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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor May archived by USPTO category 05/09

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05/28/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090138065 - Double loaded stent delivery system: A delivery system that is preloaded with a sleeve member and a metallic stent and method of delivery of the sleeve member and stent at a target stricture site are described. The method of delivery occurs in two stages. The first stage involves deployment of the sleeve member and the... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090138066 - Implant deployment apparatus: A delivery system including a restraining member maintains a collapsed implant in its collapsed state for delivery through a small passageway to a desired site in a mammalian body. Once the implant is positioned at the desired site, the restraining member is released so that the stent may expand or... Agent: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

20090138067 - Expandable supportive branched endoluminal grafts: An endoluminal graft which is both expandable and supportive is provided in a form suitable for use in a branched body vessel location. The graft expands between a first diameter and a second, larger diameter. The support component is an expandable stent endoprosthesis. A liner is applied to the endoprosthesis... Agent: Ratnerprestia

20090138069 - Implantable frame and valve design: Implantable prosthetic valves comprising support frames are provided. The support frames may include a plurality of symmetrically arrayed interconnected U-shaped member structures. Preferred support frames are tubular structures enclosing a longitudinal axis and including a plurality of U-shaped member structures facing a distal or a proximal end of the support... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090138068 - Securing rods and modular graft systems: Modular graft systems with conjoinable grafts comprising graft material with the system comprising a first and second graft prosthesis with mating ends, securing rods attached to one of the mating ends comprising at least one spike that juts from the securing rod. The other of the mating ends is double... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090138071 - Cardia stent: The present invention relates to a medical stent, and in particular to a cardia stent for treatment on the narrow carida of the oesophagus. The cardia stent according to the present invention is woven by wires of shape memory NiTi alloy. There is a drum-shaped locating port at its upper... Agent: Myers Andras Sherman LLP

20090138072 - 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.

20090138070 - Stent apparatuses for treatment via body lumens and methods of use: An enhanced stent apparatus, comprising: a support element, wherein the support element is constructed to be positioned in a body lumen; and, a porous structure, the porous structure located on a surface of the support element, and wherein the porous structure is comprised of at least one fiber under 30... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan Prtsi

20090138073 - Bifurcation stent assembly: A stent assembly comprises a stent and a side branch flap. The stent has a substantially tubular body which defines a primary lumen and is comprised of a plurality of interconnected stent members. Adjacent stent members define a plurality of stent openings that extend through the body and which are... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090138074 - Decellularized extracellular matrix of conditioned body tissues and uses thereof: The invention is directed to an apparatus, such as a medical device, having a surface coated or covered with a decellularized extracellular matrix or having a component comprising the decellularized extracellular matrix for implantation into a subject, preferably a human. In one embodiment of the invention, a decellularized extracellular matrix... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

20090138075 - Bifurcated stent with drug wells for specific ostial, carina, and side branch treatment: The invention is directed to a stent that delivers multiple therapeutic regimens from different regions of the stent.... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090138076 - Medical devices for delivery of therapeutic agents: The present invention is generally directed to medical devices, and more specifically to medical devices that are at least partially insertable or implantable into the body of a patient. The medical devices generally comprise (a) a therapeutic agent, more typically, a high-molecular-weight therapeutic agent, and (b) at least one polymeric... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20090138077 - Articles having ceramic coated surfaces: According to an aspect of the invention, articles are provided which comprise a substrate and a ceramic coating which covers at least a portion of the substrate surface. The ceramic coating includes raised ceramic shells connected by a ceramic layer that is conformal with the substrate. According to another aspect... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20090138078 - Remodelable prosthetic valve: Prosthetic medical devices with delayed valve function and in situ remodeling of a portion thereof are provided, as well as methods of manufacturing the medical devices and methods of treatment using the medical devices. The medical devices may be adapted to initially maintain a remodelable material within a body vessel... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090138079 - Prosthetic heart valve for transfemoral delivery: Apparatus is provided that includes a valve prosthesis for attachment to a native valve complex of a subject. The prosthesis includes a support frame, which is shaped so as to define a plurality of axial support arches, which extend in a radially outward direction, and are configured to apply, regardless... Agent: Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP Welsh & Katz

20090138080 - Method for controlling a blood pump: A blood pump is temporarily operated at a low rotational speed lying below a design rotational speed. This involves a risk of thrombogenesis since flow detachments may occur at blades of an impeller of the rotary blood pump. For eliminating deposits at said impeller, the rotational speed of said pump... Agent: Gunther O Hanke Fulwider Patton

20090138081 - Ocular implant with anchor and methods thereof: Implants and methods for treating ocular disorders are disclosed. One implant has an inlet portion configured to extend through a portion of a tissue of an eye and an outlet portion configured to extend into and along a physiologic outflow pathway of the eye. The implant provides a flow path... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090138082 - Textile-based plate implant and related methods: A textile-based plate implant (and related methods) that supports tissue ingrowth within the implanted implant structure and is suitable for use in a variety of surgical applications, including but not limited to anterior, posterior and lateral surgical approaches directed towards the lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions of the spine.... Agent: Jonathan Spangler Nuvasive, Inc.

