuit can be configured to monitor the change in resonant frequency of an ultrasonic electromechanical system of the ultrasonic surgical instrument as the ultrasonic blade oscillates against a tissue and determine the composition of the tissue accordingly. In some aspects, the control circuit can be configured to modify the operation of the ultrasonic electromechanical system or other operational parameters of the ultrasonic surgical instrument according to the detected tissue composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Kevin L. Houser, John E. Brady, Gregory A. Trees, Patrick J. Scoggins, Madeleine C. Jayme, Kristen G. Denzinger, Cameron R. Nott, Craig N. Faller, Amrita S. Sawhney, Eric M. Roberson, Stephen M. Leuck, Brian D. Black
  • Publication number: 20190201073
    Abstract: Various aspects of a generator, ultrasonic device, and method for estimating a state of an end effector of an ultrasonic device are disclosed. The ultrasonic device includes an electromechanical ultrasonic system defined by a predetermined resonant frequency, including an ultrasonic transducer coupled to an ultrasonic blade. A control circuit measures a complex impedance of an ultrasonic transducer, wherein the complex impedance is defined as Z g ? ( t ) = V g ? ( t ) I g ? ( t ) . The control circuit receives a complex impedance measurement data point and compares the complex impedance measurement data point to a data point in a reference complex impedance characteristic pattern. The control circuit then classifies the complex impedance measurement data point based on a result of the comparison analysis and assigns a state or condition of the end effector based on the result of the comparison analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Cameron R. Nott, Foster B. Stulen, Fergus P. Quigley, John E. Brady, Gregory A. Trees, Amrita Singh Sawhney, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Patrick J. Scoggins, Kristen G. Denzinger, Craig N. Faller, Madeleine C. Jayme, Alexander R. Cuti, Matthew S. Schneider, Chad P. Boudreaux, Brian D. Black, Maxwell Rockman, Gregory D. Bishop, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20190201046
    Abstract: A method for controlling an operation of an ultrasonic blade of an ultrasonic electromechanical system is disclosed. The method includes providing an ultrasonic electromechanical system comprising an ultrasonic transducer coupled to an ultrasonic blade via an ultrasonic waveguide; applying, by an energy source, a power level to the ultrasonic transducer; determining, by a control circuit coupled to a memory, a mechanical property of the ultrasonic electromechanical system; comparing, by the control circuit, the mechanical property with a reference mechanical property stored in the memory; and adjusting, by the control circuit, the power level applied to the ultrasonic transducer based on the comparison of the mechanical property with the reference mechanical property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Kevin L. Houser, Foster B. Stulen, John E. Brady, Gregory A. Trees, Patrick J. Scoggins, Madeleine C. Jayme, Kristen G. Denzinger, Cameron R. Nott, Craig N. Faller, Amrita S. Sawhney, Eric M. Roberson, Stephen M. Leuck, Brian D. Black, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Fergus P. Quigley, Tamara Widenhouse
  • Publication number: 20190201043
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument comprises an end effector comprising an ultrasonic blade and a clamp arm. The clamp arm is movable relative to the ultrasonic blade to transition the end effector between an open configuration and a closed configuration to clamp tissue between the ultrasonic blade and the clamp arm. The surgical instrument further comprises an ultrasonic transducer configured to generate an ultrasonic energy output and a waveguide configured to transmit the ultrasonic energy output to the ultrasonic blade. The surgical instrument further comprises a control circuit, configured to detect an immersion of the end effector in a liquid and compensate for heat flux lost due to the immersion of the end effector in the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Jason L. Harris, David C. Yates, Amrita S. Sawhney, Stephen M. Leuck, Brian D. Black, Eric M. Roberson
  • Publication number: 20190201036
    Abstract: A generator, ultrasonic device, and method of determining a temperature of an ultrasonic blade are disclosed. A control circuit coupled to a memory determines an actual resonant frequency of an ultrasonic electromechanical system comprising an ultrasonic transducer coupled to an ultrasonic blade by an ultrasonic waveguide. The actual resonant frequency is correlated to an actual temperature of the ultrasonic blade. The control circuit retrieves from the memory a reference resonant frequency of the ultrasonic electromechanical system. The reference resonant frequency is correlated to a reference temperature of the ultrasonic blade. The control circuit then infers the temperature of the ultrasonic blade based on the difference between the actual resonant frequency and the reference resonant frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Cameron R. Nott, Fergus P. Quigley, Amrita Singh Sawhney, Stephen M. Leuck, Brian D. Black, Eric M. Roberson, Patrick J. Scoggins, Craig N. Faller, Madeleine C. Jayme, Jacob S. Gee, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10258363
