Cutting Patents (Class 600/564)
  • Patent number: 10779804
    Abstract: A biopsy needle (100) comprises a cannula (5) with a distal end (15), an inner needle (1) that has a sharpened distal end (16) and at least one biopsy cavity (7) that is located at a distance (L3) from the sharpened distal end (16). The cannula (5) and the inner needle (1) are configured so that the inner needle (1) is accommodated inside the cannula (5) and the inner needle (1) and the cannula (5) are movable with regard to each other. The inner needle (1) further comprises at least two measuring electrodes (1, 4; 3, 4) for measuring a bioimpedance spectrum, the measuring electrodes (1, 4; 3, 4) defining a measuring volume that is localized to the distal end (16) of the inner needle (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Injeq Oy
    Inventors: Kai Kronström, Petri Ahonen, Sanna Mäki, Timo Elomaa, Juho Kari
  • Patent number: 10779846
    Abstract: A surgical clamping device includes a handgrip, an actuation assembly, an elongated body portion, an upper jaw assembly, and a lower jaw assembly. Each of the upper and lower jaw assemblies includes and an elongated jaw body and a distal clamping portion that is supported on a distal end of a respective elongated jaw body. Each of the elongated jaw bodies includes a proximal end that is pivotally connected to the actuation assembly by a pivot member located within the handgrip. The pivot member is spaced from the distal clamping portions of the upper and lower jaw assemblies such that the distal clamping portions of the upper and lower jaw assemblies remain substantially parallel as the upper and lower jaw assemblies are pivoted between open and clamped positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 10751078
    Abstract: A morcellator includes a housing, an elongated tube extending distally from the housing, and first and second electrodes. A distal end of the elongated tube is configured to cut tissue. The first electrode extends from the housing to the distal end of the elongated tube and is disposed around at least a portion of the distal end of the elongated tube. The second electrode extends distally beyond the first electrode. Another morcellator includes a housing, an elongated tube extending distally from the housing, and an oscillating mechanism. A distal end of the elongated tube includes opposing blade sections and at least one blunt section. The opposing blade sections are configured to cut tissue. The oscillating mechanism is configured to drive oscillation of the elongated tube to cut tissue with the blade sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joe D. Sartor, Arlen K. Ward
  • Patent number: 10736662
    Abstract: A system and method for harvesting, storing, and implanting biological units, in particular hair follicular units (FUs). The system is particularly useful to facilitate hair transplant procedures. The system may comprise an implanting tool, a cartridge with a plurality of receptacles for biological units and one or more control mechanisms. The device and cartridge for storing biological units may be incorporated within an overall automated or robotic system, or may form part of a semi-automated or even manual apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford A. Oostman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10729856
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a needle, a cutter, a medication fluid path, and a filter assembly. The needle defines a tissue receiving feature. The cutter is movable relative to the needle to sever tissue protruding into the tissue receiving feature. The medication fluid path includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is configured to couple with a source of medication fluid. The tissue receiving feature is in fluid communication with the medication fluid path such that the first portion is upstream of the tissue receiving feature. The filter assembly is located in the second portion of the medication fluid path. The filter assembly is configured to permit air to pass through the filter assembly. The filter assembly is further configured to prevent medication fluid from passing through the filter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nock, Robert M. Householder
  • Patent number: 10729885
    Abstract: A surgical clamp comprises a pair of opposing jaws moveable relative to each other between a closed position and first and second open positions. The opposing jaws remain substantially parallel to one another when moving between the closed position and the first open position. The opposing jaws remain non-parallel to one another when moving between the first open position and the second open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Cameron D. Hinman, David J. Danitz
  • Patent number: 10729459
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for removing obstructive material within a body lumen. The apparatus includes a macerator device deployable from a sheath that includes an expandable cage carried by a shaft and within a constraint tube. The shaft is movable relative to the constraint tube for deploying and expanding the cage within a body lumen such that an open end of the cage is oriented towards obstructive material. The cage is advanced to capture the material or the material is directed into the cage using an expandable member expanded beyond the material and retracted to direct the material into the cage. The cage is withdrawn into the constraint tube to compress the cage radially inwardly. Materials extending through apertures in the cage are sheared off by a sharpened edge of the constraint tube. The smaller, sheared off particles are then aspirated from the body lumen through the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Arrow International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Krolik, Juan Domingo, Daryush Mirzaee, James H. Dreher
  • Patent number: 10709517
    Abstract: An end effector has three degrees of freedom in operation: (1) opening and closing of the jaws, (2) adjustable articulation of the jaw plane relative to the longitudinal axis, and (3) rotation of the jaw assembly, regardless of its articulation, about the longitudinal axis. A split yoke assembly is coupled to rotatable jaw mounts, which in turn are coupled to the jaws. A pushrod is configured to open and close the jaws, and cables coupled to the rotatable jaw mounts cause articulation of the jaw plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Multi Scopic Instruments, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald J. Berkelaar
  • Patent number: 10693255
    Abstract: A connector-equipped electrical wire includes a connector housing that includes a cavity that opens on a back side; a terminal-equipped electrical wire that includes an electrical wire and a terminal attached to an end portion of the electrical wire, and that is connected to the connector housing in a state where the terminal is held inside the cavity and also where the electrical wire runs through a back surface-side opening of the cavity and extends outward of an outer circumference of the connector housing; and a covering member that is attached to the connector housing so as to open on a side where the electrical wire extends outward of the outer circumference of the connector housing and also so as to cover at least the opening of the cavity on the back side of the connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hasui
  • Patent number: 10682153
    Abstract: A rotatable jaw device for use with an endoscope and method of using a rotatable jaw device. The device includes a fork, and two jaws pivotally mounted to the fork. The jaws are movable between a predetermined closed position and a predetermined open position. At least one jaw has at least one protrusion on a surface of the jaw. The at least one protrusion prohibits movement of the two jaws in the opening direction beyond the predetermined open position. One jaw may have an elongated center void defined by twin jaw extensions, and the other jaw may rotate within the elongated center void when the two jaws move toward the predetermined closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED STATES ENDOSCOPY GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Keith R. John
  • Patent number: 10667843
    Abstract: A gripper head for grabbing and fixing a tick comprises two facing gripping jaws, wherein the gripper head can adopt a state with open gripping jaws and a state with closed gripping jaws. The gripper head further comprises a holder comprising a closing spring for holding the two gripping jaws, wherein the gripping jaws are configured such that each of them has a curved outer side and a flat inner side, the closing spring acts on the two gripping jaws, and in the closed state of the gripping jaws the flat inner sides of the two gripping jaws lie on each other such that a closed body is formed. The gripper head is design to be accommodated and fastened to a tick gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Matthias Meinhold
  • Patent number: 10653417
    Abstract: A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument has an end effector and a trigger in communication with the end effector. The surgical instrument also has a first sensor and an externally accessible memory device in communication with the first sensor. The first sensor has an output that represents a first condition of either the trigger or the end effector. The memory device is configured to record the output of the first sensor. In various embodiments, memory device may include an output port and/or a removable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, John N. Ouwerkerk
  • Patent number: 10646217
    Abstract: A suture passing device includes a jaw assembly that is moved to an open configuration after exiting a hollow needle distal tip and moved to a closed configuration when retracted into the needle tip. The jaw assembly may include a pair of jaw members biased to a default diverging configuration. A suture capturing mechanism formed on the jaw members securely captures suture to both push and pull the captured when the jaw assembly is retracted into the hollow distal tip. The device may also include a second suture capturing mechanism that loosely captures suture and enables the captured suture to slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ARCH DAY DESIGN, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Pisarnwongs, Thomas Weisel, Kevin Glen
  • Patent number: 10617399
    Abstract: A method of operating a biopsy device includes providing a sampling mode for taking a tissue sample with a biopsy needle; providing an insertion/removal mode for inserting or extracting the biopsy needle from living tissue; displacing a primary drive member through a continuous range that defines a first interval and a second interval; transmitting a motive force via the primary drive member to a first drive element during the first interval to cause a pump to generate a vacuum in the biopsy needle; and, transmitting a motive force via the primary drive member to a second drive element during the second interval to change the biopsy needle from the insertion/removal mode to the sampling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Almazan
  • Patent number: 10610205
    Abstract: A biopsy device includes a body, a needle, a hollow cutter, and a tissue sample holder. The needle extends distally from the body and includes a lateral aperture. The cutter is movable relative to the needle to sever a tissue sample and defines a cutter lumen. The tissue sample holder includes a manifold and an outer cover. The manifold includes a plurality of passages and an indexing portion. Each passage of the plurality of passages is configured to selectively index relative to a proximal end of the hollow cutter. The outer cover includes a resilient member. The resilient member is configured to engage with the indexing portion of the manifold to selectively index a passage of the plurality of passages with the distal end of the hollow cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Rhad, Morgan R. Hunter, Andrew P. Nock, Bryan R. Keller, Emmanuel V. Tanghal, Rachel Yoon Choung
  • Patent number: 10596031
    Abstract: The invention relates to an instrument which has been developed to be used in macular hole surgeries closes and repairs the macular hole by drawing the retina, wherein it comprises a holder comprising at least one shaft connected to the handle, and at least one pressure leg positioned to the end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Hüseyin Yetik
  • Patent number: 10595896
    Abstract: An apparatus for accessing bone marrow inside a bone is provided. The apparatus may include a penetrator assembly having a tissue penetrator and a hub. The tissue penetrator my have a hollow cannula disposed in fixed relation to the hub. The apparatus may also have a driver configured to insert a portion of the tissue penetrator into the bone and bone marrow, and a depth control mechanism configured to control the depth of penetration of the tissue penetrator into the bone and bone marrow. The depth control mechanism may have a sensor configured to detect a position of the bone and bone marrow. The depth control mechanism may also have a mechanical stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFLEX LIFE SCIENCES LIMITED
    Inventor: Larry Miller
  • Patent number: 10582914
    Abstract: A bronchial piercing catheter assembly used to navigate to target tissue in a patient under EMN guidance includes a handle, a shaft, and a catheter tip. The shaft extends from the handle and includes a proximal end and a distal end. The catheter tip is located on the distal end of the shaft and is designed to penetrate tissue. The catheter tip further includes a base member defined along a central longitudinal axis of the bronchial piercing catheter and a trailing tip member adjacent to the base member. The trailing tip member tapers relative to the base member and a leading tip member adjacent to the trailing tip member. The leading tip member further tapers to a distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Katherine A. Herdina, Carol L. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10582941
    Abstract: A handling device for a micro-invasive surgical instrument includes a gripping device, a shaft coupling, and a rod coupling. The gripping device is configured to guide and hold the handling device. The shaft coupling is configured to detachably couple a proximal end of a shaft to the handling device. The rod coupling is configured to slide in the handling device between an assembly position and a range of working positions to detachably couple a proximal end of a transmission rod to the handling device. The transmission rod is disposed in the shaft. The shaft coupling is configured to block the proximal end of the shaft in a predetermined position in which the proximal end of the shaft holds the rod coupling in the range of working positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Kärcher, Jochen Stefan
  • Patent number: 10575896
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument includes mutually movable instrument legs each comprising one or more electrode faces between which tissue can be clamped and treated in electrothermal manner. The movement of the instrument legs relative to each other can be delimited by at least two spacers which are spaced from each other in the longitudinal direction of the instrument legs and act on the instrument legs. At least one electrode face portion subjected to deflection in a closed position of the instrument legs is formed to be bow-shaped, in particular concave, the curvature being contrary to the bending direction to be expected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Christoph Rothweiler, Eugen Herner, Christian Huber
  • Patent number: 10568682
    Abstract: An endoscopic bipolar forceps includes an elongated shaft having opposing jaw members at a distal end thereof. The jaw members are movable relative to one another from a first position wherein the jaw members are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to a second position wherein the jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. The forceps also includes a source of electrical energy connected to each jaw member such that the jaw members are capable of conducting energy through tissue held therebetween to effect a seal. A generally tube-like cutter is included which is slidably engaged about the elongated shaft and which is selectively movable about the elongated shaft to engage and cut tissue on at least one side of the jaw members while the tissue is engaged between jaw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN AG
    Inventors: Sean T. Dycus, Darion R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10463349
    Abstract: A biopsy device for taking a 3D biopsy may comprise an outer sleeve, a hollow main shaft, a biopsy tube and a tube shaft. The hollow main shaft may have a distal end portion with a sideward facing notch, and the main shaft may be adapted to be accommodated within the outer sleeve. The biopsy tube may be provided for receiving cut and thus isolated tissue. A proximal end of the biopsy tube may be releasably attachable to a distal end of the tube shaft so that the biopsy tube is movable together with the tube shaft within the hollow main shaft between a proximal position in which the biopsy tube is not located in the notch, and a distal position in which the biopsy tube is located in the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Pieter Jan Van Der Zaag, Cornelius Antonius Nicolaas Maria Van Der Vleuten, Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Gerhardus Wilhelmus Lucassen, Klaas Cornelis Jan Wijbrans
  • Patent number: 10456295
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device, an assembly comprising the device and a method making use of same, the device comprising an elongated member extending between a first end and a second end, and a segment proximal to the second end extending along a longitudinal axis X, said segment comprises at least one depression axially extending along at least a portion of said segment and an external surface having a circumference C; and one or more blades with a cutting edge peripheral to C and the one or more blades extending along at least part of said segment; the first end comprising an engagement element for engagement with a grip unit comprising a rotor to cause rotation of said device about said axis upon actuation of the rotor and the second end comprising a tissue piercing tip. The device, assembly and method are useful in creating a channel in a biological soft tissue, such as a drainage channel in the sclero-corneal junction area of the eye. This may be useful in reducing intra-ocular pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: TEL HASHOMER MEDICAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES LTD., SANOCULIS LTD.
    Inventors: Vadim Shmukler, Yoseph Glovinsky
  • Patent number: 10456121
    Abstract: A tissue removal device includes an outer tubular member coupled to a housing and a having a tissue resection window, an inner tubular member slidably disposed within the outer tubular member, a tissue trap having a sealed interior in fluid communication with a vacuum chamber, an open proximal end of the inner tubular member being disposed within the tissue trap interior, and an actuator moveably coupled to the housing and operatively connected to a movable piston in the vacuum chamber, such that movement of the actuator relative to the housing generates a vacuum in the tissue trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy H. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10441253
    Abstract: An endoscopic biopsy device for collecting samples. The device includes a tubular body having distal and proximal ends and jaws hinged to the distal end. The jaws operate between OPEN and CLOSED positions to secure a tissue sample. In the CLOSED position, the jaws define a sampling chamber. A collecting chamber for receiving samples is located within the body near the sampling chamber. A collecting member for transfixing secured samples is displaceable between a retracted position in the collecting chamber and a deployed position where the collecting member penetrates into the sampling chamber. The jaws include retaining elements projecting inwardly on a portion of the jaws. The retaining elements engage when the jaws are CLOSED, separating the sampling and collecting chambers from each other. The retaining elements disengage when the jaws are OPEN, providing a passage for the transfer of transfixed samples into and out of the collecting chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BioScopeX ApS
    Inventors: Tomas Gundberg, Ole Kjeldsen, Henrik Harboe
  • Patent number: 10433856
    Abstract: A system includes a handpiece and a removable tool assembly including a holder body, a shaft, a medical tool, a guard, and a sleeve. The body engages the handpiece and defines a bore. The shaft extends within the bore and the tool is provided to the distal end of the shaft. The guard is coupled to the body via a snap fit connection at the bore and may be friction fit to a bearing sleeve located between the guard and the shaft, such that longitudinal translation of the guard relative to the body longitudinally displaces the guard. The shaft extends within the bore of the body and the guard. The guard is positioned relative to the body by a distance to define a working length of the tool between the distal end of the guard and the distal tip of the tool. The working length of the tool may be used to cut tissue, without concern that cutting will be deeper than intended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Grace Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony D. Prescott
  • Patent number: 10426447
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a biopsy device for efficiently sampling a specimen from a biological tissue, particularly if the biological tissue is a soft tissue. The biopsy device includes: an elongate shaft; a piercing spike for piercing a biological tissue, the piercing spike being disposed on a longitudinally distal end of the elongate shaft; a screw disposed on the elongate shaft, for guiding a specimen sampled from a living body from the longitudinally distal end of the elongate shaft toward a longitudinally proximal end thereof; and a screw cutter disposed on the screw, for peeling the specimen off the living body. The screw cutter peels the specimen off the biological tissue while the piercing spike is piercing the biological tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomonori Hatta
  • Patent number: 10426542
    Abstract: A pulsed RF cut waveform profile for electrosurgery, in which each pulse is formed of a composite of different pulse portions. The pulse includes a controllable treatment portion whose duration can be truncated as necessary to ensure that the average power delivered by the pulse as a whole does not exceed a predetermined value. A limit for the average power delivered by the composite pulse (i.e. total energy delivered over the duration of the ON and OFF portions divided by the pulse duration) may be selectable by the operator. The ON portion may have multiple sub-portions, which have different purposes. Each pulse may be automatically controlled for pulse width in this manner, so that the RF signal effectively responds intelligently to conditions at the probe tip during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: CREO MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Francis Amoah, Christopher Paul Hancock, Martin Jarman, Nuwan Dharmisiri
  • Patent number: 10405877
    Abstract: A system and method for removing a tissue specimen or organ from the body of patient is disclosed. The system includes a bag and an excising instrument. The tissue specimen or organ is located in the bag, which is located in the patient's body. The instrument comprises a guide and a cutter. The guide is configured for introduction into the bag. The cutter is rotatable within the guide and includes a central passageway and an annular cutting blade. The cutting blade is brought into engagement with a peripherally located portion of the tissue specimen and rotated to produce a tangentially cut peripheral portion while a pulling force is applied to the tissue specimen through the central passageway. The pulling force rotates the tissue specimen within the bag to effect the production of the tangentially cut peripheral portion and to move the tangentially cut peripheral portion out of the patient's body. Gas pressure may be applied to inflate the bag to facilitate placement of the excising instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Boehringer Technologies, LP
    Inventors: Christopher L. Radl, Allison Lloyd Lehmann, Kevin P. Klocek, Trevor Smith
  • Patent number: 10406026
    Abstract: A system for operating within an interior region of the eye, or other organ, includes a delivery channel having a proximal portion located exterior to the eye and a distal portion positionable within the interior region of the eye, wherein the distal portion of the delivery channel defines an outer diameter that is smaller than or equal to about 18 gauge, and a micro-robot extendable from the distal portion of the delivery channel, wherein the micro-robot is remotely operable to change shape within the interior region of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Nabil Simaan, Russell H. Taylor, James T. Handa
  • Patent number: 10398457
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for removing a gallbladder is provided. The surgical instrument includes a handle assembly, an elongated body portion extending distally from the handle assembly, and a capture portion operably mounted on a distal end of the elongated body portion. The capture portion defines a tissue receiving opening when in an open configuration and is configured for receipt through an incision when in the capture portion is in a closed configuration. The capture portion includes at least one sharpened member for cutting tissue received within the tissue receiving opening as the capture portion moves from the open configuration to the closed configuration. Also provided is a method of removing a gallbladder using a surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: Covidien LP, The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Yuhao He, Scott LaTulip, Zongchang Liu, Yang Wei, Taiming Chu
  • Patent number: 10398416
    Abstract: Devices, systems, methods, and kits are provided for accessing and treating bone marrow lesions in intraosseous spaces of bones by reversibly coupling a drill, including a surgical power drill, to a stylet reversibly inserted within and coupled with a cannula to provide for concurrent or synchronized rotation of the stylet and the cannula when drilling into a bone. Also provided are devices, systems, methods, and kits for their use for uncoupling a stylet from a cannula once the cannula is in a desired position in a bone, removal of the stylet to provide an open lumen to the desired location in the bone, and reversible attachment of an access device to the proximal end of the cannula to deliver and/or withdraw a substance (such as bone graft substitute) from the accessed lesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick L. Fagundes, Lily Jeng
  • Patent number: 10390826
    Abstract: A surgical stapling device includes an elongated tool assembly having spaced first and second jaws positioned to receive a body organ. The length of the tool assembly (which may have a curved configuration) is selected to receive and staple and/or transect a body organ in a single actuation of the tool assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Ayman Badawi
  • Patent number: 10376248
    Abstract: A dart for use in gathering a tissue sample from an animal is disclosed. The dart has an adapter base for fastening to an elongated dart delivery shaft. The adapter base has a distal threaded end. A dart tip is threaded onto the adapter base. The dart tip has a sharpened tubular end portion for entering through skin of an animal and a cylindrical chamber portion for receiving and holding at least part of a tissue sample. The chamber portion has a proximal portion adapted to be removably fastened to the distal threaded end of the adapter base and a distal portion merging with the sharpened tubular end portion, wherein the dart tip is configured to hold and retain the tissue sample received within the chamber portion while the dart tip is withdrawn from the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TISSUEGRAB BIOPSY SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Musyl, Lianne McNaughton
  • Patent number: 10368940
    Abstract: A forceps including a gripping assembly. The gripping assembly includes an upper jaw and a lower jaw. The upper jaw includes a proximal end and a distal end. The upper jaw includes an upper tooth having an upper proximally facing canted tooth surface and an upper distally facing canted tooth surface. The lower jaw includes a proximal end and a distal end. The lower jaw includes a socket having a lower distally facing canted socket surface and a lower proximally facing socket surface. The upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both are moveable so that the gripping assembly moves between an open position and a gripping position. In the gripping position, a gap is defined between the upper distally facing canted tooth surface and the lower proximally facing socket surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI, INC.
    Inventors: John R. Mensch, Zane R. Ward, Jeffrey J. Nelson, Huisun Wang, Nikhil M. Murdeshwar
  • Patent number: 10368879
    Abstract: Improved spinal instruments are provided. In particular, the present application relates to an improved rongeur that allows for multiple bites of bone to be performed in a patient before removing the rongeur from the patient. The rongeur includes a lower shaft and an upper shaft slidable relative to the lower shaft. The lower shaft and upper shaft form a jaw mechanism that can take multiple bites of bone, which can be deposited in a storage cavity formed in the upper shaft. To assist in removing the bone from within the storage cavity, an internal plunger mechanism can be provided that is actuated by a finger hold. In addition, at least portions of the upper shaft are detachable from the lower shaft such that the upper shaft can be thoroughly cleaned and re-used if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Paul, William S. Rhoda, Donald Kolletzki
  • Patent number: 10369341
    Abstract: A micro needle driving device comprises: a main body having a receiving space formed therein; a drive motor provided in the receiving space; a rotating unit axially coupled to and rotating with the rotating shaft of the drive motor and having a guide projection formed on an outer peripheral side surface thereof; and a moving cam unit having the micro needle unit coupled to a side thereof and the rotating unit received therein, having a guide portion formed in a curved line along a lengthwise direction on an inner peripheral side surface thereof, and reciprocally and linearly moved according to the rotation of the rotating unit. The guide portion has the guide projection connected thereto in a slidably movable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LAON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Doo Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10335178
    Abstract: A surgical grasping instrument is provided which includes a body portion having an elongate tubular member extending from the body portion and a jaw assembly movably mounted on a distal end of the elongate tubular member. The jaw assembly includes first and second jaws having arcuate grasping portions for securely grasping a circular surgical stapler anvil shaft. The jaw assembly is mounted on a movable head portion which is movable relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongate tubular member to rotate and articulate the jaw assembly relative to the longitudinal axis to manipulate the anvil within the body of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Eric Taylor, Thomas Hessler, Lou Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10327805
    Abstract: A biopsy system with a grid plate used as either a lateral or medial compression plate of a localization fixture used with a breast coil includes a rotatable guide cube that may be inserted into a desired rectangular recess in the grid plate after rotating to position a selected guide hole in the desired spatial orientation. Versions of a guide cube include those rotatable in two axes to provide additional hole positions, angled holes, enlarged circular holes that function with a rotating guide to support a noncircular biopsy instrument cannula (e.g., trocar/sleeve combination, core biopsy probe of a biopsy device) for rotation. A rotating guide may have an unlocked state for easily sliding to a selected longitudinal position thereon. Thereafter, the rotating guide is locked to serve as a positive depth stop (e.g., quarter turn locking elastomeric rings, triangular and scissor clips, and shutter depth stops).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Kreena R. Modi
  • Patent number: 10327800
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of method and apparatus are provided for resurfacing of skin that includes formation of a plurality of small holes, e.g., having widths less than about 1 mm or 0.5 mm, using a mechanical apparatus, thus avoiding generation of thermal damage as occurs with conventional laser resurfacing procedures and devices. The holes formed can be well-tolerated by the skin, and can exhibit shorter healing times and less swelling than conventional resurfacing procedures. The apparatus includes one or more needles adapted to remove a small portion of tissue when inserted into and withdrawn from the skin. The fractional surface coverage of the holes can be between about 0.1 and 0.7, or between about 0.2 and 0.5. The exemplary method and apparatus can produce cosmetic effects such as increases in collagen content, epidermal thickness, and dermal/epidermal junction undulations in the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventor: William G. Austen
  • Patent number: 10314644
    Abstract: A surgical system including a cartridge having a first tissue sealing electrode and a surgical instrument including a first jaw and a second jaw, wherein the first jaw comprises a second tissue sealing electrode facing the second jaw, and wherein the second jaw is configured to removably receive the cartridge in a position where the first tissue sealing electrode is opposite the second tissue sealing electrode. The surgical system further includes a cut and seal controller, wherein the cut and seal controller automatically generates a command to the surgical instrument to reduce a clamping force between the first and the second jaws after sensing that tissue sealing is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Salvatore Brogna
  • Patent number: 10307178
    Abstract: A medical instrument with a hollow shaft, at the proximal end of which a handle is arranged, and at the distal end of which a tool is arranged with a stationary jaw part and with a jaw part that is pivotable relative to the stationary jaw part, a distal end region of the shaft that carries the tool being designed as a tool tip that can be positioned at an angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, and the tool being rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the shaft respectively about the longitudinal axis of the tool tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jochen Stefan, Daniel Kärcher
  • Patent number: 10278678
    Abstract: A biopsy device for acquiring more than one tissue sample is disclosed. The biopsy device can have at least two tissue engaging elements, where at least one element contains a helical feature. A control mechanism can be used to spin an outer element relative to an internal element, resulting in transport of multiple tissue samples from the mass of tissue to an accessible collection chamber. The outer element may have a sharp distal end which may sever the samples from the mass of tissue. Samples may be stored sequentially in the collection chamber and be removed by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Bilgor Peliks
  • Patent number: 10278707
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatuses and methods of using a resection line guide in various medical procedures. A resection line guide may include a first clamp member and a second clamp member configured to be positioned on a first side and a second side generally opposite that of the first side of an anatomical structure, such as, for example, a stomach. The clamp members may be configured to provide a clamping force on the stomach to secure the guide to the stomach. Further, at least one flexible member may be operatively coupled to the clamp members. The flexible member may be configured to be tensioned so as to provide at least a portion of the clamping force on the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: STANDARD BARIATRICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Thompson, Ryan Weitzel, Bennie Thompson, Richard P. Nuchols
