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).

  • Publication number: 20200205827
    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 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. A proximal alignment feature of the buttress applier cartridge contacts the end effector to align the end effector with the buttress assemblies prior to attaching 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
  • Patent number: 10695061
    Abstract: Staple cartridge assemblies for use with surgical stapling instruments and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. Scaffolds for use with a surgical staple cartridge and methods for manufacturing the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10687904
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Nichole Y. Kwee, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20200187940
    Abstract: A buttress assembly is configured to temporarily adhere to a wet surgical stapler end effector. The buttress assembly includes a buttress body and a humidity tolerant adhesive material. The humidity tolerant adhesive material is applied to at least one side of the buttress body. The humidity tolerant adhesive material is configured to hold the buttress body to an underside of an anvil or a deck of a staple cartridge for at least five minutes in an environment of 100% relative humidity at approximately 37° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Prudence A. Turner, Jackie Donners, Mark Timmer, Rao S. Bezwada, Aidan Craigwood, Caroline Hagerman, Ashley Easter, Kathrin Holtzmann
  • Patent number: 10667812
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body assembly, a modular shaft assembly, and a coupling detection assembly. The body assembly includes a control circuit, a battery pack operable to power the control circuit, and a first electrical contact assembly. The modular shaft assembly includes a second electrical contact assembly that is configured to operatively engage the first electrical contact assembly when the modular shaft assembly selectively couples with the body assembly. A detection trigger member is configured to activate a detection activation member such that the detection activation member communicates a first detection signal to the control circuit when the modular shaft assembly selectively couples with the body assembly. The control circuit is configured to verify operative engagement between the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact in response to the control circuit receiving the first detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Brett E. Swensgard, Michael D. Auld, Michael J. Vendely, Sol Posada, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20200155822
    Abstract: Various exemplary devices and methods are provided for performing surgical procedures. In general, one or more adjuncts can be used in conjunction with surgical instruments. The adjunct(s) can have medicant(s) thereon and/or therein. The medicant(s) can vary depending on the desired effect of the medicant(s) on surrounding tissue. As a non-limiting example, medicant(s) can be provided to influence hemostasis, inflammation, macrophages, and/or fibroblasts. When used in conjunction with a surgical stapler, the adjunct(s) can be disposed between and/or on jaws of the stapler, incorporated into a staple cartridge disposed in the jaws, or otherwise placed in proximity to the staples. When staples are deployed, the adjunct(s) can remain at the treatment site with the staples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Tamara S. Widenhouse
  • Patent number: 10653420
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body assembly, a shaft extending distally from the body assembly, an end effector attached to the shaft, and a cartridge. The end effector includes a jaw and an anvil pivotable relative to the jaw. The cartridge includes a deck, a plurality of staples, a compressible buttress, a peripheral member, and a pinching surface. The deck has an upper surface facing toward the anvil. The staples are located within openings formed through the deck. Each staple has a pair of legs extending above the upper surface of the deck. The buttress is located on the upper surface of the deck. Portions of the legs of the staples are disposed the buttress. The peripheral member extends above the upper surface of the deck, laterally adjacent to the buttress. The pinching surface is located at a height extending above a height of the legs of the plurality of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10653413
    Abstract: A surgical instrument that comprises an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel about an articulation axis that extends transversely relative to the shaft axis. An articulation driver is supported for selective longitudinal travel relative to the elongate shaft assembly in a distal direction and a proximal direction. A central articulation link is movably coupled to a distal end of the elongate shaft assembly. The central articulation link is operably coupled to the articulation driver and an end effector driver link. The end effector driver link is operably coupled to the surgical end effector for selective pivotal and axial travel relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Sarah A. Worthington, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Lauren S. Weaner, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10646221
    Abstract: An adjunct can be releasably retained on an end effector of a surgical tool, such as a surgical stapler, using a plurality of retaining elements. The retaining elements can be configured to retain the adjunct to the end effector with a mechanical force until a force is applied to the adjunct that overcomes the mechanical force, thereby allowing release of the adjunct from the end effector and into a patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Publication number: 20200138437
