Patents by Inventor Charles L. Euteneuer

Charles L. Euteneuer 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: 9198751
    Abstract: An implant delivery system for delivering a sheet-like implant is disclosed. The implant delivery system includes a distal guidewire port for receiving the proximal end of guidewire after the guidewire distal end has been affixed to a first point on bone or other tissue. The implant delivery system is tracked over the guidewire to a selected position defined by the guidewire attachment. The device includes an implant spreader assembly disposed proximate the distal end of a delivery shaft. The implant spreader assembly includes a first arm and a second arm. The arms are coupled to the delivery shaft such that the first arm and second arm are moveable between a closed position and an open position. When pivoting to the open position the distal end of each arm travels in a generally transverse direction to spread a sheet-like implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, John Quackenbush, Jeff Sims
  • Patent number: 9198750
    Abstract: A tendon repair implant for treatment of a partial thickness tear in the supraspinatus tendon of the shoulder is provided. The implant may incorporate features of rapid deployment and fixation by arthroscopic means that compliment current procedures; tensile properties that result in desired sharing of anatomical load between the implant and native tendon during rehabilitation; selected porosity and longitudinal pathways for tissue in-growth; sufficient cyclic straining of the implant in the longitudinal direction to promote remodeling of new tissue to tendon-like tissue; and, may include a bioresorbable construction to provide transfer of additional load to new tendon-like tissue and native tendon over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Van Kampen, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Thomas A. Westling, Charles L. Euteneuer
  • Publication number: 20150327858
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Publication number: 20150327975
    Abstract: A guidewire for use with an implant delivery system in delivering a sheet-like implant is disclosed. The guidewire can include a distal tissue fixation member for releasable connection to a first location proximate a treatment site. An implant delivery system can include a distal guidewire port for receiving the proximal end of the guidewire. The implant delivery system is tracked over the guidewire to a selected position defined by the guidewire attachment. The tissue fixation member includes means for temporarily or reversibly fixing the distal end of the guidewire to tissue, such as bone. The means for affixing can include a K-wire, a screw, a pin or other fixation member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, John Quackenbush, Jeff Sims, Craig Van Kampen
  • Patent number: 9179961
    Abstract: Implant delivery systems for delivering sheet-like implants include a delivery shaft, an implant expander, a sheath, and a sheet-like implant. In some embodiments, the delivery shaft has a proximal end and a distal end. The implant expander is mounted to the distal end of the delivery shaft. The implant expander includes a central portion and a plurality of leg portions radiating from the central portion. The implant expander is evertable between an unstressed configuration in which a distal surface of the implant expander defines a concave surface, and a first compact configuration in which the distal surface of the implant expander defines a convex surface. The implant expander has a first lateral extent when the implant expander is free to assume the unstressed configuration. The sheath defines a lumen having a lumen diameter. At least a portion of the delivery shaft is slidably disposed in the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Diane M. Feehan, John Quackenbush
  • Patent number: 9179910
    Abstract: A tendon repair implant delivery system and methods incorporating a guide member having a temporary fixation member on or adjacent to the distal end. The point of fixation defines a target site for placement of the tendon repair implant which is subsequently affixed to the tendon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson
  • Publication number: 20150313705
    Abstract: An implantable tendon protection system includes a body adapted to be implanted within a bursa overlying a tendon of a patient to protect the tendon. The body may be fixed to the tendon with adhesive, sutures, staples, and/or anchors. A surgical kit is provided with such a tendon protection system and an insertion cannula. Methods of protecting a tendon of a patient are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: CHARLES L. EUTENEUER, THOMAS R. HEKTNER, THOMAS A. WESTLING, REBECCA McCARVILLE, DUANE FRION
  • Publication number: 20150272573
    Abstract: A device for attaching a sheet-like implant to a target tissue includes a pilot member and a staple push rod. In some embodiments, the pilot member has a distal end and at least a pair of prongs extending from the distal end. The prongs are configured to form pilot holes when the distal end of the pilot member is pressed against the target tissue. The staple push rod is disposed within at least a portion of the pilot member and slidable relative thereto. The staple push rod includes at least a pair of stakes. Each stake is dimensioned to engage a surface of a staple to apply pushing forces thereto. Each stake is positioned relative to a prong along an inner surface of the pilot member so that the stakes advance into the pilot holes when the stakes are moved in a distal direction. Methods for attaching a sheet-like implant to a target tissue are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Diane M. Feehan
  • Publication number: 20150250649
    Abstract: An ocular implant for treating glaucoma is provided, which may include any number of features. More particularly, the present invention relates to implants that facilitate the transfer of fluid from within one area of the eye to another area of the eye. One feature of the implant is that it includes a proximal inlet portion and a distal inlet portion adapted to be inserted into the anterior chamber of the eye, and an intermediate portion adapted to be inserted into Schlemm's canal. Another feature of the implant is that it can be biased to assume a predetermined shape to aid in placement within the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Charles L. EUTENEUER, Thomas R. HEKTNER, Andrew T. SCHIEBER, John WARDLE
  • Publication number: 20150250477
    Abstract: A fastener for attaching a sheet-like implant to tissue or bone. The fastener includes a first arm having a proximal end and a distal end, a second arm having a proximal end and a distal end, and a bridge extending therebetween. Each of the first and second arms include a trunk portion defining at least a portion thereof, the trunk portion having a cavity therein and an aperture through a wall thereof. A claw is disposed in the cavity which is moveable from a first delivery position to a second deployed position. A pull member engages each claw to move the claw from the delivery position to the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville
  • Patent number: 9125650
