Patents by Inventor Michael J. Vendely

Michael J. Vendely 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: 10888324
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body and a shaft assembly. The body includes a rotary drive output, a linear drive output, and a control module. The shaft assembly includes a distal end and a proximal end. The distal end includes a type of end effector configured to operate on tissue. The proximal end is configured to removably couple with the body assembly. The proximal end includes one or both of a rotary drive input configured to couple with the rotary drive output or a linear drive input configured to couple with the linear drive input. The shaft assembly is configured to actuate the end effector in response to movement of one or both of the rotary drive input or the linear drive input. The control module is configured to selectively actuate the rotary drive output or the linear drive output based on the type of end effector of the shaft assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Publication number: 20210000462
    Abstract: Bowel retractor devices. In various forms, the bowel retractor devices are configurable from a collapsed position wherein the retractor may be inserted through a trocar cannula or other opening in a patient's body to a second expanded position wherein at least a portion of the patient's bowel may be advantageously supported in a desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Tamara Widenhouse, Andrew Yoo, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Katherine J. Schmid, Aron O. Zingman, Richard W. Timm, Jacob S. Gee, Steven G. Hall, Daniel J. Mumaw, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Gregory W. Johnson, Michael J. Vendely, Andrew T. Beckman, James R. Janszen
  • Patent number: 10881402
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a frame for attaching an adjunct to an end effector of a surgical device are provided. In one embodiment, the end effector can include upper and lower jaws, and the frame can include features for releasably engaging one or the jaws. The frame can also include retaining features for coupling an adjunct to a tissue-facing surface of the frame, thereby releasably coupling the adjunct material to the jaw of the end effector. In some implementations, the frame can include a plurality of retaining features that are configured to engage the adjunct material to create a tension in the adjunct material, which can further assist with securing the frame to the jaw. In other embodiments, a removable applicator member is provided for retaining at least one adjunct material and for aligning and coupling the adjunct material to a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Prudence Vulhop, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Greg Scott
  • Patent number: 10869663
    Abstract: An adjunct material for use with an end effector in a surgical instrument is provided that has at least one projection configured to mate with a corresponding recess formed in at least one jaw, such as a cartridge or anvil, of the end effector. The at least one projection can be one or more discrete projections or longitudinal projection(s) extending between distal and proximal ends of the adjunct material. An applicator member can be used to apply force to the adjunct material to thus cause the adjunct material to mate with the jaw of the end effector. The applicator member can be configured told the adjunct material and can be clamped between the jaws of the end effector to release the adjunct material onto the jaw. Also, an applicator member can be used to push portions of an adjunct material into corresponding recesses in a jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Prudence Vulhop, Michael J. Vendely, Greg Scott, Kevin Weadock, Michael Cardinale, Charles J. Scheib
  • Patent number: 10835249
    Abstract: A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge can include a cartridge body, a plurality of staples, and an implantable layer. The implantable layer can include an inner portion, an outer portion positioned at least partially around the inner portion, and a plurality of passages formed through the outer portion toward the inner portion. The implantable layer can be porous. An implantable layer can include an outer portion including a plurality of fibers. A method of forming an implantable layer for use with a surgical stapler is also disclosed. The method can include forming at least one passage through an outer surface toward an inner portion of the implantable layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Emily A. Schellin, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Trevor J. Barton, Michael J. Miller, Michael J. Vendely, Lauren S. Weaner, Christopher W. Widenhouse, Mark S. Zeiner, Christian T. Hansen, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10835218
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a handle assembly, a power source coupled with the handle assembly, and a control circuit coupled with the handle assembly and the power source. The handle assembly, the power source, and the control circuit are configured to drive an end effector of a shaft assembly coupled with the handle assembly to perform an operation on tissue. The control circuit is configured to receive life deduction event data. The control circuit is configured to determine an end of life for the power source based on the life deduction event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10828029
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The shaft assembly includes an outer sheath and a motorized driving mechanism. The body assembly is configured to actuate the driving mechanism. The end effector includes a staple deck, an anvil, a first staple driver, and a second staple driver. The first staple driver is configured to fire a first annular array of staples of the plurality of staples against the anvil to deform the first annular array of staples at a first compressed staple height. The second staple driver is configured to fire a second annular array of staples of the plurality of staples against the anvil to deform the second annular array of staples at a second compressed staple height independent of the first staple driver. The first compressed staple height and the second compressed staple height are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Auld, Brett E. Swensgard, Sol Posada, Michael J. Vendely, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10828033
