Retractor Patents (Class 600/201)
  • Patent number: 10799230
    Abstract: A lateral retractor system for forming a surgical pathway to a patient's intervertebral disc space includes a single dilator and a retractable dual-tapered-blade assembly. The single dilator may feature a narrow rectangular body for insertion at an insertion orientation parallel to the fibers of the patient's psoas muscle and at an approximate 45-degree angle to the patient's spine. The retractable dual-tapered-blade assembly consists of only two blade subassemblies, each having a blade bordered by adjustable wings, along with built-in lighting and video capabilities. The dual-tapered-blade assembly may be passed over the single dilator at the insertion orientation and rotated approximately 45-50 degrees from the insertion orientation to a final rotated orientation parallel to the intervertebral disc space before the two blade subassemblies are retracted away from one another to create the surgical pathway. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Edward Rustamzadeh
  • Patent number: 10716546
    Abstract: A forceps is provided that includes a housing defining an internal passageway and a longitudinal axis, first and second jaws slidably and pivotably connected to the housing, a first connection member having a first end pivotably attached to the first jaw, a second connection member having a first end pivotably attached to the second jaw; and a driver pivotably connected to the other ends of the first connection member and the second connection member, wherein the jaws have an open configuration and a closed configuration, wherein longitudinal movement of the driver in a first direction rotates the first and second jaws relative to the housing from the open configuration towards the closed configuration, wherein longitudinal movement of the driver in the first direction also moves the first and second jaws longitudinally along the longitudinal axis of the housing from the open configuration towards the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Todd Adkisson, Luke T. Jungles, Kenneth C. Kennedy, II
  • Patent number: 10682129
    Abstract: An end effector for a robotic-assisted surgical system having an adjustable inner diameter. In embodiments, the end effector includes a main body having an opening extending through the main body, one or more members located within the main body that extend into and retract from the opening to vary a diameter of the opening through which a tool may be inserted, and an adjustment mechanism on the end effector and coupled to the one or more members for varying the diameter of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Mobius Imaging, LLC
    Inventor: Russell Stanton
  • Patent number: 10653398
    Abstract: An adapter assembly includes a base member, a housing, and a locking mechanism. The base member defines a longitudinal axis. The housing is rotatably secured to the base member and is rotatable in relation to the base member between a plurality of positions. The locking mechanism is supported on the housing and includes a locking member and a button. The locking member is moveable from a locked position in which a lock of the locking member is engaged with the base member to secure the housing in one of the plurality of positions to an unlocked position in which the housing is rotatable in relation to the base member. The button is positioned on the base member and is depressible to translate the locking member in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis from the locked position to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Justin Williams, Stephen Paul
  • Patent number: 10653509
    Abstract: A holder for a heart valve prosthesis, the holder including a hub portion having a longitudinal axis, an engagement portion coupled to the hub portion and including plural finger members variably positionable relative to the hub portion between a collapsed condition wherein the finger members are closed onto the hub portion and an expanded condition wherein the finger members radially protrude with respect to the hub portion to engage a heart valve prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Sorin Group Italia S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giovanni Giordano, Paolo Gaschino, Giovanni Rolando, Arnaldo Giannetti
  • Patent number: 10653404
    Abstract: A die-cuttable retractor/stabilizer for repositioning and stabilizing excessive and/or redundant tissue comprises a top layer and a backing layer. An adhesive on the top layer is exposed when the backing layer is separated from the top layer to enable the top layer to be applied to a surface. The retractor/stabilizer comprises a body having a top edge, side edges and a bottom edge. A tab portion is associated with the removable panel, such that the backing layer remains with the tab portion and the tab portion can be used to remove at least a portion of the backing layer from the retractor/stabilizer body. The retractor/stabilizer additionally includes at least one protected grasping/holding area located at an edge or corner of said retractor/holding area as the backing layer is removed from the body to provide a protected holding area once the backing layer has been removed from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GSQUARED MEDICAL LLC
    Inventors: Thomas R. Galbierz, Michael A. Galbierz
  • Patent number: 10646212
    Abstract: A camera and expandable bladed retractor system. The system includes a camera, with a distal-most optical element disposed over the proximal end of the lumen or surgical channel established by the retractor blades. The camera may be fixed to the retractor, either to the proximal end of a blade or to a frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Rebound Therapeutics Corporation
    Inventors: Ravut Chhit, Peter G. Davis, Ross Tsukashima, Todd D. McIntyre, Jeffrey J. Valko, Michael R. Henson
  • Patent number: 10588501
    Abstract: An imaging device including a support, a dental retractor fastened to the support and defining a retractor opening, a mirror fastened to at least one of the support and the retractor, and structure for fastening an image acquisition apparatus to the support in a position in which the acquisition apparatus is oriented so as to receive a composite image including a direct image of the retractor opening and an image of the retractor opening reflected by the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: DENTAL MONITORING
    Inventors: Philippe Salah, Laurent Debraux, Guillaume Ghyselinck, Thomas Pellissard
  • Patent number: 10548611
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a medical device can comprise an elongate outer sheath that extends along a sheath longitudinal axis and defines a central lumen extending therethrough, the elongate outer sheath can comprise a proximal sheath portion and a distal sheath portion. A first guidewire can comprise a first guidewire end and a second guidewire end, the first guidewire can extend from the first and second guidewire ends through the central lumen and can form a distal looped portion. An occlusion device can be disposed at a distal end of an elongate flexible shaft. The elongate flexible shaft can extend from the proximal sheath portion through the central lumen. The occlusion device can include a guide lumen through which the first guide wire passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamer Ibrahim, Kenneth L. Miller, Michael Hooven, Dwight Morejohn
  • Patent number: 10485529
    Abstract: A retractor having a pair of blades is disclosed. A ring having an opening is attached to one end of the blades. The blades define a channel therebetween. The blades may be pivotally coupled to the ring. The retractor may have at least two conditions. In a first condition, the retractor is insertable through an incision in a patient's skin to an operative site. In a second condition, the retractor may be manipulated for retracting tissue surrounding the operative site. Instruments, prostheses, or tissue may be inserted or removed through the channel of the retractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Strauss, Josef Gorek, Larry McClintock, John Kostuik
  • Patent number: 10413291
    Abstract: A surgical instrument that comprises an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel about an articulation axis that extends transversely relative to the shaft axis. First and second articulation drivers are supported for selective longitudinal travel relative to the elongate shaft assembly. A first end effector link is movably coupled to the surgical end effector and is coupled to the first articulation driver for axial and pivotal travel relative thereto. A second end effector link is movably coupled to the surgical end effector and is coupled to the second articulation driver for axial and pivotal travel relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Sarah A. Worthington, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Morgan R. Hunter, Lauren S. Weaner, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10401165
    Abstract: An articulated sensor head includes three different sensor modules. A first of the sensor modules is carried on an extended shank that is mounted in a pivotable fashion from an articulating wrist. A housing carrying a second and a third of the sensor modules is releasably fastened to the extended shank. The second and third sensor modules are carried by the housing in a fixed angular orientation with respect to an orientation of the first sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Quality Vision International, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward T. Polidor, Kenneth L. Sheehan, Joseph C. LaPlaca
  • Patent number: 10390812
    Abstract: A sequence of access channels to provide access to a surgical site on a spine using: 1) a first retractor adapted to provide an access channel from outside the patient's body; 2) an inserted second retractor with a set of blades with a set of distal tips for insertion into tissue distal to the distal end of the first retractor; and 3) a retractor inserter for use with the second retractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MH BROOK, INC.
    Inventor: Mitchell A. Hardenbrook
  • Patent number: 10383612
    Abstract: Organ manipulation devices for atraumatically grasping the surface of an organ and repositioning the organ to allow access to a location on the organ that would otherwise be substantially inaccessible. Methods of accessing a beating heart, retracting the heart using an organ manipulation apparatus, and stabilizing a surgical target area with a stabilizer. Both the organ manipulator and stabilizer are fixed to a stationary object which may be a sternal retractor. A system for performing beating heart coronary artery bypass grafting includes a sternal retractor, organ manipulator and stabilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC
    Inventors: Harry Leonard Green, II, Jon M. Tanaka, Edward A. Pineda, Dwight P. Morejohn, Robert Mosley, Joshua Wallin, Iris Leon Corbin
  • Patent number: 10238375
    Abstract: A surgical retractor assembly is provided having a frame that releasably couples two retractor blades. The retractor blades are coupled to the frame via a pair of mobile carriages that engage a track on the frame. A third retractor blade is configured to be independent of the frame with the first two retractor blades. The independent blade may be fixably positionable in the patient by a direct coupling to a rigid table mount. The retractor assembly may be utilized for creating anterior access to spinal target site while the patient is oriented in the lateral decubitus position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey O'Connell, Joel Kohn, James Coleman Lee, David Banks
  • Patent number: 10219851
    Abstract: System and methods for transversely displacing structures in the body can include a device for displacing structures in a patient's body, the device having: a handle; a first longitudinal member fixed in position relative to the handle; a second longitudinal member coaxial with the first longitudinal member, the second longitudinal member movable relative to the first longitudinal member between a retracted position and an extended position; and at least one resilient blade extending from a proximal end to a distal end, the proximal end of the at least one resilient blade mechanically fixed in position relative to the second longitudinal member; wherein the distal end of the at least one resilient blade is engaged with the first longitudinal member when the second longitudinal member is in its extended position and disengaged from the first longitudinal member when the second longitudinal member is in its retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lenoss Medical LLC
    Inventor: Dom Messerli
  • Patent number: 10213194
    Abstract: A surgical retraction system includes a sternal retractor having a first retractor arm and a second retractor arm. An insert is coupled with the sternal retractor. The insert includes a first section having a first rigid backing, a second section having a second rigid backing that is spaced from the first rigid backing, and a connector section including resilient material interconnecting proximal ends of the first and second sections. The first section of the insert is coupled with the first retractor arm, the second section of the insert is coupled with the second retractor arm, and the connector section extends laterally between the proximal ends of the first and second sections. When the insert is bent, the resilient connector section normally urges the first and second sections of the insert away from one another for returning the insert to a flat configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex W. Kiturkes, James T. Spivey
  • Patent number: 10201342
    Abstract: A retractor system for use in spinal surgical procedures includes at least two retractor blades, each of the at least two retractor blades, a shim and a shim inserter. The shim has an expansion band and the shim inserter is configured to slide the shim between and along the at least two retractor blades and dispose the shim at a distal end of the at least two retractor blades. The shim spreads the at least two retractor blades away from each other when the shim insert slides the shim between and along the at least two retractor blades and the shim prevents the distal end of each of the at least two retractor blades from closing in on each other due to musculature load when the shim is disposed at the distal end of the at least two retractor blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: William Reimels
  • Patent number: 10201381
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for use in laparoscopic surgical procedures is disclosed that includes an elongated shaped outer shaft having opposed proximal and distal end portions, and having a non-circular cross-sectional profile, an end effector operatively associated with a distal end portion of the shaped outer shaft and including a pair of cooperating jaw members configured for movement between open and closed positions, a proximal handle assembly operatively associated with a proximal end portion of the shaped outer shaft and including a pivoting actuation handle, and an elongated actuation member extending through the shaped outer shaft from the proximal handle assembly to the end effector, whereby movement of the actuation handle causes corresponding movement of the cooperating jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Conmed Corporation
    Inventors: Earl M. Zergiebel, Dominick Mastri, Michael J. Augelli, Kurt Azarbarzin
  • Patent number: 10159329
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a new and improved hands-free mounting apparatus that has at least three rotational degrees of freedom. The apparatus includes a waist belt worn by a user and utilizes a cable and first and second cable housings. Tubular arm segments are positioned between the first and second cable housing assembly. A pivot lock arm allows the user to adjust the position of various components and lock those components and attached device in a fixed position. Other embodiments provide another two rotational degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Anthony J. Lang
  • Patent number: 10076357
    Abstract: A trocar sleeve has a hollow shaft having a distal end and a proximal end, the shaft having a rectilinear shaft axis, an external thread rising from an outer surface of the shaft, wherein a first external thread having a shape of a helix has a height, measured from the outer surface up to a vertex of the helix, the height of the helix, seen along the rectilinear shaft axis from distal to proximal increases, and wherein a pitch of the helix, seen along the rectilinear shaft axis from distal to proximal decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sebastian Wagner, Martin Oberlaender, Alexander Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10076359
    Abstract: Various adjustable cannula systems are provided. The systems can include an adjustable cannula capable of expansion and/or contraction having an elongate body with a distal end and a proximal end. The adjustable cannula can be coupled to an upper housing and a lower housing such that rotation of the upper housing results in expansion or contraction of the adjustable cannula. The adjustable cannula can also have a proximal end having a lumen larger than a distal end lumen. A plurality of flanges can be formed in the elongate body by a plurality of slits that span a majority of a length of the cannula, including along or proximate to its proximal end and distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: DOHENY EYE INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Ralph Kerns, Prashant Bhadri, Matthew McCormick, Anderson Gustavo Teixeira Pinto, Mark Humayun, Luis Arana
  • Patent number: 10058355
    Abstract: An orthopedic implant kit comprising a lockable poly-axial screw, a tissue dilatation sleeve, a screw driver, a screw extender, a rod, rod-reduction device, a set screw driver, a torque limiting device and a screw releasing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Morten Beyer
  • Patent number: 9993239
    Abstract: A surgical retractor system having a frame and a plurality of arms connected thereto is disclosed. At least one arm is moveable relative to the frame and the relative movement is constrained to a direction along the longitudinal axis of the arm. At least one retractor blade is removably connected to each of the plurality of arms. The blade is fixably rotatable about an axis normal to the longitudinal axis of the arm to which it is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Karpowicz, Andrew Iott
  • Patent number: 9936937
    Abstract: A surgical retractor device for retaining and/or moving internal organs during minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery is provided. The surgical retractor can be a single continuous structure that includes a shaft. The shaft can branch into a first elongate finger with a first distal end opposite the shaft and a second elongate finger with a second distal end opposite the shaft. The retractor can further include a resilient lattice structure disposed between the first elongate finger and the second elongate finger. The retractor can have an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration based on relative distance between the first distal end and the second distal end. When the retractor is in the collapsed configuration, spring force energy can be stored in the resilient lattice structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Bryce Edmondson, Quentin Allen, Michael McCain, John J. Pierce, Terri Bateman, Larry Howell
  • Patent number: 9907590
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for longitudinal closure of a dissected sternum are provided. The system includes first and second reinforcing members, fasteners, and closure members. Each reinforcing member is configured to be placed on an outer surface of a respective sternum portion, such that each reinforcing member is longitudinally disposed on an opposite side of a sternum opening with respect to the other reinforcing member. Fasteners may be placed in holes defined in the reinforcing members to secure a respective reinforcing member to a corresponding sternum portion. The closure members, which may be sternal closing wires, may then be wrapped around the sternum portions and the reinforcing members transversely to close the sternum opening. Because the reinforcing members include extended regions having lateral edges that extend away from a midline of the respective reinforcing member, the closure members are moved away from the edges of the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority
    Inventor: Jeko Metodiev Madjarov
  • Patent number: 9895236
    Abstract: A method of delivering a fusion cage to an intervertebral disc space bounded by adjacent vertebral endplates, comprising the step of delivering the fusion cage into the disc space without contacting its teeth to the vertebral endplates during delivery, wherein a sheath is interposed between a cage surface and the endplates to prevent contact therebetween during delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Voellmicke, Michael J. O'Neil, Derek Shaw, Alexander Grinberg
  • Patent number: 9872675
    Abstract: A physical retractor apparatus and method for retracting anatomy during surgery wherein the apparatus includes a handle rod, a body portion, a retractor blade and a mechanism which allows the retractor blade to be angularly adjusted, and secured, to one of any number of angular positions. The retractor blade may be first manually positioned to a gross angular position and thereafter fine tuned in angular position. The adjustment mechanism includes a pair of arms forced together to contract about a pivot pin to set an angular position and a threaded screw device which is rotatable to adjust further the angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: THOMPSON SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Steve Nowak, Christopher T. Martin
  • Patent number: 9857547
    Abstract: A self supporting apparatus (10) for trays (40) includes a groove plate (20), and a plurality of pivotally mounted trays (40) wherein each tray (40) is pivotally moveable relative to the groove plate (20) between a first position (46) and a second position (48). The groove plate (20) includes a plurality of flexible tabs (70) facing the plurality of trays (40). An edge (50) of each tray (40) includes a rounded surface (52) and a rib (56), wherein each one of the ribs (56) engages one of the flexible tabs (70) to hold the trays (40) in one of the first or second positions (46, 48). The rib (56) flexes the tab (70) as each tray (40) is pivoted between the first and second positions. The tab (70) and rib (56) maintain the trays (40) in the selected positions until the trays (40) are moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Bart Mattie Claessens, Dirk Kempeneers, Wouter Foulon, Vince Wellens
  • Patent number: 9743954
    Abstract: A tissue retractor comprising an outer ring, an inner ring, and a flexible, metal sheath extending therebetween is described. Embodiments of the outer ring comprise an outer ring rotatable around an annular axis thereof, thereby rolling the sheath therearound when retracting an incision or opening in a body wall. Embodiments of the sheath comprise a plurality of linked loops, a plurality of loops joined by a wire extending through adjacent loops, a braided wire, and a plurality of chains. Also described are kits comprising outer rings, inner rings, and sheaths, some or all of varying dimensions, which may be selected and assembled by the user for their intended use. Some or all of the kit components may be resterilized for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremey J. Albrecht, Eric Nguyen, Matthew M. Becerra, Gary M. Johnson, John R. Brustad, Ghassan Sakakine
  • Patent number: 9724357
    Abstract: Provided are methods for maintaining the viability of photoreceptor cells following retinal detachment. The viability of photoreceptor cells can be preserved by administering a hydrophilic bile acid (e.g., UDCA or TUDCA) to a mammal having an eye with a detached retina. Administration of the hydrophilic bile acid maintains the viability of the photoreceptor cells until such time that the retina becomes reattached to the underlying retinal pigment epithelium and choroid, thereby minimizing the loss of vision or visual acuity, which otherwise may occur as a result of the retinal detachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
    Inventors: Demetrios G. Vavvas, Joan W. Miller, Dimosthenis Mantopoulos
  • Patent number: 9675329
    Abstract: An articulating surgical instrument includes a case having a trigger handle, a sheath coupled to the case, a flexible bending section coupled to the sheath, an end effector removably attachable to the bending section, a set of cables that control position of the bending section, at least two motors coupled to the cables, and a user control module configured to control position of the bending section and the end effector. The instrument further includes a pushrod disposed within the sheath and within the bending section that is configured for axial motion relative to the sheath and the bending section and rotational motion within the sheath and the bending section. The pushrod is coupled to the trigger handle and removably coupled to the end effector, so that rotational motion of the pushrod effectuates rotation of the end effector and axial motion of the pushrod is controllable by the trigger handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Multi Scopic Instruments, LLC
    Inventor: Gerry Berkelaar
  • Patent number: 9668792
    Abstract: An assembly for surgically treating a chest-wall deformity may include an implantable stabilizer member, an implantable pectus bar and an implantable stopping member. The implantable stabilizer member may include first and second base parts and a channel defined by the first and second base parts. The stabilizer member may include first and second retaining bars extending between the first and second base parts and traversing the channel. The first and second base parts may be adapted to be secured to tissue of the chest wall. The implantable pectus bar may be receivable within the channel of the stabilizer member. The implantable stopping member may be adapted to be engaged with the pectus bar between the first and second retaining bars after the pectus bar is inserted into the channel to restrict movement of the pectus bar relative to the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet CMF and Thoracic, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn D. Roman, Derek S. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9668721
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus for positioning within a tissue tract accessing an underlying body cavity adapts to tissue tracts of different widths. The surgical instrument includes a proximal member, a distal member, and a sleeve extending between the proximal member and the distal member and defining a longitudinal passage therein. The proximal member includes an inflatable member that selectively adjusts the radial dimension of the proximal member. A ring member may be separately insertable by a user during a surgical procedure into the space directly adjacent to the radially-inner surface of the inflatable member, so as to selectively provide rigidity to the proximal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Robert C. Smith
  • Patent number: 9652590
    Abstract: A system and method to virtually simulate maintenance of a medical device located in a defined space by a user is provided. The system can include a main interactive touchscreen; and a central controller connected in communication with the touchscreen monitor. The central controller can execute a series of computer-readable program instructions to perform comparing a detection of contact by the user at the touchscreen relative to a graphic representation of a virtual view of the component of the medical device relative to one of a series of predefined tasks associated with a maintenance procedure of the medical device stored in a database, and generating a display illustrative of a completion of the maintenance procedure upon calculating a completion of each of the plurality of predefined tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Linda Kay Yeager