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming pilot holes in bone and deploying a staple therein for fixing a sheet-like implant to the bone. A pilot hole forming trocar assembly including a trocar and a position retention sleeve can be included. The trocar can be releasably coupled to the position retention sleeve and slide in keyed arrangement within the sleeve when uncoupled. The trocar can include a distal portion having a retractable blade and a pair of pilot hole forming spikes extending distally from the trocar shaft. Once the pilot holes are formed, the position retention sleeve maintains the position relative to the pilot holes while the trocar is removed and a staple delivery device can be inserted in the lumen of the position retention sleeve to deploy a staple in the pilot holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas A. Westling, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, Michael Witzmann
  • Publication number: 20150238190
    Abstract: A device for attaching a sheet-like implant to a target tissue. The device includes a fastener push rod including a first portion, a second portion and a force limiting mechanism operably coupled between the first portion and the second portion. A fastener is carried by the second portion of the fastener push rod. The force limiting mechanism transmits longitudinal movement of the first portion to the second portion while the forces applied to the fastener by the fastener push rod are less than a predetermined value such that longitudinal movement of the first portion of the fastener push rod causes substantially equivalent longitudinal movement of the second portion. The force limiting mechanism allows relative longitudinal motion between the first and second portions while the forces applied to the fastener are equal to or greater than the predetermined value such that the application of undue forces to the fastener is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventor: Charles L. Euteneuer
  • Patent number: 9113977
    Abstract: A guidewire for use with an implant delivery system in delivering a sheet-like implant is disclosed. The guidewire can include a distal tissue fixation member for releasable connection to a first location proximate a treatment site. An implant delivery system can include a distal guidewire port for receiving the proximal end of the guidewire. The implant delivery system is tracked over the guidewire to a selected position defined by the guidewire attachment. The tissue fixation member includes means for temporarily or reversibly fixing the distal end of the guidewire to tissue, such as bone. The means for affixing can include a K-wire, a screw, a pin or other fixation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Nathaniel Z. Zenz-Olson, John Quackenbush, Jeff Sims, Craig Van Kampen
  • Publication number: 20150230792
    Abstract: Devices for attaching a sheet-like implant to a target tissue include a sheath and a staple push rod. The sheath has a distal end configured to be pressed against the target tissue. The staple push rod is disposed within at least a portion of the sheath and is slidable relative thereto. The staple push rod includes a pair of stakes. Each stake is dimensioned to abut a surface of a staple to apply pushing forces thereto. The stakes are biased to assume a bow-like shape such that an intermediate portion of a staple extends tautly between the first stake and the second stake when the stakes are extending beyond the distal end of the tubular member. Methods for attaching a sheet-like implant to a target tissue are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Diane M. Feehan
  • Patent number: 9107661
    Abstract: A fastener for attaching a sheet-like implant to tissue or bone. The fastener includes a first arm having a proximal end and a distal end, a second arm having a proximal end and a distal end, and a bridge extending therebetween. Each of the first and second arms include a trunk portion defining at least a portion thereof, the trunk portion having a cavity therein and an aperture through a wall thereof. A claw is disposed in the cavity which is moveable from a first delivery position to a second deployed position. A pull member engages each claw to move the claw from the delivery position to the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville
  • Publication number: 20150223984
    Abstract: A method of deploying an ocular implant into Schlemm's canal of a human eye including the following steps: inserting a distal tip of a delivery tool within an anterior chamber of the eye through trabecular meshwork of the eye into Schlemm's canal of the eye; and advancing an ocular implant through a curved portion and a distal opening of the delivery tool to place a body portion of the ocular implant in Schlemm's canal and an inlet portion of the ocular implant in the anterior chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew T. SCHIEBER, John WARDLE, Edward MATTHEES, Charles L. EUTENEUER
  • Publication number: 20150223983
    Abstract: An ocular implant having an inlet portion and a Schlemm's canal portion distal to the inlet portion, the inlet portion being disposed at a proximal end of the implant and sized and configured to be placed within an anterior chamber of a human eye, the Schlemm's canal portion being arranged and configured to be disposed within Schlemm's canal of the eye when the inlet portion is disposed in the anterior chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew T. SCHIEBER, Charles L. EUTENEUER
  • Publication number: 20150223985
    Abstract: A method of deploying an ocular implant into Schlemm's canal of a human eye including the following steps: inserting a distal tip of a delivery tool within an anterior chamber of the eye through trabecular meshwork of the eye into Schlemm's canal of the eye; and advancing an ocular implant through a curved portion and a distal opening of the delivery tool to place a body portion of the ocular implant in Schlemm's canal and an inlet portion of the ocular implant in the anterior chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew T. SCHIEBER, John WARDLE, Edward MATTHEES, Charles L. EUTENEUER
  • Patent number: 9101460
    Abstract: An implantable tendon protection system includes a body adapted to be implanted within a bursa overlying a tendon of a patient to protect the tendon. The body may be fixed to the tendon with adhesive, sutures, staples, and/or anchors. A surgical kit is provided with such a tendon protection system and an insertion cannula. Methods of protecting a tendon of a patient are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Thomas R. Hektner, Thomas A. Westling, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion
  • Patent number: 9095337
    Abstract: A device for attaching a sheet-like implant to a target tissue includes a pilot member and a staple push rod. In some embodiments, the pilot member has a distal end and at least a pair of prongs extending from the distal end. The prongs are configured to form pilot holes when the distal end of the pilot member is pressed against the target tissue. The staple push rod is disposed within at least a portion of the pilot member and slidable relative thereto. The staple push rod includes at least a pair of stakes. Each stake is dimensioned to engage a surface of a staple to apply pushing forces thereto. Each stake is positioned relative to a prong along an inner surface of the pilot member so that the stakes advance into the pilot holes when the stakes are moved in a distal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Rotation Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Euteneuer, Rebecca McCarville, Duane Frion, Nathaniel Zenz-Olson, Diane M. Feehan