Surgical Or Wound Type Patents (Class 206/339)
  • Patent number: 11173007
    Abstract: Packaging sleeve for medical purposes for storing sterile objects (25, 45), consisting of at least one outer sleeve (2) that is open at one end and can be sealed with a sealing closure (10) and has an inner sleeve (12) accommodated in it with a clamping effect, wherein the inner sleeve (12) is accommodated in a clamping seating in a receiving opening (15) in the sealing closure (10) on the bottom side of the outer sleeve (2) and the clamping seat thereby formed presses the sealing ribs (7, 55, 56, 59) arranged on the outside circumference of the sealing closure (10) against the inside of the outer sleeve (2) under increased contact pressure (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Peter Roesler, Thiemo Roesler
  • Patent number: 11065001
    Abstract: An anchor-storage device comprises (i) a housing, shaped to define a channel having an anchor-storage zone and an opening configured to provide access for an anchor driver to the anchor-storage zone; and (ii) a retaining member. A tissue anchor is stored in the anchor-storage zone and is slidable through the channel. The retaining member (a) has a retaining state in which the retaining member is configured to retain the tissue anchor in the anchor-storage zone, and (b) is configured, by moving in response to a proximally-directed force applied to the tissue anchor, to allow the tissue anchor to leave the anchor-storage zone in response to the proximally-directed force. The proximally-directed force is greater than a pre-determined threshold force. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Valtech Cardio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuval Zipory, Alexei Koifman, Ehud Iflah, Tal Reich
  • Patent number: 10993718
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus is provided and includes a housing having an actuator; an elongated member extending from the housing; an end effector disposed on an end of the elongated member, the end effector having a first jaw and a second jaw, the first jaw having a staple cartridge and the second jaw having a plurality of staple forming recesses; the staple cartridge having at least a first segment and a second segment, the first segment and the second segment each having a tissue contacting surface and staple receiving slots defined in the tissue contacting surface, the first segment and the second segment being biased toward the second jaw and movable; a biasing members for each of the first segment and the second segment; and a pressure sensor for each of the first segment and the second segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Michael A. Zemlok, Adam Ross, Russell Pribanic, Ryan Williams
  • Patent number: 10993788
    Abstract: A retainer for holding at least a first surgical device, preferably a dental implant, and a second surgical device, preferably a healing screw, including a first body part and a second body part. The first and second body parts are pivotable relative to each other, and the first body part includes a first support structure for holding the first surgical device and the retainer includes at least one secondary support structure for the second surgical device. The first and the second body parts are pivotable in relation to each other to at least three predefined positions. In a first position, the first and second surgical devices are locked in the retainer; in a second position, the first surgical device is removable from the support structure, but not the second surgical device; and in a third position, the second surgical device is removable from the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CAMLOG Biotechnologies GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Schäublin
  • Patent number: 10980543
    Abstract: A stapler according to the present invention is provided with: a holder provided with an accommodating portion that accommodates a plurality of staples with tips thereof, which pass through a suturing target, directed in one direction; a plurality of pushers that push out the staples accommodated in the accommodating portion in accordance with a plurality of groups thereof; an anvil that presses and deforms the staples pushed out from the accommodating portion by the pushers; driving-force transmitting mechanisms that are respectively connected to the individual pushers, in which the movement thereof in directions other than the directions in which the staples are pushed out is restricted at the individual connection portions, and that transmit driving forces that move the individual pushers toward the anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Tsurimoto, Masatoshi Iida, Kayuri Kimura
  • Patent number: 10973510
