Mechanical Suture Or Ligature Applier Patents (Class 606/144)
  • Patent number: 10383621
    Abstract: A suturing device for grasping soft tissue and placing stitches in soft tissue during endoscopic procedures is described. An elongate housing with a stationary jaw and a movable jaw disposed at the distal end are configured for grasping and releasing soft tissue. A movable needle disposed within the housing is actuated to engage a length of suture and drive the suture into and through the grasped soft tissue. A suture capture member is disposed on the movable jaw and is configured to allow passage of the needle therethrough while securing a portion of the stitched length of suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventors: David Gregoire, George W. White
  • Patent number: 10383720
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preparing a ligament graft for a ligament reconstruction procedure are provided. In general, the described techniques utilize a graft holder construct having a graft preparation holder and a suture assembly removably coupled thereto. The graft preparation holder includes an elongate support rail having a longitudinal axis, and a plurality of leaf segments positioned along the longitudinal axis in a spaced relationship and extending laterally from the support rail. The leaf segments can bend to a graft holding configuration so as to define a graft receiving channel configured to receive a graft therethrough. The holder also has at least one support structure configured to mate with the leaf segments to provide stability and rigidity to the segments. The suture assembly has at least one suture tail that can be pulled to affix the suture assembly to a graft without penetrating the graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam C. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10368889
    Abstract: A tunneling device for creating a pathway in subcutaneous tissue of a person's body. The tunneling device includes a member having two ends, where each of the ends defines an insertion surface that facilitates the insertion of the ends into the subcutaneous tissue of the person's body. The tunneling device includes an interchangeable handle connectable to each of the ends. The handle defines a grasping surface and an opening. The opening is configured to receive either of the ends. The grasping surface enables a user to securely hold the handle with one hand to forcibly move the member through the subcutaneous tissue of the person's body to create the pathway in the subcutaneous tissue, and pull a cable of an implant device through the created pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajesh Pandey
  • Patent number: 10335140
    Abstract: A device for repairing a tear in a portion of tissue comprises a proximal actuator portion, a transfer needle extending distally from the proximal actuator portion and a catch needle extending distally from the proximal actuator portion. A suture needle is disposed in the transfer needle, and is extendable from the transfer needle toward the catch needle and retractable from the catch needle toward the transfer needle. An extendable catch plunger is disposed in the catch needle for capturing suture therein when it is transferred from the transfer needle. A retractable insertion sheath is provided for covering the transfer needle and the catch needle when the device is inserted into a procedural site. A depth limiting apparatus limits the depth of insertion of the needle into the procedural site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cayenne Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin N. Baird, Nicanor A. Domingo, Hoang Nguyen, Brad Niese, Melissa Toman
  • Patent number: 10335142
    Abstract: A tissue closure device includes a needle and a suture extending therefrom, a proximal head including a proximal slot and a proximal locking mechanism for releasably engaging a first end of the needle in the proximal slot in a first configuration, and a distal head movably coupled to the proximal head so that the proximal and distal heads are movable relative to one another between an open configuration, in which a target tissue is received therebetween, and a closed configuration, in which the target tissue gripped therebetween. The distal head includes a distal slot and a distal locking mechanism for releasably engaging a second end of the needle in the distal slot in a second configuration, the needle movable between the first and second configurations by rotating the needle, the needle alternatingly passed between the proximal and distal heads to thread the suture through the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel Raybin, Paul Smith, Kevin James McElwee, John B. Golden, Matthew Robert Jagelski, Ray Hewenson Tong, Naroun Suon
  • Patent number: 10327758
    Abstract: A multiple-firing crimp device comprises crimps, a shaft, a crimp movement assembly, and a snare. Each crimp has an internal hollow. The shaft has a distal crimping location, an exterior surface, and an interior with the clips stacked therein, the crimps moving therein along a longitudinal axis. The shaft defines a lateral opening proximal to the crimping location and communicates the interior to the environment outside the exterior surface. The crimp movement assembly within the shaft delivers the first crimp to the distal crimping location by moving the first crimp longitudinally from a first proximal position into the distal crimping location and returning to a second proximal position without the first crimp. The snare pulls at least one cord from distal of the first crimp through the first crimp and through a portion of the shaft and out the side of the shaft through the lateral opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Max Pierre Mendez, Matthew A. Palmer, M. Sean McBrayer, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Derek Dee Deville, Richard Cartledge, Korey Kline, Carlos Rivera, George Nunez
  • Patent number: 10327761
    Abstract: Systems are provided for delivering a suture to close a surgical opening. An elongated deployment member may have at its distal end a retracted counterforce member. The counterforce member may be inserted into the surgical opening and deployed to resist being withdrawn from the opening. A compression member may be slid down the elongated member to compress the tissue to be sutured against the counterforce member. Suture passers loaded with suture ends may be passed through needle tubes within the elongated member to emerge from the elongated member and pierce the tissue to be sutured, then deposit the suture ends with a suture catcher. The suture passers may be withdrawn, leaving the suture ends. The suture catcher may be retracted, retaining the suture ends and the device—elongated member, retracted suture catcher, and retained suture end—may be withdrawn from the surgical opening. The suture may then be completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Medeon Biodesign, Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Wei Ho, Wei-Min Cheng, Hsiao-Wei Tang, I-Ching Wu, Eric Y. Hu, Po-Hua Lee, Shuling Cheng
  • Patent number: 10314572
    Abstract: In a general aspect, a medical device includes a receiving arm configured to be coupled to at least a portion of an implant, and a clamping arm having a proximal end coupled to the receiving arm and having a track at a distal end of the clamping arm. The medical device also includes a sliding component including a needle and configured to slidably move along the track of the clamping arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Ostrovsky, Jozef Slanda, Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 10314573
    Abstract: Suture clip deployment devices for applying suture clips to sutures are described. Some embodiments can include a generally tubular main body and a vacuum port located at the distal end, a hollow inner body longitudinally slidable within the main body and extending from the main body at its distal end, and a suture recess located in the generally tubular main body. At least one suture clip configured to frictionally fit on an outer surface of the inner body is deployed during use. Clip deployment can occur after a vacuum source is applied to the device so as to draw the suture into the device. The suture lines can be retrieved through the suture recess, and the device can be actuated so as to deliver the suture clip off the delivery device and onto the suture, locking the suture in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Travis Zenyo Oba, Michael C. Murad, Manouchehr A. Miraki, Anthony P. Carcia, Fabian Daniel Schroeder, Raffaele Mazzei, Tyler Douglas Smith
  • Patent number: 10307146
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laparoscopic port site closure device. The device is configured such that a cartridge receiving a surgical suture therein is provided at a fore-end of a needle guide for port site closure; the surgical suture is caught in a needle tip that is pierced through a body tissue by being guided by the needle guide; and when the needle is withdrawn, the surgical suture is pulled out along a path through which the needle was pierced into the tissue, and the surgical suture is tied outside a patient's body, thereby being capable of closing a laparoscopic port site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Ki Seong Kim
  • Patent number: 10307144
    Abstract: Systems are provided for delivering a suture to close a surgical opening. An elongated deployment member may have at its distal end a retracted counterforce member. The counterforce member may be inserted into the surgical opening and deployed to resist being withdrawn from the opening. A compression member may be slid down the elongated member to compress the tissue to be sutured against the counterforce member. Suture passers loaded with suture ends may be passed through needle tubes within the elongated member to emerge from the elongated member and pierce the tissue to be sutured, then deposit the suture ends with a suture catcher. The suture passers may be withdrawn, leaving the suture ends. The suture catcher may be retracted, retaining the suture ends and the device—elongated member, retracted suture catcher, and retained suture end—may be withdrawn from the surgical opening. The suture may then be completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MEDEON BIODESIGN, INC.
