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Implanted connecting means

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604019000 - MEANS FOR INTRODUCING OR REMOVING MATERIAL FROM BODY FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES (E.G., MEDICATING, IRRIGATING, ASPIRATING, ETC.)

604048000 - Treating material introduced into or removed from body orifice, or inserted or removed subcutaneously other than by diffusing through skin

604930010 - Material introduced or removed through conduit, holder, or implantable reservoir inserted in body

604174000 - Means for securing conduit to body

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20110190707ANCHORING GUIDE ELEMENT - A transseptal cannula assembly for directing blood from the heart of a patient and a minimally invasive method of implanting the same. The transseptal cannula assembly includes a flexible cannula body having proximal and distal portions with a lumen therebetween, a tip coupled to the distal portion of the flexible cannula body, and first and second anchors coupled to the tip. The anchors can be configured to be deployed from a contracted state to an expanded state and are configured to engage opposite sides of the heart tissue when in the expanded state. The anchors resist movement of the cannula assembly along a lengthwise central axis of the flexible cannula body.08-04-2011
20090187149BURR HOLE ANCHORS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS - Anchors for securing a therapy delivery device such as a therapy catheter relative to a burr hole, and systems and methods for using the same. Anchors in accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure may include various apparatus for securing the therapy catheter relative to the burr hole. Exemplary anchors may include one or more of a connector for selectively connecting the therapy catheter to an external therapy source, and a shearing mechanism for shearing the therapy catheter to the desired length.07-23-2009
20120245528CATHETER WITH POROUS CUFF - Disclosed is a catheter that includes a porous element. In one embodiment, the porous element comprises the same polymeric material as the catheter shaft. In another embodiment, the porous element comprises a porous polyurethane material.09-27-2012
20090024091Catheter assembly including coiled internal bolster - A catheter assembly including a medical catheter and an internal bolster. In a preferred embodiment, the catheter is an elongated, tubular structure preferably made of a flexible, biocompatible material. The catheter is shaped to include a generally cylindrical wall terminating in a first end and in a second end, the wall coaxially surrounding and defining a longitudinal bore preferably used to convey fluids, such as food and/or medications, to a patient in need thereof. The internal bolster is an elongated, semi-tubular structure preferably made of a flexible, biocompatible material. The bolster is resiliently and reversibly transformable between a generally planar shape, when at rest, and a straightened shape, when forcibly unfurled. The bolster has an inner end and an outer end, the inner end being generally centrally located. The inner end of the bolster is insert-molded around the first end of the catheter, with the catheter and the bolster being oriented relative to one another so that the longitudinal axis of the catheter extends generally perpendicularly to the plane of the bolster in its coiled state, with the open, semi-tubular structure of the bolster facing away from the catheter.01-22-2009
20100145281Harness Interface Conduit, Tether Line, and Swivel for Use in Animals - A harness for use in coupling with an animal interface, the animal interface comprising one or more of conduits for transmitting fluid, electrical signals, or optical signals. Swivel extension tether for quick connect to harness, dual-ended swivel, an extension line, and connection to upstream monitoring equipment. Method for using the harness in an animal for fluid communication access, an electrical signal interface, and an optical interface.06-10-2010
20100042052METHODS OF OPERATING AN IMPLANTABLE INJECTION PORT SYSTEM - A surgical fastening system for implantable devices such as injection port systems. The implantable device may contain a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, may have a housing fitted over or around it which contains a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, or may be a part of a two-part system into which it fits. Accordingly, the present invention also encompasses a deployment system or tool that optionally positions the implantable device, and which causes the fasteners to move into post-deployment position. The fasteners may be staples, metal loops, coils, springs or hooks formed of biocompatible materials, including shape memory alloys such as NiTi.02-18-2010
20100106094VENOUS ACCESS PORT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY - An implantable port assembly (04-29-2010
20130090601FEEDING TUBE APERTURE - The present invention is a plastic feeding tube aperture utilized during a gavage process that includes a generally domed base that receives the feeding tube, a flange that is disposed below the generally domed base and a plurality of uniformly spaced feeding apertures that include 4 large apertures and one small aperture that are disposed on the generally domed base and extend through the feeding tube aperture. The feeding tube aperture also includes a generally cylindrical shaped plastic tube anchor that secures the feeding tube aperture in place within a feeding opening disposed on a user's body and one or more foam booties that are placed between the feeding tube aperture and the feeding opening to comfortably secure the feeding tube aperture within the feeding opening.04-11-2013
20090312712Medical Device Anchor and Method of Manufacture Thereof - A medical device anchor for use with electrical stimulation leads or catheters, and method of manufacture thereof. The anchor may include a gripping structure and a body portion molded on the gripping structure. The gripping structure forms a serpentine arrangement of a continuous nature with axial segments alternately interconnected between shoulder segments and bridging segments. The shoulder segments extend radially outward relative to the through hole further than the axial segments. The body portion may be formed by molding to securely capture the shoulder in the body portion, with the body portion being molded of material that is softer and more compliant than the gripping structure.12-17-2009
20090306600Gastrostomy Tube, Production Methods Thereof and Insertion Tool - The invention relates to a gastrostomy tube, to the production methods thereof and to an insertion tool. The distal end (12-10-2009
20090306599FLOCKED MEDICAL INSTRUMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE BODY, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE MEDICAL INSTRUMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE BODY AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING THE MEDICAL INSTRUMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE BODY - The present invention provides a percutaneous terminal having a substrate thereof flocked with fibers having bio-affinity, and thereby being able to adhere tightly to a living body, a medical instrument to be placed in the body, and a production method and a production apparatus of the percutaneous terminal and the medical instrument to be placed in the body. The percutaneous terminal according to the present invention is one which the surface of the substrate is flocked with bio-affinitive short fibers (e.g. hydroxyapatite complex particles), therefore the bio-affinitive short fibers are risen perpendicular to or substantially perpendicular to the surface of the substrate. As a result, an area of the bio-affinitive short fibers coating a unit area of the substrate of the percutaneous terminal to the unit area of the percutaneous terminal substrate is considerably elevated and, in its turn, the adhesiveness of the percutaneous terminal to biological tissues is improved. Thus, it is possible to stably fix to the living body a medical device such as a catheter or the like which has the percutaneous terminal. The medical instrument according to the present invention is also flocked with the short fibers as described above, therefore it is possible to stably fix to the living body the medical instrument to be placed in the body.12-10-2009
20130072877SYSTEM FOR ANCHORING MEDICAL DEVICES - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system include an anchor device that receives a catheter (or other medical instrument) and secures the catheter in place relative to a skin penetration point. In some embodiments, the anchor device can secure the catheter in an operative position relative to the skin without the use of sutures or skin tapes. In particular embodiments, the anchor device can be adjusted to a folded condition so that subcutaneous anchors are partially rotated prior to removal from the skin penetration point.03-21-2013
20130072876ARTICULATING CRANIAL BOLT - A catheter guiding device includes a bolt including a shaft configured to be inserted within a hole drilled in a bone and a passageway extending longitudinally therethrough along a bolt axis and a guide member received within the passageway of the bolt and extending longitudinally along a guide axis. The guide member includes a guide channel extending therethrough along the guide axis, wherein, in a first configuration, the guide member is arrangeable to a desired position relative to the bolt to align the guide axis with a target area and, in a second configuration, the guide member is fixed in the desired position relative to the bolt such that the guide axis is at a desired angle relative to the bolt axis within a permitted range of angulations.03-21-2013
20130066277SYSTEM FOR ANCHORING MEDICAL DEVICES - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system include an anchor device that receives a catheter (or other medical instrument) and secures the catheter in place relative to a skin penetration point. In some embodiments, the anchor device can secure the catheter in an operative position relative to the skin without the use of sutures or skin tapes. In particular embodiments, the anchor device can be adjusted to a folded condition so that subcutaneous anchors are partially rotated prior to removal from the skin penetration point.03-14-2013
20100185154URETHRAL CATHETERLESS RADICAL PROSTATECTOMY - A method and device for facilitating the anastomotic healing of a patient after a radical prostatectomy surgical procedure, without a urethral catheter, comprising the steps of performing a radical prostatectomy, fixedly positioning a splinting element between the urethra and the bladder, across the urethral opening, placing the splinting element during the performing of the radical prostatectomy and prior to surgical closure. The fixed positioning is effected from a position within the bladder with anchoring the splinting element in position relative to the interior of the bladder, setting a separate urine drainage tube, and removing the splinting element, after anastomotic healing, with a retrieval element on the splinting element or with dissolving of the splinting element.07-22-2010
