Internal Organ Support Or Sling Patents (Class 600/37)
  • 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
    Assignee: STANDARD BARIATRICS, INC.
    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
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    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
    Assignee: STRAIT ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD
    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
    Assignee: SURGICAL INNOVATION ASSOCIATES, INC.
    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
    Assignee: PHOENIX CARDIAC DEVICES, INC.
    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
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    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
  • Patent number: 10188392
    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: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Wei
  • Patent number: 10172699
    Abstract: The present invention provides an implant for pelvic organ prolapse support, comprising an implant for anterior vaginal wall prolapse support which comprises first body having a first angle and a second angle, a pair of first arms and a pair of second arms. The implant for pelvic organ prolapse support of the present invention can treat cystocele and stress urinary incontinence simultaneously, and can optionally combine with an implant for posterior vaginal wall prolapse support and an auxiliary supporter to treat cystocele, stress urinary incontinence, enterocele, uterine prolapse, rectocele prolapse, anal prolapse, and vaginal vault prolapse at one time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
    Inventors: Ho-Hsiung Lin, Ting-Chen Chang
  • Patent number: 10149672
    Abstract: The devices and methods relate to devices for stabilizing and/or positioning tissue (e.g., heart) within a surgical area. The device may include an articulating arm and a tissue stabilizing member. The device may include one or more stabilizing segments disposed along at least a portion of the length of the articulating arm. Each stabilizing segment may be configured to compress and expand with respect to an internal channel of the arm. The articulating arm may be configured to move between a fixed state and movable state based on a state of the one or more stabilizing segments. In the fixed state, the one or more stabilizing segments may be compressed against the internal channel. In the movable state, the one or more stabilizing segments may be expanded with respect to the internal channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Emory University
    Inventors: Michael Halkos, Sai Muralidhar Padala
  • Patent number: 10139304
    Abstract: A detection method of a slow leak in a hydraulic occlusive system implantable in an animal or human body to occlude a natural conduit. The system includes a hydraulic circuit with an inflatable occlusive cuff containing a variable volume of fluid, surrounding a part of the natural conduit, a reservoir containing fluid, and a fluidic connection between the cuff and the reservoir. An activation device is coupled to a mobile element of the hydraulic circuit to transfer a determined volume of fluid from the reservoir to the cuff or from the cuff to the reservoir. A control unit urges the activation device to exert determined compression on the conduit. A variation of the compression exerted by the cuff on the conduit is created by transfer of an adjustable volume of said fluid between the reservoir and the cuff by measuring the evolution of the pressure in the hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: UROMEMS
    Inventor: Hamid Lamraoui
  • Patent number: 10130457
    Abstract: A hybrid medical device that can aid in reconstructive or augmentative surgery of the breast is disclosed. The device can utilize a suitable biological collagen tissue matrix combined with a synthetic material, for example, that can impart a high initial strength to the repair site while permitting proper healing and revitalization of the implanted device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Tela Bio, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Skott Greenhalgh, John-Paul Romano
  • Patent number: 10105160
    Abstract: Described are pelvic implants (e.g., urinary incontinence sling, hammock, etc.) and method of inserting a pelvic implant that provide treatment for pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence or stress urinary incontinence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Ogdahl, Jessica L. Roll Hoye, Mona D. Dahdah, Robert E. Lund, John F. Otte, Karen Pilney Montpetit, Chaouki A. Khamis, Richard C. Kaleta, Kelly Ann Chapman, Jelica D. Wold
  • Patent number: 10098773
    Abstract: Described herein is a system for inducing weight loss in a patient, which comprises an extragastric space occupier positionable in contact with an exterior surface of a stomach wall to form an inward protrusion of wall into the stomach, and a retention device positionable in contact with the wall to retain the inward protrusion and to thereby capture the extragastric space occupier within the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, William L. Athas, John Lunsford, William S. Eubanks, Kevin Van Bladel
  • Patent number: 10098737
    Abstract: An apparatus including an implant configured to be coupled to cardiac tissue of a patient, the implant including a sleeve; a spool coupled to the implant; a flexible contracting member coupled to the spool and the sleeve such that winding the contracting member around the spool tightens the contracting member; and a tissue anchor including a distal tissue coupling element configured to couple the tissue anchor to the cardiac tissue of the patient; and a proximal implant-receiving element configured to receive at least a portion of the implant and facilitate coupling of the implant to the tissue anchor; and a proximal implant-receiving element including an implant-restraining element coupled to a portion of the implant-receiving element, the implant-restraining element being configured to restrain the implant from separating from the implant-receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Valtech Cardio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Eran Miller, Oz Cabiri
  • Patent number: 10092384
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices for minimally invasive mastopexy, or other soft tissue suspension, which may be accomplished with or without augmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sinclair Pharmaceuticals Limited
    Inventor: Lee R. Guterman
  • Patent number: 10085798
    Abstract: A catheter assembly for assessing contact between the catheter assembly and tissue is disclosed. The assembly includes a catheter shaft and a pressure sensitive conductive composite member whose electrical resistance varies with pressure applied to the catheter assembly. The assembly also includes at least one measurement terminal to permit the measurement of changes in the electrical characteristics of the pressure sensitive conductive composite member. The assembly may optionally include a measurement device to measure resistance, impedance and/or other electrical characteristics. The assembly may utilize a reference electrode secured to the patient's tissue, which permits the measurement device to measure changes between the reference electrode and the at least one measurement terminal. Optionally, the assembly may include a conductive outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Cao, Chou Thao, Saurav Paul
  • Patent number: 10070979
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for implementing an explorable stomach gastric bypass apt to be implanted in a patient who needs it. In particular, such device comprises a main body having at least one elastic portion made of silicone material and a covering element of the main body itself that in turn comprises an extensible portion. The extensible portion is positioned at the elastic portion and characterizes in that it comprises an excess of material compared to the size of the elastic portion itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Francesco Lesti
  • Patent number: 10064696
    Abstract: Systems for partitioning a ventricle of a heart include a partitioning device or implant, and an applicator for inserting, repositioning and/or removing the partitioning device. The implant may support the ventricle wall and may reduce the volume of the ventricle. The delivery system for delivering and deploying a partitioning device into a ventricle may include a catheter having a distal coupling element for coupling to a partitioning device in a collapsed configuration; the catheter may also have an expansion member for applying force to the partitioning device to fully expand it into a deployed configuration and to secure or seal it against the ventricle wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Michael P. Boutillette, James R. Kermode, Miles D. Alexander, Alexander Khairkhahan, Serjan D. Nikolic
  • Patent number: 10045842
    Abstract: Described are various embodiments of surgical procedure systems, devices, tools, and methods, useful for treating pelvic conditions in a male or female, the pelvic conditions including incontinence (various forms such as fecal incontinence, stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence, etc.), vaginal prolapse (including various forms such as enterocele, cystocele, rectocele, apical or vault prolapse, uterine descent, etc.), and other conditions caused by muscle and ligament weakness, the devices and tools including devices and tools for anchoring an implant to tissue, devices and tools for transvaginally accessing a posterior region of pelvic anatomy, devices (including certain types of implants, anchors, and tools) for connecting (e.g., adjustably) a vaginal apex to a region of sacral anatomy to provide support to the vaginal apex, and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Alexander, Kevin R. Arnal, Jeffrey J. Childs, Chaouki A. Khamis
  • Patent number: 10045870
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a support device for a gastrointestinal implant. The support device may include a lumen configured to extend through a submucosal tunnel and a mouth located at a proximal end of the lumen and in fluid communication with the lumen. The mouth may be configured to face proximally within a gastrointestinal tract to receive GI contents, and the mouth may be configured to direct the GI contents into the lumen. The support device may further include a support structure, where the lumen extends through the support structure, and where the support structure is configured to apply an outward radial force on an inner wall of the gastrointestinal tract. An artificial tunnel may extend distally from the support structure, may form at least a portion of the lumen, and may be configured to extend through the submucosal tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: John Crowder Sigmon, Jr., Gregory James Hardy, Shaun D. Gittard, Tyler Evans McLawhorn, Michelle D. Martinez, Vihar C. Surti
  • Patent number: 10039662
    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: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Anthony Sgroi
  • Patent number: 10028835
    Abstract: Devices and systems including implants (which may be removable) and methods of using them for reducing ventricular volume. The implants described herein are cardiac implants that may be inserted into a patient's heart, particularly the left ventricle. The implant may support the heart wall, or may be secured to the heart wall. The implants are typically ventricular partitioning device for partitioning the ventricle into productive and non-productive regions in order to reduce the ventricular volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Kermode, Miles D. Alexander, Michael P. Boutillette, Matthew T. Davila, Irene Bing Bie Tan
  • Patent number: 10028813
    Abstract: Implant systems and methods are provided to include a treatment material with a pelvic implant device. The pelvic implant device, such as an incontinence sling, can include the treatment coating combination of a material, such as Phosphorylcholine (PC), and an infection prevention material, such as InhibiZone® (IZ) technology. The treatment material can be coated onto, or impregnation or integrated with, polypropylene mesh in order to prevent infection and promote healing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosa K. Canifax, Thomas Q. Dinh
  • Patent number: 10004583
    Abstract: A system and method of treating vaginal prolapse and incontinence comprises a kit. The kit includes a mesh graft configured for attachment to the anterior and posterior vaginal walls to thereby treat the vaginal prolapse. A graft delivery device is also provided for introducing and placing the mesh graft to a location deep within the peritoneal cavity and for attaching the graft thereto. A leg assembly is provided and coupled to an end of the mesh graft and cooperates with the graft delivery device to anchor and affix the mesh graft to the desired anatomical structures. The method according to the present invention contemplates a laparoscopic graft placement utilizing the components of the kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Miller
  • Patent number: 9993323
    Abstract: Described are implants and dilators useful in a sacral colpopexy procedure, and related methods. The present invention relates to systems, tools, and methods for treating pelvic organ prolapse by use of a pelvic implant to support pelvic tissue. The pelvic treatments include, for example, treatment of vaginal prolapse by laparoscopic or abdominal procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Alexander, Benjamin Y. Arcand, Kevin R. Arnal, Dean W. Hacker, Karl A. Jagger, Chaouki A. Khamis, Jelica D. Wold
  • Patent number: 9987113
    Abstract: An implantable article and method are disclosed for treating pelvic floor disorders such as vaginal vault prolase. A surgical kit useful for performing a surgical procedure such as a sacral colpopexy is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Astora Women's Health, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Thierfelder, John W. Westrum, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9918816
    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 are configured to engage and pull (e.g., pull up) pelvic tissue to cause the lateral sub-urethral tissue, such as the endopelvic fascia, to tighten and provide slack reduction for improved support. As such, certain embodiments of 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: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica L. Roll, Mona N. Dahdah, John F. Otte
  • Patent number: 9918820
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a mesh or implant systems are provided. The implants can include one or more anchors, arms and the like. The anchors can include hingeable or patterned finger extension to facilitate tissue penetration and retention. Various tensioning and adjustment mechanisms, devices and methods are further provided for the implant systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin M. Crank, Kathryn A. Bertelson, Patricia M. Derus, Gary A. Rocheleau, Michael A. Knipfer
  • Patent number: 9918818
    Abstract: Pelvic or other types of implants are provided that can include tensioning feedback components or portions, such as color changing polymer materials, such as polyacetylene. The color changing polymer can be included with, coated on or otherwise provided with a portion of slings or implant devices to provide targeted feedback to the user or physician of the tension applied to a particular device. A first color can be used to indicate a first (initial) tension or compression stage, and a second color can be used to indicate tensioning of the device beyond a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Chaouki A. Khamis, Shawn M. Wignall, David J. Kupiecki
  • Patent number: 9913719
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for treating a heart of a patient may make use of structures which limit a size of a chamber of the heart, such as by deploying one or more tensile member to bring a wall of the heart and a septum of the heart into contact. A plurality of tension members may help exclude scar tissue and provide a more effective remaining ventricle chamber. The implant may be deployed during beating of the heart, often in a minimally invasive or less-invasive manner. Trauma to the tissues of the heart may be inhibited by selectively approximating tissues while a pressure within the heart is temporarily reduced. Three-dimensional implant locating devices and systems facilitate beneficial heart chamber volumetric shape remodeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: BioVentrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Lon S. Annest, Arthur A. Bertolero, David K. Swanson
  • Patent number: 9886756
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of optimizing workflow for an intervention, comprising the steps of reconstruction of an image of a target area representative of an envisaged intervention based on imaging dataset; automatically selecting an optimal viewing direction for enabling a pre-operative quantitative analysis of intervention features. The invention further relates to a computer program and a system for optimizing a workflow of an intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: 3Mensio Medical Imaging B.V.
    Inventors: Luc Verstraeten, Jan Svarovsky, Gerard Burgstede, Frank Wessels
  • Patent number: 9872752
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a medical assembly includes a ring shaped member configured to surround a vaginal wall and an arm member. The arm member is coupled to the ring shaped member and configured to extend from the ring shaped member to a bodily location. The arm member is configured to be coupled to the bodily location and provide a support to a vagina of a patient. The ring shaped member is configured to hold the arm member during implantation of the arm member within the body. The ring shaped member is further configured to be cut after implantation so that the ring shaped member is transformed into a non-circular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie Li, Timothy P. Harrah
  • Patent number: 9861463
    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: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: James Goddard
  • Patent number: 9844372
    Abstract: A stapling system for stapling tissue is disclosed. The stapling system comprises a cartridge body, staples removably stored in the cartridge body, and an implantable layer. The implantable layer comprises a first portion comprising a first density, wherein the first portion is comprised of a material. The implantable layer further comprises a lattice comprising a second density, wherein the first density is different than the second density, and wherein the lattice is comprised of the material. The implantable layer further comprises a medicament which promotes tissue ingrowth into the layer in a specified pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Murty Vyakarnam