Hand Implements Patents (Class 112/169)
  • Patent number: 10799234
    Abstract: A suturing end effector includes a first jaw member, a second jaw member, and a helical needle. The first and second jaw members are moveable relative to one another between open and closed configurations. Each of the first and second jaw members defines a first row of wells that define a helical path when the first and second jaw members are in the closed configuration. The helical needle is rotatable through the helical path between retracted and extended positions. The helical needle is configured to draw a suture through tissue between the first and second jaw members when the helical needle is rotatably advanced through the helical path and configured to be independently moveable relative to the suture when retracted from the advanced position to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stanislaw Marczyk, Simon R. Grover, Emily Triggs, Alistair Ward
  • Patent number: 10792472
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus used in an ostomy procedure includes an introducer configured for atraumatic insertion in a tissue opening and a dilator. The dilator includes an elongate body and an extension movably coupled to the elongate body. A distal portion of the elongate body is disposed within and axially movable relative to the introducer between first and second positions. The extension is configured to move from a retracted state to an expanded state in response to movement of the dilator relative to the introducer from the first position to the second position. In the retracted state, the extension is disposed within the introducer, and in the expanded state the extension projects laterally outward from the distal portion of the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Jeevan Maddur Shankarsetty
  • Patent number: 10779812
    Abstract: A suturing device includes an elongate body, a needle holder, an actuator, a needle and a needle retainer. The needle holder extends away from a distal end portion or is provided as part of the distal end portion of the elongate body. The needle holder includes a distal end section having a distal-most tip, and defines a needle passage and a distal opening adjacent the distal-most tip. The actuator is operable between a first operating position and a second operating position. Movement of the actuator from the first operating position toward the second operating position moves the needle in an advance direction. The needle is in the needle passage. The needle retainer engages the needle holder and the needle when the actuator is in the first operating position and inhibits movement of the needle toward distal opening while the actuator is in the first operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Durastat LLC
    Inventors: David Greg Anderson, Mark F. Kurd, Jay Tapper, Jens Johnson
  • Patent number: 10779595
    Abstract: A hair extension attachment device comprises a housing that includes a sewing mechanism, and a guard configured to shield the sewing mechanism from an individual. The sewing mechanism is configured to receive a first hair section from the individual (e.g., a braid) and a second hair section (e.g., a hair extension or weft) not from the individual, and sew the first and second hair sections together, affixing the second hair section to the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Ramada L. Hurst
  • Patent number: 10779814
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a handle, a cartridge configured to removably couple to the handle, an actuator movably coupled to the handle, and a lock operably coupled to the actuator. A first needle assembly and a second needle assembly of the cartridge are operably coupled to a first coupling portion and a second coupling portion, respectively, of the actuator when the cartridge is coupled to the handle. The first coupling portion is configured to transition the first needle assembly from a first configuration to a second configuration such that a first capture portion engages a first needle. The second coupling portion is configured to transition the second needle assembly from a first configuration to a second configuration such that a second capture portion engages the second needle. The lock is configured to selectively limit movement of the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: DURASTAT, LLC
    Inventors: Mark F. Kurd, David Greg Anderson, Jaime E. Sarabia, Eric Buehlmann
  • Patent number: 10737062
    Abstract: The present invention is a catheter actuation handle for deflecting a distal end of a tubular catheter body, the handle including an auto-locking mechanism. The handle comprises upper and lower grip portions, an actuator, and an auto-locking mechanism. The auto-locking mechanism is adapted to hold a deflected distal end of the catheter in place without input from the operator. When the distal end of the catheter is deflected from its zero position, it typically will seek a return to its zero position, and as a result exerts a force on the actuator. The auto-locking mechanism acts by providing a second force that resists this force from the distal end and holds the distal end in place. As a result, the operator does not need to maintain contact with the buttons to maintain the distal end 18 in a set position once placed there by actuating the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Clint Schneider, Joshua L. Dudney, Richard E. Stehr, Troy T. Tegg, Michael C. Bednarek, Guy P. Vanney, James A. Jensen, Michael W. Stine
