Patents by Inventor John F. Cummings

John F. Cummings 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: 9149324
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument can comprise a handle, a shaft, and an end effector, wherein the end effector can be rotatably coupled to the shaft by an articulation joint. The instrument can further comprise a drive member and the articulation joint can comprise flexible support members which can be configured to support the drive member. The instrument can further comprise supply wires electrically coupled to electrodes in the end effector and a wire tensioning device configured to prevent the supply wires from accumulating slack within the articulation joint. The drive member can comprise a plurality of flexible layers wherein some of the layers can be comprised of an electrically insulative material and other layers can be comprised of an electrically conductive material which is in electrical communication with a cutting member in the end effector and/or electrodes positioned within the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhifan F. Huang, David A. Witt, Raymond M. Banks, Timothy G. Dietz, Mary E. Mootoo, Gregory W. Johnson, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Jason L. Harris, Prasanna Malaviya, Richard W. Timm, John V. Hunt, Suzanne E. Thompson, Gavin M. Monson, Robert J. Laird, Omar J. Vakharia, Christopher J. Schall, Cory G. Kimball, Al Mirel, John F. Cummings, Andrew T. Beckman
  • Patent number: 9095340
    Abstract: A surgical stapler comprises an anvil assembly, an anvil shaft, a driver, an actuating arm, a safety switch, and a safety feature. The anvil assembly couples with the anvil shaft. The driver drives a plurality of staples into tissue. The actuating arm is in communication with the surgical stapler and is configured to actuate the driver to drive the plurality of staples into tissue. The safety switch is moveable between a locked and an unlocked position. The safety switch prevents operation of the actuating arm when the safety switch is in the locked position. The safety switch enables operation of the actuating arm when the safety switch is in the unlocked position. The safety feature may prevent operation of the driver even when the safety switch is in the unlocked position or prevent operation of the safety switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, John F. Cummings, Joseph P. Schowalter, Patrick J. Swindon, Johnny H. Alexander, III, Christopher C. Miller, Barry T. Jamison, John V. Hunt, Kent P. Baker, Julia F. Serber
  • Publication number: 20150196352
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a surgical instrument is provided that may comprise an end effector for performing a surgical procedure on tissue, for example. The end effector may comprise at least one energy delivery surface and heat dissipation means for dissipating heat from at least a portion of the end effector. For example, in at least one embodiment, the end effector may comprise a first jaw, a second jaw, and a cutting member. The cutting member may comprise a cutting surface and a body, which may define a cavity and at least one opening communicating with the cavity. A fluid may be moved through the cavity to and/or from the opening(s). Additionally, in at least one embodiment, a surgical instrument's end effector may comprise a first jaw, a second jaw, a cutting member, and at least one heat pipe. Various other heat dissipation means are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew T. Beckman, Bradley E. White, Cory G. Kimball, John F. Cummings, Al Mirel, Christopher J. Schall, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Timothy G. Dietz, David A. Witt, Mary E. Mootoo, Zhifan F. Huang, Raymond M. Banks, Tamara Widenhouse, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Foster B. Stulen, Prasanna Malaviya, Gregory W. Johnson, Paul Guerra
  • Patent number: 9005199
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a surgical instrument is provided that may comprise an end effector for performing a surgical procedure on tissue, for example. The end effector may comprise at least one energy delivery surface and heat dissipation means for dissipating heat from at least a portion of the end effector. For example, in at least one embodiment, the end effector may comprise a first jaw, a second jaw, and a cutting member. The cutting member may comprise a cutting surface and a body, which may define a cavity and at least one opening communicating with the cavity. A fluid may be moved through the cavity to and/or from the opening(s). Additionally, in at least one embodiment, a surgical instrument's end effector may comprise a first jaw, a second jaw, a cutting member, and at least one heat pipe. Various other heat dissipation means are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew T. Beckman, Bradley E. White, Cory G. Kimball, John F. Cummings, Al Mirel, Christopher J. Schall, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Timothy G. Dietz, David A. Witt, Mary E. Mootoo, Zhifan F. Huang, Raymond M. Banks, Tamara Widenhouse, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Foster B. Stulen, Prasanna Malaviya, Gregory W. Johnson, Paul Guerra
  • Patent number: 8979844
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. The surgical instrument comprises a tissue-cutting element to transect the captured tissue. The rate of distal translation of the tissue-cutting element during the operational stroke may be regulated by an electromagnetic brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley E. White, John F. Cummings, Cory G. Kimball, Andrew T. Beckman, Christopher J. Schall, Al Mirel
  • Patent number: 8834466
