Incision Or Cavity Inserted Patents (Class 128/850)
  • Patent number: 10342628
    Abstract: Surgical incise drapes including incision edge protectors are described. Methods of protecting the exposed edges of a surgical incision are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew T. Scholz, Nicholas R. Powley, Ranjani V. Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 10238376
    Abstract: The wound protector has an annularly collapsible distal ring, an expansion member and a flexible sleeve extending between the distal ring and expansion member. After positioning of the distal ring in a wound, movement of the expansion member into an extended state expands the sleeve while drawing the sleeve tight against the wound and the expansion member against the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: VLV Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Vaillancourt, Marshall Kerr, Jeicol Herrera
  • Patent number: 10111720
    Abstract: Provided herein are expandable devices, rail systems, and motorized devices. In one embodiment, an expandable device comprises an expandable sac having a tool housed therein. The expandable device is optionally configured for operation while inside a body cavity. The expandable device optionally comprises at least one rail in the sac, and at least one railed device coupled to the rail for movement there on. Movement of the railed device on the rail is provided by, for example, a motor such as an electromagnetic motor or an inch-worm type motor. Expandable devices can be used, for example, to perform minimally invasive medical procedures requiring access to a body cavity. Expandable devices can also be used, for example, to provide safe and stable transport of instruments to the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: George J Piligian, HooTee Ong
  • Patent number: 10098626
    Abstract: A segmented annular tube is formed of a flexible material and includes an intussuscepted tube segment. The intussuscepted tube segment includes a core tube having a sheathed telescoping portion, surrounded by an inwardly folded sheathing portion of an outer tube. A pump selectively urges a fluid the segmented annular tube. Upon a fluid pressure, the folded sheathing portion unfolds and telescopes the core tube, expanding the segmented annular tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Ali Gharibi Loron
  • Patent number: 10070855
    Abstract: A surgical device (5) for application in a treatment performed on the human or animal body (1) with the aim of providing access to a surgical site in the body, includes at least one inflatable chamber (70, 71, 72) which can be inflated from a collapsed state to an expanded state, in which expanded state the device is suitable for exerting a force on an organ or tissue at the surgical site, at least one elongated flexible member (8, 80), which member at its proximal end (801) is operatively connected to the device, and which member has a length to allow the distal end (800) of the member to be fixed to a fixation site (100, 101) outside of the body, and methods of using this device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: UMC UTRECHT HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Paul Frederik Gründeman, Paul Barteld Kwant
  • Patent number: 9999345
    Abstract: An illumination system for adjustably positioning an illuminator in a surgical field in a patient includes an anchor element and an illumination element. The anchor element is configured to be releasably coupled with the patient, and the illumination element is coupled to the anchor element. The anchor element or the illumination element is configured to be coupled, uncoupled, and recoupled with the patient or adjacent surgical equipment. This allows repositioning of the illumination element at a plurality of positions in the surgical field without interfering with adjacent surgical instruments, and further permits adjustment of illumination in the surgical field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: INVUITY, INC.
    Inventors: Alex Vayser, Douglas Rimer, David Wayne
  • Patent number: 9943988
    Abstract: A reusable surgical implement is provided that is formed of a core positioned within an enclosure. The core is formed of a suitable flexible material to enable the implement, which can be any suitable device such as a reusable surgical trial implant, rod template or flex driver, among others, to be bent to conform to the desired shape for an actual implant to be placed in the location of the implement. The material forming the enclosure is also flexible to accommodate the flexing of the core, and is biologically inert to enable the implement to be sterilized after use for use in subsequent surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Gauthier Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Gauthier, Kenneth Roggow, Mara C. Schwartz, Austin R. Braganza
  • Patent number: 9795369
    Abstract: A medical device of the present invention includes one or more anchors and an elongated member. Advantageously, the elongated member may be coupled to the anchors. The elongated member and anchors are configured to generate a force on a mesentery. The force is sufficient to retract a bowel of the patient into an upper portion of an abdominal cavity of the patient. When the patient is in a slightly angled position, the weight of the medical device pulls the mesentery into the upper abdomen. Since the bowel is connected to the mesentery, the device also indirectly pulls up the bowel. In some implementations of the device, a slight angle may be unnecessary. In others, the device may also inversely retract the mesentery and attached organs into the lower abdomen to facilitate surgical access to the upper abdomen. In some implementations of the device, a slight angle may be unnecessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Prabhat Kumar Ahluwalia, Puja Ahluwalia
  • Patent number: 9687309
    Abstract: Provided herein are expandable devices, rail systems, and motorized devices. In one embodiment, an expandable device comprises an expandable sac having a tool housed therein. The expandable device is optionally configured for operation while inside a body cavity. The expandable device optionally comprises at least one rail in the sac, and at least one railed device coupled to the rail for movement there on. Movement of the railed device on the rail is provided by, for example, a motor such as an electromagnetic motor or an inch-worm type motor. Expandable devices can be used, for example, to perform minimally invasive medical procedures requiring access to a body cavity. Expandable devices can also be used, for example, to provide safe and stable transport of instruments to the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: George J. Piligian, HooTee Ong
  • Patent number: 9649102
    Abstract: An incrementally adjustable wound retractor, which provides access to a body cavity, includes a flexible retraction sheath, an inner ring having a diameter greater than the desired diameter of the wound incision attached to the distal end of the retraction sheath, and at least two rows of a plurality of loops disposed around the proximal end of the retraction sheath, each row of loops sized and configured to receive a noncompliant split hoop. The two split hoops may be rolled over each other and around the annular axis to retract the sheath with sufficient force to stretch the incision to the desired diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Albrecht, Charles C. Hart, John R. Brustad, Gary M. Johnson, Jennifer T. Ko, Donald L. Gadberry
  • Patent number: 9636187
    Abstract: A surgical shield includes an at least partially rigid shield member extending in at least two spatial dimensions, at least one flexible sheet member, and a coupling element. The shield member has an aperture traversable by a surgical instrument, while the coupling element is provided on the shield member for releasably connecting the shield member to the instrument. The flexible sheet member is attached to the shield member so as to define, with the shield member, an enclosure having one open side opposing the shield member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MISONIX INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Dan Voic
  • Patent number: 9566201
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting assembly, includes a load distributing plate configured for resting on, and being supported by, a top surface of a patient table; a first clamp assembly adjustably coupled to a first side of the load distributing plate and configured for removable attachment to a first side rail of the patient table; a second clamp assembly coupled to a second side of the load distributing plate and configured for removable attachment to a second side rail of the patient table; and an adapter rail fixed to the second side of the load distributing plate and configured to detachably couple to a support assembly interface, such that an adjustable support assembly may be coupled to the load distributing plate to thereby allow for an off-center load attached to the support assembly to be moved relative to the patient table while the load remains substantially supported by the table surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: HANSEN MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Alan L Yu
  • Patent number: 9526520
    Abstract: A surgical access assembly includes a sleeve and a port. The sleeve is adapted for insertion within tissue to access an underlying tissue site. The sleeve defines a first passage therethrough. The first passage has a first diameter. The port defines one or more second passages extending therethrough. The port is adapted for insertion within the first passage of the sleeve in a substantially sealed relationship therewith. The one or more second passages are adapted for a substantially sealed reception of a surgical object therethrough. The one or more second passages have one or more second diameters. The port is selectively removably positionable within the first passage of the sleeve. The first diameter is greater than the one or more second diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Gennady Kleyman
  • Patent number: 9492153
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the wound protector has an annularly collapsible proximal ring and a flexible sleeve extends between the proximal ring and distal ring. After positioning of the distal ring in a wound, the proximal ring is expanded to draw the sleeve taut between the rings 11, 12 and is drawn tight against the wound. In a second embodiment, the wound protector has a flexible sleeve secured between a distal ring and proximal ring of fixed diameters. In addition, an expansion member is disposed within a loop of the flexible sleeve about the proximal ring. After positioning of the distal ring in a wound, movement of the expansion member into an extended diametric state expands the loop in the sleeve diametrically while drawing the rings towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: VLV Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Vaillancourt, Marshall Kerr, Gregory J. Dwyer, Jeicol Herrera, Michael J. Pfefferkorn
  • Patent number: 9468705
    Abstract: Surgical devices and methods are provided for preventing the formation of post-operative adhesions. In one device, an envelope of material defines at least one opening, and another layer of adhesion-preventing material is disposed on an exterior surface of the envelope. A rigid or semi-rigid barrier member is at least partially disposed in a space inside the envelope, without adhering to the envelope such that the barrier member can be pulled out of the envelope through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Evan Richard Geller
  • Patent number: 9402613
    Abstract: A surgical access assembly includes a body having first and second body members. Each body member has an opposed side and an outer side. The body members are coupled to one another by a connector and are moveable with respect to one another between an approximated position and a spread position wherein the opposed sides are flexed outwardly and apart from one another to define a passageway therebetween. A flexible membrane is coupled to the first and second body members and extends therefrom such that translating the flexible membrane radially outwardly moves the body members from the approximated position to the spread position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Fiona Middlemiss Haig, Cormac O'Prey, Valerie Anne Scott, Charlotte Adele Clark
  • Patent number: 9358073
    Abstract: Provided herein are expandable devices, rail systems, and motorized devices. In one embodiment, an expandable device comprises an expandable sac having a tool housed therein. The expandable device is optionally configured for operation while inside a body cavity. The expandable device optionally comprises at least one rail in the sac, and at least one railed device coupled to the rail for movement there on. Movement of the railed device on the rail is provided by, for example, a motor such as an electromagnetic motor or an inch-worm type motor. Expandable devices can be used, for example, to perform minimally invasive medical procedures requiring access to a body cavity. Expandable devices can also be used, for example, to provide safe and stable transport of instruments to the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: George Piligian, Hoo Tee Ong
  • Patent number: 9351760
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to surgical access systems and methods of using the same to access a surgical site during a surgical procedure. The surgical access system includes a portal member and a patch. The portal member includes at least one longitudinal port for passage of a surgical object. The portal member is formed from a compressible material and is adapted to transition from a first expanded condition to a second compressed condition such that an outer surface of the portal member is adapted for a substantial sealing relation with an opening in tissue upon insertion of the portal member therethrough. The patch includes a non-porous substrate having a tissue facing surface including an adhesive for positioning over the opening in the tissue and sealing a surface thereof. The patch is adapted for sealed reception of the portal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Anibal Rodrigues, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9327098
    Abstract: Provided is a fixation device for retaining a skin penetrating medical device, such as a cannula, on the skin of a patient. The fixation device includes a retaining component including a support layer having an adhesive coating, and a landing zone component, including a support layer having an adhesive coating, the landing zone component being adapted to be adhesively attached to the skin around the point of penetration. The retaining component acts as a skin-contacting component and is adapted to be applied on top of the landing zone component, and at least partially cover the medical device, such that the adhesive coating of the retaining component is applied to the support layer of the landing zone component. The adhesive coating of the retaining component includes a first adhesive, and the adhesive coating of the landing zone component includes a second adhesive, the first adhesive being different from the second adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Mölnlycke Health Care AB
    Inventors: Jenny Kelvered, Tomas Fabo
  • Patent number: 9192385
    Abstract: Surgical devices and methods are provided for preventing the formation of post-operative adhesions. In one device, an envelope of bioabsorbable material defines at least one opening, and a layer of bioabsorbable adhesion-preventing material is disposed on an exterior surface of the envelope. A rigid or semi-rigid barrier member is at least partially disposed in a space inside the envelope, without adhering to the envelope such that the barrier member can be pulled out of the envelope through the opening. In another device, a rigid or semi-rigid barrier member is removably attached to a layer of bioabsorbable adhesion-preventing material by a controlled adhesive. In another device, a rigid or semi-rigid bioabsorbable barrier member, such as compressed cellulose, is attached to a layer of bioabsorbable adhesion-preventing material. The envelope of bioabsorbable material may include cellulose or oxidized regenerated cellulose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Evan Richard Geller
  • Patent number: 9186145
    Abstract: Surgical devices and methods are provided for preventing the formation of post-operative adhesions. In one device, an envelope of bioabsorbable material defines at least one opening, and a layer of bioabsorbable adhesion-preventing material is disposed on an exterior surface of the envelope. A rigid or semi-rigid barrier member is at least partially disposed in a space inside the envelope, without adhering to the envelope such that the barrier member can be pulled out of the envelope through the opening. In another device, a rigid or semi-rigid barrier member is removably attached to a layer of bioabsorbable adhesion-preventing material by a controlled adhesive. In another device, a rigid or semi-rigid bioabsorbable barrier member, such as compressed cellulose, is attached to a layer of bioabsorbable adhesion-preventing material. The envelope of bioabsorbable material may include cellulose or oxidized regenerated cellulose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Evan Richard Geller
  • Patent number: 9089330
    Abstract: Bowel retractor devices. In various forms, the bowel retractor devices are configurable from a collapsed position wherein the retractor may be inserted through a trocar cannula or other opening in a patient's body to a second expanded position wherein at least a portion of the patient's bowel may be advantageously supported in a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamara Widenhouse, Andrew Yoo, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Katherine J. Schmid, Aron O. Zingman, Richard W. Timm, Jacob S. Gee, Steven G. Hall, Daniel J. Mumaw, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Gregory W. Johnson, Michael J. Vendely, Andrew T. Beckman, James R. Janszen
  • Patent number: 8857440
    Abstract: A tissue protector is adapted to be positioned on the skin surrounding an incision. The tissue protector provides a load bearing surface for surgical tools and instruments to prevent blunt force and pressure trauma to the skin and soft tissues within the incision. In one embodiment, the tissue protector is a sheet of wear-resistant material having an opening corresponding to the incision and expandable as the incision is retracted. In another embodiment, a tissue protector device includes a continuous expandable arrangement of interconnected L-shaped links. In still another embodiment, a one-piece tissue protector includes a flexible panel supported on the skin and a flexible sleeve extending into the incision. Yet another embodiment of the invention resides in a track that is supported about the incision. An instrument support platform is slidably mounted to the track to support a surgical tool relative to the incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: RamaRao Gundlapalli, Matthew Smith, Mark Heldreth
  • Patent number: 8826911
    Abstract: A surgical drape comprising a base sheet defining a base sheet aperture, an absorbent pad attached to the base sheet and defining a pad aperture positioned in substantial alignment with the base sheet aperture, and a linear tear polymer pane attached to the base sheet and absorbent pad and defining a fenestration in substantial alignment with the base sheet and pad apertures. The base sheet, absorbent pad and linear tear polymer pane are operatively arranged to tear in communication with one another when the drape is torn away from a patient. The linear tear polymer pane further and has an adhesive strip to adhere the drape to the patient's body when the drape is in position during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: David Power, David Nowicki
  • Patent number: 8752553
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in surgery comprises a sleeve (1) having an entry opening (4) at an outer end and an exit opening (5) at an inner end to access a patient's body. Exit sealing means (10) are provided for sealing the exit opening (5) to a body. Entry sealing means (20) are provided for sealing the outer entry against an arm passing therethrough to create a controlled environment within the sleeve. A valve (101) comprises an outer ring (105,106) and a sealing sleeve (107) of flexible material mounted to the ring (105,106) and extending into the opening defined by the ring to terminate in a substantially centrally disposed inlet opening (108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Atropos Limited
    Inventors: Frank Bonadio, Alan Reid
  • Patent number: 8739797
    Abstract: A draping system provides a continuous sterile field between a patient incision area and one or more medical practitioners. The draping system has a quick release system incorporated into the drape that enables a medical practitioner to separate from the continuous sterile field without disrupting the sterile field around the practitioner or the patient. The draping system may include an abbreviated practitioner gown, a drain and an integral patient incision area or a flap for extending the continuous sterile field around to one or more additional operating room tables. A modular drape and gown system extends the sterile field beyond the operating table allowing practitioners to couple to the extended field. A tent provides an enclosed sterile field useful in mobile or other non operating room surgical environments. Integral lighting and information displays facilitate field surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Bonutti Skeletal Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 8459265
    Abstract: A drape having a pair of elongated sheets connected at distal ends to define a skirt, with opposing side walls in a first portion of the elongated sheets having a first width and in a second portion having a different width so the drape has a stair-step structure, with a paper and plastic laminated first and second tier panels attached to the elongated sheets in spaced-relation and a central panel attached therebetween, for covering a tiered surgical operating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Variamed, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher B. Young, Scott D. Hodges, S. Craig Humphreys
  • Patent number: 8461409
    Abstract: A composite viscera protector consisting of a silicone layer, a polypropylene mesh layer and an additional silicon layer having a thickness between 0.5 and 2.53 mm, with a repeating series of holes in a pattern over its entire surface or a portion thereof with the holes being slits on one or two planes non-intersecting and being of a size between 1 and 10 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Canica Design Inc.
    Inventors: James Henderson, Michael T. O'Malley
  • Patent number: 8281790
    Abstract: A surgical drape (1) has a first absorbent region (4) on the upper side thereof. According to the invention, the first absorbent region (4) extends along at least one edge of the drape (1), the first region having a dispersion of liquid on an inclined plane better than in a region (3) or regions adjacent to the first absorbent region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Mölnlycke Health Care AB
    Inventors: Elisabeth Gustafsson, Maria Ragnarsson, Tove Weigel, Katarina Lager, Lars Alvelind
  • Publication number: 20110120477
    Abstract: A composite viscera protector consisting of a silicone layer, a polypropylene mesh layer and an additional silicon layer having a thickness between 0.5 and 2.53 mm, with a repeating series of holes in a pattern over its entire surface or a portion thereof with the holes being slits on one or two planes non-intersecting and being of a size between 1 and 10 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: James Henderson, Michael T. O'Malley
  • Patent number: 7856979
    Abstract: Described herein are nasal respiratory devices and methods for treating a variety of medical diseases including snoring and sleep apnea through the use of such devices. In general, these devices include an airflow resistor, such as a flap valve and a holdfast for securing the device in communication with the subject's nasal cavity. The devices may be configured to include leak paths to regulate the expiratory pressure when worn by a subject. Methods for using these devices may include securing a device over or at least partially within (or both of) a subject's nasal cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Ventus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv Doshi, Ryan Kendall Pierce, Bryan Loomas
  • Patent number: 7854230
    Abstract: A medical instrument thermal treatment system according to the present invention is in the form of a stand including a thermally treated tray to thermally treat medical instruments. The stand includes a frame to support the tray, while a drape including a sensing device is disposed over the tray to form a drape container or receptacle within the tray for collecting a sterile medium. The tray is thermally treated to heat the sterile medium in order to warm medical instruments or other medical items placed in the tray. The sensing device provides a signal to the system indicating the presence of liquid and/or leaks within the drape container to facilitate control of system operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: O.R. Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Bruce R. Heymann, David Hendrix
  • Publication number: 20100089409
    Abstract: A method for postoperative use of an adhesion prophylactic. After an operation that might have to be repeated, a non-reabsorbable membrane, made of material that is compatible with a body, is placed between an operation site and adjacent tissue. The membrane is configured such that during a repair operation the membrane can be used to facilitate exposure of the operation site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Rudolf Bertagnoli
  • Patent number: 7695444
    Abstract: A flexible protective cover for preventing fluid from entering an open epidermal site on a user, comprising: a central portion having at least one rib, an edge connected to the central portion at an angle, a lip disposed around the edge, a sealing member disposed over the lip for providing a sealing engagement between the lip and the open epidermal site, and at least one adjustable strap removably connected to the central portion. Also disclosed is a flexible protective cover having a central portion, an edge connected to the central portion at an angle, an inflatable sealing member integral with the edge for providing the sealing engagement, and at least one adjustable strap removably connected to the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventors: Kathy A. Simmons, Mary E. Simmons
  • Patent number: 7628767
    Abstract: A method for preventing infection and maintaining aseptic epidermal areas by preventing contaminated fluid from entering an open epidermal site on a user, comprising the steps of: removably attaching at least one adjustable strap to a reusable non-deforming flexible protective cover comprising a sealing member, covering the open epidermal site with the reusable non-deforming flexible protective cover while maintaining a space between the reusable non-deforming flexible protective cover and the open epidermal site, and tightening the at least one adjustable strap to secure the reusable non-deforming flexible protective cove over the open epidermal site to create a fluid-tight seal between the sealing member and the open epidermal site, thereby preventing contaminated fluid from entering the open epidermal site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventors: Kathy A. Simmons, Mary E. Simmons
  • Patent number: 7621278
    Abstract: Eye drapes that cover the conjunctiva and reduce the incidence of eye infection are provided. The eye drape has a flexible material and attached thereto a surgical drape. The flexible material is preferably circular with an opening to expose the cornea. The bottom of the flexible material is preferably convex relative to the shape of the eye. The outer diameter of the flexible material is conveniently fits over the ball of the eye. The surgical drape has an opening greater than or equal to the inner diameter and smaller than or equal to the outer diameter of the flexible material. The flexible material is removably fixed to the eye through a vacuum force caused by air expelled from, e.g. (i) a pocket of air in between the flexible material and the eye, (ii) a chamber with openings at the bottom of the flexible material, and/or (iii) a suction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventors: Herminia Mino Sotelo De Kaspar, James Craig Milroy, Peter Roy Egbert
  • Patent number: 7610918
    Abstract: A surgical drape for use during surgery on a patient includes a sheet configured for covering at least a portion of the patient during the surgery. The drape includes a first sheet portion having a size and configuration to overlie the patient during the medical procedure. A fenestration is defined in the first sheet portion at a location corresponding to the site of the medical procedure on the patient. A second sheet portion is attached to a lower surface of the first sheet portion and has a size and configuration so as to be draped from the first sheet portion and extend under the patient's buttocks while remaining attached to first sheet during the medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Uyles W. Bowen, Patricia Pyeatt-Rowe, Andrea L. Lewis, Gwendolyn E. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7594512
    Abstract: A fenestrated extremity surgical drape has improved seal integrity to reduce the occurrence of pathogenic contamination at the surgical site via migration through the seal. The seal has a non-linear configuration to eliminate uneven stress concentrations commonly located at the corners of rectilinear seals. An elastomeric apertured panel can be disposed between a film panel and a fiber/film laminate panel. These layers can be joined by a heat sealing operation along two spaced apart concentric seal locations ringing the aperture and a fenestration in the laminate panel. The assembly can then be affixed by adhering the underside(s) of one or more panels to a base drape, which has an opening aligned with the aperture and fenestration. A method of forming a fenestrated extremity surgical drape is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Allegiance Corporation
    Inventors: Rogelio Reyes, Mylena S. Holguin, Art Sainz, Jesus R. Loya
  • Patent number: 7588034
    Abstract: A three-piece surgical drape with fluid diverting channel or sleeve therein and method of making or assembling the same. The drape generally including a first liquid impermeable section attached at either end thereof to second and third sections of the drape, respectively. At least a portion of one end of the first section of the drape folded back upon itself and intermittently tacked or bonded to the first section to create a channel or sleeve adapted to divert fluids. The channel or sleeve may also have a tube or hose placed therein to facilitate or enhance fluid diversion through the channel or fluid removal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Mathis, John Rotella, Brian Lin
  • Publication number: 20090211587
    Abstract: A urology drape is disclosed which comprises a flexible sheet (12) which has a flexible hood (22) overlying part of the sheet (12) to form a repository (24) between the sheet (12) and the hood (22). The sheet (12) has a hole (18) to enable a procedure to be performed on a patient when the drape is located on the patient. Bodily fluid is able to flow from the hole down the sheet (12) into the repository (24) and when the procedure is finished, the drape can be folded or otherwise collapsed into a disposable package so that the drape and fluid can be disposed of in a hygienic manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: Urotech Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Nathan Lawrentschuk
  • Patent number: 7533673
    Abstract: A surgical drape for use during surgery on a patient includes a sheet configured for covering at least a portion of the patient during the surgery. At least one pair of straps are configured on an underside of the sheet and extend in generally opposite directions laterally beyond sides of the sheet. The straps have a sufficient length so as to extend down below the support surface upon which the patient rests and engage with each other below the support surface, or with structure alongside the support surface, in order to restrain the patient in a desired position on the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea L. Lewis, Uyles W. Bowen, Gwendolyn E. Simpson
  • Publication number: 20080223378
    Abstract: A composite viscera protector consisting of a silicone layer, a polypropylene mesh layer and an additional silicon layer having a thickness between 0.5 and 2.53 mm, with a repeating series of holes in a pattern over its entire surface or a portion thereof with the holes being slits on one or two planes non-intersecting and being of a size between 1 and 10 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: James Henderson, Michael O'Malley
  • Patent number: 7418966
    Abstract: A drape according to the present invention is constructed of or includes conductive and insulating drape segments and is disposed over a top surface of a thermal treatment system having a basin recessed therein. A portion of the drape is pushed down into, and conforms to, the basin to form a drape container or receptacle within the basin for collecting a sterile medium. The conductive segments provide a signal indicating the presence of liquid and/or leaks within the drape container to the system to facilitate control of system operation. In addition, a drape utilized for a plural basin thermal treatment system may form a drape receptacle within each basin. Each drape receptacle includes conductive and insulating drape segments to detect the presence of liquid and/or a leak within that drape receptacle. The conductive segments of the drape receptacles provide signals to the system to facilitate control of system operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: O. R. Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Durward I. Faries, Jr., Bruce R. Heymann, David Hendrix
  • Publication number: 20080127985
    Abstract: A urological drape is provided defining a vaginal aperture and a finger cot for accessing the rectum of a patient without making contact therewith. The drape includes an adhesive backing for fixing the drape relative to the patient. Preferably, a pouch is provided which is constructed and arranged to catch any fluids which might be discharged from the vagina during an examination or surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: S. Robert Kovac, Robert E. Lund
  • Patent number: 7343919
    Abstract: A surgical drape having a sheet. The sheet includes a distal side and a proximal side relative to a surgical patient. The drape also includes a surgical pouch connected to the distal side of the sheet. The surgical pouch is connected to the sheet via at least two elastomeric portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis A. Czajka, Kristi R. Camasta
  • Publication number: 20080011307
    Abstract: A hand assisted laparoscopic seal apparatus includes an outer seal, an inner seal and a housing supporting the outer seal relative to the inner seal, wherein one of the outer seal or the inner seal is shaped and dimensioned for engaging and sealing around an arm of a medical practitioner and the other seal is shaped and dimensioned for sealing a body cavity from an external environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventors: Andrew T. Beckman, Michael D. Cronin
  • Patent number: 7114500
    Abstract: A draping system provides a continuous sterile field between a patient incision area and one or more medical practitioners. The draping system has a quick release system incorporated into the drape that enables a medical practitioner to separate from the continuous sterile field without disrupting the sterile field around the practitioner or the patient. The draping system may include an abbreviated practitioner gown, a drain and an integral patient incision area or a flap for extending the continuous sterile field around to one or more additional operating room tables. A modular drape and gown system extends the sterile field beyond the operating table allowing practitioners to couple to the extended field. A tent provides an enclosed sterile field useful in mobile or other non operating room surgical environments. Integral lighting and information displays facilitate field surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Marctec, LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 7114499
    Abstract: A retracting eye drape assembly is disclosed for use around a patient's eye to seclude and seal off the operative field during eye surgery. The drape assembly includes a retraction member connected to the drape and configured to engage the patient's eyelid, an extension member connected to the retraction member or to the drape and configured to substantially enclose the patient's eyelid, and a retraction flap configured to secure the patient's eyelid in a substantially retracted position. A method of applying an eye drape assembly is disclosed. After application of the drape to the patient's face, and while the patient's eyelid is closed, the patient's eyelid is engaged by a retraction member connected to the drape and retracted. While retracted, the patient's eyelid is substantially enclosed to seclude the eyelid and eyelashes from the operational area. The secluded eyelid and eyelashes are then secured in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: Andrew Peter Davis
  • Patent number: 7044132
    Abstract: A surgical drape provides a volume to accommodate radiological equipment such as a C-arm x-ray device without pulling the bottom of the drape up which could otherwise interrupt the sterile field. In one preferred embodiment, the space is created with pleated or gathered section, which receives the equipment as it is brought up laterally without lifting any portion of the material overall. A different embodiment of the invention includes a tunnel or tent formed in the material, generally without pleating. In this case, the tunnel or tent extends from the bottom of the drape to or above a patient-contacting procedural area. As a further option, in either the pleated or shaped configurations, additional material may be included to form a slit to further shroud the radiological equipment when positioned for a medial-lateral exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: MedIdea, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Masini
  • Patent number: 6979328
    Abstract: A surgical instrument and methods for the treatment of glaucoma are provided. The instrument uses either cauterization, a laser to ablate, sonic or ultrasonic energy to emulsify, or mechanical cutting of a portion of the trabecular meshwork. The instrument may also be provided with irrigation, aspiration, and a footplate. The footplate is used to enter Schlemm's canal, serves as a guide, and also protects Schlemm's canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: George Baerveldt, Roy Chuck