Means To Draw Opposed Sides Of Incision Into Apposition Patents (Class 606/216)
  • Patent number: 10299815
    Abstract: A handle assembly for use with a surgical instrument having an operative distal end portion is disclosed. The handle assembly comprises a handle housing, a drive element, an actuator and a clamp release assembly. The drive element is disposed at least partially within the handle housing and is longitudinally translatable with respect to the handle assembly. The actuator is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the handle housing. At least a partial actuation of the actuator longitudinally translates the drive element. The clamp release assembly is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the drive element. The clamp release assembly includes a clamp pawl configured to releasable lock the longitudinal position of the drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kevin R. Slisz, Christopher Penna
  • Patent number: 10251637
    Abstract: A soft tissue repair device. The device includes an inserter having a distal portion, a first anchor carried externally onto the distal portion, a second anchor carried externally onto the distal portion, and a flexible strand coupling the first and second anchors and forming an adjustable knotless loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Ryan A. Kaiser, Nathan M. Sautter, Andrew Holst
  • Patent number: 10159474
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vascular closure device adapted for use in closing a puncture in a blood vessel after e.g. a percutaneous interventional procedure. The disclosure also relates to a method for vascular closure using such a vascular closure device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: M-V ARTERICA AB
    Inventors: Thomas Larzon, Robert G. Whirley, Daniel Karlsson, Henrik Nyman, Joseph Humphrey, Cecilia Larzon
  • Patent number: 10137228
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for treating an incisional wound having incisional walls is disclosed. The apparatus includes a conduit having a first end for receiving reduced pressure and a second end. The apparatus further includes a scaffold. The scaffold has opposing surfaces for positioning adjacent the incisional walls and is fluidly coupled to the second end of the conduit for receiving the reduced pressure. The scaffold is generally elongated in shape and has a thickness between the opposing surfaces that is sufficiently thin for positioning within the incisional wound. The apparatus further includes an internal manifold that has a primary flow channel extending generally longitudinally within the scaffold and between the opposing surfaces of the scaffold. The internal manifold is fluidly coupled to the second end of the conduit. The application of the reduced pressure through the scaffold and the internal manifold induces tissue apposition between the incisional walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Cornet, Michael E. Manwaring
  • Patent number: 10130370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical restriction device for hollow organs of a body, having a longitudinal flexible element having a first and a second end, a closure device locking the longitudinal element annularly in a predetermined diameter position, and a tip as an insertion aid at the first end of the longitudinal element for placing the restriction device on the hollow organ, wherein the tip comprises a reinforcing core made of rigid material, wherein an opening is provided at the second end of the longitudinal element as part of the closure device, the tip can be inserted with the first end of the longitudinal element into the opening at the second end of the longitudinal element for locking the closure device, and the tip is fixedly connected to the first end; and can be cut off after locking the longitudinal element by the closure device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Q MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Tomasz Szewczyk, Frank Claessen
  • Patent number: 10076386
    Abstract: A wound closure system and a method of closing a wound are disclosed. The wound closure system includes a plurality of skin anchors mechanically attached to external skin tissue around a periphery of a wound, a line extending between the skin anchors, the line slidably engaged with each skin anchor, and a biasing member that provides tension on the line to draw all of the skin anchors toward the wound. The method of closing a wound includes the steps of attaching a plurality of skin anchors to external skin around a periphery of a wound, extending a line between the skin anchors around substantially the entire periphery of the wound, and providing tension to the line to draw the skin anchors toward the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Wound Care Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Wilke, Daniel M. Elliott, George M. Hoedeman, John J. Berkey, Paul J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10070862
    Abstract: A device for closing a tissue opening includes a body extending from a first end to a second end and a first anchoring element connected to the first end of the body and a second anchoring element connected to the second end of the body. At least one of the first anchoring element and the second anchoring element is movable between an insertion configuration, in which the at least one of the first and second anchoring elements is insertable through a target tissue such that the body extends across a tissue opening to be treated, and an anchoring configuration, in which the first and second anchoring elements engage target tissue on a first side and a second side, respectively, of the tissue opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Laura E. Christakis, Sean P. Fleury, Liam K. P. M. Rolle, Colby Harris, Paul Smith
  • Patent number: 9993620
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for anchoring a catheter to a patient's skin using a catheter anchoring device are described. The catheter anchoring device includes one or more pairs of sharps with a sharpened end configured to pierce the surface of the skin. A locking mechanism for the sharps is used as a failsafe mechanism. The catheter anchoring device further includes a catheter clamp for securing a catheter to the catheter anchoring device. Releasing the clamp allows an operator to reposition and secure the catheter at the new position without moving the catheter anchoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SafeSharp Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Duc Hong Le, Minhhia Ngan Le, James A. Grasfield, Bill Russell Alexander
  • Patent number: 9986988
    Abstract: A surgical retractor and configured to minimize tearing of the gloves without compromising the ability to grip tissue. The surgical retractor has a handle, a blade, and a plurality of retraction elements. The retraction elements may be fixed to the blade but arranged in a specific configuration that minimizes tearing of the gloves without compromising the ability to grip tissue. The retraction elements may also be made deployable by having a deployed configuration in which the retraction elements are exposed, and a stowed configuration it which the retraction elements are hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AOD Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ferro, Donald J. Lee, Joseph Phillips, Christiana M. Ferro, Austin T. Ferro, Scott C. Gill
  • Patent number: 9895212
    Abstract: A reinforcement device comprises a sheet of biocompatible material equipped with a plurality of hooks or apertures for reinforcing the closure of a surgical incision, including elongated abdominal incisions. The reinforcement device, when implanted through surgery, reduces the likelihood of and/or prevents incisional hernias. The reinforcement device may be included in a surgical kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Prevent Patch LLC
    Inventor: John W. Murphy
  • Patent number: 9681867
    Abstract: The invention concerns an implant for adjusting the position of at least one tissue holder (6) for soft tissue, whereby this implant can be fixed to bone tissue at a distance from said tissue holder (6) and has a guide (3) for an elongate pulling member (4), whereby this pulling member (4) is connected to said tissue holder (6), and whereby the implant includes a fixing element (10) which can be moved between a fixing position in which the pulling member (4) is clamped by the fixing element (10) and a free position in which said pulling member (4) can freely move through said guide (3), characterized in that said fixing element (10) cooperates with a control element (14) which makes it possible to move this fixing element (10) between said fixing position and said free position when the implant is attached to said bone tissue and when the implant is covered with soft tissue such as muscle tissue or skin tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: Peter Mercelis, Gwen Swennen
  • Patent number: 9655623
    Abstract: A system for wound closure has at least two closure elements. One closure element is detachably tethered to another closure element. Each closure element includes: a base member with an integral strap hingably connected to the base member, and a lock member slidably disposed on the strap and being lockable on the strap. Alternatively, the base member defines a plane and the strap being affixed to the base member at an angle to the plane. The system may further include a wound covering disposed between the straps and the wound. The wound covering may be a laminate having at least two layers; a first layer is a moisture impervious layer adapted to contain body heat, and a second hydrophilic layer is adapted to retain moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Alan E. Nash, Zachary T. Amodt
  • Patent number: 9597079
    Abstract: A wound closure system and a method of closing a wound are disclosed. The disclosure is directed to a wound closure system comprising a skin anchor mechanically attached to external skin tissue on a first side of a generally linear wound, an anchorable tensioning apparatus mechanically attached to external skin tissue on an opposite side of the wound, and a line extending between the skin anchor and the tensioning apparatus to movably connect the anchor to the tensioning apparatus. The line is fixedly engaged with an anchor on one side of the wound while the tensioning apparatus provides tension on the line to draw the skin anchor and the tensioning apparatus toward each other and toward the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Wound Care Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Elliott, George M. Hoedeman, John J. Berkey, Paul J. Anderson, Robert C. Wilke
  • Patent number: 9433443
    Abstract: A posterior vertebral plating system comprising a plate and a plurality of attachment members. The plate has a plurality of holes extending through the plate from an upper surface to a lower surface, and the plate is configured to extend along the posterior side of at least two vertebrae adjacent at least one boney structure of each of the vertebrae. The holes are spaced in such a way that a first plurality of holes is positionable over a boney structure of a first vertebra to define a plurality of fixation points to the first vertebra and a second plurality of holes is positionable over boney structure of a second vertebra to define a plurality of fixation points to the second vertebra. The attachment members are insertable through the holes of the plate and into the boney structure of a corresponding vertebra to fix the plate to the vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert A. Montello, Hyun W. Bae, William L. Strausbaugh, Christopher M. Bonner, William P. McDonough, David K. Koch, Jordan N. Milford
  • Patent number: 9408956
    Abstract: A system for in-vivo and ex-vivo tissue regeneration and cellular control, manipulation and management includes a source of cell manipulating factors, which are administered to a therapy zone via active pressure-differential components including a pump and a controller, or pulse-waves generated passively. A plate comprising tissue or an inert, bio-compatible material is provided in the therapy zone in proximity to a fluid flow manifold and tissue scaffolding. A tissue regeneration and cellular control method includes the steps of providing a cell manipulation factor source, providing one or more factors to a therapy zone and forming a pressure wave with a mechanical component or an in-vivo pressure wave source, such as the circulatory or lymphatic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Zamierowski
  • Patent number: 9381284
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for treating an incisional wound having incisional walls is disclosed. The apparatus includes a conduit having a first end for receiving reduced pressure and a second end. The apparatus further includes a scaffold. The scaffold has opposing surfaces for positioning adjacent the incisional walls and is fluidly coupled to the second end of the conduit for receiving the reduced pressure. The scaffold is generally elongated in shape and has a thickness between the opposing surfaces that is sufficiently thin for positioning within the incisional wound. The apparatus further includes an internal manifold that has a primary flow channel extending generally longitudinally within the scaffold and between the opposing surfaces of the scaffold. The internal manifold is fluidly coupled to the second end of the conduit. The application of the reduced pressure through the scaffold and the internal manifold induces tissue apposition between the incisional walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Cornet, Michael E. Manwaring
  • Patent number: 9198657
    Abstract: An anchor unit, an instrument for deploying the anchor unit, and methods of treating or preventing vaginal vault prolapse and/or uterine prolapse in conditions of utero-vaginal prolapse are disclosed. The anchor unit can include an anchor housing and an anchor blade assembly. The anchor housing can include a first peripheral wall and a second peripheral wall which can be arranged in the shape of a knife blade. The anchor blade assembly can include a plurality of blades for securing the anchor unit to body tissue. The anchor blade assembly can be configured to be rotatable with respect to the anchor housing to allow the deployment of the plurality of blades into body tissue in a deployed state of the anchor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Basil Anthony Kocur
  • Patent number: 9198689
    Abstract: An apparatus for approximating planes of a body tissue during a medical procedure may include an internal portion and an external portion. The internal portion may be implantable within a body of a patient and may include a first flexible sheet member, a first magnetic member, and a first working window through the first flexible sheet member. The external portion may include a second flexible sheet member, a second magnetic member, and a second working window through the second flexible sheet member. The first magnetic member and the second magnetic member may be attracted to one another to magnetically couple the internal and external portions and capture the body tissue between the internal and external portions. The first working window may be substantially aligned with the second working window to enable access to the internal and external surfaces of the body tissue through the respective first and second working windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Melissa Dale, Matthew J. Terwiske
  • Patent number: 9186146
    Abstract: Devices for treating wounds and methods of treating wounds are described. In use, the devices allow both mechanical force and negative pressure therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Hardman, Colin Hall, James Sealy
  • Patent number: 9050086
    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: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: ZIPLINE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Amir Belson, Eric Storne, Alan Schaer, Pankaj Rathi, Keiichiro Ichiryu, Peter D'Aquanni, Luke Clauson
  • Publication number: 20150142049
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to implantable sealing devices, delivery apparatuses, and methods of their use, for closing surgical openings or defects in a sidewall of a vessel in a subject. In several embodiments, the disclosed implantable sealing devices, delivery apparatuses, and methods can be used to close a surgical opening in a sidewall of the heart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sergio Delgado, Ralph Schneider, Stanton J. Rowe, Ming H. Wu, Mohammad Jafari, Jon Boomgarden
  • Patent number: 9028529
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to tissue closure devices for closing a tissue opening, including one or more closure components, each closure component having a first member and a second member, each of the first and second members having a first surface that adheres to a tissue surface proximate to the tissue opening, each of the first and second members having a second surface substantially orthogonal to the first surface, and each of the first and second members having a transitional region between the first surface and the second surface which is contoured to evert an edge of the tissue opening upon the drawing together of the first and second members. The present invention is also directed to systems and kits, dressing systems, and methods for tissue repair and closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: DermaClip US, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew D. Fox, Daniel J. Riskin, Michael Barenboym
  • Patent number: 9017373
    Abstract: A closure device for a patent foramen ovale (PFO) has proximal and distal occlusion members for applying compressive forces to tissue on opposite sides of septal defects to help close the defects. The devices are collapsible for delivery and deployment, and can be easily retrieved and redeployed or repositioned if needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrzej J. Chanduszko, Carol A. Devellian, Todd A. Peavey, David Widomski
  • Patent number: 9005244
    Abstract: A tissue approximation device comprising two elongate arms, an attachment means to secure the elongate arms to each other, adhesive pads on at least a portion of the elongate arms to anchor the tissue approximation device to the skin, and a locking means to lock the elongate arms in place relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc E. Feinberg
  • Publication number: 20150088195
    Abstract: A wound closure device using magnets to draw skin together without using stitches. When two skin adhering magnets are placed on opposite sides of a wound in a polar opposite configuration, the magnets attract each other, thus drawing the skin underneath the magnets together. Each device has a magnet, an insulation layer that separates the magnet from an absorbent layer that absorbs wound secretions, a polymer layer having a plurality of holes that allow drainage of potential build-up secretions away from the absorbent layer, and an adhesive layer on the bottom that allows the device to adhere to the patient's skin. The device may be enclosed within a polymer casing that use flexible magnets, or a plurality of segmented magnets to help align the device along a non-linear (curved) wound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Moustafa Moustafa
  • Publication number: 20150080947
    Abstract: This invention relates to the design of tissue covering elements for use in vacuum assisted tissue apposition systems, wherein the geometry of the covering elements favours the application of contractile forces over compressive or extensive forces at the tissue interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Bryan Greener
  • Patent number: 8974457
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods for sternum repair. A sternum repair device may include a central body, which may include a plurality of bands and buckles, such that a band extends from the central body and is received by a buckle component. The band may wrap around the sternum and the device may be tightened to keep the separate sternum pieces together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Figure 8 Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Thomas McClellan, John Fredrick Krumme, Scott Hyler Heneveld, Johnny T. Chang
  • Patent number: 8936618
    Abstract: A reduced-pressure, deep-tissue closure device for applying a closing force on a deep tissue includes a contractible matrix that is formed with a first plurality of apertures and which has a first side and a second, inward-facing side. The contractible matrix is for disposing proximate to the deep tissue. A reduced-pressure source is fluidly coupled to the contractible matrix and operable to deliver reduced pressure to the contractible matrix. When under reduced pressure, the contractible matrix grips the deep tissue adjacent the contractible matrix and provides a closing force on the deep tissue. A system and method are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: James Joseph Sealy, Keith Patrick Heaton, Colin John Hall, Christopher Guy Coward, Mark Stephen James Beard
  • Patent number: 8936628
    Abstract: A sternal clamp having a first sliding body member and a second sliding body member telescopically mated, and a suture-receiving channel disposed on the exterior of the first sliding body member and the second sliding body member, wherein the first sliding body member and the second sliding body member are securable about a severed sternum by encircling and securing a suture about the first sliding body member and the second sliding body member, the suture being received and retained within the suture-receiving channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: KLS-Martin, L.P.
    Inventor: Charles Anderson
  • Publication number: 20150018874
    Abstract: Tissue closure devices include one or more closure components, each closure component having a first member and a second member, each of the first and second members having a first surface that adheres to a tissue surface proximate to the tissue opening, each of the first and second members having a second surface substantially orthogonal to the first surface, and each of the first and second members having a transitional region between the first surface and the second surface which is contoured to evert an edge of the tissue opening upon the drawing together of the first and second members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Wadsworth Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Riskin, Andrew D. Fox, Michael Barenboym
  • Publication number: 20150012037
    Abstract: A pre-stressed pressure device for treating a wound or reduce scarring of a skin of a patient includes a substrate assembly having a first surface, a pressure member having a curve in a central portion, the pressure member being secured to the substrate assembly; a treatment device for exerting a pressure on the wound or the scarring, the treatment device being connected to a first area of the first surface; and an adhesive for applying the pressure bandage to the skin, the adhesive being disposed on a second area of the first surface, the first and second areas being non-overlapping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: 3K Anesthesia Innovations LLP
    Inventors: Boris Goldman, Eric Kitain, Robert Koorn, Vladimir Koltchine
  • Patent number: 8915942
    Abstract: The invention discloses a skin wound closure device capable of promoting skin wound healing and characterized by being capable of randomly adjusting stitching force for a wound. The skin wound closure device includes a support structure respectively arranged at both sides of a skin wound, at least one locking device is arranged above the support structure, the locking device includes a locking bar and a locking buckle arranged on the support structure, the locking bar is movably connected within the locking buckle, and a locking member is arranged on the locking buckle and can lock or loosely fit the locking bar in the locking buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sichuan Lichen Medical & Pharmaceutical Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shengping Zhang
  • Patent number: 8916741
    Abstract: A wound closure system having first, second and third adhesive pads with a pair of strap members fixedly secured to the first and third adhesive pads. The pair of strap members are slidably received within the second adhesive pad. When the third adhesive pad is displaced, the first and second adhesive pads are displaced toward each other to close the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Robert E. Fischell, Leigh Vinocur
  • Patent number: 8894683
    Abstract: A device for attaching, relocating or reinforcing tissue includes a first tissue anchoring portion having a support plate and a plurality of barbs extending from the support plate for engaging tissue at a first location, a second tissue anchoring portion having a support plate and a plurality of barbs extending from the support plate for engaging tissue at a second location which is different from the first location, and a connection element, such as a suture or a mesh structure, interposed between and interconnecting the first tissue anchoring portion and the second tissue anchoring portion. The support plate of at least one of the first tissue anchoring portion and the second tissue anchoring portion may have longitudinally axially formed therethrough a bore for receiving the connecting element so that the surgeon may pull on the end of the connecting element to adjust the distance between the first tissue anchoring portion and the second tissue anchoring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Weadock, Parris Wellman, Martin Weisberg, Philip Prentice, Earl Adamy
  • Patent number: 8864796
    Abstract: A wound closure system and a method of closing a wound are disclosed. The disclosure is directed to a wound closure system comprising a skin anchor mechanically attached to external skin tissue on a first side of a generally linear wound, an anchorable tensioning apparatus mechanically attached to external skin tissue on an opposite side of the wound, and a line extending between the skin anchor and the tensioning apparatus to movably connect the anchor to the tensioning apparatus. The line is fixedly engaged with an anchor on one side of the wound while the tensioning apparatus provides tension on the line to draw the skin anchor and the tensioning apparatus toward each other and toward the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Wound Care Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Elliott, George M. Hoedeman, John J. Berkey, Paul J. Anderson, Robert C. Wilke
  • Publication number: 20140309686
    Abstract: A closure system and methods of use are provided for use in sealing an opening in a body tissue, such as a vascular puncture site. A method of closing the opening in the body tissue can be performed with the closure system having a closure clip. The method can include positioning the closure clip in a first closure clip position adjacent to the opening in the body tissue such that a plurality of spikes of the closure clip are inserted into the tissue at a location outward from a central axis of the opening. Subsequently, the closure clip can be positioned in a second closure clip position such that the plurality of spikes are pulled inward toward the central axis of the opening so as to pull the tissue between the opening and each of the spikes together and close the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Richard S. Ginn, William N. Aldrich, William Martin Belef, Steven N. Roe, Michael T. Carley, Ronald J. Jabba, Stephen M. Salmon, Anthony J. Pantages, Fransisco Javier Sagastegui
  • Patent number: 8858594
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed herein for a closure device. A closure device includes a body movable from a pre-deployed configuration towards a deployed configuration, a plurality of tissue-engaging portions extending from the body. At least two of the tissue-engaging portions are separated by a first distance in the deployed configuration and a second distance in the pre-deployed configuration in which the first distance is smaller than the second distance. The closure device also includes a plurality of device capture features secured to the body. The device capture features are configured to move the tissue-engaging portions to a separation greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventor: Ian J. Clark
  • Patent number: 8845684
    Abstract: A tissue closure device includes a main body, a sheath, and a biasing member. The main body has a plurality of resilient arms that each extend from a proximal end to a distal tip. The resilient arms are movable between an open configuration in which the distal tips are radially spaced apart from the longitudinal axis of the main body and from each other and a closed configuration in which the distal tips abut one another at or near the longitudinal axis. The sheath is longitudinally slideable on the main body to move the arms between the open and closed configurations. The biasing member causes the sheath to bias the arms toward the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Randolf von Oepen
  • Patent number: 8821535
    Abstract: This invention relates to the design of tissue covering elements for use in vacuum assisted tissue apposition systems, wherein the geometry of the covering elements favors the application of contractile forces over compressive or extensive forces at the tissue interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventor: Bryan Greener
  • Patent number: 8821538
    Abstract: Implantable tissue structure modification devices are provided. Aspects of the tissue structure modification devices include first and second tissue securers separated by a contraction region, wherein the device is configured to be implanted at a cardiac location and assume a first constrained length that is longer than a second relaxed length. Also provided are methods of using the devices for tissue structure modification, as well as delivery systems and kits that find use in the methods. The devices and methods of the invention find use in a variety of different applications, including valve (e.g., mitral valve) structure modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Karl Johansson
  • Patent number: 8821529
    Abstract: A device for occluding a septal defect is provided. In general, the occluding device has a contracted state that allows the occluding device to be received within a delivery device for deployment to the site of the defect and an expanded state that is achieved when the occluding device is deployed from the delivery device. The occluding device has a proximal portion, which may be substantially circular, a distal portion, which may be substantially ovaloid, and a connecting portion extending between the two. The distal portion may define first and second outer parts at opposite ends of the major axis, which may be bent or curved. The configuration of the proximal and distal portions allow the occluding device to securely engage the septal wall and be kept in position at the septal defect without causing substantial interference with the functioning of adjacent heart structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: AGA Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Douglas Kariniemi, Mathias C. Glimsdale, John Oslund, Derek Randall Wise
  • Publication number: 20140243890
    Abstract: The present application is directed to an endoscopic closure device. The endoscopic closure device adapted to be delivered by an endoscope having an axis. The endoscopic closure device includes a pair of grasping members coupled by a support member that extends between the grasping members along the direction of the axis. The endoscopic closure device is configured to align and deploy along the axis of the endoscope accessory channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: John A. Dumot
  • Publication number: 20140236227
    Abstract: A system for wound closure has at least two closure elements. One closure element is detachably tethered to another closure element. Each closure element includes: a base member with an integral strap hingably connected to the base member, and a lock member slidably disposed on the strap and being lockable on the strap. Alternatively, the base member defines a plane and the strap being affixed to the base member at an angle to the plane. The system may further include a wound covering disposed between the straps and the wound. The wound covering may be a laminate having at least two layers; a first layer is a moisture impervious layer adapted to contain body heat, and a second hydrophilic layer is adapted to retain moisture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Alan E. Nash, Zachary T. Amodt
  • Publication number: 20140222070
    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: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Zipline Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir BELSON, Eric STORNE, Alan SCHAER, Pankaj RATHI, Keiichiro ICHIRYU, Peter D'AQUANNI
  • Publication number: 20140200597
    Abstract: A biodegradable device for providing scaffolding for a trocar defect to promote healing. The device consists of an upper and lower scaffold, offset by a connector. The device is arranged so the distance between the lower surface of the upper scaffolding and upper surface of the lower scaffolding holds the fascia around the trocar defect while promoting tissue growth. The surfaces of the scaffolding in contact with the trocar defect are textured to maximize adherence to tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Sigmund Klein, Michael George Fourkas, SR., Widya Mulyasasmita
  • Patent number: 8777985
    Abstract: A device for sealing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in the heart is provided. The device includes a left atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a left atrium of the heart, a right atrial anchor adapted to be placed in a right atrium of the heart, and an elongate member adapted to extend through the passageway and connect the left and right atrial anchors. The right atrial anchor preferably includes a plurality of arms and a cover attached to the arms. The left atrial anchor also includes a plurality of arms and preferably does not include a cover. Preferably, the elongate member has a first end of fixedly connected to the left atrial anchor and a portion, proximal to the first end, releasably connected to the right atrial anchor. Preferably, the elongate member is flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Wahr, David J. Blaeser, Peter T. Keith, Thomas V. Ressemann
  • Patent number: 8777989
    Abstract: Subcutaneous sinusoidal wound-closure techniques use one-way sutures. The one-way sutures have tissue-grasping surface features which allow passage of the suture in one direction through tissue, but not in the opposite direction. In closing a wound, the one-way suture is deployed along a curvilinear path which passes alternately through subcutaneous tissue on opposed sides of the wound. The wound-closure techniques allow approximation of the sides of the wound without knots, avoid loop stitching and reduce scarring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Leung, Matthew A. Megaro, Gregory Ruff, Andrew Kaplan
  • Patent number: 8764795
    Abstract: A device having a plurality of anchors configured to be driven into a tissue, and a closure element extending between the anchors and configured to urge the anchors from a first configuration in which the anchors are a first distance from each other, toward a second configuration in which the anchors are a second distance from each other, the second distance being less than the first distance, wherein the device is configured to maintain the anchors in the first configuration during a surgical intervention and to subsequently allow the anchors to be moved by the closure element toward the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Micro Interventional Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Whitman, Peter Datcuk
  • Patent number: 8764778
    Abstract: A biodegradable suture clip for joining bodily soft tissue is described. The suture clip has a pair of identical flexible compression strips which are identical and adapted to interlock with one another. Each strip has at least two piercing teeth having pointed free ends and opposed latch formations and also has at least two tooth latching guide openings for captive engagement with the piercing teeth. The openings are provided with latching guide ramps provided with arresting gripping formations wherein opposed latch formations of the teeth engage with associated ones of the gripping formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Sarkis Yeretsian
  • Patent number: RE45426
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for binding together human or animal tissue using one-way sutures having barbs on their exterior surfaces, allowing passage of a needle-drawn suture in one direction through tissue, but not in the opposite direction. In closing a wound, the sutures are passed through tissue at each of the opposed sides of the wound, forming suture pairs in which trailing ends of the sutures are juxtaposed in the wound. The number of suture pairs is selected in accordance with the size of the wound. The wound is closed and ends of the sutures of each suture pair are secured together, which may be by heat bonding or surgical knots. In a variation of this procedure double-armed sutures are used. In another variation detachable needles are used to leave the barbed sutures below the skin. The invention avoids loop stitching, minimizing scarring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Millette Buncke