Means To Draw Opposed Sides Of Incision Into Apposition Patents (Class 606/216)
  • Patent number: 11051816
    Abstract: Incision and closure surgical device containing a guide for cutting instruments and a sutureless wound closure mechanism. A stick-to-skin tape has a central slit whose edges are reinforced by two strips that delimit a central incision groove. A removable central partition maintains a constant separation between the elastomeric strips before making the incision. A series of transverse conduits pass through the elastomeric strips and serve for drainage of the wound and for coupling the closing mechanism of the device. At the conclusion of the surgery, a removable pressure or magnetic closure comprises two bilateral flexible strips that are hooked together to approximate the elastomeric strips while facing the edges of the underlying wound. A complementary removable adapter element for laparoscopic surgery serves as a support for a trocar and as a gas containment valve. Another complementary removable adapter element serves as an ogive-shaped cutting guide for cutaneous excisional surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: INCLODE
    Inventors: Pablo Cristian Luchetti, Luciano Poggi
  • Patent number: 11051815
    Abstract: Force modulating tissue bridges, and associated applicators, kits and methods are provided. A force modulating tissue bridge can be a medical article for at least partially covering a wound and/or scar tissue. The medical article can include an elastic arch extending over an area, and a medial strut connected to the arch and extending into the area over which the central section extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: EMRGE, LLC
    Inventors: Felmont F. Eaves, David O. Kazmer, Gary W. Knight, Timothy G. Dietz, William Eugene Clem
  • Patent number: 11033280
    Abstract: Tissue compression devices with a combination of fixation and tension straps and methods of using the same are described herein. The tissue compression devices include a combination of fixation and tension straps that are used together to fix or attach the tissue compression device over selected tissue at a selected location on a patient and to apply pressure to the selected tissue. In one or more embodiments, the fixation straps are sued to fix or attach the tissue compression device and the tension straps are used to provide tension that is converted to pressure on the selected tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Hoff, Sanaz Saatchi, Brian Joseph Mason, John W Lai, Remy O'Leary Pieron, Yusuke Miyashita
  • Patent number: 11000272
    Abstract: A wound closure system and a method of reducing the size of an open wound are disclosed. A suture line is sutured through body tissue adjacent an open wound, the suture line sutured so as to pass into the body tissue at an entry point and exit at an exit point, the suture line including a plurality of barbs extending outwardly at an acute angle with respect to a surface of the suture line. A biasing member applies a continuous pulling force on the suture line for stretching the body tissue toward the open wound, wherein the biasing member is configured to take up any slack of the suture line during stretching of the body tissue and keep the suture line taut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: WOUND CARE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert C. Wilke, Paul J. Anderson, Douglas Duchon
  • Patent number: 10973506
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present disclosure, a tissue retraction system may include a first anchor, a second anchor, and an elongate coupling member extending between the first anchor and the second anchor. The system also may include a holder for receiving the first anchor, the second anchor, and the elongate coupling element. The holder may include a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion may have a smaller width than the proximal portion such that the distal portion exerts a force on a proximal end of the first anchor during deployment of the first anchor from the holder. The force may move the first anchor into an open configuration for receiving tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Ryan V. Wales, Kevin James McElwee, Naroun Suon, Samuel Raybin, Alexander Joseph Burnham, Ray Hewenson Tong, Mary Ann Cornell, Niklas Andersson, John B. Golden, Scott E. Brechbiel
  • Patent number: 10939927
    Abstract: A system including a bone punch tool and a needle guide. The bone punch tool can include a support arm having a support arm proximal portion and a support arm distal portion, a pivot arm having a pivot arm proximal portion and a pivot arm distal portion, and an arcuate punch configured to punch through bone. The pivot arm distal portion can be pivotably coupled to the support arm distal portion, such that the pivot arm proximal portion is configured to be moved away from the support arm proximal portion to extend the arcuate punch into a punch position to punch an arcuate hole through bone. The needle guide can be configured to guide a needle through the arcuate hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Zimmer Biomet CMF and Thoracic, LLC
    Inventors: Saddy Garcia, Bryan Wilcox, Benjamin Witten
  • Patent number: 10939912
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods related to wound closure devices comprising one or more microstructures are described herein. In some embodiments, the wound closure devices include a backing and a microstructure array. The microstructure array may include a first portion, a second portion, and a bridge portion. The first portion and the second portion each include one or more microstructures configured to penetrate tissue. Additionally, the first portion and the second portion each include one or more expandable portions such that the wound closure device is configured to expand in length. The wound closure device is configured to grip tissue surrounding a wound to either close the wound or secure the tissue in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KitoTech Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheuk Yin Paul Leung, Ronald J. Berenson
  • Patent number: 10925596
    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, a biasing member that provides tension on the line to draw all of the skin anchors toward the wound and a negative pressure wound dressing apparatus adapted to be used in conjunction with the wound closure system. 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, providing tension to the line to draw the skin anchors toward the wound, and applying a negative pressure to the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: WOUND CARE TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Robert C. Wilke, Daniel M. Elliott, George M. Hoedeman, John J. Berkey, Paul J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10905594
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a reduced-pressure abdominal treatment system for treating an open abdominal cavity is provided. In some embodiments, the reduced-pressure abdominal treatment system has an open-cavity treatment device for providing reduced-pressure treatment to an abdominal cavity; a deep-tissue closure device for applying a closing force on a deep-tissue wound; and a surface-wound closure subsystem for providing a closing force on a surface wound. The method of manufacturing may also include providing a reduced-pressure supply subsystem. A method of treatment using a reduced-pressure abdominal treatment system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: David George Whyte, Colin John Hall, Mark Stephen James Beard, James Joseph Sealy, Keith Patrick Heaton, Ian James Hardman, Christopher Guy Coward
  • Patent number: 10866759
    Abstract: A control device receives a first request signal for requesting to write first data in a first logical address area of a logical volume set stores the first data in a physical volume in accordance with the first request signal, erases, after receiving the first request signal, the first data in the first logical address area of the logical volume without erasing the first data in the physical volume, and when executing a first erasure processing for erasing the first data in the physical volume, holds the first data in the physical volume, in a case where history information for indicating that a second erasure processing has been executed prior to the first erasure processing is held, and erases the first data in the physical volume, in a case where the history information is not held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Urata
  • Patent number: 10857037
    Abstract: Devices, kits and methods are used for wound healing, including but not limited to the treatment, amelioration, or prevention of scars and/or keloids, and include packaging, manipulation elements, applicator and/or tensioning device that are used to apply and/or maintain a strain in an elastic dressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Neodyne Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Jasper Jackson, John A. Zepeda, Geoffrey C. Gurtner, William R. Beasley, Paul Yock, Keiichiro Ichiryu, Manuel A. Cardona Pamplona, Tor C. Krog, Kemal Levi, Michael T. Longaker, Reinhold H. Dauskardt, Michael T. Cao, Rene Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10765783
    Abstract: Dressings, systems, and methods for treating a tissue site on a patient involve allowing liquids from the tissue site or a priming fluid to evaporate and exit the dressing through a liquid-impermeable, vapor-permeable membrane. The dressing is able to process more liquids than would otherwise be possible without evaporation and potentially to create reduced pressure. Other dressings, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Timothy Mark Robinson, Aidan Marcus Tout
  • Patent number: 10751037
    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 in which the retraction elements are hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: AOD Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ferro, Donald J. Lee, Joseph Phillips, Christiana M. Ferro, Austin T. Ferro, Scott C. Gill
  • Patent number: 10624627
    Abstract: Any of a number of implantable or partially implantable approximators, including, but not limited to, manual and ratchet approximators using a tensioning component that can be at least partially provided within a wound for closing the fascia of a wound (such as around the approximatoor) using continuously tensioned sutures. Also provided are approximators with automatic tensioning features, including electrically driven devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS CLEVELAND MEDICAL CENTER
    Inventor: Hooman Soltanian
  • Patent number: 10596041
    Abstract: Apparatuses for minimizing scar spread and reducing risk of wound dehiscence and related methods. Some of the apparatuses include a flexible first strip and a flexible second strip, the first and second strips configured to be coupled to a patient's back on opposing sides of a wound and a substantially inelastic and flexible layer of material configured to be directly coupled to the first and second strips with the layer in tension to resist separation of the first and second strips, where the layer is configured to be removably coupled to at least one of the first and second strips. In some of the apparatuses, the layer is configured to be removably coupled to each of the first and second strips. In some of the apparatuses, the layer is non-removably coupled to and/or is unitary with at least one of the first and second strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ASCENSION TEXAS
    Inventor: James Allred
  • Patent number: 10524783
    Abstract: A deployment device and an associated surgical fastener as well as their methods of use are disclosed. In one embodiment, the deployment device includes a restraining mechanism constructed and arranged to temporarily limiting movement of a surgical fastener back span. The surgical fastener includes two legs extending in a distal direction from opposing ends of the back span. The legs are in a first closed position with a first shape. The deployment device also includes a spreader configured and arranged to engage the legs of the surgical fastener in the first closed position. When the spreader is moved in a distal direction relative to the back span, the spreader spreads the legs of the surgical fastener from the first closed position to a second open position as the back span is limited from distally moving by the restraining mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Saurav V. Gupta, Kevin J. Ranucci, Alan Bachman, Scott Reed
  • Patent number: 10524793
    Abstract: A device for management of an open abdomen includes a belt having first and second end portions. The belt is positionable to extend partially around a patient's torso in a taut configuration with the end portions positioned on opposed sides of an incision in the patient's abdomen. A first connector is at the first end portion and a second connector is at the second end portion. The connectors are positionable adjacent each other on the opposed sides of the incision. At least one cinching device is connected to and extends between the connectors. The cinching device is positionable to extend over the incision when the connectors are positioned adjacent each other on opposed sides of the incision. The cinching device is adjustable to cinch the end portions towards each other to hold the incision in an at least partially closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: St. Michael's Hospital
    Inventor: João Baptista De Rezende Neto
  • 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: 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