Patents Assigned to AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10327880
    Abstract: An inflated implant, such as an attenuation device, previously implanted in a urinary bladder can later be removed according to a number of different methods. Preferably, removal is accomplished transurethrally. In one embodiment, removal is accomplished by reducing the inflated implant from an enlarged profile to a reduced profile so that it may be withdrawn transurethrally by a removal system. The removal system can be configured differently depending upon whether reduction from the enlarged profile to the reduced profile is accomplished by deflation, compression, and/or other ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Connors, William L. Pintauro, Sheila K. Wallin, John T. Kilcoyne, Hung H. Cao, Khoi M. Nguyen, Matthew T. Yurek
  • Patent number: 9801658
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a patient using an inflatable device. A removal device may be used to remove the inflatable device from the body. The removal device can have at least one manually-actuatable member and at least two opposing jaws at a distal end. At least one of the at least two jaws can be movable by actuation of the at least one manually-actuatable member. At least one of the at least two jaws can have a puncturing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Connors, Ryan J. Cahill
  • Patent number: 9615911
    Abstract: An implant delivery system can be used to deliver an implant into a body. The implant delivery system can include an inflation tube and a tubular member surrounding the inflation tube. The inflation tube can be used to provide an inflation medium to the implant. The tubular member can have a distal tip and an opening spaced from the tip to allow the implant to be released through the opening into an anatomical structure within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Connors, Hung Cao
  • Patent number: 9498195
    Abstract: An implant for use in a human or animal body can include a flexible housing with an outer wall and having a chamber therein. The implant can have at least one high vapor pressure medium within the chamber. The at least one high vapor pressure medium can have a combined vapor pressure equal to or greater than about the average value of the hydrostatic pressure of the implantation site plus the skin tension of the housing minus the gas tension of the dissolved gasses present at the implantation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest G. Schutt, Kevin G. Connors, John Gillespie, Jr., Peter Dayton
  • Patent number: 9044209
    Abstract: An inflated implant within an anatomical structure, such as the bladder, may require removal. A method of removing an inflated implant from an anatomical structure can include any of a number of different steps. A removal device can be placed within the anatomical structure. The implant is located within the anatomical structure. After it is located, the implant can be engaged by arms of the removal device. A portion of a surface of the implant can be compromised such that an inflation substance within the implant can escape. The inflation substance can be removed out of the implant through a deflation tube in at least one of the arms used to engage the implant. The implant can then be removed from the anatomical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Dayton, John Gillespie, Jr., Kevin G. Connors
  • Patent number: 8992412
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a patient using an inflatable device. A removal device may be used to remove the inflatable device from the body. The removal device can have at least one manually-actuatable member and at least two opposing jaws at a distal end. At least one of the at least two jaws can be movable by actuation of the at least one manually-actuatable member. At least one of the at least two jaws can have a puncturing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Cahill, John Gillespie, Jr., Peter Dayton, Kevin G. Connors
  • Patent number: 8961392
    Abstract: An implant delivery system can be used to deliver an implant into a body. The implant delivery system can include an inflation tube and a tubular member surrounding the inflation tube. The inflation tube can be used to provide an inflation medium to the implant. The tubular member can have a distal tip and an opening spaced from the tip to allow the implant to be released through the opening into an anatomical structure within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Cao, Kevin G. Connors
  • Patent number: 8894563
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a patient using a compressible, pressure-attenuating device. According to one embodiment, the system is used to treat urinary tract disorders and comprises an access device, a delivery device, a pressure-attenuating device, and a removal device. The access device may be used to create a passageway to an anatomical structure, such as the patient's bladder. The delivery device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to deliver the pressure-attenuating device to the anatomical structure. The removal device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to view the bladder and/or to capture, to deflate and to remove the pressure-attenuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Connors, Ryan J. Cahill, Peter Dayton, John Gillespie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8882653
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a patient using a compressible, pressure-attenuating device. According to one embodiment, the system is used to treat urinary tract disorders and can include one or more of an access device, a delivery device, a pressure-attenuating device, and a removal device. The access device may be used to create a passageway to an anatomical structure, such as the patient's bladder. The delivery device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to deliver the pressure-attenuating device to the anatomical structure. The removal device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to view the bladder and/or to capture, to deflate and to remove the pressure-attenuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Gillespie, Jr., Ryan J. Cahill, Kevin G. Connors, Peter Dayton, Carla Wiese
  • Patent number: 8864649
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a patient using a compressible, pressure-attenuating device. According to one embodiment, the system is used to treat urinary tract disorders and can include one or more of an access device, a delivery device, a pressure-attenuating device, and a removal device. The access device may be used to create a passageway to an anatomical structure, such as the patient's bladder. The delivery device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to deliver the pressure-attenuating device to the anatomical structure. The removal device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to view the bladder and/or to capture, to deflate and to remove the pressure-attenuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Cahill, Kevin G. Connors
  • Patent number: 8858460
    Abstract: Measurement of a patient's leak point pressure in the bladder can be taken by a processor in communication with a pressure catheter in the bladder. When leakage occurs pressure data points can be recorded. In some embodiments, the peak pressure can be determined based on pressure data points measured during a set time just before receiving a clinician input indicative that leakage has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Connors, William L. Pintauro, Sheila K. Wallin, John T. Kilcoyne, Hung H. Cao, Khoi M. Nguyen, Matthew T. Yurek
  • Publication number: 20140236208
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a patient using an inflatable device. A removal device may be used to remove the inflatable device from the body. The removal device can have at least one manually-actuatable member and at least two opposing jaws at a distal end. At least one of the at least two jaws can be movable by actuation of the at least one manually-actuatable member. At least one of the at least two jaws can have a puncturing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: ATTENUEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Cahill, John Gillespie, JR., Peter Dayton, Kevin G. Connors
  • Publication number: 20140221732
    Abstract: An inflated implant within an anatomical structure, such as the bladder, may require removal. A method of removing an inflated implant from an anatomical structure can include any of a number of different steps. A removal device can be placed within the anatomical structure. The implant is located within the anatomical structure. After it is located, the implant can be engaged by arms of the removal device. A portion of a surface of the implant can be compromised such that an inflation substance within the implant can escape. The inflation substance can be removed out of the implant through a deflation tube in at least one of the arms used to engage the implant. The implant can then be removed from the anatomical structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: ATTENUEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Dayton, John Gillespie, JR., Kevin G. Connors
  • Patent number: 8721520
    Abstract: An implant delivery system can be configured to deliver an inflatable implant into a bladder via a urethra. The delivery system can comprise an elongate tubular body, an inflation tube and an implant decoupler. The tubular body can comprise a central lumen configured to hold an inflatable implant in an initial un-inflated state for delivery of the implant into the bladder. A method of use can include passing a distal tip of the elongate tubular body into the bladder. The implant can be inflated and released into the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheila Caira, John Gillespie, Jr., Peter Dayton, Kevin G. Connors
  • Publication number: 20140081076
    Abstract: An implant delivery system can be configured to deliver an inflatable implant into a bladder via a urethra. The delivery system can comprise an elongate tubular body, an inflation tube and an implant decoupler. The tubular body can comprise a central lumen configured to hold an inflatable implant in an initial un-inflated state for delivery of the implant into the bladder. A method of use can include passing a distal tip of the elongate tubular body into the bladder. The implant can be inflated and released into the bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ATTENUEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ernest G. Schutt, Kevin G. Connors, John Gillespie, JR., Peter Dayton
  • Publication number: 20140046123
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a patient using a compressible, pressure-attenuating device. According to one embodiment, the system is used to treat urinary tract disorders and comprises an access device, a delivery device, a pressure-attenuating device, and a removal device. The access device may be used to create a passageway to an anatomical structure, such as the patient's bladder. The delivery device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to deliver the pressure-attenuating device to the anatomical structure. The removal device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to view the bladder and/or to capture, to deflate and to remove the pressure-attenuating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: ATTENUEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: ATTENUEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
  • Publication number: 20140046125
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a patient using a compressible, pressure-attenuating device. According to one embodiment, the system is used to treat urinary tract disorders and can include one or more of an access device, a delivery device, a pressure-attenuating device, and a removal device. The access device may be used to create a passageway to an anatomical structure, such as the patient's bladder. The delivery device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to deliver the pressure-attenuating device to the anatomical structure. The removal device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to view the bladder and/or to capture, to deflate and to remove the pressure-attenuating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: ATTENUEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Gillespie, JR., Ryan J. Cahill, Kevin G. Connors, Peter Dayton, Carla Wiese
  • Publication number: 20140046124
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a patient using a compressible, pressure-attenuating device. According to one embodiment, the system is used to treat urinary tract disorders and can include one or more of an access device, a delivery device, a pressure-attenuating device, and a removal device. The access device may be used to create a passageway to an anatomical structure, such as the patient's bladder. The delivery device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to deliver the pressure-attenuating device to the anatomical structure. The removal device may be inserted through the passageway created by the access device and may be used to view the bladder and/or to capture, to deflate and to remove the pressure-attenuating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: ATTENUEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Cahill, Kevin G. Connors
  • Patent number: 8574146
    Abstract: An implant for use in a human or animal body can include a flexible housing with an outer wall and having a chamber therein. The implant can have at least one high vapor pressure medium within the chamber. The at one high vapor pressure medium can have a combined vapor pressure equal to or greater than about the average value of the hydrostatic pressure of the implantation site plus the skin tension of the housing minus the gas tension of the dissolved gasses present at the implantation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Gillespie, Jr., Kevin G. Connors, Ernest G. Schutt, Peter Dayton
  • Patent number: 8298132
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of treating a patient with benign hypertrophy of the prostate, comprising providing a compressible attenuation device that is moveable from a first, introduction configuration to a second, implanted configuration and attenuating a pressure change within the bladder by reversibly changing the volume of the attenuation device in response to the pressure change. In one embodiment, the attenuation device is advanced percutaneously into the bladder. In another embodiment, the attenuation device is positioned within the bladder to inhibit a decrease in compliance of the bladder wall as a consequence of the benign hypertrophy of the prostate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Connors, William L. Pintauro, Sheila K. Wallin, John T. Kilcoyne, Hung H. Cao, Khoi M. Nguyen, Mathew T. Yurek