Internal Organ Support Or Sling Patents (Class 600/37)
  • Patent number: 10820981
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to surgical tools and methods. The surgical tools can include a handle, a first rod extending from the handle, and a second rod extending from the handle. At least one of the first and second rods may be rotatable between a folded position and a spread position. The first and second rods may be closer together in the folded position than in the spread position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Ravenscroft, Reinhold Schmieding, Thomas Dooney, Jr., Peter Dreyfuss
  • Patent number: 10820980
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a compound three-dimensional surgical implant and methods of forming and using the same. The compound three-dimensional surgical implant includes a grip-type knit mesh defining pores and including a plurality of spiked naps extending from a surface the grip-type knit mesh, a prosthetic knit mesh defining principal cells and peripheral cells being layered on the grip-type knit mesh such that at least a portion of the spiked naps grip at least a portion of the cells of the prosthetic knit mesh. The grip-type knit mesh and the prosthetic knit mesh are folded together into a predetermined three-dimensional structure such that at least a portion of the spiked naps grip at least a portion of the pores of the grip-type knit mesh to hold the three-dimensional structure of the surgical implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Christopher J. Criscuolo, Anthony Arena, Luis Restrepo, Matthew D. Cohen, Joseph Hotter
  • Patent number: 10792142
    Abstract: An implantable areal device for supporting defective musculofascial tissue mechanically and by regeneration of muscle and fascial tissue. The device is formed by a plurality of thread sections that define a plurality of void spaces. At least one of the void spaces is more than one-hundred square millimeters in area. A method for supporting defective musculofacial tissue mechanically and by in-situ tissue engineering that includes the fixation of the device by open surgical techniques to defective musculofascial tissue. As a result, this fixation immediately provides mechanical support of the tissue, and subsequently provides physiological repair by allowing regenerative precursor cells to infiltrate freely into the void spaces and to proliferate therein, leading to regeneration of volumetric amounts of functionalized musculofascial tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Joel Gorman
  • Patent number: 10786647
    Abstract: An improved hiatal hernia treatment enhances recovery after surgery by reducing a patient's pain at an area of treatment. The area of treatment contains a hiatal hernia and must be extensively divided before the hiatal hernia can be treated. The improved hiatal hernia treatment reinforces, repairs, or otherwise treats the hiatal hernia and reduces pain through directed application of anesthetic via an applicator positioned within the area of treatment. Reduction of pain increases patient comfort reduces the need for pain medication, and lowers patient blood pressure to enhance recovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas Umbach
  • Patent number: 10772699
    Abstract: A mechanotransductive bowel extender device that can be used to correct short bowel syndrome by applying tension to the bowel tissue which, via the process of mechanotransduction, grows in length in response to the applied tension. Such a device is placed within the small bowel and applies tension over a period of several days or weeks by attaching to the lumen of the bowel at two different locations and moving those two points apart, stretching the tissue between. The extender device further capable of localized application and/or evacuation of medically relevant liquid and other material within the bowel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Luntz, Meredith Barrett, Diann Erbschloe Brei, Brent Utter, Farokh R. Demehri
  • Patent number: 10765517
    Abstract: A ringless web is configured to repair heart valve function in patients suffering from degenerative mitral valve regurgitation (DMR) or functional mitral valve regurgitation (FMR). In accordance with various embodiments, a ringless web can be anchored at one or more locations below the valve plane in the ventricle, such as at a papillary muscle, and one or more locations above the valve plane, such as in the valve annulus. A tensioning mechanism connecting the ringless web to one or more of the anchors can be used to adjust a tension of the web such that web restrains the leaflet to prevent prolapse by restricting leaflet motion to the coaptation zone and/or promotes natural coaptation of the valve leaflets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Neochord, Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Speziali, Dave Blaeser, John Zentgraf
  • Patent number: 10751064
    Abstract: A delivery system for delivering an implantable device can include a delivery catheter, a sleeve, and a guide catheter. The delivery catheter can have a tubular body having a proximal end and a distal end, such that the distal end of the delivery catheter is configured to couple to the implantable device. The sleeve can define a lumen configured to receive the delivery catheter and the implantable device coupled thereto. A first fluid delivery port can be positioned on the delivery catheter or the sleeve. A mechanical seal can be coupled to the sleeve and configured to form a liquid-tight seal with the delivery catheter. A guide catheter can have a tubular body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a second fluid delivery port positioned thereon, wherein the proximal end of the guide catheter is configured to be connected to a distal end of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifescience Corporation
    Inventor: Miles D. Alexander
  • Patent number: 10744018
    Abstract: The invention relates surgical abdominal methods of treating obesity in a patient by implanting a volume filling device that, when implanted in a patient, reduces the food cavity in size by a volume substantially exceeding the volume of the volume filling device. Also disclosed is a laparoscopic instrument for providing a volume filling device to be invaginated in the stomach wall of a human patient to treat obesity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Forsell Peter
  • Patent number: 10744163
    Abstract: ECM based compositions including acellular ECM and antibiotics, and methods for employing same to treat damaged cardiovascular tissue and, thereby, disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G Matheny
  • Patent number: 10736989
    Abstract: The present invention provides materials and methods that can serve as a prosthetic and/or, for tissue engineering applications, as a supporting matrix in the stabilization of an injured or defective myocardial wall in a patient comprising injecting a polymer network at a pre-selected site in the myocardial wall of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin E. Healy, Samuel Thomas Wall, Mark Ratcliffe, Julius Guccione
  • Patent number: 10736991
    Abstract: Provided are methods for preparing non-gelling, solubilized extracellular matrix (ECM) materials useful as cell growth substrates. Also provided are compositions prepared according to the methods as well as uses for the compositions. In one embodiment a device, such as a prosthesis, is provided which comprises an inorganic matrix into which the non-gelling, solubilized ECM composition is dispersed to facilitate in-growth of cells into the ECM and thus adaptation and/or attachment of the device to a patient. In another embodiment, the composition is delivered intraarticularly, intrathecally, intraoccularly, intracranially, and into pleural space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education, The University of Nottingham
    Inventors: Stephen F. Badylak, Timothy Joseph Keane, Jr., Lisa Jane White
  • Patent number: 10695093
    Abstract: A novel posterolateral inter-muscular approach has been developed to access the cervical spine. The approach includes elevating the splenius capitis and trapezios muscles dorsally to create a window for deep spine access, wherein the window comprises: i) an anterior superior border of the trapezius muscle; ii) an anterior inferior border of the splenius capitis muscle, and iii) a posterior superior border of the levator scapulae muscle. Preferably, a device such as an implant or an instrument is then passed through the window to manipulate the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Horton, John Riley Hawkins, Christopher L. Ramsay, Edward Zalenski, Alexander Grinberg, Hassan Serhan, Ernest Quintanilha
  • Patent number: 10667856
    Abstract: Various exemplary systems, devices, and methods for robotic bi-polar instruments are provided. In general, a surgical tool can include an elongate shaft, an end effector, a wrist that couples the end effector to the shaft at a distal end of the shaft, and a tool housing coupled to a proximal end of the shaft that is configured to control the operation various features associated with the end effector and to operatively couple to a robotic surgical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, Michel G. Bruehwiler, Cole Constantineau, Daniel J. Yasevac, Mary T. Carter, Jeffrey Chagnon, Kevin DelSignore
  • Patent number: 10667912
    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 paddle and a moveable arm having a barbed portion. A hinge portion connects the fixed arm to the moveable arm. The device does not include catch points when the paddles are in the open position and the clasps are in a closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Robert Dixon, Jensen Chen, Guillermo W. Moratorio, Hengchu Cao, Douglas Thomas Dominick, Sergio Delgado, Lauren R. Freschauf
  • Patent number: 10588648
    Abstract: A clot retrieval device 1 for removing occlusive clot from a blood vessel, the device comprises an inner elongate body 3 having a collapsed delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration and an outer elongate body 2 at least partially overlying the inner elongate body 2. The outer elongate body 2 is expandable to a radial extent which is greater than the radial extent of the inner body 3 in the deployed configuration to define a clot reception space 11. The outer elongate body 2 comprises a distal end portion 24,49 and the inner elongate body 3 comprises a main body portion 10 and a distal portion which extends in the deployed configuration towards the outer elongate body 2 to a greater extent than the main body portion. The distal portion 10 of the inner elongate member 3 and the distal end portion 24,49 of the outer elongate body 2 together define a three dimensional protective structure to substantially prevent distal egress of clot or clot fragments from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Neuravi Limited
    Inventors: Eamon Brady, Brendan Casey, Michael Gilvarry, David Hardiman, Kevin McArdle, Mahmood Razavi, David Vale
  • Patent number: 10575851
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to devices and methods for manipulating, such as with a suction based traction device, a target anatomic structure inside the body and delivering an ligation device around the anatomic structure. In particular examples, the target structure can be an atrial appendage, and the devices and methods are for atrial appendage ligation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Toby Rogers, Kaniska Ratnayaka, Ozgur Kocaturk, Robert J. Lederman
  • Patent number: 10576098
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to compositions and methods for treating or preventing a fibrotic disorder or disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: eFFECTOR Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: James Appleman, Peggy A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10555739
    Abstract: A surgical clip includes a first clamping leg and a second clamping leg, the two clamping legs, when in use, being movable towards each other such that they squeeze a blood vessel shut and are linked to each other via a connecting piece which applies a closing force forcing the two clamping jaws towards each other, with two additional springs being provided in addition to the connecting piece which functions as the main spring and amplifying the closing force, the additional springs being arranged in parallel to the main spring and acting in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Thomas Pleil, Matthias Wand
  • Patent number: 10555734
    Abstract: Systems and methods for releasably coupling an adjunct material to an end effector for a surgical instrument are provided. The adjunct can be configured to be releasably retained on a jaw, such as a cartridge or anvil, using a contractible attachment feature configured to be transitioned from an original, non-contracted configuration to a contracted configuration under application of heat. The attachment feature, such as one or more strands of a shrinkable polymer, can be engaged with the adjunct, and contraction of the attachment feature is effective to couple the adjunct with retaining members formed on the jaw. Another type of an adjunct has at least one portion configured to be reversibly stretched using application of a force such that, when the force is removed, the portion transitions from a stretched configuration to a contracted configuration and thereby causes the adjunct to be engaged with retaining members formed on the jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Prudence Vulhop, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10548581
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical shield, wherein the shield includes one or more walls including at least one substantially smooth surface, the one or more walls individually or collectively forming a single substantially elongate member; and at least one attachment means directly or indirectly attached to the one or more walls for securing the shield in position during a surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ossis Limited
    Inventors: Madeleine Bess Martin, Malcolm Keith Gordon, Timothy John Dunn
  • Patent number: 10542996
    Abstract: In some examples, a vessel closure system includes a catheter configured to be introduced into a vessel of a patient, the catheter defining a catheter lumen, and a closure device configured to be received within the catheter lumen. In some instances, the closure device may include an elongated flexible member and one or more anchors attached to the elongated flexible member. The anchors may be distributed along a length of the elongated flexible member, and each anchor may include an anchor head configured to be introduced into a wall of the vessel and engage with the wall of the vessel to cause the wall to move radially inward in response to a proximal pulling force applied to the elongated flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Martin Willard, Benjamin Breit, James Griffin
  • Patent number: 10537348
    Abstract: Described here are systems, devices, and methods for providing remote manipulation or traction to tissue using one or more graspers, delivery devices, and magnetic control assemblies. The graspers may be configured for insertion into the patient during a minimally-invasive procedure, such as a laparoscopic operation. The graspers may be configured to releasably connect to tissue. In some embodiments, the grasper may comprise a clip, a clamp, a suction device, a coil, or the like, and may be configured to connect to any suitable tissue. Delivery devices may be configured to releasably engage a grasper to deliver the grasper, remove it from the patient, or reposition it. The delivery devices may additionally be configured to actuate the grasper to attach it to tissue and/or detach it from tissue. The magnetic control elements may be configured to be positioned externally of the body to move, reposition, and/or hold the grasper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro, Mariel Fabro, Archana Nair, Olgy Datto
  • Patent number: 10532211
    Abstract: A system for controlling a therapeutic device and/or environmental parameters can include one or more body worn sensor devices that detect and report one or more physical, physiological, or biological parameters of a person in an environment. The sensor devices can communicate sensor data indicative of the one or more physical, physiological, or biological parameters of a person to an external hub that processes the data and communicates with the therapeutic device to provide a therapy (e.g., neuromodulation, neurostimulation, or drug delivery) as a function of the sensor data. In some embodiments, the therapeutic device can be implanted in the person. In some embodiments, the therapeutic device can be in contact with the skin of the person. The sensor devices can also communicate to the hub that communicates with one or more devices to change the environment as a function of the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MC10, Inc.
    Inventors: Roozbeh Ghaffari, Shyamal Patel, Milan Raj, Ryan McGinnis
  • Patent number: 10524947
    Abstract: A gastrectomy device includes an elongated member and a tube. The elongated member has a proximal end and a distal end and defines a longitudinal side window disposed adjacent the distal end. The elongated member defines a first longitudinal channel, a second longitudinal channel, and a plurality of side apertures. The first longitudinal channel is in communication with the longitudinal side window and the plurality of side apertures is in communication with the second longitudinal channel. The tube extends through the first longitudinal channel. An array of lights is associated with the tube to provide illumination. The tube is movable through the elongated member between a first state, in which the tube is disposed within the first longitudinal channel of the elongated member, and a second state, in which a portion of the tube extends through the longitudinal side window of the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kurt Dierking, Christopher M. Meehan, Andrew Miesse, David Racenet
  • Patent number: 10524976
    Abstract: An intelligent compression device for controllable compression. The compression device includes a compressible body and a microprocessor. The compressible body encircles a limb of a user and includes an elastomer layer and an activation layer. The elastomer layer includes voxelated liquid crystal elastomers that contract in response to a stimulus. The activation element, which is positioned proximate to the elastomer layer, supplies the stimulus. The microprocessor actuates at least a portion of the activation element layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Lewis Tyson Ross
  • Patent number: 10507031
    Abstract: A surgical tissue bag (7) for use in the removal of tissue from a surgical site comprises an elongate handle (8) having a proximal portion (15) and a distal portion (14), and a pouch (9) disposed at the end of the handle. The pouch (9) comprises a flexible ring (10) and a bag portion (11) depending from the ring and forming an enclosure to contain tissue and other fluid material. The handle (8) includes an offset portion (13) such that the distal portion (14) is offset from the proximal portion (15) by a discrete amount. The proximal portion of the handle forms a longitudinal axis, and the ring (10) forms a plane at an angle to the longitudinal axis. The bag portion (11) is shaped such that it defines a bag longitudinal axis, the bag longitudinal axis being non-orthogonal to the plane of the ring (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Gyrus Medical Limited
    Inventor: Tony Atwell
  • Patent number: 10493000
    Abstract: Devices for inducing satiety in enterally fed patients are provided. In one aspect, an enteral feeding device is provided that includes a catheter tube and an expandable bladder secured to a distal end of the catheter tube. The expandable bladder is positionable within a body lumen of a patient for receiving and dispensing nutrients to the patient. In another aspect, a satiety-inducing device for continuously dispensing nutrients to a patient is provided that includes an enteral feeding tube and an expandable bladder secured to the feeding tube near a distal end of the feeding tube such that the expandable bladder is positionable within a body lumen of the patient. The expandable bladder expands upon receipt of nutrients to occupy a volume of the body lumen and contracts as nutrients are continuously dispensed to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald McMichael
  • Patent number: 10485645
    Abstract: The present invention provides an implant that includes inflatable anchors that are configured to assume an inflated state and a relaxed state. The implant includes a tubular member mechanically coupled to one or more anchors of the inflatable anchors. The tubular member includes a lumen that provides a passageway for circulating a fluid through the one or more of the plurality of inflatable anchors and allow them to protrude and pierce through bodily tissues. In an embodiment, the implant may include a plurality of bi-directional barbs instead of the inflatable anchors. The plurality of barbs may be activated by a flexible member such that the activation is configured to cause anchoring of the barbs into soft tissues during a surgical procedure. The present invention provides a method for placing an implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Mohammad Sufyan, Rajeev Malhotra, Lee Richstone, Manish Vira
  • Patent number: 10441283
    Abstract: An end effector for use by a surgeon to staple an anatomical structure of a patient during a surgical procedure includes an anvil and a cartridge. Each of the anvil and the cartridge has a face that is positionable on the anatomical structure. The anvil is coupled to the cartridge at first and second ends. The anvil is movable relative to the cartridge to define a first gap between the faces at the first ends that is different from a second gap between the faces at the second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Thompson, Bennie Thompson, Richard P. Nuchols, Russell L. Holscher
  • Patent number: 10445995
    Abstract: Provided is an information presentation apparatus that includes an actuator, a control unit and a belt. The actuator includes a movable portion and is capable of linearly driving the movable portion. The control unit controls the actuator so that the movable portion is driven corresponding to waveform information. The belt is for attaching the actuator to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroto Kawaguchi, Junji Iwasaki, Nobuhide Yoneya, Yasuhiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10426585
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an implant system for treating fecal incontinence are provided. The devices and systems can include a mesh or like device that can include a variable porosity to control the degree of expansion of the anal canal. The mesh can be constructed at least in part of patterned strut members allowing for various geometric configurations, with varying load and tension properties for the designated portions of the device according to the needs for a particular patient application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Frigstad, Amanda J. Heys, Benjamin Y. Arcand, Natalie Ann Borgos, William A. Sturos, Daniel R. Parks
  • Patent number: 10426587
    Abstract: Compliance control stitch patterns sewn or embroidered into biotextile or medical textile substrates impart reinforcing strength, and stretch resistance and control into such substrates. Compliance control stitch patterns may be customizable to particular patients, substrate implantation sites, particular degenerative or diseased conditions, or desired time frames. Substrates having compliance control stitch patterns sewn or embroidered into them may be used in tissue repair or tissue reconstruction applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TELA Bio, Inc.
    Inventors: Skott Greenhalgh, John-Paul Romano
  • Patent number: 10420644
    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 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Mardil, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron J. Hjelle, William E. Cohn, Richard F. Schroeder, James F. Buck, Karl R. Leinsing
  • Patent number: 10398542
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for breast reconstruction surgery. An implantable fixation device is attached to pectoralis muscle tissue and a tissue graft that forms a sling for supporting a tissue expander or permanent breast implant. The implantable fixation device provides flap stabilization of overlying skin and reduces breast reconstruction complications such as seroma formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MicroAire Surgical Instruments, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Griffin, Mark A. Brzezienski, Devan Griner
  • Patent number: 10383717
    Abstract: Described are implants, intermediate articles of manufacture (web constructions) useful for preparing implants, methods of forming the implants and intermediate articles, and related methods for treating pelvic conditions by use of the implants. The present invention relates generally to surgical implants (i.e., “implants”), intermediate articles of manufacture (web constructions) useful for preparing surgical implants, methods of forming the implants and intermediate articles, and related methods for treating pelvic conditions by use of the implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas O. Viker
  • Patent number: 10376401
    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: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Anthony Sgroi
  • Patent number: 10368852
    Abstract: An orientation device (200) for use in mitral valve repair surgery is provided and includes a catheter (202) catheter insertable percutaneously through the mitral valve into a chamber of a heart. At least one pressure sensor (216, 218) and two generally arcuate commissural arms (208, 210) are provided at or near the distal end (204) of the catheter (202). The arms (208, 210) are deployable from a stowed condition, in which the catheter (202) can be introduced percutaneously into the heart, to an operative condition in which they extend outwardly in generally opposite directions. Each arm (208, 210) is shaped to be locatable within a mitral valve commissure and has an indentation (212) shaped to extend, in use, at least partially about a mitral valve commissure to limit movement of the device (200) relative to the mitral valve in the axial direction of the catheter (202).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Gerhardt, Michael Alan Cousins, Peter Rudi Haw, Jeremy Douglas Jarman, Edward Charles Mudge, Heather Madeleine Coombes, Deon Bezuidenhout, Peter Paul Zilla
  • Patent number: 10363127
    Abstract: An implementation of a mesh pouch includes a mesh wall that defines an enclosure having an opening at an end. The mesh pouch further includes a drawstring configured to close the opening when drawn so as to prevent the surgical implant from leaving the enclosure. The mesh pouch may further include a mesh tab extending from the mesh wall, the mesh tab providing a surface for suturing the mesh pouch to an inner surface of the patient's body. The mesh pouch may further include a strand extending from the mesh wall and a needle attached to a terminus of the strand. The strand may be configured to tighten the mesh wall around the surgical implant when pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Alexei Mlodinow, Stephanie Wiegel, Todd Cruikshank
  • Patent number: 10345174
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sensor to measure a pressure in a fluid, of which a body 1 includes a membrane 2 and a wall 3 forming a peripheral support for and around the membrane. The membrane and the peripheral wall are formed from one single component, and the membrane and the peripheral wall together form a flat and smooth front surface 4 intended to be in contact with the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Khaled Abousaleh
  • Patent number: 10335256
    Abstract: Described are pelvic implants and methods of surgically placing pelvic implants, that provide treatment for pelvic floor disorders by support of the levator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Pilney Montpetit, Richard C. Kaleta, James A. Kazmierkoski, Kelly Ann Chapman, Kimberly A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10321675
    Abstract: The present invention relates to organ transplant systems used to keep organs chilled and viable as they are moved between patients. More specifically, the present invention both contains the organ and holds it in position during transplant surgery. Thus, there is no need for a member of the implant surgical team to hold the organ while it is being sewn into place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Jeffrey Campsen
  • Patent number: 10307252
    Abstract: An apparatus for placing a cardiac support device (CSD) on a heart. The apparatus includes a body, a deployment mechanism on the body for supporting the CSD in an open position for placement on the heart, and a release mechanism coupled to the deployment mechanism for releasably mounting the CSD to the deployment mechanism. The release mechanism includes a release element for releasably engaging the CSD, and a release actuator coupled to the release element for actuating the release element to release the CSD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Mardil, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron J. Hjelle, James Edward Shapland, Michael Andreini, Dan Titcomb, Jeffrey Popowski, Bradley Knippel
  • Patent number: 10299786
    Abstract: A minimally invasive suture insertion device utilizing small gage needles is provided for threading one or more sutures through subcutaneous tissue, both locally and from remote access points, to support, attach, sever, ligate or constrict tissue, vessels, ligaments, nerves or other anatomical features, or for pulling another device into position defined by a suture pathway. A manually operated suture transfer device and method are provided for use in various surgical applications. The suture transfer device operates as an instrument for inserting sutures into and through desired pathways. Tethered cannulas are coupled to the positioned sutures and dock, transversely, with a captured component having a capacity for engaging a single suture or multiple sutures, together or in turn within subcutaneous tissue from local or remote access points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Alpha Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: David E. Levine, Neal B. Cohen, Daniel S. Levine, Marshall S. Levine
  • Patent number: 10292821
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an external cardiac basal annuloplasty system (ECBAS or BACE-System: basal annuloplasty of the cardia externally) and methods for treatment of regurgitation of mitral and tricuspid valves. The BACE-System provides the ability to correct leakage of regurgitation of the valves with or without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass, particularly when the condition is related to dilation of the base of the heart. This ECBAS invention can be applied to the base of the heart epicardially, either to prevent further dilation or to actively reduce the size of the base of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: JaiShankar Raman, P. Sriramo Rao
  • Patent number: 10292767
    Abstract: Surgical tools having a two degree-of-freedom wrist, wrist articulation by linked tension members, mechanisms for transmitting torque through an angle, and minimally invasive surgical tools incorporating these features are disclosed. An elongate intermediate wrist member is pivotally coupled with a distal end of an instrument shaft so as to rotate about a first axis transverse to the shaft, and an end effector body is pivotally coupled with the intermediate member so as to rotate about a second axis that is transverse to the first axis. Linked tension members interact with attachment features to articulate the wrist. A torque-transmitting mechanism includes a coupling member, coupling pins, a drive shaft, and a driven shaft. The drive shaft is coupled with the driven shaft so as to control the relative orientations of the drive shaft, the coupling member, and the driven shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Burbank, Gregory W. Dachs, II, Todd E. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10265203
    Abstract: An implantable stent includes a stent retrieval member for repositioning or retrieval of the stent after it has been implanted into a bodily lumen. The stent includes a distensible tubular stent having a tubular structure having a tubular wall defined by an interior surface and an exterior surface and having opposed open ends; and a stent retrieval member comprising an elongate member comprising a generally circular perimetric base and a shaped projection having first and second spaced apart members extending acutely or perpendicularly from the base and connected by an apical portion. Force exerted on the shaped projection causes contraction or expansion of the circular base. The circular base is securably attached to one of the open ends of the stent, and the shaped projection extends longitudinally beyond this open end of the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Gary A. Jordan, Claude O. Clerc, Paul K. Norton, Michael E. Zupkofska, John J. Damarati
  • Patent number: 10245134
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating urinary incontinence are disclosed. In one embodiment, an implantable device uses non-biodegradable suture(s) positioned under or adjacent to the urethra. The sutures may be anchored by one of several methods including integration with mesh, tines, barbs, or an alternative anchoring system away from the urethra. A delivery system may comprise a hollow trocar with removable tip and handle. Methods for treating urinary incontinence using the devices are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Michael E. Carley
  • Patent number: 10238410
    Abstract: A medical instrument, in particular a surgical instrument, with an intervention portion (20) for a medical intervention, and with a grip (14) designed for holding the instrument, preferably for actuating the intervention portion, with a grip surface portion (1) which is made of a stainless metal and which has an arrangement with shapings (0) and, formed between the shapings, enclosure portions (4, 5, 6, 7), characterized in that the shapings (0) each have a hexagonal edge (2) with six edge portions of equal length (3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6), wherein mutually adjoining edge portions (3-1, 3-2; 3-2, 3-3; . . . ) of each shaping (0) upstream and/or downstream of a winding of the arrangement on a plane surface span the same angle (?) of 120 degrees, and wherein the edge (2) is formed by the enclosure portions (4, 5, 6, 7) formed between adjacent shapings (0), as a result of which a honeycomb structure (9) is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: S&T AG
    Inventor: Richard Boehmdoerfer
  • Patent number: 10213286
    Abstract: A medical device and method of delivery of the medical device within a patient's body are disclosed by the present invention. The medical device includes a first elongate member and a second elongate member. The first elongate member further includes a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The first elongate member is made of a first material. The second elongate member includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion of the second elongate member is attached to the first elongate member and the second portion of the second elongate member is attached to the first portion of the second elongate member at one of its transverse edge. The first portion and the second portion of the second elongate member are configured to form a defined non-planar shape such that the first portion is a first arm of the defined non-planar shape and the second portion is a second arm of the defined non-planar shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Olivieri, Peter J. Pereira
  • Patent number: 10206779
    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: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BioVentrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Van Bladel, Meir Moshe, Michael S. Dana