With Guide Means For Body Insertion Patents (Class 600/114)
  • Patent number: 11229346
    Abstract: A medical method for a lumen of a body includes, introducing a first endoscope and a first overtube up to a strictured area inside the lumen, the first overtube having a first channel having an inner diameter such that the first endoscope can be introduced into the lumen, introducing a second overtube into the lumen by using the first overtube as a guide, the second overtube having a second channel having an inner diameter larger than an outer diameter of the first overtube such that a second endoscope can be introduced into the lumen, the second endoscope having an outer diameter larger than an outer diameter of the first endoscope, removing the first endoscope and the first overtube from an interior of the second channel, inserting the second endoscope into the lumen by using the second channel as a guide, and dilating the strictured area by using the second endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 11219487
    Abstract: An optical shape sensing system includes an attachment device (130) coupled at an anatomical position relative to a bone. An optical shape sensing fiber (102) is coupled to the attachment device and configured to identify a position and orientation of the attachment device. An optical shape sensing module (115) is configured to receive feedback from the optical shape sensing fiber and register the position and orientation of the attachment device relative to an anatomical map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Xingchi He, Aleksandra Popovic, Molly Lara Flexman, Paul Thienphrapa, David Paul Noonan, Ron Kroon, Aryeh Leib Reinstein
  • Patent number: 11219355
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for providing a surgeon with improved viewing angles during arthroscopic surgical procedures are provided. In some embodiments, a cannula is provided that includes an elongate body that can extend along a longitudinal axis, the body having a proximal end, a distal end, a lumen extending through the body between openings at the proximal and distal ends. The cannula can have a first flange member that can extend at least partially around at least one of the openings, and the first flange member can have a distal-facing surface, where at least a portion of the distal-facing surface can be reflective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Stephen J. Orphanos, Kirsten H. Aarsvold, Brian Otrando
  • Patent number: 11189813
    Abstract: Wound drain includes a body of elastomeric material. The body includes a flange having a generally planar form and an elongate shaft having a first portion extending to one side of the flange, and optionally a second portion extending to the opposite side of the flange. The flange has a cross-sectional length in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the shaft that is larger than a cross-sectional length of the shaft. The shaft includes one or more channels each extending along its entire length or a portion of its length, and along both the first and second portions of the shaft when the second portion of the shaft is present. The shaft also includes one or more longitudinally extending openings that each lead to one of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Arnold R Leiboff
  • Patent number: 11179027
    Abstract: The invention provides devices that can be used for any endoscopy procedure. In certain embodiments, the devices of the invention reduce the occurrence of looping in the most difficult segment of the colon to navigate—the splenic flexure. In other embodiments, the devices of the invention make colonoscopies more comfortable for patients and reduce the risk of damage to the colon. In yet other embodiments, the devices of the invention comprise a supportive, friction-reducing device that can be attached to the tip of existing endoscopes to help the scope advance better through the colon and intestinal tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a Body Corporate
    Inventors: Mark Rentschler, Levin J. Sliker, Madalyn D. Kern, Joseph Micah Prendergast, William S. Smith, Kyle Galbraith, James Depoy, Karina Rose Laguardia, Andrew Patrick Gloor, Derek Sawyer
  • Patent number: 11166747
    Abstract: Methods of manipulating cancellous bone within a vertebral body. A steerable assembly is directed through an access cannula such that a deflectable portion of the steerable assembly protrudes from the access cannula to within the vertebral body. The steering instrument is actuated from an operating tension mode in which a tension is placed on the control element of the steering instrument to a slack tension mode in which the tension on the control element is released. The steerable instrument may exert substantially zero lateral force on the deformable conduit in the slack tension mode. The steering instrument is moved relative to the deformable conduit positioned within the vertebral body. The steering instrument is actuated to move the steering instrument from the slack tension mode to the operating tension mode in which the deflectable portion may assume a curved configuration not substantially coaxial with a longitudinal axis of the access cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Brockman, Gabriel James Harshman
