Patents by Inventor Christian Eversull

Christian Eversull 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: 7621894
    Abstract: Valves for medical devices and methods for making them are provided. In one embodiment, a valve is injection molded as a single piece that includes a tubular body and a flap. The tubular body includes an open first end, a closed second end, and a passage extending between the first and second ends defining a central longitudinal axis. The second end includes an end wall including a hole therein communicating with the passage. The flap is formed in the end wall over the hole and is movable away from the second end when an elongate device is introduced through the passage and the hole. Apparatus are also provided for delivering a medical device into a patient's body that includes an elongate tubular member including proximal and distal ends, a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends; and a valve attached to the proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Leeflang, Christine P. Ventura, Christian A. Eversull, Nicholas J. Mourlas
  • Publication number: 20070293845
    Abstract: Valves for medical devices and methods for making them are provided. In one embodiment, a valve is injection molded as a single piece that includes a tubular body and a flap. The tubular body includes an open first end, a closed second end, and a passage extending between the first and second ends defining a central longitudinal axis. The second end includes an end wall including a hole therein communicating with the passage. The flap is formed in the end wall over the hole and is movable away from the second end when an elongate device is introduced through the passage and the hole. Apparatus are also provided for delivering a medical device into a patient's body that includes an elongate tubular member including proximal and distal ends, a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends; and a valve attached to the proximal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Leeflang, Christine Ventura, Christian Eversull, Nicholas Mourlas
  • Publication number: 20070169877
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for substantially continuously forming thin-walled sleeves that may be incorporated into tubular devices sized for introduction into a patient. In one embodiment, a pair of sheets including coated surfaces oriented towards one another are directed through a cutting apparatus to cut the sheets into multiple pairs of strips. The pairs of strips are bonded together to create a plurality of sleeves having lumens defined by the coated surfaces. In another embodiment, a sheet having a coated surface is fed through a cutting tool to separate the sheet into a plurality of strips, and the strips are formed into sleeves, e.g., by feeding the strips through a die or mandrel using a substantially continuous process. Optionally, the sleeves may be subsequently cut into individual tubular devices and/or further processed, e.g., by providing one or more layers around the sleeves to create catheters, sheaths, or other apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Leeflang, Christian Eversull, Nicholas Mourlas
  • Publication number: 20070167930
    Abstract: Splittable tubular devices and methods for making them are provided. In one embodiment, a tubular device includes a proximal end, a distal end sized for introduction into a body lumen, and a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends. The tubular device includes an outer tubular layer defining a circumference; and a reinforcing layer bonded to the outer tubular layer, the reinforcing layer including a circumferential interruption. To make a tubular device, an elongate tubular reinforcing structure may be folded into itself to define first and second longitudinal edges, and rolled until the longitudinal edges are disposed adjacent one another. The reinforcing structure may be attached to a tubular structure such that the longitudinal edges define a circumferential interruption extending along a length of the tubular structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Inventors: Christian Eversull, Stephen Leeflang, Nicholas Mourlas
  • Publication number: 20070088296
    Abstract: Coated devices for introduction into bodies and methods for making and using them are provided, such as delivery sheaths, guidewire lumen cores, and elongate leads. In one embodiment, a tubular device includes a proximal end, a distal end sized for introduction into a body lumen, and a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends. The tubular device includes a relatively thin inner polyurethane liner including a coating on an inner surface thereof, e.g., providing a lubricious and/or hydrophilic lumen, and an outer layer surrounding the liner. In another embodiment, a lead is provided that includes a proximal end, a distal end, and at least one electrode on the distal end. A polyurethane cover surrounds at least a portion of an outer surface of the lead that include a coating, e.g., including a lubricious and/or hydrophilic material. Optionally, the cover may be removable from around the lead body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Publication date: April 19, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Leeflang, Christian Eversull, Nicholas Mourias