  • Patent number: 9623206
    Abstract: A catheter having a selectively variable degree of flexibility includes an elongate tubular outer member and an elongate tubular inner member disposed within the outer member. The catheter further includes a cavity disposed in between the outer and inner members. A tubular braid of filaments may be disposed within the cavity. The outer and inner members are movable relative to each other along intermediate portions thereof when in a first configuration, and are not movable relative to each other when in a second configuration. When the inner and outer members are in the first configuration, the tubular braid of filaments is movably disposed relative to at least one of the outer member and the inner member. When the inner and outer members are in the second configuration, the inner and outer members clamp the tubular braid of filaments in a fixed position relative to the inner and outer members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Jeffry S. Melsheimer
  • Patent number: 9603590
    Abstract: A single-arm stabilizer having suction capability includes a single, small leg through which suction can be applied. The leg has an upper surface and a lower surface that are spaced apart to define a chamber. The lower surface includes a plurality of openings that are disposed adjacent each other. A support arm is connected to the leg in order to position the leg as desired. A suction line is in fluid communication with the chamber in order to create a vacuum within the chamber. The stabilizer can be used to stabilize any desired portion of a patient's body, but is particularly effective at stabilizing the septum of a patient's heart. Such stabilization can be accomplished by inserting the leg into the patient's heart through the aorta.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: Robert E. Michler, Albert N. Santilli
  • Patent number: 9588316
    Abstract: A self supporting apparatus (10) for trays (40) includes a groove plate (20), and a plurality of pivotally mounted trays (40) wherein each tray (40) is pivotally moveable relative to the groove plate (20) between a first position (46) and a second position (48). The groove plate (20) includes a plurality of flexible tabs (70) facing the plurality of trays (40). An edge (50) of each tray (40) includes a rounded surface (52) and a rib (56), wherein each one of the ribs (56) engages one of the flexible tabs (70) to hold the trays (40) in one of the first or second positions (46, 48). The rib (56) flexes the tab (70) as each tray (40) is pivoted between the first and second positions. The tab (70) and rib (56) maintain the trays (40) in the selected positions until the trays (40) are moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Bart Mattie Claessens, Dirk Kempeneers, Wouter Foulon, Vince Wellens
  • Patent number: 9526623
    Abstract: An implant (300) for repair of a spinal inter-vertebral disc, constituted of a first section and a second section, each having: a support member section (110); a proximal support member secured to the proximal end of the support member section and arranged to extend proximally thereof, the proximal support member (170) arranged in a deployed configuration to distend in the direction of the first face (130) of the support member section (110); and a pair of one inter-annulus support members (170), each of the pair of inter-annulus support members optionally exhibiting a plurality of stacked layers, arranged so as to cooperating under ejection forces to act as a single layer, the support member section of the first section secured to the support member section of the second section such that the second face of the first section faces the second face of the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Hagay Drori, Hamid Sharim, Roey Shafrir, Gil Naor, Boaz Harari
  • Patent number: 9492072
    Abstract: A laparoscopic surgical device comprising an anchor element comprising a pair of jaws defining a mouth within which at least a portion of an organ or tissue may be grasped is described. The jaws are biased towards one another so as to normally adopt a closed configuration. The anchor element is coupled to a support member, the support member being moveable about the anchor element. The device is dimensioned to be operably passed fully through a trocar into the abdominal cavity wherein it may be manipulated by a surgeon or other operator to grasp the desired target organ or tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: NEOSURGICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Ronan Keating, Gerard Rabbitte, Barry Russell, Suzanne O'Rorke
  • Patent number: 9427222
    Abstract: A die-cuttable retractor/stabilizer comprising a top layer having an adhesive applied one side thereof and a backing layer which covers the adhesive and which is removable from the top. The retractor/stabilizer includes a dividing cut in the backing layer which extends the width of the backing layer to separate the backing layer into an upper panel and a lower panel. A first lower panel back cut in the backing layer lower panel extends from the bottom edge of the backing layer to a point proximate the dividing cut to divide the lower panel in to at least a lower panel positioning portion and a lower panel second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GSQUARED MEDICAL LLC
    Inventors: Thomas R. Galbierz, Michael A. Galbierz, Gregory A. Gapp
  • Patent number: 9408712
    Abstract: Deflectable implants, systems and methods for implanting deflectable implants are disclosed. The deflectable implant includes at least one sequence of segments, the sequence includes at least two segments, the segments being interconnected at effective hinges, the sequence assuming a straightened or low curvature insertion state for insertion into the body, the sequence being deflectable to a fully deflected state defined by abutment of abutment features of adjacent of the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: NLT-SPINE LTD.