    Abstract: A loading unit assembly for use with a surgical suturing apparatus includes a surgical needle and a support structure configured for releasably securing the surgical needle. The support structure may include a first finger and a second finger adjacent to the first finger. The first and second fingers may define a first channel therebetween. The support structure may also include a third finger defining a seat portion and a back portion. The seat and back portions may be in facing relation with the first and second fingers. The third finger and the first and second fingers may define a second channel therebetween. The surgical needle may be loaded in the second channel and may be in abutment with at least the seat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jaroslaw Malkowski, Jason Pinsonnault, Tomasz Hejmowski
  • Patent number: 10959731
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus includes a handle, a tool assembly, and a staple cartridge. The handle includes an actuation trigger. The tool assembly is operatively coupled to the handle. In addition, the tool assembly includes a first jaw member and a second jaw member. The staple cartridge is releasably supported on the first jaw member. The staple cartridge includes first and second buttress materials and a spring member extending from the staple cartridge. The spring member is configured to support the second buttress material away from the first buttress material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Thomas Casasanta, Jr., Anthony Gaddy
  • Patent number: 10806442
    Abstract: Suture passers and methods of use. Described herein are suture passers preloaded with suture, including cartridges that couple to a suture passer to form a loaded suture passer that are configured to prevent a length of suture (e.g., already-passed suture) from re-entering the channel of the suture passer jaw and getting recaptured and/or entangled by the tissue penetrator. In particular, described herein are preloaded and automatically re-loading suture passers that are adapted to include a gate, guide, or shield on one of the jaws of the suture passer, and methods of operating such suture passers for surgical use including repairing tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ceterix Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Murillo, Mark Y. Hirotsuka, Michael J. Hendricksen, Stephen J. Peter, Christopher P. Bender
  • Patent number: 10792037
    Abstract: A suture package for storing sutures armed with needles. The suture package includes a base member with a base outer periphery and a top member with a top outer periphery. The base member includes a base outer wall extending upwardly from a top side of the base member and along the base outer periphery. The base outer wall includes a plurality of base teeth and a plurality of base intercostal spaces arranged alternatively around the base outer periphery. The top member includes a top outer wall extending downwardly from a bottom side of the top member and along the top outer periphery. The top outer wall includes a plurality of top teeth and a plurality of top intercostal spaces arranged alternatively around the top outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Hamed Jafarishad, Masoud Rezaei Rejani, Seyed Hassan Atyabi
  • Patent number: 10779838
    Abstract: An instrument for applying clips in surgery particularly suited for microsurgery with instrument chassis and cover joined to form housing supporting handle and clip handling components, the handle for squeeze and release action to develop linear reciprocation motion of fixed excursion, the clip handling components for feeding a stack of clips one-by-one into instrument clip crimping jaws for application at a surgical site, an anti-backup mechanism constraining handle action to full pull and release strokes, and an instrument lock-out mechanism to prevent instrument operation after last clip in stack is used. Clip handling components of magazine carrier, magazine, clip stack, clip pusher, pusher spring, and pusher spring shaft are inserted into instrument in upwardly open channel and secured by pusher spring cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph W Blake, III
  • Patent number: 10695061
    Abstract: Staple cartridge assemblies for use with surgical stapling instruments and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. Scaffolds for use with a surgical staple cartridge and methods for manufacturing the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10660650
    Abstract: A retainer for a ligating clip cartridge includes a peripheral skirt nested within the cartridge. The retainer includes a planar peripheral top margin surface extending from the skirt. A plurality of spaced rectilinear upwardly arched boundary leaves project from opposite sides of the top margin surface. The distal ends of the boundary leaves include a pair of spaced, downwardly inclined integral distensions. When positioned within a cartridge loaded with clips, the distensions are registered with and spaced above bosses which extend transversely from each clip leg. Should the clips tend to prolapse within the cartridge; the bosses engage a keeper notch formed at the juncture between the upwardly arched boundary leaves and the downwardly inclined distensions to maintain the clips in position suitable for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GRENA USA LLC
