Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Michael J. Jaro
  • Patent number: 7212867
    Abstract: A directional brain stimulation lead assembly provides a lead body and an insulating member defining one or more windows that selectively expose portions of electrodes carried by the lead body to produce a directional stimulation current field. The lead assembly can achieve more effective localization of electrical stimulation to very small brain targets, and thereby reduce the incidence of material side effects caused by collateral stimulation of brain tissue adjoining a desired brain target. In addition, the directional lead can sense brain activity on a more localized basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Van Venrooij, Frans H. Gielen, Keith R. Mullett, Victor Duysens, Dan Gruia
  • Patent number: 6482214
    Abstract: An intravascular device is provided. The device comprises a sealing member, the member including a mesh material and a gripping element operatively attached to the sealing member, the gripping element operatively adapted to allow a user to position the sealing member to seal a blood vessel. Methods of using the device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Sidor, Jr., Carolyn Bocheff, John D. Hall, Gregory Marini, Jack Goodman
  • Patent number: 6471644
    Abstract: An endoscopic stabilization device is provided. The device includes first and second support elements positioned opposite each other, a plurality of linkages, each linkage including a first end portion attached to the first support element and a second end portion attached to the second support element; and a cable operatively attached to the linkages at a first end to allow a user to pull a second end of the cable to move the first support element in a direction away from the second support element. Methods of using the device to stabilize and immobilize components in the body are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Sidor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6464629
    Abstract: The invention is a method and apparatus for performing beating heart surgery, in which a single articulating arm supports multiple suction pods. Once the suction pods are applied to the heart surface, tightening a cable fixes the arm in place. Then, the suction pods may be spread apart from each other to tighten the surface of the cardiac tissue lying between the suction pods. In one embodiment, fixation of the arm as well as the spreading apart of the suction pods may occur concurrently or almost concurrently through the tensioning of a single cable. Additional embodiments of the method, system and its components are shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Boone, Jack Goodman, John D. Hall, William G. O'Neill, Vincent J. Testa, Eric Vroegop, Cornelius Borst, Hendricus J. Mansvelt-Beck, Paul F. Gründeman
  • Patent number: 6464630
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue. In particular, the present invention provides a method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of heart tissue to thereby permit surgery on a coronary vessel in that area without significant deterioration of the pumping function of the beating heart. The local area of heart tissue is immobilized to a degree sufficient to permit minimally invasive or micro-surgery on that area of the heart. The present invention features a suction device to accomplish the immobilization. The suction device is coupled to a source of negative pressure. The suction device has a series of suction ports on one surface. Suction through the device causes suction to be maintained at the ports. The device further is shaped to conform to the surface of the heart. Thus, when the device is placed on the surface of the heart and suction is created, the suction through the ports engages the surface of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cornelius Borst, Hendricus J. Mansvelt Beck, Paul F. Gründeman, Erik W. L. Jansen
  • Patent number: 6443952
    Abstract: An electrosurgery medical device is enhanced with unique solution-assistance, and comprises, in combination, co-operating device jaws including jaw portions for manipulating tissue, and a plurality of solution infusion openings defined and spaced along each of the jaw portions, for receiving electrolytic solution and infusing the solution onto and into tissue to be manipulated, along said jaw portions. As preferred, the device further comprises at least one, and most preferably, many, longitudinal groove(s) along at least one and most preferably, both, of the jaw portions, with the solution infusion openings located in the groove or grooves. The solution is energized with RF energy and contributes to the functions and beneficial effects of the instrument. The solution exits the openings in the grooves at sufficient flow rates to separate substantially all the operative surfaces of the device from tissue, thereby substantially completely preventing adherence between the operative surfaces and tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. J. Mulier, Michael F. Hoey
  • Patent number: 6440130
    Abstract: An electrosurgery medical device is enhanced with unique solution-assistance, and comprises, in combination, co-operating device jaws including jaw portions for manipulating tissue, and a plurality of solution infusion openings defined and spaced along each of the jaw portions, for receiving electrolytic solution and infusing the solution onto and into tissue to be manipulated, along said jaw portions. As preferred, the device further comprises at least one, and most preferably, many, longitudinal groove(s) along at least one and most preferably, both, of the jaw portions, with the solution infusion openings located in the groove or grooves. The solution is energized with RF energy and contributes to the functions and beneficial effects of the instrument. The solution exits the openings in the grooves at sufficient flow rates to separate substantially all the operative surfaces of the device from tissue, thereby substantially completely preventing adherence between the operative surfaces and tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. J. Mulier, Michael F. Hoey
  • Patent number: 6406421
