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Surgery January recently filed with US Patent Office 01/12

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01/26/2012 > 98 patent applications in 58 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20120022507 - Delivery system, method, and anchor for medical implant placement: A delivery system and method for placing a medical implant, such as for diagnosing, monitoring and/or treating cardiovascular diseases. The delivery system includes a hollow catheter, an anchor coupled to the catheter, and an implant secured within the anchor. The anchor has a base portion with first and second longitudinal... Agent: Integrated Sensing Systems Inc.

20120022508 - Method and orientation device for marking a predetermined guide path of a medical instrument: In a method for marking a predetermined guide path of a medical instrument in particular a needle, at least one guide path having an angle relative to vertical is indicated by means of at least one adjustable indicator unit such as a light source, and a one-dimensional or two-dimensional inclination... Agent:

20120022509 - Treatment apparatus: A treatment apparatus includes a rotor which is provided between a distal-end treatment section and a flexible tube section and which is rotatable together with the distal-end treatment section in the periaxial directions with respect to the flexible tube section, a rotational operation wire which is configured to be pulled... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120022510 - Thermal surgery safety apparatus and method: A laser surgical method is disclosed including: providing a laser surgical device including a handpiece including: an optical delivery component that transmits laser energy from a source to a treatment volume; and an accelerometer configured to provide information indicative of the position of the handpiece. The method includes using the... Agent: Cynosure, Inc.

20120022511 - Laser modulation for coagulation: An apparatus (100) has a pump module (104) providing pump energy, a resonator (106) and a controller (187). The resonator (106) includes a gain medium (102) receiving the pump energy from the pump module and producing light; reflective surfaces (110, 156, 158, 160, 162) reflecting light produced by the gain... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20120022512 - Device, apparatus, and method of adipose tissue treatment: A method and apparatus for adipose tissue treatment whereby two types of electromagnetic radiation are applied to the volume of tissue to be treated, One type of the electromagnetic radiations being RF and the second type of electromagnetic radiation being visible or infrared radiation.... Agent:

20120022513 - Cryotreatment devices and methods of forming conduction blocks: Cryotreatment devices and methods of ablating tissue within the body are disclosed. A cryotreatment device in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes an elongated member having one or more needle-like ablation tips configured to induce necrosis at a target site within the heart. A cooling fluid... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120022514 - Cryosurgical probe assembly with multiple deployable cryoprobes: The cryosurgical probe assembly with multiple deployable cryoprobes includes a) a housing assembly; b) a plurality of elongated structural support elements, each securely connected at a first end to the housing assembly; c) a tip member securely connected to second ends of the plurality of elongated structural support elements, the... Agent: Endocare, Inc.

20120022515 - Hemostatic applicator and hemostatic module: A hemostatic applicator adapted to stop a bleeding site from bleeding is provided. The hemostatic applicator includes a magnetic part, an anti-adhesion layer and a non-magnetic part. The magnetic part is suitable to be heated to a temperature with a high frequency electromagnetic field. The anti-adhesion layer is formed on... Agent: Industrial Technology Research Institute

20120022516 - Tissue fusion system and method for performing a self test: An energy source of a thermal tissue operating system performs self-tests using simulation heating elements and jaw heating elements in tissue-grasping jaws of a handpiece. Power is supplied to the simulation heating elements and verified, without necessitating connection of a handpiece. Power is also delivered and verified to each of... Agent:

20120022517 - Tissue fusion system and method of performing a functional verification test: A jaw heating element of a handpiece of a thermal tissue operating system is tested on an ongoing basis by supplying a test heater power signal to the jaw heating element between individual thermal tissue operations. Voltage and current through the jaw heating element is sensed and the resistance of... Agent:

20120022518 - Combined modality treatement systems, methods and apparatus for body contouring applications: Systems and methods that enable delivery of radiofrequency energy and cryotherapy applications to adipose tissue for reduction and contouring of body fat are described herein. Aspects of the disclosure are directed to methods for reducing surface irregularities in a surface of a subject's skin resulting from an uneven distribution of... Agent: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.

20120022520 - Methods and systems for endometrial ablation: Methods, systems and devices for endometrial ablation. In accordance with a method, a working end of an RF ablation device is positioned in a patient uterus to contact endometrial tissue, the working end comprising a dielectric wall capable of non-expanded and expanded shapes. A Hall effect sensor carried by the... Agent: Minerva Surgical, Inc.

20120022519 - Surgical cutting and sealing instrument with controlled energy delivery: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. A control unit is configured to regulate the amount of energy delivered to the tissue through the monitoring of... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120022521 - System and method for measuring initial tissue impedance: An electrosurgical system and method are disclosed. The system includes an electrosurgical generator adapted to supply electrosurgical energy to tissue. The generator is further adapted to supply an electrical signal having at least one substantially constant value to tissue to determine initial tissue impedance response. The generator includes sensor circuitry... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120022522 - Volumetrically oscillating plasma flows: Volumetrically oscillating plasma flows, the volume of which controllably expands and contracts with time, are disclosed. Volumetrically oscillating plasma flows are generated by providing an energy with a power density that changes with time to the plasma-generating gas to form a plasma flow. The changes in the energy power density... Agent:

20120022523 - Electrical surgical instrument with optimized power supply and drive: A surgical instrument includes a surgical end effector operable to effect a surgical procedure when powered, an electric motor operationally connected to the end effector, and a power supply electrically connected to and selectively powering the motor to operate the end effector, the power supply having at least one battery... Agent:

20120022524 - Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. The surgical instrument comprises a tissue-cutting element to transect the captured tissue. The rate of distal translation of the... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120022526 - Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. The surgical instrument comprises a tissue-cutting element to transect the captured tissue. The rate of distal translation of the... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120022527 - Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. The surgical instrument comprises a tissue-cutting element to transect the captured tissue. The rate of distal translation of the... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120022528 - Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. The surgical instrument comprises a tissue-cutting element to transect the captured tissue. The rate of distal translation of the... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120022529 - Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. The surgical instrument comprises a tissue-cutting element to transect the captured tissue. The rate of distal translation of the... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120022530 - Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument: A surgical instrument for supplying energy to tissue can comprise a jaw member comprising an electrode, wherein the electrode is configured to supply energy from a power source to captured tissue. The surgical instrument comprises a tissue-cutting element to transect the captured tissue. The surgical instrument may have a indicator... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120022525 - Electrosurgical instrument with separate closure and cutting members: In various embodiments, a surgical instrument is provided that may comprise an end effector for performing a surgical procedure on tissue, for example. The end effector may comprise a pair of jaws, a closure beam, and a cutting member. The closure beam and the cutting member may be releasably coupled... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120022531 - Material layer and electrosurgical system for electrosurgical tissue fusion: A biocompatible material layer for use as an intermediary layer between body tissue surfaces to be fused in a body tissue fusion, wherein the material layer includes two sides opposite to one another, wherein the material layer is configured so that it provides portions with comparatively higher electrical resistance and... Agent: Celon Ag Medical Instruments

20120022532 - Rotary tissue sealer and divider: A surgical instrument includes an end effector assembly defining a feed-in side. The end effector assembly includes first and second rotatable gear members positioned adjacent one another to define a gap therebetween. When the first and second gear members are rotated, tissue positioned adjacent the feed-in side of the end... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120022534 - Intramedullary arthrodesis nail and method of use: A drill guide is provided for assisting in the placement of an intramedullary nail including a distal nail portion and a proximal nail portion that can be connected to each other to attain a rigid configuration. The guide may also be used to measure a depth of a hole drilled... Agent: Skeletal Dynamics LLC

20120022533 - Protection sleeve holding mechanism: A system for inserting an intramedullary nail into a bone includes (a) a handle extending from a proximal end to a distal end configured to couple to an intramedullary nail only in a desired orientation and (b) an aiming device extending from a proximal end to a distal end configured... Agent:

20120022535 - Method for fusing a human or animal joint as well as fusion device and tool set for carrying out the method: The fusion device for fusing a synovial joint of a human or animal patient, in particular a human facet joint, finger joint or toe joint, includes two pin-shaped anchorage portions (1) and arranged therebetween a stabilization portion (2). The anchorage portions (1) include a thermoplastic material which is liquefiable by... Agent: Ww Technology Ag

20120022538 - Flexible tissue removal devices and methods: A device for removing tissue from a patient may include an elongate flexible body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis therebetween, the elongate body having opposed first and second major surfaces with a lateral orientation across the axis, and a plurality of blades distributed laterally... Agent:

20120022536 - Manipulator device for a milling tool for prosthetic surgery operations: A manipulator device for a milling tool for prosthetic surgery operations, comprising a central body and at least attachment members angularly constrained to the central body to achieve the selective attachment/detachment of the central body to/from the milling tool. The attachment members are provided at one end of the central... Agent: Hpf Srl

20120022537 - System and method for providing surgical access to a spine: A system for accessing a spine from a curved postero-lateral approach may include a curved cannula positioned along a curved path from an opening in the skin to a location proximate the spine. A guide member may he first inserted to establish the path between the tissues and fascia, and... Agent:

20120022539 - Milling tool for prosthetic surgery operations: A milling tool for prosthetic surgery operations comprising a cap body, hollow inside, at least a cutting profile, associated with said cap body, and an attachment support positioned and constrained with respect to the cap body and by means of which said cap body can be selectively associated with a... Agent: Hpf Srl

20120022604 - Method and internal apparatus for determining final position of dentate skeleton in orthognathic surgery: A skeletal positioning method and apparatus includes a splint having a main body coupled to a skeletal structure of a patient and a positioning guide having a skeletal footplate, a splint footplate, and an arm coupling the skeletal footplate and the splint footplate, the skeletal footplate including at least one... Agent:

20120022540 - Apparatus and methods for use of expandable members in surgical applications: In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an elongated member, an expandable member coupled to the elongated member, and an outer sheath. The outer sheath, which can be constructed from a different material than the expandable member, is disposed about the expandable member such that an outer surface of the expandable... Agent: Kyphon S&#xc0 Rl

20120022542 - Bone cement system for bone augmentation: A bone cement is provided that includes a solid component and a liquid component. The solid component and liquid component are mixed together to form the bone cement. After completion of the solid and liquid component mixing, the bone cement has an initial viscosity effective for manual application or manual... Agent:

20120022541 - Bone replacement material delivery devices and methods of monitoring bone replacement material: Bone material delivery devices and methods of using the devices are provided. The bone material delivery devices and methods comprise thermochromic material disposed on the exterior of the syringe, the thermochromic material configured to provide an indication of temperature, viscosity, and/or age of bone replacement material in the interior of... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20120022543 - System, method, and apparatus for locating a femoral neck guide wire: A pin alignment guide may be placed on an end of a bone for guiding a pin along a central axis of the bone. The bone has a length extending away from the end of the bone. A body may be configured to overlie the end of the bone. The... Agent: Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20120022544 - Pedicle screw insertion system and method: Improved methods and apparatuses for inserting pedicle screws in accordance with embodiments of the present invention include an image correction algorithm. In various embodiments, an original image of a region of interest of a patient including a pedicle is created with an X-ray emitter and an X-ray detector. Due to... Agent:

20120022545 - Surgical device: The invention relates to a surgical device, the device comprising a probe part and means to generate a Shockwave in the probes sufficient to separate, adjust of attach two or more, parts when the probe is applied to one of the part in vivo, the arrangement being such as to... Agent: Ortho Win Inc.

