Inserters And Removers Patents (Class 128/840)
  • Patent number: 10932943
    Abstract: A method for promoting contraception by placing a contraceptive device within a uterus without blocking fallopian tubes may involve advancing a distal end of a delivery device through a cervix, advancing the contraceptive device comprising an elongate shape memory member out of the distal end of the delivery device and into the uterus, and limiting inferior migration of the contraceptive device within the uterus. Inferior migration may be limited by allowing the contraceptive device to assume a shape, when subjected to pressure that tends to cause a downward migration of the device within the uterus, in which an expandable middle portion of the device is expanded to contact the inner wall of the uterus and thus limit the downward migration of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SEBELA VLC LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Tal, Bob Katz, Mark James Debisschop, Peter Wilson, Oleg Shikhman
  • Patent number: 10639029
    Abstract: A suture passer includes a needle extending longitudinally and configured to be manipulated between a catch position and a release position and a first suture notch and a second suture notch. The first and second suture notches extend respectively through the needle with a first catch undercut and a second catch undercut. Each of the first and second suture notches are configured to receive a suture thread therein and releasably capture the suture thread radially inwardly as the needle is manipulated toward the catch direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Shailendra K. Parihar, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10583035
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inserter for an intrauterine system, comprising a handle (3) having a longitudinal opening (8) at its first end, said opening (8) having a longitudinal axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the inserter, a first end (8 a) and a second end (8 b), a movable slider (5) arranged in said longitudinal opening (8) and having a first end (5 a) and a second end (5 b), a plunger (2) attached to the handle (3) and having a longitudinal axis, and an insertion tube (6) having a first end, a second end and a longitudinal axis essentially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the plunger (2), the insertion tube (6) being, along said longitudinal axis, movably arranged around the plunger (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Bayer Oy
    Inventors: Heikki Lyytikäinen, Ilkka Jutila, Ulla Calvo Alonso, Harri Jukarainen, Taina Tjäder, Andrew Macleod, Michael Noble, David Whitaker
  • Patent number: 9981081
    Abstract: A devise for retracting or opening a tissue wound employs two retractor arms that do not enter or penetrate into the wound. The retractor arms engage the tissue on either side of the wound and apply outward pressure on the tissue surface to open the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: John Richard Parker
  • Patent number: 9968432
    Abstract: An occlusion system includes a delivery catheter having an elongate body defining a delivery lumen, and an occlusion device including a bundle of elongate occlusion wires configured for simultaneous delivery through the delivery lumen. At least a portion of each of the occlusion wires includes a shape memory material and has a preformed shape. The occlusion system includes a delivery configuration in which each of the occlusion wires is positioned within the delivery lumen, urged against the preformed shape, and substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the delivery lumen, and a post-deployment configuration in which each of the occlusion wires is released from the delivery lumen and conforms to the preformed shape. According to the preformed shape, each of the occlusion wires has a longitudinal segment remaining parallel to the longitudinal axis and a curved end providing an outward radial force with respect to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Karol Lagodzki, Tyler Turk, Jeremy Schaeffer, Trevor Plassman, Elizabeth Anne Theobald
  • Patent number: 9949870
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inserter (100), having a proximal (20) and distal (30) end, for inserting and positioning an intra-uterine device (IUD) (120), which is attached to a withdrawal string (130), said inserter (100) comprising: a) a plunger (102), having a central longitudinal axis, configured for slidable mounting of a hollow protective tube (110), the distal (30) end of the plunger (102) being configured for dismountable connection with the IUD (120), which protective tube (110) is configured to slidably cover the IUD (120); b) a handle (104), which is attached to the proximal (20) end of the plunger (102); and c) a longitudinal member (150) that forms part of the handle (104), which extends in the distal (30) direction with respect to the plunger (102), which longitudinal member (150) contains a friction contact surface (152) against which the protective tube (110) can frictionally engage, wherein the frictional engagement of the friction contact surface (152) against the protective tube (11
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Odyssea Pharma S.P.R.L.
