With Guide Means For Body Insertion Patents (Class 600/114)
  • Patent number: 10405886
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fully integrated sterilizable one time use disposable tissue visualization device and methods for using such devices. Preferred embodiments of the invention facilitate the visualization of an internal tissue site while causing a minimum of damage to the surrounding tissue. Further preferred embodiments may allow for the delivery of fluids and other treatment to an internal tissue site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Trice Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Washburn, II, Alfred J. Intintoli, Andrew C. Davison
  • Patent number: 10398806
    Abstract: Disclosed are balloon catheters for forming liquid cast biodegradable arterial stents, typically, the balloon catheters include multiple balloons and multiple ports and include an element for promoting or initiating curing of a polymer solution via polymerization or cross-linking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventor: Melina R. Kibbe
  • Patent number: 10394012
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an endoscopy system. The endoscope system includes: a first light source unit which is installed on a substrate; a second light source unit which is installed on the substrate and which emits light when the first light source unit does not emit light; an optical unit through which the light of the first light source unit or the second light source unit passes; a light guide unit which induces the light which passed through the optical unit to the inside of a target object; an image sensing unit which senses the light reflected and reached from the target object and which converts the sensed light into an image signal; and an image signal processing unit which processes the image signal to display on a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTHESMART Inc.
    Inventors: Uk Kang, Ilhyung Shin
  • Patent number: 10390899
    Abstract: A surgical system includes one or more arms defining a passageway therethrough. The arm includes a proximal portion configured for positioning externally of a patient's body and a distal portion configured for positioning within an internal body cavity. The distal portion includes first and second articulatable segments spaced apart from one another and capable of independent articulation between a substantially straight configuration and an articulated configuration. A first articulation assembly is coupled to the proximal portion of the one arm and is transitionable between a first state and a second state for articulating the first articulatable segment between the substantially straight configuration and the articulated configuration. A second articulation assembly is coupled to the proximal portion of the arm and is configured to move between a plurality of positions for articulating the second articulatable segment between the substantially straight configuration and the articulated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Eric Taylor, Gennady Kleyman
  • Patent number: 10383992
    Abstract: A medical device and method for the treatment of a sinus opening includes a handle, a guide catheter, a guide wire, a balloon catheter, a guide wire movement mechanism and a balloon catheter movement mechanism. The handle has proximal and distal ends and a longitudinal axis along the length of the handle. The guide catheter is attached to the distal end of the handle and has a catheter lumen. The guide wire and balloon catheter are both disposed at least partially in the handle and catheter lumen. The guide wire movement mechanism and the balloon catheter movement mechanism are both operatively disposed on the handle. In addition, the guide wire movement mechanism is configured for advancement and retraction of the guide wire through the handle and catheter lumen by user operation of the guide wire movement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Goldfarb, Richard R. Newhauser, Jr., Thomas R. Jenkins, John W. White, Mina W. B. Chow, Serena Swei Loh, Mei Y. Pader, Scott O. Chamness, Luke W. Clauson, Matthew B. Newell, Arthur M. Lin
  • Patent number: 10376135
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an endoscopic surgery device and an outer tube, capable of easily obtaining an image desired by an operator to facilitate treatment as well as of performing minimally invasive surgery. In the endoscopic surgery device and the outer tube, an endoscope and a treatment tool are inserted into a body cavity through an outer tube. The outer tube is provided with a built-in slider. The slider is provided so as to be axially movable in the outer tube body. The endoscope and the treatment tool, inserted into the outer tube, are held by the slider. Moving the treatment tool allows endoscope to be moved in conjunction with the movement of the treatment tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takumi Dejima, Nobuyuki Torisawa
  • Patent number: 10369707
    Abstract: Joint coupling links of robot arm to each other includes: plurality of plate-shaped segments lined up in plate thickness direction; and operating wires extending through plurality of segments in plate thickness direction. Groove extending in second direction and having partially circular cross section is provided at first-direction middle portion of main surface out of two main surfaces of adjacent segments, two main surfaces facing each other in plate thickness direction. Projection extending in second direction and having partially circular cross section is provided at first-direction middle portion of main surface. Curvature of projection is larger than curvature of groove. Projection is fitted in groove, and bottom portion of groove and top portion of projection contact each other. Dimension of projection in plate thickness direction is larger than dimension of groove in plate thickness direction and smaller than length of line connecting bottom portion of groove and edge portion of groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Kan
