Methods Patents (Class 128/898)
  • Patent number: 10314648
    Abstract: The subject matter described relates to a coaxial ablation probe and method and system for real time monitoring of ablation progress for percutaneous ablation. The probe includes an anode. The probe further includes a size and shape adjustable cathode cage surrounding the anode, the cathode cage includes a plurality of struts. The anode extends coaxially with respect to the struts that form the cathode cage. The cathode cage defines the treatment volume. Probe insertion and ablation progress will be monitored by a magnetic resonance imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Trustees of the Universoty of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Benjamin Hairan Ge, Maxim Itkin, Charles Nicholas Weber
  • Patent number: 10321221
    Abstract: An interface device configured to coordinate signals between an aviation intercommunication system and a mobile computing device is provided. In one or more example, the interface device can be configured to minimize noise that can interfere with the communications between the pilot of the aircraft and the mobile computing device while also ensuring that the mobile computing device does not interfere with air traffic control radio signals. The interface device can include a microcontroller that can coordinate various signals inputted into and outputted out of the interface device such that a mobile computing device can receive a pilot's commands and can transmit notifications to the pilot without interfering with the pilot's ability to understand communications coming from air traffic controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventor: Marco Quezada
  • Patent number: 10314708
    Abstract: An adaptively positioned mitral valve closure plate blocker for repairing mitral regurgitation, comprising a suture and shaping ring (4.1) sutured on a mitral ring (2.1) and a closure plate (4.2); the closing plate (4.2) comprises a tongue-shaped plate and a strut (4.3) located at the top of the tongue-shaped plate and connected to the suture and shaping ring; the closing plate (4.2) can be connected to the suture and shaping ring (4.1), being capable of flapping back and forth and twisting left and right. The suture and shaping ring is sutured on the valve ring (2.1) of the mitral valve (2) of a patient in a thoracotomy and open heart surgery, thus shaping the disease expanded mitral ring (2.1), and supporting the closing plate (4.2); when a heart contracts and valve leaflets close, the closing plate (4.2) flaps and twists depending on the position of a regurgitation opening at the free edge of the valve leaflets to realize adaptive positioning of the closing plate (4.2), so that the closing plate (4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu University
    Inventors: Zhaoming He, Kailiang Zhang, Teng Jing
  • Patent number: 10314588
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an end effector, a cartridge, and a buttress assembly. The end effector includes an anvil and a lower jaw. The anvil is configured to move toward and away from the lower jaw. The lower jaw is configured to receive the cartridge. The cartridge includes a housing, staples disposed in the housing, and a deck disposed over the staples. The buttress assembly is configured to be attached to either the anvil or the cartridge. The buttress assembly includes an adhesive layer, a film layer, and a buttress body. The adhesive layer is configured to adhere to either the anvil or the deck of the cartridge. The adhesive layer is attached to a first side of the film layer. The buttress body is attached to a second side of the film layer such that the film layer is interposed between the adhesive layer and the buttress body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Prudence A. Turner, Emily A. Schellin, Michael J. Vendely, Trevor J. Barton, Jason L. Harris, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10314584
    Abstract: A dissecting tip is provided for use with a surgical stapler or instrument. In one embodiment, the dissecting tip is secured to the end effector of the surgical instrument, e.g., to the cartridge assembly. The dissecting tip extends distally from the end effector and is configured to dissect or separate target tissue from certain tissue, e.g., adherent, connective, joined or other tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Paul Scirica, Todd Demmy, Lee Ann Olson
  • Patent number: 10314569
    Abstract: The present invention provides an operation field-securing device that secures an operation field by being deployed within the body cavity. The operation field-securing device includes at least three elongated parts extending radially in a deployed state; and curved parts, the number of which is the same as that of the elongated parts. Each pair of the two adjacent elongated parts is connected at their one ends by the curved part. Each of the curved parts is convex toward a side opposite to the elongated part. In the deployed state, the curved parts are arranged circumferentially. By deforming the curved parts, the operation field-securing device is capable of being brought into either one of a contracted state where a distance between the adjacent elongated parts is shortened by making the elongated parts close to each other and the deployed state where the distance between the elongated parts is expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NIKKISO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Igarashi, Yoshihisa Matsunaga, Takuro Ishii
  • Patent number: 10307254
    Abstract: A bone structural device including a plurality of bone structural segments (40), wherein adjacent bone structural segments (40) are pivotally connected to one another about a pivot axis, and the bone structural segments (40) are expandable in height, which is in a direction generally parallel to the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CoreLink, LLC
    Inventors: Mark M Levy, Shimon Spector, Eyal Teichman, Elad Sapir, Gal Amar
  • Patent number: 10307237
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and compositions for treatment are provided. The methods can be used to stretch and completely or nearly completely wrap a composition around an implant or tissue expander. The systems can be used to protect an implant or tissue expander by completely or nearly completely wrapping a composition around the implant or tissue expander. The compositions can be used to completely or nearly completely wrap around an implant or tissue expander to provide support and protection to the implant or tissue expander.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: LifeCell Corporation
    Inventors: Kai-Roy Wang, Sangwook Park, Aaron Barere
  • Patent number: 10307154
    Abstract: A suture construct includes, inter alia, a sheath and a flexible strand threaded through the sheath to configure the sheath in a circular or oblong shape. The suture construct may be utilized in various tissue reconstruction procedures. The suture construct can be connected to a second suture construct to form a surgical assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Michalik, Tyler Esposito, Colin Baker, Arley Perez, III
  • Patent number: 10302318
    Abstract: A recursive multi-tiered health isolation facility having multiple tiers of facility types. Each facility type has a probability of containing an airborne infectious contagion and a means for provide pressure differentials between the facilities types. Increasingly higher negative pressurization within facility types with a higher probability of airborne infection provides for nesting facility types and abatement of airborne contagions transmitted between facility types. Further, the air exchange rates for each facility type are increased as the probability that a facility type has an airborne infectious agent increases. The use of HEPA filters with the increased air exchange rates increases the contagion abatement in environments having a higher probability of airborne contagions. Further, exchanged air is treated with ultraviolet light to kill contagions making it through the air filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Anita Margarette Chambers
  • Patent number: 10299808
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses of treating meibomian glands are disclosed. The method comprises applying regulated heat to an eyelid to reach a temperature adequate to melt at least one obstruction within at least one meibomian gland. The method also comprises maintaining the regulated heat for a time period adequate to place the at least obstruction in the melted state. The method further comprises positioning a pressure application device into contact with the patient's eyelid and applying a pressure with the pressure application device over a substantial portion of the eyelid to express the at least one obstruction from the meibomian gland. An apparatus suitable to treat meibomian glands comprises a heater, a controller, and a pressure applicator configured to be placed into contact with the eyelid and apply a pressure over a substantial portion of the eyelid to express the at least one obstruction from the meibomian gland.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TearScience, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Korb, Timothy R. Willis, Stephen M. Grenon
  • Patent number: 10300250
    Abstract: A device for treatment of varicose veins includes a catheter (1), which can be inserted into a vein to be treated. There is a balloon (2) with at least one cutting element (3) for cutting at least part of an inner wall of the vein arranged on a proximal end (1a) of the catheter. The catheter has side openings (7a-7c), through which a sclerosing agent can be introduced into the vein. The at least one cutting element includes a cutting edge configured to cut intima and media of the vein when withdrawing the balloon from the vein after treatment with the sclerosing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GEFASSPRAXIS DR. ERPEN AG
    Inventor: Thomas Erpen
  • Patent number: 10299939
    Abstract: A bone joint repair and replacement assembly. A first portion comprising a bone plate is configured to attach to a distal or proximal end of a bone proximate the joint, generally coaxially with an axis defined by the bone. A second portion comprising an articular surface is configured to attach to the first portion, generally normal with respect to the axis, and inserted into the joint. Although versions of the assembly can be configured for use with several different pivotal joints, the invention is particularly suitable for full or partial replacement of an elbow, wherein the articular surface is pivotally attached to the first portion. Another embodiment of the invention is provided to repair a fractured bone head proximate the joint, and still another embodiment of the invention is provided to repair rotator cuff-related shoulder injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TOBY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC.
    Inventor: Eduardo Gonzalez-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10299929
    Abstract: A bone void forming assembly includes a support member having a head portion and an elongate portion extending therefrom. A guide member is connected to the support member and has a guide body including a channel extending therethrough. The channel defines an axis offset and obliquely angled relative to an axis of the elongate portion. The assembly also includes reamer having a cutting head and a stop member. A bushing is slidably connected to the reamer between the stop member and cutting head and is slidably connectable to the guide body via the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventor: Carlos E. Collazo
  • Patent number: 10300299
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for treating cell proliferation disorders comprising: (1) administering to the subject at least one activatable pharmaceutical agent that is capable of activation by a simultaneous two photon absorption event and of effecting a predetermined cellular change when activated; (2) administering at least one plasmonics-active agent to the subject, and (3) applying an initiation energy from an initiation energy source to the subject, wherein the plasmonics-active agent enhances or modifies the applied initiation energy, such that the enhanced or modified initiation energy activates the activatable pharmaceutical agent by the simultaneous two photon absorption event in situ, thus causing the predetermined cellular change to occur, wherein said predetermined cellular change treats the cell proliferation related disorder; and the use of plasmonics enhanced photospectral therapy (PEPST) and exiton-plasmon enhanced phototherapy (EPEP) in the treatment of various cell prolifer
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Immunolight, LLC, Duke University
    Inventors: Frederic A. Bourke, Jr., Tuan Vo-Dinh
  • Patent number: 10292843
    Abstract: An implant, intended to be detachably fixed or crimped on a portion or an outer surface of a catheter for being delivered to an implantation site, includes a longitudinal axis, or an inner space or inner volume longitudinally extending within the implant, and a radial direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, space or volume. The implant includes a first structural element having a first portion, a second structural element having a second portion, and one or more interconnecting elements arranged between the first and the second structural elements. In the implant, the first portion and/or the second portion is/are located less radially as regards the longitudinal axis, inner space, or volume than a third portion of the one or more interconnecting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Venus Medtech (Hangzhou) Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Goetz, Hou-Sen Lim
  • Patent number: 10292866
    Abstract: A method of transplanting a cornea from a donor to a recipient is disclosed. An undercut is incised within stromal tissue of the donor cornea. Following formation of the undercut, the donor cornea is grafted onto a recipient. The undercut may be formed before or after the cornea is removed from the donor, and is preferably formed by photoaltering the stromal tissue using a laser. A sidecut may also be incised in the donor cornea, thereby forming a corneal flap, prior to grafting. In addition, a corneal section may be excised from the donor cornea using a trephine, a laser, or other appropriate surgical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald M. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 10292678
    Abstract: A method includes receiving an intra-procedure image of a region of interest of an object. The intra-procedure image includes a representation of an instrument in the object. The method further includes identifying a location of the instrument in the object in the intra-procedure image. The method further includes combining the intra-procedure image with a pre-procedure image of the region of interest. The pre-procedure image includes a planned trajectory for the instrument from a surface of the object to a target in the object and segmented structure(s) to be avoided by the instrument during the procedure. The method further includes segmenting the same structure(s) in the intra-procedure image relative to the instrument using the segmented structure(s) in the pre-procedure image. The method further includes computing a risk of the instrument contacting the structure(s) along the trajectory with the identified location, the trajectory, and the segmented structure(s) in the intra-procedure image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Analogic Corporation
    Inventors: Ram Naidu, Jason Plante
  • Patent number: 10292734
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that may provide an efficient way to retrieve microneedles from tissue. For example, magnetic material may be incorporated into one or more microneedles. The microneedles may be delivered to a region of tissue via a backing material, such as a transdermal patch. The microneedles may provide therapeutic drug delivery and/or diagnostic information about the tissue or, more generally, the body containing the tissue. To retrieve the microneedles, a retrieval magnet may apply a magnetic field to the region of tissue where the microneedles were delivered. The magnetic field may attract the microneedles to aid in extraction of the microneedles from the tissue. In some embodiments, an excitation light source and light sensor may be included in the system and method to determine whether the microneedles were retrieved from the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Ruckh
  • Patent number: 10292689
    Abstract: A device for manipulating a body part, comprises: a) an elongated guide instrument provided with a tip suitable to be positioned in close juxtaposition with a tissue at a desired location of the said body part; and b) a suction channel terminating in or near said tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Tel HaShomer Medical Research Infrastructure and Services Ltd.
    Inventor: Leonid Sternik
  • Patent number: 10286108
    Abstract: The present invention provides engineered tissue scaffolds, engineered tissues, and methods of using them. The scaffolds and tissues are derived from natural tissues and are created using non-thermal irreversible electroporation (IRE). Use of IRE allows for ablation of cells of the tissue to be treated, but allows vascular and neural structures to remain essentially unharmed. Use of IRE thus permits preparation of thick tissue scaffolds and tissues due to the presence of vasculature within the scaffolds. The engineered tissues can be used in methods of treating subjects, such as those in need of tissue replacement or augmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: VIRGINIA TECH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES, INC.
    Inventor: Rafael V. Davalos
  • Patent number: 10285758
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for laser ablation of tissue. The apparatus and methods utilize a laser source coupled to a fiberoptic laser delivery device and a laser driver and control system with features for protection of the laser delivery device, the patient, the operator and other components of the laser treatment system. Advantageously, the laser source may utilize laser diodes operating at approximately 975 nm, 1470 nm, 1535 nm or 1870 nm wavelengths with a laser power output of at least 60 watts, preferably greater than 80 watts and most preferably 120-150 watts or higher. The invention, which has broad medical and industrial applications, is described in relation to a method for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by contact laser ablation of the prostate (C-LAP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Xintec Corporation
    Inventors: John L. Rink, Marilyn M. Chou, Mark H. K. Chim
  • Patent number: 10286604
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described for biological model symmetry. Model data relating to a biological specimen may be generated and/or stored in a memory of a computing system. The model data may be generated using a 3D scanner, or the like, of the biological specimen. The computing system may receive an indication of a selection from a user interface specifying a first portion of the model data that was selected. A mirrored representation of the first portion may be generated by the computing system using a processor(s). A second portion of the model data that is different from the first portion may be replaced with the mirrored representation to generate symmetric biological model data. The symmetric biological model data may then be used to generate a physical symmetric model of the biological specimen. The physical model may be generated using a 3D printer, a 3D router, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Benjamin M. Cromeens
  • Patent number: 10285835
    Abstract: In one aspect, a gastric balloon structure includes multiple isolated non-concentric inflatable chambers and a valve system for introducing fluid into each chamber, where the structure assumes, upon inflating, a curved shape conforming to a natural three-dimensional kidney shape of the gastric cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Fulfillium, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Y. Chen, Craig A. Johanson, Christopher S. Jones, Reinhold H. Dauskardt, Marc B. Taub
  • Patent number: 10286186
    Abstract: A guiding catheter assembly includes a guiding catheter which has a catheter main body and a protective sheath in covering relation to the outer peripheral portion of the catheter main body, and a dilator insertable into the guiding catheter. The protective sleeve can be moved in an axial direction with respect to the catheter main body. The protective sheath has a thin film portion which is formed of a tube-like thin film and through which the catheter main body can be inserted, and a housing portion which includes a lumen through which the catheter main body can be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryo Okamura
  • Patent number: 10290099
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing device capable of generating a more accurate analysis image by extracting a region, which exists at a boundary between different substances and has a pixel value that is non-uniform and continuously changes, from volume data. The image processing device acquires the volume data of a region which includes a large intestine, sets a plurality of starting points of region expansion in a boundary region between air and a residue in the large intestine, sets a condition of an expandable range of a width according to a gradient of a pixel value of each of the starting points, performs a region expansion process from each of the starting points according to the set condition, and generates the analysis image based on the result of the region expansion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Shino Tanaka, Takashi Shirahata, Hiroki Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10279193
    Abstract: A space for conducting photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treatment of skin diseases, especially for treatment of superficial skin tumors such as actinic keratoses, basal cell carcinomas, and initial carcinomas, wherein an active ingredient is applied to a skin area to be treated in order to form porphyrins and irradiation with light is conducted to form singlet oxygen based on the porphyrins in order to destroy diseased skin cells, wherein the space has side walls, a ceiling, and a floor, as well as at least two lighting fixtures, which are separated from one another by at least 50 cm and illuminate at least a subregion of the space, wherein there is an illuminance of at least 8,000 lux at every point in the subregion and the subregion has horizontal dimensions of at least 1 m2 and a vertical height of at least 40 cm. This invention also relates to a luminous ceiling system and method for conducting PDT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SWISS RED AG
    Inventors: John Dietz, Uwe Reinhold
  • Patent number: 10278801
    Abstract: Systems for delivering a sheet-like implant including a means of deploying and orienting the sheet-like implant within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Cannuflow, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore R. Kucklick
  • Patent number: 10278694
    Abstract: A medical device includes a surgical needle, an elongated suture, and an intervening segment. The elongated suture has a first end proximate to the needle and a second end located away from the needle. The elongated suture also includes a plurality of fibers defining a mesh wall between the first and second ends. A plurality of pores extend through the mesh wall, at least some which are in the macroporous size range of greater than 200 microns for facilitating tissue integration when introduced into a body. The intervening segment is disposed between and connected to either or both ends of the elongated suture and the needle. The intervening segment includes one or more fibers of the plurality of fibers and has a cross-sectional dimension smaller than a cross-sectional dimension of the mesh wall such that the intervening segment facilitates indirect attachment of the elongated macroporous mesh suture to the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Gregory Dumanian
  • Patent number: 10278864
    Abstract: A system for correcting chromatic aberrations in an eye includes a diagnostic system configured to provide aberration data regarding a degree of chromatic aberration within an eye; a laser system; and a processing circuit configured to determine a diffractive lens profile to be applied to corneal tissue of the eye based on the aberration data and a desired correction of the chromatic aberration within the eye; and control operation of the laser system to apply the diffractive lens profile to the corneal tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10278805
    Abstract: Implant devices for filtering blood flowing through the ostium of an atrial appendage have component structures one or more of which are expandable. Devices with component structures in their unexpanded state have a compact size suitable for intra-cutaneous delivery to an atrial appendage situs. The expandable component structures are expanded in situ to deploy the devices. A device may have sufficiently short axial length so that most or almost all of the device length may fit within the ostium region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ATRITECH, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Borillo, Dean Peterson, Gregg S. Sutton, Jeffrey Welch
  • Patent number: 10279163
    Abstract: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation devices and magnetic stimulation devices are disclosed, along with methods of treating medical disorders using energy that is delivered noninvasively by such devices. The disorders comprise migraine and other primary headaches such as cluster headaches, including nasal or paranasal sinus symptoms that resemble an immune-mediated response (“sinus” headaches). The devices and methods may also be used to treat rhinitis, sinusitis, or rhinosinusitis, irrespective of whether those disorders are co-morbid with a headache. They may also be used to treat other disorders that may be co-morbid with migraine or cluster headaches, such as anxiety disorders. In preferred embodiments of the disclosed methods, one or both of the patient's vagus nerves are stimulated non-invasively. In other embodiments, parts of the sympathetic nervous system and/or the adrenal glands are stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Electrocore, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Simon, Joseph P. Errico, John T. Raffle
  • Patent number: 10279521
    Abstract: An exemplary process includes determining a desired pore size, selecting an initial pore size greater than the target pore size, manufacturing a porous structure with the initial pore size, forging the porous structure to form a forged part having the desired pore size, and forming an orthopedic device from the forged part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Pawar, Mark Morrison, Carolyn Weaver
  • Patent number: 10271849
    Abstract: A staple cartridge assembly comprising an implantable layer is disclosed. The implantable layer comprises a top portion, a bottom portion, and structural walls interwoven between the top portion and the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Helen S. Latham, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Mark H. Ransick, Howell T. Goldrein, Robert S. Moir, Sofia Maria Consonni, Ismail Akram, Ashley D. Easter
  • Patent number: 10271987
    Abstract: Therapeutic application of mild to moderate hypothermia in a medical procedure has been found to provide benefits to patients. For example, application of mild hypothermia in the auditory pathway can prevent functional hearing loss post cochlear implant surgery. Devices have been conceived and reduced to practice that apply localized cooling to a small area such as the basal or middle turn of the cochlea. The devices include a cooling tip with at least one thermo-conductive surface. A heat-transporting fluid is circulated through the cooling tip. After absorbing heat, the heat-transporting fluid may be controllably cooled with a thermoelectric cooling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Lucent Medical Systems, Inc., University of Miami
    Inventors: Suhrud Rajguru, Efrem Ari Roberson, Curtis S. King, Thomas J. Balkany
  • Patent number: 10271886
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a patient specific instrumentation jig model for implant revision comprises an anchor surface identifier to identify anchor surface(s) from a patient specific bone model of a bone requiring implant revision and from data related to an implanted implant on the bone. The anchor surface is in close proximity to the implanted implant. A PSI revision jig model generator generates a jig model using at least the identified anchor surface and a model of a replacement implant, the PSI revision jig model generator outputting a jig model comprising patient specific contact surface(s) corresponding to the identified anchor surface, and at least one tool interface portion positioned and/or oriented relative to the at least one contact surface, the at least one tool interface portion adapted to be interfaced to a tool altering the bone for subsequently installing an implant on the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ZIMMER, INC.
    Inventor: Jean-Guillaume Abiven
  • Patent number: 10265869
    Abstract: An instrument assembly for a surgical robot system having at least one robot assembly includes at least one instrument having an instrument shaft configured for partial insertion into a patient and an instrument interface configured to attach the instrument to the robot assembly. The instrument assembly further includes a drive unit that actuates at least one degree of freedom of the instrument shaft. The drive unit includes a drive part with at least one drive and an electronic part. A manual operating unit is selectively replaceable with the drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Lohmeier, Cuong Nguyen-Xuan, Thomas Neff, Wolfgang Schober
  • Patent number: 10265183
    Abstract: An orthopaedic surgical instrument system for use during a surgical procedure to implant an orthopaedic knee prosthesis includes a tibial base trial component adapted to be positioned on a surgically-prepared proximal end of a patient's tibia and an insert component shaped to be received in an opening defined in the tibial base trial component. The insert component has a base plate and a central post extending upwardly from a superior surface of the base plate. A superior surface of the central post has a ramp surface defined therein, with the ramp surface inclining superiorly in the anterior-to-posterior direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY IRELAND UNLIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: David W. Waite, II, Aaron J. Matyas, Duncan G. Young, Scott M. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10265206
    Abstract: A system for deploying a stent-graft from the femoral artery into the femoral vein and back into the femoral artery in order to bypass a femoral occlusion comprises a penetration catheter and a guidewire capture and stabilization catheter. The penetration catheter may be advanced contralaterally to a location above the occlusion and the capture and stabilization catheter may be introduced upwardly through the femoral vein. The penetration tool on the penetration catheter is used in multiple steps to deploy guidewires which are then used to deploy the stent-graft in the desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PQ Bypass, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard R. Heuser, James D. Joye, Kumar Ganesan Jambunathan, Eugene E. Reis, Richard A. Lotti
  • Patent number: 10265165
    Abstract: Disclosed is a prosthetic heart valve incorporating one or more linking elements adapted for anchoring, aligning, stabilizing, fixing, or otherwise enabling the implantation of other prosthetic devices, including other prosthetic heart valves, in or around the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Alan W. Heldman
  • Patent number: 10265172
    Abstract: Prosthetic heart valve devices with tethered anchors and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. A heart valve device configured in accordance with embodiments of the present technology can include, for example, a valve support for carrying a prosthetic valve. The valve support can be configured to be implanted at an annulus of a native mitral valve. The device can further include at least one elongated flexible member extending from the valve support in a ventricular direction, and an anchor coupled to the valve support via the elongated flexible member. The anchor can be shaped to wrap around an exterior area of an apical portion of the heart. In addition, the anchor can inhibit retrograde migration of the valve support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Krivoruchko
  • Patent number: 10265058
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of systems, devices, components and methods for re-positioning or displacing a patient's esophagus a safe distance away from the patient's heart during an atrial ablation surgical procedure. An esophageal displacement catheter is disclosed that is configured to reposition a patient's esophagus 20 mm or more away from an ablation location in the patient's heart. A distendable section of the catheter is configured such that portions of a first pulling member extend sufficiently far away from joints located in the distendable section when the first pulling member is in a retracted position to permit the distendable section to assume a deployed and distended configuration. At least one flexible deformable or distendable member, sheath or covering is configured to be disposed over and cover the portions of the first pulling member extending away from the joints when the distendable section is the deployed and distended configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: James F Kasic, II
  • Patent number: 10252057
    Abstract: A method of reducing bronchial constriction in a subject includes delivering energy to create one or more lesions on a main bronchus so as to transect pulmonary nerves sufficiently to reduce bronchial constriction in a lung of the patient distal to the main bronchus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Nuvaira, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin J. Hlavka, Lynn Elliott
  • Patent number: 10255723
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are planning, navigation and simulation systems and methods for minimally invasive therapy in which the planning method and system uses patient specific pre-operative images. The planning system allows for multiple paths to be developed from the pre-operative images, and scores the paths depending on desired surgical outcome of the surgery and the navigation systems allow for minimally invasive port based surgical procedures, as well as craniotomies in the particular case of brain surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBADOS) INC.
    Inventors: Monroe M. Thomas, Gal Sela, Cameron Piron, Joshua Richmond, Murugathas Yuwaraj, Wes Hodges, Simon Alexander, David Gallop, William Lau, Sheryl Thingvold, Kelly Dyer
  • Patent number: 10252034
    Abstract: Catheters for percutaneous applications are disclosed. The catheter according to example embodiments may comprise a substantially straight section, an anchoring section positioned proximal to the substantially straight section. The anchoring section can have a curvature for providing longitudinal traction with a tissue to anchor the catheter to the tissue and a pathway extending through the catheter for transporting fluids. The pathway may comprise a first section and a second section in fluid communication with each other, where the first section extends through the length of the straight section, and the second section extends through the anchoring section and has a curvature which mimics the curvature of the anchoring section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PAVmed Inc.
    Inventors: Lishan Aklog, Brian deGuzman
  • Patent number: 10251783
    Abstract: Methods and systems for tracking a position and torsional orientation of a patient's eye. In one embodiment, the present invention provides methods and software for registering a first image of an eye with a second image of an eye. In another embodiment, the present invention provides methods and software for tracking a torsional movement of the eye. In a particular usage, the present invention tracks the torsional cyclorotation and translational movement of a patient's eye so as to improve the delivery of a laser energy to the patient's cornea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AMO MANUFACTURING USA, LLC
    Inventor: Dimitri A. Chernyak
  • Patent number: 10245050
    Abstract: This patent document discloses methods for facilitating revascularization of an occlusion in a blood vessel. A method can include engaging a first guide within a vessel wall adjacent to a distal cap of the occlusion and advancing the first guide, in a retrograde direction, to a subintimal position near a proximal cap of the occlusion. A second guide can be engaged within the proximal cap or the vessel wall adjacent to the proximal cap and advanced, in an antegrade direction, until its distal end is near or axially overlaps a distal end of the first guide. A first vessel lumen, formed by advancement of the first guide, and a second vessel lumen, formed by advancement of the second guide, can be connected by inflating a balloon positioned at or near the distal end of the second guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Teleflex Innovations S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Chad Kugler
  • Patent number: 10245102
    Abstract: The surgical instrument for sealing and/or cutting tissue includes a handle assembly and an end effector assembly operatively connected to the handle assembly. The end effector assembly includes first and second jaw members each including a jaw housing and an electrically conductive surface defining a plurality of bores and an adhesive applicator assembly disposed in one of the jaw members. The electrically conductive surfaces are configured to effect a tissue seal. The adhesive applicator assembly includes a platform defining a reservoir therein and a plurality of needles in communication with the reservoir. The platform is movable between a neutral position in which the plurality of needles are disposed within the jaw housing and an actuated position in which the plurality of needles extend through the respective plurality of bores defined in the electrically conductive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kellie F. Payne, William H. Nau, Jr., Duane E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 10241272
    Abstract: An optical fiber is inserted into an inside portion of a hollow tube of an insert and guides light emitted from a light source. A base end section includes an optical fiber insertion part used for inserting the optical fiber. An optical fiber fixing member fixes the optical fiber at a position spaced from a distal end of the optical fiber. The optical fiber insertion part has a first portion into which the optical fiber fixing member is inserted. The first portion has at least three protrusions protruding toward the center at positions spaced from each other in a circumferential direction. A size of the optical fiber fixing member in a direction perpendicular to an insertion direction into the first portion is larger than that of an inside portion of the first portion, and the optical fiber fixing member is harder than the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kaku Irisawa
  • Patent number: 10238539
    Abstract: A technique for controlling a corneal ablation laser is described. As to a device aspect of the technique, a device comprises a parameter interface, a first determination unit, a second determination unit, a computation unit, and a control unit. The parameter interface receives an adjustment parameter. The first determination unit determines a first point on a corneal surface. The second determination unit determines a second point on the corneal surface that is different from the first point. The computation unit determines a third point on a line between the first point and the second point according to the adjustment parameter. The computation unit further generates a control program that centers an ablation profile on the third point. The control unit controls the corneal ablation laser according to the control program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Wavelight GmbH
    Inventors: Sissimos Lemonis, Alexander Kempe, Mario Abraham, Peter Riedel