Inflatable Or Expandible By Fluid Patents (Class 606/192)
  • Patent number: 10709812
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to compositions and methods for delivering a tissue scaffold comprising a perfluorocarbon emulsion to an individual in need of tissue expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Mario L. Fabiilli, Alexander Moncion
  • Patent number: 10702407
    Abstract: A growth stent and methods for making and using the same. The growth stent may be delivered to treat early stage congenital lesions, while expanding to adult vessel diameters. In selected embodiments, the growth stent can comprise a frame and may have a covering on some portion to prevent blood flow through a wall of the frame. The growth stent advantageously can maintain radial strength across an entire range of diameters necessary to treat a narrowed lesion from birth and childhood through adulthood as the vessels grow over the lifetime of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Renata Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Armer, Eason Abbott
  • Patent number: 10661049
    Abstract: An elastic percutaneous elastic introducer sheath is disclosed which can locally expand and reduce to accommodate a transcatheter medical device. The elastic introducer sheath includes a non-circumferentially continuous elastic frame, a liner, and a jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Marc A. Anderson, Donna Barrett, Evelyn Birmingham, Constantin Ciobanu, Kate Corish, Niall Duffy, Gavin Kenny, Patrick E. Macaulay, Luke McCartney, Deirdre Bridget McGowan Smyth, Bernard Patrick Mulvihill, Stephen J. Peter
  • Patent number: 10660779
    Abstract: A magnet assembly apparatus for obesity treatment and a use method of the same are disclosed. The magnet assembly apparatus for obesity treatment according to the present invention is a magnet assembly apparatus for obesity treatment which can be injected by an oral approach into the stomach of a patient. The magnet assembly apparatus comprises a first sphere having a first diameter and silicon-coated on the outside; and a second sphere having a second diameter bigger than the first diameter, which is a magnetic substance having a magnetic force of a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Sung Woong Jung
  • Patent number: 10646699
    Abstract: A non-compliant fiber-reinforced medical balloon comprises a first fiber layer and a second fiber layer embedded in a continuous matrix of thermally-weldable polymer material defining a barrel wall, cone walls and neck walls. The fibers of the first fiber layer run substantially parallel to one another and substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis. The fibers of the first fiber layer have a pattern of different lengths and are divisible into a first group and a second group based on length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Lanny R. Pepper, Charles J. Cox, William F. Davies, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10617460
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a method of treating a subject having diabetes or symptoms associated with diabetes is provided. The method includes delivering a neuromodulation catheter within a vessel (e.g., hepatic artery) having surrounding nerves that innervate the liver (e.g., sympathetic nerves of the hepatic plexus). The method may also include modulating (e.g., disrupting, ablating, stimulating) the nerves by mechanical compression, energy delivery, or fluid delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Metavention, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobak Robert Azamian, Jonathan Allen Coe, Scott Bradley Vafai
  • Patent number: 10617293
    Abstract: The foregoing application describes a system and method of performing a minimally invasive surgical operation. More specifically, the invention involves the use of disposable cannula and slender dilators of variable lengths, which incorporate a source of illumination to carry light to a surgical site and video capabilities for capturing and displaying images from a CMOS or CCD camera device. According to one embodiment, fiber optics run semi-circumferentially or along walls of the cannula/dilator and terminate at about a centimeter from the distal end of the cannula/dilator, thereby preventing illumination from “bottoming out” at the floor of the incision. According to one alternate embodiment, the light fibers may be fashioned in an annulus around one or more camera chips to provide illumination and video of the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Kleiner
  • Patent number: 10610369
    Abstract: A method of replacing a nucleus pulposus material wherein curable nucleus pulposus material is injected into a balloon in an intervertebral space
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Stad, Brooke Mastrorio
  • Patent number: 10603020
    Abstract: A medical device for reducing the volume of a left atrial appendage (LAA) may include an elongate shaft having a distal portion, and a volume-reducing means expandable from a collapsed to an expanded state, the volume-reducing means being releasably attached to the distal portion. The volume-reducing means may include an actuatable frame and an impermeable covering disposed over the frame. The volume-reducing means may be sized to fit within the LAA in the expanded state while maintaining an open fluid flow path from a distal region through the ostium of the LAA. A medical device may include a second volume-reducing means to be placed within and substantially occlude a distalmost region of the LAA. A method may include inserting a volume-reducing means into the LAA, expanding the volume-reducing means, and positioning the volume-reducing means such that an open fluid flow path is maintained through an entire cycle of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Sciemed, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Rudman, Jan Weber, Torsten Scheuermann, Stephen Ruble
