Body Inserted Urinary Or Colonic Incontinent Device Or Treatment (e.g., Artificial Sphincters, Etc.) Patents (Class 600/29)
  • Patent number: 11278404
    Abstract: An artificial valve for implantation in a mammal body, in or adjacent to a mammal blood vessel, the artificial valve comprising a casing and a closing mechanism, with at least part of said closing mechanism being a first moving part adapted to make movements relative to said casing. The movements are movements to assume a fully open and a fully closed position for opening and closing, respectively, the blood flow through said blood vessel, as well as at least one position in between said fully open and fully closed positions. The first moving part is adapted to receive energy for at least one of its movements at least in part from an energy device which is also comprised in the artificial valve and arranged to be placed external to said blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 11207164
    Abstract: A cuff for use an as artificial sphincter includes an inflatable chamber and a backing. The inflatable chamber includes opposing inside and outside surfaces and inflated and deflated states. The backing is adjacent the outside surface of the chamber. The inside surface of the chamber includes two or more grooves that define the location of fold lines of the inflatable chamber when the inflatable chamber is in the inflated state. The inflatable chamber and backing are configured to surround a duct of a patient with the inside surface of the chamber facing the duct and the grooves extending substantially parallel to the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Buddy L. Snow
  • Patent number: 11197677
    Abstract: A method for occluding a blood vessel has steps for encasing a semi-rigid, circular plastic ring, open at one point, in silicon material, forming a bladder along an inside diameter of the silicon material, placing a mixture of sodium and potassium salts and polyacrylamide granules in the bladder, closing and sealing the bladder, forming a pair of opposed stirrups on an outside diameter of the silicon material, spreading the encased plastic ring by the stirrups accomplishing an opening through the ring of an extent enabling the ring to be placed over a blood vessel, placing the encased plastic ring over the blood vessel, releasing the stirrup, allowing the ring and bladder to close around the blood vessel, such that the bladder, constrained by the ring from expanding outward, absorbing moisture by osmosis over time, expands inward, and over a time t fully occludes the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Richard A Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 11129700
    Abstract: A medical device for shutting off an anatomical channel is provided, including: a band section that can be placed around the body tissue surrounding the body channel and can be closed to form a ring enclosing a passage opening for the body tissue, and that includes a cavity which makes up one part of a receiving chamber of the arrangement, for receiving working fluid; and a pump unit for conveying the working fluid. The passage opening can be made smaller by introducing the working fluid into the cavity. An expansion body is provided having an expansion chamber, and the expansion body is arranged on the band section, on a side of the band section that faces the passage opening, and the expansion chamber can be made bigger by introducing an auxiliary fluid, which is separate from the working fluid, into the expansion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: A.M.I. Agency for Medical Innovations GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Hohlrieder, Marc Jablonowski
  • Patent number: 11110209
    Abstract: A novel intraluminal therapy system for providing a quick and effective way to treat gastrointestinal infections. The invention includes a brand new system of treating Helicobacter pylori infections and an agent dispenser for an endoscope apparatus, comprising a pump, a catheter connected to the pump and a nozzle connected to the catheter. The devices are used along with a complex of antibiotic and/or antimicrobial agents to eradicate Helicobacter pylori while performing an endoscopic procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: MACKAY MEDICAL FOUNDATION THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN TAIWAN MACKAY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
    Inventor: Tai-Cherng Liou
  • Patent number: 11109952
    Abstract: A vaginal device and method of preventing urinary incontinence is disclosed. The device includes a longitudinal portion having a geometrical centre line, a first end and a second end, the first end being the innermost of the vaginal device during use, at least one supporting portion protruding from the longitudinal portion at the first end, the at least one supporting portion being configured to support against the urethra, through the vaginal wall, at a site located adjacent the maximal urethral pressure point, and a reference member protruding from the longitudinal portion at the second end, wherein the reference member during use is fixated against the vaginal introitus, holding the vaginal device securely fixated inside of the vagina and ensuring the at least one supporting portion is arranged at the intended site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Invent Medic Sweden AB
    Inventors: Ulrika Andersson, Elisabeth Sthengel, Karin Bryder, Line Irene Andersen
  • Patent number: 11065426
    Abstract: Intravesical devices are provided that are wholly deployable within the bladder of a patient in need of treatment and are well tolerated by the patient. The device may include an elastic body having a retention shape having (i) dimensions that provide intravesical mobility and that prevent voiding of the medical device through the urethra, and (ii) dimensions, buoyancy, or both, that exclude the medical device from entering the orifices of the ureters. The elastic body may exert a maximum acting force less than 1N when compressed to a shape with a maximum dimension in any dimension of 3 cm. The device may include a drug for controlled release within the bladder, for treatment of the bladder or a regional tissue. Methods of treatment are also provided that include selecting a patient in need of treatment in the bladder where tolerability of the treatment is a primary concern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TARIS Biomedical LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Cima, Heejin Lee
  • Patent number: 10993800
    Abstract: Described are implants for placing in a body, tools for delivering the implants, and systems and methods for using implants and tools for placing in a body and more particularly to nasal implants, tools for delivering nasal implants, and systems and methods for using such implants and tools. A tool may include a hand-held implant delivery device that holds, moves, orients, inserts, or shapes an implant. An implant may be a biodegradable, longitudinal implant that may be oriented for implantation by an implant delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Spirox, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Baron, Michael H. Rosenthal, Brian Domecus, Piyush Arora, Michael Stephan Mirizzi, Rohit Kulbhushan Girotra
  • Patent number: 10952726
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a power pack, an outer shell housing configured to selectively encase the power pack, and an adapter assembly configured to selectively couple the outer shell housing to a loading unit. The outer shell housing includes a motor and a drive shaft coupled to and rotatable by the motor. The outer shell housing includes a drive member supported in a distal portion thereof. The drive member is configured to selectively couple to the drive shaft. The adapter assembly has a drive member supported in its proximal end. The drive member of the adapter assembly is configured to selectively couple to the drive member of the outer shell housing such that rotation of the drive shaft actuates movement of the drive member of the adapter assembly via the drive member of the outer shell housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Matthew Chowaniec
  • Patent number: 10925705
    Abstract: An intravaginal pessary device in an applicator is provided. The device has a top and a bottom, and a sidewall that extends between the top and the bottom. The sidewall, top and bottom form an outer periphery defining a total area of the device. The pessary device has a maximum diameter that is less than about 25 mm. The pessary device and applicator exhibit a maximum expulsion force that is below 1500 grams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Alexzandra Joan Ramachandran, Robert Clark Avery, Jr., Nancy Karapasha
  • Patent number: 10918454
    Abstract: A gastrointestinal-tract constricting method comprises: while observing the gastrointestinal tract with an endoscope inserted into the gastrointestinal tract, placing a protection substance, which does not damage tissue, in at least one of a region between the mucosal layer and muscular layer of the gastrointestinal tract and a region in a mucosal surface of the mucosal layer so as to form a protection region that protects the mucosa basal layer from a medical substance that damages the tissue; and, after forming the protection region, supplying the medical substance to a mucosal surface in a target region, which is at a position different from the protection region in a circumferential direction of the gastrointestinal tract, or to a position between the mucosal layer and the muscular layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Okumura, Shunsuke Motosugi, Hiroyuki Morishita
  • Patent number: 10912635
    Abstract: Surgical instruments for pelvic repair can include straight portions and helical portions. Surgical methods for treating prolapse and other pelvic disorders can include passing a distal end region of the surgical instruments through pelvic tissue, associating an implant with the surgical instruments, and securing the implant in place to stabilize the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Astora Women's Health, LLC
    Inventor: Georges Mellier
  • Patent number: 10898699
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a vaginal stent system including: an inflatable vaginal stent and a removable handle. The inflatable vaginal stent include includes: an elastomeric exterior wall and a first fitting located at a base of the inflatable vaginal stent. The removable handle is adapted and configured for insertion, inflation, and removal of the inflatable vaginal stent from a subject's vagina. The removable handle includes a second fitting complementary to the first fitting and adapted and configure to form substantially fluid tight coupling when the handle is coupled to the inflatable vaginal stent. Another aspect of the invention provides a method of fabricating a customized vaginal stent or dilator. The method includes: generating a 3D model of a vaginal stent or dilator; and controlling a 3D printer to fabricate a vaginal stent or dilator according to the 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Baylor College of Medicine
    Inventors: Julie Hakim, Jennifer Elizabeth Dietrich, Peter Alexander Smith, Cara Buskmiller
  • Patent number: 10888643
    Abstract: An implantable interbody negative pressure device that permits reduced or negative pressure therapies to be applied to a portion of a patient's body. More specifically, the implantable interbody negative pressure device comprises a body portion having a plurality of openings in fluid communication with both an internal passageway and a vacuum source, and that serves as a manifold and permits reduced or negative pressure therapy to be applied to a surgical site, such as a wound or damaged bone. The application of the reduced or negative pressure to the body improves circulation and the disposal of cellular waste, and promotes bone growth and healing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Zink, Zeshan Hyder, Frank Kuwamura, III, Nicholas Cordaro
  • Patent number: 10874784
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling pressure of a medical gas during treatment of a patient includes is a balloon (1) that through a catheter (2) is introducable into an arterial system of the patient, and a damping bag (20), of greater volume than that of the balloon (1), adapted to be loaded with medical gas at a compliance pressure (Pc) and placed in direct fluid communication with the balloon (1). The damping bag (20) is kept in direct fluid communication with the balloon (1) for the entire duration of the treatment of the patient. The apparatus further includes fine adjusting means (30) for acting on the damping container in such a way that the compliance pressure (Pc) is maintained between the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure of the patient when the balloon is introduced into the arterial system of the patient and during the treatment of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Sebastiano Zannoli
  • Patent number: 10813787
    Abstract: An ostomy management device (100) including an ostomy port (102) insertable inside a stoma (202) on a patient's abdomen. The ostomy port (102) includes an outer flange (204) placed at periphery of the stoma (202). The outer flange (204) includes a collapsible chamber (210) to collect instilling fluid in a non-operating state of the outer flange (204). A fixation element (208) to anchor the ostomy management device (100) inside an intestine (214). The fixation element (208) is to expand after displacement of the instilling fluid contained in the outer flange (204) to the fixation element (208). An intermediate channel (206) to transport body waste to the stoma (202). A stoma plug (106), attached to the outer flange (204), to cover an opening in the outer flange (204) to stop the body waste from flowing out from the stoma (202) during an operating state of the outer flange (204).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Deevish Dinakara, Neeraj Kumar, Pranav Chopra, Sohail Gupta, Balram Bhargava, Anil Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10806522
    Abstract: A colpotomy system includes a surgical instrument having a cutting element and a receiver at a distal end thereof and a uterine instrument. The uterine instrument has a handle operably coupled to a shaft having a balloon at a distal end thereof, the shaft extending through a retaining member to access a surgical site, the retaining member including a plurality of transmitters for transmitting at least one signal. A distance between the cutting element of the surgical instrument and one end of the retaining member of the uterine instrument is calculated to determine whether the cutting element is within a predetermined operating zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stanislaw Marczyk, Anthony Calderoni
  • Patent number: 10695089
    Abstract: This disclosure provides tools and implant techniques utilizing such tools to gain access to and implant a medical device, such as a medical electrical lead, within extravascular spaces. In one example, this disclosure provides a tool for creating a sub-sternal tunnel in a patient. The tool comprises a relatively straight guide member extending from a first end thereof to a second end thereof, a tunneling member extending from a first end thereof to a tip thereof, the tunneling member extending alongside and coplanar with the guide member, the first end of the tunneling member and the first end of the guide member being joined together, and a handle coupled to the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrzej M. Malewicz, Ronald A. Drake, Keith D. Anderson, Roger A. Christopherson, Andrea J. Asleson, Trent M. Fischer, Lester O. Stener
  • Patent number: 10687720
    Abstract: A powered or automatic air management system for measuring pressure from an air pressure catheter located within a patient. Powered pumps are included in a remote pump assembly to automatically adjust the air volume to a desired level. A pressure transducer assembly is located at the bed of the patient and is connected to an air catheter, and a separate pump assembly is fixed to an IV pole away from the patient and connected to a pressure monitor to display the pressure readings. By locating the pressure transducer to a location relatively close to the connection point of the catheter, more accurate pressure readings can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: IRRAS USA, INC.
