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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor October categorized by USPTO classification 10/09

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10/30/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. categorized by USPTO classification
  
10/23/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. categorized by USPTO classification
  
10/15/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. categorized by USPTO classification

20090259285 - Bifurcated delivery system: A delivery system for a stent to a bifurcated region includes an elongated shaft with first and second branches extending from the elongated shaft. First and second branches have first and second balloons mounted thereon, respectively. A first guidewire extends the entire length of the delivery system and into the... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090259288 - Catheter device for delivery of stents to bifurcated arteries: The present invention uses several innovative means in order to place two stents into branched arteries that have atherosclerotic disease. The stent delivery catheter has means to place two separate guide wires into the two arteries, deploy the first stent in the main artery and provide an opening in the... Agent: Kajane Mcmanus

20090259287 - Loading apparatus and method for expandable intraluminal medical devices: An apparatus for loading an expandable intraluminal medical device into a delivery device has a flexible main body with first and second rolled ends that enable the main body to alternatively adopt a substantially flat configuration that exposes a portion of the inner surface and a helical configuration that defines... Agent: Buchanan Intellectual Property Office LLC

20090259289 - Method of stent mounting to form a balloon catheter having improved retention of a drug delivery stent: A method of mounting a drug delivery stent on a balloon of a balloon catheter. The method securely mounts the drug delivery stent on the balloon without damaging the drug delivery layer of the stent. In one embodiment, the method generally comprises positioning a drug delivery stent on a balloon... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)

20090259284 - Resonating stent or stent element: A tubular member adapted for endovascular delivery in a human patient comprises a tubular wire framework and the tubular wire framework forms the core of a signal device. The signal device further includes a coil, which is wrapped around the core to form an inductor, and a capacitor coupled to... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090259286 - Sheath with radio-opaque markers for identifying split propagation: A medical device delivery system includes a self-expanding medical device mounted on a balloon portion of a catheter. A sheath is provided around the medical device to hold the device in place with the device staying in a compressed state. The balloon portion is inflated to cause the sheath to... Agent: Rissman Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20090259290 - Fenestration segment stent-graft and fenestration method: A method includes deploying a fenestration segment stent-graft into a main vessel such that a fenestration section of the fenestration segment stent-graft covers a first branch vessel emanating from the main vessel. The fenestration segment stent-graft includes a proximal section, a distal section, and the fenestration section attached to and... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090259291 - Stent-graft and apparatus and fitting method: A stent-graft (100) is provided with a tightenable loop element (104) having a first end terminated in a slip knot or self-tightening knot (112) and a second end which is received in and can slide in the knot (112). The knot (112) is tied by a suture to the stent-graft... Agent: Cook Group Patent Office

20090259292 - Multiple orifice implantable heart valve and methods of implantation: A surgically implantable multiple orifice heart valve having a valve frame with at least two orifices, each of which can accommodate a tissue valve.... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090259293 - Side branch stent having a proximal split ring: A stent has a generally cylindrical body portion and is intended for placement in a side branch vessel associated with a bifurcated or trifurcated vessel. The side branch stent includes a proximal split ring formed of two detached semi-circular portions, a first semi-circular portion and a second semi-circular portion. The... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090259294 - Removable stent-graft: A removable device such as a stent-graft, intended for applications where it may be desirable to remove the device at some time following implantation. The stent-graft of the present invention includes a helically-wound stent component provided with a covering of graft material. It is removable by gripping an end of... Agent: Wayne D. House W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

20090259295 - Method of delivering graft material without the use of a stent: A method of delivering a tubular endoluminal graft through a body lumen in which the graft is expanded and temporarily held in place by an expandable support structure at the distal end of a graft delivery system until staples from an endovascular stapling device can be delivered to permanently secure... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090259296 - Gate cannulation apparatus and methods: A representation of a prosthesis opening is created and a device having a marker is tracked through the opening while monitoring the relative positions of the opening representation and the marker on a display. In one alternative, a representation is made on a display of the center of the contralateral... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090259297 - Implantable medical devices fabricated from polyurethanes with grafted radiopaque groups: Medical devices, such as stents, fabricated from a polymer including degradable polymer segments joined by di-urethane linkages with radiopaque functional groups chemically bonded to the polymer are disclosed.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090259298 - Bifurcated graft deployment systems and methods: A deployment catheter for deploying an endoluminal vascular prosthesis that has at least a main graft portion and a first branch graft portion. The deployment catheter preferably comprises an elongate, flexible catheter body having a proximal end and a distal end, and an outer sheath and an inner core that... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090259299 - Side branch stent having a proximal flexible material section: A stent system for placement in a bifurcated vessel includes a side branch stent. The side branch stent includes an expandable metallic distal section and a proximal section. The distal end of the proximal section is coupled to the distal section. The proximal section is made from a flexible material... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090259300 - Medical devices with an interlocking coating and methods of making the same: Disclosed herein are medical devices, such as intravascular stents, for delivering a therapeutic agent to the body tissue of a patient, and a method for making such medical devices. More particularly, the medical devices have a coating that includes a polymer that adheres to the surface of the medical device... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090259302 - Coating comprising poly (ethylene glycol)-poly (lactide-glycolide-caprolactone) interpenetrating network: Methods for fabricating coatings for implantable medical devices are disclosed. The method comprises forming a coating on an implantable device comprising an interpenetrating network or semi-interpenetrating network. The interpenetrating network or semi-interpenetrating network comprises poly(ethylene glycol) and an aliphatic polyester copolymer. It is also provided an implantable device and a... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090259301 - Detector for abnormal conditions inside body: An implant capable of sensing pressure, force, pH level or any other condition releases a chemical into the body when a pre-set limit is exceeded. The chemical is chosen to be detectable by the person without the need of any external equipment. Typical chemicals are dyes causing coloration visible to... Agent: Daniel Gelbart

20090259303 - Tool for implantation of replacement heart valve: An implant holder for removably retaining an implant during an implantation procedure includes a holder device having a frame defining a chamber. The frame may be configured for removable retention of an implant, such as the flexible bioprosthetic heart valve, substantially within the chamber. The removable retention of the implant... Agent: Haugen Law Firm Pllp 1130 Tcf Tower

20090259304 - Devices and methods for treating valvular regurgitation: A system for treating mitral valve regurgitation includes a tensioning device having a plurality of helical anchors and a tensioning filament. One embodiment of the invention includes a method for attaching a tensioning device to the annulus of a mitral valve in a trans-leaflet configuration, and applying a tension force... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090259305 - Implantable prosthetic holder 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

20090259306 - Transcatheter heart valve with micro-anchors: Various embodiments of methods and apparatus for treating defective heart valve are disclosed herein. In one exemplary embodiment, a transcatheter heart valve is disclosed that includes an expandable shape memory stent and a valve member supported by the stent. A plurality of micro-anchors can be disposed along an outer surface... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20090259307 - Segmented ring placement: Apparatus is provided for repairing a valve of a heart of a patient which includes an annulus and at least first and second leaflets. The apparatus includes an annuloplasty structure, a plurality of tissue anchors, and a plurality of flexible longitudinal guide members removably coupled to the structure. Each of... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20090259308 - Artificial heart pump: By inserting a protruding portion 8b, which is installed to a center position of a rear end surface 8x of a fixed body 8, into a hole 4a, which is provided to a center position of an end surface 4x on a side of a fixed body 8 of a... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090259310 - Voice prosthesis automatic flange deployment confirmation method: A gel cap is loaded on a folded flange of a voice prosthesis which is loaded on an end portion of an inserter, wherein a tip of the end portion is pressed against a valve flap of the voice prosthesis. The voice prosthesis includes a strap that is stretched for... Agent: Freudenberg-nok General Partnership Legal Department

20090259309 - Voice prosthesis dilator/sizer: A voice prosthesis dilator and sizer device is provided including an elongated member having a first end with a tip and a flange and a second end with a stop portion. The elongated member includes an intermediate portion with a measuring area disposed adjacent to the flange and including measuring... Agent: Freudenberg-nok General Partnership Legal Department

20090259313 - Manufacturing and material processing for prosthetic devices: Methods of manufacturing prosthetic devices for use as an artificial meniscus are disclosed. In some embodiments, the methods include injection molding a resilient core material, tensioning reinforcing fibers around the injection molded core, and injection molding an outer layer to embed the reinforcing fibers within the prosthetic device. In some... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLPIPSection

20090259314 - Meniscus prosthetic device selection and implantation methods: Methods of selecting and implanting prosthetic devices for use as a replacement meniscus are disclosed. The selection methods include a pre-implantation selection method and a during-implantation selection method. The pre-implantation selection method includes a direct geometrical matching process, a correlation parameters-based matching process, and a finite element-based matching process. The... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLPIPSection

20090259312 - Meniscus prosthetic devices with anti-migration features: A prosthetic device for use as an artificial meniscus is disclosed. The prosthetic device restores shock absorption, stability, and function to the knee joint after removal of the damaged natural meniscus. In some embodiments, the prosthetic device includes an anti-migration feature. The anti-migration feature is a bridge for engagement with... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLPIPSection

20090259311 - Tensioned meniscus prosthetic devices and associated methods: A prosthetic device for use as an artificial meniscus is disclosed. The prosthetic device restores shock absorption, stability, and function to the knee joint after removal of the damaged natural meniscus. In some embodiments, the prosthetic device is pre-tensioned to improve the fit of the prosthetic device within the knee... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLPIPSection

20090259315 - Electroactive polymer based artificial sphincters and artificial muscle patches: Provided are artificial muscle patches, which are adapted to be implanted adjacent a patient's heart, and artificial sphincter cuffs, which are adapted to be implanted around a body lumen, such as the urethra, the anal canal, or the lower esophagus. The devices of the present invention comprise: (a) one or... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20090259316 - Spacer devices and systems for the treatment of spinal stenosis and methods for using the same: Spacer devices for treating spinal stenosis are provided herein. In some example embodiments, these devices are configured for attachment on the interspinous ligaments with minimal injury thereto. Also provided are systems for the delivery of the spacer devices, tools for measuring and assessing the interspinous space and methods for using... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20090259317 - Cushion bearing implants for load bearing applications: The present invention seeks to provide improved joint implants and methods relating to joint implantation.... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLPIPSection

20090259318 - Asymmetric formation of sockets and/or socket inserts for the manipulation and supression of natural frequencies: A socket or socket insert for a hip joint prosthesis, the shaft of which can be coupled with a ball head which in turn can be inserted in a rotatable manner in the hemispherical recess of the socket insert wherein the shaft can be implanted in the femur and the... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

20090259319 - Adjustable, remote-controllable orthopaedic prosthesis and associated method: An implantable, adjustable prosthesis includes a first component which may be moved relative to a second component by use of a transcutaneous control signal. A method of operating such a prosthesis is also disclosed.... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090259320 - Generator for prosthesis and orthosis: A means for using body energy to generate electrical current to power the electronics, sensors, actuators and other electronic components in microprocessor-controlled prosthetic or orthotic joints. Furthermore, a means for using the generator to provide swing-phase damping is disclosed whereby the damping level can be controlled and adjusted electronically.... Agent: Miller Thomson LLP

  
10/08/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. categorized by USPTO classification

20090254167 - Bifurcated stent delivery system and method of use: An endovascular sleeve which can be utilized to navigate a pair of guidewires to a bifurcated body passageway such that, once in place, the guidewires are substantially untwisted or untangled. This greatly facilitates delivery of the bifurcated stent to the bifurcated artery.... Agent: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (c/o Patent Administrator)

20090254168 - Delivery system for medical device: A system for delivery of a medical device to a target site within the body of a patient includes an introducer sheath, and a delivery assembly receivable within a passageway of the sheath. The delivery assembly comprises an inner tubular and an outer tubular member. At least a distal portion... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/indy/cook Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20090254165 - Delivery systems and methods of implantation for prosthetic heart valves: A delivery system for delivering an implantable stented device to a lumen of a patient, the delivery system including an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end, a driver mechanism positioned at the proximal end of the elongated body, an elongated threaded rod located axially distal to... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090254166 - Interventional catheter system and methods: An interventional catheter is adapted for treating a blood vessel. In an embodiment, the catheter includes an elongate shaft sized for insertion in a blood vessel and a stent positioned on a distal region of the elongate shaft. An expandable dilation member is coupled to a distal region of the... Agent: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky And Popeo, P.c

20090254170 - Branch stent graft deployment and method: A deployment system for introducing stent grafts which have a side arm or into which a side arm can be deployed. For instance the stent graft can be deployed into the thoracic arch of a patient. The deployment system including an introducer (1), an auxiliary catheter (13) disposed within the... Agent: Cook Group Patent Office

20090254169 - Delivery catheter with constraining sheath and methods of deploying medical devices into a body lumen: A delivery catheter includes a constraining sheath coupled to a distal end of the catheter, and a medical device, such as an embolic protection device (EPD) or a stent, constrained by the sheath. A wire may extend proximally from the constraining sheath and be coupled thereto. A proximal pulling force... Agent: Rissman Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20090254171 - Enhanced property metal polymer composite: The invention relates to a metal polymer composite having properties that are enhanced or increased in the composite. Such properties include color, magnetism, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, density, improved malleability and ductility and thermoplastic or injection molding properties.... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20090254173 - Extendible stent apparatus: An expandable stent includes a tubular structure with an outer surface positionable adjacent to a vessel wall and an inner surface facing a lumen of a body passageway. The tubular structure further includes a plurality of expansion struts, connector struts and cells. The tubular structure has a first diameter which... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090254172 - Self cleaning devices, systems and methods of use: The invention relates to medical devices, systems and methods for preventing the embolic material flowing about a junction of at least one branch blood vessel and another blood vessel from entering the other blood vessel. The device includes a self cleaning flexible filter and a frame. The external surface of... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090254174 - Removable covering for implantable frame projections: The disclosure relates to medical devices for implantation in a body vessel, and methods of using and making the same. A medical device can include a frame with one or more projections each having at least one edge extending from the surface of the frame, and a biocompatible, water-soluble removable... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090254164 - Energized stents and methods of using the same: The present disclosure relates to surgical systems including energized/energizable stents, and methods of using the same in the prevention of restenosis. A surgical system for treating a stenosis and/or a restenosis site s provided. The surgical system includes an electrosurgical generator; an energy transmitting conduit connectable to the electrosurgical generator;... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20090254176 - Valve prosthesis for implantation in body channels: The present invention regards a valve prosthesis (1; 40; 50; 60) comprising a stent (2) and characterised in that it comprises a valve (3) arranged in said stent (2) and bound thereto in at least one pre-established zone so that it can be deformed between a closed state in which... Agent: Lucas & Mercanti, LLP

20090254175 - Valved stent for chronic venous insufficiency: The invention discloses a valved stent and process of manufacture for treating chronic venous insufficiency having the geometry of the supporting frame and its coupling to the membrane of a specific geometry that provides the valvular mechanism for optimal function. The membrane may comprise a decellularized pericardial tissue via chemical... Agent: Hosheng Tu

20090254177 - Method and apparatuses for deploying minimally-invasive heart valves: A system for delivering and deploying a self-expandable heart valve to a site of implantation such as the aortic annulus includes a deployment mechanism that engages the valve and regulates the rate of expansion of both the proximal and distal ends thereof. The heart valve may be a rolled-type valve... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20090254178 - Heart booster pump with magnetic drive: A blood flow pump has a housing with an axis. The pump is mounted concentrically about the axis in the housing, defining a chamber. A pusher plate in the housing is concentric with the axis. The pusher plate is substantially non-rotatable relative to the housing and movable in forward directions... Agent: Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

20090254179 - Method and apparatus for minimally invasive implants: The present invention involves a device and method capable of providing minimally invasive insertion of implants with saline, aqueous or other fluid fillers while preventing deflation and/or migration, as well as monitoring for leakage from, or leakage into, implants (such as breast implants, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, other inflatable devices... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090254180 - Customizable vertebral replacement assembly system: A customizable vertebral replacement assembly system and methods of using such a system to perform spinal fusions are described. The assembly generally includes a wall that encloses a hollow central core, a plurality of openings arranged in the wall that extend from the exterior or the assembly to the interior... Agent: Kauth , Pomeroy , Peck & Bailey ,llp

20090254182 - Intervertebral implant devices for supporting vertebrae and devices and methods for insertion thereof: Implant devices for implantation within an intervertebral space are provided, together with methods and tools for use therewith. Implant devices of the present invention include an implant body formed of a synthetic bone substitute material, such as a nanocrystalline calcium phosphate material. The implant body and the methods and tools... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery

20090254181 - Intervertebral spacers with side wall accessible interior cavity: Intervertebral spacers and methods of promoting fusion bone growth in the space between adjacent vertebrae are provided. The spacers include an elongated body having a first end, a second end and an outer surface. Side walls connect the first and second ends. The elongated body also defines an interior cavity.... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090254183 - Spinal arthroplasty device and method: An artificial spinal joint and methods for replacing at least a portion of a natural intervertebral disc are provided. In some embodiments, at least portions of facet joints are replaced along with the intervertebral disc.... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen C. Johnson,IPLegal Department

