Patents by Inventor Jude S. Sauer

Jude S. Sauer 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: 20190262135
    Abstract: A modular surgical apparatus is disclosed. Also disclosed is a modular incision apparatus. The modular incision apparatus may be used in a minimally invasive surgery. The modular incision apparatus includes a base having a pair of pivots, a pair of alignment tabs, a proximal opening, and at least one slide guide. The modular incision apparatus includes visual and cleaning access to the blade. The modular incision apparatus is suitable for safely, efficiently, and accurately making small incisions during surgical procedures. The modular incision apparatus provides a means of making small incisions of controlled depth, while reducing the chances of inadvertent exposure of surgical staff to sharp instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer, MD
  • Patent number: 10390818
    Abstract: A ferrule is disclosed for use with a surgical suturing device. The ferrule has a suture interface and a needle receptacle. The ferrule also has one or more indentations protruding into the needle receptacle. The ferrule further has one or more slits adjacent the one or more indentations. Another ferrule is disclosed for use with a surgical suturing device. The ferrule has a suture interface and a needle receptacle. The ferrule also has three indentations protruding into the needle receptacle. The ferrule further has three slits, each of the slits substantially centered between a different pair of indentations from the three indentations, and wherein each of the slits is longer and thinner than any one of the three indentations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark William Keyser, Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20190231524
    Abstract: A valve insertion tool is disclosed. The valve insertion tool may be used in a minimally invasive cardiac surgery. The valve insertion tool includes a housing and a cover, the housing having at least one valve recess and a suture channel. The valve insertion tool is suitable for use in delivering a prosthetic heart valve into a thoracic cavity of a patient during a minimally invasive cardiac surgical procedure. One or more valve insertion tools may be stackable and be pre-loaded with one or more prepared prosthetic heart valves. These one or more valve insertion tools may be packaged as a valve insertion kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20190231344
    Abstract: A prosthetic suturing device is disclosed. The prosthetic suturing device has a housing and a needle press slideably engaged with the housing. The prosthetic suturing device also has a plurality of needles coupled to the needle press. The prosthetic suturing device further has a prosthetic retainer. The prosthetic suturing device also has a ferrule platen having a plurality of ferrule holders, each corresponding to one of the plurality of needles. The prosthetic suturing device further has an actuator configured to move the needle press from a retracted position where needle tips of the plurality of needles are away from the ferrule platen to an engaged position where the needle tips of the plurality of needles are at least partially within the ferrule holders of the ferrule platen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer, MD
  • Publication number: 20190231343
    Abstract: A minimally invasive suturing device is disclosed. The minimally invasive suturing device has a shaft and a distal tip. The minimally invasive suturing device also has a flexible span coupling the distal tip to the shaft. The flexible span has an angling link, a plurality of bending links, and an end link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer, MD
  • Patent number: 10327756
    Abstract: A re-arming tool for a surgical suturing device is also disclosed. The re-arming tool includes a needle ramp having a leading edge; a needle facing surface; and a trailing edge that is biased away from the needle facing surface. The re-arming tool also has a positioning frame coupled to the needle ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20190183485
    Abstract: An automated suturing adapter is disclosed. The automated suturing adapter has a target and a snare loop supported by the target. The automated suturing adapter also has a ferrule and a snare extension between the snare loop and the ferrule. An assembly is also disclosed. The assembly includes a cassette. The cassette has a housing defining a suturing gap. The cassette also has a needle stored in the housing proximal to the suturing gap. The cassette further has a ferrule holder distal to the suturing gap. The assembly also includes a target and a snare loop supported by the target. The assembly further includes a ferrule held in the ferrule holder and a snare extension between the snare loop and the ferrule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20190150915
    Abstract: A suturing device for minimally invasive surgery is disclosed. The suturing device has a head defining one or more ferrule holders and a tissue bite area. The device also has a first needle comprising a flywheel portion and one or more curved arms extending from the flywheel portion, each of the one or more curved arms comprising a ferrule engaging tip, wherein the first needle is pivotably coupled to the head. The suturing device further has a first actuator coupled to the first needle and configured to rotate it from a retracted position, where the ferrule engaging tip of each of the one or more curved arms starts away from the one or more ferrule holders, through the tissue bite area, and to an engaged position where the ferrule engaging tip of each of the one or more curved arms is operationally aligned with the one or more ferrule holders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Jude S. Sauer, MD, Matthew R. Wrona
  • Publication number: 20190126035
    Abstract: A device for pacemaker lead placement is disclosed. The device has a device tip having a tissue bite area, ferrule holders, and needle tips. The device also has a lead end rest at the distal end, with a pacemaker lead end situated on the lead end rest, the pacemaker lead end having first and second anchor suture holes. The device further has an anchor suture with ferrules at respective ends of the anchor suture, wherein the ferrules of the anchor suture are passed through the anchor suture holes and into communication with the ferrule holders. The device further has one or more tube guides configured to organize and manage sutures during a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20190105034
    Abstract: A distal tip for a suture securing tube is disclosed. The distal tip has a flared distal end and a distal opening in the flared distal end. The distal tip also has a tube interface opening in a proximal end. The distal tip further has a channel coupling the distal opening to the tube interface opening. The distal tip also has one or more crimp windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20190090892
