Patents by Inventor James C Makous

James C Makous 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: 20200398058
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods of treating a patient comprising providing a medical apparatus comprising an external system and an implantable system, implanting the implantable system, and delivering at least one of power or data to the implantable system with the external system. The external system comprises: at least one external antenna configured to transmit a first transmission signal to the implantable system; an external transmitter configured to drive the at least one external antenna; an external power supply; and an external controller. The implantable system comprises: at least one implantable antenna configured to receive the first transmission signal from the first external device; an implantable receiver; at least one implantable functional element configured to interface with the patient; an implantable controller; an implantable energy storage assembly; and an implantable housing surrounding at least the implantable controller and the implantable receiver. Medical apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel PIVONKA, Anatoly YAKOVLEV, Michael J. PARTSCH, Lee Fason HARTLEY, James C. MAKOUS, Brett Daniel SCHLEICHER, Lakshmi Narayan MISHRA
  • Patent number: 10849643
    Abstract: A tunneling tool for forming a tissue channel and/or pocket beneath a portion of skin along a body comprises a distal end having a tunneling member and a guide. The tunneling member is configured for forming the tissue channel and/or pocket beneath the portion of skin while the guide remains above the skin and indicates the location of at least a portion of the tunneling member. An anchor for securing an elongate device to body tissue comprises an anchor body configured to receive the elongate device; a mechanism configured to removably attach the anchor body to the elongate device so as to resist movement of the elongate device in relation to the anchor body; and at least one tissue engagement element configured to assist in attaching the anchor body to the body tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Nalu Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Castillo, Christopher Linden, Lee Fason Hartley, Lakshmi Narayan Mishra, James C. Makous
  • Publication number: 20200306528
    Abstract: A medical apparatus for a patient comprises an external system and an implantable system. The external system is configured to transmit one or more transmission signals, each transmission signal comprising at least power or data. The implantable system is configured to receive the one or more transmission signals from the external system, and to deliver stimulation energy to the patient. Methods of delivering stimulation energy are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher LINDEN, Andre CASTILLO, Logan PALMER, Ji-Jon SIT, Daniel M. PIVONKA, Lakshmi Narayan MISHRA, James C. MAKOUS, Lee Fason HARTLEY, James C. LEE, J. Christopher FLAHERTY
  • Publication number: 20190151659
    Abstract: A stimulation system comprising: an implantable lead having a proximal end and a distal end, and at least one electrode along its distal end; an implantable neuromodulation stimulator disposed along the proximal end of the implantable lead; and an external device comprising a battery, a transmitter, and an antenna. The implantable lead is integral to the implantable neuromodulation stimulator. Methods of providing stimulation are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Lakshmi Narayan MISHRA, Lee Fason HARTLEY, James C. MAKOUS, Andre CASTILLO, Christopher LINDEN
  • Publication number: 20190009097
    Abstract: A stimulation system for a patient is provided. The system comprises: at least one implantable device comprising at least one implantable antenna; and an external device comprising at least one external antenna, wherein the at least one external antenna transfers power to the at least one implantable antenna. The at least one implantable device delivers therapy to the patient. A patient attachment device or body covering positions the at least one external antenna relative to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Lee Fason HARTLEY, Christopher LINDEN, Daniel M. PIVONKA, Ji-Jon SIT, Lakshmi Narayan MISHRA, Logan PALMER, Brett Daniel SCHLEICHER, Mark David LONDBORG, James GOODMAN, James C. MAKOUS, Andre CASTILLO
  • Publication number: 20190001139
    Abstract: A medical apparatus for a patient comprises an implantable system. The implantable system comprises a first implantable device comprising: at least one implantable functional element configured to deliver stimulation energy to tissue of the patient; and an implantable controller configured to provide a stimulation waveform to the at least one implantable functional element, the stimulation waveform comprising one or more stimulation parameters. The apparatus is configured to randomly vary at least one of the one or more stimulation parameters. Methods of providing stimulation energy with randomly varying stimulation parameters are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Lakshmi Narayan MISHRA, James C. MAKOUS, Lee Fason HARTLEY, Daniel M. PIVONKA, J. Christopher FLAHERTY
  • Publication number: 20180368875
    Abstract: A tunneling tool for forming a tissue channel and/or pocket beneath a portion of skin along a body comprises a distal end having a tunneling member and a guide. The tunneling member is configured for forming the tissue channel and/or pocket beneath the portion of skin while the guide remains above the skin and indicates the location of at least a portion of the tunneling member. An anchor for securing an elongate device to body tissue comprises an anchor body configured to receive the elongate device; a mechanism configured to removably attach the anchor body to the elongate device so as to resist movement of the elongate device in relation to the anchor body; and at least one tissue engagement element configured to assist in attaching the anchor body to the body tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Andre CASTILLO, Christopher LINDEN, Lee Fason HARTLEY, Lakshmi Narayan MISHRA, James C. MAKOUS
  • Publication number: 20180361165
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Publication number: 20180256906
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods of treating a patient comprising providing a medical apparatus comprising an external system and an implantable system, implanting the implantable system, and delivering at least one of power or data to the implantable system with the external system. The external system comprises: at least one external antenna configured to transmit a first transmission signal to the implantable system; an external transmitter configured to drive the at least one external antenna; an external power supply; and an external controller. The implantable system comprises: at least one implantable antenna configured to receive the first transmission signal from the first external device; an implantable receiver; at least one implantable functional element configured to interface with the patient; an implantable controller; an implantable energy storage assembly; and an implantable housing surrounding at least the implantable controller and the implantable receiver. Medical apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel PIVONKA, Anatoly YAKOVLEV, Michael J. PARTSCH, Lee Fason HARTLEY, James C. MAKOUS, Brett Daniel SCHLEICHER, Lakshmi Narayan MISHRA
  • Patent number: 9937341
    Abstract: A lead is configured and arranged for brain stimulation. The lead includes a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end includes a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end. The distal end has a non-circular transverse cross-sectional shape and includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end. A plurality of conductive wires electrically couple at least one of the plurality of electrodes to at least one of the plurality of terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Courtney C. Lane, James C. Makous, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai
  • Publication number: 20170296833
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Publication number: 20170072198
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient having a dysfunction using a stimulation lead within the brain of a patient is provided. The stimulation lead carries a plurality of electrodes adjacent to a plurality of brain regions. Pulsed electrical waveforms having different sets of stimulation parameters are generated and then concurrently delivered to the plurality of electrodes, thereby concurrently stimulating the plurality of brain regions to treat the dysfunction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: James C. Makous, Courtney C. Lane, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Patent number: 9411935
    Abstract: An external control device for use with a neurostimulation system having a plurality of electrodes capable of conveying an electrical stimulation field into tissue in which the electrodes are implanted is provided. The external control device comprises a user interface having one or more control elements, a processor configured for generating stimulation parameters designed to modify the electrical stimulation field relative to one or more neurostimulation lead carrying the electrodes. The external control device further comprises output circuitry configured for transmitting the stimulation parameters to the neurostimulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Moffitt, Sridhar Kothandaraman, James C. Makous
  • Publication number: 20160101291
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Publication number: 20150151111
    Abstract: A lead is configured and arranged for brain stimulation. The lead includes a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end includes a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end. The distal end has a non-circular transverse cross-sectional shape and includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end. A plurality of conductive wires electrically couple at least one of the plurality of electrodes to at least one of the plurality of terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Courtney C. Lane, James C. Makous, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai
  • Patent number: 9043000
    Abstract: The burr hole plug comprises a plug base configured for being mounted around a burr hole, and having an aperture through which an elongated medical device exiting the burr hole may pass. The burr hole plug further comprises a retainer configured for being mounted within the plug base aperture. The retainer includes a retainer support, a slot formed in the retainer support for receiving the medical device, and a clamping mechanism having a clamping bar and a flange slidably engaged with the retainer support to laterally slide the clamping bar to secure the medical device. A method comprises introducing the medical device through the burr hole, mounting the plug base around the burr hole, mounting the retainer within the plug base aperture, receiving the medical device into the slot, and sliding the slidable flange relative to the retainer support to laterally slide to secure the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Jesse Geroy, James C. Makous, Todd Whitehurst, Matthew Flowers, John Michael Barker, Terry Ferrell, John Swoyer, Brett Schleicher, Jeff Gagnon, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai, Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Publication number: 20140243945
    Abstract: The burr hole plug comprises a plug base configured for being mounted around a burr hole, and having an aperture through which an elongated medical device exiting the burr hole may pass. The burr hole plug further comprises a retainer configured for being mounted within the plug base aperture. The retainer includes a retainer support, a slot formed in the retainer support for receiving the medical device, and a clamping mechanism having a clamping bar and a flange slidably engaged with the retainer support to laterally slide the clamping bar to secure the medical device. A method comprises introducing the medical device through the burr hole, mounting the plug base around the burr hole, mounting the retainer within the plug base aperture, receiving the medical device into the slot, and sliding the slidable flange relative to the retainer support to laterally slide to secure the medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Jesse Geroy, James C. Makous, Todd Whitehurst, Matthew Flowers, John Michael Barker, Terry Ferrell, John Swoyer, Brett Schleicher, Jeff Gagnon, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai, Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Patent number: 8731674
    Abstract: A method of treating a neurological disorder comprises introducing an electrical stimulation lead within a patient's head, locating the stimulation lead within the 4th ventricle of the patient's head, and placing the stimulation lead adjacent the fastigium nucleus of the patient's brain. The method may further comprise stimulating the fastigium nucleus with the stimulation lead to treat the neurological disorder, for example, by increasing the flow of blood within the patient's brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Wallace, James C. Makous
  • Patent number: 8731686
    Abstract: A burr hole plug comprises a plug base configured for being mounted around a burr hole. The plug base includes an aperture through which an elongated medical device exiting the burr hole may pass. The burr hole plug further comprises a retainer configured for being mounted within the aperture of the plug base. The retainer further includes first and second slidable clamping mechanisms configured for securing the medical devices therebetween within the aperture of the plug base. A method comprises introducing the medical device through the burr hole, mounting a plug base around the burr hole, such that the medical device extends through the plug base aperture, mounting the retainer within the aperture of the plug base, and sliding the first and second clamping mechanisms secure the medical device therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Jesse Geroy, James C. Makous, Todd Whitehurst, Matthew Flowers, John Michael Barker, Terry Ferrell, John Swoyer, Brett Schleicher, Jeff Gagnon, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai, Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Patent number: 8706240
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient suffering from chronic neuropathic pain, comprises epidurally applying electrical stimulation energy to a spinothalamic tract of the patient, thereby treating the chronic neuropathic pain. The method may further comprise increasing the activation threshold of a side-effect exhibiting neural structure relative to the activation threshold of the spinothalamic tract of the patient, wherein the electrical stimulation energy is applied to the spinothalamic tract of the patient while the activation threshold of the neural structure relative to the spinothalamic tract is increased, thereby treating the chronic neuropathic pain without stimulating the neural structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kerry Bradley, James C. Makous