Instruments Patents (Class 606/1)
  • Patent number: 9855101
    Abstract: A robotic catheter procedure system is provided. The robotic catheter procedure system includes a bedside system and a remote workstation. The bedside system includes a percutaneous device and a drive mechanism configured to engage and to impart an axial force to the percutaneous device and to advance and retract the percutaneous device. The bedside system includes an actuator providing torque to the drive mechanism to impart the axial force to the percutaneous device, and the torque provided by the actuator is variable. The remote workstation includes a user interface configured to receive a first user input and a control system operatively coupled to the user interface. The control system is configured to communicate a control signal to the actuator. The control signal is based upon the first user input and a second input, and the actuator provides torque to the drive mechanism in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Corindus, Inc.
    Inventors: Tal Wenderow, John Murphy
  • Patent number: 9848857
    Abstract: The invention includes systems and methods for controlling devices including surgical instruments using a wireless footswitch. The systems of the invention include a wireless footswitch, a footswitch adapter, and an electric console for powering and controlling surgical instruments. The systems of the invention further include a wireless footswitch for controlling battery powered surgical instruments. The methods of the invention include syncing a wireless footswitch with a controlled device or a wireless footswitch adapter using a lower power wireless mode, then signaling the controlled device or wireless footswitch adapter using a higher power wireless mode. The systems and methods of the invention include using a wireless device or wireless footswitch adapter to monitor transmissions from other wireless devices to prevent syncing with the wireless footswitch adapter using the same channel or network identification as other wireless devices or wireless footswitch adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: LINVATEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Ware, Ronald Reinhart
  • Patent number: 9839507
    Abstract: A surgical implant (10) comprises an areal, flexible, porous basic structure (12) having a first face and a second face. At least one resorbable dyed film piece (20) is attached to the basic structure (12) and comprises a plurality of solid protrusions emerging from the dyed film piece (20) in a direction away from the basic structure (12). The at least one dyed film piece (20) is arranged in a shape structure which is asymmetric (“E”) in the area of the basic structure (12). Optionally, the implant (10) further comprises an adhesion barrier sheet (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Medical GMBH
    Inventors: Volker Harms, Jorg Priewe
  • Patent number: 9839557
    Abstract: Graphical user interface system and method for displaying and controlling a surgical device, such as a device used in phacoemulsification procedures, are disclosed. A graphical user interface is displayed on a display screen and includes one or more representations of operating parameters, such as aspiration rate, vacuum, and power that are used to control the surgical device. A parameter is adjusted by moving a portion of a representation from a first location on the display screen to a second location on the display screen to change the operating parameter and control the surgical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventor: Mikhail Boukhny
  • Patent number: 9833898
    Abstract: In an apparatus for controlling the positioning of an object having a specified point, a first limiter establishes a movable range of the specified point of the object, and limits movement of the specified point of the object within the movable range. The movable range includes a line connecting the position of the specified point of the object and a target position for the specified point of the object. A second limiter limits change of a specified orientation of the object from increasing an angular difference between the specified orientation of the object a target orientation for the specified orientation of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, KYUSHU UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutaka Toyoda, Hideki Okuda, Toshihiko Koyama, Makoto Hashizume, Riichi Ooutida
  • Patent number: 9833307
    Abstract: A filter with translating hooks is described. The filter can include strut members having first and second struts connected by a connecting portion. A translating hook is disposed adjacent the connecting portion at the strut members, the hook including a first elongate member attached at one end to the first strut and a second elongate member attached at one end to a second strut, the opposite ends of the elongate members connected together to define a tip. The translating hooks are configured to bend toward a central axis of the filter when the filter is in a collapsed configuration for delivery to a blood vessel and recovery from a blood vessel, and away from the central axis of the filter when the filter is in an expanded configuration within a blood vessel such that the hooks engage a vessel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrzej J. Chanduszko, Scott L. Randall, William R. Bratt
  • Patent number: 9829399
    Abstract: A transmission (3) for an electric miniature drive or microdrive, having a transmission housing (9), an attachment flange (13) for attaching the transmission (3) to an application or load, a driven shaft (7), supported in at least one driven bearing (8), for driving the application. The driven shaft (7) is connectable via the transmission mechanism to the miniature drive or microdrive, and a torque measuring member (15) for the registration of the torque generated on the driven shaft (7) using a flexible element during operation of the miniature drive or microdrive. A magnetic encoder system (19) is disposed on the flexible element (17), which has a magnetic field measuring element (25) for measuring a rotatory displacement of the flexible element (17). The flexible element (17) is disposed axially between the transmission mechanism and the attachment flange (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: DR. FRITZ FAULHABER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Frank Schwenker
  • Patent number: 9826981
    Abstract: A bone preparation guide including a first patient-specific portion based on image data of a specific patient's bone and configured to match the patient's specific bone surface. A second patient-specific portion is based on image data of the specific patient's bone and configured to match the patient's specific bone surface. A patient-generic portion is configured to be a bone-facing portion supported by the first and the second patient-specific bone contacting members at a portion of the patient's bone surface not imaged during preparation of a preoperative plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan J. Schoenefeld, Troy W. Hershberger, Thomas J. Mauch
  • Patent number: 9827058
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to surgical devices, systems, and methods. The system may include an end-effector assembly. The end-effector assembly may comprise an instrument assembly and a wrist assembly. The instrument assembly may comprise an instrument for performing a surgical action. The instrument assembly may further comprise an instrument driven portion configurable to be driven in such a way as to move the instrument relative to a first axis. The instrument assembly may further comprise an instrument insulative portion providable between the instrument and the instrument driven portion. The instrument insulative portion may be configurable to electrically isolate the instrument from at least the instrument driven portion when the instrument insulative portion is provided between the instrument and the instrument driven portion. The wrist assembly may include a wrist driven portion configurable to be driven in such a way as to move the instrument relative to a second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Chung Kwong Yeung, Wing Fai Lam, Wai Lik Alik Chan
  • Patent number: 9820825
    Abstract: Techniques, including a surgical system and a method for providing a surgical system, for detecting detachable attachment of a first component to a console, for detecting detachable attachment of a second component to one of the console the first component, and for controlling a function module based on the detection result are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI INC.
    Inventor: Riyad Moe
  • Patent number: 9820766
    Abstract: A surgical device for performing surgery includes a handle assembly, an elongate member extending from the handle assembly, an articulation mechanism, and an adapter. The elongate member has articulating and straight sections. The articulating section is configured to articulate with respect to the straight section. The adapter rotatably couples the elongate member with the articulation mechanism such that when the elongate member is in a first rotational orientation with respect to the articulation mechanism, the articulating section articulates toward a first direction relative to the straight section upon movement of the handle assembly towards the first direction with respect to the straight section and when the elongate member is in a second rotational orientation with respect to the articulation mechanism, the articulating section articulates toward a second direction relative to the straight section upon movement of the handle assembly towards the first direction with respect to the straight section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Elias Hartoumbekis, Roddi Simpson, Earl M. Zergiebel
  • Patent number: 9814686
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the preparation of a rolled compressed collagen carrier and a process for un-rolling said rolled compressed collagen carrier. Said rolled compressed collagen carrier is ready for use in minimally invasive surgery. The invention also relates to a rolled compressed collagen carrier for use in the prevention or treatment of injury associated with performing minimally invasive surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: TAKEDA AS
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schoenhofer, Pernille Dybendal Pedersen, Poul Bertelsen, Henrik Braender, Ingrid Blanka, Henrik Neuschaefer Larsen
  • Patent number: 9814450