  • Patent number: 10569009
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automated control of the inflation of an inflatable retention member, e.g. a balloon, in a catheter are disclosed. One catheter is preferably a rectal or anal catheter, and the inflation is controlled by a controller. A plurality of predetermined inflation levels are provided, and for each of level, a pumping time threshold and a pressure level threshold are defined. The pressure in the balloon is continuously measured during the inflation. An inflation level is selected form said plurality of inflation levels, and an electric pump is used to inflate the inflatable retention member. Operation of the electric pump is continued until one of the pumping time threshold and pressure level threshold of the selected inflation level has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DENTSPLY IH AB
    Inventors: Göran Eliasson, Andrea Schmid, Kjell Wellenstam
  • Patent number: 10568635
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus for application of surgical clips to body tissue is provided. The surgical apparatus includes a housing, a drive assembly, a trigger, and a shaft assembly. The trigger is operatively connected with the drive assembly. The drive assembly is at least partially positioned within the housing. The shaft assembly extends distally from the housing and has a first tubular member pivotally connected with a second tubular member located distally from the first tubular member. An articulation mechanism is operatively connected between the first and second tubular members, and includes a gear rack, at least one gear, and a gear segment, respectfully connected with each other to pivot the second tubular member about the pivot axis. The gear rack and at least one gear are located within the first tubular member. The gear segment extends proximally from the second tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kenneth Whitfield, Csaba L. Rethy
  • Patent number: 10561765
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising: a substrate of a medical device; an un-foamed polyurethane coating directly contacting the substrate and fixedly attached to the substrate; a thermoset polyurethane shape memory polymer (SMP) foam, having first and second states, which directly contacts the polyurethane coating and fixedly attaches to the polyurethane coating; wherein the polyurethane coating fixedly attaches the SMP foam to the substrate. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Rachael Muschalek, Keith Hearon, Landon D. Nash, Duncan J. Maitland
  • Patent number: 10537368
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating bones, including, in one or more embodiments, methods and apparatus for treatment of vertebral fractures that include a containment assembly for cement containment and/or a balloon assembly for maintaining vertebral height. A containment assembly comprising a containment jacket adapted to be deployed inside bone; and a dividing wall that separates the interior of the containment jacket into a proximal region and a distal region, the dividing wall having an opening for providing access to the distal region from the proximal region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Damien O'Halloran, Sean Suh
  • Patent number: 10517531
    Abstract: A wearable device or apparatus is used for monitoring biometric data of a user and enabling biofeedback indications in response to biometric data received. In one embodiment, the wearable device includes at least one sensor, a button, at least one processor having a memory unit coupled to the at least one sensor and a feedback mechanism. The feedback mechanism can include a biofeedback indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Vardas Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Chad Vardas
  • Patent number: 10517790
    Abstract: A method for treating urinary incontinence is provided. The method includes providing a device having an expandable portion having an outer surface, a first electrode, and a second electrode, the first and second electrodes coupled to the outer surface of the expandable portion and configured to cause a contraction of a muscle in communication with the electrodes. The method further includes causing the expandable portion to inflate such that the first and second electrodes contact vaginal walls and causing a contraction of a muscle in communication with the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: InControl Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Herschel Peddicord
  • Patent number: 10492925
    Abstract: A system for delivering bone graft material into an interbody fusion device (IBFD) in an intradiscal space of a spine, the IBFD having an open-frame with a hollow interior and an opening through its proximal end communicating with the interior. Included is an elongate channel having a lumen extending therethrough, the distal end being in engagement with the IBFD to align the lumen with the opening through the proximal end of the IBFD. An adjustable block is movably attached to the channel, the block having plural chambers containing bone graft material, the chambers being individually sequentially alignable with the lumen. A plunger pushes graft material from each chamber, through the lumen and into the IBFD. A distal end of a tamper is configured to be inserted through each chamber and the lumen and into the IBFD interior for tamping graft material deposited into the interior of the IBFD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SPINE WAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Ty Hollister, Hugues Malandain, Peter Barreiro, Claire Battista
  • Patent number: 10485686
    Abstract: An intragastric balloon (10) for use in the stomach including a sealed container and separated expandable foaming substances within the sealed container, wherein the substances are adapted to expand and cure to a foam when mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Kierath
  • Patent number: 10485949
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced device, such as an inflatable medical balloon, includes a cylindrical central portion (1301). The balloon includes first and second tapered or conical end portions (1303a,1303b) connected to the cylindrical central portion along a central longitudinal axis extending from a first end of the balloon to a second end of the balloon. In one embodiment, the balloon includes a single continuous fiber (1313a) running substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis along the central portion and radially around a portion of the end portions, or both. The balloon comprises a second fiber (1315) extending radially around the central portion of the balloon, which may be part of the single continuous fiber. Related methods are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Loma Vista Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Quillin Tilson, Jonathan Kurniawan, Mark Christopher Scheeff
  • Patent number: 10470909
    Abstract: An intragastric device comprising: an inflation magnet provided within a capsule and configured to move towards a first end of a capsule during activation of the intragastric device by applying a magnetic field externally to a user after swallowing the intragastric device; a first chamber and a second chamber physically separated by a partition having a through hole; a separator connected to the inflation magnet and sealing the through hole before activation of the intragastric device, wherein activation of the intragastric device moves the separator to unseal the through hole to allow a chemical reaction between a first chemical stored in the first chamber and a second chemical stored in the second chamber; a balloon secured to the capsule and collapsed against the capsule before activation of the intragastric device; and an expandable volume configured to expand when the balloon is inflated by a gaseous product of the chemical reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Soo Jay Louis Phee, Thanh Nho Do, Tian En Timothy Seah, Khek Yu Ho
  • Patent number: 10456561
    Abstract: A non-compliant high strength balloon (10) includes a reinforcement member (30) formed of a sleeve of woven or braided strengthening elements (32, 34). There are provided circumferential strengthening elements (32) which are pre-tensed in order to remove any undulations within the strengthening elements (32) and to ensure that these have a precise annular size. On the other hand, the longitudinal strengthening elements (34) have undulations therein. The pre-tensing of the strengthening elements (32) ensures that the balloon will not stretch during pressurization thereof, which can occur when the circumferential strengthening elements have undulations therein, which will be natural artefacts of a weaving or braiding process. The undulations in the longitudinal strengthening elements (34) provides the balloon with increased longitudinal flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steen Aggerholm, Thomas Lysgaard
  • Patent number: 10449010
    Abstract: A steerable tube (100), comprising a hollow elongate tubular member (1) having a proximal end (2), distal end (3), a wall surface disposed between said proximal (2) and distal end (4), a bend-resistive zone (6) flanked by a proximal bendable zone (4) that forms a controller and a distal bendable zone (5) that forms an effector that moves responsive to movements of the controller, whereby the wall of the tubular member (1) in the bend-resistive zone (6) comprises a structure that is a plurality of longitudinal slits (7), forming a plurality of longitudinal strips (8, 8?), the wall of the tubular member (1) in the proximal bendable zone (4) and the distal bendable zone (5) comprises a structure that is a plurality of longitudinal wires (9, 9?, 10, 10?), at least one strip (8) is in connection with a wire (9) in the proximal bendable zone (4) and a wire (10) in the distal bendable zone (5), such that translation by said wire (9) in the controller is transmitted via the strip (8) to said wire (10) in the effector
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Steerable Instruments NV
    Inventors: Frank Dewaele, Cyriel Mabilde, Bart Blanckaert
  • Patent number: 10449338
    Abstract: A catheter that includes a balloon. The balloon has an elastic inner layer and an elastic outer layer. The inner layer and the outer layer are inflatable and deflatable in response to a change of internal pressure of the balloon. The catheter includes a tubular reinforcement member positioned between the inner layer and the outer layer of the balloon in the radial direction of the balloon. At least part of the reinforcement member is not directly fixed to the inner and outer layers. The reinforcement member includes a wire-shaped member. The first end portion and the second end portion of the reinforcement member include ring-shaped inflation restrictors fused to the wire-shaped member. The inflation restrictors restrict inflation of the first and second end portions of the reinforcement member in the radial direction when the inner and outer layers inflate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Naoyuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 10441336
    Abstract: A medical implant comprises a slurry of bone particles that are injected into a vertebral body under pressure. The liquid component of the slurry may be aspirated while the slurry is being injected so that the bone particles of the slurry pack into the central area of the vertebral body to provide structural support. The injected slurry may be agitated during the procedure to maximize the structural strength of the implant after the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Osteoagra LLC
    Inventor: Neville Alleyne
  • Patent number: 10426936
    Abstract: An intravascular balloon catheter that may include, for example, a first elongate member having a proximal end, an opening at the distal end and a lumen therebetween, a balloon defining a cavity, the balloon having a proximal waist sealingly attached to the first elongate member proximal the distal end, a distal waist, and a tubular portion therebetween, a second elongate member having a proximal end, a distal end and a lumen therebetween, the second elongate member disposed in the first elongate member and sealingly attached to the balloon distal waist, and a stopper attached to the second elongate member and disposed in the balloon cavity distal the distal end of the first elongate member, the stopper having an outer profile that prevents movement of the first elongate member thereover the first elongate member having an inner diameter at the distal end large enough to permit the passage of fluid therethrough over the second elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Dominick Godin, John Blix, Derek Wise, Richard C. Gunderson
  • Patent number: 10420660
    Abstract: Provided is a flexible stent in which a free end strut does not tend to project outside when the stent is bent and shortening can be suppressed at the time of expansion of the stent. The flexible stent includes annular bodies having a wavy line pattern and connection elements that connect the annular bodies. The wavy line pattern is formed by V-shaped elements, in which two leg parts are joined by an apex part, being connected in a state where the apex parts alternately face opposite directions in an axial direction. A bending direction of one end part of the connection element and a bending direction of another end part thereof are opposite to one another. The end part of the connection element is connected to a portion other than the apex part of the V-shaped element of the adjacent annular body with the end part of the connection element being extended in a direction different from the direction in which the leg part extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Shobayashi
  • Patent number: 10398484
    Abstract: An inflatable bone tamp is provided that includes a shaft defining a lumen. A balloon is coupled to the shaft such that a material can flow through the lumen and into the balloon to inflate the balloon. A connector is coupled to the shaft. The connector includes a first port and a second port. The ports are in communication with the lumen. A flow control device is coupled to the first port. The flow control device controls flow of the material through the first port and into the lumen. A damper is coupled to the second port. The damper controls pressure within the inflatable bone tamp when pressure within the inflatable bone tamp reaches a threshold. Kits, systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Holding Company Sárl
    Inventor: Calin Druma
  • Patent number: 10357278
    Abstract: A slit maker is configured to make a slit in skin to receive a hair follicle. The slit maker has a shaft, having a shaft central axis. A helix is mechanically coupled to the shaft. A tip is at an end of the helix. An edge is beveled onto the tip being collinear to an edge line. An edge angle is measured from the edge line to the shaft central axis. The edge angle is at least 10 degrees but no more than 60 degrees or least 130 degrees but no more than 170 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Sanusi Umar
  • Patent number: 10335133
    Abstract: A positioning device is configured to selectively position or otherwise manipulate one or more organs within the body of a subject. The positioning device includes a shaped expandable element that is configured to be selectively transitioned between an unexpanded, or collapsed, state and an expanded state. While in the expanded state, the expandable element repositions or otherwise manipulates an organ. Systems that include positioning devices are also disclosed, as are methods for positioning or otherwise manipulating organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Manual Surgical Sciences L.L.C.
    Inventor: Shawn P. Fojtik
  • Patent number: 10327745
    Abstract: A surgical retrieval apparatus includes a handle including an elongated sleeve extending therefrom that, together cooperate to define a lumen therethrough. A shaft having an end effector assembly disposed at a distal end thereof and a plunger disposed at a proximal end thereof is selectively translatable between a first position and a second position, wherein the end effector assembly extends from the sleeve. An articulation mechanism is configured to articulate the end effector assembly relative to the shaft. A specimen retrieval bag is coupled to the end effector assembly and is deployable to an extended position upon movement of the end effector assembly to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Ramiro Cabrera
  • Patent number: 10321953
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for a system that maps the proximal and distal ablation subzones and their respective margins using the tools that are used to access the ablation target wherein the tools have markings to indicate which probe and balloon kyphoplasty (BKP) system or vertebroplasty (VP) system to use. Examples of access tools comprise introducers, stylets, and bone drills. In some embodiments of the system, the probe has a marking indicating which BKP or VP system to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Holding Company Sàrl
    Inventors: Neil Godara, Robert Harrison
  • Patent number: 10314632
    Abstract: A surgical system is provided that includes a body extending along a longitudinal axis. A first member is rotatably positioned within the body and includes a first threaded surface. A second member is positioned within the body and includes a second threaded surface that engages the first threaded surface. The second member is non-rotatable relative to the body. A third member is positioned within the first member. An inflatable bone tamp includes an outer shaft coupled to the body, a balloon coupled to the outer shaft and an inner shaft coupled to the third member and the balloon. The first member is rotatable relative to the body to translate the third member along the longitudinal axis to move the balloon from a first length to a second length. Kits and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Holding Company Sárl
    Inventor: Samuel Bolosan
  • Patent number: 10315023
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are improved methods and apparatuses for providing hemostasis within a cavity defined by an internal surface of a bleeding tissue space. A catheter comprising a proximal end and a distal end may be advanced into the cavity through a proximal opening of the tissue space into the cavity. A distal balloon coupled to the catheter may be positioned adjacent a distal opening of the tissue space, and expanded to seal the distal opening. A hemostatic agent may be applied from the catheter to the internal surface of the tissue space to inhibit bleeding of the tissue space. The hemostatic agent may be applied without occluding the proximal opening, the distal opening, and a path extending therebetween with the hemostatic agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Surag Mantri, Nikolai Aljuri, Kevin Patrick Staid, James Luis Badia, Peter Bentley, Nishey Wanchoo
  • Patent number: 10307248
    Abstract: A medical device includes an expandable conduit, a prosthetic heart valve and a delivery device, including a balloon catheter. The expandable conduit may include one or more inner or outer sleeves supported by a frame or stent. The sleeve(s) may be a bioprosthetic tissue wrapped, molded or sewn about the frame or stent. Coupled to an end of the expandable conduit is the prosthetic heart valve. The conduit and heart valve may be crimped on the balloon catheter for percutaneous deployment. The frame may be constructed of a balloon-expandable material for the conduit portion and a self-expandable material for the prosthetic heart valve portion. The prosthetic heart valve is anchored at the native heart valve and then the conduit to be expanded into place to protect the aorta. The self-expanding prosthetic heart valve avoids the need for balloon mounting. This provides for a smaller diameter and easier delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory A. Wright
  • Patent number: 10307274
    Abstract: A medical device-includes a scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. The scaffold is crimped to the balloon by a process that includes one or more balloon pressurization steps. The balloon pressurization steps are selected to enhance scaffold retention to the balloon while retaining, at least partially, the original balloon folds as the balloon is pressurized and de-pressurized within a crimper head. By at least partially retaining the original balloon folds, a uniformity of scaffold expansion by the balloon is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: John Stankus, Benjamyn Serna
  • Patent number: 10293085
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for coating catheter balloons with the pharmacological agent paclitaxel and the biological and biodegradable polymer composition shellac and optionally further components. Moreover the present invention relates to paclitaxel and shellac coated catheter balloons obtained according to the coating methods disclosed herein as well as the use of such coated catheter balloons for the short time release of the pharmaceutically active agent paclitaxel for prophylaxis and treatment of restenosis especially restenosis caused by angioplasty. The coated catheter balloons can be used alone or in combination with a coated or uncoated stent crimped on the catheter balloon before or after the coating with shellac and paclitaxel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Orlowski
  • Patent number: 10271864
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for mechanically removing objects from a body. In particular, described herein are thrombectomy methods and mechanical thrombectomy apparatuses for removal of blood clots from within a lumen of a blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: E. Skott Greenhalgh, Michael P. Wallace
  • Patent number: 10265098
    Abstract: This disclosure describes various examples of multi-purpose tools and associated methods for safely gaining access to extravascular spaces. The multi-purpose tools described herein are particularly suited for safely gaining access to the sub-sternal space underneath the sternum/ribcage as well as tunneling subcutaneously above the ribcage for the purpose of positioning of a medical electrical lead. This eliminates the need for separate tools for tunneling in different extravascular spaces by providing a single tool capable of the multiple uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea J. Asleson, Ronald A. Drake, Trent M. Fischer, Lester O. Stener, Bridget A. Portway
  • Patent number: 10258415
    Abstract: A medical system for use in a lithotripsy procedure may include a processor configured to receive input from a first imaging device, wherein the first imaging device may be configured to send image data representative of an image captured in a lumen of a kidney, bladder, or ureter to the processor. The processor may be configured to display the image on a display device coupled to the processor, and analyze the image to sense the presence of an object within the image. If an object was sensed within the image, the processor may analyze the image to estimate a size of the object, and display the estimate on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Harrah, Christopher L. Oskin, Derrick Lenz, Arpita Banerjee, Sandesh Gavade, Pavan Misra, Abhijit Takale
  • Patent number: 10251681
    Abstract: A system and method for percutaneous loop kyphoplasty is described. An apparatus for the treatment of a targeted vertebral bone fracture includes a first trocar having a first lumen, a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the distal end of the first trocar is configured for surgical insertion into a vertebral body at a first location, a second trocar having a second lumen, a proximal and a distal end, wherein the distal end of the second trocar is configured for surgical insertion into the vertebral body at a second location, a wire tool that is slidable within the first trocar, a grasper tool that is slidable within the second trocar and is configured to temporarily couple to the wire tool within the vertebral body, and a non-deployable balloon that is advanced through the first or second trocar into the vertebral body to facilitate expansion within the vertebral body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SPINELOOP, LLC
    Inventors: Ashraf Taha, Marc Greeley, Abdullah Kaki, Eran Levit
  • Patent number: 10244935
    Abstract: A dilation system includes a handle, guide member, balloon dilation member, balloon, dilation member movement actuator, and endoscope. The handle is configured to provide single-handed use to a user. The handle includes a first and second body member pivotably coupled together such that the first body member and the second body member are configured to pivot toward and away from one another. The handle includes a rotation mechanism configured to impart rotation upon the guide member. The handle further includes a locking feature configured to lock endoscope in position relative to the handle. The handle may further include a rotation limiting feature configured to limit rotation of the guide member and or the body members. The dilation member movement actuator is configured to translate to thereby cause translation of the balloon dilation member. One or more components of the dilation system may include a plurality of measure markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung V. Ha, Ketan P. Muni, Darius D. Eghbal, James G. Lee, Gregory W. Johnson, Lawrence D. Wasicek
  • Patent number: 10226642
    Abstract: Systems and methods for restructure and stabilization of bones that provide an anti-microbial effect are disclosed herein. A device includes a delivery catheter having an inner void for passing at least one light sensitive liquid, and an inner lumen; an expandable member releasably engaging the distal end of the delivery catheter; at least one channel positioned in the expandable member; and a light conducting fiber sized to pass through the inner lumen of the delivery catheter and into the expandable member, wherein, when the light conducting fiber is in the at least one channel, the light conducting fiber is able to disperse light energy to provide an anti-microbial effect. When the light conducting fiber is in the expandable member, the light conducting fiber is able to disperse the light energy to initiate hardening of the light sensitive liquid within the expandable member to form a photodynamic implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: IlluminOss Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rabiner, Daniel E. Rabiner, Gene P. DiPoto, Augustus C. Shanahan, Franklin D. Shuler
  • Patent number: 10201325
    Abstract: Tissue dissecting device, including an inflatable bladder configured to be inserted into a body via an introducer tube in a compact deflated state, and to be inflated to a substantially planar form in a manner which dissects tissue. Method for dissecting tissue, including inserting an inflatable bladder, in a deflated state, via an introducer tube, into a space in a body, and inflating the bladder to substantially planer form, thereby dissecting tissue. Method for dissecting tissue, including inserting an introducer tube via an incision into a body, inserting an inflatable bladder, in a defined state, via the introducer tube, into a space in the body, pulling the introducer tube back at least a length of the deflated bladder, inflating the bladder, via a filling tube, to substantially planar form, thereby dissecting tissue, disconnecting the filling tube from the bladder, retracting the filling tube and the introducer tube from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: BIOPROTECT LTD.
    Inventor: Shaul Shohat
  • Patent number: 10195014
    Abstract: Extra-urethral implants and methods of use are disclosed. Implants can treat disorders or diseases of the prostate by, for example, enlarging the lumen of the prostatic urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NeoTract, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore C. Lamson, Floria Cheng, Joseph Catanese, III
  • Patent number: 10188839
    Abstract: A system for bypassing an anastomosis site in a hollow organ is provided. The system includes a sleeve configured for spanning the anastomosis site at an internal surface of the hollow organ and a band configured for attachment to an external surface of the hollow organ and limiting migration of the sleeve beyond the anastomosis site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Colospan Ltd.
    Inventors: Boaz Assaf, Eyal Teichman
  • Patent number: 10159497
    Abstract: A system is configured to create or enlarge a cavity in a tissue body and generally includes a cannula, a friction reduction covering, and a cavity creation member. The cavity creation member includes an end portion that is configured to transition between a first shape and a second shape that is different from the first shape. In operation, retracting the friction reduction covering relative to end portion causes the end portion to change shape from the first shape to the second shape such that the cavity creation member is configured to create or enlarge a cavity in the tissue body as the second end portion exits the friction reduction member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Kuntz, Marc Mueller
  • Patent number: 10137000
    Abstract: This invention relates to an implant having the capability of being adjusted to fit symmetrical and asymmetrical shaped voids formed in the bone or outside the bone of a patient. The implant can be individualized so as to accommodate various distortion in the void and can be disposed as a series of similar shaped implants that have different dimensions and/or characteristics to allow the surgeon to select an appropriate implant from said series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Robert E Simonson, David P. Sachs
  • Patent number: 10137283
    Abstract: A textile-reinforced medical dilation balloon is provided, including a woven tubular textile sleeve with substantially longitudinal thermoplastic warp threads and at least one weft thread woven substantially perpendicular relative to the warp threads, where the sleeve defines a sleeve lumen. A medical dilation balloon is disposed within the sleeve lumen, and an adhesive coating substantially covers the inner and outer surfaces of the sleeve, attaching it to the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Shyam Kuppurathanam
  • Patent number: 10105521
    Abstract: An inflation device useful for inflating a balloon provided with a surgical instrument, such as a balloon sinus dilation instrument. The inflation device includes a syringe, a connector, and mechanical pressure indicator. The syringe includes a plunger slidably disposed within a barrel. The connector is configured to fluidly connect an outlet of the syringe with a surgical instrument balloon in establishing a closed inflation system between the syringe and an interior of the balloon. The pressure indicator is associated with the syringe and is configured to transition from a non-alert state to an alert state when a pressure of the inflation system has reached a predetermined level. In some embodiments, the inflation device is characterized by the absence of a pressure gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Vaccaro, Timothy M. Furst, Wenjeng Li, David J. Little, II, Ali Mowlai-Ashtiani, Dana A. Oliver
  • Patent number: 10092733
    Abstract: A balloon catheter has a balloon and an outer shaft fixed to a proximal end of the balloon. Each of the proximal end of the balloon and a distal end of the outer shaft has an inner projection extending in an axial direction of the balloon catheter, an outer projection extending in the axial direction, and a gap formed between the inner projection and the outer projection. At a fixing part, the inner projection of the balloon or the outer projection of the balloon is disposed in the gap of the outer shaft, and the inner projection of the outer shaft or the outer projection of the outer shaft is disposed in the gap of the balloon. The balloon catheter has improved fixing strength between the balloon and the outer shaft without increasing an outer diameter of the fixing part between the balloon and the outer shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Tsukamoto, Akihiro Miki
  • Patent number: 10086179
    Abstract: A medical balloon for a balloon catheter is described. The balloon has at least a first layer made from a first material and a second layer made from a second material, said first and second layers being in overlying relationship with one another and being integral with one another; wherein the first layer has a softening or melting temperature which is higher than a softening or melting temperature of the second layer. A method of forming the medical balloon is also described, including locating a raw tubing in a mold; preheating and inflating the raw tubing so as to cause it to stretch; heating the raw tubing to soften or melt the second layer; setting the inflated raw tubing to form the medical balloon; and cooling the set balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steen Aggerholm, Tue Thuren Bödewadt, Thomas Lysgaard, David A. Drewes