Patents by Inventor Brett Schleicher

Brett Schleicher 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: 20100145357
    Abstract: A burr hole plug comprises a plug base configured for being mounted around a burr hole. The plug base includes an aperture through which an elongated medical device exiting the burr hole may pass. The burr hole plug further comprises a retainer configured for being mounted within the aperture of the plug base. The retainer further includes first and second slidable clamping mechanisms configured for securing the medical devices therebetween within the aperture of the plug base. A method comprises introducing the medical device through the burr hole, mounting a plug base around the burr hole, such that the medical device extends through the plug base aperture, mounting the retainer within the aperture of the plug base, and sliding the first and second clamping mechanisms secure the medical device therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Jesse Geroy, James C. Makous, Todd Whitehurst, Matthew Flowers, John Michael Barker, Terry Ferrell, John Swoyer, Brett Schleicher, Jeff Gagnon, Andrew Digiore, Ellis Garai, Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Publication number: 20090248095
    Abstract: A nerve stimulation lead has a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal length. The nerve stimulation lead includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end, a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end, and a plurality of conductive wires electrically coupling the plurality of electrodes electrically to the plurality of terminals. The nerve stimulation lead also includes at least one anchoring unit disposed on the nerve stimulation lead. The at least one anchoring unit is configured and arranged for anchoring the nerve stimulation lead against a bony structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Andrew DiGiore, Rafael Carbunaru, Courtney Lane, Kristen N. Jaax
  • Patent number: 7590445
    Abstract: A device and methods for automatically evaluating one or more patient physiological parameters and, upon determination that certain therapies are indicated, delivering therapeutic mechanical stimulations to tissue of the patient. The mechanical stimulations generally include vibrations delivered at frequencies somewhat higher or lower than an intrinsic frequency and the therapeutic vibrations are delivered to drive the intrinsic frequency towards a desired value. The device and methods more closely emulate natural physiologic feedback mechanisms and can reduce undesired side effects of other known therapies. The device can include a small and efficient electrical motor which is interconnected with a crank and link mechanism to generate oscillatory motion which is conducted to a flexible wall of a bio-compatible housing of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Kroll, Russell Klehn, Brett Schleicher, Reuben Westmoreland, Euljoon Park
  • Publication number: 20090192575
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for thermal management of implantable medical devices. In one aspect an implantable device includes an active component configured to perform medical activities, a charging component configured to convert energy from outside a body in which the implantable device is implanted into potential energy, and a thermal barrier between the charging component and the active portion. The thermal barrier thermally isolates the charging component from the active portion so that thermal resistance between the charging component and the active component is above the thermal resistance between the charging component and the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher
  • Publication number: 20090192557
    Abstract: Methods and systems of treating a patient with pancreatitis pain include providing a stimulator, configuring one or more stimulation parameters to control sphincter of Oddi function, programming the stimulator with the one or more stimulation parameters, generating a stimulus configured to control sphincter of Oddi function with the stimulator in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters, and applying the stimulus with the stimulator to one or more stimulation sites in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen N. Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin, Roger Hastings
  • Publication number: 20090192558
    Abstract: Methods and systems of treating a patient with pancreatitis pain include providing a stimulator, configuring one or more stimulation parameters to treat pancreatitis pain, programming the stimulator with the one or more stimulation parameters, generating a stimulus configured to treat pancreatitis pain with the stimulator in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters, and applying the stimulus with the stimulator to one or more stimulation sites in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Kristen N. Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Greg Baldwin, Brett Schleicher, Andrew DiGiore, Roger Hastings
  • Publication number: 20090192555
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for improving the fixation of implantable pulse generators. In one aspect, a device includes an implantable pulse generator that comprises electrical circuitry configured to generate an electrical pulse and a biocompatible casing that houses the electrical circuitry and on which a collection of electrodes and a collection of fixation elements are mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20090192568
    Abstract: Methods for treating seizures caused by brain stimulation include providing a stimulator, programming the stimulator with one or more stimulation parameters configured to treat a medical condition, applying at least one stimulus with the stimulator to a stimulation site within the brain of a patient in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters, and monitoring the patient for a seizure caused by the at least one stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen N. Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20090125088
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for implanting medical devices. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a flexible base member that can be flexed manually to conform to a contour of an anatomy, the base member including a radioscopic indicium that has a characteristic such that, under radioscopic imaging, passage of a skin-penetrating electromagnetic radiation is hindered to an extent that is distinguishable from a hindrance of the electromagnetic radiation by another portion of the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen N. Jaax, Todd K. Whitehurst
  • Publication number: 20090112327
    Abstract: A burr hole plug comprises a plug base including a flange configured for being mounted around a burr hole, an aperture through which an elongated medical device may pass, and tabs configured for extending within the cranial burr hole to center the plug base relative to the cranial burr hole. The burr hole plug further comprises a retainer configured for being mounted within the aperture of the plug base to secure the medical device. A method may comprise locating the plug base within a burr hole, such that the tabs are disposed within the burr hole to center the plug base relative to the cranial burr hole, introducing the elongated medical device through the cranial burr hole and into the brain tissue of the patient, mounting the retainer within the aperture of the plug base, and actuating the retainer to secure the medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Jesse Geroy, James C. Makous, Todd Whitehurst, Matthew Flowers, John Michael Barker, Terry Ferrell, John Swoyer, Brett Schleicher, Jeff Gagnon, Andrew Digiore, Ellis Garai, Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Publication number: 20090112272
    Abstract: Exemplary systems include a stimulator configured to be implanted within a patient, the stimulator having a body defined by at least one side surface disposed in between distal and proximal end surfaces, and a connector assembly configured to be coupled to the stimulator and extend parallel to the at least one side surface of the stimulator. The connector assembly is further configured to facilitate removable coupling of a lead having one or more electrodes disposed thereon to the stimulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Rafael Carbunaru, Todd K. Whitehurst, Kristen N. Jaax, Greg Baldwin, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20090082832
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for thermal management of implantable medical devices. In one aspect, an implantable device adapted for implantation in a body includes a conductor component that conducts an electrical current in response to the body in which that implantable device is implanted being subjected to an alternating electromagnetic field and a thermal management component in thermal contact with the conductor component and configured to manage excess heat generated by the conduction of the electrical current. The thermal management component comprises a material that undergoes a phase transition at a temperature above the temperature of the body in which the implantable device is adapted to be implanted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen N. Jaax, Andrew Digiore, Brett Schleicher