Mechanical Suture Or Ligature Applier Patents (Class 606/144)
  • Patent number: 11439378
    Abstract: A method for closing a puncture in tissue that includes advancing a guide member into proximity with the tissue, the guide member having a needle guide, positioning a distal end of the guide member with the needle guide toward the tissue to present an opening of the needle guide toward the tissue the needle guide cooperating with a suture securing device that is slidably coupled to the guide member and a suture attached to the suture securing device, deploying the suture securing device, the suture securing device comprising a body with an anchor point for the suture and features that allow the suture securing device to pierce the tissue and resist retraction through the tissue, and establishing tension in the suture to move the suture securing device toward another suture securing device to thereby close the puncture in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Marc G. Gianotti, Aaron M. Fortson
  • Patent number: 11439385
    Abstract: A device for suturing an incision in an artery has a handle, a supply of suture stored on spindle housed in the handle, a tube extending from the handle having a lumen through which suture extends, and a curved needle at a distal end of the handle, the curved needle having an opening through which a free end of the suture extends. A method for suturing an incision in an artery includes creating sequential openings in first and second flaps of the incision, with loops of suture extending through openings in one flap, with a free end of suture extending through the second flap being pulled through the loops and secured to another free end of suture extending through the first flap, to close the incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Manouchehr A. Miraki
  • Patent number: 11419598
    Abstract: A soft anchor construct, having a cross-member suture of braided suture material and a cinching suture that has a first end and a second end. The cinching suture, starting at its first end, extends to the cross-member suture, and engages and traverses the cross-member suture at a first central point and then extends from the first central point to a first lateral point, and engages and traverses the cross-member suture at the first lateral point. The cinching suture then extends from the first lateral point to a second lateral point, opposed to the first lateral point, and engages and traverses the cross-member suture at the second lateral point and then extends from the second lateral point to a second central point and engages and traverses the cross-member suture at the second central point and extends from the second central point to the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: RIVERPOINT MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Edward Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11413146
    Abstract: A method for treating a heart valve involves delivering a catheter into a ventricle of a heart, advancing a coil from the catheter, rotating the coil at least partially around a papillary muscle of the ventricle, embedding a distal end of the coil in tissue of the ventricle, and manipulating a suture coupled to the coil to adjust a position of the papillary muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Glen T. Rabito, Robert C. Taft, Alison S. Curtis
  • Patent number: 11413035
    Abstract: A method includes passing a first flexible strand through a tissue section by a first needle coupled to a driver. The driver includes a longitudinal body defining an opening at a distal end. The first needle is positioned in the opening. A first hole is formed through a bone. The first flexible strand is passed through the first hole using a strand retriever. The strand retriever includes a body having a first longitudinal tube extending therefrom and a first snare slideably deployable from the first longitudinal tube. The first longitudinal tube is positioned from a first side of the bone in the first hole and the first snare is deployed on a second side of the bone. The first snare passes the first flexible strand through the first hole in the bone. The tissue section is secured to the bone using the first flexible strand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary Korman, Lewis Pearce Branthover
  • Patent number: 11399822
    Abstract: A device that can pierce and hold tissue and then pass suture through tissue. The device can have a shuttle that can removably attach to a suture and jaws that can be rotatably opened and closed with respect to each other. The device can have a first jaw having a first jaw channel and a first jaw first stop. The shuttle can have a shuttle longitudinal axis and a shuttle first stop. The shuttle first stop can have a shuttle first stop distal end. The shuttle first stop distal end can be deflectable into the first jaw first stop. When the shuttle first stop distal end is in contact with the first jaw first stop, the shuttle can be passively retained in the first jaw. A method for using the device to repeatedly pass the suture through the tissue without removing the suture or device from the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Maruho Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Huntington, Brett A. Snyder, Matthew Byrnes Newell, Luke W. Clauson, Gary S. Fanton, John F. Krumme, Scott H. Heneveld, Bryce Peterson, Yasuyuki Hitomi
  • Patent number: 11376127
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward apparatuses, systems, and methods that include device for chordae tendineae repair. The device may include a flexible cord having a first end and a second end; and a helical wire configured to attach to one of the first end and the second end of the flexible cord and anchor the flexible cord to a leaflet of a heart valve; and a capture device having a channel and configured to clamp the leaflet of the heart valve and deliver the flexible cord through the channel to anchor the helical wire to the leaflet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Trapp, James L. Goepfrich, Brandon C. Hedberg, Edward E. Shaw, Jason D. Hemmer, Paul D. Goodman
  • Patent number: 11375997
    Abstract: A surgical suture apparatus for passing a double-ended surgical needle forwards and backwards includes a main body, a first jaw element and a second jaw element, each including a holding device to hold a needle-end of the surgical needle. The first jaw element and second jaw element are movable with respect to each other between a take-over position, where a surgical needle can be passed between the first holding device and the second holding device, and an open position. The surgical apparatus further includes an operating device to operate the first holding device and the second holding device to alternately hold the first needle-end by the first holding device and the second needle-end by the second holding device, where the first jaw element is detachably mounted on the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Mellon Medical B.V.
