Mechanical Suture Or Ligature Applier Patents (Class 606/144)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10835223
    Abstract: A tissue puncture closure device that includes an anchor (208, 508), a sealing pad (210, 510), a compaction member (212, 312, 412, 512), a suture (204, 504), and a suture cutting member (270, 472, 570). The compaction member is configured to compact the sealing pad toward the anchor. The suture is coupled to the sealing pad and anchor, and a portion of the suture extends through at least a portion of the compaction member. The suture cutting member is operable to cut the suture. The suture cutting member is operable within a portion of the compaction member to cut the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TERUMO PUERTO RICO, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Catherine A. Pipenhagen
  • Patent number: 10828023
    Abstract: A suture passer comprising: a hollow tube, said hollow tube comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen extending from said distal end to said proximal end; and a suture manipulation rod slidably received in said lumen of said hollow tube and selectively projectable out said distal end of said hollow tube, said suture manipulation rod comprising a distal end and a proximal end, said distal end of said suture manipulation rod being bifurcated into a first arm and a second arm, wherein said first arm includes a hook comprising a proximally oriented hooking surface and a return extending proximally of said hooking surface; wherein said hollow tube and said suture manipulation rod are sized so that said suture manipulation rod may capture a suture disposed adjacent to said distal end of said hollow tube and draw the suture into said lumen of said hollow tube, and further wherein, after a suture has been drawn into said lumen of said hollow tube, distal movement of said suture manipulation rod causes t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Daren Stewart, James Flom
  • Patent number: 10828146
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes, in one embodiment, a tensioner instrument having a body having a channel and a plurality of arms projecting outward from the body, each arm including a cleat having a slot adapted to receive a suture; a base member positioned within the channel of the body; an actuating mechanism having a first coupling member adapted to engage a second coupling member on the body to removeably couple the actuating mechanism to the body; and a universal joint adapted to allow for relative movement between the base member and the body such that, when each suture is positioned within each cleat and the actuating mechanism is actuated, the tensioner applies uniform tension to each suture positioned in each cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Craig Pilgeram, Ran Oren, Elad Rash, Miguel Figueroa
  • Patent number: 10828022
    Abstract: Suturing devices and systems used to apply sutures and/or to close openings at, within, or into a biological structure. The suturing device can comprise an elongate member having a proximal end, a distal end, one or more distal arms, one or more proximal extensions, and one or more needles. A sheath 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: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Med-Venture Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony A. Nobles, Benjamin G. Brosch
  • Patent number: 10820905
    Abstract: Provided herein is a mechanical device including a rotating spool assembly and a disposable valve assembly. The rotating spool assembly includes a hub, an arm, and a spool inserted through an opening in the arm. The rotating spool assembly can be sterilized after each use. The disposable valve assembly includes a mating stem member, a sealing member, and a flushing port member. The disposable valve assembly can be disposed of after every use. A loading member is also provided including a wire that can be formed from metal drawn out into a thin flexible thread. The loading member can be pre-formed in a helix to form coils in the wire. A release cord is provided including a braided cord with two single filaments and a plurality of beads formed along a length of the single filaments at a distal end of the braided cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Intelligent Endoscopy LLC
    Inventors: Fritz Haller, Melissa Clark, Eugene Skelton, Anthony Wright, Darren Corner
  • Patent number: 10799232
    Abstract: An endoscopic suturing system and method are disclosed as are devices for use with the system and method such as a suture dispenser, a cinch device, and a tissue grasper. In one embodiment the suturing system includes a cap assembly arranged at the distal end portion of an endoscope or guide member, with the cap assembly including a rotatable needle holder. The needle holder is actuated through a transmission element extending outside the endoscope or guide member. A needle capture device may be inserted through a channel of the endoscope or guide member in order to capture a needle held in the needle holder when the needle holder is rotated so that the needle punctures tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Landon Gilkey, Brett E. Naglreiter, Peter K. Kratsch, Donald K. Jones, Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Patent number: 10799233
    Abstract: A suturing device includes an elongated body having an outer wall defining an interior space of the body, a shaft located in the interior space, and a needle mounted on a distal end of the shaft. The needle has a distal section transverse to a longitudinal axis of the shaft. The distal section of the needle terminates in a first jaw and a second jaw forming a forceps defining a piercing tip. The first jaw and second jaw have a grasping position wherein the first jaw and second jaw grasp a suturing material, and a release position wherein the first jaw and second jaw release the suturing material. After grasping the suturing material with the needle, the shaft rotates the needle to advance the needle and suturing material through tissue and mesh placed on the tissue. Spaced apart portions of the suturing material are then fused to create a suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Einarsson
  • Patent number: 10799227
    Abstract: A suturing device is disclosed. The suturing device has a guide tip. The guide tip has first and second framing arms that define a viewing port from a first orientation. The guide tip also has proximal and distal ends of the guide tip which, with the first and second framing arms, define a tissue bite area from a second orientation. The suturing device also has a ferrule holder located in the distal end of the guide tip and centered relative to the first orientation. The suturing device further has a needle movable within the guide tip along a path through the tissue bite area and centrally viewable in the viewing port relative to the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10792035
    Abstract: A combined tissue grasper and suture retriever instrument and methods for surgical repairs are disclosed. An instrument allows grasping of tissue with simultaneous passage of a flexible strand from a suture passer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Meislin, Jacob A. Jolly
  • Patent number: 10786245
    Abstract: A rotational driver that comprises a interactive portion, wherein each interactive portion comprises a first extended member and a second extended member, a rotational system and a linear motion system, wherein the rotational driver permits a left or right handed surgeons to perform the surgical suturing procedure in a less complicated and more secure way by allowing more control over the angled suturing needle and the area to be stitched, even when the suturing area is small, deep, and/or restricted. Also the rotational driver comprises several configurations at the interactive portion ends to provide selected angles for the needle during the suturing procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ergosuture Corp.
    Inventor: Luis Jose Almodovar
  • Patent number: 10779933
    Abstract: An implant for assisting contraction and/or extension of a muscle that includes a stem with an adhesion resistant segment and an anchoring segment wherein at least a portion of each of the adhesion resistant segment and the anchoring segment is configured to be implantable within a muscle and the anchoring segment is positioned on a distal portion of the stem and the adhesion resistant segment is positioned proximally on the stem relative to the anchoring segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Syntach AG
    Inventor: Jan Otto Solem
  • Patent number: 10765421
    Abstract: A pushing tool of the present invention includes a tissue pushing part having a shaft portion that is formed in a rod-shape, a linear portion including a pressing portion that is connected to the shaft portion and extends in a longitudinal direction, and a stopper maintaining an angle between the shaft portion and the linear portion at a desired angle when the pressing portion is closely pressed against an outer surface of a hollow organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kosuke Motai
  • Patent number: 10765420
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a surgical instrument for manipulating suture. In particular, the present disclosure relates to an instrument for passing suture through tissue. There is described a surgical instrument having a shaft and a handle connected to the proximal end of the shaft. The shaft is formed from a tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end, with a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends, and a tip distal to the tubular member. The shaft also includes a distal portion having an opening in a sidewall, proximal to the tip. The opening is in communication with the lumen through a side channel. The instrument further includes a suture snare, the snare being slidably receivable within the lumen and side channel, and movable between extended and retracted positions for capturing suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Lunn, Paul Alexander Torrie, Timothy Young, John Albert Slusarz, Jr., Geoffrey Ian Karasic, Amanda Simard
  • Patent number: 10758224
    Abstract: A system for controlling a relationship between first and second bodies and made up of a suture assembly with at least a first suture configured to define a restrictable loop structure with the suture assembly in an operative state. At least first and second restrictable sub-loops cooperatively define a first loop that can be reduced in size to thereby produce a force on the first and second bodies that urges them towards each other. A first loop length has a first sliding portion with a second loop length having a second sliding portion. At least one knot extends around the first and second sliding portions. The first and second sliding portions, upon each being moved within the at least one knot in a tightening sliding direction, cause a size of a respective sub-loop to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TRIMED, INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Robert Medoff
  • Patent number: 10736624
    Abstract: A surgical suturing device is disclosed. The surgical suturing device has a forked guide tip having a plurality of legs, wherein each of the plurality of legs comprises a proximal end, an anatomical variation, and a distal end. A method of chord replacement for a heart valve is also disclosed. A suture is placed in a papillary muscle using a surgical suturing device having a forked guide tip and a papillary suture. A leaflet suture is placed in a leaflet. The papillary suture and the leaflet suture are loaded in a suture fastener from opposite directions in a coaxial fashion. The length of the papillary suture and/or the leaflet suture are adjusted relative to the suture fastener to achieve a desired replacement chord length. The suture fastener is attached to the papillary suture and the leaflet suture to lock the desired replacement chord length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10736625
    Abstract: A suturing system including at least one drive gear with a plurality of outward protrusions and a needle with a first end, a second end, and a plurality of indentations therebetween wherein the plurality of indentations engage with the plurality of outward protrusions of the drive gear to circularly rotate the needle. Additional suturing systems and a method of suturing biological material are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ACUSTITCH, LLC
    Inventors: John N. Penn, IV, John M. Menezes
  • Patent number: 10716697
    Abstract: In accordance with invention an application device for nasal splints is created, comprising at least one hollow body for accommodating a nasal splint, and a plunger which can be moved within the hollow body, wherein one end face of the hollow body is open so that a nasal splint contained in the hollow body can be introduced through a movement of the plunger from the hollow body through the open end face into the nose of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: S-F-X-Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas K├╝hnel
  • Patent number: 10709440
    Abstract: A surgical instrument and method for indicating a tissue penetration site includes an inner needle and a head. The inner needle has a driver configured to translate the inner needle form a first position to a second position. The head is securely attached to the inner needle at an end opposite the driver and is configured to expand from a contracted state to an expanded state and thereby indicate the tissue penetration site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Rebecca J. Gettinger
  • Patent number: 10709439
    Abstract: An endoscopic stitching device includes a handle assembly having a main rod and first and second blade control members, and an elongate shaft assembly having first and second blade drive members, an axial rod, and an end effector. The first and second blade drive members are received in respective first and second grooves of the first and second blade control members and rotated about the first and second blade control members to be secured with a circumferential groove of the first and second blade control members, such that the first and second blade control members are movable with the respective first and second blade drive members. The axial rod is detachably coupled with the main rod for concomitant movement therewith. The end effector includes jaws operatively coupled with the axial rod, and needle receiving blades operatively coupled with the respective first and second blade drive members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Jaroslaw T. Malkowski
  • Patent number: 10709437
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, at least one user input feature, an elongate shaft, a needle applier, and a motor. The needle applier includes a needle and a drive assembly coupled to the needle. The drive assembly is configured to drive the needle along an orbital path about a rotation axis that is transverse to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, in response to an actuation of the user input feature. The motor is configured provide motion to the needle applier to thereby actuate the drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Daniel J. Mumaw, Daniel L. Geiger, Andrew C. Deck, Mark J. Bookbinder, Richard P. Fuchs, Michael D. Cronin, William J. White, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 10688286
    Abstract: Provided herein are devices and methods for securing surgical guide wires. In particular, provided herein are devices for securing radiologically located guide wires prior to surgery (e.g., lumpectomy).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SECURE SURGICAL INC
    Inventor: David J. Hetzel
  • Patent number: 10639030
    Abstract: A suturing device includes an elongate body, a needle, an actuator, and a needle holder. The actuator interacts with the elongate body and is operable between a first operating position and a second operating position. The actuator is configured such that movement of the actuator from the first operating position toward the second operating position moves the needle in an advance direction. The needle holder extends away from a distal end portion or is provided as part of the distal end portion of the elongate body. The needle holder defines a needle passage and a distal opening. The needle is positioned in the needle passage when the actuator is in the first operating position. The needle holder is configured to move with respect to the elongate body to change the location of the distal opening with respect to the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Durastat LLC
    Inventors: David Greg Anderson, Mark F. Kurd, Jay Tapper, Jens Johnson
  • Patent number: 10631852
    Abstract: A medical suturing instrument in which the movement of an operation part is transmitted with a time lag to a loop forming part and a suture thread by means of a loop feed/return mechanism and a suture thread feed mechanism, and once a loop has been fed out from the tip end of a loop introduction needle, the suture thread is fed out from the tip end of a suture thread introduction needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventor: Yosuke Sakai
  • Patent number: 10617423
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for setting elastic threads in a ligation device and an automatic elastic thread ligation device using the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Ruiyun Xu
  • Patent number: 10610215
    Abstract: A suturing device includes an elongate body, a needle holder, and an actuator. The needle holder extends away from a distal end portion or is provided as part of the distal end portion of the elongate body. The needle holder defines a needle passage configured to hold an associated needle. The actuator is operable between a first operating position and a second operating position, and is configured such that movement from the first operating position toward the second operating position moves the associated needle in an advance direction. The actuator includes a manually operated member and a biasing mechanism biasing the actuator toward the second operating position. The manually operated member is operatively connected with the biasing mechanism so as to preclude the biasing mechanism from moving the actuator toward the second operating position until after the manually operated member has been moved from a non-actuated position toward an actuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Durastat LLC
    Inventors: David Greg Anderson, Mark F. Kurd, Jay Tapper, Jens Johnson
  • Patent number: 10610360
    Abstract: Apparatus for facilitating anchoring of an anchor to a papillary muscle of a heart of a subject, the apparatus can include: (1) a housing, percutaneously deliverable to the heart, slidable along a guidewire, and shaped to define at least one opening; (2) a guide member, percutaneously deliverable to the heart, percutaneously removable from the subject, couplable to the housing, and having (a) a distal portion, including a chord-engaging element, configured to be percutaneously slidably coupled to at least one chorda tendinea of the heart, and decouplable from the at least one chorda, and (b) a proximal portion, including a longitudinal element; and (3) a deployment tool, configured (a) to be reversibly coupled to the anchor, (b) to be slidably coupled to the longitudinal element, and (c) to anchor the anchor to the papillary muscle. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Valtech Cardio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tal Reich, Eran Miller
  • Patent number: 10603032
    Abstract: An apparatus including a suture instrument including a handle and a post extending from the handle, the handle including a cavity; a cover slidably attached to the handle to cover the cavity; a post extending upward from a bottom surface of the cavity; and a suture spool removably positioned over the post; wherein the post includes a force member configured to provide upward force on the spool when the cover is slid off of the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Walters, Joseph Whitley
  • Patent number: 10595856
    Abstract: An end effector assembly for a surgical stitching device is provided. The end effector assembly includes an end effector, a housing, and a needle. The end effector includes a first jaw member and a second jaw member. The housing is movable relative to the end effector. The needle is releasably coupled to the housing and movable relative to the housing between a first, insertion position and a second deployed position. The needle is adapted, when in the second, deployed position, to releasably couple to one or both of the first jaw member and the second jaw member of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kevin Sniffin, Mark Russo, Gregory Fischvogt, Russell Pribanic, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 10595839
    Abstract: An insertion instrument is configured to eject at least one anchor body into respective target locations, and subsequently apply a predetermined tensile force at least one actuation member of the at least one anchor member so as to actuate the at least one anchor body from a first configuration to a second expanded configuration. The insertion instrument can include a tension assembly that applies the predetermined tensile force to the at least one actuation member. The predetermined tensile force can be defined by a distance of travel, a predetermined failure force of a fuse, or a combination of distance of travel and a predetermined failure force of a fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernie Corrao, Ron George Litke, Jr., Wamis Singhatat, Scott Larsen, Stephen Joseph Snyder, Nicolas Bouduban, Robert L. Richards
  • Patent number: 10595855
    Abstract: A surgical suturing instrument includes a handle assembly, a shaft extending distally from the handle assembly, and an end effector. The end effector includes a body portion coupled to the shaft, a first jaw member pivotably coupled to the body portion, and a second jaw member pivotably coupled to the body portion. The first jaw member is rotatable about a longitudinal axis defined by the body portion and defines a hole configured for detachable receipt of a curved needle. The second jaw member defines a hole configured for detachable receipt of a curved needle such that the first and second jaw members transfer a curved needle therebetween upon rotation of the first jaw member about the longitudinal axis of the body portion toward the second jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Henry E. Holsten