Patents by Inventor Richard C. Ewers

Richard C. Ewers 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: 10433850
    Abstract: A ligature delivery device includes a control member, an elongated shaft, and an end effector attached to the distal end of the elongated shaft. An activation mechanism provides an user-operable connection between the control member and the end effector. In several embodiments, the end effector includes a reverse grasping mechanism. Several embodiments of ligature devices are adapted to be deployed endoscopically and/or translumenally using the reverse-grasping delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: USGI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Ewers, Christopher James Earley, Barton P. Bandy, Eugene G. Chen, Haio Fauser
  • Publication number: 20190274525
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery is made of a braid material. The sheath may be manufactured by placing a length of braided tube material over a mandrel. The braid material is conformed to the shape of the mandrel and is then heat set. An atraumatic end may be made by folding or rolling one or both ends of the sheath. A coating may also optionally be applied to the braid material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Richard C. Ewers, Cang Lam, Stephanie Frimond
  • Publication number: 20190104929
    Abstract: A surgical sheath adapted for use in the nasal cavity has an elongated hollow body made of a braided material having interstitial spaces with a dimension of 0.25 mm to 1.50 mm. The interstitial spaces filled with a filling material, such as silicone. The sheath has a low profile configuration during placement into the naris, and may be stretched into an expanded configuration. In methods of placing the sheath in the naris, the sheath is folded and then pulled into the naris using a surgical tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Richard C. Ewers, Cang Lam, Stephanie Frimond
  • Publication number: 20180344501
    Abstract: Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue are described herein. In creating tissue folds within the body of a patient, a tissue manipulation assembly may generally have an elongate tubular member, an engagement member slidably disposed through the tubular member and a distal end adapted to engage tissue via a helical member, tissue stabilizing members positioned at the tubular member distal end which are adapted to stabilize tissue therebetween, and a delivery tube pivotable about the tissue stabilizer. The stabilizing members can be adapted to become angled relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongate tubular member. Moreover, one or all the articulation controls and functions can be integrated into a singular handle assembly connectable to the tissue manipulation assembly via a rigid or flexible tubular body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Richard C. Ewers, Cang C. Lam, Robert A. Vaughan, Chris Rothe, Kenneth H. Michlitsch
  • Publication number: 20180256146
    Abstract: A surgical access sleeve may include a tubular braid with a closed end pocket at the distal end. The tubular braid is compressible, or it can be shortened, in a longitudinal direction, to force the tubular braid to expand radially outward. A surgical method includes inserting a substantially un-compressed access sleeve partially into an incision or opening in a patient, with the access sleeve comprising a tubular braid. The access sleeve is compressed in a longitudinal direction to force the access sleeve to expand radially outward to dilate or maintain the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Stephanie Frimond, Richard C. Ewers
  • Patent number: 10045871
    Abstract: Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue are described herein. In creating tissue folds within the body of a patient, a tissue manipulation assembly may generally have an elongate tubular member, an engagement member slidably disposed through the tubular member and a distal end adapted to engage tissue via a helical member, tissue stabilizing members positioned at the tubular member distal end which are adapted to stabilize tissue therebetween, and a delivery tube pivotable about the tissue stabilizer. The stabilizing members can be adapted to become angled relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongate tubular member. Moreover, one or all the articulation controls and functions can be integrated into a singular handle assembly connectable to the tissue manipulation assembly via a rigid or flexible tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: USGI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Richard C. Ewers, Cang C. Lam, Robert A. Vaughan, Chris Rothe, Kenneth H. Michlitsch
  • Publication number: 20180153375
    Abstract: A direct vision cryosurgical and methods of use are described herein where the device may generally comprise an elongated rigid structure with a distal end, a proximal end, and a central lumen. The distal end may comprise a non-coring optically transparent needle tip with at least one lateral fenestration in communication with the central lumen. The distal end may also house at least one imaging device configured for distal imaging. A proximal end of the device may comprise a handle with a means for connecting the imaging device(s) to an imaging display(s), and a means for accessing bodily tissue in the vicinity of the distal end with a cryo-ablation probe through the central lumen and the lateral fenestration(s) for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Matthew Herron, Richard C. Ewers
