Patents by Inventor Daniel J. Balbierz

Daniel J. Balbierz 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: 10368862
    Abstract: A staple housing includes an array of staples each in a staple delivery position or “ready position” ready to be fired into target tissue. A staple driver is advanceable to drive the ready-position staples from the staple head into the tissue using staple pushers. During use, the staples in the ready positions are simultaneously fired into the target tissue using the staple pushers, forming an array of staples in the target tissue. After the array has been fired, one or more feed mechanisms within the staple housing advance a second group of staples from one or more staple storage locations into the ready positions in preparation for firing of the second group of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, Pablo R. Hambly, Jason S. Stewart, David Cole
  • Patent number: 10299796
    Abstract: Described herein are endoscopic plicators passed transorally into the stomach and used to plicate stomach tissue by engaging tissue from inside of the stomach and drawing it inwardly. In the disclosed embodiments, the tissue is drawn inwardly into a vacuum chamber, causing sections of serosal tissue on the exterior of the stomach to be positioned facing one another. The disclosed plicators allow the opposed sections of tissue to be moved into contact with one another, and preferably deliver sutures, staples or other means for maintaining contact between the tissue sections at least until serosal bonds form between them. Each of these steps may be performed wholly from the inside of the stomach and thus can eliminate the need for any surgical or laparoscopic intervention. After one or more plications is formed, medical devices may be coupled to the plication(s) for retention within the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, David H. Cole, Samuel T. Crews, Bretton Swope, Andrew C. Smith, John P. Lunsford, Fiona Sander
  • Patent number: 10285836
    Abstract: The present application describes an implant system useable for positioning an implant device such as a device useful for restricting passage of ingested food into the stomach. In one embodiment, the disclosed system includes a plurality of anchors that may be coupled to tissue within the stomach, or to a tissue tunnel formed by plicating stomach wall tissue. The anchor includes a loop. During use, the implant device is inserted through the loop and expanded such that it retains its position within the loop until removed. Instruments for implanting and explanting the implant device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Stack, Daniel J. Balbierz, William L. Athas, John Lunsford, Kevin Van Bladel, Ashik Mohan, Samuel T. Crews, Shuji Uemura, Robert T. Hawes
  • Patent number: 10098773
    Abstract: Described herein is a system for inducing weight loss in a patient, which comprises an extragastric space occupier positionable in contact with an exterior surface of a stomach wall to form an inward protrusion of wall into the stomach, and a retention device positionable in contact with the wall to retain the inward protrusion and to thereby capture the extragastric space occupier within the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, William L. Athas, John Lunsford, William S. Eubanks, Kevin Van Bladel
  • Publication number: 20170209197
    Abstract: A system for delivering bone cement into a bone is provided. The system can include a hydraulic system actuatable to deliver a bone cement mixture from a bone cement container, through a cannula and into a bone. The hydraulic system can have more than one pressure relief mechanism for decreasing pressure in the hydraulic system to cease delivery (e.g., substantially instantaneously) of the bone cement into the bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, Eric K. Wong
  • Publication number: 20170035595
    Abstract: The present application describes an implant system useable for positioning an implant device such as a device useful for restricting passage of ingested food into the stomach. In one embodiment, the disclosed system includes a plurality of anchors that may be coupled to tissue within the stomach, or to a tissue tunnel formed by plicating stomach wall tissue. The anchor includes a loop. During use, the implant device is inserted through the loop and expanded such that it retains its position within the loop until removed. Instruments for implanting and explanting the implant device are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Richard S. STACK, Daniel J. BALBIERZ, William L. Athas, John LUNSFORD, Kevin Van Bladel, Ashik MOHAN, Samuel T. CREWS, Shuji UEMURA, Robert T. HAWES
  • Patent number: 9545249
    Abstract: This application describes an overtube device that gives diagnostic and/or therapeutic access to body cavities using natural orifices of the body. The overtube includes an elongate flexible body having a distal portion deflectable in response to activation of a control cable. Proximal features of the overtube include an insufflations port and seals for minimizing loss of insufflations pressure around the shafts of instruments passed through the tube. In some embodiments, retractor elements are including on the distal portion of the overtube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: David Cole, Melanie L. Harris, Carlos E. Castro, Jason S. Stewart, Samuel T. Crews, Daniel J. Balbierz
