Patents by Inventor Edward G. Chekan

Edward G. Chekan 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).

  • Patent number: 10631867
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an anvil selectively coupleable to a stapling head assembly and a trigger operable to fire staples into tissue compressed between the anvil and the stapling head assembly. In some versions, a lockout member may engage a securing feature to prevent actuation of the anvil relative to the stapling head assembly. For instance, a tab may engage a slot on an actuator, a screen door lock may provide frictional resistance or engage teeth on the actuator, a door may actuate into engagement with one or more recesses, geared teeth may mesh with teeth on the actuator, the lockout member may include a ratcheting assembly to engage actuator, and/or a push button may actuate into a recess while disengaging the lockout member. Alternatively, in some versions, the trigger actuation assembly may be disengaged prior to firing. An anvil position indicator may restrict engagement of the trigger actuation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Christopher C. Miller, Edward G. Chekan, Johnny H. Alexander, III, John F. Cummings, Carl J. Shurtleff, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Barry T. Jamison, Joseph E. Young, Cortney E. Henderson
  • Patent number: 10499909
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a staple cartridge. The staple cartridge includes staples, a deck, and a buttress. The deck defines a plurality of openings. Each opening of the plurality of openings is associated with a corresponding staple of the plurality of staples, such that each staple is configured to pass through a corresponding opening of the plurality of openings. The buttress is configured to detach from the staple deck in response to the staples being driven through the corresponding openings of the deck. The buttress is resiliently biased to transition from a first configuration while attached to the deck to a second configuration when detached from the deck. The buttress has a first length in the first configuration and a second length in the second configuration. The first length is longer than the second length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Cortney E. Henderson, Tamara S. Vetro Widenhouse, Edward G. Chekan
  • Patent number: 10226246
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a handle assembly having a trigger operable to fire a staple driver to staple tissue. The instrument includes a pointed rod to which an anvil may be coupled. An anvil detection feature is included to determine when the anvil is coupled to the rod. In some versions, the anvil detection feature comprises a translatable rod that inhibits a lockout feature from disengaging. In other versions, an anvil sensing tube is disposed about the pointed rod and interferes with actuation of the trigger in a first position. A recess in the tube permits trigger to actuate when the anvil sensing tube is in the second position. Alternatively, a resilient tab is coupled to the pointed rod and resists actuation of the staple driver. A trigger lockout assembly may include a spring-loaded button that “pops” out when a push rod is actuated, thereby freeing a pivotable lockout feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, John F. Cummings, Joseph P. Schowalter, Patrick J. Swindon, Johnny H. Alexander, III, Patrick A. Weizman, Cory G. Kimball, Edward G. Chekan, Joseph E. Young, Christopher C. Miller, Barry T. Jamison, John V. Hunt, Kent P. Baker, Cortney E. Henderson, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jerome R. Morgan, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Carl J. Shurtleff, Julia F. Serber
  • Patent number: 9974529
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes an actuation system, a drive system, and a tool head. The drive system is coupled to the actuation system and includes a rotatable shaft which defines a longitudinal axis. The tool head is coupled to the drive system and includes an annular cartridge and a pliable bunchable ring. The annular cartridge includes a plurality of staples. The pliable bunchable ring surrounds the annular cartridge. The surgical instrument is configured to drive the staples through the pliable bunchable ring substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Steven G. Hall, Andrew Yoo, Edward G. Chekan
  • Patent number: 9913655
    Abstract: A surgical system comprises an end effector for operating on tissue and a screen positioned around the end effector. The screen is fluidly coupled with a suction source by a conduit such as a tube. The screen is configured to communicate suction through the screen while preventing tissue from contacting the end effector. The screen is further configured to retract proximally relative to the end effector to thereby expose the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Edward G. Chekan, Chad P. Boudreaux, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Tamara S. Vetro Widenhouse
  • Patent number: 9861428