  • Patent number: 10737523
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stapler including: a body including a fixed plate provided on a top portion of one end thereof and formed with a needle insertion hole, and a lower thread supplier provided below the fixed plate to feed a lower thread through the needle insertion hole; and a presser which is connected to the other end of the body at one end thereof by a rotating shaft, includes a fastening needle installed to the other end to stitch an object, and penetrates the needle insertion hole together with an upper thread, in which the object is stitched with the upper thread and the lower thread when pressure is applied to the presser. Since the sheets of paper are bound with the thread, it is possible to prevent the paper from being discolored or crumbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Jun Gu Kim
  • Patent number: 10736623
    Abstract: A suturing device include a handle, an elongate body, an actuator, and a needle holder. The elongate body connects with the handle. The actuator interacts with the elongate body and is operable between a first operating position and a second operating position. The actuator includes a manually operated member including an operator contact surface. The needle holder extends away from a distal end portion or is provided as part of the distal end portion of the elongate body. The needle holder includes a distal end section having a distal-most tip and defining a needle passage and a distal opening adjacent the distal-most tip. The needle passage is configured to receive at least a portion of an associated needle when the actuator is in the first operating position. The needle holder and the elongate body are rotatable with respect to the handle about a rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: DURASTAT LLC
    Inventors: David Greg Anderson, Mark F. Kurd, Jay Tapper, Jens Johnson
  • Patent number: 10736646
    Abstract: Aspects of a device are described herein. The device may comprise: a housing including a track with a plurality of segments; a plunger including a pin located in the track; a sheath extending distally from the housing; a wire extending distally from the plunger into the sheath; and an end effector on a distal end of the wire, wherein the housing is movable relative to the plunger to move the pin between the plurality of segments, and each of the plurality of segments corresponds with a position of the end effector relative to the sheath. Related devices, kits, and methods also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 10709442
    Abstract: A needle for use with an endoscopic stitching device includes a first end portion that is movable relative to a second end portion to allow the needle to convert from a first, mis-aligned orientation to a second, aligned orientation, thereby allowing the length of the needle in the aligned orientation to exceed the height of an end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kevin Sniffin, Mark Russo, Gregory Fischvogt, Russell Pribanic, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 10709443
    Abstract: A suturing device includes a needle, a suture, an elongate body, an actuator and a curved needle holder. The needle has first end, which is pointed, a second end, a curved distal section and a straighter proximal section, which is straight or has a radius of curvature greater than the curved distal section. The suture connects with the needle. The actuator includes a mechanism operable to move the needle with respect to the elongate body. The curved needle holder extends away from a distal end portion or is provided as part of the distal end portion of the elongate body. The curved needle holder includes an inner surface defining a curved needle passage for holding the needle and a distal opening through which the needle exits the curved needle holder. The needle frictionally engages the inner surface when the needle is in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Durastat LLC
    Inventors: David Greg Anderson, Mark F. Kurd, Jay Tapper, Jens Johnson
  • Patent number: 10687814
    Abstract: Embodiments include an end effector including an anvil, the anvil having an anvil face, an anvil blade channel defined by the anvil face, a first pocket row of first row staple pockets, a second pocket row of second row staple pockets, a third pocket row of third row staple pockets, a fourth pocket row of fourth row staple pockets, a fifth pocket row of fifth row staple pockets, a sixth pocket row of sixth row staple pockets, a cartridge having a cartridge face defining a cartridge blade channel, the cartridge being configured to retain a plurality of staples, and a blade, the blade having a cutting edge, where the blade is movable from a first position at a distal end of the cartridge to a second position at a proximal end of the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Standard Bariatrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Jonathan R. Thompson, Richard P. Nuchols
  • Patent number: 10588621
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a medical needle with which, compared to a conventionally known suture thread guide needle, puncture, handling, and perforation are easy when guiding a suture thread along a hernia orifice beneath the skin, and therefore, the medical needle enables the execution of an LPEC method using simpler procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: COSMIC M.E.INC.
