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600029000 - BODY INSERTED URINARY OR COLONIC INCONTINENT DEVICE OR TREATMENT (E.G., ARTIFICIAL SPHINCTERS, ETC.)

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20100130814SUBURETHRAL HAMMOCK - The invention concerns an implantable prosthesis (05-27-2010
20090062599Transurethral cysto-urethropexy - Embodiments include a method and apparatus for treating stress urinary incontinence transurethrally. In one embodiment, the method includes entering the urethra of a patient through a urethra opening from the patient's body and connecting a bladder to a fascia using an apparatus and one or more connecting members, which may optionally be connected to a remote viewing apparatus. Embodiments of the apparatus may include a curved instrument capable of placing one or more connecting members through a bladder wall and through the fascia. In some embodiments, minimal or no incisions are made in a body of the patient.03-05-2009
20090192346TREATMENT OF ANAL INCONTINENCE AND DEFECATORY DYSFUNCTION - A method of treating anal incontinence in a patient comprises providing a sling having a central portion and first and second arms, creating a subcutaneous tunnel between a first buttock incision and a second buttock incision in the patient, mechanically widening the subcutaneous tunnel to create a pocket for the central portion of the sling, grasping the first arm of the sling and pulling the sling through the subcutaneous tunnel such that the central portion of the sling rests underneath the ano-rectum, inserting an introducer needle through a first thigh incision formed in the patient and advancing the introducer needle through the first buttock incision, pulling the first sling arm through the first thigh incision, inserting the introducer needle through a second thigh incision formed in the patient and advancing the introducer needle through the second buttock incision, and pulling the second sling arm through the second thigh incision.07-30-2009
20090264698METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SECURING AND TENSIONING A URETHRAL SLING TO PUBIC BONE - Improved methods and apparatus to secure a urethral sling to pubic bone in a sub-urethral location to support the urethra and alleviate incontinence are disclosed. The urethral sling is preferably formed of a flexible sheet material extending between opposed first and second sling ends and bounded by opposed first and second sling sides. The urethral sling is selectively tensioned in a central portion intermediate the first and second sling ends and/or in one or both of end portions bracketing the central portion. In one embodiment, pre-positioned plicating lines in the central portion are selectively drawn and tied to slacken the central portion and tension the end portions. In further embodiments, bone anchor lines passed through locations displaced from the sling ends are drawn and fixed to tension the central portion between the displaced locations and slacken the end portions.10-22-2009
20100094079Method and Apparatus for Securing a Urethral Sling to Pubic Bone - Surgical procedures, kits and implants for alleviating human incontinence, and particularly providing improved methods and apparatus to secure a urethral sling to pubic bone to support the urethra and alleviate incontinence are disclosed. Bone anchors are driven into pubic bones with elongated bone anchor sutures configured to be passed through openings of a urethral sling. Suture retainers are applied to the sutures to apply retentive force to the urethral sling to maintain the fixation of the urethral sling proximate to the pubic bone.04-15-2010
20100076255Method and apparatus for treating a prolapse related condition - The present invention provides a method and apparatus for treating a prolapse related condition. The apparatus includes an implantable stimulator arranged to be implanted within a patient. The stimulator provides a signal for stimulation of tissue in the pelvic region.03-25-2010
20100076254ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION TO TREAT FECAL INCONTINENCE AND/OR PELVIC PROLAPSE - Surgical procedures, kits and implants for alleviating human urinary and fecal incontinence are disclosed. Electrical stimulation is provided at one or more locations or positions in relation to or within an anal sphincter muscle comprising an internal anal sphincter surrounding the anus, an external anal sphincter surrounding the internal anal sphincter, a levator ani coupled to the external anal sphincter and perineal floor muscles around the anal orifice to treat or control fecal incontinence. Stimulation electrodes are mounted to one of a mesh patch, a fecal sling or the cuff of an artificial anal sphincter. Tissue anchors may be provided to engage tissue to stabilize mesh patch(es) or the fecal sling. Rectal pressure is detected and employed in controlling delivery of electrical stimulation.03-25-2010
20120245411SYSTEMS AND METHODS EMPLOYING A PUSH TUBE FOR DELIVERING A URETHRAL SLING - Systems, methods and devices employing a push tube to deliver an implant are disclosed.09-27-2012
20130079586Expandable Implant System - Various embodiments of a sling implant system are provided. Embodiments of the implants can include one or more collapsibility and expandability features or portions adapted to improve introduction and deployment of the implant within the patient. The implants can be folded, collapsed or otherwise reduced in size or construct to fit within a delivery tool or catheter for later expandability upon deployment of the implant.03-28-2013
20130035542IMPLANTABLE DEVICES, TOOLS AND METHODS FOR ANATOMICAL SUPPORT - An implantable device for anatomical support includes a sling, a first interconnecting member that is coupled to the sling, and a second interconnecting member that is coupled to the sling. An adjustable anchor is slidably coupled to the first interconnecting member to permit bidirectional movement along the first interconnecting member, and configured to exert a compressive force generating frictional interference between the adjustable anchor and the first interconnecting member, to inhibit the bi-directional movement of the adjustable anchor along the first interconnecting member unless sufficient force is applied to overcome the frictional interference. Also, a fixed anchor is fixedly coupled to the second interconnecting member.02-07-2013
20130041207SHAPE MEMORY CONTROLLER - An apparatus for selectively opening and closing a body lumen within a patient's body is provided. The apparatus includes an elongate member and a shape memory element. The elongate member is configured to at least partially surround the body lumen and defines a lumen. The shape memory element is disposed of adjacent to the lumen defined by the elongate member. Further, the shape memory element is adapted to change its configuration based on a change in temperature. These changes in the configuration of the shape memory element causes selective the apparatus to move between a first configuration and a second configuration.02-14-2013
20130041208SURGICAL ARTICLES FOR PLACING AN IMPLANT ABOUT A TUBULAR TISSUE STRUCTURE AND METHODS - A minimally invasive surgical instrument for placing an implantable article about a tubular tissue structure is disclosed. The surgical instrument is particularly useful for treating urological disorders such as incontinence. Surgical methods using the novel instrument are also described.02-14-2013
20100145139CONTROLLED URINARY INCONTINENCE TREATMENT - A urinary incontinence treatment apparatus comprises a restriction device implantable in a patient, for engaging the urethra or urine bladder to form a restricted urine passageway in the urethra or urine bladder. The restriction device is operable by an implantable operation device to change the restriction of the urine passageway. A control device is provided for controlling a source of energy, which may or may not be implanted, from outside the patient's body, to release energy for use in connection with the operation of the restriction device, i.e. to power the operation device.06-10-2010
20100145138Urinary incontinence treatment with wireless energy supply - A urinary incontinence treatment apparatus comprises an operable restriction device (06-10-2010
20100105979Surgical Needle and Anchor System with Retractable Features - Various surgical introducer needle and anchor systems are provided. The systems can include an introducer needle and a tissue support implant or sling device. The implant device can include one or more anchoring devices. The introducer needle device can include a handle assembly and a needle assembly. The needle assembly can include a generally hollow needle, and a wire traversable therein. The wire can include a distal tip adapted to selectively retract or withdraw from the engaged anchoring device upon deployment of the anchor and/or implant.04-29-2010
20120165602Pelvic Tissue Plication System - A bladder plication system to treat ISD in a patient is provided. The device can include a needle introducer device, and a plication device. The needle introducer device is advanced through the bladder, with the plication device contained and deployable within the needle introducer device. Once inserted in the bladder and positioned, the needle is passed through portions of the bladder wall. The plication device is then deployed through a distal end of the introducer device, wherein the bladder wall is folded near the inner sphincter to reduce forces on the bladder and resolve the patient's SUI.06-28-2012
20130046132INCONTINENCE TREATMENT DEVICE WITH PUBIC ARM ATTACHMENT MECHANISM - An implant includes a support body defining a longitudinal axis, two transverse arms, two pubic arms, and a pubic arm attachment mechanism. The two transverse arms are aligned on a common transverse axis of the implant. The two pubic arms include a first pubic arm spaced a distance apart from a second pubic arm and both the first and second pubic arms are parallel to the longitudinal axis. The pubic arm attachment mechanism is attached to an end of each of the first and second pubic arms. Each of the first and second pubic arms has an arm length that is less than a body length of the support body.02-21-2013
20130046133INCONTINENCE TREATMENT DEVICE WITH PUBIC ARM ATTACHMENT MECHANISM - An implant includes a support body defining a longitudinal axis, two transverse arms, two pubic arms, and a pubic arm attachment mechanism. The two transverse arms are aligned on a common transverse axis of the implant. The two pubic arms include a first pubic arm spaced a distance apart from a second pubic arm and both the first and second pubic arms are parallel to the longitudinal axis. The pubic arm attachment mechanism is attached to an end of each of the first and second pubic arms. Each of the first and second pubic arms has an arm length that is less than a body length of the support body.02-21-2013
20110004049PRESSURE-TO-TENSION CONVERSION DEVICE FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - Disclosed is a pressure-to-tension conversion device for treating urinary incontinence. The pressure-to-tension conversion device includes resilient sections which are inserted in and occupy Retzius spaces positioned in left and right sides of the urethra in front of the urinary bladder, respectively, and a support extending below the urethra and across the resilient sections in a “V” shape, wherein if the resilient sections are deformed as the abdominal pressure increases and the Retzius spaces contract, the support is tensioned, thereby supporting the urethra, so that the urinary incontinence can be treated. Consequently, the length of operation time for transplanting the pressure-to-tension conversion device can be shortened, a complication or a side effect can be reduced, and the charges of operation can be reduced. In addition, expensive operation materials can be substituted by the pressure-to-tension conversion apparatus, the costs for operation materials can be saved.01-06-2011
20130090521TIMED-RELEASE TENSIONED OR COMPRESSED FIBERS - A timed-release tensioned core-shell fiber comprises a core positioned within a shell. The shell is configured to hold the core under said tension or compression. The shell is at least partially removable and releases at least a portion of the tension or compression of the core in response to the shell being removed. The shell is at least partially removable by erosion or degradation due to mechanical, chemical, electrical, physical, or thermal processes, or combinations thereof. In some embodiments, the erosion or degradation of the shell may include biodegradation, bioerosion, photooxidation, or photodegradation. A fiber mesh comprised of core-shell fibers may be tuned for timed release of contraction or expansion forces in response to timed release of tension or compression of the core. The fiber mesh may be used in a medical device, bandage, implant, tissue construct, or sling. A suture may also comprise a core-shell fiber.04-11-2013
20130060078BODILY IMPLANT WITH TENSION INDICATOR - A bodily implant is provided to support body tissues of a patient. The bodily implant includes a strip having a first portion and a second portion. The strip is configured to be stretched in a manner such that the second portion is stretched from a first length to a second length. The second portion of the strip is configured to maintain the second length. The strip is further configured to be disposed proximate to the patient's body tissues.03-07-2013
20120116151 DEVICE FOR PREVENTING INCONTINENCE - The invention relates to a device for preventing incontinence, having a tube-shaped body (05-10-2012
20090012350PARTIAL CUFF - To increase the resistance to liquid and substance flow through a lumen of a tubular organ, a cuff comprising a flexible, mesh base member is appended to an exterior wall of the tubular organ such that it only partially surrounds the tubular organ. Ultimately, tissue ingrowth through the mesh base member integrates the cuff into the wall of the tubular organ. When the cuff is applied to the urethra of an incontinent patient, the increased resistance to flow renders the patient continent while still allowing normal voiding. The base member may also support an optional expandable component, e.g., a balloon-like element that can be selectively inflated and/or deflated to restrict the lumen of the tubular organ by a desired degree.01-08-2009
20090023978Needle design for male transobturator sling - Described are surgical instruments for use in surgical procedures, related methods, systems, and kits, the instruments including features that optionally include one or more specific dimensions, and features that may result in an ergonomic advantage during use.01-22-2009
20130165743APPARATUSES FOR THE AMELIORATION OF URINARY INCONTINENCE IN FEMALES - An apparatus for treating urinary incontinence, comprising: a node; a support section adapted for providing urethral support attached to the node; and, an anchoring section adapted for resisting movement of the apparatus attached to the node opposite the support section. Optionally, the support section is adapted to treat incontinence according to at least one of: SUTFS, colpo-elevation or colpo-distension.06-27-2013
20120238803Urethral Stent System and Method - A urethral stent device comprising a mechanical valve system is provided. The urethral stent device can be delivered up through the urethra via a flexible delivery tool. The valve mechanism is adapted to open when exposed to a certain amount of intraluminal pressure and can remain open until a desired cessation of fluid flow is achieved.09-20-2012
20090306460Method and Apparatus for Controlling a Bodily Function - The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for controlling urinary incontinence. An implantable stimulator is utilised to apply stimulation to a sphincter or neosphincter about the urethra, in order to maintain coaptation of the urethra and urinary continence. Feedback is utilised in order to vary the level of stimulation applied to the sphincter in order to enable control over the sphincter. Control may be implemented by a user setting levels, by biofeedback, by a clinician.12-10-2009
20110282133TRANSOBTURATOR SURGICAL ARTICLES AND METHODS - A surgical instrument for treating incontinence includes a handle portion elongate along a handle axis and a needle portion connected to the handle portion. The needle portion has a spacer portion along the handle axis, and has a distal end. The needle portion includes a substantially helical portion that is a variable spiral portion, extending from the straight spacer portion. The variable spiral portion is sized and shaped to extend from an incision substantially adjacent the patient's obturator foramen through the obturator foramen along a path in a region between the superior pubic ramus and the inferior pubic ramus. The needle portion has a structure near the distal end that associates the instrument with an implantable material configured to treat incontinence.11-17-2011
20110282132DYNAMIC CERCLAGE DEVICE FOR THE TREATMENT OF ANAL INCONTINENCE - The invention relates to a cerclage device in which the following components form a single part, namely: a main resilient body (11-17-2011
20080269548DYNAMIC AND ADJUSTABLE SUPPORT DEVICES - The present invention relates generally to dynamic and/or adjustable support devices, methods of providing dynamic and/or adjustable support to target tissues, and kits comprising these devices. These devices may have particular utility in providing support to the urethra. The dynamic support devices generally comprise at least one attachment member for attachment to bodily tissue, and at least one expandable member capable of assuming an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The adjustable support devices generally comprise at least one attachment member for attachment to bodily tissue, and at least one shape-changing portion that is capable of assuming first and second configurations, each with different shapes. Additionally, the dynamic support devices may comprise features of the adjustable support devices, and vice versa.10-30-2008
20100305394TUBULAR MESH FOR SACROCOLPOPEXY AND RELATED PROCEDURES - A sacrocolpopexy mesh that includes lateral support to improve vaginal contact during colpopexy and to prevent slipping.12-02-2010
20130023723SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF FECAL INCONTINENCE - Disclosed herein are systems and methods of performing a sphincter repair in a patient. The methods can include inserting a stabilization and an anchor deployment tool into the patient, positioning the stabilization tool to access a muscle associated with a sphincter, stabilizing tissue with the stabilization tool, the tissue including or in communication with the muscles associated with the sphincter, advancing the anchor deployment tool into the tissue cavity, advancing the plurality of tissue anchors out of the anchor deployment tool and transmurally through the tissue; tensioning the anchors to shorten the muscle associated with the sphincter, and withdrawing the stabilization tool from the patient.01-24-2013
20110301407SACROCOLPOPEXY SUPPORT AND METHOD OF IMPLANTATION - A sacrocolpopexy support includes a body having a base and a leg extending from the base that is attachable to a cuff of a vagina, a first interconnecting member coupled to the base of the sacrocolpopexy support, and an adjustable anchor attachable to a ligament. The adjustable anchor is slidably coupled to the first interconnecting member to permit bi-directional movement along the first interconnecting member and is configured to exert a compressive force generating frictional interference with the first interconnecting member so as to inhibit the bi-directional movement of the adjustable anchor along the first interconnecting member until sufficient force is applied to overcome the frictional interference.12-08-2011
20110288368SURGICAL ARTICLES AND METHODS FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - Described are devices, implants and kits for treating incontinence in a male or female. In particular an assembly comprising a multi-piece implant comprising a support portion piece (11-24-2011
20090105526Surgical procedure for correcting cystocele and rectocele - A surgical procedure for correcting cystocele, comprising the steps of: 04-23-2009
20100113866ATRAUMATIC MEDICAL DEVICE ANCHORING AND DELIVERY SYSTEM - Systems and methods are delineated for treating urinary incontinence (UI). And more generally, systems and methods are delineated for providing medical treatment, wherein such systems and methods include means for attaching a structure to a patient and removing the structure without damage to the structure or the patient. An exemplary system for providing medical treatment comprises a structure having a first end and a second end for attachment to a patient. A first fastener is coupled to the first end and includes at least one retractable barb for attachment to the patient. A second fastener is coupled to the second end and includes at least one retractable barb for attachment to the patient. Removable fasteners including retractable barbs or equivalents thereof permit removal of the structure from the patient without damage to the structure as well as limiting trauma to the patient.05-06-2010
20120108890Sling Anchor System - The present disclosure is generally directed to surgical articles useful for implanting support members in patients. The articles disclosed herein include a support member, such as a sling for urinary incontinence, tissue anchors, filamentary elements for associating the support member with the anchors, and introducer needles for placing the anchors in a patient. The support members can also be configured for use in pelvic floor repair, such as for treating cystoceles, rectoceles, and enteroceles.05-03-2012
20120108889UROLOGICAL DEVICE - A urological device comprises a urological valve for location in the bladder of a patient and a valve support stem for location in the urethra of a patient. The valve has a normally closed configuration to prevent flow from the bladder and an open configuration for fluid flow through the valve. The valve is automatically movable from the closed configuration to the open configuration in response to a pre-set hydrodynamic pressure applied for a pre-set time. In one case the valve has a plurality of valve leaflets with a region of co-aption between the valve leaflets. In the normally closed configuration the valve leaflets are engaged at the region of co-aption and in the open configuration the leaflets are separated at the co-aption region for fluid flow through the valve.05-03-2012
20090048479Implant for supporting the urethra of a man and a surgical kit for treating incontinence in a man and including such an implant - The implant (02-19-2009
20090137861APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE - An apparatus and method for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. The apparatus includes a suburethral sling having an adjustment member for adjusting the tension of the sling both during the procedure and post-procedure. The method includes using a needle to simultaneously implant the sling and to deliver a local anesthetic in the groin area while implanting the sling.05-28-2009
20090281369Urethral Spring, Implantation Tools, and Method of Treating Incontinence - A urethral spring comprises a spring body having a selected spring force, a first end, and a second end. The urethral spring further comprises a first urethra contacting portion at the first end of the spring body, and a second urethra contacting portion at the second end of the spring body. When the urethral spring is at rest corresponding to urethral coaptation, the spring body generally has an at rest shape. When the urethral spring is flexed corresponding to intentional voiding, the spring body generally has a flexed shape.11-12-2009
20120296157MEDICAL DEVICE COMPRISING AN ARTIFICIAL CONTRACTILE STRUCTURE - The present invention relates to a medical device including an artificial contractile structure which may be advantageously used to assist the functioning of a hollow organ. The medical device includes an artificial contractile structure including at least one contractile element (11-22-2012
20110207992IMPLANTABLE URETHRAL PROSTHESIS HAVING TABLE MEMBER - An implantable urethral prosthesis for the treatment of male incontinence and method of implementing the same includes a support portion, an inflatable member, a reservoir-pump and a restrictor. The support portion includes at least a first set of two arms extending from the support portion, each arm of the first set of two arms configured to be secured around a respective descending rami of a pelvis of a patient, and a second set of two arms extending from the support portion and configured to be secured into tissue anterior to the pelvis to operatively place the support portion under the patient's urethra. The inflatable member is attachable to the support portion and adapted to exert a force on the urethra when inflated with an inflating agent.08-25-2011
20080281148TRANSOBTURATOR INTRODUCER SYSTEM FOR SLING SUSPENSION SYSTEM - An introducer device comprising: an introducer needle having a proximal end and a distal end and a handle having a needle receiving end. The handle can be adapted to receive said distal end of said introducer needle such that said introducer needle is selectably detachably coupled to said handle. A connector for attachment to an implant strip can have an arm having a hole therethrough and an introducer needle including a connection portion having a barb. It can comprise a central portion; a first arm pivotally mounted to the central portion and having a first projection and a second projection extending therefrom. A second arm can be pivotally mounted to the central portion and having a first hole and a second hole defined therein. The first and second holes can be positioned so that when the first arm pivots toward the second arm, the first and second projections are received in the first and second holes. A tube portion can extend from said central portion and define a tube aperture therein. The tube aperture can be adapted to receive the barb such that the connector can be selectably detachably coupled or permanently affixed to the introducer needle.11-13-2008
20080287731NEEDLE INSTRUMENTS AND IMPLANTABLE SLING ASSEMBLY; KITS COMPRISING THESE COMPONENTS; AND METHODS FOR USE - A sling assembly for implantation in a patient to support an internal physiological structure is provided. The sling assembly includes a length of porous material having a generally longitudinal flat surface and tubular sleeves associated with each end of the porous material, each of the sleeves having an inner passage sized and configured to provide frictional sliding over outer surfaces of an insertion instrument. The sleeves may have multiple slots for passage of insertion instruments, and the sling assembly may be mounted on insertion instruments having various configurations. In general, the sleeve is mounted on a curved needle portion of an insertion instrument by passage of the needle portion through a slot in the sleeve.11-20-2008
20080242918Incontinence Treatment Device - A device and method for treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence. At least one electrode is implanted in a pelvic muscle of a patient. A control unit receives signals indicative of abdominal stress in the patient and responsive thereto applies an electrical waveform to the electrode which stimulates the muscle to contract, so as to inhibit involuntary urine flow through the patient's urethra due to the stress.10-02-2008
20090030266Medical Device to Exercise Urogenital Muscles - A medical device being an insert comprising a shaft and a head and a plurality of spring loaded domes which in use act as electrodes to convey an electrical current via a manual dome retractor to a female subject; uses electronic stimulation to exercise and strengthen to tone the muscles of the pelvic floor, urogenital triangle and tighten the intravaginal cavity. The device also has the capability to treat medical and sexual problems related to these areas and supersedes the manual pelvic floor exercises and need for the husband stitch.01-29-2009
20090182190Surgical Tools and Methods for Treating Incontinence and Related Pelvic Conditions - Pelvic implant system having a sling implant that can be inserted into a patient's pelvic cavity with an introducer needle device. The introducer needle device includes a handle portion having an actuator. An elongate needle portion extends away from the handle and has an engagement hook proximate a distal end of the elongate needle portion. The engagement hook is capable of selectively engaging a portion of the sling implant upon activation of the handle actuator.07-16-2009
20090005633Method and Apparatus for Treatment of Vaginal Anterior Repairs - An apparatus for repairing cystocele including an adjustable support member, a pair of superior support arms continuously knitted with said support member, and a pair of inferior support arms continuously knitted with said support member, wherein the distance between the pair of superior support arms and pair of inferior support arms can be increased or decreased by modifying the shape of the support member.01-01-2009
20090187067IMPLANT FOR TREATING EFFORT-RELATED URINARY INCONTINENCE IN WOMEN - An implant for the treatment of urinary incontinence of the type produced as a knitted, woven or other type of strip in polypropylene or similar biocompatible material to be placed under a patient's urethra, has at each end an anchoring area which comprises a deployed structure including one or more fins configured by a succession of folds. The deployed structure being three-dimensional and remembering its shape so that it can be deployed and refolded during the surgical phases of positioning it and fitting and anchoring it through the obturator membrane or, to advantage, in the retropubic space.07-23-2009
20090187066APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - An apparatus and method for treating urinary incontinence in a female subject includes an elongated urethral sling having a central support portion intermediate first and second end portions. The central support portion includes first and second ends. The first and second end portions are respectively coupled to and extend from the first and second ends of the central support portion. The central support portion is made of a non-resorbable polymer mesh, and the first and second end portions are made of a polymer mesh different than the non-resorbable polymer mesh.07-23-2009
20090012351VESSEL OCCLUSIVE DEVICE AND METHOD OF OCCLUDING A VESSEL - An implantable vessel occlusive device and method for occluding a vessel are described, for example to occlude the urethra or bladder neck. The devices and methods described utilize an occlusive member connected to a control mechanism. The occlusive member is reversibly changed from a non-occlusive condition to an occlusive condition, for example by depressing an activation button contained within a resilient, elastomeric cover surrounding the control mechanism. In the occlusive position, an initial tension is applied to the occlusive member through a tensioning suture. The tension is translated into an occlusive pressure applied to the urethra or bladder neck that is sufficient to prevent urinary leakage. The non-occlusive position can be obtained by depressing the de-activation button. The occlusive member is constructed to allow elution of drugs, such as may be required to combat infection or tissue encapsulation from its surface.01-08-2009
20110144418Connector for Mesh Support Insertion - Disclosed is a surgical system for positioning an implant in a patient. The surgical system includes an insertion needle and a connector. The insertion needle has a distal end with a channel formed therein. The channel has a first end and a second end. The first end extends to the distal end. The second is laterally offset from the first end and does not extend to the distal end. The connector has a first end and a second end. The first end is attached to the implant that is to be positioned in the patient. The second end has a recess formed therein. The recess generally conforms to the distal end of the insertion needle. The connector has an inwardly directed extension that extends into the recess. The inwardly directed extension engages the insertion needle through the channel.06-16-2011
20110144417Patterned Implant and Method - A unitary or homogeneous patterned implant is provided. The implant is constructed of patterned cells formed by way of a molding, die casting, laser etching, laser cutting, extruding, and the like. Portions of the implant can be formed into sinusoid or other waveform strut members to control and promote elongation, expansion or contraction along single or multiple axes. As such, controlled and designated stress, tension and compression distribution is promoted across specific or localized areas of the implant.06-16-2011
20110230705METHOD FOR SOFT TISSUE ANCHORING WITH INTRODUCER - A method of providing support to an anatomical structure of the pelvis includes making a vaginal incision for providing access for placement of a mesh support device below a urethra of a patient without penetrating an abdominal wall of the patient. The mesh support device includes a sling portion and first and second soft tissues connected to first and second ends of the sling portion. The mesh support device is delivered through the vaginal incision using an introducer including a curved elongate shaft having a distal portion and a proximal portion connected to a handle. A suture is passed through a hollow tubular section of the first soft tissue anchor. The suture passed through an aperture in a distal end of the introducer and the introducer is advanced over the suture until the first soft tissue anchor is located at the distal end of the introducer.09-22-2011
20090082617METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SUPPORTING, ELEVATING, OR COMPRESSING INTERNAL STRUCTURES - The present invention relates generally to dynamic support devices, methods of providing dynamic support to target tissues, and kits comprising these devices. These devices may have particular utility in providing support to the urethra. The dynamic support devices generally comprise at least one attachment member for attachment to bodily tissue, and at least one support member, where the device capable of assuming a first configuration and a second configuration. The dynamic support devices may be configured to support a target tissue when the device is in its second configuration. The support member may comprise one or more rotating components, one or more deformable components, one or more sliding components, or a combination thereof.03-26-2009
20110230704Sling Assembly with Secure and Convenient Attachment - Surgical articles that are conveniently and securely coupled are disclosed. Improved surgical procedures are also disclosed.09-22-2011
20110230703SURGICAL INSTRUMENT AND METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF URINARY INCONTINENCE - A surgical assembly including an introducer having a handle portion and a needle portion, and at least a first retaining device extending outwardly therefrom. The assembly also includes first and second sheath elements each having a proximal end, a closed tissue penetrating distal end, a channel extending therein and a side aperture extending into the channel, and an implant having first and second ends coupled to the proximal ends of the sheath elements respectively. Channels of the first and second sheath elements are dimensioned to slidably receive therein through the side aperture the needle portion of the introducer, and for each of the first and second sheath elements when the needle portion of the introducer is so received therein, the peripheral edge of the side aperture is capable of being removably coupled to the retaining device to thereby fixedly secure the sheath element to the introducer.09-22-2011
20090247816IMPLANTABLE SLING FOR THE TREATMENT OF INCONTINENCE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - An implantable sling for the treatment of male or female incontinence and method of implementing the same. The sling comprises a urethral support portion and at least one anchoring portion extending therefrom. The anchoring portion is operatively positioned through the obturator foramen and about at least one ramus portion of the pelvis such that the support portion of the implant is operatively positioned at or distal to the bulbar urethra (male) or mid-urethral region (female) to treat urinary incontinence. In a preferred embodiment, the implant will have first and second anchoring portions extending from the support portion with each respective one of said anchoring portions being operative to be secured about dedicated ones of the patient's pubic ramus. The implants may further be fabricated from tissues, synthetic materials or combinations thereof.10-01-2009
20090240100Method for controlling flow of intestinal contents in a patient's intestines - There is provided a method for controlling a flow of intestinal contents in the intestinal passageway of a patient's intestines. The method comprises gently constricting (i.e., without substantially hampering the blood circulation in the intestinal tissue wall) at least one portion of the intestinal tissue wall to influence the flow in the intestinal passageway, and stimulating the constricted wall portion to cause contraction of the wall portion to further influence the flow in the intestinal passageway. The method can be used for restricting or stopping the flow in the intestinal passageway, or for actively moving the fluid in the intestinal passageway, with a low risk of injuring the intestines.09-24-2009
20090240101DISSOLVABLE PROTECTIVE TREATMENT FOR AN IMPLANTABLE SUPPORTIVE SLING - The invention provides, in one embodiment, a sling assembly including an implantable supportive sling and a biocompatible dissolvable protective treatment on at least a portion of the sling.09-24-2009
20100274072SPHINCTERIC CONTROL SYSTEM - A sphincteric control system for controlling the function of a bodily organ, such as the bladder. The system includes a first implanted sphincter disposed about a portion of the bodily organ, a second implanted sphincter disposed about a portion of the bodily organ, and a stimulator unit that is adapted to apply electrical stimulation to each of the first and second implanted sphincters. One of the first or second implanted sphincters is made from a smooth muscle and the other of the first or second implanted sphincters is made from a striated muscle.10-28-2010
20100274071Aromatic Compositions As Inhibitors Of Exoprotein Production In Non-Absorbent Articles - Non-absorbent articles are disclosed. The non-absorbent articles include an effective amount of an aromatic inhibitory compound to substantially inhibit the production of exotoxins by Gram positive bacteria. The aromatic inhibitory compounds of the present invention have the general formula:10-28-2010
20090259092Adjustable Sling and Method of Treating Pelvic Conditions - Systems for providing support within the pelvic region of a patient. The systems can include an elongated incontinence sling having a central support portion adapted to be positioned to support any one of the urethra or anus, and a sling tension adjustment mechanism operatively attached to the elongated sling. The sling tension adjustment mechanism can include a plunger device adapted for traversal within an interior of the housing, and an inflatable bladder provided within the housing to selectively control traversal of the plunger. Alternatively, the adjustment mechanism can include a bobbin device within the housing and one or more retention devices to selectively restrict unwinding of a suture from the bobbin device.10-15-2009
20100152528METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LEVATOR DISTENSION REPAIR - Improved methods and apparatuses for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse are provided. A specialized mesh having a shape for convenient subcutaneous placement to support the levator ani muscles is provided, as is a method of use of such a device. Appropriate devices for introducing such a mesh implant are also disclosed.06-17-2010
20100261950Adjustable Tension Incontinence Sling Assemblies - Systems for providing support to body tissue to alleviate incontinence are disclosed that comprise an elongated incontinence sling having a central support portion adapted to be positioned to support any one of the urethra or anus and first and second sling end portions extending from the central support portion through body tissue and a tension adjustment mechanism acting on or within one or both of the sling end portions. The sling tension adjustment mechanism is attached to and extends through an adjustment spacing between sling intermediate ends within at least one sling end portion. The adjustment spacing is lengthened to decrease sling tension and shortened to increase sling tension10-14-2010
20100261951METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ADJUSTABLE IMPLANTABLE CONTINENCE DEVICE - The present subject matter includes an implantable device and method for restoring continence and controlling coaptivity of a body lumen. The device includes a fill port block which has one or more self-sealing septums. The fill-port block is connected to one or more elongate conduits and ultimately to one or more expandable elements for communicating fluid. The one or more expandable elements are implanted and adjusted from a remote location using the fill-port block. Methods for implantation, use, and construction are also provided.10-14-2010
20110060180METHOD OF TREATING ANAL INCONTINENCE - A method for treating anal incontinence is provided, in which a support member is implanted in a tissue pathway extending from a first location posterior to and adjacent the anus, through the perineum anterior to the anus and terminating at a location posterior to and adjacent the anus opposite the first location.03-10-2011
20100160715METHOD OF MINIMAL INVASIVE TUNNELING - An implantable apparatus and related methods for placement of a sling so as to provide a controllable restriction about a body lumen for restoring controlled fecal continence. The sling is generally inserted through the use of a tunneler for defining tunnels in which the sling may be inserted to provide control of the sphincter. The tunneler can be provided individually or as a set or kit of tunnelers having unique cross-sectional areas such that the size of the tunnels can be increased to accommodated insertion of the sling. The tunneler can include a self-expandable device, which can be adjusted or controlled to create a wider tunnel. The tunneler can include a semi-rigid case or sheet is disposed about the middle part of the sling to protect the mesh, make tissue penetrator easier and allow for adjustment of the mesh following insertion.06-24-2010
20100217067Anal incontinence disease treatment with controlled wireless energy supply - A anal incontinence disease treatment apparatus and method include and use an operable restriction device implanted in a patient and engaging the colon or engaging the rectum to form a restricted fecal passageway in the colon or the rectum. A source of energy external to the patient's body and a control device for releasing wireless energy from the source of energy from outside the patient's body are provided. The released wireless energy is used in connection with the operation of the restriction device, to enlarge or contract the restricted fecal passageway.08-26-2010
20100240949TRANSMEMBRANE SENSING DEVICE FOR SENSING BLADDER CONDITION - The disclosure describes a sensing device that is implantable to sense bladder conditions, as well as a neurostimulation system and method that make use of such a sensor for alleviation of urinary incontinence. The sensing device is implantable outside the bladder, but includes a lead that penetrates the bladder wall to deployed a sensor within the bladder. Using the sensor on the lead, the sensing device outside the bladder is able to detect a condition within the interior of the bladder. In this sense, the sensing device provides transmembrane sensing of internal bladder conditions. The condition may be indicative of bladder filling or bladder contraction, and may be used to control electrical stimulation applied to the patient to alleviate urinary incontinence.09-23-2010
20100240947DEVICES FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE PELVIC SURGERY - The invention, in various embodiments, provides systems, devices, and methods for treating urinary incontinence.09-23-2010
20100240948MALE URETHRAL PROSTHESIS WITH TENSIONING MEMBER - The present invention provides a urethral prosthesis including a first and a second arm that join to form a junction, and a stem that is also joined to the junction. The junction is adapted to exert sufficient pressure on a portion of a patient's urethra to prevent unintentional voiding of the patient's bladder. However, upon exerting a tension force on the stem, the pressure exerted by the junction is reduced such that the patient's bladder may be intentionally voided.09-23-2010
20090076318Expandable surgical implants and methods of using them - Disclosed herein are expandable surgical implants that may be expanded one or more times by directly or indirectly uncinching one or more expansion loops. Use of the expandable surgical implant permits a physician to expand, with minimal invasion, a surgical implant that was over-tensioned by a surgeon during implantation or became over-tensioned due to changes in the patient's anatomy.03-19-2009
20100222641SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING A MEDICAL IMPLANT TO AN ANATOMICAL LOCATION IN A PATIENT - Medical implant delivery devices and systems are disclosed. In general, an exemplary delivery device comprises a shaft and a handle. An exemplary system includes any number of the following: a delivery device, a sling assembly, guide members, and connectors that interconnect the above. Embodiments of all the above components and their combinations are disclosed. Methods of using the above system in trans-obturator approaches are disclosed.09-02-2010
20130217954ADJUSTABLE MEDICAL ASSEMBLY FOR IMPLANT TENSION ADJUSTMENT - The present invention discloses a medical assembly and method to deliver and place a bodily implant inside a patient's body. The medical assembly includes an insertion tool such that a portion of the insertion tool defines a lumen. The medical assembly further includes a carrier configured to be coupled to the insertion tool and including a passageway. The medical assembly also includes a flexible elongate member configured to pass through the passageway of the carrier and the lumen. The elongate member is also configured to be coupled to the bodily implant such that a portion of the elongate member between the bodily implant and the carrier defines a length.08-22-2013
20110028779TUBULAR IMPLANTABLE SLING AND RELATED DELIVERY SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES - The invention generally relates to surgically implantable supportive slings. More specifically, in various embodiments, the invention is directed to systems, devices and methods relating to a surgically implantable supportive sling having an adjustable shape.02-03-2011
20110237868METHOD FOR FIBROUS ANCHORING OF A PELVIC SUPPORT - A method for supporting a urethra of a patient includes making an incision on an upper wall of a vagina of the patient and inserting a first end of a surgical implant through the incision and on a first side of a urethra of the patient. The first end of the surgical implant has a first fixing zone with a retaining portion that is formed of a fiber entanglement and a mesh.09-29-2011
20100197999MINIMALLY INVASIVE ADJUSTABLE SUPPORT - A method of addressing pelvic dysfunction in a patient includes forming an incision; placing an anchor that is attached to a support member by an interconnecting member onto a distal tip of a tool; inserting the distal tip of the tool and the anchor into the incision and guiding the anchor to an obturator foramen; pushing the anchor through a membrane extending over the obturator foramen; and adjusting the support member by sliding the interconnecting member relative to the anchor.08-05-2010
20100198002SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR TREATING FEMALE URINARY STRESS INCONTINENCE - A suburethral sling device and method for treating female urinary stress incontinence which is anatomically configured to implant into the lower abdomen of a female in a manner providing support to mid-urethral and bladder neck sphincteric continence sites with the sling defining in part, mesh and tissue remodeling portions. The sling is deployed via a sling transfer instrument having distal and proximal ends with the instrument comprising in part a progressively curved shaft portion positioned between the distal and proximal ends. An insertion handle of the transfer instrument is secured to the curved metal shaft section guiding the shaft tip through the tissues of the abdomen in an anterior/posterior direction as well as a cephalad/caudad direction.08-05-2010
20100198001SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR TREATING FEMALE URINARY STRESS INCONTINENCE - A suburethral sling device and method for treating female urinary stress incontinence which is anatomically configured to implant into the lower abdomen of a female in a manner providing support to mid-urethral and bladder neck sphincteric continence sites with the sling defining in part, mesh and tissue remodeling portions. The sling is deployed via a sling transfer instrument having distal and proximal ends with the instrument comprising in part a progressively curved shaft portion positioned between the distal and proximal ends. An insertion handle of the transfer instrument is secured to the curved metal shaft section guiding the shaft tip through the tissues of the abdomen in an anterior/posterior direction as well as a cephalad/caudad direction.08-05-2010
20100197998IMPLANT FOR THE TREATMENT OF INCONTINENCE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - Implantable devices are designed to provide support to the bulbar urethral region of a patient experiencing incontinence. Surgical methods are utilized to implant the devices, and surgical tools are utilized with the surgical methods.08-05-2010
20110237869ADJUSTABLE SURGICAL IMPLANT FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - A surgical implant for treating female urinary incontinence. The implant comprises an elongate polymer material suburethral support having a length and a width, first and second elongate and porous polymer material suspending members having a length and a width extending from opposite ends of the suburethral support, and first and second polymer tissue anchors having conical tips and wings on the first and second suspending members. The width of the suspending members is less than the width of the suburethral support. The length of the second suspending member between the suburethral support and the second anchor is adjustable.09-29-2011
20120143000SYSTEM FOR INTRODUCING A PELVIC IMPLANT - A system for supporting an anatomical structure of the pelvis includes a surgical implant for providing support to the anatomical structure of the pelvis. The surgical implant includes a first tissue anchor including a plurality of projections adapted for tissue fixation, a second tissue anchor including a plurality of projections adapted for tissue fixation, and a sub-urethral support having first and second ends, the first and second tissue anchors extending from the first and second ends of the sub-urethral support. The system also includes an introducer for delivering the first tissue anchor to a desired anchoring site of the pelvis.06-07-2012
20090105527METHOD OF TREATING BENIGN HYPERTROPHY OF THE PROSTATE - Disclosed herein are methods of treating a patient with benign hypertrophy of the prostate, comprising providing a compressible attenuation device that is moveable from a first, introduction configuration to a second, implanted configuration and attenuating a pressure change within the bladder by reversibly changing the volume of the attenuation device in response to the pressure change. In one embodiment, the attenuation device is advanced percutaneously into the bladder. In another embodiment, the attenuation device is positioned within the bladder to inhibit a decrease in compliance of the bladder wall as a consequence of the benign hypertrophy of the prostate.04-23-2009
20130144113METHOD OF TREATING ANAL INCONTINENCE - A method for treating anal incontinence is provided, in which a support member is implanted in a tissue pathway extending from a first location posterior to and adjacent the anus, through the perineum anterior to the anus and terminating at a location posterior to and adjacent the anus opposite the first location.06-06-2013
20100331609SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF ANAL INCONTINENCE AND PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE - Using a sling that includes a central portion and at least two arms extending from the central portion, a method of treating anal incontinence may include positioning the central portion posteriorly to the rectum and/or anus of a subject, and extending each arm of the sling to a respective obturator region. Using a sling having the same or similar structure, a method of treating pelvic organ prolapse may include positioning the central portion beneath the ano-rectum of a subject, and extending each arm of the sling to a respective thigh incision near the obturator region.12-30-2010
20100331608SURGICALLY IMPLANTABLE URETHRA PRESSURE CONTROL VALVE - A surgically implantable urethra pressure control valve is described. It comprises a clamp having a pair of spaced-apart clamping arms. A urethra passage is defined between the clamping arms. At least one of the clamping arms is a displaceable clamping arm movable towards the other clamping arm to a predetermined position spaced from the other clamping arm a distance sufficient to pinch and close an inner passage of the urethra when disposed in the urethra passage whereby to arrest the flow of urine. An actuator is provided to effect the displacement of the displaceable clamping arm. The actuator may be a remote control to operate the valve or an implanted sphincter to apply a closing pressure upon the urethra.12-30-2010
20110124954Adjustable tension incontinence sling assemblies - Systems for providing support to body tissue to alleviate incontinence are disclosed that comprise an elongated incontinence sling (05-26-2011
20110245590METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSES IN FEMALE PATIENTS - An anterior implant adapted to treat central and lateral cystoceles present in a female patient includes laterally extending stabilizing straps for supporting the implant between the patient's bladder and vagina independently of the patient's arcus tendineous fascia pelvis. Rectocele and hysterocele repairs can be carried out using, a single posterior implant which, like the anterior implant, is provided with laterally extending stabilizing straps for supporting the implant between the patient's rectum and vagina.10-06-2011
20110245591METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSES IN FEMALE PATIENTS - An anterior implant adapted to treat central and lateral cystoceles present in a female patient includes laterally extending stabilizing straps for supporting the implant between the patient's bladder and vagina independently of the patient's arcus tendineous fascia pelvis. Rectocele and hysterocele repairs can be carried out using a single posterior implant which, like the anterior implant, is provided with laterally extending stabilizing straps for supporting the implant between the patient's rectum and vagina.10-06-2011
20110245587METHOD FOR CORRECTION OF FEMALE URINARY INCONTINENCE AND SKIN REDUCTION - A novel method of treating female incontinence by use of nonablative, broadband near-infrared light applied to seven defined treatment areas of the female external genitalia to achieve skin reduction and improve skin tone of the urethra and the supportive tissues surrounding the urethra, thereby treating urinary incontinence by improving both intrinsic and extrinsic urethral support non-surgically, non-invasively, without pain, without anesthesia and without recovery time. This method represents the first use of this technology as a medical treatment, outside of cosmetic use. This method solves the problems related or inherent to surgical treatment options for female incontinence because the advantage of this technology, with light penetration just 1 to 3 mm into the skin, is that there is no cutting or trauma to the skin and there is no potential for complications such as urethral scarring, over-correction, over-tightening or obstruction. This novel method is low risk and low cost to patients, low risk for doctors, and capable of significantly lowering the burden of suffering and cost from urinary incontinence having both treatment and preventative applications for urinary incontinence.10-06-2011
20110245589Adjustable autofixing sling for treatment of urinary incontinence - This application relates to a sling for treatment of urinary incontinence. The sling includes arms having a series of three-dimensional subunits that are shaped and sized such that, when implanted in the human body, the sling is held more securely in the intended location than a sling that is held in place solely by sutures. The application is also directed to a surgical kit containing at least one sling and at least one instrument for implanting the sling.10-06-2011
20110105833TRANSOBTURATOR METHODS FOR INSTALLING SLING TO TREAT INCONTINENCE, AND RELATED DEVICES - Described are methods of treating urinary incontinence using a urinary sling and a tissue path that passes through the obturator foramen, along with related surgical implants, devices, systems, and kits.05-05-2011
20110124956Patterned Sling Implant and Method - Embodiments of elongate pelvic implants and methods for treating pelvic conditions, such as incontinence, are provided. The implants can include a tissue support portion, one or more extension portions and one or more anchors. The implant is constructed as a unitary sling implant. The implant can be constructed or formed in a generally elongate shape to provide a lattice support structure of repeated cells.05-26-2011
20110124955DEVICE TO PREVENT URINARY LEAKAGE - The invention concerns a device to prevent urinary leakage intended to be implanted in a patient, comprising: 05-26-2011
20110130623TENSION-FREE ELASTIC TAPE - A tension-free elastic tape is used for the surgical treatment of female urinary incontinence. The tape has a textile structure that allows ingrowth of the tape into the connective tissue. On its longitudinal edges, the tape has edge threads (06-02-2011
20100056856METHOD FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE IN WOMEN AND IMPLANTABLE DEVICE INTENDED TO CORRECT URINARY INCONTINENCE - A method for treating urinary incontinence includes making an incision in a region adjacent to the urethra, and positioning a tape under the urethra through the incision such that one portion of the tape extends from under the urethra through one obturator foramen and another portion of the tape extends from under urethra through the other obturator foramen.03-04-2010
20100056857URETHRAL SLINGS, AND METHODS FOR THE IMPLANTATION AND ADJUSTMENT THEREOF - The present invention relates to a urethral sling for treating incontinence, including methods of manufacturing the sling; methods of implanting the sling and methods of adjusting the sling both during and after installation. More specifically, the sling includes a collapsible tubular mesh of fibers designed to support the urethra and allow for tissue growth while easily conforming to the patient. The sling is pre-sized to eliminate the need for cutting to width during manufacture or installation and, thereby, eliminating the risk of creating rough or sharp edges. It is further equipped with one or more installation features for facilitating installation and securing the sling within the patient.03-04-2010
20110178365SURGICAL SYSTEM FOR SUPPORTING PELVIC ANATOMY - The present invention provides a surgical implant and method for supporting the urethra, the implant comprising a suburethral support suspended between two soft tissue anchors that do not penetrate the lower abdominal wall and are attached at either side of the suburethral support. The soft tissue anchors retain each anchor in soft tissue, suspending each side of the suburethral support. The suburethral support passes under the urethra to support the urethra. The implant has uses including treating urinary incontinence and uterovaginal prolapse.07-21-2011
20090216073Devices and Methods for Placing Slings and Other Materials - New methods for inserting slings and other material, wherein such methods may comprise a needle creating a pathway from a first insertion point to a first exit point that may thereafter be utilized as a second insertion point allowing for a change in direction to the needle pathway. A plurality of additional exit and re-insertion points may be repeated to provide a longer circuitous pathway, if so desired. A malleable needle may further allow unique pathways and needle angles when the needle's shape may be adjustable at each respective insertion point. A tapered device may form a final exit pathway having a tapered and reduced diameter that provides a greater friction fit between the implanted material and surrounding tissue. The present inventive method may further incorporate sling ends terminating from previously unused regions of the body including but not limited to the perineum, preprepubic, and supraobturator regions.08-27-2009
20090216072Urinary incontinence sling apparatus and method - A sling apparatus and method of treatment for stress urinary incontinence, prolapse, and the like. The apparatus and method may comprise a support material of any construction known within the art which is temporarily held in position by at least one tension member. A tension member may be attached to an end of the support material and the remaining free end of the tension member may then be releasably fastened to a fixation device at or above the level of the skin. Both the tension member and the fixation device may have incremental and/or measurable indicia disposed thereon to provide for either incremental increases or decreases in support material tension post-surgery. Upon support material natural fixation, the tension member may be cut at or below the level of the patient's skin. The tension member may comprise either permanent or bio-absorbable material.08-27-2009
20110082328METHODS FOR INSTALLING SLING TO TREAT FECAL INCONTINENCE, AND RELATED DEVICES - Described are implants, systems, kits, and methods, useful for treating fecal incontinence, which may involve surgical implantation of the implant to place a tissue support portion in a location to support, contact, adjust, or approximate, tissue of a region of anal musculature, with extension portions place in a position to support the tissue support portion. Described is a pelvic implant comprising a support portion, two extensions and a self-expanding tip (04-07-2011
20110077455MEDICAL REINFORCEMENT GRAFT - The embodiments described include graft devices for reinforcing patient tissue structures and methods of making and using the graft devices. In certain embodiments the graft devices have a remodelable extracellular matrix material graft body defining a slot and having a portion receivable through the slot to form a closed loop. Such graft devices can be used in encircling reinforcement of patient tissue structures such as anal sphincters or anastomosed vessel segments.03-31-2011
20110077456PROLAPSE REPAIR DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE - An implantable prolapse repair device comprising a central graft material suitable for placement inside a human and first, second, and third mesh strips, suitable for placement inside a human body. The first mesh strip is operatively coupled to the central graft material by weaving the first mesh strip through the at least two slits to form a supportive weave. The second and third mesh strips have free ends, including a needle attached thereto and connector ends. The connector ends are also coupled to the central graft material. The central graft material may comprise human dermis or decellularized animal tissue.03-31-2011
20120071709CORRECTION OF STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE - Devices for treating stress incontinence, having a horizontal proximal portion supported on the pubococcygeus muscle and a distal portion extending downward and away from the proximal portion at an angle approximating the vagina in an erect female as it passes down and between the anterior segments of the pubococcygeus. The distal portion may terminate with a protrusion that is positioned to provide midurethral support, thereby preserving the urethovesical angle.03-22-2012
20110034757IMPLANTABLE RESERVOIR BODY - An implantable reservoir body is provided which, as and when required, makes available a working medium that serves at least to inflate an implantable unit. An elastic hollow body is provided whose wall encloses a reservoir volume, and an induction coil arrangement is provided inside the reservoir volume and/or an induction coil arrangement is connected to the wall of the hollow body. The induction coil arrangement is connected to a pump/electronics unit provided inside or outside the hollow body, and a fluid channel is provided which leads out of the hollow body and which is connected to the pump unit and/or directly to the implanted unit that is to be inflated.02-10-2011
20110257470INFRA-OBTURATOR TENSION TRANSFER DEVICE - Disclosed is a tension delivery device for preventing urinary incontinence, which includes: Retzius space-insertion portions which are respectively to be inserted into the Retzius spaces positioned on the left side and right side of the urethra and move in response to the pressure or the Retzius spaces; and a urethral support portion which extends convergently from the Retzius space-insertion portions and serves to support the urethra upward, wherein the lateral cross section of the urethral support portion becomes thinner from Retzius space-insertion portions toward the distal end, and a mesh structure may be provided along the outer surface of the tension transfer device. When the tension transfer device is inserted into the human body, the urethral support portion presses the urethra upward due to an increase in pressure of the Retzius spaces, while the mesh structure provided along the outer surface of the device usually induces the tension of the muscles around the urethra, thereby inhibiting involuntary urinary incontinence caused by muscular relaxation. Even when a urinary incontinence patient exercises, sneezes or coughs to increase the abdominal pressure instantaneously, the device can sufficiently inhibit urinary incontinence. Furthermore, the device does not require a guide needle holder that causes damage, and is minimally invasive so that damage associated with an invasive method can be reduced. Also, the device eliminates the need for spinal anesthesia or sedative anesthesia and does not cause discomfort that can occur when excessive local anesthesia is performed. In addition, it can be easily corrected in a non-invasive manner when the therapeutic effect thereof is insufficient. Furthermore, it is easily removed so that it makes it possible to perform surgery again using other methods when the therapeutic effect thereof is insufficient.10-20-2011
20120203059Coated Pelvic Implant Device and Method - Implant systems and methods are provided to include a treatment material with a pelvic implant device. The pelvic implant device, such as an incontinence sling, can include the treatment coating combination of a material, such as Phosphorylcholine (PC), and an infection prevention material, such as InhibiZone® (IZ) technology. The treatment material can be coated onto, or impregnation or integrated with, polypropylene mesh in order to prevent infection and promote healing.08-09-2012
20100280308APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATING FEMALE URINARY INCONTINENCE - The present invention provides a surgical implant and method for supporting the urethra, the implant comprising a suburethral support suspended between two soft tissue anchors that do not penetrate the lower abdominal wall and are attached at either side of the suburethral support. The soft tissue anchors retain each anchor in soft tissue, suspending each side of the suburethral support. The suburethral support passes under the urethra to support the urethra. The implant has uses including treating urinary incontinence and uterovaginal prolapse.11-04-2010
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20110257471MALE URETHRAL PROSTHESIS WITH TENSIONING MEMBER - The present invention provides a urethral prosthesis including a first and a second arm that join to form a junction, and a stem that is also joined to the junction. The junction is adapted to exert sufficient pressure on a portion of a patient's urethra to prevent unintentional voiding of the patient's bladder. However, upon exerting a tension force on the stem, the pressure exerted by the junction is reduced such that the patient's bladder may be intentionally voided.10-20-2011
20110054245Implantable Device for Controlling Defecation and Related Method - An implantable device for selectively controlling defecation has an outer body defining on one end a flange that is surgically attachable to the person's anus and/or tissue adjacent to the anus. A connector is mounted on the other end of the outer body and is secured to the distal end of the person's large intestine for connecting the large intestine in fluid communication with the device. An inner body is slidably received within the outer body. A macerator-type pump is mounted within the inner body and an inlet valve is mounted between the pump and the connector. An actuator in the form of an RF receiver is electrically coupled to the inlet valve and the pump and a remote transmitter is operatively coupled to the receiver. The receiver is responsive to control signals received from the transmitter to open the inlet valve and operate the pump in order to move fecal matter through the device.03-03-2011
20110054244Adjustable device for the treatment of female urinary incontinence - A support device suitable for urethral support is adjustable for length post operatively. An elongated body has at least one everting or intersusseception section and a line going through a passage in the elongated body. The elongated body is supported in the patient and the line is adjustable by an adjustable screw. The amount of support can be changed postoperatively using an instrument inserted through the skin with a local anesthetic or even from outside the skin with no surgical intervention. The everting section changes length when adjustments are made.03-03-2011
20110118538PELVIC IMPLANTS AND RELATED METHODS - Described are surgical implants that include a central support portion adapted to be positioned to support pelvic tissue, between mesh end portions adapted to be passed through body tissue, wherein edges of the end portions exhibit extensions that are resistant to deformation.05-19-2011
20120149974IMPLANTABLE DEVICES FOR THE TREATMENT OF INCONTINENCE AND METHODS OF USING SAME - Implantable devices are designed to provide support to the bulbar urethral region of a patient experiencing incontinence. Surgical methods are utilized to implant the devices, and surgical tools are utilized with the surgical methods.06-14-2012
20100312043SYNTHETIC GRAFT FOR SOFT TISSUE REPAIR - An implant includes a support member having a first portion and a second portion. The support member is configured to be in contact with a wall of a vagina of a patient. The first portion defines apertures having a first size. The second portion defines at least one aperture having a second size. The second size is larger than the first size. The aperture having the second size is configured to be substantially aligned with a scar or an incision in the wall of the vagina. The second portion is configured to better prevent erosion of the wall of the vagina near the scar or incision than the first portion.12-09-2010
20100179376DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DEFORMING A BODY CHANNEL - Devices, system and methods for deforming body channels are disclosed herein. At least some embodiments described may be used to deform a body channel so as to decrease or prevent the normal intrachannel flow of material within the body channel. Such deformation may be used to treat such maladies as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.07-15-2010
20100191038Devices and tools for treatment of urinary incontinence - Implantable medical devices provide support to a patient's urethra, surgical tools are utilized with the devices, and surgical methods are utilized to implant the devices in patients for treatment of urinary incontinence.07-29-2010
20110263927MEDICAL SLINGS - A sling in accordance with the invention includes a synthetic material and a non-synthetic material positioned adjacent thereto. The non-synthetic material may be wrapped around or may be attached to the synthetic material. Additionally, the non-synthetic material may include slits. Methods for making such slings are also described.10-27-2011
20110190571METHOD OF SUPPORTING PELVIC ORGANS - A method of supporting pelvic organs in a patient includes forming a tissue incision providing access to the pelvic organs in the patient; inserting a knit material into the tissue incision; and supporting at least one of the pelvic organs in the patient with the knit material. The knit material has a filament knitted into a chain of loops that are coupled together by having each loop suspended by a neighboring loop, and at least one loop in the chain of loops having the filament tied around said one loop to form a closed loop.08-04-2011
20110201873VARIABLE SLING FOR URINARY CONTINENCE - An apparatus for treating urinary incontinence in a patient includes at least one adjustable lifting device for supporting a patient's urethra to restore urinary control. The adjustable lifting device can post-operatively and non-invasively adjust the level of lift of a patient's urethra, to thereby affect the patient's incontinence. The adjustable lifting device is placed above the pubis bone of the patient. The device includes first and second fixation devices that are adjustable to thereby adjust the length of a sling that cradles and lift's the patient's urethra. The apparatus could also be used to treat anal incontinence.08-18-2011
20110201872IMPLANT FOR TREATMENT OF VAGINAL AND/OR UTERINE PROLAPSE - An implant suitable for treatment of treatment of vaginal and/or uterine prolapse and/or pelvic floor reconstruction. The implant comprises a vaginal support member substantially sized or shaped to the portion of the vaginal wall to be supported and at least two extension portions projecting from the support member, wherein at least one extension portion has fixation means for anchoring the extension portion into pelvic paravaginal fibro-fatty issue without being faxed into defined structural tissues. A method of treating treatment of vaginal and/or uterine prolapse and/or pelvic floor reconstruction using the implant is also provided.08-18-2011
20110218388Ring Magnet for Obesity Management - A system and method for restricting an anatomical passageway includes a plurality of ring magnet pieces. Each of the plurality of ring magnet pieces has an inner and outer surface, and a pair of magnetic end sections between the outer surface and the inner surface, each end section having a characteristic magnetic field arrangement. An insert includes at least one of a magnet and a magnetic material. The ring magnet pieces are capable of forming, due to their magnetic field arrangements, an enclosed ring around an anatomical passageway. The insert is magnetically held in place by the ring magnet pieces when positioned in the anatomical passageway.09-08-2011
20110218387ANCHORS FOR USE IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS - An anchor system and associated method for manipulating, approximating or compressing tissues and anatomical or other structures in medical applications for the purpose of treating diseases or disorders or other purposes. The anchor includes one or more elastic wing and fin structures extending radially from the anchor's body.09-08-2011
20090036729PENILE COMPRESSION DEVICE - A penile compression device for preventing urinary leaking and method for the same. First and second semi-rigid support arm are connected at opposing ends in their length direction. The support arms are biased towards each other in a resting position. The support arms are compressible from the length direction such that the support arms deform away from each other. An open region is formed between the support arms when the support arms are deformed, and enables penis insertion between the support arms. Releasing compression of the support arms enables the support arms to bias from a deformed position to a clamped position, whereby the support arms compress a male urethra to prevent urinary leakage. An absorbent sleeve may be affixed to the support arms to capture and hold any urine leakage.02-05-2009
20100152529FECAL INCONTINENCE DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD - A device for treating fecal incontinence in a subject is provided. The device includes a plug configured for positioning mostly within an anal canal of the subject.06-17-2010
20090018385URETHRA PRESSURE CONTROL VALVE TO CONTROL INCONTINENCE - A surgically implantable urethra pressure control adjustable valve for male and female patients is described. The valve comprises a clamp positionable about a urethra in a patient's body. The clamp has a circumferential wall having a first and a second opening. The openings are oppositely spaced apart at predetermined locations to provide for the passage of the urethra through the circumferential wall. A pressure abutment element is provided inside the circumferential wall and disposed between an inner wall surface of the circumferential wall and the urethra and actuable to apply a contained control pressure against the urethra to close the urethra by pinching same against a diametrically opposed immovable abutment element formed in the circumferential wall and projecting inwardly therein. The contained controlled pressure is adjustable and selected so that liquid pressure from a bladder associated with the urethra and under the influence of muscle control will cause the urethra to open against the contained controlled pressure to discharge liquid from the bladder and to automatically close once the pressure from the bladder is discontinued by muscle control.01-15-2009
20120046517Second generation tape - A method for treating female stress urinary incontinence by implantable tapes. One embodiment are woven and knitted tapes having only macropores, a macropore is constructed by single threads, the threads at the crossing areas are bonded by heating them to the melting point of the surface of the threads. Other embodiment is molded tapes, having only macropores, a macropore is constructed by single threads. The crossing crossing areas of the threads may have a simple crossing configuration, a spherical crossing configuration and a cubical crossing configuration. A molded tape having one or three sections which have different construction.02-23-2012
20100191039TRANSOBTURATOR SURGICAL ARTICLES AND METHODS - Surgical articles, implants and components suitable for a transobturator surgical procedure are described.07-29-2010
20120010458Transobturator Surgical Articles and Methods - Surgical articles, implants and components suitable for a transobturator surgical procedure are described.01-12-2012
20120010457Prolapse Repair - Surgical instruments for prolapse repair are disclosed. The surgical instruments have straight portions and helical portions.01-12-2012
20120010456ADJUSTABLE SURGICAL SLING - The invention, in one embodiment, is directed to systems and methods for adjusting support to an anatomical location using an expandable chamber.01-12-2012
20120065459ANGLED SURGICAL INTRODUCER - The invention describes a surgical introducer comprising a proximal tip portion and a distal tip portion, wherein each tip portion comprises a notch, a base portion comprising an angle, wherein the base portion is between the proximal tip portion and the distal tip portion and wherein the base portion is wider than the remainder of the introducer. The introducer can be used for insertion of arms of a urethral sling into a patient.03-15-2012
20120016183SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERYING A MEDICAL IMPLANT TO AN ANATOMICAL LOCATION IN A PATIENT - A surgical device for use in a minimally invasive procedure to treat urinary incontinence can include a dilator coupled to a curved needle at one end and a sling at the opposite end. Urinary incontinence can be treated minimally invasively. One treatment includes positioning the sling on an anterior portion of the urethra to provide proper coaptation to the urethra.01-19-2012
20120016182Fold-Resistant Pelvic Implant System and Method - A pelvic non-folding hammock implant is provided. Such an implant can be constructed of a polymer material to provide an implant portion, e.g., support portion, having one or more extending and independent teeth-like features defining a fold control portion in a generally comb-like construct. The individual teeth resist folding by providing independently reacting extensions along the fold control portion.01-19-2012
20120022317IMPLANTABLE SLING FOR THE TREATMENT OF INCONTINENCE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A method of treating urinary incontinence includes making an incision and exposing urethral tissue in a patient and employing a tool to place an implant into the incision. The method also includes coupling a first end of the implant to the tool and directing the tool and the first end of the implant through a first obturator foramen of the patient and following the same approach on a contralateral side of the patient thus suspending the implant between the first obturator foramen and the second obturator foramen of the patient. The method additionally includes elevating a urethra of the patient with a central portion of the implant, and securing the first end of the implant relative to a first descending ramus of the patient and securing the second end of the implant relative to a second descending ramus of the patient.01-26-2012
20120310039INCONTINENCE TREATMENT DEVICE - An incontinence treatment device includes a urethral support and first and second connectors. The urethral support extends between a first end and a second end and has porosity that is configured to allow tissue in-growth through the urethral support. The first connector is attached to the first end of the urethral support and the second connector is attached to the second end of the urethral support. At least one of the first connector and the second connector is a cross-linked polymer connector having a glass transition temperature between 40-70 degrees Celsius. The cross-linked polymer connector has an initial length that is elongated to an implant length that is greater than the initial length. Means for heating the cross-linked polymer connector from an extracorporeal location through intact skin is provided, thereby shortening the cross-linked polymer connector.12-06-2012
20120022318Implantable Article and Method - An implantable article and method are disclosed for treating pelvic floor disorders such as vaginal vault prolapse. A surgical kit useful for performing a surgical procedure such as a sacral colpopexy is also described.01-26-2012
20120209059SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SLINGS FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - Systems and methods consistent with embodiments of the present invention may delineate a system for treating urinary incontinence. The system may include a sling for contacting a portion of a patient. The system may also include a plurality of sutures coupled to the sling and a plurality of members including apertures through which the sutures may pass, wherein the plurality of members are for engagement with the sling.08-16-2012
20120071707MEDICAL DEVICE - A tubular non-woven soft tissue implant has cell patterns. The cell pattern has a continuous circumferential construction with atraumatic edges and a tubular centre. The implant is suitable for stabilising and/or supporting body tissue for example to treat urinary incontinence and/or pelvic floor prolapse.03-22-2012
20120071708Implantable Sling Having Bladder Support - Surgical implants operative to simultaneously function as a pubovaginal sling for the treatment of incontinence and as a support member to effectuate cystocele repair. The implant comprises a first sling portion operative to be positioned beneath the urethra, per conventional pubovaginal sling surgery. The implant further includes a second bladder support portion extending from the sling support portion that is oriented to extend beneath and be surgically attached to a portion of the bladder to thus enable the same to be supported to a degree necessary to effectuate cystocele repair. The implant may be fabricated from a unitary piece of harvested tissue, synthetic material or combinations thereof. Preferably, the sling portion of the implant is fabricated from a synthetic material whereas the bladder support portion of the implant comprises a segment of harvested tissue sewn to the sling portion.03-22-2012
20080269547Adjustable Incontinence Apparatus - In an exemplary embodiment an adjustable urethral sling includes a flexible mesh support having a mesh envelope at a suburethral potion and an expansion chamber within the mesh envelope. A conduit may be provided that extends along the flexible mesh support and that is in fluid communication with the expansion chamber. When installed in a patient the sling may loop under the urethra and out exit sites. An access port may be provided in a subcutaneous pocket and attached to the conduit to allow for remote expansion of the expansion chamber from a desirable location to allow adjustment of the sling with the patient in a standing position. The mesh envelope allows tissue ingrowth around the container so that the container can be expanded for a long period of time after implantation. The expansion chamber may be U-shaped to provide lateral closing pressure to the urethra when expanded.10-30-2008
20110105832Surgical Articles for Placing an Implant about a Tubular Tissue Structure and Methods - A minimally invasive surgical instrument for placing an implantable article about a tubular tissue structure is disclosed. The surgical instrument is particularly useful for treating urological disorders such as incontinence. Surgical methods using the novel instrument are also described.05-05-2011
20110105830Applicator for Self-Expanding Intravaginal Urinary Incontinence Devices - An applicator for a self-expanding intravaginal device has a barrel and a plunger that can substantially contain the self-expanding intravaginal device without significant insertion barrel distortion while maintaining comfortable applicator insertion. The barrel has an insertion end, an opposed gripper end, and a central portion therebetween, and it is arranged and configured to substantially contain the self-expanding intravaginal device. The plunger is in telescoping relation with the barrel, and it is arranged and configured to expel the self-expanding intravaginal device out of the insertion end of the barrel when the plunger is pushed into the gripper end of the barrel. A plurality of flexible petals substantially closes the insertion end of the barrel, and the central portion of the barrel has a load to 3 mm deflection of at least about 15 Newtons. Other aspects of the invention include a self-expanding intravaginal urinary incontinence system, and methods of making the applicator.05-05-2011
20110184226DISSOLVABLE PROTECTIVE TREATMENT FOR AN IMPLANTABLE SUPPORTIVE SLING - The invention provides, in one embodiment, a sling assembly including an implantable supportive sling and a biocompatible dissolvable protective treatment on at least a portion of the sling.07-28-2011
20120165603IMPLANTABLE DEVICES FOR THE TREATMENT OF INCONTINENCE AND METHODS OF USING SAME - Implantable devices are designed to provide support to the bulbar urethral region of a patient experiencing incontinence. Surgical methods are utilized to implant the devices, and surgical tools are utilized with the surgical methods.06-28-2012
20120165601Vaginal Insert Device Having a Support Portion with Plurality of Struts - A vaginal insert device including a support portion, a stabilizing portion, a removal device, and at least one fluid passageway extending though the support portion is disclosed. The vaginal insert relaxes in the vagina to deliver outward compression force against the bladder neck via the anterior vaginal wall to assist prevention of urinary stress incontinence. The substantially cylindrical support portion has a distal end, a proximal end, and a hollow interior section with a plurality of struts extending from the distal end to the proximal end. Desirably, the plurality of struts helically curve as the plurality of struts extend from the distal end to the proximal end. The largest circumference of the support portion has an insertion diameter when the plurality of struts are twisted together and an in-use diameter wherein the plurality of struts are extended outward into a convex position larger than the insertion diameter.06-28-2012
20120165600(Partial) apparatus for preventing incontinence with a fixing device to be immovably implanted in body tissue - The invention is concerned with an apparatus for preventing incontinence with a fixing device to be immovably implanted in body tissue, whereby a tubular body (06-28-2012
20120130156SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR TREATING PELVIC FLOOR DISORDERS - Disclosed are single-incision surgical procedures for treatment of urinary incontinence and/or pelvic floor disorders and related uses, devices, kits, and methods. Implants are also disclosed for use in the exemplary procedures. In certain embodiments, soft tissue anchors are used to anchor the surgical implants to obturator membranes of a patient.05-24-2012
20120130155DEVICE FOR THE TREATMENT OF FEMALE URINARY INCONTINENCE AND VAGINAL FLACCIDITY - A device for the treatment of female urinary incontinence and vaginal flaccidity including a silicon elastomer catheter of 10 cm in length×2.3 mm width and a rigid silicon connector in the shape of an hour glass that connects the extremities of the catheter to surgically treat female urinary incontinence and vaginal flaccidity.05-24-2012
20120215059SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING A MEDICAL IMPLANT TO AN ANATOMICAL LOCATION IN A PATIENT - Medical implant delivery devices and systems are disclosed. In general, an exemplary delivery device comprises a shaft and a handle. An exemplary system includes any number of the following: a delivery device, a sling assembly, guide members, and connectors that interconnect the above. Embodiments of all the above components and their combinations are disclosed. Methods of using the above system in trans-obturator approaches are disclosed.08-23-2012
20120215058Implant Tension Adjustment System and Method - An implant or sling device is provided with a tension adjustment system. The adjustment system can include one or more small pressure bulbs placed against the inferior pubic rami for support. By palpating the bulbs (one on left and one on right), the pressure can be adjusted to control the tension of the implant. Other conduits, balloons, introduction tools, ports and fluid adjustment components and mechanisms can be included to provide selective adjustment of the tension of the implant relative to the supported tissue or organ.08-23-2012
20100198000ADJUSTABLE SURGICAL SLING - The invention, in one embodiment, is directed to systems and methods for adjusting support to an anatomical location using an expandable chamber.08-05-2010
20120083649METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - A method for treating urinary incontinence includes making an incision in a region adjacent to the urethra, and positioning a tape under the urethra through the incision such that one portion of the tape extends from under the urethra through one obturator foramen and another portion of the tape extends from under urethra through the other obturator foramen.04-05-2012
20120259165LOBED PESSARY DEVICE - An intravaginal pessary device is provided. The device has a top, a bottom, a sidewall that extends between the top and bottom, and a length. The sidewall has a lower lobe, a mid-section, and an upper lobe. The lower lobe connects the bottom to the mid-section, the upper lobe connects the top to the mid-section, and the sidewall has curvilinear transitions from the upper lobe to the mid-section and from the mid-section to the lower lobe.10-11-2012
20100010290Smooth muscle implant for managing a medical condition - The present invention relates to an implant for managing a medical condition. In particular, it relates to medical treatments which employ smooth muscle implant and discloses a method of augmenting a smooth muscle implant for management of a human medical condition. Augmentation may be by a number of methods. It may be by utilising neurotrophic or trophic factors to assist growth of the smooth muscle tissue or nerve growth within the smooth muscle tissue, or revascularisation of the smooth muscle tissue. It may be by utilising tissue engineering to grow smooth muscle tissue. It may be by adding proliferative smooth muscle cells and/or smooth muscle stem cells for the smooth muscle.01-14-2010
20110105831Sling Delivery System and Method of Use - An apparatus and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The biocompatible device includes a handle, needle, dilator and sling assembly configured to be minimally invasive and provide sufficient support to the target site. In addition, the configuration of the sling assembly also allows the sling to be adjusted during and/or after implantation. The device and treatment procedure are highly effective and produce little to no side effects or complications. Further, operative risks, pain, infections and post operative stays are reduced, thereby improving patient quality of life.05-05-2011
20090177026SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SLINGS FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - Systems and methods consistent with embodiments of the present invention may delineate a system for treating urinary incontinence. The system may include a sling for contacting a portion of a patient. The system may also include a plurality of sutures coupled to the sling and a plurality of members including apertures through which the sutures may pass, wherein the plurality of members are for engagement with the sling.07-09-2009
20100292530METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FIXATION OF IMPLANTABLE DEVICES ADJACENT A BODY LUMEN - The present application relates to method and apparatus for reducing migration and rotation of implantable devices including an expandable element and an elongate portion.11-18-2010
20120253108IMPLANTS, TOOLS, AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF PELVIC CONDITIONS - Described are various embodiments of surgical procedures, systems, implants, devices, tools, and methods, useful for treating pelvic conditions in a male or female, the pelvic conditions including incontinence (various forms such as fecal incontinence, stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence, etc.), vaginal prolapse (including various forms such as enterocele, cystocele, rectocele, apical or vault prolapse, uterine descent, etc.), and other conditions caused by muscle and ligament weakness, the devices and tools including devices and tools for anchoring an implant to supportive tissue and adjusting the implant.10-04-2012
20120253107IMPLANTS, TOOLS, AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF PELVIC CONDITIONS - Described are various embodiments of surgical procedures, systems, implants, devices, tools, and methods, useful for treating pelvic conditions in a male or female, the pelvic conditions including incontinence (various forms such as fecal incontinence, stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence, etc.), vaginal prolapse (including various forms such as enterocele, cystocele, rectocele, apical or vault prolapse, uterine descent, etc.), and other conditions caused by muscle and ligament weakness, the devices and tools including devices and tools for anchoring an implant to supportive tissue and adjusting the implant.10-04-2012
20120253109IMPLANTS, TOOLS, AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF PELVIC CONDITIONS - Described are various embodiments of surgical procedures, systems, implants, devices, tools, and methods, useful for treating pelvic conditions in a male or female, the pelvic conditions including incontinence (various forms such as fecal incontinence, stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence, etc.), vaginal prolapse (including various forms such as enterocele, cystocele, rectocele, apical or vault prolapse, uterine descent, etc.), and other conditions caused by muscle and ligament weakness, the devices and tools including devices and tools for anchoring an implant to supportive tissue and adjusting the implant.10-04-2012
20120316386SURGICAL ARTICLES AND METHODS - Described are devices, implants, kits, and related methods for treating pelvic conditions such as urinary in incontinence, in a male or a female patient. The invention includes, in one embodiment, a multi-piece implant, including a tissue support piece, extension portion, and one or more self-fixating tips. The device may be employed through a medial incision in the pelvic region of the patient.12-13-2012
20120316385BODILY IMPLANTS AND METHODS OF TREATING FECAL INCONTINENCE USING BODILY IMPLANTS - A bodily implant is provided that includes a support member and an arm member. The support member is configured to be placed within a body of a patient such that the support member surrounds a rectum of the patient. The arm member extends from the support member and is configured to be coupled to a portion of the body of the patient to help retain the support member in place within the body of the patient.12-13-2012
20120316384METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE CONDITIONS - A method for treating pelvic organ prolapse conditions via a vaginal approach, including identifying the presumptive apex of the vagina and the ischial spine; pressing the presumptive apex of the vagina onto the ischial spine; while maintaining contact between the presumptive apex of the vagina and the sacrospinous ligament, continuously sweeping the presumptive apex of the vagina in a dorso-medial direction from the ischial spine along the sacrospinous ligament to a first location approximately two centimeters from the ischial spine; and while maintaining contact between the presumptive apex of the vagina and the sacrospinous ligament, attaching the presumptive apex to the sacrospinous ligament at the first location using a first tissue anchor.12-13-2012
20120259164PESSARY DEVICE - A non-expandable intravaginal pessary device. The device has a top, a bottom, and a sidewall that extends between the top and the bottom. The top, bottom, and sidewall form an outer periphery defining a total enclosed area of the device. The device has a first region adapted to extend between an anterior vaginal wall and a posterior vaginal wall of a woman to provide pressure on the woman's urethra through the vaginal wall, the first region having a first width and a second region having a second width, wherein the first width is greater than the second width. In addition, the device applies a first pressure to a first portion of the urethra when inserted into the woman's vagina and applies a second pressure to a second portion of the urethra, wherein the second pressure is less than the first pressure.10-11-2012
20120190916ANCHORING DEVICE AND ITS IMPELEMENTATION - A method of providing ligamentory like support between two spaced locations in the body of a patient comprising fixing an anchor in each location, connecting the anchors by a filamentary element, adjusting the tension of the filamentary element between the locations to establish the desired spatial relationship between the locations to provide at least a supplementary ligamentory support between the locations.07-26-2012
20120259169IMPLANTABLE SLING FOR THE TREATMENT OF INCONTINENCE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A method of treating incontinence in a male patient includes forming a non-scrotal incision in the male patient; traversing an anchor portion of an implant through the incision and through an obturator foramen of the male patient; securing the anchor portion of the implant to a ramus of the male patient; and placing a support portion of the implant in the incision to support a urethra of the male patient.10-11-2012
20120259168SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - A surgical implant and a surgical apparatus for implanting the implant into a subject. The apparatus includes an insertion needle, a retainer fitted over the needle, and a handle for manipulating the needle. The implant includes a mesh sling, a distal anchor, and a proximal anchor, with the mesh held to the needle by the retainer during implantation. In use, the needle is inserted into the subject, the distal and proximal anchors are set, and the retainer is removed to deploy the mesh into place. A tensioning assembly can be manipulated to tension the mesh. In some embodiments, a lumen in the needle is used to deliver an anesthetic to the surgical site and/or an epoxy to the mesh to form anchors.10-11-2012
20120259166ARRAY OF PESSARY DEVICES - An array of non-expandable pessary devices. The array includes a first pessary device having a top, a base, a length, a sidewall extending between the top and the base, a longitudinal axis, a maximum diameter, and a minimum diameter that is less than the maximum diameter. The first pessary device has a pressure region adapted to extend between an anterior vaginal wall and a posterior vaginal wall of a user to provide pressure on the user's urethra through the vaginal wall, the pressure region comprising the maximum diameter, wherein the maximum diameter is less than 25 mm. The array also includes a second pessary device having a top, a base, a length, a sidewall extending between the top and the base, a longitudinal axis, a maximum diameter, and a minimum diameter that is less than the maximum diameter. The second pessary device has a pressure region adapted to extend between an anterior vaginal wall and a posterior vaginal wall of a user to provide pressure on the user's urethra through the vaginal wall, the pressure region comprising the maximum diameter, wherein the maximum diameter is less than 25 mm. The maximum diameter of the second pessary device can be greater than the maximum diameter of the first pessary device.10-11-2012
20120259163METHOD FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - A method for reducing urinary incontinence in a female. The method includes inserting into the female's vagina a first non-expandable intravaginal pessary device, the pessary device having a top, a base, a length, a longitudinal axis, a maximum diameter, and a minimum diameter that is less than the maximum diameter. The pessary device has a pressure region adapted to extend between an anterior vaginal wall and a posterior vaginal wall of a user to provide pressure on the user's urethra through the vaginal wall, and the pressure region comprising the maximum diameter, wherein the maximum diameter is less than 25 mm. The pessary device is retained within the vagina of the female for about 8 to about 12 hours, and removed and disposed. A second non-expandable intravaginal pessary device is then inserted into the female's vagina.10-11-2012
20120259162PESSARY DEVICE WITH IMPROVED PRESSURE PROFILE - A non-expandable intravaginal pessary device capable of providing varying pressure along the length of a woman's urethra when inserted into the woman's vagina. The device has a top, a bottom, and a sidewall that extends between the top and the bottom, and the sidewall, top and bottom form an enclosed outer periphery defining a total area of the device. The sidewall has a convex bottom portion, a mid-section, and a convex top portion. The convex bottom portion connects the bottom to the mid-section, the convex upper portion connects the top to the mid-section, and the convex bottom portion and the convex upper portion are capable of providing pressure to two distinct locations on a woman's urethra when inserted into a woman's vagina.10-11-2012
20120259161PESSARY DEVICE WITH LONGITUDINAL FLEXIBILITY - An intravaginal pessary device. The device has a top, a mid-section, and a bottom. The device has a sidewall that extends between the top and the bottom, and the top, the bottom, and the sidewall form an outer periphery defining a total area of the device. The top has a first width and the mid-section has a second width, and the first width is greater than the second width. In addition, the top has a first flexibility and the mid-section has a second flexibility, and the first flexibility is greater than the second flexibility.10-11-2012
20120259160PESSARY DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED COMFORT - A non-expandable intravaginal pessary device. The device has a top and a bottom, and a sidewall that extends between the top and the bottom. The sidewall, top and bottom form an outer periphery defining a total area of the device. The device has an interior that is substantially enclosed by the top, the bottom, and the sidewall. The sidewall has a convex bottom portion, a mid-section, and a convex top portion. The convex bottom portion connects the bottom to the mid-section, and the convex upper portion connects the top to the mid-section. The convex bottom portion has a maximum diameter of less than about 25 mm, and the mid-section has a maximum diameter less than the maximum diameter of the convex bottom portion.10-11-2012
20120259159PESSARY DEVICE - A non-expandable pessary device, the pessary device having a top, a base, a length, a longitudinal axis, a maximum diameter, and a minimum diameter that is less than the maximum diameter. The pessary device has a pressure region adapted to extend between an anterior vaginal wall and a posterior vaginal wall of a user to provide pressure on the user's urethra through the vaginal wall. The pressure region includes the maximum diameter, and the maximum diameter is less than 25 mm.10-11-2012
20080300449EVALUATING PATIENT INCONTINENCE - Systems and methods for determining a number of interruptions in a sleep state of a patient attributable to an urge or need to void during a sleep event include monitoring an activity level of the patient. The urge or need to void may be attributable to fecal or urinary incontinence. The patient activity level may be determined with one or more sensors that detect motion and/or one or more sensors that monitor a physiological parameter of the patient that varies as a function of patient activity. In one embodiment, a clinician selects a therapy parameter set for the patient based on the severity of the patient's incontinence. In another embodiment, the number of interruptions in the sleep state is associated with a therapy parameter set that was implemented during the sleep state in order to evaluate the efficacy of the therapy parameter set. In another embodiment, a medical device automatically adjusts a therapy parameter to treat the incontinence if the number of interruptions in the sleep state exceeds a threshold.12-04-2008
20110004050APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MODULATING THE SIZE OF AN IMPLANTABLE SLING - The invention provides methods and devices for modulating the size of an implantable sling.01-06-2011
20110046436ANAL SLING SYSTEM AND METHOD TO TREAT FECAL INCONTINENCE - A method of implanting an anal sling in a patient having an anal sphincter with a defective portion, including: linking a first point on the anal sphincter and a second point on the anal sphincter, wherein the second point opposes the first point across the defective portion of the anal sphincter and tightening the anal sling across the defective portion of the anal sphincter. In a preferred embodiment, linking the first and second points on the anal sphincter includes passing a first end of the anal sling, coupled to a first-side needle tool, through the anal sphincter at the first point and passing a second end of the anal sling, coupled to a second-side needle, through the anal sphincter at the second point.02-24-2011
20120271099FEMALE URINARY INCONTINENCE DEVICES - Disclosed is a female urinary incontinence-inhibiting device comprising a flexible torus including at least one slot configured to, under compression, flexibly reduce the outer diameter of the flexible torus, the flexible torus having a diameter configured to inhibit female urinary incontinence when placed in a vagina and a stabilizing element, coupled to the flexible torus, the stabilizing element having a size and position configured to stabilize the flexible torus within the vagina.10-25-2012
20120323067SURGICAL ARTICLES AND METHODS FOR TREATING PELVIC CONDITIONS - Described are pelvic implants and methods of surgically placing pelvic implants, that provide treatment for pelvic floor disorders by support of the levator.12-20-2012
20090112052Implant Inserted Without Bone Anchors For Treatment of Urge Incontinence - The present invention discloses an implant for placement in the retropubic space of a patient. Novel methods and assemblies for use in conjunction with the implant are also described, which include mechanical positioning of the sling, placement of a mechanical implant underneath the urethra or mechanical vibration (intermittent) under the urethra or other incontinence lumen.04-30-2009
20110237870METHOD FOR IMPLANTING AN ADJUSTABLE SURGICAL IMPLANT FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE - A method of treating urinary incontinence of a patient by introducing a surgical implant through a vaginal incision. The surgical implant includes a suburethral support having first and second suspending members and first and second tissue anchors. The width of each suspending member is less than the width of the suburethral support. Each tissue anchor has a conical tip and is coupled with a respective one of the first and second suspending members. The first and second tissue anchors are inserted into tissue on first and second sides, respectively, of a urethra of the patient without penetrating an abdominal wall. A position of the suburethral support relative to the patient's urethra is adjusted, including pulling the second suspending member through the patient's vagina to adjust the distance between the suburethral support and the second anchor, after which the distance between the suburethral support and the second anchor is fixed.09-29-2011
20110237866METHOD FOR SUPPORTING PELVIC ANATOMY - A method for providing support to an anatomical structure of the pelvis includes making a vaginal incision for securing a support portion under a urethra of a patient, passing a narrowed portion of an introducer through an introducer aperture of a first soft tissue anchor, seating the first soft tissue anchor on the introducer, and inserting a second soft tissue anchor through the vaginal incision and pressing the second soft tissue anchor into tissue on a second side of the urethra such that a support portion is suspended from the first and second soft tissue anchors under the urethra without the first and second soft tissue anchors penetrating an abdominal wall of the patient.09-29-2011
20110237864Prosthetic Implant For Suburethral Support With Gussets - The invention relates to a prosthetic implant (09-29-2011
20100234672SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TREATING PELVIC FLOOR DISORDERS - Disclosed are single-incision surgical procedures for treatment of urinary incontinence and/or pelvic floor disorders and related uses, devices, kits, and methods. Implants are also disclosed for use in the exemplary procedures. In certain embodiments, soft tissue anchors are used to anchor the surgical implants to obturator membranes of a patient.09-16-2010
20120330093MEDICAL PRODUCT AND PRODUCTION THEREOF - A medical product for use in treating/managing hernias, prolapses, urinary incontinence and/or dyspareunia in humans and/or animals including at least one textile fabric having a textile ground structure and thread structures which protrude from the trextile ground structure, wherein at least some of the thread structures are interloped with the textile ground structure.12-27-2012
20100130815INTRAURETHRAL AND EXTRAURETHRAL APPARATUS - A method is provided, including distally advancing an implant through a urethra of a patient until the implant emerges in a bladder of the patient, and facilitating expanding of a pre-operative perimeter of a portion of the urethra to a post-operative perimeter of the portion of the urethra that is larger than the pre-operative perimeter by proximally retracting the implant and implanting the implant in prostate tissue surrounding the urethra. Other embodiments are also described.05-27-2010
20120330094METHODS AND DEVICES FOR THE TREATMENT OF URINARY INCONTINENCE - Methods and devices for treating female stress urinary incontinence are disclosed. The methods include transvaginally accessing the pelvic cavity and introducing a suburethral sling into the retropubic space. In some embodiments the ends of the sling are attached to an anatomical support structure. In other embodiments, the ends of the suburethral sling are not attached to an anatomical support structure. The devices include a surgical instrument for blunt dissection of the pelvic cavity which includes a curved shaft and a blunt distal end. A hook deployment device may optionally be attached to the surgical instrument.12-27-2012
20110306820METHOD OF TREATING INCONTINENCE - A method of treating incontinence includes inserting a rigid implant peri-urethrally into a patient, aligning a longitudinal axis of the rigid implant substantially parallel to a urethra of the patient, and limiting mobility of the urethra with the rigid implant.12-15-2011
20120289768Anatomically Conforming Vaginal Insert - A vaginal insert formed from a composition that, prior to introduction to the vagina, has the physical properties of a liquid, semi-soft gel, paste, foam, or viscous material so that it can be effectively delivered to the vaginal canal. After introduction into the vagina, the composition will expand and/or solidify into a semi-solid or solid structure to substantially fill the entire “H” shaped space of the vagina and a portion of the rugal folds along the length of the vaginal canal. Upon solidifying, the composition defines an insert that, in one embodiment, is suitable for use as a tampon and, in another embodiment, is suitable for use as an incontinence device.11-15-2012
20100228078SLING ASSEMBLIES FOR TREATING URINARY INCONTINENCE AND METHODS RELATED THERETO - A surgical fastener for use in surgical procedures comprises a first member, a second member, and an anchor. Surgical materials may be secured within the surgical fastener. Methods of securing the surgical fastener to an anatomical structure are disclosed herein.09-09-2010
20100174132SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE PELVIC SURGERY - The invention, in various embodiments, provides systems, devices, and methods for treating urinary incontinence.07-08-2010
20100168505METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SECURING A URETHRAL SLING TO A PUBIC BONE - Surgical procedures, kits and implants for alleviating human incontinence, and particularly providing improved methods and apparatus to secure a urethral sling to pubic bone in a sub-urethral location to support the urethra and alleviate incontinence are disclosed. Bone anchors, e.g., bone screws, are driven into pubic bones with exposed bone anchor heads and necks configured to receive and support a urethral sling applied to the bone anchors with and without retainers applied against the urethral sling to retain portions of the urethral sling between the bone anchor heads and the pubic bones.07-01-2010
20130012765Adjustable Implant - An implantable support member having at least one adjusting portion operable for adjusting a length or tension of the support member after placement of support member anchors. The support member is operable to provide mid-urethral support for treating urinary incontinence.01-10-2013
20130018219Implant Systems with Tensioning Feedback - Pelvic or other types of implants are provided that can include tensioning feedback components or portions, such as color changing polymer materials, such as polyacetylene. The color changing polymer can be included with, coated on or otherwise provided with a portion of slings or implant devices to provide targeted feedback to the user or physician of the tension applied to a particular device. A first color can be used to indicate a first (initial) tension or compression stage, and a second color can be used to indicate tensioning of the device beyond a predefined threshold.01-17-2013
20130023724Pelvic Implant System and Method - Systems and methods are provided and adapted to engage and pull (e.g., pull up) or reposition paraurethral support tissue, such as the perineal membrane. The perineal membrane intersects the urethra and vagina at the midurethra or distal location and can thus be stabilized or controlled in a manner that helps restore continence. As such, the implants can be utilized to eliminate the need for mesh or other supportive structures under the urethra that is common with other incontinence slings.01-24-2013
20130023725INSERTION NEEDLE - An insertion needle that is turnably mounted on a handle, which holds the insertion needle, wherein the insertion needle includes a turn arm that turns so as to face the tip of the insertion needle, and a target site that guides the insertion needle provided on the tip of the turn arm, and is further provided with: through-holes in two locations that are provided separated in the longitudinal direction of the tip of the insertion needle; an indentation formed between these through-holes; and a groove in the direction from the tip of the insertion needle toward the base of the insertion needle. Furthermore, the insertion needle is suitably used in urinary incontinence surgery, pelvic organ prolapse surgery or the like.01-24-2013
20080228027Device and Process for Preventing Female Stress Urinary Incontinence - The invention concerns a device for preventing female stress incontinence designed to be arranged in the vagina, comprising a proximal part (09-18-2008
20120253110Adjustable Tissue Support Member - A tissue support system including an implantable tissue support member is described. The tissue support member includes a tissue support portion, a first arm having a first end joined to a first end of the tissue support portion, a second arm having a first end joined to a second end of the tissue support portion, the second arm defining a lumen, a first tissue anchor fixed to a second end of the first arm, a second tissue anchor slidably positioned over the second arm, and a locking member disposed in the lumen of the second arm between the second tissue anchor and a second end of the second arm.10-04-2012
20120253106IMPLANTS, TOOLS, AND METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF PELVIC CONDITIONS - Described are various embodiments of surgical procedures, systems, implants, devices, tools, and methods, useful for treating pelvic conditions in a male or female, the pelvic conditions including incontinence (various forms such as fecal incontinence, stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence, etc.), vaginal prolapse (including various forms such as enterocele, cystocele, rectocele, apical or vault prolapse, uterine descent, etc.), and other conditions caused by muscle and ligament weakness, the devices and tools including devices and tools for anchoring an implant to supportive tissue and adjusting the implant.10-04-2012
20130172664DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING THE EMPTYING OF THE BLADDER OF A PATIENT AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A DEVICE - A device for supporting the emptying of the bladder of a patient, the device comprising: an essentially stiff dome-shaped surrounding element for surrounding at least a part of the bladder having a variable volume, the device comprising at least one sensor for detecting the filling level of the bladder, the surrounding element being connectable with the bladder at a lower end of the surrounding element in a fluid-tight manner, so that an inner reservoir is defined in a hollow space between the surrounding element and the wall of the bladder.07-04-2013
20110270015SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE PELVIC SURGERY - The invention, in various embodiments, provides systems, devices, and methods for treating urinary incontinence.11-03-2011
20080200751Urethral support system - A supplementary urethral support stabilization system and method for supporting the urethra is described.08-21-2008
20110245588SURGICAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSVAGINAL APICAL SUSPENSION - Systems and surgical methods and procedures for performing transvaginal apical suspension are provided.10-06-2011
20110237867SYSTEM FOR INTRODUCING A PELVIC IMPLANT - A system for supporting an anatomical structure of the pelvis includes a surgical implant for providing support to the anatomical structure of the pelvis. The surgical implant includes a first tissue anchor including a plurality of projections adapted for tissue fixation, a second tissue anchor including a plurality of projections adapted for tissue fixation, and a sub-urethral support having first and second ends, the first and second tissue anchors extending from the first and second ends of the sub-urethral support. The system also includes an introducer for delivering the first tissue anchor to a desired anchoring site of the pelvis.09-29-2011
20110237865SLING WITH SUPPORT AND SUSPENDING MEMBERS FORMED FROM SAME POLYMER - A sling for treating urinary incontinence includes a suburethral support and first and second elongated suspending members. The suburethral support has opposite ends, is formed from a polymer and has first physical properties including a density, a length and a width. The first and second suspending members are formed from the same polymer as the suburethral support and have second physical properties including a density, a length and a width. The density of the suspending members is different than the density of the suburethral support. The first and second suspending members are each formed separately from and attached to one of the opposite ends of the suburethral support. The length of each of the suspending members is greater than the length of the suburethral support, and the width of each of the suspending members is less than the width of the suburethral support.09-29-2011
20130150662BODILY IMPLANTS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY AND PLACEMENT OF BODILY IMPLANTS INTO A PATIENT'S BODY - A method and device for the treatment of fecal incontinence is disclosed. The method includes disposing a bodily implant proximate to an anal canal of a patient. The bodily implant has a strip extending along a length between a first end portion and a second end portion. The strip has a set of first projections and a set of second projections extending along at least a portion of a longitudinal edge of the strip, such that the set of the first projections are inclined toward the second end portion of the strip and the set of the second projections are inclined toward the first end portion of the strip.06-13-2013
20100298628STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE TREATMENT - A method for stabilizing a urethra in a female patient having stress urinary incontinence caused by stretching of a pubourethral ligament includes filling a substantial portion of the pubourethral space. The method includes injecting precursor materials for a cross-linked hyaluronic acid (HA) into a pubourethral space the PUL and allowing the precursor materials to form a cross-linked hyaluronic acid such that the cross-linked hyaluronic acid fills a substantial portion of the pubourethral space.11-25-2010
20120259167SINGLE USE PESSARY DEVICES - A non-expandable single use pessary device. The pessary device has a top, a base, a length, an outer surface, a longitudinal axis, a maximum diameter, and a minimum diameter that is less than the maximum diameter. The pessary device includes a pressure region adapted to extend between an anterior vaginal wall and a posterior vaginal wall of a user to provide pressure on the user's urethra through the vaginal wall. The pressure region includes the maximum diameter. In addition, the outer surface includes a usage indicator that is visible to a user viewing the outer surface of the device after the device is removed from the user's vagina.10-11-2012
20100305395CORRECTION OF STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE - Devices for treating stress incontinence, having a horizontal proximal portion supported on the pubococcygeus muscle and a distal portion extending downward and away from the proximal portion at an angle approximating the vagina in an erect female as it passes down and between the anterior segments of the pubococcygeus. The distal portion may terminate with a protrusion that is positioned to provide midurethral support, thereby preserving the urethovesical angle.12-02-2010
20100312044Implantable Article and Method - An implantable article and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The biocompatible device includes a sling assembly configured to be minimally invasive and provide sufficient support to the target site. In addition, the configuration of the sling assembly also allows the position of the sling to be permanently changed during and/or after implantation.12-09-2010
20110306821INCONTINENCE TREATMENT DEVICE - An incontinence treatment device includes a urethral support and first and second connectors. The urethral support extends between a first end and a second end and has porosity that is configured to allow tissue in-growth through the urethral support. The first connector is attached to the first end of the urethral support and the second connector is attached to the second end of the urethral support. At least one of the first connector and the second connector is a cross-linked polymer connector having a glass transition temperature between 40-70 degrees Celsius. The cross-linked polymer connector has an initial length that is elongated to an implant length that is greater than the initial length. Means for heating the cross-linked polymer connector from an extracorporeal location through intact skin is provided, thereby shortening the cross-linked polymer connector.12-15-2011
20130204075Pelvic Implant System and Method - Systems and methods are provided and adapted to engage and pull (e.g., pull up) or reposition urethral support tissue, such as the portion of the perineal membrane above or below the urethra. The perineal membrane intersects the urethra and vagina at the midurethra or distal location and can thus be stabilized or controlled in a manner that helps restore continence.08-08-2013
20120095285SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE PELVIC SURGERY - The invention, in various embodiments, provides systems, devices, and methods for treating urinary incontinence.04-19-2012

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