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: 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: 10736702
    Abstract: Various surgical tools are provided with multi-axis articulation joints and with the ability to rotate distal to the joint. In one embodiment, a surgical tool is provided having an elongate shaft with an end effector disposed at a distal end of the elongate shaft. The end effector can have first and second jaws configured to grasp tissue and a sled or cutting element configured to advance through the jaws and cut tissue therein. A multi-axis articulation joint can be formed on the shaft or between the shaft and the end effector. The joint can allow articulation of the end effector in multiple directions. The end effector can be configured to rotate distal to the multi-axis articulation joint about a longitudinal axis of the elongate shaft. Methods for allowing rotation and articulation of the end effector are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Charles J. Scheib
  • Patent number: 10737058
    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 including 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 the side-by-side cannulae are optionally partially connected along their length and are split at their proximal and distal ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: James T. Spivey, Michael J. Trezza, II, John Goodman, Michael J. Vendely, Michael E. Setser
  • Patent number: 10729438
    Abstract: A hybrid attachment mechanism is provided to attach an adjunct to an end effector jaw of a surgical instrument, such as a surgical stapler. The hybrid attachment mechanism can include at least two attachment mechanisms, each configured to inhibit at least one manner of detachment from the end effector jaw. A first attachment mechanism can be configured to inhibit vertical removal of the adjunct. A second attachment mechanism can be configured to inhibit sliding of the adjunct with respect to the jaw. A third attachment mechanism can be configured to inhibit curling of the adjunct upon itself. Each of the attachment mechanisms can operate in concert with the others, allowing the hybrid attachment mechanism to simultaneously inhibit multiple forms of adjunct detachment. The hybrid attachment mechanism can be further configured to decouple from the end effector jaw, permitting deployment of the adjunct at a treatment site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Prudence Vulhop, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20200237434
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a surgical device comprising electrodes on the sides of an end of an effector to aide in sealing during various surgical procedures, such as a liver resection. During a sealing procedure, the surgeon may wipe the surgical site with the end effector, causing the electrodes to touch the fractured area. Electrosurgical energy may be applied to the electrodes during the wiping, causing coagulation of smaller vessels, such as tiny blood vessels and bile ducts in the parenchyma of the liver. In some cases, due to the nature of some smaller vessels, electrosurgical energy should be delicately applied to cause sealing but to avoid overly damaging the remaining tissue. In some embodiments, the thin design of the electrodes allows for an appropriate amount of electrosurgical energy to be applied to the fractured area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Mark S. Zeiner, David C. Yates, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10716564
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Prudence Vulhop
  • Patent number: 10709513
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system including a control system that controls the movement of a robotic arm coupled to a tool assembly having an end effector is described. The control system can also assist with controlling either the articulation or rotation of the end effector. Furthermore, the control system can detect and monitor one or more properties (e.g., articulation, rotation, etc.), which can be used by the control system to determine one or more appropriate movement parameters of either the robotic arm (e.g., velocity of movement) or the tool assembly coupled to the robotic arm (e.g., rotational speed of the end effector). The control system can detect any number of characteristics related to the end effector and use such information to control a variety of movement parameters associated with either the robotic arm or the tool assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Mark D. Overmyer
  • Publication number: 20200214706
    Abstract: A compressible adjunct is used with a surgical instrument including a staple cartridge deck. The compressible adjunct includes a first biocompatible material, a second biocompatible material with a lower melting temperature than the first biocompatible material, and a body including a face positionable against a length of the staple cartridge deck. The face includes a plurality of attachment regions spaced apart from one another, wherein the plurality of attachment regions include the second biocompatible material, wherein the face is selectively attachable to the staple cartridge deck at said plurality of attachment regions, and a plurality of non-attachment regions extending between the plurality of attachment regions, wherein the second biocompatible material is selectively disposed outside said non-attachment regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Emily A. Schellin, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Trevor J. Barton, Lauren S. Weaner, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20200205807
    Abstract: A buttress applier cartridge assembly includes buttress assemblies and a buttress applier cartridge for use with an end effector of a surgical stapler. The buttress assemblies each include a buttress to support a staple formed therein as well an adhesive for adhering to the end effector. The buttress applier cartridge includes a housing and a platform that extends longitudinally and supports the buttress assemblies. The buttress applier cartridge further includes a predefined pocket in the platform between each buttress assembly that allows a curved tip of the end effector to pass through. The platform is thinner along a central axis and becomes progressively thicker in the lateral direction. In some examples the predefined pocket is a slit in the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Jason L. Harris, Pamela M. Ridgley, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Publication number: 20200205821