    Inventor: Masao Endo
  • Patent number: 10478170
    Abstract: A delivery device for inserting a plurality of T-fastener-equipped sutures into a body of a patient in a spaced-apart configuration for the purpose of securing the stomach wall against the abdominal wall, also known as gastropexy, is disclosed. The suture delivery device is configured to deliver multiple sutures using a single needle and without need for reloading, saving time and effort for the clinician and simplifying the suture placement process. In one embodiment, a T-fastener-equipped suture delivery device comprises a housing, a hollow needle extending from the housing, and a plurality of T-fastener-equipped sutures at least partially disposed within one of the needle and the housing. An ejection assembly for successively ejecting the T-fasteners from a distal end of the needle without reloading the delivery device is also included in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Weir, Glade H. Howell, Michael Barenboym, Kenneth A. Eliasen, Matthew J. Cohn
  • Patent number: 10433832
    Abstract: A suturing device is provided. The suturing device may include at least one suturing needle, a drive mechanism and an impulse mechanism. The drive mechanism may be operatively coupled to the suturing needle and configured to advance the suturing needle from a retracted position to an extended position during engagement, and retract the suturing needle from the extended position to the retracted position during disengagement. The impulse mechanism may be operatively coupled to the drive mechanism and configured to accumulate energy during engagement of the suturing needle, and instantaneously release the accumulated energy through the drive mechanism during disengagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Surgimatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Jafar S. Hasan, Wai N. Chin, James Orrico, Adam A. Saban, Gary M. Kobylewski
  • Patent number: 10383755
    Abstract: A device and method for selectively engaging or penetrating a layer of a luminal organ wall where the luminal organ wall has a plurality of layers including an outermost layer and an innermost layer adjacent to the lumen of the organ. The device and method select one of the plurality of layers of the organ wall other than the innermost layer and deploy from within the lumen of the organ a tissue device through the innermost layer to a specific depth to engage or penetrate the selected one of the plurality of layers. The device and method may be employed to create luminal pouches or restrictive outlets. In a stomach organ, the device and methods may be employed to treat obesity by forming a gastric pouch with or without a restrictive outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Kelleher, Corbett Stone
  • Patent number: 10321905
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, and a cartridge receiving assembly. The body has an actuator. The cartridge receiving assembly includes a first jaw and a second jaw. The first jaw is movable relative to the second jaw between an open position and a closed position. The first and second jaws are configured to receive a suture cartridge therebetween when the first jaw is in the open position. The first and second jaws are configured to secure a suture cartridge therebetween and thereby operatively couple the actuator with the suture cartridge when the first jaw is in the closed position. The first jaw is further configured to receive a needle of the suture cartridge directly thereagainst when the first jaw is in the closed position such that the first jaw is configured to capture the needle within the suture cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Chester O. Baxter, III, Mark J. Bookbinder, Daniel J. Mumaw, Andrew C. Deck, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, J. Bernar Ogzewalla
  • Patent number: 10314566
    Abstract: The invention encompasses devices and methods used to provide wound closure based on rings positioned within the tissue layers of the wound opening (with the rings regionally separate the wound depth tissue layers into 2 compartments), followed by suture transport through the rings and full-thickness tissue layers of both compartments. Upon suture transport via synchronous or asynchronous manner and device removal, wound closure is achieved by tying the 2 ends of the suture without incorporating tissue above the level of the rings such as skin. When the device is applied to abdominal or chest wall wound opening, all tissue layers except the skin are incorporated in the suture closure of the wound. The closure process can be performed in a simple, reliable, and expeditious manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MEDEON BIODESIGN, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Hsu, Senzen Hsu
  • Patent number: 10285687
    Abstract: A device for suturing an anatomic valve can comprise an elongate body, a suture catch mechanism and a suture clasp arm. The suture catch mechanism can be operatively coupled to the elongate body for movement between a retracted position and an advanced position. The suture clasp arm can be attached to the elongate body for movement between a retracted position and an extended position. The suture clasp arm can comprise a suture clasp configured to releasably retain a suture portion. In some embodiments, the suture clasp is positioned on the suture clasp arm such that the suture catch mechanism retrieves the suture portion from the suture clasp arm while the arm is at least partially retracted. In some embodiments, the suture clasp arm can be closed about a tissue portion without damaging the tissue portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Nobles Medical Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony A. Nobles, Benjamin G. Brosch, John R. Crew