  • Publication number: 20160361059
    Abstract: A staple housing includes an array of staples each in a staple delivery position or “ready position” ready to be fired into target tissue. A staple driver is advanceable to drive the ready position staples from the staple head into the tissue using staple pushers. During use, the staples in the ready positions are simultaneously fired into the target tissue using the staple pushers, forming an array of staples in the target tissue. After the array has been fired, one or more feed mechanisms within the staple housing advance a second group of staples from one or more staple storage locations into the ready positions in preparation for firing of the second group of staples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel J. BALBIERZ, Pablo R. HAMBLY, Jason S. STEWART, David COLE
  • Patent number: 9451956
    Abstract: A staple housing includes an array of staples each in a staple delivery position or “ready position” ready to be fired into target tissue. A staple driver is advanceable to drive the ready position staples from the staple head into the tissue using staple pushers. During use, the staples in the ready positions are simultaneously fired into the target tissue using the staple pushers, forming an array of staples in the target tissue. After the array has been fired, one or more feed mechanisms within the staple housing advance a second group of staples from one or more staple storage locations into the ready positions in preparation for firing of the second group of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, Pablo R. Hambly, Jason S. Stewart, David Cole
  • Patent number: 9445791
    Abstract: The present application describes an implant system useable for positioning an implant device such as a device useful for restricting passage of ingested food into the stomach. In one embodiment, the disclosed system includes a plurality of anchors that may be coupled to tissue within the stomach, or to a tissue tunnel formed by plicating stomach wall tissue. The anchor includes a loop. During use, the implant device is inserted through the loop and expanded such that it retains its position within the loop until removed. Instruments for implanting and explanting the implant device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Stack, Daniel J. Balbierz, William L. Athas, John Lunsford, Kevin Van Bladel, Ashik Mohan, Samuel T. Crews, Shuji Uemura, Robert H. Hawes
  • Patent number: 9248038
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are described for retaining a medical implant within a body cavity. According to one aspect, at least a portion of a medical implant is positioned within a body cavity, and a wall of the body cavity is re-shaped such that the re-shaped wall prevents migration of the medical implant out of the body cavity. The re-shaped body wall may form a tissue pocket, tunnel, or other barrier against migration of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Stack, Daniel J. Balbierz, John Lunsford, Kevin Van Bladel, William S. Eubanks, Jr., William L. Athas, Richard A. Glenn, Richard Kouri
  • Publication number: 20150272763
    Abstract: Described herein is a system for inducing weight loss in a patient, which comprises an extragastric space occupier positionable in contact with an exterior surface of a stomach wall to form an inward protrusion of wall into the stomach, and a retention device positionable in contact with the wall to retain the inward protrusion and to thereby capture the extragastric space occupier within the protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, William L. Athas, John Lunsford, William S. Eubanks, Kevin Van Bladel
  • Publication number: 20150238193
    Abstract: Described herein are endoscopic plicators passed transorally into the stomach and used to plicate stomach tissue by engaging tissue from inside of the stomach and drawing it inwardly. In the disclosed embodiments, the tissue is drawn inwardly into a vacuum chamber, causing sections of serosal tissue on the exterior of the stomach to be positioned facing one another. The disclosed plicators allow the opposed sections of tissue to be moved into contact with one another, and preferably deliver sutures, staples or other means for maintaining contact between the tissue sections at least until serosal bonds form between them. Each of these steps may be performed wholly from the inside of the stomach and thus can eliminate the need for any surgical or laparoscopic intervention. After one or more plications is formed, medical devices may be coupled to the plication(s) for retention within the stomach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, David H. Cole, Samuel T. Crews, Bretton Swope, Andrew C. Smith, John P. Lunsford, Fiona Sander
  • Patent number: 9055942
