Patents by Inventor Erik van der Burg

Erik van der Burg 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: 10398427
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for manipulating the tongue. An implant is positioned within at least a portion of the tongue and may be secured to other surrounding structures such as the mandible and/or hyoid bone. In general, the implant is manipulated to displace at least a portion of the posterior tongue in an anterior or lateral direction, or to alter the tissue tension or compliance of the tongue. Methods and devices for adjusting a glossopexy system are also disclosed. Adjusting a distance between two body-engaging structures can be performed without disengaging a tether from either of the body-engaging structures in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Dineen, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Andrew Frazier, Chad Roue, Erik van der Burg
  • Publication number: 20190175169
    Abstract: Suture passer systems for tissue suspension and tissue compression, and more particularly for tongue suspension, are described. The system can include at least a first elongate tubular body or shaft, a needle having a lateral bias carried by the elongate body, and a retrieval element operably connected to the elongate tubular body. The needle can have a substantially straight configuration when located within the elongate tubular body, and be configured to exit an opening at or near a distal end of the elongate tubular body and assume a laterally biased or curved shape to form a path through tissue. The needle is configured to carry a suture. The retrieval element can be configured to retrieve the suture carried by the needle after the needle has formed a curved or otherwise angled path through tissue. The system can also include one or more bone anchors to secure the suture loops. Methods of placing one or more suture loops into tissue, such as the base of the tongue, are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Chris Feezor, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Christopher T. Cheng, Michael Kolber, Adam H. Liston
  • Publication number: 20190167264
    Abstract: Suture passer systems for tissue suspension and tissue compression are described. The system can include a shaft and a needle, wherein the needle is freely rotatable with respect to the shaft. The suture may include an overmolded segment. Methods of placing one or more implants, sutures, fastener, bone anchors and other devices are also described. The methods include moving tissue, including the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle, palatopharyngeal arch, and palatoglossal arch. The methods include hyoid bone suspension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Feezor, Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Jason van Tassel
  • Patent number: 10182810
    Abstract: Suture passer systems for tissue suspension and tissue compression, and more particularly for tongue suspension, are described. The system can include at least a first elongate tubular body or shaft, a needle having a lateral bias carried by the elongate body, and a retrieval element operably connected to the elongate tubular body. The needle can have a substantially straight configuration when located within the elongate tubular body, and be configured to exit an opening at or near a distal end of the elongate tubular body and assume a laterally biased or curved shape to form a path through tissue. The needle is configured to carry a suture. The retrieval element can be configured to retrieve the suture carried by the needle after the needle has formed a curved or otherwise angled path through tissue. The system can also include one or more bone anchors to secure the suture loops. Methods of placing one or more suture loops into tissue, such as the base of the tongue, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Siesta Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Chris Feezor, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Christopher T. Cheng, Michael Kolber, Adam H. Liston
  • Publication number: 20180110508
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention includes a knotless suture anchor for implanting in bone including an outer tubular member having a distal end, a proximal end, an outer wall, and an at least one aperture through the outer wall; an inner member being rotatably disposed within the outer tubular member, the inner member having an at least one aperture for receiving at least one suture thread; a pointed tip configured to facilitate impaction of the anchor into the bone; and at least one suture thread guide positioned on the outer tubular member, wherein the at least one suture thread is positioned through the at least one suture thread guide, the at least one aperture of the outer tubular member, and the at least one aperture of the inner member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Erik Van Der Burg, Nathaniel Cohen, Christopher Feezor, Christopher T. Cheng
  • Patent number: 9867606
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention includes a knotless suture anchor for implanting in bone including an outer tubular member having a distal end, a proximal end, an outer wall, and an at least one aperture through the outer wall; an inner member being rotatably disposed within the outer tubular member, the inner member having an at least one aperture for receiving at least one suture thread; a pointed tip configured to facilitate impaction of the anchor into the bone; and at least one suture thread guide positioned on the outer tubular member, wherein the at least one suture thread is positioned through the at least one suture thread guide, the at least one aperture of the outer tubular member, and the at least one aperture of the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Erik Van Der Burg, Nathaniel Cohen, Christopher Feezor, Christopher T. Cheng
  • Publication number: 20170304092