    Inventor: Mark-Paul Franciscus Maria Vrancken Peeters
  • Patent number: 11369364
    Abstract: An implant manipulator may have a distal end that retains an implant, a proximal end, and an intermediate portion between the ends. The implant manipulator may be a needle for a suture passer, with a suture capture feature at the distal end. The suture capture feature may have first and second members that flex apart to permit entry of the suture into a suture capture hole wherein the suture is retained until released. A suture passer may include one or more needles. The suture passer may also include a pusher; a distal end with a sharp, blade-like extension; or a side-loading distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Marker Medical, LLC
    Inventors: David Skinlo, Ephraim Akyuz, Daniel Perkins
  • Patent number: 11350927
    Abstract: A suturing device for minimally invasive surgery is disclosed. The suturing device has a head defining one or more ferrule holders and a tissue bite area. The device also has a first needle comprising a flywheel portion and one or more curved arms extending from the flywheel portion, each of the one or more curved arms comprising a ferrule engaging tip, wherein the first needle is pivotably coupled to the head. The suturing device further has a first actuator coupled to the first needle and configured to rotate it from a retracted position, where the ferrule engaging tip of each of the one or more curved arms starts away from the one or more ferrule holders, through the tissue bite area, and to an engaged position where the ferrule engaging tip of each of the one or more curved arms is operationally aligned with the one or more ferrule holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Jude S. Sauer, Matthew Wrona
  • Patent number: 11344293
    Abstract: A loader for a surgical suturing instrument is disclosed. The loader has a head having a protrusion configured to be releasably held by a tissue bite area of a surgical suturing instrument. The loader also has a tube interface. The loader further has one or more ferrule holders. The loader also has one or more ferrules, each corresponding to and held by one of the one or more ferrule holders and coupled to a suture end that leads from a tube releasably held by the tube interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Jude S. Sauer, Angelo John Martellaro
  • Patent number: 11338126
    Abstract: A synchronous drive system for simultaneously driving more than two or more rotational tissue screws and a method for simultaneously affixing a medical device to tissue employing the synchronous drive system. The synchronous drive system is particularly configured to affix an apical cuff to cardiac muscle tissue by simultaneously driving a plurality of rotational tissue screws through the apical cuff and into cardiac muscle tissue thereby affixing the apical cuff to the cardiac muscle tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: ConneX BioMedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Max Bannister Mitchell, Jeremy N. Morgan
  • Patent number: 11337723
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide apparatus and methods for treating tissue by applying a force to the tissue. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a deployable segment having proximal and distal regions, a main body extending therebetween, and a loop member formed at the distal region of the deployable segment. A cannula having a bore is dimensioned to circumferentially surround at least a portion of the main body at a location proximal to the loop member, and a spring member is disposed between the cannula and the loop member. The proximal end of the spring member is affixed to the cannula, and the distal end of the spring member is movable to apply a compressive force to adjust the size of the opening of the loop member and compress tissue disposed within the opening of the loop member. In an alternative embodiment, the cannula is omitted, and a diameter of the loop member is configured to be reduced and increased any number of times before final deployment of the deployable segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Binmoeller, Tyler E. McLawhorn, Vihar C. Surti
  • Patent number: 11284885
    Abstract: A suturing device includes a curved needle, a suture, an elongate body, an actuator and a curved needle holder. The suture connects with the curved needle. The actuator interacts with the elongate body and is operable between a first operating position and a second operating position. The curved needle holder extends away from a distal end portion or is provided as part of the distal end portion of the elongate body. The curved needle holder includes a distal end section having a distal-most tip. The curved needle holder includes an inner surface defining a needle passage for holding the needle and a distal opening. The curved needle has a curved needle radius and the curved needle passage has a curved needle passage radius that is different than the curved needle radius and the curved needle frictionally engages the inner surface when the needle is in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: DURASTAT LLC
    Inventors: Mark F. Kurd, David Greg Anderson, Jaime F. Sarabia, Eric Buehlmann, Jay P. Tapper, Jens Johnson, Ann R. Lee, Catherine Margaret Unruh
  • Patent number: 11284883
    Abstract: Surgical instruments for surgical suturing, for the purpose of enabling direct vision access, abdominal wall suturing and procedures of minimum invasion of abdominal structure from the surface thereof to deeper layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: HOSPITAL DAS CLINICAS DA FACULDADE DE MEDICINA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE SÄO PAULO-HCFMUSP
    Inventors: Ricardo Abdalla, Helio Ozawa
  • Patent number: 11266407
    Abstract: A clipping device includes a capsule and a pair of clip arms, proximal ends of the clip arms slidably received within the channel of the capsule such that the clip arms are movable relative to the capsule between an open configuration and a closed configuration. The clipping device also includes a pair of jaws, each of the jaws pivotally coupled to a corresponding one of the clip arms and movable relative to the clip arms between an insertion configuration, in which longitudinal axes of the pair of jaws are substantially aligned with longitudinal axes of the clip arms, and a tissue-receiving configuration, in which the longitudinal axes of the pair of jaws extend transverse to the longitudinal axes of the clip arms, the pair of jaws movable toward the tissue-receiving configuration when the pair of clip arms are in the open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Bagley
  • Patent number: 11266399
    Abstract: A surgical suturing instrument includes first and second jaw members each defining a hole for detachable receipt of opposite ends of a curved needle. The first jaw member is rotatable relative to the second jaw member to move and transfer the curved needle between the jaw members. A first elongate locking element is slidable within the first jaw member between non-locking and locking positions. When the first elongate locking element is in the locking position and the curved needle is disposed within the hole of the first jaw member, a portion of the first elongate locking element is received in a notch defined in an end of the curved needle to selectively secure the curved needle to the first jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Avvln Srinivasa Murthy Aravalli, Jaroslaw T Malkowski, Henry E. Holsten
  • Patent number: 11253251
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices and methods for delivering several sutures accurately and simultaneously around the perimeter of an annular prosthetic device (prosthetic heart valve, annuloplasty ring, etc.) to secure the prosthetic device within a native heart valve region. Devices can comprise a proximal handle portion including an actuator and a distal suturing portion including several curved and straight needles arrayed around the shaft axis. The straight needles and the curved needles are configured to simultaneously guide a plurality of sutures through the native tissue and through the annular prosthetic device. The actuator can cause the straight needles to move axially relative to the curved needles and can also cause the curved needles to rotate, such that the motions are coordinated to simultaneously place all the sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin K. Dang, Bryan A. Janish, Manouchehr A. Miraki
  • Patent number: 11246586
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can manipulate and pass suture through tissue. The device can easily pass suture through tissue with the suture fixed to the mechanism or where the suture is captured by the mechanism and allowed to slide. Along with this ability to control suture in one of two ways is a feature to provide a large amount of suture on the other side of the tissue that will be relatively easy for the surgeon to grab and pull out of the arthroscopic portal. The device includes a handle with a hollow shaft extending therefrom and a set of fingers movable into and out of the shaft. The fingers can be designed to capture suture, permit the suture to slide while captured, and optionally hold the suture in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: ARCH DAY DESIGN, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Weisel, Roger Pisarnwongs
  • Patent number: 11234714
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is provided. The surgical instrument has a drill bit employable in drilling procedures wherein the drill bit is made of a plurality of radially positioned drill bits which also may be utilized as a grasping device. As a result, the drill bit may not only drill into bone, but may also be used to grasp an object, such as a portion of the body. The present surgical instrument reduces contamination which may otherwise result from switching surgical instruments from a drill to a grasping mechanism or from the need to drill multiple holes into the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Schrilla, LLC
    Inventor: David Schub
  • Patent number: 11229480
