Inflatable Or Expandible By Fluid Patents (Class 606/192)
  • Patent number: 11020258
    Abstract: An apparatus for the treatment of acid reflux disease has an implantable movement restriction device adapted to be at least partly invaginated by a patient's stomach fundus wall. A substantial part of the outer surface of the movement restriction device is adapted to rest against the stomach wall without injuring the latter in a position between the patient's diaphragm and at least a portion of the lower part of the invaginated stomach fundus wall, such that movement of the cardiac notch of the patient's stomach towards the patient's diaphragm is restricted, to thereby prevent the cardia from sliding through the patient's diaphragm opening into the patient's thorax, so as to maintain the supporting pressure against the patient's cardia sphincter muscle exerted from the patient's abdomen. The movement restriction device has a size of at least 125 mm3 and a circumference of at least 15 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10987092
    Abstract: Remodeling of body tissue using a bioabsorbable implant that maintains or otherwise mechanically assists a more permanent implant or other treatment take, for example, by the treatment causing fibrosis. For example, the apparatus and methods can be used for hernia, organ prolapse and cosmetic purposes, such as breast and face lifts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BIOPROTECT LTD.
    Inventor: Shaul Shohat
  • Patent number: 10959844
    Abstract: Configurations are described for assisting in the execution of a percutaneous procedure while protecting the vascular pathway to the operational theater, which may comprise diseased tissue. A railed sheath may be controllably expandable and collapsible, and may comprise two or more elongate rail structures configured to assist in the distribution of loads to associated diseased tissue structures, while also contributing to the deployment of percutaneous tools by maintaining alignment of such tools with the railed catheter and associated anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard S. Ginn
  • Patent number: 10952677
    Abstract: Apparatus for rupturing muscle fibres in a lower oesophageal sphincter comprises a balloon catheter. A multi-electrode impedance planimetry measuring system comprising a pair of stimulating electrodes and sensing electrodes is located on the catheter within the balloon for monitoring the diameter of the balloon when the balloon is inflated with a liquid saline solution from a reservoir through a flowmeter under the control of a microprocessor. The microprocessor computes the minimum diameter value from signals read from the sensing electrodes each time the cumulative volume of the liquid saline solution in the balloon increases by a predefined unit volume. The microprocessor computes a curve of a plot of the minimum diameter values against the corresponding cumulative volume values and determines the slope at each computed minimum diameter value. Rupture of the muscle fibres of the sphincter is determined at the point of inflection of the curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: John O'Dea
  • Patent number: 10939931
    Abstract: An embolectomy device includes a pair of elongate spine members extending in a substantially parallel configuration along a longitudinal axis of the device, a first plurality of clot engaging structures having first ends attached to a first one of the spine members and second ends attached to other one of the spine members, and a second plurality of clot engaging structures having first and second ends attached to the respective first and second spine members offset 180° from the first plurality of attached clot engaging structures, such that, when the embolectomy device is unsheathed within in a blood vessel alongside a clot, one of the first and second plurality of the clot engaging structures contact and compress against a wall of the blood vessel to provide a biasing force to facilitate engagement of the other one of the first and second plurality of the clot engaging structures with the clot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Ryan Matthew Grandfield, Aleksandr Leynov
  • Patent number: 10905860
    Abstract: The vascular occlusion balloon catheter has a balloon, a main lumen, and a balloon expanding lumen. The balloon catheter has an air discharge passage. The air discharge passage has a distal end opening located at a position distal from the balloon and a proximal end communicating with an inner portion of the balloon. The distal end opening of the air discharge passage is positioned inside a portion disposed proximally from a distal end of the balloon catheter. The air discharge passage communicates with the main lumen at the distal end opening of the air discharge passage. The area of a cross section of the air discharge passage orthogonal to an axial direction of the balloon catheter is set to 200 ?m2 to 450 ?m2. The length of the air discharge passage is set to 1.0 to 3.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Kazumi Goto, Tatsuya Kawase, Nozomi Nakanishi, Sayumi Hirose
  • Patent number: 10869777
    Abstract: A device and method to treat an overgrowth of yeast in a body cavity and inflammatory and/or hemorrhagic conditions of a body cavity. The device comprising a shell, removal means, and a freezable filler contained in a chamber within the shell. When the filler is frozen and the device inserted into the body cavity, the shell cools the body cavity to a temperature that inhibits the replication of yeast and provides relief to symptoms. An external cooling component extending from the shell provides cooling at the body cavity opening. An expandable bladder in the shell provides tamponade treatment for body cavity hemorrhaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Kimberly Cull
  • Patent number: 10857018
    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: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10857019
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a stomach of a subject includes a balloon adapted for placement in the stomach and having an opening to an interior of the balloon, an internal tube in the interior of the balloon with a proximal end coupled to the opening of the balloon, and an inflation tube. The inflation tube has a distal end in the interior of the balloon and a proximal end that can receive a fluid on an exterior of the balloon. The inflation tube can stretch from the stomach to a mouth of the subject to facilitate inflation of the balloon and has a resting position that is substantially within the interior of the balloon. The internal tube is disposed around at least a portion of the inflation tube that is in the interior of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SPATZ FGIA, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Brooks
  • Patent number: 10842656
    Abstract: A stent device includes generally cylindrical rings aligned along a longitudinal axis, and interconnected by interconnecting members. Each interconnecting member includes a first coupling end, a second coupling end, and an elongate portion therebetween. The first coupling end, the elongate portion, and the second coupling end combine in either a first orientation or a second orientation, which are substantially mirror images. For each interconnecting member, the first coupling end can intersect with a midpoint of a transition region of a substantially repeating curved segment on one of the rings, and the second coupling end can intersect with a midpoint of a curved segment of a different and immediately adjacent ring. The interconnecting members can be arranged in rows extending longitudinally along the device. Along each row, consecutive interconnected members alternate between the first orientation and the second orientation. A cover may be provided over the stent device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: John Lane, David Heim, Christine Schick, Jennifer L. Vosberg, Susan Hamelin
  • Patent number: 10786267
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to assemblies, devices and systems for shockwave generation and to methods of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Joel M. Wasdyke, Daniel James Horn, Aaron Lomicka
  • Patent number: 10772752
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating obesity are provided. More particularly, intragastric devices and devices for inflating and methods of fabricating, deploying, inflating, monitoring, and retrieving the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Obalon Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Brister, Neil R. Drake, Daniel J. Proctor, Madeline Campbell
  • Patent number: 10773031
    Abstract: Described is a needle for subcision procedures having a concave cutting tip comprising two or more cutting edges wherein the concave cutting tip is at the cutting end of a shaft of the needle and wherein a handle is disposed at an angle relative to the axis defined by the center of the shaft of the needle. The cutting edges may be sharp interior edges within the circumference of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: WLB Interventional, LLC
    Inventor: Wade Banker
  • Patent number: 10773061
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating obesity are provided. More particularly, intragastric devices and methods of fabricating, deploying, inflating, monitoring, and retrieving the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Obalon Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Brister, Andrew P. Rasdal, Neil R. Drake, Amy D. L. VandenBerg
  • Patent number: 10751165
    Abstract: An adjustable implant is disclosed herein. The adjustable implant may comprise a shell including membrane and a base and having a first diameter in a plane parallel to the base. A band may be disposed within the shell. The band may have a first end and a second end connected to a spool. The band may be in a round (e.g., elliptical) configuration having a second diameter in the plane that is less than the first diameter. By wrapping the band onto the spool, the diameter of the band may be decreased and the height of the implant may be increased. By unwrapping the band from the spool, the diameter of the band may be increased and the height of the implant may be decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Marc Feinberg, James Fleming
  • Patent number: 10737074
    Abstract: A balloon catheter includes a one-piece extrusion having inner and outer tubular walls, where the inner tubular wall defines a wire guide lumen, and a clearance extending between the inner and outer tubular walls forms an inflation lumen. A balloon is attached to the outer tubular wall and to the inner tubular wall, such that the inflation lumen is in fluid communication with the balloon and the wire guide lumen extends through the balloon. A method of making the balloon catheter is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Steen Aggerholm
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: RE48597
    Abstract: Improved methods and devices for performing an endoscopic surgery are provided. Systems are taught for operatively treating gastrointestinal disorders endoscopically in a stable, yet dynamic operative environment, and in a minimally-invasive manner. Such systems include, for example, an endoscopic surgical suite. The surgical suite can have a reversibly-expandable retractor that expands to provide a stable, operative environment within a subject. The expansion can be asymmetric around a stabilizer subsystem to maximize space for a tool and an endoscope to each be maneuvered independently to visualize a target tissue and treat the target tissue from outside the patient in a minimally invasive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Piskun, John To, Mariel Fabro, Brian Tang, Sergey Kantsevoy