    Abstract: A medical instrument has an elongated channel configured to support a staple cartridge, the staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples. The medical instrument also has an anvil mechanically coupled to the elongated channel, wherein the anvil comprises an exterior surface extending between a proximal end and a distal end. In addition, the medical instrument has at least one electrical circuit at least partially positioned on the exterior surface of the anvil, an indicator system comprising at least one indicator, and a logic circuit electrically in electrical communication with the at least one electrical circuit and the indicator system, wherein the logic circuit is configured to activate the at least one indicator when an electrical continuity of the at least one electrical circuit is interrupted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Robert S. Moir, Sofia Maria Consonni, Stephen Sams, Ismail Akram, Howell T. Goldrein
  • Patent number: 10639018
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a handle assembly and a battery pack. The handle assembly includes a housing and a first control circuit located within the housing. The battery pack assembly includes a power supply and a second control circuit. The power supply is configured to selectively transition from a first state to a second state. The power supply is configured to energize the first control circuit of the handle assembly in the first state. The power supply is configured to not energize the first control circuit of the handle assembly in the second state. The second control circuit is configured to transition the power supply between the first state and the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10639027
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, a cartridge receiving assembly, a suture cartridge, and a slip clutch. The cartridge receiving assembly has a transmission mechanism operatively connected to an actuator of the body. The suture cartridge is received within the cartridge receiving assembly and includes a needle and a drive assembly. The drive assembly is engaged with the transmission mechanism and is coupled with the needle for selectively driving the needle. The slip clutch is operatively connected to the actuator, the transmission mechanism, and the drive assembly such that the slip clutch is configured to transmit a force therethrough from the actuator toward the needle. The slip clutch is configured to slip under the influence of predetermined maximum force transmission therethrough to operatively disengage the needle from the actuator for limiting a driving force applied to the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Daniel J. Mumaw, Emily A. Schellin, Trevor J. Barton, Michael J. Vendely, Adam Hensel
  • Patent number: 10639039
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a platform, and a buttress assembly. The housing defines a gap configured to receive a portion of an end effector of a surgical stapler. A portion of the platform is exposed in the gap defined by the housing. The buttress assembly is positioned on the platform. The buttress assembly is exposed in the gap defined by the housing. The platform is configured to apply at least two different amounts of pressure against the first buttress assembly in response to a clamping action of an end effector positioned in the gap defined by the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Trevor J. Barton, Jason L Harris, Charles J. Scheib, Emily A. Schellin, Prudence A. Turner
  • Patent number: 10617418
    Abstract: A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge can include a cartridge body, a plurality of staples, and an implantable layer including a plurality of foam fragments, wherein the foam fragments are fused together to form a unitary body. The implantable layer can further include a plurality of intrastitial voids intermediate the foam fragments and/or a plurality of interstitial voids within the foam fragments. A method of forming an implantable layer for use with a surgical stapler is also disclosed. The method can include the steps of obtaining a plurality of foam fragments, heating the foam fragments, and compressing the foam fragments. A method of forming an implantable layer for use with a surgical stapler can also include lyophilizing a solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Trevor J. Barton, Michael J. Vendely, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Emily A. Schellin, Lauren S. Weaner
  • Patent number: 10603039
    Abstract: A staple cartridge assembly is disclosed comprising, one, a plurality of staples removably stored within a surgical staple cartridge and, two, an implantable adjunct. The implantable adjunct is configured to be progressively released from the surgical staple cartridge during a firing progression of a firing assembly configured to travel through the surgical staple cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Emily A. Schellin, Lauren S. Weaner, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Trevor J. Barton
  • Patent number: 10595930
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Mark S. Zeiner, David C. Yates, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10588625
    Abstract: A surgical instrument that comprises an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly such that the surgical end effector is selectively movable between an unarticulated position and a fully articulated position relative to the shaft axis. A firing beam is movably supported within a pathway in the elongate shaft assembly for selective longitudinal travel therein. The pathway is configured to position a portion of the firing beam exiting the distal end of the elongate shaft member to an off axis position relative to the shaft axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Lauren S. Weaner, Austin E. Wise, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: D882782
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Chester O. Baxter, III, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: D882783
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Brett E. Swensgard, Michael D. Auld
  • Patent number: D885574
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely