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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor April category listing, related patent applications 04/09

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04/30/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090112302 - Devices, systems, and methods for endovascular staple and/or prosthesis delivery and implantation: Devices, systems, and methods for implanting expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on stapling or anchoring the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable, and may include a single lumen or more than one lumen. After initial placement, a stapling system is introduced... Agent: Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20090112303 - Devices, systems, and methods for endovascular staple and/or prosthesis delivery and implantation: Devices, systems, and methods for implanting expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on stapling or anchoring the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable, and may include a single lumen or more than one lumen. After initial placement, a stapling system is introduced... Agent: Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20090112304 - Method for performing a vascular anastomosis: A method for performing a coronary artery bypass graft procedure on a patient to connect a bypass vessel to a target vessel includes the steps of creating an opening in the patient that communicates with the thoracic cavity of the patient; providing a bypass vessel having a lumen and at... Agent: Knoble, Yoshida & Dunleavy

20090112305 - Stent-graft prosthesis: The invention relates to a stent-graft prosthesis with a toroidally expandable sleeve (34) which has at least two opening attachments (36 and 37) and is made of flexible material for internal lining of an arterial aneurysm (1) and, where appropriate, with an aortic insert (23) associated with the sleeve (34),... Agent: The Nath Law Group

20090112307 - Stent having a base body of a bioinert metallic implant material: A stent having a base body of a bioinert metallic implant material wherein the base body is covered with an SiC coating. An external surface of the base body has a plurality of cavities which are filled with an antiproliferative active ingredient, A luminal surface of the base body has... Agent: Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein

20090112306 - Stent segments axially connected by thin film: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a stent for insertion into a vessel of a patient. The stent has a front and back open ends and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween. The stent has a plurality of adjacent hoops that are held in alignment with the longitudinal... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090112308 - Wireless shunts with storage: Devices and methods useful for storing and retrieving information related to a medical device such as an implantable valve or an implantable sensor are disclosed. An implantable valve can include a valve housing adapted to receive fluid flow therethrough between a valve inlet and a valve outlet. A valve assembly... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20090112309 - Collapsible heart valve with polymer leaflets: A Catheter Based Heart Valve (CBHV) is described herein which replaces a non functional, natural heart valve. The CBHV significantly reduces the invasiveness of the implantation procedure by being inserted with a catheter as opposed to open heart surgery. Additionally, the CBHV is coated with a biocompatible material to reduce... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

20090112310 - Nanoporous drug release structure for drug elute instruments and the preparation method thereof: The present invention relates to a nanoporous configuration for drug release used in a drug-eluting device and its preparation, employing acid corrosion or anode oxidation to prepare pores, or employing acid corrosion to prepare pores firstly, then employing anode oxidation or micro-arc oxidation combined with micro-arc nitridation to prepare single... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz, LLP

20090112311 - Medical device for percutaneous paravalvular leak and related systems and methods: The present invention provides devices, systems and methods for closing a paravalvular leak. In accordance with one embodiment, a medical device includes at least one multicellular frame member configured to be implanted at a paravalvular leak. The medical device further includes at least one tissue in-growth member associated with the... Agent: Holland & Hart LLP/coherex Medical

20090112312 - Intravascular ventricular assist device: One aspect of an intravascular ventricular assist device is an implantable blood pump where the pump includes a housing defining a bore having an axis, one or more rotors disposed within the bore, each rotor including a plurality of magnetic poles, and one or more stators surrounding the bore for... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20090112313 - Lubricious intraocular lens insertion device: This invention relates to a method of making an intraocular lens insertion device comprising a lubricious insertion tip assembly and to the device itself.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

20090112314 - Multi-focal intraocular lens with asymmetric point spread function: The present invention describes a multi-focal intraocular lens for the human eye. The intraocular lens of the present invention provides improved vision quality over a range of object distances without producing glare or halos. It also provides non-symmetric, or nearly symmetric, optical zones about the lens optical axis.... Agent: Mchale & Slavin, P.A.

20090112316 - Manipulator apparatus and medical device system: A medical device system includes a manipulator including a plurality of joints, a parameter storing portion for storing joint parameters, including a largest available force, of each joint of the plurality of joints, a trajectory inputting portion for inputting, as a trajectory plan, trajectories for moving a distal end of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090112315 - Medical implants and methods for delivering biologically active agents: Medical implants, such as orthopedic implants of the type used in partial or total joint replacement procedures, for example. The implants include a porous substrate, and a bearing portion of a polymeric material, for example, which is at least partially molded within the porous substrate. The bearing portion includes a... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090112317 - Calcium-containing bone implants: This invention relates to a method for preparing a porous bone implant containing a calcium-based mineral. The method includes immersing a porous matrix in an acidic solution containing a calcium-based mineral; removing the matrix from the solution; and exposing the matrix to an alkali to neutralize the acidic solution, thereby... Agent: Occhiuti Rohlicek & Tsao, LLP

20090112318 - Foldable orthopedic implant: An orthopedic implant such as a spinal implant is made from a elastic biocompatible material (e.g. polyetheretherketone or PEEK) to provide a hinge that allows portions of the orthopedic implant to be folded into a closed position and to inherently deploy into an open position upon release of a folding... Agent: Bowman & Associates

20090112319 - Expandable fusion cage: This inventions relates to an expandable intervertebral fusion cage and a method for its use for spinal fusion that reduces annular, vertebral body and cage damage and that is compatible with anterior, posterior as well as MIS techniques.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090112320 - Height-adjustable spinal implant: A height-adjustable spinal implant has first and second components that are rotationally fixed relative to one another and axially movable along a central longitudinal axis of the implant. Each of the components have at least two wall segments that are fixed on a base and that extend in the direction... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20090112322 - Spacer device and insertion instrument for use in anterior cervical fixation surgery: An intervertebral spacer has curvate upper and lower rough surfaces that stimulate bone growth and is formed from a porous material that facilitates bone growth thereinto. The spacer has a plurality of smooth linear grooves to facilitate insertion of the spacer into an intervertebral space using a spacer insertion tool... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20090112321 - Spinal stabilization device and method: A thermally active member comprises a shape memory material. The method of placement of the thermally active member facilitates transition of shape memory material between a simple undefined geometry, such as a substantially linear shape, to a complex predetermined shape memory form, such as a coiled shape. The preferred complex... Agent: B. Craig Killough

20090112323 - Minimally invasive interbody device and method: The present invention relates to methods and devices for insertion between adjacent vertebrae in a spine following removing at least a portion of a nucleus from within a disc. In one embodiment, the device comprises a member having a flexible wall surrounding an internal volume and a coupler that is... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090112325 - Footplate member and a method for use in a vertebral body replacement device: The footplate member includes an end surface, a sidewall that is attached to the end surface, and an orientation mechanism that is designed to align the footplate member in a certain position relative to at least one of the two end members of the vertebral body replacement device. The orientation... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

20090112326 - In situ adjustable dynamic intervertebral implant: A system for forming a spinal prosthesis in situ within an intervertebral space located between first and second adjacent vertebrae includes at least one mold having at least one internal compartment adapted to receive at least one flowable biomaterial. The system also includes a retaining member adapted to secure the... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing

20090112324 - Vertebral body replacement device and method for use to maintain a space between two vertebral bodies within a spine: The vertebral body replacement device includes a body member and a central rod member that has two threaded portions and is configured to be operatively associated with the body member. The device also includes a first end member and a second end member with the end members being configured to... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

20090112327 - Burr hole plug designs: A burr hole plug comprises a plug base including a flange configured for being mounted around a burr hole, an aperture through which an elongated medical device may pass, and tabs configured for extending within the cranial burr hole to center the plug base relative to the cranial burr hole.... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

20090112328 - Shoulder or hip prosthesis and method for setting same: A prosthesis and method for a ball and socket joint. The prosthesis includes a first component including an anchoring shank and a metaphyseal portion. The metaphyseal portion includes a first articular surface configured to move in translation relative to the anchoring shank. An intermediate component includes a first articular surface... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing

20090112329 - Humeral head preserving implant: A modular humeral implant for implantation into a humerus that includes a natural humeral shaft and a natural humeral head. The implant includes a humeral stem implantable into the natural humeral shaft, and an adapter couplable to the humeral stem, the adapter including an anchoring projection forming a disk directly... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090112330 - Ball joint or cap implant for an artificial hip joint: A ball joint or cap for an artificial hip joint is described that is suitable for carrying out a rotating or pivoting motion in an artificial hip joint socket, with a gap being provided for a natural fluid film (synovial fluid) between itself and the artificial hip joint socket, and... Agent: Flaster/greenberg P.C. 8 Penn Center

20090112331 - Method of surface oxidizing zirconium and zirconium alloys and resulting product: A coating of blue-black or black oxidized zirconium of uniform and controlled thickness on a zirconium or zirconium alloy material is accomplished through the oxidative treatment of an amorphous zirconium or zirconium alloy substrate having an altered surface roughness. An oxidized zirconium coating of uniform and controlled thickness is especially... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

20090112332 - Bone graft and bone graft substitutes with antibiotics for sustained, localized release of antibiotics for reducing postoperative surgical wound infection in spinal and other bone surgery: A bone graft or bone graft substitute material containing antibiotics is formed into crumbs, powder, putty, flexible sheets, or other form for localized delivery of drugs. The material is adapted to be placed inside a body for sustained, localized delivery of antibiotics. The antibiotics may be in a crystalline or... Agent: Storm LLP

04/23/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090105798 - Handle for stepwise deployment: A system for controlled deployment of a prosthesis, in which a sheath is retracted from a prosthesis in a body vessel or duct. The system includes a handle for deploying the prosthesis, the handle comprises a base member fixed to a catheter, and a slide member for sliding past the... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)

20090105801 - Indwelling catheter arrangement: A stent graft delivery device (10) has an indwelling catheter (26) extending from a handle (12) through a pusher lumen and a stent graft lumen outside the guide wire catheter (32) of the delivery device towards the nose cone dilator (16). The indwelling catheter comprises a material able to transmit... Agent: Cook Group Patent Office

20090105800 - Methods of minimizing stent contraction following deployment: The present invention provides methods for fabricating a stent using a preheating stage. The inventors have found a fabrication methods that result in the same and/or better product quality stent using a single step process performed at a temperature of below 65° C., more preferably below 60° C., most preferably... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20090105799 - Renal assessment systems and methods: Techniques for assessing a physiological profile of a patient include advancing a catheter shaft of a bifurcated renal catheter system into an aorta of the patient, deploying branches of the bifurcated renal catheter system into the renal arteries of the patient, detecting a renal arterial physiological parameter with a sensing... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090105802 - Stent delivery catheter: A self-expanding stent delivery assembly includes a shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, a distal region, a lumen, and a longitudinal axis. A retractable sheath having an outer surface, a proximal end and a distal end is co-axially disposed around the shaft distal region. A stent is disposed... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090105803 - Stent grip and systems for use therewith: A method and apparatus for reducing the longitudinal aspect of the catheter to stent force having at least one grip member for use with a stent delivery system. The grip engages a stent in the unexpanded state prior to delivery of the stent by retracting a stent retaining sheath. The... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090105805 - Endovascular graft for providing a seal with vasculature: A graft provided with a flexible sealing member to substantially prevent blood from leaking between the graft a lumen into which the graft is placed. In one embodiment, the flexible sealing member may be pressed against the vascular wall by an outwardly biased spring means attached to the sealing member.... Agent: Ratner Prestia

