With Formable Electrode Patents (Class 606/47)
  • Patent number: 10376316
    Abstract: A tissue cutting device includes a flexible elongate body including a channel extending therethrough, a distal member connected to a distal end of the elongate body. The distal member includes a lumen extending therethrough in communication with the channel and a recess extending through an exterior surface of the distal member along a portion of a length thereof. The recess extends includes a receiving structure at a distal end thereof. A cutting element is slidably received within the channel and the lumen so that the cutting element is movable between an open tissue-receiving configuration and a closed tissue-gripping configuration, in which a distal portion of the cutting element extends across the recess such that the distal end of the cutting element is received within the receiving structure, a portion of a length of the distal portion extending radially beyond an exterior surface of the distal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Robert Charles, Jon Taylor, Daniel E. Hamilton, Samuel Raybin, Robert B. Devries, Niklas Andersson, Meghan Elizabeth Soens, Mary Ann Cornell, Ray H. Tong
  • Patent number: 10299858
    Abstract: An electrosurgical snare may include a conductive distal loop that includes an uninsulated thinner portion and an uninsulated thicker portion. Respective current densities over the outer surfaces of the thinner and thicker portions may cause the uninsulated thinner portion to immediately begin cutting tissue, while the uninsulated thicker portion may initially begin coagulating the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Tyler Evans McLawhorn
  • Patent number: 10292862
    Abstract: An ophthalmic surgical instrument includes a housing and a snare operably coupled to the housing. The snare is configured to transition between an insertion configuration and a deployed configuration, in which the snare is sized to encircle lenticular tissue. The ophthalmic surgical instrument is designed to prevent elevation and/or tilting of the lenticular tissue as the snare transitions toward the insertion configuration to divide the lenticular tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Mackool
  • Patent number: 10278760
    Abstract: A surgical device and procedure are provided for performing microsurgery, including a capsulotomy of a lens capsule of an eye. The device has an elastically deformable cutting element mounted within an elastomeric suction cup. The suction cup is attached to an arm for manipulating the device. The device can be inserted into the anterior chamber of the eye, through a corneal incision, to cut a piece from the anterior portion of the lens capsule of the eye. The device is secured against the lens capsule using suction applied by one or more suction elements. The device is then removed from the eye, with the cut piece of membrane retained within the device by suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Mynosys Cellular Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Guild Keller
  • Patent number: 10179067
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an adjustable endoscopic surgical device for illuminating a tissue surface with diffuse and oblique light. In some embodiments, light emanates from the sides of an optical fiber, which is optionally formed at least in part into a loop shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Olson
  • Patent number: 10045818
    Abstract: A treatment tool for an endoscope includes a sheath which is extended along a longitudinal axis; a pre-curved portion which is disposed at a distal portion of the sheath; a knife wire lumen which is formed along the longitudinal axis of the sheath; a first communication hole and a second communication hole which are open on an outer circumferential surface to communicate the outer circumferential surface positioned with the knife wire lumen; a wire-shaped cutting portion which is protruded from the first communication hole and the second communication hole, and is extended in a position spaced from the outer circumferential surface and the virtual plane; a fixing portion which is provided to fix an end portion of a wire connected to the cutting portion inside the knife wire lumen, and a bending portion which is provided to bend the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsukasa Kobayashi, Yuji Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Morishita, Isamu Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10039597
    Abstract: Described are surgical cutting tools and related methods, useful to sever tissue, optionally cauterizing the tissue; the cutting tool includes a frame that can be extended and retracted at the distal end of the cutting tool such that the frame supports a cutting element useful to cut tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Mujwid
  • Patent number: 9987157
    Abstract: A dual-purpose surgical bougie is disclosed for vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) procedures, and other related operations, that can serve the purpose of both operating as a guide or dilator for stapling and resecting a stomach and also securing, containing, and trans-orally extracting the resected stomach, thereby promoting faster patient recovery, minimizing and reducing the size and number of incisions, and further minimizing VSG procedure related complications, among other advantages. In one aspect of the disclosure described herein, the dual-purpose medical device can include a surgical bougie having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the bougie can be made of at least one of rubber, silicone, plastic, and metal. In addition, the bougie can include a channel or passage disposed within its central axis extending from its distal end to the proximal end, and a securement member coupled to the bougie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: MW Support Services, LLC
    Inventor: Todd McCarty
  • Patent number: 9974553
    Abstract: A medical device including an energy generator, a proximal end, and a distal end. The proximal end may include a handle and one or more connectors coupled to the energy generator. The distal end may include a number of movable branch members connected to one or more movable filaments at the distal end to form at least one expandable snare. At least one of the one or more movable filaments may be coupled to the one or more connectors to transfer energy to the at least one of the one or more movable filaments. A portion of the at least one of the one or more movable filaments forming the at least one expandable snare may be insulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 9918771
    Abstract: A device and system for removing polyps is provided and includes a tubular member having proximal and distal ends, a snare portion operably extending from within the distal end of the tubular member, the snare portion including a cutting member for severing the sealed tissue. The polyp removal device may further include a handle portion operatively extending from within the proximal end of the tubular member. The handle portion may be configured for operable engagement by a user and the cutting member may extend between distal ends of the first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: F. Sergio P. Regadas
  • Patent number: 9888960
    Abstract: Bipolar electrosurgical devices may include a handle assembly configured to control movement of components of the electrosurgical device to perform an electrosurgical procedure and a power cord assembly configured to electrically connect the bipolar electrosurgical device with a power source. For bipolar sphincterotomes, an active portion of the handle assembly may include a first active member that contacts and slides across a second active member as the gripping portion moves about a handle stem component of the handle assembly. The power cord assembly may include a pair of return contacts that are shorted together when connected with the handle assembly, which in turn may deactivate an alarm output by the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Tyler McLawhorn, John Crowder Sigmon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9883962
    Abstract: An operating unit constituting a stent delivery system is provided with a first rotary roller having a first gear and a second rotary roller having a second gear. The first gear is meshed with a first tooth portion of a rack member and the second gear is meshed with a second tooth portion of the rack member. The first gear is formed to have a large diameter relative to the second gear and at the time of releasing a stent, after positioning a distal end of an outer tube body close to the stent through the rack member with the rotation of the first rotary roller of the operating unit, it is possible to move the outer tube body toward a proximal side at a lower speed than that in the previous state with the rotation of the second rotary roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masao Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9884184
    Abstract: A device for extending a lead according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a body having proximal and distal ends, the distal end having first and second apertures, the body having an inner lumen, the first and second apertures extending from an outside of the body to the inner lumen; a filamentous element extending out of the first aperture and into the second aperture to form a filament loop extending from the body; a tightening mechanism configured to twist the filamentous element to compress a lead body between the filament loop and the body; and a tether coupled to body and configured to extend further proximally than a proximal-most end of the lead body when the lead body is compressed between the filament loop and body, the tether further configured to transfer at least a portion of a tension force applied to the tether to the lead body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Spectranetics Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Kelby Triffo
  • Patent number: 9861432
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device and a method of orienting the electrosurgical device are provided. The device includes a rotation mechanism including a first and a second connector where the first connector is rotatable relative to the second connector. The device also includes a handle operably connected to the first connector; and a catheter operably connected to the second connector where the handle is rotatable relative to the catheter. The device further includes a first wire having a distal portion anchored to a distal portion of the catheter so that the distal portion of the wire is orientable by rotation of the handle relative to the catheter. At least one of the rotation mechanism or a proximal portion of the wire forms a conductive connection that operably connects a power source to the distal portion of the first wire to energize the distal portion of the first wire in the electrosurgical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shaun D. Gittard, Jillian Haac, Kenneth C. Kennedy, II
  • Patent number: 9844407
    Abstract: A bipolar sphincterotome may include an elongate tubular member, a cutting wire, and a return path. The return path may include a conductive ink portion disposed on an outer surface at a distal portion of the tubular member. The return path may also include a return wire disposed within the tubular member that is electrically coupled to the conductive ink portion. In some example embodiments, the return wire may be disposed within a lumen configured to have two or more functions, one of which being to house the return wire. Additionally, in some example embodiments, the conductive ink portion may be circumferentially disposed on the outer surface to provide visual access to a wire guide lumen. Also, for some example embodiments, the bipolar sphincterotome may include two electrically isolated return paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Evans McLawhorn, Vihar C. Surti, John Crowder Sigmon, Jr., Michelle D. Martinez, Jillian Haac, Shaun D. Gittard, Richard B. Sisken, Richard W. Ducharme
  • Patent number: 9808269
    Abstract: A medical device may include a distal end having an expandable grasping portion with a plurality of movable branch members, and at least one filament connected to and slidably movable within at least a portion of the plurality of movable branch members. The proximal end of the device may include a handle having an actuation guide and an actuation selector connected to and movable along the actuation guide. The actuation selector may be coupled to ends of the at least one filament and may be configured to exert a force on the filament to vary the size of the grasping portion between a plurality of pre-selected discrete configurations of the grasping portion. In addition, the medical device may include a sheath member extending from the distal end toward the proximal end. The proximal ends of the plurality of movable branch members may be disposed within the sheath member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Tantra S. Budiman, Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 9757098
    Abstract: A medical device including a tissue characterization probe having an elongated carrier for carrying an array of tissue characterization sensors arranged in a spaced-apart relationship at least along an axis of said carrier within at least a distal portion thereof, such that progression of the probe through a tissue mass provides for locating and determining a dimension of an abnormal tissue specimen inside said tissue mass based on characterization signals from the sensors in the array. The elongated carrier has two integral portions including said distal portion and a hollow portion extending between a proximal end of the carrier and said distal portion. The carrier is configured for passing a predetermined treatment tool through the hollow portion thereof and enabling at least a part of the treatment tool to project from the hollow portion and extend along the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: DUNE MEDICAL DEVICES LTD.
    Inventors: Dan Hashimshony, Gil Cohen, Iddo Geltner
  • Patent number: 9681892
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an external fixation strut for an external fixation device having a ball joints that can be attached to the outer or inner surface of the ring and locked to increase overall stability of the external fixation device. Some embodiments of the fixation strut include a first ball joint coupled to a first end portion of a strut housing, the strut housing having an axial bore defined therethrough. A second ball joint is coupled to a second end portion of an elongated member. The elongated member is coupled to an adjustment mechanism, which is coupled to an upper end portion of an adjustment sleeve. The adjustment sleeve is slidably disposed in the axial bore of the strut housing, and is used to effect coarse strut length adjustments. Gradual strut adjustments are effected by translating the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
    Inventors: John D. Ross, Mikhail L. Samchukov, Alexander M. Cherkashin, John G. Birch
  • Patent number: 9629649
    Abstract: A tissue resection cap assembly configured to be secured to the distal end of an elongated medical device, such as an endoscope, and a method for resecting tissue. The cap assembly may include a cap structure comprising a working channel and a resection device channel, wherein the resection device channel extends inside the cap structure to a resection device track positioned substantially around the working channel adjacent the distal end of the cap structure. The resection device channel is adapted to direct a resection device from the working channel of the endoscope to the resection device track. The cap assembly further includes one or more ligation bands on the outside surface of the cap structure and a trigger line for deploying the ligation bands from the distal end of the cap structure. The method includes deploying a ligation band around tissue and using a resecting loop to cut the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Oscar Carrillo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9622815
    Abstract: An electrode device of an electrosurgical instrument is known, comprising at least one electrically conductive electrode section and an electrically insulating carrier section, wherein both the electrode section and the carrier section are made from a ceramic material. In order to improve the mechanical and electrical properties and in order to simplify the production, a green body of the carrier section and a green body of the electrode section are connected to each other, in particular materially, to form a single composite green body and are jointly sintered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ERBE ELEKTROMEDIZIN GMBH
    Inventors: Ralf Kuehner, Dietmar Karwei
  • Patent number: 9597100
    Abstract: A retrieval device is provided for retrieving stones, calculi, and other objects from a body. The device allows for a retrieval basket to be articulated and extended simultaneously. The device also allows for the basket to be articulated and retracted simultaneously. The device comprises a body, an articulator movably connected to the body, a first wire and a second wire having distal ends, and a tool formed by the distal ends of the first wire and the second wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Anthony D. Hammack, Walter N. Ryan
  • Patent number: 9554821
    Abstract: A medical device for resecting tissue. The medical device is slidably disposed within a working channel of an elongate introduction sheath. The medical device includes an elongate shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending therebetween. The distal end of the elongate shaft may include an opening in communication with the lumen. In addition, the medical device includes a support structure having a slot extending along an inner surface of the support structure in communication with the lumen of the elongate shaft. The medical device further includes a snare loop having a first position disposed within the slot of the support structure, and a second position disposed within the lumen of the elongate shaft. An actuation member is slidably disposed within the lumen of the elongate shaft and is connected to the snare loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Samuel Raybin, Melanie Li Sing How
  • Patent number: 9539055
    Abstract: A medical device for resecting tissue. The medical device includes a catheter shaft having a proximal portion and two or more distal branch portions. The distal branch portions are moveable between a closed position, and an open position. One or more lumens extend between the proximal portion and through each distal branch portion. An actuation element extends through the lumen of each distal branch portion. A snare loop is connected to each actuation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Raybin, Paul Smith, Naroun Suon
  • Patent number: 9504512
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument and apparatus for use with the instrument A bipolar electrosurgical instrument for use with an electrosurgical generator. The bipolar electrosurgical instrument incorporates a transformer having an input side or end electrically connected to the electrosurgical generator and an output side or end electrically connected to said bipolar electrosurgical instrument. The inexpensive bipolar electrosurgical instrument can be used with most conventional bipolar electrosurgical generators as well as with bipolar electrosurgical generators specifically designed for use with said instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: LINA MEDICAL APS
    Inventor: Henrik Bisgaard Poulsen
  • Patent number: 9486275
    Abstract: An electrosurgical apparatus for treating tissue comprises an elongate shaft including a proximal region, a distal region having an electrically conductive region and one or more lumens through the shaft. A stylet is located within one of the lumens for obturating at least a portion of an opening defined by a distal end of the elongated shaft. The stylet distal end has a sensor and may include an occluding component substantially surrounding and affixed to it. The elongated shaft and the stylet can possibly be configured to allow passage of fluid through the lumen while the stylet is located within the lumen. Related stylet configurations are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Harrison, Neil Godara, Kathleen Bell, Anton Santhiapillai
  • Patent number: 9439728
    Abstract: A system for creating an arteriovenous (AV) fistula comprises a vessel access sheath having a hollow interior and an exit port, a side access needle catheter configured to fit within the hollow interior of the sheath, a needle configured to be inserted into a blood vessel through the side access needle catheter, a toggle delivery catheter configured to fit within the hollow interior of the sheath, and a toggle apparatus configured to be delivered into a vessel through the toggle delivery catheter. The toggle apparatus comprises a shaft and a toggle member pivotably attached to a distal end of the shaft. A source of RF energy or resistive heat energy may be provided for application to the toggle member and/or to a heater insert in the toggle delivery catheter, for the purpose of creating the fistula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: Avenu Medical, Inc., Baja Research, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Hull, Mark A. Ritchart, David K Wrolstad
  • Patent number: 9408657
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the treatment of a body cavity or lumen are described where a heated fluid and/or gas may be introduced through a catheter and into treatment area within the body contained between one or more inflatable/expandable members. The catheter may also have optional pressure and temperature sensing elements which may allow for control of the pressure and temperature within the treatment zone and also prevent the pressure from exceeding a pressure of the inflatable/expandable members to thereby contain the treatment area between these inflatable/expandable members. Optionally, a chilled, room temperature, or warmed fluid such as water may then be used to rapidly terminate the treatment session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Channel Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Burnett, Ric Cote, William W. Malecki, Brian M. Neil, David Beaulieu, Benjamin D. Voiles
  • Patent number: 9408625
    Abstract: Catheter assembly in which the catheter sleeve is provided with a flexible tip at its distal end for carrying out medical procedures. In order to be able to vary the position of the free end of the flexible tip, a control element is present consisting of an actuating wire. The actuating wire is attached to the free end of the flexible tip and extends externally with respect to the flexible tip, in the direction of the catheter, and then passes through an opening into the inside of the catheter to the proximal end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Ureca B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Franciscus Marinus Remmerswaal, Elinard Wilco Theuvenet
  • Patent number: 9381351
    Abstract: A device for stimulating nerves adjacent the vagina includes a nerve stimulating element coupled to a main body. The nerve stimulating element is positioned and designed to stimulate the vesical, Frankenhauser's and/or inferior hypogastric plexuses. The device may reside in the vaginal fornices. An implant is also provided which has a nerve stimulating element in contact with a uterosacral ligament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: FemPulse, LLC
    Inventor: Alexandra Haessler
  • Patent number: 9345539
    Abstract: A treatment device according to the present invention includes: an elongated sheath having flexibility, the sheath being passed through an endoscope and introduced to an object to be treated; an incision knife section disposed approximately along an axial line of the sheath around an outer periphery at the distal end thereof, the incision knife section being used for incising tissue of the object to be treated; and a rotation-torque-transmitting section extending from a proximal end of the elongated sheath maneuvered by an endoscopist to an intermediate section of the incision knife section in the axial line direction, the rotation-torque-transmitting section rotating the sheath by transmitting rotation torque input at the proximal end of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yutaka Yanuma
  • Patent number: 9301800
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flex-knife that enables a technique such as tissue excision to be carried out more easily, and is provided with: a rod-shaped high frequency knife which is endoscopically inserted into a body cavity and is for performing cutting procedures; a wire, the high frequency knife connected to the front end thereof; a sheath consisting of an insulating material, into which the wire is inserted; a main body, the back end of the sheath being connected thereto; and a slider to which the back end of the wire is fixed and which is disposed to the main body to enable sliding in the axial direction; wherein the high frequency knife has a large diameter part at its distal end, the large diameter part having an outer diameter that is larger than the inner diameter of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsu Suzuki, Naohisa Yahagi
  • Patent number: 9179969
    Abstract: A sphincterotome having a pair of ribs that are disposed equidistant from each other about an outer surface of a tubular member of the sphincterotome is disclosed. The pair of ribs is oriented perpendicular to a radial direction in which a cutting edge of a cutting wire disposed at a distal portion of the tubular member extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Michelle D. Martinez
  • Patent number: 9144457
    Abstract: An ablation device includes a cannula having a distal end and a lumen, an array of electrodes deployable from within the lumen, each of the electrodes having a first configuration when inside the lumen, and a second configuration when unconfined outside the lumen, the electrodes having respective distal ends that point at least partially towards a distal direction when deployed, and an operative electrode secured to the distal end of the cannula. In one embodiment, the operative electrode has a shape that is different from the array of electrodes. In another embodiment, the operative electrode is not retractable within the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Kimbolt Young
  • Patent number: 9131977
    Abstract: A thermal surgical tool comprising a conductor having a ferromagnetic material attached thereto is provided. The conductor may include a support of sufficiently high Young's modulus to resist bending when the surgical tool is being used to treat tissue. One or more intervening layers may be disposed between the support and the ferromagnetic material. Each of the intervening layers may be selected for a property that facilitates construction of the surgical tool and/or enhances a functionality of the surgical tool. The thermal surgical tool can be used for separating tissue, coagulation, tissue destruction or achieving other desired tissue effects in numerous surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Domain Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Manwaring, Phillip Eggers, Mark Stringham, Paul Hammond, David J. McNally
  • Patent number: 9107691
    Abstract: A rooter includes a rotatable element, an actuator for causing the rotatable element to rotate, and a coupling feature for rotatably coupling an elongated medical instrument to the rotatable element. The rotatable element may be at least partially contained within the interior of a housing or another element that remains substantially stationary as the actuator causes the rotatable element to rotate. The rooter may be used with a variety of elongated medical instruments, such as needles, drill bits, trocars, wires, catheters, tubes, and other elongated instruments that are used to enable or effect medical procedures within the body of a subject. The rooter may be used for a variety of purposes, including, without limitation, the introduction of an elongated medical instrument into the body of a subject or its removal from the subject's body; removing, breaking up, or eliminating obstructions (e.g., blood clots, plaques, etc.) from the body of a subject; and obtaining samples from a subject's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Distal Access, LLC
    Inventor: Shawn P. Fojtik
  • Patent number: 9089336
    Abstract: Symmetrical and asymmetrical snares are used for endoscopically controlled methods by which tumors in hollow organs of the gastrointestinal tract can be ensnared and RF-surgically removed from the organ wall for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes. These snares are characterized in that one of the two snare portions, in the case of asymmetrical snares the longer of the two snare portions, is completely electrically insulated or is made from electrically non-conductive material and that the other of the two snare portions is made from electrically conductive material and its surface is not electrically insulated. In one embodiment, the asymmetrical snare is characterized in that the long snare portion is so much flexurally stiffer than the short snare portion that it tensions the short snare portion like the string of a bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignees: Endox Feinwerktechnik GmbH
    Inventor: G√ľnter Farin
  • Patent number: 9066724
    Abstract: A device for morcellating tissue within a body cavity of a patient comprises a stationary tube (8) having a distal end portion, and a bipolar electrosurgical electrode assembly (13) located at the distal end of the tube. The electrosurgical electrode assembly (13) comprises first and second electrodes (14, 16) separated by an insulation member (15). When an electrosurgical cutting voltage is applied to the electrode assembly (13), and relative movement is initiated between the tube (8) and the tissue, a slug of severed tissue is formed within the tube such that it can be removed from the body cavity of the patient. The bipolar electrosurgical assembly (13) has a first circumferential region (A) and a second circumferential region (B), the first circumferential region (A) being longer than the second circumferential region (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew Edward Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9033978
    Abstract: A high-frequency treatment instrument having a sheath; an elongated extension member; a narrow portion provided on an inner surface of the sheath; and a pressing member which allows the elongated extension member to advance and retract only in a part of the sheath. The elongated extension member is advanced to form a first treatment electrode extending along a central axial line of the sheath and the elongated extension member is further advanced to form a second treatment electrode which intersects with the central axial line of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Naohisa Yahagi, Yuta Muyari, Tsutomu Nakamura, Chika Miyajima, Tsutomu Okada
  • Patent number: 9017324
    Abstract: Systems, delivery devices, and methods to treat, ablate, damage, or otherwise affect tissue in an airway of a patient. The treatment systems are capable of delivering a coolable ablation assembly that ablates targeted tissue while cooling non-targeted tissue to protect the non-targeted tissue from damage. The coolable ablation assembly damages nerve tissue to temporarily or permanently decrease nervous system input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Holaira, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin L. Mayse, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Publication number: 20150112334
    Abstract: An interchangeable tip comprising: a stylet; a blade module including: an enclosure that electrically connects, signally connects, or both the interchangeable tip to a power source, a signal source, or both; and blade circuitry having: one or more control buttons, one or more switches, or both for controlling operation one or more functions of the interchangeable tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin C. Edwards, Jay A. Casey, Vlad Bluvshtein, Lori E. Lucke, Dan W. Vahle, Moussa Sane, David C. Church
  • Publication number: 20150105777
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument is provided for the treatment of tissue, the instrument (3) comprising an instrument shaft (14) having a longitudinal axis, a suction lumen (16) extending at least partially along the instrument shaft, and a chisel electrode (21) at the distal end of the shaft. The chisel electrode (21) includes a body portion (22) at a first angle with respect to the longitudinal axis, and a hook portion (23) extending from the body portion at a second angle to the longitudinal axis. The chisel electrode (21) also includes a plurality of apertures (35, 36, 37, 38, 40) providing a suction lumen through the electrode, there being at least one aperture (35, 36, 37, 38, 42) in the body portion (22), and at least one aperture (40, 45) in the hook portion (23).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Charles BENN
  • Patent number: 9005195
    Abstract: Systems, delivery devices, and methods to treat to ablate, damage, or otherwise affect tissue. The treatment systems are capable of delivering a coolable ablation assembly that ablates targeted tissue without damaging non-targeted tissue. The coolable ablation assembly damages nerve tissue to temporarily or permanently decrease nervous system input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Holaira, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin L. Mayse, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Publication number: 20150094716
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument includes an elongated housing having proximal and distal ends. The proximal end is configured to couple to a source of electrosurgical energy via first and second channels extending along a length of the housing to the distal end thereof. The distal end includes a reflector having a dielectric load operably coupled thereto and configured to receive at least a portion of the first conductor therein. In a first mode of operation, electrosurgical energy is transmitted to the first channel and reflected from the reflector to electrosurgically treat tissue. The reflector is configured to receive at least a portion of the second channel therein. In a second mode of operation, electrosurgical energy is transmitted to the second channel to dissect tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: JOSEPH D. BRANNAN, CASEY M. LADTKOW
  • Patent number: 8986292
    Abstract: An ablation catheter comprises an elongated catheter body; at least one ablation element disposed in a distal portion which is adjacent the distal end of the catheter body; an illumination optical element disposed in the distal portion, the illumination optical element being light-transmissive to emit light from the illumination optical element to the targeted tissue region; and a collection optical element disposed in the distal portion, the collection optical element being light-transmissive to collect one or more of returned, backscattered or newly excited light from the targeted tissue region. The illumination or excitation optical element and the collection optical element are axially spaced from one another and axially optically isolated from one another within the distal portion to substantially prevent light from traveling between the illumination optical element and the collection optical element along a path within the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John Sliwa, Stephen Morse, Zhenyi Ma
  • Publication number: 20150080890
    Abstract: An electrode assembly (17) is provided for use in a resectoscope, the electrode assembly (17) comprising an elongate shaft (33), at least one arm (33), first connection means (4) for connecting the arm to a source (1) of electrosurgical energy, and a tissue treatment element (26) at the end of the arm. The arm includes a suction lumen (34) extending from a proximal end to a distal end, the distal end of the suction lumen (34) terminating in the general region of the tissue treatment element (26), and the proximal end of the suction lumen including second connection means for connecting the suction lumen to a source of suction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony K. ATWELL, Marno NAGTEGAAL
  • Patent number: 8979837
    Abstract: A lumen extension member is provided for a catheter having a catheter body and an elongate electrode coupled to the catheter body. The elongate electrode defines an electrode lumen extending therethrough. The lumen extension member is positioned within the electrode lumen and is coupled to the catheter body. The lumen extension member includes a tubular member including a sidewall and at least one opening that extends through the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan de la Rama, Cary Hata, William Du, Yongxing Zhang
  • Patent number: 8977333
    Abstract: A shape-imparting mechanism for a catheter that includes an elongate element dimensioned to fit within a lumen of an electrode sheath of a catheter. An insertion facilitating arrangement is carried at a distal end of the elongate element for facilitating insertion of the distal end of the elongate element into the lumen of the electrode sheath of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cathrx Ltd
    Inventors: Neil L. Anderson, Matthew Partlett
  • Publication number: 20150045776
    Abstract: A catheter is described for use in cannulating a bile duct in ERCP or sphincterotomy procedures. The catheter has a continuous compound curve that has first and second curves. The first and second curves have radii of curvature and lengths that orient the tip of the catheter selectively toward a bile duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jillian Haac, Vihar C. Surti
  • Patent number: 8945123
    Abstract: A high-frequency treatment tool (1) includes an operating wire (12) having a treatment part (10) including a treatment electrode; a first tube (23) formed from an insulating material, in which the operating wire (12) for enabling the treatment part (10) to protrude and recede is inserted; and a second tube (21) having a passive electrode (22) at a distal end, in which inserted the first tube (23) such as to cover an inner peripheral face of the passive electrode (22) is inserted. An engagement part (25) and an engaged part (22C) that can engage with each other are formed in the first tube (23) and the passive electrode (22), and the engagement of the engagement part (25) with the engaged part (22C) restricts the relative movement of a distal-end part of the first tube (23) to a proximal-end side of the first tube (23) with respect to the passive electrode (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Keita Suzuki, Hideki Fujii
  • Patent number: 8932289
    Abstract: Systems, delivery devices, and methods to treat to ablate, damage, or otherwise affect tissue. The treatment systems are capable of delivering a coolable ablation assembly that ablates targeted tissue without damaging non-targeted tissue. The coolable ablation assembly damages nerve tissue to temporarily or permanently decrease nervous system input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Holaira, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin L. Mayse, Steven C. Dimmer