Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

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1.

METHODS FOR PARTIAL DIVERSION OF THE INTESTINAL TRACT

      
Application Number 17242504
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-04-28
First Publication Date 2021-08-12
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • University of Cincinnati (USA)
Inventor
  • Fegelman, Elliott J.
  • Seeley, Randy J.
  • Bakos, Gregory J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Devices and methods are used to modify a metabolic pathway of a digestive system by creating a pathway within the intestinal tract through an anastomosis between a proximal location within the intestinal tract and a distal location within the intestinal tract. In some examples, the small intestine has a first initial length and the created pathway defines a second length of the intestinal tract that is approximately ten to seventy percent of the first initial length of the small intestine.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/11 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for performing anastomosis; Buttons for anastomosis

2.

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF METABOLIC DISORDERS

      
Application Number 17201716
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-15
First Publication Date 2021-07-01
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bork, Toralf
  • Crivelli, Rocco
  • Miguras, Mathilde
  • Pfleiderer, Martin
  • Tardy, Yanik
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.

Abstract

A system for stimulating the release of satiety hormone in a subject comprises a stimulus device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to apply an electrical stimulus to a tissue of a gastrointestinal system of said subject, and a detection device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to continuously monitoring at least one of a mechanical characteristic and an electrical characteristic of the subject to detect an ingestion of food by said subject, wherein the detection device cooperates with the stimulus device such that the stimulus device applies said electrical stimulus in response to a detected ingestion of food.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61N 1/36 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents for stimulation, e.g. heart pace-makers
  • A61N 1/05 - Electrodes for implantation or insertion into the body, e.g. heart electrode
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

3.

Surgical Device with Tandem Fasteners

      
Application Number 16998495
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-08-20
First Publication Date 2020-12-03
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Crainich, Lawrence

Abstract

A surgical fastener applier having a handle and a fastener housing extending from the handle. The housing contains at least one anvil movable within the staple housing, the anvil has a proximal position and a distal position. When in the distal position a distal end of the anvil extends distal to the distal end of the staple housing. The housing contains a plurality of surgical fasteners each of which in the shape of a loop. At least one of the fasteners is placed around a portion of the anvil when in the distal position. The applier has a first mechanism for moving the anvil distally after a fastener has been deployed, and a second mechanism for moving the anvil distally after a fastener has been deployed. The second means is independent of the first means.

IPC Classes  ?

4.

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR ENDOLUMINAL PLICATION

      
Application Number 16885671
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-05-28
First Publication Date 2020-09-17
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Felder, Kevin D.
  • Crainich, Lawrence
  • Sherrill, Justin W.
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Zeiner, Mark S.

Abstract

Devices and methods are provided for forming and securing a tissue plication. More particularly, the devices and methods of the present invention can be used to create multiple tissue folds on an anterior and posterior wall of a stomach cavity to reduce the volume thereof In one aspect, a method of gastric volume reduction is disclosed that includes advancing a tissue acquisition and fixation device endoscopically into a stomach, manipulating the device to form a first fold of tissue on an interior surface of an anterior wall of the stomach, and manipulating the device to form a second fold of tissue on an anterior surface of a posterior wall of the stomach, where the second fold is not attached to the first fold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 90/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups , e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers

5.

COMPOSITIONS OF MICROBIOTA AND METHODS RELATED THERETO

      
Application Number 16830801
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-26
First Publication Date 2020-08-06
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Liou, Alice P.
  • Turnbaugh, Peter J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Methods and compositions are provided for treating weight related conditions and metabolic disorders by altering microbiota in a subject. One aspect provides methods and compositions to alter microbiota in a subject by administering to the subject a composition that includes a substantially purified microbiota from phyla such as Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, Firmicutes and Verrucomicrobia or orders such as Bacteroidales, Verrucomicrobiales, Clostridiales and Enterobacteriales or genera such as Alistipes, Clostridium, Escherichia, and Akkermansia. Another aspect includes a pharmaceutical composition for altering microbiota that includes a therapeutically effective amount of substantially purified microbiota and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Yet another aspect includes methods for treating a disorder, such as obesity, in a subject in need of such treatment by changing relative abundance of microbiota in a gastrointestinal tract of the subject without or in addition to a surgical procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/74 - Bacteria
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form
  • C12Q 1/689 - Nucleic acid products used in the analysis of nucleic acids, e.g. primers or probes for detection or identification of organisms for bacteria
  • A61K 45/06 - Mixtures of active ingredients without chemical characterisation, e.g. antiphlogistics and cardiaca
  • A61K 35/741 - Probiotics

6.

COMPOSITIONS OF MICROBIOTA AND METHODS RELATED THERETO

      
Application Number 16830881
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-26
First Publication Date 2020-07-30
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Liou, Alice P.
  • Turnbaugh, Peter J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Methods and compositions are provided for treating weight related conditions and metabolic disorders by altering microbiota in a subject. One aspect provides methods and compositions to alter microbiota in a subject by administering to the subject a composition that includes a substantially purified microbiota from phyla such as Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, Firmicutes and Verrucomicrobia or orders such as Bacteroidales, Verrucomicrobiales, Clostridiales and Enterobacteriales or genera such as Alistipes, Clostridium, Escherichia, and Akkermansia. Another aspect includes a pharmaceutical composition for altering microbiota that includes a therapeutically effective amount of substantially purified microbiota and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Yet another aspect includes methods for treating a disorder, such as obesity, in a subject in need of such treatment by changing relative abundance of microbiota in a gastrointestinal tract of the subject without or in addition to a surgical procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/74 - Bacteria
  • A61K 35/741 - Probiotics
  • A61K 45/06 - Mixtures of active ingredients without chemical characterisation, e.g. antiphlogistics and cardiaca
  • C12Q 1/689 - Nucleic acid products used in the analysis of nucleic acids, e.g. primers or probes for detection or identification of organisms for bacteria
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form

7.

Force switch

      
Application Number 16729006
Grant Number 11183349
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-27
First Publication Date 2020-05-28
Grant Date 2021-11-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC (USA)
Inventor Smith, Kevin W.

Abstract

A method of adjusting a switch of a device, which comprises using a biasing force-adjusting element, adjusting a magnitude of a biasing force imparted to a switching element of the switch by a biasing element disposed about the switching element, wherein the switching element is movably disposed within an interior cavity of a hollow body of the switch and the biasing force places the switching element in one of a first position and a second position. The first position corresponds to a first electrical state and the second position corresponds to a second electrical state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01H 35/14 - Switches operated by change of acceleration, e.g. by shock or vibration, inertia switch
  • A61B 17/115 - Staplers
  • H01H 13/14 - Operating parts, e.g. push-button
  • H01H 9/06 - Casing of switch constituted by a handle serving a purpose other than the actuation of the switch, e.g. by the handle of a vacuum cleaner
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • H01H 11/00 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for the manufacture of electric switches
  • H01H 13/18 - Operating parts, e.g. push-button adapted for actuation at a limit or other predetermined position in the path of a body, the relative movement of switch and body being primarily for a purpose other than the actuation of the switch, e.g. door switch, limit switch, floor-levelling swi
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • A61B 90/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups , e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges
  • A61B 17/72 - Intramedullary devices

8.

Compositions of microbiota and methods related thereto

      
Application Number 16669143
Grant Number 10729732
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-10-30
First Publication Date 2020-04-23
Grant Date 2020-08-04
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Liou, Alice P.
  • Turnbaugh, Peter J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Akkermansia. Another aspect includes a pharmaceutical composition for altering microbiota that includes a therapeutically effective amount of substantially purified microbiota and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Yet another aspect includes methods for treating a disorder, such as obesity, in a subject in need of such treatment by changing relative abundance of microbiota in a gastrointestinal tract of the subject without or in addition to a surgical procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/74 - Bacteria
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form
  • C12Q 1/689 - Nucleic acid products used in the analysis of nucleic acids, e.g. primers or probes for detection or identification of organisms for bacteria
  • A61K 35/741 - Probiotics
  • A61K 45/06 - Mixtures of active ingredients without chemical characterisation, e.g. antiphlogistics and cardiaca
  • A61K 35/00 - Medicinal preparations containing materials or reaction products thereof with undetermined constitution

9.

COMPOSITIONS OF MICROBIOTA AND METHODS RELATED THERETO

      
Application Number 16670705
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-10-31
First Publication Date 2020-04-23
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Liou, Alice P.
  • Turnbaugh, Peter J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Methods and compositions are provided for treating weight related conditions and metabolic disorders by altering microbiota in a subject. One aspect provides methods and compositions to alter microbiota in a subject by administering to the subject a composition that includes a substantially purified microbiota from phyla such as Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, Firmicutes and Verrucomicrobia or orders such as Bacteroidales, Verrucomicrobiales, Clostridiales and Enterobacteriales or genera such as Alistipes, Clostridium, Escherichia, and Akkermansia. Another aspect includes a pharmaceutical composition for altering microbiota that includes a therapeutically effective amount of substantially purified microbiota and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Yet another aspect includes methods for treating a disorder, such as obesity, in a subject in need of such treatment by changing relative abundance of microbiota in a gastrointestinal tract of the subject without or in addition to a surgical procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/74 - Bacteria
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form
  • C12Q 1/689 - Nucleic acid products used in the analysis of nucleic acids, e.g. primers or probes for detection or identification of organisms for bacteria
  • A61K 45/06 - Mixtures of active ingredients without chemical characterisation, e.g. antiphlogistics and cardiaca
  • A61K 35/741 - Probiotics

10.

COMPOSITIONS OF MICROBIOTA AND METHODS RELATED THERETO

      
Application Number 16670659
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-10-31
First Publication Date 2020-04-23
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Liou, Alice P.
  • Turnbaugh, Peter J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Methods and compositions are provided for treating weight related conditions and metabolic disorders by altering microbiota in a subject. One aspect provides methods and compositions to alter microbiota in a subject by administering to the subject a composition that includes a substantially purified microbiota from phyla such as Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, Firmicutes and Verrucomicrobia or orders such as Bacteroidales, Verrucomicrobiales, Clostridiales and Enterobacteriales or genera such as Alistipes, Clostridium, Escherichia, and Akkermansia. Another aspect includes a pharmaceutical composition for altering microbiota that includes a therapeutically effective amount of substantially purified microbiota and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Yet another aspect includes methods for treating a disorder, such as obesity, in a subject in need of such treatment by changing relative abundance of microbiota in a gastrointestinal tract of the subject without or in addition to a surgical procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/74 - Bacteria
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form
  • C12Q 1/689 - Nucleic acid products used in the analysis of nucleic acids, e.g. primers or probes for detection or identification of organisms for bacteria
  • A61K 45/06 - Mixtures of active ingredients without chemical characterisation, e.g. antiphlogistics and cardiaca
  • A61K 35/741 - Probiotics

11.

COMPOSITIONS OF MICROBIOTA AND METHODS RELATED THERETO

      
Application Number 16670695
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-10-31
First Publication Date 2020-04-23
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Liou, Alice P.
  • Turnbaugh, Peter J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Methods and compositions are provided for treating weight related conditions and metabolic disorders by altering microbiota in a subject. One aspect provides methods and compositions to alter microbiota in a subject by administering to the subject a composition that includes a substantially purified microbiota from phyla such as Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, Firmicutes and Verrucomicrobia or orders such as Bacteroidales, Verrucomicrobiales, Clostridiales and Enterobacteriales or genera such as Alistipes, Clostridium, Escherichia, and Akkermansia. Another aspect includes a pharmaceutical composition for altering microbiota that includes a therapeutically effective amount of substantially purified microbiota and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Yet another aspect includes methods for treating a disorder, such as obesity, in a subject in need of such treatment by changing relative abundance of microbiota in a gastrointestinal tract of the subject without or in addition to a surgical procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/74 - Bacteria
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form
  • C12Q 1/689 - Nucleic acid products used in the analysis of nucleic acids, e.g. primers or probes for detection or identification of organisms for bacteria
  • A61K 45/06 - Mixtures of active ingredients without chemical characterisation, e.g. antiphlogistics and cardiaca
  • A61K 35/741 - Probiotics

12.

Devices and methods for endoluminal plication

      
Application Number 16377533
Grant Number 10687808
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-04-08
First Publication Date 2019-08-08
Grant Date 2020-06-23
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Felder, Kevin D.
  • Crainich, Lawrence
  • Sherrill, Justin W.
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Zeiner, Mark S.

Abstract

Devices and methods are provided for forming and securing a tissue plication. More particularly, the devices and methods of the present invention can be used to create multiple tissue folds on an anterior and posterior wall of a stomach cavity to reduce the volume thereof. In one aspect, a method of gastric volume reduction is disclosed that includes advancing a tissue acquisition and fixation device endoscopically into a stomach, manipulating the device to form a first fold of tissue on an interior surface of an anterior wall of the stomach, and manipulating the device to form a second fold of tissue on an interior surface of a posterior wall of the stomach, where the second fold is not attached to the first fold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 90/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups , e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/30 - Surgical pincettes
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery

13.

