Having Tensioning Means To Alter Conduit Shape Patents (Class 604/95.04)
  • Patent number: 11793529
    Abstract: Described are methods, systems, devices for facilitation of intraluminal medical procedures within the neurovasculature. A catheter advancement device includes a flexible elongate body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a single lumen extending therebetween. The flexible elongate body has a proximal segment, an intermediate segment, and a tip segment. The proximal segment includes a hypotube coated with a polymer. The intermediate segment includes an unreinforced polymer having a durometer of no more than 72D. The tip segment is formed of a polymer different from the intermediate segment and has a durometer of no more than about 35D and a length of at least 5 cm. The tip segment has a tapered portion that tapers distally from a first outer diameter to a second outer diameter over a length of between 1 and 3 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Route 92 Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony M. Chou, Scott D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11766524
    Abstract: A system of needles having rudders or keels is provided having perforations, such as kerfs, to allow the needles to be bent by the manipulations of wires imbedded within the needle body. The pulling or pushing of the embedded wires, or stylets, causes the needle tip to be bent, while within the body, to allow the needle to be steered past impediments towards the target necessitating treatment. Wires can be pulled or pushed and in some instances both a push and pull wire are provided to give the needle precision steerability. The needles are provided with a keel or rudder, or can be shaped such as with a teardrop cross-section, to give a degree of stabilization to the course the needle, and attendant tubing, takes within the patient. The kerf cut section of the needle, which can be on one side, two sides or all about the circumference of the needle, allows the needle to be bent one way and then, as needed, another way to allow the needle to be steered within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Jasperate, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles S. Brunner
  • Patent number: 11759605
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides for an elongated medical device with a hypotube backbone running through the device, and a spiral lumen spiraled around the backbone along the length of the backbone. The backbone may be formed from a nitinol alloy for increased bendability without compromising axial stiffness. The device may also incorporate a jacket around the hypotube and spiral lumen formed using either melting, molding, bonding, or casting. The spiral lumen may be configured to accommodate a variety of uses, including actuation members (e.g., pull wires), tools, and means for aspiration, irrigation, image capture, and illumination. Additionally, the present invention provides a method for constructing an elongated medical device with a hypotube backbone running through the device, and a spiral lumen spiraled around the backbone along the length of the backbone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique Romo, Leo Centeno
  • Patent number: 11744985
    Abstract: A steerable catheter having a hub with a control feature includes a semi-rigid catheter with the hub attached at the proximal end. The distal end of the catheter includes a distal tip and a flexible portion adjacent the distal tip. The catheter includes a working channel, and further includes a channel through which a tension member or wire extends to the distal tip. Tension in the wire causes the distal tip to deflect and be steered. The hub includes a fixed member attached to the catheter, an inner member that moves axially relative to the fixed member, and an outer member that rotates relative to the inner member and the fixed member. Rotation of the outer member results in translation of the inner member, which is attached to the tension member and provides for controlled steering of the distal tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Jeffry Scott Melsheimer, Patrick James Zito
  • Patent number: 11738180
    Abstract: A catheter, more particularly an endovascular catheter, with a catheter shaft including a first lumen and a shaft opening, a deflection element and a controlling element. The first lumen and the shaft opening communicate with each other. The deflection element is rotatably arranged inside the catheter shaft, and configured to deflect a guidewire through the shaft opening. The controlling element is operably connected with the deflection element and configured to rotate the deflection element in a first rotating direction . Furthermore, the present invention refers to a catheter assembly with such a catheter and a guidewire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Shuttle Catheters PC
    Inventor: Giannis Stefanidis
  • Patent number: 11730927
    Abstract: Articulation devices, systems, methods for articulation, and methods for fabricating articulation structures will often include simple balloon arrays, with inflation of the balloons interacting with elongate skeletal support structures so as to locally alter articulation of the skeleton. The skeleton may comprise a simple helical coil or interlocking helical channels, and the array can be used to locally deflect or elongate an axis of the coil under control of a processor. Liquid inflation fluid may be directed so as to pressurize the balloons from an inflation fluid canister, and may vaporize within a plenum or the channels or balloons of the articulation system, with the inflation system preferably including valves controlled by the processor. The articulation structures can be employed in minimally invasive medical catheter systems, and also for industrial robotics, for supporting imaging systems, for entertainment and consumer products, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Project Moray, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Phillip Laby, Mark D. Barrish
