Patents by Inventor Salvatore Castro

Salvatore Castro 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: 20190298377
    Abstract: A surgical clip cartridge, assembly, and method are provided for the storage, delivery, and loading of clips, such as those used in a surgical ligating process. The surgical clip cartridge includes a base portion extending in a longitudinal direction, the base portion having a bottom surface and defining a mounting groove for attaching the base portion onto a surgical instrument shaft. The base portion further includes a plurality of dividers extending from the base portion in a direction opposite of the bottom surface, and the plurality of dividers may be used to retain individual surgical clips therebetween for subsequent retrieval and loading onto a clip applier. The attachment of the surgical clip cartridge to the surgical instrument shaft enables the surgical clip cartridge to be deployed intracorporeally for use in surgical operations requiring applications of multiple surgical clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventor: Salvatore CASTRO
  • Patent number: 10383637
    Abstract: A surgical clip cartridge, assembly, and method are provided for the storage, delivery, and loading of clips, such as those used in a surgical ligating process. The surgical clip cartridge includes a base portion extending in a longitudinal direction, the base portion having a bottom surface and defining a mounting groove for attaching the base portion onto a surgical instrument shaft. The base portion further includes a plurality of dividers extending from the base portion in a direction opposite of the bottom surface, and the plurality of dividers may be used to retain individual surgical clips therebetween for subsequent retrieval and loading onto a clip applier. The attachment of the surgical clip cartridge to the surgical instrument shaft enables the surgical clip cartridge to be deployed intracorporeally for use in surgical operations requiring applications of multiple surgical clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Salvatore Castro
  • Patent number: 10342559
    Abstract: A system for performing a medical procedure includes an articulating probe including inner and outer sleeves, and a surgical tool including a functional element positioned at a distal end of a tool shaft, the tool shaft having an articulation region. The articulating probe and the surgical tool are independently controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Salvatore Castro, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10307166
    Abstract: A ligation clip applier is provided. The clip applier includes: a pair of jaws; a distal clevis tube to which the jaws are pivotally mounted; a proximal clevis tube located behind the distal clevis tube, wherein the distal clevis tube and the proximal clevis tubes move axially with respect to each other; a clip lock actuator fixed to one of the proximal and distal clevis tubes; and a distal pushrod extending through the distal and proximal clevis tubes and forming a camming connection with the jaws configured to close and move the jaws toward a proximal direction toward the clip lock actuator when the distal pushrod is moved in the proximal direction. A method for applying a clip on a vessel is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Lynn Willett, Philip Schmidt, Dan Monahan, Adam Lehman, Leland Ray Adams, Paul Whiting, Salvatore Castro, Alan Bachman
  • Publication number: 20190029721
    Abstract: A dilating cannula includes a radially expandable flange and an expandable shaft. The radially expandable flange is disposed at a proximal end portion of the dilating cannula and includes two or more sectors that are each independently movable. The expandable shaft extends from the proximal end portion to a distal end portion of the dilating cannula and defines an inner passageway of the dilating cannula and includes two or more arms. A first branch of the two or more arms extends from one end of the base section and a second branch of the two or more arms extends from another end of the base section. The first branch is connected to a first sector of the two or more sectors of the radially expandable flange and the second branch is connected to a second, different sector of the two or more sectors of the radially expandable flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventor: Salvatore CASTRO
  • Publication number: 20180368823
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a steering mechanism. The steering mechanism comprises a handle at a proximal end of the surgical instrument. The handle includes a plurality of controls for controlling a movement of the surgical instrument. The steering mechanism also comprises a hub that rotatably mates with the handle and a housing positioned about the hub. The handle, the housing, and the hub communicate with each other to provide at least a first degree of freedom and a second degree of freedom. An articulation region is at a distal end of the surgical instrument. A movement of the steering mechanism handle in one and only one of the first or second degrees of freedom relative to at least one of the housing or the hub translates to a movement of the articulation region in a single plane of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Salvatore Castro
  • Patent number: 10136898