    Inventors: I-Ching Wu, Eric Y. Hu, Po-Hua Lee, Hsiao-Wei Tang, Shuling Cheng
  • Patent number: 10292697
    Abstract: An assembly includes a flexible fixation member, a suture, and a delivery device. The fixation member includes a body with two terminal ends. A suture passes through the flexible fixation member at various points along a length of the body such that portions of the fixation member are slidable relative to the suture and configurable to form a cluster within a surgical site. The delivery device includes a tubular member, an elongated inserter, and a trigger. The elongated inserter is slidably disposed within the tubular member. The inserter has a forked distal end configured to receive a portion of the fixation member and the suture. The trigger is finger-engagable and fixedly coupled to the proximal end of the inserter. It is configured to advance and retract the inserter relative to the tubular member. The trigger includes a retention member for retaining a proximal end portion of the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey I. Karasic, Brett A. McKenzie, Steven William Astorino, Richard M. Lunn, Matthew Edwin Koski, Tatsuya Arai, Mark Edwin Housman, Roland F. Gatturna
  • Patent number: 10271834
    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: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Wouter E. Roorda, Douglas H. Mehl
  • Patent number: 10271719
    Abstract: Devices and methods for locating sinus ostia and positioning a guide wire within the sinus ostia. The subject devices comprise a shaft having a distal end, a proximal end, a curved region located between the distal and proximal ends, and an interior channel, an extensible and retractable guide wire movably mounted within the interior channel and a probe tip joined to the guide wire. Certain devices further include expandable portions for engaging and treating body anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Morriss, Joshua Makower, Carlos F. Fernandez, Eric Goldfarb, Thomas R. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10251639
    Abstract: A device for repair meniscus tears utilizing transfer cannulas that are pulled or kedged through the meniscus tear by a pulling element. The transfer cannulas are positioned via sliding guide to prevent a shear force acting on the meniscus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Ronald Yamada
  • Patent number: 10245169
    Abstract: Assembly for endoscopically securing gastrointestinal tissue folds, comprising a first tissue anchor and a second tissue anchor, a first suture thread part and a second suture thread part, each of the first and second thread parts having a connected end and a free end opposite the connected end. The first thread part and the second thread part are tied to each other through a sliding knot, such that the first thread part firms a post of the sliding knot along which the sliding knot is arranged to slide during tightening of the assembly and such that the second thread part wraps around the post to create the sliding knot. The first thread part extends from the first anchor to past the sliding knot where the first thread part's free end forms a post free end, and the second thread part extends from the second anchor to past the sliding knot where the second thread part's free end is free, such that the sliding knot is interposed between the first and second anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ENDO TOOLS THERAPEUTICS S.A.
    Inventors: Martin Hiernaux, Alexandre Chau, Michel Joie
  • Patent number: 10238444
    Abstract: An insertion tool for deploying a flip anchor cable, including: a mechanism having a safety button and a slider, wherein the mechanism is configured to apply a clamping force on a portion of the flip anchor cable when the mechanism is in a first position; an inner tube having a proximal end connected to the mechanism configured to house a second portion of the flip anchor cable; a handle including a safety button opening and a slider opening, wherein the handle is configured to enclose a portion of the mechanism; and an outer tube having a proximal end connected to the handle configured to receive the inner tube; wherein the mechanism is configured to decrease the clamping force on the flip anchor cable when the mechanism is in a second position and to deploy a flip anchor of the flip anchor cable in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Rhett A. Rapier, Simon M. Bosshard, This Aebi, Darko Selkic, Mario Wyss
  • Patent number: 10226379
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering therapeutic agent to an eye includes a body, a cannula, a hollow needle, and an actuation assembly. The cannula extends distally from the body and is sized and configured to be insertable between a choroid and a sclera of a patient's eye. The actuation assembly is operable to actuate the needle relative to the cannula to thereby drive a distal portion of the needle along an exit axis that is obliquely oriented relative to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. The cannula may be inserted through a sclerotomy incision to position a distal end of the cannula at a posterior region of the eye, between the choroid and sclera. The needle may be advanced through the choroid to deliver the therapeutic agent adjacent to the potential space between the neurosensory retina and the retinal pigment epithelium layer, adjacent to the area of geographic atrophy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ORBIT BIOMEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Brendan J. Oberkircher, Daniel W. Price, Michael F. Keane, Saeed Sokhanvar, Daniel J. Yasevac, Michel G. Bruehwiler, Leah R. Soffer, Isaac J. Khan, Benjamin L. Ko, Christopher D. Riemann, Nathan D. Grubbs
