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Prosthesis (i.e., artificial body members), parts thereof, or aids and accessories therefor September class, title,number 09/11

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09/29/2011 > 41 patent applications in 24 patent subcategories. class, title,number

20110238148 - Implant removal: The invention relates to a device comprising an endovascular implant (1) to be introduced into blood vessels or body cavities of the human or animal body and an insertion aid (2), wherein the implant (1) and the insertion aid (2) being connected to each other via a detachment element (3)... Agent:

20110238147 - Manual actuation system for deployment of implant: A system for mechanically deploying intraluminal implants is disclosed. The system is used with an implant that is delivered and/or deployed via a pull wire and includes a handle having a funnel and receiving channel for receiving the pull wire, a slider having a thumb grip and a wedge, and... Agent: Penumbra, Inc.

20110238150 - Bioerodible medical implants: An implantable medical device includes a bioerodible portion adapted to erode when exposed to a physiological environment. The bioerodible portion includes an alloy comprising at least 10 weight percent chromium and has an outer surface having a ratio of chromium oxide to chromium metal of less than 5. The bioerodible... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110238153 - Endoprostheses: Endoprostheses include an endoprosthesis wall that includes a surface layer that includes a metallic material and that defines a plurality of discrete pores. A porous material is disposed in one or more pores of the surface layer. The endoprostheses can, for example, deliver a therapeutic agent, such as a drug,... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110238149 - Endoprosthesis: Endoprostheses and methods of making endoprostheses are disclosed. For example, endoprostheses are described that include an endoprosthesis body, a biodegradable metallic tie layer, and a polymer coating about the endoprosthesis body. The biodegradable tie layer and the polymer coating can have a high peel strength from the body.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110238152 - Flat process of preparing drug eluting stents: The present invention provides a method of fabricating a drug delivery stent. In one embodiment, the method involves forming a stent pattern in a flat sheet, where the stent pattern includes reservoirs, generating a flat map of the reservoirs, filling the reservoirs with a composition based on the flat map,... Agent: Medinol Ltd.

20110238154 - Intravascular treatment device: A collapsible treatment device (81) for treating a target area of a vessel wall within a human or animal body, having a mesh portion, preferably annular in shape (82) and with a contracted configuration allowing travel within the vessel to the target area and an expanded configuration allowing treatment of... Agent: National University Of Ireland, Galway

20110238155 - Stent formed from bioerodible metal-bioceramic composite: Medical devices and methods of fabricating such medical devices, such as stents, formed at least in part from a metal matrix composite including bioceramic particles dispersed within an erodible metal are disclosed.... Agent: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.

20110238151 - Surface treated bioerodible metal endoprostheses: An endoprosthesis includes an expandable tubular body defined by a plurality of struts. In some embodiments, the expandable tubular body includes a bioerodible metal that has at least a first surface region and a second surface region. The first and second surface regions can have different surface oxide compositions. In... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110238157 - Coronary artery vascular stent with medicine carrying slots: The present invention discloses a coronary artery vascular stent with drug carrying slots (2), comprising a plurality of main supporting unit rings (1,8) and connecting rods (4,6). Said main supporting unit rings comprise a plurality of unit waves. There are drug carrying slots (2) at the outer surface of the... Agent: Microport Medical (shanghai) Co., Ltd.

20110238158 - Expandable vascular endoluminal prostheses: The invention provides expandable tubular endoluminal prostheses for the treatment of atherosclerotic lesions of blood vessels, including vulnerable plaque lesions, and methods of treatment using the prostheses. Various prostheses of the invention are characterized by hoop strength suitable for treating vulnerable plaque lesions, good conformability and good apposition to vessel... Agent: Prescient Medical, Inc.

20110238156 - Flexible stent design: Stents having a plurality of serpentine bands including a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, and a middle portion therebetween are herein disclosed. Each of the bands includes peaks and valleys. Serpentine bands of the proximal end portion are connected together in a repeating pattern of connected and unconnected... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110238159 - Medical device for treating a heart valve insufficiency: A medical device for treating a heart valve insufficiency, with an endoprosthesis which can be introduced into a patient's body and expanded to secure a heart valve prosthesis in the patient's aorta. In an embodiment, the endoprosthesis has at plurality of positioning arches configured to be positioned with respect to... Agent:

20110238160 - Bifurcated stent with variable length branches: A bifurcated stent includes a trunk portion and first and second branches. At least one of the branches includes a longitudinally extendable portion such that the branch can be extended from a first length up to second length. The longitudinally extendable portion may be formed of a plurality of cylindrical... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.

20110238162 - Medical implant: Disclosed is a self-expanding medical implant for placement within a lumen of a patient. The implant comprises a woven or non-woven structure having a substantially tubular configuration, and is designed to be low-profile such that it is deliverable with a small diameter catheter. The implant has a high recoverability and... Agent: Arsenal Medical

20110238163 - Multi-layered device: There is provided a device comprising a body structure having one or more surfaces wherein at least one of the surfaces comprises a pH sensitive layer comprising a linear polymer, wherein the water solubility of the linear polymer increases from a first water solubility to a second water solubility at... Agent: Laboratorios Farmaceuticos Rovi S.a.

20110238161 - System and method for enhanced electrostatic deposition and surface coatings: This disclosure describes the application of a supplemental corona source to provide surface charge on submicrometer particles to enhance collection efficiency and micro-structural density during electrostatic collection.... Agent: Micell Technologies

20110238164 - Device and method for placing and positioning a heart valve: A positioning tool comprises an elongate positioning member having a first end and a second end, a tubular positioning body coupled to the first end of the elongate positioning member and including a first end, a second end, and an attachment structure disposed within an open center of the positioning... Agent:

20110238166 - Method for direct implantation of a heart valve prosthesis: A method for implanting a heart valve into a patient's heart can include inserting the heart valve prosthesis into a barrel of an implanter apparatus, such that the heart valve prosthesis has a reduced cross-sectional dimension relative to a fully expanded cross-sectional dimension of the heart valve prosthesis. An opening... Agent:

20110238165 - Surgical device for connecting soft tissue: The invention comprises a surgical instrument including an external tube (2) and two elongated members (4) positioned in said tube (2), each of which includes a distal end (10a) for capturing one of the two tissue zones (M1, M2) to be attached. The instrument (1) may further comprise a catching... Agent: Evalve, Inc.

20110238167 - Methods of conditioning sheet bioprosthetic tissue: Methods for the conditioning of bioprosthetic material employ bovine pericardial membrane. A laser directed at the fibrous surface of the membrane and moved relative thereto reduces the thickness of the membrane to a specific uniform thickness and smoothes the surface. The wavelength, power and pulse rate of the laser are... Agent:

20110238168 - Stents for prosthetic heart valves: A prosthetic valve including a wire frame having a generally tubular body portion, an interior area, a longitudinal axis, a first end comprising a plurality of crowns, and a second end comprising a greater number of crowns than the first end. The wire frame includes a plurality of adjacent rows... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110238169 - Annuloplasty device: Devices, systems, and methods associated with annuloplasty are described herein. One or more annuloplasty devices include a number of longitudinal filaments moveable between an introductory configuration and a deployed configuration, wherein the number of longitudinal filaments are one or more lengths, and a shell, wherein the shell contains the number... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110238170 - Heart valve annuloplasty prosthesis sewing cuffs and methods of making same: An annuloplasty prosthesis for a heart valve has a sewing cuff added to the conventional structure. The sewing cuff is preferably an extension of the fabric cover that is provided around the core of the prosthesis. The sewing cuff preferably extends radially outwardly from cross sections of the remainder of... Agent: St. Jude Medical, Inc.

20110238171 - Mitral annuloplasty rings with sewing cuff: Annuloplasty rings optimally sized to take into account more of the common degenerative valve pathologies. Each ring has a structural ring body with a shape that complies with predicted shapes of degenerative valvular diseases, such as fibroelastic deficiency (FED), Marfan's or Barlow's. The predicted shapes are obtained through careful echocardiographic... Agent:

20110238172 - Blood pump: There is provided a blood pump. An exemplary blood pump comprises an impeller with a rotational axis in a pump housing. The exemplary blood pump also comprises a first element that comprises a Lomakin bearing, and a second element physically separated from the first element, the second element comprising a... Agent:

20110238173 - Ophthalmic devices having a degradation resistant polymer: Disclosed are ophthalmic devices configured to be implanted in an eye of a patient. In one embodiment, the ophthalmic device includes a mask configured to increase the depth of focus of the patient and comprising a highly fluorinated polymeric material in which the number of carbon-fluorine bonds equals or exceeds... Agent: Acufocus, Inc.

20110238174 - Accommodating intraocular lens using trapezoidal phase shift: An accommodating intraocular lens (AIOL) includes an optic adapted to produce a trapezoidal phase shift and a plurality of haptics. Each haptic extends from a haptic-optic junction to at least one transverse arm contacting a capsular bag of the eye, and each haptic has sufficient length and rigidity to stretch... Agent:

20110238175 - Breast implant selector systems: A breast implant selector system including a breast width selector for selecting breast width input information, a breast tissue type selector for selecting breast tissue type input information in response to breast width input information selected with the breast width selector, and an implant size selector for selecting implant size... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20110238176 - Improvements for cochlear implants: The invention relates to a method of generating a place-frequency map for accurate positioning of a cochlear implant whereby the place-frequency map is used to relate a physical position of the cochlear implant to a tonotopic map of the basilar membrane/spiral ganglion. The invention also relates to a method of... Agent:

20110238177 - Biomechatronic device: A looped structure is rotatably coupled within the body of a prosthesis and rotates in response to fluid flowing across its looping to operate within the organism's internal functions.... Agent:

20110238178 - Tissue repair scaffold: The present invention provides a tissue repair scaffold comprising a secondary fibre bundle, the secondary fibre bundle comprising a plurality of primary fibre bundles, each primary fibre bundle comprising a plurality of fibres, wherein the fibres comprise a biocompatible polymer. In embodiments the biocompatible polymer is polycaprolactone (PCL) (also known... Agent:

20110238179 - Mechanically competent scaffold for rotator cuff and tendon augmentation: A device has been developed to augment the rotator cuff tendon tissue as it proceeds in healing. The device has two purposes: to provide initial stability to the rotator cuff repair site to allow early mobilization of the upper extremity of the patient, and to allow for reinforcement of rotator... Agent: Soft Tissue Regeneration, Inc.

20110238180 - Cartilage replacement implant and method for producing a cartilage replacement implant: To improve a cartilage replacement implant for the biological regeneration of a damaged cartilage area of articular cartilage in the human body, comprising a cell carrier which has a defect-contacting surface for placement on the damaged cartilage area and is formed and designed for colonization with human cells, so that... Agent: Aesculap Ag & Co. Kg

20110238181 - Sacro-iliac joint implant system and method: A sacro-iliac implant system includes an implant including a body defining an outer surface. The outer surface is configured to engage and space apart opposing articular surfaces of a sacro-iliac joint. The body has at least one cavity. At least one fastening element is configured for disposal in the at... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., A Indiana Corporation

20110238182 - Expandable intervertebral spacers and methods of use: An intervertebral spacer for positioning between vertebral members. The spacer may include contact surfaces that are configured to contact against the vertebral members. A fluid cylinder may be positioned between the first and second contact surfaces and configured to contain a fluid. The fluid cylinder may include an outer cylinder... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20110238183 - Interbody fusion device: An interbody fusion device, or bone dowel for mending of joints is disclosed herein. The device comprises anti-migration ridges having optimum geometry to avoid failure during the insertion process while providing boney ingrowth in the body's natural healing process. A tapered head portion and a cylindrical body without threads are... Agent:

20110238185 - Intervertebral disk implant: The invention relates to an intervertebral disk implant having two implant plates contacting prepared vertebral body surfaces in the implanted state and an implant core which can be introduced between the implant plates. The invention further relates to a method for the manufacture of an intervertebral disk implant.... Agent: Zimmer Gmbh

20110238184 - Methods and instruments for interbody fusion: A laparoscopic surgical technique is provided for preparing a site for implantation of a novel fusion device or implant. In accordance with one embodiment of the technique, a laparoscope is provided having an outer sleeve with distraction fingers at one end to distract the disc space. The laparoscope provides a... Agent:

20110238186 - Preparation of regenerative tissue scaffolds: Devices and methods for treating or repairing a tissue or organ defect or injury are provided. The devices can include tissue scaffolds produced from acellular tissue matrices and polymers, which have a stable three-dimensional shape and elicit a limited immunologic or inflammatory response.... Agent: Lifecell Corporation

20110238187 - Linearly adjustable device: A linearly adjustable device comprising a main body including at least two body sections each having a longitudinal axis, and a linear actuator. The sections are operatively connected together for linear movement relative to one another in the axial direction. The linear actuator is operatively mounted to the main body... Agent:

  
09/22/2011 > 31 patent applications in 16 patent subcategories. class, title,number

20110230951 - Device for rapid repair of body conduits: A self-expanding stent-graft provided in a diametrically compacted state for implantation and retained preferably by a constraining sheath, useful for the temporary or permanent repair of injured, partially or entirely transected body conduits including blood vessels. It may be used under direct visualization to quickly stop or substantially reduce loss... Agent:

20110230946 - Easy marker placement balloon mold: A catheter balloon is formed from a mold process in which raised dimples or shallow divots are formed on the outer surface using indentations or raised beads on the mold surface. The dimples or divots are located at the transition between the body portion of the catheter balloon and the... Agent: Abbott Laboratories

20110230952 - Endoprosthesis assemblies and methods for using the same: Endoprosthesis assemblies and methods for using the same. In at least one embodiment of an endoprosthesis assembly of the present disclosure, the endoprosthesis assembly comprises an endoprosthesis comprising an impermeable inner wall defining an endoprosthesis lumen sized and shaped to permit fluid to flow therethrough, a distal balloon positioned at... Agent:

20110230950 - Stent: A stent is deployed within a body passageway. The stent is configured to curl a varying degree upon itself as the stent is inserted into the passageway depending on the size of the passageway. In this way a single size stent may be employed in different size passageways. The stent... Agent:

20110230948 - Stent delivery system having a fibrous matrix covering with improved stent retention: The present invention provides an intraluminal stent delivery catheter device having improved stent retention. Particularly, the present invention is directed to a catheter having an expandable member and a fibrous matrix positioned over the expandable member and a stent mounted on the outer surface of the fibrous matrix. The fibrous... Agent: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.

20110230947 - Thoracic introducer: A stent graft delivery device (30) has a pull wire arrangement with a pull wire (46) fastened to the distal end of a nose cone dilator (45) and extending to a wire pull mechanism (60) for the pull wire associated with a handle (52) of the stent graft delivery device.... Agent: Cook ,edical Tecnhologies LLC

20110230949 - Venous valve, system, and method with sinus pocket: A valve with a frame and valve leaflets that provide a sinus pocket. The valve provides for unidirectional flow of a liquid through the valve.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110230953 - Elliptical element for blood pressure reduction: Apparatus is provided for treating hypertension of a subject. The apparatus includes an implantable element which has a non-circular shape and which is configured to reduce the hypertension by facilitating an assumption of a non-circular shape by a blood vessel in a vicinity of a baroreceptor of the subject, during... Agent:

20110230955 - External stent: An external vein support comprising an elongate axial body including an axis, said body is plastically deformable by at least one of stretching, bending, twisting, and any combination thereof, relative to said axis.... Agent: The Medical Research, Infrastructure And Health Services Fund Of The Tel Aviv Medical Center

20110230954 - Stent device having focal elevating elements for minimal surface area contact with lumen walls: An improved stent device has a body structure in tubular form sized to an organ lumen in which it is to be used and made of a wire mesh or cage structure of interwoven or interdigitated strut sections, and a plurality of focal elevating elements of relatively small point-like size... Agent:

20110230957 - Alternating circumferential bridge stent design and methods for use thereof: A stent includes a first section and a second section. The second section is aligned with the first section along a longitudinal axis of the stent. Each section includes a plurality of expandable modules and a plurality of bridging modules. Each expandable module includes a plurality of strut elements that... Agent:

20110230959 - Intravascular stent with inverted end rings: The invention is directed to an expandable stent for implanting in a body lumen, such as a coronary artery, peripheral artery, or other body lumen. The invention provides for an intravascular stent having a plurality of cylindrical rings connected by undulating links. A plurality of inverted cylindrical end rings can... Agent: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.

20110230956 - Repositionable endoluminal support structure and its applications: An endoluminal support structure includes strut members interconnected by pivot joints to form a series of linked scissor mechanisms. The structure can be remotely actuated to compress or expand its shape by adjusting the scissor joints within a range of motion. In particular, the support structure can be repositioned within... Agent:

20110230958 - Stent:

20110230960 - Stent with protruding branch portion for bifurcated vessels: The present invention is directed to a stent for use in a bifurcated body lumen having a main branch and a side branch. The stent comprises a radially expandable generally tubular stent body having proximal and distal opposing ends with a body wall having a surface extending therebetween. The surface... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110230961 - Dynamically adjustable annuloplasty ring and papillary muscle repositioning suture: A system for treating a cardiac valve includes an adjustable annuloplasty ring configured to attach to or near a cardiac valve annulus. The system also includes a suture comprising a first end coupled to the annuloplasty ring. A second end of the suture is configured to be anchored to a... Agent: Micardia Corporation

20110230962 - Dynamically adjustable suture and chordae tendinae: Embodiments of a dynamically adjustable artificial chordae tendinae implant are described. In some embodiments the implant includes a body portion, including an adjustable portion. In some embodiments, the implant includes a plurality of adjustable portions. In some embodiments the adjustable element can include a shape memory material. The adjustable portion... Agent: Micardia Corporation

20110230963 - Biocompatible biodegradable intraocular implant system: Generally, an intraocular implant and methods for treating an ocular condition. As to certain embodiments, an intraocular biocompatible biodegradable implant (11) which can provide a biocompatible biodegradable material in the form of a flexible membrane (12) containing an active agent (24) which implanted between an intraocular lens (8) and the... Agent: Insight Innovations, LLC

20110230964 - Prosthetic implant shell: A fluid-filled prosthetic implant having a shell comprising a matrix material and an additive distributed in the matrix material.... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20110230965 - Percutaneous arthrodesis method and system: A method and system for percutaneous fusion to correct disc compression is presented. The method has several steps, for instance, inserting a percutaneous lumbar interbody implant; positioning guide wires for each facet screw to be implanted; performing facet arthrodesis in preparation for the facet screws; fixating the plurality of facet... Agent:

20110230966 - Sacro-iliac implant system, method and apparatus: A sacro-iliac implant system includes at least one implant including a body defining an outer surface and being disposed to space apart opposing articular surfaces of a sacro-iliac joint. The body is engageable with the opposing articular surfaces and the outer surface is compliant to a configuration of the opposing... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20110230971 - Arcuate fixation member: Arcuate fixation members with varying configurations and/or features are provided, along with additional components for use therewith in provided intervertebral implants. The arcuate fixation members may be of different lengths, cross sectional geometries, and/or cross sectional areas. Applications of intervertebral implants utilizing arcuate fixation members are particularly suitable when a... Agent: Synthes Usa, LLC

20110230969 - Implant for stabilizing bones or vertebrae: An implant for stabilizing bones or vertebrae is provided, the implant including an implant body that can be fixed by means of at least a first screw and a second screw to the bone or a vertebra, wherein the implant body includes at least a first hole and a second... Agent:

20110230968 - Intersomatic cage: The invention relates to an intersomatic cage comprising a body (3) and a part (2) that is designed to dilate the intersomatic space between two vertebrae (8, 8′) by rotating the cage so that the cage (1) can be inserted into the space. The body (3) has a prism shape... Agent:

20110230970 - Intervertebral implants and graft delivery systems and methods: According to some embodiments, a method for promoting spinal fusion using a spinal implant comprises providing a spinal implant, wherein the spinal implant comprises an anterior wall, a posterior wall and two lateral walls configured to extend between the anterior wall and the posterior wall. In some embodiments, the spinal... Agent: Pinnacle Spine Group, LLC

20110230967 - Intervertebral nucleus and annulus implants and method of use thereof: The invention encompasses devices and methods for treating one or more damaged, diseased, or traumatized intervertebral discs to reduce or eliminate associated back pain. Specifically, the invention encompasses intervertebral nucleus and annulus implants that are resistant to migration in and/or expulsion from an intervertebral disc space. The invention further encompasses... Agent:

20110230972 - Elbow resurfacing prosthesis: A method and apparatus for replacing a selected portion of the anatomy is described. In particular, a prosthesis can be provided to replace a portion of an articulating joint, such as an elbow. The apparatus can be modular for various reasons and each of the modular portions can include a... Agent: Biomet Manufacturing Corp.

20110230973 - Method for bonding a tantalum structure to a cobalt-alloy substrate: Methods for bonding a porous tantalum structure to a substrate are provided. The method includes placing a compressible or porous interlayer between a porous tantalum structure and a cobalt or cobalt-chromium substrate to form an assembly. The interlayer comprising a metal or metal alloy that has solid state solubility with... Agent: Zimmer, Inc.

20110230974 - Airway anchor suture to prevent airway stent migration: An airway stent with an integral suture anchor is used to prevent migration of the stent within the airway. The suture anchor is incorporated by percutaneous placement of a suture through the neck and into the stent. The distal end of the suture includes an anchor element to secure the... Agent: National Jewish Health

20110230975 - prosthetic ankle and foot combination: A prosthetic ankle and foot combination has an ankle joint mechanism constructed to allow damped rotational movement of a foot component relative to a shin component. The mechanism provides a continuous hydraulically damped range of ankle motion during walking with dynamically variable damping resistances, and with independent variation of damping... Agent: Chas. A. Blatchford & Sons Limited

20110230976 - Method for producing an artificial foot: The invention relates to a method for producing an artificial foot, comprising a medial plane (M) in a longitudinal axis, in which a nominal foot length (l) is defined as a distance from a heel to a foot tip of a natural foot replaced by the artificial foot, and designed... Agent: Otto Bock Healthcare Gmbh

  
09/15/2011 > 36 patent applications in 27 patent subcategories. class, title,number

20110224772 - Bifurcated graft deployment systems and methods: A method for deploying an endoluminal vascular prosthesis using a deployment catheter 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... Agent: Endologix, Inc.

20110224771 - Catheter: The invention relates to a catheter for introducing into a hollow human or animal organ. Said catheter comprises a catheter tip that protrudes forwards and a region that is encased by an expandable tubular hollow body and that is situated behind the catheter tip. Said catheter is characterised in that... Agent:

20110224774 - Endoprosthesis and delivery system for delivering the endoprosthesis within a vessel of a patient: An endoprosthesis is disclosed for implantation at a bifurcation between a main vessel and at least two secondary vessels. The endoprosthesis includes first and second bodies. Each body includes a self-expanding and flexible structure having a proximal region, an intermediate region, and a distal region. The distal region terminates at... Agent:

20110224773 - Methods and devices for protecting a passageway in a body when advancing devices through the passageway: A liner is advanced through a narrowed region in a vessel such as the internal carotid artery. The liner is advanced through the narrowed region in a collapsed position. A stent is then advanced through the liner and expanded to open the narrowed region. The liner may also have an... Agent:

20110224776 - Devices and methods for treating vascular malformations: A device for treating vascular malformations includes a primary coil and secondary windings. The primary coil provides resilience and structural integrity while the secondary windings fill interstitial spaces in the primary coil to isolate the vascular malformation. The device may have increased density along a central portion to isolate the... Agent:

20110224775 - Stent geometry: A non-expandable stent and a method for implanting the stent are provided. The stent includes a generally tubular body having a lumen defined therethrough. The body includes a proximal portion having a curved portion configured for placement proximal to a sphincter. The body further includes a distal portion having retaining... Agent: The Regents Of The University Of Colorado, A Body Corporate

20110224778 - Stent pattern for polymeric stents: A stent having a stent pattern including a plurality of cylindrical rings, each ring including a plurality of diamond-shaped cells having four curved elements defining apices of the diamond-shaped cells is disclosed herein.... Agent: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

20110224777 - Stent with independent stent rings and transitional attachments: A vascular endoprosthesis (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600) includes a radially-expandable first segment and a radially expandable second segment. The vascular endoprosthesis further includes first and second coupling elements. The first coupling element extends from the proximal end of the first segment toward the distal end of the second... Agent:

20110224770 - Drug eluting stents and methods of making the same: A stent formed from a bioabsorbable polymer matrix including at least one bioabsorbable polymer and at least one therapeutic agent dispersed therein, and methods of making the same.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110224781 - Repositionable endoluminal support structure and its applications: An endoluminal support structure includes strut members interconnected by swivel joints to form a series of linked scissor mechanisms. The structure can be remotely actuated to compress or expand its shape by adjusting the scissor joints within a range of motion. In particular, the support structure can be repositioned within... Agent:

20110224780 - Stents for prosthetic heart valves: A stented valve including a generally tubular stent structure that has a longitudinal axis, first and second opposite ends, a plurality of commissure support structures spaced from the first and second ends and extending generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, at least one structural wire positioned between each two adjacent... Agent:

20110224779 - Thin collagen tissue for medical device applications: This invention relates to processes of preparing heterogeneous graft material from animal tissue. Specifically, the invention relates to the preparation of animal tissue, in which the tissue is cleaned and chemically cross-linked using both vaporized and liquid cross-linking agents, resulting in improved physical properties such as thin tissue and lowered... Agent:

20110224782 - Self expanding bifurcated endovascular prosthesis: Disclosed is a bifurcated tubular endoluminal vascular prosthesis, useful in treating, for example, an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The prosthesis comprises a self expandable wire support structure surrounded at least in part by a flexible tubular membrane. A delivery catheter and methods are also disclosed.... Agent: Endologix, Inc.

20110224783 - Endoprosthesis coating: An endoprosthesis, such as a stent, includes anchoring regions formed of polymer that enhance adherence of a coating, e.g. a drug eluting polymer coating, to a stent surface, e.g. made of ceramic. The anchoring regions can be formed using stamping processes.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110224784 - Medical device suitable for use in treatment of a valve: A medical device (1210) comprises a generally cylindrical treatment element (1220) for location between a pair of valve leaflets (1212) situated between an atrium (1214) and a ventricle (1216) of a heart. The treatment element (1220) supports the valve leaflets (1212) at the region of co-aptation of the valve leaflets... Agent: Mednua Limited

20110224785 - Prosthetic mitral valve with tissue anchors: Apparatus and methods are described including a prosthetic atrioventricular valve (10) for coupling to a native atrioventricular valve (12). The prosthetic valve includes a support frame (20) and a covering (22), which at least partially covers the support frame. The support frame and the covering are shaped so as to... Agent:

20110224786 - Degenerative valvular disease specific annuloplasty rings: Annuloplasty rings optimally sized to take into account more of the common degenerative valve pathologies. Each ring has a structural ring body with a shape that complies with predicted shapes of degenerative valvular diseases, such as fibroelastic deficiency (FED), Marfan's or Barlow's. The predicted shapes are obtained through careful echocardiographic... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20110224787 - Heart help device, system, and method: The present invention relates to an implantable device for improving the pump function of the heart of a human patient by applying an external force on the heart muscle, said device comprising at least one pump device comprising: a first part having a first surface, and a second part having... Agent: Milux Holding Sa

20110224788 - Inflatable intra ocular lens/lens retainer: The invention provides for an inflatable intra ocular lens/lens retainer or a system of inflatable intra ocular lens/lens retainers, which are fitted into an aphakic eye, to substantially occupy the space previously held by the crystalline lens to retain and secure the position of delicate intra ocular structures of the... Agent:

20110224789 - Cochlear implant systems including magnetic flux redirection means: Cochlear implant systems include a circuit board having electronic circuitry configured to generate one or more signals configured to direct electrical stimulation of one or more stimulation sites within a patient, an induction coil configured to transmit a telemetry signal by generating a telemetry magnetic field, and a telemetry flux... Agent:

20110224790 - Disc-based orthopedic devices: Methods and apparatuses for treatment of various joint conditions include a device inserted into a joint space. During delivery, the profile of the device is constrained in at least one dimension to minimize invasive impact on tissue and/or bone. The device may be restrained for implantation by a thread or... Agent: Articulinx, Inc.

20110224791 - Orthopedic implant with bone interface anchoring: A cartilage resurfacing implant is provided for replacing cartilage of an articulating portion of a bone at a skeletal joint having opposed joint surfaces. The cartilage resurfacing implant includes a body having a bearing surface and a bone interface. The bearing surface is able to support articulation with an opposing... Agent: Zimmer Technology, Inc.

20110224792 - Artificial muscle: The invention relates to an artificial muscle made of aplurality of nano-motors (referred to hereafter as nano power cells), wherein the nano-motors are the smallest unit for the production of complex muscular structures for generating longitudinal motor forces. The artificial muscle according to the invention is made of nano-motors (nano... Agent:

20110224793 - Base piece that can be adjusted prior to its attachment, and can be easily incorporated into a device replacing a corpus vertebrae: Adjustable base piece (1) that can be incorporated into a prosthesis replacing the corpus vertebrae and comprising—a plate (11) positioned in contact with an internal face of the adjacent corpus vertebrae; —a curved panel (12) that can be adjusted in multiple directions by virtue of a ball stem (120) housed... Agent:

20110224794 - Artificial spinal disk: An artificial spinal implant for placement between adjacent vertebrae to replace disk material and to stabilize the involved vertebrae is described. The artificial disk may be disassembled for installation and/or removal for repair, replacement or adjustment, and may be assembled from the front of the spine as individual component parts,... Agent:

20110224796 - Implant for fusing spinal column segments: The invention relates to an optical lens shaped into the form of a shroud and having a light-permeable front side (11) and a side wall (12) adjacent thereto, wherein the side wall (12) and the front side (11) constitute different components of the optical lens (1) that are bound together... Agent: Advanced Medical Technologies Ag

20110224795 - Spinal fusion implant: The present invention is directed to a variety of interbody spinal fusion implants for insertion across the surgically corrected height of a disc space between two adjacent vertebral bodies of a human spine. The spinal fusion implants of the present invention have opposed upper and lower portions with openings extending... Agent:

20110224797 - Two piece cancellous construct for cartilage repair: The invention is directed toward a cartilage repair assembly comprising a shaped allograft two piece construct with a demineralized cancellous cap and a mineralized cylindrical base member defining a blind bore with a through-going transverse bore intersecting the blind bore. The demineralized cancellous cap has a cylindrical top portion and... Agent:

20110224798 - Hip replacement process: In a human hip replacement process, the steps include providing a selected size generally longitudinally extending stem and laterally angled neck, the stem received endwise into a recess in an elongated femur, there being a ball on the neck, the neck and stem having a non-circular tongue and groove interfit... Agent:

20110224799 - Method for trochanteric reattachment: A method for trochanteric reattachment can include positioning a femoral prosthesis relative to a proximal portion of a femur. A first portion of a self-locking adjustable flexible member construct can be coupled to a first attachment region of the prosthesis, and a second portion of the self-locking adjustable flexible member... Agent: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC

20110224800 - Cell-scaffold constructs: The present invention relates to the regeneration, reconstruction, augmentation or replacement of organs or tissue structures using scaffolds and cells derived from peritoneal tissue.... Agent:

20110224801 - Semi-permeable membranes for use in surgical repairs: A semi-permeable membrane can be used to promote the surgical repair of cartilage in a damaged or diseased joint, such as a knee, hip, or shoulder. In one method, the semi-permeable membrane is secured to the “articulating” surface (the exposed surface, as opposed to the “anchoring” surface which rests on... Agent:

20110224802 - Shock absorbing apparatus and method: The present invention in one embodiment is a vacuum pump including a compressible elastomeric member with an internal reservoir enclosing a volume of fluid, an outlet port providing fluid communication between the internal reservoir and a fluid sink, and an inlet port providing fluid communication between the internal reservoir and... Agent: Ottobock Healthcare Lp

20110224803 - Powered leg prosthesis and control methodologies for obtaining near normal gait: A powered leg prosthesis includes powered knee joint comprising a knee joint and a knee motor unit for delivering power to the knee joint. The prosthesis also includes a prosthetic lower leg having a socket interface coupled to the knee joint and a powered ankle joint coupled to the lower... Agent: Vanderbilt University

20110224804 - Systems and methods for actuating a prosthetic ankle: Systems and methods for sensing actuating a prosthetic ankle are disclosed. In one example, the system, such as an actuated prosthetic ankle joint, detects that the user has moved to a relaxed position, such as sitting, reclining, crawling, or leaning. In response, the actuated prosthetic ankle joint actively adjusts the... Agent: Ossur Hf

20110224805 - Strapless prosthetic arm: Permanent magnets or electromagnets or a combination of such magnets are provided to retain a prosthetic device on an extremity or limb, such as an amputated arm. The prosthesis utilizes the opposing forces, which are developed by virtue of like magnetic poles being in proximity to each other, to urge... Agent: Alfred E. Mann Foundation For Scientific Research

  
09/08/2011 > 43 patent applications in 26 patent subcategories. class, title,number

20110218606 - Methods for stabilizing femoral vessels: The invention provides methods for stabilizing the femoral artery.... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.

20110218610 - Dilatation and stent delivery system and related methods: The invention relates to a system for dilatation of a body passage and delivery of a stent into the body passage of a patient, and related methods of using such a system. The dilatation and stent delivery system may comprise a dilatation catheter having an expandable member on a distal... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110218611 - Drug eluting stent and a guide catheter device assembly for implanting the same: The present invention relates to a drug eluting stent for delivering therapeutic agents to a body lumen. The stent includes an expandable substrate configured for implantation in a vessel of a human body and a therapeutic agent composition coated over the stent. The balloon catheter shaft has a resilient unit... Agent:

20110218609 - Fill tube manifold and delivery methods for endovascular graft: Some embodiments relate in part to endovascular prostheses and methods of deploying same. Embodiments may be directed more specifically to inflatable stent grafts and methods of positioning and deploying such devices within the body of a patient. Some embodiments include inflation devices and methods that allow an inflatable portion of... Agent: Trivascular, Inc.

20110218607 - Methods of self-aligning stent grafts: A method for automatic endovascular alignment of a prosthesis includes loading the prosthesis in a distal delivery assembly, positioning a guidewire into a curved implantation site, and threading a guidewire lumen over the guidewire with the delivery assembly and into an implantation site to at least approximately align the curved... Agent:

20110218612 - Multifilar cable catheter: A catheter device including an elongate catheter shaft comprising a multifilar cable tubing having a proximal portion and a distal portion. At least a part of the distal portion is more flexible than the proximal portion. The shaft includes two lumens, one of which houses a stent deployment shaft configured... Agent: Cook Medical Technologies LLC

20110218608 - Vascular prosthesis delivery system and method: A vascular prosthesis delivery system comprises a radially self expandable vascular prosthesis and a delivery sheath with a lumen with a smaller diameter storage region and a larger diameter delivery region. A prosthesis is housed within the storage region and is movable into the delivery region for delivery at a... Agent: Novostent Corporation

20110218613 - Vascular prosthesis assembly with retention mechanism and method: A vascular prosthesis assembly includes a self expanding prosthesis and a selectively releasable retention mechanism over the outer surface of the prosthesis which maintains the vascular prosthesis in a contracted state. The retention mechanism may include a removable strand extending along the length of the prosthesis having a series of... Agent: Novostent Corporation

20110218616 - Cancer stent treatment device using nanotechnology: This application is for a device using aptamers, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) filled with nanosized iron oxide particles immobilized magnetically on a stent by a magnet and then subsequently killing circulating tumor cells (CTCs) attached to the aptamers by heating the carbon nanotubes with near infrared (NIR) lasers and then... Agent:

20110218615 - Stent with multi-crown constraint and method for ending helical wound stents: A stent includes a wave form having a plurality of struts and a plurality of crowns with each crown connecting two adjacent struts. The wave form is wrapped around a longitudinal axis to define a plurality of turns. The stent includes a first connection that connects an end of the... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.

20110218614 - Stent with sinusoidal wave form and orthogonal end and method for making same: A stent includes a wave form that includes a plurality of struts and a plurality of crowns. The wave form is wrapped around a longitudinal axis so as to define a plurality of turns, including a first turn disposed at a first angle and a second turn disposed at a... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.

20110218617 - Endoluminal vascular prosthesis: Some embodiments of an endoluminal prosthesis comprise a graft having a first end and a second end, a first stent positioned at a first end of the graft, the first stent comprising a plurality of proximal apices and a plurality of distal apices, a second stent positioned axially adjacent to... Agent: Endologix, Inc.

20110218618 - Self-regenerating drug-delivering stent: A method for bulk manufacture of a microporous sheet material from polyolefin fibers, where an average pore size in the material is controlled by calendering the material through low-energy rollers at a suitable temperature, pressure and speed. The material is useful to selectively pass or reject certain substances, and may... Agent:

20110218619 - Low-profile heart valve and delivery system: Disclosed replacement heart valves can be designed to be delivered to a native valve site while crimped on a delivery catheter. The crimped profile of the replacement valve can be minimized by, for example, separating a frame or stent structure from a leaflet structure, along the axial direction. Disclosed replacement... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20110218621 - Method of replacing native heart valve tissue: A device for repairing a heart valve comprises an implantation instrument. The implantation instrument comprises a first support ring, and a second support ring connected to said first support ring to form a coiled configuration. The first support ring is configured to abut one side of the valve and the... Agent:

20110218620 - Retaining mechanisms for prosthetic valves: Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems used to deliver a prosthetic heart valve to a deficient valve. In one embodiment, for instance, a support member is positioned to at least partially surround the native leaflets of a valve. A locking member is used to couple both... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20110218622 - Induction activation of adjustable annuloplasty rings and other implantable devices: Systems and methods to adjust an adjustable medical device that is implanted subcutaneously within the body of a patient. The adjustable medical device is coupled to an adjustment mechanism configured to, when powered, effect a desired adjustment to the adjustable medical device. The adjustment mechanism is electrically coupled to a... Agent: Micardia Corporation

20110218623 - Small diameter inlays: Small diameter corneal inlays adapted to change the corneal surface curvature to provide central near vision and peripheral distance vision.... Agent:

20110218624 - Silicone breast implant delivery: A tapered sleeve is provided that includes a hydrophilic coating on an inner surface. In use, the device is typically removed from sterile packaging and soaked to activate the lubricous properties of the coating. An implant (e.g., a pre-filled silicon breast implant) is introduced into a large end of the... Agent:

20110218625 - Method and apparatus for fixation of an acl graft: A system for use in graft fixation in a knee reconstruction procedure can include a first femoral fixation member adapted to be retained relative to a first end of a femoral tunnel and a first self-locking adjustable flexible member construct having a passage portion with a pair of free ends... Agent: Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC

20110218626 - Apparatus and methods for securing a bone implant: Apparatus and methods for securing a bone implant are provided. The implant may be an expandable implant. The implant may be a non-expandable implant. The implant may be for repairing a bone fracture. The implant may be secured to a bone by anchors. The implant may include anchor receiving features.... Agent:

20110218628 - Prosthesis of anterior spinal column, instrument guiding the prosthesis and method for installation thereof: A prosthesis of an anterior spinal column, comprising a perforated sleeve body (1) with at least one anchoring element, teeth and overgrowth holes and a positioner (2) situated within the body (1). The body (1) has in its wall at least one manipulative hole (6) and at least one positioning... Agent: Lfc Sp. Z.o.o.

20110218627 - System and method for replacing at least a portion of a vertebral body: Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for replacing at least a part of a vertebral body. Systems may include end components for interfacing with adjacent vertebrae and a central component for placement between end components. Instruments for placing system components and preparing anatomical structures to receive system embodiments... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20110218631 - Adjustable intervertebral implant: An adjustable intervertebral implant (100) for implantation into a patient's spine in-between first and second adjacent or neighboring vertebrae. The implant may include one or more of the following features: (i) inner (110) and outer (115) members coupled by a radiographically imageable expansion ring (130), (ii) detachable endplates (120,125) coupled... Agent: Synthes Usa, LLC

20110218633 - Devices and techniques for a posterior lateral disc space approach: This invention relates to devices and instruments for implant insertion through a posterior lateral opening to the disc space. The instruments include an implant inserter, and the devices include a spinal fusion implant engageable by the implant inserter. The implant provides bilateral support of the adjacent vertebrae when inserted into... Agent:

20110218630 - Intervertebral disc endoprosthesis: An intervertebral disc endoprosthesis for implantation in the spinal column, with an upper end plate and a lower end plate for securing respectively to the bones of the vertebral body, and with a slide bearing which is arranged between the end plates and is composed of slide bodies that are... Agent:

20110218629 - Spinal stabilization device: A spinal implant device in accordance with the present disclosure is made of a material suitable for human implantation and has a main body having a substantially square periphery. In addition, the spinal implant device has a tapered leading tip on a distal end of the spinal implant device and... Agent:

20110218632 - Surgical implants: Systems and methods for replacement of an intervertebral disc are provided. The spinal implant comprises an elastomeric material that has been treated with an additive to decrease the ability of emissions to pass through the elastomeric material and to increase at least one of wear resistance, stiffness, and Shore hardness... Agent: Nuvasive, Inc.

20110218634 - Compliant osteosynthesis fixation plate: A bendable polymer tissue fixation device suitable to be implanted into a living body, comprising a highly porous body, the porous body comprising a polymer, the porous body comprising a plurality of pores, the porous body being capable of being smoothly bent, wherein the bending collapses a portion of the... Agent:

20110218635 - Modular knee implants: An implant for bone re-surfacing in a joint, the implant having a bearing platform having a front surface which forms a bearing surface and a back surface, and securing apparatus projecting from the back surface, the securing apparatus having a locking surface arranged to bear against an undercut surface of... Agent:

20110218636 - Guide assembly for lateral implants and associated methods: An assembly for use in guiding a lateral fastener into a lateral bore of a femoral body implant. The assembly can include an outrigger having an arm portion, a leg portion extending from the arm portion, and an alignment tube extending from the leg portion. The assembly can further include... Agent: Biomet Manufacturing Corp.

20110218638 - Interlocking reverse hip and revision prosthesis: A reverse hip prosthesis comprising an acetabular cup for implanting in an acetabular socket. The acetabular cup is secured to the acetabular socket of the pelvis using fasteners. The acetabular cup has a stem extending from the center of a concave portion thereof and an acetabular ball is attached to... Agent:

20110218637 - Interlocking reverse hip prosthesis: An interlocking reversed hip prosthesis including an acetabular cup being implanted in the acetabular cavity having an acetabular articular ball, firmly attached to the central portion of the cup via Morse taper. The femoral component having a hemispherical cup attached to the neck of the implant via Morse taper in... Agent:

20110218639 - Cup sheath to prevent soft tissue impingement: An acetabular cup and sheath assembly comprises a sheath and an acetabular cup. The sheath is configured to receive the acetabular cup within the sheath. The sheath and acetabular cup together are configured to pass through a surgical wound toward an implantation site. The sheath further comprises a penetration structure... Agent: Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20110218642 - Manipulation system for selection: The present invention relates to a navigation device (4) for visually selecting and positioning components of a multi-part joint endoprosthesis (1) for ball joints of a human or animal body, in particular a hip joint endoprosthesis, with a shaft (2) that can be inserted into a marrow cavity of a... Agent: Implantech Medizintechnik Ges.m.b.h.

20110218640 - Method and apparatus for trialing and implanting a modular femoral hip: A modular femoral hip implant trialing system. The system generally includes a proximal body, a fastener, and a fastener retention member. The proximal body includes a proximal bore, a tapered distal bore, and a passageway connecting the proximal bore to the distal bore. The proximal bore, the distal bore, and... Agent: Biomet Manufacturing Corp.

20110218641 - Modular lateral hip augments: An implant for a hip can include a lateral augment adapted to be coupled to a lateral side of a femoral body implant. The lateral augment can include a body portion having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, and a protrusion extending from the second surface.... Agent: Biomet Manufacturing Corp.

20110218644 - Drug delivery and diagnostic system for orthopedic implants: A drug delivery and diagnostic system can include an orthopedic implant having an outer attachment surface. A conduit can be coupled to the outer attachment surface. The conduit can have an inlet and a plurality of perforations formed along a length thereof. The conduit can be adapted to pass fluid... Agent: Biomet Manufacturing Corp.

20110218645 - surface of titanium- based metal implants to be inserted into bone tissue: The invention defines a surface of a titanium-based metal implant to be inserted into bone tissue, characterised in that it comprises substantially pure titanium oxide and has a thickness of 8-50 nm. Also, the invention defines a procedure for obtaining the surface, as well as the metal implant that exhibits... Agent:

20110218646 - Bone implant matrix and method of preparing the same: e

20110218643 - Method of forming a bioactive coating: A method for the plasma electrolytic oxidation of a bioactive coating onto implant (4) is provided. The implant is placed in an electrolyte solution (3) providing Ca and P ions and then connected to a power supply (1). A counter electrode is also provided in the electrolyte solution. A sequence... Agent:

20110218647 - Medical implant: A cartilage plug (14) comprises cross-linked polyvinylalcohol, a polyvinylalcohol fibre and fumed silica. The plug may also include chondrocytes and/or hyaluronic acid.... Agent:

20110218648 - Fastening system for prostheses: A system for fastening prosthetic implants such as ankle prostheses is provided. The ankle prosthesis includes: a talar implant having a body for mounting to a top of a talus and with at least one talar fastening hole; a tibial implant having a plate for mounting to a bottom of... Agent:

  
09/01/2011 > 23 patent applications in 13 patent subcategories. class, title,number

20110213449 - Apparatus for vessel access closure: Embodiments are described for closing vascular access ports, such as arteriotomies, which involve placement and deployment of an expandable device configured to prevent blood flow across a subject arteriotomy while also keeping disturbance of intravascular flow to a minimum. Suitable prostheses may comprise one or more frames constructed from lengths... Agent: Promed, Inc.

20110213450 - Medical device delivery system: A medical device delivery system for remotely deploying a stent or similar medical device is disclosed. The medical device delivery system includes a delivery device having a handle engaged to an elongated barrel with a puller arrangement attached to an elongated outer catheter defining a distal end engaged to a... Agent: Koven Technology Canada, Inc.

20110213451 - Medical device shield and methods for delivering a medical device: Device shields for packaging and protecting medical devices during storage and deployment. A device shield includes a housing configured to maintain a medical device and at least a portion of a medical device delivery apparatus within the housing, and a limit element having a first constraining position and a second... Agent: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

20110213452 - Stent: A bioabsorable stent is disclosed. The stent is made of a bioabsorable material and has an elongated body having a proximate end, a distal end, and at least one open channel formed on the exterior surface of the elongated body to provide fluid communication between the proximal end and the... Agent:

20110213453 - Stent: A bioabsorable stent is disclosed. The stent is made of a bioabsorable material and has an elongated body having a proximate end, a distal end, and at least one open channel formed on the exterior surface of the elongated body to provide fluid communication between the proximal end and the... Agent:

20110213454 - Porous synthetic vascular grafts with oriented ingrowth channels: A vascular prosthesis is constructed from a structure having interconnected, helically oriented channel-porosity to allow oriented ingrowth of connective tissue into a wall of the prosthesis. The prosthesis can have a small internal diameter of 6 mm or less. Several different methods can be used to produce the prosthesis, including... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110213456 - Side-chain crystallizable polymers for medical applications: Side-chain crystallizable (SCC) polymers are useful in various medical applications. In certain applications, heavy atom containing side-chain crystallizable polymers (HACSCCP's) are particularly useful. An example of a HACSCCP is a polymer that comprises a main chain, a plurality of crystallizable side chains, and a plurality of heavy atoms attached to... Agent: Reva Medical, Inc.

20110213455 - Stent graft: A stent-graft including an inner stent having a wall structure including juxtaposed strut-patterns with interconnected struts and connectors connecting the strut-patterns is described. The wall structure of the inner stent has a predetermined length. An outer stent is coaxially arranged around the inner stent and has a wall structure including... Agent:

20110213457 - Angioplasty stents: An angioplasty stent comprises a body comprising a plurality of successive segments connected in pairs by bridge means so that the successive segments can be oriented relative to one another for the purposes of bending of the body in any direction defined by a linear combination of respective orientation axes... Agent: Sorin Biomedica Cardio S.r.l.

20110213458 - Intravascular stent: The invention is directed to an expandable stent for implanting in a body lumen, such as a coronary artery, peripheral artery, or other body lumen. The invention provides for a an intravascular stent having a plurality of cylindrical rings connected by undulating links. The stent has a high degree of... Agent: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.

20110213459 - Systems and methods for transcatheter aortic valve treatment: Devices and methods are configured to allow transcervical or subclavian access via the common carotid artery to the native aortic valve, and implantation of a prosthetic aortic valve into the heart. The devices and methods also provide means for embolic protection during such an endovascular aortic valve implantation procedure.... Agent:

20110213461 - Prosthetic valve for transluminal delivery: A prosthetic valve assembly for use in replacing a deficient native valve comprises a replacement valve supported on an expandable valve support. If desired, one or more anchor may be used. The valve support, which entirely supports the valve annulus, valve leaflets, and valve commissure points, is configured to be... Agent: Medtronic Corevalve LLC

20110213460 - Unstented heart valve with formed in place support structure: An implantable prosthetic valve has an in situ formable support structure. The valve comprises a prosthetic valve, having a base and at least one flow occluder. A first flexible component is incapable of retaining the valve at a functional site in the arterial vasculature. The first component extends proximally of... Agent: Direct Flow Medical, Inc.

20110213462 - Multi-focal intraocular lens system and methods: The invention pertains to methods, components, and operations of multi-focal intraocular lens systems, including range finding for driving same and for discriminating between multiple objects and varying brightness conditions. The invention also pertains to intraocular photosensors and range-finding methods to be used with intra-ocular lens systems, and components, that provide... Agent: Elenza, Inc.

20110213463 - Annulus-reinforcing band: A pliable band or hoop that is flexible to normal handling, but cannot stretch circumferentially once it has reached the limits of its circumferential length. The band may have a structural portal to be used for filling, or it may simply be constructed of a fabric-like material that allows a... Agent:

20110213465 - Expandable interbody fusion device: An expandable interbody fusion device includes superior and inferior plates that are configured to receive a sequentially inserted stack of expansion members or wafers. The superior and inferior plates include features that at least initially interlock the two plates until the superior plate is dislodged by pressure from the growing... Agent: Spine Wave, Inc.

20110213464 - Injection of fibrin sealant in the absence of corticosteroids in spinal applications: A method and kit for treating a disc that is leaking nucleus pulposus through at least one defect in the annulus fibrosus. The method includes injecting a fibrin sealant into the disc to reduce at least a portion of the at least one defect, wherein the fibrin sealant injected into... Agent:

20110213466 - Method and apparatus for force redistribution in articular joints: Pathologies of joints arising from improper force distributions are addressed by displacement of targeted connective and muscle tissues surrounding the joint in order to realign force vectors and alter moment arms loading the joint.... Agent: The Foundry LLC

20110213467 - Orthopaedic implant with woven ingrowth material: Methods and apparatuses for attaching soft tissue and bone to orthopaedic implants. The orthopaedic implants are provided with a woven ingrowth material to facilitate attachment of soft tissue and bone thereto. In one embodiment, the woven ingrowth material is formed as a patch or region of woven material attached to... Agent: Zimmer, Inc.

20110213468 - Silane coating process for high alkali bioactive glasses: A method of preparing a ceramic-resin composite material for bone repair, including preparing a predetermined amount of pH controlled substantially anhydrous coupling agent by mixing a liquid silane material, alcohol and organic acid, producing particulate bioactive glass having a desired particle size of less than about 53 mesh, measuring a... Agent:

20110213469 - Systems and methods for bariatric therapy: The present invention provides bariatric therapy systems. One system includes a gastrointestinal implant device and a delivery mechanism therefor. The device can include a sleeve for placement into a small intestine and to minimize absorption of nutrients by its walls. An anchoring mechanism coupled to a proximal end of the... Agent: Pavilion Medical Innovations

20110213470 - Methods for using a three-dimensional stromal tissue to promote angiogenesis: The present invention relates to a method for promoting blood vessel formation in tissues and organs. In particular, the method relates to implantation or attachment of an engineered three-dimensional stromal tissue to promote endothelialization and angiogenesis in the heart and related tissues. The three-dimensional stromal tissue of the present invention... Agent: Theregen, Inc.

20110213471 - Prosthetic foot with a curved split: Prosthetic feet having a split feature are described. The prosthetic feet can include a plate-like upper element and a plate-like lower element connected to the upper element. The plate-like upper element can include a split that separates the upper element into a medial blade and a lateral blade. A portion... Agent: &#xd6 Ssur Hf

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