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a housing, an elongated shaft, an end effector, and an actuation mechanism. The housing pivotally supports a movable handle between unactuated, first actuated, and a second actuated positions. The elongated shaft extends distally from the housing and defines a longitudinal axis. The end effector has a pair of opposed jaw members that are movable between an open configuration in which the jaw members are spaced apart from one another and a closed configuration in which the jaw members are closer together. The actuation mechanism is configured to transition the end effector between the open and closed configurations as the movable handle is pivoted between the unactuated and first actuated positions and to maintain the end effector in the closed configuration when the moveable handle is between the first and second actuated positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Aditya Nanditale Gurumurthy, Michael B. Lyons
  • Patent number: 11219432
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a cartridge for loading a suture onto a suturing instrument are disclosed. In some embodiments, the cartridge is operable for loading a pre-tied knot formed from the suture onto the suturing instrument. The suturing instrument is typically of the type having a suture passing member defining a suture receiving passage therein. In some embodiments, the cartridge comprises a housing defining a chamber, and a partially pre-tied knot mounted about the housing or the chamber. The cartridge additionally provides a base coupled to the housing, the base defining a seat for releasably holding a portion of a suture to be aligned with, and transferred to, the suturing instrument. The portion of the suture may be held independently, or it may be coupled to a component such as a ferrule or shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Anchor Orthopedics XT Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Harrison, Andrew Oldham, Aye Nyein San, Neil Godara, Jeffery Arnett
  • Patent number: 11213288
    Abstract: A port site closure instrument includes a pair of wings and a body having proximal, central, and distal portions. The proximal portion defines a proximal suture aperture and first and second needle apertures. The central portion defines third and fourth needle apertures. A first needle channel is defined through the body communicating the first and third needle apertures. A second needle channel is defined through the body communicating the second and fourth needle apertures. The distal portion defines distal suture apertures. A first suture channel is defined by the body communicating the proximal and distal suture apertures. The pair of wings is pivotally supported by the distal portion of the body. Each of the wings define a suture slot such that a suture exiting one of the distal suture apertures and positioned in the suture slots is aligned with one of the first or second needle channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Neeraj Kumar
  • Patent number: 11197663
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing an object to bone, the apparatus comprising an anchor comprising a body comprising a passageway; and a movable element comprising a deformable portion; wherein the deformable portion is configured so that, (i) at a first level of force, the deformable portion restricts proximal movement of the movable element, and (ii) at a second, greater level of force, the deformable portion deforms and permits proximal movement of the movable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Puerto Rico Limited
    Inventors: Jeremy Graul, J. Brook Burley
  • Patent number: 11166712
    Abstract: A device for suturing an anatomic valve can comprise an elongate body, a suture catch mechanism and a suture clasp arm. The suture catch mechanism can be operatively coupled to the elongate body for movement between a retracted position and an advanced position. The suture clasp arm can be attached to the elongate body for movement between a retracted position and an extended position. The suture clasp arm can comprise a suture clasp configured to releasably retain a suture portion. In some embodiments, the suture clasp is positioned on the suture clasp arm such that the suture catch mechanism retrieves the suture portion from the suture clasp arm while the arm is at least partially retracted. In some embodiments, the suture clasp arm can be closed about a tissue portion without damaging the tissue portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Scarab Technology Services, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony A. Nobles, Benjamin G. Brosch, John R. Crew
  • Patent number: 11160548
    Abstract: Instruments for placing complex sutures into animal tissues, including instruments useful in arthroscopic surgical techniques which minimize incision size. Manipulate the flat tissue by, for example, rolling, wrinkling, folding, bending or tucking the tissue so that a needle can be placed through the tissue more than once. Sutures are placed, for example from top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top with a single pass of a straight needle. Roll, wrinkle, fold, bend or tuck the flat tissue so that a needle can be placed through the tissue more than once. Suturing a loop through the tissue that another suture will pass through result in sewing both sides of the tissue. This will allow surgeons to place complex locking and grasping suture configurations that will significantly improve the repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Patrick McMahon