20120022548 - Dual mode automated intraocular lens injector device: An IOL injector device allows for both powered and manual delivery of an IOL. The injector has a tubular housing. A plunger is longitudinally disposed within the housing and has first and second ends. The first end is disposed towards the front end of the housing. A drive system is... Agent:

20120022547 - Intraocular lens delivery devices and methods of use: Intraocular lens delivery devices and methods of use.... Agent:

20120022549 - Intraocular lens insertion device: An intraocular lens insertion device which dramatically reduces the possibility that a plunger damages an intraocular lens, and which can safely and surely insert an intraocular lens into an eye is provided. An intraocular lens insertion unit comprises a lens disposing part for disposing an intraocular lens, a plunger for... Agent:

20120022546 - Surgical procedures using instrument to boundary spacing information extracted from real-time diagnostic scan data: Specific embodiments of the invention are directed to improved phacoemulsification procedures involving the use of processed non-visual three-dimensional data (i.e. diagnostic scan data) to provide a surgeon with additional guidance (i.e. more than that generally obtained from visual observation of the working area) concerning the distance separating a working end... Agent: Vantage Surgical Systems, Inc.

20120022550 - Filter apparatuses and methods of using same: A filter device for implantation in a body lumen, comprising: a blocking section for filtering structures greater than a specified minimum size; and, an anchoring section for preventing unwanted movement of the filter device, wherein the filter device does not apply expansive radial force on a wall of the body... Agent:

20120022551 - Delivery assembly for percutaneously delivering and deploying an electrode array at a target location, the assembly capable of steering the electrode array to the target location: An electrode array and a delivery assembly. The array is wrapped around a flexible core part of the delivery assembly. A sheath, also part of the delivery assembly, is disposed over the array and core. Steering cables extend through the core or sheath. Once the delivery assembly-encased array is inserted... Agent:

20120022552 - Method for operating a medical robot, a medical robot, and a medical workstation: The invention relates to a method for operating a medical robot (2). The robot (2) includes a robot arm (5) having a plurality of members (7), drives (15) provided for moving the members (7), and an attaching device (9). The robot (2) also has a control device (6) for activating... Agent: Kuka Laboratories Gmbh

20120022553 - Side looking minimally invasive surgery instrument assembly: Two surgical instruments are inserted through a guide tube. The surgical instruments exit at an intermediate position of the guide tube and are oriented to be substantially parallel to the guide tube's longitudinal axis as they exit. A stereoscopic image capture component is on the guide tube between the intermediate... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120022554 - Surgical instrument: a distal tool (9) securely fastened on the drive shaft and rotatively mounted on and in the extension of the distal end of the elongated arm, such that the distal tool has two rotational degree of freedom, distinct and independent of each other, one being around an axis substantially perpendicular... Agent:

20120022556 - Body grooming device: The present invention is concerned with a body grooming device that comprises a head section that comprises a drivable body grooming unit, a hand piece section that comprises a drive, and an attachment section detachably arranged between the head section and the hand piece section. The attachment section comprises a... Agent:

20120022555 - Body grooming device comprising an atomizer unit: The present invention is concerned with a body grooming device such as a hair removal device or a massaging device that comprises a drive, an application material supply for supplying an application material at an application material supply outlet, and an atomizer unit for atomizing the application material, which atomizer... Agent:

20120022557 - Multiple anchor delivery tool: An anchor deployment tool includes a flexible outer tube, within which is positioned a flexible inner shaft, and a rotating deployment element coupled to a distal end of the shaft. The tool is configured to provide an anchor storage area, which initially stores a plurality of tissue anchors, such that... Agent: Valtech Cardio, Ltd.

20120022558 - Tissue ligation devices and methods: Devices and methods for ligating structures where the loop of the ligation element can be temporarily pre-tightened without locking the loop. This pre-tightening without locking allows the loop of the ligation element to be loosened and repositioned, if necessary, before locking the loop around the anatomical structure.... Agent: Mayo Foundation For Medical Education And Research

20120022559 - Methods and devices for placement of an intra-abdominal or intra-thoracic appliance through a natural body orifice: Natural orifice transenteric surgical methods and devices for placing a semi-circumferential appliance around a hollow bodily organ such as the stomach. In one alternative embodiment, such an appliance is placed in order to reduce the inner volume of the stomach.... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120022560 - Endoscopic suturing device with suture management: An endoscopic tissue suturing device may include a suturing head configured to capture tissue at a tissue capture region. A needle can move through the region to place stitches in the tissue. A control handle includes an actuator coupled to the needle. The control handle supports a suture spool about... Agent:

20120022561 - apparatus for treating gerd: The present invention relates to a reflux disease treatment apparatus, comprising two or more movement restriction device segments adapted to form an implantable movement restriction device with an elongated shape that maintains cardia in the correct position. The movement restriction device has proximal and a distal end, wherein the distal... Agent: Milux Holding S.a.

20120022562 - Device to detect internal bleeding: A vascular closure device, comprising an anchor member; a compressible plug; a locking mechanism; and a sensor probe, the sensor probe including a first electrically conductive member having a proximal end and a distal end and a second electrically conductive member having a proximal end and a distal end, the... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120022563 - Angioplasty balloon with conceal wires: A balloon catheter having wires situated between an outer layer and a surface of a balloon is described. Each wire may be confined within an interior space of a pocket or encapsulated within a sheath. The pocket includes the outer layer and the balloon surface. The outer layer and balloon... Agent: Cook Medical Technologies LLC

20120022564 - Devices and methods for arched roof cutters: Disclosed herein are tissue-removal devices and methods for treating spinal diseases using such devices. The tissue-removal devices may comprise a cable and/or extendable elements with a retracted and a deployed configuration. The cable and/or extendable elements may be distally supported and restrained by a support element such that the support... Agent:

20120022565 - Collapsible lancing device: Disclosed herein are embodiments of lancing devices for use with a lancet having a lancet body and a sharp tip covered by a removable cap. One lancing device comprises a housing having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a drawer received within the housing at... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120022567 - Blood lancet device including adjustment of the pricking depth: The invention relates to a blood lancet apparatus (101, 201, 301, 401, 501) with a base member (103, 203, 303, 403, 503) for the arrangement of apparatus components. These comprise a lancet-receiving device for holding at least one lancet element, which is surrounded at least locally by the base member... Agent: Gerresheimer Regensburg Gmbh

20120022566 - Lancet device: A lancet device generally includes a housing having opposing lateral sides extending between a forward end and a rearward end, and a shield coaxially and movably associated with the housing. The housing includes a plurality of longitudinal ribs extending along a portion of at least one of the opposing lateral... Agent: Becton, Dickinson And Company

20120022568 - Instrument for use in bone and method of use: Instrument for creating voids and channels in bone; and for obtaining samples of bone tissue. The instruments are suitable for reducing fractures in bone and for compacting the bone to create a barrier for leakage upon material injection. The instruments may also be used for bone biopsy and for obtaining... Agent: Orthovita, Inc.

20120022569 - Device for gradual dilation and curettage: The subject matter discloses an apparatus for gradually dilating the cervix, comprising an elongated body having sidewalls, at least a portion of said elongated body is located in the cervix and an enlargement mechanism located within the elongated body being in communication with the sidewalls, for generating a movement of... Agent:

20120022570 - Dilation apparatus and method: A surgical dilator and method of dilating an incision in a patient is disclosed. The surgical dilator includes a first dilation member having a distal end and a proximal end. The proximal end includes an aperture having a first retaining pin positioned therein that is exposed on an outside surface... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20120022571 - Expandable surgical instruments and methods of use and fabrication: A system for assessing an intervertebral disc space comprises an elongated catheter with proximal and distal ends and an expandable body attached to the distal end of the elongated catheter. The expandable body includes proximal and distal end portions. The system further comprises a securing mechanism encircling at least one... Agent: Kyphon S&#xc0 Rl

20120022573 - False lumen occluder: An endoluminal device for repairing an aortic dissection and preventing future aortic dissections, the device including a plurality of struts with at least one of the plurality of struts having a mid-strut portion having two or more secondary struts, the device being configured to be secured within a false lumen... Agent:

20120022572 - Occlusion device and method of use: A device for protecting cerebral vessels or brain tissue during treatment of a carotid vessel includes a catheter having a distal portion, a proximal portion and a lumen extending therebetween, the catheter including first and second expandable areas provided over the length of the catheter. The device includes a first... Agent: Reverse Medical Corporation

20120022574 - Adjustable surgical instruments and methods of use and fabrication: A system for assessing an intervertebral disc space comprises an elongated catheter with proximal and distal ends and an expandable body carried at the distal end of the elongated catheter. The expandable body includes a distal cap portion. The system further includes a mandrel extending through the elongated catheter and... Agent: Kyphon S&#xc0 Rl

20120022575 - Laterally expanding surgical dilator: A surgical dilator capable of dilating an incision in a patient is disclosed. The surgical dilator includes a main body having a distal end and a proximal end. A locking cap is connected with the proximal end of the main body that is operable to lock the surgical dilator in... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc. An Indiana Corporation

20120022577 - Medical device with slotted memory metal tube: A series of medical instruments can be made with the use of shape memory tube with a transformation temperature that is above or below the ambient temperature. In the first case, the material behaves with the shape memory effect and in the second case the behavior is superelastic. The wall... Agent: Acacia Patent Acquisition LLC

20120022576 - Revascularization devices: Systems, methods, and devices for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke that provide immediate blood flow restoration to a vessel occluded by a clot and, after reestablishing blood flow, address the clot itself. Immediate blood flow restoration advantageously can facilitate natural lysis of the clot and also can reduce or... Agent: Mindframe, Inc.

20120022579 - Devices and methods for treating venous diseases: The present invention relates generally to a medical device and method of use, and more specifically to a method and apparatus with coaxial components used to treat venous diseases. The apparatus according to various embodiments operates as an inferior vena cava filter, a clot puller, a clot shredder, and as... Agent:

20120022578 - Frame-based vena cava filter: A filter device for capturing thrombi in a body vessel of a patient is disclosed. The device comprises first and second portions, each comprising a wire formed into a zig-zag configuration. The configuration comprises a series of straight sections and a plurality of bends connected to the straight sections. The... Agent: Cook Medical Technologies LLC

20120022580 - Medical device removal system: A medical device removal system includes a vessel filter repositioning or removal device to remove and/or reposition a medical device, such as a vessel filter. The system includes a gripper to grip a medical device that is located within a body vessel, and a detector, linked to the gripper, to... Agent: C. R. Bard, Inc.

