Patents by Inventor Jeffrey L. Aldridge

Jeffrey L. Aldridge 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: 20180311004
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a plurality of voice sensors located in a surgical environment and configured to detect sound and generate a first plurality of signals. The surgical system also includes a position indicator, in proximity to a designated user, configured to indicate a first position of the designated user and generate a second signal representative of the first position. The surgical system further includes a processor configured to receive the first plurality of signals and the second signal and determine, based on the first plurality of signals, a second position. The processor is also configured to compare the detected sound with registered voice command of the designated user stored in a memory to verify the designated user's credentials, and send a command signal to a surgical instrument to carry out an operation related to the voice command based on at least one of the verification of the designated user's credentials, the first position and the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: David J. Cagle, Eric Smith, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Mary E. Mootoo, Ryan Asher
  • Patent number: 10064677
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for retracting a cutting assembly in the event of a failure on a motorized electrosurgical device. As an example, a surgical device is provided that includes a handle portion with an elongate shaft extending distally that has first and second jaws configured to engage tissue therebetween. A cutting assembly cuts tissue engaged between the first and second jaws. A drive shaft extends from the handle through the elongate shaft and moves the cutting assembly. A motorized gear assembly moves the drive shaft. The drive shaft is movable between a first position in which the drive shaft is engaged with the motorized gear assembly such that actuation of the motorized gear assembly drives the drive shaft, and a second position in which the drive shaft is disengaged from the motorized gear assembly such that the drive shaft can move independent of the gear assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Jason R. Lesko, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Patent number: 10028794
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a plurality of voice sensors located in a surgical environment and configured to detect sound and generate a first plurality of signals. The surgical system also includes a position indicator, in proximity to a designated user, configured to indicate a first position of the designated user and generate a second signal representative of the first position. The surgical system further includes a processor configured to receive the first plurality of signals and the second signal and determine, based on the first plurality of signals, a second position. The processor is also configured to compare the detected sound with registered voice command of the designated user stored in a memory to verify the designated user's credentials, and send a command signal to a surgical instrument to carry out an operation related to the voice command based on at least one of the verification of the designated user's credentials, the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David J. Cagle, Eric Smith, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Mary E. Mootoo, Ryan Asher
  • Patent number: 10022567
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. In accordance with the method, a generator is configured to generate at least one time varying electrical signal having a resonant frequency, monitor the resonant frequency of the at least one electrical signal, compare the resonant frequency to a threshold frequency, and trigger a first response of the generator when the resonant frequency crosses the threshold frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Eitan T. Wiener, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Daniel J. Abbott, Foster B. Stulen, Matthew C. Miller, Aaron C. Voegele, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Nathan J. Price, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10022568
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. In accordance with the method, a generator is configured to generate at least one time varying electrical signal having a resonant frequency, monitor the resonant frequency of the at least one electrical signal, calculate a frequency slope between frequency data points of the time varying electrical signal, where the frequency slope is the change in resonant frequency over time, compare the frequency slope to a threshold frequency slope, and trigger a first response of the generator when the frequency slope crosses the threshold frequency slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Eitan T. Wiener, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Daniel J. Abbott, Foster B. Stulen, Matthew C. Miller, Aaron C. Voegele, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Nathan J. Price, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180168714
    Abstract: A method for determining motional branch current in an ultrasonic transducer of an ultrasonic surgical device over multiple frequencies of a transducer drive signal. The method may comprise, at each of a plurality of frequencies of the transducer drive signal, oversampling a current and voltage of the transducer drive signal, receiving, by a processor, the current and voltage samples, and determining, by the processor, the motional branch current based on the current and voltage samples, a static capacitance of the ultrasonic transducer and the frequency of the transducer drive signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Eitan T. Wiener, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey D. Messerly, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Nathan J. Price, Matthew C. Miller, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Joseph A. Brotz, John E. Hein
  • Publication number: 20180168755