  • Patent number: 11160573
    Abstract: A surgical laser system comprises a laser source configured to generate laser energy; a laser fiber optically coupled to the laser source and configured to discharge the laser energy generated by the laser source; a rocker arm configured to control an orientation of the discharged laser energy; and a controller configured to control a movement of the rocker arm in response to feedback of the discharged laser energy or to pre-defined settings of the laser source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventor: Tailin Fan
  • Patent number: 11154377
    Abstract: Neurosurgical apparatus has a guidance device having a guide tube and a neurosurgical instrument for insertion into the guide tube. The inner surface of the guide tube is arranged, for example profiled, to at least partially engage the outer surface of the neurosurgical instrument when inserted therein. The guide tube thus guides the neurosurgical instrument along a predefined path through the guide tube. At least one of the guidance device and the outer surface of the neurosurgical instrument are configured to provide a fluid return path for carrying any fluid displaced from within the guide tube during insertion of the neurosurgical instrument into the guide tube. A seal may also be provided for sealing the fluid return path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Steven Streatfield Gill, Paul Fielder, Maxwell Roy Woolley
  • Patent number: 11123076
    Abstract: A rectal injection device and a method of operating the same. In one embodiment, the device includes: (1) a body having a handle, (2) a suction system associated with the body, (3) a trigger associated with the handle, (4) a pod coupled to the body via a neck and (5) multiple suction ports associated with the pod, each of the multiple suction ports configured to receive a ligation band thereabout, the suction system configured to provide a suction to the multiple suction ports to draw tissue thereinto, the pod configured to deploy the ligation bands upon activation of the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Logan Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Nguyenba, Alex Lara-Arvizu, Aron Torres, Jose R. Rodriguez, Jesse Grant, Kyle Sii-Kai Lo, Lilian Zhan, Dennis I. Robbins
  • Patent number: 11116484
    Abstract: A lens assembly includes an adjustable lens assembly including a handle. A telescopic tube is inserted at one end of the handle. A threaded rod is disposed inside the handle at an end close to the telescopic tube. An end of the threaded rod away from the telescopic tube penetrates through an outer wall of the handle and is connected to a turn button. An end of the telescopic tube inside the handle is sleeved with a driven gear. A driving gear is embedded in a surface of the handle above the driven gear. The driving gear and the driven gear enable the telescopic tube to rotate, thereby adjusting a direction of an insertion head at one end. The threaded rod and the turn button enable the telescopic rod to move within the handle, thereby adjusting the insertion head at one end to stretch out or draw back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Hongming Zhu
  • Patent number: 11103131
    Abstract: A laparoscopic device includes a flexible insertion part including an imaging optical system and an illumination optical system that are covered with an exterior tube; and an operational part connected to a base end of the insertion part. The insertion part is inserted into a peritoneal dialysis catheter for observation of an abdominal cavity, and the insertion part includes a distal extended part that is extendable from the peritoneal dialysis catheter in the abdominal cavity during use and formed in a shape with a curved part having a cumulative central angle between 180° and 360°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Masanao Majima, Yasuyuki Natsuno, Akira Kunimoto, Katsumi Fujiwara, Junichi Jono
  • Patent number: 11103272
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided to facilitate the minimally invasive removal of tissue and to facilitate the direct approach to anesthetizing a body wall of a patient. A pull-type cutting device also is disclosed to introduce an opening into the body wall to provide access for intra-chest surgical interventions, for example a minimally invasive biopsy technique as also described for excising target tissue from within a patient, including a nodule from within the patient's lung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: PRECISION THORACIC, LLC
    Inventors: Edward M. Boyle, Jr., Kenneth Allan Beres, Richard Fischel
  • Patent number: 11090041
    Abstract: A distal cap apparatus for use with an endoscope, having a proximal end and a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, includes a mount configured for mounting to the distal end of the endoscope, and a strap connected to the mount and configured for banding about the distal end of the endoscope when the distal end of the endoscope is received in the mount. The mount defines a strap slot configured to receive an end of the strap to configure the strap in the banded configuration. The strap may be elastic. A tool is provided to facilitate properly seating of the strap within the mount of the cap assembly. The tool includes a window and a swing arm rotatable within the window to cause a portion of the arm to contact a free end of the strap to force the strap into a fully seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, John Mims
