Internal Organ Support Or Sling Patents (Class 600/37)
  • Patent number: 11491315
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the field of medical devices and establishing fluid communication between body lumens. In particular, the present disclosure relates to devices and methods for placing the muscularis layers of first and second body lumens in contact to establish a long term or permanent open flow or access passage therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Gray, Ryan V. Wales, Scott E. Brechbiel, Laura E. Christakis, Paul Smith, Sean Fleury
  • Patent number: 11479753
    Abstract: A cellular support system comprises a three-dimensional scaffold structure comprising at least one void. At least one suspended protein bridge spans across the at least one void in the three-dimensional scaffold structure. The suspended protein bridge is capable of supporting cells and promotes three-dimensional cellular growth. In certain aspects, the protein in the suspended protein bridge is an extracellular matrix protein, such as collagens, laminins, fibronectins, and combinations thereof. Such a cellular support system supports thriving cell cultures in three-dimensions emulating cell growth in vivo in an extracellular matrix, including promoting cell remodeling. Methods for making such cellular support systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Stacy Ramcharan, Luis Solorio, Jacob Jordahl, Joerg Lahann
  • Patent number: 11464614
    Abstract: A mesh deployment device having separate mesh deployment and actuation units is provided. A mesh deployment device includes an actuation unit and a mesh deployment unit configured to be releasably secured to the actuation unit. When the mesh deployment unit is secured to the actuation unit, a first actuation of the actuation unit moves the mesh deployment unit from an expanded condition to a collapsed condition and a second actuation of the actuation unit moves the mesh deployment unit from the collapsed condition to the expanded condition. The mesh deployment device may further include a mesh releasably secured to the mesh deployment unit. A third actuation of the actuation unit may release the mesh from the mesh deployment unit. Also provided is a kit including multiple mesh deployment units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: William T. Kelly, Jason T. Iceman, Jay Breindel, Erik Carlson, Thomas Wenchell, Kayla Cloutier, Shane Reardon
  • Patent number: 11446129
    Abstract: Described are devices, implants, kits, and related methods for treating pelvic conditions such as urinary in incontinence, in a male or a female patient. The invention includes, in one embodiment, a multi-piece implant, including a tissue support piece, extension portion, and one or more self-fixating tips. The device may be employed through a medial incision in the pelvic region of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan G. Wirbisky, Andrew P. VanDeWeghe, Randall C. Lieser
  • Patent number: 11439501
    Abstract: A heart valve prosthesis is provided that includes a first member and a second member. The first member comprises a first central portion to be disposed adjacent to a line of coaptation on a first side of two adjacent heart leaflets and peripheral portions to be placed into direct contact with the two adjacent heart leaflets. The second member is separate from or can be separable from the first member, for example during delivery. The second member has a central portion and peripheral portions configured to be placed into direct contact with a second side of the two adjacent heart leaflets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
    Inventors: Robert James Siegel, Lawrence Eric Ong, Niclas Henning Zieger
  • Patent number: 11413128
    Abstract: A medical device includes an elongate member configured to be at least partially disposed within a body of a patient. The elongate member has an outer surface. The outer surface of the elongate member has a first ridge and a second ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Mata, Jeffrey E. Ransden
  • Patent number: 11413026
    Abstract: A system and method for performing surgical procedures within a body cavity, e.g. abdomen, uses a magnetized device is utilized to allow a surgeon to control intra-abdominal organs and objects. The system and method allows a surgeon to perform an intra-abdominal procedure without the need to position surgical tools inside of the body cavity. Additional surgical ports are not necessary as the magnetized device allows the surgeon to retract or position various objects within the abdomen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: ATTRACTIVE SURGICAL, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Deutch
  • Patent number: 11413129
    Abstract: An implantable prosthesis for repairing a defect in a muscle or tissue wall. The prosthesis comprises a body of biologically compatible prosthetic material having a preformed three-dimensional contoured shape that independently assumes a three-dimensional curved shape configured to conform to the muscle or tissue wall. The body may be formed of a mesh fabric employing a knit construction. The body may be configured with one or more mechanical characteristics, individually or in any combination, having defined properties which may enhance the ability of the prosthesis to be handled in a surgical, robotic environment while meeting the performance and physical characteristics for soft tissue repair and reconstruction. One or more visual indicia may be provided to facilitate positioning and/or placement of the prosthesis at the muscle or tissue wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Davol Inc.