20120022581 - Stretch resistant therapeutic device: A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to... Agent: Micrus Corporation

20120022582 - Nasal dilator: A nasal dilator that includes an upper resilient member for dilating the nasal valve and a lower resilient member for dilating the nostrils. The upper resilient member and lower resilient member may be attached to one another by a flexible substrate having a middle portion that is narrower in length... Agent: Innovative Medical Equipment, LLC

20120022583 - Surgical tool with crossbar lever: A crossbar lever of a surgical tool has a bridge portion which extends forward and a transverse portion. The bridge portion is retained between the second and third fingers of the surgeon's hand, and this retention establishes greater control and stability of the surgical tool. The crossbar lever pivots relative... Agent:

20120022584 - Jaw movement mechanism and method for a surgical tool: A jaw movement mechanism for surgical tools has improved mechanical efficiency and other advantages. The jaw movement mechanism controls the orientation and position of a movable jaw relative to a fixed jaw through a range of movement of the movable jaw. The jaws maintain a parallel orientation throughout a portion... Agent:

20120022587 - Systems and methods for treating septal defects: A system for treating a septal defect having an implantable treatment apparatus and devices for delivering the implantable treatment apparatus and methods for treating a septal defect are provided. The implantable treatment apparatus is preferably implantable through a septal wall or portion thereof The treatment system can include a flexible... Agent:

20120022586 - Tissue closure device and method: A device having a plurality of anchors configured to be driven into a tissue, and a closure element extending between the anchors and configured to urge the anchors from a first configuration in which the anchors are a first distance from each other, toward a second configuration in which the... Agent:

20120022585 - Vascular closure device with biodegradable anchor: This disclosure pertains to controllably bioabsorbable devices, particularly anchors for vascular closure plugs and to methods of use thereof.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120022588 - Method for securing sutures to bones: A method for securing a repair, such as a rotator cuff repair and includes an anchor placed within a hole formed in bone and a cannulated screw inserted into the hole after the anchor has been inserted to effectuate a firm and secure connection of tissue to bone, particularly when... Agent:

20120022589 - Pacifier: A sanitary product includes a substrate having a binder, at least one of a cross-linking agent and a curing agent, and an active ingredient.... Agent:

20120022590 - Injectable flexible interspinous process device system: An injectable, flexible interspinous process device and a delivery system. The interspinous process device is flexible and can be fillable in situ with a desired amount of biocompatible material. The interspinous process device has a container portion. A support element, such as a self-expanding mesh, is used in conjunction with... Agent: Kyphon S&#xc0 Rl

20120022592 - Bone fixing system and method of use: A bone fixing system useful for holding bone in position, and a method for installing the same are disclosed. The ends of a conformable ligature are passed around bones, bone grafts, tendons, plates, rods, fasteners, or other anatomical or implanted structures, and the like to form a loop extending from... Agent:

20120022591 - Vertebral fixing system: A vertebral fixing system comprising a connecting part with two longitudinal elements coupled to each other at a first end and having mutually facing recesses for receiving a rod. A portion of a flexible ligature extends through orifices of the two longitudinal elements to define a loop opposite two free... Agent:

20120022594 - Minimally invasive surgical tower access devices and related methods: Devices and methods are provided for assisting in spinal stabilization. An access device is provided that includes an outer sleeve, inner sleeve, spring latch and lock nut. The inner sleeve includes compressible grasping elements. The access device can be coupled to a screw head by sliding the outer sleeve relative... Agent: Spinal Usa LLC

20120022593 - Semi-dynamic fixation plate system: A fixation plate system includes a plate with elongated slots, and first and second anchors for attaching the plate to vertebrae. The first and second anchors have different head configurations that are selected by the surgeon to control how settlement occurs at each fused segment. The head of the first... Agent: Aesculap Implant Systems, LLC

20120022595 - Sacral-iliac stabilization system: The present invention provides a sacral-iliac plate having an iliac portion with a first screw hole for receiving a first fastener to secure the iliac portion to the iliac bone. A sacral portion integrated monolithically with the iliac portion is also provided with a second and third screw holes for... Agent:

20120022596 - Vertebral fixing system: Embodiments disclosed herein provide a method of placing a vertebral fixing system on a vertebra. The vertebral fixing system comprises a connecting part with members forming a space into which a rod may be inserted. The members are moveable relative to each other. A portion of a ligature may be... Agent:

20120022599 - Minimally invasive spinal fixation guide systems and methods: Methods and devices that utilize segmental fixation between several adjacent vertebrae, thus allowing each vertebrae to be adjusted independently, are provided. In general, the device includes a spinal anchoring element that is adapted to seat at least one spinal fixation element, and a closure mechanism that is adapted to mate... Agent: Depuy Spine, Inc.

20120022597 - Minimally invasive surgical system: A multi-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure and associated instruments are disclosed. First, the surgical site is prepared. After preparation, the bone screws or anchors are attached to the bone. Subsequent to insertion of the screws, a rod or connecting member is positioned within the yoke portion of the bone screw.... Agent:

20120022598 - Spinal fixation system: A method for immobilizing a spine. The method includes the steps of implanting at least one low profile screw assembly into a first portion of the spine, implanting at least one bone screw assembly that is not a low profile screw into a second portion of the spine and connecting... Agent: K2m, Inc.

20120022600 - Anterior transpedicular screw-and-plate system: An anterior transpedicular bone fixation device (100) includes a first plate (105) having at least one fastener hole (120a) configured to receive at least a portion of a first bone fastener and a first rotatable eccentric member (112). The first eccentric member has a first aperture (106) for receiving at... Agent: Synthes Usa, LLC

20120022601 - Apparatus for bracing vertebrae: An apparatus for bracing a plurality of vertebrae of the human spine has at least two pedicle screws, each having an annular head with an opening therewithin and including a slot therewithin. Each slot extends into the corresponding opening and includes internal threaded portions. A securing screw to be screwed... Agent: Stryker Trauma Gmbh

20120022602 - Bone instrumentation cover or shield: A bone instrumentation cover or shield has a hollow cap or casing for encapsulating projecting parts of instrumentation installed in a bone, and a fastener portion for securing it to the bone or to parts of the instrumentation. The instrumentation shield or cover is made of medically safe material, in... Agent:

20120022603 - Spinal facet compression screw with variable pitch thread zones and buttress head: A surgical implant comprising a screw element having a screw head, a first thread having a first thread pitch, a second thread having a second thread pitch and an intermediate portion coupling the first and second thread pitches with the first and second thread pitches being different. The implant has... Agent: X-spine Systems, Inc.

  
01/19/2012 > 80 patent applications in 43 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20120016349 - Hybrid ophthalmic interface apparatus and method of interfacing a surgical laser with an eye: Apparatus and methods are provided for interfacing a surgical laser with an eye using a patient interface device that minimizes aberrations through a combination of a contact lens surface positioning and a liquid medium between an anterior surface of the eye and the contact lens surface.... Agent: Amo Development, LLC.

20120016350 - Lenticular refractive surgery of presbyopia, other refractive errors, and cataract retardation: Methods for the creation of microspheres treat the clear, intact crystalline lens of the eye with energy pulses, such as from lasers, for the purpose of correcting presbyopia, other refractive errors, and for the retardation and prevention of cataracts. Microsphere formation in non-contiguous patterns or in contiguous volumes works to... Agent: Second Sight Laser Technologies, Inc.

20120016353 - Apparatus and method for removing a lenticle from the cornea: An apparatus and method for removing a lenticle from the cornea. For this purpose, a device for liquefying the lenticle and a device for suctioning off the resulting fluid are provided. The lenticle is liquefied and the resulting fluid is then suctioned off.... Agent: Carl Zeiss Meditec Ag

20120016351 - Device and method for producing control data for the surgical correction of defective eye vision: A device for producing control data for a laser device for the surgical correction of defective vision. The device produces the control data such that the laser emits the laser radiation such that a volume in the cornea is isolated. The device calculates a radius of curvature RCV* to determine... Agent: Carl Zeiss Meditec Ag

20120016352 - Ophthalmologic laser system: An ophthalmological laser system for photodisruptive irradiation of ocular tissue, including a crystalline lens or a cornea. The system includes an ultra-short pulse laser, the radiation of which is focusable as illumination light via an illumination beam path including a scanner unit and focusing optics. A control unit is programmed... Agent: Carl Zeiss Meditec Ag

20120016354 - Device, apparatus, and method of adipose tissue treatment: An improved procedure for performing liposuction is obtained by utilizing a needle that includes a laser source conductor with one end of the needle being configured for insertion into a target adipose skin volume and the other end being coupled to a laser source. The needle may include one or... Agent:

20120016355 - System and method for regulating coolant flow through a catheter and an expansion element of a cryoablation system: A cryoablation system includes a catheter for insertion into patient vasculature. The catheter includes a coolant transfer tube configured to receive and transfer coolant from a coolant source to an expansion element coupled to a distal portion of the catheter. The expansion element is in fluid communication with the coolant... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120016356 - Apparatus and method for the treatment of dermatological diseases or conditions: The invention provides methods and apparatus for the treatment of dermatological conditions, including, for example, viral infections, microbial infections, cancers, dermatological conditions and particularly infections of the skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).... Agent: Emblation Microwave

20120016357 - Methods and systems for focused bipolar tissue ablation: Large tissue regions are treated using pairs of electrode arrays. The electrode arrays may be concave and disposed in tissue so that their concave portions are opposed to each other. Axial conductors may be provided extending from the arrays and toward each other in order to increase the heating of... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120016358 - Systems, assemblies, and methods for treating a bronchial tree: Systems, assemblies, and methods to treat pulmonary diseases are used to decrease nervous system input to distal regions of the bronchial tree within the lungs. Treatment systems damage nerve tissue to temporarily or permanently decrease nervous system input. The treatment systems are capable of heating nerve tissue, cooling the nerve... Agent: Innovative Pulmonary Solutions, Inc.

20120016359 - Hydraulic conductivity monitoring to initiate tissue division: A method for performing an electrosurgical procedure at a surgical site on a patient includes continually sensing electrical and physical properties proximate the surgical site that includes acquiring readings of tissue electrical impedance with respect to time at the surgical site; identifying the minima and maxima of the impedance readings... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120016363 - Delivery devices with coolable energy emitting assemblies: Systems, delivery devices, and methods to treat to ablate, damage, or otherwise affect tissue. The treatment systems are capable of delivering a coolable ablation assembly that ablates targeted tissue without damaging non-targeted tissue. The coolable ablation assembly damages nerve tissue to temporarily or permanently decrease nervous system input.... Agent: Innovative Pulmonary Solutions, Inc.

20120016364 - Delivery devices with coolable energy emitting assemblies: Systems, delivery devices, and methods to treat to ablate, damage, or otherwise affect tissue. The treatment systems are capable of delivering a coolable ablation assembly that ablates targeted tissue without damaging non-targeted tissue. The coolable ablation assembly damages nerve tissue to temporarily or permanently decrease nervous system input.... Agent: Innovative Pulmonary Solutions, Inc.

