Patents by Inventor Jaime Vargas

Jaime Vargas 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: 20030163023
    Abstract: A graft vessel preparation device and a method for using the graft vessel preparation device is provided. The graft vessel preparation device establishes and maintains a critical dimension on a graft vessel which corresponds to a dimension of an anastomosis site on a target vessel. One example of a graft vessel preparation device which prepares a graft vessel for a vascular anastomosis procedure includes a parallelogram linkage, a first spreader arm and a second spreader arm. The first spreader arm and the second spreader arm mount on opposing members of the parallelogram linkage in a parallel configuration. The spreader arms are configured in order to allow the placement of an end of a graft vessel over the spreader arms. The spreader arms are also configured to separate within an interior of the graft vessel once the graft vessel is placed over the spreader arms in order to establish a critical dimension. The critical dimension is established using a critical dimension locator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Applicant: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Ted Bender, David Bombard, Jeremy Frank
  • Publication number: 20030120293
    Abstract: The anastomosis device according to the present invention is a one piece device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The anastomosis device includes a frame for receiving and holding the end of a graft vessel in an everted position and first and second spreading members configured to be inserted into an opening in the target vessel. The first and second spreading members are arranged substantially in a plane for insertion into an opening in a target vessel, and are moved away from one another to capture the edges of the opening in the target vessel securing the graft vessel to the target vessel. One version of the anastomosis device includes a plurality of linkages arranged in two rows for grasping opposite sides of an opening in the target vessel. A portion of the linkages fold outward to trap vessel walls on opposite sides of the opening in the target vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Yencho, Michael Hendricksen, Jaime Vargas, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Scott Vance
  • Publication number: 20030109893
    Abstract: A medical device which can be implanted at a target site in a living body. The device includes an inner flange formed by radial expansion of the device and an outer flange formed by axial compression of the device. The device can include an implant portion and a discard portion which separate from each other during formation of the outer flange. The separation can occur by fracturing a frangible linkage or by mechanically separating a portion of the outer flange from a deployment tool. The device can be a one piece anastomosis device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The inner and outer flanges capture the edges of an opening in a target vessel and secure the graft vessel to the opening in the target vessel. The device greatly increases the speed with which anastomosis can be performed over known suturing methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Applicant: Cardica,Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, James T. Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Brendan M. Donohoe, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen
  • Patent number: 6554764
    Abstract: A graft vessel preparation device and a method for using the graft vessel preparation device is provided. The graft vessel preparation device establishes and maintains a critical dimension on a graft vessel which corresponds to a dimension of an anastomosis site on a target vessel. One example of a graft vessel preparation device which prepares a graft vessel for a vascular anastomosis procedure includes a parallelogram linkage, a first spreader arm and a second spreader arm. The first spreader arm and the second spreader arm mount on opposing members of the parallelogram linkage in a parallel configuration. The spreader arms are configured in order to allow the placement of an end of a graft vessel over the spreader arms. The spreader arms are also configured to separate within an interior of the graft vessel once the graft vessel is placed over the spreader arms in order to establish a critical dimension. The critical dimension is established using a critical dimension locator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Ted Bender, David Bombard, Jeremy Frank
  • Patent number: 6537287
    Abstract: The anastomosis device according to the present invention is a one piece device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The anastomosis device includes a frame for receiving and holding the end of a graft vessel in an everted position and first and second spreading members configured to be inserted into an opening in the target vessel. The first and second spreading members are arranged substantially in a plane for insertion into an opening in a target vessel, and are moved away from one another to capture the edges of the opening in the target vessel securing the graft vessel to the target vessel. One version of the anastomosis device includes a plurality of linkages arranged in two rows for grasping opposite sides of an opening in the target vessel. A portion of the linkages fold outward to trap vessel walls on opposite sides of the opening in the target vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Yencho, Michael Hendricksen, Jaime Vargas, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Scott Vance
  • Patent number: 6537288
    Abstract: A medical device which can be implanted at a target site in a living body. The device includes an inner flange formed by radial expansion of the device and an outer flange formed by axial compression of the device. The device can include an implant portion and a discard portion which separate from each other during formation of the outer flange. The separation can occur by fracturing a frangible linkage or by mechanically separating a portion of the outer flange from a deployment tool. The device can be a one piece anastomosis device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The inner and outer flanges capture the edges of an opening in a target vessel and secure the graft vessel to the opening in the target vessel. The device greatly increases the speed with which anastomosis can be performed over known suturing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, James T. Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Brendan M. Donohoe, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen
  • Publication number: 20030028205
    Abstract: An anastomosis system and method uses an anvil to control and support a tissue site during an anastomosis procedure. The anvil is particularly useful for supporting a wall of a coronary artery during attachment of a graft vessel to the coronary artery because the wall of the coronary artery is very thin, difficult to grasp, and susceptible to tearing. In one method, the anvil is inserted into a pressurized or unpressurized target vessel and is pulled against an inner wall of the target vessel causing tenting of the thin tissue of the vessel wall. A graft vessel is then advanced to the anastomosis site and an end of the graft vessel is positioned adjacent and exterior of the target vessel. Staples are inserted through the tissue of the graft vessel and the target vessel by pivoting the arms of a staple holder towards the anvil. When the ends of the staples engage staple bending features on the anvil, the ends of the staples bend over securing the graft vessel and target vessel together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Applicant: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Michael Hendricksen, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Brendan Donohoe
  • Publication number: 20030023253
    Abstract: An anastomosis system and method uses an anvil to control and support a tissue site during an anastomosis procedure. The anvil is particularly useful for supporting a wall of a coronary artery during attachment of a graft vessel to the coronary artery because the wall of the coronary artery is very thin, difficult to grasp, and susceptible to tearing. In one method, the anvil is inserted into a pressurized or unpressurized target vessel and is pulled against an inner wall of the target vessel causing tenting of the thin tissue of the vessel wall. A graft vessel is then advanced to the anastomosis site and an end of the graft vessel is positioned adjacent and exterior of the target vessel. Staples are inserted through the tissue of the graft vessel and the target vessel by pivoting the arms of a staple holder towards the anvil. When the ends of the staples engage staple bending features on the anvil, the ends of the staples bend over securing the graft vessel and target vessel together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Applicant: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Michael Hendricksen, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Brendan Donohoe
  • Patent number: 6478804
    Abstract: An anastomosis system and method uses an anvil to control and support a tissue site during an anastomosis procedure. The anvil is particularly useful for supporting a wall of a coronary artery during attachment of a graft vessel to the coronary artery because the wall of the coronary artery is very thin, difficult to grasp, and susceptible to tearing. In one method, the anvil is inserted into a pressurized or unpressurized target vessel and is pulled against an inner wall of the target vessel causing tenting of the thin tissue of the vessel wall. A graft vessel is then advanced to the anastomosis site and an end of the graft vessel is positioned adjacent and exterior of the target vessel. Staples are inserted through the tissue of the graft vessel and the target vessel by pivoting the arms of a staple holder towards the anvil. When the ends of the staples engage staple bending features on the anvil, the ends of the staples bend over securing the graft vessel and target vessel together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Michael Hendricksen, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Brendan Donohoe
  • Patent number: 6471713
    Abstract: A deployment system for forming an incision in a target vessel, for placement of an anastomosis device and for deployment of an anastomosis device having an inner flange formed by radial expansion of the device and an outer flange formed by axial compression of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Bernard A. Hausen, Russell C. Mead, Jr., Heather Klaubert, Brendan M. Donohoe, Theodore Bender
  • Patent number: 6428550
    Abstract: An anastomosis device is a one piece device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The anastomosis device includes an expandable tube configured to have a graft vessel secured to the tube. The device has an expandable linkage positioned at one end of the device and expansion of this linkage causes a first radially extending flange to fold outward. This first flange abuts an interior wall of a target vessel and a second flange is formed which abuts an exterior wall of the target vessel trapping the target vessel between the two flanges and secures the end of the graft vessel into an opening in the wall of the target vessel. The device greatly increases the speed with which anastomosis can be performed over known suturing methods and allows anastomosis to be performed in tight spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Bernard A. Hausen
  • Publication number: 20020095166
    Abstract: A method for tensioning incisions made in a target vessel during an anastomosis procedure is provided. After an incision is made in a target vessel, incision tensioners are placed within the incision in order to tension the incision. The incision is tensioned when the incision tensioners are pulled taut in order to stretch the incision to a predetermined length or a predetermined force. The tensioners allow for proper grafting of a graft vessel to the target vessel in an end to side anastomosis. In addition, the incision tensioners allow the incision to have a known geometry, thereby allowing precise grafting of the graft vessel to the target vessel during the anastomosis procedure. After the incision is tensioned, the graft vessel is grafted to the target vessel using clips, sutures, staples or other anastomosis devices. One example of anastomosis clips are configured to capture the graft vessel and the target vessel such that the graft vessel grafts with the target vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Tenny Chang, David Bombard
  • Patent number: 6419681
    Abstract: A medical device which can be implanted at a target site in a living body. The device includes an inner flange formed by radial expansion of the device and an outer flange formed by axial compression of the device. The device can include an implant portion and a discard portion which separate from each other during formation of the outer flange. The separation can occur by fracturing a frangible linkage or by mechanically separating a portion of the outer flange from a deployment tool. The device can be a one piece anastomosis device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The inner and outer flanges capture the edges of an opening in a target vessel and secure the graft vessel to the opening in the target vessel. The device greatly increases the speed with which anastomosis can be performed over known suturing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, James T. Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Brendan M. Donohoe, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen
  • Publication number: 20020082626
    Abstract: An integrated anastomosis tool both creates an opening in a side wall of a target blood vessel and performs an anastomosis procedure to connect a graft vessel to a side of the target blood vessel with a single integrated tool. The integrated anastomosis tool includes a cutting device, a graft vessel attachment device, an introducer, and a tool body. In each of the embodiments of the anastomosis tool, the advancement paths of a cutting device and a graft vessel attachment device cross, intersect, or align so that both the cutting device and the graft vessel attachment device can be operated by a single tool at the same intended anastomosis site in a sequential manner. The anastomosis procedure can be performed on a pressurized vessel since there is no need to interchange tools during the procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: Brendan M. Donohoe, Jaime Vargas, Stephen A. Yencho, James T. Nielsen, Theodore M. Bender, Michael Hendricksen, Scott C. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20020077637
    Abstract: A trocar useful for forming an incision in a target vessel for placement of an anastomosis device which may have an inner flange formed by radial expansion of the device and an outer flange formed by axial compression of the device. The trocar can have a smaller size during formation of the incision and a larger size when retracted over a deployment tool used to deploy the anastomosis device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Brendan M. Donohoe, Scott C. Anderson, Theodore Bender, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen, Michael Hendricksen
  • Patent number: 6402764
    Abstract: An everter and threadthrough system useful for attaching a graft vessel to a anastomosis device which can be used to attach a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The threadthrough system engages an end of the graft vessel and pulls the graft vessel through a deployment tool until a portion of the graft vessel extends beyond a distal end of the anastomosis device mounted on the deployment tool. The everter includes a spreading mechanism which expands the end of the graft vessel and folds the expanded end over the anastomosis device. In the case where the anastomosis device includes barbs, the everter can effect penetration of the graft vessel by the barbs. Once the graft vessel is everted over the anastomosis device, the deployment tool can be used to attach the graft vessel to a target vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hendricksen, Theodore Bender, Brendan M. Donohoe, Jaime Vargas, Andrew Frazier, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen
  • Patent number: 6398797
    Abstract: A method and system for performing anastomosis uses an anvil to control and support a tissue site during an anastomosis procedure involving tissue bonding techniques such as tissue welding and adhesive tissue bonding. The anvil is particularly useful for supporting a wall of a coronary artery during attachment of a graft vessel in a coronary artery bypass graft procedure. The anvil is inserted into a pressurized or unpressurized target vessel and is pulled against an inner wall of the target vessel causing tenting of the thin tissue of the vessel wall. A graft vessel is then advanced to the anastomosis site and an end of the graft vessel is positioned adjacent an exterior of the target vessel. When tissue welding is used, a graft vessel fixture is positioned over the tissue surfaces to be welded in order to clamp the graft and target vessel tissue together. The tissue contacting surfaces of the anvil and/or graft vessel fixture are provided with one or more energy applying surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bombard, Theodore Bender, Tenny Chang, Jaime Vargas, Michael Hendricksen, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Brendan Donohoe
  • Patent number: 6391038
    Abstract: An anastomosis system and method uses an anvil to control and support a tissue site during an anastomosis procedure. The anvil is particularly useful for supporting a wall of a coronary artery during attachment of a graft vessel to the coronary artery because the wall of the coronary artery is very thin, difficult to grasp, and susceptible to tearing. In one method, the anvil is inserted into a pressurized or unpressurized target vessel and is pulled against an inner wall of the target vessel causing tenting of the thin tissue of the vessel wall. A graft vessel is then advanced to the anastomosis site and an end of the graft vessel is positioned adjacent and exterior of the target vessel. Staples are inserted through the tissue of the graft vessel and the target vessel by pivoting the arms of a staple holder towards the anvil. When the ends of the staples engage staple bending features on the anvil, the ends of the staples bend over securing the graft vessel and target vessel together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Cardica, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Michael Hendricksen, Stephen A. Yencho, Jamey Nielsen, Bernard A. Hausen, Brendan Donohoe
  • Patent number: 6371964
    Abstract: A trocar useful for forming an incision in a target vessel for placement of an anastomosis device which may have an inner flange formed by radial expansion of the device and an outer flange formed by axial compression of the device. The trocar can have a smaller size during formation of the incision and a larger size when retracted over a deployment tool used to deploy the anastomosis device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Vascular Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, Brendan M. Donohoe, Scott C. Anderson, Theodore Bender, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen, Michael Hendricksen
  • Publication number: 20020042622
    Abstract: A medical device which can be implanted at a target site in a living body. The device includes an inner flange formed by radial expansion of the device and an outer flange formed by axial compression of the device. The device can include an implant portion and a discard portion which separate from each other during formation of the outer flange. The separation can occur by fracturing a frangible linkage or by mechanically separating a portion of the outer flange from a deployment tool. The device can be a one piece anastomosis device for connecting a graft vessel to a target vessel without the use of conventional sutures. The inner and outer flanges capture the edges of an opening in a target vessel and secure the graft vessel to the opening in the target vessel. The device greatly increases the speed with which anastomosis can be performed over known suturing methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Publication date: April 11, 2002
    Inventors: Jaime Vargas, James T. Nielsen, Michael Hendricksen, Brendan M. Donohoe, Stephen Yencho, Bernard Hausen