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a plurality of voice sensors located in a surgical environment and configured to detect sound and generate a first plurality of signals. The surgical system also includes a position indicator, in proximity to a designated user, configured to indicate a first position of the designated user and generate a second signal representative of the first position. The surgical system further includes a processor configured to receive the first plurality of signals and the second signal and determine, based on the first plurality of signals, a second position. The processor is also configured to compare the detected sound with registered voice command of the designated user stored in a memory to verify the designated user's credentials, and send a command signal to a surgical instrument to carry out an operation related to the voice command based on at least one of the verification of the designated user's credentials, the first position and the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: David J. Cagle, Eric Smith, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Mary E. Mootoo, Ryan Asher
  • Publication number: 20180125571
    Abstract: An end effector includes a first jaw and a second jaw, the first jaw movable relative to the second jaw to transition the end effector between an open configuration and an approximated configuration to clamp tissue therebetween. The end effector may also include a camming assembly movable along a curved path. The camming assembly includes a first camming member which includes a first distal camming portion, a first proximal camming portion, and a first flexible portion extending between the first distal camming portion and the first proximal camming portion. The camming assembly includes a second camming member and a connector at least partially disposed between the first camming member and the second camming member, wherein the camming assembly is movable relative to the end effector to exert a camming force against the first jaw and the second jaw to transition the end effector to the approximated configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: David A. Witt, Zhifan F. Huang, Timothy G. Dietz, Raymond M. Banks, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Steve G. Bernath, David K. Norvell, Patrick A. Weizman, Jason L. Harris
  • Publication number: 20180116706
    Abstract: A method for determining motional branch current in an ultrasonic transducer of an ultrasonic surgical device over multiple frequencies of a transducer drive signal. The method may comprise, at each of a plurality of frequencies of the transducer drive signal, oversampling a current and voltage of the transducer drive signal, receiving, by a processor, the current and voltage samples, and determining, by the processor, the motional branch current based on the current and voltage samples, a static capacitance of the ultrasonic transducer and the frequency of the transducer drive signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Eitan T. Wiener, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Brian T. Noyes, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Nathan J. Price, Matthew C. Miller, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Jr., Joseph A. Brotz, John E. Hein
  • Patent number: 9907565
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument comprises a handle assembly or other kind of body configured to receive an ultrasonic transducer and a shaft assembly having an acoustic waveguide and an ultrasonic blade. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide such that the ultrasonic transducer is operable to drive the ultrasonic blade to vibrate ultrasonically via the acoustic waveguide. The ultrasonic instrument further comprises an actuation assembly disposed within the handle assembly. The actuation assembly includes a plurality of buttons disposed about the handle assembly in an angularly spaced array. Each button may be depressed independently of the rest to thereby actuate a switch assembly such that power is provided to the ultrasonic transducer, the acoustic waveguide, and the ultrasonic blade. The actuation assembly is operable to convert radial movement of the buttons into longitudinal, transverse, and/or pivotal movement that actuates the switch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Eithicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Sean P. Conlon, Benjamin M. Boyd, Daniel W. Price, James G. Lee
  • 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: 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: 20180055533
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector portion, a data storage component, a reader, and a use control. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body and includes a support portion. The end effector portion is configured to selectively couple with the support portion of the shaft assembly. The data storage component is associated with the end effector portion and contains data uniquely associated with the end effector portion. The reader is adapted to read the data from the data storage component. The use control is adapted to enable operation of the end effector portion if the data meets at least one usage parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Sean P. Conlon, Jeffrey A. Bullock, Eric Roberson, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Stephen M. Leuck
  • Publication number: 20180028182
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector. The shaft extends distally from the body. The end effector is located at a distal end of the shaft. The end effector includes an active feature configured to operate on tissue. The body includes a drive feature operable to drive the active feature of the end effector. The body is operable to selectively couple with a variety of power sources such that the drive feature may receive electrical power form a battery or from a corded power source, based on a user's preference. The body may include a handpiece that has a socket configured to receive a battery or cable adapter. The body may removably receive various kinds of shaft assemblies to provide various operating modalities. The shaft assemblies may include user interface features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Eitan T. Wiener, Robert A. Kemerling, James R. Giordano, Vincent P. Battaglia, JR., Daniel W. Price, Sean P. Conlon, Gregory W. Johnson, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Shan Wan, Kevin L. Houser, Foster B. Stulen, Jacob S. Gee, Jeffrey A. Bullock, John A. Hibner, William B. Weisenburgh, II
