Patents by Inventor Brian E. Farley

Brian E. Farley 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: 8679110
    Abstract: A catheter includes a plurality of primary leads to deliver energy for ligating a hollow anatomical structure. Each of the primary leads includes an electrode located at the working end of the catheter. Separation is maintained between the primary leads such that each primary lead can individually receive power of selected polarity. The primary leads are constructed to expand outwardly to place the electrodes into apposition with an anatomical structure. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure. The diameter of the hollow anatomical structure is reduced by the heating effect, and the electrodes of the primary leads are moved closer to one another. Where the hollow anatomical structure is a vein, energy is applied until the diameter of the vein is reduced to the point where the vein is occluded. In one embodiment, a secondary lead is surrounded by the primary leads, and extends beyond the primary leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker, Christopher S. Jones, Douglas M. Petty, Brian E. Farley, Joseph M. Tartaglia
  • Patent number: 8291915
    Abstract: A catheter introduces electrodes in a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of venous insufficiency by the application of energy to cause selective heating of the vein. The catheter is positioned within the vein to be treated, and the electrodes on the catheter are moved toward one side of the vein. RF energy is applied in a directional manner from the electrodes at the working end of the catheter to cause localized heating and corresponding shrinkage of the adjacent venous tissue, which may include commissures, leaflets and ostia. Fluoroscopy or ultrasound may be used to detect shrinkage of the vein. After treating one section of the vein, the catheter can be repositioned to place the electrodes to treat different sections of the vein until all desired venous valves are repaired and rendered functionally competent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Brian E. Farley, Michael D. Laufer, Dawn A. Henderson, Douglas M. Petty, Mark K. Parker
  • Patent number: 8267931
    Abstract: A catheter includes a plurality of expandable primary leads to deliver energy to a fallopian tube, a vein such as a hemorrhoid or an esophageal varix, or another hollow anatomical structure requiring ligation or occlusion. Each of the primary leads includes an electrode located at the working end of the catheter. Separation is maintained between the primary leads such that the leads can receive power of selected polarity. The primary leads are constructed to expand outwardly to place the electrodes into apposition with a hollow anatomical structure. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure. The diameter of the hollow anatomical structure is reduced by the heating effect, and the electrodes of the primary leads are moved closer to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Brian E. Farley, Christopher S. Jones, Mark P. Parker, Joseph M. Tartaglia, Arthur W. Zikorus
  • Publication number: 20110202047
    Abstract: A catheter introduces electrodes in a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of venous insufficiency by the application of energy to cause selective heating of the vein. The catheter is positioned within the vein to be treated, and the electrodes on the catheter are moved toward one side of the vein. RF energy is applied in a directional manner from the electrodes at the working end of the catheter to cause localized heating and corresponding shrinkage of the adjacent venous tissue, which may include commissures, leaflets and ostia. Fluoroscopy or ultrasound may be used to detect shrinkage of the vein. After treating one section of the vein, the catheter can be repositioned to place the electrodes to treat different sections of the vein until all desired venous valves are repaired and rendered functionally competent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Brian E. Farley, Michael D. Laufer, Dawn A. Henderson, Douglas M. Petty, Mark K. Parker
  • Patent number: 7976536
    Abstract: A catheter introduces electrodes in a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of venous insufficiency by the application of energy to cause selective heating of the vein. The catheter is positioned within the vein to be treated, and the electrodes on the catheter are moved toward one side of the vein. RF energy is applied in a directional manner from the electrodes at the working end of the catheter to cause localized heating and corresponding shrinkage of the adjacent venous tissue, which may include commissures, leaflets and ostia. Fluoroscopy or ultrasound may be used to detect shrinkage of the vein. After treating one section of the vein, the catheter can be repositioned to place the electrodes to treat different sections of the vein until all desired venous valves are repaired and rendered functionally competent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Brian E. Farley, Michael D. Laufer, Dawn A. Henderson, Douglas M. Petty, Mark P. Parker
  • Publication number: 20110160813