    Inventors: Wieslaw Mieczyslaw Brodaczewski, Andrzej Janusz Decewicz
  • Patent number: 10631865
    Abstract: An exemplary tissue compression device for forming an anastomosis includes a first device portion having a first mating surface, a first base wall recessed from the first mating surface so as to define a first inner recess, and a first set of suture bores extending through the first base wall and opening to an outer periphery of the first device portion. A second device portion of the device has a second mating surface, a second base wall recessed from the second mating surface so as to define a second inner recess, and a second set of suture bores extending through the second base wall and opening to an outer periphery of the second device portion. The first and second device portions are configured to compress tissue positioned between the first and second mating surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, John V. Hunt, Daniel W. Price, Nicholas B. Van Stolk
  • Patent number: 10537325
    Abstract: A surgical stapling system is disclosed. In various embodiments, the system comprises a staple cartridge attachment portion, a first staple cartridge configured to be operably attached to the cartridge attachment portion, wherein the first cartridge comprises a plurality of first staples comprising first staple legs, and a second staple cartridge configured to be operably attached to the cartridge attachment portion in lieu of the first cartridge, wherein the second cartridge comprises a plurality of second staples comprising second staple legs, and wherein the second staples are different than the first staples. The system further comprises an anvil comprising a tissue-engaging surface and a plurality of forming pockets defined in the surface, wherein each pocket comprises a first landing zone configured to receive a leg of a first staple of the first cartridge and a second landing zone configured to receive a leg of a second staple of the second cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Gregory J. Bakos, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10517591
    Abstract: A tool assembly for a surgical stapling device includes a channel member for supporting a staple cartridge therein and an anvil to deform a plurality of staples ejected from the staple cartridge thereagainst. The tool assembly also includes a sled which is movable to force the staples from the cartridge against the anvil to staple tissue disposed between the anvil and the staple cartridge. A dynamic clamping member is included which has a pin which movably engages the anvil and a flange which movably engages the channel assembly. The dynamic clamping member is mounted to and movable with the sled. The pin and the flange of the dynamic clamping member cooperating to oppose the forces associated with clamping and stapling tissue and also to maintain a substantially uniform gap between the anvil and the staple cartridge during stapling of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LLP
    Inventors: Lee Ann Olson, Philip Roy, John W. Beardsley, Ralph Stearns, David C. Racenet, Clifford J. Emmons
  • Patent number: 10517593
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a surgical fastener applying apparatus comprising: an anvil half-section including a distal anvil portion and a proximal handle portion; a cartridge receiving half section defining an elongated channel member and including at least one hinge member (173, 1194) supported on a bottom wall of the elongated channel member, the elongated channel member having a distal portion dimensioned to releasably receive a single use loading unit and a proximal portion configured to support a firing assembly, and wherein the at least one hinge member defines an opening; and a clamping lever (16) pivotally secured to the cartridge receiving half-section, the clamping lever having a proximal end, a distal end and a pivot member (187, 1187) supported in cantilevered fashion on the distal end of the clamping lever; the pivot member of the clamping lever being slidably received within the opening of the at least one hinge member to pivotally secure the clamping lever to the cartridge receiving hal
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Arvind Kumar Gupta, Harshottam Singh Dhakad, Kiran Garikipati, Nikhil R. Katre, Vinayan Vivekanandan, Mangesh Patankar
  • Patent number: 10463372
    Abstract: A staple cartridge has a plurality of staples, wherein each said staple comprises a base and a deformable leg extending from said base. The staple cartridge has a first region comprising a first hardness, a second region, and a third region comprising a hardness greater than said first hardness, wherein said third region is separable into a plurality of pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Charles J. Scheib, Steven G. Hall
  • Patent number: 10426463
