Suture Retaining Means (e.g., Buttons) Patents (Class 606/232)
  • Patent number: 10729423
    Abstract: Methods of attaching a soft tissue to an adjacent bone at a defect site are provided. An adjustable loop region of a flexible construct contained in a bore defined by a fastener is passed through a tissue. The adjustable loop is passed through the tissue. The fastener is passed back through the adjustable loop to fold the adjustable loop upon itself. The fastener is attached to the bone. An adjusting arm on the flexible construct is engaged to reduce the size of the adjustable loop and secure the soft tissue to the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan A. Kaiser, Gregory J. Denham, Kevin T. Stone
  • Patent number: 10729420
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for soft tissue repair including a device for anchoring sutured tissue to a bone are disclosed. According to one example, the device can include an outer body and an inner member. The outer body can comprise a shell with an outer surface configured to engage the bone of a patient and an inner passage extending longitudinally from a proximal end portion toward a distal end portion. The inner member can be configured to be disposed within the outer body and can be moveable along the inner passage relative to the outer body between a first position and a second position. The inner member can be configured with an eyelet to receive and pass a suture through the member and at least one of the outer body and the inner member can have a first groove extending generally longitudinally along at least a portion thereof. The first groove can be configured to receive the suture therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Cesare Cavallazzi, Robert F. Graham, Driany Alfonso
  • Patent number: 10729422
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention includes a knotless suture anchor for implanting in bone including an outer tubular member having a distal end, a proximal end, an outer wall, and an at least one aperture through the outer wall; an inner member being rotatably disposed within the outer tubular member, the inner member having an at least one aperture for receiving at least one suture thread; a pointed tip configured to facilitate impaction of the anchor into the bone; and at least one suture thread guide positioned on the outer tubular member, wherein the at least one suture thread is positioned through the at least one suture thread guide, the at least one aperture of the outer tubular member, and the at least one aperture of the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Erik Van Der Burg, Nathaniel Cohen, Christopher Feezor, Christopher T. Cheng
  • Patent number: 10722343
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present disclosure, an implant system for securing tissue to bone, including a first fixation member releasably engaged to a first inserter, the first fixation member having a throughbore adapted to accept a filament therethrough and a cannulation extending from a proximal end of the first fixation member to a distal end of the first fixation member, the first inserter positioned through the cannulation and having a distal tip extending distally beyond the distal end of the first fixation member, and a second fixation member releasably engaged to a second inserter different from the first inserter, the second fixation member having a size capable of being positioned within the bonehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Craig Pilgeram, Mark Larson
  • Patent number: 10722344
    Abstract: An adjustable fixation device includes a cleat portion and a suture portion, where the suture portion has a loop portion and a suture tail. Pulling on the suture tail places in tension a graft coupled to the loop portion. The suture is arranged to convey a mechanical advantage so that substantial force can be readily and controllably applied to the graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PARCUS MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Armington, Mark D. Brunsvold
  • Patent number: 10722270
    Abstract: A system for establishing an anchorage in an operation site of a human or animal patient with the aid of a material having thermoplastic properties and vibration energy. The system includes a transmitting piece connected or connectable to an energy source for generating vibration energy, and a housing with an opening. The transmitting piece is arranged moveably within the housing, the opening being adapted to the transmitting piece for a distal portion of the transmitting piece to be able to protrude from the opening. The system also includes a driver being activatable for exerting a compression force on the transmitting piece, and a thermoplastic element arranged to be compressible between the transmitting piece and a counter element by the compression force. Furthermore, the system is equipped for shock-free initial positioning and pre-pressing of the transmitting piece against the thermoplastic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SPINEWELDING AG
    Inventors: Andrea Müller, Domenico Romeo, Philipp Bernhard, Mario Weiss
  • Patent number: 10722229
    Abstract: A suture crimp plate includes a body including a first bone-facing surface and a second opposing surface; a central hole extending through the body from the first surface to the second surface and sized and shaped to receive a bone fixation device; and a first suture hole extending through the body from the first surface to the second surface and sized and shaped to receive a suture therethrough. The first suture hole is open to the central hole via a first slot, a first deformable member being formed between the first suture hole and the central hole. When a bone fixation element is inserted into the central hole, the first deformable member is configured to be deflected away from a central longitudinal axis of the central hole and into the first suture hole to clamp the suture therein relative to the crimp plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas O'Donnell, Robert Limouze
  • Patent number: 10722228
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for identifying a location of a bore in bone when inserting a suture anchor into bone. One exemplary embodiment of a suture anchor includes an elongate cylindrical body having a proximal terminal end surface, a distal terminal end surface, a lumen extending from the proximal terminal end surface to the distal terminal end surface, at least one bone engaging feature formed on an outer surface of the body, and a bore identification feature incorporated as part of the body. In some instances, the bore identification feature results from opposed sides of an outer surface having disparate lengths, with the side having the longer length serving as the bore identification feature. In other instances, the bore identification feature includes a protrusion that extends from, or is part of, the distal terminal end surface. Other exemplary embodiments, as well as methods for identifying a bore in bone, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventor: Howard Tang
  • Patent number: 10716552
    Abstract: A method for sealing a tissue opening includes inserting a trocar tube including a folded sealing device disposed within the trocar, and guiding the trocar tube through an opening in a myocardium into a patient's ventricle, the sealing device can include an elongated elastic member having a distal and a proximal end, a proximal umbrella shaped braiding extending radially from the elongated elastic member, the proximal braiding being positioned at the proximal end of the elastic member, wherein the proximal braiding includes a proximal disc disposed therein having a proximal disc thread disposed therethrough such that a user can pull the proximal braiding, and a distal umbrella shaped braiding extending radially from the elongated elastic member and being positioned at the distal end of the elastic member opposite to the proximal braiding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Osypka
  • Patent number: 10709435
    Abstract: Meniscal repair devices, systems, and methods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Mehmet Z. Sengun, David B. Spenciner, Richard M. Lunn, Joseph Hernandez, Scott A. Sigman
  • Patent number: 10709486
    Abstract: A bolt with an external thread and a cylindrical bolt shank made of allogeneic, cortical bone material for surgically operative osteosynthesis, wherein the external thread concerns a symmetrical angular or trapezoidal thread which has at least one thread turn per millimeter, and the bone material is formed by osteons (5) and is permeated by Haversian canals (6). According to the invention, it is proposed that the thread flanks (9a, 9b), delimiting a thread groove of the angular or trapezoidal thread merge into one another via a thread root portion (8) whose length, in an axial section of the bolt, is in the range of 0.02 mm to 0.6 mm. In this way, it is possible to produce bone screws (1) with increased strength, such that less suitable donor material can also be used for the production of high-quality bone screws (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Klaus Pastl
  • Patent number: 10709487
    Abstract: A graft or prosthetic element suitable e.g. for replacing a tendon or ligament is fastened in a bone tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a fastener. In a first step, the graft or prosthetic element is press-fitted in the tunnel or opening by forcing the fastener into the opening or by positioning the fastener in the opening and then expanding it, wherein the fastener is in contact with the graft or prosthetic element and with the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening. In a second step, the fastener is anchored in the bone wall of the tunnel or blind opening with the aid of a liquefiable material which is liquefied in the vicinity of the bone wall where it is in contact with the fastener and by making the liquefied material penetrate into the bone wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTWELDING GMBH
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Milica Berra, Andrea Mueller, Stephanie Goebel-Mehl, Andreas Wenger, Elmar Mock
  • Patent number: 10702262
    Abstract: A suture elevating device includes an insert having at least one eyelet, an upper layer of material at least partially disposed over the insert, and a lower layer of material disposed below the insert, the lower layer of material having an adhesive disposed on a lower surface, wherein the insert, the upper layer and the lower layer form three zones, each of the three zones having a different elasticity and stiffness than others of the three zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SUTUREGARD Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Lear, Daniel A Ladizinsky, Jennifer Akeroyd
  • Patent number: 10695046
    Abstract: A tissue anchor includes an anchor member formed from a generally flexible material. An activation member, which may be a tensioning member, causes proximal and distal end portions of the anchor member to move toward each other into a shortened configuration suitable for anchoring against the tissue. The tissue anchor can optionally be deployed and activated using a catheter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroatsu Sugimoto, Aaron M. Call, Karl R. Leinsing
  • Patent number: 10695047
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are provided for securing soft tissue to bone. One exemplary embodiment of a device includes an anchor, a repair filament, and a connecting filament that is coupled to the repair filament, is in contact with the anchor's distal end, and is effective to connect the repair filament to the anchor such that the repair filament slides with respect to the anchor. The anchor can be rigid, and can include an axial bore extending therethrough. At least one of the repair filament and the connecting filament can extend through at least a portion of the axial bore, and the bore can be sized such that a portion of the filament extending therethrough barely fits to help maintain the connection between the anchor, repair filament, and connecting filament. Embodiments of the systems and devices disclosed can be used in a number of methods for repairing soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventor: Mehmet Ziya Sengun
  • Patent number: 10687798
    Abstract: An anchor is provided for placement in or against tissue. The anchor includes a flat fibrous construct having a first end and a second end; and a filament having a first end and a second end passing through the fibrous construct in two locations including a first passing location nearest a first end of the fibrous construct, a second passing location nearest a second end of the fibrous construct, the filament remaining free to slide through the first passing location and the second passing location such that the filament can be removed from the flat fibrous construct from the first end of the fibrous construct and the second end of the fibrous construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Giuseppe Lombardo, Andrew K. Kam, Peter C. Miller, Steven E. Fitts
  • Patent number: 10682131
    Abstract: The disclosure provides devices and methods of use pertaining to intra joint stabilization. Embodiments include a number of suture returning and suture locking anchors that feature elongated sleeves configured to protect the associated bone tunnels from suture wipering, which results in abrasion and enlargement of the bone tunnel and leads to migration of the suture anchors. Embodiments also include suture locking anchors that lock via an interference fit between the suture strand and a receiver of the anchor and a set screw, where the receiver and the set screw each feature a number of gradual, opposing tapers to facilitate gradual proximal-to-distal gripping and releasing of the suture strand to achieve an optimal locking force while preventing severing of the suture strand. Further embodiments include intra joint reinforcement and stabilization constructs formed using the disclosed devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: CROSSROADS EXTREMITY SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: T. Wade Fallin, Justin Taber, Matthew Karam, Phinit Phisitkul
  • Patent number: 10682230
    Abstract: Methods and devices for transvascular prosthetic chordae tendinea implantation are disclosed. A catheter is advanced into the left atrium, through the mitral valve, and into the left ventricle. A ventricular anchor is deployed from the catheter and into a wall of the left ventricle, leaving a ventricular suture attached to the ventricular anchor and extending proximally through the catheter. A leaflet anchor is deployed to secure a mitral valve leaflet to a leaflet suture, with the leaflet suture extending proximally through the catheter. The leaflet suture is secured to the ventricular suture to limit a range of travel of the leaflet in the direction of the left atrium. Also disclosed is an assembled in situ mitral valve leaflet restraint, having a neo papillary muscle and a neo chordae tendinea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Pipeline Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon B. Bishop, Randall T. Lashinski
  • Patent number: 10682204
    Abstract: An implant and method for manufacturing an implant comprising an implant body defining a longitudinal axis and a structurally encoded pin contained within the implant body and aligned substantially along the longitudinal axis, the structurally encoded pin having a shape or surface characteristics discernable by an imaging modality such as x-ray, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, electromagnetic radiation, ultrasound, visible light, UV light, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and neutron imaging, from outside the implant body, the shape or surface characteristics representing structurally encoded data. The structurally encoded pin is encoded via an electric discharge machining process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Kieser, Thomas Zink, Nicholas M. Cordaro
  • Patent number: 10675073
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for securing a fractured or sectioned sternum in a patient's body is disclosed. The apparatus can include an attachment member and an adjustable flexible member construct. The attachment member can have a flexible member holder. The adjustable flexible member construct can have first and second ends and a body defining at least one passage portion. The first and second ends can be passed into and through the at least one passage portion via first and second openings associated with the at least one passage portion of the adjustable flexible member construct to form a pair of loops. The attachment member can be configured to be coupled to at least one of the formed pair of loops. The adjustable flexible member construct can be positioned about the sternum and can be reduced to compress the fractured or sectioned sternum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Stone, Brian K. Berelsman, Zachary Wagner
  • Patent number: 10675015
    Abstract: A system for deploying a suture implant includes a delivery device and a suture implant coupled with the distal end of the delivery device. The suture implant includes a suture and a slip knot that defines a suture loop, the slip knot defining a dynamic end of the suture loop that is located opposite a closed end of the suture loop. The suture implant includes a tissue anchor having first and second openings, whereby the closed end of the suture loop passes through the first and second openings for securing the tissue anchor to the suture loop. A tensioner is secured to the first end of the suture, and a pledget, located between the tensioner and the tissue anchor, is secured to the second end of the suture. Pulling the tensioner away from the tissue anchor slides the pledget and the slip knot toward the tissue anchor for shortening the length of the suture loop and reducing the distance between the pledget and the tissue anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jianxin Guo, Simon Cohn, Michael Cardinale
  • Patent number: 10675014
    Abstract: Devices and methods to attach soft tissue to bone include, for example, forming a transosseous bone tunnel, and forming a suture construct securing soft tissue to the bone wherein the suture construct extends from the soft tissue to the first opening, through the first opening, through the bone tunnel, through the second opening, and outside of the bone tunnel to the soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Crossroads Extremity Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kwan-Ho Chan, James Murphy, T. Wade Fallin, Patrick M. White
  • Patent number: 10667803
    Abstract: Devices and methods for anchoring tissue to bone are provided herein. In various embodiments, the tissue anchor systems and methods can provide a length of suture having terminal ends coupled to one another via a sliding knot so as to define a suture loop having an adjustable length. After passing a portion of the suture loop through a damaged tissue and coupling the suture loop to bone, the sliding knot can be advanced to shorten the suture loop in order to secure the tissue to bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SÀRL
    Inventor: Jose E. Lizardi
  • Patent number: 10660634
    Abstract: A suture anchor comprises a tubular body having an axial bore therethrough and having one or more purchase enhancements on an exterior surface of the body adapted to enhance purchase of the body within a bone hole, such as threads. A lateral port passes through the body from the bore to the exterior surface. A length of suture for attaching soft tissue to bone passes down along the exterior surface over the one or more purchase enhancements, over a distal end of the body, up into the bore through and then back out of the bore and up along the exterior surface over the one or more purchase enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Sebastian Sojka, Arthur G. Stephen, Andre Francisco-Guilherme, Mark W. Wolfson, Brian Henri Otrando, Daniel Paul Gamache, Justin M. Piccirillo
  • Patent number: 10660753
    Abstract: Methods and devices for transvascular prosthetic chordae tendinea implantation are disclosed. A catheter is advanced into the left atrium. From an atrium side, a leaflet connector carried by a distal end of the catheter can be anchored to a superior surface of a mitral valve leaflet. A needle is axially advanceable through the leaflet connector and through the leaflet. A leaflet anchor having a leaflet suture can be advanced out of the needle to secure the mitral valve leaflet to the leaflet suture. A ventricular anchor is anchored to the wall of the ventricle to secure the ventricular wall to a ventricle suture. The leaflet suture and the ventricle suture may be tensioned and connected by a suture lock to form an artificial chordae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Pipeline Medical Techologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Trung Ho Pham, Gordon B. Bishop, Erik Griswold, Stephen McDaniel, Cameron Paul Purcell
  • Patent number: 10660755
    Abstract: A torque-delivery tool includes a cable and a distal coupling element. A tissue anchor includes an anchor head, which includes a shaft having a proximal coupling element. The distal and proximal coupling elements are shaped so as to define corresponding interlocking surfaces. An outer tether-securing element of the anchor is shaped so as to define a lateral opening through which a tether is disposed, and at least partially radially surrounds the shaft and a spring. In an unlocked state, a distal spring depressor restrains the spring in an axially-compressed state. In a locked state, the distal and proximal coupling elements are not coupled with one another, the distal spring depressor does not restrain the spring in the axially-compressed state, and the spring is in an axially-expanded state, in which the spring inhibits the sliding of the tether through the lateral opening by pressing the tether against the outer tether-securing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: 4TECH INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gilmore, Paolo Denti, Andrea Guidotti, Mohamed Azeem Latib
  • Patent number: 10660686
    Abstract: A deployment device for a tissue repair system includes a front delivery assembly that is detachable from a base assembly of the deployment device. The front delivery assembly includes at least one prosthesis and at least one driven assembly that actuates the at least one prosthesis. The base assembly includes a driving assembly that may engage the at least one driven assembly of the at least one prosthesis. The front delivery assembly can be rotated so that the position of a prosthesis in the front delivery assembly is moved in and out of alignment with the driving assembly. A kit of parts may be provided that includes a base assembly as well as two or more detachable front delivery assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: JMEA Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Sack, Jack Y. Yeh
  • Patent number: 10653410
    Abstract: Filamentary fixation devices may be used in a variety of surgical procedures to secure soft tissue to bone. The present invention provides various devices, systems, kits and instrumentation for performing such surgical procedures including preparation of soft tissue and bone, preparation and manipulation of such filamentary fixation devices, and insertion and utilization of the fixation devices within a patient's anatomy. In one embodiment, a method for securing soft tissue to bone, the method includes accessing the soft tissue and the bone, passing a filament through the soft tissue, preparing a bore hole in the bone, loading the filament into a filamentary fixation device, implanting the filamentary fixation device, with the filament, into the bore hole, and tensioning the filament so that the filamentary fixation device and filament are secured within the bore hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventor: Kyle Craig Pilgeram
  • Patent number: 10646214
    Abstract: A tongue advancer assembly for a tongue manipulation system includes a core mount and a tongue advancer for coupling to the core mount. The core mount includes a connection rod coupling for coupling the tongue advancer assembly to a distal end of a connection rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Matthias Hamsch, Joachim Kahlert, Steve Woodard, Asheesh Divetia, Michel Paul Barbara Van Bruggen, Antonius Adrianus Petrus Schudelaro
  • Patent number: 10646216
    Abstract: An illustrative example surgical method includes establishing a tunnel in a bone. At least a portion of the suture is passed through the tunnel. The suture has two ends and first and second loops between the two ends. The first loop includes a button on the suture. The second loop is on one side of the tunnel and the button is on the other side of the tunnel after the portion of the suture has been passed through the tunnel. At least some of the second loop of the suture is passed through soft tissue. Manipulating the second loop over the button positions a portion of the soft tissue between the second loop of the suture and the bone. Adjusting a length of the second loop urges the portion of the soft tissue against the bone where the portion of the soft tissue is held by the suture without tying any knots in the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: John David Paterson, Andrew Christian Petry, Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, Patrick Joel Denard
  • Patent number: 10646327
    Abstract: Knotless self-locking constructs and methods of tissue repairs. A flexible coupler creates a plurality of closed, knotless, continuous, adjustable, flexible loops having adjustable perimeters, the loops being located between a loop interconnection and two terminal ends. A weave region having an accordion configuration and a plurality of locking points is provided between each terminal end and each closed, knotless, continuous, adjustable, flexible loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Jereme J. Lund
  • Patent number: 10646326
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates, in some aspects, to orthopaedic implants for securing soft tissue to bone and methods for using the same. One particular implant comprises a first exposed porous surface region, having pores for promoting bone ingrowth, and a second exposed porous surface, having pores for promoting soft tissue ingrowth. At least some of the pores of the first exposed porous surface region may be seeded with osteocytic factors and at least some of the pores of the second exposed porous surface region may be seeded with fibrocytic factors. Such orthopaedic implants can advantageously facilitate regeneration of the soft tissue to bone interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Jiang, Jian Q. Yao, Hali Wang, Timothy A. Hoeman, Ray Zubok, John Chernosky, Keith A. Roby
  • Patent number: 10639023
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for securing soft tissue to bone can include loading a suture through an eyelet of a suture anchor. The suture anchor can have a longitudinal axis and a distal tip. An anchor inserter assembly can be positioned in contact with the suture anchor. The anchor inserter assembly can include a sleeve portion and an impacting portion. The suture can be engaged with a suture engaging member on the suture inserter assembly at a location adjacent to the eyelet. The sleeve portion can be translated relative to the impacting portion from an alignment position to an insertion position thereby moving the suture a first distance offset from the eyelet in a direction away from the distal tip. The anchor insert assembly can be advanced to a driven position thereby advancing the suture anchor into the bone. The suture engaging member can be released from the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Berelsman, Kevin T. Stone
  • Patent number: 10631848
    Abstract: Surgical constructs and methods are provided for securing soft tissue to bone. One exemplary embodiment of a construct is formed from a suture filament and includes two terminal ends of filament and an intermediate portion disposed along at least a portion of a length extending between the terminal ends. The construct can have a first terminal end that is the first terminal end of the filament, and a second terminal end that includes a loop. The loop can be formed by disposing the second terminal end of the filament within a volume of a portion of the intermediate portion of the filament. In some disclosed methods, both terminal ends of the filament can be passed through tissue when performing soft tissue repairs. Various other embodiments of constructs and methods are provided, including constructs having two or more filaments associated with an anchor and methods of using such constructs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SÀRL
    Inventors: Mehmet Ziya Sengun, Howard C. Tang, Gregory R. Whittaker
  • Patent number: 10631845
    Abstract: Surgical devices and methods of soft tissue repair using pre-looped tensionable and non-pre-looped tensionable knotless fixation devices. A flexible material (for example, suture or suture tape) may be attached to the fixation device. A flexible material may be threaded through an eyelet of a tip provided as part of a swivel anchor assembly to provide added stability to the fixation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen S. Burkhart, Derek C. Sullivan, William C. Benavitz, Thomas Dooney, Jr., Lee D. Kaplan, James P. Bradley
  • Patent number: 10631853
    Abstract: A distal tip for a suture securing tube is disclosed. The distal tip has a flared distal end and a distal opening in the flared distal end. The distal tip also has a tube interface opening in a proximal end. The distal tip further has a channel coupling the distal opening to the tube interface opening. The distal tip also has one or more crimp windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LSI Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jude S. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10631967
    Abstract: Improved methods and apparatus to secure a urethral sling to pubic bone in a sub-urethral location to support the urethra and alleviate incontinence are disclosed. The urethral sling is preferably formed of a flexible sheet material extending between opposed first and second sling ends and bounded by opposed first and second sling sides. The urethral sling is selectively tensioned in a central portion intermediate the first and second sling ends and/or in one or both of end portions bracketing the central portion. In one embodiment, pre-positioned plicating lines in the central portion are selectively drawn and tied to slacken the central portion and tension the end portions. In further embodiments, bone anchor lines passed through locations displaced from the sling ends are drawn and fixed to tension the central portion between the displaced locations and slacken the end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Arnal, W. Kyle Knauf
  • Patent number: 10632284
    Abstract: A catheter port adapted to be selectively secured topically to a patient's body about a site at which a catheter is to be inserted into the patient's body. The catheter port includes a cushion adapted to be secured to the patient's epidermis at its bottom surface about the site and at its top surface to a member, an inner tube having one portion mounted on the member and having another portion that is adapted to extend into the patient's body about the site for guiding movement of a catheter relative to the site and for preventing any portion of the catheter from ever contacting the patient's epidermis, an outer tube having a proximal end mounted on one of the member and inner tube, an intermediate portion extending away from the one of the member and the inner tube in a distal end and a septum mounted on the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Rabie Stephan
  • Patent number: 10631851
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a suture anchor including a distal body and a proximal body. The distal body defines a bounded transverse eyelet therethrough and the proximal body defines an unbounded transverse eyelet therethrough at a distal end thereof the unbounded transverse eyelet being unbounded distally. The proximal body is cannulated for receiving a proximal portion of the distal body through the cannula, whereby the eyelets are configured for alignment with one another to as to enable receiving a suture therethrough. Once the suture is received, the distal body and proximal body may be rotated relative to one another along a longitudinal axis of the suture anchor such that the eyelets are rotated out of phase with one another causing the suture to wrap around the proximal portion of the distal body and pinching the suture between an outer surface of the distal body and an inner surface of the proximal body. This has the advantage of causing the distal end of the proximal body to expand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Joseph Balboa, Geoffrey Ian Karasic
  • Patent number: 10617405
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention describe methods of implanting and setting an adjustable suture structure capable of maximizing and controlling the available range of motion in a defective joint. The adjustable suture structure can augment a joint repair following surgery or be used as a standalone construct. One embodiment involves completion of a standard ligament repair, followed by the implant of anchors to secure sutures between bone locations proximal to the native origin of the repaired ligaments. Each of the sutures is implanted with at least some slack. Once the sutures are secured, the first suture is alternatively tensioned and moved through a range of motion, followed by the same process in a second suture. The steps are performed iteratively until the range of motion is controlled or limited sufficiently to protect the repaired ligaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedia Osteonics Corp.
    Inventor: Ryan J. Niver
  • Patent number: 10610211
    Abstract: A system for securing a length of filament in working communication with tissue. The system includes a first filamentary sleeve having a length along a longitudinal axis and a passageway therethrough. The passageway is dimensioned to allow slidable movement therein of a length of filament. Also included within the system is and a filament engagement device that includes a pathway. The pathway has a first configuration and second configuration, wherein a portion of the length of filament is slidable within the pathway when the pathway is in the first configuration and is restricted from sliding when the pathway is in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Ross Callison, Kyle Craig Pilgeram, Charles McCartney
  • Patent number: 10610208
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate ablation patterns on the heart within a pericardial sac and without opening or deflating the lungs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Whayne, Sidney D. Fleischman
  • Patent number: 10610212
    Abstract: A locking suture construct having suture material with a first end and a second end, each attached to a first body in a slidable manner, a constricting member formed in the second end of the suture material, and a bight in the suture material between the first end and the second end. The bight can be pulled through the constricting member around a second body to create a locking loop. The first end and the second end are passed through the locking loop. Pulling the first end increases a perimeter of the locking loop and moves the constricting member toward the second body. When the constricting member reaches the second body, pulling the first end reduces the perimeter of the locking loop and moves/rotates the constricting member around the second body toward the first body to hold the first body in relative position to the second body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CONMED CORPORATION
    Inventor: Grady Breslich
  • Patent number: 10603029
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for coupling a soft tissue implant into a locking cavity formed within a bone is disclosed. A bone engaging fastener is coupled to bone. A second fastener is coupled to a suture construction. The second fastener is coupled to the first fastener. Soft tissue is coupled to the suture construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan A. Kaiser, Gregory J. Denham, Kevin T. Stone, Frank O. Bonnarens
  • Patent number: 10603158
    Abstract: Methods for whip-stitching soft tissue with a needle and a looped suture avoid placing the tissue graft through the suture loop, which also eliminates the need for passing a tissue clamp through the suture loop. The methods described herein can also include combinations of the techniques described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: Smith & Nephew, Inc., Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics AG, Smith & Nephew Ptd. Limited
    Inventors: Duane Beaulier, Mason Bettenga, Hadi El Heneidi, Kangqiao Li, Jennifer Ng
  • Patent number: 10595840
    Abstract: A wound closure apparatus can be a self-contained device for delivery and deployment of a wound plug. The apparatus can include a post and a wound plug. The post can have a top end, a bottom end, and an interior channel located between the top end and the bottom end. The bottom end of the post can include a plurality of perforations extending from the interior channel to an outer surface of the post. The wound plug can include a body and a bladder, the bladder disposed around the body. In an assembled configuration of the wound closure apparatus, the bottom end of the post is positioned through an opening of the bladder such that the bladder can receive a fluid through the interior channel and the plurality of perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Surgical Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Peter E. Bippart, Diane S. Kindred
  • Patent number: 10595853
    Abstract: A suture anchoring device for fixing a soft tissue to a bone tissue is disclosed that enables the exchange of sutures between anchors after implantation. The suture anchoring device may include a body that is inserted into the bone tissue, a suture exchange fitting situation within a passage formed within the body, and one or more pre-loaded sutures looped through the suture exchange fitting and projecting proximally from a proximal opening formed in the body. Surgical kits and surgical methods for performing various repair procedures using one or more suture anchoring device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Stabilynx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Feezor, Michael Rosenthal, Joseph P. Donahue
  • Patent number: 10595985
    Abstract: Described are methods and apparatus for use in supporting tissue in a patient's body. In some embodiments, the patient's breast or another tissue is supported. One method involves introducing a superior soft tissue anchor into a patient, the anchor having an inferiorly facing total surface area; and introducing at least one inferior soft tissue anchor into the patient, such that the at least one inferior soft tissue anchor is suspended from the superior soft tissue anchor, the sum of all of the at least one inferior soft tissue anchors having a superiorly facing total surface area. The inferiorly facing total surface area of the superior anchor can be greater, such as at least two times greater than the superiorly facing total surface area of the at least one inferior anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sinclair Pharmaceuticals Limited
    Inventors: Michael J. Lee, Randall Lashinski, Gordon Bishop, Anthony Beatty, Jasper Benke, Alexe Calarasu, Jeremy Kinkade, Sean Saint, Heather Hardy
  • Patent number: 10595858
    Abstract: A suture anchor has a tubular body having an axial bore therethrough with one or more purchase enhancements on an exterior surface of the body adapted to enhance purchase of the body within a bone hole. These are preferably screw threads. A distal nose of the suture body has a smooth exterior surface. A length of suture passes down along the exterior surface over the purchase enhancements, over the distal nose, and up into the bore. The smooth exterior surface of the distal nose allows tension of the suture to be held by the engagement of the nose within the bone hole thus making it easier to obtain proper tension as the remaining portion is engaged into the bone hole to provide final fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: William Reiser, Kairi Lofton, Jeff Parrish, Kristian DiMatteo
  • Patent number: 10595850
    Abstract: A method for securing a flexible member may include forming a bore in a bone; inserting an anchor into the bore, the anchor including a passage and being coupled to a flexible member; slideably positioning a first load distributing member along the flexible member; inserting the first load distributing member into the bore such that the flexible member engages the first load distributing member; and applying tension to a portion of the flexible member to secure the anchor and load distributing member within the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet C.V.
    Inventor: David Anderson