20090138083 - Variable height vertebral body replacement implant: A variable height vertebral body replacement implant used in corpectomy surgery to provide support in place of a removed or damaged vertebrae, and contain and compact bone graft material.... Agent: Emch, Schaffer, Schaub & Porcello Co

20090138084 - Spinal implants and methods: Spinal implants are disclosed that can be used for annular repair, facet unloading, disc height preservation, disc decompression, or for sealing a portal through which an intervertebral implant was placed. In some embodiments, an implant is placed within the intervertebral disc space, primarily within the region of the annulus fibrosus.... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090138085 - Vertebral implants adapted for posterior insertion: Disclosed is an endoprosthetic implant for a human spinal disc. The structure of the implant allows it to be inserted posteriorly. This insertion is accomplished by performing a partial discectomy in the affected region. An intervertebral space is then created by removing the fibrocartilage between the facing surfaces of adjacent... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090138087 - Apparatus for the neurosurgical-orthopedic treatment of human spinal column pathologies: Apparatus for the neurosurgical-orthopedic treatment of human spinal column pathologies, comprising an elastically yielding contrast means (6) to fit into an inter-spinal channel (c) between a pair of adjacent spinal processes (P1, P2) for the purpose of contrasting the stenosis of said channel, and constraining means (7) associated with said... Agent: K.f. Ross P.C.

20090138090 - Articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis: An artificial intervertebral disc for implantation between two adjacent vertebrae includes superior and inferior shells connected in a ball and socket arrangement. The inferior shell preferably incorporating a convex portion that cooperates with a concave portion on the superior shell. A resilient nucleus is provided within an enclosure defined by... Agent: Amin, Turocy & Calvin, LLP

20090138089 - Corpectomy implant: The present invention describes an expandable vertebral implant and the method of use. The longitudinally expandable vertebral implant includes telescoping sections adapted for incremental expansion and ease of securement at any desired increment in situ, and constructed and arranged to engage opposing vertebrae. The corpectomy device is a distractible vertebral... Agent: Mchale & Slavin, P.A.

20090138088 - Mobile spinal fusion implant: A spinal implant device for fusing adjacent vertebra having a first base member, a second base member and a center section. The center section is designed to provide flexibility between the first base member and the second base member. A channel extends through the implant from the first base member... Agent: Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20090138086 - Stackable intervertebral devices and methods of use: The present application is directed to a devices and methods of spacing apart vertebral members. In one embodiment, the device includes a plurality of stackable shims that includes at least a first shim and a second shim. The first shim includes a body with a first portion of a male-female... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090138091 - Tapered bone fusion cages or blocks, implantation means and method: Methods for fusion inside a forward widely tapering human disc space. A stabilizing/guiding system is driven into and against the disc space. The device is further stabilized by spreading and gripping means inside both vertebral end plates. Rod retaining members hold calibrated rod units whose adapted tips perform reaming and... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja

20090138092 - Therapeutic structures for utilization in temporomandibular joint replacement systems: The invention includes constructions suitable for utilization in temporomandibular joint replacement systems, with the constructions being formed of pyrocarbon-coated material. The pyrocarbon-coated material may be, for example, a pyrocarbon-coated tungsten/graphite matrix.... Agent: Wells St. John P.s.

20090138093 - System and method for esophageal sphincter repair: An arcuate nitinol splint with a rounded cross-section has two ends facing each other and spaced from each other. The splint is advanced through the mouth into the esophagus by an introducer device. By means of the device the splint is implanted completely into the wall of the esophageal sphincter... Agent: Rogitz & Associates

20090138094 - Medical implant: A medical implant is disclosed, said implant having a flexible hollow body (1) which can be implanted inside the stomach (8) of a patient and which has a first tube-like end section (2) and a second tube-like end section (3), wherein the first tube-like end section (2) is dimensioned such... Agent: Bromberg & Sunstein LLP

20090138095 - Method for treating a cartilage defect, surgical instrumentation and surgical navigation system: The invention relates to a method for treating a cartilage defect by implanting a cartilage replacement implant through an arthroscopic access, comprising: determining at least one parameter for describing the arthroscopic access, providing a surgical instrumentation comprising at least two different applicator instruments for grasping the cartilage replacement implant, choosing... Agent: Lipsitz & Mcallister, LLC

20090138096 - Foot/ankle implant and associated method: A foot/ankle implant anatomically-shaped for implantation between two bone portions of the foot or ankle to correct associated deformities. The foot/ankle implant has a peripheral wall surrounding a central bore therethrough and defining an annular cross-section. The wall is constructed from a composite material that includes a ceramic component and... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