20090254184 - Spinal arthroplasty device and method: An artificial spinal joint and methods for replacing at least a portion of a natural intervertebral disc are provided. In some embodiments, at least portions of facet joints are replaced along with the intervertebral disc.... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen C. Johnson,IPLegal Department

20090254185 - Implant for the treatment of lumbar spinal canal stenosis: Disclosed is an implant for treating lumbar spinal canal stenosis, comprising a spacer that is proved with an elongate interior space into which an insert part can be inserted. A first retaining element is fixed in the spacer in the inserted state. Said first retaining part can be folded apart... Agent: Speckman Law Group PLLC

20090254186 - Nuclear implant: The nuclear implant according to this invention constitutes, between two overlying and underlying vertebrae Va, Vb of a spine segment Sr, an intervertebral support device that damps shock and ensures the mobility of the functional unit that is formed by the vertebrae of a vertebral column, whereby the nuclear implant... Agent: Young & Thompson

20090254187 - Tightenable surgical retractor joint: A tightenable joint for use in a surgical retractor system includes a monolithic, unitary joint body which has a top leg and a bottom leg. The top leg provides a top compression surface and the bottom leg provides a bottom compression surface operating on a ball. A handled cam is... Agent: ShewchukIPServices

20090254188 - Articulating surface replacement prosthesis: A prosthesis for attachment to the proximal humerus of a patient during a shoulder arthroplasty has a cup and a spacer. The cup has an articulation surface and an internal surface opposed to the articulation surface. At least a portion of the internal surface is concave. The spacer has a... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090254190 - System and method for trapezium bone replacement: A carpometacarpal joint replacement system for replacing the trapezium bone in the hand is provided. The system includes a trapezial implant for the carpometacarpal joint resulting in replacement of the carpal trapezium bone with a prosthesis having the same anatomical configuration as the trapezium bone. The implant device comprises a... Agent: Ward & Olivo

20090254189 - Wrist prosthesis: A wrist replacement prosthesis includes a radial brace member to be secured to the radius bone, an ulna brace member to be secured to the ulna bone, and an articular member to be secured to the carpal bones.... Agent: Camoriano & Associates

20090254193 - Medical prosthesis implant casting process: A method of casting a hollow hip prosthesis head comprises forming a wax pattern of a femoral head including two cores. The first is a central socket-forming core and the second a ceramic hollow-forming core. The wax pattern is coated with a ceramic slurry to form a shell in which... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath (dc)

20090254192 - Bone filler and method for fabricating the same: Provided are a bone filler for orthopedic and dental applications and a method of fabricating the same. The bone filler includes a pillar-like body having at least one through hole. In addition, the method of fabricating a bone filler includes preparing a slurry including a bioactive material, pressing the slurry... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20090254191 - Implant with composite coating: Systems and methods are described for implants with composite coatings to promote tissue in-growth and/or on-growth. An implant includes: a substrate; a structured surface formed on at least a portion of the substrate; and a biocompatible coating deposited on at least a fraction of the structured surface. The systems and... Agent: Pandiscio & Pandiscio, P.C.

20090254194 - Phase-and sedimentation-stable, plastically deformable preparation with intrinsic pore forming, intended for example for filling bone defects or for use as bone substitute material, and method of producing it: The object of the invention, to provide a phase and sedimentation-stable, plastically deformable implant material with intrinsic pore formation, that is not complex to create, and that can be inserted into a bone defect by injection or alternatively can be applied to/fitted in a bone defect as a kneadable mass,... Agent: Jordan And Hamburg LLP

20090254195 - System for improving cardiac function by sealing a partitioning membrane within a ventricle: Partitioning devices that may be secured and sealed within a heart chamber for separating a patient's heart chamber into a productive portion and a non-productive portion are described herein. The partitioning devices described herein may include a reinforced membrane with outwardly biased members. The reinforced membrane may have a central... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP

20090254196 - Indirect skeletal coupling & dynamic control of prosthesis: Provided is a prosthesis system for indirectly coupling a prosthesis to the skeletal structure of a person. The system includes a plurality of individual magnets and magnet sets attached to a prosthetic socket of a prosthetic device. The magnets may be permanent magnets or electromagnets. A second plurality of magnets... Agent: Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC Glenn H. Lenzen Polsinelli Shughart PC

  
10/01/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. categorized by USPTO classification

20090248130 - Nitinol alloy design and composition for vascular stents: A stent and a delivery system for implanting the stent in a body lumen is disclosed. The stent is made from a superelastic alloy such as nickel-titanium or nitinol, and includes a ternary element in order to minimize the stress hysteresis of the superelastic material. The stress hysteresis is defined... Agent: Workman Nydegger

20090248131 - Covered stent and method of making same: A covered stent comprises a substrate, a stent adapted to be placed in a lumen of a human body, where the stent has portions interwoven in the substrate, and encapsulation encapsulating the substrate and the portions of the stent interwoven in the substrate and forming a tubular graft member.... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Ip Legal Department

20090248132 - Double-walled stent system: A double walled stent system particularly suited for treating abnormalities of the right ventricular outflow tract is disclosed having an exterior stent component and an interior stent component. The exterior stent component includes a plurality of longitudinally-extending connectors such as straight or sinusoidal bands. The interior stent component has a... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Ip Legal Department

20090248133 - Double-walled stent system: A double walled stent system particularly suited for treating abnormalities of the right ventricular outflow tract is disclosed having an exterior stent component and an interior stent component. The exterior stent component is secured to the interior stent component in a non-fixed, sliding relationship. The exterior stent component includes a... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Ip Legal Department

20090248134 - Stent with polished eyelet: A stent for use in a stent graft comprising a strut region comprising at least two struts, the struts having at least one radius of curvature; a bend connecting the at least two struts and forming an eyelet region, where the strut region and the eyelet region are electropolished and... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090248135 - Eversible branch stent-graft and deployment method: A method of deploying an eversible branch stent-graft includes deploying the eversible branch stent-graft into a main vessel such that a collateral opening in a main stent-graft of the eversible branch stent-graft is aligned with an ostium of a branch vessel emanating from the main vessel. A branch stent ring... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Ip Legal Department

20090248137 - Expandable stent: An expandable stent comprising a tubular body made up of a plurality of separated tubular elements (1) arranged along a common longitudinal axis. Each tubular element (1) comprises a plurality of rhombic-shaped closed cell elements (2) joined by circumferentially extending linking members (3). The closed cell elements (2) are expandable... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP (client No 021629-000000)

20090248136 - Medical supporting implant, in particular stent: A medical supporting implant, in particular a stent, comprises a tubular base body which is made up of bendable struts (2), such that at node points (4) of at least two struts (2), the bendable struts (2) form an acute angle (W) to one another which angle becomes larger on... Agent: Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein

20090248138 - Stents: A stent is provided for external application to an artery in which an aneurysm has occurred or is about to occur to provide support thereto, the stent being of bespoke character by virtue of its creation to conform morphologically to the actual contour of the artery captured using for example... Agent: Diane Dunn Mckay, Esq. Mathews, Collins, Shepherd & Mckay, P.a.

20090248139 - Stent prosthesis having select flared crowns: A generally tubular, cylindrical stent prosthesis has an unexpanded delivery configuration and an expanded configuration for contacting the vessel wall. The stent prosthesis has a plurality of adjacent stent struts, each stent strut having a wavelike or sinusoidal pattern of straight segments and crowns. A Y-shaped member is attached to... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Ip Legal Department

20090248140 - Stent geometry for improved flexibility: A stent comprises one or more circumferential serpentine bands and having alternating peak portions and trough portions. The peak portions include shorter peak portions and longer peak portions. The longer peak portions are of a longitudinal extent greater than the shorter peak portions. The longer peak portions include first bent... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.a.

20090248141 - Shape memory polymer medical devices: Medical devices for in vivo medical applications are disclosed. The medical devices are constructed of shape memory polymer (SMP) materials capable of assuming a memory shape at physiological temperatures. These medical devices may be used in surgical procedures and in both vascular and non-vascular applications. These SMP medical devices have... Agent: Hensley Kim & Holzer, Llc

20090248142 - Methods, devices and systems for treating venous insufficiency: Methods and systems for improving the competency of a venous valve wherein one or more compressor(s) (e.g., space occupying material(s) or implantable device(s)) is/are delivered to one or more location(s) adjacent to a venous valve to compress the venous valve in a manner that causes one or both leaflets of... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Ip Legal Department

20090248143 - Percutaneous aortic valve assembly: The present invention provides devices and methods for the treatment of cardiovascular valve diseases such as aortic stenosis. A vascular valve assembly is formed from two or more valve devices, each of which contains a valve mounted in a stent. The individual valve devices are brought to the site of... Agent: Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Lebovici LLP

20090248144 - Endoluminal device with extracellular matrix material and methods: An endoluminal device comprises a stent and a tubular graft supported by the stent. The graft has a proximal and a distal opening and comprises a synthetic material and a bioremodelable material. The bioremodelable material is disposed on an exterior surface in at least one band adjacent at least one... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20090248145 - Method of forming a three-dimensional structure of unidirectionally aligned cells: The present invention provides a method of forming a three-dimensional structure of unidirectionally aligned cells. The method comprises providing a substrate with a microchannel. The microchannel is defined by at least a pair of opposing lateral walls and a base. In at least a portion of the microchannel the distance... Agent: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group Pllc

20090248146 - Coatings for implantable medical devices: Coatings for implantable medical devices comprising non-fouling moieties or polymers chemically bonded to the surface of the device via chelating structures, and methods of fabricating the coatings are disclosed.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090248147 - Stent with nucleating agent: The use of nucleating agents to manufacture polymeric stents is disclosed. The resulting stents may have increased crystallinity, decreased crystal size, increased mechanical properties, and faster degradation times.... Agent: Cameron Kerrigan Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.l.p.

20090248149 - Injectable heart valve prosthesis for low-invasive implantation: A heart valve prosthesis may include a cylindrical support extending between axially spaced apart ends thereof, the cylindrical support including a plurality of support features extend generally axially between the opposed ends of the support, adjacent pairs of the support features being interconnected so as to bias the cylindrical support... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.l.p.

20090248148 - Systems and methods for adjusting an annuloplasty ring with an integrated magnetic drive: Systems and methods treat a heart valve using a magnetically adjustable annuloplasty ring attached to or near a cardiac valve annulus. A changing magnetic field may be used to selectively increase or decrease a circumference of, or otherwise modify the shape of, the implanted annuloplasty ring. The adjustable annuloplasty ring... Agent: Stoel Rives LLP - Slc

20090248151 - Artificial sphincter system: The present invention relates to a kind of artificial sphincter system, which takes shape memory alloy (SMA) as its motion device, and then cooperates with controlled circuit to imitate the motion of human sphincter, especially in imitating iris. The present invention can be used in a human body, a robot... Agent: Wpat, Pc Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090248152 - Intraocular lens having a haptic that includes a cap: An intraocular lens is disclosed, with an adjustable optic that changes shape in response to a deforming force exerted by the zonules of the eye. A haptic supports the optic around its equator and couples the optic to the capsular bag of the eye. The haptic may include a cap... Agent: Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.

20090248153 - Stable anterior chamber phakic lenses: An anterior chamber phakic lens made from a foldable, highly biocompatible material that has a very low haptic compression force and low axial displacement, yet is stable in the anterior chamber.... Agent: Alcon

20090248154 - Accommodative intraocular lens having a haptic plate: ABSTRACT An accommodating intraocular lens (AIOL) comprising an optic, and at least one haptic plate coupled to the optic by at least one connector, the connector being less rigid than the haptic plate, the at least one haptic plate surrounding the optic, and the optic and haptic plate having a... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated

20090248150 - Hydrogel intraocular lens and method of forming same: The present invention is directed ophthalmic device materials and, more particularly to an intraocular lens (IOL) formed of a hydrogel material. The hydrogel material includes an acrylate polymer and a radiation resistant compound. The material typically has a relatively high refractive index and/or exhibits a desired degree of radiation protection.... Agent: Alcon

20090248156 - Middle ear direct action improved hearing aid and related installation method: The present invention relates to an improved acoustic prosthesis (1) having a direct action of medium ear, comprising a tubular shaped conveyor (12), canalising acoustic waves; at least a microphone picking up surrounding sounds; and amplifier, electrically connected with said microphone for amplifying picked up sounds at a suitable level;... Agent: Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

20090248155 - Transcutaneous magnetic bone conduction device: A bone conduction device for enhancing the hearing of a recipient, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive an acoustic sound signal; an electronics module configured generate an electrical signal representing the acoustic sound signal; a transducer configured to generate mechanical forces representing the electrical signal for deliver to... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP

20090248157 - Biocompatible substrate and method for manufacture and use thereof: A biocompatible substrate for cell adhesion, differentiation, culture and/or growth, has an arrangement of topographical features arrayed in a pattern based on a notional symmetrical lattice in which the distance between nearest neighbor notional lattice points is C and is between 10 nm and 10 μm. The topographical features are... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, Pc

20090248158 - Combined fixation bone implant: b

20090248159 - Artificial disc prosthesis for replacing a damaged nucleus: A multi-piece disc replacement implant device for replacing a disc removed by a discectomy including an upper plate member, a lower plate member, and an intermediate resilient member providing movement between the two plate members replicating the natural movement of the spine including flexion/extension, lateral bending, and, in some embodiments,... Agent: Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver

20090248160 - Inflatable intervertebral disc replacement prosthesis: An intervertebral disc replacement prosthesis which can be implanted in a collapsed state, then expanded within the disc space such that minimally invasive surgical techniques may be employed for its insertion, and, by virtue of its expandable nature, ligaments can be restored to proper tension, facet joints can be unloaded... Agent: Shoemaker And Mattare, Ltd

20090248161 - Artificial disc replacement device: An artificial disk replacement device includes opposing plate members with a pivoting assembly disposed therebetween. The pivoting assembly allows the plate members to pivot relative to each other in a first direction, but inhibit movement of the plate members in a second direction. The plate members may be installed prior... Agent: Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP

20090248164 - Interbody cage system: An interbody cage system includes an interbody cage having a proximal end, a distal end, and an interior. The interbody cage system also includes an insertion tool. A portion of the insertion tool extends into the proximal end and the interior.... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP

20090248162 - Microparticle delivery syringe and needle for placing suspensions and removing vehicle fluid: Described are reinforced, load-bearing medical implants and methods for preparing and using them. In one aspect a load-bearing orthopedic implant includes a reinforcing polymeric structure including a continuous piece having an internal interconnected porous network. A hardened, calcium-containing material is formed as a non-sintered load-bearing body encompassing the reinforcing structure... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson - Ip Legal Department

20090248163 - Spinal surgery interbody: An inter-vertebral implant wherein at least one of the side walls defining a hole from the exterior of the implant to the fusion promotion cavity and having a posterior portion and an anterior portion, the side wall hole being elongated in a direction between the posterior and anterior ends of... Agent: Sprinkle Ip Law Group

20090248165 - Skull endosseous implant and kit containing the same: Disclosed is a skull endosseous implant adapted to be implanted in the subject's skull to provide an access channel. A variety of sensor means may be installed in the access channel for monitoring the intracranial status of the subject. The present invention further provides a kit containing the skull endosseous... Agent: Raymond R. Moser Jr., Esq. Moser Ip Law Group

20090248166 - Joint construction, such as for use by athletes: A reinforced joint assembly includes a first implant portion secured to a sectioned end of a first bone. A second implant portion is likewise secured to a sectioned end of a second bone and in opposing fashion relative to the first implant to define a joint zone therebetween. The first... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20090248167 - Patello-femoral prosthesis: A patello-femoral prosthesis is provided for replacing the engagement surfaces between the patella and the femur. The prosthesis is configured to cover the trochlear groove and extend into the intercondylar notch without extending onto the articulating surfaces of the condyles. A method is also provided for implanting a patello-femoral prosthesis... Agent: Dann, Dorfman, Herrell & Skillman

20090248168 - Prosthesis: An acetabular cup prosthesis having a shell component, a liner component located within the shell component and a filling means located in a space between the shell component and the liner component.... Agent: Patent Docket Department Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090248170 - Prosthesis: In a prosthesis and method for manufacturing the same, the prosthesis has an outer articulating surface and an inner bone-contacting surface. The inner surface of the prosthesis has at least one osteo-integration zone with one or more surface formations integrally cast with the wall of the prosthesis. In some instances... Agent: Patent Docket Department Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090248171 - Bariatric sleeve: Method and apparatus for limiting absorption of food products in specific parts of the digestive system is presented. A gastrointestinal implant device is anchored in the stomach and extends beyond the ligament of Treitz. All food exiting the stomach is funneled through the device. The gastrointestinal device includes an anchor... Agent: Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.c.

20090248169 - Ureteral stents for release of urologically beneficial agents: According to one aspect of the invention, ureteral stents are provided that comprise an elongated stent body and a urologically beneficial agent. The elongated stent body comprises a kidney portion adapted to occupy the kidney of a subject upon implantation, a ureter portion adapted to occupy the ureter of a... Agent: Mayer & Williams Pc

20090248172 - Porous membrane comprising a biocompatible block-copolymer: The invention relates to a membrane comprising a biocompatible block copolymer and has a porous structure with regularly distributed pores. A method for preparing said membranes is also provided.... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

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