Suture Retaining Means (e.g., Buttons) Patents (Class 606/232)
  • Patent number: 11406388
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to repair devices, repair systems, and methods for repair of regurgitant tricuspid valves. A repair method includes positioning a repair device at a tricuspid valve. The repair device includes a pair of proximal arms and a pair of corresponding opposing distal arms, with each proximal arm and corresponding opposite distal arm forming an arm pair. The arms are actuated so that leaflet tissue is grasped between the proximal and distal arms, with a first leaflet being grasped by a first arm pair and a second leaflet being grasped by a second arm pair. A suture line is anchored at the second leaflet. Then, the repair device is pivoted to grasp and suture a third tricuspid leaflet to tie the second and third leaflets together. The clip remains deployed to tie the first and third leaflets together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Evalve, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob L. Greenberg, Koji J. Kizuka
  • Patent number: 11395731
    Abstract: A knotless anchor for attachment of tissue to bone includes a rigid anchor body and a suture extending there from. The suture is hollow and includes a fixed limb portion secured to the rigid anchor body. A soft suture tunnel extends in a longitudinal direction through the fixed limb portion of the suture. A free suture limb is passed through the tissue, back to the anchor, and through the soft suture tunnel, thereby creating a closable suture loop around the tissue. Tension applied to the free suture limb closes the suture loop, and approximates the tissue to the anchor body. When the anchor is deployed in a bone hole, external features of the anchor body grip the walls of the bone hole and simultaneously compress the suture, thereby preventing tissue pull-out. Anchor assemblies and methods of tissue fixation are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Gregoire, George W. White
  • Patent number: 11395724
    Abstract: A system and method for closing a fascial opening is disclosed. The system may include a strap that may be locked into each of a pair of anchors placed anterior to a muscle and on opposite sides of a fascial opening, one or more delivery tubes for delivering the anchors, and a needle for pulling the strap into each anchor. The method may include the steps of placing a dilating port through a skin incision, inserting an anchor through the dilating port, placing a strap into the body cavity, whereupon the strap may be pulled through the anchor. A second anchor may be placed on the contralateral side of the defect so that the strap may be pulled through the second anchor and cinched tightly closing the defect. The anchors may have a locking aperture that engages with the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: TAS Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Albert K. Chin, Thomas A. Kramer
  • Patent number: 11389154
    Abstract: A system of toggle type suture anchors is disclosed. The plurality of suture anchors is connected in series by a single working suture and each of the suture anchors allows tensioning of the working suture between itself and the prior anchor implanted in the serial string. Further, each anchor includes a loop type locking mechanism to lock the working suture in place subsequent to tensioning. This creates an independently tensioned suture stitch between each implanted suture anchor and the just previously implanted anchor. In total the system as implanted creates a continuous array of single anchor to anchor stitches which can be placed close together in high density to form a line or region of stitches for a more robust securement of soft tissue to bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Howard W. Harris, Zak Zenz-Olson, Thomas A. Westling, David M. Crompton, Marc Labbé, Patrick M. Connor, Nathaniel Van Tran
  • Patent number: 11389290
    Abstract: A delivery device for transtendinous implantation of a toggle-type suture anchor into bone is disclosed. The device includes a proximal housing having an outer tubular shaft extending distally with a lumen therethrough. An anchor delivery tube extends through the lumen of the outer tubular shaft having a proximal end affixed to the proximal housing. The anchor delivery tube includes a nub portion that is used to insert through the tendon and partly into bone to maintain registration with a bone hole into which an anchor is placed. A bone punch assembly extends through the lumen of the anchor delivery tube and the nub portion with a pointed distal end. When the bone punch is fully inserted, the pointed distal end extends a distance distal of the distal end of the nub portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Zak Zenz-Olson, Nathaniel Van Tran, Thomas A. Westling, Howard W. Harris
  • Patent number: 11382612
    Abstract: Methods for creating high-density arrays of suture stiches through a tendon into bone for reattachment of a torn tendon, particularly a rotator cuff tendon. The method includes providing a pre-strung plurality of anchors, each anchor having at least one passage therethrough with a continuous length of suture slidably and serially threaded through the at least one passage of each anchor. Each of the anchors further includes a locking assembly for locking the suture within the individual anchor. A first anchor is implanted through the tendon and the suture is locked. A second anchor is implanted a selected close distance from the first anchor, then applying tension to the suture extending from the first anchor and passing through the second anchor the second anchor is locked to create a single suture tensioned and locked stitch between the first and second anchor. This process is repeated for each anchor in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Zak Zenz-Olson, Nathaniel Van Tran, Thomas A. Westling, David M. Crompton, Howard W. Harris, Patrick M. Connor
  • Patent number: 11382618
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed for securing tissue to a bone comprising a novel screw anchor for insertion into a bone by a novel rotational driver. The screw anchor and rotation driver enables the screw to be completely embedded into the bone while permitting a suture to be threaded through a transverse aperture in the screw. The rotation driver facilitates insertion and engagement of a capture with one of a series of protuberance formed along a length of a suture. In addition, the method is disclosed of forming the series of protuberance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ZipTek LLC
    Inventors: William F Bennett, Ramses Galaz Mendez
  • Patent number: 11375995
    Abstract: An assembly and method are provided for incorporation into suture anchor designs to facilitate the locking of a slidable working suture after it has been tensioned. The assembly can be utilized on multiple anchors in a pre-strung chain on a single working suture to create continuous, individually tensioned suture bridges between anchors in series, without knot tying. Further, the bridges are independently locked with selected tension for the particular application. An anchor body having at least one suture receiving passage therethrough is threaded with a working suture wherein the working suture flosses through the passage when tension is applied to the working suture. A locking cord extends through a second passage through the anchor body, the locking cord having a collapsible loop extending out the second passage and encircling a portion of the working suture, wherein collapsing the loop locks the working suture after tensioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Van Tran, Zak Zenz-Olson, Thomas A. Westling, Howard W. Harris
  • Patent number: 11369415
    Abstract: A retrievable puncture anchor includes a fixator with a cylindrical structure, a retrievable thread secured to one end of the fixator, and a push cable flexibly connected to a middle part of the fixator. Via the retrievable puncture anchor, tissues may be connected, fixed and matched with each other, or the tissues may be auxiliarily fixed, so that endoscopic surgery may be facilitated with simplified surgical process, and the puncture anchor may be retrieved after the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Siyu Sun, Donglin Miao
  • Patent number: 11357486
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a closure system for use in surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Christopher Martin, Damien Ryan, Peter Grant, Michael Dunning, Gerard Brett, Kevin Walsh, Desmond John Regan
  • Patent number: 11357494
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reattaching soft tissue to a boney structure using an expanding suture anchor. The method can include providing a suture anchor and forming a cavity in the boney structure for receipt of the suture anchor. The method can also include coupling the soft tissue to a suture and coupling the suture to the suture anchor. The method can further include deploying the suture anchor to fix the suture to the suture anchor and the suture anchor to the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory J. Denham, Kevin T. Stone, Ryan A. Kaiser, Jason D. Meridew
  • Patent number: 11357560
    Abstract: A surgical tool, comprising a needle comprising an aperture of sufficient diameter for receiving a screw; a tool, insertable into said aperture for inserting said screw and capable of engaging with and turning the screw; said screw comprising a shaft having threads in a first direction, a head having a bottom face having a flange, and a coil; said coil wound around the screw shaft in an opposing second direction as to the first direction; said coil comprising a coil end which is defined to engage with the flange on the bottom face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Trace Orthopedics, LLC
    Inventors: William B. Morrison, Adam J. Greenspan
  • Patent number: 11350924
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods are provided for a suture anchor to fixate sutures and tissue to bone. The suture anchor comprises an elongate member to be inserted into a bone hole. Barbs along the length of the elongate member engage with an inner wall of the bone hole. An eyelet in a distal aspect of the elongate member is configured to receive a suture. First and second channels extend helically along opposite sides of the elongate member. The eyelet includes first and second openings on opposite sides of the distal aspect. The first opening and the first channel enable applying tension to the suture after implantation into the bone hole. The second opening enables placing the suture into a final position along the barbs after implantation into the bone hole. A proximal aspect of the elongate member receives an instrument for implanting the suture anchor into the bone hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: In2Bones USA, LLC
    Inventors: Rebecca Hawkins Wahl, Arley Perez
  • Patent number: 11350926
    Abstract: A repair suture consists of a strand of suture material formed into a continuous loop. One end of the loop may be thicker than the other. The repair suture may be part of a suture assembly including the repair suture, a linking suture having a looped end and a straight end, and a suture anchor. The suture anchor may have a suture bridge that divides the cross-sectional area of the interior of the anchor into two unequal sections. The suture assembly may be used to create luggage tag configurations for repairing tissue or for attaching tissue to bone. In a double-row method with medial row compression, loose suture ends from the medial row are inserted into a lateral row anchor having a proximal anchor body, a distal tip, and internal locking elements for locking the distal tip to the proximal anchor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher Ninh
  • Patent number: 11344290
    Abstract: A suture anchor for use in a knotless, suture-first technique for securing soft tissue to bone comprises a proximal anchor body and a distal tip having an eyelet configured to receive an end of a repair suture. Internal locking elements on the distal tip and the proximal anchor body are provided for locking the tip and anchor body together when the suture anchor is implanted in a bone. A suture assembly for use in an alternate knotless technique comprises a suture anchor, a repair suture, and a shuttle suture. Both the repair suture and the shuttle suture rea looped at one end and straight at the other end. In the alternate technique, the loop and tail of the repair suture are manipulated to form a luggage tag configuration extending around the tissue, and the shuttle suture is used to tightly secure the luggage tag configuration and tissue against the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher Ninh
  • Patent number: 11337722
    Abstract: A device for shearing tissue in a human or animal body may include a first member made of a first material and a second member made of a second material. A thread is connected to the first member and to the second member, and the first and second materials show magnetic attraction between one another. A means is provided for pulling the thread between the first and second members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Nicolas Cauche, Orianne Bastin, Jacques Deviere, Sonia Dugardeyn, Ricardo Rio Tinto, Daniel Blero, Cécilia Delattre, François Huberland, Alain Delchambre
  • Patent number: 11337687
    Abstract: Tissue fixation and repair constructs and methods of repair using the same are provided. An exemplary tissue fixation and repair construct can include a first implantable anchor coupled to a suture having a fixed tail and a tensioning tail. The fixed tail can include an overhand knot located distally adjacent to the finger trap, such that the overhand knot substantially abuts the finger trap when adjacent thereto, a fixed stopper knot configured to prevent further movement of the fixed tail through a second implantable anchor when the second implantable anchor is placed onto the suture, and a finger trap. The tensioning tail can be passed through the finger trap and overhand knot, and can be used to adjust the tension of the tissue fixation and repair construct when the first implantable anchor and the second implantable anchor are inserted into bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Mehmet Z. Sengun, Joseph Algeri
  • Patent number: 11324489
    Abstract: A device for soft tissue biopsy or excision for either handheld or stereotactic table use may comprise a work element configured to selectively open and close at least one articulable beak configured to penetrate tissue, or follow a central lumen of another device or over a wire in a longitudinal direction. Flush and vacuum tissue transport mechanisms may be incorporated. A single tube or an inner sheath and an outer sheath which may be co-axially disposed relative to a work element may be configured to actuate a beak or beaks and provisions for simultaneous beak closing under rotation may be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Transmed7, LLC
    Inventors: James William Vetter, Eugene H Vetter
  • Patent number: 11317904
    Abstract: A readily implantable knotless suture anchor that de-couples the angle of insertion of the anchor from the tissue passage step and other steps of conventional procedures. An anchor provides an internal locking mechanism configured such that: suture knots do not have to be tied; suture and tissue tension can be easily adjusted intraoperatively; and suture passage and tensioning can be done at a variety of positions and angles. A method includes: passing a first suture through a patient's tissue and then through a loop of a shuttle suture; pulling the free end of the shuttle suture until the first suture passes through an internal suture locking mechanism; applying tension in the first suture until adequate tension is achieved with respect to the tissue; automatically engaging an internal locking member; and securing the first suture against further relative movement with respect to the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: S. Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11311283
    Abstract: A suturing device, in particular for suturing lacerations of the meniscus, comprises an elongated body provided with a longitudinal cavity extending along a main direction, at least a first and a second implant slidably inserted in the cavity and arranged in sequence along the main direction and a surgical thread slidably inserted in the cavity and connected to the first and second implant. Such first and second implant comprise, respectively, a first and a second wedge-shaped element arranged in sequence and extending from an enlarged portion to a tapered portion along the main direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Sascha Berberich, Francesco Siccardi
  • Patent number: 11311287
    Abstract: A method for securing a strand to a fixation member for arthroscopic fixation, wherein the fixation member includes a channel on an exterior surface and an aperture therethrough. The method includes passing a strand having first and second ends through a flexible sleeve, passing the sleeve through the aperture of the fixation member in a first direction, tensioning the strand, and pulling the sleeve in a second direction different than the first direction to secure the sleeve to the fixation member without tying the strand on the fixation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Gregory J. Denham, Ryan Harper
  • Patent number: 11311284
    Abstract: A system and methods for gathering, tensioning, and clamping a plurality of suture leads may be used for any of a range of possible surgical applications. The system includes a suture clamp assembly that includes receptacle and plug components, wherein suture leads passed into the receptacle are secured when the plug is inserted into the receptacle to lock the suture leads in place, a gathering suture that includes a gathering loop, an instrument for securement of the plurality of suture leads, and optionally an anchor affixed to the gathering suture. The system may be used to address rotator cuff repairs, labral repair, biceps tenodesis, acromioclavicular joint stabilization, and applications in other joints and bones within a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Speed Clip Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Kruse, Lawrence Binder
  • Patent number: 11284874
    Abstract: A lock and method for suspending suture(s) from bone and providing a secure fixation of the suture(s) within the lock including a generally cylindrical outer shell having a tapered interior cavity or canal and tapered inner wall and a distal end, a generally cylindrical plug having a tapered exterior peripheral surface sized and adapted to be insertable into the outer shell cavity and to form a tight, compression holding or fixation of the suture to the lock, and the plug having a radially extending shoulder or protrusion, whereby insertion of the inner plug into the shell causes, the shoulder or protrusion to expand or snap outwardly and over the distal end of the outer shell and to lock the plug to the outer shell, whereby the suture(s) are locked into place within and to the shell, thereby providing rigid fixation and compression of the suture material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Peter Scott Borden
  • Patent number: 11278392
    Abstract: Fixation assemblies having a button captured by a continuous (i.e., closed) loop of thread, such as ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber are disclosed herein. Preferred assemblies are constructed such that the intact button cannot be detached from the continuous loop without breaking or opening the loop of fiber. The closed fiber advantageously contains at least one or two stitched, or otherwise secured or reinforced, sections positioned on the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Patrick Edward Ferguson, Patrick Joseph Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11272925
    Abstract: A method for impacting a suture anchor into bone comprises providing an implantable suture anchor and providing an impactor device for impacting the suture anchor into the bone. The suture anchor is coupled to a distal portion of the impactor device. Positioning the suture anchor engages the anchor with the bone at an implantation site, and powering the impactor device impacts the suture anchor thereby implanting the suture anchor into the bone. The frequency of impaction is less than 20 KHz. The impactor device is then decoupled from the suture anchor, and the impactor device may be removed from the implantation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: THE FOUNDRY, LLC
    Inventors: Darin C. Gittings, Mark Deem, Hanson S. Gifford, Doug Sutton, Vivek Shenoy
  • Patent number: 11272920
    Abstract: Surgical constructs and methods of use for a one-way adjustable fixation loop are formed by tying two knots in a surgical filament, each knot defining an individual adjustable loop and the individual adjustable loops being interconnected to form the one-way adjustable fixation loop. The knots enable a non-spliceable suture to be used in the creation of the one-way adjustable fixable loop. Embodiments can include a fixation device, such as a cortical button or plate for use in a bone tunnel, and enable the knots to work independent of and suspended below the fixation device. Embodiments can increase the compatibility of the adjustable fixation loop with existing fixation devices and can isolate and protect the knots from damage during use and after implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventor: Adam C. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 11272921
    Abstract: A suture construct apparatus, including a self-cinching suture member having a first strand, a second strand, a sleeve defined on the second strand, and a self-cinching suture member fixed loop with a sheath positioned on the self-cinching suture member. The suture construct apparatus may further include an anchor disposed on the self-cinching suture member, a self-cinching suture member shuttling suture disposed on the self-cinching suture member fixed loop, and a sheath removably disposed around at least a portion of the self-cinching suture member. The first strand may pass through the sleeve and form a self-cinching suture member free end. The first strand may also be axially moveable through the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Christian N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 11272915
    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 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventor: Mehmet Ziya Sengun
  • Patent number: 11272911
    Abstract: An apparatus for sealing a puncture through a vessel wall including a positioning assembly, a sheath releasably engaged with the positioning assembly, and a support member axially advanceable through the sheath. The positioning assembly includes a positioning element positioned at a distal portion of the positioning assembly and a sealant disposed at a distal portion of the positioning assembly. The sheath guides the sealant and positioning assembly to the puncture in the vessel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: ACCESS CLOSURE, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald R. Hundertmark, Andy H. Uchida, David L. Fiscella, Moshe Zilversmit, Vincent Ku, Brandon Fell
  • Patent number: 11266397
    Abstract: A suture anchor assembly includes an eyelet of a pound-in tip formed through both of a distal portion and a proximal portion of the tip. An anchor body of the assembly is configured to be inserted over the proximal portion of the tip such that it partially occludes the tip eyelet, allowing for a shorter overall total length of the anchor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Marc Joseph Balboa, Mark Edwin Housman, Jon-Paul Rogers, Jason Hamilton, Kyle Turner
  • Patent number: 11253301
    Abstract: A method for syndesmosis fixation including at least one suture anchor configured to be implanted into bone and at least one suture assembly configured to extend from the suture anchor and about at least a portion of a fibula when the suture anchor is implanted in a tibia on either side of a fibular notch of the tibia. The suture assembly is selectively adjustable from a non-tensioned condition to a tensioned condition to stabilize and reduce the fibula relative to the tibia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: Scott P. Larsen, Kevin Clancy, Mark Siravo, Glen Pierson, Wamis Singhatat
  • Patent number: 11253985
    Abstract: A cup plug insertion tool comprises a cylindrical base and a cylindrical collet extending from the base and including at least two longitudinal slots that divide the collet into at least two flexible segments adapted to flex radially inward under force, an annular groove formed adjacent the base, the annular groove adapted to allow the flexible segments to flex radially inward, further wherein, the force necessary to flex the flexible segments radially inward is tunable based on a width and depth of the annular groove, a first section defining a circumferential outer diameter and a circumferential inner diameter, a second section defining a circumferential outer diameter that is larger than the circumferential outer diameter of the first section, a tip positioned at the distal end of the collet, and a chamfer formed between the outer diameter of the first section and the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Garrold A. DeGrace, Gabriel Gonzalez Gillis, Patrick M. Hilber
  • Patent number: 11246594
    Abstract: A surgical fastener is provided for various surgical fastening applications, including attaching an implantable prosthesis, such as a soft tissue repair fabric, to tissue and/or muscle. The surgical fastener may include a coil body and a head attached to the coil body. The head may include at least one external thread adapted to engage with a corresponding internal thread of a delivery device. The head may include a through hole adapted to receive a rod therethrough for guiding and/or driving the surgical fastener from the delivery device. The through hole may have a non-circular configuration that complements at least a portion of the shape of a non-circular rod. The coil body may also define a channel with a non-circular configuration. The non-circular through hole and/or channel may be engaged and rotated by the non-circular rod to rotate the surgical fastener for delivery and insertion of the fastener into the prosthesis and/or tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Ranucci, Saurav V. Gupta, Keith A. Grider, Derek J. Leatzow
  • Patent number: 11241225
    Abstract: The disclosure provides devices and methods of use pertaining to extra joint stabilization. Embodiments include a number of suture returning and locking anchors that feature both a suture return element and a suture locking feature that employs an interference fit between a flexible synthetic strand, a receiver of the anchor, and a set screw, where the receiver and the set screw each have a number of gradual, opposing tapers to facilitate gradual proximal-to-distal gripping and releasing of the flexible strand to achieve an optimal locking force while preventing severing of the flexible strand. Embodiments also include a counter-torque anchor driver configured to resist torsional forces generated during and translated to the anchor during set-screw insertion. Further embodiments include extra joint reinforcement, stabilization, and attachment constructs formed using the disclosed devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Crossroads Extremity Systems, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Justin Taber, Matthew Karam, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Patent number: 11234692
    Abstract: Self-retaining suture systems including a suture thread bearing a plurality of laser-cut retainers are disclosed. A laser system allows the creation of retainers and self-retaining suture systems in configurations which are difficult and/or impossible to achieve using mechanical cutting technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Gross, William L. D'Agostino, Lev Drubetsky, Alexander Naimagon
  • Patent number: 11224417
    Abstract: A simple, threaded suture anchor is pre-loaded with suture in a configuration that allows a surgeon to compress tissue against the bone without tying a knot. The knot-tying step is replaced by a simple suture looping step which requires less time and is not prone to errors in knot tying technique. The suture anchor is a screw-in style anchor body. The suture is loaded into the anchor in a configuration that allows it to create a loop on top of the tissue after it has been passed through the tissue from bottom to top. The suture limbs are then loaded into a knotless anchor which is implanted off the lateral edge of the tissue. Tensioning of the suture limbs in the knotless anchor tightens the loop on top of the tissue, providing a fulcrum point of fixation over the pre-loaded suture anchor without the otherwise need for requisite knot tying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Cayenne Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Nason, Derek J. Harper, Kevin N. Baird, James C. Dreese
  • Patent number: 11219442
    Abstract: A suture anchoring system having an implant body that defines a bore space extending longitudinally about a central axis from a proximal end to a distal end of the implant body. A tapering interference portion is provided on an interior surface of the implant body and extends into the bore space, the taper being toward the central axis of the implant body bore space from the proximal end to the distal end of the implant body. An anchor has a threaded anchor portion extending therefrom and defines a threaded bore, where the extended threaded anchor portion configured to be received in the bore space of the implant body. A slot is defined in the threaded anchor portion, the slot configured to receive the interference portion of the implant body; and a threaded plug is configured to be received in the threaded bore of the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark E. Housman
  • Patent number: 11219515
    Abstract: An incontinence treatment device has first and second anchor assemblies. At least one of the first anchor assembly and the second anchor assembly is adjustable along the device and has a collar disposed over a body with a strand coupled to the device and located between the body and the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Randy Lee Morningstar, Michael M. Witzmann, Mark A. Moschel
  • Patent number: 11219436
    Abstract: Provided are tissue repair and sealing devices, and methods for the use of tissue repair and sealing devices, for use in both minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures and open, non-MIS procedures to rapidly repair tissue fenestrations and create a pressure-resistant, watertight seal in a tissue barrier. Tissue repair and sealing devices disclosed herein comprise an integrated graft and deployable clasp assembly and an applicator assembly having a clasp retain and release member that is slidably connected to a folded, deployable clasp. The applicator assembly places a graft on a tissue inner surface and a deployable clasp on a tissue outer surface to secure the graft to the tissue inner surface to, thereby, repair a tissue fenestration and create a watertight barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: PatchClamp Medtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Robert Mayberg
  • Patent number: 11219444
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a first fastener having a planar profile, a second fastener having a concave surface, and a suture that can be manipulated to change a distance between the first and second fasteners. The second fastener has a curvature that substantially matches the curvature of a top surface of a clavicle bone in a direction perpendicular to a long axis of the clavicle bone. A method of treating an acromioclavicular joint injury includes forming axially aligned passages through a patient's clavicle and coracoid process, passing a fastener having a concave surface through the passages, positioning the concave surface of the fastener against a top surface of the patient's clavicle with a long axis of the fastener extending perpendicular to a long axis of the clavicle, positioning a fastener having a planar profile below the patient's coracoid process, and adjusting a suture that couples the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: George J. Sikora, James J. Sullivan, Pascal Boileau, Stephen Anthony Santangelo
  • Patent number: 11207196
    Abstract: Devices and methods for bone fixation including a bone fixation system including a bone plate or intervertebral spacer including a plurality of apertures dimensioned to receive bone fasteners and at least one polymeric element capable of transitioning from a solid state to a flowable state. The polymeric element transitions to a flowable state as a result of exposure to ultrasonic vibration. The polymeric element is placed on the bone plate or intervertebral spacer adjacent a fastener in an aperture and acts to prevent rotational and/or translational movement of the fastener relative to the bone plate or intervertebral spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: NUVASIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Donahoe, Andrew Morris
  • Patent number: 11185393
    Abstract: A bone implant and in particular a dental implant having an apical end configured to facilitate placement and stabilization within an implantation site, wherein the distal end of said apical end has a contoured surface, and the apical surface of said apical end has at least one apical surface recess extending toward the coronal part of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: ALPHA BIO TEC. LTD.
    Inventor: Kobi Shakarchi
  • Patent number: 11185404
    Abstract: A tenodesis anchor having an anchor member coupled to at least one fiber loop. The anchor member is inserted into a bone and the loop closed about a tendon to be anchored to the bone. Closing the loops additionally deforms the anchor member so that it remains within the bone, thereby securing the tendon trapped in the loop to the bone without the use of a staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Andrew Kam, Peter Verdonk, Timothy Spalding
  • Patent number: 11172920
    Abstract: A method for the treatment of plantar plate injury including insertion of at least one suture anchor into a bone opening and anchoring the at least one suture anchor and thereafter threading two ends of a suture of at least one anchored suture anchor through the plantar plate and pulling the plantar plate to the bone with the opening and fix the soft tissue to that bone by tying a knot in the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Urs Graf
  • Patent number: 11160591
    Abstract: A bone anchor includes a shank having a free end, a longitudinal axis, a channel extending axially through the shank to the free end, the channel having a first width, and at least one opening extending through a wall of the shank, and a narrowing member including an elastically deformable portion configured to extend into the channel at or near the free end. The narrowing member is adjustable from a first configuration where the deformable portion defines an opening with a width smaller than the first width to restrict a substance from exiting through the free end, to a second configuration where the deformable portion is deformed radially outwardly to define an opening with a width that is at least the first width, while at least a portion of the shank positioned at a same axial height as the deformable portion maintains a constant outer width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis
  • Patent number: 11160544
    Abstract: A device for closure of an atrial septal defect (ASD) by deploying a pericardial patch includes a head including a distal jaw and a proximal jaw, and a distal disc attached to the distal jaw and a proximal disc attached to the proximal jaw. Each of the distal jaw and the proximal jaw includes at least one arm which closes when the distal disc moves forward and the proximal disc moves backward. Based on an engagement status of a distal engagement portion located on the at least one arm of the distal jaw with a proximal engagement portion located on the at least one arm of the proximal jaw, the pericardial patch deploys to close the ASD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Farideh Roshanali, Seyed Nasser Pourmoosavi, Ali Namazi
  • Patent number: 11160545
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for anchoring suture to bone. In one exemplary embodiment, a suture anchor is provided that includes one or more bone-engaging surfaces features and an external sidewall. The external sidewall can allow a suture coupled to the suture anchor and located between the anchor and bone to be movable relative to the suture anchor, even when the suture anchor is partially or fully disposed within a bone hole. Suture threaders and suture anchor drivers are also provided that can be used with the various methods and devices disclosed herein, or with other methods and devices known in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Douglas Hester, Brian Otrando
  • Patent number: 11141149
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for anchoring suture to tissue, incorporating anchoring devices constructed substantially from suture. The anchoring devices are constructed as longitudinally extended, preformed knot configurations that upon deployment are reconfigured to form anchoring knots having an increased cross-section relative to the preformed knot configuration, for secure lodging in tissue. The anchoring devices are suitable for single and multi-anchor surgical procedures in soft tissue or bone, and multiple anchors can be delivered using a single delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristian DiMatteo, Gregory R. Whittaker, Brooks J. Story, Mehmet Ziya Sengun, Mark A. Capobianco, Douglas Allen Fifolt
  • Patent number: 11141158
    Abstract: The invention provides devices, systems and methods for tissue approximation and repair at treatment sites. The devices, systems and methods of the invention will find use in a variety of therapeutic procedures, including endovascular, minimally-invasive, and open surgical procedures, and can be used in various anatomical regions, including the abdomen, thorax, cardiovascular system, heart, intestinal tract, stomach, urinary tract, bladder, lung, and other organs, vessels, and tissues. The invention is particularly useful in those procedures requiring minimally-invasive or endovascular access to remote tissue locations, where the instruments utilized must negotiate long, narrow, and tortuous pathways to the treatment site. In addition, many of the devices and systems of the invention are adapted to be reversible and removable from the patient at any point without interference with or trauma to internal tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Theodore W. Ketai, Jacob Greenberg, Daniel Hale, Tanmay Mishra, Gabriel Gonzales, Raghuveer Basude, Michael Hong
  • Patent number: 11141205
    Abstract: A device that allows for the predictable/guided anatomic drilling of claviclular tunnels for graft, suture, or combined graft/suture reconstruction of the AC joint is provided. The device simultaneously allows for larger clavicle tunnels which permit graft passage while providing protection, via stress shielding, of the bone between and adjacent to the bone tunnels. In this way, the surgeon is able to utilize anatomically placed clavicular tunnels large enough for graft passage (which reduces the mechanical failure rate of the reconstruction and most closely replicates normal anatomy) while reducing the risk of clavicle fracture, which has plagued other “anatomic reconstruction” techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Wesley Cox