20100249712DEFORMABLE MEDICAL IMPLANT - The present invention comprises an implantable subcutaneous port for anchoring a transcutaneous treatment component. The implantable subcutaneous port comprises a body portion and one or more frangible lines formed within the body portion. The body portion is adapted for receiving the transcutaneous treatment component beneath the point of entry into the physiology of a patient and routing the transcutaneous treatment component. The body portion is produced from a deformable material and has an area footprint and defines a support wall through which the transcutaneous treatment component enters the body portion. Fracturing the one or more frangible lines formed within the body portion enables removal of the body portion from the physiology of a patient through a transcutaneous opening defining an area of less than thirty percent of the area footprint of the body portion.09-30-2010
20120289903SYSTEMS FOR ANCHORING A MEDICAL DEVICE IN A BODY LUMEN - A system for securing a device in tissue, having a sheath having a plurality of side openings; a rotatable element disposed within the sheath; and a plurality of curved projections extending from the rotatable element, wherein rotation of the rotatable element within the sheath pushes distal ends of each of the curved projections outwardly through one of the plurality of openings and into the tissue.11-15-2012
20110301543Anchor Device and Method - Some embodiments of an anchor device may include bendable anchor mechanism that is deployable in a subcutaneous layer to releasably secure the anchor device to a patient's body. Certain embodiments of the anchor mechanism may include one or more barbs that flexibly bend in response to an insertion or removal force. As such, the anchor mechanism may be inserted into a subcutaneous layer, and removed from the subcutaneous layer, without the need for a separate actuation device to extend or retract the barbs.12-08-2011
20110288488INSIDE OUT T-FASTENER SYSTEM - A medical device for providing wall apposition of two bodily walls in accordance with the teachings of the present invention. The medical device is used at a previously formed puncture site having perforations formed in the walls. By way of example, the two walls are described herein as the abdominal and gastric walls, although it will be recognized that any two bodily walls may be fastened together utilizing the medical device and the methods described herein. It will also be understood that the procedures described herein may be performed using image guidance such as fluoroscopy, although the device and method may readily be performed without such assistance.11-24-2011
20090299292PERCUTANEOUS GASTROSTOMY CATHETER INCLUDING A SINGLE BIODEGRADABLE INTERNAL FLANGE - The invention relates to a percutaneous gastrostomy probe including a tube (12-03-2009
20090043261Pressure Actuated Valve with Improved Biasing Member - A valve for controlling material flow through a catheter, comprises a first flexible member including a first moveable element, wherein, when the first moveable element is in the open position, material may flow past the first flexible member through a first lumen of the catheter and, when the first moveable element is in the closed position, flow through the first lumen is prevented and a first biasing member coupled to the first flexible member for biasing the first moveable member toward the closed position.02-12-2009
20100268165SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RADIOGRAPHICALLY IDENTIFYING AN ACCESS PORT - An access port for subcutaneous implantation is disclosed. Such an access port may comprise a body for capturing a septum for repeatedly inserting a needle therethrough into a cavity defined within the body. Further, the access port may include at least one feature structured and configured for identification of the access port subsequent to subcutaneous implantation. Methods of identifying a subcutaneously implanted access port are also disclosed. For example, a subcutaneously implanted access port may be provided and at least one feature of the subcutaneously implanted access port may be perceived. Further, the subcutaneously implanted access port may be identified in response to perceiving the at least one feature. In one embodiment, an identification feature is included on a molded insert that is incorporated into the access port so as to be visible after implantation via x-ray imaging technology.10-21-2010
20080208135Implantable weight control device - The present invention provides an endoscopically implantable weight control device that forms a gastric outlet obstruction in a patient's digestive tract. The weight control device includes an inflatable body residing within the patient's pylorus and between the stomach and duodenum. The body features a first bulbous portion and a second bulbous portion, the exterior dimensions of the first bulbous portion exceeding the exterior dimension of the second bulbous portion. The body also includes an intermediate portion with exterior dimensions that are less than the exterior dimensions of both the first and second bulbous portions, wherein the intermediate portion resides within the patient's pyloric valve when the device is implanted. An internal passageway extends through the body, wherein the passageway receives and allows for the passage of chyme from the stomach to the duodenum. A method of treating obese patients with the inflatable weight control device utilizing a sequence of different-sized devices is also provided.08-28-2008
20090093768METHOD OF IMPLANTING A FLUID INJECTION PORT - A method for implanting an injection port within a patient. The method involves providing a port having a housing with a closed distal end, a open proximal end, a fluid reservoir therebetween, a needle penetrable septum attached to the housing about the opening, and at least one attachment mechanism mounted to the housing at a pivot point along an outer periphery of the housing. The attachment mechanism is an arcuate hook pivotable with respect to the housing, the arcuate hook having a length extending substantially at least 180° about the pivot point. The method further involves placing the distal end of the port adjacent tissue, and rotating the arcuate hook at least 180 degrees so that a free end of the hook extends into tissue and back out again.04-09-2009
20130060200VASCULAR ACCESS PORT WITH TUBULAR SHAPED SEPTUM - A vascular access port having a novel septum design that while allowing for larger septum access area and larger degree of access allows for an overall small profile. The present invention further provides for a novel septum and reservoir design that eliminates angular junctions.03-07-2013
20100125249Anchoring a Medical Instrument - Some embodiments of a medical anchor device include an elongate body coupled with deployable subcutaneous anchors to secure a catheter instrument (or other medical instrument) in place relative to a skin penetration point. In some circumstances, the elongate body may be in the form of catheter hub body, and the subcutaneous anchors can be deployed from the hub body by adjustment of a movable actuator. A locking member can interact with the actuator so as to retain the actuator in the deployed orientation during the medical procedure.05-20-2010
20090088699Continuous Multi-Geometric Profile Catheter - Catheters and their uses for vascular access to a patient, especially during dialysis procedures, are described. The catheter contains a continuous, multi-geometric flow path profile along the axis of the catheter. Thus, the shape and material forming the fluid pathway of the catheter can change anywhere along the axis of the catheter. With multi lumen catheters, this profile transforms from a substantially D-shaped cross section in the lumen of the catheter shaft to a substantially circular-shaped cross section in the extension leg. The materials used in the catheter can also transform from an opaque material used in the catheter shaft to a clear or transparent material that is used in the extension leg. The transition between these shapes and materials can be seamless, eliminating the need for a mechanical joint that is needed because the catheter shaft and catheter extension leg(s) are comprised of a single component. Other embodiments are described.04-02-2009
20080275401Catheter anchor and system/method regarding same - An anchor for use in an anchor system and method for securing a catheter to tissue includes a flexible body portion that defines one or more openings through which a catheter is positioned when secured to the tissue. For example, the one or more openings may be a channel through the anchor having a diameter that is less than the outer diameter of the catheter.11-06-2008
20090264827METHODS OF IMPLANTING AN INJECTION PORT - A surgical fastening system for implantable devices is disclosed. The implantable device may contain a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, may have a housing fitted over or around fit which contains a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, or may be a part of a two-part system into which it fits. Accordingly, the present invention also encompasses a deployment system or tool that optionally positions the implantable device, and which causes the fasteners to move into post-deployment position. The fasteners may be staples, metal loops, coils, springs or hooks formed of biocompatible materials, including shape memory alloys such as NiTi.10-22-2009
20080249476Anchoring System For a Catheter - An anchoring system 10-09-2008