  • Publication number: 20180085182
    Abstract: A surgical sheath system for performing surgery of the head includes a flexible tubular braided sheath which is radially expandable. An expansion tube is insertable into the sheath to radially expand the sheath. A locking assembly includes tube position shift means, such as a cap threaded onto a flange, with a washer contained in a recess in the flange, the recess having an inside diameter greater than an outside diameter of the washer. When unlocked, the expansion tube can be shift horizontally, to access a different area of a surgical site, without moving the locking assembly. A stylet stabilizing assembly may be pivotally or releasably attached to the locking assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Richard C. Ewers, Eugene Chen, Stephanie Frimond
  • Publication number: 20170347865
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery is made of a braid material. The sheath may be manufactured by placing a length of braided tube material over a mandrel. The braid material is conformed to the shape of the mandrel and is then heat set. An atraumatic end may be made by folding or rolling one or both ends of the sheath. A coating may also optionally be applied to the braid material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Richard C. Ewers, Cang Lam, Stephanie Frimond
  • Publication number: 20170143524
    Abstract: Devices and methods for forming and securing tissue folds and elongated invaginations in stomach tissue are used as a treatment for obesity. In a first embodiment, a plurality of tissue folds is formed in the fundus region of the stomach. In methods for surgically altering stomach tissue to change gastric emptying, plications are formed in the stomach to speed up or slow down gastric emptying, depending on the number and locations of applications used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: John A. Cox, Scott Moonly, Richard C. Ewers
  • Patent number: 9585651
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for securing and deploying tissue anchors are described herein. A tissue manipulation assembly is pivotably coupled to the distal end of a tubular member. A reconfigurable launch tube is also pivotably coupled to the tissue manipulation assembly, which may be advanced through a shape-lockable endoscopic device, a conventional endoscope, or directly by itself into a patient. A second tool can be used in combination with the tissue manipulation assembly to engage tissue and manipulate the tissue in conjunction with the tissue manipulation assembly. A deployment assembly is provided for securing engaged tissue via one or more tissue anchors, the deployment assembly also being configured to disengage the anchors endoluminally or laparoscopically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: USGI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Cang C. Lam, Richard C. Ewers, Robert A. Vaughan, Vahid Saadat
  • Publication number: 20170056228
    Abstract: Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue are described herein. In creating tissue folds within the body of a patient, a tissue manipulation assembly may generally have an elongate tubular member, an engagement member slidably disposed through the tubular member and a distal end adapted to engage tissue via a helical member, tissue stabilizing members positioned at the tubular member distal end which are adapted to stabilize tissue therebetween, and a delivery tube pivotable about the tissue stabilizer. The stabilizing members can be adapted to become angled relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongate tubular member. Moreover, one or all the articulation controls and functions can be integrated into a singular handle assembly connectable to the tissue manipulation assembly via a rigid or flexible tubular body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Richard C. Ewers, Cang C. Lam, Robert A. Vaughan, Chris Rothe, Kenneth H. Michlitsch
  • Patent number: 9572565
    Abstract: Tissue anchors include a flat, broad, and large contact surface for engagement with a portion of tissue. Several embodiments of composite tissue anchors include a support element and an overlay element. Tissue anchor assemblies include two or more tissue anchors, a connector, and a cinching mechanism. In some embodiments, the tissue anchors included in the tissue anchor assemblies are of different types, sizes, and/or shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: USGI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Ewers, Tracy D. Maahs, Shirley Vong
  • Patent number: 9572581
    Abstract: Tissue manipulation and securement systems are described herein. A tissue manipulation assembly is pivotably coupled to the distal end of a tubular member and has a lower jaw member and an upper jaw member pivotably coupled to the lower jaw member. A reconfigurable launch tube is also pivotably coupled to the upper jaw member and is used to urge the jaw members from a low-profile configuration to an open configuration for receiving tissue. The tissue manipulation assembly may be advanced through a shape-lockable endoscopic device, a conventional endoscope, or directly by itself into a patient. A second tool can be used in combination with the tissue manipulation assembly to engage tissue and manipulate the tissue in conjunction with the tissue manipulation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: USGI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Vaughan, Cang C. Lam, Richard C. Ewers, Vahid Saadat
  • Patent number: 9545255
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the endoluminal revision of previously performed obesity procedures which have failed are described. One or more endoluminal instruments may be advanced per-orally into the previously formed failed pouch where a number of different procedures can be performed. One or more tissue folds can be formed and secured to reduce the size of the pouch, or the stoma connecting the pouch to the intestinal tract can be reduced in size using endoluminally deployed tissue anchors. These procedures can be performed entirely from within the pouch lumen or upon the exterior surface of the pouch via transgastric entry of the instruments into the peritoneal cavity of a patient. Alternatively, the interior tissue within the pouch can be injured or sclerosed to shrink the pouch lumen. In another alternative, a length of the Roux limb can be shortened endoluminally to create a malabsorptive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: USGI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Cox, Tracy Maahs, Richard C. Ewers, Eugene Chen, Cang Lam, Lee Swanstrom
  • Patent number: 9510817
    Abstract: Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue are described herein. In creating tissue folds within the body of a patient, a tissue manipulation assembly may generally have an elongate tubular member, an engagement member slidably dispose through the tubular member and a distal end adapted to engage tissue via a helical member, tissue stabilizing members positioned at the tubular member distal end which are adapted to stabilize tissue therebetween, and a delivery tube pivotable about the tissue stabilizer. The stabilizing members can be adapted to become angled relative to longitudinal axis of the elongate tubular member. Moreover, one or all the articulation controls and functions can be integrated into a singular handle assembly connectable to the tissue manipulation assembly via a rigid or flexible tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: USGI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Richard C. Ewers, Cang C. Laduca, Robert A. Vaughan, Chris Rothe, Kenneth J. Michlitsch
  • Patent number: 9504371
    Abstract: An endoluminal surgical instrument has first and second steering controls on a handle. A flexible shaft attached to the handle has a distal steerable end including a first link and a second link separated by a plurality of intermediate links. First and second steering elements, such as pairs of steering wires, are linked to first and second steering controls and to the first and second links. One or more of the links is pivotable through an angle of at least 30 degrees relative to an adjoining link. The set back position of the second steering elements from the first steering elements, and the pivoting capability of the links allows the steerable end to be steered into a small bend radius. This makes the instrument highly maneuverable for use in endoluminal surgery, such as incision-less surgery of the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: USGI Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Mitchell, Richard C. Ewers, Tracy D. Maahs
  • Publication number: 20160338705
    Abstract: A ligature delivery device includes a control member, an elongated shaft, and an end effector attached to the distal end of the elongated shaft. An activation mechanism provides an user-operable connection between the control member and the end effector. In several embodiments, the end effector includes a reverse grasping mechanism. Several embodiments of ligature devices are adapted to be deployed endoscopically and/or translumenally using the reverse-grasping delivery device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Richard C. Ewers, Christopher James Earley, Barton P. Bandy, Eugene G. Chen, Haio Fauser
  • Publication number: 20150272762
    Abstract: Devices and methods for forming and securing tissue folds and elongated invaginations in stomach tissue are used as a treatment for obesity. In a first embodiment, a plurality of tissue folds is formed in the fundus region of the stomach. In methods for surgically altering stomach tissue to change gastric emptying, plications are formed in the stomach to speed up or slow down gastric emptying, depending on the number and locations of plications used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: John A. Cox, Scott Moonly, Richard C. Ewers
  • Patent number: 9125555
    Abstract: A surgical valve includes a housing with a proximal housing portion and a distal housing portion cooperating to define a gel cavity. A seal material is disposed in the gel cavity and includes a gel having flow characteristics and incompressible characteristics. A distal guide tube is provided to facilitate retrograde insertion of a surgical instrument into the seal material. During assembly, pressure is applied by the housing portions to the seal material in order to form a circumferential seal and to close an instrument channel. Manufacture can be facilitated by use of a mandrel for maintaining the structural elements in axial alignment. Complimentary screw threads disposed between the first and second housing portions can be used to pressurize the gel and thereby create a locking force on an inserted instrument. Detented tabs can be provided to facilitate control of this locking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. Gonzales, Boun Pravong, Richard C. Ewers, Richard L. Myers