Patents by Inventor George J. Picha

George J. Picha 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: 10500361
    Abstract: A retention system for use with a bridle installed in a nose of a patient includes a member coupled to a medical device that is suspended from a nose of a patient and a connector for coupling to a bridle that is installed in a nose of a patient. The medical device extends into the mouth of a patient or is suspended adjacent the face of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Grant W. Phillips, Kathleen Walsh, Elizabeth A Meyer, Derek M. Williams, George J. Picha
  • Publication number: 20190328621
    Abstract: A gastric jejunal (GJ) feeding tube device for GJ feeding of an infant or child is provided. The device comprises a GJ button comprising a GJ button body, a gastric port, a jejunal port, a gastric channel, and a jejunal channel. The device also comprises a multi-lumen tube comprising a multi-lumen tube body, a multi-lumen tube proximal end, and a multi-lumen tube distal end. The device also comprises a jejunal tube comprising a jejunal tube body, a jejunal tube proximal end, a jejunal tube distal end, a spring, and a ring. The spring provides a kink-resistant feature. The ring is positioned at the jejunal tube proximal end. The jejunal tube and the GJ button are operatively connected at the ring and the mating surface by radial compression. The ring has a higher durometer than the jejunal tube body and an outer diameter that does not substantially decrease distally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Grant Wesley PHILLIPS, Derek M. WILLIAMS, George J. PICHA, Calia Alysia BATTISTA
  • Patent number: 10314994
    Abstract: A bridle catheter for installation into the nasal cavity of a patient comprises a tubular portion, a tape portion having a flattened geometry, and a transition zone located where the tubular portion meets the tape portion. A magnet is operatively attached in an open end of the tubular portion and secured therein so as to inhibit movement. A non-elastic member is integral with at least the tape portion and extends at least partially along a length thereof. In one example, the non-elastic member extends along substantially all of the tubular portion and tape portion. In another example, the non-elastic member comprises at least one of a ribbon or at least one fiber. A bridle catheter system is also provided that further comprises a stylet and a probe with a second magnet. A method of making the bridle catheter is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Grant Wesley Phillips, Derek M. Williams, Matthew Calhoun, George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 10245021
    Abstract: A suturing device is made of two hypodermic needles allowing one or more sutures (at the same time) and a retrieval probe to be advanced into a cavity (e.g., a stomach cavity) of the patient. Both the suture and retrieval probes comprise magnets of opposite polarities on their leading ends. Thus, after the suture and retrieval probe are inside the stomach cavity, the suture and retrieval probe may mate and the suture may be transferred from one hypodermic needle to the other using magnetic attraction. In doing so, the suture forms a loop through the stomach. Once removed, this loop, having two ends that are positioned outside the patient's body, can be pulled tight in order to pull the stomach wall closer to the surface of the patient's body. With the stomach wall close to the surface of the patient's body, it is easier to insert a gastrostomy device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC
    Inventors: Grant Wesley Phillips, Derek M. Williams, Kathleen Walsh, George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 10154908
    Abstract: Hard-tissue implants are provided that include a bulk implant, a face, pillars, and slots. The pillars are for implantation into a hard tissue. The slots are to be occupied by the hard tissue. The hard-tissue implant has a Young's modulus of elasticity of at least 10 GPa, has a ratio of the sum of (i) the volumes of the slots to (ii) the sum of the volumes of the pillars and the volumes of the slots of 0.40:1 to 0.90:1, does not comprise any part that is hollow, and does not comprise any non-pillar part extending to or beyond the distal ends of any of the pillars. Methods of making and using hard-tissue implants are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: George J. Picha, Dawn Thompson
  • Publication number: 20170119530
    Abstract: Hard-tissue implants are provided that include a bulk implant, a face, pillars, and slots. The pillars are for implantation into a hard tissue. The slots are to be occupied by the hard tissue. The hard-tissue implant has a Young's modulus of elasticity of at least 10 GPa, has a ratio of the sum of (i) the volumes of the slots to (ii) the sum of the volumes of the pillars and the volumes of the slots of 0.40:1 to 0.90:1, does not comprise any part that is hollow, and does not comprise any non-pillar part extending to or beyond the distal ends of any of the pillars. Methods of making and using hard-tissue implants are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventor: George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 9579206