05/21/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090132021 - Apparatus and method for delivery, spreading and double-ended fixation of vascular grafts: The present invention relates to medical techniques, more particularly to methods and apparatus for delivery and double-ended fixation of vascular prosthesis—grafts or stent-grafts to blood vessel walls in direction from inside these vessels to their outer surface. The apparatus comprises a tubular body with two expandable working heads at the... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090132019 - Bifurcate stent delivery catheter: A bifurcate stent delivery catheter is disclosed that includes a proximal shaft and two distal shaft branches having a bifurcated stent mounted thereon, wherein one or more conventional balloon catheters may be advanced within lumens of the bifurcate catheter to deploy the bifurcated stent. Since no balloons are mounted on... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090132020 - Securement assembly and method for expandable endovascular device: A securement assembly for releasably securing an expandable stent or stent-graft relative to a delivery tube. The securement assembly comprises a belt base configured for securement relative to the delivery tube. The belt base defines a release member passage and a receiving portion. A first end of a belt is... Agent: Grant Anderson LLP

20090132022 - Stents with metallic covers and methods of making same: All metal stent grafts and covered stents having either a single structural supporting stent member with concentrically positioned graft members on the luminal and abluminal surfaces of the stent member or a single graft member with concentrically positioned structural supporting stent members on the luminal and abluminal surfaces of the... Agent: Rosenbaum & Associates, P.C.

20090132025 - Composite stent with inner and outer stent elements and method of using the same: A composite stent structure includes separate and distinct stent elements or members: an outer stent element and an inner stent element removably attached to the outer stent element. The outer element may be, for example, a bioabsorbable stent typically constructed of a relatively non-resilient material such that the outer bioabsorbable... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

20090132023 - Methods and apparatus with porous materials: A method and apparatus according to various aspects of the present invention comprises a system having multiple pores. In one embodiment, the system comprises a medical device for insertion into an organism, comprising a main structure and a porous portion on the main structure.... Agent: The Noblitt Group, PLLC

20090132024 - Vascular prosthesis for aneurysms, set of vascular prostheses, method for manufacturing a vascular prosthesis and method for inserting a vascular prosthesis: The present invention relates to a vascular prosthesis for aneurysms (10, 10′) comprising a liner (2, 2′) that defines a lumen, the liner having at least a first terminal sleeve portion (22, 22′) with a first diameter (D1), at least a second terminal sleeve portion (24, 24′, 26′) with a... Agent: Collard & Roe, P.C.

20090132026 - Delivery system and method for bifurcated graft: A delivery system and method for delivering a bifurcated intracorporeal device. The delivery system comprises a shaft having a distal section supporting a primary support member positioned to be disposed within at least a primary portion of the bifurcated intracorporeal device and a secondary support member extending within a secondary... Agent: Grant Anderson LLP C/o Portfolioip

20090132027 - Bifurcated stenting appratus and method: A bifurcated stent 10 and a stent configuration for manufacture of a bifurcated stent 10 are disclosed. The bifurcated stent 10 includes a first mono-tubular stent 12, a second mono-tubular stent 14, and a third mono-tubular stent 16 connected at their proximal ends to form the bifurcated stent 10. The... Agent: Cyr & Associates, P.A.

20090132028 - Extendible stent apparatus and method for deploying the same: An imagable extendable stent apparatus for insertion into a bifurcating vessel or a vessel opening. The stent apparatus comprises a main stent and a flared stent, which may used individually or in combination with each other. The flared stent may be interlocked with the main stent to provide stent coverage... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090132029 - Combination of a vascular prosthesis and retaining element: A combination of a vascular prosthesis and retaining element, whereby a tubular retaining element (2) is arranged on at least one end of the vascular prosthesis (1), such that the above at least partly extends into the vascular prosthesis (1).... Agent: Reed Smith LLP

20090132030 - Method of modifying a metal substrate to improve surface coverage of a coating: This application relates to a method of modifying the surface of a metal substrate to improve the surface coverage of a coating applied to the substrate. The method comprises heating at least the surface of the substrate to a temperature within the range of approximately 175-400° C.; and applying at... Agent: Rissman Jobse Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20090132031 - Stent having spiral channel for drug delivery: A drug delivery stent is formed by a metallic or polymeric tubular strut which is shaped into a generally cylindrical configuration, the tubular strut having a central lumen for containing a therapeutic substance or drug therein. The tubular strut has a continuous channel extending from the inside surface of the... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090132034 - Bioprosthetic valve clip and handle: An improved implantation holder apparatus and system for holding bioprosthetic aortic valves for insertion into a heart. The handle system interacts with implantation holder and the valve in such a way that commissure support struts may be retracted by simply rotating the handle which allows the surgeon more room to... Agent: Lane Patents LLC

20090132033 - Implant delivery system and method: An implant delivery system may comprise a catheter including at least one lumen, a guide wire configured to be received in the lumen, and an implant. The guide wire may comprise a clamping mechanism disposed about a distal end of the guide wire. The clamping mechanism may include a first... Agent: Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC

20090132035 - Prosthetic heart valves, support structures and systems and methods for implanting the same: Prosthetic valves and their component parts are described, as are prosthetic valve delivery devices and methods for their use. The prosthetic valves are particularly adapted for use in percutaneous aortic valve replacement procedures. The delivery devices may be adapted for use in minimally invasive or endovascular surgical procedures.... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20090132036 - Apparatus and method for treating a regurgitant heart valve: An apparatus is provided for treating regurgitation of blood flow through a diseased heart valve. The apparatus includes an annular support member and at least one posterior leaflet support member. The annular support member has an anterior end portion, a posterior end portion, and oppositely disposed first and second intermediate... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20090132037 - Valve frame: The disclosure relates to support frames for prosthetic implantable valves. The support frames may include a plurality of symmetrically arrayed interconnected U-shaped member structures. Preferred support frames are tubular structures enclosing a longitudinal axis and including a plurality of U-shaped member structures facing a distal or a proximal end of... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090132038 - Rotary displacement pump with smaller radial dimensions: According to the invention the rotary pump consists of an external gear (13) with internal teeth (16) in the form of a squirrel cage, and an internal gear (9), housed in an off-centre manner in the interior of said external gear (13) and fitted with external teeth (9D) intermeshing with... Agent: Dickinson Wright PLLC James E. Ledbetter, Esq.

20090132039 - Low-tack ophthalmic and otorhinolaryngological device materials: Disclosed are soft, high refractive index, acrylic materials. These materials, especially useful as intraocular lens materials, contain one or more aryl acrylic hydrophobic monomers as principal device-forming monomers and a tack-reducing macromer additive. In addition to their use as intraocular lens materials, the present materials are also suitable for use... Agent: Alcon

20090132040 - Ocular implant delivery system and method: A method of inserting an ocular implant into a patient's eye, the ocular implant being mounted on a carrier, the method comprising: inserting a cannula into an anterior chamber of the eye; moving a distal exit port of the cannula into communication with Schlemm's canal; and advancing the ocular implant... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP

20090132041 - Astigmatic intraocular lens: The invention concerns an intraocular lens for the correction of astigmatic ametropia, which has both a torically refractive front face and a torically refractive rear face. The intraocular lens also has a torically refractive lens surface whose section curve in at least one principal meridian is described by an asphere.... Agent: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC

20090132042 - Implantable device including a resorbable carrier: An implantable device for body tissue, including an electrical subsystem that flexes within and interfaces with body tissue and a carrier that operates in the following two modes: provides structural support for the electrical subsystem during implantation of the device in body tissue and allows flexing of the electrical subsystem... Agent: Schox PLC

20090132044 - Prosthesis with bendable central region: A prosthetic device including a column of resilient material that has a central region between the proximal and distal ends. The central region has a reduced diameter relative to the proximal and distal ends. Discs protrude from the central region.... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20090132043 - Prosthesis with bladder that adjusts girth: A prosthetic device comprises a column formed of resilient material and having a proximal end and a distal end. The prosthetic device comprises a bladder having a liquid cavity at the distal end. The bladder is inflatable and deflatable to increase and decrease a girth at the distal end of... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20090132047 - Anchoring systems and interfaces for flexible surgical implants for replacing cartilage: Surgical implants for replacing cartilage are provided with hydrogel polymers affixed to anchors made of “shape-memory” materials, such as nitinol alloys. These implants can be flexed, allowing them to be inserted into joints arthroscopically. After insertion, an implant will return to its manufactured size and shape, and can be anchored... Agent: Patrick D. Kelly

20090132046 - Implant for use with an osteotomy plate: The subject of the invention is an implant made of bioinert material to be used with an osteotomy plate to correct the alignment of the lower limbs by addition, this implant having a housing that opens onto its upper and lower surfaces, this implant being characterized in that it has... Agent: Miles & Stockbridge PC

20090132045 - Instrument for use in a joint replacement procedure: A trial implant component for use in a surgical procedure for replacement of a joint prosthesis at a joint between a long bone and another bone includes a metaphyseal part which can be located so that it extends into a cavity at the resected face of the long bone in... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090132048 - Biodegrading coatings of salt for protecting implants against organic contaminants: An implant, in particular an implant for dental applications, is provided at least partially in the area of its surface with a protective layer. The protective layer is intended to avoid the deposition of contaminants. The protective layer is chosen such that it breaks up on contact with body fluids... Agent: Shoemaker And Mattare, Ltd

20090132049 - Artificial spinal disc replacement system and method: An artificial spinal disc implant method for intervertebral disc replacement (0810) is disclosed which is formed from an upper (0801) and lower (0802) bracket which mate to upper and lower spinal vertebrae via upper (0831) and lower (0832) vertebral contact surfaces on the upper (0801) and lower (0802) brackets. The... Agent: Kevin Mark Klughart

