Patents by Inventor Bryan Loomas

Bryan Loomas 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: 20180296289
    Abstract: Described here are systems, devices, and methods useful for minimally invasive surgical procedures performed by a single operator. The surgical systems may include a user interface, a display, one or more support arms each comprising an external magnet, and one or more intracavity devices. The intracavity devices may be configured to be attracted to respective external magnets. The user interface may be configured to allow the operator to control the location and orientation of the intracavity devices by control of the position of the support arms and magnetic field of the external magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Alberto RODRIGUEZ-NAVARRO, Bryan LOOMAS
  • Publication number: 20180153633
    Abstract: Described here are devices, systems, and methods for moving and/or supporting an internal organ or other tissue, such as during minimally-invasive surgery. Generally, a system for moving and/or supporting tissue may comprise a magnetic control component and a retractor having at least one magnetic portion. The retractor may have a first low-profile configuration for passing through an incision into a surgical site within a patient and a second expansive configuration for engaging tissue. The magnetic control component may be placed over the surgical site external to the patient and generate a magnetic field to manipulate the retractor and engaged tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Alberto RODRIGUEZ-NAVARRO, Mariel FABRO, Archana NAIR, Olgy DATTO, Ruth BEEBY, Bryan LOOMAS
  • Publication number: 20180092703
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for providing remote traction to tissue may include a grasper and a control element. The grasper may have a first jaw, a second jaw, a main body, and a first magnetic element. The control element may include a second magnetic element. The first and second magnetic elements may attract the grasper to the control element such that the grasper is oriented parallel, perpendicularly, or at an angle between parallel and perpendicular with respect to the control element and/or a body. In some instances, the grasper may include first and second magnetic elements and the control element may include third and fourth magnetic elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Alberto RODRIGUEZ-NAVARRO, Bryan Loomas
  • Publication number: 20180085246
    Abstract: Devices for altering the flow of air in a respiratory cavity such as the nostrils of the nose. These methods and devices may be useful for affecting a physiologic benefit in patients suffering from a variety of medical disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea. The devices are typically removable devices that may be placed in both nostrils to increase resistance to airflow within the respiratory cavity. Resistance to expiration may be selectively increased relative to inspiration. The nasal devices may also increases patency of the nares. Any of these devices may be configured to achieve positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) in a subject wearing the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Bryan LOOMAS, Rajiv DOSHI, Ryan Kendall PIERCE, Robert A. HOWARD, Motohide HATANAKA
  • Patent number: 9833354
    Abstract: Devices for altering the flow of air in a respiratory cavity such as the nostrils of the nose. These methods and devices may be useful for affecting a physiologic benefit in patients suffering from a variety of medical disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea. The devices are typically removable devices that may be placed in both nostrils to increase resistance to airflow within the respiratory cavity. Resistance to expiration may be selectively increased relative to inspiration. The nasal devices may also increases patency of the nares. Any of these devices may be configured to achieve positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) in a subject wearing the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Theravent, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Loomas, Rajiv Doshi, Ryan Kendall Pierce, Robert A. Howard, Motohide Hatanaka
  • Publication number: 20160128863
    Abstract: Devices for altering the flow of air in a respiratory cavity such as the nostrils of the nose. These methods and devices may be useful for affecting a physiologic benefit in patients suffering from a variety of medical disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea. The devices are typically removable devices that may be placed in both nostrils to increase resistance to airflow within the respiratory cavity. Resistance to expiration may be selectively increased relative to inspiration. The nasal devices may also increases patency of the nares. Any of these devices may be configured to achieve positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) in a subject wearing the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Bryan LOOMAS, Rajiv DOSHI, Ryan Kendall PIERCE, Robert A. HOWARD, Motohide HATANAKA
  • Patent number: 9238113
    Abstract: Described herein are nasal respiratory devices, in particular, nasal respiratory devices configured to achieve positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) in a subject wearing the device. PEEP devices may have a threshold pressure for opening during expiration. In some variations, these devices have a threshold pressure for closing during expiration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Theravent, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Loomas, Rajiv Doshi, Ryan Kendall Pierce, Robert A. Howard, Motohide Hatanaka
  • Publication number: 20150173943
    Abstract: A method for treating the lung during an acute episode of reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease such as an asthma attack. The method comprises transferring energy to an airway wall of an airway such that a diameter of the airway is increased. The energy may be transferred to the airway wall prior to, during or after an asthma attack. The energy may be transferred in an amount sufficient to temporarily or permanently increase the diameter of the airway. The method may be performed while the airway is open, closed or partially closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Bryan LOOMAS, Michael D. LAUFER, David P. THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20150141984
    Abstract: A method for treating a lung may include moving a balloon through an airway of the lung while the balloon is in a deflated configuration, and inflating the balloon to cause one or more radio frequency electrodes disposed adjacent an outer surface of the balloon to contact tissue defining the airway. The method also may include delivering radio frequency energy from the one or more radio frequency electrodes to damage nerve tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Bryan LOOMAS, Michael D. LAUFER, David P. THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 9033976
