With Guide Means For Body Insertion Patents (Class 600/114)
  • Patent number: 10806326
    Abstract: A method for observing the branch portion of the hole comprising, a step of pushing an obstacle in the hole with an elbow portion; a step of rotating a guide member around an axial direction so that a distal portion of the guide member faces the branch portion extending laterally to an extending direction of the hole; a step of projecting an endoscope from the distal portion and inserting into the branch portion, while confirming an image; and a step of rotating the image to match an up-and-down direction of the image recognized by a user with an up-and-down of a vertical direction, after the endoscope is inserted into the branch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norimasa Arai
  • Patent number: 10806331
    Abstract: A variably-flexible, locking insertion device includes a hollow body having a proximal end with an entrance for receiving an instrument, a distal end with a tip for protrusion of the instrument, and a handle to be gripped by an operator. A device transitions the hollow body between a relatively flexible condition and a relatively stiff condition. Tendons are disposed within the hollow body for maintaining the hollow body in the relatively flexible and relatively stiff conditions, the tendons being neither in tension nor compression when the hollow body is in the relatively stiff condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Syntheon, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Derek Dee Deville, Korey Kline, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Matthew A. Palmer, Carlos Rivera
  • Patent number: 10772693
    Abstract: A surgical instrument may include a shaft, a force transmission mechanism, and an end effector. The shaft may have a proximal end and a distal end. The force transmission mechanism may be coupled to the proximal end of the shaft. The end effector may be coupled to the distal end of the shaft. The shaft may include a body having an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface may surround a lumen configured to receive a drive member that extends through the lumen. The outer surface of the body may form an outer surface of the shaft. The body may be made of a single material from the inner surface of the body to the outer surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Nicole Kernbaum, Samuel T. Crews, Harsukhdeep Singh Ratia
  • Patent number: 10773051
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flexible catheter with a locatable sensor includes non-rotatably coupling a spool with a wire to a first portion of a spool carrier, non-rotatably coupling the spool carrier to a catheter body, and rotating the spool carrier with the catheter body, thereby wrapping a portion of the wire about a distal end portion of the catheter body to form a wrapping layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Daniel A. Ranum, Brian T. Stolz, Nathan J. Knutson
  • Patent number: 10772689
    Abstract: To perform a tool exchange in a medical robotic system, tool is retracted back into an entry guide from a deployed position and pose so that an assistant in the operating room may replace it with a different tool. While the tool is being retracted back towards the entry guide by user action, its configuration is changed to an entry pose while avoiding collisions with other objects so that it may fit in the entry guide. After the tool exchange is completed, a new tool is inserted in the entry guide and extended out of the guide by user action to the original position of the old tool prior to its retraction into the entry guide while the tool's controller assists the user by reconfiguring the new tool so as to resemble the original deployed pose of the old tool prior to its retraction into the entry guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel H. Gomez, Nicola Diolaiti, David Q. Larkin, Tabish Mustufa, Probal Mitra, Paul E. Lilagan
  • Patent number: 10765304
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to devices, systems, and methods for performing a diagnostic and/or therapeutic action. The system may comprise an elongated main body having a first end. The system may further comprise an anchor assembly attached to the main body near the first end of the main body. The anchor assembly may comprise a first expandable member. The first expandable member may be configurable to expand radially away from the main body. The anchor assembly may further comprise a second expandable member provided between the first expandable member and the first end of the main body. The second expandable member may be configurable to expand radially away from the main body. The anchor assembly may be operable to secure the main body with respect to an interior wall forming the cavity of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Chung-Kwong Yeung, Wai-Lun Law, Ka-Wai Kwok
  • Patent number: 10765303
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to systems and techniques for driving a medical instrument having an inner body and an outer body. In one aspect, a system includes a medical instrument comprising an outer body and an inner body configured to be driven through a lumen in the outer body. The system may further include a set of one or more instrument manipulators configured to control movement of the outer and inner bodies and a set of one or more processors configured to: receive a change drive mode command, and in response to receiving the change drive mode command, change a drive mode of the medical instrument from a paired drive mode to an unpaired drive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Chauncey F. Graetzel, Alexander James Sheehy
  • Patent number: 10758115
