With Particular Operating Handle Design (e.g., For Comfort) Patents (Class 600/131)
  • Patent number: 10624673
    Abstract: A hand held device for removing ticks that are fixed to the skin of an animal or human host and comprises a housing oriented along a longitudinal axis, a tick encapsulation zone at the front end of the housing employing an openable and closable lid section capable of closing around the tick while the tick is attached to the skin of the host. A piezoelectric voltage generation device is located within the housing and activated by a striker to send a high voltage through two lead wires having their distal ends mounted within the tick encapsulation zone in gapped relationship. A trigger is mounted along an axis tangential to the longitudinal axis for triggering the piezoelectric device to send a high voltage across the electrode gap to electrocute the tick. The electrocuted tick automatically becomes detached from the host's skin and falls into the closed encapsulation zone of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Sheryl Davis Farnsworth
  • Patent number: 10617286
    Abstract: An endoscope illumination device includes: an illumination optical system including an entrance surface disposed along a circumferential direction centered on a predetermined axis and provided at one-end side in the direction of the predetermined axis, an emission surface positioned at an outermost side in a radial direction with respect to the predetermined axis and radially emitting illumination light entering from the entrance surface, a diffusion surface disposed at an intermediate position of an optical path of the illumination light between the entrance surface and the emission surface and transmitting and diffusing the illumination light; and a light emitting portion disposed closer to the one-end side than the entrance surface is and emitting, toward the entrance surface, the illumination light substantially in the direction of the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sho Shinji, Koichiro Furuta
  • Patent number: 10588490
    Abstract: A hand operated endoscope for medical purposes, the endoscope including a separate, modular unit consisting of a camera system with an associate lens system, light source and a transmission system. This unsterilized modular unit can be used in a sterilized housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Markus Friedrich
  • Patent number: 10499795
    Abstract: Provided is an endoscopic-treatment-instrument operation input device that includes: a grip section that is shaped so as to be capable of being gripped by the palm and at least the little finger and the ring finger of one hand of an operator; an operation section that is arranged at a position so as to be operable by the thumb of the one hand in state where the grip section is being gripped and that allows an operation command for causing a joint of the treatment instrument to actuate to be input; and a frictional fixing section that presses, and fixes in place with friction, a position midway along elongated trunk section of the treatment instrument in the longitudinal direction through use of the index finger of the one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Ogawa, Kosuke Kishi
  • Patent number: 10478050
    Abstract: An operation device for an into-bore introduction device, includes: a projecting portion formed to project from a grasping section in a radial direction to a longitudinal axis of the grasping section, in a surface between a surface on which a bending operation knob is disposed and a surface on which operator's palm abuts to grasp the grasping section, in the grasping section; a pressing switch disposed on the projecting portion; and an inclined surface formed distantly by as much as a predetermined distance from the pressing switch, and in which an amount of the inclined surface to project outside in the radial direction is decreased on an insertion section side of the projecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Fukuda, Yasuo Funakoshi, Kota Sugaya, Kenji Tajima, Yuki Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10441255
    Abstract: A multiple-purpose surgical instrument having a reflecting, rendering, and sizing tool to increase visibility and provide three-dimensional depth perception of a surgical site so that realization of a condition of the surgical site and safety are enhanced during an arthroscopic or laparoscopic procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Stephan V. Yacoubian
  • Patent number: 10426925
    Abstract: Medical devices are described. More particularly, medical devices and methods for the identification and treatment of bodily passages, such as sinus cavities, are described herein. An exemplary medical device comprises an elongate member, a handle, and a wire member. The elongate member is moveable between a first straight, or substantially straight, configuration to a second curved configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Darin Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 10413283
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a selectively rotatable housing, an adaptor, and a shaft including an end effector. The adaptor is coupled to the housing and is selectively movable between a first position and a second position. The shaft is coupled to one or both of the housing and the adaptor. The end effector is articulable in response to the selective rotation of the housing. The end effector is articulable toward a first direction when the adaptor is positioned in the first position and articulable toward a second direction when the adaptor is positioned in the second position. The first and second directions are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Elias Hartoumbekis, Roddi Simpson, Earl Zergiebel
  • Patent number: 10327794
    Abstract: A forceps comprising: (a) a stylet having a hollow tube having a proximal end region and a longitudinal axis; one or more assemblies that are extendable through the hollow tube, the one or more assemblies comprising: one or more support rods and one or more functional attachments; (b) a hand piece comprising: one or more housing structures defining a cavity; one or more actuating mechanisms comprising: a bearing fitting; a shuttle in communication with the bearing fitting constrained by a plurality of guide ridges; a socket housed by the shuttle; and one or more levers in communication with stylet so that movement of the one or more levers causes movement of the hollow tube and movement of the one or more assemblies; and wherein the movement of the hollow tube and the movement of the one or more assemblies are relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Windgassen, Jeffrey Nelson, Dennis G. Lamser, John R. Mensch, Zane R. Ward, Timothy Ozell
  • Patent number: 10194893
    Abstract: A medical device may include a stabilizer configured to be coupled to a port of an insertion device. The medical device may further include a shaft configured for telescopic translation within the stabilizer and a grip coupled to the shaft. Further, the medical device may include an actuator coupled to the grip. The actuator may be axially moveable relative to the grip so as to selectively actuate a distal assembly of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: BostonScientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Kirkemo
  • Patent number: 10123848
    Abstract: A safety-catch mechanism for a fiducial-deployment system, having a main handle, a stylet, a guide sleeve, and a grasping handle for moving adjacent to the guide sleeve. One of the guide sleeve or grasping handle has a threaded surface, and the other has one or more protruding tabs to rotatably engage between the threads. A safety-catch structure is located between the threads and configured to resist rotation of the grasping handle when one of the protruding tabs contacts this structure, unless the user applies a threshold amount of mechanical force to overcome this safety-catch structure, permitting distal movement of the stylet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Andrea C. Lawrence, Margaret R. Widmyer
  • Patent number: 10117567
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a bending section being disposed in an insertion section, a plurality of towing members disposed in the insertion section and in an operation section from the bending section, a disk member turnably provided in the operation section and configured to turn to tow and loosen the plurality of towing members, the plurality of towing members being suspended in an outer circumference of the disk member, operation members turnably disposed in the operation section and configured to turn the disk member to bend the bending section, and a turning shaft configured to turnably axially support the disk member and the operation members with respect to the operation section in a position decentered to the distal end side by a predetermined distance d with respect to a center of the disk member in an initial state in which the bending section is linear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10058311
    Abstract: A multi-functional handle manipulates a medical instrument and includes a body capable of being gripped by a hand of a user and further capable of being in communication with the medical instrument. In non-limiting exemplary embodiments, the handle may include one or more of a first trigger assembly, a second trigger assembly and a third trigger assembly. Non-limiting exemplary embodiments also include one or more of a primary digit-receiving member, a secondary digit-receiving member, and a tertiary digit-supporting member for facilitating ergonomic operation of the handle. The actuation arm actuates the medical instrument independently from movement of the primary digit-receiving member wherein the primary digit-receiving member can be selectively displaced between alternate orientations relative to a position of the body and relative to a position of the actuation arm, respectively, without affecting manipulation of the medical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Rogelio A. Insignares, Daniel Glenn Doerr, Roland Strelitzki, Gary Wayne Haberland, John A. Farnella, Jr., Kenneth M. Roger
  • Patent number: 9968344
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a selectively rotatable housing, an adaptor, and a shaft including an end effector. The adaptor is coupled to the housing and is selectively movable between a first position and a second position. The shaft is coupled to one or both of the housing and the adaptor. The end effector is articulable in response to the selective rotation of the housing. The end effector is articulable toward a first direction when the adaptor is positioned in the first position and articulable toward a second direction when the adaptor is positioned in the second position. The first and second directions are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Elias Hartoumbekis, Roddi Simpson, Earl Zergiebel
  • Patent number: 9782058
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion portion; an operation portion; a balloon water injection channel; a first opening portion; a balloon pipe sleeve provided with a first end portion and a second end portion; a branch channel connection unit; a rotation restriction portion; and a connecting tube on which the branch channel connection unit is assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoaki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9775495
    Abstract: An operation device for an into-bore introduction device, includes: a projecting portion formed to project from a grasping section in a radial direction to a longitudinal axis of the grasping section, in a surface between a surface on which a bending operation knob is disposed and a surface on which operator's palm abuts to grasp the grasping section, in the grasping section; a pressing switch disposed on the projecting portion; and an inclined surface formed distantly by as much as a predetermined distance from the pressing switch, and in which an amount of the inclined surface to project outside in the radial direction is decreased on an insertion section side of the projecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Fukuda, Yasuo Funakoshi, Kota Sugaya, Kenji Tajima, Yuki Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9778208
    Abstract: An operation device for an into-bore introduction device, includes: a grasping section connected to a proximal portion of an insertion section to be inserted into a bore, and is to be grasped by an operator to operate the insertion section; a bending operation knob disposed on the grasping section and bends a bending portion of the insertion section; a projecting portion formed to project from the grasping section in a direction radial to a longitudinal axis of the grasping section, in a surface between a surface on which the bending operation knob is disposed and a surface on which operator's palm abuts to grasp the grasping section, in the grasping section; and an inclined surface inclined toward the insertion section on an insertion section side of the projecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Funakoshi, Kenji Tajima, Yuki Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9723973
    Abstract: A dual medical endoscope system can be constructed including a first and a second medical endoscope, where the first endoscope comprises an accessory channel with a proximal mounting port providing access thereto, and where the second endoscope comprises a handle body that is securely and removably attached to the proximal mounting port. An endoscope, which may be the second endoscope, can include an elongate, manipulable shaft with a distal-end visualization element and a handle body comprising at least one control surface for manipulating a distal region of the shaft, where the handle body includes a passage through which a length of the shaft is passable, and where the handle body includes a connection structure configured for securely and removably mounting the handle to a channel of another endoscope in a manner axially aligning the passage with the channel to provide a path of communication for the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Travis Dillon, Kenneth C. Kennedy, II
  • Patent number: 9638553
    Abstract: A handset for inspecting a target object with a sensor in an inspection module is disclosed. The handset includes a housing having a grip portion adapted to be held by a person, the housing adapted to selectively mechanically engage with the inspection module, a handset interface on the housing adapted to exchange signals with the inspection module, a handset processor, a user input interface accessible to the person gripping the grip portion and adapted to provide a control signal to the handset processor, and a user output interface responsive to the handset processor to display the data transmitted by the handset processor about the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kevin Andrew Coombs, Clark Alexander Bendall, Joshua Lynn Scott, Bobby Dale Hournbuckle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9522017
    Abstract: Methods and systems for accessing an operating cavity when performing endoscopic surgery comprising. The systems and methods include at least one obturator-free cannula unit and a trocar assembly. The trocar assembly includes a single dedicated functional obturator independent of the cannula unit and an endoscopic cannula. The invention also provides a system and methods for providing continuous flow of carbon dioxide during a laparoscopic procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne L. Poll, Gregory Drach
  • Patent number: 9480466
    Abstract: A laparoscopic surgical device is provided, including a removable tool-comprising shaft having an outer shaft and an inner actuation rod that may be removably or permanently connected together. A handle of the device includes a two-button mechanism for engaging and releasing the removable tool-comprising shaft. The two-button mechanism is configured to engage overlapping corresponding apertures of the outer shaft and the inner rod that extends through the outer shaft, and the handle may include a variety of configurations that can readily interchangeably be used with different tool bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: CareFusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Van De Weghe, Louis P. Mingione, David A. Schechter, David Scott Hazlitt
  • Patent number: 9381010
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a selectively rotatable housing, an adaptor, and a shaft including an end effector. The adaptor is coupled to the housing and is selectively movable between a first position and a second position. The shaft is coupled to one or both of the housing and the adaptor. The end effector is articulable in response to the selective rotation of the housing. The end effector is articulable toward a first direction when the adaptor is positioned in the first position and articulable toward a second direction when the adaptor is positioned in the second position. The first and second directions are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Elias Hartoumbekis, Roddi Simpson, Earl Zergiebel
  • Patent number: 9375135
    Abstract: An insertion device includes a UD knob having an outer peripheral side notched in a concave recess with such a curvature and a size as to come in close contact with a base part of a thumb, and an RL knob placed on the UD knob with the same center of rotation, and is configured such that the thumb extends beyond the UD knob, the base part of the thumb is put in contact with a deepest part of the recess of the UD knob, and the RL knob is operably present within a movable range of the thumb beyond the UD knob. The RL knob is configured to be driven by a motor, and thereby the RL knob is rotated by a fingertip to bend a bend portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9050037
    Abstract: The present application discloses several devices for maintaining visualization with a surgical scope. The embodiments of the device are adapted to shield, defog or clean the lens of the surgical scope while the surgical scope is being used to perform a surgical procedure within a patient's body. In some embodiments, the view optimizer is provided in multiple parts enabling separation of one or more operator control features from engagement with the surgical scope. In some embodiments, the view optimizer features stabilization means for securement and positioning with the surgical scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne L. Poll, Matthew J. Huddleston, Caroline M. Crisafulli, Adam Landis, Gregory Drach
  • Patent number: 9050036
    Abstract: The present application discloses several embodiments of a devices for maintaining visualization with a surgical scope. The embodiments of the device are adapted to shield, defog or clean the lens of the surgical scope while the surgical scope is being used to perform a surgical procedure within a patient's body. In one embodiment, a view optimizer is provided that is adapted to deliver at least one fluid to the objective lens of the laparoscope to clean and/or defog the objective lens of the laparoscope without the need to remove the laparoscope from the surgical field. In additional embodiments, a view optimizer is provided that is adapted to create leakage or venting of gas from the body cavity so as to ensure continuous gas flow from an insufflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Lyle Poll, Matthrew J. Huddleston, William J. Post, Thomas J. Ward, Caroline M. Crisafulli, Adam Landis
  • Patent number: 8992470
    Abstract: A control mechanism for use with a steerable medical device allows for single-handed operation of at least a distal portion of the medical device. The device can be a catheter or an endoscope, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barenboym, Isaac Ostrovsky
  • Patent number: 8977338
    Abstract: A biological optical measurement apparatus includes a connector unit to which a measurement probe is detachably connected, a supply unit configured to supply air to the connector unit, a pipe that connects the connector unit and the supply unit, a pressure detection unit configured to detect a pressure value in the pipe, and an abrasion determination unit configured to determine abrasion of the connector unit based on the pressure value detected by the pressure detection unit under conditions that the measurement probe is connected to the connector unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Seiki Toriyama, Kazuhiro Gono, Seigo Ito
  • Patent number: 8911361
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a housing. The housing includes an upper portion provided with the display part, and a lower portion provided with the manipulating part and having the insertion part connected thereto, at least a portion of the back face of the lower portion is set so that the fundamental shape thereof is convex toward a proximal end portion of the insertion part, the convex portion is a grip face on which a user's fingers are arranged when the user holds the housing, and wherein the housing is held such that the thumb of one hand of a user is located at a distal end of a manipulating rod, the other fingers in the one hand of the user are located above and below the proximal end portion of the insertion part in the grip face, and the thumb and the other fingers face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Hosaka, Yoshihisa Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8911356
    Abstract: An insertion portion, an operation portion, a signal cable, a plate-shaped member, an electric board, and a fixing member are included. The fixing member is formed into a U-shape in which a bottom surface, a top surface, a side surface and a fitting port are formed, and has a stopper for a surplus portion that is fitted in an inside formed, a distance between the bottom surface and the top surface is set to be slightly larger than a diameter in the surplus portion, and the surplus portion is configured not to be disposed in layers in a height direction of the side surface when the surplus portion is housed between the bottom surface and the top surface of the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Shiho Matsukawa, Kazuhiko Hino, Takafumi Kubo
  • Patent number: 8900132
    Abstract: The endoscope apparatus of the present invention includes: an insertion portion having a bending portion; an observation device that is provided at the insertion portion; an illumination unit that is provided at the insertion portion, and that illuminates a visual field of the observation device; a main body unit that is formed having a size that enables it to be held and operated by one hand of a user; an operating section that is used to operate the bending portion; a display unit that is connected to the insertion portion, and that displays images acquired by the observation device; a light emitting component that is provided in the main body unit, and that is connected via a light guide to the illumination unit; a heat discharge unit that is provided at the main body unit such that at least a portion thereof is exposed, and that is thermally connected to the light emitting component; and a shielding portion that is provided at the main body unit, and that covers at least a portion of the periphery of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takakazu Ishigami, Ayumu Inada
  • Patent number: 8876705
    Abstract: The invention provides a medical endoscope including a control handle (2) provided with a control mechanism and that, by means of an attachment system, is temporarily attached to a consumable medical instrument (3) including: at least one flow circuit for a fluid, a portion of which circuit extends along an insertion tube, the fluid circuit including a connector fitting accessible independently from the handle; an actuation system for actuating the head of the insertion tube, which actuation system is driven by the control mechanism after the handle and the consumable medical instrument have been attached together; in accordance with the invention, the control handle (2) and the consumable medical instrument (3) respectively have a first portion and a second portion of a closure device, which portions co-operate with each other in the attached position to close off at least one fluid flow circuit in controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Axess Vision Technology
    Inventors: Nicolas Mathieu, Olivier Fructus
  • Patent number: 8864656
    Abstract: An endoscope including a shaft having a deflectable distal end; a main section at a proximal end of the shaft, where the main section forms a handle of the endoscope; and a deflection control connected to the distal end. The deflection control includes a combined lock and deflection control member at the main section comprising a control lever pivotably connected to the main section at a pivot and extending away from the pivot in a general cantilever fashion, and a lock lever pivotably connected to the control lever. A first end of the lock lever is configured to contact the main section. A second end of the lock lever is configured to be pressed inward on the control lever towards the main section to pivot the first end out of contact with the main section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory S. Konstorum
  • Patent number: 8858427
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an insertion portion configured to be inserted into a subject; an image pickup section configured to pick up an image of inside of the subject; an operation portion configured to be connected to the insertion portion; a grasping portion configured to be able to be grasped by an operator, the grasping portion being connected to the operation portion and provided such that an axis in a longitudinal direction is substantially perpendicular to a central axis of the insertion portion; a protruding portion provided on a surface on the insertion portion side of the grasping portion, the protruding portion protruding so as to form an acute angle with respect to the central axis of the insertion portion, on the insertion portion side; and a switch portion provided on the protruding portion and disposed at an angle which makes a right angle with respect to the acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Toshikazu Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8840544
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an insertion part having an imaging mechanism at a distal end portion and which is bendable and elongated; a display part which displays an image acquired by an imaging mechanism; a manipulating part which performs curving manipulation of the insertion part; and a housing which the display part and the manipulating part are provided to a front face thereof, and which connects the insertion part with a back face opposite to the front face. The housing is capable of being self-supported in a state where the edge of the back face at the display part, and a connecting portion between the insertion part and the housing are brought into contact with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Hosaka, Yoshihisa Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8834357
    Abstract: A steering mechanism is used as part of a medical device such as a catheter or an endoscope to allow movement of a steerable distal portion of the catheter or endoscope. The mechanism can include a elongate housing adapted to be coupled to the steerable portion of the medical device and an actuation system including an actuator, a first cam, and a second cam. The actuator can move the first cam between a first position and a second position along a first axis (or about a second axis different than the first axis) to move the steerable portion of the medical device along a first plane. The actuator can move the second cam between a first position and a second position along the second axis (or about the first axis) to move the steerable portion of the medical device along a second plane different than the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Oskin, Isaac Ostrovsky, David W. Robertson, Michael Barenboym
  • Patent number: 8795160
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an insertion part which has an imaging mechanism at a distal end portion and which is bendable and elongated; a display part which displays an image acquired by the imaging mechanism; a manipulating part which has a swinging body and which performs curving manipulation of the insertion part; and a housing which provides the display part and the manipulating part to a front face thereof, and which connects the insertion part with a back face opposite to the front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Hosaka, Yoshihisa Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8790250
    Abstract: An endoscope (1) having a distal end being arranged to be inserted into a body cavity of a patient to be examined and a proximal end which is arranged to be held by a user of the endoscope. The endoscope further comprises a handle (2) arranged at the proximal end of the endoscope, an insertion portion (3) arranged at the distal end of the handle, a bending portion (4) arranged at the distal end of the insertion portion, and two control wires (40,41) arranged between the handle and the bending portion, said control wires being used to control the bending of the bending portion via control inputs made at the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Lasse Kjeld Gjoeske Petersen, Louise Wagner Petersen
  • Publication number: 20140187863
    Abstract: An endoscope controlling device includes a rigid tube mounted to an end face of a base and in communication with a compartment in the base. A positioning groove is formed in an inner periphery of the base and includes a bottom wall having a slot. A linear displacement control module includes a control member and a movable board. The control member is aligned with a through-hole in a periphery of the base. The control member controls longitudinal movement of the movable board in the compartment along a longitudinal axis of the base via a driving gear. An optical element receiving drum is mounted to the movable board. A rotational movement control module is mounted around the optical element receiving drum and received in the positioning groove of the base. A portion of the rotational movement control module is extended through the slot and exposed outside of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: METAL INDUSTRIES RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
    Inventors: Cheng-Wen Lin, Wei-Jen Shih, Yen-Nien Chen, Tzyy-Ker Sue, Pei-Yuan Lee, Hung-Wen Huang, Chien-Sheng Lo