    Abstract: A surgical system and related methods includes a buttress applier cartridge, a first buttress assembly, and a second buttress assembly. The buttress applier cartridge has a housing and a platform. The first and second buttress assemblies respectively includes first and second buttresses and first and second adhesive layers thereon. The first adhesive layer is parallel to the first buttress and defines a first adhesive pattern having a first outer adhesive profile. The second adhesive layer is parallel to the second buttress and defines a second adhesive pattern having a second outer adhesive profile. The exposed second outer adhesive profile in the transverse direction is the same as the exposed first outer adhesive profile in an opposite transverse direction such that the first and second buttress assemblies are interchangeable with the first and second portions of the end effector of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Trevor J. Barton, David T. Krumanaker, Pamela M. Ridgley, Emily A. Schellin, Rebecca Spatholt, Heather Strang
  • Publication number: 20200205822
    Abstract: A buttress assembly for use with a surgical stapled site has a buttress and an adhesive on one side of the buttress. The buttress itself has a multi-layer construction with a mesh layer on one side, a film layer on the other side, and an adhesive film layer in between the mesh layer and film layer. The mesh layer is a knit material with multiple openings that provide space for and promote tissue ingrowth with the buttress. As such the buttress is oriented in use so that the mesh layer faces and contact the tissue at the surgically stapled site. Opposite to the mesh layer, the film layer faces away from the tissue at the surgically stapled site and acts as an adhesion barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Heupel, Omar Z. McGiveron, Michael J. Vendely, Jordan B. Wong
  • Publication number: 20200205826
    Abstract: A buttress applier cartridge assembly includes buttress assemblies and a buttress applier cartridge for use with an end effector of a surgical stapler. The buttress assemblies each include a buttress to support a staple formed therein as well an adhesive for adhering to the end effector. The buttress applier cartridge includes a housing, a platform that extends longitudinally and supports the buttress assemblies, and an opening configured to accommodate a curved tip of the end effector when clamping the end effector onto the platform to transfer the buttress assemblies to the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Jason L. Harris, Pamela M. Ridgley, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Publication number: 20200205824
    Abstract: A packaging assembly is designed for an applicator that contains a buttress assembly that is used with a surgical stapler to reinforce a cut and stapled tissue site. The packaging assembly protects the buttress assembly from damage due to physical contact as well as exposure to adverse environmental factors like excess moisture, etc. In one example the packaging assembly includes a dual tray design with an inner tray that holds the applicator. The combined inner tray and applicator are hermetically sealed within a foil assembly or foil pouch. The foil pouch with the inner tray and applicator within is placed within the outer tray to protect the foil from damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Trevor J. Barton, Denise Griffiths, John V. Hunt, Kevin O'Brien, Emily A. Schellin, Nicholas B. Van Stolk, Michael J. Vendely
  • Publication number: 20200205823
    Abstract: A buttress applier cartridge assembly includes a buttress assembly and a buttress applier cartridge. The buttress assembly includes a buttress configured to support a staple formed therein as well an adhesive layer for adhering to an end effector. The buttress applier cartridge includes a housing defining a gap extending in a longitudinal direction as well as a platform. The platform extends longitudinally from a proximal portion to a distal portion and is exposed in a transverse direction adjacent to the gap. The proximal and distal portions respectively have a proximal stiffness and a different, distal stiffness in the transverse direction. Thereby, the proximal and distal portions support the buttress assembly thereon to deform with the proximal and distal stiffnesses and provide reactionary forces of at least the predetermined minimum force while receiving the end effector for accommodating various camber orientations of the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Trevor J. Barton, Emily A. Schellin, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Publication number: 20200205825
    Abstract: A method of applying a buttress to a surgically cut and stapled site uses an end effector with a buttress applier cartridge assembly to load one or more buttress assemblies to the end effector. The buttress assemblies each include a buttress to support a staple formed therein as well an adhesive for adhering to the end effector. The adhesive of the buttress assemblies can include a pattern to assist in both attachment to the end effector and release from the end effector after cutting and stapling a tissue site. The buttress applier cartridge can include features that accommodate end effectors having various tip configurations, including straight tips and curved or bent tips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Trevor J. Barton, Pamela M. Ridgley, Rebecca Spatholt, Christopher J. Hess, Heather Strang, Mark S. Zeiner, John V. Hunt, Emily A. Schellin, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, David T. Krumanaker
  • Publication number: 20200205820
    Abstract: A buttress assembly for use with a surgical stapled site has a buttress and an adhesive on one side of the buttress. The adhesive on the buttress is applied in a pattern where the adhesive extends near or along the edges of the buttress while a center region of the buttress remains relatively free of adhesive. The adhesive is applied such that it extends continuously along the buttress and has a height such that the adhesive creates a sealing attachment with an end effector. The adhesive can be applied in an uneven distribution such that there is more adhesive applied at one end of the buttress than the other. The adhesive can also be applied in a symmetric or asymmetric distribution about a longitudinal axis of the buttress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Omar Z. McGiveron, Pamela M. Ridgley, Emily A. Schellin, Rebecca Spatholt, Heather Strang, Michael J. Vendely, Jordan B. Wong
  • 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