    Abstract: A self-sealing tubular graft is provided for implantation within a patient's body that includes an elongate tubular body including first and second self-sealing cannulation regions and a loop region extending between the first and second cannulation regions. The loop region includes one or more reinforcement members attached to a first length of the loop region and extending at least partially around a circumference of the tubular body. For example, the reinforcement members may include one or more sinusoidal or zigzag members extending along the first length with alternating peaks and valleys extending at least partially around a circumference of the tubular body. Self-sealing patches are also provided that include one or more reinforcement members embedded within base material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: James Hong, Erik van der Burg, Amy Lee
  • Publication number: 20170020506
    Abstract: Systems and methods of placing one or more suture loops into tissue, such as the base of the tongue, are described. A system can include a variable-thickness suspension line for suspending tissue, including a suture having a first thickness dimension; an elastomer surrounding a portion of the suture and defining a central segment of the suspension line having a second thickness dimension greater than the first thickness dimension, and at least one transition zone extending from the central segment of the suspension line to a lateral end of the suspension line, the transition zones having a thickness dimension that tapers from the second thickness dimension to the first thickness dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher Feezor, Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Tedd Hinton
  • Publication number: 20170000477
    Abstract: Suture passer systems for tissue suspension and tissue compression, and more particularly for tongue suspension, are described. The system can include at least a first elongate tubular body or shaft, a needle having a lateral bias carried by the elongate body, and a retrieval element operably connected to the elongate tubular body. The needle can have a substantially straight configuration when located within the elongate tubular body, and be configured to exit an opening at or near a distal end of the elongate tubular body and assume a laterally biased or curved shape to form a path through tissue. The needle is configured to carry a suture. The retrieval element can be configured to retrieve the suture carried by the needle after the needle has formed a curved or otherwise angled path through tissue. The system can also include one or more bone anchors to secure the suture loops. Methods of placing one or more suture loops into tissue, such as the base of the tongue, are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Chris Feezor, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Christopher T. Cheng, Michael Kolber, Adam H. Liston
  • Patent number: 9463014
    Abstract: Systems and methods of placing one or more suture loops into tissue, such as the base of the tongue, are described. A system can include a variable-thickness suspension line for suspending tissue, including a suture having a first thickness dimension; an elastomer surrounding a portion of the suture and defining a central segment of the suspension line having a second thickness dimension greater than the first thickness dimension, and at least one transition zone extending from the central segment of the suspension line to a lateral end of the suspension line, the transition zones having a thickness dimension that tapers from the second thickness dimension to the first thickness dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Siesta Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Feezor, Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Tedd Hinton
  • Patent number: 9451942
    Abstract: An insertion tool is used to implant a knotless suture anchor to secure soft tissue to a rigid structure such as bone. The anchor has an inner member that receives suture thread and rotates within an outer tubular member. An inner shaft on the insertion tool engages the inner tubular member and is used to rotate the inner tubular member so that the suture thread is wrapped onto the inner tubular member thereby increasing contact with the outer tubular member of the anchor which applies pressure to the wrapped suture thread to retain it in position on the inner tubular member while simultaneously and adjustably tensioning the suture thread. The insertion tool has an outer shaft that engages the outer tubular member of the anchor and prevents the outer tubular member from rotating as the inner shaft on the insertion tool rotates the inner tubular member on the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Erik van der Burg, Nathaniel Cohen, Christopher Feezor, Christopher T. Cheng
  • Patent number: 9408742
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for manipulating the tongue. An implant is positioned within at least a portion of the tongue and may be secured to other surrounding structures such as the mandible and/or hyoid bone. In general, the implant is manipulated to displace at least a portion of the posterior tongue in an anterior or lateral direction, or to alter the tissue tension or compliance of the tongue. Methods and devices for adjusting a glossopexy system are also disclosed. Adjusting a distance between two body-engaging structures can be performed without disengaging a tether from either of the body-engaging structures in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Dineen, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Andrew Frazier, Chad Roue, Erik van der Burg
  • Patent number: 9393067
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for remodeling the tongue. One or more spaces or cavities are formed in the tongue using, for example, surgical or RF ablative techniques. The cavities can be closed or collapsed by inserting a tethered soft tissue anchor into the tongue and attaching the tethered portion of the soft tissue anchor to a bony structure such as the mandible or hyoid bone in order to exert a collapsing force on the one or more spaces or cavities. The insertion pathway of the tethered soft tissue anchor may pass adjacent to or even through one or more cavities. Also disclosed herein is a tongue remodeling system that includes means for creating a space in the tongue, and a tissue anchor configured to close the space. The tissue anchor may be tethered or expandable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Erik van der Burg, Beverly Tucker Woodson, Michael Dineen, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Andrew Frazier, Chad Roue