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide comprises 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 comprises a plurality of body portions aligned along the longitudinal axis and a flexible locking member. The flexible locking member is operable to secure the body portions in relation to each other and in relation to the shaft. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section to thereby deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin J. Danziger, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Brian D. Black, Cara L. Shapiro, Charles J. Scheib, Craig N. Faller, Daniel J. Mumaw, David J. Cagle, David T. Martin, David A. Monroe, Disha V. Labhasetwar, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick L. Estera, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Gregory W. Johnson, Jacob S. Gee, Jason R. Sullivan, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Jeffrey S. Swayze, John A. Hibner, John B. Schulte, Joseph E. Hollo, Kristen G. Denzinger, Kristen L. Pirozzi, Matthew C. Miller, Michael R. Lamping, Richard W. Timm, Rudolph H. Nobis, Ryan M. Asher, Stephen M. Leuck, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William B. Weisenburgh, II, William A. Olson
  • Publication number: 20190029707
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a housing, an ultrasonic transducer support by the housing, and an integrated usage indicator. The housing is configured to removably connect to a shaft assembly. The ultrasonic transducer is configured to be acoustically connected to a waveguide and operated a predetermined number of use cycles. The integrated usage indicator is operatively connected to the housing and includes a used state indicator. The used state indicator is configured to indicate to a clinician in a used state when the ultrasonic transducer has been operated at least the predetermined number of use cycles for limiting usage of the ultrasonic transducer to the predetermined number of use cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, Chad P. Boudreaux, Nathan Cummings, William D. Dannaher, Craig T. Davis, Glenn W. Ellison, Frederick L. Estera, Jacob S. Gee, Geni Giannotti, Timothy S. Holland, Kevin L. Houser, Gregory W. Johnson, Amy M. Krumm, Jason R. Lesko, Stephen M. Leuck, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Candice Otrembiak, Amelia A. Pierce, Eric Roberson, Foster B. Stulen, Shan Wan
  • Publication number: 20190008545
    Abstract: An instrument includes an ultrasonic blade, a first fluid port, an irrigation member, a second fluid port, and a fluid communication assembly. The ultrasonic blade defines a distal opening. The ultrasonic blade is operable in a first mode to emulsify tissue that is distally positioned relative to the ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is further operable in a second mode to transect and seal tissue that is transversely positioned relative to the ultrasonic blade. The first fluid port is in communication with the distal opening of the ultrasonic blade. The irrigation member is positioned adjacent to the distal end of the ultrasonic blade. The second fluid port is in communication with the irrigation member. The fluid communication assembly is configured to couple the first fluid port with a fluid source, couple the first fluid port with a suction source, and couple the second fluid port with the fluid source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Foster B. Stulen, John A. Weed, III, Joseph Isosaki, Frederick L. Estera, Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black
  • Publication number: 20180132887
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an ultrasonic waveguide extending through a body assembly. An ultrasonic blade connects to the ultrasonic waveguide. A clamp arm assembly of the surgical instrument is able to move from an opened position for receiving a tissue toward a closed position for clamping the tissue. The clamp arm assembly includes a clamp body and a clamp pad facing the ultrasonic blade. A clamp arm actuator of the surgical instrument is able to move from a first position toward a second position to direct the clamp arm assembly from the opened position toward the closed position. A modular coupling of the surgical instrument connects to the clamp pad such that at least the clamp pad can be disconnected relative to the ultrasonic blade for replacement thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Gregory D. Bishop, Brian D. Black, Chad P. Boudreaux, David J. Cagle, William E. Clem, Joseph Dennis, Kristen G. Denzinger, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Kevin M. Fiebig, Ellen Gentry, Christina M. Hough, John V. Hunt, Cody R. Jackson, Cory G. Kimball, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Gabriel I. Myers, Ion V. Nicolaescu, William A. Olson, Candice Otrembiak, Foster B. Stulen, John K. Swain, Gregory A. Trees, John A. Weed, III, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Eitan T. Wiener, Barry C. Worrell, David C. Yates, Monica L. Zeckel
