With Tool Carried On Endoscope Or Auxillary Channel Therefore Patents (Class 600/104)
  • Patent number: 11364044
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a medical instrument. The medical instrument may include a delivery device and a retraction mechanism including a target tissue anchor and a first stabilizing anchor, wherein the target tissue anchor attaches to target tissue and connects to the delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Robert Charles, Jon Taylor, Daniel E. Hamilton, Samuel Raybin, Robert Devries, Niklas Andersson, Meghan E Soens, Mary Ann Cornell, Ray Tong, John Golden
  • Patent number: 11357395
    Abstract: An articulating tracheoscope control device, a laryngeal mask airway (LMA) device, and an articulating tracheoscope control device and LMA device combination system, that can control precise movement of a distal end of a tracheoscope with a patient's larynx within an angular range of at least 180 degrees and can lock the distal end of the tracheoscope in any desired position within the patient's larynx such that managing the tracheoscope during a tracheostomy procedure is not required in order to monitor the tracheostomy procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Robert B Maximos
  • Patent number: 11350914
    Abstract: An improved flexible endoscopic instrument to precisely and efficiently obtains samples of flat polyps and multiple polyps from a patient by debriding one or more polyps and retrieving the debrided polyps without having to alternate between using a separate cutting tool and a separate sample retrieving tool and may be used with an endoscope. In one aspect, the cutting tool is coupled to a flexible torque coil or torque rope that is configured to transfer rotational energy from a powered actuator through the length of the endoscope onto the cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Interscope, Inc.
    Inventors: Cosme Furlong, Michael W. Marcoux, Richard Stephen Wisdom, William R. Rebh, Jr., Evan Costa, Stephen C. Evans
  • Patent number: 11350985
    Abstract: Hysteroscopic system includes a hysteroscope having a main body coupled to an extension portion. The extension portion may be a shaft configured to extend transcervically to a patient's uterine cavity. First, second, and third channels extend from the main body to a distal end of the extension portion. A fluid source is coupleable to a proximal end of the first channel, and a pressure sensor is coupleable to a proximal end of the second channel. A tissue resecting probe is configured for introduction through the third channel. At least one resistance feature is included which is configured to provide a selected level of resistance to axial sliding of the probe through the third channel while permitting rotation of the probe within the third channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: MINERVA SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Germain, Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 11344190
    Abstract: Surgical visualization systems and related methods are disclosed herein, e.g., for providing visualization during surgical procedures. Systems and methods herein can be used in a wide range of surgical procedures, including spinal surgeries such as minimally-invasive fusion or discectomy procedures. Systems and methods herein can include various features for enhancing end user experience, improving clinical outcomes, or reducing the invasiveness of a surgery. Exemplary features can include access port integration, hands-free operation, active and/or passive lens cleaning, adjustable camera depth, and many others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Daniel Thommen, Judith Flock, Veronique Christine Zollmann, William Kane, J. Riley Hawkins, Thomas Gamache, John Conidi, Leonard Bryant Guffey, Eric Kolb
  • Patent number: 11344305
    Abstract: A device includes a capsule extending longitudinally from a proximal end to a distal end and including a channel extending therethrough. The capsule is releasably coupled to a proximal portion of the device. Device also includes a first arm rigidly fixed to the distal end of the capsule to extend distally therefrom. In addition, Device includes a second arm, a proximal end of which is slidably received within the capsule so that the second arm is movable between an open configuration, in which the second arm is moved laterally away from the first arm and a distal end of the second arm is moved distally past the distal end of the first arm, and a closed configuration, in which the second arm is moved toward the first arm and the distal end of the second arm is moved proximally toward the distal end of the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Matthew R. Jagelski, Naroun Suon, Kevin J. McElwee, Shawn Ryan, Alex Sekulic
  • Patent number: 11318325
    Abstract: A UV light delivery device for performing intra-corporeal ultraviolet therapy is provided. The device includes an elongated body separated by a proximal end and a distal end. The device also includes a UV light source configured to be received at the receiving space. In some examples, the UV light source is configured to emit light with wavelengths with significant intensity between 320 nm and 410 nm and is utilized in conjunction with an endotracheal tube or a nasopharyngeal airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Inventors: Ali Rezaie, Mark Pimentel, Gil Y. Melmed, Ruchi Mathur, Gabriela Guimaraes Sousa Leite
  • Patent number: 11317891
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for an imaging probe with a rotatable core which allows for rotating imaging assembly that is larger in diameter than the lumen in which the rotatable core resides, as well as methods to construct said probes. The imaging probes are generally elongate flexible imaging catheters for use in cardiovascular procedures. The ability to have a smaller lumen to hold the rotatable core simplifies the inclusion of other functional components to the catheter and may improve the quality of the images produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignees: CONAVI MEDICAL INC., SUNNYBROOK RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Brian Courtney, Alan Soong, Deniz Jafari
  • Patent number: 11318608
    Abstract: In teaching of a robot, a control device controls a movable unit in a first control mode in which the movable unit continuously moves according to a force detected by a force detector and a second control mode in which the movable unit moves by a predetermined movement amount according to the force detected by the force detector. A controller selects a first control mode or a second control mode according to a temporal change in the force detected by the force detector and a magnitude of the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Masaki Motoyoshi, Hiroki Adachi, Yoshihito Yamada
  • Patent number: 11318046
    Abstract: An imaging probe comprises a camera or endoscope with an external detector array, in which the probe is sized and shaped for surgical placement in an eye to image the eye from an interior of the eye during treatment. The imaging probe and a treatment probe can be coupled together with a fastener or contained within a housing. The imaging probe and the treatment probe can be sized and shaped to enter the eye through an incision in the cornea and image one or more of the ciliary body band or the scleral spur. The treatment probe may comprise a treatment optical fiber or a surgical placement device to deliver an implant. A processor coupled to the detector can be configured with instructions to identify a location of one or more of the ciliary body band, the scleral spur, Schwalbe's line, or Schlemm's canal from the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Michael S. Berlin
  • Patent number: 11304595
    Abstract: The invention relates to a working channel element for an endoscope. The working channel element has a tubular shape, which has an inner circumference and an outer circumference and through which an instrument can be pushed. The working channel element is adapted to be temporarily inserted into a working channel of an endoscope with its distal side ahead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: DIGITAL ENDOSCOPY GMBH
    Inventors: Anh Minh Do, Tilman Schroeter
  • Patent number: 11298113
    Abstract: A device for needle biopsy is presented. The device includes a handle member having proximal and distal portions. A proximal handle member is disposed to the proximal portion of the handle member and a distal handle member is disposed to the distal portion of the handle member. A sheath lumen is disposed within the handle member and extends from the distal portion of the handle member. A needle housing member is partially disposed to the proximal portion of the handle member and a needle is disposed within the sheath lumen. A plurality of protrusions is disposed upon the needle. A needle protection member is partially disposed to the distal portion of the needle housing member. The needle protection member includes a needle protection hub and a needle protection shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: John Mugan, Brian Murphy, John McWeeney
  • Patent number: 11291440
    Abstract: A method for operating a surgical instrument. The method includes linking a second drive member to a first drive member such that the second drive member moves with the first drive member. The method further includes applying first control motions to the first drive member to cause the second drive member to apply actuation motions to a surgical end effector. The method also includes discontinuing application of the first control motions to the first drive member and de-linking the second drive member from the first drive member such that the second drive member is locked in place by a locking system. The method also includes re-applying control motions to the first drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory J. Bakos, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 11291492
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device is adapted for use through a port and within a body cavity. The device includes a gas supply supplying gas to a distal tip and a valve to regular such supply, and an electric supply for supplying electricity to the distal tip. A pressure relief system is provided to regulate an outflow of gas from within the body cavity to prevent exceeding a predetermined pressure. The inflow of the gas through the valve and outflow of gas through the pressure relief system may occur simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Amit Trivedi
  • Patent number: 11284947
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, devices and systems for performing robotic procedures. The devices may include one or more robotic arms. The one or more robotic arms may comprise one or more joints. A joint may include a magnetic sensing system. The one or more robotic arms may be configured to move an elbow joint independently from an end effector or origin of the robotic arm. A working end of the robotic arm may be configured for insertion through a trocar into a body cavity of a subject and may be operatively coupled to a motor unit by one or more electrical or mechanical components housed in a support tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: VICARIOUS SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Adam Sachs, Eric Van Albert, Sammy Khalifa, Robert White, Jr., Ryan Fish, Eric Kline, Marshall Wentworth
  • Patent number: 11278304
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward apparatuses, systems, and methods that include a housing having a proximal portion including a proximal opening, distal portion including a distal opening, and an intermediate portion sized to contain a medical device; and an inserter having at least a portion comprising a greater width than at least one other portion of the inserter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur J. Foster, Jean M. Bobgan, David P. Stieper, JoAnna Trapp Simpson, Bruce K. Gilbertson
  • Patent number: 11278187
    Abstract: The invention relates to an endoscope head comprising an endoscope head body in which at least one working channel is formed, wherein a pivot member actuatable from the proximal side is provided on the distal side of the endoscope head body, wherein an Albarran lever capable of being pivoted is provided at the distal end portion of the working channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Digital Endoscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Kolberg, Anh Minh Do, Thomas Viebach, Tilman Schröter, Alex Fett, Harald Huber, Wolfgang Mayer, Marc Henzler
  • Patent number: 11272918
    Abstract: A suture assembly includes a translation assembly that is axially translatable within a working channel of an endoscope and is adapted to releasably secure and/or release a needle and a distal end cap that is securable to an end of the endoscope and is adapted to releasably secure and/or release the needle in order to pass the needle back and forth between the translation assembly and the distal cap. An attachment mechanism configured to releasably secure the distal endcap to an end of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Windheuser, Shaun D. Comee, Christopher R. Deuel, Stan Gilbert, Thomas Jones, Briana J. Moretti, Ashrita Raghuram
  • Patent number: 11272833
    Abstract: A treatment-instrument insertion aid (10) for aiding insertion of a treatment instrument into a body includes an inner tube (20) having flexibility into which the treatment instrument is insertable, and an outer tube (30) having flexibility into which the inner tube (20) is insertable. Both end portions (20B) of the inner tube (20) are formed of a hard material, and an intermediate portion (20A) between both the end portions (20B) is formed of a soft material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: KEIO UNIVERSITY, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOP
    Inventors: Norihito Wada, Takuya Miyazaki, Yoshihiko Himura
  • Patent number: 11266442
    Abstract: A Veress needle is modified to receive a forward-looking miniature videoscope through the cannula of an insufflation tube of the Veress needle. The modified instrument enables direct viewing of progress of the instrument through tissue to the peritoneal cavity of a patient, for proper location of the needle and insufflation of the cavity via the needle. The videoscope has an elongated shaft of smaller diameter than the cannula of the insufflation tube for passage of insufflation gas with the scope in place. In another embodiment a needle is fitted with a miniature videoscope to provide the same function, with the needle's cannula serving as an insufflation tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Enable, Inc.
    Inventors: Odyssefs Ath. Savvouras, Stephanos Papademetriou, Theofilos Kotseroglou, Ulrich R. Haug
  • Patent number: 11253326
    Abstract: A medical system for use in a lithotripsy procedure may include a processor configured to receive input from a first imaging device, wherein the first imaging device may be configured to send image data representative of an image captured in a lumen of a kidney, bladder, or ureter to the processor. The processor may be configured to display the image on a display device coupled to the processor, and analyze the image to sense the presence of an object within the image. If an object was sensed within the image, the processor may analyze the image to estimate a size of the object, and display the estimate on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Harrah, Christopher L. Oskin, Derrick Lenz, Arpita Banerjee, Sandesh Gavade, Pavan Misra, Abhijit Takale
  • Patent number: 11241247
    Abstract: A snakelike surgical instrument, comprising a handheld structure (2); an manipulating structure (1) comprising an outer frame (13) hingedly connected to the handheld structure (2) so that the manipulating structure (1) has a rotational degree of freedom (R1?) around a first axis and an inner frame (14) hingedly connected to the outer frame (13) so that the manipulating structure (1) has a rotational degree of freedom (R2?) around a second axis, the first axis and the second axis forming an angle; an end unit (4) connected to the handheld structure (2) by means of a connecting component (3) and comprising a tool supporting base (41) and a snakelike structure (40) connected to the tool supporting base (41), the snakelike structure (40) having degrees of freedom of motion (R1, R2) in the same direction as the manipulating structure (1); and a transmission unit (5) comprising a flexible transmission structure connected to the inner frame (14) and the snakelike structure (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI MICROPORT MEDBOT (GROUP) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuai Yuan, Youkun Jiang, Chao He, Yuyuan He
  • Patent number: 11234583
    Abstract: A cannula assembly can allow an operator in an arthroscopic surgical procedure to control both an arthroscope and a surgical tool with a single hand. In some embodiments, for example, a scope tube may be combined with a tool tube to allow such control. The tool may be manipulated, for example, by causing the tool to rotate, and/or to move forward and backward in relation to the cannula assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Snug Harbor Orthopedics, LLC
    Inventor: Walter Stanwood
  • Patent number: 11202556
    Abstract: A medical system is provided comprising a medical device including a handle and a mechanism for moving a distal end of the medical device; an auxiliary medical device comprising a basket retrieval device including a basket sheath disposed over a basket wire and received into a working channel of the medical device; a knob assembly in communication with the basket retrieval device, the knob assembly rotatable so that the basket sheath, wire, or both move within the working channel; and a base removably connecting the auxiliary medical device to the handle wherein the handle and the base are configured to be simultaneously gripped with a hand, and wherein the mechanism is configured to be moved with a first finger to move the distal end of the medical device and the knob assembly is configured to be rotated with a second finger to move the basket sheath wire, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Gurus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Judy L. Walish, Kurt Shelton, Allison B. Dianis
  • Patent number: 11197675
    Abstract: A surgical instrument system includes a surgical fastener applier and a positioning guide. The positioning guide includes an implant guide. The implant guide defines a guide channel configured to receive a portion of an implant to support the implant relative to the end effector to enable the surgical fastener applier to fire one or more fasteners through the implant for securing the implant to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Amanda M. Adinolfi
  • Patent number: 11185444
    Abstract: An imaging probe comprises a camera or endoscope with an external detector array, in which the probe is sized and shaped for surgical placement in an eye to image the eye from an interior of the eye during treatment. The imaging probe and a treatment probe can be coupled together with a fastener or contained within a housing. The imaging probe and the treatment probe can be sized and shaped to enter the eye through an incision in the cornea and image one or more of the ciliary body band or the scleral spur. The treatment probe may comprise a treatment optical fiber or a surgical placement device to deliver an implant. A processor coupled to the detector can be configured with instructions to identify a location of one or more of the ciliary body band, the scleral spur, Schwalbe's line, or Schlemm's canal from the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Michael S. Berlin
  • Patent number: 11172975
    Abstract: The portable cryosurgical device is economical, easy to use and operate, and delivers cryogenic material such as nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide gas in any direction or orientation. The delivered materials destroy target tissue using extremely cold temperatures and the abrasives formed when the cryogenic material becomes a solid. The device includes a portable countertop enclosure housing a cryogen source, a cryogen flow tube in fluid communication with the cryogen source, and a flow path assembly. The flow path assembly includes a valve between the cryogen source and the cryogen flow tube having substantially zero dead volume. The flow path assembly can include a quick-connect cryogen tank adapter and an in-line cryogen filter. The flow path assembly delivers liquefied compressed gas from the cryogen source to a terminal end of the cryogen flow tube without a phase change occurring in the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: CRYOCONCEPTS LP
    Inventors: R. Sam Niedbala, Philip Michael Formica, Lincoln C. Young
  • Patent number: 11173597
    Abstract: A system includes a robotic manipulator including a serial chain comprising a first joint, a first link, and a second link. The second link is between the first joint and the first link in the serial chain. The system further includes a processing unit including one or more processors. The processing unit is configured to receive first link data from a first sensor system located at the first link, generate a first joint state estimate of the first joint based on the first link data and a kinematic model of the robotic manipulator, and control the first joint based on the first joint state estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dinesh Rabindran, Simon P. DiMaio, Kollin M. Tierling
  • Patent number: 11166625
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for providing a sheath tip with an angled distal face to conform the sheath to a surface of tissue toward which the sheath is being extended to potentially help reduce or avoid tissue damage upon extending a sheath to convey an elongated instrument for sampling or treatment. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes a sheath tip positionable at an end of a sheath configured to convey an elongated medical instrument to a location adjacent a detection range of a detecting device. The sheath tip includes a distal member that extends a finite distance beyond the end of the sheath. The distal member is detectable by the detecting device when the end of the sheath is within the finite distance of the detection range of the detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher R. Ralph
  • Patent number: 11167077
    Abstract: Irrigation devices, methods, and systems are disclosed. The system comprises a catheter with one or more lumens and an expandable portion. One or more pumps are used to supply a mixture of contrasting and dilating agents in an interior kidney volume and flush a portion of the mixture out of the interior kidney volume. The method comprises placing a catheter into the interior kidney volume through a ureter, occluding a portion of the ureter with a distal end of the catheter, forming an exit port through an exterior kidney surface, flowing the contrasting and dilating agents through the one or more lumens to supply the mixture in the interior kidney volume, and flushing a portion of the mixture out of the exit port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Long, Timothy Harrah, Aaron Kirkemo, Brandon Craft, Elizabeth Stokley, Sebastian Koerner, Chad Schneider
  • Patent number: 11154187
    Abstract: A surgical device comprising a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, a spring extending from the distal end of the shaft and curving away from a longitudinal axis of the shaft, the spring having a predetermined width and a thickness substantially smaller than the predetermined width to provide preferential bending in a direction of the curvature of the spring, and a tip extending from a distal end of the spring, said tip including an attachment surface for attaching an absorbent material thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Peter H. Kwon, James L. Levinsohn, Jeffrey Ralph Swift
  • Patent number: 11147434
    Abstract: An insertion device for a single port robotic surgery apparatus can include an insertion section with first and second camera channels and an instrument channel, the first camera channel configured to facilitate insertion and removal of a primary camera, the second camera channel configured to enclose a secondary camera, and the instrument channel configured to permit insertion and removal of a surgical instrument from the insertion section, The insertion device can include a housing attached to the insertion section, the housing including a passage configured to permit at least a portion of the primary camera to pass through the housing into the first camera channel and exit the first camera channel. The secondary camera can be configured to provide image data of a surgical site to facilitate insertion into the surgical site of at least one of the surgical instrument or the primary camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TITAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Perry A. Genova, Sachin A. Sankholkar, Hans Christian Pflaumer, Aki Hannu Einari Laakso, Allan Katz, Alejandro Espinosa, Eduardo A. Ampuero
  • Patent number: 11141147
    Abstract: A distal cap apparatus for use with an endoscope, having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, includes a mount configured for mounting to the distal end of the endoscope, and a strap connected to the mount and configured for banding about the distal end of the endoscope when the distal end of the endoscope is received in the mount. The mount defines a strap slot configured to receive an end of the strap to configure the strap in the banded configuration. The strap may be elastic. The strap may be a continuous band. In one embodiment, a distal cap apparatus includes a mount having a strap and a buckle for adjusting a size of a loop formed at least partially by the strap about the distal end of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, John Mims, Ryan Gilkey, Landon Gilkey
  • Patent number: 11135023
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a surgical instrument mountable to a robotic manipulator. The surgical instrument comprises an elongate arm. The elongate arm comprises an actively controlled bendable region including at least one joint region, a passively bendable region including a distal end coupled to the actively controlled bendable region, an actuation mechanism extending through the passively bendable region and coupled to the at least one joint region to control the actively controlled bendable region, and a channel extending through the elongate arm. The surgical instrument also comprises an optical fiber positioned in the channel. The optical fiber includes an optical fiber bend sensor in at least one of the passively bendable region or the actively controlled bendable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Q. Larkin, David C. Shafer
  • Patent number: 11129602
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for tracking an elongate instrument or other medical instrument in an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Serena Wong, Sean Walker, Jason Hsu, June Park, Neal Tanner, Kiran Murthy
  • Patent number: 11125733
    Abstract: A digestive tract medication administration system and a medication administration capsule are provided. In an assembled state, with the constraint of a limit structure formed by a rotation limit pin on an inner shell of the capsule and a rotation limit slot in an outer shell of the capsule, and an angle exists between the N-S directions of the first magnetic column and the second magnetic column, a torque is present between the two magnetic columns, which makes parts inside the capsule tightly coupled. When an external magnetic field is applied, at least one or both of the two magnetic columns rotate under the action of the external magnetic field. When the external magnetic field is applied, the administration ports are in opened state, and when the external magnetic field is removed, the administration ports are in closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ANKON MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaodong Duan, Shaobang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11122964
    Abstract: A treatment-instrument insertion aid (10) for aiding insertion of a treatment-instrument into a body includes an outer tube (30) having flexibility including a plurality of guiding portions (31) circumferentially spaced apart on an inner peripheral surface and extend in an axial direction from a distal end to a proximal end, a plurality of rail members (40) having flexibility, extend in an axial direction from a distal end to a proximal end and include guided portions (41) to be engaged with the guiding portions (31) respectively, and an inner tube (20) having flexibility and includes an engaged portion (21) to be engaged with an engaging portion (50) formed between the inner peripheral surface of the outer tube (30) and the adjacent rail members (40). The rail members (40) are fixed to a hard portion (30B) nearest to the distal end side of the outer tube (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: KEIO UNIVERSITY, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOP
    Inventors: Norihito Wada, Takuya Miyazaki, Yoshihiko Himura
  • Patent number: 11109744
    Abstract: A three-dimensional endoscope system includes: an imaging unit configured to capture a first image and a second image having parallax with respect to each other; and an image generation unit configured to generate a display image for stereoscopic viewing by performing image processing on the first image and the second image captured by the imaging unit, wherein the image generation unit generates the display image based on the first image and a third image obtained by replacing a part of the second image with a part of the first image at a corresponding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Sumihiro Uchimura, Taihei Michihata
  • Patent number: 11109879
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a hollow member having a sidewall provided with a window and a closure member movably connected to the hollow member for alternately covering and uncovering the window. The hollow member has a first clamping surface along an edge of the window, while the closure member has a second clamping surface opposing the first clamping surface and disposable substantially adjacent thereto in a clamping or closure configuration of the instrument. The instrument additionally comprises a tissue occlusion component mounted to at least one of the hollow member and the closure member for acting on tissues gripped between the first clamping surface and the second clamping surface, to couple the tissues to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Piskun
  • Patent number: 11096555
    Abstract: Exemplary aspects of a medical instrument system are disclosed. The system may have a support frame movably coupled to a patient table, the support frame having a computer display support, and an endoscope holder, wherein the computer display support and the endoscope holder are coupled to move together as a single unit. In some aspects, the system includes a computer display device, and an endoscope, wherein the computer display device and the endoscope are coupled to the support frame to move together as a single unit, and the patient table, computer display device, and the endoscope are arranged along a common longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Harrah, Christopher L. Oskin, Derrick Lenz, Arpita Banerjee, Sandesh Gavade, Pavan Misra, Abhijit Takale
  • Patent number: 11096560
    Abstract: A disposable cover for use with an endoscope includes an elongated sheath having and having an open proximal end and a closed distal end. A channel extends along a central axis of the sheath from the open proximal end to the closed distal end, and the channel is configured to accommodate insertion of an endoscope. A proximal region of the sheath is formed as a rigid thin-wall sleeve and a distal region of the sheath is formed as a flexible thin-wall sleeve. The flexible thin-wall sleeve is configured to allow deflection of said distal region in cooperation with an articulating distal end of an endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Meditrina, Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, Daniel Truckai, Khoi Le, Kevin Moss, Nicholas Landgraf, Britta Nelson
  • Patent number: 11090064
    Abstract: The invention relates to devices and methods for creating a curvilinear cavity within a vertebral body or other body structure. An example method of forming a void in bony structure includes accessing a bony structure with a cannula, inserting a distal end of a combined drill and reaming device through the cannula and into the bony structure, manipulating the distal end of the combined drill and reaming device to create a void in the bony structure, and removing the distal end of the combined drill and reaming device from the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Globus Medical Inc.
    Inventors: John Martin Aho, Andrew R. Sennett
  • Patent number: 11076911
    Abstract: An application of a radiofrequency catheter ablation system to treatment of essential hypertension. The treatment process is under ultrasonic guidance, an electrode needle is made to penetrate into target tissue of a patient, electrification is conducted to start ablation, the needle is withdrawn or made to penetrate into the other side of the target tissue for target ablation after reaching ablation temperature and duration time, and overall ablation treatment is completed. The system can treat a secondary center for regulating the activity of a whole-body sympathetic system to reduce its activity, thus, the blood pressure level of a patient can be reduced, and fewer kinds and smaller dosage of antihypertensive drugs taken or ceased altogether. By treating the secondary center, the activity of the whole-body sympathetic system, insulin resistance and whole-body fibrosis is reduced, and other diseases characterized in activity abnormity of the sympathetic system might be treated too.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: NANJING KHONS MEDTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangqing Kong, Younian Kong
  • Patent number: 11065036
    Abstract: An instrument port for introducing instruments into a surgical site, including a port body having a channel running therethrough from a proximal end to a distal end, an instrument sleeve in slidable contact with the channel, creating a gap therebetween, and fluid flow for removing emboli efficiently from the instrument port, wherein the fluid flow includes the gap is provided. A fluid flow system for use in an instrument port is provided. A method of removably securing an instrument sleeve to a port body by anchoring the instrument port to heart tissue, making at least one flood line in a channel, flushing out emboli, and performing surgery with the instrument port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: Children's Medical Center Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Christopher DiBiasio, Keith Durand, Jonathan Brigham Hopkins, Zach Traina, Alexander Slocum, Samir Nayfeh, Pedro J. del Nido, Nikolay V. Vasilyev
  • Patent number: 11064866
    Abstract: An endoscope cover that is to be attached to a distal framing portion of an endoscope, includes: a cover main body having an annular portion configured to surround a periphery of the distal framing portion; a fragile portion provided in the annular portion of the cover main body, having a mechanical strength lower than a rest of the annular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yamaya
  • Patent number: 11039823
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a minimally-invasive surgical system and methods of use which can mimic a mosquito proboscis to efficiently penetrate tissue. The delivery system can utilize a plurality of modular strut instruments to create a working tissue canopy and apply any number of surgical actions to a target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Z Surgical LLC
    Inventor: Gabriel Zada
  • Patent number: 11039850
    Abstract: An endoscopic tool for facilitating injection of fluid into a submucosal layer of tissue includes a first cannula, a suction source, a fluid lumen, and a second cannula. The first cannula has a suction surface disposed at a distal end, and defines a suction lumen. The suction source is coupled to the first cannula and creates a negative pressure within the suction lumen. The second cannula is disposed in a fluid lumen separate from the suction lumen, is adapted to be coupled to a source of fluid, and carries a needle at a distal end thereof. The tool draws the mucosal layer via the suction, which enlarges the submucosal layer, and injects a fluid into the enlarged portion of the submucosal layer via the needle, thereby creating a raised portion of tissue around the injection site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: GI SUPPLY
    Inventors: Patrick Lee, Heather Benoit, Logan Castillo, Joanna Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 11033174
    Abstract: A medical image processing device includes a motion amount calculating unit configured to compare a first image obtained by capturing a subject image taken by an endoscope with a second image obtained by capturing the subject image at a chronologically different timing from the first image and calculate a motion amount for the second image every two or more areas in the first image; and an area specifying unit configured to specify a mask area other than the subject image included in the first image from an inside of a mask candidate area in which the motion amount is equal to or less than a specific first threshold value in the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Taihei Michihata, Yuichi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11026666
    Abstract: An articulated tool positioning apparatus comprising a base member, an intermediate member, an end member and a first tool holder arranged in succession, each of the base member, intermediate member, end member and tool holder having a respective central opening. A first plurality of coupled guides id positioned between the base member and the intermediate member and a second plurality of coupled guides is positioned between the intermediate member and the end member. A third plurality of coupled guides is diposed between the end member and the tool holder. The base member, intermediate member, end member, first tool holder and first second and third pluralities of coupled guides all have a central opening and guide openings or securing points for securing pluralities of flexible control links to the base member or to an object separated from the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Rene Robert, David Allen Zitnick, Peter John Kenneth Cameron, Leonard M. Faria, Andrea Bajo
  • Patent number: RE48750
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of devices and method for affecting at least one anatomical tissue can be provided. A configuration can be provided that includes a structure which is expandable (i) having and/or (ii) forming at least one opening or a working space through which the anatomical tissue(s) is placed in the structure. For example, the structure, prior to being expanding, can have at least one partially rigid portion. In addition, or as an alternative, upon a partial or complete expansion thereof, the structure can be controllable to have a plurality of shapes. Further, the structure can be controllable to provide the working space with multiple shapes and/or multiple sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Piskun, Dan Rottenberg, Boaz Manash, Dima Pinhasov, Oleg Shikhman