Patents by Inventor Brandon G. Walsh

Brandon G. Walsh 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: 7758634
    Abstract: A bifurcated stent includes a first stent section and a second stent section. The first stent section is balloon expandable, has an unexpanded configuration, an expanded configuration, and a tubular wall defining a secondary opening. The secondary stent section is self-expanding and an end of the secondary stent section is engaged to a portion of the tubular wall of the primary stent section defining the secondary opening. The secondary stent section has an unexpanded configuration with a first length and an expanded configuration with a second length where the first length is less than the second length. The secondary stent section is expanded to the expanded configuration after the primary stent section is expanded to the expanded configuration. The secondary stent section forms a portion of the tubular wall of the primary stent section in the unexpanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory G. Brucker, Enrique Malaret, Todd Hall, David Byrd, Gerald Hubbs, Gregory Furnish, Josh Barber, Indaka Gunasekara, Benjamin Morris, Valerie Futral, Sava A. Chernomordik, William C. Mers Kelly, William A. Reuss, Simon Furnish, Michael A. Wilson, Hacene Bouadi, John C. Muskivitch, Matthew L. Pease, David A. Rahdert, Travis Rowe, Gregory M. Ruhf, Brandon G. Walsh, Thomas Banks, Russ Redmond, Claude Vidal
  • Publication number: 20100179634
    Abstract: Prosthetic valves and their component parts are described, as are prosthetic valve delivery devices and methods for their use. The prosthetic valves are particularly adapted for use in percutaneous aortic valve replacement procedures. The delivery devices are particularly adapted for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The preferred delivery device includes a catheter having a deployment mechanism attached to its distal end, and a handle mechanism attached to its proximal end. A plurality of tethers are provided to selectively restrain the valve during deployment. A number of mechanisms for active deployment of partially expanded prosthetic valves are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: David C. Forster, Scott Heneveld, Brandon G. Walsh, Brian Beckey
  • Publication number: 20090254177
    Abstract: A system for delivering and deploying a self-expandable heart valve to a site of implantation such as the aortic annulus includes a deployment mechanism that engages the valve and regulates the rate of expansion of both the proximal and distal ends thereof. The heart valve may be a rolled-type valve and the deployment mechanism may include a plurality of distal fingers and a plurality of proximal fingers that engage the outer layer of the head valve. Controlled radial movement of the fingers regulates the unwinding of the rolled heart valve. The fingers may be removed prior to inflation of a balloon to fully expand the valve, or the fingers may be repositioned to the inside of the valve for this purpose. The deployment mechanism may include an umbrella structure that forces the rolled valve outward into its fully expanded configuration. Alternatively, a gear shaft that engages one or more gear tracks on the valve may be utilized to regulate expansion of the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Jibin Yang, Matthew Lane Pease, Scott Hyler Heneveld, SR., Brandon G. Walsh
  • Patent number: 7556646
    Abstract: A system for delivering and deploying a self-expandable heart valve includes a deployment mechanism that engages the valve and regulates the rate of expansion of both the proximal and distal ends thereof. The deployment mechanism may include a plurality of distal fingers and a plurality of proximal fingers that engage the end portions of the heart valve. Controlled radial movement of the fingers regulates the expansion of the heart valve such that the proximal and distal ends radially expand at the same rate. A stabilization balloon may be used to axially and radially locate the deployment mechanism relative to the site of implantation. Methods of operation of the delivery and deployment mechanism include regulating the rate of self-expansion of the valve and forcing the valve outward into its fully expanded configuration utilizing the same or different means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Jibin Yang, Scott Hyler Heneveld, Sr., Matthew Lane Pease, Brandon G. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20090132035
    Abstract: Prosthetic valves and their component parts are described, as are prosthetic valve delivery devices and methods for their use. The prosthetic valves are particularly adapted for use in percutaneous aortic valve replacement procedures. The delivery devices may be adapted for use in minimally invasive or endovascular surgical procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Alex T. Roth, David C. Forster, Brandon G. Walsh, Brian Beckey, Scott Heneveld, Richard S. Ginn
  • Publication number: 20090099554
    Abstract: Torque shafts and other related systems and methods are described herein. In one embodiment, the torque shafts are both flexible and capable of transmitting torque. An apparatus for transmission of torque includes an elongate body, comprising a plurality of joint segments, each joint segment configured to pivot with respect to an adjacent segment and being further configured to have at least two link elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: David C. Forster, Alex T. Roth, Brian Beckey, Brandon G. Walsh, Scott Heneveld
  • Patent number: 7374571
    Abstract: Expandable heart valves for minimally invasive valve replacement surgeries are disclosed. The valves are rolled into a first, contracted configuration for minimally invasive delivery using a catheter, and then unrolled or unfurled at the implantation site. One- and two-piece stents may be used in conjunction with a plurality of flexible leaflet-forming membranes. The stents may include an annulus section, a sinus section with the membranes attached over sinus apertures, and an outflow section. Lockout tabs and making slots secure the stents in their expanded shapes. Alignment structure ensures concentric unfurling of the stent. Anchoring elements at the stent edges or in the stent body secure the valve within the annulus. A method of manufacture includes shape setting the sheet-like stent to ensure an outward bias during deployment. The stent may also include dear tracks for engagement with a gear mechanism for deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew L. Pease, Brandon G. Walsh, Jibin Yang
  • Patent number: 7276084
    Abstract: Expandable heart valves for minimally invasive valve replacement surgeries are disclosed. The valves are rolled into a first, contracted configuration for minimally invasive delivery and then unrolled or unfurled at the implantation site. One- and two-piece stents may be used in conjunction with a plurality of flexible leaflet-forming membranes. The one-piece stents may include an annulus anchoring section, a sinus section with the membranes attached over sinus apertures, and a rigid outflow section. The two-piece stent may include a primary stent to provide a tubular base at the annulus, and a secondary stent having the membranes that couples within the primary stent. Lockout tabs to secure the stents in their expanded shapes are provided. Also, alignment structure may be provided to ensure concentric unfurling. Anchoring barbs at the stent edges or in the stent body secure the valve within the annulus. Methods of implantation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Jibin Yang, Matthew L. Pease, Brandon G. Walsh
  • Patent number: 6733525
    Abstract: Expandable heart valves for minimally invasive valve replacement surgeries are disclosed. The valves are rolled into a first, contracted configuration for minimally invasive delivery and then unrolled or unfurled at the implantation site. One- and two-piece stents may be used in conjunction with a plurality of flexible leaflet-forming membranes. The one-piece stents may include an annulus anchoring section, a sinus section with the membranes attached over sinus apertures, and a rigid outflow section. The two-piece stent may include a primary stent to provide a tubular base at the annulus, and a secondary stent having the membranes that couples within the primary stent. Lockout tabs to secure the stents in their expanded shapes are provided. Also, alignment structure may be provided to ensure concentric unfurling. Anchoring barbs at the stent edges or in the stent body secure the valve within the annulus. Methods of implantation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Jibin Yang, Matthew L. Pease, Brandon G. Walsh
  • Patent number: 6723122
    Abstract: Storage containers for expandable heart valves for minimally invasive valve replacement surgeries are disclosed. The containers permit an expandable valve to be stored in its expanded configuration and then converted to its contracted configuration while still in the container. A mechanism incorporated into the container facilitates the conversion. For example, the container may have a base and a lid, and a crank manipulable from outside. The lid actuates a key within the container that engages the valve to perform the contraction. If the valve is a spirally wound type of expandable valve, the key may be attached to an inner side edge and rotated to wind the valve into a tight spiral. A drain in the container may facilitate removal of a preservative solution so that the valve can be seen during the contraction process, or so that the valve can be rinsed while still within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Jibin Yang, Matthew Lane Pease, Brandon G. Walsh
  • Patent number: 6695877
    Abstract: A bifurcated stent comprises a first stent section and a second stent section. Each stent section is expandable from a predeployed state to a deployed state independently from one another. The second stent section having an end engaged to a receiving region of the first stent section. In the deployed state the first stent section defines a primary flow path and the second stent section defines a secondary flow path in fluid communication with the first flow path. At least a portion of one or both the first stent section and second stent section is constructed from a wire member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems
    Inventors: Gregory G. Brucker, Todd Hall, Enrique Malaret, David Byrd, Gerald Hubbs, Gregory Furnish, Josh Barber, Indaka Gunasekara, Benjamin Morris, Valerie Futral, Sava A. Chernomordik, William C. Mers Kelly, William A. Reuss, Jr., Simon Furnish, Michael W. Wilson, Hacene Bouadi, John C. Muskivitch, Matthew L. Pease, David A. Rahdert, Travis Rowe, Gregory M. Ruhf, Brandon G. Walsh, Claude Vidal, Thomas Banks, Russ Redmond
  • Publication number: 20030097169