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can comprise a handle and an end effector, wherein the end effector can comprise first and second jaws which can be opened and closed in order to capture tissue therebetween. The surgical instrument can further comprise a shaft extending between the handle and the effector and means for articulating the end effector relative to the shaft. The articulating means can comprise a portion of the shaft which is rotatable about a first axis in order to articulate the end effector about a second axis. In at least one embodiment, the shaft can comprise a first portion including a cam and a second portion including a cam follower, wherein the rotation of the second portion and the interaction of the cam and cam follower can cause the second portion to pivot relative to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Cummings, Andrew T. Beckman, Cory G. Kimball, Al Mirel, Christopher J. Schall
  • Patent number: 8764747
    Abstract: An electrosurgical surgical instrument can comprise a handle and an end effector, wherein the end effector can comprise first and second jaws which can be opened and closed to capture tissue therebetween. One or both of the first and second jaws can comprise a plurality of electrodes which can be sequentially activated. The electrodes can be activated in a predetermined order in connection with a cutting member being advanced through the tissue. In various embodiments, the electrodes can be deactivated in a predetermined order. In certain embodiments, the electrodes can be comprised of a positive temperature coefficient material which can allow the electrodes to be sequentially deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Cummings, Andrew T. Beckman, Bradley E. White, Christopher J. Schall, Cory G. Kimball, Al Mirel
  • Publication number: 20130175320
    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: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    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, Julia F. Serber
  • Publication number: 20130175319
    Abstract: A surgical stapler comprises an anvil assembly, an anvil shaft, a driver, an actuating arm, a safety switch, and a safety feature. The anvil assembly couples with the anvil shaft. The driver drives a plurality of staples into tissue. The actuating arm is in communication with the surgical stapler and is configured to actuate the driver to drive the plurality of staples into tissue. The safety switch is moveable between a locked and an unlocked position. The safety switch prevents operation of the actuating arm when the safety switch is in the locked position. The safety switch enables operation of the actuating arm when the safety switch is in the unlocked position. The safety feature may prevent operation of the driver even when the safety switch is in the unlocked position or prevent operation of the safety switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, John F. Cummings, Joseph P. Schowalter, Patrick J. Swindon, Johnny H. Alexander, III, Christopher C. Miller, Barry T. Jamison, John V. Hunt, Kent P. Baker, Julia F. Serber
  • Publication number: 20130175318
    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: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    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: 20130153630
    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: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    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
  • Publication number: 20130153631
    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: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    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
  • Publication number: 20120022528
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. The surgical instrument comprises a tissue-cutting element to transect the captured tissue. The rate of distal translation of the tissue-cutting element during the operational stroke may be regulated by an electromagnetic brake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley E. White, John F. Cummings, Cory G. Kimball, Andrew T. Beckman, Christopher J. Schall, Al Mirel
  • Publication number: 20120010616
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument can comprise a handle, a shaft, and an end effector, wherein the end effector can be rotatably coupled to the shaft by an articulation joint. The instrument can further comprise a drive member and the articulation joint can comprise flexible support members which can be configured to support the drive member. The instrument can further comprise supply wires electrically coupled to electrodes in the end effector and a wire tensioning device configured to prevent the supply wires from accumulating slack within the articulation joint. The drive member can comprise a plurality of flexible layers wherein some of the layers can be comprised of an electrically insulative material and other layers can be comprised of an electrically conductive material which is in electrical communication with a cutting member in the end effector and/or electrodes positioned within the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhifan F. Huang, David A. Witt, Raymond M. Banks, Timothy G. Dietz, Mary E. Mootoo, Gregory W. Johnson, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Jason L. Harris, Foster B. Stulen, Prasanna Malaviya, Richard W. Timm, John V. Hunt, Suzanne E. Thompson, Gavin M. Monson, Robert J. Laird, Omar J. Vakharia, Christopher J. Schall, Cory G. Kimball, Al Mirel, John F. Cummings, Andrew T. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20120010615
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can comprise a handle and an end effector, wherein the end effector can comprise first and second jaws which can be opened and closed in order to capture tissue therebetween. The surgical instrument can further comprise a shaft extending between the handle and the effector and means for articulating the end effector relative to the shaft. The articulating means can comprise a portion of the shaft which is rotatable about a first axis in order to articulate the end effector about a second axis. In at least one embodiment, the shaft can comprise a first portion including a cam and a second portion including a cam follower, wherein the rotation of the second portion and the interaction of the cam and cam follower can cause the second portion to pivot relative to the first portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Cummings, Andrew T. Beckman, Cory G. Kimball, Al Mirel, Christopher J. Schall