  • Patent number: 11083484
    Abstract: There is provided herein, a device for treating and/or diagnosing a sinus or an ear condition, the device comprising a housing comprising or functionally connected to: a hollow cannula defining a lumen extending at least partially along the length thereof, the cannula is configured to be at least partially inserted through an ostium into a sinus cavity/ear of a subject; and a flexible grinding wire movable within the cannula's lumen and configured to be inserted into and retrieved out of the sinus cavity through the cannula's lumen, and to rotate along a longitudinal axis thereof and thereby grind, chop and/or stir material present in the sinus cavity and/or inside the hollow cannula, wherein the cannula is in fluid flow communication with an irrigation/aspiration source; and a wire handle functionally connected to the wire, allowing a user to advance and retrieve the wire within the cannula and into and out of the cannula lumen, wherein the device is handheld by a gripping handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: SINUSAFE MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Avinoam Gemer, Nir Altman, Raphael Meloul
  • Patent number: 11065032
    Abstract: Disclosed are lighting and optical devices, systems, and methods for use in laparoscopic surgical procedures. The disclosed devices, systems, and methods advantageously do not require tethers in order to receive power or transmit data, such as camera images, to and from an external device. In addition, the disclosed devices, systems, and methods utilize improved camera mechanisms and reduce costs and improve accessibility with respect to laparoscopic surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: City of Hope
    Inventor: Yuman Fong
  • Patent number: 11051851
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides devices and methods for insufflating abdomens of subjects under direct visualization. Such devices and methods, in some implementations, include features for cleaning the devices, and certain implementations of the methods permit procedures wherein it is not necessary to use a typical obturator to place a cannula, resulting in safer procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon I. Einarsson
  • Patent number: 11045214
    Abstract: A sheathed tubular semi-rigid balloon catheter for performing probing, irrigation, dilation, suction and potential intubation of the nasolacrimal system or paranasal sinus system to treat for stenosis or obstruction. The catheter includes a sheathed tubular probe portion through which a tracer fluid can be injected and through which suctioning of blood or other material can be conducted. The sheath portion of the device can have a distal segment that is inflated in order to dilate parts the nasolacrimal or paranasal sinus system. The high axial load accommodating catheter tool includes a more secure and inexpensively manufactured bond between the metallic semi-rigid tube of the probe portion and the plastic hand-manipulable, multi-connector hub using an enlarged bonding collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Bruce B. Becker
  • Patent number: 11040155
    Abstract: Provided is an integrated monitoring and management system for endoscopic surgery, in which the system simultaneously monitors and manages the surgical environment such as pressure, temperature, humidity, smoke, and the like inside the human body, and the type and access of surgical instruments used for surgery throughout the surgical procedure at the time of endoscopic surgery, such that an optimal surgical environment is maintained according to a monitoring result, and when an accident occurrence factor is monitored during the surgical procedure, it is possible to prevent an accident from occurring by informing of the accident occurrence factor, and it is possible to quantify a safe and successful surgical procedure by analyzing accumulated big data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: AFSMEDICAL GMBH MEDIZINPRODUKTEHANDEL
    Inventor: Du Pyo Hong
  • Patent number: 11026569
    Abstract: An otoscope provides a disposable speculum sleeve that conducts light to a narrow tip holding an electronic camera. By removing the light source from the tip, the diameter of the tip may be further reduced to allow the space of the ear canal to be shared between the otoscope and a tool such as a curette for removing foreign objects or to permit the tip to navigate around ear obstructions. The sleeve may provide for multidirectional illumination of the ear structure for improved visualization. The tip and sleeve may be flexible for increased patient comfort when using a compact tip design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: James Berbee, Azita Hamedani, Greg Rebella
  • Patent number: 11007026