    Abstract: A medical device includes an end effector configured to apply bipolar energy to target tissue along a working portion thereof and a fluid control system to control the flow of a fluid produced when the end effector applies the bipolar energy to heat the target tissue. The fluid control system includes a fluid path element defining a fluid path, a distal fluid port configured to intake the fluid adjacent to the working portion of an end effector for transport through the fluid path, and a proximal fluid port configured to intake the fluid transported through the fluid path and to exhaust the transported fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Gregory A. Trees, Susan G. Arshonsky, Jonathan T. Batross, Chad P. Boudreaux, Edward G. Chekan, Catherine A. Corbett, Craig T. Davis, Alex W. Kiturkes, Terry A. McFarland, David A. Monroe, John M. Sarley, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, John B. Schulte, Foster B. Stulen, Aaron C. Voegele, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Tamara Widenhouse, David A. Witt
  • Publication number: 20170325878
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are presented for a single surgical instrument configured for performing sealing procedures on tissues using electrosurgical or ultrasonic energy, irrigating tissue at the sealing site, and evacuating material from the sealing site. An end effector of the surgical instrument may include multiple members arranged in various configurations to collectively perform the aforementioned functions. The evacuation and irrigation elements may comprise one or more fluid paths configured to remove material from or deliver fluid to a surgical field. The instrument may include electrical and mechanical aspects that may be used to control the evacuation and irrigation functions. In this way, a user may use a single surgical instrument to perform these tasks during a tissue sealing procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Peter K. Shires, Chad P. Boudreaux, Edward G. Chekan, Foster B. Stulen, Shan Wan, Cory G. Kimball
  • Publication number: 20170215883
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an anvil selectively coupleable to a stapling head assembly and a trigger operable to fire staples into tissue compressed between the anvil and the stapling head assembly. In some versions, a lockout member may engage a securing feature to prevent actuation of the anvil relative to the stapling head assembly. For instance, a tab may engage a slot on an actuator, a screen door lock may provide frictional resistance or engage teeth on the actuator, a door may actuate into engagement with one or more recesses, geared teeth may mesh with teeth on the actuator, the lockout member may include a ratcheting assembly to engage actuator, and/or a push button may actuate into a recess while disengaging the lockout member. Alternatively, in some versions, the trigger actuation assembly may be disengaged prior to firing. An anvil position indicator may restrict engagement of the trigger actuation assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher C. Miller, Edward G. Chekan, Johnny H. Alexander, III, John F. Cummings, Carl J. Shurtleff, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Barry T. Jamison, Joseph E. Young, Cortney E. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9717496
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument for performing a circular anastomosis comprises a stapling head assembly, an actuator handle assembly, a shaft assembly, a safety latch, and a locking member. The stapling head assembly includes an anvil that moves relative to a staple holder and a staple driver to drive staples from the staple holder into tissue and against the anvil. The actuator handle assembly has a first actuator that controls motion of the anvil and a second actuator that controls motion of the staple driver. The shaft assembly couples the stapling head assembly to the actuator handle assembly. The safety latch prevents operation of the second actuator when the gap between the anvil and staple holder is outside a predetermined range. The locking member is configured to prevent adjustment of the anvil gap after the desired staple height has been set inside the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Edward G. Chekan, Kevin D. Felder, Jerome R. Morgan, Carl J. Shurtleff, IV, Johnny H. Alexander, III, John F. Cummings, Christopher C. Miller
  • Publication number: 20170086822
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a staple cartridge. The staple cartridge includes staples, a deck, and a buttress. The deck defines a plurality of openings. Each opening of the plurality of openings is associated with a corresponding staple of the plurality of staples, such that each staple is configured to pass through a corresponding opening of the plurality of openings. The buttress is configured to detach from the staple deck in response to the staples being driven through the corresponding openings of the deck. The buttress is resiliently biased to transition from a first configuration while attached to the deck to a second configuration when detached from the deck. The buttress has a first length in the first configuration and a second length in the second configuration. The first length is longer than the second length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Cortney E. Henderson, Tamara S. Vetro Widenhouse, Edward G. Chekan
  • Patent number: 9603599
