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Surgery June archive of inventions by patent app class 06/07

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06/28/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archive of inventions by patent app class

20070149956 - External device for controlling a laser during laser ablation surgery on the cornea and associated methods: A system for controlling a device in ophthalmic refractive surgery includes a processor, a controller, a treatment laser, and a signal receiver. A remote device has a plurality of input elements. At least one input element when activated is configured to emit a discrete signal that is received by the... Agent: Jacqueline E. Hartt, Ph.d Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A.

20070149955 - Surgical instrument positioning system and method of use: A positioning system for use during surgical procedures comprising a belt assembly adapted to be positioned about a bodily surface of a patient. The belt assembly may comprise a single module, or a first module adapted to be attached to a second module. The modules may be adapted to permit... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20070149959 - Cryoprobe for low pressure systems: A cryoprobe for use in cryosurgery and other applications comprising a rigid outer tube, an inner coolant inlet tube a short rigid penetrating segment extending distally from the distal end of the outer tube and a helical-shaped baffle having a heating element disposed about the outer surface of the inlet... Agent: Crockett & Crockett

20070149958 - Cryoprobe with exhaust heater: A cryoprobe having an exhaust heater placed in fluid communication with exhausting cryogen to heat the cryogen prior to being vented to the atmosphere.... Agent: Crockett & Crockett Suite 400

20070149957 - Low pressure liquid nitrogen cryosurgical system: A cryosurgical system using a low-pressure liquid nitrogen supply, which requires only 0.5 to 1 bar of pressure to provide adequate cooling power for treatment of typical breast lesions. The pressure may be provided by supplying lightly pressurized air into the dewar, by heating a small portion of the nitrogen... Agent: Crockett & Crockett

20070149960 - Surgical clamp having transmurality assessment capabilities: A medical device is provided having a means for actuating a pair of opposing jaw members. The jaw members are movable relative to one another from a first position, wherein the jaw members are disposed in a spaced apart relation relative to one another, to a second position, wherein the... Agent: Christopher & Weisberg, P.A.

20070149961 - Surgical clamp having trasmurality assessment capabilities: A medical device is provided having a means for actuating a pair of opposing jaw members. The jaw members are-movable relative to one another from a first position, wherein the jaw members are disposed in a spaced apart relation relative to one another, to a second position, wherein the jaw... Agent: Christopher & Weisberg, P.A.

20070149962 - Surgical clamp having trasmurality assessment capabilities: A medical device is provided having a means for actuating a pair of opposing jaw members. The jaw members are movable relative to one another from a first position, wherein the jaw members are disposed in a spaced apart relation relative to one another, to a second position, wherein the... Agent: Christopher & Weisberg, P.A.

20070149963 - Balloon catheter: A balloon catheter in which a high-frequency current is supplied between electrodes spaced in a balloon, the liquid in the balloon is heated, and the heat conducted through the balloon ablates the organism tissue in contact with the balloon, characterized in that the area of the surface of each electrode... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20070149964 - Ablation catheter: A radiofrequency electric current ablation catheter comprising a tip electrode, a means for detecting temperature of the tip electrode, a catheter shaft and a portion for operation at proximal end, wherein the tip electrode has a shape formed by connecting three or more spherical or approximately spherical surfaces having centers... Agent: Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, PC

20070149967 - Apparatus and method for assessing transmurality of a tissue ablation: An instrument assesses the transmurality of an ablation lesion from a first surface of a targeted biological tissue to an opposed second surface thereof. The instrument includes at least a first electrode operably attached to an ablation instrument adapted to engage a tissue first surface, and at least a second... Agent: Fenwick & West LLP

20070149965 - Aspirating electrosurgical probe with aspiration through electrode face: A high efficiency electrosurgical electrode with an advanced electrically conductive tip and aspiration port, and a method of conducting an electrosurgical procedure with such electrode. The electrosurgical electrode comprises an electrically conductive tip with a central lumen or “chimney” surrounded by a plurality of protuberances. The central lumen or “chimney”... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20070149966 - Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for treatment and removal of tissue: Apparatus and methods for ablating, severing, cutting, shrinking, coagulating, or otherwise modifying a target tissue to be treated. In a method for treating a target tissue, an active electrode of an electrosurgical probe is positioned in at least close proximity to the target tissue in the presence of an electrically... Agent: Arthrocare Corporation

20070149968 - Surgical instruments: The invention provides a surgical dissection instrument comprising an electrode suitable for use in electrosurgery and a nozzle for use in generating a pressure jet of liquid wherein the electrode has a proximal end for connection to an electrosurgery generator and an electrode tip at the distal end and wherein... Agent: Louis Woo Law Office Of Louis Woo

20070149969 - Surgical clamp having transmurality assessment capabilities: A medical device is provided having a means for actuating a pair of opposing jaw members. The jaw members are movable relative to one another from a first position, wherein the jaw members are disposed in a spaced apart relation relative to one another, to a second position, wherein the... Agent: Christopher & Weisberg, P.A.

20070149970 - Apparatus for coagulating tissue: For the coagulation of tissue there are known instruments, in particular probes, that are designed to deliver argon gas into a space between an electrode within the probe and the tissue. In some cases the intention is to coagulate tissues situated at the side of the outlet of the probe.... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.

20070149971 - Bipolar high frequency treatment device: Provided is a bipolar high frequency treatment device including a catheter tube insertable into a body through a treatment device passage of an endoscope; a first forceps blade and a second forceps blade at the top end of the catheter tube, which first forceps blade and second forceps blade can... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20070149972 - Interspinous spacer: An object of the present invention is to provide an interspinous spacer which can be reliably held between adjacent spinous processes to maintain an appropriate space between the adjacent spinous processes, and in particular to provide an interspinous spacer which allows a less invasive operation to be carried out without... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070149973 - Vertebral osteosynthesis equipment: This equipment includes: bony anchoring members whereof at least one includes a proximal threaded stud for receiving a nut and a base portion for anchoring to a vertebra; one or two linking rods to be connected to the anchoring members and be attached to the vertebrae thereby parts for connecting... Agent: Young & Thompson

20070149974 - Device and method for sectioning a vertebral lamina: The present invention concerns a device for sectioning a vertebral lamina, characterized in that it comprises a base (4) for positioning the device and protecting the medullar canal when sectioning the lamina, sectioning means (1) slide-mounted in the base (4) along a first axis (A1), a first piston slide-mounted in... Agent: Andrews Kurth

20070149975 - Method and apparatus for removing material from an intervertebral disc space, such as in performing a nucleotomy: Instrument and method for removing material from an intervertebral disc. The instrument includes outer and inner tubular members. The outer tubular member defines a passage and a cutting window. The inner tubular member is coaxially disposed within the passage, and defines a central lumen and a cutting tip. The cutting... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja, P.l.l.c.

20070149976 - Method for resurfacing a lumbar articular facet: Methods for treating spinal pathologies, and more specifically methods for treating articulating surfaces of facet joints. The methods involve providing artificial articulating surfaces for facet joint articular facets. In addition, various types of rasps may be used to prepare the articulating surfaces prior to placement of the artificial articulating surfaces.... Agent: Renner Otto Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

20070149977 - Surgical component positioner: A surgical component positioner positions a surgical component at a surgical site. The surgical component positioner includes a body, a component link adjustably mounted to the body with multiple degrees of freedom relative to the body; and an adjustable locking mechanism operably connected to the component link. The locking mechanism... Agent: John F. Hoffman, Esq. Baker & Daniels LLP

20070149978 - Minimally invasive distraction device and method: A device (10) for distracting and supporting two substantially opposing tissue surfaces in a patient's body, to be introduced within the tissue surfaces in a minimally invasive procedure. The device comprises: a wrapping element (12); and an expandable structure (24) insertable between the two substantially opposing support surfaces of the... Agent: Saltamar Innovations

20070149979 - Targeting device: The present invention provides a targeting device (1) for use in open, or minimally invasive, hip surgery to allow the position of the centreline of the femoral neck to be located. Also disclosed is its use in location of the centreline of the femoral neck. The targeting device comprises at... Agent: Ice Miller LLP

20070149983 - Facet joint prosthesis: The invention relates to a prosthesis for facet joints (12) of the spinal column, with a bearing piece (23) and a guide rod (21). The bearing piece (23) comprises a pressure plate (24) for resting on an articular surface (13, 14) of the vertebra (1) and, on the opposite side,... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20070149981 - Implant insertion device: Methods and devices are provided for measuring and/or controlling an amount of force applied to an implant or other element. In certain exemplary embodiments, an implant inserter tool is provided that includes a shaft having a proximal end that is adapted to receive a force and a distal end that... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20070149982 - Surgical apparatus and method for manipulating one or more osteochondral plugs: An surgical apparatus and method are described for manipulating one or more osteochondral plugs, including, but not limited to, extracting and/or impacting the one or more osteochondral plugs.... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP

20070149980 - Surgical instruments for use in the implantation of tissue repair kit: A set of surgical instruments for use in the implantation of a tissue repair kit after preparation of a bone site having damaged tissue, in which damaged tissue is first removed and an annular groove is formed around the defect site prior to application of the repair kit comprising a... Agent: Kirton And Mcconkie

20070149984 - Injection apparatus and method: An injection apparatus that inserts an injection needle into a target region in a minute object, and injects a predetermined material into the target region from the injection needle includes a positioning controller that determines, as an insertion direction, a direction that provides the longest length in the target region... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20070149985 - Follicular extraction punch and method: Provided herein is an instrument and method useful to incise in to the skin to a precise depth and at a specific angle with respect to the surface of the skin of a patient, for the extraction of individual follicular groups or individual follicular units. An instrument according to the... Agent: Berkeley Law & Technology Group, LLP

20070149986 - Compact suture punch with malleable needle: A suture punch system that is capable of directly passing braided suture through tissue in a simple, one-step process. The system includes three principle components: a malleable needle capable of delivering the suture to the tissue, a handheld instrument for grasping tissue and controlling needle placement, and a force-supplying mechanism... Agent: Akerman Senterfitt

20070149987 - Vessel wound closure device: A vessel wound closure device that separately deploys a suture and a snare within a vessel to produce a stitch across a puncture site of a vessel. Once deployed within the vessel, the suture is captured within the snare, withdrawn, and then secured to provide a stitch across the puncture... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070149988 - Exclusion of the left atrial appendage: A device for excluding the left atrial appendage (LAA) includes first and second members, each with first and second ends. The second ends are connected by a hinge. The first ends interlock to close the device about the LAA. The members are shaped such that they can exclude the LAA... Agent: Rankin, Hill, Porter & Clark, LLP

20070149989 - Vascular and intestinal occlusion: A device for occluding a conduit includes first and second members, each with first and second ends. The second ends are connected by a hinge. The first ends interlock to close the device about the conduit. The members are shaped such that they can occlude the conduit without causing the... Agent: Rankin, Hill, Porter & Clark, LLP

20070149990 - Apparatus and methods of tissue removal within a spine: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes an elongate body having a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The elongate body has a cutting portion at a distal portion of the elongate body, and the cutting portion defines an opening in the elongate body. The distal portion of the elongate body... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20070149991 - Skin rejuvination resurfacing method: A skin rejuvenation resurfacing procedure comprising performing a punctile resurfacing procedure using a oscillating, reciprocating high speed, non-thermal, needle-based device for inducing mechanical trauma to an area of the skin to be treated.... Agent: Dennis G. Lapointe Lapointe Law Group, Pl

20070149992 - Clip for acupuncture needle: A one-hand operated acupuncture dispensing system to administer acupuncture treatment at an acupoint point is described. The system includes an acupuncture needle, a clip and a guide tube to house the needle and the clip for securing and releasing the needle inside the guide tube. The tube prevents the clip... Agent: Chak Leung

20070149993 - Treatment sheath for endoscopic blood vessel harvesting: According to one aspect of the present invention, there is disclosed a treatment sheath for endoscopic blood vessel harvesting, comprising a sheath main unit which can be inserted into a body through a cut skin portion in order to harvest a blood vessel in the body, a channel which is... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20070149994 - Intragastric space filler and methods of manufacture: A gastric space filler device for treating obesity in a patient by reducing the stomach volume comprising at least one inflatable space filler and a pressure sensor secured to the space filler, wherein the pressure sensor yields a noticeable signal for causing removal of the space filler.... Agent: Stephen A. Sosnowski

20070149995 - Method for accessing the left atrial appendage with a balloon-tipped transeptal sheath: A method for accessing the left atrial appendage with a balloon-tipped transseptal sheath is disclosed. A transseptal sheath is delivered to the left atrium through the intraatrial septum from the right atrium. The balloon tip may be inflated to prevent the transseptal sheath from falling proximally into the right atrium.... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070149996 - Low profile filter: A low-profile, embolic protection device for collecting particulate debris in a body lumen, wherein an embolic filter is utilized that is expandable and collapsible by push-pull action. A filter first end is axially secured to an elongate inner member and a filter second end is attached to a distal tip... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20070149997 - Single-wire expandable cages for embolic filtering devices: A single-wire expandable cage for an embolic filtering device includes a single cage wire coupled to an elongated member, such as a guide wire, and adapted to expand from an unexpanded position to an expanded position in a patient's body vessel. The wire includes a first end and a second... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP

20070149998 - Systems and methods for closing a vessel wound: Vessel wound closure systems and method for sealing a puncture wound in a target vessel, such as those puncture wounds that occur from interventional procedures. The vessel wound closure system generally comprises an introducer, and a hydratable hemostatic membrane dislodgable from over a portion of the introducer to seal a... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070149999 - Systems and methods for closing a vessel wound: Vessel wound closure systems and method for sealing a puncture wound in a target vessel, such as those puncture wounds that occur from interventional procedures. The vessel wound closure system comprises at least a biocompatible, viscoelastic, self-sealing septum material injected onto the adventitia of the target vessel prior to performance... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070150000 - Device for closing an opening formed by two overlapping tissue flaps in the heart: A device (1) for closing an opening (2) (PFO-closure) formed by two overlapping tissue flaps or skin folds (5) and (6) in the heart (3) is provided, and includes a feeding catheter (7), that can be inserted into the heart (3), transvenously for the transvenous introduction of a device that... Agent: Volpe And Koenig, P.C.

20070150001 - Filament of polyglycolic acid resin and process for producing the same: A biodegradable filament of polyglycolic acid resin having practical properties represented by high tensile strength and knot strength is produced. A polyglycolic acid resin having a residual monomer content of below 0.5 wt. % is melt-spun, quenched in a liquid bath of at most 10 ° C. and then stretched... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20070150003 - Suture anchor with insert-molded suture eyelet: An insert-molded suture anchor with a biodegradable polymer body in which a loop of suture is totally contained within the polymer. The suture anchor body features a drive end that is shaped to be received into a recess in the end of a hand driver. Anchoring ribs are formed along... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20070150002 - Systems and methods for closing a vessel wound: Vessel wound closure systems and method for sealing a puncture wound in a target vessel, such as those puncture wounds that occur from prior interventional procedures. A sealing member is deployed intravascularly into the target vessel, and an anchor member is deployed extravascularly of the target vessel. The sealing member... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070150004 - Electromechanical adjusting instrument: A chiropractic adjusting instrument comprising a housing; a thrust nose piece and an impact head to contact a body; a preload switch plunger; a dampening spring; a solenoid having a core; a preload spring; a recoil spring; an electronic pulse system operatively connected to a power source to provide alternating... Agent: Venable, Campillo, Logan & Meaney, P.C.

  
06/21/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archive of inventions by patent app class

20070142823 - Control system for reducing internally generated frictional and inertial resistance to manual positioning of a surgical manipulator: A robotic control system is placed in clutch mode so that a slave manipulator holding a surgical instrument is temporarily disengaged from control by a master manipulator in order to allow manual positioning of the surgical instrument at a surgical site within a patient. Control systems implemented in a processor... Agent: Patent Dept Intuitive Surgical, Inc

20070142824 - Indicator for tool state and communication in multi-arm robotic telesurgery: Medical and/or robotic devices, systems and methods provide an indicator associated with a manipulator assembly of a multi-arm telerobotic or telesurgical system. An example of an indicator comprises a multi-color light emitting diode (LED) mounted to a manipulator moving an associated surgical instrument, allowing the indicator to display any of... Agent: Patent Dept Intuitive Surgical, Inc

20070142825 - Method for handling an operator command exceeding a medical device state limitation in a medical robotic system: A medical robotic system has a robotic arm holding a medical device, and a control system for controlling movement of the arm according to operator manipulation of an input device. If the medical device is being commanded to a state exceeding a limitation by a threshold amount, then the control... Agent: Patent Dept Intuitive Surgical, Inc

20070142827 - Dynamic laser beam characteristic measurement system for ophthalmic surgery and associated methods: A system and method for determining and monitoring a laser ablation volume of a cornea. The method includes sampling a beam of laser shots from a pulsed treatment laser as a reference portion. A fluence distribution of the beam reference portion is measured, and a laser beam characteristic is calculated... Agent: Alcon

20070142826 - Modification of laser ablation treatment prescription using corneal mechanical properties and associated methods: A method of the present invention is directed to improving an outcome of a surgical procedure on a patient cornea. The method includes the steps of measuring a mechanical parameter of a cornea of an eye and determining a laser-surgery prescription for the cornea to improve a visual parameter therefor.... Agent: Alcon

20070142828 - Method and system for altering the refractive properties of the eye: The present invention relates to a system for altering the refractive properties of an eye. The system includes a device configured to be positioned adjacent a portion the cornea of the eye, a cross linker, adapted to be applied to the cornea, a device for emitting ultraviolet rays at the... Agent: Bell, Boyd, & Lloyd LLP

20070142829 - In-vivo interstitial antennas: Disclosed are in-vivo interstitial antennas (IVIAs) for thermal treatment and deactivation of tumors by means of microwaves. An IVIA comprises a microwave monopole antenna (MMA) and a medical catheter, and the MMA is inserted into the medical catheter to form the IVIA. The MMA comprises coaxial cable and three types... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500

20070142830 - Ablation device with compression balloon: A tissue ablation device includes an array of elongate electrodes configured to be deployed in tissue, wherein the deployed electrode array defines a tissue ablation region, an inflatable balloon configured to be deployed in tissue, and a coupler securing the balloon relative to the one or more elongate electrodes, wherein... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

20070142831 - Surgical instruments and techniques for treating gastro-esophageal reflux disease: An apparatus to treat tissue in a selected wall region of an esophagus is provided. In one embodiment the apparatus inlcudes an elongate member having a circumference and is sized to be deployed in an esophagus. The apparatus further includes an energy delivery element sized to apply electrical energy to... Agent: Shay Law Group, LLP

20070142832 - Motion detector for controlling electrosurgical output: An electrosurgical instrument having a movement sensing device for controlling the electrosurgical output thereof, is disclosed. In one aspect of the present disclosure, the electrosurgical instrument includes an elongated housing, an electrically conductive element supported within the housing and extending distally from the housing, the electrically conductive element connectable to... Agent: United States Surgical, A Division Of Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20070142834 - Forceps with spring loaded end effector assembly: An endoscopic forceps for treating tissue includes a handle assembly having a elongated shaft extending therefrom that is movable relative to the handle assembly by an actuator. The forceps also includes an end effector assembly with first and second jaw members that are movable about a pivot for clamping tissue.... Agent: United States Surgical, A Division Of Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20070142833 - Vessel sealer and divider having elongated knife stroke and safety for cutting mechanism: An endoscopic bipolar forceps includes a housing and a shaft affixed to the housing. The shaft includes a longitudinal axis defined therethrough and a pair of jaw members attached to a distal end thereof. The forceps also includes a drive assembly for moving one of the jaw members relative to... Agent: United States Surgical, A Division Of Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20070142836 - Corkscrew suture anchor: A suture anchor has a continuous thread spiraling around a tapering central core. At the distal end, the suture anchor terminates in a rounded point. At the proximal end of the suture anchor is an eye for receiving suture. The suture anchor has a large thread surface per turn of... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20070142835 - Suture anchor: A bone anchor is described having pre-attached suture material. After insertion, lateral wings can be deployed on the bone anchor to prevent anchor pull-out. The suture may be attached at the tip of the anchor by tying it to a wire hook secured in a cavity in the anchor tip.... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070142837 - Threaded suture anchor with starting pitch: A suture anchor has a continuous thread spiralling around a tapering central core. At the distal end of the thread, the suture anchor has a starting pitch to facilitate insertion of the anchor into bone. The proximal end of the suture anchor receives at least one strand of suture. At... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20070142839 - Methods and apparatus for treating disc herniation and preventing the extrusion of interbody bone graft: Methods and apparatus for treating defects in the annulus fibrosis are described. The methods include providing first and second elongate fastening members, each having a first end and an anchor on the first end that is substantially transverse when deployed. The first end of the first and second elongate fastening... Agent: O'melveny & Myers LLP

20070142838 - Surgical suture staple and attachment device for securing a soft tissue to a bone: A surgical suture staple and an application appliance for the secure and permanent attachment of a soft tissue to a bone provides a staple having a first and second metal or composite pin which will not adversely affect the bone within which it is attached, the first and second pin... Agent: Randal D. Homburg

20070142840 - Assembly for use in orthopaedic surgery: An instrument assembly for use in orthopaedic surgery comprises a reamer or other cutting component which is to be positioned within a body cavity to engage a bone, having at least one bar portion extending across it. A manipulator has at least one clasp for engaging the bar portion so... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070142841 - Spinal implant insertion instrument and method: Insertion devices for positioning a spinal implant in an intervertebral disc space. The device distally advances an implant between flexible guide fingers.... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja, P.l.l.c.

20070142842 - Device, system and method for delivering a curable material into bone: A curable material delivery cannula device is disclosed. The device includes a cannula and a hub. The cannula includes an open proximal end, a deflectable segment forming a pre-set curve, a lumen, and side orifice(s) adjacent, and proximally spaced from, the distal end and fluidly connected to the lumen. When... Agent: Kimberly Luna, Paralegal Allegiance Corporation

20070142843 - Articulated delivery instrument: An articulated delivery instrument for the proper positioning and placements of inserts, for example, an insert such as a lumbar interbody fusion device (“LIF”). The instrument may comprise a body and a first member slidingly coupled to the body. A rotating member for releasably retaining an insert may be pivotally... Agent: Carr LLP (ist)

20070142844 - Cervical seal apparatus and method of sealing a cervix: Techniques and apparatus for providing a compressive force to a cervix to provide a seal is described. For example, a seal can be provided between the cervix and a medical device extending therein. In one implementation, clamping tips positioned at the end of movable arms are provided to clamp the... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20070142845 - Method for enhancing the shaving process for humans using an oscillating skin brush: The method includes the steps of preparing a beard or other skin area to be shaved for shaving by first applying the tips of a bristle skin brush to the skin area of the beard to clean the skin area, the brush having an outer brushhead portion and an inner... Agent: Jensen + Puntigam, P.s.

20070142846 - Integrated handle assembly for anchor delivery system: Integrated systems and associated method for manipulating tissues and anatomical or other structures in medical applications for the purpose of treating diseases or disorders or other purposes. In one aspect, the system includes a delivery device configured to deploy and implant anchor devices for such purposes.... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP

20070142847 - Biological surgical patch and method of making: A biological surgical patch made by a method that includes the steps of providing a natural animal tissue that has a substrate, crosslinking and fixing the substrate, minimizing the antigens from the substrate, tanning the substrate, and incorporating an active layer in the substrate.... Agent: Raymond Sun

20070142848 - Sealing clip, delivery systems, and methods: A sealing clip for sealing or holding punctures or openings in tissue closed is applied from the inner surface of the tissue. In one embodiment, the clip has piercing members for penetrating the tissue from an inner surface thereof adjacent the opening. A delivery apparatus is used to releasably hold... Agent: Jeffrey J. Hohenshell Medtronic, Inc.

20070142850 - Compression anastomosis device: An anastomotic device surgically joins the free ends of a first and a second tubular structure. The device generally includes two ring members, each of which is secured to a free end of the tubular structure. Each ring member includes an outer portion and an inner portion. The outer portions... Agent: United States Surgical A Division Of Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20070142849 - Helical tissue manipulation instruments and methods of use: Helical tissue manipulation instruments and methods of their use are described herein. A helical tissue engager is adapted to reversibly engage tissue and is positioned upon a flexible shaft which is advanceable through a rigidizable endoscopic assembly. The flexible shaft defines a marked section proximal to the tissue engager which... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20070142851 - Methods for the endoluminal treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd): A medical method includes sliding two substantially straight unconnected arms over a fold of body tissue such that a first arm contacts a first portion of the fold and a second arm contacts a second portion. Then, each arm is bent completely through the fold such that both of the... Agent: Mayback & Hoffman, P.A.

20070142852 - Tissue cutting device: Devices and methods for efficient severing or cutting of a material or substance, such as soft tissue, suitable for use in open surgical and/or minimally invasive procedures, such as percutaneous procedures in breast tissue, are disclosed. A tissue cutting device may generally include a probe, a cutting assembly configured to... Agent: Jung-hua Kuo Attorney At Law

20070142853 - Apparatus and method for excising tissue and bandaging the resulting wound: An apparatus (10) and method for excising tissue (208) and closing a wound (156) that results from excision of the tissue (208) is provided. The apparatus (10) includes structure (14) defining an aperture (34) into which tissue (208) to be excised is exposed and a cutting member (96). The apparatus... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20070142854 - Double-ended lancet, method and lancet device using the double-ended lancet, and method of assembling and/or making the double-ended lancet: Double-ended lancet unit for a lancet device. The unit includes a lancet body having a first end and a second end. A first lancet needle projects from the first end and a second lancet needle projects from the second end. The lancet device utilizes the double-ended lancet unit and includes... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070142855 - Surgical port system with marker ring: Surgical port to maintain a working channel through bodily tissue includes a tubular body having a proximal portion and a distal portion, the tubular body having a working channel defined therethrough. Additionally, the surgical port includes a collar disposed at the proximal portion of the tubular body, the collar including... Agent: Robert Deberardine Abbott Laboratories

20070142856 - Convertible mode vascular catheter system: An angioplasty catheter comprising a catheter shaft having a proximal portion and a distal end, an angioplasty balloon attached to the shaft at the distal end, a balloon inflation lumen extending through the shaft and communicating with the interior of the balloon, a guidewire lumen extending through the shaft and... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd

20070142857 - Structure for receiving surgical instruments: A structure for receiving surgical instruments for performing a surgical procedure on a body includes a passage through which the surgical instruments are inserted into the body. The passage has a proximal end and a distal end. An expandable portion enables an increase in the cross-sectional area of the distal... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070142859 - Embolic coils: Coils, such as embolic coils, and related methods, devices, and compositions, are disclosed.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20070142858 - Interventional catheter for retrograde use having embolic protection capability and methods of use: Interventional catheters are disclosed for use in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in vessels that are accessed retrograde to blood flow. The catheters include an elongated shaft slidably disposed within a sheath, a distal region having an end effector and a filter disposed proximal to the end effector to capture... Agent: Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

20070142860 - Cervical clamp apparatus and method of exerting a compressive force to a cervix: Techniques and apparatus for providing a compressive force to a cervix to provide a seal is described. For example, a seal can be provided between the cervix and a medical device extending therein. In one implementation, clamping tips positioned at the end of movable arms are provided to clamp the... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20070142861 - Suture anchor device, kit and method: A suture anchor and kit for anchoring a suture member to human bone in an interference fit. A suture anchor includes a threaded portion and has a head at the proximal end thereof, the head being generally circular. A tip is located at a distal end of the shank. The... Agent: Daniel D. Chapman Jackson Walker, LLP

  
06/14/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archive of inventions by patent app class

20070135804 - Method for safely and efficiently navigating magnetic devices in the body: A method of turning a medical device, having a magnetically responsive element associated with its distal end, at an operating point within an operating region inside a patient's body from an initial direction to a desired final direction, through the movement of at least one external source magnet. The at... Agent: Bryan K. Wheelock

20070135802 - Method of lifting diseased part, tissue lifting system, and indwelling tool: A method includes providing an indwelling tool having a magnetic body at the inside of a luminal organ by inserting the tool into a working channel inserted from a natural opening of a living body to the luminal organ, in a manner such that an axis along a length of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070135803 - Methods and apparatus for performing transluminal and other procedures: The invention is directed to an apparatus for use in a transluminal procedure. The apparatus, comprising, for example, a housing having a guide lumen and a seal proximal to a distal end of the housing that extends across and completely seals the guide lumen; a fixation element in the housing... Agent: Shay Law Group, LLP

20070135805 - Device and method for reshaping the cornea: The present invention relates to a device for reshaping the cornea. The device includes a body having a first surface adapted to be positioned adjacent the surface of the cornea and configured to have selected portions thereof heated, such that the cornea of the eye is heated to a temperature... Agent: Bell, Boyd, & Lloyd LLP

20070135806 - Coaxial illuminated laser endoscopic probe and active numerical aperture control: A coaxial illuminated laser endoscopic probe and active numerical aperture control apparatus and method of use, succinctly known as an illumination and laser source, capable of selectively providing illumination light and laser treatment light through a single optical fiber. The apparatus and method is especially useful during ophthalmic surgery. The... Agent: Kevin L Klug Attorney At Law

20070135807 - Endoscopic instrument: An endoscopic instrument includes a shank (2) having at least one guide channel (4, 4′) for a laser probe (8), and a flexible narrowing provided in a section of the guide channel (4) connecting to its distal end. The flexible narrowing allows a clear diameter of the guide channel (4,... Agent: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P.

20070135808 - Surgical instrument: In the case of a surgical instrument with at least one contact face for body tissue and which is made, at least on the surface, of sterilisable plastic and to enable heat treatment of the body tissue resting on the contact face, it is proposed that on the contact face... Agent: Lipsitz & Mcallister, LLC

20070135810 - Enhanced ablation and mapping catheter and method for treating atrial fibrillation: A catheter for measuring electrical activity and ablating tissue is provided. The catheter comprises an elongated generally-tubular catheter body. A non-retractable electrode assembly is mounted at the distal end of the catheter body. The electrode assembly comprises a generally tubular ablation electrode formed of a material having shape-memory having a... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP

20070135811 - Method for ablating cardiac tissue: A method and apparatus for transmural ablation using an instrument containing two electrodes or cryogenic probes. A clamping force is exerted on the two electrodes or probes such that the tissue of the hollow organ is clamped therebetween. Bipolar RF energy is then applied between the two electrodes, or the... Agent: Cook, Alex, Mcfarron, Manzo, Cummings & Mehler Ltd

20070135809 - Precision ablating device: Apparatus for treating abnormal mucosa in an alimentary tract are provided. The apparatus include an ablation structure configured to be removably coupled to an endoscope and a deflection mechanism adapted to move the ablation structure with respect to the endoscope and toward a tissue surface.... Agent: Shay Law Group, LLP

20070135812 - Laparoscopic apparatus for performing electrosurgical procedures: A system and apparatus for irrigating a surgical site during an electrosurgical procedure are disclosed. The system includes a hand piece having an elongated housing connected to a multilumen tube extending proximally from the housing and having an irrigation tube for delivering irrigation fluid, a suction tube for withdrawing irrigation... Agent: United States Surgical, A Division Of Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20070135813 - Treatment tool for endoscope: A treatment tool for an endoscope which grasps an object of treatment, includes: a flexible sheath; a forward-and-backward moving section; and elastic grippers, wherein each of the pair of arms includes: a connector; a bent portion; a rectilinear portion; and a distal clasp, wherein in conjunction with the forward and... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20070135814 - Facet spacer: Devices for insertion within a facet joint formed between adjacent vertebral members. The devices include an intermediate section sized to fit within the facet joint. The devices may also include one or more mounting sections that extend across the face of one or both vertebral members to receive a fastener... Agent: Coats & Bennett, PLLC

20070135815 - System and method for dynamic vertebral stabilization: An intervertebral stabilization device and method is disclosed. The device preferably includes a planar spring enclosed within a housing. The housing is joined to an articulation component at either end, and the articulation components have couplings connectable to anchoring components which are securable to adjacent vertebrae. The planar spring can... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20070135816 - Bone anchor: A bone anchor is provided having has a body with a proximal end and a distal end, a first section starting from the proximal end, with an outside thread and also a thread-free second section adjoining to it. The first section has a length that is adjusted to the thickness... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

20070135817 - Percutaneous screw assembly: In one of many possible embodiments, the present exemplary system provides a connection member for coupling to one or more orthopedic fasteners that includes a fastener head securing member including a fastener head securing cavity having an axis defined by a wall member, a compressible seating member disposed within the... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20070135818 - Aligning device for stent graft delivery system: A prosthesis implanting system includes a delivery sheath for receiving the prosthesis and delivering it to the treatment site and an alignment device on the sheath visible to a user for indicating a rotational and an axial position of the sheath with respect to the treatment site. The alignment device... Agent: Gregory L. Mayback, P.A.

20070135819 - Transvaginal tube: A transvaginal tube for laparoscopic surgery includes a tubular wall defining a longitudinal axis and including an outer end section, an insert end section, and an intermediate section interconnecting the insert end section and the outer end section. The insert end section has a terminating end, and flares to the... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20070135820 - Releasable basket and method of making thereof: A medical retrieval device includes a basket formed of two or more loops. The basket may be used to retrieve material (e.g., a urinary stone) from a body. The basket opens and closes for end-encapsulation of a stone and is strengthened by support members that interconnect the basket loops. A... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20070135821 - Guide block for biopsy or surgical devices: One embodiment having features of the invention is directed to a guide block for an MRI device which has a block body with a proximal face, a distal face, and four parallel passageways extending between the two faces. The first passageway is centrally disposed, the second passageway is disposed vertical... Agent: Edward J. Lynch Duane Morris LLP

20070135822 - Apparatus for ligating/suturing living tissues and system for resecting/suturing living tissues: In the case where the living tissues in the patient's body is resected as well, it is possible to suture the resected portion immediately without replacement with another treatment device after resection. Thus, prevention of bleeding from the resected portion or earlier repair of an ulcer that occurs with the... Agent: Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20070135823 - Apparatus and method for positive closure of an internal tissue membrane opening: The invention provides a device having two components: a needle advancing apparatus slidable longitudinally along a catheter to advance needles into a tissue membrane, such as a blood vessel wall, around an opening in the membrane; and, a suture retrieval assembly insertable through the catheter beyond a distal side of... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20070135824 - Suture needle retention device: An improved suture needle retention device suitably adapted to be removably attached to the end of a surgical instrument for convenient placement proximate to the surgical field yet out of the way of the surgeon, said device having a needle pervious retention member to accept the sharp end of a... Agent: Anthony D. Pellegrini Rudman & Winchell, LLC

20070135825 - Methods and devices for anchoring to tissue: The present invention relates to a tissue securement system, device and method for endoscopy or endosonography-guided transluminal interventions whereby a ligation is placed and secured into tissue. An objective of this invention is to provide a stable securement platform for the coupling of secondary anchors to the gastro-intestinal tract. Specifically,... Agent: Scott Evans

20070135826 - Method and apparatus for delivering an implant without bias to a left atrial appendage: A system and method for delivering an implant includes an implant, an actuation shaft, and a concentrically attachable disconnect mount. A distal guide tube is sometimes also provided. A proximal guide tube is also sometimes provided. The implantable device has a proximal, a distal end, and a plurality of supports.... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070135827 - Method and apparatus to penetrate soft tissue and produce passageway in hard tissue while protecting principal vasculature and nerves: A method and apparatus are provided to form an opening in tissue. The apparatus oscillates a distal end through soft and hard tissue at varying desirable frequencies and amplitudes. The method also facilitates detection of principal nerves and vasculature to minimize the risk of injury to the same.... Agent: Tod R Nissle

20070135828 - Puncturing device: The device is built of a housing (1), wherein a push button (3) is positioned, and the puncturing needle (5), wherein the push button (3) has arms (7, 8) to guide the push button (3) inside the housing (1), and a driving spring (11), one end of which is linked... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

20070135830 - Flexible tip: An elongate flexible catheter tip is disclosed herein. This catheter tip may include a longitudinal axis extending between a proximal end and a distal end. It may further comprise a corrugated region located between the proximal end and the distal end. The elongate flexible catheter tip, as disclosed herein, may... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20070135829 - Intra-gastric balloon coated in parylene, a method of fabricating such a balloon and of using parylene to coat an intra-gastric balloon: An expandable intra-gastric balloon (1) for treating obesity. The balloon can be implanted in the stomach of a patient in order to reduce the volume of the stomach. The balloon (1) comprises at least one flexible bag (2) presenting an inside face (2A) and an opposite, outside face (2B). The... Agent: Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP

20070135831 - Pyloric valve corking device: Pyloric valve corking devices are disclosed herein that generally include an occluding member, expanding from a first configuration to a larger second configuration, and a bridging member extending from the occluding member. The bridging member has a length that is adapted to pass at least partially through the gastric opening,... Agent: Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

20070135834 - Embolic filters with controlled pore size: The invention provides a device for filtering emboli from blood flowing through a lumen defined by the walls of a vessel in a patient's body comprising a filter element. The filter is expandable from a collapsed configuration when the filter element is restrained to an expanded configuration when the filter... Agent: Popovich, Wiles & O'connell, PA 650 Third Avenue South

20070135833 - Radiopaque embolic protection filter membrane: An embolic protection filter assembly and method of making the same. In at least some embodiments, the present invention relates to embolic protection filters having at least one radiopaque component.... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20070135832 - Vascular catheter with aspiration capabilities and expanded distal tip: A vascular catheter and method of use of the catheter for aiding in balloon angioplasty and stent placement procedures are disclosed. The vascular catheter has a retrieval catheter with an expanded distal portion. The expanded distal portion has aspiration holes which allow aspiration of embolic debris during recovery of the... Agent: Pietragallo, Bosick & Gordon LLP

20070135836 - Low-cost disposable tourniquet cuff: A low-cost disposable tourniquet cuff includes: a first sheet formed of flexible material that is impermeable to gas; a second sheet facing the first sheet and formed of flexible material impermeable to gas; a bladder seal joining the first sheet to the second sheet around a perimeter to form an... Agent: Patrick W. Hughey

20070135835 - Low-cost disposable tourniquet cuff apparatus and method: Low-cost tourniquet cuff apparatus includes: an inflatable bladder formed of flexible material having a bladder width dimension when the bladder is uninflated and a having a bladder length dimension sufficient for encircling a limb of a surgical patient at a desired location on the limb and for overlapping upon itself,... Agent: Patrick W. Hughey

20070135837 - Drug eluting vascular closure devices and methods: Drug eluting vascular closure devices and methods for closing a blood vessel puncture site disposed at a distal end of a tissue tract are described. The devices and methods rely on a combination of the body's own natural mechanism to achieve hemostasis with bio-chemical agents to accelerate the hemostatic process.... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070135839 - Method and suture needle construct for cruciate ligament repair: A suture needle construct and method for extracapsular ligament reconstruction in mammals. The joint is first is first explored, and the damaged ligament and meniscus are debrided. The joint capsule is closed and a tunnel is created at the appropriate location in the proximal tibia for tibial fixation. Subsequent to... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20070135838 - Safety suture needle assemblies and methods: Suture needles are a significant safety hazard for medical workers, mainly because of accidental needlestick injuries. Disclosed herein are safety suture needle assemblies and related methods. In particular, variations of a safety suture needle having an activatable sheath or flexible extension member are disclosed. The implementation of certain embodiments of... Agent: Randall B. Bateman BatemanIPLaw Group

20070135840 - High strength suture formed of uhmwpe and pbt: A high strength abrasion resistant surgical suture material with improved tie down characteristics is color coded for visualization and identification purposes. The suture features a multifilament cover formed of strands of ultra high molecular weight long chain polyethylene braided with polybutylene terephthalate. Selected fibers in the cover may be provided... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20070135843 - Knotless fixation of tissue to bone with suture chain: A chain of loops of braided high strength suture for soft tissue to bone fixation. The suture chain is advantageous for use in knotless fixation of soft tissue to bone, and can be used for knotless side-to-side suturing of U-shaped defects, such as rotator cuff tears. The soft tissue to... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20070135841 - Peek threaded suture anchor: A threaded suture anchor formed of a material comprising polyether-ether ketone (PEEK) has a suture loop that is disposed internally within the suture anchor. The suture loop can extend through a substantial length of the anchor body with the ends of the suture loop secured at the distal end of... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20070135842 - Sealing device: A percutaneously insertable system for sealing punctures in blood vessels includes an element that is percutaneously insertable into and deplorable within a blood vessel, a thread-like member attached to the element that passes through the wall of the blood vessel and arresting element movable on the thread and into engagement... Agent: Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.

  
06/07/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archive of inventions by patent app class

20070129709 - System and method for minimally traumatic ophthalmic photomedicine: A system and method for treating ophthalmic target tissue in which a light source generates a beam of light, a scanner unit deflects the beam of light into a pattern, a beam delivery unit for delivering the pattern to ophthalmic target tissue. The light is either pulsed or moved across... Agent: Dla Piper Rudnick Gray Cary Us, LLP

20070129710 - Endovascular tissue removal device: An endovascular tissue removal device including a lumen with a distal steerable tip portion extending from a joint portion, registration means for holding the joint portion fixed in place in the vasculature, and a source of ablation energy in communication with the lumen whereby tissue can be resected by ablation... Agent: Iandiorio &teska

20070129711 - Cooling system for a photocosmetic device: Photocosmetic device for use in medical or non-medical environments (e.g., a home, barbershop, or spa), which can be used for a variety of tissue treatments. Radiation is delivered to the tissue via optical systems designed to pattern the radiation and project the radiation to a particular depth. The device has... Agent: Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale And Dorr LLP

20070129712 - Benign prostate hyperplasia treatment using photosensitizer and laser ablation: A method and apparatus are disclosed to employ a combination of laser ablation/coagulation and photosensitizers (PS) to treat benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). According to this method a photosensitizer is administered locally to the prostate zone, which is to be treated, using a suitable device to ensure an adequately uniform distribution... Agent: Bolesh J. Skutnik Ceramoptec Industries, Inc.

20070129713 - Laser needle for performing a combined laser needle/electric acupuncture: Laser needle for performing a combined laser needle/electric acupuncture includes an optical fiber, the optical fiber being configured for transmitting a laser beam. Laser needle includes a current-conducting jacket, the current-conducting jacket being configured for surrounding the optical fiber, and the current-conducting jacket being configured for applying current-conducting stimulation current... Agent: Shlesinger, Arkwright & Garvey LLP

20070129714 - Subdermal cryogenic remodeling of muscles, nerves, connective tissue, and/or adipose tissue (fat): Devices, systems, and methods treat cosmetic defects, and often apply cooling with at least one tissue-penetrating probe inserted through of the skin of a patient. The cooling may remodel one or more target tissue so as to effect a desired change in a composition of the target tissue and/or a... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070129715 - System and method for epidermal tissue ablation: A system and method for surface tissue ablation on the patient's outer skin, such as the epidermis or the underlying dermis. An electrosurgical probe (130) comprises a shaft (132) having an array of active electrodes (136) on its distal tip and a connector (134) at its proximal end for coupling... Agent: Arthrocare Corporation

20070129716 - Electrosurgical medical system and method: A medical device system and method provide an RF electrosurgical generator coupled to an electrosurgical electrode via a patient box disposed in close proximity to the patient. An RF signal is delivered from the generator to the patient box where signal power is increased and the RF signal delivered to... Agent: Duane Morris, LLPIPDepartment

20070129719 - Apparatus and methods for performing minimally-invasive surgical procedures: Devices, tools and methods for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures. Methods of performing minimally invasive ablation procedures. Methods of performing rapid exchange of tools in a device while the device remains in a reduced-access surgical space.... Agent: Law Office Of Alan W. Cannon

20070129721 - Apparatus for mapping and coagulating soft tissue in or around body orifices: A probe that may be used to create circumferential lesions in body tissue and, in some implementations, may also be used to perform mapping functions. The probe includes a collapsible/expandable structure that supports electrodes or other operative elements against the body tissue... Agent: Henricks Slavin And Holmes LLP Suite 200

20070129717 - Braided mesh catheter: Embodiments of the invention relate to electrophysiology catheters and methods of using the same. According to one embodiment, the catheter includes a braided conductive member at its distal end that can be radially expanded, for example using a mandrel slidably disposed within a shaft of the catheter. According to another... Agent: Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

20070129718 - Method for treating vulnerable plaque: A method for treating a vulnerable plaque associated with a blood vessel of a patient is disclosed. The method includes positioning an electrical lead adjacent a vulnerable plaque lesion, and then delivering at least one electrical pulse to the lesion.... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20070129720 - Methods and apparatus for performing a non-continuous circumferential treatment of a body lumen: Methods and apparatus are provided for non-continuous circumferential treatment of a body lumen. Apparatus may be positioned within a body lumen of a patient and may deliver energy at a first lengthwise and angular position to create a less-than-full circumferential treatment zone at the first position. The apparatus also may... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20070129722 - Swivel device for improved surgical smoke evacuation: A swivel device includes an improved connection between an electro-surgical unit (ESU) pencil's smoke evacuation system and a vacuum tube. The swivel device includes a fixed member attached to a rotating member. The rotating member allows the stiff vacuum tube to twist and coil freely while preventing forced movement of... Agent: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (main)

20070129726 - Electrocautery method and apparatus: An electrode structure and a mechanism for automated or user-selected operation or compensation of the electrodes, for example to determine tissue coverage and/or prevent arcing between bottom electrodes during electrocautery is disclosed.... Agent: Glenn Patent Group

20070129725 - Tissue heating device and rf heating method with tissue attachment feature: A tissue heating instrument includes a device with a window at its distal end for admitting tissue against or into a compartment within the device. A cylindrical cartridge in the compartment includes a heating surface that supports an electrically conductive heating element, e.g. a band or wire. The tissue adjacent... Agent: William Douglas Hare

20070129723 - Ultrasonic medical instrument and medical instrument connection assembly: An ultrasonic medical instrument having a handpiece and medical ultrasonic blade assembly including a vibration antinode, a handpiece, and a medical ultrasonic blade. The blade is threadably engaged by the handpiece proximate the vibration antinode. The blade is in ultrasound-transmitting physical contact with the handpiece proximate the vibration antinode and... Agent: Thompson Hine LLP

20070129724 - Urological resectoscope fitted with an insulating element at its external stem: A urological resectoscope (1) comprising a tubular, metallic external tube (2) fitted with holes (3) in its distal end zone, a tubular insulating element (7, 27, 37, 47) being affixed distally to said external stem, further comprising a tubular internal stem (8) configured within said external stem and resting against... Agent: Rankin, Hill, Porter & Clark LLP

20070129727 - Method and apparatus for corneal shrinkage using a plurality of electrodes: A device for reshaping the cornea to correct the refractive error thereof. A first electrode is adapted to be heated and inserted into the corneal stroma of the eye, thereby reshaping a portion of the cornea. A second electrode is adapted to be heated and inserted into the corneal stroma... Agent: Bell, Boyd, & Lloyd LLP

20070129728 - Electrosurgical instrument: An embodiment of the invention includes an electrosurgical jaw structure that carries cooperating PTC bodies in both series and parallel circuit components for controlled RF energy application to engaged tissue to effectively weld tissue.... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070129729 - Dynamic linking element for a spinal attachment system, and spinal attachment system including said linking element: A connecting element for a spinal fixing system that connects at least two implantable connection assemblies including a rod including a flexible part extended at one end at least by a rigid part, the flexible part including a cable at least partly surrounded by a polymer envelope, the cable including... Agent: Ip Group Of Dla Piper US LLP

20070129730 - Posterior modular disc replacement system: Provided is a system and devices for use in the treatment and repair of moveable skeletal joints in the body of a subject. In particular, the present invention relates to the complete or partial posterior modular disc replacement of damaged or diseased fibrocartilage intervertebral discs in a subject wherein the... Agent: Perry E. Van Over & Associates, PLLC

20070129731 - Percutaneous access devices and bone anchor assemblies: A percutaneous access device includes an inner tube and an outer tube disposed about at least a portion of the inner tube. The outer tube may be sized to span from a skin incision in a patient to a site proximate the spine of the patient. The distal end of... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070129732 - Spring-mass surgical system: A high-speed surgical handpiece (10) of the kind suitable for vitreoretinal surgery having a cutter (44) and an actuator (310). The cutter (44) is a guillotine-type cutter activated by a spring-mass system excited at harmonic frequency by a piezoelectric actuator (310) that receives a driving signal from a driving controller.... Agent: Law Office Of Jay R. Yablon

20070129733 - Apparatus and methods for deployment of vascular prostheses: Apparatus for delivering stents to body lumens include one or more tubular prostheses carried at the distal end of a catheter shaft, a sheath slidably disposed over the prostheses, and a guidewire tube extending from within the sheath to the exterior of the sheath through an exit port in a... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP (client No 021629-000000)

20070129734 - Plunger: A plunger intended for an inserter for an intrauterine device with a T-body, which plunger has a first end and a second end. The plunger's length in its longitudinal direction is substantially larger than the diameter of the cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. The plunger's cross-section is substantially circular.... Agent: James C. Lydon

20070129735 - Systems and techniques for minimally invasive gastrointestinal procedures: A surgical system for performing gastroplasty is disclosed. The system includes an elongated body adapted to be inserted into the esophagus with a proximal end extending from a body orifice. A working member includes a pair of elongated suction cavities that capture and excise portions of the anterior and posterior... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20070129736 - Adhesive textile implant for parietal repair: An adhesive textile implant for parietal repair, which is used in the field of reconstructive surgery. The implant has a biocompatible textile structure including a coating or impregnation of a water-soluble biocompatible polymer composition having adhesive properties that remain when an implant is placed in the tissues of the organism.... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP

20070129737 - Fixation devices, systems and methods for engaging tissue: The invention provides devices, systems and methods for tissue approximation and repair at treatment sites. The devices, systems and methods of the invention will find use in a variety of therapeutic procedures, including endovascular, minimally-invasive, and open surgical procedures, and can be used in various anatomical regions, including the abdomen,... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070129738 - Apparatus and method for concurrently forming a gastroesophageal valve and tightening the lower esophageal sphincter: An apparatus enables concurrent restoration of a gastroesophageal valve and tightening of the lower esophageal sphincter. The apparatus comprises a longitudinal member having a distal end arranged to be received within a stomach, a tissue shaper at the distal end of the longitudinal member that forms a gastroesophageal valve from... Agent: Richard O. Gray, Jr. Graybeal Jackson Haley LLP

20070129739 - Apparatus and method for performing a bypass procedure in a digestive system: Surgical instrumentation and methods for performing a bypass procedure in a digestive system incorporate laparoscopic techniques to minimize surgical trauma to the patient. The instrumentation includes an outer guide member dimensioned for insertion and passage through an esophagus of a patient and defining an opening therein extending at least along... Agent: United States Surgical, A Division Of Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20070129740 - Methods and devices for creating electrical block at specific targeted sites in cardiac tissue: The present invention provides a mechanical injury device having cutting elements for injuring tissue and thereby creating electrical block that can prevent atrial fibrillation. These cutting elements may preferably be removable, breakaway, or simply integral to the injury device and may be delivered, for example, by catheter or hand tool.... Agent: Inskeep Intellectual Property Group, Inc

20070129741 - Artificial anterior chamber for use in keratoplasty: There is disclosed a device for retaining a donor cornea when cutting a donor button. The device comprises a base unit having a hollow cylindrical pedestal projecting therefrom, the pedestal having a central axis and an end remote from the base unit defining an annular basal surface adapted to receive... Agent: Garvey Smith Nehrbass & North, LLC

20070129742 - Surgical instruments and method for corneal reformation: A surgical method of corneal reformation with multiple surgical instruments. Surgical instruments include the optional use of vibration with an epithelial separator or cannula to separate an epithelial sheet from the cornea of no more than about 85 microns thick. The surgical method of corneal reformation reduces the risk of... Agent: W. Edward Ramage

20070129743 - Surgical device: A surgical knife blade or other surgical device containing an anti-microbial coating. The coating may be adhered to the device by a water-soluble adhesive that allows the anti-microbial coating to be released into the wound track. The coating may be of a consistency that allows a certain amount of the... Agent: Alcon

20070129744 - Acupuncture needle guide assembly: An acupuncture needle guide assembly includes an acupuncture needle with a needle handle and a needle part, a guiding tube accommodating the acupuncture needle before use and providing guidance for setting the acupuncture needle, a holding tube being arranged in the guiding tube and providing a cover for the needle... Agent: Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.

20070129745 - Acupuncture spring needle with induced magnetic field: A patch type acupuncture needle to facilitate blood circulations in a restricted area of a human body by utilizing an induced magnetic field is provided. The patch type acupuncture induced magnetic needle set of the current application is comprised of; 1) a spring needle of total height 3.1 mm and... Agent: Eugene Oak, Ph.d., J.d., M.div. Law Office Of Jane Oak And Associates, P.C.

20070129747 - Medical dilator system or dilator device: A medical dilating system and method are provided that include a dilator device having an elongated shape with an exterior surface, a first end and a second end. The first end of the dilator device includes a tapered tip configured to penetrate and provide an opening in the tissue of... Agent: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Intellectual Property Section

20070129746 - Methods and devices for the treatment of neurological and physiological disorders: Methods and devices are disclosed that provide treatment for neurological and physiologic conditions by affecting electrical, sensory, biochemical and biologic signal propagation.... Agent: Hans A. Mische

20070129748 - Selectively coated medical balloons: An expandable medical balloon having predetermined strategic arrangement of differentially lubricious surfaces.... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20070129750 - Catheter balloon device with internal guidewire lumen and method of formation: An inflatable working element is provided for a catheter device, the catheter device having an elongated flexible tubular shaft containing an inflation lumen therethrough. The working element includes a hollow bladder device selectively inflatable from a first condition to an expanded second condition. The bladder device defines an inflation passage... Agent: Beyer Weaver & Thomas LLP

20070129749 - Tapered multi-chamber balloon: A catheter for carotid artery dilatation that includes a multi-chamber balloon assembly mounted at the distal end of the elongated tube that has at least two tandem chambers. Each chamber communicates with a separate lumen and each separate lumen terminates at the proximal end at a lumen valve head. The... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20070129751 - Devices, systems and methods useable for treating frontal sinusitis: Devices, systems and methods wherein a dilator, such as a balloon or other expandable member, is positionable within the frontal sinus ostium and adjacent frontal recess and useable to dilate the frontal sinus ostium and substantially all of the frontal sinus recess without requiring repositioning and repeated re-expansion of the... Agent: Robert D. Buyan Stout, Uxa, Buyan & Mullins, LLP

20070129752 - Catheter mounted automatic vessel occlusion and fluid dispersion devices: Catheter or guidewire mounted automatic vessel occlusion and fluid dispersion devices that expand to occlude or partially occlude a vessel when a fluid is flowing in the catheter or guidewire, and that automatically collapse when fluid flow is stopped. Each occlusion device has an elastic skeleton covered with a flexible... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

20070129754 - Embolic protection system: A embolic protection system 1 comprises a guidewire 99 for advancing through a vasculature, the guidewire 99 having a distal end and a proximal end; an embolic protection filter 1 having a filter body 41 with a distal end and a proximal end, the filter body 41 providing for a... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070129753 - Method and apparatus for recapturing an implant from the left atrial appendage: A system and method for retrieving an implantable device includes a delivery catheter, a recapture section, and a sheath. The delivery catheter has a proximal end and a distal end. The recapture section is axially extendable from the distal end of the delivery catheter. The sheath has a proximal end... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070129755 - Clip-based systems and methods for treating septal defects: Systems and methods for treating internal tissue defects, such as septal defects, with clip-based devices are provided. An exemplary clip-based device includes a tubular body having at least a first and a second deflectable member coupled thereto. The first and second members are coupled on opposite ends of the tubular... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20070129756 - Clip-based systems and methods for treating septal defects: Systems and methods for treating internal tissue defects, such as septal defects, with clip-based devices are provided. An exemplary clip-based device includes a tubular body having at least a first and a second deflectable member coupled thereto. The first and second members are coupled on opposite ends of the tubular... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20070129757 - Devices, systems, and methods for occluding a defect: A method of occluding a defect in a patient is provided. The method includes inserting a placement member, such as a wire guide, into a defect; advancing the placement member to a desired location; inserting the placement member into a lumen in an occluding member, such as a plug or... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20070129758 - Apparatus and methods for treating tissue: Apparatus and methods are provided for thermally and/or mechanically treating tissue, such as valvular structures, to reconfigure or shrink the tissue in a controlled manner. Mechanical clips are implanted over the leaflets of a valve, e.g., in the heart, either alone or after thermal treatment to cause the valve to... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

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