Having Tool Moving Or Stopping Means Patents (Class 600/106)
  • Publication number: 20140275761
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a jaw portion and a shaft portion that is pivotably coupled to the jaw portion. The shaft portion defines an interior space having first and second openings on respective radially-opposite sides of the shaft portion. A camera assembly is coupled to the shaft portion and is moveable between a first position, in which the camera assembly is positioned within the interior space of the shaft portion, and, for example, second and third positions, in which the camera assembly extends through a respective one of the first and second radially-opposite openings of the shaft portion. In this manner, the camera assembly may be positionable on, and may provide imaging data of, either side of the surgical device, irrespective of which lateral side the jaw portion is articulated relative to the shaft portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael P. Whitman, Donald Malinouskas
  • Publication number: 20140275773
    Abstract: A catheter device is useful in a procedure in which an injectable material or device is injected into a tissue of a patent. In one implementation, for example, the catheter device is useful in injecting a compound into a tissue of the heart, such as the myocardium. The distal tip portion of the catheter may include an extensible and retractable needle in combination with a camera, a balloon, a vacuum port, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, CARDIOPOLYMERS, INC.
    Inventors: Norman Tarazona, Randall J. Lee, Manoj B. Raghuraman, Gary H. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8834353
    Abstract: A medical manipulator which includes: a plurality of arms formed in a cylindrical shape a distal end portion of which is made of a rigid member having a bending portion capable of bending; an insertion portion made of a rigid member having a plurality of channels in which base ends of the plurality of arms are connected to a distal end of the insertion portion so as to connect lumens of the arms to the plurality of channels; a photographic device provided at the distal end of the insertion portion; an operation portion that operates the bending portion; and a transmission member that connects the bending portion and the operation portion, in which the bending portion has: a first bending portion that is capable of bending in a predetermined direction by an operation of the operation portion, and a second bending portion provided in a base end than the first bending portion that is capable of fixing the plurality of arms in a bent state so as to mutually separate, and the transmission portion has: a first regi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Takumi Dejima, Ken Yamatani, Ayano Ishioka, Kosuke Motai, Kazushi Murakami, Takayasu Mikkaichi
  • Patent number: 8827922
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus according to the present invention includes an insertion portion having a distal end portion and at least two channels; an optical observation system provided on one surface of the distal end portion so as to face an axial direction different from a direction of an insertion axis X of the insertion portion; a first channel opening provided on one surface of the distal end portion near the optical observation system; an ultrasound transducer array provided on the one surface of the distal end portion and having a scanning surface Z parallel to the insertion axis; and a second channel opening provided on a proximal end side of the ultrasound transducer array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Hidemichi Aoki, Sunao Sato
  • Publication number: 20140249367
    Abstract: The various embodiments of the present inventions provide stabilization devices and methods for use of the stabilization devices with minimally invasive gynecological procedures such as methods of preventing pregnancy by inserting intrafallopian contraceptive devices into the fallopian tubes
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Bayer Essure Inc.
    Inventors: Mimi Nguyen, Rosendo Aguilar, Betsy Swann, Elisa J. Aldridge, Christopher A. Stout, Philip A. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8821376
    Abstract: Apparatus is described for use with an imaging device (31) that acquires a pre-procedure image of a portion of a subject's body disposed at a pre-procedure position. An input unit receives from a user an indication of two or more lines within the image that correspond to respective branches of a multi-branch luminal structure. A probe (1) moves within the portion along two or more lines in the structure that respectively correspond to the two or more lines within the image. A location sensor (18) coupled to the probe senses location coordinates along the two or more lines, while the portion is at a current position. A control unit (34) registers the image of the portion with the portion's current position by registering (a) the two or more lines within the image, with (b) the location coordinates along the two or more lines. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: David Tolkowsky
  • Patent number: 8821389
    Abstract: An endoscopic aspiration device is mounted on a manipulating head of an endoscope, from which an elongated insertion rod member is extended forward, the endoscopic aspiration device being composed of a valve casing which is mounted on the manipulation head in communication with an aspiration passage running through the insertion rod member, and a valve assembly unit including a valve member, a valve guide member and a connector member attached to the valve guide member to communicate same with a proximal aspiration passage on the side of a suction source. The valve member is put in a sliding displacement along the valve guide member to bring the aspiration passage into and out of communication with the proximal aspiration passage on the side of a suction source. The valve guide member is coupled with the valve casing through a coupling mechanism which permits to turn the valve assembly unit on and relative to the manipulating head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Yamane
  • Patent number: 8821385
    Abstract: An insertion apparatus includes insertion unit, a rotation drive mechanism, a first rotation member which is arranged inside the insertion unit and rotates by the rotation drive mechanism, a second rotation member which is attached to an outer peripheral surface of the insertion unit and is adjacent to the first rotation member, and a helical rotation member which is rotatable in accordance with rotation of the second rotation member. The insertion apparatus include a magnetic force generation mechanism which generates a magnetic force that enables the first rotation member and the second rotation member to be attracted to and coupled and enables the second rotation member to rotate follow rotation of first rotation member. The magnetic force generation mechanism is arranged at a tubular end portion of the first rotation member and a tubular end portion of the second rotation member adjacent to the end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Kimihiko Naito
  • Patent number: 8821384
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an attachment unit detachably attached to an outer peripheral direction side of an insertion section to be rotatable about a longitudinal axis with respect to an insertion main body, and including a gear portion formed over an all-round inner peripheral portion of the attachment unit, a rotary gear meshing with the gear portion to allow the attachment unit to be attached to the insertion section, and a base portion defining a gear arrangement portion where the rotary gear is arranged on an outer peripheral portion of the insertion section. In the endoscope, a channel, extended through an inside of an operation section and an inside of the insertion section from an outer surface of the operation section and opened to an outside of the insertion section in the gear arrangement portion, is defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Hiroki Moriyama
  • Publication number: 20140243594
    Abstract: A medical system including an endoscope having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending therebetween is disclosed. The endoscope includes a port configured to provide access to the lumen. In addition, the system may include an actuation member slidably disposed through the lumen such that a proximal end of the actuation member extends through the port, and a distal end of the actuation member is operably coupled to an end-effector. The system may further include an actuation handle removably secured to the actuation member. In one embodiment, a portion of the end-effector has dimensions larger than a maximum dimension of the lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel RAYBIN, Naroun SUON, Paul SMITH
  • Patent number: 8808166
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an endoscope insertion portion having a bendable bending portion and a bending mechanism configured to bend the bending portion. The bending mechanism includes a pulley, at least one annular member, a pulling member, and a pulling operation member. The pulley is rotatably driven. The annular member is formed into a C-shape with a cut-out, and can be elastically deformed. The annular member is externally fitted to the pulley with a gap. The pulling member has an intermediate portion wound around the annular member. The distal end portion of the pulling member is connected to the bending portion, and the proximal end portion of the pulling member is connected to the pulling operation member which pulls the pulling member. The width direction position at the winding start position of the pulling member wound around the annular member is made different from the width direction position at the winding end position of the pulling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Yoichi Hosaka
  • Patent number: 8808273
    Abstract: A catheter for the treatment of tissue, particularly for the treatment of cardiac tissue to alleviate cardiac arrhythmias includes a connector having mechanical use limiter that may be placed in the handle of the catheter or at any point along the electrical connection pathway to an electro-anatomic mapping system and/or ablation system. The mechanical use limiter has a counter wheel and locking pin which when engaged disables the reconnection of the connector to any mated connector after a predetermined number of uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis C. Caples, Keshava Datta
  • Publication number: 20140228633
    Abstract: A medical device such as an endoscope, a laparoscope, or other device including an entry guide uses outriggers or arms that are mounted on the distal end of the entry guide and rotationally deployed to provide separation of instruments when the entry guide reaches a work site. Deployment can be implemented with as few as one cable or actuator to operate the arms. This mechanism may achieve working separation in a short axial length without complicating instrument channels that may be used for other instruments introduced through the entry guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Thedore W. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20140228634
    Abstract: An automated switch and driver for an open biased spring-based multiple purpose end effector of a medical instrument to be used by a single operator without assistance for biopsy, clipping, clamping, grasping, snaring, cutting, dissecting or other operative functions with electrical connections for cautery or hot biopsy used independently or combined with a rigid or flexible endoscope of any size. The driver mechanism may be a spring(s), gear(s), electrical solenoid or motor, air or hydraulic pressure activated piston or a combination thereof. Automated action may be initiated by voice, hand or foot switch. The switch and driver mechanism may be disposable, attached to or separable from the operative instrument or permanently attached to be reusable. The automated end effector instrument may be combined with or incorporated into an endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: David S. ZIMMON
  • Publication number: 20140221739
    Abstract: An advance and retreat assist tool includes a base unit, a fixing unit and a first tubular member. The advance and retreat assist tool further includes a fixing portion which fixes the treatment instrument to the first tubular member, a rotary portion which provided in the first tubular member and an advance and retreat mechanism which advances and retreats the first tubular member on the basis of the a rotation force of the rotary portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Tetsuhiro YAMADA, Mayumi SHIMAZAKI
  • Patent number: 8795159
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a flexible portion extended to a part on a proximal direction side of an insertion main body along a longitudinal axis, and a passive bending portion provided to a distal direction side of the flexible portion in the insertion main body, being more flexible than the flexible portion, and configured to passively bend when external force acts thereon. The endoscope includes an attachment unit which includes a fin portion spirally extended along the longitudinal axis, and through which the insertion section is inserted, and a holding portion provided to the insertion main body, and configured to hold the attachment unit in a state that the attachment unit covers the passive bending portion and that the attachment unit is rotatable about the longitudinal axis with respect to the insertion main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Hiroki Moriyama
  • Publication number: 20140213848
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus, device or tool for performing endoscopic (that is, minimally invasive) surgery. An exemplary embodiment of the invention includes a video endoscope whilst in another embodiment of the invention includes an endoscopic surgical tool which, when equipped with one of a suite of endoscopic surgical instruments, can be used by a surgeon to perform surgical procedures inside a body. Another embodiment of the present invention includes a suite of endoscopic surgical instruments designed to work co-operatively with the endoscopic surgical tool. In another embodiment of the present invention, a video-assisted endoscopic surgical tool system is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes the video-assisted endoscopic surgical tool and a suite of at least one endoscopic surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Mosheh T. MOSKOWITZ, Nathan C. MOSKOWITZ, Randall B. CHINNOCK, Jason P. JULIAN, George GRUBNER, Ahmnon D. MOSKOWITZ
  • Patent number: 8790245
    Abstract: A system for mini-invasive surgery in a body cavity that is easily positioned and hooked including at least one detachable surgical endoclamp (10), assembled with an introduction guide (20) and at an initially open position; and at a naturally closed position when detached from the introduction guide (20) by a detachment mechanism; the endoclamp (10) comprising a portion of ferromagnetic material; a cylindrically-shaped introduction guide (20) assembled with the detachable surgical endoclamp (10), the introduction guide (20) comprising a mechanism to detach the endoclamp (10); and at least one remote traction component (30) for the endoclamp (10), acting through the application of an electromagnetic field over the ferromagnetic portion of the endoclamp (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Levita Magnetics International Corp.
    Inventors: Manuel Rodriguez Fernandez, Alberto Rodriguez Navarro
  • Patent number: 8784302
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a drive force transmitting section attached to an insertion main body, and configured to transmit rotational drive force that rotates an attachment unit to the attachment unit, and a member inserting portion provided to a proximal direction side of an insertion section. The endoscope includes a first linear member insertable into the insertion section from the member inserting portion and removable from the insertion section through the member inserting portion, and has a distal end connectable to the drive force transmitting section while being inserted into the insertion section. The first linear member is configured to transmit the rotational drive force to the drive force transmitting section when rotated while being connected to the drive force transmitting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Hiroki Moriyama
  • Patent number: 8771287
    Abstract: A method for creating a tract for nephrostomy tube creation comprising the steps of providing a puncture wire having a tissue penetrating tip shielded in a sheath, the puncture wire slidable within the sheath and releasably lockingly engaged thereto, inserting the puncture wire and sheath in a first direction through a working channel of an ureteroscope to exit the channel of the ureteroscope, releasing the puncture wire from the sheath and advancing the puncture wire a first distance from the sheath while visualizing via the ureteroscope the position of the puncture wire, advancing the puncture wire and the sheath into a selected calyx and through a flank of a patient, removing the puncture wire from the sheath in a second direction different from the first direction and inserting a guidewire through the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Benjamin Wynberg