    Abstract: An electrode catheter is introduced into a vein or other hollow anatomical structure, and is positioned at a treatment: site within the structure. The end of the catheter is positioned near a junction formed in the structure. This junction can be the sapheno-femoral junction. The position of the catheter near the junction is determined based on a signal from a device associated with the catheter within the structure. A fiber optic filament which emits light is used with the catheter or a guide wire over which the catheter is advanced. The light is visible externally from the patient. The light dims and may no longer externally visible at the sapheno-femoral junction where the catheter moves past the deep fascia and toward the deep venous system. The position of the catheter can be determined based on this external observation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur W. Zikorus, Ralph G. DePalma, Christopher S. Jones, Brian E. Farley, James G. Chandler
  • Patent number: 7967782
    Abstract: A catheter delivers an electrode within a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency using RF energy. The catheter is introduced into a patient and positioned within the section of the vein to be treated. The electrode radiates high frequency energy towards the vein, and the surrounding venous tissue becomes heated and begins to shrink. The catheter includes a controllable member for limiting the amount of shrinkage of the vein to the diameter of the member. The electrode remains active until there has been sufficient shrinkage of the vein. The extent of shrinkage of the vein may be detected by fluoroscopy. After treating one section of the vein, the catheter and the electrode can be repositioned intraluminally within the vein to treat different sections of the vein until all desired venous sections and valves are repaired and rendered functionally competent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Michael D. Laufer, Brian E. Farley, Grace Y. Schulz, Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker
  • Patent number: 7901402
    Abstract: A catheter includes a first plurality of expandable leads and a second plurality of expandable leads separate and longitudinally spaced-apart from the first plurality to deliver energy to a hollow anatomical structure, such as vein, fallopian tube, hemorrhoid, esophageal varix, to effectively ligate that structure. Each of the leads includes an electrode located at the distal end of the respective electrode lead. Polarizations of the leads may be selected to achieve the power distribution desired. Each electrode lead includes an outward bend such that when a movable sheath is moved out of contact with the leads, they expand outwardly into apposition with an inner wall of the structure to be ligated. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group, LP
    Inventors: Christopher S Jones, Arthur W Zikorus, Mark P Parker, Brian E. Farley, Joseph M Tartaglia
  • Patent number: 7789876
    Abstract: An electrode catheter is introduced into a vein or other hollow anatomical structure, and is positioned at a treatment site within the structure. The end of the catheter is positioned near a junction formed in the structure. This junction can be the sapheno-femoral junction. The position of the catheter near the junction is determined based on a signal from a device associated with the catheter within the structure. A fiber optic filament which emits light is used with the catheter or a guide wire over which the catheter is advanced. The light is visible externally from the patient. The light dims and may no longer externally visible at the sapheno-femoral junction where the catheter moves past the deep fascia and toward the deep venous system. The position of the catheter can be determined based on this external observation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group, LP
    Inventors: Arthur W. Zikorus, Ralph G. DePalma, Christopher S. Jones, Brian E. Farley, James G. Chandler
  • Publication number: 20100106156
    Abstract: A catheter delivers an electrode within a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency using RF energy. The catheter is introduced into a patient and positioned within the section of the vein to be treated. The electrode radiates high frequency energy towards the vein, and the surrounding venous tissue becomes heated and begins to shrink. The catheter includes a controllable member for limiting the amount of shrinkage of the vein to the diameter of the member. The electrode remains active until there has been sufficient shrinkage of the vein. The extent of shrinkage of the vein may be detected by fluoroscopy. After treating one section of the vein, the catheter and the electrode can be repositioned intraluminally within the vein to treat different sections of the vein until all desired venous sections and valves are repaired and rendered functionally competent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: Tyco Healthcare Group, LP
    Inventors: Michael D. Laufer, Brian E. Farley, Grace Y. Schulz, Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker
  • Patent number: 7641633
    Abstract: A catheter delivers an electrode within a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency using RF energy. The catheter is introduced into a patient and positioned within the section of the vein to be treated. The electrode radiates high frequency energy towards the vein, and the surrounding venous tissue becomes heated and begins to shrink. The catheter includes a controllable member for limiting the amount of shrinkage of the vein to the diameter of the member. The electrode remains active until there has been sufficient shrinkage of the vein. The extent of shrinkage of the vein may be detected by fluoroscopy. After treating one section of the vein, the catheter and the electrode can be repositioned intraluminally within the vein to treat different sections of the vein until all desired venous sections and valves are repaired and rendered functionally competent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group, LP
    Inventors: Michael D. Laufer, Brian E. Farley, Grace Y. Schulz, Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker
  • Publication number: 20090137998
    Abstract: A catheter includes a plurality of primary leads to deliver energy for ligating a hollow anatomical structure. Each of the primary leads includes an electrode located at the working end of the catheter. Separation is maintained between the primary leads such that each primary lead can individually receive power of selected polarity. The primary leads are constructed to expand outwardly to place the electrodes into apposition with an anatomical structure. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure. The diameter of the hollow anatomical structure is reduced by the heating effect, and the electrodes of the primary leads are moved closer to one another. Where the hollow anatomical structure is a vein, energy is applied until the diameter of the vein is reduced to the point where the vein is occluded. In one embodiment, a secondary lead is surrounded by the primary leads, and extends beyond the primary leads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker, Christopher S. Jones, Douglas M. Petty, Brian E. Farley, Joseph M. Tartaglia
  • Publication number: 20090054884
    Abstract: A catheter includes a plurality of expandable primary leads to deliver energy to a fallopian tube, a vein such as a hemorrhoid or an esophageal varix, or another hollow anatomical structure requiring ligation or occlusion. Each of the primary leads includes an electrode located at the working end of the catheter. Separation is maintained between the primary leads such that the leads can receive power of selected polarity. The primary leads are constructed to expand outwardly to place the electrodes into apposition with a hollow anatomical structure. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure. The diameter of the hollow anatomical structure is reduced by the heating effect, and the electrodes of the primary leads are moved closer to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Brian E. Farley, Christopher S. Jones, Mark P. Parker, Joseph M. Tartaglia, Arthur W. Zikorus
  • Publication number: 20090005775
    Abstract: A catheter includes a first plurality of expandable leads and a second plurality of expandable leads separate and longitudinally spaced-apart from the first plurality to deliver energy to a hollow anatomical structure, such as vein, fallopian tube, hemorrhoid, esophageal varix, to effectively ligate that structure. Each of the leads includes an electrode located at the distal end of the respective electrode lead. Polarizations of the leads may be selected to achieve the power distribution desired. Each electrode lead includes an outward bend such that when a movable sheath is moved out of contact with the leads, they expand outwardly into apposition with an inner wall of the structure to be ligated. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Jones, Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker, Brian E. Farley, Joseph M. Tartaglia
  • Patent number: 7406970
    Abstract: A catheter includes a plurality of primary leads to deliver energy for ligating a hollow anatomical structure. Each of the primary leads includes an electrode located at the working end of the catheter. Separation is maintained between the primary leads such that each primary lead can individually receive power of selected polarity. The primary leads are constructed to expand outwardly to place the electrodes into apposition with an anatomical structure. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure. The diameter of the hollow anatomical structure is reduced by the heating effect, and the electrodes of the primary leads are moved closer to one another. Where the hollow anatomical structure is a vein, energy is applied until the diameter of the vein is reduced to the point where the vein is occluded. In one embodiment, a secondary lead is surrounded by the primary leads, and extends beyond the primary leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker, Christopher S. Jones, Douglas M. Petty, Brian E. Farley, Joseph M. Tartaglia
  • Patent number: 7041098