  • Publication number: 20110306968
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a surgical instrument is provided that may comprise an end effector for performing a surgical procedure on tissue, for example. The end effector may comprise at least one energy delivery surface and heat dissipation means for dissipating heat from at least a portion of the end effector. For example, in at least one embodiment, the end effector may comprise a first jaw, a second jaw, and a cutting member. The cutting member may comprise a cutting surface and a body, which may define a cavity and at least one opening communicating with the cavity. A fluid may be moved through the cavity to and/or from the opening(s). Additionally, in at least one embodiment, a surgical instrument's end effector may comprise a first jaw, a second jaw, a cutting member, and at least one heat pipe. Various other heat dissipation means are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Andrew T. Beckman, Bradley E. White, Cory G. Kimball, John F. Cummings, Al Mirel, Christopher J. Schall, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Timothy G. Dietz, David A. Witt, Mary E. Mootoo, Zhifan F. Huang, Raymond M. Banks, Tamara Widenhouse, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Foster B. Stulen, Prasanna Malaviya, Gregory W. Johnson, Paul Guerra
  • Publication number: 20110306973
    Abstract: An electrosurgical surgical instrument can comprise a handle and an end effector, wherein the end effector can comprise first and second jaws which can be opened and closed to capture tissue therebetween. One or both of the first and second jaws can comprise a plurality of electrodes which can be sequentially activated. The electrodes can be activated in a pre-determined order in connection with a cutting member being advanced through the tissue. In various embodiments, the electrodes can be deactivated in a predetermined order. In certain embodiments, the electrodes can be comprised of a positive temperature coefficient material which can allow the electrodes to be sequentially deactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Cummings, Andrew T. Beckman, Bradley E. White, Christopher J. Schall, Cory G. Kimball, Al Mirel
  • Publication number: 20110282339
    Abstract: Various forms of surgical instruments are disclosed. In various embodiments, an end effector having operable and closable jaws is attached to a distal end of an elongate shaft such that portions of the jaws are axially offset from the elongate shaft. Other jaw embodiments are coupled to an actuation arrangement that permits portions of the jaws to be moved out of axial alignment with the elongate shaft. Other jaw embodiments are configured to facilitate tissue dissection. Electrosurgical instruments are also disclosed. One embodiment employs a flexible electrode that is conformable to tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Weizman, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Raymond M. Banks, Andrew T. Beckman, John F. Cummings, Timothy G. Dietz, Craig N. Faller, James R. Giordano, Jason L. Harris, Zhifan F. Huang, Gregory W. Johnson, Cory G. Kimball, Prasanna Malaviya, Matthew C. Miller, Al Mirel, David K. Norvell, Christopher J. Schall, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Foster B. Stulen, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Bradley E. White, Tamara Widenhouse, David A. Witt, Steve G. Bernath
  • Publication number: 20080081948
    Abstract: A first apparatus for cleaning a distal end of a medical scope includes an annular sheath surroundingly attachable to the scope wherein the distal scope end is in fluid communication with the distal end of a lumen of the attached sheath with the proximal lumen end fluidly connectable to an irrigation fluid source and/or vacuum source. A second apparatus includes a motor-driven rotatable cannula having a closed distal end. A third apparatus includes an annular sheath and a lens which closes off the sheath, wherein the scope is insertable into the sheath, and wherein the lens is exposed to a distal lumen end of a lumen of the attached sheath. A fourth apparatus includes an annular sheath and a transparent shield rotatable attachable to the sheath to seal the distal sheath end. A fifth apparatus includes a sleeve attachable to and slidable along a scope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: William B. Weisenburgh, Robert P. Gill, Christopher J. Hess, John F. Cummings
  • Publication number: 20020111624
    Abstract: A bipolar electrosurgical instrument having a pair of relatively moveable jaws, each of which includes a tissue contacting surface. The tissue contacting surfaces of the jaws are in face-to-face relation with one another, and adjacent each of the tissue contacting surfaces are first and second spaced-apart electrodes that are adapted for connection to the opposite terminals of a bipolar RF generator so as to generator a current flow between the electrodes. The first and second electrodes of one jaw are in offset opposed relation, respectively, with the first and second electrodes of the other jaw. A cutting portion is provided between the jaws. The cutting portion is moveable to provide the instrument with a scissors-like capability or a grasper-like capability, depending on the position of the cutting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: David A. Witt, Craig Faller, Chester O. Baxter, John F. Cummings