  • Patent number: 10357263
    Abstract: An ultrasonic device having a tri-axial configuration including an ultrasound transmission member, a dilator, and a sheath is disclosed. The ultrasound device may be used in a procedure to treat an occluded blood vessel. The ultrasound transmission member can transmit ultrasonic energy from an ultrasonic transmission member into the subintimal space of a blood vessel. The sheath may articulate to aid in the process of re-entering the central lumen of the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Sarge
  • Patent number: 10342415
    Abstract: An insertion apparatus includes an insertion section, a motor that rotates a rotational housing, a drive control unit that supplies a driving current to the motor to control driving of the motor, a temperature detector provided in the rotational housing, that detects a temperature of the rotational housing, a temperature measurement unit that measures a temperature in a vicinity of the rotational housing based on a detection result obtained from the temperature detector, a heating element used for heating, and a heating control unit that controls the heating element to perform heating when a measurement result of the temperature measurement unit is lower than a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuaki Natori, Fumiyuki Onoda, Keijiro Omoto, Takashi Yamashita, Takashi Suzuki, Yoshitaka Umemoto, Takuro Onda
  • Patent number: 10285570
    Abstract: An insertion instrument includes a rotating member rotatable around a rotation axis, and adjacent portions adjacently provided on both sides of the rotating member in the direction along the rotation axis. The insertion instrument includes a cover tube forming a part of an outer surface of an insertion section and provided in an elastic deformation state so as to apply elastic force toward an inner peripheral side of the insertion section. A position of the rotating member in the direction along the rotation axis is adjusted by the elastic force, whereby a state where both ends of the rotating member in the direction along the rotation axis are located apart from the adjacent portions is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 10271714
    Abstract: The invention relates to an endoscope (1), comprising an endoscope tube (3) fastened to a main body (2). According to the invention a connection piece (4), to which a cannula end (6) of a cannula (7) that can be placed onto the endoscope tube (3) can be fastened, is arranged on the endoscope tube (3) in such a way that the connection piece is axially movable between a first position and a second position, wherein a shaped element (8) of the main body (2) and a counter-shaped element (9) of the connection piece (4) form a rotation-prevention mechanism in the first position and enable a rotational motion of the connection piece (4) about a longitudinal axis of the endoscope tube (3) in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SCHOLLY FIBEROPTIC GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Schlenker
  • Patent number: 10264950
    Abstract: An insertion part of an endoscope and an insertion part of a treatment tool, which are inserted in an outer tube, can be synchronously moved in the axial direction, and, even when the insertion part of the treatment tool is slightly moved in the axial direction, an excellent endoscopic image without shake is obtained. When a treatment tool of an endoscopic surgery device moves by a displacement amount over an allowance amount, an endoscope moves in interlock with the movement of the treatment tool. Moreover, the treatment tool 50 moves in the axial direction with the allowance amount t with respect to the endoscope 10. Therefore, when the treatment tool is moved by a displacement amount of allowance amount or less, the endoscope does not move. By providing such allowance amount, slight movement of the treatment tool is not transmitted to the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 10234002
    Abstract: A steering mechanism may comprise an actuation system for one-fingered operation by a user, the system configured to move at least a distal portion of the medical device such that 360 degree articulation is achievable, and a housing coupled to the system, the housing having proximal and distal ends. The system may comprise a first lever rotatable about a first axis, the first lever coupled to a first cam and configured to move the first cam from a first position to a second position when rotated about the first axis to deflect the distal portion; and a second lever rotatable about a second axis, the second lever coupled to a second cam and configured to move the second cam from a first position to a second position when rotated about the second axis to deflect the distal portion, wherein the first lever is coupled to the second lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: William Asselin, Michael Barenboym
  • Patent number: 10219859
    Abstract: Methods for using a surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source and a fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Earl W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10219678
    Abstract: An insertion portion mounted tool of an insertion instrument includes: an expansion and retraction section provided on an outer circumferential side of an insertion portion so as to be movable forward and backward in a longitudinal direction, and configured to be expanded in the subject by an operation from outside of the subject to thereby be held by an inner wall of the subject; a positioning portion that defines a range in which the expansion and retraction section is movable forward and backward in the longitudinal direction with respect to the insertion portion; and a rotational movement restriction portion that restricts an angle in which the expansion and retraction section is rotationally moved in an outer circumferential direction on an outer circumference of the insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fuminori Wake
