Occluding Clip, Clamp, Or Band Patents (Class 606/157)
  • Patent number: 10987108
    Abstract: Embodiments include a clamp for a medical procedure, the clamp having a first clamp member having a first end and a second end, a second clamp member having a first end and a second end, a hinge, the hinge coupling the first ends of the first and second clamp members, a biasing member, the biasing member coupling the second ends of the first and second clamp members, the biasing member being configured to apply a first clamping force in a first stage, and a second clamping force in a second stage, where the second clamping force is greater than the first clamping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Standard Bariatrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Thompson, Ryan Weitzel, Bennie Thompson, Richard P. Nuchols
  • Patent number: 10952735
    Abstract: The adjustable uterine compression apparatus for postpartum hemorrhage includes at least one belt adapted for encircling the uterus transversely, the belt having keeper loops so that the belt can be cinched to continuously adjust the degree of compression applied to the uterine arteries. The belt may also be shortened and used to apply compression to the ovarian arteries. Preferably, a plurality of belts are applied spaced apart axially along the body and cervix of the uterus. The belts may be applied separately and independently, or may be embedded or incorporated into a sheet or vest that may be applied posteriorly behind the uterus and further secured by straps extending over the fundus that are cinched to at least one of the transverse belts to apply axial compression, in addition to transverse compression of the uterus. The belt(s) and vest may be made of polyglactin mesh, so that they are bioabsorbable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Sameer Ghazi Kasim Hamadeh, Nasreen Ghazi Kasim Hamadeh
  • Patent number: 10945870
    Abstract: An volume filling device for treatment of obesity is placed outside the stomach wall of the patient to reduce the inner volume of the stomach, thereby affecting the patient's appetite. By providing the volume filling device outside the stomach wall, contact with stomach acids is avoided, thereby increasing the life of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10939914
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treatment of a patient's vasculature are described. The device includes a self-expanding resilient permeable shell having a radially constrained state and an expanded state with a globular, axially shortened configuration. The permeable shell may be a single layer of braided elongate filaments having first and second ends that are secured at the proximal end of the permeable shell. The devices may also include permeable shells made of woven braided mesh having a variable mesh density, i.e., the average size of pores in one region are a different than the average size of pores in another region. Methods of using the device to treat a cerebral aneurysm are also described. Methods of forming a tubular braid are also described. Methods of forming a tubular braid with variable braid densities are described. Methods of forming a tubular braid using a castellated mandrel are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SEQUENT MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Hewitt, Brian Merritt, William R. Patterson, James M. Thompson, Claudio Plaza, Hung P. Tran, Richard L Quick
  • Patent number: 10932938
    Abstract: A clamp installation tool is provided. The tool may include a longitudinal main body, a selectable retention mechanism, and a tip manipulation member. The longitudinal main body may have an elongate member with a longitudinal support platform to support a clamp. The selectable retention mechanism may have a plurality of bosses to be received into corresponding apertures of the clamp, and the tip manipulation member may be coupled to a distal end of the longitudinal main body and arcuately articulable relative to the longitudinal main body. The tool may be operable to install a clamp inside a body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED BARIATRIC TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventor: C. Kenneth French
  • Patent number: 10925614
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to clamping and cutting device for flexible, wet tubes. Specifically, the disclosure is directed to devices, kits and methods for selectably clamping an umbilical cord and only then cutting the cord, without the necessity of defining a mother side and/or baby side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Amir Porat
  • Patent number: 10925615
    Abstract: A recapturable external LAA exclusion clip system includes a clip comprising first and second clip struts, at least one of the struts having a connector interface comprising a first portion of a lock, and a delivery device comprising a handle and an end effector. The handle comprises jaw and lock controls. The end effector is connected to the handle and comprises a clevis and first and second jaws. The jaws are connected to the clevis and operatively connected to the jaw control to actively articulate at least one of the jaws with respect to the other. At least one of the jaws has a connector comprising a second portion of the lock operatively connected to the lock control to removably lock with the first portion of the lock. The first and second portions of the lock have a locked state and are configured to unlock the locked state upon actuation of the lock control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Syntheon 2.0, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Dee Deville, Matthew A. Palmer, Richard Cartledge, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., M. Sean McBrayer, William T. Bales, Michael Walter Kirk, William Ragheb, Eric Petersen, Carlos Rivera, Vincent Turturro
  • Patent number: 10905431
    Abstract: A device for treating an aneurysm with a braided implant can include a delivery tube having a spiral groove on an outer surface of the delivery tube and a braided implant having a spiral segment. The spiral segment can engage the spiral groove as the braided implant is delivered to an aneurysm treatment site. At the treatment site, the braided implant can be implanted, and the delivery tube can be rotated to disengage the spiral segment from the spiral groove. Once released, the spiral segment can reshape to occlude the neck of the aneurysm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Lacey Gorochow
  • Patent number: 10905411
    Abstract: An end effector for a suturing and grasping device includes a stationary jaw member, a suturing jaw member, and a grasping jaw member. The suturing jaw member is selectively movable relative to the stationary jaw member to drive a suturing needle between the suturing jaw member and the stationary jaw member. The grasping jaw member is selectively movable relative to the stationary jaw member to grasp tissue between the stationary jaw member and the grasping jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Danyel J. Racenet, Kevin S. Sniffin
  • Patent number: 10881414
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a surgical clip for ligating a blood vessel or tissue structure. The surgical clip includes a first leg member including a first inner surface and a first plurality of protrusions disposed on the first inner surfaces. The surgical clip also includes a second leg member including a second inner surface and a second plurality of protrusions disposed on the second inner surface. The surgical clip further includes a hinge member joining the first leg member and the second leg member. The at least one of the first and second plurality of protrusions includes a gable structure that extends along a longitudinal direction of the first or second inner surface. The orientation and the geometric shape of the protrusions of the surgical clip allow for increased resistance to the migration or sliding of the clip along a longitudinal direction of the blood vessel or tissue structure, while providing a balanced closure force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NANOYA BIOMATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Joseph Lebens, III
  • Patent number: 10874538
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for intermittently obstructing a bodily opening, such as a gastric opening, and includes a proximal member connected to a distal member by a tether. The proximal member is formable from an elongated and narrower configuration to a contracted or expanded but wider configuration. When employed in the stomach, the device may be arranged transluminally with the distal member disposed in the duodenum and the proximal member disposed against the pyloric valve, intermittently occluding the pyloric valve and preventing or delaying the flow of gastric contents through the pyloric valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: BAROnova, Inc.
    Inventors: David Needleman, Alex Roth, Daniel R. Burnett, Jimmy Van Westenberg, Kobi Iki
  • Patent number: 10835261
    Abstract: A tissue clipping apparatus, comprises a flexible, elongate member, a proximal end of which remains external to the body accessible to a user while a distal end of the flexible member is inserted into the body to a location adjacent to target tissue to be clipped and a control wire extending through the flexible member in combination with a capsule releasably coupled to a distal end of the flexible member and a clip a proximal portion of which is received within the capsule. A joint releasably coupling the clip to the control wire, includes a yoke extending around a proximal end of the clip and a frangible link which fails when subject to a predetermined force to separate the clip from the control wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitri Menn, Russell F. Durgin, Brian Keith Wells, Lance Alan Wolf, Gregory R. Furnish, Vasiliy P. Abramov, William C. Mers Kelly
  • Patent number: 10835275
    Abstract: A surgical instrument apparatus for removably receiving an end effector coupled to an elongate control link for actuating the end effector to perform surgical operations is disclosed. The apparatus includes an actuator housing and an elongate shaft extending from the actuator housing and having a bore for receiving the control link. The apparatus also includes an actuator mounted within the actuator housing and includes a clamp aperture disposed to receive the control link while the clamp aperture is being urged into an undamped state by an opening force, the clamp aperture being operably configured to move between the undamped state and a clamped state in response to the opening force being released, the aperture in the clamped state being operable to restrain the control link within the actuator for movement in a longitudinal direction substantially aligned with the elongate shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TITAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Rene Robert, Jonathan Hess Hills