  • Publication number: 20070083187
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for delivering stem cells or other agents to cardiac tissue surrounding a cardiac vessel or to tissue adjacent other body lumens. The apparatus includes an expandable member and a source of one or more agents communicating with a lumen extending between proximal and distal ends of the apparatus. The distal end of the apparatus is advanced through one or more body lumens until the distal end is disposed within or adjacent the target body lumen. The target body lumen is sealed, e.g., by expanding the expandable member, thereby isolating the target body lumen. One or more agents are delivered into the target body lumen with sufficient pressure to extravasate the one or more agents into tissue surrounding the target body lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Inventors: Christian Eversull, Stephen Leeflang, Christine Ventura, Nicholas Mourlas
  • Publication number: 20070083217
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging a body structure within a body cavity includes a catheter including proximal and distal ends, an imaging element on the distal end, and an extension extending distally from the distal end for contacting a surface of a body cavity into which the catheter is introduced. The extension has a length to maintain the optical imaging element away from the surface. Optionally, a transparent member, e.g., an expandable balloon, may be attached to the distal end of the tubular member and the extension to isolate the imaging element from contact with fluid within the body cavity. During use, the catheter is inserted into a chamber of a beating heart, and the extension and/or balloon is placed against the wall of the chamber. Sufficient force is applied to stabilize the imaging element relative to the wall while the heart is beating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Inventors: Christian Eversull, Stephen Leeflang, Nicholas Mourlas
  • Publication number: 20070075452
    Abstract: Coated devices for introduction into bodies and methods for making and using them are provided, such as delivery sheaths, guidewire lumen cores, and elongate leads. In one embodiment, a tubular device includes a proximal end, a distal end sized for introduction into a body lumen, and a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends. The tubular device includes a relatively thin inner polyurethane liner including a coating on an inner surface thereof, e.g., providing a lubricious and/or hydrophilic lumen, and an outer layer surrounding the liner. In another embodiment, a lead is provided that includes a proximal end, a distal end, and at least one electrode on the distal end. A polyurethane cover surrounds at least a portion of an outer surface of the lead that include a coating, e.g., including a lubricious and/or hydrophilic material. Optionally, the cover may be removable from around the lead body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Leeflang, Christian Eversull, Nicholas Mourlas, Christine Ventura
  • Publication number: 20070074805
    Abstract: A method for making a tubular device includes coating a first surface of a thin sheet, rolling the sheet such that side edges of the sheet are disposed adjacent one another with the coating disposed inwardly, creating a longitudinal seam along the side edges to create a sleeve, and attaching a tubular structure around the sleeve. In another embodiment, the method includes coating a first surface of a thin sheet, wrapping the sheet partially around a mandrel with the coating disposed inwardly, positioning a slotted tube around the sheet and mandrel, attaching the tube to the thin, and trimming any excess material of the sheet. In another embodiment, the method includes coating an outer surface of a thin sleeve, inverting the sleeve, and attaching a tubular structure around the inverted sleeve, thereby providing a tubular device including a lubricious, hydrophilic, and/or otherwise coated inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Leeflang, Christian Eversull, Nicholas Mourlas
  • Publication number: 20070043413
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for delivering a lead over a rail into a target body lumen, cavity, or other vessel, e.g., a coronary vein or a right ventricle within a patient's heart. For example, a distal end of an elongate guidewire or other rail may be introduced into the coronary venous system via the coronary sinus, advanced through the coronary venous system to a location beyond a target vessel, and secured at the location beyond the target vessel. A catheter or other elongate tubular member is advanced over the rail and manipulated to position an outlet of the tubular member adjacent to or otherwise aligned relative to the target vessel. A distal end of a lead is delivered through the tubular member and out the outlet into the target vessel. The catheter and rail are then removed, leaving the lead within the target vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Inventors: Christian Eversull, Stephen Leeflang, Nicholas Mourtas
  • Publication number: 20070016130