20090105804 - Medical implanting devices provided with anti-trombogenic coating and method for obtaining of such coating: A medical implantable device for deployment within a vessel of a mammal patient is disclosed. The device has at least one surface, which might come in contact with blood, said at least one surface being coated by a biocompatible anti-trombogenic coating. The anti-trombogenic coating being presented in a thermodynamic non-equilibrium... Agent: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo

20090105808 - Rapid exchange stent delivery system and associated components: A rapid exchange stent delivery catheter includes an inner tubular member having a proximal portion, a distal portion, a stent holding portion located adjacent the distal portion of the inner member, and a guide wire lumen extending from a proximal guide wire opening disposed distal of the proximal portion of... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090105806 - Stent: A tubular prosthesis can be formed by rolling a sheet of material about a longitudinal axis, thereby forming a plurality of annular rings that can be arranged so as to be longitudinally adjacent one another, thus forming a tubular prosthesis. Each annular member can expand and contract independent of the... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090105807 - Stent having a multiplicity of undulating longitudinals: A method for implanting a balloon expandable stent at a site within a passageway of a curved coronary article. The stent includes at least two longitudinally spaced apart circumferential rings. At least one longitudinally extending connector extends between adjacent rings. The connector has at least one turn back portion that... Agent: Wood, Phillips, Katz, Clark & Mortimer

20090105809 - Implantable and lumen-supporting stents and related methods of manufacture and use: An implantable stent includes multiple circumferential segments that surround a bore and are connected in series along a length to form a tubular wall. Multiple adjacent alternating opposite facing crowns arranged along each segment's circumference are bridged by struts. The struts include a series of staggered arcuate edges with limited... Agent: K&l Gates LLP Attn: Daniel S. Kim

20090105797 - Expandable stent: A stent includes a radially expandable tubular structure having a first end, a second end, and a primary strut arrangement extending over substantially an entire length thereof. The primary strut arrangement includes a plurality of rows of struts. The struts are interconnected within each row in a sinusoidal arrangement about... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090105810 - Biological valve for venous valve insufficiency: A bioprosthetic valve for repairing a deep venous insufficiency in a subject includes a single leaflet from a xenogeneic heart valve attached at natural margins of attachment to a patch of valve wall tissue. The patch may extend axially above and below the leaflet and circumferentially on either side of... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090105811 - Intravascular devices for cell-based therapies: Disclosed herein are vascular cell encapsulation devices that can deliver cell type(s) for the treatment of a disease or disorder.... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090105813 - Implantable valve device: Valve devices, methods of making valve devices, and methods of treating various venous-related conditions, disorders and/or diseases are described. In one embodiment, a valve device includes an expandable support frame and a bioprosthetic valve attached to the support frame. The bioprosthetic valve comprises a leaflet and a contiguous wall portion... Agent: Buchanan Intellectual Property Office LLC

20090105812 - Device and method for use in aortic valve disease treatment: A device is presented for assisting an insufficient aortic valve. The device is configured as an auxiliary valve and comprises a resilient deformable sleeve-like valve, deformation of the sleeve-like valve shifting the valve between its closed and opened positions.... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20090105814 - Method and system for plicating tissue in a minimally invasive medical procedure for the treatment of mitral valve regurgitation: A system and method for the treatment of mitral valve regurgitation by reshaping the mitral valve annulus using one or more plications of annular or adjacent tissue each fixed by a retainer is described. The system includes four devices to achieve such percutaneous direct plication annuloplasty. The first is a... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090105815 - Push-in retainer system for use in the direct plication annuloplasty treatment of mitral valve regurgitation: A system for using a barbed tubular retainer in the treatment of mitral valve regurgitation by reshaping the mitral valve annulus using one or more plications of annular tissue each fixed by a retaining clip is described. The system includes four devices to achieve such percutaneous direct plication annuloplasty. The... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090105816 - System using a helical retainer in the direct plication annuloplasty treatment of mitral valve regurgitation: A system for using a helical retainer in the treatment of mitral valve regurgitation by reshaping the mitral valve annulus using one or more plications of annular tissue each fixed by a retaining clip is described. The system includes four devices to achieve such percutaneous direct plication annuloplasty. The first... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090105817 - Artificial accommodation system: s

20090105818 - Malleable prosthesis with enhanced concealability: A penile prosthetic device comprising a column formed of resilient material. The prosthetic device comprises multiple malleable cores arranged inside the column. The multiple malleable cores are spaced apart from one another.... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20090105821 - Artificial hemi-lumbar interbody spinal implant having an asymmetrical leading end: An artificial interbody spinal implant adapted for placement across an intervertebral space formed across the height of a disc space between two adjacent vertebral bodies is disclosed. The implant has an asymmetrical leading end adapted to sit upon the more peripheral areas, such as the apophyseal rim and the apophyseal... Agent: Martin & Ferraro, LLP

20090105820 - Dynamic stabilization member with fin support and cable core extension: A dynamic fixation medical implant having at least two bone anchors includes a dynamic longitudinal connecting member assembly having the following features: a pair of elongate segments, each segment having at least one and up to a plurality of integral fins axially extending therefrom; an inner cable fixed to one... Agent: Law Office Of John C. Mcmahon

20090105822 - Method of treating scoliosis using a biological implant: The present invention is a bone growth stimulating and promoting cytokine type biological implant preferably comprising PTH coated with a controlled release biodegradable coating that is implanted preferably in the concave side of a scoliotically curved spine in combination with a bone growth inhibiting type biological implant preferably comprising methotrexate... Agent: Michael R. Schramm Axial Biotech, Inc.

