Means For Clamping Needle To Handle Patents (Class 606/147)
  • Patent number: 10271918
    Abstract: The present invention relates to medical device management units and methods of their use. The medical device management units comprise two main pieces, a base piece, and a slide piece, as well as at least one medical device pathway defined by a surface means and a plurality of trenches. The invention may be used to keep two or more medical devices organized or it may be used to maintain control over the capture and release of a single medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Ken Wah Chow
  • Patent number: 10231729
    Abstract: A surgical suturing instrument has a chamber for receiving and aligning a ferrule with a reciprocating needle. The chamber includes a plurality of protuberant concave and convex surfaces for positioning and aligning the ferrule within the chamber and the plurality of suture receiving chambers disposed between the aligning ridges for receiving a suture and preventing the suture from jamming the ferrule in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10105126
    Abstract: A self-articulating joint is disclosed for a minimally invasive surgical apparatus. The self-articulating joint has a first elbow component pivotably coupled to a second elbow component, wherein the first and second elbow components are biased to form a non-linear angle relative to each other. The self-articulating joint also has an elbow latch configured to releasably hold the first and second elbow components at a substantially fixed non-linear operating angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 9968374
    Abstract: A cannula insertion device includes a rigid elongated body having a first end and a second end, an insertion tip located at a first end of the rigid elongated body, a cannula holder located along the rigid elongated body between the first and second ends, the cannula holder being configured to receive, hold, and release a cannula that is at least partially deformable; and a cannula insertion device control means located at a second end of the rigid elongated body. A system for facilitating access to a surgical site via minimally invasive means includes a cannula insertion device and a cannula having a deformable flange at one end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Hammond
  • Patent number: 9913639
    Abstract: A suture needle driving instrument comprises a shaft and an end effector. The end effector is located at the distal end of the shaft and includes a pair of grasping arms. Each grasping arm comprises a respective pair of jaws. Each pair of jaws is operable to cooperate to grasp and release a suture needle. Each jaw has a needle grasping member operable to align a suture needle along a predetermined arc path. The end effector is further operable to pass the needle from one arm to the other arm during a suturing procedure. The instrument may be used through a trocar during minimally invasive surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Aaron J. Brickner, Jason R. Lesko
  • Patent number: 9801622
    Abstract: A surgical suturing device (10) having an axis extending between a proximal end and a distal end is operable to move a suture (32) through body tissue (34). A handle assembly (110) is coupled to an elongated shaft (14) having a hollow configuration. An actuating rod (16) is disposed to extend between the handle assembly (110) and the shaft (14). A thumb actuation assembly is coupled to a proximal end of the actuating rod (16) for moving the rod both axially and rotationally. A needle assembly (2) at the distal end of the actuating rod (16) is movable with the actuating rod (16) between an extended state and a retracted state and at various angular orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Weisel, Martin Padget
  • Patent number: 9730689
    Abstract: A rotational action needle driver that comprises an cumbersome ergonomically designed handle, rotational mechanism and an integrated locking/unlocking system that permits surgeons to perform the surgical suturing procedure in a less complicated and more secure way by allowing more control over the suturing needle and the area to be stitched, even when the suturing area is small, deep, and/or restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Luis Jose Almodovar
  • Patent number: 9681868
    Abstract: A wound closure system includes a device, a sleeve, and a needle assembly. The device includes a shaft and one or more arms movable relative to the shaft between a retracted position and a deployed position. The sleeve is removably positionable about the shaft and is slidable about the shaft to retain tissue between the distal end of the sleeve and the arms when the arms are in the deployed position. The needle assembly includes a base one or more needles insertable through respective needle lumens of the sleeve. The base defines a central aperture for removably positioning the base about the shaft. The base is slidable relative to the shaft and sleeve between a proximal position, wherein the needles are disposed within respective needle lumens, and a distal position, wherein the needles extend from respective needle lumens towards respective arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Scott J. Prior, Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 9642617
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for surgical suturing with thread management. An apparatus for tissue suturing comprising a cartridge having a suturing needle having a pointed end and a blunt end, the suturing needle capable of rotating about an axis; a pusher assembly comprising a cartridge holder having a needle rotation drive capable of releasably engaging the cartridge and rotating the suturing needle about the axis; and an actuator capable of releasably engaging the needle rotation drive to rotate the needle rotation drive. A method for suturing tissue comprising placing a suturing device having a cartridge containing a suturing needle to span separated tissue segments; activating an actuator to cause rotational movement of the suturing needle through the separated tissue segments; and deactivating the actuator to stop an advancing movement of the suturing needle to cause a suturing material to be pulled through the separated tissue segments forming a stitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: EndoEvolution, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Meade, Niall G. Deloughery, Gerald I. Brecher, James H. Bleck
  • Patent number: 9642619
    Abstract: A wound closure system includes a device, a sleeve, and a needle assembly. The device includes a shaft and one or more arms movable relative to the shaft between a retracted position and a deployed position. The sleeve is removably positionable about the shaft and is slidable about the shaft to retain tissue between the distal end of the sleeve and the arms when the arms are in the deployed position. The needle assembly includes a base one or more needles insertable through respective needle lumens of the sleeve. The base defines a central aperture for removably positioning the base about the shaft. The base is slidable relative to the shaft and sleeve between a proximal position, wherein the needles are disposed within respective needle lumens, and a distal position, wherein the needles extend from respective needle lumens towards respective arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Scott J. Prior, Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 9610088
    Abstract: A manipulator adapted to grasp and draw tissue comprises first and second arms having proximal ends and distal ends separated by a distance. First and second grasping surfaces each connected to and extending from respective distal ends of the first and second arms are biased toward each other by a respective spring force. When the first and second arms are actuated to reduce the distance, the manipulator is configured such that tissue arranged between the first and second grasping surfaces resist actuation of the first and second arms. The first and second arms are further actuatable to overcome the spring force of the first and second grasping surfaces so that the first and second grasping surfaces pivot at respective pivot points such that the distance between the distal ends of the first and second arms is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: A-BASE KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
    Inventor: Peter Ferenc Banfalvi
  • Patent number: 9510824
    Abstract: A medical device including an elongate member having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending therebetween. The medical device may further include an end-effector disposed at the distal end of the elongate member, the end-effector may include a first arm, the first arm may have a distal end, a proximal end, and an opening configured to receive a needle therein. The medical device may also include a second arm movably connected to the first arm and configured to alternate between a closed position and an open position relative to the first arm, wherein the second arm is movably connected to the first arm at a pivot point disposed at a location closer to the distal end of the second arm than the proximal end of the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Kappel, Doug Melanson, Norman May
  • Patent number: 9445807
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for surgical suturing with thread management is provided. An apparatus for tissue suturing includes a cartridge with a suturing needle that includes a pointed end and a blunt end, the suturing needle capable of rotating about an axis; a pusher assembly including a cartridge holder with a needle rotation drive capable of releasably engaging the cartridge and rotating the suturing needle about the axis; and an actuator capable of releasably engaging the needle rotation drive to rotate the needle rotation drive. A method for suturing tissue with the apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: ENDOEVOLUTION, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald I. Brecher, John C. Meade, Niall Deloughery, James H. Bleck
  • Patent number: 9398909
    Abstract: A needle holder includes a first shaft on which a first gripping body is provided at a front end, and a second shaft on which a second gripping body is provided at a front end and which slides in an axial direction relative to the first shaft. The first gripping body and the second gripping body have continuous curved convex shapes at at least sides opposed to each other and abut against each other as the second shaft slides relative to the first shaft. An abutment keeping mechanism by which abutment between the first gripping body and the second gripping body is kept while the first shaft and the second shaft are separated from each other as the second shaft further slides relative to the first shaft in the same direction from a state where the first gripping body and the second gripping body abut against each other is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Shu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9307970
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes first and second members, with each member including a handle adjacent a first end of the member, a working portion having an inner surface and an outer surface and extending from a second, opposite end of the member, and a pivot portion located between the handle and the working portion. The first and second members are pivotally connected at the pivot portions about a pivot axis such that the handles are movable between an open position in which the handles are spaced apart and the working portions are adjacent one another and a closed position in which the handles have been brought together and the working portions are spaced apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Cecore LLC
    Inventors: William Levin Newcomb, David Lorin Newcomb, Stephen Duane Tester, Emily JoAnne Newcomb
  • Patent number: 9277916
    Abstract: A suture needle driving instrument comprises a shaft, an end effector, and a handle assembly. The end effector is located at the distal end of the shaft and includes a pair of grasping arms operable to grasp and release a needle. The handle assembly comprises a trigger-operated actuation assembly that is operable to rotate a second grasping arm relative to the shaft. The trigger-operated actuation assembly may include a trigger and a trigger gear assembly that is operable to rotate the second grasping arm. A clutch assembly may also be included to selectively couple a drive shaft associated with the second grasping arm to another shaft. The handle assembly may further include a toggle actuation assembly that is operable to grasp and release a needle with the grasping arms. A locking feature may be included to prevent use of the toggle actuation assembly until trigger-operated actuation assembly has been operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Martin, William J. White, Robert Brik, Matthew Rohr Daniel, Daniel J. Prenger
  • Patent number: 9271719
    Abstract: A suture passer including a shaft having an axis; a first jaw mounted to the shaft in alignment with the axis, the first jaw being configured to releasably support a length of suture thereon; a second jaw movably mounted to the shaft; and a needle movably mounted to the shaft, the needle having a hook and being configured to reciprocate in alignment with the axis so that the hook can selectively pass by the second jaw and engage suture releasably supported on the first jaw; wherein the first jaw includes a spring for selectively binding the suture to the first jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Skinlo, Scott Heneveld, Thomas Weisel, Roger Pisarnwongs
  • Patent number: 9247938
    Abstract: An apparatus is operable to secure suture fasteners to sutures to eliminate the need to tie knots in the sutures. The apparatus comprises a shaft, an end effector disposed at the distal end of the shaft, and a suture fastener removably secured to the end effector. The end effector may include a pivoting jaw or a suture cutter. The suture fastener may be secured to one, two, or more strands of suture. The apparatus may include several suture fasteners and may secure those fasteners to one or more sutures in a serial fashion without having to remove the apparatus from the patient for reloading. A plurality of fasteners may be arranged within the apparatus in an end-to-end configuration. The suture fastener may include an inner fastener member and an outer fastener member, and may capture one or more strands of suture between the inner and outer fastener members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, inc.
    Inventors: David T. Martin, James A. Woodard, Jr., Carl J. Shurtleff, Kevin A. Larson, Mark J. Bookbinder, John L. Stammen
  • Patent number: 9113861
    Abstract: A needle holder includes a shaft and a needle driver located at the distal end of the shaft. The needle driver is operable to rotate a needle such that the needle forms a non-perpendicular angle with a longitudinal axis of the shaft. In some versions, the needle driver includes a first arm and a rotatable assembly that is configured to longitudinally clamp about a portion of a needle. The rotatable assembly may include self-righting features to right the needle perpendicular to the first arm. The needle driver may further include a second arm that is pivotable relative to the first arm. The rotatable assembly may include a top member associated with the second arm and a bottom member associated with the first arm. In some versions, spring-loaded collets may secure the needle to a rotatable assembly. Alternatively, a pair of actuating arms may pivot the needle about a curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Martin, James A. Woodard, Jr., Carl J. Shurtleff, Andrew C. Yoo
  • Patent number: 9089355
    Abstract: Compliant inserts for jaw-type surgical instruments having improved traction are provided. The clamping surface of the inserts includes a plurality of short and densely arranged traction elements. The tractive force supplied by the traction elements approaches that of steel jawed clamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Vitalitec International, Inc.
    Inventors: George D. Hermann, David J. Danitz, Karrie L. Sturtz
  • Publication number: 20150142020
    Abstract: A suture needle driving instrument comprises a shaft and an end effector. The end effector is located at the distal end of the shaft and includes a pair of needle grasping arms. Each grasping arm extends along a respective arm axis. The grasping arms are operable to drive a suture needle along a rotational path about an axis, such as one of the arm axes, that is offset from the central longitudinal axis of the shaft. The rotational path may be perpendicular to the axis of the shaft. A needle driven by the end effector may have an arc radius that is greater than the radius of the shaft. At least one of the needle grasping arms may include a dogleg feature positioning a distal portion of the grasping arm outside the radius of the shaft. The instrument may be used through a trocar during minimally invasive surgery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, JR., Jason R. Lesko, Shawn C. Snyder, David T. Martin
  • Publication number: 20150127025
    Abstract: Medical suturing devices, systems, and methods will be useful for endoscopic or open surgeries, including ear, nose, and throat procedures. Articulation motions may be transferred from a handle to needle grasping jaws using an axial movement of a shaft. Portions of the devices may be disposable, replaceable, and/or reusable, with different needle-grasping jaws and/or different elongate extension bodies having different configurations optionally being selectably coupleably to an articulatable handle and housing so as to allow the user to configure the device for a particular procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Henry H. Hamilton, Yuri Belman, Alexander Borisovich Zatyuryukin, Patricia A. Moore
  • Publication number: 20150127026
    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: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: RAPTOR SURGICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Shannon M. RUSH, Sheriese RUSH
  • Patent number: 8998948
    Abstract: Provided is a manipulator including a first forceps piece and a second forceps piece, which are connected by a pivotal axle and have a gripping part opened or closed on a leading end side thereof. The manipulator includes a manipulation member that is connected to a base end side of the pair of forceps pieces, and moves forward or backward in an axial direction to open or close the gripping part, a first buffer part that has a first spring constant, and undergoes elastic deformation to change a grasping force generated at the gripping part on the basis of the first spring constant and a pulling amount of the manipulation member, and a stopper that regulates the elastic deformation of the first buffer part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Ryoji Hyodo
  • Patent number: 8992550
    Abstract: A method of suturing tissue includes driving a needle from a tool through tissue to form a channel in the tissue; inserting the needle into a capsule that is connected to a first length of suture attached to the capsule; engaging the needle with a second length of suture that is inserted through the capsule; and pulling both the first length of suture and the second length of suture through the channel formed in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Thomas Kubalak
  • Publication number: 20150038994
    Abstract: A suture passer includes a handle, an elongated sleeve defining a distal end, an inner shaft slidably disposed within the elongated sleeve, and an end effector assembly disposed at a distal end of the inner shaft. The end effector assembly includes first and second arms, at least one which is movable relative to the other between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position for retaining a portion of a suture therebetween. The inner shaft and elongated sleeve are relatively movable between a first condition, wherein the first and second arms are disposed in the approximated position and the distal end of the elongated sleeve is exposed, a second condition, wherein the first and second arms are disposed in the approximated position and the distal end of the elongated sleeve is shielded, and a third condition, wherein the first and second arms are disposed in the spaced-apart position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: SCOTT J. PRIOR, JAROSLAW T. MALKOWSKI, JOHN D. HENDERSHOT, III, KENNETH W. HORTON, GREGORY F. TEBBE
  • Publication number: 20150012017
    Abstract: A surgical incision suturing device particularly suited for minimally invasive surgical procedures comprising a suturing mechanism built into a trocar stern that enables a surgeon to stitch a patient by utilizing controls on the exposed top portion of the trocar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Chad Ringley
  • Patent number: 8906043
    Abstract: A suture needle driving instrument comprises a shaft and an end effector. The end effector is located at the distal end of the shaft and includes a pair of needle grasping arms. Each grasping arm extends along a respective arm axis. The grasping arms are operable to drive a suture needle along a rotational path about an axis, such as one of the arm axes, that is offset from the central longitudinal axis of the shaft. The rotational path may be perpendicular to the axis of the shaft. A needle driven by the end effector may have an arc radius that is greater than the radius of the shaft. At least one of the needle grasping arms may include a dogleg feature positioning a distal portion of the grasping arm outside the radius of the shaft. The instrument may be used through a trocar during minimally invasive surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Jason R. Lesko, Shawn C. Snyder, David T. Martin
  • Patent number: 8894668
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for holding a suturing needle comprises an operating section, an insert section having an insert-section distal end extension at a distal end of an insert section body, a clamping portion, a rotatable holder portion, a receiving member having a first contact surface, and a transmitting member having a second contact surface. The insert section body has an inner bore along a first axis in a longitudinal direction. The insert-section distal end extension has a rotation-allowing groove on an inner peripheral surface of an inner bore provided along a second axis at a predetermined angle with respect to the first axis. The rotatable holder portion is allowed to be passively rotatable about the second axis under an external force applied to the suturing needle when a gap is formed between the transmitting member and the receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Miyamoto, Shuhei Iizuka
  • Publication number: 20140303654
    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: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony A. Nobles, Benjamin G. Brosch, John R. Crew
  • Publication number: 20140288581
    Abstract: Medical suturing devices, systems, and methods will be useful for endoscopic or open surgeries, including ear, nose, and throat procedures. Articulation motions may be transferred from a handle to needle grasping jaws using an axial movement of a shaft. Portions of the devices may be disposable, replaceable, and/or reusable, with different needle-grasping jaws and/or different elongate extension bodies having different configurations optionally being selectably coupleably to an articulatable handle and housing so as to allow the user to configure the device for a particular procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: SUTURENETICS, INC.
    Inventors: Henry H. Hamilton, Yuri Belman, Alexander Borisovich Zatyuryukin, Patricia A. Moore
  • Publication number: 20140276989
    Abstract: A device according to one exemplary embodiment is a compact, light-weight handheld device that includes a needle and suture assembly, a mechanism for gripping and releasing the needle and suture assembly (a “needle transfer mechanism” or “needle shuttle mechanism”), safely capturing the needle assembly upon exit from the patient's tissue, and returning the needle to position such that the process of delivering additional sutures to the patient can be repeated. The device of the present invention accommodates the right or left-handed user, rests comfortably in the user's hand, allows sufficient visualization of the procedure site, and permits the user to either control penetration depth of the needle or default to a device-determined depth. The present device permits the user to utilize a wrist-rotation (pivoting) suture delivery technique that is familiar to a user based on experience with other surgical techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SafePath Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Lane, Michael W. Sutherland, Thomas D. Egan, David P. Dolan
  • Publication number: 20140222036
    Abstract: Improved medical suturing devices, systems, and methods may hold a suture needle at a fixed location relative to a handle of the device, allowing the surgeon to grasp and manipulate the handle of the suturing device to insert the needle through tissues in a manner analogous to use of a standard needle gripper. Cycling the handle from a closed position to an open position and back to the closed position may alternate the device between gripping the needle with a first clamp (for example, along a proximal portion of the needle) to gripping the needle with a second clamp (for example, along a distal portion of the needle) and optionally back to gripping with the first clamp, with the needle often staying at a substantially fixed location relative to the suturing device body. Related single-clamp needle grasping devices can be bent plastically by a surgeon, and/or have bodies that are grasped by a hand while a portion of the hand actuates a handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Suturenetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry H. Hamilton, Yuri Belman, Alexander Borisovich Zatyuryukin, Patricia A. Moore
  • Patent number: 8727968
    Abstract: Provided is a medical treatment endoscope including: an endoscope main body which includes an elongated insertion portion having a lumen and an image capturing mechanism disposed in a distal end of the insertion portion; an arm which is able to be inserted into or extracted from the lumen and has a treatment tool lumen for allowing an endoscope treatment tool to be inserted therethrough; and a positioning mechanism which positions a part of the arm inserted through the lumen with respect to the endoscope main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: Olympus Corporation, Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Manabu Miyamoto, Yoshiaki Ito, Hirokazu Tanaka, Hideya Kitagawa, Taro Iede
  • Publication number: 20140128890
    Abstract: A medical needle driver including an elongated member having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending therebetween. The medical needle driver may also include an end-effector disposed at the distal end of the elongated member, the end-effector may include at least two arms connected at their proximal ends to form a jaw-like structure, wherein at least one of the at least two arms may be configured to rotate relative to the other arm. In addition, each arm may include an inner face, the inner face of at least one of the arms including at least one groove configured to receive a portion of a needle, wherein the groove may include a first geometric structure configured to mate with a corresponding second geometric structure on the needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary KAPPEL, Norman MAY, Douglas MELANSON
  • Patent number: 8702732
    Abstract: A suture needle driving instrument comprises a shaft, an end effector, and a grasping actuation assembly. The end effector is located at the distal end of the shaft and includes a pair of grasping arms. Each grasping arm comprises a respective pair of jaws. Each pair of jaws is operable to cooperate to grasp and release a suture needle. The grasping actuation assembly is operable to drive one jaw of each pair in one direction while simultaneously driving the other jaw of the pair in an opposite direction, to selectively grasp or release the suture needle. The actuation assembly may include a drive shaft having separate threaded regions with opposing pitch. The end effector is further operable to pass the needle from one arm to the other arm during a suturing procedure. The instrument may be used through a trocar during minimally invasive surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, Jr., Jason R. Lesko
  • Patent number: 8696690
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a continuous driver device with changeable parameters, more specifically, a continuous driver with changeable parameters used in surgical procedures such as suturing, wherein said continuous driver device is employed as a continuous suture rotational needle driver which enhances the tissue suturing procedure, particularly the one performed on restricted, deep and less accessible locations. The device incorporates a plurality of interactive portions comprising several extended members wherein said extended members are provided with rotational needle driving points at a distal end into a single device and is operated by the twist of a single knob. The use of the mechanism prevents problems associated with loss of needle control during the suturing procedure as well as the ones associated with the handedness of existing needle drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Luis Jose Almodovar
  • Patent number: 8685045
    Abstract: Medical suturing devices, systems, and methods will be useful for endoscopic (with or without access ports) or other surgeries in which access is limited, including ear, nose, and throat procedures. Articulation motions may be transferred from a handle to needle grasping jaws using an axial movement of a shaft that has axial stiffness (such as being stiff in compression) and lateral flexibility or an axial movement of a cable. An extension body (within which the shaft or cable moves) between the handle and jaws can be pre-bent or custom bent by the user. Portions of the devices may be disposable, replaceable, and/or reusable. A spring adjacent the clamp may open the clamp or impose a gripping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Suturenetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry H. Hamilton, Yuri Belman, Alexander Borisovich Zatyuryukin, Patricia A. Moore
  • Patent number: 8679136
    Abstract: A needle capture device includes a flexible tubular member, a flexible shaft extending through the tubular member, a proximal handle for moving the shaft and tubular member relative to each other, a housing at the distal ends of the shaft and tubular member, and a capture mechanism situated within housing. The housing has an alternating arrangement of flights and spaces radially arrayed about its exterior dimensioned to be closely received within an endoscopic instrument channel so as to coaxially orient said housing with the instrument channel. The capture mechanism has a first configuration in which it is adapted to receive and retain a needle presented into the distal end of the instrument channel, and a second configuration in which it is adapted to release the needle from the instrument channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Mitelberg
  • Publication number: 20140074125
    Abstract: A surgical stitching device intended for suturing deep and difficult-to-reach wounds. It is a distinctive type of needle-holder designed to carry a straight needle alongside its main body. This instrument is distinguished from the currently available devices because it may not need laparoscopic visualization and sutures wounds from an inside out direction rather than from side-to-side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Hadi Piraka
  • Patent number: 8663250
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for passing suture in tissue repair and other surgical procedures. The apparatus includes a pair of jaws mounted on a distal end of a shaft, a handle assembly mounted on a proximal end of the shaft, and two needles mounted on the handle assembly and through a cannulation of the shaft. A dual-needle actuator communicates with the two needles. A suture is placed at the tip of the lower jaw. By advancing the dual-needle actuator relative to the body of the instrument, the two needles are pushed forward to capture the suture and advance it through the tissue to be sutured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Weber
  • Patent number: 8641597
    Abstract: A new, quick, simple, efficient, safe, and reproducible surgical technique for the treatment of female urinary incontinence, in which the posterior urethra is suspended using a tape passed through the obturator orifices from inside (underneath the urethra) to outside (thigh folds). A variety of specifically designed surgical instruments are utilized to perform this operative procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignees: Oniversite de Liège, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liege
    Inventor: Jean De Leval
  • Patent number: 8638191
    Abstract: A system for providing wireless remote control over one or more devices. Included in the system is at least one wireless button that can be placed at various locations and which communicates with at least one sensor when the wireless button and sensor are brought within close proximity to one another. According to one embodiment, a wireless button can only be activated when the button is located within an authorized activation area. In another embodiment, a wireless button can only be activated by an authorized user. In yet a further embodiment, a wireless button can only be activated by an authorized user when the button is located within an authorized activation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Hamel, Brannon P. Wells, Reid S. Cover, Michael G. Hilldoerfer
  • Patent number: 8623048
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for surgical suturing with thread management. An apparatus for tissue suturing including a cartridge having a suturing needle having a pointed end, a blunt end, the suturing needle capable of rotating about an axis; a pusher assembly comprising a cartridge holder having a needle rotation drive capable of releasably engaging the cartridge and rotating the suturing needle about the axis; and an actuator capable of releasably engaging the needle rotation drive to rotate the needle rotation drive. A method for suturing tissue including placing a suturing device having a cartridge containing a suturing needle to span separated tissue segments; activating an actuator to cause rotational movement of the suturing needle through the separated tissue segments; and deactivating the actuator to stop an advancing movement of the suturing needle to cause a suturing material to be pulled through the separated tissue segments forming a stitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: EndoEvolution, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald I. Brecher, John C. Meade, Niall Deloughery, James H. Bleck
  • Patent number: 8617187
    Abstract: Medical suturing devices, systems, and methods will be useful for endoscopic or open surgeries, including ear, nose, and throat procedures. Articulation motions may be transferred from a handle to needle grasping jaws using an axial movement of a shaft. Portions of the devices may be disposable, replaceable, and/or reusable, with different needle-grasping jaws and/or different elongate extension bodies having different configurations optionally being selectably coupleably to an articulatable handle and housing so as to allow the user to configure the device for a particular procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Suturenetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry H. Hamilton, Yuri Belman, Alexander Borisovich Zatyuryukin, Patricia A. Moore
  • Publication number: 20130345725
    Abstract: An instrument for passing sutures in tissue repair and/or other mini-open procedures. The instrument includes a pair of jaws mounted on a distal end of a shaft, a hand assembly mounted on a proximal end of the shaft, and a needle mounted on the hand assembly and through a cannulation of the shaft. The pair of jaws includes a lower jaw and an upper jaw, the lower jaw being provided with a slot configured to engage a plurality of sutures. The hand assembly has a finger lever with a ratchet and a releaser with a hook, the hand assembly being designed to move the needle from a first position to a second position, and to sequentially engage the needle with each of the plurality of sutures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: R. Pepper Murray, Jonathan I. Decker, Robert M. Weber, Thomas Dooney, JR., Jacob L. Powell
  • Publication number: 20130331866
    Abstract: Sutures can be placed in difficult to access areas of the human body with devices, and related methods, utilizing a needle carrier. The devices and methods can be used in conjunction with both endosurgical and traditional open surgery procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry N. Gellman, Jozef Slanda
  • Publication number: 20130317291
    Abstract: This treatment system includes: a supporting portion; a first grasping member and a second grasping member supported by the supporting portion so as to approach and separate from each other; a needle member including a distal end portion which has a sharp distal end and punctures a tissue, and a proximal end portion continuous with the distal end portion; a holding portion mounted on the first grasping member and releasably holding the proximal end portion of the needle member; and a locking portion mounted on the second grasping member and locking the distal end portion of the needle member such that the proximal end portion of the needle member is removed from the holding portion when the first grasping member and the second grasping member are separated from each other from a position at which the first grasping member and the second grasping member approach each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
  • Publication number: 20130282030
    Abstract: A suturing assembly is provided that is configured to pull a capsule attached to a suture through tissue. The suturing assembly includes a shaft aligned on a longitudinal axis of the suturing assembly, and a head coupled to the shaft. The head includes a proximal portion and a distal end spaced apart from the proximal portion by a throat. The proximal portion houses a needle that is movable through a needle exit port. The proximal portion of the head and the needle exit port are both aligned on the longitudinal axis. A proximal side of the distal end of the head defines a cavity adapted to receive the capsule and a distal side of the distal end of the head defines a slot adapted to allow the suture to pass through the distal end of the head and into the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Steven McClurg, Christopher Anthony Thierfelder, Allen Gaynor, Pornpimon Ongmorakot, Timothy Andrew Bachman, Christian Richard Trifilio, Matthew Vail Leyden, Nicholas Ellering, Michael K. Luk, James Leigh Lindenberg, Donald Wolf
  • Publication number: 20130282031
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector assembly, and a drive assembly. The body may include a handpiece with an integral motor. The shaft assembly may include two pairs of concentric shafts. The end effector assembly may include arms that selectively grasp and release a suturing needle. The drive assembly is operable to drive the end effector assembly via the shaft assembly. The drive assembly is operable to convert a single rotary input into at least two rotary outputs. In some versions, the drive assembly comprises a plurality of shaft assemblies that include an input shaft, a first output shaft, a second output shaft, and a third output shaft. The drive assembly is operable to selectively rotate and hold the shaft assemblies in accordance with a predetermined sequence, such as to perform tissue suturing through a trocar in a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: James A. Woodard, JR., Aaron J. Brickner, Jason R. Lesko