Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas, Kai Zhang: Multi-polymer hydrogels. Zimmer, Woods Rogers, June 8, 2010: US07731988 (5 worldwide citation)

The invention provides a multi-polymer hydrogel article having a first polymeric, water-swellable material and a second polymeric material, organized such that a first region substantially comprises the first polymeric, water-swellable material, a second region adjacent the first region comprises a ...

Brian Thomas
Brian H Thomas, Donald L Yakimicki, Oludele O Popoola, Michael Wallick: Modified polymeric materials and methods of modifying polymeric materials. Zimmer, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner P A, January 6, 2015: US08927616

Methods of forming polymeric articles using plasma treated polymer resins, and orthopedic implants comprising a polymeric article wherein the polymeric article has reactive groups bonded to polymer molecules in an interior region of the polymeric article.

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas, Kai Zhang, Garryl Hudgins, Robert Hodorek: Methods of bonding or modifying hydrogels using irradiation. Zimmer, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner P A, September 11, 2012: US08262730

This invention provides methods and processes to attach or bond hydrogels to suitable surfaces using irradiation techniques and also provides methods and processes to create crosslinked regions in hydrogel articles using these irradiation techniques. Specifically, lasers at wavelengths tuned to the ...

Julio C Palmaz: Expandable intraluminal graft, and method and apparatus for implanting an expandable intraluminal graft. Expandable Grafts Partnership, Ben D Tobor, April 7, 1992: US05102417 (818 worldwide citation)

A plurality of expandable and deformable intraluminal vascular grafts are expanded within a blood vessel by an angioplasty balloon associated with a catheter to dilate and expand the lumen of a blood vessel. The grafts may be thin-walled tubular members having a plurality of slots disposed substanti ...

James H Brauker, Mark C Shults, Mark A Tapsak: Membrane for use with implantable devices. Dexcom, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, March 9, 2004: US06702857 (719 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a biointerface membrane for use with an implantable device that interferes with the formation of a barrier cell layer including; a first domain distal to the implantable device wherein the first domain supports tissue attachment and interferes with barrier cell layer f ...

Robert P Eury, Darlene Garguilo, Plaridel Villareal: Drug loaded polymeric material and method of manufacture. Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht, February 25, 1997: US05605696 (682 worldwide citation)

The drug loaded polymeric material containing a therapeutic drug can be applied to a structure of an intravascular stent. A therapeutically effective amount of a therapeutic drug is incorporated into such a layer of polymeric material, without significantly increasing the thickness of the stent, to ...

Gregory Pinchasik, Jacob Richter: Articulated stent. Medinol, Skjerven Morrill MacPherson Franklin & Friel, September 12, 1995: US05449373 (676 worldwide citation)

An articulated stent for delivering through a bodily conduit, for example, a peripheral or coronary artery, which has one or more curved portions and for implantation therein. The articulated stent includes at least two substantially rigid segments and a flexible connector for connecting adjacent se ...

James H Brauker, Victoria Carr Brendel, Mark A Tapsak: Porous membranes for use with implantable devices. DexCom, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, March 20, 2007: US07192450 (661 worldwide citation)

A membrane for implantation in soft tissue comprising a first domain that supports tissue ingrowth, disrupts contractile forces typically found in a foreign body response, encourages vascularity, and interferes with barrier cell layer formation, and a second domain that is resistant to cellular atta ...

Richard L Grant, Sudhir B Patel, Troy A McMillen: Method for releasing buttress material attached to a surgical fastening device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 7, 2003: US06503257 (653 worldwide citation)

A method for releasing buttress material from a stapling instrument when the buttress is attached to the instrument by an adhesive is disclosed. The method includes providing stapling instrument comprising first and a second opposed tissue clamping members movable between an open position, for recei ...

Joel Cooper, Sally L Winegar Hentges, Robert P Nelson, Kemal Schankereli, Kristine M Teich: Soft tissue stapling buttress. Bio Vascular, Haugen and Nikolai P A, November 19, 1996: US05575803 (622 worldwide citation)

A prosthetic article for surgical implantation within the body of a host in a surgical stapling procedure comprises a strip of host-tissue-compatible animal tissue material that is initially removably affixed between the spaced-apart legs a U-shaped buttress member to create a tubular configuration ...