Patents Assigned to Spiration, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20190357961
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include an apparatus, a system and a method for shunting current between first and second electrodes to temporarily reduce current applied through first and second electrodes. In a nonlimiting embodiment, an illustrative apparatus includes first and second electrode couplings configured to electrically engage proximal ends of the first and second electrodes, respectively, the first and second electrodes each having a distal end configured to conduct electrical current generated by a switchable current source therebetween and through an electrically conductive target. A current inrush regulator is configured to temporarily shunt at least a portion of the electrical current generated by the switchable current source to temporarily reduce the electrical current passing between the distal ends of the first and second electrodes through the electrically conductive target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc. d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: Brandon J. SHUMAN
  • Publication number: 20190343529
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for facilitating anastomosis between bodily passages. In an illustrative embodiment, an eversion mechanism is configured to engage a first external surface of a receiving passage adjacent a first opening in the receiving passage in order to create a receiving flange presenting a first interior face. A donor support mechanism is configured to support a donor passage with an opening in an end in an everted position that forms a donor flange presenting a second interior face. The donor support mechanism is further configured to present the second interior face of the donor flange against the first interior face of the receiving flange to present a passage juncture. A suturing mechanism is configured to motivate a filament through a helical path around the passage juncture to suture the second interior face of the donor passage to the first interior face of the receiving passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Adam Lee Smith, Clifton A. Alferness, Gina M. Muia-Longman, Clinton L. Finger
  • Publication number: 20190343527
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for facilitating surgical anastomosis between bodily passages. In an illustrative embodiment, an eversion mechanism is configured to partially evert a distal portion of an opening of a receiving passage and further configured to leave a proximal portion of the opening of the receiving passage in a non-everted position. A donor support mechanism is configured to partially evert a distal portion of an opening at an end of a donor passage and further configured to leave a first proximal portion of the end of the donor passage in a non-everted position. The donor support mechanism is further configured to form a passage juncture at the end of the donor passage and the opening of the receiving passage. A suturing mechanism is configured to motivate a filament through a generally helical path around the passage juncture to suture the donor passage to the receiving passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Adam Lee Smith, Clifton A. Alferness, Gina M. Muia-Longman, Clinton L. Finger, David R. Seward
  • Publication number: 20190328362
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a wire assembly having echogenic features, an electrosurgical device, a system for treating tissue, a method for treating tissue, and a method for fabricating a wire assembly having echogenic features. In an illustrative, non-limiting embodiment, a wire assembly includes: a wire having a finite length and an exterior surface, at least a portion of the wire having at least one depression defined in the exterior surface; and tubing disposed in an airtight manner over the exterior surface of the at least a portion of the wire having the at least one depression defined in the exterior surface, the tubing and the at least one depression forming an air pocket therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc. d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: Peter A. LAMBE
  • Patent number: 10441254
    Abstract: An apparatus, comprising: a biopsy needle having a distal end and a proximal end, all or a portion of the biopsy needle being movable between a collapsed state and an expanded state; a sheath having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the biopsy needle in the collapsed state is contained within the sheath, and in the expanded state at least the distal end of the biopsy needle extends from the distal end of the sheath; wherein the biopsy needle is provided with two or more sleeves, which at least partially overlap in the collapsed configuration and which cylindrically expand to provide an increased radius, relative to a radius in the collapsed state, for sampling in the expanded configuration, and wherein a cross section of the distal end of the biopsy needle in the expanded state is a substantially circular cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SPIRATION, INC
    Inventors: Brandon J. Shuman, David H. Dillard
  • Patent number: 10441289
    Abstract: A valve (2) comprising: (a) membrane (50) and (b) a frame (10) in communication with the membrane so that the frame expands the membrane, the frame including: (i) a rod (4), (ii) a plurality of struts (12) connected to the rod at a distal end and extending generally radially outward as the struts extend away from the distal end and towards a proximal end; (iii) a plurality of anchors (30) that are in direct communication with the struts between the distal end and the proximal end, each of the plurality of anchors extending through an exit location (52) in the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SPIRATION, INC.
    Inventor: Erik Liljegren
  • Publication number: 20190290106
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for providing a sheath tip with an angled distal face to conform the sheath to a surface of tissue toward which the sheath is being extended to potentially help reduce or avoid tissue damage upon extending a sheath to convey an elongated instrument for sampling or treatment. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes a sheath tip configured to be positioned at an end of a sheath that is extendable toward a tissue at an angle to a surface of the tissue. The sheath tip has a distal end that is angled such that a periphery of the sheath tip at the distal end is configured to generally conform to the surface of the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: Christopher R. Ralph
  • Publication number: 20190290105
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for providing an atraumatic sheath tip. Various disclosed embodiments seek to help reduce or avoid unnecessary tissue damage upon a sheath being extended to convey an elongated instrument for sampling or treatment. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes a deformable sheath tip configured to be positioned at a distal end of a sheath. The sheath defines therein a lumen configured to convey an elongated instrument. The sheath tip has a base end disposable at the distal end of the sheath and a contact end. The sheath tip has a first column strength along an axis of the sheath tip that is less than a second column strength of the sheath and a first degree of deformability that is greater than a second degree of deformability of the sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Christopher R. Ralph, Jean-Martin Baillargeon, Jason T. Panzenbeck, Taylor N. Tyson, Nathan J. Dale, Sujeeth Parthiban, Anthony H. Siuda
  • Publication number: 20190290107
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for providing a sheath tip with an angled distal face to conform the sheath to a surface of tissue toward which the sheath is being extended to potentially help reduce or avoid tissue damage upon extending a sheath to convey an elongated instrument for sampling or treatment. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes a sheath tip positionable at an end of a sheath configured to convey an elongated medical instrument to a location adjacent a detection range of a detecting device. The sheath tip includes a distal member that extends a finite distance beyond the end of the sheath. The distal member is detectable by the detecting device when the end of the sheath is within the finite distance of the detection range of the detecting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: Christopher R. Ralph
  • Publication number: 20190290312
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for cutting an opening in a tissue wall. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes an inner cutting member having a first cylindrical body supporting at least one first cutting surface at a distal end. The first cutting surface faces a first rotational direction relative to an axis of the first cylindrical body and has a first cutting edge at an outer periphery of the first cylindrical body. The apparatus also includes an outer cutting member having a second cylindrical body concentrically disposed around the first cylindrical body and supporting at least one second cutting surface at the distal end. The second cutting surface faces a second rotational direction relative to the axis and has a second cutting edge at an inner periphery of the second cylindrical body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: David A. Herrin
  • Publication number: 20190290300
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses, systems, and methods for vaporizing a conductive fluid at or adjacent a reference point. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus includes a primary electrode extending to a first distal end positionable adjacent to a reference point and having a first proximal end selectively couplable with a first pole of a power source. The primary electrode defines a lumen therein and defines at least one opening to the lumen within a distal range adjacent the first distal end. A secondary electrode extends through the lumen of the primary electrode and has a second distal end extending into the distal range and a second proximal end selectively couplable with a second pole of the power source. The secondary electrode is electrically insulated from the primary electrode except within the distal range, where a conductive fluid is receivable within the distal range so as to be in electrical contact with the primary electrode and the secondary electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Brandon J. Shuman, Peter A. Lambe
  • Publication number: 20190290313
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include apparatuses and systems for controlling an apparatus for cutting an opening in a tissue wall. In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus for controlling a counter-rotatable cutting apparatus includes a first radial actuator configured to engage a first drive shaft. A second radial actuator is configured to engage a second drive shaft, the second drive shaft being coaxially disposed with the first drive shaft. A housing supports the first radial actuator and the second radial actuator and permits the first drive shaft and the second drive shaft to extend therethrough, the first drive shaft and the second drive shaft being relatively counter-rotatable responsive to rotation of at least one of the first radial actuator and the second radial actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventor: David A. Herrin
  • Publication number: 20190282217
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include catheter assemblies, systems for sampling a targeted region of tissue, and methods of sampling a targeted region of tissue. In an illustrative, non-limiting embodiment, a catheter assembly includes: a catheter defining a lumen therein, a wall of the catheter defining an opening therein at a distal end of the catheter; and a curved flexible needle disposable in the lumen and being extendable from the opening at the distal end of the catheter at an angle that diverges from an axis of the lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Madeline C. Graham, Matthew E. Nickeson
  • Publication number: 20190282218
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include catheter assemblies, systems for sampling a targeted region of tissue, and methods of sampling a targeted region of tissue. In an illustrative, non-limiting embodiment, a catheter assembly includes: a catheter defining a lumen therein, a wall of the catheter defining an opening therein at a distal end of the catheter; a flexible needle disposable in the lumen; and an offset mechanism configured to urge the needle to extend from the opening at the distal end of the catheter at an angle that diverges from an axis of the lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Jason T. Panzenbeck, Matthew E. Nickeson
  • Publication number: 20190275260
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include flexible tube assemblies, flexible needle assemblies, systems, methods of fabricating a flexible tube, and methods of fabricating a flexible needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Spiration, Inc., d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America
    Inventors: Christopher R. Ralph, Jean-Martin Baillargeon, Jason T. Panzenbeck
  • Patent number: 10383679
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument includes a needle configured as a first electrode and a coil extending through the needle and configured as a second electrode. The coil is movable relative to the needle, and as the coil is deployed it attains a coiled configuration and a twisted configuration. After the needle and the coil are inserted into tissue and energized with an electrical energy source, the needle and the coil apply current to the tissue to coagulate the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Spiration Inc.
    Inventor: Peter A. Lambe
  • Patent number: 10350383
    Abstract: A device including a catheter (14) and a medical instrument (12). The catheter includes an inner portion (16) and one or more unlocking features (18). The medical instrument includes one or more locking features (24). When the medical instrument is in the inner portion of the catheter, the one or more unlocking features engage the one or more locking features so that the medical instrument can bend in the catheter. When the medical instrument is outside the catheter, the one or more unlocking features disengage from the one or more locking features so that the medical instrument is restricted from bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Spiration, INC.
    Inventor: Brandon Shuman
  • Patent number: 10342522
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a device is configured to be compressed and inserted into the distal end of an endoscope. The delivery device can be configured to deliver the delivery catheter to the site of one or more fistulas in the wall of a body cavity or lumen within a patient. The delivery catheter is configured to deliver the device to the site of the one or more fistulas. The device is configured to expand at the site of the one or more fistulas and substantially seal the fistula in one or more directions. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the device is coated with and/or constructed of biocompatible material. In some configurations, the device is configured to be implanted for an extended period of time or even permanently. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the device is constructed of biodegradable, dissolvable and/or bioabsorbable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugo Xavier Gonzalez, William A. Sirokman, Brandon Shuman, Richard Shea, David Dillard
  • Patent number: 10307243
    Abstract: A valve comprising: (a) a rod, (b) a plurality of struts in communication with the rod and extending generally radially outward away from the rod in a deployed state, the plurality of struts including at least: (i) a plurality of first struts that extend radially outward from the rod a first distance, and (ii) a plurality of second struts that extend radially outward a second distance from the rod, wherein the second distance is less than the first distance; and (c) one or more membranes that are in communication with the first struts, the second struts, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SPIRATION, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Liljegren, Clinton L. Finger, Alexis Jensen
  • Patent number: 10258376
    Abstract: A tool for manipulating a foreign body (e.g., a deployed medical device) can include an operative portion. The operative portion can be used to move the foreign body in the proximal and/or distal directions with respect to the removal/repositioning tool and/or the tissue surrounding the foreign body. In some embodiments, the tool can include a compressing portion that can be used to compress the foreign body as the foreign body is pulled by the operative portion in the proximal direction. The tool can further include a sleeve that can be used to transition the operative portion and/or compressing portion between an opened configuration and a closed configuration. In some embodiments, the tool can be used in conjunction with an endoscope to navigate the tool to the site of a foreign body within the body of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Spiration, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Dillard, Clinton L. Finger, Erik Liljegren, Desmond O'Connell, Richard O. Shea, William A. Sirokman