  • Patent number: 11141148
    Abstract: A suturing device for minimally invasive surgery is disclosed. The suturing device has a head defining one or more ferrule holders and a tissue bite area. The device also has a first needle comprising a flywheel portion and one or more curved arms extending from the flywheel portion, each of the one or more curved arms comprising a ferrule engaging tip, wherein the first needle is pivotably coupled to the head. The suturing device further has a first actuator coupled to the first needle and configured to rotate it from a retracted position, where the ferrule engaging tip of each of the one or more curved arms starts away from the one or more ferrule holders, through the tissue bite area, and to an engaged position where the ferrule engaging tip of each of the one or more curved arms is operationally aligned with the one or more ferrule holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 11134928
    Abstract: Articulating surgical instruments are disclosed. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument may include an elongated shaft assembly including an articulable portion moveable between a non-articulated configuration and an articulated configuration. First and second articulating shafts of the elongated shaft assembly may be coaxially arranged and axially fixed at an attachment point located distally from the articulable portion. Proximal portions of the first and second articulating shafts may be displaceable in opposing directions to articulate the articulable portion from the non-articulated configuration to the articulated configuration. In another embodiment, an articulation control may be movable from a first position to a second position to move an articulation lock from a locked configuration to an unlocked configuration to selectively permit articulation of a surgical instrument. The articulation lock also may be movable from the second position to a third position to articulate the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Augustus Felix, Derek J. Leatzow, Nathan Stewart Cauldwell, Derek Affonce, Kevin J. Ranucci, Tomas Matusaitis, Alan Bachman
  • Patent number: 11135061
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide methods and systems for delivering a prosthesis to a target location in a lumenal system of a patient. At least one tether is secured proximate the target location to serve as a rail, and a prosthesis is advanced along the rail to the target location and secured in place. Exemplary methods and systems provide for repair of the mitral and tricuspid valves, as well as abdominal aortic aneurysms, stomach valves, fallopian tubes and the pulmonary system, among others. Also disclosed are various prostheses suitable for use with the disclosed methods and systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Transmural Systems LLC
    Inventor: Nasser Rafiee
  • Patent number: 11076849
    Abstract: An elongated deployment shaft carrying a needle deployment assembly with needles carrying sutures and a stabilizer. A catcher tube over the shaft having a catcher assembly at a distal end may retain a portion of the needles when passed through the tissue into engagement with catcher assembly. The catcher and needle deployment assemblies are configured to asynchronously engage the plurality of needles when moved distally beyond the catcher assembly. A sheath over the catcher tube may sandwich the tissue against the stabilizer when expanded. A first actuator may move catcher tube distally to decrease distance between proximal and distal ends of the stabilizer expand it and may move the sheath distally to sandwich the tissue. A second actuator may deflect the needles outward to move proximally through the tissue and engage the catcher and return a portion of each not retained by the catcher to a distal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TERUMO MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chun-Chia Juan, Yu-Shih Weng
  • Patent number: 11064992
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a soft material anchoring system including an elongate, tubular braided soft anchoring implant. The implant has a first elongate state where the implant may easily slide within a bone tunnel, and a second axially compressed state where the implant is wedged within the bone tunnel. The implant also includes at least one suture pathway that extends along and through an implant side wall; this pathway receives at least a portion of a length of suture that is also attached to soft tissue. This length of suture may slide along the suture pathway and transition the implant from the first elongate state to the second compressed state. The system also includes a binding element that at least partially extends within the implant, the binding element having both a first larger binding portion and a second smaller sliding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventor: Seth A. Foerster
  • Patent number: 11064995