20090132053 - Apparatus and method for supporting vertebral bodies: An apparatus and method for supporting upper and lower vertebral bodies, including first and second end members adapted for engagement with the vertebral bodies, and at least one elongate support member coupled between the end members to maintain an axial space between the vertebral bodies. In one aspect of the... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090132051 - Artificial cervical and lumbar discs, disc plate insertion gun for performing sequential single plate intervertebral implantation enabling symmetric bi-disc plate alignment for interplate mobile core placement: An artificial replacement disc includes a pair of substantially parallel plates formed to occupy a space defined by vertebral endplates, each of the plates including a plurality of spikes on a first surface and a concave trough formed on a second surface opposite of the first surface. A mobile core... Agent: Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, PLLC

20090132054 - Intervertebral disc prosthesis: The present invention relates to an intervertebral disc prosthesis comprising at least three pieces including an upper plate (1), a lower plate (2), and a movable core (3) at least in relation to a plate, wherein it also comprises two anatomic adaptation elements (11, 22) of which each has, on... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090132052 - Intervertebral disk prosthesis provided with anchor means: An intervertebral disk prosthesis is provided. The prosthesis comprises: a first plate for engaging a first vertebral body, said first plate comprising a first slot formed through the first plate; a second plate for engaging a second vertebral body, said second plate comprising a second slot formed through the second... Agent: SprinkleIPLaw Group

20090132050 - Method and arrangement at implants preferably for a human intervertebral and such implant: In an arrangement for production of implant consisting of biocompatible material and intended for a vertebral disk, preferably intervertebral disk in the human body, the condition (state) of the disk is established by aids of condition establishing means and parameters. A first information created by aid of the means and... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090132055 - Arthroplasty device: Disclosed is a device and method of tricompartmental arthroplasty of the knee. The device permits arthroplasty of the medial and lateral and patellofemoral compartments of the knee while leaving the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments intact. The device provides a femoral implant component that includes a trochlear surface and tibial... Agent: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky And Popeo, P.c

20090132056 - Tube sock-shaped covering: A tube-sock shaped polymeric covering for wearing over an amputation stump. The covering has an open end for receiving the amputation stump and a closed end opposite the open end. The covering includes a docking means for attachment of an external device to the covering. The covering may also include... Agent: Standley Law Group LLP

20090132032 - Valve prosthesis for implantation in body channels: A valve prosthesis which is especially useful in the case of aortic stenosis and capable of resisting the powerful recoil force and to stand the forceful balloon inflation performed to deploy the valve and to embed it in the aortic annulus, comprises a collapsible valvular structure and an expandable frame... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

05/14/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20090125093 - Method and apparatus for introducing expandable intraluminal prosthesis: A stent introducer has a delivery sheath positioned to restrain a self expandable stent. A pull wire is connected with the delivery sheath and extends through a pull wire lumen to enable remote retraction of the delivery sheath. The distal end of the pull wire lumen is associated with a... Agent: Cook Group Patent Office

20090125092 - Methods for making an encapsulated stent and intraluminal delivery thereof: A method for making an encapsulated stent includes providing a first seamless unsintered ePTFE tube, providing a second seamless sintered ePTFE tube, positioning a self-expanding stent between the first and second ePTFE tubes to form an assembly, and joining the first ePTFE tube to the second ePTFE tube through openings... Agent: C. R. Bard, Inc. Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.

20090125094 - Sheath for intravascular inflatable structures, for example to expand stents: One or more sheaths limit radial expansion of an expansion structure, for example a multi-balloon catheter structure, while not appreciably limiting bending, facilitating the use of flexible stents in tortuous passages to, for example, perform angioplasty and/or expand stents.... Agent: Angiotech

20090125095 - Flexible stent graft: A flexible stent graft for deployment in a body vessel at a treatment site includes a tubular body, at least a first portion of which comprises a graft material and a coiled stent comprising a plurality of helical turns with spacings between the turns. The coiled stent is affixed to... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090125096 - Stent graft with pins: A stent graft with pins, a stent graft including a tubular graft having a perimeter and a central axis; at least one stent ring operably connected about the perimeter, the stent ring having a plurality of struts connected in a sinusoidal pattern, at least one of the plurality of struts... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090125097 - Device and method for stent graft fenestration in situ: An anchoring balloon of an anchoring balloon catheter is advanced through the branch vessel to be adjacent to the main stent graft within a main vessel. The anchoring balloon is inflated to center an inner member of the anchoring balloon catheter within the branch vessel and to anchor the anchoring... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090125098 - Aortic valve stent graft: An implantable endoluminal prosthesis for replacing a damaged aortic valve is provided. In one embodiment, the prosthesis includes a balloon-expandable stent, a tubular conduit that extends into the ascending aorta, and a self-expanding stent. The tubular conduit extends across the balloon-expandable stent. The tubular conduit includes an artificial valve. The... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090125099 - Stent designs which enable the visibility of the inside of the stent during mri: A medical device that inhibits distortion of medical resonance images taken of the device. In particular, various structures are utilized to allow visibility proximate, and inside of, a tubular member, such as a stent. In one embodiment, the stent is constructed such that any closed path encircling at least a... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090125100 - Intraluminal bypass prosthesis and prosthesis delivery and deployment kit: An intraluminal bypass prosthesis is described and includes a first prosthetic module, a second prosthetic module, and a third prosthetic module. The first and second prosthetic modules each have first and second ends, and a fenestration disposed between the first and second ends. The third prosthetic module has a first... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090125101 - Polymeric materials for medical devices: The present invention includes biocompatible polymeric coatings, membranes, matrices, and films to be used with implantable medical devices. Medical devices containing such materials applied to a surface thereof contain a film-forming fluorous homo-polymer or copolymer containing the polymerized residue of a fluorous moiety, wherein the relative amounts of the polymerized... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090125102 - Implantable devices for controlling the internal circumference of an anatomic orifice or lumen: An implantable device for controlling the circumference of internal anatomic passages corrects physiologic dysfunctions resulting from a structural lumen which is either too large or too small. Implants are disclosed which employ various means for adjusting and maintaining the size of an orifice to which they are attached. Systems permit... Agent: Hogan & Hartson LLPIPGroup, Columbia Square