    Abstract: A powered surgical stapler comprising a housing, a motor, an actuator movable between an unactuated state and an actuated state, a counter, an elongate shaft, a lockout system, a firing member, a display, and an end effector comprising a first jaw, a second jaw, a channel, a staple cartridge, and an anvil is disclosed. The second jaw is movable from an open position toward a closed position when the actuator is in the actuated state. The firing member translates through the staple cartridge during a firing stroke. The display displays the position of the firing member, a locked-out condition where the firing member is prevented from performing a firing stroke, and an actuation count comprising the number of firing strokes performed by the firing member. The firing member is placed in the locked-out condition when the second jaw is not in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ehticon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Kevin R. Doll, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Eugene L. Timperman
  • Patent number: 10383637
    Abstract: A surgical clip cartridge, assembly, and method are provided for the storage, delivery, and loading of clips, such as those used in a surgical ligating process. The surgical clip cartridge includes a base portion extending in a longitudinal direction, the base portion having a bottom surface and defining a mounting groove for attaching the base portion onto a surgical instrument shaft. The base portion further includes a plurality of dividers extending from the base portion in a direction opposite of the bottom surface, and the plurality of dividers may be used to retain individual surgical clips therebetween for subsequent retrieval and loading onto a clip applier. The attachment of the surgical clip cartridge to the surgical instrument shaft enables the surgical clip cartridge to be deployed intracorporeally for use in surgical operations requiring applications of multiple surgical clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Salvatore Castro
  • Patent number: 10335179
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided having a locking mechanism configured to selectively prevent actuation of the surgical device, e.g., opening and closing of jaws at a distal end of the device, moving a cutting element of the device, etc. In an exemplary embodiment, a device is provided having a closure lever actuator that can move between an open position and an actuated position, thereby opening and closing, respectively, jaws at the distal end of the device. In addition, the device can include a knife trigger that is configured to move a cutting element through the jaws. The device can further include a knife lockout feature that can prevent actuation of the knife trigger until the closure lever is in the actuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David J. Cagle, David K. Norvell
  • Patent number: 10299793
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided, the apparatus comprising (i) a housing (22, 222), shaped to define a channel (24, 224) having an anchor-storage zone (26, 226) and an opening (28, 228) configured to provide access for an anchor driver (60) to the anchor-storage zone; (ii) a tissue anchor (40), stored in the anchor-storage zone and slidable through the channel; and (iii) a retaining member (30, 230). The retaining member (a) has a retaining state in which the retaining member is configured to retain the tissue anchor in the anchor-storage zone, and (b) is configured, by moving in response to a proximally-directed force applied to the tissue anchor, to allow the tissue anchor to leave the anchor-storage zone in response to the proximally-directed force. The proximally-directed force is greater than a pre-determined threshold force. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Valtech Cardio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuval Zipory, Alexei Koifman, Ehud Iflah, Tal Reich
  • Patent number: 10265063
    Abstract: An apparatus for suturing tissue. The apparatus comprises shaft mounted jaw mechanism and a housing (containing mechanical components) mounted on the proximal portion of the shaft. The jaw mechanism comprises two pivoting jaws, each with reversibly lockable needle end openings, each configured to receive and exchange a curved needle and attached suture between the jaws in response to force applied to control mechanisms on the housing. The jaw mechanisms are controlled by locking rods and a jaw open-shut control rod that extends between the jaws and the housing. The housing contains spring loaded click cam mechanisms, often comprising a dual hollow cylindrical cam inner piston cam arrangement. The apparatus is configured so that a human operator, exerting force on the same control mechanism, can both open and shut the jaws and cause the needle to be exchanged between jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Keith Brian Moses
  • Patent number: 10226245