    Abstract: Hard-tissue implants are provided that include a bulk implant, a face, pillars, and slots. The pillars are for implantation into a hard tissue. The slots are to be occupied by the hard tissue. The hard-tissue implant has a Young's modulus of elasticity of at least 10 GPa, has a ratio of the sum of (i) the volumes of the slots to (ii) the sum of the volumes of the pillars and the volumes of the slots of 0.40:1 to 0.90:1, does not comprise any part that is hollow, and does not comprise any non-pillar part extending to or beyond the distal ends of any of the pillars. Methods of making and using hard-tissue implants are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 9561158
    Abstract: An illuminating bridle catheter installation system includes a flexible member having a leading end and a trailing end with a first magnet coupled to the leading end of the flexible member, and a retrieving member having a leading end and a trailing end with two non-contacting second magnets coupled to the leading end of the retrieving member. An illuminating member is coupled to one of the flexible member or the retrieving member and the illuminating member is coupled to an electronic circuit having a switch that allows the illuminating member to be illuminated when the first magnet meets the second magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 9554970
    Abstract: A coupling includes a first input port and a photoluminescent portion associated with the first input port. The first input port may be one or more of a gastric port, a jejunal port, or a balloon port. The first port may have a first glow-in-the dark feature and a second port may have a second glow-in-the-dark feature, which may be different from one another. The coupling may include means for orientation that assists a user in properly orienting a connector to be mounted in the first port in proper orientation and a first connector for coupling to the first port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Derek M. Williams, Grant W. Phillips, George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 9539181
    Abstract: Tubing for use in gastrointestinal applications includes a hollow tube and a spring positioned inside the tube. The spring is corrosion resistant and helps to prevent kinking of the tubing when the tubing is bent. An encapsulant may be positioned over the spring. The spring may be co-extruded with the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Grant W. Phillips, Derek M. Williams, George J. Picha
  • Publication number: 20160367777
    Abstract: A retention system for use with a bridle installed in a nose of a patient includes a member coupled to a medical device that is suspended from a nose of a patient and a connector for coupling to a bridle that is installed in a nose of a patient. The medical device extends into the mouth of a patient or is suspended adjacent the face of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Grant W. Phillips, Kathleen Walsh, Elizabeth A Meyer, Derek M. Williams, George J. Picha
  • Publication number: 20160213475
    Abstract: Hard-tissue implants are provided that include a bulk implant, a face, pillars, and slots. The pillars are for implantation into a hard tissue. The slots are to be occupied by the hard tissue. The hard-tissue implant has a Young's modulus of elasticity of at least 10 GPa, has a ratio of the sum of (i) the volumes of the slots to (ii) the sum of the volumes of the pillars and the volumes of the slots of 0.40:1 to 0.90:1, does not comprise any part that is hollow, and does not comprise any non-pillar part extending to or beyond the distal ends of any of the pillars. Methods of making and using hard-tissue implants are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventor: George J. Picha
  • Publication number: 20160166475
    Abstract: A coupling includes a first input port and a photoluminescent portion associated with the first input port. The first input port may be one or more of a gastric port, a jejunal port, or a balloon port. The first port may have a first glow-in-the dark feature and a second port may have a second glow-in-the-dark feature, which may be different from one another. The coupling may include means for orientation that assists a user in properly orienting a connector to be mounted in the first port in proper orientation and a first connector for coupling to the first port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Derek M. Williams, Grant W. Phillips, George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 9333081
    Abstract: Hard-tissue implants are provided that include a bulk implant, a face, pillars, and slots. The pillars are for implantation into a hard tissue. The slots are to be occupied by the hard tissue. The hard-tissue implant has a Young's modulus of elasticity of at least 10 GPa, has a ratio of the sum of (i) the volumes of the slots to (ii) the sum of the volumes of the pillars and the volumes of the slots of 0.40:1 to 0.90:1, does not comprise any part that is hollow, and does not comprise any non-pillar part extending to or beyond the distal ends of any of the pillars. Methods of making and using hard-tissue implants are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 9302090
