Material Placed On Opposed Sides Of Incision Or Wound Patents (Class 606/215)
  • Patent number: 10736633
    Abstract: A compressible adjunct for use with a surgical instrument including a staple cartridge includes a biocompatible layer and a plurality of biocompatible looping members. The biocompatible looping members protrude from the biocompatible layer. Each biocompatible looping member includes a first end portion attached to the biocompatible layer, a second end portion attached to the biocompatible layer, and an intermediate curved portion extending between the first end portion and the second end portion, wherein the intermediate curved portion is further away from the biocompatible layer than the first end portion and the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Vendely, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Mark H. Ransick, Howell T. Goldrein, Robert S. Moir, Sofia Maria Consonni, Ismail Akram, Ashley D. Easter, Helen S. Latham
  • Patent number: 10736622
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing ankle syndesmosis repairs includes, inter alia, a first button, a second button, and a suture connecting the first button and the second button. The first button and the second button are stainless steel buttons. At least one of the first button and the second button is oblong. The suture includes multiple strands that extend between the first button and the second button. A first free end of the suture is tensionable to shorten a length of the suture between the first button and the second button and thereby move the first button and the second button closer together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Thornes
  • Patent number: 10702259
    Abstract: A soft tissue repair assembly. The assembly includes a flexible member having first and second ends, and a strand passing through the flexible member. The strand has first and second strand ends extending through the flexible member, such that pulling at least one of the first and second strand ends changes the flexible member from a first shape suitable for insertion through soft tissue to a second shape suitable for securely lodging the soft tissue repair assembly relative to soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Troy M. Walters, Andrew Holst
  • Patent number: 10695483
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a self-sealing cannula that through a self-sealing mechanism fixed on the ventricular wall or atrial wall, the cannula body is attached to the self-sealing fixture and blood is drawn into the lumen via an external pump and returned to the circulation system through a separate cannula; in the case of the double lumen cannula embodiment, the blood will be drawn into the drainage lumen of the double lumen cannula and returned through an infusion lumen at the desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Inventors: Zhongjun Wu, Bartley P. Griffith, Keshava Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 10631843
    Abstract: The present teachings provide a flexible member securing assembly. The flexible member securing assembly includes a shaft, an arm extendable from the shaft, an anchor, and a flexible member grasper formed on a distal end of the arm. Methods of securing a flexible member are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Gregory J. Denham, Ryan A. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10537332
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems are provided for occluding an opening within the tissue of a body, such as a left atrial appendage. In one embodiment, a medical device coupled to a delivery catheter includes a fluid flow path that facilitates contrast fluid to pass through the delivery catheter and the medical device to a distal side thereof to provide imaging information as to the position of the medical device positioned in the opening, such as the left atrial appendage. In another embodiment, a medical device is coupled to a delivery catheter, the medical device including flaps adjacent a hub of the medical device that close-off a bore of the hub upon the catheter being detached from the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Coherex Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryl R. Edmiston, Clark C. Davis, John Alexander Martin, Scott D. Miles
  • Patent number: 10470935
    Abstract: A system or device for skin closure comprises an elastic flat flexible tape elongated along a longitudinal axis and having a lower side and an opposing upper side, said tape having a pressure sensitive adhesive on at least a portion of the lower side, said tape having a plurality of openings arranged side-by-side with spaces between said openings oriented across the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Quintero, Kevin S. Weadock, Leo B. Kriksunov, Robert J. Tannhauser
  • Patent number: 10456282
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a helical anchor is provided in a relaxed state. During deployment, a distal portion of the helical anchor is superelastically deformed to protrude longitudinally. The longitudinally protruding distal portion of the helical anchor is longitudinally advanced to cause the distal portion to pierce a prosthesis and a vessel wall. The distal portion returns to the relaxed state after passing through the prosthesis and the vessel wall. By superelastically deforming the distal portion during deployment, it is easier to cause the anchor to penetrate the prosthesis and the vessel wall. Further, by having the anchor return to its relaxed state after passing through the prosthesis and vessel wall, better clamping of the prosthesis to the vessel wall is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventor: Travis Rowe
  • Patent number: 10441264
    Abstract: A soft tissue repair assembly. The assembly includes a flexible member having first and second ends, and a strand passing through the flexible member. The strand has first and second strand ends extending through the flexible member, such that pulling at least one of the first and second strand ends changes the flexible member from a first shape suitable for insertion through soft tissue to a second shape suitable for securely lodging the soft tissue repair assembly relative to soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Troy M. Walters, Andrew Holst
  • Patent number: 10420546
    Abstract: Self-retaining suture systems including a suture thread bearing a plurality of laser-cut retainers are disclosed. A laser system allows the creation of retainers and self-retaining suture systems in configurations which are difficult and/or impossible to achieve using mechanical cutting technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: Ethicon, Inc., Ethicon, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Gross, William L. D'Agostino, Lev Drubetsky, Alexander Naimagon
  • Patent number: 10363031
    Abstract: Tissue thickness compensators for use with circular surgical staplers. Various tissue thickness compensators are disclosed for deployment between a stapler head of a surgical circular stapler and an anvil attached thereto to accommodate variances in tissue thickness during stapling. Some tissue thickness compensator arrangements include means and configurations for deploying healing agents for enhancing the healing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Johnny H. Alexander, III, Cortney E. Henderson, Christopher C. Miller, John P. Measamer, Katherine J. Schmid, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Stephanie A. Mutchler, Bret W. Smith, Michael S. Cropper
  • Patent number: 10327774
    Abstract: Medical devices disclosed herein include pre-defined structures for dispensing forces onto a tissue plane in a living organism and are utilized to adjust spatial relationships, orientations, and mechanical forces in a patient treatment area. The treatment area may be a wound, an incision, or a surgically accessed area within a patient that includes oppositely disposed sections that heal more efficiently and with less scarring when force vectors of a particular magnitude and direction are applied to the treatment area. The medical device provides a structure that may be pre-stressed through planned deformation that develops desirable spatial and mechanical relationships along the tissue plane for alignment, compression, advancement, eversion, inversion, distraction, rotation, angulation, and the control or modulation of tension across the treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: EMRGE, LLC
    Inventor: Felmont Eaves
  • Patent number: 10292484
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for non-invasive repositioning of sagging skin, cellulite and fat tissue. The apparatus includes a flexible tape having at least three sections. The first segment includes an adhesive and a removable liner thereon. An opposed second segment includes an adhesive and a removable liner thereon. An intermediate segment is located between the first and second segments which is devoid of adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Penilopee Lee LaRosa, Nicholas LaRosa
  • Patent number: 10285691
    Abstract: Implantable materials for use with end effectors like surgical stapling devices, and methods for using the same, are generally provided. In some embodiments, adjunct materials for use with surgical staplers are provided. For example, a kit for stapling tissue is provided that can include a surgical stapler having an end effector. The end effector can have first and second jaws. The kit can include an adjunct material having hydrophobic surface regions and hydrophilic surface regions and the adjunct material can be configured to mate to at least one of the jaws of the end effector. Other implants, devices, and methods for surgical stapling are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Tamara S. V. Widenhouse
  • Patent number: 10278860
    Abstract: A surgical ophthalmic procedure performs a medial canthoplasty of an eyelid system having the following steps: performing a medial subciliary skin incision in the medial inferior-eyelid skin, excising an ellipse of the medial inferior-eyelid skin extending medially upwardly; exposing the medial canthal tendon, creating an orbicularis flap from the inferior-lid orbicularis muscle, suturing the orbicularis flap to the medial canthal tendon, probing the lacrimal system to confirm the integrity of the canalicular system, excising the excess portion of the medial superior-eyelid skin, closing the medial canthal skin with deep fixation in the medial canthus, closing the medial suhciliary skin incision or extending the subciliary incision, making a supraciliary skin incision in the upper lid medially and performing an orbicularisorrhaphy by suturing the orbicularis of the upper lid to the orbicularis of the lid to further close the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Mary A. Stefanyszyn
  • Patent number: 10251686
    Abstract: An adjustable, knotless button/loop construct for fixation of ankle syndesmosis tibio-fibular diastasis and an associated method of ankle repair using the same. The knotless construct comprises a pair of buttons attached to a flexible, continuous, self-cinching, adjustable loop integrated with two splices that are interconnected. The knotless construct is passed through fibular and tibia tunnels and the buttons are secured on the cortical surfaces of tibia and fibula. One of the buttons (for example, an oblong button) is secured on the medial side of the tibia by passing the button and the flexible, adjustable loop though the fibular and tibia tunnels and then flipping and seating the button outside the tibia. The length of the flexible adjustable loop is adjusted so that the second button (for example, a round button) is appropriately secured on the lateral fibula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: Eric S. Zajac, Ricardo Albertorio, Brandon L. Roller
  • Patent number: 10245039
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses relate to an implantable apparatu0s that may be used to apply tensile force(s) to one or more tissue regions (e.g., proximal and distal esophagus portions, bowel, other conduits) within the body. Such tensile force(s) may cause stretch and/or growth of the tissue region(s). In various embodiments, support members (e.g., suture rings) may be attached to respective tissue regions. The support members may accommodate attachment of a number of sutures along the tissue region. Upon suitable attachment of the support member(s) to the tissue region(s), the actuator may be coupled to the support member(s). The actuator may then be controlled so as to cause relative movement between the support members toward or away from one another. Such movement may result in the application of appropriate tensile force(s) to the tissue region(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Children's Medical Center Corporation
    Inventors: Pierre DuPont, Dana Damian, Veaceslav Arabagi, Asghar Ataollahi, Assunta Fabozzo
  • Patent number: 10194909
    Abstract: Instrument for stretching the skin for closing wounds, having a skin expander, having at least two jaws mechanically adjustable relative to each other in a tension direction on the skin expander, having barbs associated with the jaws the barbs being anchorable in the skin in the area of the edges of the wound, wherein a tensile force is exerted on the skin by means of the barbs by adjusting the jaws, the force stretching the skin and drawing the edges of the wound toward each other, wherein one or more barbs are each disposed on a carrier extending transverse to the tension direction, wherein the carriers are releasably mounted on the jaws, and wherein the carriers can be fixed in position relative to each other by attachable fixing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Wilhelm Fleischmann
  • Patent number: 10117648
    Abstract: The invention provides a fastening device for laparoscopic hernia repair. The coordinated operation of two insertion members stabilizes a fastener during closure and locking to ensure that the fastener is locked in the intended location before the device releases from the fastener. One of the insertion members includes a pair of prongs that exhibit a closed configuration when they are disposed in a recess at an end of the fastener. The fastener has a hook at one end and a loop at the other end. The insertion members push the fastener out from the device and through the tissue. A curvature in at least one of the insertion members pushes the hook through the loop all while the prongs are in the recess in the fastener, thereby stabilizing the fastener with respect to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Via Surgical Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Levy, Yehonatan Levin, Lena Levin, Ofek Levin
  • Patent number: 10064624
    Abstract: An end effector for stapling patient tissue is disclosed. The end effector comprises a frame comprising a proximal end and a distal end, a plurality of staples, a firing system configured to implant the staples into the patient tissue, an implantable layer comprising a tissue-contacting surface and a support surface, and an array of securement members extending above and below the support surface of the implantable layer. The securement members are detached from the frame concurrently with the firing system being actuated to implant the staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Joseph E. Young, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 10010317
    Abstract: A method of improving elasticity of a tissue of a living body, the method including: forming a through-hole in the living body; inserting an insertion path forming unit, which includes a pipe member including a pipe and a support member including a support rod, into the through-hole in a state where the pipe member and the support member are assembled; removing the support member from the insertion path forming unit; coupling a medical thread supply unit to the pipe member; pushing the medical thread from behind by using a push unit; and removing the push unit, the medical thread supply unit, and the pipe member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Young Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 9968350
    Abstract: A blunted safety needle is provided, which includes a hollow needle having a sharp distal tip and a stylus having a blunted end. The stylus is positioned within at least a portion of the needle. After the needle is used to deliver or deploy a substance and/or a device, the blunted end of the stylus is positioned to extend through the sharp distal tip of the needle and un-releaseably lock into position, thereby providing a blunted safety needle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: John Anthony Rotella, Nathan Christopher Griffith, Lanita Grayce Cox, Donald Jay McMichael
  • Patent number: 9949838
    Abstract: A shoulder implant device includes one or more fixation features including an acromial intrusion element and an inflatable humeral balloon portion that receives a fluid through the acromial intrusion element. The intrusion element comprises a valve that can receive multiple needle sticks to add or remove fluid to or from the inflatable humeral balloon. The device is implanted in a subacromial space such that the one or more fixation features at least secure the device to the acromion and the inflatable balloon portion rests against the proximal end of the corresponding humerus. Fluid in the balloon portion maintains separation of the acromion and the humerus to reduce or prevent impingement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Microaire Surgical Instruments LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Vanleeuwen, Shannon Vaughn, Thomas Weisel
  • Patent number: 9877713
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for coupling two portions of tissue of a subject, such as two portions of a transected tendon. In some embodiments, the apparatus comprises a first and second helical element and a locking element. Each helical element is configured to be coupled to a portion of tissue, and the locking element is configured to couple the first helical element to the second helical element such that the helical elements are collinear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Guy Friedman, Hagar Patish, Yossi Suzer
  • Patent number: 9808241
    Abstract: A suturing apparatus comprises a pair of jaws. A bendable needle housed in one of the jaws is adapted to carry a suture. An optional suture receiver may be disposed adjacent to the opposite jaw. A transition block curves the needle and directs it in a direction generally unparallel to an axis of the carrying jaw. The needle may also be configured to retrieve a suture. A retaining mechanism holds a suture in place to be engaged by the needle. The jaw housing the needle may include a lateral opening through which the suture may be inserted. The needle may also include a lateral notch which may be aligned with lateral opening to receive the suture. An actuator coupled to the needle enables the user to move the needle proximally to align the notch with the lateral slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Christopher Weinert, Ron Farkash, Dan Nelsen, Breck Petrillo, Michael C. Pereira, David Robson, Thomas Weisel, Charles Johnson, David Skinlo
  • Patent number: 9724094
    Abstract: A surgical stapling system including a shaft assembly transmits actuation motions from an actuator and an end effector compresses and staples tissue. The end effector comprises an elongated channel; an anvil having a staple forming surface is moveable relative to the elongated channel between an open position and a closed position; and a staple cartridge removably positioned within the elongated channel. The staple cartridge comprises a body having a tissue contacting surface in a confronting relationship with the staple forming surface; a plurality of staple drivers within the cartridge body each supporting a staple; and a tissue thickness compensator positionable between the anvil and the cartridge, the tissue thickness compensator is captured by the staples and assumes different compressed heights within the different staples. The tissue compensator comprises first conductive elements. The system determines properties of tissue compressed between the anvil and the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Daniel L. Baber, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Andrew T. Beckman, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9706993
    Abstract: An end effector usable with a surgical instrument includes a first jaw pivotably coupled to a second jaw. The first jaw includes staple forming depressions. A staple cartridge is releasably attachable to a channel of the second jaw. A plurality of staples is disposed in the staple cartridge. A shipping wedge is releasably attached to the staple cartridge. The shipping wedge maintains the staples in their respective retention slots and is usable to separate the staple cartridge from the channel of the second jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Thomas Hessler, Stanislaw Kostrzewski, Ernest Aranyi
  • Patent number: 9642946
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a medical device and methods of making the same. The medical device includes a porous substrate and at least one film. The film is formed within the pore of the substrate. The film is intra-porous and does not contact adjacent pores or films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joshua Stopek, Amin Elachchabi, Daniel Broom
  • Patent number: 9629814
    Abstract: A tissue thickness compensator may generally comprise a compressible core comprising a plurality of movable particles, and a wrap surrounding the compressible core. The plurality of movable particles may comprise at least one medicament. A tissue thickness compensator may generally comprise a compressible core comprising a plurality of crushable particles, and a wrap surrounding the compressible core. The plurality of crushable particles may comprise at least one medicament. The compressible core may comprise a material selected from a group consisting of a biocompatible material. The wrap may comprise a material selected from a group consisting of a biocompatible material. Articles of manufacture comprising the tissue thickness compensator and methods of making and using the tissue thickness compensator are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Tamara Widenhouse, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gary W. Knight, Chester O. Baxter, III, Kreena R. Modi, Katherine J. Schmid
  • Patent number: 9622736
    Abstract: A fibrous tissue repair device includes first and second tubular anchors having corresponding longitudinal passages. The tissue repair device includes corresponding first and second inserters. Each inserter has a shaft with a distal portion received in the longitudinal passage of the corresponding tubular anchor. A flexible strand couples the first and second anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Ryan A. Kaiser, Andrew Holst, Nathan M. Sautter
  • Patent number: 9615975
    Abstract: A method for applying pressure to skin with a dressing. The method including: adhering at least a portion of the dressing to the skin; and subsequent to the adhering, changing the shape of the dressing by removing a restraint which restrains an elastic member associated with the dressing into a first shape. Where the removing of the restraint from restraining the elastic member moves the elastic member towards an unrestrained second shape to one or more of elongate or reduce a dimension of the dressing to apply a pressure to corresponding portions of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: OMNITEK PARTNERS LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Thomas Spinelli
  • Patent number: 9610070
    Abstract: An interventional medical closure device comprises a first engagement element for engagement with an external surface of a vessel on a first side of an opening through the vessel wall and a second engagement element for engagement with an external surface on a second side of the opening. A closure element extends from the first engagement element, into the vessel, and to the second engagement element to assist in closure of the opening. The device may include a foot element to engage the internal surface of the vessel on both sides of the opening. The foot element may provide a guide with a pathway for the closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Vivasure Medical Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Martin
  • Patent number: 9592049
    Abstract: A mechanical system for rotatably, sequentially securing opposing sides of a tissue wound with a fastener. An applicator apparatus is capable of imparting rotatable motion to a falcate tissue penetrator that sequentially pierces and carries a fastener into a first side and a second side of the tissue wound. The first side and second side of tissue can be simultaneously captured and positioned with respect to a tissue definition member or alternatively, the first tissue side and second tissue side can be individually, sequentially captured and positioned relative to the tissue definition member. The applicator apparatus can comprise a single fastener for small tissue wounds or resections or alternatively, the applicator can comprise a plurality of staged fasteners for use in closing a larger wounds or wounds with increased tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Incisive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9566103
    Abstract: In a human or animal patient, two bone portions separated by a cut or fracture are stabilized in a desired position relative to each other by bringing the two bone portions into this desired position, by pulling them against each other, by providing an opening having a mouth on a bone surface and reaching across the cut or fracture and walls in both bone portions, by inserting an implant into the opening and anchoring the implant in the walls of the opening with the aid of a material having thermoplastic properties and energy transmitted into the implant for in situ liquefaction of at least part of the material having thermoplastic properties. One exemplary application of the stabilizing procedure concerns the two tibial bone portions separated by tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in a canine patient suffering from cranial cruciate ligament damage or rupture in a stifle joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventor: Jorg Mayer
  • Patent number: 9561025
    Abstract: A fibrous tissue repair device includes first and second tubular anchors having corresponding longitudinal passages. The tissue repair device includes corresponding first and second inserters. Each inserter has a shaft with a distal portion received in the longitudinal passage of the corresponding tubular anchor. A flexible strand couples the first and second anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Ryan A. Kaiser, Nathan M. Sautter, Andrew Holst
  • Patent number: 9549736
    Abstract: The present invention resides in a sutureless wound closure device for external use. The device comprises a base layer for fixing the device to skin and an upper layer. The base layer includes an aperture therein. The upper layer has a first end anchored to the base layer and a second, opposite end that includes fixing means to attach the end to the base layer and close the aperture in the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Deva Medical Ventures Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Barcroft, Peter Brownson
  • Patent number: 9498214
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus includes a handle assembly and an elongate portion extending distally from the handle assembly. An end effector disposed adjacent a distal portion of the elongate portion includes an anvil assembly and a cartridge assembly, wherein at least one of the cartridge assembly and the anvil assembly is movable with respect to the other to move the end effector between an open configuration where the cartridge assembly and the anvil assembly are substantially spaced and a closed configuration where the cartridge assembly and the anvil assembly are closer together. The end effector also includes a clamping assembly including a first clamping surface deployable to extend laterally from the anvil assembly, and a second clamping surface deployable to extend laterally from the cartridge assembly such that, when deployed, the first and second clamping surfaces oppose one another when the cartridge assembly is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Matthew D. Cohen, Jennifer Broom, Christina Rideout
  • Patent number: 9468429
    Abstract: A deployment device for bringing a sealing plug into position within a puncture tract or incision, and bringing an anchor into position adjacent a tissue puncture, is provided. The deployment device is designed to facilitate easier positioning of the sealing plug, wherein a separate tamping tool is not required. The sealing plug is held in place on the shaft of the anchor by a structure, for example, a knob or boss. The anchor, anchor shaft, and sealing plug may be made of various biocompatible resorbable materials such that the anchor may resorb very quickly, leaving the tissue or artery lumen clear, and the sealing plug may resorb more slowly, to assist in maintaining hemostasis. The deployment device may include a bypass device which maintains the anchor in either an extended or bent configuration. Further, the anchor may include at least one rib, to provide support to the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL PUERTO RICO LLC
    Inventor: Troy T. White
  • Patent number: 9386988
    Abstract: A retainer for assembling tissue thickness compensators to a surgical stapler can comprise a grip, a first surface for supporting a first tissue thickness compensator, a second surface for supporting a second tissue thickness compensator, and clips for aligning and attaching the retainer to the surgical stapler. The clips may align and attach the retainer to a staple cartridge of the surgical instrument. The clips may align the retainer with an anvil of the surgical instrument. An insertion tool may be used in combination with the retainer to insert the retainer into the surgical stapler and to push the tissue thickness compensators against the anvil and/or the staple cartridge of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon End-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Katherine J. Schmid, Jerome R. Morgan, Charles J. Scheib, Michael S. Cropper, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Steven G. Hall, Richard W. Timm, Matthew M. Lang
  • Patent number: 9375208
    Abstract: A wound closure device for positioning within a wound gap defined between at least two tissue segments has an effect of drawing the at least two tissue segments to a state of proximity that closes the wound gap. The wound closure device includes a tubular collapsible member having an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The wound closure device further includes tissue engaging structure for attaching the tissue segments to the tubular collapsible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Joseph Hotter
  • Patent number: 9351819
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating an abdominal incision or hernia are described. An implant for the restoration or prophylactic treatment of an abdominal wall comprises an elongate element and at least one sheet connected to the elongate element along a longitudinal axis of the elongate element. The elongate element is positioned along the line of incision, and the at least one sheet is secured to the abdominal muscles surrounding the incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: LifeCell Corporation
    Inventor: John R. Harper
  • Patent number: 9345479
    Abstract: A surgical stapling apparatus is provided including a cartridge assembly defining a tissue contacting surface; an anvil assembly defining a tissue contacting surface; and a surgical buttress releasably secured to at least one of the tissue contacting surface of the cartridge assembly and the tissue contacting surface of the anvil assembly by at least one anchor. A loading unit is provided including a surgical buttress releasably secured to an anvil assembly and/or a staple cartridge secured thereto by at least one anchor, and a drive assembly including a knife blade, wherein movement of the drive assembly from a proximal position to a distal position results in the knife blade cutting the at least one anchor and freeing each surgical buttress from the anvil assembly and/or cartridge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Danyel (Tarinelli) Racenet, Ernie Aranyi, Richard Simpson
  • Patent number: 9247939
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method and apparatus for adhering tissue to one another. In an embodiment of the present invention the two tissues to be joined, for example the lower esophagus and the fundus of the stomach, are first placed adjacent to one another. Next a first restraint is placed near the outside surface of one of the tissues and a second restraint is placed near the outside surface of the other tissue. An irritant is then placed between the two adjacent tissues. The restraints, and consequently the tissue surfaces, are then drawn together. As the touching irritated tissue surfaces heal they will become bonded to one another and their need for the mechanical fastening of the restraints, to secure them together, will be diminished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles H. Pugsley, Jr., Barry N. Gellman
  • Patent number: 9192378
    Abstract: A loading unit for use with a surgical stapling apparatus is provided and includes a tool assembly having a cartridge assembly and an anvil assembly that are movable in relation to one another; a surgical buttress releasably secured to a tissue contacting surface of the anvil assembly and/or the cartridge assembly, wherein each surgical buttress is secured to the anvil assembly and/or the cartridge assembly by at least one anchor; a release assembly associated with the anvil assembly and/or the cartridge assembly; and a drive assembly slidably translatable through the tool assembly between proximal and distal positions, wherein the drive assembly actuates the release assembly to thereby release the anchor to free the surgical buttress from the anvil assembly and/or the cartridge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ernest Aranyi, Patrick Mozdzierz, Lee Olson
  • Patent number: 9173970
    Abstract: The invention relates to novel internal fixation devices, such as bone plates, generally and novel craniomaxillofacial bone plates more specifically and systems for bonding the same. More specifically, the invention relates to bone plates made of a polymer blend of (poly)lactic acid and Ecoflex as well as a novel hot-melt adhesive polymer blend of the same material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: University of Massachusetts Lowell, NovaPlast Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen McCarthy, Jeffrey Weinzweig
  • Patent number: 9144634
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a medical device and methods of making the same. The medical device includes a porous substrate and at least one film. The film is formed within the pore of the substrate. The film is intra-porous and does not contact adjacent pores or films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Joshua Stopek, Amin Elachchabi, Daniel Broom
  • Patent number: 9119698
    Abstract: The invention relates to a prosthesis that can be implanted in the center of wall wound scarring. The inventive prosthesis, which is intended for use in abdominal surgery, is provided with a geometric shape in the form of sheets that converge in dihedral angles. The sheets or planes are made from a synthetic biotolerated material in porous form with large pores. One of the planes is inserted into the center of the scarring between the two aponeurotic surfaces to be joined. The other plane(s) of the prosthesis, which is perpendicular to the aforementioned plane, is arranged so as to overlap the aponeurotic edges of the edge of the section. The proliferation obtained around the prosthesis, in the scarring center and close thereto, provides stress resistance greater than that obtained in standard closures, thereby greatly reducing the risk of hernias caused by a badly healed wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Bellón Caneiro, Pedro López Hervás, Julia Buján Varela
  • Patent number: 9089328
    Abstract: An apparatus for closing a surgical incision comprises left and right base panels, a plurality of closure components, and a plurality of left and right axial supports coupled to the respective base panels. The closure components couple the left and right base panels to each other laterally and have left and right ends coupled to the respective base panels. The closure components are positioned laterally across the left and right panels, the left axial supports are disposed between pairs of left closure component ends, the right axial supports are disposed between pairs of right closure component ends, and the left and right axial supports are offset from one another such that a serpentine arrangement of consecutive closure components and axial supports is formed. The apparatus can be made of antimicrobial materials or materials impregnated with antimicrobial agents. A flexible adhesive cover can be provided over the apparatus when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Zipline Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Belson, Eric Storne, Alan Schaer, Pankaj Rathi, Keiichiro Ichiryu, Peter D'Aquanni
  • Patent number: 9078651
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a flexible fixation member having a body with a longitudinal extent and a width, the body defining a plurality of openings through the body, each of the plurality of openings formed substantially cross wise through the width of the body, and a suture having two terminal ends, the suture being interwoven through each of the plurality of openings in the body of the fixation member such that multiple portions of the fixation member are slidably coupled to the suture and configurable to form a cluster within a surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven William Astorino, Peter Klindt Sorensen, Laura Lindsey Mills
  • Publication number: 20150134077
    Abstract: Implantable materials for use with end effectors like surgical stapling devices, and methods associated with the operation of such end effectors, are provided herein. In one exemplary embodiment, a tissue reinforcement material is releasably retained on a portion of a surgical stapler end effector for delivery to tissue upon deployment of staples. The tissue reinforcement material comprises a plurality of fibers having an arrangement configured to compress and seal around a fastener component inserted therethrough. Other implants, devices, and methods for surgical stapling are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Tamara S. Widenhouse