Patents by Inventor Bernard A. Hausen

Bernard A. Hausen 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).

  • Publication number: 20070043387
    Abstract: A tool that has an introducer having a space therein and a distal aperture at the distal end thereof, and a spike movable within the introducer, may be used in a surgical method for treating a vessel wall. A tissue plug may be removed from the vessel wall with the spike, whereby an opening remains in the vessel wall. The spike then may be moved within the space in the introducer in a direction away from the longitudinal centerline of the distal aperture. An object then may be delivered through the introducer and out of the distal aperture to the opening in the vessel wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Brendan Donohoe, Scott Anderson, Theodore Bender, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen, Michael Hendricksen, James Nielsen
  • Patent number: 7175637
    Abstract: An anastomosis device is a one piece device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The anastomosis device includes an expandable tube configured to have a graft vessel secured to the tube. The device has an expandable linkage positioned at one end of the device and expansion of this linkage causes a first radially extending flange to fold outward. This first flange abuts an interior wall of a target vessel and a second flange is formed which abuts an exterior wall of the target vessel trapping the target vessel between the two flanges and secures the end of the graft vessel into an opening in the wall of the target vessel. The device greatly increases the speed with which anastomosis can be performed over known suturing methods and allows anastomosis to be performed in tight spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Bernard A. Hausen
  • Patent number: 7172608
    Abstract: An anastomosis device is a one piece device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The anastomosis device includes an expandable tube configured to have a graft vessel secured to the tube. The device has an expandable linkage positioned at one end of the device and expansion of this linkage causes a first radially extending flange to fold outward. This first flange abuts an interior wall of a target vessel and a second flange is formed which abuts an exterior wall of the target vessel trapping the target vessel between the two flanges and secures the end of the graft vessel into an opening in the wall of the target vessel. The device greatly increases the speed with which anastomosis can be performed over known suturing methods and allows anastomosis to be performed in tight spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Bernard A. Hausen
  • Patent number: 7144405
    Abstract: A tissue punch for creating a hole in the wall of a target blood vessel for receiving an anastomosis device includes a piercing element for penetrating the tissue and a cutting element for cutting a plug of tissue around the pierced hole. The tissue punch includes a trocar for inserting the piercing element. After punching is complete, the piercing element is removed from the trocar through a side wall of the trocar so that a medical device can be deployed through the trocar lumen. The tissue punch may also include a tissue trap for trapping the plug of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Brendan M. Donohoe, Scott C. Anderson, Theodore Bender, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen, Michael Hendricksen, James T. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 7128749
    Abstract: An anastomosis device is a one piece device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The anastomosis device includes an expandable tube configured to have a graft vessel secured to the tube. The device has an expandable linkage positioned at one end of the device and expansion of this linkage causes a first radially extending flange to fold outward. This first flange abuts an interior wall of a target vessel and a second flange is formed which abuts an exterior wall of the target vessel trapping the target vessel between the two flanges and secures the end of the graft vessel into an opening in the wall of the target vessel. The device greatly increases the speed with which anastomosis can be performed over known suturing methods and allows anastomosis to be performed in tight spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Bernard A. Hausen
  • Publication number: 20060241660
    Abstract: A surgical tool for performing anastomosis may include a handle and a tissue effector connected by a shaft, at least party of which may be flexible. The tissue effector may include a staple holder connected to an anvil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: David Bombard, Jaime Vargas, James Nielsen, Philipe Manoux, Tenny Chang, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen, Brendan Donohoe, Theodore Bender, Nathan White, Bryan Knodel
  • Publication number: 20060217744
    Abstract: A system for closing an opening in tissue may include an end effector that holds a staple, where the staple is plastically deformed to a splayed configuration for engaging tissue, then plastically deformed to a closed condition for closing the opening. The system may include one or more butterfly members configured to register the opening to the end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Inventors: Theodore Bender, Zachary Warder-Gabaldon, Matthew Newell, Bernard Hausen, Brian DuBois, Bryan Knodel
  • Publication number: 20060212054
    Abstract: An anastomosis system may include a deployment tool and an anastomosis device, where the anastomosis device may include a first section restrained by the deployment tool, and at least one second section separable from the first section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, James Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Brendan Donohoe, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen
  • Patent number: 7108702
    Abstract: An anastomosis device may include at least one first element connectible to at least one second element, where at least one first element is frangible. At least one second element may include at least one opening therethrough, where each opening receives a corresponding first element. At least one deflectable tab may extend into at least one opening to engage a corresponding first element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Yencho, Bernard A. Hausen
  • Publication number: 20060155313
    Abstract: An integrated anastomosis tool may be used to connect an end of a graft vessel to a side of a target vessel. The integrated anastomosis tool may include a vessel penetrating member configured to penetrate the side of the target vessel, a tubular anastomosis device configured to connect the end of the graft vessel to the side of the target vessel, and an applicator for deploying the anastomosis device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventors: Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen
  • Patent number: 7063712
    Abstract: An anastomosis system and method uses an anvil to control and support a tissue site during an anastomosis procedure. The anvil is particularly useful for supporting a wall of a coronary artery during attachment of a graft vessel to the coronary artery because the wall of the coronary artery is very thin, difficult to grasp, and susceptible to tearing. In one method, the anvil is inserted into a pressurized or unpressurized target vessel and is pulled against an inner wall of the target vessel causing tenting of the thin tissue of the vessel wall. A graft vessel is then advanced to the anastomosis site and an end of the graft vessel is positioned adjacent and exterior of the target vessel. Staples are inserted through the tissue of the graft vessel and the target vessel by pivoting the arms of a staple holder towards the anvil. When the ends of the staples engage staple bending features on the anvil, the ends of the staples bend over securing the graft vessel and target vessel together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Michael Hendricksen, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Brendan Donohoe
  • Publication number: 20060116699
    Abstract: A method and system for performing anastomosis may use an anvil to control and support a tissue site during an anastomosis procedure involving tissue bonding techniques such as adhesive tissue bonding. Adhesive may be applied to mating surfaces of the graft and/or target vessels either before or after the vessels are brought into contact. Adhesive may be applied via an applicator associated with the anvil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 1, 2006
    Inventors: David Bombard, Theodore Bender, Tenny Chang, Jaime Vargas, Michael Hendricksen, Stephen Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard Hausen, Brendan Donohoe
  • Patent number: 7048751
    Abstract: A medical device which can be implanted at a target site in a living body. The device includes an inner flange formed by radial expansion of the device and an outer flange formed by axial compression of the device. The device can include an implant portion and a discard portion which separate from each other during formation of the outer flange. The separation can occur by fracturing a frangible linkage or by mechanically separating a portion of the outer flange from a deployment tool. The device can be a one piece anastomosis device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The inner and outer flanges capture the edges of an opening in a target vessel and secure the graft vessel to the opening in the target vessel. The device greatly increases the speed with which anastomosis can be performed over known suturing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, James T. Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Brendan M. Donohoe, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen
  • Patent number: 7041110
    Abstract: Anastomotic stents for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel, and methods of use thereof. The anastomotic stents of the invention are suitable for use in a variety of anastomosis procedures, including coronary artery bypass grafting. One embodiment of the invention comprises a large vessel anastomotic stent for use with large diameter target vessels such as the aorta or its major side branches. Another embodiment of the invention comprises a small vessel anastomotic stent for use on a target vessel which has a small diameter such as a coronary artery. Another aspect of the invention involves applicators for use with the stents of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Yencho, Bernard A. Hausen
  • Patent number: 7018388
    Abstract: Anastomotic stents for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel, and methods of use thereof. The anastomotic stents of the invention are suitable for use in a variety of anastomosis procedures, including coronary artery bypass grafting. One embodiment of the invention comprises a large vessel anastomotic stent for use with large diameter target vessels such as the aorta or its major side branches. Another embodiment of the invention comprises a small vessel anastomotic stent for use on a target vessel which has a small diameter such as a coronary artery. Another aspect of the invention involves applicators for use with the stents of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Yencho, Bernard A. Hausen
  • Patent number: 7014618
    Abstract: A single measurement tool is configured to measure at least one characteristic of a tubular tissue structure during a surgical procedure. The measurement tool may include an indentation defined therein that is placed against a tubular structure such as the aorta to determine whether that tubular structure has a radius larger than or smaller than the radius of curvature of the indentation. The measurement tool may include a number of first recesses for measuring the diameter of a tubular structure. The measurement tool may include at least one second recess for measuring the wall thickness of a tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose R. Carranza, Scott O. Chamness, Theodore M. Bender, Bernard A. Hausen
  • Patent number: 7014644
    Abstract: A method and system for performing anastomosis uses an anvil to control and support a tissue site during an anastomosis procedure involving tissue bonding techniques such as tissue welding and adhesive tissue bonding. The anvil is particularly useful for supporting a wall of a coronary artery during attachment of a graft vessel in a coronary artery bypass graft procedure. The anvil is inserted into a pressurized or unpressurized target vessel and is pulled against an inner wall of the target vessel causing tenting of the thin tissue of the vessel wall. A graft vessel is then advanced to the anastomosis site and an end of the graft vessel is positioned adjacent an exterior of the target vessel. When tissue welding is used, a graft vessel fixture is positioned over the tissue surfaces to be welded in order to clamp the graft and target vessel tissue together. The tissue contacting surfaces of the anvil and/or graft vessel fixture are provided with one or more energy applying surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bombard, Theodore Bender, Tenny Chang, Jaime Vargas, Michael Hendricksen, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Brendan Donohoe
  • Patent number: 7004949
    Abstract: Anastomotic stents for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel, and methods of use thereof. The anastomotic stents of the invention are suitable for use in a variety of anastomosis procedures, including coronary artery bypass grafting. One embodiment of the invention comprises a large vessel anastomotic stent for use with large diameter target vessels such as the aorta or its major side branches. Another embodiment of the invention comprises a small vessel anastomotic stent for use on a target vessel which has a small diameter such as a coronary artery. Another aspect of the invention involves applicators for use with the stents of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Yencho, Bernard A. Hausen
  • Patent number: 6994714
    Abstract: An anastomosis system and method uses an anvil to control and support a tissue site during an anastomosis procedure. The anvil is particularly useful for supporting a wall of a coronary artery during attachment of a graft vessel to the coronary artery because the wall of the coronary artery is very thin, difficult to grasp, and susceptible to tearing. In one method, the anvil is inserted into a pressurized or unpressurized target vessel and is pulled against an inner wall of the target vessel causing tenting of the thin tissue of the vessel wall. A graft vessel is then advanced to the anastomosis site and an end of the graft vessel is positioned adjacent and exterior of the target vessel. Staples are inserted through the tissue of the graft vessel and the target vessel by pivoting the arms of a staple holder towards the anvil. When the ends of the staples engage staple bending features on the anvil, the ends of the staples bend over securing the graft vessel and target vessel together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Michael Hendricksen, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Brendan Donohoe
  • Publication number: 20050267498
    Abstract: A device for everting an end of a hollow tissue structure may include a mandrel and a collar proximal to the mandrel. The mandrel may be elastomeric and deformable. At least one of the collar and the mandrel may be movable relative to the other. Deformation of the mandrel everts the end of the hollow tissue structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Hendricksen, Theodore Bender, Brendan Donohoe, Jaime Vargas, Andrew Frazier, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen