With Slidable Ejector (e.g., Plunger Or Ram, Etc.) Inside Tubular Inserting Means Patents (Class 604/15)
  • Patent number: 11878135
    Abstract: A medical delivery device for treating a tunneling wound includes an outer sleeve, a plunger, and a hollow tube extending through an opening in the plunger. The plunger is configured to deliver a wound treatment material from an inner cavity of the outer sleeve, through a cavity opening on the outer sleeve, and into the tunneling wound. The hollow tube is configured to deliver a fluid to the wound treatment material after insertion into the tunneling wound. In some embodiments, the medical delivery device may further include a flap disposed on the outer sleeve. The flap may be reconfigurable between a closed position in which the flap is configured to shield the cavity opening, and an open position in which the flap is configured to allow the wound treatment material to be ejected through the cavity opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Systagenix Wound Management, Limited
    Inventors: Alexander Waite, Carrina Ward, Katie Bourdillon
  • Patent number: 11723640
    Abstract: Multiple vascular wall penetrations are formed and sealed in a single blood vessel, typically a vein, for performing cardiac and other catheter-based procedures. Access sheaths are placed in two or more tissue tracts each having a vascular wall penetration at a distal end and into a lumen of the blood vessel. A catheter is advanced though each of the access sheaths to perform a therapeutic or diagnostic procedure. A vascular closure device is introduced through each access sheath, typically sequentially, and an occlusion element at a distal end of the device is deployed against an inner wall of the blood vessel in a manner so that the adjacent access sheath does not interfere or overlap with the deployed occlusion element. The vascular penetration at the distal end in that tissue tract may then be sealed prior to using another vascular closure device to seal a caudally adjacent vascular wall penetration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Cardiva Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Zia Yassinzadeh, John L. Russell, Justin L. Ballotta
  • Patent number: 11478587
    Abstract: A drug depot delivery system includes a housing having a cavity. A cartridge is positioned within the cavity and includes a body having a channel. The body includes a first pair of rails and a second pair of rails. A plunger is slidably disposed in the housing and the cartridge. The plunger is configured to move a drug depot through the channel and out of the housing. Kits and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Lloyd M. Snyder
  • Patent number: 11439542
    Abstract: An applicator for a tampon comprising an inner tube and an outer tube is provided. The inner tube is slideable within the outer tube and the applicator has a forward end. A plurality of petals are provided at the forward end of the inner tube and at least one protrusion is provided at the base of each petal. Each protrusion extends in a radially outward direction from the outer surface of the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Sylvia Jonsson, Conny Dahlqvist, Susanne Carlstedt, Malkus Arlemark
  • Patent number: 11382609
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a dynamic vascular access and closure device for radial cinching of an access site. The device includes a tensioning tube, a resilient member disposed within the tensioning tube, and a plurality of sutures extending axially between a distal end of the tensioning tube and a proximal end of the tensioning tube. A proximal end of each of the plurality of sutures can be configured to attach to the resilient member such that movement of that suture causes compression or extension of the resilient member within the tensioning tube to provide cinching to the sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: xDot Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Aashiish Agnihotri
  • Patent number: 11364024
    Abstract: A vascular closure device includes a release component, a delivery component, a sealing device and at least one actuator. The release component is elongate along a longitudinal direction, and defines a distal end and a proximal end. The delivery component extends along the release component such that at least the release component is movable relative to the delivery component. The delivery component includes a delivery tube body and defines a delivery tube channel. The sealing device has a toggle that is at least partially disposed within the release tube, a suture that is attached to the toggle and extends through the delivery tube channel, and a plug that is attached to the suture proximal to the toggle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Teleflex Life Sciences Limited
    Inventors: Greg Walters, Joseph T. Grintz
  • Patent number: 11344445
    Abstract: A hygienic device for the collection of menstrual flow includes an impermeable and flexible body (2), that is receptacle-shaped, cup type, in which lower external part, the opposite to the mouthpiece (21), fastening means (3) to proceed to its withdrawal after it is used. The fastening means (3) includes a threadlike element (31). Eventually, the threadlike element (31) has a structure easy to be cut by one, two or more points (32), so that the user can cut it at will until leaving it with a minimum length. Eventually, the threadlike element (31) possesses, in the proximal area, at least, one protrusion (33) and at the distal end of the threadlike element (31) it possesses a protrusion (33). Eventually, at the upper part of the body (2) of the receptacle one or more holes (4) have been provided close to the edge of the mouthpiece (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ECAREYOU INNOVATION, S.L.
    Inventor: Joan Garriga I Rodo
  • Patent number: 11345112
    Abstract: A thermal sleeve for protecting an electronic member connected to a wiring harness against exposure to heat, combination thereof, and method of construction thereof is provided. The thermal sleeve has a tubular member including a circumferentially continuous wall with an insulative inner layer bounding an inner cavity extending along a central longitudinal axis between open opposite ends and a reflective outer layer. The sleeve further includes a positioning member constructed of resilient, reflective metal material. The positioning member has a tubular portion and at least one resilient finger extending radially inwardly from the tubular portion for abutment with the wiring harness. The tubular portion is fixedly attached to one of the opposite ends of the wall of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Depompeo
  • Patent number: 11317901
    Abstract: Among other things, methods and apparatus for inserting devices for closing a tissue opening are disclosed. An anchoring or sealing member has one or more stems and/or filaments that are offset from the center of the member, so that lateral adjustments or movements of the anchoring or sealing member do not uncover the opening, cause the anchoring or sealing member to stick through or pull through the opening. Embodiments including a valve adapted to accommodate a guide wire for addressing emergencies are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Cleon Stanley, Ram H. Paul, Jr., Dennis Griffin
  • Patent number: 11213283
    Abstract: A prosthesis and a method of plugging or covering a trocar tract with the prosthesis is disclosed. The prosthesis includes a tubular body having a proximal end and a distal end, a respective opening at each end, and a channel extending between the proximal end of the tubular body and the distal end of the tubular body. The prosthesis is removably mounted along a trocar. The trocar is removable from the prosthesis such that the prosthesis is left at the trocar tract when the trocar is removed from the tract. The prosthesis includes a delivery configuration and a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the opening at the distal end of the tubular body is smaller than the opening at the proximal end of the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Devang Vijay Shah
  • Patent number: 11124641
    Abstract: A water-dispersible injection-moldable composition includes partially-hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), polyethylene glycol (PEG), plasticizer, and a hydrophobic polymeric component, wherein the composition has a melt flow index of 5-180. The hydrophobic polymeric component can be a colorant within an ethylene matrix or polyethylene. The composition is flushable according to Guidance Document for Assessing the Flushability of Nonwoven Consumer Products (INDA and EDANA, 2006); Test FG 522.2 Tier 2—Slosh Box Disintegration Test. The PVOH has a hydrolysis of 87% to 89%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Alphonse DeMarco, Gregory J. Wideman, Peter S. Lortscher, Austin N. Pickett, Mark M. Mleziva, Garry R. Woltman, Michael G. Shlepr
  • Patent number: 11123228
    Abstract: A flushable tampon applicator product includes an outer tube for housing a tampon; an inner tube, at least a portion of which extends into the outer tube, wherein the outer tube includes an outer, body-contacting surface, wherein the inner tube is moveable relative to the outer tube and configured to expel a tampon from the outer tube, and wherein at least one of the outer tube and the inner tube comprises a thermoplastic composition including partially-hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), polyethylene glycol (PEG), a plasticizer, and a hydrophobic polymeric component, wherein at least one of the outer tube and the inner tube is a molded part; and a wrapper material configured for storage under high and low moisture storage conditions, the wrapper material having a water vapor transmission rate of less than 0.05 g/100 in2/day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Alphonse DeMarco, Gregory J. Wideman, Peter S. Lortscher, Austin N. Pickett, Mark M. Mleziva, Garry R. Woltman, Michael G. Shlepr
  • Patent number: 11065157
    Abstract: An applicator for a tampon is provided. The applicator has an inner tube and an outer tube. The inner tube is slideable within the outer tube. The applicator has a forward end and a rear end, and the inner tube has at least one inwardly protruding flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Essity Hygiene and Health Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Sylvia Jonsson, Conny Dahlqvist, Susanne Carlstedt, Malkus Arlemark
  • Patent number: 11051993
    Abstract: The present invention provides an applicator improved so that the entirety of the tampon may be reliably inserted into vagina. A raised portion is located on an exterior surface of an inner tube in the vicinity of a rear end thereof and put in a slidable contact with a part of an interior surface of an outer tube. The raised portion has an outer shape having a width dimension gradually increasing rearward from an apex located on a front end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Yamaki, Akie Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10932962
    Abstract: A wrapped sanitary product comprises a wrapper and a sanitary product that provides for discreet storage and removal of a sanitary product, and/or discreet placement of a soiled sanitary product into a vacated wrapper to be discreetly disposed thereafter. The wrapper is formed such that an interior space is created to store a sanitary product. The wrapper has a storage configuration, and accessible configuration, and a second storage configuration. The wrapper has a port that provides access to the interior space and the sanitary product therein. The wrapper has a flap that can comprise a sticker or a tab, or both. The flap is sealed to the wrapper in a storage configuration, is at least partially removable from the wrapper in an accessible configuration, and is reclosable to the wrapper in a second storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: EDGEWELL PERSONAL CARE BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Wojtek Drewnowski, Pankaj Nigam, Adebimpe Ogunade, Yukiko Naoi, Jeffrey Kapec
  • Patent number: 10806438
    Abstract: An apparatus for sealing a puncture includes a cartridge, a pusher member, a sealant, and a tamping device on a proximal end of the cartridge. During use, the cartridge, sealant, and pusher member are advanced over a positioning member and into the puncture by advancing a cartridge hub carrying the tamping device. When further distal advancement of the cartridge is limited, the cartridge hub is further advanced, activating the tamping device, and causing the pusher member to advance relative to the sealant to compress the sealant within the puncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: ACCESS CLOSURE, INC.
    Inventors: Celso J. Bagaoisan, Juan Domingo, Sieu Duong
  • Patent number: 10779997
    Abstract: A tampon insertion device for inserting a tampon includes a structure for indicating the insertion device is sufficiently inserted into a woman's vagina before deploying the tampon. The tampon insertion device includes a barrel having opposed insertion and proximal end portions and a side wall that defines an interior area therebetween. A tampon is initially positioned in the interior area. A depth indicator having indicia is situated on the side wall of the barrel that is indicative that the barrel is fully inserted, the indicia including one of a recess, a groove, or imprinted matter extending radially about the barrel. The insertion device includes a plunger slidable from a starter configuration extending away from the proximal end portion of the barrel to a deployed configuration positioned downstream inside the interior area. Pressure applied to the plunger causes the plunger to urge the tampon downstream within the interior area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Lacey Janell Lund
  • Patent number: 10751035
    Abstract: A vascular closure system includes a suture carrying portion, a plurality of needles, and an internal sealing member. The suture carrying portion is insertable through a vessel puncture of a vessel and carries first and second suture ends of at least a first suture member. The plurality of needles are extendable through a wall of the vessel adjacent to the vessel puncture and are configured to connect to the first and second suture ends. Withdrawal of the plurality of needles draws the first and second suture ends through the vessel wall. The internal sealing member is configured to advance along the first suture member through the vessel puncture and into the vessel. Applying a withdrawal force to the first and second suture ends draws the internal sealing member against an internal surface of the vessel wall to at least partially seal closed the vessel puncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL PUERTO RICO LLC
    Inventor: Troy T. White
  • Patent number: 10660627
    Abstract: Multiple vascular wall penetrations are formed and sealed in a single blood vessel, typically a vein, for performing cardiac and other catheter-based procedures. Access sheaths are placed in two or more tissue tracts each having a vascular wall penetration at a distal end and into a lumen of the blood vessel. A catheter is advanced though each of the access sheaths to perform a therapeutic or diagnostic procedure. A vascular closure device is introduced through each access sheath, typically sequentially, and an occlusion element at a distal end of the device is deployed against an inner wall of the blood vessel in a manner so that the adjacent access sheath does not interfere or overlap with the deployed occlusion element. The vascular penetration at the distal end in that tissue tract may then be sealed prior to using another vascular closure device to seal a caudally adjacent vascular wall penetration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Cardiva Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Zia Yassinzadeh, John L. Russell, Justin L. Ballotta
  • Patent number: 10617506
    Abstract: A method and prosthesis is provided for percutaneous repair of an anatomical defect, such as an inguinal hernia. The method involves percutaneously accessing the inguinal canal of a patient. Following hernia reduction, if required, the hernia defect may be accessed and repaired percutaneously from within the inguinal canal. An implantable prosthesis may be percutaneously delivered into the inguinal canal. The prosthesis may be advanced along the inguinal canal from the percutaneous entry location to the defect site, where it may be deployed over and/or within the defect. A biocompatible foam material may be percutaneously delivered into the inguinal canal to reduce and/or repair the hernia defect. The foam may fill and solidify in the canal to prevent abdominal viscera from reentering the canal. Ablative therapy may be performed within the inguinal canal to cause a fibrotic response resulting in scar tissue formation and/or tissue shrinkage that narrows the canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: David Keane
  • Patent number: 10470749
    Abstract: Described are medical graft products, systems, and methods useful for treating fistulae, particularly enterocutaneous fistulae. Certain products of the invention are configured to have portions residing in and around a primary fistula opening in a wall of the alimentary canal. One such product includes a biocompatible graft body which is configured to block at least the primary opening. The graft body includes a capping member connected to an elongate plug member. The capping member is configured to contact portions of the alimentary canal wall adjacent to the primary opening, and the elongate plug member is configured to extend into at least a portion of the fistula. A graft product of this sort may be particularly adapted to allow a portion of the capping member to be positioned alongside an exterior, lateral surface of the plug member, e.g., when placed in a delivery device lumen. Such a capping member may be hingedly or non-hingedly coupled to the elongate plug member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Biotech Incorporated
    Inventors: F. Joseph Obermiller, Steve Chen
  • Patent number: 10448937
    Abstract: A vascular closure device includes a release component, a delivery component, a sealing device and at least one actuator. The release component is elongate along a longitudinal direction, and defines a distal end and a proximal end. The delivery component extends along the release component such that at least the release component is movable relative to the delivery component. The delivery component includes a delivery tube body and defines a delivery tube channel. The sealing device has a toggle that is at least partially disposed within the release tube, a suture that is attached to the toggle and extends through the delivery tube channel, and a plug that is attached to the suture proximal to the toggle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Essential Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Walters, Joseph T. Grintz
  • Patent number: 10434261
    Abstract: A drug pellet delivery system includes a housing having a cavity. A cartridge is positioned within the cavity and includes a body having a channel. The body includes a first pair of rails and a second pair of rails. A plunger is slidably disposed in the housing and the cartridge. The plunger is configured to move a drug depot through the channel and out of the housing. Kits and methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Lloyd M. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10383777
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a hygiene device including an applicator housing a tampon. The tampon can include a primary absorbent member having a leading end, a trailing end opposite the leading end, and an intermediate region. The primary absorbent member can include a first tampon color. The tampon can also include a secondary absorbent member which is mechanically tied to the primary absorbent member. The secondary absorbent member can include a second tampon color. The tampon can further include a withdrawal member disposed on at least one of the secondary absorbent member and the primary absorbent member. The withdrawal member can include a third tampon color. The applicator can include an insertion portion that includes an opaque region and a plunger operatively engaged with the insertion portion. The plunger can have a transparent region such that at least one of the secondary absorbent member and the withdrawal member is visually perceptible through the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Widalys Luz De Soto-Burt, Nanda Christine Almond
  • Patent number: 10285677
    Abstract: A vascular closure system includes a suture and an anchor assembly. The anchor assembly includes a first anchor portion having a plurality of petal members automatically expandable from a retracted position for delivery through a vessel puncture in a vessel, and an expanded position when deployed within the vessel. The anchor assembly also includes a second anchor portion connected to the suture and positioned distal of the first anchor portion within the vessel. Withdrawing the suture pulls the second anchor portion against the first anchor portion to contact the first anchor portion against an inner surface of the vessel adjacent to the vessel puncture. The vascular closure system may also include an automatic compaction assembly that automatically compacts a sealing member against the anchor assembly to seal closed the vessel puncture upon withdrawal of the vascular closure system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL PUERTO RICO LLC
    Inventor: Zachary J. Tegels
  • Patent number: 10286118
    Abstract: A method for delivering particles to a target location of a subject includes slidably disposing a polymeric carrier in a lumen of a catheter. The lumen extends in the catheter from a proximal opening to a delivery region. The method further includes inserting the delivery region of the catheter in the target location of the subject and forcing the particles through the lumen of the catheter to cause the carrier and the particles to exit the delivery region of the catheter. The particles may be cells or drug-loaded microspheres. The carrier can serve to retain the particles in the target location for a period of time. For treatment of vertebral disc degeneration, the particles can be stem cells, the carrier can be formed from collagen, and the target location can be the nucleus pulposus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew James Lowenthal Walsh
  • Patent number: 10149670
    Abstract: Apparatus for sealing a puncture communicating with a blood vessel includes a porous carrier formed from lyophilized hydrogel or other material. The plug may include at least first and second hydrogel precursors and a pH adjusting agent carried by the porous carrier in an unreactive state prior to exposure to an aqueous physiological environment. Once exposed to bodily fluids, the carrier expands as the lyophilized material hydrates to enhance and facilitate rapid hemostasis of the puncture. When the plug is placed into the puncture, the natural wetting of the plug by bodily fluids (e.g., blood) causes the first and second precursors to react and cross-link into an adhesive or “sticky” hydrogel that aids in retaining the plug in place within the puncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ACCESS CLOSURE, INC.
    Inventors: Farhad Khosravi, Suresh S Pai, Celso J Bagaoisan
  • Patent number: 10105266
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tampon applicator assembly having an applicator barrel with an insertion tip with a maximum of three petals. Additionally, the tampon applicator assembly can be provided with a tapered insertion tip. A shaped pledget can be housed in the applicator barrel, which provides support to the petals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Edgewell Personal Care Brands, LLC.
    Inventors: Keith Edgett, Robert Jorgensen, Eugene P Dougherty
  • Patent number: 10105267
    Abstract: A tampon assembly having a barrel, a plunger, and a pledget is provided. The plunger is slidably received in the barrel. The pledget is in the barrel between the insertion tip and the plunger so that a force applied on the plunger can expel the pledget from the barrel. The barrel has a plurality of petals defining an insertion tip, which has a first taper ratio of more than about 0.3 to less than 1.0. The pledget has a shaped tip that is disposed in the insertion tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Edgewell Personal Care Brands, LLC>
    Inventors: Keith Edgett, Patrick Gorham, George Jarmon, Jessica LeMay
  • Patent number: 10098621
    Abstract: A surgical delivery instrument for delivering a vascular hole closure device having a hole covering member. The delivery instrument comprises a housing, a plunger and an advancer movable within the housing, the advancer having a first portion and a distal portion hingedly connected to the first portion and forming a casing for supporting the hole covering member. Distal movement of the advancer pivots the casing from an angled position to a more linear position to change the orientation of the covering member from a transverse position to a more aligned position. The plunger is advanceable to advance the covering member into the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Rex Medical, LP.
    Inventors: Stephan A. DeFonzo, James S. Tarmin, Thanu Anidharan
  • Patent number: 10098730
    Abstract: An injector system for implanting an intraocular lens into an eye includes an injector body having a front and rear ends; a cannula arranged at the front end, which provides a transport channel for a lens to be implanted; a magazine with a receptacle area for a lens which is securable in the receptacle area by a retainer, the magazine being arranged so that a lens can be fed into the transport channel via the preferably lateral inlet opening; a folding body insertable into the magazine and into the inlet opening, for pushing the lens into the transport channel in a manner so that the lens is partially foldable around the folding body; and a slider which is slideably arranged in the injector body and which can be pushed into the transport channel via the front end so that the lens can be ejected from the transport channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: IOLUTION GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Maroscheck, Helmut Binder
  • Patent number: 10070850
    Abstract: Among other things, methods and apparatus for inserting devices for closing a tissue opening are disclosed. An anchoring or sealing member has one or more stems and/or filaments that are offset from the center of the member, so that lateral adjustments or movements of the anchoring or sealing member do not uncover the opening, cause the anchoring or sealing member to stick through or pull through the opening. Embodiments including a valve adapted to accommodate a guide wire for addressing emergencies are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Cleon Stanley, Ram H. Paul, Jr., Dennis Griffin
  • Patent number: 10028858
    Abstract: Intrauterine systems and components thereof. The systems include an intrauterine device (IUD), an insertion device or applicator for inserting the IUD into the cervix of a female patient. The insertion device includes an elongated sheath; an elongated inner member positioned within a lumen of the elongated sheath; a handle with one or more elongated guides; and a moveable sheath slider. Additionally, methods related to the insertion procedure, and methods of manufacture for the insertion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Medicines360
    Inventors: Rob Deckman, Richard E. Repp, Curt Guyer, Justin Westendorf, Timothy Parmer
  • Patent number: 10004486
    Abstract: A surgical delivery instrument for delivering a vascular hole closure device having first and second flexible members and a first and second engagement members extending from the respective flexible member. The delivery instrument includes a housing having first and second longitudinally extending openings and first and second projecting surfaces, the first projecting surface extending into the first opening for engagement by the first engagement member and the second projecting surface extending into the second opening for engagement by the second engagement member. The first engagement member is held by the first projecting surface until a predetermined force is applied to the first engagement member during placement of the closure device at a target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Rex Medical, L.P.
    Inventors: James S. Tarmin, Thanu Anidharan
  • Patent number: 9993240
    Abstract: An implant for repairing tears in soft tissue, such as a meniscus, may include a lead anchoring member and a trailing anchoring member interlaced by a looped strand member. The lead anchoring member and the trailing anchoring member may be formed of a suture material having a diameter greater than a diameter of the strand member. The lead anchoring member and the trailing anchoring member may deform into a suture mass in response to a lead of the strand member being placed under tension to thereby cinch the looped portion. A self-locking locking knot may prevent loosening of the looped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Roy H. Trawick
  • Patent number: 9955958
    Abstract: A vascular closure device includes a handle, a carrier tube, a sealing tip, a sealing tip connection member, and an actuator. The carrier tube extends from the handle. The sealing tip is positioned at a distal end of the carrier tube. The sealing tip connection member extends from the sealing tip to the handle. The actuator is mounted to the handle and operable to move the sealing tip connection member to release the sealing tip from the carrier tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical Puerto Rico LLC
    Inventor: Zachary J. Tegels
  • Patent number: 9931249
    Abstract: A reduced-pressure, deep-tissue closure device for applying a closing force on a deep tissue includes a contractible matrix that is formed with a first plurality of apertures and which has a first side and a second, inward-facing side. The contractible matrix is for disposing proximate to the deep tissue. A reduced-pressure source is fluidly coupled to the contractible matrix and operable to deliver reduced pressure to the contractible matrix. When under reduced pressure, the contractible matrix grips the deep tissue adjacent the contractible matrix and provides a closing force on the deep tissue. A system and method are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: James Joseph Sealy, Keith Patrick Heaton, Colin John Hall, Christopher Guy Coward, Mark Stephen James Beard
  • Patent number: 9867623
    Abstract: There are disclosed various dispensing mechanisms for dispensing filamentary material (24) through a catheter (12) into a treatment site of a patient, for example into an aneurysm sack (20) in a patient's vessel (22). In one embodiment, the dispensing assembly (30) includes a chamber having a spherical carrier (50) onto which filamentary material (24) is wound. Upon injecting driving fluid into the dispensing assembly (30) filamentary material (24) unwinds from the spherical carrier (50) and is pulled through the catheter (12) to be dispensed from the distal end (18) of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Aidan Furey, Steen Aggerholm, Palle Munk Hansen, Anders Ginge Jensen, Kirsten Asser Larsen
  • Patent number: 9861294
    Abstract: A marker delivery device includes an elongated delivery cannula which has a distal end section, an inner lumen and a discharge opening in the distal end section in communication with the inner lumen. A plunger is slidably disposed within the inner lumen of the elongated delivery cannula. The plunger has a distal end. At least one elongated fibrous marker body is pre-formed prior to being inserted into the inner lumen of the elongated delivery cannula. The at least one elongated fibrous marker body is slidably disposed within the inner lumen of the elongated delivery cannula at a location distal to the distal end of the plunger. The pre-formed at least one elongated fibrous marker body includes a fibrous material compressed and impregnated with a binding agent and freeze dried in the compressed condition. A releasable plug is disposed within a distal portion of the inner lumen and distal to the at least one elongated fibrous marker body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SenoRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Jones, Paul Lubock, John Merritt
  • Patent number: 9814629
    Abstract: A device and a method for manufacturing said device, the device comprising an applicator member and a flexible retention web (1) intended to be introduced into a vaginal cavity (17), said web being equipped with a means (7) for removal and being made from an a traumatic material whereof the dimensions are adapted so as to be able to retain and/or slow down bodily discharges of small quantity, characterized in that: —the applicator member comprises a body (8) that is at least partially hollow defining an internal storage volume (9), said body having a proximal end (10) on the one hand, and on the other hand, a distal end (11) intended to be inserted into the vaginal cavity of a user, said distal end having an open section emerging in the internal volume, —the web comprises a central zone (13) housed in the internal volume, and at least one peripheral zone (14) protruding from the body so as to cover at least the distal end of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: V-Veil Shop Ltd.
    Inventors: Bernard Chaffringeon, Richard Guetty
  • Patent number: 9775978
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a device, a kit and method for delivering a drug depot are disclosed. The device comprises a housing including a lower body, an upper body, a ring member; and a drug cartridge. The lower body defines a lower body channel. The upper body defines an upper body channel. The drug cartridge defines a depot channel. The ring member is disposed extending upward from an annular step surface of the lower body toward a housing upper end. The ring member includes indicia indicating a characteristic of one or more drug depots in the drug cartridge. A plunger has a push rod for expelling the drug depot through the cannula to a site in the patient. A kit comprises the above components. A method includes assembling the components including selecting a ring member having indicia corresponding to one or more drug depots in the drug cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle L. Clay, Lloyd Snyder, Jeffrey A. Soucia, Michael Merves, Antonio Belton, Sean Corrigan, Keith Grider, Michael Honsing Lau, Derek Leatzow
  • Patent number: 9764122
    Abstract: Drug depot delivery devices and methods for delivering a drug depot to a site beneath the skin of a patient are provided. In various embodiments the device has a housing having a top housing end, and a bottom housing end. The housing defines a housing channel. The device has a drug cartridge defining a depot channel aligned with the housing channel and configured to slidably accept the drug depot. The drug cartridge has at least a first occluding device configured to occlude the depot channel at a first position such that the drug depot cannot pass through the depot channel without force applied to the drug depot sufficient to deflect the first occluding device. The bottom end of the housing has a coupling configuration for engaging a cannula. A plunger has a push rod to expel the drug depot through the occluding device and the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle L. Clay, Lloyd Snyder, Jeffrey A. Soucia, Michael Merves, Antonio Belton, Sean Corrigan, Keith Grider, Michael Honsing Lau, Derek Leatzow
  • Patent number: 9630901
    Abstract: Bio-based glacial acrylic acid, produced from hydroxypropionic acid, hydroxypropionic acid derivatives, or mixtures thereof and having impurities of hydroxypropionic acid, hydroxypropionic acid derivatives, or mixtures thereof, is polymerized to poly(acrylic acid) or superabsorbent polymer using the same processes as petroleum-derived glacial acrylic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jane Ellen Godlewski, Janette Villalobos, Dimitris Ioannis Collias, Axel Meyer, Peter Dziezok, Juan Estaban Velasquez
  • Patent number: 9532907
    Abstract: Disclosed are reusable tampon applicators, methods of use, and methods of manufacture thereof. A reusable tampon applicator comprises a cylindrical body, and a pusher for pushing a tampon through the cylindrical body during tampon insertion. The cylindrical body comprises a base opening at a distal end for inserting the tampon into a straight barrel connected to a convex apex at a proximal end. The convex apex comprises a slit opening for the tampon to pass through during tampon insertion. The slit opening extends from the proximal end to the distal end to form a full slit on a first lateral side of the cylindrical body; it further extends from the proximal end towards the distal end to form a partial slit on a second lateral side. Such reusable tampon applicators provide a hygienic and eco-friendly alternative to disposable tampon applicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: THINX Inc.