    Abstract: A catheter includes a plurality of primary leads to deliver energy for ligating a hollow anatomical structure. Each of the primary leads includes an electrode located at the working end of the catheter. Separation is maintained between the primary leads such that each primary lead can individually receive power of selected polarity. The primary leads are constructed to expand outwardly to place the electrodes into apposition with a hollow anatomical structure. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure. The diameter of the hollow anatomical structure is reduced by the heating effect, and the electrodes of the primary leads are moved closer to one another. Where the hollow anatomical structure is a vein, energy is applied until the diameter of the vein is reduced to the point where the vein is occluded. In one embodiment, a balloon is inflated to occlude the structure before the application of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Farley, Dawn A. Henderson, Christopher S. Jones, Mark P. Parker, Joseph M. Tartaglia
  • Patent number: 6981972
    Abstract: A catheter introduces electrodes in a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of venous insufficiency by the application of energy to cause selective heating of the vein. The catheter is positioned within the vein to be treated, and the electrodes on the catheter are moved toward one side of the vein. RF energy is applied in a directional manner from the electrodes at the working end of the catheter to cause localized heating and corresponding shrinkage of the adjacent venous tissue, which may include commissures, leaflets and ostia. Fluoroscopy or ultrasound may be used to detect shrinkage of the vein. After treating one section of the vein, the catheter can be repositioned to place the electrodes to treat different sections of the vein until all desired venous valves are repaired and rendered functionally competent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Farley, Michael D. Laufer, Dawn A. Henderson, Douglas M. Petty, Mark P. Parker
  • Publication number: 20040267258
    Abstract: A catheter includes a plurality of primary leads to deliver energy for ligating a hollow anatomical structure. Each of the primary leads includes an electrode located at the working end of the catheter. Separation is maintained between the primary leads such that each primary lead can individually receive power of selected polarity. The primary leads are constructed to expand outwardly to place the electrodes into apposition with an anatomical structure. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure. The diameter of the hollow anatomical structure is reduced by the heating effect, and the electrodes of the primary leads are moved closer to one another. Where the hollow anatomical structure is a vein, energy is applied until the diameter of the vein is reduced to the point where the vein is occluded. In one embodiment, a secondary lead is surrounded by the primary leads, and extends beyond the primary leads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker, Christopher S. Jones, Douglas M. Petty, Brian E. Farley, Joseph M. Tartaglia
  • Publication number: 20040254621
    Abstract: A catheter includes a first plurality of expandable leads and a second plurality of expandable leads separate and longitudinally spaced-apart from the first plurality to deliver energy to a hollow anatomical structure, such as vein, fallopian tube, hemorrhoid, esophageal varix, to effectively ligate that structure. Each of the leads includes an electrode located at the distal end of the respective electrode lead. Polarizations of the leads may be selected to achieve the power distribution desired. Each electrode lead includes an outward bend such that when a movable sheath is moved out of contact with the leads, they expand outwardly into apposition with an inner wall of the structure to be ligated. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventors: Christopher S. Jones, Arthur W. Zikorus, Mark P. Parker, Brian E. Farley, Joseph M. Tartaglia
  • Publication number: 20040162555
    Abstract: A catheter includes a plurality of primary leads to deliver energy for ligating a hollow anatomical structure. Each of the primary leads includes an electrode located at the working end of the catheter. Separation is maintained between the primary leads such that each primary lead can individually receive power of selected polarity. The primary leads are constructed to expand outwardly to place the electrodes into apposition with a hollow anatomical structure. High frequency energy can be applied from the leads to create a heating effect in the surrounding tissue of the anatomical structure. The diameter of the hollow anatomical structure is reduced by the heating effect, and the electrodes of the primary leads are moved closer to one another. Where the hollow anatomical structure is a vein, energy is applied until the diameter of the vein is reduced to the point where the vein is occluded. In one embodiment, a balloon is inflated to occlude the structure before the application of energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Farley, Dawn A. Henderson, Christopher S. Jones, Mark P. Parker, Joseph M. Tartaglia