    Abstract: Suture passers and methods of use. Described herein are suture passers preloaded with suture, including cartridges that couple to a suture passer to form a loaded suture passer that are configured to prevent a length of suture (e.g., already-passed suture) from re-entering the channel of the suture passer jaw and getting recaptured and/or entangled by the tissue penetrator. In particular, described herein are preloaded and automatically re-loading suture passers that are adapted to include a gate, guide, or shield on one of the jaws of the suture passer, and methods of operating such suture passers for surgical use including repairing tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CETERIX ORTHOPAEDICS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Murillo, Mark Y. Hirotsuka, Michael J. Hendricksen, Stephen J. Peter, Christopher P. Bender
  • Patent number: 10201353
    Abstract: The ligation clip includes opposing legs connected at a connection point at which the clip pivots to the clamped position on a vessel. The entire clip has a completely semi-circular outside surface. The inside vessel engaging surfaces of the legs of the clip have a unique vessel retaining system that includes a plurality of rounded protrusions alternating with rounded depressions. The retaining system is positioned “within” the inside vessel engaging surfaces of the legs such that a flat surface remains adjacent to our around the retaining system. In addition, there are no sharp edges associated with the ligation clip. All transition points between the outer and inner surfaces of the clip are rounded to prevent any sharp edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Pavel Menn
  • Patent number: 10130360
    Abstract: A tool assembly for a surgical stapling device includes a channel member for supporting a staple cartridge therein and an anvil to deform a plurality of staples ejected from the staple cartridge thereagainst. The tool assembly also includes a sled which is movable to force the staples from the cartridge against the anvil to staple tissue disposed between the anvil and the staple cartridge. A dynamic clamping member is included which has a pin which movably engages the anvil and a flange which movably engages the channel assembly. The dynamic clamping member is mounted to and movable with the sled. The pin and the flange of the dynamic clamping member cooperating to oppose the forces associated with clamping and stapling tissue and also to maintain a substantially uniform gap between the anvil and the staple cartridge during stapling of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Lee Ann Olson, Philip Roy, John W. Beardsley, Ralph Stearns, David C. Racenet, Clifford J. Emmons
  • Patent number: 10111662
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus is provided and includes a housing having an actuator; an elongated member extending from the housing; an end effector disposed on an end of the elongated member, the end effector having a first jaw and a second jaw, the first jaw having a staple cartridge and the second jaw having a plurality of staple forming recesses; the staple cartridge having at least a first segment and a second segment, the first segment and the second segment each having a tissue contacting surface and staple receiving slots defined in the tissue contacting surface, the first segment and the second segment being biased toward the second jaw and movable; a biasing members for each of the first segment and the second segment; and a pressure sensor for each of the first segment and the second segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael A. Zemlok, Adam J. Ross, Russell Pribanic, Ryan Williams
  • Patent number: 10064618
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and techniques for securing bone segments across a fracture site, and more particularly relates to bone staples for achieving compression between segments. A method and apparatus for interosseous bone fixation uses a compression staple, generally U-shaped, having a pair of legs with proximal ends interconnected by a bridge portion that is resilient and bowed, the staple having an initial configuration and capable of a tensioned configuration by spreading apart the legs by a certain amount causing the curvature of the bowed bridge to lessen and the legs to move towards each other with certain compressive spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventor: Drew Allen
  • Patent number: 10004496
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for securing fasteners and adjunct materials to tissue. In general, a surgical device can include at least one adjunct material to help improve surgical procedures performed using the surgical device. In one embodiment, an end effector of a surgical device can be configured to deliver an adjunct materials to a surgical site during a surgical procedure to help improve the surgical procedure. When the fasteners are deployed at a treatment site, the adjunct material(s) can remain at the treatment site with the fasteners. The fasteners can be “D” shaped and configured to rotate through the adjunct material when the fastener rotates from the end effector into tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Emily A. Schellin
  • Patent number: 9936968
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dissecting tip for use in a surgical stapler or instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Todd Demmy, Paul Scirica, Lee Ann Olson