Systems and Methods for Predicting Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Outcomes

      
Application Number 16259534
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-28
First Publication Date 2019-05-23
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Hess, Christopher J.
  • Jain, Nitin Kumar
  • Francis, Diane M.
  • Albrecht, Thomas E.
  • Hunter, Tina Denise

Abstract

Various systems and methods for predicting metabolic and bariatric surgery outcomes are provided. The systems and methods can also provide predictions for non-surgical metabolic and bariatric treatments. In general, a user can receive predictive outcomes of multiple bariatric procedures that could be performed on a patient. In one embodiment, a user can electronically access a metabolic and bariatric surgery outcome prediction system, e.g., using one or more web pages. The system can provide predictive outcomes of one or more different bariatric surgeries for the patient based on data gathered from the user and on historical data regarding outcomes of the different bariatric surgeries. The system can additionally provide predictive outcomes for not having any treatment and/or a comparison of the predictive outcomes of the one or more different bariatric surgeries to the predictive outcomes for not having any treatment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
  • G06N 5/04 - Inference methods or devices

14.

Devices and methods for the treatment of metabolic disorders

      
Application Number 16225215
Grant Number 10953224
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-12-19
First Publication Date 2019-05-16
Grant Date 2021-03-23
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bork, Toralf
  • Crivelli, Rocco
  • Miguras, Mathilde
  • Pfleiderer, Martin
  • Tardy, Yanik
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.

Abstract

A system for stimulating the release of satiety hormone in a subject comprises a stimulus device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to apply an electrical stimulus to a tissue of a gastrointestinal system of said subject, and a detection device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to continuously monitoring at least one of a mechanical characteristic and an electrical characteristic of the subject to detect an ingestion of food by said subject, wherein the detection device cooperates with the stimulus device such that the stimulus device applies said electrical stimulus in response to a detected ingestion of food.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61N 1/36 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents for stimulation, e.g. heart pace-makers
  • A61N 1/05 - Electrodes for implantation or insertion into the body, e.g. heart electrode
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

15.

Force switch

      
Application Number 16242548
Grant Number 10586669
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-01-08
First Publication Date 2019-05-09
Grant Date 2020-03-10
Owner Ethicon-Endo Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Smith, Kevin W.

Abstract

A method of creating a switch, comprising disposing a switching element movably within an interior cavity of the switch to define switch-making and switch-breaking positions along a switching axis of the switching element, disposing a biasing element about the switching element to impart a biasing force to the switching element to place the switching element in one of the switch-making and switch-breaking positions until an external force imparted to the switching element exceeds the biasing force to cause the switching element to change to the other position, disposing a biasing force-adjusting element in cooperative engagement with the biasing element such that a magnitude of the biasing force is adjustable, and coupling a conductive contact to the switching element to define a switch-making state when the switching element is in the switch-making position and a switch-breaking state when the switching element is in the switch-breaking position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01H 35/14 - Switches operated by change of acceleration, e.g. by shock or vibration, inertia switch
  • A61B 17/115 - Staplers
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • H01H 13/18 - Operating parts, e.g. push-button adapted for actuation at a limit or other predetermined position in the path of a body, the relative movement of switch and body being primarily for a purpose other than the actuation of the switch, e.g. door switch, limit switch, floor-levelling swi
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • H01H 11/00 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for the manufacture of electric switches
  • A61B 90/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups , e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges
  • A61B 17/72 - Intramedullary devices

16.

Compositions of Microbiota and Methods Related Thereto

      
Application Number 16159021
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-10-12
First Publication Date 2019-02-14
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Liou, Alice P.
  • Turnbaugh, Peter J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Methods and compositions are provided for treating weight related conditions and metabolic disorders by altering microbiota in a subject. One aspect provides methods and compositions to alter microbiota in a subject by administering to the subject a composition that includes a substantially purified microbiota from phyla such as Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, Firmicutes and Verrucomicrobia or orders such as Bacteroidales, Verrucomicrobiales, Clostridiales and Enterobacteriales or genera such as Alistipes, Clostridium, Escherichia, and Akkermansia. Another aspect includes a pharmaceutical composition for altering microbiota that includes a therapeutically effective amount of substantially purified microbiota and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Yet another aspect includes methods for treating a disorder, such as obesity, in a subject in need of such treatment by changing relative abundance of microbiota in a gastrointestinal tract of the subject without or in addition to a surgical procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/74 - Bacteria
  • A61K 45/06 - Mixtures of active ingredients without chemical characterisation, e.g. antiphlogistics and cardiaca
  • A61K 35/741 - Probiotics
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form

17.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JOINING HOLLOW ORGAN SECTIONS IN ANASTOMOSIS

      
Application Number 16143650
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-09-27
First Publication Date 2019-01-24
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bakos, Gregory J.
  • Zeiner, Mark S.

Abstract

An apparatus is operable to provide an anastomosis coupling two hollow organs, such as a duodenum and ileum. The apparatus includes a first component that is inserted through an enterotomy in a first hollow organ and a second component that is inserted through an enterotomy in a second hollow organ. The first and second components are brought together to o align the enterotomies and compress apposed layers of tissue adjacent to the enterotomies. The compressed tissue eventually necroses and the apparatus may be removed or simply pass through the hollow organ. Each component may include a set of pivoting links and a resilient member that is configured to both bias the links to an expanded configuration and grip the tissue adjacent to the enterotomy. The components may include magnets that secure the positioning of the components relative to each other and provide a compressive force on the apposed tissue.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/11 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for performing anastomosis; Buttons for anastomosis
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets

18.

Clip applier adapted for use with a surgical robot

      
Application Number 16033283
Grant Number 11191544
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-07-12
First Publication Date 2018-11-15
Grant Date 2021-12-07
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Parihar, Shailendra K.

Abstract

A clip applier adapted for use with a surgical robot is disclosed. The clip applier comprises a shaft having clips stored therein and jaws adapted for receiving a clip from the shaft. The shaft is in mechanical communication with a robotic mounting portion. The robotic mounting portion contains a gear drive assembly for rotating the shaft, feeding clips into the jaws and forming clips in the jaws.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/10 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for applying or removing wound clamps; Wound clamp magazines
  • A61B 17/128 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for ligaturing or otherwise compressing tubular parts of the body, e.g. blood vessels or umbilical cord for applying or removing clamps or clips
  • A61B 34/37 - Master-slave robots
  • A61B 34/30 - Surgical robots
  • A61B 34/32 - Surgical robots operating autonomously
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets

19.

Force switch

      
Application Number 15894361
Grant Number 10217582
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-02-12
First Publication Date 2018-06-14
Grant Date 2019-02-26
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Smith, Kevin W.

Abstract

A method of creating a switch, comprising disposing a switching element movably within an interior cavity of the switch to define first and second positions along a switching axis of the switching element, disposing a biasing element about the switching element to impart a biasing force to the switching element to place the switching element in one of the first and second positions until an external force imparted to the switching element exceeds the biasing force to cause the switching element to move to the other position, disposing a biasing force-adjusting element in cooperative engagement with the biasing element such that a magnitude of the biasing force is adjustable, and coupling a conductive contact to the switching element to define a first switching state when the switching element is in the first position and a second switching state when the switching element is in the second position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01H 35/14 - Switches operated by change of acceleration, e.g. by shock or vibration, inertia switch
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/115 - Staplers
  • H01H 11/00 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for the manufacture of electric switches
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • H01H 13/18 - Operating parts, e.g. push-button adapted for actuation at a limit or other predetermined position in the path of a body, the relative movement of switch and body being primarily for a purpose other than the actuation of the switch, e.g. door switch, limit switch, floor-levelling swi
  • A61B 17/72 - Intramedullary devices
  • A61B 90/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups , e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges

20.

Devices and methods for the treatment of metabolic disorders

      
Application Number 15827216
Grant Number 10258795
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-11-30
First Publication Date 2018-03-22
Grant Date 2019-04-16
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bork, Toralf
  • Crivelli, Rocco
  • Miguras, Mathilde
  • Pfleiderer, Martin
  • Tardy, Yanik
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.

Abstract

A system for stimulating the release of satiety hormone in a subject comprises a stimulus device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to apply an electrical stimulus to a tissue of a gastrointestinal system of said subject, and a detection device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to continuously monitoring at least one of a mechanical characteristic and an electrical characteristic of the subject to detect an ingestion of food by said subject, wherein the detection device cooperates with the stimulus device such that the stimulus device applies said electrical stimulus in response to a detected ingestion of food.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61N 1/36 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents for stimulation, e.g. heart pace-makers
  • A61N 1/05 - Electrodes for implantation or insertion into the body, e.g. heart electrode
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

21.

Clinical predictors of weight loss

      
Application Number 15799271
Grant Number 11236392
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-10-31
First Publication Date 2018-03-08
Grant Date 2022-02-01
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • The General Hospital Corporation General Hospital (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Hatoum, Ida
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Methods and compositions are generally provided for treating metabolic disorders, e.g., obesity. One aspect discloses methods and compositions for obtaining a biological sample from the subject, evaluating the sample for the presence or absence of a genetic indicator, wherein the genetic indicator is selected from a single nucleotide polymorphism and a level of gene expression, and performing a first metabolic procedure if the genetic indicator is present, or performing an alternative second metabolic procedure if the genetic indicator is absent. One aspect discloses methods and compositions for obtaining a sample including deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA) from the subject, evaluating the DNA for an absence or presence of one or more genetic indicators and performing a first metabolic procedure or an alternative second metabolic procedure based on the absence or presence of the genetic indicator(s). Other aspects are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • C12Q 1/6883 - Nucleic acid products used in the analysis of nucleic acids, e.g. primers or probes for diseases caused by alterations of genetic material

22.

Compositions of microbiota and methods related thereto

      
Application Number 15698965
Grant Number 10149870
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-09-08
First Publication Date 2017-12-28
Grant Date 2018-12-11
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Liou, Alice P.
  • Turnbaugh, Peter J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Akkermansia. Another aspect includes a pharmaceutical composition for altering microbiota that includes a therapeutically effective amount of substantially purified microbiota and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Yet another aspect includes methods for treating a disorder, such as obesity, in a subject in need of such treatment by changing relative abundance of microbiota in a gastrointestinal tract of the subject without or in addition to a surgical procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/74 - Bacteria
  • A61K 35/741 - Probiotics
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form
  • A61K 45/06 - Mixtures of active ingredients without chemical characterisation, e.g. antiphlogistics and cardiaca
  • C12Q 1/689 - Nucleic acid products used in the analysis of nucleic acids, e.g. primers or probes for detection or identification of organisms for bacteria
  • A61K 35/00 - Medicinal preparations containing materials or reaction products thereof with undetermined constitution

23.

Systems and methods for predicting metabolic and bariatric surgery outcomes

      
Application Number 14983083
Grant Number 10242756
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-12-29
First Publication Date 2017-10-05
Grant Date 2019-03-26
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Hess, Christopher J.
  • Jain, Nitin Kumar
  • Francis, Diane M.
  • Albrecht, Thomas E.
  • Hunter, Tina Denise

Abstract

Various systems and methods for predicting metabolic and bariatric surgery outcomes are provided. The systems and methods can also provide predictions for non-surgical metabolic and bariatric treatments. In general, a user can receive predictive outcomes of multiple bariatric procedures that could be performed on a patient. In one embodiment, a user can electronically access a metabolic and bariatric surgery outcome prediction system, e.g., using one or more web pages. The system can provide predictive outcomes of one or more different bariatric surgeries for the patient based on data gathered from the user and on historical data regarding outcomes of the different bariatric surgeries. The system can additionally provide predictive outcomes for not having any treatment and/or a comparison of the predictive outcomes of the one or more different bariatric surgeries to the predictive outcomes for not having any treatment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
  • G06N 5/04 - Inference methods or devices
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)

24.

Surgical device with tandem fasteners

      
Application Number 15626550
Grant Number 10779819
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-06-19
First Publication Date 2017-10-05
Grant Date 2020-09-22
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Holcomb, Matthew D.
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Stokes, Michael J.
  • Zeiner, Mark S.
  • Crainich, Lawrence

Abstract

A surgical fastener applier having a handle and a fastener housing extending from the handle. The housing contains at least one anvil movable within the staple housing, the anvil has a proximal position and a distal position. When in the distal position a distal end of the anvil extends distal to the distal end of the staple housing. The housing contains a plurality of surgical fasteners each of which in the shape of a loop. At least one of the fasteners is placed around a portion of the anvil when in the distal position. The applier has a first mechanism for moving the anvil distally after a fastener has been deployed, and a second mechanism for moving the anvil distally after a fastener has been deployed. The second means is independent of the first means.

IPC Classes  ?

25.

Detachable end effectors

      
Application Number 15605208
Grant Number 10194931
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-05-25
First Publication Date 2017-09-14
Grant Date 2019-02-05
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Coe, Jonathan A.
  • Voegele, James W.
  • Long, Gary L.
  • Zwolinski, Andrew M.
  • Moore, Kyle P.
  • Gill, Robert P.

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for performing various procedures using interchangeable end effectors. In general, the methods and devices allow a surgeon to remotely and selectively attach various interchangeable surgical end effectors to a shaft located within a patient's body, thus allowing the surgeon to perform various procedures without the need to remove the shaft from the patient's body. In an exemplary embodiment, multiple end effectors can be introduced into a body cavity. The end effectors can be disassociated or separate from one another such that they float within the body cavity. A distal end of a shaft can be positioned within the body cavity and it can be used to selectively engage one of the end effectors. In particular, the device can be configured to allow each end effector to be remotely attached and detached from the distal end of the shaft.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery

26.

Linear stapler with a multi-functional retaining pin subassembly

      
Application Number 15589390
Grant Number 10413292
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-05-08
First Publication Date 2017-08-24
Grant Date 2019-09-17
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wan, Shan
  • Hong, Xiangchun
  • Xu, Lian
  • Sun, Wei

Abstract

The present invention provides a linear stapler having a multi-functional retaining pin subassembly. The linear stapler comprises a handle stem connecting an anvil to a handle, and the retaining pin subassembly is movably supported on the handle stem and comprises a connecting cover having a retaining pin extending from the connecting cover. The present invention also provides a multi-functional retaining pin subassembly. The retaining pin subassembly can achieve cartridge alignment and tissue retention during the firing of the stapler and protect tissue from unintended damage.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action

27.

Methods and devices for activating brown adipose tissue using electrical energy

      
Application Number 15585706
Grant Number 10201695
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-05-03
First Publication Date 2017-08-17
Grant Date 2019-02-12
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • The General Hospital Corporation (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Stylopoulos, Nicholas
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Baynham, Tamara C.
  • Aronhalt, Taylor W.

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT). Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by electrically stimulating nerves that activate the BAT and/or electrically stimulating brown adipocytes directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss through energy expenditure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61N 1/36 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents for stimulation, e.g. heart pace-makers
  • A61N 1/05 - Electrodes for implantation or insertion into the body, e.g. heart electrode
  • A61N 1/04 - Electrodes
  • A61N 1/378 - Electrical supply

28.

Force switch

      
Application Number 15496896
Grant Number 09934920
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-04-25
First Publication Date 2017-08-10
Grant Date 2018-04-03
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Smith, Kevin W.

Abstract

A switch comprising an interior cavity and a switching element movably disposed within the interior cavity to define a first position and a second position, the second position being different from the first position. A biasing element imparts a biasing force to the switching element to place the switching element in either the first or the second position until an external force imparted to the switching element exceeds the biasing force, thereby causing the switching element to move to the other one of the first or the second position. A biasing force-adjusting element is cooperatively engaged with the biasing element, wherein a magnitude of the biasing force is adjustable using the biasing force-adjusting element. An electrically-conductive contact, coupled to the switching element, defines a first switching state when the switching element is in the first position and a second switching state when the switching element is in the second position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01H 35/14 - Switches operated by change of acceleration, e.g. by shock or vibration, inertia switch
  • A61B 17/115 - Staplers
  • H01H 11/00 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for the manufacture of electric switches
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets

29.

Methods and devices for activating brown adipose tissue with targeted substance delivery

      
Application Number 15438202
Grant Number 10111770
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-02-21
First Publication Date 2017-06-08
Grant Date 2018-10-30
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • The General Hospital Corporation (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Aronhalt, Taylor W.
  • Henninger, Dwight
  • Voegele, James W.
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Stylopoulos, Nicholas

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue with targeted substance delivery. Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss and/or improved metabolic function. In one embodiment, a chemical configured to stimulate nerves that activate the BAT and/or to stimulate brown adipocytes directly can be delivered to a patient, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss and/or improved metabolic function through energy expenditure. The chemical can be delivered to the patient locally and/or systemically to stimulate the nerves and/or the brown adipocytes.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61M 5/00 - Devices for bringing media into the body in a subcutaneous, intra-vascular or intramuscular way; Accessories therefor, e.g. filling or cleaning devices, arm rests
  • A61K 9/70 - Web, sheet or filament bases
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices
  • A61M 5/142 - Pressure infusion, e.g. using pumps
  • A61M 5/14 - Infusion devices, e.g. infusing by gravity; Blood infusion; Accessories therefor
  • A61M 35/00 - Devices for applying media, e.g. remedies, on the human body
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61M 5/172 - Means for controlling media flow to the body or for metering media to the body, e.g. drip meters, counters electrical or electronic

30.

Force switch

      
Application Number 14495232
Grant Number 09666389
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-24
First Publication Date 2017-03-30
Grant Date 2017-05-30
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Smith, Kevin W.

Abstract

A switch comprising a switching element, a hollow body defining an interior cavity in which the switching element is movably disposed along a longitudinal device axis to define a first and second positions along the longitudinal device axis, the second position being different from the first position, a biasing element imparting an adjustable biasing force to the switching element to place the switching element in one of the first position and the second position until an external force imparted to the switching element along the longitudinal device axis exceeds the biasing force thereby causing the switching element to move to the other one of the first position and the second position, and an electrically-conductive contact coupled to the switching element and defining a first switching state when the switching element is in the first position and a second switching state when the switching element is in the second position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01H 35/14 - Switches operated by change of acceleration, e.g. by shock or vibration, inertia switch
  • H01H 13/18 - Operating parts, e.g. push-button adapted for actuation at a limit or other predetermined position in the path of a body, the relative movement of switch and body being primarily for a purpose other than the actuation of the switch, e.g. door switch, limit switch, floor-levelling swi
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/115 - Staplers
  • H01H 11/00 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for the manufacture of electric switches
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • A61B 17/72 - Intramedullary devices
  • A61B 90/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups , e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges

31.

Methods for partial diversion of the intestinal tract

      
Application Number 15298816
Grant Number 11033272
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-10-20
First Publication Date 2017-02-09
Grant Date 2021-06-15
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • University of Cincinnati (USA)
Inventor
  • Fegelman, Elliott J.
  • Seeley, Randy J.
  • Bakos, Gregory J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Devices and methods are used to modify a metabolic pathway of a digestive system by creating a pathway within the intestinal tract through an anastomosis between a proximal location within the intestinal tract and a distal location within the intestinal tract. In some examples, the small intestine has a first initial length and the created pathway defines a second length of the intestinal tract that is approximately ten to seventy percent of the first initial length of the small intestine.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/11 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for performing anastomosis; Buttons for anastomosis
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets

32.

Active braking electrical surgical instrument and method for braking such an instrument

      
Application Number 13863978
Grant Number 09713473
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-04-16
First Publication Date 2017-02-02
Grant Date 2017-07-25
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Smith, Kevin W.
  • Bales, Jr., Thomas O.
  • Deville, Derek Dee
  • Rivera, Carlos
  • Palmer, Matthew A.

Abstract

A surgical instrument includes an end effector, an actuator coupled to the end effector and actuating it, a handle coupled to the end effector and having an electric motor disposed therein actuating the actuator when supplied with power, and a post-termination braking circuit including a power supply switch at the handle. The switch has a break-before-make configuration, a power-supplying state in which power is supplied to the motor, and a power-removed state in which power is not supplied to the motor. The braking circuit short-circuits power to the motor when the switch is in the power-removed state. A method for post-termination braking of the motor utilizes the permanent magnetic field to counteract inertia-induced over-stroke of the motor, drive train, and/or actuation assembly after powered operation by short-circuiting the still-spinning motor to create an electrically generated magnetic field in opposition to the permanent magnetic field upon ceasing supply of power.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 17/115 - Staplers
  • A61B 17/11 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for performing anastomosis; Buttons for anastomosis
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 19/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories for surgery or diagnosis not covered by any of the groups A61B 1/00-A61B 18/00, e.g. for stereotaxis, sterile operation, luxation treatment, wound edge protectors(protective face masks A41D 13/11; surgeons' or patients' gowns or dresses A41D 13/12; devices for carrying-off, for treatment of, or for carrying-over, body liquids A61M 1/00)

33.

Endoscopic transoral duodenal sleeve applier

      
Application Number 15264753
Grant Number 10307280
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-09-14
First Publication Date 2017-01-05
Grant Date 2019-06-04
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Zeiner, Mark S.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.
  • Griffith, David B.

Abstract

A duodenal sleeve assembly comprises a sleeve, an expandable sealing member, a tether, and an expandable anchor. The sleeve is secured to the sealing member. The tether couples the anchor with the sealing member. A deployment instrument comprises a shaft assembly, a first retention member, and a second retention member. The first retention member selectively secures the sealing member to the shaft assembly. The second retention member selectively secures the anchor to the shaft assembly. When the first retention member is released, the sealing member expands outwardly to seal the proximal end of the sleeve against the mucosa of the patient's duodenum. When the second retention member is released, the anchor expands outwardly within the stomach to anchor the sleeve assembly relative to the stomach. The tether traverses the pylorus. The sleeve isolates chyme from enzymes in the duodenum; and the mucosa of the duodenum from nutrients in the chyme.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

34.

Brown adipocyte modification

      
Application Number 15175777
Grant Number 10668104
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-07
First Publication Date 2017-01-05
Grant Date 2020-06-02
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • The General Hospital Corporation (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Stylopoulos, Nicholas
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Henninger, Dwight
  • Aronhalt, Taylor W.
  • Voegele, James W.

Abstract

Methods and therapeutics are provided for treating metabolic disorders by increasing activation of brown adipose tissue. Generally, the methods and therapeutics can increase activation of brown adipose tissue to increase energy expenditure and induce weight loss. In one embodiment, a method for increasing activation of brown adipose tissue includes modifying brown adipocytes to express a gene that activates brown adipocytes, such as uncoupling protein 1. In another embodiment, a method for increasing brown adipose tissue activation includes increasing the number of brown adipocytes. This can be accomplished by inducing proliferation of adipocytes in vivo or expanding adipocytes ex vivo, transplanting adipocytes into brown adipose tissue depots or elsewhere and inducing differentiation of adipocyte progenitor cells, such as MSCs, adipocyte progenitor cells, pre-adipocytes and adipocyte precursor cells.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/35 - Fat tissue; Adipocytes; Stromal cells; Connective tissues 
  • A61K 38/17 - Peptides having more than 20 amino acids; Gastrins; Somatostatins; Melanotropins; Derivatives thereof from humans
  • C12N 7/00 - Viruses, e.g. bacteriophages; Compositions thereof; Preparation or purification thereof
  • C12N 5/077 - Mesenchymal cells, e.g. bone cells, cartilage cells, marrow stromal cells, fat cells or muscle cells
  • C12N 15/86 - Viral vectors
  • A61K 48/00 - Medicinal preparations containing genetic material which is inserted into cells of the living body to treat genetic diseases; Gene therapy
  • C07K 14/705 - Receptors; Cell surface antigens; Cell surface determinants
  • C07K 14/47 - Peptides having more than 20 amino acids; Gastrins; Somatostatins; Melanotropins; Derivatives thereof from humans from vertebrates from mammals
  • C12N 15/85 - Vectors or expression systems specially adapted for eukaryotic hosts for animal cells

35.

Devices and methods for the treatment of metabolic disorders

      
Application Number 15241479
Grant Number 09855424
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-08-19
First Publication Date 2016-12-22
Grant Date 2018-01-02
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bork, Toralf
  • Crivelli, Rocco
  • Miguras, Mathilde
  • Pfleiderer, Martin
  • Tardy, Yanik
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.
  • Pastorelli, Alessandro
  • D' Arcangelo, Michele

Abstract

A system for stimulating the release of satiety hormone in a subject comprises a stimulus device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to apply an electrical stimulus to a tissue of a gastrointestinal system of said subject, and a detection device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to continuously monitoring at least one of a mechanical characteristic and an electrical characteristic of the subject to detect an ingestion of food by said subject, wherein the detection device cooperates with the stimulus device such that the stimulus device applies said electrical stimulus in response to a detected ingestion of food.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61N 1/36 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents for stimulation, e.g. heart pace-makers
  • A61N 1/05 - Electrodes for implantation or insertion into the body, e.g. heart electrode
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

36.

Method and apparatus for joining hollow organ sections in anastomosis

      
Application Number 15161512
Grant Number 10342544
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-05-23
First Publication Date 2016-09-15
Grant Date 2019-07-09
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bakos, Gregory J.
  • Zeiner, Mark S.

Abstract

An apparatus is operable to provide an anastomosis coupling two hollow organs, such as a duodenum and ileum. The apparatus includes a first component that is inserted through an enterotomy in a first hollow organ and a second component that is inserted through an enterotomy in a second hollow organ. The first and second components are brought together to o align the enterotomies and compress apposed layers of tissue adjacent to the enterotomies. The compressed tissue eventually necroses and the apparatus may be removed or simply pass through the hollow organ. Each component may include a set of pivoting links and a resilient member that is configured to both bias the links to an expanded configuration and grip the tissue adjacent to the enterotomy. The components may include magnets that secure the positioning of the components relative to each other and provide a compressive force on the apposed tissue.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/11 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for performing anastomosis; Buttons for anastomosis
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets

37.

ENERGY DELIVERY DEVICE HAVING A TRANSLATING OUTER SHEATH

      
Application Number US2015061452
Publication Number 2016/081674
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-11-19
Publication Date 2016-05-26
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Minnelli, Patrick, J.
  • Brown, Adam
  • Mcfarland, Terry

Abstract

Devices and methods for applying energy to tissue are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a surgical device includes a monopolar end effector, a cannulated, insulated outer sheath, a translating nozzle coupled to the proximal end of the sheath, and a handle portion coupled to a proximal end of the end effector. Various translating means, such as switches, thumbwheels, rings, and buttons, are associated with the handle portion, and are effective to advance the outer sheath to cover a distal end of the end effector and retract the outer sheath to expose the distal end of the end effector. The translating means are configured in a manner that allows a user to operate the translating means without having to adjust a location of the user's hand on the device. A variety of translating means are provided for, as are methods for cutting, coagulating, irrigating, and suctioning tissue.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery
  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61M 1/00 - Suction or pumping devices for medical purposes; Devices for carrying-off, for treatment of, or for carrying-over, body-liquids; Drainage systems
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 18/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body
  • A61B 18/12 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body by heating by passing a current through the tissue to be heated, e.g. high-frequency current
  • A61M 3/02 - Enemata; Irrigators

38.

CARTRIDGE ASSEMBLIES FOR SURGICAL STAPLERS

      
Application Number US2015054804
Publication Number 2016/069237
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-10-09
Publication Date 2016-05-06
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shelton, Iv, Frederick E.
  • Morgan, Jerome R.

Abstract

The present disclosure is directed toward a staple drive assembly for use in a staple cartridge. The staple drive assembly may also be used in a disposable loading unit and/or any other suitable device and can be configured to deploy numerous types of staples and/or fasteners. The staple drive assembly includes an actuation sled and at least one staple driver. The staple cartridge includes a tissue contacting and/or supporting surface having a number of staple cavities wherein each staple cavity is adapted for releasably receiving a staple. The staple cartridge may include a guide channel/knife slot extending from a proximal portion to a distal portion along its longitudinal axis. The tissue contacting portion of the cartridge includes three tissue contacting surfaces which are stepped. The staple drivers may be staggered and may be independent. The height of the staples may vary. The staple drivers may comprise staple retaining features.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action

39.

ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH SENSOR

      
Application Number US2015053935
Publication Number 2016/069204
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-10-05
Publication Date 2016-05-06
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Boudreaux, Chad P.
  • Sarley, John M.
  • Davison, Mark A.
  • Corbett, Catherine A.
  • Bargemann, Jeff K.

Abstract

An apparatus comprises a body, a shaft, an end effector and a sensor. The shaft extends distally from the body. The end effector is configured to receive energy from an energy source. The end effector comprises a first jaw and a second jaw. The second jaw is pivotable relative to the first jaw to transition the end effector from an open configuration to a closed configuration. In the closed configuration, the first jaw and second jaw define a closure gap. The sensor is operable to detect when the end effector is in the closed configuration. The sensor is also in communication with the energy source, such that the sensor is operable to communicate a signal to the energy source when the sensor detects the end effector in the closed configuration.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 18/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body
  • A61B 17/295 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery combined with cutting implements
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets

40.

STAPLE CARTRIDGES COMPRISING DRIVER ARRANGEMENTS

      
Application Number US2015054808
Publication Number 2016/069238
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-10-09
Publication Date 2016-05-06
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shelton, Iv, Frederick E.
  • Morgan, Jerome R.

Abstract

Staple cartridge assemblies are disclosed herein which are an improvement over previous staple cartridge assemblies. Certain embodiments utilize tri-staple drivers which simultaneously eject three staples from a staple cartridge.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action

41.

Compositions of microbiota and methods related thereto

      
Application Number 14862663
Grant Number 10149867
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-09-23
First Publication Date 2016-04-28
Grant Date 2018-12-11
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • President and Fellows of Harvard College (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Liou, Alice P.
  • Turnbaugh, Peter J.
  • Harris, Jason L.

Abstract

Akkermansia. Another aspect includes a pharmaceutical composition for altering microbiota that includes a therapeutically effective amount of substantially purified microbiota and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Yet another aspect includes methods for treating a disorder, such as obesity, in a subject in need of such treatment by changing relative abundance of microbiota in a gastrointestinal tract of the subject without or in addition to a surgical procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61K 35/74 - Bacteria
  • A61K 35/741 - Probiotics
  • A61K 9/00 - Medicinal preparations characterised by special physical form
  • A61K 45/06 - Mixtures of active ingredients without chemical characterisation, e.g. antiphlogistics and cardiaca
  • C12Q 1/689 - Nucleic acid products used in the analysis of nucleic acids, e.g. primers or probes for detection or identification of organisms for bacteria
  • A61K 35/00 - Medicinal preparations containing materials or reaction products thereof with undetermined constitution

42.

Methods and devices for remotely controlling movement of surgical tools

      
Application Number 14980190
Grant Number 09956051
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-12-28
First Publication Date 2016-04-28
Grant Date 2018-05-01
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Stokes, Michael J.
  • Plescia, David N.
  • Stefanchik, David
  • Vakharia, Omar J.
  • Yoo, Andrew
  • Spivey, James T.
  • Hess, Christopher J.

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for controlling movement of a distal end of a surgical instrument. In general, the methods and devices can allow for controlling movement of surgical tools, and in particular for causing mimicked motion between an external control unit and a surgical tool positioned within a patient's body. In one embodiment, a surgical system is provided having a master assembly including an input tool and a slave assembly including a surgical instrument. The master assembly and the slave assembly can be configured to be electronically coupled together such that movement of the master assembly can be electronically communicated to the slave assembly to cause mimicked movement of the slave assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 34/37 - Master-slave robots
  • A61B 34/30 - Surgical robots
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 34/00 - Computer-aided surgery; Manipulators or robots specially adapted for use in surgery

43.

Devices and methods for endoluminal plication

      
Application Number 14880537
Grant Number 10292703
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-10-12
First Publication Date 2016-04-14
Grant Date 2019-05-21
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Felder, Kevin D.
  • Crainich, Lawrence
  • Sherrill, Justin W.
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Zeiner, Mark S.

Abstract

Devices and methods are provided for forming and securing a tissue plication. More particularly, the devices and methods of the present invention can be used to create multiple tissue folds on an anterior and posterior wall of a stomach cavity to reduce the volume thereof. In one aspect, a method of gastric volume reduction is disclosed that includes advancing a tissue acquisition and fixation device endoscopically into a stomach, manipulating the device to form a first fold of tissue on an interior surface of an anterior wall of the stomach, and manipulating the device to form a second fold of tissue on an interior surface of a posterior wall of the stomach, where the second fold is not attached to the first fold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • A61B 90/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups , e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/30 - Surgical pincettes
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery

44.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR ARTICULATING LAPAROSCOPIC ENERGY DEVICE

      
Application Number US2015053105
Publication Number 2016/057280
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-09-30
Publication Date 2016-04-14
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Boudreaux, Chad P.
  • Bingham, Scott R.
  • Miller, Matthew C.

Abstract

Electrosurgical instruments and associated methods are disclosed herein. Embodiments of the electrosurgical instruments can include an elongate shaft (30) that can articulate an end effector (40) relative to the elongate shaft, with the end effector including opposed jaws (42, 44) and positioned at a distal end of the elongate shaft. In addition, electrosurgical instruments are provided that include a cutting feature or knife that is coupled to the end effector and can axially translate relative to the elongate shaft. Furthermore, the knife can be rotated relative to the elongate shaft, which can cause simultaneous rotation of the end effector. Electrosurgical instruments are also provided that include an end effector including opposed jaws that are configured to rotate relative to the elongate shaft and grasp objects (i.e., via opening and closing the opposed jaws). Electrical energy can also be passed through the electrosurgical instrument for performing electrosurgical procedures.

IPC Classes  ?

45.

SURGICAL DEVICE WITH OVERLOAD MECHANISM

      
Application Number US2015053108
Publication Number 2016/057281
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-09-30
Publication Date 2016-04-14
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Bingham, Scott R.

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for preventing surgical devices used in laparoscopic procedures including opposed jaws and an overload mechanism from overloading the opposed jaws of the device. In one embodiment a surgical device, includes a handle and an elongate shaft extending distally therefrom with opposed jaws coupled to a distal end thereof. The surgical device can include a trigger pivotally movable about a first pivot axis during a first range of motion from an open position toward a closed position, to cause the opposed jaws of the end effector to move from an open position to a partially closed position. The trigger can further be pivotally movable about a second pivot axis during a second range of motion from the partially closed position to the fully closed position, without causing corresponding movement of the opposed jaws from the open position to the closed position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery

46.

SURGICAL DEVICES HAVING POWER-ASSISTED JAW CLOSURE AND METHODS FOR COMPRESSING AND SENSING TISSUE

      
Application Number US2015052623
Publication Number 2016/053863
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-09-28
Publication Date 2016-04-07
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hibner, John, A.
  • Corbett, Catherine, A.
  • Bingham, Scott, R.
  • Boudreaux, Chad, P.
  • Draginoff, Carl, J., Jr.
  • Strobl, Geoffrey, S.
  • Johnson, Eric, N.

Abstract

Surgical devices are provided having power-assisted or fully powered jaw closure. The devices herein generally include a handle portion, an elongate shaft, and an effector having first and second jaws configured to engage tissue. A motor and one or more compression springs can be operatively coupled, and activation of the motor can compress the spring(s) to reduce the amount of user supplied force to compress tissue between the jaws. In some embodiments, the devices can be configured to regulate an amount of compression applied by the jaws prior to, during, and/or after cutting of the tissue to promote hemostasis. For example, the devices can include sensors, processors, and/or other components that analyze data indicative of tissue type and tissue load. Based on this feedback, the device can automatically adjust the amount of compression or energy applied to the tissue to seal the tissue.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/28 - Surgical forceps
  • A61B 17/285 - Surgical forceps combined with cutting implements
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery
  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor

47.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CREATING THERMAL ZONES WITHIN AN ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT

      
Application Number US2015049988
Publication Number 2016/044165
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-09-14
Publication Date 2016-03-24
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Strobl, Geoffrey S.
  • Kiturkes, Alex
  • Yates, David C.

Abstract

Surgical instruments and methods for controlling temperature are described herein and can have particular utility when sealing tissue. In one embodiment, an end effector can include first and second jaw members configured to clamp tissue therebetween, and an electrode having a single continuous conductive surface that is coupled to the first jaw member. The end effector can also include a plurality of electrical insulators of varying thermal conductivity disposed between the electrode and the first jaw member coupled thereto. The electrode can be divided into a plurality of thermal zones by at least one opening formed therein and the plurality of electrical insulators can be arranged such that at least a first thermal zone contacts an electrical insulator having a first thermal conductivity and at least a second thermal zone contacts an electrical insulator having a second thermal conductivity that is higher than the first thermal conductivity.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 18/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body

48.

SURGICAL DEVICE FOR TISSUE TREATMENT

      
Application Number US2015044206
Publication Number 2016/032724
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-08-07
Publication Date 2016-03-03
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Yates, David C.
  • Wiener, Eitan T.
  • Davison, Mark A.

Abstract

Various embodiments are directed to systems and methods for providing a drive signal to a surgical device for treating tissue. A surgical generator may deliver the drive signal according to a first composite load curve. The surgical generator may receive a first tissue measurement indicating a property of the tissue at a first time during the delivery of the drive signal, receive a second tissue measurement indicating the property of the tissue at a second time during the delivery of the drive signal after the first time, and based on the first and second tissue measurements, determine a difference in the property of the tissue between the first time and the second time. When the difference in the property of the tissue exceeds a difference threshold, the generator may deliver the drive signal according to a second composite load curve that is more aggressive than the first composite load curve.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/12 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body by heating by passing a current through the tissue to be heated, e.g. high-frequency current
  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor

49.

SIMULTANEOUS I-BEAM AND SPRING DRIVEN CAM JAW CLOSURE MECHANISM

      
Application Number US2015044210
Publication Number 2016/032725
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-08-07
Publication Date 2016-03-03
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Boudreaux, Chad P.

Abstract

A surgical instrument includes an end effector and a handle assembly. The end effector includes a movable jaw and a cutting element slidably movable within the end effector. The handle assembly includes an energy button configured to deliver energy to at least one electrode located in the end effector, a trigger plate operably coupled to a jaw closure mechanism, the trigger plate configured to close the movable jaw, a firing plate operably coupled to a cutting element drive mechanism. The firing plate is configured to drive the cutting element independently of the jaw closure mechanism. The cutting element drive mechanism is configured to close the movable jaw when the cutting element is driven. The handle assembly further includes a trigger operatively coupled to the trigger plate and the firing plate. The jaw closure mechanism and the cutting element drive mechanism are configured to simultaneously close the movable jaw.

IPC Classes  ?

50.

METHOD OF UNLOCKING ARTICULATION JOINT IN SURGICAL STAPLER

      
Application Number US2015033469
Publication Number 2015/199905
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-06-01
Publication Date 2015-12-30
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gettinger, Rebecca J.
  • Bruns, David A.
  • Schuckmann, John C.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv

Abstract

A method for using a surgical instrument comprises translating a first translatable member to unlock an articulation joint, translating a second translatable member to articulate and end effector at the articulation joint, and translating the second translatable member again to lock the articulation joint. The first and second translatable members may be translatable independently of each other. The act of unlocking an articulation joint may include moving a locking feature along a plane that is parallel to both the longitudinal axis of a shaft assembly and an articulation axis of the articulation joint. The locking feature may move longitudinally along the articulation axis, perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the shaft assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 19/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories for surgery or diagnosis not covered by any of the groups A61B 1/00-A61B 18/00, e.g. for stereotaxis, sterile operation, luxation treatment, wound edge protectors(protective face masks A41D 13/11; surgeons' or patients' gowns or dresses A41D 13/12; devices for carrying-off, for treatment of, or for carrying-over, body liquids A61M 1/00)

51.

METHOD OF USING LOCKOUT FEATURES FOR SURGICAL STAPLER CARTRIDGE

      
Application Number US2015032516
Publication Number 2015/199866
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-27
Publication Date 2015-12-30
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Rector, Jason M.
  • Hoffman, Douglas B.
  • Simms, Robert J.
  • Schuckmann, John C.
  • Laurent, Ryan J.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv
  • Gagel, Jeffrey C.
  • Fanelli, Nicholas

Abstract

A surgical instrument comprises a body, shaft, and end effector. The shaft couples the end effector and body together. The end effector comprises an anvil and lower jaw configured to receive a surgical staple cartridge. The anvil is configured to pivot toward and away from the staple cartridge and lower jaw. The shaft assembly comprises a knife member configured to longitudinally translate to thereby substantially simultaneously cut clamped tissue and staple the severed tissue. The end effector may comprise lockout features configure to prevent longitudinal translation of the knife member. The end effector or staple cartridge may comprise lockout bypass features configured to prevent lockout of the knife member. These lockout bypass features may operate to permit longitudinal translation of the knife member once or multiple times. The end effector may comprise features configured to ensure proper alignment of the anvil relative to the staple cartridge.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action

52.

ARTIFICIAL ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER

      
Application Number US2015031293
Publication Number 2015/195253
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-18
Publication Date 2015-12-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Timothy S.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv

Abstract

A surgical implant (300) and delivery apparatus into a biological lumen. The implant has an outer ring (310) having an outer wall and an inner wall the outer ring disposed about a central axis. The implant further has an inner ring (320) adjacent to the outer ring inner wall disposed about the central axis defining an annular opening. The implant has a valve (330) flexibly attached to the inner ring and disposed about the central axis, the valve substantially occluding the annular opening in a first state and elastically opening to provide a variably sized bore in a second state to permit passage of a substance through the lumen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

53.

ARTIFICIAL ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER

      
Application Number US2015031466
Publication Number 2015/195258
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-19
Publication Date 2015-12-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Timothy S.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv

Abstract

A surgical implant (900) and delivery apparatus for a biological lumen. The implant has an outer ring (915) having an outer wall and an inner wall. The outer ring is disposed about a central axis. The implant further has an inner ring (935) adjacent to the outer ring inner wall disposed about the central axis defining an annular opening (960). The implant has a valve flexibly attached to the inner ring and disposed about the central axis, the valve substantially occluding the annular opening in a first state and elastically opening to provide a variably sized bore in a second state to permit passage of a substance through the lumen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

54.

ARTIFICIAL ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER

      
Application Number US2015031661
Publication Number 2015/195263
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-20
Publication Date 2015-12-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Timothy S.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv

Abstract

A surgical implant, delivery apparatus and method for insertion of the same into a biological lumen. The implant has an outer ring having an outer wall and an inner wall the outer ring disposed about a central axis. The implant further has an inner ring adjacent to the outer ring inner wall disposed about the central axis defining an annular opening. The implant has a valve flexibly attached to the inner ring and disposed about the central axis, the valve substantially occluding the annular opening in a first state and elastically opening to provide a variably sized bore in a second state to permit passage of a substance through the lumen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

55.

METHODS FOR PLACING AN ARTIFICIAL ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER

      
Application Number US2015031662
Publication Number 2015/195264
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-20
Publication Date 2015-12-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Timothy S.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv

Abstract

A surgical implant and method for insertion of the same into a biological lumen. The implant has an outer ring having an outer wall and an inner wall the outer ring disposed about a central axis. The implant further has an inner ring adjacent to the outer ring inner wall disposed about the central axis defining an annular opening. The implant has a plurality of petals flexibly attached to the inner ring and disposed about the central axis, the petals substantially occluding the annular opening in a first state and elastically opening to provide a variably sized bore in a second state to permit passage of a substance through the lumen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts
  • A61F 2/24 - Heart valves
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

56.

METHODS FOR PLACING AN ARTIFICIAL ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER

      
Application Number US2015031663
Publication Number 2015/195265
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-20
Publication Date 2015-12-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Timothy S.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv

Abstract

A surgical implant and method for insertion of the same into a biological lumen. The implant has an outer ring having an outer wall and an inner wall the outer ring disposed about a central axis. The implant further has an inner ring adjacent to the outer ring inner wall disposed about the central axis defining an annular opening. The implant has a plurality of petals flexibly attached to the inner ring and disposed about the central axis, the petals substantially occluding the annular opening in a first state and elastically opening to provide a variably sized bore in a second state to permit passage of a substance through the lumen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

57.

METHODS FOR PLACING AN ARTIFICIAL ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER

      
Application Number US2015031665
Publication Number 2015/195266
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-20
Publication Date 2015-12-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Timothy S.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv

Abstract

A surgical implant and method for insertion of the same into a biological lumen. The implant has an outer ring having an outer wall and an inner wall the outer ring disposed about a central axis. The implant further has an inner ring adjacent to the outer ring inner wall disposed about the central axis defining an annular opening. The implant has a plurality of petals flexibly attached to the inner ring and disposed about the central axis, the petals substantially occluding the annular opening in a first state and elastically opening to provide a variably sized bore in a second state to permit passage of a substance through the lumen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

58.

ARTIFICIAL ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER

      
Application Number US2015031292
Publication Number 2015/195252
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-18
Publication Date 2015-12-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Timothy S.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv

Abstract

A surgical implant, delivery apparatus and method for insertion of the same into a biological lumen. The implant has an outer ring having an outer wall and an inner wall the outer ring disposed about a central axis. The implant further has an inner ring adjacent to the outer ring inner wall disposed about the central axis defining an annular opening. The implant has a valve flexibly attached to the inner ring and disposed about the central axis, the valve substantially occluding the annular opening in a first state and elastically opening to provide a variably sized bore in a second state to permit passage of a substance through the lumen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices
  • A61B 17/12 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for ligaturing or otherwise compressing tubular parts of the body, e.g. blood vessels or umbilical cord

59.

ARTIFICIAL SPHINCTER

      
Application Number US2015031295
Publication Number 2015/195254
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-18
Publication Date 2015-12-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Timothy S.
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv

Abstract

A surgical implant for insertion of the same into a biological lumen. The implant (900) has an outer ring (915) having an outer wall and an inner wall the outer ring disposed about a central axis. The implant further has a flexible inner ring (925) adjacent to the outer ring inner wall extending annularly from the inner wall toward the central axis (950) and defining an annular opening (960) about it. The implant comprises a first plurality of magnets (920) embedded in the flexible ring (925) and arranged annularly around the central axis, and a second plurality of magnets (930) disposed about the central axis and located between the opening (960) and the first plurality of magnets (920). The implant is acting as a valve biased to a closed state. The interaction between the pluralities of magnets is such that normal peristalsis forces individual magnets of the two pluralities of magnets to move away from each other thus creating an opening for the passage of food.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts
  • A61F 2/24 - Heart valves
  • A61F 2/00 - Filters implantable into blood vessels; Prostheses, i.e. artificial substitutes or replacements for parts of the body; Appliances for connecting them with the body; Devices providing patency to, or preventing collapsing of, tubular structures of the body, e.g. stents
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • A61B 17/064 - Surgical staples
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

60.

ADJUNCT MATERIALS AND METHODS OF USING SAME IN SURGICAL METHODS FOR TISSUE SEALING

      
Application Number US2015032508
Publication Number 2015/191277
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-27
Publication Date 2015-12-17
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Smith, Bret W.

Abstract

Surgical methods involving cutting and sealing tissue include affixing a first adjunct material to tissue at a treatment site, such as by stapling the adjunct to tissue. A second adjunct material is applied to at least a portion of the first adjunct material such that the second adjunct material interacts with the first adjunct material to form a seal in an area of the tissue covered by at least one of the first and the second adjunct material. The resulting tissue sealing structure, which includes a combination of the two adjuncts, is believed to be superior to the sealing properties of either adjunct alone.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 17/115 - Staplers
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets

61.

DEVICES FOR SEALING STAPLES IN TISSUE

      
Application Number US2015030683
Publication Number 2015/191219
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-14
Publication Date 2015-12-17
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shelton, Frederick E., Iv
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Swayze, Jeffrey S.
  • Bakos, Gregory J.
  • Dunki-Jacobs, Adam R.
  • Smith, Bret W.
  • Cohn, Simon
  • Matonic, John

Abstract

Adjunct material and methods of using adjunct material to reinforce a staple line are provided herein. In general, adjunct material can be used to maintain a seal in tissue and prevent stapled tissue from tearing. This adjunct material can be coupled to a jaw of a surgical stapler, and can be deployed into tissue along with the staples. In some embodiments, the adjunct material can be sized and shaped so that a portion of the material extends laterally outside of the staple line and distributes strain to tissue outside of the staple line. In certain aspects, sealant can be applied to the staple line and to the adjunct material in various ways to further seal the tissue and/or prevent leaks from forming in the tissue.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/064 - Surgical staples
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action

62.

SOFTWARE ALGORITHMS FOR ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

      
Application Number US2015025890
Publication Number 2015/160896
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-04-15
Publication Date 2015-10-22
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Voegele, Aaron C.
  • Clauda, Phillip H.
  • Houser, Kevin L.
  • Kemerling, Robert A.
  • Davison, Mark A.
  • Stulen, Foster B.
  • Trees, Gregory A.

Abstract

A surgical system includes a module for compiling a plurality of operational parameters of the surgical system during a plurality of treatment cycles performed by the surgical system. The module includes a processor and a memory unit, the processor configured to store in the memory unit values of the plurality of operational parameters associated with each of the plurality of treatment cycles, wherein the processor is configured to identify a subset of the stored values of the plurality of operational parameters temporally proximate to an intervening event.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/12 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body by heating by passing a current through the tissue to be heated, e.g. high-frequency current

63.

DEVICE STATUS FEEDBACK FOR BIPOLAR TISSUE SPACER

      
Application Number US2015025893
Publication Number 2015/160899
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-04-15
Publication Date 2015-10-22
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Boudreaux, Chad, P.
  • Monroe, David, A.
  • Ortiz, Rafael J., Ruiz
  • Stulen, Foster, B.
  • Aldridge, Jeffrey, L.
  • Corbett, Catherine, A.
  • Mcfarland, Terry, A.

Abstract

A surgical instrument includes an end effector and a feedback system. The end effector includes a first jaw and a second jaw, wherein at least one of the first jaw and the second jaw is movable relative to the other one of the first jaw and the second jaw to transition the end effector during a closure stroke between an open configuration, a first approximated configuration, and a second approximated configuration. The feedback system includes an indicator, the indicator transitionable between a first indicator position, a second indicator position, and a third indicator position, wherein the indicator is in the first indicator position when the end effect is in the open configuration, wherein the indicator is in the second indicator position when the end effector is in the first approximated configuration, and wherein the indicator is in the third indicator position when the end effector is in the second approximated configuration.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 17/295 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery combined with cutting implements

64.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING MOTORIZED SURGICAL DEVICES

      
Application Number US2015024450
Publication Number 2015/157147
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-04-06
Publication Date 2015-10-15
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Trees, Gregory, A.
  • Boudreaux, Chad, P.
  • Miller, Matthew, C.
  • Davison, Mark, A.
  • Yates, David, C.
  • Hibner, John, A.
  • Inkrott-Smith, Jill, A.

Abstract

Methods and devices for controlling motorized surgical devices are provided. In general, the methods and devices can allow a surgical device to grasp and cut tissue. In some embodiments, the device can include at least one sensor and a motor, and an output of the motor can be configured to be adjusted based at least in part on an output from the at least one sensor. The output of the motor can be configured to provide power for translation of a cutting element along an end effector of the device. Adjusting the motor's output can cause the cutting element to translate through the end effector at different speeds, thereby allowing the cutting element to cut through tissue being grasped by the end effector at different speeds.

IPC Classes  ?

65.

DETECTING SHORT CIRCUITS IN ELECTROSURGICAL MEDICAL DEVICES

      
Application Number US2015018592
Publication Number 2015/142516
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-03-04
Publication Date 2015-09-24
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Yates, David C.
  • Wiener, Eitan T.
  • Kemerling, Robert A.
  • Danziger, Benjamin J.
  • Monson, Gavin M.

Abstract

Various embodiments are directed to an electrosurgical systems and methods for providing an electrosurgical signal to a patient. An electrosurgical signal defining a plurality of pulses may be provided to first and second electrodes. A first reading may be received indicating an impedance between the first and second electrodes taken at a first point of a first pulse of the electrosurgical signal. A second reading may indicate the impedance a first point of a second pulse of the electrosurgical signal, where the first point of the first pulse and the first point of the second pulse are at equivalent positions within the first and second pulses. Based on a comparison of the first reading and the second reading, a short circuit may be determined and a signal indicating the short circuit may be generated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/12 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body by heating by passing a current through the tissue to be heated, e.g. high-frequency current

66.

Methods and devices for activating brown adipose tissue using electrical energy

      
Application Number 14700611
Grant Number 09662486
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-04-30
First Publication Date 2015-09-17
Grant Date 2017-05-30
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • The General Hospital (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Stylopoulos, Nicholas
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Baynham, Tamara C.
  • Aronhalt, Taylor W.

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT). Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by electrically stimulating nerves that activate the BAT and/or electrically stimulating brown adipocytes directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss through energy expenditure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61N 1/36 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents for stimulation, e.g. heart pace-makers
  • A61N 1/05 - Electrodes for implantation or insertion into the body, e.g. heart electrode
  • A61N 1/04 - Electrodes

67.

Systems and methods for predicting metabolic and bariatric surgery outcomes

      
Application Number 14429706
Grant Number 09250172
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-09-20
First Publication Date 2015-09-03
Grant Date 2016-02-02
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Hess, Christopher J.
  • Jain, Nitin Kumar
  • Francis, Diane M.
  • Albrecht, Thomas E.
  • Hunter, Tina Denise

Abstract

Various systems and methods for predicting metabolic and bariatric surgery outcomes are provided. The systems and methods can also provide predictions for non-surgical metabolic and bariatric treatments. In general, a user can receive predictive outcomes of multiple bariatric procedures that could be performed on a patient. In one embodiment, a user can electronically access a metabolic and bariatric surgery outcome prediction system, e.g., using one or more web pages. The system can provide predictive outcomes of one or more different bariatric surgeries for the patient based on data gathered from the user and on historical data regarding outcomes of the different bariatric surgeries. The system can additionally provide predictive outcomes for not having any treatment and/or a comparison of the predictive outcomes of the one or more different bariatric surgeries to the predictive outcomes for not having any treatment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • G01N 5/04 - Analysing materials by weighing, e.g. weighing small particles separated from a gas or liquid by removing a component, e.g. by evaporation, and weighing the remainder

68.

Surgical stapling instrument

      
Application Number 14697659
Grant Number 10080565
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-04-28
First Publication Date 2015-08-20
Grant Date 2018-09-25
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pastorelli, Alessandro
  • Murray, Michael A.
  • Weisenburgh, Ii, William Bruce
  • Bilotti, Federico
  • Csiky, Laszlo
  • Omaits, Todd Phillip

Abstract

A surgical stapling instrument (1) comprises a staple fastening assembly (4) in the distal region of said instrument, the staple fastening assembly (4) including a cartridge device (8) which comprises at least one closed row (17, 18) of staples and defines a wavy distal end surface (14), and an anvil (9) which defines a wavy proximal staple forming surface (20) substantially matching the distal end surface (14) and which is adapted to cooperate with the cartridge device (8) for forming the ends of the staples exiting from the cartridge device (8), wherein the distal end surface (14) and the staple forming surface (20) have a globally wavy shape including two opposite peaks (21) and two opposite valleys (22) angularly spaced at about 90° from the adjacent peaks (21) and in that said two-peaks-two-valleys wavy shape is formed by a stepped configuration of said surfaces (14, 20).

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/04 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for suturing wounds; Holders or packages for needles or suture materials
  • A61B 17/10 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for applying or removing wound clamps; Wound clamp magazines
  • A61B 17/11 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for performing anastomosis; Buttons for anastomosis
  • A61B 17/115 - Staplers
  • A61B 17/068 - Surgical staplers
  • A61B 17/3205 - Excision instruments

69.

LOCKOUT MECHANISMS FOR SURGICAL DEVICES

      
Application Number US2015014954
Publication Number 2015/123127
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-02-09
Publication Date 2015-08-20
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Strobl, Geoffrey S.
  • Davison, Mark A.
  • Broderick, Megan A.
  • Boudreaux, Chad P.

Abstract

Various surgical devices are provided having mechanisms for preventing premature actuation of a cutting mechanism. These devices generally include a handle having one or more actuators and an effector disposed at a distal end of the device and configured to grasp tissue. When the end effector is in an open position, a firing actuator can be positioned so that it cannot be actuated by a user. For example, the firing actuator can be obstructed by a shield or arm when the end effector is in the open position. In other embodiments, the firing actuator can be hidden in a recess formed in the closure actuator until the end effector is moved to the closed position. When the end effector is in the closed position, the firing actuator can be engaged to advance a cutting mechanism, thereby cutting the tissue grasped by the end effector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery
  • A61B 17/295 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery combined with cutting implements

70.

IMPROVED MOTOR CONTROL AND FEEDBACK IN POWERED SURGICAL DEVICES

      
Application Number US2014069115
Publication Number 2015/116311
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-08
Publication Date 2015-08-06
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Johnson, Eric N.
  • Houser, Kevin L.
  • Yates, David C.
  • Nobis, Rudolph H.
  • Boudreaux, Chad P.
  • Trees, Gregory A.
  • Strobl, Geoffrey S.
  • Monson, Gavin M.

Abstract

Surgical devices and methods are described herein that provide improved motor control and feedback, thereby combining advantages of manually-operated and powered surgical devices. In one embodiment, a surgical device includes a proximal handle portion (10) that includes a motor, a distal end effector (14) coupled to the handle portion, and a cutting element configured to cut tissue engaged by the end effector (14), wherein the motor is configured to supply power that moves the cutting element. The device also includes a motor control mechanism configured to cause the amount of the power to dynamically change in response to a manual user input when the cutting element is moving.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery

71.

SURGICAL DEVICES HAVING CONTROLLED TISSUE CUTTING AND SEALING

      
Application Number US2014069492
Publication Number 2015/116312
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-10
Publication Date 2015-08-06
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hibner, John
  • Yates, David C.
  • Strobl, Geoffrey S.
  • Houser, Kevin L.

Abstract

Various surgical devices and methods are provided for monitoring and regulating tissue compression and cutting to improve tissue effect. In general, these devices include a handle portion, an elongate shaft, and an effector disposed at a distal end of the shaft and configured to engage tissue. In one embodiment, one or more sensors can be positioned at various locations on the device and can determine a force applied to tissue engaged by the end effector. When the force exceeds a threshold, a notification signal can be issued to a user. In another embodiment, a sensor can determine an amount of current moving between jaws of the end effector and a controller can slow a speed of the cutting element when the sensed current exceeds a threshold amount.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 17/28 - Surgical forceps
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery
  • A61B 18/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body
  • A61B 17/285 - Surgical forceps combined with cutting implements

72.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING MOTORIZED SURGICAL DEVICES

      
Application Number US2015011568
Publication Number 2015/116400
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-01-15
Publication Date 2015-08-06
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Trees, Gregory
  • Johnson, Eric
  • Boudreaux, Chad
  • Laird, Robert
  • Nobis, Rudolph
  • Strobl, Geoffrey
  • Lesko, Jason
  • Hibner, John
  • Yates, David
  • Locke, David
  • Weisenburgh, William B., Ii
  • Clauda, Phillip

Abstract

Methods and devices for controlling motorized surgical devices are provided. In general, the methods and devices can allow a surgical device to grasp and cut tissue. In some embodiments, the device's motor can begin providing power for grasping and/or cutting tissue in response to an output from the device's sensor, the device can adjust power provided by the motor based on whether the device is clamping tissue or is being fired, the device can adjust an amount of power provided by the motor based on an amount of user-applied force to the device's actuator and/or can control drive direction of the motor based on the amount of the force, the device can maintain a force applied to the device, the device can self-shift the motor, and/or the device can adjust an amount of power provided to the device's end effector based on a degree of the end effector's closure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 19/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories for surgery or diagnosis not covered by any of the groups A61B 1/00-A61B 18/00, e.g. for stereotaxis, sterile operation, luxation treatment, wound edge protectors(protective face masks A41D 13/11; surgeons' or patients' gowns or dresses A41D 13/12; devices for carrying-off, for treatment of, or for carrying-over, body liquids A61M 1/00)

73.

HARVESTING ENERGY FROM A SURGICAL GENERATOR

      
Application Number US2014068555
Publication Number 2015/105602
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-04
Publication Date 2015-07-16
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Yates, David C.
  • Strobl, Geoffrey S.

Abstract

Various embodiments are directed surgical devices and systems and methods for use with a surgical device to harvest energy from a surgical generator. The surgical device may comprise an energy storage device. The energy storage device may be in electrical communication with a surgical generator connection to provide energy from a surgical generator to charge the energy storage device and in electrical communication with at least one load component to be powered by the energy storage device. The surgical device may also comprise an end effector at least one energy element for treating tissue. The at least one energy element may be in electrical communication with the surgical generator connection to provide a therapeutic drive signal to the energy element.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/12 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body by heating by passing a current through the tissue to be heated, e.g. high-frequency current
  • A61B 17/32 - Surgical cutting instruments
  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor

74.

Methods and devices for activating brown adipose tissue with cooling

      
Application Number 13977555
Grant Number 10441459
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-12-21
First Publication Date 2015-04-30
Grant Date 2019-10-15
Owner
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
  • The General Hospital Corporation (USA)
Inventor
  • Aronhalt, Taylor W.
  • Kaplan, Lee M.
  • Stylopoulos, Nicholas
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Henninger, Dwight
  • Voegele, James W.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT) with cooling. Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss and/or improved metabolic function. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by cooling tissue having a high density of cold sensitive thermoreceptors and/or by cooling BAT depots directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss and/or improved metabolic function through energy expenditure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 7/10 - Cooling bags, e.g. ice-bags
  • A61F 7/02 - Compresses or poultices for effecting heating or cooling
  • A61F 7/00 - Heating or cooling appliances for medical or therapeutic treatment of the human body

75.

ELECTROSURGICAL DEVICES WITH FLUID FLOW CONTROL

      
Application Number US2014058514
Publication Number 2015/057387
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-10-01
Publication Date 2015-04-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Boudreaux, Chad, P.
  • Miller, Matthew, C.
  • Kimball, Cory, G.

Abstract

The disclosure provides various electrosurgical devices comprising a handle assembly comprising a valve having an input port and an output port. The input port is fluidically coupled to either an irrigation source or a suction source. At least one button is operatively coupled to the valve to control flow through the valve. At least one switch is provided to electrically couple energy from an energy source. A trigger and a shaft comprising a slidable element is operatively coupled to the trigger. An electrode is electrically coupled to the switch. The trigger is operable to position the slidable element relative to the electrode to conceal or expose the electrode. The handle assembly may comprise an articulating joint. The handle assembly may comprise a trigger lockout mechanism.

IPC Classes  ?

76.

PROVIDING NEAR REAL TIME FEEDBACK TO A USER OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

      
Application Number US2014055355
Publication Number 2015/050684
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-12
Publication Date 2015-04-09
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shelton, Iv, Frederick E.
  • Bedard, Timothy S.

Abstract

A process and system are disclosed for downloading sensor data, stored in a memory device of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument (10), to an external or remote computer device (2420). The process may involve storing data from one or more sensors (2002,2004,2006,2008,2010,2012) of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument in a memory device (2001) of a control unit (2400) of the surgical cutting and fastening instrument during a surgical procedure involving the surgical cutting and fastening instrument. During the surgical procedure, the data may be transmitted to a local wireless communication device (5820) that is then transmitted to a central database (5840) for data analysis. Feedback is then communicated from the central database to a user of the surgical device via the local wireless communication device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • G08C 17/02 - Arrangements for transmitting signals characterised by the use of a wireless electrical link using a radio link
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets

77.

Surgical clip and applier device and method of use

      
Application Number 14547725
Grant Number 10105144
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-11-19
First Publication Date 2015-03-19
Grant Date 2018-10-23
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Boudreaux, Chad P.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.

Abstract

A surgical clip is provided for ligating or transecting tissue, such as vessels, other tubular ducts, and the like and a surgical clip applier device for delivering and applying the surgical clip to the tissue. The surgical clip can include a spine and opposed arms extending from the spine where the arms can define a clamping length. In a resting state, the clip can be biased to a closed position such that the ends of each opposed arm are disposed in proximity to each other. With such biasing, when applied to a tissue, such as with a surgical clip applier, the clip can exert a positive clamping pressure to the tissue along the clamping length to seal the tissue and limit passage of fluids, such as blood, from the tissue.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/10 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for applying or removing wound clamps; Wound clamp magazines
  • A61B 17/128 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for ligaturing or otherwise compressing tubular parts of the body, e.g. blood vessels or umbilical cord for applying or removing clamps or clips
  • A61B 17/064 - Surgical staples
  • A61B 17/122 - Clamps or clips
  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 90/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups , e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges

78.

A METHOD FOR APPLYING A SURGICAL CLIP HAVING A COMPLIANT PORTION

      
Application Number US2014054771
Publication Number 2015/038536
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-09
Publication Date 2015-03-19
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Shelton, Iv, Frederick E.

Abstract

A method of applying a surgical clip, wherein the clip has a rigid portion with a pair of opposed first and second leg members having proximal and distal ends and a knee portion formed therebetween. The clip also has an apex with opposed ends joining the proximal ends of the first and second leg members, and a compliant portion formed on an inner surface of at least one of the first and second leg members. The method includes the step of placing the opposed first and second leg members around a tissue to be ligated, and deforming the opposed first and second leg members towards each other. The method further comprises releasing the first and second leg members to cause a separation of the first and second leg members, wherein the separation is less than the total of thickness of the compliant portion and the thickness of the tissue within the first and second leg members.

IPC Classes  ?

79.

SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT HAVING AN IMPROVED COATING

      
Application Number US2014055170
Publication Number 2015/038758
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-11
Publication Date 2015-03-19
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Onukuri, Samardh
  • Anim, Jacqueline A.

Abstract

A medical device for use in surgery made of a metal having a first hard coating layer applied to the metal, a second PTFE coating layer applied to the hard coating, and a third soap based lubricant coating layer applied to the PTFE layer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery
  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • C10M 177/00 - Special methods of preparation of lubricating compositions; Chemical modification by after-treatment of components or of the whole of a lubricating composition, not covered by other classes
  • C10M 111/04 - Lubricating compositions characterised by the base-material being a mixture of two or more compounds covered by more than one of the main groups , each of these compounds being essential at least one of them being a macromolecular organic compound
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • C23C 18/12 - Chemical coating by decomposition of either liquid compounds or solutions of the coating forming compounds, without leaving reaction products of surface material in the coating; Contact plating by thermal decomposition characterised by the deposition of inorganic material other than metallic material

80.

A MEDICAL DEVICE HAVING AN IMPROVED COATING

      
Application Number US2014055176
Publication Number 2015/038763
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-11
Publication Date 2015-03-19
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Onukuri, Samardh
  • Anim, Jacqueline A.

Abstract

A medical device for use in surgery made of a metal having a first hard coating layer applied to the metal, a second PTFE coating layer applied to the hard coating, and a third soap based lubricant coating layer applied to the PTFE layer.

IPC Classes  ?

81.

ELECTROSURGICAL (RF) MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR CUTTING AND COAGULATING TISSUE

      
Application Number US2014052505
Publication Number 2015/038317
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-25
Publication Date 2015-03-19
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shelton, Iv, Frederick E.
  • Yates, David C.
  • Baxter, Iii, Chester O.
  • Hunt, John V.
  • Mallow, Jennifer M.
  • Worrell, Barry C.
  • Aronhalt, Taylor W.
  • Houser, Kevin L.
  • Strobl, Geoffrey S.

Abstract

An electrosurgical device is disclosed. The electrosurgical device includes a handle, a shaft extending distally from the handle, and an end effector coupled to a distal end of the shaft. The end effector comprises a first electrode and a second electrode. The second electrode includes a first position and a second position. The second electrode is configured to move from the first position to the second position when a force is applied to the end effector by a tissue section. The first electrode and the second electrode define a treatment area when the second electrode is in the second position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 18/08 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body by heating by means of electrically-heated probes
  • A61B 18/12 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body by heating by passing a current through the tissue to be heated, e.g. high-frequency current
  • A61B 19/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories for surgery or diagnosis not covered by any of the groups A61B 1/00-A61B 18/00, e.g. for stereotaxis, sterile operation, luxation treatment, wound edge protectors(protective face masks A41D 13/11; surgeons' or patients' gowns or dresses A41D 13/12; devices for carrying-off, for treatment of, or for carrying-over, body liquids A61M 1/00)
  • A61B 18/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body

82.

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR ELECTROSURGICAL STEAM OR SMOKE CONTROL

      
Application Number US2014053120
Publication Number 2015/038346
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-28
Publication Date 2015-03-19
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Trees, Gregory A.
  • Arshonsky, Susan G.
  • Batross, Jonathan T.
  • Boudreaux, Chad P.
  • Chekan, Edward G.
  • Corbett, Catherine A.
  • Davis, Craig T.
  • Kiturkes, Alex W.
  • Mcfarland, Terry A.
  • Monroe, David A.
  • Sarley, John M.
  • Shelton, Iv, Frederick E.
  • Schulte, John B.
  • Stulen, Foster B.
  • Voegele, Aaron C.
  • Weisenburgh, William B., Ii
  • Widenhouse, Tamara
  • Witt, David A.

Abstract

A medical device includes an end effector configured to apply bipolar energy to target tissue along a working portion thereof and a fluid control system to control the flow of a fluid produced when the end effector applies the bipolar energy to heat the target tissue. The fluid control system includes a fluid path element defining a fluid path, a distal fluid port configured to intake the fluid adjacent to the working portion of an end effector for transport through the fluid path, and a proximal fluid port configured to intake the fluid transported through the fluid path and to exhaust the transported fluid.

IPC Classes  ?

83.

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR ELECTROSURGICAL STEAM OR SMOKE CONTROL

      
Application Number US2014053128
Publication Number 2015/038347
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-28
Publication Date 2015-03-19
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Worrell, Barry, C.
  • Bingham, Scott, R.
  • Davis, Craig, T.
  • Mcfarland, Terry, A.
  • Schulte, John, B.
  • Weisenburgh, William, B., Ii

Abstract

A medical device includes an end effector and a fluid control system configured to control fluid generated when the end effector applies energy to target tissue and includes a fluid path element having one or more fluid paths. The one or more fluid paths include a distal fluid port positioned adjacent to a working portion of the end effector and a proximal fluid port fluidically coupled to a supply and transport element. The supply and transport element is configured to one of evacuate and supply fluid adjacent to the working portion of the end effector. The supply element may be operatively coupled to an activation element configured to activate the supply and transport element when end effector applies energy to the target tissue.

IPC Classes  ?

84.

SURGICAL CLIP HAVING COMPLIANT PORTION

      
Application Number US2014054756
Publication Number 2015/038528
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-09
Publication Date 2015-03-19
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Shelton, Frederick, E., Iv

Abstract

A clip (100) is provided that can be used for ligating tissue, such as vessels, other tubular ducts, and the like. The clip has opposed first and second leg members (120, 140) having proximal and distal ends. The proximal end of each leg member is connected by an apex (220). The clip has a compliant portion (110) formed on the inner surface of at least one of the first and second leg members. The compliant portion can fill gaps left by springback of the clip after formation.

IPC Classes  ?

85.

SURGICAL CLIP HAVING COMPLIANT PORTION

      
Application Number US2014054762
Publication Number 2015/038531
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-09
Publication Date 2015-03-19
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Shelton, Frederick, E., Iv

Abstract

A clip (100) is provided that can be used for ligating tissue, such as vessels, other tubular ducts, and the like. The clip has opposed first and second leg members (120, 140) having proximal and distal ends. The proximal end of each leg member is connected by an apex (220). The clip has a compliant portion (110) formed on the inner surface of at least one of the first and second leg members. The compliant portion can fill gaps left by springback of the clip after formation.

IPC Classes  ?

86.

SURGICAL CLIP APPLIER WITH ARTICULATION SECTION

      
Application Number US2014052091
Publication Number 2015/034682
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-21
Publication Date 2015-03-12
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Dannaher, William D.

Abstract

An instrument (100) for clamping a surgical clip (10) has a handle assembly (170), a shaft assembly (140), and an end effector (110). The handle assembly has a trigger (174) and an articulation knob (172). The shaft assembly has an outer ground tube (160), a middle articulation tube (150), and a push/pull tube (142) disposed within the middle articulation tube. The trigger is operable to cause longitudinal translation of the push/pull tube. The outer ground tube and the middle articulation tube present mating angled faces (152,162) sloped in opposing directions. Rotation of the articulation knob causes rotation of the middle articulation tube. Rotation of the middle articulation tube changes the orientation of the angled faces and thus causes articulation of the middle articulation tube and the push/pull tube. The end effector has a pair of jaws (120,130) configured to apply a surgical clip to a vessel. Longitudinal translation of the push/pull tube causes closure of the pair of jaws.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/10 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for applying or removing wound clamps; Wound clamp magazines
  • A61B 17/128 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for ligaturing or otherwise compressing tubular parts of the body, e.g. blood vessels or umbilical cord for applying or removing clamps or clips
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery

87.

Endoscopic transoral duodenal sleeve applier

      
Application Number 14011962
Grant Number 09456917
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-08-28
First Publication Date 2015-03-05
Grant Date 2016-10-04
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Zeiner, Mark S.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.
  • Griffith, David B.

Abstract

A duodenal sleeve assembly comprises a sleeve, an expandable sealing member, a tether, and an expandable anchor. The sleeve is secured to the sealing member. The tether couples the anchor with the sealing member. A deployment instrument comprises a shaft assembly, a first retention member, and a second retention member. The first retention member selectively secures the sealing member to the shaft assembly. The second retention member selectively secures the anchor to the shaft assembly. When the first retention member is released, the sealing member expands outwardly to seal the proximal end of the sleeve against the mucosa of the patient's duodenum. When the second retention member is released, the anchor expands outwardly within the stomach to anchor the sleeve assembly relative to the stomach. The tether traverses the pylorus. The sleeve isolates chyme from enzymes in the duodenum; and the mucosa of the duodenum from nutrients in the chyme.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61M 5/00 - Devices for bringing media into the body in a subcutaneous, intra-vascular or intramuscular way; Accessories therefor, e.g. filling or cleaning devices, arm rests
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices
  • A61F 2/04 - Hollow or tubular parts of organs, e.g. bladders, tracheae, bronchi or bile ducts

88.

ENDOSCOPIC TRANSORAL DUODENAL SLEEVE APPLIER

      
Application Number US2014052085
Publication Number 2015/031153
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-21
Publication Date 2015-03-05
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Zeiner, Mark S.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.
  • Griffith, David B.

Abstract

A duodenal sleeve assembly comprises a sleeve, an expandable sealing member, a tether, and an expandable anchor. The sleeve is secured to the sealing member. The tether couples the anchor with the sealing member. A deployment instrument comprises a shaft assembly, a first retention member, and a second retention member. The first retention member selectively secures the sealing member to the shaft assembly. The second retention member selectively secures the anchor to the shaft assembly. When the first retention member is relelased, the sealing member expands outwardly to seal the proximal end of the sleeve against the mucosa of the patient's duodenum. When the second retention member is released, the anchor expands outwardly within the stomach to anchor the sleeve assembly relative to the stomach. The tether traverses the pylorus. The sleeve isolates chyme from enzymes in the duodenum; and the mucosa of the duodenum from nutrients in the chyme.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

89.

CONFORMING ANCHOR FOR DUODENAL BARRIER

      
Application Number US2014052090
Publication Number 2015/031154
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-21
Publication Date 2015-03-05
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Zeiner, Mark S.
  • Dunki-Jacobs, Adam R.
  • Sherrill, Justin W.

Abstract

An apparatus comprises a sleeve, a seal, and an anchor assembly. The sleeve is flexible and non-permeable and is configured to fit in a duodenum. The seal is positioned at the proximal end of the sleeve and is configured to seal the proximal end of the sleeve against the stomach mucosa, the pylorus, or the duodenum mucosa. The anchor assembly comprises a pair of a traumatic anchor ends and a resilient member positioned between the anchor ends. At least a portion of the resilient member extends along at least a portion of the length of the sleeve. The resilient member is configured to bias the anchor ends generally toward each other, to thereby substantially anchor the sleeve in the duodenum. The sleeve is configured to prevent chyme from contacting the mucosa of the duodenum; and to prevent enzymes excreted in the duodenum from mixing with chyme in the duodenum.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

90.

SURGICAL DEVICES WITH CLOSE QUARTER ARTICULATION FEATURES

      
Application Number US2014052100
Publication Number 2015/031156
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-21
Publication Date 2015-03-05
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shelton, Iv, Frederick E.
  • Baxter, Chester O., Iii
  • Swayze, Jeffrey S.
  • Dugan, John R.

Abstract

The disclosure provides various apparatuses comprising a shaft section extending longitudinally along a first plane. An end effector comprises a first jaw and a second jaw configured to pivotally open and close in a second plane relative to the first plane about a pivot point. The first plane is orthogonal to the second plane. An articulation section is disposed between the shaft section and the end effector. The articulation section is configured to articulate in the second plane relative to the first plane in response to a rotatable articulation control mechanism. Also disclosed are configuration where at least one of the first and second jaws comprises an electrode. Also disclosed are configurations in which the end effector pivots and articulates about the same pivot point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 17/22 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for removing obstructions in blood vessels, not otherwise provided for
  • A61B 17/32 - Surgical cutting instruments
  • A61B 19/00 - Instruments, implements or accessories for surgery or diagnosis not covered by any of the groups A61B 1/00-A61B 18/00, e.g. for stereotaxis, sterile operation, luxation treatment, wound edge protectors(protective face masks A41D 13/11; surgeons' or patients' gowns or dresses A41D 13/12; devices for carrying-off, for treatment of, or for carrying-over, body liquids A61M 1/00)
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery

91.

Conforming anchor for duodenal barrier

      
Application Number 14011987
Grant Number 09265640
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-08-28
First Publication Date 2015-03-05
Grant Date 2016-02-23
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Zeiner, Mark S.
  • Dunki-Jacobs, Adam R.
  • Sherrill, Justin W.

Abstract

An apparatus comprises a sleeve, a seal, and an anchor assembly. The sleeve is flexible and non-permeable and is configured to fit in a duodenum. The seal is positioned at the proximal end of the sleeve and is configured to seal the proximal end of the sleeve against the stomach mucosa, the pylorus, or the duodenum mucosa. The anchor assembly comprises a pair of atraumatic anchor ends and a resilient member positioned between the anchor ends. At least a portion of the resilient member extends along at least a portion of the length of the sleeve. The resilient member is configured to bias the anchor ends generally toward each other, to thereby substantially anchor the sleeve in the duodenum. The sleeve is configured to prevent chyme from contacting the mucosa of the duodenum; and to prevent enzymes excreted in the duodenum from mixing with chyme in the duodenum.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61M 19/00 - Devices for local anaesthesia; Devices for hypothermia
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

92.

ENDOLUMINAL STAPLER WITH ROTATING WHEEL CAM FOR MULTI-STAPLE FIRING

      
Application Number US2014050487
Publication Number 2015/023562
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-11
Publication Date 2015-02-19
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Felder, Kevin D.
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Nobis, Rudolph H.
  • Crainich, Lawrence

Abstract

A surgical stapler (10) has a body (20), a shaft assembly (30) extending distally from the body, and an end effector (100) coupled with a distal end of the shaft assembly. The end effector has a stapling head assembly (110), an anvil (150), and a vacuum port (130). The vacuum port is operable to draw tissue (2) between the stapling head assembly and the anvil. The anvil is operable to move toward and away from the stapling head assembly to thereby capture the tissue drawn between the stapling head assembly and the anvil. The stapling head assembly comprises a plurality of wheel assemblies (180, 210) and staple cartridges (230). At least one wheel assembly is operable to rotate to thereby move the anvil toward and away from the body. The remaining wheel assemblies are operable to rotate to thereby drive staples through the captured tissue. The body includes user input features (24, 25) operable to drive the wheel assemblies.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/30 - Surgical pincettes
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery

93.

Devices and methods for the treatment of metabolic disorders

      
Application Number 13825459
Grant Number 09427580
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-03-30
First Publication Date 2015-02-12
Grant Date 2016-08-30
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bork, Toralf
  • Crivelli, Rocco
  • Miguras, Mathilde
  • Pfleiderer, Martin
  • Tardy, Yanik
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.
  • Pastorelli, Alessandro
  • D'Arcangelo, Michele

Abstract

An implantable system for stimulating the release of satiety hormone in a subject comprises a stimulus device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to apply an electrical stimulus to a tissue of a gastrointestinal system of said subject, and a detection device which is implantable in the subject and adapted to continuously monitoring at least one of a mechanical characteristic and an electrical characteristic of the subject to detect an ingestion of food by said subject, wherein the detection device cooperates with the stimulus device such that the stimulus device applies said electrical stimulus in response to a detected ingestion of food.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61N 1/36 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents for stimulation, e.g. heart pace-makers
  • A61N 1/05 - Electrodes for implantation or insertion into the body, e.g. heart electrode
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

94.

Applier for anchoring a lining to a hollow organ

      
Application Number 14364452
Grant Number 09717494
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-12-13
First Publication Date 2015-02-05
Grant Date 2017-08-01
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Harris, Jason L.
  • Pastorelli, Alessandro
  • D'Arcangelo, Michele
  • Ortiz, Mark S.
  • Zeiner, Mark S.

Abstract

Provided herein are medical apparatuses and methods and more particularly devices and methods for positioning and anchoring a lining to a hollow body organ, such as a stomach, intestine or gastrointestinal tract. For example, in one embodiment, an endoluminal applier includes a fastening assembly configured to receive tissue and lining, a suction device configured to acquire tissue and lining, and a stitching mechanism configured to stitch into the fastening cavity and to apply a running suture to the tissue portion and lining.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/04 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for suturing wounds; Holders or packages for needles or suture materials
  • A61B 17/11 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets for closing wounds, or holding wounds closed, e.g. surgical staples; Accessories for use therewith for performing anastomosis; Buttons for anastomosis
  • A61B 17/30 - Surgical pincettes

95.

Devices and methods for the treatment of metabolic disorders

      
Application Number 13825452
Grant Number 09750660
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-03-30
First Publication Date 2015-01-08
Grant Date 2017-09-05
Owner Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Felder, Kevin D.
  • Ortiz, Mark S.
  • Pastorelli, Alessandro
  • D' Arcangelo, Michele
  • Zeiner, Mark S.

Abstract

A system for stimulating the release of satiety hormone in a subject comprises a stimulus device (1) having a tissue engaging portion (2) intended to be placed in contact with a target tissue (3) of a gastrointestinal system of the subject, a movement device (15) linked with the tissue engaging portion (2) and operable to move the tissue engaging portion (2), thereby mechanically stimulating the target tissue (3), and an anchoring device for permanently fastening the stimulus device (1) in a target location at the gastrointestinal system such that the tissue engaging portion (2) engages the target tissue (3).

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61H 9/00 - Pneumatic or hydraulic massage
  • A61H 23/00 - Percussion or vibration massage, e.g. using supersonic vibration; Suction-vibration massage; Massage with moving diaphragms
  • A61F 5/00 - Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices

96.

Detachable end effectors

      
Application Number 14302734
Grant Number 09662132
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-06-12
First Publication Date 2014-12-25
Grant Date 2017-05-30
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Coe, Jonathan A.
  • Voegele, James W.
  • Long, Gary L.
  • Zwolinski, Andrew M.
  • Moore, Kyle P.
  • Gill, Robert P.

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for performing various procedures using interchangeable end effectors. In general, the methods and devices allow a surgeon to remotely and selectively attach various interchangeable surgical end effectors to a shaft located within a patient's body, thus allowing the surgeon to perform various procedures without the need to remove the shaft from the patient's body. In an exemplary embodiment, multiple end effectors can be introduced into a body cavity. The end effectors can be disassociated or separate from one another such that they float within the body cavity. A distal end of a shaft can be positioned within the body cavity and it can be used to selectively engage one of the end effectors. In particular, the device can be configured to allow each end effector to be remotely attached and detached from the distal end of the shaft.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 17/29 - Forceps for use in minimally invasive surgery

97.

ELECTROSURGICAL FORCEPS WITH TRANSLATING BLADE DRIVER

      
Application Number US2014040118
Publication Number 2014/197288
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-05-30
Publication Date 2014-12-11
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Matthew C.
  • Witt, David A.

Abstract

An apparatus for operating on tissue comprises a body, a lever, an end effector, and a tissue severing assembly. The end effector has a pair of jaws configured to open and close on tissue. The end effector is also capable of delivering RF energy to the tissue. The lever is configured to drive the pair of jaws. The tissue severing assembly comprises a trigger having at least one elongate member, at least one gear, and a firing beam. The trigger may also comprise a button operable to activate the RF energy. The firing beam is operable to sever tissue captured between the jaws. The at least one elongate member, at least one gear, and firing beam are associated such that longitudinal movement of the trigger in a first direction causes longitudinal movement of the firing beam in a second direction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 18/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body

98.

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH MODULAR MOTOR

      
Application Number US2014040473
Publication Number 2014/197357
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-06-02
Publication Date 2014-12-11
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Worrell, Barry C.
  • Gagel, Jeffrey C.
  • Miller, Matthew C.

Abstract

An apparatus for operating on tissue comprises a handpiece, an elongate shaft, an end effector, a firing beam, and a modular motor. The end effector has a pair of jaws configured to open and close upon tissue. The firing beam comprises a blade insert with a sharp edge operable to sever tissue captured within the end effector. The modular motor is insertable into the handpiece. The modular motor comprises a drive gear that engages a plurality of components disposed within the handpiece. Rotation of the drive gear drives longitudinal translation of the firing beam within the elongate shaft. Longitudinal translation of the firing beam opens and closes the jaws of the end effector relative to tissue. Longitudinal translation of the firing beam also severs tissue captured between closed jaws of the end effector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 18/14 - Probes or electrodes therefor
  • A61B 17/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods, e.g. tourniquets
  • A61B 18/00 - Surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body

99.

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT HAVING KNIFE BAND WITH CURVED DISTAL EDGE

      
Application Number US2014040468
Publication Number 2014/197355
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-06-02
Publication Date 2014-12-11
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Batross, Jonathan, T.
  • Davison, Mark, A.

Abstract

An end effector for operating on tissue comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, a firing beam, and a support band. The first jaw is movable toward the second jaw to capture tissue. The first jaw has a first slot and the second jaw has a second slot. The firing beam and the support band are coupled together and are positioned to translate through the first and second slots of the jaws. The firing beam presents a sharp distal edge for severing tissue captured between the jaws. The support band presents a curved distal end. The sharp distal edge of the firing beam is partially covered and partially exposed by the curved distal end of the support band.

IPC Classes  ?

100.

POWER MODULE FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

      
Application Number US2014039556
Publication Number 2014/193826
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-05-27
Publication Date 2014-12-04
Owner ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Parihar, Shailendra K.

Abstract

A surgical instrument, in at least one form, includes an end effector and a power module 10. The power module may include a first motion conversion assembly 16. The first motion conversion assembly includes a first rotary drive 22 and a first axial drive 24 operably coupled to the first rotary drive. The power module may further include a second motion conversion assembly 18 which may include a second rotary drive 26 and a second axial drive 28 operably coupled to the second rotary drive. The power module may further include a motor 14 configured to generate at least one rotational motion to actuate the end effector and a transmission assembly configured to selectively engage the motor with the first rotary drive and the second rotary drive, wherein the motor is concentrically arranged with the first rotary drive and the second rotary drive.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 17/072 - Surgical staplers for applying a row of staples in a single action
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