    Abstract: A surgical clamp jaw is disclosed, having an inner profile and a deflection control profile opposite the inner profile. In one embodiment, the inner profile has a first substantially concave profile in an unclamped position and a second substantially flat profile in a clamped position. In one embodiment, the deflection control profile has one or more sets of corresponding abutment surfaces, at least one set of which is not contacting each other when the inner profile is in the unclamped position and which is contacting each other when the inner profile is in the clamped position. In one embodiment, the surgical clamp jaw defines one or more flexion assistance voids, wherein at least one of the one or more flexion assistance voids is in contact with a gap between one of the one or more sets of corresponding abutment surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20190083131
    Abstract: A needle assembly for pleural space insufflation is disclosed. The needle assembly has an outer shaft defining one or more pliable tissue receivers. The needle assembly also has a needle moveable within the outer shaft from a retracted position to an engaged position that does not extend past a distal end of the outer shaft. A method of pleural space insufflation is also disclosed. A parietal pleura is contacted with a distal end of an outer shaft that defines one or more pliable tissue receivers. The distal end of the outer shaft is pushed against the parietal pleura so that a portion of the parietal pleura enters the one or more pliable tissue receivers. A needle is advanced within the outer shaft so that the needle pierces the parietal pleura.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10231723
    Abstract: A surgical rib cutter is disclosed. The surgical rib cutter includes a housing defining one or more guide slots. The surgical rib cutter also includes an anterior arm unit comprising an anterior effector configured to interact with an anterior side of a rib. The surgical rib cutter further includes a posterior arm unit comprising a posterior effector configured to interact with a posterior side of said rib. The surgical rib cutter also has an actuator movable relative to the housing and operationally coupled to at least one of the anterior and posterior arm units to move said at least one of the anterior and posterior arm units within at least one of the one or more guide slots to create a relative movement between the anterior and posterior arm units, said relative movement causing one of the anterior effector or the posterior effector to create a green stick break in said rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10231729
    Abstract: A surgical suturing instrument has a chamber for receiving and aligning a ferrule with a reciprocating needle. The chamber includes a plurality of protuberant concave and convex surfaces for positioning and aligning the ferrule within the chamber and the plurality of suture receiving chambers disposed between the aligning ridges for receiving a suture and preventing the suture from jamming the ferrule in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10219817
    Abstract: A surgical clamp jaw is disclosed, having an inner profile and a deflection control profile opposite the inner profile. In one embodiment, the inner profile has a first substantially concave profile in an unclamped position and a second substantially flat profile in a clamped position. In one embodiment, the deflection control profile has one or more sets of corresponding abutment surfaces, at least one set of which is not contacting each other when the inner profile is in the unclamped position and which is contacting each other when the inner profile is in the clamped position. In one embodiment, the surgical clamp jaw defines one or more flexion assistance voids, wherein at least one of the one or more flexion assistance voids is in contact with a gap between one of the one or more sets of corresponding abutment surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10213269
    Abstract: A depth limiter for surgical suturing is disclosed. The depth limiter has a tissue stop. The depth limiter also has at least one attachment point coupled to the tissue stop and configured to removably engage a surgical suturing device to position the tissue stop relative to a tissue bite area of the surgical suturing device. A further depth limiter for surgical suturing is disclosed. The depth limiter has a tissue stop. The depth limiter also has at least one attachment point coupled to the tissue stop and configured to engage a surgical suturing device to position the tissue stop relative to a tissue bite area of the surgical suturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10179008
    Abstract: A needle assembly for pleural space insufflation is disclosed. The needle assembly has an outer shaft defining one or more pliable tissue receivers. The needle assembly also has a needle moveable within the outer shaft from a retracted position to an engaged position that does not extend past a distal end of the outer shaft. A method of pleural space insufflation is also disclosed. A parietal pleura is contacted with a distal end of an outer shaft that defines one or more pliable tissue receivers. The distal end of the outer shaft is pushed against the parietal pleura so that a portion of the parietal pleura enters the one or more pliable tissue receivers. A needle is advanced within the outer shaft so that the needle pierces the parietal pleura.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20190008497
    Abstract: A self-articulating joint is disclosed for a minimally invasive surgical apparatus. The self-articulating joint has a first elbow component pivotably coupled to a second elbow component, wherein the first and second elbow components are biased to form a non-linear angle relative to each other. The self-articulating joint also has an elbow latch configured to releasably hold the first and second elbow components at a substantially fixed non-linear operating angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20180368885
    Abstract: A surgical port is disclosed. The surgical port has a cannular channel. The surgical port also has one or more suture slots in communication with the cannular channel. The surgical port further has a pair of cam grips for each of the one or more suture slots, each pair of cam grips comprising opposing gripping arms configured to allow suture to be pulled through the opposing gripping arms in a direction away from the cannular channel and to resist suture movement in a direction towards the cannular channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer, MD
  • Publication number: 20180333222
    Abstract: A surgical procedure kit is disclosed. The surgical procedure kit includes a base, an expansion panel, a first tent panel, and a second tent panel. The kit includes a base with at least one receptacle configured to releasably hold at least one surgical device, an expansion panel with a first edge pivotably coupled to a first edge of the base, and at least one receptacle configured to releasably hold at least one surgical device. The surgical procedure kit also includes a first tent panel having a first edge pivotably coupled to a second edge of the expansion panel, and also includes at least one receptacle configured to releasably hold at least one surgical device, and a second tent panel with a first edge pivotably coupled to a second edge of the first tent panel, and also has at least one receptacle configured to releasably hold at least one surgical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer