With Tool Carried On Endoscope Or Auxillary Channel Therefore Patents (Class 600/104)
  • Patent number: 10646108
    Abstract: According to some embodiments of the invention there is provided a colon cleaning system comprising: a working channel, a vacuum source, a separate vacuum pipe provided alongside the working channel, and a sensor positioned at a conduit connected externally to the working channel, the sensor configured for providing an indication related to pressure within at least a segment of the working channel. In some embodiments, the system comprises a controller configured for controlling one or more parameters of a vacuum induced in the separate vacuum pipe, the parameter determined according to the pressure related indication provided by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Motus GI Medical Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Noam Hassidov, Eyal Kochavi, Tzach Arnon, Kobi Luleko
  • Patent number: 10624532
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an insertion device for a robotic surgery apparatus can include a first portion with a plurality of instrument channels configured to removably house a plurality of surgical instruments and first and second camera channels positioned in an interior of the first portion and extending along substantially the entire length of the first portion. The first camera channel can removably house a primary camera tube, and the second camera channel can include a secondary camera. The device can include a second portion with an insertion channel terminating at a first end with a first opening permitting the primary camera tube to pass through and terminating at a second end opposite the first end with a second opening aligned with the first camera channel of the first portion. The insertion channel can permit the primary camera tube to pass through the insertion channel and enter the first camera channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Perry A. Genova, Hans Christian Pflaumer, Aki Hannu Einari Laakso, Allan Katz, Alejandro Espinosa, Eduardo A. Ampuero
  • Patent number: 10624808
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improving adenoma detection, including applying compression to the abdomen of a patient and maintaining compression of the abdomen of the patient during withdrawal of an endoscope. The compression may be applied by wrapping a band of elastic material around the abdomen of a patient and connecting one end of the band to another portion of the band to maintain tension in the band in order to apply compression to the abdomen of the patient. Aspects may also include tensioning the band prior to connecting the one end of the band to the another portion of the band to apply a desired degree of pressure to the patient's abdomen through contraction of the band across at least a portion of the patient's abdomen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: COLOWRAP, LLC
    Inventor: James Hathorn
  • Patent number: 10617858
    Abstract: A surgical port includes a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a longitudinal axis extending through the first end and the second end. An outer sidewall extends between the first end and the second end. First and second channels extend through the port from the first end to the second end. A first electrically conductive portion extends from the first channel to the outer sidewall, and a second electrically conductive portion extends from the second channel to the outer sidewall. The first electrically conductive portion provides a first electrically conductive path between the first channel and the outer sidewall and the second electrically conductive portion provides a second electrically conductive path the second channel and the outer sidewall. The second electrically conductive path is separate from the first electrically conductive path. Devices and methods relate to surgical ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hurst, Sam Crews, Bryan E. Blair
  • Patent number: 10614918
    Abstract: A delivery device includes a circuit for receiving an authentication signal. The delivery device contains a substance encapsulated therein. The delivery device determines whether a user is authenticated based upon the authentication signal and an identifier stored within the delivery device. The delivery device heats, responsive to determining that the user is not authenticated within a predetermined time period after the delivery device being ingested by the user, the substance encapsulated within the delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ira L. Allen, Gregory J. Boss, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Andrew R. Jones, Kevin C. McConnell, John E. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10610237
    Abstract: A system for treating tissue includes an applicator and a clip assembly. The applicator includes a catheter extending longitudinally and a lumen extending therethrough, a control member extending through the lumen of the catheter. The assembly is releasably coupleable to a distal end of the applicator. The assembly includes a pair of clip arms, proximal ends of which are slidably received within a channel of a capsule, a pair of opposing coupling elements extending proximally from the proximal ends of the arms to be fixed over the distal end of the member so that the arms are movable relative to the capsule via a longitudinal motion of the member between a tissue receiving configuration, in which distal ends of the arms are separated from one another, and a tissue clipping configuration, in which distal ends of the arms are moved toward one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramon Estevez, Shawn Ryan, John Golden
  • Patent number: 10603051
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for creating a curvilinear void created in a bony structure. The method includes inserting a distal end of a reamer device through a cannula and into a curvilinear void created in a bony structure, the reamer device having a flexible reamer shaft assembly which includes (i) a pivotable reaming element at a distal end thereof, and (ii) a mechanism for pivoting adjustably the reaming element. The method also includes deploying the reaming element within the curvilinear void and manipulating the reaming element to enlarge the curvilinear void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Crainich, Andrew R. Sennett, Joseph Trabka
  • Patent number: 10582940
    Abstract: Laparoscopic tool shafts and devices and methods for enhancing their rigidity in general or in specific directions are provided. Laparoscopic tool shafts having rigid external shafts and relatively rigid rods and laparoscopic tool shafts having flexible external shafts and relatively rigid rods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Igor Igov, Jonatan Epstein, Rami Lore, Gilad Lavi
  • Patent number: 10582834
    Abstract: A method and device is provided for accessing a target location within a branched network. The device may be passed through the working channel of a standard endoscope and includes a three-dimensional location sensor at its distal tip and an expandable extended working channel. The device has a very thin body proximal of the distal sensor such that, once the sensor is extended outside of the working channel of the endoscope, nearly all of the working channel may be used to pass tools through the extended working channel of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Paige B. Hastings
  • Patent number: 10575977
    Abstract: A gastric tube for use in a bariatric surgical procedure includes an elongate tube and a movable component supported on an outer surface of the elongate tube. The elongate tube has a non-circular cross section along at least a portion of a length of the elongate tube. The movable component is movable between an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration. In the unexpanded configuration, the movable component is disposed in abutting engagement with the outer surface of the elongate tube. In the expanded configuration, the movable component bows outwardly from the outer surface of the elongate tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Henry Holsten, Thomas Wenchell
  • Patent number: 10575722
    Abstract: A device and method for cleaning or defogging a surgical scope during minimally-invasive surgery, including a casing which houses a sponge and a heating element configured to be accessible to the surgical scope and the casing is configured to removably attach to a trocar during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Medix3d LLC
    Inventor: Claude Fiset
  • Patent number: 10575870
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical instrument system, which comprises a hollow shaft as well as a shaft-type instrument that can be inserted into the hollow shaft. To create a surgical instrument system that consists of a hollow shaft and of a medical instrument that can be inserted into the hollow shaft and that is both simple in construction and capable of a range of uses, it is proposed according to the invention that at least one cam that reduces the inside diameter of the hollow shaft should be positioned on the interior of the hollow shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sascha Berberich, Sebastian Frey, Michael Sauer
  • Patent number: 10568490
    Abstract: Provided is a surgical apparatus for an endoscope with which an operator can change, as desired, the size of an image of a site to be observed that appears in an endoscopic image obtained by an endoscope or the size of the range of the site to be observed. An image processing unit (zooming means) of a processor device changes a zoom magnification factor of an endoscopic image from an endoscope through electronic zooming on the basis of the operation of a foot switch. In the non-sensing region of the slider, the activation and deactivation of the zooming operation by the foot switch are switched according to a relative position of a distal end of the endoscope with respect to a distal end of the treatment tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 10561301
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a medical device for accessing a patient's body portion and used for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Embodiments of the invention may include a particular endoscopic positioning mechanism for placing an endoscope and an additional treatment device within desired body portions in order to assist in diagnosis and treatment of anatomical diseases and disorders. In particular, a medical device according to an embodiment of the invention may include an outer flexible tube and a positioning mechanism configured for rotating one portion of the flexible tube relative to another portion of the flexible tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Wood, Gary J. Leanna
  • Patent number: 10561424
    Abstract: A method of inserting a circular stapling apparatus into a body lumen includes inserting a distal portion of a shell assembly of the circular stapling apparatus in an entrance to a body lumen, introducing an insufflation fluid through an aperture defined in an outer surface of the shell assembly, and inserting a remainder of the shell assembly and a portion of an elongated member into the body lumen. Introducing the insufflation fluid through the aperture flows insufflation fluid into the body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Christopher Penna, Boris Vestweber
