With Particular Operating Handle Design (e.g., For Comfort) Patents (Class 600/131)
  • Patent number: 11350957
    Abstract: A surgical device can include a first jaw, a second jaw opposing the first jaw, a clamp lever in communication with the first jaw and the second jaw and operable to move the first jaw, the second jaw, or both from a jaw nominal position to a jaw clamped position when an external force is imparted upon the clamp lever in a first direction, and a stop bias member that stops movement of the clamp lever when the external force is removed so that the first jaw and the second jaw are in the jaw nominal position at rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Gyms Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore C. Blus, Zane R Ward, Jeffrey J. Nelson, Riyad Moe
  • Patent number: 11355295
    Abstract: A push switch includes: a case including a recess; a fixed contact member including a fixed contact disposed in the recess; a movable contact member including a movable contact disposed in the recess; a protective sheet disposed in a first direction from the recess and covering the recess; and a rib disposed on the protective sheet. The protective sheet includes: a pressing portion; a fixed portion fixed to the case; and an intermediate portion located between the pressing portion and the fixed portion as viewed in the first direction. As the pressing portion of the protective sheet is pressed along the first direction, the movable contact member deforms by force received from the protective sheet. The movable contact touches the fixed contact as a result of the deformation of the movable contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunio Doro
  • Patent number: 11311177
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an endoscope operation portion; a first grasping portion configured to enable the endoscope operation portion to be grasped in a first grasping state; a second grasping portion configured to enable the endoscope operation portion to be grasped in a second grasping state; and attaching portion mounting portions to which an attaching portion of a treatment instrument operation portion is attached so as to enable an operation of the bending operation lever and an operation of a slider provided to the treatment instrument operation portion of the treatment instrument to be performed with fingers of a hand grasping the first grasping portion or the second grasping portion, the attaching portion mounting portions being formed respectively on the first grasping portion and the second grasping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Takatsuji, Chikayoshi Meguro
  • Patent number: 11284781
    Abstract: This endoscopic surgical device includes: an endoscope; a treatment tool; and a mantle tube. The inside of the mantle tube is partitioned by a partition wall member provided with an endoscope guide groove and a treatment-tool guide groove, to form an endoscope insertion passage and a treatment-tool insertion passage. An endoscope fixation tool and a treatment-tool fixation tool are respectively disposed inside the endoscope guide groove and the treatment-tool guide groove. The endoscope fixation tool advances and retracts in conjunction with the endoscope insertion part inserted through the endoscope insertion passage. The treatment-tool fixation tool moves in conjunction with the treatment-tool insertion part inserted through the treatment-tool insertion passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiharu Kuwae, Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 11224332
    Abstract: An endoscope with a camera module turning function is revealed. The endoscope includes a housing provided with a mounting slot and an output portion, an insertion tube connected to the output portion, a bending member connected to the insertion tube and having a first upper turning hole and a lower turning hole, a first upper string passed through the first upper turning hole of the bending member and mounted in the insertion tube, a lower string passed through the lower turning hole of the bending member and disposed in the insertion tube, a first roller provided with a first string groove on the circumference thereof, a control member provided with a pin and a connecting rod, and an elastic member fixed on the housing and connected to the lower string. The pin is connected to the first roller while the connecting rod is connected to the pin and a control button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: IEI INTEGRATION CORP., ARMORLINK SH CORP.
    Inventor: Chin-Chia Chang
  • Patent number: 11213187
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope from which excellent close contact feeling is obtained and which is easy to grip in a case in which an operator is to grip a grip portion. A grip portion of an endoscope has a cross-sectional shape symmetric with respect to a second center line. The grip portion includes a first curved surface, second curved surfaces, and ridges. The first curved surface is a curved surface that is convex outward from a plane, which includes an intersection point between the second center line and the first curved surface and the ridge, and a plane, which includes an intersection point between the second center line and the first curved surface and the ridge. The second curved surfaces are concave inward from planes parallel to the second center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Ono
  • Patent number: 11109745
    Abstract: An endoscope having a proximal end, a distal end, a handle, and an insertion tube that terminates in a tip section. The tip section includes a bending section and an articulated tip part, and the bending section includes articulated segments, each articulated segment including a guide passage for a control member. The proximal end of the elongated control member is attached to an operating member arranged at the handle and the distal end of the elongated control member is attached to the most distal articulated segment of the bending section. An intermediate section of the elongated control member passes through said guide passages. The intermediate section has a reduced overall cross-sectional area as compared to the majority of said elongated control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventor: Kaspar Mat Matthison-Hansen
  • Patent number: 11033715
    Abstract: A catheter having a catheter shaft that has a more uniform construction throughout a length of the catheter shaft and is able to provide more than one deflection curvature. The catheter shaft includes a flexible outer tubular member, and a less flexible inner tubular member extending through the outer tubular member in a proximal section of the catheter shaft, wherein the inner tubular member is afforded longitudinal movement relative to the outer tubular member. The catheter also includes at least one puller wire extending through the inner tubular member to deflect a distal deflection section of the catheter shaft, wherein the longitudinal movement of the inner tubular member relative to the outer tubular member enables an operator to select and set a deflection curvature of the distal deflection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Beeckler, Rowan Olund Hettel
  • Patent number: 11032481
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and methods for providing a scope having an imaging sensor which provides a two thousand pixel by two thousand pixel array of pixels. The imaging sensor allows for an angle of view to be changed within a field of view by selecting a one thousand pixel by one thousand pixel array within the two thousand pixel by two thousand pixel array of pixels containing imaging data that corresponds to a desired angle of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Laurent Blanquart
  • Patent number: 11013394
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cap for protecting an imaging instrument from damage caused by impact or poor handling. Exemplary devices can include a rigid outer shell and soft inner lining surrounding a distal tip of the instrument, to be applied between instrument use, and during instrument transport, disinfection, sterilization, and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM/SUNBELT, INC.