  • Patent number: 10206745
    Abstract: An endovascular device monitoring system is provided that determines, based on movement of the endovascular device past a selected reference location, at least one of a movement rate of a endovascular device and position of a distal end of a endovascular device in a body of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE SPECTRANETICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Hendrick, Blaine Andrew Schneider
  • Patent number: 10194785
    Abstract: The insertion device includes an insertion portion that is inserted into a lumen, a fixing portion that is provided at an insertion part of the insertion portion to be inserted into the lumen, and fixes the insertion portion at a first position inside of the lumen, and a positioning portion that is attached to a part of the insertion portion exposed to the external of the lumen and provided in the outer part of the lumen. The positioning portion positions the insertion portion at a second position outside of the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Okada, Atsushi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10182805
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for allowing multiple surgical instruments to be inserted into sealing elements of a single surgical access device. The sealing elements can be movable along predefined pathways within the device to allow surgical instruments inserted through the sealing elements to be moved laterally, rotationally, angularly, and vertically relative to a central longitudinal axis of the device for ease of manipulation within a patient's body while maintaining insufflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, David T. Martin, Matthew C. Miller, Mark J. Reese, Wells D. Haberstich, Carl Shurtleff, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Daniel H. Duke, Daniel J. Mumaw, Gregory W. Johnson, Kevin L. Houser
  • Patent number: 10172525
    Abstract: A cannula with a proximally mounted camera provides visualization of the brain during minimally invasive surgery. The device comprises a cannula with a camera mounted on the proximal end of the cannula with a view into the cannula lumen and the surgical field below the lumen. A prism, reflector or other suitable optical element is oriented between the camera and the lumen of the cannula to afford the camera a view into the cannula while minimizing obstruction of the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rebound Therapeutics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter G. Davis, Ross Tsukashima, Jeffrey J. Valko, Michael R. Henson, Todd McIntyre
  • Patent number: 10172640
    Abstract: A device for producing a pneumoperitoneum in a medical procedure includes a main body having a ring portion defining a main opening, and a domed portion extending from the ring portion to an apex. The ring portion is adapted to form a positive seal with the skin of the patient upon application of a suction force within the main body abutting the patient. The device includes a suction port extending from the domed portion of the main body and is configured to facilitate application of the suction within the main body. The access port is operably engaged with the domed portion of the main body proximate to the apex and is adapted to receive a surgical instrument therethrough. A pair of opposed grips operably engaged with the domed portion of the main body is adapted to facilitate one-handed application and removal of the main body with respect to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Life Care Medical Devices, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robin Stephens, Richard J. Prati
  • Patent number: 10166682
    Abstract: A system for releasably attaching a steerable disposable multi-linked device to a durable device may include a disposable portion and a durable portion. The disposable portion may include a connecting member connected to the disposable portion and the durable portion and a steerable multi-linked device. The steerable multi-linked device may include a first link, a plurality of intermediate links, a second link movably coupled to a second one of the intermediate links, and a cable which passes through the first link and intermediate links and extends beyond a first end of the first link. A first one of the intermediate links may be movably coupled to the first link. The durable portion may include an axial member which defines an opening therethrough and a feeder mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Brett Zubiate, Amir Degani, Howie Choset
  • Patent number: 10165932
    Abstract: An insertion device includes a support member supporting a rotating tubular member between a base member and the rotating tubular member in diametrical directions and holding the rotating tubular member at a position where a rotation driving force is transmittable from a driving unit to an inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member connected to the driving unit. The insertion device includes a distal side ring member maintaining liquid-tightness between an outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member to a distal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity, and a proximal side ring member maintaining liquid-tightness between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member to a proximal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kimihiko Naito
  • Patent number: 10143356
