Patents by Inventor Michael J. Shelton

Michael J. Shelton 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: 10368864
    Abstract: A motorized surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a displacement member, a motor coupled to the displacement member, a control circuit coupled to the motor, and a position sensor coupled to the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to determine a velocity of the displacement member via the position sensor, and cause the display to present an indicia that is indicative of the velocity of the displacement member, wherein a portion of the display occupied by the indicia corresponds to the velocity of the displacement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Sarah A. Worthington, Michael J. Vendely, Chester O. Baxter, III, Christopher J. Hess, Douglas E. Withers
  • Patent number: 10363031
    Abstract: Tissue thickness compensators for use with circular surgical staplers. Various tissue thickness compensators are disclosed for deployment between a stapler head of a surgical circular stapler and an anvil attached thereto to accommodate variances in tissue thickness during stapling. Some tissue thickness compensator arrangements include means and configurations for deploying healing agents for enhancing the healing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Johnny H. Alexander, III, Cortney E. Henderson, Christopher C. Miller, John P. Measamer, Katherine J. Schmid, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Stephanie A. Mutchler, Bret W. Smith, Michael S. Cropper
  • Patent number: 10363035
    Abstract: A surgical stapler including an end effector having various embodiments of a lockout assembly is described. The lockout assembly can control the rotation of a drive member that extends through the end effector. A sled can be positioned along the drive member and caused to translate along the drive member upon rotation of the drive member. As such, the lockout assembly can prevent movement of the sled by controlling the ability of the drive member to rotate. The lockout assembly can assist with preventing inadvertent firing of the end effector, such as when there is no cartridge present or a spent cartridge (e.g., the cartridge does not have any staples).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10357247
    Abstract: A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an elongated channel configured to support a staple cartridge, an anvil pivotably connected to the elongated channel, a knife mechanically coupled to the staple cartridge, an electric motor and a control circuit electrically connected to the electric motor. The control circuit is configured to change a firing motion of the surgical instrument based on a combination of events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Charles J. Scheib
  • Patent number: 10349940
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a platform, a buttress assembly, at least one retainer member, and an indicator. A portion of the platform is exposed in a gap defined by the housing. The buttress assembly is exposed in the gap defined by the housing. The retainer member is configured to selectively retain the buttress assembly against the platform. The retainer member is further configured to release the buttress assembly from the platform in response to a clamping action of an end effector positioned in the gap defined by the housing. The indicator is configured to provide indication of a state of one or both of the buttress assembly or the at least one retainer member. The indicator is further configured to change state in response to a change of state of one or both of the buttress assembly or the at least one retainer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Zeiner, Trevor J. Barton, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Emily A. Schellin, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Charles J. Scheib, Prudence A. Turner
  • Patent number: 10349938
    Abstract: Various exemplary surgical adjuncts with medicants affected by activator materials are provided. In general, an adjunct is provided with at least one medicant that is configured to be activated by an activator material. The adjunct can be delivered to a tissue of a patient, where the adjunct can be implanted. Various activator materials can be configured to activate the at least one medicant retained by the adjunct, the activation causing any one or more of a variety of actions. For example, the at least one medicant can be activated so as to yield at least one of a signal and/or an effect on the adjunct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Tamara S. Widenhouse, Cortney E. Henderson, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chad E. Eckert, Michael J. Vendely
  • Publication number: 20190201023
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a shaft, a sensing array and a fluid detection circuit. The sensing array is positioned within the shaft. The fluid detection circuit is electrically coupled to the sensing array, and is configured to determine when a fluid originating from an environment external to the shaft is present within the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Publication number: 20190201028
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed comprising an actuator and circuitry mounted on and/or embedded in the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Publication number: 20190201024
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft and a control circuit. The control circuit includes at least one sensing device and is to determine a presence of another surgical instrument proximate to the surgical instrument within an environment of a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Publication number: 20190201123
    Abstract: A surgical feedback system includes a surgical instrument, a data source, and a surgical hub configured to communicably couple to the data source and the surgical instrument. The surgical hub has a control circuit, wherein the control circuit is configured to receive an input from the data source, analyze the received data against a stored set of data to optimize an outcome of a surgical procedure, and communicate a recommendation based on the analyzed data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Publication number: 20190201029
