Instruments Patents (Class 606/1)
  • Patent number: 10687906
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is configured for coupling with an instrument drive unit that drives an actuation of the surgical instrument and operatively supports the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes a housing, an elongate body extending distally from the housing, an end effector extending distally from the elongate body, and a plurality of driven members rotatably disposed within the housing. The plurality of driven members is nested with one another. Each driven member of the plurality of driven members is coupled to a respective cable that is attached to the end effector. The plurality of driven members is configured for engagement with an instrument drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Simon R. Grover, Charles F. Kilby, Daniel L. Fuller
  • Patent number: 10687908
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for positioning an end effector or remote center of a manipulator arm by floating a first set of joints within a null-perpendicular joint velocity sub-space and providing a desired state or movement of a proximal portion of a manipulator arm concurrent with end effector positioning by driving a second set of joints within a null-space orthogonal to the null-perpendicular space. Methods include floating a first set of joints within a null-perpendicular space to allow manual positioning of one or both of a remote center or end effector position within a work space and driving a second set of joints according to an auxiliary movement calculated within a null-space according to a desired state or movement of the manipulator arm during the floating of the joints. Various configurations for devices and systems utilizing such methods are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Arjang M. Hourtash, Nitish Swarup
  • Patent number: 10682132
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an instrument and method for passing a medical implement through tissue with magnetic forces. The implement can be an implant, either permanent or temporary, and is provided with a magnetic component. A magnetic field is established and the magnetic component and/or magnetic field is manipulated to drive the implant through tissue. Alternatively, the instrument itself is the implement and includes at least one magnetic element so that a magnetic field established by an external magnetic generator drives the instrument through tissue. In another embodiment, the instrument includes two magnetic elements that are moveable with respect to one another and interaction between the magnetic elements drives the instrument through the tissue. Examples of applications of the present invention include a suture passer and a tissue anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: P Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 10675016
    Abstract: Suture delivered patches adapted for interposition, augmentation or repair devices for use in tendon and ligament repair, including rotator cuff repair, have been developed as well as methods for their delivery using suture guided arthroscopic methods. The repair patches may be provided from suitable biocompatible materials. The patches may be delivered using anchored sutures already in use during a surgical repair including, open, minimally invasive, endoscopic, and arthroscopic repair procedures. Additionally, fixation of the suture delivered repair patch is secured along with the normal suture securing workflow of the one or more sutures used to deliver the patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR THE RELIEF OF THE RUPTURED AND CRIPPLED, MAINTAINING THE HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY
    Inventor: Struan H. Coleman
  • Patent number: 10675439
    Abstract: A jointed system for delivering a medical device to a target location within a human anatomy, comprising: a first segment that is a hollow cylinder, wherein a first flange and a second flange are attached to the distal end and extend distally away from the first segment; a second segment that is a hollow cylinder and has a proximal end and a distal end, wherein a third flange and a fourth flange are attached to the proximal end and extend proximally away from the second segment; a connector element having four cylindrical lugs extending radially away from a central point, wherein each lug passes, respectively, through a circular hole, and further wherein the connector element defines at least two separate openings extending in a direction from the distal end of the first segment to the proximal end of the second segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Abunassar
  • Patent number: 10662552
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for producing fibers, the method having the steps of producing electrospun fiber; and directing the fiber to a plurality of targets, whereby only one of the targets is grounded at any one time. Also provided is a system for producing anisotropic fibers having a reservoir of electrospun fiber constituent' wherein an egress point of the reservoir is electrically charged; a plurality of electrodes opposed to the egress point, wherein only one of the electrodes is grounded at any one time while the remaining electrodes are at an initial floating voltage state; and a target substrate disposed between the egress point and the plurality of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC
    Inventor: Xing Chen
  • Patent number: 10656977
    Abstract: It is possible to make data for manufacturing devices available in a standard format using an adapter that would automatically interrogate the device and use the information gained from the machine to generate a data translation file. The data translation file could subsequently be used by an agent to interpret a data stream provided by the adapter for the manufacturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TechSolve, Inc.
    Inventors: Rob Longfellow, Brian Campbell
  • Patent number: 10653500
    Abstract: Provided is a medical system comprising a controller unit configured to be capable of generating a first code or coded message; and a medical device unit configured to be capable of generating a second code or coded message, the medical device unit configured to be in electronic communication with the controller unit, wherein the controller unit is configured to lock the medical device unit from being used or reused if the first code or coded message does not match or is not identical to the second code or coded message. Also provided is a method of preventing use or reuse of a medical device unit as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney B. Loyd, David C. Church
  • Patent number: 10646253
    Abstract: The Trocar structure for abdominal surgery comprises a cannula having at one end a guide element provided with a valve for maintaining the positive intracavitary pressure and a shaft having, at one end a head and at the opposite end a tip, advantageously the valve is made of a single piece of silicone and has first elastically deformable sealing means for maintaining the positive intracavitary pressure during the passage of the shaft and of a surgical instrument through the cannula and second elastically deformable sealing means engaging the guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: AB MEDICA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alexandre Blanc
  • Patent number: 10648875
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to force sensors and force sensor substrates for use with surgical devices. A force sensor includes a substrate, a plurality of sensing elements, a distal plate, and a pin block assembly. The substrate includes a proximal portion and a distal portion including a proximally-facing surface in fluid communication with a distal surface via an opening extending therebetween. The plurality of sensing elements are mounted on a sensing area of the distal surface of the substrate. The distal plate is welded to the distal surface of the substrate, hermetically sealing the plurality of sensing elements between the distal plate and the distal surface of the substrate. The pin block assembly is welded to the proximally-facing surface of the distal portion of the substrate, hermetically sealing distal ends of a plurality of conductive pins between the pin block assembly and the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Anthony Sgroi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10639139
    Abstract: A vessel filter having a first region and a second region, the filter movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. The first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter and includes a plurality of spaced apart filter struts. The struts each have a strut height defined as a distance between a first wall and a second wall. A plurality of hooks are at the second region, the hooks having a vessel penetrating tip and a width greater than the width of the strut from which it extends such that the penetrating tip portion of the hook extends beyond the first wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Argon Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. McGuckin, Jr., James E. Bressler, John H. Thinnes, Jr., Stephan A. DeFonzo, Lindsay L. Carter
  • Patent number: 10639036
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an end effector, a shaft extending from the end effector, a firing driver movable relative to the end effector, a power-pack, a control system, and a handle connected to the shaft is disclosed. The handle comprises a motor configured to drive the firing driver. The handle is switchable between a plurality of operating states. The plurality of operating states comprises a control operating state in which the power-pack supplies the control system with a first amount of power and a firing operating state in which the power-pack supplies the motor with a second amount of power. The second amount of power is greater than the first amount of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano
  • Patent number: 10639109
    Abstract: The disclosed technology includes improved microsurgical tools providing multiple degrees of freedom at the wrist level, including roll, pitch, and grasp DOFs, a tight articulation bending radius, low radial offset, and improved stiffness. Some implementations include an end effector platform moveable along a fixed trajectory on a fictional axle so as not to interfere with a central-axis aligned working channel; a crossed-arm mechanical linkage for articulating an end-effector platform throughout a pitch DOF with an amplified pitch angle; and a partial pulley system to articulate the arms while maximizing pulley radius to shaft diameter, and permitting a constant transmission efficiency to the arms throughout the range of articulation. In some implementations, a tool shaft outer diameter may be smaller than 3 mm; a pitch DOF range may be ±90°, a roll DOF range may be ±180°, and a grasp DOF range may be 30°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Loic Alexandre Bovay, Travis Schuh, Fernando Reyes, Allen Jiang
  • Patent number: 10631897