    Abstract: An exemplary surgical device includes a handle including a bore, and a trigger configured to advance or retract a needle through the bore of the handle. The trigger is configured to rotate about a pivot axis and is further configured to slide in distal and proximal directions. The device may be operated using one hand, and permits a user, such as a surgeon, to advance a needle through the device using intuitive, relatively easy thumb movements. While the device may be used in other techniques, it is particularly useful in meniscal repairs, including inside-out meniscal repairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 11058528
    Abstract: A urinary incontinence prevention clip for men includes: a clip body having an upper frame positioned so as to correspond to the upper part of male genitalia, a lower frame positioned so as to correspond to the lower part of the male genitalia, and a connection part connected to one side of the upper frame and the lower frame and providing elastic force in a direction, in which the upper frame and the lower frame are spread; cushion parts respectively provided on the inside of the upper frame and the inside of the lower frame; and locking parts formed at both ends of the clip body so as to be fastened to each other, wherein the upper frame is formed so as not to press the blood vessels of the male genitalia and the lower frame is formed so as to press the urethras of the male genitalia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Myung Sook Kim
  • Patent number: 11051941
    Abstract: Medical devices, systems, and methods reduce the distance between two locations in tissue in a minimally invasive manner, often for treatment of congestive heart failure. In one embodiment, an anchor of an implant system may, when the implant system is fully deployed, reside within the right ventricle in engagement with the ventricular septum. A tension member may extend from that anchor through the septum and an exterior wall of the left ventricle to a second anchor disposed along an epicardial surface of the heart. Deployment of the anchor within the right ventricle may be performed by inserting a guidewire through the septal wall into the right ventricle. The anchor may be inserted into the right ventricle over the guidewire and through a lumen of a delivery catheter. Delivering the anchor over the guidewire may provide improved control in the delivery and placement of the anchor within the right ventricle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: BioVentrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Lon Annest, Murray Sheldon, Kevin Van Bladel, Ernie Heflin, William Butler, Andrew Wechsler, John Bower, Rovil Arcia
  • Patent number: 11051802
    Abstract: Suturing devices and systems used to close openings into a biological structure. The suturing device can comprise an elongate member having a proximal end, a distal end, one or more arms, and one or more needles. One or more sheaths may be used with the device to maintain or substantially maintain haemostasis while the device is used and while a procedure is performed in the biological structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: HeartStitch, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony A. Nobles, Benjamin G. Brosch, William Ettlinger Cohn, Daniel W. Haines
  • Patent number: 11051801
    Abstract: A closure device for closing an opening in tissue is provided. The closure device includes an elongate member through which needles may be deployed. The closure device also includes a closure element having a foot portion and a needle guide portion. The foot portion and the needle guide portion are each movable between a delivery configuration and a deployed configuration. The foot portion includes cuffs removably mounted thereon and having sutures connected therebetween. The needle guide portion includes needle guide apertures that guide the needles to the cuffs. The needles securely engage the cuffs and draw the cuffs and suture through the lumen wall so that the opening in the lumen wall can be closed with the sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Wouter E. Roorda, Douglas H. Mehl
  • Patent number: 11033260
    Abstract: A suturing device for minimally invasive surgery is disclosed. The suturing device has a head defining one or more ferrule holders and a tissue bite area. The device also has a first needle comprising a flywheel portion and one or more curved arms extending from the flywheel portion, each of the one or more curved arms comprising a ferrule engaging tip, wherein the first needle is pivotably coupled to the head. The suturing device further has a first actuator coupled to the first needle and configured to rotate it from a retracted position, where the ferrule engaging tip of each of the one or more curved arms starts away from the one or more ferrule holders, through the tissue bite area, and to an engaged position where the ferrule engaging tip of each of the one or more curved arms is operationally aligned with the one or more ferrule holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 11026720
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed towards a medical device, method and system thereof for the placement or passage of patches, sutures, anchors, tags, tissue sensors and more particularly to a medical device for repairing female pelvic organ or tissue prolapsed region. The device may be used for the placement of stereotactic markers into tissue near joints or tumors for guidance during orthopedic or neurosurgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Phillip A. Williams
