Instruments Patents (Class 606/1)
  • Patent number: 10350025
    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: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney B. Loyd, David C. Church
  • Patent number: 10342625
    Abstract: A telesurgical manipulator comprises an insertion axis mechanism including a base link and a carriage link movable relative to the base link. The carriage link receives a surgical instrument for movement relative to the base link. The base and carriage links are configured for telescoping motion with an extended configuration in which a portion of the carriage link extends beyond the base link. The manipulator also includes an instrument interface included in the carriage link coupled to the surgical instrument via a sterile adaptor that secures a sterile drape to the instrument interface. The sterile drape permits communication between the surgical instrument and the carriage link while maintaining a sterile barrier. The manipulator comprises a communication device on the insertion axis mechanism that wireles sly communicates with the surgical instrument with the sterile drape disposed therebetween and that wirelessly provides power to the surgical instrument with the sterile drape disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Loh, Roman L. Devengenzo
  • Patent number: 10343291
    Abstract: A gripping mechanism according to the present invention is provided with: two gripping pieces pivoted about a pivoting axis; a gripper main body that supports the gripping pieces at a distal-end portion; a pulley that is supported about a rotation axis that is parallel to the pivoting axis; an opening wire that is wound around the pulley that has one end secured to the gripping pieces or the gripper main body, and that causes tensile forces that cause the rotation axis to be moved in one direction pulley, wherein the pulley is disposed so that a resultant force of the tensile forces in the opening wire that acts on the rotation axis becomes greater than the pulling force, and so that a moment that causes the gripping pieces to be pivoted in the directions in which the gripping pieces are opened relative to each other is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuya Jogasaki, Noriaki Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10335300
    Abstract: A system for deploying a shape memory catheterization device within a patient, includes a catheter for endovascular insertion of the shape memory catheterization device. A heat source heats the shape memory catheterization device above the transition temperature. A transformation data generator includes a circuit driver for driving a circuit that includes at least one capacitive element of the shape memory catheterization device and a detection circuit for generating transformation data based on a capacitance of the at least one capacitive element, wherein the transformation data indicates a shape transformation of the shape memory catheterization device from a catheterization shape to a transformed shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Memory Effect Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Christine Laramy, Bruce Stuckman
  • Patent number: 10321965
    Abstract: A medical manipulator system including: a medical manipulator having a joint; an operating section having an operating system; and a control unit controlling the medical manipulator according to an operation applied to the operating section. The operating section includes a switch enters or releases a command. The control unit determines whether a deviation between the joint and the operating system exceeds a threshold while the command is entered, carries out a first motion for moving the joint by a displacement corresponding to the displacement of the operating system if the deviation is equal to or smaller than the threshold, carries out a second motion for approaching the joint to the operating system angle if the deviation exceeds the threshold, and stops the motion for approaching the joint to the operating system angle when the command is released when the deviation exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Ogawa, Kosuke Kishi, Keigo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10321900
    Abstract: A medical instrument including a shaft and an actuated structure mounted at a distal end of the shaft can employ a pair of tendons connected to the actuated structure, extending down the shaft, and respectively wound around a capstan in opposite directions. A passive preload system may maintain minimum tensions in the tendons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Kwok Wai Au, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 10314666