  • Patent number: 10271837
    Abstract: An arteriotomy closure device. The arteriotomy closure device includes a proximal end and a distal end designed to be inserted into an arteriotomy opening resulting from an endovascular procedure. The arteriotomy closure device provides a pair of doors operated by a door drive that stabilize the arteriotomy closure device within an artery during a closure operation. A plurality of needles with a suture attached to each penetrate the arterial wall. When the needles are engaged with a plurality of needle receptors, a cap trap is engaged with the needle receptors so that when the needles are retracted, the suture is secured in a position to close the arteriotomy opening. When the needles are retracted, the doors are lowered and the arteriotomy closure device is removed from the closure site, the suture is used to close the arteriotomy opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Mohammad Reza Rajebi
  • Patent number: 10265066
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a stapling head assembly, an anvil, a firing assembly, a load sensor, and an indicator. The firing assembly actuates the stapling head assembly to drive an annular array of staples through tissue toward the anvil. The load sensor is operable to sense a load in the firing assembly while the firing assembly actuates the stapling head assembly. The indicator is operable to provide feedback based on the load sensed by the load sensor. The firing assembly may include a longitudinally translatable member. The instrument may further include a position sensor that is operable to sense a longitudinal position of the translatable member while the firing assembly actuates the stapling head assembly. The indicator may be activated based on data from at least one of the sensors indicating completion or failure of a full actuation stroke of the firing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John P. Measamer, Charles J. Scheib, Emily A. Schellin, Brian W. Bear, Brian F. DiNardo, Christopher C. Miller, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10231730
    Abstract: A suture apparatus having a housing, actuator and capture rod, the actuator being engaged to the capture rod to form an actuator-capture rod assembly, an elongated cannula shaft having a lumen that extends through the shaft, and capture rod retraction means, the housing including an internal region that is configured to receive and support the capture rod retraction means, actuator proximal end and actuator rod distal end therein, wherein said capture rod retraction means is in communication with said actuator. The actuator-capture rod assembly and capture rod retraction means being positioned and configured to transition from a retracted position to an extended position when an actuation force is applied to the actuator and return the retracted position by the retraction means when the actuation force is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SUTURE EASE, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Heneveld
  • Patent number: 10188386
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a stapling head assembly, an anvil, an anvil adjustment assembly, and an indicator assembly. The anvil is configured to couple with the stapling head assembly. The anvil adjustment assembly includes a translating member, which is operable to translate relative to the body to thereby adjust a gap distance between the anvil and a distal surface of the stapling head assembly. The indicator assembly includes a first member and a second member. The first member is configured to translate in response to translation of the translating member relative to the body. The second member is configured to remain stationary relative to the body. The indicator assembly is configured to provide feedback indicating whether the gap distance is sized to release tissue from between the anvil and the distal surface based on positioning of the first member in relation to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John P. Measamer, Christopher C. Miller, Charles J. Scheib
  • Patent number: 10188381
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a handle, a cartridge configured to removably couple to the handle, an actuator movably coupled to the handle, and a lock operably coupled to the actuator. A first needle assembly and a second needle assembly of the cartridge are operably coupled to a first coupling portion and a second coupling portion, respectively, of the actuator when the cartridge is coupled to the handle. The first coupling portion is configured to transition the first needle assembly from a first configuration to a second configuration such that a first capture portion engages a first needle. The second coupling portion is configured to transition the second needle assembly from a first configuration to a second configuration such that a second capture portion engages the second needle. The lock is configured to selectively limit movement of the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dura Tap LLC
    Inventors: Mark F. Kurd, David Greg Anderson, Jaime E. Sarabia, Eric Buehlmann
  • Patent number: 10130455
