US Patent No: 7,695,493

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System for optimizing anchoring force

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Systems for optimizing anchoring force are described herein. In securing tissue folds, over-compression of the tissue directly underlying the anchors is avoided by utilizing tissue anchors having expandable arms configured to minimize contact area between the anchor and tissue. When the anchor is in its expanded configuration, a load is applied to the anchor until it is optimally configured to accommodate a range of deflections while the anchor itself exerts a substantially constant force against the tissue. Various devices, e.g., stops, spring members, fuses, strain gauges, etc., can be used to indicate when the anchor has been deflected to a predetermined level within the optimal range. Moreover, other factors to affect the anchor characteristics include, e.g., varying the number of arms or struts of the anchor, positioning of the arms, configuration of the arms, the length of the collars, etc.

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USGI MEDICAL, INC.SAN CLEMENTE, CA73

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ewers, Richard C Fullerton, US 143 10709
Khairkhahan, Alexander Palo Alto, US 56 2294
Maahs, Tracy D Rancho Santa Margarita, US 99 10026
Michlitsch, Kenneth J Livermore, US 75 4702
Saadat, Vahid Atherton, US 258 17419

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8,900,250 Apparatus and methods for removing lymph nodes or anchoring into tissue during a translumenal procedure 0 2009
8,192,461 Methods for facilitating closure of a bodily opening using one or more tacking devices 2 2009
* 2010/0069,955 METHODS FOR FACILITATING CLOSURE OF A BODILY OPENING USING ONE OR MORE TACKING DEVICES 0 2009
8,377,095 Tissue anchors for purse-string closure of perforations 0 2009
* 2010/0145,385 TISSUE ANCHORS FOR PURSE-STRING CLOSURE OF PERFORATIONS 2 2009
8,500,760 Retractable tacking device 2 2009
8,491,610 Clip devices and methods of delivery and deployment 0 2009
* 2010/0160,931 VARIABLE THICKNESS TACKING DEVICES AND METHODS OF DELIVERY AND DEPLOYMENT 1 2009
* 2010/0160,935 CLIP DEVICES AND METHODS OF DELIVERY AND DEPLOYMENT 3 2009
8,647,368 Tissue anchors and medical devices for rapid deployment of tissue anchors 0 2010
8,382,776 Medical devices, systems and methods for rapid deployment and fixation of tissue anchors 2 2010
* 2010/0256,679 MEDICAL DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RAPID DEPLOYMENT AND FIXATION OF TISSUE ANCHORS 3 2010
9,345,476 Tacking device and methods of deployment 0 2010
* 2010/0305,591 TACKING DEVICE AND METHODS OF DEPLOYMENT 0 2010
 
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8,771,352 Method and apparatus for tibial fixation of an ACL graft 22 2011
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