Patents Examined by Michael Thaler
  • Patent number: 7387639
    Abstract: A stent delivery catheter comprises a catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a guidewire lumen extending from the distal end to at least part way between the proximal end and the distal end. A balloon is disposed over the catheter body near the distal end, and a stent is positioned over the balloon. The stent has a proximal end, a distal end, and a side opening between the proximal end and the distal end. A side sheath is coupled to the catheter body and has a proximal end, a distal end, and a guidewire lumen extending between the proximal end and the distal end. The proximal end of the side sheath is located between the proximal end of the catheter body and the balloon, and the side sheath exits out of the side opening of the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Stent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Bourang, Udayan G. Patel, Gil M. Vardi, Sepehr Fariabi, Eric Williams, Javier Sagastegui, Charles Davidson
  • Patent number: 7384426
    Abstract: A stent and stent catheter for intra-cranial use. The stent is a rolled sheet stent and is releasably mounted on the distal tip of the catheter by means of a non-sliding retention and release mechanism. The non-sliding release mechanism is operated remotely at the proximal end of the catheter by means of a linear translator. The stent is rolled tightly on the distal tip of the catheter and flexibility of the tightly rolled stent is promoted by ribbed or slatted construction (or, alternatively, slotted construction) in which the various layers of the stent are provided with numerous slats which counter align when the stent is expanded to form an imperforate wall from a plurality of perforate layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Micro Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: George Wallace, Jay Lenker, Thomas J. Berryman, Robert R. Greene, Rodney Brenneman
  • Patent number: 7351245
    Abstract: An apparatus for sucking out an object stuck in a person's throat, comprising hollow first and second bellows elements each having an orifice with a one-way valve and an exit valve, a tube structure comprising first and second legs having free distal ends outside the first and second bellows element respectively and proximal ends extending into at least the respective orifices, the first leg and the second leg joined at their respective free distal ends to form a double hose having a pliable sealing structure integral thereto at a distal end to seal the trachea and esophagus, and a handle element connected to a top portion of the first and second bellows elements to contract the first and second bellows elements. When the handle is released a sucking of air through the tube structure occurs and the first and second bellows elements expand back to their original size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventors: Bernice Joy Rozinsky, Saul D. Rozinsky
  • Patent number: 7347865
    Abstract: Ear duct cleaning device, comprising a flexible tubular member, equipped at one end with an inflatable element and at its opposite end with means of supplying a fluid at a certain pressure, wherein said inflatable element, being coupled to means of controlling the inflation so that said inflatable element assumes, once inflated, a shape such that its radial extension with respect to the axis of said tubular element is considerably greater than that along the same axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Inventor: Corrado Di Cecco
  • Patent number: 7346385
    Abstract: A method for determining the best entry point for a percutaneous procedure, such as with a biopsy needle, comprises selecting first and second arbitrary entry points on a patient; determining the three dimensional (3-D) orientation of the needle at the first arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the primary target; determining the 3-D orientation of the needle at the first arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the secondary target; determining the 3-D dimensional orientation of the needle at the second arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the primary target; determining the 3-D orientation of the needle at the second arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the secondary target; determining a 3-D line representing the intersection of a first plane containing the first arbitrary entry point, the primary target point, and the secondary target point, and a second plane containing the second arbitrary entry point, the primary target, and the secondary target point, whereb
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Corporate Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedicte Bascle, Nassir Navab, Bernhard Geiger
  • Patent number: 7335165
    Abstract: There is described method and apparatus for taking a biopsy wherein the apparatus is formed of a biocompatible cylindrical member with an outer wall and a hollow core, the cylindrical member having a longitudinal axis. An opening in the outer wall of the member is provided and a cutting device cuts tissue entering the opening as it travels along the opening. Cut tissue is treated with a coagulating agent or member so that the coagulation occurs concurrently or just after the tissue is cut wherein the coagulation occurs at a trailing edge of the opening as it travels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Charles L. Truwit, Randal Nelson
  • Patent number: 7331987
    Abstract: An expandable stent is implanted in a body lumen, such as a coronary artery, peripheral artery, or other body lumen for treating an area of vulnerable plaque. The invention provides for an intravascular stent having a plurality of cylindrical rings connected by straight links. Alternatively, the cylindrical rings of the distal section and the cylindrical rings of the proximal section are connected directly to adjacent cylindrical rings. The stent has adequate vessel wall coverage and radial strength sufficient to hold open an artery or other body lumen. A central section is positioned between distal and proximal sections and is aligned with the area of vulnerable plaque to enhance growth of cells over the fibrous cap of the vulnerable plaque to reinforce the area and reduce the likelihood of rupture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel L. Cox
  • Patent number: 7331981
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for sealing access openings into blood vessels using an expandable member in the blood vessel on a control member that extends out through the access opening and an applicator which inserts a preformed sealing material into the access opening over the control member to keep the control member and expandable member centered in the access opening and withdrawing the collapsed expandable member back through the sealing material after the access opening is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: CCH Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher U. Cates, William D. Knopf, Douglass G. Whitney
  • Patent number: 7329268
    Abstract: Disclosed is an expandable percutaneous sheath, for introduction into the body while in a first, low cross-sectional area configuration, and subsequent expansion to a second, enlarged cross-sectional configuration. The sheath is maintained in the first, low cross-sectional configuration by a removable tubular restraint. In one application, the sheath is utilized to introduce a formed in place orthopedic fixation rod such as for use in spinal fixation procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Thanh Van Nguyen, George P. Teitelbaum, To V. Pham, Samuel M. Shaolian
  • Patent number: 7326242
    Abstract: An expandable stent for percutaneous procedures comprises a tubular structure disposed about a longitudinal axis and a plurality of fingers. The plurality of fingers, upon expansion of the stent, extends from the tubular structure about a second longitudinal axis which is angularly offset from the first longitudinal axis. At least one of the plurality of fingers has a length that is greater than that of the other fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Tracee Eidenschink
  • Patent number: 7326224
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of embolic protection and, more particularly, to systems for locking a shaft relative to a hub assembly. In addition, a method for securing a shaft relative to a hub assembly is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Houde, Colin P. Hart, Mark H. Van Diver, Thomas Deyette, Jr., Scott A. Diamond
  • Patent number: 7326244
    Abstract: A bifurcated or straight intravascular folded tubular member is deliverable percutaneously or by small cutdown to the site of a vascular lesion. Its inserted state has a smaller nondeployed diameter and a shorter nondeployed length. The intravascular tubular member has a folded tubular section that is unfolded following insertion into the blood vessel. The length of the intravascular folded tubular member is sized in situ to the length of the vessel lesion without error associated with diagnostic estimation of lesion length. The folded tubular member is self-expandable or balloon-expandable to a larger deployed diameter following delivery to the lesion site. An attachment anchor can be positioned at the inlet or outlet ends of the intravascular folded tubular member to prevent leakage between the tubular member and the native vessel lumen and to prevent migration of the tubular member. The attachment anchor has a short axial length to provide a more focal line of attachment to the vessel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventors: William J. Drasler, Joseph M. Thielen
  • Patent number: 7316710
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a flexible expandable stent for implantation in a body lumen, such as a coronary artery. The stent generally includes a series of metallic cylindrical rings longitudinally aligned on a common axis of the stent and interconnected by a series of links which be polymeric or metallic. Varying configurations and patterns of the links and rings provides longitudinal and flexural flexibility to the stent while maintaining sufficient column strength to space the cylindrical rings along the longitudinal axis and providing a low crimp profile, enhanced stent security and radial stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: E Tina Cheng, Santosh Prabhu, Kyle Marie Krueger, Diem Uyen Ta, Carla Rosa Pienknagura
  • Patent number: 7311719
    Abstract: An active cannula which does more than merely maintain a passage is usable to create and/or enlarge a passage, to position a scope or instrument, to move or locate tissue, etc. The cannula can vary in size or shape as needed, intraoperatively. Because a cannula of the present invention is expandable, the surgeon can make a relatively small incision, stretch the tissue with the expandable cannula, contract the cannula and remove it, allowing the skin to come back to its unstretched condition. Thus, a smaller incision can be made to fit the same size instrument. The cannulas can assume such a non-circular shape, to fit into a natural skin opening and cause less trauma. The devices can be used to seal off a space, expand an existing space or a potential space for working or visualization, move tissue (for example, to stretch an incision), or protect tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: General Surgical Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 7297147
    Abstract: An improved multi-bite bone cutting rongeur with an ultrathin foot plate and a disposable cutting element and storage chamber unit is disclosed. The present invention has an integrated cutting element and storage chamber unit that is truly disposable, rather than merely replaceable. The present invention requires the use of no tools or special assembly. The chamber is simply placed onto the shaft whereby it is immediately locked into place by the use of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Gary Karlin Michelson
  • Patent number: 7295869
    Abstract: A method for determining the best entry point for a percutaneous procedure, such as with a biopsy needle, comprises selecting first and second arbitrary entry points on a patient; determining the three dimensional (3-D) orientation of the needle at the first arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the primary target; determining the 3-D orientation of the needle at the first arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the secondary target; determining the 3-D dimensional orientation of the needle at the second arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the primary target; determining the 3-D orientation of the needle at the second arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the secondary target; determining a 3-D line representing the intersection of a first plane containing the first arbitrary entry point, the primary target point, and the secondary target point, and a second plane containing the second arbitrary entry point, the primary target, and the secondary target point, whereb
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Corporate Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedicte Bascle, Nassir Navab, Bernhard Geiger
  • Patent number: 7295868
    Abstract: A method for determining the best entry point for a percutaneous procedure, such as with a biopsy needle, comprises selecting first and second arbitrary entry points on a patient; determining the three dimensional (3-D) orientation of the needle at the first arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the primary target; determining the 3-D orientation of the needle at the first arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the secondary target; determining the 3-D dimensional orientation of the needle at the second arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the primary target; determining the 3-D orientation of the needle at the second arbitrary entry point for pointing the needle at the secondary target; determining a 3-D line representing the intersection of a first plane containing the first arbitrary entry point, the primary target point, and the secondary target point, and a second plane containing the second arbitrary entry point, the primary target, and the secondary target point, whereb
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Corporate Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedicte Bascle, Nassir Navab, Bernhard Geiger
  • Patent number: 7229462
    Abstract: A removable vascular filter system for capture and retrieval of emboli while allowing continuous perfusion of blood during a carotid endarterectomy procedure, comprising a porous filter membrane with variable diameter holes, and a filter membrane support structure. The system may minimize the incidence of stroke, or other clinical complications that may be associated with carotid endarterectomy procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Angioguard, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg S. Sutton, Jeffrey Welch
  • Patent number: 7229463
    Abstract: A removable vascular filter system for capture and retrieval of emboli while allowing continuous perfusion of blood during a cardiopulmonary bypass procedure, comprising a porous filter membrane with variable diameter holes, and a filter membrane support structure. The system may minimize the incidence of stroke, myocardial infarction or other clinical complications that may be associated with cardiopulmonary bypass procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Angioguard, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg S. Sutton, Jeffrey Welch
  • Patent number: 7223280
    Abstract: A stent for occluding the human ductus arteriosus comprises a length of wire of shape memory effect or superelastic material which is expandable from a relatively straightened state for introduction into the patient to an occluding state wherein the wire defines an occluding anchor part and a spiral anchor part and a straight linking part connecting the two wherein the wire has a series of turns extending over the cross-sectional area of the occluding anchor part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Anson Medical Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Walter Anson, Peter William Phillips, John Reidy, Shakeel Qureshi