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a sling implant system are provided. Embodiments of the implants can include one or more collapsibility and expandability features or portions adapted to improve introduction and deployment of the implant within the patient. The implants can be folded, collapsed or otherwise reduced in size or construct to fit within a delivery tool or catheter for later expandability upon deployment of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Knipfer
  • Patent number: 10058324
    Abstract: A suture device includes a needle operating device movable longitudinally with respect to a housing between at least an insertion position and a needle transfer position. The needle operating device includes an elongate operating element arranged extending from a distal end of the housing to or near a housing proximal end. A needle holder connected at a distal end of the operating element holds two or more needles, with free ends directed in proximal direction. The holder is movable with respect to a protection device between at least a protecting position shielding the free ends, and a non-protecting position for the same. A needle receive device at a distal end of the housing receives the free ends when the operating device is moved to the transfer position. In at least the insertion position the holder and the protection device are spaced longitudinally from the housing to receive a tissue therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: STICHTING VU-VUMC
    Inventors: Rianne Irene Van Loenen, Micha Ilan Paalman, Alexander Arnold Frederik Adriaan Veenhof
  • Patent number: 9986997
    Abstract: A tissue closure device includes a pusher assembly having a drive arm extending from a drive shaft and a needle driver at a distal end of the drive arm, wherein the needle driver is capable of releasably engaging and rotating a suturing needle having a pointed end and a blunt end about a rotational axis and a cartridge having a protective housing and the suturing needle, the cartridge extending from a distal end of a cartridge holder assembly and releasably attached to the cartridge holder assembly. A pointed end of the suturing needle may be positioned within the protective housing before and after a complete rotation of the suturing needle about the rotational axis. A removable electronic module may be provided controlled by an actuator that mechanically engages the drive shaft to rotate the drive shaft and the needle driver, thereby rotating the suturing needle about the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: EndoEvolution, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Meade, Douglas M. MacArthur, Stephen M. Blinn, Christopher Saulnier, Brian R. Edwards, Gerald I. Brecher
  • 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: 9980721
    Abstract: A suturing device includes a housing, a rod, a ferrule assembly, and a needle. The housing defines a guide lumen extending longitudinally therethrough. The rod is engaged with the housing and extends distally therefrom. The ferrule assembly is disposed at a distal end of the rod and is configured to releasably retain a ferrule therein. The ferrule is adapted to retain of a portion of a suture therein. The needle is configured for translation through the guide lumen defined within the housing. A distal end of the needle is configured to engage the ferrule within the ferrule assembly for removal of the ferrule from the ferrule assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Robert C. Smith
  • Patent number: 9974535
    Abstract: A medical device for installing sutures to close an incision in tissue or human skin is disclosed. The suturing device may provide first and second arcuate needles. Once properly positioned, the first and second arcuate needles are driven through the sub-dermal layer, or alternatively through a superficial surface, of two sections of skin to be joined. This is done in arcuate fashion and at identical and symmetrical rates of angular displacement. In so doing, the sections of skin are pushed toward one another thus assuring horizontal and vertical alignment of the two sections of skin. During the driving or retraction process of the first and second arcuate needles, a suture is positioned within both the first and second sections of skin and transformed from a planar or a multi-planar serpentine orientation to a helical orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Surgimatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Jafar Syed Hasan, Wai Ngai Chin, Gary Michael Kobylewski
  • Patent number: 9962155
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for minimally invasive suturing is disclosed. A suturing device for minimally invasive suturing includes proximal section having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis therebetween, a suture head assembly extending from the distal end of the proximal section; a suturing needle having a pointed end and a blunt end, the suturing needle capable of rotating about an axis approximately perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the proximal section, wherein the pointed end of the suturing needle is positioned within the suture head assembly prior to and after rotation of the suturing needle, and an actuator extending from the proximal end of the proximal section to actuate a reciprocating needle drive having a needle driver for engaging and rotating the suturing needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EndoEvolution, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Meade, Jerry R. Griffiths, Francis J. DiFrancesco, Richard Clark