20120016361 - Deposit ablation within and external to circulatory systems: Systems and methods of electrical stimulation for intra and extra vascular treatment of a subject are provided. The device includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a controller. The controller is configured to apply an electrical current between the first and second electrodes. The electrical current follows a path... Agent:

20120016360 - Dual antenna assembly with user-controlled phase shifting: An electrosurgical ablation system includes an energy source adapted to supply energy to an energy delivery device. The energy delivery device includes a handle assembly configured to couple a pair of antennas extending from a distal end thereof to the energy source for application of energy to tissue. A power... Agent: Vivant Medical, Inc.

20120016362 - Surgical instrument including mems devices: Surgical instruments are disclosed that are couplable to or have an end effector or a disposable loading unit with an end effector, and at least one micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) device operatively connected to the surgical instrument for at least one of sensing a condition, measuring a parameter and controlling the... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120016365 - Bone plate system and method for spine stabilization: In an embodiment, a bone plating system may include a plate having end holes, each extending from an upper surface to a lower surface of the plate and comprising an inner surface having a curved contour. The bone plating system may include bone fasteners, each being sized to be placed... Agent:

20120016366 - Proximal radius locking plate: The invention provides a proximal radius locking plate having a body comprising an elongate shaft portion and a head portion. The plate may have a gentle S-shape and a proximal twist. The shaft portion is adapted for receiving bone screws to fix the bone plate to a shaft of the... Agent:

20120016367 - Compliant device and method for cutting an intervertebral disc: Devices for cutting an intervertebral disc that may include an elongated shape with a distal end and a proximal end and being sized for insertion into an intervertebral space. The devices may include a number of articulating segments that are movably connected together to be shaped in a variety of... Agent: Wasaw Orthopedic Inc.

20120016368 - Flexible tissue rasp: Methods and devices are described for modifying tissue in a spine of a patient to treat or alleviate spinal stenosis. In one embodiment, a method may include: advancing at least a distal portion of an elongate tissue modification device into an epidural space and between target tissue and non-target tissue... Agent:

20120016428 - Bunion correction method and device: In one aspect of the invention, a method includes locating an anchor attachment point on a first elongated bone with a first bone axis, locating a second anchor attachment point on a second elongated bone with a second bone axis, the second bone axis being misaligned relative to the first... Agent: Mtp Solutions, LLC

20120016427 - Osteosynthesis device: An osteosynthesis device is provided. The device includes a first screw for attaching a first holding base to a first section of a bone, a second screw for attaching a second holding base to a second section of the bone, and a rigid linking element mutually connecting the first and... Agent: Ostesys

20120016370 - Medical implant: A medical assembly includes an implant and an envelope at least partially enclosing a portion of the implant. The envelope may include a tongue to protect the implant, a scaffold to provide integrity to the envelope, a tab access to ease envelope withdrawal, and/or one or more discontinuities to ease... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120016369 - Methods and apparatus for treating vertebral fractures: Methods and apparatus for treating bones, including, in one or more embodiments, methods and apparatus for treatment of vertebral fractures that include a containment assembly for cement containment and/or a balloon assembly for maintaining vertebral height. A containment assembly comprising a containment jacket adapted to be deployed inside bone; and... Agent:

20120016371 - Methods and apparatus for treating vertebral fractures: Methods and apparatus for treating bones, including, in one or more embodiments, methods and apparatus for treatment of vertebral fractures that include a containment assembly for cement containment and/or a balloon assembly for maintaining vertebral height. A containment assembly comprising a containment jacket adapted to be deployed inside bone; and... Agent:

20120016373 - Device to assist with the placement of screws in bone tissue and instrument applying said device, in particular for performing osteosynthesis of bone fragments: A device to assist with the placement of screws in bone tissue, characterised in that said device includes an elongate hollow body comprising: a proximal portion enabling the attachment thereof to any rotating device, a distal portion provided with a milling cutter for making the recess for receiving the screw... Agent: Biotech International (societe Par Actions Simplif Iee)

20120016372 - Facet joint replacement instruments and methods: A facet joint replacement system includes an inferior implant with an inferior articular surface, a superior implant with a superior articular surface, and an optional crossbar. The inferior implant and the superior implant are each polyaxially adjustably connected to fixation elements which anchor the implants to adjacent vertebrae. The optional... Agent: Facet Solutions, Inc.

20120016375 - Devices and methods for storing, loading, and delivering an intraocular lens: A cartridge for delivering an intraocular lens into the eye of a subject that comprises a body disposed along a longitudinal axis having a distal end and a proximal end, and a tapered lumen disposed along the longitudinal axis having an aperture at the distal end of the body. The... Agent: Abbott Medical Optics Inc.

20120016374 - Intraocular lens injector: Disclosed herein is an intraocular lens injector for inserting an intraocular lens into an eye, the intraocular lens injector including: a cylindrical cylinder, into which a plunger for passing the intraocular lens to be guided into the eye is inserted; a connection block having a C-shaped longitudinal cross-section and integrally... Agent: Ret Co., Ltd.

20120016376 - Valve loader method, system, and apparatus: A valve loading system is provided that uses a valve loader to transfer a valve or other medical device from a storage cartridge into a deployment catheter. The valve or other medical device can be implanted or positioned within a patient using the catheter after the valve or other medical... Agent: Spiration, Inc.

20120016378 - Systems and methods for radial steering of electrode arrays: A device for brain stimulation includes a lead having a longitudinal surface, a proximal end and a distal end. A plurality of electrodes are disposed along the longitudinal surface of the lead near the distal end of the lead. At least one marker is disposed on the longitudinal surface of... Agent: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation

20120016377 - Tunneling tool for implantable leads: A tunneling tool for creating a pathway for implanting a therapy delivery element in a living body. The tunneling tool includes a malleable elongated shaft having a distal end. A sheath having a lumen is slidably positioned over a portion of the shaft. A primary handle secured to proximal end... Agent: Greatbatch Ltd.

20120016380 - Skin abrasion system and method: A system and method for rejuvenating skin through ablation using a handheld device (200) having a removable treatment component (213) with an abrasive material on one surface of the component which surface is on a portion of the treatment component (213) configured to conform to a skin surface. The system... Agent:

20120016379 - Skin treating device: A hand held device for removing hard skin from calluses comprises a handle (1) and a cutting head (2) having a base plate (8), and several tubular cutting elements (10) inclined so that their cutting edges lie in inclined planes at an angle of 5° to 45° to a skin... Agent: Lrc Products Limited

20120016381 - Transparent depilatory article: A depilatory article comprising a substrate and a depilatory composition comprising a keratin reducing agent and being in physical contact with the substrate, preferably forming a coated or impregnated region of the substrate wherein at least a portion of the substrate is transparent.... Agent:

20120016382 - Needle holder and suture cutter surgical instrument: A surgical instrument having the dual functions of gripping a suture needle and cutting a suture. The instrument performs one function when the handles are pivoted together and the other function when the handles are pivoted apart. The instrument also provides for a precise suture tail length when the suture... Agent:

20120016383 - Method and apparatus for closing an opening in thick, moving tissue: A device for placing one or more sutures through a section of tissue, especially a section of thick and/or moving tissue such as the wall of a beating heart. The device includes a tissue welting tip having a trough for forming a welt in a tissue section, an alignment guide... Agent: Lsi Solutions, Inc.

20120016384 - Wound closure system: A wound closure system and a method of reducing the size of an open wound are disclosed. A suture line is sutured through body tissue adjacent an open wound, the suture line sutured so as to pass into the body tissue at an entry point and exit at an exit... Agent:

20120016385 - Method for suturing: A suture insertion device (120) includes a shaft (124), which is adapted to be inserted into a body cavity (154). First and second needles (160) hold respective first and second ends of a suture thread (122). First and second needle guides (130) are attached to the shaft and respectively hold... Agent: Neatstitch Ltd.

20120016386 - Apparatus for tissue repair: An apparatus for tissue repair includes first and second fixation members configured to secure tissue together, a flexible coupling member coupling the first and second fixation members, the flexible coupling member having two terminal ends, one of the two terminal ends terminating adjacent one of the first and second fixation... Agent: Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20120016387 - Surgical threading device and method for using same: A threading device assembly for use in plastic surgery that includes a first elongated rod having first and second opposite ends, a second elongated rod having first and second opposite ends, and a suture having first and second opposite ends. The first end of the suture is secured to the... Agent: Implicitcare, LLC

20120016390 - Bioadhesive compounds and methods of synthesis and use: The invention describes new synthetic medical adhesives and antifouling coatings which exploit the key components of natural marine mussel adhesive proteins.... Agent: Knc Ner Acquisition Sub, Inc.

20120016388 - Implantable plate for reconstruction of walls: The implantable plate for wall reconstruction comprises a textile support having anti-migratory protuberances on at least one face. If the support comprises thermoplastic fibres or filaments, each protuberance is formed with a conical configuration, by swaging, inside a peripheral zone in which said fibres or filaments are thermowelded, especially by... Agent: Textile Hi-tec (t.h.t.)

20120016391 - Medical devices with detachable pivotable jaws: Medical systems, devices and methods are provided for engaging tissue, e.g. for clipping tissue, closing a perforation or performing hemostasis. Generally, the medical system including a housing, first and second jaws rotatable relative to the housing, a driver, and an elongate drive wire. The elongate drive wire may be disconnected... Agent: Cook Medical Technologies LLC

20120016389 - Method of performing transgastric ventral hernia repair and tissue anchors and deployment devices therefor: A transluminal approach through a natural body cavity to repair a ventral hernia is provided. In a transgastric approach, the abdominal cavity is accessed via an incision through a wall of the digestive tract. A system for the deployment of tissue anchors to anchor a tissue reinforcing mesh to repair... Agent: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.

20120016393 - Instrumentation and method for performing a multistage gastric bypass: t

20120016392 - Method for treating morbid obesity: A method for treating morbid obesity in a body of a mammal having a gastrointestinal tract extending through a stomach and a pyloric sphincter and a wall forming the stomach and pyloric sphincter. At least one implant is formed in the wall in the vicinity of the pyloric sphincter to... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120016395 - High capacity debulking catheter with distal driven cutting wheel: The present invention is an atherectomy catheter with a rotary cutting knife that is driven from the distal (nose) or side (circumference) direction. The catheter collects plaque shavings in a hollow collection chamber mounted in between the rotary cutting knife and the main catheter tubing. In contrast to prior art... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120016394 - Method of performing a surgical procedure: A method for performing a cholecystectomy procedure comprises providing an access device having a plurality of ports for reception of instruments. An incision is made in the abdomen of a patient and the access device is mounted to provide access through the incision. A first grasper device is inserted through... Agent:

20120016396 - 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: Micrus Endovascular Corporation

20120016397 - Method and apparatus for endoscopic ligament release: The invention pertains to a method, apparatus, and system for cutting anatomic members, such as ligaments, in surgical procedures such as carpal tunnel release, plantar fasciotomy, gastroc release, cubital tunnel release, and tarsal tunnel release. The apparatus includes a retrograde knife and a guide tool for guiding the knife and... Agent: Core Essence Orthopaedics, Inc.

20120016398 - Carpal tunnel release tool: A carpal tunnel release tool and methods for using the same are disclosed. Embodiments of the carpal tunnel release tool include a guide with an angled track and a knife that fits into and follows the angled track. In one embodiment, the knife is retracted into the guide as it... Agent:

20120016399 - Surgical apparatus: A single use morsellator utilizes a disposable housing, cutting tube, battery and motor in combination with an attached and adjustable trocar to enable the surgeon to selectively utilize the cutting edge of the tube. The battery and control circuit are completely contained within the integral morsellator such that no separate... Agent:

20120016400 - Systems and methods for cable-based tissue removal: Systems and methods for treating disc herniation include surgical and endoscopic access and removal of disc tissue. The tissue removal devices that may be used include flexible elongate members, such as a cable, that may be inserted into a vertebral disc and rotated to pulverize the disc material and facilitate... Agent:

20120016401 - Surgical sliding shaft instrument and sliding shaft: In order to improve a sliding shaft for a surgical sliding shaft instrument, wherein the sliding shaft comprises a first shaft part and a second shaft part which are arranged such as to be displaceable relative to each other and also a guidance device for guiding a movement of the... Agent: Aesculap Ag

20120016402 - Surgical sliding shaft instrument and sliding shaft: In order to improve a sliding shaft for a surgical sliding shaft instrument, wherein the sliding shaft defines a longitudinal direction and comprises a first shaft part and a second shaft part which are arranged such that they are displaceable relative to each other, wherein said first shaft part carries... Agent: Aesculap Ag

20120016403 - Cutting balloon catheter having flexible atherotomes: A cutting balloon catheter and method of making and using the same. The cutting balloon catheter may include a catheter shaft having a balloon coupled thereto. One or more cutting members or blades may be coupled to the balloon. The cutting members may configured to be more flexible.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120016404 - Vertebra filler: The present invention offers two programs of a filler for spine, both two include a catheter and a catheter holder for fastening the catheter, there is a guide pin inside of the catheter, and the guide pin is fastened on the guide pin holder, a sealed or ventilate feed bag... Agent:

20120016406 - Flow restoration methods: Systems, methods, and devices for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke that provide immediate blood flow restoration to a vessel occluded by a clot and, after reestablishing blood flow, address the clot itself. Immediate blood flow restoration advantageously can facilitate natural lysis of the clot and also can reduce or... Agent: Mindframe, Inc.

20120016405 - Medical device balloons containing thermoplastic elastomers: A dilatation balloon, the dilatation balloon having a multilayer structure wherein the multilayer structure comprises a thermoplastic elastomer coextruded with a non-compliant structural polymer, the thermoplastic elastomer as an outer layer and the non-compliant structural material is an inner layer.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120016408 - Cannula with associated filter and methods of use during cardiac surgery: Devices and methods for filtering blood. The devices generally comprise a mesh for filtering blood flowing within a blood vessel, particularly within an artery such as the aorta, a structure adapted to open and close the mesh within the blood vessel, and a means to actuate the structure. The methods... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20120016407 - Intravascular thrombus capturing instrument: An intravascular thrombus capturing instrument is disclosed comprising a wire body inserted into a catheter and retractable from the tip of the catheter, and a thrombus capturing part fitted at the tip of the wire body. The thrombus capturing part includes a fixed section fitted at the tip of the... Agent: Wellfind Co., Ltd.

20120016411 - Apical closure system: Aspects of the present invention provide apparatuses and methods for closing an apical hole in a heart of a subject, including a hole-closure device that includes a tissue-attachment portion configured to attach to cardiac tissue around the apical hole, and a collapsible portion coupled to the tissue-attachment portion and configured... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.

20120016410 - Biopsy incision closure device: A biopsy incision closure device comprises a base having a frame incorporated therein. Together, the base and frame define an opening for performing a biopsy incision when the device is placed over a tissue surface. The base is typically composed of an elastomeric material and the frame comprises resilient inelastic... Agent: Zipline Medical, Inc.

20120016412 - Enteric fistula treatment devices: Disclosed herein is an implantable fistula closure device. The device may include an expandable longitudinally segmented body including a proximal end and a distal end. The segmented body may further include a plurality of porous bodies and a connecting member operably joining together the plurality of porous bodies. The plurality... Agent: Curaseal Inc.

20120016409 - Systems and methods for facilitating closure of bodily openings: The present embodiments provide a system for facilitating closure of a bodily opening. In one embodiment, the system comprises an anchor having a deployed state dimensioned for engaging tissue surrounding the opening, a first tether coupled to the anchor and extending proximally therefrom, and a graft member comprising a first... Agent:

20120016413 - Surgical fastening devices comprising rivets: An end-effector assembly is configured to be attached to a surgical instrument. The end-effector assembly comprises a first jaw comprising an electrode, a second jaw comprising a rivet cavity, and a rivet. At least one of the first jaw and the second jaw is movable relative to the other jaw.... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120016414 - System and method for attaching soft tissue to bone: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for securing soft tissue to a rigid material such as bone. A bone anchor is described that comprises a base and a top such that suture material may be compressed between surfaces on the base and top to secure the suture to the anchor.... Agent: Kfx Medical Corporation

20120016415 - System and method for attaching soft tissue to bone: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for securing soft tissue to a rigid material such as bone. A bone anchor is described that comprises a base and a top such that suture material may be compressed between surfaces on the base and top to secure the suture to the anchor.... Agent: Kfx Medical Corporation

20120016416 - Teething glove: A teething glove includes a body member having upper and lower ends. A wrist attachment member is connected to the lower end of the body member and includes an elongate configuration that is extendable about a user's wrist and length adjustable. A pair of finger sleeves is attached to the... Agent:

20120016417 - Flexing links for intervertebral stabilization: A flexing link assembly and methods for implanting such an assembly in a patient are disclosed herein. The flexing link assembly includes a pair of links that are movably connected together adjacent to an intermediate portion of each link. The connection between the links allows relative movement between the links.... Agent: Kyphon Sarl

20120016419 - Dynamic inter-spinous process spacer: An interspinous process spacer and method of implantation for distraction of the vertebra including an expandable member, a self sealing percutaneous access port in fluid engagement with the expandable member and an anchor member secured to and in fluid engagement with said tubular member. The anchor member may be an... Agent:

20120016418 - Interspinous fixation implant: An implantable assembly for stabilization of two adjacent spinous processes in a spinal column includes an elongated first component extending along a first axis, an elongated second component extending along a second axis, a hub spacer, means for inserting and securing the hub spacer transversely through the interspinous ligament separating... Agent: Spinefrontier Inc

20120016420 - Devices, systems, and methods for inter-transverse process dynamic stabilization: Systems and methods are positioned between left and right transverse processes of adjacent vertebrae in a spine to provide dynamic inter-transverse process distraction and stabilization and indirect expansion of both anterior and posterior spaces of the spine. The systems and methods employ a left support component sized and configured to... Agent:

20120016421 - Spinal stabilization system with rigid and flexible elements: A spinal stabilization system generally comprises first and second anchor members configured to be secured to first and second vertebrae within a patient's body, a flexible element secured to the first anchor member, and a rigid element secured to the second anchor member. An end portion of the rigid element... Agent: Zimmer Spine, Inc.

20120016423 - System and method for wire-guided pedicle screw stabilization of spinal vertebrae: An improved system and method for positioning screws and rods to immobilize bones is provided. Specifically, the system and method is optimal for performing transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) and other interbody fusions in the spine. The system involves pedicle screws detachably connected to wires that guide rods down to... Agent:

20120016422 - Systems and methods for pedicle screw stabilization of spinal vertebrae: The present application is directed to various spinal stabilization systems. The systems can include one or more guiding elements attached to screw members to assist in guiding rod implants and tools to desired locations within a patient. The guiding elements can include a plurality of wires, blades, or tabs. The... Agent:

20120016424 - Extensions for spinal anchors: Systems and methods for positioning a connecting member adjacent the spinal column include at least one anchor assembly having an anchor engageable to bony structure and a receiver for receiving the connecting member. An extension member is engaged to the receiver and defines a pathway that extends proximally from the... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20120016425 - Multiplanar bone anchor system: The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of a spinal fixation procedure. A bone anchor is provided. The anchor can include a bone fastener. The bone fastener can include a head and a second end adapted to engage an... Agent: Ebi, LLC

20120016426 - Hallux abducto valgus assemblies: Disclosed is an assembly for in vivo alignment of two or more bones in a living body. The assembly comprises a cannulated sleeve (132) configured to secure in a bore (133) in a first bone, a mesh body (136) having a proximal arm configured to be engaged by the cannulated... Agent: Bonfix Ltd.

  
01/12/2012 > 70 patent applications in 46 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20120010601 - Orthopedic cement and use of same in radiation therapy: A method of treating diseased tissue in a patient, the diseased tissue being proximate a hardened previously implanted bone cement including relatively high atomic number elements in a patient. The method includes generating a photon beam and directing the generated photon beam into the patient in a direction such that... Agent: Vanderbilt University

20120010602 - Small gauge surgical instrument with support device: A small gauge surgical instrument assembly is shown with advantages such as diminished “play” at the tip. A surgical instrument assembly is also shown with support along a length of the instrument that can be selected by the surgeon. In particular, very small and flexible instruments for vitreous surgery are... Agent:

20120010603 - Tissue optical clearing devices for subsurface light-induced phase-change and method of use: Tissue optical clearing devices for subsurface photodisruption and methods of use generally comprise an energy source in conjunction with mechanical optical clearing for the creation of high precision surface and subsurface photodisruption and/or photoablation.... Agent: Dermalucent, LLC

20120010604 - Methods for ultrasonic tissue sensing and feedback: An ultrasonic surgical instrument is presented including an ultrasonic transmission member having a proximal end and a distal end, and a handle member located at the proximal end of the transmission member. The ultrasonic surgical instrument also includes an end effector assembly located at the distal end of the transmission... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120010605 - Cryosurgical catheter: A cryogenic catheter includes an outer flexible member having at least one cryogenic fluid path through the flexible member. The at least one fluid path is defined by a plurality of flexible members disposed within the outer flexible member.... Agent: Medtronic Cryocath Lp

20120010606 - Home use device and method for treating skin conditions: Skin tissue is subjected to thermal energy that creates heating of the area being treated causing pores and follicle ducts to open so that excess oil, sebum, fatty deposits, or other unwanted deposits can be removed. A vacuum device is used to direct suction to the treated skin area helping... Agent:

20120010607 - Energy based devices and methods for treatment of patent foramen ovale: Methods, devices and systems for treating patent foramen ovale (PFO) involve advancing a catheter device to a position in a heart for treating a PFO, bringing tissues adjacent the PFO at least partially together, and applying energy to the tissues to substantially close the PFO acutely. Catheter devices generally include... Agent: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha

20120010608 - Energy based devices and methods for treatment of patent foramen ovale: Methods and apparatus for treatment of patent foramen ovale (PFO) provide for applying energy to tissues adjacent the PFO with a catheter device to substantially close the PFO acutely. Apparatus generally includes a catheter device having at least one energy transmission member at or near its distal end configured to... Agent: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha

20120010609 - Systems and methods for creating an effect using microwave energy to specified tissue: Systems, methods and devices for creating an effect using microwave energy to specified tissue are disclosed. A system for the application of microwave energy to a tissue includes a signal generator adapted to generate a microwave signal having predetermined characteristics, an applicator connected to the generator and adapted to apply... Agent: Miramar Labs, Inc.