    Inventor: Miki Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9480815
    Abstract: A flushable medical device for short term use, such as a urinary catheter, is disclosed, and also a method for producing such a medical device. The medical device comprises at least an elongate shaft made of a degradable material, the degradability being such that the material becomes essentially totally dissolved if maintained in turbulent water at room temperature for at least 6 hours, but retains its structural integrity in water for at least 5 minutes, and preferably at least 10 minutes. Hereby, the medical device can be used for the intended short term use, and then be flushed in an ordinary toilet after use. The degradable material preferably comprises at least one of monosaccharide, disaccharide, oligosaccharide and polysaccharide. In a preferred embodiment, the degradable material primarily comprises water, at least one of sugar and starch and gelatin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ASTRA TECH AB
    Inventors: Marie Svensson, Andrea Schmid, Stella Salih
  • Patent number: 9445804
    Abstract: A suture anchor assembly and methods of use will now are disclosed for the repair of human or animal tissue defects. The suture anchor assembly is capable of being inserted into a tissue or bone while also being able to create an expanded profile when subjected to a retrograde force. This expanded profile anchors the assembly into the tissue or bone by a changing of position of elements of the assembly relative to other assembly elements. Embodiments of the suture anchor assembly and methods are capable of precisely positioning assembly elements in the tissue or bone to effectively repair the defects. Some embodiments of the suture anchor assembly may include pliable buttons. And some embodiments of the suture anchor assembly may also include buttons made of bioabsorbable or resorbable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: THE LONNIE AND SHANNON PAULOS TRUST (AS AMENDED AND RESTATED)
    Inventor: Lonnie E. Paulos
  • Patent number: 9433495
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for performing small incision DLEK include providing a corneal transplantation donor tissue graft; then forming the tissue graft into an implantable configuration using the flexible substrate. Related medical kits and tools for forming a compact or rolled donor tissue graft are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Keith Andrew Walter, Kurt Weber
  • Patent number: 9421135
    Abstract: A tampon applicator barrel includes an insertion tip at a forward end of the barrel, a main body section that extends from the insertion tip, and a reverse taper section that is joined to the main body section so that the main body section is between the insertion tip and the reverse taper section. The main body section tapers toward the insertion tip section. The reverse taper section tapers in a direction away from the insertion tip section. A finger grip section extends from the reverse taper section to a plunger receiving end of the barrel opposite the forward end. The barrel is straight from the forward end to the plunger receiving end that receives a plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Edgewell Personal Care Brands, LLC.
    Inventors: Jessica E. LeMay, Kathryn G. Bennett, Keith J. Edgett, Dane R. Jackson, Mario A. Turchi, Susanne Weber
  • Patent number: 9283122
    Abstract: A tampon applicator includes an outer cylinder having an absorbent; an inner cylinder configured to push the absorbent into the outer cylinder; and a flange part extending outward in a radial direction from an outer peripheral surface of a grip cylinder part of the outer cylinder. The flange part is provided with a flange identifying unit including at least one of an identifying display portion; an identifying friction portion; or an identifying shape portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Taniguchi, Yukihiro Ito, Kouichi Yamaki
  • Patent number: 9265667
    Abstract: A substantially biodegradable and water soluble tampon applicator comprising: a plunger and a barrel, said plunger being of a predetermined length, and having a first end and a second end, said second end being a predetermined distance from said first end, said plunger being substantially cylindrical in shape and having a first diameter at said first end and a second diameter at said second end, wherein said first diameter tapers downwards to said second diameter, proximate said first end, said plunger further comprises a first mating portion, said barrel having a first end and a second end, said second end being a predetermined distance from said first end, said barrel being substantially cylindrical in shape and having a diameter greater than the first diameter of said plunger, proximate said first end of said barrel, there is provided a second mating portion to matingly engage said first mating portion of said plunger to maintain said plunger in relation to said barrel in a first position, proximate said f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: John Mikhail