    Inventors: Augustus Felix, Talia D'Ambruoso, Cuixiang Qu Spinney, Korel Cudmore
  • Patent number: 11406500
    Abstract: Devices and methods for providing localized pressure to a region of a patient's heart to improve heart functioning, including: (a) a jacket made of a flexible biocompatible material, the jacket having an open top end that is received around the heart and a bottom portion that is received around the apex of the heart; and (b) at least one inflatable bladder disposed on an interior surface of the jacket, the inflatable bladder having an inelastic outer surface positioned adjacent to the jacket and an elastic inner surface such that inflation of the bladder causes the bladder to deform substantially inwardly to exert localized pressure against a region of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: DiaxaMed, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron J. Hjelle, William E. Cohn, Richard F. Schroeder, James F. Buck, Karl R. Leinsing
  • Patent number: 11399941
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for altering functioning of a tissue/organ by application of force thereto. In one preferred embodiment, a device for reducing or preventing regurgitation of blood through a valve of a heart is provided. A device may include a main body having a segment adapted to apply force to a surface of tissue/organ; a member that applies counterforce to the force applied by the segment; and an adjuster that is manually operable to change the force applied by the segment. The adjuster can be manually operated before or after anchoring of the device to the tissue/organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Mitre Medical Corp.
    Inventors: John MacMahon, Evan Anderson, Jeremy Boyette
  • Patent number: 11364023
    Abstract: A device for delivering an implant to a surgical location of a patient is provided. In some embodiments, an example device includes a polymer body having first and second tapered sections and a sealed cavity defined by the polymer body. The polymer body is separable between the first and second tapered sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Vita Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Justin Barbot, Richard Arthur Thompson, II, Thomas Arthur Tedham, Reed Oliver Saunders
  • Patent number: 11350917
    Abstract: A device for delivering an implant to a surgical location of a patient is provided. In some embodiments, an example device includes a polymer body having first and second tapered sections and a sealed cavity defined by the polymer body. The polymer body is separable between the first and second tapered sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Vita Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Justin Barbot, Richard Arthur Thompson, II, Thomas Arthur Tedham, Reed Oliver Saunders
  • Patent number: 11331458
    Abstract: Reinforcing sleeves for medical device lumens are disclosed. In some embodiments reinforcing sleeves may provide resistance to crushing, kinking, or other deformation of the lumen. Reinforcing sleeves within the scope of this disclosure may be displaceable along an outer diameter of a reinforced lumen. Some reinforcing sleeves within the scope of this disclosure comprise metal alloys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hall, Lucia Irazabal, Westin Raines
  • Patent number: 11324870
    Abstract: An arteriovenous graft system is described. The arteriovenous graft system includes an arteriovenous graft that is suited for use during hemodialysis. In order to minimize or prevent arterial steal, at least one valve device is positioned at the arterial end of the arteriovenous graft. In one embodiment, for instance, the arteriovenous graft systems includes a first valve device positioned at the arterial end and a second valve device positioned at the venous end. In one embodiment, the valve devices may include an inflatable balloon that, when inflated, constricts and closes off the arteriovenous graft. If desired, a single actuator can be used to open and close both valve devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: DIAXAMED, LLC
    Inventor: David L. Cull
  • Patent number: 11318302
    Abstract: A transseptal catheter delivery system includes an elongate first tubular member and an elongate second tubular member receivable within the first tubular member. The first tubular member includes an adjustable portion adjacent a distal end. The second tubular member is adapted to receive an instrument to be placed in the left ventricle, and includes a curved portion adjacent its distal end in a relaxed state. The adjustable portion is deflectable toward the atrial septum to guide a puncturing tool and/or guide insertion of the second tubular member through a septal puncture into the left atrium. Within the left atrium, the curved portion is oriented toward the left ventricle to guide insertion of a guide wire, and subsequently the second tubular member, into the left ventricle. Methods of transvenously accessing a left ventricle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea J. Asleson, Zhongping Yang, Michael W. Kimmel, Kyle R. Marquard, Laurie D. Foerster
  • Patent number: 11284983
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided and adapted to engage and pull (e.g., pull up) or reposition paraurethral support tissue, such as the perineal membrane. The perineal membrane intersects the urethra and vagina at the midurethra or distal location and can thus be stabilized or controlled in a manner that helps restore continence. As such, the implants can be utilized to eliminate the need for mesh or other supportive structures under the urethra that is common with other incontinence slings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Lund, John J. Allen, James R. Mujwid, Kevin R. Arnal, Jessica E. Felton
  • Patent number: 11284982
    Abstract: Pelvic implant having a frame with two arms and a sheet are disclosed. The sheet may be held under tension in the assembled implant. The implant may be planar (flat) or may be non-planar. The implant may be contoured laterally. A curved non-planar implant may be convex or concave in a rostro-caudal direction. The implants may (optionally) include two additional arms and a second sheet for supporting a urethra and/or a bladder neck. Methods for constructing and assembling the implants are disclosed. A method ultrasonically welding the frame of the implant without thermally damaging the sheet is disclosed. Methods of implantation of the implants are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: LYRA MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Gil Levy, Iram Levit
  • Patent number: 11253365
    Abstract: The embodiments relate to cardiac assist devices that comprise a jacket that wraps the exterior of the heart, where the jacket comprises one or more pneumatic or hydraulic bladders. The pneumatic or hydraulic bladders are linked to a pump, and the pump fills the bladders with fluid and withdraws the fluid in a cycle to match beats of the heart to assist contraction and pumping of the heart in systole or to assist expansion and filling of the heart in diastole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: NeoCardial Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Theodore J. Lillehei, Allan R. Robinson
  • Patent number: 11247049
    Abstract: In one aspect, wireless gastrointestinal stimulations are described herein. In some embodiments, a system described herein comprises at least one transmitter and at least one stimulation device. The transmitter can include a signal generator operable to generate an electromagnetic signal, a first antenna operable to broadcast the electromagnetic signal, and an energy source. The at least one stimulation device is operable to deliver a pattern of electrical pulses to a gastrointestinal tissue comprising a muscle, and the stimulation device includes a circuit board having a circumference, at least one second antenna wrapped around the circumference of the circuit board, the at least one second antenna being configured to receive the electromagnetic signal and to generate an electrical current from the electromagnetic signal, and at least one electrode operable to deliver the electrical current to the muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventor: Jung-Chih Chiao
  • Patent number: 11229785
    Abstract: Circulatory assistance device for a heart of a living being, including a cuff for periodically applying pressure to the heart by at least one dielectric elastomer membrane which is controllable by a control device in synchronization with a cardiac beat in order to convey blood in pulses, wherein the cuff is designed to be pulled over the outside of the heart and for this purpose has an inner shape that is adapted to the outer contour of the heart at least in the region outside the ventricles, wherein the cuff is composed of an outer contraction layer including the dielectric elastomer membrane and an inner padding layer, and the inner padding layer is filled with an incompressible liquid and has at least one outlet valve, which is closed in a normal state and opened in an emergency state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Friedrich-Alexander-UniversitätErlangen-Nürnberg
    Inventor: Muhannad Alkassar
  • Patent number: 11229435
    Abstract: The invention provides improved devices, systems, and methods for tissue approximation and repair at treatment sites. The invention provides devices, systems, and methods that may more successfully approximate and repair tissue by improving the capture of tissue into the devices. The invention may be a one-way mechanism that allows tissue to enter the mechanism but not easily exit, such as a leaf-spring, a protrusion, a pivoting arm and one or more frictional elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Michael F. Wei
  • Patent number: 11224481
    Abstract: Surgical systems and methods for administering an ablation treatment and other therapeutic or diagnostic protocols to a patient tissue involve a flexible stabilizer mechanism having an inner recess and an ablation mechanism coupled with the stabilizer mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamer Ibrahim, Dwight P. Morejohn, Michael J. Banchieri, Ara Stephanian, John D. Pavlidis, David K. Swanson
  • Patent number: 11224511
    Abstract: An implantable prosthetic device such as might be used to treat poor function of a diseased heart valve in a medical patient includes a body portion and an anchor portion including a plurality of paddles. Clasps attached to the paddles include fixed arms and moveable arms operable to secure the device to the patient's native valve leaflets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Robert Dixon, Jensen Chen, Guillermo W. Moratorio, Sergio Delgado
  • Patent number: 11213254
    Abstract: An implantable sensor is proposed including a ring shaped element and a coil. The ring shaped element is made of a silicone and is electrically conductive. The coil may be formed by a wire with a number of windings, wherein at least the free ends of the wire are enclosed by the silicone of the ring shaped element, wherein an electrical resistance of the ring shaped element varies upon a deformation of the ring shaped element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stefan Schibli, Jens Troetzschel, Thomas Doerge, Murad Abu Asal
  • Patent number: 11207166
    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 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 11185414
    Abstract: A heart implant alignment and delivery device includes an elongate body having an opening that is disposed near a distal end of the elongate body. The opening is configured so that a heart implant is positionable within the opening with the heart implant exposed to a surrounding environment and so that the heart implant is substantially aligned with the distal end of the elongate body. The device also includes an implant reposition member, such as a cable, that is releasably coupleable with the heart implant and that is operationally coupled with the elongate body so that a first operation of the implant reposition member causes the heart implant to be retractably deployed from the opening of the elongate body. The first operation of the implant reposition member may be effected via a handle mechanism that is attached to a proximal end of the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: BioVentrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Van Bladel, Meir Moshe, Michael S. Dana
  • Patent number: 11173033
    Abstract: Device sand methods for improving cardiac function are provided. The device includes a dome structure having a top end with an engagement element disposed thereon. The dome structure is moveable from a first inside out configuration to a second deployed configuration, and the dome structure is biased in the second deployed configuration. The dome structure includes a plurality of anchor members disposed around a bottom open end of the dome structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Weber, Patricia McAfee, Tim O'Connor, Aiden Flanagan, Omar Jarral
  • Patent number: 11166710
    Abstract: An intra-abdominal liver retraction device and methods of use. The device includes a flexible sling, an anchor and a filament. The sling has a base edge and a pair of side edges tapering toward a leading edge. The sling also includes a stiffener extending across it adjacent the base edge to enable it to be gathered and inserted through a port into the abdomen, whereupon it can be opened. The anchor is configured to be releasably secured to the diaphragm with the base edge adjacent the diaphragm so that the liver can be disposed on the sling. The filament is connected to the sling adjacent the leading edge and configured to be drawn through an aperture in the abdominal wall to lift the sling with the liver thereon upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Boehringer Technologies, LP
    Inventors: Christopher L. Radl, Steven C. Moulden, William Charles Dackis, Malena Giselle Farber
  • Patent number: 11160657
    Abstract: An exemplary implantable prosthetic device has a coaption element and at least one anchor. The coaption element is configured to be positioned within the native heart valve orifice to help fill a space where the native valve is regurgitant and form a more effective seal. The coaption element can have a structure that is impervious to blood and that allows the native leaflets to close around the coaption element during ventricular systole to block blood from flowing from the left or right ventricle back into the left or right atrium, respectively. The coaption element can be connected to leaflets of the native valve by the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio Delgado, Eric Robert Dixon, David M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11154291
    Abstract: A cervical retraction system includes a suture having a first end and a second end, a cervical anchor secured to the first end of the suture and a curved needle secured to the second end of the suture. A method of retracting a cervix includes providing the cervical retraction system, inserting the curved needle through tissue of a cervix of a patient, advancing the needle along a trajectory of a curve of the needle until it emerges through an external os of the cervix and applying counter tension by pulling the needle out through the external os.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: John Goss
  • Patent number: 11116618
    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: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Mujwid, Jessica L. Roll, Karl A. Jagger, Robert C. Grant
  • Patent number: 11109974
    Abstract: Devices and methods for providing localized pressure to a region of a patient's heart to improve heart functioning, including: (a) a jacket made of a flexible biocompatible material, the jacket having an open top end that is received around the heart and a bottom portion that is received around the apex of the heart; and (b) at least one inflatable bladder disposed on an interior surface of the jacket, the inflatable bladder having an inelastic outer surface positioned adjacent to the jacket and an elastic inner surface such that inflation of the bladder causes the bladder to deform substantially inwardly to exert localized pressure against a region of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DiaxaMed, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron J. Hjelle, Tanya Shipkowitz
  • Patent number: 11109863
    Abstract: The invention provides improved devices, systems, and methods for tissue approximation and repair at treatment sites. The invention provides devices, systems, and methods that may more successfully approximate and repair tissue by improving the capture of tissue into the devices. The invention may be a one-way mechanism that allows tissue to enter the mechanism but not easily exit, such as a leaf-spring, a protrusion, a pivoting arm and one or more frictional elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael F. Wei
  • Patent number: 11103278
    Abstract: The present embodiments herein relate to an improved needle design and control methodology for fractured directed guiding to a desired target. This system has the capability to control the insertion not only in 2D-plane, but also in 3D-space in a very controlled manner. A method of controlling the path of movement of a needle structure toward a target can include a stylet type of needle configuration or a water-jet needle configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Washington State University
    Inventor: John Paul Swensen
  • Patent number: 11103350
