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Occluding clip, clamp, or band

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606 - Surgery

606001000 - INSTRUMENTS

606151000 - Surgical mesh, connector, clip, clamp or band

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20130030455OCCLUSION DEVICE FOR CLOSING ANATOMICAL DEFECTS - The present invention generally relates to the field of transcatheter device closure techniques for closing an opening in a tissue and more particularly, to occlusion devices for closing anatomical defects in tissue. More particularly the present invention refers to occlusion devices for closing septal abnormalities such as atrial septal defects and patent foramen ovale, and to methods of closing an anatomical defect in a tissue.01-31-2013
20080269788Clamp Device to Plicate the Stomach - A medical device for clamping the stomach in morbid obesity surgery consists of a silicone frame that is essentially U-shaped, having opposing legs self-hinged to a bight portion interconnecting the legs. The opposing legs have sufficient stiffness to permit limited bending and have inner surfaces that sealingly carry an inflatable balloon which can be selectively inflated or aspirated after the device has been clamped to the stomach to adjust the gastric restriction stoma. A flexible latch member carried by one of the legs has at least one serration which is inserted into a latch cavity of the opposing leg to lock the opposing legs in fixed spaced relationship. Lumens within the legs communicate with a fluid supply source and respective inflatable balloon for selective inflation or aspiration of the inflatable balloons. The medical device for clamping the stomach may be self-adjusting upon distention and contraction of the proximal stomach. A platform member having finger extensions which are biased to remain in compressive engagement with the anterior surface of the proximal stomach reduce the gastric restriction stoma from its nominal position upon distention of the proximal stomach and enlarge the reduction upon contraction of the proximal stomach to the nominal position.10-30-2008
20090192533METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DIAGNOSING PERFORMANCE OF A GASTRIC RESTRICTION SYSTEM - Methods and devices are provided for diagnosing performance of a gastric restriction system. In general, the methods and devices can enable patients, health care providers, and others to use pressure data as a feedback mechanism to monitor efficacy of an implantable restriction device and to identify, train, and/or prescribe treatment plan options. Pressure data monitoring can be used locally and/or remotely to monitor a restriction in a patient and compare gathered pressure data with a typical pressure of the restriction. Based on the results of the comparison, possible problems related to the patient and the restriction can be identified and diagnosed with possible cause(s) and solution(s). Notice of any detected possible problems, causes, and/or solutions can be provided to a user.07-30-2009
20110196394IMPLANTABLE INJECTION PORT - An implantable injection port facilitates filling and/or draining an inflatable portion of a gastric band. In an embodiment, the port comprises a movable cap that causes anchor wires to extend from anchor devices in order to implant the injection port in the tissue of a patient. In another embodiment, the port comprises a handle that rotates to implant curved anchors into the tissue of a patient. In yet another embodiment, a cap is configured to move towards a base of the port in order to cause the curved anchors to rotate into the tissue of a patient. The cap may also rotate with respect to the base in order to lock the cap and the anchors in position. Further, surfaces of the injection port may be textured to increase adhesiveness to the patient's tissue during installation and to facilitate simpler installation.08-11-2011
20100114132Systems and processes for controlling inflatable members and gastric bands based on geographic location - A system and process employs a gastric band device having an adjustable restriction amount that is adjustable based on at least one first control signal. The system and process also employs at least one of a wireless receiver and location detection electronics configured for providing at least one second signal. In addition, a controller is configured to provide at least one first control signal to the gastric band device based at least in part on at least one second control signal from at least one of the wireless receiver and the location detection electronics. The controller may be configured to provide at least one first control signal for one of increasing restriction or reducing restriction of the gastric band in response to receiving a signal from the location detection electronics representing a predefined geographic location.05-06-2010
20100114131SKIN TAG REMOVAL SYSTEM - A skin tag removal device operative to remove skin tags via the use of compressive force to stop or restrict blood flow to the skin tag. The device comprises first and second members that are attached to one another, preferably via a hinge, and operative to assume an open configuration whereby the members may be positioned about the base of a skin tag and a second closed configuration whereby the first and second members cooperate to impart a compressive force about the base of the skin tag to stop or substantially restrict blood flow. The first and second members may be formed such that the same are biased to one another to impart the compressive force, or may be attached via a hinge and operative to be locked to one another to assume the closed, blood-restricting configuration.05-06-2010
20090157107Device for the treatment of obesity - A device for the treatment of obesity includes at least one first and one second band each with closure means for closing the particular band to form a ring. The first band is connected or is connectable with an enveloping part and is placeable about the esophagus, the stomach or a transition region between the esophagus and the stomach. The second band, also connected or connectable with the enveloping part, is placeable about the stomach distally to the first band and spaced apart from it, and the region of the stomach located between the first and the second band is envelopable by the enveloping part.06-18-2009
20090157106ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT GASTRIC RESTRICTION DEVICES AND METHODS - Methods and devices are provided for adjusting the height of devices in a gastric restriction system. In general, the methods and devices allow one or more implantable housings coupled to an implantable restriction device to have an adjustable height. The housing can include, for example, a fill port housing, a sensor housing, and any other type of housing that can be used in an implantable restriction system and desired to have an adjustable height. The housing can lower in profile over time, e.g., as the patient loses weight, thereby maintaining the housing in a generally predictable location where it can be found and accessed.06-18-2009
20100069935CLOSING ASSEMBLIES FOR CLAMPING DEVICE - A closing assembly for a clamping device having first and second jaw members includes a closing mechanism connected between the first and second jaw members, the jaws extending distally from the closing mechanism; and a member for applying a separating force to the first and second jaw members proximally of the closing mechanism, whereby the first and second jaw members can be maintained substantially parallel during closing. The clamp has a very strong clamping force.03-18-2010
20090012547Devices and methods for treatment of obesity - Methods, devices, tools and assemblies for treating a patient to effect weight loss. One method embodiment involves passing a device including an expandable member in a collapsed configuration and a buoyancy member through an opening in the skin of a patient and into the abdominal cavity of the patient, and anchoring at least a portion of the expandable member, relative to at least one structure in the abdominal cavity. Devices including at least one expandable member and at least one buoyancy member are provided.01-08-2009
20080294180Gastric Belt - The inventive gastric belt is characterised in that the wall of a chamber (11-27-2008
