Connector Is Single Element Patents (Class 606/155)
  • Patent number: 9968454
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided, comprising (1) a guide member, (2) a tissue-adjustment mechanism having (a) an upper surface and a lower surface, (b) at least one first opening at the upper surface, (c) at least one second opening at the lower surface, and (4) a channel extending between the first and second openings, the channel facilitating advancement of the tissue-adjustment mechanism along the guide member; and (3) at least one repair chord coupled at a first portion thereof to the tissue-adjustment mechanism and having at least a first end that is configured to be coupled to a portion of tissue of a patient, the repair chord being configured to adjust a distance between the portion of tissue and the tissue-adjustment mechanism, in response to adjustment of the repair chord by the tissue-adjustment mechanism. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Valtech Cardio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tal Reich, Eran Miller, Tal Sheps
  • Patent number: 9820746
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for using a tissue scaffold to facilitate healing of an anastomosis. One embodiment provides a tissue scaffold for placement at an anastomotic site within a body lumen comprising a radially expandable scaffold structure having lateral and mid portions, at least one retention element coupled to each lateral portion and a barrier layer. The retention element engages a luminal wall when the scaffold structure is expanded to retain the structure and exert a compressive force on the anastomosis. The mid portion has a greater radial stiffness than the lateral portions such that when the structure is expanded, the lateral portions engage tissue prior to the mid portion. The barrier layer is configured to engage a luminal wall when the structure is expanded to provide a fluidic seal at the anastomosis. The barrier layer may also include releasable biological agents to promote anastomotic healing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Incube Laboratories LLC
    Inventor: Mir A. Imran
  • Patent number: 9724217
    Abstract: A deployment device for deploying a self-expanding fenestrated stent graft. The device includes a fenestrated stent graft retained on an introducer. The introducer includes a main catheter and an auxiliary catheter preloaded within the introducer and extending from distal the distal end of the stent graft, into the lumen of the stent graft and through the fenestration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David Ernest Hartley, Michael Lawrence-Brown, Wolf Stelter, Krasnodar Ivancev, Eric L. G. Verhoeven
  • Patent number: 9649112
    Abstract: A system is described for performing vascular anastomosis without the use of sutures. The system includes a connector comprised of memory material and an incision seal. The connector has one end configured to securely engage a graft vessel and another end with wings and barbs. The wings are configured to securely engage an inner wall of a main vessel and the barbs are configured to lock with the incision seal. Once locked, the incision seal and the connector apply a clamping force that secures the graft vessel with the main vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: ASFORA IP, LLC
    Inventors: Wilson Theophilo Asfora, Thomas Albert Roberts, Duane Lee Middlebusher, Richard Dean Phipps, Michael Edward Villalta, Lee James Carmack
  • Patent number: 9101457
    Abstract: An endovascular stent-graft system (10) includes fenestrated and crossing stent-grafts (20, 22). The fenestrated stent-graft (20) defines first and second lateral apertures (40, 42) in a central portion (34) thereof, which apertures (40, 42) face in generally radially opposing directions. The crossing stent-graft (22) includes one or more covering elements (58), which at least partially cover both end portions (44, 46) of the crossing stent-graft (22), such that a central portion (54) is at least partially uncovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ENDOSPAN LTD.
    Inventor: Raphael Benary
  • Publication number: 20150148826
    Abstract: An implantable flow connector for fluidically coupling a source tissue-enclosed body space with a destination element, comprising: a conduit having a lumen terminating at an orifice at a first end of the conduit implantable in the source body space through an opening formed in a tissue wall of the source body space, and a second end of the conduit implantable in the destination element through an opening in a surface of the destination element; and a circumferential flange, radially extending from the conduit proximate the conduit first end, configured to be implanted in the source body space adjacent an opening in the tissue wall of the source body space such that the conduit extends through the opening, the flange comprising one or more circumferentially adjacent sections at least one of which has a rigidity that decreases in a radially-increasing direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Bioconnect Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Dakin, Michael Dugery, Todd Polk, Richard Briganti, Michael Paris, Nicholas Gately, Zaw Win
  • Publication number: 20150127030
    Abstract: A shunt rivet for implantation in the aorta and inferior vena cava to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and a method of treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The shunt rivet may be formed to have a central section, a proximal clinch section, and a distal clinch section each having one or more clinch members. These one or more clinch members may be trained to be resiliently biased to bend radially outwardly from the central section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: ROX MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Rodney A. BRENNEMAN
  • Publication number: 20150088172
    Abstract: A vascular anastomosis device comprises two rings with pins and an openable ring holder, which is made of a pair of components and detachably holds the rings. The end portion of a large-diameter blood vessel is inserted through a ring and the vascular wall is extended outward and impaled on the pins, the end portion of a small-diameter blood vessel is inserted through the other ring, and an incision is made from the end surface of the small-diameter blood vessel. The two rings are elliptically deformed so that the minor axis agrees with the diameter of the small-diameter blood vessel, the small-diameter blood vessel is elliptically opened and the vascular wall is extended outward and impaled on the pins, and the two rings are joined together by allowing the pins provided on the ring in one component to stick into the ring in the other component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Koichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8894699
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for anastomosis of a lumen according to various aspects of the present invention operate in conjunction with an impermeable stent. The impermeable stent may comprise a scaffold and, if needed, a sealant, such as a membrane and/or adhesive. In one embodiment, the scaffold, membrane and/or adhesive comprise biocompatible materials suitable for bio-absorption and/or degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Kelley Cancer Foundation
    Inventor: Jill Kelley
  • Patent number: 8876844
    Abstract: An exemplary anastomosis device comprises a proximal ring, a distal ring, and a middle ring. The middle ring has apertures configured to communicate a fluid such as an adhesive. The exemplary anastomosis device also has arms joining the proximal ring to the center member and arms joining the distal ring to the center member. The anastomosis device is configured to move from an unactuated position, where it has a generally cylindraceous configuration, to an actuated position, where it has a generally rivet-like configuration. The anastomosis device may be used to provide and secure an anastomosis between adjacent tissue walls. Adhesive may be communicated through the apertures of the middle ring of the anastomosis device to seal or strengthen the anastomosis. An applier may be used to deploy the anastomosis device and to communicate the adhesive through the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, Fredrick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 8858594
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed herein for a closure device. A closure device includes a body movable from a pre-deployed configuration towards a deployed configuration, a plurality of tissue-engaging portions extending from the body. At least two of the tissue-engaging portions are separated by a first distance in the deployed configuration and a second distance in the pre-deployed configuration in which the first distance is smaller than the second distance. The closure device also includes a plurality of device capture features secured to the body. The device capture features are configured to move the tissue-engaging portions to a separation greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventor: Ian J. Clark
  • Publication number: 20140303656
    Abstract: A vascular connector includes: a main tube having a channel for fluid flow therethrough and opposed ends adapted to be connected to a vascular structure; and at least one inlet tube having a channel for fluid flow therethrough, a proximal end intersecting the main tube, and a distal end adapted to be connected to a vascular structure, wherein the inlet tube is formed in a helical shape which surrounds the main tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Charles L. Richardson, Franz W. Kellar, Donald G. Faulkner
  • Publication number: 20140303657
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an anastomosis device for blood vessels using a self-expandable material or body, and to an anastomosis method for blood vessels using same, and more particularly, to an anastomosis device for blood vessels using a self-expandable material or body, which is self-expandable in response to external stimulation and which is removable after a procedure, and to an anastomosis method for blood vessels using same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: THE ASAN FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Song Cheol Kim, Ha Na Park, Si Nae Park
  • Patent number: 8845661
    Abstract: An anastomotic device, particularly a positioning device (24) extending along a longitudinal axis (30) comprises a first component, or proximal component (26) and a second component, or distal component (28). The proximal and distal components are suitable to lock an elastic ring (52) in a deformed configuration therebetween. The proximal component (26) has a substantially cylindrical outer structure with a cavity (32) for receiving a proximal end (52a) of the elastic ring (52). The distal component (28) comprises a head (42) and a stem (44) developing along the longitudinal axis (30). The head (42) has a cone or truncated-cone shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Michele D'Arcangelo, Jesse J. Kuhns, Federico Bilotti, Roberto Tacchino
  • Publication number: 20140200501
    Abstract: An implantable connector for suturelessly connecting a conduit to a hollow organ, the implantable connector comprising: a hollow expandable stent, wherein the hollow expandable stent comprises an internal skeleton and a blood-retaining membrane covering the internal skeleton, and wherein the hollow expandable stent is constructed so that it is capable of assuming (i) a diametrically-reduced state for insertion into an opening formed in the side wall of the hollow organ in order to create a first interference fit therewith, and (ii) a diametrically-expanded state for expanding against the side wall of the hollow organ in order to create a second, enhanced interference fit therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Correx, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Beane, James Alan Crunkleton, Anthony G. Liepert, Joseph L. Smith, JR.
