Hollow Or Tubular Part Or Organ (e.g., Bladder, Urethra, Bronchi, Bile Duct, Etc.) Patents (Class 623/23.64)
  • Patent number: 10390920
    Abstract: A device for inguinal ligament fixation includes a suspension mesh, wherein the suspension includes: a cervix and anterior vaginal wall sling; wherein a first end of the cervix and anterior vaginal wall sling is connected to a cervix or an anterior vaginal wall; two inguinal ligament suspension arms, wherein a second end of each of the two inguinal ligament suspension arms is connected to a second end of the cervix and anterior vaginal wall sling, and the two inguinal ligament suspension arms are placed in a symmetrical form; and two sacral ligament and posterior vaginal wall suspension arms, wherein a second end of each of the two sacral ligament and posterior vaginal wall suspension arms is connected to the second end of the cervix and anterior vaginal wall sling, and the two sacral ligament and posterior vaginal wall suspension arms are placed in a symmetrical form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Zhiyuan Dai, Chenyun Dai
  • Patent number: 10299794
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention relates to an apparatus for supporting first and second blood vessels connected by an anastomosis at a fistula, the apparatus comprising: a coupler that seats on and couples to the first blood vessel; and a sleeve connected to the coupler that ensheathes a portion of the second blood vessel in the vicinity of the fistula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Laminate Medical Technologies LTD.
    Inventors: Eyal Orion, Tamar Gilon
  • Patent number: 10278841
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, the invention is directed to an endoluminal device comprising a stent and a sleeve. In one embodiment, the endoluminal device is implanted in a portion of the gastrointestinal tract. In some embodiments, the stent has a first region and a second region where the first and second regions provide different levels of radial force. In one embodiment, the first region is made from a plurality of first wires having a first diameter and the second region is made from a plurality of second wires having a second diameter which is smaller than the first diameter. In other embodiments, the endoluminal device has at least one engagement mechanism engaging the stent to the sleeve, the endoluminal device to a body lumen, and any combination thereof. In at least one embodiment, the endoluminal device has a wall with at least one opening therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Claude O. Clerc, Kurt Geitz
  • Patent number: 10265458
    Abstract: A vascular access port can include a base that can be attached to a vessel and a body extending away from the base in at least a vertical direction. A height of the body in the vertical direction can be sufficiently small such that the entire port can be implanted subcutaneously in a patient. The port can include a guidance passageway that is at least partially defined by the body and can direct an access device into a vessel of a patient when the port is attached to the vessel. In some arrangements, the guidance passageway includes a funnel region that decreases in size from a proximal end of the guidance passageway toward a distal end of the guidance passageway that defines an opening through the bottom surface of the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ADVENT ACCESS PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Nathaniel P. Young, Mark A. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10245135
    Abstract: A segmented skirted surgical mesh for use in reconstructing a soft tissue defect, the segmented skirted surgical mesh comprising: a base layer of surgical mesh, the base layer of surgical mesh comprising an outer edge; and a segmented continuous skirt of surgical mesh comprising an outer edge and an inner edge which defines a central opening, the segmented continuous skirt of surgical mesh being secured to the base layer of surgical mesh at the outer edge of the continuous skirt of surgical mesh, and the segmented continuous skirt of surgical mesh comprising a plurality of slits formed in the segmented continuous skirt of surgical mesh, wherein the plurality of slits extend outwardly from the inner edge of the segmented continuous skirt of surgical mesh, whereby to form a plurality of flaps of surgical mesh in the segmented continuous skirt of surgical mesh, such that at least one of the flaps of surgical mesh can be lifted away from the base layer of surgical mesh and secured to soft tissue without causin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: John W. Huelskamp, Eric Nelson, Eric Bouillet, William Wiecek
  • Patent number: 10226564
    Abstract: In certain systems disclosed herein, one or more of a first vascular access port and a second vascular access port can be selected by a customer. Each of the first and second vascular access ports can be implanted subcutaneously within a patient, and each can include a base configured to be attached to a vessel, a body that extends away from the base, and a guidance passageway that extends through the body and the base and includes a funnel region. A maximum height defined by the base and body of the second vascular access port can be greater than a maximum height defined by the base and body of the first vascular access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Advent Access Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathaniel P. Young, G. Doug Smith, Mark A. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10195066
    Abstract: An inexpensive small-sized screen printing machine having low redundancy and high production efficiency and applicable to a dual conveying-type component mounting machine. A pair of substrate supporting tables juxtaposed in a specific direction is provided. Screen printing is alternately performed by a single print executing section in a common area which can be shared by the two substrate supporting tables. In doing so, when one substrate supporting table located at a print position among the pair of substrate supporting tables starts exiting the print position, the other substrate supporting table starts entry to the print position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Niall Behan
  • Patent number: 9877725
    Abstract: The invention relates to a neural prosthesis, a neural prosthesis for use in the treatment of severed nerves and to a method for producing a neural prosthesis. Said neural prosthesis comprises a coupling element receptacle and at least one coupling element having a first and a second coupling section, wherein the coupling element is fixed by the coupling element receptacle, and wherein the first coupling section can be arranged on a first nerve region and the second coupling section on a second nerve region so that both nerve regions can be coupled by means of the neural prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUR TECHNOLOGIE
    Inventors: Georg Bretthauer, Selman Uranues
  • Patent number: 9757264
    Abstract: A gastrointestinal bypass device for directing food and liquids from an esophagus and/or a proximal portion of a stomach into an intestines is described. The device comprises a receiver, a sleeve, and a device coupling. The receiver may be configured to be positioned in the esophagus and/or the stomach. A proximal portion of the receiver may be configured to open and close to at least partially conform to an inside of the esophagus and/or a proximal portion of the stomach. The receiver may be configured to receive food and liquids from the esophagus and/or a proximal portion of the stomach into a lumen of the receiver. The sleeve may be coupled to a distal portion of the receiver. The sleeve may be configured to be positioned in the stomach and the intestines. The sleeve may have a lumen in communication with the lumen of the receiver. The sleeve may be configured to direct the food and the liquids from the receiver into the intestines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: ValenTx, Inc.
    Inventors: Johann Neisz, Cole Chen
  • Patent number: 9642733
    Abstract: The invention relates to an intraluminar method of treating a reflux disease in a patient by implanting a device comprising an movement restriction device that, when implanted in a patient, fills a volume in the patient's abdomen that is close to and at least partially above the patient's cardia when the patient is in a standing position. The invention further relates to a method of restoring the location of the cardia in a patient suffering from a reflux disease and to an instrument suitable to use with intraluminar method and/or restoration method. Also disclosed are instruments treating a patient suffering hiatal hernia and providing a movement restriction device to be invaginated in the stomach fundus wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9574180
    Abstract: A method of obtaining beta-islet cells from pancreases of rabbits and a composition for transplantation (xenografts or xenotransplants) of beta-islet cells isolated and cultured from rabbit pancreases to promote natural insulin production among people with diabetes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PHILADELPHIA MEDICAL SCIENTIFIC CENTER, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Vladislav Broytman, Nikanor Broytman, Nikolay Skaletskiy
  • Patent number: 9561126
    Abstract: A method of positioning a main stent at a vessel bifurcation includes positioning a main guidewire in the main vessel; and advancing a stent delivery system to a position proximate the bifurcation. The stent delivery system includes a catheter with a flexible side sheath attached thereto and a main stent positioned over the catheter. The flexible side sheath is positioned to pass through the side opening in the main stent. The method also includes advancing a branch guidewire through the flexible side sheath and into the branch vessel; and subsequently, advancing the catheter over the main guidewire while advancing the flexible side sheath over the branch guidewire while viewing relative movement of a marker positioned on the flexible side sheath with respect to at least one marker positioned on the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gil M. Vardi, Charles J. Davidson, Eric Williams
  • Patent number: 9445815
    Abstract: The invention relates to an intraluminar method of treating a reflux disease in a patient by implanting a device comprising an movement restriction device that, when implanted in a patient, fills a volume in the patient's abdomen that is close to and at least partially above the patient's cardia when the patient is in a standing position. The invention further relates to a method of restoring the location of the cardia in a patient suffering from a reflux disease and to an instrument suitable to use with intraluminar method and/or restoration method. Also disclosed are instruments treating a patient suffering hiatal hernia and providing a movement restriction device to be invaginated in the stomach fundus wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9421083
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for percutaneous valve replacement and/or augmentation are provided. The apparatus includes a valve having a valve frame, a valve leaflet coupled to the valve frame, and a leaflet transition member coupled to the valve leaflet. The valve leaflet and leaflet transition member can transition from a first position where the valve leaflet and leaflet frame are at least partially outside a lumen of the valve frame to a second position where the valve leaflet and the leaflet transition member are within the lumen of the valve frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED INC.
    Inventors: Tracee Eidenschink, Joseph M. Thielen, William J. Drasler, Graig L. Kveen
  • Patent number: 9352126
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and devices that help to curb appetite and/or reduce food intake. In one embodiment, the methods and devices of the present invention include a small intestinal/duodenal insert comprising an elongated member with at least one flow reduction element that can cause the stimulation of one or more biological signals of satiety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Endosphere, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth F. Binmoeller
  • Patent number: 9326870
    Abstract: A hybrid stent prosthesis including a biodegradable tubular body, a first non-biodegradable self-expanding ring coupled to a proximal end of the biodegradable body, and a second non-biodegradable self-expanding ring coupled to a distal end of the biodegradable body. The hybrid stent includes a mechanism for longitudinally compressing the tubular body to increase the radial or hoop strength thereof. The longitudinally compressing mechanism may be protruding elements coupled to and extending radially outward from the hybrid stent or elastomeric compression bands or tethers extending between the non-biodegradable rings. The compression bands may be pre-connected to both non-biodegradable rings prior to stent delivery, or may be connected to one non-biodegradable ring prior to insertion and connected to the other non-biodegradable ring in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Berglund, Justin Peterson
  • Patent number: 9308069
    Abstract: A dual-layer hernia mesh can be configured according to a three-dimensional map of a hernia defect(s) and a hernia volume(s) of a patient. The front portion of the mesh can be configured utilizing, for example, a three dimensional map of hernia sac volumes obtained from a CT scan. The front portion of the mesh exactly fits into the hernia sac. The back portion of the hernia mesh is a sheet of mesh material that overlaps over onto the normal muscles and fascia. A “foam” collapsible mesh and/or a flat mesh with expandable hydrogel deposited in variable thickness according to the hernia defect can be utilized as a dual-layer hernia mesh for repair. The hydrogel mesh when combined with water or saline expands and fits into the hernia defect or defects. Both “foam” and hydrogel meshes adhere to the tissues of the hernia sac and then contracts over time. The hernia sac volume slowly disappears, restoring a more normal contour to the abdominal wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Richard Massen
  • Patent number: 9155608
    Abstract: A device for isolating tissue in the digestive tract including a biocompatible portion having a surface sized to cover the tissue to be isolated and also includes a plurality of micro-anchors attached to the biocompatible portion and extending from the surface, the micro-anchors sized to penetrate the mucosa of the tissue. A method for isolating tissue in the digestive tract in which an isolation element is delivered to a desired location in the digestive system; the isolation element having fixed thereto a plurality of micro-anchors. The method also includes attaching the isolation element to tissue at the desired location by causing the micro-anchors to penetrate the mucosa of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: David Blaeser, Dale Spencer
  • Patent number: 9078775
    Abstract: The disclosure describes methods of winding collagen fiber to make medical constructs and related collagen fiber tube and patch devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: MiMedx Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Mengyan Li, Thomas J. Koob
  • Patent number: 9072861
    Abstract: Devices and methods described include a flow reduction device adapted and configured for use within the duodenum of a mammal having a spine, a first atraumatic feature, a second atraumatic feature, and a flow reduction element having a proximal end, a distal end, an interior portion, an exterior portion and a variable porosity between the proximal end and the distal end. One aspect of the device includes a spine having a proximal end and a distal end, an atraumatic feature positioned on at least one of the proximal end and the distal end of the spine, and a flow reduction element positioned along the spine and having a variable porosity along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Endosphere, Inc.
    Inventors: James T. McKinley, Zhenyong Keck, Fiona M. Sander
  • Patent number: 9061464
    Abstract: A re-rollable membrane for wrapping around and protecting a cylindrical tissue having an injury site. The membrane includes a sheet of a porous matrix formed of cross-linked biopolymeric fibers. In one implementation, the sheet can be spirally rolled so that at least one portion overlaps another portion of the sheet and, upon absorption of a fluid, the overlapping portions adhere to each other closely so as to exclude penetration of cells. In another implementation, the sheet can be helically rolled to form a helix having a pitch of 2 mm to 40 mm and an inner diameter of 1 mm to 50 mm. Also disclosed are methods for making and using such re-rollable membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Collagen Matrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Shu-Tung Li, Debbie Yuen
  • Patent number: 9039649
    Abstract: Devices and methods for gastrointestinal bypass are described. A gastrointestinal bypass device includes a gastrointestinal cuff and a gastrointestinal sleeve. The cuff may be configured to be attached in the esophagus, and may be sufficiently flexible to expand and collapse to conform with the inside of the esophagus to allow the esophagus to function substantially normally. The sleeve is configured to be coupled to the cuff, and may be made of a material that is floppy or flaccid but does not substantially expand radially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ValenTx, Inc.
    Inventors: Johann Neisz, Cole Chen, Sean Miller, Josiah Verkaik
  • Patent number: 9022024
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for manipulating the airway, such as to treat obstructive sleep apnea. An implant is positioned within the body with respect to the airway. The spatial orientation of the airway is manipulated, directly or indirectly, to affect the configuration of the airway. In general, the implant is manipulated to displace the trachea in an inferior direction, resist superior displacement of the trachea and/or to alter the tracheal wall tension. The implant restrains the trachea in the manipulated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Frazier, Chad C. Roue, Michael T. Dineen, Erik J. Van Der Burg
  • Patent number: 9011899
    Abstract: Devices and methods for transplanting cells in a host body are described. The cell comprises a porous scaffold that allows ingrowth of vascular and connective tissues, a plug or plug system configured for placement within the porous scaffold, and a seal configured to enclose a proximal opening in the porous scaffold. The device may further comprise a cell delivery device for delivering cells into the porous scaffold. The method of cell transplantation comprises a two step process. The device is incubated in the host body to form a vascularized collagen matrix around a plug positioned within the porous scaffold. The plug is then retracted from the porous scaffold, and cells are delivered into the vascularized space created within the porous scaffold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sernova Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Hasilo, Justin Leushner, Daniel Nicholas Haworth, Simon Shohet, Philip Michael Toleikis, Delfina Maria Mazzuca Siroen
  • Patent number: 9011365
    Abstract: This invention is a device and method for adjustably and reversibly reducing nutrient absorption from food passing through a person's gastrointestinal tract using an Adjustable Gastrointestinal Bifurcation (AGB) and a flow-control member. The Adjustable Gastrointestinal Bifurcation (AGB) includes: a first food-flow route (comprising a first branch of the AGB) through the person's gastrointestinal tract wherein there is normal absorption of nutrients from food; and a second food-flow route (comprising a second branch of the AGB) through the person's gastrointestinal tract wherein there is reduced absorption of nutrients from food. The flow-control member adjusts the types and/or amounts of food which are diverted through the second food-flow route versus the first food-flow route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Medibotics LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Connor
  • Patent number: 9005275
    Abstract: This document provides methods and materials that can be used to replace a circumferential segment of an esophagus. For example, methods and materials that can be used to provide a tubular connection from one stump end of an esophagus to another stump end of the esophagus are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Stephen D. Cassivi, Dennis A. Wigle
  • Patent number: 8992629
    Abstract: The invention relates to an intraluminar method of treating a reflux disease in a patient by implanting a device comprising an movement restriction device that, when implanted in a patient, fills a volume in the patient's abdomen that is close to and at least partially above the patient's cardia when the patient is in a standing position. The invention further relates to a method of restoring the location of the cardia in a patient suffering from a reflux disease and to an instrument suitable to use with intraluminar method and/or restoration method. Also disclosed are instruments treating a patient suffering hiatal hernia and providing a movement restriction device to be invaginated in the stomach fundus wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 8955520
    Abstract: A dual lumen catheter may be provided with one or more stents in a stent-deployment lumen and a wire guide disposed through a wire guide lumen. The wire guide may be directed to a target site in a patient body such as a biliary stricture. The catheter may be directed along the wire guide until it is in or adjacent the target site. A distalmost stent may be advanced out a distal side-facing aperture of the stent-deployment lumen into the target site by a pusher member that advances the stent or that holds the stent in place while the catheter is proximally withdrawn from around the stent. With the wire guide remaining substantially in place, the stent-deployment lumen can be reoriented and the steps repeated to place a second (and, if desired, subsequent) stent(s) next to—and generally parallel with—the first stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Paul Devereux, Ciarán Toomey, Sharon White
  • Patent number: 8956319
    Abstract: An intra-bronchial device placed and anchored in an air passageway of a patient to collapse a lung portion associated with the air passageway. The device includes a support structure, an obstructing member carried by the support structure that reduces ventilation to the lung portion by preventing air from being inhaled into the lung portion, and at least one anchor carried by the support structure that anchors the obstruction device within the air passageway. The anchor may engage the air passageway wall by piercing or friction, include a stop dimensioned for limiting the piercing of the air passageway wall, and may be releasable from the air passageway for removal of the intra-bronchial device. The anchors may be carried by a peripheral portion of the support structure, or by a central portion of the support structure. The obstructing member may be a one-way valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Dillard, Hugo X. Gonzalez, Seung Yi, Lauri J. DeVore, Mia Park, Dean T. Corcoran, Jenni Rimbaugh, Clifton A. Alferness
  • Patent number: 8956318
    Abstract: Devices and methods for gastrointestinal bypass are described. A gastrointestinal bypass device includes a gastrointestinal cuff and a gastrointestinal sleeve. The cuff may be configured to be attached in the esophagus, and may be sufficiently flexible to expand and collapse to conform with the inside of the esophagus to allow the esophagus to function substantially normally. The sleeve is configured to be coupled to the cuff, and may be made of a material that is floppy or flaccid but does not substantially expand radially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: ValenTx, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Miller, Cole Chen, Juan Madrigal, Johann Neisz, Josiah Verkaik
  • Patent number: 8956419
    Abstract: A stent according to an embodiment of the invention includes an elongate body having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The elongate body defines a lumen and an opening in communication with the lumen between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion configured to enable the flow of fluid therethrough. The lumen is configured to have a diameter wherein the opening has a width greater than half the size of the diameter and less than the diameter of the lumen. The opening has a length at least twice the width of opening. In some embodiments, the opening is configured to laterally receive a guidewire therethrough. The elongate body can be configured to releasably couple the guidewire within the lumen of the elongate body such that the elongate body can be slidably moved along the guidewire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Travis Deal
  • Patent number: 8926592
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleansing and promoting tissue growth in wounds, in which irrigant fluid optionally containing cell nutrients and/or other physiologically active material from a reservoir connected to a conformable wound dressing and wound exudate from the dressing are recirculated by a device for moving fluid through a flow path which passes through the dressing, a biodegradable scaffold in contact with the wound bed and a means for fluid cleansing and back to the dressing. The apparatus has means for supplying thermal energy to the fluid in the wound. The cleansing means (which may be a single-phase, e.g. micro-filtration, system or a two-phase, e.g. dialytic system) removes materials deleterious to wound healing, and the cleansed fluid, still containing materials that are beneficial in promoting wound healing, is returned to the wound bed. The dressing and a method of treatment using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Patrick Lewis Blott, Bryan Greener, Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Julian Lee-Webb, Derek Nicolini, Clare Green, Robin Paul Martin, Tina Michelle Walker
  • Patent number: 8920358
    Abstract: A patient is provided with an increased sense of satiety by increasing resistance to the outflow of food from the stomach and through the intestines. Stomach emptying may be slowed with devices implantable within the gastrointestinal tract below the stomach. Implants are preferably removable and can include artificial strictures that may be adjustable to vary the rate of stomach emptying. Slowing gastric emptying may induce satiety for a longer period and may therefore reduce food consumption. Many of the embodiments include intestinal liners or sleeves, but they need not. The resistor concept may be applied to a simple anchor and resistor without a long liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: GI Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy H. Levine, Ronald B. Lamport, David A. Melanson, Stuart A. Randle
  • Publication number: 20140371870
    Abstract: A tubular body portion lining assembly adapted for insertion into a tubular body portion of a patient, the assembly including a flexible tubular liner including at least one generally circumferentially disposed attachment portion on its outer surface adapted to face the internal walls of the tubular body portion and to attach the liner thereto, and liner placing functionality adapted to place at least a portion of the tubular liner between first and second locations within the tubular body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: GAD TERLIUC
  • Patent number: 8882652
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing incontinence includes a tubular body with a first guiding element connected to a tube-shaped retaining element with a second guiding element that opens axially into a termination on a side of the retaining element. The retaining element is formed of a reversible stretchable and compressible metal grille that is air-tight and fluid-tight at the termination in a region of a transition thereof to the tubular body. A fixing device that fixes the apparatus when the apparatus is immovably implanted in a body tissue of a patient is formed of the first guiding element defining areas with axially spaced projections. In a non-extended state, the projections are formed as slits protruding out of the surface of the first guiding element and, in an axially extended state, the projections are immovably implanted in the body tissue when the first guiding element is compressed in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: R & M Consulting and Trading GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Vitzthum
  • Patent number: 8870953
    Abstract: Devices and methods of treating sleep disordered breathing are provided herein. The devices are designed capable of preventing collapse of an oral airway tissue during sleep while maintaining normal velopharyngeal functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: SVIP 7 LLC
    Inventors: Tidhar Shalon, Guy Kotlizky
  • Patent number: 8870966
    Abstract: A transorally implanted intragastric balloon or treating obesity and for weight control including a variable size balloon with one or interconnected regions acting to exert a pressure on the stomach, to provide a stomach volume occupying effect, and/or to anchor the balloon within the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Schwab, Zachary Dominguez, Joseph Raven, Mitchell H. Babkes, Christopher S. Mudd, Tiago Bertolote
  • Patent number: 8852170
    Abstract: A negative pressure wound therapy apparatus that can include a wound dressing, a fluid collection device, a vacuum pump comprising a pump motor, and tubing can be powered by auxiliary power sources such as high efficiency batteries, photovoltaic panels or cells, fuel cells, combustion generators, human powered generators, or other mechanical, electrical, or chemical power sources such as hand operated dynamos or wound springs, or any combination of the foregoing. Additionally, the apparatus can include a high efficiency pressure controller for controlling the output of the vacuum pump. In some embodiments, the pressure controller can control the pump without using a processor, and can have other features such as an intermittent delay function and an anti-stall mechanism to reduce the energy consumption of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignees: BlueSky Medical Group, Inc., Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Richard Scott Weston, Farhad Bybordi, Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Kristian David Hall
  • Patent number: 8845663
    Abstract: A stent and a method for implanting a stent for decompression and anastomosis formation are provided. The stent includes a non-expandable, generally tubular body having a proximal portion and a distal portion, a lumen extending through at least a portion of the body, a distal opening in the distal portion in fluid communication with the lumen and a proximal opening in the proximal portion in fluid communication with the lumen. The stent further includes a first magnetic element positioned on the distal portion of the tubular body and a second magnetic element movably positionable on the proximal portion of the tubular body. The second magnetic element is configured to surround and move over the proximal portion of the tubular body towards the first magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Chmura
  • Publication number: 20140257515
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are implantable 3-dimensional large capacity device assemblies, specifically, large capacity device assemblies for encapsulating pancreatic progenitor cells for treatment of diabetes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ViaCyte, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent So, Laura Martinson, Chad Green, Michael Scott
  • Patent number: 8827983
    Abstract: A sensor for use in a canister for fluid collection, the canister having a canister top and defining a fluid collection chamber. The sensor includes a first electrode and a second electrode. The first electrode includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the first electrode is supported by the canister top, and the second portion of the first electrode is configured to extend into the fluid collection chamber. The second electrode includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the second electrode is supported by the canister top, and the second portion of the second electrode is configured to extend into the fluid collection chamber. The sensor also includes an electric circuit configured to detect an electrical property associated with the first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Braga, David R. Swisher
  • Patent number: 8828090
    Abstract: A tubular body portion lining assembly adapted for insertion into a tubular body portion of a patient including a flexible tubular liner, liner placing functionality adapted to place at least a portion of the tubular liner between first and second locations within the tubular body portion, and at least one anchor adapted for anchoring the tubular liner to the tubular body portion at least a first selectable anchoring location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Binerix Medical Ltd.
    Inventor: Gad Terliuc
  • Publication number: 20140249644
    Abstract: An implantable digestive organ is provided for the transport of materials through the digestive tract and in one particular application to an artificial large bowel for replacing all or part of a colon. The prosthetic organ of one embodiment includes an outer support structure, an expandable member or members located within the support structure, and a flexible inner member forming a conduit for passage of material. The inner member is located within the outer member and the expandable member(s) is located between the inner member and the support structure. The expandable members are expanded and contracted, or inflated and deflated to provide pumping action that pumps material through the organ. The prosthesis may also include valves or sphincters at its entrance and/or exit points where material moves into and out of the prosthesis. An implantable pump may be included for inflating and deflating the expandable members in a desired sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: InCube Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Mir Imran
  • Patent number: 8821429
    Abstract: An intragastric implant comprises an anchor and a therapeutic device or a diagnostic device. The anchor is adapted to extend between the fundus and the pyloric valve of a stomach, to be retained without attachment to the stomach wall, and to anchor the device within the stomach with a relatively stable position and orientation. The therapeutic or diagnostic device is adapted to extend from the esophagus or stomach to the intestines or stomach. The therapeutic or diagnostic device, when extending into the esophagus, will be slidably received through the gastroesophageal junction and, when extending into the intestines, will be slidably received in the pyloric valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: IBIS Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Jaime Vargas
  • Patent number: 8801697
    Abstract: A urination control device includes a conduit to be inserted into the urethra, an upstream restraint member located upstream of the conduit and having a through hole, a control member located on the downstream side from the upstream restraint member in the conduit, and a downstream restraint member located on the downstream side from the control member in the conduit, wherein the upper restraint member and control member attract each other with magnetic force, and the control member is brought in contact with the opening portion of the through hole in the upstream restraint member at least in the state exerting no fluid pressure on the upstream side so as to block passage of fluid through the upstream restraint member and admit the passage of fluid through the downstream restraint member in the state engaged with the control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cheiron Japan Co.
    Inventors: Masazumi Yugari, Hidenori Takagi
  • Patent number: 8801647
    Abstract: Method for treating a Roux-en-Y patient having fistulas and leaks as a result of bariatric surgery. A gastrointestinal implant device is anchored in the esophagus and extends through a stomach pouch into an intestine anastomosed to the stomach pouch to prevent fistulas and other damaged tissue from making contact with food and fluids entering the esophagus. The gastrointestinal implant device includes an unsupported flexible sleeve and an anchor coupled to a proximal portion of the sleeve. The flexible sleeve is open at both ends, and adapted to extend below a jejunum. The anchor is adapted to be retained within the esophagus, preferably just above the gastroesophageal (GE) Junction. The anchor can include a stent such as a wave anchor and is collapsible for catheter-based delivery and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: GI Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Melanson, Manoel dos Passos Galvao Neto
  • Patent number: 8795221
    Abstract: A bypass device for influencing blood pressure, including an implant with a volumetric chamber, having a connector or connecting means for connecting the volumetric chamber to a natural cardiovascular system, and having an adaptor or adaptation means, by which a change in volume of a volume of the volumetric chamber is enabled or effected upon a pressure change in the cardiovascular system or in the volumetric chamber. According to this invention, a change in volume in a lower pressure range between 50 mmHg and a pressure threshold value amounting to at least 100 mmHg amounts to at most 10 cm3, and in an upper pressure range between the pressure threshold value and 150 mmHg amounts to at least 10 cm3. With the device according to this invention, high blood pressure can be reduced in a carefully directed way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: E.S. Bio-Tech Limited
    Inventor: Mirko Doss
  • Patent number: 8790290
    Abstract: A gastric restrictor assembly is provided. The assembly includes a housing defining a throughbore and having a base portion, a waist portion and head portion. The assembly also includes a pin holder including a plurality of pins extending therefrom. The pin holder is configured for being lockingly received within the housing. The plurality of pins extends across the waist portion when the pin holder is received within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Frank J. Viola
  • Patent number: 8771350
    Abstract: An air-operated speech aid that includes a cover cup, a tube, a sound guide tube, a gasket, and an internal tube. The cover cup of the speech aid is provided with a breathing hole, and a side of the breathing hole is clasped into a soft air gate. One end of the sound guide tube is encased in a sleeve or a mask type cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Tong-Yuan Huang
  • Publication number: 20140188245
    Abstract: Tissue ingrowth devices configured to be coupled within a bodily lumen are described. In one embodiment, a tissue ingrowth device may include a framework and a liner covering the framework. The liner may have a zig-zag edge with a plurality of peaks and valleys. The tissue ingrowth device may also include a plurality of tissue ingrowth areas which allow tissue ingrowth from the tissue wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Johann NEISZ, James WRIGHT