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for accessing a body lumen within a patient's body. Generally, the apparatus includes a tubular member including proximal and distal ends, a steering element extending between the proximal and distal ends, and an actuator for directing the distal end between a relaxed configuration and a complex curved configuration. In the relaxed configuration, the distal end may assume a straight or curved shape. In the complex curved configuration, the distal end may assume a curvilinear shape. In one embodiment, the complex curved configuration may include a first curved portion defining an arc within a plane, and a second portion that extends out of the plane. An embodiment with a left hand rule configuration may be introduced into the right atrium of a heart from a superior approach, and the complex curved configuration may facilitate accessing the coronary sinus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2006
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Leeflang, George Morrison, Nicholas Mourlas, Christian Eversull
  • Publication number: 20070015964
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging a body structure within a body cavity includes a catheter including proximal and distal ends, an imaging element on the distal end, and an extension extending distally from the distal end for contacting a surface of a body cavity into which the catheter is introduced. The extension has a length to maintain the optical imaging element away from the surface. Optionally, a transparent member, e.g., an expandable balloon, may be attached to the distal end of the tubular member and the extension to isolate the imaging element from contact with fluid within the body cavity. During use, the catheter is inserted into a chamber of a beating heart, and the extension and/or balloon is placed against the wall of the chamber. Sufficient force is applied to stabilize the imaging element relative to the wall while the heart is beating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Inventors: Christian Eversull, Stephan Leeflang, Nicholas Mourlas
  • Publication number: 20060217755
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for providing access to a body lumen. The apparatus includes a tubular member including a proximal end, a distal end sized for insertion into a body lumen, and a lumen extending therebetween. A pushable stiffening member extends from the distal end of the tubular member. An expandable sheath extends along at least a portion of the stiffening member, the sheath being expandable from a contracted condition to facilitate insertion into a body lumen, and an enlarged condition wherein the sheath at least partially defines a lumen communicating with the tubular member lumen. A distal portion of the sheath is steerable, e.g., using a pull wire disposed within a lumen of the sheath or within the stiffening member. In addition or alternatively, the stiffening member may be biased to a predetermined shape to facilitate introduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Inventors: Christian Eversull, Stephen Leeflang, Nicholas Mourlas, Christine Ventura
  • Publication number: 20060084839
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for locating morphological features within a body cavity using a catheter including proximal and distal ends, a transparent balloon carried on the distal end, and an optical imaging assembly carried on the distal end for imaging through the balloon. The balloon includes a channel extending therethrough to a lumen extending through the catheter. A guidewire or other localization member is received in the lumen that is extendable through the channel. During use, the catheter is inserted into a right atrium of a heart, and the balloon is expanded and placed against the wall of the heart to locate the coronary sinus. Sufficient force is applied to clear blood between the surface and the wall and clear the field of view of the imaging assembly. The catheter is manipulated to locate the coronary sinus, whereupon the localization member is advanced into the coronary sinus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Publication date: April 20, 2006
    Inventors: Nicholas Mourlas, Christian Eversull, Stephen Leeflang, Asha Nayak, David Miller
  • Publication number: 20050228452
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating tissue includes a flexible catheter including a proximal end, a distal end for introduction into a chamber of a heart, a transparent balloon carried by the distal end, an optical imaging assembly carried by the distal end for imaging tissue structures beyond the distal end through the balloon, and a needle deployable from the tubular member for penetrating the tissue structure to treat tissue. The apparatus may include a source of stems cells or other therapeutic and/or diagnostic agent coupled to the needle, a guide catheter advanceable over the needle for accessing a region beyond the tissue structure penetrated by the needle, and/or an energy probe deployable from the catheter for delivering electrical energy to tissue in the region beyond the tissue structure. The apparatus may be used to deliver stem cells into infracted tissue or for ablating heart tissue, e.g., from a trans-septal approach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Publication date: October 13, 2005