  • Patent number: 10213196
    Abstract: A hand-held, surgical suturing device that can be operated and manipulated with one hand. The device has a suture spool that can be locked The device can rotate in either direction. It is configured to accept at least two different types of needles, a single hook needle and a corkscrew needle useful in different suturing applications. These needles can be supplied in different sizes and shapes. The needle, suture spool and needle carrier are typically supplied in sterile packages and are disposable. A first embodiment has a triangular-shaped squeeze handle that, when squeezed, causes the needle to rotate. A second embodiment has a cylindrical handle for manual stitching where the needle can be released to freely rotate by pressing a control button. In either embodiment, the suture spool can be locked or allowed to rotate freely by activating a releasing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Zarija Djurovic
  • Patent number: 10201340
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a clip includes an introducer sheath including an outer surface extending between its proximal and distal ends. A clip is carried on the outer surface, e.g., on a carrier assembly that is slidable along the outer surface from the proximal end towards the distal end. A skin overlies the outer surface of the sheath and the carrier assembly that is separable from the outer surface as the carrier assembly is advanced from the proximal end towards the distal end of the sheath. During use, the distal end of the sheath is inserted into an opening through tissue, e.g., into a puncture communicating with a blood vessel. The carrier assembly is advanced towards the distal end of the sheath, causing the skin to separate from the outer surface of the elongate member, and the clip is deployed from the carrier to seal the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTEGRATED VASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Pantages, Ronald J. Jabba, Richard S. Ginn
  • Patent number: 10182811
    Abstract: The present invention relates to micro-sewing devices, specifically a micro-sewing device for percutaneous, endoscopic, laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical procedures for suturing in small areas. The device allows for sewing-off and stitching in either direction, in very tight spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Harry Shonteff
  • Patent number: 10166020
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed herein for accessing the hip joint. A first device can be securely attached to the capsule of a joint. The first device can tent the capsule to increase the volume of the peripheral compartment. A second device can be biased against the first device to pierce the tented capsule and create a portal. Devices and methods are also disclosed herein for distending the capsule of a joint. A distention device may access a portal established within the capsule. The distention device can expand the capsule by applying an expansive force within the peripheral compartment. The distention device can maintain distention of the peripheral compartment while other devices access the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Weisel, Geoff Willis, James Flom, Hanson S. Gifford, Mark Deem, Darin Gittings, Lynette Ross, Dwayne Dupree, Matthew Frushell
  • Patent number: 10159571
    Abstract: An assembly and method for treating heart valve malfunction including mitral regurgitation wherein an elongated chord is movably disposed within an introductory sheath and an anchor is secured to a distal end thereof. The sheath and the chord are introduced into the heart chamber and penetrate and pass through the anterior mitral valve leaflet and preferably through the mitral valve orifice. The sheath and the chord are then extended transversely across the heart chamber and the distal end of the chord is anchored to an opposing portion of the heart wall. The sheath is withdrawn back along the length of the anchored chord through the anterior mitral valve leaflet and the proximal end of the chord is secured to the valve leaflet. The chord is secured under sufficient tension to maintain an intended positioning of the valve leaflet to overcome mitral regurgitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CorQuest Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Didier de Canniere, Christophe Moureaux
  • Patent number: 10123794
    Abstract: A suture passer comprising: a hollow tube, the hollow tube comprising a distal end, a proximal end, a lumen extending from the distal end to the proximal end, and a window formed in the sidewall of the hollow tube, the window communicating with the lumen; and a clamping rod slidably received in the lumen of the hollow tube, the clamping rod comprising a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end being bifurcated into a first arm and a second arm, one of the first and second arms extending distally of the other of the first and second arms and including a clamping surface, and at least one of the first and second arms being outwardly biased such that when the clamping rod is moved distally so that the distal end of the at least one outwardly biased arm is adjacent to the window, the distal end of the at least one outwardly biased arm extends outwardly through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Flom, Roger Pisarnwongs, Thomas Weisel, Chris Pamichev
  • Patent number: 10111653
    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: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    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: 10098630
    Abstract: The invention includes a needle loader that may be used with a suturing device. The needle loader includes a generally planar needle supporting surface, a hub configured and adapted for receiving a generally toroidally shaped suturing needle around the hub, and means for retaining a suturing needle in a fixed toroidal rotational position with respect to the hub about a center axis of needle rotation. Generally, a needle mounted around the hub is selectively disposable on and removable from the hub. In accordance with a further aspect, the loader may further include an opening for retaining suture material attached to a suturing needle. The opening may include a groove defined through the needle supporting surface. The needle loader may further include a guard for preventing access to the point of a suturing needle to protect the needle and/or to prevent accidental needle sticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: EndoEvolution, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Meade, Gerald I. Brecher
  • Patent number: 10085742
    Abstract: A medical device includes an elongate member having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The distal end portion is configured to be inserted into a body of a patient. The elongate member is configured to be associated with a bodily implant. The distal end portion of the elongate member is configured to move from a first position to a second position such that distal end potion of the elongate member may be inserted into the body of the patient in its second position and is moved to its first position while disposed within the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 10085753
    Abstract: A method for delivering a closure element to an opening formed in a wall of a body lumen. The method includes inserting a distal end region of an apparatus into the opening in the wall of the body lumen, moving a third grasping portion toward the first grasping portion to limit movement of the distal end of the apparatus relative to the opening in the wall of the body lumen, and moving a second grasping portion toward the first grasping portion to advance the closure element distally. The second grasping portion and third grasping portion are movable toward the first grasping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventors: Erik K. Walberg, Timothy C. Reynolds, Brian A. Ellingwood, Kai Yenkai Jair, Anthony J. Pantages
  • Patent number: 10070859
    Abstract: A suture loop is used in combination with a grasp-and-retrieve suture passer to pass a racking hitch through tissue in one step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cayenne Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin S. Nason
  • Patent number: 10064640
    Abstract: A surgical device with a shaft having a distal end to which a surgical instrument is mountable and a proximal end equipped for handling the instrument, wherein the shaft is hollow and the surgical instrument is mountable on inserts that are longitudinally movable in the shaft parallel to the longitudinal axis and that are diametrically opposed to each other. The shaft comprises outer and inner tubes rotatable in opposite directions with respect to the longitudinal axis, and the inserts are coupled to the outer and inner tubes to convert rotational movement of the tubes into longitudinal movement of the inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
    Inventors: Gabrielle Josephine Maria Tuijthof, Tim Horeman
  • Patent number: 10045775
    Abstract: An arterial closure device includes an elongated catheter having a proximal end, an opposing flexible distal end, and a lumen extending between the proximal end and the distal end. An externalization needle and an internal catheter are disposed within the lumen. The externalization needle is in communication with a first plunger. A first threading needle and a second threading needle are positioned in separate threading channels and in communication with a second plunger. A suture has a first end attached to the second end of the first threading needle and a second end attached to the second end of the second threading needle. A primary aperture extends through a wall of the elongated catheter. A first threading aperture and a second threading aperture extend through the wall of the elongated catheter at opposing sides of the primary aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Ibrahim Al-Rashdan
  • Patent number: 10022120
    Abstract: A surgical needle is adapted for use with a circular needle applier having a needle driver. The surgical needle comprises an elongate body curved along a circular arc in a plane. The elongate body has a leading end, a trailing end, a longitudinal axis between the leading and trailing ends, a cross-sectional circumference, an upper face, a lower face, a medial face, and a lateral face. A pair of recessed features on the body are adapted to be engaged by a needle driver. A pair of protuberances are adjacent each recessed feature. The protuberances are longitudinally coincident with the respective recessed feature and circumferentially offset from the respective recessed feature. The protuberances project outwardly from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ETHICON LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Frank R. Cichocki, Jr., Thomas Nering, James M. Dick
  • Patent number: 10016194
    Abstract: A surgical suture module for a machine constructed and configured for automatic, continuous suturing for reduced or minimized scarring and reduced suturing time. A surgical suture module for continuous, subcuticular suturing. The module includes a generally circular needle with a needle shaft; a supply of thread; a thread guide; a hook with a hook shank, a holding arm mechanism; and a housing. The needle, rotationally movable between a first position and a second position, is configured to introduce the thread into a tissue. The hook is operable for hooking and lifting the thread in coordination with the needle and the holding arm mechanism is operable for pushing and catching the thread in automatic coordination with the hook. The needle, the hook, and the holding arm mechanism are held in position by the housing and the housing operable to attach to a power supply that provides power to the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ISUTURING, LLC
    Inventors: Adel W. Mohamed, Mansour H. Mohamed, Dmitri D. Mungalov
  • Patent number: 10011018
    Abstract: A surgical system uses a single entry port in a wide variety of surgeries. To insert multiple surgical instruments into a patient through a single entry port requires that the shaft of at least one of the surgical instruments be bent between the base of the surgical instrument and the point where the shaft contacts a channel in an entry guide. Each surgical instrument is positioned by an instrument manipulator positioning system so that when the shaft is inserted in a channel of the entry guide, any bending of the shaft does not damage the surgical instrument and does not inhibit proper operation of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony K. McGrogan, Thomas G. Cooper, Kent M. Anderson, Jeffrey D. Brown
  • Patent number: 9962153
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for minimally invasive suturing is disclosed. A suturing device for minimally invasive suturing includes proximal section having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis therebetween; a suture head assembly extending from the distal end of the proximal section; a suturing needle having a pointed end and a blunt end, the suturing needle capable of rotating about an axis approximately perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the proximal section, wherein the pointed end of the suturing needle is positioned within the suture head assembly prior to and after rotation of the suturing needle; and an actuator extending from the proximal end of the proximal section to actuate a drive mechanism having a needle driver for engaging and rotating the suturing needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EndoEvolution, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Meade, Jerry R. Griffiths, Francis J. DiFrancesco, Richard Clark
  • Patent number: 9962151
    Abstract: Devices and methods for minimally invasive suturing are disclosed. One suturing device for minimally invasive suturing includes a proximal section a distal end, and an intermediate region therebetween. The device includes a suture head assembly having a suturing needle with a pointed end and a second end. The suturing needle is capable of rotating about an axis approximately perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the device, wherein the pointed end of the suturing needle is positioned within the suture head assembly prior to deployment of guides that are adapted and configured to guide the needle around a circular path when advanced by a drive mechanism having a needle driver for engaging and rotating the suturing needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EndoEvolution, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald I. Brecher, John C. Meade, John Aho, Roger Baske, James H. Bleck, John F. Carlson, Thomas Eagan, Michael J. Helander, James W. Murray, Ashley Perkins, Wayne A. Shakal, Jonathan Towle
  • Patent number: 9955963
    Abstract: Methods and instruments for repairing soft tissues of a skeletal joint, such as, for example, of the foot or hand are presented. Disclosed techniques include techniques for the repair of a palmar plate of a hand or foot, including advancing a foot of a suture passer through, or adjacent to, a joint space and advanced into a flexor tendon sheath a distance to produce an amount of suture purchase on a plantar/palmar plate. The foot of the suture passer can also be moved medially or laterally away from a joint midline but still within the flexor tendon sheath to further locate stitches. The sutures can then be secured to restore the function of the plantar/palmar plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, M. Mary Sinnott
  • Patent number: 9943303
    Abstract: A method of passing suture through a pledget is disclosed. A first suture tail is passed through a first suture engaging loop extending out of a first aperture in the pledget on a distal side of the pledget. A second suture tail is passed through a second suture engaging loop extending out of a second aperture in the pledget on the distal side of the pledget. The first and second suture tails are drawn proximally through their respective pledget apertures by pulling a handle coupled to the first and second suture engaging loops on a proximal side of the pledget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 9924939
    Abstract: A knotless self-cinching suture construct device includes a shuttling suture, a continuous loop and a self-cinching suture member. The shuttling suture is configured for insertion into a passage hole in injured soft tissue, such as a torn or damaged meniscus in the knee. The shuttling suture and continuous loop are passed entirely through the passage hole in the tissue, and the self-cinching suture member is inserted through the continuous loop to form a hitch using the continuous loop around the tissue. The self-cinching suture member is then pulled tight, allowing a first strand to slide through both the hitched continuous loop and a self-cinching sleeve on the suture member. When tension is applied, the sleeve tightens around the strand much like a finger trap, preventing inadvertent release of the applied suture tension. The suture construct is configured for use through a transosseous tunnel with a suture button in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Christian N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9918744
    Abstract: A dynamic fixation device is provided that allows the vertebrae to which it is attached to move in flexion within the normal physiological limits of motion, while also providing structural support that limits the amount of translation motion beyond normal physiological limits. The present invention includes a flexible portion and two ends that are adapted for connection to pedicle screws. In at least one embodiment of the present invention, the normal axis of rotation of the vertebrae is substantially duplicated by the dynamic fixation device. The flexible portion of the dynamic fixation device can include a geometric shape and/or a hinge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen Ritland
  • Patent number: 9901363
    Abstract: A tissue resection hood and related method of use for resecting the tissue are described. The tissue resection hood may include a distal end portion having an opening, a proximal end portion, and a cavity defined between the proximal and distal end portions, wherein the proximal end portion defines an opening configured to couple to an end of a sheath. The tissue resection hood may further include a cutting member configured to traverse the opening in the distal end portion and a mechanism configured to control a dimension of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Samuel Raybin, Naroun Suon
  • Patent number: 9901337
    Abstract: A device for making continuous suture stitches including a handle and a device head. The handle including a power source for the device head and a means for attachment to the device head. The device head including a suture thread supply; a needle rotationally movable, operable for moving the thread through a tissue; a hook operable for hooking and lifting the thread in automatic coordination with the needle; and a catcher operable for moving the thread into and out of the hook in automatic coordination with the hook; thereby providing a device for making continuous suture stitches for adjoining a first edge and a second edge of a tissue in an edge-to-edge interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: iSuturing, LLC
    Inventors: Adel W. Mohamed, Mansour H. Mohamed, Dmitri D. Mungalov
  • Patent number: 9883855
    Abstract: A device 10 for gathering tissue of a heart valve leaflet 2 may include an outer tube 16 extending in an elongation direction, a capture tool 22 moveable in the outer tube between a contained position and a use position, and a tissue securing component 32 disposed at a distal end 17 of the outer tube and adapted to be applied to tissue 8 captured by the capture tool to hold the captured tissue in a gathered configuration. The capture tool may include a first element 20 and a second element 22 that are moveable relative to one another in the elongation direction. The first and second elements 20, 22 may be operable to capture tissue 8 of the heart valve leaflet 2 therebetween and to draw the captured tissue into the outer tube 16 in the gathered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary J. Tegels, John W. Ibeling
  • Patent number: 9848866
    Abstract: A system for implanting an implantable penile prosthetic includes a tube with a bore formed in the tube, a first suture attached to a proximal portion of a needle, with the needle inserted in the bore, and with system characterized by an absence of a plunger inserted into the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Geoffrey A. Daniel
  • Patent number: 9833233
    Abstract: A suturing device is disclosed. The suturing device includes an end effector assembly disposed on a distal end of the suturing device. The end effector assembly includes at least one guide tube housing at least one elongated member, a guide rack, and an anchor configured for disposal in a tubular tissue circumferentially offset from the guide rack. The anchor includes at least one guide tube attached to a suture having a first end and a second end. The at least one elongated member is deployed to puncture tubular tissue and mate with the at least one aperture of the anchor such that extraction of the at least one elongated member simultaneously draws out the suture through the punctured tubular tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: John Hammerland, III, Eric Kramer, Adam Carahalios, Todd Scott
  • Patent number: 9814457
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an end effector, a shaft assembly, and a drive assembly. The end effector comprises needle receiving arms operable to grasp a needle. The drive assembly comprises drive members that are rotatable about respective drive axes that are perpendicular to the axis of the shaft assembly. The drive assembly is operable to drive the needle receiving arms to selectively engage and disengage the needle; and to selectively pass the needle from one needle receiving arm to the other needle receiving arm. The drive assembly provides an interface to a controller that is operable via a remote user interface. The drive assembly may include helical gears, clutch assemblies, a rack and pinion, or other components to convert motion of the drive members into motion at the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, James A. Woodard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9801623
    Abstract: A device that facilitates the placement of one or more needles and their attached sutures in the body of a surgical patient is disclosed. The device contains one or more needle guide channels in which one or more needles may be backloaded. The device also contains one or more lumens extending though the body of the device. One or more sutures may be coupled to the one or more needles, and threaded through the lumen. The one or more needles may then be advanced out of their respective needle guide channels by pulling on one end of one or more sutures. When one end of a suture is pulled, the attached needle is advanced out of the device and will pierce and be positioned in the tissue that is located adjacent to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: A&P Feigl Family Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Alexander J. Feigl
  • Patent number: 9788830
    Abstract: A needle cartridge is adapted to be attached to a receiver on a surgical suturing device. The cartridge comprises an arced needle having a leading end, a trailing end, and a length of suture. A body has a track receiving the needle and defining a circular path. A needle driver is operable to rotate the needle along the circular path. A cover captures the needle in the track. A cage engages and retains the needle cover against the body. The cage may slide relative the body to disengage with a portion of the cover allowing the cover to deflect and release the needle from the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ETHICON LLC
    Inventors: David T. Martin, Daniel J. Mumaw, Mark J. Bookbinder, William J. White, Daniel L. Geiger, Andrew C. Deck
  • Patent number: 9782547
    Abstract: Method and surgical instrument for treating prostate tissue including a surgical instrument having a main body, a needle deployment port, a needle, first and second handles and a lockout release mechanism to limit needle extension. Additionally, a kit includes the surgical instrument, together with a cystoscope, and optionally a syringe and reservoir of ethanol. The method includes needle-less injection and visualizing the ethanol injection by delivering both an echogenic agent and ethanol either by needle or needle-less injection or by providing an ultrasonically visible marker near the tip of the ethanol delivery cannula. The method also includes extending the needle transversely of the instrument housing using a link assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney F. Hauschild, Stephen L. Bolea, Johann J. Neisz
  • Patent number: 9782167
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading suture needles into a surgical instrument comprises a body, a drive member, a needle, and a button. The body has a channel configured to receive a surgical instrument. The drive member is configured to open a cover of a surgical instrument upon insertion of a surgical instrument into a channel of the body. The button is configured to deliver the suture needle to a surgical instrument after a surgical instrument has been inserted into the channel and the cover has been opened. The apparatus may further comprise a plate member configured to either prevent downward movement of the button before insertion of a surgical instrument, or participate in the delivery of the needle to a surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Natalie R. Carne, John E. Michael, Benjamin D. Dickerson, David T. Martin