Suture Or Ligature Patents (Class 606/228)
  • Patent number: 10959719
    Abstract: A graft suspension device for suspending a ligament in a bone hole having a first loop and a second loop suspending from an 8-hole anchor, and a cradle at the opposite end of the loops to the anchor. The loose ends of the suture are routed through holes in the anchor separate from the loops and are joined together to form a single tail. A finger loop allows a surgeon to adjust the distance of the cradle from the anchor with the cradle staying centered with respect to the anchor as the distance is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Rodriguez, Norman Gordon, Tri Nguyen, Stephen Santangelo
  • Patent number: 10959802
    Abstract: A tissue marking device enables the deployment of a hook to mark a location within a breast. The deployment is performed by inserting a needle in tissue until it arrives at a target location and pressing on the end of a rod that embeds the hook in the tissue. A thread is attached to the hook and is left exposed to facilitate locating the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Linda Henderson, James Henderson
  • Patent number: 10912639
    Abstract: A link (1) for connecting two loops of a flexible tension-carrying construct (2, 2a). It solves the problem of providing effective means to connect two anchor points (7, 7a), typically on bones articulating at a joint by the flexible tension-carrying construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Kyon AG
    Inventors: Stephen Bresina, Slobodan Tepic
  • Patent number: 10893941
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes tissue gripping devices, systems, and methods for gripping mitral valve tissue during treatment of a mitral valve and while a tissue fixation device is implanted in the mitral valve. The tissue gripping device includes a flexible member and one or more tissue gripping members coupled to one or more arms of the flexible member. The flexible member is formed from a shape-memory material, such as nitinol, and the tissue gripping member(s) are formed from a material that is more rigid than the shape-memory material. The tissue gripping member(s) are attached to the flexible member by threading or looping suture lines around and/or through the tissue gripping member(s) and the flexible member and/or by applying a cover material to the tissue gripping device to hold the tissue gripping member(s) against the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Wei
  • Patent number: 10888310
    Abstract: A suture assembly including a first suture having a generally O-shaped configuration having a first arm, a second arm, a first bridge connecting the first arm to the second arm, and a second bridge connecting the first arm to the second arm. The first bridge opposes the second bridge so that the first suture includes a closed loop. A second suture having a first arm, a second arm and a bridge connecting the first arm to the second arm. The first arm of the second suture is wrapped around the first arm of the first suture in a first direction, and the second arm of the second suture is wrapped around the second arm of the first suture in a second, opposite direction. The suture assembly is capable of assuming (i) a longitudinally-extended, radially-contracted first configuration, and (ii) a longitudinally-contracted, radially-expanded second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis McDevitt, Vincent Novak
  • Patent number: 10842478
    Abstract: An anchoring system can use an implant delivery device to deploy an implant into a pre-drilled bore, to secure one or more sutures between a threaded outer surface of an implant body and a wall of the bore. The implant delivery device can controllably rotate the implant about its longitudinal axis. The implant can further include a distal member positioned distal to the implant body and freely rotatable about the longitudinal axis. The implant delivery device can include a finger extending distally from a distal end of an inner shaft. The implant delivery device can controllably translate a wire between a distally extended position, at which the wire can form a closed loop with the finger and a distal end of the inner shaft, and a proximally retracted position, at which the wire can be at least partially retracted into the distal end of the inner shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Jacy C. Hoeppner, Kevin T. Stone, Jason D. Meridew, Christopher Palese
  • Patent number: 10835238
    Abstract: A barbed suture is provided. The barbed suture includes an elongate body and at least one barb extending from the elongate body. The elongate body defines a recess adjacent the at least one barb. Also provided is a method of making a barbed suture. The method includes the steps of providing a suture nest and a punch apparatus configured for operable engagement with the suture nest, loading a suture through the suture nest, engaging the punch apparatus with the suture nest, and disengaging the punch apparatus with the suture nest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Stanislaw Marczyk, Russell Pribanic
  • Patent number: 10828147
    Abstract: A device for ligament reconstruction includes an elongated body and a hook or loop at each end for receiving a ligament reconstruction member such as an allograft or autograft tendon. The ligament reconstruction member is positioned within a hole that is drilled into a bone, or which is provided within a prosthetic joint. A central portion of a ligament reconstruction member is passed through each end of the device. The ends of the ligament reconstruction members are then fastened to the opposing bone forming the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Robert A. Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 10820897
    Abstract: Surgical devices and methods of surgical repairs using the devices are disclosed. The device and methods aid in surgical repairs by allowing for quick and reproducible repairs to be made. A tensionable knotless fixation device is provided with a tensioning construct (formed of a tensioning strand, a tensionable, adjustable, knotless, self-cinching loop, and a splice adjacent the loop) pre-loaded onto a fixation device. A flexible material (for example, suture or suture tape) may be attached to a fixation device. A flexible material may be threaded through an eyelet of a fixation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek C. Sullivan, William C. Benavitz, Thomas Dooney, Jr., Lee D. Kaplan, James P. Bradley
  • Patent number: 10806443
    Abstract: A tissue fixation device including a self-locking construct having a first loop, a second loop, and a first free end. A first tail is coupled to, and extends from, the first loop. A second tail is coupled to, and extends from, the second loop. An anchor is coupled to one of the self-locking construct or the first tail such that one of the self-locking construct or the first tail extend through the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel R. Norton, Kevin T. Stone
  • Patent number: 10806562
    Abstract: A low-profile stent graft has a Type-III endoleak suppression effect, avoiding the problem with a stent graft which uses an extra-thin graft incurring enlarged needle holes or needle hole parts in a suture part. The stent graft has a proximate end, a distal end, and a lumen which is positioned between the proximate end and the distal end. The stent graft is formed by coupling a cylindrical graft to a stent with a suture. The cylindrical graft is formed from a fabric having a thickness of 10-90 ?m. The elastic modulus of the suture is 40 cN/dtex or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuko Takahashi, Junichi Kojima
  • Patent number: 10779815
    Abstract: A barbed suture including a body with barbs on the periphery, a pointed end, and an anchor at one end to resist movement of the suture in the direction of the pointed end is provided. One or more limbs on the anchor may be provided, which may be arcuate, of varying lengths, and of varying distribution about the periphery of the suture body. Other anchor designs are provided. Methods of placing single-directional and bi-directional barbed sutures to approximate the tissue on each side of a wound and to position and support tissue in the absence of a wound, as in cosmetic surgery, are provided, and may include terminal J-stitches or S-stitches. Methods of placement may be made with sharp, pointed ends, which may be needles, or insertion devices. Sinusoidal patterns of sutures that have amplitudes generally perpendicular to the resultant holding force of the suture are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: Ethicon, Inc., Ethicon, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory L. Ruff, Jeffrey C. Leung, Andrew Kaplan, Matthew A. Megaro, Stanton D. Batchelor
  • Patent number: 10722230
    Abstract: The present invention provides a suturing device to minimize interference and obstructions during intricate surgeries. The curled suture device is significantly shorter than traditional suturing kits by featuring a needle attached to a specially manufactured thread incorporating a stopping mechanism preceding an angular, semi-rigid portion of thread followed by a curled portion of thread arranged in a corkscrew configuration. The stopping mechanism halts the movement of the thread as the needle and thread intermediate the needle and stopping mechanism is pulled through the suture point, securing the remainder of the thread for access. The semi-rigid portion of thread is thereby utilized in conjunction with its curled portion of thread, allowing for the user's unabated access to the corkscrew configuration to form a ready-made knot, minimizing interference and obstruction during surgery. The thread may be manufactured to form an additional semi-rigid and curled portions of thread upon creation of a knot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SMART SUTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Salvant
  • Patent number: 10687875
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for the correction of chest deformities is provided and includes a rib implant (26) for mounting to a rib, a sternal implant (22) for mounting to a sternum, and a first elongate member (24). The rib implant includes a first aperture (44) having a first axis (45). The sternal implant includes a second aperture (140) having a second axis (143). The first elongate member has a first end (152) adjustably received in the first aperture and a second end (150) adjustably received in the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Smits, Brett Baver, Megan Courtney
  • Patent number: 10639025
    Abstract: A device for treating a tissue defect including a grasper including a pair of arms movable between a tissue receiving configuration and a tissue gripping configuration, a needle extending longitudinally from a proximal end to a distal end and including a first lumen extending longitudinally therethrough, the needle slidably received between the arms so that the needle is movable between a non-extended configuration, in which the distal end of the needle is proximal the distal ends of the arms, and an extended configuration, in which the distal end of the needle is distal of the distal end of the arms, and a first suture element slidably housed within the first channel and deployable therefrom to be anchored in a first target tissue into which it is inserted, the first suture element including a first cross member attached to a distal end of a first suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Raybin, Matthew B. Hollyer
  • Patent number: 10639031
    Abstract: A delivery system for delivering a plurality of helical tissue anchors to repair a wall defect. Coaxially contained within the outer sheath are inner tubular members. The first inner tubular member designed to deploy a first helical tissue anchor, a second inner tubular member designed to deploy a second helical tissue anchor, and a centered inner tubular member contains a cinching mechanism. The two helical tissue anchors are connected to a suture or strap that pull the two helical tissue anchors together to close a tissue defect. A cinching mechanism holds the anchors and tissue defect together and cut the suture or strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Binmoeller, Matthew Thomas Yurek, Michael Hartsfield, John Greelis
  • Patent number: 10631844
    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: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven William Astorino, Peter Klindt Sorensen, Laura Lindsey Mills
  • Patent number: 10631981
    Abstract: An intravascular device delivery system includes a distal end cap to connect an elongated member of the intravascular device delivery system to an intravascular device. The distal end cap includes at least one connection member radially movable relative to the distal end cap that is configured to engage with a complimentary recess in the intravascular device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Cephea Valve Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randolf von Oepen, Sean A. McNiven, Ken C. Salvador
  • Patent number: 10603028
    Abstract: Finger traps for collapsible suture loops are provided. In general, a suture coupled to an implant can be tensioned to facilitate desirable positioning of the implant relative to tissue in a patient's body. The suture can include a finger trap and a knot. In general, the finger trap is a hollow area of the suture through which the suture passes through itself and is configured to slide in a single direction when under tension. In an exemplary embodiment, the knot is located along a length of the suture that is closer than the finger trap to a tail of the suture that is being pulled to tension the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Mehmet Z. Sengun, David B. Spenciner, Richard M. Lunn
  • Patent number: 10595859
    Abstract: A suture member includes: a suture needle of which a distal end is sharp; a suture thread which includes a first end portion and a second end portion, of which the first end portion is connected to the suture needle, and which sutures the tissue; a first loop portion which has a ring shape, through which the suture needle is capable of passing, and which is connected to the second end portion; and a second loop portion which has a ring shape, through which the suture needle is capable of passing, which is connected to the second end portion, and which is provided to separate from the first loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kosuke Motai
  • Patent number: 10588617
    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: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven William Astorino, Peter Klindt Sorensen, Laura Lindsey Mills
  • Patent number: 10568618
    Abstract: A surgical suture is caught in a needle tip that is pierced through a body tissue; and when the needle is withdrawn, the surgical suture is pulled out along a path through which the needle was pierced into the tissue, and the surgical suture is tied outside a patient's body. The surgical suture for the laparoscopic port site closure device, wherein the laparoscopic port site closure device is in a tube shape for being introduced into a port site, includes: a tubular body provided with needle guides that face each other and guide insertion of a needle; wings mounted to a lower portion of the tubular body such that the wings are opened and closed through a cam method; and an operating stick penetrating through the tubular body to operate the wings to be opened and to be closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Ki Seong Kim
  • Patent number: 10555733
    Abstract: A suture made of a woven braid of fibers is provided. The suture includes: at least one first end; at least one second end comprising a colorable material wherein the second end has been colored a single color along an entire length of the second end; and at least one third end comprising a colorable material wherein only a portion of the third end is colored a continuous color. In another embodiment, a method of manufacture of a suture is provided. The method includes: braiding an elongate suture from a first end, a second end comprising a colorable material, and a third end comprising a colorable material; coloring the second end a single first color along an entire length of the second end; coloring only a first portion of the third end a second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: James R. Olson
  • Patent number: 10531873
    Abstract: An active anvil assembly for use in forming a looped suture is provided. The active anvil assembly includes an anvil member, a first sensor operably connected to the anvil member, and a control assembly. The first sensor is configured for measuring at least one of force, torque, and distance feedback. Also provided are systems and methods for forming a looped suture including an active anvil assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Nicholas Maiorino, Timothy Kosa, Mark Buchter, Keith Kroeber, Richard Casey Hart, Gary Suszynski
  • Patent number: 10499904
    Abstract: An arthroscopic anchor insertion tool and method for inserting consecutive, longitudinally aligned anchors from a common deployment channel of a cannulated needle by employing positive stops to prevent travel of an actuator from simultaneously advancing multiple anchors into a surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard J. Bourque
  • Patent number: 10492776
    Abstract: Systems and methods for soft tissue to bone repairs, without knot tying. The soft tissue repair systems include self-cinching constructs with a fixation device, a flexible construct having a flexible strand abutting a suture tape, and a shuttle/pull device attached to the flexible strand and provided within the body of the fixation device. A splice is formed by pulling on the shuttle/pull device subsequent to the fixation device being secured into the bone, to allow the wide tape to be positioned over the tissue (for best compression and minimum tissue cut-thru) and suture for the implanted portion (for most efficient and least bone removal).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dreyfuss, Derek C. Sullivan, Tara L. Swanlaw
  • Patent number: 10485652
    Abstract: Devices and methods for securing a graft with respect to bone are provided. One exemplary embodiment of a surgical implant includes a flexible filament body and a suture filament or repair construct that extends through the filament body at multiple locations. The repair construct is formed into one or more coils, which can receive a graft. The flexible filament body can be configured to be actuated between unstressed and anchoring configurations, the latter of which sets a location of the suture filament, and associated graft, in a bone tunnel. More particularly, the flexible filament body can ball up, or become denser, to a size that cannot pass into the bone tunnel in which the suture filament holding the graft is disposed. The present disclosure also provides for feedback units to assist a surgeon in knowing a location of the implant. Further, other exemplary devices and methods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mehmet Ziya Sengun, Jacob A. Marks
  • Patent number: 10463363
    Abstract: A suture passer comprising: a handle; a first needle mounted to the handle; a retrieving loop selectively extendable out of, and selectively retractable into, the first needle; a second needle mounted to the handle, the second needle being configured to pass suture therethrough; a housing having first and second lumens extending therethrough for receiving the first and second needles therein, respectively; wherein the suture passer is configured so that the first and second needles have (i) a first distance therebetween at the location at which the first and second needles pass through the housing, and (ii) a second distance therebetween at a location remote from the housing, and further wherein the second distance is greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Quantum Medical Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Glen Jorgensen, Steven Reeser, Bruce Ramshaw
  • Patent number: 10441273
    Abstract: Sutures with pre-tied knots for use in percutaneous surgical procedures and devices for easily and quickly tying complex suture knots are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ceterix Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Y. Hirotsuka, Michael Murillo, Yoav Ben-Haim, Justin D. Saliman, Christopher P. Bender, Michael J. Hendricksen, Stephen J. Peter, Victoria C. Quitugua, Sarah-Marie Chan, Jennifer B. Fasman
  • Patent number: 10441275
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for securing sutures that obviate the need for tying knots. A device can be applied to adjacent suture portions that heats the suture portions and causes the suture portions to fuse together, effectively securing the suture portions together without a knot. The device can include a handle, an outer shaft coupled to the handle, an inner shaft movable proximally and distally within the outer shaft; a suture holder at the distal end portion of the outer shaft, and an electrical heating element positioned within the outer shaft. Actuation of the device causes the inner shaft and the heating element to move distally relative to the outer shaft and the suture holder, such that the heating element moves into the proximity of the suture holder to fuse together sutures held by the suture holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Manouchehr A. Miraki, Kevin K. Dang, Yoon H. Kwon, William T. Biller
  • Patent number: 10384055
    Abstract: An insertion tool for a paddle lead includes an insertion tool body having a receiving end portion; a stylet channel extending along the insertion tool body; a stylet disposed in the stylet channel; and an actuator assembly disposed along the handling end portion of the insertion tool body and coupled to the stylet. The actuator assembly controls transitioning of the stylet between a first position and a second position. In some instances, the stylet can be a wire stylet that is inserted into a lumen in the paddle body of the paddle lead. In some instances, the stylet of the insertion tool pushes lead bodies of the paddle lead out of the insertion tool to release the paddle lead. In some instances, the insertion tool includes a paddle envelope to hold the paddle lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Robert Black, Anne Margaret Pianca, Joshua Dale Howard, Carolyn Madeleine Nohejl
  • Patent number: 10383617
    Abstract: A graft suspension device for suspending a ligament in a bone hole having a first loop and a second loop suspending from an 8-hole anchor, and a cradle at the opposite end of the loops to the anchor. The loose ends of the suture are routed through holes in the anchor separate from the loops and are joined together to form a single tail. A finger loop allows a surgeon to adjust the distance of the cradle from the anchor with the cradle staying centered with respect to the anchor as the distance is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Rodriguez, Norman Gordon, Tri Nguyen, Stephen Santangelo
  • Patent number: 10322206
    Abstract: The present invention relates, in part, to sutures which promote wound closure and/or healing. In particular, the present invention provides fibrin microthread sutures that mimic the mechanical behavior of a target tissue thereby reducing, for example, scarring, inflammation, and cell death at the ligature site, including monofilament sutures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: George Pins, Glenn Gaudette, Adam Collette, William Edelman
  • Patent number: 10299829
    Abstract: An apparatus for repairing an anatomical tear, such as a tear in the meniscus of a human knee. The apparatus includes a guide cannula directing a penetrating shaft through the meniscal tear and through the outer skin layer of the knee. The penetrating shaft pulls a line to the outside of the skin layer of the knee where it is used to pull or kedge a repair implant into position across the meniscal tear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Ronald Yamada
  • Patent number: 10279533
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming at least one curved polymeric microneedle, wherein the microneedle includes a base portion and an elongated body portion terminating in a sharp tip, said elongated body portion comprising a lower portion that is 15% to 25% of the height of the microneedle, said elongated body portion being connected to said base layer. The method comprises: heating an array comprising said base layer and at least a segment of said elongated body portion; passing the heated array against a fixed member to bend the microneedles; and allowing the bent, heated array to be cooled. The heat applied to the base layer and elongated body portion is sufficient to cause the heated microneedle to be at or above the glass transition temperature of the polymer of the microneedle, but below a temperature that would cause the lower portion to bend during the passing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: John C. Nelson, Robert M. Pricone, Gregory D. Shields, William T. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10271833
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are provided for securing soft tissue to bone. One exemplary embodiment of a surgical soft tissue repair device includes a snare assembly coupled to a soft anchor in which the soft anchor has a first, unstressed configuration that can be used to insert the anchor into bone and a second, anchoring configuration that can be used to fixate the anchor in the bone. The snare assembly can be configured to actuate the anchor from the first configuration to the second configuration, and it can also be used to engage and approximate tissue by drawing the tissue closer to the anchor fixated in the bone. The snare assembly can be used in conjunction with a number of different anchor configurations, and other exemplary systems, devices, and methods for use with soft tissue repair are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SÀRL
    Inventor: Mehmet Ziya Sengun
  • Patent number: 10265060
    Abstract: Systems and methods for soft tissue to bone repairs, without knot tying. Soft tissue repair systems include self-cinching constructs with a fixation device, a flexible strand with multiple flexible limbs, and a shuttle/pull device attached to the flexible strand to shuttle the multiple flexible limbs through the flexible strand and form a locking splice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Dooney, Jr., Alan M. Hirahara, Peter S. Borden, Peter J. Dreyfuss
  • Patent number: 10258326
    Abstract: A tissue fastener having fixed points of tissue attachment including a first elongate elastic component and a second elongate component having one or more elongate sections each adjacent section delineated by at least one frangible point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: An-Min Jason Sung
  • Patent number: 10227727
    Abstract: A rope and a method of constructing the rope. The rope may be of 12×12 braided construction and include a core for its length. The rope includes a plurality of primary strands, and each of the primary strands includes a plurality of fibers which may be made of a high-friction material. The rope also includes a secondary strand surrounded by the plurality of primary strands. The secondary strand includes a plurality of fibers which may be made of a low-friction material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventors: Luis S. Padilla, Philip Samuel Bull, Randy S. Longerich, Aaron M. Vodnick
  • Patent number: 10206777
    Abstract: A prosthetic heart valve includes a stent having a collapsed condition and an expanded condition. The stent has a proximal end, a distal end and a plurality of cells, each cell being formed by a plurality of struts. A valve assembly is secured to the stent and includes a cuff and a plurality of leaflets. The plurality of leaflets are attached to the cuff adjacent an underwire that extends about the perimeter of the cuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Frederick Anderl, Peter N. Braido, Julia A. Schraut
  • Patent number: 10188384
    Abstract: A self-retaining suture having particular application for treating obstructive sleep apnea and use thereof. The suture includes rising an elongated suture body having a periphery and first and second tissue-penetrating ends each with a bi-curve needle, and a plurality of first retainers on a first segment and oriented to the first end, and a plurality of second retainers a second segment and oriented to the second end, and a retainer-free transition segment disposed between the pluralities of first and second retainers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Gross, Malcolm D. Paul
  • Patent number: 10149675
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods suitable for knotless arthroscopic repair of tissue defects include two fixation members coupled by two limbs of suture comprising a continuous loop. A unidirectional restriction element that can be a preformed locking, sliding suture knot proximate to one of the fixation members, provides tensioning of the repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Orphanos, William Arthur Roosa, Marc R. Helmick, Stuart E. Fromm
  • Patent number: 10136886
    Abstract: A tissue fixation device including a self-locking construct having a first loop, a second loop, and a first free end. A first tail is coupled to, and extends from, the first loop. A second tail is coupled to, and extends from, the second loop. An anchor is coupled to one of the self-locking construct or the first tail such that one of the self-locking construct or the first tail extend through the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Norton, Kevin T. Stone
  • Patent number: 10123795
    Abstract: A method to perform mini-invasive vaginal ostium plastic surgery and anal tightening procedures, includes: using at least one barbed cylindrical suture with barbs divided into two divergent groups, the sharp ends of the barbs being inclined in the direction of the respective ends, so as to oppose the traction of the thread exerted on both ends, each end being provided with a needle; preparing insertion and emergence cuts in the working plane of the female perineum; introducing the barbed suture thread by inserting needles placed at its ends, at different times, into the same starting hole, in order to emerge from the same outlet hole, thus completing the path in different anatomical planes of the female perineum; tying together the two ends of the at least one suture after having emerged from the same outlet hole, then closing the loop with at least one knot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PROMOITALIA GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventors: Ciro Accardo, Valerio Matano', Egidio Tranfaglia
  • Patent number: 10085826
    Abstract: Absorbable composite medical devices such as surgical meshes and braided sutures, which display two or more absorption/biodegradation and breaking strength retention profiles and exhibit unique properties in different clinical settings, are made using combinations of at least two types of yarns having distinctly different physicochemical and biological properties and incorporate in the subject construct special designs to provide a range of unique properties as clinically useful implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Poly-Med, Inc.
    Inventors: Shalaby W. Shalaby, Shawn Peniston, Scott Taylor, Douglas D. Greene
  • Patent number: 10076407
    Abstract: An adjustable construct for fixation of a tendon or ligament graft in a tunnel. The construct comprises a flexible, adjustable loop connected to tissue (for example, graft, ligament or tendon). The adjustable loop may be integrated with an additional tissue supporting device (for example, a wedge or a plug). The tissue is secured within a bone socket/tunnel by adjusting the length of the flexible adjustable loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: Ricardo Albertorio, Eric S. Zajac, Jacob A. Jolly
  • Patent number: 10070856
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present invention, soft suture anchors are provided that are made entirely of biocompatible suture material. In accordance with embodiments, soft suture anchors are provided that when deployed, an anchor engages a pilot hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Wayne Jay Black, Patrick Edward Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10058326
    Abstract: An anchoring device having an elongate body at a proximal portion, a distal portion of the elongate body forming a loop at a distal portion of the anchoring device, and a pledget placed over the elongate body adjacent a proximal portion of the loop. The loop further includes a plurality of anchors disposed along a surface thereof and the loop. Methods for securing anchoring devices of the present disclosure are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David Kirsch, Michael Primavera, Timothy D. Kosa, Nicholas Maiorino
  • Patent number: 10039857
    Abstract: Embodiments of apparatus and methods for tissue lifting, or for correcting a ptosis condition caused by tissue stretching, are described. In some embodiments a tissue is supported by a support member. In some embodiments, tension is applied to a support member through at least one suspension member. The described embodiments provide examples of methods and apparatus effective for use in lifting or otherwise applying tension to various tissues, including tissues of the breast, buttock, thigh, arm, abdomen, neck and face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Sinclair Pharmaceuticals Limited
    Inventors: Gordon Bishop, Randy Lashinski
  • Patent number: 10039543
    Abstract: A method for coupling tissue includes aligning a guide tool on an outer surface of a first tissue; forming a bore in the first tissue aligned with the guide tool; deploying a non-slip suture construct through the guide tool and into the bore; adjusting a saddle along a flexible member to a position adjacent to a soft anchor, wherein the saddle prevents the flexible member from slideably moving relative to the soft anchor; and threading the flexible member through a second tissue to secure the second tissue to the first tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Durando