Patents by Inventor Vladimir Mitelberg

Vladimir Mitelberg 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: 20210330320
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system includes an endoscope, a suturing device, a needle assembly movable through tissue by the suturing device, and first and second devices used in association with the suturing device. The cap assembly includes a rotatable needle arm supporting the needle assembly and actuatable by a proximal handle via a transmission assembly. First and second separate lumen extends outside the endoscope from the cap assembly to a proximal handle to advance instruments therethrough to engage the needle assembly and target the tissue. The cap assembly is retained at an end of the endoscope by a securing arm. The securing arm may be resilient or rotatable. Ancillary clips are also provided about the first and second lumen and transmission assembly to couple them to the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Thomas Neudeck, John Mims
  • Patent number: 11141147
    Abstract: A distal cap apparatus for use with an endoscope, having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, includes a mount configured for mounting to the distal end of the endoscope, and a strap connected to the mount and configured for banding about the distal end of the endoscope when the distal end of the endoscope is received in the mount. The mount defines a strap slot configured to receive an end of the strap to configure the strap in the banded configuration. The strap may be elastic. The strap may be a continuous band. In one embodiment, a distal cap apparatus includes a mount having a strap and a buckle for adjusting a size of a loop formed at least partially by the strap about the distal end of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, John Mims, Ryan Gilkey, Landon Gilkey
  • Publication number: 20210275162
    Abstract: A system includes a first tube, a sharp coil at a distal end of the first tube, a second tube displaceable within the first tube, and a sharp housing at a distal of the second tube for storing fasteners. The housing can be positioned at a first tissue, and the coil rotated to advance the coil into engagement with the first tissue. The first tube is retracted to retract the first tissue, and then a first fastener is deployed at the first tissue location. Then, without removing the system from the patient, the distal end of the system is moved adjacent a second tissue location, and the process is repeated for a second fastener at the second tissue location. A suture extends between the first and second fasteners, and tension is applied to the suture to draw the first and second tissues toward each other to reconfigure the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones, Brian Szymczak
  • Publication number: 20210275166
    Abstract: A deployment system includes a sheath, a shaft having a handle positioned at its proximal end, a micro motor having a motor shaft at the shafts distal end, a detachable helical first suture anchor positioned at the motor shafts distal end and an elongate suture fixedly coupled to the suture anchor. The deployment system can be positioned at a first tissue, and the motor shaft rotated to advance the helical first suture anchor into engagement with the first tissue. The motor shaft is detached from the first suture anchor thereby deploying it at the first tissue location. The deployment system can be reloaded with multiple suture anchors to deploy at multiple tissue locations. The suture extending between the anchors can then be drawn together to reconfigure the coupled tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones, Brian Szymczak
  • Publication number: 20210267584
    Abstract: A cinch deployment system includes a delivery system and a releasable cinch including an inner tubular, a compressible gripper having a suture passage, the gripper positioned within the inner tubular housing, and a resilient structure biased to compress the gripper to reduce the size of the suture passage. The resilient structure has a first configuration in which the resilient structure is constrained from applying sufficient compression to the gripper to prevent movement of the gripper on the suture, and a second configuration in which sufficient compression is applied to secure the gripper on the suture. The resilient structure is moved from the first to the second configuration by movement of the retainer moved by the deployment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones, Brian Szymczak
  • Patent number: 11090041
    Abstract: A distal cap apparatus for use with an endoscope, having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, includes a mount configured for mounting to the distal end of the endoscope, and a strap connected to the mount and configured for banding about the distal end of the endoscope when the distal end of the endoscope is received in the mount. The mount defines a strap slot configured to receive an end of the strap to configure the strap in the banded configuration. The strap may be elastic. A tool is provided to facilitate properly seating of the strap within the mount of the cap assembly. The tool includes a window and a swing arm rotatable within the window to cause a portion of the arm to contact a free end of the strap to force the strap into a fully seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, John Mims
  • Patent number: 11083364
    Abstract: An endoscopic tissue grasper device includes a flexible tubular member, a flexible shaft extending through the tubular member, a proximal handle for moving the shaft and tubular member relative to each other, and a distal helical coil having a sharpened end for engaging tissue. The tissue grasper is advanced through a working channel of an endoscope, engaged relative to tissue, and retracted to pull tissue into a path of a movable needle coupled at a distal end of the endoscope so that the needle can be passed through the tissue. The needle is preferably provided with a suture so that as the needle is passed through the tissue a stitch is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen West, David Miller, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 11051800
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system includes an endoscope, a suturing device, a needle assembly movable through tissue by the suturing device, and first and second devices used in association with the suturing device. The cap assembly includes a rotatable needle arm supporting the needle assembly and actuatable by a proximal handle via a transmission assembly. First and second separate lumen extends outside the endoscope from the cap assembly to a proximal handle to advance instruments therethrough to engage the needle assembly and target the tissue. The cap assembly is retained at an end of the endoscope by a securing arm. The securing arm may be resilient or rotatable. Ancillary clips are also provided about the first and second lumen and transmission assembly to couple them to the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Thomas Neudeck, John Mims
  • Publication number: 20210093314
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system and method are disclosed as are devices for use with the system and method such as a suture dispenser, a cinch device, and a tissue grasper. In one embodiment the suturing system includes a cap assembly arranged at the distal end portion of an endoscope or guide member, with the cap assembly including a rotatable needle holder. The needle holder is actuated through a transmission element extending outside the endoscope or guide member. A needle capture device may be inserted through a channel of the endoscope or guide member in order to capture a needle held in the needle holder when the needle holder is rotated so that the needle punctures tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Peter K. Kratsch, Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Patent number: 10799232
