Suture, Ligature, Elastic Band Or Clip Applier Patents (Class 606/139)
  • Patent number: 10675030
    Abstract: A surgical fastener deployment system may include a plurality of coil fasteners having a head and coil body. In some embodiments, the head is comprised of a bioabsorbable polymer. In one embodiment, the coil body may be comprised of a shell and a core and one of the shell and the core may be comprised of one of a magnesium alloy or a bioabsorbable polymer, and the other of the shell and core is formed of the other of the magnesium alloy and the bioabsorbable polymer. The coil body may also include an internal channel which may have a support coil disposed within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Ziniti, John Conidi, Matthew Rothberg
  • Patent number: 10667805
    Abstract: A positioning and retrieval device manipulated by carrying element coupled to an handle and driven by an actuator that allows for axial movement and rotational movement of a capturing portion on the carrying element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Composite Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Rice Bourland, III, John James Valadez, Sumant Gopal Krishnan, Joshua Silver Redstone, Brad Topper
  • Patent number: 10660696
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device comprises a body, an end effector, a cutting member, and a shaft. The end effector includes a pair of jaws that are operable to deliver RF energy to tissue that is clamped between the jaws. The cutting member is operable to sever tissue that is clamped between the jaws. The shaft extends between the body and the end effector. The shaft includes an articulation section that is operable to selectively position the end effector at non-parallel positions relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft. Some versions include a rotation section that is distal to the articulation section. The rotation section is operable to rotate the end effector relative to the articulation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, David K. Norvell, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Gregory A. Trees, Jason E. Zerkle, Kevin M. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 10660651
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hub assembly for use with an endoscopic assembly of a reposable surgical clip applier having an outer housing, a drive assembly, and a clip counting apparatus rotatably and translatably supported within the outer housing. The drive assembly is supported within the outer housing and includes an inner shaft supporting a tab. The clip counting apparatus includes an elongate body defining a throughbore therethrough configured to slidably receive the inner shaft. A plurality of grooves is radially defined within an inner surface of the throughbore and each is configured to slidably receive the tab of the inner shaft. A lockout groove is defined within the inner surface of the throughbore disposed adjacent a final groove of the plurality of grooves and configured to receive the tab of the inner shaft and inhibit distal translation of the inner shaft relative to the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Jacob Baril, Matthew Dinino
  • Patent number: 10660644
    Abstract: A rectal band ligation device and a method of operating the band ligation device. In one embodiment, the band ligation device includes: (1) a handle having a trigger associated therewith, (2) an extension tube extending from the handle and terminating in a head, (3) at least two openings in the head, (4) hollow pistons located in the openings and configured to move relative thereto between an extended position in which ends of the pistons are exposed through the openings and a retracted position, gaps between corresponding openings and hollow pistons being less than cross-sectional widths of elastic members stretched around the ends and (5) an actuating rod coupling the trigger and the pistons and configured to cause the pistons to move from the extended position to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Logan Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis I. Robbins, David H. Hitt
  • Patent number: 10660637
    Abstract: A suturing system including apparatus and methods for disposing stitches in a substrate comprising a thread carrier which inserts a thread in the substrate at a first location and withdraws the thread from the substrate at a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Cypris Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Keith Taylor, Amanda Kay Woodcock, Adam David Hensel
  • Patent number: 10653514
    Abstract: The disclosure describes implantable bioprosthesis and constructs having an implantable woven ribbon with at least one integrated suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MiMedx Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Koob, Mengyan Li
  • Patent number: 10639024
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for performing a non-invasive procedure to repair a cardiac valve are described herein. In some embodiments, apparatus and methods are described herein for repairing a mitral valve using an edge-to-edge repair to secure the mitral valve leaflets. Implant securing devices are also described that can be used during a procedure to repair a mitral valve. In some embodiments, an implant securing device includes an outer member and an inner member movably disposed within the outer member. The inner member can be used to hold or secure a suture extending from an implant deployed on an atrial side of a leaflet of a mitral valve, and the outer member can be used to push or move a half hitch knot toward a ventricular side of the leaflet, which can be used to secure the implant in the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: University of Maryland, Baltimore, Harpoon Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Gammie, Peter Wilson, Peter Boyd, William Niland
  • Patent number: 10631864
    Abstract: An anastomosis prosthesis comprising a tubular member with a leading end comprising a leading edge, and a trailing end comprising a trailing edge, wherein the leading end of the tubular member is reversibly, radially compressible, and the leading edge of the tubular member is provided with one or more radially outwardly directed flexible, substantially linear anchoring members. The anchoring members are initially arranged at an angle in relation to a longitudinal axis of the tubular member such that the anchoring members point in the direction of the trailing end of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ANASTOMOSIS AS
    Inventor: Sumit Roy
  • Patent number: 10631855
    Abstract: A suturing device includes a housing, a rod, a ferrule assembly, and a needle. The housing defines a guide lumen extending longitudinally therethrough. The rod is engaged with the housing and extends distally therefrom. The ferrule assembly is disposed at a distal end of the rod and is configured to releasably retain a ferrule therein. The ferrule is adapted to retain of a portion of a suture therein. The needle is configured for translation through the guide lumen defined within the housing. A distal end of the needle is configured to engage the ferrule within the ferrule assembly for removal of the ferrule from the ferrule assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Robert C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10624641
    Abstract: An article useful for atraumatic care and/or closure of wounds, as well as for repairing torn or ripped fabric is provided. The article comprises a substrate having opposing first and second major surfaces, a plurality of raised anchoring members disposed across the first major surface, and an optional adhesive pre-mounted adjacent the second major surface. A separate adhesive could also be used to mount the article to the desired underlying surface to be repaired. The substrate is a flexible and conformal continuous web that can be cut into pieces to custom fit the wound or fabric opening. Using the anchoring members and a thread, the pieces can be drawn together to correspondingly draw the tissue or fabric on either side(s) of the opening together, thereby closing the opening without piercing or suturing/sewing together the underlying tissue or fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Creative Technology Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Bart Patenaude
  • Patent number: 10624687
    Abstract: A suture passing apparatus including an elongated body having opposite ends. A head is located on one end with a retainer assembly located at the other end. A recess extends from the aperture along the elongated body. A loop of a flexible member is placed in the aperture and over a projection extending into the aperture. The flexible member is placed in the recess extending from the aperture along the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Orthopaedic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J Epperly, J. Tracy Watson, Mark A Steinhauer
  • Patent number: 10624631
    Abstract: A surgical suture and method of suturing is described. The surgical suture includes a pair of matched fastening elements connected by a length of suture. The fastening elements have interlocking components, allowing a surgeon to adjust the tightness of the suture. Fastening element holding devices are also provided to guide the use the surgical suture. The method includes placing the fastening elements in the holding devices, threading one or both of the fastening elements through the body of the patient, and securing the surgical suture, and removing the holding devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Simon B. Rayhanabad
  • Patent number: 10624628
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for percutaneously suturing tissue. An elongated deployment member having a guide member coaxially disposed over a shaft member may be used to carry a needle deployment member. The needle deployment member may be carried at a distal end of the elongated deployment member and include a plurality of needles releasably secured to the needle deployment member, wherein each needle is routed coaxially within the distal end of the needle deployment member. The needle deployment member may further include a needle pusher driven by a link coaxially disposed within the shaft member, wherein the needle pusher is configured to advance each needle through the distal end of the needle deployment member and coaxially over the proximal end of the needle deployment member to position the plurality of needles at a piercing angle in a proximal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Terumo Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Hsiao-Wei Tang, Yu-Shih Weng, Shih-Jui Han, Chung-Chu Chen, Chao C. Chen
  • Patent number: 10617522
    Abstract: A system for repairing an atrioventricular valve of a patient is provided. First and second tissue-engaging elements are configured for implantation at first and second implantation sites of the patient, respectively. First and second flexible longitudinal members are coupled at respective first end portions thereof to the first and the second tissue-engaging elements, respective. Each of the first and the second flexible longitudinal members comprises a braided polyester suture or a plurality of wires that are intertwined to form a rope structure. First and second flexible-longitudinal-member-coupling elements are coupled to respective second end portions of the first and the second flexible longitudinal members. The first and the second flexible-longitudinal-member-coupling elements are configured to be couplable together during an implantation procedure to couple together the first and the second flexible longitudinal elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Idan Tobis, Michael Gilmore
  • Patent number: 10617523
