Patents by Inventor Donald K. Jones

Donald K. Jones 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: 20210275162
    Abstract: A system includes a first tube, a sharp coil at a distal end of the first tube, a second tube displaceable within the first tube, and a sharp housing at a distal of the second tube for storing fasteners. The housing can be positioned at a first tissue, and the coil rotated to advance the coil into engagement with the first tissue. The first tube is retracted to retract the first tissue, and then a first fastener is deployed at the first tissue location. Then, without removing the system from the patient, the distal end of the system is moved adjacent a second tissue location, and the process is repeated for a second fastener at the second tissue location. A suture extends between the first and second fasteners, and tension is applied to the suture to draw the first and second tissues toward each other to reconfigure the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones, Brian Szymczak
  • Publication number: 20210275166
    Abstract: A deployment system includes a sheath, a shaft having a handle positioned at its proximal end, a micro motor having a motor shaft at the shafts distal end, a detachable helical first suture anchor positioned at the motor shafts distal end and an elongate suture fixedly coupled to the suture anchor. The deployment system can be positioned at a first tissue, and the motor shaft rotated to advance the helical first suture anchor into engagement with the first tissue. The motor shaft is detached from the first suture anchor thereby deploying it at the first tissue location. The deployment system can be reloaded with multiple suture anchors to deploy at multiple tissue locations. The suture extending between the anchors can then be drawn together to reconfigure the coupled tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones, Brian Szymczak
  • Publication number: 20210267584
    Abstract: A cinch deployment system includes a delivery system and a releasable cinch including an inner tubular, a compressible gripper having a suture passage, the gripper positioned within the inner tubular housing, and a resilient structure biased to compress the gripper to reduce the size of the suture passage. The resilient structure has a first configuration in which the resilient structure is constrained from applying sufficient compression to the gripper to prevent movement of the gripper on the suture, and a second configuration in which sufficient compression is applied to secure the gripper on the suture. The resilient structure is moved from the first to the second configuration by movement of the retainer moved by the deployment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones, Brian Szymczak
  • Patent number: 11083364
    Abstract: An endoscopic tissue grasper device includes a flexible tubular member, a flexible shaft extending through the tubular member, a proximal handle for moving the shaft and tubular member relative to each other, and a distal helical coil having a sharpened end for engaging tissue. The tissue grasper is advanced through a working channel of an endoscope, engaged relative to tissue, and retracted to pull tissue into a path of a movable needle coupled at a distal end of the endoscope so that the needle can be passed through the tissue. The needle is preferably provided with a suture so that as the needle is passed through the tissue a stitch is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen West, David Miller, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20210093314
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system and method are disclosed as are devices for use with the system and method such as a suture dispenser, a cinch device, and a tissue grasper. In one embodiment the suturing system includes a cap assembly arranged at the distal end portion of an endoscope or guide member, with the cap assembly including a rotatable needle holder. The needle holder is actuated through a transmission element extending outside the endoscope or guide member. A needle capture device may be inserted through a channel of the endoscope or guide member in order to capture a needle held in the needle holder when the needle holder is rotated so that the needle punctures tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Peter K. Kratsch, Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Patent number: 10799232
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system and method are disclosed as are devices for use with the system and method such as a suture dispenser, a cinch device, and a tissue grasper. In one embodiment the suturing system includes a cap assembly arranged at the distal end portion of an endoscope or guide member, with the cap assembly including a rotatable needle holder. The needle holder is actuated through a transmission element extending outside the endoscope or guide member. A needle capture device may be inserted through a channel of the endoscope or guide member in order to capture a needle held in the needle holder when the needle holder is rotated so that the needle punctures tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Peter K. Kratsch, Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Publication number: 20200261074
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 10736764
    Abstract: A gastric implant includes a distal sleeve portion configured to be disposed in a duodenum of a patient, and a pyloric restriction portion connected to a proximal end of the distal sleeve portion. The pyloric restriction portion is configured to be disposed in a pylorus of a patient. Also, the implant includes a proximal anchor portion connected to a proximal end of the pyloric restriction portion. The proximal anchor portion is configured to be disposed in a lower stomach of the patient. The proximal anchor portion has at least one eyelet for fastening to the stomach to secure the implant to the gastrointestinal tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Dean, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200178956
    Abstract: A deployment system includes a sheath, a torque able shaft having a handle positioned at its proximal end, a detachable helical first suture anchor positioned at the shafts distal end and an elongate suture fixedly coupled to the suture anchor. The deployment system can be positioned at a first tissue, and the shaft rotated to advance the helical first suture anchor into engagement with the first tissue. The shaft is detached from the first suture anchor thereby deploying it at the first tissue location. Then, the deployment system is removed from the patient, and a second suture anchor is coupled to the distal end of the shaft. The deployment system is re-inserted into the patient and the distal end of the system is moved adjacent a second tissue location, and the process is repeated for a second suture anchor at the second tissue location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Thomas Neudeck, Ryan Gilkey, Naser Ahmad, Andrew Gant, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200163665
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system and method are disclosed as are devices for use with the system and method such as a suture dispenser, a cinch device, and a tissue grasper. In one embodiment the suturing system includes a cap assembly arranged at the distal end portion of an endoscope or guide member, with the cap assembly including a rotatable needle holder. The needle holder is actuated through a transmission element extending outside the endoscope or guide member. A needle capture device may be inserted through a channel of the endoscope or guide member in order to capture a needle held in the needle holder when the needle holder is rotated so that the needle punctures tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Peter K. Kratsch, Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Publication number: 20200163666
