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: 10485618
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for limiting torque in robotic surgical tools are provided. In general, a surgical tool can be configured to releasably and removably couple to a robotic surgical system. The robotic surgical system can include a motor configured to provide torque to the surgical tool to drive two different functions of the surgical tool. The surgical tool can include two torque limiting mechanisms, each associated with the motor, each associated with one of the functions, and each configured to limit an amount of the torque from the motor that drives the function associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10478188
    Abstract: A staple cartridge assembly is disclosed which comprises a cartridge body and an implantable layer. The implantable layer includes fibers comprised of a first material and a second material. The first material and the second material have different glass transition temperatures. After the fibers comprised of the first material and the second material have been intermixed or interwoven, the layer is exposed to a temperature which exceeds the lower of the two glass transition temperatures. This heating process causes the layer to constrict and increase in thickness. The layer, when implanted, can compensate for variations in tissue thickness within the staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Susanne Landgrebe
  • Patent number: 10478183
    Abstract: Various adjunct releasing mechanisms are provided herein that can be incorporated into surgical devices, such as an end effector of a surgical stapler. For example, an adjunct releasing mechanism can act to release an adjunct attached to an end effector of a surgical stapler upon deployment of staples retained within the end effector. The adjunct can be retained on the end effector through a variety of means, such as through use of adhesive or by having a portion of the adjunct partially received within cavities formed on a tissue-facing surface of the end effector. The releasing mechanisms can extend into the cavities formed on the tissue-facing surface of the end effector to cause the adjunct to detach from the end effector upon deployment of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hess, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10478256
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for robotic surgery, and in particular for retracting and/or bailing out robotic tools. For example, surgical tools, methods, and systems are provided having bailout assemblies for selectively bailing out one or more functions of an end effector of a surgical tool. Surgical tools, methods, and systems are also provided with bailout assemblies for simultaneously bailing out a plurality of functions of an end effector of a surgical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10478280
    Abstract: Devices and methods for placing an adjunct at a tissue treatment site prior to delivering staples through the tissue and adjunct are provided. In one embodiment, a flowable adjunct precursor can be deposited on the surface of the tissue at the tissue treatment site. The flowable adjunct precursor can be configured to solidify after deposition to form an adjunct. In another embodiment, an adjunct delivery device can include a non-stapling end effector configured to deliver an adjunct to a tissue treatment site. In either case, staples can be delivered through the adjunct and tissue after placement of the adjunct at the tissue treatment site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Charles J. Scheib, Susanne Landgrebe, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Susan Cooper, Dennis D. Jamiolkowski
  • Patent number: 10470764
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising a surgical end effector that includes a first jaw and a second jaw, wherein one of the first and second jaws is selectively movable relative to the other of the first and second jaws upon application of a closure motion to the surgical end effector. In one form, a proximal closure member is configured to be axially advanced a complete closure stroke distance upon application of a closure actuation motion thereto. A distal closure member movably interfaces with the proximal closure member such that the distal closure member moves an axial closure distance in response to axial movement of the proximal closure member through the complete closure stroke distance to thereby cause the distal closure member to apply the closure motion to the surgical end effector. In at least one arrangement, the axial closure distance is less than the complete closure stroke distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Jason M. Rector, Lauren S. Weaner, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10463366
    Abstract: Adjunct materials for delivery to liver tissue are provided. In general, the adjunct materials can be configured to be delivered to tissue by deployment of staples from a cartridge body of a surgical stapler. The adjunct material is configured to transition from an unexpanded configuration to an expanded configuration after delivery thereof to the liver tissue. The adjunct material can include an effective amount of one or more medicants, such as a hemostatic agent or a tissue healing agent, disposed within and releasable from the adjunct material for delivery to the liver tissue. The adjunct material can expand to apply pressure to liver tissue to facilitate sealing of one or more fractures in the stapled liver tissue. Methods of using a staple cartridge assembly or an end effector to apply such adjunct materials to liver tissue are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Charles J. Scheib
  • Patent number: 10456137
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    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: 10441286
    Abstract: A surgical stapler end effector assembly includes a staple cartridge, an end effector, and a buttress assembly. The cartridge included a plurality of staples and a deck. The cartridge is operable to drive the staples through the deck. The anvil includes an underside having a staple forming surface configured to receive staples driven through the deck. The buttress assembly is sized and configured to be coupled with the deck of the staple cartridge or the underside of the anvil. The buttress assembly includes a buttress body, a first adhesive layer, and a second adhesive layer. The first and second adhesive layers are formed of different materials. The first adhesive layer is laid over the buttress body. The second adhesive layer is laid over the first adhesive layer such that the first adhesive layer is interposed between the second adhesive layer and the buttress body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10433837