  • Patent number: 8764638
    Abstract: A detachable stylet assembly for endotracheal intubation of a patient is disclosed. The stylet comprises an elongated tube defining: a longitudinal axis, a proximal end for detachably mounting the stylet to a hand grip, and a distal end for entering the trachea of the patient. The tube comprises an articulation section adjacent the distal end adapted to curve into the trachea upon actuation. An actuator housing is mounted on and adjacent to the proximal end of the tube. An actuating assembly is constructed inside the actuator housing having connection means for engaging the hand grip. A control wire is mounted within the actuator housing and connected to the actuating assembly. The control wire extends through the tube to the distal end of the tube and is adapted to curve the articulation section upon actuation. The hand grip comprises a base handle and a trigger for manual actuation of the actuator assembly. The trigger comprises finger grooves for convenient gripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Al Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: John Schwartz, Richard Schwartz, Harsha Setty
  • Patent number: 8758233
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a control method input section provided in a bending operation input unit and configured to input a control method of a bending operation, and a control method detector provided in an operation section body and configured to detect the input control method of the bending operation. The endoscope includes an activated portion provided in the bending operation input unit and configured to change its activated state in response to the bending operation in a bending operation input section, an activated state detector provided in the operation section body and configured to detect the activated state of the activated portion, and a drive member provided in the operation section body and configured to be driven in accordance with the detected control method and the detected activated state, thereby bending a bending section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Yutaka Masaki, Keijiro Omoto, Keiichi Arai, Haruhiko Ueno, Tsugio Okazaki, Toshimasa Kawai
  • Patent number: 8758230
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an insertion part which has an imaging mechanism at a distal end portion; a display part which displays an image acquired by an observation mechanism, a manipulating part which performs curving manipulation of the insertion part; and a housing which accommodates the display part and the manipulating part to a front face thereof, and which connects the insertion part with a back face opposite to the front face. The manipulating part has a swingable first joystick; and a curving mechanism having the first joystick and a manipulating member connected thereto. The swinging center of the first joystick is located inside a region specified by a portion where fingers are arranged in a side view of the housing when a user holds the housing, and by a distal end of the first joystick protruding toward the front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Hosaka, Yoshihisa Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8679004
    Abstract: An endoscope including a shaft having a deflectable distal end; a handle at a proximal end of the shaft; and a deflection control connected to the distal end. The deflection control includes a combined lock and deflection control member at the handle. The control member is adapted to be moved to a selected location by a single finger of a user and thereby deflect the distal end. The control member is adapted to be locked at the user selected location by movement of the control member to a locked position by the single finger of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory S. Konstorum
  • Patent number: 8678999
    Abstract: A hysteroscope includes a base and a handle attached to the base. The handle has a first trigger and a second trigger. An outer barrel is attached to the base. The outer barrel has a plurality of channels. An actuatable tool is located within at least one channel. The first trigger is in communication with the actuatable tool for extending the tool from within the at least one channel. The second trigger in communication with the actuatable tool for actuating the tool. The hysteroscope may further include a third trigger to pivot a distal portion of the outer barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith B. Isaacson
  • Patent number: 8676290
    Abstract: An apparatus for deflecting a distal portion of a catheter, a sheath, a medical device, or other flexible elongate member may generally include a handle portion, a pair of adjusting knobs, and deflection wires. The adjusting knobs may be rotatably coupled to the handle portion and operably coupled to the deflection wires. The deflection wires may be in further communication with the distal portion of the flexible elongate member. Rotation of the adjustment knobs may translate or otherwise displace particular deflection wires with respect to the rest of the flexible elongate member, thereby causing the distal portion of the flexible elongate member to deflect. Further, the deflection wires may be oriented such that the distal portion of the flexible elongate member may be deflected in a multitude of directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Troy T. Tegg
  • Patent number: 8636721
    Abstract: A manually operable pump for the effective removal of fluids to include blood, blood clots, fluid, and air from a body cavity of a subject is provided. The manually operable pump is adapted to be connect to a range of fluid conduits and is equipped with one-way valves that effectively permit flow of fluid through the pump in only one direction. The sensitivity of the one-way valves is such that when properly positioned, fluid can flow through the valves and out of the pump without manual compression of the pump and with the aid of gravity power alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Henry M. Jackson Foundation For The Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.