    Abstract: Endoscopic plicators are passed transorally into the stomach and used to plicate stomach tissue by engaging tissue from inside of the stomach and drawing it inwardly. The tissue is drawn inwardly into a vacuum chamber, causing sections of serosal tissue on the exterior of the stomach to be positioned facing one another. The plicators allow the opposed sections of tissue to be moved into contact with one another, and preferably deliver sutures, staples or other means for maintaining contact between the tissue sections at least until serosal bonds form between them. Each of these steps may be performed wholly from the inside of the stomach and thus can eliminate the need for any surgical or laparscopic intervention. After one or more plications is formed, medical devices may be coupled to the plication(s) for retention within the stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scienctific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, Dave Cole, Samuel T. Crews, Brett Swope, Andrew Smith, John Lunsford, Fiona Sander
  • Publication number: 20150039011
    Abstract: Systems for controlling obesity utilize a number of space occupiers positioned in the stomach to reduce the effective volume of the stomach. Such arrangements provides sufficient stomach volume consumption to induce weight loss, but enable use of space occupiers that are proportioned to minimize the threat of obstruction even if they should migrate into the intestine. In general, numerous small volume space occupiers are placed in the stomach such that the total volume equals or exceeds the single volume of prior art single unit space occupiers. However, each individual space occupier is proportioned so that it will pass without obstruction if it moves into the intestine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: David COLE, Samuel T. CREWS, Bretton SWOPE, Andrew SMITH, John LUNSFORD, Daniel J. BALBIERZ
  • Patent number: 8945167
    Abstract: Systems for controlling obesity utilize a number of space occupiers positioned in the stomach to reduce the effective volume of the stomach. Such arrangements provides sufficient stomach volume consumption to induce weight loss, but enable use of space occupiers that are proportioned to minimize the threat of obstruction even if they should migrate into the intestine. In general, numerous small volume space occupiers are placed in the stomach such that the total volume equals or exceeds the single volume of prior art single unit space occupiers. However, each individual space occupier is proportioned so that it will pass without obstruction if it moves into the intestine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: David Cole, Samuel T. Crews, Bretton Swope, Andrew Smith, John Lunsford, Daniel J. Balbierz
  • Publication number: 20140249465
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are described for retaining a medical implant within a body cavity. According to one aspect, at least a portion of a medical implant is positioned within a body cavity, and a wall of the body cavity is re-shaped such that the re-shaped wall prevents migration of the medical implant out of the body cavity. The re-shaped body wall may form a tissue pocket, tunnel, or other barrier against migration of the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. STACK, Daniel J. BALBIERZ, John LUNSFORD, Kevin Van BLADEL, William S. EUBANKS, JR., William L. ATHAS, Richard A. GLENN, Richard KOURI
  • Publication number: 20140231489
    Abstract: A staple housing includes an array of staples each in a staple delivery position or “ready position” ready to be fired into target tissue. A staple driver is advanceable to drive the ready position staples from the staple head into the tissue using staple pushers. During use, the staples in the ready positions are simultaneously fired into the target tissue using the staple pushers, forming an array of staples in the target tissue. After the array has been fired, one or more feed mechanisms within the staple housing advance a second group of staples from one or more staple storage locations into the ready positions in preparation for firing of the second group of staples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, Pablo R. Hambly, Jason S. Stewart, David Cole
  • Patent number: 8784500
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are described for retaining a medical implant within a body cavity. According to one aspect, at least a portion (16) of a medical implant is positioned within a body cavity, and a wall of the body cavity is re-shaped such that the re-shaped wall (14) prevents migration of the medical implant out of the body cavity. The re-shaped body wall may form a tissue pocket, tunnel, or other barrier against migration of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Stack, Daniel J. Balbierz, John Lunsford, Kevin van Bladel, William S. Eubanks, Jr., William L. Athas, Richard A. Glenn, Richard Kouri
  • Patent number: 8747421
    Abstract: A staple housing includes an array of staples each in a staple delivery position or “ready position” ready to be fired into target tissue. A staple driver is advanceable to drive the ready-position staples from the staple head into the tissue using staple pushers. During use, the staples in the ready positions are simultaneously fired into the target tissue using the staple pushers, forming an array of staples in the target tissue. After the array has been fired, one or more feed mechanisms within the staple housing advance a second group of staples from one or more staple storage locations into the ready positions in preparation for firing of the second group of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, Pablo R. Hambly, Jason S. Stewart, David Cole