  • Patent number: 11020106
    Abstract: A suturing device includes a needle, and a shuttle. The needle has an elongated shape extending in a predetermined direction and is configured to hold a first thread-like member. The needle is reciprocally movable forward and backward in the predetermined direction and is rotatable about an axis extending in the predetermined direction. Rotation of the needle about the axis permitting the first thread-like member to cross the needle to form a loop in the first thread-like member. The shuttle includes a holding portion. The holding portion is configured to hold a second thread-like member. The shuttle is configured to permit the holding portion to pass through the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Sakano, Kohei Terada, Daisuke Ishii, Naokatsu Osawa
  • Patent number: 11006947
    Abstract: Instruments and techniques to pass a suture are presented. The instruments and techniques are particularly useful where access to confined spaces and the ability to pass a suture through difficult to penetrate materials are needed. The instruments and techniques are particularly useful in surgery of the hands and feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Mary Sinnott, T. Wade Fallin
  • Patent number: 11006953
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to electromechanical surgical systems configured for use with removable disposable loading units and/or single use loading units for clamping, cutting and/or stapling tissue. A force transmitting assembly of surgical instrument transmits a rotation of a rotatable drive member of the surgical instrument to the rotation receiving member of the end effector. A distal neck assembly of the surgical instrument includes at least one gear system configured to convert a rotational input of the rotatable drive member into at least two output forces to the end effector; and an articulating neck assembly interconnecting the tubular body and the distal neck housing. The articulating neck assembly is configured to enable off-axis articulation of the distal neck assembly. The rotatable drive member extends through the articulating neck assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 10980531
    Abstract: A closure device for closing an opening in tissue is provided. The closure device includes an elongate member through which needles may be deployed. The closure device also includes a foot portion having one or more feet slidably mounted relative thereto. The feet are movable between a deployed position and a delivery position. The feet include cuffs removably mounted therein, with sutures connected between the cuffs. When the feet are in the deployed position and the needles are advanced, the needles securely engage the cuffs and draw the cuffs and suture through the lumen wall so that the opening in the lumen wall can be closed with the sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Wouter E. Roorda, Douglas H. Mehl, Rizza A. Garcia, Timothy C. Reynolds, Dinorah V. Merrill, Dawn Ma, David J. Milazzo, Aaron M. Fortson
  • Patent number: 10980532
    Abstract: A suture passer and a method with the suture passer can include a first needle extending along a first longitudinal axis. The first needle can have a sharp tip and a first hook member configured to grasp a portion of a suture. The suture passer can include a shaft extending along a second longitudinal axis. The shaft can have an eyelet that intersects with the first longitudinal axis of the first needle. The suture passer can also have an actuation mechanism coupled to the first needle, and the method can include actuating the actuation mechanism to move the first needle to a position in which the first needle's sharp tip extends through the eyelet, and releasing the actuation mechanism to move the first needle to a position in which the first needle's sharp tip is a spaced apart a distance proximal of the eyelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel R. Norton, Gregory J. Denham
  • Patent number: 10945722
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices, systems and methods for endoscopic suturing or stitching through an access tube or the like. An endoscopic stitching device is provided and includes a handle assembly; an elongate shaft supported by and extending from the handle assembly; and an end effector supported on a distal end of the elongate shaft. The end effector includes a neck assembly configured and adapted for articulation in one direction between a substantially linear configuration and an off-axis configuration, and a pair of juxtaposed jaws pivotally associated with one another. Each jaw defines a suture needle receiving recess formed in a tissue contacting surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ramiro Cabrera, Thomas Wingardner, David N. Fowler, Brian J. Creston, Dmitri Menn, Paul D. Richard, Gene Stellon
  • Patent number: 10939906