    Abstract: A minimally invasive medical instrument comprises an elongate flexible body including a proximal portion, a distal portion, an inner sheath defining a central lumen, and an outer sheath. The inner sheath comprises an inner surface and an outer surface. The instrument further comprises a plurality of conduits embedded within the inner sheath. The plurality of conduits extend through the inner sheath and terminate within the inner sheath. Each conduit includes a conduit lumen and a distal end, and the distal end is directly secured to the inner sheath. The instrument further includes at least one tendon extending through the conduit lumen of at least one conduit of the plurality of conduits from the proximal portion and beyond the distal end of the at least one conduit into the distal portion of the elongate flexible body. The at least one tendon is actuatable to steer the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Anoop B. Kowshik
  • Patent number: 10993609
    Abstract: Cleaning devices disclosed herein provide, for example, an effective and reliable approach for cleaning an exposed surface of an imaging element (e.g., a lens) of an imaging device (e.g., an endoscope). Cleaning devices disclosed herein enable an imaging element to be cleaned while located within a concealed operation site (e.g., an in-vivo surgical site). To enhance imaging device compatibility, cleaning devices disclosed herein have integral therewith a seating adjustor that allows a user to selectively adjust the position of an imaging device seated thereon. Cleaning devices disclosed herein are thus able to accommodate imaging devices that would otherwise be incompatible due to a distance between the imaging element of the imaging device and a position of a cleaning member of the cleaning device being either too big or too small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ClearCam Inc.
    Inventors: James Landon Gilkey, Mitchell Ross Gilkey
  • Patent number: 10987238
    Abstract: An endovascular delivery system an elongate outer tubular sheath, an elongate inner tubular member releasably disposed within the elongate outer tubular sheath and an elongate crossover guidewire slidably disposed within the elongate outer tubular sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TriVascular, Inc.
    Inventors: William Patrick Stephens, Michael V. Chobotov
  • Patent number: 10986982
    Abstract: The invention encompasses devices and methods used to keep the objective lens of a viewing or illuminating device, specifically an endoscope, free from obstructive fluid and dirt; specifically a device having a hollow body designed to fit over an endoscope, a transparent lens cover film that is retained within the device and that is threaded in front of the objective lens of an endoscope, thereby maintaining a clear and unobstructed transparent window in front of the endoscope lens, and an endcap configured to engage opposing edges of the lens cover film in a sealing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Medeon Biodesign, Inc.
    Inventors: I-Ching Wu, Thomas Hsu, Senzen Hsu, John Stiggelbout, Torrey Smith, Hungwen Wei, Mengjhe Sie
  • Patent number: 10980554
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns systems and methods for removal of material from the body of a patient, and particularly for percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Systems according to the various embodiments of the disclosure include one or more of nested first and second components, for instance a scope nested within a suction or irrigation catheter, guidewires with self-expanding distal tips, and wash-out elements to facilitate rapid removal of stones through an access sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Sperry, Ronald Ciulla, Aaron Kirkeom, Mark Hera, Sebastian Koerner
  • Patent number: 10940299
    Abstract: The present invention is premised upon an improved balloon dilator, more particularly to an improved balloon dilator comprising an expandable balloon, a core wire which extends through the expandable balloon, and a single visual marker band positioned at a geometric center within the balloon dilator which may selectively reflect certain wavelengths of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Gyms Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane Bareau, Jeremy DiTullio, Erica Matthes
  • Patent number: 10939814
    Abstract: A device for preventing air escape and maintaining colonic air distension can include a body, a distal gasket coupled to a distal end of the body, a proximal gasket coupled to a proximal end of the body, and a diaphragm coupled to the proximal gasket. The distal and proximal gaskets can form a fluid-tight seal with a colonoscope positioned within central bores of the distal gasket, the body, and the proximal gasket, and the diaphragm can conform to and form a fluid-tight seal with at least one of an anus and a stoma of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Jason Andrew Slate
  • Patent number: 10932653
    Abstract: Maximum hardness of a flexible tube section of an endoscope is set such that substantial maximum hardness at a time when an over-tube is attached is equal to or lower than maximum hardness of a flexible tube section of an endoscope. That is, the maximum hardness of the flexible tube section of the endoscope is set substantially equal to hardness obtained by subtracting hardness of the over-tube itself from the maximum hardness of the flexible tube section of the endoscope. In the endoscopes including a hardness changing mechanism, maximum hardness of the endoscope, to which the over-tube is not attached, and maximum hardness of the endoscope, to which the over-tube is attached, are set substantially equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suguru Okaniwa, Seisuke Takase, Hidehiro Joko, Isamu Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10888214
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an endoscope including an insertion section formed in an elongated shape, a flexible tube portion provided at a proximal end side of the insertion section, and a rigidity changing mechanism portion provided inside the flexible tube portion, and configured to change rigidity of the flexible tube portion by an operation performed on a hand side, and a flexible overtube formed in a cylindrical shape extending in an axial direction, into which the insertion section is inserted, where a rigidity change region of the flexible tube portion by the rigidity changing mechanism portion is set to be from an intermediate portion to a proximal end portion of the flexible tube portion, and a total length of the overtube in the axial direction is set to be shorter than a total length of the rigidity change region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suguru Okaniwa, Seisuke Takase, Hidehiro Joko, Isamu Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10881275
    Abstract: A medical device insertion method includes: inserting an endoscope into an overtube until a distal end of the endoscope protrudes from a distal end of the overtube; grasping a part of the endoscope protruding from the distal end of the overtube and inserting the endoscope into the large intestine until the distal end of the endoscope is between the splenic flexure and the sigmoid colon of the large intestine; and inserting the overtube together with the endoscope into the large intestine until the distal end of the endoscope is beyond the splenic flexure while grasping the overtube from an outer radial direction so as to deform the overtube in an inner radial direction until an inner surface of the overtube is pressed against an outer circumferential surface of the endoscope, and then inserting the overtube into the large intestine until a reinforced region is placed in the splenic flexure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shotaro Takemoto, Takeshi Murata
  • Patent number: 10881280
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to manually and robotically controllable medical instruments. A manually and robotically controllable medical instrument can include an elongated shaft articulable by pull wires. The elongated shaft can be connected to an instrument handle that attaches to an instrument drive mechanism. The instrument handle can include a pulley assembly on which the pull wires can be mounted. Rotation of the pulley assembly can actuate the pull wires to cause articulation of the elongated shaft. The medical instrument also includes a manual drive input connected to the pulley assembly such that manual actuation of the manual drive input causes rotation of the first pulley assembly and a robotic drive input configured to engage with a robotic drive output of the instrument drive mechanism such that rotation of the first robotic drive output causes rotation of the pulley assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Luis Andrade Baez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10874427
    Abstract: A single body port or body flange access device and method for performing laparoscopic surgery are disclosed. The device comprises a plurality of crisscrossing conduits through which surgical instruments may be inserted. The instruments are manipulated so that triangulation is obtained using one patient body flange while standard surgical procedures are performed on the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Axcess Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Norton, Noel D. Ischy
  • Patent number: 10874829
    Abstract: A stiffening assembly comprises a bulkhead including an inner surface defining a central lumen. The bulkhead further includes an outer surface surrounding the inner surface and includes a wall connecting the outer surface to the inner surface. The wall is shaped to form a plurality of holes spaced apart and surrounding the central lumen. The stiffening assembly further comprises a plurality of longitudinal beams. Each beam extends through a corresponding hole of the plurality of holes. The stiffening assembly further comprises a clamping assembly configured to contact the plurality of beams. The stiffening assembly is adjustable between a flexible state in which each beam is movable within the corresponding hole and a stiffened state in which the clamping assembly clamps the plurality of beams against the bulkhead such that a transfer of forces in a radial direction between the plurality of beams and the bulkhead stiffens the stiffening assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Theodore W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10870015
