Occluding Clip, Clamp, Or Band Patents (Class 606/157)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9681965
    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: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Rick Hadley, William J. Havel
  • Patent number: 9662119
    Abstract: A system for treating an aneurysm in a blood vessel or vein, wherein the aneurysm has a dome, an interior, and a neck. The system includes a shape memory polymer foam in the interior of the aneurysm between the dome and the neck. The shape memory polymer foam has pores that include a first multiplicity of pores having a first pore size and a second multiplicity of pores having a second pore size. The second pore size is larger than said first pore size. The first multiplicity of pores are located in the neck of the aneurysm. The second multiplicity of pores are located in the dome of the aneurysm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Jason M. Ortega, William J. Benett, Ward Small, Thomas S. Wilson, Duncan J Maitland, Jonathan Hartman
  • Patent number: 9649214
    Abstract: An apparatus for regulating the functioning of a patient's organ or duct. The apparatus includes an elongated member having first end and second ends. 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 ring around the organ or duct. A tension element is slidably disposed within the elongated member. A drive element is 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. An antenna/controller pod is releasably coupled to the elongated member for control of the drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.
    Inventors: Randal T. Byrum, Sean P. Conlon, Alec J. Ginggen, Bret W. Smith, Dean L. Garner, Daniel F. Dlugos, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9636246
    Abstract: An inflatable, adjustable gastric band includes a flexible, hollow, resilient band; and a flexible inflation tube connected to the band and complementary closing means that are capable of mutually engaging so as to lock a ring in a closed position. The ring formed by bringing the distal end and the proximal end of the band together into a slipknot. The hollow band has, in an inoperative position, a preformed curved portion which is extended, by a substantially rectilinear portion, from the proximal end area thereof to the free distal end of the band. The substantially rectilinear portion being suitable for facilitating the insertion of the proximal end of the tube through the loop(s) of the band, and in that the hollow band has, on the outer wall thereof, two loops, said loops being arranged on the substantially rectilinear portion of the hollow band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MEDICAL INNOVATION DEVELOPPEMENT
    Inventor: Vincent Frering
  • Patent number: 9610075
    Abstract: A suture passing device includes a notchless tubular needle having a preformed curved shape. One or more cleats are disposed within the needle to help secure suture engaged by the sharp distal tip of the needle and to prevent further bifurcation of the suture. The deformable needle is housed in a channel of a lower jaw having a curved guidepath that approximates the curved geometry of the preformed needle, thereby facilitating the consistent return of the needle to its preformed shape each time the needle exits the channel. A dual needle suture passing device is also provided having a second notchless needle to enable a mattress stitch. Methods of loading a suture onto a notchless needle in a suture passer are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Passer Stitch, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Heneveld
  • Patent number: 9597793
    Abstract: An object retrieval device and associated methods of operation and manufacture are disclosed. In certain embodiments, the object retrieval device comprises a grasping member having one or more elongated members integrally formed therein. The grasping member can be coupled to an elongated support member. In turn, the elongated support member can support an elongated actuator allowing actuation of the grasping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Michael J Ritt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9522057
    Abstract: An implant insertion system includes an implant, such as a surgical mesh, having a first end and a second end, a first insertion aid spaced from and connected with the first end of the implant via a first link, such as a first flexible filament, and a second insertion aid spaced from and connected with the second end of the implant via a second link, such as a second flexible filament. The system includes an insertion device for implanting the implant in tissue. The insertion device has a handle at a proximal end thereof, an actuator mounted on the handle, a shaft extending from a distal end of the handle toward a distal end of the insertion device, and a cutting element disposed within the shaft. The shaft has an outer wall including an opening that is adapted to receive the first and second insertion aids for connecting the implant with the insertion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9480480
    Abstract: A device for occluding a conduit includes first and second members, each with first and second ends. The second ends are connected by a hinge. The first ends interlock to close the device about the conduit. The members are shaped such that they can occlude the conduit without causing the development of damaged or necrotic tissue. If desired, a flexible cover can be provided and the first and second members can be disposed within the cover. If such a cover is used, it will contact the conduit in order to cushion the contact between the members and the conduit, minimize the tendency of the conduit to bleed, and increase traction relative to the conduit. The invention also includes methods for using the device to occlude a conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Albert N. Santilli, Robert Michler
  • Patent number: 9452048
    Abstract: A system for treating mitral valve regurgitation includes a tensioning device having a plurality of helical anchors and a tensioning filament. One embodiment of the invention includes a method for attaching a tensioning device to the annulus of a mitral valve in a trans-leaflet configuration, and applying a tension force to the tension filament in order to exert force vectors on the annulus, thereby reshaping the mitral valve annulus so that the coaption of the anterior and posterior leaflets of the mitral is improved during ventricular contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia O'Beirne, Nasser Rafiee
  • Patent number: 9433410
    Abstract: The invention in certain aspects relates to a one-piece coil-shaped surgical fastener for fastening tissue segments, especially suitable for fastening segments of the lower esophageal sphincter and fundus in an endoscopic procedure for the treatment of GERD. The invention also relates to related methods and devices for insertion of such a fastener, especially along a juncture of the surfaces of such tissue segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Juergen A. Kortenbach
  • Patent number: 9428254
    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 deco compression 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: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Katalyst Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Craig Moore, Matthew N Zeid
  • Patent number: 9414843
    Abstract: Described are devices, methods and systems useful for achieving occlusion of vascular vessels. Percutaneous procedures are used to occlude and obliterate the greater saphenous vein, for example in the treatment of varicose vein condition caused by venous reflux. Certain embodiments encompass the deployment of one or more vascular occlusion devices via a through-and-through percutaneous procedure that leaves the vascular occlusion device or devices in a through-and-through condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignees: Cook Medical Technologies LLC, Cook Biotech Incorporated, Oregon Health & Science University
    Inventors: Dusan Pavcnik, John A. Kaufman, Thomas Osborne, Brian Bates, Umesh Patel, Likang Chin, Chad S. McAlexander, Bhavin Shah
  • Patent number: 9398964
    Abstract: There is provided a device to secure a prosthesis, such as a stent graft, to the internal wall of a body lumen. The device is formed from two elongate elements each comprising a central portion with at least one arm extending therefrom. The central portions of the elements abut. Optionally, the central portions are joined together, optionally by a joining element which can act as a hinge. The terminal end of each arm can be shaped for engagement with the inner surface of the body lumen. The device is reversibly interchangeable between a first folded configuration and a second deployed or open configuration. The device is preferably attached to the sleeve of a stent graft independent of the stents which are preferably ring stents. A stent graft comprising the device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: VASCUTEK LIMITED
    Inventors: Graham McGee, David Granville Stevenson
  • Patent number: 9393022
    Abstract: Embolic implants, delivery systems and methods of manufacture and delivery are disclosed. The subject implants are deployed in two stages. If sized properly as observed in the first stage, they are deployed to the second stage and detached. If not sized properly in/at the first stage, the implants are designed to be withdrawn and replaced with a more appropriately sized implant or another treatment option selected. Some of the implant configurations may be withdrawn even after the second stage deployment as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Frank P. Becking, Karl S. Halden, Martin S. Dieck, Nicholas C. Debeer, Teresa Ruvalcaba, Andre-Jean Lundkvist
  • Patent number: 9364239
    Abstract: A jaw closure mechanism for use in a surgical clip applier having first and second jaws movable relative to one another between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position to form a surgical clip about tissue. The jaw closure mechanism includes first and second eccentric wheels rotatably coupled to the respective first and second jaws. Each of the wheels includes a center and a pivot point that is offset relative to the center. A cable is disposed about each of the wheels. The cable is engaged to the first wheel at a first engagement point and to the second wheel at a second engagement point such that, upon application of a drive force to the cable, the wheels are rotated and displaced relative to the respective jaws from a first position to a second position to urge the jaws from the spaced-apart position to the approximated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Jaroslaw T. Malkowski
  • Patent number: 9351719
    Abstract: Self-locking knotless sutures and associated methods are disclosed. A system for securing tissue includes a monofilament and a braid having a fixed end and a capture end. A first end of the monofilament is connected to the fixed end of the braid. A second end of the monofilament opposite the first end is a free end. The capture end of the braid has a first opening and a second opening. The monofilament and braid are structured and arranged for the free end of the monofilament to be inserted into the first opening, passed through a tunnel formed by the braid, and passed out of the second opening, all while moving in a first direction. After insertion of the monofilament into the braid, the braid prevents movement of the monofilament in a second direction opposite the first direction to prevent the monofilament from being pulled out of the braid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: ZONE 2 SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: William T. McClellan, Scott Heneveld, David Skinlo, Ephraim Akyuz
  • Patent number: 9326757
    Abstract: Various surgical instruments for laparoscopic procedures are provided for aspirating and retracting a hollow organ such as a gallbladder. The surgical instruments include a needle body and an anchor coupled to the needle body. The anchor is adapted and configured for engaging and retracting the hollow organ, and can be held and deployed from within the needle body or from an outside surface of the needle body. The needle body defines an aperture for permitting aspiration of contents of the hollow organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sundaram Ravikumar, Allan Alward
  • Patent number: 9271735
    Abstract: A ligature device and method of use are disclosed. More specifically, a ligature device capable of maintaining a ligature band in an elongated position, applying a preformed ligation band to an object to be ligated, manually releasing the ligation band from an elongated position, and securing a ligation band in a tensioned position is described. The ligation device may be used to apply ligation bands to various body parts of various animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: NO-BULL ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Michael P. Callicrate, Roy Allen Harbach
  • Patent number: 9226748
    Abstract: A suture insertion device is provided for positioning a suture inside a layer of subcutaneous tissue from a remote access point. A tether insertion device is provided for positioning a tether within subcutaneous tissue for operating on the suture from a remote access point. The suture insertion device and the tether insertion device cooperate to form the suture into a tissue-supporting sling useful for performing various surgical procedures, including but not limited to plastic surgery such as mid face lifts, neck lifts, brow lifts, under eye lifts, breast lifts, and organ repositioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Alpha Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: David E. Levine, Daniel S. Levine, Marshall S. Levine, Neal B. Cohen
  • Patent number: 9226840
    Abstract: A magnetically coupled, implantable pump system comprises an external controller and an implantable device. A non-implantable magnet in an external controller produces a magnetic field that couples the non-implantable magnet to a magnet in the implantable device. A non-implantable motor moves the non-implantable magnet in a rotational direction. When the non-implantable magnet moves in the rotational direction, a piston coupled to the magnet moves within the implantable device. As the piston moves, an amount of fluid from a reservoir in the implantable device moves out of the reservoir and into an inflatable portion of a gastric band. The implantable device may also move fluid out of the inflatable portion of the gastric band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: APOLLO ENDOSURGERY, INC.
    Inventor: Mike Augarten
  • Patent number: 9179943
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method comprises disposing a portion of a flexible fastening band into contact with a first bone portion and into contact with a second bone portion. The portion of the flexible fastening band having a substantially uniform shape configured to substantially compliment a shape of the first bone portion and a shape of the second bone portion. The method further includes inserting the portion of the flexible fastening band into a fastener and advancing the portion of the flexible fastening band through the fastener until the first bone portion and the and the second bone portion are stabilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Spinal Elements, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Blain
  • Patent number: 9119607
    Abstract: The present invention is specifically directed to a heart occlusion device with a self-centering mechanism. The heart occlusion device includes two separate uniquely shaped wires 12, 14, each forming shapes that mirror the respective wire's shapes. Each wire forms half-discs or quarter-discs that together form a distal disc and a proximal disc. In other versions, the device includes four separate wires, each mirroring its neighboring wire and forming a proximal and a distal quarter-disc. In the versions with four wires, the quarter-discs of each wire together form proximal and distal discs. The distal disc and proximal disc are separated by a self-centering waist. The proximal disc is attached to a hub comprising a screw mechanism. A similar hub is optional on the distal disc. The discs further include coverings which form a sealant to occlude an aperture in a tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Zahid Amin
  • Patent number: 9044298
    Abstract: Generally described herein are automatic, self-adjusting, gastric banding systems and improvements thereof, that are capable of automatically relaxing and contracting in response to a large bolus passing through the area of a patient's stomach constricted by a gastric band. Alternatively, and/or in addition in one or more embodiments, the gastric banding systems described herein may also help prevent pouch dilatation and/or erosion. The apparatus and systems described herein aid in facilitating obesity control and/or treating obesity-related diseases while generally being non-invasive once implanted. Furthermore, certain embodiments of the self-adjusting gastric banding systems disclosed herein are automatically adjustable without complicated fluid control mechanisms, flow rate limiting devices, and/or valves. The automatic adjustments may also be made in response to other changes in the patient's esophageal-gastric junction, for example, in response to size, shape, and or location changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: APOLLO ENDOSURGERY, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Sean Snow, Erik Torjesen, Justin J. Schwab, Zachary P. Dominguez
  • Publication number: 20150148827
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical clip for minimally invasive surgery and to a device for clamping organic tissue, consisting of a first clamping bar corresponding with a second clamping bar, wherein the first clamping bar and the second clamping bar each have, on both sides on their base, shoulders for guiding them into a cartridge, and one clamping bar has a continuous retaining bore into which, in order to clamp the organic tissue, a retaining pin provided on the other clamping bar engages with a force fit and form fit, the first clamping bar (1) is mounted by means of clamp pressing in a cartridge (11), and the second clamping bar (2) with the continuous retaining bore (3) has, at its lower end, an arm (5) which, upon joining to the first clamping bar (1), slides with a form fit under the shorter first clamping bar (1) with the retaining pin (4), thus clamping the organic tissue, or the first clamping bar (1) with the retaining pin (4) at its lower end has the arm (5) which, upon joining to the second c
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Brigitte OTTEN, Anja HONNEFELDER, Peer OTTEN
  • Patent number: 9023069
    Abstract: An attachable clamp for use with a surgical instrument is disclosed. The attachable clamp comprises a body portion, a first jaw member, a second jaw member and an actuation mechanism. The body portion defines a longitudinal axis and has attachment members configured to attach to an elongate portion of a surgical instrument. Each of the first jaw member and second jaw member extends distally from the body portion. The actuation mechanism is disposed in mechanical cooperation with at least one of the first jaw member and the second jaw member. Actuation of the actuation mechanism moves at least one of the first and second jaw members between an approximated position and an open position with respect to the other jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Dino Kasvikis, Katelyn O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9017350
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a hollow anatomical structure comprises an implant comprising a plurality of bioabsorbable fibers. The implant has a compressed state in which the implant can fit within a cylindrical tube having an inside diameter of 8 French or less. The implant is expandable from the compressed state to an expanded state in which the implant has sufficient size to span the inside diameter of a cylindrical tube having an inside diameter of 12 French or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Halil I. Karabey, Anna G. Prestezog, Michael S. Mirizzi
  • Patent number: 9017349
    Abstract: The instant disclosure is directed to devices and methods for deploying a biased occlusion clamp. In addition, the present disclosure includes devices and methods for deploying a biased occlusion clamp using robotics. Moreover, the present disclosure includes devices and methods for reducing the force necessary to open an occlusion clamp without permanently compromising the clamping force of the clamp itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Privitera, Matthew Monti, Adam Harp, Kenneth Lance Miller, Jason Iain Glithero, James David Hughett, Sr.