Surgical Mesh, Connector, Clip, Clamp Or Band Patents (Class 606/151)
  • Patent number: 10702275
    Abstract: One exemplary device includes a tubular structure having proximal and distal ends and at least one layer of braided material configured to facilitate thrombosis. The tubular structure includes an end section at the proximal or distal end having a cross-sectional dimension that is larger than that of an opening of the target site. The device also includes a stiffener wire coupled to the tubular structure, and the wire is configured to extend at least partially through the opening and facilitate securing the end section over the opening. The tubular structure and stiffener wire include respective preset, expanded configurations and are configured to be constrained to respective reduced configurations for delivery to the target site and to at least partially return to their respective preset, expanded configurations at the target site when unconstrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel O. Adams, Ryan Kariniemi, Brooke Ren, Matthew C. Heidner
  • Patent number: 10695155
    Abstract: This present invention generally relates to devices and methods for repairing an aperture in a biological tissue. In certain embodiments, the invention provides a system for closing an aperture in a biological tissue including a handle, an elongate shaft connected to the handle, and a deployment scaffold connected to the shaft, in which the scaffold is configured to releasably retain a surgical implant and the scaffold is configured to deploy and attach the surgical implant to the biological tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ofek Levin, Arie Levy, Lena Levin
  • Patent number: 10695050
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tissue repair device. The device includes a handle, a knob coupled to the handle, and a needle coupled to the handle. The needle includes a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end including a slot, wherein a first anchor is housed within the distal end and a second anchor is housed within the slot and located proximal to the first anchor. An actuator disposed within the needle and operatively coupled to the knob, wherein advancement of the knob allows for engagement of the actuator with the first anchor and subsequent advancement of the first anchor via the actuator. A method of tissue repair is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard J. Bourque, William R. Davis, Scott Freedman
  • Patent number: 10688224
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is directed to an implantable surgical prosthetic mesh having a nanofiber comprising one or more antibiotic and a polysaccharide, and a non-polysaccharide polymer deposited on the mesh. The mesh of the invention is shown to be effective in eliminating or minimizing the bacterial population in the mesh and surrounding tissue for at least 14 days from surgical implantation of the mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventors: Abdulmalik Mohammed Saleh Altaf, Seham Alsayed Abdulhady, Faissal Abdel-Hady, Mahmoud Abdul Megead Yassien
  • Patent number: 10687836
    Abstract: Snaring systems and methods involve engaging objects such as pacemaker pacing leads within a patient. Physicians can use snaring systems having loops, tags, and roller mechanisms to remove a pacing leads from a patient. For example, snaring systems can be inserted through a jugular access site, engaged with a pacemaker pacing lead, and withdrawn through the jugular access site so as to remove a portion of the pacing lead. Lead extraction techniques can be employed to further dislodge the pacing lead from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin D. Taylor, George Burton, Dave Atwell, Wade Bowe
  • Patent number: 10682135
    Abstract: An apparatus for application of surgical clips to body tissue is provided and includes a handle assembly; a shaft assembly including a housing extending distally from the handle assembly and defining a longitudinal axis; a plurality of surgical clips disposed within the shaft assembly; a jaw mounted adjacent a distal end portion of the shaft assembly, the jaw being movable between an open spaced-apart condition and a closed approximated condition; and a pusher bar reciprocally disposed within the housing of the shaft assembly and being detachably connectable to the housing of the shaft assembly, the pusher bar being configured to load a distal-most surgical clip into the jaws during distal movement and remain connected to the housing of the shaft assembly and in a distally advanced position during an approximation of the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gregory Sorrentino, Kenneth H. Whitfield
  • Patent number: 10675135
    Abstract: A deployment device for positioning a soft tissue repair prosthesis includes a self-expanding support body releasably attachable to the prosthesis. The support body may be removably insertable into a pocket of the prosthesis. A handle coupled to the support body facilitates positioning the patch and/or removal of the support body from the pocket. The support body may substantially occupy the pocket in an expanded configuration. The handle may be arranged to direct a pulling force to the outer peripheral edge of the support body and/or cause a portion thereof to be pulled downward and below the body during withdrawal of the deployment device from the prosthesis. The support body may include support segments pivotally coupled together and foldable to collapse the support body for insertion into and removal from the pocket. One or more resilient support members may be provided for collapsing and expanding the support body and the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Augustus Felix, Jeremy Griffin, John Conidi, Chris Bowley, Marcus Stephen Papadopoulos, Daniel Joseph Greene
  • Patent number: 10672120
    Abstract: Techniques for linking geometry extracted from one or more medical images, the geometry including a plurality of geometric objects each having parameter values including at least one value for location and at least one value for direction/orientation, the plurality of geometric objects comprising a target geometric object and at least two candidate geometric objects, the techniques include: (A) comparing parameter values of the target geometric object with parameter values of the at least two candidate geometric objects, (B) selecting one of the at least two candidate geometric objects to link to the target geometric object based, at least in part, on the comparison; and (C) linking the to target geometric object with the selected candidate geometric object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Bio-Tree Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kongbin Kang, Yanchun Wu, Raul A. Brauner
  • Patent number: 10660633
    Abstract: A suture anchor made of a single length of wire that forms a suture retaining loop having two diverging legs, each having a pointed end. The transverse spacing of the diverging legs is greater than the diameter of the bone tunnel. The suture anchor may be spring loaded and set into the bone tunnel so that the distal points of each diverging leg are below the surface of a bone cortex, the sharp distal points of each diverging leg expand out laterally under pressure and penetrate the bone tunnel wall prohibiting removal of the suture anchor. The diverging legs further penetrate the bone tunnel wall in response to applied withdrawal forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Edwin D. Vyhmeister, Jeff A. Jensen
  • Patent number: 10660669
    Abstract: A method includes coupling, at least temporarily, a support member adjacent to a target tissue. The support member is configured to support the target tissue and to define a path along which a cutting device can move. The method includes moving the cutting device along the path defined by the support member to cut and/or dilate the target tissue. In some embodiments, the method optionally includes disposing a cannula of a device within the cut defined in target tissue. The cannula is coupled to the target tissue such that a lumen defined by the cannula is in fluid communication with a volume defined at least in part by the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Spence, Landon Tompkins, Robert Acland
  • Patent number: 10653507
    Abstract: A surgical fastener includes a head section and a tissue snaring section. The head section includes an arm member pivotably disposed on an outer surface of the head section. The tissue snaring section defines a longitudinal axis and extends away from the head section. At least one helical thread defined along an outer surface of the tissue snaring section. The tissue snaring section is configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis in a first radial direction, and the arm member is configured pivot outwardly from the head section in the first radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Mark Russo
  • Patent number: 10646321
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prosthesis (1) for hernia repair comprising a reinforcement layer (2), a first barrier layer (3) of anti-adhesion material covering at least a part of a surface of the reinforcement layer, and a second barrier layer of anti-adhesion material covering a remaining part of the surface of the reinforcement layer, the second barrier layer being formed of one or more flap member(s) (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Sofradim Production
    Inventors: Sebastien Francois, Michel Therin, Nicolas Prost
  • Patent number: 10639153
    Abstract: A catheter (4) based medical system (1) and medical procedure for reducing cardiac valve regurgitation are disclosed. The system comprises a resilient curvilinear shaped annuloplasty implant (3) for reducing the size of a dilated annulus (18) of said valve for reducing said regurgitation having resilient anchoring elements (300), and a delivery device (2) for said annuloplasty implant (3) having a distal curvilinear shaped portion (200) that is hollow to mount said annuloplasty implant (3) and has an annular opening (201) arranged to be in apposition against an annulus (18) of said cardiac valve. A plurality of suction units allows for a atrial approach and symmetric implantation of said implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: AEEG AB
    Inventor: Anders Jönsson
  • Patent number: 10639026
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for securing tissue to bone. A surgical system can include a driver having a proximal handle and a driver shaft extending therefrom, a distal awl shaft, a proximal awl shaft separate from the distal awl shaft and movable with respect to the distal awl shaft, a suture anchor, and a dilator feature distal to the suture anchor. The distal and proximal awl shafts are receivable in at least part of a lumen of the driver. In a bone forming configuration of the system, in which the distal awl shaft is driven into bone, a distal end of the proximal awl shaft abuts a proximal end of the distal awl shaft. The proximal awl shaft can be moved proximally, such as by activating an awl handle coupled thereto, with respect to the distal awl shaft to move the system in a suture anchor insertion configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Adam Gustafson, Stefan Gabriel
  • Patent number: 10632233
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an implantable device, in particular for wall repair comprising a reinforcing textile implant having first and second surfaces, a bioadhesive coating to coat said first surface at least in part, said coating comprising at least one ionic, cross-linked bioadhesive polymer selected from among the following polymers: an acrylic acid polymer, methacrylic acid polymer, itaconic acid polymer, maleic acid polymer or maleic anhydride polymer having an adhesive function that can be activated in an aqueous medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: COUSIN BIOTECH
    Inventor: Gilles Solecki
  • Patent number: 10631839
    Abstract: Disclosed is an implantable device (1) to be used in a human and/or animal body for occluding or partially occluding defective openings, hollow spaces, organ tracts, etc. or creating a defined connecting opening between walls, organs, hollow spaces, etc. Said implantable device (1) comprises a support structure which has a great length-to-width ratio along an axis (63) in a first operating state (primary shape) while having a smaller length-to-width ratio along said axis (63) in a second operating state (secondary shape). The support structure is provided with a proximal (20) and a distal section (30) and is formed from a single wire-type element (10) by intercoiling and/or intertwining and/or interweaving like a tissue and/or a cluster and/or a net. Also disclosed is a placing system especially for such an implantable device, comprising an advancing element (5), a directing wire (6,9) and/or an inner mandrin, and at least one holding wire (80,81).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: PFM MEDICAL AG
    Inventor: Franz Freudenthal
  • Patent number: 10624729
    Abstract: A repair prosthetic for repairing a hernia is disclosed. In some embodiments, the repair prosthetic includes a patch body, a frame that assists in spreading the patch body from a reduced configuration to an expanded configuration, and a plurality of tethers attached to the patch body at locations between the frame and a periphery of the patch body. In various embodiments, the tethers can be tensioned to mitigate curling or creasing in the patch body to flatten the patch to facilitate attachment to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Tami L. Rathbun, Tyler William Marshall, Jonathan Bruce Trexler, Augustus Felix, Cameron Michael Correia
  • Patent number: 10624640
    Abstract: The invention provides devices, systems and methods for tissue approximation and repair at treatment sites. The devices, systems and methods of the invention will find use in a variety of therapeutic procedures, including endovascular, minimally-invasive, and open surgical procedures, and can be used in various anatomical regions, including the abdomen, thorax, cardiovascular system, heart, intestinal tract, stomach, urinary tract, bladder, lung, and other organs, vessels, and tissues. The invention is particularly useful in those procedures requiring minimally-invasive or endovascular access to remote tissue locations, where the instruments utilized must negotiate long, narrow, and tortuous pathways to the treatment site. In addition, many of the devices and systems of the invention are adapted to be reversible and removable from the patient at any point without interference with or trauma to internal tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Kent Dell, Theodore Ketai, Tanmay Mishra, Stephanie Jones, Jacob Greenberg, Michael Hong, Daniel Hale, Francisco Valencia, Steven Tyler
  • Patent number: 10624643
    Abstract: An exemplary tissue compression device for forming an anastomosis between first and second anatomical structures includes a first device portion having a first mating surface, and a second device portion having a second mating surface configured to mate with the first mating surface to compress tissue positioned therebetween. Each of the first and second mating surfaces includes a contoured portion, and the contoured portions are configured to mate with one another to facilitate alignment of the first and second device portions. A first one of the contoured portions may be formed with a concave contour and a second one of the contoured portions may be formed with a complementary convex contour. The device portions may further include first and second magnetic members configured to draw the device portions together to engage the first mating surface with the second mating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John V. Hunt, Daniel W. Price, Nicholas B. Van Stolk, Gregory J. Bakos, Bethany F. Grant
  • Patent number: 10624741
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods facilitate positioning of a cardiac valve annulus treatment device, thus enhancing treatment of the annulus. Methods generally involve advancing an anchor delivery device through vasculature of the patient to a location in the heart for treating the valve annulus, contacting the anchor delivery device with a length of the valve annulus, delivering a plurality of coupled anchors from the anchor delivery device to secure the anchors to the annulus, and drawing the anchors together to circumferentially tighten the valve annulus. Devices generally include an elongate catheter having at least one tensioning member and at least one tensioning actuator for deforming a distal portion of the catheter to help it conform to a valve annulus. The catheter device may be used to navigate a subannular space below a mitral valve to facilitate positioning of an anchor delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ancora Heart, Inc.
    Inventors: Niel F. Starksen, John To, Mariel Fabro, Michael F. Wei, Rodolfo A. Morales
  • Patent number: 10617505
    Abstract: Described is a pelvic implant comprising a biodegradable conductive mesh. The mesh can include biodegradable and electrically conductive polymer, and can be stimulated with a current to generate an electric field to promote an improved tissue response following placement of the implant. The invention also describes methods and systems including the pelvic implant comprising a biodegradable conductive mesh for the treatment of pelvic floor conditions. Implants of the invention provide benefits relating to improved tissue integration into the mesh, resulting in pelvic tissue reconstruction. Tissue reconstruction and elimination of the mesh materials can lead to a better clinical outcome for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Guangjian Wang
  • Patent number: 10610210
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices and methods for implanting a prosthesis into a heart of a mammal, such as a person. The disclosure includes a prosthesis that acts as a pressure vent between the left and right atria of the heart. The disclosure also includes a mounting tool for mounting the prosthesis onto a loading tool, the loading tool useful for loading the prosthesis onto a device for delivering the prosthesis into the patient's heart. Control devices and methods for using these devices are also disclosed. The intracardiac pressure vents disclosed allow sufficient flow from the left atrium to the right atrium to relieve elevated left atrial pressure and resulting patient symptoms. The devices also limit the amount of flow from the right atrium to the left atrium to minimize the potential for thrombi or other embolic material from entering arterial circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Corvia Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Finch, Edward McNamara
  • Patent number: 10611060
    Abstract: Multilayer structures including a porous layer and a non-porous layer are useful as buttresses when associated with a surgical stapling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Megan Stopek, Brian Nentwick, Philippe Gravagna, Yves Bayon, Dagmar (Dassonville) Guyader, Alfredo Meneghin, Julie Lecuivre
  • Patent number: 10603153
    Abstract: A hernia patch supporting tissue in-growth conforms to a tissue wall upon surgical installation and fixation within a patient. The hernia patch can include a base and positioning straps. The base is formed of two layers that are affixed to each other around the perimeter of the patch, for example by stitching. A stabilizing washer is provided between the two layers, and the stitch is provided peripherally around the stabilizing washer, keeping the washer free-floating between the layers. The base, positioning straps, and stabilizing washer are formed of a structure that does not separate the layers of the implant or form a space in the form of a pocket, and promotes more uniform and confluent tissue incorporation or in-growth after implantation. The hernia patch may further include a hydrolysable bioabsorbable cross-linked coating of a fatty acid based material, such as an omega-3 fatty acid based material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Anthony R Horton, Paul Martakos, Steve A Herweck, Theodore Karwoski, Joseph F Ferraro
  • Patent number: 10603043
    Abstract: An occlusion device for a vascular or biological lumen includes a plurality of coiling members held together at both the proximal and distal ends by retaining features. A restraining loop can hold coiling members together at a point along a length of the coiling members. The coiling members are delivered simultaneously to form a coil pack to occlude a target location in the lumen. One or more of the coiling members has at least a portion with a larger curl diameter than other coiling members to secure the occlusion device against lumen walls at the target location. The coil members may have different or varying material moduli. The device may be used, for example, for occluding a vessel to block blood flow to an artery supplying blood liver (hepatic artery), kidney (renal artery), spleen (splenic artery) or intestines (mesenteric artery).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Endoshape, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Barkenbus, Jeffrey Castleberry, Julie Trommeter, William Aldrich
  • Patent number: 10603103
    Abstract: An end effector for an electrosurgical instrument includes a pair of opposing first and second jaw members movable between an open position in which the jaw members are disposed in a spaced relation relative to one another, and a closed position in which the jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. A first sealing electrode is located on the first jaw member, and a second sealing electrode is located on the second jaw member. One or more stop members are disposed on the sealing electrodes, the one or more stop members being formed of a compliant material such that they are capable of deforming when the jaw members are moved to their closed position with tissue grasped therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel John Thomas, Lewis Meurig Jones, Andrew Edward Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10595838
    Abstract: An apparatus for sealing a puncture includes a positioning member including a proximal end, a distal end sized for insertion into a puncture, an expandable element on the distal end, and a tension indicator on the proximal end. The tension indicator includes a distal housing portion fixed relative to the proximal end, and a proximal housing portion or handle movable proximally relative to the distal housing portion. The handle is biased towards the distal housing portion such that, when sufficient tensile force is applied between the expandable element and the handle, the handle moves away from the distal housing portion. During use, the distal end is introduced through a puncture into a vessel, the expandable element is expanded, and the positioning member is partially withdrawn until the expanded element contacts a wall of the vessel and the handle separates from the distal housing portion, indicating that sufficient tension is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: AccessClosure, Inc.
    Inventors: Celso J. Bagaoisan, Sieu Duong
  • Patent number: 10588730
    Abstract: Provided is a mesh assembly inserted to a soft tissue or a human tissue for lifting the soft tissue, the mesh assembly including: a mesh member inserted into the soft tissue or human tissue and supporting the tissue; a fixed member provided at the mesh member and adopted to increase a coupling force in the soft tissue or the body; and a hook member formed on an upper surface or a lower surface or both of the fixed member to protrude in a diagonal direction, so that fixation of the soft tissue or human tissue can be firmly conducted, thereby allowing the soft tissue and the like to be fixed at a normal position without undergoing an influence by shaking or an external shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Kil Sub Sim
  • Patent number: 10575843
    Abstract: A suture anchor for deployment in a preformed bone hole to secure soft tissue to bone. The anchor includes a proximal part, a distal part, an inner tube part and a ring part. The ring part is configured to move independently relative to the proximal part, inner tube part and distal part and further comprises two pairs of opposing apertures defining two suture passageways between an outer surface of the inner tube part and inner surface of the ring part. Before or after being connected to soft tissue, a suture is directed through the two suture passageways. Tension on the tissue can be adjusted by maneuvering the suture in the ring part without interfering with advancement of the distal part into the bone. The anchor has a center bore extending longitudinally between a distal end and proximal end of the anchor and is configured to receive an insertion guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ring Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasser Nadim
  • Patent number: 10576298
    Abstract: A surgical buttress for use in a surgical stapling apparatus is provided. The surgical buttress includes an elongate rectangular body portion defining a width; a nose portion integrally formed with and extending from a distal end of the body portion, the nose portion defining a width that is less than the width of the body portion; a neck portion integrally formed with and extending from a distal end of the nose portion, the neck portion defining a width; a head portion integrally formed with and connected to a distal end of the neck portion, the head portion defining a width; and a tail portion integrally formed with and extending from a proximal end of the body portion, the tail portion defining a width that is less than the width of the body portion. The surgical buttress is formed from a material having filaments. The surgical buttress include radioactive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: David Racenet, Gerald Hodgkinson, Seth Gleiman
  • Patent number: 10568740
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and devices for plicating the tricuspid valve leaflets to bicuspidize the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: VDYNE, LLC
    Inventor: Lucian Lozonschi
  • Patent number: 10568739
    Abstract: A system includes a medical device for implanting in a valve of a subject, the implantable medical device having a self-expanding frame; and a holder configured to retain the frame of the implantable medical device in a constricted configuration and to control expansion of the frame. The holder has a controllably constrictable and expandable loop, wherein the loop is disposed about at least a portion of the self-expanding frame such that constriction or expansion of the first loop controls constriction or expansion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gloss, Timothy Groen, Carolyn Majkrzak, Behrooz Nadian, Matthew Rust, Timothy Ryan, Matthew Weston, Marc Anderson, Evelyn Birmingham, Mark Casley, Deirdre McGowan Smyth
  • Patent number: 10548614
    Abstract: Devices and methods for use in a cardiac valve repair procedure, particularly a tricuspid valve repair procedure. An interventional clip device includes a pair of distal elements rotatably joined to a coupling member, and a pair of proximal elements resiliently biased toward the distal elements to grasp tissue therebetween. The proximal elements include a plurality of adjustable tines moveable between a retracted configuration and an open configuration to avoid damage to tissue prior to engagement while allowing tines to enhance gripping to targeted tissue when open. A delivery system enables delivery of an interventional clip to a targeted cardiac valve, and includes a support structure for maintaining position relative to the cardiac valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Evalve, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos G. Hernández, Laura M. Kalvass, Scott C. Mosher, Santosh V. Prabhu, Paolo Romitelli, Lauren G. Troxler, Dylan T. Van Hoven
  • Patent number: 10543086
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided, including a plurality of anchoring elements, each of the anchoring elements being an elongate element that is curved to define an opening. A housing holds each of the anchoring elements. A mandrel is reversibly disposable through the openings defined by the anchoring elements. The anchoring elements are configured such that, in response to removal of the mandrel from the openings, ends of the anchoring elements automatically move outwardly, and diameters of the openings decrease, due to elastic loading of the anchoring elements. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Yossi Tuval
  • Patent number: 10531865
    Abstract: Stomach tissue is manipulated and fastened with a tissue grasper and a tissue shaper to form folds in the stomach. The tissue grasper and the tissue shaper rotate and translate relative to one another. The tissue grasper has a plurality of vacuum orifices to adhere the tissue grasper to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: EndoGastric Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Romley
  • Patent number: 10524800
    Abstract: An implantable expandable device includes an occluding surface oriented substantially in a transverse plane. The occluding surface is bounded by a lateral occluding surface edge and a medial occluding surface edge. The occluding surface has an occluding surface body located transversely between the lateral and medial occluding surface edges. A supporting structure is located entirely inferiorly to the occluding surface. The supporting surface includes a plurality of struts extending substantially in the superior-inferior direction. At least a first one of the struts is a full-height strut and spans substantially a full superior-inferior height of the device. At least a second one of the struts is a reduced-height strut and spans substantially less than a full superior-inferior height of the device. The occluding surface substantially occludes a transverse cross-section of the false lumen to substantially block bloodflow in the superior-inferior direction within the false lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Eric E. Roselli
  • Patent number: 10512464
    Abstract: A surgical brace device for use in a surgical procedure including surgical stapling operations on bodily organ to protect the stapled tissue against damaging effects of physiological motion of the organ is disclosed herein. The surgical brace device comprises a pair of splint members of a predetermined rigidity profile, configured to be disposed on either side of the stapled tissue and dimensioned to span at least a portion of the width thereof; a strut member fixedly joined with the pair of splint members at one ends thereof; and a tie member configured to traverse the tissue of the organ disposed at a predetermined distance from the plurality of strut members to interconnect the pair of splint members and anchor the surgical brace device thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Chul Hi Park
  • Patent number: 10507016
    Abstract: An umbilical catheterization device that allows a physician to prepare an umbilical cord and apply appropriate retraction to widen vessels to introduce a catheter. The device comprises a base and a plurality of arms. The arms may include retraction devices or may be compatible with independent retraction devices, including but not limited to sutures. The retraction devices are attached to the umbilical cord, and used to provide retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Clinvue LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Wesley Craft, Anant Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Chelsey Nicole Pon
  • Patent number: 10485524
    Abstract: A closure device for sealing a percutaneous puncture in a wall of a body passageway, the closure device including at least one of a toggle configured to engage an interior surface of the body passageway or a plug configured to engage an exterior surface of the body passageway and a guide wire configured to extend from an outside of the body to inside the body passageway, wherein at least one of the toggle and the plug is associated with the guide wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Essential Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Walters, Gary Roubin, Michael Nispel, Mike Dotsey, Piyush Arora
  • Patent number: 10485540
    Abstract: An end effector for a surgical stapling apparatus is provided which includes an anvil assembly and a surgical buttress. The anvil assembly includes an anvil body and an anvil plate. The anvil plate includes a bottom surface that defines a plurality of staple forming pockets. The anvil body and the anvil plate are selectively connectable. The surgical buttress includes a buttress body and a plurality of arms extending from the body. The arms are disposable between a top surface of the anvil plate and a bottom surface of the anvil body to support the buttress body against the bottom surface of the anvil plate when the anvil plate and the anvil body are connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gerald Hodgkinson, Timothy D. Ebner, Peter Hathaway
  • Patent number: 10485683
    Abstract: An indwelling stent is provided. The stent includes a distal member that extends between a distal end portion and a proximal end portion and defines a lumen therethrough, and a proximal member that extends between a distal end portion and a proximal end portion and defines a lumen therethrough, wherein the distal member and the proximal member collectively define the stent, and wherein the distal and proximal members are discrete components and are telescopingly arranged with the distal end portion of the proximal member extending over an outer surface of the distal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steven L. Pendleton, Gary L. Neff, Benjamin T. Biltz
  • Patent number: 10478279
    Abstract: An implantable prosthesis and a method of repairing an anatomical defect, such as a soft tissue defect, by promoting tissue growth with the prosthetic. The prosthesis includes a body with an inner portion and an outer margin that extends outwardly beyond the inner portion, the outer margin including an inner portion side and an outer peripheral edge. The outer margin includes a tissue infiltratable portion, such as a tissue infiltratable layer, having a thickness that decreases from the inner portion side towards the outer peripheral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa Bowley, Brian Leach
  • Patent number: 10479987
    Abstract: Provided are methods for lyophilization of an aqueous thrombin solution, thrombin solutions for use in such lyophilization methods, and solid thrombin compositions produced by such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Omrix Biopharmaceuticals Ltd.
    Inventors: Roberto Meidler, Oleg Belyaev, Liliana Bar, Israel Nur
  • Patent number: 10478187
    Abstract: A surgical stapler end effector comprises a staple cartridge, an anvil, and a buttress assembly. The staple cartridge comprises a plurality of staples and a deck. The staple cartridge is operable to drive the staples through the deck. The anvil is movable from an open position toward the staple cartridge to reach a closed position. The anvil includes an underside having staple forming surface configured to receive staples driven through the deck. The buttress assembly comprises a buttress body and an adhesive material. The buttress body defines a plurality of cells. The adhesive material comprises a polymer. The polymer is bioabsorbable. A first portion of the adhesive material is located within cells of the plurality of cells. A second portion of the adhesive material is located on the buttress body outside the plurality of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Charles J. Scheib, Prudence A. Turner, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10478191
    Abstract: A circular stapling device includes a circular anvil assembly and a circular cartridge assembly. The anvil assembly includes a cap and head. The cap is movable relative to the head. The head supports a crush ring member that is movable into engagement with the cap to move the cap to an unapproximated position relative to the head to release a portion of an anvil buttress member supported between the anvil cap and the anvil head. The cartridge assembly includes a housing, a pusher member, a retaining ring member, and a fastener cartridge. The retaining ring member releasably secures a portion of a cartridge buttress member to one or both of the housing and the fastener cartridge. The retaining ring member releases the cartridge buttress member when the retaining ring member moves from a radially constricted condition to a radially expanded condition in response to a movement of the pusher member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Christopher Penna
  • Patent number: 10470777
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying clips to tissue, comprises a plurality of clips, each of the clips including a proximal end having a pair of opposed jaws and a distal and including a linking feature, where the clips are linked to one another to form a clip chain with a linking feature of a distal-most one of the clips being gripped between the jaws of an immediately proximal one of the clips and a control linkage coupled to a proximal-most one of the clips for applying tension and compression to the clip chain in combination with a magazine containing the clip chain, the magazine including an abutment surface sized to prevent passage distally therebeyond of a clip having received between its jaws a linking feature of an immediately distal clip and an opening location within which the jaws of a clip are permitted to open to release a linking feature therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Litscher, Vincent A. Turturro, Roy H. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10470776
    Abstract: A device for fastening tissue includes (a) a shaft extending longitudinally from a distal end insertable into a body to a proximal end attached to a controller which remains outside of the body, the shaft including a lumen extending therethrough and an opening extending through a wall of a distal portion thereof to open the lumen to an exterior of the shaft; (b) a first roller housed within the lumen adjacent to a first longitudinal edge of the opening such that a rotation of the first roller grasps and draws tissue from the body into the lumen in combination; and (c) a fastening element housed within the lumen adjacent to the opening and movable from a tissue receiving configuration to a tissue gripping configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Gary Jordan, Barry Weitzner, Michael Zupkofska
  • Patent number: 10463493
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are annular prosthetic devices, such as annuloplasty rings, that include suture clips integrated into or mounted within an annular frame. The clips can quickly secure to sutures to obviate the need to tied knots in the sutures during implantation. Embodiments comprise an annular frame having an open central region and a plurality of suture clips spaced angularly apart around the frame. Each of the suture clips can comprise two opposing tabs that extend toward each other such that the suture clip forms a gripping region between ends of the tabs and the gripping region is configured to grip a suture inserted through the suture clip between the two tabs. The annular frame and the plurality of suture clips can be formed from a single piece of flat material with the suture clip tabs being formed by laser cutting the piece of flat material, or the suture clips can be movable along a track formed in the annular frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Manouchehr A. Miraki
  • Patent number: 10463515
    Abstract: In one embodiment according to the present invention, a stent is described having a generally cylindrical body formed from a single woven nitinol wire. The distal and proximal ends of the stent include a plurality of loops, some of which include marker members used for visualizing the position of the stent. In another embodiment, the previously described stent includes an inner flow diverting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Terumo Corporation
    Inventors: Tai D. Tieu, Gregory M. Cruise, Heather Griffin, Helen Nguyen, Minh Nguyen, Ponaka Pung, Shirley Vong
  • Patent number: 10456141
    Abstract: A bariatric clamp may include substrate members overmolded in polymer forming first and second elongated portions, a bight portion having a flexible hinge, a fastener portion, and an engagement portion for retaining the clamp in a closed position to partition the stomach. A method for installing may include creating an opening in a patient's abdominal cavity to access the stomach, removing tissue connected to the stomach adjacent areas the clamp is to be positioned, positioning the clamp in an open position wherein first ends of the first and second elongated portions are open relative to one another, inserting the clamp into the abdominal cavity in the open position and the first and second elongated portions of the clamp separately pass through the opening in the abdominal cavity, positioning the first and second elongated portions adjacent first and second sides of the stomach, and closing the clamp to partition the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Jesús R. Armenteros, Moises Jacobs, C. Kenneth French