US 11,051,815 B2
Force modulating tissue bridges, associated tools, kits, and methods
Felmont F. Eaves, Atlanta, GA (US); David O. Kazmer, Georgetown, MA (US); Gary W. Knight, Lebanon, OH (US); Timothy G. Dietz, Reading, MA (US); and William Eugene Clem, Bozeman, MT (US)
Assigned to EMRGE, LLC, Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed by EMRGE, LLC, Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed on Jan. 8, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/242,064.
Application 16/242,064 is a continuation of application No. PCT/US2017/057569, filed on Oct. 20, 2017.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/411,023, filed on Oct. 21, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2019/0133582 A1, May 9, 2019
Int. Cl. A61B 17/08 (2006.01); A61B 17/10 (2006.01); A61B 50/33 (2016.01); A61B 90/53 (2016.01); A61B 50/20 (2016.01); A61B 50/30 (2016.01); A61B 50/22 (2016.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61B 50/00 (2016.01)
CPC A61B 17/085 (2013.01) [A61B 17/083 (2013.01); A61B 17/10 (2013.01); A61B 17/105 (2013.01); A61B 50/20 (2016.02); A61B 50/22 (2016.02); A61B 50/30 (2016.02); A61B 50/33 (2016.02); A61B 90/53 (2016.02); A61B 2017/00862 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00884 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00893 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00907 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00951 (2013.01); A61B 2017/081 (2013.01); A61B 2050/0065 (2016.02)] 22 Claims
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1. A medical article for at least partially covering a wound and/or scar tissue, the medical article comprising:
a body comprising a central section extending over an area, and flanges respectively extending outwardly from opposite lower sections of the central section,
at least the central section of the body being elastically configured to be deformed from an at rest configuration to an extended configuration, and to return toward the at rest configuration in response to being released from the extended configuration, wherein the lower sections are farther apart from one another in the extended configuration than in the at rest configuration, and
a first of the flanges having opposite upper and lower surfaces that are each larger than a thickness defined between the upper and lower surfaces of the first flange; and
a foot pad connected to the first flange for at least partially moving with the first flange,
the foot pad extending inwardly into the area over which the central section extends,
the foot pad having opposite upper and lower surfaces that are each larger than a thickness defined between the upper and lower surfaces of the foot pad, and
the upper surface of the foot pad and the lower surface of the first flange facing toward one another,
wherein the foot pad comprises an outer sheet configured to be attached to tissue, and an inner sheet positioned between the outer sheet and the first flange, and wherein the inner sheet is stiffer than the outer sheet.