  • Patent number: 10561489
    Abstract: A gastrointestinal-tract constricting method includes: while observing the gastrointestinal tract by inserting an endoscope into the gastrointestinal tract, forming a spreading block that suppresses infiltration of a substance, which damages a mucosa basal layer of the gastrointestinal tract, into the muscular layer underlying the mucosa basal layer, the spreading block being formed along a circumferential direction of the gastrointestinal tract and between the mucosa basal layer and the muscular layer; and supplying the substance to a gap between the spreading block and the mucosa basal layer while forming a contact surface between the spreading block and the substance along the circumferential direction of the gastrointestinal tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Okumura, Shunsuke Motosugi, Takayuki Hatanaka, Hiroyuki Morishita
  • Patent number: 10560658
    Abstract: An imaging module includes: an image-sensing device; a first substrate including a first insulating substrate main body that includes a plurality of surfaces, an electrode terminal, a first cable terminal disposed on only one of the plurality of surfaces of the first insulating substrate main body; a second substrate including a second insulating substrate main body and a second cable terminal; and a signal cable disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, that electrically connects the first cable terminal to the second cable terminal. The one of the plurality of surfaces of the first insulating substrate main body where the first cable terminal is connected to the signal cable and a surface of the second insulating substrate main body where the second cable terminal is connected to the signal cable are disposed on a same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ishizuka, Kenichi Ishibashi, Shingo Ishii, Daisuke Murakami, Yoshinobu Numasawa, Hideaki Usuda
  • Patent number: 10548624
    Abstract: An endoscopic surgical device having a slotted clear cannula, a blade and a housing, wherein the cannula is attached to the housing, and wherein the blade is enclosed in the housing and is slidable into the cannula is disclosed. The blade is enclosed within the housing and cannula, and has a horizontally-oriented pushing component and a vertically-oriented cutting component that protrudes through the slot of the cannula. The device further has a device for locking a viewing device in place relative to other components of the device. A method for a performing an operative procedure on a target tissue in a subject using the endoscopic surgical device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: A.M. SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Romi Mirza, Ather Mirza
  • Patent number: 10543012
    Abstract: An ultrasonic surgical device has a hand piece, a probe, and an electromechanical transducer assembly disposed inside the hand piece. The probe is mounted to a distal end of the hand piece and is operatively connected to the transducer assembly. An electrical connector is mounted at least indirectly to the hand piece, while an electrical circuit electrically or operatively connects the probe to the electrical connector. A wire or cable is operatively coupled at one end to the electrical connector and at an opposite end to electrical ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: MISONIX, INC.
    Inventor: Salvatore Pantano
  • Patent number: 10543010
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a medical device. Systems and methods are provided for accessing and visualizing the pancreatico-biliary system. The medical device may include a guide catheter with a first lumen and a second lumen. A first elevator may be disposed in the first lumen, wherein the first elevator is movable relative to the first lumen for elevating a first tool insertable into the first lumen. A second elevator may be disposed in the second lumen, wherein the second elevator is movable relative to the second lumen for elevating a second tool insertable into the second lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Levasseur, Kirsten Viering
  • Patent number: 10537397
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system comprising a surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an elongate, hollow shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and a flexible section. The surgical instrument also includes a sensor apparatus comprising an electromagnetic sensor. The robotic surgical system also includes a force transmission mechanism coupled to the proximal end of the shaft and a processor communicatively coupled to at least the sensor apparatus. The processor is configured to receive sensor data from the sensor apparatus and to use the sensor data with mechanical property data for the surgical instrument and material property data for the surgical instrument to determine external force information for the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Q. Larkin, Vincent Duindam
  • Patent number: 10537315
