Patents Examined by Samuel G. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 7959556
    Abstract: A cap configured to be attached to a cylinder of an implantable penile prosthesis includes a body section and a tip section. The body section defines a recess that is attachable to an end of the cylinder of the implantable penile prosthesis and the tip section terminates in a tip having a curved exterior surface. The tip section defines at least one slot formed therein that extends away from the body section and has a slot axis that intersects with a longitudinal axis of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Randy L. Morningstar
  • Patent number: 7955250
    Abstract: Implantable microphone devices that may be utilized in hearing systems are provided. An implantable microphone device allows the implantable microphone's frequency response and sensitivity to be selected. A microphone device with an increased membrane flexibility and a decreased acoustic compliance of the sealed cavity. Vibrations of a membrane are transmitted through a primary air cavity and through an aperture of a microphone. Keeping a flexible membrane and decreasing the sealed air cavity compliance are the preferred way to simultaneously increase overall sensitivity of the device, and move the resonance peak to higher frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Med-El Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Eric M. Jaeger, Geoffrey R. Ball, Duane E. Tumlinson
  • Patent number: 7946976
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices and systems which to sense parameters related to the mechanical forces imposed on devices implanted in the stomach. The parameters of the system are further translated into patient feedback systems to create satiety inducing pathways in the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Gertner
  • Patent number: 7946975
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a medical device, particularly a penile prosthesis, that includes an implantable element and a reservoir. The implantable element is configured to be implanted within the pelvic region of a patient and is designed to be capable of inflation and deflation via fluid transfer to and from the element. The reservoir is coupled to the implantable element. The fluid is drawn from the reservoir for inflation of the implantable element and returned to the reservoir for the deflation. The reservoir is approximately one inch or less in depth. The minimal depth enables the fluid reservoir to be placed in front of the puborectalis muscle and behind the abdominal fascia without being seen on an external view of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Stephanie A. George, Jon D. Albrecht, Robert L. Rykhus, Steven K. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7942808
    Abstract: A method of providing a patient having a predetermined corporotomy length with an implant having a length that is sized for the predetermined corporotomy length is disclosed. The method includes providing a penile implant having a delivered length that is approximately equal to the predetermined corporotomy length and comprising a distance that extends from a distal end of a distal tip to a proximal end of a proximal tip assembly, the proximal tip assembly providing a first proximal tip diameter. The method additionally includes reducing the first proximal tip diameter to a smaller implantable proximal tip diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Randy L. Morningstar
  • Patent number: 7938770
    Abstract: An implantable penile prosthesis system includes a penile prosthesis and an insertion tool. The penile prosthesis includes a cylinder extending between a distal tip and a proximal tip. At least one of the distal tip and the proximal tip has a pocket accessible by an opening, where the pocket is formed to extend laterally beyond a perimeter of the opening. The insertion tool extends between a distal end and a proximal end and includes an expansion mechanism coupled to the distal end. The opening in the tip(s) is sized to receive the distal end of the insertion tool and the expansion mechanism is configured to expand into the pocket to couple the insertion tool with the penile prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Randy L. Morningstar, Egon Triel
  • Patent number: 7938768
    Abstract: A cardiac constraint device comprising a jacket of biological compatible material and an adjustment member. The jacket is adapted to be secured to the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume to constrain circumferential expansion of the heart beyond the maximum adjusted volume during diastole and to permit unimpeded contraction of the heart during systole. The adjustment mechanism is configured to alter the internal volume defined by the jacket after the jacket is secured to the heart. The invention also provides a method for treating cardiac disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Mardil, Inc.
    Inventors: James Edward Shapland, Robert G. Walsh, John David Dockter, John C. Vanden Hoek
  • Patent number: 7938769
    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: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Gertner
  • Patent number: 7934508
    Abstract: Implantable medical device telemetry is provided between an implantable medical device and an external communication device. The implantable medical device includes a device transmitter and/or a device receiver. The external communication device includes a moveable communication head including an antenna therein connected to at least one of an external transmitter and/or an external receiver for communication with the device transmitter and/or the device receiver of the implantable medical device. A user moves the moveable head apparatus relative to the implantable medical device. Tactile feedback is provided to the user via the moveable head apparatus upon movement of the moveable head apparatus to a position where valid telemetry can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Behm
  • Patent number: 7931582
    Abstract: A male sexual impotence treatment apparatus comprises an operable restriction device (56) implanted in a patient and engaging the penile tissue (58) or the prolongation thereof to form a restrictable blood flow passageway through which blood flow leaves the penis. The restriction device is operable by an implanted operation device (60) to change the restriction of the blood flow passageway. A control device (62 and 64) is provided for controlling a source of energy, which may or may not be implanted, from outside the patient's body, to release energy for use in connection with the operation of the restriction device, i.e. to power the operation device. The patient uses the control device to restrict the blood flow leaving the penis to achieve erection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Obtech Medical AG
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 7931580
    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 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Gertner, Neil Sheehan, Robert Brommer
  • Patent number: 7922645
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, components and methods are disclosed that allow the clinician to circumvent the pubic arch in instances where it interferes with insertion of instrumentation into the prostate or periprostatic tissue. The systems, apparatus and components disclosed herein employ structures, such as needles and trocars, of shape memory alloys, such as nickel-titanium (Ni—Ti) for the purpose of avoiding the pubic arch when accessing the prostate from the perineum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Microspherix LLC
    Inventor: Edward J. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 7922647
    Abstract: A hearing aid system (10) including an implantable device (60), and a surgical instrument (134) for enabling a physician to install the implant (60) in a patient's body in a simple office procedure using only local anesthesia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: William H. Slattery, III, Claude A. Vidal, Russell J. Redmond, Byron L. Moran
  • Patent number: 7922646
    Abstract: An implantable source (40) of therapeutic radiation for brachytherapy is provided as a sealed, biocompatible capsule (410) of plastic (e.g. polyethylene or PEEK) transparent to the radiation. The capsule contains a radiation source (400) comprising particles of a radioactive isotope (e.g. Pd103, I125, Cs131) in a fluid carrier that is resistant to radiation polymerization but solidifies at elevated temperature. It also has a marker (420), and desirably has a socket (430) which accommodates attaching spacers (660) and makes possible linear strands and planar arrays of the capsules. The spacers may be functional, e.g. heat-generating or medication-releasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: International Brachytherapy, S.A.
    Inventors: John L. Russell, Jr., John L. Carden, Jr., Roy Coniglione, Dominique Moyaux
  • Patent number: 7918782
    Abstract: A prosthetic device comprises a column formed of resilient material and having a proximal end and a distal end. The prosthetic device comprises a bladder having a liquid cavity at the distal end. The bladder is inflatable and deflatable to increase and decrease a girth at the distal end of the prosthetic device. The prosthetic device comprises a liquid supply system that couples along the column to the bladder for selectively controlling liquid flow to the bladder to increase and decrease the girth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Stephanie A. George, Sara Elizabeth Nelson, Randall P. Rowland, Charles C. Kuyava
  • Patent number: 7905824
    Abstract: A hearing aid transducer that includes an actuator advanceable relative to the transducer to couple with a middle ear component. In one aspect of the invention, the actuator is a separate structure from the transducer that is insertable into an aperture defined between a first and second end of the transducer. This permits separate connection of the actuator to the middle ear component and the transducer to improve coupling of the transducer to the middle ear component, e.g., minimizing loads on the middle ear component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Otologics, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Edwin Schneider, Scott Allan Miller, III, James Frank Kasic, II
  • Patent number: 7887475
    Abstract: A pictorially searchable anatomical database with computer assisted mapping is presented. The pictorial portion of the database and the textual portion of the database are fully unified, i.e., all elements are “live” and visually navigating through one will instantaneously display the corresponding element of the other. A “standard reference” and unique visual keys are presented; selection of a structure of interest may be displayed both in the form of a conventional two-dimensional scan and a three-dimensional view of the structure of interest; all structures in both the 2-D and 3-D views may be interrogated. In addition, structures connected to the structure of interest may likewise be displayed in both the two- and the three-dimensional views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: ANATOM-e, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Linda Anne Hayman, Dianne Dulla, John J. Pagani, IV, Mark Vabulas
  • Patent number: 7871367
    Abstract: A minimally invasive surgical instrument for placing an implantable article about a tubular tissue structure is disclosed. The surgical instrument is particularly useful for treating urological disorders such as incontinence. Surgical methods using the novel instrument are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Kimberly A. Anderson, Brian P. Watschke, Randy L. Morningstar, Timothy A. Bachman, Johann J. Neisz
  • Patent number: 7867161
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The biocompatible device includes a handle, needle, dilator and sling assembly configured to be minimally invasive and provide sufficient support to the target site. In addition, the configuration of the sling assembly also allows the sling to be adjusted during and/or after implantation. The device and treatment procedure are highly effective and produce little to no side effects or complications. Further, operative risks, pain, infections and post operative stays are reduced, thereby improving patient quality of life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Staskin, Johann J. Neisz, John W. Westrum, Jr., Gary R. Rocheleau, Kimberly A. Anderson, Eva S. Snitkin
  • Patent number: 7867162
    Abstract: An implantable fluid device comprises a flexible fluid chamber capable of being in an inflated state and a deflated state. The chamber has a first end, a second end, and a central longitudinal axis from the first end to the second end. The chamber also has, in cross section when deflated, a plurality of alternating protrusions and intermediate portions about the central longitudinal axis. When deflated, the protrusions have a selected height and the intermediate portions have a selected depth. When inflated, the protrusions have the selected height and the intermediate portions have a selected height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Randy L. Morningstar