    Inventors: Francis Frankenne, Vincent Gerkens
  • Patent number: 9827406
    Abstract: An insertion tool for implanting a medicinal delivery device, such as which is attached to the tissue or mucous membrane lining of a human organ, such as a female cervix, through a variety of means not limited to vacuum suction and/or mechanical fastening. The delivery tool exhibits an elongated body with a vacuum inducing support surface for retaining the delivery device in a first implantation stage. Forward end located actuating clamps grip peripheral locations of the device during implantation, and upon completion, can be pivoted out of engagement with the body of the delivery device, via the toggle initiated displacement of a sleeve integrated into the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Miguel A. Linares, Elie Mulhem
  • Patent number: 9707123
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inserter for an intrauterine system, comprising a handle (3) having a longitudinal opening (8) at its first end, said opening (8) having a longitudinal axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the inserter, a first end (8a) and a second end (8b), a movable slider (5) arranged in said longitudinal opening (8) and having a first end (5a) and a second end (5b), a plunger (2) attached to the handle (3) and having a longitudinal axis, and an insertion tube (6) having a first end, a second end and a longitudinal axis essentially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the plunger (2), the insertion tube (6) being, along said longitudinal axis, movably arranged around the plunger (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Bayer Oy
    Inventors: Heikki Lyytikäinen, Ilkka Jutila, Ulla Calvo Alonso, Harri Jukarainen, Taina Tjäder, Andrew Macleod, Michael Noble, David Whitaker
  • Patent number: 9668912
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inserter for an intrauterine system, comprising a handle (3) having a longitudinal opening (8) at its first end, said opening (8) having a longitudinal axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the inserter, a first end (8a) and a second end (8b), a movable slider (5) arranged in said longitudinal opening (8) and having a first end (5a) and a second end (5b), a plunger (2) attached to the handle (3), an insertion tube (6) arranged around the plunger (2) having a first end and a second end, with its second end attached to the slider (5), wherein the inserter further comprises locking means for reversibly locking the intrauterine system in relation to the plunger (2) via a removal string of the intrauterine system, said locking means being controllable by the slider (5) and/or the insertion tube (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Bayer Oy
    Inventors: Ilkka Jutila, Heikki Lyytikäinen, Ulla Calvo Alonso, Taina Tjäder, Marjo Ali-Äijälä
  • Patent number: 9615965
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inserter for an intrauterine system comprising a handle (3), and an insertion tube (6) having a first end and a second end, and being arranged in connection with the handle. The inserter is characterized in that the first end of the insertion tube (6) comprises at least one frame slot for receiving a frame of the intrauterine system. The invention also relates to a kit comprising an inserter according to the present invention and an intrauterine system, wherein the intrauterine system (1) comprises a therapeutic component (1b) and a continuous, closed frame (1a), the therapeutic component (1b) being connected to the frame (1a) at least one point, and therapeutic component (1b) of the intrauterine system (1) is at least mainly arranged inside the first end of the insertion tube (6) and the frame (1a) of the intrauterine system (1) is at least mainly arranged outside the first end of the insertion tube (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Bayer Oy
    Inventors: Heikki Lyytikäinen, Ilkka Jutila, Ulla Calvo Alonso, Harri Jukarainen, Taina Träder, Andrew MacLeod, Michael Noble, David Whitaker
  • Patent number: 9498597
    Abstract: A device for chemical endometrial ablation comprising an outer tube, a moveable cervical collar surrounding a portion of the outer tube and located near the distal end of the outer tube, an inner tube movable in a distal-proximal direction within the lumen of the outer tube, a porous and/or sponge-like material on the distal end of the inner tube within the lumen of the distal end of the outer tube having a size, shape, and expandability so that when the distal end of the inner tube within the distal end of the outer tube is moved in a distal direction in relation to the outer tube, the porous and/or sponge-like material expands to the approximate size of a uterus so as to contact the endometrium, a source of cauterizing agent, and means to cause the cauterizing agent to flow through the lumen of the inner tube onto the porous and/or sponge-like material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Apex Gynocological Instruments, LLC.
    Inventor: Steven R. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 9492311
    Abstract: An intrauterine device for applying force to a wall of a uterus to promote contraception without blocking the fallopian tubes may include an elongate member formed of a resilient material and having a default expanded configuration and a spring portion disposed approximately at a midpoint between two ends of the elongate member. The IUD may also include two tissue contact members, one tissue contact member disposed at one of the two ends of the elongate member and the other tissue contact member disposed at the other end. The tissue contact members may generate a laterally directed force against the wall of the uterus when the intrauterine device assumes its default expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignees: Yale University, ContraMed, LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Tal, Patrick N. Gutelius, Mark J. DeBisschop, Oleg Shikhman, Pasquale Patrizio, Bob H. Katz
  • Patent number: 9474849
    Abstract: A device and method for treating a tick bite or other skin wound that may have been exposed to pathogens employs a syringe filled with antipathogen solution whereby the solution is applied under mild pressure directly to the wound site. The device employs spreader/retractor arms to open the wound for better access of the solution into the wound. The method of using the device to cleanse and disinfect a wound is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: John Richard Parker
  • Patent number: 9308119
    Abstract: An inserter for placing a T-shaped intrauterine device inside a patient's uterus and a T-shaped intrauterine device are disclosed. The inserter includes a sleeve part and a plunger part, the sleeve part includes a tube and a first engaging member and the plunger part includes a rod, a handle attached to the rod and a second engaging member. The first and the second engaging members are configured for reversibly engaging the sleeve part and the plunger part to temporarily lock the relative position between the tube and the rod. The T-shaped intrauterine device includes a pair of wings having a relaxed extended configuration and a contracted folded configuration and an elongated contraceptive body suspended from a junction between the wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Jonathan Agmon, Eran Soroker, David Weintraub
  • Patent number: 9265651
    Abstract: An embodiment in accordance with the present invention provides a loading, inserting and releasing tool for T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) into a uterus. The loading tool comprises a shaft member having a loader, an inserter tube, an IUD and a plunger. The loading tool includes a platform configured at a proximal end of the loader for holding the IUD in an open position, and an elongated member extending from the platform. The elongated member includes a slot running therethrough aligned to the opening of the loader. Further, the loading tool includes a plunger within an inserter tube capable of running through a slot provided with markings thereon. The inserter tube is provided with a knob for pushing the inserter tube along with plunger in forward and backward direction for inserting and releasing the T-shaped IUD into the uterus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Pregna International Limited
    Inventor: Nishma Pandit
  • Patent number: 9265652
    Abstract: A method for promoting contraception by placing a contraceptive device within a uterus without blocking fallopian tubes may involve advancing a distal end of a delivery device through a cervix, advancing the contraceptive device comprising an elongate shape memory member out of the distal end of the delivery device and into the uterus, and limiting inferior migration of the contraceptive device within the uterus. Inferior migration may be limited by allowing the contraceptive device to assume a shape, when subjected to pressure that tends to cause a downward migration of the device within the uterus, in which an expandable middle portion of the device is expanded to contact the inner wall of the uterus and thus limit the downward migration of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: CONTRAMED, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Tal, Bob H. Katz, Mark James DeBisschop, Pete Wilson, Oleg Shikhman
  • Patent number: 9180039
    Abstract: An intrauterine device for applying force to a wall of a uterus to promote contraception without blocking the fallopian tubes may include an elongate member formed of a resilient material and having a default expanded configuration and a spring portion disposed approximately at a midpoint between two ends of the elongate member. The IUD may also include two tissue contact members, one tissue contact member disposed at one of the two ends of the elongate member and the other tissue contact member disposed at the other end. The tissue contact members may generate a laterally directed force against the wall of the uterus when the intrauterine device assumes its default expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignees: Yale University, ContraMed, LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Tal, Patrick N. Gutelius, Mark J. DeBisschop, Oleg Shikhman, Pasquale Patrizio, Bob H. Katz
  • Publication number: 20150114402
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inserter for an intrauterine system, comprising a handle (3) having a longitudinal opening (8) at its first end, said opening (8) having a longitudinal axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the inserter, a first end (8a) and a second end (8b), a movable slider (5) arranged in said longitudinal opening (8) and having a first end (5a) and a second end (5b), a plunger (2) attached to the handle (3) and having a longitudinal axis, and an insertion tube (6) having a first end, a second end and a longitudinal axis essentially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the plunger (2), the insertion tube (6) being, along said longitudinal axis, movably arranged around the plunger (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Heike Lyyikainen, Iikka Jutila, Calvo Alonson, Harri Jukarainen, Taina Tjader, Andrew Macleod, Michael Noble, David Whitaker
  • Patent number: 8899236
    Abstract: The various embodiments of the present inventions provide stabilization devices and methods for use of the stabilization devices with minimally invasive gynecological procedures such as methods of preventing pregnancy by inserting intrafallopian contraceptive devices into the fallopian tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer Essure Inc.
    Inventors: Betsy Swann, Christopher A. Stout, Ken Chan, Julian Cruzada, Kathryn A. Tunstall
  • Publication number: 20140345624
    Abstract: An intrauterine device string is described. The intrauterine device string includes an elongated member with an upper portion, an intermediate portion, and a lower portion, the elongated member comprising a memory-retaining material. The upper portion is configured to attach the elongated member to the intrauterine device, and the intermediate portion is configured to extend through the endocervical canal of a female. The lower portion comprises a first curved portion and a second curved portion at an end of the lower portion. The lower portion is configured to prevent the elongated member from becoming dislodged when in use in a female, and is further configured to apply a force to the external wall of a cervix. A method for inserting an intrauterine device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Laura Ann Schneider
  • Patent number: 8851077
    Abstract: The invention describes methods and apparatus for creating permanent occlusion of body lumens such as the fallopian tubes. The methods and apparatus use non-surgical approaches to deliver permanent implants which create acute occlusion of desired body lumens which resolve to permanent occlusions of the lumens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Brenzel, Paul J. Hindrichs, Richard G. Cornelius
  • Publication number: 20140216467
    Abstract: Intrauterine devices and methods for facilitating deployment thereof using a bumper are disclosed. In one embodiment, an intrauterine device comprises a structure including a first central support member and a deployment mechanism coupled to the first central support member. The intrauterine device further comprises a bumper positioned at a distal end of a second central support member and at a more distal position relative to a distal end of the structure so as to prevent the distal end of the structure from contacting the fundus of the uterus of a patient during deployment of the deployment mechanism. In another embodiment, the intrauterine device comprises a bumper coupled to the deployment mechanism and configured to move from a more distal to a more proximal position relative to a distal end of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Kochem, Daniel A. Beaudet
  • Patent number: 8707958
    Abstract: The invention described is directed to an intracorporeal occluding device having elements with non-traumatic ends and devices, systems and methods for occluding the lumens of anatomical passageways and/or for delivering drugs or other substances to the bodies of human or animal subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer Essure Inc.
    Inventors: Betsy Swann, Dai Ton, Ashish Khera
  • Publication number: 20140076328
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inserter for an intrauterine system comprising a handle (3), and an insertion tube (6) having a first end and a second end, and being arranged in connection with the handle. The inserter is characterized in that the first end of the insertion tube (6) comprises at least one frame slot for receiving a frame of the intrauterine system. The invention also relates to a kit comprising an inserter according to the present invention and an intrauterine system, wherein the intrauterine system (1) comprises a therapeutic component (1b) and a continuous, closed frame (1a), the therapeutic component (1b) being connected to the frame (1a) at least one point, and therapeutic component (1b) of the intrauterine system (1) is at least mainly arranged inside the first end of the insertion tube (6) and the frame (1a) of the intrauterine system (1) is at least mainly arranged outside the first end of the insertion tube (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Bayer Oy
    Inventors: Heikki Lyytikäinen, Ilkka Jutila, Ulla Calvo Alonso, Harri Jukarainen, Taina Träder, Andrew Macleod, Michael Noble, David Whitaker
  • Patent number: 8662081
    Abstract: An intrauterine device for applying pressure to the walls of the uterine cavity includes a resilient body having an elongated member which includes a first end and a second end which are resiliently biased away from each other. The first end of the elongated member includes a first leg having a first end and a second end. The second end of the elongated member includes a second leg having a first end and a second end. A connection member is positioned between the first end of the first leg and the first end of the second leg. A first plug member is secured at the second end of the first leg and a second plug member is secured at the first end of the second leg. The first and second plug members are shaped and dimensioned for bearing against the walls of the uterine cavity as the elongated member spreads outwardly with the first end and the second end moving apart. A method for preventing conception within the uterine cavity is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignees: Yale University, Contramed LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Tal, Patrick N. Gutelius, Mark J. DeBisschop, Oleg Shikhman, Pasquale Patrizio
  • Publication number: 20140000629
    Abstract: This application relates to a pessary device. More particularly, the present invention relates to a method of attaching a withdrawal member to a pessary device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Evan Joseph Durling, Kevin Charles Strong, Robert Clark Avery, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130291872
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an implant delivery device can include a housing defining a housing passageway. A distal end of the housing can flexibly couple to a head that can define a head passageway. Collectively, the housing passageway and the head passageway can define an insertion passageway such that, at least a portion of the insertion passageway is nonlinear. The implant delivery device can include at least one insertion member having a distal end configured to be removably coupled to an implant. The insertion member can be disposed within the housing such that, at least a portion of a proximal end of the insertion member is housed within the housing. The insertion member can be configured to bend, pivot, and/or rotate and move within a portion of the insertion passageway to convey the implant to a target tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Bioceptive, Inc.
    Inventor: Bioceptive, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8568374
    Abstract: An intrauterine system is disclosed for use in the treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding; menorraghia; dysmenorrhoea; endometriosis; uterine fibroids; climacteric complaints; osteoporosis; and urogenital atrophy. The system is formed by a frame defining an interior space for receipt of a deposit of a therapeutically effective dose of a biologically active compound. The frame has an open structure allowing access to a substantial part of an outer surface of the deposit, and the deposit has a rate controlling structure that controls a rate of release of the compound within the uterus. One or more retention elements are provided on the frame for retaining the frame within the uterus of a female mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V.
    Inventors: Wouter De Graaff, Harm Veenstra, Titia Martine Truce Mulders
  • Publication number: 20130255695
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inserter for an intrauterine system, comprising a handle (3) having a longitudinal opening (8) at its first end, said opening having a longitudinal axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the inserter, a first end and a second end, a movable slider (5) arranged in said longitudinal opening and having a first end and a second end, a movable plunger (2), an insertion tube (6) arranged around the plunger having a first end and a second end, with its second end attached to the slider, locking means for reversibly locking the intrauterine system in relation to the plunger via a removal string of the intrauterine system, said locking means being attached to the plunger and being controllable at least by a part or an extension of the slider and/or of the insertion tube or of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: BAYER OY
    Inventors: Ilkka Jutila, Heikki Lyytikäinen
  • Publication number: 20130220338
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inserter for an intrauterine system, comprising a handle (3) having a longitudinal opening (8) at its first end, said opening (8) having a longitudinal axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the inserter, a first end (8 a) and a second end (8 b), a movable slider (5) arranged in said longitudinal opening (8) and having a first end (5 a) and a second end (5 b), a plunger (2) attached to the handle (3) and having a longitudinal axis, and an insertion tube (6) having a first end, a second end and a longitudinal axis essentially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the plunger (2), the insertion tube (6) being, along said longitudinal axis, movably arranged around the plunger (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Bayer OY
    Inventor: Bayer OY
  • Patent number: 8490625
    Abstract: An intrauterine device string is provided. The intrauterine device string has an elongated member with an upper portion, an intermediate portion, and a lower portion. The upper portion is configured to attach the elongated member to an intrauterine device. The intermediate portion is configured to extend through the endocervical canal of a female. The lower portion has a first curved portion configured to follow a contour of the external orifice of the cervix of a female. A second curved portion at an end of the lower portion has a memory-retaining material to prevent the second curved portion from passing through the external orifice of the cervix and to constrain the second curved portion to follow the contour of the outer portion of the cervix. The intermediate portion is configured to pass through a plane defined by three points on said second curved portion when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Laura Ann Schneider
  • Patent number: 8479742
    Abstract: Medical devices and related methods are disclosed for delivering an implant into the body of a patient. The devices include a damping assembly having an internal chamber with a varying inner diameter, and a piston slideably disposed therein. The piston is operably connected with a catheter portion such that movement of the piston is associated with concurrent movement of the catheter for implant delivery. The varying inner diameter of the damping assembly results in a decrease in damping force during implant delivery, thus providing a substantially constant velocity of implant delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew LaPlaca
  • Publication number: 20130152942
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inserter for an intrauterine system comprising a handle (3), and an insertion tube (6) having a first end and a second end, and being arranged in connection with the handle. The inserter is characterized in that the first end of the insertion tube (6) comprises at least one frame slot for receiving a frame of the intrauterine system. The invention also relates to a kit comprising an inserter according to the present invention and an intrauterine system, wherein the intrauterine system (1) comprises a therapeutic component (1b) and a continuous, closed frame (1a), the therapeutic component (1b) being connected to the frame (1a) at least one point, and therapeutic component (1b) of the intrauterine system (1) is at least mainly arranged inside the first end of the insertion tube (6) and the frame (1a) of the intrauterine system (1) is at least mainly arranged outside the first end of the insertion tube (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: BAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBH
    Inventor: Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH
  • Patent number: 8443808
    Abstract: The invention describes methods and apparatus for creating permanent occlusion of body lumens such as the fallopian tubes. The methods and apparatus use non-surgical approaches to deliver permanent implants which create acute occlusion of desired body lumens which resolve to permanent occlusions of the lumens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Brenzel, Paul J. Hindrichs, Richard G. Cornelius
  • Publication number: 20130068234
    Abstract: An embodiment in accordance with the present invention provides a loading, inserting and releasing tool for T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) into a uterus. The loading tool comprises a shaft member having a loader, an inserter tube, an IUD and a plunger. The loading tool includes a platform configured at a proximal end of the loader for holding the IUD in an open position, and an elongated member extending from the platform. The elongated member includes a slot running therethrough aligned to the opening of the loader. Further, the loading tool includes a plunger within an inserter tube capable of running through a slot provided with markings thereon. The inserter tube is provided with a knob for pushing the inserter tube along with plunger in forward and backward direction for inserting and releasing the T-shaped IUD into the uterus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicants: Ticket Design Pvt Ltd, Pregna International Limited
    Inventor: Nishma PANDIT
  • Patent number: 8360064
    Abstract: The various embodiments of the present inventions provide stabilization devices and methods for use of the stabilization devices with minimally invasive gynecological procedures such as methods of preventing pregnancy by inserting intrafallopian contraceptive devices into the fallopian tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Conceptus, Inc.
    Inventors: Betsy Swann, Christopher A. Stout, Ken Chan, Julian Cruzada, Kathryn A. Tunstall
  • Patent number: 8347888
    Abstract: A gynaecological instrument for delineating the fornix of the vagina during laparoscopic surgeries having a spring, which proximal end is securely affixed to a distal end of a solid ring and the distal end of the spring is securely affixed to a base. The extension of the base can be inserted into the head of the Valtchev® Uterine Mobilizer and locked in place. When the delineator is pushed toward the fornix of the vagina the solid ring is self-adjusting to the angle of the of the fornix and the length of the cervix. An elastic plastic ring is provided, for placing on the solid ring, in order to protect the ring and instrument which is used to open the vagina laparoscopically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Konstantin Lazarov Valtchev
  • Patent number: 8333688
    Abstract: The recoverable intra-uterine system comprises a housing capable of containing one or a plurality of elements selected from among the group comprising an embryo, male and/or female gametes, a fertilized oocyte, and unfertilized ovum and a combination of these elements, the housing having along an axis a distal end and a proximal end, and a device for holding the recoverable intra-uterine device in the uterus. The holding device is arranged at the proximal end of the housing and includes at least one holding arm in the uterine cavity capable of taking at least two positions: —one free position in which at least one holding arm is separated from the axis; and —a retracted position in which at least one holding arm is substantially parallel to the axis. Use in medically assisted reproduction techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Anecova SA
    Inventors: Pascal Mock, Nicolas Bouche, Philippe Le Goff
  • Patent number: 8235047
    Abstract: The invention described is directed to an intracorporeal occluding device having elements with non-traumatic ends and devices, systems and methods for occluding the lumens of anatomical passageways and/or for delivering drugs or other substances to the bodies of human or animal subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Conceptus, Inc.
    Inventors: Betsy Swann, Dai Ton, Ashish Khera
  • Publication number: 20120111338
    Abstract: An inserter for placing a T-shaped intrauterine device inside a patient's uterus and a T-shaped intrauterine device are disclosed. The inserter includes a sleeve part and a plunger part, the sleeve part includes a tube and a first engaging member and the plunger part includes a rod, a handle attached to the rod and a second engaging member. The first and the second engaging members are configured for reversibly engaging the sleeve part and the plunger part to temporarily lock the relative position between the tube and the rod. The T-shaped intrauterine device includes a pair of wings having a relaxed extended configuration and a contracted folded configuration and an elongated contraceptive body suspended from a junction between the wings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: David WEITRAUB
  • Publication number: 20120097172
    Abstract: An intrauterine device for applying force to a wall of a uterus to promote contraception without blocking the fallopian tubes may include an elongate member formed of a resilient material and having a default expanded configuration and a spring portion disposed approximately at a midpoint between two ends of the elongate member. The IUD may also include two tissue contact members, one tissue contact member disposed at one of the two ends of the elongate member and the other tissue contact member disposed at the other end. The tissue contact members may generate a laterally directed force against the wall of the uterus when the intrauterine device assumes its default expanded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventors: Michael G. Tal, Patrick N. Gutelius, Mark J. DeBisschop, Oleg Shikhman, Pasquale Patrizio, Bob H. Katz
  • Publication number: 20110247630
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an intrauterine device string for attachment to an intrauterine device fitted within a female, the female having a cervix comprising an endocervical canal and an external orifice, the intrauterine device string comprising an elongated member with an upper portion, an intermediate portion, and a lower portion; wherein said upper portion is configured to attach said elongated member to the intrauterine device, wherein said intermediate portion is configured to extend through the endocervical canal, and wherein said lower portion comprises a first curved portion configured to follow a contour of the external orifice of a cervix; and a second curved portion at an end of said lower portion configured to prevent said second curved portion from passing through the external orifice of the cervix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Laura Ann Schneider
  • Patent number: 7661429
    Abstract: A plunger intended for an inserter for an intrauterine device with a T-body, which plunger has a first end and a second end. The plunger's length in its longitudinal direction is substantially larger than the diameter of the cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. The plunger's cross-section is substantially circular. An opening (17) has been arranged in the plunger's longitudinal direction so that the opening's longitudinal axis is substantially the same as the plunger's longitudinal axis. The opening at the first end of the plunger is arranged to expand in a direction perpendicular to its longitudinal axis to form a tip portion, so that the tip portion has at least one surface (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), which along at least a portion of the tip portion's length turns at least 35° in relation to a first plane in parallel with the longitudinal axis and at least 35° in relation to a plane at an angle in relation to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Bayer Schering Pharma Oy
    Inventor: Ilkka Jutila
  • Patent number: 7390324
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for retrieving a remotely located device equipped with a magnetic coupler is provided. The apparatus includes a magnetic coupling carried at an end of an elongate member for attracting the magnetic coupler of the remotely located device, and aligning the magnetic coupler with the magnetic coupling. A frictional engagement device, substantially housing the magnetic coupling therein, is adapted for trapping the magnetic coupler therein such that a retrieval force applied to the apparatus is transferred to the remotely located device via the frictional engagement device to thereby facilitate sure retrieval of the device as by magnetic mechanical entrapment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: AbbeyMoor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Whalen, Lloyd K. Willard
  • Patent number: 6923185
    Abstract: A method is provided of forming a cervical cap in situ, i.e., within a patient's body, which cap will substantially completely conform to the shape of the patient's cervix, allowing the cap to be left in place over an extended period of time. The method of the invention includes the steps of positioning a snugly fitting rim member around the patient's exocervix, mounting a shell member, having an aperture, onto the rim member such that the rim member, shell member and exocervix define a cavity, and injecting a curable material through the aperture to substantially fill the cavity. After the curable material is allowed to harden, the entire assembly is removed from the patient and the shell removed from the cured material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: James P. Koch
  • Patent number: 6588429
    Abstract: The subject-matter of the invention is a method of retaining and operating an inserter of an intrauterine contraceptive device, and an inserter permitting the application of this method. To this end, the method which, in an inserter of an intrauterine contraceptive device comprising a sheath 4, a needle 1 housed in the sheath and firmly fixed to a thumb-piece 3, and an intrauterine contraceptive device 15, also housed in the sheath, pulled by the needle and provided with a pull thread 22, consists firstly in firmly fixing needle 1 in relation to sheath 4 and maintaining pull thread 22 in the tensioned state, then in releasing needle 1 and pull thread 22, and is characterised in that the release of needle 1 conjointly ensures the release of pull thread 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Dirk Wildemeersch
  • Patent number: 6551304
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for retrieving a remotely located device equipped with a magnetic coupler is provided. The apparatus includes a magnetic coupling carried at an end of an elongate member for attracting the magnetic coupler of the remotely located device, and aligning the magnetic coupler with the magnetic coupling. A frictional engagement device, substantially housing the magnetic coupling therein, is adapted for trapping the magnetic coupler therein such that a retrieval force applied to the apparatus is transferred to the remotely located device via the frictional engagement device to thereby facilitate sure retrieval of the device as by magnetic mechanical entrapment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: AbbeyMoor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Whalen, Lloyd K. Willard
  • Patent number: 6258060
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for placement of a tubular body in the urethra. The tubular body includes a proximal portion adapted for placement toward a bladder end and bladder neck end of the urethra and a distal portion opposite from the proximal portion. A sensor component located on the tubular body is responsive to a feature of the urethra and outputs a first signal indicating proper placement of the proximal portion of the tubular body relative to the bladder and bladder neck. Preferably, an insertion tool is used during positioning of the urethral apparatus. The insertion tool is coupled to the distal end of the urethral apparatus and is used to push the urethral apparatus proximally in the urethra. The first signal can be transmitted from the urethral apparatus through the insertion tool from which it is perceivable by the person positioning the urethral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: AbbeyMoon Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Lloyd K. Willard
  • Patent number: 6119696
    Abstract: An intrauterine device to be used as a contraceptive means designed for insertion into female dogs, that comprises a body and four diverging branches, two of which emerge from the bottom end of the body and the other two exit from the top end of the body substantially in the shape of a V, with both of the branches in the top end having a length that is 4-5 times greater than the length of the body and with each branch of the top end terminating in the shape of a half wedge; the device further having a copper filament wound on the body, and on each of the top end branches, and also having an eyelet in the bottom end of the body for the nylon thread. A method for insertion of said intrauterine device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Enrique Horacio Turin
  • Patent number: 6053897
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining the patency of urine flow through the human urethra, having an intra-urethral catheter (IUC), which has a potential through flow for the urine that extends over its length. The length of the IUC is shorter than the length of the urethra, and the IUC does not protrude from the urethral orifice at either of its ends. A transport means for the insertion of the IUC into the urethra is also associated with the apparatus. Devices are further provided on the ends of the IUC for producing a detachable connection between the IUC and the transport means. The IUC is disposed in the region of the urethra which passes through the prostate gland and the inner sphincter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Hans E. Sachse