    Abstract: Provided is an external fixator for reduction of a fractured or deformed bone, which includes a first frame through which the bone passes, a second frame through which the bone passes, the second frame being spaced apart from the first frame, and a variable leg connected to the second frame by a ball joint and having a first leg and a second leg at which a thread is formed respectively. The ball joint includes a ball connected to the first leg through a ball axle and having a perforation hole passing through a center thereof, a ball housing located at the second frame and having a fitting groove into which the ball is fit and a pair of insert holes formed at an outer surface thereof along a direction traversing the fitting groove to face each other, and a pin member provided on the insert hole to pass through the perforation hole. As the ball housing rotates, the first leg rotates to fasten or release screw coupling between the first leg and the second leg and thus change a length of the variable leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Ilhyung Park, Changwuk Oh, Hyunwoo Lee, Sanghyun Joung, Chulwoo Park
  • Patent number: 10631874
    Abstract: A medical instrument comprising: (a) a first joint comprising a first member and a second member, the first member configured to be repositionable with respect to the second member in a first degree of freedom; (b) a second joint operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint comprising a third member and a fourth member, the third member configured to be repositionable with respect to the fourth member in a second degree of freedom; (c) a pair of repositionable jaws operatively coupled to the first joint and the second joint; (d) an occlusion clip detachably mounted to the pair of repositionable jaws; and, (e) a controller operatively coupled to the first joint, the second joint, and the pair of repositionable jaws, the controller including a first control configured to direct repositioning of at least one of the first member and the second member, and a second control configured to direct repositioning of at least one of the third member and the fourth member, and a third control configured to dir
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Edward Martin, Michael J. Banchieri, Haskell Simpkins, Benjamin Krupp, David Parrot
  • Patent number: 10631886
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a surgical instrument including: an end tool including a first jaw and a second jaw configured to rotate independently; an operator including a pitch operator controlling a pitch motion of the end tool, a yaw operator controlling a yaw motion of the end tool, and an actuation operator controlling an actuation motion of the end tool; an operating force transmitter including a first jaw wire connected with the first jaw to transmit an operation of the operator to the first jaw, a second jaw wire connected with the second jaw to transmit an operation of the operator to the second jaw, and one or more differential members transmitting a rotation of the yaw operator or the actuation operator to the first jaw or the second jaw via the first jaw wire or the second jaw wire; and a connector configured to extend in a first direction (X axis) and having one end portion coupled to the end tool and the other end portion coupled to the operator to connect the operator and th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LIVSMED INC.
    Inventors: Jung Joo Lee, Hee Jin Kim, Du Jin Bach
  • Patent number: 10624653
    Abstract: A surgical tool including a handle, a functional tool, and a torque limiter is described. The handle is sized and dimensioned for manipulation by a surgeon in a surgical environment. The functional tool is supported by the handle. The torque limiter is supported by the handle and is located between the handle and the functional tool. The torque limiter permits the handle and the functional tool to move relative to each other based on an amount of force applied to the functional tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Chien, Michael O'Neil, Mark Hall, Riley Hawkins, Roman Lomeli
  • Patent number: 10624691
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of generating electrical signal waveforms by a generator. The generator includes a processor and a memory in communication with the processor. The memory defines a first and second table. The processor retrieves information from the first table defined in the memory, where the information is associated with a first wave shape of a first electrical signal waveform for performing a surgical procedure. The processor retrieves information from the second table defined in the memory, where the information is associated with a second wave shape of a second electrical signal waveform for performing a surgical procedure. The processor combines the first and second wave shapes to create a combined wave shape of an electrical signal waveform for performing a surgical procedure and the combined wave shape electrical signal waveform for performing a surgical procedure is delivered to a surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Eitan T. Wiener, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10624709
    Abstract: A surgical tool includes a drive housing that houses drive cable capstans operatively coupled to corresponding drive inputs, an elongate shaft that extends from the drive housing, and an end effector operatively coupled to a distal end of the elongate shaft. A plurality of drive cables extend between the drive housing and the end effector, and each drive cable is associated with a corresponding one of drive cable capstans. A manual release assembly is coupled to the drive housing and includes a release lever that is manually movable between a stowed position, where the drive cable capstans are operatively coupled to the drive inputs, to an actuated position, where the drive cable capstans are disengaged from the plurality of drive inputs. Moving the release lever to the actuated position also rotates the drive cable capstans to manually articulate the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Remm