20090105819 - Spine microsurgery techniques, training aids and implants: A minimally invasive, fluoroscopically guided system is disclosed for stabilizing the articular facet joints of adjacent vertebrae. Ring and dowel implants are disclosed for installation into the facet joint. The invention includes a novel spine surgical training aid used in the initial surgeon training process for refreshing the surgeon's perspective... Agent: John P. O'banion O'banion & Ritchey LLP

20090105823 - Artificial intervertebral disc nucleus: Devices and methods for manufacturing devices for treating degenerated and/or traumatized intervertebral discs are disclosed. Artificial discs and components of discs may include an artificial nucleus and/or an artificial annulus and may be comprised of shape memory materials synthesized to achieve desired mechanical and physical properties. An artificial nucleus and/or... Agent: Deanna J Shirley

20090105827 - Dampener system for a posterior stabilization system with a fixed length elongated member: Dynamic posterior stabilization systems are described. A dynamic posterior stabilization system may include bone fasteners and a dampener system. The dampener system may include a fixed length elongated member. The dampener system may also include one or more dampener sets. The dampener sets may provide resistance to movement of vertebrae... Agent: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C.

20090105829 - Dampener system for a posterior stabilization system with a variable length elongated member: Dynamic posterior stabilization systems are described. A dynamic posterior stabilization system may include bone fasteners and a dampener system. The dampener system may include a first elongated member and a second elongated member that couple together to form a variable length elongated member. The dampener system may also include one... Agent: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C.

20090105836 - Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach: This invention relates to devices and instruments for implant insertion through a posterior lateral opening to the disc space. The instruments include an implant inserter, and the devices include a spinal fusion implant engageable by the implant inserter. The implant provides bilateral support of the adjacent vertebrae when inserted into... Agent: Krieg Devault LLP

20090105834 - Dynamic spacer device and method for spanning a space formed upon removal of an intervertebral disc: A compliant intervertebral spacer according to the present invention replaces a damage intervertebral disc and functions to maintain disc height and prevent subsidence with a large surface area while substantially reducing patient recovery time. The compliant intervertebral spacer for spanning a space formed by upon removal of an intervertebral disc... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090105825 - Fusion methods using autologous stem cells: A method and apparatus is provided for use in spinal fusion procedures. An exemplary interbody fusion device includes a synthetic non-metallic radiolucent interbody spacer having an opening formed between its top and bottom surfaces. A cancellous allograft plug is configured to be disposed within the opening formed in the spacer.... Agent: Johnson & Associates

20090105830 - Interbody fusion device, integral retention device, and associated methods: A method and apparatus is provided for use in spinal fusion procedures. A one or two piece interbody fusion device has a fusion bearing component designed to bear the axial loading from the end plates of adjacent vertebrae. An optional retention piece prevents migration of the load bearing device. One... Agent: Johnson & Associates

20090105832 - Intersomatic cage, intervertebral prosthesis, anchoring device and implantation instruments: An intersomatic cage, an intervertebral prosthesis, an anchoring device and an instrument for implantation of the cage or the prosthesis and the anchoring device are provided. An intersomatic cage or an intervertebral prosthesis fit closely to the anchoring device, which includes a body of elongated shape on a longitudinal axis,... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090105831 - Locking mechanisms and associated methods: A method and apparatus is provided for use with a surgical implant to secure fasteners, such as bone screws or pins. An anti-backout mechanism is used to preventing migration of the fasteners after the implant is installed. In one example, an anti-backout mechanism includes a locking plate having a locked... Agent: Johnson & Associates

20090105833 - Method and spacer device for spanning a space formed upon removal of an intervertebral disc: An intervertebral spacer is designed particularly for patients who are not candidates for total disc replacement. The spacer maintains disc height and prevents subsidence with a large vertebral body contacting surface area while substantially reducing recovery time by eliminating the need for bridging bone. The intervertebral spacer or fusion spacer... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090105828 - Posterior stabilization system with isolated, dual dampener systems: Dynamic posterior stabilization systems and methods of stabilizing vertebrae are described. A dynamic posterior stabilization system may include bone fasteners and a dampener system. The bone fasteners may be secured to the vertebrae, and the dampener system may be attached to the bone fasteners. The dampener system may include a... Agent: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C.

20090105824 - Spinal fusion device and associated methods: A method and apparatus is provided for use in spinal fusion procedures. An exemplary interbody fusion device includes a synthetic non-metallic radiolucent interbody spacer having an opening formed between its top and bottom surfaces. A cancellous allograft plug is configured to be disposed within the opening formed in the spacer.... Agent: Johnson & Associates

20090105826 - Surgical implants: Disc prostheses, particularly for use in the lumbar region of the spine are provided. The disc prosthesis includes a core comprising one or more filling elements provided within an inner component of fabric. The inner component is provided within an outer component of fabric. By providing a smooth inner contact... Agent: Jonathan Spangler Nuvasive, Inc.