  • Publication number: 20180132888
    Abstract: A surgical instrument, has an end effector that includes an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp arm that moves relative to the ultrasonic blade from an opened position toward an intermediate position and a closed position. The clamp arm is offset from the ultrasonic blade to define a predetermined gap in the intermediate position between the opened position and the closed position. A clamp arm actuator connects to the clamp arm and moves from an opened configuration to a closed configuration to direct the clamp arm from the opened position toward the intermediate position and the closed position. A spacer connects with the clamp arm to inhibit movement of the clamp arm from the intermediate position toward the closed position for maintaining the predetermined gap between the clamp arm and the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Ryan M. Asher, Brian D. Black, John E. Brady, Joseph Dennis, Geni M. Giannotti, Bryce L. Heitman, Timothy S. Holland, Joseph E. Hollo, Andrew Kolpitcke, Amy M. Krumm, Jason R. Lesko, Matthew C. Miller, David A. Monroe, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Matthew S. Schneider, Richard C. Smith, Shawn C. Snyder, Sarah A. Worthington, Monica L. Zeckel, Fajian Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180055530
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ultrasonic medical device that may include a surgical tool having a proximal end, an end effector, and a waveguide between them, a first transducer in mechanical communication with a first face of the surgical tool, and a second transducer in mechanical communication with an opposing face of the surgical tool, opposite the first transducer. The first transducer and the second transducer are configured to operate in a D31 mode with respect to the waveguide of the surgical tool. Another aspect comprises a method of fabricating the ultrasonic medical device, in which the surgical tool is machined from a portion of a flat metal stock so that the surgical tool has a longitudinal axis oriented at an angle with respect to a grain direction of the flat metal stock thereby optimizing an operational characteristic of the surgical tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Black, William A. Olson, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick Estera, William E. Clem, Jerome R. Morgan, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Stephen M. Leuck
  • Publication number: 20180055531
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ultrasonic surgical instrument comprising a transducer base plate, first and second piezoelectric elements positioned on opposite faces of the transducer base plate. The transducer base plate is coupled to a waveguide. The waveguide is electrically coupled to the first and second piezoelectric elements by a conductive adhesive. The first and second piezoelectric elements are electrically coupled to an ultrasonic signal generator through an electrode. A thermal conductor conducts thermal energy away from the first and second piezoelectric elements. Also disclosed is a method of fabricating such an ultrasonic surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Craig T. Davis, Mark E. Tebbe, Brian D. Black, Stephen M. Leuck, Eric M. Roberson, John Brady, Amrita S. Sawhney, Shan Wan, Ion V. Nicolaescu, James Wilson, Amelia Pierce
  • Publication number: 20180056095
    Abstract: Various ultrasonic instruments are disclosed. The ultrasonic instruments include an ultrasonic waveguide acoustically coupled to an ultrasonic transducer. Several techniques for acoustically coupling the ultrasonic transducer to the ultrasonic waveguide are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Ryan M. Asher, Joseph D. Dennis, Brian D. Black, Craig T. Davis, Mark E. Tebbe, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Frederick Estera, William A. Olson, Amelia Pierce, James Wilson, William D. Dannaher, Fajian Zhang, Foster B. Stulen
  • Publication number: 20180055532
