Implanted Patents (Class 600/30)
  • Patent number: 10682214
    Abstract: The invention provides an implantable system for managing urinary incontinence. The system includes a sling with an elongate body member having a proximal portion, a distal portion and an intermediate portion. The intermediate portion is configured to be positioned underneath urethra of a subject for providing an adequate support to prevent leakage of urine during a stress event. The system may include a pressure sensor communicatively coupled with the elongated body member and configured to be positioned in an abdominal cavity and adapted to sense an increase in intra-abdominal pressure. The pressure sensor generates a first signal that is indicative of a change in the intra-abdominal pressure upon occurrence of the pressure event. The system includes a processing circuit to process the signal sensed by the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: IPENGINE MANAGEMENT (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Mohammad Sufyan, Rajeev Malhotra, Lee Richstone, Manish Vira
  • Patent number: 10667895
    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 implants that are useful for anchoring an implant to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Alexander, Scott S. Jeutter
  • Patent number: 10639137
    Abstract: The invention discloses an implant. The implant may include a first flap and a second flap. The first flap may further include a first portion, a second portion and a transition region. The first portion may be configured to be attached proximate a sacrum. The second portion may be configured to be attached to an anterior vaginal wall. The transition region lies between the first portion and the second portion. The second flap may be fabricated such that a portion of the second flap is configured to be attached to a posterior vaginal wall. The implant may be configured such that a value corresponding to a biomechanical parameter defining a biomechanical attribute of the portion of the first flap attaching to the anterior wall is different from a value of the biomechanical parameter defining the biomechanical attribute of the portion of the second flap attaching to the posterior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Pereira, James M. Goddard, Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 10639138
    Abstract: A method for providing support to a urethra in treating urinary incontinence includes passing first and second elongate members coupled to a urethral support through an incision in the vaginal wall, around sides of the urethra and behind a pubic bone. The method includes locating the urethral support under the urethra applying tension to one of the elongate members with a rotary force tensioner and adjusting tension of the urethral support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: James Browning
  • Patent number: 10617504
    Abstract: A method of treating urinary incontinence includes providing a support and a system of anchors connected to the support, securing some of anchors in the system of anchors into obturator foramen of a patient, securing other anchors of the system of anchors into periosteum tissue covering the pelvis bone, and implanting the support into the patent through an incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Neal Poucher, Sarah J. Deitch, Allen Gaynor, Michael M. Witzmann, Mark A. Moschel, Randy Lee Morningstar
  • Patent number: 10576278
    Abstract: A system and method for treating anorectal and/or genitourinary dysfunction includes implanting, in a minimally invasive manner, an electro-medical device for stimulation of two or more anatomical or histological structures of the anorectal region and/or genitourinary region. Electrodes operably connected to the device are positioned proximate the target anatomical or histological structures. The device provides either the same or different stimulation algorithms to each anatomical or histological structure, which may be the same or different. The varied stimulation parameters, such as pulse width, pulse amplitude, and pulse frequency, are defined such that after an application of the electrical pulses, an abdominal leak pressure, an abdominal leak volume, or a urine volume increases or a number of incontinent episodes or a mean incontinence volume per episode decreases relative to said parameters prior to the application of the electrical pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Virender K. Sharma
  • Patent number: 10575935
    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 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuan K. Wei, Eric H. Bonde, Charles Thomas Bombeck
  • Patent number: 10568730
    Abstract: A urethral stent for arrangement in the urethra of a patient is disclosed. The ethereal stent includes a tubular body having first and second openings, retention elements connected to the tubular body at the first opening and to the tubular body at a distance from the first retention element, and a valve. The valve includes a valve seat formed by the first opening and a valve element that is pivotably connected to the tubular body and/or the valve seat. The valve is pivotable between a closed position and an open position to close and open the lumen, respectively. The valve is at least partly made of a ferromagnetic material and has an area which exceeds the area of the first opening. A bladder control assembly comprising the urethral stent is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DENTSPLY IH AB
    Inventors: Johanna Forell, Elin Johansson, Jenny Mottare, Jan Utas
  • Patent number: 10561434
    Abstract: A surgical method for placing an implantable medical device for constricting at least one of a patient's rectum, anal channel, anal sphincter or colon. The surgical method comprises creating an incision in a vaginal wall of a patient, inserting a surgical instrument through said incision. The instrument comprising an elongated main part, an elongated member having a proximal end fixed to a distal end of the elongated main part by means of a first adjustable joint having a pivotal axis, for adjusting a first angle between the main part of the instrument and the elongated member between 0 and 180 degrees, wherein the elongated main part and the elongated member lie in a first plane extending perpendicularly to the pivotal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10555798
    Abstract: Surgical instruments, implantable articles and surgical procedures disclosed for treating medical disorders, particularly incontinence. Improved surgical sling procedures are disclosed. Novel surgical instruments and kits for use in sling procedures are also disclosed. The present invention affords options for surgeons with concomitant advantages to the patient and the healthcare provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: David Staskin
  • Patent number: 10537416
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for treating urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and other pelvic defects or dysfunctions, in both males and females, using one or more lateral implants to reinforce the supportive tissue of the urethra. The implants can be configured as a sling device having at least one extension arm and a tissue support portion having an eyelet, wherein a portion of the at least one extension arm is adapted to slide through and adjustably attach with the eyelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica L. Roll, John Fritz Otte, Mona N. Dahdah, Brian G. Fischer
  • Patent number: 10524952
    Abstract: A device for controlling blood flow through a vein is provided. The device includes a device body configured for implantation in or around the vein. The device body is capable of reducing flow through the vein in response to an increase in tissue pressure around the vein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sano V Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Eitan Konstantino, Tanhum Feld, Li Min Koh, Steve Wiesner
  • Patent number: 10478277
    Abstract: Described are methods, devices, and systems related to pelvic implants, including implants that include absorbable and non-absorbable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Edouard A. Koullick, Balkrishna S. Jadhav, Robert C. Grant
  • Patent number: 10463466
    Abstract: An implant is provided for maintaining the position of pelvic organs, such as components of the urinary tract. The implant contacts the anterior surface of the urethra and is anchored to the pelvic fascia and the periurethral fascia. A method of anchoring the pelvic organs is also provided, involving inserting the implant via an anterior approach, avoiding complications and side effects that result when implants are inserted through the wall of the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: James W Cullison
  • Patent number: 10441399
    Abstract: A medical device including an artificial contractile structure which may be advantageously used to assist the functioning of a hollow organ. Specifically, the medical device includes an artificial contractile structure with at least one contractile element adapted to contract an organ, in such way that the contractile element 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 medical device also includes a means for reducing corrosion of the medical device hence reducing the risk of the device dysfunction and patient contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Claude Clément, Marco Wieland, Martin Horst
  • Patent number: 10390988
    Abstract: The invention discloses an ostomy accessory (20) for an intestinal stoma of a mammal ostomy patient, adapted to be used together with an implanted constriction device with an artificial closing sphincter function for closing the intestinal passageway. The ostomy accessory is adapted to absorb secret from the mucosa wall of the part of the intestine which is distal to the constriction device, which may secrete or disseminate some liquid matter, which may thus spill out and cause discomfort to the patient, for example by staining the clothes of the patient. The ostomy accessory comprises an insertion portion (21) for insertion into said intestinal stoma and comprising an absorbing body (23, 24, 25) for absorbing and retaining liquid matter consisting of liquid secreted from a mucosa wall of the intestine (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10383715
    Abstract: A wirelessly controlled inflatable medical implant system includes an external control module and an implantable module. The external control module may transmit wireless power and control signals, which are received by circuitry on a flexible printed circuit board in the implantable module. In response to the received signals, circuitry in the flexible printed circuit board may cause a motor and pump combination to transfer fluid from a reservoir in the implantable device, through tubing, and into inflatable medical implant located in the penis. The flexible printed circuit board, motor, and pump may be placed within the fluid reservoir, which provides a heat sink that prevents overheating of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MHN BIOTECH LLC
    Inventors: Howard S. Newman, Marcel I. Horowitz
  • Patent number: 10383714
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device to prevent urinary leakage intended to be implanted in a patient, comprising: compression means (1, 3, 4, 5) to compress the patient's urethra, electronic control means (2) to actuate the compression means (1, 3, 4, 5), characterized in that it further comprises measurement means (7) to measure the patient's activity, coupled with the control means (2), the control means (2) functioning according to a predictive model of urinary leakage based on patient activity, so as to anticipate a possible urinary leak in relation to the measured activity of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Uromems
    Inventors: Philippe Cinquin, Pierren Mozer, Hamid Lamraoui, Agnes Bonvilain, Gilberte Robain
  • 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