20090105835 - Vertebral body replacement and method for spanning a space formed upon removal of a vertebral body: A vertebral body replacement includes first and second end plates, and a compliant connector section between the end plates having one or more helical cuts to provide limited compliance between the end plates. The compliant connector section can be provided in a separate spacer that fits between the end plates... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090105837 - Instrument for use in a joint replacement procedure: A trial implant component for use in a surgical procedure for replacement of a joint between a long bone and another bone, comprises a metaphyseal part which can be located so that it extends into a cavity at the resected face of the long bone in contact with the internal... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090105838 - Osteosynthesis modular prosthesis, particularily for humerus osterosynthesis: The present invention relates to an improved osteosynthesis modular prosthesis, particularly for humerus osteosynthesis, characterise in that it comprises a cup element (7) having a convex surface suitable to be introduced within a bone cavity, particularly within the humerus glenoid cavity, and having a concave surface suitable to contain and... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20090105839 - Artificial elbow joint: An artificial elbow joint including a humeral component made of metal and an ulnar component made of resins for replacing an elbow joint. The humeral component of this artificial elbow joint is configured by a substantially cylindrical trochlea and a stem extending from the trochlea that is inserted into the... Agent: Quinn Emanuel Koda & Androlia

20090105840 - Fibular stiffener and bony defect replacer: A fibular implant is provided. The implant includes a stem anchored to the fibula and a joint-body. The stem is at least partially covered with a bony-in-growth surface. The joint body includes an articulating surface for articulating with the talus. The articulating surface is polished to reduce friction in the... Agent: Duane Morris LLP - PhiladelphiaIPDepartment

20090105842 - Implant system: The invention relates to an implant system having at least one shaft of a prosthesis, in particular a hip joint prosthesis, which can be anchored without cement, and a set of instruments for the preparation of the bone in which the shaft is to be anchored, wherein the shaft has... Agent: Baker & Daniels LLP 111 E. Wayne Street

20090105841 - Polymeric stent useful for the treatment of the salivary gland ducts and method for using the same: A polymeric stent, especially useful in surgical endoscopy and for the treatment of salivary gland ducts comprising; an elongated tube, wherein the proximal end of said tube is having a funnel-like shape; and wherein said funnel further comprise at least one gorge, which enables the suturing of said stent to... Agent: Lowe Hauptman Ham & Berner, LLP

20090105843 - Method for bonding a titanium based mesh to a titanium based substrate: A method for metallurigically bonding a metal wire mesh to a metal substrate which allows the use of a fragile open weave mesh and/or a thin wall substrate. A thin nickel based layer is placed between a titanium based substrate and a titanium based wire mesh. The mesh and substrate... Agent: Arthur Freilich Freilich, Hornbaker & Rosen

20090105844 - Method of making an anatomical socket: An anatomical socket is fashioned to attach to an amputated limb, which can be a median between the amputated limb and the prosthesis device. The method produces, based on specific measurements of a user, an anatomical socket that provides the user with cosmesis, a greater range of motion, a better... Agent: Greenberg & Lieberman, LLC

20090105845 - Prosthetic foot with a processor to manage energy return of adjustable heel and keel springs: A keel is provided having a spring portion and a connecting portion. The spring portion can have a split section that is divided into two sections. Each section can have a top open channel formed therein. Each channel is compressible during compression of the keel. A variably adjustable compression member... Agent: Brannen Law Office, LLC Nicholas A. Brannen

04/16/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090099640 - Axial pullwire tension mechanism for self-expanding stent: An axial pull wire tension mechanism for a self expanding stent includes a delivery system composed of an inner tube (2), a middle tube (5) and a lock wire (3), open wire knees (102) and/or close wire eyelets (103) at the both ends of the stent, and pull wires (4)... Agent: GlobalIPServices

20090099641 - Delivery system for medical devices: The invention is directed a delivery system for implantation a self-expanding medical device in a body which includes a control handle and a catheter portion. The catheter portion includes an outer restraining member which covers the collapsed, medical device, an inner catheter member having a distal end including a region... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)

20090099636 - Low friction vascular implant delivery device: A vascular implant delivery device is disclosed and can include a body and a syringe attachment formed in the body. Further, the device can include an outer sheath extending from the body. The outer sheath can include a distal end that can be configured to receive a vascular implant. The... Agent: C. R. Bard, Inc. Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.

20090099639 - Method for expansion and deployment of polymeric structures including stents: The invention is to methods of deploying polymeric biodegradable or non biodegradable stents by use of stepwise creases in the pressure placed upon the inner diameter of the stent to slowly increase the stent diameter. In one embodiment, the pressure on the interior stent diameter is slowly increased. The stent... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20090099638 - Motorized deployment system: A motorized delivery system and method for deploying an endoluminal prosthesis is disclosed. The system comprises a delivery device and an electrical drive system. The prosthesis is disposed between an inner dilator and an elongate sheath. To deploy the prosthesis, the electrical drive system is actuated. One or more gear-pulley... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090099637 - Stent delivery system: The present invention relates to a delivery system for a self-expanding stent with a hollow cylindrical body and a proximal and a distal end. At least the proximal end thereof has projecting loops pointing alternately in the proximal and distal direction, the loops having a shoulder and straight sections. In... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20090099642 - Kink resistant stent graft: A stent graft is disclosed and can include a stent and a graft engaged with the stent. The graft can include an inner surface and an outer surface. Further, at least one of the inner surface and the outer surface can include a plurality of protrusions as viewed in cross... Agent: C. R. Bard, Inc. Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.

20090099643 - Woven intravascular devices and methods for making the same: Self-expandable, woven intravascular devices for use as stents (both straight and tapered), filters (both temporary and permanent) and occluders for insertion and implantation into a variety of anatomical structures. The devices may be formed from shape memory metals such as nitinol. The devices may also be formed from biodegradable materials.... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090099644 - Covered stent: A stent to be used in an intraluminal cavity is disclosed. The stent comprises an elongated scaffold formed by a plurality of cells formed by a plurality of interlinked struts. In some embodiments, the scaffold comprises two longitudinally opposed ends, each of the ends having at least one protrusion that... Agent: Ralph A. Dowell Of Dowell & Dowell P.C.