    Abstract: Improved methods and devices for performing an endoscopic surgery are provided. Systems are taught for operatively treating gastrointestinal disorders endoscopically in a stable, yet dynamic operative environment, and in a minimally-invasive manner. Such systems include, for example, an endoscopic surgical suite. The surgical suite can have a reversibly-expandable retractor that expands to provide a stable, operative environment within a subject. The expansion can be asymmetric around a stabilizer subsystem to maximize space for a tool and an endoscope to each be maneuvered independently to visualize a target tissue and treat the target tissue from outside the patient in a minimally invasive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Piskun, John To, Mariel Fabro, Brian Tang, Sergey Kantsevoy, Oleg Shikhman
  • Patent number: 10537328
    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: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Matthew R. Jagelski, Naroun Suon, Kevin J. McElwee, Shawn Ryan, Alex Sekulic
  • Patent number: 10537346
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a retrieval device may include a distally located end effector movable between a contracted state and an expanded state. The end effector may include a plurality of support members each including a passage. The end effector may also include a plurality of movable members. A first movable member may include a first portion extending into a first passage of the support member passages. The retrieval device may also include a proximally located handle assembly including a longitudinal actuator and a twisting actuator coupled to the plurality of movable members. The longitudinal actuator and twisting actuator may be configured to longitudinally move and twist the movable members without longitudinally moving and twisting the support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 10524731
    Abstract: A sensing assembly for sensing contact with an object is disclosed. The contact sensing assembly may comprise an elongate tubular body. An electrode may be connected to the elongate tubular body. A vibration element is operatively connected with the electrode and configured to deliver a vibration-inducing signal to induce vibration of the electrode. A sensor is configured to monitor the electrode for a perturbation in the induced vibration. The perturbation results from contact between the electrode and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Schweitzer, Steven C. Christian, Anthony D. Hill
  • Patent number: 10517580
    Abstract: Improved methods and devices for performing an endoscopic surgery are provided. Systems are taught for operatively treating gastrointestinal disorders endoscopically in a stable, yet dynamic operative environment, and in a minimally-invasive manner. Such systems include, for example, an endoscopic surgical suite. The surgical suite can have a reversibly-expandable retractor that expands to provide a stable, operative environment within a subject. The expansion can be asymmetric around a stabilizer subsystem to maximize space for a tool and an endoscope to each be maneuvered independently to visualize a target tissue and treat the target tissue from outside the patient in a minimally invasive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Piskun, John To, Mariel Fabro, Brian Tang, Sergey Kantsevoy
  • Patent number: 10510918
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an imaging device chip having a chip connection portion; a tubular housing tube used to a scope tip portion of an endoscope; a substrate to which the imaging device chip is fixed, the substrate having a substrate connection portion, the substrate being capable of bending at near the substrate connection portion when the substrate is inserted into the housing tube; a lead wire connecting the substrate connection portion and the chip connection portion; flexible and non-conductive resin covering an entirety of the lead wire; and an imaging module including the substrate provided with the imaging device chip thereon, the imaging module inserted into the housing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Zhi Hu, Kenichi Nakatate, Takeshi Segi, Kenichi Ishibashi, Fumihiko Nishimura, Satoshi Hida, Hitoe Iikura, Hideo Shiratani
  • Patent number: 10500332
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for injecting one or more agents into tissue within a patient's body. In one embodiment, an injection device includes a substantially axially incompressible elongate member including a lumen extending between proximal and distal ends thereof. A distal stop is provided on the distal end and a needle tip extends distally beyond the distal stop, the needle tip having a cross-section smaller than the distal end. The needle tip includes a passage communicating between the lumen and an outlet in the distal tip that has having a cross-section smaller than the lumen. In an exemplary embodiment, the elongate member includes a coil extending between the proximal and distal ends, and a sleeve disposed within an interior region of the coil extending between the proximal and distal ends. The sleeve defines the lumen and may be free-floating within at least a portion of the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CLPH, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen A. Leeflang, Christian S. Eversull
  • Patent number: 10500008
