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, MA257

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bolduc, Lee Mountain View, CA 49 2121
Hodges, Brian A Foster City, CA 9 1371
Kramer, Thomas A San Carlos, CA 23 1701
Lunsford, John San Carlos, CA 44 2401
McCoy, Tim San Carlos, CA 10 1514

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7,993,405 Spinal disc annulus repair system and methods 4 2006
7,951,201 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 6 2007
7,749,273 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 58 2007
7,905,923 Devices and methods for annular repair of intervertebral discs 3 2007
7,963,992 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 2 2008
8,128,698 Method and apparatus for the treatment of the intervertebral disc annulus 4 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 1 2010
8,454,697 Method and apparatus for the treatment of tissue 1 2012
 
SORBX LLC (1)
8,216,272 Absorbable anchor for hernia mesh fixation 1 2010
 
EVA CORPORATION (2)
* 5,957,940 Fasteners for use in the surgical repair of aneurysms 180 1997
* 5,997,556 Surgical fastener 92 1998
 
COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (5)
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
8,500,760 Retractable tacking device 1 2009
8,491,610 Clip devices and methods of delivery and deployment 0 2009
 
ONUX MEDICAL, INC. (2)
* 6,837,893 Multi-fastener surgical apparatus and method 143 2001
6,709,442 Vascular bypass grafting instrument and method 73 2001
 
ROSENBLATT ASSOCIATES, LLC (1)
6,981,983 System and methods for soft tissue reconstruction 105 2000
 
PARACOR SURGICAL, INC. (1)
7,410,461 Cardiac treatment apparatus 11 2002
 
Davol, Inc. (a C.R. Bard Company) (2)
7,862,573 Method and apparatus for surgical fastening 2 2006
8,979,874 Method and apparatus for surgical fastening 0 2010
 
PARACOR MEDICAL, INC. (37)
6,702,732 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 87 2000
6,682,474 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 72 2001
6,663,558 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 78 2001
6,612,978 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 79 2001
6,602,184 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 78 2001
6,612,979 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 75 2001
6,595,912 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 77 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 18 2003
7,155,295 Cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure and for defibrillating and/or pacing/sensing 16 2003
7,097,611 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 4 2003
7,077,802 Expandable cardiac harness for treating congestive heart failure 5 2003
7,189,203 Cardiac harness delivery device and method 15 2003
7,435,213 Device for treating heart failure 0 2004
7,422,558 Device for treating heart failure 3 2004
7,381,181 Device for treating heart failure 25 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 17 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 4 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 16 2004
7,338,435 Cardiac harness delivery device and method 0 2004
7,361,139 Cardiac harness delivery device and method 1 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 3 2005
7,587,247 Cardiac harness having an optimal impedance range 0 2005
7,229,405 Cardiac harness delivery device and method of use 2 2006
7,976,454 Cardiac harness 0 2006
8,192,351 Medical device delivery system having integrated introducer 10 2009
 
INTEGRATED VASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC. (12)
8,579,932 Sheath apparatus and methods for delivering a closure device 0 2004
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
8,956,388 Integrated vascular device with puncture site closure component and sealant 0 2008
9,050,087 Integrated vascular device with puncture site closure component and sealant and methods of use 0 2008
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
8,821,534 Clip applier having improved hemostasis and methods of use 0 2010
8,926,656 Clip applier and methods of use 0 2011
8,585,836 Methods for manufacturing a clip and clip 0 2012
 
Ortheon Medical L.L.C. (1)
7,611,521 Apparatus and methods for tendon or ligament repair 13 2004
 
SHARP CORPORATION (1)
8,454,503 Remote tissue retraction device 4 2005
 
DEXTERITY SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,451,024 Surgical method for treating urinary incontinence, and apparatus for use in same 50 1999
 
Anova Corporation (4)
7,273,497 Methods for treating a defect in the annulus fibrosis 36 2003
9,084,616 Methods and apparatus for treating disc herniation and preventing the extrusion of interbody bone graft 0 2006
8,821,549 Methods and apparatus for anulus repair 0 2009
8,936,642 Methods for treating a defect in the annulus fibrosis 0 2011
 
INBAE YOON (1)
* 5,782,844 Suture spring device applicator 329 1996
 
THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (2)
6,719,750 Devices for intraocular drug delivery 131 2001
8,096,972 Devices for intraocular drug delivery 4 2003
 
IDX MEDICAL, LTD. (1)
7,645,285 Apparatus and methods for occluding a hollow anatomical structure 41 2004
 
PARODI, JUAN C. (1)
6,336,933 Endovascular device for application of prosthesis with sutures 35 2000
 
ICON MEDICAL CORP. (1)
* 7,255,710 Helical stent with micro-latches 13 2003
 
PROMED, INC. (8)
8,070,826 Needle apparatus for closing septal defects and methods for using such apparatus 2 2003
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 8 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
 
AtriCure, Inc. (4)
8,876,820 Surgical clamp 0 2010
8,636,754 Clip applicator 1 2010
9,017,349 Appendage clamp deployment assist device 0 2011
9,066,741 Robotic toolkit 0 2012
 
VALENTX CORPORATION (1)
7,881,797 Methods and devices for gastrointestinal stimulation 29 2007
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (11)
* 6,113,609 Implantable tissue fastener and system for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease 366 1998
6,911,032 Apparatus and method for compressing body tissue 50 2001
7,077,850 Tissue fastening devices and related insertion tools and methods 22 2002
8,241,308 Tissue fastening devices and processes that promote tissue adhesion 30 2003
7,488,334 Apparatus for compressing body tissue 9 2003
8,157,836 Implantable tissue fastener and system for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease 3 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 2 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
 
UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATION (3)
* 5,830,221 Coil fastener applier 223 1996
6,656,192 Site marker device 49 2001
6,951,564 Site marker device 37 2003
 
USGI Medical, Inc. (40)
7,942,884 Methods for reduction of a gastric lumen 6 2003
7,942,898 Delivery systems and methods for gastric reduction 3 2003
7,618,426 Apparatus and methods for forming gastrointestinal tissue approximations 38 2003
7,416,554 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 148 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 37 2003
8,308,765 Apparatus and methods for positioning and securing anchors 5 2004
8,057,511 Apparatus and methods for positioning and securing anchors 9 2004
7,918,869 Methods and apparatus for performing endoluminal gastroplasty 53 2004
7,736,378 Apparatus and methods for positioning and securing anchors 26 2004
8,206,417 Apparatus and methods for optimizing anchoring force 7 2004
7,695,493 System for optimizing anchoring force 59 2004
7,703,459 Apparatus and methods for mapping out endoluminal gastrointestinal surgery 26 2004
7,361,180 Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue 36 2004
7,347,863 Apparatus and methods for manipulating and securing tissue 39 2004
7,621,925 Needle assembly for tissue manipulation 35 2004
7,601,159 Interlocking tissue anchor apparatus and methods 26 2004
7,918,845 Endoluminal tool deployment system 11 2004
7,704,264 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 40 2004
8,257,394 Apparatus and methods for positioning and securing anchors 3 2005
7,390,329 Methods for grasping and cinching tissue anchors 125 2005
7,571,729 Apparatus and methods for performing mucosectomy 14 2005
8,216,252 Tissue manipulation and securement system 3 2005
7,736,374 Tissue manipulation and securement system 101 2005
8,444,657 Apparatus and methods for rapid deployment of tissue anchors 3 2005
7,736,379 Compressible tissue anchor assemblies 61 2005
8,726,909 Methods and apparatus for revision of obesity procedures 0 2006
7,678,135 Compressible tissue anchor assemblies 31 2006
8,298,291 Methods and apparatus for securing and deploying tissue anchors 3 2006
8,870,916 Low profile tissue anchors, tissue anchor systems, and methods for their delivery and use 0 2007
8,926,634 Apparatus and methods for manipulating and securing tissue 0 2007
8,216,253 Apparatus for manipulating and securing tissue 2 2008
8,216,260 Apparatus and methods for forming and securing gastrointestinal tissue folds 3 2008
8,262,676 Apparatus and methods for forming gastrointestinal tissue approximations 3 2009
8,236,009 Needle assembly for tissue manipulation 2 2009
8,382,800 Compressible tissue anchor assemblies 4 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
 
Boston Scientific Corporation (2)
* 5,947,983 Tissue cutting and stitching device and method 198 1998
* 7,007,698 Body lumen closure 18 2002
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