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising 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. A central articulation link is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for pivotal travel relative thereto. An intermediate link is movably coupled to the articulation driver and the central articulation link. An end effector driver is movably coupled to the central articulation link and the surgical end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Sarah A. Worthington, Morgan R. Hunter, Darwin L. Schultz, Adam D. Hensel, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Lauren S. Weaner, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10433839
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a buttress body, an adhesive material, and a containment sheet. The buttress body is sized to fit on an anvil or a staple cartridge deck of a surgical stapler. The adhesive material is disposed on the buttress body. The adhesive material is configured to flow across the buttress body in response to a temperature exceeding a melting temperature. The containment sheet is disposed on the adhesive material. The containment sheet is secured relative to the buttress body such that the containment sheet is configured to contain the adhesive material on the buttress body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Charles J. Scheib, Trevor J. Barton, Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Prudence A. Turner, Mark S. Zeiner, Emily A. Schellin
  • Patent number: 10433925
    Abstract: A sterile barrier is provided for use with a surgical robotic system. The sterile barrier can include a housing configured to mate with a tool driver mated to a robotic arm and to removably receive a surgical tool. The housing of the sterile barrier has a sterile flexible fabric extending therefrom such that the housing and the flexible fabric are formed in more than one plane and define a sterile side on which the surgical tool is disposed and a non-sterile side on which the tool driver and the robotic arm are disposed. The housing has an opening for receiving the surgical tool. The housing can have at least one electrical contact configured to operably mate with at least one complementary electrical contact on at least one of the tool driver and the robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10433846
    Abstract: A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapling instrument includes a staple cartridge including a plurality of staples and a cartridge deck. The staple cartridge assembly also includes a compressible adjunct positionable against the cartridge deck, wherein the staples are deployable into tissue captured against the compressible adjunct, and wherein the compressible adjunct comprises a first biocompatible layer comprising a first portion, a second biocompatible layer comprising a second portion, and crossed spacer fibers extending between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Helen S. Latham, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Charles J. Scheib, Howell T. Goldrein, Robert S. Moir, Sofia Maria Consonni, Ismail Akram, Ashley D. Easter
  • Publication number: 20190298338
    Abstract: A buttress is applied to an end effector of a surgical stapler. The buttress is loaded on a platform of a buttress applier cartridge. The end effector is closed upon the platform. An adhesive layer of the buttress secures the buttress to the end effector. The buttress is thus adhered to the end effector when the end effector is opened. The end effector is then actuated on tissue of a patient, thereby stapling the buttress to the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Trevor J. Barton, Jason L. Harris, Charles J. Scheib, Emily A. Schellin, Prudence A. Turner, Steven G. Hall, Victoria Dalessandro, Jackie Donners, Mark Timmer, Rao S. Bezwada, Aidan Craigwood, Caroline Hagerman, Ashley Easter, Kathrin Holtzmann, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: 10426481
    Abstract: A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical instrument is disclosed. The staple cartridge assembly comprises a staple cartridge and a compressible tissue thickness compensator. The staple cartridge defines a longitudinal axis. The staple cartridge comprises a cartridge body and a plurality of staples stored in the cartridge body. The compressible tissue thickness compensator comprises a deck-facing side, a tissue-facing side, a first portion, and a second portion. The second portion comprises a curved depression on the tissue-facing side of the compressible tissue thickness compensator. The curved depression partially extends through the second portion of the compressible tissue thickness compensator. The curved depression is transverse to the longitudinal axis defined by the staple cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Emily A. Schellin, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: 10413291
    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. First and second articulation drivers are supported for selective longitudinal travel relative to the elongate shaft assembly. A first end effector link is movably coupled to the surgical end effector and is coupled to the first articulation driver for axial and pivotal travel relative thereto. A second end effector link is movably coupled to the surgical end effector and is coupled to the second articulation driver for axial and pivotal travel relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Sarah A. Worthington, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Morgan R. Hunter, Lauren S. Weaner, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10390828
    Abstract: Devices and methods for sealing staples in tissue using adjuncts coupled to an individual staple are described herein. In one embodiment, a staple cartridge assembly is described that can include a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities, where each staple cavity has a surgical staple disposed therein. The assembly can also include a plurality of adjuncts, where each adjunct is disposed around at least one leg of a surgical staple such that each adjunct forms a seal around the at least one leg of the surgical staple upon deployment of the surgical staple from the cartridge body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Andrew Poskie
  • Publication number: 20190254654
    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: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chester O. Baxter, III, Michael J. Vendely, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Publication number: 20190254666
    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: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: D865174
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Auld, Brett E. Swensgard, Sol Posada, Michael J. Vendely, Frederick E. Shelton, IV