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an anvil selectively coupleable to a stapling head assembly and a trigger operable to fire staples into tissue compressed between the anvil and the stapling head assembly. In some versions, a lockout member may engage a securing feature to prevent actuation of the anvil relative to the stapling head assembly. For instance, a tab may engage a slot on an actuator, a screen door lock may provide frictional resistance or engage teeth on the actuator, a door may actuate into engagement with one or more recesses, geared teeth may mesh with teeth on the actuator, the lockout member may include a ratcheting assembly to engage actuator, and/or a push button may actuate into a recess while disengaging the lockout member. Alternatively, in some versions, the trigger actuation assembly may be disengaged prior to firing. An anvil position indicator may restrict engagement of the trigger actuation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher C. Miller, Edward G. Chekan, Johnny H. Alexander, III, John F. Cummings, Carl J. Shurtleff, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Barry T. Jamison, Joseph E. Young, Cortney E. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9597082
    Abstract: A cuff is used to provide a form for curing fluid about the exterior of an end-to-end anastomosis site. The cuff includes a port through which fluid may be injected to reach an interior space defined between the exterior of tissue at the anastomosis site and the inner surface of the cuff. A circular stapler may be used as a mandrel for the cuff and fluid. Alternatively, inflatable balloons may be used as a mandrel. The curing fluid may comprise a mixture of fibrin and thrombin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Stokes, Edward G. Chekan, Charles J. Scheib, Andrew C. Yoo
  • Patent number: 9549738
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a pivotable trigger, and a ratcheting assembly. The ratcheting assembly may include a rotary ratchet coupled to the trigger and a pawl coupled to the body. The rotary ratchet may further include a ramp that disengages the ratchet from the pawl. A release feature may be included to selectively disengage a second member of the ratcheting assembly from a first member. In some versions, the release feature may include a rotation knob or a slidable handle. In another configuration, the ratcheting assembly may have a first member coupled to an actuator and a second member coupled to the body. The assembly may include a lock member coupled to the body that selectively engages a plurality of teeth disposed on the actuator. Alternatively, the assembly may include a pivotable pawl coupled to the actuator that engages one or more notches formed in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jerome R. Morgan, Cortney E. Henderson, Christopher C. Miller, Kent P. Baker, John V. Hunt, Barry T. Jamison, Patrick A. Weizman, Joseph E. Young, Cory G. Kimball, Carl J. Shurtleff, Edward G. Chekan, Kevin D. Felder, Johnny H. Alexander, III, Patrick J. Swindon, Joseph P. Schowalter, John F. Cummings
  • Publication number: 20160066906
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument for performing a circular anastomosis comprises a stapling head assembly, an actuator handle assembly, a shaft assembly, a safety latch, and a locking member. The stapling head assembly includes an anvil that moves relative to a staple holder and a staple driver to drive staples from the staple holder into tissue and against the anvil. The actuator handle assembly has a first actuator that controls motion of the anvil and a second actuator that controls motion of the staple driver. The shaft assembly couples the stapling head assembly to the actuator handle assembly. The safety latch prevents operation of the second actuator when the gap between the anvil and staple holder is outside a predetermined range. The locking member is configured to prevent adjustment of the anvil gap after the desired staple height has been set inside the predetermined range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Edward G. Chekan, Kevin D. Felder, Jerome R. Morgan, Carl J. Shurtleff, IV, Johnny H. Alexander, III, John F. Cummings, Christopher C. Miller
  • Publication number: 20160030038
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a handle assembly having a trigger operable to fire a staple driver to staple tissue. The instrument includes a pointed rod to which an anvil may be coupled. An anvil detection feature is included to determine when the anvil is coupled to the rod. In some versions, the anvil detection feature comprises a translatable rod that inhibits a lockout feature from disengaging. In other versions, an anvil sensing tube is disposed about the pointed rod and interferes with actuation of the trigger in a first position. A recess in the tube permits trigger to actuate when the anvil sensing tube is in the second position. Alternatively, a resilient tab is coupled to the pointed rod and resists actuation of the staple driver. A trigger lockout assembly may include a spring-loaded button that “pops” out when a push rod is actuated, thereby freeing a pivotable lockout feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, John F. Cummings, Joseph P. Schowalter, Patrick J. Swindon, Johnny H. Alexander, Patrick A. Weizman, Cory G. Kimball, Edward G. Chekan, Joseph E. Young, Christopher C. Miller, Barry T. Jamison, John V. Hunt, Kent P. Baker, Cortney E. Henderson, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jerome R. Morgan, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Carl J. Shurtleff, Julia F. Serber