    Abstract: A mini-invasive device for endourologic treatment includes a tubular conduit, longitudinally flexible, configured to be inserted through and along the operating channel of an endoscope. The tubular conduit internally defines an essentially non-deformable lumen, has a proximal portion having a connector to a suction device, has a distal portion intended to project from the distal tip of the endoscope, and internally delimits a suction conduit, within which at least one tool can be removably inserted to be used in endourologic treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Guido Casarotto
  • Patent number: 10758305
    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: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman, Earl W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10750939
    Abstract: An endoscope having a camera and a tubular enclosure. A distal end of the camera may be movable from a first position in line with a longitudinal axis of the tubular enclosure to a second position lateral of the longitudinal axis of the tubular enclosure. Some embodiments are configured such that no portion of the endoscope obstructs a view from the distal end of the camera as the distal end of the camera is moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Nikolai D. Begg
  • Patent number: 10744004
    Abstract: A dilation introducer for orthopedic surgery is provided for minimally invasive access for insertion of an intervertebral implant. The dilation introducer may be used to provide an access position through Kambin's triangle from a posterolateral approach. A first dilator tube with a first longitudinal axis is provided. A second dilator tube may be introduced over the first, advanced along a second longitudinal axis parallel to but offset from the first. A third dilator tube may be introduced over the second, advanced along a third longitudinal axis parallel to but offset from both the first and the second. An access cannula may be introduced over the third dilator tube. With the first, second, and third dilator tubes removed, surgical instruments may pass through the access cannula to operate on an intervertebral disc and/or insert an intervertebral implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolf Morgenstern Lopez, Robert Flower, Christopher Warren
  • Patent number: 10743914
    Abstract: A dilation introducer for orthopedic surgery is provided for minimally invasive access for insertion of an intervertebral implant. The dilation introducer may be used to provide an access position through Kambin's triangle from a posterolateral approach. A first dilator tube with a first longitudinal axis is provided. A second dilator tube may be introduced over the first, advanced along a second longitudinal axis parallel to but offset from the first. A third dilator tube may be introduced over the second, advanced along a third longitudinal axis parallel to but offset from both the first and the second. An access cannula may be introduced over the third dilator tube. With the first, second, and third dilator tubes removed, surgical instruments may pass through the access cannula to operate on an intervertebral disc and/or insert an intervertebral implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Snythes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolf Morgenstern Lopez, Robert Flower, Christopher Warren
  • Patent number: 10729436
    Abstract: A surgical stapling device that comprises an end effector that is configured to receive various control motions from a robotic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Joseph C. Hueil, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Patent number: 10722322
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for facilitating insertion of an endotracheal tube and/or for verifying the position of the endotracheal tube within an airway of a patient with respect to an anatomical landmark of a patient are disclosed. Systems, methods, and devices for facilitating removal of debris from the distal airways of a patient under direct visualization are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Endoclear LLC
    Inventor: Brad E. Vazales
  • Patent number: 10716585
    Abstract: An integrated clot evacuation device having visualization for use in neurosurgical applications, particularly for the evacuation of clots formed as a result of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). The device may further include an integrated camera and light for visualizing the interior of the brain and the clot itself. Further, the device is configured to evacuate clots through aspiration and irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Trice Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Washburn, II, Alfred J. Intintoli, Richard T. Briganti
  • Patent number: 10702305
    Abstract: An operative cannula includes an elongate shaft that includes a wall structure and a channel extending along the wall structure. The wall structure defines an interior pocket sized to receive a tubular member and is configured to grasp the tubular member when the tubular member is disposed within the interior pocket. The channel is configured to allow passage of an instrument from a proximal end region of the elongate shaft through a distal end region of the elongate shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CooperSurgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosemary Michelle Garofalo, Russell Heinrich, Thomas William Winegar
  • Patent number: 10675755
