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Mesh dispenser

A dispensing device configured to operate with an adhesive backed mesh and backing film for tissue bonding is disclosed. The dispensing device provides for low-friction, low force pay-out of a desired length of an adhesive backed mesh to a wound site. The device prevents or eliminates distortion of the mesh... Ethicon Inc

Apparatus and sterilizing endoscope

A method of sterilizing an article such as a flexible endoscope is performed in a sterilization chamber. A vacuum is applied in the sterilization chamber while the article is contained in the sterilization chamber. A sterilant is then introduced into the sterilization chamber. The pressure within the sterilization chamber is... Ethicon Inc

One component fibrin glue comprising a polymerization inhibitor

Provided herein are stable liquid sealant formulations comprising fibrin monomers and a reversible fibrin polymerization blocking agent, methods of preparing and using the formulations.... Ethicon Inc

Process for the rapid blackening of surgical needles

A novel method of blackening surgical needles is disclosed. Surgical needles having outer surfaces are first placed into a first pretreatment bath having a novel composition. The needles are then placed into a second blackening bath having a novel composition for a sufficient period of time to effectively blacken the... Ethicon Inc

Multi-plane curved surgical fasteners for securing prosthetic devices to tissue

A curved surgical fastener for anchoring medical devices to tissue includes a curved member having a proximal end, a distal end, and a tissue penetrating end at the distal end of the curved member. The curved member has a total curvature of less than 360 degrees between the proximal and... Ethicon Inc

Apparatus and method to identify endoscope type and provide tailored reprocessing

An apparatus is operable to process a medical instrument by passing a detergent and a disinfectant through a plurality of channels defined by the medical instrument. The apparatus includes a detection system, a set of instrument profiles, and a control system. The detection system is configured to collect information regarding... Ethicon Inc

Apparatus and reprocessing a medical device

An apparatus and method for reprocessing a medical device includes a decontamination basin, a first flush conduit, a second flush conduit, and a manifold. The first and second flush conduits have respective first and second coupling ports configured to fluidly connect to the medical device positioned within the decontamination basin.... Ethicon Inc

Apparatus and method to measure concentration of disinfectant in medical device reprocessing system

A medical instrument processor includes an enclosure, a liquid distribution system, and a disinfectant concentration measuring subsystem. The enclosure is configured to hold a medical instrument. The liquid distribution system is configured to deliver a disinfection solution to a medical instrument within the enclosure. The liquid distribution system has a... Ethicon Inc

Apparatus and detecting moisture in a vacuum chamber

A method of operating a sterilization system having a vacuum chamber for sterilizing instruments, the chamber connected to a reservoir of sterilant by a valve in a closed state, is disclosed. The method comprises placing the instruments in a non-sterile state in a sterilization pack, opening the chamber, placing the... Ethicon Inc

Multi-compartment pre-filled mixing syringes with bypass

The present invention is directed to a multi-compartment medical device for segregated storage and on demand mixing of at least two components and expression of a resulting mixture from the device having a tubular barrel with an opening and a gasket sealing the rear end through which a plunger is... Ethicon Inc

Surgical stapler/cutter and extended buttress

The present invention is directed to surgical staplers stapling and resecting tissue comprising a surgical buttress at least partially disposed on a tissue facing surface of at least one of the cartridge or the anvil, said buttress having width substantially larger than width of said tissue facing surfaces; said buttress... Ethicon Inc

Apparatus and detecting moisture in a vacuum chamber

A method of sterilizing medical instruments using a vacuum chamber connected to reservoir by a valve in a closed state is disclosed that includes placing instruments in a non-sterile state into a sterilization pack, opening a chamber, placing the pack into the chamber, closing the chamber, withdrawing a first volume... Ethicon Inc

Distance indicators for medicinal spray devices

The present invention is directed to a spray applicator for spraying a tissue treatment medicant onto a tissue that has a container containing the medicant and is positioned at a proximal end of the spray applicator; a spray tip positioned at a distal end of the spray applicator; a cannula... Ethicon Inc

Containment sleeves for packages containing medical devices

A package for a medical device includes a tray with a top surface, a bottom surface, a proximal end, a distal end, and first and second lateral sides that extend between the proximal and distal ends. The package has a retainer sleeve wrapped around the tray, the retainer sleeve including... Ethicon Inc

One component fibrin glue comprising zymogens

Provided herein is a single component sealant formulation (e.g. in a liquid form), methods for its preparation, and use. The formulation includes fibrinogen; vitamin K-dependent clotting zymogens comprising at least Factor II (FII) and Factor X (FX).... Ethicon Inc

Expandable compression rings for improved anastomotic joining of tissues

The present invention relates to surgical instruments and methods for enhancing properties of tissue repaired or joined by surgical staples and, more particularly to surgical instruments and methods designed to enhance the properties of repaired or adjoined tissue at a target surgical site, especially when sealing an anastomosis between adjacent... Ethicon Inc

Anastomotic stapling reinforcing buttress and methods of deployment

The present invention relates to surgical instruments and methods for enhancing properties of tissue repaired or joined by surgical staples and, more particularly to surgical instruments and methods designed to enhance the properties of repaired or adjoined tissue at a target surgical site, especially when sealing an anastomosis between adjacent... Ethicon Inc

Single lumen balloon delivery catheter with lumen bypass at balloon

Systems and methods for delivering fluid within a lumen may be provided. For example, a device can include an elongated tubular structure having a central opening through which fluid may flow. The central opening can be defined by an open proximal end and an open distal end. The elongated tubular... Ethicon Inc

Temporary fixation tools for use with circular anastomotic staplers

The present invention relates to circular anastomosis stapler and kits comprising reinforcing buttress materials and fixation tools that are slidably installed on the anvil shaft of such staplers which provides a temporary mechanical fixation of a reinforcing buttress to the anvil surface of a circular stapler during the insertion of... Ethicon Inc

Methods of making self-sealing patches for tissue expander implants

A method of making a self-sealing patch for a tissue expander implant includes providing a first sheet having a first sheet outer perimeter and a first sheet inner edge defining a first central opening, providing a second sheet having a second sheet outer perimeter and a second sheet inner edge... Ethicon Inc

Apparatus and method to link medical device sterilization equipment

A communication hub provides communication between a number of medical device processing components within a network. A user may access the communication hub via a user device such as a smartphone or computer and monitor and manage configurations and information relating to the medical device processing components. Features include the... Ethicon Inc

Apparatus and sterilizing medical devices

A sterilizing cabinet performs a method of processing a medical device, such as a used medical device or an otherwise non-sterile medical device. The method includes receiving input from a user selecting a sterilization cycle from a plurality of available sterilization cycles. The sterilizing cabinet identifies a biological indicator associated... Ethicon Inc

Method of sterilizing medical devices, analyzing biological indicators, and linking medical device sterilization equipment

A biological indicator analyzer includes a plurality of wells, a plurality of organism detector features, and a user input feature such as a touch screen. Each well is configured to receive a respective biological indicator. Each organism detector feature is configured to detect whether a biological indicator disposed in a... Ethicon Inc

Self-contained biological indicator

A biological sterilization indicator is disclosed that in some embodiments comprises a housing having a first enclosure and a second enclosure, an ampule containing a liquid growth medium, and an insert disposed at least partially in the first enclosure. A portion of the ampule may be disposed inside the first... Ethicon Inc

Apparatus and analyzing biological indicators

A biological indicator analyzer includes a plurality of wells, a plurality of organism detector features, and a user input feature such as a touch screen. Each well is configured to receive a respective biological indicator. Each organism detector feature is configured to detect whether a biological indicator disposed in a... Ethicon Inc

Elastic tissue reinforcing fastener

A tissue fastener having fixed points of tissue attachment including a first elongate elastic component and a second elongate component having one or more elongate sections each adjacent section delineated by at least one frangible point.... Ethicon Inc

Adhesive-containing wound closure device and method

A tissue bonding article includes a flexible material, an adhesive substance applied over at least a portion of a bottom side of the flexible material, and a polymerizable adhesive composition permeated throughout at least a portion of the flexible material.... Ethicon Inc

Combination cellulost material and making same

Combination cellulose materials and methods of making and using these materials. The combination material includes a first cellulosic material and a second cellulosic material.... Ethicon Inc

Segmented, p-dioxanone-rich, poly(p-dioxanone-co-epsilon-caprolactone) copolymers for medical applications and devices made therefrom

Novel semi-crystalline, p-dioxanone-rich ABA triblock copolymers of p-dioxanone and epsilon-caprolactone, where “B” block is a random copolymer of p-dioxanone and epsilon-caprolactone, and absorbable devices for long term medical applications are disclosed. The novel polymer compositions are useful for long term absorbable surgical sutures, and other medical devices.... Ethicon Inc

Intra dermal tissue fixation device

A device is disclosed for the securement of dermal tissues. The device provides approximation and eversion of the tissue as well as the placement of a fixation element that bridges a wound. The fixation element may be produced in several fixed or dynamic configurations that may or may not alter... Ethicon Inc

Laser cutting system and methods for creating self-retaining sutures

A laser-machining system and method is disclosed for forming retainers on a suture thread. The laser system is preferably a femtosecond laser system which is capable of creating submicron features on the suture thread while preserving strength of the suture thread. The laser-machining system enables creation of retainers and self-retaining... Ethicon Inc

Applicator instruments having off-axis surgical fastener delivery

An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a housing, a firing system disposed in the housing, an actuator coupled with the housing for activating the firing system, an elongated shaft extending from the housing, the elongated shaft having a proximal end secured to the housing, a distal end, and... Ethicon Inc

Fluid connector for endoscope reprocessing system

Coupling arrangements and connectors for establishing a substantially fluid-tight removable connection between a fluid port in a medical device such as an endoscope. Various embodiments of the connectors may be coupled to a fluid conduit that may be attached to a decontamination or reprocessing device used to flow fluid through... Ethicon Inc

Resorbable laparoscopically deployable hemostat

The present invention is directed to a resorbable hemostatic nonwoven felt suitable for use in laparoscopic procedures and to methods for manufacturing said felt.... Ethicon Inc

Syringes with mixing chamber in a removable cap

The present invention is directed to a multi-compartment medical device for segregated storage and on demand mixing of at least two components and expression of the resulting mixture from the device. The mixing device comprises a syringe having an open end and outlet and containing a first component; and a... Ethicon Inc

06/22/17 / #20170173208

Adhesive-containing wound closure device and method

An article, such as a tissue bonding article, includes a flexible material, a polymerization initiator or rate modifier disposed in or on the flexible material, and a polymerizable adhesive composition permeated throughout at least a portion of the flexible material, where the polymerization initiator or rate modifier is a polymerization... Ethicon Inc

06/08/17 / #20170156714

Syringe assembly for storing and mixing two components

The invention relates to syringes for storing and mixing components.... Ethicon Inc

06/01/17 / #20170151035

Endoscope channel separator

A method for attaching a test fixture to a surgical instrument comprising removing a valve member from a valve chamber of a surgical instrument and removing another valve member from another valve chamber of the surgical instrument. The method further comprises inserting a valve member analogue extending from a frame... Ethicon Inc

05/18/17 / #20170135693

Applicator instruments for dispensing surgical fasteners having articulating shafts and articulation control elements

An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a handle and an articulating shaft extending from the distal end of the handle. The articulating shaft includes a proximal shaft section, a distal shaft section, and an articulating joint. An articulation control element is coupled with the proximal shaft section for... Ethicon Inc

05/11/17 / #20170128616

Hemostatic mixture of cellulose-based short and long fibers

The invention relates to a hemostatic composition comprising a mixture of cellulose-based short and long fibers, preparation and use thereof.... Ethicon Inc

05/11/17 / #20170128617

Sealant formulation and uses thereof

The present invention relates to a sealant formulation comprising a blend containing fibrinogen and an exogenous activator of a member of a mammalian blood clotting cascade.... Ethicon Inc

05/11/17 / #20170128618

Compacted hemostatic cellulosic aggregates

The present invention is directed to a hemostatic material comprising a compacted, hemostatic aggregates of cellulosic fibers. In some aspects, the hemostatic material further includes additives, such as carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) or other polysaccharides, calcium salts, anti-infective agents, hemostasis promoting agents, gelatin, collagen, or combinations thereof. In another aspect, the... Ethicon Inc

05/11/17 / #20170128619

Hemostatic composition

The present invention relates to improved hemostatic compositions comprising cellulose-based fibers supplemented with compounds, preparation and use thereof.... Ethicon Inc

03/23/17 / #20170079775

Bioabsorbable multilayer nasal valve spreader graft

Novel bioabsorbable, nasal spreader graft implant devices are disclosed. The devices are useful in rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction surgical procedures, as well as other surgical procedures. The devices have biodegradable core plates and biodegradable spreader plates or tissue ingrowth plates. The plates may have tissue ingrowth properties.... Ethicon Inc

03/23/17 / #20170079776

Bioabsorbable multilayer nasal valve spreader graft

Novel bioabsorbable, nasal spreader graft implant devices are disclosed. The devices are useful to rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction surgical procedures, as well as other surgical procedures. The devices have biodegradable core plates and biodegradable spreader plates or tissue ingrowth plates. The plates may have tissue ingrowth properties.... Ethicon Inc

03/23/17 / #20170079777

Bioabsorbable multilayer nasal valve spreader graft

Novel bioabsorbable, nasal spreader graft implant devices are disclosed. The devices are useful in rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction surgical procedures, as well as other surgical procedures. The devices have biodegradable core plates and biodegradable spreader plates or tissue ingrowth plates. The plates may have tissue ingrowth properties.... Ethicon Inc

03/16/17 / #20170072113

Bimodal molecular weight copolymers of lactide and glycolide

A bimodal polymer blend of first and second poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) copolymers, wherein the molecular weight ratio of the first to the second copolymer is at least about two to one, and the blend has crystallization and hydrolysis rates greater than either of the first or second copolymers alone.... Ethicon Inc

03/09/17 / #20170065270

End effector for wound closure device

A suture device with a composite end effector, the composite end effector including a suture with an unmodified fixation element at a distal end and an overlying attachment piece disposed over the proximal end of the unmodified fixation element. The resulting composite end effector has improved strength and avoids the... Ethicon Inc

03/09/17 / #20170065271

End effector for wound closure device

A suture device including an improved welded fixation device at its distal end, to provide improved holding strength during and after implantation of the suture in tissue.... Ethicon Inc

02/16/17 / #20170042523

Modular delivery of fluid materials

Apparatuses and methods for delivery of fluid materials, particularly multi-part fluid materials, including modular apparatuses in which various components are maintained separately until ready for use. Each fluid component is maintained in a separate housing until mixing of the fluid components is desired. Maintaining components separately until use allows for... Ethicon Inc

02/16/17 / #20170042930

Method of treating a disease using a glycolytic dependent compound

Provided is a method of enhancing toxicity of a glycolytic dependent compound towards a cell, tissue and/or organ e.g. a diseased cell, tissue and/or organ, the method comprises contacting Oxidized Regenerated Cellulose (ORC) and/or Oxidized Cellulose (OC); and a glycolytic dependent compound with the cell, tissue and/or organ. The ORC... Ethicon Inc

02/09/17 / #20170035417

Applicator instruments for dispensing surgical fasteners having distal end caps with castling for engaging opposing surfaces

An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a housing having an actuator and an elongated shaft extending from the housing. The applicator instrument includes a top stamping disposed within the elongated shaft, and a bottom stamping disposed within the elongated shaft that opposes the top stamping. The applicator instrument... Ethicon Inc

02/02/17 / #20170028391

Rapid cure silicone lubricious coatings

Novel, lubricious coatings for medical devices are disclosed. The coatings provide improved lubricity and durability, and are readily applied in coating processes. The present invention is also directed to a novel platinum catalyst for use in such coatings. The catalyst provides for rapid curing, while inhibiting cross-linking at ambient temperatures,... Ethicon Inc

01/19/17 / #20170014128

Suture with trim formed tip

The present invention discloses methods for producing a surgical suture having a reduced cross-sectional area portion from monofilaments fibers of various polymeric and metallic materials. Also disclosed are novel sutures having novel tips. Novel suture tipping apparatuses are also disclosed. The monofilament is subjected to the application of thermal treatment... Ethicon Inc








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