Patent Number: 8,821,373

Title: Directionless (orientation independent) needle injection port

Abstract: Generally described herein are certain embodiments directed to an orientation-independent injection port fluidly coupled to a gastric banding system. The injection port may be configured to simplify the port-targeting process when a medical professional attempts to penetrate the injection port with a needle during a gastric band-adjusting procedure. For example, the injection port may be orientation-independent with the entire outer shell acting as the needle access point. Alternatively, and/or in addition, the inner core of the injection port may be hard or firm, thereby allowing for easier locating (e.g., when the medical professional performs palpation). Furthermore, the hard inner core may prevent needle over-throws, and help stabilize pressure.

Inventors: Schwab; Justin (Santa Barbara, CA), Snow; Sean (Carpinteria, CA)

Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.

International Classification: A61F 13/00 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018