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for precise intra-operative placement and positioning of components of hip prostheses, particularly with respect to avoiding acetabular prosthetic implant malpositioning in the human hip. In one embodiment the system includes at least a pair of electronic sensors as tilt and direction sensors, which are positioned on the patient's native bone structure and the prosthesis, plus at least one of an electronic angle sensor and an electronic leg length measurement unit, plus a computer processor running application software that is capable of receiving and using information from the various electronic sensors to calculate relevant angular relationships and, optionally, distance relationships. The system electronically measures a living subject's pelvic tilt and position while lying in the lateral decubitus position during the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Arthromeda, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehran S. Aghazadeh
  • Patent number: 10307206
    Abstract: A method, including selecting a first maximum radiofrequency (RF) power to be delivered by an electrode within a range of 70 W-100 W, and selecting a second maximum RF power to be delivered by the electrode within a range of 20 W-60 W. The method also includes selecting an allowable force on the electrode within a range of 5 g-50 g, selecting a maximum allowable temperature, of tissue to be ablated, within a range of 55° C.-65° C., and selecting an irrigation rate for providing irrigation fluid to the electrode within a range of 8-45 ml/min. The method further includes performing an ablation of tissue using the selected values by initially using the first power, switching to the second power after a predefined time between 3 s and 6 s, and terminating the ablation after a total time for the ablation between 10 s and 20 s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Yaron Ephrath, Andres Claudio Altmann, Israel Zilberman
  • Patent number: 10307208
    Abstract: A steerable laser probe may include a handle having a handle distal end and a handle proximal end, an actuation lever of the handle, a flexible housing tube having a flexible housing tube distal end and a flexible housing tube proximal end, and an optic fiber disposed within an inner bore of the handle and the flexible housing tube. An actuation of the actuation lever may gradually curve the flexible housing tube and the optic fiber. An actuation of the actuation lever may gradually straighten the flexible housing tube and the optic fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KATALYST SURGICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Matthew N Zeid
  • Patent number: 10307210
    Abstract: An optical tracking system and a method using the same capable of detecting an exact spatial position and a direction of a target regardless of the distance from the target to be calculated is disclosed. The optical tracking system and a method using the same according to an embodiment of the present invention has an effect of expanding an available area by detecting an exact spatial position and a direction of a target regardless of the distance from the target to be calculated, as well as, a system downsizing is also achieved by significantly reducing size of the marker unit compared with conventional system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: KOH YOUNG TECHNOLOGY INC., KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jong-Kyu Hong, Hyun-Ki Lee, Min-Young Kim, You-Seong Chae
  • Patent number: 10307520
    Abstract: An example assembly for use with a vacuum system and an esophageal positioning device esophageal positioning device includes an introducer, in which the esophageal positioning device includes a handle, a first segment, a second segment and an articulation driving mechanism. The first segment being coupled to the handle. The second segment being pivotally connected to the first segment. The articulation driving mechanism being configured to pivot the second segment about the first segment upon articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Veeral M. Oza, Adam Hensel, Emile Daoud, Nishaki Mehta
  • Patent number: 10307149
    Abstract: An intraluminal retractor includes a shapable element formed by a series of shaping segments. The shaping segments may be associated with one another in a relaxed configuration that imparts the shapable element with a linear, substantially linear or curvilinear shape to enable its insertion into an interior space within a subject's body. When actuated, the shaping segments may assume a contracted configuration that imparts the shapable element with a desired shape, which may move an organ within which or against which the shapable element is positioned, change a path of the organ and/or alter a shape of the organ. Methods for altering the locations, paths and/or shapes of organs are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Manual Surgical Sciences L.L.C.
