Patents by Inventor Taylor W. Aronhalt

Taylor W. Aronhalt 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: 11304699
    Abstract: A method for adaptive control of surgical network control and interaction is disclosed. The surgical network includes a surgical feedback system. The surgical feedback system includes a surgical instrument, a data source, and a surgical hub configured to communicably couple to the data source and the surgical instrument. The surgical hub includes a control circuit. The method includes receiving, by the control circuit, information related to devices communicatively coupled to the surgical network; and adaptively controlling, by the control circuit, the surgical network based on the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, Michael J. Vendely, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Mark S. Zeiner, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Hilary A. Reinhardt
  • Publication number: 20220071631
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating an anvil for a surgical stapling device. Various methods include forming an anvil body from a first material and a deformable anvil tip from a second material and attaching the deformable anvil tip to a distal end of the anvil body with a deformable second attachment member. Other methods include molding a deformable anvil tip to a distal end of an anvil body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Gregory J. Bakos, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Christopher J. Hess, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 11257589
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for tracking surgical procedure costs are disclosed. A computer system, such as surgical hub, is configured to be communicably coupled to a plurality of surgical devices. The computer system can be programmed to identify the surgical devices that are being utilized during a surgical procedure via perioperative data received from the surgical devices and then calculate the total cost associated with the surgical devices used in the surgical procedure. The total cost can include an aggregation of the maintenance costs of each of the reusable surgical devices and the replacement costs of the nonreusable surgical devices consumed during the surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Taylor W. Aronhalt
  • Publication number: 20220031315
    Abstract: A method of operating an articulatable surgical instrument. The method includes providing a rotary drive motion to a rotary drive member of a surgical end effector and converting the rotary drive motion to an upper axial motion and a lower axial motion at locations that are distal to the articulation joint. The method further includes applying the upper axial motion to an upper portion of a firing member and applying the lower axial motion to a lower portion of the firing member such that the upper axial motion and lower axial motion drives the firing member distally through the surgical end effector from a starting position to an ending position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Darryl A. Parks, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Steven G. Hall, Robert J. Simms, Spencer J. Witte, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Paul Moubarak, William C. Ryle
  • Publication number: 20220031314
    Abstract: Surgical instruments with axially movable firing members that are driven by a series of drive components that are loosely linked to each other when traversing an articulation joint of the surgical instrument. The drive components are configured to serially engage a rotary drive member located distal to the articulation joint such that the rotary drive member causes the drive components to form an axially ridged series of said drive components configured to apply an axial drive motion to the firing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Robert J. Simms, Taylor W. Aronhalt
  • Patent number: 11219456
    Abstract: A surgical staple cartridge is disclosed comprising a strip of staples removably stored within the surgical staple cartridge. The strip of staples comprises a plurality of staples, a base strip, and a plurality of connector portions joining the staples to the base strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Taylor W. Aronhalt
  • Patent number: 11207065
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating an anvil for a surgical stapling device. Various methods include forming an anvil body from a first material and a deformable anvil tip from a second material and attaching the deformable anvil tip to a distal end of the anvil body with a deformable second attachment member. Other methods include molding a deformable anvil tip to a distal end of an anvil body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Gregory J. Bakos, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Christopher J. Hess, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20210393260
    Abstract: A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge can comprise a cartridge body comprising a deck and a bottom surface opposite the deck. The staple cartridge can comprise a plurality of staple cavities, wherein each staple cavity extends into the cartridge body from the deck to the bottom surface. Additionally, a plurality of wells can be defined into the staple cartridge from the deck to a lowermost surface of the well. A plurality of staples can be removably positioned in the staple cavities. The staple cartridge can comprise a tissue thickness compensator releasably secured to the cartridge body, wherein the tissue thickness compensator comprises a compensator body and a plurality of extensions extending from the compensator body into the wells, wherein at least one extension is compressed within one of the wells. Each well can surround at least one staple cavity and/or can extend between at least two staple cavities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Lauren S. Weaner, Jerome R. Morgan, Michael J. Vendely, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Chester O. Baxter, III, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: 11191540
    Abstract: A surgical tool assembly that includes an axially movable closure member and an axially movable firing member that is movable between an unfired position and a fired position. The tool assembly includes a second jaw that has a mounting portion and mounting walls that are movably mounted to a first jaw. The mounting portion defines a cam area that is configured for engagement by the movable closure member to move the second jaw from an open position to a closed position. The mounting walls define an open-topped parking area for accommodating the firing member therein when in the unfired position. A protective cap member is attached to the mounting walls such that it covers at least a portion of the open topped parking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Douglas B. Hoffman, Austin E. Wise, Morgan R. Hunter, Lauren S. Weaner, Adam D. Hensel, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11185325
    Abstract: An end effector of a surgical stapling instrument is disclosed. The end effector comprises a staple cartridge and an anvil jaw comprising a tissue compression surface. The staple cartridge jaw comprises a deck, staple cavities, and staples stored in the staple cavities. The deck comprises first and second deck portions. A first tissue gap is defined between the first deck portion and the tissue compression surface when the end effector is in a closed configuration. A second tissue gap is defined between the second deck portion and the tissue compression surface when the end effector is in the closed configuration. The second tissue qap is larger than the first tissue gap. The second deck portion at least partially surrounds the staple cavities and is positioned vertically below the first deck portion. A distinct gap is defined between the first and second deck portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Lauren S. Weaner, Jerome R. Morgan, Michael J. Vendely, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Chester O. Baxter, III, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Patent number: 11185327
    Abstract: A method of surgical stapling that uses a surgical instrument operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector with a pair of jaws. A placement tip extends distally from one of the jaws of the end effector. The method includes positioning the end effector at a desired site for surgical stapling. The method also includes controlling one or more of the jaws of the end effector to place the end effector in an open position. The method also includes positioning the end effector such that tissue is located between the jaws. The method also includes clamping the tissue between the jaws by moving at least one of the jaws toward the other jaw. The method also includes advancing a firing beam of the apparatus from a proximal position to a distal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Gregory J. Bakos, Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Hilary A. Reinhardt, Christopher J. Hess, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Daniel L. Baber
  • Patent number: 11172928
    Abstract: Surgical stapling systems and methods for stapling tissue during a surgical procedure are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, a control system is provided for controlling at least one motor coupled to a drive system on a surgical stapling device for driving one or more drive assemblies. The control system can be configured to communicate with the drive system of the stapling tool and to control and modify movement of one or more drive assemblies based on certain feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: CILAG GMBH INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jason L. Harris, Chester O. Baxter, III, Mark D. Overmyer, Vincenzo Barbato
  • Patent number: 11154296
    Abstract: An anvil-attachable layer for use with a surgical stapler, or fastening instrument, wherein a proximal end portion of the layer is attached to a staple cartridge assembly, for example. The layer may be attached to the staple cartridge assembly by an adhesive, weld, or a staple-cartridge-based clamp, wherein the attachment is weak enough to allow the layer to pull away from the staple cartridge assembly with stapled tissue. Alternatively, the layer can include two or more lateral slits that define a connector region that can be cut by a knife of a surgical stapler to release the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Bret W. Smith, Katherine J. Schmid, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Cortney E. Henderson, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11147554
    Abstract: Surgical instrument systems comprising lockouts are disclosed. The systems comprise a firing member, a staple cartridge assembly, and a lockout member. The lockout member, movable between an unlocked position and a locked position, is configured to prevent the firing member from being advanced through the staple cartridge assembly when the lockout member is in its locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Austin E. Wise, Morgan R. Hunter, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Publication number: 20210290226
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a tissue thickness compensator can comprise a compressible extracellular matrix and a bioabsorbable material dispersed within the extracellular matrix, wherein the bioapsorption of the bioabsorbable material is configured to leave behind channels in the extracellular matrix. The tissue thickness compensator can also comprise generation means for generating the ingrowth of tissue into the channels. In at least one embodiment, the tissue thickness compensator can comprise dissolvable wicking members which, when dissolved, can leave behind channels in the tissue thickness compensator. In certain embodiments, the tissue thickness compensator can comprise at least one rupturable capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Cortney E. Henderson, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Charles J. Scheib, Chunlin Yang, Christopher J. Schall, Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Joseph H. Contiliano, Tamara S. Widenhouse, Donna L. Korvick
  • Publication number: 20210282780
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for collecting data within a facility is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by a computer system, perioperative data from a plurality of surgical devices located within the facility, the perioperative data associated with a plurality of surgical procedures performed in the facility; determining, by the computer system, procedural context data associated with the plurality of surgical procedures based at least in part on the perioperative data; aggregating, by the computer system, the perioperative data according to the procedural context data; and determining, by the computer system, trends associated with the surgical procedures performed in the facility according to the perioperative data and the procedural context data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Chester O. Baxter, III, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Publication number: 20210282767
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a tissue thickness compensator can comprise one or more capsules and/or pockets comprising at least one medicament therein. In at least one embodiment, staples can be fired through the tissue thickness compensator to rupture the capsules. In certain embodiments, a firing member, or knife, can be advanced through the tissue thickness compensator to rupture the capsules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Katherine J. Schmid, Charles J. Scheib, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Matthew M. Lang, Steven G. Hall, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Publication number: 20210282781
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for collecting data within a facility is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by a computer system, perioperative data from a plurality of surgical devices located within the facility, the perioperative data associated with a plurality of surgical procedures performed in the facility; determining, by the computer system, procedural context data associated with the plurality of surgical procedures based at least in part on the perioperative data; aggregating, by the computer system, the perioperative data according to the procedural context data; and determining, by the computer system, trends associated with the surgical procedures performed in the facility according to the perioperative data and the procedural context data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Chester O. Baxter, III, Mark S. Zeiner
  • Publication number: 20210282769
    Abstract: A tissue thickness compensator can comprise a compensator body and at least one vessel contained in the compensator body. The vessel can define an inner cavity which can comprise an inner atmosphere having a pressure which is lower than the atmospheric pressure of the atmosphere surrounding the tissue thickness compensator. In at least one embodiment, the vessel and the compensator body can be maintained in a collapsed state until staples are fired through the vessel. At such point, the vessel can re-expand and apply a biasing force to tissue captured within the staples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Katherine J. Schmid
  • Publication number: 20210267589
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a tissue thickness compensator can comprise a compressible extracellular matrix and a bioabsorbable material dispersed within the extracellular matrix, wherein the bioapsorption of the bioabsorbable material is configured to leave behind channels in the extracellular matrix. The tissue thickness compensator can also comprise generation means for generating the ingrowth of tissue into the channels. In at least one embodiment, the tissue thickness compensator can comprise dissolvable wicking members which, when dissolved, can leave behind channels in the tissue thickness compensator. In certain embodiments, the tissue thickness compensator can comprise at least one rupturable capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Swayze, Cortney E. Henderson, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Charles J. Scheib, Chunlin Yang, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Joseph H. Contiliano, Katherine J. Schmid