    Inventors: Hasan Alam, Peter Rhee, Emily Rhee
  • Patent number: 8636647
    Abstract: Described herein are delivery devices and methods of using the devices for delivering an ocular implant into a suprachoroidal space without use of a goniolens. The delivery device includes a handle including a channel extending from a proximal end of the handle to a distal end of the handle, an applier coupled to the handle, the applier including a blunt distal tip and an elongate, flexible wire insertable through a fluid channel of an ocular implant, and a fiber optic image bundle reversibly inserted through the channel such that the fiber optic image bundle extends to a region proximal to the blunt distal tip of the applier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Transcend Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Silvestrini, Richard S. Lilly
  • Patent number: 8632460
    Abstract: Method and surgical instrument for treating prostate tissue including a surgical instrument having a main body, a needle deployment port, a needle, first and second handles and a lockout release mechanism to limit needle extension. Additionally, a kit includes the surgical instrument, together with a cystoscope, and optionally a syringe and reservoir of ethanol. The method includes needle-less injection and visualizing the ethanol injection by delivering both an echogenic agent and ethanol either by needle or needle-less injection or by providing an ultrasonically visible marker near the tip of the ethanol delivery cannula. The method also includes extending the needle transversely of the instrument housing using a link assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Sidney F. Hauschild, Stephen L. Bolea, Johann J. Neisz
  • Patent number: 8602967
    Abstract: An apparatus according to one embodiment includes an endoscope tip including a housing that is monolithically formed of a transparent material. At least one optical component is at least partially encased within the housing. The optical component can be, for example, a light source, a fiber optic, an imaging sensor, a lens, a reflector or a light shield. In another embodiment, an apparatus includes an endoscope having a distal end portion that includes a housing. The housing is monolithically formed with a transparent material and a light source is at least partially encased within the housing. The housing also includes a micro-defects portion within the transparent material of the housing. The micro-defects portion is configured to provide a selected output shape of a beam of light produced by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Robertson
  • Patent number: 8556801
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an endoscope and a surgical instrument guide device. An elongated surgical instrument is allowed to insert through a working channel of the endoscope to cooperate with a processor module of the endoscope. The surgical instrument guide device includes a base member, an adjustment member, a catch, a cap member, fasteners, and a tubing. Pegs of the catch are fitted in positioning holes of the base member. A tube of the endoscope is inserted through the tubing of the surgical instrument guide device so as to dispose in close proximity to a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Jung-Tung Liu
  • Patent number: 8540624
    Abstract: An instrument for endoscopic surgery, with a housing having a grip element and a shaft-receiving element, the grip element having a fixed grip part and a pivotable grip part, and the shaft-receiving element being intended to receive and lock the proximal end of a tubular shaft, with a tool at the distal end of the shaft, and with an actuation member extending through the shaft and being longitudinally movable therein, or with a slide piece acting on the actuation member. The actuation member engages in the shaft-receiving element of the housing and is coupled to the grip part mounted pivotably on the housing, so that a pivoting of the grip part causes a longitudinal movement of the actuation member and an actuation of the tool. The grip element of the housing is rotatable relative to the shaft-receiving element of the housing about a rotation axis extending perpendicular to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Guenter Bissinger Medizintechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Bissinger