    Abstract: A handheld electromechanical surgical device configured to be operably coupled to a surgical accessory. The device includes a handle assembly that operably supports a plurality of electrically powered motors that are controlled by a processor within the handle assembly. The handle assembly is encased in an outer shell housing. A barrier plate assembly is interposed between the handle assembly the outer shell housing and supports a shaft coupling arrangement for coupling shafts of the powered motors to corresponding portions of the surgical accessory located outside of the outer shell. Sensing arrangements are supported within the handle assembly for monitoring rotation of each of motor drive shaft and communicating with the processor to apply appropriate control signals to the motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20200345363
    Abstract: Methods for applying one or more adjuncts to tissue are provided. In one embodiment, the method can include positioning an adjunct, e.g., using an adhesive, on one of first and second jaws of an end effector of a surgical stapler. In one embodiment, an attachment mechanism on the adjunct can prevent stretching of at least a portion of the adjunct. In other aspects, the adjunct can be maintained on the at least one jaw in a first state in which the adjunct is at least partially stretched over the at least one jaw, and actuation of the surgical stapler can cause the adjunct to transition from the first state to a second state such that the adjunct in the second state at least partially separates from the at least one jaw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Prudence Vulhop
  • Patent number: 10813637
    Abstract: Stapling assemblies for use with a surgical stapler and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. Three dimensional adjuncts for use with a surgical stapling assembly and methods for manufacturing the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 10799237
    Abstract: Stapling assemblies for use with a surgical stapler and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. Three dimensional adjuncts for use with a surgical stapling assembly and methods for manufacturing the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Publication number: 20200315718
    Abstract: An electromechanical robotic arm is provided having a distal end with a tool engaging member configured to mate with an electromechanical tool and a trocar holding member configured to mate with a trocar. The trocar holding member can have at least one engagement mechanism configured to engage and orient a trocar to mate the trocar to the trocar holding member in a desired orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Nichole Y. Kwee, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20200316338
    Abstract: A dispensing device to deliver a multiple component material to a location in vivo, the device including a manifold having proximal and distal ends and multiple separate lumens within it, connectable on its proximal end to multiple syringes for containing the multiple component material, a distal tip assembly comprising a tip connector having separate side-by-side lumens within the tip connector and optionally a dispensing tip, and multiple flexible side-by-side cannulae, each having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal ends of the cannulae each connected to a separate lumen at the distal end of the manifold, and the distal ends of the cannulae each connected to one of the side-by-side lumens of the tip connector, establishing a fluid communication between the manifold and the distal tip assembly, wherein said side-by-side cannulae are optionally partially connected along their length and are split at their proximal and distal ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: James T. Spivey, Michael J. Trezza, John Goodman, Michael J. Vendely, Michael Setser
  • Patent number: 10779825
    Abstract: An adapter for use with an electromechanical surgical instrument. The adapter includes a shaft assembly and a surgical end effector that is selectively articulatable and rotatable relative to the shaft assembly through a range of articulated and rotated positions. The adapter includes sensing and control arrangements for monitoring and maintaining the end effector in articulated and/or rotated positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Sarah A. Worthington, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10779817
    Abstract: Stapling assemblies for use with a surgical stapler and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. Three dimensional adjuncts for use with a surgical stapling assembly and methods for manufacturing the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Peyton Hopson, Rao Bezwada
  • Patent number: 10765426
    Abstract: An adjunct loading system is provided that can include at least one adjunct material configured to be transferred from an adjunct loading member to first and second jaws of an end effector. The loading system can also include a supporting member configured to releasably retain the adjunct material. The loading system can further include an adhesive depot having an adhesive configured to transition from a non-flowable state to a flowable state upon application of heat when the adjunct material is released from the adjunct loading member and transferred to the jaw to retain the adjunct material on the jaw. The adjunct material is released from the adjunct loading member when load is applied thereto. The adhesive depot can be in the form of an adhesive feature formed on a polymer attachment layer or in the form of reservoirs in the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, David C. Yates, Prudence Vulhop, Susanne Landgrebe, Marco Floris
  • Patent number: 10736633
    Abstract: A compressible adjunct for use with a surgical instrument including a staple cartridge includes a biocompatible layer and a plurality of biocompatible looping members. The biocompatible looping members protrude from the biocompatible layer. Each biocompatible looping member includes a first end portion attached to the biocompatible layer, a second end portion attached to the biocompatible layer, and an intermediate curved portion extending between the first end portion and the second end portion, wherein the intermediate curved portion is further away from the biocompatible layer than the first end portion and the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Mark H. Ransick, Howell T. Goldrein, Robert S. Moir, Sofia Maria Consonni, Ismail Akram, Ashley D. Easter, Helen S. Latham
  • Patent number: D893714
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Trezza, Michael E. Setser, John Anastasiadis, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: D901686
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Trevor J. Barton, Christopher J. Hess, John V. Hunt, Emily A. Schellin, Michael J. Vendely, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: D903115
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Zeiner, Michael J. Vendely, Pamela M. Ridgley, Jason L. Harris, Christopher J. Hess, Gregory J. Bakos