  • Patent number: 10617480
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for controlling manipulator movements include a manipulator arm coupled to a proximal base. The manipulator arm is configured to support an end effector and robotically move the end effector relative to the proximal base. The manipulator arm includes a plurality of joints between the end effector and the proximal base and a processor. The processor is configured to calculate joint movements of the plurality of joints that provide a desired position of the end effector using inverse kinematics of the manipulator arm and when a first set of one or more joints of the plurality of joints is at corresponding joint range of motion limits: determine a constraint based on a relationship between joint movement of the first set and a second set of one or more joints of the plurality of joints and apply the constraint within the inverse kinematics to provide haptic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel F. Brisson
  • Patent number: 10620066
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a force sensor apparatus is provided including a tube portion having a plurality of radial ribs and a strain gauge positioned over each of the plurality of radial ribs, a proximal end of the tube portion that operably couples to a shaft of a surgical instrument that operably couples to a manipulator arm of a robotic surgical system, and a distal end of the tube portion that proximally couples to a wrist joint coupled to an end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Christopher J. Hasser
  • Patent number: 10610325
    Abstract: A medical guidance apparatus includes a base assembly including a base ring having an inner circumference defining an opening; and a guide rotateably mateable with the base assembly, the guide including: a frame comprising: an inner circumference defining an opening; and an outer circumference, wherein, in a configuration where the guide is mated with the base assembly, the opening of the frame overlays the opening of the base ring; a gap extending from the inner circumference of the frame to the outer circumference of the frame; and an arc member including a first end integrally formed with the frame and a second end integrally formed with the frame, wherein the first end of the arc member is diametrically opposed to the second end of the arc member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Takahisa Kato, Luke McDonald Hydrick, Eric Penman Bogner, Barret Daniels, Hitoshi Nakamura, Devashree Desai, Federico Perego
  • Patent number: 10610284
    Abstract: An electrosurgical apparatus comprising an electrosurgical instrument for delivering RF energy and/or microwave frequency energy into biological tissue, an interference cable for conveying radiofrequency (RF) and/or microwave frequency energy between an electrosurgical generator and the electrosurgical instrument, wherein a sterile barrier sheath surrounds a connection interface between the instrument and interface cable. The sterile barrier sheath and instrument may be a sterilisable unit suitable for repeated use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CREA MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Hancock, Francis Amoah, Julian Mark Ebbutt, Jeremy Paul Gardner, Robin Alexander Crossley, Rohan Monico
  • Patent number: 10603110
    Abstract: Methods and devices for improving the interface between a surgeon and an operating medical assistant or between the surgeon and an endoscope system for laparoscopic surgery. A device is useful for controlling an endoscope system for laparoscopic surgery and includes a wearable interface for enhancing the control of an endoscope system during laparoscopic surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TransEnterix Europe S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Mordehai Sholev, Gal Atarot, Motti Frimer
  • Patent number: 10595843
    Abstract: Some implementations can include a retraction system that provides broad based retraction for minimally invasive procedures (e.g., laparoscopic or robot-assisted) similar to that achieved by fixed retractors often used in open surgery. The retraction system can hold viscera out of the pelvis, for example. Some implementations can include a first instrument, a first locking trocar, a second instrument, and a second locking trocar. The first instrument can include an articulated first device having a mesh net. The first device is capable of unfurling the mesh net and winding the net back up into the first device. The second instrument can include a second device that articulates and engages an edge of the mesh net. The second device can engage the mesh net and assist in unfurling the mesh net by pulling the mesh net so that the mesh net unwinds from the first device and can be used to retract the viscera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph Atkins Pettus, IV, Tristan Reilly Pettus
  • Patent number: 10588610
    Abstract: An adapter assembly for connecting an end effector to an actuation assembly includes a base member defining a plurality of notches spaced at least partially about a circumference of the base member, a handle supported on the base member and rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the base member, and a latch mechanism supported on the handle assembly and selectively engageable with the base member. The latch mechanism includes a button member and a locking member. The button member is movable between a first position in which the locking member is received within one of the plurality of notches to lock the handle relative to the base member, and a second position in which the locking member is spaced from the plurality of notches to unlock the handle relative to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Ramiro Cabrera
  • Patent number: 10588705
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to robotic surgical system that includes an operating console configured to operate at least one robotic arm and at least one drive motor configured to receive an input from the operating console and control the at least one robotic arm based on the input from the operating console. A surgical instrument is coupled to the at least one robotic arm. The surgical instrument is inserted into a patient and captures an image of a region of interest inside the patient during a surgical procedure. A controller receives the image and applies at least one image processing filter to identify at least one non-visible property of an object in the region of interest. A display displays the image to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Tony Carnes, Edward McKenna, Stephen Pack
  • Patent number: 10588611
    Abstract: The present teachings generally relate a delivery system having an implant retention mechanism. Specifically, the delivery system includes a delivery sheath, a delivery catheter, and a flexible or a rigid implant retention mechanism. The flexible implant retention mechanism includes an implant retention string having a fixed end and a free end where the free end extends from the fixed end, crosses a retention outlet of an implant, and extends proximally through a lumen of the delivery sheath. The rigid implant retention mechanism includes an implant retention wire having a fixed end and a free end where the free end extends from the fixed end, crosses a retention outlet of an implant, and extends proximally through a lumen of the delivery sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Corvia Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Magnin, Matthew J. Finch, Hiroatsu Sugimoto, Stephen J. Forcucci
  • Patent number: 10588743
    Abstract: An improved holder and storage system for prosthetic heart valves that pre-shields or pre-constricts the commissure posts of the valve to prevent suture looping. Pre-shielding and pre-constriction mean at the time of manufacture, so that the valves are stored with the commissure posts shielded and/or constricted. The holders may have solid legs that directly contact and constrict and hold the commissure posts without the use of sutures in tension that might creep over the time in storage. The holder may have a base in contact with the inflow end and a shaft portion that projects through the valve leaflets and cooperates with movable legs on the outflow end of the valve in contact with the commissure posts. The holders may, alternatively, have flexible leg members that extend through the valve and have distal end portions configured to extend over and shield the tips of commissure posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Louis A. Campbell, Andrew Phung
  • Patent number: 10588708
    Abstract: A medical navigation system is provided having a positioning device having a positioning arm with a flange at the end of the positioning arm, a controller at least electrically coupled to the positioning device, and an end effector joystick controller for connecting to the flange of the positioning arm. The controller has a processor coupled to a memory and a display. The end effector joystick controller includes a mating component for connecting to the flange of the positioning arm, and a joystick portion extending from the mating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBADOS) INC.
    Inventor: Brent Andrew Bailey
  • Patent number: 10588707
    Abstract: Described herein are various method of using a direct drive system to perform procedures at a distance. One exemplary method include tying a knot or suturing at a distance with a first and second end effector. The direct drive system can enable sufficient end effector dexterity, including the ability to control various degrees of freedom of end effector movement, and allow a user to perform complicated task at a distance. In one aspect the direct drive system includes flexible tools that permit access to surgical site via a natural orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Barry Weitzner, Kurt Geitz
  • Patent number: 10583005
    Abstract: A medical device handle may include a handle housing including a cavity disposed within the handle housing. The medical device handle may include a carriage assembly disposed within the cavity and operatively connected to the tubular member and the medical implant, the carriage assembly being longitudinally movable between a distal position and a proximal position by rotation of a control knob with respect to the handle housing, the control knob being disposed around a proximal end of the handle housing. The carriage assembly may include a carriage member, a first sliding member, a second sliding member, and a locking element configured to releasably fix the first sliding member and the second sliding member relative to the carriage member. The locking element may be rotatable relative to the handle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Calomeni, Takashi H. Ino, Owen Raybould, Randy S. Gamarra, Dwight J. Knab, Jr., Andrew J. H. Backus, Floriza Q. Escalona
  • Patent number: 10583003
    Abstract: The present relates to a method of making a prosthetic valve that can take a first form wherein the valve is open and a second form wherein the valve is closed, the valve comprising a leaflet, a supporting element, and a stent to which the leaflet and supporting element are attached, the leaflet having a free margin that can move between a first position wherein the valve takes the first form and a second position wherein the valve takes the second form, the method comprising:—providing a woven textile structure,—forming the leaflet and the supporting element from this textile structure, such that a selvedge of the textile structure forms the free margin of the leaflet, and—forming the valve therewith, wherein the textile structure has a single layer thickness of between 40 to 150 ?m and comprises yarn comprising polymeric filaments, the yarn having a linear density of less than 120 dtex and an elongation at break of 10% or less, and wherein the leaflet is attached to the stent by making stitches through at l
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Paul Frederik Grundeman, Jolanda Kluin, Karlien Kristel Boon-Ceelen, Thomas König
  • Patent number: 10583557
    Abstract: A robotic system includes a jointed mechanism, position sensors, and a controller. The mechanism has an end-effector, and further includes actively-controlled joints and passive joints that are redundant with the actively-controlled joints. The position sensors are operable for measuring joint positions of the passive joints. The controller is in communication with the position sensors, and is programmed to execute a method to selectively control the actively-controlled joints in response to the measured joint positions using force control and/or a modeled impedance of the robotic mechanism. Possible control modes in impedance control include an Autonomous Mode in which an operator does not physically interact with the end-effector and a Cooperative Control Mode in which the operator physically interacts with the end-effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad E. Abdallah, James W. Wells
  • Patent number: 10582979
    Abstract: Methods and devices for controlling a robotic system includes receiving a signal in response to movement of an input device through an input distance, determining the position of a repositioning control disposed on the input device, and moving the tool of the robotic system in response to movement of the input device the input distance. The input device is coupled to an input shaft of an input arm. The robotic system moving the tool a first distance when the repositioning control is in a deactivated position and moves the tool a second distance when the repositioning control in an activated position. The first distance is greater than the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: William Peine
  • Patent number: 10582975
    Abstract: Medical instrument (60, 160, 260, 360) comprising at least one first, second and third joint member (71, 72, 73), at least two pairs of tendons (90, 190, 191, 192) connected with the same joint member and adapted to move said third member (73) with respect to said second member (72), pulling it; and wherein each of said joint member (71, 72, 73) comprises a main structural body comprising in a single piece one or more convex contact surfaces (40, 80, 86, 140, 180), all said convex contact surfaces (40, 80, 86, 140, 180) defining with their prolongations thereof at least partially a single convex volume for each joint member; and wherein the main portion of each tendon is in contact with said jointed device (70, 170, 270) only on said convex contact surfaces; and wherein at least two tendons of said at least two pairs of tendons (90, 190, 191, 192) are in contact with a same convex contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: MEDICAL MICROINSTRUMENTS S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Simi, Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 10575892
    Abstract: Various forms are directed to systems and methods apparatus for operating a surgical instrument that includes an adapter configured to couple to a generator. The generator configured to provide an energy signal for treating tissue The adapter includes at least one input port configured to receive the energy signal from the generator, where the energy signal includes an energy component comprising one or more energy modalities. An energy storage circuit is configured to charge and store energy from the generator as a DC output. The adapter also includes at least one output port configured to couple to one or more surgical instruments for treating tissue. The one or more energy modalities comprises any one of an ultrasonic, a bipolar radio frequency (RF), a monopolar RF, a reversible electroporation, an irreversible electroporation, or a microwave component, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Danziger, David C. Yates, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Joseph E. Scholler, Douglas P. Sterlina, Christopher A. Dums, Jonathan M. Bonte, Abby C. Albers
  • Patent number: 10575836
    Abstract: An apparatus for operating on tissue includes a body assembly, a shaft assembly, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an articulation control assembly, an end effector, and an articulation lock. A portion of the articulation section encompasses a flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation includes a first member and a second member that is longitudinally translatable relative to the first member. The articulation control assembly is configured to move relative to the shaft assembly in order to longitudinally translate the second member relative to the first member. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The articulation lock is configured to prevent movement of the articulation control assembly relative to the shaft assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Randal T. Byrum, Karalyn R. Tellio, David C. Groene, Benjamin D. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 10575936
    Abstract: A surgical device for assisting in the placement of a prosthetic implant within a surgical pocket of a patient such that placement minimizes tissue stress along and inside the surgical pocket. The surgical device comprises a bag shaped as a conical frustum in which a proximal end of the conical frustum is sealed and a distal end of the conical frustum is open, with an elongated slit extending from the distal end towards the proximal end. An opening formed by the distal opening and the elongated slit is sufficiently large enough to accept the prosthetic implant into the bag. According to one embodiment, an adhesive is affixed along a portion of the elongated slit to seal the elongated slit such that the distal end remains open, thereby allowing for egress of the implant from the bag and placement into the surgical pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Proximate Concepts LLC
    Inventor: Paul Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 10568708
    Abstract: A medical instrument system includes a plurality of joints, a plurality of actuators, and a plurality of transmission systems. The transmission systems have proximal ends respectively coupled to the actuators. Each of the transmission systems have a distal end attached to an associated one of the joints to allow the transmission of a force for articulation of the medical instrument system. The system also includes a sensor coupled to measure a configuration of the medical instrument; and a control system coupled to receive configuration data, including a current configuration of a tip of the medical instrument from the sensor and a desired configuration of the tip of the medical instrument. Using the difference between the desired configuration and the current configuration of the tip of the medical instrument, the control system generates control signals for the actuators that cause the actuators to apply a set of tensions to the plurality of transmission systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Kwok Wai Au, Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 10561416
    Abstract: Adapter assemblies selectively interconnect a surgical end effector that is configured to perform at least a pair of functions and a surgical device that is configured to actuate the end effector. The adapter assembly includes an adapter knob housing configured and adapted for connection with the surgical device and to be in operative communication with each of the at least one rotatable drive shaft of the surgical device. The adapter knob housing defines a lumen extending longitudinally therethrough and a ring gear formed in an inner surface of the lumen of the adapter knob housing. The ring gear defines an internal array of gear teeth which are engaged with a spur gear of a rotatable drive shaft. The adapter knob housing may be a unitary member and may be formed of plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ryan Williams, Stanislaw Marczyk, David Racenet, John Beardsley, Michael Zemlok
  • Patent number: 10561418
    Abstract: An adapter assembly includes an elongated body, a switch, a sensor link, and an annular member. The elongated body includes a proximal portion configured to couple to a handle assembly and a distal portion configured to couple to a surgical loading unit. The switch is configured to be toggled in response to the surgical loading unit being coupled to the distal portion of the adapter assembly. The sensor link is disposed within the distal portion of the adapter assembly and biased toward a distal position. The sensor link is longitudinally movable between a proximal position and the distal position. The annular member is disposed within the distal portion and is rotatable between a first orientation, in which the annular member prevents distal movement of the sensor link, and a second orientation, in which the sensor link moves distally to toggle the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Paul Richard, Earl M. Zergiebel, David M. Chowaniec, Ryan V. Williams, Anand Subramanian, Nihir Patel
  • Patent number: 10561468
    Abstract: A system and method for using a remote control to control an electrosurgical instrument, where the remote control includes at least one momentum sensor. As the surgeon rotates their hand mimicking movements of a handheld electrosurgical instrument, the movements are translated and sent to the remote controlled (RC) electrosurgical instrument. The surgeon uses an augmented reality (AR) vision system to assist the surgeon in viewing the surgical site. Additionally, the surgeon can teach other doctors how to perform the surgery by sending haptic feedback to slave controllers. Also, the surgeon can transfer control back and forth between the master and slave controller to allow a learning surgeon to perform the surgery, but still allow the surgeon to gain control of the surgery whenever needed. Also, the surgeon could be located at a remote location and perform the surgery with the assistance of the AR vision system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James S. Cunningham, Peter M. Mueller
  • Patent number: 10555780
    Abstract: Systems and methods for introducing and driving flexible members in a patient's body are described herein. In one embodiment, a robotic method includes positioning a flexible elongated member that has a preformed configuration, wherein at least a part of the flexible elongated member has a first member disposed around it, and wherein the first member includes a first wire for bending the first member or for maintaining the first member in a bent configuration, releasing at least some tension in the first wire to relax the first member, and advancing the first member distally relative to the flexible elongated member while the first member is in a relaxed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal A. Tanner, Teresa Miller, Christopher M. Sewell, Sean Paul Walker
