Patents by Inventor Anne M. Pianca

Anne M. Pianca has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10716935
    Abstract: An implantable electrical stimulation lead includes a lead body having a proximal portion and a distal portion; electrodes disposed along the distal portion of the lead body; terminals disposed along the proximal portion of the lead body; conductor extending along the lead body and electrically coupling the electrodes to the terminals; and a flexible hinge forming part of the distal portion of the lead body and disposed proximal to the electrodes, wherein the flexible hinge is structurally distinguishable from adjacent regions of the lead body and more flexible than the adjacent regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jacob B. Leven, Anne M. Pianca
  • Patent number: 10342983
    Abstract: A connector for an implantable electrical medical device can include a connector housing having a first portion and a second portion that can partially separate to receive a lead or lead extension into a connector lumen of the connector housing. The connector also includes at least one connector magnetic element coupled to each of the first and second portions of the connector housing to couple to at least one corresponding magnetic element in the lead or lead extension to align the lead or lead extension within the connector lumen of the connector housing. An electrical stimulation lead can include at least one lead magnetic element disposed along the proximal end of the lead body to couple to at least one corresponding magnetic element in a connector to align the lead within a connector lumen of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ranjan Krishna Mukhari Nageri, Geoffrey Abellana Villarta, Anne M. Pianca
  • Publication number: 20190001136
    Abstract: An implantable stimulator device is disclosed preferably having a lead portion and an electronics module integrated and implantable as a single unit, which can enable trial stimulation to occur in a fully implanted solution for a lengthened or unlimited duration. The side of the housing of the electronic module includes a stylet channel which proceeds through the housing at an angle to the implantable stimulator's long axis and bends to proceed through the lead portion along the long axis. The stylet channel can receive a lead stylet to allow the lead portion and the electronics module to be properly positioned within the patient. Because the proximal end of the lead stylet exits the housing of the electronics module at an angle, it provides a handle to steer the lead portion for proper placement within the spinal column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua D. Howard, Anne M. Pianca, Benjamin P. Hahn
  • Publication number: 20180126152
    Abstract: An implantable electrical stimulation lead includes a lead body having a proximal portion and a distal portion; electrodes disposed along the distal portion of the lead body; terminals disposed along the proximal portion of the lead body; conductor extending along the lead body and electrically coupling the electrodes to the terminals; and a flexible hinge forming part of the distal portion of the lead body and disposed proximal to the electrodes, wherein the flexible hinge is structurally distinguishable from adjacent regions of the lead body and more flexible than the adjacent regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Jacob B. Leven, Anne M. Pianca
  • Patent number: 9937341
    Abstract: A lead is configured and arranged for brain stimulation. The lead includes a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end includes a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end. The distal end has a non-circular transverse cross-sectional shape and includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end. A plurality of conductive wires electrically couple at least one of the plurality of electrodes to at least one of the plurality of terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Courtney C. Lane, James C. Makous, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai
  • Publication number: 20170304610
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward apparatuses, systems and methods for treating an ischemic brain injury. Certain aspects include delivering the treatment substrate to a therapy region in a patient's brain. In addition, certain aspects of the disclosure can include using a number of electrodes arranged with a deep brain stimulation lead to identify the therapy region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Barbara Huibregtse, Anne M. Pianca, Eric Schneider, Lynne Swanson
  • Publication number: 20170203104
    Abstract: A connector for an implantable electrical medical device can include a connector housing having a first portion and a second portion that can partially separate to receive a lead or lead extension into a connector lumen of the connector housing. The connector also includes at least one connector magnetic element coupled to each of the first and second portions of the connector housing to couple to at least one corresponding magnetic element in the lead or lead extension to align the lead or lead extension within the connector lumen of the connector housing. An electrical stimulation lead can include at least one lead magnetic element disposed along the proximal end of the lead body to couple to at least one corresponding magnetic element in a connector to align the lead within a connector lumen of the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Ranjan Krishna Mukhari Nageri, Geoffrey Abellana Villarta, Anne M. Pianca
  • Publication number: 20170197086
    Abstract: An example of a system may include a processor subsystem; and a memory device comprising instructions, which when executed by the processor subsystem, cause the processor subsystem to: receive at an application executing on a user device, a request to modify the application; transmit the request to an administrative user device for approval; receive a response to the request from the administrative user device; and modify a functionality of the application in response to receiving the response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Joshua Dale Howard, Anne M. Pianca
  • Patent number: 9387319
    Abstract: A lead stimulation/recording system is provided, which is a combination of a permanent DBS stimulating lead and a recording microelectrode. The DBS lead has a lumen extending from the proximal to the distal end of the lead, the lumen having an opening on each end of the lead. The microelectrode is configured and dimensioned to be insertable into the DBS lead from either the distal or proximal opening of the DBS lead, thereby permitting the microelectrode to be placed before, concurrently with, or after placement of the DBS lead. In addition, the system may be used with known microelectrode recording systems and methods of inserting the electrodes, such as the five-at-a-time method, the dual-microdrive method, or the single microdrive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Anne M. Pianca
  • Patent number: 9220811
    Abstract: In various aspects, the present invention is directed to implantable neurostimulation leads and methods for their formation. In various additional aspects, the present invention is directed to medical devices having silicone-containing regions with overlying polymeric layers and to methods of forming the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Holman Overstreet, Anne M. Pianca, Janusz A. Kuzman, Aditya Pandit, Shaina Brito, Robert E. Richard, Kerri DiPietro, Frederick H. Strickler, Mark Boden, Lan Pham, William Orinski
  • Patent number: 9101756
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a burr hole plug assembly offer significant improvements for allowing lead and/or cannula access through a burr hole drilled through a patient's skull in connection with a Deep Brain Stimulation system, and subsequent sealing of such burr hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M Pianca, Carla M Mann, Tom Xiaohai He, Michael Dogali
  • Publication number: 20150151111
    Abstract: A lead is configured and arranged for brain stimulation. The lead includes a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end includes a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end. The distal end has a non-circular transverse cross-sectional shape and includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end. A plurality of conductive wires electrically couple at least one of the plurality of electrodes to at least one of the plurality of terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Courtney C. Lane, James C. Makous, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai
  • Patent number: 8805543
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various embodiments of an insertion tool that affords steerability of the paddle-style electrode during implantation without causing damage to the insulation and/or the contacts of the paddle-style electrode. One embodiment is described as having a “pin fork” configuration; another a “shovel” configuration; and yet another has tabs or a lumen on the paddle-style electrode for facilitating the insertion of a stylet. The various embodiments for the insertion tool allow for adjustments of the paddle-style electrode in both the medial/lateral and inferior/superior directions allowing the surgeon to steer the paddle-style electrode to the desired stimulation site within the epidural space of the spinal column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Janusz A. Kuzma, Chuladatta Thenuwara
  • Patent number: 8712542
    Abstract: An implantable lead includes an inner core substrate. A plurality of conductors that include at least one layer of at least one conductive material are deposited on the inner core substrate. A patterned insulator layer is disposed over the conductors such that at least two regions of each conductor remain exposed through the insulator. A patterned terminal layer defines a plurality of separated terminals that are deposited at a proximal end of the lead. At least one terminal is electrically coupled to each conductor via at least one of the exposed regions of the at least one conductor. A patterned electrode layer defines a plurality of separated electrodes that are deposited at a distal end of the lead. At least one electrode is electrically coupled to each conductor via at least one of the exposed regions of the at least one conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: David Michael McMorrow, Anne M. Pianca
  • Publication number: 20140100586
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various embodiments of an insertion tool that affords steerability of the paddle-style electrode during implantation without causing damage to the insulation and/or the contacts of the paddle-style electrode. One embodiment is described as having a “pin fork” configuration; another a “shovel” configuration; and yet another has tabs or a lumen on the paddle-style electrode for facilitating the insertion of a stylet. The various embodiments for the insertion tool allow for adjustments of the paddle-style electrode in both the medial/lateral and inferior/superior directions allowing the surgeon to steer the paddle-style electrode to the desired stimulation site within the epidural space of the spinal column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Janusz A. Kuzma, Chuladatta Thenuwara
  • Patent number: 8688218
    Abstract: A lead-connection system includes a lead and a connector. The lead includes a distal end, a proximal end, a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end, a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end, and a plurality of conductor wires electrically coupling each of the plurality of electrodes to a different one of the plurality of terminals. The connector defines a port for receiving the proximal end of the lead and a plurality of connector contacts. The number of connector contacts is greater than the number of terminals disposed on the proximal end of the lead. When the connector receives the proximal end of the lead, each of the terminals disposed on the proximal end of the lead makes electrical contact with at least one of the connector contacts of the connector and no two terminals make electrical contact with a same one of the connector contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Anne M. Pianca
  • Patent number: 8688235
    Abstract: A lead has a first lead section; a second lead section; and a transition member disposed between the first and second lead sections at a transition site. Material of at least one of the first lead section and the second lead section passes through openings in the transition member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Mathew J. Phillips, Joshua D. Howard
  • Patent number: 8646172
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a stimulation lead includes providing a lead body having an insulation section that defines a central lumen extending along the insulation section and conductor lumens extending along the insulation section and arranged around, and external to, the central lumen. The lead body also includes conductive contacts located along an axial end of the lead body and conductor wires with each conductor wire disposed within one of the conductor lumens and each of the conductor lumens having at least one of the conductor wires disposed therein. After providing the lead body, conductively at least one of the conductor wires to each of the conductive contacts; and placing non-conductive material into a portion of at least one of the conductor lumens of the lead body. A portion of the conductor lumens and at least a portion of the non-conductive material are disposed radially beneath the conductive contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Janusz A. Kuzma, Anne M. Pianca
  • Patent number: 8606367
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various embodiments of an insertion tool that affords steerability of the paddle-style electrode during implantation without causing damage to the insulation and/or the contacts of the paddle-style electrode. One embodiment is described as having a “pin fork” configuration; another a “shovel” configuration; and yet another has tabs or a lumen on the paddle-style electrode for facilitating the insertion of a stylet. The various embodiments for the insertion tool allow for adjustments of the paddle-style electrode in both the medial/lateral and inferior/superior directions allowing the surgeon to steer the paddle-style electrode to the desired stimulation site within the epidural space of the spinal column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Janusz A. Kuzma, Chuladatta Thenuwara
  • Patent number: 8364278
    Abstract: A lead assembly for a small implantable medical device connects a remote electrode to a microdevice and inhibits fluid ingress into the connection. Microdevices may provide either or both tissue stimulation and sensing. Known microdevices include spaced apart electrodes on the outer surface of the microdevice. The lead assembly includes an insulated lead including a proximal end and a distal end, with at least one conductor therebetween; at least one electrode at the distal end of the lead and electrically connected to the at least one conductor, and a connector attached to the proximal end of the lead and adapted to be removably connectable to the microdevice. The connector includes at least one contact to electrically connect at least one device electrode on the microdevice to the at least one conductor. The lead assembly is configured to inhibit fluid ingress into the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Todd K. Whitehurst, James P. McGivern