    Inventors: Donald E. Bobo, Sr., David Robbins Asbury
  • Patent number: 10595935
    Abstract: Described embodiments include a method that includes inserting an ablation catheter into a Eustachian tube of a subject, and, using the ablation catheter, while the subject is awake, passing an ablating signal, which is audible to the subject, through epithelial cells that line the Eustachian tube, while controlling an amplitude of the ablating signal responsively to a loudness of the ablating signal as perceived by the subject. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Vadim Gliner, Yaron Ephrath, Andres Claudio Altmann
  • Patent number: 10548702
    Abstract: The invention, in various embodiments, is directed to systems, devices, and methods relating to pre-pubic approaches to delivering a supportive sling to periurethral tissue of a patient. In some embodiments, a system includes a sling assembly having a sling and a sleeve, a guide tube coupled to an end portion of the sleeve, and a delivery device having a shaft, where the shaft can slidably interfit into a lumen of the guide tube such that the distal-most tip of the shaft extends out of the lumen of the guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian MacLean, James Goddard, Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 10549099
    Abstract: A technology is described for an electronic peripheral nerve stimulation system. The electronic nerve stimulation system can include a stimulation device and an electrode array. The stimulation device can be operable to generate a high-frequency alternating current. The electrode array can be operable to apply the high-frequency alternating current received from the stimulation device to selected subpopulations of peripheral nerve fibers within a peripheral nerve to block transmission of neural signals along the selected subpopulations of peripheral nerve fibers within the peripheral nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: David Kluger, Christopher Duncan, David Page, Gregory Clark, Tyler Davis, Suzanne Wendelken
  • Patent number: 10485644
    Abstract: A urethral plug inserter for insertion a urethral plug into a urethra of a male subject. The device including: a proximal insertion end; a distal gripping end; a central portion disposed between the proximal insertion end and the distal gripping end; and a central channel comprising a floor and axially extending from the proximal insertion end to the distal gripping end and configured to accept a lanyard section of the urethral plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LIFE360 INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Robert Mitchell Orr, Thom Bellaire, Nigel Halsted, Ernie Janzen, Nicole Ranger
  • Patent number: 10441405
    Abstract: An orthotopic artificial bladder endoprosthesis includes a casing made of a PGA fiber fabric; the casing having two first connectors for the connection with the ureters of a patient and a further connector for the connection with the urethra of a patient; an inflatable element inserted in the casing; the inflatable element being switchable between an inflated configuration, in which it supports and maintains in position the casing, and a deflated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Antonio Sambusseti, Gianni Cancarini
  • Patent number: 10441400
    Abstract: Systems for providing support to body tissue to alleviate incontinence are disclosed that comprise an elongated incontinence sling having a central support portion adapted to be positioned to support any one of the urethra or anus and first and second sling end portions extending from the central support portion through body tissue and a tension adjustment mechanism acting on or within one or both of the sling end portions. The sling tension adjustment mechanism comprises one or more of a sling tensioning suture or band, a tensioning device coupled to a suture or band free end, a tissue anchor coupled to one or more of a suture free end and a sling end, a mesh fold, a suture tube, and a sling sheath in various combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Ogdahl, Jessica L. Roll, Robert E. Lund, Kelly Ann Chapman, Jose W. Jimenez, Amanda J. Heys
  • Patent number: 10420582
    Abstract: A puncture apparatus is disclosed, which can include an insertion portion that is insertable into a living body, the insertion portion including an urethral insertion portion and a vaginal insertion portion, the urethral insertion portion and the vaginal insertion portion each having at least two sensors; a puncture needle that punctures living body tissues near the insertion portion in a state in which the insertion portion is inserted into the living body, the puncture needle having at least one sensor on a distal portion of the puncture needle; and a monitor configured to receive information relating to a positional relationship between a distal portion of the puncture needle and the insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Nao Mandai, Nobuo Takahashi, Thomas J. Fogarty, David Willis, Thomas Howell, Peter Carlotto, Shuji Uemura
  • Patent number: 10405959
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating urinary incontinence, comprising a node; a support section adapted for providing urethral support attached to the node; and, an anchoring section adapted for resisting movement of the apparatus attached to the node; wherein the node is no longer than 30% of the entire length of the apparatus comprising the node, support section and the anchoring section together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Elan Ziv
  • Patent number: 10376399
    Abstract: An implantable device to treat obesity and a method of using the same, the device (31) is able to create a repetitive mechanical constraint on a gastrointestinal organ wall and includes: an energy source (36), and a mechanical stimulation element (35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: INSTITUT HOSPITALO-UNIVERSITAIRE DE CHIRURGIE MINI-INVASIVE GUIDEE PAR L'IMAGE
    Inventors: Michele Diana, Peter Halvax, Fernand Martel, Bruno Mutet, Lee Swanstrom
  • Patent number: 10328213
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for treating tissue with apparatus that includes an priming portion for initiating a healing response in the tissue to be treated, and which delivers a bioactive agent during or after preparing tissue adjacent the apparatus, as by generating or aiding a healing, regeneration or repair response in the tissue. The priming portion may comprise an abrasive surface, fluid ejection ports, and/or stimulation by electrical, thermal, or light energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Muffin Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard B. Sisken, Ryan Pruchnic, Frank J. Fischer, Jr., Steven Charlebois
  • Patent number: 10307597
    Abstract: There is provided a method for controlling a flow of urine in the urinary passageway of a patient's urethra, ureter, renal pelvis or bladder. The method comprises gently constricting (i.e., without substantially hampering the blood circulation in the urinary tissue wall) at least one portion of the urinary tissue wall to influence the flow in the urinary passageway, and stimulating the constricted wall portion to cause contraction of the wall portion to further influence the flow in the urinary passageway. The method can be used for restricting or stopping the flow in the urinary passageway of a urinary incontinent patient, or for actively moving the urine in the urinary passageway, with a low risk of injuring the urethra, ureter, renal pelvis or bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10271936
    Abstract: Described are pelvic implants (e.g., urinary incontinence sling, hammock, etc.) and method of implanting a pelvic implant that provide treatment for pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence, stress urinary incontinence, prolapse (e.g., cystocele, enterocele, rectocele, vault prolapse), fecal incontinence, and the like, wherein the implant and methods involve various features, such as the ability to adjust dimensions of an implant before, during, or after implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Ann Chapman, Richard C. Kaleta, Chaouki A. Khamis, Karen Pilney Montpetit, Jason W. Ogdahl, Jeffrey M. O'Hern, John F. Otte, Jessica L. Roll, Steven J. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 10251737
    Abstract: A fabricated component for providing desired structural support has plural strands of material extending between opposing gathering points, and free ends extending from the gathering points. The component is preferably fabricated from a single strand of material using an appropriate folding procedure which includes the formation of plural loops of the strand, one upon the other, and development of the gathering points in opposing regions of the looped strand by passing opposing ends of the strand around the loops of the strand, and then through the resulting throws, or using a separate knotting arrangement. The fabricated component can be used in medical procedures, such as the support of subcutaneous tissue, muscle and organs, and other non-medical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Alpha Scientific Corporation
    Inventor: Marshall S. Levine
  • Patent number: 10219884
    Abstract: A urinary incontinence device includes a working portion having an insertion equivalent diameter ranging from about 10 to about 25 mm and a use equivalent diameter ranging from about 25 to about 35 mm under an expansion pressure of about 20 to about 150 cm H2O.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: First Quality Hygienic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Bartning, Kevin F. Gironda, Mari Hou, Thomas P. Luchino, Kirsten Freislinger Luehrs, Pramod Mavinkurve, Leonard Rosenfeld, Raymond J. Hull, Jr., David J. Chase
  • Patent number: 10154845
    Abstract: An anvil assembly delivery system includes an anvil assembly having a center rod and an anvil head assembly pivotally secured to the center rod a flexible tube having a first end configured for oral insertion into a patient and a second end engaged with the anvil assembly, and a retrieval suture connected to the head assembly positioned to extend from the anvil assembly in a direction opposite to the flexible tube. The anvil assembly delivery system also includes a spacer suture tube positioned adjacent the anvil head assembly and defining a suture channel, which is supported on the retrieval suture and is dimensioned to prevent the retrieval suture from becoming trapped in the staple line of a stapling device. In an embodiment, the spacer is a suture tube defining a suture channel which receives the retrieval suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 10136981
    Abstract: A tissue anchor system includes a support, a suture inserted through the support, an anchor having a fin forming an eyelet, where the suture is engaged with the eyelet of the fin. An introducer is provided having a cannula defining a bore sized to receive the anchor and a slot formed in a wall of the cannula, with the slot sized to receive the fin of the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Neal Poucher, Sarah J. Deitch, Allen Gaynor
  • Patent number: 10080676
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosure, a treatment method may include treating a wall of a portion of a gastrointestinal tract of a patient. Treating the wall may include positioning one or more injection units adjacent to the wall. Treating the wall may also include affecting at least one of movement of gastrointestinal tract contents through the gastrointestinal tract and absorption of gastrointestinal tract contents by the gastrointestinal tract, by injecting material into the wall using the one or more injection units. Injecting the material may include injecting the material between layers forming at least a portion of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeri'Ann Hiller, Sandra Nagale, John W. Sheets, Jr., Mark W. Boden
  • Patent number: 10042270
    Abstract: A reflective sample, such as a mask, is imaged in an optics system. A radiation source emits a light beam with relatively low coherence. A first focusing element focuses the beam before a mirror reflects the focused beam towards the sample at an incidence angle of between 2 and 25° A pinhole aperture plate upstream of the sample has a first aperture to focus and cut-off the beam diameter to form a more monochromatic beam. The sample is displaced by a mechanism in a direction perpendicular to the normal vector of the sample surface while it reflects the light beam. The reflected beam passes a second aperture in the pinhole aperture plate next to the first aperture on its way to a pixel detector. The second aperture limits the diameter of the reflected beam, thereby adjusting the diameter of the light beam before it reaches the pixel detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Paul Scherrer Institut
    Inventors: Yasin Ekinci, Sangsul Lee
  • Patent number: 9980746
    Abstract: A medical assembly and method for the delivery of an implant inside a patient's body. The medical assembly includes an implant, a tubular member, and a delivery device. The tubular member includes a proximal portion defining a first locking feature. The delivery device includes a needle having a proximal portion and a handle having a proximal portion and a distal portion coupled to the proximal portion of the needle. The distal portion of the handle also includes a locking member that defines an opening, the opening being configured to allow at least a portion of the tubular member to pass through the locking member when the locking member is in an unlocked configuration and the locking member configured to engage the first locking feature of the tubular member to prevent the tubular member from being removed from the locking member when the locking member is in a locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Pereira, Sharmad S. Joshi
  • Patent number: 9955957
    Abstract: A tissue displacing and fastening device is provided for manipulating and fastening tissue together. The device includes a tissue displacing elements, which displaces tissue. A fold is formed from the displaced tissue and the tissue is fastened together to secure the fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: EndoGastric Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Romley
  • Patent number: 9956286
    Abstract: Various embodiments of bulking or cushioning agents or material and related medical devices and methods are disclosed. For example, a method of performing a medical procedure in a tract of a body may include injecting a material in a liquid phase proximate a target site between a first tissue layer and a second tissue layer, allowing the material to transition from the liquid phase to the gel phase in response to a raise in temperature of the material to approximately at or above the predetermined temperature, and performing a surgical procedure on the target site. The material may have the liquid phase at temperatures below a predetermined temperature and a gel phase at temperatures approximately at or above the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Scopton, Samuel Zhong, Yem Chin
  • Patent number: 9931439
    Abstract: Described are medical graft materials and devices which can be usefully modified with liquid additives such as cell suspensions, bioactive agents, or combinations of these. The medical graft materials and devices can have a first outer surface and a second outer surface and can define an internal chamber between the first outer surface and the second outer surface. The medical graft materials and devices can also have at least one region of the graft material interrupting the chamber and surrounded by the chamber. Also described are methods for making and using these medical graft materials and devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignees: Cook Biotech Incorporated, Muffin Incorporated
    Inventors: Neal E. Fearnot, Michael C. Hiles, Jeremy Metz, F. Joseph Obermiller, Andrew J. Kaucher, Steven Charlebois
  • Patent number: 9918819
    Abstract: Various embodiments of sling or implant systems are provided. The sling or implant systems can be employed to treat incontinence, prolapse, and like conditions. A needle delivery device can be included, wherein the delivery device includes a needle and a rotatable sheath. The rotatable sheath can rotate upon actuation relative to the needle to selectively deploy or disengage an implant anchor from the distal end of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian G Fischer
  • Patent number: 9877834
    Abstract: A medical implant system for implantation in a patient to treat erectile dysfunction includes a first fluid path, an inflatable penile prosthesis cylinder, an electric pump, and implant controller, and an implantable power supply. The inflatable penile prosthesis cylinder is in fluid communication with the first fluid path and is configured for implantation in a corpus cavernosum of a patient. The electric pump is in fluid communication with the first fluid path. The implant controller is electrically coupled to the pump and is configured to activate the pump to drive a flow of fluid through the first fluid path and into the cylinder. The implantable power supply provides electrical power to the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Shay Moshe Vaingast, Charles C. Kuyava
  • Patent number: 9867619
    Abstract: An anvil assembly delivery system includes an anvil assembly having a center rod and an anvil head assembly pivotally secured to the center rod a flexible tube having a first end configured for oral insertion into a patient and a second end engaged with the anvil assembly, and a retrieval suture connected to the head assembly positioned to extend from the anvil assembly in a direction opposite to the flexible tube. The anvil assembly delivery system also includes a spacer suture tube positioned adjacent the anvil head assembly and defining a suture channel, which is supported on the retrieval suture and is dimensioned to prevent the retrieval suture from becoming trapped in the staple line of a stapling device. In an embodiment, the spacer is a suture tube defining a suture channel which receives the retrieval suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 9848970
    Abstract: Embodiments of elongate pelvic implants and methods for treating pelvic conditions, such as incontinence, are provided. The implants can include a tissue support portion, one or more extension portions and one or more anchors. The implant is constructed as a unitary sling implant. The implant can be constructed or formed in a generally elongate shape to provide a lattice support structure of repeated cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Mujwid, Jessica L. Roll, Karl A. Jagger, Robert C. Grant
  • Patent number: 9833234
    Abstract: A tissue fixation device includes an elongated body extending between a distal portion including a barbed loop, and a proximal portion including a blunt tip. The elongated body, proximal portion, and distal portion are provided in a variety of configurations depending upon the performance requirements desired of the tissue fixation device for the envisaged application of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Daniel Broom, Joshua Stopek, Timothy Sargeant, Nicholas Maiorino, Arpan Desai, Saumya Banerjee, Timothy Flavin
  • Patent number: 9820836
    Abstract: An intra-vaginal device for controlling urinary incontinence, designed to be placed longitudinally in the vagina, includes: a. a deformable distal portion, placed in the subvesical region of the vagina, characterized by a deformable state and an un-deformable state; b. a deformable proximal portion placed in the sub-urethral portion of the vagina, characterized by a deformable state and an un-deformable state; c. a deformation controlling mechanism interconnecting said distal portion and said proximal portion, adapted to reversibly transform said distal portion and said proximal portion form said deformable state to said un-deformable state; and from said un-deformable state to said deformable state; wherein upon predetermined amount of intra-vaginal pressure applied on said proximal pressure, said deformation controlling mechanism is adapted to transform proximal portion from said un-deformable state to said deformable state such that pressure is applied on said urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GYNAMICS WOMEN'S HEALTH LTD.
    Inventors: Eyal Bercovich, Ronen Raveh
  • Patent number: 9814555
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the invention discloses a medical device configured to be delivered and placed within a patient's body. The medical device includes an implant and a cover member. The implant is configured to be disposed within the patient's body. The implant includes a support member, a first arm member and a second arm member, an elongated first sleeve, and an elongated second sleeve. The support member includes a crescent shaped opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra Nagale, Mark W. Boden, John Wesley Sheets, Jr., James M. Goddard
  • Patent number: 9814630
    Abstract: Generally, a vaginal insert device used to treat urinary incontinence is disclosed. The vaginal insert device includes a support portion, a stabilizing portion, a removal device, and at least one fluid passageway extending though the support portion. The substantially cylindrical support portion has a distal end and a proximal end. In addition, the support portion has a plurality of foldable areas extending from the distal end to the proximal end. Desirably, the plurality of foldable areas helically curve as the plurality of foldable areas extend from the distal end to the proximal end. The largest outer circumference of the support portion has an insertion diameter when the plurality of foldable areas are compressed and foldable inward and an in-use diameter wherein the plurality of foldable areas are extended outward into a maximum in-use diameter position. Desirably, the in-use diameter is larger than the insertion diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly Louise Ellefson, Jason Robert Boon, Garry Roland Woltman, MaryAnn Zunker, Patricia Ann Samolinski, Walter George Bauer, Vivian Kate Barad, Nicole Sarah Kahn, Gina Lynn Romero, Elger Oberwelz, James Rolfe Yurchenco, Jonah Lawrence Houston, Tiffany Heather Card, Martin Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 9737388
    Abstract: Described are various embodiments of surgical procedures, systems, implants, devices, tools, and methods, useful for treating pelvic conditions in a male or female, the pelvic conditions including incontinence (various forms such as fecal incontinence, stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence, etc.), vaginal prolapse (including various forms such as enterocele, cystocele, rectocele, apical or vault prolapse, uterine descent, etc.), and other conditions caused by muscle and ligament weakness, the devices and tools including devices and tools for anchoring an implant to supportive tissue and adjusting the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Chaouki A. Khamis, Jessica L. Roll, Shiva P. Moosai