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed comprising a control system and a strain gage circuit. The operation of the control system is modifiable by an input from the strain gage circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20190201124
    Abstract: A system for adjusting a parameter of a medical instrument in a specific context is disclosed. The system includes a medical hub configured to access a first contextual dataset representing a first circumstance pertaining to the specific context, access a second contextual dataset representing a second circumstance pertaining to the specific context, arrange the first and second contextual datasets in a hierarchy of priority, determine that at least a first portion of the first contextual dataset is relevant, determine that at least a second portion of the second contextual dataset is relevant, resolve a difference between the first and second portion, and program the medical instrument by adjusting the parameter in accordance with the resolved difference, wherein the medical instrument is configured to be used utilizing the adjusted parameter such that performance of the medical instrument is more effective with the adjusted parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Michael J. Vendely
  • Publication number: 20190206563
    Abstract: A method for adaptive control of surgical network control and interaction is disclosed. The surgical network includes a surgical feedback system. The surgical feedback system includes a surgical instrument, a data source, and a surgical hub configured to communicably couple to the data source and the surgical instrument. The surgical hub includes a control circuit. The method includes receiving, by the control circuit, information related to devices communicatively coupled to the surgical network; and adaptively controlling, by the control circuit, the surgical network based on the received information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, Michael J. Vendely, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Mark S. Zeiner, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Hilary A. Reinhardt
  • Publication number: 20190201026
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is disclosed comprising a housing and a control circuit mounted to and/or embedded in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20190201144
    Abstract: A cloud-based analytics medical system comprises a processor, a memory, an input/output interface to access data from medical hub communication devices, each coupled to a surgical instrument, and a database to store the data. The processor aggregates patient outcome data from the medical hubs. Patient outcome data comprises data pertaining to steps performed and corresponding timings for each step in patient procedures, to an outcome of each patient procedure performed, and to medical resources used in the patient procedures. Patient outcome data comprises location data describing which medical facility the medical resource was allocated to and data indicating whether the outcome was a success or failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, David C. Yates, Gregory J. Bakos, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Michael A. Chirumbolo
  • Publication number: 20190200977
    Abstract: A method for controlling a surgical instrument is disclosed. In at least one instance, the surgical instrument comprises a shroud and the operation of the surgical instrument is modified based on input from a sensing circuit configured to sense a parameter of the shroud. In certain instances, the surgical instrument comprises a strain gage circuit and the operation of the surgical instrument is modified based on input from the strain gage circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20190192143
    Abstract: Tissue adhesions using surgical adjuncts and medicants are provided. In general, an implantable adjunct can have one or more medicants releasably retained therein that are configured to induce tissue adhesions. The adjunct can be configured to be applied to lung tissue in conjunction with surgical staples using a surgical stapler. Pleurodesis can be encouraged through delivery of the adjunct to the lung tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Charles J. Scheib
  • Publication number: 20190192158
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system can comprise a replaceable staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples, a proximal laterally-protruding lug, and a distal laterally-protruding lug. The system can further comprise a channel configured to receive the replaceable staple cartridge, wherein the channel comprises a sidewall comprising a proximal receptacle positioned and dimensioned to receive the proximal laterally-protruding lug and a distal receptacle positioned and dimensioned to receive the distal laterally-protruding lug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory G. Scott, Disha V. Labhasetwar, Joseph M. Nath, Ryan J. Laurent, Michael E. Setser, Zhifan F. Huang, Chloe A. Maczka, Robert J. Simms, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory J. Bakos, Nichole Y. Kwee
  • Publication number: 20190192157
    Abstract: A system for stapling tissue is disclosed. The system can include a channel and a compatible staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples. The channel and the compatible staple cartridge comprise mating or cooperating alignment features for permitting complete insertion of the compatible staple cartridge and for preventing an incompatible staple cartridge from being completely inserted in the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory G. Scott, Disha V. Labhasetwar, Joseph M. Nath, Ryan J. Laurent, Michael E. Setser, Zhifan F. Huang, Chloe A. Maczka, Robert J. Simms, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory J. Bakos, Nichole Y. Kwee
  • Patent number: 10327777
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument including staples and an implantable layer is disclosed. The implantable layer comprises fibers which have undergone a kinking process. The kinked fibers, once interwoven together, create a resilient body that can dynamically adapt to the thickness of the tissue captured within the staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely