Implanted Patents (Class 600/30)
  • Patent number: 10363414
    Abstract: A device for assisting a patient suffering from a condition that inhibits the patient from achieving spontaneous and controlled micturition includes a controller, a stimulation power supply, a sensor providing sensor feedback indicative of a level of fullness of a bladder of the patient and a plurality of electrodes. The electrodes are disposed on an epidermis of the patient and are arranged to supply transcutaneous electrical impulses that cause contraction of the bladder and relaxation of a urinary sphincter of the patient when supplied power by the stimulation power supply. The controller causes the stimulation power supply to supply power to the plurality of electrodes in response to a determination being made that the level of fullness of the bladder has exceeded a threshold level, thereby causing the plurality of electrodes to supply the transcutaneous electrical impulses in order to trigger micturition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Feinstein Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Peter A. Feinstein
  • Patent number: 10285793
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, surgical scaffolds for soft tissue repair are provided. The surgical scaffolds comprise a sheet of a material within which through-holes are formed. Further aspects of the invention, among others, pertain to methods of using such surgical scaffolds and to kits containing such surgical scaffolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra Nagale, Mark W. Boden
  • Patent number: 10278800
    Abstract: A method for treating urinary incontinence includes making a vaginal incision in a patient, and positioning a tape under the urethra through the incision such that one portion of the tape extends from under the urethra and diverts away from the bladder and other vital organs. In one embodiment, once positioned within the patient, the tape adopts a V-shape and provides support for the urethra without altering the position of the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Patrice Suslian, Emmanuel Delorme
  • Patent number: 10265152
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a mesh or implant sizing system are provided. An implant can include a gauging portion included with a support portion of the implant, to assist a surgeon in determining what size implant to insert into the pocket created in a tissue plane of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Y Arcand
  • Patent number: 10231731
    Abstract: A puncture needle assembly is disclosed, which includes a puncture needle adapted to puncture biological tissue; and a connector adapted to connect an elongated body insertable in a living body to a needle tip section of the puncture needle, the connector having a dissecting section adapted to dissect biological tissue by moving in a direction opposite to a direction in which the puncture needle punctures the biological tissue. The puncture needle assembly further includes a connection mechanism capable of connecting the puncture needle and the connector to each other; and a rotation restricting mechanism adapted to restrict rotation about an axis of the connector in relation to the puncture needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Nao Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10226316
    Abstract: A method for producing an artificial sphincter comprises the steps of effecting a skin incision (2), forming a passage (3) for a prosthesis (4) and releasing the prosthesis (4) inside the passage (3). Said prosthesis passing from one miniaturized state in the step preceding the release, to an expanded state in the step following the release. The steps mentioned above are repeated at least seven times in order to release at least seven prosthesis (4), which are uniformly distributed along a circumferential arc (5) surrounding the anal canal (AC); said at least seven prosthesis (4) defining a plurality of prosthesis (40) forming a third artificial sphincter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: THD S.P.A.
    Inventor: Carlo Ratto
  • Patent number: 10206771
    Abstract: Surgical articles, implants and components suitable for female pelvic health procedures are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Karen Pilney Montpetit, Brian P. Watschke
  • Patent number: 10206674
    Abstract: A puncture device is disclosed, which can include a puncture needle curved in an arc, turnably supported around an axis (J1) as a turning center, and having a needle tip which punctures a living body when the puncture needle is turned; a urethral insertion member having a urethral insertion portion of a linear shape which is inserted into the urethra; and a frame capable of connecting the puncture needle and the urethral insertion member to each other, the frame turnably supporting the puncture needle. When the puncture needle is turned, the needle tip of the puncture needle has a locus (plane f9), which is inclined by an inclination angle (?2) of 20 to 60 degrees with respect to a plane (f2) orthogonal to the urethral insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Nao Yokoi, Shigeki Ariura
  • Patent number: 10201412
    Abstract: Surgical instruments for pevlic repair are disclosed. The surgical instruments have straight portions and helical portions. Surgical methods for treating prolapse and other pelvic disorders are also disclosed, including 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: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Astora Women's Health, LLC
    Inventor: Georges Mellier
  • Patent number: 10143468
    Abstract: A medical tube is disclosed, which can include a main body in which a distal portion of a tubular proximal separable piece is detachably connected to a proximal portion of a tubular distal separable piece; and a state maintaining mechanism for maintaining a connected state of the distal separable piece and the proximal separable piece. In addition, the main body is inserted into a body starting from the distal separable piece side, and is disposed inside the body in a state in which a distal end and a proximal end thereof are exposed outside of the body. In addition, the state maintaining mechanism can include a string which is disposed inside the main body and interlocks the distal separable piece and the proximal separable piece, and the connected state can be released by cutting the string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Nao Yokoi, Shigeki Ariura
  • Patent number: 10105204
    Abstract: Implants, tools, devices, systems, and related methods for treating pelvic conditions are disclosed, some of which provide support to body tissue to alleviate incontinence. An exemplary implant may comprise a tissue support portion adapted to be positioned to support any one of the urethra or anus, first and second end portions extending form the tissue support portion through body tissue, and an adjustment mechanism acting on or within one or both of the end portions. The adjustment mechanism may comprise one or more of a adjustment element and an adjustment mechanism coupled to the adjustment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Shayan Bhattacharyya, Allison R. Brouckman, Hilary A. Johnson, Lorin S. Paley
  • Patent number: 10098720
    Abstract: An artificial urinary sphincter device is configured to be implanted in a relationship with a patient's urethra for the treatment of urinary incontinence. The size and shape of the device can vary for implantation on any of a wide variety of locations relative to the urethra such that it can exert a force onto the urethra for inhibiting or preventing involuntary leakage of urine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: City of Hope
    Inventors: Cassandra Rose Joung Meyer, Sophia Rose Williams, Jonathan Robert Wong, Meijing Maggie Liu, Risa Tom Egerter, Kevin Chan, Lori C. Bassman
  • Patent number: 10092383
    Abstract: An artificial sphincter includes at least two elements associated with each other and hollow for containing a pressurized fluid; the elements being adapted to be arranged on the sides of the urethra of a patient and have a substantially semi-conical shape; each element has a respective contact surface with the urethra of substantially semi-cylindrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Antonio Sambusseti, Gianni Cancarini
  • Patent number: 10092295
    Abstract: A vascular occluder includes a tubular support element and a sleeve of occluding material disposed within the support element. The sleeve is twisted in the support creating a constriction which closes the lumen of the sleeve. The lumen of the sleeve can nevertheless be opened by a guide wire or cannula for over the wire delivery. Once the guide wire or cannula are withdrawn from the sleeve, the sleeve will close again by the action of blood pressure thereon. Blood pressure will act to maintain closing pressure on the sleeve, thereby avoiding or reducing the risk of recanalization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Tue Thuren Bödewadt, Christina Rauff Hansen, Kim Møgelvang Jensen, Raimo Urban Jensen, Erik E. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10085785
    Abstract: Implant delivery systems for delivering sheet-like implants include a delivery shaft, an implant expander, a sheath, and a sheet-like implant. In some embodiments, the delivery shaft has a proximal end and a distal end. The implant expander is mounted to the distal end of the delivery shaft. The implant expander includes a central portion and a plurality of leg portions radiating from the central portion. The implant expander is evertable between an unstressed configuration in which a distal surface of the implant expander defines a concave surface, and a first compact configuration in which the distal surface of the implant expander defines a convex surface. The implant expander has a first lateral extent when the implant expander is free to assume the unstressed configuration. The sheath defines a lumen having a lumen diameter. At least a portion of the delivery shaft is slidably disposed in the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Diane M. Feehan, John Quackenbush
  • Patent number: 10076353
    Abstract: A medical device is disclosed, which includes a urethral insertion member and a vaginal insertion member which are inserted into the urethra and the vagina positioned adjacent each other, respectively, with a biological tissue interposed therebetween, a puncture needle disposed for movement for passing the biological tissue between the urethra and the vagina, a supporting member which supports the puncture needle for movement and supports the urethral insertion member and the vaginal insertion member thereon, a dissection portion which dissects, when the puncture needle moves, the biological tissue in accordance with the movement, and a restriction mechanism which restricts the dissection portion such that the direction in which the dissection portion dissects the biological tissue is fixed with respect to the urethral insertion portion and the vaginal insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Nao Yokoi, Shigeki Ariura
  • Patent number: 10034734
    Abstract: A hysteropexy apparatus includes a hysteropexy mesh and a package containing the hysteropexy mesh. The hysteropexy mesh includes an anterior vaginal portion that is substantially rectangular in shape, a right broad ligament portion that is substantially L-shaped, a left broad ligament portion that is substantially L-shaped, a sacral portion that is substantially rectangular in shape, and a posterior vaginal portion that is substantially rectangular in shape. The anterior vaginal portion is folded on a longitudinal midline. The sacral portion is folded onto the posterior vaginal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Amir Shariati
  • Patent number: 10028817
    Abstract: A unitary or homogeneous patterned implant is provided. The implant is constructed of patterned cells formed by way of a molding, die casting, laser etching, laser cutting, extruding, and the like. Portions of the implant can be formed into sinusoid or other waveform strut members to control and promote elongation, expansion or contraction along single or multiple axes. As such, controlled and designated stress, tension and compression distribution is promoted across specific or localized areas of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl A. Jagger, Dean W. Hacker, Jessica E. Felton, John R. Frigstad, Alex Peterson
  • Patent number: 10022210
    Abstract: Described are implants, tools, and methods useful for treating pelvic conditions such as prolapse, by placing an implant to support pelvic tissue, the implants, tools, and methods involving one or more of adjusting engagements, specific implants and pieces of implants, placement of implants at locations within the pelvic region, and insertion, adjusting, and grommet management tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. O'Hern, Richard C. Kaleta, Chaouki A. Khamis, Gary A. Rocheleau, John F. Otte, Gregory L. Koeller, David J. Kupiecki
  • Patent number: 10022263
    Abstract: Slings, kits, and methods useful in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are described. An exemplary sling comprises a main body extending along a lengthwise axis and having first and second opposing ends, first and second opposing sides, and first and second opposing surfaces. Each end defines an end loop that defines a passageway extending through the main body. An exemplary method of treatment comprises creating two openings in the mandible of a patient; creating two longitudinal tunnels in the tongue of the patient; creating a transverse tunnel in the tongue of the patient; advancing a sling through the transverse tunnel; pulling each end of the sling through one of the longitudinal tunnels and through one of the openings in the mandible; pulling the tongue toward the front of the mouth or mandible; and securing the sling to a tissue to support the tongue in a new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Arun Mohan, Darin Schaeffer, Patrick C. Melder
  • Patent number: 10004582
    Abstract: A cuff of an artificial urinary sphincter system includes a frame and an inflatable balloon. The frame has a first end spaced away from a second end by a gap, where the gap extends from a top edge to a bottom edge of the frame to provide an opening in the frame. The frame has a frame length measured along an interior surface of the frame from the first end to the send end of the frame to define a first quadrant that extends from the first end for a distance of about 25% of the frame length and a second quadrant that extends from the second end for a distance of about 25% of the frame length. A first inflatable balloon attached to the interior surface of the frame in the first quadrant of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brian Taylor, Carly Aho, Michael B. Hektner, Steve Knop, Jessica Santos
  • Patent number: 9980807
    Abstract: The invention relates to an occlusive system implantable in an animal or human body to occlude a natural conduit (10) of an animal or human body, comprising: an occlusive element (9) designed to surround part of the natural conduit (10) to be occluded, an activation device (2) of said occlusive element (10) for varying the compression exerted by said occlusive element (9) on said conduit (10), a control unit (7) adapted to urge the activation device (2) so as to exert determined compression on the conduit (10), and a detection device of atrophy of said natural conduit (10), comprising: (i) a sensor adapted to measure the compression exerted by the occlusive element (9) on the natural conduit (10), and (ii) a processing unit adapted to: determine a representative parameter of strain to be applied to the activation device (2) to achieve determined compression of the conduit (10) by the occlusive element (9), monitor said parameter over time, and detect atrophy of the natural conduit (10) when said represen
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: UROMEMS
    Inventor: Hamid Lamraoui
  • Patent number: 9980801
    Abstract: Systems for providing support within the pelvic region of a patient. The systems can include an elongated incontinence sling having a central support portion adapted to be positioned to support any one of the urethra or anus, and a sling tension adjustment mechanism operatively attached to the elongated sling. The sling tension adjustment mechanism can include a plunger device adapted for traversal within an interior of the housing, and an inflatable bladder provided within the housing to selectively control traversal of the plunger. Alternatively, the adjustment mechanism can include a bobbin device within the housing and one or more retention devices to selectively restrict unwinding of a suture from the bobbin device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Ogdahl, Robert E. Lund, Jessica L. Roll, Kelly A. Chapman, John F. Otte
  • Patent number: 9974639
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a support portion disposable within a pelvic region and a strap extending from the support portion. The strap has a length and is configured to be disposed at least partially within a pelvic tissue. A sleeve is releasably disposed over at least a portion of the strap. The sleeve has a length that is longer than the length of the strap. In some embodiments, the length of the sleeve is at least twice as long as the length of the strap. In some embodiments, a suture couples the sleeve to the strap. The apparatus can also include a suture disposed at least partially within an interior of the sleeve and forming two strands of suture within the interior of the sleeve. The two strands are separated by a distance defined by a separator portion of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 9956066
    Abstract: A dilator/manipulator for use in treating pelvic organ prolapse, including a support member having a proximal end, a distal end, and an adjustable width, and a handle extending upwardly at an angle from the support member. Also included are methods for surgically correcting pelvic organ prolapse with the use of such a dilator/manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Alexander, Micah D. Thorson
  • Patent number: 9943391
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a medical device that includes an elongate member, needle, needle deployment mechanism, and a head portion. The elongate member has a proximal portion, distal portion and a lumen defined along the elongate member. The needle deployment mechanism is disposed at least partially within the lumen. The head portion includes a tip portion that includes a front throat region, an opening, and a needle receiving portion. The front throat region includes a front edge and a lateral edge. The opening is defined by the lateral edge of the front throat region. The needle moves in and out of the device through the opening in a direction along the front edge of the front throat region. The needle receiving portion can be configured to capture the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 9936974
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention comprise a laparoscopic uterine manipulator device assembly. The laparoscopic uterine manipulator assembly comprises a laparoscopic control device configured for insertion into the abdomen-pelvic cavity of a patient. The laparoscopic uterine manipulator assembly further comprises a uterine manipulator device, the uterine manipulator device configured for insertion and advancement through a vaginal and uterine cavity. A primary member of a device coupling mechanism of the uterine manipulator device is mechanically engaged with a secondary member of the device coupling mechanism of the laparoscopic control device, resulting in the construction of an assembly comprising the laparoscopic control device and the uterine manipulator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Jerome V. Ponder
  • Patent number: 9918817
    Abstract: A method of post-operatively adjusting a urethral support in treating urinary incontinence of a woman is disclosed. The method includes passing a support through an incision and locating the support under a urethra. The support is a porous mesh adapted to allow tissue in-growth. The method include adjusting the support by applying tension to one of a first member that is secured to a first end of the support or a second member that is secured to a second end of the support. The first member and the second member each has an end that exits the skin. The first and second members are adapted to prevent tissue in-growth into the first member and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: James Browning
  • Patent number: 9913774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an implantable apparatus for obtaining urinary control and emptying of the urinary bladder, The apparatus operates with a powered member (100) operating from the outside of the urinary bladder assisted by a support structure to discharge urine from the urinary bladder. A control device (200) controls the operation of the powered member. The control device further comprises a source of energy for operating the powered member and other energy consuming parts of the apparatus and a control assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9907638
    Abstract: Systems are delineated for treating urinary incontinence (UI). More generally, systems are delineated for providing medical treatment, wherein such systems include means for attaching a structure to a patient and removing the structure without damage to the structure or the patient. An exemplary system for providing medical treatment comprises a structure for attachment to a patient utilizing at least one retractable barb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Ian L. Goldman, Yani Deros, Craig Ovans
  • Patent number: 9901473
    Abstract: A system of medical devices implantable in the human body using transabdominal gastroscopy surgery to repair failing sphincters and to prevent obesity. An intragastric suspended balloon can be sutured into the stomach to cut appetite. The balloon can be roughly the shape of a pepper and take up room in the stomach without closing it off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Zarija Djurovic
  • Patent number: 9872753
    Abstract: Provided is an implantable sling for supporting a body organ. The sling may be used, for example, as a urethral sling, a puborectal sling or a surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapsed repair. The sling of the invention has a first sling element, having a first sling body and two or more slender first projections extending from the first sling body. The sling may further include a second sling element having a second sling body and two or more slender second projections extending from the second sling body, and one or more detachable connections connecting the first sling element and the second sling element. In some embodiments, the connections are configured to tear when the first and second sling elements are pulled apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Innoventions LTD.
    Inventors: Daniel Yachia, Valentin Ponomarenko, Ortal Netanel
  • Patent number: 9861460
    Abstract: An implantable prosthesis for the treatment of incontinence is disclosed having a support element designed to be placed under the urethra in order to prevent the urethra from moving away in the direction of the lower pelvis and to prevent any uncontrolled intra-urethral flow. A surgical instrument used to implant the prosthesis is also disclosed as is a method of implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: COUSIN BIOTECH
    Inventor: Pierre Dubernard
  • Patent number: 9861384
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a trocar and sheath assembly for placement of implantable devices adjacent a body lumen, and a method of using the trocar and sheath assembly for implanting an implantable device at a target site for controllable coaptation of a patient's urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Uromedica, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Cook, John H. Burton, James E. Cabak
  • Patent number: 9808330
    Abstract: A bodily implant is provided to support body tissues of a patient. The bodily implant includes a strip having a first portion and a second portion. The strip is configured to be stretched in a manner such that the second portion is stretched from a first length to a second length. The second portion of the strip is configured to maintain the second length. The strip is further configured to be disposed proximate to the patient's body tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred P. Intoccia, Jr., Timothy P. Harrah
  • Patent number: 9795468
    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: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: James R. Mujwid, John E. Titus
  • Patent number: 9788928
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an implantable apparatus for obtaining urinary control and emptying of the urinary bladder, thereby preventing from or treating involuntary urinary retention. In general terms, the apparatus comprises an expandable member adapted to be implanted inside the urinary bladder of the patient for discharging urine, and a control device for controlling the volume of the expandable member. The control device is adapted to be connected to the expandable member through the wall of the urinary bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9788929
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to devices and methods that allow an operator to deliver a suture and an implant coupled to the suture into the body of a patient without the need for direct-vision of the operator. In one aspect, a medical device includes a receiving arm that releasably holds an implant or suture in place for capture and a clamping arm that includes a needle deployment mechanism for advancing a needle directly to the implant for capture and for retracting the needle with the implant attached to deliver the implant into the desired location. The receiving arm includes a cavity with inner walls that are angled to direct the needle through the opening after the advancing needle pierces and goes through tissue of the patient. The angled walls facilitate movement of the needle into a position within the cavity where the implant gets engaged with the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Isaac Ostrovsky
  • Patent number: 9782245
    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: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: James R. Mujwid, John E. Titus
  • Patent number: 9770333
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving the competency of a venous valve wherein one or more compressor(s) (e.g., space occupying material(s) or implantable device(s)) is/are delivered to one or more location(s) adjacent to a venous valve to compress the venous valve in a manner that causes one or both leaflets of the valve to move toward the other, thereby improving closure or coaptation of the valve leaflets. The compressor(s) may be delivered by an open surgical approach, by a direct percutaneous approach or by a transluminal catheter-based approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: D. H. Perkins, Rany Huynh, Dustin Thompson, Nasser Rafiee
  • Patent number: 9763764
    Abstract: Described are methods and devices useful for supporting posterior vaginal tissue for various purposes such as treating or preventing vaginal prolapse or enterocele, especially in a patient not having a uterus, the devices including implants designed to contact the vaginal cuff and connect to sacral anatomy such as the sacrum or the uterosacral ligaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Astora Women's Health, LLC
    Inventors: S. Robert Kovac, James E. Cox
  • Patent number: 9763762
    Abstract: A urinary tract valve includes an expandable valve element positionable within a bladder of a patient via a urinary tract of the patient in a collapsed configuration. The expandable valve element is configured to transition from the collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration after being positioned within the bladder of the patient. The expandable valve element includes a ferromagnetic element that facilitates selective control of the expandable valve element with a magnetic field between an open position and a closed position when positioned within the bladder of the patient. In the closed position, the expandable valve element is configured to seal an internal urethral opening of the patient. In the open position, the expandable valve element is configured to allow urine to pass from the bladder of the patient, through an internal urethral opening of the patient and into a urethra of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuan K. Wei, Eric H. Bonde, Charles Thomas Bombeck
  • Patent number: 9750629
    Abstract: An apparatus for regulating the functioning of a patient's organ or duct includes an elongated member having a first end and a second end. A fastener is disposed on the first end of the elongated member. The fastener is configured to engage the second end of the elongated member so that the elongated member forms a loop around the organ or duct. A tension element is disposed for movement within the elongated member. A drive element is associated with and engages the tension element for causing the tension element to control the tension applied by the elongated member against a patient's body organ or duct. A tension release mechanism is associated with the tension element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Dlugos, Jr., Randal T. Byrum, Toralf Bork, Rocco Crivelli, Dean L. Garner, Alec J. Ginggen, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Donna L. Korvick, David T. Krumanaker, Amy L. Marcotte, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Kyle P. Moore, Daniel J. Mumaw, Anil K. Nalagatla, Mark S. Ortiz, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Bret W. Smith, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Patrick J. Swindon, Richard W. Timm, Eric W. Thompson, Lauren S. Weaner
  • Patent number: 9737390
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a medical assembly including an elongate member having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion with a tapered tip. The tapered tip is configured to slide through a bodily tissue. The elongate member has a width referred to as a first width across at least a portion of the elongate member. The medical assembly further includes an implant having a first surface and a second surface. The implant is coupled to the elongate member such that a portion of the first surface of the implant is overlaid over a portion of the elongate member while the second surface faces opposite to the elongate member and is configured to contact the bodily tissue while being inserted. The implant has a width referred to as a second width such that the second width is smaller than the first width of the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 9730698
    Abstract: The invention relates to a perivascular ring having an inner diameter adjustable by inflation/deflation and adapted to be implanted and closed about a vessel for controlling the inner diameter of said vessel and thus the flow and/or pressure of a fluid flowing in said vessel. The ring of the invention is capable of regulating blood flow to the liver, in particular after an hepatectomy or hepatic transplant, and to substantially improve the survival chances of the patient. The ring according the invention has an adjustable inner diameter (Oi) for implantation and locking about a vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: MEDICAL INNOVATION DEVELOPPEMENT
    Inventor: Ludovic Cazenave
  • Patent number: 9717579
    Abstract: A medical device includes an artificial contractile structure which may be advantageously used to assist the functioning of a hollow organ, an artificial contractile structure including at least one contractile element (100) adapted to contract an organ, in such way that the contractile element (100) is in a resting or in an activated position, at least one actuator designed to activate the contractile structure, and at least one source of energy for powering the actuator. The ratio “current which is needed to maintain the contractile element in its activated position and in its resting position/current which is needed to change the position of the contractile element” is less than 1/500, preferably less than 1/800, and more preferably less than 1/1000. The medical device further includes elements for reducing corrosion of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: MYOPOWERS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES FRANCE
    Inventors: Claude Clement, Marco Wieland, Martin Horst
  • Patent number: 9713518
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to implants and methods for making and using the implants. An exemplary implant includes a first elongate member and a second elongate member each having a first end portion and a second end portion. The first and second end portions of the first elongate member may be configured to be coupled to tissue of a patient proximate the vagina and sacrum, respectively. The first elongate member may define a first opening and a second opening, where the second elongate member may be configured to extend through the first opening and the second opening. The first end portion of the second elongate member may be coupled to tissue proximate the vagina of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Adams, David L. Mason, James M. Goddard
  • Patent number: 9681935
    Abstract: The invention relates to an implantable actuation mechanism, which can be switched between two stable positions, for an implant which can be switched between states or positions, having a support element which has an assembly plate for support at a bone and having a spring-loaded actuation element which is movable relative to the support element, which extends through the support element and which is connected by means of a cable to an activation part initiating a change between the two positions of the implant and provided at the other side of the support element. In accordance with the invention, the spring-loaded actuation element has a guide ring having more than one prolongation, wherein the prolongations are guided in a guide link such that they can latch into two latch positions defining the aforesaid positions under a spring load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Lukas Pregenzer
  • Patent number: 9675440
    Abstract: The invention relates to a band-like structure for the augmentation of a ligament, comprising a central section for fastening to an organ of the true pelvis, said central section having a central knit fabric with a central warp direction, a lateral section for fastening to a suspension surface and a plurality of threads, which are connected to the central section and the lateral section. It is proposed that the central knit fabric comprises the plurality of threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: FEG Textiltechnik Forschungs—und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Wolfram Jaeger, Andreas Muellen, Boris Obolenski
  • Patent number: 9675437
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating urinary incontinence, comprising: (a) a support section adapted for providing urethral support; (b) an anchoring section adapted for resisting movement of the apparatus; (c) a normally open expansion mechanism adapted to urge the support radially outwards; and (d) a conversion mechanism adapted to sharply and selectively reduce an outward urging of said support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Elan Ziv, Amir Perle, Eran Hirszowicz, Roni Shabat, Idan Bauder, Nir Sinai