Patents Examined by Samuel G. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8016746
    Abstract: A body implantable penile prosthetic assembly includes a pump and a release mechanism. The pump is connectable to a pressure reservoir and a penile implant, where the pressure reservoir contains a pressurized liquid at a first pressure when implanted. The release mechanism is connectable between the pressure reservoir and the penile implant and is configured to release the pressurized liquid from the pressure reservoir to inflate the penile implant to a second pressure that is less than the first pressure. The pump is operable to transfer the pressurized liquid from the penile implant to the pressure reservoir to deflate the penile implant, and pressurize the pressurized liquid in the pressure reservoir from the second pressure to at least the first pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Nicholas Ellering
  • Patent number: 8007427
    Abstract: A radioactive member for use in brachytherapy comprising a hollow elongate bioabsorbable suture member with radioactive seeds and spacer members without different coloration and diameter from the radioactive seeds alternately disposed therein, and methods for the manufacture and the use thereof. The radioactive members may be used in the treatment of, for example, prostate cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Medi-Physics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Reed, Mike Rapach, Kevin Helle, Juliano Oei
  • Patent number: 8002692
    Abstract: A method of preparing an opening formed in a penis for reception of a penile prosthetic includes measuring a length of the opening formed in the penis with a shaft of an instrument, and moving a dilation head longitudinally along the shaft of the instrument and dilating a diameter of the opening formed in the penis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Randy L. Morningstar, Donald Wolf
  • Patent number: 7998055
    Abstract: The present invention provides a urethral prosthesis including a first and a second arm that join to form a junction, and a stem that is also joined to the junction. The junction is adapted to exert sufficient pressure on a portion of a patient's urethra to prevent unintentional voiding of the patient's bladder. However, upon exerting a tension force on the stem, the pressure exerted by the junction is reduced such that the patient's bladder may be intentionally voided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Siegel, Kevin R. Arnal, Robert E. Lund, Kimberly A. Anderson, Brian P. Watschke
  • Patent number: 7993262
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for supporting a stimulatory device. Such device eliminates the need for a user to manually hold and/or position such stimulatory device. Rather, such device remains in a stationary position, and a user may adjust her position relative to the stimulatory device and the supporting apparatus. In one aspect of the present invention, a seat is provided upon which a user may lie, rest, or otherwise support herself. In another aspect of the present invention, the apparatus is manufactured from a yielding material to provide ease of use and comfort while simultaneously minimizing the possibility of abrasions, injuries, and the like. In yet another aspect of the present invention, a height of the stimulatory device above an upwardly facing surface of the stimulatory device is adjustable by a user. Finally, such device may be used during masturbation, during sexual intercourse, and/or for treatment of sexual dysfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Cianfrani Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Marcus Frank Cianfrani
  • Patent number: 7988617
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for implantation into the walls of an organ such as the stomach. Deformable or inflatable anchors with a connector between are used to pull the walls of the organ together, or to implant devices in the wall of the organ. Also disclosed are surgical instruments useful in practicing the disclosed methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Gertner
  • Patent number: 7988616
    Abstract: An implantable pump for pumping fluid to or from a hydraulic surgical implant inside a human's or an animal's body comprises a wall forming a chamber for the fluid, the wall including a base plate and a membrane, which is displaceable relative to the base plate to change the volume of the chamber to pump the fluid between the chamber and the surgical implant. The membrane is penetrable by an injection needle to add hydraulic fluid to or withdraw hydraulic fluid from the chamber, in order to calibrate the amount of fluid, and the membrane is self-sealing to seal the hole which is formed in the membrane by the penetrating injection needle. The implant typically is a hydraulic constriction device, which can be designed for treating reflux disease, urinary incontinence, impotence, anal incontinence or obesity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Potencia Medical AG
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 7988615
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for treating incontinence includes a handle portion elongate along a handle axis and a needle portion connected to the handle portion. The needle portion has a spacer portion along the handle axis, and has a distal end. The needle portion includes a substantially helical portion that is a variable spiral portion, extending from the straight spacer portion. The variable spiral portion is sized and shaped to extend from an incision substantially adjacent the patient's obturator foramen through the obturator foramen along a path in a region between the superior pubic ramus and the inferior pubic ramus. The needle portion has a structure near the distal end that associates the instrument with an implantable material configured to treat incontinence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Kimberly A. Anderson, Brian P. Watschke, Georges Mellier, Johann J. Neisz
  • Patent number: 7985176
    Abstract: A method of implanting a penile prosthesis into a patient includes engaging a cap that is attached to a cylinder of the penile prosthesis with a distal end of a tool, and cradling the cylinder of the penile prosthesis between two support arms of the tool. The method additionally includes inserting the two support arms of the tool and the cylinder secured between the two support arms into a corpora cavernosum of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Randy L. Morningstar
  • Patent number: 7981022
    Abstract: A sling in accordance with the invention includes a synthetic material and a non-synthetic material positioned adjacent thereto. The non-synthetic material may be wrapped around or may be attached to the synthetic material. Additionally, the non-synthetic material may include slits. Methods for making such slings are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry N. Gellman, Art Madenjian, Doreen Rao
  • Patent number: 7981024
    Abstract: An implant for a pelvis is provided, wherein suturing is not necessary for anchoring the implant in place. The implant includes a flexible sheet and a solid frame, wherein the frame can be compressed or expanded. Upon insertion through the narrow openings of the pelvis, the frame is compressed, and upon delivery at the site, the frame is expanded, and is designed to anchor to the surrounding anatomical structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Prolapse Inc.
    Inventor: Gil Levy
  • Patent number: 7976454
    Abstract: A cardiac harness for treating or preventing congestive heart failure is configured to be placed about at least a portion of a patient's heart so as to apply a mild compressive force on the heart. In one embodiment, the cardiac harness is configured so that the variation of load as a function of expansion through a selected range of expansion is represented generally in the form y=ax+b, and the value of “a” does not increase as the percent expansion increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Paracor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Lilip Lau, Anuja Patel
  • Patent number: 7976457
    Abstract: An adapter is provided for holding a rear tip extender onto the cylinder of a penile prosthesis or onto another rear tip extender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Martin T. Steele, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7972259
    Abstract: A method of determining the dose rate of a radiation source includes locating three or more detectors in the vicinity of the source. Each detector provides an output indicative of the amount of radiation received from the source and determining the location of the source from at least three of the detector outputs, wherein as many of the detector outputs is required to provide an acceptably accurate result are used in determining the location. Thus, the dose of radiation from the source can be determined from the determined location of the source and either a known activity of the source or a measure of the activity of the source determined by means of the detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Univesity of Wollongong
    Inventors: Anatoly Rozenfeld, Marc Zaider
  • Patent number: 7972263
    Abstract: A penis rigidity stabilizer and method therefore capable of being placed about the shaft of a penis while allowing the glans of the penis to remain exposed and capable of achieving and maintaining a rigid state and capable of maintaining its position about the shaft of the penis and being inherently rigid during sexual activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Donald Runyan
  • Patent number: 7972262
    Abstract: A surgical assembly for treating fecal incontinence can include an elongate needle, a sling and a coupler to conveniently and securely connect the coupler to an insertion end of the needle by moving the coupler and insertion end of the needle together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Rocheleau, Johann J. Neisz, Gary J. Nachreiner
  • Patent number: 7967740
    Abstract: This invention relates to devices targeted to resolving various conditions of a female patient in need thereof, the conditions being female sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence. The present disclosure provides for a device which incorporates a variety of elements in an effort to treat certain conditions of a female individual in need thereof. Optionally, the device of the present invention may be used as a prophylactic measure to prevent a condition selected from the group consisting of female sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Ohmea Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane U. Mertens, Dean Bauer
  • Patent number: 7963904
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for treating ailments of the human body by electromagnetic waves. The body part to be treated is located inside an induction coil and the coil is energized by a switching device that supplies the coil with current pulses that include higher frequency components that occur during at least a portion of the pulse. Both manual and electronic switching devices are disclosed. The manual switching device uses manually operable striking contactors and the high frequency components are generated by arcing between the contactors. The automatic switching device is an electronic controller that simulates the current pulses produced using the manual method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Clarence A. Delisle
  • Patent number: 7963908
    Abstract: A device to lubricate a penis or medical instrument before insertion into the human body or orifice is disclosed. The device can be made from a ring that is covered with one or more membranes and contains lubricating material within the interior volume defined by the ring and the membrane(s). Alternatively, the device can be made from a ring that surrounds foam that is saturated with lubricant. In either embodiment, the membrane(s) or foam contain a penetration zone defined by any number of intersecting slits. A method of using the same to lubricate a penis or a medical instrument, such as an endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin Lindberg
  • Patent number: 7959548
    Abstract: An automated implantation system assists the implantation of low dose radioisotope seeds in a patient as part of a brachytherapy procedure. A Z-axis automated motion control system and an X-Y axis automated motion control system control a needle assembly. The X-Y axis automated motion control system positions an insertion axis of the needle assembly relative to the patient. The Z-axis automated motion control system selectively moves the needle assembly along the insertion axis to implant at least one radioisotope seed. This process is repeated for a plurality of locations on a base plane perpendicular to the insertion axis. Preferably, the radioisotope seeds are contained in a replaceable cartridge and the needle assembly is also replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Core Oncology, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Elliott, John J. Berkey, George M. Hoedeman