US Patent No: 5,582,616

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Surgical helical fastener with applicator

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A helical fastener having a high retentive surface area is provided and has a first end for enhancing penetration into tissue and a second end comprising a coil sectioning a diameter of the fastener for receiving longitudinal and rotational forces. The helical fasteners are attached to body tissue by a fastener applicator having a proximal portion comprising a handle and an actuator and an elongate distal portion for housing a plurality of fasteners. A transferring action of the actuator provides longitudinal and rotational movement of the fasteners out of the distal portion and into body tissue.

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TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LPMANSFIELD, MA268

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bolduc, Lee Sunnyvale, CA 71 2066
Hodges, Brian A Foster City, CA 12 1295
Kramer, Thomas A San Carlos, CA 27 1584
Lunsford, John San Carlos, CA 61 2603
McCoy, Tim Mountain View, CA 14 1431

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON, INC. (5)
* 4,595,007 Split ring type tissue fastener 234 1983
* 4,627,437 Method of applying a fastener to tissue with a pair of hollow needles 102 1985
* 5,297,714 Surgical staple with modified "B" shaped configuration 113 1991
* 5,171,247 Endoscopic multiple ligating clip applier with rotating shaft 326 1991
* 5,242,457 Surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 424 1992
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (5)
* 4,976,715 Repair tack for bodily tissue 317 1990
* 5,411,522 Unitary anchor for soft tissue fixation 77 1993
* 5,500,001 Suture anchor for soft tissue fixation 66 1994
* 5,501,683 Suture anchor for soft tissue fixation 120 1994
* 5,501,696 Unitary anchor for soft tissue fixation 18 1994
 
COVIDIEN AG (2)
* 5,192,288 Surgical clip applier 256 1992
* 5,269,792 Surgical clip 166 1992
 
AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 26 2009
 
COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (1)
* 5,258,000 Tissue aperture repair device 318 1991
 
DABEGRAN TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 5,320,630 Endoscopic ligating instrument for applying elastic bands 129 1993
 
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH (1)
* 5,499,990 Suturing instrument 110 1994
 
MITEK SURGICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
* 5,217,486 Suture anchor and installation tool 274 1992
 
NUSURG MEDICAL, INC. (1)
* 5,282,807 Automatic stapler for laparoscopic procedure with selective cutter, nontraumatic jaws and suction irrigator 183 1992
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (1)
* 5,356,424 Laparoscopic suturing device 129 1993
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (1)
* 5,356,064 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 158 1992
 
VASCUTECH ACQUISITION LLC (1)
* 5,437,266 Coil screw surgical retractor 71 1992
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
* 5,053,047 Suture devices particularly useful in endoscopic surgery and methods of suturing 301 1989
* 5,222,976 Suture devices particularly useful in endoscopic surgery 250 1991
* 5,163,343 System for fastening plies of fabric 40 1992
* 5,330,503 Spiral suture needle for joining tissue 294 1992
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (81)
6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 284 2000
6,572,626 Surgical instrument having a fastener delivery mechanism 57 2000
6,447,524 Fastener for hernia mesh fixation 146 2000
6,425,900 Method for attaching hernia mesh 147 2000
6,558,400 Obesity treatment tools and methods 357 2001
7,485,124 Surgical instrument having a fastener delivery mechanism 26 2001
6,551,333 Method for attaching hernia mesh 210 2001
7,083,629 Overtube apparatus for insertion into a body 130 2002
6,773,440 Method and device for use in tissue approximation and fixation 277 2002
* 6,746,460 Intra-gastric fastening devices 238 2002
7,229,428 Method and device for use in endoscopic organ procedures 61 2002
7,288,099 Obesity treatment tools and methods 47 2002
7,288,101 Obesity treatment tools and methods 59 2003
7,220,237 Method and device for use in endoscopic organ procedures 117 2003
7,214,233 Methods and devices for maintaining a space occupying device in a relatively fixed location within a stomach 59 2003
6,994,715 Intra-gastric fastening devices 109 2003
7,503,922 Obesity treatment tools and methods 26 2003
7,175,638 Method and devices for modifying the function of a body organ 56 2003
7,097,650 System for tissue approximation and fixation 112 2003
7,211,094 Magnetic anchoring devices 32 2003
8,613,749 Obesity treatment tools and methods 0 2003
7,510,559 Obesity treatment tools and methods 22 2003
7,862,546 Subcutaneous self attaching injection port with integral moveable retention members 64 2003
7,374,557 Subcutaneous self attaching injection port with integral fasteners 40 2003
8,628,547 Devices and methods for placement of partitions within a hollow body organ 0 2004
8,828,025 Methods and devices for reducing hollow organ volume 0 2005
7,708,684 Methods and devices for reducing hollow organ volume 6 2005
7,753,870 Systems and methods for treating obesity 24 2005
7,753,928 Method and device for use in minimally invasive placement of intragastric devices 5 2005
7,914,543 Single fold device for tissue fixation 95 2005
8,062,207 Intra-gastric fastening devices 0 2005
8,007,474 Implantable medical device with reversible attachment mechanism and method 12 2005
7,918,844 Applier for implantable medical device 1 2005
7,850,660 Implantable medical device with simultaneous attachment mechanism and method 69 2005
7,651,483 Injection port 58 2005
7,561,916 Implantable medical device with indicator 60 2005
7,553,298 Implantable medical device with cover and method 70 2005
* 8,252,006 Single pass gastric restriction with a corkscrew style wall anchor 0 2005
8,252,009 Devices and methods for placement of partitions within a hollow body organ 5 2005
7,306,614 Overtube apparatus for insertion into a body 95 2006
8,092,482 Stented anchoring of gastric space-occupying devices 0 2006
8,162,897 Audible and tactile feedback 5 2006
8,007,505 System for tissue approximation and fixation 8 2006
7,757,924 Single fold system for tissue approximation and fixation 8 2006
7,909,838 Obesity treatment tools and methods 10 2007
7,862,574 Obesity treatment tools and methods 11 2007
8,083,756 Methods and devices for maintaining a space occupying device in a relatively fixed location within a stomach 0 2007
8,231,641 Method and devices for modifying the function of a body organ 0 2007
8,147,441 Method and device for use in endoscopic organ procedures 0 2007
7,789,848 Method and device for use in endoscopic organ procedures 13 2007
8,590,761 Single fold system for tissue approximation and fixation 0 2007
8,083,757 Methods and devices for maintaining a space occupying device in a relatively fixed location within a stomach 1 2007
8,075,577 Obesity treatment tools and methods 1 2007
7,947,055 Methods and devices for maintaining a space occupying device in a relatively fixed location within a stomach 2 2007
7,951,159 Method for plicating and fastening gastric tissue 10 2007
7,815,653 Method for plicating and fastening gastric tissue 5 2007
7,803,165 Device for plicating and fastening gastric tissue 4 2007
7,803,166 Method for plicating and fastening gastric tissue 4 2007
7,799,040 Device for plicating and fastening gastric tissue 6 2007
7,722,628 Device for plicating and fastening gastric tissue 9 2007
8,257,365 Methods and devices for reducing hollow organ volume 2 2007
8,137,366 Obesity treatment tools and methods 2 2007
8,137,367 Obesity treatment tools and methods 1 2007
8,080,022 Obesity treatment tools and methods 2 2007
8,080,025 Obesity treatment tools and methods 2 2007
8,123,765 Obesity treatment tools and methods 4 2007
7,905,893 Method for delivering a plurality of fasteners 1 2007
8,784,306 Remote tissue retraction device 0 2007
8,403,838 Remote tissue retraction device 2 2007
8,403,839 Remote tissue retraction device 3 2007
8,092,378 Remote tissue retraction device 1 2007
8,057,384 Methods and devices for reducing hollow organ volume 2 2008
8,764,713 Method of repositioning an injection port 0 2010
8,758,303 Injection port with applier 0 2010
8,715,243 Injection port applier with downward force actuation 0 2010
8,211,127 Injection port with extendable and retractable fasteners 4 2010
8,864,717 Subcutaneous self attaching injection port with integral moveable retention members 0 2010
8,795,166 Remote tissue retraction device 0 2010
8,419,755 Obesity treatment tools and methods 2 2011
8,801,650 Method and device for use in endoscopic organ procedures 0 2012
8,794,243 Obesity treatment tools and methods 0 2013
 
USGI MEDICAL, INC. (39)
7,942,884 Methods for reduction of a gastric lumen 3 2003
7,942,898 Delivery systems and methods for gastric reduction 3 2003
7,618,426 Apparatus and methods for forming gastrointestinal tissue approximations 35 2003
7,416,554 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 123 2003
8,574,243 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 0 2003
7,955,340 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 7 2003
7,744,613 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 32 2003
8,308,765 Apparatus and methods for positioning and securing anchors 1 2004
8,057,511 Apparatus and methods for positioning and securing anchors 5 2004
7,918,869 Methods and apparatus for performing endoluminal gastroplasty 45 2004
7,736,378 Apparatus and methods for positioning and securing anchors 18 2004
8,206,417 Apparatus and methods for optimizing anchoring force 3 2004
7,695,493 System for optimizing anchoring force 52 2004
7,703,459 Apparatus and methods for mapping out endoluminal gastrointestinal surgery 16 2004
7,361,180 Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue 28 2004
7,347,863 Apparatus and methods for manipulating and securing tissue 32 2004
7,621,925 Needle assembly for tissue manipulation 33 2004
7,601,159 Interlocking tissue anchor apparatus and methods 21 2004
7,918,845 Endoluminal tool deployment system 9 2004
7,704,264 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 34 2004
8,257,394 Apparatus and methods for positioning and securing anchors 2 2005
7,390,329 Methods for grasping and cinching tissue anchors 88 2005
7,571,729 Apparatus and methods for performing mucosectomy 9 2005
8,216,252 Tissue manipulation and securement system 2 2005
7,736,374 Tissue manipulation and securement system 68 2005
8,444,657 Apparatus and methods for rapid deployment of tissue anchors 0 2005
7,736,379 Compressible tissue anchor assemblies 53 2005
8,726,909 Methods and apparatus for revision of obesity procedures 0 2006
7,678,135 Compressible tissue anchor assemblies 22 2006
8,298,291 Methods and apparatus for securing and deploying tissue anchors 0 2006
8,870,916 Low profile tissue anchors, tissue anchor systems, and methods for their delivery and use 0 2007
8,216,253 Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue 1 2008
8,216,260 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 1 2008
8,262,676 Apparatus and methods for forming gastrointestinal tissue approximations 3 2009
8,236,009 Needle assembly for tissue manipulation 1 2009
8,382,800 Compressible tissue anchor assemblies 1 2010
8,343,175 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 0 2010
8,828,027 Tissue manipulation and securement system 0 2010
8,740,940 Compressible tissue anchor assemblies 0 2013
 
PARACOR MEDICAL, INC. (37)
6,702,732 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 86 2000
6,682,474 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 71 2001
6,663,558 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 75 2001
6,612,978 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 77 2001
6,602,184 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 76 2001
6,612,979 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 73 2001
6,595,912 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 75 2001
7,276,021 Heart failure treatment device and method 0 2002
7,485,089 Cardiac harness 0 2003
7,189,202 Self-sizing cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 10 2003
7,155,295 Cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure and for defibrillating and/or pacing/sensing 14 2003
7,097,611 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 3 2003
7,077,802 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 5 2003
7,189,203 Cardiac harness delivery device and method 13 2003
7,435,213 Device for treating heart failure 0 2004
7,422,558 Device for treating heart failure 2 2004
7,381,181 Device for treating heart failure 20 2004
7,225,036 Cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure and for defibrillating and/or pacing/sensing 1 2004
7,081,086 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 15 2004
7,149,588 Cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure and for defibrillating and/or pacing/sensing 0 2004
7,158,839 Cardiac harness for treating heart disease 3 2004
7,404,793 Heart failure treatment device and method 3 2004
7,572,219 Cardiac harness delivery device and method 3 2004
7,187,984 Cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure and for defibrillating and/or pacing/sensing 0 2004
7,291,105 Self-anchoring cardiac harness 9 2004
7,500,946 Cardiac harness delivery device and method 1 2004
7,146,226 Cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure and for defibrillating and/or pacing/sensing 15 2004
7,338,435 Cardiac harness delivery device and method 0 2004
7,361,139 Cardiac harness delivery device and method 0 2004
7,164,952 Cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure and for defibrillating and/or pacing/sensing 0 2004
7,124,493 Method of manufacturing a cardiac harness 3 2004
7,282,024 Cardiac harness having interconnected strands 0 2005
7,736,299 Introducer for a cardiac harness delivery 2 2005
7,587,247 Cardiac harness having an optimal impedance range 0 2005
7,229,405 Cardiac harness delivery device and method of use 1 2006
7,976,454 Cardiac harness 0 2006
8,192,351 Medical device delivery system having integrated introducer 7 2009
 
INTRINSIC THERAPEUTICS, INC. (32)
6,482,235 Devices and methods of vertebral disc augmentation 228 2000
7,220,281 Implant for reinforcing and annulus fibrosis 66 2002
7,094,258 Methods of reinforcing an annulus fibrosis 46 2002
6,883,520 Methods and apparatus for dynamically stable spinal implant 146 2002
7,124,761 Deployment devices and methods for vertebral disc augmentation 48 2002
7,717,961 Apparatus delivery in an intervertebral disc 22 2003
7,507,243 Devices and method for augmenting a vertebral disc 27 2003
7,563,282 Method of supporting nucleus pulposus 24 2003
7,727,241 Device for delivering an implant through an annular defect in an intervertebral disc 18 2004
8,002,836 Method for the treatment of the intervertebral disc anulus 0 2004
7,749,275 Method of reducing spinal implant migration 18 2004
7,513,911 Method of implanting dynamically stable spinal implant 46 2004
7,553,329 Stabilized intervertebral disc barrier 53 2004
7,658,765 Resilient intervertebral disc implant 17 2004
8,231,678 Method of treating a herniated disc 3 2006
7,879,097 Method of performing a procedure within a disc 20 2006
7,524,333 Method of anchoring an implant in an intervertebral disc 39 2006
7,500,978 Method for delivering and positioning implants in the intervertebral disc environment 21 2006
7,553,330 Methods of reinforcing an intervertebral disc annulus 28 2006
7,998,213 Intervertebral disc herniation repair 8 2006
7,972,337 Devices and methods for bone anchoring 14 2006
7,959,679 Intervertebral anulus and nucleus augmentation 9 2007
7,867,278 Intervertebral disc anulus implant 17 2008
8,025,698 Method of rehabilitating an anulus fibrosus 8 2009
8,021,425 Versatile method of repairing an intervertebral disc 9 2009
8,454,612 Method for vertebral endplate reconstruction 0 2009
8,114,082 Anchoring system for disc repair 12 2009
8,323,341 Impaction grafting for vertebral fusion 0 2009
8,361,155 Soft tissue impaction methods 0 2010
8,409,284 Methods of repairing herniated segments in the disc 1 2011
8,257,437 Methods of intervertebral disc augmentation 4 2011
8,394,146 Vertebral anchoring methods 0 2011
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (31)
6,641,593 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 128 1998
6,607,541 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 167 1998
6,613,059 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 199 1999
* 8,529,583 Surgical clip removal apparatus 1 2000
6,551,332 Multiple bias surgical fastener 108 2000
8,118,822 Bridge clip tissue connector apparatus and methods 2 2001
6,945,980 Multiple loop tissue connector apparatus and methods 83 2001
7,722,643 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 24 2002
8,105,345 Anastomosis apparatus and methods 6 2003
8,066,724 Anastomosis apparatus and methods 5 2003
7,763,040 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 24 2003
7,896,892 Multiple bias surgical fastener 0 2003
7,547,313 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 26 2003
7,182,769 Sealing clip, delivery systems, and methods 42 2003
7,892,255 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 1 2003
8,394,114 Surgical connection apparatus and methods 0 2003
7,938,840 Apparatus and methods for anastomosis 2 2003
7,744,611 Minimally invasive valve repair procedure and apparatus 26 2003
7,879,047 Surgical connection apparatus and methods 0 2003
7,914,544 Minimally invasive valve repair procedure and apparatus 2 2004
7,963,973 Multiple loop tissue connector apparatus and methods 3 2005
8,029,519 Eversion apparatus and methods 2 2006
7,976,556 Anastomosis apparatus and methods 1 2006
8,211,124 Sealing clip, delivery systems, and methods 0 2007
8,298,251 Anastomosis apparatus and methods 0 2008
8,177,836 Apparatus and methods for minimally invasive valve repair 2 2009
8,518,060 Medical clip with radial tines, system and method of using same 0 2009
8,668,704 Medical clip with tines, system and method of using same 0 2009
8,353,921 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 1 2010
8,353,092 Multiple bias surgical fastener 0 2011
8,211,131 Apparatus and methods for anastomosis 0 2011
 
KRT INVESTORS, INC. (22)
7,189,235 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and spinal disc annulus stent 66 2003
7,753,941 Devices and methods for annular repair of intervertebral discs 20 2004
7,615,076 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 66 2005
7,935,147 Method and apparatus for enhanced delivery of treatment device to the intervertebral disc annulus 4 2005
8,048,160 Intervertebral disc annulus stent 0 2005
7,828,850 Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair 43 2006
8,088,165 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and deformable spinal disc annulus stent 0 2006
8,632,590 Apparatus and methods for the treatment of the intervertebral disc 0 2006
7,985,257 Methods and devices for spinal disc annulus reconstruction and repair 4 2006
7,909,879 Intervertebral disc annulus stent 5 2006
7,922,768 Spinal disc annulus reconstruction method and deformable spinal disc annulus stent 6 2006
7,993,405 Spinal disc annulus repair system and methods 3 2006
7,951,201 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 4 2007
7,749,273 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 50 2007
7,905,923 Devices and methods for annular repair of intervertebral discs 2 2007
7,963,992 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 1 2008
8,128,698 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 3 2008
8,163,022 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 2 2009
8,652,153 Intervertebral disc annulus repair system and bone anchor delivery tool 0 2010
8,460,319 Intervertebral disc annulus repair system and method 0 2010
8,556,977 Tissue anchoring system and method 0 2010
8,454,697 Method and apparatus for the treatment of tissue 0 2012
 
APTUS ENDOSYSTEMS, INC. (16)
7,591,842 Endovascular prosthesis with suture holder 4 2001
6,800,081 Systems and methods for applying a suture within a blood vesel lumen 49 2002
6,960,217 Endovascular aneurysm repair system 51 2002
8,075,570 Intraluminal prosthesis attachment systems and methods 4 2002
7,491,232 Catheter-based fastener implantation apparatus and methods with implantation force resolution 33 2003
8,231,639 Systems and methods for attaching a prosthesis within a body lumen or hollow organ 1 2004
7,544,198 Systems and methods for applying a suture within a blood vessel lumen 4 2004
8,092,519 Endovascular aneurysm repair system 3 2005
7,828,838 Devices, systems, and methods for prosthesis delivery and implantation, including a prosthesis assembly 10 2005
7,823,267 Devices, systems, and methods for prosthesis delivery and implantation, including the use of a fastener tool 7 2005
7,637,932 Devices, systems, and methods for prosthesis delivery and implantation 17 2005
7,959,663 Endovascular aneurysm repair method 4 2006
8,080,050 Prosthesis delivery systems and methods 1 2006
8,083,752 Endovascular aneurysm repair systems and methods 3 2007
8,690,897 Devices, systems, and methods for prosthesis delivery and implantation, including the use of a fastener tool 0 2010
8,685,044 Systems and methods for attaching a prosthesis with a body lumen or hollow organ 0 2012
 
COVIDIEN LP (13)
7,169,157 Tacking tool and tack 13 2003
* 7,229,452 Tack and tack applier 35 2003
7,758,612 Surgery delivery device and mesh anchor 21 2004
7,670,362 Multiple member interconnect for surgical instrument and absorbable screw fastener 11 2004
8,114,099 Absorbable anchor for hernia mesh fixation 1 2005
8,002,811 Surgical fastener with predetermined resorption rate 4 2005
* 7,931,660 Powered tacker instrument 11 2007
8,733,611 Ratcheting mechanism for surgical stapling device 1 2009
8,292,933 Multiple member interconnect for surgical instrument and absorbable screw fastener 0 2010
8,459,524 Tissue fastening system for a medical device 0 2010
8,282,670 Surgery delivery device and mesh anchor 1 2010
* 8,328,823 Powered tacker instrument 0 2011
8,852,215 Hernia mesh tacks 0 2014
 
ETHICON, INC. (13)
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* 6,036,701 Spiral surgical tack 107 1997
* 5,904,696 Spiral surgical tack 115 1997
8,449,560 Devices and methods for placement of partitions within a hollow body organ 0 2006
8,894,669 Surgical fasteners, applicator instruments, and methods for deploying surgical fasteners 0 2009
8,728,098 Surgical fasteners, applicator instruments, and methods for deploying surgical fasteners 0 2009
8,728,099 Surgical fasteners, applicator instruments, and methods for deploying surgical fasteners 0 2009
8,579,920 Surgical fasteners, applicator instruments, and methods for deploying surgical fasteners 4 2009
8,740,919 Devices for dispensing surgical fasteners into tissue while simultaneously generating external marks that mirror the number and location of the dispensed surgical fasteners 0 2012
8,518,055 Applicator instruments for dispensing surgical fasteners during open repair procedures 3 2012
D717431 Applicator instrument 0 2013
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BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (11)
* 6,113,609 Implantable tissue fastener and system for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease 343 1998
6,911,032 Apparatus and method for compressing body tissue 42 2001
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8,241,308 Tissue fastening devices and processes that promote tissue adhesion 13 2003
7,488,334 Apparatus for compressing body tissue 6 2003
8,157,836 Implantable tissue fastener and system for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease 0 2003
8,043,307 Apparatus for compressing body tissue 1 2005
7,988,702 Surgical clip with a self-releasing fluid reservoir 1 2005
7,811,295 Tissue fastening devices and related insertion tools and methods 1 2006
8,187,286 Apparatus and method for compressing body tissue 3 2008
8,663,274 Implantable tissue fastener and system for treating a gastrointestinal tract 0 2012
 
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6,551,322 Apparatus for implantation into bone 51 2000
6,468,309 Method and apparatus for stabilizing adjacent bones 72 2000
6,544,265 Apparatus for implantation into bone related applications 26 2001
6,551,319 Apparatus for implantation into bone 89 2001
6,527,774 Apparatus for attaching fractured sections of bone 48 2001
6,551,320 Method and apparatus for correcting spinal deformity 152 2001
6,488,683 Method and apparatus for correcting spinal deformity 35 2001
6,689,168 Method and apparatus for stabilizing adjacent bones 42 2002
6,953,462 Apparatus for implantation into bone 70 2003
* 7,601,167 Apparatus for implantation into bone 0 2005
 
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8,690,910 Closure device and methods for making and using them 0 2006
8,758,396 Vascular sheath with bioabsorbable puncture site closure apparatus and methods of use 0 2006
8,808,310 Resettable clip applier and reset tools 0 2007
8,758,398 Apparatus and method for delivering a closure element 0 2007
8,905,937 Methods and apparatus for locating a surface of a body lumen 0 2009
8,758,400 Closure system and methods of use 0 2010
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8,070,743 Devices and methods for attaching an endolumenal gastrointestinal implant 20 2005
7,837,669 Devices and methods for endolumenal gastrointestinal bypass 10 2006
8,012,135 Attachment cuff for gastrointestinal implant 3 2006
7,846,138 Cuff and sleeve system for gastrointestinal bypass 13 2006
8,012,140 Methods of transmural attachment in the gastrointestinal system 1 2006
7,892,214 Attachment system for transmural attachment at the gastroesophageal junction 23 2006
8,182,459 Devices and methods for endolumenal gastrointestinal bypass 2 2006
8,182,441 Methods and devices for intragastric support of functional or prosthetic gastrointestinal devices 1 2008
 
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7,740,640 Clip apparatus for closing septal defects and methods of use 2 2004
7,846,179 Suture-based systems and methods for treating septal defects 5 2005
7,686,828 Systems and methods for treating septal defects 0 2006
7,678,132 Systems and methods for treating septal defects 0 2006
8,579,936 Centering of delivery devices with respect to a septal defect 0 2010
8,758,401 Systems and methods for treating septal defects 0 2011
8,747,483 Needle apparatus for closing septal defects and methods for using such apparatus 0 2012
 
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7,976,539 System and method for denaturing and fixing collagenous tissue 9 2005
7,632,308 Methods, devices, and kits for treating mitral valve prolapse 9 2005
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8,333,204 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 1 2009
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8,523,883 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 0 2011
 
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7,131,980 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 47 2002
7,011,668 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 13 2002
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7,666,194 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 10 2003
7,131,978 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 60 2003
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8,763,878 Methods and apparatus having bowstring-like staple delivery to a target tissue 0 2010
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8,864,780 Methods and apparatus for delivering and positioning sheet-like materials 0 2012
8,821,537 Methods and apparatus for fixing sheet-like materials to a target tissue 0 2013
8,840,642 Methods and apparatus for fixing sheet-like materials to a target tissue 0 2014
 
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* 8,556,930 Vessel closure device 0 2006
8,893,947 Clip applier and methods of use 0 2007
8,858,594 Curved closure device 0 2009
8,820,602 Modular clip applier 0 2010
8,672,953 Tissue closure system and methods of use 1 2011
 
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8,900,250 Apparatus and methods for removing lymph nodes or anchoring into tissue during a translumenal procedure 0 2009
8,764,768 Stapling device for closing perforations 0 2009
8,192,461 Methods for facilitating closure of a bodily opening using one or more tacking devices 1 2009
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6,656,192 Site marker device 44 2001
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6,514,265 Tissue connector apparatus with cable release 139 1999
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