Patents Examined by John P. Lacyk
  • Patent number: 7819794
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating electromagnetic fields for healing. A device preferably includes a microcontroller and associated memory, a wire coil in electrical communication with a driving circuit that is controlled by the microcontroller in accordance with a program stored in the associated memory, wherein the driving circuit is effective to produce a pulsed DC output having a frequency in the range of about 0-45 Hz, more preferably in the range of 0.5-14.1 Hz and most preferably around 9.6 Hz. A user interface is provided for selecting one of a plurality of modes of operation and a port (e.g., a USB port) is provided to allow the program stored in the associated memory to be modified by way of a computer, memory card or the Internet. In another embodiment, the apparatus takes the form of a medallion that can be worn around a user's neck or strategically placed on a user's body or embedded in other user hardware such as a combat or racing helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Paul F. Becker
  • Patent number: 7815562
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to surgically implantable supportive slings. More specifically, in various embodiments, the invention is directed to systems, devices and methods relating to a surgically implantable supportive sling having an adjustable shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael S. H. Chu
  • Patent number: 7810504
    Abstract: A computer assisted surgery system includes a display for visual rendering of surgical data, a processor for receiving a control signal and performing operations associated with the control signal and for controlling the surgical data rendered by the display, and a wearable input device in communication with the processor. The wearable input device in one embodiment includes a mounting surface on a first side of the input device for mounting to a body portion of a user and a sensor assembly located on the side of the input device opposite the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: DePuy Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose F. Guzman
  • Patent number: 7803103
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for intraocular brachytherapy are disclosed in which a cannula is introduced into the eye for delivery of radiation to a target tissue. Techniques for properly locating the cannula with respect to the target tissue, for protecting non-target tissue, for regulating heat generated by x-ray emitters, and for combining therapies are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: NeoVista Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A Hillstead, Charles E. Larsen, Roelof Trip, Cory S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7794385
    Abstract: Using a sling that includes a central portion and at least two arms extending from the central portion, a method of treating anal incontinence may include positioning the central portion posteriorly to the rectum and/or anus of a subject, and extending each arm of the sling to a respective obturator region. Using a sling having the same or similar structure, a method of treating pelvic organ prolapse may include positioning the central portion beneath the ano-rectum of a subject, and extending each arm of the sling to a respective thigh incision near the obturator region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventor: Peter L. Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 7789821
    Abstract: The present invention provides a surgical implant and method for supporting the urethra, the implant comprising a suburethral support suspended between two soft tissue anchors that do not penetrate the lower abdominal wall and are attached at either side of the sururethral support. The soft tissue anchors retain each anchor in soft tissue, suspending each side of the suburethrasl support. The suburethral support passes under the urethra to support the urethra. The implant has uses including treating urinary incontinence and uterovasginal prolapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Gyne Ideas Ltd.
    Inventor: James Browning
  • Patent number: 7785249
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method and apparatus for relieving stress using biofeedback techniques. In embodiments, the method and system are used according to a specified regimen to enable a user to achieve a relaxed state. The apparatus comprises a sensor 10 wirelessly connected to a CPU 20, which processes signals from the sensor 10 to produce a visual display 36 and/or auditory display 44 that is representative of the relaxation state of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Theta Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Schachter, John Rose
  • Patent number: 7785248
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for treating a heart of a patient may make use of one or more implant structures which limit a size of a chamber of the heart, such as by deploying a tensile member to bring a wall of the heart toward (optionally into contact with) a septum of the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: BioVentrix (a CHF Technologies Company)
    Inventors: Lon S. Annest, Arthur A. Bertolero, Sing-Fatt Chin, David K. Swanson
  • Patent number: 7780590
    Abstract: An implanted fluid access port locator system for adjustable gastric bands. The system may include an access port having an RFID tag with its antenna adjacent to the receiving portion of the port. An external locator with radio frequency transmitter/receiver circuitry sends read or interrogation signals to the RFID tag and may send write signals to the tag to write treatment data to memory of the RFID tag. The locator may include an antenna array with four patch antenna arranged in pairs to model two monopulse radar antenna systems. The locator also includes processor(s) and logic modules/circuitry for processing the tag response signals received by the antenna array to determine location information for the RFID tag and associated port, i.e., to identify the center of the port relative to the antennae array or array face such as with strength and direction information relative to the array face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Janel A. Birk, Donald Weihrich
  • Patent number: 7780591
    Abstract: The invention refers to a surgical method to correct penis curvature, as well as a method to determine the location of the main incision line, method to determine the geometrical distribution and size of forked ends of the main incision line and a method to determine dimensions of a defect, being all methods geometrical and auxiliary to a surgical intervention to correct penis curvature. Furthermore, the invention also refers to an auxiliary device for the surgery to correct penis curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Paulo H. Egydio
  • Patent number: 7775965
    Abstract: A tissue graft is disclosed that includes a decellularized umbilical vessel having a luminal surface and an ablumenal surface, wherein the decellularized umbilical vessel is prepared by an automated dissection process. The decellularized umbilical vessel has not been substantially cross-linked. In one method of use, the decellularized umbilical vessel is capable of having at least one cell type seeded at least a portion of at least one of the luminal and ablumenal surfaces thereof. A process of preparing the tissue graft, methods of using the tissue graft, and kits which contain the tissue graft are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma
    Inventor: Peter S. McFetridge
  • Patent number: 7775966
    Abstract: An implantable restriction device is configured to provide a restriction in a patient as a function of the pressure of fluid. The implantable restriction device includes one or more pressure sensors configured to sense pressure of the fluid within the implantable restriction device. Pressure data obtained by the one or more pressure sensors may be communicated to a device located external to the patient, which may process the pressure data, and may further provide a display to a user including information relating to the processed pressure data. Where the implantable restriction device comprises an adjustable gastric band, the one or more pressure sensors may be located in any number of the following locations: an injection port, an interface between the injection port and a catheter, in a catheter, in-line with a catheter, adjacent to a catheter, in a gastric band, in a gastric band buckle, or elsewhere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Dlugos, William L. Hassler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7775215
    Abstract: A sense head comprises a plurality of coils and a needle window. The sense head is operable to receive RF signals communicated from a needle target such as an injection port located within a patient. A user interface is configured to visually display an indication to a user relating to the positioning and orientation of the sense head relative to the needle target. The positioning and orientation may be determined based on RF signals received by the coils in the sense head. With the sense head positioned based on information provided through the visual display, the user may insert a needle through the needle window to reach the needle target. The sense head may also receive communications relating to the pressure of fluid in an implanted device. The user interface may further display information relating to the fluid pressure in the implanted device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Hassler, Jr., Daniel F. Dlugos, Lauren S. Weaner, Russell L. Holscher, Annie L. Ferreri
  • Patent number: 7775967
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods to sense parameters associated with restriction procedures and/or devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, the parameters are sensed directly from the region of the procedure and/or device and in other embodiments, associated neural pathways are sensed. Methods for further optimization of the obesity treatment regimens are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Gertner
  • Patent number: 7775964
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an implanted microphone having reduced sensitivity to vibration. In this regard, the microphone differentiates between the desirable and undesirable vibration by utilizing at least one motion sensor to produce a motion signal when an implanted microphone is in motion. This motion signal is used to yield a microphone output signal that is less vibration sensitive. In a first arrangement, the motion signal may be processed with an output of the implantable microphone transducer to provide an audio signal that is less vibration-sensitive than the microphone output alone. Specifically, the motion signal may be scaled to match the motion component of the microphone output such that upon removal of the motion signal from the microphone output, the remaining signal is an acoustic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Otologics LLC
    Inventor: Scott Allan Miller, III
  • Patent number: 7771341
    Abstract: This invention pertains to apparatus methodology formulated to perform electromagnetic brain animation (EBA) for the purpose of partial or complete alleviation of specific mental impairments relating categorically to infant, early childhood, and adolescent target populations. EBA expressly refers to an original system and mechanized manner for determining and redirecting particular areas of the brain found to suffer from endemic and/or environmental injury. Electromagnetic brain animation is an enhanced initiative for positive influence on brain region neuron activity with the impetus to habilitate, rehabilitate and/or redirect dysfunctional cellular structure in direct correlation with greater pliability of evolving nervous systems in conjunction with superior biological plasticity due to specified group cluster. The EBA technical inclination, evolution and fruition of “animation” are specifically related to safety and success with early developing brains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: William Thomas Rogers
  • Patent number: 7771347
    Abstract: A method for forming a valve-like mechanism in a body of a mammal having an esophagus extending through a lower esophageal sphincter to a stomach and formed by a wall having a muscle layer and a mucosal layer. The method comprises the step of forming at least one implant in the muscle layer of the wall in the vicinity of the lower esophageal sphincter. The at least one implant inhibits opening of esophagus at the lower esophageal sphincter and causes the mucosal layer to appose in the vicinity of the implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Silverman, Alan Stein
  • Patent number: 7771344
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for minimizing involuntary urination in females adapted for being inserted into the vagina comprising both a pressure providing member and an anchoring member to prevent slippage of the device in the vagina. The invention further concerns a system comprising the device as well as an applicator for inserting the device to the vagina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: ConTIPI Ltd.
    Inventor: Elan Ziv
  • Patent number: 7771346
    Abstract: An implantable medical device and method for adjustably restricting a selected body lumen such as a urethra or ureter of a patient to treat urinary incontinence or ureteral reflux. The device includes an adjustable element and a tubular elongate body, where the adjustable element includes a chamber and the tubular elongate body includes at least a first interior passageway which extends longitudinally in the tubular elongate body from a first opening at the proximal end to a second opening in fluid communication with the chamber. Fluid volume passed through the first passageway is used for adjustably expanding or contracting the adjustable element. The implantable medical device further includes a sheath and a sleeve, where the sheath includes a wall having an inner surface which defines a channel through which at least a portion of the implantable device and the sleeve can pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Uromedica, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Burton, Richard A. Noddin, Dale L. Schreiner, Timothy C. Cook
  • Patent number: 7766817
    Abstract: An organ manipulator including at least one suction member or adhesive disc mounted to a joint providing freedom of movement of the at least one suction member or adhesive disk relative to its support. A method for retracting and suspending an organ in a retracted position using suction (or adhesive force) so that the organ is free to move normally (e.g., to beat or undergo other limited-amplitude motion) in at least the vertical direction during both steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Maquet Cardiovascular LLC
    Inventors: Steven Peng, Larry Voss, David E. Hancock, Grace A. Carlson, John W. Davis, Albert K. Chin, Jaime S. Vargas