    Inventors: James Frank Kasic, II, Lawrence Kronick, Shawn P. Fojtik
  • Patent number: 10307167
    Abstract: An assembly and method for performing the occlusion of the left atrial appendage including a delivery instrument being positioned in communicating relation with the interior of the left atrial appendage and disposing a distal end portion of the delivery instrument in covering relation to the entrance thereof. Occlusion material is movably connected to the delivery instrument and includes at least one elongated single strand of flexible material. A length of the single strand is progressively fed through the delivery instrument into the interior of the left atrial appendage and the flexibility thereof is sufficient to progressively form an arbitrarily intermingled array of occlusion material therein. The dimension and configuration of the formed arbitrarily intermingled array is sufficient to fill a predetermined portion of the interior of the left atrial appendage and thereby conform to the configuration thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CorQuest Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Didier de Canniere
  • Patent number: 10299873
    Abstract: A robotic surgical instrument comprising a shaft, an articulation attached to the distal end of the shaft, and a driving mechanism at the proximal end of the shaft. The articulation comprises a plurality of joints for articulating an end effector, the plurality of joints driveable by at least first and second pairs of driving elements. The driving mechanism comprises a pulley arrangement and a pulley drive. The pulley arrangement comprises first and second pulleys attached together such that their separation is fixed, wherein the first pair of driving elements is constrained to move around the first pulley, and the second pair of driving elements is constrained to move around the second pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CMR SURGICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Luke David Ronald Hares, Keith Marshall
  • Patent number: 10292778
    Abstract: Described herein is a surgical instrument holder for use with a robotic surgical system, for example, during spinal surgery. In certain embodiments, the surgical instrument holder is an interface between the robotic arm and a surgical instrument used during surgery. This interface may hold the surgical instrument precisely, rigidly, and in a stable manner while permitting a surgeon to easily and quickly install or withdraw the instrument in case of emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Szymon Kostrzewski, Billy Nussbaumer
  • Patent number: 10292705
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus includes a handle, an elongate member and a switch actuator. The switch actuator includes an activation link and a switch plunger coupled to the activation link. An electric switch is mounted to the elongate member. A rotatable lock member is mounted to the elongate member and adapted for rotational movement between an unlocked condition and a locked condition. The rotatable lock member includes an actuator stop dimensioned to operatively engage the switch actuator to prevent movement of the switch actuator from a first longitudinal position to a second longitudinal position when in the unlocked condition, and to permit movement of the switch actuator to the second longitudinal position when rotated to the locked condition such that the switch plunger activates the switch. A loading unit is releasably couplable to the rotatable lock member and is secured relative to the elongate member when the rotatable lock member is in the locked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David Chowaniec, Pawel Abramek, David Fowler, Matthew D'errico
  • Patent number: 10292731
    Abstract: A medical tube is disclosed, which is configured to have an elongated implant inserted in the medical tube. The medical tube includes a tube having a proximal end opening where the tube is open at a proximal end of the tube. The tube can include a bent region where an intermediate portion in the longitudinal direction of the tube is bent and where a bent state is maintained, and a connection portion which is provided near the proximal end opening and to which a puncture needle having a sharp needle tip at a distal end of the puncture needle is connected from a needle tip side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Nao Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10285710
    Abstract: An endovascular surgical tool includes a flexible, electrically-conductive corewire, a return conductor, a resistive heating element attached to the distal end of the corewire, and a therapeutic payload attached to the loop of the resistive heating element by a coil connecting member. The corewire includes at least one segment at its distal end which transitions from the substantially uniform cross-section of its proximal end to a smaller distal cross-section. The return conductor is electrically insulated from and bonded to the corewire. The resistive heating element includes a first terminal electrically connected to the corewire, a second terminal electrically connected to the return conductor, a helical coil, and a loop. The helical coil and the loop are electrically in series between the first terminal and the second terminal. The coil connecting member has a release temperature lower than a loop melting temperature of the loop of the resistive heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Lorenzo, Robert Echarri
  • Patent number: 10278769
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an elongated shaft having a proximal structural member and a proximal drive member that is selectively movable with respect to the proximal structural member. A modular end effector is removably coupled to the elongated shaft, and has a distal structural member and a distal drive member that is operatively coupled to a pair of jaw members. A separable joint is defined between the elongated shaft and the end effector. The separable joint includes laterally prominent and laterally indented portions of each of the proximal and distal structural members and of each of the proximal and distal drive members. The structural members are interlocked to resist longitudinal separation and permit lateral separation. The drive members are movable relative to structural members to move the separable joint to a locked configuration wherein the drive members prohibit lateral separation of the structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Peter M. Mueller, Allan J. Evans
  • Patent number: 10278784
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a proximal control mechanism. The proximal control mechanism has an opening through which a resilient latch arm can be inserted to engage a locking surface of a fixed latch structure contained within the proximal control mechanism. The resilient latch arm is contained entirely within the proximal control mechanism when engaged. A release channel extends from an outer periphery of the proximal control mechanism to the resilient latch arm entrance opening. The release channel provides a passage through which a release tool can be inserted to engage the resilient latch arm and provides a fulcrum for the release tool where the release channel is joined to the outer periphery of the proximal control mechanism. The surgical instrument can be released by prying the resilient latch arm away from the locking surface of the fixed latch structure with the release tool used as a lever on the fulcrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory W. Dachs, II
  • Patent number: 10271844
    Abstract: A surgical device is provided that includes a tool assembly having an anvil assembly and a cartridge assembly configured to grasp tissue therebetween, the cartridge assembly including a plurality of surgical fasteners. A motor is configured to fire one or more surgical fasteners. A sensor determines a first parameter of the tool assembly and a control system adjusts a second parameter of the motor used to fire the one or more surgical fasteners based on the first parameter detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kelly Valentine, Elizabeth Contini, Thomas Wingardner
  • Patent number: 10272572
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for remotely controlling of robotic platforms in confined spaces or other like spaces not suitable for direct human operation. The control is achieved using multi-modal sensory data, which includes at least two sensory response types, such as a binocular stereoscopic vision type, a binaural stereophonic audio type, a force-reflecting haptic manipulation type, a tactile type, and the like. The multi-modal sensory data is obtained by a robotic platform positioned in a confined space and transmitted to a remote control station outside of the confined space, where it is used to generate a representation of the confined space. The multi-modal sensory data may be used to provide multi-sensory high-fidelity telepresence for an operator of the remote control station and allow the operator to provide more accurate user input. This input may be transmitted to the robotic platform to perform various operations within the confined space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregg W. Podnar
  • Patent number: 10271852
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spring to return more quickly the jaws of a gripper assembly of a delivery system for deploying an embolic coil. Each of the jaws and spring are formed of shape memory alloy configured to be movable between a first position and a second position and returning to the first position, with the spring tension increasing the speed of the return to the first position of the jaws of the gripper assembly. The gripper assembly may be used to insert, retract, reconnect, and rapidly disconnect from the embolic coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Cam E. Habeger, Michael J. Kuske, Civan Islak, Sadik Semih Demiralp, Garth W. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10265157
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods and devices for tensioning grafts are provided. In general, a surgical device can include a grip and a frame. The frame can have two opposed segments. The segments can be spaced apart from one another and can each be configured to have at least one suture attached thereto. The sutures attached to the frame can each be configured to attach to a graft. The two segments can be configured to dynamically move toward and away from each other in response to tension that is applied to the sutures attached to the frame. The frame can include an indicator configured to provide an indication of the tension applied to the sutures. The grip can have at least one opening therein. The at least one opening can be configured to have a surgical instrument passed therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: James J. Mahoney, Jr., Nathaniel H. Henderson, Kevin John Zylka, Jacob A. Marks, Arthur Stephen
  • Patent number: 10267396