  • Patent number: 11717322
    Abstract: A surgical access device includes a housing having a tubular member extending therefrom. The tubular member has inner and outer walls defining an annular lumen therebetween. A passageway extends between proximal and distal openings of the tubular member. The passageway is configured to receive a surgical instrument therethrough. A conduit is disposed in the annular lumen and includes spiral segments where each spiral segment is engaged with an adjacent spiral segment. The conduit is flexible in a first state and is fixed in a second state. A valve assembly is coupled to the housing and includes a port that is in fluid communication with the annular lumen. The port is attachable to a source of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Joseph Eisinger
  • Patent number: 11717647
    Abstract: A medical probe, including a flexible insertion tube having a proximal segment and a deflectable distal segment, and containing first and second lumens running longitudinally through the insertion tube, wherein the first and second lumens are twisted around each other in the proximal segment, and run parallel to each other in the deflectable distal segment. The medical probe also includes first and second wires running respectively through the first and second lumens and having respective first and second distal ends, which are anchored within the deflectable distal segment of the insertion tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Beeckler, Maribeth Esguerra Wilczynski, Joseph Thomas Keyes
  • Patent number: 11717666
    Abstract: A connector device for gastric calibration hoses, including a first end and a second end opposite the first end. A first connector is disposed at the first end and a second connector is disposed at the second end. The first and the second connector are connected with each other via a fluid channel. The first connector includes a first tapering cavity sized and shaped to receive and couple with a gastric calibration hose. The second connector includes a second tapering cavity and a tapering recess annularly surrounding the second tapering cavity. The second tapering cavity and the tapering recess are sized and shaped to alternatively couple with different medical devices by receiving therein tubular structures of the different medical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Q MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Rainer Desombre, Eugenius Eisenzimmer
  • Patent number: 11701192
    Abstract: A steerable catheter system may include a flexible elongate catheter body, a drive mechanism at the proximal end of the catheter body, and at least one group of pullwires extending along a length of the catheter body. The catheter body may include a distal articulating section and a proximal non-articulating section. Each group of pullwires includes at least two pullwires, and each of the pullwires is anchored at a first end to the distal end of the catheter body and at a second end to the drive mechanism. The pullwires of each group are positioned close to one another in the catheter wall to concentrate the forces and cause deflection along the articulating section of the catheter body and diverge away from one another to reach a more separated distribution around a circumference of the catheter body to distribute the forces and prevent deflection along the non-articulating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Miles Joseph, Francis Macnamara
  • Patent number: 11701496
    Abstract: Guidewires useful for cooperating with catheters may be actively steered and/or provide adjustable stiffness. Angle or curvature of a guidewire, and/or flexural modulus of a guidewire, may be adjusted at one or more locations between ends thereof. Variable stiffness segments may include electrically operated compressible and/or extensible materials. Multiple tensile elements may terminate at different body elements to adjust angle or curvature at multiple locations. Multiple circumferentially and/or radially contractible fiber regions may be provided and distributed over a length of a guidewire. Adjustable flexure elements arranged in or along a guidewire may be electrically operated. A flexible core member may be centrally arranged in a tubular body. A flexible guide wire or track may cooperate with electrically operable motor units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Jeffrey LaBelle, Julio Morera, Marco Santello
  • Patent number: 11690670
    Abstract: An elongate medical device shaft may comprise an elongate body and an annular electrode disposed on the elongate body. The annular electrode may define a longitudinal axis and have an outer diameter. The outer diameter may be greater at an axial center of the electrode than at an axial end of the electrode. Additionally or alternatively, the elongate body may comprise three longitudinal sections having three wall thicknesses. The middle wall thickness may be less than the proximal and distal wall thicknesses and the distal wall thickness may be less than the proximal wall thickness. Additionally or alternatively, the shaft may comprise an inner cylindrical structure and an outer tube. The outer tube may comprise a first radial layer and a second radial layer that is radially-outward of the first radial layer, the first radial layer, second radial layer, and inner structure having different stiffnesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary L. Helgeson, Alexander C. Houck, John Her, Salo Arias, Somally Mom, Brian M. Monahan, Neil D. Hawkinson, James R. Nigg, James C. Marrs, Xuan Yen Khieu, Troy T. Tegg, Jill A. LaFavor, Israel A. Byrd
  • Patent number: 11679237
    Abstract: A medical device includes a handle; flexible tubing extending from the handle and having a proximal end fixed to the handle; flexible tip attached to the distal end of the flexible tubing; a tip actuator assembly adjusting the bending plane of the tip relative to the distal end and adjusting the degree of bending of the tip in the bending plane; user operable controls on the handle and moveable in a first, rotational direction relative to the handle and to a tip actuator assembly around an axis causing the tip actuator assembly to adjust the bending plane of the tip substantially and moveable relative to the handle and the tip actuator assembly along a second, substantially linear direction towards and away from the proximal end of the flexible tubing, causing the tip actuator assembly to adjust bending of the tip in the bending plane without adjusting the bending plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: DEAM HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Julien Serge Scheltes, Wimold Pieter Steven Peters
  • Patent number: 11672957
    Abstract: One aspect is a medical guidewire including a core wire with a proximal end extending out to a distal end and a resilient portion coupled to the distal end of the core wire at a distal tip section of the guidewire. The resilient portion includes a superelastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignees: Heraeus Medical Components LLC, Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jack Dant, Mark Erie, David Johnson, Trent Birkholz, Douglas Pletcher, Jason Albers, Michael Grimm
  • Patent number: 11672413
    Abstract: An articulated tip part suitable for an endoscope, where the articulated tip part includes a distal end segment, a proximal end segment and a number of intermediate segments arranged between the distal end segment and the proximal end segment, the segments being joined together to form an articulated assembly of segments, a passage running along the length of the articulated tip part, and a bending element, the bending element being fastened to at least two segments and being arranged along a path which is essentially parallel to a centerline of the articulated tip part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventor: Jakob B√łnnelykke Kristensen
  • Patent number: 11660119
    Abstract: A pair of cooperating catheters are used together to provide rapid access to the Left heart for diagnostic or therapeutic interventions. The initial entry point for the catheter pair is the groin. The pair of catheters can be used to carry out an electrographic determination of the location of the Fossa Ovalis on the septum. Features on the Catheter system permit quick and reliable confirmation of the catheter location via echo or x-rays. Once across the septum the inner catheter is removed from the outer catheter and a standard intervention may be carried out through the lumen of the outer catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim Hassett
  • Patent number: 11653973
    Abstract: A catheter includes an insertion tube, a flexible substrate and one or more electrical devices. The insertion tube is configured for insertion into a patient body. The flexible substrate is configured to wrap around a distal end of the insertion tube and includes electrical interconnections. The electrical devices are coupled to the flexible substrate and are connected to the electrical interconnections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Andres Claudio Altmann, Yehuda Algawi, Ilya Sitnitsky, Christopher Thomas Beeckler, Joseph Thomas Keyes, Kevin Justin Herrera
  • Patent number: 11617860
    Abstract: A steerable medical catheter includes a tubular body having a longitudinal axis and a distal portion for insertion into a subject, a first pull wire, a second pull wire, and a piezoelectric transducer. The piezoelectric transducer includes a first electrode and a second electrode. At the distal portion of the catheter the first pull wire and the second pull wire are each mechanically coupled to the tubular body at respective first and second offset positions with respect to the longitudinal axis for imparting a curvature on the distal portion of the catheter. At the distal portion of the catheter the first pull wire is electrically connected to the first electrode of the piezoelectric transducer and the second pull wire is electrically connected to the second electrode of the piezoelectric transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Quido Erkamp, Ameet Kumar Jain, Haytham Elhawary, Alvin Chen, Shyam Bharat, Kunal Vaidya
  • Patent number: 11571160
    Abstract: A system that executes a process for mapping cardiac fibrillation and optimizing ablation treatments. The process, in some embodiments, includes: positioning a two dimensional electrode array to several locations in a patient's heart and at each location, obtaining a conduction velocity and a cycle length measurement from at least two local signals in response to electrical activity in the cardiac tissue. In some embodiments, a regional wavelength is calculated by multiplying the local conduction velocity with the local minimum cycle length. The system can then create a wavelength distribution map that identifies the location of the drivers in the heart. In certain embodiments, the system uses variability of conduction velocity and cycle length in an area to determine the driver type. In some embodiments, the system calculates average distance of drivers to non-conductive tissue boundaries. The system then selects ablation placements that maximize treatment efficacy while minimizing tissue damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
    Inventor: Peter S. Spector
  • Patent number: 11565118
    Abstract: A catheter has a body including a proximal region, a neck region, and a distal region. A shaping wire is disposed within the distal region to predispose it into at least a partial loop, which may have a fixed or variable radius of curvature. The shaping wire includes a distal portion having a circular transverse cross-sectional shape and a proximal portion having a non-circular (e.g., rectangular) transverse cross-sectional shape. The proximal portion of the shaping wire can have a width-to-thickness ratio of at least about 4, such as about 4.67. A transition portion can promote a gradual transition from the circular to the non-circular transverse cross-sectional shape, for example by increasing a width of the shaping wire by about 0.001? and/or by decreasing a thickness of the shaping wire by about 0.001? for every about 0.004? in length through the transition portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Zach Helgeson, Ryan Hendrickson, Brad Seibert, Neil Hawkinson
  • Patent number: 11547838
    Abstract: A system for manipulating a guide catheter within a patient's nasal passages or sinus cavities includes a guide catheter formed from an elongate flexible member having a lumen passing there through. A wire guide is slidably disposed within the lumen of the guide catheter. The system further includes a steering member fixedly secured to a proximal end of the wire guide and a proximal hub secured to a proximal end of the guide catheter. The system further includes a recessed handle having a first recess for fixedly receiving the proximal hub of the guide catheter and a second recess for receiving the steering member, the second recess being dimensioned to permit axial and rotational movement of the steering member while disposed in the second recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Entellus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas V. Ressemann, Peter T. Keith, Theodore O. Truitt
  • Patent number: 11540941
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to surgical instruments having adjustable stiffness, and more particularly, surgical instruments having adjustable stiffness for ophthalmic surgical procedures. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument includes a probe, a slidable support sleeve, and a rotatable knob. A stiffness level of the probe may be adjusted by rotating the knob, thereby causing linear displacement of the support sleeve along a length of the probe. The knob may further include a dial depicting a series of settings representing different eye sizes and corresponding to preset positions of the support sleeve relative to the probe. Thus, a user may select an optimal stiffness of the probe for a particular eye size by rotating the knob to the corresponding setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventor: Paul R. Hallen
  • Patent number: 11524139
    Abstract: An active return curve deflectable catheter includes an elongate member, a fixation member, a deflection assembly, and a pull wire. The fixation member is coupled to a distal portion of the elongate member. The deflection assembly includes a hub assembly coupled to a proximal end of the elongate member, a handle, and a control member. The pull wire extends from the control member through the hub assembly to the fixation member. The elongate member is configured to deflect from an initial configuration to a deflected configuration in response to a pull force applied to the pull wire by actuation of the control member in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Drake, Lester O. Stener, Allan Roland Kilgore, Paul Schadt
  • Patent number: 11524143
    Abstract: A deflectable catheter includes an elongate member having a wall defining a longitudinally extending lumen extending from a proximal end to a distal end, a fixation member coupled to an exterior surface of the wall on a distal portion of the elongate member, and a pull wire extending through the wall of the elongate member from the proximal end of the elongate member to the fixation member. The pull wire is coupled to the fixation member and constrained along its length such that the elongate member is configured to deflect from an initial configuration to a deflected configuration in response to a pull force applied to the pull wire and actively return from the deflected configuration to the initial configuration in response to a push force applied to the pull wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Drake, Lester O. Stener, Allan Roland Kilgore, Paul Schadt
  • Patent number: 11521738
    Abstract: A medical device comprises a control system, processing modules, and a wire bundle connecting the control system to the processing modules, the wire bundle comprising control lines and data lines. Each processing module is coupled to a respective set of sensors arranged to interface with a biological tissue site, the sensors being configured to capture analog physiological signals generated from the biological tissue site. The control system is configured to generate a control signal on the control lines to initiate a data collection cycle by the processing modules. In response to the control signal, each processing module is configured to perform a respective data collection process which comprises (i) capturing and processing an analog physiological signal on each enabled sensor to generate a data sample for each analog physiological signal captured on each enabled sensor, and (ii) outputting data samples to the control system on the data lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Autonomix Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Landy Toth, Siu Bor Lau
  • Patent number: 11511076
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a catheter shaft includes the steps of forming an inner layer of a first polymeric material, forming a plait matrix layer including a second polymeric material about the inner layer, and forming an outer layer of a third polymeric material about the plait matrix layer. The plait matrix layer includes a braided wire mesh partially or fully embedded within the second polymeric material, which is different from at least one of the first polymeric material forming the inner layer and the third polymeric material forming the outer layer. The second polymeric material has a higher yield strain and/or a lower hardness than at least the first polymeric material, and preferably both the first and the third polymeric materials. The first polymeric material and the third polymeric material may be different or the same. The catheter shaft may be formed by stepwise extrusion, co-extrusion, and/or reflow processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoping Guo, Richard E. Stehr
  • Patent number: 11504147
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for an articulating microsurgical instrument is disclosed herein. The articulating microsurgical instrument may be configured to be operable with a Doppler probe, bone grasper, soft tissue grasper/dissector, scissors, flexible forceps, or a suction/irrigation line configured to provide tools within a surgical location that can be adjusted to a desired angle of operation. A tip assembly may comprise an articulating portion at a distal tip and the articulating portion may be configured to deflect upon actuation of an articulation control. The articulation control may be a trigger assembly or a roller wheel. A bayonet-style handle may include a set of posts configured to interact with the one or more control wires during actuation of the articulation control. One or more control wires may be housed in a lumen and actuated using a articulation control of a handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Vascular Technology, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Martone, Trevor Jacob Laughlin, Rachana S. Suchdev, David Regan
  • Patent number: 11484686
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a medical device having a longitudinal axis, and including a handle and a catheter. The handle can include a body having a proximal end and a distal end, an actuator moveably coupled to the body, and a handle control member coupled to the actuator, wherein the actuator can be configured to move relative to the body to move the handle control member. The catheter can include a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end of the shaft and the distal end of the body can be configured for releasable coupling. The catheter can also include a steering section located along the shaft and a catheter control member coupled to the steering section, wherein the catheter control member can be configured to move relative to the shaft to move the steering section relative to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Kappel, Ra Nam, Naroun Suon, Dan Bacon, Paul Smith, John Golden, Barry Weitzner
  • Patent number: 11471645
    Abstract: An intravascular delivery system includes a delivery sheath capable of transmitting a predetermined tension or compression force in a longitudinal direction while maintaining flexibility to navigate tortuous anatomy. A method of delivering a medical device includes inserting an intravascular device delivery system including a delivery sheath having a continuous spine into a bodily lumen. A distal longitudinal force is applied to the delivery sheath. The distal force is transmitted through the continuous spine and across one or more slit cuts of the delivery sheath. A proximal longitudinal force is applied to the delivery sheath. The proximal longitudinal force is transmitted through the continuous spine of the delivery sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Cephea Valve Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean A. McNiven, Randolf von Oepen, Yongjin Xie, Francisco Valencia, Ken C. Salvador
  • Patent number: 11471650
    Abstract: A catheter that includes a mechanism for deflecting a distal portion of a catheter may include a deflection knob including a first thread, a rod including a second thread that is coupled to the first thread, and a puller wire that is connected to the rod. The rod may additionally include a pocket to which the puller wire may be connected via a joining feature that may be secured in the pocket and attached to a proximal end of the puller wire. The joining feature may include a first ferrule joined, e.g., crimped, to the proximal end of the puller wire and a second ferrule secured, e.g., bonded, in the pocket and joined, e.g., crimped, to the first ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Don Q. Ngo-Chu, Susan Ayer, Christopher T. Beeckler, Kevin J. Herrera, Joseph T. Keyes
  • Patent number: 11452496
    Abstract: An imaging catheter assembly is provided. In one embodiment, the imaging catheter assembly includes a flexible elongate member including a distal portion and a proximal portion; a crown element coupled to the distal portion, wherein the crown element includes an annular ring, a first post and, a second post, and wherein the first post and the second post extend from the annular ring; a first pullwire anchored to the annular ring at the first post and extending along the flexible elongate member from the crown element to the proximal portion of the flexible elongate member; a second pullwire anchored to the annular ring at the first post and extending along the flexible elongate member from the crown element to the proximal portion of the flexible elongate member; and an imaging component coupled to the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: PHILIPS IMAGE GUIDED THERAPY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maritess Minas, Jeremy Stigall, Princeton Saroha
  • Patent number: 11433248
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a medical leadless pacemaker delivery system adapted to engage and disengage with leadless pacemakers to allow for the repeated use of the leadless pacemaker delivery system in delivering and implanting multiple leadless pacemakers into a patient heart in a serial or repeated manner. The leadless pacemaker delivery system includes a handle, an attachment mechanism, a torque portion, and a rotation limiter. The handle includes a housing. The attachment mechanism is operably coupled to the housing and configured to actuate between a released state and an engaged state. The torque portion is operably coupled to the housing and rotatable relative to the housing to transition the attachment mechanism between the released and engaged states. The torque portion includes a shaft. The rotation limiter is in sliding engagement with the shaft between a first stop and a second stop. The rotation limiter includes a first helical thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Friedrich Ho, Thomas B. Eby, Keith Phillip Laby
  • Patent number: 11399702
    Abstract: A medical device includes a sheath extending longitudinally from a proximal end to a distal end and a handle coupled to the proximal end of the sheath. The handle includes a deflection lever coupled thereto. The deflection lever is rotatable proximally and distally along the handle to deflect a distal end of the shaft to which it is operably coupled and a locking mechanism movable between an locked configuration in which the locking mechanism engages an engagement feature on the outer surface of the handle, preventing the deflection lever from rotating and locking the distal end of the shaft in a desired position, and an unlocked configuration in which the locking mechanism releases the engagement feature to allow rotation of the deflection lever and deflection of the distal end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventor: Richard C. Tah
  • Patent number: 11382706
    Abstract: A robotic surgical instrument, comprising: a shaft; an articulation at a distal end of the shaft for articulating an end effector, the articulation being driveable by a pair of driving elements; and an instrument interface at a proximal end of the shaft, the instrument interface comprising: a chassis; an instrument interface element slideable along a guide bar for driving the pair of driving elements, wherein the pair of driving elements are fast with respect to the interface element so that a displacement of the instrument interface element with respect to the guide bar is transferred to the pair of driving elements; the chassis comprising a support element configured to interface the guide bar along at least a portion of its length; and a securing element for retaining the guide bar against the support element to thereby secure the guide bar to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: CMR Surgical Limited
    Inventor: Keith Marshall
  • Patent number: 11337590
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a first pulling section, an first elongated member, a restricting portion, a sliding surface, and a partition. The restricting portion is provided inside the operation section, and is configured to restrict a position of the first pulling section. The sliding surface is provided in the restricting portion, and allows the first pulling section to move along the axial direction. The partition covers at least a part of the sliding surface and the first pulling section, and is configured to partition the first elongated member and the first pulling section. The partition and the restricting portion are configured to restrict a moving range of the connection portion within a range of the sliding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tae Mitsuya, Kazuhiko Hino
  • Patent number: 11331452
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to intravascular electrophysiology catheters including a catheter handle with a steering-wire locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoping Guo, David Hong, John J. Buysman, Steven N. Willard, Ryan K. Buesseler
  • Patent number: 11330964
    Abstract: A tube like member having a first flexible portion comprising a first and a second circumferential slits, the first circumferential slit is arranged opposite to the second circumferential slit and comprises a first end and a second end, the second circumferential slit comprises a third end and a fourth end, wherein the first end and the third end are arranged such that a first bridge is provided between said first and second circumferential slits characterized in that the first flexible portion comprises a first longitudinal slit arranged longitudinally along the tube like member and a second longitudinal slit arranged longitudinally along the tube like member, wherein the first circumferential slit is communicatively connected to the first longitudinal slit, wherein the second circumferential slit is communicatively connected to the second longitudinal slit, the first longitudinal slit and second longitudinal slit being arranged to define longitudinal sides of the first bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Fortimedix Assets II B.V.
