Patents by Inventor James Whayne

James Whayne 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: 20190117210
    Abstract: The invention provides surgical methods, devices, apparatus, and systems for supporting the thumb of a patient after basal joint arthroplasty. The embodiments of the invention comprise at least one index metacarpal anchor, at least one thumb metacarpal anchor, at least one sling for positioning the thumb metacarpal anchor relative to the index metacarpal anchor, and at least one anchor washer for tightening and securing the sling(s) without the need to tie the suture(s) components of the sling(s) into knots. Index and thumb metacarpal anchors comprise at least one bone-engaging element for engaging the respective metacarpal. The anchor washer may incorporate one or more sling-engagement mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Sidney Fleischman, James Whayne, Izi Bruker, Jeanne L. DelSignore, Kevin L. Ohashi, James Christopher Harber
  • Publication number: 20110112558
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for biceps tenodesis or attachment of other tendon, or other soft tissue to bone. The tissue fixation system incorporates a single component anchor fabricated from a unitary piece or thin wafers bonded into a single component. The anchors incorporate features to engage a tendon or other soft tissue and maintain that engagement as the anchor and tendon are positioned into a bone tunnel or channel. The anchor secures to bone ensuring the tendon or other soft tissue are engaged within the bone tunnel or channel to produce the required fixation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: OC2, LLC, a Massachusetts limited liability company
    Inventors: James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman, Kevin Ohashi, Dennis Godfrey, Paul V. Fenton
  • Publication number: 20080097488
    Abstract: Devices for insertion into an atrial appendage of stasis reducing components such as mesh members, chemical bonding agents or expandable anchors are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2007
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: SIDNEY FLEISCHMAN, JAMES WHAYNE, THOMAS BOURNE, DAVID SWANSON
  • Publication number: 20070250058
    Abstract: Methods for using a surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source and a fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Applicant: nContact Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James WHAYNE, Sidney Fleischman, Earl Rogers
  • Publication number: 20070249991
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved treatment of body organs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Applicant: nContact Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman, Rebecca Neubert, Earl Rogers
  • Publication number: 20070083082
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate diaphragm entry for posterior access of body organs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Applicant: nContact Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Kiser, James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman, Earl Rogers
  • Publication number: 20070083225
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate diaphragm entry for posterior access of body organs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Applicant: nContact Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Kiser, James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman, Earl Rogers, Rebecca Neubert
  • Publication number: 20070043351
    Abstract: A surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism is provided for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source. A fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface may be provided in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Applicant: nContact Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney Fleischman, James Whayne, Earl Rogers
  • Publication number: 20060293646
    Abstract: A surgical device integrating a suction mechanism with a coagulation mechanism is provided for improving lesion creation capabilities. The device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about means for coagulating soft tissue. Openings through the covering expose regions of the coagulation-causing elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source. A fluid source to passively transport fluid along the contacted soft tissue surface may be provided in order to push the maximum temperature deeper into tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Publication date: December 28, 2006
    Inventors: James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman
  • Publication number: 20060276815
    Abstract: Devices and methods for harvesting a body structure such as a vessel are provided. Embodiments include devices configured to harvest a vessel from a patient's body, wherein the device includes a mechanism for self-guiding the device over the vessel. Also provided are methods of using the subject devices to harvest a vessel from a patient's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Lotti, Jeffery Alvarez, James Whayne, Kumar Jambunathan
  • Publication number: 20060235381
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a surgical device for coagulating soft tissue such as atrial tissue in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and atrial tachycardia; tendon or ligament shrinkage; or articular cartilage removal. The surgical device integrates a suction mechanism with the coagulation mechanism improving the lesion creation capabilities of the device. The surgical device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about conductive elements capable of coagulating soft tissue when radiofrequency or direct current energy is transmitted to the conductive elements. Openings through the insulative covering expose regions of the conductive elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source. Suction causes the soft tissue to actively engage the opening thus the integrated, exposed conductive elements to facilitate the coagulation process and ensure the lesions created are consistent, continuous, and transmural.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Publication date: October 19, 2006
    Applicant: nContact Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman
  • Publication number: 20060206113
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a surgical device for coagulating soft tissue such as atrial tissue in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and atrial tachycardia; tendon or ligament shrinkage; or articular cartilage removal. The surgical device integrates a suction mechanism with the coagulation mechanism improving the lesion creation capabilities of the device. The surgical device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about conductive elements capable of coagulating soft tissue when radiofrequency or direct current energy is transmitted to the conductive elements. Openings through the insulative covering expose regions of the conductive elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source. Suction causes the soft tissue to actively engage the opening thus the integrated, exposed conductive elements to facilitate the coagulation process and ensure the lesions created are consistent, continuous, and transmural.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Publication date: September 14, 2006
    Applicant: nContact Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman
  • Publication number: 20060200124
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a surgical device for coagulating soft tissue such as atrial tissue in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and atrial tachycardia; tendon or ligament shrinkage; or articular cartilage removal. The surgical device integrates a suction mechanism with the coagulation mechanism improving the lesion creation capabilities of the device. The surgical device comprises an elongate member having an insulative covering attached about conductive elements capable of coagulating soft tissue when radiofrequency or direct current energy is transmitted to the conductive elements. Openings through the insulative covering expose regions of the conductive elements and are coupled to lumens in the elongate member which are routed to a vacuum source. Suction causes the soft tissue to actively engage the opening thus the integrated, exposed conductive elements to facilitate the coagulation process and ensure the lesions created are consistent, continuous, and transmural.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Publication date: September 7, 2006
    Applicant: NCONTACT SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: James WHAYNE, Sidney FLEISCHMAN
  • Publication number: 20060189975
    Abstract: A catheter assembly comprises a first branch body having a first axis, a second branch body extending in a non-parallel relationship with respect to the first axis, and at least one electrode carried by the second branch body. In use, the first branch body can be located within a pulmonary vein within the left atrium, while the electrode carried by the second branch body is located in contact with endocardial tissue outside the pulmonary vein. Ablation energy can be transmitted from the electrode to contacted endocardial tissue while the first branch body is located within the pulmonary vein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Inventors: James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman, Russell Thompson, David Swanson, Yi Yang
  • Publication number: 20060155287
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for fixation of tendon to bone are described. An exemplary surgical implant is a modified bone anchor that is able to grasp the tendon and hold it firmly in a bone tunnel. Once deployed, the anchor delivers lateral compression to the tendon, providing direct tendon to bone compression to facilitate healing. The anchor has different versions which allow it to be attached to the tendon prior to insertion into the bone tunnel, or be inserted between tendon arms when the surgical procedure dictates. The resulting tendon to bone compression allows for the firm fixation in a manner markedly simpler than traditional techniques. A modification of this anchor can also allow the anchor to grasp and hold suture. This variation facilitates the technique for knotless rotator cuff repair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventors: Kenneth Montgomery, Sidney Fleischman, James Whayne, Kevin Ohashi, Nicanor Domingo, John Wright, Derek Harper, Heber Crockett
  • Publication number: 20060064119
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described herein for implanting a connector to provide an anastomotic connection at a graft/host vessel junction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Inventors: Alexander Tilson, James Whayne, Patrick Owens, Jeffery Alvarez, Mitchell Barham
  • Publication number: 20060020162
    Abstract: Surgical systems for less invasive access to and isolation of an atrial appendage are provided. A suturing grasper compresses soft tissue structures and deploys one or more sutures through complimentary pledget(s) carried by the grasper. The pledgets are reinforced, containing support members that define the profile of the stitch and distribute stresses applied by the stitch, once tightened, over a length of tissue. This hardware may be applicable to other surgical and catheter based applications as well including: compressing soft tissue structures lung resections and volume reductions; gastric procedures associated with reduction in volume, aneurysm repair, vessel ligation, or other procedure involving isolation of, resection of, and reduction of anatomic structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Publication date: January 26, 2006
    Applicant: Ablatrics, Inc.
    Inventors: James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman
  • Publication number: 20060009762
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a surgical device for coagulating soft tissue such as atrial tissue in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and atrial tachycardia. The surgical device can include at least one elongate member comprising conductive elements adapted to coagulate soft tissue when radiofrequency or direct current energy is transmitted to the conductive elements. Openings through said conductive elements are routed through lumens in the elongate member to a vacuum source to actively engage the soft tissue surface intended to coagulate into intimate contact with the conductive elements to facilitate the coagulation process and ensure the lesions created are consistent, contiguous, and transmural.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Inventor: James Whayne
  • Publication number: 20060004388
    Abstract: Surgical systems for less invasive access to and isolation of an atrial appendage are provided. A suturing grasper compresses soft tissue structures and deploys one or more sutures through complimentary pledget(s) carried by the grasper. The pledgets are reinforced, containing support members that define the profile of the stitch and distribute stresses applied by the stitch, once tightened, over a length of tissue. This hardware may be applicable to other surgical and catheter based applications as well including: compressing soft tissue structures lung resections and volume reductions; gastric procedures associated with reduction in volume, aneurysm repair, vessel ligation, or other procedure involving isolation of, resection of, and reduction of anatomic structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Publication date: January 5, 2006
    Applicant: Ablatrics, Inc.
    Inventors: James Whayne, Sidney Fleischman
  • Publication number: 20050267529
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for repairing soft tissue. The surgical system allows for the creation of tissue repair by grasping, aligning and sewing or fixing tissue. For example, this system may be used for clipping together excessive capsular tissue and reducing the overall capsular volume. The deployment device includes a central grasping mechanism and an outer clip delivery system. The clip embodiments may be single or multi-component (penetration and locking base components) that penetrate tissue layers and deploy or lock to clip the tissue together. An example of the system is used to reduce the joint capsule tissue laxity and reduces the potential for subluxation or dislocation of the joint by either restricting inferior laxity (anterior or posterior) and resolving or eliminating pathologic anterior or posterior translation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Inventors: Heber Crockett, John Wright, James Whayne, Kevin Ohashi, Sidney Fleischman