    Abstract: The present invention includes a suture article and a suture placement device adapted to insert into opposing tissue surfaces the anchors of a suture article having anchors on its terminal ends, the device comprising in general terms: (a) an optional handle portion; (b) an insertion portion extending from the handle having a distal end comprising anchor-directing portions that diverge from one another so as to form a V-shape, adapted to releasably engage the anchors; and (c) a hollow cinching cannula/suture conduit slidingly engaged by the handle portion so as to be moveable between a position relatively nearer the handle and a position relatively nearer the insertion portion distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Tack Surgical, LLC
    Inventor: Charles P. Chalekson
  • Patent number: 10932769
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is a system for repairing a meniscus including: a suture assembly including a first anchor, a second anchor, and a flexible suture connecting the first anchor and the second anchor, the flexible suture including a slide knot between the first anchor and the second anchor; and an inserter including a needle having a longitudinal extending bore and an open distal end, the bore being configured to receive the first anchor and the second anchor, a housing operatively connected to a proximal end of the needle, the housing having a lumen and a slot, the slot including a first portion, a second portion, a first shoulder and a second shoulder and a pusher configured to rotate and slide within the lumen of the housing and the longitudinal extending bore of the needle, the pusher having an extension extending through the slot and configured to be maneuverable through the first portion and second portion and engageable with the first shoulder and second shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ivy Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Viola
  • Patent number: 10912553
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for Achilles tendon repair are described where an elongate tendon repair assembly may be introduced into a single incision to access the damaged tissue. The assembly may define a channel for receiving a portion of the tendon and which may provide support to the tissue during repair. One or more retractable needles each carrying a length of suture may be deployed within the channel for piercing through the tendon and a cinching member may secure each of the suture lengths for tensioning the suture against the damaged tendon. Once the suture lengths have been deployed, the needles may be retracted and the device removed from the incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Shannon M. Rush, Sheriese Rush
  • Patent number: 10898310
    Abstract: A device and method for delivering a synthetic mesh or graft for anatomical repair at a defect site. A plurality of flexible arms is connected to the synthetic mesh or graft. Grasping jaws are individually controlled at or near a proximal end of the device for connection of the graft and release of the graft at the surgical site. The flexible arms, with graft attached are positioned through a surgical incision to the defect site. An actuator positions the flexible arms to assume a radial array at the surgical site, unfolding and spreading the graft for attachment. The length of each flexible arm is individually adjustable to adapt to the size and shape of the graft selected for installation at the defect site to repair the defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: David D. Park, Ashley B. Hancock, Byron F. Smith, Tanner Hargens
  • Patent number: 10869690
    Abstract: An obturator configured for use with a trocar includes a head and a distally extending shaft configured to be received within a working channel of a trocar. The obturator further includes a distal tip configured to puncture tissue, first and second needle entrance ports each arranged on at least one of the head or the shaft, and first and second needle exit ports arranged on the shaft. The first and second needle entrance ports communicate with the first and second needle exit ports, respectively, to define respective first and second suture paths extending obliquely to the central axis. Each of the first and second suture paths includes at least one sealing element. In some examples, the obturator further includes at least one deployable member coupled to the shaft and configured to project radially outwardly in a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Shailendra K. Parihar, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Brian D. Schings, Michael A. Murray, Melinda J. Tellmann, Devanathan Raghavan, Gregory J. Bakos
  • Patent number: RE48850
    Abstract: Improved methods and devices for performing an endoscopic surgery are provided. Systems are taught for operatively treating gastrointestinal disorders endoscopically in a stable, yet dynamic operative environment, and in a minimally-invasive manner. Such systems include, for example, an endoscopic surgical suite. The surgical suite can have a reversibly-expandable retractor that expands to provide a stable, operative environment within a subject. The expansion can be asymmetric around a stabilizer subsystem to maximize space for a tool and an endoscope to each be maneuvered independently to visualize a target tissue and treat the target tissue from outside the patient in a minimally invasive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Piskun, John To, Mariel Fabro, Brian Tang, Sergey Kantsevoy, Oleg Shikhman