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to robotic arm assemblies. The robotic arm assembly may include forearm segment, upper arm segment, and elbow coupling joint assembly. Upper arm segment includes a motor. Elbow coupling joint assembly connects forearm and upper arm segments. Elbow coupling joint assembly includes distal and proximal elbow joint subassemblies. Distal elbow joint subassembly is connected to the forearm segment. Distal elbow joint subassembly includes gear train system having gear stages including first distal elbow gear stage, second distal elbow gear stage, third distal elbow gear stage, and fourth distal elbow gear stage. First distal elbow gear stage includes bevel gears. Second distal elbow gear stage includes spur gears. Third distal elbow gear stage includes bevel gears. Fourth distal elbow gear stage includes a planetary gear assembly. Proximal elbow joint subassembly connects the upper arm segment to the distal elbow joint subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Chung Kwong Yeung, Wai Leung William Cheng
  • Patent number: 10492827
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical cannula for introducing instruments, scopes or tubing into body cavities while saline water can be provided or waste material can be removed at the same time. and within the same incision. The cannula has a tee shape with two ports on sides and is capable to combines the uses of supply saline water, remove damaged material and perform manipulation of surgical instruments within an incision. The cannula invention reduced at least one incision and saved time during surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Alex Joel Velez-Cruz
  • Patent number: 10492856
    Abstract: A fluid management system receives fluid from a fluid source and delivers the fluid to a medical probe having a first fluid infusion and aspiration circuit and a second fluid infusion and aspiration circuit. The system also transfers fluid from the medical probe to a collection container. A controller operates a first pump and valve assembly to selectively deliver fluid inflow from the fluid source to one of the first fluid infusion and the second fluid infusion and aspiration circuit. The controller further operates a second pump and valve assembly to selectively transfer fluid outflow to the collection container from one of the first fluid infusion and aspiration circuit of the medical probe and the second fluid infusion and aspiration circuit of the medical probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hermes Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Benedek Orczy-Timko
  • Patent number: 10485411
    Abstract: A fixing sleeve that is fitted outward on a connecting portion between a connecting pipe and a treatment tool inserting tube for fixation of the connecting portion comprises a cylindrical sleeve body, an arc-shaped portion that is connected to a proximal end side of the sleeve body, is formed to be coaxial with a sleeve center axis of the sleeve body and has a center angle smaller than 180°, and a projection portion that is formed along a peripheral direction of the sleeve center axis on an inner peripheral surface in the arc-shaped portion in a radial inside of the sleeve center axis. A part of the treatment tool inserting tube is flexibly deformed in a convex shape by the projection portion, and the part thereof is supported by the projection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10485403
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope apparatus which can notify an operator whether or not a forceps elevator is in a reclined state by simple and inexpensive means. The endoscope includes: a forceps elevator which is erectably provided at the distal end part of an operation part that is provided to the insertion part. The forceps elevator has an erecting motion range from a minimum angular position to a maximum angular position. The operation part includes an index which is shielded by the erecting operation member when the forceps elevator is in the minimum angular position, and which is exposed when the forceps elevator is in a position in which the forceps elevator is erected from the minimum angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10478208
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of endoscopy. In particular, the present disclosure relates to systems and methods suitable for resecting or dissecting large areas of mucosal or submucosal tissue. The system may apply tension to and continuously manipulate mucosal tissue such that large lesions may be resected or dissected by a cutting element disposed at the distal end of an endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Jagelski, Shawn Ryan, Celine Mee Ling Chin, Norman C. May, Catherine Shimin Yee, Paul Smith, Ray Tong
  • Patent number: 10463419
    Abstract: A surgical instrument system includes a surgical instrument, a power supply, and an accessory. The surgical instrument has a first induction device positioned therein. The power supply is electrically coupled to the first induction device. The accessory is selectively operably couplable to the surgical instrument. The accessory includes a second induction device that is inductively coupled with the first induction device when the accessory is operably coupled to the surgical instrument such that the power supply provides power to the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Frank J. Viola
  • Patent number: 10463237
    Abstract: A method comprises steering a deployment catheter to locate a distal end of the deployment catheter at a position within a patient anatomy. The method further includes articulating a delivery catheter extending through and from the distal end of the deployment catheter while the distal end of the deployment remains at the position and deploying an instrument through the delivery catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Sekhar S. Rao
  • Patent number: 10463399
    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 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Asimion Inc.
