Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas, Donald Yakimicki: Synthetic polymer adhesives and methods for making, using and delivering the same. Zimmer, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner P A, September 1, 2015: US09119605

A synthetic polymer based adhesive formulation that has properties substantially simulating selected properties of fibrin glue, and methods of making and using the same. The adhesive formulation includes a discrete acid solution and discrete base solution that when combined form a synthetic polymer ...

Brian Hoffman
Wenyi Zhao, Christopher J Hasser, William C Nowlin, Brian D Hoffman: Methods of locating and tracking robotic instruments in robotic surgical systems. Intuitive Surgical, Intellectual Property Dept, Intutive Surgical, April 2, 2009: US20090088773-A1

In one embodiment of the invention, a method is disclosed to locate a robotic instrument in the field of view of a camera. The method includes capturing sequential images in a field of view of a camera. The sequential images are correlated between successive views. The method further includes receiv ...

King Terry D, Mills Noel L: Shunt defect closure system. Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, Pugh & Laiche, April 1, 1975: US3874388 (1208 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for closing off a septal defect or shunt in the intravascular system or the great vessels including a pair of opposed, umbrella-like elements locked together in face-to-face relationship on opposite sides of the septal defect, thereby closing it. The dual umbrella-like closure ...

Robert E Jacobson: Method and instruments for performing a percutaneous lumbar diskectomy. Pennie & Edmonds, October 8, 1985: US04545374 (967 worldwide citation)

A method for percutaneously accessing the lumbar region of the spinal column by laterally inserting a cannula through the patient's side above the pelvic crest to contact a predetermined position in the lumbar region and passing objects such as medical instruments through the cannula. This method is ...

Thomas W Huitema, Anil K Nalagatla, Dale R Schulze: Articulation assembly for surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Matthew S Goodwin, January 6, 1998: US05704534 (965 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument which has an articulation transmission assembly for remotely articulating an end effector of the instrument is disclosed. Ratcheting rotation of a compressible deck within a detent housing of the assembly from a first locked position to a second locked position ca ...

Syde A Taheri: Intravascular stapler, and method of operating same. Sommer Oliverio & Sommer, August 27, 1991: US05042707 (954 worldwide citation)

An articulatable stapler (20) is arranged in the form of an elongated catheter having a plurality of segments (25,26,28) mounted on one end of a catheter main body (24). A stylet (64) is slidably received within the catheter main body and two intermediate segments, and may be selectively moved to ar ...

David C Yates: Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 29, 1997: US05624452 (939 worldwide citation)

A hemostatic surgical instrument is provided for coagulation, cauterization and/or welding of tissue especially in the performance of endoscopic procedures. The instrument compresses the tissue between interfacing surfaces of first and second elements. A preferred application of the invention is in ...

Mark Ritchart, Mike Mariant, Ivan Sepetka, Erik Engelson: Vaso-occlusion coil and method. Target Therapeutics, Irell & Manella, February 19, 1991: US04994069 (932 worldwide citation)

A flexible, preferably coiled wire for use in small-vessel vaso-occlusion. The wire has a stretched, linear condition in which it can be advanced through a catheter lumen to a selected vessel, and a relaxed, convoluted condition produced by a combination of a helical winding of the wire, and irregul ...

Robert G Rothfuss, Federico Bilotti, Hector Chow, J Charles Hueil, Narinderjit S Sambi: Disposable linear surgical stapler. Senmed, Wood Herron & Evans, September 9, 1986: US04610383 (924 worldwide citation)

A disposable linear surgical stapler includes a handle, anvil, staple cartridge and flexible shaft attaching the handle to the cartridge and transmitting a firing force exerted at the handle to the distant cartridge for sequentially implanting, forming and clinching staples in two staggered staple l ...

Michael D Hooven, Joseph C Hueil: Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, Robert L Minier, July 18, 1995: US05433721 (919 worldwide citation)

A drive mechanism for an endoscopic surgical instrument which has a rotatable drive shaft and a mechanism for translating the rotational force of the shaft for applying fasteners to tissue during endoscopic surgery.