    Abstract: A deployable structure is described including a first and a second robotic system (4, 6; 604, 606), each of which includes: a respective distal element (12;22); at least one respective shape-locking element (14;24); and a respective coupling structure (16;26) operable in a first and a second operating mode. When the coupling structure of the first robotic system operates in the first operating mode, it is elastically deformable and operable so as to move the first robotic system; when the coupling structure of the first robotic system operates in the second operating mode, it forms a guide for the movement of the second robotic system. When the coupling structure of the second robotic system operates in the first operating mode, it is elastically deformable and is operable so as to move the second robotic system; when the coupling structure of the second robotic system operates in the second operating mode, it forms a guide for the movement of the shape-locking element of the first robotic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Edoardo Sinibaldi, Byungjeon Kang, Risto Kojcev
  • Patent number: 10674893
    Abstract: An overtube, which is punctured into a body wall and guides an endoscope and a treatment tool into a body cavity, includes an interlocking member that interlocks the forward and backward movements of the endoscope and the treatment tool with each other. The interlocking member is constituted of a first sleeve coupled to the endoscope, a second sleeve coupled to the treatment tool, and a coupling member having an elastic body, which couples the first sleeve and the second sleeve together. Accordingly, in a case where the stretching of the coupling member is small, the endoscope interlocks with the forward and backward movement of the treatment tool at a slow response, and in a case where the stretching of the coupling member is large, the endoscope interlock with the forward and backward movement of a treatment tool at a quick response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kimiaki Nakada, Takumi Dejima, Masayuki Iwasaka
  • Patent number: 10660720
    Abstract: A device for operating a surgical manipulator including, at a distal end of an elongate shaft: a rotational joint that is rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the shaft; and a flexing joint that is on a distal-end side of the rotational joint and that can be flexed about an axis that intersects the longitudinal axis. A surgical-manipulator operating device including: a gripping portion that is gripped by an operator; a rotation input portion that is provided with a rotating member attached to the gripping portion in a rotatable manner and with which rotation instructions for the rotational joint are input in accordance with rotational angles of the rotating member; and flexion input portions with which flexion instructions for the flexing joint are input in directions corresponding to fixed circumferential-direction operating positions on the rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Ogawa, Kosuke Kishi
  • Patent number: 10660631
    Abstract: A pedicle screw mounted retractor has a split tube body that has a central tube longitudinally split into two split halves, a first half portion and a second half portion. The split halves form a central working portal. Each half portion has a cylindrical retractor tube appended on a side along an external surface. Each cylindrical retractor tube has a flange with a post extending at or near a proximal end. The pair of cylindrical retractor tubes is configured to pass onto and over a tower or extended top threaded post of a pedicle screw prepositioned in a pair of vertebrae for retracting the vertebrae. The central working portal has at least a 20 mm diameter in a closed and abutted orientation of the first and second split halves. In one embodiment, the central working portal has a 22 mm diameter in the closed and abutted orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Invictus Development & Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake D. Boesel, Robert P. Norton
  • Patent number: 10653867
    Abstract: This disclosure discusses various methods and devices for providing multiple types of indicators to be used with a sheath set. One type of indicator indicates the linear position and alignment of each of the sheaths within the sheath set, and another type of indicator indicates the rotational position and alignment of the sheaths. Both types of indicators may be included on the ends of the sheath set proximal to the user outside the patient's vasculature, thereby informing the user of the sheath set of the linear and rotational position and alignment of the ends of the inner and outer sheaths within the vasculature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SPECTRANETICS LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Shimon
  • Patent number: 10646210
    Abstract: A vein harvesting device is disclosed. The vein harvesting device includes a handle assembly, at least one elongated portion, first and second end effectors, and a tip. Each end effector is disposed adjacent a distal portion of the at least one elongated portion. Each end effector includes a first jaw member and a second jaw member, and at least one jaw member is movable toward the other jaw member. The tip is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the elongated portion. A distal end of the tip extends distally beyond a distal-most end of the first end effector. The first end effector is movable independently of the tip, and the second end effector is movable independently of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Ashish Sharma, Joe D. Sartor, David N. Heard
  • Patent number: 10639198
    Abstract: An example probe multi-spot, multi-fiber, laser probe includes a plurality of optical fibers extending from a proximal end of the laser probe to at least near a distal end of the laser probe, and a cannula having a distal end and surrounding the plurality of optical fibers along at least a portion of the laser probe at or near the distal end of the laser probe. A distal pass-through element is positioned within the cannula and at or near the distal end of the cannula and has a groove and/or channel corresponding to each fiber and through which a respective optical fiber passes, and is formed so as to induce a radial rotation of each of the plurality of optical fibers, relative to a central longitudinal axis of the cannula, as the respective optical fiber passes through the distal pass-through element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Farley