    Abstract: A coupling includes a first input port and a photoluminescent portion associated with the first input port. The first input port may be one or more of a gastric port, a jejunal port, or a balloon port. The first port may have a first glow-in-the dark feature and a second port may have a second glow-in-the-dark feature, which may be different from one another. The coupling may include means for orientation that assists a user in properly orienting a connector to be mounted in the first port in proper orientation and a first connector for coupling to the first port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Derek M. Williams, Grant W. Phillips, George J. Picha
  • Publication number: 20150366761
    Abstract: Tubing for use in gastrointestinal applications includes a hollow tube and a spring positioned inside the tube. The spring is corrosion resistant and helps to prevent kinking of the tubing when the tubing is bent. An encapsulant may be positioned over the spring. The spring may be co-extruded with the tubing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Grant W. Phillips, Derek M. Williams, George J. Picha
  • Patent number: 9138218
    Abstract: A handleless surgical stay includes an elastomeric band with a longitudinal body having a first end. The surgical stay further includes a tissue retention member including a tissue engaging portion and an anchor portion. The anchor portion is coupled to the first end of the elastomeric band such that the tissue engaging portion extends outwardly relative to the first end. Substantially all of the elastomeric band can be configured for engagement with a surgical retractor frame such that the stay does not include a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: ABEON MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: George J. Picha, Matt Thompson, Dawn Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150217094
    Abstract: A fill valve for mediating two-way fluid communication between a medical instrument and a medical device is provided. The fill valve comprises a valve element and a valve housing. The valve element comprises a valve element body extending along a major axis, a valve element first end comprising a recessed internal surface configured to provide a sealing contact engagement with a medical instrument, a valve element second end, and a valve element body external surface. The valve element is resilient and deformable. The valve element also has a hole that extends along the major axis and that is substantially cylindrically symmetrical with respect to the major axis. The valve housing is configured to hold the valve element in place by a circumferential compression fit. An enteral feeding button comprising such a fill valve, and a valve element of such a fill valve, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicant: Applied Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Grant Wesley Phillips, Derek M. Williams, George J. Picha
  • Publication number: 20150157828
    Abstract: A bridle catheter for installation into the nasal cavity of a patient comprises a tubular portion, a tape portion having a flattened geometry, and a transition zone located where the tubular portion meets the tape portion. A magnet is operatively attached in an open end of the tubular portion and secured therein so as to inhibit movement. A non-elastic member is integral with at least the tape portion and extends at least partially along a length thereof. In one example, the non-elastic member extends along substantially all of the tubular portion and tape portion. In another example, the non-elastic member comprises at least one of a ribbon or at least one fiber. A bridle catheter system is also provided that further comprises a stylet and a probe with a second magnet. A method of making the bridle catheter is further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Grant Wesley Phillips, Derek M. Williams, Matthew Calhoun, George J. Picha
  • Publication number: 20150100071
    Abstract: A suturing device is made of two hypodermic needles allowing one or more sutures (at the same time) and a retrieval probe to be advanced into a cavity (e.g., a stomach cavity) of the patient. Both the suture and retrieval probes comprise magnets of opposite polarities on their leading ends. Thus, after the suture and retrieval probe are inside the stomach cavity, the suture and retrieval probe may mate and the suture may be transferred from one hypodermic needle to the other using magnetic attraction. In doing so, the suture forms a loop through the stomach. Once removed, this loop, having two ends that are positioned outside the patient's body, can be pulled tight in order to pull the stomach wall closer to the surface of the patient's body. With the stomach wall close to the surface of the patient's body, it is easier to insert a gastrostomy device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Grant Wesley Phillips, Derek M. Williams, Kathleen Walsh, George J. Picha