20090093767Devices and methods for endolumenal therapy - The present invention is directed generically to a means for altering the ability of the mammalian body to absorb nutritive content from ingested foodstuffs, and more specifically to an apparatus and method of use for an endolumenal sleeve (referred to also as an “intragastrointestinal device” or “gastrointestinal device”) positioned in the mammalian gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A suitable endolumenal sleeve is comprised of an anchor element and an opening at a proximal end, an elongate lumen or hollow open-ended tube having a transverse dimension, and a distal orifice. Optionally, an exterior aspect of the elongate lumen may include additional modes of attachment to the tissues walls of the GI tract through the use of one or more means for promoting tissue in-growth. The endolumenal sleeve is retained in the GI tract such that a substantial fraction of the food and liquids passing through the GI tract is channeled into the proximal opening and through an interlumenal space defined within the interior space of the endolumenal sleeve. Within the endolumenal sleeve there may be one or more restrictive means to constrain, impede or otherwise control the operative flow of material through the device. An individual restrictive means can either be of a fixed geometry or such means may include one or more elements which are adjustable in nature or function. The elongate lumen of the endolumenal sleeve is formed of a polymer composition suitable for controlled ingress of biological secretions, egress of certain selected nutritional elements, and may comprise either a single tubular structure or a multi-section (i.e. articulated and/or multiple lumen) assembly. When the endolumenal sleeve is in situ within the mammalian gastro-intestinal system, ingested foodstuffs are conveyed from the proximal end to said distal orifice. In typical applications, the proximal end of the endolumenal sleeve is positioned within the physiological region extending from the lower esophagus to the duodenum and the distal orifice is positioned within the physiological region extending from the upper duodenum to the lower jejunum, though further extension into the lower intestine is possible. Through proper selection of position for the endolumenal sleeve proximal and distal ends, combined by selection of the composition used in the fabrication of the elongate lumen, it is possible to finitely control the degree of nutritive absorption performed by the gastrointestinal tract.04-09-2009
20090099526IMPLANTABLE CATHETER PORT - A single or multi-port vascular access device including one or more reservoirs each covered by a needle-penetrable, self-sealing septum. The one or more reservoirs each open to an outlet in a stem to which the catheter is attached. The reservoir may be generally circular or ellipsoid in shape and large enough so that fluid movement into and out of the needle is unimpeded. In order to maximize flow between the reservoir and catheter and to minimize any regions of impeded or low fluid flow where coagulation or cell shearing may occur, the fluid passage leading from the reservoir through the outlet into the catheter is defined by unique tapered and tangential geometries. For example, the outlet surface may be globally tangent along the entire reservoir surface, or may be globally tangent along only one side of the reservoir surface.04-16-2009
20090326471ANCHORING SCREW DEVICE - The present invention, the ASD, is a mechanical device for anchoring hollow tube-like structures in the human body, such as blood vessels and ureters. It facilates positioning needles or catheters in blood vessels and it prevents those from dropping out of the vessel or from “wandering off” in the vessel. The ASD can be used in every interventional medical situation for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. The ASD is very easy to fix onto the vessel wall. Screwing is a fast technique saving operating time and requiring only basic microsurgical skills. The manufacturing is easy. It should be understood that the foregoing is illustrative and nor limiting, and that modifications may be made by those skilled in the art, without departing from the scope of the invention.12-31-2009
20090326470Anchor Device and Method - Some embodiments of an anchor device may include bendable anchor mechanism that is deployable in a subcutaneous layer to releasably secure the anchor device to a patient's body. Certain embodiments of the anchor mechanism may include one or more barbs that flexibly bend in response to an insertion or removal force. As such, the anchor mechanism may be inserted into a subcutaneous layer, and removed from the subcutaneous layer, without the need for a separate actuation device to extend or retract the barbs.12-31-2009
20110224619ACCESS NEEDLE WELL-SUITED FOR PERCUTANEOUS IMPLANTATION IN A BODY LUMEN - An access needle well-suited for percutaneous implantation in a body lumen, such as the stomach or the jejunum. In one embodiment, the access needle comprises a cannula, a needle, a retractable stopper and a spreader. The cannula is a tubular member having a proximal end, a distal end, a lumen and a pair of side windows providing access to the lumen. The needle is slidably mounted within the cannula lumen and comprises a needle stem and a needle handle, the needle stem having a proximal end, a distal end and a longitudinal lumen, the needle handle extending outwardly from the needle stem proximate to the proximal end thereof. The stopper is coupled to the needle stem for translational movement, the stopper comprising a pair of outwardly-biasing wings removably insertable through the side windows for engaging an interior surface of a patient. The spreader is mounted within the cannula and spreads the wings outwardly as the wings are inserted out the side windows.09-15-2011
20110224618Catheter retention assembly and method of use - A catheter retention assembly and method of use with a catheter. The assembly has a carrier system and a cuff positioning device with an in-growth cuff and a lumen having an inner wall adapted to be mounted on the outer surface of the catheter, and a carrier system with an inner surface and an outer surface in contact with the inner wall of the cuff positioning device. The carrier system holds the lumen in a first radial state. When the carrier system is removed, the lumen contracts to a second radial state, and the inner wall of the cuff positioning device provides sufficient surface adherence to the outer surface of the catheter, so as to maintain the position of the cuff positioning device relative to the catheter, and to allow for catheter exchange.09-15-2011
20090082736Gastric access port - An improved mechanism for attaching a feeding tube to a feeding delivery system is presented. The feeding delivery system is attached to an elongated connecting member that is pivotally attached to a bolster. After attachment, the elongated connecting member is rotated to engage another tube at the base of the pivot. Before pivoting, the passageway is blocked by the interference of the elongated connecting member. As the elongated connecting member is rotated, the conduit system aligns and becomes a passageway to and from the stomach. The device provides a three part rigid plastic fit that does not wear out over a number of uses. The device prevents splash events, which occur when a feeding adapter is opened or when the adapter or valve is forced open by a cough or gastric pressure build up.03-26-2009
20110230842VASCULAR ACCESS PORT WITH INTEGRAL ATTACHMENT MECHANISM - An implantable port with an integral attachment mechanism. The implantable port includes one or more suture needles enclosed within a port body, the suture needle(s) coupled to a movable member such that movement of the movable member results in movement of the suture needle(s) out of the port body and into the tissue of a body into which it is implanted. The movable member can be a cam or tensioning member that rotates about a central port axis. The movable member can be coupled to a gear to permit movement of the movable member following implantation of the port within a subcutaneous pocket.09-22-2011
20120078192FISTULA CATHETER - A fistula catheter which allows a supply tube to be easily connected to a body-external fixing member positioned on the body surface side, and which is only slightly invasive for a patient is provided. The fistula catheter 03-29-2012
20120078191SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANCHORING MEDICAL DEVICES - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system include an anchor device that secures a medical instrument (such as a catheter or the like) in place relative to a skin penetration point using subcutaneous anchors. In some implementations, the anchor device can be installed using a technique in which the subcutaneous anchors undergo relatively little or no flexing when being inserted through the skin into the subcutaneous region between the skin and underlying muscle tissue which may be occupied by fatty tissue.03-29-2012
20080319398Catheter-to-Device Locking System - A locking component (12-25-2008
20110144592Haemostatic Valve - A haemostatic valve according to an embodiment comprises a valve housing receiving an intravascular device, a first slider arranged on the valve housing moveable in a first direction, and a second slider received in the valve housing moveable in a second direction and elastically biased, the first slider being operatively connected to the second slider via a transmission mechanism so that movement of the first slider towards along the first direction causes the second slider to move away from an elastic valve member along the second direction, and the elastic valve member arranged between and compressible by the second slider, the elastic valve member receiving the intravascular device and compressing the intravascular device when being compressed by the second slider.06-16-2011
20090209918METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DIALYSIS - A method and system are provided for performing dialysis. The system provides needleless vascular access which reduces the repeated traumas of conventional dialysis by providing a vascular graft and port combination which interfaces with a specially-designed catheter system. The installed implant is low profile, small and stable, and saddles the vessel to secure the protruding surface tissue above. The stability of the port is maintained by features that encompass the vessel and the surrounding tissue. These features are enhanced by the catheter attachment, which also provides reduced trauma and provides convenient access to the implant for performance of dialysis functions.08-20-2009
20090240206Rapid Exchange Catheter With Tear Resistant Guidewire Shaft - A rapid exchange-type catheter for aspiration of embolic debris from a blood vessel includes an elongate aspiration tube and a relatively short guidewire tube mounted beside a distalmost portion of the aspiration tube. A proximal portion of the guidewire tube defines a strain relief segment. In one embodiment, the strain relief segment is formed detached from the aspiration tube. In another embodiment, the strain relief segment is minimally attached to the aspiration tube and becomes detached from the aspiration tube when a sufficient transverse force is applied to urge the guidewire tube away from the aspiration tube.09-24-2009
20090259191IMPLANTABLE INJECTION PORT - A surgical fastening system for implantable devices is disclosed. The implantable device may contain a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, may have a housing fitted over or around fit which contains a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, or may be a part of a two-part system into which it fits. Accordingly, the present invention also encompasses a deployment system or tool that optionally positions the implantable device, and which causes the fasteners to move into post-deployment position. The fasteners may be staples, metal loops, coils, springs or hooks formed of biocompatible materials, including shape memory alloys such as NiTi.10-15-2009
20100274196IMPLANTABLE INFUSION DEVICES AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - Implantable infusion devices configured to improve fill and evacuation procedures.10-28-2010
20090259190IMPLANTABLE INJECTION PORT AND PROTECTIVE CAP - A surgical fastening system for implantable devices is disclosed. The implantable device may contain a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, may have a housing fitted over or around fit which contains a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, or may be a part of a two-part system into which it fits. Accordingly, the present invention also encompasses a deployment system or tool that optionally positions the implantable device, and which causes the fasteners to move into post-deployment position. The fasteners may be staples, metal loops, coils, springs or hooks formed of biocompatible materials, including shape memory alloys such as NiTi.10-15-2009
20090259189Catheter assembly including foldable internal bolster - A catheter assembly including a foldable internal bolster. According to one embodiment, the catheter assembly includes a catheter, a first flexible filament and a second flexible filament. The catheter includes a tubular body and a pair of flexible legs. The tubular body is a generally cylindrical member shaped to include a proximal end, a distal end, a longitudinal lumen, a pair of external notches, a first bore extending from the proximal end to one of the notches, and a second bore extending from the proximal end to the other of the notches. Each of the flexible legs has a fixed end and a free end, the fixed end being integrally formed on the distal end of the tubular body. One end of the first filament is fixed to one of the flexible legs, and the opposite end of the first filament is slidably inserted up through the first bore. One end of the second filament is fixed to the other of the flexible legs, and the opposite end of the second filament is slidably inserted up through the second bore. Consequently, by pulling the filaments up through their respective bores, the free ends of the legs may be drawn towards the tubular body to form a pair of loops suitable for use as an internal bolster.10-15-2009
20090287157FISTULA CATHETER AND FISTULA CATHETER SET - A fistula catheter with a simple structure and with which it is possible to suppress irritation of the wall of the alimentary canal, and a fistula catheter set. A fistula catheter ‘A’ which is fitted in fistulae formed in a patient's abdominal wall and stomach wall consists of an external retention part which is disposed on the abdominal wall surface side of the fistula, and a tubular part. The tubular part is arranged such that the base end part thereof links with the external retention part, and the tip end part thereof extends from the fistulae into the stomach. The tubular part is formed as a flexible helix. Furthermore, the tip end part of the tubular part projects to the inner periphery of the helix. In addition, the angle between the central axis ‘a’ of the external retention part and the central axis ‘b’ of the helical tubular part is set to be smaller than a right angle.11-19-2009
20090099527ANCHOR INSTRUMENTATION AND METHODS - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system include an anchor sleeve that receives a catheter (or other medical instrument) though a working channel of the anchor sleeve. The anchor sleeve may include a first actuator that controls the extension of one or more subcutaneous tines into the subcutaneous region under the skin. The anchor sleeve can also include a second actuator that can cause the anchor sleeve to lock onto an outer portion of the catheter (or other medical instrument) arrange in the working channel.04-16-2009
20100217198IMPLANTABLE ACCESS PORT DEVICE HAVING A SAFETY CAP - A system for attaching an access port to bodily tissue includes an access port assembly and including an access port having a generally central axis. The access port assembly further includes an attachment mechanism structured to enable the access port to be attached, for example, to an abdominal muscle of a patient. The system includes a safety cap which lies substantially flush against the anchor base to provide no space for movement of the anchors. The safety cap prevents the anchors from deploying prematurely.08-26-2010
20100217200Injection Port with Applier - An injection port system comprises an injection port and an applier. The port comprises a body and a plurality of fasteners. The fasteners are integral with the body and are movable from a non-deployed position to a deployed position. The applier comprises a port engagement portion and an actuator. The port engagement portion is configured to selectively engage the port body to selectively retain the port relative to the applier. The actuator is operable to move the fasteners to the deployed position. The applier is also configured to disengage the port engagement portion from the port body to release the port from the applier when the actuator moves the fasteners to the deployed position. The actuator may release the port from the applier by moving a resilient member away from the port body as the actuator also moves the fasteners from the non-deployed position to the deployed position.08-26-2010
20100217199Method of Repositioning an Injection Port - A method of repositioning an injection port comprises positioning the injection port at a first location in a patient's body and extending fasteners of the injection port to substantially secure the injection port at the first location. The fasteners are then retracted to substantially unsecure the injection port from the first location in the patient's body. The injection port is then moved to a second location in the patient's body. The fasteners are then re-extended to substantially secure the injection port at the second location in the patient's body. The injection port includes a port body. The fasteners are integral with the port body. The fasteners may be selectively extended and retracted relative to the port body. For instance, the fasteners may be pivoted relative to the port body to transition between extended and retracted positions. The extension and retraction of fasteners may be provided through a port applier.08-26-2010
20110112482BREAKAWAY PEG TUBE - A break-way PEG tube uses a releasable connector between two tubing segments to facilitate release of a feeding portion of the PEG tube when pulled on to avoid accidental removal of a distal portion of the PEG tube from a patient's abdomen.05-12-2011
20120143141CONFORMAL CANNULA DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS - Cannula assemblies and related methods are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, a cannula assembly includes a tubular structure coupled with a flange assembly. The flange assembly includes a plurality of wireform loops disposed in a circumferential, woven pattern about an end of the tubular structure. The flange assembly is configured to exhibit a first, collapsed state wherein the plurality of wireform loops extend substantially axially from the tubular structure, and a second, expanded state wherein the plurality of wireform loops extend in a direction having a substantial radial component relative to the tubular structure. In another embodiment, a cannula assembly includes a conformal flange coupled with a tubular structure, wherein the tubular structure extends both distally and proximally of the flange.06-07-2012
20120245529ANCHORING DEVICE FOR A LINE IN A SKULL BORE HOLE - An anchoring device for anchoring a line in a skull bore hole comprises a base part and a cover that tightly closes the base part. The base part has a fastening element for fastening the base part in the bore hole and a passage opening for feeding the line from the bore hole to an outside of the anchoring device. A contact surface extending between the bore hole and the outside for laying the line is present in the base part. The contact surface is curved in a constant direction so that the line is guided from the skull interior to the outside in a constant direction and at a radius of curvature that is greater than or equal to a predefined minimum radius of curvature. Said anchoring device allows a line to be lead out of a bore hole of a skull at a flat angle without the line being bent too greatly or even kinked.09-27-2012
20090318872IMPLANTABLE DEVICE FASTENING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE - A surgical fastening system for implantable devices is disclosed. The implantable device may contain a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, may have a housing fitted over or around it which contains a plurality of fasteners in pre-deployment position, or may be a part of a two-part system into which it fits. Accordingly, the present invention also encompasses a deployment system or tool that optionally positions the implantable device, and which causes the fasteners to move into post-deployment position. The fasteners may be staples, metal loops, coils, springs or hooks formed of biocompatible materials, including shape memory alloys such as NiTi.12-24-2009
20090105658Infusion sets for the delivery of a therapeutic substance to a patient - Devices and methods for delivering a therapeutic substance to a patient are provided. Embodiments include infusion sets that include an active agent. Also provided are systems and kits.04-23-2009
20110172607Temporary Retention Device - A retention device for anchoring indwelling catheters, sheath introducers, feeding tubes, ostomy bags or other medical devices beneath the skin of a patient includes an deployable section coupled to a medical device; following introduction into a patient, the deployable section is subcutaneously deployed, securely anchoring the device and coupled medical device for the duration of treatment.07-14-2011
20100174240ANCHOR HAVING FILL PORT FOR USE WITH AN IMPLANTABLE THERAPY DELIVERY ELEMENT - An anchor for securing a therapy delivery element in a desired location within a living body is disclosed. The anchor includes an anchor body having a space, which may be a main channel, to receive the therapy delivery element. A fill port is provided in the anchor body to introduce an adhesive into the space when the therapy delivery element is positioned within the space. In one embodiment, the fill port is coupled to a fill port extension that transfers the adhesive from a dispenser located a distance from the fill port into the space. Multiple fill ports, any of which may be coupled to a respective fill port extension, may be provided to introduce the adhesive at various locations of the space. One or more of the fill ports may extend into multiple side channels to introduce the adhesive at various locations of the space.07-08-2010
20110213308MEDICAL TUBING ASSEMBLY TO FACILITATE TUBE FIXATION - The invention concerns a medical tubing assembly (09-01-2011
20090137960Access Device For Medical Purposes, Method For The Production Thereof and an Access System Including Such an Access Device - An access device (05-28-2009
20100057013INTRACORPOREAL INDWELLING EQUIPMENT - The present invention provides an intracorporeal indwelling equipment having an internal holding member to be set in the stomach. Said internal holding member is composed of flexible ribbon-shaped members and flexible membrane-like members that are set on the portions of ribbon-shaped member, forming a dome-shaped portion. In the center of the outer periphery of membrane-like member, a notch and folding creases are formed to assist in deployment and help prevent the generation of ulcers and buried bumper syndrome.03-04-2010
20100063452Flexible Disposable Surgical Port - A surgical apparatus for introduction of laparoscopic instruments into an anatomical cavity through tissue at an entry site. The apparatus includes a body with a frustoconical-shaped wall. The body defines an interior cavity, an open bottom, and a substantially closed top wall with openings from which a plurality of ports extend upward therefrom. The ports are adapted to receive the laparoscopic instruments for introduction through the interior cavity and open bottom of the body into the anatomical cavity. In the preferred embodiment, the frustoconical-shaped wall of the body is placed through an incision in the umbilicus. In one aspect of the invention, the body is a unitary one-piece molded structure. A reinforcing belt or plate formed from a relatively hard material can be integral to the body. In another aspect, the apparatus is formed from a block copolymer of poly(styrene-block-isobutylene-block-styrene), hereinafter referred to as “SIBS”, which unexpectedly provides the benefit that lubrication of the ports (or of the instruments extending through the ports) is avoided.03-11-2010
20110178465DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF THERAPEUTIC AGENTS VIA INTERNAL IMPLANTS - A device is provided for use with a medical implant for delivering an agent to a designated site of action in a body of a patient. The agent-delivery device comprises a body member having an inner surface and a projection on the inner surface of the body member. An agent-delivery medium is associated with the body member. The agent-delivery medium includes a therapeutic agent for treating the body of the patient. The body member is adapted to be secured to the medical implant such that the projection operatively engages the medical implant for spacing the inner surface of the body member from the implant, and the agent-delivery medium is configured to release the therapeutic agent after implantation in the body of the patient. In alternative embodiments, the agent-delivery device comprises a first body member having an inner surface and a second body member having an inner surface. When connected, the inner surfaces of the first body member and the second body member define a cavity adapted to receive the medical implant. The body member may also define an opening therethrough, the opening configured to receive an anchor member for fixing the body member in a body of a patient.07-21-2011
20110071474Organ Fixture and Gastric Fistula Catheter Set - An organ-fixing instrument and a gastric fistula catheter able to accomplish proper suturing reliably and through a simple procedure.03-24-2011
20110251563Totally Implantable Venous Device - A totally implantable venous device includes a port comprising an arcuate housing having a recess on an inner surface and an opening being in communication with the recess, the opening having a flat mouth, an internal chamber, and a base formed of hard plastic and being capable of preventing a needle from inserting through; a catheter comprising a fastening member at one end; a sleeve complementarily mounted on a front portion of the fastening member; and a sleeving member complementarily mounted on the remaining portion of the fastening member. The recess and the opening form a through hole having an enlarged intermediate portion. The fastening member has a truncated trapezoidal shape. The sleeve, the sleeving member, and the fastening member form a watertight structure at the recess and the opening. The catheter and the fastening member are formed of the same material.10-13-2011
20110009828EXTENSIBLE INTERNAL BOLSTER FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE - An internal bolster for use securing a medical device, such as a feeding tube, within a body of a patient is disclosed. In one embodiment, a feeding tube includes an internal bolster, comprising one or more bolster arms that each include a first end hingedly connected to a distal end of the medical device and a free second end. The bolster arms are selectively deployable between a first position wherein the bolster arms are substantially in-line with an axis of feeding tube, and a second position wherein the bolster arms are substantially deflected from the axis of the feeding tube to enable securement of the feeding tube within a stoma or other opening defined in the body. Various means for selectively moving the bolster arms between the first and second positions are disclosed. Related methods of use are also disclosed.01-13-2011
20110160673VASCULAR PORT - An access port for subcutaneous use in a patient is disclosed. This may include one or more of a housing; a chamber; a needle-penetrable sealing septum providing needle access to said chamber; and a male projection having therein a conduit to said chamber, with the projection adapted to receive a catheter. It may also include one or more of a lock and/or a locking button movable with respect to said housing. Such movement may be transverse and/or may include a yoke or other member applying inward force on the catheter.06-30-2011
20080312599ANCHOR INSTRUMENTATION AND METHODS - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system includes an anchor sleeve and a catheter (or other medical instrument) to advance though a working channel of the anchor sleeve. The anchor sleeve may have a subcutaneous cuff device arranged along an outer surface. In such circumstances, the embedded cuff device can inhibit the migration of infection from outside the skin and into the blood stream.12-18-2008
20080319399VENOUS ACCESS PORT WITH MOLDED AND/OR RADIOPAQUE INDICIA - A venous access port assembly having a housing base with a discharge port, a septum and a cap. An interior reservoir is defined by a well in the housing base and a bottom of the septum, and a passageway extends from the reservoir through the discharge port. The housing base includes a base flange having integrally molded therein indicia identifying an attribute of the assembly. The indicia could be formed of base flange material, or could be formed by voids in the base flange material. If of plastic material, the molded indicia could be applied with a radiopaque agent, thereby allowing the indicia (“CT”) to appear on an X-ray of the patient in a manner informing a practitioner of a particular attribute of the assembly.12-25-2008
20110054408DELIVERY SYSTEMS, DEVICES, TOOLS, AND METHODS OF USE - A covering for delivering a substance or material to a surgical site is provided. The covering, with substance provided therein, may be referred to as a delivery system. Generally, the covering may be a single or multi-compartment structure capable of at least partially retaining a substance provided therein until the covering is placed at a surgical site. Upon placement, the covering may facilitate transfer of the substance or surrounding materials. For example, the substance may be released (actively or passively) to the surgical site. The covering may participate in, control, or otherwise adjust the release of the substance. In various embodiments, the covering is suitable for a variety of procedure specific uses. Implantation tools may be provided for placing the covering at a surgical site. Kits may be provided including variously sized or shaped coverings and one or more tools for use in placing the covering.03-03-2011
20100312193Neurosurgical cap - The invention relates to a cap for use in neurosurgery. The cap may be applied to a bore hole in a patient's skull, allowing the entry and removal of neurosurgical instruments, whilst providing an openable seal over the bore hole.12-09-2010
20110082426SUBCUTANEOUS SELF ATTACHING INJECTION PORT WITH INTEGRAL MOVEABLE RETENTION MEMBERS - A self attaching injection port has integral moveable fasteners which are moveable from a undeployed state to a deployed state engaging tissue. The fasteners may be disposed radially or tangentially, and rotated to pierce the fascia. The fasteners may be rigid or elastically deformable.04-07-2011
20090171295Enhanced apparatus for percutaneous catheter implantation and replacement - A medical apparatus and method of use for implanting a percutaneous catheter in a patient's body which catheter can be easily positioned, repositioned, and replaced. The apparatus includes an elongate sleeve having a tapered forward portion to facilitate its insertion through an undersized incision. The sleeve provides an interior elongate passageway which extends from a sleeve proximal end to a sleeve distal end. The sleeve is intended to be percutaneously implanted through an incision in the patient's skin so that the sleeve distal end resides subcutaneously. The sleeve outer peripheral surface carries a layer of porous material intended to be placed under the patient's outer skin layer in contact with the dermis to promote tissue ingrowth for anchoring the sleeve and forming an infection resistant barrier. The sleeve passageway is dimensioned to snugly accommodate the outer surface of catheter while permitting the catheter to slide relative to the sleeve. A sealing device is mounted around the catheter adjacent to the sleeve proximal end to prevent deleterious material from migrating into the patient's body along the catheter outer surface. A locking member secured to the sleeve can be pivoted to an unlocked portion for permitting axial and rotational movement of said catheter relative to said sleeve and or to a locked position for preventing such relative movement.07-02-2009
20110137256FIXATION CATHETER - A new and improved catheter for administrating or withdrawing a substance from the human body which can temporarily attached to the tissue site. In one embodiment a filament is attached to the outside of the catheter allowing for ease of attachment and removal. In one embodiment the catheter has multiple holes to allow uniform bathing of the tissue site.06-09-2011
20080275402FISTULA INSERT - The present invention concerns a fistula insert with a tubular body which has a distal and a proximal end and a central lumen, in particular to seal fistulas in connection with voice prostheses, speech valves, tracheal cannulas, stoma buttons and connectors. To produce such a device, which on insertion can be conformed individually to the size and shape of the stoma or fistula and produce a suitable seal, in accordance with the invention, the tubular body has an outer surface which can be conformed to the shape of a fistula to be sealed and an inner surface which is essentially stable in shape.11-06-2008
20120041376CATHETER, CATHETER FIXTURE, CATHETER KIT AND CATHETER MANUFACTURING METHOD - A catheter kit includes an elongated tubular catheter having at least one drug discharge hole in a side of the catheter; and a catheter fixture that is separated from the catheter. The catheter has a first engaging structure in a distal end part closer to a distal end side than the drug discharge hole. The catheter fixture has a second engaging structure that engages with the first engaging structure. The catheter fixture is fixed to the distal end part of the catheter with when the first engaging structure and the second engaging structure engage. The catheter fixture is wider than a diameter of the catheter in a direction perpendicular to an axis of the catheter in a fixed state.02-16-2012
20120041375AGENT DELIVERY CATHETER HAVING ARTICULATING ARMS - An agent delivery catheter which has a support member comprising at least one articulating arm having an end fixedly secured relative to the shaft and having an anchor end section opposite to the fixed end. The articulating arm is biased to pivot at the fixed end away from the shaft, to transform from a low profile configuration to a high profile configuration in which the arm extends laterally away from the shaft and the anchor end section contacts the patient's body lumen wall, to support the shaft in the body lumen during delivery of an agent, for example by injection from a needle extended from the catheter into the wall of the body lumen.02-16-2012
20100191191SUBCUTANEOUS VASCULAR ACCESS PORTS AND RELATED SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND IMPLANTATION FEATURES - Ports for accessing a vessels within a patient include passageways that can guide needles or other access devices directly into the vessels. The ports can be implanted subcutaneously within a patient. Some ports may be used in the creation and use of vascular access buttonholes.07-29-2010
20080215010APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING AN INTRAOSSEOUS SPACE FOR MOVING FLUID INTO AND OUT OF THE BODY - An apparatus for communication between a site within a body and a source, depot, reservoir, device or machine external to the body via the mouth of the body, comprising an implant for placement in tooth-supporting bone, the implant having a first portion extending into the mouth external to the tooth-supporting bone, a second portion for being embedded in the tooth-supporting bone, and an opening extending along the implant from the first portion to the second portion. A sealing cap containing an antimicrobial substance may be provided to provide a seal when the apparatus is not in use. An external pump may infuse various medications or liquids, including those required by a person having a diabetic condition.09-04-2008
20120004618Anchoring a Medical Instrument - Some embodiments of a medical anchor device include an elongate body coupled with deployable subcutaneous anchors to secure a catheter instrument (or other medical instrument) in place relative to a skin penetration point. In some circumstances, the elongate body may be in the form of catheter hub body, and the subcutaneous anchors can be deployed from the hub body by adjustment of a movable actuator. A locking member can interact with the actuator so as to retain the actuator in the deployed orientation during the medical procedure.01-05-2012
20120004616GASTRIC PORT SYSTEM - A gastric port system for transport of materials to the interior of a body cavity that may include a tube configured to be disposed between a first body cavity and an area adjacent to the first body cavity. The gastric port system may further include a first bolster that includes a curved component having an open channel defined on a side of the curved component.01-05-2012
20120109068IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL PORT WITH FLUID CONDUIT RETENTION SLEEVE - A surgically implantable medical port has a housing with a fluid reservoir therein, a tubular stem extending away from the housing, a fluid conduit mounted on the stem, and a plurality of cantilevered fingers having free ends that are pressed against the fluid conduit in order to prevent conduit detachment from the port. The cantilevered fingers may be provided in a retention sleeve positioned about the fluid conduit. The retention sleeve may be unitarily formed with the housing of the port. The retention sleeve may be formed by at least two separate pieces, such as sections that pivot open and closed relative to the housing and that snap together in a closed position.05-03-2012
20120116316METHOD FOR IMPLANTING AN ACCESS PORT - A transcutaneous access port to a user has a coupling member destined to be anchored in a bone of the user. A first valve system is removably connectable to the coupling member and a second valve system is removably connected to the first valve system. An internal conduit is connected at its proximal end to the access port and at its distal end to a vascular structure of the user. An external conduit is connected to the access port and to an extracorporeal device. A traversing cavity is formed in the bone at an implantation site of the user, passing the internal conduit. The internal conduit is routed through the traversing cavity to connect its distal end to the vascular structure of the user. The coupling member is anchored to the bone at the implantation site. The proximal end of the internal conduit is connected to the access port.05-10-2012
20120016311Drug Delivery Catheters That Attach to Tissue and Methods for Their Use - A drug delivery catheter suited for cardiac procedures. The catheter an anchor associated with a needle, which can be used to secure the catheter to tissue for delivery of therapeutic agents to the tissue.01-19-2012
20120022454CATHETER TIP ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A device for use in a process that involves accessing a bodily space includes a flexible tube having a proximal end, a distal end, and a channel extending between the proximal and distal ends of the flexible tube, and a tissue engagement device coupled to the distal end of the flexible tube, wherein the tissue engagement device comprises a body with threads and a port located on the body, the port being in fluid communication with the channel of the flexible tube.01-26-2012
20120059327MODULAR IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE - The present invention is an implantable medical device that is used deliver materials or energy into a patient's physiology, or from one region of a patient's physiology to another. The device includes a port element with a passageway therethrough for directing and anchoring a conduit element in a desired location. The implantable port stabilizes an elongated conduit within human physiology for long-term use, and includes a support passageway formed through the port and extending between an upper surface and a lower surface of the port, wherein the support passageway is sized and shaped for receiving the elongated conduit slideably inserted therethrough. The device includes a tissue ingrowth scaffold fixedly disposed on at least a portion of at least one surface of the implantable port for positioning in contact with adjacent tissue.03-08-2012
20110092912CATHETER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING INTERNAL BOLSTER - A catheter assembly including an internal bolster. According to one embodiment, the catheter assembly includes a medical catheter preferably made of extruded silicone rubber. The catheter is shaped to include a cylindrical wall defining a primary longitudinal bore. A plurality of secondary longitudinal bores are provided in the cylindrical wall, the secondary bores being evenly spaced around the primary bore. The assembly also includes a plurality of identical resilient members collectively forming an anchor at a first end of the catheter. Each resilient member comprises a resilient wire and a protective jacket. Each wire is made of a shape-memory material and is reversibly transformable between a spiral shape, when at rest, and a straightened shape, when forcibly unfurled. One end of each wire is disposed within a secondary bore of the catheter, with the remainder of each wire extending out from the catheter. Each jacket is preferably made of silicone rubber and encapsulates all of the length of its wire, except for the small portion of the wire inserted into the bore.04-21-2011
20120157924IMPLANTABLE VASCULAR ACCESS - A transcutaneous implantable access port for removal and/or return of fluids of a patient comprises a fixation unit adapted to be fixed to a bone of the patient; a valve unit comprising a sealing membrane at its distal end and one or more chambers; an internal conduit fluidly connectable to vascular structure of the patient and releasably connectable to the valve unit to establish fluidic communication between the internal conduit and said one or more chambers; and an extracorporeal connecting member having an end portion. The extracorporeal connecting member is connectable to the distal end of the valve unit, opening and closing a fluidic passage between the connecting member and said one or several chambers when the connecting member is respectively connected to the access port and withdrawn therefrom. The access port can be used for high volume removal and/or return of blood or other fluids from the patient.06-21-2012
20120157926ANCHOR INSTRUMENTATION AND METHODS - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system includes an anchor sleeve and a catheter (or other medical instrument) to advance though a working channel of the anchor sleeve. The anchor sleeve may have a subcutaneous cuff device arranged along an outer surface. In such circumstances, the embedded cuff device can inhibit the migration of infection from outside the skin and into the blood stream.06-21-2012
20120157925ANCHOR INSTRUMENTATION AND METHODS - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system include an anchor sleeve that receives a catheter (or other medical instrument) though a working channel of the anchor sleeve. The anchor sleeve may include a first actuator that controls the extension of one or more subcutaneous tines into the subcutaneous region under the skin. The anchor sleeve can also include a second actuator that can cause the anchor sleeve to lock onto an outer portion of the catheter (or other medical instrument) arrange in the working channel.06-21-2012
20120209206CATHETER-SECURABLE CUFF - A tissue-ingrowth cuff for stabilization of an implanted catheter against movement, that is placeable onto the catheter by the practitioner at a desired location. The cuff is actuated by the practitioner once moved to its desired location, to grip the catheter. The cuff comprises two body portions securable to each other about a catheter at a practitioner-selected location, by means of complementary locking sections. The two cuff portions are separately slidable along the catheter prior to coupling, but include complementary catheter-gripping sections that cooperate with each other to grip the catheter upon assembly to each other. Tissue-ingrowth material is affixed to the outwardly facing surface of the cuff within a subcutaneous tunnel after catheter implantation and tunneling, thus anchoring the catheter against movement thereafter.08-16-2012
20120071833IMPLANTABLE CATHETER OR LEAD ANCHOR FOR IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE - In one embodiment, an implantable anchor for holding a catheter in place within a patient, comprises a body comprising a channel for holding the catheter; a plurality of apertures such that at least one aperture is disposed on each side of the spiral channel; and one or more suture structures to allow a surgeon to suture the anchor to tissue of the patient; wherein when a catheter is disposed within the channel and is threaded through the plurality of apertures, the plurality of apertures limit longitudinal displacement of the catheter in either longitudinal direction relative to the anchor without continuously applying a compressive force to the catheter.03-22-2012
20100063451Power Injectable Port Identification - An implantable port for accessing internal body structures, the port comprises a proximal housing including an opening providing access to an interior of the port and a distal housing adapted for assembly with the proximal housing, the distal housing including a reservoir which, when the distal housing is mated with the proximal housing is in fluid communication with the opening of the proximal housing in combination with a radiopaque element in one of the proximal and distal housings, a shape of the radiopaque element identifying, when imaged, a structural characteristic of the port not otherwise identifiable visually.03-11-2010
20120157927Anchoring a Medical Instrument - Some embodiments of a medical anchor device include an elongate body coupled with deployable subcutaneous anchors to secure a catheter instrument (or other medical instrument) in place relative to a skin penetration point. In some circumstances, the elongate body may be in the form of catheter hub body, and the subcutaneous anchors can be deployed from the hub body by adjustment of a movable actuator. A locking member can interact with the actuator so as to retain the actuator in the deployed orientation during the medical procedure.06-21-2012
20110040257ANCHOR DEPLOYMENT APPARATUS - An anchor deployment apparatus for deploying an anchor about a therapy delivery element includes an anchor receiving element having an elongate member having a distal opening and a lumen extending proximally in the elongate member from the distal opening. The lumen of the elongate member is configured to slidably receive at least a portion of a therapy delivery element. The anchor deployment tool further includes an anchor engagement element having (i) a body forming a channel in which the elongate member of the anchor receiving element is axially movable, and (ii) an engagement feature forming at least a part of the channel. The engagement feature is configured to engage the anchor when the anchor is disposed about the elongate member and the elongate member is moved distally relative to the engagement element, and to cause the anchor to move distally along the elongate member when the feature is engaged with the anchor and the elongate member is moved distally relative to the engagement element. The anchor deployment tool also includes an alignment element secured relative to the elongate member and configured to secure the elongate member relative to the body of the anchor engagement element to restrict movement of the elongate member orthogonal to the axis of the channel. The anchor receiving element and the alignment element may be formed from the same or different parts.02-17-2011
20120123342IMPLANTABLE INJECTION PORT WITH TISSUE IN-GROWTH PROMOTER - A surgically implantable injection port has one or more tissue in-growth promoting surfaces. The injection port includes a housing, a fluid reservoir defined in part by the housing, a needle penetrable septum, and a tissue in-growth promoting surface integrally provided on an exterior surface of the port. The tissue in-growth promoting surface may be provided by surgical mesh or a textured surface on the injection port. The injection port may be used as part of a gastric band system or some other type of system.05-17-2012
20120130314VASCULAR GRAFT - A vascular access graft (05-24-2012
20120220946Gastrostomy Tube Extension Device - A gastrostomy tube extension device which can facilitate the insertion or removal operation in and from the patient, and increase the simplicity of manufacture. A gastrostomy tube extension device for inserting or taking out the gastrostomy tube into/from the patient includes a rod, a fixing member, and an engaging member. The rod is formed of a rod-shaped member with engaging stepped portions. The fixing member is capable of moving along the longitudinal direction of the rod, and an engaging projection which can be fixed to the tube member is formed on the peripheral surface of the fixing member. The engaging member includes a lower engaging portion engageable with the engaging projection and an upper engaging portion which is engageable with the engaging stepped portion This assembly allows the extension to be locked.08-30-2012
20120083742CANNULA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMMOBILIZING AN IMPLANTED CATHETER DURING CATHETER ANCHORING - Devices, systems, and methods for immobilizing an implanted catheter tip while the catheter is anchored relative to surrounding tissue. In one embodiment, a cannula system is included that incorporates a cinch tube for guiding the catheter to a target site within a body. The cinch tube may define a cinch window to receive therein a cinch member operable to immobilize and occlude the catheter. The cinch tube may also include an elongate opening proximate the cinch window. The elongate opening allows extraction of a portion of the catheter and subsequent severing of the catheter above the cinch window/occlusion site.04-05-2012
20120179105Self-Aligning Abutment - A catheter system includes a flexible abutment at its distal end. Functionally, the abutment serves to stabilize and align (orient) the distal portion of the catheter as its distal tip is advanced into contact with a tissue surface. Structurally, the flexible abutment is an arrangement of wires that creates a hollow conical shaped frame having two open ends. One end is affixed to the distal end of the catheter. And, the other is presented as a plurality of separated end points that collectively define an annulus at a distal distance from the catheter's tip. For its operation, the flexible abutment is moved from a folded (tube-shaped) configuration, for travel through the vasculature of a patient, to a flared configuration with end points on the frame extended outwardly from the catheter axis, for contact with the tissue surface.07-12-2012
20100274195Implantable Device Suture Bars - A suture bar for facilitating the securing of an implantable medical device in a body. The suture bar including a body member having a length disposed between a first and a second end, the body member being formed of a generally elongate tube that is piercable by a suture needle. The suture bar also including a first and second connector fixedly attached on the first and second end of the body member, the first and second connector operable to connect the implantable medical device to a pocket in a body.10-28-2010
20100241084ANCHOR INSTRUMENTATION AND METHODS - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system includes an anchor sleeve and a catheter (or other medical instrument) to advance though a working channel of the anchor sleeve. The anchor sleeve may have a subcutaneous cuff device arranged along an outer surface. In such circumstances, the embedded cuff device can inhibit the migration of infection from outside the skin and into the blood stream.09-23-2010
20080300547INTEGRATED SECUREMENT AND CLOSURE APPARATUS - An integrated securement and closure apparatus uses mechanical fasteners disposed in access lumens located radially outwardly from a centrally disposed opening for an endoscope. The mechanical fasteners are used to secure the distal end of an overtube against and isolate a target area of tissue inside a patient. An incision is made in the isolated target and the mechanical fasteners are used to approximate the tissue of the incision following and surgical intervention.12-04-2008
20080300548APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SECURING A CATHETER WITHIN AN ANATOMY - An apparatus and method for securing a catheter within a target area of the anatomy are disclosed. The catheter includes a passage or opening through which a suture filament may be routed. The suture filament can be secured relative to anatomical tissue to retain the catheter within a desired region. After the catheter has been used to complete the desired medical procedure, the suture filament may be released, permitting the catheter to be easily withdrawn from the anatomy. The catheter may include a biodegradable tip, which when absorbed by the body would enable the catheter to be removed. Biodegradable suture filaments and other components may also be used to facilitate the release of the catheter from the anatomy.12-04-2008
20120265146ENHANCED STABILITY IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE - An implantable medical device is provided which has a housing of an elongate form to minimize a size of an incision required for implantation. A stabilizing element is associated with the elongated form housing for the medical device. The stabilizing element transitions from a low profile initial form to a higher width final form to provide the medical device with a stabilized footprint after implantation. The stabilizing element is in the form of a rotating wing in one embodiment. In another embodiment, the stabilizing element is in the form of an expanding loop that can bend to extend out of side openings of a cavity within the housing, to provide such stabilization at the implantation site. The medical device can be in the form of a pacemaker, infusion pump, vascular access port or other subcutaneously implanted medical device.10-18-2012
20120271238SYSTEM FOR ANCHORING MEDICAL DEVICES - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system include an anchor device that receives a catheter (or other medical instrument) and secures the catheter in place relative to a skin penetration point. In some embodiments, the anchor device can secure the catheter in an operative position relative to the skin without the use of sutures or skin tapes.10-25-2012
20110213309VASCULAR ACCESS PORTS AND RELATED METHODS - Ports for accessing a vessels within a patient include passageways that can guide needles or other access devices directly into the vessels. The ports can be implanted subcutaneously within a patient. Some ports may be used in the creation and use of vascular access buttonholes.09-01-2011
20110238016DRUG DELIVERY TO A JOINT - A drug delivery device may include a base to be percutaneously affixable in an attachment zone of a synovial joint and a sustained-release drug carrier coupled to the base. The drug delivery device may also include an access device to provide access to the attachment zone. The attachment zone may comprise a non-articulating portion of a bone and/or cartilage with the synovial joint and the drug carrier may elute the drug into the synovial fluid sufficient to sustain a therapeutically effective concentration of the drug in the synovial fluid for at least 8 hours.09-29-2011
20100234808Injection Port Applier with Downward Force Actuation - An injection port applier is configured to engage an injection port that has integral fasteners that are movable from a non-deployed position to a deployed position. The applier comprises a shaft, a port engagement portion, and a handle. The port engagement portion is includes a fastener deployment member that is operable to move the fasteners to the deployed position. The handle comprises a first handle portion and a second handle portion. The second handle portion is movable distally relative to the first handle portion in order to actuate the fastener deployment member, to thereby move the fasteners to the deployed position. An elongate actuating member couples the second handle portion with the fastener deployment member. One part of the elongate actuating member translates longitudinally in response to the second handle being moved distally; while another part of the elongate actuating member rotates in response to the first portion translating.09-16-2010
20120277681Living Donor Cannula - A cannula includes a first circumferential portion, a second circumferential portion, and a seal with a first clamping surface. The first circumferential portion and the second circumferential portion are configured to mutually cooperate to support a circumference of vasculature, and form a second clamping surface. The first clamping surface and the second clamping surface are configured to cooperate to secure an end of the vasculature.11-01-2012
20120089096EXTERNAL END DEVICE FOR PERMANENT CATHETERS - An external end device for permanent catheters includes a container that houses two taps being provided with knobs and having, at one hand, a first connector for the connection to the catheters and, at the other hand, second connectors projecting from the container for the connection to an external equipment. The first connector is connected to the catheter by a coupling exiting the container and externally holding a subcutaneous cuff designed to be positioned in the subcutaneous tissue of the patient's body. The second connectors are provided with caps surrounded by the disposable absorbent material being received in the closure lid and having spaces for housing the caps for protecting them externally from a bacterial attack by the antiseptic substance by which it is impregnated. Further an implantation method of the device in a patient is disclosed.04-12-2012
20120330242Vascular Access Port with Integral Attachment Mechanism - An implantable port with an integral attachment mechanism. The implantable port includes one or more suture needles enclosed within a port body, the suture needle(s) coupled to a movable member such that movement of the movable member results in movement of the suture needle(s) out of the port body and into the tissue of a body into which it is implanted. The movable member can be a cam or tensioning member that rotates about a central port axis. The movable member can be coupled to a gear to permit movement of the movable member following implantation of the port within a subcutaneous pocket.12-27-2012
20120101442DEFLECTABLE GUIDE - Described herein are devices and methods for guide catheters having one or more regions of increased flexibility. A flexibility region comprises one tubular segment of the guide catheter with a non-linear longitudinal seam between two non-concentric layers of material having different durometers. A non-linear seam, such as a zig-zag or sinusoidal configuration, permits controlled compression of lower durometer material between portions of higher durometer material.04-26-2012
20100185155Enteral Feeding Assembly With Obturator - An enteral feeding assembly is described which includes a base and a catheter positioned through the base. A portion of the catheter extends distally away from the base, and has a retainer provided on a distal end of the catheter. The retainer includes a plurality of struts having a flexible, preformed configuration which cooperate to form at least a portion of a spherical shape with openings between the struts. A shroud is positioned over at least a proximal portion of the struts to prevent the struts from causing irritation or embedding in a body lumen. The retainer is movable between an insertion configuration and a deployed configuration. An obturator and actuator are used to move the retainer between positions. A method for inserting and removing an enteral feeding assembly is also provided.07-22-2010
20100130941Audible And Tactile Feedback - A rotational locking mechanism for securing a catheter to a surgical implant is disclosed. The locking mechanism includes a deflectable extension extending from the surgical implant about the catheter attached to the surgical implant. The shape of the deflectable extension defines a slot therein. A connector having at least one tab extending therefrom is placed about the catheter at the point of attachment to the surgical implant. Rotation of the tubular connector brings at least one tab of the connector into contact with the slot in the deflectable extension and deflects and releases at least a portion of the slot as the connector rotates from an unlocked position to a locked position within the slot. The rotation motion secures the catheter to the surgical implant, and produces a feedback detectable by a surgeon rotating the tubular connector.05-27-2010
20130211334ANTIBIOTIC DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR TREATING AN INFECTED SYNOVIAL JOINT DURING RE-IMPLANTATION OF AN ORTHOPEDIC PROSTHESIS - An antibiotic delivery system including an intramedullary stem that is adapted to be removably mounted into a medullary canal of a bone. The stem includes a body having an inlet adapted to be in fluid communication with a source of liquid-borne antibiotic and a plurality of outlets disposed along the stem. A channel extends between the inlet and the plurality of outlets for delivering a fluid-borne antibiotic from the inlet to the plurality of outlets so as to distribute the antibiotic along the medullary canal in a controlled fashion.08-15-2013
20120283644Temporary Retention Device - A retention device for anchoring indwelling catheters, sheath introducers, feeding tubes, ostomy bags or other medical devices beneath the skin of a patient includes an deployable section coupled to a medical device; following introduction into a patient, the deployable section is subcutaneously deployed, securely anchoring the device and coupled medical device for the duration of treatment.11-08-2012
20120283643CATHETER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING INTERNAL BOLSTER - A catheter assembly includes an internal bolster comprising a plurality of resilient members collectively forming an anchor at a first end of the catheter. Each resilient member is reversibly transformable between a spiral shape, when at rest, and a straightened shape, when forcibly unfurled. The catheter assembly may be used in a method for inserting a gastrostomy tube into a patient. The catheter assembly is inserted into the patient's stomach with the resilient members in the unfurled straightened state. Once the resilient members have entered the patient, the resilient members are allowed to return to the relaxed spiral shape, thereby anchoring the catheter assembly in the patient.11-08-2012
20130158484APPARATUS FOR INTRODUCING PORTALS IN BONE HAVING TRANSVERSELY MOVABLE BONE PROBE - An apparatus for introducing a bone portal into a bone is described herein. An example apparatus for introducing portals into bone includes a stylet and a handle. The stylet is configured to support an infusion tube assembly. The infusion tube assembly comprises a bone portal. The handle is drivingly coupled to the stylet by a release mechanism. The release mechanism comprises a bone probe that, in a first configuration, extends generally parallel to the stylet. The release mechanism is operative to uncouple the driving coupling between the handle and the stylet upon axial motion of the bone probe relative to the handle. The stylet and bone probe are movable apart from one another to a second configuration.06-20-2013
20110313359RETENTION DEVICE FOR GASTROSTOMY TUBE AND LOW PROFILE GASTROSTOMY DEVICE - A gastrostomy tube including a retention device includes an elongated hollow shaft having a proximal first end and a distal second end and at least one retention member extending from the distal second end of the shaft. The at least one retention member moves between a retracted orientation and an open orientation.12-22-2011
20120004617Anchor Systems and Methods - Some embodiments of a medical device anchor system include an anchor device that receives a medical instrument (such as a catheter or the like) and secures the instrument in place relative to a skin penetration point. In some circumstances, the anchor device may allow the anchor device to be used after medical instrument is already in place without the need for a second penetration point for the anchor device.01-05-2012
20120010571CATHETER ASSEMBY AND METHOD FOR INTERNALLY ANCHORING A CATHETER IN A PATIENT - A catheter assembly and method for internally anchoring a catheter in a patient. According to one embodiment, the catheter assembly includes a catheter, a tubular fitting coupled to one end of the catheter, and an internal bolster coaxially mounted around the tubular fitting. The tubular fitting has a waist portion, and the internal bolster is secured thereto by a snap-fit. To internally anchor the catheter in a patient, one inserts the end of the catheter to which the fitting is coupled into the patient and then, while the fitting and its coupled end of the catheter are within the patient, inserts the internal bolster over the fitting until it snap-fits into place over the waist portion, thereby internally anchoring the catheter within the patient.01-12-2012

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