  • Patent number: 10265502
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a catheter that has adjustable stiffness that enables a user to select the stiffness of at least one region of the catheter during insertion and navigation through a body lumen. A preferred embodiment of the invention works in combination with a guidewire to enable placement of the catheter at a position within the vascular system, for example, to enable treatment of a variety of medical conditions. The catheter can include segments that undergo relative movement in response to actuation by the user to adjust the flexibility of the at least one region, preferably located at or near the distal end of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo Lee Tsai, Yuyin Chen, Vyas Ramanan
  • Patent number: 10258365
    Abstract: A tissue-removing catheter includes a cutter having an axial cavity and an opening extending from the axial cavity through the cutter to allow tissue removed from the body lumen by the annular cutting edge to pass proximally through the opening. A cutter driveshaft defines a tissue-transport passage extending longitudinally therein and in communication with the axial cavity of the cutter. A screw blade extends longitudinally within the tissue-transport passage and includes an external helical thread for transporting removed tissue proximally within the tissue-transport passage as the screw blade rotates about its axis. The cutter driveshaft having a distal end portion operatively coupled to the cutter for driving rotation of the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Bryan Ladd, Lucas Schneider, Daniel J. Vreeman
  • Patent number: 10258452
    Abstract: A clot removal device and method for removing a dot from a blood vessel may include an expandable clot engagement element, an expandable dot capture element, and a sheath surrounding and compressing the capture element and the engagement element. The sheath may be removable to thereby enable the capture element to expand in a blood vessel in which the sheath is deployed, and to enable the engagement element to expand within the capture element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Rapid Medical LTD
    Inventors: Ronen Eckhouse, Yuri Sudin, Shimon Eckhouse
  • Patent number: 10238411
    Abstract: An elongate flexible endoscopic surgical scissor instrument includes an actuating means at the proximal end and a blade assembly that includes pair of pivotable scissor blades at the distal end. The actuating means is adapted to place the scissor blades in an opened or closed configuration. The scissors include a torque-transmitting shaft assembly that couples the proximal end of instrument to the blade assembly positioned at the distal end. Rotation of the torque transmitting shaft assembly at the proximal end causes the distally-located blade assembly to similarly rotate in both the open and closed configurations, which can provide precise targeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 10231771
    Abstract: A catheter-based device tracks over a guidewire which has been placed from a first blood vessel into a second blood vessel. The distal tip of the catheter is advanced into the second vessel while a proximal member remains in the first vessel. Matching blunt tapered surfaces on each of the distal tip and the proximal member are clamped together, with adjacent walls of each vessel between them, after which a known, controlled pressure is applied between the two surfaces. Heat energy is then applied to the blunt surfaces for approximately 1-30 seconds to weld the walls of the two vessels together. After coaptation of the vessel walls, the heat is increased to then cut through the vessel walls to create a fistula of the desired size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Avenu Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad M. Kellerman, David Trottingwolf Aldridge, David K. Wrolstad, Mark A. Ritchart, Jeffrey E. Hull, Gene Reu
  • Patent number: 10206700
    Abstract: An endoscopic forceps is provided and includes a housing having a shaft. An end effector assembly operatively connects to a distal end of the shaft and has a pair of first and second jaw members. One of the first and second jaw members is movable relative to the other jaw member from an open position, to a clamping position. One of the first and second jaw members includes one or more cam slots defined therein and configured to receive a cam member that upon movement thereof rotates the movable jaw member from the open position to the clamping position. A resilient member is operably coupled to the jaw member that includes the one or more cam slots. The resilient member is configured to provide a camming force to the cam slot and to bias the first and second jaw members in the clamping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Duane E. Kerr, David M. Garrison