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Surgery May archived by USPTO category 05/09Below are recently published patent applications awaiting approval from the USPTO. Recent week's RSS XML file available below.
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20090137988 - Methods and apparatus for improved post-operative ocular optical performance: Techniques, systems are described for performing laser eye surgery. In one aspect, a method for improving an optical function of an eye includes preparing the eye for surgery by determining an optical characteristic of the eye. Laser marking pulses are applied to generate a laser mark in a region of... Agent: Fish & Richardson, PC
20090137991 - Methods and apparatus for laser treatment of the crystalline lens: Methods and apparatus for laser treatment of the crystalline lens. Implementations of the described methods and apparatus include a laser treatment of a lens of an eye includes defining a target boundary of a target region in the lens, applying surgical laser pulses to the target boundary effectively resulting in... Agent: Fish & Richardson, PC
20090137989 - Ophthalmic laser treatment device: A light-permeable member (lens 3) is provided to lead laser beams to an eyeball (2), and a spacer member (refrigerator forming portion 14) is provided to maintain a predetermined space (refrigerator chamber 13) between the light-permeable member (lens 3) and the eyeball (2). The eyeball (2) is cooled by introducing... Agent: Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
20090137990 - Optical system for correction of tissue induced aberration: A multi-photon fluoroscopy microscope employs an electronically controlled diffraction mask to affect correcting phase adjustments in an incident waveform to allow a precise focus of the stimulating beam of light to a focal point within tissue having a varying and inhomogeneous index of refraction.... Agent: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
20090137992 - Apparatus and method for treating glaucoma: An irrigating probe for providing a flow of liquid to the trabecular meshwork of the eye has a first, guide prong that contacts the cornea to position a second, irrigator prong proximate the trabecular meshwork. The irrigator prong has at least one outlet port communicating with an internal flow channel... Agent: Law Offices Of Jerry A. Schulman
20090137993 - Methods and apparatus for integrated cataract surgery: Techniques, apparatus and systems for cataract surgery. Implementation of the described techniques, apparatus and systems includes a method for cataract eye surgery is presented, including: determining a surgical target region in a lens of the eye and applying laser pulses to photodisrupt a portion of the determined target region before... Agent: Fish & Richardson, PC
20090137994 - Adaptive control of optical pulses for laser medicine: Tissue is treated by irradiating it with a sequence of optical pulses that are directed in sequence to various sites on the tissue. During the irradiation sequence, one or more tissue properties are measured at a site(s) that has already been irradiated. These measurements are used to adjust the parameters... Agent: Reliant / Fenwick C/o Fenwick & West, LLP
20090137996 - Nonablative and ablative tissue treatment method and device: Methods and devices for treatment of tissue which first apply a nonablative form of electromagnetic energy to a region of tissue to create a plurality of treatment zones containing coagulated tissue and subsequently apply an ablative form of electromagnetic energy to the coagulated tissue in the treatment zones in order... Agent: Reliant / Fenwick C/o Fenwick & West, LLP
20090137995 - System for electromagnetic radiation dermatology and head for use therewith: A system for treating a selected dermatological problem and a head for use with such system are provided. The head may include an optical waveguide having a first end to which EM radiation appropriate for treating the condition is applied. The waveguide also has a skin-contacting second end opposite the... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP
20090137997 - Interventional system providing tissue ablation cooling: An interventional system integrates a laser optical cooling unit into a medical catheter device for treating coronary artery disease (CAD) to safely steer and control cardiac tissue temperature and thermal patterns to prevent cardiac disease, tissue damage and myocardial ischemia or infarction, for example. An interventional system provides tissue ablation... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20090137998 - Expandable vein ligator catheter having multiple electrode leads, and method: A catheter includes a plurality of primary leads to deliver energy for ligating a hollow anatomical structure. Each of the primary leads includes an electrode located at the working end of the catheter. Separation is maintained between the primary leads such that each primary lead can individually receive power of... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20090137999 - Method of and system for selective cell destruction: Method and apparatus for the ionization of living cells where an optical device (14) delivers an optical pulse having an optical field power which is modified locally by an optical field power modifying means (18) to effect ionization and destruction of living cells (16).... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.
20090138000 - Cryosurgical devices and methods for endometrial ablation: A cryoablation system including a cannula having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis, an expandable balloon extending from the distal end of the cannula and fluidly connected to a source of heat transfer fluid by at least one fluid path, a pump for circulating the heat... Agent: Kagan Binder, PLLC
20090138001 - Determining patient-specific vapor treatment and delivery parameters: Methods and systems for determining patient specific treatment parameters for delivering vapor to the lung to treat lung tissue. In some embodiments vapor is delivered to the lung to cause coagulative necrosis, inducing fibrosis and thereby reducing the volume of at least one segment of the lung. The delivery parameters... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP
20090138002 - Double row fixation system, medial row anchor placement system: An instrument is disclosed including: a top jaw member extending between a proximal end and a distal end and including a first top anchor target slot and a second top anchor target slot; a bottom jaw member extending between a proximal end and a distal end and including a first... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP
20090138003 - Cordless medical cauterization and cutting device: A cordless cautery and cutting surgical device includes a modular battery and a surgical handle. The battery has a cordless radio-frequency-signal-generation assembly generating an output radio-frequency signal and a first selectively removable connector part. The surgical handle has a first handle body portion with a bipolar cautery and cutting end... Agent: Mayback & Hoffman, P.A.
20090138006 - Cordless power-assisted medical cauterization and cutting device: A cordless cautery and cutting surgical device includes a modular battery and a surgical handle operable to removably hold the battery thereto. The handle has a cordless radio-frequency-signal-generation assembly and a surgical bipolar end effector having jaws and a cutting blade therebetween. The signal-generation assembly selectively supplies radio-frequency signal to... Agent: Mayback & Hoffman, P.A.
20090138008 - Endocardial dispersive electrode for use with a monopolar rf ablation pen: Methods and devices for forming a lesion in a target tissue having a cavity within a first RF electrode and a second RF electrode can be coupled to opposite poles of an RF current source. The second electrode can be inserted into the tissue cavity and expanded to contact the... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.
20090138007 - High-sensitivity pressure-sensing probe: A medical probe includes an insertion tube, having a longitudinal axis and having a distal end. A distal tip is disposed at the distal end of the insertion tube and is configured to be brought into contact with a body tissue. A joint couples the distal tip to the distal... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20090138004 - System and method for field ablation prediction: A system for determining field of ablation is disclosed. The system includes a power source configured to generate electromagnetic energy and an energy applicator coupled to the power source. The energy applicator is configured to be inserted into tissue and to provide electromagnetic energy to a target volume. The system... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20090138005 - Targeted cooling of deployable microwave antenna: The present disclosure relates to devices and methods for the treatment of tissue with microwave energy. The devices and methods disclosed herein utilize an antenna assembly which includes an elongate member, an outer conductor, an inner conductor, at least a portion of which is deployable, and a cooling system. The... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20090138009 - Magnetically guided energy delivery apparatus: This invention describes an energy delivery apparatus for delivering electrical energy at a target location, said energy delivery apparatus being usable in combination with a magnetic field and comprising an electrical conductor having a substantially elongated configuration; an electrode for delivering electrical energy at the target location, with the electrode... Agent: Harness, Dickey, & Pierce, P.l.c
20090138010 - Wedge coupling: A wedge coupling for coupling a tubing to a housing is disclosed. The wedge coupling includes a base having an opening defined therein and configured to receive a portion of the tubing therethrough and a plurality of prongs disposed on the base and around an inner periphery of the opening.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20090138011 - Intermittent ablation rf driving for moderating return electrode temperature: An ablation system comprising a source of electrical ablation energy having first second and third power outputs it is disclosed. A first conductor is coupled to the first power output on the source of electrical energy. A second conductor is coupled to the second power output on the source of... Agent: Thompson Hine L.L.P. Intellectual Property Group
20090138012 - Electrode with rotatably deployable sheath: A sheath system for selectively covering a distal end of an electrocautery blade is provided. The sheath system includes a hub having a body portion defining a lumen therethrough and a sheath having a body portion defining a lumen therethrough. The lumen of the sheath is configured and dimensioned to... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20090138013 - Electrosurgical tool with moveable electrode that can be operated in a cutting mode or a coagulation mode: An electrosurgical instrument is provided. The electrosurgical instrument includes an active electrode in close proximity to a return electrode. The active electrode has a first thermal diffusivity. The second electrode has a second thermal diffusivity greater than the first thermal diffusivity. The volume, shape, and thermal diffusivity of the second... Agent: Intel. Prop./ Rnd Stryker Corporation
20090138014 - Apparatus and method for securing bone: An anchor connected with a suture is moved through a passage between opposite sides of a bone. The anchor is then pivoted to change its orientation. A second anchor is connected with the suture. While tension is maintained in the suture, the suture is secured against movement relative to the... Agent: Paul D. Bianco Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco Pl
20090138015 - Spinal implants and methods: Spinal implants are disclosed that can be used for annular repair, facet unloading, disc height preservation, disc decompression, or for sealing a portal through which an intervertebral implant was placed. In some embodiments, an implant is placed within the intervertebral disc space, primarily within the region of the annulus fibrosus.... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP
20090138016 - Variable angle orthopaedic reamer driver: An orthopaedic reamer driver includes a tubular housing having at least one first positioning feature. A driveshaft within the housing has a drive end. A variable angle cap is pivotally coupled with the housing adjacent the drive end. The variable angle cap includes at least one leg extending along a... Agent: Taylor & Aust, P.C.
20090138017 - Surgical sagittal saw blade including a guide bar, a blade head and drive rods for pivoting the blade head: A surgical sagittal saw blade that including a guide bar shaped to be releasably secured in a static position to a complementary surgical sagittal saw. A blade is mounted to the guide bar to pivot around a pivot point. The blade has teeth located outside of the guide bar. Drive... Agent: Intel. Prop./ Rnd Stryker Corporation
20090138056 - Methods and devices for minimally invasive spinal fixation element placement: Minimally invasive methods and devices for introducing a spinal fixation element into a surgical site in a patient's spinal column are provided. In general, the method involves advancing a spinal fixation element in a first, lengthwise orientation along a pathway extending from a minimally invasive percutaneous incision to a spinal... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP
20090138055 - Spacer insertion instrument: A percutaneous and minimally invasive instrument for inserting an interspinous process spacer into a patient is disclosed. The insertion instrument includes a first assembly connected to a handle assembly. The first assembly includes an inner shaft located inside an outer shaft and configured for relative translational motion with respect to... Agent: Rimas Lukas Vertiflex, Inc.
20090138018 - Methods and apparatus for pivotable guide surfaces for arthroplasty: Cutting guides, cutting tools, and soft tissue management techniques permit the use of pivoting guide surfaces to facilitate in controlling the sweep or arc of a cutting tool used in connection with resection and arthroplasty procedures. In accordance with one embodiment, a guide structure is provided with one or more... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.