    Abstract: A narrow profile surgical ligation clip has two legs with clamping surfaces joined by a hinge near the proximal ends, allowing the clip to reversibly open and close. A locking mechanism is proximal to the hinge to bias or lock the clip closed, including first and second jaw structures spaced on opposite sides of a longitudinal axis of the clip thereby defining a locking space therebetween. In one embodiment, a wedge or buttress body moves by application of an external force applied to a proximal end of the clip towards the hinge to move into the locking space such that one or more outer surfaces or projections of portions of the body fit into or abut against complementary surfaces or other parts of the locking mechanism or clip assembly to bias or lock the clip in a closed position and provide additional closing force to the inner clamping surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Philip Schmidt, Dan Monahan, Brad Labarbera, Paul Whiting, Steven Morris, Salvatore Castro, Michael Ramsey, Lynn Willett
  • Patent number: 10130373
    Abstract: An applier for ligation clip is provided. The applier includes: an outer tube having mounting bosses; a pair of jaws pivotally connected to the mounting bosses, the jaws having actuating projections; a feed tube located in the outer tube and configured to move axially within the outer tube, the feed tube having actuating slots in which the actuating projections are located; a clip lock arm located in the outer tube and configured to move axially within the outer tube; and a clip advance arm located in the outer tube and configured to move axially within the outer tube, the clip advance arm having flexible pinchers at one end of the clip advance arm. A method of applying a ligation clip is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Salvatore Castro, Curtis Thornton, Lynn Willett, Michael Ramsey, Philip Schmidt, Dan Monahan, Adam Lehman, Paul Whiting, Leland Ray Adams, Alan Bachman, Steven Morris, Bradley J. Labarbera
  • Patent number: 10085769
    Abstract: A dilating cannula includes a radially expandable flange and an expandable shaft. The radially expandable flange is disposed at a proximal end portion of the dilating cannula and includes two or more sectors that are each independently movable. The expandable shaft extends from the proximal end portion to a distal end portion of the dilating cannula and defines an inner passageway of the dilating cannula and includes two or more arms. A first branch of the two or more arms extends from one end of the base section and a second branch of the two or more arms extends from another end of the base section. The first branch is connected to a first sector of the two or more sectors of the radially expandable flange and the second branch is connected to a second, different sector of the two or more sectors of the radially expandable flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Salvatore Castro
  • Publication number: 20180250095
    Abstract: An articulated probe assembly comprises a base, an outer support rod extending through the base, an articulating control portion at a proximal end of the outer support rod, and a steerable portion comprising a plurality of outer links coupled to a distal end of the outer support rod. The steerable portion is manipulated in response to the articulating control portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Salvatore Castro, Joseph Karcsmar, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10016187
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a steering mechanism. The steering mechanism comprises a handle at a proximal end of the surgical instrument. The handle includes a plurality of controls for controlling a movement of the surgical instrument. The steering mechanism also comprises a hub that rotatably mates with the handle and a housing positioned about the hub. The handle, the housing, and the hub communicate with each other to provide at least a first degree of freedom and a second degree of freedom. An articulation region is at a distal end of the surgical instrument. A movement of the steering mechanism handle in one and only one of the first or second degrees of freedom relative to at least one of the housing or the hub translates to a movement of the articulation region in a single plane of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Salvatore Castro
  • Patent number: 10004568
    Abstract: An articulated probe assembly comprises a base, an outer support rod extending through the base, an articulating control portion at a proximal end of the outer support rod, and a steerable portion comprising a plurality of outer links coupled to a distal end of the outer support rod. The steerable portion is manipulated in response to the articulating control portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MEDROBOTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Salvatore Castro, Joseph Karcsmar, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 9986987
    Abstract: A suture placement device provides a lateral extension element, such as a slotted t-bar or wings, which is inserted into a trocar and deployed to position receptor ports about 1 cm from the trocar. The trocar is removed, and stylet guides are deployed to create a path from the housing to the receptor ports, thereby creating a suture path with segments from the outside of the device to each port, and between ports. A stylet is inserted through the suture path, and used to pull a suture of choice through the path. A stylet guide has a partially extended position to permit precise intra-muscular location of an anesthetic injection before being fully deployed. The t-bar is rotated back to a vertical position to permit removal to of the suture placement device so that the suture can be tied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Manoj B Patel, Philip Zhao, Neal Patel, Landon Gilkey, David M. Albala, Salvatore Castro
  • Patent number: 9962179
