By Wire Loop Or Snare Patents (Class 606/113)
  • Patent number: 10687837
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a medical basket treatment tool. The method for manufacturing a medical basket treatment tool having one or more wire formed using an alloy containing two or more metals includes a heating process of performing heat treatment on a target portion of at least one wire among the wires one or more times, the heat treatment irradiating the target portion with a laser with an irradiation fluence of 103 J/cm2 or more and heating the target portion to become a predetermined temperature lower than the solid solubility limit of the alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomonori Imamura, Jumpei Otake, Takeshi Hidaka, Kazuaki Uchida
  • Patent number: 10687835
    Abstract: A calculus removing device includes a retaining portion (e.g., a wire or gel), a cylinder, an introduction tube, and a hand-operated unit. The retaining portion is configured to retain calculi and broken calculus pieces. The cylinder includes a storage portion configured to store the calculi, an opening communicating with the storage portion, and an introducing portion configured to permit the retaining portion to be introduced into the storage portion. The introduction tube is provided with a lumen which allows introduction of the retaining portion into the storage portion via the introducing portion. The hand operating unit is provided with an operating member configured to operate the introduction of the retaining portion into the storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kei Honda
  • Patent number: 10675053
    Abstract: A tissue removal tool for use with an endoscope. The tool includes a loop formed by a piece of wire. The loop is movable between an open position and a closed position. The shape of the loop is defined in the open position by a proximal portion and a distal portion. The piece of wire may have a cross-sectional height in the proximal portion unequal to a cross-sectional height in the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED STATES ENDOSCOPY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Haack, Cindy Ranallo, Craig Moore, Alexis Uspenski, Steven Torer, Raphael Still
  • Patent number: 10639027
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, a cartridge receiving assembly, a suture cartridge, and a slip clutch. The cartridge receiving assembly has a transmission mechanism operatively connected to an actuator of the body. The suture cartridge is received within the cartridge receiving assembly and includes a needle and a drive assembly. The drive assembly is engaged with the transmission mechanism and is coupled with the needle for selectively driving the needle. The slip clutch is operatively connected to the actuator, the transmission mechanism, and the drive assembly such that the slip clutch is configured to transmit a force therethrough from the actuator toward the needle. The slip clutch is configured to slip under the influence of predetermined maximum force transmission therethrough to operatively disengage the needle from the actuator for limiting a driving force applied to the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Daniel J. Mumaw, Emily A. Schellin, Trevor J. Barton, Michael J. Vendely, Adam Hensel
  • Patent number: 10603067
    Abstract: Polypectomy devices and methods for making and using polypectomy devices are disclosed. An example polypectomy device may include an elongate sheath having a proximal end region and a distal end region. A shaft may be slidably disposed within the sheath. A handle may be coupled to the proximal end region of the sheath. The handle may be designed to axially shift the shaft relative to the sheath. A snare may be coupled to the shaft. The snare may include a first region, a traction region, and a distal tip region. The first region may have a non-circular cross-sectional shape. The traction region may include a plurality of traction members. At a position between two adjacent traction members the snare may have a reduced cross-sectional area relative to the first region. The distal tip region may have a circular cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Samuel Raybin, Kevin J. McElwee, Brian Gaffney, Naroun Soun, Ismail Guler, Brian J. Hanson, Elias A. Khoury, Steven R. Larsen, Daniel H. VanCamp, Wade R. Strelow, Ryan Wales, Robert B. DeVries, Peter J. Shank
  • Patent number: 10561430
    Abstract: Basket type grasping forceps include a sheath, a main body section, and a manipulation section, the main body section includes a basket section and a manipulation wire, the basket section includes a plurality of basket wires and a distal fixing member fixed to the plurality of basket wires, and the distal fixing member has a wire-fixing section to which a first wire serving which is at least one of the plurality of basket wires is fixed, and a high-strength fixing section to which a second wire which is at least another one of the plurality of basket wires is fixed more strongly than a fixing strength of the first wire in the wire-fixing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu Okada
  • Patent number: 10548625
    Abstract: A medical device may include an insertion device having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending therethrough. The medical device may further include a snare device configured to transition between a contracted state within the lumen of the insertion device, and an expanded state extending distally of the insertion device. The snare device may include a loop including a pair of legs and a distal tip. The distal tip may include a plurality of stabilizers between the pair of legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Larsen, Brian Hanson, Elias Khoury, Ismail Guler, Paul Smith, Daniel Vancamp, Wade Strelow, Kevin McElwee
  • Patent number: 10478334