  • Patent number: 8777971
    Abstract: Devices and methods for attaching an end of a body vessel to another body vessel are disclosed. An adhesive may be used along with a rigid member having one or more protrusions. The invention is useful in surgery, especially vascular surgery and the creation of anastomoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: AMJ bv
    Inventors: Cornelis Antonius Franciscus Tulleken, Rik Hendricus Jacobus Mansvelt Beck, Tristan Theodoris Petrus Cornelis van Doormaal
  • Patent number: 8764777
    Abstract: An endoventricular device includes a backbone and a plurality of segments having a plurality of anchors that are delivered to the treatment site in an inverted delivery configuration within a delivery catheter and when deployed moves from the inverted delivery configuration to a tissue penetrating implantation configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Melder
  • Publication number: 20140180314
    Abstract: Techniques associated with a vascular anastomosis device are described, including a lower flange having a lower gripping surface and an interior surface, a diversion conduit attached to the lower flange, the diversion conduit having a lumen extending between an inlet and an outlet, the inlet forming an opening in the interior surface, an upper flange having an upper gripping surface, and being configured to move from a first position to a second position with respect to the lower flange, the first position being characterized by the upper flange being separated from the lower flange, the second position being characterized by the upper gripping surface being in contact with the lower gripping surface, and a biasing structure configured to exert a force on the upper flange in a direction from the first position toward the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Wilson Theophilo Asfora
  • Publication number: 20140180315
    Abstract: A side-to-end vascular anastomosis device comprising a diversion conduit coupled to a lower flange which is inserted into the vessel and an upper flange located on the outside of the vessel designed to clamp together to seal the incision into which the lower flange of the device is inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Wilson Theophilo Asfora
  • Patent number: 8758374
    Abstract: The disclosure provides methods for repairing nerves and inhibiting atrophy of a muscle via a side-to side neurorraphy using a bridging element between a first epineurial window on a donor nerve and a second epineurial window on a recipient nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventor: Jayant P. Agarwal
  • Patent number: 8758403
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices for closing septal defects, such as a patent foramen ovale (PFO). The closure devices include a proximal anchor member, a distal anchor member, and at least one flexible center joint connecting the two anchor members. According to some embodiments, the proximal and/or distal anchor members may include a generally cylindrical member split along the central portion of its length to form an elongate oval. The proximal and/or distal anchor members may further include a tissue scaffold. At least some of the closure devices according to the present invention are repositionable and retrievable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrzej J. Chanduszko
  • Patent number: 8747389
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods useable for dilating the ostia of paranasal sinuses and/or other passageways within the ear, nose or throat. A dilation catheter device and system is constructed in a manner that facilitates ease of use by the operator and, in at least some cases, allows the dilation procedure to be performed by a single operator. Additionally, the dilation catheter device and system may be useable in conjunction with an endoscope and/or a fluoroscope to provide for easy manipulation and positioning of the devices and real time visualization of the entire procedure or selected portions thereof. In some embodiments, an optional handle may be used to facilitate grasping or supporting a device of the present invention as well as another device (e.g., an endoscope) with a single hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang, William M. Facteau, Sivette Lam, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Ketan P. Muni
  • Patent number: 8685047
    Abstract: A scaffold is provided for managing access through tissue. The scaffold can support the tissue during medical procedures. The scaffold is placed around or proximate an opening in tissue. The scaffold can expand when medical devices are introduced through the scaffold and through the opening and retract when the medical devices are removed. When the medical devices are removed, the scaffold closes automatically to substantially close the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Travis R. Yribarren
  • Patent number: 8636810
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that provides for the protection of intestinal anastomosis sites and other body sites from bodily fluids and contaminants. Additionally, the device provides the ability to create negative pressure at the site of the obstruction to ensure that contaminants flow from the visceral compartment into the inner lumen of the bowel. Further, the device provides the sectional forces through natural constrictions of the intestinal muscles through peristaltic action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Anthony Rousseau
  • Patent number: 8636191
    Abstract: A surgical fastener for use with an anastomosis of two tissues includes a base leg and an upright leg. The base leg is selectively deformable and includes a traumatic tip for piecing tissue. The surgical fastener also includes at least one capillary disposed on the base leg which has a reservoir defined therein for retaining a liquid, e.g., bioadhesive, bonding agent, medicament, etc. Each of the capillaries is ruptureable upon deformation of the surgical fastener to dispense the liquid to the anastomosis site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Edward C. Meagher
  • Patent number: 8617049
    Abstract: An apparatus for regulating the functioning of a patient's organ or duct includes an elongated member having a first end and a second end. A fastener is disposed on the first end of the elongated member. The fastener is configured to engage the second end of the elongated member so that the elongated member forms a loop around the organ or duct. A tension element is disposed for movement within the elongated member. A symmetrical drive system including a drive element associated with and engaging the tension element for causing the tension element to control the tension applied by the elongated member against a patient's body organ or duct is further provided. In accordance with an alternate embodiment an apparatus for regulating the functioning of a patient's organ or duct including an elongated member having a first end and a second end. A fastener is disposed on the first end of the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Dlugos, Jr., Toralf Bork, Christine H. Chen, Rocco Crivelli, Donna L. Korvick, David T. Krumanaker, Timothy P. Lessek, Amy L. Marcotte, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Daniel J. Mumaw, Anil K. Nalagatla, David N. Plescia, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Patrick J. Swindon, Mark Tsonton, Scott A. Woodruff
  • Patent number: 8608642
    Abstract: An environmentally sensitive hydrogel material swells or collapses in response to a parameter such as pH level associated with consumption of food by a patient. This swelling or collapsing is harnessed to treat morbid obesity or some other condition of the patient. The swelling or collapsing of the hydrogel may be used to tighten a gastric band or gastric valve when the patient starts eating; then loosen the band or valve when the patient is between meals. The swelling or collapsing of the hydrogel may also be used to increase the size of a space occupying device in the patient's stomach when the patient starts eating; then decrease the size of the space occupying device when the patient is between meals. The swelling or collapsing of the hydrogel may also be used to selectively restrict the absorption of nutrients within a patient's gastrointestinal tract, such as in the duodenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Janna M. Burrell, Randal T. Byrum, Robert Louis Koch, Jr., Larry D. Pool, Christopher W. Widenhouse
  • Patent number: 8506583
    Abstract: A method for open surgical repair of a damaged portion of an artery or vein. A tubular medical assembly may include one or more shaped members, such as microbarbs, configured to anchor into the tunica intima and the tunica media of the vessel wall, and not to the tunic adventitia and vasa vasorum. The medical assembly is delivered to the damaged vessel portion via a delivery device through an open air pathway, and forms a conduit between transected ends of the damaged vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Ram H. Paul, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8479742
    Abstract: Medical devices and related methods are disclosed for delivering an implant into the body of a patient. The devices include a damping assembly having an internal chamber with a varying inner diameter, and a piston slideably disposed therein. The piston is operably connected with a catheter portion such that movement of the piston is associated with concurrent movement of the catheter for implant delivery. The varying inner diameter of the damping assembly results in a decrease in damping force during implant delivery, thus providing a substantially constant velocity of implant delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew LaPlaca
  • Patent number: 8425539
    Abstract: A device is provided for endoscopy or endosonography- guided transluminal interventions whereby two luminal structures in the body may be drawn toward each other and a fluid conduit formed in between. The device may have a penetrating member and a hollow central member to which is coupled a distal retention member and in one embodiment a proximal retention member. The retention members may each be positioned inside one of the luminal structures and expanded from a first condition to an expanded second condition having an increased radius. The length of the central member may be shortened and its diameter expanded to approximate the two retention members and thereby the luminal structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Xlumena, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Binmoeller, Corbett W. Stone
  • Publication number: 20130053784
    Abstract: Methods and devices for a coupler adapted and configured for use with a device insertable within a mammalian body are disclosed. The coupler also can be used as a temporary holding device for indwelling catheters, cannula, introducers or other devices. The coupler may be used to hold a catheter or other, at a fixed or movable length from the outside of a patient. The catheter or other may be inserted through the center of the coupler, with the tissue contacting ridge attached to the skin using an adhesive, suture(s), combination or other. The inside of the coupler may have a valve, ring, gasket or other, that provides fluid sealing as well as mechanical interference fit between the inside of the coupler and the outside of the catheter or other device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Russell A. Houser, William D. Hare
  • Patent number: 8366766
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembly comprising: a ring having anchoring elements for attaching the ring in a passage surrounded by body tissue, in particular blood vessel tissue. An applicator for fitting the ring in the passage; in which the anchoring elements have an anchoring position in which they protrude with respect to the ring, and in which the anchoring elements comprise a memory material, such as a memory metal or memory polymer, and are designed so that they can be bent from an anchoring position counter to a spring force into a fitting position and can be frozen in this fitting position by a temperature treatment in order to bend the anchoring elements back from the fitting position by the effect of this spring force into the anchoring position when a predetermined threshold temperature is exceeded, and in which the applicator is provided distally with a carrier for carrying the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Daidalos Solutions B.V.
    Inventor: Eric Berreklouw
  • Publication number: 20130012969
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a stent for connecting adjacent tissues of the organs of a patient. The stent includes a hollow cylindrical body which is formed by weaving a superelastic shape-memory alloy wire in an overlapping manner such that rhombic openings are formed, and wing parts which are provided by expanding respective opposite ends of the hollow cylindrical body outwards and turning the opposite ends inside out on bent portions. The wing parts face each other so that the wing parts are tensed in a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical body. Thereby, the wing parts can elastically move inwards or outwards with respect to the longitudinal direction to automatically adjust a distance between the wing parts in response to the distance between the adjacent tissues of the organs or thicknesses of walls of the organs, so that the wing parts are put into close contact with the adjacent tissues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Kyong-Min SHIN
  • Patent number: 8328828
    Abstract: A vascular clip for use in end-to-side anastomoses having a handle connected to a lower ring and an upper ring. The handle includes a resilient element biasing the two rings together so that the rings are closely juxtaposed when the clip is closed. The respective facing surfaces of each of the rings may be provided with a rough surface. A graft vessel or an artificial aneurysm may be sutured to the lower ring. The graft vessel or artificial aneurysm may be autologous or heterologous material or may be made of synthetic material. The handle may fit into a clip applier that facilitates the application of the clip. The handle and the clip applier may be of different shapes depending on the various applications of the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas
    Inventor: Emad T. Aboud
  • Patent number: 8202293
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a closure element can include a splittable carrier tube and a splitter to split the tube. The carrier tube can have an outer surface retaining a closure element in a tubular configuration and can be split into radially-expandable flaps. A closure element has can have shape-memory body having a relaxed configuration with a planar-annular body defining a lumen with tines directed inwardly from the body. The clip can be held in a retaining configuration having a substantially asymmetrically-elongated tubular shape with a trapezoidal longitudinal cross-sectional profile and a proximal end having the tines being longitudinally directed with a first tine being more distally oriented compared to a substantially opposite second tine being more proximal, and retracting to a deploying configuration having a tubular shape with a rectangular longitudinal cross-sectional profile with the first tine being even with the second tine when being delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Integrated Vascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. Ellingwood, Laveille K. Voss, T. Daniel Gross, Kelly J. McCrystle
  • Patent number: 8187299
    Abstract: The methods, devices, and systems are provided for performing endovascular repair of atrioventricular and other cardiac valves in the heart. Regurgitation of an atrioventricular valve, particularly a mitral valve, can be repaired by modifying a tissue structure selected from the valve leaflets, the valve annulus, the valve chordae, and the papillary muscles. These structures may be modified by suturing, stapling, snaring, or shortening, using interventional tools which are introduced to a heart chamber. Preferably, the tissue structures will be temporarily modified prior to permanent modification. For example, opposed valve leaflets may be temporarily grasped and held into position prior to permanent attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Evalve, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Goldfarb, Mark E. Deem, Kent D. Dell, Martin S. Dieck, Sylvia Wen-Chin Fan, Hanson S. Gifford, III, Brian B. Martin, Ferolyn T. Powell, Frederick G. St. Goar
  • Publication number: 20120035630
    Abstract: A device for engaging tissue may include a generally annular-shaped body defining a plane and disposed about a central axis extending substantially normal to the plane. The body may be movable from a substantially planar configuration lying generally in the plane towards a transverse configuration extending out of the plane. The body may include a plurality of looped elements including alternating inner and outer curved regions. The inner curved regions may define an inner periphery of the body and the outer curved regions may define an outer periphery of the body in the planar configuration. A plurality of tines may extend from the outer curved regions. The tines may be oriented generally towards the central axis in the planar configuration and generally parallel to the central axis in the transverse configuration. The tines may extend beyond the central axis without passing through the central axis so as to collectively form a central lumen about the central axis in the planar configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Wouter E. Roorda
  • Patent number: 8097009
    Abstract: Endovascular stent insertion methods are provided. In one embodiment for end-to-side anastomosis the method includes disposing an endovascular stent in a transparent sheath; inserting a guide wire through a guide needle into first and second blood vessels; sliding the endovascular stent into both the first and second blood vessels along the guide wire and the guide needle to dispose in a position between spaced first and second blood vessels; and pulling the sheath when an intermediate annular marker band of the endovascular stent seen through the transparent sheath is substantially disposed between the first blood vessel and the second blood vessel to release the endovascular stent so that the endovascular stent is adapted to expand to securely hold the facing ends of the first and second blood vessel together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: Mao-Tsun Wu, Chen Yang, Yen-Ni Hung, Chin-Chuan Chou
  • Patent number: 8029522
    Abstract: An anchorable cannula adapted for positioning within an opening formed in tissue includes a cannula body having a proximal portion and distal portion. The proximal portion and the distal portion are linked by a circumferential ring positioned therebetween. The proximal portion includes a series of foldable arms extending upwardly from the circumferential ring and ending at a circumferential seal ring formed at a free end of the proximal portion. The distal portion includes a series of foldable arms extending downwardly from the circumferential ring and ending at a circumferential seal ring formed at a free end of the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, Michael J. Stokes
  • Patent number: 8012164
    Abstract: An auger is axially fixed to and positioned within a cutter. The auger and cutter advance at the same time relative to a contact structure placed against a vessel, penetrating the wall of the vessel and cutting a tissue plug. When the auger and the cutter are retracted from the vessel wall, the tissue plug is retained by the auger and cutter and removed from the vessel wall. The auger and the cutter thus create an opening in the vessel wall, without the need for a prior incision in that wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan M. Donohoe, Theodore M. Bender, Brian R. DuBois, Scott O. Chamness, Stephen A. Yencho, Jaime S. Vargas, Nathan H. White, Gregory B. Arcenio, Heather L. Klaubert, Russell C. Mead, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7998155
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for performing a surgical anastomotic procedure are disclosed herein. Apparatus according to the present disclosure include a tubular body having a distal end and a proximal end and defining a longitudinal axis, the tubular body including an expandable anchor provided near the distal end thereof and an expandable cuff provided near the distal end of the tubular body and proximal of the expandable anchor, and a joining member (200) configured and adapted to be received about the expandable cuff of the tubular body, the joining member having an annular body portion (202) including a pair of opposed terminal edges (204, 206). The joining member has a retracted position in which the pair of opposed terminal edges overlap by a predetermined amount and an expanded position in which the pair of opposed terminal edges overlap by an amount less than the predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventor: Scott Manzo
  • Patent number: 7985233
    Abstract: A medical device for treatment of affection of anatomical ducts, as in particular for anastomosing blood vessels and vascular prosthesis, with end-to-end or end-to-side configuration. The device has outer containing functions and is associated to an intra-prosthetic stent for sandwiching the overlapping segments being anastomosed to each other of the anatomical ducts and of the prosthesis, a segment of which is located in the duct. The outer containing device is formed by a stent of biocompatibile resilient material having memory effect, in a predetermined nominal position, suitable for extending elastically for engaging the outside of the duct, and returning to said nominal position, with containing function, thus preventing the diameter of the duct from increasing and without compressing the duct. The stent must have at least a length not less than half the outside diameter of the duct. Means are provided for putting the prosthesis in the duct and for arranging the containing device out of the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Edoardo Scarcello
  • Patent number: 7931662
    Abstract: A surgical marker/connector in the form of a ring made of a shape memory alloy such as NITINOL is suitable for laparoscopic installation in a patient's body. The ring preferably includes a plurality of small suture attachments in the form of loops that are disposed on the periphery of the ring and which lie in a plane that includes the ring itself. The loops are large enough to receive sutures which, in turn, can be used to connect the ring to a portion of a patient's body, or to connect separate portions of a patient's body to each other using the marker/connector as an intermediate connector. Prior to installation, the ring can be wrapped tightly about an elongate member such as a mandrel, which than can be inserted into the patient's body through a trochar or cannula. After insertion, the ring will change temperature and resume its original configuration where it can be sutured in place as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Helmut Schreiber, Albert N. Santilli
  • Patent number: 7892246
    Abstract: The subject invention provides devices and methods for closing and sealing an opening in a conduit. The subject devices consist of an implantable flexible member adapted to conform to and seal with an inner surface of a conduit and further adapted to utilize the internal conduit pressure exerted thereon to form a substantially fluid-tight seal with the inner surface of the conduit whereby substances are prevented from leaking from the opening under normal physiological conditions. In the subject methods, a subject device is provided and positioned inside a conduit, operatively aligned over an opening to be sealed. The device is conformed to and sealed with an inner surface of the conduit and a substantially fluid-tight seal is formed between the device and the inner surface of the conduit utilizing the internal conduit pressure whereby substances within the conduit are prevented from leaking from the opening under normal physiological conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: BioConnect Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jodi J. Akin, Stephen R. Ramee
  • Patent number: 7892247
    Abstract: The present invention provides implantable devices and associated methods for interconnecting human vessels in a side-to-side or an end-to-side arrangement rapidly, safely and in a minimally invasive manner. The devices comprise a vessel connector and a intravascular support mechanism for establishing fluid communication between two vessels. Certain embodiments further include a sealing member for further sealing the openings in the vessels created for inserting the subject devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: BioConnect Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley R. Conston, Ronald K. Yamamoto, Jodi J. Akin, Gitanjali V. Barry
  • Patent number: 7879083
    Abstract: A stent for ostial lesions and vascular bifurcations has a tubular body comprised by a succession of sections of skeletal members. In one or both end rows of the tubular body, there are expansive bending devices comprising sectional weakenings and open extremities. In the case of the end row, by a proper expander balloon, expansive bending of longitudinal branches of the end row may be produced. Bending is produced due to sectional weakenings. Open extremities allow producing the expansion in a way such as the flourishing of a flower bloom. Under such conditions, bending of the end row makes possible the adequate coverage of the ostial or bifurcation lesion affecting wall of the application vascular conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Liliana Rosa Grinfeld, Roberto Rafael Grinfeld
  • Publication number: 20110004306
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating an abdominal incision or hernia are described. An implant for the restoration or prophylactic treatment of an abdominal wall comprises an elongate element and at least one sheet connected to the elongate element along a longitudinal axis of the elongate element. The elongate element is positioned along the line of incision, and the at least one sheet is secured to the abdominal muscles surrounding the incision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: John Harper
  • Patent number: 7850705
    Abstract: A body tissue graft for use in a patient includes a frame structure made of a first elastic material, a covering of a second elastic material on the frame structure, the covering substantially filling openings in the frame structure, and a connector connected to the frame structure. Projections are secured to the connector structure. The projections facilitate attachment of the tubular graft in a patient by securing the graft to the body tissue with which the graft is employed. The connector selectively circumferentially expands and the projections selectively circumferentially expand. This may be done using an inflatable balloon to circumferentially expand the projections. A restraining member may be provided to restrain the projections in a cone shape so that an end of the graft may be used to open an aperture through a side wall of existing body organ tubing and a portion of the projections may enter the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical ATG, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Bachinski, David S. Goldsteen, Daniel J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7837645
    Abstract: An endoscopic device separates ingested food from gastric fluids or gastric fluids and digestive enzymes, to treat obesity. In a particular embodiment a gastric bypass stent comprises a tubular member and two or more stent members defining a lumen. The tubular member has a substantially liquid impervious coating or covering and one or more lateral openings to permit one-way liquid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Marc Bessler, John D. Allendorf
  • Patent number: 7815590
    Abstract: Devices and methods for altering gaseous flow within a lung to improve the expiration cycle of an individual, particularly individuals having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The methods and devices create channels in lung tissue and maintain the patency of these surgically created channels in tissue. Maintaining the patency of the channels allows air to pass directly out of the lung tissue which facilitates the exchange of oxygen ultimately into the blood and/or decompresses hyper-inflated lungs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Broncus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel D. Cooper