Patents by Inventor Eric E. Bielefeld

Eric E. Bielefeld 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: 10405869
    Abstract: A device 10 for gathering tissue in a patient includes an elongated catheter 14 and a capture assembly 13 at a distal portion of the catheter. The capture assembly has a closed side 18 and a door 20 rotatable between an open condition and a closed condition. The closed side 18 of the capture assembly 13 and the door 20 in the closed condition may collectively define a tissue capturing compartment 19. Movement of the door 20 from the open condition to the closed condition adjacent the tissue may capture a portion 44 of the tissue in the tissue capturing compartment 19. A clip may then be applied from the capture assembly 13 to the captured tissue 44 to hold the tissue substantially in a gathered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Mark Griffin, Eric E. Bielefeld, Wayne Johnson
  • Patent number: 10265173
    Abstract: A device 10 for repairing mitral valve leaflets 2, 3 includes a jaw mechanism 15 that may be positioned adjacent a mitral valve leaflet 2, 3. The jaw mechanism 15 may move between an open position and a closed position by pivoting a first jaw relative 16 to a second jaw 18. The first jaw 16 may include a rivet 28 that may move from a stored position to an application position projecting away from the first jaw 16 when the jaw mechanism 15 is moved from the closed to the open position. Closing the jaws 16, 18 about a valve leaflet 2, 3 causes the rivet 28 to pierce the leaflet. The jaw mechanism 15 may then be rotated to wind the leaflet 2, 3 thereabout and again pierce the leaflet. The rivet 28 may then be released from the jaw mechanism 25 and the device 10 removed from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Griffin, Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Wayne Johnson
  • Patent number: 10028834
    Abstract: An adjustable prosthetic anatomical holder system may include an adjustable annuloplasty ring, a ring holder, and a positioning handle. The adjustable annuloplasty ring holder facilitates placement and adjustment of the annuloplasty ring during a cardiac surgical procedure. An optional positioning handle holds the adjustable annuloplasty ring during placement and suturing of the ring. The ring holder is constructed from two members that are slidably fit together in telescopic arrangement to accommodate adjustment of the ring size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Melinda K. Kovach, Susan E. Clegg, Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Eric E. Bielefeld, Simon McKnight Furnish
  • Publication number: 20180154114
    Abstract: A guiding sheath has a braided layer for improved deflection characteristics and ring electrodes for electrical sensing, mapping and visualization, wherein lead wires for the ring electrodes are passed through lumened tubing position under the braided layer in a proximal portion of the guiding sheath shaft and above the braided layer in a distal portion of the guiding sheath shaft. Moreover, the hemostatic valve includes an improved friction ring with air vents to reduce the risk of air being introduced into the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Raymond Yue-Sing Tang, Eric E. Bielefeld, John Miser, Brian Raze
  • Publication number: 20180153434
    Abstract: A guiding sheath has a braided layer for improved deflection characteristics and ring electrodes for electrical sensing, mapping and visualization, wherein lead wires for the ring electrodes are passed through lumened tubing position under the braided layer in a proximal portion of the guiding sheath shaft and above the braided layer in a distal portion of the guiding sheath shaft. Moreover, the hemostatic valve includes an improved friction ring with air vents to reduce the risk of air being introduced into the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Raymond Yue-Sing Tang, Brian Raze, Mark Griffin, Eric Gratz, Cortney Young, Eric E. Bielefeld
  • Publication number: 20180098851
    Abstract: A device and method for repairing a mitral valve leaflet 2, 3. The device 10 includes a body 16 having an annular wall 18 and at least one aperture 22 through the annular wall 18. A deployment assembly 24 mounted on the body includes at least one grasping wire 28 arranged for sliding movement in the aperture 22. Movement of the deployment assembly 24 to a deployed position relative to the body causes a free end of the grasping wire 28 to project out from the annular wall 18 through the aperture 22, and movement of the deployment assembly to a retracted position relative to the body causes the free end of the grasping wire 28 to not project out from the annular wall 18. In the deployed position, the grasping wire 28 may grasp and gather tissue of the leaflet 2,3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventor: Eric E. Bielefeld
  • Publication number: 20180078369
    Abstract: A delivery device for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve includes an operating handle and a catheter assembly. The operating handle may include a housing defining a movement space therein, a carriage assembly moveable in a longitudinal direction within the movement space, a deployment actuator coupled to the housing and rotatable relative to the housing, and a coupling assembly rotationally fixed to the deployment actuator. The catheter assembly may include a first shaft around which a compartment is defined and a distal sheath operatively connected to the carriage assembly. Movement of the carriage assembly in the longitudinal direction in the movement space may move the distal sheath between the closed condition and the open condition. The coupling assembly may have an engaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator moves the carriage assembly, and a disengaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator does not move the carriage assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Ralph Joseph Thomas, Khoi A. Le, Bradley Charles Knippel, Valerie J. Glazier
  • Patent number: 9872770
    Abstract: A device and method for repairing a mitral valve leaflet 2, 3. The device 10 includes a body 16 having an annular wall 18 and at least one aperture 22 through the annular wall 18. A deployment assembly 24 mounted on the body includes at least one grasping wire 28 arranged for sliding movement in the aperture 22. Movement of the deployment assembly 24 to a deployed position relative to the body causes a free end of the grasping wire 28 to project out from the annular wall 18 through the aperture 22, and movement of the deployment assembly to a retracted position relative to the body causes the free end of the grasping wire 28 to not project out from the annular wall 18. In the deployed position, the grasping wire 28 may grasp and gather tissue of the leaflet 2,3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric E. Bielefeld
  • Patent number: 9867701
    Abstract: A delivery device for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve includes an operating handle and a catheter assembly. The operating handle may include a housing defining a movement space therein, a carriage assembly moveable in a longitudinal direction within the movement space, a deployment actuator coupled to the housing and rotatable relative to the housing, and a coupling assembly rotationally fixed to the deployment actuator. The catheter assembly may include a first shaft around which a compartment is defined and a distal sheath operatively connected to the carriage assembly. Movement of the carriage assembly in the longitudinal direction in the movement space may move the distal sheath between the closed condition and the open condition. The coupling assembly may have an engaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator moves the carriage assembly, and a disengaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator does not move the carriage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Ralph Joseph Thomas, Khoi Le, Bradley Charles Knippel, Valerie J. Glazier
  • Publication number: 20170333189
    Abstract: An adjustment tool enables manipulation of a prosthetic anatomical device such as an annuloplasty ring. The tool includes a compression member which is operative for retarding rotation of the adjustment shaft to preclude inadvertent rotation thereof during use of the tool by the surgeon. A locking device is associated with the adjustment tool to enable the releasable attachment of the tool to the anatomical device during its adjustment by manipulation of the tool. The locking device is oriented into operative and inoperative positions by the engagement and disengagement of locking elements. A scale may be provided on the adjustment tool to assist a surgeon in determining the size or amount of adjustment to the size of the anatomical device during its adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric E. Bielefeld
  • Patent number: 9763784
    Abstract: An adjustment tool enables manipulation of a prosthetic anatomical device such as an annuloplasty ring. The tool includes a compression member which is operative for retarding rotation of the adjustment shaft to preclude inadvertent rotation thereof during use of the tool by the surgeon. A locking device is associated with the adjustment tool to enable the releasable attachment of the tool to the anatomical device during its adjustment by manipulation of the tool. The locking device is oriented into operative and inoperative positions by the engagement and disengagement of locking elements. A scale may be provided on the adjustment tool to assist a surgeon in determining the size or amount of adjustment to the size of the anatomical device during its adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric E. Bielefeld
  • Publication number: 20170189013
    Abstract: A device 10 for gathering tissue in a patient includes an elongated catheter 14 and a capture assembly 13 at a distal portion of the catheter. The capture assembly has a closed side 18 and a door 20 rotatable between an open condition and a closed condition. The closed side 18 of the capture assembly 13 and the door 20 in the closed condition may collectively define a tissue capturing compartment 19. Movement of the door 20 from the open condition to the closed condition adjacent the tissue may capture a portion 44 of the tissue in the tissue capturing compartment 19. A clip may then be applied from the capture assembly 13 to the captured tissue 44 to hold the tissue substantially in a gathered configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Gregory R. Furnish, Mark Griffin, Eric E. Bielefeld, Wayne Johnson
  • Patent number: 9622860
    Abstract: An adjustment tool enables manipulation of a prosthetic anatomical device such as an annuloplasty ring. The tool includes a compression member which is operative for retarding rotation of the adjustment shaft to preclude inadvertent rotation thereof during use of the tool by the surgeon. A locking device is associated with the adjustment tool to enable the releasable attachment of the tool to the anatomical device during its adjustment by manipulation of the tool. The locking device is oriented into operative and inoperative positions by the engagement and disengagement of locking elements. A scale may be provided on the adjustment tool to assist a surgeon in determining the size or amount of adjustment to the size of the anatomical device during its adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Christopher Bethards
  • Patent number: 9610082
    Abstract: A device 10 for gathering tissue in a patient includes an elongated catheter 14 and a capture assembly 13 at a distal portion of the catheter. The capture assembly has a closed side 18 and a door 20 rotatable between an open condition and a closed condition. The closed side 18 of the capture assembly 13 and the door 20 in the closed condition may collectively define a tissue capturing compartment 19. Movement of the door 20 from the open condition to the closed condition adjacent the tissue may capture a portion 44 of the tissue in the tissue capturing compartment 19. A clip may then be applied from the capture assembly 13 to the captured tissue 44 to hold the tissue substantially in a gathered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Wayne Johnson, Mark Griffin