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for continually monitoring the occurrence of contraction during stimulation of skeletal muscle which is employed in a cardiac assist-type system. During delivery of a periodic burst, or train of stimulus pulses, the impedance of the muscle between the electrodes through which the pulses are delivered is monitored, and evaluated to determine whether or not stimulation has been achieved. In a particular embodiment, the impedance and impedance derivative values are accumulated throughout the burst, and assessed to determine whether the impedance change corresponded to a full muscle contraction. In the event of failure to stimulate the muscle to contraction, the system can automatically adjust the pulse output parameters to achieve reliable contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Andre Grandjean, David E. Francischelli, Kendra K. Gealow, Robert Leinders, Martinus A. G. M. Bakx, Koen J. Weijand
  • Patent number: 6394948
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue. In particular, the present invention provides a method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of heart tissue to thereby permit surgery on a coronary vessel in that area without significant deterioration of the pumping function of the beating heart. The local area of heart tissue is immobilized to a degree sufficient to permit minimally invasive or micro-surgery on that area of the heart. The present invention features a suction device to accomplish the immobilization. The suction device is coupled to a source of negative pressure. The suction device has a series of suction ports on one surface. Suction through the device causes suction to be maintained at the ports. The device further is shaped to conform to the surface of the heart. Thus, when the device is placed on the surface of the heart and suction is created, the suction through the ports engages the surface of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cornelius Borst, Hendricus J. Mansvelt Beck, Paul F. Gründeman, Erik W. L. Jansen
  • Patent number: 6371906
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue. In particular, the present invention provides a method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of heart tissue to thereby permit surgery on a coronary vessel in that area without significant deterioration of the pumping function of the beating heart. The local area of heart tissue is immobilized to a degree sufficient to permit minimally invasive or micro-surgery on that area of the heart. The present invention features a suction device to accomplish the immobilization. The suction device is coupled to a source of negative pressure. The suction device has a series of suction ports on one surface. Suction through the device causes suction to be maintained at the ports. The device further is shaped to conform to the surface of the heart. Thus, when the device is placed on the surface of the heart and suction is created, the suction through the ports engages the surface of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cornelius Borst, Hendricus J. Mansvelt Beck, Paul F. Gr{overscore (u)}ndeman, Erik W. L. Jansen
  • Patent number: 6370431
    Abstract: There is provided a pacemaker system which includes intervention for overdriving the patient's natural heart rate in the event of a sensed incipient ventricular arrhythmia condition, and particularly torsades de pointes. The pacemaker continually acquires QT signals and analyzes them for respective properties, updating statistical information relating to the properties. In a preferred embodiment, the pacemaker analyzes QT interval, QT dispersion, time derivative of the QT interval, and/or T-wave amplitude and determines an intervention for pacing therapy based upon changes to these properties. The pacemaker also monitors premature ventricular beats and generates data representative of such occurrences, which data is used alone or in combination with QT data in determining whether intervention is indicated, for adjusting the intervention pacing rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustaaf A. P. Stoop, Geeske Van Oort, Christianus J. J. E. Van Groeningen, Bernhard A. P. De Vries
  • Patent number: 6364826
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue. In particular, the present invention provides a method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of heart tissue to thereby permit surgery on a coronary vessel in that area without significant deterioration of the pumping function of the beating heart. The local area of heart tissue is immobilized to a degree sufficient to permit minimally invasive or micro-surgery on that area of the heart. The present invention features a suction device to accomplish the immobilization. The suction device is coupled to a source of negative pressure. The suction device has a series of suction ports on one surface. Suction through the device causes suction to be maintained at the ports. The device further is shaped to conform to the surface of the heart. Thus, when the device is placed on the surface of the heart and suction is created, the suction through the ports engages the surface of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, inc.
    Inventors: Cornelius Borst, Hendricus J. Mansvelt Beck, Paul F. Gründeman, Erik W. L. Jansen
  • Patent number: 6358248
    Abstract: An electrocautery device is disclosed. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the electrocautery electrode/tip is provided with a hollow, conductive tube terminating at its distal end in a ball point type tip. Fluid, preferably conductive fluid, is applied to the proximal end of the hollow electrode/tip, and expelled from the distal end thereof during electrocautery. The ball point distal tip allows the distal tip to be directly applied to the tissue and “rolled” or slid along the tissue. This allows the distal tip to be moved across the tissue without dragging or snagging on the tissue. In addition, the conductive fluid expelled from the distal tip further lubricates the distal tip as it moves across the tissue. If conductive fluid is used, the conductive fluid emanating from the electrode/tip conducts the RF electrocautery energy away from the distal tip so that it is primarily the fluid, rather than the distal tip that actually accomplishes the cauterizing of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. J. Mulier, Michael F. Hoey
  • Patent number: 6356789
    Abstract: Described is a data processing unit for the telemetric adjustment of an implant and for telemetric communication between the implant and a data device. The data device comprises a control unit for processing the data entered, a memory unit for saving the data supplied, an entry unit for entry of data, a display unit for display of data, a telemetry unit for transfer of data to the implant or vice versa; and at least one reading device to read and/or write on a first and second data carrier, whereby, on the first data carrier, one can store the status data transferred to the implant, and, on the second data carrier, the administrative data pertaining to the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Josef Hinssen, Heinz Michael Zollner
  • Patent number: 6350229
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue. In particular, the present invention provides a method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of heart tissue to thereby permit surgery on a coronary vessel in that area without significant deterioration of the pumping function of the beating heart. The local area of heart tissue is immobilized to a degree sufficient to permit minimally invasive or micro-surgery on that area of the heart. The present invention features a suction device to accomplish the immobilization. The suction device is coupled to a source of negative pressure. The suction device has a series of suction ports on one surface. Suction through the device causes suction to be maintained at the ports. The device further is shaped to conform to the surface of the heart. Thus, when the device is placed on the surface of the heart and suction is created, the suction through the ports engages the surface of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cornelius Borst, Hendricus J. Mansvelt Beck, Paul F. Gründeman, Erik W. L. Jansen
  • Patent number: 6336898
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue. In particular, the present invention provides a method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of heart tissue to thereby permit surgery on a coronary vessel in that area without significant deterioration of the pumping function of the beating heart. The local area of heart tissue is immobilized to a degree sufficient to permit minimally invasive or micro-surgery on that area of the heart. The present invention features a suction device to accomplish the immobilization. The suction device is coupled to a source of negative pressure. The suction device has a series of suction ports on one surface. Suction through the device causes suction to be maintained at the ports. The device further is shaped to conform to the surface of the heart. Thus, when the device is placed on the surface of the heart and suction is created, the suction through the ports engages the surface of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cornelius Borst, Hendricus J. Mansvelt Beck, Paul F. Grundeman, Erik W. L. Jansen
  • Patent number: 6334843
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue. In particular, the present invention provides a method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of heart tissue to thereby permit surgery on a coronary vessel in that area without significant deterioration of the pumping function of the beating heart. The local area of heart tissue is immobilized to a degree sufficient to permit minimally invasive or micro-surgery on that area of the heart. The present invention features a suction device to accomplish the immobilization. The suction device is coupled to a source of negative pressure. The suction device has a series of suction ports on one surface. Suction through the device causes suction to be maintained at the ports. The device further is shaped to conform to the surface of the heart. Thus, when the device is placed on the surface of the heart and suction is created, the suction through the ports engages the surface of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cornelius Borst, Hendricus J. Mansvelt Beck, Paul F. Gründeman, Erik W. L. Jansen
  • Patent number: 6330475
    Abstract: There is provided an implanted system and method for delivering subsonic mechanical waves to one or more selected patient areas, said areas including the patient's heart and/or lungs. The mechanical waves are delivered for the purpose of treating fibrillation or like arrhythmias, for enhancing lung gas exchange, enhancing cardiac muscle fiber relaxation, and enhancing coronary perfusion. Mechanical waves are generated in a frequency range of about 1,100,000 Hz, and preferably 1-50,000 Hz. The waves may be delivered continuously for short or long time periods, or may be controlled in timing either with respect to detected portions of a patient's heartbeat signal or in response to a detected event such as fibrillation. In one preferred embodiment, the implantable system includes a defibrillation shock generator and control for responding to a defibrillation event by first delivering a sequence of mechanical waves and then delivering an electrical defibrillation shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Medtronic Inc.
    Inventors: Alexis C Renirie, Vincent Schouten, Koen Weijand
  • Patent number: 6328688
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue. In particular, the present invention provides a method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of heart tissue to thereby permit surgery on a coronary vessel in that area without significant deterioration of the pumping function of the beating heart. The local area of heart tissue is immobilized to a degree sufficient to permit minimally invasive or micro-surgery on that area of the heart. The present invention features a suction device to accomplish the immobilization. The suction device is coupled to a source of negative pressure. The suction device has a series of suction ports on one surface. Suction through the device causes suction to be maintained at the ports. The device further is shaped to conform to the surface of the heart. Thus, when the device is placed on the surface of the heart and suction is created, the suction through the ports engages the surface of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cornelius Borst, Hendricus J. Mansvelt Beck, Paul F. Gründeman, Erik W. L. Jansen
  • Patent number: 6329929
    Abstract: There is provided a telemetry system with a receiver which enables detection of pulsed high frequency data (hf) signals in a manner which suppresses noise which may be present within the high frequency bandwidth. The transmitter carrier, which may be subject to some instability, is encoded at a symbol rate which is generated at a lower frequency than the hf, but which is reliably stable. The receiver detects the phase of each received hf pulse, and generates a phase-locked signal which is synchronized to the transmitter symbol signal. The phase-locked signal in turn is used to demodulate the received pulsed signals. In a specific DSP embodiment, the phase-lock loop has a numerically controlled oscillator which has a center frequency which corresponds to the aliased phase difference between the hf carrier phase and the phase of each pulse, thereby obtaining a signal which carries information as to the exact symbol rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Medtronic Inc.
    Inventors: Koen J. Weijand, Richard Houben