    Abstract: An exemplary surgical device includes an element positionable within a shaft having a lumen defined therethrough with the element movable from a stored position to a deployed position in which a larger portion of the element extends out of the distal end of the lumen. The element forming a closed loop which is positioned around the lens while the lens is within a capsular bag. The closed loop is reduced in size to form a cut in the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec Cataract Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Luke W. Clauson, Maria Tsontcheva Guguchkova
  • Patent number: 10478205
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are presented comprising an endoscope including a flexible shaft which has an active deflection section at a distal tip, a handle connected to a proximal end of the flexible shaft, a platform mounted to a top portion of the handle and oriented substantially in line with the longitudinal axis of the proximal end of a straight portion of the flexible shaft to provide a substantially straight entry into a working channel of the flexible shaft for an output accessory, a stone retrieval device insertable into the proximal end of the working channel of the endoscope, a lithotripsy shaft including one or more guide features at a distal end of the lithotripsy shaft to facilitate passage of wires or filaments of the stone retrieval device there through, and a lithotripsy shaft driver attached to the platform for driving the lithotripsy shaft under power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence J. St. George
  • Patent number: 10463536
    Abstract: An exemplary surgical device includes a shaft with a lumen defined therethrough and an element movable from a stored position to a deployed position in which a larger portion of the element extends out of the distal end of the lumen; wherein motion from the stored position to the deployed position causes a first leg of the element to advance distally relative to the distal end of the shaft, and causes a second leg of the element to move proximally relative to the distal end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec Cataract Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Luke W. Clauson, Maria Tsontcheva Guguchkova
  • Patent number: 10463495
    Abstract: Delivery devices for delivering encircling implants can include two separate limbs that are held together at a distal articulation by the implant being delivered. The implant can comprise a suture and/or a braided tube. The implant can extend through or over the limbs. The implant and at least a distal portion of the limbs can be compressible into a delivery shape that allows for advancement through the lumen of a delivery catheter. When the distal portion of the limbs move out of the delivery catheter, the limbs and implant can resiliently assume a loop shape that is complementary to a shape of a target around which the encircling implant is to be placed. The limbs are then retracted from along the implant to leave the implant in the desired delivery position. The delivery device can be used to place encircling implants around the heart or other targets, and the implant can be tightened to exert compressive force on the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Toby Rogers, Robert J. Lederman, Merdim Sonmez, Dominique N. Franson, Ozgur Kocaturk
  • Patent number: 10463535
    Abstract: An exemplary surgical device includes a shaft with a lumen defined therethrough and an element movable from a stored position to a deployed position in which a larger portion of the element extends out of the distal end of the lumen; wherein motion from the stored position to the deployed position causes a first leg of the element to advance distally relative to the distal end of the shaft, and causes a second leg of the element to move proximally relative to the distal end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec Cataract Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Luke W. Clauson, Maria Tsontcheva Guguchkova
  • Patent number: 10390848
    Abstract: A snare for snaring an article in a vessel of a vascular system or other body vessel. The snare includes a core cable having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The snare also includes first, second and third loops each having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, and a mid-portion therebetween formed by spaced apart first and second sides connected together at the distal end portion of the loop. The mid-portions of each of the loops cross over mid portions of one of the other two loops, and the loops are only connected together at their proximal end portions, where they are gathered together and attached to the distal end portion of the core cable. The loops are movable between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Medical Device Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andris Taube, Matthew M. Quest, Sophie Marcoux
  • Patent number: 10349961
    Abstract: A stone retrieval device includes a sheath and a stone retrieval basket that includes a distal region with a plurality of basket wires and a proximal region with one or more core wires. The stone retrieval basket is contained within the sheath and is movable out a distal opening of the sheath to cause the plurality of basket wires to open into a basket shape. The stone retrieval device further includes a lock mechanism that locks the position of the stone retrieval basket with respect to the position of the sheath and a basket force controller that includes a first and a second control stage. The first control stage includes a sensor for measuring force on the stone retrieval basket when the lock mechanism is in an unlocked position, and the second control stage includes a sensor for measuring force when the lock mechanism is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence J. St. George, Artemie G. Gavala
  • Patent number: 10335185
    Abstract: Disclosed is a snare instrument with a shaft area, a snare structure in a snaring area distally adjoining the shaft area, and a plurality of noose wires. The snare structure can be pulled closed, from an opened position with distally open snare, and has a plurality of flexible bending tubes which extend distally forwards and radially outwards in a radiating shape to form the snare, and of which the distal ends can be moved radially inwards towards each other so as to pull the snare structure closed. Each noose wire extends with a first base portion from the shaft area loosely through one of the bending tubes as far as the distal end thereof, from there with a noose arch to the distal end of the same or another bending tube, and from there with a second base portion loosely through the latter back to the shaft area. At least one of the noose wire base portions extends through each bending tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Bernhard Uihlein
  • Patent number: 10265118
    Abstract: A surgical instrument comprises a handle assembly including an actuator mounted for manipulation through an actuation stroke. An elongate shaft extends distally from the handle assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. A reciprocating member extends at least partially through the elongate shaft, and is mounted for longitudinal motion through the elongate shaft in response to manipulation of the actuator through the actuation stroke. A drive mechanism includes a first rotating component coupled to the actuator about a first circumference to induce rotational motion in the first rotating component. A second rotating component is coupled to the first rotating component such that rotational motion in the first rotating component induces rotational motion in the second rotating component. The second rotating component is coupled to the reciprocating member about a second circumference such that rotational motion of the second rotating component induces longitudinal motion in the reciprocating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gerhardt
  • Patent number: 10231746
    Abstract: A medical retrieval basket used for entrapping and extracting objects such as urinary and biliary calculi from the body comprising a handle assembly, a flexible shaft, and a basket. The basket comprises a plurality of outwardly disposed shape memory wires and is bulbous in shape at its distal end. Located at the intersection point of the wires at the distal end of the basket is a hub that restricts the degree of relative movement between the wires. This hub also serves to increase contact points with the object to be retrieved and to stabilize the orientation of the basket wires. The substantially tipless configuration of the distal end of the basket permits the basket to retrieve objects from difficult to reach locations and reduces tissue trauma caused by the basket tip. The basket wires have varying cross sectional shapes and sizes in different sections of the basket to optimize the performance to the needs of each section within the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Annex Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Dostal, Eugene C. Karels, Stuart J. Lind
  • Patent number: 10188372
    Abstract: An instrument guide device comprises an elongated guide shaft having proximal and distal ends and including an instrument lumen for receiving therethrough a manually operated instrument having an instrument shaft. A distal bendable member is disposed at the distal end of the guide shaft and a proximal bendable member is disposed at the proximal end of the guide shaft. Actuation means extends between the distal and proximal bendable members and provides a bending of the distal bendable member controlled from the proximal bendable member. The proximal bendable member is controlled from the manually operated instrument to cause a corresponding bending of said distal bendable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Cambridge Endoscopic Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Woojin Lee
  • Patent number: 10182835
    Abstract: A stone extraction fragmentation device of the present invention include: a stone extraction operation section having a first main body and a gripping section; and a fragmentation operation section having a second main body, a moving body which is capable of being connected with the first main body, and a rotating knob which is configured to move the moving body with respect to the second main body, wherein the moving body is configured to move the first main body in a direction away from the second main body by rotation of the rotating knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu Okada
  • Patent number: 10182840
    Abstract: In accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure, the medical device includes a snare member having a proximal portion and a distal portion. The medical device also includes an operating member extending proximally of the snare member. The operating is enabled to extend and retract the snare member from a sheath. The snare member includes a transition portion extending between the proximal portion and the distal portion. The transition portion connects the proximal portion to the distal portion. The distal portion has a different cross-sectional area than the proximal section of the snare member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Raybin, Paul Smith, Brian Gaffney, Naroun Suon
  • Patent number: 10117661
    Abstract: A medical device comprising a cannula having a stone extracting unit on its distal end and a hand piece on its proximal end for operating the unit through the cannula. The unit includes more than four annularly arranged tubular elements with fixed proximal ends and distal ends movable between opened and closed position by the movement of an equal number of wire elements extending through the tubular elements with their distal free ends fixed to the distal ends of tubular elements so as to define a 5 or 6 pointed star configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Robert G. Lippitt, Raymond F. Lippitt
  • Patent number: 10111676
    Abstract: A clot retrieval system for removing clots from a body lumen. The clot retrieval system includes an elongated sheath and a wire assembly. The wire assembly is comprised of four wire segments, each biased to have a distally extending circumferential curve. Two wire segments are connected together at a proximal end and a distal end to form a first loop, and are connected to a shaft. Two other wire segments are connected together at a proximal end and a distal end to form a second loop and are connected to the first two wire segments. The second loop is covered with a membrane to catch clots. The wire assembly may be compacted by retracting it within the elongated sheath, or expanded by extending it from the elongated sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Tekulve, Tyler Turk, Yunjuan Wu
  • Patent number: 10111663
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for retrieving an implant or tissue anchor during the course of a percutaneous medical procedure. An implant is provided having a retrieval tether attached to it. The retrieval tether is attached to the implant on one end, and the proximal end of the tether can be threaded through an implant retrieval device. The retrieval device comprises an inner elongate body that is used to capture and secure the retrieval tether. The retrieval device also comprises an outer elongate body that may be configured to be advanced over the retrieval tether from a location remote from the implant (e.g., outside a patient's body) to contact and retrieve the implant after it has been deployed and/or implanted within a patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ancora Heart, Inc.
    Inventor: Jennifer Lake Henderson
  • Patent number: 10064636
    Abstract: A method involves introducing a gathering part into a lumen in an ureteral access sheath in which is located calculus, wherein at least a part of the ureteral access sheath is located in an ureter in a living body. The gathering part is moved along the lumen in the ureteral access sheath in a forward direction toward the calculus, and then movement of the gathering part in the forward direction is stopped to position the gathering part adjacent the calculus so that the calculus is positioned between the distal end of the ureteral access sheath and the gathering part. The gathering part is expanded while the gathering part is positioned adjacent the calculus, and the calculus is then introduced into the gathering part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kei Honda
  • Patent number: 10058341
    Abstract: An endoscopic treatment instrument includes a sheath; a basket section formed by elastic wires; a manipulation wire connected to the basket section; and a distal end cover attached to a distal end of the sheath. The distal end cover has: a first opening; a second opening; an inner peripheral surface disposed between the first and second opening; and a curved surface bent over the whole circumference in t circumference direction of the distal end cover. Each of the plurality of the elastic wires has: a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, and a maximum diameter section. A radius of curvature of the curved surface is smaller than a radius of curvature of each of the plurality of the elastic wires. A contact position of the elastic wires and the curved surface moves in accordance with a retraction of the elastic wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu Okada
  • Patent number: 10045784
    Abstract: Devices and methods for ligating anatomical structures are provided herein. In particular, the devices and methods provided herein can be used to ligate the left atrial appendage. The ligating devices (10, 110, 210, 310, 410) comprise a ligating element (30, 130, 230, 330, 430) and a control element (40, 140, 240, 340, 430) which controls the opening of the ligating element in a loop or lariat shape. Some embodiments comprise also a positioning element (50, 150) which help position the ligating element. In some embodiments a conduit (250) is provided for deploying the ligating element by inflating control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: Paul A. Friedman, Charles J. Bruce, Samuel J. Asirvatham
  • Patent number: 10022123
    Abstract: Adapter assemblies are provided for selectively interconnecting 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, wherein 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 defining 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 defining 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 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ryan Williams, Stanislaw Marczyk
  • Patent number: 9980851
    Abstract: The invention relates to an instrument for stimulating or irritating and/or abrasively treating and/or polishing a membrane or surface or inner surface in the human or animal eye, comprising a handle (1), which comprises an actuating element (2), and a probe (3), which adjoins the handle (1) and which is open at the free distal end, for introducing into the eye. The invention is characterized in that the probe (3) comprises a loop (4) in the interior, and the loop can be at least slightly pushed out of the probe (3) and pushed or pulled back into the probe (3) by means of the actuating element (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GEUDER AG
    Inventors: Norbert Braun, Boris V. Stanzel, Frank G. Holz, Ralf Brinken
  • Patent number: 9901357
    Abstract: The foreign matter capture instrument includes: a first manipulation wire; framework wire materials, the base end parts being coupled to a leading end part of the first manipulation wire, and the leading end parts being respectively bundled together; and a second manipulation wire which is coupled to the leading end parts of the framework wire materials, separates from the first manipulation wire extending toward the base end side of the first manipulation wire. By moving the first manipulation wire toward the leading end side relative to the second manipulation wire, the framework wire materials expand and configure a basket, and by further relatively moving the first manipulation wire toward the leading end side, the basket becomes shallower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PIOLAX MEDICAL DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Risa Sase, Satoshi Yoshita, Hirofumi Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 9867630
    Abstract: An endoscopic stone-extraction device is provided comprising a support filament comprising an end portion having a plurality of stacked loops, a sheath comprising a lumen, wherein the support filament is disposed in the lumen such that the sheath is slideable with respect to the support filament, and a handle comprising an actuator. Movement of the actuator in a first direction retracts the sheath and causes the plurality of stacked loops to expand outside the lumen in an arc-like shape. Movement of the actuator in a second direction advances the sheath and causes the plurality of stacked loops to at least partially collapse inside the lumen. Other embodiments are provides, and any of these embodiments can be used alone or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: INNON Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Avtar S. Dhindsa
  • Patent number: 9826974
    Abstract: A surgical suturing and knotting integrated device includes a knotting assembly and an operation/control apparatus. The knotting assembly has a suture pre-tied with a slipknot and a loop. In use, the knotting assembly is mounted on a front end of the operation/control apparatus and the front end of the operation/control apparatus is extended into a patient's abdominal cavity to perform laparoscopic surgery. In suturing process, the operation/control apparatus is used to enlarge the loop of the suture, whereby the suture and one end of the suturing needle can be easily passed through the loop. Then, the operation/control apparatus is used to minify the loop and detach the slipknot of the suture from the knotting assembly and change the slipknot into a fixed knot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Fung-Chao Tu
  • Patent number: 9808251
    Abstract: A medical device is disclosed which includes a delivery member having at least two lumens extending within. Each lumen may include a rotational element within. Each rotational element may be configured to convert linear motion into rotational motion. The medical device may also include a snare element including a distal snare loop and two proximally extending legs. Each leg of the snare element may be within one of the two lumens. Further, the rotational element in a first lumen may be configured to impart a clock-wise rotation to a first leg of the two proximally extending legs, while the rotational element in a second lumen of the at least two lumens may be configured to impart a counter clock-wise rotation to a second leg of the two proximally extending legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura Elizabeth Firstenberg, Colby Harris
  • Patent number: 9808268
    Abstract: A medical device may include an elongate member, and a plurality of grasping members extending from the elongate member. Each of the grasping members may include a proximal end, and a distal end. Each of the grasping members may include at least one first section formed of a first material and a second material, and a second section located at the distal end of the grasping member. The second section may be formed without the first material and being less stiff than the at least one first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Campbell, Mark Andrew Hera, Richard C. Tah, Steven E. Walak
  • Patent number: 9801651
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a medical device may include a luminal element configured for insertion into a natural body lumen. The medical device may further include a tool configured to be received within the luminal element. The tool may include a plurality of operating members. Each of the operating members may include an elongate member and a cutting member. The cutting member may be located at a distal end of the elongate member. Further, the cutting member of a first operating member of the plurality of operating members may be rotatable with respect to the cutting member of a second operating member of the plurality of operating members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Harrah, Jozef Slanda, Jianmin Li, Prateet Verma
  • Patent number: 9795401
    Abstract: A medical device that may include a plurality of first branch members, and a plurality of second branch members is disclosed. The medical device may also include a first movable member, and a second movable member. The plurality of first and second branch members and the first and second movable members may form a basket movable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 9775634
    Abstract: In a discharge mechanism of basket-type grasping forceps according to the present invention, a support member can advance and retract relative to a plurality of basket wires, the position of the support member can be fixed, and an object inside a basket part is discharged to the outside of the basket part from a portion of the basket part proximal to the basket wires by movement of the support member and the basket part relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu Okada
  • Patent number: 9724115
    Abstract: A stone retrieval device includes a sheath and a stone retrieval basket that includes a distal region with a plurality of basket wires and a proximal region with one or more core wires. The stone retrieval basket is contained within the sheath and is movable out a distal opening of the sheath to cause the plurality of basket wires to open into a basket shape. The stone retrieval device further includes a lock mechanism that locks the position of the stone retrieval basket with respect to the position of the sheath and a basket force controller that includes a first control stage and a second control stage. The first control stage includes a sensor for measuring force on the stone retrieval basket when the lock mechanism is in an unlocked position, and the second control stage includes a sensor for measuring force on the stone retrieval basket when the lock mechanism is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence J. St. George, Artemie G. Gavala
  • Patent number: 9724114
    Abstract: In a discharge mechanism of basket-type grasping forceps according to the present invention, a support member can advance and retract relative to a plurality of basket wires, the position of the support member can be fixed, and an object inside a basket part is discharged to the outside of the basket part from a portion of the basket part proximal to the basket wires by movement of the support member and the basket part relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu Okada
  • Patent number: 9610096
    Abstract: A surgical access device for facilitating access through an incision to a surgical site in a patient's body has a pliable membrane which is configured to engage and expand the incision. The pliable membrane includes a base layer, a permeable membrane attached to the base layer, and a fluid channel disposed between the layers. The fluid channel is fluidly coupled to a fluid source. The fluid is delivered to the surgical site via the permeable membrane. The surgical access device may also have a locking mechanism for holding the device in a desired configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: Prescient Surgical, Inc., The Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Jeremy Koehler, Jonathan Coe, Insoo Suh
  • Patent number: 9603616
    Abstract: A dissector including a body, a first arm, a second arm, and a string and methods for use thereof. The first arm extending from the body towards a distal end thereof and the second arm extending from the body towards a distal end thereof. One end of the string is coupled to the first arm adjacent the distal end thereof and the other end of the string is coupled to the second arm adjacent the distal end thereof. The first and second arms have an expanded configuration such that the string is taut and have a collapsed configuration such that the string is slack. The string is configured to dissect tissue when the first and second arms are in the expanded configuration. The string may oscillate to dissect tissue. The distal ends of the first and second arms may atraumatically dissect tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Katelyn Galer, Justin Williams, Danyel Racenet, Kevin Sniffin, Stanislaw Marczyk, Saumya Banerjee
  • Patent number: 9597105
    Abstract: A dissector including a body, a first arm, a second arm, and a string. The first arm extending from the body towards a distal end thereof and the second arm extending from the body towards a distal end thereof. One end of the string is coupled to the first arm adjacent the distal end thereof and the other end of the string is coupled to the second arm adjacent the distal end thereof. The first and second arms have an expanded configuration such that the string is taut and have a collapsed configuration such that the string is slack. The string is configured to dissect tissue when the first and second arms are in the expanded configuration. The string may oscillate to dissect tissue. The distal ends of the first and second arms may atraumatically dissect tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Katelyn Galer, Justin Williams, Danyel Racenet, Kevin Sniffin, Stanislaw Marczyk, Saumya Banerjee
  • Patent number: 9561028
    Abstract: In laparoscopic surgery, tying of knots is not easy, as it involves the use of long handled graspers and the necessity to pass one end of the suture ligature around the opposite half of the suture, with release and re-grab of the passing end of the suture. The present invention avoids the “passing with the release and re-grab”, and makes the tying easier, faster and automatic. It conforms to the general size and shape of a standard laparoscopic instrument. The handle is pistol shaped with two control triggers, one for grasping and the other for rotating. The sheath is elongated and tubular, containing two control rods. The tip is bullet shaped, containing three operating mechanisms, one for grasping the leading end of a suture, a second for trapping the opposite half of the same suture, a third for rotating the grasped end of the suture 360 degrees around the trapped portion, thus forming a knot. The trapping mechanism uses an axle with a hollow center and an open-ended side slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Fan
  • Patent number: 9539016
    Abstract: A snare device comprising multiple loops is described. The loops may be configured having various sizes or shapes and may be configured for use within a single outer sheath. Each loop provided in connection with a single snare device may have a different size, shape, disposition, or orientation than other loops associated with the same snare device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Lampropoulos, Jim Mottola
  • Patent number: 9532795
    Abstract: A handle for receiving an elongate medical device is provided. The handle includes a housing defining an elongate hollow interior portion, the hollow portion defining a first portion proximate the distal end and the aperture, a second portion. A core is slidably disposed within the interior portion and includes a ramp portion extending from an outer surface of the core at an oblique angle to the longitudinal axis, and two or more arms extending outwardly from a proximal end of the core and biased toward an extended configuration where a proximal end of each arm extends radially outside of an outer surface of the core, wherein the two or more arms combine to define the proximal opening. A button is movably disposed within the aperture substantially blocking communication with the hollow portion through the aperture, comprising an inclined surface that slidably engages the ramp surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Shay J. Lavelle, James Giltinan
  • Patent number: 9510809
    Abstract: A device and method for treatment of a tissue specimen disposed in surrounding tissue includes isolating the tissue specimen from the surrounding tissue by using a separating device to sever and separate the tissue specimen from the surrounding tissue; damaging the isolated tissue specimen with a tissue specimen damaging device; and using an encapsulating device to encapsulate the isolated and damaged tissue specimen, the encapsulating device configured for operation independent from the separating device and the tissue specimen damaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SenoRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred H. Burbank, Paul Lubock
  • Patent number: 9486229
    Abstract: Various apparatus and methods for excising tissue are described therein. In certain variations, a method of excising a target tissue mass from a subject, may include advancing an elongate instrument having an opening at its distal end into a subject. A cutting element, e.g., a snare or loop, may be advanced from the distal end of the elongate instrument, wherein the cutting element may be configured to cut tissue. The cutting element may be positioned near the target tissue mass. The cutting element may be actuated, e.g., expanded or deployed, and may perform energy based or mechanical cutting of a section of tissue encapsulating the target tissue mass. The cut section of tissue and the target tissue mass encapsulated therein may be removed from the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Broncus Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Laufer
  • Patent number: 9468456
    Abstract: A medical/surgical device for performing tissue resection can include an endoscope with proximal and distal ends, defining working channels, and a snare assembly located in one of the working channels. The working channel may include a bend near the distal end and towards the outward radial wall of the endoscope. The snare assembly may include a snare loop and an actuation element imparted with the pre-formed angular bends and an actuation control handle. The bends of the actuation element and the working channel may be the same. The rotational manipulation of the actuation element may synchronize the pre-formed bend of the actuation element with the bend of the working channel to concentrically (or otherwise) align the deployed snare loop with the endoscope or endoscope attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Raybin, Paul Smith, Naroun Suon
  • Patent number: 9427256
    Abstract: An instrument guide device comprises an elongated guide shaft having proximal and distal ends and including an instrument lumen for receiving therethrough a manually operated instrument having an instrument shaft. A distal bendable member is disposed at the distal end of the guide shaft and a proximal bendable member is disposed at the proximal end of the guide shaft. Actuation means extends between the distal and proximal bendable members and provides a bending of the distal bendable member controlled from the proximal bendable member. The proximal bendable member is controlled from the manually operated instrument to cause a corresponding bending of said distal bendable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: CAMBRIDGE ENDOSCOPIC DEVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Woojin Lee
  • Patent number: 9375225
    Abstract: A medical device configured to retrieve calcified stones from the human body includes wire segments and a fixing disc element coupled with the wire segments. The wire segments form a wire basket. The fixing disc element is coupled with the wire segments at a front end of the wire basket. Multiple adjacent wire strands are formed from a first of the wire segments that is directed along a path extending from the rear end of the wire basket forward through a first through-opening of the fixing disc element, and looped through a second through-opening of the fixing disc element, and directed along a path extending from the fixing disc element rearward to the rear end of the wire basket to thus form a first U-shaped deflection disposed on a distal side of the fixing disc element at the front end of the wire basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Bernhard Uihlein, Gerárd Louis Florent Torchio
  • Patent number: RE46063
    Abstract: A device and system for removing tissue such as polyps is provided and includes a tubular member having proximal and distal ends, a snare portion operably extending from within the distal end of the tubular member and including first and second electrodes configured to treat tissue therebetween, the snare portion further including a cutting member for severing the treated tissue. The tissue removal device may further include a handle portion operatively extending from within the proximal end of the tubular member. The handle portion may be configured for operable engagement by a user and the cutting member may extend between distal ends of the first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: F. Sergio P. Regadas