    Inventors: Tzony Siegal, Oded Loebl, Didier Toubia
  • Patent number: 9402608
    Abstract: Organ manipulation devices for atraumatically grasping the surface of an organ and repositioning the organ to allow access to a location on the organ that would otherwise be substantially inaccessible. Methods of accessing a beating heart, retracting the heart using an organ manipulation apparatus, and stabilizing a surgical target area with a stabilizer. Both the organ manipulator and stabilizer are fixed to a stationary object which may be a sternal retractor. A system for performing beating heart coronary artery bypass grafting includes a sternal retractor, organ manipulator and stabilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC
    Inventors: Harry Leonard Green, II, Jon M. Tanaka, Edward A. Pineda, Dwight P. Morejohn, Liming Lau, John P. Lunsford, Robert Mosley, Joshua Wallin, Iris Leon Corbin
  • Patent number: 9386973
    Abstract: A system and method for performing surgical procedures within a body cavity, e.g. abdomen, uses a magnetized device is utilized to allow a surgeon to control intra-abdominal organs and objects. The system and method allows a surgeon to perform an intra-abdominal procedure without the need to position surgical tools inside of the body cavity. Additional surgical ports are not necessary as the magnetized device allows the surgeon to retract or position various objects within the abdomen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Attractive Surgical, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Deutch
  • Patent number: 9351718
    Abstract: A surgical access system including a tissue distraction assembly and a tissue retraction assembly, both of which may be equipped with one or more electrodes for use in detecting the existence of (and optionally the distance and/or direction to) neural structures before, during, and after the establishment of an operative corridor to a surgical target site. The tissue retraction assembly has a plurality of blades which may be introduced while in a closed configuration, after which point they may be opened to create an operation corridor to the surgical target site, including pivoting at least one blade to expand the operative corridor adjacent to the operative site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Arambula, Michael Di Lauro, Benjamin VerHage
  • Patent number: 9265491
    Abstract: Minimally-invasive portal systems and methods for performing lumbar decompression, instrumented fusion/stabilization, and the like. In some implementations, an access tube defining a depth may be disposed at least partially within the body of a patient. A cross-sectional area of the access tube may be adjusted in one or more dimensions. One or more retractor devices may be positioned at least substantially concentrically within the access tube and then secured to the access tube in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: U.S. Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Lins, Loren E. Lins, Harvey Simovitch
  • Patent number: 9198776
    Abstract: An osteotome suitable for cutting through cancellous bone that is holding an orthopaedic implant requiring revision within a cavity of a bone, includes a cylindrical waveguide connectable to a source of ultrasonic vibrations at its proximal end and a blade having a hollow part-cylindrical cross-section and a cutting edge at its distal tip. The respective longitudinal axes of the waveguide and the blade cross at an angle of about 30°, and the waveguide and blade taper and curve smoothly together where they meet. The osteotome is dimensioned such that a first antinode of the ultrasonic vibrations is located at a proximal end of the waveguide, a second antinode is located at the distal tip of the blade and a node is located where the waveguide and blade meet. The osteotome cuts readily through cancellous bone when ultrasonically energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: ORTHOSONICS LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael John Radley Young
  • Patent number: 9095363
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide devices, systems, and methods that reduce the distance between two locations in tissue, often for treatment of congestive heart failure. For example, an anchor of an implant system may, when the implant system is fully deployed, reside within the right ventricle in engagement with the ventricular septum. The anchor may be deployed into the heart through a working lumen of a minimally invasive access tool. The minimally invasive access tool may have a plurality of grippers near a distal end of the working lumen. The grippers may engage epicardial tissue of the heart and may be moved radially inwardly relative so as to provide stabilization of the epicardial tissue and/or hemostasis near an access site where the anchor is inserted through the epicardium. The minimally invasive access tool may minimize blood loss from the access site and improve anchor implant processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: BioVentrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Van Bladel, Lon Annest, John Stiggelbout, Rovil Arcia
  • Patent number: RE46134
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing percutaneous surgery in a patient are provided. A retractor includes a working channel formed by a first portion coupled to a second portion. The first and second portions are movable relative to one another from an unexpanded configuration to an expanded configuration to increase the size of the working channel along the length of the working channel while minimizing trauma to skin and tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Warsaw Othopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice M. Smith, Kevin T. Foley, Roy Lim, Thomas E. Roehm, Richard G. Fessler
  • Patent number: RE46148
    Abstract: Methods and devices for performing percutaneous surgery in a patient are provided. A retractor includes a working channel formed by a first portion coupled to a second portion. The first and second portions are movable relative to one another from an unexpanded configuration to an expanded configuration to increase the size of the working channel along the length of the working channel while minimizing trauma to skin and tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice M. Smith, Kevin T. Foley, Roy Lim, Thomas E. Roehm, Richard G Fessler