  • Patent number: 10639108
    Abstract: A method is described for performing a percutaneous operation on a patient to remove an object from a cavity within the patient. The method includes advancing a first alignment sensor into the cavity through a patient lumen. The first alignment sensor provides its position and orientation in free space in real time. The alignment sensor is manipulated until it is located in proximity to the object. A percutaneous opening is made in the patient with a surgical tool, where the surgical tool includes a second alignment sensor that provides the position and orientation of the surgical tool in free space in real time. The surgical tool is directed towards the object using data provided by both the first and the second alignment sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique Romo, David M. Schummers, David S. Mintz
  • Patent number: 10631980
    Abstract: An expandable introducer sheath provided with a steering mechanism is disclosed. The introducer sheath is configured for providing a prosthesis delivery system percutaneous access to a patient's vasculature. The introducer sheath includes a sheath component defining a central lumen and having a longitudinally-extending, radially-expandable portion. The sheath component also includes a steering wire slidably disposed within a wall thereof that longitudinally extends along the radially-expandable portion. When the steering wire is in a slackened configuration, the steering wire permits a width of the radially-expandable portion to increase. When the steering wire is in a taut configuration, the steering wire permits a distal portion of the sheath component to be manipulated or bent in order to align a distal port of the introducer sheath, for instance, with an ostium of a branch vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Declan Costello
  • Patent number: 10625056
    Abstract: A coil is made by helically winding a wire rod. A cross-sectional shape of the wire rod of the coil includes a curved portion that is arcuately curved toward a center axis of the coil; a flat portion that is provided on an outer circumference of the coil, and is formed in a flat shape with a curvature that is smaller than a curvature of the curved portion; and at least one protruding portion that is provided at the boundary between the curved portion and the flat portion or in the vicinity of the boundary, and protrudes toward an adjacent wire rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasunao Otani
  • Patent number: 10617441
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to devices, kits, and methods for treating lumbar spinal stenosis by at least partially decompressing a compressed nerve root. The method can include identifying the compressed nerve root and percutaneously accessing a region of a lamina located adjacent to the compressed nerve root. The method can also include forming a channel through the region of the lamina, wherein the channel can be formed medial to a lateral border of the lamina. Further, the method can include expanding the channel in a lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Vertos Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Minh Tran, Randel Woodgrift, James M. Corbett, Phillip A. Thompson, David P. Lalor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10610293
    Abstract: A guidable, or steerable, or deflectable catheter is provided that includes a proximal portion and a distal portion for insertion into a body cavity. A selectively deflectable segment having an anisotropic bending stiffness for deflection in individual planes is incorporated into the distal portion of the catheter shaft. The deflectable segment comprises a corrugate structure that provides smooth curvatures of desirable configurations, deflection planarity, and easiness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoping Guo
  • Patent number: 10595947
    Abstract: A surgical instrument shaft is provided that includes a hollow tube formed of a base material and including an inner wall surface and an outer wall surface; reinforcing glass material is embedded between the inner surface and outer wall surface; an optical fiber is embedded within the base material between the inner wall surface and the outer wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 10595717
    Abstract: A capsule endoscope system includes: a capsule endoscope configured to be introduced into a subject and having a magnetic field response unit configured to respond to a magnetic field and having an imaging unit configured to image an object; a magnetic field generating unit configured to generate the magnetic field to guide the capsule endoscope; an input unit configured to input commands for changing at least one of a position and a posture of the capsule endoscope; a setting unit configured to set a reference distance between the imaging unit and the object; a detection unit configured to detect a distance between the object and the imaging unit; and a magnetic field controller configured to control the magnetic field generating unit to generate the magnetic field based on the distance and the commands while a difference between the distance and the reference distance is maintained within a certain range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironao Kawano, Hironobu Takizawa
  • Patent number: 10555666