    Abstract: An electromechanical surgical system is disclosed including a hand-held surgical instrument, an end effector configured to perform at least one function, and a shaft assembly arranged for selectively interconnecting the end effector and the surgical instrument. The shaft assembly includes a linkage having a proximal housing and a distal housing at least partially received within the proximal housing. The distal housing is rotatable relative to the proximal housing and configured to selectively interconnect the end effector to the shaft assembly. The shaft assembly further includes a wire extending through the linkage having a central portion disposed within an annular groove defined between the proximal and distal housings. The central portion of the wire is annularly wound within the annular groove to define a coil. The coil is configured to at least one of radially expand and contract upon rotation of the distal housing relative to the proximal housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Justin Williams
  • Patent number: 9808256
    Abstract: Detachment of a medical device from a delivery assembly can focus activity of electrolytic detachment to enhance detachment procedures. Electrolytic activity can be focused by insulating nearby areas of a core wire and pre-treating a detachment zone to reduce crystallinity of the detachment zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jianlu Ma, Vincent Divino
  • Patent number: 9801685
    Abstract: A computer-assisted surgery (CAS) navigation assembly comprises a micro-electromechanical sensor (MEMS) navigation unit having one or more MEMS to provide at least orientation data. A support receives the MEMS navigation unit therein, the support being adapted to be mounted on the instrument in a fixed orientation relative to established navigated features of the instrument. At least two mating ball-in-socket features are disposed between the MEMS navigation unit and the support at opposed ends thereof for releasably engaging the MEMS navigation unit in precise orientational alignment within the receptacle, the at least two mating ball-in-socket features comprising catches aligned along an axis extending between the opposed ends, at least one of the catches being a biased catch. A method of connecting a MEMS navigation unit with a mating support fixed to a CAS instrument navigated by the CAS system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ORTHOSOFT INC.
    Inventors: Tin Nguyen, Yvan Léone, Benoit Pelletier
  • Patent number: 9801717
    Abstract: Apparatus for use with a prosthetic heart valve includes a holder, to which the heart valve is releasably attached, and an elongated handle. The handle can be connected to the holder simply by pushing a distal end of the handle straight into a recess in the holder. After this has been done, the holder preferably releasable latches onto the handle, and the handle can also be rotated about its longitudinal axis to transmit torque to the holder (e.g., a rotatable portion of the holder). Rotation of such a rotatable portion of the holder can be used to deflect portions of the valve radially inward. This operation of a rotatable portion of the holder is preferably one-way only. The handle can be released from the holder at any time, and it can similarly be reconnected to the holder at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian James Edquist, Melinda Kaye Kovach, Timothy John McGill, Julia Ann Schraut, Matt Quest, Ralph J. Thomas, Scott Patrick Thome
  • Patent number: 9789613
    Abstract: A surgical system includes an external anchor, an internal anchor and an instrument. The external anchor is adapted to be positioned outside a body. The internal anchor is adapted to be inserted into the body via a single entrance port, positioned inside the body and magnetically coupled with the external anchor. The instrument is adapted to be inserted into the body via the single entrance port and secured to the internal anchor. The instrument includes an end-effector that has multiple degrees of movement via multiple axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: BIO-MEDICAL ENGINEERING (HK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Chung Kwong Yeung, Kai Leung Yung
  • Patent number: 9788983
    Abstract: A medical device includes a polymer scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. A sheath is placed over the crimped scaffold after crimping to reduce recoil of the crimped polymer scaffold and maintain scaffold-balloon engagement relied on to hold the scaffold to the balloon when the scaffold is being delivered to a target in a body. The sheath is removed by a health professional either by removing the sheath directly or using a tube containing the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Mark C. Johnson, Annie P. Liu, Erika Danielle Anderson-Bolden
  • Patent number: 9782223
    Abstract: A surgical trajectory alignment device is disclosed, including an alignment trajectory guide holding portion shaped to receive and secure an alignment trajectory guide along a longitudinal patient entry axis, the longitudinal patient entry axis falling within a plane. The surgical trajectory alignment device further includes a first alignment trajectory guide holding portion activator operable to rotate an alignment trajectory guide secured by an alignment arm holding portion within the plane; and a second alignment trajectory guide holding portion activator operable to translate an alignment trajectory guide secured by the alignment arm holding portion in a direction away from the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Ross
  • Patent number: 9782294
    Abstract: A steerable laser probe may include a handle having a handle distal end and a handle proximal end, a housing sleeve disposed in an inner bore of the handle configured to project a distance from the handle distal end, an optic fiber disposed in the housing sleeve, a shape memory sleeve disposed over a distal end of the optic fiber, and a light source configured to connect to a proximal end of the optic fiber. The shape memory sleeve may be configured to curve the distal end of the optic fiber at an angle, e.g., 90 degrees, when the shape memory sleeve is not contained within the housing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Katalyst Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Craig Moore, Matthew N Zeid
  • Patent number: 9782219
    Abstract: A surgical device for operating on tissue comprises an end effector, a disposable shaft assembly, and an interface assembly. The shaft assembly comprises an articulation section operable to provide deflection of the end effector relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft. The interface assembly comprises a plurality of pivotable base sections. The interface assembly comprises a plurality of drive components associated with drive shafts driven by an external system and each drive component is associated with a section of the base. The drive components are operable to cause rotation of one or both of the shaft or end effector and movement of components of the end effector. The drive components are further operable to cause articulation of the articulation section. The base sections are pivotable toward each other to couple with the shaft assembly or away from each other to disengage the shaft assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Shailendra K. Parihar, David T. Martin, William J. White
  • Patent number: 9782233
    Abstract: A kit and/or method for use during surgery is configured to decrease the risk of accidental retention of foreign objects, such as surgical items or medical devices, used in surgery inside of a patient after the surgery is completed. Specifically, illustrative kits may include, but not be limited to, a combination of one or more foreign objects, an anchoring member attached to a point outside of the patient or surgical field, and at least one or more connection members connecting the foreign objects to the anchoring member. Illustrative methods may include, but not be limited to, anchoring one or more foreign object by one or more connection members, wherein a first end of each connection member is attached to the foreign object, and a second end of each connection member is attached to a junction member; attaching the junction member to an anchoring member; and attaching the anchoring member to a structure that is outside the patient or surgical field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Rush University Medical Center
    Inventor: Richard W. Byrne
  • Patent number: 9775633
    Abstract: A device may include a sheath including a lumen, a distal end, and a proximal end. The device may further include an end-effector unit and an elongate member connected to the end-effector unit. The end-effector unit and the sheath may be movable relative to each other to achieve a first state of the end-effector unit and a second state of the end-effector unit. Moreover, the medical device may include a handle having a first handle portion connected to the proximal end of the sheath, a second handle portion connected to the proximal end of the elongate member, and a compliant member longitudinally aligned with the sheath between the first handle portion and the second handle portion. The first and second handle portions may be configured such that relative movement of the first and second handle portions causes the end-effector to move between the first and second states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: John Lingeman, Jennifer Keeler
  • Patent number: 9775665
    Abstract: In one aspect, a fixed position RF electrode for conducting surgical procedures, includes a main device body detachably connectable to an RF generating system, a first polarized conductor and a second oppositely polarized conductor, a bipolar electrical conduit passing through the main device body that passes RF energy from the RF generating system to the first polarized conductor and the second oppositely polarized conductor, and a bipolar electrode for contacting a surgically operative material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Alan G Ellman
  • Patent number: 9775667
    Abstract: An apparatus for operating on tissue has a body, an elongate shaft, and an end effector. The elongate shaft extends distally from the body. The elongate shaft has an articulation section that is operable to selectively deflect the end effector laterally relative to the elongate shaft. The articulation section presents a first indication section and a second indication section. The first and second indication section may be configured to visually indicate the direction and degree of articulation of the articulation section. The first and second indication section may alternatively be configured to indicate the angular orientation of the end effector about the longitudinal axis. The body may further comprise a knob that is operable to rotate the shaft about the longitudinal axis. The knob may include a third indication section and a fourth indication section that align with the first and the second indication sections of the articulation section, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Donna L. Korvick, Barry C. Worrell
  • Patent number: 9775744
    Abstract: A steerable laser probe may include an actuation structure, a nosecone fixed to the actuation structure by one or more links and one or more link pins, a flexible housing tube, and an optic fiber disposed in the flexible housing tube and the actuation structure. A compression of the actuation structure may be configured to gradually curve the flexible housing tube and the optic fiber. A decompression of the actuation structure may be configured to gradually straighten the flexible housing tube and the optic fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Katalyst Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Matthew N Zeid
  • Patent number: 9770300
    Abstract: A master console includes handles configured to control robotic surgical instruments of a slave robot, force/torque detectors configured to detect forces applied to the handles by an operator, a force compensator configured to generate force control signals that cancel out the forces applied to the handles by the operator, and a master controller configured to drive at least one joint of each of the handles in order to control motion of the handles based on motion control signals and the generated force control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Do Kwon, Kee Hong Seo, Kyung Shik Roh
  • Patent number: 9763766
    Abstract: A vessel filter comprising a first region and a second region wherein the filter is movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. A first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter and the second region is flared in the expanded position to have a transverse dimension increasing toward a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The second region includes a vessel engaging portion at the second end portion. The first region includes a plurality of spaced apart elongated struts with adjacent struts being joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Argon Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Thinnes, Jr., James F. McGuckin, Jr., Stephan A. DeFonzo, Lindsay L. Carter
  • Patent number: 9757149
    Abstract: An entry guide tube and cannula assembly, a surgical system including the assembly, and a method of surgical instrument insertion are provided. In one embodiment, the assembly includes a cannula having a proximal portion that operably couples to an accessory clamp of a manipulator arm, and a distal tubular member coupled to the proximal portion, the tubular member having an opening for passage of at least one instrument shaft. The assembly also includes an entry guide tube rotatably coupled to the proximal portion of the cannula, the entry guide tube including a plurality of channels for passage of a plurality of instrument shafts, wherein the entry guide tube is rotatably driven relative to the proximal portion of the cannula by rotation of at least one instrument shaft about a longitudinal axis of the entry guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Jeffrey D. Brown, Nicola Diolaiti, Eugene F. Duval, Daniel H. Gomez, Robert Elliot Holop, Paul E. Lilagan, Anthony K. McGrogan, Craig R. Ramstad
  • Patent number: 9757507
    Abstract: An operating room control system that is soft configurable allowing a user to completely configure the control and function of the system. The system includes a touchscreen that provides a video display received from a video endoscope and presents icons on the touchscreen allowing the user to control and interface with the tools/equipment in the operating room as well as hospital systems. The controls, displays, tools, equipment, etc. are configured to be operated from a single centralized platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee D. Holoien, Hans-Uwe Hilzinger, Christoph Hiltl
  • Patent number: 9757123
    Abstract: A powered surgical apparatus for engaging tissue includes a housing assembly and a movable portion operatively connected to the housing assembly. The movable portion is movable with respect to the housing assembly. In addition, the surgical apparatus includes a power source configured to supply electrical power, and a transmission system configured to transfer at least one of a signal and electrical power between the handle assembly and the movable portion, the transmission system including a first electronic board disposed in the handle assembly and a second electronic board positioned in the movable portion, the second electronic board including a primary control circuit and a secondary control circuit wherein the movable portion is configured and adapted to rotate about a longitudinal axis defined by the powered surgical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: James R. Giordano, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Patent number: 9750576
    Abstract: A robotic system includes a bedside system comprising an axial drive mechanism and a rotational drive mechanism. An engagement mechanism engages and disengages a percutaneous device from at least one of the axial drive mechanism and rotational drive mechanism. A remote work station includes a user interface and a control system operatively coupled to the user interface. The control system is configured to communicate a control signal to the engagement mechanism to engage and disengage the percutaneous device from one of the axial drive mechanism and rotational drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: CORINDUS, INC.
    Inventors: John Murphy, Tal Wenderow
  • Patent number: 9743946
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp assembly. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide operable to transmit ultrasonic vibrations to the blade. The clamp assembly includes a clamp arm pivotable toward and away from the blade about a pivot axis, to clamp tissue between the clamp arm and the blade. A rotation feature may provide rotation of the blade relative to the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis of the waveguide. Alternatively, the rotation feature may provide rotation of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the longitudinal axis. The rotation feature may be driven based on pivotal positioning of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the pivot axis. The rotation feature may selectively lock and unlock the angular position of either the blade or the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis at any of a number of predetermined angular positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Elizabeth DeBenedictis, William D. Kelly, Michael R. Lamping, Timothy G. Dietz, Patrick A. Weizman, Jacob S. Gee, John B. Schulte, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Douglas J. Turner, Eric B. Smith, Sean P. Conlon, Richard W. Timm, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke
  • Patent number: 9737300
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an end effector, a shaft assembly, and an interface assembly. The end effector is coupled with the shaft assembly. The shaft assembly comprises a translating member extending through the shaft assembly. The interface assembly is operable to engage the shaft assembly and comprises a plurality of drive shafts and a rack. One of the drive shafts is operable to drive the rack along a path that is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the shaft assembly. A plurality of racks may be used to rotate the shaft assembly, articulate the shaft assembly, and/or drive the translating member through the shaft assembly to thereby actuate the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Shailendra K. Parihar, Barry C. Worrell, David T. Martin, William J. White, Gregory W. Johnson, IV
  • Patent number: 9731096
    Abstract: A catheter or guide wire manipulating device for vascular intervention is provided, comprising a thumb component (3), a forefinger component (4), a driving component (1) and a catheter/guide wire support component (2); the thumb component comprises a roller (7) configured to advance or retreat the catheter/guide wire; the thumb component (3) is configured to drive the catheter/guide wire to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise through a combination motion of the components; the forefinger component (4) is configured to cooperate with the thumb component (3) to implement the rotation and the advancement of the catheter/guide wire by moving manually away from the thumb component, and returning by a pull force of a spring (23) after being released; the driving component (1) is configured to drive the thumb component (3) and the forefinger component (4); the catheter/guide wire support component (2) comprises a Y adapter fixation configured to install a Y adapter and an entry support configured to support and gui
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF AUTOMATION, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Guibin Bian, Zengguang Hou, Xiaoliang Xie, Long Cheng, Min Tan, Zhenqiu Feng, Xiaohu Zhou
  • Patent number: 9724168
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to surgical systems comprising an end-effector assembly and arm assembly. The end-effector assembly may include a first instrument assembly having a first instrument and first instrument driven portion configurable to be driven to move the first instrument relative to a first axis. The arm assembly may include first and second arm assembly bodies, first arm assembly joint portion for joining the first and second arm assembly bodies, first instrument drive assembly, and first arm assembly drive assembly. The first instrument drive assembly may include a first integrated motor and first instrument drive portion controllable by the first integrated motor to drive the first instrument driven portion. The first arm assembly drive assembly may include a second integrated motor and first arm assembly drive portion controllable by the second integrated motor to drive the first arm assembly body to move relative to the second arm assembly body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited
    Inventor: Chung Kwong Yeung
  • Patent number: 9724162
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling an end-effector assembly having a first working member and a second working member is provided. The apparatus includes a first set of at least one cable, a second set of at least one cable, a first pulley configured to guide the first set of at least one cable, a second pulley configured to guide the first set of at least one cable when the second pulley is in a first position, a third pulley configured to guide the second set of at least one cable, and a rotatable element rotatable about a first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TITAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence Crainich, Alexander Shvartsberg
  • Patent number: 9717517
    Abstract: An articulating laparoscopic instrument including a handle, an outer shaft, an end effector, and a wrist assembly. The wrist assembly connects the end effector to the shaft and includes torque and articulation mechanisms. The torque mechanism includes a plurality of links disposed over the rod and connected with one another in a pivotable yet rotationally locked fashion. The articulation mechanism includes a plurality of articulation member disposed over the rod to collectively define a deflection section. The links freely rotate relative to the articulation members, with the rod and links collectively bending in response to a change in shape of the deflection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: CareFusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: David Karl Stroup, Arthur Deptala
  • Patent number: 9713520
    Abstract: Novel tissue repair implants are disclosed. The tissue repair implants have a bottom planar base member and an upper skirt member extending about the periphery of the base member. The implants have at least one position indicating feature that alerts the surgeon if the skirt member has rolled over or displaced during fixation to tissue in order to assist in preventing fixation of the skirt in an improper position to provide an optimal surgical repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel R. Jacinto
  • Patent number: 9700325
    Abstract: A bone preparation system including a guide body and a plurality of bone locators. The guide body is configured to mate with a patient-specific module having a patient-specific module surface customized based on image data of a specific patient to correspond to the patient's specific bone geometry. The plurality of bone locators are coupled to the guide body and positioned by the patient-specific module surface to define a patient-specific bone engaging surface of the guide corresponding to the patient's specific bone geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan John Schoenefeld
  • Patent number: 9700381
    Abstract: Laparoscopic surgical pliers include jaws mounted on a rotating body and first and second transmissions each including at least one tendon including several cables, and each transmission adapted to transmit movement of the jaws and the rotating body, respectively. The tendons of the first and second transmissions are each respectively formed of several cables arranged so that a cross-section of at least one tendon associated with the first transmission has a variable geometry therealong formed by a first arrangement in which the cables are arranged, in cross-section, with their longitudinal axes in a radial distribution, a second arrangement in which said axes are arranged in a first orientation, and a third arrangement in which said axes are arranged in a second orientation, perpendicular to the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
    Inventor: Josep Amat Girbau
  • Patent number: 9700377
    Abstract: Provided is a surgical robot for changing a position of surgical equipment capable of selectively using the surgical equipment appropriate for affected areas by rotating the surgical equipment instead of changing a position of the surgical equipment by detachment, by integrating a plurality of flexible shafts having a surgical equipment attached to a leading end thereof to configure a single shaft assembly and allowing each flexible shaft to perform translation, rotation, and bending motions and rotating the shaft assembly. According to the embodiment of the present invention, the surgical robot for changing a position of surgical equipment includes: a housing 200 coupled with a rear end of the frame fixing part 100; a curved frame 300 coupled with a leading end of the frame fixing part 100; and a shaft assembly 400, wherein the shaft assembly 400 penetrates through the curved frame 300 within the housing 200 to be exposed to a leading end of the curved frame 300 and rotates within the curved frame 300.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: KOH YOUNG TECHNOLOGY INC., INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION HANYANG UNIVERSITY ERICA CAMPUS
    Inventor: YoungSik Kwon
  • Patent number: 9700309
    Abstract: A cover for an articulation joint that is supported in an elongate shaft assembly of a surgical instrument that is operably coupled to a surgical end effector that includes at least one end effector conductor therein. The cover includes at least one electrically conductive pathway that extends from the distal end of the cover to form an electrically conductive pathway from the end effector conductor to a shaft conductor on the elongate shaft assembly while facilitating operation of the articulation joint. Various conductor arrangements facilitating the passage of electrical current between an end effector to a control system across the articulation joint are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Gary S. Jaworek, Robert L. Koch, Jr., Michael D. Auld
  • Patent number: 9700698
    Abstract: Embodiments include a spreader and a resealable delivery channel in a catheter positioning system configured to introduce a catheter into the resealable delivery channel. The spreader may have shapes configured to help users insert the spreader and a catheter into the resealable delivery channel and to retain the spreader and the catheter within the resealable delivery channel. The resealable delivery channel may be shaped to accommodate the spreader or catheter. The resealable delivery channel may include flexible plastic lips that are moveable to facilitate insertion of the spreader and a catheter into the resealable delivery channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: CATHETER PRECISION, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Pacheco, Steve Foley, David Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9687303
    Abstract: A rotatable wrist connecting a gripper tool to the distal end of a continuum robot shaft. The rotatable wrist includes a wrist hub that is non-rotatably connected to the distal end of the shaft. A wrist capstan is rotatably connected to the wrist hub and non-rotatably connected to the gripper. A flexible wire loop extends through the wrist hub and partially contacts the wrist capstan. Linear movement of the flexible wire loop through the shaft of the continuum robot causes rotation of the wrist capstan due to friction between the flexible wire loop and the wrist capstan. The wrist also supports selective detachability and control of roll, pitch and roll, pitch yaw and roll according to different embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Nabil Simaan, Roger E. Goldman, Andrea Bajo
  • Patent number: 9687253
    Abstract: A battery housing for a driver of a powered surgical tool. The battery housing includes a casing with an opening for inserting at least one battery into the casing, a door for closing the opening when the door is in its closed position, and a driver interface for removably attaching the battery housing to a driver of a powered surgical tool. The door includes at least one part that is configured for being blocked by the driver when the door is moved out of its closed position and the battery housing is attached to the driver, such that the door cannot be opened when the battery housing is attached to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Zimmer Surgical SA
    Inventors: Marc Detry, Kévin Sornay
  • Patent number: 9681885
    Abstract: A surgical system and a method of providing and enabling a surgical system. The surgical system having a console and a first component configured to be directly or indirectly detachably attached to the console. The surgical system having a sensor circuit arranged to the console, and a first target state identifying circuit arranged to the first component. The sensor circuit outputs a feedback signal indicative of a state of electrical connection of the first target state identifying circuit to the sensor circuit. A controller arranged in the console is configured to control a therapy signal generator based on the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI INC.
    Inventors: David C. Church, Vlad Bluvshtein, Lori Lucke
  • Patent number: 9681922
    Abstract: A Robotic control system has a wand, which emits multiple narrow beams of light, which fall on a light sensor array, or with a camera, a surface, defining the wand's changing position and attitude which a computer uses to direct relative motion of robotic tools or remote processes, such as those that are controlled by a mouse, but in three dimensions and motion compensation means and means for reducing latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: TITAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventor: John Unsworth
  • Patent number: 9681982
    Abstract: An ocular surgical system includes a surgical console having a fluidics subsystem, an input pedal subsystem, and a phacoemulsification subsystem. It also includes a wearable user interface in communication with the console. The wearable user interface comprising an interface display having a centrally disposed surgical viewing area and having a peripheral data display region configured to display data relating to the surgery or the console. The peripheral data display region may display information received from the surgical console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventor: Matthew David Yacono
  • Patent number: 9675477
    Abstract: A welded stent and stent delivery system, with a stent including a first strut having a first strut nickel titanium alloy layer and nickel titanium soluble core, the first strut nickel titanium alloy layer being disposed around the first strut nickel titanium soluble core; and a second strut having a second strut nickel titanium alloy layer and nickel titanium soluble core, the second strut nickel titanium alloy layer being disposed around the second strut nickel titanium soluble core, the second strut nickel titanium alloy layer being connected to the first strut nickel titanium alloy layer with a weld. The first and second strut nickel titanium alloy layers are made of a nickel titanium alloy, the first and second strut nickel titanium soluble cores are made of a nickel titanium soluble material, and the weld is made of an alloy of the nickel titanium alloy and the nickel titanium soluble material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Dustin Thompson