    Abstract: A visual system for laparoscopy comprising a visual device having a visual head member and an elongated connector; a manipulation device having a handheld operation portion, an insertion portion and a first contact element; and an external device comprising means to communicate with the vision head member, via the first contact element, when the elongated connector is mounted in an lumen of the insertion portion. The insertion portion of the manipulation device is configured to be extendable out from a body cavity through an airtight passage whereby the elongated connector is configured to be slidably mounted into the lumen of the insertion portion outside of the body cavity upon the insertion portion is withdrawn into the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: EON SURGICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Danny Farin, Yehuda Bachar
  • Patent number: 10130515
    Abstract: Devices, systems, methods, and kits for treating the tissue structures of the ear make use of a guide structure that can mechanically register a treatment probe with a target region of a target tissue, the guide structure being fittingly received in an auditory canal and often comprising a conformable body such as a compressible foam, or the like. The guide structure may include an articulating mechanism for selectively orienting the treatment probe toward the target region of, for example, a tympanic membrane. The guide structure may also support a videoscopic image capture device, illumination transmitting optical fibers, an aiming beam transmitter, and the like. Such structures facilitate myringotomy, tympanostomy tube placement, and the like, under local anesthesia in a doctor's office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron V. Kaplan, Joseph Tartaglia, Robert Vaughan, Christopher Jones
  • Patent number: 10130381
    Abstract: Described here are devices, systems, and methods for providing remote traction to tissue. Generally, the systems may include a grasper and a delivery device configured to releasably couple to the grasper. The grasper may have a first jaw and a second jaw and a main body having a barrel portion. The barrel portion may have a lumen extending therethrough, and a portion of the delivery device may be advanced through the lumen to rotate one or both of the jaws. The delivery devices may include a handle, a shaft, and a distal engagement portion. The delivery devices may further include an actuation rod which may be advanced through a barrel portion of a grasper to actuate the grasper. In some instances, the delivery device may further include a locking sheath, wherein the locking sheath is configured to temporarily couple to a grasper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Levita Magnetics International Corp.
    Inventors: Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro, Ruth Beeby, Steve Brunell, Mariel Fabro
  • Patent number: 10105037
    Abstract: On an inner peripheral surface of an assistance tool of an insertion device, a sliding surface extends from an assistance tool proximal surface toward a distal side, and when the assistance tool attached to an insertion section rotates, the sliding surface slides on a supporting surface around a longitudinal axis. A flange portion of the insertion section includes an opposed surface opposed to the assistance tool proximal surface with a gap when the assistance tool is attached to the insertion section. In a part where the assistance tool proximal surface is opposed to the opposed surface, a proximal end of an outer peripheral surface of the assistance tool does not form a step relative to the flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Mitamura
  • Patent number: 10110824
    Abstract: An insertion device includes a rotor rotating around a first revolution axis, and an assist tool attached to an insertion section with covering the rotor from an outer peripheral side. An assist tool rotates together with the rotor around a second revolution axis when press force is applied from a first protrusion of the rotor to a second protrusion of the assist tool by rotating of the rotor. The first revolution axis of the rotor and the second revolution axis of the assist tool move closer to each other when the rotor and the assist tool are rotating together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 10092321
    Abstract: A surgical obturator that includes an elongated shaft defining a longitudinal axis and an obturator member disposed adjacent a distal end of the elongated shaft. The obturator member may include a proximal section being convex along a majority of its length. It may also include a central section disposed adjacent the proximal section, the central section including a first pair of surfaces disposed relative to each other on radially opposite sides of the central section, and a second set of surfaces disposed between the first pair of surfaces and further being disposed relative to each other on radially opposite sides of the central section, at least a portion of a length of each one of the first pair of surfaces being concave, and at least a portion of a length of each one of the second pair of surfaces being convex. The obturator member may also include a guiding nub disposed distally of the central section and including a rounded distal-most portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gregory Fischvogt, Robert C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10070853
    Abstract: A balloon dissector includes a cannula, an expandable bladder, and a cord. The cannula defines a lumen between proximal and distal ends. The expandable bladder is configured to expand when fluid is injected into the lumen and includes an inner surface, a proximal base, and a retainer. The proximal base is selectively coupleable to the distal end of the cannula in a sealing relationship. The retainer is positioned on the inner surface of the expandable bladder. The cord includes a first end, a second end, and a central portion. The one end of the cord extends from the proximal end of the cannula. The cord extends through the lumen of the cannula and through the retainer of the bladder returning into the lumen. The cord configured to draw the expandable bladder into the lumen after the expandable bladder is expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Jessica Gould
  • Patent number: 10058233