    Abstract: An embodiment includes an artificial chordae tendineae system comprising: a first needle; a flexible first chord coupled to a proximal end portion of the first needle; a first proximal pledget coupled to a proximal end portion of the first chord; a first distal conduit coupled to the first chord between the first proximal pledget and the first needle; wherein: the first distal conduit includes first and second faces; one of the first and second faces includes a first aperture; a sidewall of the first conduit, located between the first and second faces, includes a sidewall aperture that does not directly connect to the first aperture; the sidewall aperture is configured to include a portion of the first chord when the first distal conduit is permanently implanted adjacent tissue but not when the first distal conduit is traversing the tissue before being permanently implanted adjacent the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: ON-X LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Medema, Daniel Tomko, Jeffery Poehlmann, Michael Hunt, Kellen Moulton
  • Patent number: 11097114
    Abstract: A system and method for installing/implanting a leadless implant can include a leadless implant with shortened tine-based anchors and an implantation tool with a modified tip. The tines can extend from a surface of the leadless implant and may include a preformed curve or other shape to enable the tine to hook into or grapple tissue. The implantation tool may be provided with a modified tip to assist with proper alignment, insertion, and anchoring of the shortened tines. A tip of the implantation tool can have a reduced inner diameter to cause the tine tips to be approximately normal to the surface of the tissue to which the implant is being anchored. Upon deployment of the leadless implant, the tines of the anchoring mechanism are appropriately aligned for proper insertion so that robust anchoring is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Brian M. Taff, Dirk Muessig, Jeffrey A. von Arx, Wantjinarjo Suwito, Larry Stotts, Andrew B. Kibler, Eric Austin
  • Patent number: 11083582
    Abstract: An exemplary valve repair device for repairing a native valve of a patient includes: a coaption element having four layers; and a pair of paddles connected to the coaption element. The paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position and are configured to attach to the native valve of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Philip McCann, Grant Matthew Stearns, Eric Robert Dixon, Yoon Hee Kwon
  • Patent number: 11083555
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a support member and a suture. The support member is configured to provide support to a portion of a body of a patient. The support member has a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion of the support member is configured to be disposed within a body of a patient. The suture is removably coupled to the first end portion of the support member and is configured to extend through an incision in the body of the patient from a location within the body of the patient to a location outside of the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: James Goddard
  • Patent number: 11033375
    Abstract: Sphincter reinforcement devices are described. Sphincter reinforcement devices may be configured to be placed at least partially around a bodily passage at or near a sphincter. In one embodiment, a sphincter reinforcement device may comprise a ring including a tubular structure. The ring may be expandable. The tubular structure may be hollow. The tubular structure may have a first end and a second end. The first end may be configured to be coupled to the second end. The tubular structure may include a braided material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Innomedex LLC
    Inventor: Jon St. Germain
  • Patent number: 11020213
    Abstract: An intraluminal device adapted to be positioned in a lumen that experiences peristalsis and method of fixation of an intraluminal device in the lumen, includes a wall configured to the size and shape of a portion of the lumen and at least one core. The at least one core is removably connected with a portion of the device wall. The at least one core is configured to be positioned against the lumen when the wall is positioned in the lumen. In this manner tissue envelopes the core during implantation of the intraluminal device. The at least one core is configured to be axially removable in situ from the tissue enveloping the core after the device has been deployed by disconnecting the core from the portion of the wall in order to explant the intraluminal device from lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: BFKW, LLC
    Inventors: James A. Foote, Frederick J. Walburn, Randal S. Baker
  • Patent number: 11013628
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating reflux disease of a human patient. The apparatus comprising an implantable movement restriction device, having an outer surface that includes a biocompatible material. The movement restriction device is adapted to rest against and to be kept in place contacting the stomach fundus wall, without restricting food passage in the food passageway when implanted and in function, and without injuring the stomach fundus wall in a position between the patient's diaphragm and the cardia sphincter. The movement of the cardiac notch of the patient's stomach towards the patient's diaphragm is thereby restricted, when the movement restriction device is implanted, to thereby prevent the cardia from sliding through the patient's diaphragm opening into the patient's thorax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 11000375
    Abstract: An exemplary valve repair device for repairing a native valve of a patient includes: a coaption element; a pair of paddles connected to the coaption element; a catch point formed by a portion of at least one of the coaption element and the pair of paddles when the paddles are in the open position; and a cover covering connected to the coaption element and the paddles for covering the catch point. The paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position and are configured to attach to the native valve of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Philip McCann, Grant Matthew Stearns, Eric Robert Dixon, Yoon Hee Kwon
