Patents Assigned to Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
  • Patent number: 6702781
    Abstract: A stiffenable balloon catheter assembly capable of being converted from an “over-the-wire” mode with respect to a guidewire extending therethrough to a “rapid-exchange” mode with respect to a guidewire extending therethrough, and vice versa. The catheter has a plurality of lumens, one lumen however, having a side opening with an obstructable galp, the orientation of which, determines the utilization “mode” of the catheter assembly. Stiffening stylets may be adjustably locked into the lumens, depending upon the “mode”, to control the stiffness of the catheter assembly during its utilization within a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaus Reifart, Erik Andersen, John E. Abele, Sandra G. Tartaglino, Timothy W. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 6387122
    Abstract: An intraluminal stent and graft includes a stent made of a continuous helix of zig-zag wire and loops which connect adjacent apices of the wire. The stent is compressible and self-expandable substantially to a pre-compressed configuration. The device also includes a graft secured to the stent and made of a suitable biocompatible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew H. Cragg
  • Patent number: 6302906
    Abstract: An introducer for delivering into the vasculature a straight or bifurcated stent or prosthesis; a method for delivering into the vasculature a straight or bifurcated stent or prosthesis; a method of treating and angeological disease using a bifurcated stent; an endoluminal stent having perpendicular hoop members, each hoop member formed of wire in a sinuous configuration, at least some of juxtaposed apices in neighboring hoops being secured to one another, such stents also forming axially aligned segments in straight stents, and segments of bifurcated stents in particular embodiments. Certain embodiments of such stents also include barbs, fabric covering and radiopaque markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: George Goicoechea, Claude Mialhe, John Hudson, Andrew H. Cragg, Michael D. Dake
  • Patent number: 6280388
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer having an acoustic backing layer made of an aerogel material is disclosed. The ultrasound transducer comprises an acoustic element for transmitting and receiving ultrasound waves. An aerogel acoustic backing layer is bonded to the back side of the acoustic element. A matching layer may be attached to the front side of the acoustic element. The ultrasound transducer may be electrically connected using electrodes directly connected to the acoustic element. Alternatively, the aerogel acoustic backing may be coated with a metalized layer or doped so that it is electrically conductive. Then, the electrodes may be connected directly to the aerogel acoustic backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Koger, Isaac Ostrovsky
  • Patent number: 6174328
    Abstract: An intraluminal stent and graft includes a stent made of a continuous helix of zig-zag wire and loops which connect adjacent apices of the wire. The stent is compressible and self-expandable substantially to a pre-compressed configuration. The device also includes a graft secured to the stent and made of a suitable biocompatible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew H. Cragg
  • Patent number: 6165213
    Abstract: A system is provided for assembling an endoluminal prosthesis within a body lumen and for indicating the rotational orientation of a segment of the endoluminal prosthesis during insertion thereof into the body lumen. The system includes prosthesis segments configured for engagement to one another to form the endoluminal prosthesis in the body lumen. The system also includes radiographic indicia defined on at least one of the prosthesis segments and having different radiopacity from the prosthesis segment, wherein the composite radiographic image of the radiographic indicia varies with the rotational orientation of the prosthesis segment in the body lumen. The rotational orientation of the prosthesis segment in the body lumen is indicated by the radiographic image for optional adjustment of the rotational orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: George Goicoechea, John Hudson, Claude Mialhe
  • Patent number: 6117167
    Abstract: A stent joining means is provided for joining a first endoluminal stent to a second endoluminal stent to define a continuous lumen through the first and second endoluminal stents. The stent joining means includes two transversely spaced female portions on the first endoluminal stent. The stent joining means also includes a male engaging portion of the second endoluminal stent. The male engaging portion is configured to be entered into one of the female portions in a radially compressed state and thereafter expanded in the female portion such that an outer surface of the male engaging portion and an inner surface of the female portion are interengaged to resist longitudinal movement to prevent separation of the first and second endoluminal stents in service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: George Goicoechea, John Hudson, Claude Mialhe, Andrew H. Cragg, Michael D. Dake
  • Patent number: 6077216
    Abstract: The surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence is disclosed. The disclosed methods include: 1) a technique of probe passage to avoid injuring the bladder and to provide a more accurate and reproducible capture of the pubocervical fascia lateral to the bladder neck and urethra, 2) anchor fixation of the suspending sutures to the pubic bone to decrease the risk of suture pull through from above and to decrease post-operative pain and 3) a simple and reproducible technique to set a limited tension of the suspending sutures. A description of these methods and results of procedures with some of these methods are disclosed. Novel drill guides, suture passers, suture tensioners, and various related tools and devices for use in the surgical method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore V. Benderev, Neil H. Naves, Mark J. Legome
  • Patent number: 6056688
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tissue staple and staple applier for use in suspending tissue from an internal support structure. The present invention also relates to a transvaginal method of suspending a bladder neck from an internal support structure, such as the pubic bone, using the tissue staple and staple applier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore V. Benderev, Neil H. Naves, Mark J. Legome
  • Patent number: 6051020
    Abstract: An introducer for delivering into the vasculature a straight or bifurcated stent or prosthesis; a method for delivering into the vasculature a straight or bifurcated stent or prosthesis; a method of treating and angeological disease using a bifurcated stent; an endoluminal stent having perpendicular hoop members, each hoop member formed of wire in a sinuous configuration, at least some of juxtaposed apices in neighboring hoops being secured to one another, such stents also forming axially aligned segments in straight stents, and segments of bifurcated stents in particular embodiments. Certain embodiments of such stents also include barbs, fabric covering and radiopaque markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: George Goicoechea, Claude Mialhe, John Hudson, Andrew H. Cragg, Michael D. Dake
  • Patent number: 6010530
    Abstract: An endovascular prosthesis formed of a support member with or without a continuous skin totally encapsulating the support member. The skin can include drugs or other leaching agents, or radiopaque material. A portion of the prosthesis can be tapered to fit within a tapered artery. The prosthesis is particularly adapted for use in small caliber arteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: George Goicoechea
  • Patent number: 6001104
    Abstract: The surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence is disclosed. The disclosed methods include: 1) a technique of probe passage to avoid injuring the bladder and to provide a more accurate and reproducible capture of the pubocervical fascia lateral to the bladder neck and urethra, 2) anchor fixation of the suspending sutures to the pubic bone to decrease the risk of suture pull through from above and to decrease post-operative pain and 3) a simple and reproducible technique to set a limited tension of the suspending sutures. A description of these methods and results of procedures with some of these methods are disclosed. Novel drill guides, suture passers, suture tensioners, and various related tools and devices for use in the surgical method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore V. Benderev, Neil H. Naves, Mark J. Legome
  • Patent number: 5984871
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer having an extended focus for enabling an ultrasound imaging catheter to image features at a distance from the transducer with a high resolution and a high penetration depth. The ultrasound transducer is configured such that the acoustic path-length from the periphery of the transducer is increased relative to the acoustic path-length from the center of the transducer thereby increasing the transition length and focal length of the transducer. The ultrasound transducer may include an acoustic element having a convex surface on a side which transmits and receives ultrasound waves. An acoustic backing material may be attached to the acoustic element opposite the side where ultrasound waves are transmitted and received, and an acoustic matching layer may be provided on the convex surface of the acoustic element. The acoustic matching layer may have a substantially uniform thickness such that it also has a convex outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Harm TenHoff, James D. Koger
  • Patent number: 5938696
    Abstract: An introducer for delivering into the vasculature a straight or bifurcated stent or prosthesis; a method for delivering into the vasculature a straight or bifurcated stent or prosthesis; a method of treating and angeological disease using a bifurcated stent; an endoluminal stent having perpendicular hoop members, each hoop member formed of wire in a sinuous configuration, at least some of juxtaposed apices in neighboring hoops being secured to one another, such stents also forming axially aligned segments in straight stents, and segments of bifurcated stents in particular embodiments. Certain embodiments of such stents also include barbs, fabric covering and radiopaque markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: George Goicoechea, John Hudson, Claude Mialhe
  • Patent number: 5938686
    Abstract: A bone anchor implantation device is positioned over a bone, and a bone anchor is installed in a bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore V. Benderev, Neil H. Naves, Mark J. Legome, Sheila Wallin
  • Patent number: 5916263
    Abstract: An introducer for delivering into the vasculature a straight or bifurcated stent or prosthesis; a method for delivering into the vasculature a straight or bifurcated stent or prosthesis; a method of treating and angeological disease using a bifurcated stent; an endoluminal stent having perpendicular hoop members, each hoop member formed of wire in a sinuous configuration, at least some of juxtaposed apices in neighboring hoops being secured to one another, such stents also forming axially aligned segments in straight stents, and segments of bifurcated stents in particular embodiments. Certain embodiments of such stents also include barbs, fabric covering and radiopaque markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: George Goicoechea, John Hudson, Claude Mialhe, Andrew H. Cragg, Michael D. Dake
  • Patent number: 5860425
    Abstract: The surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence is disclosed. The disclosed methods include: 1) a technique of probe passage to avoid injuring the bladder and to provide a more accurate and reproducible capture of the pubocervical fascia lateral to the bladder neck and urethra, 2) anchor fixation of the suspending sutures to the pubic bone to decrease the risk of suture pull through from above and to decrease post-operative pain and 3) a simple and reproducible technique to set a limited tension of the suspending sutures. A description of these methods and results of procedures with some of these methods are disclosed. Novel drill guides, suture passers, suture tensioners, and various related tools and devices for use in the surgical method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore V. Benderev, Neil H. Naves, Mark J. Legome
  • Patent number: 5842478
    Abstract: The surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence is described. The methods include: 1) a technique of probe passage to avoid injuring the bladder and to provide a more accurate and reproducible capture of the pubocervical fascia lateral to the bladder neck and urethra, 2) anchor fixation of the suspending sutures to the pubic bone to decrease the risk of suture pull through from above and to decrease post-operative pain and 3) a simple and reproducible technique to set a limited tension of the suspending sutures. A description of these methods and results of procedures with some of these methods are provided. Novel drill guides, suture passers, suture tensioners, and various related tools and devices for use in the surgical method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore V. Benderev, Neil H. Naves, Mark J. Legome
  • Patent number: 5842994
    Abstract: A multi-function intraluminal ultrasound catheter assembly includes an axially disposed lumen having at least a first portion with a flat inner wall forming a "D-shaped" cross-section. An acoustic imaging window having a circular cross-section is connected to a distal end of the catheter assembly, wherein the cross-sectional dimension of the D-shaped portion of the lumen that extends from the flat inner wall is less that the available inner diameter of the imaging window. A flexible drive-shaft extends through the lumen and is connected to a transducer housing disposed in the acoustic imaging window area, the transducer housing having a substantially "D-shaped" outer perimeter, wherein the drive-shaft and connected transducer housing may thereby be retracted from the catheter assembly by first rotating the transducer housing until its D-shaped outer perimeter is substantially oriented with the D-shaped cross-section of the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Harm TenHoff, Isaac Ostrovsky, James D. Koger
  • Patent number: 5836315
    Abstract: The surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence is described. The methods include: 1) a technique of probe passage to avoid injuring the bladder and to provide a more accurate and reproducible capture of the pubocervical fascia lateral to the bladder neck and urethra, 2) anchor fixation of the suspending sutures to the pubic bone to decrease the risk of suture pull through from above and to decrease post-operative pain and 3) a simple and reproducible technique to set a limited tension of the suspending sutures. A description of these methods and results of procedures with some of these methods are included. Novel drill guides, suture passers, suture tensioners, and various related tools and devices for use in the surgical method are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore V. Benderev, Neil H. Naves, Mark J. Legome