  • Patent number: 9962212
    Abstract: According to a first configuration, a hand tool is configured to include a shaft, a handle disposed at a proximal end of the shaft, and a tubular tip disposed on a hinge at a distal end of the shaft. The tubular tip pivots about the hinge, providing a way to steer a resource to a specific location in a medical site. In accordance with a second configuration, a hand tool includes a flexible section of tube, a flexible sheathing, and a link. The flexible sheathing encases the flexible section of tube. At least a portion of the link resides between an outer surface of the flexible section of tube and an inner surface of the flexible sheathing. One end of the link is affixed to a distal tip of the flexible section of tube. Pulling on the link causes the flexible section of tube to arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Li Fan, Michael Charles Ferragamo, James Joseph Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9955995
    Abstract: A puncture device and method are disclosed, the puncture device includes a puncture member having a puncture needle for puncturing a biological tissue, a shaft portion, and a connection portion for connecting the puncture needle and the shaft portion to each other. The puncture needle includes a needle main body for puncturing the biological tissue, and an extension needle provided for movement relative to the needle main body along a longitudinal direction of the needle main body and configured to puncture the biological tissue. The puncture device includes, as extension means for moving the extension needle in a direction toward the distal end of the needle main body with respect to the needle main body to extend the puncture needle, and/or a pusher for pushing the extension needle to move in the direction toward the distal end of the needle main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Shigeki Ariura
  • Patent number: 9949735
    Abstract: A medical device for installing sutures to close an incision in tissue or human skin is disclosed. The suturing device may provide first and second arcuate needles. Once properly positioned, the first and second arcuate needles are driven through the sub-dermal layer, or alternatively through a superficial surface, of two sections of skin to be joined. This is done in arcuate fashion and at identical and symmetrical rates of angular displacement. In so doing, the sections of skin are pushed toward one another thus assuring horizontal and vertical alignment of the two sections of skin. During the driving or retraction process of the first and second arcuate needles, a suture is positioned within both the first and second sections of skin and transformed from a planar or a multi-planar serpentine orientation to a helical orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Surgimatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Jafar Syed Hasan, Wai Ngai Chin, Gary Michael Kobylewski
  • Patent number: 9936942
    Abstract: A suturing device is provided. The suturing device may include at least one needle configured to engage a suture for deployment, at least one release mechanism coupled to the needle configured to release an engaged suture upon deployment, and a drive mechanism operatively coupled to the needle and configured to advance the needle from a retracted position to an extended position during engagement, and retract the needle from the extended position to the retracted position during disengagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Surgimatix, Inc.
    Inventors: Wai N. Chin, Adam Saban, James Orrico, Gary M. Kobylewski, Jafar S. Hasan
  • Patent number: 9937044
    Abstract: The present teachings provide devices and methods of treating a tricuspid valve regurgitation. Specifically, one aspect of the present teachings provides devices and methods for reshaping and resizing the right ventricle by reducing the distances between two papillary muscles. Another aspect of the present teachings provides devices and methods for reshaping and resizing the right ventricle by reducing the distances along the right ventricle wall. Another aspect of the present teachings provides devices and methods for reshaping and resizing the right ventricle by reducing the distance between the distance of right ventricle outflow track and the right ventricle wall. Another aspect of the present teachings provides devices and methods for reshaping and resizing the right ventricle by changing the right ventricle sphericity index. Another aspect of the present teachings provides devices and methods for reshaping and resizing the right ventricle by reducing the tricuspid valve tethering height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: MITRALIGN, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Sutherland, Christopher Lee, Richard Morrill, Steven Cahalane
  • Patent number: 9895146
    Abstract: The wound closure device includes an outer tubular housing, an inner shaft that extends through the housing, a needle control assembly at least partially disposed with the housing, a pair of hollow needles in communication with the needle control assembly, sutures in the housing, and a suture deployment assembly connected to a distal end of each suture and to the inner shaft. The needles can be inserted into a tissue to deposit the sutures and suture anchors at or near wound edges. The needles can thereafter be completely withdrawn from the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Ayman Al-Jazaeri
