Patents by Inventor Christopher J. Koudela

Christopher J. Koudela 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: 20230190470
    Abstract: Implantable devices formed of materials which are not readily imageable, and which may shift from a delivery configuration to a deployment configuration upon deployment, are delivered and deployed with a deployment/delivery device having sensors generating a signal indicating contact of the delivery/deployment device with tissue to guarantee purchase of the implantable device with tissue upon deployment. The implantable device may be a tissue anchor with talons which shift from a delivery configuration to a deployed configuration. The sensors may be positioned along a distal end of the delivery/deployment device to indicate purchase of the device with tissue, to ensure purchase of the talons with tissue upon deployment. The sensors may include at least three sensors, which may be spaced apart from one another, to indicate full contact of the distal end of the delivery/deployment device with tissue. The sensors may optionally be aligned with the talons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Troy Anthony Giese, Joel T. Eggert, Christopher J. Koudela, Larry Michael Killeen, Nicholas Barron, Matthew P. Jones, Kristen Elizabeth Ott, James K. Cawthra, JR., Charanjit S. Rihal, Mackram F. Eleid
  • Publication number: 20230149685
    Abstract: An introducer assembly is adapted for deploying a medical device. The introducer assembly includes an introducer body that is adapted to accommodate a volume of blood therein. An antechamber is coupled with the introducer body. A first hemostasis valve is disposed proximal of the antechamber and fluidly couples the introducer body with the antechamber. A second hemostasis valve is disposed distal of the antechamber and is adapted to allow the medical device to pass therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2022
    Publication date: May 18, 2023
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Anthony Giese, Christopher J. Koudela, Joel T. Eggert
  • Publication number: 20230123832
    Abstract: A clip and a clip deployment and delivery system. The clip may be engaged with a clip spreader such that simple relative movement, such as sliding movement, between the clip and clip spreader causes the clip and clip spreader to disengage from each other. A clip spreader actuator may be coupled to one arm of the clip spreader, extend distally around a distal end of the clip spreader, proximally along the other clip spreader arm, and to a proximal end at which the actuator may be controlled to open or close the clip spreader. The clips may be leaflet clips having teeth on one arm thereof and bumps on another arm thereof. The arms of the leaflet clip may be biased into a closed configuration by a flex zone which has an expanded portion extending laterally away from only one of the clip arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Publication date: April 20, 2023
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Abbott, Joseph Walker, Joel T. Eggert, Daniel Shuey, Christopher J. Koudela, Troy A. Giese, Larry M. Killeen, James P. Rohl, Mitchell Nelson
  • Publication number: 20230102138
    Abstract: A medical device for cutting a suture during a minimally invasive procedure may include an elongate shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and a central longitudinal axis, a handle disposed at the proximal end of the elongate shaft, the handle including an actuation mechanism, and a cutting blade disposed proximate the distal end of the elongate shaft. The cutting blade is axially translatable within the elongate shaft in response to operation of the actuation mechanism. The elongate shaft includes a distal port to receive a suture. The elongate shaft includes a transverse slot extending inward from an outer surface of the elongate shaft generally perpendicular to the central longitudinal axis. The elongate shaft includes a suture lumen extending from the distal port axially within the elongate shaft to the transverse slot. The cutting blade intersects the transverse slot adjacent the suture lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2022
    Publication date: March 30, 2023
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Shuey, Christopher J. Koudela, Aaron Abbott, Mitchell Nelson, Joel T. Eggert, James K. Cawthra, JR., Sandra L. Weeda
  • Publication number: 20230062599
    Abstract: A tissue anchor and an anchor delivery and deployment system. The tissue anchor is shiftable between a delivery configuration when housed in anchor garage of the anchor delivery and deployment system, and a deployment configuration when deployed outside the anchor garage. The anchor has a plurality of talons which may be formed from a laser cut tube. The talons may taper, such as widthwise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Walker, Troy A. Giese, Christopher J. Koudela, Daniel Shuey, Aaron Abbott, Joel T. Eggert, Larry M. Killeen, James P. Rohl, Mitchell Nelson
  • Publication number: 20220096235
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and method for adjusting and setting tension of an artificial chordae tendineae. The artificial chordae tendineae is coupleable between a leaflet clip and a tissue anchor. A locking assembly, through which the artificial chordae tendineae extends, is shiftable between a tension-adjusting configuration, in which the artificial chordae tendineae is movable to adjust tension on the leaflet, and a tension-setting or locked configuration, in which the artificial chordae tendineae is inhibited or prevented or locked against moving with respect to the locking assembly to set or fix tension on the leaflet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Troy A. Giese, Christopher J. Koudela, James P. Rohl, Daniel Shuey, Larry M. Killeen, Joel T. Eggert, Aaron Abbott
  • Publication number: 20210000599
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the field of medical devices for treating heart disease. In particular, the present disclosure relates to medical devices, systems, and methods for delivering artificial chordae tendineae in a patient. A system for delivering a chordae tendineae into a heart may include a delivery catheter. A clamp catheter may be configured to translate through the delivery catheter. A spreader may be disposed on the clamp catheter. A first clamp may be at least partially contained in the spreader in a closed configuration and may be attached to the chordae tendineae. An anchor catheter may be configured to translate through the delivery catheter and may have an anchor attached to the chordae tendineae. A sheath may be extended over the anchor catheter and anchor and may be configured to restrain an arm of the anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Shuey, Joel T. Eggert, James P. Rohl, Aaron Abbott, Christopher J. Koudela, Brian Kennedy, Joseph Walker, Douglas Pennington
  • Publication number: 20210000597
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the field of medical devices for delivering artificial chordae tendineae in a patient. A system for adjusting tension in an artificial chordae tendineae includes an artificial chordae tendineae coupleable between a clip and an anchor. The clip is engageable with a leaflet of a heart valve while the anchor is engageable with a papillary muscle or heart wall. The anchor includes a body portion, and a locking portion coupleable with the artificial chordae tendineae and configured to allow movement of the artificial chordae tendineae in a first direction while preventing movement of the artificial chordae tendineae in a second direction opposite the first direction. An actuator is coupled to the locking portion for selectively releasing the locking portion to enable selective movement of the artificial chordae tendineae in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Shuey, Joel T. Eggert, Aaron Abbott, James P. Rohl, Christopher J. Koudela
  • Publication number: 20210000598
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the field of medical devices for delivering artificial chordae tendineae in a patient. In an embodiment, an anchor is movable between a delivery configuration and a deployed configuration, the anchor being in the delivery configuration when disposed within a delivery catheter, the anchor being in the deployed configuration when the anchor is moved beyond a distal end of the delivery catheter. When the anchor is in the delivery configuration it has a first outer dimension and when the anchor is in the deployed configuration it has a second outer dimension, the first outer dimension being smaller than the second outer dimension. The anchor is engageable with a papillary muscle or a heart wall when the anchor is in the deployed configuration and is also coupleable to an artificial chordae tendineae to anchor the artificial chordae tendineae to the papillary muscle or heart wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Shuey, Joel T. Eggert, Aaron Abbott, James P. Rohl, Christopher J. Koudela