    Inventors: Nicholas Mourlas, Stephen Leeflang, Christian Eversull, Christine Venture
  • Publication number: 20050215895
    Abstract: Devices and methods for obtaining a three-dimensional image of an internal body site are provided. The subject devices are elongated structures (e.g., catheters) having a plurality of ultrasonic transducers located at their distal end. The configuration of the plurality of ultrasonic transducers may be reversibly changed from a first to a second configuration, where the radial aperture of the plurality of ultrasonic transducers is greater in the second configuration than in the first configuration. A feature of certain embodiments of the subject invention is that the plurality of ultrasonic tranducers are configured in the second configuration as a substantially continuous set of transducers. In using the subject imaging devices, the distal end of the devices is positioned at the internal body site of interest while the plurality of ultrasonic transducers is in the first configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Inventors: Richard Popp, Ali Hassan, Christian Eversull, Jeremy Johnson, Paul Yock
  • Publication number: 20050197623
    Abstract: An apparatus for accessing a body lumen includes a tubular member including a proximal end, a distal end sized for introduction into a body lumen, and a passage extending along a steerable distal portion of the tubular member. The passage includes a first region extending substantially parallel to a center of modulus of the distal portion and a second region offset from the center of modulus. A steering element is disposed through the passage extending along the distal portion that includes a proximal end disposed adjacent the tubular member proximal end, and a distal end fixed to the tubular member distal end beyond the distal portion. A steering adjustment member is slidable within the passage for selectively directing a portion of the steering element between the first and second regions to vary the steerability of the distal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Inventors: Stephen Leeflang, Trevor Lofthouse, George Morrison, Nicholas Mourlas, Christian Eversull
  • Publication number: 20050149105
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for providing access to a body lumen. The apparatus includes a tubular member including a proximal end, a distal end sized for insertion into a body lumen, and a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends. A pushable stiffening member extends from the distal end of the tubular member, the elongate member terminating in a distal tip. An expandable sheath extends along at least a portion of the stiffening member, the sheath being expandable from a contracted condition to minimize a profile of the sheath to allow insertion along with the stiffening member into a body lumen, and an enlarged condition wherein the sheath at least partially defines a lumen communicating with the tubular member lumen. In one embodiment, the sheath includes an outer lumen and an inner lumen floating within the outer lumen, and the stiffening member is carried in the inner lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Inventors: Stephen Leeflang, Christine Ventura, Christian Eversull, Nicholas Mourlas, Christopher Loew
  • Publication number: 20050149104
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for providing access to a body lumen. The apparatus includes a tubular member including a proximal end, a distal end sized for insertion into a body lumen, and a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends. A pushable stiffening member extends from the distal end of the tubular member, the elongate member terminating in a distal tip. An expandable sheath extends along at least a portion of the stiffening member, the sheath being expandable from a contracted condition to minimize a profile of the sheath to allow insertion along with the stiffening member into a body lumen, and an enlarged condition wherein the sheath at least partially defines a lumen communicating with the tubular member lumen. In one embodiment, the sheath includes an outer lumen and an inner lumen floating within the outer lumen, and the stiffening member is carried in the inner lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Inventors: Stephen Leeflang, Christine Ventura, Christian Eversull, Nicholas Mourlas, Christopher Loew
  • Publication number: 20050085841
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for delivering a guidewire, agents, and the like through an occlusion in a body vessel or other body lumen. The apparatus includes a flexible catheter or other elongate member including a proximal end, a distal end sized for insertion into a body lumen, and a first lumen extending from the proximal end to a distal region of the tubular member. An expandable sheath is provided on the distal region of the catheter that is expandable from a contracted condition to minimize a profile of the sheath to allow insertion along with the tubular member into a body lumen, to an enlarged condition wherein the sheath at least partially defines a lumen communicating with and extending distally from the first lumen of the tubular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Inventors: Christian Eversull, Nicholas Mourlas, Stephen Leefiang