  • Patent number: 9888914
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, at least one user input feature, an elongate shaft, a needle applier, and a motor. The needle applier includes a needle and a drive assembly coupled to the needle. The drive assembly is configured to drive the needle along an orbital path about a rotation axis that is transverse to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, in response to an actuation of the user input feature. The motor is configured provide motion to the needle applier to thereby actuate the drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Daniel J. Mumaw, Daniel L. Geiger, Andrew C. Deck, Mark J. Bookbinder, Richard P. Fuchs, Michael D. Cronin, William J. White, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9889276
    Abstract: A system for securing a device in tissue, having a sheath having a plurality of side openings; a rotatable element disposed within the sheath; and a plurality of curved projections extending from the rotatable element, wherein rotation of the rotatable element within the sheath pushes distal ends of each of the curved projections outwardly through one of the plurality of openings and into the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventor: Laveille Kao Voss
  • Patent number: 9867608
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, an input feature, an elongate shaft, and a needle applier. The needle applier is coupled to the elongate shaft, which extends distally from the body. The needle applier includes a needle, a drive assembly, and a guide assembly. The drive assembly includes a link configured to drive the needle orbitally about a rotation axis that is transverse to the longitudinal axis of the shaft in response to actuation of the input feature. The guide assembly is in communication with the input feature and the drive assembly. The guide assembly is responsive to the input feature to guide a distal portion of the link along a semi-circular path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Trevor J. Barton, Charles J. Scheib, Andrew C. Deck, David T. Martin, William J. White, Emily A. Schellin
  • Patent number: 9861364
    Abstract: A wound closure device includes a shaft and a tubular member disposed about the shaft. A plurality of arms are coupled to the shaft in a distal region of the shaft. A plunger is slidably disposed within the shaft and coupled to the plurality of arms. The plunger is selectively translatable relative to the shaft for moving the plurality of arms between a retracted position and a deployed position. A plurality of needles is disposed within needle lumens defined within the tubular member. An actuator sleeve is slidably disposed about the tubular member and coupled to the plurality of needles. The actuator sleeve is translatable between an un-actuated position, wherein the distal end of each needle is disposed within its respective needle lumen, and an actuated position, wherein the distal end of each needle extends distally from its respective needle lumen into a respective one of the plurality of arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Scott J. Prior, Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 9839419
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, first and second drive elements, a shaft, and a needle applier. The first drive element has a distal portion located at a distal end of the body. The second drive element has a proximal portion located at a proximal end of the shaft. The proximal portion of the second drive element is configured to removably couple with the distal portion of first drive element such that the first and second drive elements are aligned along a common axis and such that the first drive element is configured to communicate motion to the second drive element. The needle applier includes a needle and a drive assembly, which is configured to drive the needle along an orbital path about a rotation axis that is transverse to the longitudinal axis, in response to motion of the second drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew C. Deck, William J. White, Daniel J. Mumaw, David T. Martin, Daniel L. Geiger, Christopher J. Hess, Michael D. Cronin, James G. Lee, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9820768
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to surgical instruments for use in handheld applications or with robotic surgical systems. The surgical instruments may comprise an end effector to treat tissue and a shaft extending proximally from the end effector along a longitudinal axis. Some embodiments may be usable with an instrument mounting portion of a robotic surgical instrument. For example, the shaft may extend proximally to the instrument mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jacob S. Gee, Foster B. Stulen, Kevin L. Houser, Craig N. Faller, Sora Rhee, William D. Dannaher, Gregory W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9782164
    Abstract: A surgical kit includes an instrument and two or more cartridges. The instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, and a cartridge receiving assembly. The cartridge receiving assembly has a movable output feature, which is configured to move in response to activation of the actuation input feature. The cartridges may include a first suturing cartridge and a second suturing cartridge, with first and second suture needles, respectively. The second suture needle may extend along an arc that has a larger radius of curvature than an arc associated with the first suture needle. The cartridges may also include a drive assembly that is operable to drive the needle along an orbital path in response to movement of the actuation input feature. The cartridges may also include features that are operable to apply clips or staples. The cartridges may also include features that are operable to grasp or cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Mumaw, Christopher J. Hess, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David T. Martin