    Abstract: Systems for delivering a bifurcated stent to a bifurcation site comprise catheters and/or bifurcated stents delivered therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventors: Gregory G. Brucker, Enrique Malaret, Todd Hall, David Byrd, Gerald Hubbs, Gregory Furnish, Josh Barber, Indaka Gunasekara, Benjamin Morris, Valerie Futral Maron, Sava A. Chernomordik, William C. Mers Kelly, William A. Reuss, Simon Furnish, Michael W. Wilson, Hacene Bouadi, John C. Muskivitch, Matthew L. Pease, David A. Rahdert, Travis Rowe, Gregory M. Ruhf, Brandon G. Walsh, Claude A. Vidal, Thomas Banks, Russ J. Redmond
  • Publication number: 20030055495
    Abstract: Expandable heart valves for minimally invasive valve replacement surgeries are disclosed. The valves are rolled into a first, contracted configuration for minimally invasive delivery using a catheter, and then unrolled or unfurled at the implantation site. One- and two-piece stents may be used in conjunction with a plurality of flexible leaflet-forming membranes. The stents may include an annulus section, a sinus section with the membranes attached over sinus apertures, and an outflow section. Lockout tabs and making slots secure the stents in their expanded shapes. Alignment structure ensures concentric unfurling of the stent. Anchoring elements at the stent edges or in the stent body secure the valve within the annulus. A method of manufacture includes shape setting the sheet-like stent to ensure an outward bias during deployment. The stent may also include dear tracks for engagement with a gear mechanism for deployment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: Matthew L. Pease, Brandon G. Walsh, Jibin Yang, Travis Rowe, Gregory Martin Mast, Tyson Gustus, David Forster, John C. Muskivitch
  • Publication number: 20030050694
    Abstract: A system for delivering and deploying a self-expandable heart valve to a site of implantation such as the aortic annulus includes a deployment mechanism that engages the valve and regulates the rate of expansion of both the proximal and distal ends thereof. The heart valve may be a rolled-type valve and the deployment mechanism may include a plurality of distal fingers and a plurality of proximal fingers that engage the outer layer of the heart valve. Controlled radial movement of the fingers regulates the unwinding of the rolled heart valve. The fingers may be removed prior to inflation of a balloon to fully expand the valve, or the fingers may be repositioned to the inside of the valve for this purpose. The deployment mechanism may include an umbrella structure that forces the rolled valve outward into its fully expanded configuration. Alternatively, a gear shaft that engages one or more gear tracks on the valve may be utilized to regulate expansion of the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: Jibin Yang, Scott Hyler Heneveld, Matthew Lane Pease, Brandon G. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20030045928
    Abstract: Storage containers for expandable heart valves for minimally invasive valve replacement surgeries are disclosed. The containers permit an expandable valve to be stored in its expanded configuration and then converted to its contracted configuration while still in the container. A mechanism incorporated into the container facilitates the conversion. For example, the container may have a base and a lid, and a crank manipulable from outside. The lid actuates a key within the container that engages the valve to perform the contraction. If the valve is a spirally wound type of expandable valve, the key may be attached to an inner side edge and rotated to wind the valve into a tight spiral. A drain in the container may facilitate removal of a preservative solution so that the valve can be seen during the contraction process, or so that the valve can be rinsed while still within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventors: Jibin Yang, Matthew Lane Pease, Brandon G. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20020193873
    Abstract: Systems for delivering a bifurcated stent to a bifurcation site comprise catheters and/or bifurcated stents delivered therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventors: Gregory G. Brucker, Enrique Malaret, Thomas Banks, Russ J. Redmond, Claude A. Vidal, Todd Hall, David Byrd, Gerald Hubbs, Gregory Furnish, Josh Barber, Indaka Gunasekara, Benjamin Morris, Valerie Futral, Sava A. Chernomordik, William C. Mers Kelly, William A. Reuss, Simon Furnish, Michael W. Wilson, Hacene Bouadi, John C. Muskivitch, Matthew L. Pease, David A. Rahdert, Travis Rowe, Gregory M. Ruhf, Brandon G. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20020173840
    Abstract: A bifurcated stent comprises a first stent section and a second stent section. Each stent section is expandable from a predeployed state to a deployed state independently from one another. The second stent section having an end engaged to a receiving region of the first stent section. In the deployed state the first stent section defines a primary flow path and the second stent section defines a secondary flow path in fluid communication with the first flow path. At least a portion of one or both the first stent section and second stent section is constructed from a wire member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventors: Gregory G. Brucker, Todd Hall, Enrique Malaret, David Byrd, Gerald Hubbs, Gregory Furnish, Josh Barber, Indaka Gunasekara, Benjamin Morris, Valerie Futral, Sava A. Chernomordik, William C. Mers Kelly, William A. Reuss, Simon Furnish, Michael W. Wilson, Hacene Bouadi, John C. Muskivitch, Matthew L. Pease, David A. Rahdert, Travis Rowe, Gregory M. Ruhf, Brandon G. Walsh, Thomas Banks, Russ Redmond, Claude Vidal