Patents Examined by Thomas A Giuliani
  • Patent number: 11134999
    Abstract: A system for alleviating occipital neuralgia. The system has a needle probe having at least one needle. The at least one needle has a proximal end, a distal end, and a needle lumen therebetween, the needle configured for insertion proximate to a location of the occipital nerve. A cooling fluid supply lumen extends distally within the needle lumen to a distal portion of the needle lumen. A cooling fluid source is coupled to the cooling fluid supply lumen to direct cooling fluid flow into the needle lumen. A controller that has at least one processor configured implements an occipital neuralgia treatment algorithm for controlling the cooling fluid source so that liquid from the cooling flow vaporizes within the needle lumen to provide a treatment phase to location of the occipital nerve such that the occipital neuralgia is mitigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Pacira CryoTech, Inc.
    Inventors: Clint Carnell, John Allison, Jwala Karnik, Jesse Rosen
  • Patent number: 11134835
    Abstract: A vessel dissector used in conjunction with an endoscope is provided with a lumen for receiving the endoscope; a blunt dissecting tip provided on a distal end of an elongated cannula permitting tissue dissection while viewing internal body structures via an objective lens of the endoscope; and a vessel severing tool extending through at least a portion of the elongated cannula and translatable longitudinally relative to the elongated cannula, and the vessel severing tool comprises an electrode-carrying member translatable circumferentially within an arcuate slot extending through an outer surface of the vessel dissector, wherein the arcuate slot comprises an inner radius, an outer radius and a central radius, wherein the outer radius is greater than the inner radius and the central radius is located between the outer radius and the inner radius so the arcuate slot provides a uniform opening through which the electrode-carrying member can extend and retract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Geoffrey H. Willis, Ryan C. Abbott
  • Patent number: 11129666
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and modular surgical system that allows for a user of modular surgical instruments to manipulate an end effector directly from the instrumentation contained in the handle assembly. A nozzle assembly that is detachable from a handle assembly may include an onboard circuitry board that allows for the RF generator to attach directly to the nozzle assembly and supply RF energy to the end effector, while also interfacing with a microprocessor of the handle assembly. In some aspects, the unique circuitry of the nozzle assembly also allows for shaft rotation while still supplying proper energy and functionality to the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, David C. Yates, Mark A. Davison, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11116571
    Abstract: A medical device for tissue ablation may include a catheter shaft, an expandable member disposed on or coupled to the catheter shaft, and a plurality of elongate electrode assemblies each constructed as a flexible circuit. The expandable member may be configured to shift between an unexpanded configuration and an expanded configuration. The plurality of electrode assemblies may be disposed on an outer surface of the expandable member. Each of the plurality of electrode assemblies may include a temperature sensor aligned with two or more electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Cao, Travis J. Schauer, Henry H. Lee, Prabodh Mathur, Rabih Nassif, Andres Dandler
  • Patent number: 11116566
    Abstract: A method of treating a soft palate in a patient to treat sleep apnea, snoring or both may involve advancing a treatment element of a treatment device through the patient's mouth, contacting a tissue-contact surface of the treatment element with the soft palate, delivering energy to the soft palate via one or more energy delivery members on the tissue-contact surface, and removing the treatment element from the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Aerin Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Dinger, Andrew Frazier, Scott J. Wolf
  • Patent number: 11114195
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an end effector and a marking assembly. The end effector includes a first jaw; a second jaw movable relative to the first jaw to grasp tissue therebetween; and a tissue-treatment mechanism configured to apply a tissue treatment to tissue grasped between the first jaw and the second jaw. The marking assembly configured to apply a distinct marking to the tissue unique to each tissue treatment application, wherein the distinct marking distinguishes the tissue treatment application from other tissue treatment applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Kevin L. Houser
  • Patent number: 11103306
    Abstract: Various catheters with expandable and contractible fluid pathways extending therethrough, and methods of use, are provided herein. In an exemplary embodiment, a catheter is provided with an elongate body having an electrode at the distal end thereof. One or more expandable members or wings can extend between the electrode and the distal end of the elongate body. The catheter can also include an actuator extending therethrough and coupled to the electrode such that movement of the actuator is effective to advance and retract the electrode, thereby moving the one or more expandable members between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The catheter can also include a fluid sealed lumen formed therein and configured to receive fluid and to deliver fluid to one or more pathways formed in the electrode. The actuator can extend through the fluid sealed lumen, however it can be fluidly separated from the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Sirona Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Haghighi-Mood, Richard Jonathan Cohen
  • Patent number: 11103674
    Abstract: A method for performing a medical procedure in an intestine of a patient is provided. The method comprises providing a system comprising: a catheter for insertion into the intestine, the catheter comprising: an elongate shaft comprising a distal portion; and a functional assembly positioned on the shaft distal portion and comprising at least one treatment element. The catheter is introduced into the patient, and target tissue is treated with the at least one treatment element. The target tissue comprises mucosal tissue of the small intestine, and the medical procedure can be configured to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Fractyl Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Harith Rajagopalan, Jay Caplan, Craig M. Gardner, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 11090115
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of treating affected external or surface tissue comprising the steps of providing a source of affected external or surface tissue; generating a source of microwave energy; transmitting said microwave energy into said affected external or surface tissues; exposing said affected external and surface tissues to said microwave energy to raise the local temperature to thereby ablate, remove, coagulate or otherwise alter said affected external and surface tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Atlantic Cancer Research Institute
    Inventors: J. R. Jocelyn Paré, Jacqueline M. R. Bélanger
  • Patent number: 11071580
    Abstract: An electrode assembly is provided. The electrode assembly includes a proximal end that is adapted to connect to an electrosurgical instrument including a housing defining a longitudinal axis therethrough and an electrosurgical energy source. A distal end includes a cutting electrode having a loop configuration configured to cut tissue. The distal end includes a return electrode operably disposed adjacent the cutting electrode. A dielectric shield is operably disposed between the cutting electrode and return electrode. The dielectric shield extending distally past the cutting electrode to hinder current flow to the return electrode when the dielectric shield, cutting electrode and return electrode are submersed in a conductive solution and the cutting electrode is energized, thereby concentrating current density at the cutting electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Arlen K. Ward
  • Patent number: 11065053
    Abstract: A cable assembly includes a rigid portion, a flexible central portion, and a radiating portion. The rigid portion is configured to couple to a source of electrosurgical energy and to prevent fluid ingress towards the source of electrosurgical energy. The flexible central portion extends from the rigid portion and includes an inner conductor, a dielectric disposed about the inner conductor, and a conductive braid disposed about the dielectric. The radiating portion extends from the central portion and is configured to deliver electrosurgical energy to tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: William J. Dickhans, Flor De Maria R. Nonalaya, Joseph D. Brannan, John J. Halbur
  • Patent number: 11065046
    Abstract: Methods of using hardware (e.g., bone screws, anchors or other devices) previously inserted within the body to facilitate energy delivery are disclosed. The energy delivery (e.g., thermal energy) may be used for neuromodulation (such as stimulation or denervation), tissue heating and ablation, curing, and other applications in the spine and non-spine orthopedic locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Relievant Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Avram Allan Edidin
  • Patent number: 11058477
    Abstract: A control circuit for a surgical instrument includes a shaft control segment, a first electrical conductor configured to conduct a first electrical signal between the shaft control segment and a releasable surgical instrument cartridge, an electrosurgical energy control segment, a second electrical conductor configured to conduct a second electrical signal between the electrosurgical energy control segment and the releasable surgical instrument cartridge, and a connector electrically coupled to the electrosurgical energy control segment and configured to receive electrosurgical generator energy from an electrosurgical generator. The electrosurgical energy control segment is configured to detect a connection of the electrosurgical generator to the connector and to electrically isolate the shaft control segment from the electrosurgical generator energy when the electrosurgical energy control segment detects the connection of the electrosurgical generator to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Messerly, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Mark A. Davison
  • Patent number: 11058482
    Abstract: A multi-electrode renal denervation method and system using an integrated circuit are provided. The multi-electrode renal denervation system presented in the present invention comprises: a power generator transmitting control data for controlling the temperature of a plurality of electrodes; and a catheter in which the plurality of electrodes, which has an integrated circuit embedded therein and is controlled by the control data received from the power generator, are arranged, and the information measured using the integrated circuit is transmitted to the power generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Hyeon Min Bae, Jae Hyeok Yang, Seo Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 11051883
    Abstract: A system for thermal ablation of tissue and temperature monitoring of said tissue is disclosed. They system includes an insertion device configured to be inserted into said tissue, a radio-frequency source configured to transmit radio-frequency energy into said tissue via the insertion device, a pulse generator configured to pulse the radio-frequency source at a pre-determined pulse rate and generate a thermoacoustic signal in said tissue, a thermoacoustic transducer configured to receive the thermoacoustic signal, and a processor configured to utilize the thermoacoustic signal to calculate a temperature of said tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ENDRA Life Sciences Inc.
    Inventor: Michael M. Thornton
  • Patent number: 11051881
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a method for providing electrical communication with a heart using a catheter having a lasso electrode assembly with a moveable spine. The lasso electrode assembly may have an array of sensing electrodes and may be configured to engage the ostium of the vessel of a patient. The moveable spine may have an ablation electrode and may travel along track around the circumference of the lasso electrode assembly. By adjusting the position of the moveable spine, tissue may be ablated to form lesions around a circumference of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Itzhak Fang, Jeffrey Clark, Keshava Datta
  • Patent number: 11039885
    Abstract: A microwave ablation system includes an energy source adapted to generate microwave energy and a power splitting device having an input adapted to connect to the energy source and a plurality of outputs. The plurality of outputs are configured to be coupled to a corresponding plurality of energy delivery devices. The power splitting device is configured to selectively divide energy provided from the energy source between the plurality of energy devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Robert J. Behnke, II, Mani N. Prakash, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Francesca Rossetto, Joseph D. Brannan
  • Patent number: 11039882
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to electrophysiology catheters for cardiac medical procedures. More specifically, the instant disclosure relates to an ablation catheter for treating cardiac arrhythmias by ablating tissue, and having one or more subelectrodes internally fixed within the ablation catheter tip to capture electrophysiology characteristics of myocardial tissue in proximity to the one or more subelectrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Sliwa, Stephen A. Morse
  • Patent number: 11033323
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include control systems of an electrosurgical system for managing the flow of fluid, such as saline, and rates of aspiration or suction, in response to various states of conditions at a surgical site. The control system(s) may monitor and adjust to impedance at the surgical site, temperature of the surgical tissue, and/or RF current of electrodes, and may account for certain undesirable conditions, such as the electrodes sticking. The control systems may include various automatic sensing scenarios, while also allowing for several manual conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: David A. Witt, David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Cory G. Kimball, Barry C. Worrell, Monica L. Rivard
  • Patent number: 11020179
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for electroporation ablation therapy are disclosed, with the device including a set of splines coupled to a catheter for medical ablation therapy. Each spline of the set of splines may include a set of electrodes formed on that spline. The set of splines may be configured for translation to transition between a first configuration and a second configuration. The devices described herein may be used to form a lesion via focal ablation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Farapulse, Inc.
    Inventors: Raju Viswanathan, Allan Zingeler, Gary Long, Jean-Luc Pageard, Brittney Hachey