Patents Examined by Urmi Chattopadhyay
  • Patent number: 7118592
    Abstract: A polymeric material such as polyurethane, PET, or ePTFE is used to cover an intravascular stent. The cover material has an overlapping portion which is slidable upon itself so that when the stent is expanded, the cover material does not contribute to stent foreshortening, if any. The cover material can be provided with holes to permit endothelialization and can be drug loaded to facilitate repair of a damaged vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenny L. Dang, Han Juanta, Nazanine Matin
  • Patent number: 7108714
    Abstract: An expandable intraluminal endoprosthesis including a tubular member (1) a first diameter which permits intraluminal delivery of the member into a lumen of a body passageway, particularly a blood vessel. The tubular member (1) is capable of acquiring a second, expanded and deformed diameter upon the application from the interior of the tubular member of a radially outwardly extending force, which second diameter is variable and dependent on the amount of the force applied to the tubular member. Such a tubular member may be expanded and deformed to expand the lumen of the body passageway. The wall of the tubular member includes a substantially continuous structure (2) of mutually staggered undulations. This structure has been separated from a tube wall and exhibits at least one pattern which advances substantially helically along a longitudinal axis of the tubular member. Connection elements within the structure connect adjacent undulations to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Orbus Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary J. Becker
  • Patent number: 7090693
    Abstract: A joint and method for producing a joint in an endovascular graft. In one embodiment, a flap of a flexible material portion of an endovascular graft is folded about a portion of an expandable member to form a loop portion. The flap is secured in the loop configuration so that tensile force on the expandable member is transferred into a shear force on the fixed portion of the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Santa Rosa Corp.
    Inventors: Michael V. Chobotov, Patrick Stephens
  • Patent number: 7090695
    Abstract: A method for treatment of mitral annulus dilatation comprises reducing the circumference of the mitral valve annulus. The method further comprises inserting an elongate body into the coronary sinus in the vicinity of the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve, fixing the position of the elongate body relative to the coronary sinus, and changing the shape of the elongate body in order to remodel the mitral valve annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Jan O Solem, Per O Kimblad
  • Patent number: 7087082
    Abstract: A bone fusion implant for repair or replacement of bone includes a hollow body formed from at least two bone fragments which are configured and dimensioned for mutual engagement and which are coupled together. The hollow body may be formed of autograft, allograft, or xenograft bone tissue, and may include a core formed of at least one of bone material and bone inducing substances, with the core being disposed in the hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Synthes (USA)
    Inventors: David C. Paul, Hansjuerg W. Emch, Beat Schenk, Michael L. Boyer, II, Thomas B. Higgins
  • Patent number: 7060023
    Abstract: This is a surgical device and a method of using it. In particular, the device is one for reinforcing the pericardial sac surrounding the heart to assist in the treatment of congestive heart failure. The device, generically, is an enclosure having an interior and an exterior. The interior surface is made in such a way that it tends not to or does not form adhesions with or accept ingrowth with the myocardial tissue of the epicardium. The exterior surface of the device, in contrast, is adapted to adhere to or to ingrow with or otherwise attach sufficiently to the pericardium so that it reinforces that membrane or structure. The nature of the device is that it tends not to allow the pericardium to expand further with time. The device, after complete deployment, should envelope some measure of pericardial fluid in its interior separating it from the epicardial surface. This device helps to prevent further declination of the heart during congestive heart failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: The Foundry Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald G. French, Sunmi K. Chew, Hanson S. Gifford, III, Bernard H. Andreas
  • Patent number: 7056280
    Abstract: The symptoms of congenital heart failure are addressed in this surgical procedure for mounting a patch in the ventricle of the heart to reduce ventricular volume. Placement of the patch is facilitated by palpating a beating heart to identify akinetic, although normal appearing, tissue. The patch has an oval configuration facilitating return of the heart to a normal apical shape which enhances muscle fiber efficiency and a normal writhing pumping action. The patch includes a semi-rigid ring, and a circumferential rim to address bleeding. Patch placement is further enhanced by creating a Fontan neck and use of pledged sutures. Intraoperative vascularization and valve replacement is easily accommodated. Increased injection fraction, reduced muscle stress, improved myocardial protection, and ease of accurate patch placement are all achieved with this procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: CorRestore, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald D. Buckberg, Constantine L. Athanasuleas
  • Patent number: 7052516
    Abstract: A spinal disc annulus repair stent for repair and reconstruction of the spinal disc wall (annulus) after surgical invasion or pathologic rupture, which may incorporate suture closure or other means of stent insertion and fixation, designed to reduce the failure rate of conventional surgical procedures on the spinal discs. In an illustrative embodiment, the design of the spinal disc annulus stent advantageously allows ingrowth of normal cells of healing in an enhanced fashion strengthening the normal reparative process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Anulex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Cauthen, III, Matthew M. Burns, Thomas R. Hektner, Paul Burmeister, Lawrence W. Wales, Daniel O. Adams, Rodney L. Houfburg
  • Patent number: 7041136
    Abstract: A prosthesis for the replacement of a diseased or traumatized facet of a mammalian vertebra includes a surface that articulates with another prosthetic facet or a natural facet, a portion that replaces at least a bony portion of the diseased or traumatized spine facet which is to be replaced, and an element to attach the prosthesis to the vertebra in a manner that does not require attachment to or abutment against the posterior arch. A method of installing the prosthesis includes the steps of resecting at least a portion of a facet and attaching the prosthesis in a manner that does not require attachment or abutment against the posterior arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Facet Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Marlowe Goble, T. Wade Fallin, Robert W. Hoy
  • Patent number: 7037332
    Abstract: A medical device coated with one or more antibodies and one or more layers of a matrix is disclosed. The antibodies or fragments thereof react with an endothelial cell surface antigen. Also disclosed are compositions and methods for producing the medical device. The matrix coating the medical device may be composed of a synthetic material, such as a fullerene, or a naturally occurring material. The fullerenes range from about C60 to about C100. The medical device may be a stent or a synthetic graft. The antibodies promote the adherence of cells captured in vivo on the medical device. The antibodies may be mixed with the matrix or covalently tethered through a linker molecule to the matrix. Following adherence to the medical device, the cells differentiate and proliferate on the medical device. The antibodies may be different types of monoclonal antibodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Orbus Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John Bradley Kutryk, Robert John Cottone, Jr., Stephen Maxwell Rowland
  • Patent number: 7037343
    Abstract: An implantable stomach prosthesis is provided for surgically replacing or augmenting all or part of the antrum and/or pylorus of a stomach. The prosthesis controls the passage of food from the stomach to the small intestine. The prosthesis may be configured to churn ingested material and release it from the stomach through a prosthetic pyloric valve. At least one expandable member is arranged to be expanded to control the passage of food and/or to mimic the churning action of a patient's stomach. The prosthesis includes an outer support structure, a flexible inner member forming a conduit for the movement of material, and at least one expandable member located between the outer support structure and inner member. An implantable pump system is provided for inflating and deflating the expandable member(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Python, Inc.
    Inventor: Mir A. Imran
  • Patent number: 7033395
    Abstract: A surgical method of repair and reconstruction of the spinal disc wall (annulus) after surgical invasion or pathologic rupture, incorporating suture closure, or stent insertion and fixation, designed to reduce the failure rate of conventional surgical procedures on the spinal discs. The design of the spinal disc annulus stent allows ingrowth of normal cells of healing in an enhanced fashion strengthening the normal reparative process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Anulex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph C. Cauthen
  • Patent number: 7033387
    Abstract: A device to provide body fluid flow control in the form of a valve to be located within a duct or passageway. The device is controlled through pressure above a preselected threshold. Bulk resilience about a passageway in a valve body provides the mechanism for controlled flow. One-way valve operation may be provided through a flap or through a pressure differential on the valve body depending upon the direction of flow. A frame structure positioned within a resilient seal includes longitudinally elongate elements which may be of spring material, malleable material or heat recoverable material so as to accomplish an initial insertion state and an expanded anchoring state. A valve support transitions between the resilient seal portion and the valve body to insure that the states do not change the threshold opening pressure. Insertion devices may be employed to position and actuate a change of state of the frame in the body duct or passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Emphasys Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gholam-Reza Zadno-Azizi, John S. Ford, April Marano-Ford
  • Patent number: 7014656
    Abstract: A positive power anterior chamber ocular implant for placement in a phakic eye is disclosed to correct refractive errors caused by hyperopia which includes at least one convex surface and haptics for positioning the lens in the anterior chamber of the eye. Contact between the lens and other anatomic bodies, such as the anatomical lens, the corneal endothelium and iris is avoided, and the haptics avoid contact with the iris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventor: Miles A. Galin
  • Patent number: 7011682
    Abstract: A medical apparatus and method for remodeling a mitral valve annulus adjacent to the coronary sinus includes an elongate body having a proximal end and a distal end. The elongate body is movable from a first, flexible configuration for transluminal delivery to at least a portion of the coronary sinus to a second configuration for remodeling the mitral valve annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Randall Lashinski, David Taylor, Matthew Birdsall, Jan Lau
  • Patent number: 7004970
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and devices for annulus disc repair with and without the use of a patch or stent. The methods and devices are particularly suited to the repair and/or reconstruction of the spinal disc wall (annulus) after surgical invasion or pathologic rupture, with reduced failure rate as compared to conventional surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Anulex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Cauthen III, Matthew M. Burns, Lawrence W. Wales, Brian L. Dukart, Bradley J. Wessman, Rodney L. Houfburg, Paul Burmeister
  • Patent number: 6997951
    Abstract: A device for treatment of mitral annulus dilation is disclosed, wherein the device comprises two states. In a first of these states the device is insertable into the coronary sinus and has a shape of the coronary sinus. When positioned in the coronary sinus, the device is transferable to the second state assuming a reduced radius of curvature, whereby the radius of curvature of the coronary sinus and the radius of curvature as well as the circumference of the mitral annulus is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Jan Otto Solem, Per-Ola Kimblad, Randolf von Oepen, Bodo Quint, Gerd Seibold, Kenneth J. Michlitsch, Suk-Woo Ha, Karl-Ludwig Eckert, Ib Joergensen, Stevan Nielsen
  • Patent number: 6997956
    Abstract: A surgical method of repair and reconstruction of the spinal disc wall (annulus) after surgical invasion or pathologic rupture, incorporating suture closure, or stent insertion and fixation, designed to reduce the failure rate of conventional surgical procedures on the spinal discs. The design of the spinal disc annulus stent allows ingrowth of normal cells of healing in an enhanced fashion strengthening the normal reparative process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Anulex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph C. Cauthen
  • Patent number: 6994724
    Abstract: Single tubular woven or bifurcated prostheses are disclosed having varying diameters and tapered transitions. The prostheses comprise a seam along the tapered edges, thereby providing a substantially fluid-tight transition between sections or extents of the prostheses. The seam may be located at an edge where fabric of the prosthesis tapers from one diameter to a different diameter and/or at a point where the prosthesis splits such as a bifurcation. The seamed crotch may be used for tapered and non-tapered bifurcated grafts. The seam may be woven directly on a weaving loom or joined together after weaving is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: McMurray Fabrics, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 6989028
    Abstract: A medical apparatus and method suitable for remodeling a mitral valve annulus adjacent to the coronary sinus. The apparatus comprises an elongate body having a proximal region and a distal region. Each of the proximal and distal regions is dimensioned to reside completely within the vascular system. The elongate body may be moved from a first configuration for transluminal delivery to at least a portion of the coronary sinus to a second configuration for remodeling the mitral valve annulus proximate the coronary sinus. A forming element may be attached to the elongate body for manipulating the elongate body from the first transluminal configuration to the second remodeling configuration. Further, the elongate body may comprise a tube having a plurality of transverse slots therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Randall T. Lashinski, Matthew J. Birdsall, Michael D. Lesh