    Inventor: Mattheus Hendrik Louis Thissen
  • Patent number: 11311698
    Abstract: A handle assembly for a structural heart catheter based delivery system comprises an actuation mechanism connectable to a delivery member and adapted to move the delivery member along a longitudinal axis, a wheel element, and a force limiting coupling unit attaching the wheel element to the actuation mechanism. The force limiting coupling unit disengages the wheel element from the actuation mechanism if a mechanical force applied to the wheel element exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Creganna Unlimited Company
    Inventor: Brian Murphy
  • Patent number: 11304765
    Abstract: An interface structure for detachably interfacing a surgical robot arm to a surgical instrument, the interface structure comprising a main body; and a drive transfer element comprising a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being releasably engageable with a portion of the surgical robot arm and the second portion being releasably engageable with a portion of the surgical instrument; the drive transfer element being movable relative to the main body so as to enable transfer of drive between the surgical robot arm and the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CMR SURGICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Ben Robert Chaplin, James Oliver Grant, Keith Marshall, Nikki Priyam Su-Ling Phoolchund, Thomas Bates Jackson
  • Patent number: 11304594
    Abstract: Devices for use with introducers, endoscopes and catheters, where the devices relate to an articulating mechanism that allows a working end of a medical device to be steerable in order to access or visualize targeted sites in the interior of a patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Meditrina, Inc.
    Inventor: Tamas J. Truckai
  • Patent number: 11298206
    Abstract: A positioning system for an imaging device, in particular a MR imaging device to position an insertion element on or in the body of a subject, in particular an animal, wherein the imaging device comprises a bore, in which the subject is received, wherein the positioning system comprises a robot which can be at least partially arranged in the bore of the imaging device and comprises a holding element to hold the insertion element; wherein the robot further comprises at least one actuator acting on the holding element, such that an end portion of the insertion element is movable, wherein said at least one actuator is arranged with a distance D from the bore to minimize magnetic and/or electromagnetic interferences between the imaging device and the at least one actuator and said first actuator is coupled to the holding element in a form-fit- and/or a force-fit-manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Yi Chen, Xin Yu, Shanyi Yu
  • Patent number: 11272978
    Abstract: An ablation needle device is a needle device intended for an ablation treatment of an adrenal tumor with transvenous introduction of an injection needle into an adrenal gland. The ablation needle device includes a metal injection needle including a pointed tubular distal portion and a tubular proximal portion, and a grip portion attached to a proximal side of the injection needle. The proximal portion of the injection needle is given flexibility by forming a helical slit in a distal region of the proximal portion. An outer surface of the proximal portion is coated with resin. A distal end of the distal portion of the injection needle is closed. A plurality of fine holes are formed in an outer surface of the distal portion including the closed part. The grip portion has a liquid-injection port for supplying liquid into the lumen of the injection needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Japan Lifeline Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Mori
  • Patent number: 11266387
    Abstract: A medical system includes a flexible catheter, an imaging probe, a working catheter, and a positioning system. The flexible catheter includes a plurality of first lumens and a sealing device having one or more balloons to seal the anatomic passageways at a sealing location and one or more flaps or valves to remove air from the anatomic passageways. The imaging probe and working catheter are receivable within the plurality of first lumens and extend through the sealing device. The working catheter includes one or more second lumens to receive a medical instrument. The positioning system is configured to determine a position of a distal portion of the flexible catheter, the imaging probe, or the working catheter. The medical system is configured to collapse a portion of the anatomic passageways distal of the sealing location by removing air from the anatomic passageways to facilitate ultrasound imaging using the imaging probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Worth B. Walters, Randall L. Schlesinger, Oliver J. Wagner
  • Patent number: 11266810