    Abstract: A system for performing a medical procedure includes an articulating probe including inner and outer sleeves, and a surgical tool including a functional element positioned at a distal end of a tool shaft, the tool shaft having an articulation region. The articulating probe and the surgical tool are independently controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Salvatore Castro, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 9936966
    Abstract: An end effector actuation system includes a shaft assembly having an outer shaft with an internal lumen and an actuation rod slidably received in the lumen, the outer shaft having a distal end portion that is compressible only when the actuation rod is absent from the lumen in the distal end portion, a locking boss provided on the distal end portion; and an end effector assembly having a receiving opening and a retention pocket, wherein the receiving opening is sized to receive the compressed distal end portion of the outer shaft and the retention pocket is sized to receive the locking boss when the distal end portion is uncompressed due to the presence of the actuation rod in the lumen of the distal end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Salvatore Castro
  • Publication number: 20180021060
    Abstract: Described is a tool positioning system comprising an introduction device, a first tool support and a second tool support. The introduction device is constructed and arranged to slidingly receive an articulating probe. The first tool support comprises at least one guide element constructed and arranged to slidingly receive a first tool. The first tool support is oriented toward a first operator location. The second tool support comprises at least one guide element constructed and arranged to slidingly receive a second tool. The second tool support is oriented toward a second operator location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Salvatore Castro, Chistopher P. DeGeorge, J. Christopher Flaherty, R. Maxwell Flaherty, Arnold Oyola, Joseph A. Stand, III, Samuel F. Straface
  • Patent number: 9675380
    Abstract: Described is a tool positioning system comprising an introduction device, a first tool support and a second tool support. The introduction device is constructed and arranged to slidingly receive an articulating probe. The first tool support comprises at least one guide element constructed and arranged to slidingly receive a first tool. The first tool support is oriented toward a first operator location. The second tool support comprises at least one guide element constructed and arranged to slidingly receive a second tool. The second tool support is oriented toward a second operator location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Salvatore Castro, Christopher P. DeGeorge, J. Christopher Flaherty, R. Maxwell Flaherty, Arnold Oyola, Joseph A. Stand, III, Samuel F. Straface
  • Publication number: 20170119364
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a steering mechanism. The steering mechanism comprises a handle at a proximal end of the surgical instrument. The handle includes a plurality of controls for controlling a movement of the surgical instrument. The steering mechanism also comprises a hub that rotatably mates with the handle and a housing positioned about the hub. The handle, the housing, and the hub communicate with each other to provide at least a first degree of freedom and a second degree of freedom. An articulation region is at a distal end of the surgical instrument. A movement of the steering mechanism handle in one and only one of the first or second degrees of freedom relative to at least one of the housing or the hub translates to a movement of the articulation region in a single plane of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Salvatore Castro
  • Publication number: 20170105712
    Abstract: A suture placement device provides a lateral extension element, such as a slotted t-bar or wings, which is inserted into a trocar and deployed to position receptor ports about 1 cm from the trocar. The trocar is removed, and stylet guides are deployed to create a path from the housing to the receptor ports, thereby creating a suture path with segments from the outside of the device to each port, and between ports. A stylet is inserted through the suture path, and used to pull a suture of choice through the path. A stylet guide has a partially extended position to permit precise intra-muscular location of an anesthetic injection before being fully deployed. The t-bar is rotated back to a vertical position to permit removal to of the suture placement device so that the suture can be tied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Endolutions, LLC
    Inventors: Manoj B. Patel, Philip Zhao, Neal Patel, Landon Gilkey, David M. Albala, Salvatore Castro
  • Publication number: 20170027576
    Abstract: A surgical clip cartridge, assembly, and method are provided for the storage, delivery, and loading of clips, such as those used in a surgical ligating process. The surgical clip cartridge includes a base portion extending in a longitudinal direction, the base portion having a bottom surface and defining a mounting groove for attaching the base portion onto a surgical instrument shaft. The base portion further includes a plurality of dividers extending from the base portion in a direction opposite of the bottom surface, and the plurality of dividers may be used to retain individual surgical clips therebetween for subsequent retrieval and loading onto a clip applier. The attachment of the surgical clip cartridge to the surgical instrument shaft enables the surgical clip cartridge to be deployed intracorporeally for use in surgical operations requiring applications of multiple surgical clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventor: SALVATORE CASTRO