20080312670Surgical ligature clip - In order, in the case of a surgical ligature clip comprising two retaining arms, which are connected to one another in each case at one end by a deformable connection point and bendable in such a way towards one another that the arms move from an open position, in which they are spaced further apart from one another, into a closed position, in which the mutually opposing inner sides of the arms are brought permanently closer to one another, to improve the seat of the ligature clip on a hollow organ, it is proposed that it comprises an endless web member, which in the region of the two arms and the connection point forms two juxtaposed portions that merge one into the other at the free ends of the arms remote from the connection point.12-18-2008
20110295289MICROSURGERY CLAMP, IN PARTICULAR MICROINCISION CAPSULORHEXIS CLAMP - Microsurgery clamp, particularly a microincision capsulorhexis clamp, having a proximal handling portion or handle including two branches or arms interconnected at one of the ends thereof, so as to be suitable for being approached or separated elastically, and a distal clamping portion having two narrow and thin clamping blades connected to the distal ends of the handling branches and oriented laterally relative thereto. The distal end of each of the clamping blades being curved in a direction opposite to that of the handle, so as to form a clamping tip. The clamping blades are oriented in a direction or plane corresponding to the approaching or separation directions of the handling branches. The clamping blades are arranged above each other, relative to a vertical position of said handle, so that the approaching or separation movement of said handling branches results in the approaching or separation movement of said clamping tips, respectively.12-01-2011
20090118749Pyloric Devices and Methods - A gastrointestinal device is provided. The device includes a band sized and configured for residing in or around a pyloric sphincter region of the subject. The band is functional in maintaining the pyloric sphincter at a fixed opening size.05-07-2009
20100114134Device and Method for Temporary Vessel Occlusion - A method of occluding a vessel, comprises forming an incision through tissue covering the vessel to expose a portion of the vessel and looping a first suture around the vessel such that ends of the first suture extend out of the incision in combination with closing the incision with the ends of the first suture protruding through the closed incision, placing a force distribution element over the incision and tightening the first suture over the force distribution element to form a kink in the vessel.05-06-2010
20100114133SURGICAL CLIP - A clip is provided that can be used for ligating tissue, such as vessels, other tubular ducts, and the like. The clip has opposed first and second leg members having proximal and distal ends. The proximal end of each leg member is connected by an apex having a notch formed therein. Moreover, each leg member has an inner tissue-contacting surface and an outer compression-receiving surface, both of which include features to provide a more secure ligation of the vessel or duct. A method for ligating vessels is also provided.05-06-2010
20080287975Tissue contrasting gastric band - A balloon-type gastric band that includes a balloon and a belt secured to the balloon. The balloon includes a mechanism for contrasting the balloon from surrounding tissue when placed within a patient.11-20-2008
20120035631APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR OCCLUDING AN ANATOMICAL STRUCTURE - Apparatus and methods are disclosed for occluding an anatomical structure including an occlusion apparatus having first and second beams and at least one connector for connecting the respective ends of the beams together. The occlusion apparatus may be adapted for use in a deployment device having a pair of jaws and optionally having a respective pair of shuttle bodies for releasably connecting an occlusion apparatus to the jaws while in an open position and for releasing the occlusion device from the jaws while in a closed position. A system for occluding an anatomical structure is also disclosed that includes an occlusion apparatus and a deployment device for holding the occlusion apparatus in an open position for locating the occlusion device adjacent the anatomical structure to be occluded and then moving the occlusion apparatus to a closed position and locking the occlusion apparatus in the closed position.02-09-2012
20100087843Mechanical Gastric Band With Cushions - A system for regulating the functioning of an organ or duct generally includes an implantable band structured to at least partially circumscribe an organ or duct and an actuating mechanism operable to effect constriction of the band. The system further includes a plurality of incompressible cushion segments defining a substantially star-shaped inner circumference of the band, the star-shape effective to prevent pinching and necrosis of tissue during adjustment.04-08-2010
20110172687Telemetry Device with Software User Input Features - An implantable restriction device is configured to provide a restriction in a patient. A pressure sensor implanted in the patient is configured to sense pressure associated with the restriction device. A remote input device is configured to wirelessly receive pressure measurements from the pressure sensor and transmit the pressure measurements to a display device. The display device is configured to plot the pressure measurements as a function of time. The remote input device also includes buttons that may be used to annotate the pressure measurements, such as to indicate physical events associated with the patient (e.g., coughing, sneezing, etc.). The display device is also configured to display the annotations on or near the plot of pressure measurements. A viewer may thus take the annotations into account when evaluating the pressure measurements, such as by ignoring pressure measurements associated with certain types of annotations.07-14-2011
20090182356REMOTELY ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING DEVICE - A remotely controllable gastric banding device (07-16-2009
20090182358DEVICE FOR INTERMITTENTLY OBSTRUCTING A GASTRIC OPENING AND METHOD OF USE - The present invention relates to a device for intermittently obstructing a bodily opening, such as a gastric opening, and includes a proximal member connected to a distal member by a tether. The proximal member includes an apron member surrounding a first occluding member, which is formable from an elongated and narrower configuration to a contracted or expanded but wider configuration. When employed in the stomach, the device of the present invention is arranged transluminally, with the distal member disposed in the duodenum and the proximal member disposed against the pyloric valve, intermittently occluding the pyloric valve and preventing or delaying the flow of gastric contents through the pyloric valve. In certain embodiments, a reservoir may be included for releasing a substance of interest, for example for releasing insulin from a reservoir disposed in the distal member. Sensors, actuators, and data transmission devices may also be included.07-16-2009
20090182357DEVICE FOR INTERMITTENTLY OBSTRUCTING A GASTRIC OPENING AND METHOD OF USE - The present invention relates to a device for intermittently obstructing a bodily opening, such as a gastric opening, and includes a proximal member connected to a distal member by a tether. The proximal member includes an apron member surrounding a first occluding member, which is formable from an elongated and narrower configuration to a contracted or expanded but wider configuration. When employed in the stomach, the device of the present invention is arranged transluminally, with the distal member disposed in the duodenum and the proximal member disposed against the pyloric valve, intermittently occluding the pyloric valve and preventing or delaying the flow of gastric contents through the pyloric valve. In certain embodiments, a reservoir may be included for releasing a substance of interest, for example for releasing insulin from a reservoir disposed in the distal member. Sensors, actuators, and data transmission devices may also be included.07-16-2009
20080287974Gastric band with contrasting supply tube - A balloon-type gastric band includes a balloon shaped and dimensioned to circumscribe a stomach at a predetermined location. A supply tube is secured to the balloon for fluid communication with an internal cavity of the balloon, wherein the supply tube includes both at least one colored section and at least one clear section for respectively contrasting the supply tube from surrounding tissue when placed within a patient and facilitating identification of leaks within the supply tube. In accordance with an alternate embodiment the supply tube is colored while remaining translucent.11-20-2008