20120010610 - Polarity control of electrosurgical generator: A method for controlling an electrosurgical generator is contemplated by the present disclosure. The method includes applying an electrosurgical waveform to tissue through an electrode. The electrosurgical waveform includes one or more positive half-cycles one or more negative half-cycles. The method also includes measuring voltage and current of the electrosurgical... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120010612 - Circumferential ablation device assembly: This invention is a circumferential ablation device assembly which is adapted to forming a circumferential conduction block in a pulmonary vein. The assembly includes a circumferential ablation element which is adapted to ablate a circumferential region of tissue along a pulmonary vein wall which circumscribes the pulmonary vein lumen, thereby... Agent: The Regents Of The University Of California

20120010613 - Electrosurgical power control: A method and apparatus include determining a value of a parameter associated with operation of an electrosurgical probe having a particular probe design, and determining whether the value of the parameter is within a range of values that has been predetermined for the particular probe design to indicate that the... Agent: Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20120010611 - Electrosurgical tool cover: A cover for an electrosurgical instrument having a wrist structure and an end effector is provided. The cover includes a hollow elongated structure, which includes a tip cover portion and a base cover portion integrally connected to the tip cover portion. The tip cover portion has a distal end with... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120010614 - Optimal geometries for creating current densities in a bipolar electrode configuration: An end effector assembly for use with an electrosurgical instrument is provided. The end effector assembly has a first jaw member having a first pair of tissue contacting surfaces and an insulator disposed therebetween. The end effector assembly also has a second jaw member that includes a second pair of... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120010615 - Surgical instrument comprising an articulatable end effector: A surgical instrument can comprise a handle and an end effector, wherein the end effector can comprise first and second jaws which can be opened and closed in order to capture tissue therebetween. The surgical instrument can further comprise a shaft extending between the handle and the effector and means... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120010616 - Surgical instrument comprising an articulatable end effector: An electrosurgical instrument can comprise a handle, a shaft, and an end effector, wherein the end effector can be rotatably coupled to the shaft by an articulation joint. The instrument can further comprise a drive member and the articulation joint can comprise flexible support members which can be configured to... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120010618 - Anterior cervical plate with independent spring-loaded locking slides for each screw: An anterior cervical plate and method includes a plurality of retaining slots comprising a first and second hole each adapted to permit bone retaining members to pass partially therethrough; and a platform separating the first hole from the second hole. The plate further comprises a pair of locking slides matingly... Agent: Custom Spine, Inc.

20120010617 - Devices, systems, and methods for acetabulum repair: Systems for repairing acetabulum fractures can include a bone plate that has openings therein and one or more bolts sized to fit through the openings. The bone plate can cooperate with the head portions of the bolts to prevent them from spinning within the holes as screws are attached to... Agent:

20120010619 - Method and apparatus for providing a relative location indication during a surgical procedure: An orthopedic guidewire includes an elongate guidewire body having longitudinally spaced proximal and distal guidewire ends. An engaging feature is located at the distal guidewire end and is configured to selectively engage a bone surface. At least one of a variable diameter and a variable stiffness are along a portion... Agent: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

20120010620 - Methods and surgical kits for minimally-invasive facet joint fusion: Disclosed herein are methods and surgical kits that can be used to fuse facet joints via a minimally invasive procedure (including an arthroscopic or percutaneous procedure). An exemplary method includes creating an incision; locating a facet joint with a distal end of a pin; sliding a substantially hollow drill guide... Agent:

20120010621 - Reaming device: A bone reamer has an ablation device for forming cavities in body tissue, the ablation device is movable with respect to a head of the reamer, and is capable of protruding at least partially beyond a surface of the head. The amount of protrusion the ablation device protrudes beyond the... Agent: Stryker Trauma Gmbh

20120010622 - Surgical instrument: A surgical instrument, in particular a laminectomy rongeur or a conchotome, with a shaft and with a one-piece sliding part, longitudinally displaceable relative to the shaft, with which for longitudinal displacement a grip part is associated which is pivotable about a pivot axis, wherein the sliding part is able to... Agent:

20120010670 - Method and apparatus for accessing the interior of a hip joint, including the provision and use of a novel inflow access cannula: an instrument adapter for releasable connection to the inflow access cannula, the instrument adapter comprising a lumen communicating with the central lumen of the inflow access cannula, the lumen having a diameter larger than the proximal portion of the instrument, the instrument adapter further comprising a port and a fluid... Agent:

20120010623 - Cannulated systems: Access to the interior of the knee portion of the leg may be obtained through a cannula. The cannula may be inserted into a incision. The cannula may stretch the viscoelastic material of tissues forming the knee portion of the leg. Insertion of the cannula into the incision may expand... Agent:

20120010624 - Methods and apparatus for treating vertebral fractures: Methods and apparatus for treating bones, including, in one or more embodiments, methods and apparatus for treatment of vertebral fractures that include a containment assembly for cement containment and/or a balloon assembly for maintaining vertebral height. A containment assembly comprising a containment jacket adapted to be deployed inside bone; and... Agent:

20120010625 - Remote-controlled injection apparatus for injecting bone material into vertebral body: The present invention relates to two technical programs of a remote-controlled injection device for injecting born materials into centrum, which include a injector with a piston and a precession handspike or slip handspike, a rotational handle or driving handle is fixed at one end of the precession handspike or slip... Agent:

20120010626 - Burr hole caps and methods of use: In one embodiment, a kit, for securing a lead or cannula within a burr hole, comprises: a base structure to be positioned immediately adjacent to or partially within the burr hole; a lead securing member for securing the lead within the burr hole, the lead securing member comprising a first... Agent:

20120010627 - Electrode implantation tool: Embodiments of the invention are directed to an electrode implantation tool that is designed to assist in the accurate implantation of one or more electrodes in tissue of a patient. One embodiment of the electrode implantation tool comprises a catheter guide and introducer support, and catheter guide and an introducer.... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20120010628 - Sheaths for jointed instruments: Sheaths for medical instruments cover wrist mechanisms to provide a barrier to infiltration of biological material into the instrument, electrical isolation of energized portions of the instrument, seal the instrument to help maintain cavity pressure within a patient, or reduce the chance that two jointed instruments will tangle during a... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120010629 - Surgical assembly with flexible arm: A surgical assembly includes a tensioner having a first end and a second end. A tension member extends from the first end of the tensioner. A mounting member is connected to the second end of the tensioner. An arm extends from the first end of the tensioner and includes a... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20120010631 - Device and method for harvesting and implanting follicular units: Device and method for harvesting and implanting hair follicular units is provided. A combined harvesting and implanting tool or tool assembly provides a harvesting cannula portion detachably coupled to an implanting cannula portion. The harvesting and implanting cannula portions may be coupled by a connector that could be designed to... Agent:

20120010630 - System and method for hair removal: A method in one example embodiment includes providing first and second devices, each of which includes an actuating body coupled to a pair of bifurcated arms with distal tips. The method also includes moving at least one of the devices to create tension in a filament secured to each of... Agent:

20120010633 - Devices and methods for securing tissue: A compression ring to grip and compress body structure such as diverticulum, hemorrhoids, and tissue adjacent a hole. A resilient ring-shaped body defines a compression channel, and one or more axially rigid elongated spikes extend from the body into the channel. The body defines a first axial segment surrounding the... Agent:

20120010632 - Methods for accurately deploying particular medical appliances at a target site: The present invention regards an apparatus for selectively and accurately deploying one or more sequentially positioned medical appliances from a portable medical device. The apparatus includes a body having a channel, a string passing through the channel, and a mechanism for moving the string predetermined distances to deploy medical appliances.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120010634 - Compactionless tissue puncture closure device and methods: A tissue puncture closure device includes a carrier tube, a suture, an anchor, and a sealing pad. The sealing pad maintains a constant or substantially constant shape from when positioned in the carrier tube to when removed from the carrier tube and positioned adjacent to the tissue wall puncture in... Agent: St. Jude Medical Puerto Rico LLC

20120010635 - Auto-graft bio-synthetic mesh for ventral and parastomal hernia repair and method of attachment: An auto-graft bio-synthetic mesh and a method of application for wound closure is described. The mesh is utilized for wound closure wherein an abdominal incision is effected through the peritoneum and the rectus abdominal sheath of the rectus muscle such as when repairing ventral or paracoslostomy hernias. The mesh comprises... Agent:

20120010638 - Clip for fastening a strip or rib: In a clip for fastening to a strip or rib, in particular on a motor vehicle, having a single-piece body made of plastic that has a retaining region, the retaining region has a receiving slot with an insertion opening and a locking finger. The locking finger is attached to a... Agent: Newfrey LLC

20120010636 - Multi-layered surgical prosthesis: The invention relates to prostheses having a multi-layered sheet structure comprising at least two continuous polymer film layers. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing the prostheses, as well as methods of treating a patient by implanting them into a patient. The prostheses are used in hernia repair, the repair of... Agent: Nanyang Technological University

20120010637 - Self-detachable medical devices: The present disclosure relates to self-detachable medical devices containing a detachable film layer and polymeric film layer.... Agent:

20120010639 - Apparatus and method for manipulating tissue: Apparatus for reconfiguring tissue, the apparatus comprising a shaft having a distal end and a proximal end; at least one effector mechanism movably mounted to the distal end of the shaft, each effector mechanism comprising at least one gripping element for gripping tissue to that effector mechanism, the at least... Agent:

20120010640 - Guidewire for crossing occlusions or stenoses: Systems and methods for crossing stenosis, partial occlusions, or complete occlusions within a body lumen. The systems generally include an elongate member such as a hollow guidewire that houses a rotatable and translatable drive shaft. The drive shaft typically has a distal portion that is advanced to create a path... Agent: Revascular Therapeutics, Inc.

20120010641 - Lancing devices: A lancing device includes a main housing 28 having in the forward upper end thereof a loading bay for receiving a capped lancet 12/20. The loading bay is closed by a cover 34 which is pivotally and slideably moveable in the housing. Closing the cover and then pushing it rearwardly... Agent: Owen Mumbord Limited

20120010642 - Medical device inserters and processes of inserting and using medical devices: An apparatus for insertion of a medical device in the skin of a subject is provided, as well as methods of inserting medical devices.... Agent:

20120010643 - Puncture needle for orthopedic operation: The present invention offers a program of a medical surgery device, especially a puncture needle for bone surgery. The program includes a needle tube and a needle tube seat for fastening the needle tube, and a needle core with cutting edge inserting into the needle tube and a needle core... Agent:

20120010644 - Method and apparatus for occluding a physiological opening: A method and apparatus for suture-less placement of an occluding patch in which release of the device can be accelerated. In one embodiment, an inactive form of an adhesive is applied on the area of the patch that will come into contact with cardiac tissue; this allows for the introduction... Agent:

20120010645 - Methods and devices for urethral treatment: A dilation device for an intrabody lumen, for example, a urethra partially occluded by an enlarged prostate in the form of a curved element configured to be implanted around the lumen and add resilience to the lumen, and a method for dilating such a lumen by implanting a dilation device... Agent: Proarc Medical Ltd.

20120010646 - Apparatus and method for treatment of sinusitis: A method of treating a constricted sinus passageway of a patient includes traversing the canine fossa region of the patient so as to form a passageway in the sinus cavity. A cannula is positioned in the passageway. A visualization tool such as an endoscope is passed through a lumen or... Agent: Entellus Medical Inc.

20120010647 - Septal splint: Provided is a septal splint to promote healing and alignment of a user's septum, and a method thereof. The septal splint includes an alignment member including a plurality of bilateral support pads to contact left and right sides of the user's septum, and a plurality of medializing support floor pads... Agent:

20120010648 - Device for the implantation of occlusion spirals: A device for the implantation of electrolytically severable occluding spirals in body cavities or blood vessels comprising a source of electrical power, a cathode, a catheter and an occluding spiral adapted to serve as an anode and able to slide in the catheter in the longitudinal direction, wherein the occluding... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group, Lp, As Successor In Interest To Dendron Gmbh, Inc.

20120010649 - In vivo filter assembly: Disclosed is an assembly for filtering debris flowing in an in vivo fluid stream, the assembly comprising at least one balloon configured to volumetrically expand and, during at least a portion of the expansion, operatively connect with a filter, and to contract following the expansion. The assembly further comprising a... Agent: Inspiremd Ltd.

20120010650 - Universal capture assembly: The present invention relates to a universal capture assembly for use with an implantable device such as a filter and method of use. The universal capture assembly includes a body with a neck having a reduced cross-sectional diameter with respect to the body and a larger diameter neck extending therefrom.... Agent:

20120010651 - Garment to facilitate needle electrode placement for intraoperative monitoring: A garment is provided with a tube that may be used to facilitate placement of needle electrodes into a patient to facilitate intraoperative monitoring during surgical procedures.... Agent: Pronerve, LLC

20120010652 - Medical instrument: A hydraulically actuated medical instrument includes an elongated shaft having proximal and distal ends, a hydraulically actuated end effector at the distal end of the shaft and a fluid flow path extending through the shaft to the end effector. The shaft may be capable of an angled configuration where at... Agent:

20120010654 - Medical clamp: A medical clamp includes a lower arm assembly, an upper arm assembly, and a belt. The upper arm assembly is pivotally connected to the lower arm assembly. The lower arm assembly and the upper arm assembly are configured for clamping relative to one another. The belt is connected to the... Agent:

20120010653 - Soft tissue repair system: A soft tissue repair system is provided for covering or filling openings in the annulus of an intervertebral disc. The soft tissue repair system uses a single plug or a combination of a first plug and a second plug. The second plug is a flowable plug such as an adhesive... Agent:

20120010655 - Suture device with adjustable curved needle: The suture device in accordance with the present invention has a curved needle and a suture thread. The curved needle has a tailing section and a leading section. The tailing section is made from a low-rigid material. The leading section is connected to the tailing section, made from a high-rigid... Agent:

20120010656 - Suture device with suture thread of varying diameters: The suture device in accordance with the present invention has a needle and a suture thread. The needle has a point formed at a first end of the needle. The suture thread is connected to the needle and has a first section and a second section. The first section has... Agent:

20120010657 - Suture anchoring assemblies and methods of use: A suture anchor assembly and methods of use will now are disclosed for the repair of human or animal tissue defects. The suture anchor assembly is capable of being inserted into a tissue or bone while also being able to create an expanded profile when subjected to a retrograde force.... Agent:

20120010658 - Spinal stabilization system utilizing screw and external facet and/or lamina fixation: A surgical implant for support of spinal vertebrae comprising a screw element having a threaded shank for screwing into a pedicle of a first vertebra and a fixation component that is moveably secured to the screw element. The fixation component has a first end for receiving the screw element and... Agent: X-spine Systems, Inc.

20120010659 - Facet fusion implant: Facet fusion implants with various body geometries are provided. The bodies of the facet fusion implants can be configured to minimize migration of the implants when the implants are inserted into facet joints. Surgical methods and accompanying surgical instrumentation for inserting the facet fusion implants into facet joints are provided.... Agent:

20120010660 - System and method for segmentally modular spinal plating: A modular implant for stabilizing the relative motion of spinal vertebrae comprises at least two pairs of plates which connect to two adjacent spinous processes, a spacer configured to be positioned between the spinous processes, and a fastener which pivotably connects to the plates and the spacer. The spacer is... Agent: Medicinelodge, Inc. Dba Imds Co-innovation

20120010661 - Multi-axial orthopedic device and system: Embodiments of an orthopedic implant device and system, and methods for implanting them, are disclosed. The implant may include a receiver member having a channel for accommodating an elongated rod or other longitudinal member, a bone anchoring member such as a screw or hook, and a base member rotatable with... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20120010663 - Interspinous ligament transverse connector: The present invention includes the steps for creating an access path to the posterior portion of the spine, positioning a first and second elongate rod longitudinally on opposing portions of the spine, piercing a portion of the interspinous ligament with a third elongate rod, and positioning the third elongate rod... Agent:

20120010662 - Pedicular facet fusion screw with plate: Spinal implants and methods for spinal stabilization and/or fusion are provided. Exemplary implants described herein can be configured for delivery to a facet joint to stabilize and/or fuse the facet joint, and can optionally be anchored within the pedicle for added fixation. The implant can optionally include a fusion-promoting bioactive... Agent: Depuy Spine, Inc.

20120010664 - Rod extension for extending fusion construct: In accordance with embodiments of the present invention, a rod extension for extending a fusion construct is provided. The rod extension allows a surgeon to connect a stabilization rod implant to at least a portion of a patient's spine, and also to connect the stabilization rod implant to an existing... Agent:

20120010665 - Method and apparatus for minimally invasive subcutaneous treatment of humerus fractures: The instant invention is a novel method and construct for temporary or definitive minimally invasive treatment of a broken humerus. The method includes the steps of tunneling an elongated plate subcutaneously in the subcutaneous fat layer substantially parallel to the fractured humerus; and attaching the ends of the elongated plate... Agent:

20120010667 - Fracture-specific distal radius plates: The invention provides an improved distal radius locking plate having a body comprising a shaft portion and a head portion. The shaft portion is adapted for receiving bone screws to fix the bone plate to a shaft of the radius. The head portion includes a first head section and a... Agent:

20120010666 - Variable angle locking plate system: A plate system for controlling relative positions of adjacent bone portions. The plate system has a plate with first and second spaced through bores, an insert consisting of first and second insert pieces in the first bore, and a first fastener. The first plate bore, first and second insert pieces,... Agent:

20120010668 - Expandable surgical implant: An implant includes an elongate body having at least two radially expandable portions in the vicinity of the distal end thereof. An expander is disposed at least partially within the axial bore of the body, the expander including a longitudinal shaft and a tip at the distal end of the... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20120010669 - Pedicular facet fusion screw with plate: Spinal implants and methods for spinal stabilization and/or fusion are provided. Exemplary implants described herein can be configured for delivery to a facet joint to stabilize and/or fuse the facet joint, and can optionally be anchored within the pedicle for added fixation. The implant can optionally include a fusion-promoting bioactive... Agent: Depuy Spine, Inc.

  
01/05/2012 > 46 patent applications in 31 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20120004647 - Steerable surgical snare and method of use: Apparatus, assemblies, systems, and methods for inserting a snare into a body and capturing objects. A surgical snare device includes a steerable deflection portion with a steerable distal tip. An interface is linked to the steerable deflection portion to selectively manipulate the distal tip. A snare loop disposed at the... Agent: The University Of Utah

20120004648 - Surgical instrument: A surgical instrument is disclosed that includes: a handle; a shaft coupled to the handle and extending in one direction; a bending part formed on a portion of the shaft; a driving part mounted on the handle and configured to generate a particular driving power; and a power transmission mechanism... Agent:

20120004649 - Switching control device and manipulating part for a medical instrument: A switching control device for a medical instrument such as an electrode used in HF surgery. The switching control device comprises a connection line, designed as a switching control module for controlling various electrical operating modes of the instrument with a three-dimensionally and pressure-tightly sealed housing that is resistant to... Agent:

20120004650 - Adjustable tuning of a dielectrically loaded loop antenna: A microwave antenna assembly is disclosed. The antenna assembly includes an elongated member defining a longitudinal axis and having proximal and distal ends. The antenna assembly also includes an outer conductor and an inner conductor each disposed within the elongated member and extending along the longitudinal axis. A portion of... Agent: Vivant Medical, Inc.

20120004653 - Bipolar forceps: The limbs of a bipolar forceps for RF coagulation are produced from a bimetal material, wherein an outer layer (18) consists of stainless steel and determines the mechanical properties of the forceps, while an inner layer (20) consists of a sliver alloy. An electrode (30) is formed from the inner... Agent:

20120004652 - Inductive powered surgical device with wireless control: A system and method for wirelessly powering an electrosurgical device using a generator to generate a radio frequency (RF) energy field. A switch on the electrosurgical device sends a wireless signal to the generator, where the generator allows a current to pass through an inductive coil to generate the RF... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120004654 - Methods and systems for determining physiologic characteristics for treatment of the esophagus: A method and apparatus for treating abnormal mucosa in the esophagus is disclosed, such that the depth of the treated tissue is controlled. The depth of ablation is controlled by monitoring the tissue impedance and/or the tissue temperature. A desired ablation depth is also achieved by controlling the energy density... Agent: Barrx Medical, Inc.

20120004651 - Microwave antenna having a reactively-loaded loop configuration: A microwave ablation system is provided. The microwave ablation system includes a power source. A microwave antenna is adapted to connect to the power source via a coaxial cable feed including an inner conductor defining a portion of a radiating section of the microwave antenna, an outer conductor and dielectric... Agent: Vivant Medical, Inc.

20120004655 - Bipolar connector system: An electrical connector assembly comprises a first elongated connector in parallel alignment with a second elongated connector and an adjustment mechanism operable to control movement of the first elongated connector relative to the second elongated connector while maintaining parallel alignment between the elongated connectors.... Agent:

20120004656 - Methods and systems for treatment of tissue in a body lumen: A system for measuring physiologic characteristics or treating tissue in a body lumen. The system may be used for treating abnormal mucosa in the esophagus. The system comprises an energy delivery device, such as an ablation device including an electrode support and an electrode pattern on the support. The ablation... Agent:

20120004657 - Electrosurgical devices with wire electrode and methods of use thereof: The invention provides an electrosurgical device and methods of use thereof. In one embodiment, the device may comprise a handle, a shaft distal to the handle, a first electrode tip and a second electrode tip adjacent a distal end of the shaft, with the first electrode tip spaced from the... Agent: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.

20120004658 - Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure: A bipolar forceps includes a housing having a shaft extending therefrom including an end effector assembly at a distal end thereof. The end effector assembly has a wheel assembly opposing a jaw member and having a pair of opposing wheels configured to facilitate movement of the wheel assembly relative to... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120004659 - Multi-locking external fixation clamp: A clamping device for attaching to an external fixation element of an external fixation system includes a first jaw having an inner surface and an outer surface and includes a second jaw having an inner surface and an outer surface, with the inner surface of the first jaw and the... Agent: Extraortho, Inc.

20120004660 - Multi-component cortical bone assembled implant: An implant composed substantially of cortical bone is provided for use in cervical Smith-Robinson vertebral fusion procedures. The implant is derived from allograft or autograft cortical bone sources, is machined to form a symmetrically or asymmetrically shaped (e.g. a substantially “D”-shaped) implant having a canal running therethrough according to methods... Agent:

20120004661 - Orthopedic bone drill: A drill bit includes a body extending along an axis and including a point end and a shank end. The drill bit also includes a first helical portion, having a first helix angle relative to the axis. The drill bit also includes a second helical portion, having a second helix... Agent:

20120004691 - Bone and tissue marker: The present invention concerns a marker for bones, particularly for marking irregularities in the femoral head. There is described a surgical instrument having a shaft including a handle towards a proximal end and an arm towards a distal end. The arm includes a template, and the arm and/or template further... Agent:

20120004692 - Remotely adjustable tissue displacement device: The invention relates to an apparatus for displacing tissue within the body, wherein the apparatus includes two or more attachment members selectively displaceable with respect to each other via a driving member. The driving member preferably is rotatable and is caused to rotate by a magnetic actuator that can be... Agent: Synthes Usa, LLC

20120004662 - Resection instrument: The present invention concerns a surgical instrument. There is described a surgical instrument including a shaft having a handle towards a proximal end, a template towards a distal end, and resecting means for removing tissue. The template is shaped to complement the contours of a joint surface.... Agent:

20120004663 - System and method for joint resurface repair: A generic bone implant, or set of standardized implants, is created based on using a guide device to develop an axis normal to an articular surface of bone and collecting only one or two data points. A generic cutting tool is used to cut the bone to a point where... Agent: Arthrosurface Inc.

20120004664 - Medical implant extraction device: Extraction instruments and systems for use in revision arthroplasty are provided. The extraction instruments are shaped and configured to fit within the typically tight confines in which revision arthroplasty is performed, and to enhance the surgeon's control over the axis, quantum and speed of the force that is required be... Agent: Ross Paul And Associates Ltd.

20120004665 - Guidewire insertion methods and devices: Various methods and devices for inserting a guidewire into the body are provided. In one embodiment, a guidewire insertion device is provided and includes and outer sheath having an outer surface and an inner lumen extending therethrough, and a dilator having an inner lumen extending therethrough and having a length... Agent: Depuy Spine, Inc.

20120004666 - Steerable surgical snare: Apparatus, assemblies, and methods for capturing objects within a body are disclosed. A surgical snare device includes a steerable deflection portion with a steerable distal tip. An interface is linked to the steerable deflection portion to selectively manipulate the distal tip. A snare loop disposed at the distal tip can... Agent: The University Of Utah

20120004667 - Helix retraction assist mechanism: An active fixation implantable medical lead may include an electrode base that is configured to accommodate an extraction stylet that may be used if the fixation helix is not otherwise easily retracted. An extraction tool may be used in combination with the extraction stylet in extraction techniques designed for retraction... Agent:

20120004668 - Robotic catheter system: A robotic catheter system includes a controller with a master input device. An instrument driver is in communication with the controller and has a guide instrument interface including a plurality of guide instrument drive elements responsive to control signals generated, at least in part, by the master input device. An... Agent: Hansen Medical, Inc.

20120004669 - Insertion instrument for anchor assembly: An insertion instrument is configured to eject a pair of anchor bodies across an anatomical gap so as to approximate the gap. The insertion instrument can include a single cannula that retains the pair of anchor bodies in a stacked relationship, or a pair of adjacent cannulas that each retain... Agent:

20120004670 - Suturing device for anastomisis of lumens: A surgical device that includes an outer hollow body and an inner hollow body. The inner hollow body is slidably disposed within said outer hollow body and the inner hollow body includes at least two hollow arms located at the distal end of the inner hollow body. An inflatable member... Agent:

20120004671 - Suture loop closure device: The present invention describes apparatus and methods for tying a filament across subcutaneous punctures. According to some embodiments, the apparatus and methods provide pre-tied knots that are inserted into a bodily lumen. Needles flanking the subcutaneous puncture are inserted into the lumen and grab the pre-tied knots. The pre-tied knots... Agent: St. Jude Medical Puerto Rico LLC

20120004672 - Suture straightening device and method: A device for straightening sutures or pre-packaged suture-needle combinations. The device has a body formed of substantially resilient material flexible enough to be penetrated by a pointed end of a needle along with a suture inserted into it or to obtain a substantial gap when a slit is cut or... Agent:

20120004674 - Absorbable fastener and applying apparatus: A surgical fastener apparatus, for securing a surgical mesh material to body tissue including a pair of anchors each having retaining means formed on an outer surface thereof; and a suture tether interconnecting the pair of anchors to one another. The pair of anchors having a substantially cylindrical body having... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120004675 - Device for fixing soft tissue: A device for fixing soft tissue. A sleeve is detachably connected to a self-drilling tapping screw, moving and rotating the self-drilling tapping screw. A guide bar is detachably connected to the self-drilling tapping screw and fit in the sleeve. A fixing pin is fit in a washer and connected to... Agent: Industrial Technology Research Institute

20120004673 - Medical material for in vivo implantation containing softening agent and/or moisturizing agent, method for controlling content of softening agent and/or moisturizing agent in the medical material, and method for producing the medical material for in vivo: Provided are a medical material for in vivo implantation which causes no retention of an exudates in the surroundings and yet shows a flexibility; a method for controlling the content of a softening agent and/or a moisturizing agent in the medical material; and a method for producing the medical material... Agent:

20120004678 - Anastomosis instrument and method for performing same: A surgical instrument for creating an anastomosis includes a housing, a handle extending from the housing and a fastener support member extending distally from the housing. The fastener support member is configured and dimensioned to releasably support a plurality of surgical fasteners. The instrument further includes a tissue retaining mechanism... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120004676 - Intragastric implant devices: An intragastric anchor implant device is provided with a substantially rigid member having proximal and distal ends and atraumatic tips or features disposed near the proximal and distal ends. The atraumatic features prevent damage to the tissues of the stomach and the gastrointestinal track and may help to anchor the... Agent: Ibis Medical, Inc.

20120004677 - Tissue-acquisition and fastening devices and methods: Devices and methods for acquiring and fastening tissues folds within an internal organ, such as the stomach, and for applying the methods and devices to producing reductions in organ volume or repair of bariatric procedures, are disclosed. An exemplary method for forming a continuous laterally extending tissue fold involves forming... Agent:

20120004679 - Weasand-ligating clip: A weasand-ligating clip (10) made as a one-piece molding, the clip comprising two portions (11) hinged together at one end by a film hinge (13), and including a closure system (15, 16) at the other end, the portions (11) having teeth that clamp against the weasand when the clip is... Agent:

20120004680 - Micro-resecting and evoked potential monitoring system and method: Surgical micro-resecting and evoked potential monitoring system and method. The system includes a micro-resecting instrument, handpiece, and evoked potential monitor. The instrument includes an outer tube forming a cutting window at which a cutting tip of an inner member is located. A hub assembly rotatably maintains the inner and outer... Agent: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.

20120004681 - Method, retention device and medical treatment device for stable support of a needle to be inserted into a patient: A method for stable support of a needle to be introduced into a patient, a body to be penetrated by the needle is arranged on the patient. The body is made of a substance corresponding in terms of its mechanical properties to body tissue (in particular corresponding to body tissue... Agent:

20120004682 - Occluding member expansion and the stent expansion for aneurysm treatment: This invention is a device and method to occlude an aneurysm comprising: a laterally-expanding occluding member (such as a relatively-flat balloon, mesh, net, or patch) that is positioned within the parent vessel of the aneurysm and then expanded laterally; and a radially-expanding structural member (such as a stent) that is... Agent:

20120004683 - Method and structure for nasal dilator: the base element further including a spring element which imparts return memory into the base element so that the base element returns towards a planar conformation during use. The spring element has elastic memory effected by differential properties in the at least two regions.... Agent:

20120004684 - Medical instrument: A medical instrument with a shaft having a tool on a distal end including a movable jaw member and a handle on a proximal end with a movable gripping member, wherein the jaw and gripping members are in operational connection by a traction/compression element, and wherein a force-limiting device is... Agent:

20120004685 - Surgical instrument: In a surgical instrument with two legs movable relative to each other, a tip inserted in a receiving space at the distal end of the leg being exchangeably held at the free end of the legs, with a fixing device for releasable fixation to the leg, the fixing device comprising... Agent: Aesculap Ag

20120004686 - System and method of making tapered looped suture: A system for forming a looped suture having a tapered cut is provided. The system includes a base for selectively retaining a portion of thread, a clamping device for receiving a first end of the thread, a tensioning device for receiving a second end of the thread, a welding assembly... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp, North Haven, Ct

20120004687 - Corkscrew suture anchor: A suture anchor has a continuous thread spiraling around a tapering central core. At the distal end, the suture anchor terminates in a rounded point. At the proximal end of the suture anchor is an eye for receiving suture. The suture anchor has a large thread surface per turn of... Agent:

20120004688 - Spinal transverse connector: Disclosed is a spinal transconnector device for coupling longitudinal spinal rods on either side of the mid-sagittal plane. The device includes two interconnected rod engagement elements, a first rod engagement elements having a vaulted surface adapted to secure to a first longitudinal spinal rod via an interference fit comprising compression... Agent:

20120004689 - Locking assembly for securing a rod member in a receiver part for use in spinal or trauma surgery, bone anchoring device with such a locking assembly and tool therefor: A locking assembly for securing a rod in a receiving part of a bone anchoring device includes a first locking element having a first end and a second end and a longitudinal axis of rotation and an outer surface provided with an external thread, a coaxial bore passing entirely through... Agent: Biedermann Motech Gmbh

20120004690 - Screw fixation system: A screw fixation system serves to facilitate attachment of an orthopedic implant to a fractured bone to facilitate healing thereof. The screw fixation system includes the orthopedic implant, a bone screw, and a screw fixing element. The orthopedic implant includes an opening formed thereby. The screw fixing element has a... Agent:

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