    Inventors: Odyssefs Ath. Savvouras, Stephanos Papademetriou, Theofilos Kotseroglou, Ulrich R. Haug
  • Patent number: 10456166
    Abstract: An entry guide tube and cannula assembly, a surgical system including the assembly, and a method of surgical instrument insertion are provided. In one embodiment, the assembly includes a cannula having a proximal portion that operably couples to an accessory clamp of a manipulator arm, and a distal tubular member coupled to the proximal portion, the tubular member having an opening for passage of at least one instrument shaft. The assembly also includes an entry guide tube rotatably coupled to the proximal portion of the cannula, the entry guide tube including a plurality of channels for passage of a plurality of instrument shafts, wherein the entry guide tube is rotatably driven relative to the proximal portion of the cannula by rotation of at least one instrument shaft about a longitudinal axis of the entry guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Jeffrey D. Brown, Nicola Diolaiti, Eugene F. Duval, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert E. Holop, Paul E. Lilagan, Anthony K. McGrogan, Craig R. Ramstad
  • Patent number: 10441139
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope apparatus which can notify an operator whether or not a forceps elevator is in a reclined state by simple and inexpensive means. The endoscope includes: a forceps elevator which is erectably provided at the distal end part of an operation part that is provided to the insertion part. The forceps elevator has an erecting motion range from a minimum angular position to a maximum angular position. The operation part includes an index which is shielded by the erecting operation member when the forceps elevator is in the minimum angular position, and which is exposed when the forceps elevator is in a position in which the forceps elevator is erected from the minimum angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10441132
    Abstract: A method of controlling an endoscope includes, inserting an insert part having an imaging unit at a distal end through the body; making an imaging direction of the imaging unit variable by bending of a bending part, wherein the bending part is included in the insert part; detecting an amount of insertion of the insert part through the body; and determining whether the bending part is to be bent or not on the basis of operation of a direction input part depending on the amount of insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10433719
    Abstract: The medical device warmer is adapted for use with endoscopes. Specifically, the medical device warmer is a mechanical apparatus that is adapted to store and warm an endoscope during an endoscopic procedure. The medical device warmer is provisioned as a support kit. The support kit contains the medical device warmer as well as associated equipment and materials required for an endoscopic procedure. During an endoscopic procedure the support kit is clipped with a plurality of clips to the surgical draping used in the procedure to allow medical personnel ready access to the equipment. The medical device warmer comprises a warming cylinder, a cap and a support kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Edward Herrera
  • Patent number: 10433717
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a shaft having proximal and distal ends and a longitudinal axis therebetween. A handle is coupled to the proximal end of the shaft, and an image sensor is carried on the distal end of the shaft. A channel extends through at least a distal shaft portion and has a channel diameter, and a section of the channel is re-configurable between a constricted shape and a non-constricted shape to accommodate tools introduced therethrough. The combined diagonal dimension and channel diameter is usually greater than the outer shaft diameter. The image sensor may be connected to a connector on the housing by a first slack flex circuit and a lights source on the shaft may be connected to a connector on the housing by a second slack flex circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Meditrina, Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, Akos Toth, Gabor Papp, Kornel Horvath, Katalin Levai, Britta Nelson
  • Patent number: 10426379
    Abstract: A system for detecting and recording head orientations of a person includes: a first sensor device capable of providing sensor data regarding a head orientation of a person in a three-dimensional space; a medical data acquisition system configured for storing and outputting the sensor data from the first sensor device; and a processor configured for processing the sensor data from the medical data acquisition system, outputting a first signal representing the head orientation, and generating an image for presentation by a graphical display; wherein the image comprises: a first reference indicator; an orientation indicator, wherein a position of the orientation indicator in the image is determined based on the first signal from the processor, and a feedback indicator when a first condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Natus Medical Incorporated
    Inventors: Hamish MacDougall, Robert Nygren, Wendy Crumley-Welsh
  • Patent number: 10420916
    Abstract: A probe for traversing a tubular passage includes an introducer to be supported at an entrance to the tubular passage. The probe also includes a probe tip to traverse the tubular passage, and a tube with an inflatable tube segment. In some embodiments, the inflatable tube segment is storable in the probe tip. The inflatable tube segment is configured to be inflated to push the probe tip away from the introducer toward an end of the tubular passage. In some embodiments, the probe includes a sealing mechanism, where the sealing mechanism can be positioned between the inflatable tube segment of the tube and the introducer to maintain the inflatable tube segment in a deflated configuration until inflation of the inflatable tube segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: NUTECH VENTURES