  • Publication number: 20170007405
    Abstract: A device 10 for repairing mitral valve leaflets 2, 3 includes a jaw mechanism 15 that may be positioned adjacent a mitral valve leaflet 2, 3. The jaw mechanism 15 may move between an open position and a closed position by pivoting a first jaw relative 16 to a second jaw 18. The first jaw 16 may include a rivet 28 that may move from a stored position to an application position projecting away from the first jaw 16 when the jaw mechanism 15 is moved from the closed to the open position. Closing the jaws 16, 18 about a valve leaflet 2, 3 causes the rivet 28 to pierce the leaflet. The jaw mechanism 15 may then be rotated to wind the leaflet 2, 3 thereabout and again pierce the leaflet. The rivet 28 may then be released from the jaw mechanism 25 and the device 10 removed from the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Griffin, Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Wayne Johnson
  • Patent number: 9532874
    Abstract: A device 10 for repairing mitral valve leaflets 2, 3 includes a jaw mechanism 15 that may be positioned adjacent a mitral valve leaflet 2, 3. The jaw mechanism 15 may move between an open position and a closed position by pivoting a first jaw relative 16 to a second jaw 18. The first jaw 16 may include a rivet 28 that may move from a stored position to an application position projecting away from the first jaw 16 when the jaw mechanism 15 is moved from the closed to the open position. Closing the jaws 16, 18 about a valve leaflet 2, 3 causes the rivet 28 to pierce the leaflet. The jaw mechanism 15 may then be rotated to wind the leaflet 2, 3 thereabout and again pierce the leaflet. The rivet 28 may then be released from the jaw mechanism 25 and the device 10 removed from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc
    Inventors: Mark Griffin, Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Wayne Allen Johnson
  • Patent number: 9301842
    Abstract: A repair device for repairing a heart valve leaflet in a patient includes a hollow body with a capture tool and a tissue puncture element at the distal end thereof. The capture tool may be used to capture and stabilize the heart valve leaflet tissue. The tissue puncture element may puncture the leaflet tissue and deploy at least one anchor having a length of suture attached thereto. By tensioning the suture, the leaflet tissue may become plicated. The tensioned suture may then be cinched to maintain the plication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric E. Bielefeld
  • Publication number: 20150272758
    Abstract: A delivery device for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve includes an operating handle and a catheter assembly. The operating handle may include a housing defining a movement space therein, a carriage assembly moveable in a longitudinal direction within the movement space, a deployment actuator coupled to the housing and rotatable relative to the housing, and a coupling assembly rotationally fixed to the deployment actuator. The catheter assembly may include a first shaft around which a compartment is defined and a distal sheath operatively connected to the carriage assembly. Movement of the carriage assembly in the longitudinal direction in the movement space may move the distal sheath between the closed condition and the open condition. The coupling assembly may have an engaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator moves the carriage assembly, and a disengaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator does not move the carriage assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Ralph Joseph Thomas, Khoi Le, Bradley Charles Knippel, Valerie J. Glazier
  • Patent number: 9138316
    Abstract: An adjustment tool enables manipulation of a prosthetic anatomical device such as an annuloplasty ring. The tool includes a compression member which is operative for retarding rotation of the adjustment shaft to preclude inadvertent rotation thereof during use of the tool by the surgeon. A locking device is associated with the adjustment tool to enable the releasable attachment of the tool to the anatomical device during its adjustment by manipulation of the tool. The locking device is oriented into operative and inoperative positions by the engagement and disengagement of locking elements. A scale may be provided on the adjustment tool to assist a surgeon in determining the size or amount of adjustment to the size of the anatomical device during its adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric E. Bielefeld
  • Patent number: 9060860
    Abstract: A delivery device for a collapsible prosthetic heart valve includes an operating handle and a catheter assembly. The operating handle may include a housing defining a movement space therein, a carriage assembly moveable in a longitudinal direction within the movement space, a deployment actuator coupled to the housing and rotatable relative to the housing, and a coupling assembly rotationally fixed to the deployment actuator. The catheter assembly may include a first shaft around which a compartment is defined and a distal sheath operatively connected to the carriage assembly. Movement of the carriage assembly in the longitudinal direction in the movement space may move the distal sheath between the closed condition and the open condition. The coupling assembly may have an engaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator moves the carriage assembly, and a disengaged position in which rotation of the deployment actuator does not move the carriage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin E. Morris, Eric E. Bielefeld, Gregory R. Furnish, Ralph Joseph Thomas, Khoi Le, Bradley Charles Knippel, Valerie J. Glazier