20090125103 - Haemostatic valve: There is disclosed a tri-leaflet valve (100) in which the leaflets (102) extend for substantially the entire length of the valve (100). The valve (100) is provide with a waist (106). An element (16) inserted in the tri-leaflet valve (100) can be sealed by closure of the valve (100), for... Agent: Cook Group Patent Office

20090125104 - Monocusp valve design: The disclosure relates to implantable prosthetic valves comprising support frames. The support frames may include a plurality of symmetrically arrayed interconnected U-shaped member structures. Preferred support frames are tubular structures enclosing a longitudinal axis and including a plurality of U-shaped member structures facing a distal or a proximal end of... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090125105 - Aspheric intraocular lens and method for making the same: The invention relates to a novel artificial intraocular lens (IOL) and a method for improving such a lens in the field of opthalmology, with surface shape modifications that differ from perfect spherical geometries. The intraocular lens takes into account the natural optical configuration of the human vision apparatus, for example,... Agent: Walter Ottesen

20090125106 - Accommodative intraocular lens system: A two optic accommodative lens system wherein at least one of the optics is deformable. When compressed by the capsular bag, the two optics press against each other, deforming at least one of the optics. As a result, the interface where the two optics meet changes shape, thereby altering the... Agent: Alcon

20090125107 - Interfaced medical implant assembly: A medical implant assembly and method having a medical implant, e.g. a breast prostheses, attached to a biological interface. The biological interface is comprised of a dermal material with capsular contracture inhibiting properties so that once the medical assembly is inserted into the host, the biological interface, which is intimately... Agent: Waddey & Patterson, P.C.

20090125108 - Artificial knee implant including liquid ballast supporting / rotating surfaces and incorporating flexible multi-material and natural lubricant retaining matrix applied to a joint surface: An artificial joint associated with an implant having a pair of three dimensional and structurally extending bones, each defining a contoured and opposing end face and collectively defining a joint location. A plasticized layer is applied to an end face of each bone and coacts in substantially frictional reducing fashion... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20090125109 - Method for coating an object: A method for coating an object (1). The object (1) is positioned in contact with holding means and the coating (4) is applied in such a way that contact parts (3, 8, 10) of the holding means form part of the coating (4). Contact parts (3, 8, 10) are made... Agent: Mccormick, Paulding & Huber LLP

20090125110 - Semi-biological intervertebral disc replacement system: The present invention is a system for a partially biological disc replacement that stimulates natural fibrous, cartilaginous or other tissue growth in the DDD cavity, resulting in a partial biological disc replacement. Multiplicities of fibronous pieces of fibro-cartilaginous tissue promoting material are inserted into the DDD cavity inducing tissue growth.... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.

20090125111 - Intervertebral disc prosthesis: An intervertebral-disc prosthesis for insertion into an intervertebral disc compartment has a first and a second constituent element (10,10′) each being provided on one side with a joint member (28,28′) and on the other side with an abutment face which abuts against adjacent vertebrae. The abutment faces have a convexly... Agent: Lempia Braidwood LLC

20090125112 - Prosthetic intervertebral discs implantable by minimally invasive, posterior approach, 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

20090125113 - Hybrid glenoid for shoulder arthroplasty: Glenoid prosthesis with a hybrid design (combining both peg and keel designs), and surgical methods for reconstitution of a shoulder joint. The hybrid design combines both peg and keel components into one device. The hybrid glenoid component of a shoulder prosthesis includes an oval body having a concave lateral articulating... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20090125114 - Knee joint prosthesis system and method for implantation: A system for cooperating with an elongated IM member during preparation of a bone for receiving a prosthesis can include a scaffold, skeleton or frame. An alignment assembly can be selectively coupled to the frame. The alignment assembly can cooperate with the IM member to position the frame relative to... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090125115 - Knee system and method of making same: A femoral prosthesis may be formed as a femoral component incorporating a base material and an articulating material. In one exemplary embodiment, the base material is a metal and the articulating material is a polymer. Specifically, the base material provides strength and rigidity to the femoral component, while the articulating... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090125116 - Hinged joint system: Methods, systems, and devices for replacement of a joint with a prosthetic system that replicates the natural kinematics of the joint is disclosed. A prosthetic system according to one embodiment includes a tibial component having a tibial plateau and a tibial stem portion, the tibial plateau having a top side... Agent: Diana Houston Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20090125117 - Leg alignment and length measurement in hip replacement surgery: A CAS system for measuring surgical parameters during hip replacement surgery comprises a first tracking reference in fixed relation with the pelvis to form a frame of reference. A registration tool is trackable. A sensor apparatus tracks the first tracking reference and the registration tool. A controller unit receives tracking... Agent: Ogilvy Renault LLP

