Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Guy L. Cumberbatch
  • Patent number: 8109875
    Abstract: Disclosed is a derma diagnostic and automated data analysis system configured to acquire an array of data pertaining to a subject and their skin disorders. This data is subjected to a comprehensive analysis that culminates in diagnoses, treatments, monitoring activity and health strategy implementation. The derma diagnostic and automated data analysis system comprises a user interface and display unit, capable of acquiring a range of subject data, and communicatively coupled to a remotely located data analysis and reporting unit. The data analysis and reporting unit is capable of receiving and assessing the acquired data, using multiple analytical processes that culminate in a highly probable diagnosis and an effective treatment that is documented in a report and submitted to the subject. The diagnoses, treatments and supporting data are then permanently archived and made available for retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Theodore M. Gizewski
  • Patent number: 7953613
    Abstract: Disclosed is a health maintenance system for comprehensive health assessment, abnormality detection, health monitoring, health pattern and trend detection, health strategy development, and health history archiving. The health maintenance system comprises a subscriber segment and a system segment, communicatively coupled. The subscriber segment acquires subscriber personal and health data from at least one subscriber, analyzing the data; identifies specific health abnormalities; prescribes at least one customized subscriber health product, instructs the subscriber on the implementation of the prescribed health product, compiles and preserves the subscriber's health history data—including abnormalities and prescribed health products, and performs monitoring of subscriber health conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Theodore M. Gizewski
  • Patent number: 7819915
    Abstract: An improved holder, system and method for implanting a tissue-type prosthetic heart mitral valve that constricts the commissure posts of the valve and allows the user to detach the handle of the holder prior to withdrawing the holder itself. The ability to remove the handle allows a surgeon greater access to suturing the prosthetic valve to the mitral annulus. The holder may include two relatively movable plates, one of which attaches to the valve sewing on the inflow end of the valve ring and the other which attaches via sutures to the valve commissures on the outflow end. Separation of the plates places the sutures in tension and constricts the commissures. An adjusting member or adapter is interposed between the handle and holder to enable separation of the two plates and removal of the handle. The adjusting member or adapter may be packaged with the valve and holder combination, or may be sold as a separate unit, possibly with the handle, so that prior art holders can be retrofit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Stobie, Jerry L. Jackman, Cuong Ton-That, C. Roger Ekholm, Steve Newborg
  • Patent number: 7806926
    Abstract: A holder for a flexible leaflet prosthetic aortic heart valve that is less bulky than earlier holders and minimizes obstructions to vision and working space around the valve to facilitate implantation thereof. The holder may have a central hub and three outwardly extending legs that connect directly and exclusively to tips of the commissures of the aortic heart valve for better tactile feedback when parachuting and seating the valve in the annulus. The legs are sized so that they do not overlap the commissure tips and therefore afford a better view of the sewing ring adjacent the commissures. The legs may be narrow in the midsection or split into two rails to increase visibility of the valve leaflets. The hub may be vaulted axially upward relative to the outer ends of the legs to further increase visibility of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Stobie
  • Patent number: 7776025
    Abstract: A system for delivering medicaments to tissue including a delivery member and an optical fiber formed together into a unitary structure. The optical fiber has an inlet attached to a laser energy source and an outlet for emitting laser energy. The delivery member has an inlet attached to a medicament source and an outlet for injecting medicament. A handpiece is adapted to receive the ablating and injecting device in a controlled and movable relationship and may include at least one tissue stabilizing member thereon. In use, the distal end of the handpiece is placed against tissue to be ablated. The optical fiber is advanced into the tissue while emitting laser energy thereby ablating the tissue and forming a channel therein. During retraction, medicament may be injected into the channel or into the tissue surrounding the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Donald E. Bobo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7776084
    Abstract: A prosthetic mitral heart valve including a contoured sewing ring that better matches the mitral valve annulus. The sewing ring includes an inflow end and an outflow end, the outflow and having at least one raised portion. There may be two raised portions located approximately 120° apart from each other and designed to register with two anterior trigones of the mitral valve annulus. The sewing ring may be formed by a suture-permeable annular member surrounded by a fabric covering, the annular member desirably being molded of silicone. The raised portion(s) may gently curve upward to a height of about 2 mm above the adjacent portions of the outflow end of the sewing ring. The sewing ring may also be constructed so as to be more flexible around a posterior aspect than around an anterior aspect to accommodate calcified tissue more commonly found around the posterior annulus. The contoured sewing ring can be combined with various types of heart valve including bioprosthetic and mechanical valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Derrick Johnson
  • Patent number: 7318530
    Abstract: An skateboard security rack having a pair of support members defining a slot therebetween for receiving the deck of a skateboard. At least one of the support members has a width smaller than the wheelbase of the skateboard received in the slot. Locking structure between the support members and across the top of the slot retains the skateboard within the slot. The locking structure may be separate elements coupled to each of the support members and a lock therebetween. Alternatively, the locking structure may be a lock such as a conventional U-shape lock. If separate elements coupled to each of the support members are used, they may be fixed in place, or movable such as longitudinally slideable along the support members. The support members may be elongated hollow or solid members, or formed in panels. The support members are desirably hollow tubes bent into inverted U-shapes. Bases of the support members may be mounted to a variety of base surfaces such as flat or curvilinear, horizontal or vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Curt Loch
  • Patent number: 6966925
    Abstract: An improved holder and method for implanting a tissue-type prosthetic mitral heart valve that prevents suture looping and may also constrict the commissure posts of the valve. An upstanding or shaft member axially positioned on the holder causes the lengths of attachment sutures to extend axially beyond the commissure post tips to create a tent and prevent looping of any of an array of pre-implanted sutures around the tips during deployment of the valve. The shaft member may be axially movable such that it can be initially retracted and then actuated just prior to valve deployment. The shaft member may have notches on its distal tip for capturing the attachment sutures, which are crossed over along the valve axis to ensure engagement by the notches. The attachment sutures may be strands or filaments, or may be wider bands of flexible biocompatible material. If bands are used, they desirably cover the commissure post tips to further help prevent suture looping thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Stobie
  • Patent number: 6964682
    Abstract: An improved holder, system and method for implanting a tissue-type prosthetic mitral heart valve that prevents suture looping and may also constrict the commissure posts of the valve. The holder may include two relatively movable plates, one of which attaches to the valve sewing on the inflow end of the valve ring and the other which attaches via sutures or similar expedient to the valve commissures on the outflow end. Separation of the plates places the sutures in tension and constricts the commissures. The sutures may be strands or filaments, or may be wider bands of flexible biocompatible material. If bands are used, they desirably cover the commissure post tips to further help prevent suture looping thereover. The flexible lengths of material extend directly between commissures of the valve, or may extending radially inward from each commissure to a central upstanding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Diana Nguyen-Thien-Nhon, Myron Howanec, Jr., Ralph Kafesjian, Delos M. Cosgrove, Robert Stobie, Hung Ly Lam
  • Patent number: 6962605
    Abstract: An annuloplasty repair segment and template for heart valve annulus repair. The elongate flexible template may form a distal part of a holder that also has a proximal handle. Alternatively, the template may be releasably attached to a mandrel that slides within a delivery sheath, the template being released from the end of the sheath to enable manipulation by a surgeon. A tether connecting the template and mandrel may also be provided. The template may be elastic, temperature responsive, or multiple linked segments. The template may be aligned with the handle and form a two- or three-dimensional curve out of alignment with the handle such that the annuloplasty repair segment attached thereto conforms to the curve. The template may be actively or passively converted between its straight and curved positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Delos M. Cosgrove, Stefan G. Schreck, Richard S. Rhee
  • Patent number: 6908482
    Abstract: An annuloplasty ring having a three-dimensional discontinuous form generally arranged about an axis with two free ends that are axially offset. The ring is particularly suited for repair of the tricuspid valve, and more closely conforms to the annulus shape. The ring is more flexible in bending about radially extending axes than about the central axis. The ring may have an inner structural support covered by a pliable sleeve and/or a fabric tube. The structural support may have a varying cross-section, such as a C-shaped cross-section in a mid-section between two free ends and a rectangular cross-section at the free ends. A deliver template having a mounting ring with about the same shape as the ring facilitates implant, and may be releasably attached to a delivery handle. The deliver template may include a plurality of cutting guides for releasably attaching the annuloplasty ring thereto while presenting maximum outer surface area of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick M. McCarthy, Richard S. Rhee, Stefan G. Schreck
  • Patent number: 6805710
    Abstract: An annuloplasty ring for correcting maladies of the mitral annulus that not only reshapes the annulus but also reconfigures the adjacent left ventricular muscle wall. The ring may be continuous and is made of a relatively rigid material, such as Stellite. The ring has a generally oval shape that is three-dimensional at least on the posterior side. A posterior portion of the ring rises or bows upward from adjacent sides to pull the posterior aspect of the native annulus farther up than its original, healthy shape. In doing so, the ring also pulls the ventricular wall upward which helps mitigate some of the effects of congestive heart failure. Further, one or both of the posterior and anterior portions of the ring may also bow inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Steven F. Bolling, Richard S. Rhee
  • Patent number: 6767362
    Abstract: Expandable heart valves for minimally invasive valve replacement surgeries are disclosed. In a first embodiment, an expandable pre-assembled heart valve includes a plastically-expandable annular base having plurality of upstanding commissure posts. A tubular flexible member including a prosthetic section and a fabric section is provided, with the prosthetic section being connected to the commissure posts and defining leaflets therebetween, and the fabric section being attached to the annular base. In a second embodiment, an expandable heart valve includes an annular tissue-engaging base and a subassembly having an elastic wireform and a plurality of leaflets connected thereto. The annular base and subassembly are separately stored and connected just prior to delivery to the host annulus. Preferably, the leaflet subassembly is stored in its relaxed configuration to avoid deformation of the leaflets. The expandable heart valves may be implanted using a balloon catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Stefan Schreck
  • Patent number: 6749630
    Abstract: An annuloplasty ring having a three-dimensional discontinuous form generally arranged about an axis with two free ends that are axially offset. The ring is particularly suited for repair of the tricuspid valve, and more closely conforms to the annulus shape. The ring is more flexible in bending about radially extending axes than about the central axis. A deliver template having a mounting ring with about the same shape as the ring facilitates implant, and may be releasably attached to a delivery handle. The deliver template may include a plurality of cutting guides for releasably attaching the annuloplasty ring thereto while presenting maximum outer surface area of the ring. The template may have an outwardly-facing groove to receive and retain the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick M. McCarthy, Richard S. Rhee, Stefan G. Schreck
  • Patent number: 6736845
    Abstract: A holder for a highly flexible tissue-type heart valve is disclosed that maintains an implant shape to the valve. The holder may have cusp and commissure contacting supports, and may be attached at all six such supports, or only three. The holder may be flexible to permit inward flexing of the heart valve during implant for greater visibility when implanting using a running suture method. The holder may be formed of flexible wires such as Nitinol, and shaped to resist excessive axial and torsional deformation of the valve. A short handle connector suitable for manual grasping may be attached and stored with the valve, with the handle connector having a coupling for receiving a longer delivery handle. A two stage holder may be utilized to accommodate different implant methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Salvador Marquez, Claudio Argento, Richard S. Rhee
  • Patent number: 6733525
    Abstract: Expandable heart valves for minimally invasive valve replacement surgeries are disclosed. The valves are rolled into a first, contracted configuration for minimally invasive delivery and then unrolled or unfurled at the implantation site. One- and two-piece stents may be used in conjunction with a plurality of flexible leaflet-forming membranes. The one-piece stents may include an annulus anchoring section, a sinus section with the membranes attached over sinus apertures, and a rigid outflow section. The two-piece stent may include a primary stent to provide a tubular base at the annulus, and a secondary stent having the membranes that couples within the primary stent. Lockout tabs to secure the stents in their expanded shapes are provided. Also, alignment structure may be provided to ensure concentric unfurling. Anchoring barbs at the stent edges or in the stent body secure the valve within the annulus. Methods of implantation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Jibin Yang, Matthew L. Pease, Brandon G. Walsh
  • Patent number: 6732739
    Abstract: A minimally invasive approach for surgery on portions of the heart and great vessels. A parasternal incision is made extending across a predetermined number of costal cartilages, e.g., a right parasternal incision extending from the lower edge of the second costal cartilage to the superior edge of the fifth costal cartilage. One or more costal cartilages, e.g., the third and fourth, are then excised to provide access to the portion of the heart or great vessels of interest, for example between a point approximately three centimeters above supra annular ridge and the mid ventricular cavity, and a desired procedure completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventor: Delos M. Cosgrove
  • Patent number: 6726716
    Abstract: The resilient self molding annuloplasty ring which may be enlarged prior to implantation to facilitate implantation within a dilated or otherwise incompetent valve annulus having sufficient contractive force to render a valve competent. The self molding annuloplasty ring of the invention may further comprise integral attachment devices to aid in the implantation process. The invention further discloses an illustrative method of implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Salvador Marquez
  • Patent number: 6702852
    Abstract: An improved holder, system and method for implanting a tissue-type prosthetic heart mitral valve that constricts the commissure posts of the valve and allows the user to detach the handle of the holder prior to withdrawing the holder itself. The ability to remove the handle allows a surgeon greater access to suturing the prosthetic valve to the mitral annulus. The holder may include two relatively movable plates, one of which attaches to the valve sewing on the inflow end of the valve ring and the other which attaches via sutures to the valve commissures on the outflow end. Separation of the plates places the sutures in tension and constricts the commissures. An adjusting member or adapter is interposed between the handle and holder to enable separation of the two plates and removal of the handle. The adjusting member or adapter may be packaged with the valve and holder combination, or may be sold as a separate unit, possibly with the handle, so that prior art holders can be retrofit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Stobie, Jerry L. Jackman, Cuong Ton-That, C. Roger Ekholm, Steve Newborg
  • Patent number: 6632189
    Abstract: A device for supporting and displaying interrelated medical components, such as cardiopulmonary bypass circuit components. The device includes a rigid or flexible chassis having openings therein for receiving the components. A plurality of retainers, such as straps, hooks, or tabs, are provided adjacent the openings for releasably securing the components therein. The chassis may be formed of a thin, flexible polymer sheet having tabs cut therein and adapted to be bent out of the plane of the sheet for securely retaining the various components. The pre-arrangement of the components in close proximity greatly simplifies the task of setting up a particular medical circuit, and reduces the potential for error. For cardiopulmonary bypass circuits, the support device enables the tubing lengths to be reduced, thus reducing the prime volume of the circuit. The chassis is provided with apertures for mounting on rods in the operating room, which rods may extend from the operating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Fallen, Stuart G. Long, Alphonse Martinet