Body Inserted Urinary Or Colonic Incontinent Device Or Treatment (e.g., Artificial Sphincters, Etc.) Patents (Class 600/29)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9717582
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an adjustable pessary device are provided. The device can include an elastic ribbon or band, such as Nitinol, encapsulated in a soft or flexible structure, such as a rubber shell. In addition to providing a conforming, comfortable shape, the rubber layer can have additional structures to interface and fit with the anatomical structures within the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Benjamin Y. Arcand, Justin H. Huelman, Janet L. DeMarchi
  • Patent number: 9713517
    Abstract: A method of placing an implant indwelling in a living body is disclosed. The method can include forming an insertion hole in the living body, the insertion hole extending from a living body surface and passing an obturator foramen on one side and an obturator foramen on the other side, the insertion hole having its end portion on the one side opened in the living body surface and its end portion on the other side closed in relation to the living body surface; inserting a medical tube that permits the implant to be inserted into the medical tube, prior to insertion of the implant; inserting the implant into the medical tube inserted in the insertion hole; and pulling the medical tube out of the insertion hole so that the implant is placed indwelling in the living body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Nao Yokoi
  • Patent number: 9700489
    Abstract: A feeding tube assembly having an improved feeding tube body composed of a tube wall having an external tube surface and an internal tube surface, a proximal end, a distal end separated from the proximal end by a length, and a distal tip region. The internal tube surface defines a feeding passageway extending the proximal end to the distal tip region. The tube body has a first cross-sectional profile from the proximal end to the distal end and at least a second cross-sectional profile from the distal end to the distal tip region. In the first cross-sectional profile, the external tube surface defines an external circumference and the internal tube surface defines a generally non-circular internal perimeter dividing the tube wall into one thin-walled portions and thick-walled portions. In the second cross-section profile, the external tube surface defines an external circumference and the internal tube surface defines an internal circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Kenowski, Katherine L. Dziak, Donald J. McMichael, John A. Rotella
  • Patent number: 9693801
    Abstract: An implant and needle delivery system including a needle selectively releasable from a handle assembly is provided. The needle is selectively connectable with an elongate sling and the needle is selectively releasable from the handle assembly an implantation procedure to treat a pelvic disorder or condition, such as incontinence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: John J. Allen
  • Patent number: 9675285
    Abstract: In general, this disclosure describes techniques for placing a capsule for sensing one or more parameters of a patient. In particular, the techniques provide for anchoring of the capsule to a tissue at a specific site and releasing the capsule from the device using a single actuator. As an example, a delivery device may anchor the capsule to the tissue site during a first motion of the actuator and release the capsule from the delivery device during a second motion of the actuator. This allows a user to place the capsule by interacting with only a single actuator, thus making delivery of the capsule easier and more reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GIVEN IMAGING LTD.
    Inventor: Steven C. Christian
  • Patent number: 9662117
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a flow of fluid and/or other bodily matter in a lumen formed by a tissue wall of a patient's organ comprises an implantable constriction device for gently constricting (i.e. without substantially hampering the blood circulation in the tissue wall) at least one portion of the tissue wall to influence the flow in the lumen, and a stimulation device for stimulating the wall portion of the tissue wall. A control device controls the stimulation device to stimulate the wall portion, as the constriction device constricts the wall portion, to cause contraction of the wall portion constricted by the constriction device to further influence the flow in the lumen. The apparatus can be used for restricting or stopping the flow in the lumen, or for actively moving the fluid in the lumen, with a low risk of injuring the organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9655708
    Abstract: In a general aspect, a method of treating urinary incontinence can include slidably interfitting a first push tube into a first dilator tube disposed at an end of a sling assembly and slidably interfitting the first push tube onto an end of a shaft of a delivery device. The method can also include inserting the shaft transvaginally through a vaginal wall and removing the shaft to implant a portion of the sling assembly in periurethral tissue. The method can also include slidably interfitting a second push tube into a second dilator tube disposed at a second end of the sling assembly and slidably interfitting the second push tube onto the end of the shaft. The method can still further include inserting the shaft transvaginally through the vaginal wall and removing the shaft from the patient to implant a second portion of the sling assembly in periurethral tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 9642636
    Abstract: An expansion instrument includes an elongated vaginal-insertion member insertable into the vaginal lumen which is adjacent the urethral lumen with biological tissue interposed between the two, an elongated urethral-insertion member insertable into the urethral lumen, an interlock device interlocking the vaginal-insertion member and the urethral-insertion member to allow the insertion members to be brought closer together and brought farther apart, and a vaginal-side restriction that restricts the positional relationship, with respect to the biological tissue, of the vaginal-insertion member after being inserted into the vaginal lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeki Ariura, Masakatsu Kawaura
  • Patent number: 9603593
    Abstract: Disclosed is a needle handling device engageable to an introducer tool used for implantation of a penile prosthetic insert in a corpora cavernosum of a penis. The needle handling device includes an attachment section, a needle capturing section and an intermediate section. The attachment section is provided at a first end of the needle handling device and is releasably attached to the introducer tool. The needle capturing section is provided at a second end of the needle handling device and is configured to capture and extract a needle out of the introducer tool. The intermediate section connects the first and the second end of the needle handling device. A method of implanting a penile prosthetic insert in a corpora cavernosum of a penis using a needle handling device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Daniel Nygaard
  • Patent number: 9549802
    Abstract: A device is provided for applying pressure on a vaginal wall of a female subject, said device being configured for insertion into a vaginal cavity of said female subject. The device includes a first deformable element, a second deformable element and a transmission element. The first deformable element has a resting-state and at least one deformed state and is configured for undergoing deformation in response to an inner body pressure. When in the resting state, the first deformable element is configured to anchor the device inside the vaginal cavity. The second deformable element has a resting-state and at least one deformed state, and is configured for undergoing deformation to apply a second pressure on the vaginal wall, such second pressure being operable to narrow a urethral portion the female subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: GYNAMICS WOMEN'S HEALTH LTD.
    Inventors: Eyal Bercovich, Ronen Raveh
  • Patent number: 9510924
    Abstract: An apparatus (60) for use within a woman's urethra (9) for inhibiting urine outflow when her intra-abdominal pressure rises. The apparatus (60) includes a generally tubular device (50) having a proximal end and a distal end and defining a longitudinal axis. Device (50) comprises structure (5) that is constructed and arranged to define a longitudinal passageway (14) that extends entirely through the device (50) from the proximal end to the distal end. Structure (5) is further constructed and arranged to be altered via an increase in intra-abdominal pressure, from a first state in which the passageway (14) is open along its length and able to conduct urine to a second state in which the passageway (14a) is more restricted or is closed off, to inhibit the passage of urine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Floelle Inc.
    Inventors: Jerrold M. Shapiro, Cheri A. Grantham
  • Patent number: 9498195
    Abstract: An implant for use in a human or animal body can include a flexible housing with an outer wall and having a chamber therein. The implant can have at least one high vapor pressure medium within the chamber. The at least one high vapor pressure medium can have a combined vapor pressure equal to or greater than about the average value of the hydrostatic pressure of the implantation site plus the skin tension of the housing minus the gas tension of the dissolved gasses present at the implantation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest G. Schutt, Kevin G. Connors, John Gillespie, Jr., Peter Dayton
  • Patent number: 9439748
    Abstract: A pessary device having a top, a base, a length, a longitudinal axis, and a hollow interior. The pessary device has a hollow interior containing a protuberance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Evan Joseph Durling, Robert Clark Avery, Jr., Kevin Charles Strong, Hinrich Knuth, Daniel Raymond Wiegele
  • Patent number: 9439747
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a medical assembly and method to deliver and place a bodily implant inside a patient's body. The medical assembly includes an insertion tool such that a portion of the insertion tool defines a lumen. The medical assembly further includes a carrier configured to be coupled to the insertion tool and including a passageway. The medical assembly also includes a flexible elongate member configured to pass through the passageway of the carrier and the lumen. The elongate member is also configured to be coupled to the bodily implant such that a portion of the elongate member between the bodily implant and the carrier defines a length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Danna, Kristina Yim Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9402615
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an implant includes a support member configured to be placed within a body of a patient and provide support to a portion of the body of the patient, a tether coupled to an end portion of the support member; and an anchor configured to be disposed within a tissue of the body of the patient to help retain the implant in place within the body of the patient. The tether is coupled to the anchor such that the tether may move with respect to the anchor in a first direction but is retrained from moving in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Ostrovsky, Jozef Slanda, Jamie Li
  • Patent number: 9398984
    Abstract: An applicator for urinary incontinence devices has an insertion barrel, a deployment plunger, and an adjustable insertion depth indicator. The applicators are useful to correct for a consumer's body mass index to ensure that urinary incontinence devices are placed in the appropriate position to be effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: First Quality Hygienie, Inc.
