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US7776057: Methods and devices for tissue reconfiguration

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Inventor(s) Michael D. Laufer · Jeffrey C. Cerier · Amos Cruz · Jonathan O'Keefe · Richard Andrews · Vincent A. Puicci, Jr. · Michael Barenboym · Neal H. Marshall · Randal B. Chinnock ·
Assignee(s) Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. ·
Primary Examiner Kevin T Truong ·
Application Number US10992228
Filing date 11/19/2004
Issue date 08/17/2010
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 09/16/2023
Patent term adjustment 1288
U.S. Classifications 606/139  ·
International Classifications A61B1704  ·
Kind CodeB2
Related U.S. Application DataThis application claims the priority of U.S. provisional application Ser. No. 60/306,652, filed Jul. 18, 2001, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.
This application is a continuation-in-part of copending application U.S. Ser. No. 09/859,579, filed May 18, 2001 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,821,285, entitled TISSUE RECONFIGURATION, which is a continuation-in-part of application U.S. Ser. No. 09/574,424, filed May 19, 2000 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,494,888, entitled TISSUE RECONFIGURATION, which is a continuation-in-part of application U.S. Ser. No. 09/520,273, filed Mar. 7, 2000 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,663,639, entitled METHODS AND DEVICES FOR TISSUE RECONFIGURATION, and application U.S. Ser. No. 09/519,945, filed Mar. 7, 2000 U.S. Pat. No. 6,506,196, entitled DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CORRECTION OF A PAINFUL BODY DEFECT, which claim priority from provisional application. U.S. Ser. No. 60/140,492, filed Jun. 22, 1999, entitled STOMACH ELEVATOR METHOD AND DEVICE, all hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety.
20 Claims, 9 Drawings


Abstract

A method includes advancing an apparatus having an elongated member transorally into the stomach. The apparatus includes a distal end effector having first and second members configured to engage tissue. The first and second members are movable relatively toward one another generally in a first plane. The method includes moving the distal end effector relative to the elongated member in the first plane such that the distal end effector is retroflexed out of alignment with the elongated member to position the first and second members for engagement with the tissue. At least one of the first and second members carries a fixation device for fixing engaged portions of tissue together.

Independent Claims | See all claims (20)

  1. 1. A method comprising: advancing an apparatus including an elongated member transorally into the stomach, the apparatus including a distal end effector having first and second members configured to engage tissue, the first and second members being movable relatively toward one another generally in a first plane, and moving the distal end effector relative to the elongated member in a second plane that is substantially orthogonal to the first plane to position the first and second members for grasping tissue distal to a distal-most end of the distal end effector along a greater curvature of a stomach, at least one of the first and second members carrying a fixation device for fixing engaged portions of tissue together.
  2. 8. A method for approximating tissue, comprising: advancing an apparatus including an elongated flexible member into a body through a natural orifice, the apparatus including a distal end effector movable relative to the elongated flexible member and having first and second members configured to engage tissue, at least one of the first and second members being movable relative to the other generally in a first plane; orienting the flexible elongated member into a desired location near a desired surgical site; visualizing at least the first and second members as they are moved into position to engage tissue; grasping substantially concave tissue to be approximated distal to a distal-most end of the distal end effector using the first and second members; manipulating the grasped tissue into a desired configuration; and approximating the grasped tissue using a fixation device deployed from at least one of the first and second members.
  3. 15. A method comprising: advancing an apparatus including an elongated member transorally into the stomach, the apparatus including a distal end effector movable relative to the elongated member and having first and second members configured to engage tissue, the first and second members being movable relatively toward one another generally in a first plane, at least one of the first and second members carrying a fixation device for fixing engaged portions of tissue together; grasping tissue distal to a distal-most end of the distal end effector along a greater curvature of the stomach; and plicating the tissue of the stomach with the fixation device to reduce a volume of the stomach.

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