Patents Examined by Roy Gibson
  • Patent number: 8454593
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide for ablation of cardiac tissue for treating cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. Although the devices and methods are often be used to ablate epicardial tissue in the vicinity of at least one pulmonary vein, various embodiments may be used to ablate other cardiac tissues in other locations on a heart. Devices generally include at least one tissue contacting member for contacting epicardial tissue and securing the ablation device to the epicardial tissue, and at least one ablation member for ablating the tissue. Various embodiments include features, such as suction apertures, which enable the device to attach to the epicardial surface with sufficient strength to allow the tissue to be stabilized via the device. For example, some embodiments may be used to stabilize a beating heart to enable a beating heart ablation procedure. Many of the devices may be introduced into a patient via minimally invasive introducer devices and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Endoscopic Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur A. Bertolero, Tamer Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 8401667
    Abstract: Methods and systems for heating a body tissue region adjacent a body lumen using selective accumulation of energy without knowledge of tissue topography. Methods include positioning an energy delivery portion of a catheter within the lumen adjacent the body tissue region, determining a pulse characteristic in response to a thermal property of a first tissue type and applying pulsed energy with the characteristic to treat a second tissue type within the region by drawing heat from the first tissue at a rate that inhibits thermal damage to the first tissue while building-up heat in the second tissue. Systems include a catheter body having an energy delivery portion processor configured to control a pulse characteristic of pulsed energy to therapeutically treat the second tissue by drawing heat from the first tissue at a rate that inhibits thermal damage to the first tissue while building-up heat in the second tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Vessix Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Rolfe Tyson Gustus, Linas Kunstmanas, Arthur G. Blanck
  • Patent number: 8396564
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the treatment of keratinized tissue infected with a pathogen are provided. In certain examples, electromagnetic energy, such as microwave energy, may be used in the treatment process to reduce the amount of or eliminate the pathogen from the keratinized tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Waverx, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A Hoenig, B Stuart Trembly
  • Patent number: 8366755
    Abstract: The present invention involves a light system for stimulating or regulating neuroendocrine, circadian, and photoneural systems in mammals based upon the discovery of peak sensitivity ranging from 425-505 nm; a light meter system for quantifying light which stimulates or regulates mammalian circadian, photoneural, and neuroendocrine systems. The present invention also relates to translucent and transparent materials, and lamps or other light sources with or without filters capable of stimulating or regulating neuroendocrine, circadian, and photoneural systems in mammals. Additionally, the present invention involves treatment of mammals with a wide variety of disorders or deficits, including light responsive disorders, eating disorders, menstrual cycle disorders, non-specific alerting and performance deficits, hormone-sensitive cancers, and cardiovascular disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Progressive Lighting and Radiometrics, LLC
    Inventors: George Brainard, Gena Glickman
  • Patent number: 8366758
    Abstract: Hypothermia significantly improves the rate of recovery of function following abdominal surgery—particularly radical prostatectomy. Prior to commencing surgery the tissues at and surrounding the site of the surgery are cooled by means of an endorectal cooling balloon inserted into the patient's rectum. The uninflated balloon is inserted and then inflated with cooling fluid which fluid is constantly circulated in and out to lower the temperature. Improved hypothermia can be achieved by bathing internal tissue with chilled water or buffer. Limitation of surgically induced damage can be demonstrated by the more rapid regain of continence in radical prostatectomy patients treated with hypothermia during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Thomas E. Ahlering, David S. Finley
  • Patent number: 8361068
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrosurgical unit comprising a radio-frequency power source and a pump, with the throughput of fluid expelled by the pump controlled by the RF power level setting and fluid flow rate setting. The invention also provides various electrosurgical devices which may be used with the electrosurgical unit. In one embodiment, the electrosurgical device comprises a first electrode tip spaced next to a second electrode tip with a portion of the first electrode tip facing the second electrode tip and a portion of the second electrode tip facing the first electrode tip, the first electrode tip and the second electrode tip both having a spherical distal end, and a fluid outlet arrangement to expel fluid onto the electrode tips solely at locations remote from the electrode tip portions facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic Advanced Energy LLC
    Inventor: Michael E. McClurken
  • Patent number: 8361132
    Abstract: A system for affecting a temperature of a patient, the system includes: a nose catheter that is adapted to be inserted into a nose upper channel and to receive a first fluid; and a temperature control and fluid supply unit that is adapted to supply the first fluid and control a temperature of the first fluid so as to affect a temperature of a brain of a patient when the nose catheter is inserted into the nose upper channel of a patient and receives the first fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Biotempero Ltd.
    Inventor: Eliahu Arad
  • Patent number: 8361063
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for controlling energy delivery by mapping one or more devices capable of delivering energy, for example energy capable of modulating one or more properties of a tissue, to one or more sources of the energy or to one or more measuring devices. In some embodiments, associations between these components are determined by delivering energy through the energy sources and measuring a response using the measuring devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Godara
  • Patent number: 8361133
    Abstract: A patient warming appliqué typically includes a cover layer, a tape layer for releasably securing the appliqué to the patient's skin and an array of encapsulated cells. The encapsulated cells include a chemical heating mechanism beneath the cover layer and a phase change gel sheet between the chemical heating mechanism and the tape layer. The phase change gel sheet is configured to melt and flow when the chemical heating mechanism is activated. The preferred appliqué further includes zones of weakness between the spaced cells allowing the individual cells or a subset of cells to be removed from the appliqué.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Vivonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Michael Cushman, Robert Kovar, Robert Mulligan, Daniel Babin, Anna Galea, Jeremiah Slade, Gordon B. Hirschman
  • Patent number: 8359104
    Abstract: An electrode especially useful for RF skin tightening procedures is characterized by an active front that is conical in part with the conical surface having a cone angle that is shallower than the corresponding angle in known electrodes. Preferably, the electrode of the invention has a conical section whose surface forms an angle greater than 60 degrees with the longitudinal axis of the electrode, and the outside diameter of the conical section is greater than 50% of the overall outside diameter of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Ellman International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Epstein, Jonathan Achenbach
  • Patent number: 8357188
    Abstract: A device for directly applying thermotherapeutic liquid to an area upon the surface of an afflicted patient, and methods of use thereof, are described. In particular, a device for apply water-based liquid at a therapeutic temperature directly to an afflicted area in order to create a localized hyperthermia, is presented. The afflicted area may be either on the skin of the patient, or subcutaneous. The device is also effective for disinfection, irrigation, lavage, and the like, when employing a suitable solution. The liquid may also have a mild oxidizing effect, which, if greater upon afflicted than upon non-afflicted cells, would enhance the therapeutic effect in conjunction with the therapy herein described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Boynton, Royce Johnson
  • Patent number: 8353942
    Abstract: A catheter apparatus configured to provide a delivery system for standard intervention devices typically used during emergency angioplasty and to provide rapid localized cooling to organs at risk of ischemic and reperfusion injury. The catheter apparatus including a catheter shaft having an inner core defining at least two coolant flow lumens adjacent to a blood conveyance lumen. Each coolant flow lumen in thermal contact with the blood conveyance lumen and thermally insulated from each other and the exterior surfaces of the catheter shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Lad Merrill
  • Patent number: 8353897
    Abstract: A tool kit for interchanging tools within an at least partially closed area is provided. The tool kit includes at least one tool, each tool being preferably provided within a tubular housing, and adapted to pivot out from the tool kit so that they can be attached to a receiving tool. The tool is designed to be returned to the tool kit after use, and if desired, switched with a different tool. In one embodiment, a surgical system permitting surgical tools to be interchanged within a patient's body is provided. A method of interchanging surgical tools within a patient's body is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: CareFusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Doyle, Jimmy C. Caputo
  • Patent number: 8348931
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system comprises a mounting base, a plurality of surgical instruments, and an articulate support assembly. Each instrument is insertable into a patient through an associated minimally invasive aperture to a desired internal surgical site. The articulate support assembly movably supports the instruments relative to the base. The support generally comprises an orienting platform, a platform linkage movably supporting the orienting platform relative to the base, and a plurality of manipulators mounted to the orienting platform, wherein each manipulator movably supports an associated instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Gary S. Guthart, David J. Rosa
  • Patent number: 8343203
    Abstract: A steam-generating warming device includes a holder including a first surface adapted to face the skin of a wearer and an opposite second surface adapted to face outward and a moist heat generating member held in the holder. The moist heat generating member is configured to generate heat as a result of oxidation of an oxidizable metal, generate steam by making use of the heat, and release the steam through the first surface. The steam-generating warming device further includes a water-impregnated, water-retaining sheet adjoining the moist heating member. The water-retaining sheet is preferably disposed between the moist heat generating member and the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8343202
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system for temperature control of the human body. The system includes an indwelling catheter with a tip-mounted heat transfer element. The catheter is fluidically coupled to a console that provides a heated or cooled heat transfer working fluid to exchange heat with the heat transfer element, thereby heating or cooling blood. The heated or cooled blood then heats or cools the patient's body or a selected portion thereof. In particular, strategies for optimizing the rewarming of patients for various medical procedures are provided, including stroke, neurosurgery, and myocardial infarction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Innercool Therapies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Magers
  • Patent number: 8337539
    Abstract: A cooling device for removing heat from subcutaneous lipid-rich cells of a subject having skin is provided. The cooling device includes a support having a first portion and a second portion. A first cooling element having a first heat exchanging surface is located at the first portion of the support. A second cooling element having a second heat exchanging surface is located at the second portion of the support. At least one of the first and second cooling elements is movable along the support and is configured to rotate for adjusting an angle between the first and second heat exchanging surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Ting, Samuel W. Tolkoff, Timothy Robinson, Richard Wisdom
  • Patent number: 8333763
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of electrosurgery, and more particularly to systems and methods for ablating, cauterizing and/or coagulating body tissue using radio frequency energy. More in particular, the systems utilize voltage threshold means for controlling the voltage applied to tissue in a cycle-to-cycle manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: ARQOS Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, Bruno Strul
  • Patent number: 8333758
    Abstract: Improved systems, devices, and methods for delivering cryogenic cooling fluid to cryosurgical probes such as cryosurgical endovascular balloon catheters take advantage of the transients during the initiation and termination of cryogenic fluid flow to moderate the treatment temperatures of tissues engaged by the probe. A flow limiting element along a cryogenic fluid path intermittently interrupts the flow of cooling fluid, often cycling both the fluid flow and treatment temperature. This can maintain the tissue treatment temperature within a predetermined range which is above the treatment temperature provided by a steady flow of cryogenic fluid. In another aspect, room temperature single-use cooling fluid cartridges are filled with a sufficient quantity of cryosurgical fluid to effect a desired endovascular cryosurgical treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed
    Inventors: James Joye, Richard S. Williams, Ronald Williams
  • Patent number: 8328859
    Abstract: A forced air warming unit has a casing with inlet and outlet openings. The casing encloses a scroll housing with a curved inside surface in which a blower is disposed. A circuit board in the casing encloses the blower in the scroll housing. At least one opening penetrates the circuit board. A heater plate is disposed between the circuit board and the blower. The blower draws air through the inlet opening, along a first side of the circuit board through the at least one opening into the scroll housing. The blower also forces air along a second side of the circuit board which faces the scroll housing, through air passages in the circuit board, along the first side through the at least one opening, into the scroll housing. The blower accelerates air along the curved inside surface and past the heater plate. Heated, pressurized air exits through the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Arizant Healthcare Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Hansen, Allen H. Ziaimehr, Randall C. Arnold