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system and method are disclosed as are devices for use with the system and method such as a suture dispenser, a cinch device, and a tissue grasper. In one embodiment the suturing system includes a cap assembly arranged at the distal end portion of an endoscope or guide member, with the cap assembly including a rotatable needle holder. The needle holder is actuated through a transmission element extending outside the endoscope or guide member. A needle capture device may be inserted through a channel of the endoscope or guide member in order to capture a needle held in the needle holder when the needle holder is rotated so that the needle punctures tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Peter K. Kratsch, Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Publication number: 20200261074
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200178956
    Abstract: A deployment system includes a sheath, a torque able shaft having a handle positioned at its proximal end, a detachable helical first suture anchor positioned at the shafts distal end and an elongate suture fixedly coupled to the suture anchor. The deployment system can be positioned at a first tissue, and the shaft rotated to advance the helical first suture anchor into engagement with the first tissue. The shaft is detached from the first suture anchor thereby deploying it at the first tissue location. Then, the deployment system is removed from the patient, and a second suture anchor is coupled to the distal end of the shaft. The deployment system is re-inserted into the patient and the distal end of the system is moved adjacent a second tissue location, and the process is repeated for a second suture anchor at the second tissue location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Thomas Neudeck, Ryan Gilkey, Naser Ahmad, Andrew Gant, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200163665
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system and method are disclosed as are devices for use with the system and method such as a suture dispenser, a cinch device, and a tissue grasper. In one embodiment the suturing system includes a cap assembly arranged at the distal end portion of an endoscope or guide member, with the cap assembly including a rotatable needle holder. The needle holder is actuated through a transmission element extending outside the endoscope or guide member. A needle capture device may be inserted through a channel of the endoscope or guide member in order to capture a needle held in the needle holder when the needle holder is rotated so that the needle punctures tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Peter K. Kratsch, Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Publication number: 20200163666
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system and method are disclosed as are devices for use with the system and method such as a suture dispenser, a cinch device, and a tissue grasper. In one embodiment the suturing system includes a cap assembly arranged at the distal end portion of an endoscope or guide member, with the cap assembly including a rotatable needle holder. The needle holder is actuated through a transmission element extending outside the endoscope or guide member. A needle capture device may be inserted through a channel of the endoscope or guide member in order to capture a needle held in the needle holder when the needle holder is rotated so that the needle punctures tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Peter K. Kratsch, Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Patent number: 10639028
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200029953
    Abstract: A system includes a first tube, a sharp coil at a distal end of the first tube, a second tube displaceable within the first tube, and a sharp housing at a distal of the second tube for storing fasteners. The housing can be positioned at a first tissue, and the coil rotated to advance the coil into engagement with the first tissue. The first tube is retracted to retract the first tissue, and then a first fastener is deployed at the first tissue location. Then, without removing the system from the patient, the distal end of the system is moved adjacent a second tissue location, and the process is repeated for a second fastener at the second tissue location. A suture extends between the first and second fasteners, and tension is applied to the suture to draw the first and second tissues toward each other to reconfigure the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Charles Dean
  • Publication number: 20190321037
    Abstract: An anchor and suture assembly is provided for use with an endoscopic suturing device with a needle holder arm. The anchor assembly includes an anchor tip and an anchor body. The anchor tip has a blunt end that may be rounded or beaded, a capture groove, a tab groove and a plug portion positioned between the capture groove and the tab groove. The anchor body has first and second ends, tip tabs, retainers for removably retaining the anchor body relative to the needle holder arm, and a suture opening. The anchor tip is fixed relative to the anchor body by plastic deformation of the tip tabs into the tab groove. A suture extends into the suture opening of the anchor body and is fixed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Andrew Gant, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 10448946
    Abstract: A suture cinch, cinch applicator, and cinch loader for loading the cinch into the applicator are provided and permit re-use of the applicator with multiple cinches during an endoscopic procedure. The applicator can be loaded with a first cinch, apply the first cinch onto a portion of suture to fix the portion of suture relative to anatomical tissue, reloaded with a second cinch optionally using the loader, and subsequently used to apply the second cinch to fix another portion of suture to fix the other portion of suture relative to anatomical tissue. The cinch is a unitary tubular member through which the suture can be advanced when the cinch is loaded within the applicator. The cinch defines multiple ribs and a cutter in a wall thereof. Operation of the applicator deforms the ribs inward to retain the cinch on the suture and displaces the cutter to sever the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Patent number: 10426457
    Abstract: A system includes a first tube, a sharp coil at a distal end of the first tube, a second tube displaceable within the first tube, and a sharp housing at a distal of the second tube for storing fasteners. The housing can be positioned at a first tissue, and the coil rotated to advance the coil into engagement with the first tissue. The first tube is retracted to retract the first tissue, and then a first fastener is deployed at the first tissue location. Then, without removing the system from the patient, the distal end of the system is moved adjacent a second tissue location, and the process is repeated for a second fastener at the second tissue location. A suture extends between the first and second fasteners, and tension is applied to the suture to draw the first and second tissues toward each other to reconfigure the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Charles Dean
  • Publication number: 20190274721
    Abstract: Instruments, systems and methods are provided for performing submucosal medical procedures in a desired area of the digestive tract using endoscopy. Instruments include a safe access needle injection instrument, a submucosal tunneling instrument, a submucosal dissection instrument, a mucosal resection device. Systems include a combination of one or more of such instruments with or without injectable agents. Embodiments of various methods for performing the procedures are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Brett E. Naglreiter, Donald K. Jones