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system and method are disclosed as are devices for use with the system and method such as a suture dispenser, a cinch device, and a tissue grasper. In one embodiment the suturing system includes a cap assembly arranged at the distal end portion of an endoscope or guide member, with the cap assembly including a rotatable needle holder. The needle holder is actuated through a transmission element extending outside the endoscope or guide member. A needle capture device may be inserted through a channel of the endoscope or guide member in order to capture a needle held in the needle holder when the needle holder is rotated so that the needle punctures tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Peter K. Kratsch, Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Patent number: 10639028
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20190321037
    Abstract: An anchor and suture assembly is provided for use with an endoscopic suturing device with a needle holder arm. The anchor assembly includes an anchor tip and an anchor body. The anchor tip has a blunt end that may be rounded or beaded, a capture groove, a tab groove and a plug portion positioned between the capture groove and the tab groove. The anchor body has first and second ends, tip tabs, retainers for removably retaining the anchor body relative to the needle holder arm, and a suture opening. The anchor tip is fixed relative to the anchor body by plastic deformation of the tip tabs into the tab groove. A suture extends into the suture opening of the anchor body and is fixed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Andrew Gant, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20190274721
    Abstract: Instruments, systems and methods are provided for performing submucosal medical procedures in a desired area of the digestive tract using endoscopy. Instruments include a safe access needle injection instrument, a submucosal tunneling instrument, a submucosal dissection instrument, a mucosal resection device. Systems include a combination of one or more of such instruments with or without injectable agents. Embodiments of various methods for performing the procedures are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Brett E. Naglreiter, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 10238411
    Abstract: An elongate flexible endoscopic surgical scissor instrument includes an actuating means at the proximal end and a blade assembly that includes pair of pivotable scissor blades at the distal end. The actuating means is adapted to place the scissor blades in an opened or closed configuration. The scissors include a torque-transmitting shaft assembly that couples the proximal end of instrument to the blade assembly positioned at the distal end. Rotation of the torque transmitting shaft assembly at the proximal end causes the distally-located blade assembly to similarly rotate in both the open and closed configurations, which can provide precise targeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20180214293
    Abstract: A gastric implant includes a distal sleeve portion configured to be disposed in a duodenum of a patient, and a pyloric restriction portion connected to a proximal end of the distal sleeve portion. The pyloric restriction portion is configured to be disposed in a pylorus of a patient. Also, the implant includes a proximal anchor portion connected to a proximal end of the pyloric restriction portion. The proximal anchor portion is configured to be disposed in a lower stomach of the patient. The proximal anchor portion has at least one eyelet for fastening to the stomach to secure the implant to the gastrointestinal tract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Dean, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 9943313
    Abstract: A medical implant deployment system for placing an implant at a preselected site comprising a deployment system that includes a mechanical coupling assembly at the distal end of a delivery member that engages the proximal end of the implant and a release member having an extended configuration in which the release member cooperatively maintains the coupling assembly engagement with the implant proximal end and a retracted configuration where the release member allows the coupling assembly to disengage from the implant proximal end. An attachable handle assembly is provided to place the release member in the retracted configuration allowing the coupling assembly to disengage from the implant proximal end, thereby releasing the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Empirilon Technology LLC
    Inventors: Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Patent number: 9867610
    Abstract: A treatment device for use with an endoscope having a instrument channel for passage of an endoscopic instrument and a distal end is provided. The treatment device includes an end effector assembly with a base for placement at the distal end of the endoscope, an end effector rotatable relative to the base, and a mounting portion for attaching the base to the endoscope. The mounting portion is resiliently compressible and can be radially compressed for insertion into the instrument channel, whereby an expansion force of the resiliently compressed mounting portion retains the base relative to the distal end of the endoscope. The mounting portion also includes an opening longitudinally extending therethrough and communicable with the instrument channel and sized for receiving an endoscopic instrument therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 9848763
    Abstract: An access system includes a proximal handle, an overtube coupled to the handle, and an endoscope port extending through handle and overtube sized for receiving an endoscope therethrough. The overtube includes anatomic wall securing system that secures a distal portion of the overtube within a hole in the anatomic wall. The overtube is provided with a shaped distal portion or a controllably shapeable distal portion that aids in directing an endoscope inserted through the port to a particular location within the peritoneal cavity. The access system includes a system for insufflating/deflating the peritoneal space separately from the body cavity accessible via a natural orifice. The access system includes a closure system to cinch closed the hole made in the anatomical wall after the access system has been removed from the hole. Methods are provided for inserting the access system through the anatomical wall to perform intra-abdominal surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, William Sowers, Brett E. Naglreiter, J. Landon Gilkey, Dennis L. McWilliams, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: RE46662
    Abstract: A vascular occlusion device that includes a central support member that has at least one mesh embolic ribbon extending outwardly from the central support member in the generally radial direction is provided. The mesh embolic ribbon has a collapsed and an expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald K. Jones, Robert R. Slazas, Frederick R. Feller, III