20090036910Devices and Methods for Treatment of Obesity - Implantable devices, instruments, kits and methods for treatment of obesity. One or more devices can be implanted adjacent to or in contact with the stomach to occupy a space to prevent the stomach from expanding into that space as food is taken into the stomach. Alternatively, one or more devices may be implanted and expanded to displace at least a portion of the wall of the stomach to decrease the internal volume of the stomach that is available to receive food. Devices may be anchored to one or more internal structures at one or more locations without piercing through the wall of the stomach. Devices can be implanted using minimally invasive methods, such as percutaneous or laparoscopic methods. Delivery instruments are also provided. An intra-gastric sizing device is provided to facilitate implantation of an extra-gastric device in some method embodiments.02-05-2009
20080249547Tissue clamp - The present invention relates to a tissue clamp, a tool for grasping the clamp and a method of using the clamp for surgical procedures. The clamp has a fixture or fixtures positioned on the proximal end of the arms of the clamp so that a tool can be used by the surgeon to securely grasp the clamp during placement thereof on the vasculature or other tissue of the patient. The fixture can have a plurality of channels so that the user can select the angular orientation of the tool relative to the damp.10-09-2008
20110208220PRESSURE SENSING GASTRIC BANDING SYSTEM - An implantable device monitors a pressure of fluid within an inflatable portion of a gastric band. The implantable device comprises a tube defining a lumen, and a pressure sensor positioned within at least one of the lumen or the tube. The pressure sensor is configured to sense the pressure of the fluid within the inflatable portion of the gastric band. The pressure sensor is also configured to transmit a pressure signal based on the pressure to a microcontroller, which transmits the pressure signal to a remote control device. The pressure sensor confers strain relief upon at least a portion of the tube, and the pressure sensor shields at least a portion of the tube from puncture by a needle.08-25-2011
20090012545Apparatus and Methods for Occluding a Hallow Anatomical Structure01-08-2009
20080281340Surgical cutting device - A surgical cutting device that clamps and cuts a graft creating optimal geometry for end-to-end anastomosis is disclosed. Methods of making and using the surgical cutting device are also disclosed.11-13-2008
20080275480Vertically oriented band for stomach - An adjustable band or clamp or non-adjustable clamp is placed about the greater curvature of the stomach in a vertical orientation. The band or clamp completely compartmentalizes the stomach between a small vertical pouch and the fundus and body of the stomach. The fundus and body of the stomach are excluded from nutrients and are separated from a long narrow channel where the food travels. A small passage at the level of the antrum allows gastric juices to empty from the fundus and body of the stomach. The clamp may be applied during open surgery in laproscopic surgery or using a single port technique, or through any natural orifice in NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic surgery) or using a hybrid surgical technique.11-06-2008
20080287976Gastric band with engagement member - A gastric band includes a gastric band body having a first end and second end. The first end and the second end are provided with a respective first latching member and a second latching member. The first end includes a tip and an engagement member proximal the first latching member such that the engagement member is on a side of the first latching member opposite the tip. The engagement member enhances one's ability to grasp the first end of the gastric band body during application and removal.11-20-2008
20100145370METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GASTRIC RESTRICTION OF THE STOMACH TO TREAT OBESITY - The invention generally relates to a method and apparatus to treat obesity. In an exemplary embodiment, the invention relates to tucking a portion of the greater curvature of the stomach inwards, and covering the stomach around the greater curvature and lesser curvature with a silicone skirt to induce satiety and reduce the volume of the stomach body.06-10-2010
20120035632ALLOY FOR MEDICAL USE AND MEDICAL DEVICE - Provided is alloy for medical use and a medical device that is novel and useful. The alloy for medical use according to, for example, an embodiment of the present invention is mainly composed of three kinds of elements of gold (Au), platinum (Pt), and niobium (Nb). A total content of the three kinds of elements can be no smaller than 99% by weight, in which a platinum content can be no smaller than 5% by weight and no greater than 50% by weight and a niobium content can be no smaller than 3% by weight and no greater than 15% by weight. By adjusting the content ratio of the three elements, for example, it is possible to reduce or prevent artifacts in an MRI. Non-magnetization is also possible.02-09-2012
20090082793RELEASABLY-SECURABLE ONE-PIECE ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND - A releasably-securable gastric band (03-26-2009
20090187202OPTIMIZING THE OPERATION OF A RESTRICTION SYSTEM - Methods and devices for optimizing the operation of a restriction system for forming a restriction in a patient are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, a method for optimizing the operation of a gastric restriction system includes providing an implantable restriction system for forming a restriction in a patient, determining an optimum value of a control parameter of the restriction system, and maintaining the control parameter at the optimum value such that a result parameter of the restriction system is substantially convergent as a function of time. Determining an optimum value of a control parameter can generally include adjusting the restriction device, determining the value of the control parameter to be optimized, and repeating the steps of adjusting the restriction device and determining the value of the control parameter until the control parameter is substantially convergent as a function of time.07-23-2009
20090062826ADAPTIVE DEVICE AND ADAPTIVE METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY ADAPTING THE STOMACH OPENING OF A PATIENT - In an adaptive device and an adaptive method for adapting the stomach opening of a patient, a gastric band having a non-elastic back part on the exterior and a first expandable chamber on the interior are placed around the stomach of the patient for adapting the stomach opening, and the stomach opening of the patient is adapted by modifying the amount of fluid in the first expandable chamber. For this purpose, the adaptive device includes a second expandable chamber, so that the second expandable chamber is connected to the first expandable chamber, and whereby the fluid is displaced from the one expandable chamber to the other expandable chamber in order to modify the stomach opening of the patient. The adaptive device can in particular be controlled by changing the position of the body of the patient.03-05-2009
20090326567LOCKING MECHANISMS FOR FIXATION DEVICES AND METHODS OF ENGAGING TISSUE - Devices and methods are provided for tissue approximation and repair. Fixation devices comprise a pair of elements each having a first end, a free end opposite the first end, and an engagement surface therebetween for engaging the tissue, the first ends being moveable between an open position wherein the free ends are spaced apart and a closed position wherein the free ends are closer together with the engagement surfaces generally facing each other. The fixation devices also include a locking mechanism coupled to the elements for locking the elements in place. The devices and methods find use in a variety of therapeutic procedures, including endovascular, minimally-invasive, and open surgical procedures, and can be used in various anatomical regions. The invention is particularly useful in procedures requiring minimally-invasive or endovascular access to remote tissue locations, where the instruments utilized must negotiate long, narrow, and tortuous pathways to the treatment site.12-31-2009
20110224706HEMOSTASIS CLIP - A device for clipping tissue comprises a clip including first and second arms coupled to one another and biased toward an open configuration in which distal ends of the first and second arms are separated from one another and a core member including a proximal portion and a distal portion connected to one another via a frangible link configured to break when subjected to a predetermined tension, the distal end of the core member being directly coupled to the first arm in combination with a capsule slidably housing the distal end of the core member and a proximal portion of the clip, the capsule being dimensioned so that, when the clip is drawn proximally thereinto, contact between the arms and the capsule move the arms toward one another into a closed, tissue-gripping configuration, the core member and the capsule being longitudinally movable relative to one another to move the clip between and a closed tissue-gripping configuration and the open configuration.09-15-2011
20090198261Gastric Inflation Band with Integrated Infusion Catheter - An inflatable gastric band incorporates a fluid channel within an outer surface of the band and an inflatable bladder on a stomach-facing side of the band. The gastric band attaches to a double lumen catheter, which communicates with a dual infusion port. One lumen communicates with the fluid channel and one port, while the other lumen communicates with the inflatable bladder and a second port. Injection of fluid into one chamber of the infusion port expands inflatable bladder, allowing adjustment to the diameter of the stoma. Injection of drugs or therapeutic agents into the second chamber allows the infusion of drugs or agents directly into the abdominal cavity of a gastric band recipient. The inflatable bladder can be continuous or segmented. A segmented bladder reduces pinching and/or folding of the inner surface of the gastric band during expansion/contraction, thereby lessening stomach pinching and/or irritation.08-06-2009
20090054914Controllable Gastric Band - The invention relates to a controllable stomach band (02-26-2009
20100217293LIVING TISSUE LIGATION DEVICE - This invention includes a clip having arms which grip living tissue, a press tube serving as a clamping member which is fitted and mounted on the clip to close the arms of the clip, a coupling member which can be inserted into the press tube and engages with the clip, and projections serving as lock portions which hold the arms of the clip in a closed state when the clip engages with the press tube.08-26-2010
20090005797METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PLACEMENT OF AN INTRA-ABDOMINAL OR INTRA-THORACIC APPLIANCE THROUGH A NATURAL BODY ORIFICE - Natural orifice transenteric surgical methods and devices for placing a band or other appliance around a hollow bodily organ such as the stomach. In one alternative embodiment, such a band is placed in order to reduce the inner volume of the stomach.01-01-2009
20080262523Devices and methods for treatment of obesity - Methods, devices, tools, instruments and systems for treating a patient to induce weight loss. In one method embodiment, a device, including an expandable member in a collapsed configuration, is passed through an opening in the skin of the patient, and into the abdominal cavity of the patient. At least a portion of the expandable member is anchored relative to at least one structure in the abdominal cavity, without piercing the stomach. The expandable member is expanded to an expanded configuration in a space in the abdominal cavity to perform at least one of: prevention of expansion of the stomach of the patient into the space; and compression of a portion of the stomach.10-23-2008
20090204132AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING BAND SYSTEM - Devices and methods for forming a restriction in a patient are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, a restriction system is provided including an implantable restriction device, an implantable port in fluid communication with the implantable restriction device, and an implantable pump in fluid communication with the restriction device. In general, the implantable restriction device is adjustable and configured to form a restriction in a patient, and the implantable port is configured to receive fluid from a fluid source external to the patient. The implantable pump has a plurality of actuators configured to change shape upon the application of energy thereto such that sequential activation of the plurality of actuators is effective to create pumping action to move fluid through the pump.08-13-2009
20090204131AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING BAND SYSTEM WITH MEMS PUMP - Devices and methods for forming a restriction in a patient are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, a restriction system is provided including an implantable restriction device, an implantable port in fluid communication with the implantable restriction device, and an implantable pump in fluid communication with the restriction device. In general, the implantable restriction device is adjustable and configured to form a restriction in a patient, and the implantable port is configured to receive fluid from a fluid source external to the patient. The implantable pump is a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) device effective to create pumping action to move fluid through the pump.08-13-2009
20090222032DEVICE AND METHOD OF WEIGHT CONTROL VIA INDIRECT ABDOMINAL CAVITY VOLUME REDUCTION - A device for controlling the weight of a body can be a passive or expandable food restriction device. The presence of the device decreases abdominal wall compliance and increases intra-abdominal pressure thereby producing satiety. One embodiment of the expandable device includes a hollow member with an expandable and a non-expandable portion to its exterior surface. The hollow member is selectively expanded and/or contracted following implantation in order to maintain pressure in the abdominal cavity. Additionally, a surgical method applying two or more versions of the food restriction device is described, such that multiple passive and/or expandable devices may be inserted into the body for additional weight control measures. The device is preferably positioned superficial to the abdominal cavity according to the present disclosure to minimize the risks associated with traditional food intake restriction surgeries.09-03-2009
20090209985Sensor and pacemaker imbedded with a gastric banding - A device for controlling food intake including a band, is configured to be placed around the stomach of a patient, dividing the stomach into lower and upper pouches. At least one sensor, located on the band detects pressure against the band caused by food ingestion collected in the upper pouch. A controller is coupled to the senor for receiving signals from the sensor for comparison against a predefined threshold. At least one electrode is coupled to the controller and the stomach, where the controller, upon the detection of pressure in the sensor above the pre-defined threshold, generates an electronic interference signal to the stomach of the patient.08-20-2009
20090222031ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND - An inflatable, adjustable implantable band for encircling an anatomical passageway to create an artificial stoma. The band is made of a flexible silicone tube having a first lumen enclosing at least one band or wire of a material such as nitinol having a thermal shape memory. The flexible tube is a double lumen tube in which the nitinol band or wire is enclosed in the first lumen and the second lumen is fluid inflatable from outside the patient to final adjustment of the internal diameter of the ring. The implantable band is easier to implant and more comfortable to the patient than known devices. Controlling and adjusting the internal diameter is very easy to perform by adding cold saline or water to the lumens to straighten out the ring so that it can be removed or by adding a warm or hot fluid to adapt it to a ring-shape.09-03-2009
20090240269Gastric Belt Preformed in a "c" Shape - The invention relates to an inflatable gastric belt comprising an elongate tubular body (09-24-2009
20090192535Swallowable Self-Expanding Gastric Space Occupying Device - Disclosed is a swallowable self-expanding gastric space occupying device and related methods of making and using the device to control obesity. The device has a membrane through which gastric liquid can pass, wherein the membrane provides an enclosure volume separated from the gastric environment by the membrane. A plurality of self-expanding components is contained in the enclosure volume, so that the components expand in volume upon contact with the gastric fluid, thereby expanding the device from an unexpanded volume to an expanded volume. Composite membranes provide the ability to precisely control how and when the membrane degrades in the stomach, to release the self-expanding components from the enclosure and to ensure that the released pieces are sufficiently small to not obstruct any portion of the gastrointestinal system.07-30-2009
20090192534SENSOR TRIGGER - Methods and devices for effecting a gastric restriction system are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, a restriction system for forming a restriction in a patient is provided and can include an implantable restriction device and at least one implantable sensor that is in communication with the restriction device. In general, the implantable restriction device can be adjustable and can be configured to form a restriction in a patient. The implantable sensor(s) can be defaulted to a dormant power usage mode and can have a triggering mechanism that is configured to place the sensor(s) in a use configuration upon the occurrence of a triggering event.07-30-2009
20090240268MAGNETIC DEVICES FOR ORGAN REMODELING - A device, system and method for providing tissue and organ restriction. A magnetic device is described with respect to restricting gastric capacity while avoiding nutritional deficiencies and other complications. Additionally, a system is described for the automate restriction of gastric capacity using a magnetic device and a sensor09-24-2009
20090254106Method for controlling flow of sperms in a uterine tube - There is provided a method for controlling a flow of sperms in a uterine tube formed by a uterine tube wall of a patient. The method comprises gently constricting (i.e., without substantially hampering the blood circulation in the uterine tube wall) at least one portion of the uterine tube wall to influence the flow of sperms in the uterine tube, and stimulating the constricted wall portion to cause contraction of the uterine tube wall portion to further influence the flow of sperms in the uterine tube. The method can be used for restricting or stopping the flow of sperms in the uterine tube, or for actively moving the fluid in the uterine tube, with a low risk of injuring the uterine tube.10-08-2009
20100274268SQUEEZE-TO-SET MEDICAL CLAMP - A squeeze-to-set medical clamp having a first unset position and a second set position is disclosed. The clamp generally includes a primary arm, a secondary arm, a resilient arm connector, a top jaw, a lower jaw, and a deflector. The clamp is generally configured to receive a portion of the human or animal anatomy between the top jaw and the lower jaw when the clamp is in the second set position. In order to transition the clamp from the first unset position to the second set position a force is applied to the primary and secondary arms causing at least one of the top and lower jaws to contact and translate along the deflector until the top jaw and lower jaw are deflected. Next, the force is removed from the primary and secondary arms causing the resilient arm connector to bias the top and lower jaws toward one another.10-28-2010
20100160937DEVICES, METHODS, AND KITS FOR GASTROINTESTINAL PROCEDURES - Devices, methods and kits for restricting a portion of a GI tract by tightening tissue are provided. The devices, methods and kits can be used to treat GERD or obesity. The devices, methods, and kits do not require the formation of plications in tissue walls and may result in faster application, reduced surgical trauma, reduced risk, and reduced cost. The devices comprise a plurality of tissue-engageable anchors coupled to a tether. Each anchor is secured to a tissue wall of the GI tract. The anchors are secured to the tissue wall in a manner that may minimize tissue damage. The tether is configured to be cinched to draw the anchors together, which in turn draws the tissue secured to the anchors together, thereby tightening tissue to restrict a portion of the GI tract.06-24-2010
20100217294LIVING TISSUE LIGATION DEVICE - This invention includes a clip having arms which grip living tissue, a press tube serving as a clamping member which is fitted and mounted on the clip to close the arms of the clip, a coupling member which can be inserted into the press tube and engages with the clip, and projections serving as lock portions which hold the arms of the clip in a closed state when the clip engages with the press tube.08-26-2010
20100217292LIVING TISSUE LIGATION DEVICE - This invention includes a clip having arms which grip living tissue, a press tube serving as a clamping member which is fitted and mounted on the clip to close the arms of the clip, a coupling member which can be inserted into the press tube and engages with the clip, and projections serving as lock portions which hold the arms of the clip in a closed state when the clip engages with the press tube.08-26-2010
20130123818CLIP APPARATUS FOR LIGATURE OF LIVING TISSUE - A clip apparatus for ligature of living tissue is provided. The clip apparatus includes a clip that can be opened and closed multiple times prior to locking in a closed position on the tissue.05-16-2013
20090318940ENDOLUMINAL TREATMENT METHOD AND ASSOCIATED SURGICAL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING TISSUE OCCLUSION DEVICE - A surgical instrument includes a hollow member having a sidewall provided with a window and a closure member movably connected to the hollow member for alternately covering and uncovering the window. The hollow member has a first clamping surface along an edge of the window, while the closure member has a second clamping surface opposing the first clamping surface and disposable substantially adjacent thereto in a clamping or closure configuration of the instrument. The instrument additionally comprises a tissue occlusion component mounted to at least one of the hollow member and the closure member for acting on tissues gripped between the first clamping surface and the second clamping surface, to couple the tissues to each other.12-24-2009
20110130776OCCLUSION DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR OCCLUDING A REPRODUCTIVE BODY LUMEN - A system and method of occluding a reproductive body lumen (06-02-2011
20090105735Closing Means for Hollow Organs - In a closing means for longitudinally extending hollow organs having a flexible wall and a passage, comprising at least one balloon-like chamber with a chamber volume, the chamber volume being variable by the supply of a fluid, and the passage of the hollow organ being partly or completely closable depending on the chamber volume, it is provided that a fastening device is arranged at the chamber, by which the chamber may be fastened to an outer part of the wall, parts of the wall of the hollow organ being adapted to be folded around the rectilinear chamber and to be fastened to the chamber or to each other such that the chamber, when in the fastened condition, is arranged in a fold in the wall of the hollow organ.04-23-2009
20090036909Femoral component holder - A holder for a femoral component. The holder includes a clamp adapted to engage an intercondylar feature of the femoral component and one of medial or lateral surfaces of the femoral component.02-05-2009
20130138127METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VASCULAR AND VISCERAL CLIPPING - Devices and methods for achieving hemostasis and leakage control in hollow body vessels such as the small and large intestines, arteries, and veins as well as ducts leading to the gall bladder and other organs. The devices and methods disclosed are especially useful in the emergency, trauma surgery, or military setting. In such cases, the patient may have received trauma to the abdomen, extremities, neck or thoracic region. The devices utilize removable or permanently implanted, broad, soft, parallel jaw clips with minimal projections to maintain vessel contents without damage to the tissue comprising the vessel. These clips are applied using devices that are subsequently removed leaving the clips implanted, on a temporary or permanent basis, to provide for hemostasis or leakage prevention, or both. The clips come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The clips may be placed and removed by open surgery or laparoscopic access.05-30-2013
20110004231Percutaneous Gastroplasty - Disclosed are methods and apparatus for implantation into the walls of an organ such as the stomach. Deformable or inflatable anchors with a connector between are used to pull the walls of the organ together, or to implant devices in the wall of the organ. Also disclosed are surgical instruments useful in practicing the disclosed methods.01-06-2011
20110040313IMPLANTABLE RESTRICTION DEVICE WITH PROTECTIVE MEMBER - An implantable restriction device includes a belt and a balloon secured to the belt for engagement with tissue when the implantable restriction device is positioned about an organ. A protective member is associated with the balloon for positioning between the balloon and a tissue surface defining a band tissue interface.02-17-2011
20110245855LIGATING APPARATUS - A ligating apparatus includes a clip, a clip connecting member, a clip holding member, an operating wire, an inner sheath member, an outer sheath member and first and second movement restricting portions. The clip ligates a body tissue with arm portions. The clip connecting member connects to a clip base portion. The clip connecting member is inserted through the clip holding member. The operating wire connects to the clip connecting member. The inner sheath member encloses the operating wire to support the clip holding member. The outer sheath member covers an outer periphery of the inner sheath member and freely advances and retreats. The outer sheath member advances and/or retreats to change the degree of opening of the arm portions. The first movement restricting portion restricts the inward movement of the clip holding member. The second movement restricting portion restricts the outward movement of the clip holding member.10-06-2011
20090062825ADJUSTABLE IMPLANT AND METHOD OF USE - A system includes an adjustable implant configured for implantation internally within a subject, the adjustable implant having a permanent magnet configured for rotation about an axis of rotation, the permanent magnet operatively coupled to a drive transmission configured to alter a dimension of the adjustable implant. The system further includes an external adjustment device configured for placement on or adjacent to the skin of the subject comprising at least one magnet configured for rotation, the external adjustment device further comprising a motor configured to rotate the at least one magnet, whereby rotation of the at least one magnet of the external adjustment device effectuates rotational movement of the permanent magnet of the adjustable implant and alters the dimension of the adjustable implant. The system includes drive control circuitry configured to drive the motor of the external adjustment device to achieve a target dimension of the adjustable implant.03-05-2009
20090062824Magnetic gastric band or the like, and related methods - A structure that can be used as a gastric band (and that may also have other uses as an implant elsewhere in a patient) includes a plurality of magnetic elements in a serial array that can be implanted so that the array extends in a circumferential direction around the patient's stomach (or other body tissue structure in the patient). Circumferentially adjacent magnetic elements magnetically attract one another to apply radial pressure to the tissue structure encompassed by the array, but those elements can also move apart in response to sufficient outward pressure from the encompassed tissue structure and/or the contents of (e.g., food in) that tissue structure. When used as a gastric band, the device can provide resistance to excessive food intake, which can help promote weight loss.03-05-2009
20090209986Devices, Tools and Methods for Atrial Appendage Exclusion - Devices, tools and methods for occluding fluid flow between two walls of tissue in a patient. Two walls of tissue are compressed together with sufficient compressive force to prevent fluid flow between the two walls, while ensuring that the compressive force is not so great as to cause tissue necrosis. The devices, tools and methods may be carried out using minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as in reduced-access surgical sites. Devices, tools and methods are provided for occluding an atrial appendix.08-20-2009
20090216255CONTROLLING PRESSURE IN ADJUSTABLE RESTRICTION DEVICES - Methods and devices are provided for regulating a hydraulic restriction system. In general, the methods and devices can allow for non-invasive pressure control using a flow control mechanism. The flow control mechanism can be disposed between an implantable restriction device and a fluid source and include an adjustable, variably-sized fluid communication member in fluid communication with the restriction device and the fluid source. The geometry of the fluid communication member can control a rate of fluid flow between the restriction device and the fluid source, thereby also regulating a rate at which a pressure of fluid within the restriction device changes. Alternatively, the fluid flow control mechanism can include a biasing mechanism that can control the rate of fluid flow between the restriction device and the fluid source.08-27-2009
20090216256METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTION OF ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND SLIPS - A gastric restrictive device positionable around a human stomach to limit the flow of food therethrough is provided with structure for facilitating suturing of the gastric restrictive device to the stomach and thereby preventing movement of the gastric restrictive device relative to the stomach.08-27-2009
20110152901Implantable Port with Vibratory Feedback - A system includes an adjustable gastric band coupled with an injection port. The port includes sensors, a plate beneath a septum, and a vibration generator in communication with the sensors. A first sensor detects palpation through a patient's skin when the injection port is implanted in the patient. The vibration generator provides a vibratory response to detected palpation, thereby providing haptic feedback to a physician who is attempting to locate the injection port by palpating the patient. A second sensor detects a needle striking the plate, and the vibration generator provides a vibratory response to a detected needle strike. The vibration generator thereby provides haptic feedback to a physician to confirm that the needle has been successfully inserted through the septum. A pressure sensor may be used to provide vibratory feedback to the patient to indicate that an adjustment to the band is needed.06-23-2011
20090018562Percutaneous catheter directed intravascular occlusion devices - The present invention provides an improved vascular occlusion device having improved flexibility and retention of the type fabricated from braided tubular metal fabric having an expanded preset configuration and an elongated collapsed reduced diameter configuration for delivery through a catheter to a treatment site and shaped to create an occlusion of an abnormal opening in a body organ or vessel, the woven metal fabric having a memory property whereby the medical device tends to return to said expanded preset configuration when unconstrained. The device further including at least one disk portion adjacent a body cylindrical portion formed from the fabric and having a transition diameter between the disk and cylindrical portion, significantly smaller than the diameter of the disk and the diameter of the cylindrical portion.01-15-2009
20080255594MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME - The invention relates to a novel medical apparatus for treatment of obesity, diabetes, and/or other obesity-associated health problems. The apparatus is used to impede absorption of nutrients within the gastrointestinal tract, i.e., substantially isolating nutrients from a portion of the gastrointestinal tract. The apparatus can be implanted using minimally invasive techniques, such a transesophageal approach under visualization. More specifically, the apparatus is used to impede absorption of nutrients within the gastrointestinal tract, i.e., substantially isolating nutrients from a portion of the gastrointestinal tract. The apparatus may include a sleeve and at least one anchoring component attached to the sleeve with a releasable component. The sleeve may have different properties along its length or there may be multiple sleeves having different properties.10-16-2008
20110125171ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL CLIP - A surgical spring clip is provided for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The clip has a flat planar plate shape having pair of arms connected by a base, all generally positioned within a single plane. The arms are elongate linear cantilevered beams extending beyond the base and are biased to a first or closed position generally within the plane. The base and arms define a slot for the positioning of and receiving a vessel and occluding the flow therethrough.05-26-2011
20110071557SYMMETRICAL DRIVE SYSTEM FOR AN IMPLANTABLE RESTRICTION DEVICE - An apparatus for regulating the functioning of a patient's organ or duct includes an elongated member having a first end and a second end. A fastener is disposed on the first end of the elongated member. The fastener is configured to engage the second end of the elongated member so that the elongated member forms a loop around the organ or duct. A tension element is disposed for movement within the elongated member. A symmetrical drive system including a drive element associated with and engaging the tension element for causing the tension element to control the tension applied by the elongated member against a patient's body organ or duct is further provided. In accordance with an alternate embodiment an apparatus for regulating the functioning of a patient's organ or duct including an elongated member having a first end and a second end. A fastener is disposed on the first end of the elongated member. The fastener is configured to engage the second end of the elongated member so that the elongated member forms a loop around the organ or duct. A tension element is disposed for movement within the elongated member. The tension element is composed of a flexible first member and a flexible second member, wherein the flexible first member is movable relative to the flexible second member. A drive element is associated with and engages the tension element for causing the tension element to control the tension applied by the elongated member against a patient's body organ or duct.03-24-2011
20090171379FLUID LOGIC FOR REGULATING RESTRICTION DEVICES - Methods and devices are provided for regulating a restriction system. In one exemplary embodiment, a restriction system is provided having a restriction device configured to receive fluid and to form a restriction in a pathway corresponding to an amount of fluid contained therein, at least one fluid reservoir, and a fluid logic system coupled between the restriction device and the at least one fluid reservoir. The fluid logic system is configured to regulate an amount of fluid in the restriction device in response to a fluid pressure acting thereon.07-02-2009
20090171378CONSTANT FORCE MECHANISMS FOR REGULATING RESTRICTION DEVICES - Methods and devices are provided for regulating a restriction system. In one exemplary embodiment, a restriction system is provided having a restriction device coupled to a port with a fluid disposed therein, such that the restriction device is adapted to form a restriction in a pathway corresponding to an amount of fluid contained therein, and a pressure adjustment unit in communication with the port and effective to maintain a substantially constant equilibrium pressure between the pressure adjustment unit and the restriction device. The pressure adjustment unit is configured to regulate an amount of fluid in the restriction device in response to a fluid pressure acting thereon.07-02-2009
20100082050DEVICES FOR ORGAN RESTRICTION - Implantable devices for providing tissue and/or organ restriction. Embodiments of an implantable magnetic device are described with respect to restricting gastric capacity while avoiding nutritional deficiencies and other complications. In at least one embodiment, the device comprises first and second bars that are biased to magnetically attract each other and engage a portion of tissue therebetween. In at least one embodiment, the device may comprise at least one strap and one or more pins, the pins configured to provide an amount of space between the first and second bars so that the tissue disposed therebetween is not overly compressed.04-01-2010
20100191265ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING PRESSURE FOR A GASTRIC BAND - A bladder assembly is provided in order to maintain the pressure in the balloon portion of a gastric band in a range corresponding to a so-called Green Zone. Multiple bladders are connected by flexible tubing which is connected at a distal end to the balloon portion of a gastric band. The elastically expandable bladders provide fluid pressure on the balloon portion of the gastric band in order to maintain the intra-luminal pressure within a desired range over a prescribed fill volume.07-29-2010
20100030246Closure Device and Method For Occluding a Bodily Passageway - A device for occluding septal defects or other bodily passage-ways includes two anchors connected to an occluding body. The occluding body may be formed as a plug or tube of biocompatible material configured to occlude a bodily passageway. At least one of the anchors includes a grasping member in the form of a loop or suitably shaped structure, which is configured for releasable attachment to an anchor engaging member, such as a biopsy forceps. In a further aspect a closure device assembly includes a closure device linked to the biopsy forceps and collapsibly disposed in a catheter. By positioning the catheter near a bodily passageway, such as a PFO, and disengaging the forceps from the grasping member, the closure device may be released so as to facilitate stable closure of a septal opening, such as a PFO. 02-04-2010
20090012546DEVICES FOR TREATING GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE AND HIATAL HERNIA, AND METHODS OF TREATING GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE AND HIATAL HERNIA USING SAME - A device for treating GERD includes a pair of sections. Each section includes a proximal end portion with an arcuate interior opening, a distal end portion with an arcuate interior opening, an exterior plate portion, and a tapered body portion extending from the proximal end portion to the distal end portion. The pair of sections surround the esophagus at the gastro-esophageal junction thereof and to be secured together to form a tubular housing with a proximal orifice, a distal orifice smaller than the proximal orifice, and a plate adjacent the distal orifice. A portion of the housing adjacent the distal orifice is configured to elastically deform to constrict the esophagus and serve the function of the LES when a force is applied to the plate by the fundus. The proximal end portion of each mating section includes a flange portion configured to be attached to a body cavity wall.01-08-2009
20100030245MAGNETIC DEVICES FOR HIATAL HERNIA REMODELING - Devices and methods are disclosed for providing static and dynamic tissue and organ restriction. A magnetic component is used to stabilize an apparatus to provide tissue and organ restriction. Such a device is described with respect to occluding a hernia via a mesh attachment, and, alternatively, with respect to closing or reinforcing the crural closure via a parallel magnetic arrangement.02-04-2010
20120004679WEASAND-LIGATING CLIP - A weasand-ligating clip (01-05-2012
20120065654LIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD - A device and method for ligating diseased tissue. The device includes a flexible, substantially tubular sleeve adapted to be positioned around tissue to be ligated and having first and second ends, and at least one anchoring member coupled to the tubular sleeve having an anchoring element positioned substantially adjacent to the first end. The anchoring member has at least one projecting element extending therefrom and adapted to engage healthy tissue when the ligation device is positioned around the tissue to be ligated. The device further includes an elastic element positioned around the periphery of the sleeve and adapted to apply a constrictive force around the periphery of the sleeve.03-15-2012
20110071558IMPLANTABLE RESTRICTION SYSTEM TENSION RELEASE MECHANISM - An apparatus for regulating the functioning of a patient's organ or duct includes an elongated member having a first end and a second end. A fastener is disposed on the first end of the elongated member. The fastener is configured to engage the second end of the elongated member so that the elongated member forms a loop around the organ or duct. A tension element is disposed for movement within the elongated member. A drive element is associated with and engages the tension element for causing the tension element to control the tension applied by the elongated member against a patient's body organ or duct. A tension release mechanism is associated with the tension element.03-24-2011
20120316584Medical Device and Delivery System for Modification of Left Atrial Appendage and Methods Thereof - Devices, methods and systems are provided for occluding an opening within the tissue of a body, such as a left atrial appendage. In one embodiment, a delivery system for use in occluding an opening in the tissue of a body includes an actuation assembly operatively coupled to a medical device including an anchor portion and an occluder portion. The actuation assembly is configured to move the anchor portion between a deployed state and retracted state while the occluder portion maintains a deployed state. With this arrangement, the deployed occluder portion can be visualized via imaging at a preferred position prior to deploying the anchor portion of the medical device.12-13-2012
20100204719RESTRICTIVE AND/OR OBSTRUCTIVE IMPLANT FOR INDUCING WEIGHT LOSS - Described herein is a system for inducing weight loss in a patient, which comprises an extragastric space occupier positionable in contact with an exterior surface of a stomach wall to form an inward protrusion of wall into the stomach, and a retention device positionable in contact with the wall to retain the inward protrusion and to thereby capture the extragastric space occupier within the protrusion.08-12-2010
20120172900CELLULOSE SUTURE AND METHOD FOR GRADUAL VESSEL OCCLUSION USING THE SAME - A method for occluding a vessel includes exposing a vessel and wrapping a cellulose tube suture around the vessel. The cellulose tube includes first and second opposed ends. The first opposed end is fixed to the second opposed end, and the cellulose tube extends around the vessel. The method further includes inflaming the vessel adjacent to the cellulose tube, inflammation of the vessel gradually occluding the vessel.07-05-2012
20100010520TISSUE FASTENER - This tissue fastening apparatus is a tissue fastener for clamping first biological tissue and second biological tissue so as to be in close contact with each other, including: a first tissue fixation portion, made of an elastic wire wound in a coil, that is locked on the first biological tissue; and a second tissue fixation portion, made of an elastic wire wound in a coil, that is locked on the second biological tissue, the second tissue fixation portion continuing into the first tissue fixation portion, in which when falling off first and second biological tissue necrotized by being clamped between the first tissue fixation portion and the second tissue fixation portion, the tissue fastener moves only from the second tissue fixation portion to the first tissue fixation portion side and falls off.01-14-2010
20110046651MULTIFUNCTIONAL CORE FOR TWO-PIECE HEMOSTASIS CLIP - A device includes a clip including first and second arms distal ends of which are biased apart and a core member including first and second portions connected to one another via a frangible link. The first portion includes a first protrusion for engaging a cut-out in the first arm. The frangible link is fractured when subjected to a load of at least a predetermined level deploying the clip. The device also includes a capsule slidably housing the core member and a proximal portion of the clip.02-24-2011
20120330333DEVICE FOR REMOVING ACROCHORDONS12-27-2012
20110276070RADIOPAQUE IMPLANT - Implants for placement in the fallopian tube are provided that comprise radiopaque material. Implants include an inner core of silicone, a radiopaque material, an outer porous portion surrounding the inner core, and, optionally, a sound-reflecting air pocket. The implant may be detected in a fluoroscopic image and/or via ultrasound after placement of the implant in the fallopian tube.11-10-2011
20080243152Atraumatic Surgical Band - A surgical band comprising a flexible strip (10-02-2008
20080234705TISSUE APPROXIMATION METHODS - Methods and devices for approximating tissue are disclosed. The methods and devices utilize a device for applying an implantable tissue fastener and a variety of implantable tissue fasteners. The tissue-fastening device can be delivered endoscopically and can be adapted to function along side or in conjunction with a flexible endoscope. In general, the device can include a flexible shaft having an implantable tissue fastener applier disposed at a distal end thereof and a handle for operating the implantable tissue fastener applier disposed at a proximal end thereof. A variety of self-deploying implantable tissue fasteners can be used with the tissue fastener applier device.09-25-2008
20080221600ISOLATION DEVICES FOR THE TREATMENT OF ANEURYSMS - Device, systems and methods are provided to isolate aneurysms, particularly at bifurcations, while maintaining adequate blood flow through nearby vessels. These devices are deliverable to a desired target area and maintain position in a desired orientation so as to occlude flow in some aspect while allowing flow in others. In addition, devices, systems and methods are provided to occlude blood vessels, such as endoleaks, to improve the isolation of aneurysms.09-11-2008
20080221599Devices, methods, and kits for gastrointestinal procedures - Devices, methods and kits for restricting a portion of a GI tract by tightening tissue are provided. The devices, methods and kits can be used to treat GERD or obesity. The devices, methods, and kits do not require the formation of plications in tissue walls and may result in faster application, reduced surgical trauma, reduced risk, and reduced cost. The devices comprise a plurality of tissue-engageable anchors coupled to a tether. Each anchor is secured to a tissue wall of the GI tract. The anchors are secured to the tissue wall in a manner that may minimize tissue damage. The tether is configured to be cinched to draw the anchors together, which in turn draws the tissue secured to the anchors together, thereby tightening tissue to restrict a portion of the GI tract.09-11-2008
20080221598Pressure Sensors for Gastric Band and Adjacent Tissue - An apparatus for providing a restriction and sensing an associated operational parameter, comprises a restriction device and a sensing device. The restriction device is configured to be secured around a portion of an anatomical structure. The restriction device is operable to form a restriction within the anatomical structure. The sensing device is configured to sense a parameter associated with operation of the restriction device. At least a portion of the sensing device is configured to be positioned adjacent to tissue of the anatomical structure. The restriction device may comprise a gastric band, among other things. The sensing device may comprise a pressure sensor, among other things.09-11-2008
20080221597Methods and devices for intragastrointestinal fixation - A device for fixating a gastrointestinal device may include a band of material that may be wrapped around the gastrointestinal tract, for example, by wrapping the band around the outside of the stomach or wrapping the band in such a way that it is integrated into and/or with the stomach tissue. In this illustrative embodiment, the band restricts the stomach such that the stomach lumen is constricted and/or the stomach is restricted from expanding beyond what the band will allow.09-11-2008
20130096586MEDICAL DEVICE COMPRISING AN ARTIFICIAL CONTRACTILE STRUCTURE - A medical device including artificial contractile structures generally devised to be used in the medical field. Such structures may be advantageously used to assist the functioning of an organ. The medical device includes an artificial contractile structure having at least two contractile elements (04-18-2013
20080262522Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Restrictive Bariatric Procedure And Related Device - This invention provides the instrumentation and method to perform a percutaneous restrictive bariatric procedure with very low associated risks as compared to other types of bariatric surgery because the procedure is truly minimally invasive. The procedures of the present invention are performed percutaneously and do not rely on laproscopic or endoscopic guidance. The procedures of the present invention percutaneously restrict the stomach by decreasing the size of the pouch and delay emptying of the pouch by reducing the size of the outlet.10-23-2008
20130197547DEVICE FOR CLOSING LUMINAL CAVITY AND METHOD THEREFOR - A luminal cavity closing device can include a flexible linear shaft, a clamping mechanism which is provided at a distal portion of the shaft and has at least two arms, and a detachment mechanism configured to enable detachment of the clamping mechanism from the shaft. The arms of the clamping mechanism can be configured so as to be insertable into hollow tubular structures located adjacent to and on both sides of a luminal cavity present in a hollow tubular structure bifurcation area. The clamping mechanism operates between an expanded state wherein the interval of the arms is enlarged to a contracted state wherein the interval of the arms is contracted.08-01-2013
20120095484ARTICULATED GASTRIC IMPLANT CLIP - Intragastric implant devices for obesity treatment are disclosed. The device is passive and does not autonomously change shape, but instead reacts to movement of the stomach to induce satiety. The device includes a series of connected, articulated clips that plicate the stomach wall nondestructively (no puncturing through the gastric wall) such that the overall volume of the stomach is reduced. Cam-shaped clamping surfaces prevent slippage of the stomach tissue from within the clips. Methods of implant are disclosed including delivering the device through a transoral delivery tube and advancing the device through the esophagus to be deployed within the stomach. Removal of the device occurs in the reverse.04-19-2012

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