20090138019 - Use of micro and miniature position sensing devices for use in tka and tha: A system for assisting in a surgical process, comprising: (a) a surgical device taken from a group consisting of a surgical tool and a surgical implant; (b) a positional sensor carried by the surgical device, the positional sensor including a wireless transmitter and associated circuitry for transmitting sensor data from... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels
20090138020 - Generating mri images usable for the creation of 3d bone models employed to make customized arthroplasty jigs: Disclosed herein is a method of creating a customized arthroplasty jig. The method may include: generating two-dimensional MRI images of a patient's joint area to undergo arthroplasty; electronically orienting the two dimensional MRI image slices to account for the patient's joint area being randomly physically oriented in a scanning area... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney, LLP Intellectual Property Department
20090138021 - Instrument assembly for use in knee joint replacement surgery: An instrument assembly for use in knee joint replacement surgery is provided including a base instrument having a tibial plate, a femoral plate, a tibial arm having a plate end and a control end, a femoral arm having a plate end and a control end, wherein the femoral plate is... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20090138022 - Ocular implant delivery system and method thereof: Systems and methods for treating ocular disorders are disclosed. One system has a delivery instrument, with a non-linear axis, configured to be inserted into an anterior chamber of an eye and moved to a location proximate a physiologic outflow pathway of the eye. The delivery instrument carries an implant that... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20090138023 - Actuator handle for use with medical device deployment systems: An actuator handle for use with an implantable medical device deployment system. The actuator handle includes a first actuator and a second actuator for manipulating and controlling first and second retaining members of the deployment system to effectuate release of a medical device from the deployment system.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20090138024 - Surgical auxiliary tool for covering of exo-serous membrane exposed tumor and method of preventing dissipation of tumor cell attributed to intra-body cavity surgical manipulation therewith: A convenient surgical auxiliary tool for covering of exo-serous membrane exposed tumor, capable of preventing any man-caused dissipation of tumor cells attributed to surgical manipulation in the digestive organs, etc. There is provided a surgical auxiliary tool comprising a pair of frame members having the respective free end portions rotatably... Agent: Posz Law Group, PLC
20090138025 - Apparatus systems and methods for forming a working platform of a robotic instrument system by manipulation of components having controllably rigidity: Robotic instrument systems, apparatus, and methods for controllably manipulating the rigidity of a distal portion of one or more sheath catheters advanced through an elongate sheath to controllably form a temporary, substantially rigid platform from which other robotically controlled instruments may be manipulated. The platform is formed by one or... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20090138026 - Water dermabrasion and skincare device and method thereof: A water dermabrasion and skincare device includes a water jet, a positive-pressure air compressor, a negative-pressure air compressor, a three-way flow control valve, a skincare container, a cuticle softening container and a waste water tank. The water jet is formed with a water outlet joint and a water inlet joint,... Agent: Meng-tsuey Pan
20090138027 - Dermatome with ultrasonic cutting blade: A dermatome assembly is operable to harvest a skin graft and includes an ultrasonic dermatome and a power supply. The ultrasonic dermatome includes a body and an ultrasonic blade assembly mounted in the body. The blade assembly includes a frequency generator and a cutting horn powered by the frequency generator.... Agent: Hovey Williams LLP
20090138028 - Through the scope tension member release clip: An apparatus for deployment of a hemostatic clip comprises a handle assembly, a shaft connected to a distal portion thereof and a clip assembly releasably coupled to a distal portion of the shaft. The clip assembly includes clip arms and a capsule cooperating with the clip arms to provide a... Agent: Fay Kaplun & Marcin, LLP
20090138029 - Suture passing instrument and method: In one embodiment, a continuous suture passer device may include a first jaw, a second jaw, a tissue penetrator which may penetrate through tissue positioned between the first and second jaws, and a suture shuttle which may be releasably secured to the tissue penetrator and adapted to carry a suture.... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP
20090138030 - Device and a method for anastomosis: A device (10, 200) for anastomosis of a tubular structure (90) comprises a first and a second member of a generally hollow open configuration, which each includes a rigid part (11, 13) and an elastic part (12), and a connection member (15, 160) for interlocking the first and second members.... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20090138031 - Thrombectomy catheter with a helical cutter: A thrombectomy catheter including two major members: a cutter of the helically wounded structure and also a cutter of the tubular shape which is located coaxially with the first one. The outside diameter of the helical cutter fits inside diameter of tubular one with a small gap. Thus they cold... Agent: Vladimir B. Tsukernik
20090138032 - Tissue penetration device: A tissue penetration device and method of using same. The tissue penetration device may optionally include sampling and analyzing functions, which may be integrated. An embodiment provides control of a lancet used for sampling blood. Electric field coils or solenoids may drive the lancet using electromagnetic force. Advancement and retraction... Agent: Goodwin Procter LLP Attn: Patent Administrator
20090138033 - Aortic punch: An aortic punch including a handle mechanism and punch cartridge for interchangeability of a variety of cartridges with a common handle.... Agent: Patrick J. Walsh, Esq.
20090138034 - Surgical obturator: In a surgical obturator for piercing a body wall, comprising a tubular housing that at one end forms an introduction tip with a continuously decreasing diameter, and comprising a blade projecting from the introduction tip for making an incision in the body wall, in order to reduce the risk of... Agent: Lipsitz & Mcallister, LLC
20090138036 - Bioabsorbable detachable coil and methods of use and manufacture: Described herein are various implant delivery methods and systems that include an implantable medical device secured to a pusher wire with biomaterial. The biomaterial is selected to controllably decouple the implantable medical device from the pusher wire after exposure to a flushing agent.... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20090138038 - Embolic filter device and method of manufacturing the same: An embolic filter device and method of manufacturing the same are provided. The method includes reducing a wall thickness of a tube in a central region between a proximal end portion and a distal end portion of the tube; cutting the proximal end portion of the tube to form an... Agent: Sughrue Mion-abbott Labs
20090138035 - Filter for thrombus capture catheter: It is an object to provide a filter for thrombus capture catheters with a thin wall and a sufficient strength and a method of producing the same. A filter for thrombus capture catheters is produced by a method comprising the steps of: arranging a plurality of wires so as to... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20090138037 - Strain limiting tether for a catheter: A catheter tip and a catheter system are provided. The catheter tip includes a shaft which comprises at least two segments at a distal end portion thereof, wherein the at least two segments define a reception space for receiving a filter element; an expandable tip body; and at least two... Agent: Sughrue Mion-abbott Labs
20090138039 - Hemostatic device: A hemostatic device includes a flexible band adapted to be wrapped around a patient's limb at a site on the limb where bleeding is to be stopped, a portion for securing the band in a wrapped state to the limb, a curved plate which is made of a material more... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
20090138040 - Cranium apparatus: A cranial apparatus for applying pressure and/or decompression to a patient's skull, the cranial apparatus includes: a means for providing left and right reversible inflation against the left and right sides of a patient's skull; a means for providing opposing left and right counter forces in the x-axis; a means... Agent: Wood And Eisenberg, PLLC
20090138041 - Halogenated cyclic lactones and polymers made therefrom: Halogenated cyclic lactones, polymers made from halogenated cyclic lactones and compositions containing such polymers provide antimicrobial properties and are suitable for use in making textiles, medical devices, delivery agents, packaging materials, coatings for such items, and the like.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20090138042 - Adjustable loop knotless anchor: An adjustable loop knotless anchor assembly having an adjustable loop suture element that utilizes an adjustable or sliding knot for length adjustment during a tissue repair. The slidable knot is located on a sleeve that is placed into a bone mass for capturing an anchor element. The anchor element captures... Agent: Hoffman, Wasson & Gitler, P.C.
20090138044 - Stabilization system and method: The disclosure relates to systems and methods of spinal stabilization. Embodiments include methods of delivering a rod having a non-circular cross-sectional profile using a wire having an accommodating non-circular cross-sectional profile to inhibit movement of a rod relative to the wire. A surgical system can comprise a first sleeve advanced... Agent: SprinkleIPLaw Group
20090138043 - Threaded access cannula and methods of using the same: Medical devices and methods for accessing a biological body are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes inserting a cannula at least partially into a vertebra such that a threaded portion of the cannula secures the cannula to a portion of a cortical bone of the vertebra and forms... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group
20090138045 - Distance-keeping inter-process implant: The invention concerns a distance-keeping inter-process implant with a body (1) ending in its posterior part with two opposite-situated resistance protrusions (2). In the anterior part of the body (1) there are situated at least two wings (5, 6), at least one of which is a mobile wing (6) connected... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
20090138046 - Interspinous spacer: An implantable spacer for placement between adjacent spinous processes in a spinal motion segment is provided. The spacer includes a body defining a longitudinal passageway. A first arm and a second arm are connected to the body. Each arm has a pair of extensions and a saddle defining a receiving... Agent: Rimas Lukas Vertiflex, Inc.
20090138047 - Transverse connector with cam activated engagers: An adjustable transverse connector connects orthopedic stabilization rods that may be parallel or skewed in orientation relative to each other The connector may include two sections that are joined together by a fastener. The connector may be adjustable in many ways. The overall length of the connector may be adjustable.... Agent: SprinkleIPLaw Group
20090138048 - Instrument for tensioning a flexible tie: A surgical system for stabilizing at least a portion of a spine is provided. In at least one embodiment, the system comprises a spinal rod, an implant, and an instrument. The instrument comprises a shaft, a moving part, and a holder. The implant comprises a flexible tie and may further... Agent: SprinkleIPLaw Group
20090138049 - Vertebral rod assemblies and methods: A vertebral rod assembly with first and second members that may rotate about a first axis. Each of the first and second members includes a base and a vertebral support rod extending from the base. An extension extends from the base on the first member into an opening formed in... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department
20090138050 - Neurophysiological apparatus and procedures: Neurophysiological instruments and techniques are improved through various enhancements. Stimulation of an instrument is possible while it is advancing into the spine or elsewhere, alerting the surgeon to the first sign the instrument or device (screw) may be too near a nerve. A directional probe helps surgeons determine the location... Agent: Jonathan Spangler Nuvasive, Inc.