    Abstract: A heavy-weight object such as a motor is installed separately from a movable portion to reduce the weight of the movable portion. The invention includes a support unit, a movable unit to which equipment is attached, and a drive unit interposed between the support unit and the movable unit. The movable unit has a first rotating member rotatably attached to the support unit about a first rotation axis line and a second rotating member rotatably attached to the first rotating member about a second rotation axis line orthogonal to the first rotation axis line. The support unit is provided with paired first brackets positioned so as to sandwich the first rotating member, and these first brackets are each provided with a first shaft configuring the first rotation axis line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: The University of Tokyo, Blue Innovation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Raabe, Shinji Suzuki, Takeshi Tsuchiya, Takayuki Kumada, Makoto Shibasaki
  • Patent number: 10265129
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mechanical teleoperated device comprising i) a handle (30) placed in a proximal part of the device, having a plurality of handle links interconnected by respective handle joints, ii) an end effector (31) placed in a distal part of the device, having a plurality of end-effector links interconnected by respective end-effector joints, iii) a transmission system arranged to kinematically connect the end effector to the handle such that movements of the end effector correspond to movements of the handle, comprising at least one arrangement of a plurality of rotatable elements (41a-d) coaxially mounted together about an axis and arranged to rotate independently from each other, b) first transmission means comprising driving elements (62a-c) which are arranged to actuate in rotation of the plurality of rotatable elements (41a-d) based upon movements of the handle, c) second transmission means comprising driven elements (63a-c) which are arranged to be driven by rotation of the plurality of rotatable e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DistalMotion SA
    Inventor: Ricardo Daniel Rita Beira
  • Patent number: 10252032
    Abstract: Anchors for securing a medical device relative to a body portal, wherein the anchors may accommodate most any implantation trajectory through the portal. Such anchors may further secure the device along any such trajectory without imparting undesirable biasing forces that may shift the device from its intended implanted location. In some embodiments, the anchor is configured as a burr hole anchor including a spherical member contained in a socket of the anchor such that orientation of the spherical member is permitted about three mutually perpendicular axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Brian D. Nelson, Jeffrey P. Bodner
  • Patent number: 10252029
    Abstract: A catheter or guide wire manipulating device with two-point-clamping for vascular intervention is provided, comprising a thumb component (3), a forefinger component (4), a driving component (1) and a catheter/guide wire support component (2); the thumb component (3) comprises a pair of rollers (9, 10) configured to advance or retreat the catheter/guide wire; the thumb component (3) is configured to drive the catheter/guide wire to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise through a combination motion of the components; the forefinger component (4) is configured to implement the rotation and the advancement of the catheter/guide wire by moving manually away from the thumb component (3), and returning by a pull force of a spring (27) after being released; the driving component (2) is configured to drive the thumb component (3) and the forefinger component (4); the catheter/guide wire support component comprises a Y adapter fixation configured to install a Y adapter and an entry support configured to support and guid
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF AUTOMATION, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Zengguang Hou, Guibin Bian, Xiaoliang Xie, Long Cheng, Min Tan, Zhenqiu Feng, Xiaohu Zhou
  • Patent number: 10245145
    Abstract: Apparatus (40) for compressing a transcatheter cardiac stent-valve (10) comprises: a first compressor stage (100) including a hollow channel (42) with a tapered interior surface configured for compressing a stent-valve in response to longitudinal advancement of the stent-valve within the channel; and a second compressor stage (102) comprising a crimper for compressing a portion of the stent-valve without longitudinal advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SYMETIS SA
    Inventors: Luc Mantanus, Fabien Lombardi, Pierre Simonin, Youssef Biadillah, Jean-Luc Hefti, Stéphane Delaloye
  • Patent number: 10245030
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprising an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective articulation relative to the elongate shaft assembly about an articulation axis that is transverse to the shaft axis. An articulation cable is coupled to the surgical end effector at a point of attachment and is journaled on a proximal pulley that is supported on the elongate shaft assembly. The proximal pulley defines a proximal pulley axis that is located a tension distance from the point of attachment. An articulation driver is coupled to the articulation cable for selectively causing the articulation cable to rotate about the proximal pulley in first and second articulation directions. An adjustable tensioning assembly interfaces with the proximal pulley to selectively adjust the tensioning distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Morgan R. Hunter, Darwin L. Schultz, Adam R. Dunki-Jacobs, Chester O. Baxter, III, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Patent number: 10245183
    Abstract: A steerable laser probe may include a handle, an actuation structure of the handle, a housing tube, a wire having a pre-formed curve, and an optic fiber disposed within the housing tube and an inner bore of the handle. The housing tube may include a first housing tube portion having a first stiffness and a second housing tube portion having a second stiffness. The second stiffness may be greater than the first stiffness. A compression of the actuation structure may curve or straighten the housing tube. A decompression of the actuation structure may curve or straighten the housing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KATALYST SURGICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Matthew N Zeid
  • Patent number: 10238811
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a needle from a needle holder, including a grasping unit for selectively grasping the needle; a receiving unit for receiving the needle holder, displaceably disposed relative to the grasping unit; a biasing member biasing the receiving unit in a first direction; and separating means for separating the entire needle from the needle holder. Preferably, the needle is heated to melt, soften, or otherwise weaken a material and/or adhesive connecting the needle with the needle holder. Preferably the heating is electrical heating, including completing an electrical circuit through the needle and passing current through the needle, and/or passing current through a heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Amit U. Limaye
  • Patent number: 10231788
    Abstract: A robotic system for manipulating a catheter with a plurality of steering wires longitudinally situated within a length of the catheter includes a user interface configured to display a view of an anatomical model and to receive one or more user inputs; a catheter manipulator assembly configured to linearly actuate one or more control members of a catheter; and a robotic controller configured to provide a view of an anatomical model to the user interface; accept one or more user inputs from the user interface; register the one or more user inputs to a coordinate system associated with the anatomical model; compute one or more actuator commands from the one or more registered inputs; and cause the catheter manipulator assembly to linearly actuate one or more control members of a catheter in accordance with the computed actuator commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Olson, John A. Hauck, Nicholas A. Patronik, Mark B. Kirschenman, Cem M. Shaquer, Yusof Ganji
  • Patent number: 10226559
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is a method of positioning in a mammalian heart of a patient a blood pump including an inflow cannula, a pump housing and an outflow cannula, the method including forming an incision in a low-pressure location on the heart wall; passing the outflow cannula of the blood pump through the incision and into a left ventricle of a heart; positioning a tip of a guidewire into an aorta, distal to an aortic valve; advancing the tip through the aortic valve and into the left ventricle; connecting the tip to the outflow cannula; pulling the blood pump with the guidewire to advance at least a portion of the outflow cannula through the aortic valve and into the aorta; securing the blood pump to the heart, the aorta, or both; disconnecting the tip from the blood pump; and removing the guidewire from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: James Schuermann
  • Patent number: 10219829
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a medical device includes a needle member having a curved portion, a handle coupled to the needle member, and a pusher member including a sheath and an extension member. The sheath may be bendable. The extension member is configured to be slidably coupled to a track of the handle such that extension member slides within the track during a medical procedure. The sheath defines a lumen configured to receive a portion of the needle member. The extension member is configured to be de-coupled from the track of the handle after the medical procedure. The sheath is configured to be de-coupled from the needle member after the medical procedure. In some examples, the sheath of the pusher member is configured to bend to conform to the curved portion when the sheath of the pusher member is moved over the curved portion of the needle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Pereira, Kenneth W. Adams, Michael S. H. Chu, John Goncalves, Sharmad S. Joshi
  • Patent number: 10219738
    Abstract: A device for determining a contour of a dental treatment area during treatment thereof includes a laser beam guidance system and an imaging system. The laser beam guidance system can guide a laser beam and, optionally, a scanning light to a dental treatment area, and the imaging system, which can include an adjustable focus image sensor, can obtain an image of the dental treatment area based on light rays reflected therefrom. The device also includes a computation system to compute a contour, e.g., a 2D contour, of a surface of the dental treatment area based on the image obtained by the imaging system and, optionally, geometries of one or more components of the laser beam guidance system and/or optical components associated with the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Convergent Dental, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan P. Monty, Charles H. Dresser
  • Patent number: 10213345
    Abstract: The present invention relates inter alia to an apparatus for providing a coiled collagen carrier. An apparatus according to the invention preferably comprises a device for applying moisture to a collagen carrier prior to coiling of the collagen carrier and a coiling device. The coiling device preferably comprises rotatable gripping means for gripping the collagen carrier along an edge and coiling the collagen carrier, and a support device supporting the collagen carrier while being coiled. In another aspect, the invention relates to a production facility wherein an apparatus according to invention is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TAKEDA AS
    Inventors: Poul Bertelsen, Henrik Neuschafer Larsen, Pernille Dybendal Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10213268
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a proximal control mechanism having an instrument control surface. The instrument control surface has two openings through which two resilient latch arms can be inserted to engage a fixed latch structure contained within the proximal control mechanism. The fixed latch structure provides two lead-in ramps that force the resilient latch arms onto locking surfaces. The resilient latch arms are contained entirely within the proximal control mechanism when engaged. Inward forces can be applied to two buttons to apply an outward force on the resilient latch arms and release them from the locking surfaces of the fixed latch structure. Each of the two buttons is accessible from one of two opposite outside surfaces of the proximal control mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory W. Dachs, II
  • Patent number: 10213283
    Abstract: The invention relates to a prosthesis (1) comprising a textile (2) of elongate shape defining a longitudinal axis A, and a reinforcing element comprising at least one semi-rigid elongate structure (8) connected to said textile, said structure being substantially parallel to said longitudinal axis A and having a distal end provided with at least one fastening element (4) distinct from said textile and capable of cooperating with a part of a tool (10) that is able to pass through said trocar, in order to temporarily couple said prosthesis to said tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventor: Pierre Bailly
  • Patent number: 10206744
    Abstract: An optical radiation delivery structure including a waveguide conduit having a surgical access portion and a handle portion. The handle portion includes a gripping portion and a waveguide lock, which is configured to have only a locked state and an unlocked state. In some embodiments, the handle portion includes a gripping portion and a counterbalance region, such that a center of mass of the waveguide conduit is disposed towards a proximal end of the waveguide conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: OmniGuide, Inc.
    Inventors: Max Shurgalin, Marc Graham
  • Patent number: 10206569
    Abstract: A method of implanting a corneal intraocular pressure sensor in an eye of a patient is disclosed herein. The method includes forming a pocket in the cornea of the eye so as to gain access to tissue surrounding the pocket; applying a photosensitizer so that the photosensitizer permeates at least a portion of the tissue surrounding the pocket, the photosensitizer facilitating cross-linking of the tissue surrounding the pocket; irradiating the cornea so as to activate cross-linkers in the portion of the tissue surrounding the pocket, and thereby stiffen a wall of the pocket and kill cells in the portion of the tissue surrounding the pocket; and inserting an intracorneal implant comprising a pressure sensor into the pocket, the pressure sensor of the intracorneal implant configured to measure the intraocular pressure of the eye of the patient. A corneal intraocular pressure sensor is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Gholam A. Peyman
  • Patent number: 10206756
    Abstract: A tool for a dismantlable medical instrument includes a first component, which surrounds a cavity for receiving a distal end of a shank, and a second component with a catch, which protrudes into the cavity surrounded by the first component to form a bayonet connection with a distal end of a shank protruding into the cavity, by engagement of the catch in a slit or a groove at the distal end of the shank. The first component has a recess into which the second component is fitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Kaercher, Jochen Stefan
  • Patent number: 10194931
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for performing various procedures using interchangeable end effectors. In general, the methods and devices allow a surgeon to remotely and selectively attach various interchangeable surgical end effectors to a shaft located within a patient's body, thus allowing the surgeon to perform various procedures without the need to remove the shaft from the patient's body. In an exemplary embodiment, multiple end effectors can be introduced into a body cavity. The end effectors can be disassociated or separate from one another such that they float within the body cavity. A distal end of a shaft can be positioned within the body cavity and it can be used to selectively engage one of the end effectors. In particular, the device can be configured to allow each end effector to be remotely attached and detached from the distal end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Coe, James W. Voegele, Gary L. Long, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Kyle P. Moore, Robert P. Gill
  • Patent number: 10194907
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a handle having a controller and a motor, an adapter releasably coupled to the handle, and a loading unit releasably coupled to the adapter. The motor is coupled to a drive shaft of the handle. The adapter including an adapter identification device in communication with the controller, configured to store adapter data, and to communicate the adapter data to the controller. The loading unit configured to affect tissue in response to a force transmitted by the adapter from the drive shaft. The loading unit including a loading unit identification device in communication with the controller, configured to store loading unit data, and to communicate the loading unit data to the controller. The controller is configured to adjust output of a motor based on at least one of the adapter data or the loading unit data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stanislaw Marczyk, Stanislaw Kostrzewski, Philip Irka, David Racenet