  • Patent number: 10555725
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus comprising: a mechanism that is configured to perform an operational motion of the surgical apparatus; and at least one transformation member having an original shape and a deformed shape, the at least one transformation member connecting the mechanism together, when the at least one transformation member is in the deformed shape so that the mechanism is capable of performing the operational motion; and wherein after the transformation member is subject a transition temperature, the at least one transformation member changes from the deformed shape to the original shape and disengages a portion of the mechanism so that the mechanism is prevented from performing the operational motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Kratoska
  • Patent number: 10555785
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to robotic arm assemblies. The robotic arm assembly may include upper arm segment and shoulder coupling joint assembly. Upper arm segment includes a motor. Shoulder coupling joint assembly connects upper arm segment to shoulder segment. Shoulder coupling joint assembly includes distal and proximal shoulder joint subassemblies. Distal shoulder joint subassembly is connected to the upper arm segment. Distal shoulder joint subassembly includes gear train system having gear stages including first distal elbow gear stage and second distal elbow gear stage. First distal elbow gear stage includes bevel gears. Second distal elbow gear stage includes a planetary gear assembly. Proximal shoulder joint subassembly connects the shoulder segment to the distal shoulder joint subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Chung Kwong Yeung, Wai Leung William Cheng
  • Patent number: 10555784
    Abstract: Various robotic guides for a biopsy surgical tool are disclosed, of which one includes a main shaft, an end-effector mounted on a distal end of the main shaft, a roll/yaw actuating mechanism, a translational actuating mechanism, and a pitch actuating mechanism. Optionally, the roll/yaw actuating mechanism includes a first actuating mechanism and a second actuating mechanism. Roll movement or yaw movement of the main shaft is effectuated by combination of movements of the first actuating mechanism and the second actuating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Mohammad Akbar, Seyed Mohammad Javad Mortazavi ashkezari, Javad Hasani bidgoli, Amirhossein Ahmadian, Mohammad Jalal Sadeghi, Alireza Ahmadian, Farzam Farahmand, Saeed Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10548622
    Abstract: An instrument, a medical-endoscopic instrument or technoscope, includes a shank (2) and an instrument head (10), which is arranged at a distal shank end of the shank (2) and is bendable relative thereto via a joint. The instrument head (10) includes a tool with two jaw parts (20, 22) which are pivotable relative to one another and are coupled in each case to two pull cables (70, 72, 76), for the control of the jaw parts (20, 22). These pull cables (70, 72, 76), in the region of the joint, are guided around two deflecting rollers (78, 80, 82, 84, 86, 88, 90, 92). Deflecting roller pairs are arranged on both sides of a middle axis (A) of the instrument. Deflecting rollers (82, 84, 90, 92) of a first deflecting roller pair have a smaller diameter than deflecting rollers (78, 80, 86, 88) of a second deflecting roller pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: RICHARD WOLF GMBH
    Inventor: Stephan Prestel
  • Patent number: 10548673
    Abstract: A surgical tool assembly is provided that is configured to be removably and replaceably attached to an electromechanical arm of a surgical robotic system that is capable of supplying electrical power to the surgical tool assembly. The tool assembly has a housing and an elongate shaft extending distally from the housing and having an end effector at a distal end thereof. The housing has a display configured to present information related to operation of the surgical tool assembly, and one or more controls. The end effector has opposed jaws that are movable between open and closed positions, and at least one of the jaws supports a removable and replaceable staple cartridge assembly. The controls are configured to accept user input comprising instructions to the surgical robotic system, including an instruction to open the jaws of the end effector, which can then be loaded with another staple cartridge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Nichole Y. Kwee, Michael J. Vendely
  • Patent number: 10548676
    Abstract: A surgical assembly includes a surgical instrument and a holder. The surgical instrument includes an elongate body and an end effector. The elongate body has a proximal portion and a distal portion that defines a longitudinal axis therealong. The proximal portion is movable relative to the distal portion between a first condition and a second condition. In the first condition, the proximal portion is parallel to the longitudinal axis. In the second condition, the proximal portion is non-parallel to the longitudinal axis. The holder is configured to be coupled to the elongate body to selectively retain the proximal portion of the elongate body in the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Brock Kopp