    Abstract: Methods and devices for transvascular prosthetic chordae tendinea implantation are disclosed. A catheter is advanced into the left atrium to attach a leaflet anchor having a leaflet suture to a mitral valve leaflet. A ventricular anchor has a hub with a helical anchor and a core wire extending through the helical anchor. A radiopaque marker may be axially movably carried on the core wire, and a spring biases the marker in a distal direction. The marker is advanced proximally on the tissue surface relative to the helical anchor as the helical anchor is advanced distally into tissue to secure a ventricular suture to the ventricular wall. A leaflet suture and the ventricular suture may be tensioned and connected by a suture lock to form an artificial chordae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Pipeline Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Paul Purcell, Gordon B. Bishop, Erik Griswold, Stephen McDaniel, Trung Ho Pham
  • Patent number: 10617521
    Abstract: A device for gathering tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include an outer tube extending in an elongated direction, a capture tool moveable in the outer tube between a contained position and a use position, and a tissue securing component disposed at a distal end of the outer tube and adapted to be applied to tissue captured by the capture tool and to hold the captured tissue in a gathered configuration. The capture tool may include two grasping members that are moveable relative to one another in the elongated direction. Each grasping member may have a proximal portion and a plurality of fingers or barbs. The grasping members may be operable to capture tissue of the heart valve leaflet therebetween and to draw the captured tissue into the outer tube in the gathered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Tracee Eidenschink
  • Patent number: 10610214
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a suture anchor. The suture anchor includes a body having a proximal end and a distal end, the body including threads along at least a partial length of the body and at least one through hole, the threads including a profile such that the threads located near the distal end of the body include a first shape and the threads located near the proximal end of the body include a second shape different from the first shape. Delivery devices and anchor dilators are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Smith and Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Edwin Housman, Paul Steven Vincuilla, Richard M. Lunn, Julie Kennelly Tripodi, Paul Leo Salvas, Roland Francis Gatturna
  • Patent number: 10603022
    Abstract: A device for closing at least one opening leading to an anatomical cavity is delivered via a catheter positioned in a first opening leading to the anatomical cavity. An orientation control unit is positioned within the anatomical cavity. The orientation control unit defines an orientation of a portion of a tissue surface within the anatomical cavity that is skewed with respect to the first opening and orients a closure member of the device with the tissue surface. An occluding member and a constricting unit of the device are positioned within the anatomical cavity with the occluding member blocking a portion of an opening that is constricted by the constricting unit. An intermediate member of the device is positioned within the anatomical cavity and a closure unit employing at least one piercing element pierces through the intermediate member into a tissue wall surrounding the anatomical cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: KARDIUM INC.
    Inventor: Samuel Lichtenstein
  • Patent number: 10603048
    Abstract: A laminectomy forceps having a cutting unit with a fixed beak and a sliding tray slidingly mounted on the fixed beak, an actuation lever to actuate the sliding tray, a handle in opposed position to the actuation lever and joined to an external frame joined to the fixed beak, a lever mechanism connected to the actuation lever and to the sliding tray, the lever mechanism including a first lever shaped as a straight bar, a second lever shaped as a straight bar and having a first arm between a fulcrum and a first end and a second arm between the fulcrum and a second end and a third lever shaped as a straight bar connected to a stem intended to push the sliding tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Alessandro Melozzi
  • Patent number: 10595928
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing supporting first and second actuators thereon, and an elongated shaft extending distally from the housing. First and second drive members extend through the elongated shaft to operatively couple respective actuators to respective jaw members such that independent manipulation of one of the actuators may induce pivotal movement of an individual jaw member. A locking member is operatively associated with the first and second drive members, and is selectively movable between locked and unlocked positions. When the locking member is in the locked position, the first and second drive members are coupled to one another and move concurrently to drive the jaw members in a bilateral manner. When the locking member is in the unlocked position, the drive members are decoupled from one another and move independently to permit operation of the instrument in a unilateral manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: James D. Allen, IV
  • Patent number: 10595847
    Abstract: A suture anchor includes a threaded anchor body having a first central bore in communication with a second central bore. The suture anchor includes an internal eyelet formed of a loop disposed at least partially inside the first central bore. The ends extending from the loop are tied together to form at least one knot which is housed in the second central bore provided at the distal end of the anchor body. The knot increases the pullout strength of the suture even in soft bone, provides increased suture fixation, and eliminates the anchor “pull back”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dreyfuss, Stephen S. Burkhart
  • Patent number: 10596352
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and apparatuses for guiding an endovascular tool, such as a puncturing tool or an angioscope, in a radial direction, such as toward or through the sidewall of a vessel, stent, or stent graft, using elongate members and specialized catheters. The present disclosure provides methods and apparatuses for locating branch vessels from within a grafted main vessel while maintaining continuous blood flow to the branch vessel. Another aspect of the present disclosure involves a reverse cannulation system, particularly useful for stenting the abdominal aorta proximate the renal arteries and stenting the renal artery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward H. Cully
  • Patent number: 10588504
    Abstract: A system for performing minimally invasive procedures in a body lumen of a patient including a flexible catheter having a first lumen configured and dimensioned to receive an endoscope therethrough and a second lumen configured and dimensioned to receive a first flexible tube therethrough. The first flexible tube is movable through the second lumen and has a distal portion including a first curve extending in a first direction with respect to the longitudinal axis and a second curve extending in a second different direction with respect to the longitudinal axis. A retractor system is positioned at a distal portion of the catheter and is movable from a non-expanded insertion position to an expanded position forming an expanded cage to form a larger working space. The distal portion of the first flexible tube is movable within the expanded cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Piskun, John To, Brian Tang, Mariel Fabro, Oleg Shikhman
  • Patent number: 10588631
    Abstract: A surgical instrument that includes first and second jaws that are movable about a fixed jaw axis between a fully open position and a fully closed position relative to each other. A closure member is configured to move the first and second jaws from the fully open position to the fully closed position when the closure member is moved in a first direction. At least one jaw opening cam is supported for movement relative to the closure member and the first and second jaws. Each of the jaw opening cams is configured to apply an opening motion to the first and second jaws when the closure member is moved in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10588619
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for fixing soft tissue are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, soft tissue may be fixed to an attachment surface (such as bone, other soft tissue, other implants, or allograft or xenograft materials) by providing a helical suture in the soft tissue, wherein the soft tissue has a longitudinal axis along which the soft tissue undergoes tension under normal physiological conditions, and wherein a longitudinal axis of the helical suture in the soft tissue is oriented parallel to the longitudinal axis of the soft tissue; and securing the helical suture to an attachment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: LMT, LLC
    Inventors: Graham C. Langley, Jesse A. McCarron
  • Patent number: 10582924
    Abstract: A method for performing thorascopic repair of heart valves includes inserting an instrument through the chest cavity and into a heart chamber providing access to a valve needing repair. A movable tip on the shaft is operable to capture a valve leaflet and a needle is operable to penetrate a captured valve leaflet and draw a suture therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventor: Giovanni Speziali
  • Patent number: 10582916
    Abstract: A system for passing an end portion of a needle system from a body cavity to an outer environment through a laparoscopic port is provided. The system comprises an elongated Sleeve which comprises a second proximal opening, a second distal opening, a second lumen extending between the second proximal opening and the second distal opening, and a seal provided in the second lumen. The system further comprises a seal bridge which comprises an elongated body. The elongated sleeve is telescopically introducible at a first proximal end, through a first lumen and bypassing a seal mechanism of the laparoscopic port. The seal bridge is adapted to be inserted through the second proximal opening to be deployed in the second lumen and thereby bridging across and/or deactivating the seal of the elongated sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: EON SURGICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Yehuda Bachar, Danny Farin
  • Patent number: 10575850
    Abstract: Systems and methods for separating an adjunct from a jaw of an end effector of a surgical stapling device are provided. The end effector, including first and second jaws configured to clamp tissue therebetween, include an adjunct material releasably retained on at least one of the jaws. The end effector also includes a firing bar configured to move between an unfired position at a proximal end of the end effector and a fired position at a distal end of the end effector. An adjunct removal assembly that can reside in the jaw is configured to couple to and move with the firing bar to separate the adjunct material from the surgical stapling device as the firing bar having the adjunct removal assembly coupled thereto is returned from the fired position to the unfired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Prudence Vulhop, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10555786
    Abstract: This operation input device is an operation input device for inputting an operating command to a manipulator for observing or treating an affected area. Provided is an operation input device including: a grip gripped by an operator with his/her hand; and an arm for movably supporting this grip, wherein this arm includes at least two link members, and at least one joint for linking a neighboring pair of the link members tiltably about joint axes intersecting the longitudinal axes thereof, and each of the joints includes: a sensor for detecting the relative angle displacement of each of the link members that are linked; and a friction generation section configured to generate a frictional torque in a direction opposite to the direction in which a torque is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryohei Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10555727
    Abstract: A vascular closure device configured to seal a puncture site in the vessel wall in a more efficient manner is disclosed. The vascular closure device includes a guide member that extends through a portion of the sealing device and that is removable from the portion the sealing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Essential Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg A. Walters, Joseph Todd Grintz, Mark Rossney
  • Patent number: 10542969
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device includes an elongate member, a suture, and a needle. The elongate member has a first end portion and a second end portion. The elongate member defines a lumen and a slot. The lumen extends from the first end portion to the second end portion. The slot extends from the first end portion to the second end portion. A portion of the suture is wrapped around the elongate member. The needle is coupled to the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Pereira, Aaron Campbell, Joseph Gordon, William J. Kane, Shane Siwinski, Ayan A. Bhandari
  • Patent number: 10542970
    Abstract: An elongate shaft assembly for use with a stitching device includes a hub assembly and an end effector. The hub assembly includes insertion and engaging portions. The insertion portion includes a main rod, a rotatable hub operatively coupled with the main rod such that axial displacement of the main rod rotates the rotatable hub, and first and second arms operatively coupled with the rotatable hub such that rotation of the rotatable hub causes reciprocating axial displacement of the first and second arms. The engaging portion is movable relative to the insertion portion between a reload position in which the rotatable hub is in a distal-most position and rotatable independent of axial displacement of the main rod, and a loaded position in which axial displacement of the main rod rotates the rotatable hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Jacob Baril
  • Patent number: 10531911
    Abstract: A medical device that can perform plural actions by a single operation and is excellent in operability includes a catheter that is insertable into a living body, a sandwiching portion and a needle positioning portion that are disposed in the catheter so as to be able to advance and retract. A slide portion is operable such that the sandwiching portion and the needle positioning portion advance and retract simultaneously, and an action switching portion causes the sandwiching portion to advance and retract in tandem with or independently of the slide portion by the advance and retraction of the slide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukitoshi Katou, Hiromitsu Hashimoto, Hiromu Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10531955
    Abstract: A delivery device for a stented heart valve comprises a handle, an elongate shaft extending from a distal end of the handle, and a conical housing having a proximal end coupled to the elongate shaft and an open distal end, the conical housing having a conical lumen therein with a first internal diameter adjacent to the proximal end of the conical housing and a larger second internal diameter adjacent to the open distal end of the conical housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic 3F Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrzej M. Malewicz, David Elizondo, Matthew W. Weston
  • Patent number: 10524779
    Abstract: Suture passers and methods of use. Described herein are suture passers preloaded with suture, including cartridges that couple to a suture passer to form a loaded suture passer; the suture passer may be operated to pass one or more lengths of suture without having to be manually reloaded. In particular, described herein are preloaded and automatically reloading apparatuses typically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ceterix Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Murillo, Michael J. Hendricksen, Yoav Ben-Haim
  • Patent number: 10524913
    Abstract: A mitral valve repair system includes a delivery sheath, a mitral valve repair device, and an actuator. The mitral valve repair device is disposed in the delivery sheath in an extended condition. The mitral valve repair device includes a pair of barbed clasps. The barbed clasps are in a closed condition while the mitral valve repair device is in the extended condition in the delivery sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio Delgado, Eric Robert Dixon, David M. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10524778
    Abstract: Described herein suture passer apparatus (devices and systems) that may be used to suture tissue within a narrow, confined space. In particular, described herein are suture passers having an elongate body and a bent lower jaw member that houses a tissue penetrator that is adapted to extend laterally through the bend region, and then be laterally deflected from the lower jaw member to a second jaw (e.g. bendable or pivoting) upper member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ceterix Orthopaedics
    Inventors: Michael J. Hendricksen, Michael Murillo, Christopher P. Bender, Mark Y. Hirotsuka, Stephen J. Peter
  • Patent number: 10507018
    Abstract: A device for performing minimally invasive repair of mitral valve leaflets in a beating heart through the delivery and implantation of artificial chordae tendineae includes a handle for positioning the device into a chest cavity of the patient, a capture assembly adapted to capture a valve leaflet between distal an proximal tip portions, a needle adapted to penetrate the valve leaflet, and a capture confirmation system for verifying capture of the valve leaflet between the distal and proximal tip portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NeoChord, Inc.
    Inventor: John Zentgraf
  • Patent number: 10507109
    Abstract: A system for implanting a repair device onto a native valve of a natural heart to repair the native valve of a patient during a non-open-heart procedure. The system includes a surgical delivery instrument, a valve repair device, and a gripper control mechanism. The surgical delivery instrument has at least one lumen. The valve repair device is configured to be delivered through the lumen of the surgical delivery instrument and to attach to a native valve of a patient. The valve repair device includes a pair of paddles, and a pair of gripping members. The paddles are movable between an open position and a closed position. The paddles and the gripping members are configured to attach to a native valve of the patient. The gripper control mechanism is configured to independently move the first and second gripping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Asher L. Metchik, Gregory Scott Tyler, II, Matthew T. Winston, Sergio Delgado, Lauren R. Freschauf, Eric R. Dixon, Alexander J. Siegel
  • Patent number: 10499926
    Abstract: A device for retarding birth including an upper ring for surrounding a cervix, an anchoring component for anchoring the device, and an elastic component for attaching the upper ring to the anchoring component, wherein the elastic component pushes the upper ring and the anchoring component apart. A device for retarding birth including a sleeve for surrounding a cervix along a greater portion of a length of the cervix, a support strip on the sleeve directed along an axis of the sleeve, and a ring at least partially around the sleeve, in which when a top of the sleeve is pushed to expand radially, the support strip pivots on the ring, such that an end of the support strip near the top of the sleeve moves radially outward, and an end of the support strip near the bottom of the sleeve moves radially inward. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: Tel HaShomer Medical Research Infrastructure and Services Ltd., The Trendlines Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Abraham Tsur, Sharon Farber, Roy Mashiach, Yosef Hazan, David Shashar, Avshalom Shenhav
  • Patent number: 10499976
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an end effector assembly having first and second jaw members each jaw member defining an opposed surface. The jaw members are movable between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position for grasping tissue within a grasping area. First and second tissue-treating plates are disposed on the jaw members and adapted to connect to a source of energy for treating tissue disposed within a tissue-treating. Each jaw member defines a knife channel positioned within the grasping area and outside of the tissue-treating area. A knife is selectively movable between a retracted position, wherein the knife is positioned proximally of the jaw members, and an extended position, wherein the knife extends at least partially through the knife channels of the jaw members to cut tissue positioned adjacent the tissue-treating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David J. Van Tol, Gary M. Couture, Robert M. Sharp, John R. Twomey, Barry J. Kaup
  • Patent number: 10499977
    Abstract: A method of surgery utilizing an end effector assembly having first and second jaw members defining a grasping area therebetween and a tissue-treating area therebetween. Each of the first and second jaw members defines a knife channel positioned within the grasping area and outside of the tissue-treating area. The end effector assembly is positioned such that the knife channels are positioned adjacent tissue to be removed. Thereafter, the first and/or second jaw members are moved from a spaced-apart position to an approximated position to grasp tissue therebetween, the jaw members are energized for conducting energy through tissue disposed within the tissue-treating area to treat tissue disposed within the tissue-treating area, and a knife is advanced through the knife channels to cut tissue adjacent the tissue-treating area thereby separating tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David J. Van Tol, Gary M. Couture, Robert M. Sharp, John R. Twomey, Barry J. Kaup
  • Patent number: 10499902
    Abstract: A bone or tissue repair device can deploy first and second anchors from a distal end of a bore of a needle. A cylindrical first anchor can be disposed in the bore proximal to a distal end of the bore. A cylindrical second anchor can be disposed in the bore proximal to the first anchor. A pusher wire can include teeth positioned at a distal end of the pusher wire. The pusher wire and teeth can be configured to engage an interior of the first anchor; advance distally, with respect to the needle, to force the first anchor distally out of the bore; retract proximally, with respect to the needle and the second anchor, to position the teeth inside an interior of the second anchor; engage the interior of the second anchor; and advance distally, with respect to the needle, to force the second anchor distally out of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R. Norton
  • Patent number: 10492795
    Abstract: A ratchet assembly for use with an apparatus for applying surgical clips to body tissue includes a pawl and a biasing element. The pawl is slidably supported within a handle portion of the apparatus. The biasing element is supported by the handle portion and is in mechanical communication with the pawl. The biasing element has a biasing force configured to bias the pawl towards the rack such that the rack is permitted to translate in a distal direction, but is selectively inhibited from translating in a proximal direction until the rack is in a distal-most position. When the rack is urged in a proximal direction, the pawl exerts a force on the biasing element. When the force exerted on the biasing element is greater than the biasing force, the biasing element deflects allowing the pawl to disengage from the rack and permit the rack to translate in a proximal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 10492786
    Abstract: A staple cartridge includes outer and inner rows of retention slots that are adapted and configured to retain staples. The staple cartridge further includes a staple pusher including a plurality of pusher plates. A staple pusher includes pusher plates that are laterally spaced apart to engage staples within the outer rows of at least three rows of retention slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stanislaw Marczyk, Lee Olson
  • Patent number: 10485532
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a suture passer device that includes a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, and a suture carrier secured to the handle and moveable through a distal end of the shaft. According to one aspect of the present disclosure, one of the shaft and the suture carrier includes a sharp tip and the other one of the shaft and the suture carrier includes a blunt tip. According to another aspect of the present disclosure, the suture carrier includes an inner tube extending through the shaft and a flexible arm extending through the inner tube. Methods of using a suture passer device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Norton, Kevin T. Stone
  • Patent number: 10478243
    Abstract: A method of surgery includes grasping tissue between tissue-contacting surfaces of first and second jaw members of an end effector assembly, supplying energy to at least one of the tissue-contacting surfaces to treat tissue grasped therebetween, and translating and/or manipulating the end effector assembly to cut tissue in a ripping fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Gary M. Couture, Ryan C. Artale, John R. Twomey, Rebecca J. Coulson, David J. Van Tol
  • Patent number: 10478172
    Abstract: Methods of tissue repair. At least one example method includes: pulling a tissue in place over a bone location; abutting a distal end of a guide tool against the tissue at a first location, and driving a first bone anchor through a delivery tube of the guide tool, through the tissue, and into the bone at the first location, the first bone anchor coupled to a first suture line; abutting the distal end of the guide tool against the tissue at a second location displaced from the first location, and then driving a second bone anchor through the delivery tube, through the tissue, and into the bone at the second location, the second bone anchor associated with the first suture line; withdrawing the guide tool away from the tissue; and tightening the first suture line to create a first suture over the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: West Gen Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Donald A. Williams, George J. Sikora
  • Patent number: 10470750
    Abstract: A tissue closure device to assist in retrieving a suture during a suturing procedure, the device including an elongated body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending axially through the elongated body. The device further including an actuator rod at least partially extending through the lumen of the elongated body to actuate a plurality of wings and a plurality of shields attached to a distal end of the elongated body. The elongated body including at least one needle guide lumen with an opening an exit, the at least one needle guide lumen traversing the elongated body at an angle with respect to a central axis of the elongated body to guide a suture grasper to an enclosed suture retrieval cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Teleflex Medical Incorporated
    Inventors: Celso Bagaoisan, Suresh Pai, Brad Labarbera