20090099645 - Radiopaque markers and medical devices comprising binary alloys of titanium: There is disclosed medical devices, such as stents, guidewires and embolic filters, comprising a binary alloy of titanium and one binary element selected from platinum, palladium, rhodium, and gold. There is also disclosed a radiopaque marker comprising the disclosed binary alloy, as well as medical devices having the radiopaque marker... Agent: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc./ Finnegan Henderson L.L.P.

20090099646 - Biofilm formation inhibitor and treatment device thereof: A treatment device such as a biliary stent, capable of effectively and continuously inhibiting biofilm formation, and a biofilm formation inhibitor suitable for coating on the treatment device by killing all bacteria including E. coli and by suppressing the growth of these bacteria, are provided. A biofilm formation inhibitor having... Agent: Dann, Dorfman, Herrell & Skillman

20090099648 - Modular stent graft and delivery system: A modular aortic stent graft and a modular branched stent graft, expandable between a compressed condition and an expanded condition, for assembling with each other at the treatment area of an aneurysm. The aortic stent graft includes at least one axial opening for receiving a branched segment of the branched... Agent: Or, Ng & Chan

20090099647 - Multi-component vascular device: A vascular occlusion, flow restriction, shunt or filter device is disclosed comprising the assembly of at least two, of a number of selectable discrete interconnectable, interchangeable components, at least one component being of the type fabricated from metal strands braided into a tubular metal fabric having an expanded preset configuration... Agent: Aga Medical Corporation

20090099650 - Devices, systems, and methods for endovascular staple and/or prosthesis delivery and implantation: Devices, systems, and methods for implanting expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on stapling or anchoring the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable, and may include a single lumen or more than one lumen. After initial placement, a stapling system is introduced... Agent: Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20090099649 - Modular vascular graft for low profile percutaneous delivery: A hybrid modular endovascular graft wherein a main graft is sized to span at least a portion of a target vessel lesion in a large percentage of patients. Graft extensions may be secured to the main graft to extend the main graft and provide a sealing function for some applications.... Agent: Grant Anderson LLP

20090099651 - Lipid coatings for implantable medical devices: Disclosed herein are medical devices, such as stents, comprising a porous substrate, and a composition coating and/or impregnating the porous substrate where the composition comprises a bioresorbable carrier (e.g., at least one lipid) and at least one pharmaceutically active agent.... Agent: Rissman Jobse Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20090099652 - Composite vascular prosthesis: A novel treatment for atherosclerotic vascular disease is described utilizing the implantation of a thin, conformable biocompatible prosthesis constructed from a composite of various structural and therapeutic scaffolds in combination with one or more bioactive agents. This prosthesis can be delivered into position over a lesion in order to passivate... Agent: Patton Boggs LLP

20090099653 - Expandable valve prosthesis with sealing mechanism: A prosthetic heart valve includes at least one sealing member. The sealing member is adapted to conform to any surface irregularities found on the inner surface of the valve annulus, including any calcium deposits formed on the valve leaflets. The sealing member can be self-expanding or non-expanding. When deployed, the... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing

20090099654 - Scleral prosthesis having crossbars for treating presbyopia and other eye disorders: A scleral prosthesis includes a prosthesis body having first and second side surfaces and a cavity extending through the prosthesis body from the first side surface to the second side surface. The scleral prosthesis also includes a crossbar configured to be inserted into the cavity, where the crossbar is wider... Agent: Docket Clerk

20090099656 - Method and device for a breast implant: A breast implant with outer spherical layers, layer of silicon gel and an inner core of gas filled silicon spheres. In the outer spherical layers are pairs of expandable pockets comprising an inner and an outer pocket with a connecting tube accessible from outside the body. The pockets are for... Agent: Uzi Ezra Havosha & Partners

20090099655 - Polymeric hydrogel: The invention relates to a hydrogel polymer produced by polymerising an acrylic acid ester with an N vinylpyrrolidene and wherein less than 100% copolymer ester groups are saponified in such a way that free carboxyl groups are formed. The hydrogel polymer makes it possible to produce reliable long-lasting implants which... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP

20090099657 - Dynamic nasal molding device: A dynamic nasal molding device for presurgical molding of cleft lip deformities, the device having a pair of rotation assemblies each having an internal shaping member for insertion in a nostril and an external shaping member to be positioned external to the nostril, wherein the internal and external shaping members... Agent: Rogers Towers, P.A.

20090099658 - Arrangement for the fixation of an implantable medical device: A medical implant, such as a cochlear implant, comprising a fixating point which is located remotely from the medical implant. This arrangement can reduce the risk of post operative infection in a patient in which the medical implant is implanted.... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP

20090099660 - Instrumentation to facilitate access into the intervertebral disc space and introduction of materials therein: Methods for facilitating access to the intervertebral disc to deliver materials for disc repair are disclosed. The methods may be used to replace or augment nucleus pulposus as well as to perform interbody fusion procedures. These methods include providing access to the intervertebral disc space by drilling a channel through... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090099661 - Multiple component osteoimplant: The present invention is an osteoimplant that comprises two or more portions, wherein two or more of the portions are self-interlockable with one another to form the desired osteoimplant. The components of the osteoimplant may be of the same material or of different materials. Suitable materials may include cortical bone,... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Department

20090099659 - Sliding intervertebral implant: A sliding intervertebral implant and method includes a first member that connects to an intervertebral space between two adjacent vertebrae. The first member includes a pair of curved side walls connected to each of a front wall, an upper curved wall, and a lower curved wall, wherein a length of... Agent: Rahman LLC

20090099662 - Expandable reverse shoulder trial: An expandable shoulder trial for a reverse shoulder system is described. The trial includes a rotatably adjustable insert housed within a humeral cup. The insert has a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end having a concave recess therein adapted to receive a glenosphere prosthesis. The distal end... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20090099663 - Tibia platform implant: An implant (6) is provided for implantation in a condyle (21) of a proximal tibia. The implant is shaped in such a way that an anterior edge (63) at least approximately simulates the anterior contour of the tibial plateau (2). The implant is dimensioned such that it does not extend... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090099664 - Subtalar implant and kit: A subtalar implant comprising a body with a proximal end and a distal end, the body including a cylindrical portion proximate the proximal end, an externally threaded frustoconical portion extending generally from the cylindrical portion toward the distal end, an axially extending bore through the proximal end and the distal... Agent: C. James Bushman

20090099665 - Apparatus and system: A trial acetabular cup having a signal generating device located thereon.... Agent: Senniger Powers LLP

20090099666 - Spongy implant: The invention furthermore relates to a set of instruments for the introduction of such an implant (10) made of a spongy material into a cyst neck (3) with said set of instruments consisting of a puncture needle (5) for the insertion of a guide wire (6), a guide wire (6)... Agent: Reed Smith LLP

04/09/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090093871 - Medical implant with internal drug delivery system: A system for treating a vascular condition includes a catheter and a stent disposed on the catheter. The stent includes tubing having a wall defining a central lumen and a plurality of holes. The system further includes a therapeutic agent disposed within the central lumen of the tubing. A method... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090093870 - Method for holding a medical device during coating: The present invention is directed towards the holding of medical devices during manufacture to enable the application of therapeutic and/or protective coatings. More specifically, the present invention provides medical device holders that securely retain stents and other medical devices during the application of a coating while minimizing compressive and tensile... Agent: Bacoustics, LLC

20090093872 - Polymeric, degradable drug-eluting stents and coatings: Absorbable stents and absorbable stent coatings have been developed with improved properties. These devices preferably comprise biocompatible copolymers or homopolymers of 4-hydroxybutyrate, and optionally polylactic acid and other absorbable polymers and additives. Compositions of these materials can be used to make absorbable stents that provide advantageous radial strengths, resistance to... Agent: Pabst Patent Group LLP

20090093873 - Vascular graft and method of use: A vascular graft includes an elongated main body portion, a first sewing ring, a second sewing ring, and a third sewing ring. The elongated main body portion includes a first end defining a first opening, a second end defining a second opening, and an aperture defined by a perimeter. The... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20090093869 - Medical device with curved struts: A device for implantation in a vessel is provided with a geometry designed to reduce the drag experienced by the device when deployed using a sheathed delivery system. Sections of the device are provided with regions of high-points and low-points on the device's outer surface by curving one or more... Agent: Rissman Jobse Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20090093874 - Medical devices and efab methods and apparatus for producing them: Various embodiments of the invention present miniature medical devices that may be formed totally or in part using electrochemical fabrication techniques. Sample medical devices include micro-tweezers or forceps, internally expandable stents, bifurcated or side branch stents, drug eluting stents, micro-valves and pumps, rotary ablation devices, electrical ablation devices (e.g. RF... Agent: Microfabrica Inc. Att: Dennis R. Smalley

20090093875 - Drug eluting stents with prolonged local elution profiles with high local concentrations and low systemic concentrations: A drug eluting stent can include a stent body having a polymeric coating with a lipophilic and/or hydrophilic element. A drug that has a bioactivity that inhibits cell proliferation can be disposed in the polymeric coating. The drug can be present in the polymer at an amount greater than or... Agent: Workman Nydegger

20090093877 - Active holder for annuloplasty ring delivery: An active annuloplasty ring holder having a template that can be folded or pivoted to the side allowing the template to align longitudinally with the handle and enter the patient's chest through a small incision. The holder may include a mechanism to remotely detach sutures fastening the ring to the... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20090093876 - Recoil inhibitor for prosthetic valve: A valve loading apparatus is provided for loading a crimped prosthetic valve into a lumen of a delivery system. The valve recoil adapter can counteract recoil of a compressed prosthetic valve, and maintain the valve at its desired crimp diameter. An integrated bioprosthesis/delivery system is provided for delivering a bioprosthesis... Agent: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP

20090093878 - Human implantable tissue expander: A human implantable tissue expander including a biocompatible implantable structural skeleton element having a predetermined overall three-dimensional shape and defining at least one wall portion having formed therein apertures extending from an interior thereof to an exterior thereof and being operative, when implanted in human tissue, to permit fluid flow... Agent: Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP Welsh & Katz

20090093879 - Micro- and nano-patterned surface features to reduce implant fouling and regulate wound healing: An exemplary embodiment provides a medical implant with implant surfaces that are exposed to body tissue when the medical implant is inserted into a body of a recipient. The implant has a micro- or a nano-sized pattern on at least a portion of the implant surfaces. Optionally, the micro- or... Agent: Carr LLP

20090093880 - Apparatus and methos for reconstructing a ligament: Apparatus and method is disclosed for securing a graft ligament in a bone tunnel. A method is disclosed comprising the steps of forming a first bone tunnel and a second bone tunnel being transverse to, and intersecting one another; positioning a closed loop of a flexible member within the first... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20090093881 - Modified metal materials, surface modifications to improve cell interactions and antimicrobial properties, and methods for modifying metal surface properties: The present disclosure is directed to modified metal materials for implantation and/or bone replacement, and to methods for modifying surface properties of metal substrates for enhancing cellular adhesion (tissue integration) and providing antimicrobial properties. Some embodiments comprise surface coatings for metal implants, such as titanium-based materials, using (1) electrochemical processing... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20090093882 - Sliding interbody device: A method of performing a surgical procedure and a sliding intervertebral implant includes an inner member that connects to an intervertebral space between two adjacent vertebrae, wherein the inner member includes a pair of arms spaced apart by a gap; an inclined plane configured in the gap; an arcuately-shaped back... Agent: Rahman LLC

20090093885 - Anatomic intervertebral spacer and the applications thereof: A multi-layer intervertebral spacer (1) includes at least three superimposed layers, i.e. lower (3), top (2) and at least one intermediate (4) layers, wherein the at least one intermediate layer (4) is made of a material which differs from the material of the lower (3) and top (2) layers and... Agent: Young & Thompson

20090093883 - Interspinous implant: This invention consists in an implant to be placed between the lumbar spinous and lumbar-sacral apophysis in order to keep them separated and enable a normal flexion and extension range. The implant is a cuneiform body which frontal end is rounded and higher than the rear end thus forming an... Agent: Arent Fox LLP

20090093884 - Prosthetic intervertebral discs having expandable cores that are implantable using minimally invasive surgical techniques: The described devices are spinal implants that may be surgically implanted into the spine to replace damaged or diseased discs using a posterior approach. The discs are prosthetic devices that approach or mimic the physiological motion and reaction of the natural disc.... Agent: Wheelock Chan LLP

20090093886 - Catalytic surface for hydrogen release reactor: There is disclosed a gold surface for the catalytic release of hydrogen from an alkane thiol. More specifically, the present disclosure provides a large surface area of gold on a carbon fiber scaffold that does not contain any sublayers of metals that can block the catalytic release of hydrogen from... Agent: Asemblon, Inc Jeffrey B. Oster -- Legal Department

20090093887 - Implantable joint prosthesis: An implantable joint prosthesis configured such that it does not squeak during movements of a subject. The joint prosthesis includes a means to modify the dynamic response of parts of the prosthesis such the response is not audible to the human ear.... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20090093888 - Medical implant formed from porous metal and method: Medical implants are formed at least in part from porous metal wherein the pores of the metal are filled with a hardenable material. The hardenable material can be used to assist in the manufacture of the implant, permitting detailed machining of the implant. Further, the hardenable material can be a... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090093889 - System and method for forming a stent of a desired length at an endoluminal site: Described herein are a system and a method for forming a stent of a desired length endoluminally. The system includes an elongate stent body and an outer sheath overlying the stent body. An endoluminal cutting mechanism is operatively connected to a drive cable in communication with the outer sheath. The... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090093890 - Precise control of orthopedic actuators: An actuator is implanted inside the body and attached to a bone. The actuator is controlled from outside the body using a changing magnetic field or creating mechanical motion of the tissue. The changing field is used to create power inside the actuator and precisely control its operation without requiring... Agent: Dan Gelbart

20090093891 - Prosthetic limb with replaceable fairing: A prosthetic limb has an outer surface that is a mirror image of an intact limb. The intact limb is scanned and the surface data is manipulated to create a virtual mirror image. The end of the amputated limb is also scanned to obtain socket data. A virtual limb is... Agent: Dergosits & Noah LLP

04/02/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090088846 - Hydrogel arthroplasty device: An arthroplasty device is provided having an interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) hydrogel that is strain-hardened by swelling and adapted to be held in place in a joint by conforming to a bone geometry. The strain-hardened IPN hydrogel is based on two different networks: (1) a non-silicone network of preformed hydrophilic... Agent: Lumen Patent Firm

20090088847 - Surgical instrument system: The present invention provides a surgical instrument system including a first instrument defining a track extending along a length thereof, a second instrument releasably engageable with a prosthesis and having an engagement structure slidably engageable with the track of the first instrument, a third instrument having a cutting element and... Agent: Christopher & Weisberg, P.A.

20090088851 - Combination plate and disc prosthesis: Orthopedic medical devices for use in orthopedic procedures are provided, having in certain embodiments a first member and a second member configured to replace a disk between a first vertebra and a second vertebra. Additionally, the second member is also configured to fuse the second vertebra to at least a... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090088857 - Implant for the delivery of electrical current to promote bone growth between adjacent bone masses: An electrical bone growth promotion apparatus for the delivery of electrical current to an implant surgically implanted between adjacent bone masses to promote bone growth to areas adjacent to the implant is disclosed. The apparatus of the present invention comprises a self contained implant having a surgically implantable, renewable power... Agent: Martin & Ferraro, LLP

20090088862 - Stem extension and adaptor for use with a knee orthopaedic implant: An orthopaedic implant includes a knee prosthetic component, adaptor, and stem extension. The adaptor includes a first mounting end and a second mounting end. The first mounting end is coupled to the knee prosthetic component, and the second mounting end is coupled to the stem extension. The first mounting end... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090088864 - Acetabular prosthesis having an orientable face: A prosthetic component assembly, such as an acetabular cup, includes a shell, a bearing positioner and a bearing. The shell and bearing positioner are configured to facilitate orienting the bearing positioner in multiple orientations relative to the shell and for securing the bearing positioner in a selected orientation of the... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower

20090088866 - Method for making a metal-backed acetabular implant: A metal-backed acetabular implant and a method of forming the same.... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090088865 - Modular hip implant: A modular hip implant is disclosed that includes a base member that is to be attached to a pelvic bone, and a cup for accommodating a hip joint prosthesis. The base member is provided with fasteners for mounting the base member on the pelvic bone as well as a concave... Agent: Summa, Additon & Ashe, P.A.

20090088863 - Femoral prosthesis: A prosthetic femoral implant has a stem having a proximal end and a distal end. A circumferential collar is formed on the proximal end of the stem having a proximally facing surface in the form of a circular disc extending radially inwardly and proximally from a maximum outer circumference to... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

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