    Inventors: Carl Nelson, Benjamin Terry, Abolfazl Pourghodrat, Hossein Dehghani, Dmitry Oleynikov, Prithviraj Dasgupta
  • Patent number: 10413707
    Abstract: A guidewire that is specifically designed for performing an intracardiac transseptal puncture procedure is described. A piercing head for the guidewire has a conically-shaped section that tapers to a cutting section comprised of three tapered facets extending to a pointed tip. The three facets form three cutting edges that each provide for smooth cutting of body tissue, for example, cutting of the septum wall. The cut tissue does not tend to close or relax as readily as if the tissue had been punctured with a conically-shaped piercing tip, for example, one that has a structure similar to a pencil tip, This helps with subsequently moving a catheter and similar medical device through the pierced body tissue. Consequently, the faceted piercing head leaves an opening having a diameter that is substantially similar to the maximum outer diameter of piercing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Lake Region Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeanne Douglas
  • Patent number: 10390685
    Abstract: A system comprises a deployment catheter defining at least one lumen and a hood projecting distally from the deployment catheter and defining an open area. The open area is in direct fluid communication with the at least one lumen. The system also comprises an elongate channel directly coupled to the hood such that the elongate channel terminates distally into the open area. The elongate channel extends proximally from an outer surface of the hood and is bounded proximally at a proximal pocket surface. The system also comprises an imaging element. The imaging element is sized to pass into the elongated channel at a distal end of the elongate channel. Proximal movement within the elongated channel is restricted by the proximal pocket surface. The system also comprises a control member extending within the elongate channel and through the proximal pocket surface for moving the imaging element through the elongate channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Chris A. Rothe, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 10383652
    Abstract: A medical device for manipulating a portion of tissue. The device may have one or more opposing jaws. One of the jaws may be configured to be placed between the portion of tissue and an underlying portion of tissue, and have an orifice configured to direct a fluid towards a surface of the other jaw so as to move the portion of tissue towards the said other jaw. A fluid delivery channel may extend between the orifice and a fluid source. A switch may be operable to flow the fluid from the source, through the channel, and out of the orifice. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Jagelski, John Golden, Melissa Horton, Erin Zinkus, Gary Pirani, Ellen Kaplan, Briana Moretti, Jennifer Saunders
  • Patent number: 10383653
    Abstract: Current invention relates to a combined system developed for the purpose of use in the treatment of anorectal fistulas. Fistulectomy Set is a system consisting of fistulectomy units which functions fully controlled and transmitting the pivoted movement which comes from the movement providing and transmitting part to the cutting edge by moving it on a central guide with the help of a motion carrier flexible shaft consisting of hexahedron spheroid parts. It consists of a cannulation apparatus which provides a simultaneous rotation, vibration and reciprocating movement and which detects the fistula trace fully and accurately. With this cutting edge, a channel surrounded by living tissue is obtained by cutting around the fistula trace cylindrically with suitable thickness, and thus cutting the secretory mucosa, dead tissues and fibrotic structures. With the developed system, it is believed that important progress will be made in the treatment of anorectal fistula; an important social and medical problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Ihsan Tasci
  • Patent number: 10376944
    Abstract: Provided is a pipe joining body in which a wire rod and a tubular member are joined. The wire rod includes a concave portion formed by plastically deforming a part of an outer periphery of the wire rod. The tubular member includes a deformed portion that is formed so as to enter the concave portion by inserting the wire rod into the tubular member and by pressing a portion of the tubular member covering the concave portion toward the concave portion to plastically deform the portion. A maximum displacement amount of the tubular member when the deformed portion is formed is not larger than a maximum displacement amount of the wire rod by the plastic deformation when the concave portion is formed. The concave portion is formed by bringing a mold having a convex surface into contact with the part of the outer periphery of the wire rod to press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shingo Horii
  • Patent number: 10368729
    Abstract: A method of inhibiting a flow of a purging fluid from a tissue visualization device comprises positioning an imaging hood attached to a distal end of a flexible elongate shaft in proximity to a tissue region to be visualized The method also comprises introducing the purging fluid into an inflation member suspended within an open area of the imaging hood. The inflation member includes at least one aperture on a proximal portion of the inflation member. The method also comprises inflating the inflation member to a partially inflated state in which the inflation member is circumferentially separated from an inner surface of the hood to form an annular flow path for the purging fluid from the at least one aperture, between the inner surface of the hood and the inflation member, and into fluid communication with an environment external to the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Miller, Vahid Saadat, Zachary J. Malchano, Ruey-Feng Peh, Aseem K. Thakur, Christopher A. Rothe, Edmund Tam