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Surgery May archived by USPTO category 05/08Below are recently published patent applications awaiting approval from the USPTO. Recent week's RSS XML file available below.
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20080125762 - Grip element for a surgical instrument: The present invention relates to a grip element (2) for a surgical instrument, in particular for a tubular-shaft instrument, that comprises a handle (4) and an instrument holder (8) adapted to the surgical instrument. The instrument holder can be made integral with the surgical instrument or comprise a receptacle (18)... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP
20080125761 - Ophthalmic surgical console system: A ophthalmic surgical console system reduces kinking or flow restrictions in the tubing/cables attached to a ophthalmic surgical console by rotatably mounting the head of the surgical console to the base of the surgical console. The screen on which surgical parameter outputs are displayed and control inputs are made is... Agent: Alcon
20080125763 - Operator-controlled scanning laser procedure designed for large-area epithelium removal: Systems and methods for removing an epithelial layer disposed over a stromal layer in a cornea irradiate a region of the epithelial layer with a pulsed beam of ablative radiation. The ablative radiation is scanned to vary the location of the beam within the region in accordance with a pulse... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20080125764 - Cryoprobe thermal control for a closed-loop cryosurgical system: A cryosurgical system providing for temperature control of individual cryoprobes so as to simplify and increase treatment flexibility in cryoablation procedures. The cryosurgical system provides individual control of multiple cryoprobes in a closed-loop refrigeration circuit. The individual control allows the simultaneous use of multiple cryoprobes in a procedure. Typically six... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080125765 - Microwave apparatus for ablation: An apparatus for ablating biological tissues is configured with a cannula, a balloon inflatable with a gaseous medium and coupled to the cannula, and a microwave antenna in the balloon operative to emit radio waves which heat the peripheral wall of the balloon. The peripheral wall is made from wave... Agent: The Law Firm Of Y. Kateshov
20080125766 - Mri imageable assembly: A marker delivery device is described which has an obturator with an elongated shaft, an inner lumen, a proximal end, and a substantially sealed distal end. One or more tissue markers are deployed within the inner lumen of the elongated shaft of the obturator. Preferably, the tissue marker(s) is disposed... Agent: Edward J. Lynch Duane Morris LLP
20080125768 - Relay device and ultrasonic-surgical and electrosurgical system: A relay device relays signals between a single switch unit and each of an ultrasonic surgical device that supplies an ultrasonic signal and an electrosurgical device that supplies a high-frequency signal, the switch unit being used for on/off control of outputs of the ultrasonic surgical device and the electrosurgical device,... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC
20080125767 - Thermocouple measurement circuit: A thermocouple measuring circuit for sensing a temperature at a measuring point is provided. The thermocouple measurement circuit (12) includes a thermocouple input for sensing a temperature at a measuring point, a compensation circuit (14) for compensating thermocouple effects of junctions of the thermocouple, and an instrumentation amplifier (16) for... Agent: Mark Farber, Esq. United States Surgical,
20080125769 - High frequency treatment instrument: A high frequency forceps (high frequency treatment instrument) 1 according to the present invention includes an electrical circuit which is connected via a connection cord to a high frequency power source which generates a high frequency voltage in which a pair of forceps pieces (treatment electrodes) 6A and 6B which... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser
20080125770 - Ablation apparatus: Disclosed is an apparatus for ablating biological tissues, the apparatus is configured with a cannula, a balloon inflatable with a gaseous medium and coupled to the cannula, and an electromagnetic antenna coupled to the balloon operative to emit electromagnetic waves which heat the wall of the balloon. The wall is... Agent: The Farrell Law Firm, P.C.
20080125771 - Methods and apparatuses for contouring tissue by selective application of energy: Methods and apparatuses for contouring, shaping and/or directionally shrinking tissue by selective application of energy are disclosed herein. One embodiment of a method of contouring tissue includes determining a contraction direction along which the tissue is to be preferentially contracted and applying energy to a plurality of discrete elongated exposed... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea
20080125772 - Tuned rf energy and electrical tissue characterization for selective treatment of target tissues: A catheter and catheter system can use energy tailored for remodeling and/or removal of target material along a body lumen, often of atherosclerotic material of a blood vessel of a patient. An elongate flexible catheter body with a radially expandable structure may have a plurality of electrodes or other electrosurgical... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20080125773 - Electrode assembly of electrosurgical knife: An electrode assembly of an electrosurgical knife in which a metallic conduit is used as a conductive passage is provided on an outer sleeve of the electrosurgical knife. The electrode assembly includes a metallic conduit. The rear end of the metallic conduit is connected with a conduit within the outer... Agent: Hdsl
20080125775 - Hemostasis and/or coagulation of tissue: A tissue treatment apparatus is described that includes a housing having a proximal end and a distal end including a tissue contacting surface having a plurality of apertures. The housing defines an interior. An electrode array is positionable in the housing interior. The electrode array includes a plurality of bipolar... Agent: Courtney Staniford & Gregory LLP
20080125776 - Transfemoral pelvic impression system: A system for modeling the pelvic anatomy of a person comprises an apparatus and method for using the apparatus. The apparatus includes a support and a sizing assembly. The support comprises a base and upstanding member. The sizing assembly is movable along the upstanding member to various heights. The sizing... Agent: Sheldon Mak Rose & Anderson PC
20080125778 - Method for fixing an augmenter for vertebral body reconstruction: A method for fixing an augmenter for vertebral body reconstruction includes following steps: incising a middle of a portion of a rear side of a person's body that faces a collapsed section of a vertebra; establishing a correct position for insertion of an augmenter and drilling a fixing hole on... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee
20080125779 - Methods of anterior fixation and stabilization of a spinal segment: Methods for spinal stabilization operative to prevent lateral bending, extension, and rotation across two or more adjacent vertebrae are described. Broadly, the method includes placing two or more anchors at each vertebral level, passing one or more sutures through each anchor at each level, applying tension to the sutures and... Agent: O''melveny & Myers LLP Ip&t Calendar Department La-1118
20080125780 - Methods of posterior fixation and stabilization of a spinal segment: Methods for spinal stabilization operative to prevent lateral bending, extension, and rotation across two or more adjacent vertebrae are described with particular emphasis on preventing excessive forces on the facet joins. Broadly, the method includes placing one or more anchors, each having one or more sutures at each vertebral level... Agent: O''melveny & Myers LLP Ip&t Calendar Department La-1118
20080125777 - Vertebral stabilizer having adjustable rigidity: A bio-compatible stabilization system includes one or more inserters and a connector for traversing a space between one or more bony structures. The stabilization system is designed to reduce or eliminate stress shielding effects while functioning as a tension band. The elastic properties of the connector can be selected and... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP
20080125781 - Adjustable occipital plate: An occipital plate for use in an occipito-cervico-thoracic (OCT) construct is mounted to a patient's occipital bone. The occipital plate includes an elongate central section aligned with a midline of the base and a pair of angled sections that project away from the central section and include attachment assemblies for... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans (zimmer Spine)
20080125782 - Method and apparatus for removing an extension from a prosthesis: An instrument for cutting an extension, such as a catheter or biomaterial, coupled to a prosthesis, such as a prosthesis located in an intervertebral disc space, that includes at least one axial member having a distal opening and at least one cutting device, such as for example a wire or... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing
20080125783 - Disc space preparation device for spinal surgery: A disc space preparation device that has particular application for removing disc material during spinal fusion surgery. The disc preparation device includes a body portion that houses a motor having a shaft attached thereto that is rotated by the motor. The shaft extends through a chamber in a neck portion... Agent: MillerIPGroup, PLC Mi4 Spine, LLC
20080125784 - Systems and methods for internal bone fixation: Internal bone fixation devices and methods for using the devices for repairing a weakened or fractured bone are disclosed herein. A device for use in repairing a fractured bone includes a delivery catheter having an elongated shaft with a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis therebetween, wherein... Agent: Greenberg Traurig, LLP
20080125785 - Targeting device: A targeting device for use in hip surgery and more particularly for use in hip replacement surgery or hip resurfacing surgery, which may include minimally invasive surgery. An exemplary embodiment of the targeting device comprises one or more sensor devices, a guide sleeve, a guide sleeve location adjustor, and a... Agent: Ice Miller LLP
20080125786 - Orthopedic and dental implant system and method: A system for removing osteal cement and prosthetic joint components in connection with a prosthetic joint revision includes a controller connected to and controlling operation of a transducer, such as a surgical saw or drill. A tool mounted on the transducer is adapted for engaging the prosthetic joint cement mantel... Agent: Mark Brown
20080125787 - Dynamic rod: Disclosed is a dynamic rod assembly for intervertebral stabilization that allows for load sharing across vertebrae by providing predetermined compression, distraction and bending. The dynamic rod is based on a first and second rod having a flexible union. The flexible union includes a retaining element for securing the rods in... Agent: Mchale & Slavin, P.A.
20080125788 - Percutaneous instrument assembly: A percutaneous tower for the orthopedic procedures. The tower can include an outer elongated member, an inner elongated member received within the outer elongated member, a release actuator operable to move the inner elongated member relative to the outer elongated member between first and second positions, and a fastener engagement... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080125789 - Percutaneous compression and distraction system: The present invention provides a compression and distraction shaft assembly used to apply compression and distraction to bones including vertebrae. Shaft A assembly and shaft B assembly are attached together via a polyaxial fulcrum. The polyaxial fulcrum allows all rotational degrees of freedom between shaft A assembly and shaft B... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080125790 - Apparatus and methods for compacting an intraocular lens: Disclosed are apparatus for delivering an accommodating intraocular lens to an eye. One apparatus includes an injector with a longitudinal injection passage that has a longitudinal injection axis. The apparatus also includes an accommodating intraocular lens having two interconnected viewing elements. The injector has a member for moving the lens... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080125791 - Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery: The invention, in various embodiments, provides systems, devices, and methods for treating urinary incontinence.... Agent: Ropes & Gray LLP
20080125792 - Vacuum extractor and method of use therefor: A vacuum extractor apparatus for assisting in childbirth includes a cup and a stem for connection to a vacuum source, that pulls a vacuum through the apparatus. There is a joint between the cup and the stem, the joint being such that bending of the stem, or bending of the... Agent: Lathrop & Gage Lc
20080125793 - Surgical instrument: A medical system comprises a rigid support affixed relative to a patient table, and a surgical instrument mounted to the carriage assembly. The surgical instrument carries a distal tool configured for performing a medical procedure on a patient. The medical system further comprises mechanical cabling, and an electromechanical drive unit... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20080125794 - Surgical instrument: A medical system comprises a rigid support affixed relative to a patient table, a carriage assembly mounted to the rigid support and a surgical instrument mounted to the carriage assembly, and a drive unit configured for pivoting the carriage assembly about the rigid support and for linearly moving the surgical... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20080125795 - Methods and apparatus for transpericardial left atrial appendage closure: Methods and apparatus for closing a left atrial appendage are described. The methods rely on introducing a closure tool from a location beneath the rib cage, over an epicardial surface, and to the exterior of the left atrial appendage. The closure device may then be used to close the left... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.
20080125796 - Gastrotomy closure device: Apparatus and methods for sealing an aperture in body tissue that extends from an outside surface to an inside surface of the body tissue is described. One embodiment of the apparatus includes an expandable material positioned against at least a portion of an expandable member, the expandable material having a... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080125797 - Methods and devices for organ partitioning: Methods and devices for partitioning hollow organs or cavities of the body are described. A tissue securement device having securement arms is positioned through portals formed in opposing tissue walls of an organ. The securement arms may be articulated to facilitate placement. Once positioned the securement arms may be activated... Agent: Scott Evans
20080125798 - Thrombus removal device: A thrombus removal device includes a shaft with a distal end and a proximal end, a sheath with a distal end and a proximal end, and a helical coil attached at a proximal end to the distal end of the shaft and is disposed within the lumen of the sheath... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook
20080125799 - Method of fabricating angled tissue cutting instruments: An angled tissue cutting instrument comprises an angled outer tubular member rotatably receiving a flexible inner tubular member. The inner member has a flexible region in correspondence with an angle of the outer member. The flexible region comprises a helically cut length portion of an elongate tubular body of the... Agent: Epstein & Gerken
20080125800 - Lancet system with a sterile protector: The present invention provides a lancet system having a lancet tip protected by a sterile protector. The sterile protector includes a weakened portion near the tip end of the protector, which, during a puncturing operation, separates or tears in order to release the lancet tip. Other embodiments of the present... Agent: Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP
20080125801 - Lancet system with a sterile protector: The present invention provides a lancet system having a lancet tip, a lancet body, and an outer body or housing which surrounds the lancet tip and in which the lancet tip is movable. The outer body or housing comprises deformable material which can be pierced by the lancet tip during... Agent: Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP
20080125802 - Safe septal needle and method for its use: A method for puncturing a proximal membrane without puncturing a second, distal membrane is provided. The method comprises distally advancing an elongated body through an elongated tubular member to a first position where a distal end of the elongated body is in a first configuration. In the first configuration, the... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP
20080125803 - Mucosa separation apparatus, and method for mucosa separation: This mucosa separation apparatus includes a first insertion portion inserted to the interior of a subject, an expansion portion disposed on a head portion of the first insertion portion, and which expands by infusion of a fluid, a passage formed within the first insertion portion and connected to the expansion... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen
20080125804 - Submucosal endoscopy with mucosal flap methods and kits: Kits and methods for submucosal endoscopic access into body cavities such as the peritoneal cavity and the posterior mediastinum through a submucosal endoscopic procedure in which an opening is formed through the muscularis propria within a bleb. The procedure may result in a mucosal flap formed by separated mucosal tissue... Agent: Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt, P.A.
20080125805 - Method and devices for the treatment of nasal sinus disorders: Methods and devices for facilitating the treatment and repair of nasal sinus afflictions utilizing devices that are positioned within proximity of the nasal sinus and the afflicted location. The methods and devices are particularly beneficial for the treatment of sinusitis, broken noses, sleep apnea, cleft palates and deviated septums. In... Agent: Hans A. Mische
20080125807 - Absorbable implantable vaso-occlusive member: Compositions comprising absorbable implantable vaso-occlusive members are described. Also described are methods of making and using these absorbable vaso-occlusive compositions.... Agent: Robins & Pasternak
20080125808 - Cannula with associated filter and methods of use during cardiac surgery: Devices and methods for filtering blood. The devices generally comprise a mesh for filtering blood flowing within a blood vessel particularly within an artery such as the aorta, a structure adapted to open and close the mesh within the blood vessel, and a means to actuate the structure. The methods... Agent: Lyon & Lyon LLP
20080125806 - Method and device for filtering body fluid: Medical devices for filtering fluids flowing through a lumen and a method of forming medical devices. The devices can be used in vascular channels, urinary tracts, biliary ducts and the like, and filter emboli and other debris generated at a treatment site.... Agent: Popovich, Wiles & O'connell, PA 650 Third Avenue South
20080125809 - Treatment tool for endoscope: An treatment tool for a endoscope comprises a treatment tool insertion portion to be inserted into a channel of the endoscope; an open/close member support portion formed in a distal end of the treatment tool insertion portion; an open/close member which is freely supported so as to be opened or... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC
20080125810 - Encased tweezers: An encased tweezers with a trough like hollow case having a hollow trough section constricting on one end, the hollow trough section partially concealing a body of the tweezers and allowing the head of the tweezers to be viewed from the top when the tweezers is in a nested position.... Agent: Maria Erlinda C. Sarno, Esq.
20080125811 - Extraluminal sealant applicator and method: An apparatus for applying sealant to a target tissue of a surgical site is provided. The apparatus includes a handle, conduit and an end effector. The handle has means configured and adapted for operating the end effector and dispensing biological sealant to the surgical site via the end effector. The... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20080125812 - Apparatus and method for producing a reinforced surgical staple line: An apparatus for use with a surgical stapler to provide a reinforced surgical staple line. The apparatus includes an applicator that carries a first and second bioimplantable material connected by a hinge. An applicator clip may be provided to releasably secure the first and second bioimplantable material onto the applicator.... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP
20080125813 - Low profile vertebral stabilization systems and methods: Skeletal stabilization systems include a base, a longitudinal member, and a retaining member. The base includes an engagement surface with a surface area that is positionable in contact with a bone to atraumatically or traumatically engage the base to the bone. The retaining member engages the base to retain the... Agent: Krieg Devault LLP
20080125814 - Prostheses, tools and methods for replacement of natural facet joints with artificial facet joint surfaces: Cephalad and caudal vertebral facet joint prostheses and methods of use are provided. The cephalad prostheses are adapted and configured to be attached to a lamina portion of a vertebra without blocking a pedicle portion of the cephalad vertebra.... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP
20080125816 - Polyaxial bone screw with split retainer ring: A polyaxial bone screw includes a head member and a shank member. The shank has a capture end and an opposite threaded end for threaded insertion into a vertebra. The head has a U-shaped cradle for receiving a spinal fixation rod and a central bore for receiving the capture end... Agent: John C. Mcmahon
20080125815 - System and method for attaching soft tissue to bone: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for securing soft tissue to a rigid material such as bone. A non-metallic bone anchor is described that comprises a base and a top such that suture material may be compressed between surfaces on the base and top to secure the suture to the... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080125817 - Rod contouring alignment linkage: Pedicle screws are designed to provide polyaxial coupling to pedicles of a vertebra. Intermediate pieces are attached to the pedicles screws and receive extender shafts. Extenders are inserted in the intermediate piece. The extenders project the anatomic points located in the cage outside the patient's body to facilitate proper contouring... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080125818 - Interlocking nail geometry and method of use: An interlocking nail having an hour-glass geometry is used for repair of bone fractures. The hour-glass interlocking nail includes a proximal section, a mid section, and a distal section. Each section of the hour-glass interlocking nail has a diameter. The proximal and distal sections each have a diameter larger than... Agent: Ernest D. Buff Ernest D. Buff And Associates, LLC.05/22/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category
20080119827 - System and method for preparation of donor corneal tissue: A system and method for preparation of donor corneal tissue is disclosed. The system includes two surgical lasers. The first surgical laser is adapted to incise a recipient cornea to enable resection of recipient corneal tissue. The second surgical laser is adapted to incise a donor cornea to enable resection... Agent: Towsend And Towsend And Crew LLP/intralase Corp.
20080119828 - Dynamic cooling of human skin using a nontoxic cryogen with no ozone depletion and minimal global warming potential: A method and apparatus for performing a laser treatment of a patient includes applying a positive pressure impulse on a predetermined target site on the patient with sufficient positive pressure arising from the momentum flux of sprayed material incident on the target site to momentarily lessen pain sensation during irradiation... Agent: Myers Dawes Andras & Sherman, LLP
20080119829 - Optical hair removing device: An optical hair removing device includes a light emitting unit for emitting a light and an irradiation unit for irradiating the light emitted from the light emitting unit to body hairs on a skin. Further, the optical hair removing device includes a control unit for controlling the light emission unit.... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, Pllc
20080119831 - Adipose resolve apparatus for low-power laser: A lipolysis system configured for contacting and providing low-power laser irradiation to a plurality of targeted portions of a subject's body surface for the purpose of liquefying fats in subcutaneous regions underlying the targeted body surface portions, and methods for the use of the lipolysis system. The lipolysis system comprises:... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.c.
20080119830 - Disposable tip for laser handpiece: The present invention generally relates to a disposable insert for a laser handpiece providing a hygienic surface for applying monochromatic light to a patient. The disposable insert is configured for providing vacuum to a laser cavity and provides a measure of safety to the user by insuring that the laser... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP
20080119832 - Multi-modal scanning confocal adaptive-optic macroscope system and associated methods: In some embodiments, the present disclosure is directed to a multi-modal, scanning, confocal, adaptive-optic macroscope system and related methods of use. Embodiments of the present disclosure improve upon existing photodynamic therapy methods and compete with more invasive oncology procedures (such as surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy) by providing deeper light penetration... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP
20080119833 - Cryoprobe with heating and temperature sensing capabilities: The present disclosure is directed to a cryoprobe including heating capabilities within the cryoprobe tip for use in a cryosurgical system. A heating element can be operably secured to an inner surface of the cryoprobe tips, wherein the heating element can then be connected to an electrical current source such... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080119834 - Cryosurgical system with disposable cryoprobe portion: A cryosurgical system and a cryoprobe having a disposable portion for use in such a system. A representative cryoprobe for use in a cryosurgical system can have a disposable portion that connects via a coupler to a non-disposable portion that is permanently attached to the cryosurgical system. A vacuum pump... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080119835 - Device for use during surgical procedures: One embodiment of the present invention includes a device for use in a surgical procedure. The device includes a first curved portion for holding a top portion of a surgical probe; a second curved portion for holding a handle of the surgical probe, wherein the first curved portion and the... Agent: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
20080119837 - Cryoprobe with coaxial chambers: The present disclosure is directed to a cryoprobe capable of improving the cooling power of a cryosurgical system. A representative cryoprobe can comprise an inner cooling chamber and a radial chamber, positioned between the inner cooling chamber and an exterior wall of the cryoprobe. Preferably, the radial chamber is formed... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080119839 - Cryosurgical applicator: A cordless cryosurgical applicator system having a base unit and one or more rechargeable cryosurgical applicators. The base unit can be use to charge the applicator with a cryogenic fluid such that a cryosurgical procedure can be performed. Following use of the applicator, the applicator can be recharged by attaching... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080119838 - Disposable sheath with replaceable console probes for cryosurgery: A sheath for use with a cryoprobe in a cryosurgical procedure can have an opening at its proximal end configured to be inserted over a tip portion of a cryoprobe. The sheath can be connected to the cryoprobe with an end connector. Sheath can have a tip located at its... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080119840 - Ridged cryoprobe tip: A cryoprobe for use in a cryosurgical system in which the probe tip has an increased surface area by having a corrugated, waved, or otherwise ridged configuration in its inner and outer surfaces. The increased surface area functions to provide greater surface area on the probe tip, and thus greater... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080119842 - Electro-adhesive tissue manipulation method: An electro-adhesive tissue manipulation method capable of manipulating tissue with a single conducting element is provided. The manipulator includes a conducting element, a pulse generator and a controller capable of generating a first and a second pulse on demand. The first pulse generates an adhesive state between the conducting element... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP
20080119844 - Bipolar electrosurgical clamp for removing and modifying tissue: The present invention provides systems, apparatus and methods for selectively applying electrical energy to body tissue in order to ablate, contract, coagulate, or otherwise modify a target tissue or organ. The closed configuration is adapted for clamping and coagulating a target tissue while the apparatus is operating in the sub-ablation... Agent: Arthrocare Corporation
20080119843 - Compact electrosurgery apparatuses: The invention features compact apparatuses useful in electrosurgery.... Agent: Intellectual Property Group Fredrikson & Byron, P.a.
20080119845 - Facet replacement device removal and revision systems and methods: A method and system for removing a portion of an artificial facet from a vertebra, and an adapter within the system that allows ultrasonic energy and extraction forces to be transmitted therethrough are provided. The method includes attaching an adapter to an ultrasonic waveguide and to a stem cemented into... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP
20080119846 - Methods and apparatus for percutaneous patient access and subcutaneous tissue tunneling: Methods and apparatus for percutaneous blood vessel access and tissue tunneling, including guidewire placement, are provided. In one embodiment, an atraumatic distal tip of a tissue tunneling, medical probe is pressed against the derma, and electrical energy (e.g., radio frequency (RF) energy) is conveyed to or from the distal tip... Agent: Vista Ip Law Group LLP
20080119847 - Bone peg for use in a bone fixation system: A bone peg which provides stable, accurate, and repeatable fixation with a bone fixation device to provide a system of fixation between a patient's anatomy, for example, a bone, and the bone fixation device.... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels
20080119848 - Selectively absorbable/biodegradable, fibrous composite constructs and applications thereof: A family of selectively absorbable/biodegradable, fibrous composite constructs includes different combinations of biostable and absorbable/biodegradable yarns assembled as initially interdependent, load-bearing components, transitioning to exhibit independent functional properties during in vivo end-use. The family of constructs consists of two groups, one group is made of fiber-reinforced composites of high compliance,... Agent: Leigh P. Gregory
20080119851 - Anterior spinal vessel protector: A protective system for facilitating revision surgery includes a protective pad with a base portion and an overlying portion spaced apart from the base. A fluid pocket is formed between the base portion; and the overlying portion. The protective system prevents formation of adhesions or scar tissue in the area... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower
20080119852 - Bone repair device and method: An assembly for treating a spinal disorder includes a sleeve having a socket end, a tool-receiving end and a wall extending between the socket end and tool-receiving end. The socket end has a socket opening for receiving a bone fixation screw cap and a pair of opposing notches for accommodating... Agent: Ratnerprestia
20080119850 - Break-off screw extension removal tools: The present invention provides minimally invasive devices and methods for delivering a spinal connector to one or more spinal anchor sites in a patient's spinal column. In one embodiment, a spinal implant and access device is provided that includes a U-shaped receiver member, a bone-engaging member, and an extension member.... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP
20080119849 - Break-off screw extensions: The present invention provides minimally invasive devices and methods for delivering a spinal connector to one or more spinal anchor sites in a patient's spinal column. In one embodiment, a spinal implant and access device is provided that includes a U-shaped receiver member, a bone-engaging member, and an extension member.... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP
20080119853 - Methods and apparatus for minimally invasive modular interbody fusion devices: The invention is a modular interbody fusion device for fusing adjacent spinal vertebrae that is adapted to be implanted in a prepared interbody space including a first modular segment having a width including a first rail extending at least partially along one side of the width and beyond a periphery... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.a.
20080119855 - Orthopedic fixation system: In order to simplify the implantation of an orthopedic fixation system for securing a first bone fragment to a second bone fragment with a support screw which can be screwed into the first bone fragment by means of a bone thread, with a support sleeve surrounding the support screw and... Agent: Lipsitz & Mcallister, Llc
20080119856 - Intramedullary nail system and method for fixation of a fractured bone: Apparatus and method for treating a fracture of a bone of a subject includes inserting an intramedullary (IM) elongated member, such as a nail, in a medullary canal of the bone of the subject. The elongated (IM) member has a proximal head that defines at least one hole therethrough. A... Agent: Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, Pc
20080119857 - Multi-axial spinal fixation system: A spinal fixation system includes an elongated rod sized to extend between at least two vertebrae and a number of anchor devices for anchoring the rod to the spine. The anchor devices include a bone engaging fastener having a head defining a spherical socket. A ball insert is configured to... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower
20080119858 - Multi-axial spinal fixation system: A spinal fixation system includes a rod and anchor devices that include a bone engaging fastener having a head defining a spherical socket. A ball insert is placed within the socket and rotated so that the ball insert is juxtaposed with the socket. The anchor device further includes a yoke... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower
20080119859 - Multi-purpose bio-material composition: The present invention relates to a multi-purpose bio-material useful as a bone filler, bio-adhesive, bone cement and bone graft. One preferred embodiment of the present invention generally comprises: potassium phosphate, a metal oxide (i.e. MgO), a calcium containing compound, a sugar and an aqueous solution. Exemplary calcium containing compounds include... Agent: Mcdonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
20080119860 - System for preparing bone for receiving an implant: A system for cutting bone includes a cutting guide including a metal block having a guide surface provided thereon, and an oscillating tip saw having a cutting blade assembly extending from a distal end thereof. At least one element of the cutting blade assembly is magnetic for generating a magnetic... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080119862 - Surgical instrument for supplying a counter-torque when securing a spinal prosthesis: A surgical instrument for assembling a spinal prosthesis to a plurality of anchoring members may be used to guide a driving tool and, if desired, to apply a distraction or compression force. The instrument includes two guide tubes with respective proximal, distal, and intermediate sections. The guide tubes are pivotally... Agent: Coats & Bennett/medtronics
20080119836 - Cryotherapy probe: A gas-based cryotherapy probe is provided with a shaft having a closed distal end adapted for insertion into a body. A supply conduit is disposed longitudinally within the shaft for flowing gas towards the distal end, and a return conduit is disposed longitudinally within the shaft for flowing gas from... Agent: Lawrence N. Ginsberg
20080119841 - High, efficiency, precision electrosurgical apparatus and method: A method and associated electrosurgical apparatus for cutting and/or coagulating living tissue of a mammal. The glow blade cuts and/or coagulates the tissue with a glow blade accompanied by sufficient electrical current across the tissue to enable the cutting and/or coagulating to be performed while the glow blade is heated... Agent: Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts
20080119854 - Bone fixture apparatus and jig: A bone fixture apparatus has an elongate fixture device intended to be inserted in a metaphysical region of a long bone. The device is inserted generally transversely of the direction of the medullary cavity in the bone. The fixture device includes an aperture extending laterally thereof and intended to accommodate... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080119861 - Method and apparatus for positioning an implant: A method for using a jig to position an implant at an implantation site of a bone. The method includes the following: tapping the implantation site using a tapping device; axially threading the jig into the implantation site using an insertion tool; adjusting the position of the jig at the... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080119863 - Prolapse repair: Surgical instruments for prolapse repair are disclosed. The surgical instruments have straight portions and helical portions.... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080119865 - Device for loading an intraocular lens into an injection cartridge: Disclosed are a device for loading a flexible intraocular lens into an injection cartridge capable of serving as a packaging support, an injection cartridge and a set formed by said loading device and an injection cartridge. The loading device comprises a tubular element (1) having an internal passage (10), said... Agent: Abelman, Frayne & Schwab
20080119864 - Lens holder for an insertion device for deformable intra-ocular lenses: The lens holder is used to transfer an intraocular lens from a relaxed state into an elastically deformed state so that it can be injected with the aid of a co-operating device into an eye, where it resumes its relaxed state again. The lens holder (1) contains a flexible backing... Agent: Collard & Roe, P.c.
20080119867 - Puncture and abrasion resistant sheath: A delivery apparatus for introducing an implant, such as a vena cava filter, for capturing emboli in a body vessel. The apparatus includes an outer sheath having a tubular wall defining a lumen formed therethrough and having a proximal end extending to a distal end. The tubular wall includes an... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook
20080119866 - Removable anchored lung volume reduction devices and methods: An intra-bronchial device may be placed and anchored in an air passageway of a patient to collapse a lung portion associated with the air passageway. The device includes an obstructing member that prevents air from being inhaled into the lung portion, and an anchor that anchors the obstruction device within... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080119868 - Methods and apparatus for natural orifice vaginal hysterectomy: A transuterine cannula through which an endoscope can be advanced into the peritoneal space to provide visualization of tissue cutting in the peritoneal space pursuant to a vaginal hysterectomy.... Agent: Rogitz & Associates
20080119869 - Medical retrieval devices: A medical retrieval device of an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a proximal handle, a sheath, and a retrieval assembly. The sheath extends from the handle and includes a lumen and a distal end opposite the handle. The retrieval assembly is moveable relative to the sheath to achieve a... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20080119870 - Two-piece end-effectors for robotic surgical tools: In one embodiment of the invention, a robotic surgical tool having opposing jaws, the working element of the robotic surgical tool is made of a different material from the drive element of the robotic surgical tool. The two elements may be manufactured independently and assembled together at a later stage.... Agent: Intellectual Property Dept. Intutive Surgical, Inc.
20080119871 - Flexible instrument: A medical instrument assembly and robotic medical system are provided. The instrument assembly comprises coaxially disposed shafts, and a mechanically drivable interface to which the proximal ends of the shafts are mounted. The drivable interface has first and second actuating elements configured for independently axially rotating the shafts relative to... Agent: Vista Ip Law Group LLP
20080119872 - Surgical instrument: A medical system comprises a surgical instrument having a mechanically drivable mechanism and a distal tool configured for performing a medical procedure on patient. The surgical instrument may include an adapter and an instrument insert removably disposed within the adapter. The adapter may have a mechanically drivable mechanism, and the... Agent: Vista Ip Law Group LLP
20080119873 - Sanitary device for removal of blackheads and pimples: A sanitary device (1) for removal of blackheads and pimples. According to the invention the sanitary device (1) comprises at least one elongated body (2) having a handling portion (3) and at least one treatment portion (4), said at least one treatment portion being rounded and having a suitable surface... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP
20080119874 - Instrument handle for storing suture and needles: An instrument handle for storing of suture which can be easily accessed by a surgeon. The handle is provided with a cavity for housing suture. The cavity is accessed by opening a cover. The suture is wrapped around a tie-down bar disposed within the cavity. If desired, a surgical needle... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP
20080119875 - Apparatus and method for delivering fasteners during valve replacement: A fastener delivery tool includes a loading chamber for receiving a fastener having a pair of tines overlapping one another to define a loop in a parent or relaxed state. A retaining member retains the fastener in the loading chamber. The fastener delivery tool also includes a tongue, pusher member,... Agent: Vista Ip Law Group LLP
20080119876 - Apparatus and method for swaging needles: A method and apparatus for making armed sutures has a pair of opposed die assemblies that may be driven by actuating surfaces of a swaging machine to hold and swage a needle on a suture. The dies grip and confine the needle in the area of the suture receptacle. A... Agent: Greenberg Traurig, LLP
20080119877 - Surgical prosthesis having biodegradable and nonbiodegradable regions: A prosthesis for repairing a hernia includes an adhesion-resistant biodegradable region and an opposing tissue-ingrowth biodegradable region. When the prosthesis is implanted into the patient, the adhesion-resistant biodegradable region covers a fascial defect of the hernia, and the tissue-ingrowth biodegradable region is located above the adhesion-resistant biodegradable region while being... Agent: Kenton R. Mullins Stout, Uxa, Buyan & Mullins, LLP
20080119878 - Surgical prosthesis having biodegradable and nonbiodegradable regions: A prosthesis for repairing a hernia includes an adhesion-resistant biodegradable region and an opposing tissue-ingrowth biodegradable region. When the prosthesis is implanted into the patient, the adhesion-resistant biodegradable region covers a fascial defect of the hernia, and the tissue-ingrowth biodegradable region is located above the adhesion-resistant biodegradable region while being... Agent: Kenton R. Mullins Stout, Uxa, Buyan & Mullins LLP
20080119879 - Devices, systems and methods for creation of a peripherally located fistula: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for the formation of an arteriovenous fistula in the limb of the patient. Embodiments include a device for the creation, modification and maintenance of a fistula that includes an integral fistula creation assembly near its distal end that passes through the skin of the... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20080119880 - Laparoscopic surgical clamp: A laparoscopic surgical clamp for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures includes an elongated shaft, a first set and a second set of double jaws connected to distal end of shaft and moveable relative to one another, and a double handle assembly operatively connected to at least one of the... Agent: Chan Law Group Lc
20080119881 - Methods and devices for removing tissue from a patient and placing a marker in the patient: The device is used to remove tissue from a patient and to also place a marker in the patient. The device has an opening through which tissue enters the device. The tissue which enters the opening is cut and the tissue is removed. The device may be used a number... Agent: Hoekendijk & Lynch, LLP
20080119882 - Heart valve chord cutter: A medical device and method for percutaneously treating a heart valve. In one embodiment, the medical device includes a catheter having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a notch formed near the distal portion. A cutting element may be disposed within the distal portion and is moveable across the... Agent: Guidant Corporation, Inc./blakely
20080119883 - Lancing device and multi-lancet cartridge: A medical lancing device including a replaceable multi-lancet cartridge. The lancing device includes a drive mechanism, an activation mechanism, and an advancing mechanism. The advancing mechanism includes a linear-pull slide that is moved in and out to operate an indexing ratchet mechanism, a cam-guided charger mechanism, and a cam-guided lancet... Agent: Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva. Pc
20080119884 - Single puncture lancing fixture with depth adjustment and control of contact force: A lancing mechanism fixture for puncturing skin with a lancet having a penetration end being moveable in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the lancet, the penetration end being moveable from a first position to a second position during a forward stroke, the penetration end being movable... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20080119885 - Nasal dilator and uses thereof: A mechanical nasal dilator includes a frame provided with support plates (6,6′) at its ends, the frame including a central extranasal portion (1) and two intranasal portions (2,2′), wherein the extranasal portion (2) of the frame is globally U-shaped, whereof the central portion is elastic and spaces apart the nose... Agent: Young & Thompson
20080119888 - Laser-cut clot puller: A device for removing blood clots and methods of making and using the same. The clot pulling device may include a first spine, a second spine disposed parallel to the first spine, and a basket disposed between and coupled to the spines. In addition, a pushing member may be coupled... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, Llc
20080119886 - Mechanical tissue device and method: The present invention relates generally to a device and method for preventing the undesired passage of emboli from a venous blood pool to an arterial blood pool. The invention relates especially to a device and method for treating certain cardiac defects, especially patent foramen ovales and other septal defects, through... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20080119887 - Mechanically detachable vaso-occlusive device: A device for delivering an occlusive element includes an elongate sheath. A distal blocking member is located at the distal end of the elongate sheath and includes an aperture therein. An elongate releasing member is disposed within a lumen of the elongate sheath. The elongate releasing member includes a proximal... Agent: Vista Ip Law Group LLP
20080119890 - Rapid exchange catheters usable with embolic protection devices: Catheters, assemblies, and methods for delivering and recovering embolic protection devices. Catheters are provided that can be advanced over single length guide wires and which can be retracted over single length wire shafts of distal embolic protection devices. One catheter is a two-port catheter having two sidewall ports, a distal... Agent: Popovich, Wiles & O'connell, Pa 650 Third Avenue South
20080119889 - Slideable vascular filter: A collapsible medical device for use, e.g., as a vascular filter. The device includes a mandrel having a distal end and a stop spaced proximally of the distal end. A proximal length of the mandrel extends proximally of the stop and a distal length of the mandrel extends distally of... Agent: Popovich, Wiles & O'connell, Pa 650 Third Avenue South
20080119891 - Methods, systems and devices for reducing the size of an internal tissue opening: A medical system for treating an internal tissue opening can include a closure device and associated delivery device. The closure device can include a multi-cellular body portion operatively associated with a first anchor and a second anchor. The closure device can be configured to apply lateral force to tissue of... Agent: Trask Britt
20080119892 - Binding component: A binding component for binding together a pair of biological tissues. The binding component includes an elongated body defining a body longitudinal axis, the body being made, at least in part, of a shape memory material. The body is configured and sized so as to be both substantially flexible and... Agent: Louis Tessier
20080119893 - Denatured human albumin suture material: The present invention provides a biocompatible suture material made from denatured human serum albumin. The suture material can be constructed by molding and denaturing a liquid human serum albumin, or by precision cutting a denatured albumin lamina into thin, threadlike ribbons. The denatured albumin material is strong, flexible, absorbable and... Agent: Elizabeth R. Hall
20080119894 - Osteosynthesis plate, e.g. a plate for the head of the radius or humerus, with a plurality of bore holes for receiving bone screws: The invention relates to an osteosynthesis plate, particularly a plate for the head of the radius or humerus, provided with a plurality of bore holes for receiving bone screws, wherein at least some of the bore holes are provided with an inner thread and/or at least one continuous longitudinal bore... Agent: Bodner & O'rourke, LLP
20080119895 - Locking bone plate with bushing anti-rotation feature: A locking plate intended to be implanted at a bone site and a method for producing and implanting this device. At least one expandable bushing is engaged with a through-hole in the plate. The bushing includes an exterior surface with at least one recess and a passageway including a threaded... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing05/15/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category
20080114340 - System and method for reducing photon scatter in dermal tissue: A device includes an outer layer formed of a fluid impermeable polymer film. The outer layer forms an outer major surface of the device. The device also includes a reinforcement layer underlying the outer layer and an adhesive underlying the outer layer. The adhesive forms an annular adhesive surface wherein... Agent: Larson Newman Abel Polansky & White, LLP
20080114342 - Diaphragm entry for posterior surgical access: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved treatment of body organs.... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20080114343 - Skeletal muscle revascularization: Methods for the treatment of ischemic limbs. An energy source, which will typically be a laser energy source deployed through an optic fiber, is deployed subcutaneously to a site of ischemic skeletal muscle. At the site, a plurality of channels are preferably systematically formed with an appropriate amount of activated... Agent: Stetina Brunda Garred & Brucker
20080114344 - Closed loop cryosurgical system: A cryosurgical system and related methods of utilizing distinct freeze and thaw fluids to selectively freeze or thaw tissue as part of a cryosurgical treatment plan. A closed loop cryosurgical system can include a control console, a cryocooler, a freeze tank, a thaw tank as well as fluid supply and... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080114347 - Closed loop cryosurgical system: An improved closed loop cryosurgical system and related methods of use. The closed loop cryosurgical system can utilize a reduced size cryoprobe by moving a pre-cool heat exchanger into a control console for the system. The cyroprobe can further include a sheath having at least one thermal wire spaced around... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080114348 - Cryoprotective agent delivery: The present disclosure is directed to the use of a cryoprotective agent to protect healthy tissue while damaged tissue is cryosurgically treated. A cryoprotective agent can be delivered utilizing a delivery probe that is inserted into healthy tissue either prior to or during a freeze portion of a first freeze/thaw... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080114346 - Cryosurgical instrument: A cryosurgical probe (cryoprobe) for ablation of a superficial tissue. The cryoprobe operation is preferably based on combination of two freezing effects: a) heat transfer from a liquid, gaseous or aerosolized cryogen, which is delivered from openings in the cryoprobe tip immediately on the surface of the treated tissue, and... Agent: Bruce E. Lilling Lilling & Lilling Pllc
20080114349 - Ringed forceps: A surgical instrument comprises two oppositely-positioned working numbers each having proximal and distal ends and each having a working surface. The instrument also comprises at least one ring member affixed to a least one of the working members to encompass one or more of a user's fingers. In one embodiment... Agent: Reed Smith L.l.p
20080114351 - High-frequency operation apparatus and method for controlling high-frequency output based on change with time of electrical parameter: A high-frequency operation apparatus comprises a high-frequency energy generating section that generates and outputs high-frequency energy to be used for treating an object tissue. A parameter monitoring section monitors the change with time of an electrical parameter indicting the condition of the object tissue when the high-frequency energy output from... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen
20080114352 - Tissue dissector and/or coagulator: Various devices and methods for dissecting and/or coagulating tissue are provided. In one embodiment, a surgical device is provided that includes an elongate member having proximal and distal ends, an energy emitter coupled to the distal end of the elongate member, and an insulating element that is disposed around the... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP
20080114353 - Treatment tool for endoscope: A treatment tool for an endoscope includes a flexible sheath, with a transparent portion near a distal end thereof, which is inserted into and ejected from a treatment tool insertion channel of the endoscope, a rod-shaped treatment piece arranged into the flexible sheath, an operation wire arranged inside the flexible... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C
20080114354 - Vacuum coagulation probes: A surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism is provided for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20080114355 - Vacuum coagulation probes: A surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism is provided for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20080114357 - Inter-transverse process spacer device and method for use in correcting a spinal deformity: An inter-transverse process spacer device for placement between two adjacent transverse processes, includes a spacer member with deformable first and second ends and may include a connector. The inter-transverse process spacer device may also include a flexible, fillable container for containing an injectable material that is compressible following implantation. The... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.c.
20080114358 - Intervertebral prosthetic assembly for spinal stabilization and method of implanting same: A prosthetic assembly and method of implanting same, according to which a least one cross-bar is secured to the spinal column. A spacer engages the spinous process of a vertebra of the spinal column. The cross-bar is connected to the spacer via an adapter.... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP
20080114359 - Polyaxial locking mechanism: An improved polyaxial mechanism is disclosed. The mechanism preferably works in conjunction with a bone plate and fixation mechanism, such as a screw, rod, or the like. The improved polyaxial mechanism increases the strength of the locking among the locking mechanism, fixation mechanism, and bone plate. In addition, the improved... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080114360 - Bone fastening plate: Bone fastening plate. The present invention refers to a fastening plate to be used in bones, more specifically, to a plate whose shape and arrangement of screws promote the fastening and keeping of fractured bones or bones that have undergone osteotomy in adequate position, angle and inclination.... Agent: Volpe And Koenig, P.c.
20080114362 - Keyed crown orientation for multi-axial screws: A coupling assembly may include an anchor member, a receiver member, and a seat member. The receiver member may have an anchor member end that cooperates with the anchor member and may have an implant receiving aperture for receiving an implant. The seat member may be disposable within the receiver... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP
20080114363 - Multi-component k-wire: A surgical tool includes first and second K-wire components that are configured to pivot relative to each other and their relative position can be securely locked. The locking mechanism may be a sleeve, a retention ring or a collet.... Agent: Akc Patents
20080114364 - Tissue cavitation device and method: Provided is a medical device for forming or modifying cavities in tissue. Versions include a blade extendable laterally from a first shape to a second shape to cut tissue in a controlled manner. The first shape may be configured for insertion in accordance with minimally invasive procedures and the second... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, Llc
20080114367 - Method and relaxable distracters for in-situ formation of intervertebral disc prosthesis: A method and a distracter for replacing a removed, intervertebral disc with a prosthesis. An inter-body distracter is inserted within the intervertebral space between adjacent vertebrae, the vertebrae are distracted and are supported by the distracter. A fluid, curable polymer is injected into the intervertebral space and around the distracter... Agent: Kremblas, Foster, Phillips & Pollick
20080114369 - Adjustable resection guide: A resection guide having an alignment barrel with holes that pass through the entire cross-section of the alignment barrel is disclosed. An alignment guide is mounted on the alignment barrel. Alignment guide can translate and rotate with respect to alignment barrel. The alignment guide has holes that extend through it.... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080114368 - Method and apparatus for osteochondral autograft transplantation: A surgical procedure for preparing a graft for insertion in an opening in a human body, according to which a mold is formed in the opening and transferred from the opening to a position adjacent a stylus. A contour of the mold is traced with the stylus; and the tracing... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP
20080114345 - Catheter with cryogenic and electrical heating ablation: A catheter includes a cryoablation tip with an electrically-driven ablation assembly for heating tissue. The cryoablation tip may be implemented with a cooling chamber through which a controllably injected coolant circulates to lower the tip temperature, and having an RF electrode at its distal end. The RF electrode may be... Agent: Christopher & Weisberg, P.a.
20080114350 - Matrix router for surgical ablation: A matrix router with frequency switching is provided having an energy source electrically connected to a plurality of interface ports. A switching device is provided between the energy source and the plurality of switches. One of the plurality of interface ports includes a paired electrode interface port for the connection... Agent: Cook, Alex, Mcfarron, Manzo, Cummings & Mehler Ltd
20080114356 - Vessel sealing instrument: A bipolar electrosurgical instrument for clamping, grasping, manipulating, and sealing tissue includes first and second shafts each having a jaw member extending from a distal end thereof and a handle disposed at a proximal end thereof. The handle being operable to effect movement of the jaw members relative to one... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20080114361 - Dynamic cervical plates and cervical plate constructs: N-level internally dynamizing cervical plates and cervical plate constructs in accordance with the present principles, provide unconstrained sliding interconnection between the various plate components after installation on a cervical spine. A tongue-and-groove configuration between the various plate segments provides a constant thickness over the dynamizing portions. Detents provided relative the... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP
20080114365 - Surgical cutting devices and methods: The present invention provides surgical drilling devices and methods. An exemplary surgical drilling device in accordance with the present invention comprises a housing, a retractable guide tube assembly, and a flexible cable drill. The retractable guide tube assembly comprises an arcuate guide tube slidingly positioned in a first arcuate channel... Agent: Kagan Binder, Pllc
20080114366 - Patella resection guide: A method and apparatus for resectioning a patella without everting it includes a resection guide which grips the patella with gripping members, one of which can also function as an alignment guide for a surgeon using a saw for the resectioning. Means engageable with the resection guide are provided for... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels
20080114370 - Patient-specific alignment guide for multiple incisions: A patient-specific alignment guide for an orthopedic implant. The alignment guide can include a body having first and second opposing surfaces, the second surface adapted for positioning over a skin surface, and at least one extension extending from the second surface body. The extension has a distal end defining a... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080114371 - Instrument for placement and distraction of an implant: An instrument for the placement and distraction of an implant for intersomatic fusion of two adjacent vertebrae comprises a hollow rod connected with a handle, and having a pivotable setting element at a front, free end. The element has two pins for insertion into two guide grooves assigned to a... Agent: Collard & Roe, P.c.
20080114372 - Eye treatment system with multiple pumps: An eye treatment system is configured for performing an ocular surgical procedure and includes an eye treatment probe, a treatment console including a controller, and an eye treatment cassette for coupling the eye treatment probe with the treatment console. The eye treatment probe is configured to provide at least irrigation... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.
20080114373 - Intraocular lens injection apparatus and method: An IOL injector comprising a distal body portion comprising a tip through which an IOL is injected into an eye, a tip protector, and a proximal body portion configured to connect to the distal body portion. The distal body portion and the tip protector being are configured to lockingly connect... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
20080114374 - Device for introduction of long item: Disclosed herein is a device (such as guidewire inserter) for easily and certainly inserting a medical long item having a curved tip into a tube such as catheter and sheath. The guidewire inserter is a tubular member having therein a bore for passage of a guidewire. The tubular member has... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney Pc
20080114375 - Method and apparatus for attaching a dynamic reference: A reference platform adapted to facilitate the attachment of a reference unit to a patient is disclosed herein. The reference platform includes a top surface adapted to contact a reference unit, and a bottom surface generally opposite the top surface. The bottom surface is adapted to contact a patient. The... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare
20080114376 - Method and apparatus for computerized surgery: An implant for use in spinal surgery comprises a resilient element having an inflatable cavity. It is formed of a biologically compatible material and is arranged for placement between end plates of adjacent vertebra. The implant may also include a wound disc replacement element. A method of performing spinal surgery... Agent: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
20080114377 - Clipping instrument for an endoscopic surgical device: A clipping instrument for an endoscope is provided. The clipping instrument includes a flexible sheath and at least one clip assembly with a pair of openable and closable clipping arms. The clip assembly is arranged in vicinity to a distal end portion of the flexible sheath with the clipping arms... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C
20080114378 - Perforation suture clip and clip device: A perforation suture clip is used in combination with an endoscope and sutures a perforation occurring in a digestive tract, and includes: a rod portion whose two ends are sharpened; a hook portion that is bent back from one end side of the rod portion at a predetermined opening angle... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, Pc
20080114379 - Endoscopic suturing system: An endoscopic treatment device is used with an endoscope. This treatment device includes a transmission member with a flexible structure having a distal end portion to be inserted into a body and can be operated outside the body, a push rod coupled to the distal end portion, and first and... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, Pc
20080114380 - Endoscopic suturing system: An endoscopic treatment device is used with an endoscope. This treatment device includes a transmission member with a flexible structure having a distal end portion to be inserted into a body and can be operated outside the body, a push rod coupled to the distal end portion, and first and... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, Pc
20080114381 - Form in place fasteners: A fastening device for clamping and fastening tissue together with fasteners formed from an adhesive is disclosed. An embodiment of the adhesive fastening device can clamp a first and a second portion of tissue together between a first and a second jaw, and can place a fluid polymer adhesive into... Agent: Frost Brown Todd Llc 2200 Pnc Center
20080114382 - Uterine artery ligation devices and methods: A system for ligating a uterine artery in a patient generally includes a suture transfer tool, suture transfer darts, and one or more sutures. The suture transfer tool includes an upper jaw that is pivotally joined to a lower jaw. The lower jaw of the tool includes a number of... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20080114383 - Adhesive and mechanical fastener: Provided is a two-piece anastomosis fastener that can be used to join two tissue sections together in accordance with Natural Orifice Transendoscopic Surgery (NOTES). The fastener may be releasably attached to a fastener applying instrument for delivery in accordance with such procedures. The fastener includes a first member and a... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, Llc
20080114384 - Ring magnets for surgical procedures: A medical device and procedure is provided for rapidly forming an anastomosis between two viscera, while minimizing the potential of breaching the mural boundary. The medical device generally includes a first magnet assembly and a second magnet assembly. Each of the magnet assemblies includes a magnetic core defining an axial... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook
20080114385 - Method and device for effecting anastomosis of hollow organ structures using adhesive and fasteners: A method and devices for accomplishing the successful anastomosis of two hollow organ structures are disclosed. The method includes bringing the structures together, applying at least one fastener to hold the structures together and form a connection site, and applying, as alternatives or in conjunction, an adhesive, a wrap and/or... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, Llc
20080114386 - Method of providing corneal tissue and method of determining the bioburden of laboratory providing same: A method of preparing custom corneal tissue in response to a request for the custom corneal tissue that includes specifications specifying the size and shape of the custom corneal tissue. After the request is received, donor eye tissue is selected from a plurality of donor eye tissues. The plurality of... Agent: Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP/seattle
20080114387 - Dual linear ultrasound control: An ophthalmic surgical control system 10 includes a surgical console 12 for controlling a variety of surgical instruments. A foot controller 18 is connected to the surgical console 12 including a pedal 24 for movement by a user over a pre-determined range in pitch 26 and yaw 28. The system... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
20080114388 - Surgical tool system with a powred handpiece and a console, the console able to provide energization signals to the handpiece in either a motor drive mode or a direct drive mode: A surgical tool system including a handpiece with a power generating unit and a control console for supplying energization signals to the power generating unit. Based on the data in a memory associated with the handpiece, the control console supplies energization signals to the handpiece power generating unit in either... Agent: Intel. Prop./ Rnd Stryker Corporation
20080114389 - Powered surgical apparatus, method of manufacturing powered surgical apparatus, and method of using powered surgical apparatus: A powered surgical apparatus can be used with a source of irrigation fluid and a source of suction. The powered surgical apparatus can include a cutting blade assembly and a handle. The handle can include an upper portion defining a distal section connectable to the cutting blade assembly and a... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, Plc
20080114390 - Catheter device for support of a guidewire in crossing a lesion: A catheter device selectively provides additional support to a guidewire for aiding the guidewire in crossing a narrowing in a body lumen. The catheter device includes an elongate outer tubular member having a tapered distal end. An elongate guidewire gripping member is slidably disposed within the outer tubular member. The... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Ip Legal Department
20080114391 - Aneurysm covering devices and delivery devices: Devices are provided for isolating an aneurysm from the blood vessel, particularly berry aneurysms within the cerebral vasculature. Embodiments of such devices have improved manufacturability, deliverability find isolation of the aneurysm. Delivery systems are also provided for such devices and other devices which may benefit from orientation adjustment during delivery.... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20080114393 - Clot removal device: A device for removing blood clots and methods of making and using the same. The clot pulling device may include a shaft and one or more strut members that each may include a loop region. The proximal ends of the strut members may be attached to the shaft and the... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, Llc
20080114392 - Distal protective device: A distal protection device comprising a catheter having a first strut movable from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration having a first dimension and a second strut movable from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration having a second dimension larger than the first dimension. Movement of the first... Agent: Neil D. Gershon Chief Patent Counsel
20080114394 - Arteriotomy closure devices and techniques: An arterial closure system includes an arterial closure device (“ACD”) and a deployment tool. The arterial closure device includes a first member forming an enlargement around the circumference of the arterial closure device and being configured to be received against an outer surface of a vessel, a connecting member having... Agent: William Douglas Hare
20080114395 - Closure device: The invention relates to a medical sealing device (1) for the sealing of a puncture hole in a vessel wall, and comprises an inner member (2), which is adapted to be positioned at an interior surface of the vessel wall, and an outer member (3), which is adapted to be... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500
20080114396 - Adjustable non-invasive wound closure system: A system for effecting closure of a surgical incision in a patient's body after surgery. The system includes a plurality of closure components to be applied to the patient's skin on each side of the wound and adhered to the skin. A closure connector having an adjustable length secures the... Agent: Law Office Of Delio & Peterson, Llc.
20080114398 - Device for the repair of arteries: A device is provided for piercing a graft and artery wall in order to retain the graft on the artery. The device has a central section with an abutment surface for contacting the inner wall of the graft and two elongate members with distal ends for contacting the outer wall... Agent: Intellectual Property Department Dewitt Ross & Stevens S.c.
20080114397 - Method for closing an opening in tissue with a splayable staple: One method for closing an opening in tissue may include providing a substantially continuous solid staple having a plurality of tines and a longitudinal centerline, plastically deforming the staple to a splayed configuration; penetrating at least one tine into tissue in proximity to the opening; and plastically deforming the staple... Agent: Cardica, Inc.
20080114399 - Method of securing body tissue: To secure a first body tissue with a second body tissue, a first anchor is moved along a first path through the first body tissue into the second body tissue. A second anchor is moved along a second path through the first body tissue into the second body tissue. A... Agent: Paul D. Bianco: Fleit, Kain, Gibbons, Gutman, Bongini, & Bianco P.l.
20080114400 - System for spine osteosynthesis: An orthopedic fixation device and method for correction and fixation of the vertebrae to facilitate an anatomically correct fusion is provided. The orthopedic fixation device includes an elongated plate including at least one fastener opening, at least two cup shaped washers mounted to the plate, and an anchor mounted to... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans (zimmer Spine)
20080114401 - Posterior fixation devices and methods of use: The present application is directed to devices and methods for attaching one or more elongated members to a posterior surface of a vertebral member. The devices may include a body with a first face that contacts the vertebral member and a second opposite face. A hook may extend outward from... Agent: Coats & Bennett/medtronics
20080114402 - Devices and methods for correcting a spinal deformity: The present application is directed to devices and methods for correcting a spinal deformity. One exemplary method comprises initially inserting a device into an interior of a vertebral member. The device may be a deformable material, or may be a mechanical apparatus. The device is then expanded in size such... Agent: Coats & Bennett/medtronics
20080114403 - Minimally invasive pedicle screw access system and associated method: A spinal fixation access system includes a pedicle screw with extended tabs that form a single solid pedicle screw assembly. The surgical procedure associated with this invention involves making small, discrete incisions for the placement of select pedicle screws. The extended tabs of the pedicle screws retract soft tissue, muscle... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans (zimmer Spine)
20080114404 - Bone anchoring device: A bone anchoring device is provided that includes an anchoring element with a shank to be anchored in a bone or a vertebra, a connection element for connecting at least two anchoring elements, the connection element being made of an elastic material, a receiving part being connected to the shank... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP05/08/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category
20080108979 - Flush tip illuminating laser probe treatment apparatus: A treatment apparatus has a probe needle with a distal end, a laser fiber and a plurality of illumination fibers. The laser fiber and the plurality of illumination fibers are substantially flush with the distal end of the probe needle. The illumination fibers of the plurality of illumination fibers have... Agent: Heller Ehrman LLP
20080108980 - Quick release filter assembly for pneumatic surgical machine: A quick release filter assembly for a pneumatic module of a surgical machine includes a housing, an input port, an output port, a filter, and a flange. The housing has first and second sides, a top, and a bottom. The input port is located on the first side of the... Agent: Alcon
20080108981 - Shaped tip illuminating laser probe treatment apparatus: A treatment apparatus has a probe needle at a distal end of the apparatus and a laser fiber. A plurality of illumination fibers are provided. The laser fiber and the plurality of illumination fibers are shaped at a distal end of the probe needle. The illumination from the probe needle... Agent: Heller Ehrman LLP
20080108983 - Dual core optic fiber illuminated laser probe: A microsurgical laser probe primarily used in ophthalmic surgery provides both laser light and illumination light to a surgical site from a single light source. The laser probe has a dual core optic fiber that transmits both laser light and illumination light to the surgical site. A center core of... Agent: Thompson Coburn, LLP
20080108987 - Cutting radio frequency catheter for creating fenestrations in graft cloth: RF power is applied to a circular RF electrode cutting a side opening in a graft material of a main stent-graft in situ. As the side opening is formed by the applied RF power and the associated plasma discharge, the side opening is formed with a minimal application of force... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Ip Legal Department
20080108989 - Device and method for less invasive surgical stabilization of pelvic fractures: Disclosed are an apparatus and its associated method for minimally invasive stabilization of anterior pelvic fractures. The pelvic stabilization system consisting of two rod shaped implants that may be surgically inserted subcutaneously or along the bone surface of each hemipelvis and a means of both linking the individual rods as... Agent: Douglas Parsell
20080108990 - Interspinous process implant having a fixed wing and a deployable wing and method of implantation: An embodiment of a system in accordance with the present invention can include an implant having a first wing, a spacer with a thickness and a second wing, wherein a first configuration of the second wing has a first height substantially similar to the thickness and wherein the second wing... Agent: Coats & Bennett/medtronics
20080108991 - Method and apparatus for performing pedicle screw fusion surgery: A medical device adapted to facilitate pedicle screw fusion surgery is disclosed herein. The medical device includes a proximal end and a sharp distal end opposite the proximal end. The distal end is configured to allow the medical device to function as an awl. The medical device also includes a... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare
20080108992 - Multi-axial bone fixation apparatus: A bone fixation device. The bone fixation device includes a receiver having a deformable portion, a bone fastener having a head, the head insertable into the receiver from the deformable portion, and a retaining member couplable to the deformable portion. The retaining member deforms the deformable portion and angulatably retains... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20080108995 - Internal bone transport: An internal bone transport device and method for lengthen bone that, once surgically implanted will allow for a segment of bone to be transported along the length of the rod without changing the overall length of the rod. An externally applied magnetic force is used to drive the segment from... Agent: Maryellen Feehery Hank, Esq. Reed Smith LLP
20080108998 - Uni-directional ratcheting bone plate assembly: A bone plate assembly and method of using the same in a patient is disclosed that includes a ratchet mechanism that allows unidirectional incremental adjustment of the overall length of the bone plate assembly. The bone plate assembly is capable of being created to have various stages. One illustrative bone... Agent: Krieg Devault LLP
20080109002 - Devices for mixing and extruding medically useful compositions: This invention provides devices and methods for mixing and extruding compositions which are medically and non-medically useful. The devices are particularly useful for mixing substances which are relatively inert when alone but become reactive when mixed. A common feature of all of the devices is that they allow the user... Agent: Baxter Healthcare Corporation
20080109003 - Methods of employing calcium phosphate cement compositions and osteoinductive proteins to effect vertebrae interbody fusion absent an interbody device: A minimal access method for mammalian vertebrae interbody fusion without the employment of an interbody device is described which comprises injecting a porous CaPC into an anterior portion of a disc space, and injecting an effective amount of fast-setting non-porous CaPC into an anterior portion of the disc space to... Agent: Fox Rothschild, LLP
20080109004 - Invasive distracter: An invasive distractor is proposed that has a form comparable to a conventional C-clamp or screw clamp. It permits spatially targeted positioning of two bones, so that the joint connecting these bones can be spread by means of distraction during an intervention, thereby creating the space needed to perform diagnosis... Agent: Calvin G Covell Tarolli Sundheim Covell & Tummino
20080108982 - Method and device for the treatment of mammalian tissues: A photoactivation device for modulating the physiology of a target biological activity by directing a photoactivating beam of light having a predetermined set of photoactivating light parameters on a target surface, the device comprising: a photoactivating light source for emitting the photoactivating beam of light; a positioning means operatively coupled... Agent: Louis Tessier
20080108985 - Electrosurgical device to generate a plasma stream: An electrosurgical device to generate a plasma stream and method to perform endoscopic or laparoscopic surgery within a patient's body comprising an electrosurgical generator coupled to a electrical power source to supply power to the electrosurgical device and a plasma generator including an electrode operatively coupled to the electrosurgical generator... Agent: Arthur W. Fisher Iii
20080108984 - Ultrasound device for treatment of intervertebral disc tisssue: An ultrasound device and method for the treatment of intervertebral disc tissue for remediation of back pain. An applicator comprises a catheter and/or needle with a distal tip including one or more ultrasound transducer crystals. The crystals produce high-powered ultrasound energy that is transmitted and absorbed in the disc tissue.... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP
20080108986 - Apparatus and methods for relief of abdominal discomfort: Therapy apparatus and method for use on, among others, human infants. In one embodiment, the apparatus provides apryrogenic enhancement of body heat production by external application of heated rubefacient herbs and seeds of the botanical family Crucifererae, in an elastic breathable and flexible fabric belt. Heating of the herbal belt... Agent: Gazdzinski & Associates
20080108988 - Surgical weight control systems and methods: An obesity treatment system has a first treatment region sized and configured for deployment in a duodenum and a second treatment region sized and configured for deployment in a stomach. The first and second treatment regions are spaced apart a distance sized and configured to permit simultaneous deployment of the... Agent: Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.
20080108994 - Method and apparatus for computerized surgery: An implant for use in spinal surgery comprises a resilient element having an inflatable cavity. It is formed of a biologically compatible material and is arranged for placement between end plates of adjacent vertebra. The implant may also include a wound disc replacement element. A method of performing spinal surgery... Agent: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
20080108993 - Methods and systems for deploying spinous process constraints: Methods and kits for implanting constraints around spinous processes are described.... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20080108996 - Deployment tool for distal bone anchors with secondary compression: Deployment systems for deploying a bone fixation device are disclosed herein. One embodiment of a deployment system includes a syringe-shaped body configured to provide proximal traction to a bone fixation device in response to a compressive force between a finger grip and a plunger adapted to be engaged by the... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080108997 - Mounting devices for fixation devices and insertion instruments used therewith: A vertebral cleat and a vertebral support system employing the vertebral cleat is provided. Preferably, the vertebral cleat includes a base member having a superior and an inferior surface; an elongate keel portion having a cutting edge thereon depending from the inferior surface of the base member; and a spike... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin And Flannery
20080108999 - Guided reamer system for reshaping bone: A reamer system is provided which includes a cannulated reamer handle, and a corresponding cannulated reamer, which, when assembled and operated over a drill pin secured in a manner axially aligned with the stem of the femoral joint, enables the accurate and controlled reshaping of the femoral joint. The reamer... Agent: Moetteli & Associates Sarl
20080109000 - Tamp for concave resurfacing prosthesis: A tamp for use in forming grafting material into a cavity in the glenoid vault to prepare the vault for a glenoid component for performing shoulder arthroplasty is provided. The tamp includes a body and a forming portion. The forming portion extends in a first direction from the body. The... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower
20080109001 - Constrained acetabular trialing system: A trial head and shell for use in trial reduction of hip implants, and particularly bipolar implants, having locking features that prevent the head from dissociating from the shell during trialing, yet which allow the head and shell to be readily assembled and disassembled in the operating room. A cut-out... Agent: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
20080109006 - Adjustable impactor handle: An adjustable impactor handle for a tool comprises a handle, a first link, and a second link. The first link is pivotably attached to the handle. The second link is pivotably attached to the first link. The second link has a connector configured to attach to the tool. A method... Agent: Joel R. Petrow Smith & Nephew, Inc.
20080109005 - System and methods for inserting a spinal disc device into an intervertebral space: A system for replacing a natural nuclear disc in an intervertebral space has a spinal device configured for placement in the intervertebral space. An insertion tool is configured for holding the spinal device while the spinal device is inserted into the intervertebral space. A gripping member of the insertion tool... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin And Flannery
20080109008 - Implantation device and method for applying the same: An implantation device and method for applying the same has an implantation device for implantation in a target structure such as a bone. The implantation device comprises a shaft region, wherein the shaft region has at least one protrusion. The protrusion comprises a material which is modifiable by using mechanical... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080109007 - Implantation device, applicator and sonotrode: An implantation device for implantation in a target structure such as a bone includes a base region. The base region includes a connecting portion, wherein the connecting portion is adapted to interact with a coupling region of a handling device. In particular, the connecting portion and the coupling region may... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20080109009 - Access device: A device for providing access to a treatment site within the body of a patient includes a tubular member having a first, generally elongated configuration for introduction into the body of the patient, and deployable therein to a second configuration. The second configuration includes an axially displaced segment along the... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/indy/cook
20080109010 - Apparatus for cervical manipulation and methods of use: In one embodiment, an apparatus for cervical manipulation includes an inner tubular member manufactured from a bendable, semi-rigid material having an inflatable balloon disposed at the distal end and a flexible wire coupled to the wall of a lumen within the inner tubular member, and also includes an outer tubular... Agent: Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP
20080109011 - Pre-curved electrode array loading tools: Exemplary loading tools configured to facilitate loading of a pre-curved electrode array onto a stylet include a docking assembly, a channel assembly, and a connecting member configured to connect the channel assembly to the docking assembly and maintain a distance therebetween. The docking assembly is configured to couple to the... Agent: Advantedge Law Group , Llc
20080109013 - Fiducial-less tracking of a volume of interest: A method and an apparatus for fiducial-less tracking of a volume of interest (VOI) have been presented. In some embodiments, a pair of intra-operative images of a portion of a patient is generated during treatment of a target region in the patient to show a bony structure of the patient.... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
20080109014 - Robotic surgical device: A robotic surgical device for using in laparoscopic surgery, including two robotic arms, each having at least six joints providing a total of fourteen degrees of movement that accurately reproduce the movements of a human torso complete with arms.... Agent: Young & Thompson
20080109012 - System, method and apparatus for tableside remote connections of medical instruments and systems using wireless communications: System, method and apparatus are provided through which in some embodiments, a tool interface unit (TIU) of a medical navigation system or an integrated medical imaging and navigation system includes a wireless transceiver to communicate with a navigation computer in order to reduce or eliminate cabling between the TIU and... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare
20080109015 - Delivering sutures: A suturing instrument includes a suturing head that is coupled to the shaft of an elongate body member of the instrument by a connector member which may be biased in either a linear orientation along the longitudinal axis of the shaft or any one of a variety of non-linear orientations... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group
20080109016 - Applicator: A visual indication of an intermediate position is provided on an applicator (10) to enable an operator to correctly position the trigger (14) of the applicator to achieve a defined intermediate position.... Agent: David M. Driscoll Salter & Michaelson
20080109017 - Barrier layer with underlying medical device and one or more reinforcing support structures: A barrier layer device is formed of an underlying biocompatible structure having a barrier layer coating that can exhibit anti-inflammatory properties, non-inflammatory properties, and/or adhesion-limiting properties, as well as generate a modulated healing effect on injured tissue. As implemented herein, the barrier layer is a non-polymeric cross-linked gel derived at... Agent: Lahive & Cockfield, LLP
20080109018 - Surgical clip: According to the invention, at least one projecting portion (4) of said lateral arm (3) comprises at least one groove (6) opening onto the shoulder (5) formed by said portion (4), said groove (6) and said shoulder (5) thus delimiting a pointed and sharp material zone (7), suitable for hollowing... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
20080109019 - Device and method for joining vessels in anastomosis: Devices and methods for attaching an end of a body vessel to another body vessel are disclosed. An adhesive may be used along with a rigid member having one or more protrusions. The invention is useful in surgery, especially vascular surgery and the creation of anastomoses.... Agent: Joyce Von Natzmer Pequignot + Myers Llc
20080109020 - Endoscopic tissue separator surgical device: An endoscopic tissue separator surgical device and method. The device has a multi-lumen shaft having proximal and distal ends, a central lumen for accepting an endoscope, and at least two fluid lumens, with a head coupled to the distal end of the shaft and a handle coupled to the proximal... Agent: Michelle Saquet Temple
20080109021 - Surgical tool with integral blade and self-centering tip: A surgical tool for division of a tendon sheath having a convex outer surface, such as the A1 pulley of the finger, is disclosed. A cutting tip is configured to self-center itself and, in turn, a cutting blade carried by the cutting tip, as the cutting tip is advanced along... Agent: Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd.
20080109023 - Method and apparatus for altering the appearance of a patient's skin: A dissecting device includes a plurality of blades which are pivotally mounted on a base. A wire is connected with each of the blades to effect pivotal movement of the blades relative to the base. The base includes a guide wire passage. When the appearance of a patient's skin is... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.l.p.
20080109022 - Sphincterotome with stiffening member: A sphincterotome is disclosed including an elongate shaft having a lumen extending through at least a portion of the elongate shaft. The lumen includes a proximal segment and a distal segment. A cutting element extends within the lumen through the proximal segment of the lumen and extends exterior of the... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, Llc
20080109024 - Lancet cartridges and lancing devices: A lancet cartridge has a U-shaped support with a pair of anchor portions, a base portion, and a pair of deformable leg portions connecting the anchor portions to the base portion. The pair of deformable leg portions change shape from an initial shape to an extended shape in response to... Agent: Marina Larson & Associates, Llc
20080109025 - Safety lancet: A safety lancet includes a housing, an actuating unit, a needle unit, a blocking unit and an elastic unit. The housing has a side hole and a front opening. The actuating unit is disposed on an outer surface of the housing. The needle unit, including a needle, a flex pin... Agent: Reed Smith LLP
20080109026 - Apparatus and methods for performing brain surgery: Less invasive surgical techniques for performing brain surgery are disclosed in which a dilating obturator and cannula assembly is inserted into brain tissue until the obturator tip and cannula are adjacent the target tissue. The obturator is removed and surgery is performed through the cannula. In preferred embodiments the obturator... Agent: David M Carter Carter Deluca Farrell & Schmidt
20080109027 - Method and system for gastric volume control: A gastric balloon includes a scaffold structure, one or more internal inflatable compartments within the scaffold structure, and one or more inflatable bladders formed over the space-filling compartment. The gastric balloon may be deployed transesophageally using a gastroscope and is inflated in situ, preferably using a combination of liquid and... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20080109029 - Angioplasty balloon with therapeutic/aspiration channel: An angioplasty balloon catheter with an added channel for delivering medication or removing body fluids distal to the site of angioplasty is disclosed. The balloons are especially useful in the treatment of occlusions in saphenous vein grafts, the coronary and carotid arteries, arteries arising from the aorta and branches thereof... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
20080109028 - Introducer for an endoluminal procedure: The invention relates to an introducer for an endoluminal procedure. The inventive introducer comprises: a guide tube which can be inserted into the human body and which defines an internal guide conduit for an element that is to be introduced, and a hemostatic valve which is formed at one end... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.l.p.
20080109030 - Arteriotomy closure devices and techniques: A vascular closure system includes a swellable/bioabsorbable tubular sealing element and a tubular advancement/deployment tool. The sealing element and advancement tool is configured to be attached to the outside of a tubular medical device (such as a vascular introducer, catheter, cannula, trocar, electrode wire, etc.) with the sealing element being... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080109031 - Systems, methods and devices for removing obstructions from a blood vessel: A system for removing an obstruction from a blood vessel includes an obstruction engaging element and an expandable capture element. The capture element preferably has a flexible cover and an expandable support structure. The engaging element engages the obstruction and moves the obstruction into the capture element. The capture element... Agent: Hoekendijk & Lynch, LLP
20080109032 - Systems, methods and devices for removing obstructions from a blood vessel: Devices and methods for removing an obstruction from a blood vessel are described. The devices are deployed in a collapsed condition and are then expanded within the body. The devices are then manipulated to engage and remove the obstruction.... Agent: Hoekendijk & Lynch, LLP
20080109033 - Method and device for prevention of pneumothorax during vascular access: Methods and devices for prevention of a pneumothorax during vascular access are disclosed herein. The methods utilize a device having a detachable distal portion which serves to block the passageway created after a vascular access procedure. The device may include retention means to secure the device in the passageway. In... Agent: Conley Rose, P.c. David A. Rose
20080109034 - Controlled adhesive locations facilitating tissue remodeling: A surgical implant for adhering two portions of tissue together with a polymer adhesive is disclosed. The surgical implant has a matrix structure with one or more layers and a plurality of holes for tissue growth therethrough. The matrix structure controls placement of the adhesive to minimize adhesive area and... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, Llc
20080109035 - Methods and compositions for repairing common peroneal nerve lesions: Methods and compositions are provided for repairing common peroneal nerve (CPN) lesions and enhancing functional recovery of a damaged CPN. The methods of the present invention include applying a fibrin glue mixture to the area of a surgically repaired CPN. The fibrin glue mixture contains growth factor, fibrinogen, aprotinin and... Agent: Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
20080109036 - Long term bioabsorbable barbed sutures: Barbed surgical sutures and a method of forming a barbed surgical suture from a degradable material are provided having degradation rates tailored to provide the suture with a desired mass loss profile.... Agent: Covidien
20080109037 - Press fit suture anchor and inserter assembly: A sterile suture anchor and insertion kit with the suture anchor having a cylindrical body portion with a generally tapered distal end portion and flat end. A plurality of parallel longitudinal grooves are cut into the cylindrical body and a connecting throughgoing bore is cut through the cylindrical body engaging... Agent: John S. Hale Gipple & Hale
20080109038 - Threaded suture anchor and inserter device: A sterile suture anchor and drive kit with the suture anchor having a cylindrical body portion with a generally tapered distal end portion and a screw thread extending along a cylindrical body portion. A plurality of parallel longitudinal grooves are cut into the cylindrical body interrupting opposed portions of the... Agent: John S. Hale Gipple & Hale
20080109039 - Spinal cross connectors: Various methods and devices are provided for connecting spinal fixation elements, such as spinal rods, implanted in a patient's spinal column. In particular, various spinal cross connectors are provided for connecting to one or more spinal fixation elements implanted in a patient's spine. The cross connectors can have a variety... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP05/01/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category
20080103491 - Manipulator for medical use: In a manipulator, an actuator block contains motors and rotary shafts extending from the motors. A working unit of the manipulator contains a connecting portion, attachable to and detachable from the actuator block. The connecting portion has pulleys connectable to ends of the rotary shafts, and has a locking plate... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20080103494 - Bipolar ablation probe having porous electrodes for delivering electrically conductive fluid: A tissue ablation probe comprises an elongated probe shaft, at least one fluid perfusion lumen longitudinally extending through the probe shaft, and a plurality of electrodes carried by the distal end of the probe shaft. Each of the electrodes includes a porous structure in fluid communication with the at least... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20080103495 - High frequency cauterization power supply apparatus: A high-frequency cauterization power supply apparatus is provided with an electrosurgical scalpel device. When an operator starts to excise a living tissue in a conductive liquid, high-frequency power is applied to a treatment electrode. When an output impedance detected at that time is lower than a preset value, a variable... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen
20080103499 - Coagulation tweezers with limiter opening: Coagulation tweezers (1) provided with two tweezers legs (2) and (3), with their mutual pivoting apart from each other being limited by a stop element (6) and a counter stop element (7). Here, the protrusion or head (10) of the stop element (6), during the opening or closing the legs... Agent: Volpe And Koenig, P.C.
20080103500 - Instruments and methods for smoothing a portion of a spinal rod: An instrument for smoothing an end of a spinal rod includes a housing having an opening sized and shaped to receive a spinal rod and a smoothing surface positioned within the housing and in communication with the opening. The smoothing surface has one or more structures configured to engage a... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20080103503 - Fastener system of the captive screw type: A screw fastener system includes a plate having formed therein, centered on an axis perpendicular to the plane of the plate: a circularly generally cylindrical orifice of depth h and of cross-section equal to D, an orifice of cross-section equal to d less than D, and a housing, the orifices... Agent: Young & Thompson
20080103505 - Containment device for site-specific delivery of a therapeutic material and methods of use: The present invention is directed to devices and methods for the controlled delivery of a therapeutic material into the treatment site to prevent unintentional migration of the therapeutic material from the treatment site. The devices include an expandable containment body made of a naturally-derived collagenous material and a delivery device... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook
20080103506 - Methods and devices for ligament repair: Devices and methods are provided for positioning and forming bone tunnels. In one embodiment, a surgical drill guide apparatus is provided. The apparatus can include a first guide member having a longitudinal passageway extending therethrough for aiming a first guide pin along a first path to form a first bone... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP
20080103492 - Roll-pitch-roll surgical tool: A robotic surgical tool includes an elongate shaft having a working end and a shaft axis, and a pair of linking arms each having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is pivotally mounted on the working end of the shaft to rotate around a first pitch... Agent: Patent Dept Intuitive Surgical, Inc
20080103493 - Wide area ablation of myocardial tissue: The present invention advantageously provides a method and system for cryogenically ablating large areas of tissue within the left atrium. In an exemplary embodiment a cryotherapy device includes a catheter body having a substantially fixed diameter, a proximal end and a distal end; a first lumen for permitting passage of... Agent: Christopher & Weisberg, P.A.
20080103497 - Method and apparatus for creating a bi-polar virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue: A method and apparatus for creating a virtual electrode to ablate bodily tissue. The apparatus includes an outer tube, a first electrode, an inner tube and a second electrode. The outer tube is fluidly connected to a source of conductive fluid and defines a proximal end and a distal end.... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja
20080103496 - Neurostimulation delivery during transurethral prostate treatment: In general, the invention provides a transurethral ablation device comprising an electrode for delivery of neurostimulation therapy to a patient to prevent or alleviate pain experienced during the course of a transurethral ablation procedure. The device may include a conductive ablation needle that delivers electrical current for ablation of prostate... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.
20080103498 - Systems and methods for treating dysfunctions in the intestines and rectum that adapt to the anatomic form and structure of different individuals: A family of barrel structures is provided in a kit. Each barrel structure is differently sized and configured for advancement into anal canals of different anatomic morphologies. Instructions are provided for using the barrel structures to treat an individual. The instructions instruct assessing an anatomic morphology of an anal canal... Agent: Patricia A. Limbach Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.
20080103501 - Angled washer polyaxial connection for dynamic spine prosthesis: A dynamic spine prosthesis (such as a facet joint prosthesis having an articulation surface configured to articulate with a corresponding facet joint element) that has a fixation element with an elongated bone entry portion defining a longitudinal axis and a dynamic spine prosthesis component connected to the fixation element at... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP
20080103502 - Revision fixation plate and method of use: A connection system is provided that joins a revision fixation plate to a previously implanted skeletal fixation plate. In one form, the system allows the previously implanted plating system to be revised without disturbing the original implant components. In one aspect, the connection includes joining the revision fixation plate to... Agent: Medtronic Spinal And Biologics
20080103504 - Percutaneous spinal stenosis treatment: A method for percutaneously removing ligamentum flavum tissue in a spine to treat spinal stenosis may involve percutaneously advancing a distal portion of a tissue removal cannula into the ligamentum flavum tissue, uncovering a side-opening aperture disposed on the distal portion of the cannula to expose a tissue cutter disposed... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP
20080103507 - Multi-axial transverse rod connector: A multi-axial rod connector for connecting spinal rods is provided. The rod connector includes a poly-axial rod assembly configured to include a lateral translation mechanism and a fixed hook configured to be rigidly coupled to one end of the poly-axial rod assembly. The fixed hook includes a fixed hook cavity... Agent: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo
20080103508 - Apparatus and method for removal of foreign matter from a patient: Apparatus for removal of a bolus of foreign matter such as impacted food from an esophagus; including an overtube with an overtube insertion end and an overtube outside end for insertion into an esophagus. A substantially cylindrical basket has a first basket end adjoined to the overtube insertion end. A... Agent: Anthony R. Barkume
20080103509 - Integrated medical tracking system: A medical tracking system includes a tracking unit including an image recording and image signal processing system, and a programmable computer platform integrated with the tracking unit. The programmable computer platform includes a navigation unit configured to implement at least part of medical navigation.... Agent: Don W. Bulson (brai)
20080103510 - Bio-absorbable tissue closure system: A surgical fastening system, utilizing surgical clips made from bio-absorbable materials, for use in the rapid closing of deep internal wounds in humans or animals is disclosed. Elements of the system include surgical clips, applicators of surgical clips and dispensers of surgical clips. The surgical clips may contain small amounts... Agent: George R. Reardon
20080103511 - Pull-locking rotational action needle driver: A pull-locking rotational action needle driver that comprises an ergonomically designed handle and an integrated locking system that permits left and right handed surgeons to perform the surgical suturing procedure in a less complicated and more secure way by allowing more control over the suturing needle and the area to... Agent: Eugenio J. Torres
20080103512 - Clamping system and method for fusing vertebral elements in a spine: A facet joint clamp to fix spine facet joints in a spine of a mammalian patent, the clamp including: a first plate and second plate each including a jaw section and a base, wherein the base is at an acute angle with respect to the jaw section, and the jaw... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC
20080103513 - Intraocular clip: An intraocular clip including first and second hook members extending generally coplanarly in opposite directions from a spine, the spine being formed with an attachment member attachable to ocular structure.... Agent: David Klein Dekel Patent Ltd.
20080103514 - Ophthalmic surgical system and method: A system (20) for ophthalmic surgery includes a control assembly (24) placed away from the patient to prevent contamination, and a sterile disposable microkeratome (22) for performing surgery on a patient's eye. The disposable microkeratome is connected to the reusable control assembly by a cable (28). The microkeratome includes a... Agent: Renner Otto Boisselle & Sklar, LLP
20080103515 - System for controlling ultrasonic clamping and cutting instruments: A control system for use with an ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a generator supplying electrical energy to an ultrasonic surgical instrument, the electrical energy supplied by the generator being controlled such that power applied by the instrument is maintained constant once a predetermined pressure threshold is met. The control system... Agent: Welsh & Flaxman LLC
20080103516 - Interventional catheters having cutter assemblies and differential cutting surfaces for use in such assemblies: A rotatable operating head for removal of obstructive material from a target site in a body lumen or cavity is operably connected to a rotatable, translatable drive shaft, that is driven by a drive motor and received through an elongated catheter. The operating head includes a plurality of differential cutting... Agent: Speckman Law Group PLLC
20080103517 - Lancet instrument: A lancet instrument detachably fitted to a lancing apparatus, comprising a lancet having a lancet body with a sharp lancet tip at its tip, a lancet hub fixed to the lancet body so that the lancet tip is exposed, and an elastic deformation part extended from the lancet hub in... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
20080103519 - Active cannulas: An active cannula which does more than merely maintain a passage is usable to create and/or enlarge a passage, to position a scope or instrument, to move or locate tissue, etc. The cannula can vary in size or shape as needed, intraoperatively. Because a cannula of the present invention is... Agent: Covidien
20080103518 - Bioresorbable inflatable devices, incision tool and methods for tissue expansion and tissue regeneration: Bioresorbable inflatable devices and tunnel incision tool and methods for treating and enlarging a tissue or an organ or a tube or a vessel or a cavity. The device is composed of a hollow expanding pouch made of a resorbable material or a perforated material that can be attached to... Agent: Dr. Mark M. Friedman C/o Bill Polkinghorn - Discovery Dispatch
20080103520 - Insert molded catheter puller member connectors and method of making: The molded member may be configured as desired, for example, as a screw that is fastened to a structure in the control handle. Alternatively, the preformed end of the puller member, for example, a puller wire, can be directly connected to and jointly encased in the molded member with another... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20080103521 - Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear nose and throat: Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures, endoscopic methods and apparatus for endoscopic visualization of structures within the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, navigation devices for use in conjunction with... Agent: Steptoe & Johnson - Acclarent, Inc.
20080103522 - Distal protection device for filtering and occlusion: A distal protection device for capturing embolic debris during a vascular interventional procedure. The distal protection device is selectively transformable between a filtration configuration, which allow perfusion while capturing embolic debris, and an occlusive configuration, which blocks blood flow through the device and thereby traps embolic debris for subsequent removal.... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department
20080103523 - Infusion treatment agents, catheters, filter devices, and occlusion devices, and use thereof: Embodiments include an infusion-occlusion system having a delivery catheter, a guide catheter adapted to receive the delivery catheter, and a guidewire with an occlusion device adapted to be received within the guide catheter. The guide catheter of the catheter kit may be provided with an occlusion device at the distal... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
20080103524 - Rigidly-linked articulating wrist with decoupled motion transmission: The present invention is a device having a rigidly linked jaw that is decoupled from an articulating wrist. The device provides for articulating motion as well as actuation that may be used in grasping, cutting, suturing or the like.... Agent: Patent Dept Intuitive Surgical, Inc
20080103525 - Silk / absorbable polyester hybrid medical devices and applications thereof: Silk/absorbable polyester hybrid medical devices for tissue repair and regeneration are formed of degummed, naturally produced, multifilament silk yarn in combination with at least one absorbable polyester in the form of a surface coating, with or without an antimicrobial agent, for producing value-added braided silk sutures and multifilament yarn, as... Agent: Leigh P. Gregory
20080103526 - Surgical suture material with an antimicrobial surface and process for providing an antimicrobial coating on surgical suture material: A surgical suture material with an antimicrobial surface is described, the surface exhibiting a coating containing a) at least one fatty acid, b) octenidine dichloride and/or dequalinium chloride and c) optionally oligomeric lactic acid esters. In addition, a process for coating surgical suture material is described which is characterized by... Agent: Norris, Mclaughlin & Marcus, Pa
20080103527 - Flexible endoscopic suture anchor applier: A suture anchor applier comprises a needle, a flexible shaft, and flexible sleeve. The suture anchor applier is flexible enough to allow passage through and manipulation within a working channel of an articulated endoscope. The suture anchor applier is also stiff enough to resist buckling or bending when extended distally... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20080103528 - Suture management system: Assemblies, devices and methods are provided for suture management associated with surgical procedures for anchoring suture to bone. Suture elements mounted to suture anchors are terminated in suture loops or tags, and associated stop members that in combination with visual coding provide suture identification, prevent accidental unmounting of suture from... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLPPrevious industry: Surgery
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