    Abstract: A therapeutic endotracheal tube assembly is provided for insertion into a patient's trachea to ventilate, to maintain patency of the patient's airway, and to deliver therapeutic electromagnetic radiation (EMR) to the patient. The therapeutic endotracheal tube assembly has an endotracheal tube and an EMR delivery system. The EMR delivery system has an EMR source for emitting non-ultraviolet, therapeutic EMR having intensity sufficient to activate desired therapeutic properties within the patient and an EMR conduction line conducive to the propagation of EMR from the EMR source along the endotracheal tube. The EMR conduction line is removably insertable into the endotracheal tube. The therapeutic endotracheal tube assembly may be custom made or may be constructed by retrofitting a removably insertable EMR delivery system to an existing endotracheal tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LIGHT LINE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mitchell D. Barneck, Nathaniel L. Rhodes, Martin de la Presa, Arash E. Poursaid
  • Patent number: 10863886
    Abstract: Various rotatable shafts and linkage mechanisms configured to allow imaging and access to tissue within a body are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, an introducer system has a rotatable sheath and a linkage that can rotatably engage each other. The rotatable sheath has a distal portion extending at a non-zero angle relative to a proximal portion thereof. The linkage has an exit lumen on its distal end and a plurality of entry lumens on its proximal end. The linkage merges the plurality of entry lumens into the exit lumen, and the exit lumen is aligned with the rotatable sheath upon engagement. Fluid and/or surgical instruments can thus be passed from the plurality of entry lumens of the linkage, through the exit lumen of the linkage, and into the rotatable sheath. The linkage and the rotatable sheath can both receive an imaging device therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: UVision360, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich Dreyer, David Robinson, Allison London Brown
  • Patent number: 10827907
    Abstract: The invention relates to a trocar system for a minimally invasive work station, comprising an endoscopic instrument (2) having imaging means (3) and a device for transmitting the signals containing the image information to a display unit (6) and, as required, work tools, further comprising a trocar assembly (7 to 16) having a trocar sleeve, which is designed to receive a pin, including imaging means (8, 14), provided with a tip that is permeable to imaging media having different wavelengths, wherein the imaging means are provided to make the work field visible through the distal end of the pin and a device (16) is provided for transmitting the signals containing the image information to a display unit (6). The trocar assembly (7 to 16) and the minimally invasive instrument (3) are provided for separate use and for displaying the respective image information for the same display unit (6). The pin is provided with an on/off switch (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Reiner Kunz, Michael Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10820947
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to systems and techniques for manually and robotically driving a medical instrument. For example, a system can include a handle configured to receive an elongated shaft of a medical instrument. The handle can include a gripping mechanism for selectively engaging the elongated shaft, and an articulation input and configured for receiving user inputs of commanded articulation of the elongated shaft. The system can include an instrument drive mechanism configured to engage a base of the medical instrument. The instrument drive mechanism can include at least one robotic drive output configured to engage a robotic drive input of the base to cause articulation of the elongated shaft based on the user inputs received at the articulation input, and a first connector configured to removably couple the instrument drive mechanism to an instrument positioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Allen Julian
  • Patent number: 10815767
    Abstract: Inspection assemblies that include one or more sideview cameras for capturing images of an interior surface of a pipe or conduit include an elongate housing, a sideview camera within the housing and arranged to capture an image of a region within a field of view external to the housing, and a viewport element mounted in the housing and located such that light is transmitted through the viewport element and into said sideview camera, wherein the viewport element is diffusion bonded to a metal support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: E.V. Offshore Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Thursby, Shaun Peck, Jonathan Brian Rudd
  • Patent number: 10813632
    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 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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