Patents Represented by Attorney Jose? W. Jimenez
  • Patent number: 7828715
    Abstract: A method for treating anal incontinence is provided, in which a support member is implanted in a tissue pathway extending from a first location posterior to and adjacent the anus, through the perineum anterior to the anus and terminating at a location posterior to and adjacent the anus opposite the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventor: Maxwell E. Haverfield
  • Patent number: 7811222
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating pelvic organ prolapse in a patent is provided. The apparatus includes a support portion having first and second ends. A first elongated end portion is connected to the first end of the support portion. The first elongated end portion includes a first dilator configured to attach securely with a tip of a needle. A second elongated end portion is connected to the second end of the support portion. The second elongated end portion includes a second dilator configured to attach securely with a tip of a needle. The first and second needles include a straight portion, a tip, a first radius, and a second radius distinct from the first radius. The first radius and the second radius are disposed between the straight portion and the tip. A method and kit for the treatment is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Kimberly A. Anderson, James E. Cox
  • Patent number: 7811223
    Abstract: Described are implants, tools, and related methods, for use in pelvic surgery to treat conditions such as prolapse and incontinence, including one embodiment of a method that uses a transcoccyx tissue path; other embodiments that use particular implants with various features relating to, e.g., end portions; and other embodiments relating to particular tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Marc A. Hodroff, James E. Cox, Kimberly A. Anderson, Mark S. Bouchier
  • Patent number: 7771443
    Abstract: A surgical tool including an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end, first and second sets of tissue approximating structures having deployed and retracted positions relative to the elongated body, an actuating mechanism at the proximal end of the elongated body for independently deploying and retracting each of the first and second sets of tissue approximating structures, and a drainage lumen extending from a drainage aperture at the distal end of the elongated body to the proximal end. The tool further includes a main balloon adjacent to the distal end of the elongated body, wherein the first set of tissue approximating structures has a different configuration than the second set of tissue approximating structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent G. Copa, Kory P. Hamel, Suranjan Roychowdhury, Robert L. Rykhus
  • Patent number: 7762942
    Abstract: An implantable article and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The biocompatible device includes a sling assembly configured to be minimally invasive and provide sufficient support to the target site. In addition, the configuration of the sling assembly also allows the position of the sling to be permanently changed during and/or after implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Johann J. Neisz, John W. Westrum, Jr., Christopher H. Porter
  • Patent number: 7753839
    Abstract: The present invention provides a urethral prosthesis including a first and a second arm that join to form a junction, and a stem that is also joined to the junction. The junction is adapted to exert sufficient pressure on a portion of a patient's urethra to prevent unintentional voiding of the patient's bladder. However, upon exerting a tension force on the stem, the pressure exerted by the junction is reduced such that the patient's bladder may be intentionally voided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Siegel, Kevin R. Arnal, Robert E. Lund, Kimberly A. Anderson, Brian P. Watschke
  • Patent number: 7740576
    Abstract: Described are implants, tools, and related methods, for use in pelvic surgery to treat conditions such as prolapse and incontinence, including one embodiment of a method that uses a transcoccyx tissue path; other embodiments that use particular implants with various features relating to, e.g., end portions; and other embodiments relating to particular tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Marc A. Hodroff, James E. Cox, Kimberly A. Anderson, Mark S. Bouchier
  • Patent number: 7722528
    Abstract: Described are surgical implants, tools, systems, and related methods, useful for implantation of surgical implants, such as those used to treat pelvic conditions including but not limited to incontinence; an implant may features such as a stiffened non-flat form; a suture running; a system may include a surgical implant as described and an installation tool; methods may include a method of preparing a surgical implant and a method of implanting a urethral sling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin R. Arnal, Sidney F. Hauschild, Robert E. Lund, Suranjan Roychowdhury, David W. Vancelette
  • Patent number: 7722527
    Abstract: The invention relates to implantable surgical articles, particularly those useful for pelvic health, and related methods of making and using the articles, wherein the implantable articles include a rivet to attach materials together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Bouchier, Robert E. Lund, James A. Gohman
  • Patent number: 7717928
    Abstract: A surgical tool which comprises an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end, first and second sets of tissue approximating structures having deployed and retracted positions relative to the elongated body, an actuating mechanism extending from the proximal end of the elongated body for independently deploying and retracting each of the first and second sets of tissue approximating structures, a drainage lumen extending from a drainage aperture at the distal end of the elongated body to the proximal end, a main balloon adjacent to the distal end of the elongated body, and a strap connector extending from the elongated body that is connectable with a stabilization strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent G. Copa, Kory P. Hamel, Sidney F. Hauschild, Suranjan Roychowdhury, Robert L. Rykhus
  • Patent number: 7717845
    Abstract: A fluid reservoir for a penile implant device that includes a body portion having a sleeve from which a tube may extend. The body portion includes support structure positioned at an interior surface of the body portion near an orifice of the reservoir, which orifice leads to a fluid passage of the tube. The support structure may comprise a plurality of protrusions that are arranged around the orifice and that extend from a base portion of the body portion. The invention also relates to a method of manufacturing a fluid reservoir for a penile implant device, which includes positioning a tube in a mold and injection molding a reservoir body onto the tube. More particularly, the method may include providing a mold, positioning a tube in the mold, injecting material into the mold, curing the material, and opening the mold to remove the reservoir body and tube assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Stephanie A. George, Jon D. Albrecht, Robert L. Rykhus, Randy L. Morningstar
  • Patent number: 7699535
    Abstract: A ferrule and method are presented that fuses optical fibers, capillaries and the like to ferrules while reducing deformation of the fused component and the ferrule and minimizing stresses within the assembly. Reduced deformation and stress is accomplished by providing high contact angles in a symmetrical, short section of fusion in fusing the component carried by the ferrule to the ferrule. It is particularly applicable to hermetic terminations of polymer clad fiber optics where irregular glass fusion joints cause irregular light leakage at the fiber launch but benefits are significant when used for other fiber and capillary architectures as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: InnovaQuartz Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen E. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7686760
    Abstract: Surgical articles, implants and components suitable for a transobturator surgical procedure are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Kimberly A. Anderson, Brian P. Watschke, Georges Mellier, Johann J. Neisz
  • Patent number: 7681518
    Abstract: A method of depositing a coating to a surface of an inflatable component by providing a vacuum chamber system having an inner chamber positioned within an outer chamber. At least one coating material is introduced into at least one of the inner and outer chambers to deposit a coating onto an exposed surface of the component. This invention also provides methods of masking portions of surfaces of an inflatable component to prevent a coating from being deposited on the masked portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Charles C. Kuyava, John W. Westrum, Jr., Gary J. Nachreiner, Mona J. Inman
  • Patent number: 7647113
    Abstract: In a method of implanting an electrode of an electronic stimulator device into an external urinary sphincter of a male patient, a first incision is made in the perineum of the patient between the anus and the scrotal-perineal junction. A distal end of a stimulation lead is then fed through the first incision, through the perineal membrane and into the external urinary sphincter. The distal end includes the electrode. In one embodiment of the method, a second incision is made in the abdomen of the patient. In one embodiment, the second incision is made lateral to and cephalad to the pubis bone of the patient. Next, a proximal end of the stimulation lead is fed from the first incision to the second incision. In one embodiment, the proximal end of the stimulation lead is coupled to a control unit of the electronic stimulator device. Electrical signals are generated using the control unit and the electrical signals are delivered to the external urinary sphincter through the stimulation lead and the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Alan G. Wirbisky, Andrew P. VanDeWeghe
  • Patent number: 7637861
    Abstract: Pumps for use with inflatable implantable penile prostheses in accordance with the invention include features that can provide for free fluid flow during inflation and deflation modes of the pump. Pumps may also include a bypass chamber that is fluidly connected to the fluid passageway by a bypass input channel and a bypass output channel. The bypass chamber comprises a bypass check valve biased toward a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Charles C. Kuyava, Gary A. Rocheleau, Greg J. Henkel
  • Patent number: 7620289
    Abstract: A medical laser unit having a spring-loaded coupler cover for protecting a fiber optic coupler from damage when an optical fiber is not coupled to the laser unit. When an optical fiber is attached to the fiber optic coupler, a cam arrangement on the spring-loaded coupler cover minimizes the force applied to the optical fiber by the spring-loaded coupler. The spring-loaded coupler cover includes a hinge assembly mounted above the fiber optic coupler such that the spring-loaded coupler is rotatably positionable between closed and open positions relative to the fiber optic coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventor: Lowell D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 7615059
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for suturing soft tissue is disclosed. The surgical instrument is capable of probing tissue, and preferably provides tactile feedback concerning the condition of the tissue. The instrument can then be used to pass and retrieve a suture without the need for an additional suture retrieval tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Watschke, Robert E. Lund, S. Robert Kovac, John W. Westrum, Jr., Johann J. Neisz, Timothy A. Bachman, Gary A. Rocheleau, Robert S. Runman
  • Patent number: 7613516
    Abstract: A device (20) for treating a medical condition is provided, and a surgical procedure for implanting the device is disclosed. The device (20) includes a sensor (44), which is adapted to generate a signal responsive to a state of a patient, and at least one electrode (27), which is adapted to be coupled to a pelvic site of the patient. A control unit (22) is adapted to receive the signal, to analyze the signal so as to distinguish between an imminent stress incontinence event and an imminent urge event, and, responsive to analyzing the signal, to apply an electrical waveform to the at least one electrode (27). In various configurations, the device (20) may be used alternatively or additionally to treat fecal incontinence, interstitial cystitis, chronic pelvic pain, or urine retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Ehud Cohen, Yossi Gross, Israel Nissenkorn
  • Patent number: D607936
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventor: Richard C. Kaleta