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for navigating within the heart and attaching to the wall of the heart for performing injection of one or more agents into tissue. The system includes an outer catheter, a mid catheter slidably disposed within a lumen of the outer catheter, and a needle catheter slidably disposed within a lumen of the mid catheter. The mid catheter includes a vacuum hood attached to a mid catheter distal end such that a radiopaque distal tip of the mid catheter extends into the vacuum hood. The vacuum hood includes at least two radiopaque features, the spatial relationship of which visibly changes under fluoroscopy when the vacuum hood is under sealed vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: CLPH, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen A. Leeflang, Christian S. Eversull
  • Patent number: 11253248
    Abstract: A meniscal repair instrument includes an articulating mechanism configured to move a needle on the tip in a controlled arc. Multiple directions of motion are provided in order to facilitate the deployment of suture anchors. In one aspect, the articulating mechanism includes a series of movable members that are coupled together by two wires that are provided with a push/pull force via a control mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Santangelo, Anthony O'Leary, Matthew Dennis Cunningham
  • Patent number: 11246534
    Abstract: A catheter includes a shaft for insertion into an organ of a patient, an extendable distal-end assembly, and two or more strengthening elements. The extendable distal-end assembly is coupled to the shaft and includes multiple splines, at least one spline includes a flexible circuit board having one or more electrodes disposed thereon, the circuit board is configured, when the distal-end assembly is extended in the organ, to conform to a surface of the organ so as to make contact between the electrodes and the surface. The strengthening elements are distributed along the circuit board of the spline and are configured to mechanically strengthen the spline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Shmuel Auerbach, Avi Reuveni, Toam Shemesh, Michael Levin
  • Patent number: 11235126
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for a reinforced steerable sheath assembly that is usable with an actuator comprising a shaft section defining a sheath that is operable to be deflected, and one or more pull wires that are coupled to the sheath via a coupling at a point of contact between the pull wires and the sheath. The pull wires being operable to be coupled to the actuator for actuating the pull wires. The reinforced steerable sheath assembly further comprises a means for preventing displacement of the coupling, wherein the means for preventing displacement to minimize failure at the coupling at the point of contact between the pull wires and the sheath upon actuation of the pull wires upon actuation of the actuator to deflect the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Baylis Medical Company Inc.
    Inventors: Ros Thomas Brannick, Brian Ma, Audrey Chan, Melanie Thompson Smith, Bei Ning (Alice) Zhang, Neil Godara, Jan-Hung Chen, Michael Froncioni, David Mulligan
  • Patent number: 11160618
    Abstract: A medical instrument may comprise a flexible shaft and a sensing coil extending within the flexible shaft. The sensing coil may include an electrical conductor wound around a flexible core. The flexible core may comprise adjacent flexible pieces of magnetically permeable material that are configured to slide relative to each other in response to a bending of the flexible core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Blumenkranz
  • Patent number: 11154689
    Abstract: A vascular interventional instrument control device capable of operating double guide wires or balloons, includes a main finger assembly, a first sub-finger assembly, a second sub-finger assembly, a driving assembly and a clamping assembly, wherein the main finger assembly, the sub-finger assembly, the driving assembly and the clamping assembly are separately installed to the body structural member and separately connected to the controller through a communication link, one of the operated double guide wires or balloons is clamped by the main finger assembly and the first sub-finger assembly, and the other is clamped by the main finger assembly and the second sub-finger assembly; and the operated double guide wires or double balloons can be separately moved axially or rotated about its own axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF AUTOMATION, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Xiaoliang Xie, Zengguang Hou, Lingwu Meng, Zhenqiu Feng, Xiaohu Zhou, Shiqi Liu
  • Patent number: 11135437
    Abstract: An introducing device for locating a tissue region and deploying an electrode is shown and described. The introducing device may include an outer sheath. An inner sheath may be disposed within the outer sheath. The inner sheath may be configured to engage an implantable electrode. In an example, the inner sheath may comprise a stimulation probe having an uninsulated portion at or near a distal end of the delivery sheath. The outer sheath may be coupled to a power source or stimulation signal generating circuitry at a proximal end. A clinician may control application of the stimulation signal to a tissue region via the outer sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: SPR THERAPEUTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Boggs, Amorn Wongsarnpigoon, Matthew G. deBock, Meredith J. McGee, Devin Sell, Robert B. Strother