    Abstract: A cannula system and method for accessing a blood mass in the brain. The system 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. The system may also include an obturator with a small diameter shaft and a large diameter tip which is optically transmissive, so that a surgeon inserting or manipulating the assembly can easily see that the obturator tip is near brain tissue (which is white) or blood (which is red).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Rebound Therapeutics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter G. Davis, Ross Tsukashima, Jeffrey J. Valko, Michael R. Henson, Todd D. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 10542869
    Abstract: Provided are an endoscopic surgical device and a guide device that can satisfy the function of interlocking two medical instruments with each other. An overtube, which is punctured into a body wall and guides an endoscope and a treatment tool into a body cavity, includes an interlocking member that interlocks the forward and backward movements of the endoscope and the treatment tool with each other. The interlocking member is constituted of a first sleeve coupled to the endoscope, a second sleeve coupled to the treatment tool, and a corded flexible coupling member that couples the first sleeve and the second sleeve together. Accordingly, when the coupling member is in a relaxed state, the endoscope and the treatment tool independently move forward and backward, and when the coupling member is in a tensioned state, the endoscope and the treatment tool move forward and backward in an interlocking manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kimiaki Nakada, Takumi Dejima, Masayuki Iwasaka
  • Patent number: 10543016
    Abstract: An introducer system for use with a navigation probe. The introducer system has an introducer and a probe retainer configured to selectively connect to the introducer. The probe retainer includes a receiver configured to receive a navigation probe shaft and limit movement of the navigation probe shaft in the lateral direction. A first clamp and a second clamp are connected to the receiver with the receiver located between the first clamp and the second clamp. Each of the first clamp and the second clamp is selectively engageable with respective portions of the introducer sidewall to hold the receiver at a fixed location relative to the introducer. The receiver, the first clamp, and the second clamp are configured to provide a visual path through the probe retainer and into the introducer passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Vycor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Cantor, Robert Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10542871
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for performing water aided endoscopy (WAE) are provided herein. The systems include a plurality of devices designed to create a sealed environment within the body cavity, including a multi-functional plug, valves, balloons and pumps. The systems also provide specialized tools configured for operation within a liquid environment which are designed to interface with the multi-functional seal for insertion into the body cavity while maintaining the seal, including an adjustable constant shape snare. Additional features of the systems and methods include specialized fluids for increasing visibility with the body cavity, dyes and other solutions for image-enhancement and diagnostics, and software for increasing the clarity of the image in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Endeau, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F Binmoeller, Allen Newman, Matt Yurek
  • Patent number: 10524642
    Abstract: A bending operation device includes a bending lever that is tiltably supported with an angle to a longitudinal direction of an operation section of an endoscope, a wire pulling member that includes a plurality of arm portions that are displaced according to tilting motion of the bending lever, a plurality of operation wires that are connected to the plurality of arm portions and that bend a bending portion provided in an insertion section of the endoscope according to displacement of the wire pulling member, and a plurality of pulleys that guide the plurality of operation wires to the plurality of arm portions, with the plurality of operation wires being substantially parallel to one another, when the bending lever is in a neutral position at which the bending portion is substantially straight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keisuke Hatano
  • Patent number: 10493251
    Abstract: A dilation system includes a handle, a guide member, a balloon dilation member, an actuator, and an endoscope. The handle is configured to provide single-handed use to a user. The guide member is coupled with a distal end of the handle and extends distally therefrom. The balloon dilation member is slidably disposed within the body and the guide member and includes an expandable balloon. The actuator is configured to translate and/or rotate to thereby cause translation and/or rotation of the balloon dilation member. The handle may include a guide member actuator configured to cause translation of the guide member. The handle may further include a rotation mechanism configured to impart rotation upon the guide member. The handle may also include a housing configured to receive and selectively retain the endoscope. The housing is configured to translate and/or rotate to thereby cause translation and/or rotation of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung V. Ha, Ketan P. Muni, Darius D. Eghbal, James G. Lee, Gregory W. Johnson, Lawrence D. Wasicek
  • Patent number: 10485401
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising a sleeve adapted to be slid over the exterior of an endoscope, the sleeve having a distal end and a proximal end; an aft balloon secured to the sleeve; a fore balloon movably mounted to the sleeve so that the fore balloon may be advanced relative to the sleeve; and a locking assembly for releasably securing the distal end of the sleeve to the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lumendi Ltd.