20090138051 - Device for creating a bone implant: An osteonsynthesis implant has a plate-shaped base component having at least one hole, at least one axially extending rod-shaped tie rod having a first and a second end and at least one threaded component. The first end of the rod-shaped tie rod can be placed in the hole of the... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20090138052 - Bone anchoring device: A bone anchoring device includes an anchoring element having a shank to be anchored in a bone or a vertebra, a rod for connecting at least two anchoring elements, the rod being made of an elastic material. The bone anchoring device further includes a receiving part being connected to the... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP
20090138053 - Method and apparatus for facet joint stabilization: A device for treating a facet joint of a patient, the facet joint including opposing, superior and inferior faces. The device includes a superior component and an inferior component each defining an anchoring surface configured to engage bone at a face of the facet joint and an articulating surface. The... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja
20090138054 - Bi-dicrectionally expandable sternal clamp device: A sizable sternal closure clamp device for securing and retaining longitudinally or transversely divided halves of a sternum, the device having four body members and four engagement members that are positioned in inter-rib spaces on both sides of the sternum. The body members are interconnected in a sliding or telescoping... Agent: Rogers Towers, P.A.05/21/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category
20090131920 - Stent crimping apparatus: A device for crimping stents onto a catheter is described, comprising two opposing pressure walls. The walls are angled towards each other and provide surfaces that move in opposite directions so that a stent on a catheter placed between the surfaces is rotated while a force is applied to the... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)
20090131921 - Precise targeting of surgical photodisruption: Techniques, apparatus and systems for laser surgery including imaging-guided surgery techniques, apparatus and systems.... Agent: Fish & Richardson, PC
20090131922 - Reconnectable handpieces for optical energy based devices and methods for adjusting device components: Handpieces which comprise characteristic data storage systems electronically storing characteristic data, devices comprising these handpieces, methods of characterizing the device components, and methods of adjusting the device components based on stored characteristic data are described. The handpieces can be repeatedly connected to, disconnected from, and reconnected to an optical energy... Agent: Reliant / Fenwick C/o Fenwick & West, LLP
20090131923 - System and method for treatment of uvula and soft palate to reduce tissue laxity: System and methods for minimally invasive treatment of snoring are described. According to one system and method, laser energy is applied to tissue of a soft palate and/or uvula to create a pattern of multiple treatment spots in the tissue. According to another system and method, electromagnetic energy from a... Agent: Cutera C/o Mofo
20090131924 - Endovascular thermal treatment device with carrier wire and method: An endovenous thermal treatment device in which a thermal energy delivery device can be inserted into a blood vessel without the use of a treatment sheath is provided. The treatment device includes a carrier wire having a flexible distal section and a longitudinal energy delivery device having a distal energy... Agent: Afs / Angiodynamics
20090131926 - Dynamically matched microwave antenna for tissue ablation: A microwave ablation probe for providing microwave energy to tissue is disclosed. The probe includes a feedline having an inner conductor, a secondary inner conductor, an insulating spacer, and an outer conductor. The inner conductor is slidably disposed within the secondary inner conductor. The feedline also includes a radiating portion... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20090131928 - Gerd treatment apparatus and method: An apparatus includes an expandable member. The expandable member is sized to be positionable in a sphincter. An energy delivery device is positioned on a surface of the expandable member. The energy delivery device has a configuration that provides sufficient energy delivery to create lesions in the interior of the... Agent: Daniel D. Ryan Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.
20090131927 - Method and apparatus for remote detection of rf ablation: Devices for the generation and detection of an ablative plasma discharge in a subject are presented. Methods of use, including navigation and operation of the devices to facilitate minimally invasive therapeutic procedures are disclosed.... Agent: Harness, Dickey, & Pierce, P.l.c
20090131925 - Systems and methods for transeptal cardiac procedures, including separable guidewires: Systems and methods for transeptal cardiac procedures are disclosed. A patient treatment device in accordance with a particular embodiment includes an elongated first intravenous guidewire that includes a first branch and a second branch fixably secured relative to the first branch at a first location. The device can further include... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea
20090131929 - Relay device and ultrasonic-surgical and electrosurgical system: An ultrasonic-surgical and electrosurgical system includes an ultrasonic surgical device and an electrosurgical device which supply an ultrasonic signal and a high-frequency signal, respectively, to an ultrasonic/high-frequency treatment instrument capable of performing an ultrasonic treatment and a high-frequency treatment, and a relay device which is built in one of the... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC
20090131931 - Catheter with omni-directional optical tip having isolated optical paths: A catheter enables real-time light measurements, for example, without limitation, diffuse reflectance, fluorescence, etc., from biological materials, such as tissue (including blood), while performing RF ablation. The catheter tip design isolates illumination and collection paths such that light exits the catheter tip and travels through the tissue of interest (e.g.,... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP
20090131930 - Medical device for use in bodily lumens, for example an atrium: A device positionable in a cavity of a bodily organ (e.g., a heart) may discriminate between fluid (e.g., blood) and non-fluid tissue (e.g., wall of heart) to provide information or a mapping indicative of a position and/or orientation of the device in the cavity. Discrimination may be based on flow,... Agent: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC
20090131932 - Bipolar forceps having a cutting element: In various surgical techniques, a bipolar forceps can be used to seal a vessel in two locations such that the vessel can be incised at a location positioned intermediate the two seal locations. The bipolar forceps can include a cutting element which can be configured to incise the vessel. In... Agent: K&l Gates LLP
20090131933 - Bipolar forceps: A bipolar forceps including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a conductor operably connected to an electrical source, wherein the conductor can be selectively placed in electrical communication with the first electrode when the first electrode is moved between open and closed positions. The conductor can include a contact... Agent: K&l Gates LLP
20090131934 - Electrosurgical forceps with slow closure sealing plates and method of sealing tissue: Electrosurgical bipolar forceps for sealing tissue is disclosed. The forceps includes a shaft member having an end effector assembly disposed at a distal end thereof. The end effector assembly includes jaw members movable from a first position in spaced relation relative to one another to at least one subsequent position... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20090131935 - Method of preparing a patient's leg in need of treatment, for ambulation: A method of preparing a patient's one leg, that is in need of treatment, for ambulation. The method includes the steps of: applying an external fixation assembly, having at least one external frame component, by pinning the at least one external frame component to at least one of the patient's... Agent: Wood, Phillips, Katz, Clark & Mortimer
20090131937 - Guide system and associated method for installing an implant device adapted to apply compression across a fracture site: An implant for fracture fixation in which a wire element has one end installed in bone and an opposite end fixed externally to the bone to apply compression across the fracture wherein a guide system is provided for guiding a tip of the one end of the wire element into... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP
20090131936 - System and method for the fixation of bone fractures: A system and method for facilitating the fixation of bone fractures is disclosed. The system includes an anchor component comprising a tip having a substantially planar surface and a pointed cutting edge and cutting threads. A flexible wire is attached to the anchor component and the anchor component is inserted... Agent: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (main)
20090131938 - Derivatized tertiary amines and uses thereof: s
20090131939 - Inflatable mold for maintaining posterior spinal elements in a desired alignment: A system for the in situ formation of prostheses between adjacent vertebrae of a patient. The system includes a first mold adapted to be located in an intervertebral disc space between the adjacent vertebrae and at least a second mold adapted to be positioned between adjacent posterior elements. Lumens are... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property
20090131940 - Method for performing high speed surgical procedures: A method for performing a surgical procedure on tissue at a target site of a patient includes providing a surgical cutting instrument including an outer tube, inner wire assembly and a cutting tip. The outer tube defines a curved segment. The inner wire assembly is rotatably disposed within the outer... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja, PLLC Attn: Md Matters
20090131941 - Total joint arthroplasty system: A method and system for performing a total joint arthroplasty procedure on a patient's damaged bone region. A CT image or other suitable image is formed of the damaged bone surfaces, and location coordinate values (xn,yn,zn) are determined for a selected sequence of bone surface locations using the CT image... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney, LLP Intellectual Property Department
20090131942 - Femoral tibial customized patient-specific orthopaedic surgical instrumentation: A number of orthopaedic surgical instruments are also disclosed. A method, apparatus, and system for fabricating such instruments are also disclosed.... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP
20090131943 - Medical instrument for distraction or compression: A medical instrument for use in orthopedic distraction or compression. The instrument has a pair of handles and a pair of blades removably attached to an actuator. The handles and the blades may be attached on either side of the actuator such that the blades may be used on the... Agent: Grace J Fishel
20090131944 - Midface distractor: An external midface distractor is disclosed for attachment to the bones of a patient's cranium and midface region for performing an osteogenesis procedure to gradually lengthen a portion of the craniofacial skeleton. The midface distractor generally includes an external halo assembly for engaging the patient's cranium, a central adjustment assembly,... Agent: Woodcock Washburn LLP
20090131945 - Closed vertebroplasty bone cement injection system: Methods and devices for augmenting bone, such as in performing vertebroplasty are disclosed. A bone cement injection needle is provided, having a laterally deflectable distal end. Systems are also disclosed, including the steerable injection needle, introducer and stylet. The system may additionally include a cement delivery gun, one-time use disposable... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20090131946 - Devices and methods for the restoration of a spinal disc: A system and method is provided for maintaining a proper intervertebral disc height during the replacement or augmentation of the spinal disc. In one embodiment, a cannulated distractor is used to distract the adjacent vertebrae and maintain a proper disc space height. The cannulated distractor is fluidly connected to a... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower
20090131947 - Method and device for producing an anchorage in human or animal tissue: An anchorage in tissue is produced by holding a vibrating element and a counter element against each other such that their contact faces are in contact with each other, wherein at least one of the contact faces comprises a thermoplastic material which is liquefiable by mechanical vibration. While holding and... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP
20090131948 - Steerable vertebroplasty system: Methods and devices for augmenting bone, such as in performing vertebroplasty are disclosed. A bone cement injection needle is provided, having a laterally deflectable distal end. Systems are also disclosed, including the steerable injection needle, introducer and stylet. The system may additionally include a cement delivery gun, one-time use disposable... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20090131949 - Strontium-apatite cement preparations, cements formed therefrom, and uses thereof: Calcium-strontium-hydroxyphosphate (strontium-apatite-) cement preparations are described, comprising a powder mixture, which contains molar quantities of the components calcium (Ca), strontium (Sr) and phosphate (P) in the mixture in the ranges 1.00<Ca/P≦1.50 and 0<Sr/P<1.5, together with an alkali salt or an ammonium salt of phosphoric acid, and with water and/or an... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department
20090131950 - Vertebroplasty method with enhanced control: Methods and devices for augmenting bone, such as in performing vertebroplasty are disclosed. A bone cement injection needle is provided, having a laterally deflectable distal end. Systems are also disclosed, including the steerable injection needle, introducer and stylet. The system may additionally include a cement delivery gun, one-time use disposable... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20090131951 - Coplanar x-ray guided aiming arm for locking of intramedullary nails: A novel coplanar X-ray guided method and aiming arm device for insertion of distal locking screws in intramedullary bone nails. Radiopaque target markers in the aiming arm enable the easy positioning of an X-ray source such that an X-ray beam is coplanar with the aiming arm transverse holes. After the... Agent: Fay Kaplun & Marcin, LLP
20090131952 - Delivery system and method for inflatable devices: Provided is a flowable material delivery system and method comprising one or a plurality of tentacles associated with an inflatable member. The tentacles are configured to deliver bone cement to a vertebral cavity upon reduction of a vertebral compression fracture. The tentacles may be coupled with the outer surface of... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, LLC
20090131953 - Flexible intraocular implant injector: The injector for injecting a flexible intraocular implant comprises: a channel (14) having a main portion (18, 30) of diameter D1, an open end portion (34) of diameter D2 (with D2<D1), and a transition portion (32); a rigid piston (16) movable along the channel to push the folded implant in... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
20090131954 - Medical instrument for manipulation of an uterus: A medical instrument has a rod-shaped body which has a distal end section which can be inserted through a vagina into an uterus. A bell-shaped element is mounted on the rod-shaped body. The bell-shaped element being slidingly displaceable along said rod-shaped body at least between an axial position on said... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC
20090131955 - Methods and apparatuses for treatment of hollow organs: An apparatus for treating a lumen, comprising: at least one mapping tool, wherein the at least one mapping tool is adapted and constructed to provide at least a partial map of an internal surface of the lumen; a display, adapted and constructed to permit the identification of at least one... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP
20090131957 - Device for connecting hollow organs, especially blood vessels, by surgery: The invention elates to a device (20) for connecting hollow organs (24, 25), which device comprises various elements that are held by holding devices. Said holding devices can be laterally displaced on a slide rail (21), rotated or detached and put on and their position can be secured if required.... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP
20090131959 - Biological vessel flow control devices and methods: A medical device including a body portion configured and dimensioned to be associated with a vessel of a patient and a responsive component associated with the body portion wherein the responsive component is switchable between a first configuration and a second configuration.... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
20090131958 - Two-part clamping device: A surgical clamping device for hollow anatomical structures such as, essentially, blood vessels, but also tracheas, intestines, etc. This device comprises three initially independent parts, namely two jaws, each jaw being formed of an elongate member having distal and proximal ends, and a mandrel that can be slipped over the... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20090131960 - Tongue cleaner: The present invention aims at providing a tongue cleaner which can be used with one hand without damaging an inside surface of a roof of the mouth. A tongue cleaner of the present invention comprises a head 1, and a rod-shaped handle 3 connected to one end of the head... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.