    Abstract: This relates to treating reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more particularly, to exchanging energy with airway tissue such as that found in human lungs. This exchange of energy reduces the ability of the airways to constrict, reduces the resistance within the airway to the flow of air through the airway, reduces mucus plugging of the airways, and/or increases the airway diameter. This energy exchange also may reduce the ability of the lung to produce at least one of the symptoms of reversible obstructive pulmonary disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Danek, Michael Biggs, Keith M. Burger, Bryan Loomas, Thomas Keast, Dave Haugaard
  • Patent number: 8985116
    Abstract: Described herein are nasal devices. In particular, layered nasal respiratory devices are described. Layered nasal device may include a layered airflow resistor that is configured to resist airflow in a first direction more than airflow in a second direction and that includes a flap valve adjacent to a flap valve limiting layer and an adhesive holdfast layer that is configured to secure the layered airflow resistor in communication with the subject's nasal cavity. Methods of using and methods of assembling layered nasal device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Theravent, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv Doshi, Bryan Loomas, Ryan Kendall Pierce, Arthur Ferdinand, Arthur G. Sandoval, Jeffrey W. Servaites, Matthew Durack, Daniel Francis Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8944071
    Abstract: Methods of increasing gas exchange performed by the lung by damaging lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and/or destroying airway smooth muscle tone with an apparatus inserted into an airway of the lung are disclosed. The damaging of lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and/or destroying smooth muscle tone with the apparatus may be accomplished via any one of or combinations of the following: heating the airway; cooling the airway; delivering a liquid to the airway; delivering a gas to the airway; puncturing the airway; tearing the airway; cutting the airway; applying ultrasound to the airway; and applying ionizing radiation to the airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Loomas, Michael D. Laufer, David P. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20130253623
    Abstract: This relates to treating reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more particularly, to exchanging energy with airway tissue such as that found in human lungs. This exchange of energy reduces the ability of the airways to constrict, reduces the resistance within the airway to the flow of air through the airway, reduces mucus plugging of the airways, and/or increases the airway diameter. This energy exchange also may reduce the ability of the lung to produce at least one of the symptoms of reversible obstructive pulmonary disease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. DANEK, Michael BIGGS, Keith M. BURGER, Bryan LOOMAS, Thomas KEAST, Dave HAUGAARD
  • Patent number: 8534291
    Abstract: This relates to treating an asthmatic lung and more particularly, relates to advancing a treatment device into the lung and treating the lung with the device. This also includes additional steps of treating the airway wall, applying energy or heat to the airway wall in an asthmatic lung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Danek, Michael Biggs, Bryan Loomas, Michael D. Laufer, Gary Kaplan, Kelly Shriner
  • Publication number: 20130218158
    Abstract: This relates to treating an asthmatic lung and more particularly, relates to advancing a treatment device into the lung and treating the lung with the device. This also includes additional steps of treating the airway wall, applying energy or heat to the airway wall in an asthmatic lung.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: ASTHMATX, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher James DANEK, Michael BIGGS, Bryan LOOMAS, Michael D. LAUFER, Gary KAPLAN, Kelly SHRINER
  • Patent number: 8465486
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are disclosed, which include a device for delivering energy to a wall of an airway in a human lung. The device includes a flexible elongate body with a proximal portion, a distal portion, a distal end, and a lumen extending therebetween. The device also includes a deployment member having an electrically conducting wire extending from the proximal portion of the elongate body and extending through the lumen and terminating at a distal tip distal to the distal end of the elongate body. The device further includes an expandable basket having a plurality of curved electrode legs and a temperature sensing element coupled to the expandable basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James Danek, Michael Biggs, Keith M. Burger, Bryan Loomas, Thomas Keast, Dave Haugaard
  • Patent number: 8459268
    Abstract: This relates to treating an asthmatic lung and more particularly, relates to advancing a treatment device into the lung and treating the lung with the device. This also includes additional steps of treating the airway wall, applying energy or heat to the airway wall in an asthmatic lung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James Danek, Michael Biggs, Bryan Loomas, Michael D. Laufer, Gary Kaplan, Kelly Shriner
  • Patent number: 8443810
    Abstract: This relates to treating an asthmatic lung and more particularly, relates to advancing a treatment device into the lung and treating the lung with the device. This also includes additional steps of treating the airway wall, applying energy or heat to the airway wall in an asthmatic lung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James Danek, Michael Biggs, Bryan Loomas, Michael D. Laufer, Gary Kaplan, Kelly Shriner
  • Publication number: 20130023968
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are disclosed, which include a device for delivering energy to a wall of an airway in a human lung. The device includes a flexible elongate body with a proximal portion, a distal portion, a distal end, and a lumen extending therebetween. The device also includes a deployment member having an electrically conducting wire extending from the proximal portion of the elongate body and extending through the lumen and terminating at a distal tip distal to the distal end of the elongate body. The device further includes an expandable basket having a plurality of curved electrode legs and a temperature sensing element coupled to the expandable basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James DANAEK, Michael Biggs, Keith M. Burger, Bryan Loomas, Thomas Keast, Dave Haugaard
  • Publication number: 20120323235
    Abstract: Methods of increasing gas exchange performed by the lung by damaging lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and/or destroying airway smooth muscle tone with an apparatus inserted into an airway of the lung are disclosed. The damaging of lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and/or destroying smooth muscle tone with the apparatus may be accomplished via any one of or combinations of the following: heating the airway; cooling the airway; delivering a liquid to the airway; delivering a gas to the airway; puncturing the airway; tearing the airway; cutting the airway; applying ultrasound to the airway; and applying ionizing radiation to the airway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher J. DANEK, Bryan LOOMAS, Thomas KEAST, Michael D. LAUFER