    Abstract: An insertion apparatus includes an inserting section, a rotary cylinder, a motor, motor control section, a moving average calculating section, and a torque limit determining section. The inserting section is formed along a longitudinal axis. The rotary cylinder is provided to be rotatable around a longitudinal axis of the inserting section. The motor rotates the rotary cylinder. The motor control section supplies a motor current to drive the motor. The moving average calculating section calculates an average of the motor current within a predetermined period, after the motor starts up. The torque limit determining section determines whether torque of the motor is in a limit state by comparing a calculating result by the moving average calculating section with a predetermined torque limit set value, at timing except startup of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshimasa Kawai
  • Patent number: 10052088
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for deploying an elongated unit in a body cavity, for introducing an interchangeable tool to a slender shaft having a distal end. The system comprising: an elongated unit comprising a longitudinal axis and a distal portion arranged to protrude through a first port into the body cavity. At least one maneuvering unit connected to the elongated unit for maneuvering the distal portion of the elongated unit in a 3D coordinate system to a determined depth and orientation in the body cavity. The at least one maneuvering unit is arranged to selectively deploy the distal portion of the elongated unit at the determined depth and orientation at a distance with respect to the distal end of the slender shaft and selectively align the longitudinal axis thereof with a longitudinal axis of the slender shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: EON SURGICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Danny Farin, Yehuda Bachar, Ronny Winshtein, Shaul Shohat
  • Patent number: 10016213
    Abstract: A mantle tube including a bendable member, which is formed in such a way as to be received in an elongate, annular, cylindrical member, includes two fixed sites that are fixed to the cylindrical member and a bendable site that is interposed between these fixed sites and bendable in a direction intersecting a longitudinal direction thereof, an angle adjustment member that is capable of adjusting a bending angle of the bendable site, and an angle holding mechanism that is capable of holding, at any desired bending angle, the bendable site bent by the angle adjustment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Kobayashi, Takami Shibazaki
  • Patent number: 10010337
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: A.M. SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Romi Mirza, Ather Mirza
  • Patent number: 10004384
    Abstract: A rotational device for rotating an endoscope having an operating element for moving a movable assembly of the endoscope includes a rotatable assembly, to which an endoscope is connectable, a stationary assembly, relative to which the rotatable assembly is rotatable, a first drive means for rotating the rotatable assembly relative to the stationary assembly in order to put a shaft of an endoscope connected to the rotatable assembly into rotational motion about a longitudinal axis of the endoscope, and a second drive means for moving an operating element of the endoscope connected to the rotatable assembly relative to the shaft of the endoscope in order to move an assembly of the endoscope, which assembly is movable by means of the operating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Oginski, Martin Kelp, Felix Erber
  • Patent number: 9999519
    Abstract: Instruments and a surgical instrument system adapted for manipulating the position of implants within a spinal disc space to enable sequential addition of two or more implants during a surgical procedure, particularly a spinal surgery, and more particularly a spinal surgery selected from posterior and transforaminal interbody fusion surgery. The system permits controlled manipulation of an initially inserted implant within the disc space to allow for insertion of at least one additional implant adjacent the initial implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Javier Garcia-Bengochea
  • Patent number: 9986893
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising: a sleeve adapted to be slid over the exterior of an endoscope; a proximal balloon secured to the sleeve; an inflation/deflation tube carried by the sleeve and in fluid communication with the interior of the proximal balloon; a push tube slidably mounted to the sleeve; and a distal balloon secured to the distal end of the push tube, the interior of the distal balloon being in fluid communication with the push tube, wherein the distal balloon is capable of assuming a deflated condition and an inflated condition, and further wherein when the distal balloon is in its deflated condition, an axial opening extends therethrough, the axial opening being sized to receive the endoscope therein, and when the distal balloon is in its inflated condition, the axial opening is closed down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: John Frederick Cornhill, Jeffrey Milsom, Sameer Sharma, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Christopher Dillon, Gabriel Greeley, Rahul Sathe, Matthew DeNardo, Ashley Whitney, Jeremy Van Hill, Anthony Z. Assal
  • Patent number: 9974562
    Abstract: A surgical tool and method of use during laparascopic surgery, the tool including a shaft having a distal region with an elastic modulus E. Distal and proximal regions of the shaft have outer diameters D1 and D2 respectively, with D2>D1. The distal region has a bend and terminates in a working feature having a distal end. The distal region has a length L1 measured in a direction parallel to the shaft axis in the proximal region, and has an offset doff relative to the proximal region where doff>D2. The elastic modulus E and the length of L1 are selected so that the working feature is insertable through an access device yet the distal region does not deflect noticeably when a force of 10 N is applied perpendicular to the distal end of the working feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: OmniGuide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Payne, Jesse Rusk, Mihai Ibanescu, Crystal Simon
  • Patent number: 9968249
    Abstract: An endoscope particularly suited for endocranial procedures and a method of using the endoscope. In some examples the endoscope is rigid except for a bend/tilt portion near a distal end of a rigid tube that is inserted in a patient's cranium, which distal end is controlled in a degree and direction of tilt with a finger operated controller at the endoscope's handle. Some examples use telescoping tubes that allow customizing the endoscope size for specific procedures. A distal portion of the endoscope can be disposable, supplied in a sterile package for a single procedure, thus taking into account contamination dangers that are particularly high for intracranial and certain other interventions and the fact that it can be difficult or impossible to effectively autoclave heat-sensitive components of certain endoscopes or effectively sterilize them using other techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Clearmind Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Po-Hao Huang, Sheng-Chi Lin, Feng-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 9962537
    Abstract: A medical tubing being flexible and kink-free as gas insufflation tubing and non-collapsible as suction/irrigation tubing is provided. The tubing is lightweight and thin-walled. The tubing has a generally rigid but thin walled with a structural shape or is generally soft and thin-walled tubing with a hard re-enforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Boun Pravong, Kennii Pravongviengkham, Nabil Hilal, John R. Brustad, Zoran Falkenstein
  • Patent number: 9949632
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for abdominal surgery is disclosed. The system can have a scope coupled to an introducer. The system can have one or more end effectors that can be attached to the introducer and inserted into the abdomen through a small puncture through the patient's umbilicus. The end effector can have a surgical tool, such as a grasper. The system can have a manipulatable control arm that can be inserted into the abdomen through a small puncture through the patient's body wall. The end effector can be attached to the control arm and simultaneously or concurrently detached from the introducer or tray. The control arm can then manipulate the end effector to perform the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Miret Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: John Avi Roop, Christopher Pell, Bryan Duggan
  • Patent number: 9943640
    Abstract: A rectal drainage appliance is disclosed comprising a tubular element having an inflatable balloon at a distal end for anchoring the appliance in the rectum. The appliance includes one or more of: (i) first and second auxiliary lumens communicating with the inflatable balloon to provide independent inflation and pressure monitoring paths coupled to the balloon; (ii) a pressure state indicator defined by a mechanical element configured to flip between first and second states or shapes responsive to sensed pressure; and (iii) a collapsible auxiliary lumen larger than the inflation lumen, and configured to permit admission of irrigation fluid. The pressure state indicator may also be used in intestinal drains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Convatec Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Gregory
  • Patent number: 9919083
    Abstract: A device for controlling blood flow occurring in a haemorrhagic zone of a biological tissue, includes a flexible plate arranged to be placed opposite this zone, the flexible plate including: substantially leaktight peripheral supporting elements, for applying on the tissue so that the zone is surrounded; a back wall delimiting, with the supporting elements, opposite the zone, a hollow space; connecting elements connecting the hollow space, externally to the flexible plate, to an external aspiration source for creating a vacuum in the hollow space for aspirating and tightly applying the surface of the tissue against the peripheral supporting elements; and a hollow stud placed between the zone and the back wall and hollowed out in its center on the side of the zone along an axis substantially perpendicular to the back wall, and arranged to be in contact with the zone when the vacuum is created in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER, CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE DE GRENOBLE
    Inventor: Dominique Blin
  • Patent number: 9918616
    Abstract: A medical device includes a long shaft member, a curved portion configured to be curved, a support member that is configured to be deformed along a curved shape of the curved portion, a guide member that extends from a distal end of the curved portion, and a linear member that includes a connection portion connected to the guide member, the linear member being inserted into the support member, and that pulls the guide member in accordance with a change of the curved shape. A central axis of the guide member is positioned apart from the central axis of the support member. The linear member which protrudes from the support member is inclined with respect to a longitudinal axis of the guide member and is connected to the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsutoshi Hashimoto, Shotaro Takemoto, Nobuko Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9913694
    Abstract: Surgical assemblies, instruments, and related methods are disclosed that control tissue gripping force. A surgical assembly includes an end effector including a jaw operable to grip a patient tissue and a spring assembly. The spring assembly includes an output link drivingly coupled with the jaw, an input link drivingly coupled to an articulation source, and a spring coupled with the input and output links to transfer an articulation force from the input link to the output link. The spring is preloaded to inhibit relative movement between the input link and the output link while the transferred articulation force is below a predetermined level and so as to allow relative movement between the input link and the output link when the transferred articulation force is above the predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel F. Brisson
  • Patent number: 9907651
    Abstract: A method of delivering a prosthetic heart valve to a native aortic valve is disclosed. The prosthetic heart valve comprises a radially compressible and expandable metallic stent and a flexible valvular structure. A delivery system comprises a selectively steerable section and a pusher member extending through a central lumen of the steerable section. The prosthetic heart valve is compressed and inserted into a distal end portion of the delivery system. The delivery system and prosthetic heart valve are advanced through a femoral artery and around an aortic arch. A pull wire is actuated for selectively controlling a curvature of the steerable section during advancement around the aortic arch. The pusher member is advanced for ejecting the prosthetic heart valve from the delivery system into the native aortic valve, wherein the prosthetic valve self-expands after ejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: David M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9877712
    Abstract: Cannula assemblies and methods of conducting surgeries. The cannula assembly comprises a cannula that is sized for the common 4 mm arthroscopy switching stick, which is put in a one-step fashion with the use of a unique switching stick inserter. All steps for placement of the cannula are performed in a single forward motion, i.e., no backing up of components are necessary for placement. The method of conducting surgery includes the steps of: providing a cannula/switching stick assembly comprising a cannula sized to accommodate a corresponding switching stick, and a switching stick inserter (modular handle) designed to fit on the switching stick, and to help insert and control the switching stick; and inserting the cannula/switching stick assembly through an arthroscopic portal during a surgical procedure, in a single forward motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Provencher, Kyle Anderson, Peter J. Dreyfuss, Brian S. Cohen
  • Patent number: 9872714
    Abstract: The invention provides a mounting system for instruments for use in medulloscopy. The mounting system includes a positioning system adapted for being mechanically attached to a bone, and at least one instrument holder attached to the positioning system, the instrument holder being adapted for holding one or more instruments for being used during bone surgery in a medullary canal. Due to the positioning system which may be mechanically attached to the bone, and due to the instrument holder for holding instruments which is attached to the positioning system, a surgeon has both hands available for operating on the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Kristoffel Govaers
  • Patent number: 9827009
    Abstract: An arthroscopic inflow and outflow sheath providing an improved inflow and outflow system reducing the diameter of a continuous flow system while providing fluid management during arthroscopy. The improved arthroscopic inflow and outflow sheath comprises an elongated atraumatic sheath having an inner surface, outer surface, proximal end, and distal end. The atraumatic sheath further comprises plurality of pleated ribs, tubes, or v-shaped ribs extending from the inner surface of the sheath and designed to contact an outer surface of the arthroscope thereby creating outer lumens facilitating the inflow and outflow of fluid to a surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Cannuflow, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore R. Kucklick, Martin Trieb
  • Patent number: 9826887
    Abstract: A surgical device, an outer tube, an endoscope, and a treatment tool that have a simple configuration and excellent operability are provided. The outer tube includes a slider in an outer tube body. When the endoscope and the treatment tool are inserted into the outer tube, the endoscope and treatment tool are held by an endoscope holding part and a treatment tool holding part each being provided in the slider so as to be integrated. When the treatment tool is moved in the axial direction, the endoscope is moved in the axial direction in interlock with the movement. In the outer tube, the opening type hermetic valve part for the endoscope in a valve member has the inner diameter larger than the inner diameter of the elastic member for causing the endoscope holding part to hold the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takumi Dejima, Masayuki Iwasaka
  • Patent number: 9821151
    Abstract: A cassette for operatively connecting administration set tubing to an infusion pump includes a thumb tab having a thumb surface, and a tubing connector having an in-line occluder spaced laterally from the thumb tab. The cassette is configured such that a user's hand will cradle the cassette by pressing a thumb of the user's hand against the thumb surface and wrapping at least one finger of the user's hand around and under the thumb tab, whereby a user may apply pressure to tubing connected to the tubing connector at a location corresponding to the in-line occluder in a direction generally opposite to a direction in which the thumb is pressed against the thumb surface, thereby bypassing the in-line occluder and allowing flow through the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Zevex, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery T. Juretich, Michael A. Marshall