  • Patent number: 8771173
    Abstract: The present invention provides an access device for surgery. The access device includes a guide member and a head member. The guide member and head member define a channel configured to receive and guide a sterile flexible scope with a working channel. The guide member and head member cooperate to extend through a small opening of 2 cm or less to access tissue structures. The head member may include surfaces to separate a pericardium from a surface of the heart, stabilize a beating heart and, with the endoscope, provide visibility for the implantation of a therapeutic such as stem cells to the surface of the heart with improved safety and accuracy. Ranges of other diagnostic, application of therapeutics or biologics, and observational applications may be facilitated by the access device, such as TMR, ablation, echo-probe diagnostics, LAA isolation, observation of the same procedures, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Saint Joseph's Translational Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: James Fonger, Chris Jorgensen, Kevin Rego, Tahir Haque, Nick Patel
  • Patent number: 8771171
    Abstract: A medical instrument system includes an elongated member having an inner space in a direction of a longitudinal axis, an insertion section installed at the inner space and having a bending section capable of being bent, a manipulation section configured to manipulate the bending section, a first manipulation member transmitting a driving force of the bending section in accordance with the manipulation by the manipulation section, a second manipulation member arranged in the direction of a longitudinal axis, a connecting section having a first connecting section and a second connecting section and capable of connecting the first manipulation member and the second manipulation member, and a switching mechanism having a first acting section and a second acting section and switching between a connection state and a release state in accordance with a relative movement between the elongated member and the insertion section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Yoshio Onuki, Kiyotaka Matsuno, Tatsutoshi Hashimoto, Tsutomu Okada, Kazuo Banju, Ken Shigeta, Naoki Iwanaga, Shotaro Takemoto, Ayano Ishioka
  • Patent number: 8764630
    Abstract: A minimally invasive endoscopic surgical procedure or an endoscopic surgical procedure through natural orifices which includes: introducing a spacial structure in a shrunken state into a body cavity by a spacial structure introduction portion; enlarging the spacial structure in the body cavity; setting the enlarged spacial structure in a predetermined position in the body cavity and supporting the tissues inside of the body cavity with the set spacial structure; inserting a distal end of at least an endoscope or a treatment instrument from at least a part of an opening portion of the spacial structure, and orienting the distal end to a pathological lesion located on the inner side of the tissues inside of the body cavity which is supported by the spacial structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Ken Yamatani
  • Patent number: 8758225
    Abstract: An adapter for endoscopic treatments has a fiber constraint device that is set at a desired maximum fiber retraction distance, and provides a physical barrier to prevent excessive fiber retraction into the endoscope. The restricted retraction prevents the fiber from firing within the endoscope, thus avoiding expensive damage to both the endoscope and fiber. This benefits the patient with potentially shorter treatment time and less exposure to anesthesia. The adapter also limits maximum extension of fibers. Limiting maximum extension protects the fiber tip and avoids patient complications. The adapter is securely attached to the optical fiber with a connecting means. When using directionally radiating fiber tips, fiber orientation can be defined and the fiber can be rotated relative to the initial angular position of the fiber tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Biolitec Pharma Marketing Ltd
    Inventors: Brian Foley, William LeBlanc
  • Publication number: 20140171735
    Abstract: An object removal tool including a basket device having a basket section; a sheath on the basket device, where the sheath is adapted to longitudinally slide on the basket device; and a control connected to the basket device and the sheath. The control is configured to longitudinally move the sheath on the basket device to close the basket section on an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Nison Galperin, Carlo A. DiRusso
  • Patent number: 8753261
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus comprises an insertion portion having an observation optical system attached onto the distal end portion thereof and having flexibility, a thrust generating portion for generating a thrust by rotation, formed beyond a predetermined length on an outer-peripheral surface of the insertion portion in a longitudinal-axis direction, a rotation device for rotating the thrust generating portion around the longitudinal axis, and a control portion for controlling a rotational speed of the thrust generating portion according to an insertion length of the thrust generating portion inserted in a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Yasuhito Kura
  • Patent number: 8747298
    Abstract: A probe manipulator which has a grip device that can be held by a user in order to facilitate manipulation of a probe when the latter has been inserted into a channel of an endoscope. Connection devices are provided for releasably connecting the grip device to the probe in such a way that the probe may be rotated or displaced by rotation or displacement of the grip device. The connection device is connectable such that the probe need not be fed through the grip device, but that the grip device may be placed at any point along the length of the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Schnitzler, Martin Hagg
  • Publication number: 20140155693
    Abstract: An endoscopic delivery system including an endoscope including at least one imaging device and a working channel, and a catheter arranged to pass through the working channel, wherein the catheter is formed with an observation window on a side portion thereof, the window being in a line of sight of the at least one imaging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Izhak Fabian, Nir Altman, Steven Haas, Yoav Hirsch
  • Patent number: 8734327
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide apparatus and methods suitable for facilitating positioning one or more medical components. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a rail member having proximal and distal ends and a generally longitudinal axis. A first connector is adapted to be selectively coupled to the rail member, and a first medical component is adapted to be coupled to the first connector. The first connector is disposed for selective longitudinal movement along the rail member, thereby permitting movement of the first medical component with respect to the rail member. In this manner, one or more components, such as a catheter and a needle, may be inserted into a human or animal body in a controlled fashion with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Travis E. Dillon
  • Publication number: 20140142420
    Abstract: An endoscopic pedicle probe for use during spinal surgery to form a hole in a pedicle for reception of a pedicle screw has an enlarged proximal end for cooperation with the hand of the surgeon and an elongate shaft terminating in a distal tip that may be pushed through the pedicle to form the hole. The tip may be detachable for replacement. An endoscope extends through the shaft and is connected with a monitor to enable the surgeon to visually observe the area being treated. In a preferred form a light means extends through the shaft to illuminate the area being treated, and in a further preferred form a conduit extends through the shaft to convey a fluid to flush the area being treated. In a further embodiment, two endoscopes are associated with the probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Avery M. Jackson, III
  • Patent number: 8727966
    Abstract: A medical device such as an endoscope, a laparoscope, or other device including an entry guide uses outriggers or arms that are mounted on the distal end of the entry guide and rotationally deployed to provide separation of instruments when the entry guide reaches a work site. Deployment can be implemented with as few as one cable or actuator to operate the arms. This mechanism may achieve working separation in a short axial length without complicating instrument channels that may be used for other instruments introduced through the entry guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8727968
    Abstract: Provided is a medical treatment endoscope including: an endoscope main body which includes an elongated insertion portion having a lumen and an image capturing mechanism disposed in a distal end of the insertion portion; an arm which is able to be inserted into or extracted from the lumen and has a treatment tool lumen for allowing an endoscope treatment tool to be inserted therethrough; and a positioning mechanism which positions a part of the arm inserted through the lumen with respect to the endoscope main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: Olympus Corporation, Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Manabu Miyamoto, Yoshiaki Ito, Hirokazu Tanaka, Hideya Kitagawa, Taro Iede
  • Patent number: 8727967
    Abstract: An instrument for use with an endoscope may include an elongate section configured to move exterior to the endoscope. The elongate section may include a distal end and a proximal end. The instrument may also include an end effector attached to the distal end of the elongate section, and an actuation device attached to the proximal end of the elongate section. The actuation device may be configured to operate the end effector. The instrument may also include a guiding member coupled to the elongate section. The guiding member may be configured to be coupled to an external surface of the endoscope to permit the guiding member to move longitudinally relative to the endoscope. The guiding member may be coupled to the elongate section such that the end effector may extend past a distal end of the endoscope and move in a transverse direction independent of the movement of the distal end of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Weitzner
  • Patent number: 8715281
    Abstract: This treatment device for endoscope is used for cutting body tissue while the treatment device is retractably projected from a catheter. The treatment device includes: a control wire inserted into the catheter; and a cutting electrode mounted at the distal end of the control wire with the cutting electrode being imparted a bent configuration in advance. The cutting electrode elastically deforms in a state where the cutting electrode is retracted into the catheter, thereby assuming such a shape as to resemble the configuration of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: David E. Barlow, Kunihide Kaji, Takayuki Suzuki, Masatoshi Sato, Kensuke Hayashi, Takayasu Mikkaichi, Junji Shiono
  • Publication number: 20140121457
    Abstract: Provided is a suturing apparatus for endoscope capable of suturing an opening of a wound, with an endoscope inserted into cavity of a digestive tract, to the same extent as the surgical operation. The suturing apparatus includes a front arm 11, a rear arm 12, arm moving means 13 for causing the front arm 11 and the rear arm 12 to move closer to or away from each other, and rocking means for relatively rocking the front arm 11 and the rear arm 12. The rear arm 12 includes a needle-like member 14 provided on a surface on a side of the front arm 11 so that an axial direction thereof becomes parallel with a direction in which the front arm 11 and the rear arm 12 are moved closer to or away from each other. The front arm 11 is provided with a housing space 16 capable of housing a tip of the needle-like member 14 when the front arm 11 and the rear arm 12 are moved closer to each other. Each of the housing spaces houses an engagement member 21 capable of being engaged with the needle-like member 14.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION KAGAWA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hirohito Mori, Tatsurou Sugitani, Yoshihito Momose
  • Publication number: 20140114126
    Abstract: A device for releasable coupling of a first medical tool to a second medical tool. The device may include an elongate member having a first end and a second end. The first end may be configured to be secured to a portion of the first medical tool, and the second end may be secured to a coupling sleeve. The coupling sleeve defines a lumen that may receive a portion of the second medical tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell P. DRESHER
  • Patent number: 8702596
    Abstract: A valve apparatus device provides surgical instruments with sealable access to an inlet port of an endoscope instrument channel. The valve has a hollow body with a distal end that releasably attaches to the inlet port, and a flexible diaphragm seal dividing the body into a proximal chamber and a distal chamber. An instrument opening extends through the diaphragm seal for the passage of instruments therethrough, and connects the chambers together. The diaphragm seal is configured to seal with a surgical instrument inserted into the instrument opening. At least one fluid transfer member is provided to fluidly interconnect the proximal chamber to the distal chamber when the surgical instrument is sealed within the instrument opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: United States Endoscopy Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Kaye, Gary E. Mann
  • Patent number: 8696548
    Abstract: Systems and methods employing a small gauge steerable catheter (30) including a locatable guide (32) with a sheath (40), particularly as an enhancement to a bronchoscope (14). A typical procedure is as follows. The location of a target in a reference coordinate system is detected or imported. The catheter (30) is navigated to the target which tracking the distal tip (34) of the guide (32) in the reference coordinate system. Insertion of the catheter is typically via a working channel of a convention bronchoscope. Once the tip of the catheter is positioned at the target, the guide (32) is withdrawn, leaving the sheath (40) secured in place. The sheath (40) is then used as a guide channel to direct a medical tool to target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Pinhas Gilboa
  • Patent number: 8690756
    Abstract: A system is provided for advancing medical devices along an endoscope to a selected target anatomy in a patient. The advancing system includes a tether having a first portion disposed through a working channel of an endoscope and a second portion disposed external the endoscope. The advancing system may include a guiding device configured to advance a medical device beyond a distal portion of the endoscope to a selected target anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Stephen E. Deal
  • Patent number: 8684912
    Abstract: An endoscopic support device configured to support an endoscope during a surgical procedure is disclosed. The endoscopic support device has a connection ring with a height smaller than its diameter and configured to be in an open or deployed position and in a closed or non-deployed position. The support device also has at least two guiding elements, an orientation component, and extension means for manipulating the ring between the deployed and non-deployed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Inventors: Jacques Deviere, Nicolas Cauche, Alain Delchambre, Sylvie Evrard
  • Publication number: 20140088354
    Abstract: A slotted cannula for endoscopic surgical procedures is disclosed. The slotted cannula has a tubular body having a distal end, a proximate end, an open slot extending longitudinally from the beginning of the proximate end to the proximity of the distal end, and a pair of wings integrally formed on the proximate end. The tubular body is made from a transparent material and has an inner diameter large enough to accommodate an endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: A.M. SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Romi MIRZA, Ather MIRZA
  • Patent number: 8678999
    Abstract: A hysteroscope includes a base and a handle attached to the base. The handle has a first trigger and a second trigger. An outer barrel is attached to the base. The outer barrel has a plurality of channels. An actuatable tool is located within at least one channel. The first trigger is in communication with the actuatable tool for extending the tool from within the at least one channel. The second trigger in communication with the actuatable tool for actuating the tool. The hysteroscope may further include a third trigger to pivot a distal portion of the outer barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith B. Isaacson
  • Publication number: 20140081082
    Abstract: Methods and devices for visualizing and accessing a region inside a body are described. One embodiment of a device includes a working catheter which slides along an open track in a visualization catheter. The visualization catheter is inserted into the body to locate a region of the body with the aid of the visualization element. The working catheter then slides along the track to reach the region, and a working element is inserted through the working catheter to access the region, again with the aid of the visualization element. The methods and devices may also be used to access a variety of internal cavities, soft tissues and organs, and the mediastinal space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Kabir GAMBHIR, Thomas A. RITTER
  • Patent number: 8672833
    Abstract: Two surgical instruments are inserted through a guide tube. The surgical instruments exit at an intermediate position of the guide tube and are oriented to be substantially parallel to the guide tube's longitudinal axis as they exit. A stereoscopic image capture component is on the guide tube between the intermediate position and the guide tube's distal end. The image capture component's field of view is generally perpendicular to the guide tube's longitudinal axis. The surgical instruments and the guide tube are telemanipulatively controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, David J. Rosa, David Q. Larkin, Matthew R. Williams, Eugene F. Duval
  • Patent number: 8672834
    Abstract: A reciprocating surgical file system for precisely removing bone and/or other tissue is described. The system allows a user to maneuver the system and navigate into hard-to-access sites. The tool may be used to perform a spinal decompression by removing tissue that impinges a spinal nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Surgitech, LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Harp
  • Publication number: 20140066709
    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: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: A.M. SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Romi MIRZA, Ather Mirza
  • Publication number: 20140066708
    Abstract: A surgical system is provided that includes a sleeve having an inner surface defining a first channel that extends along a first longitudinal axis and an inner surface defining a second channel that extends along a second longitudinal axis. The second channel is spaced apart from the first channel. A first surgical instrument is configured for disposal in the first channel. The first surgical instrument includes an optical probe configured for imaging. A second surgical instrument is configured for disposal in the second channel. The second surgical instrument includes an inflatable balloon. Methods and kits are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: NinePoint Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Shekhar Nimkar
  • Patent number: 8663089
    Abstract: A treatment tool for an endoscope, including: an insertion tube extending toward one direction; a movable tip member which is provided on a tip of the insertion tube and which is used for a treatment of a living organ; a control member of which a tip is connected to the insertion tube and controls the movable tip member by advancing and retracting a control shaft member inserted in the insertion tube; and a covering tube which covers at least one part of a circumference of the insertion tube. At least one part of the insertion tube rotates freely about an axis of the insertion tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keita Suzuki, Mamoru Nakada
  • Publication number: 20140046130
    Abstract: A method of transluminal surgery is provided, which utilizes an endoscopic surgery apparatus having pivotable arms attached by hinges on its distal end. The arms are interchangeable with arms of various configurations. The method includes the steps of inserting an endoscopic surgery apparatus into a body cavity of a patient, making an incision in the body cavity wall to allow access to the patient's abdominal cavity, and further inserting the apparatus through the incision. Surgery is performed at the desired surgical site and the apparatus is withdrawn into the body cavity where the incision is closed. Finally, the apparatus is withdrawn from the patient's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jacques Francois Bernard Marescaux, Jeffrey S. Melanson, Bernard Dallemagne, Joel Jules Louis Leroy, Didier Raoul Daniel Mutter, James P. Barry, Stefan Storz, Martin Leonhard
  • Publication number: 20140039255
    Abstract: The invention is related to a medical device for conducting a medical examination and/or intervention within a human or animal body the medical device (1) comprising an elongate body (2) which is designed for introduction into an orifice (15) of the human or animal body the elongate body (2) comprising a distal end (3), which is on the front side of the elongate body during introduction into the orifice (15), of the human or animal body and a proximal end (4) on the opposite side, wherein the elongate body is a hollow body comprising a reception chamber (8) in its interior, which reception chamber (8) is arranged for reception of a human finger (9), characterised in that one or more guiding elements (5, 21) for guiding a medical examination and/or intervention component (6) are located on or in the elongate body and at least one image gathering device (7), which is arranged for gathering of images in front of the distal end (3) of the elongate body (2), is arranged on or in the elongate body (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: MEDIZINISCHE HOCHSCHULE HANNOVER
    Inventor: Konstantinos Raymondos