  • Publication number: 20160199085
    Abstract: A self-closing device for implantation within a patient's body includes base material including an inner surface area for securing the base material to a tissue structure, and a plurality of support elements surrounding or embedded in the base material. The support elements are separable to accommodate creating an opening through the base material for receiving one or more instruments through the base material, and biased to return towards a relaxed state for self-closing the opening after removing the one or more instruments. The device may be provided as a patch, cuff, or integrally attached to a tubular graft or in various shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: James Hong, Amy Lee, Erik van der Burg
  • Patent number: 9386981
    Abstract: Suture passer systems for tissue suspension and tissue compression, and more particularly for palate or tongue suspension, are described. The system can include at least a first elongate tubular body or shaft, a needle having a lateral bias carried by the elongate body, and a retrieval element operably connected to the elongate tubular body. The needle can have a substantially straight configuration when located within the elongate tubular body, and be configured to exit an opening at or near a distal end of the elongate tubular body and assume a laterally biased or curved shape to form a path through tissue. The needle is configured to carry a suture. The retrieval element can be configured to retrieve the suture carried by the needle after the needle has formed a curved or otherwise angled path through tissue. The system can also include one or more bone anchors to secure the suture loops. Methods of placing one or more suture loops into tissue, such as the base of the palate or tongue, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Siesta Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Chris Feezor, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Christopher T. Cheng, Michael Kolber, Adam H. Liston
  • Patent number: 9179906
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for manipulating the palatal tissue. An implant is positioned within at least a portion of the soft palate and may be secured to other surrounding, less mobile structures such as the hard palate or the mucosa overlying the hard palate. The implant may be manipulated to displace at least a portion of the soft palate in an anterior or lateral direction, or to alter the tissue tension or compliance of the soft palate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Andrew Frazier, Chad Roue, Erik van der Burg, Michael Dineen, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson
  • Publication number: 20150250476
    Abstract: Suture passer systems for tissue suspension and tissue compression are described. The system can include a shaft and a needle, wherein the needle is freely rotatable with respect to the shaft. The suture may include an overmolded segment. Methods of placing one or more implants, sutures, fastener, bone anchors and other devices are also described. The methods include moving tissue, including the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle, palatopharyngeal arch, and palatoglossal arch. The methods include hyoid bone suspension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Feezor, Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Jason van Tassel
  • Patent number: 8992573
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention includes a method for holding soft tissue in apposition with a bone using a suture, the method including engaging the soft tissue with an engaging portion of a suture thread; engaging an end of the suture thread with a rotatable shaft of an anchor; implanting the rotatable shaft in the bone; and rotating the shaft in a first direction to wrap the engaged suture thread onto the shaft thereby increasing tension on the suture and on the soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Erik Van Der Burg, Nathaniel Cohen, Christopher Feezor, Christopher T. Cheng
  • Publication number: 20150075541
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to methods and devices for the treatment of airway obstruction, such as obstructive sleep apnea, and devices and methods that facilitate insertion and retrieval of the same. In one embodiment, disclosed is a tissue tensioner that includes an elongate flexible tether having a first end and a second end, a bone anchor configured to be connected to a patient's mandible, a tissue ingrowth implant configured to be implanted in a patient's tongue and connected to the second end of the tether, and an adjustment mechanism configured to be held by the bone anchor adjacent the patient's mandible and configured to receive the first end of the tether and configured to adjust tension in the flexible tether between the patient's mandible and tongue. Various anchors, tethers, securement mechanisms, and adjustment mechanisms that can be used with glossal and palatal remodeling systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael DINEEN, Mark HIROTSUKA, Jasper JACKSON, Damien SHULOCK, Andrew FRAZIER, Chad ROUE, Erik VAN DER BURG
  • Patent number: 8821575
    Abstract: Methods and devices for rhinoplasty and treating nasal valve stenosis are disclosed herein. The nasal valve acts as a flow-limiter and can contribute to airway obstruction if resistance within the nasal valve is excessive. In one embodiment, a system for treating nasal valve stenosis includes a first elongate implant and a second elongate implant configured to support the nasal valves when implanted. The implants can be coupled together by connecting elements, such as eyelets, tethers, complementary socket joints, and button-rivet supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Erik Van Der Burg, Michael Dineen, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Andrew Frazier, Chad Roue