  • Patent number: 9839459
    Abstract: A kit of the type including at least an implant (1), a gripper (2) for gripping the implant (1), and a storage element (7) for storing the gripper (7) and its associated implant (1), the storage element (7) including at least one reception location (71) for receiving the gripper (2) and its associated implant (1), and a tracer element (8) for tracing the implant (1). The tracer element (8) is sandwiched between the gripper (2) and the storage element (7), when the gripper (2) and its associated implant (1) are in their stored state in a reception location (71) of the storage element (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: NEOSTEO
    Inventors: Guillaume Derouet, Maxime Dechelette
  • Patent number: 9706989
    Abstract: Provided herein is a medical suture package that enables a medical suture to be wound therearound, stored therein, and carried, and which allows the suture to be drawn out when needed. The medical suture package is configured such that, when the suture is drawn out, friction between the suture and a main body of the package can be reduced, thus preventing a curling phenomenon, and making the operation of drawing out the suture easy. Particularly, even if external force is applied to the main body, a winding depression that is formed in the main body and in which the suture is wound around the main body can be maintained in shape, thus ensuring ease of the drawing-out of the suture, thereby markedly enhancing convenience in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SM Eng. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gil Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9668736
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus includes a staple cartridge and an anvil member. The staple cartridge includes a plurality of surgical fasteners disposed in rows of retention slots. The staple cartridge may have an annular or linear configuration of retention slots. The tissue contacting surface of the staple cartridge may be tapered or stepped. The anvil member has a tissue contacting surface that includes a number of pockets arranged for substantially aligning with the retention slots. In addition, the tissue contacting surface of the anvil member may complement the tissue contacting surface of the staple cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Henry E. Holsten, Frank J. Viola, Clifford L. Emmons, John W. Beardsley, Russell Heinrich, Nicola Cullinan
  • Patent number: 9597072
    Abstract: A method of making a packaged antimicrobial suture comprising the steps of providing a containment compartment that is substantially free of an antimicrobial agent; positioning a suture within the containment compartment, said suture comprising one or more surfaces having an antimicrobial agent disposed thereon, said antimicrobial agent being selected from the group consisting of halogenated hydroxyl ethers, acyloxydiphenyl ethers, and combinations thereof; placing the containment compartment having the suture in an outer package; and subjecting the outer package, the containment compartment and the suture to time, temperature and pressure conditions sufficient to transfer an effective amount of the antimicrobial agent from the suture to the containment compartment, while retaining an effective amount of said antimicrobial agent on the suture, thereby substantially inhibiting bacterial colonization on the suture and the containment compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Scalzo, Jerome A. Fischer, Stephen Rothenburger, Robert Cerwin, James R. McDivitt
  • Patent number: 9579101
    Abstract: A surgical device comprises a base unit having a hydraulic controller and at least one control piston, a surgical end effector including at least one actuator piston, and a flexible shaft having at least one tube containing hydraulic fluid in hydraulic communication with the base unit and the surgical end effector. The hydraulic controller includes an electric motor configured to drive the control piston to generate hydraulic force. The hydraulic force is transferable from the base unit to the actuator piston of the surgical end effector through the hydraulic fluid in the at least one tube in the flexible shaft, such that the driving of the control piston by the electric motor under the control of the hydraulic controller transfers the hydraulic force from the control piston of the base unit to the actuator piston of the end effector in proportion to the ratio of the area of the control piston and the area of the actuator piston by metering the hydraulic fluid transferred by the control piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: NEW HOPE VENTURES, LP
    Inventors: Michael P. Whitman, David Johnston, Peter Datcuk
  • Patent number: 9517178