    Inventors: Amos Cruz, Jonathan O'Keefe, Jeffrey Cerier, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Laurence Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 10485530
    Abstract: An orthopedic surgical instrument for use in knee surgeries includes an elongated body, a pair of output shafts, and a user control. A first output shaft extends out from a first side of the body along a first output axis substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the elongated body. A second output shaft also extends out from the first side of the elongated body along a second output axis substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the elongated body. The user control is coupled to the elongated body near a first end and the first and second output shafts are situated near the second end of the elongated body. Each of the first output shaft and the second output shaft are configured to turn independent of one another in response to operation of the user control. Various joint distractors for use with the orthopaedic surgical instrument are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Ireland Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Marc E. Ruhling, Jason T. Sherman, Duncan G. Young, Matthew Leyden
  • Patent number: 10463262
    Abstract: An instrument (1) for use in measuring blood flow in the femoral head after a femoral neck fracture comprises a sleeve (2) and a rod (3) which is displaceably mounted in the sleeve. The sleeve (2) is configured for insertion into a bore (4) in the femoral neck (5) and femoral head (6) and provided with at least one aperture (8) at a front portion (2a) thereof. The aperture (8) in the front portion (2a) of the sleeve (2) is intended for location in the femoral head (6) distally of the fracture (7) after the sleeve has been inserted into said bore (4). The rod (3) is configured for closing the aperture (8) in the sleeve (2) during insertion of the sleeve into the bore (4) in the femoral neck (5) and femoral head (6) and for exposing said aperture after said insertion. Thereby, blood leaking into the bore (4) at the front portion (2a) of the sleeve (2) can be collected by the sleeve through the aperture (8) therein for subsequent measuring of the volume of the collected blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SWEMAC INNOVATION AB
    Inventor: Henrik Hansson
  • Patent number: 10463834
    Abstract: A medical device control handle or catheter includes deflection assembly and at least one of the following: a disk actuator, a lever actuator and a ring actuator for actuating additional puller wires in manipulation of multiple features of the medical device or catheter independently of each other. The disk actuator has a common rotational axis with but is rotationally independent of the deflection assembly. The lever actuator has a separate rotational axis. The ring is mounted outside of the control handle and rotatable relative to the control handle to actuate another puller wire for manipulating another feature of the catheter. Each of the disk, lever and ring actuators are of a design that allows existing control handles and catheters to be readily modified to include these actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Dennis C. Caples, Keshava Datta, Rajesh Pendekanti
  • Patent number: 10456138
    Abstract: A surgical device for temporary protection of an anastomosis in the colon, the rectum, or the anal passage, including: a semi-rigid hollow longitudinal temporary anchor element, a first wall of which includes a substantially cylindrical main portion with a substantially circular section having a length of at least 50 mm, the first wall having an outside diameter that may be varied in a controlled manner; and a flexible sheath fixed to the anchor element against, preferably around, the first wall and having a length downstream of the anchor element of at least 50 cm, and an outside diameter when at rest in the range 20 mm to 40 mm, and the sheath is made from a biocompatible elastomer material having a wall thickness in the range 0.05 mm to 1 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Charam Khosrovaninejad
  • Patent number: 10456165
    Abstract: An endoscopic surgical device and an overtube that allows the state of a distal end of a treatment tool to be easily checked while reducing the diameter of the overtube and can improve surgical efficiency. An endoscope insertion part of an endoscope and a treatment tool insertion part of a treatment tool are insertable through an overtube inserted into a body wall, and a slider is provided for moving the endoscope insertion part and the treatment tool insertion part forward and backward in an interlocking manner. A guide part that guides the endoscope insertion part in a direction away from a distal end of the treatment tool insertion part is provided in the vicinity of an endoscope delivery port in a distal end cap at the distal end of the overtube, and the endoscope insertion part is delivered in an oblique direction from the endoscope delivery port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 10420454
    Abstract: An endoscopic probe which advances within a lumen having a central valve unit. The valve unit has a central bore defining a proximal end and a distal end, and at least one valve for controlling the introduction and withdrawal of fluid into the central bore. The probe further includes a sliding tubular sheath movably disposed inside the central valve unit, and a flexible sleeve, impermeable to the fluid and sealingly anchored to the central valve unit on both distal proximal ends. The sleeve is folded over to cover both the inside and outside of the sheath to sealingly envelop the sheath and contain the fluid, together with said valve unit, while allowing sliding of the sheath. A method for providing, assembling and operating the probe is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: OTTEK LTD.
    Inventor: Yoav Lichtenstein
  • Patent number: 10419680
    Abstract: The endoscope system includes an endoscope including an imaging unit that is capable of taking an image of a subject of interest, a display unit for displaying an image taken by the imaging unit, an endoscopic position sensor for detecting a position of the endoscope in the body cavity, a distance measurement unit for measuring a distance from a distal end of the endoscope to the subject of interest, a position calculation unit for computing the positions of the distal end of the endoscope and the subject of interest on the basis of information from the endoscopic position sensor and the distance measurement unit, a position storage unit for storing a position of the subject of interest computed by the position calculation unit, and a direction indication unit for indicating a direction in which the subject of interest is present on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shintaro Inoue
  • 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: 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: 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: 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