    Inventors: Jacqueline Thornton, Craig Baker, Gareth Hearn, Jodi Fails
  • Patent number: 10994098
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a means of holding, securing, or self-locking an actuating mechanism, such as a plunger-type or slide-type actuating mechanism, on a medical device having a deflected distal region using pinch points without the need for a secondary restraining or locking mechanism within the medical device. The present disclosure also provides a means to reduce the force experienced by a user during the deflection of a medical device such that use fatigue is lessened or eliminated. Various embodiments of the present disclosure are set forth herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, CARDIOLOGY DIVISION, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan Kenneth Buesseler
  • Patent number: 10965844
    Abstract: An endoscope (1) having an operating handle (2) including a handle housing arranged at a proximal end thereof and an insertion tube (3) extending from said handle towards a distal end of the endoscope (1). The endoscope (1) comprises a sealed compartment (59, 64) adapted to accommodate electronic circuitry of the endoscope (62) and arranged at least partially within said handle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Kaspar Mat Matthison-Hansen, Thomas Bachgaard Jensen, Jakob B√łnnelykke Kristensen
  • Patent number: 10962762
    Abstract: A portable inspection unit is provided. The portable inspection unit may include a unit body, a flexible cable, and an imager housing. The flexible cable may extend from the unit body and the imager housing may be disposed at a distal end of the flexible cable. The portable inspection unit may include a grasper that extends and retracts from the imager housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: INSPECTRON, INC.
    Inventors: Tye L. Newman, Brent F. Lyons
  • Patent number: 10932763
    Abstract: A tissue collecting tool includes: a main body that is long; an operation part arranged on a proximal end side of the main body; a bag part including a bottom portion and an opening portion and having a part of the opening portion fixed to the main body such that the opening portion is positioned on a further proximal end side than the bottom portion; and a linear member connected to the opening portion and the operation part and raising the opening portion by being moved in a longitudinal direction of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayasu Mikkaichi
  • Patent number: 10912603
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a handle assembly and an end effector, including a first jaw pivotably coupled to a second jaw, is disclosed. The handle assembly may comprise a jaw position sensor comprising a switch, a closure trigger, and a clamp spring actuatable by the closure trigger. The closure trigger may be configured to: rotate between a first position and a second position, wherein the first position corresponds to the first and second jaws in an open position and the second position corresponds to the first and second jaws in a closed position, and activate the switch of the jaw position sensor at a predetermined rotated position. The clamp spring may be configured to: cause the first and second jaws to transition between the open position and the closed position, and apply a force to the first and second jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chad P. Boudreaux, Geoffrey S. Strobl
  • Patent number: 10881832
    Abstract: A medical device may include a handle having a first handle portion and a second handle portion. The first handle portion may be rotatable relative to the second handle portion. The medical device may also include a deflectable shaft coupled to and extending distally of the first handle portion. A port may be positioned on the first handle portion and a control knob may be coupled to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 10864005
    Abstract: A surgical device comprising: (a) a stylet comprising: one or more support rods; (b) a hand piece comprising: one or more housing structures defining a cavity; and one or more actuating mechanisms comprising: one or more levers attached to one or more pivot axes in the hand piece and configured to form one or more slidable joints in communication with the one or more support rods; wherein the one or more levers are configured to be assembled by: being placed into the hand piece along the assembly direction before the stylet so the stylet may be placed into the hand piece over the one or more levers; or being placed into the hand piece along the assembly direction after the stylet so the one or more levers is placed into the hand piece over the stylet and in communication with the stylet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Windgassen, Jeffrey Nelson, Dennis G. Lamser, John R. Mensch, Zane R. Ward, Timothy Ozell
  • Patent number: 10806916
    Abstract: A medical device accessory comprising an interface configured to connect the medical device accessory with a medical device for administration of a medical treatment using the medical device and the medical device accessory, a plurality of electrical contacts proximate the interface, the electrical contacts comprising a lead electrical contact adapted to receive an voltage from a power source associated with the medical device and one or more identifying electrical contacts, and at least one conductor providing an electrical connection between the lead electrical contact and the one or more identifying electrical contacts. An arrangement of the one or more identifying electrical contacts connected to the lead electrical contact identifies a characteristic of the medical device accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Northgate Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Mantell, Chip Curtis, Steven Weaver, Eric Andersen
  • 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: 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: 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: 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