  • Patent number: 10993794
    Abstract: An implantable cerclage sacrocolpopexy medical device includes an elongate strip of flat, flexible material extending longitudinally from a first end to an opposite second end; a surgical needle attached to the first end of the elongate strip; and a loop at either the first end or the second end of the elongate strip. The medical device is positioned circumferentially around the cervix. The end of the elongate strip opposite the end having the loop is passed through the loop and attached to the sacrum or sacrospinous ligament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Gynapex Surgical, LLC
    Inventor: Peter L. Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 10987221
    Abstract: An exemplary valve repair device for repairing a native valve of a patient includes: a collar; a coaption element attached to the collar; and a pair of paddles are connected to the coaption element. The collar has a plurality of engagement portions configured to releasably engage a delivery apparatus. The paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position and are configured to attach to the native valve of the patient. The paddles are circumferentially disposed between the engagement portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Philip McCann, Grant Matthew Stearns, Eric Robert Dixon, Yoon Hee Kwon
  • Patent number: 10980654
    Abstract: A method of performing bariatric surgery includes inserting a gastrectomy device into a stomach of a patient, positioning the gastrectomy device in a selected location in the stomach, transecting a portion of the stomach thereby reducing a size of the stomach, and applying a reinforcement scaffold to an outer surface of the stomach. The reinforcement scaffold is configured to maintain the reduced size of the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Anthony Sgroi
  • Patent number: 10973543
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to extraction bags for use in removing tissue from the body of a patient, in embodiments, as part of a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The extraction bag includes at least an inner, permeable cut resistant layer and an outer impermeable layer. In embodiments, the extraction bag may include additional layers, such as a low friction layer on an inner surface of the inner, permeable cut resistant layer, and/or a metal cut resistant layer located between the inner, permeable cut resistant layer and the outer impermeable layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Joe Don Sartor
  • Patent number: 10952885
    Abstract: Benign prosthetic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. Treatment options for BPH include medication, surgery (e.g., removal of enlarged prostate tissue), and minimally invasive procedures (e.g., needle ablation, electrovaporization, thermotherapy, and stent insertion). Minimally invasive procedure is typically the preferred choice if medication is ineffective. Accordingly, disclosed herein are system and method for treating BPH using improved implant and delivery device. Certain embodiments of the delivery device can include: a camming barrel having a first groove at the distal end of the camming barrel; a sheath, located within a lumen of the camming barrel, for storing the implantable device; and a first cam follower coupled to the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ZENFLOW, INC.
    Inventors: Marcel Song Sicotte, Shreya Mehta, Austin Michael Bly, Ronald J. Jabba
  • Patent number: 10940005
    Abstract: An implantable prosthetic device includes a coaption portion, paddles, and clasps. The paddles are extendable from a folded closed position to an open position. A clasp is attached to each of the paddles. Each clasp has a fixed arm attached to the inner portion of the paddle and a moveable arm having a barbed portion. A hinge portion connects the fixed arm to the moveable arm. A cover wraps around at least a portion of the moveable arm of the clasp. At least one actuation suture is attached to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Robert Dixon, Jensen Chen, Guillermo W. Moratorio, Hengchu Cao, Douglas Thomas Dominick, Sergio Delgado
  • Patent number: 10932899
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to Myointegration, the improvement of breast implant apparatus, system and methods for a design that extends the breast implant centrifugally, or in which a separate device is utilized in combination with a breast implant, that has one or more straps originating from the breast implant extension or from the separate device. The one or more straps are looped through the pectoralis major muscle then back into the implant extension or the separate device repeatedly. The straps are eventually attached in some manner to themselves, to the implant extension, or to the separate device. Since the pectoralis major muscle contains neuromuscular spindles that sense length, velocity and acceleration, when the user changes position from supine to vertical, the gravitational force generated by the mass of the breast implant pulls on the strap or straps, which pulls the muscle and stimulates the neuromuscular spindles, thereby generating lift of the implanted breast insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INNOVELLUM, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Horndeski
  • Patent number: 10898204
    Abstract: An occlusion clamp including: (a) an occlusion tongs including a primary spring coupling a first longitudinal arm to a second longitudinal arm, the first longitudinal arm including a first linear occlusion surface configured to be parallel to and overlap a second linear occlusion surface of the second longitudinal arm, each of the first and second longitudinal arms having a free distal end; and, (b) a secondary spring removably coupled to the occlusion tongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Winkler, Kenneth Lance Miller