20090125119 - Fistula grafts and related methods and systems useful for treating gastrointestinal and other fistulae: Described are medical graft products, systems, and methods useful for treating fistulae, particularly enterocutaneous fistulae. Certain products of the invention are configured to have portions residing in and around a primary fistula opening in a wall of the alimentary canal. One such product includes a biocompatible graft body which is... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090125120 - Drainage devices: A ureteral drainage stent is designed to be placed in a patient's ureter and extend into a patient's bladder. An ureteral drainage stent includes a distal region for placement in the ureter and renal cavity, and a proximal region for placement in a urinary bladder and urethra. The distal region... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20090125118 - Patterned mold for medical device: An apparatus and method for imprinting a pattern on a medical device to provide a surface with greater surface area and improved adhesion properties.... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P.

20090125121 - Attachment system for prosthesis including axial tension strap attached to socket liner: An attachment system secures a residual limb to an artificial limb in a comfortable and substantially non-rotational manner. The attachment system offers proximal anchoring of the residual limb in a hard socket, by connecting a side surface of a residual limb liner to the side surface of the socket. Preferably,... Agent: Pedersen & Company, PLLC

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20090118810 - Stent assembly system: A stent is provided with modified ends (782, 786) and enhanced drug delivery. The stent assembly also provides for enhanced overlapping between adjacent stents.... Agent: K&l Gates LLP Attn: Daniel S. Kim

20090118811 - Globe stent: A stent for treating a region of a body lumen wherein at least two vessels form a junction includes a compressed state and an expanded state. In the expanded state, the stent is generally an ellipsoidal, spheroidal, or spherical shape. The stent is delivered to the junction in the compressed... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090118812 - Endoprosthesis coating: A method includes: providing a substrate, depositing a ceramic and an extractable material onto the substrate, forming a porous structure in the ceramic by removing the extractable material, and utilizing the ceramic in an endoprosthesis. An endoprosthesis, such as a stent, including a coating formed of a ceramic and an... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118814 - Endoprosthesis coating: A method includes: providing a tubular substrate in a chamber, the tubular substrate having a lumen, an a luminal surface and a luminal surface; providing a target in the lumen; depositing a first coating onto the abluminal surface and a second coating onto the luminal surface while keeping the tubular... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118813 - Nano-patterned implant surfaces: A bioerodible endoprosthesis erodes to a desirable geometry that can provide, e.g., improved mechanical properties or degradation characteristics.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118815 - Stent: Endoprosthesis includes coatings of selected porosity formed of particulates of ceramics, metals, drugs and/or polymers.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118816 - Implantable device for therapeutic treatment within a body lumen: A treatment system to provide energy therapy to a patient includes an implantable device and an activation system having a plurality of energy emitters that transmit energy towards the device. In one embodiment, the implantable device is a stent carrying a treatment agent. The treatment agent can be selectively activated... Agent: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC

20090118817 - Magnetic medical apparatus, kits, and methods: Medical devices with surfaces on which viable biologic cells are magnetically attracted and retained are disclosed along with methods of magnetic coating. The medical devices can be located in a carrier liquid containing high concentrations of magnetic cells before or after implantation. The carrier liquid with magnetic cells may be... Agent: Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt, P.A.

20090118809 - Endoprosthesis with porous reservoir and non-polymer diffusion layer: An endoprosthesis such as a coronary stent includes a porous reservoir of drug, e.g. directly in the body of the stent, and an overlayer formed of ceramic or metal for controlling elution of drug from the reservoir... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118818 - Endoprosthesis with coating: An endoprosthesis such as a coronary stent includes a surface region that defines a depression in the form of a channel, the depression having an interior surface, and an enhanced roughness on the interior surface.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118819 - Nitric oxide coatings for medical devices: The disclosure provides for devices and coatings that are substantially free of organic solvent sand suitable for insertion into a patient, and that comprise a metal layer and a coating with a thickness of about 20 nm to about 2000 nm wherein the coating comprises a biocompatible polymer comprising at... Agent: Goodwin Procter LLP Patent Administrator

20090118820 - Deformable underlayer for stent: An endoprosthesis includes a brittle layer, e.g. a ceramic and an underlayer to accommodate dimensional changes as the endoprosthesis is flexed.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118823 - Endoprosthesis with porous reservoir: An endoprosthesis such as a coronary stent includes a porous metal reservoir of drug, e.g. directly in the body of the stent. And a method of loading drug into the porous reservoir includes applying an electrical potential to the endoprosthesis.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118821 - Endoprosthesis with porous reservoir and non-polymer diffusion layer: An endoprosthesis such as a coronary stent includes a porous reservoir of drug, e.g., a porous layer formed of a ceramic and an overlayer formed of ceramic or metal for controlling elution of drug from the reservoir.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118822 - Stent with embedded material: An endoprosthesis such as a stent is composed of a metal or ceramic, such as Irox, embedded in the stent material.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090118825 - Method and apparatus for improving mitral valve function: A method and apparatus for reducing mitral regurgitation. The apparatus is inserted into the coronary sinus of a patient in the vicinity of the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve, the apparatus being adapted to straighten the natural curvature of at least a portion of the coronary sinus in the... Agent: Mark J. Pandiscio Pandiscio & Pandiscio, P.C.

20090118826 - Valve prosthesis: A heart valve prosthesis having a plurality of leaflets encircling a flow opening and of size to coapt to form a valve, each leaflet having a free outflow edge at the outflow end of the leaflet, wherein the free outflow edge forms a convex (relative to the leaflet) curve in... Agent: Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.c. Attn: Linda Kasulke, Docket Coordinator

20090118824 - Heart valve prosthesis: A heart valve prosthesis includes an annulus and a closing element having three leaflets. Hinge mechanisms are provided for attaching each leaflet to a top region of an interior surface of the annulus. In one example, the leaflets have convexo-concave surfaces and a non-uniform thickness. In another example, the top... Agent: Aleksandr Smushkovich

20090118827 - Artificial heart pump system and its control apparatus: An artificial heart pump system is provided independently with a controlling processor for controlling an operation status of a blood pump so as to perform in a preset condition and with an observing processor for controlling a display unit displaying an operation status and an operation condition of the blood... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090118828 - Light-adjustable multi-element ophthalmic lens: A multi-element IOL, comprising an anterior lens element comprising a light-adjustable material responsive to light of a first wavelength, and a posterior lens element comprising a light blocker capable of blocking light of the first wavelength, and a method of inserting the multi-element IOL.... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated

20090118829 - Soft prosthesis shell texturing method: A method of texturing a soft prosthetic implant shell, such as a silicone breast implant shell. A soft prosthetic implant with a textured external surface layer of silicone elastomer and having an open-cell structure is made by adhering and then dissolving round salt crystals. The resulting roughened surface has enhanced... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20090118830 - Surgically implantable knee prosthesis: A prosthesis is provided for implantation into a knee joint compartment between a femoral condyle and its corresponding tibial plateau without requiring bone resection. The prosthesis includes a body having a generally elliptical shape in plan and a pair of opposed surfaces where one of the surfaces is generally concave.... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C.

20090118831 - Coatings for spinal implants: The present application describes a spinal implant device comprising a load-bearing component having at least one soft tissue-facing surface and a coating affixed to the soft tissue-facing surface. The coating is operable to define an interface with the soft tissue that exhibits one or more of the following features: reduced... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090118834 - Expandable prosthetic intervertebral discs that are implantable by 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

20090118833 - In-situ curable interspinous process spacer: The present invention provides an expandable member useful in treating spinal stenosis. The expandable member may be introduced into the patient between adjacent spinous processes in an unexpanded configuration using minimally invasive techniques and expanded with a flowable material. The expanded member will function as an interspinous process spacer by... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090118836 - Intervertebral prosthesis for supporting adjacent vertebral bodies enabling the creation of soft fusion and method: An intervertebral prosthetic disc for replacing a damaged natural disc includes upper and lower vertebral body engaging surfaces, an exterior wall and one or more generally vertically oriented bone channels of limited cross-sectional area to allow bone to form and fuse into continuous or discontinuous struts between the bodies. The... Agent: Snell & Wilmer LLP (oc)

20090118835 - Prosthetic intervertebral discs having rotatable, 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

20090118837 - Method and apparatus for performing a less invasive shoulder procedure: A method and apparatus of performing a procedure relative to the glenohumeral joint. Resection of the glenoid and/or the humerus can proceed through an incision formed near the glenohumeral joint. The incision can be formed generally near a superior-lateral portion near the glenohumeral joint and allow less invasive access to... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090118838 - Materials useful for support and/or replacement of tissue and the use thereof for making prostheses: The invention relates to a material providing support and/or replacement of living tissues and the use thereof for manufacturing prostheses. The material according to the invention comprises microparticles of a biomaterial coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers containing one or more biologically active products.... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090118832 - Artificial intervertebral disc utilizing a ball joint coupling: An artificial intervertebral disc having a pair of opposing plate members for seating against opposing vertebral bone surfaces, separated by a ball joint coupling. One plate member has a centrally located ball-shaped protrusion that is rotatably coupled in a central socket in a cone-shaped protrusion on the other plate member.... Agent: Spine Mp Lerner, David, Et Al.

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