  • Patent number: 10828019
    Abstract: A medical device for sealing a defect in a body includes a wire frame that includes a plurality of wires that form a first occluding member and a second occluding member, the wire frame including a defect-occupying portion disposed between the first occluding member and the second occluding member. The defect-occupying portion is adapted to fill a wide range of potential defect sizes, such that no more than five devices of a range of sizes are required to effectively seal a range of nominal defect sizes of approximately 8 to 35 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob A. Goble, Brandon A. Lurie, Steven J. Masters, Scot K. Mathena, Richard L. McClure
  • Patent number: 10786380
    Abstract: A bariatric device includes an esophageal member having an esophageal surface that is configured to generally conform to the shape and size of a portion of the esophagus and an anchoring technique anchoring the esophageal member to the portion of the esophagus. The bariatric device includes a cardiac member having a cardiac surface that is configured to generally conform to the shape and size of a portion of the cardiac portion of the stomach and a connector connected with the esophageal member and the cardiac member to cause strain to be applied by the cardiac member to the cardiac portion of the stomach. The strain applied by the cardiac member to the cardiac portion of the stomach causes satiety in the absence of food. The connector is adapted to pass through the gastroesophageal junction while leaving a continuous portion of the gastroesophageal junction substantially unrestrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BFKW, LLC
    Inventors: Randal S. Baker, James A. Foote, Paul R. Kemmeter, Frederick J. Walburn, Peter M. Wilson, Adam I. Lehman, Barry J. Smith, Robert J. Chappolini
  • Patent number: 10729433
    Abstract: An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a housing having an actuator and an elongated shaft extending from the housing. The applicator instrument includes a top stamping disposed within the elongated shaft, and a bottom stamping disposed within the elongated shaft that opposes the top stamping. The applicator instrument has a firing system for dispensing at least one surgical fastener from the distal end of the elongated shaft. An end cap is assembled with the distal ends of the top stamping, the bottom stamping, and the elongated shaft for stabilizing the distal end of the applicator instrument. The end cap has a distal end face with castling for engaging an opposing surface such as surgical mesh overlying tissue. The castling prevents the distal end of the applicator instrument from sliding or moving relative to the opposing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Cohn, Robert Nering, Anthony Miksza, Matthew Rohr Daniel, Jeremy David Jarrett, Richard P. Fuchs, Michael Cardinale
  • Patent number: 10687941
    Abstract: A device, kit and method may employ an implantable device (e.g., annuloplasty implant) and a tool to implant such. The implantable device is positionable in a cavity of a bodily organ (e.g., a heart) and operable to constrict a bodily orifice (e.g., a mitral valve). Tissue anchors are guided into precise position by an intravascularly deployed anchor guide frame and embedded in an annulus. Constriction of the orifice may be accomplished via a variety of structures, for example by cinching a flexible cable or anchored annuloplasty ring, the cable or ring attached to the tissue anchors. The annuloplasty ring may be delivered in a generally elongated configuration, and implanted in an anchored generally arch, arcuate or annular configuration. Such may move a posterior leaflet anteriorly and an anterior leaflet posteriorly, improving leaflet coaptation to eliminate mitral regurgitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KARDIUM INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Dahlgren, Douglas Goertzen, Daniel Gelbart, Kelly Watkinson, Derrick To
  • Patent number: 10631868
    Abstract: An epicardial implant having a positioning device that defines an open interior. The positioning device is configured to be detachably coupled with an implant delivery device such that the positioning device may be detached from the implant delivery device after the implant is in place about an atrial appendage. The positioning device has first and second sides with a distal end that couples the first and second sides. The implant includes an expandable cuff coupled with the positioning device. The positioning device is configured to selectively move the expandable cuff toward and away from an atrial appendage to position the expandable cuff in a desired position relative to the atrial appendage. The expandable cuff is expandable into at least a portion of the open interior of the positioning device to physically occlude a base of the atrial appendage following placement of the expandable cuff into the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Niv Ad
  • Patent number: 10569093
    Abstract: A subcutaneously implantable device includes a housing, a clip attached to a top side of the housing that is configured to anchor the device to a muscle, a bone, and/or a first tissue, and an electrode that is configured to contact an organ, a nerve, the first tissue, and/or a second tissue. The device further includes circuitry in the housing in electrical communication with the electrode that is configured to sense an electrical signal from the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue through the electrode; deliver electrical stimulation to the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue through the electrode; and/or deliver a signal to a drug pump to provide a targeted or systemic therapeutic drug to the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Manicka Institute LLC
    Inventor: Yatheendhar D. Manicka
  • Patent number: 10569078
    Abstract: A subcutaneously implantable device includes a housing, a clip attached to a top side of the housing, a first prong with a proximal end attached to the housing and a distal end extending away from the housing, a first defibrillator coil on the distal end of the first prong, and a first electrode on the device. The clip is configured to anchor the device to a muscle, a bone, and/or a tissue. The first prong is configured to be positioned inferior to a heart. Therapeutic circuitry in the housing is in electrical communication with the first defibrillator coil and the first electrode and is configured to deliver a shock to the heart through the first defibrillator coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Manicka Institute LLC
    Inventor: Yatheendhar D. Manicka
  • Patent number: 10548609
    Abstract: A surgical clip may be configured to ligate tissue. The surgical clip may include first and second leg members. The first leg member may have a proximal portion, a distal portion, a convex first inner surface, and a convex first outer surface. The first leg member may also include an inner portion at least partially defining the first inner surface and an outer portion at least partially defining the first outer surface. The inner and outer portions may be joined at first and second portions of the first leg member and separated by a channel. The second leg member may include a proximal portion, a distal portion, a second inner surface, and a second outer surface. The first and second leg members may be movable relative to each other between open and closed configurations, and the first and second inner surfaces may be configured to ligate the tissue when in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael Dell Ramsey, David Lee Foshee
  • Patent number: 10524912
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes tissue gripping devices, systems, and methods for gripping mitral valve tissue during treatment of a mitral valve and while a tissue fixation device is implanted in the mitral valve. The tissue gripping device includes a flexible member and one or more tissue gripping members coupled to one or more arms of the flexible member. The flexible member is formed from a shape-memory material, such as nitinol, and the tissue gripping member(s) are formed from a material that is more rigid than the shape-memory material. The tissue gripping member(s) are attached to the flexible member by threading or looping suture lines around and/or through the tissue gripping member(s) and the flexible member and/or by applying a cover material to the tissue gripping device to hold the tissue gripping member(s) against the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael F. Wei
  • Patent number: 10517709
    Abstract: A gastroenterologic sleeve is anchored within the digestive tract, without tissue-puncturing mechanisms, by providing anchoring mechanisms that utilize the inherent shape of the stomach to prevent sleeve migration. In at least two embodiments, the anchoring mechanism expands to conform to the interior stomach walls. In other embodiments, internal pessary rings are held in place at the gastroesophageal junction by an external band. A delivery device is provided for implanting the various device transesophageally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ballast Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Gagner, David J. Blaeser, Dale A. Spencer
  • Patent number: 10485526
    Abstract: A clip for reducing a dimension of an opening in tissue may include a continuous member having a plurality of legs and a plurality of preformed bends connecting adjacent legs, wherein the plurality of legs form: a first group having two protrusions; a second group having two protrusions; and a third group having two protrusions, wherein each protrusion of each group includes two legs of the continuous member and a corresponding preformed bend connecting the two legs, and each protrusion of each group extends from a region adjacent a first end of the clip to a region adjacent a second end of the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Haverkost, Joel N. Groff, Martin R. Willard, Anthony Frank Tassoni, Jr., Nicholas Lee Tassoni, Gary John Pederson, Jr., Joseph Michael Connolly
  • Patent number: 10463376
    Abstract: An implantable medical device includes first and second material capture elements which are disposed in opposing orientations and have their narrow ends facing one another. The first and second material capture elements are connected by a flexible connector, which enables the implantable medical device to curve within a curved vessel of a patient. The flexible connector is either closed or has a lumen passing therethrough and includes a closure element for closing the lumen after deployment of the device within a patient. The structure enables the device to be positioned reliably within a curved vessel and benefits from the advantage of a double-ended device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Tue Thuren Bödewadt, Christina Rauff Hansen
  • Patent number: 10426448
    Abstract: Devices and methods for occluding or promoting fluid flow through openings are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment an occlusion device is provided having an expandable outer elongate tubular body, a guide member extending from a distal end of the outer body, and a slide tube disposed within the outer body, the proximal portions of the outer body and the slide tube being fixedly mated. The slide tube is configured to slide distally within the outer tubular body when the tubular body is expanded to form wings. A tether can be included as part of the device and it can be used to assist in positioning and locking a location of the device in an opening. Exemplary methods for delivering devices disclosed herein are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: James E. Coleman, Christy Cummins
  • Patent number: 10398443
    Abstract: An implantable medical device includes a support structure which is twistable in a longitudinal direction of the device. A sleeve of filter or occluding material is attached to the ends of the structure. The structure in practice twists on itself in the longitudinal direction, causing the sleeve to twist on itself and as a result to close the lumen through the sleeve. The device provides reliable closure and as a result occlusion of a vessel. It is also able to be delivered over a guide wire. In another embodiment, the support structure includes a wire which coils around the sleeve to constrict the sleeve and as a result to close a lumen of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Tue Thuren Bödewadt, Christina Rauff Hansen, Erik E. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10285802
    Abstract: Described herein is an extension device to extend ocular tissue within an irideocorneal angle of an eye of a patient, comprising a flexible body and a plurality of tensioning features disposed on the body. The body is sized and configured to be disposed within the irideocorneal angle. The body has a curved longitudinal axis, a channel extending from a first end to a second end, an inner convex side, and an outer concave side. The body is flexible between a first flexed condition and a second unflexed condition. The body has a first radius of curvature in the first flexed condition and a second radius of curvature in the unflexed condition. Each tensioning feature is shaped and sized to grasp the ocular tissue within the irideocorneal angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventor: Andrew David Johnson
  • Patent number: 10245378
    Abstract: Reservoir volume of implantable infusion devices may be determined using a volume sensor that provides a signal representative of a distance between the volume sensor and a movable wall of the reservoir. The volume sensor may be a light-based or sound-based sensor, and may be located outside of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Naresh Lakshman Raman, Alex O. Espe, Nicholas R. Whitehead, Timothy J. Denison, Venkat R. Gaddam, Scott A. Sarkinen, Erik J. Peterson, Jacob A. Otterstetter
  • Patent number: 10219809
    Abstract: A hemostatic device includes a flexible band adapted to be wrapped around a patient's limb at a site on the limb where bleeding is to be stopped, a portion for securing the band in a wrapped state to the limb, a curved plate which is made of a material more rigid than the band and at least a portion of which is curved toward the inner peripheral side thereof, a main balloon which is provided on the inner peripheral side of the curved plate and which inflates when a fluid is introduced therein, and a pressing member which is provided between the curved plate and the main balloon so that at least a portion thereof overlaps with the balloon and which is adapted for pressing against the balloon. The device provides an excellent hemostatic effect and prevents numbness and poor circulation in areas peripheral to the site of attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Wada, Shigeki Numata, Hiroshi Yagi
  • Patent number: 10188494
    Abstract: A method of implanting a surgical mesh in tissue includes providing an implant having an insertion aid connected with an end, and providing an insertion device having a handle, an actuator, an elongated shaft, and a cutting element. The elongated shaft has an outer wall with an opening for receiving the insertion aid. The method includes inserting the insertion aid into the opening of the shaft for connecting the implant with the insertion device, forming a surgical opening in tissue, advancing the distal end of the elongated shaft and the implant connected with the insertion device through the surgical opening, and engaging the actuator for moving the cutting element from a first position to a second position for severing the insertion aid from the end of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10166065
    Abstract: Various exemplary devices and methods are provided for clamping and cutting tissue. In general, a surgical device is provided having a handle and an elongate shaft extending distally therefrom with opposed jaws coupled to the elongate shaft's distal end. First and second movable handles of the device's handle can be configured to move together during a first phase of travel, and the second movable handle can be configured to move relative to the first movable handle during a second phase of travel. In the first phase of travel, the first movable handle's movement can cause the jaws to move from an open position to a closed position. In the second phase of travel, the second movable handle's movement can cause a cutting element to translate through the jaws. The second phase of travel can be prevented from occurring until the first phase of travel has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Chad P. Boudreaux
  • Patent number: 10149775
    Abstract: An endoluminal prosthesis that includes a support structure having a plurality of struts and an anchor that is attachable to the support structure. The anchor includes an anchor body and one or more barbs extending outwardly from the anchor body. The anchor body includes a cannula having a first end, a second end, and a middle section. The middle section includes a plurality of open portions arranged in a plurality of arrays around the anchor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Rick Hadley, William J. Havel
  • Patent number: 10134256
    Abstract: In one aspect of the disclosed implementations, a device includes one or more motion sensors for sensing motion of the device and providing activity data indicative of the sensed motion. The device also includes one or more processors for monitoring the activity data, and receiving or generating annotation data for annotating the activity data with one or more markers or indicators to define one or more characteristics of an activity session. The device also includes one or more feedback devices for providing feedback, a notice, or an indication to a user based on the monitoring. The device further includes a portable housing that encloses at least portions of the motion sensors, the processors and the feedback devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: James Park, Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, Eric Nathan Friedman, Christine Boomer Brumback
  • Patent number: 10076339
    Abstract: Apparatus for occluding a space between a first structure and a second structure, said apparatus comprising: an occluder, said occluder comprising a distal implant and a proximal implant, wherein: said distal implant comprises a body and a locking shaft mounted to said body, wherein said body of said distal implant comprises a plurality of legs which may assume (i) a diametrically-reduced configuration for disposition within the lumen of a tube, and (ii) a diametrically-expanded configuration for disposition against the first structure, and further wherein said locking shaft comprises a first locking element for selective connection to said proximal implant and a second locking element for selective connection to an inserter for deploying said occluder; and said proximal implant comprises a body having an opening, wherein said body of said proximal implant comprises a plurality of legs which may assume (i) a diametrically-reduced configuration for disposition within the lumen of a tube, and (ii) a diametr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AMSEL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arnold Miller, Nir Lilach
  • Patent number: 10070981
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for intermittently obstructing a bodily opening, such as a gastric opening, and includes a proximal member connected to a distal member by a tether. The proximal member is formable from an elongated and narrower configuration to a contracted or expanded but wider configuration. When employed in the stomach, the device may be arranged transluminally with the distal member disposed in the duodenum and the proximal member disposed against the pyloric valve, intermittently occluding the pyloric valve and preventing or delaying, the flow of gastric contents through the pyloric valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: BAROnova, Inc.
    Inventors: David Needleman, Alex Roth, Daniel R. Burnett, Jimmy Van Westenberg, Kobi Iki
  • Patent number: 10058681
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, examples of a low profile instrument immobilizer and means for positioning the same. In one example, the low profile instrument immobilizer grasps, secures, and immobilizes an electrode or other instrument that extends through a burr hole in a skull to a target location in a patient's brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Matthew S. Solar, Thomas I. Miller, Patrick R. Helmer, Mark S. Freas
  • Patent number: 9999425
    Abstract: A clip used to repair the tissue of a heart valve leaflet may include a shaft having a barb and a plurality of legs connected to the shaft. The plurality of legs may extend away from the barb in a first condition, and may extend towards the barb in a use condition. The clips may be delivered to the heart valve leaflet and applied to the same in a minimally invasive procedure using a transcatheter device. The device may be used to apply a single clip to the leaflet tissue or multiple clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Melinda K. Kovach
  • Patent number: 9962277
    Abstract: A gastric device for a stomach having a pyloric valve comprising a biodegradable delivery structure disposable within the stomach configured to erode upon exposure to gastric fluid. A first volume filling agent retained by the biodegradable delivery structure and is permeable to water and/or gastric fluids. A second volume filling agent retained by the first volume filling agent, wherein the second volume filling agent is a hydrogel that expands in contact with the water and/or gastric fluids thereby expanding the first volume filling agent from a first displacement to a second displacement larger than the first displacement, and wherein the first volume filling agent does not pass through the pyloric valve in the normal digestive process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Randy Louis Werneth, Kaushik Aroonkumar Patel
  • Patent number: 9955974
    Abstract: A device for treating a diverticulum includes a containment device and a bushing. The containment device includes an elongate conduit. The bushing is in the conduit of the containment device. The bushing includes a heat-shrink material. The bushing has a first tubular shape including a first open end and a second open end. At least a portion of the diverticulum in an inverted state is positionable into the first open end. The bushing is configured to transform from the first tubular shape toward a second shape upon heating the heat-shrink material. The second shape includes at least a portion of the bushing radially inward relative to the first tubular shape. The bushing in the second shape is configured to hold the diverticulum in a radially compressed inverted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Quentin Arthur Carl Adam
  • Patent number: 9913744
    Abstract: A gastrointestinal device for reducing flow through a pyloric sphincter of a patient is disclosed. The device may include a stent including a plurality of strands forming first and second ends, the plurality of strands configured to form a proximal portion having a proximal diameter and a distal portion having a distal diameter. The proximal and distal diameters may be larger than a diameter of the pyloric sphincter and the proximal diameter may be larger than the distal diameter. The device may include a connector assembly including proximal and distal connectors, the plurality of strands being attached to the proximal and distal connectors at the first and second ends. The connector assembly may further include a middle portion extending between the proximal and distal connectors. The middle connector may extend within the plurality of strands, and may be unattached to the plurality of strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: LEAN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: William Gerald O'Neill, Richard Merrell Chesbrough, Naresh Thomas Gunaratnam, Vishal J. Bhagat, Christopher John Gostout
  • Patent number: 9854982
    Abstract: In one example, this disclosure is directed to a method for intravascular implantation of an implantable medical device comprising positioning a distal end of an elongated outer sheath forming an inner lumen adjacent a target site within a vasculature of a patient, and partially deploying an implantable medical device from the distal opening, wherein the implantable medical device includes an expandable fixation element. A portion of the expandable fixation element assumes an expanded position when the implantable medical device is partially deployed from the distal opening. The method including advancing the distal end of the outer sheath within the vasculature with the implantable medical device partially deployed from the distal opening, and monitoring at least one of the vasculature and the portion of the expandable fixation element for deflection to determine when the size of the portion of the expandable fixation element corresponds to the size of the vasculature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: James Calvin Allan, Erik C. Griswold, William J. Havel, Steven L. Waldhauser, Kelly M. Wien, Kendra Yasger, Rudolph A. Beasley, Jon D. Schell, Don H. Tran
  • Patent number: 9849018
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for delivering a device assembly using a shaped body allowing for ease of ingestion of a gastric device into a gastric space, allowing the gastric device to expand to occupy volume within the gastric space and, after an effective period of time release from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Allurion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Wecker, Shantanu K. Gaur, Bruce A. Horwitz, Samuel G. Levy
  • Patent number: 9814614
    Abstract: An adjustable band or clamp or non-adjustable clamp is placed about the greater curvature of the stomach in a vertical orientation. The band or clamp completely compartmentalizes the stomach between a small vertical pouch and the fundus and body of the stomach. The fundus and body of the stomach are excluded from nutrients and are separated from a long narrow channel where the food travels. A small passage at the level of the antrum allows gastric juices to empty from the fundus and body of the stomach. The clamp may be applied during open surgery in laproscopic surgery or using a single port technique, or through any natural orifice in NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic surgery) or using a hybrid surgical technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Moises Jacobs, Moises Jacobs, III
  • Patent number: 9799231
    Abstract: A method for modifying the eating behavior of a patient equipped with a gastric restriction apparatus includes the steps of: a. providing an adjustable gastric band (AGB); b. providing a pressure sensor to measure pressure within the AGB; c. providing a processing unit containing instructions to collect a set of pressure measurement and to analyze the set pressure measurement; d. providing a data base comprising data concerning pressure exerted within the AGB by a bolus of liquid food, a bolus of semiliquid food, and a bolus of solid food; e. recording the sets of pressure measurements; f. recording the results; g. communicating the results; h. placing the AGB in position; i. measuring the pressure within the AGB; j. using the distinction of the current eating pattern to modify the eating behavior of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Isaac Tavori, Lorentz Lior Fleischer, Erez Hochman
  • Patent number: 9795506
    Abstract: An atraumatic microsurgical forceps may include an actuation structure, an actuation sleeve having an actuation sleeve distal end and an actuation sleeve proximal end, a surgical blank, and atraumatic forceps jaws of the surgical blank having atraumatic forceps jaws distal ends and atraumatic forceps jaws proximal ends. The surgical blank may be disposed within the actuation sleeve wherein at least a portion of the atraumatic forceps jaws extends from the actuation sleeve distal end. A compression of the actuation structure may be configured to gradually extend the actuation sleeve over the atraumatic forceps jaws proximal ends. An extension of the actuation sleeve over the atraumatic forceps jaws proximal ends may be configured to gradually close the atraumatic forceps jaws wherein the atraumatic forceps jaws initially contact at the atraumatic forceps jaws distal ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Katalyst Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Carl C Awh
  • Patent number: 9788841
    Abstract: An implantable medical device includes a support structure which is twistable in a longitudinal direction of the device. A sleeve of filter or occluding material is attached to the ends of the structure. The structure in practice twists on itself in the longitudinal direction, causing the sleeve to twist on itself and as a result to close the lumen through the sleeve. The device provides reliable closure and as a result occlusion of a vessel. It is also able to be delivered over a guide wire. In another embodiment, the support structure includes a wire which coils around the sleeve to constrict the sleeve and as a result to close a lumen of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Tue Thuren Bödewadt, Christina Rauff Hansen, Erik E. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 9782189
    Abstract: A microsurgical handle and instrument may include an actuation structure having an actuation structure distal end and an actuation structure proximal end, a plurality of actuation arms of the actuation structure, and an actuation structure base. A compression of the actuation structure may be configured to extend the actuation structure distal end relative to the actuation structure proximal end. A compression of the actuation structure may be configured to expand an extension joint of an actuation arm of the plurality of the actuation arms. A decompression of the actuation structure may be configured to retract the actuation structure distal end relative to the actuation structure proximal end. A decompression of the actuation structure may be configured to collapse an extension joint of an actuation arm of the plurality of actuation arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Katalyst Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Craig Moore, Matthew N Zeid
  • Patent number: 9744062
    Abstract: A gastrointestinal device and method for inserting the device are disclosed. The device may include a stent including a plurality of strands. The stent may move between an insertion configuration, wherein the plurality of strands are substantially parallel, and a deployed configuration, wherein the plurality of strands form a proximal portion having a first diameter and a distal portion having a second diameter. The first and second diameters may be larger than a diameter of the pyloric sphincter. The device may include a connector assembly including proximal and distal connectors attached to the strands. A cable including an engagement portion may be configured to releasably couple to the distal connector and to cause the strands to move from the insertion configuration to the deployed configuration when the engagement portion is coupled to the distal connector and force is applied to the cable in a direction toward the proximal connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Lean Medical Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Gerald O'Neill, Richard Merrell Chesbrough, Naresh Thomas Gunaratnam, Vishal J. Bhagat, Christopher John Gostout
  • Patent number: 9730822
    Abstract: A gastrointestinal device and method for retrieving the device are disclosed. The device may include a stent including a plurality of strands forming first and second ends, the strands configured to move between a retrieval configuration, with substantially parallel strands, and a deployed configuration, wherein the strands form proximal and distal portions having first and second diameters larger than the pyloric sphincter. The device may include a connector assembly including proximal, middle, and distal connectors. The middle connector may be coupled to the proximal and distal connectors when the strands are in the deployed configuration. The strands may be attached to the proximal and distal connectors and the first and second ends. The device may include a release mechanism configured to decouple the proximal connector from the middle connector. Decoupling of the proximal and middle connectors may allow the strands to move from the deployed to retrieval configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Lean Medical Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Gerald O'Neill, Richard Merrell Chesbrough, Naresh Thomas Gunaratnam, Vishal J. Bhagat, Christopher John Gostout