  • Patent number: 9220505
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument for performing a circular anastomosis comprises a stapling head assembly, an actuator handle assembly, a shaft assembly, a safety latch, and a locking member. The stapling head assembly includes an anvil that moves relative to a staple holder and a staple driver to drive staples from the staple holder into tissue and against the anvil. The actuator handle assembly has a first actuator that controls motion of the anvil and a second actuator that controls motion of the staple driver. The shaft assembly couples the stapling head assembly to the actuator handle assembly. The safety latch prevents operation of the second actuator when the gap between the anvil and staple holder is outside a predetermined range. The locking member is configured to prevent adjustment of the anvil gap after the desired staple height has been set inside the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Edward G. Chekan, Kevin D. Felder, Jerome R. Morgan, Carl J. Shurtleff, Johnny H. Alexander, III, John F. Cummings, Christopher C. Miller
  • Patent number: 9186148
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a handle assembly having a trigger operable to fire a staple driver to staple tissue. The instrument includes a pointed rod to which an anvil may be coupled. An anvil detection feature is included to determine when the anvil is coupled to the rod. In some versions, the anvil detection feature comprises a translatable rod that inhibits a lockout feature from disengaging. In other versions, an anvil sensing tube is disposed about the pointed rod and interferes with actuation of the trigger in a first position. A recess in the tube permits trigger to actuate when the anvil sensing tube is in the second position. Alternatively, a resilient tab is coupled to the pointed rod and resists actuation of the staple driver. A trigger lockout assembly may include a spring-loaded button that “pops” out when a push rod is actuated, thereby freeing a pivotable lockout feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, John F. Cummings, Joseph P. Schowalter, Patrick J. Swindon, Johnny H. Alexander, III, Patrick A. Weizman, Cory G. Kimball, Edward G. Chekan, Joseph E. Young, Christopher C. Miller, Barry T. Jamison, John V. Hunt, Kent P. Baker, Cortney E. Henderson, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jerome R. Morgan, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Carl J. Shurtleff, Julia F. Serber
  • Publication number: 20150142032
    Abstract: A surgical system comprises an end effector for operating on tissue and a screen positioned around the end effector. The screen is fluidly coupled with a suction source by a conduit such as a tube. The screen is configured to communicate suction through the screen while preventing tissue from contacting the end effector. The screen is further configured to retract proximally relative to the end effector to thereby expose the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Edward G. Chekan, Chad P. Boudreaux, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Tamara S. Vetro Widenhouse
  • Patent number: 8986331
    Abstract: A treatment instrument comprises an end effector and a plunger. The end effector comprises a plurality of cutting features and an interior cavity. At least a portion of the plunger is slidably positioned within the interior cavity of the end effector. The plunger comprises a distal head attached to the distal end of a central shaft. The plunger is configured to rotate within the end effector, and comprises a cutting member that is operable to mince tissue specimens captured by the cutting features of the end effector. An alternative treatment system comprises an end effector, a plunger, and a plug. The central shaft of the plunger and the plug are slidably located within an inner tube of the end effector, with the plug being positioned distal to the central shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward G. Chekan, Kevin L. Houser, Robert E. Sackett
  • Publication number: 20150080879
    Abstract: A medical device includes an end effector configured to apply bipolar energy to target tissue along a working portion thereof and a fluid control system to control the flow of a fluid produced when the end effector applies the bipolar energy to heat the target tissue. The fluid control system includes a fluid path element defining a fluid path, a distal fluid port configured to intake the fluid adjacent to the working portion of an end effector for transport through the fluid path, and a proximal fluid port configured to intake the fluid transported through the fluid path and to exhaust the transported fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Trees, Susan G. Arshonsky, Jonathan T. Batross, Chad P. Boudreaux, Edward G. Chekan, Catherine A. Corbett, Craig T. Davis, Alex W. Kiturkes, Terry A. McFarland, David A. Monroe, John M. Sarley, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, John B. Schulte, Foster B. Stulen, Aaron C. Voegele, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Tamara Widenhouse, David A. Witt