  • Patent number: 10188410
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a method of applying ultrasonic energy to a treatment site within a patient's vasculature comprises positioning an ultrasound radiating member at a treatment site within a patient's vasculature. The method further comprises activating the ultrasound radiating member to produce pulses of ultrasonic energy at a cycle period T?1 second. The acoustic parameters such as peak power, pulse width, pulse repetition frequency and frequency or any combination of them can be varied non-linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: EKOS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Azita Soltani, Kim R. Volz
  • Patent number: 10179024
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to surgical systems comprising an end-effector assembly and arm assembly. The end-effector assembly may include a first instrument assembly having a first instrument and first instrument driven portion configurable to be driven to move the first instrument relative to a first axis. The arm assembly may include first and second arm assembly bodies, first arm assembly joint portion for joining the first and second arm assembly bodies, first instrument drive assembly, and first arm assembly drive assembly. The first instrument drive assembly may include a first integrated motor and first instrument drive portion controllable by the first integrated motor to drive the first instrument driven portion. The first arm assembly drive assembly may include a second integrated motor and first arm assembly drive portion controllable by the second integrated motor to drive the first arm assembly body to move relative to the second arm assembly body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited
    Inventor: Chung Kwong Yeung
  • Patent number: 10172636
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus comprises a body, an ultrasonic transducer, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The ultrasonic transducer is operable to convert electrical power into ultrasonic vibrations. The shaft couples the end effector and the body together. The acoustic waveguide is coupled with the transducer. The articulation section includes a collar that is located distal to a nodal portion of the waveguide and is operable to deflect the end effector away from the longitudinal axis. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the ultrasonic transducer. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section. The articulation drive assembly comprises at least one translating articulation driver coupled with the collar. The ultrasonic blade is operable to deliver ultrasonic vibrations to tissue even when the articulation section is in an articulated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Foster B. Stulen, David A. Monroe, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Richard C. Smith, Ashvani K. Madan, Craig T. Davis, Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Chad P. Boudreaux, Thomas C. Gallmeyer, Amy L. Benchek, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Sean P. Conlon, John A. Hibner
  • Patent number: 10166082
    Abstract: A system for controlling a surgical robotic tool having an end effector driven by actuators through antagonistic cables is disclosed. The control system may include a position controller and a grip force controller. The position controller may be configured to receive an input signal to control the position of the end effector and generate a first command to drive the actuators to move the end effector. The grip force controller may be configured to receive another input to control the force exerted by jaws of the end effector and generate a second command. The first command and the second command may be combined to generate a composite command that is provided to the actuators to drive motion of the end effector. A third current or position command may be generated by a slack controller to prevent cable slack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: VERB SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Alireza Hariri, Sina Nia Kosari
  • Patent number: 10165937
    Abstract: A medical image routing system that allows for a user to override the current routing of medical image data such that a user need only activate an input device and the first medical image data routing to a display(s) is automatically interrupted and second medical image data is automatically routed to the display(s). Upon activation of the input device a second time, the first medical image data routing is automatically reestablished and the second medical image data is automatically interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Selcho, Hans-Uwe Hilzinger, Devon Bream
  • Patent number: 10166030
    Abstract: A surgical tool system includes a surgical tool shaft having a distal end and a proximal end. A plurality of surgical tool tips detachably connect to the distal end of the shaft. The surgical tool shaft includes a low power electrical interface, a high power electrical interface, and a mechanical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Modular Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Newell, Luke Clauson, Amir Belson