    Inventors: Mari Hou, Raymond J. Hull, Jr., Paul B. Swick
  • Patent number: 9393090
    Abstract: A non-expandable pessary device, the pessary device having a top, a base, a sidewall that extends between the top and the base, a length measured from the top to the base, a longitudinal axis, a maximum diameter, and a minimum diameter that is less than the maximum diameter, the sidewall, top and base forming an enclosed outer periphery defining a total area of the device. The pessary device has radial symmetry about the longitudinal axis and has a pressure region adapted to extend between an anterior vaginal wall and a posterior vaginal wall of a user to provide pressure on the user's urethra through the anterior vaginal wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Nancy Karapasha
  • Patent number: 9307991
    Abstract: Described are methods and devices relating to anastomosis procedures, including those that reconnect the urethra and bladder after a radical prostatectomy, wherein the devices incorporate tissue approximating structure to maintain contact between tissues for healing the tissues together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: AMS Research, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent G. Copa, Kory P. Hamel
  • Patent number: 9283064
    Abstract: Described are implants, tools, and related methods, for use in pelvic surgery to treat conditions such as prolapse, including embodiments of methods that involve a tissue path above the arcus tendineus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Guillermo H. Davila, James E. Cox, Kimberly A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9277982
    Abstract: A disposable urinary incontinence device comprises a liquid-stable resilient member, and a cover sheet that envelops the liquid-stable resilient member to form an elongated member having a tubular profile. The elongated member has a first end, a second end, a first fold region disposed between the first end and the second end, a second fold region disposed between the first end and the first fold region, a third fold region disposed between the second end and the first fold region, a first portion located between the first end and the second fold region, a second portion located between the second end and the third fold region, a third portion located between the first fold region and a second fold region, and a fourth portion located between the first fold region and the third fold region to form a W-shaped incontinence device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: MaryAnn Zunker, Sarah Anne Lemke, Particia Ann Samolinski, Sarah Anne Olson
  • Patent number: 9248035
    Abstract: A flared vaginal stent having a body portion and an outwardly flared head portion as well as a method of use thereof is presented. The head portion is comprised of an outwardly flared tip, optionally containing a groove to accommodate the cervix, to flatten out the proximal vagina. Anterior surface of the head portion is flat while opposing posterior surface of the head portion is curved. The stent mimics the shape of the human vagina and displays the front and back surfaces of the vagina to facilitate placement and attachment of a graft to the full length of the anterior and posterior walls of the vagina. The flat surface allows suture placement for on the full length of the vagina for attachment of the graft anteriorly. The curved posterior surface highlights the posterior surface of the vagina to aid suture placement on the posterior (underside) of the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, Casella & Nemcik Enterprises, Inc., Florida Health Science Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Lennox Hoyte, Michael J. Casella, Sr., Karen Bradford
  • Patent number: 9186234
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward an apparatus for promoting urorectal organ emptying and related method. The apparatus has a funnel that circumscribes a woman's urethral opening and directs urine to pass therethrough and generally away from the woman. A lift portion is attached to the funnel, and is sized to be insertable into the woman's vaginal cavity and displace a prolapsed organ. In the case of prolapsed urinary bladder, the lift portion is shaped to engage the woman's anterior vaginal wall and displace a prolapsed urinary bladder and promote urinal emptying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Terell Reglin