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9808247
    Abstract: A fastening system for fastening tissue that comprises a cartridge and an implant is disclosed. The cartridge comprises a cartridge body comprising removable fasteners. The implant comprises a first portion comprising a first absorbable polymer comprising a first compactness of first fibers and a first medicament releasably stored in the first compactness of the first fibers of the first portion. The implant further comprises a second portion comprising a second absorbable polymer comprising a second compactness of second fibers, wherein the second compactness is different than the first compactness. The second absorbable polymer is different than the first absorbable polymer. The implant further comprises a second medicament releasably stored in the second compactness of the second fibers of the second portion. The second medicament is different than the first medicament. The release of the second medicament and the release of the first medicament co-operatively produce a healing result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Katherine J. Schmid, Charles J. Scheib, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Joseph H. Contiliano, Chunlin Yang, Cortney E. Henderson, Jeffrey L. Aldridge
  • Patent number: 9808308
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a surgical instrument comprising, a shaft, and an end effector. The shaft may be coupled to the handle and may extend distally along a longitudinal axis. The end effector may be positioned at a distal end of the shaft and may comprise first and second jaw members and a reciprocating member. The first and second jaw members may define first and second longitudinal slots. One or both of the jaw members may be pivotable relative to the other about a pivot point. The reciprocating member may be translatable distally and proximally parallel to the longitudinal axis and through the first and second longitudinal slots. A distal portion of the reciprocating member may define a blade. The instrument may comprise an overtube translatable distally to exert a force on a portions of the first and second jaw members tending to close the first and second jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Matthew C. Miller, Omar J. Vakharia, Robert J. Laird, Gavin M. Monson, John V. Hunt, Richard W. Timm, David A. Witt, Zhifan F. Huang, Timothy G. Dietz, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Mary E. Mootoo, Raymond M. Banks, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9795808
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to an apparatus and method of driving an end effector coupled to an ultrasonic drive system of a surgical instrument. The method comprises generating at least one electrical signal. The at least one electrical signal is monitored against a first set of logic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, Eitan T. Wiener, Brian T. Noyes, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Daniel J. Abbott, Matthew C. Miller, Aaron C. Voegele, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Nathan J. Price, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9795383
    Abstract: A tissue thickness compensator comprising at least one woven lattice can be positioned in the end effector of a surgical instrument. A fastener cartridge that is positioned in the end effector can comprise at least one cavity configured to receive a fastener. The fastener can be moveable between an initial position, wherein the fastener is at least partially position in a cavity, and a fired position, wherein the fastener is configured to compress a woven lattice of the tissue thickness compensator. The woven lattice can comprise a resilient material such that compression of the woven lattice generates a restoring force. The woven lattice can also comprise an axis that can laterally traverse the fastener cartridge, diagonally traverse the fastener cartridge, or intersect a deck surface of the fastener cartridge. The woven lattice can comprise a hydrophilic substance, which can expand when the woven lattice is severed by a cutting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Chunlin Yang, Charles J. Scheib, Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Joseph H. Contiliano, Michael S. Cropper, Eugene L. Timperman, Cortney E. Henderson, Katherine J. Schmid, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9757186
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an end effector and a feedback system. The end effector includes a first jaw and a second jaw, wherein at least one of the first jaw and the second jaw is movable relative to the other one of the first jaw and the second jaw to transition the end effector during a closure stroke between an open configuration, a first approximated configuration, and a second approximated configuration. The feedback system includes an indicator, the indicator transitionable between a first indicator position, a second indicator position, and a third indicator position, wherein the indicator is in the first indicator position when the end effect is in the open configuration, wherein the indicator is in the second indicator position when the end effector is in the first approximated configuration, and wherein the indicator is in the third indicator position when the end effector is in the second approximated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chad P. Boudreaux, David A. Monroe, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Foster B. Stulen, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Catherine A. Corbett, Terry A. McFarland