    Abstract: Various ultrasonic surgical instruments are disclosed. At least one disclosed surgical instrument includes a waveguide including a blade and a transducer base plate. The transducer base plate coupled to the waveguide to define a joint at an interface between the waveguide and the transducer base plate. The transducer base plate including first and second sides defining corresponding first and second flat faces configured to receive first and second piezoelectric elements. The first and second piezoelectric elements are configured to operate in a D31 mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Black, Frederick Estera, Jason R. Lesko, Benjamin M. Boyd, Kevin M. Fiebig, Chad P. Boudreaux, Grace E. Waters, Kristen G. Denzinger, Amy M. Krumm, Amelia Pierce, Chad E. Eckert, Joseph D. Dennis, Ion V. Nicolaescu, Monica L. Zeckel, William A. Olson, Patrick J. Scoggins, Larry A. Pummill, JR., John S. Frazier, William A. Crawford, Brian J. Hemmelgarn, Eric Stout, Benjamin D. Dickerson
  • Publication number: 20180055529
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of fabricating an ultrasonic medical device. The method includes machining a surgical tool from a flat metal stock, contacting a face of a first transducer with a first face of the surgical tool, and contacting a face of a second transducer with an opposing face of the surgical tool opposite the first transducer. The first and second transducers are configured to operate in a D31 mode with respect to the longitudinal portion of the surgical tool. Upon activation, the first transducer and the second transducer are configured to induce a standing wave in the surgical tool and the induced standing wave comprises a node at a node location in the surgical tool and an antinode at an antinode location in the surgical tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Black, William A. Olson, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick Estera, William E. Clem, Jerome R. Morgan, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Stephen M. Leuck
  • Publication number: 20170340345
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body assembly, an acoustic waveguide, an ultrasonic blade, a liquid dispensing feature, and a control module. The liquid dispensing feature is positioned distally relative to the body assembly. The liquid dispensing feature is positioned adjacent to the ultrasonic blade. The liquid dispensing feature is configured to deliver a flow of cooling liquid to the ultrasonic blade. The control module is operable to regulate fluid flow through the liquid dispensing feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Benjamin M. Boyd, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Brian D. Black, Craig N. Faller, Kristen G. Denzinger, Paul F. Riestenberg, David M. Locke, Jacob S. Gee, Joseph Dennis, Ashvani K. Madan
  • Publication number: 20170333073
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are operable to track usage of a surgical instrument and modify the performance of the surgical instrument based on the prior usage of the surgical instrument. Some surgical instruments are designed to have a limited service life beginning at their first use, or a limit to their overall usage in order to ensure safe use of the sensitive instruments. However, a lack of ability to track usage characteristics when the instrument is separated from an external power supply allows for user abuse and avoidance of such safety mechanisms. Adding a battery or capacitor to the instrument may allow for an ability to track usage when the instrument is separated from an external power supply. Implementing special user prompts, device use ratios, and device use half-life upon powering down of an instrument may additionally be used to prevent circumvention of safety features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Jeffrey A. Bullock, Richard W. Timm, Ryan M. Asher, Timothy S. Holland, Craig T. Davis, Christina M. Hough, Cory G. Kimball, Ashvani K. Madan, David C. Yates, Shan Wan, Jacob S. Gee, Joseph E. Hollo, Chad P. Boudreaux, John B. Schulte, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Brian D. Black
  • Publication number: 20170105754
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, an ultrasonic blade, a clamp arm, and a resilient member. The body includes an electrical conductor and defines a longitudinal axis. The clamp arm is pivotably coupled with the body at a pivot assembly. The clamp arm is operable to compress tissue against the ultrasonic blade. The clamp arm includes an electrode operable to apply RF energy to tissue, wherein the clamp arm is configured to be loaded onto and removed from the body at the pivot assembly along a path that is transverse to the longitudinal axis defined by the body. The resilient member is located within the pivot assembly. The resilient member is configured to provide electrical continuity between the electrode of the clamp arm and the electrical conductor of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Chad P. Boudreaux, Phillip H. Clauda, John B. Schulte, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Timothy S. Holland, Ryan M. Asher, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Brian D. Black, Kristen G. Denzinger, Amy L. Benchek