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).

  • Patent number: 10835233
    Abstract: A suturing backstop is disclosed. The suturing backstop has a suturing device receiver configured to receive at least a portion of a tissue bite area of a suturing device. The suturing backstop also has a sewing cuff receptacle. The suturing backstop further has one or more needle guides adjacent the sewing cuff receptacle. The suturing backstop also has one or more alignment stops configured to position said portion of the tissue bite area within the suturing device receiver such that when a needle from the suturing device is extended from a retracted to an engaged position, the needle passes through the sewing cuff receptacle and through a corresponding one of the one or more needle guides. A related method for placing sutures into a sewing cuff of a prosthetic replacement device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Jude S. Sauer, Angelo John Martellaro
  • Patent number: 10835220
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20200324032
    Abstract: A minimally invasive VAD installation system is disclosed. The installation system has a curved hook having another hook at its distal end. The installation system also has a valve insertion tool having a gimbaled set of clamp jaws configured for releasably holding the inflow tube of a VAD pump. The installation system further has a pushing tool having a distal opening configured to pass over a tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10799227
    Abstract: A suturing device is disclosed. The suturing device has a guide tip. The guide tip has first and second framing arms that define a viewing port from a first orientation. The guide tip also has proximal and distal ends of the guide tip which, with the first and second framing arms, define a tissue bite area from a second orientation. The suturing device also has a ferrule holder located in the distal end of the guide tip and centered relative to the first orientation. The suturing device further has a needle movable within the guide tip along a path through the tissue bite area and centrally viewable in the viewing port relative to the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10772618
    Abstract: An instrument for crimping a suture fastener to a surgical suture is disclosed. The instrument has a shaft and an expanded receiving face configured to receive the suture fastener and to provide a smoothing radius for a distal end of the shaft. The instrument also has an anvil in the distal end of the shaft. The instrument further has a hammer in the distal end of the shaft and moveable relative to the anvil for crimping the suture fastener therebetween and received in the expanded receiving face. The instrument also has a pusher moveable in a direction substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the shaft and configured to engage at least one of the hammer and the anvil for urging the hammer and the anvil together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10772620
    Abstract: An adjustable motion limiter for a minimally invasive surgical device is disclosed. The adjustable motion limiter includes a cam surface and a positioning interface. Another adjustable motion limiter for a minimally invasive surgical device is disclosed. The adjustable motion limiter has a positioning interface comprising a grooved protrusion. The adjustable motion limiter also has a cam surface comprising an arcuate surface and facing a direction which is substantially perpendicular to a direction the positioning interface faces. The adjustable motion limiter further has an adjustment key and one or more locking teeth. A minimally invasive surgical device having an adjustable motion limiter is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Jude S. Sauer, John F. Hammond
  • Patent number: 10736624
    Abstract: A surgical suturing device is disclosed. The surgical suturing device has a forked guide tip having a plurality of legs, wherein each of the plurality of legs comprises a proximal end, an anatomical variation, and a distal end. A method of chord replacement for a heart valve is also disclosed. A suture is placed in a papillary muscle using a surgical suturing device having a forked guide tip and a papillary suture. A leaflet suture is placed in a leaflet. The papillary suture and the leaflet suture are loaded in a suture fastener from opposite directions in a coaxial fashion. The length of the papillary suture and/or the leaflet suture are adjusted relative to the suture fastener to achieve a desired replacement chord length. The suture fastener is attached to the papillary suture and the leaflet suture to lock the desired replacement chord length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20200222040
    Abstract: A mechanical suture fastener is disclosed. The mechanical suture fastener includes a crimpable sleeve defining a channel therein. The crimpable sleeve also has a sleeve length, a channel diameter, and a sleeve length to channel diameter ratio of at least 4.0. The mechanical suture fastener also includes a flange joined to the crimpable sleeve on a distal end of the sleeve. The flange further includes a distal opening which is in communication with a proximal opening defined by the crimpable sleeve. The mechanical suture fastener also includes an inner flange radius of at least 0.007 inches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Jude S. Sauer, Jason C. Patti
  • Patent number: 10682158
    Abstract: A cannulation device is disclosed, having a fixed blade, a retractable wedge, and an adjustment nut for mating with a cannula or a cannula assembly. Another cannulation device is disclosed, having a tube with proximal and distal ends. The fixed blade, coupled to the distal end of the tube, comprises a transition edge configured to cover a lead edge of a cannula. The cannulation device has a control rod movable within the tube; a retractable wedge; an actuator coupled to the control rod; and is configured to move the retractable wedge from a piercing position, where the retractable wedge is aligned with the fixed blade, to a retracted position where the retractable wedge has been retracted within the tube. The cannulation device has a cannula adapter and an adjustment nut movable to change a distance between the adjustment nut and the fixed blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10631853
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20200117025
    Abstract: An optical attachment for surgical loupe glasses is disclosed. The optical attachment for surgical loupe glasses includes a visor sized to cover at least a portion of a first carrier lens of the surgical loupe glasses. The optical attachment also includes at least one loupe orienting feature defined by the visor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20200107835
    Abstract: A surgical clamping device is disclosed, having a first clamp jaw and a second clamp jaw, each having one or more channels configured for receiving suture for reliably securing the clamp jaws to maintain a clamping pressure during a surgical procedure, as well as to reliably and releasably secure the clamp jaws onto the introducer shaft of the clamping device. Also described are clamp jaws having one or more actuator interfaces and alignment guides configured for reversible and slidable engagement with an actuator at the end of an articulating introducer shaft. Also described are various features of clamp jaws for use with a surgical clamping device. Also disclosed is a surgical clamping device having detachable, pivotable first and second clamp jaws releasably held on pivotable fingers at a proximal end of an articulating introducer shaft. Related methods of surgical clamping procedures are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10603025
    Abstract: A surgical rib retractor has a housing having a first shoulder. The surgical rib retractor also has a body pivotably coupled to the housing and having a second shoulder. The retractor further has a first arm unit pivotably coupled to the first shoulder and configured to receive one rib. The surgical rib retractor also has a second arm unit pivotably coupled to the second shoulder and configured to receive another rib. The surgical rib retractor also has a first arm actuator constrained to be rotatable relative to the first shoulder and coupled to the first arm unit to pivot the first arm unit as the first arm actuator is rotated. The surgical rib retractor further has a second arm actuator constrained to be rotatable relative to the second shoulder and coupled to the second arm unit to pivot the second arm unit as the second arm actuator is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10603031
    Abstract: A suturing device for minimally invasive surgery is disclosed. The device has at least one ferrule holder. The device also has a latch spring comprising at least one latch biased to cover the at least one ferrule holder. The device further has a needle comprising one or more curved needle arms. The device also has a needle control wire coupled to the needle for moving the one or more curved needle arms on an arcuate path through a tissue gap. The device further has a cam coupled to the needle control wire for selective engagement with a follower region on the latch spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10603027
    Abstract: An instrument for crimping a suture fastener to a surgical suture is disclosed. The instrument has a shaft and an expanded receiving face configured to receive the suture fastener and to provide a smoothing radius for a distal end of the shaft. The instrument also has an anvil in the distal end of the shaft. The instrument further has a hammer in the distal end of the shaft and moveable relative to the anvil for crimping the suture fastener therebetween and received in the expanded receiving face. The instrument also has a pusher moveable in a direction substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the shaft and configured to engage at least one of the hammer and the anvil for urging the hammer and the anvil together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Publication number: 20200085530
    Abstract: A surgical equipment holder is disclosed. The surgical equipment holder includes a first arm pivotable relative to a base, a second arm pivotably coupled to the first arm and an end effector pivotable relative to the second arm. The surgical equipment holder may also include features on the first arm and the second arm configured to allow enhanced cleanability of the surgical instrument holder. The surgical equipment holder also includes a lever configured to actuate between a locked and unlocked position by use of a single hand by an operator. The end effector of the surgical equipment holder is configured to support and finely adjust the position of any number of surgical accessories during surgical procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer, MD
  • Publication number: 20200077872
    Abstract: A surgical equipment holder is disclosed. The surgical equipment holder includes a first arm pivotable relative to a base, a second arm pivotably coupled to the first arm and an end effector pivotable relative to the second arm. The surgical equipment holder also includes a lever configured to actuate between a locked and unlocked position by use of a single hand by an operator. The end effector of the surgical equipment holder is configured to support and finely adjust the position of any number of surgical accessories during surgical procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer, MD
  • Publication number: 20200078005
    Abstract: A loader for a surgical suturing instrument is disclosed. The loader has a head having a protrusion configured to be releasably held by a tissue bite area of a surgical suturing instrument. The loader also has a tube interface. The loader further has one or more ferrule holders. The loader also has one or more ferrules, each corresponding to and held by one of the one or more ferrule holders and coupled to a suture end that leads from a tube releasably held by the tube interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jude S. Sauer, MD, Angelo John Martellaro
  • Patent number: D898192
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: D898909
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer