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US7288101: Obesity treatment tools and methods

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Inventor(s) Mark E. Deem · Douglas S. Sutton · Hanson S. Gifford, III · Bernard H. Andreas · Ronald G. French ·
Assignee(s) Satiety, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Fulwider Patton LLP ·
Primary Examiner Michael J. Hayes ·
Assistant Examiner Nguyen Victor ·
Application Number US10342623
Filing date 01/14/2003
Issue date 10/30/2007
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 10/31/2021
Patent term adjustment 154
U.S. Classifications 606/153  · 128/898  ·
International Classifications A61B1708  ·
Kind CodeB2
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
This is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/871,297, filed May 30, 2001 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,558,400, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
41 Claims, 38 Drawings


Abstract

Various obesity treatment tools and methods are described herein, as well as treatments for other gastric-related diseases, e.g., GERD. Treatment includes reducing the size of the stomach pouch to limit the caloric intake as well as to provide an earlier feeling of satiety. This may be done by creating a smaller gastric pouch within the stomach directly from the interior of the stomach itself. The smaller pouches may be made through the use of individual anchoring devices, rotating probes, or volume reduction devices. A pyloroplasty procedure may also be performed to render the pyloric sphincter incompetent. A gastric bypass procedure may additionally be performed using atraumatic magnetic anastomoses devices so that sugars and fats are passed directly to the bowel while bypassing the stomach. Many of these procedures may be done in a variety of combinations. Treatment may create enforced behavioral modifications by discouraging the ingestion of high-caloric foods.

Independent Claims | See all claims (41)

  1. 1. A method for stapling tissue from an interior of a stomach organ, comprising: positioning a stapling device having at least one staple therein adjacent to a treatment site within the stomach; presenting tissue from at least two areas of the interior of the stomach; and fastening the at least two areas to each other to form a junction extending downwardly a distance from the cardiac notch along the lesser curve of the stomach within the interior of the stomach organ with the at least one staple at the treatment site.
  2. 22. A method for stapling tissue from an interior of a stomach organ, comprising: positioning a stapling device having multiple staples therein adjacent to a treatment site within the stomach wherein the stomach comprises a first volume; presenting tissue from at least two areas of the interior of the stomach; and fastening the at least two areas to each other to form a pouch within the interior of the stomach organ along at least a portion of the lesser curve with the multiple staples at the treatment site, the pouch having a second volume, the second volume being less than the first volume; the multiple staples fasten the two areas of tissue together to form a junction flaring downwardly a distance from the cardiac notch toward the lesser curve of the stomach.

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