  • Patent number: 9782156
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vascular closure device adapted for use in closing a puncture in a blood vessel after e.g. a percutaneous interventional procedure. The disclosure also relates to a method for vascular closure using such a vascular closure device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: M-V Arterica AB
    Inventors: Thomas Larzon, Robert G. Whirley, Daniel Karlsson, Henrik Nyman, Joseph Humphrey, Cecilia Larzon
  • Patent number: 9750495
    Abstract: A suturing device is disclosed. The suturing device includes an end effector assembly disposed on a distal end of the suturing device. The end effector assembly includes at least one guide tube housing at least one elongated member, a clamshell, and a probe configured for disposal in a graft tubular tissue circumferentially offset from the clamshell. The probe includes at least one guide tube attached to a suture having a first end and a second end. The at least one elongated member is deployed to puncture graft tubular tissue and mate with the at least one aperture of the probe such that extraction of the at least one elongated member simultaneously draws out the suture through the punctured graft tubular tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Eric Kramer, Adam Carahalios, John Hammerland, III, Todd Scott
  • Patent number: 9743923
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for surgical suturing with thread management. An illustrative apparatus for tissue suturing includes a cartridge having a suturing needle having a pointed end and a blunt end, the suturing needle capable of rotating about an axis, a reciprocating needle drive, and an actuator capable of releasably engaging the needle rotation drive to rotate the needle. A method for suturing tissue is provided that includes placing a suturing device having a cartridge containing a suturing needle to span at least one tissue segment, activating an actuator to cause rotational movement of the suturing needle through the at least one tissue segment, and deactivating the actuator to stop an advancing movement of the suturing needle to cause a suturing material to be pulled through the at least one tissue segment forming a stitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ENDOEVOLUTION, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Meade, Niall G. Deloughry, Gerald I. Brecher, James H. Bleck
  • Patent number: 9738997
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a quilting machine and more specifically a long-arm stitching machine, or stitcher. The stitcher includes handles that are used to trace a laser dot on a pantograph pattern located in front of the fabric being quilted. Tracing the laser dot ensures that the needle and thread associated with the sewing machine head duplicates the pattern being traced. In the present invention, the handles are placed to one side of the sewing machine head to allow an operator to remain upright when watching the laser trace the pattern or the needle and thread quilting the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Gammill, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lee Elliott, Joseph Wesley Bauman, John Ray Busé, Bettilou Kenney Langford
  • Patent number: 9724089
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a drive gear assembly, and a drive arm. The housing defines a channel that receives a needle such that the needle is movable within the channel. The drive gear assembly is positioned within the housing and includes a first gear, a second gear, and a rack. The rack is translatable relative to the housing and is coupled with the first and second gears to rotate the first and second gears. The drive arm is coupled with the drive gear assembly and engages the needle to move the needle within the channel of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Wells D. Haberstich, James A. Woodard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9636143
    Abstract: A trocar adapted for insertion through a fascia layer of an abdominal wall, comprising a proximal end configured for handling by a user; a distal end configured for insertion into tissue; and a shaft extending in between the proximal end and distal end, wherein the shaft comprises a narrow portion proximal to the distal end, the narrow portion defining at least one recess shaped and sized to receive fascia tissue, the recess ending, at a distal end, with a generally proximally facing surface of the shaft configured directly below the narrow portion, the proximally facing surface and the narrow portion shaped and sized to stabilize the trocar in the abdominal wall by the fascia. In some embodiments, a trocar and external cannula assembly are provided. In some embodiments, the trocar and/or trocar and external cannula assembly are configured for deployment of one or more anchors and/or sutures in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Gordian Surgical Ltd.
    Inventors: Hagay Weisbrod, Oded Elish