    Abstract: A cartridge for holding surgical fasteners includes a base having a plurality of upstanding walls, adjacent pairs of walls defining spaces for holding surgical fasteners, at least one surgical fastener securing member movably connected to the base and movable relative to the base from an open position wherein fasteners can be loaded into the spaces, and a closed position wherein fasteners in the spaces are covered and held in the spaces, and a locking structure engageable between the base and the surgical fastener securing member for locking the surgical fastener securing member in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Vitalitec International, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnaud Chancibot
  • Patent number: 9480565
    Abstract: An embodiment includes an apparatus comprising: a hollow needle with a narrowed inner diameter in a distal third of the needle; and a flexible chord coupled to proximal and distal conduits; wherein the distal conduit is in the needle and distal to the narrowed inner diameter and the proximal conduit is in the needle and proximal to the narrowed inner diameter; wherein: (a)(i) long axes of the proximal and distal conduits are substantially parallel to a long axis of the needle when the proximal and distal conduits are in the needle, and (a)(ii) the proximal and distal conduits are configured to rotate when deployed from the needle such that their long axes are not parallel to a long axis of the chord when the chord is fully extended. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: On-X Life Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Medema, Mark Seeley
  • Patent number: 9370359
    Abstract: A surgical fastener applying apparatus comprising a cartridge section having a cartridge containing a plurality of fasteners and an anvil section having an anvil for receiving the fasteners when advanced from the cartridge. The cartridge and anvil sections clamp tissue therebetween. A cam member is slidable within the cartridge section to fire the fasteners, and is movable from a first position defining a first distance from the anvil to a second position defining a second different distance from the anvil. A cam adjusting member is operably associated with the cam member and moves the cam member from the first position to the second position in response to a thickness of tissue clamped between the anvil and cartridge sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Paul Anthony Johnson, Daniel Robert Morgan Edwards
  • Patent number: 9204932
    Abstract: An orthopedic fixation system includes a sterile packaged implant kit and a sterile packaged instrument kit. The sterile packaged implant kit includes at least one surgical implant, an insertion device, and an implant package adapted to receive the at least one surgical implant and the insertion device therein. The implant package maintains the at least one surgical implant and the insertion device sterile after sterilization of the sterile packaged implant kit. The sterile packaged instrument kit includes one or more instruments necessary to use the sterile packaged implant kit and an instrument package adapted to receive the one or more instruments therein. The instrument package maintains the one or more instruments sterile after sterilization of the sterile packaged instrument kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam T. Knight, Daniel F. Cheney, Eric A. Marcano, David J. Pancratz
  • Patent number: 9113881
    Abstract: A travel clip is provided for use with a surgical staple cartridge. The travel clip includes a cover having first and second side edges which varying in distance from a centerline of the cover and a longitudinally extending rib projecting perpendicularly along the centerline of the cover. The first and second side edges include areas of maximum distance from the centerline of the cover and areas of minimum distance from the centerline of the cover. The space between adjacent areas of maximum distance from the centerline of the cover provide cutouts or openings for viewing, inspection and verification of structure retained within the surgical staple cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Paul Scirica
  • Patent number: 9022211
    Abstract: Various embodiments of suture packages are disclosed to provide a surgical needle, having an associated length of suture material, to a surgical suturing instrument. The disclosed suture packages generally include a body portion having a needle supplying loading unit mounted thereon. Various methods of affixing the loading unit to the body portion are disclosed. The body portion defines a suture tray and a cover is provided to secure a suture within the suture tray. A securing ring is provided to secure the cover to the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Matthew Chowaniec, David Kirsch
  • Patent number: 9005206
    Abstract: A low profile bone screw system includes a retainable washer and a low profile bone screw having a smooth conical head for insertion into the washer. The washer has an axial bore with a conical portion for fully seating the screw head and a smooth outer surface shaped like the head of a conventional compression bone screw head. Washer dispensing units are also provided for assembling screw and washer assembled units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Biomet C.V.
    Inventors: Eduardo A. Ampuero, Alfredo Castaneda, Jose Luis Francese, Robert Sixto, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150041347
    Abstract: A staple cartridge for use with a surgical stapling apparatus includes a cartridge body, a plurality of staples disposed within the cartridge body, a tissue contacting surface on the cartridge body defining staple retaining slots dimensioned to releasably retain a staple, and a buttress material including at least one weld joining the buttress material to the tissue contacting surface of the cartridge body. The at least one weld is positioned to at least partially overlie a staple retaining slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Gerald Hodgkinson
  • Publication number: 20140309702
    Abstract: In order to provide the surgeon with means which allow the surgeon to use screws in a gentle and time-efficient manner, particularly in the setting of craniotomy, a surgical screw magazine is proposed comprising a holding device and a plurality of surgical screws, the holding device of said surgical screw magazine comprising a screw-receiving body which comprises for each of the screws a receiving opening in which the screws are at least substantially received, wherein the receiving openings are formed in the screw-receiving body spaced apart a predetermined distance from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Aesculap AG
    Inventor: Matthias Wand
  • Patent number: 8839954
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical clip carrier device for retention and/or mounting of at least one medical clip, in particular a ligature clip, comprising at least one clip receptacle in which a clip is retainable in a mounted position, and a securing device with at least one securing member for detachably securing a clip in the at least one clip receptacle. The clip receptacle comprises an insertion opening for insertion of a clip into the clip receptacle and removal of the clip therefrom. The at least one securing member is constructed in the form of a retaining projection which protrudes at least partially into the insertion opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventor: Alexander Disch
  • Patent number: 8833549
    Abstract: A suture package assembly is provided and includes a suture tray having a loading unit mounted thereon for supplying a surgical needle-suture assembly to a surgical instrument. A suture package cover is provided to protect the surgical needle-suture assembly prior to use. The suture package cover includes a disc engagable with the suture tray to protect the suture retained in the suture tray and an elongate flap configured to overlie the loading unit to protect the surgical needle contained therein. The elongate flap is bendable relative to the disk along a primary fold line and includes a nose portion removably engagable with the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: David Kirsch
  • Patent number: 8834483
    Abstract: An implant storage and insertion system for a shape memory orthopedic implant allows the implant to be constrained in a deformed state, protected, insulated, held for insertion, and properly positioned in bone. The implant storage and insertion system includes a restraining block having an impact surface. The restraining block engages an implant at a first end, and further a medical instrument engages the restraining block and positions the restraining block at a bone such that the impact surface may be impacted to insert a second end of the implant into the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Frank Cheney, Eric Alberto Marcano, David Joseph Pancratz
  • Publication number: 20140252068
    Abstract: A staple cartridge includes a plurality of staples, wherein each said staple comprises a base and a deformable leg extending from said base. The staple cartridge further includes a first region comprising a first density, a second region, and a third region comprising a density greater than said first density, wherein said third region is separable into a plurality of pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Chester O. Baxter, III, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Jerome R. Morgan, Joseph E. Young
  • Publication number: 20140224857
    Abstract: A layer such as, for example, a tissue thickness compensator for an end effector of a surgical instrument can comprise compressible and non-compressible portions. The tissue thickness compensator can be positioned in the end effector such as adjacent to a deck surface of a fastener cartridge that is positioned in the end effector. The tissue thickness compensator can be maintained in a compressed state and can be released from the compressed state by a cutting member of the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.
    Inventor: Katherine J. Schmid
  • Publication number: 20140224686
    Abstract: A retainer for use with a fastener cartridge that is locked to the fastener cartridge until the fastener cartridge is inserted into a fastener cartridge channel of a surgical fastener. The retainer can include one or more deflectable tabs that engage the fastener cartridge. The one or more tabs can be displaced when the fastener cartridge is fully installed in the fastener cartridge channel such that the tabs disengage from the fastener cartridge, enabling a user to remove the retainer. In certain embodiments, tabs can extend from a body of the retainer and can engage exterior portions of a fastener cartridge. The tabs can be displaced outwardly by the fastener cartridge channel. In certain embodiments, tabs can extend from one or more movable portions that engage a slot in the fastener cartridge. The tabs can be displaced inwardly when the movable portions are deflected by the fastener cartridge channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Michael J. Vendely, Phillip H. Clauda
  • Publication number: 20140216964
    Abstract: A cartridge shipping aid is provided to retain staples within staple pockets of a staple cartridge during shipment. The cartridge shipping aid includes a base and a longitudinal rib extending perpendicularly from an underside of the base and indiscernible into a knife slot formed in a staple cartridge. One or more perpendicular keys are formed along a lower edge of the longitudinally extending rib for engagement with an underside surface of the staple cartridge. The cartridge shipping aid may additionally include sidewalls projecting perpendicularly from outer edges of the base. Projections are formed on one end of the base for engagement with associate detents formed on the staple cartridge. Grasping structure is formed adjacent one end of the base and longitudinal rib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David Farascioni, Dino Kasvikis, Russell Estrella, Michael Robbins, Jonathan Sapienza