20090131961 - Micro surgical cutting instruments: The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for micro surgical blades, knives and assemblies.... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20090131962 - Ultrasound medical instrument having a medical ultrasonic blade: A first ultrasound medical instrument includes a medical ultrasonic blade having first, second and third blade portions. The second blade portion is more bendable than either of the first and third blade portions. A second ultrasound medical instrument includes a medical ultrasonic blade having a proximal blade portion and a... Agent: Thompson Hine L.L.P. Intellectual Property Group
20090131963 - Scalpel blade protector: A scalpel blade protector comprises an inner housing friction fit onto a scalpel handle and an outer housing or blade guard slidably mounted on the inner housing for movement between positions exposing and shielding the scalpel blade. The blade protector is attached to conventional scalpel handles. Some embodiments show a... Agent: G. Turner Moller, Jr.
20090131964 - Tissue penetration device: A tissue penetration device and method of using same. The tissue penetration device may optionally include sampling and analyzing functions, which may be integrated. An embodiment provides control of a lancet used for sampling blood. Electric field coils or solenoids may drive the lancet using electromagnetic force. Advancement and retraction... Agent: Goodwin Procter LLP Attn: Patent Administrator
20090131965 - Tissue penetration device: A tissue penetration device and method of using same. The tissue penetration device may optionally include sampling and analyzing functions, which may be integrated. An embodiment provides control of a lancet used for sampling blood. Electric field coils or solenoids may drive the lancet using electromagnetic force. Advancement and retraction... Agent: Goodwin Procter LLP Attn: Patent Administrator
20090131966 - Single-puncture lancing system: A lancing device (10) comprises a main housing (12), a moveable housing (14) and one or more contacting members (68a, 68b, 66a, 66b). The main housing forms an inner cavity (24) enclosing a portion of a lancing mechanism. The lancing mechanism includes a lancet holder (36) attached to a shaft... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20090131967 - Surgical trocar: The present invention provides a surgical trocar including an elongated trocar passageway and an access channel disposed in spaced relationship to each other. The access channel includes a gas seal to prevent gas leakage while the access channel is in use, and a valve to close the access channel when... Agent: Sturm & Fix LLP
20090131968 - Pressure sensing intragastric balloon: An intragastric balloon having a built-in sensor. The sensor may be used to monitor pressure within the balloon shell, or outside of the shell in the stomach. The sensor may be used after deflation of the intragastric balloon to monitor the pressure through the intestinal tract as the balloon migrates... Agent: Allergan, Inc.
20090131969 - Anal prolapse prevention aid: An anal prolapse prevention aid comprises a small head (1) inserted into the anus, and a film portion (2) continuous with one end of the small head (1), having a length enough to reach the outside of the anus or more length, and having flexibility but no stiffness.... Agent: Jordan And Hamburg LLP
20090131972 - 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
20090131970 - Embolus blood clot filter and delivery system: A blood filter delivery system for delivering a filter into a vein includes an introducer (16) and a push rod (12C) with a spline (12E) member disposed along the push rod (12C). The spline member (12E) has a main body, first (12D) and second (12A) boss portions spaced apart along... Agent: C. R. Bard, Inc. Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
20090131971 - Guide wire with embolic filtering attachment: A separate deliverable embolic protection device filter that attaches to a helical coil at a distal end of a conventional guide, for use in a blood vessel when an interventional procedure is being performed to capture any embolic material which may be created and released into the bloodstream during the... Agent: Fulwider Patton, LLP (abbott)
20090131973 - Device for relieving pain or tension: A device for relieving pain and tension is provided. The device includes a base having at least one pressure member support on a first side of the base and at least one pressure member extending upwardly and rearwardly relative to the pressure member support wherein the pressure member is configured... Agent: Bull Housser & Tupper
20090131974 - Instrument, particularly for use in laparoscopic surgery: A laparoscopic instrument (1) including a grip (2) provided with an actuator (3) which can effect, through a linkage (5), the manipulation of an effector (9) placed at a first end portion of a tubular element (7), the tubular element (7) being attached to the grip (2) of the instrument... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20090131975 - Overmolded grasper jaw: The invention is directed to a surgical instrument comprising an elongate tube extending along an axis including a camming rod and an actuation mechanism operably connected to the camming rod, the camming rod having a camming pin and a camming projection; a first jaw spine having a first cam slot,... Agent: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
20090131976 - Fenestrated super atraumatic grasper apparatus: A surgical tool assembly includes a pair of opposing jaws pivotally connected to each other. Further, at least one viewing opening may be provided in at least one of the opposing jaws. In this regard, the at least one viewing opening may extend from an upper to a lower surface... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C
20090131977 - Combination tweezer and eye hair grooming device and method: A combination tweezer and eye hair care device and method. A combination device includes a tweezer along a first portion of the length thereof and an eye hair care device along a second portion. The eye hair care device may be an eyebrow brush or an eyelash comb In one... Agent: Weiss & Moy PC
20090131978 - Defect occluder release assembly & method: A release assembly is provided to aid the reversible and repositionable deployment of a defect occluder. The release assembly includes an occluder tether having a distal portion comprising at least one suture loop, and a snare structure having a distal portion comprising a snare element. The at least one suture... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20090131979 - Wound closure method apparatus and system: Disclosed is a wound closure device, such as a suture, including a substantially flexible tensile member, the tensile member having an external surface, the external surface including a biocidal material such as a coating of substantially pure silver. A method of applying the suture includes piercing a patient's skin adjacent... Agent: Bergman & Song, LLP
20090131980 - Tendon cap and method for tendon repair: A method and apparatus for joining opposite ends of a severed tendon or ligament. A core suture is attached to one of the severed ends. A cap is attached to the severed end by the core suture. The cap protects the severed end from trauma and fraying as it is... Agent: Knechtel, Demeur & Samlan
20090131982 - Bone anchor and spinal alignment system: An anchor for attaching an elongate member to bone. The anchor includes a longitudinal shaft having a tip at one end adapted to enter bone. A thread extends along the shaft for advancing the shaft into the bone and holding the shaft in place in the bone. A head is... Agent: Senniger Powers LLP
20090131983 - Bone anchoring device and bone stabilization device including the same: A bone anchoring device, includes a receiving part for receiving a rod-shaped implant element, the receiving part having a first bore coaxial with a longitudinal axis and extending from a first end of the receiving part, and a recess extending from the first end to accomplish insertion of the rod-shaped... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP
20090131981 - Mobile spine stabilization device: An orthopedic device is described for stabilizing the spinal column between first and second vertebral bodies. The device has first and second screws adapted for fixation to the first and second vertebral bodies, respectively. The device further includes an elongated ligament with a first end connected to the first screw... Agent: David M. Carter Carter Deluca Farrell & Schmidt
20090131984 - Spine support implant including inter vertebral insertable fluid ballastable insert and inter-vertebral web retaining harnesses: An implant support device associated with succeeding spinal vertebrae, including a harness exhibiting a plurality of legs, each extending from a rotatable bearing or suitable interconnecting support. Each of the legs terminates in an angled tang, this being engaged with a surface of a selected vertebrae. Additional features include undercut... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c
20090131985 - Vertebral fixing system: The present invention relates to a vertebral fixing system adapted to be mounted on a vertebra of the spine to connect it to a rod. Said fixing system comprises: a connecting part adapted to face the rib and/or said transverse process and to be connected to said rod; an elongate... Agent: SprinkleIPLaw Group
20090131986 - Method and apparatus for spinal facet joint fusion using irregularly shaped cortical bone implants: A method and apparatus for spinal fusion at the facet joint using an irregularly shaped implant where the orientation of the implant can be preselected before implantation.... Agent: Garvey Smith Nehrbass & North, LLC
20090131987 - Bone reduction device and method utilizing same: A bone reduction device for use with a bone plate includes a plate attachment arm having at least one aperture for receiving at least one plate attachment device of the bone plate for coupling the plate attachment arm to the shaft of the bone plate. A bone attachment arm is... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP US Bank Center
20090131988 - Cervical plate with a feedback device for selective association with bone screw blocking mechanism: A bone plate having at least one screw hole adapted to receive a bone screw, a blocker having a blocking end for blocking a bone screw from further backout of bone the blocker being predisposed in a blocking position wherein the blocking end at least partially overlaps a portion of... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20090131989 - Bone screw and method for manfacturing the same: A faceted bone screw and a method for manufacturing the same includes a screw thread configuration having facets that are substantially transverse to the thread. The facets are generally made up of a plurality of transitioning peaks and valleys which vary the depth of the thread and are disposed in... Agent: Keusey, Tutunjian & Bitetto, P.C.
20090131990 - Bone screw system and method: An improved bone screw comprising an adapter which permits to a stabilization device, such as a locking plate. The adapter may be operable to couple with the head of a bone screw and may comprise a plurality of threads to permit coupling with holes located in a locking plate. The... Agent: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (main)
20090131991 - System and method for the fixation of bone fractures: A system and method for facilitating the fixation of bone fractures is disclosed. The system includes a flexible wire attached to a tip. The tip may comprise a substantially planar surface and a pointed cutting edge and cutting threads. The system may further comprise a sleeve that is insertable over... Agent: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (main)
20090131992 - Expandable attachment device and method: An attachment device with a radially expandable section is disclosed. The attachment device can have helical threads, for example, to facilitate screwing the attachment device into a bone. Methods of using the same are also disclosed. The attachment device can be positioned to radially expand the expandable section in cancellous... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP05/14/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category
20090125005 - Closed loop system and method for ablating lenses with aberrations: The present invention comprises a closed loop system and method for assessing a performance of a refractive surgical system that is capable of correcting lower and higher order aberrations of the eye. In one embodiment, the refractor surgical system comprises a corneal re-shaping laser system and a refractor system that... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20090125006 - Optical sensor and method for identifying the presence of skin: A sensor for detecting the presence of skin is disclosed, one configuration of which uses multiple light emitting diodes, each of a unique wavelength band, and a broad-band photodetector to measure the remission of light at multiple wavelengths from a material being analyzed. Characteristics of the spectral remission of the... Agent: Law Offices Of James E. Eakin
20090125007 - Intra-vascular device with pressure detection capabilities using pressure sensitive material: A laser catheter with a pressure sensor is provided according to embodiments of the invention. The pressure sensor may be coupled with the distal end of the laser catheter and may comprise any of various piezoelectric materials, for example Polyvinylidene Difluoride (PVDF). In various embodiments of the invention the pressure... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20090125008 - Cryosurgical instrument and its accessory system: The invention proposes a cryosurgical instrument and its accessory system operating on the base of a refrigerant evaporation. The invention comprises combination of some technical solutions. Flow in a central lumen of the cryosurgical instrument has oscillating character; the refrigerant is provided on the internal surface of the distal cryotip... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC
20090125009 - Methods and apparatus for treatment of hollow anatomical structures: One embodiment comprises an apparatus for applying energy to a hollow anatomical structure having an inner wall. The apparatus comprises an elongate shaft having a distal end and a proximal end opposite the distal end; and a capacitive treatment element located near the distal end. The capacitive treatment element is... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20090125010 - Uterine therapy device and method: A method and system of providing therapy to a patient's uterus. In some embodiments the method includes the steps of: inserting an access tool through a cervix and a cervical canal into the uterus; placing an expansion mechanism in contact with tissue within the uterus to move uterine tissue surfaces... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP
20090125011 - Devices, methods and kits for substantial and uniform ablation about a linear bipolar array of electrodes: The present invention relates to a medical device for substantially sized and uniform ablation of animal or human tissue comprising a bipolar generator for generating radio frequency at an electrode, a polarity alternator, an applicator probe having a handle and an elongated member, and a tip at the far end... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
20090125012 - Disposable electro-surgical cover elements and electro-surgical instrument: Electro-surgical instrument and attachments for converting a mechanical surgical instrument into an electro-surgical instrument are disclosed for applying electrical current to tissue, such as a blood vessel, to seal or cauterize the tissue. A cover element is slidable over a distal end of a component of a mechanical surgical instrument,... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20090125013 - Fat retraction apparatus and method for using same: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for non-invasive reduction of excessive fat tissue by externally applying radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic (EM) waves adjusted to specific fat cells absorption frequency and electromagnetic propagation mode. Based on the performed experiments described further, the method and working apparatus has been invented... Agent: Loeffler Jonas & Tuggey, LLP
20090125014 - Thermal ablation system: A thermal ablation system comprises a fluid handling unit receiving fluid from a fluid source at a first pressure, the fluid handling unit including a heater heating the fluid to a desired temperature and a pump and an introducer including a sheath which, when in an operative position, is received... Agent: Fay Kaplun & Marcin, LLP
20090125015 - Electrolysis hair-removal device: The invention relates to an electrolysis hair-removal device comprising: a central control unit (4) which is equipped with a microprocessor; and hair-removal patches (8) of variable size, which are adapted to the different parts of the body to be treated, as well as contact patches (10) which can be used... Agent: Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren P.C.
20090125019 - Articulatable device for delivering therapeutic energy to tissue: A device for delivering therapeutic energy to tissue is provided. The device includes a proximal segment and a distal segment having one or more electrodes for delivering the therapeutic energy to the tissue. An articulating segment connects the proximal segment and the distal segment such that the distal segment is... Agent: Afs / Angiodynamics
20090125020 - Device and method for providing power to lighting elements for use as a visual indicator in a medical probe: A lighting device for use as a visual indicator in a medical probe is provided. The lighting device includes one or more light emitting elements that are used as a visual status indicator for the medical probe, and a driver circuit that receiving current from a power source and drives... Agent: Afs / Angiodynamics
20090125018 - Heat treatment system for pelvic support tissue: Noninvasive methods for therapeutically heating a collagenous target tissue of a pelvic support system to a desired temperature range are provided. Energy can be delivered to the target tissue via an applicator device having a plurality of spaced electrodes. The spaced electrodes are selectively activated in accordance with treatment groupings... Agent: Ams Research Corporation
20090125016 - Irrigated ablation electrode having proximal direction flow: The present invention relates to improved ablation electrodes and catheter assemblies, as well as methods useful in conjunction with irrigated ablation catheters. Embodiments of the present invention further relate to an irrigated catheter having irrigation fluid directed at target areas where coagulation is more likely to occur to help minimize... Agent: Sjm/afd - Dykema
20090125017 - Irrigated ablation electrode having recessed surface portions: The present invention relates to ablation electrode assemblies. The present invention further relates to an irrigated ablation electrode assembly that includes a recessed portion that can improve fluid flow around the irrigated ablation electrode. The electrode includes an outer body portion having an outer surface, and an inner cavity defined... Agent: Sjm/afd - Dykema
20090125021 - Surgical vaporization electrode with an electrode head: A surgical vaporization electrode (1) including an electrode head (2) which in turn is fitted with a functional surface (6) and which is connected at a minimum of one connection site (10) to a feed conductor (3) enclosed by an insulating sheath (4), is characterized in that the surface zone... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP
20090125022 - Tissue visualization and ablation systems: Visualization and ablation system variations are described which utilize various tissue ablation arrangements. Such assemblies are configured to facilitate the application of energy delivery, such as RF ablation, to an underlying target tissue for treatment in a controlled manner while directly visualizing the tissue during the bipolar ablation process.... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20090125023 - Electrosurgical instrument: Surgical instruments include a handle, gas and electrical conduits, a hollow elongated electrode, elongated insulating sheath, and actuator mechanism. The handle has distal and proximal ends, the proximal end branching to form two arm-like portions and the distal end widening to form a tubular body portion having features sized for... Agent: Cytyc Corporation Darry Pattinson, Sr.IPParalegal
20090125024 - Medical appliance with magnetic adjustment apparatus: A medical appliance with an adjustment apparatus, such that cleaning of the medical appliance, constructed with the adjustment apparatus, can be carried out reliably and simply. The medical appliance includes a first setting device disposed at an outer side on a housing of the appliance, and a second setting device... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP
20090125025 - Dc tissue treatment: Disclosed are a method and a device useful for performing cosmetic or medical procedures of an in vivo portion of tissue. The method includes contacting an in vivo portion of tissue with a portion of a pad, substantially saturating the pad with a reactant, contacting the pad with a first... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP
20090125026 - Apparatus system and method for coagulating and cutting tissue: A combination tissue coagulation and cutting apparatus, system and method for coagulating and cutting tissue. A clamp element includes first and second clamp members having respective first and second porous electrodes, such as sintered metal electrodes. A portion of tissue, such as a blood vessel, is held between the porous... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20090125027 - Multifunction device for endoscopic surgery: A multifunction device for endoscopic surgery including a supply means for the supply of at least one fluid and forceps or a clamp which comprise forceps-shaped electrodes with jaw parts for high-frequency surgery. The supply means is formed to dissect tissue by means of a fluid jet at or in... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP
20090125028 - Hybrid bone fixation element and methods of using the same: The present invention is directed to a hybrid bone fixation element including a threaded proximal cortical bone contacting portion for threadably engaging the cortical portion of a human bone and a non-threaded expandable distal cancellous portion for engaging the cancellous portion of the human bone. The hybrid bone fixation element... Agent: Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP
20090125029 - Device for aligning and guiding femoral resection guide and femoral implant impactor: The present invention discloses a device for aligning and guiding a femoral resection guide and a femoral implant impactor, whereby the femoral resection guide and the femoral implant impactor are aligned perpendicular to the mechanical axes of the coronal plane and sagittal plane of the femur at the bottom end... Agent: Park Law Firm
20090125030 - Dilator: A dilator that facilitates implantation of an interspinous spacer is provided. The dilator includes a proximal portion and a tapered distal portion interconnected by an elongated body portion. The tapered distal portion is ideally suited for splitting ligamentous tissue for creating a posterior midline pathway through the supraspinous ligament as... Agent: Rimas Lukas Vertiflex, Inc.
20090125031 - Method and bone cement substitute kit for stabilizing a collapsed vertebra of a patient: In at least one embodiment of the present invention, a method for stabilizing a collapsed vertebra of a patient is provided. The method comprises introducing a supercooled liquid into the collapsed vertebra. A solid structure that supports the collapsed vertebra is then form by solidifying the supercooled liquid.... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP
20090125032 - Rod removal instrument: A rod removal instrument for removing a rod from the seat of a vertebral anchor is disclosed. The rod removal instrument comprises an outer shaft connected to an inner shaft. The outer shaft has a rod receiving portion at its distal end. When placed in juxtaposition with the rod, the... Agent: Rimas Lukas Vertiflex, Inc.
20090125033 - Systems and methods for vertebral disc replacement: Methods and instrumentation for implantation of an intervertebral disc prosthesis are provided. A guide tool with sagittal and coronal reference features guides placement of guide pins relative to a sagittal plane and a coronal plane of the vertebrae. A retainer lockable to the guide pins has a ratcheting mechanism providing... Agent: Medicinelodge Inc.
20090125034 - Preloaded iol injector: An IOL injector device having a nozzle pivotably connected to the injector body and movably between a storage position and an injection position. When in the storage position, an IOL may be loaded into the proximal end of the nozzle. The IOL may be provided in a shuttle component held... Agent: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
20090125036 - Devices and methods for selective surgical removal of tissue: Methods and apparatus are provided for selective surgical removal of tissue. In one variation, tissue may be ablated, resected, removed, or otherwise remodeled by standard small endoscopic tools delivered into the epidural space through an epidural needle. The sharp tip of the needle in the epidural space, can be converted... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP
20090125035 - Surgical cutting instrument for breast surgery: A cutter (14) is telescopically received in a cannula (12). A detection device (54) may be inserted through the open-ended cutter and cannula to properly place the instrument in alignment with the tumor to be excised. The cutter and cannula are pressed into the tissue of the patient with the... Agent: Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP
20090125037 - Ligation tool for endoscope and endoscopic ligation system: A ligation tool for endoscope includes an overtube having an insertion lumen 21a made of a flexible material, which permits an insertion portion 11 of the endoscope to be inserted therethrough so as to advance and retreat, an O-ring 22 for ligation attached to a distal end of the overtube,... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen
20090125038 - Endoscopic ligation: A ligature delivery device includes a control member, an elongated shaft, and an end effector attached to the distal end of the elongated shaft. An activation mechanism provides an user-operable connection between the control member and the end effector. In several embodiments, the end effector includes a reverse grasping mechanism.... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20090125039 - Suture instrument: A suture instrument that is inserted into a body and ejects an elongated anchor to which a suture thread that sutures a perforation is connected and which is placed on tissue, including a base that extends from a proximal end on a hand side to a remote end that is... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC
20090125040 - Tissue acquisition devices and methods: A device and method for acquiring tissue in preparation for tissue fastening includes an acquisition head having a pair of vacuum chambers. A vacuum source is used to draw a tissue into a first one of the chambers, and a grasper is extended into the chamber to engage the tissue,... Agent: King & Spalding LLP
20090125041 - Surgical mesh, mesh introducing and placing devices and methods: According to the present invention, there is provided a pre-rolled mesh, double rolled from two opposite directions, one toward the other. There is a device that holds, leads, releases and spreads the mesh in its proper location, related to the Hernia defect, and comprising an element holds the double-rolled mesh,... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.
20090125042 - Magnetic anastomosis device having improved delivery: A magnet assembly for a magnetic anastamosis device is provide that is minimally invasive, easily and quickly delivered, and is accurately positioned to improve the delivery procedure. The magnet assembly includes an elongated hub and a plurality of magnetic members disposed over the elongated hub. The elongated hub is formed... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook
20090125045 - Systems and methods for ablation of occlusions within blood vessels: Wire systems for the ablation of occlusions within blood vessels are provided. Systems include one or more wires configured for percutaneous insertion in a blood vessel, the wires configured to ablate an occlusion within the blood vessel. In some embodiments, a wire is gradually tapered near its distal end so... Agent: Kolisch Hartwell, P.C.
20090125043 - Tethered coil for treatment of body lumens: Disclosed is an apparatus and a method for removable of undesired material from body lumens. The apparatus may be used for fragmenting or removing a thrombus or occlusion from a blood vessel. The apparatus includes first shape segments and second shape segments connected to form a coiled member. A longitudinally... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP
20090125044 - Treatment of coronary stenosis: The invention describes includes a device and method for dilating a coronary arterial stenosis and for creating a transection in the myocardium. The transection creates a new artery composed partially of the old artery and partially of the normal healing tissue and myocardium. Several dilating means are described, as well... Agent: Daniel S. Coolidge Coolidge & Graves PLLC
20090125046 - Method for treating obstructed paranasal frontal sinuses: A set of sinus balloon catheters are provided for treating a patient's paranasal sinus system, including dilating prepared openings, and natural ostia and ducts and excising sinus cavities. These include a balloon catheter with a bend placing a distal segment at 90 degrees to a proximal segment and a balloon... Agent: Steptoe & Johnson - Acclarent, Inc.
20090125047 - Tissue splitter: A tissue splitter for creating a subcutaneous cut is disclosed. The tissue splitter includes a retractable blade located at the distal end. The tissue splitter is configured to be insertable into a slotted cannula that is placed via an incision to a location proximate a patient's spine. An actuator at... Agent: Rimas Lukas Vertiflex, Inc.
20090125048 - Lancing device with independent drive core: A medical lancing device including an independent drive core mechanism incorporating all or a substantial portion of the functional components of the lancing device, whereby the independent drive core mechanism can be incorporated into multiple different external housing configurations for more efficient design and manufacture. Axial adjustment of the position... Agent: Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva. PC
20090125050 - Intradermal device introducing method and apparatus: A plurality of different intradermal needle penetration application techniques, preferably both of a powered and non-powered application type, are featured that enable a wide variety of applications with preferably only a single needle device that includes a plurality of needles with preferably a single tip slope edge arranged at a... Agent: Smith, Gambrell & Russell
20090125049 - Power supply for a tattoo machine: A power supply that includes a housing for retaining the electronic components needed to operate a tattoo machine. The housing includes a first region in which the tattooing controls are located and a second region that includes a display screen. The first and second regions are separated from each so... Agent: Sand & Sebolt
20090125051 - Combination coil and liquid embolic for embolization: A system and method for treating a target site (e.g., vascular aneurysm), the system including an occlusive member (e.g., a coil) configured to be positioned within the target site, the occlusive member comprising a first reactant disposed thereon. The system further includes a second reactant that is introduced within the... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20090125052 - Nasal dilator: A nasal dilator consisting of an elongated elastically flexible element of plastic material having a layer of dermocompatible adhesive material applied onto a first surface thereof at each of its ends.... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20090125053 - Aneurysm neck bridging processes with revascularization systems methods and products thereby: Devices, methods and systems facilitate and enable vessel wall treatment, particularly at the neck of an aneurysm. A tethered cage-like structure functions in conjunction with supplemental therapies such as a vaso-occlusive coil delivering microcatheter system and/or pharmaceutical delivery, among other things, by stabilizing vessel walls and providing tethered cage-like therapeutic... Agent: Greenberg Traurig LLP (la)
20090125054 - Vaso-occlusive coils with non-overlapping sections: A vaso-occlusive implant has a primary helical-coil shape that defines a primary axis and a three-dimensional secondary shape. The secondary shape includes a substantially helical section and a second section having a plurality of non-overlapping loops or loop sections. Each loop defines a plane that is oriented at an angle... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20090125055 - Telescopingly adjustable clamp: A telescopingly adjustable clamp for securing an object to a support may include an anchor rod with a plurality of circumferentially extending grooves which define at least one barrier wall. A positioning member defines a receptacle that receives a portion of the anchor rod and allows motion of the anchor... Agent: Tyco Healthcare - Edward S. Jarmolowicz
20090125056 - Systems and methods for puncture closure: Systems, apparatuses and methods are provided for use in closing punctures in vessel walls. An apparatus may have various combinations of an anchoring device, a positioning device and a heating element for closing a puncture within a vessel wall. An anchoring device may be a balloon, an expansible cage, a... Agent: Patton Boggs LLP
20090125057 - Fan-shaped cannula for sealing ophthalmic incisions: A device for delivering an incision sealant includes a housing, a seal, and a cannula. The housing at least partially encloses a chamber that holds a quantity of a sealant. The seal is located on one end of the housing and contains the sealant in the chamber. Likewise, a similar... Agent: Alcon
20090125060 - Compression control lead anchoring device: An implanted medical system includes a medical lead, an anchoring device and at least one suture secured circumferentially about the anchoring device to cause compression of the anchoring device on the medical lead. In particular, the anchoring device is received coaxially over the medical lead and includes an elastomeric sleeve... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property (32469)
20090125059 - Compression member suture sleeve: An implantable medical system includes a medical lead including an insulating sheath and a conductor and an anchoring device. The anchoring device defines an inner lumen adapted to coaxially receive the medical lead, where the inner lumen has an effective diameter. The anchoring device includes a sleeve including a substantially... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property (32469)
20090125058 - Lead stabilizer with retention features: An anchoring device for anchoring a medical lead implanted in a patient includes a substantially elongate, hollow, tubular, and elastically compressible body. The body has a longitudinal axis, a groove formed circumferentially about the body for receiving a suture and an inner bore forming a recessed portion. The anchoring device... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property (32469)
20090125061 - Pre-selected compression lead anchoring device: An implantable medical system for anchoring a medical lead implanted in a patient includes a medical lead, an anchoring device received coaxially over the medical lead, and at least one fastener secured circumferentially about the anchoring device to cause compression of the anchoring device on the medical lead. The anchoring... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property (32469)
20090125063 - Dynamic spine stabilizer: A dynamic spine stabilizer moves under the control of spinal motion providing increased mechanical support within a central zone corresponding substantially to the neutral zone of the injured spine. The dynamic spine stabilizer includes a support assembly and a resistance assembly associated with the support assembly. The resistance assembly generates... Agent: Mccarter & English, LLP Stamford
20090125062 - Spinal implant having a post-operative adjustable dimension: A spinal implant including first spinal attachment member for attaching to a first spinal portion, second spinal attachment member for attaching to a second spinal portion, and a post-implantation variable dimension device disposed between the first and second spinal attachment members, which is operable after completing surgery in which said... Agent: Dekel Patent Ltd., David Klein
20090125064 - Posterior-medial facet support assembly: A facet support assembly including at least one rod including an upper portion rigidly fixed to a spinal fastener, and a lower portion configured to support an inferior articular process, wherein when the spinal fastener is secured to a pedicle of a lumbar vertebra, the lower portion of the at... Agent: Dekel Patent Ltd., David Klein
20090125065 - Vertebra connection member and nut driver: A vertebra connection member has: a screw member that is screwed in a vertebra; a connector member that connects a rod and the screw member; a first nut member that fixes the screw member and connector member; a second nut member that prevents the loosening of the first nut member;... Agent: Hahn & Voight PLLC
20090125066 - Facet stabilization schemes: The present invention relates to methods of stabilizing a facet joint, wherein the facet joint comprises an inferior articular facet of the superior level, a superior articular facet of the inferior level, and an interfacet space that is defined between the opposing faces of the inferior and superior articular facets.... Agent: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
20090125068 - Apparatus for dynamic external fixation of distal radius and wrist fractures: The fixator is an apparatus for repairing fractures of the distal radius and wrist. Distal, pivot, distraction, and radial members provide an anatomically contoured, radiolucent apparatus that permits the wrist to move through a substantially normal range of motion. A means for distraction of the bones by the fixator is... Agent: Greg Goshorn, P.C.
20090125067 - In-line occipital plate and method of use: Various embodiments of an implantable spinal fixation device are provided herein. In general, the device can include an elongate member having a first end and a second end having a center-line extending therebetween. Further, the elongate member can include any number of bone screw receiving thru-hole(s) positioned proximate (e.g., along... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP
20090125070 - Fracture fixation plate for the coronoid of the proximal ulna: A system for the internal fixation of a fractured bone of an elbow joint of a patient includes at least one bone plate, each bone plate having a plurality of holes and generally configured to fit an anatomical surface of the fractured bone. The at least one plate is adapted... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.C.
20090125069 - Fracture fixation plates for the distal humerus: A system for the internal fixation of a fractured bone of an elbow joint of a patient includes at least one bone plate, each bone plate having a plurality of holes and generally configured to fit an anatomical surface of the fractured bone. The at least one plate is adapted... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.C.
20090125071 - Shape-changing anatomical anchor: A shape-changing anatomical anchor includes an activation means arranged to convert the anchor from a de-activated state to an activated state, and one or more members which extend away from the activation means and thereby change the shape of the anchor when the anchor is activated. The anchor is installed... Agent: Koppel, Patrick, Heybl & Dawson
20090125072 - Surgical bone screw construction: A surgical bone screw includes an elongate body having a proximal end, a distal end, a threaded portion on the circumference of the body, and a passage extending between the proximal and the distal ends of the body. An electrical conductor is disposed in the passage between the proximal and... Agent: Law Office Of Leo Zucker
20090125073 - Method and apparatus for surgical clamping: The invention concerns a clamp, especially a surgical clamp, with a left clamp half to receive a left half of a breastbone during a surgical procedure, a right clamp half to receive a right half of the breastbone, as well as a first toothed rod and a detent mechanism engaging... Agent: Lackenbach Siegel, LLP05/07/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category
20090118712 - Flexible transoral endoscopic gastroesophageal flap valve restoration device and method: A transoral gastroesophageal flap valve restoration device has sufficient flexibility and dimension to be passed through the mouth, throat, and esophagus of a patient into the patient's stomach. The device includes a first member and a second member hingedly coupled to the first member. The first and second members are... Agent: Richard O. Gray, Jr. Graybeal Jackson Haley LLP
20090118714 - Surgical console information display system and method: A surgical console is disclosed, comprising a processing module operable to direct operations of and receive inputs from devices operably coupled to the processing module, at least one memory device operably coupled to the processing module, wherein the at least one memory device is operable to store multimedia content, and... Agent: Alcon
20090118713 - Tissue cleaning apparatus: A portable tissue cleaning apparatus comprising a housing with a base member and side walls mounted to the base member and a top cover having a motor contained within a housing. A manually operable switch assembly is mounted on the housing and is operable to control operation of the motor.... Agent: Jones Day
20090118715 - Ophthalmic surgical device: An ophthalmic surgical device is disclosed that combines laser energy for treatment of vision or ocular defect and illumination energy for visualization of a treatment site during surgery in a single common waveguide fiber, thereby enabling reduction of a diameter of a probe or canula of the device, whereby a... Agent: Myers & Kaplan Intellectual Property Law, L.L.C.
20090118716 - System and method for scanning a pulsed laser beam: System and method of photoaltering a region of a material using a pulsed laser beam. The method includes randomly scanning the pulsed laser beam in the region, and creating a separation between a first layer of the material and a second layer of the material at the region. The system... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.
20090118717 - System and method of interfacing a surgical laser with an eye: A system for interfacing a surgical laser with an eye includes a first sensing element to couple to an output surface of the laser, an interface lens having second sensing element coupled to a first surface of the interface lens, and a detector coupled to the first sensing element. A... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.
20090118719 - Methods for treating eye conditions: Architectures and techniques for treating conditions of the eye, such as presbyopia, utilize sources of treatment energy, such as electromagnetic energy emitting devices, to implement non-corneal manipulations. According to these devices and methods, the sources of treatment energy are activated to direct energy onto parts of the eye, such as... Agent: Kenton R. Mullins Stout, Uxa, Buyan & Mullins, LLP
20090118718 - System and method for incising material: Systems and methods of incising a portion of a material include creating a sub-surface separation in a region of the material, and incising a periphery of the region with a pulsed laser beam to produce an edge of the portion. The edge includes a periodically varying shape to secure the... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.
20090118720 - Dermatological apparatus and method: A dermatological laser apparatus in accordance with the present invention may comprise a plurality of laser light sources, a corresponding plurality of optical delivery pathways, and a focusing system. The dermatological laser apparatus may also comprise a control system for controlling the operation of the plurality of laser light sources... Agent: Reliant / Fenwick C/o Fenwick & West, LLP
20090118721 - Near infrared microbial elimination laser system (nimels): Methods, systems, and apparatus for Near Infrared Microbial Elimination laser Systems (NIMELS) are disclosed that can apply near infrared radiant energy of certain wavelengths and dosimetries capable of impairing biological contaminants, for example fungus, without intolerable risks and/or adverse effects to biological moieties other than a targeted biological contaminant. Lasers... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP
20090118723 - Coolant injection tube: A medical device includes a steering element defining a passage for a guide wire. A fluid injection tube defining a proximal and a distal end is also included, wherein a portion of the fluid injection tube is contoured about a portion of the steering element. A plurality of injection ports... Agent: Christopher & Weisberg, P.A.
20090118722 - Method and apparatus for cooling subcutaneous lipid-rich cells or tissue: A system for reducing subcutaneous lipid-rich cells or tissue of a subject is disclosed. The system may include a fluid supply, a probe in fluid communication with the fluid supply, and a coolant circulated between the fluid supply and the probe. The probe may be configured to be inserted into... Agent: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc. Perkins Coie LLP
20090118724 - Method and apparatus for positioning a medical instrument: Presented are methods and apparatus for delivering a surgical instrument to a treatment site within the body of a subject, enabling accurate placement of surgical tools in areas not directly visible to a surgeon during a surgical procedure, while reducing or eliminating need for real-time imaging modalities to guide placement... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan Prtsi
20090118725 - Hemostatic tissue tunnel generator for inserting treatment apparatus into tissue of a patient: A catheter for insertion into and treatment of tissue in a patient comprises a radio frequency (RF) electrode having an elongated body that conducts electrical RF energy to a conductive tip. An insulating sleeve surrounds the elongated body. In a first mode of operation, the conductive tip is exposed outside... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC
20090118726 - Systems and methods for transeptal cardiac procedures, including tissue sealing members associated methods: Systems and methods for transeptal cardiac procedures are disclosed. A patient treatment device in accordance with a particular embodiment includes a catheter having a proximal end, a distal end, a working portion toward the distal end, and an electrical energy path coupleable to a source of electrical energy. The device... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea
20090118727 - Ablation devices and methods of using the same: Devices and methods for ablating a selected tissue volume, such as for ablating tumor, are disclosed. In certain embodiments, the ablation devices include a low-conductivity, tissue-piercing tip, an adjustment mechanism for selectively adjusting the length of an exposed portion of the electrode, for producing ablation volumes of desired geometry. In... Agent: Angiodynamics, Inc.
20090118728 - System and method for tissue ablation: A tissue ablation device comprises first and second electrodes of opposite polarities, the first electrode being mounted to a first elongated member for movement relative to the second electrode for separation therefrom by a desired distance. A method of ablating a tissue comprises inserting first and second electrodes to desired... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20090118729 - Hemostatic spark erosion tissue tunnel generator with integral treatment providing variable volumetric necrotization of tissue: A catheter for insertion into and treatment of tissue in a patient comprises a radio frequency (RF) electrode having an elongated body that conducts electrical RF energy to a conductive tip. An insulating sleeve surrounding the elongated body prevents leakage of RF energy from the elongated body when the catheter... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC
20090118731 - Bipolar electrosurgical probe having insulated overlapping conductive elements: A bipolar electrosurgical probe includes electrodes separated by an insulation member. One end of an electrode is inserted into an aperture of the other electrode. An insulation material is disposed between e.g., injected into, a space between a bottom surface of one electrode and a top surface of another electrode... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP
20090118730 - Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device: A medical device for simultaneously cutting tissue with a heating element, cauterizing the tissue with sealing elements, and stapling the tissue together. The heating elements comprise bipolar RF electrodes.... Agent: Crockett & Crockett, P.C.
20090118732 - Electrode arrangement for a surgical instrument for electrothermal coagulation in tissue: There is provided a surgical instrument for electrothermal coagulation of tissue, which includes a front cylinder at the distal end of the instrument having a distal tip, an elongate carrier, and two spaced cylindrical or strip-shaped electrodes at or on the carrier which are connectable to an HF-ac voltage source.... Agent: Beck And Tysver P.l.l.c.
20090118733 - Orthopedic device: An orthopedic device for fixating bone parts includes a set of one or more bone fixation pins for engaging a bone piece, an elongated fixator body having an internally threaded bore extending longitudinally therethrough, a pair of opposed longitudinally extending slots in the fixator body, and a pin-holder received within... Agent: Duane Morris LLP - PhiladelphiaIPDepartment
20090118734 - Implantation system for tissue repair: A prosthesis delivery and implantation system for tissue repair is disclosed. The implantation system includes provisions for manually applying a prosthesis to a treatment area. This system may be applied to heal any imperfections in various different types of tissue. The system also provides provisions for independently inserting two end... Agent: Plumsea Law Group, LLC
20090118735 - Bone mill including a base and a mill head separate from the base, the mill head including a moveable catch tray: A bone mill including a base and a mill head that is removably attached to the base. A cutting disc is rotatably disposed in the mill head. When the mill head is attached to base, the cutting disc is rotated by a motor internal to the base. A plunger mounted... Agent: Intel. Prop./ Rnd Stryker Corporation
20090118736 - Apparatus and method for aligning a guide pin for joint re-surfacing: A drill guide for aligning a guide pin. In an embodiment, the drill guide comprises a base having a concave inner surface, an outer surface, and a central axis perpendicular to the inner surface. In addition, the drill guide comprises a drilling template extending axially from the outer surface of... Agent: Conley Rose, P.C. David A. Rose
20090118737 - Counter angle for implantology or surgery comprising removable sub-assemblies and in particular an intermediate positioning support for the head cartridge: The invention relates to a contra-angle for implantology or surgery with a head for holding and rotating an instrument about its longitudinal axis, and a handpiece containing, in a non-limiting manner, a connection providing the connection with an external motor drive, and a reducing assembly with an output gear. The... Agent: Egbert Law Offices
20090118739 - Method and device for manipulation of an intraocular lens: A method for charging a deformable intraocular lens into a receptacle through a slit or opening in the receptacle periphery, the lens in un-deformed state comprising a) a roughly disc shaped optic part configured to act as a lens when inserted into an eye and b) at least two elongated... Agent: Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.
20090118738 - Needless applicator system and method for application of medicament to the back of an eye: The present invention includes a method of intraocular delivery by needless injection of a medicament through the sclera of an eye and into a back of the eye as well as instruments for such delivery.... Agent: Allergan, Inc.
20090118740 - Implantable device delivery system handle and method of use: The present invention, in an exemplary embodiment, provides a delivery system and novel handle configuration for the delivery system that facilitates repeatable placement of implantable devices. In particular, in optical embodiments, the handle allows for the reversible coupling of scopes directly to the handle to enhance physician control during placement.... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP Bank Of America Plaza
20090118741 - Single-blow shockwave generation device: A single-blow mechanical shockwave generation device used in urological surgery for disintegration of urinary duct stones comprises a striking device which strikes a shock wave generation device at high speed. The shock waves are transmitted by a shock wave transfer device to an object for destruction with which the shock... Agent: Ostrager Chong Flaherty & Broitman PC
20090118743 - Instrument for guiding stage apparatus and method for using same: This documents describes among other things a normalizing stage apparatus, tools and methods. One example includes a base that defines a trajectory. A first stage is moveably coupled to the base and the first stage moves along the trajectory. A second stage is moveably coupled to the first stage and... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20090118742 - System and method for navigated drill guide: A system for tracking a navigated instrument. The system can include a first elongated instrument and a second elongated instrument. The first elongated instrument can have a first proximal end and a first distal end. The first elongated instrument can be adapted to be positioned relative to an anatomy. The... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20090118744 - Heart valve repair: The invention relates to a system for repairing a heart valve comprising a catheter, said catheter comprising an engagement member, the engagement member having at its distal end a hook capable of engaging with the surface of a prolapsed heart valve leaflet; and a fastener capable of deploying a fastening... Agent: Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec
20090118748 - Impermanent biocompatible fastener: A biocompatible fastener particularly well-suited for use in fundoplication procedures. In a preferred embodiment, the fastener is designed to break within the span of approximately three to six months after implantation and comprises a male portion and a female portion. The male portion includes a first base member, the first... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20090118746 - 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.
20090118747 - Novel surgical fastener: The present disclosure provides a surgical fastener for use in surgery. The surgical fastener may be made of a shape memory polymer which alters its shape in vivo to assist in securing tissue or devices, such as meshes used in hernia repair, to tissue.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp
20090118745 - Patent foramen ovale closure apparatus and method: An apparatus for closure of a patent foramen ovale of a patient comprises a frame member defining respective first, second and third frame segments, and a growth and/or clot promoting material positioned on at least one of the segments. The frame member is alignable in a generally elongated first position... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/indy/cook
20090118749 - Pyloric devices and methods: A gastrointestinal device is provided. The device includes a band sized and configured for residing in or around a pyloric sphincter region of the subject. The band is functional in maintaining the pyloric sphincter at a fixed opening size.... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.
20090118750 - Chisel system for osteochondral implants and a surgical procedure involving same: A chisel system for harvesting an implantable graft from an area of a human having a cartilage overlying a condyle, according to which a module is provided that has one end connected to a handle. A cutting surface is formed at the other end of the module that cuts through... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department
20090118751 - Apparatus and method for alerting generator functions in an ultrasonic surgical system: The present invention provides a system for surgery which includes an ultrasonic hand piece having a end-effector, a console having a digital signal processor (DSP) for controlling the hand piece, and a memory disposed in the end-effector. The generator console sends a drive current to drive the hand piece which... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20090118752 - Devices and methods for expression of bodily fluids from an incision: Systems and methods for the expression of bodily fluid from an incision in the skin include devices which bear against the skin in a manner to retain the fluid adjacent the incision site and urge the fluid inwardly toward the incision. Systems utilize a constricting member, a bi-stable expression member,... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP
20090118754 - Patient's skin puncturing device: The device comprises a body (2) and placed therein a needle assembly (1) and a push button (3) located in the upper portion of the body (2), whereas the needle assembly (1) has in its lower portion a sheathed piercing needle (5), and the push button (3) has in its... Agent: Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
20090118753 - Rotary-actuated medical puncturing device: The medical puncturing device includes an actuator, a shield, and a skin puncturing assembly. The actuator and shield are movable relative to one another. The skin puncturing assembly includes a carrier and a skin puncturing element. A distal end of the skin puncturing element is adapted for puncturing the skin... Agent: David W. Highet, Vp & ChiefIPCounsel Becton, Dickinson And Company
20090118755 - Surgical obturator: To enable puncture of a body wall with a greater degree of sensitivity with a surgical obturator for puncturing the body wall having a knife, the cutting edge of which extends outwards from a tip of the obturator in the direction of various sides and backwards in relation to the... Agent: Lipsitz & Mcallister, LLC
20090118757 - Pyloric valve obstructing devices and methods: Methods, devices and systems facilitate intermittent and/or partial obstruction of a pyloric valve. Devices generally include a support portion for preventing the device from passing through the pyloric valve and a tissue engagement portion for contacting tissue adjacent the pyloric valve to obstruct the valve. Some embodiments also include a... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20090118758 - Pyloric valve obstructing devices and methods: Methods, devices and systems facilitate intermittent and/or partial obstruction of a pyloric valve. Devices generally include a support portion for preventing the device from passing through the pyloric valve and a tissue engagement portion for contacting tissue adjacent the pyloric valve to obstruct the valve. Some embodiments also include a... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20090118759 - Catheter having an improved torque transmitting shaft: The present invention relates generally to a catheter having a torque transmitting shaft which retains adequate flexibility. The catheter includes an elongate shaft having an outer surface. In a preferred embodiment, a raised pattern is disposed on the outer surface. Preferably, the raised pattern improves the transmission of torque along... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC
20090118761 - Aneurysm occlusion device containing bioactive and biocompatible copolymer shell and a liquid embolic agent: An endovascular device for occluding a vascular aneurysm is disclosed. The device includes a polymeric shell member that, in one embodiment, may be constructed from a bioactive and biocompatible polyurethane-diol-glycosaminoglycan copolymer, and a liquid embolic agent. The copolymer is sufficiently flexible and strong for endovascular delivery into a vascular aneurysm... Agent: Patent Docket Department Armstrong Teasdale LLP
20090118760 - Vascular filter retrieval device: A vascular filter retrieval device comprising a catheter and a loop for engaging a filter is described. The loop is extendable from a proximal end of the catheter and comprises a resilient wire. The wire may be a metal alloy such as an ELGILOY® alloy. The loop is typically radiopaque... Agent: Cook Group Patent Office
20090118762 - Disposable cartridge for use in a gastric volume reduction procedure: A cartridge containing a fastener, wherein the cartridge releasably connected to a fastener deploying device. The cartridge has a housing which houses at least one tissue penetrating member. The penetrating member at least partially houses a fastener. The fastener has at least two rigid anchors connected together by a flaccid... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson
20090118763 - Infant soother slip sleeve: Infant soothers for providing stimulation to an infant are disclosed herein. According to aspects illustrated herein, there is provided an infant soother for placement over at least a portion of a tube. The infant soother includes a slip sleeve having a body with a first end, a second open end,... Agent: Danlell T. Abramson
20090118764 - Anterior partial transpedicular stabilization system and method for cervical spine: Techniques for anterior partial transpedicular stabilization for cervical spine are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, techniques may be realized as a vertebral stabilizing assembly comprising a first vertebral screw having a shaft with a threaded portion and an engaging portion, a second vertebral screw having a shaft with a threaded... Agent: Hunton & Williams LLP Intellectual Property Department
20090118765 - Expandable corpectomy device: An adjustable length corpectomy device is provided with a means for providing bidirectional length adjustment and a means for selectively fixing the length of the implant.... Agent: Middleton & Reutlinger
20090118766 - Intervertebral stabilization devices: Posterior spinal stabilization devices that engage vertebral structures of at least two verterbrae and increase the stability between the two vertebrae. In some embodiments the stabilization devices engage laminae of at least two vertebrae. The devices can be adapted, however, to engage at least one of a variety of vertebral... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP
20090118767 - Flexible member with variable flexibility for providing dynamic stability to a spine: The present invention relates to spinal support devices and, more specifically, to a flexible member having variable flexibility for use with a dynamic stabilization system or implant to provide dynamic stability to a person's spine. The flexible member generally includes a first material having a first portion including a first... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC
20090118768 - Elbow fracture fixation system: A system for the internal fixation of a fractured bone of an elbow joint of a patient includes at least one bone plate, each bone plate having a plurality of holes and generally configured to fit an anatomical surface of the fractured bone. The at least one plate is adapted... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.C.
20090118770 - Fracture fixation plate for the olecranon of the proximal ulna: A system for the internal fixation of a fractured bone of an elbow joint of a patient includes at least one bone plate, each bone plate having a plurality of holes and generally configured to fit an anatomical surface of the fractured bone. The at least one plate is adapted... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.C.
20090118769 - Fracture fixation plate for the proximal radius: A system for the internal fixation of a fractured bone of an elbow joint of a patient includes at least one bone plate, each bone plate having a plurality of holes and generally configured to fit an anatomical surface of the fractured bone. The at least one plate is adapted... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.C.
20090118771 - Curved assembly for reattachment of fragmented bone segments: The present invention is comprised generally of a curved assembly for use in reattaching bone segments created by fracture or for mating bone fragments in other reconstructive procedures. The present invention further comprises a curved drill to create the hole into which the curved screw is attached. Preferably, the curved... Agent: Feldmangale, P.A.
20090118772 - Polyaxial bone anchor with increased angulation: Embodiments of a bone anchoring systems are disclosed. In one such embodiment, there is disclosed a bone anchoring system, comprising a bone anchor having a distal end portion adapted to engage a bone and a proximal end portion, a head coupled to the proximal end portion wherein the head is... Agent: Carr LLP (ist)
20090118773 - Minimal thickness bone plate locking mechanism: A locking fastener for use with a bone plate. The fastener has threads on its shank to engage bone and threads on its head to engage the internal threads of the bone plate. The threads in the head may have a constant major diameter and a tapered minor diameter that... Agent: Diana Houston Smith & Nephew, Inc.
20090118775 - Sternal clamp: A sternal closure clamp for securing and retaining longitudinally divided halves of a sternum, the clamp having a pair of body members each having a pair of engagement members, a pair of guide beam members affixed to a first of the body members and extending through a second of the... Agent: Rogers Towers, P.A.
20090118774 - Sternal closure device with ratchet closure mechanism: A sternal closure device includes an insertion member, a receiving member and a lock assembly. The insertion member includes a first series of laterally disposed teeth-like projections along a first side of the insertion member and the lock assembly includes a spring that is configured to engage the first series... Agent: Crowe And Dunlevy, P.C.
20090118776 - Tissue anchors: Tissue anchors comprise a head and a fastening structure attached to the head. In one example, the fastening structure can include a helical structure disposed about an axis with a first end portion attached to the head and a second end portion including a distal end of the helical structure.... Agent: Pearne & Gordon LLPPrevious industry: Surgery
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